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Sedona Winter is Coming – Do You Have A Snow Shovel? Are You Prepared?

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Winter is Coming in Sedona

Make Sure You Have A Snow Shovel!

Sedona Snow storm 2018 snow shovel

Remember the Sedona Winter of 2018-2019?

El Nino was responsible for our extreme cold weather last winter, especially February. Sedona had 5 low-temperature readings below 20º with 11.2º the lowest temp so far this year. I am pretty sure this will hold as the lowest temperature for the rest of 2019.

When I say “low temp”, I am referring to the temperature that hits the lowest point for the day. Usually, this is in the early morning right before sunrise. As soon as the sun rises, the temperature readings start to rise and quickly get above freezing.

What is “Hard Freeze”?

What we have to be worried about is a “hard freeze”. This is a combination of temperature and time below freezing that can damage the cell structure of a plant or bush. 27º is considered a danger zone. Ice can start forming on water and seasonal vegetation may be destroyed if the temp remains there for a sufficient time period.

Moving Forward – Are You Willing To Take The Chance?

Last year (2018), only 1 day at 18.6º was recorded. February had the most snowfall in any recorded month since starting in 2010 at 25.51 inches recorded at the Cottages At Coffeepot weather station. Chances are we may not see cold temperatures and snow like we saw last February but are you willing to take the chance?

Don’t Get Caught Off Guard!

Once the stores run out of winter supplies, it is hard to find any replacements.  It is better to be prepared than to be caught off guard. I was in Ace Hardware at the beginning of November and they had the snow shovels (all models) lined up at the entrance to the store.  Ace had plenty of buckets of driveway salt also.

snow shoveling in Coffeepot CottagesI went in to get some burlap to cover the plants when the temperatures get down below freezing and saw this first hand. When we got to Sedona, we bought a snow shovel, my husband has used it every year. Even in light snow, it is better to be pro-active and keep a path clear for walking.  It was only a couple of years later, that we had ice on the driveway and had to buy a snow pick to scrap it off.

This past February, we had such a large amount of snowfall (over 25 inches) that many residents were caught off guard.  We were the only ones with a snow shovel or salt. Many neighbors needed our help to clear driveways. My husband also has a rock climbing jeep if there was an emergency and someone needed to get to a hospital. Fortunately, there are four vehicles like the one pictured above in our neighborhood, but only Rick is here full-time!

Another item I would highly recommend is a cover to protect the outdoor faucet or spigot.  My house had both spigots freeze up in different years.outdoor faucet cover snow shovel I left a hose on one which is something you do not want to do in the winter during freezing morning temps. The other faucet was just a little too exposed to the elements.

Living in Southern California until 2007, I had never seen one of these covers.  It is worth spending a couple of dollars to put one of these covers over each of your outdoor spigots or faucets.

Faucet or Spigot Bib Covers

These faucet or spigot bib covers are easy to put on and take off to put a hose on to water plants during times when there is no freeze. The black pull has a circle at the end under the bell-shaped cover. Fit that over the faucet handle or spigot and loosen or tighten the pull.  Just make sure you put it back on before the next freeze!

 

Here are just a few things to keep in mind when you are off to the store to pick up winter supplies.

 snow shovel driveway salt and burlap

Snow Shovel

Pick up a nice sturdy snow shovel with metal on the scoop. This will keep your shovel from wearing out prematurely. It should be light but sturdy.  The snow shovel pictured above is 15 years old! Remember, you won’t be using it very often but you will be so glad you have it when you need it!

Driveway Salt

If you wait too long, this is another commodity that will be missing from store shelves.  I was able to substitute soft water system salt and it works just fine. I also recommend a small container that you can use to easily scoop the salt out of as you place it on your steps.

Burlap Roll or Bags 

Take inventory of plants and hedges that may need extra protection from early morning freezing temps. In most cases here in Sedona, you can keep plants covered and they should be able to weather the freeze.  I had a very hardy cactus plant and never covered it. It seemed to do fine every year until it didn’t… I lost this beautiful cactus.

Coffeepot Cottage Cactus

If you cover cactus plants like the one pictured above,  make sure you are wearing gloves. This type of cactus has plenty of stickers that you won’t even be able to see. My suggestion, once the season is over take the tarp (at arm’s length) and throw it in the trash!

Odds and Ends

You might also need Bungie cords, rope or netting to secure the tarp around bushes or trees. I also bought some stakes to secure the netting into the ground. Last recommendation, don’t wait until the freeze is upon you to get all the supplies. If you plan ahead, you will be happy you did!

Don’t Let A Little Snow Scare You Away From Sedona!

I have found that many real estate agents do not show snow in their images. My husband was commissioned by an agent for landscapes of Sedona and she specifically told him “no images with snow.”  There have been some potential buyers who have had such a negative experience with snow and frigid conditions, they will not ever consider an area where snow could fall.

We are fortunate to have a four-season climate. Better yet, the winter and summer seasons are mild compared to the rest of the country. Why? The humidity is low. Sometimes the snow evaporates before it melts. It just disappears.

Many who have not experienced winter here in Sedona don’t realize just how beautiful it really is.  We don’t get a lot of snow and when we do, it melts the same day.  It is rare we see ice and that is only if the sun cannot reach it. Shady areas may make the snow linger. Our freezing temps are usually in the early morning and once the sun comes out, temps move into the 50ºs or 60ºs.  Rick has only recorded 3 days with a high of below 32º since 2011.  That is approximately 3,282 days (and climbing) that never had a day where the temperature stayed below 32º. My husband has a weather station in the backyard and tracks all the temps.

The contrast of the crimson color of the rocks and the evergreens with the pure white snow is just amazing to see.  Our cold is not bone-chilling because the air is dry. Most days, just a sweater will do. You don’t need to bundle up unless you are going to be out in the weather for longer periods.

As always, if I can help you with any questions about Sedona or Verde Valley real estate, please don’t hesitate to call me at 928) 274-7355.

