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Russ Lyon SIR January Newsletter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Russ Lyon SIR December Newsletter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Homegating 2020

With attendance at sports events on hold, “home-gating” is the new tailgating and no one effortlessly combines outdoor entertaining with luxury-living like Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate presents its most lavish top “home-gating” properties.   Six reasons that make “home-gating” the new alternative to traditional tailgating in 2020.   

The first stop on the exclusive “home-gating” tour is a 5 bed 7.5 bath one-level home in Desert Mountain. Located at 42725 N 102nd St, this property is listed at $10,999,999 by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Tami Henderson. Dissappearing Glass Walls between the backyard and the kitchen, dining, and living rooms along with a 25-meter infinity pool, rainfall water feature and linear fire pit will keep guests entertained for hours at this exquiste estate that spares no expense on its grandeur and awe-factor. 

Next on the tour head north to Flagstaff, Arizona for a rare and beautifully built Dennis Dixon home that sits on 2.23 tree covered acres.  Offering the ideal outdoor space for entertaining, the home is located at 1485 Tolchaco Rd.  The 5 bed 4.5 bath home is listed at $1,600,00 by Agent’s Valerie Core, and Freddi Paulsrud of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty and boasts a full bar with an abundance of outdoor entertainment space for guests. From the moment guests walk through the grand archway, they will be greeted with soaring 19-foot ceilings on their way to one of many entertainment spaces, including a private guest retreat. 

The third stop on the “home-gating” tour takes us to Tucson for a Santa Barabara style home. The 3 bed 3 bath home, listed at $1,595,000 by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Susanne Grogan, boasts an a generous Chef’s kitchen that includes Quartz counters and a full butler’s pantry for the ultimate“home-gate.” Located at 2255 E Ambassador Ct., the home also includes sprawling entertaining spaces outside  with a covered outdoor seating and built-in BBQ that opens to the dining area and kitchen, allowing for inside-outside entertainment space. 

Back in the Valley, the fourth stop on the tour on showcases at an exquisite Spanish Colonia Candelaria designed estate in Paradise Valley. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Michel Edery is offering this grand estate at 5239 E Roadrunner Rd for $3,000,000. Among the other jaw dropping amenities, the 7 bed 6.5 bath estate offers the ultimate rooftop “home-gating” experience. Sports fans can enjoy the breathtaking nearby mountain views by while enjoying a full kitchen and bar setting under the stars.  There’s also an adjacent home theatre when ready to head indoors.

Host the “home-gate” of your dreams at 23035 N Church Rd in Scottsdale. The 7 bed 10 bath estate sits on over 8 acres with an array of outdoor entertainment. Listed at $7,299,000 by agents, Frank Aazami and David Mayo of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, the secluded estate is home to fire pits, an outdoor tennis court, pools, and a full outdoor kitchen and BBQ. Be the envy of all “home-gaters” at this exquisite property.  After watching the big game, guests can also head to the wine room for a 2006 Bordeaux or take a break at the putting green, and relax in the steam shower. 

The final stop on the tour brings us to 19042 N 102nd St, a 4 bed 7.5 bath Bing Hu designed Custom Home in Scottsdale. Listed at $5,900,000 by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Agent Chey Castro this high-end estate can host a variety of “home-gates”. Whether in the movie theater, or in the luxurious outside seating area, enjoy a breath-taking upstairs bar that opens to a 1,000-square-feet of covered patio space with a fireplace and incredible views of the city lights. 

View more homes to homegate at here

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PUMPKIN PATCHES in Arizona

Many of your favorite pumpkin patches and corn mazes are open this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic and you can still hunt for your favorite pumpkin for your decorating and carving goals.

  • Vertuccio Farms“Your Destination for Farm-Friendly, Family Fun”
    • Located at 4011 S Power Road, Mesa, Arizona
    • The corn maze is open from October 1st to November 1st.
    • Monday-Thursday 9am – 9pm
    • Friday-Saturday 9am – 10pm
    • Sunday 10am – 6pm
  • Schnepf FarmsPumpkin and Chili Party
    • 24810 S Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, Arizona
    • Open from October 1st to November 1st.
    • Thursdays –  1:00pm – 9:00pm
    • Fridays –  10:00am – 10:00pm (Mask Required from 10am-2pm) 
    • Saturdays – 10:00am -10:00pm
    • Sundays – 10:00am – 9:00pm
  • Mother Nature’s FarmBrooke’s Pumpkin Patch
    • 1663 E. Baseline Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85233
    • September 26th – October 31st
    • Monday – Sunday 9AM to 9PM
  • Macdonald’s Ranch
    • 26540 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona
    • October 3rd – November 1st
    • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Closed on Tuesdays
  • Tolmachoff FarmsPumpkin Days and Corn Maze
    • 5726 N. 75th Avenue, Glendale, Arizona
    • Open from October 1st to November 1st
    • Monday & Tuesday closed 
    • Wednesday – Thursday 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm 
    • Friday 12:00 noon – 11:00 pm 
    • Saturday 10:00 am – 11:00 pm 
    • Sunday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm 
  • Pumpkin NightsAt the Princess
    • 7575 East Princess Drive, Scottsdale, Arizona 
    • Open from September 17 – October 31
    • Sept. 17 – Oct. 4 | Thursday-Sunday Nights 
    • Oct. 7 – 11 | Wednesday-Sunday Nights
    • Oct. 14 – 31 | Nightly
    • Weekdays | 5 – 10 PM
    • Sat. & Sun. | 4 – 10 PM
  • Halloween Town AZPumpkin Patch
    • 4568 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032
    • October 22-31, 2020
    • Thursdays & Fridays, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Mortimer FarmsPumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
    • 12907 E. State Route 169, Dewey, AZ
    • September 18th – November 1st
    • 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Marana Pumpkin PatchPumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
    • 12907 E. State Route 169, Dewey, AZ
    • October 3rd – October 31st
    • Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
    • Thursday and Friday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
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Luxury Real Estate Headlines | June 2020

