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Sedona sub-division market reports add a more hyper-local dimension to understanding the Sedona real estate market. Sub-division market reports are being added on a regular basis.

There are a lot of sub-divisions in Sedona, the Village (VOC) and Big Park so not all will be highlighted as a separate report. However If you want to know more about an area, PLEASE let me know and I can give you all the information you want to know. I can also create a custom market report for a specific area using the most recent data available.

I would be honored to help you find your dream home!

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Cottonwood Arizona 86326 ~ Homes for Sale and Real Time Market Report Plus Other Local Info!

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Homes For-Sale 

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Cottonwood homes for sale and continuous Market Reports

“Old Town” Historic District

 

 

Cottonwood homes for sale and Market report and analysis 2019

Cottonwood Arizona 86326

Yavapai  County 

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 Homes for Sale and Market Reports

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

Cottonwood homes for sale wineries

Learn more about Verde Valley Wineries at

Verde Valley Wine Consortium 

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

Cornville Page Springs Market Report and homes for sale

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

Montezuma Castle (above)

Tuzigoot National Monument 

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.

 

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Find Trails 

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)


 

Montezuma Well Ruins

 



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Clarkdale Arizona Homes For-Sale ~ Real Time Market Report and Other Info!

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Clarkdale Arizona

Homes For-Sale 

86324

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Courtesy of Sheri Sperry

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Clarkdale Verde Canyon Railroad

Verde Canyon Railroad (link)

 

 

Clarkdale homes for sale 505 Miners Gulch

Clarkdale Arizona Homes For-Sale 86324

Yavapai  County 

Clarkdale Arizona Homes For-Sale 2019 and continuous weekly real-time market report covers all the areas in Clarkdale Arizona 86324. The map below shows the boundaries of this area. The 2010 Census reported the population at 4,097. In 2017 the population estimate was 4,197.

This link will take you to TripAdvisor and has a view of the United Verde Copper Company – Historic Marker
Looking Toward Smelter in Clarkdale homes for sale 2019

Clarkdale – Arizona 86324

Historic Company Town Established in 1912

 

Clarkdale homes for sale 2019

Clarkdale Arizona homes for-sale is part of a historic company town founded by William A. Clark, who was the owner of one of Jerome Arizona’s largest copper mines. In fact, the area around Jerome was one of the largest producers of copper for the state of Arizona and the USA in its hay-day.

If you buy a home for sale in Clarkdale Arizona, you would be an owner of a home in the first planned community in the State of Arizona!  This township was owned by the United Verde Copper Company. The company provided services and housing for the employees of the nearby smelter. Mining operations ceased in 1953 and the town incorporated in 1957. The original township is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places as the Clarkdale Historic District.

 

Historic Bungalow
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The bungalows in the historic downtown district are a testament to the town owner William Clark and his vision. Take a drive down some of the streets to see the well-kept bungalows from another era.

Many Clarkdale residents enjoy close proximity to Cottonwood’s Verde Valley Medical Center and large shopping centers. There is 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.

Historic Downtown Business District

Well over a $1.5 million has been invested into the downtown district to help keep the district prospering. The downtown area delivers a little of everything such as restaurants, a service station, art galleries, tavern, light manufacturing, and several internet-based businesses. (clarkdale.az.gov)

 It should be noted that in addition to Clarkdale,  Cornville ~~ Page Springs ~~ Verde Santa Fe are all bedroom communities of Sedona 86336 and Cottonwood.

 


Clarkdale Wine Country

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Chateau Tumbleweed Winery and Tasting RoomClarkdale

Learn more about Verde Valley Wineries at

Verde Valley Wine Consortium 

Clarkdale Arizona has one Winery and Tasting Room but is only minutes from Cottonwood which 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 number of vineyard grapevines.  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:

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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. It is about 15 minutes from Clarkdale.

Here are the wineries and tasting rooms in Page Springs:

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Clarkdale Has Low Humidity and a Desert Feel

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Clarkdale is an area that is considered a semi-arid climate zone. This is similar to Sedona 86336 and the rest of the Verde Valley. This area is a little warmer than Sedona.  It is about 1:15 hours north of the Sonoran Desert and about 50 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 at weatherspark.com.

 

Sight-Seeing and Recreation Abound in the Verde Valley

clarkdale-arizona-homes-for-sale-2019-Verde Valley River Kayaking

Verde River Kayaking (select link)

 

More Things To Do In Clarkdale

Verde Canyon Railroad is a must-see attraction. There is a year-round nest of bald eagles.

Learn more here

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Other Attractions and Things to Do in and around Clarkdale Arizona

Tuzigoot National Monument 

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. Here are a couple of more National Monuments, Montezuma Castle and Well,

Here is a link for other things to do in Clarkdale Arizona.  Also, remember it is about 15-20 minutes to the historic mining town of Jerome which is now an Art community with many restaurants and storefronts.

 

Find Trails 

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)


 

Visit the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus Clarkdaleclarkdale-arizona-homes-for-sale-2019 - Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus Clarkdale



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NOTE: All information presented including, event scheduling, directions, and pricing are deemed reliable but not guaranteed. You should check with the organizers, event and attraction website, or management, and organizing team for current information. SellSedona.com is not responsible for inaccuracies or changes to the information provided. Information is provided as a convenience to you. SellSedona.com, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and Sheri Sperry are not affiliated with or are provided any fees, promotions, or consideration for the information contained here.  This is merely a public service posting. Websites and URLs are provided for your convenience and not an endorsement for any activity. 

Cornville ~ Page Springs ~ Verde Santa Fe – Real-Time Market Report and Homes For Sale and Other Local Info!

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Arizona 86325

Continuous Real-Time Market Report 

Courtesy of Sheri Sperry

Sheri Sperry REALTOR - Coldwell Banker Realty 928-274-7355

 

Cornville Pages Springs Market Reports and homes for sale

 

 

Cornville Golf Course home

Cornville ~ Verde Santa Fe ~ Page Springs

Yavapai  County 

This weekly real-time market report covers all the areas in Cornville – Page Springs – Verde Santa Fe. The map below shows the boundaries of this area. The 2010 Census reported the population at 5,152.

Cornville Horse property for sale

Cornville/Page Springs/Verde Santa Fe – Arizona 86325

Vibrant Retirement, Golf, and Rural Communities

Cornville ~~ Page Springs ~~  Verde Santa Fe are bedroom communities of Sedona 86336 and Cottonwood AZ. As legend has it, back in the 1800s, the Verde Valley pioneers decided on the name Cohnville – named after one of the families that lived there. When the papers came back from Washington, they read it as Cornville and the pioneers accepted it. The 1880 Census could not find anyone named Cohn in the Verde Valley, however, there was a Mr. Cone who purchased a homestead in what is now called Page Springs.

The appeal for Cornville / Verde Santa Fe is growing among those looking at buying a home for sale. The direct route of the 89A between Sedona and Cottonwood makes it very convenient to access those areas. Cornville and Page Springs are growing suburban areas that serve as bedroom communities for nearby Sedona and Cottonwood, Arizona. Cornville and Page Springs are located along scenic Oak Creek.

A big factor that drives buyers to the Cornville / Verde Santa Fe is housing prices are very modest compared to Sedona 86336. Buyers find this a better fit for their needs.

Verde Santa Fe

Verde Santa Fe homes for sale

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Verde Santa Fe in Cornville is a golf course community. Verde Santa Fe has inviting hiking and walking trails, and eye-catching home designs. All are included in this Northern Arizona lifestyle.  Verde Santa Fe appeals to families of all ages. The views of the surrounding national forests and mountain ranges are all part of the spectacular and relaxed and amazing style of living for active adults. The Red Rocks of Sedona are just 15 minutes away. “Old Town” Cottonwood, along with historic Jerome are also close by. The Verde Santa Fe Golf Course and walking paths intermingle many of the neighborhoods of Verde Santa Fe. There are 861 homes and condos plus Turnberry Estates which is a luxury home community with custom homes intermingled throughout the golf course.

Verde Santa Fe Amenities 

There are seven neighborhoods with additional development scheduled in the near future.

  • Gated Neighborhoods – Amante, Dorado, La Privada, The Villas
  •  Non-Gated Neighborhoods – Montara, Turnberry, VSF 1 & 2
  • Three age-restricted and four non-age-restricted neighborhoods
  • Two Community Clubhouses – see amenities below
  • Verde Santa Fe Golf Course – a public 18-hole par 71 course

Community Clubhouse (Verde Santa Fe & Amante) Amenities- (amenities may vary)

  • Catering Kitchens
  • Conversation Area with flat-screen TVs and fireplace
  • Dining Rooms
  • Specialty Rooms such as Card Game Room/ Pool Table Room
  • Fitness Centers
  • Heated Pools – some communities have separate neighborhood pools as well
  • Heated Spas

Cornville 

Cornville Ranchette For Sale

Cornville Homes For Sale

The rural character of Cornville is important to residents. It is a key component of the articles of the Cornville Community Association: “The Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes to maintain and enhance rural lifestyles, natural resources, economic values, health and safety within the Cornville postal area.”

Because Cornville has a more rural appeal with a small-town feel, there are large properties including ranches and agricultural-based properties that are mixed into the neighborhoods with smaller residential homes. Cornville is not an incorporated city. Support services are provided through Yavapai county. The agricultural base also supports wineries which will be discussed more in the Page Springs section.

Another draw to the community of Cornville is the proximity to Big Box shopping. There is a Home Depot, Fry’s and a Super Walmart close by in Cottonwood.  The Verde Valley Medical Center is also within a few minutes and is part of Northern Arizona Healthcare. There are many medical and professional services nearby that help support the medical center.


