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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 Sotheby’s International Realty Announces the Highest Residential Sale in the Santa Catalina Foothills Since 2007 at $3,723,000

The Estate was the Home of Donald Diamond, a Prominent Philanthropist and Land Developer Behind Projects Across Arizona including the Tucson Airport Commerce Center

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, is proud to announce the sale of Donald R. Diamond and Joan B. Diamond’s Spanish Colonial Tucson estate. The estate closed for $3,723,000 and is the highest residential sale in the Santa Catalina Foothills since 2007. 

Diamond, born in New York, moved to Arizona in 1965 and attended the University of Arizona and was one of Arizona’s most notable philanthropists and land developers. 

His notable projects include The Canyons, Tucson Airport Commerce Center, the Riverside Plaza, Paloma Village, and Scottsdale Crossing at Calendar Stick Office Park with many philanthropic donations including $15 million to build the Diamond Children’s Medical Center. 

Global Real Estate Advisor Bryan Durkin of The Durkin Group at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty represented the Diamond family in the sale. Durkin has been a real estate agent in Tucson for 21 years. 

It was a great honor being selected as the agent to list the Diamond Estate as this home had never been on the market before. We marketed this home around the globe and were so pleased to find the perfect buyer locally in Tucson who appreciated the value of such a unique property and understands the Foothills. This is a trophy property that proves the old saying, ‘location, location, location’ when talking about price.

Bryan Durkin

The sophisticated estate was completed in 1982 and was designed by highly renowned Southern Arizona Architect Lewis Hall, specifically for Diamond. The home was intelligently designed to unify comfort and luxury to create an unforgettable resort experience. 

The 10,618 square foot estate is located in Tucson’s most premier and coveted neighborhood, The Canyons, a community that Diamond himself developed. The sprawling 7.3-acre estate is perched above the city on the best ridgetop lot in the Foothills that borders the Coronado National Forest, offering forever views of city lights and the Santa Catalina Mountains.

The Diamond Estate features a 7,632 square foot main house that boasts 2 luxurious bedroom suites. The grand master bedroom is a personal oasis home to a fireplace and a reading nook that opens to a beautiful private patio with a spa with unobstructed views of Finger Rock. Imported hand-painted tiles, a jacuzzi tub, and a steam shower bring luxury and refinement to the master bathroom. 

The main house also features a private office and adjoining library that overlooks the grand living room with solid hardwood floors, a stunning fireplace, beamed ceilings, and soaring window walls that offer unmatched dramatic views. In addition, the estate boasts an astonishing chef’s kitchen with a hand-painted mural by Andrew Rush, a media room, 2 full-sized bars, and a walk-in temperature-controlled wine cellar. 

The 2,589 square foot guest house features 3 bedrooms, 3 fireplaces, Saltillo floors, a full kitchen, and private patios. 

A striking pool and grotto incorporate boulders and the surrounding desert environment to create an unrivaled ambiance while reflecting the Santa Catalina Mountains. The adjacent pool house features 2 changing rooms, a bathroom, a sauna, and a lower-level exercise room. 

My father’s legacy lives on through his developments, philanthropic endeavors, and this house. He put his heart and soul into creating it and succeeded in making this large estate our home. I am excited for the new owners to create memories in this amazing estate, it is truly the most remarkable house I have seen in Tucson.

Helaine Levy, Diamond’s daughter
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Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Kicks Off The Kentucky Derby with the Top Equestrian Estates Across Arizona

As fans of the Kentucky Derby, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, presents the top 4 equestrian estates in Arizona. Take a tour of the most luxurious horse properties that Arizona has to offer, just in time for the Bulleit Bourbon Derby DayClub; Arizona’s best Kentucky Derby event with live horse racing and betting at Turf Paradise on Saturday, May 1st. 

The tour starts at 2020 E Bethany Home Rd, listed by agents Cionne McCarthy and Frank Aazami. The World-Class luxury Equestrian estate  sits on nearly 5 acres and boasts a 14-stall barn and five covered turn-outs. The 10,663 square foot estate is listed for $6,800,000 and is home to a 300-foot by 150-foot competition ring with a synthetic riding surface for jumpers. With breathtaking views of Piestewa Peak and the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, the equestrian campus is one of the best Phoenix has to offer. 

