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Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is Proud to Announce the $21.5 Million Sale of “The Castle on The Hill” in Silverleaf Making It the Second Highest Residential Sale in the State

Arizona’s leading luxury brokerage now holds the records for the first, second and third highest residential sales in Arizona per the MLS

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to announce the $21.5 million dollar sale of a French inspired Italian estate in the Upper Canyon of Silverleaf in Scottsdale, Arizona.  This is now the 2nd highest residential sale in the state of Arizona per the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty currently holds the records for first, second and third highest residential sales in Arizona according to MLS. 

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Associate Broker Barry Van Patten, alongside agents Ginger Van Patten and Barry Van Patten II represented the buyer. 

The buyers, a retired couple from the San Francisco Bay Area, said they chose to relocate to the Grand Canyon state in search of a better way of life. With a new found love of Arizona’s culture, wildlife and beauty, the couple selected the home because of the quality and detail in the home combined with the views, location in Silverleaf and the reputation of the builder drew them to the property. 

Located at 11200 East Canyon Cross Way, The Castle On The Hill as it is referred to, offers more than 12,000-square-feet and was designed by Fratantoni Design, built by Fratantoni Luxury Estates and interior design by Fratantoni Interior Design. Built in 2020 and featuring an Italian exterior style with a modern French interior design inside, the grand estate sits on more than 3-acres and also includes a separate guest house.  

Outside, sophistically detailed stone carvings surround the exterior of the home with varying window shapes and designs to give the estate a grand look. The immaculate and beautiful French inspired details continue inside with soaring ceilings, custom arches and chandeliers, intricate marble, stone and brickwork throughout and beautifully designed rooms for entertaining with the finest amenities. Inside the main house of the estate, the home features 5 luxurious designed bedrooms and 6 ½ bathrooms. The separate detached guest home also offers another 2 custom designed bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with its own kitchen, offering guests first-class accommodations.

Ginger and I along with our son Barry Van Patten II were honored to represent the buyers on this one-of-a-kind, masterpiece of a home. It is very satisfying to us that both buyers and sellers are extremely happy with the outcome.

Barry Van Patten

Within 3 days after listing the buyers’ first Silverleaf home, Van Patten shares the home went under contract. 

This sale was an incredible achievement in Scottsdale, Arizona selling at over $1,700+/sqft. From designing/building this property to representing our clients in this transaction to the new owners, we couldn’t be more pleased with all of the parties involved in this smooth transition.

Angelo Fratantoni
All images provided by Angelo Fratantoni
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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Richard Horchler

The team of experienced agents continues to grow with Valley’s leader in luxury real estate.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest level of service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor, Richard Horchler, to the Camelback Tower Office.  Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

Richard Horchler has been a local resident of Paradise Valley and Scottsdale since 1977. Richard is an Arizona State University and Chaparral High School Alumni. He specializes in the Paradise Valley, the Biltmore, and Arcadia areas.  Richard Horchler is focused; That ‘focus’ shows up as hard work, fortitude and persistence are focused on what is ultimately best for his clients.  Richard is passionate. Passionate’ while maintaining the highest integrity. He is also knowledgeable and pay attention to the details.

Richard came to Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty with for all of the right reasons. He wanted to brand his already well-known name with ours. A combination that will serve both for a very long time to come!

Sherri Monteith, Managing Broker
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Luxury Estate Specialist Johnathon De Young of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Offers Extraordinary Luxury Condominiums for Sale Using Bitcoin, Ethereum or Cash

 The Cryptocurrency Option Gives Buyers More Options in This New Digital Era

Luxury Estate Specialist Johnathon De Young of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in the luxury market, is pleased to announce the availability of four extraordinary condominiums giving buyers the option to pay in cash, finance or cryptocurrency, specifically Bitcoin or Ethereum. To date, only a small number of real estate transactions around the world have closed using Bitcoin or Ethereum, but some experts think it will be commonplace in a matter of a few short years.

While rare, the use of cryptocurrency is available to buy real estate in Arizona and around the world, when sellers are willing to accept it. Bitcoin is considered a form of property, of sorts, and like all real estate transactions, both the buyer and seller have to agree on the terms, and the currency that the parties will use. In this case, the currency happens to be a digital currency. There are nuances to this type of transaction, such as having a title company who is versed on how to process the transaction. Stewart Title, which has experience in Bitcoin transactions, will serve as the Escrow Company for the transactions.

