About the Area:
Legend has it 17-th century Spanish occupiers called Northern Arizona’s Verde Valley “Valley of the Grapes” because native grapevines choked the banks of the Verde River. A kayak trip down the rivers shows that they still do! These are not wine producing grapevines, however their abundance hinted at a reality that wouldn’t bear fruit until 2003. That is when some of the “wine” pioneers began planting merlot, zinfandel, Syrah and chardonnay grapes on a steep hillside above Oak Creek in Cornville, just south of world famous Sedona.
What makes the Verde Valley area unique? When I mentioned to some of my clients I was moving to Sedona one of them said “there’s only one Sedona.” I thought that statement was short but profound. In all of my travels I have never seen such dramatic landscape. The red rocks are truly remarkable. Combine that with a unique group of people and you have the perfect place to really live and enjoy life. Locals here exhibit a wonderful combination of laid back charm with a tight sense of community. Combine that with award winning wineries, fine art galleries, 1.8 million acres of National Forest, and a mild climate you can see why Sedona and Verde Valley draws residents nationally and from all over the world! If you are looking to buy real estate here, use our website as a tool to help you achieve that goal. Below is a list of the towns and areas that our office and dedicated agents service.
Camp Verde: Less than an hour from Phoenix Flagstaff, Prescott and Payson you find the historic town of Camp Verde. Rich in archaeology and cultural heritage it is hard to find a town that has this much history. Add to that the Out of Africa Wild Animal Park and Cliff Castle Casino and you can see how Camp Verde caters to all ages and tastes.
A quiet, safe place to raise a family, with a small-town atmosphere, a friendly relaxed, no-pressure way of life where practically everyone knows each other. Wide-open spaces, the Verde River, a mild 4-season climate and panoramic views from the vistas above the valley all make this an excellent place to move to.
Many of the neighborhoods and properties in Camp Verde allow for equestrian privleges, New home construction is expanding in Camp Verde including Verde Ridge, Verde Cliffs, Pebble Rock, Diamond Creek, Equestrian Estates and Millwood Estates.
Verde Ridge: This is a 53 home subdivision and features a community clubhouse with a fitness room and pool table. No rentals are allowed in Verde Ridge creating a community of caring owners.
Diamond Creek Ranch: Is located on the north side of Stolen Boulevard and is one of Camp Verdes most desirable neighborhoods. These custom homes and home sites are spectacular with white pipe rail or white ranch style fencing, lush green yards from irrigated water.
Equestrian Estates: Is a beautiful subdivision on 52 acres that is subdivided into one acre or more parcels. It provides a unique location on the Verde River to enjoy the great outdoors. This area is sure to satisfy your desire to go horseback riding, birdwatching, fishing, or enjoying a leisurely stroll in the Common Area park. Each custom home lot has underground utilities including power, natural gas, water as well as irrigation from a pipe from the Verde River. Paved roads and sensible deed restrictions enhance property values.
Millwood Estates is located within the Camp Verde city limits. These irrigated homesites have an HOA of 900 annually which include the irrigation assessments on the Diamond S. Ditch. There is underground piping in the Millwood Subdivision from this Ditch. There are also value adding CC&R’s that transfer with any sale.
Pebble Rock: These are premium home-sites. All of the lots in this subdivision have access to the river.
Cottonwood: Close by is Mingus Mountain where there are miles of trails. If you are into fishing, the Verde River or the Lagoons at Dead Horse State Park can entertain or hours. If you want fine dining then you have Nicks Steakhouse or the Tavern Grill. Historical Downtown Cottonwood boasts 8 wine and Sprit Tasting Rooms, 16 Café’s and Restaurants, 4 Antique Stores, 7 Galleries and Nature Trails.
The fast growing and centrally located Verde Valley Medical Center serves the major medical needs of the entire area. This hospital is always looking for educated and qualified personnel and luckily with the lifestyle here they are recruiting some highly sought after doctors and staff.
