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What kind of home could you buy here if you had $3-5 million to spend? We have the answers!

6799 N. Rattlesnake Canyon Road
5 bedrooms
7 full baths
1 half bath
Square footage: 9,003
Acres: 49
Year built: 2000

Villa Esperero includes a 9,000-square-foot main house with two master suites, three additional guest suites, two additional bathrooms and a library. Mesquite hardwood floors, natural stone, flagstone and marble finishes. Multiple patios, terraces and balconies overlook the valley and mountain ranges. Gourmet kitchen, well-equipped butler’s pantry and formal dining room. Backyard includes a wraparound covered patio with outdoor kitchen and dining area and infinity-edge pool and spa.

Listing agent: Judy Smedes & Kate Herk Real Estate Group with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Photos by Audra White/Images by Audra; Courtesy of Judy Smedes & Kate Herk Real Estate Group

7406 N. Secret Canyon Drive
4 bedrooms
4 full baths
1 half bath
Square footage: 8,327
Acres: 1.97
Year built: 1999

A hilltop Mediterranean located in the premier gated community The Canyons, this residence features a gracious soaring entry and separate reception area. There is a gallery space on both sides of the formal entry designed for art display and large-scale entertaining, as well as seated dining that can host 30-35 guests. Beautifully appointed mirror-image formal living and dining rooms flank the reception area and look out to the terrace, pool and city lights. Both rooms have carved stone gas fireplaces.

Listing agent: Judy Smedes & Kate Herk Real Estate Group with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty Images courtesy of Judy Smedes & Kate Herk Real Estate Group

8535 E. Shadow Side Place
6 bedrooms
7 bathrooms
Square footage: 5,402
Acres: .77
Year built: 1997

Mediterranean and Southwest architecture blend in this fully furnished sanctuary adjacent to Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort. Great Room with breathtaking views of both the Catalina and Rincon Mountains. Every room has its own full master bathroom with access to patio decks. Three bedrooms on each level, separate chef’squality kitchen with granite counters and a large island, as well as access to the outside deck and barbecue. Large, well-equipped laundry room includes a linen presser.

Listing agent: Edgar Yacob with Long Realty Company Photos by Daniel Snyder, courtesy of Long Realty Company

7582 N. Secret Canyon Drive
6 bedroom
6 full baths
4 half baths
Square footage: 13,350
Acres: 1.36
Year built: 2009

Located on a private lot with views of city lights and mountain ranges, the home includes many European antique finishes, such as fireplace mantels and surrounds, chandeliers, gold leaf crown molding and custom carpets. Formal living and dining rooms, butler’s kitchen and show kitchen, family room, den, nursery, English pub, 15-seat movie theater, three guest suites, exercise room, massage room, and an auto gallery with turntable for 15 cars. Pool, spa and an outdoor kitchen with pizza oven.

Listing agents: Janell Jellison and Paula Williams with Long Realty Company Images courtesy of Long Realty Company

11601 E. Lusitano Place
6 bedrooms
5 full baths
1 half bath
Square footage: 8,753
Acres: 3.31
Year built: 2001

Spanish/Mediterranean home in Wild Horse Ranch Estates with mountain views. The eat-in kitchen includes a large island, family size table, Sub-Zero refrigerator and six-burner gas cooktop with custom vent hood. Master suite has a gas fireplace, private patio, and a built-in entertainment center. Master bathroom has separate vanities, steam shower and jetted tub. There are two pools, including an indoor one with resistance jets. Attached two-bedroom guesthouse. There also is a detached, 12-vehicle garage with an apartment.

Listing agent: Don Vallee with Long Realty Company Photos by Ron McCoy, courtesy of Long Realty Company

3868 N. Canyon Ranch Drive – (not shown)
4 bedrooms
4 full baths
1 half bath
Square footage: 4,020
Acres: 0.62
Year built: 2009

A contemporary home on a view lot that backs up to Sabino Creek, the design includes walls of glass framing spectacular mountain views. Natural stone floors, wood ceilings and custom details abound. The gourmet kitchen features a mesquite butcher block island and stainless appliances, and overlooks the negative-edge pool/spa. Four lavish bedroom suites and an office make for an ideal retreat or full-time residence. This home is available furnished with some exclusions.

