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Luxury Headlines | December 2020

Desert Mountain home sells for record $10.2M azcentral, AZ Big Media, Arizona’s Family, Rose Law Group Reporter, KTAR

Leslie Jenkins of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Sells Paradise Valley Home for $4.675 Million

Exploring the Post-Pandemic World of Real Estate Flagstaff Business Journal

Here are the highest-priced Phoenix-area luxury homes sold in October Phoenix Business Journal

New neighbor coming next to Phoenician Scottsdale Progress

‘Zen House’ in Sedona sells for $3.5M Az Big Media

Jay Pennypacker, Debbie Negrin and Will Foote of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Announces Sale of Estancia Estate for $3.95 Million

Buyers paid cash for metro Phoenix’s 5 priciest home sales this week, with deals all above $5M AZ Central

Skyrocketing Suburbs: The 10 Urban Escapes Where Prices Are Rising the Most The Telegraph, Inman

The Marshall Brothers and The Power of 4 Represents the Seller and Buyer of a $3.84 Million Scottsdale Estate

Topped by a record-setting mansion: See the 10 highest-priced Valley homes sold in 2020 Phoenix Business Journal

Frank Aazami’s Featured Listing: This is Auction Season for Collectible Cars and Luxury Homes in the Valley Arizona Foothills Magazine

Renovated $4.3M mansion with massive balcony tops priciest homes list azcentral

Agent Spotlight: Jennifer Marsh Arizona Foothills Magazine

Johnathon De Young of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Represents the Seller of a $3.1 Million Phoenix Home

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Represent the Seller and Buyer of a $3.6 Million Modern Paradise Valley Home

PHOTOS: 40 acres of Arizona land with mine tunnels, gold prospecting on market for $1.3 million Arizona’s Family

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Russ Lyon SIR January Newsletter

Every Car Needs A Home: The new year means it’s auto season here in Arizona! Things may seem a bit different this season as some shows and auctions have decided to change their dates and host a more intimate setting for health and safety, but we’ve got a line up of lavish estates to get any car lover ramped up. Read more here

Home is Where the Heart Is: Whether by necessity or choice, home is not just our place of comfort and relaxation. Home is now our office, our gym, our favorite restaurant, our date night and more homebuyers and owners have discovered that their next purchase or renovation needs to match and accommodate their new lifestyle of being at home more than ever. Read more here

Design Trends of 2021: Elle Decor asked designers and industry veterans what they are forecasting as the top design trends moving forward into 2021. A neutral palette, relaxed seating, state-of-the-art entertainment equipment, and substantial dining tables are just a few of the trends that have emerged from all these days spent at home. Read more here

Sophisticated and Snug: 6 home features to chase away the chill this winter. With the winter months upon us, now is the time to create warm and cozy spaces for relaxing on chilly nights. While there are many tried and true strategies for making winter bright (with a steaming mug of mulled wine at the top of the list), set a foundation with inviting interior design. Whether you’re giving your current rooms a makeover or thinking ahead on inspiration, here are five sophisticated features to help welcome in the cheer. Read more here

Explore Switzerland: Every day, Sylvia Michel and her fluffy White Swiss Shepherd Rasta go on a hike through the perfect hills and valleys of Switzerland, and they take their Instagram followers along for the ride. Since COVID19 has kept many people in self isolation, travel-lovers around the world have been living vicariously through Rasta the dog’s daily adventures. Read more here

Upcoming Auctions: Following the guidelines for the Phase Four reopening of Manhattan, Sotheby’s is able to accommodate clients in their building by appointment only. For interest in upcoming auctions, to preview, or bid, click here.

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Alejandro GUTIERREZ and Lucas Walls Represent the Seller of the Zen Home for $3,500,000

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate – is proud to announce the sale of “The Zen Home” in Sedona. 

Located in the majestic red rock scenery and evergreen vegetation of Sedona, this one-of-a-kind home boasts 5,1771-square-feet combining serenity with distinctive architectural design by Paul Froncek

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom estate was meticulously crafted with the principles of the Feng Shui Bagua Map using 300-year-old wood posts and beams that support all nine centers of the dwelling. One of the home’s notable features includes a large quartz crystal enclosed in a copper chamber located in the living room that connects to the foundation of the house. The crystal has many beneficial uses, including aiding the homeowners with manifesting healing, meditation and protection, as well as purifying negative energy from the house.    

The exquisite home includes Zen-like patios with hanging beds and massive hand-carved wooden doors/screens that seamlessly integrate the indoor spaces with the outdoor greenery to create an enriched living experience. The privacy of this 1.33-acre property includes gardens, a solar heated pool, and guest house that invites visitors to spend time enjoying the breathtaking views of the red rocks.

