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Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Helps Arizona Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury Win The Internet and Social Media With His Luxury Home / Ultimate NFL Draft War Room

Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury won the internet on the first night of the NFL Draft with a shot of him in his own personal, luxurious and one-of-a-kind war room at his Paradise Valley home. The shot of Kingsbury in his luxury and very contemporary home was posted by the Cardinals on social media and garnered tons of attention during the NFL Draft.

Photo from the Arizona Cardinals Twitter Account

Lisa Roberts helped Kingsbury find the home when he was hired by the Cardinals last year.

I previewed hundreds of homes online and about 40 homes in person prior to showing him top properties. This was new construction and checked all the boxes as far as amenities go – views, backyard, and the quality he was searching for. We made a few changes after close including a movie theatre room so he can watch back plays. Certainly, this is coming in handy now that we are in quarantine!

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Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has exclusive listings across Arizona for discerning buyers who want their own high-end and personal ‘war rooms’ and living spaces that redefine luxury. Here is a sampling.

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Debbie Negrin and Jay Pennypacker offers a world-class home under Pinnacle Peak.  The estate at 10199 East Cavedale Drive 249, Scottsdale Arizona 85262 totals 12,971 square feet and includes 6 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. The home has a home theater and media room, can accommodate 25 televisions, a game room, saloon-style bar, luxury man cave and a 30-foot wall of curved glass door to access the Scottsdale property’s outdoor spaces. This one-of-a-kind home is being listed for $6.2 million.

In Sedona, Ed Pennington is honored to list a contemporary gem with incredible Red Rocks views. The golf course property at 1296 Verde Valley Road School Road, Sedona, Arizona 86531 totals 6,370 square feet and is listed for $5 million. Contemporary artwork and sculptures are included in the home which sits on the Oak Creek Country Club Golf Course. This oasis features a home theater and plenty outdoor spaces to relax and entertain.

Josie Pakula and Racquel Miller are excited to present 7328 W Brookhart Way, Peoria, Arizona 85383. The 7,462-square-foot home backs to and has unparalleled mountain views. The 5-bedroom, 7.5-bath luxury property also features an outdoor kitchen and entertaining spaces and a resort-style backyard to enjoy games. The Peoria home is listed for $2.69 million.

Cheryl Anderson and Jeff Anderson are presenting 4901 East Tomahawk Trail, Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253 for $3.85 million. This European inspired 7,758-square-foot-home has 6 bedrooms, 8 baths as well as a home theater, lush gardens and a wine room.

Some of the luxury homes (and war rooms) are contemporary and sleek while others are more historic and iconic. 

Marta Harvey and Dawn Jacobs are excited to present Hacienda Escondida, a one-of-a-kind luxury property in Oro Valley northwest of Tucson. The private estate sits on 4.6 acres and was first built in 1943. The property has been transformed by award-winning architect Clay Scrivner.  The home features iconic views, resort style pool and spa as well as studioand workshopspace for artists. The estate has an outdoor kitchen and shaded verandas. The 6-bedroom, 8-bathroom, 6,659-square-foot estate is listed for $2.795 million. The homeis located at 630 West Calle Concordia, Oro Valley, Arizona 85704.

Jennifer McMahon and Lee Borst are presenting a Santa Fe style elegance with the 5,814-square-foot home at 1341 Sierry Peaks Drive, Prescott, Arizona 86305. The home is listed for $1.3 million and feature expansive entertainment space and breathtaking views of Thumb Butte.

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Notable Listing // DJ Khaled Lists Mediterranean Villa

DJ Khaled Lists Mediterranean Villa for $7.99M

The record producer and social-media celebrity has listed his luxe 6,700 SF Aventura mansion with ONE Sotheby’s International Realty sales associate Janet Ben Zvi. Customized for a hip-hop mogul, it has a sneaker closet that fits 500+ pairs, a home theatre, and a dock with a lift for his jet skis. Read the full story through The Wall Street Journal.



