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Our thanks to the local and national media folks who have supported our properties through the years. . . . From CNN to Fox Network, and in Phoenix broadcasting, Diane Ryan, the long-time host of "Cool House" on Fox 10 and Syleste Rodriguez who currently does an excellent job on the program.  We've put together a compilation of some of amazing properties.  Click the photo.
And to see the entire real estate tours, on our TV page, follow this link! Amazing TV Tours


Find Safe Sanctuary Here! Gated, Secure.   Why did we have Syleste Rodriguez, host of  "Cool House" taste the water at our new listing, at the Golden Star Ranch?   It's delicious and there's lots of it! This is where you would go to get away from it all, now with a substantial price reduction of $ 680,000.  We are offering the Golden Star Ranch for  $2.90 million.  While the few natural springs in the area are very dry, the artesian wells of the Golden Star pump out over 11,000 gallons of fresh water every day, in addition to the surface water rights.  Its a PREMIER water source nurturing a Garden of Eden of over 50 varieties of plants.  Gated, and hidden, seen by few, the Fox cameras featured the Golden Star recently. See the story and an overview of this historic 38 patented acre property North of Cave Creek Safe Sanctuary  Video Tour Hollywood just shot a big budget pilot film here also, scroll down to see!
With dropping water tables in Cave Creek, and cutbacks ordered along the Colorado River, having a sustainable and dependable water source is Liquid Gold!  By the way, there's a gold mine on the property too!  See all the details of this property right here: Golden Star Ranch property

Skyranch and  Carefree on the move!  We recently closed escrow on on older Skyranch home on the runway for $1.2 million  Price per sq. foot of $ 511 was one of the highest prices in over two years. Carefree is now the 3rd-ranked city for average price-per-sq.-foot sales after Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.   Cave Creek also climbing in the rankings.  We are pleased to report that  Russ Lyon Sotheby's sells more luxury properties in the Phoenix area than ANY other real estate company. 
Below, Syleste Rodriguez of Fox 10 also showcased our other Skyranch sale last year!

    
Fox10's Story on Cool House!


Get away from it all!  Our new secret and hidden ranch is pretty enough to be in pictures!  And it is!  Producer/Director Adrian Carr (Crocodile Dundee and Quigley Down Under) just finished a sci fi movie "Solus" on the property.  Its a futuristic tale of a dystopian world. Check out the title shot below. Photo courtesy of J2 Productions. Solus is a big budget short film.  They have computer-generated a futuristic city where Cave Creek, Arizona use to be. If you know the area, you'll recognize Black Mountain on the left.  They picked the Golden Star for its mines, tunnels, cliffs and abundant foliage for the producer.  See more at:  Golden Star Ranch  Now listed for sale, 38 patented acres, reduced to $3.9 mil
See the Solus preview movie clip, from the spectacular opening scene, showing what Arizona might look like in 1,000 years! (Still shot below)  Solus Preview Cut-The Opening




          
Many thanks to Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty for their support to Nancy and I over the years.  I was thrilled to recently be placed into the top sales category, a "Lyon's Elite" for our sales volume.  Pictured from left to right CEO Todd Gillenwater, owner/partner Tom Locati, and on the right, Chairman Jim Lyons.  Interesting to note that when we sold the historic Boulder House, Todd Gillenwater was one of the listing agents, along with Margy Senna.  Tom was a superstar agent who specialized in Estancia, before becoming a partner. (he still holds the record for highest-priced sale in Carefree)Russ Lyon Sotheby's sold over $ 3.8 billion in real estate in 2019.

Fun time. Thanks to Diane Brennan, my former newscaster at KTAR Radio, for letting me fill in for her on her That Real Estate Show.com recently.  We're both in real estate now. It was like homecoming week for me, having been on the KTAR microphone for over 26 years and inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame! Hear the first segment here, an interview with Tina Tamboer, top specialist with the prestigious Cromford Report:  That Real Estate Show 1st segment
And the whole show on podcast here, click on the May 27th, 2018 show: That Real Estate Show Podcasts  photos below at the new KTAR Studios off 16th Street.



See the Fox News show on "The Property Man with Bob Massi" What an honor it was to have worked with the late Bob Massi and the Fox Network Team.  Here's the entire story on the gold mine properties: Tour Gold Hill and the Octave While Gold Hill is no longer available, its an incredible adventure into the tunnels!  Some economists believe the price of gold will skyrocket because of the trillions of Fiat dollars (money with no backing) that have been paid out in economic stimulus because of Covid 19. Our Octave property should be considered.   Media Tells the Story 
Most Amazing house, Fox tours the Boulder House, built in a pile of rocks!    The Boulder House on Fox


About Us-Preston and Nancy Westmoreland   Agents of Distinction with Russ Lyon Sotheby's Int'l


