#130 – Sedona AZ’s Proximity to Jerome
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Greetings from Sedona Property Partners – Broker/Owners of REMAX Sedona

A part of Sedona that all of the residents here love is the scenery. Sedona is a place that draws people in by the unique characteristics such as Red Rocks, Oak Creek and the various vortexes. One thing that we really love about living in Sedona is our town’s uniqueness compared to the surrounding towns. If we want a change of scenery for a special occasion, it doesn’t take long to get out of town and find the perfect spot!

Jerome is another tourist town in Arizona, only 40 minutes from Sedona. Jerome’s unique atmosphere attracts Sedona residents who love to walk through the shops and restaurants! Jerome is known as a “ghost town”, the location of an old insane asylum that served the Sedona-Verde Valley area. This makes Jerome especially fun at Halloween time!

Jerome’s rustic, old-fashion look provides the perfect spot for photography opportunities or just a day walking through the old boutique shops. We love spending time in Jerome! Photography is one of the main ways Jerome attracts people from Sedona. Red Rock High School photography students usually take trips to Jerome to capture photos with a different abstract look behind them.

A note for the chocolate lover – the fudge factory is one of our favorite parts of the town. The homemade fudge is “to die for”. No matter what draws you into Jerome, our advice is to stop at the fudge factory to pick up a snack for the way home!

Sedona’s proximity to Jerome is our #130 Reason to live in Sedona. Do you want to live close enough to visit Jerome frequently without having to live in the “vertical” city? Visit our website to find property in Sedona so that you can go to Jerome anytime! Feel free to email us or call us at 928-282-4166 x 253 if you have any questions while viewing the website or if you would like more information about Sedona! We look forward to hearing from you!

Sedona Property Partners – Your Source for Sedona Real Estate

#129 – Every 15 Minutes
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Greetings from Sedona Property Partners – Broker/Owners of REMAX Sedona

One thing that we love about Sedona is its sense of community. There are so many events that Sedona hosts to make Sedona feel like home. As older Sedona Residents, we always try to reach out to the younger generation. One of the big events that the Sedona Fire Department puts on for our youth at Sedona Red Rock High School is Every 15 Minutes.

Every 15 Minutes in a program to raise awareness about driving under the influence, with a focus on the influence of alcohol. The issue across America is that every 15 minutes, someone somewhere in the United States is killed in a car accident related to drinking and driving. The Sedona Fire Department, as stated in the press release, “offers real-life experience without the real-life risks” by creating a mock auto accident in the middle of the football field at Red Rock High School.

They involve students to play roles in the crash, and at the end of the afternoon two students are announced “dead”. The student that was “driving” was taken to jail for the afternoon. All along the way, the students are followed and taped on video to record their reactions to the accident. Even though students know that this is a fake accident, the pretend death of their peers bring to life this issue across America with drinking and driving.

The program was April 18th and 19th, 2013. The first day, the crash happened. Prior to the students being shown the head-on crash on the field, they were shown a video of their peers. One group of students were on their way to a movie, while the others were on a beer run during a party. Then, two students were announced dead at the car crash scene. After the students were shook up from the shock of the first day, the Fire Department hosted a court arraignment where the “drunk driver” was sentenced to years in jail along with several fines. After this, two funerals were held for the students that passed away. In the meantime, students involved in the program wrote letters to their parents that began with “Dear Mom and Dad, every fifteen minutes someone in the United States dies from an alcohol related traffic collision, and today I died. I never had the chance to tell you…….”. At this point, the “dead” students got to stand behind a sheet and read their letter to their family, bringing the situation more to life.

Another part in the program is were real victims of drinking and driving accidents share their story. This year, Kelly Taylor shared his story about being paralyzed at the age of 27, 16 years ago, because he drank and drove. This showed the students a lot of the different angles in which driving under the influence can change your life forever. We feel strongly about supporting the Fire Department in this outreach to High School Juniors & Seniors.

