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In the News: May 2022


Want to own a gold mine?

Arizona Digital Free Press

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty notches a historic sale in the Town of Paradise Valley

Arizona Progress & Gazette

Frank Aazami and Partners at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Procure Buyer and Seller for the $9.5M Sale “The Villa” in Paradise Valley

AZ Big Media

Best Places to Work in Arizona: LGE

Best Places to Work in Arizona: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Best Places to Work in 2022: Colliers

Best Places to Work in 2022: Desert Financial Credit Union

Best Places to Work in Arizona: Burch & Cracchiolo

Best Places to Work in Arizona: Adolfson & Peterson Construction

AZ Central

Metro Phoenix’s priciest home sales: Scottsdale home sells

Metro Phoenix’s priciest home sales: $9.75M Paradise Valley

Business Wire

Ascent at The Phoenician® Breaks Ground on Mountainside Residences

Digital Free Press


A Desert Sanctuary in Scottsdale Lists for the First Time for $6.9M

This Desert Escape With Pool and Gym in Scottsdale Asks $4.2M

Fox 10 News

Rackensack property on the market: Live off the grid with 360° views, gold mines, and a helipad

Globe St

US Home Price Growth Highest in 45 Years

Americans Still on the Move Even as Worst of Pandemic Fades

April Housing Data Shows Promise for Weary Buyers


Carefree house designed by architect Gerry Jones sells 

Mansion Global

Turnkey Is King for Those With a ‘Move-in-Now’ Mentality

A 26,000-Square-Foot Estate Offering Luxury and Privacy in Paradise Valley, Arizona

News Wire

Highest Priced Home West of 40th Street and All of Biltmore SOLD by Luxury Agent Frank Aazami

Paradise Valley Palatial Estate at Wholesale Value

Concierge Auctions and Corcoran’s Kristen Routh-Silberman Host Exclusive Dinner for Las Vegas Luxury Real Estate Agents

Ultimate Prepper’s Property—With a Gold Mine—Available for $5.75M

Rose Law Group Reporter

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Announces Record Sale in Biltmore Area

The Charlotte Observer

‘Secluded refuge’ listed in Arizona for $5.7 million has it all — including a gold mine

The Headlines of the Day

Highest Priced Home West Of 40th Street And All Of Biltmore SOLD By Luxury Agent Frank Aazami

The Sacramento Bee

‘Secluded refuge’ listed in Arizona for $5.7 million has it all — including a gold mine

The Spaces

The ‘House of Doors’ captures desert vistas in Scottsdale, Arizona

Toronto Star

Deems Dickinson comments on Toronto’s housing market cooling.

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Successful Tips for Holiday Shopping

Don’t limit yourself to one type of shopping: About 7 in 10 consumers plan on shopping in-store for their holiday gifts, with the average person planning to visit about six stores in total. Instead, you may be able to score awesome prices from the comfort of your couch.

Don’t pay full price: There are lots of ways to save around the holiday season. This can come in a variety of forms, from free shipping codes, promo codes, coupon codes to cashback offers. 

Do your research: Some stores will price match during Black Friday season, so it’s worth looking into the policies if you’re debating between several stores.

Check online deals: Many retailers will offer the same Black Friday deals online as they do in stores. AmazonSmile 

Follow brands on social media: Sometimes, especially around Black Friday Week, you will find door buster codes. These are promotions that promise additional discounts.

Download apps and extensions: Consider downloading some apps for your smartphone and browser extensions that plug into your internet browser and alert you to cheaper prices and deals.

Shop after the sale days end: Only about a third of Americans plan to shop on Black Friday. In fact, over half say they will wait until the week after to complete their holiday shopping. You may be able to find better deals on certain items after Black Friday and Cyber Monday end.

Use credit cards: Credit card can give extra protection compared to debit cards; such as the right to dispute charges and a limit on liability. 

Monitor: Check your credit card and bank accounts before, during, and after the holiday shopping season. 

Entertainment, General, Real Estate, Residential, Residential Architecture, Residential Real Estate, Russ Lyon

Retreat from the Arizona Heat

Coolest and Most Luxurious Pools by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Cool down and bask in luxurious outdoor accommodations this summer as Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty presents the most fantastic pools for sale.

Picturesque and top notch, the limits are endless when it comes to the layouts of these uniquely designed backyard oasis. Like the Sotheby’s name, These five magnificent homes exude luxury and boast extravagant, oasis-like pools and astounding backyard amenities – perfect accommodations for your next Summer Soiree.

Tracy Fitzgerald offers the first outdoor oasis at $6,200,000. Offered as a private exclusive off-market listing, this 8,459-square-foot-property comes furnished and is located near the elegant Paradise Valley Country Club. Designed by Architect Mark Candelaria, the home is a masterpiece of design and impeccable craftsmanship and includes incredible views of sweeping mountains wrapped around a tranquil outdoor retreat with a custom tiled pool and spa, 22-foot BBQ bar, fireplace and fire pit.

