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Russ Lyon Welcomes Melanie Verstraete

We are excited to welcome Melanie Verstraete to our Camelback Tower office!

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. She would color in her coloring books for hours every day and took art and design classes throughout high school. After she graduated high school, Melanie took a year off to create more pieces and began to put her portfolio together. She was accepted into one of the most prestigious art schools in the country in Detroit.

While in college, Melanie majored in automotive design, but quickly realized that was not her calling. She went back to the drawing board after a year of pre-engineering and worked at Ford Motor Company as a designer for 3 years. She was not being challenged and left to go back to school; this time to get 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. At the time, Melanie was a medical device rep. 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. 

It didn’t take long before she became enamored by the fascinating world of real estate. Thinking of becoming an asset to her career, she began by studying architecture and design, which then led her into the world of sales. Melanie began by helping friends and it did not take long before the word got out and she became busy by virtue of the many referrals that she received. Recognized and appreciated for her negotiating skills and integrity coupled with her knowledge in design, she is able to assist all categories of buyers and sellers. When selling, Melanie’s knowledge of design is of enormous value in staging a house making it more desirable to buyers and adding much value to the sales price.

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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Brian Sabean Sells Home with Russ Lyon SIR

A luxury Scottsdale home owned by former San Francisco Giants General Manager Brian Sabean has sold for $1.35 million and a record breaking $336.40 per square foot for the Scottsdale Mountain market.  Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents Nicole Humphrey and Tracy Fitzgerald listed the property at 12942 East Corrine Drive in Scottsdale.

“This is the highest price per square foot for a single-level home in the last year. This is a record-breaking sale. The Sabeans strategically navigated through the sale of their home, waiting for the right buyer who brought top dollar and were able to close in record timing,” said Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agent Nicole Humphrey.

The 4,013-square-foot home features 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and scenic mountain and desert views. There were multiple offers on the luxury Scottsdale home.

Brian Sabean served as General Manager of the San Francisco Giants from 1997 to 2014. The Giants won three World Series championships (2010, 2012 and 2014) during Sabean’s tenure. The Giants have their Cactus League spring training in Scottsdale. Sabean’s also held scouting and front office posts with the New York Yankees. Sabean drafted or signed Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte during his tenure with the Yankees.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Sabeans on multiple real estate transactions, which includes their most current home in North Scottsdale. The Sabeans value relationships, they’re very loyal and incredibly generous in the community. I look forward to our continued relationship.” Humphrey said.

Architecture, Baseball, Business, Real Estate, Residential Real Estate, Sports

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Architecture, Baseball, Business, Real Estate, Residential Real Estate, Sports

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Baseball, Real Estate

Timothy Alderson Joins Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Former Professional Baseball Player turned Real Estate Agent Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has recruited former professional baseball player Timothy Alderson to join its luxury real brokerage.

After playing in the MLB for 10 years with the San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, and Washington Nationals, Alderson has decided to switch career paths and venture into real estate.

Alderson’s brother, a real estate agent in New York, is credited for sparking his interest in the business. As for choosing to represent Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Alderson says the choice was easy.

“As soon as I walked in, it seemed like a great fit. There was just such a great vibe in the office; everyone seemed very genuine and wanted to help,” said Timothy Alderson. “I am excited to join a brokerage which prides itself on white glove service and excellence at every level.”

Alderson attributes many of the valuable traits that he brings to the table in real estate to his baseball career. Having dealt with a multitude of high profile subjects, intimidation is not a factor when it comes to meeting new people. Traveling frequently has also helped him gain the necessary skills that allow him to connect with clients on a personal level, making them feel comfortable and at ease.

Born and raised in Arizona, Alderson is eager to gear his focus in real estate towards the Scottsdale area, where he also coaches baseball at Notre Dame Preparatory High School.

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Significant Sale ~ Cheryl D’Anna, Donna LeGate and Bob Terry Close $3M Scottsdale Estate

Luxury real estate experts Cheryl D’Anna, Donna LeGate and Bob Terry of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Desert Mountain office represent the seller and buyer for a $3,000,000 Scottsdale home that was once owned by former MLB player, Pat Burrell.

The timeless custom contemporary home that showcases elegant, clean lines, grand flowing open spaces, a sophisticated interior color palette and comes with majestic views. Privacy is protected by dramatic boulder outcroppings that form part of the unique landscaping. The home shows like new and the floating spiral staircase is a wonder of architectural design, leading to the upper level media and games rooms. Each bedroom has a large full bathroom en-suite and there are incomparable views from almost every angle, not least from the roof deck patio, where distant city lights, the exclusive Estancia golf course and famous Scottsdale sunsets will take your breath away.


Home Run Homes

Best Homes for Baseball Aficionados – Luxury Homes With Connections to America’s Pastime

Arizona is one of the top states for baseball lovers in the U.S. – you can play almost year-round and, of course, it’s home to the Cactus League. Russ Lyon|Sotheby’s International Realty has selected some of the best baseball properties in the state – places with perfect accommodations for baseball lovers. Each of these hardball havens blends beauty and class – much like the American pastime itself. They each have ties to baseball players or executives.

Our first favorite home run homestead is a log luxury retreat in Flagstaff, at 2892 Andrew Douglass, and being offered by listing agent Mary Mendoza for $3,250,000.

Former Major League Baseball slugger Tim Salmon once called this 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom, 6,453-square-foot bucolic beauty his home. Crafted with Rocky Mountain logs, the custom home sits on 1.43 acres of stately pines and views of San Francisco Peak. A floor-to-ceiling fireplace, wood floors and a spacious great room with a wall of windows make this a luxurious, rustic hideaway for baseball lovers and anyone else.

On deck is a timeless Scottsdale custom home on 9820 E. Blue Sky Drive once owned by former major league star Pat Burrell. For $3,175,000, this all-star 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom property is being offered by  listing agents Cheryl D’Anna, Donna LeGate and Bob Terry.

At 6,931 square feet, this custom, elegant home boasts some serious views and a natural privacy protector: boulder outcroppings that are part of the landscaping. A floating spiral staircase adds intrigue and leads to game rooms. Or, just take the elevator! Each bedroom has a large full bathroom en-suite and there are incomparable views from almost every angle, not least from the roof deck patio, where distant city lights, the exclusive Estancia golf course and famous Scottsdale sunsets will take your breath away

Batting third is this stunner on 6601 E. Meadowlark Lane in Paradise Valley. At $2,890.000, this is the home of Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall. The property is being offered by  listing agent Shawna Warner. The 4-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom beauty measures 6,432 square feet and is nestled on 1.56 magically landscaped acres on a corner lot in the shadow of Mummy Mountain.

With an open great room concept, a chef’s kitchen and separate butler’s pantry with and ice maker and warming drawer, it’s ideal for entertaining. Outside, expansive flagstone patios, pebble tec pool and a full athletic field for football, soccer games or banquet receptions make this an ideal home for lovers of any sport.

Closing out the list of baseball properties is the Scottsdale home of a former World Series pitcher. This 9002 E. Rimrock Drive, 4-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom property is $2,250,000 is being offered by listing agent Tracy Fitzgerald.

At 7,508 square feet, this pristine estate on 1.5 acres boasts mountain views. The master retreat is 800 square feet and includes a sitting and reading room and two closets. A guest casita features a private entrance, living room and kitchen. Exercise enthusiasts will appreciate the 1,500 square-foot gym with a 10-person steam room. For post-workout relaxation, a walk-in wine cellar awaits. A resort-style backyard with a putting green, televisions, fireplace, heated pool and spa, firepits and a play area makes this property irresistible.

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