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 Ascent at The Phoenician® is unveiling the design for The Summit Rooftop Terrace at its new luxury condominium building, which will offer 360-degree views of the Valley and Camelback Mountain.

Designed uniquely for the Ascent mountainside condominium owners, residents will enjoy their own private rooftop community terrace featuring soft seating, fire tables, multiple gathering spaces, and an activity lawn in addition to the dramatic views.

Ascent at The Phoenician® is situated at the base of Camelback Mountain, overlooking The Phoenician® Golf Course and located adjacent to The Phoenician®, a Luxury Collection Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ascent at The Phoenician® recently released an intimate residential building of 40 luxury condominiums on Camelback Mountain consisting of one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den, and three-bedroom plus den plans. Prices are estimated to range from $1.5 million up to $5 million. 

With the dramatic views of the Valley during the day and city lights at night all set right on Camelback Mountain, the mountainside residences are generating strong interest for their spectacular panorama. Ascent at The Phoenician offers an extraordinary way of life at Scottsdale’s most coveted location on Camelback Mountain.

Todd Patrick, Vice President of Sales and marketing

The mountainside condominium residences follow the early sales success of the Ascent Golf Villas, which Ascent began selling in mid-February. The Golf Villas include homes ranging from two-bedroom to three-bedroom plus den/office plans, extensive indoor-outdoor living, private two-car garages, and views of both the golf course and Camelback Mountain. Current prices range from $2.16 million up to $3.195 million. Construction of the Golf Villas is now underway.

The mountainside condominium residences will enjoy a prime location adjacent to the Mountain Club, a private club for owners at Ascent. Programs, amenities and private events at the Club will celebrate the iconic Camelback Mountain and will include a private pool, fitness and movement rooms, social spaces and demonstration kitchen for cooking classes and private chef experiences. Architecturally designed as a modern interpretation of the historic Jokake Inn on The Phoenician® grounds, the Mountain Club will be an intimate gathering place for connection, wellness, celebration and relaxation.  

Ascent at The Phoenician® residents will have a connection through the cactus garden to all of The Phoenician® hotel’s restaurants. Also, residents will have the opportunity to join the Phoenician® Amenity Access Program that provides Ascent real estate owners with access to resort amenities, including the pools and fitness facility and preferred pricing for golf, spa, food and beverage, and other services.

With more than $2 billion of real estate projects in planning and development, Replay has properties in some of the world’s most sought-after settings. The team for Replay’s condominium residences and Golf Villas includes design partners from the Valley’s best internationally recognized talent: Nelsen Partners, an architecture and planning firm founded in 1990; Vallone Design, a leading, full-service interior design firm specializing in exquisite residential and commercial interior design; Floor Associates, a landscape architecture and planning firm; and bulthaup Scottsdale, a globally recognized company producing premium kitchens custom-made in Germany.

Joe Bushong and Leslie Jenkins of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty are the listing agents for Ascent at The Phoenician®. For more information on the remaining Golf Villa homes or to register for updates including Priority Registration for the first release of mountainside condominium residences visit or call 480-534-4086.

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Daniel Wolski and Frank Aazami Represent Seller and Buyer of $7.7M Scottsdale Estate

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty (Russ Lyon SIR) is proud to announce that Daniel Wolski and Frank Aazami have represented the seller and buyer of a Desert Mountain estate for $7,700,000 in Scottsdale.

The 8,258 contemporary home was built by Phil Smith and is positioned hillside with commanding views of the Geronimo golf course, valley vistas and evening lights. Finishes were styled by interior designer David Michael Miller and include Indian Rosewood Cabinetry, German-designed plumbing fixtures, Bees’ Wing Eucalyptus interior doors, Venetian plaster throughout and flooring of South American Mahogany, French limestone and Calcutta marble. The home is exceptionally engineered with subterranean water tanks, a natural gas generator, a steel frame wall system, 2nd level concrete sub-flooring and commercial-grade windows and doors. The home offers 3-bedrooms, 3.5-bathrooms and a 4 car garage.

