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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Bonny Hayward 

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest level of service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor Bonny Hayward to the Southeast Valley Office.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

Bonny Hayward is such a great addition to our Southeast Valley Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty team. She brings with her years of service as a teacher in our public schools. Her ability to listen and understand what a client’s goals are and devise a plan to meet those goals is her top priority. Bonny’s passion for service combined with her ability to problem solve and her attention to detail will guarantee outstanding results for her clients.

CATHY GREEN, MANAGING BROKER

Bonny grew up in Spokane, Washington, and comes from a family in the service industry with firefighters, nurses, and teachers.  She was taught from a young age to help others and make them feel valued. She started her professional career as a public school teacher because she wanted to make a difference in her community.

Becoming a professional real estate advisor has allowed Bonny to take that connection to her community and help more tangibly. As a teacher, she had perfected her skills as a problem solver and an artful negotiator combined with being very good at building trust and rapport quickly.  These skills will allow her to help her real estate clients to find and purchase their dream homes and or sell their current homes while also building additional wealth by investing in income-producing real estate. Bonny’s business is about service, and she is not happy until you are happy. 

Entertainment, Real Estate, Russ Lyon

Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Penny Lambert

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest level of service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor Penny Lambert to the Southeast Valley Office.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

Penny Lambert is an outstanding professional. Penny’s work ethic combined with her exceptional ability to build trust and rapport has allowed her to be a phenomenal negotiator. Penny promises that she will use a detailed process that allows her clients to rest assured knowing that they will have a smooth transaction and meet all of their real estate goals.

CATHY GREEN, MANAGING BROKER

Understanding her client’s motivations and lifestyle, deepening relationships, and contract negotiation is one of Penny’s strengths. After her many years of life’s experiences, while always aspiring to discover more, Penny has learned to anticipate issues – no small thing given the complexity of real estate transactions.

 It’s also important to me to execute every process promptly and accurately, always underpinning tasks with empathy for your particular situation.  Buying, selling, relocating, downsizing, moving, financial and family decisions – changing one’s address can be stressful.  Penny finds the most successful outcomes happen by offering the best of what she knows while ‘walking in your shoes.

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In the News: November 2022

City Sun-Times: Scottsdale-based interior designer Julia Buckingham’s home listed for sale

City Sun-Times: Desert contemporary home built by former MLB player Chili Davis, listed for $8.5M in Paradise Valley

Daily Independent: Paradise Valley property listed for sale at $9.5 million

Flagstaff Business News: Sharing Sizzling True Stories from Real Estate Agents

Mansion Global: Arizona Estate Built by Former Baseball Star Chili Davis Is a Mountaintop Showplace

Mansion Global: Palm Beach, Florida, Isn’t the Only Sunny Bolthole With Trophy Homes and Boldface Names—Here Are Five Alternatives

Queen Creek Sun-Times: Saddle up for state’s most luxurious equestrian properties

Realtor.com: Home Run: MLB Legend Chili Davis’ Former Arizona Home Is Available for $8.5M

The Week: 6 spectacular homes in the desert

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Significant Sales: November 2022

Throughout the state of Arizona, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has been proud to represent and participate in the following sales for November.


We refer to these as ‘Significant Sales.’ While all of our transactions are genuinely significant, we hope you enjoy discovering these unique homes based not only on price but their architectural, cultural, and geographical significance, as well as those involved in the journey.

Enjoy!

