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Iconic Estates: Magnificent Mountain Living

Arizona’s beautiful and diverse terrain makes it possible to enjoy luxurious mountain living across virtually every region in the state. From Flagstaff’s wooded forests to Sedona’s red-rock formations, the Valley’s pointed peaks and Tucson’s rambling ridges capture the imaginations of homeowners across the state.

A significant advantage of mountain living is enjoying the natural beauty of Arizona’s landscape. Often you can find a variety of flora and fauna near peaks and foothills. Another benefit of living near a mountain range is the beautiful paths. Hiking is a favorite pastime for many Arizonans, as the view from the top of any of our beautiful mountains makes the climb much more rewarding.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has an exciting range of listings that cover every aspect of mountain living. Whether you want to live in a mountain region, have a mountainside home, or simply enjoy beautiful mountain views, the lifestyle experts at the leading luxe real estate firm can help you find your oasis across Arizona.

Savor luxe mountain living in this month’s edition of ICONIC Estates!

Chartering, yachting and megayachts are on the rise in popularity and only growing this summertime. With once-in-a-lifetime experiences, the flexibility of a custom itinerary, privacy, and luxury, it’s no wonder that chartering has become such a sought-after method of traveling.

See our top 5 luxury destinations to travel to by yacht this summer on ICONIC LIFE.

To enjoy the same sought-after thrill felt behind the wheel of a luxury car in the comfort of your own home, look no further than Bentley’s furniture collection. Bentley Home is the luxury motor company’s signature furniture brand, defined as “a space where luxury and customization take shape, amidst the finest materials.”

Collaboration between Bentley Home designers and the design team at Bentley Motors ensures cohesiveness between their cars and luxury home furniture collections. As a result, similar materials, motifs, and shapes inherent to Bentley cars are ingrained in their unique furniture pieces.

⁠It’s summer, so rosé is the perfect wine to enjoy at any time of day. Rosé conjures up memories of summers in the South of France, the epicenter of the world of rosé, or tres’ chic lawn parties in the Hamptons, where those in the know are drinking the wine of the moment.

A good rosé will vary in its depth of pink depending on how long the grape skins are involved in the winemaking process. Bold or light, crisp, and refreshing, these wines are best enjoyed dry as is the required style in Provence.

We rounded up five rosés we’re loving right now!

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In The News: July 2022

ABC Channel 15

Valley nonprofit helps foster children get back to school supplies 

Arizona Family Channel 3 & 5

Arizona Helping Hands is hosting a backpack drive for the school year

Arizona Foothills Magazine

See Inside Late Sen. John McCain’s Penthouse That Just Sold for $6 Million.

Hidden Gem at Hidden Canyon

Arizona News

Arizona Helping Hands Hosting Backpack Drive for School Year

AZ Big Media

1-acre lot in Paradise Valley sells for record $3.5 million

AZ Central

Frankie Muniz of ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ sells Scottsdale

City Sun Times News

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty closes most expensive home in state history at $28.1M in Scottsdale

Fox 10: 

10th annual Arizona Helping Hands backpack drive helps children prepare for the next school year

Fox 19

Backpack giveaway to help foster kids return to class with Arizona Helping Hands

KOLD News 13

Backpack giveaway to help foster kids return to class with Arizona Helping Hands

KTAR News

Empty 1-acre lot in Paradise Valley sells for $3.5M, a state record for its size

News Wire

In the midst of a newly challenging real estate market, Frank Aazami continue its streak of breaking local records

Queen Creek Sun-Times

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty sells former Biltmore residence of Sen. John McCain

Highest-selling acre lot in Arizona’s history in Paradise Valley

Sotheby’s International Realty
Gardens Like These Are Cause For Celebration

Yahoo!

10th annual Arizona Helping Hands backpack drive helps children prepare for the next school year

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SIGNIFICANT SALES: July 2022

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


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 their architectural, cultural, and geographical significance, as well as those involved in the journey.

Enjoy!

