Sedona Real Estate News

Thanks for stopping by our Sedona Real Estate News Blog. Here we will have featured Sedona homes and real estate. We will also have news and articles about buying and selling Sedona homes and property.

 

May 10, 2021

People Living in Sedona Volunteer to Help Clean up Beautiful Oak Creek

People living in Sedona clean up Oak Creek.Oak Creek is a favorite of many living in Sedona, as well as the city’s many visitors. The beautiful creek is one of Arizona’s last free-flowing streams and contains important riparian habitats. Unfortunately, the many visitors have inadvertently destroyed much of the habitat. People straying off the paths cause erosion, and there is lots of trash and litter left behind. Oak Creek Watershed Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the creek back to its rightful beauty. The council hosts clean-up events throughout the year. Sedona property owners who feel strongly about preserving the area’s natural habitat should consider volunteering.

Volunteer to Preserve This Gorgeous Natural Sedona Property

In anticipation of the Memorial Day and July 4th holidays, Oak Creek Watershed Council has teamed up with Coconino National Forest, the National Forest Foundation, and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to host the annual Pickin’ Up in the Pines event. Get your family and friends together to volunteer for this important event. There are two dates--May 26th and June 30th, both Wednesdays. Volunteers will work together to pick up trash in campsites along highway 89A outside of Flagstaff. This is the location of the headwaters of Oak Creek, and keeping the area clean is a great way to protect Sedona’s watershed.

Registration is required for the event. In order to comply with CDC COVID-19 regulations, the group is limited to 30 volunteers. You’ll need to bring a face covering to wear when interacting with people outside your household. Wear close-toed shoes and long pants. Bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of snacks and water. Pickers, gloves, bags, and buckets will be provided.

Even if you can’t make these events, there are other ways for people living in Sedona to be involved in the preservation of Oak Creek. For instance, Oak Creek Stewards are people who volunteer to do trash pick up and record data about the number of visitors, illegal parking, and the creation of “social trails” for local land managers.

Visit Oak Creek Watershed Council online to learn more about how to help and to register for the Pickin’ Up in the Pines event. Keep up with the latest by following their Facebook page.

May 3, 2021

Celebrate the Mother in Your Sedona Home at Rene Restaurant

Treat the mother at your Sedona home to a meal at Rene Restaurant.There are some terrific restaurants near any Sedona home. Whenever you are looking for an upscale meal that includes continental cuisine with a southwestern flair, stop into Rene Restaurant. In business for 39 years, this restaurant is a landmark. It has won 11 awards and offers an unmatched atmosphere. Located at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts village, the setting includes Mexican courtyards, ancient sycamore trees, and bubbling fountains. The outdoor dining area is lovely and the indoor setting is formal and sophisticated.

Sedona Real Estate Owners Enjoy a Special Meal at Rene Restaurant

There is a lunch, dinner, dessert, and wine menu. Enjoy time away from your Sedona real estate and treat your mom to an unforgettable Mother’s Day meal at Rene’s. The lunch menu includes appetizers, soup, salad, sandwiches, and entrees. The dinner menu starts with appetizers such as dungeness crab cake, roasted red pepper hummus, and lobster salad. Salads on the menu include pear and blue cheese, spinach and wild mushroom, and arugula, beet, and goat cheese. For an entree, choose from such selections as double cut pork chop, mushroom strudel, cedar plank salmon, stuffed acorn squash, seared scallops, eggplant parmesan center cut filet mignon, and roasted duck.

Finish off your meal with a heavenly dessert. Choices consist of vanilla bean creme brulee, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, bananas foster, cherries jubilee, and many more. Pair your meal with a great wine to make it complete. Purchase wine by the glass, or order a flight, half bottle, or full bottle. There are a variety of white wines and red wines to choose from. Enjoy a date night or consider this restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, such as Mother’s Day. If you would like to try to create some of Chef Walter Paulson’s dishes at your Sedona home, check out Sedona’s Rene at Tlaquepaque cookbook. This book also makes a great gift. Learn more about the cookbook, find full menus, and make a reservation at the Rene Restaurant website

 

April 28, 2021

Legal and Liability Concerns for Sedona AirBnB Hosts

Get insurance if you are a Sedona AirBnB host.Last week, we talked about how to get your house ready to be a Sedona AirBnB or short term rental with another platform. Today, we’re going to talk about the legal issues involved with renting out Sedona real estate on a short term basis.

