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The Global Real Estate Advisors of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

The Global Real Estate Advisors of Russ Lyon | Sotheby’s International Realty are uniquely trained and positioned to assist their clients with hyper-local market knowledge and white-glove services across the State of Arizona. Additionally, the Sotheby’s International Realty network of 26,400 agents in 83 countries & territories gives our Advisors the unique and well-connected ability to advise on real estate matters all over the USA and the world.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty – Arizona’s leader in real estate and advisory services for over 77 years – and Arizona’s only truly international real estate brokerage.

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Homes with Some of the Most Unique Features in Arizona

These homes offer some of the most unusual features you will find in any Arizona homes, perfect for the most refined buyers.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has earned its reputation as Arizona’s leading luxury home brokerage by connecting buyers to sellers for Arizona’s most impressive homes. That said, some homes feature bells and whistles that manage to turn heads even for those that have seen it all in real estate.


First is the home at 10040 E. Happy Valley Rd #1 in Scottsdale. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Lorraine Funk represents this 13,175-square- foot masterpiece in Desert Highlands, listed for $7,000,00. As if its seven bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms situated on a spacious 2.6 acres wasn’t enough, it is a recreational wonderland featuring both a water slide and a gymnastics space. Plus, a full club membership is included! It’s challenging to think of a more special place to raise a family than this unique home.


Next is the incredible ranch at 330 Eagle Mountain Ranch Rd in Sedona, hidden in an exclusive subdivision containing only five luxury homes. Listed for $16,500,000 by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agents Tod Christensen, it sits on a breathtaking 57 acres and features three bedrooms and four bathrooms on 4,780 square feet. But it’s what is on those 57 acres that truly makes it stand out: a private vineyard. You can enjoy the beautiful Sedona scenery and create your own wine simultaneously!


Then there is the captivating home at 26860 N 59th Street in Scottsdale, listed for $2,300,000 by Agent Tina Zompetti of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. This mix of luxury, amenities, and comfortable living without an HOA offers seven bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms on 4,531 square feet of space. However, the recreational offerings make it stand out; featuring a sports court, games, a playground, and even a putting green, you can invite friends and family and have fun for hours without ever leaving the premises.


Then there is the home at 6670 N Casas Adobes Rd in Tucson. Listed for $2,695,000 by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Thalia Kyriakis, its six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 8,047 square feet of space is incredibly impressive in its own right. However, that doesn’t hold a candle to its recreational features. Sporting a state-of-the-art indoor racquetball court and pickleball conversion kit, a basketball court, a heated saltwater pool with aqueducts, an indoor heated pool, and a jetted endless spool, it has everything for the athletic friends and family in your life to both work up a sweat and cool down in style.

 Finally, the incredible estate is at 11801 E Irvington Road in Tucson. This ranch masterpiece is listed for sale for $3,900,000 by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Bill Baffert.  Featuring nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and 5,050 square feet, the home itself has all the features inherent in a luxury home represented by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, but its most extraordinary feature is for the horse lovers in your life. The house comes with Royal Star Equestrian Center, Southeast Tucson’s premier horse facility, adjacent to the Saguaro National Monument East, offering access to endless scenic trails in the famous saguaro-studded hills nearby. It is a dynamic, income-producing horse-lovers paradise with various possible uses.

Whether you desire luxurious amenities, incredible backdrops, or recreational amenities that you can’t find anywhere else, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty almost certainly has the perfect home for you. It’s yet another reason it is Arizona’s leading luxury real estate brokerage.

Significant Sales

SIGNIFICANT SALES: May 2024

Throughout the state of Arizona, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has been proud to represent and participate in the following sales for May.

We refer to these as ‘Significant Sales.’ While all of our transactions are genuinely significant, we hope you enjoy discovering these unique homes based not only on price but also on their architectural, cultural, and geographical significance, as well as those involved in the journey.

Enjoy!