PHOTOS: Spanish estate on 4.4 acres in Scottsdale on market for $4.49 million – AZ Family

PHOTOS: Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine ‘Idea Home’ on market for $1.94 million in Prescott – AZ Family

Southwest history, ambiance at Kenyon Retreat – Green Valley News

Arizona Estate, Once a Hotel for Miners, Heads to Auction – Mansion Global, Barrons Penta

Iconic Arizona estate up for auction – News Break

Iconic Little Daisy estate near Sedona goes up for auction – AZ Big Media

How Home Selling has Evolved During the Coronavirus – Flagstaff Business News

Phoenix Metro $7+ Million Residential Market Update: First Six Months 2020 – AZ Foothills

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Introduces Arizona’s Most Stunning Modern Properties – Arizona Progress and Gazette

Top 100 luxury real estate companies in the world – JamesEdition

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Stay Home, Stay Fit

Luxury properties in Scottsdale, Amado, Fountain Hills, Goodyear, Paradise Valley, and Tucson offer swimming pools, sports court, tennis courts, saunas, and massage rooms  

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to present high-end properties across the state that offer uniquely designed state-of-the-art home gyms, tennis courts, swimming pools, and other fitness space and premium amenities. Offering everything needed in terms of home technology, home entertainment, fitness and wellness, the luxury listings also showcase impressive views and designs that bring peace and harmony. 

The most sought-after property in North Scottsdale. Sitting on more than 8 acres, the 12,500 square-foot home is located at 23035 N Church Rd in Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Listed for $7,299,000 and offering 7 bedrooms and 10 full bathrooms, the estate is a pro athletes paradise. The home is equipped with complete gym facilities, sport court, putting green, Olympic size swimming pool, weight room, lockers, steam shower. Relax indoors or out, watch a game or your own indoor or outdoor oversized cinema screen, multiple Sit-down bars and lounge space. Impeccably manicured grounds with waterfalls, a pond, oversized pool, fire pits and tennis court.  Exclusively with Frank Aazami and David Mayo.

Never before seen on the market private park-like compound lot. Listed for $4.5 million and located at 6600 N Invergordon Rd in Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, the exquisite 8,010 square-foot single level home features its own home gym, 6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and 1 private guest home plus caretaker’s quarters. This one of a kind lot has impeccable grounds where outdoors work-out enthusiasts can swim laps in the unique lagoon-like pool, or take a walk along the walking/jogging paths. Play golf on the lighted putting green with surrounding views of Camelback and Mummy Mountain. Exclusively with Cheryl Anderson.

Further east, we have an ornate estate with breathtaking views to accompanying its own home gym.  The 8,837-square-foot home is located at 10208 N Palisades Boulevard in Fountain Hills, AZ 86268.  Listed for $3.5 million the hillside estate features 5 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, and 6 fireplaces. Besides its own home gym amenity, the estate also features a spa, sauna, reading nook and bonus room. Exclusively with Lisa Roberts.

In Tucson, 7403 North Secret Canyon Drive is for sale for $3.8 million. This contemporary unrivaled architectural masterpiece features more than 7,000-square feet of sustainability.  Offering a private well, solar panels, orchard and vegetable gardens, the 4-bedroom, 6-bathroom home is located in the exclusive gated community of The Canyons. The lushly landscaped grounds offer the perfect setting to practice yoga outdoors on the large artificial turf. The home also features a large pool, spa, waterfall and ramada.  Exclusively with Susanne Grogan.

Also in Tucson is a show stopping 36.74-acre sports complex property at 6655 N Rattlesnake Canyon Rd in Tucson, AZ 85750 for $2.75 million. The sports complex features a 60-ft indoor lap pool and spa, full sized batting cage with a professional pitching machine, and private workout area.  Designed with the same quality and craftsmanship of the main home, this home and sports complex is an athlete’s paradise, equipped with enough space to comfortably fit an entire baseball team. Exclusively with Judy Smedes and Kate Herk.