Chapel Area with dusting of snow

The Chapel Area – Elephant Rock – Twin Sisters

 

Master Certified Negotiation Expert ~ MCNE®

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Sheri Sperry Coldwell Banker MCNE Master Certified Negotiation Expert


 

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Master Certified Negotiation Expert – MCNE®

If you are looking for a real estate agent who understands and is an expert in the negotiation process, Sheri Sperry MCNE® of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of Sedona is the Sedona top agent you should seek out. *There are currently approximately 211 agents (Nov. 2019) that are MCNE® in all of Arizona and only 5 who are local agents in Sedona Verde Valley Association of Realtors (SVVAR).  There are 50,000+ members in the Arizona Association of Realtors.

A Master Certified Negotiation Expert must be skilled in all areas of negotiation and have taken all the courses including:

  1. Certified Negotiation Expert CNE 1 (2 days)
  2. Mastering Email Negotiations (1 day)
  3. Advanced Negotiation Techniques for Buyer’s Agents (1 day)
  4. Advanced Negotiation Techniques for Listing Agents (1 day)
  5. Negotiating Across Generations (3 hours)
  6. Cultural Factors In Real Estate (3 hours)

Key Take-Aways

  • Professional Negotiation and Business Building Training
  • Competitive Win-Lose Hard bargaining vs. Collaborative Win-Win Negotiation
  • Psychology of Buying
  • Persuasion Principles
  • Case Studies
  • Skill Practice and Role Plays
  • Understand and Demonstrate Various Communication Modes
  • Learn Effective Written Communication Skills and Techniques
  • Handle Highly Competitive Negotiators With Ease
  • Greater Confidence In All Negotiations
  • Anticipate and Prepare For Counter Offer
  • Prepare Listing vs Buyer Offer Strategies To Support Your Position and Improve Odds of a Successful Negotiation
  • Persuade Seller Not To “Over-list” and Buyer Not To “Lowball”
  • Understand General Concept of Culture Factors and Tactics On Negotiations
  • Deal Effectively With Language Barriers
  • Understand Generational Factors and the Impact On Negotiations
    • Silent Generation – Baby Boomers – Gen X – Gen Y – Millenials

 

* These figures will change as real estate agents are added or deleted from the respective associations. The article was updated in November 2019.

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Planning a Fall Open House In Sedona

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As you are planning a Fall open house in Sedona, and your Sedona home is newly on the market, you have to take into consideration the shorter autumn and winter days, freezing temps, and deeper shadows.  Consider these ideas for making your open house bright, warm and welcoming.

Curb Appeal

In the spring and summer, it is easy to make the exterior of your home appealing by keeping the lawn green and trim, add showy blooms to your flower beds and trimming the hedges. But, if your lawn is the type that goes dormant in the winter, you know it won’t look its best. However, you can make sure it receives a final trim and has clean edges.  Keep the leaves raked and bagged, and add fresh much to your flowerbeds and the bases of your trees.

Prepare for inclement weather

All the meteorologists in the world cannot predict with complete accuracy what the weather above your home will be on the day of your open house, so you need to plan for multiple contingencies. That means protecting your entryway from the mud, snow and leaves that an unobservant guest may track in, having places for coats or umbrellas and other weatherproof gear. Here are some options to help:

  • Place a welcome mat outside both the front and back doors specially designed to remove dirt from shoes and boots like this one from LLBean.
  • Designate a place for wet outerwear. When potential buyers arrive during a downpour, it is important to let them know you have planned for them. Have empty hooks, or an empty coat closet available for their wet coats, scarves, and hats.
  • Place an umbrella stand just inside the door. If you have room, you can use a combination coat rack and umbrella stand. This decorative rack from Home Depot has room for both in a stylish but heavy-duty construction.
  • Once winter weather sets in, make sure your sidewalks are swept or shoveled, and that you have removed any ice from pathways and steps.

 

Create a warm and cheery environment

When it is cooler outside, buyers want to know that the furnace or radiators function. Avoid overheating your home, which can make it uncomfortable for buyers that keep their coats on. Aim for about 70°F. Be sure that windows are caulked and that there are no obvious drafts. If you have a gas fireplace, consider turning it on to add a cheery glow, but if your fireplace is wood-burning, consider using candles inside the fireplace instead since some buyers may be allergic to wood-smoke.

Finally, make sure your windows are clean and sparkling. Open drapes so buyers can see the view, and turn on lights in every room to chase away any dark shadows. You can add seasonal interest with a pretty wreath on the door and pumpkin or spice scents throughout the home.

We can help

When preparing your home for a fall open house in Sedona, we can help you determine the best way to display your home’s special features.

For all your real estate needs, you need an expert marketing agent.  Give me a call at 928.274.7355. It will be a pleasure to assist you.

Sheri Sperry ~ Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Sedona

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Growing an Indoor Garden in the Fall and Winter Months

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Growing Indoor GardenSomething to think about this time of year is growing an indoor garden. As the winter season rolls near in Sedona, you might be hankering for some fresh greens, herbs or sprouts in your diet. Changes and improvements in lighting, soil and planting techniques mean that you can grow lovely plants in your home year-round. You can have a simple herb garden or an elaborate hydroponic system.

Growing an Indoor Garden

Container gardening is a collection of pots, jars, boxes or other containers that can hold a plant medium (soil, commercial soil-less mixtures, sand, bark or mulch). The medium supplies the plant’s roots with nutrients, moisture, air, and physical support. Hydroponic or aquaponic gardening uses fertilized water (sometimes including live fish) as the growth medium.

9 indoor garden ideas:

Here are a variety of indoor gardening ideas. Add one to your décor and give your home a much-needed lift in the winter months.

  • Terrarium: you can create a terrarium in a jar, hurricane lamp or unused fish tank growning an indoor garden.
  • Force bulbs: Tulips, amaryllis, hyacinth, narcissus, crocus, and other bulb plants can be “forced” to bloom indoors in the winter.
  • Simple terra cotta pots: Start your herbs in small pots on the windowsill. In the spring, you can transfer them outside.
  • Rock garden: Grow succulents or parasitic plants on a rock. Since they don’t need soil they can live for months with periodic watering.
  • Hanging planters: When space is limited, hang planters on the wall or from a hook in the ceiling. A variety of options can be found at retailers like Home Depot.
  • Growing an indoor garden might require a Mini greenhouse: For herbs, cherry tomatoes and other hothouse plants, try a mini greenhouse like this one at IKEA.
  • Potted citrus trees: Grow your own oranges, lemons, limes or cumquats in an indoor pot and add some homegrown vitamin C to your diet.
  • Mason jars: Set mason jars in the windowsill or shelf and grow simple herbs like rosemary, cilantro, and basil.
  • Plant table: Buy or build a garden table for your living room. A plant table is like a box with legs. You can plant directly into the box, or fill it with small pots.