The area has enjoyed key planning and infrastructure improvements with significant road development. Hwy 260 and 89A all have all benefited from highway expansion projects that have also added roundabouts in areas. We are seeing a growing supply and demand for high end luxury homes throughout the community recently.
Grey Fox Ridge: This unique 22 acre, 99 home-site subdivision is conveniently located within walking distance to the revitalized downtown Cottonwood. The homes are affordable with panoramic views of the Sedona Red Rocks, The Verde River the green belt the river sustains. You can easily walk trails along the Verde River right from home. Many of the homes offer green options including: solar power, low E windows, upgraded insulation and renewable wood products.
Mesquite Hills: This is a master planned community of high quality homes with a home warranty that creates a peace of mind when buying new construction here. The single level homes range from 1,275 to 2,100 square feet. Any of their plans can be upgraded and you can even get homes with RV parking or a Casita.
Mesquite Springs: Is an all age manufactured and modular home community.
Verde Village: Is the first subdivision in the area that was created as a retirement destination. About 2/3 of Verde Village residents are retired. The area is established but not really old. Most of the residences were built between 1970 to 1999 and a few after 2000. About 96% of Verde Village is now built out so there is not much room for expansion or growth here. It is a safe and established area and a great place to call home with its proximity to the Verde River, Downtown Cottonwood and the shopping opportunities from big box stores.
Cornville: The Heart of Arizona Wine Country. Page Springs Cellars, Oak Creek Vineyards and Javelina Leap are all based out of Cornville. Hiking along Oak Creek, or the Verde River, Horseback riding, and the activities at Windmill Park all make this an incredible place to live.
Cornville does not have much in the way of services. However its central location allows residents the freedom to choose to shop in Cottonwood, Sedona, or Oak Creek Village.
Currently there are 6 restaurants, 3 taverns, 2 gas station/ convenience stores, a tree nursery, a feed store, Dollar General and three wineries.
Cornville is where my wife and I have chosen to live and raise our daughter. We love the quietness of the place, the home town atmosphere, great schools and the incredible people we have met and established lifelong friendships with. Here you can escape the busy tourist areas of Sedona but still enjoy the culture that only Sedona can emulate.
Custom home and home-sites here can be found along the Verde River and Oak Creek. Many of the properties here offer irrigated surface water rights that pre-date Arizona statehood.
Subdivisions here include: Bent Creek, Oak Creek Palisades, Mingus Panorama Estates, Rio Bonito Ranch, The Elements and Verde Santa Fe.
The Elements: This is a 22 acre property on Oak Creek that is currently divided into 4 home-sites. Currently the entire property is for sale and no homes are on it.
Bent Creek sits on a bluff above Oak Creek. Not only can you see the lush river valley below you also have panoramic Mingus Mountain and Sedona red rock views. There are only a few lots left in this subdivision as it is built out with beautiful custom homes.
Rio Bonito Ranch is a desirable gated community in the heart of the Verde Valley. The Ranch consists of 33 custom home sites ranging from 1 to 2.5 acres. 22 of these lots are irrigated. This area has an HOA and value adding CC&R’s. There is also a private community recreation area along oak Creek.
Verde Santa Fe is relatively new master planned subdivision that was founded in 1995. Within the area is Amante and La Privada. It is a golf-course community just outside of central Cornville, along State Rt. 89A, between Cottonwood and Sedona. Consisting of nearly 1,000 homes in 10 subdivision, it has rich amenities including an 18 hole Santa Fe Golf Course, two community clubhouses, workout centers and swimming pools. Created with discriminating buyers in mind, there are a variety of active adult, gated, golf course and family-oriented neighborhoods. Verde Santa Fe has become one of the finest retirement communities the area. Due to its incredible success, a new 700 acre luxury subdivision is slated to break ground across the street in the near future. 89&Vine is destined to become one of the preeminent new home destinations in Arizona. The layout of the luxury community will be tastefully designed around an Arizona vineyard concept with core elements including acres of lush, working vineyards situated on gently rolling hills, a village center perfectly suited for community social gatherings and an elegantly appointed wine tasting center. If you’re looking for an active and engaging adult retirement community in AZ with a wine country focus, 89 & Vine is the place for you.
