Are you relocating to Sedona and purchasing real estate in the No. 1 most beautiful place to live in America. —(USA TODAY Weekend)
Sedona was voted "The Most Beautiful Place in America" by USA Today Weekend. The beauty, climate, lifestyle, clean air & water and unlimited recreational opportunities in the Sedona area are an unbeatable combination.
Thousands of years ago, the Sedona area was submerged below an inland sea channel. The erosion of the water channel caused a canyon to form out of the red colored sandstone, which was at the seabed. As the sea recessed, the Sedona area emerged at the base of what is now called the Oak Creek Canyon, and is surrounded by the remains of the red sandstone mountains which originally held the inland sea channel. The result is a magnificently scenic wooded area, which attracts over 4,000,000 tourists per year. Sedona was founded in 1902 and incorporated in 1988 and is named for Sedona Schnebly, an early settler.
Next to the scenery, the weather is the major factor for Sedona’s popularity. We get sunshine lots of it. Sedona is located in Arizona’s high desert (upper margin of the Sonoran Desert) at the southwestern rim of the Colorado Plateau. It is about 4,500 feet above sea level giving it four relatively mild seasons. Sedona’s annual average high temperature is 75 degrees (F) and the average low is 46 degrees (F). Typical summer highs are in the 80’s and 90’s but we always get night time lows in the 60’s. Winter highs are typically in the 50’s with occasional 70 degree days and occasional 30 degree days. There is only 17.15 inches of precipitation annually and the average snow, sleet and hail equates to 8.8 inches. Click here for today's weather.
One of Sedona’s greatest attractions is its natural beauty and because it is nestled in an unusual canyon and surrounded by the expansive Coconino National Forest and wilderness areas, the outdoor activities are boundless. It offers ancient ruins, pristine canyons, creeks, mountains, forests, vortex sites and unbelievable sunsets. There are hundreds of hiking trails, varied as their degree of difficulty, unique location and historic significance. Some lead to high elevations, some hug winding creeks, some afford awesome views of distant vistas and some offer intimate beauty. For some, hiking is just outside their door, while for others, a few minutes by car, gets them to some of the most scenic trails in the world. Sedona is among North America’s best mountain-biking destinations. There are lots of golf courses to choose from, skiing is only an hour away in Flagstaff and the weather is perfect for tennis and horse back riding. According to the Northern Arizona Audubon Society, Sedona’s - elevation, combined with distinct change of seasons and rich riparian areas results in a varied population of birds and good birding any time of year. Slide Rock State Park and Red Rock State Park offer residents and visitors lots of enjoyment.
Tourism forms Sedona’s economic base and as a result you find world class resorts, fine restaurants, great shopping, memorable hiking trails, healing and spiritual centers and a great selection of art galleries (45 local art and sculpture galleries). Sedona is known world wide as an artist’s community with over 500 resident artists.
Sedona has a signature “Jazz on the Rocks” festival, a local Shakespeare festival, an opera company, a ballet (and modern dance) company, a chamber music society, a Film Festival and dozens of art and sculpture shows presented throughout the year.
The Sedona airport has 5,100 feet of paved runway, lighted and radio equipped. Charter and ground transportation are available between Sedona and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Phoenix is 119 miles from Sedona and the airport is less than a 2 hour drive. Several improvements including widening the runway, better lighting and a more centralized terminal are planned for the Sedona Airport. Flagstaff has a commercial airport with service to Phoenix.
In the 1940’s many movies, especially Westerns, were made in Sedona. The first movie made in Sedona was the 1923 silent film, Call of the Canyon based on the book by Zane Grey. The City of Sedona and the Sedona Oak Creek Chamber of Commerce are cooperating to resurrect the Sedona Film Commission. Sedona is the home of the Zaki Gordon School for Independent Filmmaking classes are ongoing (phone 928 649 4265 for more information).
Arizona is a “wealthy friendly” state and in the bottom quadrant of the US for combined taxation rates and policies. When compared to other areas, many people find Sedona property taxes to be reasonable. An approximate residential property tax rate is 1% of the sale price. Homes used for rental property are taxed at a much higher rate than non-rental properties. Property taxes in Arizona are paid in arrears, with 50% due in November and the balance due in April (or you can pay 100% by year-end) with no penalty. Local sales taxes are currently in the 9% range (vary by county and city). Arizona has a state income tax. It is based on a sliding scale and is not a fixed percentage of the federal income tax. The State of Arizona collects a personal property tax on business personal property. They also collect a personal property tax on individuals through their license plate renewal fees. If you move to Arizona and live here more than 6 months per year you will need to immediately purchase new license plates for your vehicles. The fees, including the taxes, are based on the depreciated value of your vehicle and can run as high as 2% of the purchase price on new cars, with a decreasing renewal rate each year. The state only charges sales tax on the net amount of vehicle purchases.
Our nearest larger city is Flagstaff. It has a population of 60,000 with an elevation of 7,000 feet. Flagstaff is 16 miles from uptown Sedona and a 45 minute drive north on Hwy 89A through beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. The Grand Canyon is 2 hours (south), Lake Powell is 3 hours, Monument Valley is 3.5 hours, Canyon De Chelle is 4 hours, Durango is 5.5 hours and Santa Fe is 5.5 hours. The Cliff Castle Gaming Casino is only a one-half hour drive.
Greater Sedona Area
The Greater Sedona Area includes the City of Sedona and the unincorporated areas of Oak Creek Canyon, the Village of Oak Creek, and Red Rock Loop Road. It is located in both the Yavapai and Coconino Counties and it is surrounded by National Forest. The Village of Oak Creek is 10 miles from the Interstate 17 and 96 miles to Phoenix.