This program is held every 2-3 years right before prom and graduation to help prevent students from drinking and driving and also to encourage good behavior. This program makes the youth change their mindset from feeling invincible to knowing that the risks they take can be life threatening. Sedona is known to host many events, such as Every 15 Minutes, to bring the community together and help encourage the youth to grow up to be the best person they can be.

If you would like to join this community, visit our Sedona Real Estate Website to find homes and property for sale. You can always email or call us at the RE/MAX Sedona Office at 928-282-4166 x 253 for more information regarding Sedona. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sedona Property Partners – Your Source for Sedona Real Estate

#128 – Sedona Bluegrass Festival
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Greetings from Sedona Property Partners – Broker/Owners of REMAX Sedona

If you love listening to live bluegrass music while being surrounded by red rocks, then Sedona was the place for you to be this last weekend! Sedona hosted the seventh annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival this weekend at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa. Not much can be better than sitting by the Oak Creek listening to a Bluegrass concert.

Sedona is known for the majestic beauty that the red rocks bring. But on a weekend like this, the entire atmosphere of Sedona changes. Everything just becomes more real, down to earth and peaceful. The annual Bluegrass Festival has been held at the bank of the Oak Creek, rain or shine! The festival this year had several guest performances starting at 12 o’clock noon and ending in the evening at 6:30pm, all being led by the head show of the David Grisman FolkJass Trio. They are said to be “bringing a fresh view of American Folk tunes and more”.

There were seven different groups playing at the festival total. Each of the shows were very unique. In the same way that every artist paints with their own style, each musician at the festival played songs and added their own very unique style to it. Some of the performers included Muskellunge, Sonoran Dogs, Titan Valley Warheads, Brunett Family Bluegrass, Pick and Hollor, and the Matt Flonner Trio. The entire weekend turned out perfect, maybe year #7 is the charm! Escaping the heat, in the shade under the trees by the creek-side was our favorite part!

The next Bluegrass concert in Sedona is not until November 10th. So if you missed out on this last one, don’t miss the next one!

Consider moving to Sedona to enjoy creek-side festivals at Tlaqupaque? If you would like to join our community, take a look at our website (http://SedonaProperty.net) to search for a property that suits your taste! Also, view a current list of Sedona Homes for Sale or Create your own Free Sedona MLS Search! Please call us at the RE/MAX Sedona Office at 928-282-4166 x 253 if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to assist you in all your Real Estate needs!

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#127 – Tuesday Morning
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Greetings from Sedona Property Partners – Broker/Owners of REMAX Sedona

Like most people, we love shopping! Compared to larger cities, Sedona is a little limited on it’s shopping locations as far as department stores go. Even though Sedona’s location is just 45 minutes South of Flagstaff, an hour west of Prescott and only 2 hours north of Phoenix, Sedona Residents can feel secluded from commerce. Luckily, a Tuesday Morning opened in the fall of 2011 at the Oak Creek Factory Outlet Mall in the Village of Oak Creek!

Tuesday Morning is a nationwide chain that contains a little bit of everything, much like a Ross Dress for Less. Some of their specialties include items ranging from clothing to crafts, luggage to beauty products, as well as other treasures. Tuesday Morning was a welcomed addition to the town of Sedona due to their large variety of inventory. Before this, if residents of Sedona needed certain items, they would have had to drive to other towns or areas to find what they are looking for. Now, with a local Tuesday Morning, look no further than the VOC.

In the Village of Oak Creek, 8 miles outside of Sedona, there is an Outlet Mall with several different shops. This is where, in 2011, Tuesday Morning opened shop. Tuesday Morning has been a big success, not only providing services to locals and tourists but also by drawing in traffic to the Oak Creek Outlet Mall. The once, “fading” Outlet Mall has spruced up with several new stores.

We  love going to Tuesday Morning to pick up a quick birthday gift, or a new home decor item like a rug. If we need it, its there! A reason we love living in Sedona – Tuesday Morning!

