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落戶塞多纳

Iyna Bort Caruso

There’s a saying among locals in this strikingly beautiful spot in Northern Arizona: “God created the Grand Canyon but he lives in Sedona.”

 

It’s a feeling reinforced by the press of tourists and transplants who embrace the pleasures of this rugged resort.

 

Sedona is a high desert town between Phoenixto the south and Flagstaffto the north at the mouth of the Oak Creek Canyon, a 16-mile gorge. It is a wonderland of wind-shaped red rock spires surrounded by the 1.8 million acre Coconino National Forest Preserve. Few landscapes are as dramatic, which is why movies have been shot here as far back as the silent film era.

 

Sunny skies is the dominant forecast of this four-season climate where hiking, mountain biking and golf are enjoyed year-round. 

 

Sedona developed as a vacation home destination in the 1950s, and today its economy is tourism-centric. It is well known as a spiritual mecca, a place to renew and recharge. Electromagnetic energy sources called vortexes attract New Age crowds for their purported regenerative powers. Artists have also found their calling in Sedona. Public artworks fill plazas and parks. In 1965, an organization called the Cowboy Artists of America was formed during a meeting in a Sedona saloon with a mission of perpetuating the memory of the Old West lifestyle. It is a genre represented among the dozens of galleries throughout the city, particularly in and around Uptown, the busy core of Old Sedona.

Sedona has a strong seasonal housing market. Most buyers hail from other parts of Arizona and, secondarily, California. It is a stronghold of Pueblo Revival architecture, a regional style inspired by ancient Native American dwellings and Spanish Colonial missions. Pueblo Revival homes are marked by flat roofs, stucco facades and heavy timbered doors. Luxury residences, whether equestrian estates set against nationally-protected lands or in gated subdivisions, are oriented to take full advantage of the red rock scenery.