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Luxury Headlines | June 2021

Ed Pennington and Jeanette Sauer Sell El Rojo Grande for a Record Breaking $14,750,000 ABC 15, AZ Big Media, AZ Family, Barron’s Penta, KTAR, Mansion Global, Newstral, Opera News, Phoenix Business Journal, RISMedia, Sedona Red Rock News

Bryan Durkin Sells The Diamond Estate for $3,073,000 Arizona Daily Star,, AZ Family, Inside Tucson Business,, Newsbreak, Phoenix Business Journal

Thalis Kyriakis Lists Eleven Arches AZ Family, Mansion Global, Phoenix Business Journal, Rose Law Group Reporter, KTAR, Arizona Daily Star,

The Thousand RealTrends, Financial Editorial, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

America’s Best Real Estate Professionals – Arizona Real Trends

Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® 40 Under 40 Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors®

Cave Creek house with space for 20 cars in garage on market for $3.95 million AZ Family

How Recent Shifts Impacted the Local Real Estate Market Flagstaff Business News

75 acre, 20 bedroom Tubac ranch with everything included on market for $2.6 million AZ Family

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Presents the Top Homes in Tubac AZ Foothills,

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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Thalia Kyriakis

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, Thalia Kyriakis, to the Tucson 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. 

With impeccable client relationships since 2006, Thalia Kyriakis attributes her success in representing clients by providing the best customer service possible. Thalia is known for her white glove service, going above and beyond client expectations. Whether you are in the market to buy or sell a two hundred thousand or six million dollar property, every client is treated with the same exceptional service. 

Always on top of current market trends, she offers a wealth of knowledge. Technology and marketing are a personal passion that shines through every sale, ensuring maximum exposure in today’s ever-changing real estate arena. Having accumulated a prominent network of local and international clientele, she prides herself in having the utmost regard for her clients’ confidentiality and privacy, earning her consistent repeat and referral business. Identifying and defining clients’ needs and goals are key in positioning and guiding clients towards a successful transaction. She is a specialist in the Tucson and Southern Arizona residential markets, working with sellers, buyers and builders.

Traveling and spending time with family balances the real estate life she loves. Her favorite is spending time with her husband and two dogs in their home in the Catalina Foothills. She is multicultural and fully bilingual in Spanish. 

Thalia Kyriakis, an Arizona/Sonora native and graduate of the University of Arizona brings her 15 years of real estate experience as a Top Producer to the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Tucson Office’s Team. Thalia’s keen knowledge of Southern Arizona and ability to work all price points will be an added asset along with her fluent Spanish language skills added to the “International” in our Brand.

Will Rose, Managing Broker
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Fourth of July in Arizona

Phoenix Rising FC vs. LA Galaxy II – July 3

Phoenix Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants Postgame Fireworks Spectacular
July 3 & July 4 

Anthem’s Independence Day Celebration
July 3

Mesa’s Arizona Celebration of Freedom
July 3

Celebrate America 2021 – Lake Pleasant Fireworks
July 3

Apache Junction
Apache Junction Fourth of July Fireworks
July 4

Buckeye’s Independence Day Celebration
July 4

Chandler July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
July 4

Fountain Hills
Fourth at the Fountain
July 4

Gilbert 4th of July Celebration
July 4

Goodyear Star Spangled Fourth
July 4

Maricopa’s Great American 4th & Tailgate
July 4

Peoria’s All-American Festival
July 4

Subaru Presents Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld
July 4

Surprise 4th of July Celebration
July 4

Litchfield Park
Red, White, & BOOM at The Wigwam
July 4

Queen Creek
Hometown 4th at Schnepf Farms
July 4

Wickenburg’s 4th of July Spectacular
July 4

City of Tolleson’s 4th of July Celebration
July 4

4th of July Fireworks & Celebration
July 4

July 4th at Watson Lake
July 4

July 4th in Sedona
No fireworks due to the fire

July 4th in Flagstaff 
No fireworks due to the fire

Salute to America
July 2

Independence Day 100- Fireworks! 
July 3
2021 Star Spangled Spectacular
July 4

Red, White & Boom!
July 2

Red, White & Boom!
July 3

2021 Star Spangled Spectacular
July 4

Oro Valley
July 4th fireworks 
July 4

Sierra Vista
54th Annual Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks Event
July 4
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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Jabril Elliott

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, Jabril Elliott, to the Camelback Tower 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. 

Jabril Elliott, a Chicago native, world traveler, Arizona socialite, and very passionate Realtor®. Jabril moved to the valley in August of 2015 to attend Arizona State University, where he majored in journalism and mass communications. Jabril’s dream job was to become a broadcast journalist. While attending ASU, Jabril got the opportunity to work in news at the local PBS & CW networks. While working in news for a couple of years, Jabril figured broadcast journalism was not for him. He then transitioned to his other passion that he always wanted to do: Real Estate. 

