Sedona Location & Climate
Sedona is a city that is in two Counties, Coconino and Yavapai counties in the northern Verde Valley in Arizona. As of the 2010 census, the City of Sedona (86336) population was 10,031 with a 2014 estimate of 10,281. The Village of Oak Creek & Big Park (86351) which are an unincorporated area of Sedona in Yavapai County has a 2010 population of 6,147. “The Village” or “VOC” is a significant part of the Sedona community.
Sedona’s main attraction is its Red Rocks and recreation opportunities. These red sandstone formations appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. The red rocks form a popular backdrop for many activities, ranging from spiritual pursuits to the hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails.
Sedona was named after Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly (1877–1950), the wife of Theodore Carlton Schnebly, the city’s first postmaster, who was celebrated for her hospitality and industriousness. Her mother, Amanda Miller, claimed to have made the name up because “it sounded pretty.”
Due to it’s 4,500′ elevation,Sedona has a temperate semi-arid climate. Here you can avoid the heat of a Phoenix summer and the bitter cold of a Flagstaff winter. In January, the average high temperature is 57 °F (14 °C) with a low of 31 °F (-1 °C). In July, the average high temperature is 97 °F (34 °C) with a low of 64 °F (17 °C). Annual precipitation is just over 19 inches (480 mm). For gardeners, this is hardiness zone 8a, expect the last frost around the 3rd week of April.
Sedona Real Estate
Owning a home in Sedona is a dream come true for many. Sedona is surrounded by National Forest and and the amount of land available for development is very limited. The limited number of buildable lots left will drive the cost of homes upwards. We maintain a market statistics page that is updated by the MLS constantly. We also have a search engine to find your home in Sedona. It’s updated by the MLS and much more accurate than Zillow or other websites not affliated with the MLS. Search Sedona homes for sale or vacant land.
Rentals: Can be hard to come by and prices are definitely on the rise. Most of the property management companies update their websites with rental availability on Wednesdays.
Property Taxes: Check with the County but expect to pay about 1% as a general rule.
Sedona School District – Sedona has one high school (Sedona Red Rock HS), one middle school (Sedona Red Rock Junior High) which is colocated with SRRHS. Two elementary schools. One in West Sedona (West Sedona School) and the other in the Village of Oak Creek (Big Park Elementary).
Sedona Campus & ER – Verde Valley Medical Center – Located in West Sedona
Verde Valley Medical Center located in Cottonwood
Grocery: Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Safeway, Bashas, Clarks Market (VOC)
Grocery in Cottonwood: Walmart, Fries (Kroger Brands), Safeway, Food City
Sedona Visitors Bureau Great source for what to do in Sedona