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Nadine-Angela Sciarani

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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.

Architecture, Art, Business, Community, Entertainment, Real Estate

Iconic Estates | Magnificant 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 major advantage of mountain living is getting to enjoy the natural beauty of Arizona’s landscape. Often you can find a variety of flora and fauna near peaks and foothills alike. Another benefit of living near a mountain range is the wonderful paths. Hiking is a favorite pastime for many Arizonans, as the view from the top of any of our beautiful mountains makes the climb all that 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 want 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!

We kick off Dinner & Drinks with a new dream duo at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, expanding upon the expertise offered by longtime Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, who added two culinary powerhouses to his team—Chef de Cuisine at Elements Samantha Sanz and Bar Chef at Jade Bar Christiaan Röllich. Both have built impressive careers at top restaurants and are at tops in their fields, and we are very excited to see what this trio will develop next. Today they teach us how to make Ahi Tuna with Aguachile and a mezcal drink called “The Villain”. Read more.

There’s something brewing in Tombstone—as a special project is about to be uncorked in an Arizona wine-inspired community. If your dream is to own a vineyard of your own, sites are improved and available now.

Tombstone, Arizona is more known for movies than Mourvedre, but that is about to change as the exciting 1881 Preserve breaks ground one mile east of town. While the developers are creating a complete community on the 21,000-acre site, they’re quick to point out that their vision is to grow over the years to highlight the burgeoning Cochise County wine region.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty represents spectacular grape-growing lots for sale listed by Debbie Sinagoga and Kris LaCroix. Read more.

Many modern travelers seek to connect with the natural environment of their latest far-flung destinations. And landscape hotels, much like treehouse hotels, make it easy for jet-setters to do just that and get back to nature. Known for stunning architecture that both celebrates the natural beauty of nature and encourages guests to feel immersed in landscape, we showcase four landscape hotels that offer luxe amenities in truly stunning settings. And coming soon is the first landscape hotel to open in North America, Ambiente, in Sedona. Read More.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Top July Sale

A dream team of Matt Thomas Architect, Berghoff Landscape, Lauren Wallace Interiors and MDF Development prepares to usher in a new era of luxury homes into the Valley. This Modern Georgian will be the epitome of contemporary luxury combined with timeless design. Buyer representation by Cionne McCarthy and Mikhail Quijada of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Camelback Tower office for $10,000,000.

Architecture, Business, Entertainment, Golf, Inspiration, Multi Purpose, Real Estate


 Ascent at The Phoenician® is unveiling the design for The Summit Rooftop Terrace at its new luxury condominium building, which will offer 360-degree views of the Valley and Camelback Mountain.

Designed uniquely for the Ascent mountainside condominium owners, residents will enjoy their own private rooftop community terrace featuring soft seating, fire tables, multiple gathering spaces, and an activity lawn in addition to the dramatic views.

Ascent at The Phoenician® is situated at the base of Camelback Mountain, overlooking The Phoenician® Golf Course and located adjacent to The Phoenician®, a Luxury Collection Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ascent at The Phoenician® recently released an intimate residential building of 40 luxury condominiums on Camelback Mountain consisting of one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den, and three-bedroom plus den plans. Prices are estimated to range from $1.5 million up to $5 million. 

With the dramatic views of the Valley during the day and city lights at night all set right on Camelback Mountain, the mountainside residences are generating strong interest for their spectacular panorama. Ascent at The Phoenician offers an extraordinary way of life at Scottsdale’s most coveted location on Camelback Mountain.

Todd Patrick, Vice President of Sales and marketing

The mountainside condominium residences follow the early sales success of the Ascent Golf Villas, which Ascent began selling in mid-February. The Golf Villas include homes ranging from two-bedroom to three-bedroom plus den/office plans, extensive indoor-outdoor living, private two-car garages, and views of both the golf course and Camelback Mountain. Current prices range from $2.16 million up to $3.195 million. Construction of the Golf Villas is now underway.

The mountainside condominium residences will enjoy a prime location adjacent to the Mountain Club, a private club for owners at Ascent. Programs, amenities and private events at the Club will celebrate the iconic Camelback Mountain and will include a private pool, fitness and movement rooms, social spaces and demonstration kitchen for cooking classes and private chef experiences. Architecturally designed as a modern interpretation of the historic Jokake Inn on The Phoenician® grounds, the Mountain Club will be an intimate gathering place for connection, wellness, celebration and relaxation.  

Ascent at The Phoenician® residents will have a connection through the cactus garden to all of The Phoenician® hotel’s restaurants. Also, residents will have the opportunity to join the Phoenician® Amenity Access Program that provides Ascent real estate owners with access to resort amenities, including the pools and fitness facility and preferred pricing for golf, spa, food and beverage, and other services.

