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russ lyon sir appoints bret lamberson as flagstaff sales manager

We are pleased to announce Bret Lamberson has been named Office Sales Manager for the Flagstaff Office.

Lamberson has more than 14 years of experience in real estate in the state of Arizona. He began his time with the company in 2005 as a Real Estate Sales Associate. He continued work with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty through 2016 while he obtained a Juris Doctor degree at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, CA. With his legal presence in San Francisco, he handled important tasks defending against wrongful convictions, real estate disputes, and litigated deportation defense cases before the Department of Justice Immigration Court. Lamberson is also fluent in Spanish, which helps him with both his legal practices and his involvement in real estate investments in Central America.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s Flagstaff office is home to more than 35 agents and serves one of the highest performing housing markets in Northern Arizona. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty proudly serves Northern Arizona communities such as Sedona, Flagstaff, and Prescott.

Although my passion for real estate took me to San Francisco, I have loved Flagstaff and the four corners region since out family came here almost 40 years ago. It has been a pleasure to return to a world class company like Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. My goal as an Office Sales Manager is to create the greatest impact possible in a community that has already been so great to me. I am optimistic to see what the future holds.

bret lamberson
Architecture, Automobile, Business, Real Estate


Just in time for the Valley’s high-end car collector auctions Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, presents lavish homes with show-stopping garages for the automotive enthusiast.   

First stop on the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Garage Tour is a 6 bed and 9 bath home in the heart of Paradise Valley. Listed by agent Bob Hassett for $12,950,000 and located at 5021 E Arabian Way, this lavish estate boasts an opulent auto courtyard, with a lounge, that can hold up to 30 automobiles, an RV, golf cart, and has temperature control technology.  The state-of-the-art lighting and showrooms are perfect for the ultimate collection of luxury vehicles.

Next stop for the automotive aficionado is a privately gated property, located in Fountain Hills at 15647 N Cerro Alto Drive. Situated on 3.3 acres and listed at $3,000,000 by agent Frank Aazami, the 5 bed and 5.5 bath Tuscan estate also includes a 12-seat movie theater, 750 bottle wine cellar, and multiple pools with a grotto waterfall. However, do not miss the 8-car airconditioned garage with travertine flooring throughout. It is perfect for a year-round car-loving season!

Then head over to an artfully minded retreat on the top of Scottsdale Mountain. The Diamond House is listed by agent Laura Briggs for $3,200,000 and features 5 bed and 5.5 bath. Located at 12493 N 138th Place, this masterpiece designed by world-famous AIA architect, Gordon Rogers includes a 5-car top of the line garage to show off your one-of-a-kind car collection alongside a one-of-a-kind estate. Enjoy sweeping city views and city lights for miles while you relax, entertain, and enjoy the finest of Scottsdale living with your finest automobiles.

Next up is an entertainer’s dream home in Phoenix. The 6 bed and 8 bath property, listed by agent Wendy Mackenzie at $2,795,000, is in the prestigious Royal Palm Estates at 5134 E Palomino Road. Not only does the residence have impeccable views of Camelback Mountain and over an acre of land, it comes with a 4-car garage and 2-car detached garage, plus a workshop. The unparallel craftsmanship is the definition of luxury and comfort here in the Valley.

Continuing the garage tour head north to Cave Creek at 42401 N Spur Cross Road for a custom 5 bed 3.5 bath property listed at $1,250,000 by agent Stacy Paluscio. This oasis is a perfect retreat for any car enthusiast with a paved circular drive, built-in light system, 2 RV hookups, and a 6 car airconditioned garage. The double-walled construction and full solar panels aid to an energy-efficient home with utility bills falling under $50 a month. This is a rare and special find here in the Valley of the Sun.

For the final stop – car lovers can indulge in a 10 car garage beauty at 1111 N Quail Ridge Drive in Dewey Humboldt, AZ 86327. Listed for $1,490,000 by Nancy Read of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, this exquisite 8,634-square-foot Mediterranean Mansion features stunning hilltop views and luxury finishes throughout. With an open concept, the estate offers soaring ceilings, professional-grade kitchen with two dining areas, media room, wet bar, wine cellar, office. Extending from each of the 8 bedrooms are private courtyards offering balconies and more views.  There’s also a guest house and indoor gymnasium with basketball court set up, as well as a pool house with custom saltwater pool and spa, tennis, and 10+ car garage with RV space. An additional 12 acres plus adjacent commercial lot are also available.