Listing agent: Bryan Durkin with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

5831 E. Finisterra – (not shown)
4 bedrooms
4 full baths
2 half baths
Square footage: 7,442
Acres: 1.53
Year built: 1988

This estate located in Finisterra recently underwent a two-year, multimillion-dollar renovation by the current owners who sourced materials from around the globe. The elaborate kitchen features an enormous Calcutta marble island, Wolf appliances, custom walnut cabinets, French parquet floors and an 18th century French fireplace. There are three guest suites and a master suite with city and mountain views, a spa-like bathroom, fireplace and impressive closet. The backyard includes a pool/ spa and pavilion for entertaining.

Listing agent: Bryan Durkin with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

6801 N. Dundedin Place
4 bedrooms
4 full baths
1 half bath
Square footage: 5,159
Acres: 1.33
Year built: 1994

Situated overlooking a golf course, and offering views of both city lights and the Santa Catalinas, this remodeled home features reclaimed oak floors with an inlay of Spanish deco tile. Modern amenities include an iPad interface automation for sound, with security and camera monitoring capabilities. The master suite has a luxurious bath with walk-in shower and private garden retreat. One additional en-suite bedroom is housed on the main level, with the remaining en-suite bedrooms on the lower level, which open on a shaded veranda.

Listing agent: The Gray/St. Onge Real Estate Group of Long Realty Company Photos courtesy of The Gray/St. Onge Real Estate Group

812 W. Granite Gorge Drive 339
4 bedrooms
4 full baths
1 half bath
Square footage: 7,133
Acres: 1.31
Year built: 2012

The finishes in this combination Mediterranean/modern/Tuscan-style home include handcrafted distressed flooring in office together with fireplace, library, wet bar and entertainment center. Massive front door leads to a majestic foyer with a custom ceiling with cove lighting. Staircase to loft media room created from Tivoli Walnut Slab material. The temperature-controlled wine room will showcase up to 600 bottles. Multiple outdoor spaces for relaxing/entertaining, such as the pool area, outdoor fire pit and upper deck cocktail lounge.

Listing agent: Suzie Corona and Josh Waggoner with Long Realty Company Photos by Ray Albright, courtesy of Suzie Corona and Josh Waggoner

1620 W. Niner Way
9 bedrooms
8 full baths
1 half bath
Square footage: 9,773
Acres: 16.01
Year built: 1992

Located in La Cholla Airpark, this residence has a spacious living room with 16-foot wood-beam-accented ceilings and window walls. Kitchen with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar and utility island with gas cook-top and vegetable sink. The master suite has two seating areas, his/her closets, lavish bathroom with gas fireplace, steam room with shower and large, jetted bathtub. Also included: a three-bedroom guesthouse, metal barn with five-horse stall and tack room, and access to a private hangar with apartment. Listing agent: Don Vallee with Long Realty Company

Photos by Colin Catron Photography, courtesy of Long Realty Company


Disclaimer: All information for this article has been excerpted from recent real estate listings that have been edited by Tucson Lifestyle for publication. Details for the various homes are good-faith representations and are not intended to be all-inclusive. Homes may have sold, been removed from the Multiple Listing Service, or been altered from their descriptions after press time.

Time for a ROAD TRIP!

With so much to explore in Arizona, it’s hard to narrow down the list of cities, towns, and villages to visit, but we’ve picked a handful that are definitely worth your time and money.

From the Editors

Head South!

Tombstone & Bisbee

LESS THAN TWO HOURS AWAY ARE two Cochise County communities where the storied past coexists comfortably with the 21st century. Driving east on I-10 to State Route 80 and then heading south takes you along a scenic stretch that perfectly sets the mood for exploring these former mining communities.