Clarkdale: Located right above Cottonwood at the foothills of the Mingus Mountains is Clarkdale. Formerly a mining town, it has become a retirement community with an eye for the arts and wine sampling. There are three classy tasting rooms that all opened in 2015. Chateau Tumbleweed, Four Eight Wine Works, and the Southwest Wine Center.
Clarkdale was founded by United Verde Copper Company as a company town. Unlike other towns of the period that grew haphazardly, Clarkdale was designed and built from a unified mater plan. Clarkdale remains a model of good urban planning today.
While here you can visit Clarkdale’s outstanding Copper Art Museum, take a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad (originally the mining railroad), visit the Tuzigoot National Monument or plan a kayak trip down the Verde River. Here you can purchase a historical well-built brick home in the charming downtown area, select a home in in one of the newer developments, or build or buy a custom home in the Mingus Mountain foothills.
Since the construction of the historic areas of Clarkdale, several new areas of the town have developed. Subdivisions such as Black Hills I and II, Verde Palisades, Foothills Terrace, Mingus View Estates, Haskell Springs, Mingus Shadows and Mountain Gate have added to the rich dynamics of the town.
Mingus Shadows that is across from the Chateau Tumbleweed Winery, consists primarily of affordable mobile homes and is a great place
The Mountain Gate master planned community is great living at an affordable price. The $125 a month HOA takes care of all the landscaping and gardening, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your gorgeous home.
Individual homes and home-sites can be found in un-subdivided areas, including Haskell Springs, Hawk Hollow Way and the Mescal Wash/Tavasci Road area.
Jerome: One of the most enchanting towns you will ever see. Once a thriving mining town between the 1880’s and early 1950’s which produced primarily copper. Today Jerome is a vibrant tourist magnet and fine artistic community with a small population of about 450 people. It includes a modicum or artists, craft people, musicians, writers, shop keepers and interesting locals. Real estate here is usually difficult to find. Most of the land and many of the buildings are still owned by the mines in the area. However once in a while you can find a nice commercial/residential building on a main street or a residence just a few streets over from the hustle and bustle of downtown Jerome.
Sedona: What can be said that hasn’t been said already. This is the most beautiful place on earth! Sedona is a geological wonderland with its red rock bluffs laced with hiking trails, stunning creeks with swimming holes and unsurpassed luxury homes. Native Americans regarded Sedona as sacred and it continues to be recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal. Many flock to Sedona for its vortex energy centers and others wine and dine at the incredible selection of restaurants, spoil yourself with soothing treatments at the day spas, or prowl the 40 plus art galleries. With the nearby vineyards and tasting rooms, Sedona has recently emerged as a destination for wine enthusiasts.
Cross Creek Ranch: Live in “Nature’s Masterpiece” This is a luxury gated community right on Oak Creek has become the premier go to place to build and live! Developed in 2003 it remains a highly sought after luxury home community. Here you will find picturesque trails along Oak Creek below the canopy of sycamore and cottonwood trees. 84 custom residential lots of 2+ acres have been carefully designed and planned to provide property owners with the latest in modern southwest custom home living. Architectural guidelines have been structured to enhance value and still allow for the freedom of expression.
Mystic Hills: This is a newer, upscale subdivision along Highway 179 between West Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. Important amenities here are a clubhouse, meeting areas, outside gathering areas, tennis courts, a swimming pool and hot tub. This luxury subdivision backs up to Elephant Rock and you also have views of Cathedral Rock. You can’t miss the world-famous waterfall at the entrance to this subdivision.
