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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Eric Barna

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. 

Prior to Eric’s becoming a REALTOR®, Eric Barna spent his entire career working as a golf professional at luxury real estate based private clubs.  His two passions of golf and real estate now join together for him to assist you in finding the perfect property to fit your lifestyle. 

Being a native Tucsonan, Eric understands the nuances of each community to assist his clients in their home buying or selling process. As a professional golfer, active outdoorsman, food and wine enthusiast Eric looks forward to educating and helping you achieve your real estate dreams.

We are thrilled to welcome Eric Barna to the Tucson Team. As a golf professional, Eric, a Tucson native, brings a world of expertise in luxury based private golf course properties in Idaho, Las Vegas and Arizona.

William Rose, Managing Broker
Architecture, Business, Golf, Real Estate


Estancia estate features panoramic city and mountain views

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Real Estate Advisors Jay Pennypacker, Debbie Negrin, and Will Foote were the buyers’ agents in the $7.5 million sale of the luxury home in North Scottsdale’s prestigious Estancia area.

The sale of this contemporary gem closed 4 days after the Scottsdale property was listed. The home is nestled in the premier area with expansive, panoramic city views as well as views of Pinnacle Peak, Flatiron Mountain and the Estancia golf course.

This Estancia home sold quickly thanks to the property’s dramatic modern architecture, stunning views and luxury amenities along with its premier Scottsdale location

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The Scottsdale property has 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and features a stunning pool and spa and has unique design features. The pool and spa wrap around the patio and house with the pool designed right up the windows. The home features disappearing electric glass sliding doors that open to the patio. Skylights are throughout the home. 

There are no steps in the house which also has interior and exterior retractable sunshades as well as blackout shades in all the bedrooms. There are also heated radiant floors in the master bath, an exercise room and climate-controlled wine storage.

Architecture, Golf, Real Estate


Just in time for the Valley’s most anticipated golf tournament, The Phoenix Open, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, presents lavish homes on enchanting golf courses for the golf enthusiast.   

First stop on the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Golf Tour is a 4 bed and 4.5 bath home in Scottsdale. Listed by agent Susan King, for $3,250,000 and located at 10040 E Happy Valley Rd Unit 597, this extravagant estate is situated on a premium lot in Desert Highlands, overlooking the 10th and 11th fairways, city lights & sunsets. The extraordinary outdoor living comes complete with a heated pool and spa, outdoor living room, expansive covered patio, built-in barbecue, private garden & infinite views.

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Next stop for the golf aficionado is a privately gated property, located in Phoenix on the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club at 37 Biltmore Estates Dr.Listed at $5,000,000 by agent Frank Aazami, the 8 bed and 11 bath grand European Estate on the famed Biltmore Circle enjoys stunning mountain and golf course views. The impressive grounds and beautiful patio spaces are ideal for grand-entertaining or intimate celebration. It is perfect for a year-round golf loving season!

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Then head over to Paradise Valley for an awe-inspiring setting. The 4 bed and 5.5 bath is listed by agent Bill Bulaga for $3,000,000. Located at 6231 E Vista Dr, near the Phoenician Golf Course. The essence of indoor/outdoor Paradise Valley living is found at the base of Camelback Mountain at this magnificent, low maintenance view home within the gated community of Los Palacios. From the moment you step through the front door, your eyes are immediately drawn to the large pocketing wall which flows seamlessly to your outdoor living space featuring multiple patios where you have expansive views of Camelback Mountain and all of the valley including the sparkling city lights.

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Next up is the immaculate home that is overlooking hole #5 and the lake of the canyon course at Forest Highlands. The 4 bed and 3.5 bath property, listed by agent Mary Mendoza at $900,000, has been meticulously maintained in Flagstaff at 2373 Edward Ayer. Bright and light with stunning views, this home boasts clean lines and an open concept. The unparalleled craftsmanship is the definition of luxury and comfort here in the high country.