Tombstone, the first big stop, is famous for being the scene of a notorious gun battle that is still controversial 138 years later. Earps or Clantons … who started it all? And why?

Allen Street, which is a major artery through the town, still resembles its frontier-day self, and it comes alive for re-enactments. This month, Vigilante Sundays will take place on July 14 and July 28, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The festivities include a period-correct fashion show, as well as skits that reflect the wild and woolly history of the area.

Big draws for aficionados of the Old West include the OK Corral & Historama; the Bird Cage Theatre; Boothill Graveyard; and the Tombstone Courthouse State Park. You can easily tour these destinations yourself, but if you wish, there are multiple tour groups, including one that takes you around in a stagecoach.

Dining options in “The Town Too Tough to Die” range from Mexican and Italian dishes at Café Margarita (located in an 1880s lodging house), to the American pub food offered at the Crystal Palace Saloon & Restaurant (whose lineage includes housing the office of U.S. Marshal Virgil Earp).

Continue down State Route 80 and the winding road will take you through the Mule Mountains in Bisbee. For many years this was a booming mining town, and the good news is that many of the historic buildings are intact and repurposed as shops and restaurants.

There are numerous reasons to visit here, including the fact that it’s generally several degrees cooler than Tucson; it features a fascinating mix of architecture — from Victorian to Eclectic Movement to Italianate; and it has more character than a cartoon convention, with lots of fun places to explore, and distinctive events.

Must-see stops are the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum; the Copper Queen Hotel; and if there’s a game scheduled, the nearby Warren Ballpark, said to be the oldest continuously operating baseball diamond in the U.S.

Among the many annual events that draw packs of visitors is the coaster race through Tombstone Canyon. The next one takes place July 4 at 7 a.m., and adults are invited to attend and cheer the kids on!

When you get hungry, checkout famed Café Roka, where casual fine dining with locally sourced ingredients is on the menu, or Santiago’s Mexican, which has both numerous traditional Sonoran menu items and an extensive list of spirits from South of the Border.

Sonoita, Elgin and Patagonia

STATE ROUTE 83 SOUTH IS A TRIP INTO THE heart of Southern Arizona’s Wine Country. The big appeal of the trio of communities is the amazing landscape, with its rolling grasslands that stood in for Oklahoma in the 1955 movie musical. But it’s no secret any more that the region also is popular for the multiple wineries that are open for tours and tastings.

Some of the standouts are Dos Cabezas Wineworks, Callaghan Vineyards, Kief- Joshua Vineyards, and Arizona Hops and Vines. There are many events throughout the year dedicated to wine production and tasting, including HarvestFest, which will take place at Sonoita Vineyards on July 27 and include grape stomping, vineyard tours, and wine and food pairings.

Speaking of food, check out The Café in Sonoita, where Chef Adam Puckle puts his own spin on the classics.

Sierra Vista

IF YOU HEAD DOWN STATE ROUTE 90 YOU’LL WIND your way to one of the premier spots in the state for bird watching. Even in the summer, you can observe many species in Ramsey Canyon Preserve, Ash Canyon and Miller Canyon, to name just a few locales.

Guided nature walks take place in Ramsey Canyon Preserve on July 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 20, 22, 25, 27 and 29. Additionally, there will be hummingbird banding sessions (where staff and volunteers from the Southern Arizona Bird Observatory will catch, measure, weigh and band hummingbirds) on July 6, 13, 20 and 25 at San Pedro House. The public is invited to observe.

Guided bird walks also will be held at Environmental Operations Park on July 7, 14, 21 and 28, and at San Pedro House on July 10 and 27.

Lastly, the Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival, with everything from hands-on activities to lectures to field trips, will be held July 31-Aug. 3 at Cochise College.

Up South!


IF YOU CONTINUE NORTH ON I-17, you’ll soon be in Flagstaff, a city known for a vast range of outdoor activities, historic Route 66, Northern Arizona University, and being a gateway to the Grand Canyon.

