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N. Scottsdale Pre-MLS Private Preview Today!
categories: Interior Design Trends, Luxury Living, luxury real estate, Scottsdale Living


Join us today between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a private preview of this beautiful remodel in Happy Valley Ranch done by Modern Group. It offers a formal living and dining room, great room with fabulous kitchen, fireplace and bar, and 5 spacious bedrooms, pool and so much more. Get in before it goes live in MLS!

Map it here!
8602 E. Tether Trail, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Offered at $1,299,000

For more information contact:

Monica Monson 480-250-0848 or Ashlyn Rowe 480-353-1558

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Freshen Up Your Living Spaces with the 2014 Color of the Year
categories: Luxury Living, luxury real estate, Paradise Valley Living, Scottsdale Living

 Written by MLG Rockstar Ashlyn Rowe

ashlynFor all of you design followers out there, we know that every year Pantone, a world renowned company specializing in color selection, chooses a “Color of the Year.” Last year we welcomed the rich and unique color of Emerald. This year, Pantone has announced the 2014 Color of The Year, Radiant Orchid. “ Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination” says Pantone. In the summer months bright colors are sure to bring in a new vibe to your household and liven up any living space.  Pantone suggest the use of accent pieces, or removable/replaceable items to expose this brilliant color.

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Accent pillow, throw blankets, and even a freshly planted Orchid placed in the room can set a refreshing mood. The color, Radiant Orchid can be paired nicely with smokey grays, dark chocolates, vibrant yellows, and neutrals. Two other shades that peak an interest for this summer, are Luxe Linen and Sunny Side Yellow. The neutral tone that linen gives to a room is calm and serene. The rich neutral color gives an earthy vibe that is soft and soothing.

To create a bit more excitement and warmth in your household, add in those oranges and yellows to brighten up the space. Bring in blood orange to a crisp all white kitchen, and extend  color out doors placing yellow patterned pillows to create an elegant, fresh new surrounding.

So take time to reenergize your color palette and help provide a unifying element for each diverse space in your home this summer.

To contact Ashlyn call 480.353.1558 or or email her!

Monica Monson Interviewed by Scott Pasmore of 3TV for Good Morning Arizona’s Million Dollar Listing Segment for this Scottsdale Home
categories: luxury real estate, Scottsdale Living

Monson Luxury Group is always thinking of new ways to market luxury homes and when the opportunity came up to showcase our listing at 9780 E. Gary Road in Scottsdale, we couldn’t pass it up. A little fun, humor and a fabulous tour, you’ll not only discover all of the fabulous features of this special residence you’ll also get to see a showcase on the outdoor living spaces and jaw-dropping pool.

monicascott Inside we explored the beautiful kitchen with custom cabinetry, hidden appliances, and the grand daddy of stoves – the wolf 60″ double oven with 6 burner cooktop and grill – and then the 800+ custom carved wine cellar. On we went to the game room with retractable glass wall overlooking the backyard and cigar lounge, the arcade, full bar and powder bath (complete with a urinal for the man of the house). Then off to the master retreat we discovered the spacious bedroom and sitting area surrounding a large Canterra fireplace and the spa bath with the “car wash” style shower that includes body jets, rain shower head, two wall mount heads and steam shower. Across the way movie lovers will enjoy a theater with reclining seats for 8, dramatic powder bath and wet bar with microwave and refrigerated drawers to satisfy any cravings. Off to the backyard we went with the glass tile pool with 9-seat swim up bar, rain curtains, water and fire features….and oh, did I mention the sunken outdoor family room with 2nd BBQ area and sport court? Play golf on the putting green or take a few swings in the batting cage, there’s surely something for everyone. As if that’s not enough, the 1,150 sf guest casita has two bedrooms and baths and a spacious family room. And, for auto lovers – you’ll get a kick out of the automated underground car vault, limo bay and lift.



We don’t have an air date yet but think it will be in May so keep you eyes open as we’ll be sharing the details soon. In the mean time, if you or anyone you know may have an interest in a killer property like this one, give us a call at 480-250-0848 and we’ll be happy to show you around. Until then!