Seller Representation:

6587 N Lost Dutchman Road | Paradise Valley
Sold for $4,750,000
Seller Representation: David Arustamian and Frank Aazami
7740 N Mockingbird Lane | Paradise Valley
Sold for $4,184,600 | Dual Representation
Seller Representation: Cionne McCarthy & Mikhail Quijada
Buyer Representation: Dean Mowry & Nancy Mowry
3800 E Lincoln Drive 57 | Phoenix
Sold for $2,995,000
Seller Representation: Suzanne Gammage
1724 E Sanctuary Cove Way | Tucson
Sold for $1,669,796
Seller Representation: Susanne Grogan
6352 N Pinnacle Ridge Drive | Tucson
Sold for $1,305,000
Dual Representation: Robin Kaiserman
2662 E Calle Sin Ruido | Tucson
Sold for $1,050,000
Seller Representation: Mara Mitchell & Brian Mitchell
10040 E Happy Valley Rd 504 | Scottsdale
Sold for $4,350,000
Seller Representation: Barry Van Patten & Ginger Van Patten
10160 E Winter Sun Drive | Scottsdale
Sold for $1,600,000 | Dual Representation
Seller Representation: Dan Wolski, Elizabeth Gillenwater, Mitchell Hundman
Buyer Representation: Ruth Sewart, Jan Collins
10878 E Sundance Trail | Scottsdale
Sold for $4,275,000
Seller Representation: Cheryl D’Anna
10460 E Palo Brea Drive | Scottsdale
Sold for $4,000,000 | Dual Representation
Seller Representation: Patrick Rice
Buyer Representation: Karen Baldwin, Bee Francis, Kathleen Benoit
9213 W Kerry Lane | Peoria
Sold for $495,000
Seller Representation: Linda Allison
9431 W Tonto Lane | Peoria
Sold for $475,000
Dual Representation: Lori Reiland, Lindsey Shoultes
15627 W Ballad Drive | Sun City West
Sold for $455,000
Seller Representation: Denise Gallagher
30 Calle Solares | Tubac
Sold for $522,793 | Dual Representation
Seller Representation: Gary Brasher, Daniel Ledwidge
Buyer Representation: Gary Brasher
7 Ray Lane | Tubac
Sold for $500,000
Seller Representation: Gary Brasher, Daniel Ledewidge, Tracey Brasher
2226 Paseo Tumacacori | Tubac
Sold for $443,000
Seller Representation: Gary Brasher, Tracey Brasher
170 Kashmir Rd | Sedona
Sold for $2,127,500
Seller Representation: Jeanette Sauer Ed Pennington
1410 Crown Ridge Rd | Sedona
Sold for $990,000
Dual Representation: Jim French and Anne French Sellers, Devin Johnston Buyers
5350 W. Three Forks Rd | Prescott
Sold for $2,225,000
Seller Representation: Nancy Read
1620 West Road 4-1/2 North | Chino Valley
Sold for $640,000
Seller Representation: Debbie Dunbar

Buyer Representation:

  • 1100 N Scenic Drive | Payson
    • Sold for $1,325,000
    • Buyer Representation: Aaron Rangel, Dave Pattison, & George Fried
  • 4101 S Last Chance Trail | Gold Canyon
    • Sold for $1,035,000
    • Buyer Representation: Danny Baker
  • 8656 E Halifax Street | Mesa
    • Sold for $700,000
    • Buyer Representation: Amy Antalik
  • 8881 E Via Del So Drive | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $5,565,000
    • Buyer Representation: Will Foote, Debbie Negrin, Jay Pennypacker
  • 9820 E Thompson Peak Pkwy 830 | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $5,500,000
    • Buyer Representation: Allan MacDonald
  • 5525 E Lincoln Drive 78 | Paradise Valley
    • Sold for $5,200,000
    • Buyer Representation: Cari Dandy
  • 8320 E Concho Lane | Carefree
    • Sold for $1,675,000
    • Buyer Representation: Stacy Paluscio, Courtney Woods Olson, Darcy Whalen
  • 10989 E Taos Drive | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $1,615,000
    • Buyer Representation: Colleen Rose-Scurti
  • 40860 N 97th Street | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $4,275,000
    • Buyer Representation: Dan Wolski, Mitchell Hundman
  • 37200 N Cave Creek Road #1026 | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $3,800,000
    • Buyer Representation: Cheryl D’Anna
  • 1359 E McLellan Blvd | Phoenix
    • Sold for $1,006,053
    • Buyer Representation: Camden Steele
  • 206 Calle Francesca 56 | Sedona
    • Sold for $2,275,000
    • Buyer Representation Peggy Branch
  • 3622 S Loba Drive | Prescott
    • Sold for $620,000
    • Buyer Representation Georgia Myers
Entertainment, Real Estate

Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Kristen Boyd

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to bringing the highest level of service to today’s home buyers and sellers. This tradition continues with the recent addition of luxury Real Estate Advisor Kristen Boyd to the Southeast Valley Office.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents strive to deliver real estate experiences beyond expectations to enhance lifestyles for their clients, expanding their reputation as the most respected name in real estate. 

Kristen is truly an amazing human with an ability to communicate and negotiate for her clients that allow desired results. Kristen’s ability to problem solve and her attention to detail combined with an outstanding work ethic make her a wonderful addition to our award-winning Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s Southeast valley team.

Cathy Green, Managing Broker

After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Davis 19 years ago, Kristen Boyd relocated from California to the beautiful Arizona desert. For the past 16 years, Kristen has lived in Chandler and is the mother of four awesome kids.

Kristen has always been interested in real estate and is now fortunate enough to do it for a living. She chose real estate as a career path because it allows her to use the customer service and people skills she acquired during a 15-year career in the sales and marketing industry. It also offers her an opportunity to serve the community that she loves.

She understands and knows the dynamics of the local real estate market and what it takes to succeed. You’ll have a lot of questions during your real estate transaction. You deserve to know what is happening at all times and what needs to happen to reach the finish line. That’s why Kristen works extra hard to keep her clients informed and to make the process as smooth and transparent as possible.

When Kristen not helping her clients, she enjoys spending time with her four children. She also enjoys cooking, fitness, sports, hiking, reading, and music.

Entertainment, Real Estate, Significant Sales

Significant Sales: October 2022

Throughout the state of Arizona, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has been proud to represent and participate in the following sales for October.


We refer to these as ‘Significant Sales.’ While all of our transactions are genuinely significant, we hope you enjoy discovering these unique homes based not only on price but their architectural, cultural, and geographical significance, as well as those involved in the journey.

Enjoy!

Seller Representation:

6115 E Lafayette Boulevard | Scottsdale
Sold for $4,500,000
Seller Representation: Frank Aazami and Dinesh Wilson
8501 N Golf Drive | Paradise Valley
Sold for $4,000,000
Seller Representation: Michele Wolff
7001 N 40th Street | Paradise Valley
Sold for $3,625,000
Seller Representation: Jacqui Firestone
13750 East Yucca Street | Scottsdale
Sold for $3,450,000
Seller Representation: Michelle Glenn
15050 N Wilderness Way | Prescott
Sold for $2,600,000
Seller Representation: Linda Wood & Jill Anderson
5755 W Three Forks Road | Prescott
Sold for $1,080,000 | Dual Representation
Seller Representation: Linda Wood
Buyer Representation: Wendy Woolley
560 Craigmont Drive | Sedona
Sold for $1,035,000
Seller Representation: Magdalena Romanska
36843 N Bloody Basin Road | Carefree
Sold for $2,637,000
Dual Representation: Stacy Paluscio, Courtney Woods Olson, Darcy Whalen, Sally Cashman, & Kathleen Prokopow
35044 N Chino Lane | Carefree
Sold for $1,800,000
Seller Representation: Leigh Siegel
9643 E Cintarosa Pass | Scottsdale
Sold for: $9,500,000  | Dual Representation 
Seller Representation: Dan Wolski
Buyer Representation: Keith and Kirk Marshall