It is much more than all those things, however, which is why “Flag” is a favorite stop for Tucsonans year-round. More tolerable summer temperatures here make it a great place to focus on for hiking, mountain biking, camping, geocaching and other activities. Maybe you like a little more adrenaline in your vacation? Head to Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course, which offers the opportunity to go ziplining through the tall trees.

While you’re in Flag, stop by the Museum of Northern Arizona to learn more about the area’s history. Drop in at the Lowell Observatory to find out the facility’s role in the exploration of our solar system. Cruise the Mother Road and pull into the Museum Club, a newly reopened bar that’s been around since the 1930s, and has played host to the likes of Willie Nelson and Wanda Jackson.

Near Route 66 you’ll find The Toasted Owl, a retro-style, classic American establishment where the vintage décor is actually for sale! For steakhouse/pub-style food with a twist, head over to NAU to the 1899 Bar & Grill, which has lunch, happy hour and dinner options. Also, the Beaver Street Brewery is a long-established brewpub, whose offerings include a killer chocolate bread pudding.

And because this is a college town, there’s an active nightlife (not New York active, but Northern Arizona active!). Rockabilly Country Bar, which opened in 2018, is exactly what the name suggests, with an eclectic mix of activities thrown in. Altitudes Bar & Grill on Beaver Street is open until 10 p.m. and has live music and line dancing lessons on select nights.


I-10 TO I-17 NORTH WILL TAKE YOU TO A town that’s become famous internationally for its gorgeous scenery and cosmic vibes. Sedona is revered for being a vacation spot that envelops you in nature, while providing you with all the luxury amenities that anyone could ask for.

Visitors flock to the many galleries that show and sell everything from contemporary to traditional Southwestern art. Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping is very popular with tourists (it’s a great picture-taking spot), as is the Sedona Arts Center, which not only has a fine arts gallery, but an actual arts school.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross, a modernistic architectural wonder that rises out of the red rocks, is a wonderful place for contemplation and reflection. Completed in 1956, the chapel has regular Monday evening services and is available for weddings

Although many visitors love the outdoor activities — hiking, biking, horseback riding and climbing — in spots such as Red Rock State Park, others look for the spiritual connection offered in this unusual landscape. Everything from healing activities conducted in the great outdoors, to UFO and vortex tours are available.

Coming up on August 2, the brilliant skies over the town are featured in the Sedona Star Party, taking place from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Astronomers will have telescopes set up for public viewing, and will provide educational talks on the constellations and planets.

When hunger kicks in, you have a lot of dining choices, including Rene at Tlaquepaque, an award-winning fine dining restaurant; romantic Casa Sedona, open for breakfast and dinner (seasonally); and the fun and funky Pump House Station, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

White Mountains

Medieval Mayhem Renaissance Faire, photographed by Tiffany Fleckenstein

MANY TUCSONANS ESCAPE TO THE COOLER climes of the White Mountains during the summer

months, and with a rich mix of scenic beauty, state history, and interesting festivities, it’s easy to see the appeal.

Driving on I-10 north and connecting with State Route 60 takes you up to Pinetop-Lakeside, as well as Show Low and Springerville farther down the road. These peaceful communities in the pines offer a variety of outdoor activities that vary with the season. Hiking, boating, fishing, and nature watching are all popular in the summer.

Additionally, events this month include an arts and crafts festival July 4-7 at Charlie Clark’s Steakhouse; a July 6-7 gem and fossil show at Hon-Dah Conference Center; and Medieval Mayhem Renaissance Faire, taking place July 12-14 at Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex.

Not far from Springerville is the picturesque village of Greer, renowned for its beautiful lakes and forests, as well as its blessed relief from summer temps. You’ll actually need a sweatshirt after the sun goes down! Rent a cabin and enjoy pine-scented peace and quiet, far removed from city strife.


Cover Q&A : Dr. Tina Pai

Cover Q&A

PROFILE: Dr. Tina Pai

One of Our Top Doctors

The Sonoran Desert is a world away from the tropical climes of Hawaii, but Tina Pai, M.D., is both a native of the 50th state, as well as a long-time resident of the Old Pueblo.