Seller Representation

2981 E Waterman Way | Gilbert
Sold for $2,193,750
Seller Representation: Cindi DeWine
6918 E Ivyglen Street | Mesa
Sold for $1,290,000
Seller Representation: Christine Anthony & Jennifer Sturgeon
Multiple office closing!
6231 E Huntress Drive | Paradise Valley
Sold for $5,250,000
Seller Representation: Frank Aazami & Peter Zaidan
Multiple office closing!
5411 E Sanna Street | Paradise Valley
Sold for $4,000,000
Seller Representation: David Arustamian & Frank Aazami
5121 N Camino Sumo | Tucson
Sold for $1,500,000
Seller Representation: Robin Kaiserman & Melissa Henderson
6410 N Nirvana Place | Tucson
Sold for $1,550,000
Seller Representation: Susanne Grogan & Matt Grogan
2325 E Calle Los Altos | Tucson
Sold for $1.025,000
Seller Representation: Judy Smedes & Kate Herk
9938 N Sunset Creek Place | Tucson
Sold for $940,000
Seller Representation: Christina Tierney & Frank Lococo
4456 E Valley Vista Lane | Paradise Valley
Sold for $6,136,000
Seller Representation: Allan MacDonald & Zachary Meyer
297 N Loy Lane | Sedona
Sold for $3,675,000
Seller Representation: Terry Brock
20129 N 87th Drive | Peoria
Sold for $587,500
Seller Representation: Bobbi Martin
14707 S 185th Avenue | Goodyear
Sold for $522,500
Seller Representation: Lisa Baker
3905 S Flagstaff Ranch Road | Flagstaff
Sold for $1,695,000
Seller Representation: Shane Randall & Marie Dagenais
4155 Pack Saddle | Flagstaff
Sold for $1,300,000
Seller Representation: Shane Randall & Marie Dagenais
2175 N Lost Tree Lane | Flagstaff
Sold for $1,050,000
Seller Representation: Ty VanDyke

Dual Representation

1804 N Pyle Ranch Road 1 | Payson
Sold for $6,125,000
Dual Representation: Frank Aazami, Nancy Read, Lynsey Gauman & Kelli Frazier
Multiple office closing!
5146 N Tamanar Way | Paradise Valley
Sold for $3,950,000
Dual Representation: Allie Hudak, Grant Almquist, & Cindi DeWine
Multiple office closing!
7181 E Camelback Road 1201 | Scottsdale
Sold for $4,030,000
Dual Representation: Johnathon De Young
Broker Exclusive
80 Sahuaro Ct | Tubac
Sold for $672,513
Dual Representation: Gary Brasher
64 Acasias Ct | Tubac
Sold for $553,669
Dual Representation: Gary Brasher
450 Little Scout Lane | Sedona
Sold for $3,150,000
Dual Representation: Katrin Themlitz
330 Camino Del Caballo | Sedona
Sold for $3,825,000
Dual Representation: Katrin Themlitz, Tod Christensen, & Monty Cooper
75 Altair Ave | Sedona
Sold for $4,250,000
Dual Representation: Jacque Weems, Rainey Highley, & Katrin Themlitz
19412 North 85th Drive | Peoria
Sold for $490,000
Dual Representation: Lori Reiland & Lindsey Shoultes

Buyer Representation

  • 8635 N 65th Street | Paradise Valley
    • Sold for $8,500,000
    • Buyer Representation: Jessica Jablonski & Geoffrey Jablonski
  • 8401 E Via Donna Road | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $4,000,000
    • Buyer Representation: Frank Aazami & Dinesh Wilson
  • 1135 S. Lakeview Drive | Prescott
    • Sold for $1,309,086
    • Buyer Representation: Laura Spaeth
  • 10087 E Troon North Drive | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $4,200,000
    • Buyer Representation: Dave Pattison
  • 8000 W Camino De Oro | Peoria
    • Sold for $980,000
    • Buyer Representation: Lori Reiland, Lindsey Shoultes
  • 7105 Vista De Oro | Flagstaff
    • Sold for $1,125,000
    • Buyer Representation: Angela Davis
  • 966 N Fox Hill Road | Flagstaff
    • Sold for $1,265
    • Buyer Representation: Paula Mack
  • 13309 E. La Junta Road | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $2,384,041
    • Buyer Representation: Monty Cooper
New Hire

Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Maranda Anich

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor Maranda Anich to our 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. 

From a young age, Maranda Anich was captivated by the dynamic world of real estate. Growing up, she observed her family skillfully navigating the complexities of the real estate market, planting the seeds for what would become a burgeoning passion. Today, Maranda is not just a real estate professional; she’s a devoted student of the industry, continually enhancing her expertise through rigorous education and training.

