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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.

Business, Real Estate, Russ Lyon

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Kandis Richardson

As a real estate advisor for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Kandis has successfully combined her experience in commercial construction with her ability as a top-class negotiator.  She has separated herself from other sales people by offering a unique customer- service experience. When combined with her experience and over $100,000,000 in sales, Kandis has the ability to offer unparalleled client results.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to your home sale and/or purchase.

Known for her warm and accessible personality, and tireless work ethic, she focuses on clear and honest communication with all parties during a real estate transaction.  Kandis’ professional ethics are unwavering, which leads her to be responsive, dedicated, and working toward your interests alone.  As a native of California and relocating to Arizona, she will share many decades’ worth of professional and local knowledge. Her areas of specialization include single family residences, condominiums, investment services, probate, SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Specialist) and SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist).  Primarily a listing agent, Kandis offers a powerful marketing system designed to sell a property quickly and for top dollar.  As a buyer’s representative she combines superior area knowledge. With her great communication skills, she brings peace of mind during each transaction.

During her private time Kandis enjoys spending time with her two children, hiking, biking, yoga, animals, community service and being in a warm and sunny climate. A naturally positive, upbeat and energetic person, when working with Kandis you will see why so many of her clients become friends and recommend her professional services to their family and friends.      

“It is a true honor to be a part of a local and national brand such as Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty,” Richardson said.  “I am truly excited for this opportunity and know that I can positively represent my clients interests with an amazing, professional reputation that Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has to offer.”

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has gathered realty experts in the field of luxury real estate dedicated to the ideals of integrity and professionalism. Additionally, the seasoned management innovatively supports the efforts of the company’s agents to create a dynamic and inspiring atmosphere that invigorates and hones the skills of everyone involved.

“Kandis is an extraordinary addition to our Camelback Tower office,” said Sales Manager, Heather McNamara. “Kandis epitomizes the perfect Real Estate agent that we desire to be in business with at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. I am so grateful that she chose our Real Estate Firm to be in business with! I know that with her track record of success, she will be a huge asset to anyone buying or selling real estate in Arizona. Welcome to the family, Kandis!”

Business, Real Estate

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Zoja Pedenko

Zoja was born in Moscow, raised in Europe, studied across Canada and the USA, all while continuing to explore the world through her love of travel. Now, she is happy to call the beautiful city of Scottsdale her home. Zoja’s diverse, worldly experiences allow her to understand the unique elements that make a place feel like Home. Zoja’s enthusiasm for helping others, combined with her diverse cultural background aid in her ability to connect with her clients, providing an exceptionally seamless service. Her goal is to make the selling or buying process an enjoyable experience.

Outside of real estate, Zoja gives back to her community through volunteering for Make-A-Wish Arizona, helping children with life-threatening medical conditions. She is happily married to her husband, with whom she enjoys to travel, explore new restaurants and hike the local mountains. Zoja graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Political Science and she is fluent in Russian, French, Czech and English. 

“I’m very excited to join Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty because of the company’s prestige and outstanding reputation. I’m honored to be joining an amazing group of local real estate experts,” Pedenko said.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has gathered realty experts in the field of luxury real estate dedicated to the ideals of integrity and professionalism. Additionally, the seasoned management innovatively supports the efforts of the company’s agents to create a dynamic and inspiring atmosphere that invigorates and hones the skills of everyone involved.

“Zoja is an extraordinary addition to our Camelback Tower office,” said Sales Manager, Heather McNamara. ““I am thrilled that Zoja has chosen Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty as her brokerage of choice to begin her Real Estate career. She comes to us with a deep understanding of many cultures and what it means to call a place home, experience that will undoubtedly benefit all of her clients.  Welcome, Zoja!”

Business, Real Estate

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Lindsay Mattoon

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Lindsay was a Health Coach for over a decade when deciding to purchase her first home. The intention was to ‘fix-it up’ over time. Within a year, the house was completely transformed. After the fourth home renovation, Lindsay decided to turn her love for real estate into a new profession and got her license. She continues to have a passion for living a healthy lifestyle and helping others do the same.

Each transaction showcases Lindsay’s experience, creativity and passion. She is very personable and works hard throughout the buying and selling process. Her mission is to develop long lasting relationships and help clients achieve their real estate goals.

“I am beyond excited to be part of the finest real estate services company,” Mattoon stated.  “The success and collaboration I have witnessed thus far is unlike anything I could imagine. I look forward to being surrounded by the best!”

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has gathered realty experts in the field of luxury real estate dedicated to the ideals of integrity and professionalism. Additionally, the seasoned management innovatively supports the efforts of the company’s agents to create a dynamic and inspiring atmosphere that invigorates and hones the skills of everyone involved.

