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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.”

Business, Real Estate

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Brandon Hamilton

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, Brandon Hamilton, to the Pinnacle Peak 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.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Whatever you are, be a good one.” So, let me briefly tell you what I am not. Simply, I’m not a salesperson. What I am is a people person and a giver. My philosophy is simple: Clients come first. My background is nontraditional. I spent more than a decade working on air anchoring, reporting and hosting at NBC and ABC affiliate TV stations from Cincinnati to Dallas to right here in Phoenix, where I consider home. In journalism, you have to be curious, a great listener, an expert communicator, detail-oriented, conduct thorough research, be accurate, have integrity and empathy in storytelling, and thrive on deadline. All of these qualities will help make the home buying and selling process refreshing for you. At NBC, I hosted a series called Lifestyles of the Rich & Fabulous, featuring multi-million dollar homes and luxury resorts. This gave me insight and helped expand my market knowledge of not only North Phoenix and Scottsdale, but also the Valley overall. Some of you invited me into your home through your television, and now I hope to get invitation from you to either sell or find your dream home! With the horsepower of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, you are truly getting a first-class ticket in Real Estate. Outside of work, I am spending quality time with my wife, Chelsey. We love to travel, explore history, DIY projects and give back to the community.

 

“Joining Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is an absolute honor. As a history buff, I love the tradition and prestige that comes along with the name. It is important to work in an environment that encourages and inspires, and that’s exactly what you get with this company. I’m excited to join the best of the best in the business.” ­­

 

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.

“Brandon’s attention to detail and strong preparation skills will make him an excellent Sales Associate” said Branch Manager, Kevin Gonzales. “Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to have such a high-profile Valley name on our roster!”

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.

 

 

Architecture, Music, Real Estate, Residential, Residential Architecture, Residential Real Estate

Notable Listing // DJ Khaled Lists Mediterranean Villa

DJ Khaled Lists Mediterranean Villa for $7.99M

The record producer and social-media celebrity has listed his luxe 6,700 SF Aventura mansion with ONE Sotheby’s International Realty sales associate Janet Ben Zvi. Customized for a hip-hop mogul, it has a sneaker closet that fits 500+ pairs, a home theatre, and a dock with a lift for his jet skis. Read the full story through The Wall Street Journal.

 

 

Architecture, Real Estate, Residential Real Estate

Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Announces Expansion into Slovakia

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced its expansion in Europe with the opening of Slovakia Sotheby’s International Realty. 

The firm is owned and operated by Ilona Mancikova, who also stands at the helm of Czech Republic Sotheby’s International Realty and Croatia Sotheby’s International Realty. The flagship office of Slovakia Sotheby’s International Realty is located in the capital city of Bratislava and will serve the luxury residential real estate markets throughout the surrounding metropolitan area and into the High Tatras Mountain region. 

“Slovakia is an attractive location for global investors and corporations with its proximity to other important European business hubs, such as Vienna,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Ilona and her team have a well-established presence in the region, and we are proud to support their efforts in this new market.” 

“We are focused on meeting our client’s lifestyle requirements in order to help them find their dream home whilst experiencing tailor-made professional service of the world-renowned Sotheby’s International Realty® brand,” said Mancikova. Bratislava is located on the banks of the river Danube, bordering Austria and Hungary, and offers a range of home styles from new high-end residential developments and unique villas. “Thanks to our global network, we can offer local clients and investors real estate from around the world – from luxury mountain chalets in Austria to summer homes in Florida with a warranty of premium service,” added Mancikova. 

Slovakia Sotheby’s International Realty looks forward to collaborating with local brands, designers and architects and supporting local artists by displaying their artwork in their new Bratislava office as they do in Czech Republic and Croatia. The opening of the Slovakia Sotheby’s International Realty office this year is symbolic as it shares the occasion of the one hundred year anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia – in October 1918, Czechoslovak republic was established after WW1. The addition of this company to the brand’s global network celebrates and commemorates the depth of the Czech-Slovak connection.