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Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Announces the Highest Residential Sale in the Santa Catalina Foothills Since 2007 at $3,723,000

The Estate was the Home of Donald Diamond, a Prominent Philanthropist and Land Developer Behind Projects Across Arizona including the Tucson Airport Commerce Center

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, is proud to announce the sale of Donald R. Diamond and Joan B. Diamond’s Spanish Colonial Tucson estate. The estate closed for $3,723,000 and is the highest residential sale in the Santa Catalina Foothills since 2007. 

Diamond, born in New York, moved to Arizona in 1965 and attended the University of Arizona and was one of Arizona’s most notable philanthropists and land developers. 

His notable projects include The Canyons, Tucson Airport Commerce Center, the Riverside Plaza, Paloma Village, and Scottsdale Crossing at Calendar Stick Office Park with many philanthropic donations including $15 million to build the Diamond Children’s Medical Center. 

Global Real Estate Advisor Bryan Durkin of The Durkin Group at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty represented the Diamond family in the sale. Durkin has been a real estate agent in Tucson for 21 years. 

It was a great honor being selected as the agent to list the Diamond Estate as this home had never been on the market before. We marketed this home around the globe and were so pleased to find the perfect buyer locally in Tucson who appreciated the value of such a unique property and understands the Foothills. This is a trophy property that proves the old saying, ‘location, location, location’ when talking about price.

Bryan Durkin

The sophisticated estate was completed in 1982 and was designed by highly renowned Southern Arizona Architect Lewis Hall, specifically for Diamond. The home was intelligently designed to unify comfort and luxury to create an unforgettable resort experience. 

The 10,618 square foot estate is located in Tucson’s most premier and coveted neighborhood, The Canyons, a community that Diamond himself developed. The sprawling 7.3-acre estate is perched above the city on the best ridgetop lot in the Foothills that borders the Coronado National Forest, offering forever views of city lights and the Santa Catalina Mountains.

The Diamond Estate features a 7,632 square foot main house that boasts 2 luxurious bedroom suites. The grand master bedroom is a personal oasis home to a fireplace and a reading nook that opens to a beautiful private patio with a spa with unobstructed views of Finger Rock. Imported hand-painted tiles, a jacuzzi tub, and a steam shower bring luxury and refinement to the master bathroom. 

The main house also features a private office and adjoining library that overlooks the grand living room with solid hardwood floors, a stunning fireplace, beamed ceilings, and soaring window walls that offer unmatched dramatic views. In addition, the estate boasts an astonishing chef’s kitchen with a hand-painted mural by Andrew Rush, a media room, 2 full-sized bars, and a walk-in temperature-controlled wine cellar. 

The 2,589 square foot guest house features 3 bedrooms, 3 fireplaces, Saltillo floors, a full kitchen, and private patios. 

A striking pool and grotto incorporate boulders and the surrounding desert environment to create an unrivaled ambiance while reflecting the Santa Catalina Mountains. The adjacent pool house features 2 changing rooms, a bathroom, a sauna, and a lower-level exercise room. 

My father’s legacy lives on through his developments, philanthropic endeavors, and this house. He put his heart and soul into creating it and succeeded in making this large estate our home. I am excited for the new owners to create memories in this amazing estate, it is truly the most remarkable house I have seen in Tucson.

Helaine Levy, Diamond’s daughter
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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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Iconic Estates | May 2021

Welcome to our first issue of ICONIC Estates presented by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, featuring stunning estates represented by the firm’s dynamic force of lifestyle advisors. 

This month, we’re celebrating the resurgence of gardens. Over the last year, our outdoor spaces have provided peace, calm and tranquility during challenging times. More than ever, landscape architects report their clients are creating and enhancing private outdoor spaces designed for entertaining, recreation and outdoor living. 

Trends include neutral colors, wildflowers, plants that sustain bird and bee populations, traditional hardscaping patterns and curvilinear design. The view of water, if even from a pool, rounds out the highly desirable natural environment. 

What are some of the top properties across Arizona showcasing in their gardens?

Enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine of the sun by acclaimed restaurateur Laurent Halasz of the highly successful FIG & OLIVE at FRANCINE, one of our fave new restaurants inspired by the South of France located in Scottsdale Fashion Square.

When you think about your home in the future, you think about smart home technology and innovation to do things in new and better ways, making things easier or more efficient. 

From teleconferencing to shading to cooling to pouring…a perfectly chilled glass of wine at the end of the day…here are some must haves for your home you can have now.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, is proud to announce its top two sales in April.