“Lindsay is an extraordinary addition to our Camelback Tower office,” said Sales Manager, Heather McNamara. “I am thrilled that Lindsay has chosen Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty as her brokerage of choice to begin her Real Estate career. She comes to us with an extremely strong business acumen, and no doubt will be of huge benefit to each of her clients. Welcome, Lindsay!”

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, 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.

 

 

Real Estate, Russ Lyon

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Racquel Miller

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, Racquel Miller, to the Camelback Tower.

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.

Racquel and her family have called Paradise Valley home for almost two decades. With first-hand knowledge of this exquisite area, she can offer an exceptional home buying experience. As a past educator, Racquel understand the importance of market knowledge. That translates into helping sellers achieve optimal market positioning and finding the absolute best location, home and value that meets any buyers’ needs.  While listing and sales transaction are inherently complex, her main goal: make your move as seamless as possible. 

 Racquel moved to the United States when she was 12 years old. She grew up in South Florida and attended the University of Miami, earning both a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Master in Education. Arizona became her home in 1994. She later was married to her current husband, Jamir Miller, and now has three beautiful children.

Her husband was blessed to have a 10 Year, All Pro Career, in the National Football League. As an NFL wife, she was able to live a life of servitude. They are true believers in always giving back, leading to the creation of their Jamir Miller Foundation, supporting women and children at risk. Racquel has chaired and supported many fundraising events and continues to stay involved in her community.

“My passion is helping others and my calling card is service, at the highest level,” said Racquel Miller. “I am thrilled to be part of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty team at the Camelback Tower.  I look forward to having the opportunity to service clients with my first-hand knowledge of our exquisite neighborhoods.”

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has gathered realty experts in the field of luxury real estate dedicated to the ideals of integrity and professionalism. Additionally, the seasoned management innovatively supports the efforts of the company’s agents to create a dynamic and inspiring atmosphere that invigorates and hones the skills of everyone involved.

“Racquel Miller is an extraordinary addition to our Camelback Tower office,” said Sales Manager, Heather McNamara. “Raquel epitomizes the perfect Real Estate agent that we desire to be in business with at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. I am so grateful that she chose our Real Estate Firm to be in business with! I know that with her track record of success and servant leader mentality, she will be a huge asset to anyone buying or selling real estate in Arizona. Welcome to the family, Raquel!”

Architecture, Business, Real Estate

Notable Listing: Last George Christensen Design for Sale

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to list yet another one-of-a-kind home on the market; the last iconic architectural design by George Christensen for $3.65 Million.

 

Listed by agents Jan Kabbani and Cliff Davis of the Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Camelback Tower office, this 6,578-square-foot, 5 bed and 6.5 bath masterpiece, is located at 7307 N. Black Rock Trail in Paradise Valley.

The award winning home by renowned architect, George Christensen, is designed with the highest quality materials of stone, wood, marble and steel creating an organically sustainable experience. This architecturally significant, texture rich soft contemporary home has dramatic mountain views and a masterful use of natural light with amazing views from nearly every window in guard-gated Clearwater Hills.

Christensen has had many of his designs appear in publications including Architectural Digest, Sunset Magazine, and Phoenix Home and Garden. Christensen moved to Phoenix in 1957 and founded George Christensen and Associates. His firm designed hundreds of residences and more than 40 churches. The design of this estate was in Christensen’s archives and had to be released to be built. This Clearwater Hills home is the last design by Christensen to be constructed before passing away.

Scottsdale Architect, Mark Candelaria, AIA, was mentored by Christensen for over 18 years. Candelaria is the founder of Candelaria Design which he started in 1999 after an 18 year career as one of the founding partners of CCBG Architects in Phoenix.

“George listened to his clients and always did his best to give them their house, and that was the best lesson I ever received,” said Candelaria. “He designed quickly and went with his instincts and didn’t over think things. He trusted his intuition and combined that with the spirit of his client to create his designs.” 

Noteworthy features include a sumptuous master suite and bath with dual vanities, a detached guest house, high ceilings, telescopic doors that blend indoor and outdoor spaces seamlessly, a sparkling zero edge infinity pool, exercise room, fire pit, grass lawn, an outstanding barbeque area, and a 3-car garage just to name a few.

Additionally, a true chef ’s kitchen with Wolf appliances, double ovens, Sub-Zero and wine storage open to an expansive family and game room with the very latest high-tech electronics, low voltage lighting and much more. The spacious home also showcases formal living and dining areas with two separate offices, one of them overlooking the pool with elevated views to city lights.

“The seller is a sailor and so was the late Mr. Christensen, it’s interesting they both shared this passion,” said listing agent Jan Kabbani. “I think this is expressed in the design of the masterful use of natural light and windows strategically placed throughout the home for nearly every window having a view.”