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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
Check out these vintage radio promos done for Preston's show when on KTAR Radio!  KTAR Promos for Preston



Below,  multiple TV features recently aired on our new listing, the Rackensack Mine PropertyTV sample from Fox 10 and Brian Webb and his special projects team:    Fox 10 Features Rackensack
Also thanks to Scott Passmore and Arizona Morning News on Newschannel 3.  Arizona Morning News Story
This is a most unique Private and Gated Sanctuary and refuge. The Rackensack Mine Property with helipad, landmark gold mine, 14 potential building sites, surrounded by national forest, 15 degrees cooler than Phoenix, but only 1/4 mile from Scottsdale. 62 patented acres.   $5.75 million.  Check  out the video tour:  Tour the Rackensack Mine Property
See the webpage on this Legacy property:  Rackensack Webpage Be sure to watch the new video showing a helicopter flight onto the property and the "speed tour" of the mine. Fun!
Rackensack is one of the most distinctive properties available, on top of a mountain, with a gold mine, helipad, surrounded by national forest, with 14 potential homesites.  When you have 1.4 million properties listed on Realtor.com, and the editors pick one and assign a write to feature it, you can bet its special!  The Rackensack, just featured by  Realtor.com  Rackensack on Realtor.com


Below, JUST SOLD!   (PHOTO BELOW)  Skyranch Lot  $ 1.5 million.  The Value of Location.   This is the largest amount ever paid for a one acre lot in the history of Carefree and Cave Creek.  The property is  sandwiched between the Skyranch runway and the Top 100 Desert Forest Golf Course.  Our thanks to the Idaho buyer and family who will enjoy this new base of operations, and also our dedicated seller, who had the faith in Nancy and I to represent his property for this memorable sale.
In recent years,  we closed escrow on  a contemporary residence for $1.9 million, then the house next door $1.2 million,  And  then the next house for $ 1.55 million.  What a thrill to sell 4 houses and a lot, all in a row.!   Price per sq. foot of the last two homes exceeds $500 sq. ft., some of the highest prices per sq. foot in over two years.  Below, of the last vacant Skyranch lots under contract, due to close escrow. Listed $1.5 million Looking for Airport Property?  We were fortunate to be charter members of Skyranch, and Preston was a pilot operating out of the field, and a former Member of the Original Board.  We are proud to say we have sold almost every property on the Northside of the runway, both homes and lots, for the last 20 years.  Plus many townhomes and hangars on the South side of the field.  Preston was also the radio commercial voice of Stellar Airpark Estates!  

 


Recently SOLD.  $ 1.815 MILLION. Thanks to our Seattle buyers. Welcome Home to Carefree!
Golfers....coming to the Phoenix Open this year?  See the home where many of the greatest golf courses started, the former home of legendary golf course designer Pete Dye, now on the market in Carefree, Arizona.  Innovated circular contemporary design, super views, no HOA, quiet street. With multiple guest casitas, and no HOA, this has lucrative VRBO rental potential!
Check the video tour here:   The Pete Dye Home  and see below, Pete's design of the 17th hole at Sawgrass, one of the toughest!  (Photo Credit: Getty) Check out the private webpage here: Dog Leg Drive webpage





This pioneering residence, much talked about, is now on the rental market in Carefree!  There is nothing like this just completed showcase contemporary residence of minimalist Industrial design, built to exemplify the mountain and desert views of Carefree, with a cosmopolitan ''loft'' feel,. And next to the world-famous Boulder Resort. From the most respected and innovative Optima company, recipient of 90 major design awards, comes their first generation high-end luxury home. Floor to ceiling treated windows with cork floors on the upper level, finished concrete on the bottom, with 90 degree opening walk-out doors. Open floor plan with panoramic mountain, golf course and city light vistas! Private office, Kitchen has large sweeping granite island, built-in Miele appliances, whole house WiFi. Lower floor entertainment room opens to a view patio. Even the garage is a stunner.  Full-floor-to-ceiling glass walls.  Dramatic cork floors upstairs.  glass-enclosed garage. Rental price $20,000 month 3 bed/4bath approx. 4300 sq. ft.  MLS 6319870.  Currently leased but may be offered for sale. Ask us!

Rich gold just discovered on the upper vein of the Octave Mine property.  See the minerals coming out of the ground on this new video:  New gold discoveries    The Octave has produced in today's dollars, over $310 million in valuable minerals, with only 30% of the vein worked!   Click on best listings above to see more on Octave. Current price of gold remains strong, responding to global unrest and inflation.

The Church house sells!  Photo below of one of our most unusual offerings, at 9848 E. Roadrunner Drive,  in Scottsdale. A home donated to a local church, put on the market, and sold for $ 1.385 million, and then. . . . .the buyer drops a generous 5-figure donation to add to the church's benefit! A Win-Win for everyone! 


One of the most spectacular drives in the world, and it goes to our Last Outpost Off-the-Grid 40 ac (below left) Can you imagine going from the desert floor to over 4,100 feet in minutes!   Below right, we launched a drone and took a photo of the abandoned homesite and pool at the top of the mountain!


