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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Melanie Verstraete

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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, Melanie Verstraete, 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.

Whatever your Luxury Real Estate and design needs, Melanie Verstraete can provide the complete package. She is not just your usual real estate agent. Like a valuable jewel, she has many different facets for she is a REALTOR®, a designer, a stager, an interior designer, and a fix and flip expert.

Melanie loved art and design ever since she was a little girl. While in college, Melanie majored in automotive design, but quickly realized that was not her calling and pursued her degree in architecture.

Due to their entrepreneurial approach to business, Melanie and her dad started doing fix and flip projects in 2013 when the market was crazy in Arizona. As she and her father went around with different agents purchasing properties, Melanie thought to herself, “Why don’t I get my real estate license?”. This thought made sense financially and allowed them to keep the commissions for more of a profit. In that same year, Melanie got her real estate license and started controlling all the contracts while still assisting with the construction and doing all the interior design their projects needed. 

Melanie’s personality is one that people are drawn to immediately. Matched with her insane work ethic and eye for marketing, that’s exactly what makes her the perfect fit for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.”

Sherri Monteith, Managing Broker
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Historic Retreat and Two Inns in Tubac For Sale and Presented by Russ Lyon SIR

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to present the historic 75-acre Kenyon Ranch retreat as well as the Tubac Country Inn and Amado Territory Bed & Breakfast for sale in and around the historic village of Tubac south of Tucson.

The village was established in 1752 and is considered the place where history and art meet. It is home to many shops, museums, and galleries as well as many neighborhoods and the Tubac Golf Resort.

Russ Lyon Sotheby International Realty Real Estate Advisors Catherine Marrero and Gary Brasher are excited to present Kenyon Ranch. The historic property was built in 1936 as a dude ranch and has most recently operated as a retreat with 17 guest casitas and 4 stand-alone homes. The 75-acre property features a 4,399-square-foot main house with a commercial kitchen and large dining room. Kenyon Ranch is listed for $2.6 million. It is located at 80 Kenyon Ranch Road, Tubac, Arizona 85646.

Kenyon Ranch has been one of the most important historical properties in Tubac. The retreat has wonderful panoramic views and amazing sunsets. It also features a 2,000 square foot lodge which is suitable for group events. All furniture, fixtures, and equipment to run facility are included in sale. Kenyon Ranch also has massage rooms, three private wells, a pool, hot tub, and horse facilities.

Cathy Marrero, Real Estate Advisor

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Real Estate Advisors Bob Prigmore and Gary Brasher are also presenting the Amado Territory Bed & Breakfast at The Amado Territory Rancb near Tubac. The property has visibility from Interstate 19 and features an additional 3.84-acre developable lot. The B&B and ranch has 9 guest rooms each with a private bath as well as a manager’s apartment. The property is listed for $1.25 million and is located at 3001 Frontage Road, Amado, Arizona 85645.

This is a gorgeous one-of-a-kind property with a light-filled Arizona room. It is close to the artist’s village of Tubac and a great starting place to explore southern Arizona

Bob Prigmore, real estate advisor

Gary Brasher is also honored to present the Tubac Country Inn. The five-room inn is in the center of the historic village and is listed for $995,000. The property has five rooms, one of which can accommodate the owner. It was built in 1987 and is near the 27-hole Tubac Golf Resort and Spa and the Presidio State Historic Park. The property is located at 13 Burruel Street, Tubac, Arizona 85646.

“The Tubac Country Inn is in the center of the arts community and has a proven track record and can generate a stable return on investment. This is a turnkey operation and is ready for a buyer to purchase and start operating immediately

Gary Brasher, Managing Broker
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The Little Daisy Goes Up for Auction

The Sedona Estate Will Be No Reserve via Concierge Auctions and Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Located just outside of Sedona, in the town of Jerome, 300 Upper Bell Road—known as The Little Daisy—will auction online this month via Concierge Auctions in cooperation with Luxury Agent Donna Chesler of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Previously offered for $5.9 million, the property will sell with No Reserve to the highest bidder. Bidding will be held June 26-30 via Concierge Auctions’ online marketplace,, allowing buyers to bid digitally from anywhere in the world.

Be swept away to the grandeur of a bygone era at this thoughtfully-redesigned family estate. Once a famed miner hotel, the property was lovingly restored over 12 years and reconfigured into 8  bedrooms including a grand master suite—all while paying homage to the original structure. Original hand-plastered ceilings, exterior colorful tiles, walls of french doors, 3,000 square feet of verandas, and an antique copper sink are touches of the property’s past. Entertain guests with ease between the many verandas, blooming rooftop gardens, and the 9,000-square-foot rooftop entertaining space with a cozy sitting area, bar/dining space, and a hot tub for cold desert nights—all with sweeping views of the Sedona Red Rocks and entire Verde Valley. Other features include: master-suite with sitting area, spa bath, double vanities, claw-foot tub, bidet, his-and-her walk-in closets; chef’s kitchen with marble and stainless counters, marble island, bar seating, top-of-the-line appliances, walk-in pantry; formal dining space; billiards/media lounge; home office; wine cellar; 3,000-square-foot garage/workshop; lawn fountains and firepit; and outdoor shower—all 2 minutes to downtown Jerome and 40 minutes to Sedona. 