Environmental Control For Growing An Indoor Garden

If you don’t heat your entire home throughout the winter, consider a soil heat mat for your garden. Sort of like a heating pad for your plants, the soil heat mat keeps the soil warm from underneath. Most plants thrive best at about 75-85°F and a heat mat will keep the soil at the perfect temperature.

Automatic watering systems can keep your plants moist even if you forget. The same as an outdoor drip system, a series of tiny tubes supply water on a timer system. A simpler and more mobile option is the use of a watering globe. Typically made of hand-blown glass, you fill the globe with water once a week or so, place it tube side down into the soil and it keeps the soil moist. Homemade water globes (from wine or glass soda bottles) will work as well.

Finally, consider the light. If you don’t have a well-lit window, or if you’re winter days are often overcast, consider a grow light. These come in a variety of intensities and sizes. A gardening shop can advise you on the best light for your situation.

If you’re selling your home in the winter, simple indoor plants can add cheerful appeal for potential homebuyers. I can advise you on the best way to include plants when staging your home for an open house, so contact me today and let me get started.

As always, if you have any other Sedona or Verde Valley real estate needs please don’t hesitate to give me a call.  Contact 928-274-7355 ask for Sheri!

 

Sedona September Weather Recap – Monsoon 2019 – In the Books

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Sedona Weather Recap for September

Sedona September Weather Recap - Monsoon 2019 Coffeepot Rock

 

A Disappointing Monsoon

Sedona September Weather Recap – Fortunately, the Cottages at Coffeepot in Soldiers Pass West Sedona received 1.26 inches near the end of the month. Unless we get a lot of rain these next 3 months, the lack of precipitation will negate the amount of rain we received in the first half of the year. Monsoon is now over and you would not have known there was a monsoon.

The Stats

Monsoon starts on June 15 and goes to September 30th.

During that time, Sedona accumulated 3.52 inches of rain. If you compare this to the 6.94 inches in 2018, the 2019 total is about one-half of 2018. This means warmer days because there is little cloud cover. June rarely has rain or cloud cover and this is why it is generally the warmest month of the year. In most areas that do not have monsoon conditions, August is generally the warmest month of the year.

Days with Rain in 2019 = 12

Days with Rain in 2018 = 32

Last Day of 100º+ Temps in 2019 = 09/04

Last Day of 100º+ Temps in 2018 = 08/19

As for 100º Temps – We average around 25 a year at an average 101º. 

The Warmest Days in 2019 were 103.7 in June and mid-August

We are on track to hit over 300 days of sunshine this year. 

(See more Stats below) 

Sedona September Weather Recap - Weather Category by month 2019

September did start to cool down once the rain came. The average temperature was 77º for the month. Currently, the mornings are brisk and it feels like fall.  

See Sheri’s blog on “Monsoon” for more information.

 

Sedona September Weather Recap
Another month of perfect weather. The air conditioner has been off most of the month of September. It ran for about 15 hours during the entire month.

Discover more at Sedona-Weather.com 

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Is Recession On The Horizon In Sedona Arizona?

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What Are The Economic Conditions in

Sedona Arizona?

It’s All About The Tone..

Economic Conditions – I have had clients ask about how the real estate market is doing. It is a pretty standard question, wouldn’t you agree? However, since the hysteria of the media to report that the sky is falling in on the economy, the tone has changed in the way the question has been asked. Though, my answer has not changed. More on that later.

The KISS Principle

Florida Everglades SwampI think it is important to identify a couple of economic and financial terms for simple understanding. These terms affect economic conditions.

To be fair, none of this is simple. Economists get advanced degrees to voice their complex opinions on the subject utilizing data streams and algorithms that fit the narrative they want to project. Do you see where I am going with this?

But for the context in future discussions, it may help with understanding what affects the economic conditions of Sedona.

If you have a basic understand the indexes and terms used as well as talk with others in your local community, You will be able to make a good assessment of how real estate and the economic conditions are doing. It’s just that simple!

Definitions

  • Macroeconomics – Analysis of growth, inflation, and unemployment trends.
  • Microeconomics – Simply put when googled – the study of the behavior of individuals and firms in making decisions regarding the allocation of scarce resources and the interactions among these people and businesses.
    • Hiring, layoffs, inventory control, consumer spending, shipping practices, transportation, travel, etc.
  • Inverted Yield Curve – When short-term interest rate is higher than the long-term interest rate in the bond market.
    • Simply speaking, investors feel that interest rates will fall soon and want a higher return on a short-term investment.

Historically, the Inverted Yield Curve has been a precursor to a recession. The swamp creatures, for reasons which should be obvious, want us to believe that a recession is coming sooner rather than later because of this indicator.  This affects both macro and microeconomics.

questions economic conditions

Prognostication and Answers to the Questions

Prior to my Sedona real estate career, I was in the staffing industry and my husband was in transportation. Well before an upturn or downturn in the economy, the flags went up.  Either direction, temporary staffing was in big demand. Shipping and transportation were also affected. I knew when a recession was coming.  I did not need a talking-head to tell me what was happening. I do not feel any differently today.

As we know, anything can spark a change in the economic direction of our country and eventually our cyclical economy may see a recession. Nobody knows when or how deep that will be. As of now, I don’t see a storm on the horizon. You too can have a handle on how the economy is trending by analyzing the definitions above, using your criteria and not the swamp creatures and talking heads!

As for the Challenging Questions…

Tourism is Sedona’s main economy. Whether the economy is up or down, tourists still come. It just becomes more localized during a downturn. The economy is seasonal but fairly stable overall. If you talk to a local who has to deal with the traffic around town and in their neighborhoods (hiking trails), they think that we have too much tourism. I personally believe that we need to continue to have a vital economy and tourism figures into that equation.

Sedona Is A Unique Market 

The Sedona real estate market is a secondary home market so it lags behind the rest of the country during trending periods of our economy. People from across the country are investing in a vacation home, or are planning on retirement. Some are renting those homes to others before they retire. I have close to half of my clients who pay cash for the opportunity to own a home in Sedona or the surrounding area.