Head north for the next stop on the tour. 1804 N Pyle Ranch Rd, Payson, AZ is 77.25 acres of fenced ranch with seven residential homes, a barn/track room with horse stalls, irrigated pastures, a helicopter pad, and more. La Cienega Ranch is the ultimate equestrian property in the Poderosa Pines. The property offers 14,989 square feet of liveable space and exclusivity. The expansive and breathtaking property is listed for $5,500,000 by agents Erika Dickey and Frank Aazami.

The next stop on the tour of Arizona’s best Equestrian properties is in Mayer, Arizona. 8960 S Cutting Edge Ranch Trail is 54 deeded acres with 4 homes. The perfect Gentlemen’s or Women’s Ranch. The property features a 15 stall barn with 12’ breezeway and a tack room. Located at the foot of the Bradshaw Mountains also boasts an 8 stall show barn. The family compound retreat is listed at $2,500,000 by agent Barbara Miller

40411 N 78th St in Cave Creek is the final stop on the exquisite Equestrian tour. The 135 acre ranch is privately gated and provides peace and serenity with 100s of Saguaros in pristine Sonoran Desert. The compound features premium Equestrian facilities including a large block barn, 2 turnouts, and a second barn with a bunkhouse suite, track room, 6 stalls, turnouts and pens. The property is listed at  $6,950,000 by agents Debbie Omundson and Susan Folts.. 

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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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After 12 Years of Construction ‘The House of Doors’ Hits the Market for $10 Million by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

The Wendell Burnette Designed Estate is Located in Scottsdale’s Desert Mountain and Boasts Over 7,000 Square Feet and Sits on Over an Acre

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, is proud to announce “The House of the Doors” is on the market for the first time after construction of the desert oasis estate spanned 12 years. 

Listed by luxury agent Daniel Wolski of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, with more than 7,4000-square-feet, the estate features 3 bedrooms, 3 full and 3 half bathrooms. Listed for $10 million, the oasis is a piece of art that merges artistic creativity and functional living.  The construction process utilized rammed earth, steel, glass, and stone to create the architectural masterpiece. 

The concept very early on was a solid form that’s cracked open to let in light and air while remaining secluded and serene. It was about corralling a piece of the sky and creating privacy.

Wendell Burnette, Architect

10016 E Relic Rd 17, Scottsdale, AZ 85262 is livable art. The storefront glass door opens to a central courtyard that is a personal oasis paying homage to the Sonoran Desert, and is home to a stunning landscape filled with native desert vegetation and outlined with soaring glass walls; some operable with a bronze bolt lock. The opulent courtyard provides the ultimate combination of desert indoor and outdoor living, without compromising the security of the home. 

Upon entering, the gourmet stainless-steel kitchen boasts a butler’s pantry, snail backlit powder and dining space. The luxurious kitchen is elevated with an overhead aluminum origami structure that hangs from the ceiling and effortlessly adds dimension and artistry to the room. From the kitchen, the great room is surrounded by four pivoting glass walls that lead outdoors and offer panoramic views of the Valley. Arizona sunsets fill the room with an unmatched warm glow. 

The desert courtyard house is a once in a lifetime project where the owner, architect, and builder worked together to create a one of a kind of architecture. The owner challenged the design build team to be as inventive and innovative as possible. We pushed the limits of natural materials to build a unique rammed earth and concrete structure that melds seamlessly into the desert landscape. The faceted exterior houses an interior of meticulously detailed, luxurious materials including stone, metals, glass, and textiles.

Andy Byrne, President and Owner of ConstruCtion Zone

The main floor master suite is found by passing through the magnificent steel telescoping door. Rammed earth walls with onyx insets, origami metal ceiling structures take over the senses upon entering. The onyx created bath, shower, vanities, walls, and floors creates a sophisticated glow throughout the master bathroom. Indoor outdoor living finds a place in the master bathroom with a pivoting shower wall that opens to a private courtyard with a firepit and sunken bench. Shower in privacy with the desert around the corner. 

An impressive 65ft glass floor bridge spans a dip in the earth and leads to two guest suites. Each guest suite boasts its own texture, and history. Down the suspended steel staircase “The House of Doors” boasts a media room, powder room, wine cellar, and audio-visual room. In addition, the estate also offers a fitness room, spa with built-in glass recliner, library, and breakfast/wet bar. 