Want to get out of the big city (like Phoenix) but don’t want to give up all your shopping options? Think about living in Sedona with a brand new Tuesday Morning! Call us at 928-282-4166 x 253 or shoot us an email! We are here to help assist you with all things Sedona Real Estate! You can search our website for Sedona Property for Sale and Homes for Sale in Sedona. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sedona Property Partners – Your Source for Sedona Real Estate

#125 – Sedona Trolley
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Greetings from Sedona Property Partners – Broker/Owners of REMAX Sedona

Another reason we love living in Sedona – the Sedona Trolley! The Sedona Trolley brings a small-town feeling to the Sedona community. It is a friendly service that takes the residents and the tourists around town on different tours to see Sedona and the famous red rock views first hand.

Sedona Trolley rides are given on a first come, first served basis. There is no need to plan too far ahead for tickets. When boarding the trolley, you can pay your fee for the ride. Currently prices are only $15 for adults and $12 for children. There are two different tours you can take. They both take approx. 55 minutes and depart from the Uptown Depot.

Tour A travels along the south end of Sedona. It shows the famous Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village and the Gallery District. However, the main highlight of this tour would have to be the stop at the Chapel of the Holy Cross. This is a famous place in Sedona. A Chapel is built into the red rocks with amazing views of Sedona. The Sedona Trolley stops here for 15-20 minutes to let passengers explore the Chapel of the Holy Cross. If you ever get a chance to view the Chapel, don’t miss out! It is a place that everyone should see no matter what your religious beliefs are! This tour departs every two hours, starting at 12noon.

Tour B showcases the west side of Sedona before leaving town to visit Dry Creek Valley. Here, the trolley shows passengers the vistas of Boynton and Long Canyon. The Sedona Trolley brings its passengers to these destinations before traveling back into Sedona. This tour begins at 9am and deports several times a day.

The Sedona Trolley is also available to rent. Sedona Red Rock High School typically rents the trolley during graduation week to bring all of the graduates on a ride to a picnic at the creek. Big Park Elementary and West Sedona Elementary schools both rent out the trolley for special occasions as well. Are you planning a wedding or family reunion in Sedona? The Sedona Trolley is a fun way to carpool large group of people around during special events.

The Sedona Trolley is one of the many things that makes Sedona a special place to live. Do you have an event coming up where you might want to rent the Sedona Trolley for your guests? If so, please visit the Sedona Trolley website for more information regarding your needs.

If you would like to join the community of Sedona and be able to take tour rides on the Sedona Trolley year-round, contact us for more information! We are available by email or phone. Call us at the RE/MAX Sedona Office at 928-282-4166 x 253. You can also visit our website to get an idea of what type of property you would like to buy. View Sedona Homes for Sale and Vacant Land for Sale in Sedona and the Verde Valley. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us! We are here to help!

Sedona Property Partners – Your Source for Sedona Real Estate

#115 – Sedona Red Rock High School Grad
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Greetings from Rob & Pam Schabatka – Broker/Owners of REMAX Sedona

When talking to most Sedona residents you will find that there are few people who have grown up among the Red Rocks of Sedona AZ. Many people move to Arizona, Sedona in particular, from various places in the U.S. and from across the world. Well not the “Sedona Kids”. Since Sedona Red Rock High School opened its doors in 1995, there has been a special bond between the children growing up in Sedona.

Living in a small town such as Sedona, there are many things to appreciate; adults often see this more clearly than the youth growing up. Whether it be lack of big city knowledge or the longing to go out and experience the world away from the Red Rocks; there’s something unique about the young adults raised here. We saw this so clearly at the 2012 Graduation at Sedona Red Rock High School.

On May 23, the class of 2012 departed from SRRHS and began their future, many travelling to one of the three Arizona Universities: NAU, ASU & U of A. At the commencement ceremony we heard from 5 students who spoke more about their friendships and cherished memories with their fellow students than their futures plans. We found this so heartwarming because unlike most High Schools, Red Rock has a small number of students who sincerely connect with each other.

We also heard from a very proud principal, congratulating his class for making SRHHS an excelling school for another consecutive year. He also spoke to numerous individual students on their achievements, academically & in various extracurricular activities – which is what SRRHS prides itself on.