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Russ lyon SIR Presents Top Homes in Tubac, the Nation’s Best Small Arts Town

A Rich History and Exquisite Modern Touch, These Timeless Tubac Homes Exude Western Luxury

 Recently named the winner of the Best Small Art Town National Contest for its 100 eclectic shops and world-class galleries, Tubac, Arizona has a rich history dating back more than 350-years ago. Located just 45 minutes south of Tucson and with a population of just under 1,400 people, this western town is also home to some rather impressive residences.  Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to present its latest offering of timeless homes for sale in Tubac. 

Leading the charge is a 5th generation Arizonian, Gary Brasher, who is proud to represent all these listings while serving as the Managing Broker of the Tubac office for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. 

I love the history of Tubac and it is truly where Arizona began. It is so exciting to walk the streets of this great town knowing the Spanish Conquistadors walked the same streets over 350 years ago.  With the Santa Cruz River flowing through the community and being home to the largest Natural Cottonwood-Willow forest in the United States, Tubac is truly the place where art, history and natural beauty all come together.

Gary Brasher

Topping the list is a historical staple in Tubac, the Kenyan Ranch. Started in 1936 as a dude ranch, 80 Kenyon Ranch Rd is listed for sale for $2,600,000. The 75-acre retreat exudes lavish western comfort with a 4,399 square foot main house, 17 guest casitas, and 4 stand-alone homes. The Kenyan Ranch also boasts a 2,000 square foot lodge, commercial kitchen, 3 private wells, hot tub, horse facility, massage rooms, and a sweat lodge. Trees naturally frame the estate, creating picturesque aesthetics throughout. The 20 bed, 35 bath ranch is listed by Agent Catherine Marrero and Broker Gary Brasher of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

Next on Tubac’s tour is a 5 bed, 5 bath home situated on 5 acres in the wild refinement of Tubac. 7 Camino Cocinero is listed for sale for $1,475,000.   The entire property is fully enclosed with western rusted steel fencing providing privacy, security, and a pristine desert property. The property also features a 2,000 square feet RV garage, a guest casita, and private walking paths perfect for early evening walks in Tubac. The resort-style backyard features an opulent cobblestone pool with chaise lounges covered in a cabana-like fashion. 

The next timeless Tubac home is a bright Spanish estate in the Tubac Country Club. 22 Avenida Villaescusa is listed at $1,450,000. The 4,389 square foot estate blends old-world charm with modern amenities creating an elegant harmony. Gracious spaces provide an indoor/outdoor living experience fit for Southern Arizona. The 4 bed, 5 bath estate also boasts soaring windows that invite natural light, a sophisticated courtyard, a grand wine closet, and beautiful desert views on just under an acre. 

20 Calle De Hoy is an enchanting 2 bed, 2 bath home in the Tubac Country Club Fairway Estates. Listed for sale at $685,000, the estate is situated between the second fairway and the third green on the renowned Tubac Golf Course. The 2,212 square foot home features towering Cottonwood trees and forever views of the Santa Rita Mountains. The beautiful home, masterfully constructed out of burnt adobe brick which provides character and quality construction, is Tubac living at its finest. 

Spanish-inspired architecture and meticulous craftsmanship meet desert beauty at 62 Madera Ct. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is representing Dorn Homes Development for its luxury developments at Tubac Golf Resort. The 3 bed, 3 bath home is under construction and will be situated on approximately 1/2 acre with breathtaking views of the Santa Rita Mountains. Listed for sale at $675,260, the master-planned community is surrounded by the true American Southwest.

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Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Kicks off Earth Day with Breathtaking Eco-Friendly Homes in Southern Arizona

Arizona’s Leader in Luxury Real Estate Presents 3 Environmentally Friendly Homes in Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa to Celebrate Earth Day and Sustainable Living

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, presents breathtaking homes in Southern Arizona that celebrate Earth Day and sustainable living every day of the year.  The three Villas, at Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, are listed by luxury agent Christina Tierney of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. 

Working with Miraval over the past decade has been an incredible experience.  This lifestyle and these homes are vastly different.  The villas are architecturally stunning and thoughtfully designed, though it’s not about the house, it’s about living. Clients purchase at Miraval because it is their place to unplug and recharge, to focus on wellbeing.  Whether that is time for quiet, time for movement, time for physical or spiritual healing, people choose their own path. And with this unique platform, clients go back to their lives better. It is meaningful to hear about those experiences. Miraval is an extraordinary place! 

