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Architecture, Business, Real Estate

Desert Mountain Retreat Sells for $8.5M

This exquisitely appointed Desert Mountain retreat in Saguaro Forest has been sold by Bee Francis, Kathleen Benoit, Karen Baldwin and Anne Morrissey for $8,500,000.

The home offers breathtaking views of Scottsdale and Phoenix, stunning sunrise vistas and unlimited city lights. Its retracting glass doors showcase the seamless flow from the gracious interior living spaces to an outdoor entertaining paradise with negative-edge beachfront pool, billiard table, dining, kitchen with BBQ and pizza ovens, stone hearth, fire pit, and outdoor heaters. The finest of materials were selected to create this relaxed, transitional-style to promote a casual yet luxurious lifestyle.

Design features include limestone archways, magnificent custom tile and stone counters, French limestone and French oak floors. A magical setting with forever views.


Architecture, Business, Real Estate

Russ Lyon SIR Lists Villa Esperero

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is thrilled to list a one-of-a-kind property with incredible views in Tucson’s exclusive Rattlesnake Canyon and Canyon Ranch area. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents Judy Smedes and Kate Herk are listing the Villa Esperero estate at 6799 North Rattlesnake Canyon in Tucson.

The 48-acre private estate includes a 9,000-square-foot main house listed for $5.5 million. There is also an option to purchase the main house and additional lots totaling 133 acres for $8.9 million.  Judy Smedes and Kate Herk, who are top luxury agents in the Tucson market, actually sold the same home in 2005. The luxury home was designed by prominent Tucson architect Ron Robinette.

“This luxury property offers iconic and unparalleled views of Sabino Canyon and Tucson along with custom designs and amenities that define luxury living,” said Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agent Judy Smedes.

The Villa Esperero estate also has a separate 4,000-square-foot sports complex with a spa, 60-foot lap pool and huge skylights. The main house has 25-foot, beamed ceilings, two master suites, an elevator, library, three additional en-suite bedrooms and two additional bathrooms.

The exterior includes multiple patios and terraces, an infinity edge pool and spa that all offer amazing views of thousands of Saguaro cacti that dot Tucson’s beautiful mountain and canyon landscapes.

“This incredibly private and incredibly exclusive property marries Tucson’s Spanish heritage with custom contemporary designs. From the expansive views to the mesquite hardwood floors, natural stone, flagstone and marble finishes, this home stands out in Tucson’s luxury market,” Kate Herk said.

Business, Real Estate

Russ Lyon SIR Presents Luxian Scottsdale

We are excited to present Luxian Scottsdale, a new exclusive, boutique enclave at Camelback Mountain. Our real estate advisors, Joanna Wilkins and Christine Arnold are listing the luxury Luxian development. “Luxian Scottsdale features just 14 luxury villas with unparalleled views of Camelback Mountain and The Phoenician Golf Course and scores of high-end finishes,” Joanna Wilkins said. The luxury villas abut to one of the most iconic golf courses in Arizona. 

The gated development will have 3 two-bedroom units totaling 2,491 square feet and 11 three-bedroom units with 2,971 square feet. The Scottsdale project, which is located at one of the most iconic locations in the Southwest, already has two reservations. “The enclave is surrounded by the prestigious and recently remodeled Phoenician Golf Course. Villas have impressive, unobstructed views of fairways and Camelback Mountain,” Christine Arnold said.

Pricing for the two-bedroom villas starts at $1,457,000. Three-bedroom villas prices start at $1,738,000. There is a $25,000 lot premium on five of the villa locations. The lot premium price goes up on May 31st, 2019. Luxian Villas on Camelback LLC is building the project. The villas also have plenty of high-end and luxury finishes including Subzero appliances, a Wolf cook top and oven and buyers can customize their cabinets, lighting, flooring and fixtures.

Business, Golf, Real Estate

Kevin Gonzales Promoted to Vice President of Operations

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has promoted Kevin Gonzales to Vice President of Operations. Gonzales will oversee 12 offices across Arizona and will expand training programs to help Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents maximize their sales.

Kevin has been with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty for 23 years, and he has earned success at every position he’s held. He has the unique ability to bring out the best in those around him. Simply put – he raises the bar. He is a significant addition to our executive leadership team and we congratulate him on his continued success in our company and in our industry,” said Todd Gillenwater, CEO and owner of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

Gonzales will continue his current roles as managing broker of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s Pinnacle Peak and Market Street offices. The Pinnacle Peak office has 240 agents. The Market Street office is at D.C. Ranch and has 25 agents.