World Class Service Stands Out Sheri Sperry economic conditions

Why Haven’t I Changed My Answer On How The Sedona Real Estate Market Is Doing?

I stated in the first paragraph that my answer has not changed when asked about how the Sedona real estate market is doing. My market analysis is based on the local trend for current real estate statistics and what I see happening.

I set the tone in my market for innovative thinking which creates innovative solutions tailored for every buyer and seller in my market. I also set the tone for business values, based on the concept of World Class Service and exceptionalism. My goal is to exceed the needs of my clients and be the Sedona real estate agent of choice in the market for today and tomorrow.

Our Fall Selling Season

Right now I am keying in on what is going to make me successful in the upcoming Autumn market.  I just added more online marketing and will continue with my print campaigns as well as getting ready to send out my Fall Season Thankful card to all my clients. The spring selling season starts mid to late January and I will tweak my marketing based on the fall season.

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Sedona Winefest 2019 ~ September 28th thru 29th ~ West Sedona Arizona

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11th Annual Sedona Winefest 2019

September 28th & 29th – 2019

Posse Grounds Park – 525 Posse Ground Road, Sedona Az 86336

Featured By Sheri Sperry Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

 

Unofficial Fall Season Kickoff!

 

The Sedona Winefest is the unofficial kickoff Fall celebration tradition for the Sedona area since 2009.  In 2009, over 700 guests attended the event.  This has become such a popular event that in 2015, the number of guests swelled to more than 2500! Every year more people attend.

The event has drawn visitors from near and far to experience what the Verde Valley and Arizona have to offer in wine selections. Besides tastings from Arizona wineries, there will be tantalizing food choices to pair with your wine. All available under the big tent!  Step outside and marvel at the wonderful view of the red rocks that surround you! Invite your neighbors and friends to participate in this fun event to kick start our Autumn high season.

This is a rain or shine event!

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Art Exhibits

– Vendors –

(Display of Goods – Glass Art, Wine Bottles, Jewelry, Wine Bottle Furniture)

Local Cuisine

Learn About Arizona Wines – by Arizona Wine Experts

Raffle Prizes

Paint-Out on Saturday

Live Music on Sunday

25 Arizona Wineries

including

Alcantara ~ Arizona Stronghold ~ Burning Tree Cellars ~ Caduceus Cellars ~

Carlson Creek Vineyard ~

Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery ~ Oak Creek Vineyards & Winery ~ Page Spring Cellars ~ Pillsbury Wine Company ~ Su Vino Winery ~

Plus other wineries from around Arizona 
Ticket Prices
$35 pre-order ~ $40 at the door ~
Ticket for both days ~ $50 online (online sales end Friday, Sept. 27th)
More Information located here

 

Historical Posse Grounds Park below

Sedona Posse Grounds Park Land for Sale

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We Will Never Forget – Sedona Fire District’s WTC Artifact Ground Zero

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Sedona Fire District 911 Artifact and Memorial

Sedona Fire District 911 Artifact and Memorial

Where Is The Sedona Fire District 911 Memorial Artifact Located?


Sedona Fire District – For those who are local or coming to Sedona would like to see the Sedona Fire District 911 Artifact and Memorial, it is located right next to Sedona Fire District Station 6 on the SR 179. The Sedona Monument welcoming you into our beautiful city is located right next to the fire station and you would make a turn into that parking lot.  This fire station is located in the Chapel area and can be seen easily on the east side of the street. Please stop at Station 6 and touch this artifact. Remember all the souls lost that day and all those who have suffered from cancer directly related to that event. Our servicemen and women who have shed blood and treasure for their country should also be honored and remembered. We will never forget…

The Sedona Fire District Station 6 is located between Chapel Road and Meadowlark Drive. 



 

A Poignant Recollection of that Fateful Day

 

This script below was taken from Ricks World Sedona written on the 10th anniversary of this horrific event. See the entire post as well as pictures of that day from Newsweek magazine in a very poignant video.

America will never be the same after that Tuesday in September back in 2001.  I would hazard to say that no country in the world has been the same.  Ten years have gone by but for many, it seems like only days.  There are those people who have been touched and scarred deeply by the event; family members, close friends, and co-workers, who never returned home that evening. Since then, over 6200 servicemen and women have lost their lives defending our freedom;  freedom from tyranny and terrorism. Some of these people go to sleep every evening and wake up every morning with the unbearable pain of what they had to endure.  Our hearts and prayers go out to these brave souls who continue to fight day in and day out to survive the scars they received from the events of that day.

For the people who were not directly scarred by 9/11/01, many may only reflect back when there is an anniversary.  As Americans, we will never forget.  It is incumbent upon us to ensure that future generations understand and appreciate our history and what can happen when evil forces try to take your freedoms from you.

Sedona Fire District 911 Artifact donated by the Port Authority of NY and NJ

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Sedona Fire District Fire Station 6 911 Artifact Memorial

We Will Never Forget…

A Conversation With A Chipmunk ~ Sedona Style!

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A Very Special Sedona Sunrise…

 

Conversation with a Chipmunk… It is another brisk morning around 60º. A perfect time for a hike and a climb up Cathedral Rock. You arrive before the many other hikers.  Finding that special place in the saddle of Cathedral Rock, you clear your head and start your meditation. 

 

Hi Little Fella!

What’s that chirping noise? Hello little fella! What’s that you say?  Ahhh! I see what I am missing!  That sure is a beautiful sunrise. The sun is just starting to peek through the red rocks. Well little fellow, if you had not given me that nudge to open my eyes and make me look up I would have missed this daybreak. Thank you, for reminding me to live in the moment, little fella!

 

Living in the Moment…

My son is an avid hiker who has a favorite spot for meditation at Cathedral Rock. He has had little chipmunks and other critters enter his meditation circle before but this time, he felt this chipmunk was trying to get his attention. Fortunately, he had his phone close by and was able to capture this moment on video.

 

“The next message you need is always right where you are” 

Ram Dass

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“Remember then: there is only one time that is important – Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.” 

Leo Tolstoy

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“Past and future are in the mind only – I am now.” 

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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“The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.”