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For the final stop – located in Tubac at 17 Villaescusa,  golf lovers can indulge in a luxury custom 3 bed and 3 bath home on 1.63 acres overlooking the 5th fairway of the Otero course in the prestigious 4-star Tubac Golf Resort that has everything you need or want in your home. Listed by agent Mindy Maddock at $989,000, the views of the mountains and golf course from the expansive windows enhance the architectural features of this beautiful home. There is a comfortable flow that extends from the spacious living room, through the dining room to the gourmet eat-in kitchen. The walled yard, which includes fruit trees and desert plantings provides privacy but does not obstruct the mountain and golf course views. Come live in Tubac surrounded by peace, beauty and golf!

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Architecture, Business, Golf, Real Estate

Power of 4 and Tami Henderson Close $9.3M Contemporary Estate

Kathleen Benoit, Karen Baldwin, Bee Francis, Anne Morrissey, and Tami Henderson of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Desert Mountain office provided exclusive representation on a $9.3 million dollar contemporary showstopper in Desert Mountain.

The private 10-acre reserve built by Gemini Development in Desert Mountain’s Upper Canyon provides unparalleled forever views of the Valley, sunsets, and city lights. The home features disappearing glass walls spanning 45, Chef’s kitchen, dramatic wine wall and bar, and resort style backyard.

The 7,548 square-foot home offers 5 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms.

Business, Golf, Real Estate

Kevin Gonzales Promoted to Vice President of Operations

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has promoted Kevin Gonzales to Vice President of Operations. Gonzales will oversee 12 offices across Arizona and will expand training programs to help Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents maximize their sales.

Kevin has been with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty for 23 years, and he has earned success at every position he’s held. He has the unique ability to bring out the best in those around him. Simply put – he raises the bar. He is a significant addition to our executive leadership team and we congratulate him on his continued success in our company and in our industry,” said Todd Gillenwater, CEO and owner of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

Gonzales will continue his current roles as managing broker of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s Pinnacle Peak and Market Street offices. The Pinnacle Peak office has 240 agents. The Market Street office is at D.C. Ranch and has 25 agents.

Gonzales said he is looking forward to working with agents and analyzing markets across Arizona. “I’m basically going to oversee all areas of operations having to do with agent development, management development,” Gonzales said of the newly created position. Gonzales said he enjoys analyzing markets and real estate trends. “I’m a real estate nerd. I love trying to understand markets and trying to understand where the next opportunities are,” he said. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has 850 agents.

Gonzales said he wants to train more agents under a Ninja Selling program. That is a four-day sales training immersion program. “We want to expand that to as many of our agents as possible,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales joined Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in 1996. He has been with the luxury residential real estate firm ever since. “I’ve been doing this for 23 years now,” Gonzales said. “I’m grateful for our ownership and the executive team for giving me this opportunity and having faith in me.”

Architecture, Golf, Real Estate, Residential Real Estate

Marvelous Desert Mountain Homes

Golf Season is About to Tee Off and Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Proudly Presents Marvelous Desert Mountain Homes

North Scottsdale’s Most Exclusive and Desirable Private Residential Golf Community Offers Luxurious Living and Unrivaled Golf Experiences

Golf enthusiasts from across the world know that Arizona is synonymous with golf. From the sights and sounds at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, to the state’s scenic golf courses, Arizona is the world’s home for the sport.

Despite all the existing private golf communities, none rival the majesty of Desert Mountain. It’s the only private community in the world with six Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses and the finest amenities to match.

The Desert Mountain lifestyle is like none other and Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to present five beautiful homes located in this private community that every golf enthusiast will think is “a hole in one.”

First up is a Golden Nugget Award of Merit-winner situated on more than five acres and close to Desert Mountain’s Cochise and Geronimo Golf Courses. The 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 6,421-square-foot-contemporary located at 39602 N. Charles Blair Macdonald Rd. is listed for $3,775,000 by Kathy Reed. The home’s award-winning architectural features include floating roofs and curvilinear elements as well as treated copper fascias, walls of glass and polished aggregate floors.

Next is a home designed by renowned Arizona architect Shelby Wilson, a 5 bed, 6.5 bath home located at 40916 N. 107th Place. Sitting on the highest point of Rose Quartz, the property is a golf lover’s dream situated on the 14th and 15th holes of Cochise golf course. Listed for $6,495,000 by Joanie Barreiro, no expense has been spared inside with magnificent architectural features as it offers floor-to-ceiling glass windows and finishes created by The Suzanne Biers Company.