This home is an architectural masterpiece, and a piece of livable art inspired by the Sonoran Desert. Coined the ‘The Desert Courtyard House’ and ‘The House of Doors’, this estate, with all its artistic details, is designed for quiet Sonoran solitude for a few but will accommodate memorable desert extravaganzas with enchanting experiences for many.

Daniel Wolski, Global Real Estate Advisor

From an inclusive outdoor kitchen to an Arrow Rock fire pit, the estate is the perfect Sonoran oasis.

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Starry-Eyed Destinations

Arizona may be home to some of the best sunsets in the world but even the most experienced star gazer would be impressed by the awe-inspiring starry night skies. Whether you’re an amateur astronomer or just love to observe the celestial objects in the sky, the Grand Canyon State has a star studded line up of stargazing spots.  

From Northern Arizona to the Valley of the Sun to Southern Arizona and the great towns in between, there are 29 stargazing locations one should be sure to check out when looking for the best views of the stars.

The first stop starts in the Northern part of the state. If you are willing to make the trip to the Northern Arizona area, you will certainly discover some breathtaking views.

The Grand Canyon:A classic certified Dark Sky Park that is known around the country to provoke wonder. The combination of high elevation and desert air makes for some picturesque night sky views. For the best views, head to Moran Point or Lipan Point on the South Rim.

Arizona Sky Village – Portal, AZ: 24/7 magnificent dark skies protected by the Portal, AZ community is some of what you can experience in this quaint community. Every house in the 450-acre community even has a domed observatory.

Lowell Observatory – Flagstaff AZ: Lowell Observatory is historically known for many things, such as the finding of the dwarf planet Pluto. Here at this observatory, not only will you find a big piece of Flagstaff’s history, but you can also stargaze, interact with exhibits and observe the solar system.

Monument Valley – Navajo Tribal Park: After acquiring a guide and tribal permission to this Navajo Nation Valley, you will experience some of the most iconic and stunning landscapes and skies. Monument Valley is additionally one of the few remaining locations with naturally dark skies in the United States and Europe.

Verde River Greenway State Natural Area – Cottonwood: Verde River is in the top 20% of the world for locations with the best visibility of the Milky Way. This spot is perfect for stargazing as it is far away from any light pollution, so be sure to check this astonishing location out.

Mount Elden – Flagstaff: Those interested in stargazing at Mount Elden may also find the gravesite for John Elden Jr., shot on Mount Elden at just six-years-old. When it gets dark, keep an eye out for some fantastic night sky views but try not to be too spooked!

Wupatki National Monument – Flagstaff: Surprisingly enough, the parking lot of Wupatki National Monument is one of the best places to see the stars, with almost nothing blocking the view. With the visitor center and trails closing by sunset, nothing is stopping you from enjoying the views from the comfort of your car in the parking lot!

Buffalo Park – Flagstaff: Not only do you get an amazing view of the night sky, but also the privilege of being accompanied by buffalo and mule deer during your visit. This is an especially convenient location if you are in the Flagstaff area.

Arizona Snow Bowl – Flagstaff: Make sure to visit this spot during the summer, as they have events during the other seasons. Snow Bowl also hosts events that celebrate stargazing as well as many other fun events to check out.

Sunset Crater Volcano Park – Flagstaff: Ponderosa pines frame this magnificent view at 1,000 feet high, including great options for camping. This park also happens to be one of the youngest volcanic craters among the 400+ in northeast Flagstaff.

Coconino National Forest – Sedona: One of the most diverse forests in the country, Coconino offers breathtaking night sky views amidst pines, red rock, cacti and alpine tundra.

Verde River Area – Cottonwood: This spot is well worth the drive for a glorious view of the stars, far removed from city light pollution. Verde River, one of the only free-flowing rivers left in the desert, features excursions and a trail loop that takes you through the area’s natural beauty and wildlife.

If you desire a stargazing spot closer to the Phoenix Metropolitan area, here are some equally inspiring spots to see it all right in the Valley of the Sun.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park – Maricopa County: 21,099 acres of desert make for a truly astounding view of the night skies. Programs are offered here with telescopes included as well as some great trails for hiking.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park – Waddell: For just $6 per vehicle, you can experience the wonders of this stargazing hotspot near Phoenix. This national park also offers numerous events and classes related to the stars.