We feel that SRRHS, as a whole, is a reason to live in Sedona because the teachers have a passion for teaching & mentoring the students, the administration cares enough to know each student personally and the community support allows students to flourish in every aspect of their High School careers.

From the time you first enter the school campus to the last time you walk across the football field, you can feel the warmth of the continuous compassion and love.

As for the Sedona Kids that graduated this year, we applaud you and wish you the very best in life. Like teacher Karyl Goldsmith said, you will miss Sedona, these Red Rocks, and mostly the people in the community. Always know, we love you and forever will welcome you back with open arms.

If you would like to join our wonderful community of Sedona AZ please visit our website for Sedona Community Information and Sedona Property for Sale. You can perform your own Custom Sedona MLS Search or view a list of current West Sedona Homes for Sale. We are available to welcome you to the community and help with all of your Sedona Real Estate needs. Contact Rob at 928-821-3508 or at the RE/MAX Sedona Office at 928-282-4166 x 253. We look forward to hearing from you!

Rob & Pam Schabatka – Your Source for Sedona Real Estate.

#114 – Sedona Cinco de Mayo Festival
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Greetings from Rob & Pam Schabatka – Broker/Owners of REMAX Sedona

Vibrant. Charming. Rich with heritage.

Sedona did what it does best this weekend with the Cinco de Mayo Festival at Tlaquepaque Arts & Craft Village! Festivities were none less than astounding. Like all things in Sedona, the Cinco de Mayo Festival 2012 was full of elegance, flavorful cuisine & outstanding entertainment and art shows.

The festivities began on Friday, May 4th, 2012 with Sedona’s monthly First Friday Art Walks. On Saturday morning at 11am, Tlaquepaque was taken over by Mariachi’s who walked the pebble streets of the Village while playing in Calle Independencia. Throughout the day there were various live performances with Mexican influence such as Folklorico Dancers.

This free Sedona event was kid friendly with face painting, Pinata hitting & much more! All in all we recommend for you to plan your Sedona Vacation for next May and don’t miss the Sedona AZ Cinco De Mayo Festival!

Would you like to have a second home in Sedona? Now is the time to buy that vacation home you have been dreaming of. Interest rates are low and so are Sedona Home Prices. Click here for Sedona Homes for Sale under $450,000 or create your own Sedona MLS Search with your individual criteria. We are available to help answer any questions regarding second homes in Sedona AZ or any Sedona Real Estate Information.

Contact Rob via email or call at 928-821-3508 or at the REMAX Sedona Office at 928-282-4166 x 253. We can’t wait to help you find the perfect Sedona Property!

Rob & Pam Schabatka – Your Source for Sedona Real Estate.

#112 – “Believe in Ashley” A SRRHS Community Benefit for Student in Need
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Greetings from Rob & Pam Schabatka – Broker/Owners of REMAX Sedona

Have you seen the Believe in Ashley fliers in local businesses around Sedona? Believe in Ashley is a benefit that took place last night in support of Ashley Hook.

“Hook was surprised by the benefit and thanked everyone involved. Yet, she saw a good aspect outside of herself.
‘I’m really happy to see how much people are coming together. It proves how much a small town pitches in at a time like this,’ Hook said.”  ~Click for Full article

In times of need, the Sedona Community steps up to assist & support those in need. Sedona had to step up last night and support Ashley Hook, a senior at Sedona Red Rock High, and boy did they do a great job!

Ashley Hook was a cheerleader, on the Student Council and played an active part in her school & community until December of last year when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of ovarian cancer. This beautiful 18 year old girl had to face the hard truth that she would be battling cancer instead of enjoying the remaining part of her senior year of high school. Ashley’s positive attitude & spirit inspires many. Click here for a video from CBS 5 news about Ashley’s mindset.

Believe in Ashley, a fundraiser event that took place last night at the Sedona Performing Arts Center in SRRHS, was nothing short of amazing. Believe in Ashley demonstrated just how much the Sedona community and our local High School gives in order to support a community/family member in need. The evening started with a limo (donated by a community member) arriving to Ashley’s house full of Cheerleaders who all got ready together and rode to the event sipping sparkling cider.

