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In the News: April 2022

Arizona Foothills Magazine

The Soaring Life at The Aerie

Dodgers Star Cody Bellinger’s Arizona Man Cave is for Sale

Rackensack property offers 62 acres, of private mine

AZ Big Media

Here are the top 40 under 40 Scottsdale REALTORS

AZ Central

Top metro Phoenix home sales in 2022

City Sun-Times

Paradise Valley Lot Breaks Records with $9.4 Million Sale

Off-Grid Famous Gold Mine Property for Sale in Cave Creek

Flagstaff Business News

Projecting Flagstaff Real Estate Trend


The Share of Millennials Owning Homes Is Dwindling

Home Buyers, Sellers Rush to the Finish Line


Gold mine property in Cave Creek is listed with an asking price of nearly $6M

Mansion Global

Talking Rock Ranch, a Master-Planned Community in Arizona, Offers Golf Club Living Against a Desert Backdrop

News Break

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Lists LA Dodgers Star Cody Bellinger’s Man Cave


Lounge, Live, Bathe Like Royalty In This $5.9M Phoenix Home

Rose Law Group Reporter

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Lists LA Dodgers Star Cody Bellinger’s Man Cave

The Week

6 Ideal Homes for Families with Kids


7 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficient home improvements are worthwhile for two big reasons. First, these updates can help you cut down on costs for utilities and other bills long-term. Second, saving energy at home can also help reduce your overall impact on the environment.

Before you design a new home or remodel an existing one, consider investing in energy efficiency. You’ll save energy and money, and your home will be more comfortable and durable. The planning process is also a good time to look into a renewable energy system that can provide electricity, water heating, or space heating and cooling. You may also want to explore your options for financing an energy-efficient home.

In an existing house, the first step is to conduct a home energy assessment (sometimes referred to as an energy audit) to find out how your home uses energy and determine the best ways to cut energy use and costs. To learn more about home energy assessments and find free tools and calculators, go to Your Home’s Energy Use, the Residential Services Network, and the Building Performance Institute.



Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Stephanie Arndt

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, Stephanie Arndt, to the Southeast Valley 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. 

As a real estate professional, Stephanie Arndt’s number one goal is to listen to your needs and guide you through smooth transactions. As an agent who has represented both sellers and buyers, the skill sets she brings to her clients are clear communication, enthusiasm, responsiveness, and perseverance. Having real estate experience on East Coast and now West Coast, Stephanie can help buyers or sellers in several different types of home purchases or sales, from resort to residential.

Stephanie is thrilled to join the family at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty here in Arizona. She is drawn to its local, national, and global reach as well as its highly praised reputation across the market.

Stephanie Arndt is such an amazing human.  Her zest for life and servant heart combined with her attention to detail gives her an edge when assisting her buyers and sellers.  Stephanie made the move to AZ from Southern Vermont where she sold a blend of resort-style living and country residential property.  Stephanie loves AZ and looks forward to helping any and all with their real estate dreams and needs.

Cathy Green, Southeast Valley Manager

The importance of water to our industry and tips for water conservation. 

Make no mistake; water is the fuel that drives the real estate engine in Arizona. 

Imagine if you could not provide gas for your vehicle. How much do you think your car would be worth? Gary Brasher, manager of our Tubac office, feels that we all know the answer to that question, and the same applies to real estate if we have no water to meet our needs and the community at large.

The Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) Conservation Program provides an integrated approach to water conservation by offering conservation assistance, outreach, education, and information on conservation resources and regulations.

ADWR encourages and promotes the wise and efficient use of water through the development and distribution of conservation resources and tools, water conservation assistance to individuals and communities, participation in outreach activities, and collaboration with regional and national conservation partners.

Brasher believes that it is time for this discussion to be about more than just what politicians or the Arizona Department of Water Resources can do, but include in that discuss what we can do.

Some years ago, when one of Gary’s daughters was in grade school, she had to experiment with environmental credit in one of her classes.   She decided to see how much water was lost by the leaky faucet in her bathroom. The experiment was straightforward. The Brasher family put a gallon jug under the tap for 24 hours and measured how much water was lost each day. The results were surprising. Almost one gallon of water was collected after just 24 hours. According to Gary, it seemed unreal just how much water could be lost “one drip at a time.” 

They extrapolated this result to show that over a week, that would equate to 7 gallons of water or 28 gallons in a month and 336 gallons of water in a year—all of this from one leaky faucet. Suppose one calculates the number of leaky faucets in a home or toilets which run “just a little bit” or irrigation that leaks etc., and multiply that by a million homes. In that case, you can see very quickly how we can make a huge difference by just being aware of our living environment and applying water-saving methods when we see those leaks begin.  