With more than $2 billion of real estate projects in planning and development, Replay has properties in some of the world’s most sought-after settings. The team for Replay’s condominium residences and Golf Villas includes design partners from the Valley’s best internationally recognized talent: Nelsen Partners, an architecture and planning firm founded in 1990; Vallone Design, a leading, full-service interior design firm specializing in exquisite residential and commercial interior design; Floor Associates, a landscape architecture and planning firm; and bulthaup Scottsdale, a globally recognized company producing premium kitchens custom-made in Germany.

Joe Bushong and Leslie Jenkins of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty are the listing agents for Ascent at The Phoenician®. For more information on the remaining Golf Villa homes or to register for updates including Priority Registration for the first release of mountainside condominium residences visit or call 480-534-4086.

Art, Business, Community, COVID-19, Entertainment, Inspiration, Life, Multi Purpose, Real Estate

Russ Lyon Foundation Brings Back ‘Love Your Neighbors’ campaign to Raise Funds to Benefit Arizona Housing Fund

The Russ Lyon Foundation is bringing back their Love Your Neighbors campaign to raise money for the Arizona Housing Fund. In 2020 $5,290 was raised. The sale is happening now and only runs through Sunday, August 22, 2021.

The Love Your Neighbors apparel is being produced by local company SideBar and just $20. New to the 2021 lineup is the apparel coming in a stonewashed blue-gray color option, women’s v-neck, unisex tank and bandana. They are available online, click here.

Every item ordered benefits the Arizona Housing Fund (AZHF). AZHF is a dedicated and sustainable revenue source that grants funding to the nonprofit agencies that build and operate Permanent Supportive, Low-Income and Working Poor Housing. Its equity grants will enable more housing units to be constructed, meeting the growing needs of our communities in Arizona with the goal of reducing homelessness.

There has never been a more important time for everyone to come together and support the Arizona Housing Fund. This foundation gives families a fighting chance to stay in their homes and helps others find housing.

Betsy Dickinson, President of Russ Lyon FOundation

The Russ Lyon Foundation seeks to provide valuable and meaningful service work within communities as well as charitable investments. Since the foundation began in 2014, more than $500,000 has been contributed towards various 501c3 Arizona-based organizations through direct donations, matching funds, sponsorships, and fundraisers.

Architecture, Business, Real Estate

Significant Sales | Southern Arizona

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Presents Its Most Significant Sales in Southern Arizona

The Top Five Sales in the Month of June Feature Retreat Inspired Estates and Remarkable Scenic Views of the Mountains  

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, is proud to present the most significant sales in Northern Arizona for the month of June. The list showcases the top five sales of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty and features Northern Arizona’s most sought-after luxurious estates

Christina Tierney | $3,900,000 | Tucson | Seller Representation

The 2,379 square foot oasis sits on a beautiful lot and offers a gorgeous infinity pool that flows to the unobstructed views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The estate mimics the colors and materials of the Sonoran Desert which inspired the design of this exquisite 3 bed, 3 bath property. The estate boasts 6,370 square feet and sits on two acres of breathtaking land. The interior is coherently crafted with the finest finishes such as Rammed earth, reclaimed wood, stacked stone, concrete, and quartzite layer texture throughout.

Susanne Grogan, Judy Smedes, Kate Herk | $2,695,000 | Tucson | Dual Representation

Located in Tucson’s most exclusive community, The Canyons, the 4 bed, 5 bath estate boasts over 5,107 square feet. Sitting on over an acre of land, the backyard retreat features a coveted pool and spa, full outdoor kitchen, and a fire pit. Guests can notice the close attention to details of the stunning interior which features oversized porcelain tile floors, oversized alder doors throughout, expansive walls of windows, & a large quartz kitchen island.

Christina Tierney, Frank Lococo | $2,150,000 | Tucson | Dual Representation

The 2,013 square foot property is located in the The Villas at MIRAVAL Resort and allows the world’s most acclaimed destination spa to be just steps away. The 2 bed, 2 bath oasis blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings of the Catalina Mountains and breathtaking Tucson sunsets. The design of the interior space is utilized well with two master baths, walk-in closets, and a generously sized master bedroom with a covered patio and spa.

Susanne Grogan | $1,995,000 | Tucson | Buyer Representation

Located in the prestigious gated community of Pima Canyon, the 1.2 acres of land captures spectacular views of the mountainous scenery. The dramatic front entry with a fourteen-foot domed ceiling is captivating and eye-catching along with the expansive living room with floor-to-ceiling windows. The 5,418 square foot estate encompasses 4 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms which includes an oversized master bedroom with a sitting area and fireplace. The backyard is a desert oasis with two covered patios, a built-in BBQ, pool and spa, and a waterfall.