Abraham Maslow

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The “Non”soon Affects August Weather Pattern in Sedona

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August Weather Update 2019

The “Non”- Soon – Lack of Monsoon Moisture

Sedona Arizona

Sedona red rocks Sphinx and Mittens during Monsoon

August Weather

As long as I have lived in Sedona, we have had a decent amount of rain in July and August, that is until this year!  The rain was significantly down from over 6+ inches in July and August of 2018 to 2.2 inches in 2019. We are at the tail end of monsoon.

How Has This Affected our August weather?

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August temps were slightly higher than normal, averaging a little over 2º from the same time period last year. There were 7 more days over 100º compared to 2018 and last year there were 7 days in the 70s and 80s, with 11 in 2017 but none this year in August. Normally there is enough rain to cool off the August temps in Sedona. There have been many years with little to no triple-digit temps in August. It would be too much to assume that September would be a high rain-producing month. In the last 9 years, 4 have had less than an inch of rain. Two months were a little more than one inch leaving only 3 years at around 2.5 inches or more of rain.

There are other areas of Arizona that have seen some rain but not Sedona. I like to share storm cloud videos with lots of lightning and thunder but the weather has not cooperated!  So please enjoy this time-lapse video of moving clouds at sunrise and sunset.

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A Look Back At Coffeepot Rock’s Different Faces & The Cottages At Coffeepot

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Coffeepot Rock – Different Faces – Different Times in Sedona Arizona

As Coffeepot Rock is viewed from many different angles, it will take on a different look. It may appear to be a different rock. It got its name from the coffee pot that cowboys used on the range.
There are several examples below.
Can you see the different faces?

Coffeepot Rock At Coffeepot Cottages

Coffeepot Rock ~ Monsoon – Magic Time At the Coffeepot Cottages

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Coffeepot Rock in 1962 by my husband’s uncle who was visiting from Chicago. It is prior to sub-division development (Sedona 1-2) in this area. Most of the roads were dirt.

This is an old movie set (see picture below) from “Johnny Guitar” (1954) starring Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden.

We have the original photo (above) and have scanned it and improved the color quality through photo apps.

By accident, I found the picture above on the internet being offered for sale as a postcard! Imagine my surprise!

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(above) Photo courtesy of Taos Unlimited



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(above) This is the area where the film “Johnny Guitar” was filmed – The subdivision is Sedona West 1-2

CoffeePot Rock

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Coffeepot Rock is known as ‘Standing Eagle’ in the Native American community

This was taken during Summer Monsoon

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This picture is taken about 300 ft up the street from the image below in the Cottages of Coffeepot

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On the trail below Coffeepot Rock

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This picture is right below Coffeepot on a trail halfway up the rock

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This image of Coffeepot Rock is from Soldiers Pass Rd

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Right outside the gates of the Cottages of Coffeepot

This angle is where the iconic rock looks most like the native American depiction of “Standing Eagle”

Coffeepot Rock Standing Eagle The Sedona Lifestyle Live in beauty

On the other side of the gates to the Cottages At Coffeepot

This is where the “face” of the eagle shines through. At one angle, the rocks behind it appear to be the wings starting to spread.

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Aerial View of the lower portion of Coffeepot and a small look at the luxury townhomes of the Cottages At Coffeepot

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The back of my business card was shot from the Soldiers Pass Trail at the Seven Pools

The only way to see this angle of the rock is to hike or use a 4 wheel drive vehicle through Soldiers Pass Trail


A Unique Gated Community Borders Forest Next to Coffeepot Rock

See Additional Pictures and Information About This One-of-a-kind Subdivision

See the picture taken approximately 250 feet up the side of Coffeepot Rock looking down to Soldiers Pass

A Closer Look at Luxury Town Homes – Cottage At Coffeepot 


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Ambiente Sedona Will Welcome the First Landscape Hotel in North America – Late 2020!

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Sedona Will Welcome First Landscape Hotel

in

North America

 

Ambiente, A Landscape Hotel artist rendition

Coming in December 2020

 

Sedona Arizona: What is a landscape hotel? According to “Travel Away” It is a relatively new concept and refers to a type of accommodation designed to blend in with the surrounding environment and highlight the natural beauty that surrounds it. Only a handful of these boutique hotels are available right now.  This landscape hotel that will be built in Sedona will be the first of its kind in North America. It will be called Ambiente Sedona.  It is designed after the very first of its kind prototype hotel, known as Vivood Landscape Hotel located in Spain. It is labeled as “Green Tourism and Sustainable Architecture”.

 

Protecting the Environment

 

The City of Sedona’s Planning and Zoning Committee (P&Z) has given unanimous approval and go ahead with the project Ambiente Sedona for a 40 guest atrium hotel alongside the SR 89Ain West Sedona. The P&Z gave approval because of the changes to protect the environment which would include hand digging of the footings as necessary. The idea is to keep from destroying the flora and fauna and other natural vegetation and contour of the area.  Travel on the property will be by electric carts, e-bikes, bicycles or walking. Other low impact electric travel vehicles may also be available.

 

Polished Minimalist and Modern Design

Plot Map for Ambiente Sedona

These units called “Guest Atriums” will be built on steel piers above the ground. The grade of the land will not have to be leveled. Each unit will be positioned to take advantage of the maximum views and meld with the Soldiers Pass topography. The units will have floor to ceiling bronze-tinted glass with a matte-black and a rusted metal look, similar to Mariposa Grill restaurant, see images below.

 

Where Will Ambiente Sedona Be Located? 

 

Soldiers Pass Ambiente Sedona location

 

Ambiente Sedona will be located across from Les Springs subdivision entrance.  Mariposa Grill is located just to the east of the property border.  On the west end, is the Adobe Jack Trail System which is also owned by the property. Right past that is the Crestview community Church and St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

 

Ambiente Sedona – A One-of-a-kind Experience…

 

Michael Stevenson, a resident of the Soldiers Pass area and a very successful local business owner out of Clarkdale area has had a dream. This hotel and project is his brainchild. Two Sister Bosses is at the helm of this project.  According to their Linkedin profile, It “is a sister owned and operated luxury hotel development and management company focused on creating one-of-a-kind experiences that are in harmony with the natural environment.”

