_It's as clear as a sunrise in Sedona -- _From "Sedona Sunrise" by Aerosmith
Sedona is one of the most picturesque cities in northern Arizona. With its red rocks and meandering Oak Creek, it's pretty hard to miss! So it's no wonder that it's not just home to proud Arizonan residents, but it's also a vacation spot for lots of famous celebrities. If you're on the hunt for a home in a scenic, relaxing area, it's time to start looking for apartments or rental houses in Sedona.
Searching for a Home in Sedona
This city's vacancy rate might be a fairly high at 16%, but keep in mind that much of the housing is seasonal. In fact, seasonal homes account for almost 70% of the vacancies. That's because plenty of people come from all over to get away from the extreme heat or cold of whatever city they normally live in. And can you blame them? Not really, but it might make it hard for you to find a permanent home here, so you can be a little miffed about it if you'd like.
Not surprisingly, the cost to purchase a home in Sedona is more than double the national average. The rent is a bit more affordable, since it's only a little higher than the median for the country. So if you're ready to pay the price to live in this appealing city, grab your last two pay stubs and some money for a deposit before you go look for rental apartments or houses here.
Before you pick a home and settle down, it's nice to know the kind of area you will be living in. This is a brief summary of some of the neighborhoods in Sedona.
City Center: This city center is a little different from most, in that it is technically on the eastern edge of Sedona. Also, it features mostly single-family houses, with a small sprinkling of apartments for rent and mobile homes, too. It's the closest neighborhood to Interstate 17, which is a big deal in northern Arizona because of all that wide-open space. It also encompasses Slide Rock State Park, Sedona Heritage Museum, Cave Spring Campground, and several picturesque resorts that might come in handy for those awesome stay-cations you have in mind.
Oak Creek: This area has similar home values but is located on the southern side of the city. If you're looking for some townhouses for rent, this is the right spot to check. Plus, this is where you will find Red Rock State Park, Red Rock Caf, and Oak Creek Factory Outlets.
West Sedona: If you're looking for a spacious yet affordable home for rent, you just might find it here, since there are mostly detached houses and mobile homes in this area. Like most other parts of the city, this is also where you'll see lots of resorts, hotels, and parks including Sunset Park.
Living in Sedona
The main thing to do here is go sightseeing, and why not? Nowhere else can you get this close to red sandstone cliffs that turn bright orange against the sunset. So go hiking, walk some trails or just take lots of pictures at Cathedral Rock, the Devil's Kitchen, or the Devil's Bridge.
You can also attend one of the many events here, such as the Sedona Bluegrass Festival, Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Festival, or the Sedona Marathon. See, it's not all hiking and camping here. There's also some listening to music and running the occasional marathon!