*Most Significant Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Sale in October*
40050 N 107th Street | Scottsdale
Sold for $4,750,000
Dual Representation: Allan MacDonald, Dan Wolski, Troy Gillenwater, Jack O’Keefe, & Mitchell Hundman
11108 E Hondo Bow Road | Scottsdale
Sold for $3,000,000
Dual Representation: Dan Wolski, Elizabeth Gillenwater, & Mitchell Hundman
43119 N National Trail | New River
Sold for $725,000
Seller Representation: Wendy Boyce
2026 E Avenida del Sol | Phoenix
Sold for $629,900
Seller Representation: Lori Reiland
74 Veranera Court | Tubac
Sold for $640,000
Dual Representation: Gary Brasher
40 Calle Solares | Tubac
Sold for $493,310
Seller Representation: Daniel Ledwidge
5277 S Via de Rico | Gold Canyon
Sold for $1,375,000
Seller Representation: Danny Baker
6144 E Finisterra Drive | Tucson
Sold for $2,625,000
Seller Representation: Bryan Durkin & Susan Neitzel
5918 N Paseo Ventoso | Tucson
Sold for $1,076,000
Seller Representation: Judy Smedes & Kate Herk
1775 E Placita De La Olla | Oro Valley
Sold for $947,000
Seller Representation: Jenna Loving
3123 N Spring Valley Road | Parks
Sold for $1,560,000
Seller Representation: Sharan and Josh Winnicki
5340 S Azurite Trail | Flagstaff
Sold for $855,000
Seller Representation: Amber Welsch, Mary Mendoza
27951 N 96th Pl | Scottsdale
Sold for $6,500,000
Seller Representation: Will Foote, Debbie Negrin, Jay Pennypacker
11934 E Buckskin Tr | Scottsdale
Sold for $5,385,000
Dual Representation: Lisa Lucky, Laura Lucky, and Matt Lucky
28070 N 91st St | Scottsdale
Sold for $4,475,000 | Dual Representation
Seller Representation: Will Foote, Debbie Negrin, Jay Pennypacker
Buyer Representation: Tricia Cormie
10585 Crescent Moon Dr 27 | Scottsdale
Sold for $3,200,000
Seller Representation: Monty Cooper

Buyer Representation:

  • 6261 W Dillion Wash | Prescott
    • Sold for $3,000,000
    • Buyer Representation: Linda Wood, Jolynn Greenfield
  • 75 Kallof Place | Sedona
    • Sold for $2,909,157
    • Buyer Representation: Nancy Read
  • 910 W Park Ridge Drive 16 | Sedona
    • Sold for $1,520,000
    • Buyer Representation: Jeanette Sauer and Katie Harvey
  • 1910 Red Rock Loop Road | Sedona
    • Sold for $1,100,000
    • Buyer Representation: Katrin Themlitz and Alejandro Gutierrez
  • 13000 W Glendale Avenue | Glendale
    • Sold for $2,800,000
    • Buyer Representation: Anjeleigh Trefz
  • 4319 W Faull Drive | New River
    • Sold for $644,000
    • Buyer Representation: Renee Ryan, Theresa Schoffstall
  • 19 Calle Maria Elena | Tubac
    • Sold for $779,900
    • Buyer Representation: Mindy Maddock
  • 15606 E Telegraph Drive | Fountain Hills
    • Sold for $1,750,000
    • Buyer Representation: Amy Antalik
  • 12653 E Poinsettia Drive | Scottsdale
    • Sold for $1,199,999
    • Buyer Representation: Rebecca Watwood-Millington
  • 8975 N Snowbowl Ranch Rd | Flagstaff
    • Sold for $1,585,000
    • Buyer Representation: Paula Mack
  • 2718 W Adirondack Ave | Flagstaff
    • Sold for $650,000
    • Buyer Representation: Alana Bateman
Entertainment, Russ Lyon, Sports

 Q & A with Polo Champion – Nic Roldan 

Fueled by talent, charisma, and passion, Nic Roldan is the leading American polo player with an impressive 8-goal handicap rating. He is the youngest polo player in the world to win the prestigious U.S. Open Polo title at 15 and has captained Team USA, winning victoriously on all five continents at every level; Nic attracts worldwide acclaim. His commitment to increasing awareness and participation in the sport he loves with a broader audience of players and new spectators reflects his passionate dedication to Polo. 