Since a young kid, Jabril has always been obsessed with looking at properties. Real estate was innate for Jabril. Since then, he turned his obsession and passion into a career. Jabril has always had a very acute eye in details and design. Having those characteristics, gives Jabril’s clients satisfaction during the home buying or selling process that will lead to a successful close. Jabril’s philosophy: “Luxury is a service, not a price point”. No matter if a client is buying or selling a $200,000 property or a $200,000,000, you’ll experience the same luxury treatment. 

I’m not a salesperson, I’m a relationship person. I believe in relational opportunities, not transactional opportunities.

Jabril Elliott

When you develop a business relationship with Jabril, you’re guaranteed to receive: local expertise, support, 24/7 communication, strong negotiation on your behalf, competitive marketing, knowledge of current market values, neighborhood knowledge, And last, but not least, everyone’s favorite: a smooth and successful closing.

Jabril has a heart to match his extreme drive. He cares about everyone that is around him and is truly interested not only in their story, but in how he can assist them along their journey. Watching his real estate career come to life will be a pleasure.

Sherri Monteith, Managing Broker
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Thalia Kyriakis Lists Eleven Arches

The Estate was Originally the Home of Louise N. Grace, Heiress of Eastern Shipping Magnate W.R. Grace

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, is proud to announce the historic estate listing of Eleven Arches, also known as the Grace Mansion. The privately gated enclave expands over 4.38 acres in the heart of the Catalina Foothills and includes a main home, detached guest quarter casitas which offer endless possibilities for a gym, wine cellar, art studio and additional office space. The estate is listed for $6.5 million by Thalia Kyriakis, broker associate for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

Built in 1937 by notable architect Josias Joesler, the historic property exemplifies the iconic late 19th and 20th Century Revival architectural style. The property underwent a five-year restoration process and was then listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

From the 15,502-square-foot estate enjoy resort-like grounds, complete privacy, immaculate mountain views, and unrivaled city views.  Capturing its history, the residence was intelligently renovated to allow a warm and intimate feeling, yet serve as the perfect setting for entertaining grand gatherings. 

This estate is absolutely extraordinary, Joesler’s residential masterpiece. An enclave of this magnitude in one of the most coveted locations in the Catalina Foothills is unparalleled. The architectural quality and gracious scale of the property is captured from the moment you arrive at the privately gated drive. The main house immediately highlights the beauty of the first level which encompasses the grand entry hall and the exquisite two-story foyer. A private retreat is found on the first level within the master bedroom wing. The master bedroom wing offers generous amounts of living spaces including a media room, personal office, his/her bathrooms and closets, and a private serene terrace.

Thalia Kyriakis

Kyriakis says the dramatic staircase in the grand entry hall leads to the second level, which can also be accessed by an elevator. The second level includes two generously scaled guest suites, each with a private terrace overlooking endless city views. 

The 5,553 SF guest-living quarters offer an additional seven bedrooms along with five baths. The first casita features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen, living area, fireplace, private patio. Casita Two includes two bedrooms and one full bath while Casita Three has one bedroom, one bath. The guest quarters provide a versatile use of space to satisfy proprietors needs. 

The 4.38 acres of land incorporate a striking pool, one of the largest residential pools in Arizona, a multitude of covered patios, and a picturesque breezeway. The estate’s oversized lot allows for room to build with an incredible 2.389 acres that are unused.

The Eleven Arches property incorporates a sophisticated ambiance paired with an inspiring sense of history from 1937. 

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Luxury Headlines | May 2021

$6.575M remodeled Santa Fe-style Scottsdale Home AZ Central

5 of the biggest luxury home sales in April AZ Big Media, Rose Law Group

6 peaceful homes in Arizona The Week

A Golfers Dream Home In Scottsdale Arizona Spa & Wellness

Best of Real Estate Agents in Phoenix City Lifestyle Phoenix, Paradise Valley Lifestyle

Buying in Phoenix? Don’t Count on the Flood of New Developments Dampening Prices Mansion Global

How to Buy a House Above Listing Price and Appraised Value Flagstaff Business News

NHL hockey star Mike Modano sells upscale north Scottsdale home for $4.85M AZ Central

Phoenix equestrian property with 2 houses, 14-stall barn on market for $6.8 million AZ Family

Russ Lyon SIR Kicks Off the Kentucky Derby Phoenix Business Journal,

Russ Lyon SIR Represents the Seller of a $4.2 Million Scottsdale Home

Scottsdale home on 2.5 acres with wine room, full bar on market for $4.5 million AZ Family

The Life Aquatic | 4 More Homes With Architectural Water Features Sotheby’s International Realty, Financial Editorial

Tucson estate with two houses, indoor lap pool, batting cage on market for $7.5 million AZ Family

Unfinished Paradise Valley Estate on market for $13 million AZ Family, Newsbreak

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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 Hailey Frances Gindlesperger

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, Hailey Frances Gindlesperger, to the Camelback Tower 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. 