Page Springs and Wine Country

Verde Valley Wineries for sale

Page Springs and Cornville share the same zip code and both areas straddle 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 and Cornville:

Javelina Leap Vineyard – Page Springs

Page Springs Cellars – Page Springs

D.A. Ranch  – Page Springs

Oak Creek Vineyards & Winery – Page Springs

Learn more about Verde Valley Wineries at

Verde Valley Wine Consortium 


Cornville/Verde Santa Fe Has A Desert Feel

Without Constant Extreme Heat

Cornville Page Springs Market Report and homes for sale

Cornville/Page Springs/Verde Santa Fe is an area that is considered a semi-arid climate zone, just like Sedona 86336. It is about 1:05 hours north of the Sonoran Desert and about 30 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 the area is about 3,451ft. The area within 2 miles of Cornville is covered by shrubs (74%), cropland (14%), and grassland (12%), based on Info weatherspark.com.

 

Sight Seeing-Recreation Abounds in the Verde Valley

Cornville Verde Santa Fe Homes for sale

Lower Oak Creek in Page Springs has been designated an Important Bird Area. The Northern Arizona Audubon Society partners with the Arizona Fish and Game to provide a bird sanctuary and riparian habitat along with the fish hatchery described below. The public parking provides access to both areas.

Audubon Page Springs important birding area

Page Springs is the home to the largest cold-water fish hatchery in the state, producing 700,000 trout a year.  Though the area around the fishery is closed to fishing.  Many of the streams in the area are stocked each year including Oak Creek, Verde River, West Clear Creek, and Wet Beaver Creek.  See the Stocking Schedule and Where to Fish.

Page Springs Fish Hatchery

There are many other activities such as wine tasting and horseback riding and did I mention golf? !! In the surrounding area, there is Old Town Cottonwood, Tuzigoot National Monument, Montezuma Castle, and local hot air balloon rides.

Find Trails 

Want to find trails that fit your needs in Red Rock Country, this site, Sedona Red Rock Trails will provide information and an interactive map on:

~ Hiking ~ Biking ~ Horseback ~ Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV)


 

Cornville Verde Santa Fe Page Springs homes for sale

 



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NOTE: All information presented including, event scheduling, directions, and pricing are deemed reliable but not guaranteed. You should check with the organizers, event and attraction website, or management, and organizing team for current information. SellSedona.com is not responsible for inaccuracies or changes to the information provided. Information is provided as a convenience to you. SellSedona.com, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and Sheri Sperry are not affiliated with or are provided any fees, promotions, or consideration for the information contained here.  This is merely a public service posting. Websites and URLs are provided for your convenience and not an endorsement for any activity.

A Sedona Photographer’s Secrets Revealed

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Utilizing Mother Nature’s Gifts To Provide Dramatic Effect

West Sedona - Soldiers Pass - homes for sale

 

Some photographers take pictures and there are some who paint images through the lens of a camera. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to watch my husband (Rick) master his photographic skills. As an amateur photographer, he enjoyed taking landscape photography. Every trip we took was another journey in learning his craft. It is a passion of his to capture and freeze a moment in time. He relishes sharing it with others. The highest compliment one can give him is “WOW”! BTW – Rick is self-taught!

My tours have garnered almost 237,000 views. There are 6 separate homes displayed below and those homes alone have over 98,500 views. All are no longer active (sold) but they continue to get a lot of views! The top 5 tours have garnered over 108,000 plus views.

As Rick has transitioned into a Professional Real Estate Photographer, who has an exclusive contract with me (Ha! Ha!), I can see how much he has grown. With every listing we secure, we work as a team to give it life. Together, we discuss what we need to emphasize, highlight and promote. To us, “Dramatic Effect” is our friend.

– What are the best angles to capture the essence of the home?

– What is the best time of day to seize the proper lighting and bring out the very best in every picture. If I may be so bold, lighting is the makeup of the “model”. Proper “makeup” brings out the very best features of the subject in the artistic imagery. Rick has found that the more natural the lighting and sometimes a little fill light brings out the best in a home.

– When possible, we come back several times to get the very best Mother Nature has to offer for lighting and weather. Clouds are also our friend. However….

– Shadows are the enemy – Whenever possible, stay away from shooting a picture with harsh shadows. There are special filters that can help to minimize the effects of harsh shadows. This is another reason we come back at different times of the day.

– Staging is a must. Sometimes we don’t have complete control over staging a home. Simple staging to highlight an area may be as simple as flowers strategically placed or place settings at a table. More complex staging may involve rearranging furniture. Ever watch a movie or TV Show, no one has their back to the camera. To get the right angle a piece of furniture may have to be taken out of the picture. A diligent artist will make it happen.

– Don’t sacrifice the beauty and charm to sell a view. Make sure you have an image to complement the entire room beside any view that may be a feature you are trying to promote.

Key Point…

– I get my sellers’ buy-in by educating them on what we are trying to accomplish.

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This picture was a picture that we rejected. It was taken near sunset and did not take advantage of the magic a morning sunrise would hold. Also, the clear sky does not add a dramatic effect to the shot.  We were fortunate to have clouds roll in the next morning to provide that dramatic effect.  Notice

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Another secret revealed…With a home that faces east, use the rising sun as natural lighting that will enhance the image. Get there before sunrise and snap away. Use different angles. This pic was taken 2 feet off the ground to use the rocks as a frame and give the picture some depth of field. Notice the clouds in the reflective glass of the owner’s suite on the right side.

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In this image, we are highlighting the pottery that is part of a pillar that would not be in any other shot. The pottery and the pine tree frame the image and draw your attention to the signature water feature.

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Two more secrets revealed – #1 – Natural lighting…there is no substitute! #2 – You are trying to sell your customer a lifestyle. Take advantage of the perfect setting. Can you picture yourself sitting in one of these chairs reading a good book with the fire feature dancing in the background? I can!  BTW… If you have been to my SellSedona.com website, this is the first image you will see.

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Here is the triple treat – Showcasing 1) Views – 2) The Home – 3) The Garden and the park bench. This area is a very special garden area that offers privacy and it was showcased from 4 different angles highlighting other features of the property. See one more example below.

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Can you see yourself sitting on the park bench enjoying nature? How about the pictures below?

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Sometimes a feature is the whole room. Our client who built this home loves skiing in Colorado. This influenced his design of the fireplace. Notice the subtle framing of the natural beam pillars.

Here is the other side of the fire feature. It is the first thing you see as you enter the foyer.

In the picture below, you have seen the fire feature and are now entering the Great Room with 20 ft ceilings and a magnificent view of Castle Rock in the Village of Oak Creek.

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Rick will not compromise the listing with shabby pictures.  He understands that there are many homes that a potential buyer may want to view and there is only so much time available. We owe it to our sellers to give them the very best solutions to fulfill their desired goals.

Some of these pictures are from current listings and others are from listings that were sold in previous years.

Two Luxury Listings Showcased on the Covers of HomesandLand and View Magazine

15 E. Dove Wing

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57 E. Dove Wing 

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Here are the full tours to see the rest of the pictures highlighted here.

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190 Sun Up 

265 Red Rock 

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Find Other Recent Listing Portfolios Here…

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130 Indian Cliffs Road

Sheri Sperry is the Top Ranked Real Estate Blogger In Sedona and Northern Arizona 86336

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Sheri Sperry Number 1 (#1) Sedona Real Estate Blogger

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“With more than 303,276 members (as of May 1, 2021), ActiveRain is the largest and most active professional social network in the real estate industry. We are a community of real estate agents, brokers, home stagers, inspectors, lenders, and other industry professionals who are committed to learning how to do our jobs better, building connections, and having some fun along the way! (taken from activerain “about” page) 

The ActiveRain “about” page goes on to say that AR, is the largest storehouse of real estate knowledge base with well over 4 million blog posts and hundreds being added daily.

 

ActiveRain Top Professional Real Estate Blogging Platform

Being involved in ActiveRain has helped to raise our caliber of blogging proficiency. This is a network where professionals tied to the real estate industry, who have similar tastes and opinions are able to help each other through education, networking, and years of experience. There are many personal relationships that have developed over time, which helps create one of the best nationwide referral networks for our real estate industry. We also get to participate in one of the finest blogging platforms in the social network and real estate world.

 ActiveRain Top Real Estate Educational Tool

I am very fortunate to have found this fabulous platform for real estate. The interaction and the relationships I am building throughout the ActiveRain network have created a very uplifting inspirational experience and a perfect way for clients to gain education and knowledge about Sedona and the Verde Valley.

 

Sheri Sperry Is Number One in Sedona, The Verde Valley, Yavapai County, and All of Northern Arizona!

I started blogging back in 2012. It took a lot of time, understanding how it works and how to interact, and network with others on ActiveRain.  I kept accumulating points through Sheri Sperry Number One Sedona Real Estate Blogger ActiveRainmy active blogging about many different topics related to Sedona and real estate. By late 2015, I became the number one ranked blogger for Sedona. I continue to be the number one blogger for all of Northern Arizona.  As for my overall rank in Arizona, I am currently the 3rd ranked real estate agent (as of May 1, 2021) and will continue to improve my ranking for all of Arizona as I continue to blog!  There are 50,000 + real estate agents in Arizona.

Buyers & Sellers Have An Information & Marketing Advantage

This gives my buyers and sellers an advantage. I have a treasure of information available for those who are interested in the Sedona area real estate market. My ActiveRain blog “Sedona Property Solutions from A to Z” along with my SellSedona.com blog “Sedona Real Estate News & Info From A to Z” provides well over 1250+ blog posts. 43+ posts of mine have been featured on the entire ActiveRain network. The reach for a feature is 300,000+ viewers! Hundreds more of my posts have been featured in individual categories such as “Photos” as well as marketing categories.  

Besides all the education I receive, we have challenges monthly that are designed to motivate, inspire, help us plan and teach us new techniques and technology. We also get to interact and network with hundreds of real estate professionals across the US and Canada.  This gives each of us a keen idea of who to refer to clients. Again, another great advantage available to my clients.  Many of the blog posts I read include areas and buildings that another agent is marketing.  I may be able to direct a client to a certain area in another geographic location from the information I glean from a blog.

