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Russ Lyon SIR Sells El Rojo Grande for $14,750,000

The Estate Sits on 173 Acres of Pristine Land in Arizona’s Most Beautiful City and was Formerly Owned by the Wrigley Family

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, is proud to announce the sale of El Rojo Grande Ranch in Sedona, Arizona. 

The sale was a combination of two listings on the same property. The main residence sits on 82 acres and sold for $11,250,000 and an additional 91 acres closed for 3,500,000, totaling 173 acres and $14,750,000. The same buyer purchased the combined listings. 

Agents Ed Pennington and Jeanette Sauer of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty represented the seller, Ingrid Hills. The estate was originally built for the iconic Wrigley family and was later sold to the Hills family of Hills Bros. Coffee. 

The property had been on the market since 2006 and in that time Hills received multiple offers from developers, all of which she declined. Hills wished to preserve the natural beauty of the land and Sedona. 

I am so proud that we were able to procure the perfect sale where the seller, the buyer, and the community of Sedona and the surrounding areas are happy and appreciative. We feel blessed to be involved in this sale and appreciate the efforts of Roy Grimm, the local agent, who brought an incredible buyer to us. The seller did the right thing by refusing to sell to developers while waiting for the perfect buyer to come along.  We, as a community, should applaud her efforts.

Ed Pennington, Real Estate Advisor

The spectacular property is a world-class getaway, just 1.5 miles away from Sedona. The perfect retreat offers stunning, forever views of Sedona’s famous red rocks with much of the land backing up to the Coconino National Forest. 

The main residence is a 6,700-square-foot Southwestern-style estate that boasts soaring walls of glass that yield unmatched views of Sedona. Additionally, there is a beautifully refined 1,300-square-foot guest casita and 1,600-square-foot caretaker’s quarters. In total the property boasts 5 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. 

The expansive property also features a gym, an amphitheater, multiple terraces, a lap pool and a spa. Additionally, on the property is a private 2.5-acre park that is bordered by refined red rock. The setting sun draws a rich color from the iron-stained rocks allowing for a peaceful retreat or a sophisticated event complete with covered picnic tables, a bandstand, stone fire pit, barbecue area, and bathroom facilities. 

The spectacular property also boasts state-of-the-art equestrian facilities including multiple barns, a tack room, locker rooms, 3 arenas, a veterinary clinic, stables, and a private cantina bar.

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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Leah Hinnefeld

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, Leah Hinnefeld, to the Pinnacle Peak 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. 

As a lifelong equestrian, Leah Hinnefeld gets you. She knows that whether you are selling or buying, life with horses still goes on. Long days in the barn, equine emergencies, and unexpected weather changes are just a few of the interruptions that can add stress to your move. She is here to help you keep those stresses to a minimum and add joy to the process. As an accomplished certified sports performance and life coach for equestrians, Leah has the skills to help you really define what values and priorities are important to you when looking for a property or putting your property up for sale. Her positive and systematic method will save you time and frustration that may come from working with someone that just doesn’t get your obsession with manes and tails. As a licensed attorney, Leah Hinnefeld can assure you that she will bring a professional attitude and results-oriented approach.

Leah does not remember a time in her life when she was not a crazy horse girl. Her love, passion, and fascination with horses have always carried over to the properties and structures that stable them. She has been an avid rider for over 50 years and a horse property owner for almost 30. Let’s just say horses and horse properties run through her veins. In 2016, on their 1st anniversary, Leah and her husband visited Arizona. They instantly fell in love with the desert. Three months later, they closed on a 5-acre property in North Scottsdale and started the moving process for their herd of 2 horses, 2 mini donkeys, 2 Australian Shepherds, and her mother.

There is nothing Leah loves more than waking up to the sunrise over Four Peaks, riding off her property into the Tonto National Forest, and hiking all over Arizona. Her Aussie, Roscoe, is her perfect hiking partner.

Leah’s father built his business and life on the motto: Always with Integrity in All Ways. Whether you are selling your property or looking for your perfect equine paradise, Leah is committed to living out her dad’s legacy as you work together.

Leah Hinnefeld has recently joined our Brokerage and I must say, I have been impressed with her enthusiasm for this business! I know she will do a great job for both Buyers and Sellers.

Kevin, Gonzales, Managing Broker
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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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Historic Retreat and Two Inns in Tubac For Sale and Presented by Russ Lyon SIR

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to present the historic 75-acre Kenyon Ranch retreat as well as the Tubac Country Inn and Amado Territory Bed & Breakfast for sale in and around the historic village of Tubac south of Tucson.

The village was established in 1752 and is considered the place where history and art meet. It is home to many shops, museums, and galleries as well as many neighborhoods and the Tubac Golf Resort.