Gonzales said he is looking forward to working with agents and analyzing markets across Arizona. “I’m basically going to oversee all areas of operations having to do with agent development, management development,” Gonzales said of the newly created position. Gonzales said he enjoys analyzing markets and real estate trends. “I’m a real estate nerd. I love trying to understand markets and trying to understand where the next opportunities are,” he said. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has 850 agents.

Gonzales said he wants to train more agents under a Ninja Selling program. That is a four-day sales training immersion program. “We want to expand that to as many of our agents as possible,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales joined Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in 1996. He has been with the luxury residential real estate firm ever since. “I’ve been doing this for 23 years now,” Gonzales said. “I’m grateful for our ownership and the executive team for giving me this opportunity and having faith in me.”

Architecture, Business, Real Estate, Residential Real Estate

Significant Sale ~ Frank Aazami and Cheryl Anderson

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty sales associates Frank Aazami and Cheryl Anderson of the Camelback Tower office provided exclusive representation for a $12,000,000 Paradise Valley home which is the fifth-highest price for a home ever sold in the Valley and second-highest price sale of a home this year. 

The significant sale is a palatial 17,912 square-foot mediterranean estate designed by architect, Juan Sandoval. Sitting on more than two acres and built by a renowned team of artisans with an unlimited budget, the home was designed by Juan Sandoval, following the format of 17th Century Colonial architecture, but with every modern convenience. Offering 5 bedrooms and 7 and a half baths, the magnificent home is unparalleled in its construction quality and architectural precision. The home features a six car main garage with custom doors and additional two car garage. Every inch of the estate was designed and built during a
ten year period.

Architecture, Business, Real Estate

Notable Listing: The Dome at Casa Blanca

Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, “The Dome” at Casa Blanca is a Valley landmark has hosted movie stars, politicians, dignitaries and other celebrities for decades.

Listed by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agent and Casa Blanca community resident Grant Almquist for $1,175,000, this architectural treasure is a charming 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom residence surrounded by a lush garden patio. The 25’ onion-shaped dome rises dramatically above a generous family room with clerestory windows that fill the space with natural light. Colorful tile and hand-carved millwork throughout adds to The Dome’s incomparable ambiance.

The Casa Blanca Inn was originally built in the 1930s, and it first served as the winter escape for the Kellogg Family. Later, The Dome became Casa Blanca Inn’s famed Sultan’s Table restaurant and cocktail lounge.

During its heyday, the Casa Blanca Inn was a winter retreat frequently visited by cinema legends and politicians alike. Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin and Betty Grable stayed at the Casa Blanca Inn. Additionally, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower and his wife Mamie vacationed at the inn many times. Now, the Casa Blanca Inn is a luxurious guard-gated residential community.

“A prospective buyer will fall in love with this home from the first time he or she lays eyes on it,” said Almquist. “I am a Casa Blanca resident and I list many of the homes for sale in the community, but there is nothing else like The Dome. Not only is it a magnificently-designed historic treasure, there are countless stories about all the legendary celebrities who have visited The Dome and have stayed at the Casa Blanca Inn.”

Architecture, Business, Real Estate

Sotheby’s International Realty Expands Presence in Indiana

 Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that its independently owned and operated affiliate Encore Sotheby’s International Realty in Indiana has acquired local firm Reecer Properties, Inc., which will now operate as Encore Sotheby’s International Realty

The acquisition expands the firm’s presence into Fort Wayne, North Webster, and Roanoke, Indiana. Mark Zukerman, principal and owner of Encore Sotheby’s International Realty, will remain at the helm of operations. With this acquisition, Encore Sotheby’s International Realty now has five offices and 45 independent sales associates throughout central and northeast Indiana.

“Fort Wayne is referred to as the heart of the Midwest for its location and proximity to other key cities,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We are proud to have Encore Sotheby’s International Realty carry the brand into new markets in Indiana.”

“Lynn Reecer has established an unparalleled level of service in the greater Fort Wayne area,” said Zukerman. “This acquisition positions us to introduce the Sotheby’s International Realty brand to this market and provide our local expertise with a global footprint.”

Architecture, Golf, Real Estate, Residential Real Estate

Marvelous Desert Mountain Homes

Golf Season is About to Tee Off and Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Proudly Presents Marvelous Desert Mountain Homes

North Scottsdale’s Most Exclusive and Desirable Private Residential Golf Community Offers Luxurious Living and Unrivaled Golf Experiences

Golf enthusiasts from across the world know that Arizona is synonymous with golf. From the sights and sounds at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, to the state’s scenic golf courses, Arizona is the world’s home for the sport.

Despite all the existing private golf communities, none rival the majesty of Desert Mountain. It’s the only private community in the world with six Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses and the finest amenities to match.

The Desert Mountain lifestyle is like none other and Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to present five beautiful homes located in this private community that every golf enthusiast will think is “a hole in one.”