If you’re familiar with luxury brands like Baccarat and Lalique or simply love crystal, dive into the future of designing with luxury fine crystal. Fine crystal may date to the 1500s, but its quality, craftsmanship and evolution have kept it relevant in 21st Century design. Find out how designers are bringing this luxe classic home.

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April Significant Sales | Southern Arizona

Susanne Grogan | Seller Representation | $2,650,000 | Tucson
Marta Harvey | Buyer Representation | $2,263,000 | Scottsdale
Susan Neitzel, Bryan Durkin, Anne Ferro, KK Marner | Seller Representation | $1,700,000 | Tucson
Susanne Grogan, Matt Grogan | Buyer Representation | $1,504,000 | Tucson
Mike Muehlstedt | Dual Representation | $1,415,000 | Tucson

Additional Sales of Note

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April Significant Sales | Northern Arizona

Jeanette Sauer, Wyndie Whitney | Seller Representation | $2,600,000 | Sedona
Gila Hager-Sherman | Seller Representation | $2,450,000 | Sedona
Jacque Weems, Carey Devlin, Brenda Cady | Dual Representation | $1,900,000 | Sedona
Sharan Winnicki, Valerie Core, Freddi Paulsrud, Nina Bedatsky | Dual Representation | $1,625,000 | Flagstaff
Elisa Andreis | Seller Representation | $1,570,500 | Sedona

Additional Sales of Note

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Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Presents Its Luxury List of the Top Significant Sales in April

The List Includes The Valley’s Premier Desert Living Estates, Stunning Auto Courts, Resort-Inspired Backyards, and Forever Views

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, is proud to announce its luxury list of the top sales in April. The lavish list presents the Valley’s most desirable, sophisticated, and luxurious estates sold in April of 2021. 

Significant Sales: 

42250 N 102nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85262: $10,500,00 

Anne Morrissey, Bee Francis, Karen Baldwin, and Kathleen Benoit represented the seller for the modern estate. The premier luxury desert living experience boasts 6,903 square feet and sits on over an acre. A stunning auto court opens to the contemporary estate encased in soft-toned stone with deep black accents. The 5 bed, 6.5 bath estate is home to retractable glass walls that provide dramatic forever views of sunsets and city lights, a modern chef’s kitchen, a bar, a glass-encased wine cooler, and a grand fireplace. The estate is currently the highest residential sale within the gates of Desert Mountain according to the Multiple Listing Service. 

5841 E Indian Bend Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253: $10,500,000 

Agent Cheryl Anderson represented the seller of the magnificent 6,982 square foot estate. The stone coastal farmhouse is blended with modern contemporary architecture to create a unique and poetic home. The 5 bed, 6.5 bath estate was inspired by the iconic view of Camelback Mountain and mixes authentic materials in intimate spaces to create luxurious minimalism and opulent glows. The home features imported Belgian Bluestone, French Oak floors, soaring windows, and is situated on over an acre. 

9820 E Thompson Peak Pkwy 836, Scottsdale, AZ 85255: $9,500,000 

Anne Morrissey, Bee Francis, Karen Baldwin, and Kathleen Benoit represented the buyer for the luxurious estate in Scottsdale’s DC Ranch Country Club. The modern desert estate provides a resort-style living experience. The 10,599 square-foot home’s open concept elegantly and effortlessly flows from the large great room, kitchen, and dining room to the master suite, and 5 private en suite bedrooms. With a theater room and game room that doubles as a home office, this opulent estate blends art and living. 

10625 E Wingspan Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85255: $9,050,000 

Agents Barry Van Patten and Barry Van Patten II represented the buyer of the 10,349 square foot estate in the Upper Canyon of Silverleaf. The elegant formal Mediterranean estate is 6 bed, 7.5 bath and captures extraordinary views of Camelback Mountain, city lights, and sunsets. When entering the sophisticated estate, guests are greeted by the stunning chandelier and drawn to the grand pool with sparkling deck jets and an oversized spa. The estate also boasts a 900 bottle wine cellar, chef’s kitchen, and a gorgeous glass wall bar. 

7001 N Longlook Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253: $7,125,000 Agent Johnathon De Young of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty represented the buyer of the spectacular contemporary mountainside estate. The 8,400 square foot estate is artistically positioned to maximize views. Glass walls and covered balconies with glass railings provide forever views of the Valley. The 5 bed, 9 bath estate is situated on 3.26 acres behind its own private gate, providing a sophisticated blend of views, privacy, and design.