Practicing a low water-use lifestyle is a way everyone can help ensure a long-term, sustainable water supply. Reducing your water use helps meet future needs, results in cost savings, decrease energy use, and helps preserve the environment.

In 2022, let us all make “water responsibility” ‘ a key concept for each of us, and “one drop at a time,” we can collectively make a huge difference in our water future!

I’m so glad that Water is becoming front and center in the real estate conversation in Arizona and I’m so proud of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty for being at the forefront of this effort.

Gary Brasher, tubac Manager

In the News: January 2022

EIN News

Concierge Auctions Ends 2021 with Sotheby’s and Realogy Acquisition, $3.4B+ in Global Bids, World Record-Setting Sales

Cision News Wire

Realogy Boasts More Top Leaders

Rob Report

Attention Movie Buffs: This $16 Million Scottsdale Estate Has a $500,000 Home Theater

Az Central

Scottsdale home on 2 acres in Estancia sells for $5.5M

Home in North Scottsdale’s Desert Mountain sells for nearly $6M

Inside Tucson Business

$3.7M Foothills Home Sells In Only Three Days

Wall Street Journal

This Scottsdale Home for Sale Has a $500,000 Home Theater

Business, Entertainment, Real Estate, Uncategorized

Russ Lyon SIR Welcomes Pamela Knox

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, Pamela Knox 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.

Pamela Knox was a highly successful business owner with sales of over $100 million prior to her obtaining her real estate license in 2021.

Ms. Knox has been involved in real estate transactions for over 25 years through acquiring, buying, and selling numerous commercial and residential sites in several states. She also has a strong background in leasing and managing commercial properties in Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, and Alabama.

Pamela joins the Tucson Team with a wealth of success in the corporate world that will enhance her career in real estate. Pamela has a tremendous work ethic and will bring her confidence and professionalism to her clients.


December 2020 Significant Sales

From a Spanish style Scottsdale estate in the prestigious Upper Canyon of Silverleaf built by Cullum Homes to the Larson Ranch in Skull Valley, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to present its 2020 December Significant Sales.

Cheryl D’Anna | Buyer Representation | Scottsdale | $5,100,000
Will Foote, Debbie Negrin, Jay Pennypacker | Seller Representation | Scottsdale | $3,125,000
Marta Harvey | Seller Representation | Tucson | $3,100,000
Allan MacDonald | Buyer Representation | Paradise Valley| $3,100,000
Kristine Williams | Buyer Representation | Scottsdale | $3,095,000

View more December 2020 Significant Sales


2020 Veterans Day Arizona

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.

Zig Ziglar

Thank you to the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.


  • Phoenix Veterans Day Parade: For the past 23 years, Honoring America’s Veterans has celebrated the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade. Although this year is different, their mission has not changed. Due to COVID, they will not be having an in-person parade this year. However, they are still going to honor and recognize veterans and their service to our country. We hope you can join their live stream on Facebook and YouTube on Wednesday November 11, 2020 @ 11:00AM. They’ll also be airing our show on television and we’ll share the details with you as we get them.

The following list of special Veterans Day offerings is sourced from various media outlets.

Proper military ID or proof of service may be required. Restrictions may apply. All offers are valid on Nov. 11 only, unless noted.