Significant Seller Representations:

6284 W Donald Drive | Glendale
Sold for $860,000
Seller Representation: Connie Moore
25333 W Manana Road | Morristown
Sold for $2,800,000
Dual Representation: Barbara Miller & Mary Ann Miller
7254 E Royal Palm Road | Scottsdale
Sold for $1,900,000
Seller Representation: Debbie Beede
42577 N 108th Sreet | Scottsdale
Sold for $6,325,000
Seller Representation: Stacey Vandivert, Kathy Reed, & Hugh Reed
38246 N 109th Street | Scottsdale
Sold for $4,000,000
Dual Representation: Patrick Rice
10801 E Happy Valley Road 4 | Scottsdale
Sold for $3,500,000
Seller Representation: Lisa Lucky & Laura Lucky
9545 E Conquistadores Drive | Scottsdale
Sold for $3,450,000
Dual Representation: Allan MacDonald & Pat Simpson
10040 East Happy Valley Road 417 | Scottsdale
Sold for $3,100,000
Seller Representation: Nancy Sertich, Dena Bullard, Tim Floor, Shawn Rimer, Katie Fisher
5000 E Via Estancia Miraval | Tucson
Sold for $2,100,000
Seller Representation: Christina Tierney & Frank Lococo
6215 N Casa Blanca Drive | Paradise Valley
Sold for $9,300,000
Seller Representation: Jan Kabbani
5405 East McDonald Drive 1 | Paradise Valley
Sold for $3,500,000
Seller Representation: Frank Aazami & David Arustamian
8030 N Via de Lago Road | Scottsdale
Sold for $2,750,000
Seller Representation: Sue Shapiro, Josh Shaver, & Catherine Lewis
5381 E Butte Canyon Circle | Cave Creek
Sold for $2,583,750
Seller Representation: Patti Gonzales
Buyer Representation: Shawna Perkins
1405 E Coral Cove Drive | Gilbert
Sold for $1,750,000
Seller Representation: Chris Tiller
1822 E Jade Place | Chandler
Sold for $865,000
Seller Representation: Stacie Neumann
4951 Bandtail Ridge | Flagstaff
Sold for $1,750,000
Dual Representation: Paula Mack
1410 Rim Drive | Flagstaff
Sold for $850,00
Seller Representation: Blake Cain
4530 E Coldstream Lane | Flagstaff
Sold for $1,000,000
Seller Representation: Freddi Paulsrud & Valerie Core
1530 Jacks Canyon Road | Sedona
Sold for $1,795,000
Seller Representation: Jim French & Anne French
530 Windsong Drive | Sedona
Sold for $1,200,000
Seller Representation: Jacque Weems & Joy Kim
1161 Northridge Drive | Prescott
Sold for $1,725,000
Seller Representation: Molly Auman

Significant Buyer Representations:

  • 208 S Cervato Circle | Litchfield Park
    • Sold for $800,000
    • Buyer Representation: Art Valenzuela
  • 16575 W Pinchot Avenue | Goodyear
    • Sold for $800,000
    • Buyer Representation: Denise Gallagher
  • 10439 E Groundcherry Lane | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $2,725,000
    • Buyer Representation: Joy Dorvinen
  • 9848 E Parkside Lane | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $5,980,000
    • Buyer Representation: Tami Henderson & Laurie Tucker
  • 7755 N Ancient Indian Drive | Tucson
    • Sold for $2,365,000
    • Buyer Representation: Robin Kaiserman
  • 6991 E Ventana Links Loop | Tucson
    • Sold for $1,255,000
    • Buyer Representation: Mara Mitchell
  • 419 N Pheasant Court | Gilbert
    • Sold for $845,000
    • Buyer Representation: Melissa Kalinowski
  • 385 Foothills Drive South | Sedona
    • Sold for $1,500,000
    • Buyer Representation: Jim French & Anne French
  • 530 Windsong Drive | Sedona
    • Sold for $1,200,000
    • Buyer Representation: Jacque Weems & Steve Doyle
  • 11725 E Rubicon Trail | Prescott Valley
    • Sold for $999,900
    • Buyer Representation: Laura Spaeth & Georgia Myers
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Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Sells the Highest Priced One Acre Lot Per ARMLS in Arizona’s History

In the midst of a newly challenging real estate market, Frank Aazami and Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty continue their streak of breaking local records.

It should be no surprise that economic forces have created some recent obstacles in the housing market, but Frank Aazami and Arizona’s Luxury Leader Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty have managed to cut through those obstacles by transacting properties and making robust sales regardless of what is happening in our economy. This is demonstrated perfectly by Aazami’s sale of 5405 E McDonald Dr. 1, Paradise Valley, which closed Wednesday, July 20th, for the record selling price of $3,500,000. The property encompasses just over an acre at 46,910 square feet, and the selling price represents a record high transaction price for undeveloped lots in the town and all of Arizona, ranging up to even 60,000-square-feet. Aazami represented the seller. For some added context, local transaction data for Paradise Valley, between 40,000 and 60,000 square- feet, was researched. 10 such lots were sold in 2022, with the most expensive price being $3.4 million in January. 24 such lots were sold with a high-water mark of $2.9 million, and 33 such lots were sold in 2020, with the priciest closing for $2.525 million.