The seller realizes Bitcoin, Ethereum and digital assets, in general, are becoming a mainstream asset class. And it seems only appropriate for a substantial investment group to begin dipping its toes in what is likely some of the greatest financial innovation of our lifetime.

Johnathon De Young

De Young is representing the Hudye Group, a family investment group who is selling a portion of its portfolio.  The group is excited to accept cryptocurrency, as well as traditional cash and finance options. The condos will range from the mid $1 million to $6 million range. 

At Hudye Group, we realize that digital assets and cryptocurrencies are becoming more and more commonplace for investors and buyers around the world.  We want to help facilitate a transaction that is mutually beneficial to all parties involved so we are extremely pleased that we can offer some of the finest in luxury high-rise condominiums for sale, with the flexibility that Bitcoin and Ethereum provide. These are properties that are highly sought after and will attract a wide range of buyers locally, nationally, and even internationally.

Ben Hudye, of Hudye Group

The first luxury condominiums to hit the market include a penthouse unit and are located in the Optima Camelview Village in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ideally situated in a prime location in Scottsdale across from Scottsdale Fashion Square and near Old Town and the Entertainment District, the Optima Camelview Village offers state-of-art amenities and luxurious accommodations. 

Ranging in price from the mid $1 million to the low $2 million range, these two bedroom condos are available turnkey furnished. The condos offer gourmet kitchens, high-end finishes including marble countertops, hardwood floors, floor to ceiling glass, spectacular views, private balconies and 24-hour access to the on-site amenities.

Click here to view all four listings 

7157 E RANCHO VISTA DR 7010, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 $2,048,200
7157 E RANCHO VISTA DR 4007, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 $1,719,600
7157 E RANCHO VISTA DR 2012, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 $1,710,000
7151 E RANCHO VISTA DR 3001, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 $1,605,600

De Young says the market is extremely favorable right now for Optima Camelview Village sales and this type of transaction. “Inventory is very lean and there is a tremendous amount of demand right now for this type of product. When you combine the quality and desirability of these particular condos, along with the walkability, shopping, dining, ease to the airports, it is very well possible we could see our first real estate transaction in Scottsdale using a digital asset,” said De Young. 

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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Sam Elliott

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest level of service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor, Sam Elliothttps://russlyon.com/agent-profile/sam-elliott-104688066t, to the Camelback Tower Office.  

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

While Sam Elliott is new to Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, he is not new to the business. Growing up with several members of his family selling homes – including both parents – Sam says that he has been doing this his whole life, and could not see himself doing anything else. Sam gets his energy from working with people and will stop at nothing to provide exceptional customer service.

Sam brings an instant likability and genuine kindness to the table. He’s very intelligent and always looking to learn more. Having a real estate background, he was an obvious choice to partner with the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty brand.

Sherri Monteith, Managing Broker
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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Janet Oitzinger

The team of experienced agents continues to grow with Valley’s leader in luxury real estate.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest level of service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor, Janet Oitzinger, to the Camelback Tower Office.  

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

Janet Oitzinger is a respected Luxury AZ  REALTOR® for over 25+ years. Her background is as a businesswoman and paralegal. Janet’s focus is on personalized service, market knowledge, commitment to clients’ interest, and their successful results whether purchasing, selling, or transferring.

Janet Oitzinger specializes in Scottsdale, the Town of Paradise Valley, and Phoenix environs.

Having had the pleasure of hiring Janet’s two amazing sons, it was an obvious choice to ask her to join the brand. She’s cultured, genuine, and friendly, a fit for us from the very beginning. We are excited to watch the next stage of her impressive career unfold.

Sherri Monteith, Managing Broker
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Significant Sales | August 2021

Stunning Views, Exclusive Locations and Custom Designs Highlight the Best of Valley Real Estate

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s premier luxury real estate brokerage, is pleased to present its top six sales in the Valley for the month of August. The list highlights Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s prominent sales for some of the most luxurious real estate properties the Valley has to offer. 

