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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.
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Todd Gillenwater Named Among AZ Business Leaders

 Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty (Russ Lyon SIR) is proud to announce Todd Gillenwater has been named an AZ Business Leader.

Released annually by AZ Big Media, leaders are selected from a pool of more than 5,000 of the most innovative entrepreneurs and the best and brightest Arizona business leaders in healthcare, real estate, construction, education, baking, financial services, manufacturing, technology and law. Over the course of more than two dozen meetings, that list of 5,000 leaders under consideration was paired down to about 500 names, which the selection panel considered to be the most influential leaders in their industries. 

Prior to his role current role as CEO and co-owner of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Gillenwater worked as a sales associate, associate broker and managing broker expanding his experience and knowledge in the real estate industry. He founded the Russ Lyon Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3), in 2014 and is a part of its Board of Directors overseeing the philanthropic efforts put forth on behalf of the Arizona community.  

Todd has been the cornerstone of the RL Foundation. His foresight and commitment to community service encouraged him to establish our Foundation in 2014 as a vehicle to give all of our associates and employees the opportunity to come together for the benefit of each of the communities we serve.

Deems Dickinson, President and Designated Broker

To see the full list of the AZ Business Leaders, click here.

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The Power of 4 and Tami Henderson Represent Seller and Buyer for a $3,000,000 Scottdsale Home

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty (Russ Lyon SIR) is proud to announce that Anne Morrissey, Bee Francis, Karen Baldwin, Kathleen Benoit and Tami Henderson of the Russ Lyon SIR Desert Mountain office have represented the seller and buyer of a $3,000,000 contemporary home in Scottsdale.  

Located within the gates of Desert Mountain, the 5,612 SF home built by Gemini offers an open floor plan that takes advantage of breathtaking views from all of the main entertaining spaces. Offering 4-bedrooms and 6.5-bathrooms, the home has fully retractable sliding doors to enhance the home’s indoor/outdoor experience, a 3-car garage and over 3 fireplaces throughout.

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Every Car Needs a Home 2021

Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, presents the list of the most lavish estates with the greatest garages; just in time for the kick off of any car lover’s favorite time of year, the collector car auction season. Every car needs a home. 

The first stop on the luxury garage tour is a timeless masterpiece in Paradise Valley, listed at $12,950,000. This 6 bed 9 bath estate is over 16,000 square feet. 5021 E Arabian Way, listed by Bob Hasset, boasts a lavish, opulent auto courtyard that can hold up to 30 cars, an RV, and has temperature control. The 4.45 acre estate also houses a state-of-the-art showroom for the ultimate luxury car display. 

Staying in Paradise Valley, the next stop is a 5 bed 9 bath 8,400 square foot estate. Listed at $7,500,000, 7001 N Longlook Rd, is a privately gated, contemporary mountainside home. Situated on 3.26 acres and listed by Jonathan De Young, this property boasts the best views of the city and sophisticated design. This estate has a 9-car garage that is temperature controlled with its own separate stage area, perfect for a year-round automotive season display. 

Head to Phoenix for the next stop on the Grandest Garages tour. 3715 E Mountain View Rd is a sophisticated 5,562 square foot estate settled on 1.27 acres. The 5 bed 4 bath home is listed at $1,600,000 by Camden Steele and Patricia Davis. This wonderful estate boasts a fully air-conditioned, detached garage that has 4 bays, engine hoist, and I-Beam. The perfect space for an automotive aficionado. 

Next on the tour is 2020 E Bethany Home Rd, a 6 bed 7 bath 10,663 square foot estate. This world-class luxury equestrian estate is the perfect spot for car and horse enthusiasts. Listed for $7,500,000 by agents Cionne McCarthy and Frank Aazami, it features a 14-stall barn and covered turn-outs that can easily transform into a car barn to host as many as 60 collectibles. Minutes from the Biltmore, this estate also is home to a luxury 5-car garage. 

The last stop on the tour is 7450 E Continental Mountain Estates Dr in Cave Creek, otherwise known as the “Penthouse.” This 5-acre mountaintop sanctuary is the dream home of any car enthusiast. Listed at $3,995,000 by Debbie Omundson, the home boasts panoramic mountain views, and seamless indoor-outdoor living. The contemporary estate can be the home to 10 cars, or 20 with the built-in lifts.

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Luxury Headlines | December 2020

Desert Mountain home sells for record $10.2M azcentral, AZ Big Media, Arizona’s Family, Rose Law Group Reporter, KTAR

Leslie Jenkins of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Sells Paradise Valley Home for $4.675 Million

Exploring the Post-Pandemic World of Real Estate Flagstaff Business Journal

Here are the highest-priced Phoenix-area luxury homes sold in October Phoenix Business Journal

New neighbor coming next to Phoenician Scottsdale Progress

‘Zen House’ in Sedona sells for $3.5M Az Big Media

Jay Pennypacker, Debbie Negrin and Will Foote of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Announces Sale of Estancia Estate for $3.95 Million

Buyers paid cash for metro Phoenix’s 5 priciest home sales this week, with deals all above $5M AZ Central