 

A New Generation Takes On The Family Business

 

This will be Two Sister Bosses first project, however, this family business has had extraordinary success in our Verde Valley and no doubt will be successful in this venture. This new generation in the family business “is committed to sustainable tourism and bringing new exciting experiences to the community“. The concept is said to be in alignment with Sedona’s expanded focus on sustainability and innovative approaches to long term vibrancy of Sedona as showcased in the letter of intent for this project. ASUL LLC is the architecture firm behind this unique design (Adaptable System for Universal Living).

Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill 

Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill

Ambiente Sedona will be located directly west (behind) Mariposa. This restaurant was built on Stevenson’s land.

The image below takes advantage of another view for these guest atriums.

View into Soldiers Pass West Sedona

 

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Sedona July Monsoon Weather Summary – Is El Niño Affecting It?

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Sedona July Monsoon

Top Image: Slight Rainbow during Monsoon – 

Sedona July Weather Summary

Monsoon

Sedona July Monsoon

Sedona July Monsoon 2019

Sedona weather for July had below average temps and had some rain at the very end of the month (1.53”). This is less than normal for July. Last July 2018, we had 3.57”. El Niño conditions may still be showing some influence. We have had a total of 30 days over 90º and 13 days over 100º. Interestingly, we had one day under 80º because of the monsoon. This was a welcomed reprieve from the warm weather.  We were able to open the windows just about all day and night. Everything really cooled off.

Last year the Sedona July monsoon gave us 31 days over 90º and 12 days over 100º. Our overall temperature for highs, average or lows was 3º less than last July which is about the same as June. Overall, June is normally the hottest month of the year, but because we didn’t have much rain, July was slightly warmer than June. 

See Sheri’s Blog on Monsoon to learn more.

                         

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Cottages At Coffeepot – OPEN HOUSE TOUR – Saturday 27th – 11am to 4pm – ONE DAY ONLY!

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One Day Only!

Cottages At Coffeepot

Open House Tour

Saturday, July 27th

11:00 am to 4:00 pm

4 Cottages on Tour!

 

Open house Saturday July 27 - West Sedona

The Cottage at 108 Shadow Mountain Drive has SOLD and CLOSED!

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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 – July 2019 Market Update – Uncommon Homes

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Soldiers Pass 

West Sedona Arizona 86336

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Luxury Townhouses Cottages At Coffeepot July 2019 Market Report

Uncommon Homes in an Uncommon Setting!

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July Summary

Cottages At Coffeepot July 2019 Market Report. This is the most activity I have seen in this small community for many years (10 sold in 2016-17-18). However, only 1 Cottage At Coffeepot has sold so far in 2019. My listing is pending. There are three additional listings on the market currently (July/2019) compared to only 2 last year. The market does favor the buyer at the present time.

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 – July 2019 

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 it’s 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 the 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.

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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 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, periodically, I 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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Summer Hiking In Sedona Arizona Is Very Special

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Summer Hiking In Sedona

 Enjoy Hiking Sedona Magic Time

Jordon Park Trailhead

Uptown Sedona

Summer hiking in Sedona is a big draw and visitors soon learn that you need to get up early to get a good parking spot at the trailhead of your choice.  Most trailheads have parking lots with insufficient spaces for the traffic of hikers that want to use them.  There are a couple of trailheads that have lots of parking.  One that has a lot of appeal for those who enjoy summer hiking in Sedona is Jordon Park Trailhead. Here are some positive reasons why I recommend this trailhead:

  • Lots of parking
  • 3 main trails that head west and intersect in dozens of places with other trails (Brins Mesa, Cibola Pass, Jordon)
    • Sometimes called North Urban Trail System East/West
  • A 4th trail that heads east, (Jim Thompson) towards Steamboat Rock and Wilson Canyon
  • Restrooms

During summer, it is important to enjoy your hiking in the early morning. Bring lots of water. I recommend a camel pack or hydration pack and snacks high in protein. You can find examples ($$) here, Camel Bak ($$$+) Brand.

Summer weather in Sedona will start off in the 60ºs or low 70ºs but you have to be careful that monsoon weather is not developing. Check the weather before you start hiking. If a hiker is not careful, they could get caught in a downpour. Worse yet, hikers could get stranded. Watch for washes and stay out of them. If storm weather is developing get to a high point and find cover under a rock shelf or a tree. Stay clear of a path that water will follow during a downpour.

Golden Hour or Magic Time 

If you are a photographer, as you can see in the images, clouds add a dramatic effect. Another impressive feature is the Golden Hour or Magic Time as described in this blog article.

 

Summer Hiking in Sedona

Other Areas With Large Parking Areas

Bell Rock & Courthouse Butte

As you come into Sedona from the Village of Oak Creek, there are two large parking areas on either side of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. There are many hiking paths from either side of Bell Rock.

Summer hiking in Sedona

Fay Canyon Trailhead in 7 Canyons area off Boynton Canyon

Fay Canyon Trailhead is another improved parking lot area with lots of car spaces where you can park and begin a hike. The trails go many directions which all can enjoy. I like Fay Canyon and you can see the Fay Canyon Arch off the main trail if you hike to it. This is a fairly easy hike.

Interactive Map for Summer Hiking in Sedona 

Select Link or Static Map below for Interactive Map

HINT: On the left side of Map Header, there is a hidden sidebar where you can uncheck strenuous, moderate or easy hikes depending on your level of hiking expertise. As you zoom in – other trails will populate. There are many wonderful trails such as Devil’s Bridge, Soldiers Pass, and Sugarloaf that I have not highlighted because the parking is limited. If you get there early (sunrise), you may find parking available.

Also, make sure that trailheads that are off dirt roads, do not require high clearance or 4 -wheel drive vehicles.

You can find more information about other trailheads in the Red Rock Ranger District at this link.

Note: Cursor down to the Red Rock Ranger District for all trails.

Red Rock District Information

Summer Hiking Sedona

 

Red Rock Passes

Generally, you will find these fee stations where needed. The sign below will tell you what you need to do. This particular fee station is at the Bell Rock Trailhead.

Summer hiking in Sedona

Of course, if you have any questions about hiking or any other activities, please give me a call at (928) 274-7355.

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Sedona’s Mariposa Restaurant – One of America’s Most Scenic – See Why!

