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Archive for May, 2012

Top Ten Must See Attractions in Sedona Arizona

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Here are the top 10 attractions you won’t want to miss, in no particular order:

Sedona Arizona Vortex Sites: You don’t have to be a New Age believer to visit Sedona’s well known vortexes – places where a strong yet indefinable energy radiates from the earth. These spectacular red rock sites are some of the most beautiful spots in all of Sedona. The top four vortexes are: Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Airport Mesa and Boynton Canyon. Stop by a Sedona Arizona visitor center to pick up a map and directions.

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village: This is Sedona Arizona’s most unique shopping venue with over 40 galleries, stores and restaurants. The open air, Spanish Colonial style marketplace is modeled after the artists’ community of the same name in Guadalajara, Mexico. Even if you don’t want to shop, Tlaquepaque is worth a visit to stroll its shady, flower-filled courtyards or have lunch on a garden patio.

Take a Hike, or a Horseback Ride, or Cycle: Sedona offers some of the best hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding in Arizona. Dramatic red rocks are visible from every spot in town but to experience their majesty you need to get out on the trail. The helpful rangers at one of the Coconino National Forest Service stations can recommend trails suited to every skill level and time schedule. Prefer to go with a guide? Talk to the friendly staff at the Sedona Chamber of Commerce for suggestions.

See Sedona’s First Artists: Sedona Arizona’s canyons were historically home to the Yavapai and Apache people. You can see their centuries-old rock art at three Forest Service sites: Honanki, Palatki and V-Bar-V Ranch. These sites have ruins as well as petroglyphs and pictographs. Be sure to call ahead before you visit as some sites are open for pre-scheduled tours only or may be closed to due to bad weather.

Chapel of the Holy Cross: No matter what your faith, Sedona Arizona’s “red rock chapel” is a marvel of modern architecture. Sitting high on a butte overlooking town, this soaring concrete and glass Catholic church looks like it was carved right out of the surrounding mountain. The views from its stone patio are spectacular. All visitors are welcome and admission is free.

Tips for Moving to Sedona

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

There is a place where people can raise their family or retire in a luxurious, resort style environment: the small, vibrant city of Sedona, Arizona. Also known as “red rock country”, the striking desert panorama of Sedona lures families and celebrities alike.

Relocating anywhere can be difficult; however, relocating to Sedona has a unique set of challenges. Land availability in Sedona is limited and sprawl is restricted because of the mountainous terrain. More than half the land had already been built out ten years ago. Developers predict that all remaining property will be purchased and built on by 2015.

Since the availability of property continues to wane, the demand is skyrocketing, and the relatively small population (around 12,000) is climbing quickly. What that means for those planning to relocate is that options may be more limited than you’d prefer. If you’re considering relocating to Sedona, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Find the Right House

Anticipate a major home renovation. While you’re house-shopping, consider buying a home with remodeling potential in case you can’t find the perfect one. The Sedona home remodeling industry is booming because homeowners are upgrading their homes instead of building new ones, so there are plenty of home designers eager to undertake any major home renovation.

Bring a home designer along. Bring your home designer with you to look at houses; a designer can point out the remodeling potential of each one, any challenges you might not think of, and assess the structural support. Consider interviewing a Sedona home designer now so you can consult with them when you’re ready to find a home you really want, with plenty of remodeling potential.

Consider the logistics. Give careful consideration to how you want your relocation to go. If you’ve ever had a major home renovation, you know how much it can disrupt family life. Is it possible to finish a Sedona home remodeling project before moving? Or should you settle in first and tackle a remodel a few years down the road.