Cave Creek Regional Park – Cave Creek: A favorite tourist destination, this regional park offers some fantastic night sky views as well as hiking. The most popular trail you should be sure to check out is the Go John Trail.

Tempe Town Lake – Tempe: Tempe Town Lake is a popular hangout location that offers various activities such as a beginner class on stargazing and kayaking at night. Park close by and walk along the lake for a night filled with stars, cool weather and restaurants nearby.

Estrella Mountain Park: Estrella, which translates to star in Spanish, boasts 20,000 acres of desert, wetland and mountains with awe-inspiring night sky views. Legend says Mexican gold is buried somewhere around the mountain.

Phoenix Mountains Preserve: This preserve of parks is only 20 minutes from downtown. Piestewa Peak and Camelback are the highest points in the preserve and offer some magnificent panoramic views. The hike is challenging to get up there but well worth it.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park: Not only are there scenic trails but some great night sky views as well. This revered park surrounded by mountain ranges is also a sacred marker to the Yavapai people.

San Tan Mountain Regional Park – San Tan: This piece of Sonoran Desert holds a suburban park ranging in elevation from 1400 to 2500 feet. There are many activities offered here, such as horseback riding, hiking and stargazing tours.

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch – Gilbert: Here you will find the Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory, which is open to the public every Friday and Saturday.

Hilltop at SunRidge Canyon – Fountain Hills: For those less interested in hikes and more in a luxury setting, here you will find some breathtaking night sky views with many high-end resorts to accommodate.

If you want to be even closer to the equator and looking for stargazing in Southern Arizona here are some great locations to check out near Tucson:

Mount Lemmon SkyCenter – Mount Lemmon: Located high above the City of Tucson, this SkyCenter possesses two of the largest telescopes in the Southwest, available to the public.  Mount Lemmon SkyCenter also holds stargazing events almost every night of the year.

Kitt Peak National Observatory – Tucson: Established in 1964, just 50 miles from Tucson, this observatory holds the single most diverse collection of astronomical instruments in the northern hemisphere. For $50, sign up for the Nightly Observing Program, one of their best stargazing experiences.

Saguaro National Park – Pima County: Home to cacti almost two centuries old, tourists can see the park and the crystal-clear dark skies in the comfort of their car. These desert skies provide for some spectacular stargazing.

The Sonoran Desert: Relax under a blanket of stars and enjoy the serenity of the Sonoran Desert.  Loop trails, excursions, jeep tours and more will offer great views of this landscape.

Oracle State Park – Tucson: Wildlife refuge with great picnic areas, this park is one of the least visited in Arizona making it perfect for those looking for solitude in their sky viewing.

Tumacácori National Historical Park – Santa Cruz: Stars of the constellations Cassiopeia and Andromeda can be seen from the ruins of these three Spanish mission communities, two of which are U.S. National Historic Landmark sites.

Catalina State Park – Pima County: This park offers great campsites, horse riding, magnificent hikes and sometimes a concert series. This certified dark sky is removed from Tucson’s light pollution and is sure to give some amazing night views.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Sees 32% Sales Growth and Achieves Record $150 Billion in Global Sales Volume as 2020 Changes Definition of Home Luxury Real Estate Brand’s

Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that its affiliated brokers and independent sales professionals achieved a record US$150 billion in 2020 global sales volume, a nearly 32% increase in sales growth year over year, as the definition of home changed for consumers around the world. Due to a longstanding commitment to innovation, Sotheby’s International Realty® agents were able to seamlessly help clients navigate the changing market dynamics brought on by the global pandemic with existing technology offerings which propelled business momentum. 

“Agents affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty quickly pivoted to address the impact of the global pandemic,” said Philip White, president and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty. “Thanks to innovations we pioneered nearly a decade ago, our affiliated companies and agents made the impossible possible. Their adaptability to serve clients safely further extended our position as a leader in luxury real estate.” 

Long-Standing Commitment to Virtual Technology Paved Way for Success 

Sotheby’s International Realty continued to lead the industry and was well-positioned to meet the needs of consumers as the buying and selling process became increasingly virtual. Sotheby’s International Realty agents accelerated the use of the brand’s existing video, virtual reality, and live-streaming technology to produce new forms of content that engaged buyers and set a new standard for marketing luxury properties. Currently, buyers can safely tour more than 6,000 properties via virtual reality or video on Property videos also proved engaging on social media where the brand’s YouTube channel delivered 43 million views, or the equivalent of more than one million hours watched. 