As of May 1, 2021, I have posted 1,250+ blog posts on ActiveRain, with clicks approaching 1,300,000 actual views. My overall content on SellSedona.com is unsurpassed in our market. Currently, I am ranked 5th in all of Arizona and First in Northern Arizona. 

Most of my blogs are pushed to ActiveRain from SellSedona.com. At SellSedona.com my blog has a vibrant search engine to find any of my blogs that have been posted.  Just place the search term in the box and any blog post that matches that criteria will come up on the screen.

My Website (SellSedona.com) Blog

Below

ActiveRain Search for Sedona area blogs

 

As an example, type Sellers into the search box. Just like Google, you will see posts that have that search term.

 

Sheri Sperry - Number 1 real Estate Blogger in Northern AZ and Sedona Verde Valley

Currently, there are 9 pages of blogs with the search term “Sellers”.

One of the advantages of using my blog as a reference site is the ability to “google” or search the article or blog base.  When you use the search box, it only searches my information based on the term you put in. Generally, this will give you much more relevant and useful information because you are searching for a particular database.  Most of the information you get you can apply generally to other geographic areas but the slant of my blog will always be with Sedona or the Verde Valley or Northern Arizona as a reference point.  For example, I may talk about fall projects but fall can start as early as late August in some areas of the country. In Sedona, fall will pick up in mid to late October. So you may not see a blog on this subject until early to mid-October.

If you are looking for any information on real estate, start here!  If you don’t find what you are looking for, contact me to help you.  After all, I am YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

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Sheri Sperry & Sedona Luxury Real Estate Professionals (SLREP)

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Sedona Luxury Real Estate Professionals

Sheri Sperry – Past-President

Sheri Sperry Sedona Luxury Real estate Professionals

I network with the top Sedona Realtors who sell Luxury Real Estate.  We meet twice a month to discuss all aspects of the real estate market as well as community news and issues.  When your new Luxury listing becomes available, I will have the SLREP tour your home to assess the pricing, luxury features, and areas that could use improvement to present your property in its finest light.

Only The Best Luxury Realtors® Are Members Of SLREP

One of the biggest advantages for you, my client, is that you benefit from the relationship of the entire group. Enjoy the inside advantage of this relationship.  Benefit from local and expert knowledge of the Sedona Luxury Homes market. As a seller, the moment you employ me, A SLREP Realtor®, you are getting an agent who demonstrates the highest respect for the seller’s property and privacy.  You are getting a luxury home marketing consultant of the highest caliber who understands how to position your luxury home to create the most value for you.

Showings for your Sedona Luxury Home are scheduled with as much advance notice as possible. I will aspire to cooperate with and support the entire real estate community in achieving the sale of your property. Receive additional exposure for your property at no additional fee and be confident in the knowledge that visitors to your home are pre-qualified.

 Luxury Home Owners – I Am Looking Out For You

Simply put,  “It’s All About You”!  I am looking out for you. You can rest assured that your property is “presented” not simply shown by me. I will point out all the distinctive features and amenities that your property offers the prospective buyer as well as answer any questions.

My membership in The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing gives me an unparalleled ability to provide the highest quality marketing material as well as access to the latest market conditions and reports. I will identify relevant properties that are in direct competition and will assist you in positioning your luxury home to create the highest value with the express intent to bring a real buyer for you.

Luxury Home Buyers

For those buyers who are in the market for a luxury home, our SLREP group networks and identifies homes that may not be on market as of yet but has the potential of selling soon. Most of the luxury homes go through our members and you have a distinct advantage as one of my buyers.

Why? I have the pulse of the luxury market at my fingertips.

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Which Sedona Arizona Restaurant Has The Best Views?

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Which Sedona Restaurant Has The Best Red Rock Vistas?

Soldiers Pass View from Mariposa Restaurant Sheri Sperry Coldwell Banker Realty Sellsedona.com

There are two restaurants that offer fine dining and breathtaking views. One of those restaurants has only been open to resort guests during the pandemic. 

Sedona Lifestyle - Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill Sheri Sperry REALTOR 928.274.7355

The other restaurant with unparalleled and breathtaking views is Mariposa – Latin Inspired Grill.  Mariposa is currently open for dinner reservations every day except Tuesday. The hours of operation are on the website along with Guidelines and Dress Code… Yes! …You will find an actual dress code!  More on that below.   

 

Prior to last week, it had been well over a year since we had a meal at Mariposa, partially because of the pandemic and also because it was one of the last restaurants to open during the pandemic. The opening date was June 25th, 2020. That being said, it is an extraordinary dining experience. I like to take special clients and also out-of-town guests here… Why? Just look at the views!  There are other restaurants with views but only Enchantment Resort and Mariposa have outrageous red rock views pictured in these images.

The Sphinx, Mittens, Ship Rock, Coffeepot Rock , Soldiers Pass,

A Re-crafted Dining Experience! 

Butterfly 1000 lb. door on MariposaAre you required to wear masks for inside dining?

In Sedona as in all of Arizona – mask guidance has been left to the business owners to decide.  Currently, Mariposa has instituted a “Mask-To-Table” policy.  You can find specific instructions on the website

Other changes that I noticed included 3 different areas to check-in.  There is a reservation valet at the entrance to the parking lot.  Without a reservation, there is no dining. The next check-in is at the edge of the courtyard, where you could have your temperature taken. This valet is in communication with the front desk and will let you know when your table is ready.  After you walk through the 1000 lb. artistic door, you arrive at the front reception area where you will be escorted to your table. Can you see the butterfly image?

The “Hours of Operation” and reservations are located here.  I must warn you that reservations might be 3 weeks or beyond during busy periods. So plan ahead! Other words to the wise, parties are limited to 6 guests. Another touch that the Dahl restaurants have is a shuttle service, but it must be reserved in advance also.  

Red Rock View from inside Mariposa Grill -SellSedona - Sheri Sperry Realtor

Dining Guidelines and Dress Code

The Dahl Restaurant Group takes every precaution to make sure your dining experience is COVID-free.  I really enjoyed the tables spaced a little further away.  It helps make your dining more private. The dress code is “Resort Casual”. Jackets and ties are not required but the restaurant asks you not to wear, tank tops, cut-offs, short shorts, flip-flops, or sports branded sportswear.

All of these guidelines help to ensure a memorable dining experience. 

The wait staff is a unit of three servers.  These servers stay together and serve the same tables. They stick together as a unit and do not mingle with other work units. Our head waiter also let us know more about the “re-crafted dining experience“.  Of course, the restaurant is not currently serving lunch and the menu has been streamlined so that work stations can be staffed by individuals or teams. These teams stay in that work area.

“Enjoy The Flavors of Life”

delightful cuisine with latin flair SellSedona.com Mariposa

Clockwise starting at top left: First of all, there is an award-winning wine cellar. However, we chose a “Mariposa Whiskey Sour” and “Housemade White Sangria”. For starters, we enjoyed “Cesare de la Casa” with a side of anchovies for Rick. For our main meal, we both chose the Filet Mignon Center Cut. The sides were family-style. We enjoyed the Lemon Mashed Potatoes with Luscious Lobster Scampi.  This was featured on Travel Channel’s Food Paradise.  Simply….”Luscious”!  Any time we get a chance to have “Elote” we will order it.  Of course, we couldn’t pass up their wonderful desert cappuccino and birthday Lemon Chiffon Cookie and Gelato, as well as a Flourless Chocolate Mousse with a side of Salted Caramel Gelato! YUM!

I can say that the dining experience I recently had was one of the best.  It tops even the past performance of this restaurant.  Lisa Dahl can be very proud of her staff in all phases of the restaurant operation. 

That Unmistakable Midas Touch 

As you scroll down the contact page on Mariposa’s website, there is a section “Meet the Chef”.  Chef Lisa Dahl has been a culinary trailblazer in Sedona for more than 25 years. I have been to every one of Lisa’s five restaurants and have enjoyed memorable meals that I will never forget.  Lisa has her imprint on every aspect of the business from designing the meals to the interior and exterior touches.  Lisa Dahl has that unmistakable “Midas Touch”.  

You can find the menus for Mariposa here. 

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One More Thing…

Are any Sedona restaurants ranked in the Top 10 most romantic restaurants of Arizona?

Ranking Arizona: Top 10 Romantic Restaurants for 2021

Three of Sedona’s restaurants are in that Top 10 ranking for all of Arizona. There is no surprise that two are Lisa Dahl restaurants. 

4. Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill

6. L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek

8. Dahl & DiLuca Restorante Italiano

When all is said and done,  I can depend on a wonderful experience at any of Lisa Dahl’s five restaurants. I won’t hesitate to take a client or good friend there.  This is the restaurant you want to take people who have not experienced Sedona.  The views are “Eye Candy” for red rock and nature enthusiasts. 

Mariposa is located near the “Y” which is now the Figure-eight Round-about.  As you head west from the “Y” on SR 89-A, you will see it on the right halfway up the hill.

NOTE: All information presented including, hours of operation, directions, website links, and menu information are deemed reliable but not guaranteed. You should check with the organizers, event and attraction website, or management, and organizing team for current information. SellSedona.com is not responsible for inaccuracies, or changes to the information provided. Information is provided as a convenience to you. Sperryr.com, SellSedona.com, Sedona-LIfestyle.com, Coldwell Banker Realty, and Sheri Sperry are not affiliated with or are provided any fees, promotions, or otherwise, for the information contained here. Mariposa’s logo is from the Mariposa.com website.

 


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Seller Solutions  

I will provide marketing that most agents reserve for luxury homes only.  

Besides professional photography, aerial pictures and videos are included.

Our marketing materials are customized with you and your home or property in mind.

We ask the question…What type of marketing will attract the right buyers for your property? 