Aazami, who is no stranger to record sales, says this is further proof the luxury sector is still strong
and when adequately marketed, new records can still be achieved. “Even though the number of units was in decline, just as all luxury goods around the Globe, the values for these premium goods increased. So you must be wondering what’s Pending or Under Contact still in this category?” asked Aazami.   “The correct answer is – None Under Contract or Pending to Close. The sale at 5405 E McDonald Drive broke the record high at $3.5million, and it’s all by design, never by luck. In fact, we searched this category’s all-time recorded sale on ARMLS; this was it.  We welcome your call to find out how we successfully accomplish these transactions.”


Aazami added this shovel-ready Candelaria Designed property site and its brilliant views of
Camelback, Mummy, and the Phoenix Mountain preserve make this an incredibly compelling
location for a one-of-a-kind estate. The location is ideal for both entertainment and exercise as
Sanctuary Resort, Paradise Valley Country Club, and the Mountain Shadows event center are within
a short walk, as are the Echo Canyon and Phoenix Preserve hikes. Also, the property sits within a
15–20-minute drive from the Sky Harbor and Scottsdale Airports, making it a convenient and
ideal location.

While economic headwinds may make for a rocky ride in real estate for some, Aazami and Russ
Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty show why it still continues to transact at such an incredible
pace; there is simply no substitute for the incredible, bespoke properties that buyers and sellers
routinely trust it with.

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Back to School Drive

The Russ Lyon Foundation partnered with Arizona Helping Hands to host a backpack drive for foster care kids who need extra TLC just before the start of this upcoming school year. In all, the event gave away 2,000 backpacks, and each one was full of different supplies children need to have a successful school year. It’s the 10th year in a row the group has held this event.

“The Russ Lyon Foundation would like to thank all the agents and staff that donated backpacks, school supplies, money and their time. The Arizona Helping Hands Back to School Drive was a huge success!! Through their incredible generosity, we were able to help hundreds of foster kids start school prepared for a successful year.“

Stephanie Stewart, Russ Lyon Foundation PResident

Read More:

ABC Channel 15: Valley nonprofit helps foster children get back to school supplies 

Arizona Family Channel 3 & 5: Arizona Helping Hands is hosting a backpack drive for the school year

Arizona News: Arizona Helping Hands Hosting Backpack Drive for School Year

Fox 10: 10th annual Arizona Helping Hands backpack drive helps children prepare for the next school year

KOLD News 13: Backpack giveaway to help foster kids return to class with Arizona Helping Hands

Yahoo!: 10th annual Arizona Helping Hands backpack drive helps children prepare for the next school year

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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Karen Stroble

 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, Karen Stroble 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. 

Customizing her process to fit her clients’ individual needs, Karen Stroble ensures every buyer and seller receives a white-glove experience. Karen holds broker’s licenses in both Illinois and Arizona accommodating clients from all price points and demographics, including investors, luxury buyers, and first-time buyers. Her previous career in digital marketing and working for brands like Conde Nast and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has made for a seamless transition into real estate.

Karen’s knowledge and pride of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is evident and expands beyond just Arizona. With her success in the Chicago market, she was a shoe in for the Scottsdale brokerage. We look forward to watching her Arizona business develop!

Managing Broker, Sherri Monteith
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Iconic Estates: Pristine Pools

Summer is in full swing, and there’s nothing better than diving into a refreshing, cool pool! In fact, in Arizona, a pool is not just a beautiful luxury, but a necessity. Not surprisingly, 6 of the Top 10 Cities in the US for Swimming Pools are in Arizona. In the desert, nothing is more beautiful than a sparkling swimming pool in the backyard.

Arizona’s top estates feature resort-style swimming pools with all the best amenities. From lazy rivers to infinity edges, luxury spas, and water-park-style slides, you can find beautiful piscines throughout Arizona.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has a talented team of luxury lifestyle professionals across the state who can help track down the perfect home with a Pristine Pool, perfect for entertaining, hosting parties, and relaxing with family! Plus, pools complement the architectural features of the home and provide a focal point for the landscape.

Dive into these Pristine Pools featured in this month’s ICONIC Estates!


Stay and play in local luxury this summer with a staycation. When the temperatures go up, the rates go down, and that’s one great reason to live in The Valley of the Sun. We are fortunate to live in a place that so many travelers seek out for vacations. We have an exceptional array of high-end, luxury resorts with world-class dining, sophisticated spas and extensive amenities to enjoy—just minutes from home.

So, if you’re short on time, appreciate a good value or a vacation that takes all the work out of it, look no further than the end of your nose for the next city you’ll visit. And let them know the folks at ICONIC LIFE sent you.