Further south, a 5,915-square-foot home at 8 Amado Montosa in Amado, AZ, 85645 for $795,000. The 3-bedroom, 7-bathroom elegant home features an indoor gym big enough for hosting your own boot camp, an outdoor fountain, pool and several entertainment spaces. Enjoy taking a walk through the mature rose garden or sitting in the pool with a cool beverage, this unique property has it all. Exclusively with Gary Brasher.

In the West Valley is an abundance of outdoor space for recreation enthusiasts at 13132 W Beverly Rd, in Goodyear, AZ 85338.  Listed for $1,150,000 this one-of-a-kind estate offers 6,611-square foot with 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms.  Enjoy home gym, pool, sauna and steam room plus a sport court, horse shoe pit, and an abundance of land for outdoor and group workouts. Exclusively with Cindy Smith.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is able to work with prospective local and distant buyers to view listings through virtual tours, property videos and/or arrange private tours at their convenience.

To view more homes to match your fitness goals, view below or visit russlyon.com

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Russ Lyon SIR Sells Ahmers Nest

The luxury contemporary home sold for $5.5 million

 Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is excited to announce its agents represented both sides of the all-time record price sale in Fountain Hills.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty team Pellegrini & DeGeorge Partners Susan Pellegrini, Karen DeGeorge and Tony Pellegrini represented the sellers while Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agent Dave Pattison represented the buyer in the $5.5 million sale of Ahmers Nest located at 13950 Bighorn Parkway, Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268.

The record sale shows Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty and Pellegrini & DeGeorge Partners’ prowess in Fountain Hills. 

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s Fountain Hills office is number one in the submarket for sales volume year-to-date with 13.8 percent of the luxury market (sales of $800,000 and above). The Fountain Hills office is also number one in the submarket year-over-year with 15.8 percent of luxury sales.

“We worked hard to sell this one-of-a-kind property. It shows Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty and our team of brokers are the dominant force in the attractive Fountain Hills submarket,” Susan Pellegrini said.

The 10,480-square-foot home has 5-bedrooms and 7-bathrooms. “The contemporary gem sits on top of its mountain in Fountain Hills with incredible views and imported finishes,” Karen DeGeorge said.

Tony Pellegrini worked closely with the owner learning the intricacies of the property and said “I have never seen so much attention to detail poured into the design of a property, especially when paired with a one of a kind hilltop parcel.”

Dave Pattison also specializes in luxury listings throughout Arizona. “This one-of-kind home offered astounding views, a prime Fountain Hills location and the quality the buyers were looking for,” Pattison said. 

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5 Incredible Places You Can Visit Virtual Right Now

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It’s summertime and you may have had travel plans that got canceled or postponed. Staying home doesn’t mean that you can’t still be well traveled; from UNESCO World Heritage sites like Machu Picchu to world-class zoos and aquariums, here are five incredible places you can visit right now from the comfort of your own home.

Machu Picchu

The first stop on our virtual vacation is the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in southern Peru. Built in the 15th century, you can tour the citadel ruins and restorations with guided audio to give you important details along the way.

The Georgia Aquarium

Did you know that some studies show that visiting an aquarium can relieve stress? Featured on Animal Planet’s hit show “The Aquarium,” bring the Georgia Aquarium into your living room with one of its many live tank cams and relax as you watch colorful fish, otters, reptiles, and more.

Arches National Park

The United States is home to many wonderous national parks – more than 400 in total. With the help of Google Earth, travel the deserts of Utah and see Arches National Park where you can virtually walk through some of the more than 2,000 sandstone arches that are the area’s namesake.

The San Diego Zoo

Looking for some one-on-one time with your favorite exotic animal? The San Diego Zoo in California has you covered. With 11 live camera feeds you can spend hours with pandas, tigers, giraffes, penguins and more.

The Great Pyramid and Great Sphinx of Giza

One is the only true remaining ancient wonder of the world and the other is an iconic ancient Egyptian structure. We of course, are talking about the Great Pyramid and Great Sphinx of Giza. Through Google Earth’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites project, these are just two of the 30 significant places you can visit.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines | May 2020

Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation Partners with AAR to Sell T-shirts and Raise Funds to Benefit Arizona Housing Fund – LuxuryRealEstate.com

Local specialty T-shirt sale seeks to raise funds for Arizona Housing Fund – Daily Independent, Scottsdale Independent

PHOTOS: Home in heart of Arizona wine country on market for $2.5 million – AZ Family

PHOTOS: Penthouse in the middle of Scottsdale on Market for $5 million – AZ Family, News Break

PHOTOS: Scottsdale home on market for $5 million, includes Bentley in garage – AZ Family

Arizona’s Desert Mountain Demos Real Estate Sales In COVID-19 Era – Forbes, Newstral

PRICEY! Prescott Home on the Market for now $1,650,000 – ABC 15

PRICEY! Nogales Ranch on the Market for $4,950,000 – ABC 15

PRICEY! Scottsdale Home for Sale for $9,750,000 – ABC 15

Concierge Auctions Names New Industry Leaders to Esteemed Agent Advisory Board – EIN News

Sedona Area Estate to Auction Online No Reserve via Concierge Auctions and Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty – EIN News