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Old 11-09-2011, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Clarkdale, Arizona
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Default Relocating - Sedona vs Cottonwood?

Hubby and I are both in our 60s and retired, so employment is not a consideration. We enjoy the outdoors, light hiking, etc. We love treasure hunting for bargains - thrift stores, garage sales, etc. Looking for a fair amount of restaurants, shops, etc. Have already checked out cost of living for housing and found that either one will be affordable in that respect. Basically, the considerations are things to do, ease of getting around, climate not too extreme, etc. We were considering Flag but too expensive and too cold. Now living in HOT eastern Nevada and would love 4 seasons. Would appreciate any input on the above. Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:14 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Your location show as Bullhead, AZ or are you in NV?
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Kelowna
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Either place is great but they are different in many ways.

Cottonwood has milder winters but hotter summers. We've had snow twice already in Sedona and lots of cold wind, the 'real feel of the temp right now is 36 at 5pm but the temp is 46...it's too chilly for me (especially this early in the year).

Sedona is more scenic and touristy with beautiful red rocks and tons of hiking trails etc. Cottonwood is a bit more blue collar with a quaint old town and close access to Jerome (an old mining town) and has wonderful views of Mingus mountain.

Sedona is pricier.

The list goes on and on. If you have specific questions, ask away!

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Old 11-09-2011, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley, Az
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The two towns are so close, you could live in either one and visit the other. I am in the cottonwood area and I am really enjoying it here. I've been to Sedona plenty of times already for car shows, hiking, movies etc. As Adventure girl said, the views down here are pretty nice, even if the rocks aren't red.

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Old 11-10-2011, 09:28 PM
 
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What's been said so far is pretty accurate. You might want to have a look at Prescott also, and with a character different from both Sedona and Cottonwood.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Clarkdale, Arizona
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Default A question

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Either place is great but they are different in many ways.

Cottonwood has milder winters but hotter summers. We've had snow twice already in Sedona and lots of cold wind, the 'real feel of the temp right now is 36 at 5pm but the temp is 46...it's too chilly for me (especially this early in the year).

Sedona is more scenic and touristy with beautiful red rocks and tons of hiking trails etc. Cottonwood is a bit more blue collar with a quaint old town and close access to Jerome (an old mining town) and has wonderful views of Mingus mountain.

Sedona is pricier.

The list goes on and on. If you have specific questions, ask away!
Just one question - Is there any area to avoid when buying or renting? We are going to drive out next week to check things out. Been to Flag and Prescott but not Verde valley. Thanks
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Clarkdale, Arizona
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Default Sounds good!

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The two towns are so close, you could live in either one and visit the other. I am in the cottonwood area and I am really enjoying it here. I've been to Sedona plenty of times already for car shows, hiking, movies etc. As Adventure girl said, the views down here are pretty nice, even if the rocks aren't red.

curly
Thanks for the info. Sounds really good!
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Clarkdale, Arizona
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Your location show as Bullhead, AZ or are you in NV?
Thanks for pointing that out. Lived in BHC briefly before moving to Laughlin and forgot to make the change.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Kelowna
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In Sedona, if it looks good, it should be fine, and in Cottonwood there are some dicey areas but I'm not an expert as it's a bigger place.

You might want to check in with the local PD. If registered sex offernders concern you, check the online site for them as there are a number in CW (there are a few in Sedona too - sadly they're everywhere ).

I lived in Old Town CW for a winter, and while I like Old Town, 3 of my neighbors got arrested (for drugs and child pornography) which was rather upsetting to say the least. Meth is here unfortunately, especially in CW but I guess it's everwere now.

I would advise that you rent before buying. Check out what the area looks like - what are the neighbors driving (mind you lots of people drive older cars these days), and how they keep their places etc. While renting you may find that you like another area better.

Overall I think you will be fine in either place, CW has more shopping and conveniences.

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Just one question - Is there any area to avoid when buying or renting? We are going to drive out next week to check things out. Been to Flag and Prescott but not Verde valley. Thanks
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Clarkdale, Arizona
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Overall I think you will be fine in either place, CW has more shopping and conveniences.
Thanks again. Much appreciated.
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