 

Call Sheri Sperry for a custom marketing consultation designed especially for you.

 

For more information and expert strategy analysis of your property

 

Contact Sheri Sperry – Coldwell Banker Realty of Sedona – REALTOR®.

 

Solutions For Buyers 

 

Complimentary Consultation over the phone or in person. 

 

You should have a Master Certified Negotiations Expert –  MCNE® working for you!

 

 

What Does Spring Look Like In Sedona Arizona?

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What Does Spring Look Like In Sedona Arizona?

Check out the image montage below to enjoy a little snippet of what Sedona is like in the spring. 

What’s it like in Spring in Sedona?

Sedona gets a variety of flowers, including cactus flowers and roses. You will see many types of animals and birds, including bobcats, deer, quail, javelina, coyotes, and butterflies. Our weather is mild. Most days will be in the 70ºs and 80ºs with a few days in the 60ºs or 90ºs. Freezing temps leave March and don’t return until November. Rain is fairly moderate. you can get in a lot of outdoor activities.

Cathedral Rock in early Spring


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Sedona & Verde Valley events, happenings, and Sedona-Lifestyle are brought to you as a courtesy of Sheri Sperry Coldwell Banker Realty Sedona REALTOR®.  If you are contemplating selling your home, a prospective buyer, or just curious about real estate in Sedona I would be honored to discuss our market. 

You can contact me at (928) 274-7355.  From the moment I am contacted, you will observe my seasoned ability to provide you with “World Class Service” and that “personal touch” while utilizing a complete package of technology options that are of the utmost importance and so critical in today’s market.

I will tailor REAL solutions to fit your specific needs.

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Big Park ~ Village of Oak Creek ~ Weekly Real-Time Market Report and Homes For Sale and Other Local Info!

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Village of Oak Creek ~ Big Park ~ Pine Valley

Sedona Arizona 86351

Weekly Real-Time Market Report 

Courtesy of Sheri Sperry

 

Big Park Village of Oak Creek Pine Valley Market Reports

 

 

Big Park, Village of Oak Creek - VOC, Pine Valley Sedona AZ 86351

A Mild Climate with Impressive Red Rock Views

People who may find the 89A corridor of Sedona a little too busy for their tastes usually find they feel right at home in the Village of Oak Creek. VOC still retains that small town charm nestled in some of the most scenic and familiar red rock views that area has to offer. Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte stand out as you travel west on Hwy 179. The estimated population from the 2010 census is 6,147 (www. quickfacts.census.gov). That is a 2.6% increase from 2000. The land area is 5.26 miles. Most residents find housing prices very friendly and inviting. If you like golf, the area boasts three golf courses; Oak Creek Country Club, Canyon Mesa, and Sedona Golf Resort.

Big Park/Village of Oak Creek/Pine Valley is an area that is in the transitional climate zone, just like Sedona 86336. It is about 1:15 hours 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. Since Big Park has a similar climate as Sedona, you can get detailed statistics at Sedona-Weather.com.

Castle Rock ~ Bell Rock ~ Courthouse Butte

Like Sedona, there is a mix of desert flora as well as pine and juniper trees. The area is surrounded by iconic red rocks and buttes, most notably, Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte (pictured above) and Castle Rock. All three red rocks are pictured below.

Big Park provides different vantage points to enter hiking trails. There are miles and miles of trails that criss-cross the area and may take you to the top of the Munds Mountain ridge. You can access this trail through Jack’s Canyon. This trailhead starts in the community of Pine Valley. It is a long and in spots, a difficult trail to traverse. Learn more about area recreation below.

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)

 

Big Park Village of Oak Creek Pine Valley Sedona 86351 Market Report and Homes for sale

Big Park/Village of Oak Creek/Pine Valley/Sedona 86351

A Vibrant Retirement and Golf Community

The Big Park/Village of Oak Creek (VOC) area is a sleepy bedroom community of Sedona 86336. Big Park is a census-designated place in Yavapai County, Arizona. It was founded in the early 1800‘s and today is otherwise known as Village of Oak Creek or VOC. When it was formed, there was nothing but farms and ranches scattered about the area.

Big Park historical photo

 

The “Village”

The “Village” as it is often called, has slowly transformed over the last 50 years into a sleepy bedroom community of Sedona with golf resorts. Businesses support a retirement community with a bank, some hotels, shopping areas, hardware store, and restaurants. Besides the established Hilton Resort, there is also new construction of the Westin Element Hotel and Sedona Vista Village with two new anchor restaurants coming soon.

Sleepy Bedroom Community of Sedona

People who may find the 89A corridor of Sedona a little too busy for their tastes usually find they feel right at home in the Village of Oak Creek. VOC still retains that small-town charm nestled in some of the most scenic and familiar red rock views that area has to offer. Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte stand out as you travel west on Hwy 179. If you are looking for quick access to Flagstaff or the Phoenix area, many like the closer proximity to I-17.

Another factor that drives buyers to the Village of Oak Creek is housing prices are more moderate than Sedona 86336. Buyers find this a better fit for their needs. Big Park homes vary in size, style, and amenities.  These are all custom built homes and most have been built from the 1980s up to the present.

Big Park~Village of Oak Creek~Pine Valley

Yavapai  County 

This weekly real-time market report covers all the areas in Sedona AZ 86351 including Big Park, Village of Oak Creek, and Pine Valley. The map below shows the boundaries of the area of Sedona 86351. The estimated current population is 6,734 (pointo2pointhomes.com), with the land area at 5.26 square miles.

Sedona Golf Resort Big Park VOC Village of oak creek

Sight Seeing-Recreation Abounds in Sedona and Big Park

If you like golf, the area boasts three golf courses; Oak Creek Country Club, Canyon Mesa, and Sedona Golf Resort. Verde Valley School road leads right to Red Rock Crossing on Oak Creek near Cathedral Rock. Many enjoy this swimming area in the summer months. Many of the spas offer memberships to use facilities, whirlpools and swimming pools.

cathedral red rock crossing swimming hole

The collection of the Verde Valley natural endowments also includes the 1.8 million-acre Coconino National Forest, which surrounds this city and encompasses seven intriguing wilderness areas. Obviously, the list of sightseeing and recreational amenities, including state parks and national monuments, is extensive. In fact, its hardly a surprise that the winding road through Oak Creek Canyon is not only Arizona’s first officially designated scenic highway, but it is also the first leg of a day trip to one of the world’s great wonders, nearby Grand Canyon.

 

 



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Disclaimer 

NOTE: All information presented including, event scheduling, directions and pricing are deemed reliable but not guaranteed. You should check with the organizers, event and attraction website, or management, and organizing team for current information. SellSedona.com is not responsible for inaccuracies or changes to the information provided. Information is provided as a convenience to you. SellSedona.com, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and Sheri Sperry are not affiliated with or are provided any fees, promotions or consideration for the information contained here.  This is merely a public service posting. Websites and URLs are provided for your convenience and not an endorsement for any activity.

Sedona Weekly Real-Time Market Report With Other Local Information

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Sedona Arizona 86336

Weekly Real-Time Market Report 

Courtesy of Sheri Sperry

Sheri Sperry REALTOR - Coldwell Banker Realty 928-274-7355

 

Red Rock Crossing Cathedral Rock

 

 

Casa Contenta West Sedona homes for sale

A Mild Climate with Stunning Red Rock Views

Sedona is a town that is in the transitional climate zone. It is about a 1:25 hours north of the Sonoran Desert and about 25 minutes from the southern border of the Colorado Plateau.  There is a mix of desert flora as well as pine, juniper trees, and forest. Sedona is surrounded by iconic red rocks and buttes. Some areas will have steep canyon walls and there are miles and miles of trails that criss-cross the area. Oak Creek has many picnic areas as well as swimming holes. Slide Rock is a popular summer destination.

As for the chart below; 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 Sedona-Weather.com. All Stats are tracked and there is detailed info since 2010.

Sedona-weather.com - What is the Sedona weather?

Sedona –  A Vibrant Art and Hiking Community

Though Sedona has a little more than 10,000 residents, the visitor population can swell to 30,000 or more. It boasts a vibrant art community and Uptown is tightly packed with shops featuring Native American and New Age wares, along with galleries, restaurants, hotels, and spas. West Sedona has a dynamic business and shopping district with professional services, restaurants, supermarket, and shopping centers.

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)

Sedona homes for sale Soldiers Pass

Sedona Straddles Yavapai and Coconino Counties 

This Sedona weekly real-time market report covers all the areas in Sedona AZ 86336 including West Sedona, Red Rock Loop, Uptown, Little Horse Park and Chapel area. The map below shows the boundaries of the area of Sedona 86336. There is a little over 19.2 square miles of area.

Sight-Seeing and Recreation Abounds in Sedona

The collection of the Verde Valley natural endowments also includes the 1.8 million-acre Coconino National Forest, which surrounds this city and encompasses seven intriguing wilderness areas. Obviously, the list of sightseeing and recreational amenities, including state parks and national monuments, is extensive. In fact, its hardly a surprise that the winding road through Oak Creek Canyon is not only Arizona’s first officially designated scenic highway, but it is also the first leg of a day trip to one of the world’s great wonders, nearby Grand Canyon.

 

 

 



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Disclaimer 

NOTE: All information presented including, event scheduling, directions and pricing are deemed reliable but not guaranteed. You should check with the organizers, event and attraction website, or management, and organizing team for current information. SellSedona.com is not responsible for inaccuracies or changes to the information provided. Information is provided as a convenience to you. SellSedona.com, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and Sheri Sperry are not affiliated with or are provided any fees, promotion or consideration for the information contained here.  This is merely a public service posting. Websites and URLs are provided for your convenience and not an endorsement for any activity.

6 Milestones Impacting SellSedona.com ~ I am blessed and thankful for…

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Reflection – How I got to where I am today as a Coldwell Banker Realty Sedona Realtor
The original blog was published on November 23, 2015. It was recently updated.

