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Iconic Estates | Opulent Outdoor Living

This month, we take you through some of Arizona’s most luxuriously appointed estates with opulent outdoor-living spaces. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s lifestyle advisors expertly navigate our beautiful state landscape to find unique outdoor living solutions for each client.

With Arizona’s desirable climate being one of the top priorities for out-of-state buyers, outdoor-living spaces are in high demand. The concept of continuous, seamless indoor and outdoor living is one of the most popular estate attributes, as we realize the importance of biophilic design in the home. Continuity through flooring materials, walls and ceilings connect the interiors and exteriors of the home for a seamless transition into outdoor living.

Luxe outdoor spaces are fully designed with comfortable outdoor living rooms, elegant dining spaces and lounging areas that complement indoor spaces. Outdoor kitchens are in high demand and can be found in Arizona’s top estates.

Explore these ICONIC Estates with opulent outdoors.

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Temperatures are heating up and here comes a whole lotta fun! We turned to acclaimed chef and wine expert Mark Tarbell, founder of Tarbell’s, for his picks for the best wine bottles to drink this season for any activity from a bike ride to a clam bake.

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For some of Sedona’s 3 million visitors each year, the opportunity for renewal comes in many forms—outdoor adventure, spiritual journeys and the appreciation of the natural beauty that is Sedona. With its Red Rock cliffs and mesas, and the vast trail system that surrounds this city, visitors hope to find a reprieve from their daily lives in search of a powerful connection with nature.

Photo Courtesy of Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

Since 1929, the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Arizona Biltmore has dazzled celebrities, politicians and luxury travelers with the master architect’s unique style and playful sense of glamour. In 2020, the hotel closed for more than a year to undergo the largest renovation in its history.

Reimagining an icon can be challenging, but the Arizona Biltmore emerged from her facelift by PHX Architecture and others this May with a look that is sexy, bold and modern, but still pays homage to its history.

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Russ Lyon SIR Represents Seller and Buyer of Desert Prairie for $7,025,000

(Scottsdale, Arizona) – Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty (Russ Lyon SIR) is proud to announce that Debbie Negrin, Jay Pennypacker, Will Foote and Lesley Vann have represented the seller and buyer of the award-winning Estancia home, Desert Prairie for $7,025,000 in Scottsdale.

The Desert Prairie design team includes Drewett Works (architecture), Argue Custom Homes (builder), Lindsey Schultz Design (interior design), Ownby Design (interior furnishings), and Greey Pickett (landscape). Its timeless materials and a seamless indoor/outdoor floor plan and the architectural materials include undulating limestone, Madre Perla quartzite, hemlock inset ceiling details, a forged steel fireplace and copper roofing fascia. Featuring 4-bedrooms, 4.5-bathrooms, a walk-in wine room and a climate-controlled 3-car garage.

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Russ lyon SIR Presents Top Homes in Tubac, the Nation’s Best Small Arts Town

A Rich History and Exquisite Modern Touch, These Timeless Tubac Homes Exude Western Luxury

 Recently named the winner of the Best Small Art Town National Contest for its 100 eclectic shops and world-class galleries, Tubac, Arizona has a rich history dating back more than 350-years ago. Located just 45 minutes south of Tucson and with a population of just under 1,400 people, this western town is also home to some rather impressive residences.  Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to present its latest offering of timeless homes for sale in Tubac. 

Leading the charge is a 5th generation Arizonian, Gary Brasher, who is proud to represent all these listings while serving as the Managing Broker of the Tubac office for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. 

I love the history of Tubac and it is truly where Arizona began. It is so exciting to walk the streets of this great town knowing the Spanish Conquistadors walked the same streets over 350 years ago.  With the Santa Cruz River flowing through the community and being home to the largest Natural Cottonwood-Willow forest in the United States, Tubac is truly the place where art, history and natural beauty all come together.