Architecture, Business, Real Estate

Jorge De La Rosa sells arcadia home

Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate —  represented both the buyer and seller in the sale of Major League Baseball pitcher Jorge de la Rosa’s Scottsdale home.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents Bob Hassett and Lisa Westcott brokered the $1.85 million sale of De la Rosa’s 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath home in the Arcadia area.

The sale was a very smooth cash transaction and Jorge and his wife were two of the nicest sellers I’ve had the pleasure of representing in my 33 years in the High-end luxury markets of Scottsdale and Paradise Valley

bob hassett

De la Rosa has pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Chicago Cubs. The Scottsdale home totals 6,612 square feet and includes a rooftop patio, resort-style entertainment spaces and has French doors throughout.

My very discerning clients from California purchased this property because they wanted a luxury home near Old Town Scottsdale and the arts area

lisa westcott
Architecture, Business, Commercial Real Estate, Land and Lots, Multi Purpose, Real Estate

russ lyon sir lists sedona cultural park

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to offer one of the last and largest undeveloped pieces of land in Sedona.  The Sedona Cultural Park in Sedona, Arizona is truly the Gateway to West Sedona. This undeveloped property is approximately 40.9 acres and listed at $19,900,000.

Cultural Park has a premier location with unparalleled red rocks vistas, panoramic views, and sits against US Forest Service land on the west and north property boundaries. The property can be accessed from Highway 89A and Cultural Park Place and Arts Village Drive.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty real estate advisors Ed Pennington, Jeanette Sauer, and Tod Christensen are listing this one-of-a-kind property in America’s Most Beautiful City.

The Cultural Park is one of the largest undeveloped properties left in and around Sedona. Potential uses include housing, lodging, wellness village, a center of innovation, conference center, food service, retail, and other commercial uses.

Examples of approved uses for the property are outlined in the Sedona Community Plan update for the Western Gateway Community Focus Area City of Sedona. The City of Sedona would need to approve rezoning and land use. A copy can be provided to all interested parties.

There’s nothing else left that comes close to this size. This is the last largest piece of land available in Sedona and it offers tremendous potential including unmatched views of the Sedona Red Rocks,” said Listing Agent Ed Pennington of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

15 Cultural Park Place is being sold separately at $1,750,000. This two-story commercial office building, Zoning C-1 offers 5,797-square-feet with three office suites. Suites 1 and 2 are on the top level and are of 2,016-square-feet and 2,479-square-feet, respectively, and Suite 3 is on the main floor and is 401 SF. There are restrooms and a 4,448-square-foot covered parking structure with 18 parking spots.

Architecture, Business, Real Estate

Power of the Brand – networking + referrals

Bekkah Herman knows how important networking and referrals can be in a competitive marketplace. Herman has also learned there is even more power when coupling her networking efforts with the power of a prestigious, luxury brand such as Sotheby’s International Realty.

Herman is an agent with the Southeast Valley office of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

She visited Los Angeles earlier this year with the sole intention of connecting with other Sotheby’s International Realty agents and tap into the referral market.

I used to live in Los Angeles and the cross over between Southern California to Arizona has rapidly increased over the years. Sotheby’s International Realty has such a strong luxury footprint in both markets, and our brand power gives us so much referral potential.

bekkah herman

While in Los Angeles, Bekkah Herman met with Satch Herrmann, an agent with Sotheby’s International Realty Westlake Village office.

The meeting and Bekkah Herman’s networking and referral efforts proved fruitful. She ended up representing a buyer referred to her by Satch Herrmann. The buyer recently closed in a $1.2 million sale in the Biltmore area of Phoenix.

“The Sotheby’s International Realty relocation department was great to work with. They were prompt and helpful throughout the entire process and keeping everyone in the loop of the deal’s status was as simple as filling out a short questionnaire,” Herman said.

Renee Merritt of the Merritt Group at the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Camelback Tower office who specializes in luxury properties, was the listing agent for the four-bedroom home in the gated Biltmore Greens subdivision. The high-end home has a resort-style backyard with two outdoor fireplaces, a pool and spa area and views of Piestewa Peak.