Kate Herk, Judy Smedes | $1,825,000 | Tucson | Dual Representation

The exquisite Tucson home has all of the trademarks of a quintessential Joesler-Mud adobe construction built around an expansive courtyard with a charming fountain, beamed ceilings, mission tile porches with chinked mortar and scored concrete floors. The 7200 square foot residence with a guest house sits on a sprawling 5.32 acres. The expansive 6 bed, 7 bath estate offers the ultimate privacy and views with incredible proximity.

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Business, Real Estate

Russ Lyon Welcomes Zachary Meyer

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, Zachary Meyer, 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. 

Zachary Meyer is an entrepreneur with a passion for excellence. As an effective negotiator, he maintains constant communication throughout the buying and selling process. He believes that honesty and integrity is always the best practice.

Through extensive research of the housing market, he is able to understand the current level of competition as it relates to supply and demand. He skillfully applies this knowledge and listens to his client’s needs, to ensure the best possible outcome.

As a real estate advisor – Zachary’s goal is to help successfully navigate every step of the transaction. 

Zachary has a quest for knowledge that is insatiable. He cares about being better, doing more and educating his clients to the extreme. Having him as part of our team is an honor.

Sherri Monteith, Managing Broker
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Noble Vision – A World Premier

Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, is proud to sponsor The Noble Vision World Premiere Concert by the Flagstaff Community Band. 

The Noble Vision World Premiere Concert will be held on Saturday, August 7th, 2021 at 5:30 pm and at Coconino Community College which is located 2800 S Lone Tree Rd in Flagstaff. 

70 members of the Flagstaff Community Band are currently rehearsing for the performance. 

Among those is a musically gifted saxophone player named Paula Mack.  

The Flagstaff resident has been playing the  saxophone for 20 years and shares her time between playing for the Flagstaff Community Band and working as a REALTOR for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.  Mack, who works out of the brokerage’s Flagstaff Office is excited to perform with the Flagstaff Community Band in the upcoming Noble Vision World Premiere Concert. 

“I am extremely proud to be a part of such a talented group of musicians,” explains Paula Mack of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, and member of the Flagstaff Community Band, “The Flagstaff Community Band has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and effort to put together a beautiful ensemble, and this composition will be especially special to the Dark Skies Flagstaff area.” 

Noble Vision is a commission composed by Patrick J. Burns and celebrates the life and contributions of Percival Lowell, the astronomer who founded the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. Lowell Observatory is an astronomical observatory and was established in 1894, placing it among the oldest observatories in the United States. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. This observatory is also known for discovering the dwarf planet Pluto.

The Flagstaff Community Band has chosen to honor Lowell with this commission to highlight this special part of the state. The observatory provided inspiration for the theme of the music and offered room for the composer’s creativity when writing the piece. The composer, Patrick Burns, in learning much more about Lowell Observatory, liked the grandness of very simply drawing attention to the work of Percival Lowell and the boundaries that he pushed through his thoughts, studies, and eventually discoveries.

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Russ Lyon SIR Agents Recognized for 40 Under 40

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, made a profound showing in the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS 40 Under 40 Award Winners 2021

A total of six agents with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty were named as 40 Under 40 Award Winners this year. The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS recognizes members who are 40 years of age or younger for their success, leadership, community & industry involvement. 

Janelle Flaherty’s passion and drive for real estate are shown through her numerous successes. Janelle Flaherty is a well-recognized member of the National Association of REALTORS and Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS. As an outstanding realtor in Scottsdale and surrounding areas, Flaherty frequents repeat business and referrals. Flaherty is known to provide her clients with exceptional communication, personal attention, and an overall excellent experience. In 2020, she had an impressive top sale of $1,050,000.  

Jessica Jablonski always aims to make the process the best possible for each of her clients, making her a top agent for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. In 2020, Jessica Jablonski landed a top-selling home priced at $850,000. Focused on properly preparing homes for the market, Jablonski continually maximizes her clients’ return on investment. Jablonski exceeds Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s mission by providing her clients with the most responsive, personalized service attainable.

Jeffrey Serpa’s top-selling home in 2020 of $2,975,000 undoubtedly outlines his successes. Serpa has made outstanding sales in local Arizona communities including Scottsdale, Cave Creek, and Phoenix. Serpa has lived and worked in California, Ohio and throughout the Midwest, South Carolina, Florida, and even sailed the high seas in the Caribbean Ocean. Serpa’s unique career experiences across the country allow him to provide his clients with a well-rounded, notable experience.   

Mimi Sadeghi of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty always puts her clients first. Nevertheless, Sadeghi’s mission to her clients is to be in constant communication, keeping her clients fully informed throughout the buying and selling process. Sadeghi’s versatile background in architecture and business has positioned her to excel in customer service, honesty, and integrity. With her professional demeanor and extensive knowledge of the real estate market, Sadeghi was able to capture her top 2020 sale at $1,595,000.