First, you need to secure your valuables. Jewelry, valuable artwork, your passport, and financial documents should all be locked away. If you are not going to be in your house while it is rented, consider renting a safe deposit box at your bank.

Then, make sure there are no hazards around your property. Stairways should be properly lit, for example. Wires should be secured so they are not trip hazards. Consider installing motion activated lights outdoors so people don’t get hurt if they sit outside at night. You don’t want to be held liable for injuries that occur due to obvious problems.

Talk to Your Insurer to Find out if Sedona Real Estate Is Covered for Short-term Rentals

Next, you need to think about insurance. Some platforms offer insurance for hosts if guests damage their property. A Sedona AirBnB is covered by the company’s Host Protection Insurance. The policy is covered by the basic fee you pay to AirBnB. It covers you up to $1 million if a third party makes a claim against you. Not every platform offers insurance, so read the fine print to find out.

You should check with your homeowners insurance company to see if damage from short-term paying guests is covered by your policy. Sometimes you need to add an endorsement or extra coverage for short-term rentals. If your insurance company won’t cover you, search for specialty insurance for short term rentals. Several large companies offer options, and there are also newer groups with innovative products. The cost varies based on the type of coverage, how much of the year you rent out your property, and whether you are on the property at the same time as short-term renters.

We hope this helps you as you begin as a short-term rental host. No one wants to think about bad things happening, but you need to have a plan to cover the unexpected.

 

April 26, 2021

Interested in Sedona Horse Property? Take a Wild West Tour to See the Sights

Sedona horse property owners go riding.People looking at Sedona horse property might want to take a break to explore the area on horseback. Those who own Camp Verde homes already are lucky to live close to Wild Western Horseback Adventures. The company has a couple of tour options. There are two tours that are perfect for beginners and for children ages five and up. Participants will be able to get a real cowboy experience, as they ride through Texas longhorn cattle and their babies. The hour-long tour is $85 per rider. Tours start at 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. Stay out a little longer when you schedule the hour and a half long tour. This one is $95 per rider. Start times for this tour are 10 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Both tours take riders through the Sonoran Desert with views of the Mingus Mountains and San Francisco Peaks.

Have a Gorgeous Ride Near Camp Verde Homes through Alcantara Vineyard

For a slightly more adventurous tour, Sedona horse property owners should check out Wine Country Horseback Tours. Ride in the Vines is an hour-long tour, and riders ages 10 and up are welcome. First, the tour goes through Alcantara Vineyard. Then you’ll ride through a canyon and cross the Verde River where Oak Creek joins it. Riders will also pass close to some ancient Indian ruins. This tour costs $125 per rider. Rides leave at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. The Sunset Ride takes the same path, but it starts at 5 p.m., so riders get to see the red rocks glowing as the sun goes down. The tour is $145 per rider.

Whichever tour you choose, be sure to wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Long sleeves are also recommended. All safety gear is provided for you, and your guide will choose the best horse for you.

Visit Wild Western Horseback Adventures online to learn more about each tour and book your spot. 

 

April 21, 2021

Getting Sedona Short Term Rentals Ready for Guests

How to get Sedona short term rentals ready for guests.Sedona short term rentals are a booming business. For many Sedona residents, renting out a room or guest house is a great way to generate passive income. Arizona has very friendly laws toward short-term rentals. The key to making money as an AirBnB host is to make sure that your space caters to out of town guests and makes them feel welcome and comfortable. Here are a few tips so you can turn Sedona real estate into a five-star short term rental.

Start with giving your space a thorough deep cleaning. Hiring a professional cleaner is a good investment. Once it’s spotless, make sure it’s comfortable. The beds should be cozy, with quality mattresses, pillows, and sheets. Make sure you have extra blankets and quilts for guests to use, especially in winter.

