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Old 09-03-2008, 06:50 PM
 
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I am flirting with the idea of moving to sedona/cottonwood but am thinking about access to everyday necessities. I know they have 2 grocery stores there so that is good.

In sedona itself, is there any kind of office supply store and home improvement store.

I am just imagining some scenerios that go on where I live now (Las Vegas) like needing to stop at office depot on the way home for printer ink for my business.

Another scenerio...working on a project on the house or yard on the weekend and realize I need to run to Lowes for something for the house or yard.

How is the traffic between sedona and cottonwood, hearing alot of people live in cottonwood/work in sedona is there a traffic issue.

I am leaning towards sedona because cottonwood weather seems to much like Las Vegas and of course scenery in Sedona is much better, I know houses are overpriced in Sedona but we are looking at a business so that is where we would be everyday.

If cottonwood was cooler I would consider it more strongly.
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:26 PM
 
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Default Sedona residents shop in Cottonwood

One of the few things they did right was put a decent road between Sedona and Cottonwood. It is the equivalent of a four lane interstate highway, therefore no traffic problems. My friends and I do all our shopping in Cottonwood since it is a much larger town with all the types of stores you're asking about. Sedona is a tourist town! Enough said.
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Montana
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I don't live in Cottonwood or Sedona, but I have had to be in Sedona by 8:00, so I have driven "rush hour" if you can call it that. Basically I was travelling on Hwy 260 from I-17 to Cottonwood, and then north from Cottonwood to Sedona on Hwy 89. Traffic on Hwy 260 was a bear, but going north out of Sedona was a breeze, probably because of the 4-lane divided highway.

If you're going to have a business in Sedona and can afford Sedona, then it's pretty easy to make the decision about where to live. Although the median home price in Sedona is very high because of all the multimillion $ homes, there are also quite a few homes in a more affordable price range. I really don't think those homes are any more expensive than comparable homes in Flagstaff.
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Northern Arizona
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As usual Gretchen is right on target with her info! The road between Sedona and Cottonwood is a very good one that handles the traffic well.

There is a Home Depot and Office Max in Cottonwood as well as a Wal*Mart. In West Sedona we do have a small office furniture/supply store and an Ace Hardware. Now is a great time to buy a home in Sedona as prices have come way down. There are some tradeoffs as Cottonwood is 15 miles away but most of 89A between us and Cottonwood has a 60 MPH speed limit. Just be sure to follow the speed limit inside Sedona and Cottonwood and you will be just fine. :-)
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:50 AM
 
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Right on poolgirl 51 - agree completely with your observations.
Just wanted to add that I worked in Sedona for a couple of years and lived in Cottonwood.
The commute every morning was wonderful, easy and beautiful with the sun rising, it was like a meditation and watching the balloons rise. I personally couldn't deal with the traffic in Sedona especially during tourist season. We originally seriously considered living in Sedona but moved to Cottonwood, huge difference in our buying ability housewise. We have never been sorry. Dealing with the traffic and tourists is o.k. at work and during the day, but in the day to day life running around and shopping can get quite frustrating. Just our experience, but we do love the Sedona area!
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Northern Arizona
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Update on Sedona. Staples is coming to the Safeway center and Lumbermans is rebuilding (opening under a different name) so we will have a building supply store as well.
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:44 AM
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Location: Verde Valley
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I personally couldn't deal with the traffic in Sedona especially during tourist season.
I can't understand why anyone thinks the traffic in Sedona is bad in tourist season. I live here and maybe on a bad day you get slowed down by what, 2 or 3 minutes, but it is nothing compared to the hour plus to get anywhere in a big city. I have just never noticed it being bad except for maybe along 179 but that has been fixed now with a new road. The round-abouts have also helped to ease the traffic flow. I live in west Sedona and set the criuse control and rarely have to brake all the way there. I can be in Cottonwood in 20 minutes tops.
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Old 06-09-2014, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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adventuregurl - you live in West Sedona? How is it? We're looking at a rental there. How long to Flagstaff traveling on 89A? Would snow ever be a problem driving in to Flagstaff to go to work?
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:48 PM
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Location: Verde Valley
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I did live in West Sedona but have since moved. Personally, I would NOT want to commute from Sedona to Flag. Snow would be a problem in the winter at times as they close the switch backs when it snows (I've seen this in early Nov. even).

The Slide fire closed the canyon for a long time this last few weeks (maybe it's still closed) and there was to be road construction scheduled that was going to close it for a chunk of time this summer ~ don't know how the fire has effected this.

You'd have to allow at least an hour each way and then pray nothing happens, as when 89A is open, it's 2 lanes with no shoulder so one accident and you're screwed.

Good luck!
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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Wow, think we'll try for one of the three rentals currently available in Williams. Thanks for your timely response. I highly value your opinion - it's obvious you know what you're talking about for the Flag-Sedona area.

What would you think about locating in Winslow for a Flag job? Too much driving? I'm getting a Sleep Tech. job there in Flagstaff so I will be tired in the mornings driving home.

There's those 3 rentals there in Williams that are in the $700 a month range, which I think is fair, there's also a new one available in Kachina Village that might work. The thing is is we're about a month and a half out until we can actually move becuase we have to give our landlord here in Alamogordo a month's notice we're moving. I will find out if I get the job early next week in Flagstaff. I'm coming up to Flagstaff to meet, greet and spend a night working on live patients with the Lead Sleep Tech. An offer could come Tuesday.

But because of this "you must give a month's notice" thing we won't be moving for northern Arizona until the end of June. I will just move us with job offer in hand and our landlord will have to prorate a July refund back. That's for housing - don't even get me started on the licensing issue! Uggghhh. I think the employer and I will be able to come to an agreement on that issue to be able to work under a trainee classification of some kind while waiting for the license to come in.

But what is your opinion on the Williams vs. Winslow idea? Do you also favor Williams?
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