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Rackensack Mine

Off-Grid Famous Gold Mine Property For Sale Just North of Scottsdale: Rackensack Mine

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is well known for connecting buyers to sellers for many of Arizona’s most gorgeous, custom properties with all of the trappings of comfort. But every once in a while a property comes around that has those trappings yet manages to be so incredibly unique at the same time.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Announces an Off-Grid Famous Gold Mine Property For Sale Just North of Scottsdale.

For starters, at 400 feet from the Scottsdale city limits, it has one of the closest helipads to Scottsdale. No need to fight rush hour traffic with this property.  You can simply helicopter back and forth without opening your car door. Watch this video and see for yourself.

That’s just the start, living near this gold mine property.  The Rackensack Mine property is, true to its name, situated on land that has a gold mine that thousands of people have paid money to tour. Take the speed tour of the mine yourself here.

 Those are just the more idiosyncratic features of this amazing property, however; in essence, it is the ultimate safe haven secluded refuge. Constructed on a cliff, the property is surrounded by the Tonto National Forest, 360-degree panoramic views, and 14 potential sites for additional buildings. At 62 acres, to call it expansive would be an understatement. The property currently includes two structures; a two-room guest house and a fitness studio with a patio and bubbling hot spa, and plenty of room to still build your dream house. 

 Finally, if you’ve ever found yourself lamenting the heat during the summer, this is the property for you. Situated at 4,500 feet, you will almost certainly find it to be wonderfully temperate in the summer and might even find some snow in the winter.

Listing Agent Preston Westmoreland has represented numerous Arizona gold mines throughout his 30-year-real-estate-career but this one, he says makes you feel like you are on top of the world. 

I love to explore the desert and have been in over 100 mines over the years and this is one of the most fun mine trips I’ve ever taken, especially with the level tunnels, very exciting. It’s amazing to me, looking from the top of the mountain, how much you can do in a remote off-grid location and talk about a safe haven, even though you’re looking right at the northern boundary of Scottsdale, you’re surrounded by the national forest with gated access.

Preston Westmoreland, listing agent for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.



Between a corporate retreat, a wilderness B&B, a center for eco-tourism, or just your own dream home, the options for this land are endless. You can check out the full listing of this truly unique property here

It is yet another example of how Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty manages to continually showcase incredible bespoke properties.

Business, Real Estate

Russ Lyon SIR WElcomes Sandon Nixon

We are excited to welcome Sandon Nixon to our Camelback Tower office!

Real Estate is in Sandon Nixon’s DNA. He learned every aspect of the business since his early days growing up with a world-class broker/appraiser, his mother! 

First licensed in 1996, Sandon has had a passion for creating lifetime value with clients & professional partners through comprehensive real estate planning, exceptional service, education, and resource referrals.

Sandon works closely with financial advisors, estate planning attorneys, licensed fiduciaries, senior living professionals, & corporate HR managers as a trusted real estate consultant, education partner, relocation resource, & life stage transition specialist.

Sandon grew up in a real estate world, it’s in his blood. A very smart and intuitive guy that will look at real estate from each angle and guide the client to make the best decision possible!

SHERRI MONTEITH, MANAGING BROKER
Business, Real Estate

Russ lyon Welcomes Jeffrey Sherpa

We are excited to welcome Jeffrey Sherpa to the Camelback Tower office!

Jeffrey Sherpa was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree from the W.P. Carey School of Business, Jeffery began planting roots in Scottsdale and never looked back! 

“I have been fortunate to have lived and experienced different career opportunities all across the country,” said Jeffrey. “I have lived and worked in California, Ohio and throughout the Midwest, South Carolina, Florida and even sailed the high seas in the Caribbean Ocean. For me, Arizona is truly a place I call “home” and feel fortunate to live in a state that offers so much opportunity for adventure and perfect weather year-round!”

When Jeffrey is not selling the next Scottsdale dream or helping clients transition to a more enjoyable lifestyle in paradise, you will likely find him outside enjoying everything Arizona has to offer. He enjoys golf, tennis, boating and snowboarding.

Before venturing into real estate, Jeffery held various sales positions across diverse industries from furniture to residential solar and travel/tourism. He earned his MBA from Grand Canyon University and managed the College of Enrollment at the University. He had always felt drawn to residential real estate and made the leap of faith in 2016. 

When I first met Jeffrey, I knew that Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is where he belonged. He exudes class and professionalism and we look forward to a very successful and lucrative career path with him!’

Sherri Monteith, Managing Broker
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 Welcomes Brad Kimmelman

Brad Kimmelman’s dedication to his clients, ability to provide creative and immediate decisions when dealing with the countless details of the day and a solution based perspective has made him a leader in the Luxury Real Estate arena. Kimmelman takes this role very seriously and approaches every day as an opportunity to provide the type of service that has become a rarity in today’s culture.

His success comes from a history of putting the client first. “When I make you #1, I elevate myself and all those around me. This is paramount to a smooth and expedient transaction,” Kimmelman said.

His experience in managing a busy New York Sotheby’s International Realty office and being a top producing broker, combined with the global reach and exceptional marketing of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand spanning more than 72 countries and territories, makes him a solid choice…should you choose Brad Kimmelman to represent you.

When asked about choosing a local brokerage to join, Kimmelman said, “Picking an office to join in Arizona was a no-brainer for me. Since I have been an ambassador for the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty was the perfect choice to continue my Sotheby’s sales career!”

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.

 “Brad Kimmelman is an extraordinary addition to our Camelback Tower office,” said Sales Manager, Heather McNamara. “Brad’s advertising and marketing background led to his success as a top producing sales agent and as a manager of one of the most prestigious real estate offices in the Sotheby’s International Realty network.  That, mixed with his ability to relate to people and his knowledge of the industry, will lead to his success at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.”

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.

Business, Real Estate

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes John Trischetti

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, John Trischetti, 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.

 

Born and raised on Long Island, John’s passion for real estate was developed at an early age. Through accompanying his parents in their real estate pursuits, his passion to pursue a career of excellence as a Real Estate Broker was fostered. After graduating high school, John attended Arizona State University where he joined the ASU football team. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Finance where his takeaway was the immense potential and value in owning real estate. He realized that owning a home isn’t just about creating lifelong memories with family and friends, it was a wise investment. He truly believes owning a home with a long-term approach is the first step to realizing inter-generational financial stability and wealth. As a result, John decided to take his passion and love of real estate to Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. Forming the Trischetti Group, John aims to assist others in realizing their own dreams. According to John, his focus is never money; rather, it is building, developing and maintaining relationships by always putting the interest of his clients first.

 

“I decided to join Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty in order to raise my business to a higher standard of care. I strive to the best in the business and provide unparalleled service to my clients. The way to achieve the objective is to partner up with the most recognizable brand with the highest form of ethical value, Sotheby's International Realty!” 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.

 

“John Trischetti brings many years of real estate experience to Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. An eastcoast transplant, John, or Johnny as his friends call him, has built a solid client base in the North Scottsdale real estate market” said Branch Manager, Kevin Gonzales. “ Johnny felt that his next step was to join forces with a Brokerage that would offer him the tools necessary to give his increasingly higher end listings International exposure. We are pleased to have Johnny associate with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.”