Though she was a drawn as a child toward a career in veterinary medicine, by college — Whittier College in Southern California, where she earned a degree in chemistry — she changed direction toward helping people. She earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, did her internship at the Mayo Medical Center, and then her residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Dr. Pai initially had a practice in Honolulu, but she and her husband, Dr. Mikel Lo (a highly regarded plastic surgeon), relocated to Tucson so that he could complete his medical specialty training. She joined the staff of Skin Spectrum, where she works with Dr. Jodi Comstock, also a Top Doctor.

We asked Dr. Pai about her practice, as well as for some advice about maintaining healthy skin.

What areas do you specialize in at Skin Spectrum?

We specialize in cosmetic dermatology, so our focus is on improving our patients’ appearance. Patients come to us for help with wrinkles, brown spots, acne, dark circles under the eyes, unwanted hair, a double chin, spider veins, love handles, scars, and more.

Although these are cosmetic concerns, often they are a reflection of underlying issues or medical conditions, so our goal is to improve skin health, in addition to addressing what is visible on the skin surface.

We use lasers, injectables, topical products, chemical peels, medications, and nutrition to achieve improvement.

What seems to be the treatment or procedure that you are doing most often these days? Why do you think it is so popular or prevalent?

We’re finding that what makes our patients happiest is what we call “combineese,” or combination therapy.

As we age, our faces change in so many ways. We deflate, which causes shadows and sagging; our skin weakens and wrinkles appear; we develop brown spots and dullness.

We’re fortunate to have many excellent procedures, such as lasers, fillers, and neuromodulators, and they keep getting better. However, most of them address just one aspect of the aging process, so in order to get the best results we need to combine all of these procedures. They work synergistically to turn back the clock and make us look more like our younger selves.

A popular combination currently is the Clear + Brilliant laser, a filler such as Voluma in the cheeks, and a neuromodulator such as Botox or Dysport. Patients like that they look refreshed yet natural, and they don’t have significant visible healing.

What advice do you give your patients about taking care of their skin?

The most important thing we can do is to protect our skin from sun damage, because it not only causes health problems such as skin cancer, but it also causes wrinkles and discoloration. I recommend using sunscreen year round, wearing a hat and clothing to shield skin from the sun, and doing outdoor activities early or late in the day to avoid the strong midday sun.

Another key to healthy skin is to take care of it from the inside. A diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods (such as leafy greens, olive oil, and berries) helps to fight skin problems such as acne as well as sagging and wrinkling.

What has been one of the biggest developments in dermatology in the past five years?

One of the most fascinating developing areas in dermatology (and all of medicine) is regarding the human microbiome, which is the collective name for the trillions of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microorganisms that reside on our skin and in our body.

In recent years, researchers have identified what the normal microbiome is for a healthy person, and are now learning that the microbiome changes in various diseases. This holds enormous potential for understanding, treating, and even preventing diseases. For instance, an acne vaccine has been developed, based on a bacterium that is involved in causing acne.

Might we someday soon treat rashes by applying bacteria to our skin, or taking probiotics, or eating certain foods? And not just skin diseases, but heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and allergies, all of which are associated with microbiome imbalances. The potential impact is astounding.

Live help

Glass Act

Tom Philabaum — Tucson’s own glass artist extraordinaire who recently retired from glassblowing — shares 10 of his favorite pieces, and explains why they resonate with him.

A life-long artist, Tom Philabaum was fortunate to study in the country’s first glassblowing program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After graduating, he started Tucson’s first glassblowing studio in 1975. Since 1985, Tom and Dabney Philabaum have been creating, selling and promoting glass art at Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio near Downtown. Though Tom retired from a 50-plus year career of glassblowing at the end of 2018, he will continue to paint and fuse glass, and the Gallery will stay open, showing glass art from more than 30 artists from all over the country.