City of Sedona
The City of Sedona is 19 square miles and it is located in both the Yavapai and Coconino Counties. It includes West Sedona, Uptown Sedona and Little Horse Park (area along Highway 179 between and including Oak Creek Knolls and Chapel Bell Estates/Indian Cliffs/Back of Beyond). Approximately 51% of the city is privately owned and the remainder is in the Coconino National Forest. The population of the City of Sedona increased from 10,429 in July 2000 to 10,861 in July 2004. Sedona’s part-time, seasonal residents total 956. The forecasted population for the year 2015 is between 12,960 and 13,995. The median age is 51 years old.
You may visit the following web addresses for detailed information on Sedona:
Sedona.net Sedona Information and Resources
The Sedona Chamber of Commerce www.sedonachamber.com, www.visitsedona.com and www.experiencesedona.com
Sedona On-Line www.sedona.net
Gateway to Sedona www.gatewaytosedona.com
Sedona Mall www.sedonamall.com
Yavapai County www.ci.yavapai.az.us
Coconino County www.ci.coconino.az.us
Coconino National Forest www.redrockcountry.org
Other Options Near Sedona
The following places are only minutes away from Sedona and an appealing alternative for those seeking to relocate to the Sedona area but can not afford the Sedona prices:
Jerome is 27 miles from Sedona and 9 miles from Cottonwood. Visit www.jeromechamber.com
The Verde Valley
Visit Verde Valley Information & Links
Camp Verde has the distinction of being near the geographic center of Arizona. It is in the Verde River valley of central Arizona, 85 miles north of Phoenix (take Exit 285 on I17), at an elevation of 3,100 feet. It is in Yavapai County. Camp Verde is the oldest community in the valley and it was established in 1865. The town lies in fields of flat river-plain, traversed by the Verde River and its tributaries 18 miles of the river lies within the Town limits. Camp Verde has a population of less than 10,000 and it is 42.6 square miles. The median age is 42. The annual average temperature ranges from a high of 79 degrees (F) down to a low of 45 degrees (F). Camp Verde offers a great selection of riverfront properties and recreational opportunities. Ranching, construction, farming, light industry, trade and service, and government agencies create the town’s economic base. Within the town limits there are three Indian Reservations and an Indian owned Casino and Visitor Center. Housing in Camp Verde includes single family site-built residences and manufactured homes. Many horse properties and substantial acreage contribute to a rural setting. The Camp Verde Town Council recently approved its latest General Plan. The Plan will go before voters at the March 8 primary election.
Visit www.cvaz.org, www.campverde.org, www.verdevalleyconcerts.com and www.verdelakes.com
Clarkdale is at the upper end of the Verde Valley in Yavapai County and it is 110 miles north of Phoenix and south of the Grand Canyon at an elevation of 3,542 feet. The Topography of the area is characterized by numerous mesas and buttes along the rise from the Verde River on the east, at 3,300 feet, to the Mingus Mountains on the west, at 7,000 feet. Clarkdale was incorporated in 1957.
Cottonwood began as a small adobe where soldiers took refuge in 1874. Soon settlers began moving in, and created a place whose namesake is a circle of 16 cottonwood trees near the Verde River. The community was established in 1879 and incorporated in 1960. It is located in Yavapai County and it is near the geographic center of Arizona at an elevation of 3,300 feet. The annual average high temperature is 77 degrees (F) and the average low is 47 degrees (F). The population is approximately 18,000 and the median age is 41. Cottonwood is 100 miles north of Phoenix (take exit 287 on I17). Cottonwood is 18 miles (20 minutes) from Sedona and it is a fast and easy drive thanks to an upgraded four lane West Highway 89A between Sedona and Cottonwood. Cottonwood is surrounded on the south, east and west by jagged mountains, and on the north by mesas and buttes. Cottonwood has grown from a small farming community to the Verde Valley’s most populated center. It is the commercial center for the Verde Valley and includes an historic Old Town area. Housing in Cottonwood includes single family site-built residences, condominiums and apartments and manufactured homes. Walmart has recently opened their new super center comprising of 207,500 square feet located on Hwy 260 in Cottonwood. Home Depot has signed a contract to purchase the old Walmart site and will begin demolition of the Walmart in the near future. Home Depot plans to erect a 102,000 square foot store with a 21,000 square foot garden center. This will be a fully stocked Home Depot and they plan to bring approx. 200 new jobs to the Cottonwood area and they hope to be open in early fall 2005. The City of Cottonwood has raised funds to renovate the Cottonwood Civic Center. The funding along with lots of donated labor will enable the rehabilitation of the center. In addition, the City has appropriated about $1 million to repair and widen sidewalks, install gaslight style lighting, and place decorative planters along Main Street. Work on this project is well underway.
Visit www.sedona.net/verdevalley and www.ci.cottonwood.az.us
Visit Cottonwood Information and Links and www.ci.cottonwood.az.us
Rimrock & Lake Montezuma
Rimrock and Lake Montezuma are located off Exit 293 on I17. Lake Montezuma is home to the Beaver Creek Golf Course. The Yavapai County Planning and Zoning has recently approved a zone change which will allow the Beaver Creek Golf Club to build condominiums and a hotel on an unused area of their 144 acre course. The Golf Course was built in 1962 and this project will rejuvenate the course.
Cornville & Page Springs
The allure of Cornville and Page Springs is that it offers acreage, access to Oak Creek, panoramic views and horse property. Cornville and Page Springs are located of Exit 293 on I17 minutes outside of Sedona. Cornville is 13.2 square miles. Legend has it that Cornville was initially to be called “Cohnville”, for the Cohn family that lived in the area. But in 1887 the first paperwork came back from Washington to establish the first post office and the name was spelled “Cornville”. The residents of Cohnville accepted this new name instead.