“My 5 Things” (plus 1) refers to what I hold dearest to my heart.

 

 

I probably should define a milestone so that I don’t confuse the image with the title of the blog.  To me, a milestone is an action or event that marks a significant change or stage of development.” My 5 Things” (plus 1!) are what I hold dearest to my heart.

SellSedona.com continues to be a very successful venture helping hundreds of buyers and sellers with their real estate decisions. Most of you know me through my startup domain name eSedona.biz.  I started with another brokerage on March 28th of 2011. So this is a milestone in and of itself! As a start-up real estate business, all of us go through changes and we make changes based on what we think is going to bring about success or at least trend in that direction. So I have given this a lot of thought as to what has impacted my ability to be successful in reaching my goals and continuing to move forward in this challenging and very competitive occupation. Maybe you will reflect on some of the same things.

As of January of 2017, I decided another change was in order.  I am now a Sales Associate at Coldwell Banker Realty – Sedona located at the old “Y”, because of the roundabouts, it is now called the “Figure Eight”. But the “Y” continues to stick with most people.

1. My Health

Health is the cornerstone of my milestones. Can you imagine trying to start a business later in life without having good health? I re-invented myself because I love real estate and I found this to be a vigorous and exciting job. As you probably know, it takes a lot of energy to stay up with the demands of providing a top-quality performance, as my clients expect my attention to detail and that personal touch. Don’t you expect those who work with you to pay attention to your needs? Sometimes we are working 7 days a week trying to get everything done in the time frame we have allotted for our clients’ needs. Without our health, the demands might be too much to handle.

2. I Am A Coldwell Banker Realty Sedona Realtor®

I knew the company I chose had to fit well with my work ethic. Also, the other Realtors had to have high ethical standards and promote a professional image in the community, as they would become my second family. I wanted to work for a broker and owner that treated me as a business owner, not an employee. Also, as a customer, you want to work with a company that is professional, has got brand recognition respect, and agents who are the best at what they do.

The support that I get from our entire team is invaluable. When it comes to my clients, they are the true beneficiaries of all the services I offer. I cannot be prouder of the company and the culture of our office and corporate structure.

3. My Husband and Partner

Sheri Sperry & Rick SperryWhen my husband retired from a mid-level position at UPS and we moved out of California to beautiful Sedona, Arizona, he was able to continue his passion for photography and website design.

I enjoy working with people and want to spend most of my time with my clients. My husband, Rick, compliments my business because we collaborate on our marketing approach. He engages social media, new marketing ideas, and techniques as well as cutting edge web design, and SEO. His real estate photography is among the best photos available. The picture at the top is just one of his landscape pictures. What it does for you is it gives you the best internet experience when looking to buy or sell real estate as well as a great referral network for ideas, service personnel, restaurants, lodging, finding your way around the area, and looking for things to do. Our website and social media presence were designed with you in mind.

4. Marketing and Networking

The biggest commitment I made was 2 years with a local publication.

Every week I had a quarter-page ad with my picture and logo and once a month I had a half-page color ad. This promoted my business in such a way that it propelled my recognition in the community. Recently, someone said I looked familiar and I told him that I was a local realtor and he said: “that’s it, I have seen you in the local paper!” I got my first luxury listing from that publication. Besides what I mentioned in number two above, I also do print in Homes and Land and Phoenix Magazine on occasion.

HOmes and Land - Sheri Sperry REALTOR®

Sedona.TV

I have had a TV segment that hits just about all of the hotels and other visitor accommodations as well as the residential area of Sedona and Big Park/Village of Oak Creek. My segment introduced West Sedona information. You can see a portion of the segment here.

Networking and marketing go hand in hand. I decided to join the Sedona Luxury Real Estate Professionals, as it was a big commitment, but a smart decision in the end. I was introduced to a networking venue of professionals who have paramount luxury market knowledge in Sedona. You benefit because I network with the top people in our industry. As an outsider coming into SLREP, I brought a fresh perspective to the group and immediately gained the respect of my associates. In my second year, I became the president of SLREP. As a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, I bring an entirely different skill level to luxury marketing. You can learn more about my added features at the link above.

I also decided to spend the time becoming a Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE®), another decision that I feel has made a huge impact on my ability to negotiate the best deal for you my customer. There are only a handful of agents in Sedona that are MCNE® and out of the approx. 40,000 agents across Arizona and there are 127 agents total in the state. (These numbers will contract or expand).

I would also throw Virtual Results, Happy Grasshopper, IDX Broker along with Ixact Contact in this category. In this day and age, there is no business without a strong vibrant website and IDX system, and Happy Grasshopper and Ixact Contact give me the ability to communicate with my customers in different ways without overdoing it.

5. Clients ~ Family ~ Friends

Coldwell Banker Realty Sedona Realtor®

It’s All About You

Tristan 1st Plane RideOur business IS our clients. I thrive in helping my clients, educating them, and staying in touch with them. Many have become my friends. There is such satisfaction in having a client come to me and thank me for what I did for them. Sure, the commissions are necessary to take care of my family but I go above and beyond because I care about my client. …Just ask one!  I mean it when I say I will be there for you from the beginning throughout the transaction and beyond. I am just a phone call away for all questions you have regarding any subject.

My friends and family are very special to me. When I need to dig down and reach for that extra boost of energy I think of my customers, family, and friends. This helps provide the energy I need to get to the next level. Friends and family understand how busy we are and know that we will make time count when we are with them. Don’t you find that to be true about your friends and family as well?

 

We also enjoy our first grandson and are so excited to watch him and the family grow. This is what it is truly all about! He is our little “boo-boo”.

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 6. SellSedona.com

In 2016, I changed my main website domain from eSedona.biz to SellSedona.com˚. This was a very big deal. After all, my website is the address where people reach me. It was a very time-consuming move to change all my blog posts and website information to the new domain SellSedona.com. Fortunately, my husband managed the complete change-over.

and how it not only improved traffic to my website but also converted that traffic to clients.

I believe that this was a huge marketing bonus in 2016 and that is why my husband and I made the change. SellSedona.com says exactly what I do. Rick designed this site with tourists and locals in mind.  If you go to the Sedona Community under Explore Communities tab, you can scroll down to helpful links such as searching for restaurants, things to do, hotels, resorts, and motels to stay at, etc. Though this site is great for tourists and locals alike, there should be no confusion going forward!

My niche is out of state buyers and sellers. I know exactly what it is to be from out of the area and contemplating a move to Sedona. I often get questions about lodging, restaurants, and things to do. Another area of major concern to most clients is what the weather is like. My husband has an entire domain (Sedona-Weather.com) devoted to our local weather. He is an avid weather nut and has a weather station in our backyard. The stats go back to 2011!  I also have a blog section that summarizes our weather monthly or seasonally. You can get a great feel for what to expect if you follow this blog category…Sedona-Weather.

2021

An update on SellSedona.com. 2020 was an unusual year for everyone in the world. I knew that 2020 would be a challenging year but I elevated my game to a different level to help clients who were in need of help. In turn, this has continued to be a successful venture for me. I followed all COVID-19 requirements for our Sedona real estate venture and came up with ways to list and show properties that were safe and easy for all to follow.

My WordPress website has been updated a couple of times and I have a lot of traffic every day coming to the website. With all of the security issues surrounding websites and the internet in general, my husband has updated our website to HTTPS.  This is a secure version of HTTP. What it means is that all communication from your browser and the website is encrypted.

Besides the premium search engine and IDX platform that is in service, my husband maintains this site on a daily basis.  My blogs are featured in ActiveRain and this has made me the number one blogger in Sedona, and all of Northern Arizona. I am also a top 5 blogger in the entire state of Arizona.

Though I actively use social media venues, which you can access on any page of my website, I have started making more and more videos to improve SEO traffic and create more syndication. As noted above, I recently added more social media information that will give you more local information. Also, you can enjoy videos that SellSedona has created. If you are a seller and list your home with me, this is another tool in our marketing portfolio that you benefit from.   Here are a few links to find videos easily – Youtube ChannelVimeo ProBlogs with Videos – Aerial Videos.

International President’s Circle…

 

In January of 2021, I was very excited to learn that my exceptional sales performance earned elite-level recognition among the top Coldwell Banker® independent sales professionals across the globe. In the letter that I received from M. Ryan Gorman, President, and CEO of Coldwell Banker Real Estate; the letter states: “This remarkable accomplishment is well deserved.  Your expertise, market knowledge, and dedication to clients separates you from your peers and helped you earn your place among the top agent company-wide”. 

 

Remember, there are over 40,000 agents in Arizona, and those who chose to blog about real estate and related subjects increase their syndication efforts and make it easier for those interested in real estate topics to search out the agents who have the right competencies to meet the clients’ goals.

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Top 5% of All Coldwell Banker Sales Associates Worldwide – International President’s Circle

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Top 5% of All Coldwell Banker Sales Associates Worldwide

 

I found out near the end of January that I had earned the Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle Award for Excellence. I have been so busy taking care of clients that I didn’t really think about any awards I might receive.  After all, we are in a virtual world and there have not been any in-person sales meetings.  So there has not been any “buzz” about our 2020 achievements.  

I have really grappled with the idea of sharing this. First of all, it was 2020.  I know that many people have had so many life changes.  They have lost loved ones and many states such as Colorado, a neighboring state were completely shut down and unable to work in real estate.  My heart goes out to all those people.

But today, I saw a post from Grant Schneider – Virtual Teams Will Dominate Soon. I realized that I should share how I adapted to help clients (buyers and sellers) in this new pandemic reality. 

Arizona is a business-friendly state.  There was no real choice, you either adapt or get pushed aside.  I adapted to all the changes that needed to be made to thrive and help clients with all their Sedona real estate needs. 