Gary Brasher

Topping the list is a historical staple in Tubac, the Kenyan Ranch. Started in 1936 as a dude ranch, 80 Kenyon Ranch Rd is listed for sale for $2,600,000. The 75-acre retreat exudes lavish western comfort with a 4,399 square foot main house, 17 guest casitas, and 4 stand-alone homes. The Kenyan Ranch also boasts a 2,000 square foot lodge, commercial kitchen, 3 private wells, hot tub, horse facility, massage rooms, and a sweat lodge. Trees naturally frame the estate, creating picturesque aesthetics throughout. The 20 bed, 35 bath ranch is listed by Agent Catherine Marrero and Broker Gary Brasher of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

Next on Tubac’s tour is a 5 bed, 5 bath home situated on 5 acres in the wild refinement of Tubac. 7 Camino Cocinero is listed for sale for $1,475,000.   The entire property is fully enclosed with western rusted steel fencing providing privacy, security, and a pristine desert property. The property also features a 2,000 square feet RV garage, a guest casita, and private walking paths perfect for early evening walks in Tubac. The resort-style backyard features an opulent cobblestone pool with chaise lounges covered in a cabana-like fashion. 

The next timeless Tubac home is a bright Spanish estate in the Tubac Country Club. 22 Avenida Villaescusa is listed at $1,450,000. The 4,389 square foot estate blends old-world charm with modern amenities creating an elegant harmony. Gracious spaces provide an indoor/outdoor living experience fit for Southern Arizona. The 4 bed, 5 bath estate also boasts soaring windows that invite natural light, a sophisticated courtyard, a grand wine closet, and beautiful desert views on just under an acre. 

20 Calle De Hoy is an enchanting 2 bed, 2 bath home in the Tubac Country Club Fairway Estates. Listed for sale at $685,000, the estate is situated between the second fairway and the third green on the renowned Tubac Golf Course. The 2,212 square foot home features towering Cottonwood trees and forever views of the Santa Rita Mountains. The beautiful home, masterfully constructed out of burnt adobe brick which provides character and quality construction, is Tubac living at its finest. 

Spanish-inspired architecture and meticulous craftsmanship meet desert beauty at 62 Madera Ct. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is representing Dorn Homes Development for its luxury developments at Tubac Golf Resort. The 3 bed, 3 bath home is under construction and will be situated on approximately 1/2 acre with breathtaking views of the Santa Rita Mountains. Listed for sale at $675,260, the master-planned community is surrounded by the true American Southwest.

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Iconic Estates | May 2021

Welcome to our first issue of ICONIC Estates presented by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, featuring stunning estates represented by the firm’s dynamic force of lifestyle advisors. 

This month, we’re celebrating the resurgence of gardens. Over the last year, our outdoor spaces have provided peace, calm and tranquility during challenging times. More than ever, landscape architects report their clients are creating and enhancing private outdoor spaces designed for entertaining, recreation and outdoor living. 

Trends include neutral colors, wildflowers, plants that sustain bird and bee populations, traditional hardscaping patterns and curvilinear design. The view of water, if even from a pool, rounds out the highly desirable natural environment. 

What are some of the top properties across Arizona showcasing in their gardens?

Enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine of the sun by acclaimed restaurateur Laurent Halasz of the highly successful FIG & OLIVE at FRANCINE, one of our fave new restaurants inspired by the South of France located in Scottsdale Fashion Square.

When you think about your home in the future, you think about smart home technology and innovation to do things in new and better ways, making things easier or more efficient. 

From teleconferencing to shading to cooling to pouring…a perfectly chilled glass of wine at the end of the day…here are some must haves for your home you can have now.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, is proud to announce its top two sales in April.

If you’re familiar with luxury brands like Baccarat and Lalique or simply love crystal, dive into the future of designing with luxury fine crystal. Fine crystal may date to the 1500s, but its quality, craftsmanship and evolution have kept it relevant in 21st Century design. Find out how designers are bringing this luxe classic home.