Third is a stunning 7,727-square-foot-home located at 9792 E. Honey Mesquite Dr. with 5 beds and 7 baths and is listed by Cheryl D’Anna for $5,950,000. It offers extraordinary views of Desert Mountain’s Chiricahua golf course’s 16th fairway. European influences abound, and the home provides the best in elegance, comfort and entertainment. Not only will this home appeal to a golf enthusiast, the home is a wine lover’s paradise as it boasts a wine cellar that can accommodate more than a thousand bottles and also has a tasting room.

Sitting on two acres above Desert Mountain’s Geronimo golf course’s 12th hole is a 4 bed, 6 bath elegant home. Located at 9744 E. Madera Dr. and listed by Dan Wolski for $4,000,000, the 7,570-square-foot-home perfect for golfers of all levels with a uniquely-designed putting green. It’s also an entertainer’s dream, as it offers ample outdoor space, a negative edge pool, stone fireplace and waterfall features.

Last, but certainly not least, is a stunning 5 bed, 6 bath, 7,168-square-foot home perched on a mountain and sitting on over 5.5 acres. Listed by James Kolander and located at 39622 North Charles Blair Macdonald Rd., the home was designed by world-famous architect Bing Hu. Listed for $4,000,000, it is just south of the Geronimo and Cochise golf courses. All rooms are en-suite with balconies offering breathtaking mountain views.



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Significant Sale ~ The Power of 4 $2,225,000

Luxury real estate experts Kathleen Benoit, Karen Baldwin, Bee Francis and Anne Morrissey of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Desert Mountain office represented the seller of a $2,225,000 Scottsdale home at Desert Mountain.

Bird’s-eye Valley views from every room of this stunning and sophisticated retreat by architect James Hann. Exquisite finishes of stone, wood, glass and metal executed by artisan craftsmen with award winning Est Est Interiors. The home also features soaring ceilings, yet cozy enclaves with city, mountain and desert vistas open to a private paradise pool and patio with waterfalls and boulder outcroppings.

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Significant Sale ~ Allan MacDonald $2,325,000

Luxury real estate expert Allan MacDonald presented exclusive representation for a $2,325,000 DC Ranch Country Club home.

The use of authentic European antiquities created a masterpiece with building materials include antique clay roof tiles, imported 400 year old beams, limestone fireplace and fountains, antique doors, DC Ranch field stone, Italian plaster walls and zinc countertops. . This one of a kind home was the prototype for the Silverleaf Clubhouse. The home exudes European charm in every room and is a certified green house by the City of Scottsdale.

Architecture, Business, Golf, Real Estate, Residential Architecture, Residential Real Estate, Russ Lyon

Significant Sale ~ $3,800,000 by Michelle Wiegman

Luxury real estate expert Michelle Wiegman of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Pinnacle Peak office sells custom contemporary home for $3,800,000.

Located on the 17th fairway of the exclusive Mirabel Golf Club, this contemporary home boasts breathtaking mountain, city light and sunset views. The kitchen is an entertainer’s dream with Bulthaup custom cabinetry, caesarstone countertops and flows seamlessly into the living room with a dramatic polished Basalt linear fireplace. Luxury sliding pocket door system brings the outdoors in while the spacious covered patio contains a master grill station and overlooks the negative edge heated pool/spa with golf course views.

The 4-bedroom, 6-bathroom home features a second floor observation deck, exercise room, den/study, Zen meditation garden, and a dramatic floating staircase cantilevered from the cast-in-place concrete wall.

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Significant Sale ~ Cheryl D’Anna, Keith Marshall and Kirk Marshall Close $2,450,000 Scottsdale Home

Luxury real estate experts Cheryl D’Anna represented the buyer and Keith Marshall and Kirk Marshall represented the seller for a $2,450,000 Desert Mountain home.

This south facing soft contemporary home is located on the 15th green & lake of the Apache Golf course at Desert Mountain. The open floor plan has expansive glass, clean & light finishes and no interior steps. Southern exposure features golf course & mountain views. Large covered outdoor living spaces make this a wonderful home for entertaining or relaxing. The master retreat features private patio, exercise room, & ”spa” style bath – all with views to golf course & lake. The home has two additional en-suites and an attached 550 SF casita plus a study with an adjacent full bath.