First up is a Golden Nugget Award of Merit-winner situated on more than five acres and close to Desert Mountain’s Cochise and Geronimo Golf Courses. The 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 6,421-square-foot-contemporary located at 39602 N. Charles Blair Macdonald Rd. is listed for $3,775,000 by Kathy Reed. The home’s award-winning architectural features include floating roofs and curvilinear elements as well as treated copper fascias, walls of glass and polished aggregate floors.

Next is a home designed by renowned Arizona architect Shelby Wilson, a 5 bed, 6.5 bath home located at 40916 N. 107th Place. Sitting on the highest point of Rose Quartz, the property is a golf lover’s dream situated on the 14th and 15th holes of Cochise golf course. Listed for $6,495,000 by Joanie Barreiro, no expense has been spared inside with magnificent architectural features as it offers floor-to-ceiling glass windows and finishes created by The Suzanne Biers Company.

Third is a stunning 7,727-square-foot-home located at 9792 E. Honey Mesquite Dr. with 5 beds and 7 baths and is listed by Cheryl D’Anna for $5,950,000. It offers extraordinary views of Desert Mountain’s Chiricahua golf course’s 16th fairway. European influences abound, and the home provides the best in elegance, comfort and entertainment. Not only will this home appeal to a golf enthusiast, the home is a wine lover’s paradise as it boasts a wine cellar that can accommodate more than a thousand bottles and also has a tasting room.

Sitting on two acres above Desert Mountain’s Geronimo golf course’s 12th hole is a 4 bed, 6 bath elegant home. Located at 9744 E. Madera Dr. and listed by Dan Wolski for $4,000,000, the 7,570-square-foot-home perfect for golfers of all levels with a uniquely-designed putting green. It’s also an entertainer’s dream, as it offers ample outdoor space, a negative edge pool, stone fireplace and waterfall features.

Last, but certainly not least, is a stunning 5 bed, 6 bath, 7,168-square-foot home perched on a mountain and sitting on over 5.5 acres. Listed by James Kolander and located at 39622 North Charles Blair Macdonald Rd., the home was designed by world-famous architect Bing Hu. Listed for $4,000,000, it is just south of the Geronimo and Cochise golf courses. All rooms are en-suite with balconies offering breathtaking mountain views.

 

 

Architecture, Automobile, Entertainment, Real Estate

Every Car Needs a Home

In honor of the RM Sotheby’s car show and auction happening this month at the Arizona Biltmore, Arizona’s leader in luxury real estate, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, presents exquisite homes with features that are unparalleled in style, entertainment, and most importantly, revved-up for all types of car fanatics.

 


First stop on Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s list for car enthusiasts is an exclusive listing, located in Paradise Valley, comprised of 20,000 square feet with 6 beds and 13.5 baths. This elusive estate is listed by agents Michel Edery and Frank Aazami for $22,800,000. Amongst the numerous extravagant features, this listing supports a fleet of vehicles with a 20-car garage.

Up next, in Carefree, is a 5 bed and 3.5 bath home located at 8360 E Autoplane Dr, listed with Preston Westmoreland, for $2,500,000. Airplane hangars are not just for airplanes anymore; RVs, boats, car collections and all types of toys can fit into this massive space. Enjoy a functional, super-sized, 90-foot-wide facility to store and showcase any collection. This hangar can hold an airplane, 20 cars, boats, or RVs. No expense was spared during the construction of this whimsical dream home and it is also perfect for entertaining with spectacular patio views.

The Valley isn’t the only location for decadent garages. In the secluded area of Prescott, a 4 bed and 7 bath, 6,978-square-foot home, located at 2031 W Thumb Butte Rd, is listed by Nancy Read for $2,490,000. With a grand foyer entrance, library, living room, conservatory, wine cellar, laundry room, dining room, chef’s kitchen, and a breakfast nook, the stunning property also features a 12-car garage, equipped with RV storage. The property ensures ample space for any collection.

Another Paradise Valley estate on the list, is a 5 bed and 7.5 bath, 17,912-square-foot home, located at 8100 N 68th St, listed with Frank Aazami for $18,000,000. This magnificent home is unparalleled in its construction quality and architectural precision. Every part of this two acre estate was designed and built over a ten-year period. Amongst the meticulous features is the six-car garage. The area is designed with extended length and height, providing plenty of space for larger vehicles. The colored tiles also help to brighten up the room.

Last, but certainly not least, is a beautiful home located at 5350 E Exeter Boulevard in Phoenix. This 6 bed and 7 bath home is presented by Cionne McCarthy and listed for $3,900,000. Not only does this listing include handcrafted woodwork throughout, along with a true wine cellar, but it also comes with a four-car garage. The area includes both direct and side entry access and features an electric door opener.