4”h x 3”w Blown Glass








1978- Present Shown: Reptilian Bag Vase * 15”h x 7”w x 6”

“I began exploring the Reptilian pattern in 1978, as an intriguing process with varying outcomes. It became the most long-lived and recognizable body of work in my glass career. It can still be seen in our Gallery in the form of paperweights, perfume bottles, bags, bowls and vases. I never tired of this series as it took on a life of its own and was always evolving and changing.”





2018 20”h x 57”w x 1”d Fused glass with paints & metals on wood base

From the Fused Glass Collage Painting Series “Back to painting again! My latest series involves fusing glass with paints and metals. This current triptych draws inspiration from painters Marsden Hartley and Max Beckman, emphasizing black outlined forms and intense, bright colors. I create these fused glass paintings with a mixture of pure intention and happy accidents.”



1981 9.5”h x 5”w x 4”d Blown Glass Histology Series

“While in graduate school at the University of Arizona, I began exploring biological themes, and was given images of bugs and cells that had been electromagnetically scanned in a UA laboratory. I first painted these images on the surface of ceramic sculptures. In my glass studio, I created images with glass shards and cane on a hot plate to apply on the surface of blownglass vessels and sculptures. Dabney and I enjoy this bag vase every day in our home.”






2011 16’ x 12’ Backlit by LED lights Dalle de Verre – 1”-thick cut tiles of glass joined with epoxy resin Lobby of Likins Hall – University of Arizona

“I still find my installation at UA uplifting. Looking up at the 16-foot-high panels of illuminated glass inspires me, and my intention is to inspire the students who live in this residence hall.”



2010 28”h x 26”x 22”w Blown glass that has been cut, polished & joined with adhesives From the Precarious Rock Series

“My first drive through Texas Canyon clobbered me with the indelible image of precarious rock formations. That inspiration returned to me during my sculptural exploration of shape-making techniques whose consequent was not a vessel. This large semi-transparent sculpture transforms from dark to light, like a sunrise.”





1971 9”h x 5”w Blown Glass Blown at University of Wisconsin Glass Lab

“In 1971, my glass teacher Eriks Rudans told me the story of witches’ balls as they relate to the Salem witch hunts of the 1600s. Glassblowers were inspired to make open-bottomed orbs to hang in windows to magically absorb evil energy. At that time, he cautioned me that one cannot sell “magic.” Regardless, I made hundreds of these mystical, spiritual objects to sell at a craft fair. Just as I finished setting up, a gust of wind destroyed all of the witches’ balls. Lesson learned!”





1997 13.5”h x 6.75”w Blown and painted glass From the Graal Series

“My excitement in discovering automotive enamels that were compatible with hot glass opened up a new avenue to employ “the narrative.” My love of drawing and painting was renewed. The graal glass technique formed the canvas for my subjects, which included “The Blind Leading The Blind,” “Drinking With The Devil,” and homages to other artists, such as this example dedicated to a painting by James Ensor.”





2007 38”h x 16”w x 7”d Cast Glass From the Kiln-Cast Series.

“I began with a wet clay mold, and rhythmically smacked my hand prints over the entire surface to the beat of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five,” as if I were playing a drum. Making a mold of the resulting clay positive, colored glass was then melted into the negative cavity of the mold. Though everything I make is handmade, this is the only piece where the touch of my hands remains visible.”




21”h x 7”w Blown glass with scavo treatment From the Scavo Series

“As a ceramic artist, I was drawn to the surface texture of wood ash glazes. Translating this to glass, I discovered the Italian technique of scavo, a chemical attack that alters the glass surface from glossy to rough. I liked that. For me, scavo represents a look of instant antiquity.”






1990 18”h x 9”w Hot Coiled Glass From the Handbuilt Series

“My early interest in ceramic hand-building transferred to glass by making slabs and coils of molten glass, and wrapping them into a basket-like form. With no functional value, this series merely celebrated my exploration of working glass in a non-traditional method. The strength and teamwork necessitated by these complicated pieces taught all of us in the studio the value of rhythm, timing and choreography.”





*Currently available for viewing at Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio

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