Arizona is a special place to live. Choosing a home in the Valley of Sun means choosing spectacular sunsets, an active, outdoor lifestyle, a great dining scene, and unique landscapes. These are just a few reasons Hailey Gindlesperger returned home to Arizona to raise her family.

Hailey spent years in some of the largest U.S. cities during her long and successful career in TV news, eventually returning to the Phoenix NBC affiliate, 12 News, as an anchor and reporter in 2011.  She earned the confidence of politicians, executives, and celebrities and had the privilege of reporting at major red carpet events in Hollywood, including the Golden Globes. Now Hailey Gindlesperger wants the chance to earn your confidence.

As a journalist, Hailey has reported on every community in the Valley. She has followed the ups and downs of the real estate market since 2011; She interviewed market analysts and REALTORS®, has committed listings to memory, and toured viewers through luxurious mansions in Paradise Valley on live TV. She now refers to this as on-the-job training long before her path would lead her to become a REALTOR®. Because of this, Hailey is a REALTOR® who is uniquely prepared to be a knowledgeable friend, advocate, and relocation specialist.

Hailey Gindlesperger has an absolute thirst for knowledge and it’s evident upon meeting her. She wants to be the best she can possibly be at anything she attempts, a quality that is most important! We look forward to watching her real estate career bloom.

Sherri monteith, Managing Broker
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Iconic Estates | Opulent Outdoor Living

This month, we take you through some of Arizona’s most luxuriously appointed estates with opulent outdoor-living spaces. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s lifestyle advisors expertly navigate our beautiful state landscape to find unique outdoor living solutions for each client.

With Arizona’s desirable climate being one of the top priorities for out-of-state buyers, outdoor-living spaces are in high demand. The concept of continuous, seamless indoor and outdoor living is one of the most popular estate attributes, as we realize the importance of biophilic design in the home. Continuity through flooring materials, walls and ceilings connect the interiors and exteriors of the home for a seamless transition into outdoor living.

Luxe outdoor spaces are fully designed with comfortable outdoor living rooms, elegant dining spaces and lounging areas that complement indoor spaces. Outdoor kitchens are in high demand and can be found in Arizona’s top estates.

Explore these ICONIC Estates with opulent outdoors.

Photo by Stokkete / Shutterstock

Temperatures are heating up and here comes a whole lotta fun! We turned to acclaimed chef and wine expert Mark Tarbell, founder of Tarbell’s, for his picks for the best wine bottles to drink this season for any activity from a bike ride to a clam bake.

Photo by Tom Tietz / Shutterstock

For some of Sedona’s 3 million visitors each year, the opportunity for renewal comes in many forms—outdoor adventure, spiritual journeys and the appreciation of the natural beauty that is Sedona. With its Red Rock cliffs and mesas, and the vast trail system that surrounds this city, visitors hope to find a reprieve from their daily lives in search of a powerful connection with nature.

Photo Courtesy of Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

Since 1929, the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Arizona Biltmore has dazzled celebrities, politicians and luxury travelers with the master architect’s unique style and playful sense of glamour. In 2020, the hotel closed for more than a year to undergo the largest renovation in its history.

Reimagining an icon can be challenging, but the Arizona Biltmore emerged from her facelift by PHX Architecture and others this May with a look that is sexy, bold and modern, but still pays homage to its history.

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2021 REAL Trends The Thousand

Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that it is the No. 1 real estate brand represented in the 2021 REAL Trends The Thousand” Individuals by Sales Volume list. Year after year, the brand continues to have more sales associates represented in the rankings than any other real estate company, accounting for 20% of the category in 2021. The annual report ranks America’s top 1,000 residential real estate agents and teams based on 2020 annual sales volume and transaction sides.

Sotheby’s International Realty claimed 50 of the top 250 sales associates in the REAL Trends individual sales volume category.

Sotheby’s International Realty continues to build off the momentum of a record-breaking year in 2020. Sotheby’s International Realty leads the industry in the individual sales volume category and the rankings exemplify the hard work and achievements of our sales associates and teams across the country. Their performance made significant contributions to the brand’s record US$150 billion in global sales volume last year and we are proud to count them as ambassadors of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.

Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Ranked in the 2021 Real Trends The Thousand

#58 Private Client Group – Large Teams by Sales Volume

#61 Power of 4 – Small Teams by Sales Volume