It Was March 19, 2020…

I know the date because March 18, is my husband’s birthday and the restaurant we were at said that they could only offer take-out starting the next day. Our Sedona and Verde Valley real estate market was very hot. However the next two weeks the phone did not ring.  

“Step Up Communication”

This is right out of Grant’s post.  As a seasoned salesperson, this was natural for me.  I started calling family, friends, and close clients for no other reason than to check on them. I was not trying to sell real estate. But as you know, during the course of any conversation, we often get asked “How is the market doing?”

Inability To Travel

 

I realized that I would have to adapt to whatever my clients needed from me.    I learned how to leverage the virtual world with the hands-on reality of working in the Sedona real estate world. Many of my clients come from out-of-state so I have had that virtual aspect already. But they could not travel easily or had concerns about traveling.  So more than ever before, I did virtual tours for my buyers.  Sometimes I would tour 3 homes in a day.  My husband would do the video while I talked about the home.  Rick set up a template to showcase the video with details of the homes I previewed on my website.  He made a category called “Clients Only”. You can see a video of a $2,350,000 home here, that I previewed for a client. This is the type of service I offer buyers.  my service is customized for their needs.  It is a “Concierge” or bespoke service.

Many have said that clients want to see, touch and experience the energy of what is considered for most people, the largest purchase they make.  I have also found that office space and places to get some “alone” time are very important and changing the way we habitat. The home above has many areas that a member of a household can get away from each other!

Understanding the Nuances of the Virtual World

 

Here is a major issue that you may be able to help your clients with… Some people cannot understand the nuance(s) of change in the inflection of a person’s voice or worse yet, the body language. You may not even be able to see body language in the virtual world. 

Listening skills become critical as well as doing listening checks and asking the right questions. When we listen intently to what a client is telling us, we will be able to identify concerns and adjust to those needs. 

In Closing…

 

I had made all my goals by summer. I didn’t rest on those goals.  I adjusted them upward by a significant 7 figure amount and just slightly missed the new adjusted goal. In times like this, we can’t rest on our laurels. We need to press forward but we also need to realize why we are doing this and celebrate our accomplishments.  I look forward to continued success in 2021.

I received two letters of congratulations.  I will leave you with these 2 lines from our President & CEO, M.Ryan Gorman. 

Your exceptional performance exemplifies the best and brightest in real estate today. 

Congratulations on ranking among the top sales professionals in the network.

 

 


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This is the essence of what it means to be “YOUR Solutions Realtor. Whether you are a buyer or seller, together we will design the right solutions to fit your needs. For example, sellers… Every inquiry I receive on your listing is expertly handled with professional courtesy by me, Sheri Sperry, a licensed and highly trained Sedona Real Estate Expert. It’s the best way for me to assure that YOUR critical needs are being met to exceed expectations. Absentee owners who list with me can count on “White Glove” hands-on special care of their properties.

Contact me for more information to see how I can tailor solutions and services to your needs. It is all part of my Concierge ~ White Glove ~ Service.

Happy 109th Birthday to Arizona. – The Grand Canyon State – 6 Fun Facts

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Happy Birthday Arizona!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Unless you follow Arizona history, you may not know that back in 1912, Arizona was admitted to the Union as the 48th state on February 14th.  

 

In this land of sunshine in the middle of winter, many people are celebrating by getting outside and enjoying the beautiful weather. I can tell you that the amount of people hiking right now in Sedona is more than I would have thought.  I was going down Soldiers Pass this morning and there were at least 50 people walking on the side of the street to get to the entrance of the Soldiers Pass Trail. 

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Of course, others are playing golf or tennis. Many are enjoying their bikes.  Some will celebrate with cactus themed cakes and outdoor BBQs. 

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6 Fun Facts About Arizona – The Grand Canyon State

  • Arizona was part of the New Mexico Territory in 1848 but became a separate territory in 1863. Zonies voted against being combined with New Mexico as a single state.
  • President Taft signed the Arizona Statehood Act after 49 years as a territory.
  • Governor George W. P. Hunt was the 1st Governor of Arizona.  He served 7 terms as governor!
  • Arizona had only 200,000 residents when Arizona achieved statehood. 
  • According to the History Channel, Arizona has the greatest percentage of acreage for Native American Tribal Land.
  • The Grand Canyon (besides being the second most visited of the National Parks – 6 million people visit each year), is larger than the state of Rhode Island. 

Reference – U.S. Department of the Interior – “13 Things you Didn’t Know About Grand Canyon National Park”

www.12news .com  – Happy birthday, Arizona


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This is the essence of what it means to be “YOUR Solutions Realtor. Whether you are a buyer or seller, together we will design the right solutions to fit your needs. For example, sellers… Every inquiry I receive on your listing is expertly handled with professional courtesy by me, Sheri Sperry, a licensed and highly trained Sedona Real Estate Expert. It’s the best way for me to assure that YOUR critical needs are being met to exceed expectations. Absentee owners who list with me can count on “White Glove” hands-on special care of their properties.

Contact me for more information to see how I can tailor solutions and services to your needs. It is all part of my Concierge ~ White Glove ~ Service.

Cottages At Coffeepot – 2020 Year End Market Summary and Current Market Analysis for 2021 – Uncommon Homes

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Soldiers Pass 

West Sedona Arizona 86336

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Uncommon Homes in an Uncommon Setting!

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Market Summary Cottages At Coffeepot 2020

2020 Cottages At Coffeepot Summary

Cottages At Coffeepot 2020 Market Analysis Report. This is the most activity I have seen in this small community for many years (7 sold in 2020). Because of the extreme lack of inventory, this is a seller’s market.  So much so that 2 of these townhomes hit the 7 figure mark for the first time ever in this community. Both of these million dollar listings were completely updated and fetched $1,099,000 and $1,150,000. Both also received offers in the first couple of weeks on market.

Cottages At Coffeepot July 2019 Market

A Unique Gated Community

Each of these townhomes is very unique. They have custom floor plans, different lot sizes and each view is different. Courtyards and garden areas vary as well.  Many of the luxury townhomes have been updated to varying degrees which makes pricing price per square foot a challenge. It takes an experienced REALTOR® who knows the Cottages At Coffeepot very well to position these luxury townhomes.  In the same spirit, a Cottage experienced real estate agent can help buyers when it comes to negotiations with the seller. I have owned a Cottage since 2003 and have 16 + years of history with this community. I can help buyers and sellers get the best value for these special townhouses.


  Cottages At Coffeepot – Market Summary for 2020 

Market Report Update

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Cottages At Coffeepot Are Maintained With Your Safety & Aesthetics in Mind

 

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Looking For That Lock and Go Sedona Lifestyle? 

The Cottages At Coffeepot West Sedona is a gated community for those who want a lock and go lifestyle. The community has a full-time groundskeeper who maintains the front landscaping of each home.  There is only one way in and one way out and it has a security gate to maintain your privacy and safety.  The Cottages are very safe.  Because the Cottages sit over a mile off the main highway (89A) and are tucked in at the foot of the forest preserve, there is little traffic that is not accounted for. Though there are neighbors on either side of each townhome, privacy is maintained very well. You have to see it to believe it!

Designed For Low Maintenance and Relaxation

There are 34 homes and generally 10-12 full-time residents who live in the Cottages while other residents travel to other homes based on the season.  Some spend summers here and others spend their winter months in this community.

Heated Pool May Through October 

One of the unique features that residents enjoy at the Cottages is a heated swimming pool that is available from late April May through October.  The pool area sits higher than most of the luxury townhomes and has a great view of the surrounding red rocks.  (See video above)

Coffeepot Rock

Straddling one of the famous rocks in Sedona. ..Coffeepot Rock, the pool is located right below. From the main street of the 89A, it looks just like the old percolator coffee pot, but as you move around the rock, it can take on another appearance of a “Standing Eagle” a name given to the rock by the Native Americans who inhabit the area.

Luxury Amenities

Besides the pool, you can play a set of tennis anytime you choose at the tennis courts located right below the pool area.  If you decide you want some fresh air and a nature walk, there are trails by Coffeepot that lead to Boynton Canyon to the west and Jordan Park to the east.  The Seven Pools and Devil’s Kitchen are a 10-15 minute walk right outside of the community.  There are Jeep trails also that you can take to get to those features. Just make sure you have the required permit and a narrow rock climbing vehicle to get you back there! If you can’t make it comfortably through the very first obstacle right out of the parking lot, do not attempt to go any further!

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Gated Community

You enter the community from the top of the hill and the monument lights meet the dark sky requirements.  These monuments throw a soft light down onto the pavement and each townhome has one or more in front of their home.

Green Grass

As you can see, there is green grass where you might expect rocks and desert plants.  Most of the community has grass in front of the townhomes. However, the HOA is considering modernizing the landscaping in increments as needed to bring a fresh young look to the complex.

Cottages At Coffeepot June 2019 Market ReportThe picture to the right is looking down from Teacup Trail which hugs Coffeepot Rock. As mentioned before, there are 34 units.  Two of these units sit on two lots. Most of these luxury townhomes are two and three units to a building. Each unit has some sort of courtyard in the front and a backyard garden area.

Many Properties Border Forest

Half of the community borders the forest. Many units have built-in BBQs and all have a slab patio front and back.  Those units that sit on the east side of the street have a view of Coffeepot Rock from the front of the townhouse. All in all, each luxury townhome is unique and special.

The Cottages At Coffeepot Architecture Is Timeless & Built To Last 

The architect is a prominent local resident who built quality homes that still remain timeless today. Don Woods designed more than 200 local homes including Junipine Resort in Oak Creek Canyon to Heartline Cafe and the Sedona Racquet Club according to Sedona Monthly Magazine. This article was back in 2006. I am sorry to say that Don Woods recently passed away. A Don Woods home may start to appreciate in the future because you can’t commission a project anymore. Don Woods was a wonderful man who will be missed by the entire community.  His projects carry his legacy forward. I can recognize one of his projects as soon as I see it.