In the bathroom, plush towels, brand-new travel size shampoo, conditioner, and soap are great touches. You can also consider leaving bubble bath, bath salts, or bath bombs for extra pampering.

If your space has a kitchen, make sure it’s equipped with enough dishes and flatware for your guests. Give the knives a quick honing. A couple of sturdy pots and pans will give guests the option for cooking a meal. It’s also a nice touch to have a few basic items. Water bottles, a bag of local coffee, tea, hot cocoa, fresh fruit, a bottle of Sedona wine or a six-pack of Sedona-brewed beer are all welcome.

Make Your Sedona Real Estate a Great Home Base for Visitors

There’s so much to do in Sedona, and guests will often appreciate local recommendations. Leave menus from your favorite restaurants, a list of parks and swimming pools, where to rent bikes and other outdoor equipment, and a calendar with upcoming fun events. Be sure to leave remote controls for the TV and DVD player on the coffee table. Leave directions for how to access various channels, as well as the internet. Leave your cell phone number so guests can get in touch if they need anything.

Click here to find properties with great potential as Sedona short term rentals. 

 

April 19, 2021

Explore Trails near Sedona Horse Property at Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Sedona horse property owners ride in Dead Horse Ranch.People who are thinking about buying Sedona horse property are probably wondering where they can ride their horses. Newcomers to Sedona might be wondering the same thing. Fortunately, there are many miles of trails that are suitable for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. Sedona and the surrounding area are blessed with hundreds of acres of national parks and national forests. Dead Horse Ranch State Park is close to Cottonwood homes and only a short drive from any Sedona horse property.

Riders from Cottonwood Homes Enjoy Lime Kiln Trail

Many of the trails are shared-use, so horses are welcome. Lime Kiln Trail is a local favorite. The 15-mile pathway connects Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Red Rock State Park. It includes a part of the historic Lime Kile Wagon Road. Riders on this part of the trail will go past the remains of a kiln that was built in the 1800s. This kiln was used to burn limestone and create lime to use as an ingredient for mortar used in fireplaces and chimneys. The same road was later expanded and connected Sedona and Jerome. It’s a fascinating part of Sedona history, so be sure to make time to see the old kiln.

Sedona horse property owners who would like some expert information on the trail system should book a guided trail ride. Opt for a one-hour or two-hour ride. Either way, riders will go through the beautiful Verde River Greenway. Along the way take in stunning views of lagoons, the Verde River, and Dead Horse Ranch. This is an excellent way to get to know the trails, which are best for more experienced riders. Always check the weather before leaving on your ride. Bring plenty of water for you and your horse, wear a hat, and bring snacks. It’s also a good idea to let someone know when you’re heading out on the trail and when you expect to be back.

Learn more about Dead Horse Ranch State Park online.

 

April 14, 2021

Visit Artists Who Call Sedona Home on the Open Studios Tour

Visit the artists who call Sedona home.One of the cool things about living in Sedona is the vibrant arts culture in the area. There are a huge number of artists who call Sedona home and have studios around town. Many Sedona real estate owners are excited to decorate with the work of local artists. With so many artists working in such a variety of media, you can find paintings, photography, and mixed media pieces. You can also find jewelry, textiles, stunning furniture, and artistic glass goblets, bowls and platters.

Of course, with such a large community of artists, you can drop into one of the many galleries around Sedona and pick out a piece for your home. However, it’s a little impersonal. There’s nothing like getting to meet the artists behind your favorite works. It’s also fascinating to watch them work.

Sedona Real Estate Owners Learn About the Artists and Their Work

Art lovers who make Sedona home will have exactly that opportunity during the Spring Open Studios Tour. The event will run April 23rd through 25th. There is a lot of excitement for the event, since the 2020 spring and summer studio tours were both cancelled due to safety concerns around the coronavirus. This is the 17th year of the studio tour, and over 40 artists will be participating. The studios are located in Sedona, Cornville, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, and Clarkdale. The event is free, and attendees can come up with their own itinerary, as the tour is self-guided.