5801 E Quartz Mountain Road, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 $7,250,000

Topping the list with the highest sale, luxury Real Estate Agent Jonathon De Young of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty represented the seller of the breathtaking Paradise Valley estate. The 15,473-square-foot estate sits on 1.75 acres located on scenic Mummy Mountain. The interior boasts 8 masterfully crafted fireplaces, custom millwork and stunning French doors. The incredible craftsmanship and design within make the estate ideal for both grand events and intimate gatherings. 

4603 N Borgatello Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85018 $5,500,000

Luxury Real Estate Agent Natalie Jacobsen of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty represented the seller of the classic estate. Situated on an exclusive street behind the gates of an Arcadia neighborhood, the 7,959-square-foot estate includes an incredible outdoor entertainment space overlooking Camelback Mountain. The outdoor space features two fire pits, a pool and an outdoor kitchen. The 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath estate includes two spacious kitchen islands, a relaxing spa-inspired master bathroom and a casita to host overnight guests. 

10131 E Cavedale Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85262 $4,600,000

Luxury Real Estate Agents Mike Holder, Debbie Negrin, Jay Pennypacker and Will Foote of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty represented the seller of the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired estate. The contemporary 7,080-square-foot estate encompasses 4 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, an in-home gym and a wine gallery designed by Est Est Interiors. The open floorplan showcases breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain and golf course and makes the estate an ideal location for unforgettable indoor and outdoor entertaining. 

12255 E Paraiso Drive Unit 3, Scottsdale, AZ 85255  $4,575,000

Luxury Real Estate Agent Sandon Nixon of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty represented the seller of the spacious estate. The open, inviting estate offers 5,875 square feet of living space that includes a masterfully designed chef’s kitchen, an inviting home theater and the highest quality interior design elements. Outside, the negative space pool and spacious covered patio is surrounded by picturesque views of the neighboring mountains and desert scenery. 

8493 E Old Field Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85266, $4,400,000

The Luxury Real Estate Agent team of Will Foote, Jay Pennypacker, Debbie Negrin and Mike Holder of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty represented the seller of the Mediterranean estate. Located in the esteemed Whisper Rocks Estate community, the estate boasts a unique floorplan including separate owner and guest suites and grand living spaces perfect for hosting a variety of events. The gated portico that welcomes guests to stunning landscapes and a hand-crafted fountain adds to the magnificence of the estate.       

28094 N 103rd Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85262 $4,000,000

Luxury Real Estate Agents Jay Pennypacker, Will Foote and Debbie Negrin of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty represented the buyer and seller of this one-of-a-kind contemporary estate. The sophisticated, elegant estate offers 5,779-square-feet of living space in the prestigious Estancia community. Contemporary architectural designs allow the estate to fill with natural light and highlight the custom designs. The inviting outdoor space provides an ideal location for entertaining while providing breathtaking views of Pinnacle Peak.

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Iconic Estates – Crave Worthy Culinary Kitchens

Any food aficionado dreams of a chef’s kitchen to prepare exquisite dishes and entertain friends and family. Plenty of preparation space, top-notch appliances and even butler’s kitchens show up in the top residential kitchens in luxury homes. Create restaurant-quality meals in the comfort of your own home in a gorgeous culinary kitchen.

Whether cooking for one, two or thirty, Arizona’s top estates, listed by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s team of expert agents, will have just what you need. Thoughtful design creates spaces that allow for expert navigation throughout the cooking process, and some feature outdoor kitchens that complement the interior spaces for cooking year-round.   

Whether you’re searching for a modern, open kitchen, a grandiose traditional kitchen or a cozy Southwestern style, these ICONIC Estates will impress any chef de cuisine.   

Experience the many flavors of culinary kitchens in this month’s ICONIC Estates!

Prominent racecar driver Kevin Buckler crosses the finish line to victory creating award-winning wines at his Adobe Road Winery. Buckler and his wife, Debra, launched Adobe Road in 2002, and today the winery produces a large variety of wines, many awarded 90 points or more. The winery purchases grapes from several vineyards throughout Sonoma County and was named Adobe Road in honor of the road in. Petaluma on which he first purchased fruit. Whether behind the wheel of a car or behind the scenes creating a Cabernet blend, Buckler continues to push boundaries and win with Adobe Road Winery.

