Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Lists the Most Expensive Spec Home in Arizona


Courtesy of Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty

1656013914SCOTTSDALE, AZ USAIntroducing the $32 Million Desert Prairie Inspired Home in Silverleaf.

The property, known as “Ellington Heights”, will be built by a one-of-a-kind team that brings a unique luxury experience, inspired by the roaring 20s, to the Arizona Market.

For more than 75-years Arizona’s luxury leader Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has represented buyers and sellers in transacting some of the state’s most notable and distinguished properties.

Following in a tradition of high-end representation, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is incredibly proud to announce another noteworthy listing this time in Scottsdale’s prestigious Silverleaf community.   The grand estate, which has not yet been built, is located at 20568 N. 112th St. #1707 in Scottsdale. With an asking price of $32 million, the property is to date the most expensive spec home to ever be built in the Grand Canyon state.


As one of the last buildable lots in the Silverleaf community, the 2.07-acre property offers gorgeous views of the Valley down below. The 17,267-square-foot, estate takes luxury to another level with three stories including 7 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. It’s gorgeous interior perfectly complements the desert inspired, moody exterior, making this home is a unique edition to the Upper Canyon in Silverleaf.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Agent Allan MacDonald is listing the home properly named “Ellington Heights.” MacDonald, who is consistently in the top 1% of all agents in the state,  has sold more than $500 million in total sales volume during his career.

 “I could not be more excited to be listing a true ‘game-changer’ in Silverleaf. This architectural masterpiece and design elements in this beautiful estate represent the past and the future in epic proportion. The home offers unique amenities that bring the luxury experience to life,” said MacDonald.

Property owner Jerry Smith, created one of the best teams the Valley has to offer, and together they have created a home that brings a new side of luxury to Arizona.


“We are super excited to be part of this project. When we purchased Lot 1707, we knew we had something special. In our opinion, it's one of the best remaining lots in the Upper Canyon,” said Smith. “Add the fact that we have created a "best in class" team across the board, which makes us excited to introduce the community to this fantastic project.”

The home is being built by GS Fries Construction, a builder with a long history of luxury home construction throughout the Valley, including the Silverleaf community. Gary Fries works closely with luxury architect CP Drewett and designer Claire Ownby, to bring this project to life and deliver the vision that creates one of the most exclusive estates in Arizona.

“We are very excited to collaborate with Drewett Works and Ownby Design on this masterpiece of a property. Ellington Heights will indeed raise the bar in this esteemed community,” said Fries.

CP Drewett, lead architect for this project has a great amount of experience building luxury homes. His firm, Drewett Works, has quickly become one of the most awarded architecture firms in the Scottsdale area. His design of this home brings modern luxury to the desert and its style of “Modern Desert Prairie,” is a variation of current Prairie style with the classic nature of Silverleaf.


“Setting a new standard for Silverleaf, Ellington Heights will indeed infuse Silverleaf with a refreshed modern design aesthetic. Steeped in the roaring 20s, this game changing Prairie Style estate takes luxury desert living to the next level,” said Drewett.

Claire Ownby, a highly sought-after interior designer and the founder of Ownby Design, LLC., will transform this estate into a simple, yet detailed home with an influence from the Roaring 20s and the Art Deco Period. Ownby has been awarded many times over for her work in the Valley of the Sun. Her work within this home will not go unnoticed, as the unique design brings the past into the present.

This grand estate will be made to offer the best of everything. With entertaining in mind, the home is welcoming and functional. It will include several bars, a game room, plenty of indoor and outdoor space and an upper level 90-foot-long pool visible through glass. Within the home will be a gated showroom meant to hold 16 cars and there are four additional garage spaces. The details of this estate have not been overlooked. It will have everything someone might want without having to see it. For example, appliances throughout the home will be hidden yet easy to access for everyday use.

Amenities for maximizing your leisure time will be a given at Ellington Heights, with an exercise room, heated pool and spa, a golf simulator and putting green, there is plenty to do and entertain inside and outside. With floor to ceiling windows and a view of the desert landscape and Valley, there will be plenty of natural light in the home.

The modern estate fits perfectly within the desert landscape. The design is simple yet detailed and has a palette that includes a beautiful mix of ledgestone, limestone, hemlock and clay. There is expected to be a monochromatic look within and without the home featuring a mix of bronze and beige colors. The nods to the roaring 20s bring an elegant feel and Great Gatsby inspired home is expected to create lasting memories.

The location of Silverleaf offers great scenery. The 2,000-acre community is located in the heart of North Scottsdale, its location offers privacy while giving easy access to the Valley. Beyond the gates of this estate are some of the best dining and shopping opportunities. Its site gives access to many of the great Arizona cities. Silverleaf’s private club features an 18-hole golf course and a 50,000 square-foot club house with world class spa facilities, report style pools and fully equipped men’s and women’s locker rooms.  Silverleaf is a high-class community that offers the best of the best and strives to represent The Pure Enjoyment of Life.

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About Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty 

Since 1947, Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty has gathered realty craftsmen dedicated to the ideals of integrity and professionalism. From the ownership, management, agents, and affiliate services, every person involved in the company utilizes innovative skills, programs, and technologies to create the finest real estate services company to be found.

The mission of Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty is to provide its clients with the most responsive personalized service attainable – nothing less will do. The environment within Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty is unique in the industry. Seasoned management innovatively supports the efforts of the Company’s members to create a dynamic and inspiring atmosphere that invigorates and hones the skills of everyone involved. 

Collaboration and networking are fostered to create a synergy that puts the whole company to work for every client. The artistic blending of proven traditions and state-of-the-art innovation is unsurpassed. These assets are positioned on a base of financial stability and corporate staying power. 




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