The second estate is located at 7170 N 69th Place in Paradise Valley and listed by Thomas O’Leary for $5,500,000. Designed by architect Ed Chavez, this 10,000 square foot spectacular buy allows one to experience the best indoor and outdoor living Paradise Valley can offer.

With an outstanding resort style pool showcasing water and gas feature, will have you feeling as if you were on vacation on a tropical island in St. Barts. The estate features disappearing glass walls and unparalleled features including an executive office with adjoining club room, and a grand family theater off of the great room and kitchen. Beautifully appointed the 1,200-square-foot guest house comes with its own two car garage, master bath, walk in closet and guest laundry with room.

“This home offers elegance inside and out. You are in your own private resort with lush lawns, child’s play area, huge outdoor kitchen, generous covered patio, full sports court, pool and spa with water features and fountains,” said O’Leary.

The third glorious featured property is nestled in North Scottsdale enclave of Troon. The one of a kind 5,000-square-foot residence is selling for $2,295,000 and is listed by Lisa Lucky which is located at 10989 E Tusayan Trail, Scottsdale.

This exquisite pool is eye catching with its unique and exclusive design. The ingenuity and modern layout of the pool will have one in awe of the detail put into it this soothing bay of water.  The pool leads into a tranquil waterway that traverses the backyard providing a calming effect for all to enjoy the spectacular Valley views.

“It is really something of amazement,” said Lisa Lucky. “Interwoven in the exterior spaces are walkways and staircases surrounded by foliage, steel and rebar, exterior patios and view areas, pergolas and cabanas, and a canal-like waterway that feeds the pool with cantilevered negative edge water feature, spa, and rope swing.”

The fourth luxurious and lavish pool is sited at 23035 N. Church Road in Scottsdale and is listed for $7,999,000 by Frank Aazami. Its massive pool has a dazzling rock waterfall and slide flowing into the refreshing water of this pool in Scottsdale. Exquisitely appointed with light fixtures, vanities, mirrors, to-wine room, game room, library with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, custom office, an unbelievable like commercial 40-seat theater room with stage area, sound boardroom, soda station and wet bar viewing area! Along with this inviting pool, the property includes other features that are to die for, such as Gym facilities, Sport Court, Putting Green, Olympic Pool. There is no detail overlooked in this over 8 acre one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

The last, but certainly not least extravagant pool can be found at 5757 E Camelback Road in Phoenix and is listed for $2,395,000 by Susan Harris and Jim Bruske. The residence has fully retractable glass doors in both the front and rear of the home that enhance the Arizona lifestyle. The fabulous private backyard features truly resort-like spaces including a magnificent pool with cascading waterfalls, swim-up bar, raised heated spa, water and fire features, roof top deck, conversation area with fire pit, outdoor kitchen, shower, and grassy area all affording incredible Camelback Mountain views. With 6,538 square feet, this iconic residence is nothing short of breath taking with its glamorous backyard layout.

“Iconic. Sophisticated. Striking. Exclusive. This contemporary home is all that and more,” said Bruske.

Business, General, Real Estate, Residential, Russ Lyon

Sherri Monteith Named Manager of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Southeast Valley Office

Brings 11 Years of Professional Experience as Manager

Monteith brings 13 years of professional experience in her position as branch manager of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s Flagstaff office. She is committed to creating an uplifting, morale-boosting atmosphere in which sales associates are compelled to produce their best work. Monteith strives to ensure their happiness and satisfaction, whether recruiting and training new agents or managing the office’s day-to-day operations.

“We are thrilled to have Sherri lead our Southeast Valley office,” said Todd Gillenwater, CEO of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. “Sherri has shown throughout here career that she brings the leadership skills needed to inspire sales associates to reach the next level.”

The Southeast Valley office is located at 275 E Rivulon Blvd., Suite 409, Gilbert, AZ 85297.

Brad Ryan, who comes to Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty from Century 21, will take over as the manager in the Flagstaff branch.

Entertainment, General, Real Estate, Residential, Russ Lyon

Notable Listing: VisionGate Founder Lists with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Dr. Alan Nelson, founder, chairman, and CEO of VisonGate who also developed the world’s first and only automated screening test to detect cervical cancer, and Dierdre Meldrum, former Dean of the Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, have listed their 14,124 Sq.-Ft. Phoenix home for $6 million with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

The former executive director of Arizona State University’s (ASU) Biodesign Institute and has held faculty positions at ASU, University of Washington, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard. Dr. Nelson holds more than 100 U.S. patents and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in the field of biomedical imaging.