Christina Tierney

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa is located in Tucson, AZ, and spans an impressive 400 acres throughout the pristine Sonoran Desert. The resort is located at the foot of the legendary Santa Catalina Mountains and was designed to provide guests with an elegant, meditative, and restorative experience all whilst being fully engulfed by the surrounding nature. The massive property is covered with lush Acacia and Mesquite trees, ancient cacti, and blooming Ocotillo, Saguaro, and Prickly Pear. Guests come to this esteemed all-inclusive resort to experience its wellness offerings including yoga classes, spiritual journeys, culinary workshops, and luxurious spas. The Miraval also offers many contemplative spaces for healing activities such as labyrinths, an outdoor kiva, and designated quiet rooms with ultimate mountain views. The Villas of Miraval resort offer guests the opportunity to reside at this world-renowned spa destination. Residents have access to a rare living experience that is like none other and provides the ultimate wellness living space.

The $4,000,000 property is located at The Villas of Miraval and inspired by the surrounding lush desert and scenic mountain views. At 5000 E. Via Estancia Miraval 15, residents can connect intimately with nature while staying at a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified estate.  The home was designed by architectural team Mithun and the award-winning design group Clodagh. As light moves throughout the day, the east-facing home thoughtfully unveils the many layers of the Sonoran Desert. This 3,095 square foot home contains 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and is composed of beautiful natural elements such as rammed earth, reclaimed wood, stacked stone, and quartzite layered texture. Some environmentally friendly features unique to this property include Energy Star Qualified windows, dishwasher, refrigerator, and stove. An infinity-edge pool, spa, and four fireplaces are also found at the estate.

At 5000 E. Via Estancia Miraval 7, The Miraval Villa offers a contemporary style home that was created to blend seamlessly with nature. Listed at $2,250,000, this home also showcases the esteemed Silver LEED architecture of Mithun and the unique interiors of Clodagh. Unobstructed views of the Santa Catalina Mountains surround this property and provide guests with a living space that cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. Accommodating 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, this impressive 2,729 square foot home is formulated with wood ceilings and floors, rock structures, and stone detailing. A low flow showerhead, Energy Star Qualified windows, green seal coating, and non-formaldehyde cabinets make this property a premier sustainable living retreat. An elegant pool, spa, and modern fireplace are included with this luxurious home as well.

5000 E. Via Estancia Miraval 1 is a 2,729 square foot Silver LEED-certified home listed for $2,050,000. This fully furnished eco-friendly property is constructed of durable and sustainable materials that require low maintenance. The naturalistic architecture was created by Mithun and the elegant interior was designed by Forchielli Glynn. The 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home includes Energy Star Qualified windows, natural stone, and wood flooring as well as a spa and 3 fireplaces.

Architecture, Business, Golf, Real Estate

Van Patten Luxury Group Represents Seller of a $3.19M Scottsdale Home

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty (Russ Lyon SIR) is proud to announce that Ginger Van Patten and Barry Van Patten have represented the seller of a Scottsdale home in Troon North for $3,190,000.

Perched high above the 3rd and 4th fairways of the Troon North Golf Course located is this stunning home that offers golf course, mountain, city lights and sunset views. The outdoor living spaces feature tranquil privacy, large covered patios, 2 fire pits, a negative edge pool/spa and a cascading 30ft stream. Designed by Lee Hutchinson and built by RS Homes this 7,436 SF home features 4-bedrooms, 5.5 bathroom, 4-car garage and detached casita.

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Raymond Valle Represents Seller and Buyer of a $4.1M Scottsdale Home

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty (Russ Lyon SIR) is proud to announce that Raymond Valle of the Russ Lyon SIR Pinnacle Peak office has represented the seller of a $4,100,000 Desert Mountain home in Scottsdale.

This contemporary build to suit home was designed by Wendell Pickett of Greey | Pickett. The home’s location offers spectacular golf course and mountain views from the pool area and guest suites. The home features a private automobile showroom that can park 12 vehicles or store 20 and includes a lounge area and elevator for easy home access.A magnificent resort-style area was designed to include a pool, gas fireplace in the center of the pool, covered dining, a lounge area and an outdoor grilling area.