We find hideaways!  We're Preston and Nancy Westmoreland from Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty in Carefree, and we've been fortunate to call this amazing area home for 30 years!   Preston has put into the Lyon's Elite category, highest honor for the sales agents.  We'd love to help you find your special hideaway or use our expertise to help market your home for sale. Call us at 602-377-0060.  Quick bio: Preston was a sergeant in the Marines, and  a Marconi award-winning talk show host before joining Russ Lyon Sotheby's. His wife of 45 years, Nancy, was a long-time escrow officer and branch manager with First American Title prior to joining Preston at Russ Lyon.  Get 2 Realtors working for you, for the price of one!
The distinctive desert of North Scottsdale, Cave Creek and Carefree is the "Upper Sonoran" desert, described by National Geographic as "the most beautiful desert in the world," one of the most desirable living locations anywhere.  It's where the world-famous Boulders Resort is located, along with  some of the most unique residences in the world!   I was amazed the other day going through my archives of how fortunate I have been to have led so many tv tours through unique valley properties.  See what you think!  Preston's House Tours on TV



This area has an abundance of landmark homes used in movies!  The house below left called BoulderReign,  the former home of Rusty Lyon, was featured  in the movie Zabriskie Point, where a model of the home was blown-up for the climactic end of the movie (middle) and also used for Bob Hope's "Cancel my Reservations"  (Below right) In a remote area of Cave Creek, a residence there was used in the movie "The Getaway" with Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.  They planned the crime around the pool.  Click on the  two photos on the left, below, to find out more about BoulderReign.



  Ghost Mines Octave mill 
Investor Alert:  Price of gold expected to skyrocket after the creation of so much Fiat money (unbacked money)  to combat the Coronavirus economic hit.  The Octave has produced over $310 million in precious metals on 30% of the property, a three-mile long vein.  One of Arizona's most famous and historic gold mines, the legendary Octave, near Wickenburg, with it's 25 miles of tunnels, 266 patented acres, including a home and numerous historical buildings, stretching from the valley floor to mountaintops with a perfect helipad site! This gem has produced over 200,000 ounces of gold, 75,000 ounces of silver.  Offered for $8,675,309. Here's more info: More on the OCTAVE Property And links to media coverage, geologic analysis and the Mining Journal Magazine story that described the Octave as a "first-class mining property!"
The Octave was recently included in a Fox News tour on the "Property Man with Bob Massi"
And on several episodes of the SyFy channel "Ghost Mines" series. See it on Fox:   Fox Features the Octave




                                                                       
(Above)  The astonishing Boulder House we sold and was featured by Fox News. The famous residence sold in 2005 for $ 4.8 million.  Click on the newspaper story to read coverage from the Arizona Republic of the Boulder House!  See an historical overview of this amazing structure: Boulder House Webpage    And view a rare tour of the inside by clicking on the aerial tour below. Boulder House Aerial Tour

 


 
Fox News
  On occasion,  TV stations  have asked us  for comments on various real estate issues.  On Fox10, Preston Westmoreland toured this extraordinary buy in Estancia, that sold in several days for $100,000 above the asking price!  CBS 5 StoryPreston also took the Fox cameras also through the highest view property in Phoenix   and then led CNN and other TV stations deep inside the $2.79 million dollar  Gold Hill gold mine  in Scottsdale. Below, Preston was interviewed about an incident with his plane where he and his wife experienced an attempted hijacking!!.   



channel five interview pilot interview
    


We specialize in airport properties and hangars!  As long-time pilots in the Phoenix area, we can help your search for the perfect airport property.  Avoid Scottsdale Airport 20-year waits & Deer Valley Airport super congestion.
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kyranch is perfect  for many of the Very Light Jets!  And gets no Federal funding! Very private and exclusive. We can also show you key properties at Stellar Airpark in Chandler.


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For further information or to tour these properties, call Preston and Nancy Westmoreland, at Russ Lyon Sotheby's International at: 602-377-0060. Let them help you find your true Arizona getaway!
email:  preston.westmoreland@russlyon.com

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 Bonus site! Why is Marie Osmond giving Preston Westmoreland a back rub?  Find out more about his "other" life as one of the top radio talk show hosts in the nation, winner of the "Marconi" award, a member of the Arizona Broadcaster's Hall of Fame,  with 27,000 guests interviewed in a thirty-year radio career!  Radio Pages








 
Get insider real estate information and news stories on the North Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek areas on our blog, The Carefree Times.  This Spring:   
How Covid 19 has changed the real estate market, a movie is shot at Cave Creek's hidden Golden Star Ranch, you'll never believe what historical figure worked survey crews here, and went on to become one of our most famous figures in history, Carefree breaks ground on a new hotel, and on this special movie-maker edition, see a filmmaker's idea of what Cave Creek will look like in 1,000 years, from the sci fi pilot "Solus" filmed here!
  All in this edition!

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