Continuous Real-Time Market Report
Courtesy of Sheri Sperry
“Old Town” Historic District
Cottonwood Arizona 86326
This weekly real-time market report covers all the areas in Cottonwood Arizona. The map below shows the boundaries of this area. The 2010 Census reported the population at 11,265. In 2017 the population was 12,023.
The Jail Trail below can be reached through the parking lot of the Historic Old Town original jail which is now the Cottonwood Visitor Information Center. This trail will take you to the Verde River.
Cottonwood – Arizona 86326
Close To Big Box Shopping and a Medical Center
If you buy a home for sale in Cottonwood Arizona, you will find an area steeped in history. According to the City of Cottonwood’s official site, it is also the “commercial hub of the Verde Valley”. Many residents enjoy the close proximity to the Verde Valley Medical Center and Large shopping centers. There are a Super-Walmart, Home Depot and a Fry’s shopping center. The Verde Valley Medical Center is part of Northern Arizona Healthcare. There are many medical and professional services nearby that help support the medical center. Many health-care professionals live within 15 minutes of the medical center.
Welcome message from the Mayor of Cottonwood
“My husband and I enjoy taking a stroll down Main Street and having dinner at one of the many restaurants in the area. It is a great area to visit for tourists and locals alike.”
Historic Old Town Restaurants
I bet you didn’t know…
Cottonwood had a reputation for being a big bootlegging area. This bootlegging was considered some of the best around and attracted people from areas as far away as Los Angeles and Phoenix. By 1920, Cottonwood was called the “Biggest Little Town in Arizona”. Cottonwood had more businesses than any other area, but there were only 300 residents in the local community.
Mae West and the Reputation for Bootlegging in Roaring ’20s
Mae West stayed at the Cottonwood Hotel before she was famous. She spent time in the historic section of Old Town during the heyday of Prohibition. Mae frequented all the Speak-Easy hide-aways up and down Main street. Visit this website to learn more about the history as well as the historic Cottonwood Hotel and dining/bars in the area. (source: Wikipedia)
It should be noted that Cornville ~~ Page Springs ~~ Verde Santa Fe are bedroom communities of Sedona 86336 and Cottonwood.
Cottonwood Wine Country
Learn more about Verde Valley Wineries at
Cottonwood has many vineyards and tasting rooms to enjoy local wines. Wine tasting has become a popular past-time in the Verde Valley. You can find wine tours that will bring you to these vineyards. Fifteen years ago, there were only two or three tasting rooms in the entire valley with a small amount of vineyard grape vines. Additional wine grapes had to be brought into the local wineries to complete the bottling process.
Here are the wineries and tasting rooms in Cottonwood:
Alcantara Vineyards and Winery – Cottonwood
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards – Cottonwood
Chateau Tumbleweed Winery and Tasting Room – Clarkdale
Freitas Vineyard – Cottonwood
Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room and Osteria – Cottonwood
Pillsbury Wine Company and Vineyard – Cottonwood
Winery 101 – Cottonwood
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Page Springs straddles Oak Creek. This community sits on the east side of Oak Creek and is famous for it’s Northern Arizona wineries.
Here are the wineries and tasting rooms in Page Springs:
Javelina Leap Vineyard – Page Springs
Page Springs Cellars – Page Springs
D.A. Ranch – Page Springs
Oak Creek Vineyards & Winery – Page Springs
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Cottonwood Has Low Humidity and a Desert Feel
Without Constant Extreme Heat
Cottonwood is an area that is considered a semi-arid climate zone, just like Sedona 86336 and the rest of the Verde Valley. This area is a little warmer than Sedona. It is about 1 hour north of the Sonoran Desert and about 40 minutes from the southern border of the Colorado Plateau. Humidity is not a factor in personal comfort. Warmer and colder weather is less noticeable because of the lack of humidity. Another reason why staying hydrated is so important. Basically, an individual can tolerate much warmer and colder temperatures because humidity does not play a part. You can get detailed statistics at Weatherspark.com. For more information on Sedona weather go to Sedona-Weather.com.
Like Sedona, there is a mix of desert flora. The elevation of Cottonwood is about 3,455ft. The area within 2 miles of Cottonwood is covered by shrubs (83%), cropland (14%), and trees (12%), based on Info weatherspark.com.
Sight Seeing-Recreation Abounds in the Verde Valley
Montezuma Castle (above)
Tuzigoot is Apache for “crooked water” from nearby Peck’s Lake which is a cutoff meander of the Verde River. A two-story pueblo ruin was excavated in 1933-35 by Caywood & Spicer of U of A. President Roosevelt declared Tuzigoot Ruins as a National Monument.
The early days during the 1800s began the land rush.
Farmers and ranchers settled the area. They called the area Verde. Around 1915, Cottonwood started to spring up. Cottonwood (see pic above) got the name from the Cottonwood trees that rose up around the Verde river not far from where the Historic Old Town Cottonwood jail stands now.
Cottonwood began booming when many settlers wanted to own their own businesses and homes. It had a reputation for lawlessness because those who were kicked out of company towns such as Jerome came to settle. Also, there was an equal number of law-abiding citizens and families that also wanted to settle the area.
There are many other activities such as visiting National Monuments, Tuzigoot, Montezuma Castle and Well, horseback riding antique shopping, and did I mention golf? Also, you can find local hot air balloon rides beside many other attractions.
Want to find trails that fit your needs in Red Rock Country, this site, Sedona Red Rock Trails will provide information and interactive map on:
~ Hiking ~ Biking ~ Horseback ~ Off Highway Vehicle (OHV)
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