Back O Beyond Ranch: A gated subdivision has stunning views from nearly every home and lot particularly of Cathedral Rock. This subdivision has value adding CC&R’s, an HOA and architectural guidelines. Here you will find estate sized lots with building envelopes and privacy. Trails, mountain biking, rock climbing and Oak Creek are all within walking distance.
West Sedona: Under the vistas of Sedona’s most famous rock formations-Thunder Mountain and Coffee Pot Rock are the homes and subdivisions of West Sedona. Here you will find not only necessary shopping including grocery stores such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods but also restaurants, art galleries and tour companies. Subdivisions in this area offer unsurpassed red rock views as well. This area has the fine subdivisions of: Casa Contenta, Cedar Ridge, Coffee Pot, Color Cove, Copper Vista, Cottages at Coffeepot, Crimson View, Estates at Northslope, Foothills North, Foothills South, Goodrow Estates, Harm Area, Inspirational, Juniper Area, Kachina West, Keller Tract, Las Lomas, and Mission Hills, Northview, Shadows Estates, Park Place, Piedras Del Rojo, Quail Run, Rim Shadows, Rimstone, Saddlreock, San Patricio, Shadow Rock, Sedona Meadows, Sedona View Estates, Sedona West, Seven Canyons, Thunder Mountain Ranch, Thunderbird Hills, and Western Hills.
Casa Contenta: This is a gated community located off of Soldier Pass Road. These homes are built in the southwest Santa Fe style or Pueblo style. This subdivision is enhanced by utilizing the building envelope concept that responds to the local climate.
Canyon Shadows, Northern Shadows, Rim Shadows and Shadow Rock: Collectively called the Shadows Estates, these upscale neighborhoods are very desirable. They are located at the end of Soldier Pass Rd. at the base of Coffee Pot Rock. Most of the homes are Santa Fe style concepts that were built from the mid 1990’s to recently. This area was one of the original upscale neighborhoods that was designed and planned so that every lot should have the advantage of red rock views.
Copper Vista: This established neighborhood is a hillside subdivision at the entrance to West Sedona. Located south of Highway 89A between airport road and Les Springs. Most of the homes here are two stories and have great red rock views.
Color Cove and Distant Drums: One of the few areas in West Sedona with lot sizes 2.5 acres and up zoned for horses!
Cottages at Coffeepot: This 34-unit home subdivision right below coffee pot rock is great for second home owners or those that want the ease of low maintenance and relaxation. There is a full-time groundskeeper who maintains the front landscaping of every home. There is only one entrance and it has a private gate to maintain your safety and privacy. These homes are about a mile away from HW 89 so it is nice and quiet yet close to services.
Crimson View and Cedar Ridge: Conveniently located off of Rodeo Road, these subdivisions feature contemporary southwest designed homes on a quarter acre or more lots. Custom home builders build and design each home to maximize views from every home site.
The Estates at North Slopes and North Slopes: These are two privacy-gated luxury home subdivisions. These prestigious gated communities offer homes and building sites that are a couple of acres or more that allow architects to design large contemporary southwest homes. Many of the properties border national forest service land with native vegetation such as manzanita, scrub oak, prickly pear, agave, juniper, ponderosa, oak and maple. Here you have great views and nice access to Boynton Canyon and the Mogollon Rim.
Foothills North: This is a luxury gated community of 19 large 2.5+ acre homesites. Located on Dry Creek Road just north of Color Cove. Many of the properties here border the secret mountain area of forest service land and have fantastic views and great access to the Boynton Canyon area and the Mogollon Rim. Close to this is Boynton Spires, one of Sedona’s famed vortex sites.
Foothills South: This is a 150 home community gated community with lots between a half acre to a full acre. Conveniently located across from Emergency Hospital. There is a mix of home styles here ranging from ranch style homes to the Santa Fe style.
Sedona West: Features many well-built mid-century homes. This area offers great Red Rock views, quiet streets and privacy and is still close to shops and amenities.