This house is timeless. It was a privilege to represent this iconic dwelling that incorporates the beauty of Sedona’s red rocks with masterfully crafted Zen characteristics to creates the perfect peaceful retreat.

Alejandro Gutierrez and Lucas Walls

There is a long list of amenities awaiting guests in the Sedona estate. A huge multi-purpose meeting room stands across the main house with wood and flagstone floors with radiant heating. The home also incorporates intricate rock work in the bathrooms, fireplaces, kitchen and other rooms.

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Russ Lyon SIR December Newsletter

Physical distancing mandates put in place by government and health officials suspended much of the in-person interactions that businesses rely on, and stay-at-home orders made technology imperative. Technology has never been more important than it is right now. When the stakes are high and deals are on the line, clients want to know trusted agents have the tools to get the job done and agents want to know that their brokerage is going to support them. Read more

The holidays will look and feel a bit different this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but that does not mean holiday traditions have to stop. Some of the best light displays around Arizona have already opened for the season, while others are preparing to open in the next few weeks. Here is our list of fun, festive light shows and experiences to check out! View our list

Marissa Mullen brings holiday inspiration to your traditional meat and cheese plate. The trend-setting, cheese-loving influencer is decking the halls with the charcuter-wreath, charcuterie chalet (formerly known as the ginger bread house) and charcutertree. Whether your ready to be inspired for an upcoming holiday soiree or are just craving something fun and new, check out That Cheese Plate and Cheese by Numbers and sign up for a That Cheese Class.

Holiday 10? Quarantine 15? We’ve all heard about it…Who says you have to go to a gym to get exercise? Or even venture outside the house? From virtual training to live streaming, luxury at-home fitness is on the rise. Fitness enthusiasts furnish home gyms with NordicTrack equipment, as well as free weights, benches, yoga mats, jumping ropes, and punching bags, among other accessories. Matrix Fitness features a portfolio of gym-quality cardio and strength equipment including ascent trainers and treadmills. Read more

Who says your WFH space needs to be all work and no play? Catching up on work from the living room sofa always seemed like a pleasure—up until it became a full-time affair. With companies like Facebook and Twitter leading the charge to make working from home the new normal, the home office is finally top of mind once again. Whether used every day of the week or for an occasional evening brainstorm, a well-designed space can help shut out distractions, center the mind, and inspire creativity. Read more

You can wander into the belly of an Egyptian pyramid, explore the house where Mozart was born, or fly over the rocky peaks of Glacier National Park. Sure, you’ll be looking at a screen, but you’ll see new places, hear new languages and pick up some interesting tidbits about other cultures. Call it a warm-up for that moment when you’ll actually be packing your bags and heading out for your next adventure. View here

Sotheby’s is honoured to present A Celebration of Art Deco: Masterworks from the Collection of Dr. Stephen E. Kelly. The collection is, at its essence, a true celebration of the modernity, sophistication, richness, and aesthetic innovation of the artistic movement that defined the first half of the 20th Century. The impeccable quality of the collection is owed to the unbridled passion and unparalleled connoisseurship of Dr. Stephen E. Kelly. View more auctions

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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Jeff Grimm

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, Jeff Grimm, 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. 

As an Arizona native, Jeff Grimm has developed an intimate knowledge of the Valley. He has witnessed its expanding suburban areas and revitalized downtowns over the past decades. Jeff recognizes and values the trust his clients place in him and strives to be committed to working hard, to listen and to follow through.

Jeff Grimm is extremely kind by nature with a strong work ethic. I believe those midwest values were instilled in him by his parents as his entire family is from Nebraska. His ability to communicate, attention to detail and his analytical strengths make him an exceptional real estate professional.

Cathy Green
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Successful Tips for Holiday Shopping

Don’t limit yourself to one type of shopping: About 7 in 10 consumers plan on shopping in-store for their holiday gifts, with the average person planning to visit about six stores in total. Instead, you may be able to score awesome prices from the comfort of your couch.

Don’t pay full price: There are lots of ways to save around the holiday season. This can come in a variety of forms, from free shipping codes, promo codes, coupon codes to cashback offers. 

Do your research: Some stores will price match during Black Friday season, so it’s worth looking into the policies if you’re debating between several stores.

Check online deals: Many retailers will offer the same Black Friday deals online as they do in stores. AmazonSmile 

Follow brands on social media: Sometimes, especially around Black Friday Week, you will find door buster codes. These are promotions that promise additional discounts.

Download apps and extensions: Consider downloading some apps for your smartphone and browser extensions that plug into your internet browser and alert you to cheaper prices and deals.

Shop after the sale days end: Only about a third of Americans plan to shop on Black Friday. In fact, over half say they will wait until the week after to complete their holiday shopping. You may be able to find better deals on certain items after Black Friday and Cyber Monday end.

Use credit cards: Credit card can give extra protection compared to debit cards; such as the right to dispute charges and a limit on liability. 