“From the networking and referral, to closing the deal, this luxury sale was all through Sotheby’s International Realty showing the power of our luxury brand,” Herman said.

“The power of the Sotheby’s International Realty network reveals itself in stories like this, real stories, that real agents, buyers and sellers make a reality all over the globe, every day. Very powerful,” said Todd Gillenwater, CEO of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

Architecture, Business, Real Estate

french country estate sold in prescott

An elegant luxury Prescott estate listed by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty closed for $2,050,000 making it the most significant luxury home sale to date in the area since 2017.

Agents Nancy Read and Frank Aazami of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty represented the sellers of this record sale in Prescott. The French Country estate offers 6,795 square feet of livable space and sits on approximately seven acres. With four bedrooms, including two grand bedroom suites, this masterpiece is truly extraordinary.

There is nothing in Prescott quite like The Grand Lady of Thumb Butte. Grand in scale while offering an inviting, cozy feel with an almost fairytale-like experience as you walk through the home.  I am proud to represent Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty and the sellers in Prescott’s highest sale since 2017.

nancy read, russ lyon sotheby’s international realty sedona

Just minutes from downtown Prescott, this estate is located at 2031 W Thumb Butte Road in Prescott. This architectural masterpiece exudes privacy, comfort and class and stages unobstructed views of the adjoining seven acres.  This captivating single-level living estate with a grand foyer entrance, includes a 12-car garage, conservatory, living room, and library.

The home also offers a luxury chef’s kitchen, wine cellar, and breakfast nook. Each room is spacious enough to accommodate guests for corporate or family gatherings. The chef’s kitchen includes a double island center.

Other unique features of the gracious home include a custom made movie theater, game room, and entertainer’s loft. There is also room for horse privileges and a variety of mature trees.

Architecture, Art, Business, Real Estate

The diamond estate

The Estate of Legendary Arizona Philanthropist, Developer Donald Diamond and his wife, Joan Diamond.

Diamond, born in New York, moved to Arizona in 1965 and attended the University of Arizona. He served in the community and was involved in civic issues throughout the state.  His estate is located within the exclusive high-end guard-gated community of The Canyons, a community Diamond himself developed in Tucson.

Completed in 1982, the Spanish Colonial estate is made from burnt adobe imported from Mexico. The estate displays Diamond’s love for traditional Mexico with murals including a Mexican market and Mexican landscapes throughout, painted by renowned artist, Andrew Rush.

“It’s unlike any other house I’ve seen in Tucson. The timeless Adobe style is ideal for entertaining and even though it’s a large house, it’s warm and inviting,” said Helaine Levy, Diamond’s daughter.

The estate, which offers impressive views and exclusive privacy, is listed for $4.5 million. Prospective buyers also have an option to purchase five adjacent parcels along with the estate. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents Bryan Durkin and Anne Ferro are listing this one-of-a-kind luxury home and property in Tucson’s most elite and coveted neighborhood.

The estate features several properties on-site including the main house with 7,632 square feet showcasing two large bedroom suites and six bathrooms. The main residence also features a private office suite, spacious walk-in pantry, a lavish living room for large scale entertaining a sunken bar and a lower level with a recreation room, plus a full bar and a temperature-controlled walk-in wine cellar.

In addition, there is also a 2,589 square foot guest house with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. High above the Tucson city lights, the front porch comfortably seats 20 people.  Other highlights include a sparkling pool with an adjacent pool house, two changing rooms, bathroom, sauna, and a lower level exercise room/workshop.

“This extraordinary property offers the best city, mountain and private canyon views I have ever seen in my 20-year career. This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own an estate of this magnitude and to be located in a neighborhood with the prestige of The Canyons is truly unheard of. We are truly honored to have been selected to list this magnificent property and we are excited to bring it to market for the first time ever,” said Durkin.

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Architecture, Business, Entertainment, Real Estate


Luxury living extends into finding the perfect mix of fun and relaxation in cool outdoor spaces.

Designing exceptional and extraordinary homes very much includes the property’s exterior, according to Mark Candelaria, a Scottsdale architect and principal with Candelaria Design Associates. “Outdoor space needs to be thought of as positive space versus leftover space, so we pay as much attention to the shape and proportion of the outdoor space as we do an interior room, Candelaria said. He said outdoor spaces can be covered or trellised to create the feeling of a room.