Fortunately, the builder is still active in the community.  He is Phil Morris.  Currently, he has a multi-million dollar project about 3 minutes from the Cottages located right on Soldier’s Pass. Again, Phil Morris provides a quality product that a homeowner can be proud of.

The Cottages – Affordable Alternative In Soldier’s Pass

The Soldier’s Pass area of Sedona is one of the more pricey areas in Sedona. The average home price in Soldier Pass right now is over $1,650,000.  On the other hand, The Cottages At Coffeepot sit on some prime property at the very end of Soldier’s Pass and offer a more affordable alternative choice of living in a luxury setting.

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Just 4 Minutes Away…

 

 The Soldier’s Pass Location Is 4 Minutes To Shopping & Dining

 

The location is far enough away from the main highway traffic to relish the quiet solitude of nature.  Surrounded by pine and juniper trees, your Cottage is nestled deep into nature yet you can enjoy the peace of mind knowing you are located in a gated community that looks after its own residents.  

A recent study has shown that living within a mile of a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s increases the value of your home. The Whole Foods of Sedona is right at the beginning of Soldiers Pass just 3 minutes away.  

Medical & Professional Services Are Just 4 Minutes Away

A question often asked is “How far are the medical facilities located?”  The intersection of Soldier’s Pass & SR 89A is the start of all the businesses located in Sedona.  Besides Whole Foods at that corner, there are two banks, restaurants, and professional services which include, doctors’ offices, eye care, dentist and lawyer’s offices as well as other professional services. Within 5 minutes of that corner are all the services you may possibly need.  If you need any specific questions answered please reach out to me through my cell phone or email.

Contact Sheri Sperry 


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Buyers

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If you can’t find what you are looking for – please call Sheri Sperry –

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Sellers

 Now is the time to sell!

Please give me a call if you are interested in selling. 

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If You Are Selling Your Sedona Home or Cottage At Coffeepot

You can find a number of sites that will provide you with an ‘estimate‘ of what your home is worth.  These sites use public records and algorithms to determine an ‘estimate‘. They must also publish their ‘error rate’ as well. The human factor is left out of the equation in these estimates. I live in this community and can give you a more accurate picture of what your home or townhouse will sell for.  This is what I do for a living.

Complimentary Comparative Market Analysis 

I am an expert in the Sedona market and the surrounding communities.  I also network with the top REALTORS® in the area. As a past-president of the Sedona Luxury Real Estate Professionals, I bring an added dimension to the luxury market. We meet every 2 weeks to discuss current market conditions and what the forward-looking picture is indicating for the Sedona luxury real estate market.

National and even county-wide news sources are slow and do not accurately represent what is happening in the Sedona area. I contract with a National Research firm to provide you with COMPLIMENTARY, real-time up-to-date market reports, and statistics showing homes and condos for sale in Sedona. These reports are updated every few days to keep you current on Sedona market conditions. This is a valuable tool for you that only I provide through quick website graphs or detailed reports you can get FREE in your email. Just select this link, “How is the market is doing?“.  You can subscribe to any report you need and it will be delivered to your email inbox on a weekly basis.  If you have any questions, feel free to call me.  I will walk you through it.

Also, you will find these reports on my website. The reports automatically update weekly and will provide you with a Market Report Analysis for each of the main zip codes and communities in the area which include: Sedona 86336, Village of Oak Creek 86351, Cornville/Page Springs 86325, and Cottonwood 86326.

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As the video (above) shows, the Cottages At Coffeepot border forest and red rocks. The pool and tennis courts are right below Coffeepot Rock.

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Magic Hour – A Special Time of the Day In Sedona Arizona

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What Is Magic Hour?



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Magic Hour or Magic Time in Sedona is a special time of day. You can see it right before sunrise and right after sunset where the visible light spectrum is separated into the colors of the rainbow as the white light hits the atmosphere at a low angle. Without getting too technical, violet is the shortest wavelength of the visible spectrum. Violet moves and dissipates the fastest through the atmosphere. Red is the longest wavelength and is visible for the longest period of time. It throws a warm glow into the atmosphere for about 20 minutes before sunrise or after the sunsets.  Clouds reflect this light and can bounce it to the earth creating a red glow on everything in its path. This is demonstrated in the images below the prism rainbow below and the link above describes the visible light spectrum and electromagnetic spectrum nicely in a video.

Rainbows, magic hour, magic time, Soldiers Pass, Cottages At coffeepot

Because most of my home faces east with floor to ceiling windows, it is downright impossible to miss that red bounce effect that creates Magic Hour.  Everything inside the home turns red as well as everything on the outside. So reverse sunrises and sunsets are easy to capture in an image in that short window of time. What is also amazing to see is the dark crimson color of the red rocks during Magic Hour.  The contrast of color is most noticeable during Magic Hour or when it rains and saturates the red rocks. The dark contrast is pretty stark.  When snow falls and blankets those red rocks, it is also a sight to see.  The dark color of the red rocks and the vibrant green of the evergreens are vivid next to the white snow.

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Capital Butte – Thunder Mountain – Coffeepot Rock

The perspective of Coffeepot Rock and Thunder Mountain from the Cottages At Coffeepot is almost an optical illusion.  This image (above) shows you the difference in the size of all the formations.  When you see the images below, Coffeepot Rock looks much taller than Thunder Mountain. The proof that it is smaller is seen in the third image below.  The sun is rising on Thunder Mountain but Coffeepot Rock is still in the shade.

 

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The image above was captured at 7:22 am MST

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The above image was captured at 7:24 am MST

Everything is bathed in the red-orange spectrum of light that is being bounced off the clouds in the east. Nothing escapes the color of the bounced light.  The red rocks look more crimson and the green walls look orange.  This lasts for about 20 minutes.

Magic Hour is ending in Sedona AZ sunrise on Thunder Mut

This image was shot at 7:44 am MST – 20 minutes after the last shot above.

Magic Hour is ending and the sunrise is beginning.  The taller Thunder Mountain is the first to get the dawn of the sun rising. (Reference the panorama above.)

 

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What is the Sedona Weather Like in Winter?

 December 2020

The topic of weather in Sedona comes up often.  It is hard to believe that we are starting a New Year and the Winter of 2021!  As for the weather in the month of December, we were able to enjoy our Christmas weather.  There was even a snow flurry right after Christmas which gave us hope we would get some holiday snow.  However, that was not to be. Usually, by the beginning of December, all the leaves of our Japanese Maple have fallen. During this season, there are still leaves on that tree!  The tree may be dormant but the leaves are not brown, they are red, so the tree looks like it is not dormant. It is a very strange year indeed!  Find out –> Why didn’t my tree lose its leaves?

 Exceptional Drought Conditions

There are 5 designations for drought, not counting “none”! Severe is the middle designation moving to extreme and then exceptional. Most of Arizona is in an exceptional drought. Sedona is definitely in an exceptional drought. Again, that is the highest rating for drought conditions. We had only 0.04 inches of rain in December bringing our total rainfall up to 8.15 inches for the year. This is the lowest total by 5.5 inches since recording this measurement in 2010. To make the point, last year we had almost 3 times that amount of rain at 23.47 inches. Our precipitation does vary based on climate conditions in the Pacific Ocean. El Niño and La Niña affect our weather patterns dramatically. Currently, there is a La Niña weather pattern that shifts weather patterns to the north.  This means that Arizona and the Verde Valley (Sedona) will see the probability of a warmer and drier winter season. Learn more about these weather conditions on this page from the University of Arizona files.

 

Is There A Water Shortage In Sedona?

If you live or want to move to the Sedona area, being in an area that is in an Exceptional Drought may be cause for concern.  However, Sedona sits in a pretty unique area of the state of Arizona.  Only .3% of the surface area of Arizona is ground surface water. Because Sedona sits on the banks of Oak Creek, a tributary of the Verde River, it is a  magnet for visitors as well as locals to enjoy year-round. Hundreds of thousands visit this area, especially during the warm summer months. A couple of examples are “Slide Rock State Park” and “Red Rock Crossing”  Besides the Colorado River, Oak Creek and the Verde River are part of the last remaining perennial river systems in Arizona. The Verde River flows for over 150 miles through the state and Oak Creek flows into the Verde River.  It is also a perennial water source. It is said that Oak Creek, at the headwaters, contains some of the purest water in the world.  

In the 20 years that I have been coming to Sedona and owning property here for 17 years, Sedona has never had a water issue.  Sedona was in a pretty bad drought in 2003 and there was no need to ration water.  However,  the groundwater table was low and affected the tree and plant growth. Vegetation did suffer.  So far, this drought has not had a major effect on the trees leaving me to believe that good precipitation in the spring and 2019 had a positive effect on the water table.

Sedona sits at the edge of the Colorado Plateau.  The Colorado Plateau has a large aquifer that touches 4 states.  This is where Sedona gets our water and why we have not had the same issues as southern Arizona has had.  It takes about 800 to 1400 years for an artesian spring to form.  The Oak Creek Canyon Natural Artesian Spring provides us with this very pure water.  Learn more at Green Living “All Water is Not Created Equal”... According to the article, we have been getting water from this source since the 1800s.

The video below, “Loved to Death: The Story of Oak Creek” gives us some important information and discusses the challenges this eco-system faces because of the number of visitors that recreate in and around it. 

 

 

76% to 80% of Days You Will Be Able To Enjoy Sunshine

 

 

The weather in Sedona is pleasant all year long.  The image above was shot on New Year’s Eve morning, the last day of 2020. The mornings were much colder than last year. We had 8 more days of early morning temps below freezing. We also had 1 day in the 70ºs. There have not been any 70º temps in the last 4 years.