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Luxury Headlines | April 2021

$10.5M home sale in Scottsdale’s Desert Mountain sets new price record AZ Central

2021 Design Trends: How the Work-From-Home movement will change our surroundings Prescott Woman Magazine

77-acre Payson ranch with seven homes and helicopter pad on market for $5.5 million AZ Family

Ascent at The Phoenician condos begin sales after early success AZ Big Media

Luxury homes selling quickly at The Phoenician, in ‘snooze-you-lose market’ Phoenix Business Journal

Celebrate Earth Day with Luxurious Eco-Friendly Homes at Miraval Rose Law Group Reporter

Haute Residence Welcomes Michelle O’Neill And Paul Perry To Its Exclusive Real Estate Network Haute Residence

Here are the highest-priced Phoenix-area luxury homes sold in February Phoenix Business Journal

House of Doors Financial Times, Makchoice

Joanna Wilkins and Louie Wilkins Represent Seller of $9.25 Million Scottsdale Estate

Cheryl D’Anna of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Represents Seller of a $4.75 Million Scottsdale Estate

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Named Best Residential Real Estate Brokerage in Flagstaff, Arizona for 8th Consecutive Year, Newsbreak

Pat Carleton Represents Buyer of a $5.2 Million Paradise Valley Home

Massive home in DC Ranch with separate guest house on market for $4 million AZ Family

Paradise Valley home of award-winning interior designer sells for $4.4M AZ Central

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Presents the Most Opulent Pools of Southern Arizona for Sale Rose Law Group, Newsbreak

Scottsdale house on market for $4.5 million includes basement, theater, guest home AZ Family

The Hacienda of Paradise Valley’ is now on the market for $18 million AZ Family

To commemorate the Kentucky Derby, see the Phoenix-area’s top luxury equestrian estates for sale

What Does It Mean When a Realtor has an SRES Designation? Flagstaff Business News

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Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Kicks Off The Kentucky Derby with the Top Equestrian Estates Across Arizona

As fans of the Kentucky Derby, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, presents the top 4 equestrian estates in Arizona. Take a tour of the most luxurious horse properties that Arizona has to offer, just in time for the Bulleit Bourbon Derby DayClub; Arizona’s best Kentucky Derby event with live horse racing and betting at Turf Paradise on Saturday, May 1st. 

The tour starts at 2020 E Bethany Home Rd, listed by agents Cionne McCarthy and Frank Aazami. The World-Class luxury Equestrian estate  sits on nearly 5 acres and boasts a 14-stall barn and five covered turn-outs. The 10,663 square foot estate is listed for $6,800,000 and is home to a 300-foot by 150-foot competition ring with a synthetic riding surface for jumpers. With breathtaking views of Piestewa Peak and the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, the equestrian campus is one of the best Phoenix has to offer. 

Head north for the next stop on the tour. 1804 N Pyle Ranch Rd, Payson, AZ is 77.25 acres of fenced ranch with seven residential homes, a barn/track room with horse stalls, irrigated pastures, a helicopter pad, and more. La Cienega Ranch is the ultimate equestrian property in the Poderosa Pines. The property offers 14,989 square feet of liveable space and exclusivity. The expansive and breathtaking property is listed for $5,500,000 by agents Erika Dickey and Frank Aazami.

The next stop on the tour of Arizona’s best Equestrian properties is in Mayer, Arizona. 8960 S Cutting Edge Ranch Trail is 54 deeded acres with 4 homes. The perfect Gentlemen’s or Women’s Ranch. The property features a 15 stall barn with 12’ breezeway and a tack room. Located at the foot of the Bradshaw Mountains also boasts an 8 stall show barn. The family compound retreat is listed at $2,500,000 by agent Barbara Miller

40411 N 78th St in Cave Creek is the final stop on the exquisite Equestrian tour. The 135 acre ranch is privately gated and provides peace and serenity with 100s of Saguaros in pristine Sonoran Desert. The compound features premium Equestrian facilities including a large block barn, 2 turnouts, and a second barn with a bunkhouse suite, track room, 6 stalls, turnouts and pens. The property is listed at  $6,950,000 by agents Debbie Omundson and Susan Folts.. 

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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.

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Suzi Miller Represents Buyer of a $3,840,000 Paradise Valley Home

uss Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty (Russ Lyon SIR) is proud to announce that Suzi Miller of the Russ Lyon SIR Camelback Tower office has successfully represented the buyer of a $3,480,000 Paradise Valley home.

The 6,498 SF modern new build offers 5-bedrooms, 6.5-bathrooms, and a 4-car garage. Featuring a split floor plan with formal dining, breakfast nook, chef’s kitchen, wine storage, and game room. The spacious backyard offers mountain views, covered patio space and was designed to entertain with a pool, spa, fire pit, and built in BBQ.