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Best Homes for Baseball Aficionados – Luxury Homes With Connections to America’s Pastime

Arizona is one of the top states for baseball lovers in the U.S. – you can play almost year-round and, of course, it’s home to the Cactus League. Russ Lyon|Sotheby’s International Realty has selected some of the best baseball properties in the state – places with perfect accommodations for baseball lovers. Each of these hardball havens blends beauty and class – much like the American pastime itself. They each have ties to baseball players or executives.

Our first favorite home run homestead is a log luxury retreat in Flagstaff, at 2892 Andrew Douglass, and being offered by listing agent Mary Mendoza for $3,250,000.

Former Major League Baseball slugger Tim Salmon once called this 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom, 6,453-square-foot bucolic beauty his home. Crafted with Rocky Mountain logs, the custom home sits on 1.43 acres of stately pines and views of San Francisco Peak. A floor-to-ceiling fireplace, wood floors and a spacious great room with a wall of windows make this a luxurious, rustic hideaway for baseball lovers and anyone else.

On deck is a timeless Scottsdale custom home on 9820 E. Blue Sky Drive once owned by former major league star Pat Burrell. For $3,175,000, this all-star 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom property is being offered by  listing agents Cheryl D’Anna, Donna LeGate and Bob Terry.

At 6,931 square feet, this custom, elegant home boasts some serious views and a natural privacy protector: boulder outcroppings that are part of the landscaping. A floating spiral staircase adds intrigue and leads to game rooms. Or, just take the elevator! Each bedroom has a large full bathroom en-suite and there are incomparable views from almost every angle, not least from the roof deck patio, where distant city lights, the exclusive Estancia golf course and famous Scottsdale sunsets will take your breath away

Batting third is this stunner on 6601 E. Meadowlark Lane in Paradise Valley. At $2,890.000, this is the home of Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall. The property is being offered by  listing agent Shawna Warner. The 4-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom beauty measures 6,432 square feet and is nestled on 1.56 magically landscaped acres on a corner lot in the shadow of Mummy Mountain.

With an open great room concept, a chef’s kitchen and separate butler’s pantry with and ice maker and warming drawer, it’s ideal for entertaining. Outside, expansive flagstone patios, pebble tec pool and a full athletic field for football, soccer games or banquet receptions make this an ideal home for lovers of any sport.

Closing out the list of baseball properties is the Scottsdale home of a former World Series pitcher. This 9002 E. Rimrock Drive, 4-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom property is $2,250,000 is being offered by listing agent Tracy Fitzgerald.

At 7,508 square feet, this pristine estate on 1.5 acres boasts mountain views. The master retreat is 800 square feet and includes a sitting and reading room and two closets. A guest casita features a private entrance, living room and kitchen. Exercise enthusiasts will appreciate the 1,500 square-foot gym with a 10-person steam room. For post-workout relaxation, a walk-in wine cellar awaits. A resort-style backyard with a putting green, televisions, fireplace, heated pool and spa, firepits and a play area makes this property irresistible.

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Notable Listing: VisionGate Founder Lists with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Dr. Alan Nelson, founder, chairman, and CEO of VisonGate who also developed the world’s first and only automated screening test to detect cervical cancer, and Dierdre Meldrum, former Dean of the Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, have listed their 14,124 Sq.-Ft. Phoenix home for $6 million with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

The former executive director of Arizona State University’s (ASU) Biodesign Institute and has held faculty positions at ASU, University of Washington, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard. Dr. Nelson holds more than 100 U.S. patents and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in the field of biomedical imaging.

Nelson and Meldrum’s one acre home is listed by Oriana Lehmanwood and Jim Bruske. The 7-bedroom, 11-bathroom home is impeccably rooted with Mediterranean architecture. This one-of-a-kind residence with private lifestyle property exudes a feeling of comfort, class and home in every extravagantly appointed room.

The acre parcel with mature botanical gardens, stages unobstructed views of the adjoining 16,000 acres of mountain national preserve. Dramatic sunrises and sunsets can be enjoyed from multiple verandas, patios and trails.