Maranda’s commitment to her craft ensures that her clients receive nothing short of exemplary service. She prides herself on her ability to harness the latest market insights and cutting-edge technologies, all aimed at providing her clients with a seamless and successful real estate experience.

Her dedication extends beyond just meeting expectations; Maranda aims to exceed them, offering personalized guidance tailored to each client’s unique needs and dreams. Whether it’s finding that perfect starter home or securing a lucrative investment property, Maranda’s approach is thorough, thoughtful, and informed by the latest trends and techniques in real estate.

For those who seek a knowledgeable, attentive, and innovative real estate agent, Maranda Anich is a name you can trust. With a foundation built on a lifelong passion for real estate and a commitment to continuous learning, she is well-equipped to navigate the ever-evolving property landscape, ensuring her clients always have a competitive edge.

There is something spectacular about watching the younger generation get into this fantastic business. Maranda exudes youth and enthusiasm, we are excited to watch her come alive with our brand affiliation!

Sherri MONTEITH, MANAGING BROKER
New Hire

Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Kathy Rios

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor Kathy Rios to our Pinnacle Peak 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. 

With nearly two decades of real estate expertise under her belt, Kathy is a seasoned professional who has been making waves in the industry since she first obtained her license in 2004. Starting her full-service journey in 2006, Kathy has dedicated herself to providing unparalleled service in the real estate market.

A true servant-leader, Kathy consistently places her clients at the forefront of her priorities. Her commitment is evident in her responsive communication, always being just a phone call, text, or email away. Kathy’s approach is driven by a genuine passion for assisting people, fueled by a robust combination of drive and tenacity that makes her an unstoppable force in negotiating deals and aiding buyers in finding their ideal homes.

Kathy’s competitive nature is not just about staying ahead in negotiations; it also drives her to continuously enhance her skills by staying updated on the latest market trends. She holds an impressive array of certifications including REALTOR®, ePro, CHMS, RSPS, CPRES, SRES, and PPS, and actively participates in three different home tour organizations.

Technology plays a crucial role in Kathy’s strategy, especially in catering to her out-of-state clients. By keeping up with the latest advancements, she ensures that all her clients have access to top-tier resources. Whether she’s hosting open houses, crafting marketing strategies for her listings, or engaging with sellers, buyers, and renters, Kathy is always on the go.

Kathy’s enjoyment of her work shines brightest when analyzing market pricing and strategizing to attract the right buyers for each property. The satisfaction of pairing buyers with their perfect homes is what she considers the highlight of her career. As Kathy herself puts it, “The best part of the job!”

For anyone looking for a dedicated, knowledgeable, and highly effective real estate professional, Kathy is your go-to expert, ready to guide you through every step of your real estate journey.

We are delighted to extend a warm welcome to Kathy Rios at the Pinnacle Peak Office. Kathy Rios’s achievements in real estate show promise to enhance the value we provide to our clients.

Kevin Gonzales, managing broker
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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Sarah Fye

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor Sarah Fye to our 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. 

Meet Sarah Fye, a dedicated real estate expert whose personality is as sunny as the Arizona sky itself. Combining deep insights on market dynamics with her down-to-earth Midwest roots, Sarah offers the perfect blend of expertise and approachability to help clients achieve their real estate dreams.

Sarah’s journey in real estate began in Orlando in 2003, where she quickly made a name for herself. In 2021, she brought her talents to Arizona, obtaining her license and continuing her streak of success. She is proficient at uncovering both dream homes and ideal investment opportunities, while demystifying complex financial terms like Return on Investment for her clients.

Those looking for a primary residence particularly value Sarah’s “investor” mindset, which she employs to highlight factors that could affect a property’s resale value. This approach is invaluable, considering that very few homes purchased today are “forever” homes. Sarah’s genuine care for her clients’ interests has consistently placed her among the top real estate agents, earning her a spot in the top 100 of 10,000 agents in Orlando and in the top 2,200 of 55,000 in Arizona as of 2023.

A proud member of the prestigious Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Sarah specializes in Scottsdale and surrounding areas. She focuses on helping clients buy, sell, and engage in 1031 exchanges for investment properties. Creating custom pro formas to meet specific investment goals is not just a job for Sarah—it’s a passion.

Beyond the transactions, Sarah’s commitment extends to building lasting relationships with her clients, many of whom become her friends, adding to the joy she finds in her work. When she’s not working, Sarah fully embraces the vibrant Arizona lifestyle—whether hiking scenic trails, enjoying lake days with her husband and friends, or dining on sunny patios.

