Sedona, AZ Real Estate News

By Beth Larsen, Sedona Arizona
(RE/MAX Sedona)
This question came up recently about my chosen home of Sedona, Arizona and not in truth knowing the answer,  I decided to find out.According to Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, a "City" is defined as "an inhabited place of greater size, population, or importance* than a town or village".A "Town" is "a cluster or aggregation of houses recognized as a distinct place with a place-name; a compactly settled area as distinguished from surrounding rural territory, usually larger than a village but smaller than a city".A "Village" is "a settlement usually larger than a hamlet and smaller than a town; an incorporated minor municipality". And, a "Hamlet" is "a small village" (or a legendary Danish prince and  hero of Shakespeare's play of the same name, if you prefer ;^).Whew. Glad we cleared...
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By Phil DePasquale
(Sedona Elite Properties Management, Inc.)
Recently reported in the news the City Council denied the Arizona Water Company permit allowing them to double the capacity of the existing 100,000 gallon tank which is located off Dry Creek Road and Lizard Head Lane.  The current City restricts building heights to 22 feet.  The water tank would have increased its height to 44 feet, making the tank the tallest water tank in Sedona.Red Cliffs residents were strongly opposed to the Arizona Water Proposal and have been fighting it for over a year.  Their concerns were lower property values and destroying the area's scenic beauty.  Their recommendation is to widen the tank not make it taller. The final vote ended with a 7-0 denial of the Arizona Water Company's appeal.
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By Beth Larsen, Sedona Arizona
(RE/MAX Sedona)
For those of you who don't know, Sedona is a small city (population about 11,000) in North Central Arizona's high desert country. Now, many of you might think that's too small a population to even call a city, but perhaps I digress. What I wanted to talk about today is actually counties. To be precise, the two counties that claim part of Sedona as theirs: Yavapai and Coconino.OK, I can hear you now: "Yava-what?", "Coco-who?". Ya see, most people can't even remember the names of these counties, let alone pronounce them ('course it is an easy way to ferret out the natives and natives-in-training ;^). Unfortunately for poor little Sedona, humans having the limitations we do (compelled to sort things and try to separate them into tidy categories) she rarely fits into the little boxes on the...
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By Beth Larsen, Sedona Arizona
(RE/MAX Sedona)
Prehistory: first humans lived here from about 4000 BC. Sinagua Indians flourished here 900-1350 AD, followed by the Yavapai and Apache from about 1400 AD. First anglo settler: J.J. Thompson in 1876 at Indian Gardens. First Post Office established, and the town named after Sedona Schnebly, wife of first postmaster T.C. Schnebly on June 26, 1902. Sedona incorporated as a City in 1988. Population in 2007: around 11,000. Between 1970 and 1987 the population increased from 2,700 to 9,000. Sedona has been the setting for many films especially Hollywood Westerns. The first was 1923's "Call of the Canyon". Sedona area is almost 19 square miles, only 51% private land with the rest belonging to Coconino National Forest (about 17% of the Verde Valley is privately owned). The climate is sunny and ...
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So You Think You Want to Move to Sedona? Ever since you caught your first glimpse of those crimson cliffs glowing in the late afternoon sun, dreams of Sedona have been coming back to haunt you. It was just a vacation....right? But what a feeling. Hiking the trail to Cathedral Rock, the scent of sun on desert sage perfuming the air. Enjoying the cool respite of Oak Creek Canyon on a warm summer day. The riot of glorious color along the creek in the Fall. What if you were to move here? Would it still be magical? If you've had these thoughts about Sedona, Arizona you are not alone. You've just heard the Call of the Canyon, that's all. And it's how most of us found our way here. We call it Red Rock Fever. Admit it, you've been trying to figure out how to move to Sedona ever since you happen...
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By Phil DePasquale
(Sedona Elite Properties Management, Inc.)
Bella Terra began as a BySynergy Community, o sustainable development through common sense building practices.  It was to be gated with 106 homesites, integrated with vineyards and orchards along Oak Creek.  Unfortunately problems started to become apparent in July, 2006 when Russ Lyon Realty who had been promoting and representing Bella Terra stated they would no longer be doing so.  Then came the articles in the newspaper stating The Sierra Club and Red Rock Rural Community Association found BySynergy to be in violation of Clean Water Act requirements, by filling in wetlands in order to have its own sewer treatment facility located on the banks of Oak Creek.  As recently as March 2, 2007 the Red Rock News stated Bella Terra still lacked a special permit- A Section 404 Permit to contin...
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By Phil DePasquale
(Sedona Elite Properties Management, Inc.)
Sedona International Film Festival is running from February 28th - March 4th.  The five-day festival features more than 125 films, including features, documentaries, foreign films, shorts, animation and student films. Filmmakers and audiences from around the world have heralded Sedona's festival as one of their favorites. The Festival Workshop, founded by Academy Award winner Frank Warner, brings award-winning, industry professionals to Sedona to teach, inspire and share their knowledge with the next generation of filmmakers. This year's topic is "Distribution and Marketing" and will feature a panel of experts from independent and major motion picture studios. Visit my website under Community Info/Links for additional information.
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By Phil DePasquale
(Sedona Elite Properties Management, Inc.)
SEDONA Picture Perfect! Four mild seasons, arts, tours, hiking, services. Voted #1 Most Beautiful Places in America and top 100 Second-Home Markets. All about reflection, recreation and taking time out from the hectic world. Only two hours outside of Phoenix/Scottsdale...fall in love with the red rocks, blue skies, wide-open spaces and slower pace of paradise. Small town charm with custom homes and awe-inspiring red rock views. Venture 15 - 30 minutes outside city limits to vineyards, ranches, creek-front property and rural charm...such as; PAGE SPRINGS Relaxing, giant oak trees, sycamores, life on Oak Creek with creekside trails, fly-fishing, a simpler life. The epicenter for winemaking, with vineyards offering tours and tastings. CORNVILLE Small town feel with horses, ranches and live...
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If you've been looking for an excuse to visit Sedona and love the movies, here's your perfect opportunity! It'll be "lucky 13" for those of you who are able to attend the 13th Annual Sedona International Film Festival, a HUGE 5-day cinephile's orgy of 150 films. Every year Sedona's film festival in the Red Rocks just keeps growing and getting better, and this will be our biggest year yet! There are 15 countries represented, and two Academy Award-nominated films: My Country My Country (for Best Documentary) and Eramos Pocos (for Best Live Action Short Film). There is an incredible lineup of independent films, featuring both new talent and some very well-known names (Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Parker Posey, Jeff Goldblum, Leigh Taylor-Young, Vanessa Williams, Annabeth Gish, Steve Gu...
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