Two gold properties sold! We have sold the Golden Star Ranch,  LOADED WITH WATER, $2.15 million. Patented land with artesian wells and historic gold mines. Forbes Magazine says "Gold prices set to explode, and there is big interest in quality gold properties.    Forbes Magazine Gold Story
 The "Last Outpost," 40 acres patented gold mine on top of Continental Mountain overlooking Phoenix, just sold for $ 950,000. It was featured  on Fox10 , who called it a "Pure Gold Property." Our thanks to anchor/reporter Brian Webb, for the wonderful story. . See stories and links below.  It was the only piece of land currently available on Continental Peak. The Octave, is available and this legendary property a perfect addition to a quality mining portfolio. Featured by Forbes Magazine, its one of the legendary gold mines. Please contact us if you have a gold property to sell.  We would love to evaluate it.  We now offer the historic Rackensack Mine Property. Click Best Listings button. Thank you!

Thanks to Forbes magazine writer Regina Cole, who did an excellent piece of our Octave and Beehive mining properties.  Forbes has featured the Octave twice now.  Good things expected with the price of gold in the future.  One of the legendary mining properties, as seen on Fox Network.
 Read about it here: Forbes Story  


SOLD, $ 950,000  An extraordinary property!  As seen on Fox TV!   Last Outpost on Fox 10   The Last Outpost was the only piece of land available currently on majestic Continental Mountain.  Currently under contract.  Photo Above,  "The Last Outpost" was featured in February, on a Fox10 Special Report with Brian Webb!   An idea Prepper "Bug Out" location! With more people wanting space, safety and privacy, off-the-grid is in demand.  This historic mining property has astonishing views.  Find your solitude and privacy with a shorter drive than most people  spend on a daily commute.  30 minutes from town.  Think of it as your own campground!!and....much more!  Home Insider says Arizona is in the top 3 most popular states to live off the grid!  40 patented acres of land, rising to a cliff with panoramic city light and wilderness views of the Greater Phoenix area.  Double-gated with absolute solitude and privacy.  Even if you didn't build,  enjoy any number of activities from rock climbing, hiking, target shooting, prospecting for gold in the famous gold mines on the property (and you can keep what you find because mineral rights are included. From four-wheeling to ATV travel on the mining roads, caves with Indian ruins.  The area was used as a Hollywood filming site by Adrian Carr (Crocodile Dundee), who used the historic mines and timbers for location shooting.  This is a secure location where you won't be bothered at all, since you are surrounded by BLM and private ranch land.  $ 1.3 million  find out more by clicking on the Best Listings button on the top menu. Check two  more photos below. Note Black Mountain on the left picture!

Below, Dispatch from the gold fields of Rich Hill. Our owner of the Octave Mine property is engaged in an exploratory program on the rich upper portion of the vein. He is digging near one of the most exciting areas, the Twin Tunnels, two massive veins exposed on the hill, testing for over 1 ounce per ton in recent assays.  Described by one veteran geologist as "a miner's dream!" Using the most sensitive metal detector on the market, he has identified a pocket of super ore, estimated to contain over 7 oz./ton of gold. (photo below, left) Some other rich portions have been found as well, see the photos below. Follow the link to our Octave main page:  Octave Mine webpage



Below, Syleste Rodriguez of Fox 10 also showcased our other Skyranch sale last year! Contact us for the latest on Skyranch homes, townhomes and hangar availabilities.

    
Fox10's Story on Cool House!




Could Cave Creek look like this in a thousand years?  Director Adrian Carr (Crocodile Dundee and Quigley Down Under) shot a sci fi movie "Solus" on the Golden Star Ranch in 2019.   Its a futuristic tale of a dystopian world. Check out the title shot below. Photo courtesy of J2 Productions.  They computer-generated a futuristic city where Cave Creek, Arizona use to be. The Mayor of Cave Creek, when he saw it, jokingly said "don't blame me, I didn't change the zoning!" 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 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




What a time to sell your house! Market is softening but STILL  a seller's market.  We have a super shortage of inventory in our area, less than 6000 homes for sale in the ENTIRE greater Phoenix metro area. In a normal market, that number can be 25,000.   Active home listings in Carefree is about 13,  but in previous years we've seen 130 homes listed. Interested in knowing what it would take to market and sell your home?    Call us for information.
Got land with minerals, gold mines?  See if  its something we may have a buyer for.
Recently , two major sales we did were quality patented gold mines, both featured heavily in the media.  We currently list the astonishing Rackensack Mine Property.

Fun time awhile back, thanks to Diane Brennan, my former newscaster at KTAR Radio, who letting me fill in for her on her That Real Estate Show.com  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!
 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 good things lay ahead for the price of gold.   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 38 years!   Preston has put into the Lyon's Chairman's Board category,  for exceptional sales volume.  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 49 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 
One of America's legendary gold properties, subject of books and media coverage.  The Octave Mine.  And with the price of gold moving up in late 2021, investors should consider this US mine property, a valuable addition to any quality mining portfolio. Gold prices are expected to stay strong and rise, after the creation of so much unbacked money  to combat the Coronavirus economic,  and building inflation.   The Octave 's 266 patented acres, have 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 iconic  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 $16,900,000.  MLS 6151111.  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 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. Let us know if you want us to keep an eye out for airport property. Skyranch 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.


preston photo Nancy Westmoreland


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