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Sedona’s Mariposa Restaurant

Named in Open Table’s 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America 

 

There are only two restaurants in all of Arizona that carry this distinction with the customers of Open Table.  

Vivace Restaurant in Tucson was the other Most Scenic in America. 

 

 The Restaurant Scene In Sedona is a Summer Treat

Enjoy Outdoor (Al Fresco) Dining With A Red Rock View

Sedona's Mariposa Restuarant

Sedona’s Mariposa Restuarant – After seeing these photos, I am sure you might agree that the views from this restaurant that inspires South American and Central American cuisine are amazing.  There was a real estate office located on this bluff before this restaurant existed. It had been there for decades. The office sat empty for the longest time. I always thought that this was some of the most beautiful views in all of Sedona.  The property stares directly into the stunning views of Soldiers Pass.

Staggering Red Rock Views

Sedona Mariposa Restaurant Interior

As you walk up to the restaurant, your eyes are drawn to the 1000 pound handcrafted African and South American stone. The door opens with a power assist! The interior of the restaurant is another art form in and of itself. From the glass-enclosed wine vaults to the floor to ceiling windows and magnificent artwork and light fixtures. Everywhere you look is a feast for the eyes!

 

 

Chef Lisa Dahl

Sedona Mariposa Restaurant

Chef Lisa Dahl is a pioneer in the culinary scene of Sedona. I have had the opportunity to talk with her about Italian cuisine when she had a store attached to her signature restaurant in the Village of Oak Creek “Cucina Rustica“.  Mariposa may now be her flagship restaurant, but Lisa’s first store was Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano. Pisa Lisa pizzeria autentico was added in a redesigned failed Pizza Hut building. She took it over after another Mexican restaurant failed. Redesigned the building inside and out and created a spot where you could have casual dining on artisan pizzas and salads. She also moved her modest store of Italian pastries and other goods to this location.

Recommendation(s)

I personally would recommend all of Lisa Dahl’s award-winning restaurants. But if I want to impress, I make a reservation for lunch and dine on the enclosed patio of Mariposa. I am blessed to have a restaurant of this quality within 5 minutes of my office and home. To me, the views don’t get much better.

Sedona Mariposa Restaurant

 

Other Great Choices

Besides Lisa’s restaurants, there are a few other fantastic choices I like to take special people to. Any restaurant in the Enchantment Resort is an experience and clients of mine deserve to see and enjoy this hidden gem and the restaurants within the resort. The drive through Boynton Canyon is pretty special. It takes about 1/2 hour to get there from Uptown because it sits way back in the canyon.  Red rock walls surround the entire resort.

View from Tii Gavo

 

Another wonderful option is L’Auberge de Sedona located on Oak Creek in Uptown. During summer, there is no better place to be than on the banks of the creek at the Cress Restaurant.

It is considered one of the”Top 100 Al Fresco Dining” spots in the USA by OpenTable.

 

Al Fresco Dining at L’Auberge de Sedona on Oak Creek

 

If you are still looking for other restaurants that offer wonderful views, a great menu, and Al Fresco dining options.  Give me a call (928) 274-7355 and I will be happy to assist you.

 

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As a Coldwell Banker Sedona Arizona REALTOR®, my primary goal is to help my customers obtain their dreams, as well as satisfy their financial goals and objectives through real estate. 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. – Sheri Sperry –

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Should Sedona Luxury Homes Have Luxury Appliances and Amenities?

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Luxury Sedona Homes and Appliances

Sedona Luxury Homes For Sale - Sub-zero

Sub-Zero Built-in Panel Refrigeration 1988

Sedona Luxury Homes For Sale - Sub-zero

 

I purchased my Sedona home in 2003.  At that time, the Sub-Zero refrigerator was 15-years-old (pictured above).  I was told that a Sub-Zero is a luxury appliance that should last around 20 years. In that same conversation, a Sub-Zero could be repaired if needed. Since moving in, the ice machine was replaced once and the compressor was replaced twice. 

Fast forward to 2019. This 31-year-old refrigerator is freezing some of the contents in the refrigerator and sometimes thawing contents in the freezer. As I have stated, this type of refrigerator can be rebuilt. It probably needs another compressor.  It would be much easier to get a repair person out to fix it and a lot cheaper as well. However, what you are going to have is a 31-year-old rebuilt refrigerator. Is it worth it? 

New Technology

At some point in time, you need to look at the new technology that is available in the refrigerators of 2019 and weigh the new features against a rebuilt refrigerator from 1988.  Many of the changes are subtle. For example, improved visibility using LED lighting, additional shelving, and sealed compartments. 

NASA Inspired Tech

Then you get into some of the major tech upgrades, which include WiFi accessibility. There are 2 separate compressors for dryer frigid air in the freezer and cool moist air in the refrigeration unit. A NASA inspired air purification system is also installed to scrub the air for ethylene gas which hastens spoilage. The scrubber also purifies the air of mold, viruses, and bacteria every 20 minutes.  I could continue with all the latest tech, but you get the picture. 

As A Member of the Sedona Luxury Real Estate Professionals (SLREP)

We Preview Sedona Luxury Homes and Listings

Sedona Luxury homes for sale - sheri sperryI am an expert in Sedona Luxury Home Sales as well as a past-president of SLREP. As a luxury real estate group, we meet twice a month and review the latest luxury listings. We hold luxury educational events which ensure that we are up-to-date on all the latest tech and amenities. 

An important value we hold for sellers is previewing and evaluating new Sedona luxury homes and listings for each member.  We discuss the quality of the home, the custom features, and amenities. Another consideration that is discussed is whether or not the listing should be considered a luxury listing.  

Sedona Luxury Homes for sale - kitchen Sheri Sperry

Besides assessing the curb appeal and quality build of a Sedona luxury home, one of the first rooms the group visits is the kitchen viewing the layout, appliances,
and cabinetry. If the appliances are not considered luxury appliances, this is a red flag that the quality may not be up to the discerning standards of a luxury home buyer.

A buyer will be contemplating the cost to replace the appliances and will figure this into any offer that is made. The buyer will scrutinize the quality of other features such as flooring, countertops, hardware, windows and sliders, views, hardscape, square footage, built-ins, etc. Other areas of consideration will include, the flow of the home, the number of ensuites, space for entertainment, and office or retreat areas (privacy). 