Sarah Fye is more than a real estate agent; she is a guide and a friend in the real estate journey. Ready to bring your real estate dreams to life under the Arizona sun? Reach out to Sarah Fye, and let her light up your path to homeownership or investment success with warmth and expertise.

Sarah is a go getter. Excited to learn. Excited to try new things and excited to be the best she can for her clients. What she will be able to accomplish mixing her work ethic with our branding will be unstoppable.

Sherri MONTEITH, MANAGING BROKER
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The Russ Lyon Foundation Celebrates 10 Years of Charitable Giving

With over 140 different organizations helped over the last decade, the Russ Lyon Foundation has turned into one of the more prominent philanthropy organizations in Arizona.

For more than 77 years, the agents, owners and employees of Arizona’s leading luxury real estate brokerage Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty have been involved in community service work and with charitable organizations throughout Arizona, either through individual efforts or through an office within the company.

 The Scottsdale-based luxury brokerage later saw an opportunity to make those efforts even more impactful and formed the Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation in 2014, or as its now called, The Russ Lyon Foundation. The Russ Lyon Foundation is now proud to announce its 10th anniversary; a full decade of giving back to the communities it operates in. 

 Since 2014, the Russ Lyon Foundation has helped over 140 different organizations and an incalculable number of individuals across the state. Organizations that the Russ Lyon Foundation has assisted have ranged in scope from educational groups to food banks to animal rescues to land preservation groups.

That said, its good works are not just within the state of Arizona. Around 20 volunteers recently returned from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico to continue building houses with the Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation and assisting individuals at the local migrant center who were deported from the United States and awaiting asylum, part of a volunteer partnership that has lasted for the last decade. In addition to home building efforts, this most recent visit led to 750 needy families receiving bags of food and warm blankets as well as assistance for a dog rescue housing over 160 dogs.

While its success is best measured by the organizations and lives it has helped, its efforts have also been regularly recognized by local publications. In 2023, it earned a spot on the Corporate Philanthropy List by the Phoenix Business Journal, securing 22nd place in terms of charitable contributions and 14th place in terms of volunteer hours. 

 Todd Gillenwater, the founder of the Russ Lyon Foundation, said, “It has been inspiring and rewarding to see our Russ Lyon Foundation grow over these ten years into a recognized, productive, and successful foundation, involving hundreds of our real estate advisors and employees and doing good work and investing in important charitable organizations all across Arizona. Truly inspiring.”

In the words of Stephanie Stewart, President of the Russ Lyon Foundation, “It has been such a pleasure to be part of the Russ Lyon Foundation over the last ten years. It is rewarding to see it evolve and grow. Each year, more and more agents and employees are serving in their communities and it is heartwarming to see and participate alongside them.” 

 Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty strongly believes that when the communities it operates in have contributed to a company’s success, it is simply the right thing to do to give back. It hopes that the 10th anniversary of the Russ Lyon Foundation is the first of many anniversaries it will be celebrating in what will hopefully be a very long legacy of philanthropy and community building.

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Top Five Home Sales in Paradise Valley for 2024

Paradise Valley Remains an Incredibly Robust Real Estate Market with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty at the Helm

Demand will always be robust for the most luxurious custom homes in a town such as Paradise Valley, and Arizona’s leading luxury real estate brokerage, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, exemplifies this notion. 

At the helm, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has once again connected buyers and sellers for five of Paradise Valley’s most significant sales of 2024, demonstrating not just how many bespoke estates are in the Valley but also how successful it can be catering to those with the most refined tastes.

 The highest-selling home in Paradise Valley in 2024 is at 7835 N Ironwood Drive. Featuring six bedrooms and eight bathrooms and covering 10,676 square feet, it recently sold for $14,000,000 with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Cheryl Anderson bringing and representing the buyer. An iconic Arizona estate reborn for the modern world, this timeless Spanish revival sits on just under 3.5 private acres in the heart of Paradise Valley. Every detail has been updated, including new Albertini steel windows and doors and Loewen vertical grain fir wood windows, an updated main kitchen with a more oversized island, cabinets, and updated Thermador appliances, a kitchen added to the interior with views of Mummy Mountain, and a new antique stone fireplace surrounding the living room, kitchen, and primary bath. It’s the epitome of modern amenities merged with a traditional style.