“Then, just like interior space, the details need to be considered – finishes, surrounds, lighting, furnishings, and of course the landscaping. All of these notes ore orchestrated to create a beautiful melody of space be it traditional or contemporary,” Candelaria said.

In Arizona, that often means creating luxury oases in desert and Southwestern living. Whether it is a poolside patio, shaded terrace with mountain views or a curated desert garden, exterior amenities and design can take a property to the next level of luxury.

We love creating over the top outdoor spaces, spaces to entertain, to cook, to meditate, to exercise, to the garden. There are so many opportunities to pull one from the indoors and get them outdoors not to mention the merging of the indoors to the outdoors

Mark candelaria, aia

Outdoor spaces can be great for entertaining and enjoying all the outdoor beauty and sunshine Arizona has to offer. They can also offer some tranquility and peace or even just a quick moment of escape from a busy day and busy world.


Negative edge pools, spas, lazy rivers, and other water features contrast with Arizona’s desert landscapes. Candelaria said bocce courts, outdoor pavilions for dining, indoor-outdoor pools and outdoor kitchens are all trends he has been seeing on the exterior design front. He also said even smaller areas and side yards can be upgraded and transformed with small gardens, water features, and extensions of indoor spaces.

Design features that offer shade for entertaining or just enjoying an outdoor garden and Arizona’s natural beauty can also take living experiences to the next level.


From Camelback Mountain and north Scottsdale to Sedona and Tucson, Arizona offers one of a kind views of the mountain, desert flora and cities, those views and luxury homes are enhanced by great outdoor living and features. Fireplace, fire pits, fountains and high-end outdoor lighting can all lift the experience. Premium outdoor kitchens and bars can bring out the best entertainer, chef de cuisine and mixologist.

Home is where the heart is and inspired outdoor spaces can take luxury and hospitality to a game-changing level. “It’s pretty limitless – really anything you can contemplate doing on the inside of the house is an opportunity to imagine, compose and ultimately experience outdoors,” Candelaria said.

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Architecture, Art, Business, Real Estate

luxury real estate headlines | august 2019

A 133-acre estate in Tucson’s Rattlesnake Canyon listed for $8.9M – AZ Central

133-acre Tucson property on the market for $8.9M – Phoenix Business Journal

Inciting the Senses When Selling a Home – Flagstaff Business News

$4.5 million home for sale in Paradise Valley – AZ Family

$7.9 million home for sale in Fountain Hills – AZ Family

$3.26 million home perched atop Camelback Mountain goes on sale – AZ Family

Unique Scottsdale Unique Scottsdale luxury home/art gallery listed for $6 million – KTAR News

Scottsdale gallery with luxury residence listed for $5.995M – AZ Big Media

Old Town Scottsdale loft with art gallery for sale – AZ Central

Haute Property: Classically Contemporary – So Scottsdale

$3.85 million home for sale in Paradise Valley – AZ Family

Architecture, Art, Business, Real Estate

Grant Almquist lists Art Gallery With Luxury Residence

A rare opportunity to own an art gallery and luxury residence in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale has come up! The gallery property includes a 3,000-square-foot main residence, a 5,200-square-foot art gallery and 1,500-square-foot ‘Bishop’s House’.

Grant Almquist, a REALTOR specializing in luxury properties with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, is listing the Riva Yares Gallery and Luxury Residence. The property is in the heart of Scottsdale’s renowned arts district at 3625 North Bishop Lane in Scottsdale. The unique, urban and arts property is listed for $5.995 million.

The property totals 9,621 square feet. That includes a 3,000-square-foot main residence, 5,200 square feet of gallery and office space and an additional 1,500-square-foot adobe ‘Bishop’s House’. The main residence has two bedroom and three bathrooms.

“This live/work, gallery property is urban luxury living at its best. The main residence above the gallery has soaring ceilings, lots of natural light via custom skylights, a loft-style bedroom and gourmet kitchen,” Grant Almquist said.

The Riva Yares Gallery has been a cornerstone of Scottsdale’s contemporary arts scene for more than 30 years. It is located near Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard in the heart Old Town’s restaurants, art galleries, shopping and cultural venues.

“This is a unique, contemporary and luxury property offering ideal space in Old Town Scottsdale,” Almquist said.