Nic will return and headline the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships on November 5th at West World of Scottsdale. 

Nic Roldan is a licensed REALTOR®; see NicRoldan.com with Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty in Wellington, Florida. He also develops, flips, and constructs properties, having personally created eight properties. 

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty had the opportunity to sit down with this America Polo Star to get his take on playing polo in the desert and how his journey began. 

Tell us how you were first introduced to the sport of polo. 

It runs in the family; I’m a 4th generation polo player. 

Is polo your first love, or is there another sport you love equally? 

I love sports, and that competitive spirit gets translated into all areas. Off the polo field, I’m an avid golfer. When I was a kid, I played junior golf and got into the Junior Olympics with roller hockey. 

For those who have never played polo, what makes the sport so fascinating to watch and play? 

The athleticism of the horses and athletes is a perfect mix of beauty and power, the symbiosis between man and horse. The adrenaline. 

Do you have any goals you hope to still achieve in the sport? 

Yes, always! To win another U.S. Open Polo Championships and to play in Argentina again at the game’s highest level. Likewise, I’m passionate about continuing to grow the sport of polo and highlighting the horses in it. 

What are you looking forward to when coming to the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships on November 5th? 

The energy, the fans, the support, and the infectious excitement that the event generates. 

You have played all over the world, including Scottsdale, several times. How does the Valley of the Sun and Scottsdale, in particular, compare to some of the other polo destinations you regularly play? 

For the most part, Polo is played in warm climates, and during that time, Scottsdale’s climate is perfect. It’s a showcase event truly bringing polo to a whole new and fresh demographic, and the vibe is fantastic. 

Any advice for those looking to get into Polo? 

Don’t stress about the rules too much, as often that inhibits you from enjoying the game’s fluidity. The most critical factor for anyone getting into the sport is the actual riding, that is, the belt and braces of our sport; if you can master riding, you are 70% there.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Top 100

In celebration of Sotheby’s International Realty®’s record-breaking accomplishment in 2021, the President and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty®, Philip White, has personally invited the Top 100 Sotheby’s International Realty® agents and teams worldwide to celebrate an evening in New York City. This evening will take place on Thursday, November 3, to congratulate and recognize these global real estate advisors’ success and contributions.

Sotheby’s Top 100:

Aazami, Frank – Russ Lyon SIR

Adlam, Chris – Vista SIR

Adlam, Valerie  – Vista SIR

Arias, Ralph – One SIR

Aurich, Scott – Pacific SIR

Baldwin, Karen – Russ Lyon SIR

Behr, Josh – LIV SIR

Benoit, Debi – Gibson SIR

Benoit, Kathleen – Russ Lyon SIR

Boardman, Serena – East Side Manhattan SIR

Bodenchak, Frank  – Bridgehampton SIR 

Bodenchak, Dawn – Bridgehampton SIR 

Boyd, Cam – Steamboat SIR 

Brizolis, K. Ann – Pacific SIR 

Brown, Kevin – East Side Manhattan SIR 

Bullock, Bill – Golden Gate SIR 

Burns, Jeff – Pacific SIR

Burns, Tiffany – Pacific SIR

Cain, John – Pacific SIR

Canning, Jessica – Carmel SIR 

Canning, Nancy – Carmel SIR

Canning, Nie – Carmel SIR

Caras, Jennifer – Vista SIR 

Casabonne, Daniel – Wine Country SonomaSIR 

Corey, Heather – TTR SIR 

Cregan, Lisa  – Palm Beach SIR 

Cregan, John – Palm Beach SIR 

Curkoski, Mirce – One SIR 

Damianos, George – Damianos SIR 

Dickerson, Beth – Gibson 

Dockray, Dan – LIV SIR 

Dreyfus, Michael –  Golden Gate SIR 

Ememann, Andrew – Aspen Snowmass SIR 

Field, Nikki – East Side Manhattan SIR 

Flash Blum, Mara – Downtown Manhattan SIR 

Francis, Bee – Russ Lyon SIR 

Friedman, Jason – Daniel Gale SIR

Friedman, Rudi – Daniel Gale SIR

Goodman, Carrie – San Francisco SIR 

Grant, Harald – Southampton SIR 

Halum, Faisal – Briggs Freeman SIR 

Heider, Daniel – TTR SIR 

Hem, Michael – Prominent Properties SIR 

Hewitt, Susan – Golden Gate SIR 

Iantomo, Eric – Pacific SIR 

Jacka, Rylan – East Hampton SIR 

Janzen-Botts, Jennifer – Pacific SIR  

Justo, Albert – One SIR 

Juvelier, Oriana – Puerto Rico SIR 

Kappel, Brad – TTR SIR 

Klug, Chris – Aspen Snowmass SIR 

Ladd, Brian – Cascade SIR  

Lavey, Eric – Beverly Hills SIR 

Lusk, Anne – Lusk & Associates SIR 

Lynn, Gregg – San Francisco SIR 

Martin, Ginger – St. Helena SIR 

Martinez, Michael – One SIR 

McCafferty, Amy – Golden Gate SIR 

McElwreath, Leslie  – Greenwich SIR 

Miller, Chandra – Maury People SIR 

Miller, Jeff – One SIR 

Mizell, Chase – Atlanta Fine Homes SIR 

Morton, Helena – Ocean Reef Club SIR 

Nakagawa, C.J. – Golden Gate SIR 

Nestler, Mark – One SIR 

Noah, Marc – Beverly Hills SIR

Nobrega, Malia – LIV SIR 

O’Rourke, Lara – Gibson SIR 

Overall, Breck – Sierra SIR 

Peter, Frances – Palm Beach SIR 

Peter, Todd – Palm Beach SIR 

Poletto, John – One SIR 

Post, Russell – Ocean Reef Club SIR 

Queen, Noelle – Golden Gate SIR 

Ramey, Bridget – Kuper SIR 

Rankin, Michael – TTR SIR 

Risko, Victoria – Bewerly Hills SIR 

Robinson, Chelsea – Gibson SIR 

Ryan, Hillary – St. Helea  SIR 

Sabeh, Joseph – Venture SIR 

Sansone, Linda – Pacific SIR 

Sarkissian, Lydia – Golden Gate SIR 

Sarkissian, Magda – Golden Gate SIR 

Schemmel, Joel – Premier SIR  

Schemmel, Toni  – Premier SIR  

Shone, Tina – Wine Country Sonoma SIR 

Siegenthaler, Nina – Turks & Caicos SIR  

Stein, Jeremy – Downtown Manhattan SIR 

Stein, Robin – Downtown Manhattan SIR 

Stern, Ellen – Julia B. Fee SIR

Storch, Wendy – San Francisco SIR

Tarumianz, Lex Aspen Snowmass SIR

Taylor, Molly – Ocean Reef Club SIR

Thomas, Michelle – Premier
SIR

Trotter, Dana – Bridgehampton SIR

Uribe, Jorge – One SIR

VanArsdale, Karen – Premier SIR

VanArsdale, Nina – Premier SIR

Wilcoxon, Kumara – Kuper SIR

Williams, Lea – Tomlinson  SIR

Wolski, Daniel – Russ Lyon SIR

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In the News: October 2022

Business, Entertainment, History, Inspiration, Real Estate, Russ Lyon

75 Years Serving Arizona

The Lyon family was at the forefront of transforming the Valley into what it is today through development and real estate, dating back to World War II when Russ Lyon moved here, got his real estate license, and started Russ Lyon Realty in 1947.

Russ’ son Dennis took over the real estate practice in 1968 as the company’s president, continuing to dominate the luxury market, primarily in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, and growing the company to about 350 agents. 

Dennis’ son Jim bought the company from his father in 2008 and merged it with Sotheby’s International Realty in 2014. 