“As a leader in the luxury real estate industry, Sotheby’s International Realty is able to anticipate trends,” said Chief Marketing Officer, Bradley Nelson. “Our priority remains to present listings in the best possible manner and to provide a superb end-user experience however buyers prefer to search for their new home. Virtual technology has been at the forefront of our marketing strategy for several years and comes as naturally to us as our commitment to high quality service.” 

The brand also unveiled a new website,, available in 14 languages and nearly 60 currency conversions, to continue serving its growing international clientele and fuel referrals worldwide. The website achieved a notable amount of traffic for the brand with 37 million visits in 2020. Property videos on the site produced by Sotheby’s International Realty agents were especially popular and played nearly 13 million times in 2020, totaling more than 90,000 hours watched. 

A Year of Strategic Growth and Record Achievements 

Despite travel restrictions, Sotheby’s International Realty remained committed to expanding its global footprint and achieving strategic growth. In 2020, the brand opened more than 50 new offices across the world, bringing the brand’s total presence to nearly 1,000 offices in 75 countries and territories with approximately 24,000 independent sales associates worldwide. 

The brand’s existing affiliated companies around the world continued to grow in 2020. Sotheby’s International Realty increased its total domestic presence to 45 states around the country. Sotheby’s International Realty facilitated affiliate expansions through 12 domestic M&A transactions, including California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, and Washington. 

The brand also continued to expand internationally in key markets and opened offices in seven new territories. In Europe, the brand expanded to Ukraine, Romania, Montenegro, and in Germany. In the Asia-Pacific region, the brand opened its first office in South Korea and expanded in the Caribbean and Latin American region with two new offices in Paraguay and Antigua & Barbuda. 

“Our international footprint is one of our greatest competitive advantages,” said Tammy Fahmi, vice president, global operations and international servicing. “Our brand’s locations are in the most desirable places around the globe, so our clients know they can rely on our local market expertise wherever they are looking to buy or sell.” 

As affluent individuals looked to acquire secondary homes in markets around the world, Sotheby’s International Realty agents acted as true global real estate advisors and referral volume surged by 42% to US$2.9 billion in closed sales volume. 

“Our 2020 results prove what is possible when you focus on quality above all else. We remain proud to be the real estate brand of choice for so many luxury real estate experts and affluent clients. We will continue to work tirelessly to prove their trust has been well placed,” concluded White.

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Luxury Headlines | January 2021

Historic 1930s federal building in downtown Flagstaff goes up for sale KTAR, AZ Family

Cheryl D’Anna of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Represents Buyer of a $5.1 Million Scottsdale Estate

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty announces highest year ever on record Rose Law Group Reporter, News Break

Realogy Once Again Leads the Industry in 2021 Swanepoel Power 200 PR Newswire

Jerome home with rooftop deck, dance studio, travel trailer on market for $675K AZ Family

Concierge Auctions Processes Over $3.4B in Global Bids in 2020, Among Other Record-Setting Accomplishments EIN

Laura Briggs of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Represents Buyer of a $4.1 Million Paradise Valley Home, News Break

The Luckys Represent the Seller and Buyer of a $3.2 Million Scottsdale Home

Hot Sauce Entrepreneur Pours Himself into Real Estate Flagstaff Business News

Preparing for an Active New Year in Real Estate Flagstaff Business News

Area’s Priciest Homes PressReader

Scottsdale homes, mostly in Desert Mountain, top luxury home sales list AZ Central

The Best Desert Dream Homes You Can Buy Today Bolly Inside, DuPont Registry Daily

Ken Hoffman reveals his ‘really weird night’ with TV legend Larry King Culture Map Houston

