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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!

lisa roberts

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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monson luxury group sells $3,390,000 scottsdale home

Monica Monson and Barry Van Patten of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Market Street office represented the seller and buyer, providing exclusive representation for the home located within the highly sought-after Pima Acres community.

This stunning 6,697 SF  modern masterpiece offers 7-bedrooms, 6.5-bathrooms, and custom-designed living spaces. A wine cellar, formal office, and gym fit for any lifestyle. The rooms are complemented by high ceilings, custom walnut cabinetry throughout, limestone floors, and backlit Onyx Stone. 

This home possesses a large floor to ceiling wall to wall glass that looks out onto the gorgeous backyard with spectacular mountain views. This resort-style backyard not only has glorious views, but features multiple cozy covered sitting areas, a large beach entry pool with waterfall, both fire and water features, and gas fire pits perfect for those cool desert nights.


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russ lyon sir welcomes carlos ayuso

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 agent, Carlos Ayuso, to the Camelback Tower office.

Led by a lifelong interest in architecture and exceptional home design, Carlos began his career in real estate over five years ago. Since then, he has become a respected REALTOR® specializing in luxury residential, land acquisition and investment properties in Phoenix, the Arcadia neighborhood and Paradise Valley. He is known for his attention to detail, strong work ethic and excellent customer service. As a people person, Carlos enjoys interacting with his clients, striving to make sure they feel at ease and taking the time to understand their needs and address their concerns.

I am thrilled that Carlos has chosen Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty to continue building his real estate career! I have no doubt he will thrive with our brokerage, we are honored to have him.

Heather mcnamara, camelback tower sales manager
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Luxury Real Estate Headlines | JULY 2019

Sotheby’s appoints new managing broker in GilbertGilbert Sun News

Longtime Giants general manager Brian Sabean deals desert home in Scottsdale, ArizonaLA Times

Ex-Giants GM Brian Sabean Sells Arizona MansionThe Mercury News

Record Scottsdale Sale for Longtime Baseball Executive LuxuryRealEstate.com

Brian Sabean Giants exec sells Scottsdale HomeABC 15

Baseball executive breaks record with sale of hi Scottsdale homeKTAR

Baseball executive Scottsdale mansion sells for record-setting priceAZ Big Media

Baseball Executive Sells Scottsdale mansion for $1.35 million record-breaking saleThe Arizona Tribune

San Francisco Giants exec sells Scottsdale homePhoenix Business Journal

Pricey! Paradise Valley home on market for $13,400,000ABC 15

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s agent celebrates 30 yearsScottsdale Independent

$10.2 Million home goes on sale in Paradise ValleyAZfamily.com

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Mother-Daughter Team of Judy Smedes and Kate HerkReal Estate Daily News

133-acre Rattlesnake Canyon estate hits the marketAZ Big Media

Pricey! Tucson home for sale for $8.9MABC 15

133 acre Tucson estate on market for $8.9MAZfamily.com

Ahwatukee luxury estate sells for $3.5M, a record for the neighborhoodKTAR

Ahwatukee home sells for record-breaking $3.56MAZfamily.com

Posh Places: Ahwatukee mansion with Harry Potter-like library sells for record $3.56Mazcentral.com

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s closes record-breaking home sale in AhwatukeeAZ Big Media

Haut Property Spotlight: Modern Hacienda page 52Uptown Magazine print and digital

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The Team sells $3,350,000 phoenix home

Shawna Warner, Rebecca Clayton, and  Lara Broadrick represented the seller of this Phoenix new construction home. The epic collaboration for this masterpiece was brought together by Vista General, Matthew Thomas Architecture and Jennifer Ferrandi of Arcadia Design.

This 5,508 square foot home takes your breath away as it is reminiscent of a Napa farmhouse. To complement its timeless architecture the home is decorated with warm tones, reclaimed components, rich stonework and top of the line finish quality. Featuring 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms a custom pool and panoramic views of Camelback Tower from every room.

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russ lyon sir welcomes sarah schmieder

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 agent, Sarah Schmieder, to the Southeast Valley Office.