Russ Lyon Sotheby International Realty Real Estate Advisors Catherine Marrero and Gary Brasher are excited to present Kenyon Ranch. The historic property was built in 1936 as a dude ranch and has most recently operated as a retreat with 17 guest casitas and 4 stand-alone homes. The 75-acre property features a 4,399-square-foot main house with a commercial kitchen and large dining room. Kenyon Ranch is listed for $2.6 million. It is located at 80 Kenyon Ranch Road, Tubac, Arizona 85646.

Kenyon Ranch has been one of the most important historical properties in Tubac. The retreat has wonderful panoramic views and amazing sunsets. It also features a 2,000 square foot lodge which is suitable for group events. All furniture, fixtures, and equipment to run facility are included in sale. Kenyon Ranch also has massage rooms, three private wells, a pool, hot tub, and horse facilities.

Cathy Marrero, Real Estate Advisor

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Real Estate Advisors Bob Prigmore and Gary Brasher are also presenting the Amado Territory Bed & Breakfast at The Amado Territory Rancb near Tubac. The property has visibility from Interstate 19 and features an additional 3.84-acre developable lot. The B&B and ranch has 9 guest rooms each with a private bath as well as a manager’s apartment. The property is listed for $1.25 million and is located at 3001 Frontage Road, Amado, Arizona 85645.

This is a gorgeous one-of-a-kind property with a light-filled Arizona room. It is close to the artist’s village of Tubac and a great starting place to explore southern Arizona

Bob Prigmore, real estate advisor

Gary Brasher is also honored to present the Tubac Country Inn. The five-room inn is in the center of the historic village and is listed for $995,000. The property has five rooms, one of which can accommodate the owner. It was built in 1987 and is near the 27-hole Tubac Golf Resort and Spa and the Presidio State Historic Park. The property is located at 13 Burruel Street, Tubac, Arizona 85646.

“The Tubac Country Inn is in the center of the arts community and has a proven track record and can generate a stable return on investment. This is a turnkey operation and is ready for a buyer to purchase and start operating immediately

Gary Brasher, Managing Broker
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Luxury Real Estate Headlines April 2020

Here’s how businesses are helping others during COVID-19 crisis – AZ Big Media

A Conversation with ‘The Golden Girls of Real Estate’ – Flagstaff Business News

Giving back in Southern Arizona – Arizona Daily Star

Aazami on Luxury Homes: Virtual Real Estate Tools Assist All Parties During COVID-19 Crisis – AZ Foothills

Renowned Architect David Hovey’s First Private Residential Design and Former Home Shadow Caster Hits the Market in Desert Mountain – Yahoo! Finance

U.S. Golf Communities for the Love of the Game – Mansion Global

Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury’s home stole the show at the NFL draft. Here’s more on his Paradise Valley home – AZ Central

Here’s what you can get for $1M in Phoenix – Yahoo! Finance, Fox Business

Shifting Footprints: The New Normal in Office Design – RISmedia

PHOTOS: Past mining hotel with 40 rooms in Jerome on market for $5.9 million – AZ Family

PHOTOS: Scottsdale home with underground garage on market for $6.2 million – AZ Family

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Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Josie Pakula

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 agent, Josie Pakula, to the Pinnacle Peak 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.

Josie Pakula has lived in the Valley of the Sun since 1997 and possesses extensive knowledge of this community. She is originally from Chicago and studied at the University of Illinois where she earned her Master Degrees in both Nursing and Business Administration in addition to being a U.S. Army Veteran. She even earned her Airborne Wings while on Active duty!

Josie quickly established herself as a force in the real estate industry upon becoming licensed in 2010, earning recognition for her incredible work ethic, her exquisite attention to detail, her extensive industry knowledge, and her client-centered approach. She has a history of award-winning sales success as her many positive testimonials outline and was honored with the prestigious “Top 16 Women in Scottsdale Real Estate in 2016” award. Josie owns her own horses and supports her two daughters in competitive horsemanship. Her long-term connections within the horse industry and intimate knowledge of the horse-lovers world have enabled Josie to build her niche in horse properties as well as the luxury home market. Josie serves as one of the most productive and respected REALTORS in our Valley’s dynamic market. She believes in old-fashioned values of hard work, integrity, market knowledge and putting her clients’ goals and needs as job #1.


“I am thrilled to officially announce that I have joined Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. I feel like I’m finally home and am excited to spend the next 10 years continuing to do what I love, until I retire. I figure I have 10 more good years left in me to get all the kids through college.”


Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has gathered realty experts in the field of luxury real estate dedicated to the ideals of integrity and professionalism. Additionally, the seasoned management innovatively supports the efforts of the company’s agents to create a dynamic and inspiring atmosphere that invigorates and hones the skills of everyone involved.

“It is rare that an agent joins our Brokerage with as much fanfare as Josie Pakula” said Branch Manager, Kevin Gonzales. “A consistent top producer specializing in equestrian properties and estates, the news that Josie was joining Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty was greeted with much excitement by our agents and ownership!”