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April Significant Sales | Southern Arizona

Susanne Grogan | Seller Representation | $2,650,000 | Tucson
Marta Harvey | Buyer Representation | $2,263,000 | Scottsdale
Susan Neitzel, Bryan Durkin, Anne Ferro, KK Marner | Seller Representation | $1,700,000 | Tucson
Susanne Grogan, Matt Grogan | Buyer Representation | $1,504,000 | Tucson
Mike Muehlstedt | Dual Representation | $1,415,000 | Tucson

Additional Sales of Note

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Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Presents Its Luxury List of the Top Significant Sales in April

The List Includes The Valley’s Premier Desert Living Estates, Stunning Auto Courts, Resort-Inspired Backyards, and Forever Views

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, is proud to announce its luxury list of the top sales in April. The lavish list presents the Valley’s most desirable, sophisticated, and luxurious estates sold in April of 2021. 

Significant Sales: 

42250 N 102nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85262: $10,500,00 

Anne Morrissey, Bee Francis, Karen Baldwin, and Kathleen Benoit represented the seller for the modern estate. The premier luxury desert living experience boasts 6,903 square feet and sits on over an acre. A stunning auto court opens to the contemporary estate encased in soft-toned stone with deep black accents. The 5 bed, 6.5 bath estate is home to retractable glass walls that provide dramatic forever views of sunsets and city lights, a modern chef’s kitchen, a bar, a glass-encased wine cooler, and a grand fireplace. The estate is currently the highest residential sale within the gates of Desert Mountain according to the Multiple Listing Service. 

5841 E Indian Bend Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253: $10,500,000 

Agent Cheryl Anderson represented the seller of the magnificent 6,982 square foot estate. The stone coastal farmhouse is blended with modern contemporary architecture to create a unique and poetic home. The 5 bed, 6.5 bath estate was inspired by the iconic view of Camelback Mountain and mixes authentic materials in intimate spaces to create luxurious minimalism and opulent glows. The home features imported Belgian Bluestone, French Oak floors, soaring windows, and is situated on over an acre. 

9820 E Thompson Peak Pkwy 836, Scottsdale, AZ 85255: $9,500,000 

Anne Morrissey, Bee Francis, Karen Baldwin, and Kathleen Benoit represented the buyer for the luxurious estate in Scottsdale’s DC Ranch Country Club. The modern desert estate provides a resort-style living experience. The 10,599 square-foot home’s open concept elegantly and effortlessly flows from the large great room, kitchen, and dining room to the master suite, and 5 private en suite bedrooms. With a theater room and game room that doubles as a home office, this opulent estate blends art and living. 

10625 E Wingspan Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85255: $9,050,000 

Agents Barry Van Patten and Barry Van Patten II represented the buyer of the 10,349 square foot estate in the Upper Canyon of Silverleaf. The elegant formal Mediterranean estate is 6 bed, 7.5 bath and captures extraordinary views of Camelback Mountain, city lights, and sunsets. When entering the sophisticated estate, guests are greeted by the stunning chandelier and drawn to the grand pool with sparkling deck jets and an oversized spa. The estate also boasts a 900 bottle wine cellar, chef’s kitchen, and a gorgeous glass wall bar. 

7001 N Longlook Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253: $7,125,000 Agent Johnathon De Young of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty represented the buyer of the spectacular contemporary mountainside estate. The 8,400 square foot estate is artistically positioned to maximize views. Glass walls and covered balconies with glass railings provide forever views of the Valley. The 5 bed, 9 bath estate is situated on 3.26 acres behind its own private gate, providing a sophisticated blend of views, privacy, and design.

