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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.

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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.

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ASCENT AT THE PHOENICIAN® UNVEILS DESIGN FOR THE SUMMIT ROOFTOP TERRACE AT MOUNTAINSIDE CONDOMINIUM BUILDING

 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 ascentatthephoenician.com or call 480-534-4086.

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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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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

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Introducing the new Ascent at The Phoenician®️ Mountainside Residences

Modern and spacious luxury homes that command Scottsdale’s most coveted views and location on Camelback Mountain.

Ascent is a private residential community inside the gates of luxurious The Phoenician® offering stunning views of the Valley, city lights of Scottsdale and Camelback Mountain. These exquisitely designed, single-family sized residences offer the best of luxury condominium living in the Phoenix area with floor-to-ceiling glass to maximize views and natural light, luxury kitchens, Sub Zero and Wolf appliances and spa-inspired bathrooms.

Residents will enjoy access to the Mountain Club with a private pool, yoga studio, fitness facilities, social lounging spaces and a professional demonstration kitchen for cooking classes and private chef experiences, as well as, a spacious private rooftop terrace with fire tables, lounge spaces, activity areas and 360-degree views of both the Valley and Camelback Mountain.

Ascent presents an extraordinary opportunity to live on Camelback Mountain, in a private community adjacent to The Phoenician® in a home that offers the rare combination of both luxury and low maintenance living. An attractive investment, the Ascent Mountainside Condominium Residences are offered from $1.5 million up to $5 million.

Contact Leslie Jenkins or Joe Bushong to schedule an in-person or virtual meeting today. We look forward to providing you a personalized experience that suits your individual needs as you search for your new home.

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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 Pristine Pools throughout the Valley, Northern Arizona and in the Tucson region.

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!

James Beard award-winning Chef Christopher Gross is leading a new chapter at the Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix. He’s reimagined this classic venue as the new home for fine French dining in the Valley with his newest version of Christopher’s restaurant—an ICONIC culinary experience in the making. Christopher’s is the restaurant Chef Gross has dreamed about opening for years. Check out his stunning venue and menu.

Ascent at The Phoenician, developed by Replay Destinations, is introducing 40 luxury living condominium residences—set to break ground in fall 2021—following the early sales success of its golf villas, introduced earlier this year.

Ascent came to be when The Phoenician recently deaccessioned a nine-hole golf course. “We are the master developers of this gated, 25-acre community,” explains Todd Patrick, Replay Destinations’ vice president of sales and marketing. “Part of it will include single-family homes built by Cullum Homes and the rest will be the luxury living golf villas and condominiums.”

The condominium residences will range from one-bedroom-plus-den to three-bedroom-plus-den floor plans, with current prices set from $1.5 million to $5 million. Joe Bushong and Leslie Jenkins of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty are the listing agents.

Summer is the best time of year for grilling, and with all of the delicious marinade recipes and grilling tips out there, it is the perfect time to show off your proverbial chops using some incredible grilling accessories.

Grilling can seem like equal parts art and science, and grill masters know to trust their intuition when it comes to making delicious meals on the barbecue. However, technology has enabled us to take some of the guesswork out of grilling—making our fave dishes come out great every time.

Whether you are new to grilling or are a seasoned pro, some tips, tricks and gadgets can help you get the best results.

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Significant Sales | June 2021

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Presents Its Top Luxury Sales in the Valley

The Top Five Sales in the Month of June Reach over $30 million in Total    

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, proudly presents an impressive list of its top five sales in the Valley for the month of June. The list showcases significant sales of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty and features the Valley’s most sought after luxurious estates.

Mike Snep, Karen Shapiro | $6,975,000 | Paradise Valley | Seller Representation

Jan Kabbani | $6,700,000 | Paradise Valley | Buyer Representation

Frank Aazami, Bill Bulaga | $6,100,000 | Paradise Valley | Dual Representation

Larry Kimmel | $5,900,000 | Paradise Valley | Buyer Representation

Anne Morrisey, Bee Francis, Karen Baldwein, Kathleen Benoit | $5,300,000 | Scottsdale | Seller Representation

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Michelle Renteria Lists The New Darlings Home

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, the Valley’s leader in luxury real estate,  is proud to announce the New Darlings’ home is now on the market. Christina and Robert Martinez are the husband and wife behind the New Darlings. 

The New Darlings have 460k+ followers on Instagram and a wholesome family and lifestyle blog. Christina, Robert, and Oliver Martinez’s memories are recorded and featured on the blog, including the remodeling journey of their Phoenix home. 

The enchanting home is a 1930 Tudor in the historic Brentwood neighborhood of Central Phoenix. The property received a complete overhaul from its current owners, no surface untouched, no idea left undone. 

We spent so much time and energy to find a harmony between beauty and functionality for our home. We are sad to be leaving this house but we are excited to find new owners that will appreciate it as much as we do.

Christina Martinez

The 1,846 square foot main house is home to 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is listed at $700,000 by Michelle Renteria of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. 

Upon entering the light-filled, opulent home, guests are greeted by smooth plaster walls, gorgeous hardwood floors, double archways leading into the stunning kitchen, and a dining space overlooking the lush backyard and guest house. The home’s garden-chic interior compliments the desert surroundings. 

The expansive owner’s suite boasts vaulted ceilings, skylights, and a massive walk-in closet complete with laundry, French doors to the patio, and a lovely en-suite bathroom with a soaking tub, dual sinks, and stall shower.

The secondary bedroom and hall bath embrace historic details and charm while providing owners with modernized windows, closet system, and updated lighting and hardware.

The 200 square foot guest house provides the perfect space for out-of-town guests and is complete with a private bathroom, kitchenette, storage, and a private patio.

The remodel was completed in 2018 by Loyal Construction Co. and Ron Elliot Studios. It expanded the footprint of the home and included a full owner’s suite remodel as well as a kitchen, dining, and back patio re-imagination.

This is truly one of the most wonderful and thoughtful homes I have had the pleasure of listing. Robert and Christina have poured their talents into this home and have made it very special. A home this enchanting and modern in the beautiful Brentwood Historic District will not be on the market for long.

Michelle Renteria, Global Real Estate Advisor

Photos Courtesy of LaRue Photography

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Luxury Headlines | June 2021

Ed Pennington and Jeanette Sauer Sell El Rojo Grande for a Record Breaking $14,750,000 ABC 15, AZ Big Media, AZ Family, Barron’s Penta, KTAR, Mansion Global, Newstral, Opera News, Phoenix Business Journal, RISMedia, Sedona Red Rock News

Bryan Durkin Sells The Diamond Estate for $3,073,000 Arizona Daily Star, Tucson.com, AZ Family, Inside Tucson Business, luxuryrealestate.com, Newsbreak, Phoenix Business Journal

Thalis Kyriakis Lists Eleven Arches AZ Family, Mansion Global, Phoenix Business Journal, Rose Law Group Reporter, KTAR, Arizona Daily Star, tucson.com

The Thousand RealTrends, Financial Editorial, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

America’s Best Real Estate Professionals – Arizona Real Trends

Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® 40 Under 40 Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors®

Cave Creek house with space for 20 cars in garage on market for $3.95 million AZ Family

How Recent Shifts Impacted the Local Real Estate Market Flagstaff Business News

75 acre, 20 bedroom Tubac ranch with everything included on market for $2.6 million AZ Family

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Presents the Top Homes in Tubac AZ Foothills, luxuryrealestate.com