Anyone interested in learning about the participating artists can visit Sedona Visual Artists Coalition website. Find a list of artists, an example of their work, and their studio address. You can also find links to artists’ websites to find out more about their work and process. Check out the SVAC Facebook page to read short interviews with several artists. Scroll down to find a link to an article with more details about the tour on the Chamber of Commerce website.  

 

April 12, 2021

Enjoy the Best of Living in Sedona at Creekside American Bistro

People living in Sedona enjoy great food.There are a variety of amazing restaurants available to those living in Sedona. Whenever you are seeking a tasty meal with a gorgeous view, consider Creekside American Bistro. Dine indoors or enjoy your meal outside while sitting on one of the covered outdoor decks overlooking Oak Creek with beautiful views of the red rocks. Open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this restaurant’s menu changes seasonally and utilizes locally sourced ingredients. The staff is friendly and accommodating and reservations are suggested, although every effort is taken to accommodate walk-ins.

Take in Beautiful Views of Sedona Real Estate While Eating an Amazing Meal

The breakfast menu includes a variety of tasty options such as breakfast tacos, a yogurt and granola parfait, vegan breakfast hash, chilaquiles, lemon ricotta French toast, and fluff and fold omelettes. For lunch, find soups, salads, crispy buffalo chicken wings, and a large selection of brunch items. On the dinner menu, choose from items such as lamb adobo, New York strip, scallops and pork belly, spaghetti bolognese, baked stuffed chicken breast, and many more. There is also an extensive wine menu, which also features Arizona craft draft beers.

Creekside American Bistro is located at 251 AZ-179 in Sedona. Call 928.282.1705 with questions or to inquire about a reservation, which can also be made online. Hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week. This is a terrific spot to meet friends for breakfast, grab lunch after a hike, or bring a date for a special dinner at sunset. Weddings and private events can also be accommodated at this venue. Everyone living in Sedona is invited to learn more about this restaurant, make reservations, view the full menu, and find details about weddings and groups by visiting Creekside American Bistro online

 

April 7, 2021

Sedona Home Sales Stats March 2021

The month of March proved challenging.  The lack of homes on the market continues to frustrate buyers and delight sellers.  Most homes have multiple offers in a few days.  The list price is a 'starting point' now on 90% of the homes in Sedona. 

If you are ready to buy, contact us so we can (hopefully) find you a home before it hits the market.

March 2021 Sedona Real Estate Update

March 2020 to March 2021 Sales Price Graph

Sedona real estate market graph March 2021

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April 7, 2021

Get Great Food on Sedona Property at Elote Cafe

Get great food on Sedona property at Elote Cafe.Elote Cafe, a favorite of many living in Sedona properties, has recently moved. The new location is at 350 Jordan Road in the heart of Sedona. Dine-in is available, however reservations are required. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this time. Make reservations online. Reservations are booking out up to one month in advance and there are a variety of protocols in place to keep the staff and those dining safe. Call 928.203.0105 to place a take-out order Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m. Celebrate your next special occasion or just take a night off from cooking and have a special meal at your Sedona home.

Eat In or Get Food to Go and Enjoy at Your Sedona Home

There is a food menu, drink menu, and a featured recipe to try at home. The drink menu includes margaritas, cocktails, beer, hard cider, and wine. The food menu is full of creative Southwestern and Mexican cuisine. Start out with sweet corn salad, guacamole, queso fundido, goat cheese balls, or one of several other choices. Main dishes include such selections as smoked chicken enchiladas, vegetable mole verde, smoked pork cheeks, corn crusted scallops, smoked brisket enchiladas, beef chile relleno, carne asada, lamb adobo, and others. For dessert, consider pastel de elote, Mexican chocolate pie, flan, or agave ice cream. There are also many after dinner drinks to consider. Relax after your meal before heading back to your Sedona property.

The atmosphere of the restaurant is inviting and comfortable. There are patio seating options in a shady area. Booths are intimate and private and the bartenders are always happy to pour you a drink. In addition to the food, merchandise is available for purchase. There are cookbooks, t-shirts, mugs, popcorn spice, and more. Merchandise and gift certificates can be purchased online. Find the merchandise, the full menu, and all other details about Elote Cafe at their website