“After pouring a lot of love into this property for over 12 years, I am excited to partner with Concierge Auctions for the sale of my home,” said seller, Lisa Acker. “Their auction platform puts a spotlight on one-of-a-kind properties like my own, reaching the most discerning buyers from around the world.”

Nestled in Jerome, Arizona—once known as the “the wickedest town in the west” during its copper mining heyday—the town is known today as a mecca for art, history, and wine lovers alike. Surrounded by historic sites and protected land, residents enjoy beautiful desert landscapes, rock formations, and Native American ruins. Nearby Sedona offers hiking trails with Red Rocks views, while Flagstaff offers skiing, mountain biking, and incredible restaurants. 

“This iconic estate sits atop the hillside in Jerome, capturing all-season views of the mountains beyond. Deep-rooted in the town’s history and renovated into the incredible personal residence it is today, this is your chance to own a piece of American history,” said listing agent, Donna Chesler.

The Little Daisy, located at 300 Upper Bell Road, is available or showings daily by appointment and additionally available for private virtual showings. For property details, photography, diligence documents, and more, please visit

As part of Concierge Auctions’ Key for Key® giving program in partnership with Giveback Homes, the closing will result in a new home built for a family in need.Concierge Auctions offers a commission to the buyers’ representing real estate agents. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details. For more information, visit or call (212) 202-2940.

Photography by John Lloyd

Architecture, Art, Business, COVID-19, Education, Entertainment, Real Estate, Working From Home

Stay Home | 4 Reasons Why Home Matters

by Sotheby’s International Realty

There are many famous quotes about home – “home is where the heart is,” “there’s no place like home,” and “home is where your story begins,” to name a few. These are sentiments we can get behind now, more than ever. Let’s settle into our favorite spots and take a look at the importance of home.

A Place to Reflect

Home is a place where you feel most comfortable, which is why it feels so good to come home after time away. It’s a place where can you curl up with a good book and the place where your bed and pillow await after a long day. Now that many of us are spending more time in our homes than ever before, we may forget that special feeling of “coming home,” and how nice it is to walk through our own front door every day to a place of warmth and familiarity. Now is a perfect time to reflect on where you’ve been, where you are, and where you want to go in the future – and yes, that can include a travel bucket list.

An Expression of Lifestyle

As many of us are spending more time at home, we’ve been able to better evaluate the everyday functionality, layout, and aesthetic of our households. Our time at home right now affords us the opportunity to experiment with our space and whether it is truly working to best fit our needs. Consider reorganizing drawers, pantries, and closets as an easy weekend project. For something new, consider rearranging the layout of a room, ordering some new accessories or a new patio set, and if you have the time, trying a new paint color. Making small updates to your surroundings helps your home continue to be a place of comfort and inspiration.

Memories and History

A favorite coffee mug from a special trip, a treasured family photo, memories of funny kitchen mishaps, and the first time you walked through the door and called this space home are all things to remember during a time like this – especially if you’re beginning to feel restless. Take a moment to look around your home and take stock of all it has provided over the years – let those memories bring a smile to your face. Remember, just because you’re home doesn’t mean you can’t make new memories; virtually visit a museum or take in a live performance to help pass the time.

A Home Means Hope

Having a place to call home sets you up for success and gives you a hope for a better future. New Story has provided thousands of homes to families in need and now, during this current health crisis, is helping families in the U.S. that are facing homelessness. Learn more about New Story and how you can make a difference and see how they’ve partnered with Icon to revolutionize how they’re building homes on the Apple TV+ series, “Home.”

Home is where the heart is – share your favorite part about your home in the comments below and remember, we’re all in this together.

Architecture, Business, Equestrian, Land and Lots, Real Estate

Virtual Showings April 25 and 26

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Remote Getaways Across Arizona With Breathtaking Views and Incredible Designs

Properties across the state that give new meaning to a high-end getaway.

The properties include an iconic, historic hotel turned into a one-of-a-kind residence, a 238-acre ranch in southern Arizona, a contemporary gem in Scottsdale’s Desert Mountain and pristine land north of Phoenix that gives new meaning to live streams.

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Donna Chesler is proud to present the historic and renovated Little Daisy property in Jerome, Arizona. The asking price for this unique historic home is $5.9 million. It is located at 300 Upper Bell Road, Jerome, Arizona 86331. The Little Daisy opened in 1919 as a 40-room hotel. It was owned by Rawhide Jimmy Douglas who owned the Little Daisy Mine. 

The 12,398-square-foot Little Daisy has 8 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. It is being listed for sale after a 9-year renovation. The renovation includes a reception area, wine cellar and unbelievable mountain views.

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Tracy and Tim Fitzgerald is listing 1,278 acres of land in Black Canyon City for $5 million.

The land is north of Anthem at 0000 Tara Springs Road, Black Canyon City, Arizona 85234

The land has 360-degree mountain views including of Thumb Butte as well as 3 live streams and a creek running through the property. It is bordered by the Tonto National Forest, Aqua Fria National Monument as well as other state and federal lands. There are Indian Ruins and historic gold and copper mines on the expansive site north of Phoenix.