As part of our exclusive relationship with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, ICONIC LIFE takes you along on a tour of an incredible Italian villa inspired by the ICONIC Getty Villa outside of Rome. This beautiful home, designed by Juan Sandoval,is nearly 52,000 square feet under roof. The designer had every element custom-made and carved on site. See incredible marble floors, a 2,000-bottle wine cellar, a secret passageway, grand ballroom and more! This home is represented by Cheryl Anderson.

In recent years the dining scene in the Valley of the Sun has elevated to the point that the culinary delights in the desert regularly draw the epicurious traveler. But many are surprised that the top table in town is the hotel restaurant at the Sheraton Grand Resort at Wild Horse Pass.

Not only is Kai Restaurant one of the city’s best fine dining establishments, but it’s also the only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant in the state. Even more interesting, it’s the only fine dining Native American restaurant in the world. We so encourage you to check it out.

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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Nicole Cumbie

The team of experienced agents continues to grow with Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate.

 Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest level of service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor, Nicole Cumbie, to the Flagstaff Humphreys Office.  Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

Nicole Cumbie’s passion is helping people. With 7 years of residential real estate experience, there’s joy in helping people achieve their dreams of homeownership.  

Truth be told, making your move is not a walk in the park. No day is the same and Nicole Cumbie has learned to welcome the various challenges inherent in the process. 

Nicole prides herself on providing the education and resources needed to facilitate her clients making intelligent decisions leading to successful outcomes. She cares about each and every one of her clients and embraces them like family. And truly, it’s more about bringing value to every situation than ‘sales’ for her. 

Nicole Cumbie welcomes the opportunity to discuss how she can get you and your family from where you are to where you want to be.

Nicole has earned an amazing reputation as a top producer who operates with the utmost integrity. Her work ethic, expertise, and excellent communication have brought her great success as a real estate professional. She is a fantastic part of our community, and we are delighted and proud to welcome her to the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty family.

Bret Lamberson, Sales Manager
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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Mark Thomas

The team of experienced agents continues to grow with Valley’s leader in luxury real estate.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest level of service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor, Mark Thomas, to the Camelback Tower Office.  Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

After many years of traveling the world as a consultant, spokesperson and real estate agent at Sotheby’s International Realty, Mark has now turned her attention full time to representing luxury homes in the beautiful Scottsdale region of Arizona. 

It has been his pleasure to work for and with many of the country’s leading real estate professionals and in doing so have created a worldwide network of market leading agents and brokers. Mark’s journey began in England where he spent the first 32 years of his life working primarily as a designer. In 1997, Mark moved to New York City and for 5 years owned an antique store in Chelsea importing 19th-century European furniture and art. 

Mark’s attention then turned again to interior design at which point he was asked by Sotheby’s International Realty to produce and present a series of videos to launch their new YouTube channel.  Through this, a production company was formed, and Mark traveled the country filming some of the nation’s finest homes and estates while consulting on digital marketing. This soon turned into a real estate license with Sotheby’s international realty and the opportunity to combine his design, video and marketing experience to assist his clients in selling their homes. 

After years of traveling to Arizona, building a love for the region, a comprehensive understanding of the real estate market and an appreciation for sunshine he moved to Scottsdale. It’s now Mark’s privilege to represent Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty with the Private Client Group to service the needs of the most discerning buyers and sellers in this exciting real estate market.

Mark Thomas puts the International in Sotheby’s International Realty. Extremely knowledgeable, professional and willing to do whatever it takes to elevate his business to the next level.

Sherri Monteith, Managing Broker
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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Chauncey Beck

The team of experienced agents continues to grow with Valley’s leader in luxury real estate.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest level of service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor, Chauncey Beck, to the Camelback Tower Office.  

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

At just 27 years young, Chauncey boasts over 8 years of experience throughout her various roles in business and philanthropy. As a Real Estate Agent, she specializes in Fountain Hills, The West Valley, The Biltmore District, and Arcadia, where Chauncey resides with her family. 

As a native of Indiana, Chauncey grew up watching her grandmother, a real estate broker, and her family tackle many different and unique real estate opportunities. So, not only is real estate Chauncey’s passion, it’s in her blood.

Chauncey is very driven and extremely eager to learn. She has a kind mannerism about her that just makes you want to be near her. She will do well with our brand backing her.

Sherri Monteith, Managing Broker