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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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ASCENT AT THE PHOENICIAN® UNVEILS DESIGN FOR THE SUMMIT ROOFTOP TERRACE AT MOUNTAINSIDE CONDOMINIUM BUILDING

 Ascent at The Phoenician® is unveiling the design for The Summit Rooftop Terrace at its new luxury condominium building, which will offer 360-degree views of the Valley and Camelback Mountain.

Designed uniquely for the Ascent mountainside condominium owners, residents will enjoy their own private rooftop community terrace featuring soft seating, fire tables, multiple gathering spaces, and an activity lawn in addition to the dramatic views.

Ascent at The Phoenician® is situated at the base of Camelback Mountain, overlooking The Phoenician® Golf Course and located adjacent to The Phoenician®, a Luxury Collection Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ascent at The Phoenician® recently released an intimate residential building of 40 luxury condominiums on Camelback Mountain consisting of one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den, and three-bedroom plus den plans. Prices are estimated to range from $1.5 million up to $5 million. 

With the dramatic views of the Valley during the day and city lights at night all set right on Camelback Mountain, the mountainside residences are generating strong interest for their spectacular panorama. Ascent at The Phoenician offers an extraordinary way of life at Scottsdale’s most coveted location on Camelback Mountain.

Todd Patrick, Vice President of Sales and marketing

The mountainside condominium residences follow the early sales success of the Ascent Golf Villas, which Ascent began selling in mid-February. The Golf Villas include homes ranging from two-bedroom to three-bedroom plus den/office plans, extensive indoor-outdoor living, private two-car garages, and views of both the golf course and Camelback Mountain. Current prices range from $2.16 million up to $3.195 million. Construction of the Golf Villas is now underway.

The mountainside condominium residences will enjoy a prime location adjacent to the Mountain Club, a private club for owners at Ascent. Programs, amenities and private events at the Club will celebrate the iconic Camelback Mountain and will include a private pool, fitness and movement rooms, social spaces and demonstration kitchen for cooking classes and private chef experiences. Architecturally designed as a modern interpretation of the historic Jokake Inn on The Phoenician® grounds, the Mountain Club will be an intimate gathering place for connection, wellness, celebration and relaxation.  

Ascent at The Phoenician® residents will have a connection through the cactus garden to all of The Phoenician® hotel’s restaurants. Also, residents will have the opportunity to join the Phoenician® Amenity Access Program that provides Ascent real estate owners with access to resort amenities, including the pools and fitness facility and preferred pricing for golf, spa, food and beverage, and other services.

With more than $2 billion of real estate projects in planning and development, Replay has properties in some of the world’s most sought-after settings. The team for Replay’s condominium residences and Golf Villas includes design partners from the Valley’s best internationally recognized talent: Nelsen Partners, an architecture and planning firm founded in 1990; Vallone Design, a leading, full-service interior design firm specializing in exquisite residential and commercial interior design; Floor Associates, a landscape architecture and planning firm; and bulthaup Scottsdale, a globally recognized company producing premium kitchens custom-made in Germany.

Joe Bushong and Leslie Jenkins of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty are the listing agents for Ascent at The Phoenician®. For more information on the remaining Golf Villa homes or to register for updates including Priority Registration for the first release of mountainside condominium residences visit ascentatthephoenician.com or call 480-534-4086.

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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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Noble Vision – A World Premier

Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, is proud to sponsor The Noble Vision World Premiere Concert by the Flagstaff Community Band. 

The Noble Vision World Premiere Concert will be held on Saturday, August 7th, 2021 at 5:30 pm and at Coconino Community College which is located 2800 S Lone Tree Rd in Flagstaff. 

70 members of the Flagstaff Community Band are currently rehearsing for the performance. 

Among those is a musically gifted saxophone player named Paula Mack.  

The Flagstaff resident has been playing the  saxophone for 20 years and shares her time between playing for the Flagstaff Community Band and working as a REALTOR for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.  Mack, who works out of the brokerage’s Flagstaff Office is excited to perform with the Flagstaff Community Band in the upcoming Noble Vision World Premiere Concert. 

“I am extremely proud to be a part of such a talented group of musicians,” explains Paula Mack of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, and member of the Flagstaff Community Band, “The Flagstaff Community Band has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and effort to put together a beautiful ensemble, and this composition will be especially special to the Dark Skies Flagstaff area.” 

Noble Vision is a commission composed by Patrick J. Burns and celebrates the life and contributions of Percival Lowell, the astronomer who founded the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. Lowell Observatory is an astronomical observatory and was established in 1894, placing it among the oldest observatories in the United States. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. This observatory is also known for discovering the dwarf planet Pluto.

The Flagstaff Community Band has chosen to honor Lowell with this commission to highlight this special part of the state. The observatory provided inspiration for the theme of the music and offered room for the composer’s creativity when writing the piece. The composer, Patrick Burns, in learning much more about Lowell Observatory, liked the grandness of very simply drawing attention to the work of Percival Lowell and the boundaries that he pushed through his thoughts, studies, and eventually discoveries.

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Russ Lyon SIR Agents Recognized for 40 Under 40

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, made a profound showing in the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS 40 Under 40 Award Winners 2021

A total of six agents with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty were named as 40 Under 40 Award Winners this year. The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS recognizes members who are 40 years of age or younger for their success, leadership, community & industry involvement. 

Janelle Flaherty’s passion and drive for real estate are shown through her numerous successes. Janelle Flaherty is a well-recognized member of the National Association of REALTORS and Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS. As an outstanding realtor in Scottsdale and surrounding areas, Flaherty frequents repeat business and referrals. Flaherty is known to provide her clients with exceptional communication, personal attention, and an overall excellent experience. In 2020, she had an impressive top sale of $1,050,000.  