Seven Canyons: If you enjoy an exclusive private golf club and a prestigious gated community this is for you. Here you will find Seven Canyons Residential Villas for sale. There are also a number of lots surrounding the course that are available. This is a very exclusive subdivision for a buyer with discriminating tastes. The architects of this area are given the freedom to design and build some of the most incredible custom homes of modern day architecture. Inspired and influenced by Mexican Ranch, Old Spain and local Native American you will find many of the homes here featured in Phoenix Home and Garden, and other magazines. Many of these homes are featured on TV shows as well.
Thunder Mountain Ranch: This development was created in the mid 1990’s so all the homes are relatively new. This neighborhood is located along Thunder Mountain Road, just west of Dry creek and features nice quiet winding streets with walking paths and sidewalks that match the red dirt color. The homes here enjoy the vistas of the stunning red rock and geologic layer formations of Capital Butte and Chimney Rock. The HOA dues are affordable and it is easy to hike or bike straight from your property.
Rimrock: Named for the prominent limestone rimrocks forming the edges of the mesas visible from the area. However, this area also goes by number of names including Beaver Creek, Lake Montezuma, and McGuireville. Around 1957 shortly after the Black Canyon Highway was built north from Phoenix, one of the largest ranches in Rimrock was turned into a subdivision called Lake Montezuma. The developers were planning on selling much of the property to out-of-state buyers and realized they needed something attractive in the name. They dug out a pond below the original ranch house and named it Lake Montezuma after the area's most significant local landmark - Montezuma Well National Monument. The majority of the population of the rapidly growing area soon lived in this one subdivision and virtually all of them were not from the local area. They would identify themselves as being from Lake Montezuma not realizing they could be considered a resident of Rimrock or Beaver Creek.
Here you will find the fascinating Lake Montezuma and with its natural beauty, Native American Ruins, their irrigation channels and unusual geology. There is also the V Bar V Heritage site where some of the best preserved petroglyphs of the southwest can be seen. Several restaurants and antique shops make this a great place to visit or live. It is one of the more affordable communities in the Verde Valle region.
Village of Oak Creek (VOC): Big Park is commonly known as the Village of Oak Creek, and has become a bedroom community for Sedona that is 7 miles north. Tourism, retirees and second-home owners are the basis for the local economy. Big Park became the Village of Oak Creek in the early 1960’s, and is set among scenic red-rock buttes and canyons.
The Village of Oak Creek is home to 3 world renowned Golf Courses: The Oak Creek Country Club, Sedona Golf Resort, and Canyon Mesa.
The Oak Creek Country Club has an 18 hole championship course. This is surrounded by stunning red rocks and lush vegetation the valley is famous for. The layout of this course is traditional. It consists of over 6,824 yards, winding fairways lined with trees and three lakes.
Sedona Golf Resort is an 18 hole, par 71 course that continually receives a 4-star rating from Golf Digest. Open to the public, this is a great place to golf while enjoying the exceptional beauty of Sedona.
Canyon Mesa is a 9 hole course tucked away in a corner of the Village of Oak Creek. This is a great course for those just learning the game, or anyone working on precision golf. This is one of the best Active Adult Lifestyle communities in the Sedona area that offer spacious townhomes. Like all the other subdivisions in the area it is fully built out and any sales are re-sales. This area has full time residents, second home owners as well as upscale vacation rentals that make a great investment compared to other Sedona properties.
With an almost unlimited array of recreation opportunities, it’s easy to see why we are often named as one of the best places to live for people who enjoy the outdoors. From kayaking down the Verde River to hiking or biking the world famous red rocks country of Sedona. the Sedona area has it in spades. Oh, and without the crowds.
It has been said that the Verde Valley area has the best of both worlds. It is a beautiful safe place to live, with arguably the best year-round weather as well as unsurpassed recreation opportunities. If you plan on relocating to the area give us a call first. If you are planning to sell your home or property let us prepare a free broker price opinion to help you in your decision. Myself and our friendly agents forward to talking to you!