“Can fashion even be sustainable? I’ve been covering sustainable fashion for seven years now, and still, I am asked this question. I know most people would assume no, fashion can not be sustainable since the very act of producing clothing requires resources—lots of them.

Fortunately, we have a growing number of passionate fashionistas who actually do care about the environment, including myself, and we’ve learned a thing or two about how you can make fashion more sustainable without abstaining from buying (or wearing) clothes. And don’t worry, we do not believe in sacrificing your personal style to any extent to participate in sustainable fashion either.”


Without a doubt, the King of Jazz would consider Ellington Heights—a sleek and stylish gem—a superb work of art. Nestled in the sun-kissed upper canyon of Silverleaf, the design for this magnificent estate collected inspiration from the social, artistic, and cultural dynamism of the Roaring Twenties era.

An absolute dream team has come together like an orchestra, including award-winning architect CP Drewett, master builder Gary Fries and interior design firm leader Claire Ownby, each playing their individual parts to create beautiful music together in construction and home design. This one-of-a-kind property is listed by Allan MacDonald. ⁠


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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Berenis Reyes

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, Berenis Reyes, 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. 

Berenis was raised in Goodyear before attending Arizona State University. She holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Supply Chain Management, with a minor in Sustainability. While real estate and interior design were always of considerable interest to her, she headed into the corporate world for a few years, working in digital advertising and operations. When the workforce went remote, Berenis finally had the chance to dive back into her passions. She took a chance and bought and fixed up her first property. What was supposed to be a quick paint job turned into a complete remodel, transforming the house into a dream home! At that point, it was a no-brainer to become a licensed real estate agent to help others do the same: turn houses into homes by realizing a property’s full potential. 

Berenis is now a full-time agent helping buyers, sellers, and investors achieve their real estate goals in Arizona. She loves working with people and will be there for her clients day and night. In her free time, you can find her walking her dog in nearby parks, hiking Camelback, in a yoga class, or exploring the many restaurants and shops the Phoenix Valley offers (let her know if you need any suggestions!). She is proud to call Arizona her lifelong home and excited to see it proliferate. Berenis would love to help you realize the beauty of living in the desert!

Meeting Berenis was like a breath of fresh air. Her desire to learn and to do well is admirable. We look forward to partnering with her and helping her achieve her career goals!

Sherri Monteith Managing Broker

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SIGNIFICANT SALES: JUNE 2022

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


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

Enjoy!

Significant Seller Representations:

5980 E Verde Place | Tucson
Sold for $815,000
Seller Representation: Nancy Armanini

64 Madera Court | Tubac
Sold for $667,849
Dual Representation: Gary Brasher & Daniel Ledwidge

12535 N 87th Drive | Peoria
Sold for $642,000
Seller Representation: Linda Allison & Bobbi Martin

9403 E Sunrise Circle | Carefree
Sold for $1,030,000
Seller Representation: Stephanie White & Karin Cahill

30136 N 73rd Drive | Peoria
Sold for $640,000
Seller Representation: Cindy Smith & Wendy Boyce

18814 N 89th Lane | Peoria
Sold for $600,000
Seller Representation: Lori Reiland

41960 N 105TH ST | Scottsdale
Sold for $5,350,000
Dual Representation: Paul Perry, Michelle O’Neill, Tami Henderson, & Laurie Tucker

41345 N 96th Street | Scottsdale
Sold for $4,800,000
Dual Representation: Dan Wolski, Troy Gillenwater, Jack O’Keefe, Kirk Marshall, & Keith Marshall

11368 E Salero Drive | Scottsdale
Sold for $3,700,000
Dual Representation: Kathleen Benoit, Karen Baldwin, Bee Francis, & James Kolander

8342 E Golden Spur Lane | Carefree
Sold for $2,900,000
Seller Representation: Debbie Omundson & Susan Folts

12402 N 74th Place | Scottsdale
Sold for $1,820,000
Seller Representation: Michael Johnson

3201 E Arroyo Seco Road | Carefree
Sold for $1,750,000
Dual Representation: Mark Hazelton, Steven Hanssen, Stacy Paluscio, Courtney Woods Olson, & Darcy Whalen

6893 E Cactus Wren Rd | Paradise Valley
Sold for $4,600,000
Seller Representation: Will Foote, Debbie Negrin, Jay Pennypacker, & Mike Holder