  • Original Breakfast House Veterans receive a free dine-in meal. Also, a day-long celebration includes live entertainment, games for the family and other activities.
  • Angels Trumpet Ale House Veterans and active military receive 10% off their food bills.
  • Miracle Mile Deli Veterans receive 20% off their bills with valid ID. They receive 10% off year-round.
  • Huss Brewing Co. Everyone gets $6 pitchers and 15% off to-go beer.
  • Venezia’s Pizzeria Veterans and active-duty military get 10% off their orders. Offer is good for in-store orders or pickup only.
  • Blue Clover Distillery Veterans receive a 20% discount on their entire bill at this micro-distillery that also sells its handcrafted gin and vodka by the bottle ($22-$26).
  • S & V Urban Italian With the purchase of an entrée, veterans receive a free entrée of equal or lesser value when showing their military ID. The special cannot be combined with others or coupons.
  • Kasai Japanese Steakhouse Veterans will receive 50% off their entrées.
  • Roaring Fork Veterans receive 15% off their dine-in meals, starting at 4 p.m.
  • Pedal Haus Brewery All military personnel and veterans receive 20% off food and drinks, plus half-off any merchandise.
  • VooDoo Daddy’s Steam Kitchen All active or retired veterans will receive one free entrée with proof of service. The offer is limited to one dish per customer and for dine-in only.
  • Cider Corps This veteran-owned craft cidery offers active military and veterans a 10% discount year-round. Styles created specifically in honor of those who serve will be available in 4-packs ($14.99) and include: Sangin Sangria, a red sangria-style drink that blends Cider Corps’ hard apple cider base with fruit that’s named for the town of Sangin where co-owner Jason Duren was injured in service and is known as the deadliest area of Afghanistan; Tropic Lightning, a strawberry and hibiscus cider dedicated to the 25th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army stationed in Hawaii; and Sailor Cherry, a sour cherry and lime cider that’s a nod to Navy vet and tattoo legend Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. The taproom is open for takeout only.
  • Macayo’s All active and non-active military personnel and veterans enjoy one free entrée.
  • Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers Active military and veterans receive a 10% discount year-round.
  • Angry Crab Shack All military with valid ID receive 10% off their bill year-round.
  • Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Active and retired military receive a 15% discount year-round.
  • Fired Pie All veterans who show their IDs or are in uniform will receive a free entrée. Veterans receive 10% off their bill year-round.
  • Black Angus Steakhouse Military personnel with proof of service will receive the All-American Steak Plate for just $10.99. It features an 8-ounce Certified Angus Beef Top Sirloin, mashed potatoes, broccoli with garlic butter and a non-alcoholic beverage.
  • Red Lobster Veterans, active duty military and reservists with a valid ID will get a free appetizer or dessert from a special menu.
  • Desert Ridge Marketplace Several restaurants will offer specials for veterans and active military with proper ID: California Pizza Kitchen (receive a complimentary butter cake; get 20% off daily); ComicX (10% off daily); Dave & Buster’s (military and first responders get 20% off daily for food and game play for up to four guests; offer excludes games on Wednesday); Islands (10% off daily for non-alcoholic purchases); Slices (any two jumbo slices and a 20-ounce drink for $7.99); Smashburger (15% off daily); Thirsty Lion (get a complimentary meal); Tikka Shack (10% off daily).
  • 7-Eleven — Active-duty, retired, veteran, guard, reservists and family members get a free coffee or Big Gulp on November 11. (7-Eleven app and Veterans Advantage membership required.)
  • Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant — Veterans and active-duty military can choose one free entrée from the Veterans Day menu on November 11 at select locations.
  • Ahipoki — Veterans and active-duty military receive 50% off poke bowls at all locations across Arizona and California on November 11. Dine-in or take out.
  • Applebee’s — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a special menu on November 11. Dine-in only.
  • Army & Air Force Exchange Service — On November 11, MILITARY STAR cardholders will receive various deals, including 15% off food orders at participating Exchange restaurants. And Exchange Expresses and participating restaurants will be serving free coffee on November 11.
  • Bakers Square — Active-duty military and veterans receive a free Rise & Shine breakfast on November 11, as well as a 20% off the entire check coupon valid for their next visit from November 12 through 30. Valid for dine-in and pick-up orders only. Online orders use promo code VETSRISE when placing an order for pick-up.
  • Bar Louie — Active or retired military get a free craft burger or flatbread of your choice on November 11. Dine-in only.
  • Ben’s Soft Pretzels — Veterans and active military get a Free Jumbo Soft Pretzel on November 11 at participating locations.
  • BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse — On November 11, all current and former military members receive a free entree up to $14.95 plus a free Dr. Pepper beverage. Dine-in only.
  • Black Angus Steakhouse — On November 11, veterans get the All-American Steak Plate for $10.99. This deal is available for restaurant dining and takeaway orders.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings — Veterans and active-duty service members get a free order of 10 boneless wings and fries on November 11. The offer is available for dine-in or takeout.
  • California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active military get a complimentary meal from a select menu. Dine-in and walk-in takeout only. 
  • Chili’s — Veterans and active-duty service members get a free meal from a select menu on November 11. Available for in-restaurant only.
  • Chop House — On November 11, active-duty and retired service members get 50% off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree.
  • Cicis Pizza — Active and retired military get a free adult buffet on November 11. Dine-in only. Coupon required.
  • Claim Jumper — Veterans receive a free entrée from a special menu at participating locations on November 9. Dine-in only.
  • Coco’s — On November 11, veterans and active-duty service members get a free slice of pie, along with a “Buy One, Get One” free deal at all locations. The offer is valid for dine-in or take out orders; online and delivery not included.
  • Country Kitchen — Active and retired military get a free Country Scramble on November 11 at participating locations. Dine-in only.
  • Cracker Barrel — Veterans get a complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake when dining at any location on November 11.
  • Denny’s — Veterans and military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on November 11, from 5 a.m. to noon. Dine-in only.
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit — Veterans get a free Pulled Pork Classic Sandwich in-store at participating locations on November 11.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts — On November 11, veterans and active-duty military receive a free donut at participating locations. Offer available in-store only.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels — Veterans and active-duty military get a free hot or iced medium coffee on November 11.
  • Famous Dave’s — Military personnel get a free Free Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich + Side at participating locations on November 11. Valid for Dine-In, To Go, and Online Ordering. Not valid for call in orders.
  • Farmer Boys — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free Big Cheese cheeseburger on November 11 at participating locations.
  • Firebirds Wood Fired Grill — Dine with a veteran or active-duty service member on November 11 at participating locations and their lunch or dinner is free. Dine-in only.
  • Fogo de Chão — Veterans and active-duty personnel get 50% off their entire meal on November 11. In addition, each veteran or active-duty guest will receive 10% off the meals of up to three additional guests.
  • Golden Corral — Golden Corral is handing out a free meal and beverage card between November 1 and 30, while supplies last. Military personnel can then redeem their card once for lunch or dinner Monday through Thursday from November 1 to May 31.
  • Grub Burger Bar — On November 11, active-duty military and veterans get a complimentary entree with a valid military ID. Dine-in only.
  • Hamburger Stand — Veterans and active-duty military get a free hamburger, regular fries and a small Pepsi on November 11.
  • Hopdoddy Burger Bar — On November 11, veterans and active-duty service members get a free Classic Burger (with or without cheese). This offer is redeemable for in-store dining or to-go orders placed by phone. 
  • Joe’s Crab Shack — Veterans receive 20% off at participating locations on November 11. Dine-in only.
  • Krispy Kreme — Veterans get a free doughnut of choice and coffee on November 11.
  • LaMar’s Donuts — Veterans and active-duty military get a free donut and 12 oz. coffee at participating locations on November 11.
  • Little Caesars — Veterans and active military get a free HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo at participating stores on November 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Macaroni Grill — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti on November 11.
  • Menchie’s — Veterans who visit stores on November 11 get their first 6 oz of froyo free.
  • MOD Pizza — Sign up to receive your buy-one, get-one free MOD-size pizza or salad by November 8. MOD will send you a coupon on November 9 to redeem on November 11.
  • Outback Steakhouse — Veterans and active-duty service members get a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola product to on November 11. Offer available for dine-in or to-go (call-in orders only, not available online).
  • Red Lobster — Veterans, active-duty military and reservists get a free appetizer or dessert from a select menu on November 11. Dine-in only.
  • Red Robin – Veterans and active-duty military who are Red Robin Royalty members can redeem a free Tavern Double Burger with Steak Fries any time between November 12 and 30 for dine-in or to-go. The offer will be automatically uploaded to your dashboard.
  • Starbucks — Veterans, military service members and military spouses get a free tall (12-oz) hot brewed coffee at participating stores on November 11.
  • Tap House Grill — Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal on November 11. Dine-in only.
  • Texas Roadhouse — Texas Roadhouse will hand out dinner vouchers at the stores’ parking lots on November 11, from 11am to 2pm. Veterans and active-duty military can redeem their dinner vouchers when they choose in-store until June of next year.
  • Wendy’s — Active military and veterans get a free small breakfast combo on November 11 at participating locations from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Not valid for mobile orders or at kiosk.
  • Wienerschnitzel — Veterans and active-duty military receive a free Chili Dog, small fries and a small drink at participating locations on November 11.
  • Yard House — Veterans and active duty military receive a complimentary appetizer on November 11.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands in Boston