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February Newsletter

The Sotheby’s International Realty® 2021 Luxury Outlook is a deep-dive into high-end residential markets across the globe, reflecting on an unprecedented year for real estate and global wealth. The report looks at what’s in store for some of the world’s primary and secondary markets as well as the wealth trends that will drive discretionary investment in the coming months. Read more
Sotheby’s Masters Week Auctions in New York achieved $95.4 million across an exciting week of four live auctions and a successful online auction. Nearly half of all sold lots exceeded their high estimates and 15 lots exceeded $1 million. The Master Paintings Evening Sale realized $61.1 million making it the highest total for a Master Paintings Sale at Sotheby’s New York since 2012 and setting 7 new auction records.  Read more
It’s been a long year, so we have good reason to rejoice when thinking of the interior design trends coming up in 2021. From the growing importance of sustainable materials to elegant elements and a celebration of individuality and uniqueness, our 2021 trend edit will provide you with a curated look that will bring your home into the New Year with sensational style. Read more
Amazon dropped big announcements this week. In the span of 24 hours, its CEO, Jeff Bezos, revealed he’ll be stepping down from his role later this year. Then the corporate giant unveiled its plan for its second headquarters to be built in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. The 2.8 million-square-foot HQ2, PenPlace, will transform Arlington’s skyline. Designed by global architecture firm NBBJ, who led the design of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, PenPlace is the next step of Amazon’s expansion. Read more
Although some countries have reopened their borders, many travellers are still unable to venture out during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. This has forced tourism industries to rethink how they can promote tourist attractions online. One way of getting tourists to travel abroad from the comfort of their own homes is through virtual reality (VR) technology and 360-degree videography. We round up the best virtual travel tours and online travel experiences that can be enjoyed online right now. Read more
It’s been a long time since most of us have used our dining rooms for one of their intended purposes—hosting a good old-fashioned dinner party. At some point later this year, we hope, gatherings like this will be possible, but until they are, we know that you could use a little inspiration in the meantime. (And you can always “host” your own intimate gathering without inviting guests, right?) Here, we’ve gathered 15 of our absolute favorite dining rooms from the pages of ELLE Decor over the past year—each and every one is memorable in its own way and will leave you wanting more. So grab your best china and silver and get ready to set the table—we hope these 15 stunning displays of style and flair will help bring you some cheer until we’re all back together in the dining room. Read more
We often create these “grazing boards” for family dinners, but of course, they’re absolutely perfect for parties and occasions. Even my daughter helps add her favorite foods to the boards for snacks. 
Speaking of occasions, Courtney Whitmore of PIZZAZZERIE created a Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board to share! I’m absolutely tickled pink with how it turned out, and I’ve decided it will be a Valentine’s Day tradition. Read more
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Russ Lyon SIR 2020 Recap

2020 may have been a year like no other and that certainly rings true when it comes to breaking and setting new residential real estate records.  Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to announce it closed the year with a record-breaking $5.32 billion in total sales. That is the highest yearly number ever recorded in the company’s history for total sales volume. 

Among the impressive 2020 sales, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty represented both the buyer and seller for the highest residential sale in Arizona’s history at $24,100,000 during the fall of this year and represented the seller of the notable David and Gladys Wright House.

In 2020, the luxury brokerage closed a total of 7,247 transactions state-wide with the average sales price at $734,008

View the Top 20 Sales of 2020 for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty here:

The brokerage has been in business since 1947.  73 years later there are now 950 agents and 13 offices state-wide.  In 2020, agents and the various offices were recognized more than 100 times for a variety of industry awards. 

But most importantly, during 2020 when many charities were struggling, the Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation was honored and named one of Arizona’s Largest Philanthropists with more than 3,750 volunteer hours, as well as donating more $108,492 to charity.

There is no doubt, 2020 has been a year to remember. It has been a year of great hardships, great triumphs and the greatest year of giving by our agents, staff and managers. We are incredibly proud of our family of agents and these tremendous numbers and record breaking sales shows Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty continues to be the dominant leader in Arizona’s luxury real estate market.

Jim Lyon, Chairman of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s INternational Realty

Additional noteworthy achievements for Russ Lyon SIR in 2020:

  • CEO and co-owner Todd Gillenwater was named an AZ Business Leader
  • President and Designated Broker, Deems Dickinson, was named to the 2020 Swanepoel Power 200 List
  • The Russ Lyon SIR Relocation department received Cartus Platinum Status for their 2019 efforts
  • The brokerage was involved in 520 headlines
  • The brokerage received 1,642 earned media placements
  • The in-house marketing department created over 13,502 pieces for their Real Estate Advisors
  • 21 issues of their signature publication, Properties of Arizona, have been published
  • The in-house IT department developed a new communications platform, Lyon Text
  • The brokerage implemented a proprietary online platform, Lyon Connect, for marketing, production stats, listing data, tech tools and more.