Outdoor Space

Sedona luxury homes for sale

Are there areas for outside entertainment? Does the outside area have a fireplace, outdoor fans, heating, lighting, and kitchen capabilities including a sink and refrigerator? Is the area covered and have room for dining?  Is there a pool?  There are many boxes to check when looking for a Sedona luxury home, but as I stated before, one of the first things a buyer will check out is the kitchen. 

Which Appliances or Brands Are Considered To Be

High-End Luxury?

Sedona Luxury Homes - kitchen appliances

Gaggenau – $30,000 +

Jenn-Air – $21,000 – $26,000

La Cornue (image above) $26,000 – $115,000

Miele – $23,000 – $30,000

Sub-Zero – Wolf – Cove – $24,000 – $35,000

Thermador $17,000 – $22,000

Viking – $21,000 – $25,000

I listed the above brands in alphabetical order and there is a link below for more information and additional images. Listed next to the name is the price of the kitchen. Some of these products are only cooking appliances. There would be an additional cost for refrigerator and high-end dishwasher. 

Every buyer is going to determine what is most important about the features of each product.  For example, it could be name recognition, style, reliability, serviceability, or ease of use. Some discerning buyers may look at brands that can be built-in or hidden behind a cabinet door. 

What Are Your Requirements?

Sedona is located 2 hours from a major metropolitan area. Having certified installers and repair people is high up on my list. Full-time and part-time residents may have different requirements and this also should be taken into consideration when purchasing your appliances. I should note that buyers want high-end appliances that match!  Are the handles and finishes the same? If you purchase the same brand across your appliance spectrum, you can be assured that finishes and handles will match.  This does matter to a discerning buyer.

Example…

As an example, I have decided on a Sub-Zero side by side. The compatible appliance package is Wolf and Cove.  The finishes and handles are the same.  The next upgrades will be these products. I plan on staying in my home, but if I have to consider moving, I must always consider resale. 

Reference:  Top 7 Best Luxury Appliance Brands (Reviews / Ratings / Prices – Yale Appliance – Lighting

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If you need assistance in the Sedona Luxury Home Market

I will provide…

  • You with professional luxury expertise
  • In-depth knowledge of the Sedona luxury home market
  • Inside knowledge of current and future luxury listings
  • Access to the most up-to-date luxury market information

I will ensure…

  • Properties are presented and accompanied by listing and buyer agents
  • Buyers are pre-qualified and I show the highest respect for privacy and property

And…

  • I provide quick feedback on listing presentations
  • I will treat you with white-glove bespoke service and care

 

Call Sheri Sperry (928) 274-7355 for more information on Sedona Luxury Homes

 

Sedona Weather June 2019 – Cooler Temps Prevail!

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June 2019

Sedona Weather June 2019

 

sedona weather june 2019

June Normally Warmest Month of the Year…

 

Sedona weather for June 2019 had below average temps and little rain (.06). Little or no rain is normal for June and may show that we are moving towards the change of weather patterns coming from the south. So the El Niño conditions may be stalled due to the summer weather pattern. We have had a total of 23 days of 90º which include 1 day at 103º. Last year at this time we had 31 days over 90º and 12 days over 100º. Our overall temperature for highs, average or lows was 3º less than last June. Overall, June is normally the warmest month of the year primarily because there are fewer clouds and precipitation. In July and August, monsoon kicks in with more clouds and thunderstorms to help keep the temperature down.

See Sheri’s blog on “Monsoon” for more information.

Another month of perfect weather. The air conditioner is being used at a minimum so far this year. It cycles for about 8 to 9 hours a day. By dusk, the AC is turned off and the windows and doors are opened up.

Last Year’s Numbers

 sedona weather June

To Learn More About Sedona Weather Year-round

Go To 

Sedona-Weather.com

Sedona Weather June 2019



Enjoy Summer! 

Stay Safe At Pool Parties

 

Sedona weather june 2019 pool parties

Find out about a simple process for pool safety especially at pool parties.

See Article at…

Sedona and all of Arizona – Pool Safety for the 4th of July

 

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I’ll walk you through it all.

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find Sedona real estate with Sheri Sperry Coldwell Banker

As a Coldwell Banker Sedona Arizona REALTOR®, my primary goal is to help my customers obtain their dreams, as well as satisfy their financial goals and objectives through real estate. 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. – Sheri Sperry –

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Magic Time In Sedona Arizona ~ There is no better time!

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Magic Time In Sedona

 Magic Time Sedona

Magic Time In Sedona

“Magic Time” in Sedona is a very special treat. In my opinion, “Magic Time” is that time just before sunrise and just after sunset. The sun is just below the horizon and the spectrum of light is diffused through the atmosphere. The red light has the longest visible wavelength of light so it easily gets through the thick atmosphere layer just below the horizon. It can bounce through the atmosphere and not lose very much of its strength. This is what makes “Magic Time” so special in Sedona. The crimson color in our red rocks is saturated with the red light and images may actually look imaginary only because the red color is deeply saturated and captured and frozen in time

As the sun continues to move through the twilight, our mind “sees” the changes in real-time. This progression is very short. A photographer can lengthen the “Magic Time” by adjusting the aperture setting of the lens. This can also be done in post-production. A photographer who uses a professional camera that has a wide range of aperture, ISO and shutter speed which is also called “the exposure triangle”, can increase the ability to capture a low light image well past what an average eye can see.

Magic Time Sedona

Is The Golden Hour Similar To Magic Time?

Often times and in my opinion, “The Golden Hour” and “Magic Time” are interchangeable. “The Golden Hour” is usually the time right after sunrise and right prior to sunset. This is where the sun is still above the horizon and the yellow spectrum of light is most visible. It allows the yellow wavelength to add a golden hue to the image. It is also why sunrises and sunsets are so dramatic. Again, “Magic Time” is when the sun is below the horizon and the red wavelength is the predominant color in the spectrum.

When you hire Sheri Sperry to list your house, my services are included at no cost to you. Besides my expertise in photography, I provide a whole host of media and technology services.

Visit this link to see some additional images of “Magic Time”. (Summer Hiking in Sedona Arizona Is Very Special).

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