There are 8 wells on the property which is also home to wildlife and more than 170 species of birds.

Daniel Wolski is excited to present a ‘Top of the World’ luxury home in Scottsdale’s Desert Mountain area.

This contemporary 9,186-square-foot, 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom dream home in North Scottsdale’s Desert Mountain features telescoping pocket doors, Spectacular views and a separate casita. This one-level masterpiece is listed for $9.75 million.

The luxury home is located at 9300 East Grapevine Pass Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85262.

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Marty Durkin and Bill Baffert are honored to list the 238.22-acre Baffert Ranch property in Nogales.  The listing price is $4.95 million. The property has a mix of uses of and building and has been primarily used as a cattle and horse ranch. It features a 3,060-square-foot main ranch house as well as an office building and warehouse on the property. It is located at 50 West Escondido, Nogales Arizona, 85621.

Nancy Read is excited to present 4725 West Phantom Road, Prescott, Arizona 86305 for $1.65 million. The 5-bedroom 5-bathroom, 5,800-square foot backs 10,000 acres of national forest. It includes home office space and spectacular views. You can check out a video of the property here.

Architecture, Business, Golf, Real Estate


Estancia estate features panoramic city and mountain views

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Real Estate Advisors Jay Pennypacker, Debbie Negrin, and Will Foote were the buyers’ agents in the $7.5 million sale of the luxury home in North Scottsdale’s prestigious Estancia area.

The sale of this contemporary gem closed 4 days after the Scottsdale property was listed. The home is nestled in the premier area with expansive, panoramic city views as well as views of Pinnacle Peak, Flatiron Mountain and the Estancia golf course.

This Estancia home sold quickly thanks to the property’s dramatic modern architecture, stunning views and luxury amenities along with its premier Scottsdale location

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The Scottsdale property has 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and features a stunning pool and spa and has unique design features. The pool and spa wrap around the patio and house with the pool designed right up the windows. The home features disappearing electric glass sliding doors that open to the patio. Skylights are throughout the home. 

There are no steps in the house which also has interior and exterior retractable sunshades as well as blackout shades in all the bedrooms. There are also heated radiant floors in the master bath, an exercise room and climate-controlled wine storage.

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Just in time for the Valley’s most anticipated golf tournament, The Phoenix Open, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, presents lavish homes on enchanting golf courses for the golf enthusiast.   

First stop on the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Golf Tour is a 4 bed and 4.5 bath home in Scottsdale. Listed by agent Susan King, for $3,250,000 and located at 10040 E Happy Valley Rd Unit 597, this extravagant estate is situated on a premium lot in Desert Highlands, overlooking the 10th and 11th fairways, city lights & sunsets. The extraordinary outdoor living comes complete with a heated pool and spa, outdoor living room, expansive covered patio, built-in barbecue, private garden & infinite views.

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Next stop for the golf aficionado is a privately gated property, located in Phoenix on the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club at 37 Biltmore Estates Dr.Listed at $5,000,000 by agent Frank Aazami, the 8 bed and 11 bath grand European Estate on the famed Biltmore Circle enjoys stunning mountain and golf course views. The impressive grounds and beautiful patio spaces are ideal for grand-entertaining or intimate celebration. It is perfect for a year-round golf loving season!

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Then head over to Paradise Valley for an awe-inspiring setting. The 4 bed and 5.5 bath is listed by agent Bill Bulaga for $3,000,000. Located at 6231 E Vista Dr, near the Phoenician Golf Course. The essence of indoor/outdoor Paradise Valley living is found at the base of Camelback Mountain at this magnificent, low maintenance view home within the gated community of Los Palacios. From the moment you step through the front door, your eyes are immediately drawn to the large pocketing wall which flows seamlessly to your outdoor living space featuring multiple patios where you have expansive views of Camelback Mountain and all of the valley including the sparkling city lights.

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Next up is the immaculate home that is overlooking hole #5 and the lake of the canyon course at Forest Highlands. The 4 bed and 3.5 bath property, listed by agent Mary Mendoza at $900,000, has been meticulously maintained in Flagstaff at 2373 Edward Ayer. Bright and light with stunning views, this home boasts clean lines and an open concept. The unparalleled craftsmanship is the definition of luxury and comfort here in the high country.

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For the final stop – located in Tubac at 17 Villaescusa,  golf lovers can indulge in a luxury custom 3 bed and 3 bath home on 1.63 acres overlooking the 5th fairway of the Otero course in the prestigious 4-star Tubac Golf Resort that has everything you need or want in your home. Listed by agent Mindy Maddock at $989,000, the views of the mountains and golf course from the expansive windows enhance the architectural features of this beautiful home. There is a comfortable flow that extends from the spacious living room, through the dining room to the gourmet eat-in kitchen. The walled yard, which includes fruit trees and desert plantings provides privacy but does not obstruct the mountain and golf course views. Come live in Tubac surrounded by peace, beauty and golf!

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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.

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