 Next is the beautiful estate at 6126 E Joshua Tree Lane, which recently sold for $13,300,000 with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agents Joe Bushong and Grant Almquist representing the seller. Spanning 8,507 square feet with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, this brand-new masterpiece of architecture and design is tucked into a private cul-de-sac with exceptional unobstructed views of Mummy and Camelback Mountains. The estate features impeccable construction, materials, and finishes, open living areas that flow seamlessly from inside to outdoors, and dramatic and unique spaces. The public kitchen is supported by a full back kitchen, and the impressive dining pavilion has stacked doors with stunning views on all sides. The two primary suites are each incredible along with a 3-bedroom guest wing with its own sitting room. In addition to the five en-suite bedrooms, there is an entire en-suite office and a separate media/entertaining room. 

 The home at 6201 N Yucca Road is truly something to behold. Featuring six bedrooms and seven bathrooms in its 7,336 square feet of space, it sold for $12,495,000 with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Virginia Gee representing the seller. Crafted as a custom home rather than a spec, the features are outrivaled. The floor plan captures the essence of easy Arizona living and maximizes the breathtaking view of Camelback Mountain in all of the principal rooms. Typified by clean lines, woods, and stones that accentuate the warmth, elegance, and richness of the home, glass walls open the home out to the outdoors with total privacy in every direction. It offers four bedrooms in the main home and two bedrooms in the guest home, as well as an office, a theatre, and a wellness room, making it an ideal place to entertain friends and family alike.

 Next is the home at 5540 N Casa Blanca Drive, which recently sold for $11,000,000 with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Cionne McCarthy representing the buyer. Stretching over 6,691 square feet and featuring four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, it is nestled in Cameldale Estates, one of the most coveted locations in Paradise Valley, and represents an architectural masterpiece. This custom contemporary residence exudes class and refinement from the moment you arrive. You’ll be whisked away into serenity while viewing manicured landscapes and the surrounding mountains. Every detail is a testament to the high-quality craftsmanship and vision of architect CP Drewett and builder Bedbrock Development. Gorgeous views on the outside with pure elegance on the inside.

Last is the home at 5501 E San Miguel Avenue. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Cheryl D’Anna represented the seller. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Virginia Gee represented the buyer for this home, which includes 6,479 square feet and features five bedrooms and eight bathrooms. This stunning, fresh contemporary is unmatched in every way, having sold for $7,000,000 and perched high on the side of Camelback Mountain. Nestled below the Praying Monk and surrounded by 1.78 acres of peace and serenity, offering breathtaking city lights, sunsets, and dramatic mountain silhouettes. The modern design’s pocketing walls of glass combine indoor & outdoor living at its finest. The spacious kitchen has a magnificent 24′ waterfall island, complete with a sit-up bar. Combining functionality and convenience, notable features of this home include an elevator, two powder rooms and a pool bath, a lower-level game room, a dedicated office or fifth bedroom, and a three-car tandem garage.

These homes, as well as the myriad other special properties that Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty represents, exemplify why they are Arizona’s most trusted broker for the state’s most luxurious homes.

New Hire

Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Yong Choi

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor Yong Choi to our Carefree 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. 

Yong brings over 32 years of impactful experience in the mortgage industry to the world of real estate. His career trajectory is impressive, beginning as a Loan Originator and advancing to leadership roles such as Branch Manager, Regional Manager, and Director of National Sales with some of the top mortgage lenders in the United States. This extensive background provides Yong with a deep understanding of mortgage underwriting guidelines, a crucial asset in today’s dynamic market.

Recognizing the strong connection between mortgages and real estate, Yong has made a natural transition to become a Realtor®. His comprehensive knowledge of the mortgage industry enhances his ability to serve his clients effectively, ensuring they receive expert guidance throughout their real estate journey.

Yong is a proud graduate of Boston College, a prestigious academic institution that has equipped him with a solid educational foundation. Family life is equally important to him. He is happily married to his wife, Orchid, and together they have raised six children. Currently residing in North Scottsdale, Arizona, Yong enjoys traveling and hitting the golf course when he’s not helping clients achieve their real estate goals.

With his extensive experience and dedication to client satisfaction, Yong is a trusted partner in the real estate market. Whether you’re buying or selling, Yong is committed to helping you achieve your real estate dreams.