10184 E Peak Cir | Scottsdale
Sold for $3,400,000
Dual Representation: Will Foote, Debbie Negrin & Jay Pennypacker

6015 N Camino Preciado | Tucson
Sold for $3,450,000
Seller Representation: Judy Smedes & Kate Herk

13013 N Tailwind Drive | Tucson
Sold for $1,525,000
Seller Representation: Judy Smedes & Kate Herk

2522 E Turnberry Drive | Gilbert
Sold for $1,800,015
Seller Representation: Chris Tiller

17953 E Colt Court | Queen Creek
Sold for $1,400,000
Seller Representation: Cecilia Prest

2947 E Pinto Drive | Gilbert
Sold for $1,300,000
Seller Representation: Chris Tiller

4300 Hidden Hollow Road | Flagstaff
Sold for $3,775,000
Seller Representation: Blake Cain | Referral from Luxury Property Group

1297 Elkhorn Trail | Flagstaff
Sold for $2,300,000
Seller Representation: Keith Laizure

0000 Forest Service Rd 135 | Happy Jack
Sold for $2,750,000
Seller Representation: Paula Mack

415 Aerie Rd | Sedona
Sold for $1,300,000
Dual Representation: Jolynn Greenfield

315 Mockingbird Lane | Sedona
Sold for $2,900,000
Seller Representation: Jolynn Greenfield & Steve Doyle

195 Pebble Drive | Sedona
Sold for $1,360,000
Seller Representation: Magdalena Romanska

1423 Commonwealth Street | Prescott
Sold for $1,110,000
Seller Representation: Laura Spaeth

13675 N. Warpaint Place | Prescott
Sold for $985,000
Dual Representation: Terri Kiffer

126 Circulo Vespucci | Tubac
Sold for $765,000
Seller Representation: Marty Durkin
74 Veranera Court | Tubac
Sold for $579,105
Dual Representation: Gary Brasher & Daniel Ledwidge
8 Amado Montosa | Amado
Sold for $500,000
Seller Representation: Gary Brasher & Daniel Ledwidge

Significant Buyer Representations:

  • 21264 N 113th Place | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $28,100,000 – Record-Breaking Sale
    • Buyer Representation: Laura Briggs
  • 10500 E Lost Canyon Drive #8 | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $6,000,000
    • Buyer Representation: Lisa Lucky, Laura Lucky, & Matt Lucky
  • 6636 E Caron Drive | Paradise Valley
    • Sold for $3,100,000
    • Buyer Representation: Josh Shaver & Catherine Lewis
  • 6296 N Lost Dutchman Drive | Paradise Valley
    • Sold for $4,400,000
    • Buyer Representation: Jan Kabbani
  • 110 Silverleaf Dr lot 29 | Sedona
    • Sold for $2,450,000
    • Buyer Representation: Ed Pennington & Jeanette Sauer
  • 4525 E Coronado Drive | Tucson
    • Sold for $1,526,000
    • Buyer Representation: Bryan Durkin & Susan Neitzel
  • 3476 E Orleans Drive | Gilbert
    • Sold for $1,250,000
    • Buyer Representation: Jeremy Wilson & Elizabeth Wilson

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In the News: June 2022

ABC News

Former Phoenix penthouse of late Sen. McCain sells for a record-breaking price

Arizona’s Family

Biltmore penthouse that used to belong to John McCain sells for $6 million

Arizona Foothills Magazine

Silverleaf Mansion Breaks Record for Most Expensive Arizona Home

AZ Big Media

Best Places to Work in 2022: St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Best Places to Work in 2022: WaFd Bank Arizona

AZ Central

Phoenix’s priciest home sales: Scottsdale mansion sells

North Scottsdale Silverleaf mansion with a deck fireplace sells

Big AZ Media

Altitude at Silverleaf sells for a record-breaking $28.1M

Chicago Agent Magazine

How does a community increase home values?

Flagstaff Business News

Real Estate Inventory Rising

KTAR News

Gatsby-esque Scottsdale spec home listed for eye-popping $32 million

Las Angeles Times

Scottsdale mega-mansion sells for $28.1 million, an Arizona record

Phoenix Business Journal

Most expensive spec home ever to be built in Arizona is listed for $32M

News Wire

Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions and Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Frank Aazami Host Event

Scottsdale Progress

Silverleaf custom build hits $32M price tag

Telemundo

Elecciones primarias en Arizona: conoce a los precandidatos para Secretario de Estado

The Fountain Hills Times

Russ Lyon – Pellegrini and DeGeorge

The Real Deal

Unbuilt Scottsdale mansion asking $32M, priciest in Arizona

Wall Street Journal

Scottsdale Spec House Sells for $28.1 Million, Becoming Arizona’s Priciest-Ever Home

Arizona’s Most Expensive Home for Sale? It Hasn’t Been Built Yet

Verde Valley Independent

Be Fit Fit: Perfection?