New to Market in The Peak, North Scottsdale, Arizona
categories: Luxury Living, luxury real estate, Scottsdale Living


The Peak is a Private Gated Enclave of Homes in the Troon Area

This private estate in the gated community of The Peak is set back with a long drive to a spacious motor court and beautiful front entry. Expansive views surround this home on over 4 acres with a resort style back yard including a pool with rock water feature, lots of patio seating and an outdoor fireplace area with built-in BBQ island. It includes a main home and guest casita which is perfect for year-round or part-time visitors. Designed for entertaining, the formal living room surrounds a beautiful stone fireplace and has a large wet bar with refrigerator and 300+ bottle walk-in wine cellar. Fit for the Rachael Ray’s of the world, this gorgeous island kitchen with wrap around bar not only offers plenty of storage but also a place to cook and be social. Can you imagine a great hands-on demonstration event in this space? We sure can! It also overlooks the family room and casual dining area and beyond to the out doors with true desert landscaping and sunset views.

Check out the video below or call us to schedule a private tour or for more details at 480.420.4LUX (4589). ‘Til then!

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categories: luxury real estate, Market News, Scottsdale Living

Top-producing Scottsdale luxury real estate agent Tom Locati and his 7-year partner Barry Van Patten, of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, have joined forces with luxury marketing expert Monica Monson, founder of Monson Luxury Group at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

As Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s #1 agent for the past six years and ranked four times by the Wall Street Journal’s list of top 50 REALTORS® in the United States by sales volume (most recently 2011), Locati has decided it’s time to step back from the day-to-day operations of his real estate business to pursue other interests. Monson and Van Patten will be taking the reigns and will be leading the way for continued success by joining forces and providing an exclusive marketing platform for their current and future clients.

“I have been very fortunate in the real estate business over the past 9 years. It is with much consideration that I am stepping back from day-to-day operations but I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for Monson Luxury Group. Monica and Barry are consummate professionals and each have years of experience and talent in the luxury market,” says Locati. “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Monson and Van Patten decided to join forces so they could bring the most exclusive luxury real estate experience to their buyers and sellers. Not only will their luxury home marketing program be second to none, their buyer’s can feel confident that they are getting the most out of the buying process.

“For Sellers, it’s like having their own marketing agency on hand to best represent their unique property. Every home has a story. With our expertise, we not only have the pleasure of telling the story but we do so with an eye for quality and our program targets affluent audiences in print, online and socially. Like any fine brand…there’s never a compromise.” says Monson.

“I’m thrilled with the transition. When you have two groups that offer the highest level of customer care, integrity and ethics, and years of experience with high-net worth clients, it just makes sense. The possibilities are endless and our clients will greatly benefit,” says Van Patten.

Monica and Van Patten, along with the support of Locati, will continue to pave the way for luxury real estate in the Valley. Monson Luxury Group also includes real estate agents Stewart Downey, Barry Van Patten II and full-time licensed assistant and concierge Alisha Collinson.


Monson Luxury Group at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in distinctive luxury properties and elite lifestyles in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Carefree, Cave Creek and throughout the Valley. Monica Monson has been recognized locally and Internationally as a leading marketer of luxury properties and has been featured in So Scottsdale! Magazine, Arizona Foothills online and had her “2 seconds of fame” on BRAVO’s Million Dollar Listing. She is a member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and was a past co-chair of Scottsdale Luxury Home Tour.  For more information about our group or our collection of properties, visit us online at or call 480.420.4LUX (4589).


Tom Locati and Barry Van Patten are top producing real estate agents in North Scottsdale and the surrounding areas specializing in award-winning golf communities and unique residences. Van Patten will continue to run the day-to-day operations of their exclusive clientele as Locati steps back to pursue other interests.


Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty is the largest Sotheby’s franchise with nearly 1,000 agents serving the Scottsdale and Phoenix metropolitan areas as well as Flagstaff, Prescott and Sedona, Arizona. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents specialize in all facets of the real estate business, including the most specialized luxury agents in the marketplace.

Monica Monson Featured in’s Trendsetters
categories: Community, luxury real estate, Paradise Valley Living, Phoenix Living, Scottsdale Living

One of the nicest compliments of late, contacted Monica to feature her in their new “People” section of their web site. It shares stories and insights about the Valley’s hottest trendsetters whether entrepreneurs, celebrities, models or fashion icons. Arizona Foothills Magazine continues to be the leading source for all lifestyle trends in Arizona. Fitting to include an agent who specializes in luxury lifestyles and all of the things that go along with it.


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Luxurious Living Property Edition featuring 21455 N. 81st Street
categories: Golf Course Living, luxury real estate, Scottsdale Living

21455 N. 81st Street

Experience this luxury property for sale located on the 12th tee box of Grayhawk’s Raptor course in North Scottsdale. Beautifully designed, it offers the finest interior amenities including a chef’s kitchen, media room, master retreat and stunning guest casita. For more information view this publication, click here or call Monson Luxury Group at 480.420.4LUX (4589).