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Luxury Headlines | April 2021

$10.5M home sale in Scottsdale’s Desert Mountain sets new price record AZ Central

2021 Design Trends: How the Work-From-Home movement will change our surroundings Prescott Woman Magazine

77-acre Payson ranch with seven homes and helicopter pad on market for $5.5 million AZ Family

Ascent at The Phoenician condos begin sales after early success AZ Big Media

Luxury homes selling quickly at The Phoenician, in ‘snooze-you-lose market’ Phoenix Business Journal

Celebrate Earth Day with Luxurious Eco-Friendly Homes at Miraval Rose Law Group Reporter

Haute Residence Welcomes Michelle O’Neill And Paul Perry To Its Exclusive Real Estate Network Haute Residence

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

House of Doors Financial Times, Makchoice

Joanna Wilkins and Louie Wilkins Represent Seller of $9.25 Million Scottsdale Estate

Cheryl D’Anna of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Represents Seller of a $4.75 Million Scottsdale Estate

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Named Best Residential Real Estate Brokerage in Flagstaff, Arizona for 8th Consecutive Year, Newsbreak

Pat Carleton Represents Buyer of a $5.2 Million Paradise Valley Home

Massive home in DC Ranch with separate guest house on market for $4 million AZ Family

Paradise Valley home of award-winning interior designer sells for $4.4M AZ Central

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Presents the Most Opulent Pools of Southern Arizona for Sale Rose Law Group, Newsbreak

Scottsdale house on market for $4.5 million includes basement, theater, guest home AZ Family

The Hacienda of Paradise Valley’ is now on the market for $18 million AZ Family

To commemorate the Kentucky Derby, see the Phoenix-area’s top luxury equestrian estates for sale

What Does It Mean When a Realtor has an SRES Designation? Flagstaff Business News

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Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Kicks off Earth Day with Breathtaking Eco-Friendly Homes in Southern Arizona

Arizona’s Leader in Luxury Real Estate Presents 3 Environmentally Friendly Homes in Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa to Celebrate Earth Day and Sustainable Living

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, presents breathtaking homes in Southern Arizona that celebrate Earth Day and sustainable living every day of the year.  The three Villas, at Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, are listed by luxury agent Christina Tierney of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. 

Working with Miraval over the past decade has been an incredible experience.  This lifestyle and these homes are vastly different.  The villas are architecturally stunning and thoughtfully designed, though it’s not about the house, it’s about living. Clients purchase at Miraval because it is their place to unplug and recharge, to focus on wellbeing.  Whether that is time for quiet, time for movement, time for physical or spiritual healing, people choose their own path. And with this unique platform, clients go back to their lives better. It is meaningful to hear about those experiences. Miraval is an extraordinary place! 

Christina Tierney

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa is located in Tucson, AZ, and spans an impressive 400 acres throughout the pristine Sonoran Desert. The resort is located at the foot of the legendary Santa Catalina Mountains and was designed to provide guests with an elegant, meditative, and restorative experience all whilst being fully engulfed by the surrounding nature. The massive property is covered with lush Acacia and Mesquite trees, ancient cacti, and blooming Ocotillo, Saguaro, and Prickly Pear. Guests come to this esteemed all-inclusive resort to experience its wellness offerings including yoga classes, spiritual journeys, culinary workshops, and luxurious spas. The Miraval also offers many contemplative spaces for healing activities such as labyrinths, an outdoor kiva, and designated quiet rooms with ultimate mountain views. The Villas of Miraval resort offer guests the opportunity to reside at this world-renowned spa destination. Residents have access to a rare living experience that is like none other and provides the ultimate wellness living space.

The $4,000,000 property is located at The Villas of Miraval and inspired by the surrounding lush desert and scenic mountain views. At 5000 E. Via Estancia Miraval 15, residents can connect intimately with nature while staying at a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified estate.  The home was designed by architectural team Mithun and the award-winning design group Clodagh. As light moves throughout the day, the east-facing home thoughtfully unveils the many layers of the Sonoran Desert. This 3,095 square foot home contains 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and is composed of beautiful natural elements such as rammed earth, reclaimed wood, stacked stone, and quartzite layered texture. Some environmentally friendly features unique to this property include Energy Star Qualified windows, dishwasher, refrigerator, and stove. An infinity-edge pool, spa, and four fireplaces are also found at the estate.