Representing both the Phoenix Metro area current and future homeowners, Sarah Schmieder is committed to listening to her clients’ needs and will be an advocate for you. Sarah understands that buying and selling real estate can be stressful. As a full-time REALTOR®, she will work hard to lower your stress level and make your experience as pleasurable as possible. She will accomplish this through constant communication, and by being accessible whenever you need her.

As a native of Arizona allow her to share her vast knowledge of the growth in our Arizona real estate market with her clients. Her advanced education majoring in physiology equip her to guide home buyers and sellers through the process of meeting all their real estate needs. Her biggest joys in life are raising her two beautiful children and living and working in the Southeast Valley. She is a great addition to our team!

cathy green, southeast valley branch manager
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mid century modern mansion sells for $2,650,000

Jeff Fields of the Russ Lyon Camelback Tower office represented the seller on this stunning mid century modern mansion for $2,650,000.

The 5-bedroom, 5.5 bath offers picturesque views of Camelback Mountain. From the backyard alone, the views are complemented by a gorgeous pool and elevated hot tub, a 3 hole putting green as well as an elevated fire feature overlooking the twinkling lights of downtown. Disappearing accordion doors enhance the true indoor outdoor living experience complete with a spectacular outdoor kitchen gazebo. 

The home itself is constructed with clean lines and sleek finishes throughout. The framework is complemented by unique 24 by 48 imported Italian Reside Ash flooring and high vaulted ceilings in the great room.

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Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Judy Smedes and Kate Herk

excited to announce Judy Smedes and Kate Herk, a top-peforming team, have joined our Tucson office.

Smedes and Herk — a mother-daughter team — have moved to Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s from a competing brokerage. The duo did an impressive $23.5 million in transactions via 49 sales in 2018. Judy Smedes has been a licensed agent in the Tucson market for 30 years. Her daughter, Kate Herk, has been a licensed agent for the last 15 years.

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“We are thrilled to have Judy Smedes and Kate Herk join our team. They are a dynamic and top performing team in the Tucson market and add to our already strong roster of agents. Their move is testament to the exceptional service we provide clients throughout Arizona,” said Todd Gillenwater, CEO and owner of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has 79 agents in Tucson and more than 850 across Arizona.

“As real estate professionals, we understand buying and selling a home is so much more than just a transaction. It’s a life-changing experience. That is why we dedicate exceptional and personalized service to all our clients. We see that level of dedication and service at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty,” Judy Smedes said.

Smedes has been a full-time, active real estate agent since 1988 and has sold some of the highest-priced homes in Tucson.

“I have been working alongside my mom as a REALTOR® for the past 15 years. We specialize in delivering innovative marketing plans for our listings including drone videos, professional photography and social media advertising. For our buyers, we focus on finding them properties before they hit the market through our extensive network of real estate colleagues,” Kate Herk said.

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Johnathon De Young Sells $8.5 Paradise Valley Home

Johnathon De Young of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Camelback Tower office represented the seller of a $8.5M immaculate hillside contemporary home.

The 10,509 square foot home offers 5 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain and is ideally positioned for picturesque views from inside the home, atop the rooftop lounge, and from its resort style backyard. Enjoy outdoor entertaining with a negative edge pool, outdoor fireplaces, fire-pit, fire features and water features that harmoniously create an ambiance of relaxation and beauty.

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russ lyon sir welcomes dani lawrence

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 agent, Dani Lawrence, to the Flagstaff office

In 2000 Dani moved to Flagstaff to attend college and fell in love with the beautiful mountain town. She serves as the Regional Vice President of Region 3 for the Arizona Association of REALTORS® to take time out professionally to help her industry and stay as knowledgeable as possible. At the state level, she serves as a committee member for the Arizona Association of REALTORS® Legislative Committee, Professional Standards Committee and the Business, Service, Technology Committee. 

Affordable housing is a passion of Dani and she serves nationally on the National Association of REALTORS® Housing Opportunity Committee and works locally with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Arizona serving on their board from 2009-2019. In addition, she has served as local 2016 president of the Northern Arizona Association of REALTORS® and involves herself locally in real estate related politics and issues.

Danny Lawrence is a true industry professional with a long history of service to her clientele, our real estate industry and the Flagstaff community. We are excited to partner with her going forward and very eager to see what our future together holds.

dylan kennedy, flagstaff branch manager