Nelson and Meldrum’s one acre home is listed by Oriana Lehmanwood and Jim Bruske. The 7-bedroom, 11-bathroom home is impeccably rooted with Mediterranean architecture. This one-of-a-kind residence with private lifestyle property exudes a feeling of comfort, class and home in every extravagantly appointed room.

The acre parcel with mature botanical gardens, stages unobstructed views of the adjoining 16,000 acres of mountain national preserve. Dramatic sunrises and sunsets can be enjoyed from multiple verandas, patios and trails.

A tour is a must to fully appreciate the special blend of uncompromising craftsmanship, stunning architecture and sense of belonging as you stroll through grand spaces. This jaw-dropping home at 12234 S Honah Lee Ct. in Ahwatukee has details that will be sure to impress anyone, like the Harry Potter Library with a weather sensing retractable glass pyramid roof and a built-in bookcase.

The $6,475,000 private home has expansive desert views that can be especially appreciated from the owner suite alongside a fire place. This 14,124 square-foot desert vacation home boasts a separate 2-bedroom guest house to be able to give guests their own sense of privacy.

“Aside from its meticulously David a Dick designed attributes and cozy Mediterranean feel, this residence offers something most luxury homes in Arizona don’t have — the alluring views and serene privacy of a 16,000 national preserve as part of their backyard,” said Bruske.

The residence gives clear mountain, city light and sunset views in every direction. This captivating layout gives the Phoenix home a feeling of tranquility – the upper main home looks down onto the pool area and oversees the vibrant desert blooms.

The backyard features a beautiful deck with sport courts with a gazebo and ramada to oversee the views. The built-in-barbecue is sure to make for the perfect outdoor oasis. The residence also features a game room, a separate workshop, media room, a loft, exercise and sauna room, and a chef’s luxury kitchen.

“This home really showcases everything that Russ Lyon Sotheby’s is about, providing the best quality service and the most luxurious high-end homes to the public,” said Bruske.

Business, Entertainment, General, Inspiration, Land and Lots, Real Estate, Residential, Russ Lyon

Heaven for Horse Lovers

Four Magnificent Properties Ideal for Raising and Riding Horses

Arizona can be considered a horse-friendly state, with ranches dotting landscapes in every corner of the state. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has selected some of the best horse properties in the state – places with extraordinary accommodations for both horses and humans alike. Each of these pieces of horse paradise combines elegance, sophistication and the perfect outdoor setting.

Our first favorite horse homestead is a 173-acre ranch in the shadow of the red rocks of Sedona, at 6624 W. State Route 89A, and being offered by listing agent Paul Sexson for $15,200,000.

Built by the Wrigley Family and currently owned by the Hills Family (Hill Brothers Coffee), El Rojo Grande Ranch sits on the largest undeveloped privately-owned parcels in Sedona. A box-stall barn, corral barn, working barn, three arenas, hay barn and two corrals make it ideal for horses. A park with two grass areas, picnic tables, bandstand and stone fireplace make this the ideal place for owners to entertain. The 6,700-square-foot main residence showcases luxurious and impeccable Southwestern style. A 1,350-square-foot guest casita and 1,575-square-foot caretaker’s quarters make it even more accommodating.

Our next horse lover’s paradise, being offered for $2,495,000 by Russ Lyon| Sotheby’s International Realty listing agent Cheryl Anderson, is at 5868 E. Berneil Lane in Paradise Valley. Rancho Lucero, originally built in 1951, is named after the original owner’s favorite quarter horse, Starlight. Featured in ‘”Images in America, Paradise Valley Architecture,” this magnificent property boasts six bedrooms and five bathrooms in the main house, with a guest house offering a living room, kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom.

The next magnificent Arizona horse property is in Scottsdale. Listed at $1,420,000 by Russ Lyon | Sotheby International Realty listing agent Jeffery Hall, the 12845 E. Gold Dust Avenue property defines country elegance. The 2.3-acre ranch features easy access to riding trails and is just minutes from WestWorld. The 4,799-square-foot home with a gated, private entrance has four bedrooms and five bathrooms plus a self-contained guest house. Beautiful alder millwork appears throughout the house.

Another beautiful Scottsdale horse ranch rounds out our list. At $1,950,000, this exquisite equine estate is located at 26625 N. 61st St. and is listed by Russ Lyon | Sotheby’s International Realty listing agent Lisa Lucky. Set on 2.14 acres, the 6,689-square-foot estate features four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, a 12-car garage (a lot of “horsepower”…) and horse facilities that include a four-stall barn. Three additional guest rooms are available as well as a theater room and office. The horse facilities contain two tack rooms, feed room, wash room, a round pen and open air arena, in and out corrals, and an automatic watering system.

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