A tour is a must to fully appreciate the special blend of uncompromising craftsmanship, stunning architecture and sense of belonging as you stroll through grand spaces. This jaw-dropping home at 12234 S Honah Lee Ct. in Ahwatukee has details that will be sure to impress anyone, like the Harry Potter Library with a weather sensing retractable glass pyramid roof and a built-in bookcase.

The $6,475,000 private home has expansive desert views that can be especially appreciated from the owner suite alongside a fire place. This 14,124 square-foot desert vacation home boasts a separate 2-bedroom guest house to be able to give guests their own sense of privacy.

“Aside from its meticulously David a Dick designed attributes and cozy Mediterranean feel, this residence offers something most luxury homes in Arizona don’t have — the alluring views and serene privacy of a 16,000 national preserve as part of their backyard,” said Bruske.

The residence gives clear mountain, city light and sunset views in every direction. This captivating layout gives the Phoenix home a feeling of tranquility – the upper main home looks down onto the pool area and oversees the vibrant desert blooms.

The backyard features a beautiful deck with sport courts with a gazebo and ramada to oversee the views. The built-in-barbecue is sure to make for the perfect outdoor oasis. The residence also features a game room, a separate workshop, media room, a loft, exercise and sauna room, and a chef’s luxury kitchen.

“This home really showcases everything that Russ Lyon Sotheby’s is about, providing the best quality service and the most luxurious high-end homes to the public,” said Bruske.

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Heaven for Horse Lovers

Four Magnificent Properties Ideal for Raising and Riding Horses

Arizona can be considered a horse-friendly state, with ranches dotting landscapes in every corner of the state. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has selected some of the best horse properties in the state – places with extraordinary accommodations for both horses and humans alike. Each of these pieces of horse paradise combines elegance, sophistication and the perfect outdoor setting.

Our first favorite horse homestead is a 173-acre ranch in the shadow of the red rocks of Sedona, at 6624 W. State Route 89A, and being offered by listing agent Paul Sexson for $15,200,000.

Built by the Wrigley Family and currently owned by the Hills Family (Hill Brothers Coffee), El Rojo Grande Ranch sits on the largest undeveloped privately-owned parcels in Sedona. A box-stall barn, corral barn, working barn, three arenas, hay barn and two corrals make it ideal for horses. A park with two grass areas, picnic tables, bandstand and stone fireplace make this the ideal place for owners to entertain. The 6,700-square-foot main residence showcases luxurious and impeccable Southwestern style. A 1,350-square-foot guest casita and 1,575-square-foot caretaker’s quarters make it even more accommodating.

Our next horse lover’s paradise, being offered for $2,495,000 by Russ Lyon| Sotheby’s International Realty listing agent Cheryl Anderson, is at 5868 E. Berneil Lane in Paradise Valley. Rancho Lucero, originally built in 1951, is named after the original owner’s favorite quarter horse, Starlight. Featured in ‘”Images in America, Paradise Valley Architecture,” this magnificent property boasts six bedrooms and five bathrooms in the main house, with a guest house offering a living room, kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom.

The next magnificent Arizona horse property is in Scottsdale. Listed at $1,420,000 by Russ Lyon | Sotheby International Realty listing agent Jeffery Hall, the 12845 E. Gold Dust Avenue property defines country elegance. The 2.3-acre ranch features easy access to riding trails and is just minutes from WestWorld. The 4,799-square-foot home with a gated, private entrance has four bedrooms and five bathrooms plus a self-contained guest house. Beautiful alder millwork appears throughout the house.

Another beautiful Scottsdale horse ranch rounds out our list. At $1,950,000, this exquisite equine estate is located at 26625 N. 61st St. and is listed by Russ Lyon | Sotheby’s International Realty listing agent Lisa Lucky. Set on 2.14 acres, the 6,689-square-foot estate features four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, a 12-car garage (a lot of “horsepower”…) and horse facilities that include a four-stall barn. Three additional guest rooms are available as well as a theater room and office. The horse facilities contain two tack rooms, feed room, wash room, a round pen and open air arena, in and out corrals, and an automatic watering system.

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