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that its independently owned and operated affiliate, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty in Massachusetts, has acquired local firm, Benoit Mizner Simon & Co., which has achieved more than $4 billion in sales revenue since its inception. The company will now operate as Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty.

Boston is a region that continues to see tremendous growth year-over-year. Over the past 14 years, Larry, Paul and their team have achieved notable success and have provided unparalleled client service to the Boston area. We are proud to support the continued growth of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty.

Philip White, President and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty

The merger expands the firm’s presence in the Boston MetroWest residential real estate market. Co-owned and operated by Larry Rideout, chairman, and Paul McGann, president, of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, the acquisition expands the company’s footprint to include offices in Wellesley, Weston, Needham, and Sudbury, Massachusetts. Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty now has 22 offices and more than 350 independent sales associates.

“The acquisition marks a significant achievement for our firm and further increases our presence in the Boston area,” said Larry Rideout, chairman and co-owner of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty. “There is a continued demand for luxury and residential homes in our market and the right representation enables us to further drive the success of our agents.”

As part of the merger, principals Debi Benoit, Amy Mizner, and Sheryl Simon will join the company, uniting their esteemed local standing with the Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty firm’s premier reputation. The award-winning company brings their extensive experience and expertise in representing leading luxury properties across Dover, Natick, Needham, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, and Westwood.

With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty® network now has a total of 46 affiliated and company-owned offices throughout the state of Massachusetts.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 23,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in nearly 1,000 offices in 71 countries and territories worldwide. In 2018, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $112 billion USD. Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.