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Russ Lyon SIR and Russ Lyon Foundation Support UMOM

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty and the Russ Lyon Foundation sponsored the 12th annual Buckles and Bangles event for UMOM. Buckles and Bangles event is their annual fundraising event that helps fund the programs and services that get people on the road to stability with employment and an affordable place to call home.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Real Estate Advisor Theresa Krakauer is on the Board of Directors for UMOM. She attended the event with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty President and Designated Broker, Deems Dickinson, and Russ Lyon Foundation President, Betsy Dickinson.

The Russ Lyon Foundation also matched a $1,100 UMOM donation resulting in a $2,200 contribution towards the organization.

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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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Russ Lyon Foundation Brings Back ‘Love Your Neighbors’ campaign to Raise Funds to Benefit Arizona Housing Fund

The Russ Lyon Foundation is bringing back their Love Your Neighbors campaign to raise money for the Arizona Housing Fund. In 2020 $5,290 was raised. The sale is happening now and only runs through Sunday, August 22, 2021.

The Love Your Neighbors apparel is being produced by local company SideBar and just $20. New to the 2021 lineup is the apparel coming in a stonewashed blue-gray color option, women’s v-neck, unisex tank and bandana. They are available online, click here.

Every item ordered benefits the Arizona Housing Fund (AZHF). AZHF is a dedicated and sustainable revenue source that grants funding to the nonprofit agencies that build and operate Permanent Supportive, Low-Income and Working Poor Housing. Its equity grants will enable more housing units to be constructed, meeting the growing needs of our communities in Arizona with the goal of reducing homelessness.

There has never been a more important time for everyone to come together and support the Arizona Housing Fund. This foundation gives families a fighting chance to stay in their homes and helps others find housing.

Betsy Dickinson, President of Russ Lyon FOundation

The Russ Lyon Foundation seeks to provide valuable and meaningful service work within communities as well as charitable investments. Since the foundation began in 2014, more than $500,000 has been contributed towards various 501c3 Arizona-based organizations through direct donations, matching funds, sponsorships, and fundraisers.

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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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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

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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.

Photo by Tom Tietz / Shutterstock

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.. 

To purchase tickets to the Bulliet Bourbon Derby DayClub please visit: ThePoloParty.com/Derby

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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.