Chris Tiller’s decade-long experience of contract negotiation and financial expertise allows him to exceed his clients’ expectations of finding a great investment and home. Tiller is known to be successful in a wide range of services and quality customer care. In 2020, Tiller of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty made an exceptional top sale priced at $940,000. Tiller stands true to his mission by marketing his clients’ homes to the highest number of qualified buyers possible.

Jennifer Wilson impressively landed her top sale of 2020 with a selling price of $3,500,000. Never settling for standard expectations, Wilson prioritizes long-term relationships with her clients. As an accomplished realtor, Wilson believes it is crucial to obtain strong knowledge of the community, strong negotiation skills, and a commitment to providing excellent services for her clients’. As a high-energy and highly motivated individual, Wilson’s passion for people and success has driven her to great accomplishments. 

Architecture, Business, Real Estate

Significant Sales | Northern Arizona

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Presents Its Top Luxury Sales in Northern Arizona

The Top Five Sales in the Month of June Feature Panoramic Red Rock Views and the Finest Custom Finishes    

 Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, is proud to present the most significant sales in Northern Arizona for the month of June. The list showcases the top five sales of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty and features Northern Arizona’s most sought-after luxurious estates

Ed Pennington, Jeanette Sauer | $4,100,000 | Sedona | Dual Representation

The estate boasts 6,370 square feet and sits on two acres of breathtaking land. The soaring ceilings and broad windows capture a remarkable view of the Red Rock formations, Oak Creek Country Club Golf Course, and national forests. The 4 bed, 7 bath estate features a guest house, home movie theater, pool cabana, and two oversized master suites. The expansive home displays exquisite contemporary designs along with state-of-the-art security and a high-tech smart home system.

Jim French, Anne French | $3,033,333 | Sedona | Seller Representation

The 4,446 square foot estate includes five generously sized bedrooms and six bathrooms. Overlooking the crimson Red Rocks and the vast sapphire skyline, the estate captures the magnificent views that Sedona has to offer. The 1.77 acres of land offer numerous outdoor actives such as Hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding that are easily accessible by the estate’s private, coveted paths.

Ed Pennington, Jeanette Sauer, Wyndie Whitney | $2,800,000 | Sedona | Buyer Representation

The modern farmhouse estate offers 4,330 square feet of living space along with three spacious bedrooms and five bathrooms. The property offers 2+ acres of land which back up to the serene waters of Oak Creek. The estate highlights the beautiful land of Sedona by offering a red rock staircase that opens onto a private beach and an exclusive swimming hole. The custom interior features beautiful Douglas fir beams, reclaimed hickory hardwood flooring, and top of the line appliances.

Joy Moore | $2,150,000 | Sedona | Seller Representation

The 1,735 square foot estate sits on an amazing twelve acres of sprawling land in the coveted Bear Mountain area. This gorgeous Dome Home was impeccably renovated from floor to ceiling by Greg Van Dam & Dwell Well in 2013. The captivating exterior of the estate encompasses two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms which feature the finest finishes. Guests are greeted by a soaring cathedral ceiling and stunning skylights that capture the bordering forests and panoramic Red Rock views.

Flagstaff Office | $1,750,000 | Buyer Representation

The entire two-story, 4,885 square foot estate captures premiere elegance after an extensive remodel inside and out. The five-bed, four-bath estate sits on just under an acre of land and features an entertainer’s dream backyard. The backyard oasis includes a gas fired Forno Bravo pizza oven, a built-in BBQ, and a showstopping gas fire pit carved out of natural boulder. The rustic, sophisticated interior is impeccable with new granite kitchen countertops, farmhouse sink, new fixtures, and a custom designed backsplash.

Additional Sales of Note

Business, Real Estate

Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Jennifer Fueger

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, Jennifer Fueger, to the Southeast Valley 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. 

Jennifer Fueger studied Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Mass and Harvard, excavated overseas, was a research fellow at CAARI and a Fulbright Scholar alternate. 

Jennifer enjoys developing a relationship with each of her clients. What you can expect from her is authentic, straight forward conversations that will help you make an informed decision. The process of buying/selling a home can be stressful; Jennifer’s role is to guide the process to a successful conclusion. She looks forward to working with you.

We are so excited to have Jennifer Fueger join our Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Southeast Valley office.  She has an incredible midwest work ethic from growing up in Wisconsin.  When you combine that with her  attention to detail and a heart built to serve others Jennifer will be amazing in the field of Real Estate.  Her vast knowledge of the real estate industry consists of years of working in title and escrow and also home loans.  All of Jennifer’s knowledge and skill will be so beneficial to her clients.

Cathy Green, Managing Broker