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Notable Listing: The Little Daisy

Russ Lyon|Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to present one of its most exclusive and unique listings to date, an Arizona landmark building, The Little Daisy. The magnificent story of The Little Daisy in Jerome, Arizona presents an epic reboot from the original 1919 vintage hotel designed by architects, Royal Lescher and Leslie J. Mahoney.

The Little Daisy has an extensive history. Built as a hotel with the greater clientele being of the mining occupation, it was sold by the mining company as a residential property to scientist, William Earl Bell. Bell is known for his work leading to the creation of the world’s first atomic clock. The estate was passed down by the Bell family and was eventually placed on the market.

The concrete shell was bought in 1995 by Walter and Lisa Acker for $190,000. Now the renovated home is being sold by Lisa Acker, who is represented by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty listing agent extraordinaire, Donna Chesler, for $6.2 million.

“When Walter and Lisa Acker purchased this historic property, it was a mere shell of a building. Nothing remained. No windows, doors, fixtures, even the roof was removed on the third floor, leaving the building exposed to the elements. Today, it is a true historic masterpiece,” said Chesler.

The renovations were carried out by both Lisa Acker and her husband, Walter Acker. The husband and wife team impressively envisioned and completed this enormous project almost totally on their own. The fabulous metamorphosis of the Ackers’ estate was perfected and finalized in 2005.

The grand-scale of The Little Daisy, located in the art and history destination of mile high Jerome, is jaw-dropping with newly-designed and reconstructed interiors. Its numbers and features are beyond impressive:

  • 3.45-acre property
  • 12,000 square-feet of indoor space
  • 2,900 square-feet of covered porches
  • A 2,600-square-foot garage
  • 9,000-square-foot rooftop garden
  • Ample wine cellar
  • Originally a 40-room hotel, now 33 rooms with much space given to a huge dining room and a very large living room on the main level
  • A reception desk repurposed into a bar
  • A working telephone booth and coat room with double Dutch doors, and Theater/Game room
  • 8 bedrooms and 7 baths

Thanks to Walter and Lisa Acker, The Little Daisy is now a private residence with modern amenities steeped in old world charm. Walter was not only a master woodworker but excelled at every aspect of the renovation and his skills and spirit will live on in his work. The property includes reproductions of the wood cabinetry throughout the home, master closets, a hand crafted 14-foot dining table, and hand-cut custom marble counter tops.

Although The Little Daisy underwent many alterations to transition the hotel into a divine home, the Ackers made the executive decision to keep all of the authentic touches. They studied blueprints and photos to recreate the grandeur of a bygone era. The Little Daisy still retains the original walls, chimneys, fireplaces, and classic exterior tile.

The stunning views of the entire Verde Valley, Jerome, Sedona Red Rocks and Cleopatra Hill are the perfect backdrop for this Arizona landmark property which has been restored to its beautiful former glory.


The Ackers have given The Little Daisy an amazing third chapter to its storied life as this grand home celebrates its 100th year on New Year’s Eve 2019.

Additional Articles: Bloomberg, BNN Bloomberg, Private Wealth Magazine, ABC 15 Arizona


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Sotheby’s International Realty Continues to Expand Luxury Brand Presence in Southeast Asia

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that it has signed agreements with LIST Co., LTD, which owns List Sotheby’s International Realty, to expand the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand presence into Indonesia and Vietnam.

List Sotheby’s International Realty will expand into the important markets of Jakarta and Bali in Indonesia, and Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam. Operations in both countries are projected to open in the second half of 2019.

Led by Owner and Chief Executive Officer Hisashi Kitami, List Sotheby’s International Realty currently has a strong presence throughout the Asia-Pacific region including offices in HawaiiHong Kong, the PhilippinesJapanSingapore, and a new office in Thailand opening September of this year.