As of 2022, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty now has 13 offices, 900+ agents, and services locations like Tubac, Flagstaff & everywhere in between. 

Read more about how Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has been serving Arizona since 1947 below. 


2022 is a banner year for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. 75 years ago, in 1947, Russ Lyon founded the Russ Lyon Realty Company. 

During these 75 years, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has grown into a 7 billion dollar, full-service luxury real estate brokerage with more than 900 full-time real estate advisors and 13 offices across Arizona from Tubac and Tucson to Scottsdale, Carefree, Gilbert, Peoria, and Fountain Hills to Prescott, Sedona, and Flagstaff. 

If you’ve been around Phoenix long enough, you remember when a huge, well-landscaped billboard at 24th and Camelback had a lion on it advertising Russ Lyon Realty, which was the premier home sales agency in the Valley. The Lyon family is really royalty in the Arizona real estate world.

Grady Gammage Jr., a long-time Valley land-use attorney and partner at Gammage & Burnham in Phoenix.

The brokerage continues strategic growth by investing in its people through innovation, exceptional service, and leadership, providing maximum returns to all its agents and clients. 

I am very proud of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty for reaching our diamond milestone, as we continue to represent buyers and sellers locally and internationally always giving our clients the white-glove services they deserve and have come to expect. Our real estate advisors across Arizona are our core business, they work tirelessly to provide the best service possible while upholding the standards and ethics that make Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Arizona’s real estate leader.

Jim Lyon, chairman

The story of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty began in 1947 when Russ Lyon Sr. founded Russ Lyon Realty with just three employees. 

Lyon had been an accomplished saxophone player in New York City and, in the 1930s, formed Russ Lyon and his orchestra during the significant band era. He decided to relocate his family, wife Janis, and sons Rusty and Dennis to Hollywood, CA, to further his music career in the mid-1940s. While crossing Arizona, Rusty came down with Valley Fever. So, they wintered in the small farm town of Mesa so Rusty could recover.

One winter was enough to convince Russ that he’d found Heaven in The Valley of the Sun, Arizona. He changed the family’s plans, deciding to remain in Arizona permanently. 

There being no music industry to speak of in The Valley, Russ decided in 1947 to start a real estate company and named it Russ Lyon Realty.

The family moved to an adobe home on Cattletrack Drive in Scottsdale, where actual cattle drives were a common occurrence. This home still stands and is known as the Stable Galleria. 

Russ built the company into a luxury powerhouse in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, and Phoenix by always treating clients fairly, with dignity, respect, and professionalism. To this day, a business ethic is a cornerstone of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

Russ’s son, Dennis, entered the family real estate business as a young man and eventually took the reins in the 1970s. Dennis built upon the solid foundation his father had created, and Russ Lyon Realty Company grew and prospered for several decades. Russ’s other son, Rusty, went into commercial real estate and founded Westcor, a company that revolutionized the American shopping mall concept and built some of the most successful malls in the United States, including Scottsdale Fashion Square.

In the 1990s, Dennis’ son, Jim Lyon, joined the company and quickly climbed the ranks from agent to management. In 2004, Jim partnered with long-time friend and successful Russ Lyon Realty agent Todd Gillenwater and opened franchise offices in Sedona, Prescott, and Flagstaff. In 2008, Jim and Todd purchased Russ Lyon Realty from Dennis, which they merged with another local brokerage to create Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s dominant luxury real estate firm. 

In 2012, Jim and Todd invited top-producing agent and friend Tom Locati to join the company as partners. 

In 2014, the Russ Lyon Foundation was formed and was recently recognized in the Top 3 mid-sized companies for corporate philanthropy and volunteerism. Together, Jim Lyon, Todd Gillenwater, and Tom Locati have continued the traditions and ethics that Russ Lyon Sr. started 75 years ago, and Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty continues to lead the industry by example. 

In 2021, the company closed over 7,000 successful transactions, totaling more than 7 billion dollars in Arizona real estate. 

Serving Arizona Since 1947