Architecture, Business, Golf, Real Estate

Russ Lyon SIR Breaks Desert Mountain Record

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce Luxury Agents Tami Henderson, Laurie Tucker, and Kelly Jones of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty have closed the highest sale recorded on the multiple listing service in Desert Mountain. Henderson and Tucker represented the seller, while Jones represented the buyer. 

The opulent contemporary estate is located at 42725 N 102nd St, Scottsdale, AZ in the guard gated luxury golf community of Desert Mountain. The Tor Barstad designed home offers a sophisticated and seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor living with disappearing glass walls that showcase unobstructed, panoramic views of the Valley. 

The 5 bed 7.5 bath estate was originally built in 2015 by Gemini Development and embraces luxury living in every aspect.  Soaring ceilings lead to a Modern Chef’s kitchen, which boasts beautiful waterfall marble and granite countertops and one-of-a kind dramatic wine wall. 

Disappearing Glass Walls open to outdoor resort living; Alfresco entertaining overlooking a 3-sided infinity pool, spa, rainfall wall water feature, fireplace, social bar and dramatic linear fire pit. The impeccable views and luxurious outdoor amenities are a masterful blend that create a true and unrivaled oasis. 

Luxury listing agent, Tami Henderson of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty said she utilized several different platforms, including high-profile magazines, social media, and customized websites specific to the home to achieve a global reach in the marketing of the home. 

When it came to showings Henderson said her team put safety first but still delivered a top-notch experience for the dozens of qualified buyers who viewed the home. 

“This home needed to be experienced to be fully appreciated and with the arrival of COVID-19 we had to be creative in our efforts to achieve this along with ensuring we were protecting everyone’s health. To showcase the home, we arranged for multiple photoshoots capturing the home at different times of the day, a professional video and offered virtual tours both pre-recorded and live. We endeavored to make each showing a celebration. We made every attempt to keep everyone safe while delivering a truly memorable experience. This was best achieved through private, in-person showings which were complete with a sanitizing station, catered hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and breathtaking views.

Tami Henderson

The main floor of the home boasts the great room, chef’s kitchen, master retreat, an executive office, and two of the four guest suites. The lower-level guest retreat is accessed via a floating staircase with a 22ft soaring glass window-wall backdrop or private elevator. This estate truly represents luxury living at its finest. Henderson said the Desert Mountain community and club amenities were also major selling points. 

“It was imperative that we were able to share information about living in Desert Mountain and the Desert Mountain Club. Being a resident of Desert Mountain, a Club member, and a member of the HOA board, I was fully prepared to share information on the security and unparalleled amenities Desert Mountain has to offer,” Henderson said.

Luxury Agent Kelly Jones represented the buyer. Like other luxury buyers, Jones said it was important for her have a clear understanding of exactly what her was buyer was really seeking, and what was essential in finding the home of their dreams.   

“I often tell people that it is not unusual to get a sense that they have found the right home the moment that they walk in the door. This was true when my wonderful buyers walked in the door of this magnificent estate. That said, we were very discriminating and our due diligence took some time and we used a number of ‘experts’ to scrutinize every aspect of the house. It was worth it. My clients could not be happier. The home is a perfect fit,” said Jones. 

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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 Welcomes Steve Thomas

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, Steve Thomas, 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. 

Prior to Steve Thomas’s career as a REALTOR®, he developed a consistent record of success creating bespoke marketing and event experiences for the Los Angeles Lakers, Sony Pictures, Citi, PXG Golf, as well as the impeccable Silverleaf Country Club.

By breaking each property launch into three separate categories (off-market, on-market & event strategy), Steve will showcase his client’s property by telling it’s story to captivate and engage discerning clientele to compel action.

Steve’s focus is clear; his clients. His topnotch dedication to providing exceptional personalized service impresses in every step, assisting clients in selling their most valuable asset or in discovering their new home sweet home.

Steve brings an enormous amount of enthusiasm about his real estate career. During our first meeting, he struck me as being exceptional professional, probing and already incubating how he is going to harness the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Brand to best serve his clients. We are very excited to have him on our team!

Kevin Gonzales, Managing Broker