At 5000 E. Via Estancia Miraval 7, The Miraval Villa offers a contemporary style home that was created to blend seamlessly with nature. Listed at $2,250,000, this home also showcases the esteemed Silver LEED architecture of Mithun and the unique interiors of Clodagh. Unobstructed views of the Santa Catalina Mountains surround this property and provide guests with a living space that cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. Accommodating 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, this impressive 2,729 square foot home is formulated with wood ceilings and floors, rock structures, and stone detailing. A low flow showerhead, Energy Star Qualified windows, green seal coating, and non-formaldehyde cabinets make this property a premier sustainable living retreat. An elegant pool, spa, and modern fireplace are included with this luxurious home as well.

5000 E. Via Estancia Miraval 1 is a 2,729 square foot Silver LEED-certified home listed for $2,050,000. This fully furnished eco-friendly property is constructed of durable and sustainable materials that require low maintenance. The naturalistic architecture was created by Mithun and the elegant interior was designed by Forchielli Glynn. The 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home includes Energy Star Qualified windows, natural stone, and wood flooring as well as a spa and 3 fireplaces.

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Luxury Headlines | March 2021

House of Doors AZ Big Media,, Corpus Christi Roofers, Stupid Dope, Uncrate, KTAR News, News Beezer

David Michael Miller Shares His View from the Top Iconic Life, Arizona Progress and Gazette

House that sits on 12.2 acres atop of Scottsdale mountain on market for $9.95 million AZ Family

For Sale by Owners: Are They an Asset or an Expense? AZ Foothills

Paradise Valley house with stunning views of Phoenix on market for $2.6 million AZ Family

The Villa Sells for $9.5M Daily Independent, Rose Law Group Reporter

Former Phoenix racetrack owner paid $9.25M for a north Scottsdale mansion AZ Central

Paradise Valley mansion with 3 kitchens, indoor basketball court, lazy river sold for $9.5 million AZ Family

A Paradise Valley home that provides a sense of calm on the market for $5.35 million AZ Family

A contemporary masterpiece estate in Scottsdale on the market for $5.3 million AZ Family

Behold: The Most Expensive Homes for Sale in Every State Hunker

Paradise Valley estate on hillside lot on market for $7.75 million AZ Family

Private mountainside estate in Paradise Valley on market for $7.5 million AZ Family

New Development Spotlight: The Arris in Phoenix, Arizona Financial Editorial

CEOs, personal injury lawyer among this week’s luxury home buyers AZ Central

Take a look at Robert and Anna Livingston’s $7.5 million home AZ Central

Colorful exteriors, soothing interiors, organic architecture and lush landscapes City Sun Times

Scottsdale estate with furniture, artwork included on market for $6.99 million AZ Family

Modern Scottsdale mansion sells for $15.5M in one of the biggest deals so far in 2021 Phoenix Business Journal

Stunning Luxury Estate in Silverleaf Hits Record for Highest Residential Lease in Scottsdale at $25,125 per Month Procured by Ryan Hass of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Arizona Progress and Gazette

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March Significant Sales

From a contemporary Scottsdale home in Desert Mountain built by Phil Smith to a Paradise Valley home built by West Construction, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty represented Arizona’s best properties during the month of March.

Dan Wolski, Frank Aazami | $7,700,000
Dual Representation | Scottsdale
Debbie Negrin, Jay Pennypacker, Will Foote, Lesley Vann | $7,025,000
Dual Representation | Scottsdale
Tami Henderson | $6,400,000
Buyer Representation | Scottsdale
Anne Morrissey, Bee Francis, Karen Baldwin, Kathleen Benoit | $6,400,000
Seller Representation | Scottsdale
Rose Dennison,John Trischetti | $5,425,000
Dual Representation | Scottsdale

View more March significant sales below