Monitor: Check your credit card and bank accounts before, during, and after the holiday shopping season. 

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Arizona Lights Up the Holidays

The holidays will look and feel a bit different this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but that does not mean those holiday traditions have to stop. Some of the best Christmas and holiday light displays around Arizona have already opened for the season, while others are preparing to open in the next few weeks. Here is our list of fun, festive light shows and experiences to check out!

Northern Arizona

The Valley

Southern Arizona

Canceled for 2020

  • Rawhide’s Snowy Christmas
  • Phoenix Raceway’s ZoomTown Lights
  • Lights of the World at Arizona State Fairgrounds
  • Bearizona’s Wild Wonderland
  • APS Light Parade
  • Downtown Tempe’s Fantasy of Lights parade and boat parade
  • Hometown Christmas Parade
  • Sedona – The Festival of Lights
  • Tucson- Winterhaven Festival of Lights, Tucson
  • Tohono Chul’s Holiday Nights
  • Oro Valley Holiday Festival of the Arts & Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
  • Winterhaven Festival of Light
  • Christmas on the farm – Tucson 
  • Tucson Lights – Tucson 
  • Holiday of Lights – Flagstaff
  • Tumbleweed Tree – Chandler
  • Tinsel Town – Sedona
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Leslie Jenkins Sells $4,675,000 Paradise Valley Home

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty (Russ Lyon SIR) is proud to announce that Leslie Jenkins of the Russ Lyon SIR Camelback Tower office has represented the seller of a $4,675,000 Clearwater Hills home in Paradise Valley.

The 5,081 SF soft contemporary home perched on a 1.130-acre hillside lot features 5-bedrooms, 5.5-bathrooms, a 4-car garage, split floor plan and great views. The home was remodeled while maintaining its walls to inspire resort zin. The ceiling and tiled powder room wall are reclaimed teak from Indonesia while the kitchen countertops are limestone and Spekva Wood from Sweden. The property offers a misted covered patio, negative edge pool, spa and firepit. 

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Home is Where the Heart is

Whether by necessity or choice, home is not just our place of comfort and relaxation. Home is now our office, our gym, our favorite restaurant, our date night and more homebuyers and owners have discovered that their next purchase or renovation needs to match and accommodate their new lifestyle of being at home more than ever. 

Privacy and Space: The work-at-home lifestyle, and the freedoms it provides, may take root beyond the current need to shelter at home. Without a work commute, vast and beautiful parts of Arizona that are far from major metropolitan areas are now possibilities for homebuyers seeking an upscale lifestyle. A whole new meaning to a high-end getaway.

Home Office: So long are the days where a home office could be your kitchen island, the dinner table or a desk in one of your guest bedrooms. With more options to work and learn remotely, a great home office is key. Homes that provide a functioning work environment with adequate spacing are a necessity.

Fitness Rooms: Health is wealth and your body is a temple. Arizona is known for its amazing outdoor scene to stay active and the ability to do so at home is on everyone’s mind. Home fitness includes indoor and outdoor amenities such as weight rooms, sports courts, dance and yoga rooms, putting greens and pools.

Indoor and Outdoor Entertainment: Plan your own staycation with a home that offers a home theatre, game room, kid’s playrooms, wine cellar and built-in bar. Don’t limit yourself indoors when you can experience outdoor living at it’s finest with cabanas and lounge areas, fire pits, private patios and balconies, an outdoor kitchen and dining areas. The true indoor-outdoor lifestyle all in one. 

Judy Smedes & Kate Herk – Long Realty

Home Spa: A day at the spa is one of life’s ultimate luxuries and now, unwinding has never been easier. For some, having a tranquil oasis anytime day or night is an essential feature in a home. Steam showers, built-in saunas, views from a bathtub with floor-to-ceiling windows and an abundance of natural light are key factors that will transport you to the spa. Don’t forget your favorite bathrobe, scented candles and facemask!

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September Significant Sales

Another amazing month for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty! From a $4,500,000 estate in Paradise Valley Farms estate to a luxury Sedona ranch with Oak Creek running through the property, here are our top September Significant Sales.

Seller Representation | Lori Finnerty | $4,500,000 | Scottsdale, AZ

Dual Representation: Anne Morrissey, Karen Baldwin, Bee Francis, Kathleen Benoit. Katherine Reed, Hugh Reed, Stacey Vandivert | $3,700,000 | Scottsdale, AZ

Buyer Representation | Allan MacDonald | $3,675,000 | Scottsdale, AZ

Dual Representation | Frank Aazami, Michel Edery, Johnathon DeYoung | $3,500,000 | Phoenix, AZ

Seller Representation | Johnathon DeYoung | $3,500,000 | Paradise Valley, AZ

View our full list of September Significant Sales below