 

2020 Sedona Final Weather Category Summary

Previous Years Charts are located at Sedona-Weather.com for comparison

Final Numbers By Category

The Davis Weather Station captures all the statistics in the charts that you see above and below except for “Days with Sunshine”.  This is a subjective number based on the ability to see, feel the rays, and enjoy the sunshine.  Many outlets determine what percentage of clouds are in the sky and then decide whether that is a day of sunshine or not.  Rick looks at the cloud cover and how long it lasts.  For example, if the sky is full of fluffy white cumulus clouds that continually pass overhead but the sun is up, and you can feel the warmth of the sun’s rays and we see a sunrise or sunset, he considers this a day of sunshine. Generally, overcast skies for the better part of the day is a cloudy day and does not count. Based on that, there are 301 days of sunshine in 2020. Most of our days are sunny. 

I would also note that even though we may have 78 days that start out at below 32º, we didn’t have one day below freezing.  This means that any snow or ice that might develop evaporates or melts away because the temperature does not remain below freezing. Notice that there were no days with a high below 40º as well.  There have been a total of 3 days with a high below freezing in the past 10 years.

Sweater Weather

Another area in the chart above that affects the Comfort Index in Sedona (see below) is the number of days at 50º or above.  If the weather is above 50º, I consider that sweater weather.  Days in the 60ºs and 70ºs which most people truly enjoy are 30% of the days that are most comfortable.  For people who live in Arizona, days in the 80ºs are also considered great weather.  This brings the number up to 42% of the total days.  Throw in the days above 50º and you are looking at more than half the year that is comfortable weather.  We had an extremely warm period of weather over 90º. Normally, the number of days over 90º is anywhere from 90 days to 113 days.  This year the days ended up at 137 or 37% of a year!  That is 6 days shy of a month, more than the norm. Fortunately, days in the 90ºs are usually not a problem especially if you are not outside for a length of time. I personally would not go on a hike if the temperature is above 90º.

The Real Story

The real story is the lack of rain all year. November was no exception with 0.06 inches of rain. The yearly total so far is 8.11 inches. The lowest year on record is 5.55 inches higher than that total. Unless December has a big month of rain, this will be the lowest yearly total rainfall in Soldiers Pass, West Sedona measured at the Cottages at Coffeepot. We are definitely in a drought.

Precipitation Almanac

Rain and Snow Totals – FINAL 2020

Sedona AZ Final Precipitation Numbers

Temperature Almanac

Sedona Temperature Chart Totals –  FINAL 2020 – High-Low- Mean Temperatures

2020 Final Temperature Almanac for Sedona Arizona

Sedona AZ Annual Comfort Index = 8.0

How Is the Weather Comfort Index Determined?

According to BestPlaces“Being neither too hot nor too cold or humid nor dry plays a large part in enjoying where you live, so we came up with the BestPlaces Comfort Index. This calculation system factors in components such as afternoon summer temperature and humidity to determine the places in the U.S. that are the most comfortable.” 

That Sedona comfort index number is 8 out of 10.

…”It’s A Dry Heat”

I lived in Houston Texas during my childhood and worked for national companies in Florida.  During the many vacations visiting relatives in Omaha Nebraska and Chicago Illinois during summer, I remember how uncomfortable I felt with the humid conditions.  Humidity also affects you in the winter months making a person feel colder because of the water vapor in the air.  We have all heard the expression about the desert heat – “It does not feel that hot because it is a dry heat!”

Why Is Sedona At An 8.0 Comfort Index?

Some of the reasons Sedona has a very high Comfort Index is that the overall temperature and humidity levels make living everyday life a pleasant experience. Summer, winter temperatures and humidity are not extreme. Sedona-Weather.com has all the stats from 2010 to today. Humidity is not added to the stats because it is in the comfort zone. It should be noted that humidity changes as the temperature changes during the day. In Sedona, it remains in the comfort zone as the temperature changes.  Arizona has an overall Comfort Index of 7.5.  Hawaii has an overall Comfort Index of 8.7 and California has an overall index of 8.4.  Having spent a lot of time in all three states, I feel that majority of the population lives close to the ocean. An ocean breeze can make all the difference with one’s comfort level.

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Enchantment Resort During Late Fall – Early Winter

Enchantment Resort - Sedona Weather during winter

Enchantment In Late Winter – Early Spring

Enchantment in Spring

Cathedral Rock – Summer – Red Rock Crossing Area of Oak Creek – A Place for Recreation

Cathedral Rock Red Rock Crossing

West Fork – Oak Creek Canyon – Fall

Fall - West Fork Oak Creek Canyon

 

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Christmas and Holiday Memories on this Throwback Christmas Eve 2020

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 Throwback Thursday Christmas Eve Memories

A Disney Christmas

Top Image: This is the view I get as I drive up Shadow Rock drive to turn into my subdivision, The Cottages At Coffeepot. Snow is a rare and beautiful sight on Thunder Mountain. I have stated this before but yes, this is the Thunder Mountain that captured the heart of Walt Disney who was so inspired, he designed a ride at Disneyland.  Walt Disney had a home and escaped here to Sedona before Sedona was ever on the world’s radar. My family loves Disneyland, especially this time of year. We had a trip planned to take Tristan but it will have to wait until next Christmas.

I often think of a Disney Christmas or a Bing Crosby White Christmas when it snows. We love snow. It doesn’t overstay it’s welcome. After a snowstorm, the snow starts melting (mostly evaporating) immediately. Unfortunately, this year we will probably not see much if any snow due to the La Niña weather conditions. More about that in my end of the year weather update!

So I have compiled a few of my favorite images into a video.  I also sprinkled in some family fun shots of special holidays because making memories is what this Christmas season is all about.

Merry Christmas from the Sedona Sperry’s from Rick & Sheri Sperry on Vimeo.

Happy 2020 Christmas!

“There’s no experience quite like cutting your own live Christmas tree out of your neighbor’s yard.” – Dan Florence

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“I love Christmas. I receive a lot of wonderful presents I can’t wait to exchange.” – Henny Youngman

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and my favorite…

“For it is in giving that we receive.” – Francis of Assisi

BTW…

Our Japanese Maple is still holding leaves.  This tree has never held leaves this far into December, let alone Christmas. At this rate, it will be 2021 before all the leaves fall. It certainly has been a different year!

Japanese Maple Xmas Eve with leaves

 

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Cottages At Coffeepot Is First Sedona Community To Be Certified As “Firewise”

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Cottages At Coffeepot Certified “Firewise” 

First Sedona Community To Earn Designation

Cottages At Coffeepot Firewise Certified

Image courtesy of Sedona Red Rock News

Sedona Fire District engineer Cooper Carr left, firefighter Josh Combs, Captain Angel Morales, Aaron Casem, prevention and mitigation officer for the Arizona Department of Forestry, Catherine Knox, head of the Firewise steerage committee, HOA board member Caroline Oreel, HOA board president Gila Hager-Sherman, SFD Fire Marshal Jon Davis, HOA board member Bill Baridon, and SFD Battalion Chief “Buzz” Lechowski recognize the Cottages at Coffeepot neighborhood as the only Firewise USA site in the Sedona Fire District on Saturday, Dec. 5. David Jolkovski/Larson Newspapers

 

Cottages At Coffeepot Borders U.S. Forest Service

Cottages At Coffeepot Gated Entrance

Due to the fact that the Cottages At Coffeepot community borders U.S. Forest Service, it is essential that the community does everything it can to help with wildfire mitigation.  Every year in spring, a memo goes out to the entire community with tips on how to be “Firewise”.  We all need to do our part to protect our community from the risk of wildfire.

Wood Shingle RoofWood Shingle Roof – 2006

Composite fire-retardant roof shingle

Wood Shingle Roofs Needed To Be Replaced

This really came to a culmination when the Brins Mesa Fire broke out on June 17, 2006. This fire was very close to the Soldiers Pass area.  The Cottages At Coffeepot were under evacuation orders.  It just so happened that the Cottages At Coffeepot Home Owners Association (HOA) was in the midst of deciding on new roofing materials.  Prior to the composite shingles that the cottages now have, the roofing material was a wood shingle.  Many homeowners wanted to reroof with this same wood shingle.  This all changed with the encroachment of the Brins Mesa Fire.  These shingles have been found to aid in hastening fires.  Most insurance companies will not even insure properties with this type of shingle. Every cottage has replaced the roof with a fire-retardant composite shingle. On the left is the composite fire-retardant roof shingle that has replaced the wood shingles throughout the Cottages At Coffeepot.

The Cottages At Coffeepot had to be evacuated when it was thought that the Brins Mesa fire was changing direction towards the cottages.  Fortunately, the fire did not encroach any homes in Soldiers Pass.

10 Safety Tips To Mitigate Wildfire Risk

Cottages At Coffeepot Firewire Certification

 

5 Action Items To Improve Your Home’s Survivability

  • Remove leaves, pine needles, and other flammable material from the roof, gutters, and on and under the deck to help prevent embers from igniting your home.
  • Screen areas below decks and porches with 1/8″ wire mesh to help prevent material from accumulating underneath.
  • Cover exterior attic and soffit vents with 1/8″ wire mesh to help prevent sparks from entering your home.
  • Enclose eaves to help prevent ember entry.
  • Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace missing shingles or tiles.  Cover ends of tiles with bird stops or cement to help prevent ember penetration during a wildfire.

5 Tips For Landscaping Around Your Home

  • Remove dead vegetation and other flammable materials, especially within 5 feet of your home.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained.  If it is brown, cut it down to help reduce fire intensity.
  • Prune tree limbs so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet above the ground to help reduce the chance of fire getting into the crowns of the trees.
  • Move construction material, trash, and woodpiles at least 30 feet away from the home and other outbuildings.
  • Dispose of branches, weeds, leaves, pine needles, and grass clippings that you have cut to reduce fuel for a fire.

 

Shadow Mountain Drive - Cottages At Coffeepot

Cottages At Coffeepot Overhead

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