Jessica Jablonski always aims to make the process the best possible for each of her clients, making her a top agent for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. In 2020, Jessica Jablonski landed a top-selling home priced at $850,000. Focused on properly preparing homes for the market, Jablonski continually maximizes her clients’ return on investment. Jablonski exceeds Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s mission by providing her clients with the most responsive, personalized service attainable.

Jeffrey Serpa’s top-selling home in 2020 of $2,975,000 undoubtedly outlines his successes. Serpa has made outstanding sales in local Arizona communities including Scottsdale, Cave Creek, and Phoenix. Serpa has lived and worked in California, Ohio and throughout the Midwest, South Carolina, Florida, and even sailed the high seas in the Caribbean Ocean. Serpa’s unique career experiences across the country allow him to provide his clients with a well-rounded, notable experience.   

Mimi Sadeghi of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty always puts her clients first. Nevertheless, Sadeghi’s mission to her clients is to be in constant communication, keeping her clients fully informed throughout the buying and selling process. Sadeghi’s versatile background in architecture and business has positioned her to excel in customer service, honesty, and integrity. With her professional demeanor and extensive knowledge of the real estate market, Sadeghi was able to capture her top 2020 sale at $1,595,000.

Chris Tiller’s decade-long experience of contract negotiation and financial expertise allows him to exceed his clients’ expectations of finding a great investment and home. Tiller is known to be successful in a wide range of services and quality customer care. In 2020, Tiller of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty made an exceptional top sale priced at $940,000. Tiller stands true to his mission by marketing his clients’ homes to the highest number of qualified buyers possible.

Jennifer Wilson impressively landed her top sale of 2020 with a selling price of $3,500,000. Never settling for standard expectations, Wilson prioritizes long-term relationships with her clients. As an accomplished realtor, Wilson believes it is crucial to obtain strong knowledge of the community, strong negotiation skills, and a commitment to providing excellent services for her clients’. As a high-energy and highly motivated individual, Wilson’s passion for people and success has driven her to great accomplishments. 

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Introducing the new Ascent at The Phoenician®️ Mountainside Residences

Modern and spacious luxury homes that command Scottsdale’s most coveted views and location on Camelback Mountain.

Ascent is a private residential community inside the gates of luxurious The Phoenician® offering stunning views of the Valley, city lights of Scottsdale and Camelback Mountain. These exquisitely designed, single-family sized residences offer the best of luxury condominium living in the Phoenix area with floor-to-ceiling glass to maximize views and natural light, luxury kitchens, Sub Zero and Wolf appliances and spa-inspired bathrooms.

Residents will enjoy access to the Mountain Club with a private pool, yoga studio, fitness facilities, social lounging spaces and a professional demonstration kitchen for cooking classes and private chef experiences, as well as, a spacious private rooftop terrace with fire tables, lounge spaces, activity areas and 360-degree views of both the Valley and Camelback Mountain.

Ascent presents an extraordinary opportunity to live on Camelback Mountain, in a private community adjacent to The Phoenician® in a home that offers the rare combination of both luxury and low maintenance living. An attractive investment, the Ascent Mountainside Condominium Residences are offered from $1.5 million up to $5 million.

Contact Leslie Jenkins or Joe Bushong to schedule an in-person or virtual meeting today. We look forward to providing you a personalized experience that suits your individual needs as you search for your new home.

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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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Michelle Renteria Lists The New Darlings Home

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, the Valley’s leader in luxury real estate,  is proud to announce the New Darlings’ home is now on the market. Christina and Robert Martinez are the husband and wife behind the New Darlings. 

The New Darlings have 460k+ followers on Instagram and a wholesome family and lifestyle blog. Christina, Robert, and Oliver Martinez’s memories are recorded and featured on the blog, including the remodeling journey of their Phoenix home. 

The enchanting home is a 1930 Tudor in the historic Brentwood neighborhood of Central Phoenix. The property received a complete overhaul from its current owners, no surface untouched, no idea left undone. 

We spent so much time and energy to find a harmony between beauty and functionality for our home. We are sad to be leaving this house but we are excited to find new owners that will appreciate it as much as we do.

Christina Martinez

The 1,846 square foot main house is home to 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is listed at $700,000 by Michelle Renteria of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. 

Upon entering the light-filled, opulent home, guests are greeted by smooth plaster walls, gorgeous hardwood floors, double archways leading into the stunning kitchen, and a dining space overlooking the lush backyard and guest house. The home’s garden-chic interior compliments the desert surroundings. 

The expansive owner’s suite boasts vaulted ceilings, skylights, and a massive walk-in closet complete with laundry, French doors to the patio, and a lovely en-suite bathroom with a soaking tub, dual sinks, and stall shower.

The secondary bedroom and hall bath embrace historic details and charm while providing owners with modernized windows, closet system, and updated lighting and hardware.

The 200 square foot guest house provides the perfect space for out-of-town guests and is complete with a private bathroom, kitchenette, storage, and a private patio.

The remodel was completed in 2018 by Loyal Construction Co. and Ron Elliot Studios. It expanded the footprint of the home and included a full owner’s suite remodel as well as a kitchen, dining, and back patio re-imagination.

This is truly one of the most wonderful and thoughtful homes I have had the pleasure of listing. Robert and Christina have poured their talents into this home and have made it very special. A home this enchanting and modern in the beautiful Brentwood Historic District will not be on the market for long.

Michelle Renteria, Global Real Estate Advisor

Photos Courtesy of LaRue Photography

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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