The event consisted of:

  • An abundant silent auction of items donated from local businesses such as a 7 night stay at any Diamond Resort in the country
  • Gourmet food provided by local restaurants
  • Encouraging speeches from Ashley’s principal, teachers, coach, & friends
  • An incredible concert/performance by various SRRHS musical groups and cheerleaders for the 600+ guests to enjoy.
  • Ashley even got up on stage to express her gratitude to everyone involved: Video on Facebook.

Rehearsal for Don’t Stop Believing

The inspirational night ended with all groups performing as one to the Journey’s song “Don’t Stop Believing” and then the girls were escorted back into the limo.

One community member stated that the Believe in Ashley event “Rocked the walls of the Sedona Performing Arts Center”, it was a night to remember for all.

From the donation of people’s time to the limo ride and everything in between, this event was truly a display of how our community is irreplaceable in good times and bad. If you would like to join our community we encourage you to research on our Sedona Real Estate Website or view a list of Sedona Homes for Sale.

You can contact us at 928-821-3508 or at our REMAX Sedona office at 928-282-4166 x 253. We look forward to hearing from you!

Rob & Pam Schabatka – Your Source for Sedona Real Estate

#110 – Impressive Music Culture of Sedona AZ
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Greetings from Rob & Pam Schabatka – Broker/Owners of REMAX Sedona

Another impressive event, courtesy of the Sedona International Film Festival, These Three Tenors will perform in Sedona AZ on March 24, 2012!­­­­­­­­­­­

“World-renowned, extraordinary, a must see”! These are some of the phrases heard when discussing These Three Tenors and their performances. Sedona will be hosting the event on the 24th at 7:00pm in the Sedona Red Rock High School’s Sedona Performing Arts Center.

We recommend purchasing tickets early do to the event will be first come, first served. Tickets will be priced at $20, $30 or $40 for this family-oriented night out in Sedona. Rumor has it that the performance will range from Broadway to Opera and wouldn’t be complete without a tribute to Frank Sinatra! For more information please visit the Sedona Film Festival Website.

A reason for living in Sedona is the musical variety & culture provided to the public. Thinking about joining the Sedona Community? Visit our Sedona Real Estate website for a list of current Sedona Homes for Sale or Search the Inventory to find the perfect Sedona Property for you! We are available to answer any questions you may have as well as show you any property you come across. You can reach us at our RE/MAX Sedona Office located in the West Sedona Safeway Shopping Center at 928-282-4166 x 253 or directly at 928-821-3508. We look forward to hearing from you!

Rob & Pam Schabatka – Your Source for Sedona Real Estate

#98 – Sedona Holiday Cheer!
365 Reasons to Live in Sedona

Greetings from Rob & Pam Schabatka – Broker/Owners of REMAX Sedona

For many Midwestern families getting into the Holiday Spirit is often hard to do with Sedona’s desert landscape and warmer climate. Luckily Sedona Residents know how to be creative, taking great amusement in decorating their yards with “Southwestern Holiday Apparel”.

If you are like us and love driving around just to look at the unique light displays then you will enjoy Sedona’s neighborhoods throughout the Holidays. From cactus’ bound with lights and tinsel to Santa & reindeer atop of “Mexican style” houses Sedona’s Holiday décor is very much unique!

One other fun Holiday Tradition that Sedona residents take part in the month of December is take old tree decorations and garnish a tree along State Route 179. Driving from theVillageofOak Creekto Sedona be sure to look for these special Christmas trees!

If you would like to join our festive community please feel free to use our website as a resource. You can view lists of Sedona Homes for Sale or you can learn more about Sedona Area Information. If you find a Sedona Property that interests you please contact us to schedule a tour. We are available at 928-821-3508 or at our RE/MAX Sedona Office at 928-282-4166 ext 253. We look forward to hearing from you!

Rob & Pam Schabatka – Your Source for Sedona Real Estate.