Idiosyncratic. Contrarian. The Condo/Townhome Sector of the Sedona real estate market acts in ways that often defy logic. Earlier this year, when the Single Family Homes were selling poorly, condos and townhomes constituted one of the bright spots of the Sedona real estate market. That strength continues as we head into the fall season. Sales are up 8% over 2014. And, the Median Recorded Sales Price is close to $300,000 – 23% higher than last year – with an Average Price per Square Foot just over $200. You’d have to go back to 2004 to see similar numbers.

Diversity – along with a relatively small sample size – makes this sector of the Sedona real estate market the most volatile. It comprises everything from an $116,900, 632 sq. ft., one bedroom unit at Tierra Sienna to a 3,312 sq. ft., $875,000 luxury townhome in the Cottages at Coffeepot. It even includes $815,000 (1,500 sq. ft.) casitas at the Enchantment Resort. Sorting out the sector by separating condos from townhomes would help. Condos are generally smaller and cheaper. But, that grouping also includes the uber-luxurious Park Place Condos – lately selling around $650,000, for units that once fetched in the neighborhood of a million dollars back in the boom days of Sedona real estate. Many people, including Realtors and developers, seem to be kind of fuzzy on the difference between the two. More than half of the units listed in the MLS as Sold Condos for 2015 are actually townhomes. And, condos make up only about 20% of the whole sector.

For the record, there is a difference, in both ownership and design. Condos are typically units in a larger building – think apartment-like complex, like Oak Creek Estados. One owns the space within the unit’s walls and an interest in the common area. You could have another unit above or below you. With a townhome, you own the ground underneath you and the space above you. It could be a single level home or a two story, but you won’t have neighbors above or below – just next door beyond a common wall or two. If you have a patio or small yard, your townhome is a patio home.

In any case, such homes remain a popular segment of the Sedona Real Estate Market. An interesting anomaly is that, currently, the active inventory of the Condo/Townhome Sector is about 12% of Single Family Residences, yet its closed sales are roughly 25%. That’s because they make ideal, affordable, low maintenance, turn-key second homes for the part-time residents, investors, and first-time home buyers as well as retirees. The one caveat is: be sure to take Home Owners Association fees into account and find out what they cover. They can range from $75 per month to well over $500. The higher fees generally come with such amenities as clubhouses, pools, tennis courts, and privacy gates. Some cover the cost of extensive exterior maintenance and insurance, others just common area landscaping. It’s a question of the sort of life-style you want or care to afford. Of course, that also applies to whether or not living in a condo/townhome community is for you in the first place. In any case, they’re worth considering.

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Sedona Condos/ Townhomes Statistics

Date Jan-Dec # SOLD Size $/ sq. ft MRSP
1999 118 1,322 sq. ft $110 $146,000
2000 137 1,322 sq. ft $119 $159,000
2001 124 1,223 sq. ft $129 $158,250
2002 150 1,163 sq. ft $153 $177,250
2003 154 1,270 sq. ft $165 $209,475
2004 129 1,325 sq. ft $211 $279,000
2005 111 1,176 sq. ft $265 $312,000
2006 86 1,352 sq. ft $288 $390,000
2007 59 1,226 sq. ft $285 $350,000
2008 55 1,272 sq. ft $232 $295,000
2009 54 1,303 sq. ft $207 $270,000
2010 69 1,274 sq. ft $196 $250,000
2011 56 1,270 sq. ft $155 $196,500
2012 111 1,398 sq. ft $158 $221,000
2013 96 1,403 sq. ft $176 $211,500
2014 23 1,424 sq. ft $198 $230,000