“The addition of Vietnam and Indonesia to the List Sotheby’s International Realty portfolio will further establish their foothold in Southeast Asia,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Hisashi Kitami and his team have a strong history of growth in the markets they serve, and we are proud to have them lead this venture.”

“Because of geographical and economical closeness, the addition of Indonesia and Vietnam to our current portfolio of locations will facilitate more cross-border transactions, which will be beneficial for all stakeholders including our clients, employees, and agents,” said Kitami.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Expands Presence in Alabama

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Amanda Howard Real Estate™ in Huntsville, Alabama is the newest member of its global network and
will now operate as Amanda Howard Sotheby’s International Realty.

Owned and operated by Amanda Howard, the firm was established in 2009 and serves the residential real estate markets in North Alabama, including Greater Huntsville/Madison County and Lake Guntersville.

“Huntsville has been the fastest-growing metro area in Alabama in recent years,” said Philip White, president and chief executive office Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “With a growing and diverse downtown and a more relaxed way of life outside the city, there is truly a lifestyle for everyone. We are pleased to welcome Amanda Howard and her team to the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand.”

“As a boutique firm, our commitment to serving the needs of our clients and caring for our community is what motivates us to work our hardest every day,” said Howard. “The Sotheby’s International Realty brand complements the lifestyle of the residents in the communities we serve and the greatest value from this affiliation is the global reach we will be able to provide our clients and their properties.”

The brokerage is also deeply invested in giving back to its community through the support of more than a dozen local charities and initiatives.

Amanda Howard Sotheby’s International Realty is the second Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate in Alabama; also operating in the state is Kaiser Sotheby’s International Realty on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

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Significant Sale ~ Karen Cahill $3,100,000

Luxury real estate expert Karen Cahill of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Camelback Tower office represented the buyer of an exquisite $3,100,000 Paradise Valley Estate.

Located in the heart of Paradise Valley, this 7-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom home features separate formal and living areas with vaulted ceilings, wood and stone flooring throughout and great room with fireplace. Perfect for entertaining, the estate comes with a full size wet bar area, built-in wine cellar and personal oasis back yard beautifully landscaped.

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Significant Sale ~ The Sertich Group $2,000,000

Luxury real estate experts Nancy Sertich, Dena Bullard, Shawn Rimer, Tim Floor, and Katie Fisher of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Pinnacle Peak office represented the buyer of a $2,000,000 home in Desert Highlands.

The 5-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom home overlooks the 17th fairway with breathtaking, panoramic, Pinnacle Peak Mountain and city light views. The 7,000 SF home features a gourmet kitchen, five fireplaces, wine cellar and private media room. The outdoor living boasts a large tongue and groove covered patio with lots of seating, outdoor fireplace, BBQ area, synthetic grass for easy maintenance, pool and jacuzzi.

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Significant Sale ~ The Power of 4 $5,950,000

Luxury real estate experts Bee Francis, Anne Morrissey, Karen Baldwin and Kathleen Benoit of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Desert Mountain office represented the buyer of a $5,950,000 Paradise Valley Home.

The MRA handcrafted Mediterranean beauty sits on a 1.39 acre lot and was designed with gracious living in mind. Gorgeous fully wood paneled library/office, wine room, and ultimate kitchen with the finest appliances and finishes. The home also features a media/game room that opens to a huge covered patio, lush landscaping and green lawns plus a European styled pool with private ramada.

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Significant Sale ~ Johnathon De Young and Barbara Lane $3,450,000

Luxury real estate experts Johnathon De Young of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Camelback Tower office and Barbara Lane of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Pinnacle Peak office provided exclusive representation for a beautiful $3,450,000 Scottsdale penthouse.

The exceptional 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom penthouse at the Scottsdale Waterfront Residences is ideally located with gorgeous Camelback Mountain and sunset views, a huge balcony, office, large gourmet kitchen and open split floor plan. The building also offers 24 hour security, concierge and valet services, fitness center, rooftop pool and spa and club room with fireplaces, reading nooks, areas to relax and entertain.