Skyrocketing Suburbs: The 10 Urban Escapes Where Prices Are Rising the Most The Telegraph, Inman

The Marshall Brothers and The Power of 4 Represents the Seller and Buyer of a $3.84 Million Scottsdale Estate

Topped by a record-setting mansion: See the 10 highest-priced Valley homes sold in 2020 Phoenix Business Journal

Frank Aazami’s Featured Listing: This is Auction Season for Collectible Cars and Luxury Homes in the Valley Arizona Foothills Magazine

Renovated $4.3M mansion with massive balcony tops priciest homes list azcentral

Agent Spotlight: Jennifer Marsh Arizona Foothills Magazine

Johnathon De Young of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Represents the Seller of a $3.1 Million Phoenix Home

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Represent the Seller and Buyer of a $3.6 Million Modern Paradise Valley Home

PHOTOS: 40 acres of Arizona land with mine tunnels, gold prospecting on market for $1.3 million Arizona’s Family

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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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November 2020 Significant Sales

From a record-breaking Desert Mountain estate in Scottsdale to the meticulously designed Zen Home in Sedona, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce its November 2020 Significant Sales.

Seller Representation: Tami Henderson | Buyer Representation: Kelly Jones | $10,200,000 | Scottsdale
Buyer Representation: Anne Morrissey, Bee Francis, Karen Baldwin, Kathleen Benoit | $6,400,000 | Scottsdale
Seller Representation: Lisa Westcott | Buyer Representation: Michael Johnson | $5,800,000 | Scottsdale
Buyer Representation: Lisa Westcott | $5,750,000 | Scottsdale
Buyer Representation: Michel Edery | $5,600,000 | Paradise Valley

View all our November Significant Sales below

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Patrick Rice Breaks Mirabel Records

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Breaks Two Recent Sales Records in Mirabel Golf Community with Listing Agent Patrick Rice. The Two Properties Are Now Records for Homes Sold Through the Multiple Listing Service

 Recently boasting the record for the most expensive home sold in Arizona, the Scottsdale-based brokerage has now closed on the highest residential sale price, as well as the highest price per-square-foot both in Mirabel Golf Community according to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). 

Real Estate Advisor Patrick Rice of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Desert Mountain office was the listing agent responsible for breaking both sales records.  

 In the first transaction – Rice represented the seller and closed the highest residential sale in the Mirabel Golf Community for $4,275,000 according to MLS.  The modern home called “SkyView” features Bulthaup kitchen cabinets with Miele appliances, views from every room, pocket doors for seamless indoor and outdoor living, a spacious poolside workout room with a full bath and steam fixture.  The home also features a family media room with a wet bar and an elevated view patio, in addition to a negative edge lap pool and spa. 

36735 N 102nd Place, built-in 2014 by Phil Nichols, has more than 6,387-square-feet. The masterfully minimalist home was designed by Tate Studio Architects and is located on the 17th fairway in the guard gated Mirabel Club community.  

The second record, again broken by Rice of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, now sets the record for the highest price per-square-foot on MLS at $753.27 in the community. This one-of-a-kind custom home, was also designed by Tate Studio Architects, and sold for $3,395,000. 

38138 N 108th St. was built by Madison Couturier in the Mirabel Club Community in 2016 on 4,507-square-feet. Tate Studio and Madison Couturier found innovative uses to showcase a wide range of textures and natural elements.  

This is a beautiful and well-appointed home that showcases some extraordinary modern and contemporary architecture. It was a pleasure to represent the sellers and really show off what Tate Studio had envisioned which was versatility and very forward-thinking desert architecture.

Patrick Rice

The dramatic features and custom-made furniture were part of sale and part of the allure, as was the homesite. It sits at the pinnacle of the Mirabel Club community, on a double fairway with spectacular views of the city lights, golf, mountains and sunsets.

The relationship you build with someone when you’re designing their home is unlike any relationship in architecture that I have experienced. As an artist, you want to feel that connection and know that your work resonates with the person who will live in it and will have many experiences and memories in the home for many years to come.

Mark Tate, Tate Studio Architects
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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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Luxury Headlines | November 2020

Replay Destinations Acquires Prime Development Parcels Adjacent to The Phoenician®, a Luxury Collection Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona – Valdosta Daily Times, Business Wire, Global Banking and Finance Review, Your Valley News, Yahoo! Finance, AZ Big Media

Tami Henderson, Laurie Tucker and Kelly Jones set Desert Mountain Record – Phoenix Business Journal

Castle-like house on market for $3 million in Paradise Valley – Arizona’s Family

Russ Lyon SIR Lists Arizona’s Highest Priced Home for $27.5M – Phoenix Business Journal,, Really List, 580 Washington Ave, Newsbreak, AZ Big Media, Rose Law Group Reporter, Forbes, Financial Wealth Digest,

Breathtaking Views House for Sale in Scottsdale Asking $3,900,000 –

Want A Gold Mine? A Legendary One Is For Sale – Forbes

Tim Floor and Shawn Rimer of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Sell Carefree, AZ Estate for $3.025 Million –

Julie Bradfeldt of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Sells Scottsdale Estate for $5.75 Million –