Chapel Hills Estates
How To Lay Out Your Home To Take Advantage Of Views
The Chapel area has some of the most famous views in the area. The pictures you will see from a listing I sold a couple of years ago, highlight the views that a home owner can take advantage of when they have the right architect and contractor.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross
The Twin Sisters - Chapel Area
This year marks the 60th year the Chapel of the Holy Cross has been open to the public. The first time I saw it, we had arrived during night fall and did not even know much about Sedona and the magnificent red rocks. We just figured it was a great spot to stop for the night on our way to the Grand Canyon. This was the first thing that caught our eyes as we started to approach Sedona.
During the evening, the inside of the Chapel is lit up and so you can see the warm glow of light surround the cross that is the major portion of the structure. It most definitely catches the eye for just a moment as you maneuver through highway 179. The road winds up and down the landscape. Now you see it (the chapel) and now you don't.
The Chapel is part of the Roman Catholic parish of Sedona. But this chapel has become a universal landmark for all to see. In 2007, Arizonans named it one of the 7 man-made wonders of Arizona.
I had to put two pictures together to get this panorama effect. Please forgive me! The home below is very close to the Chapel in the Rocks and has views of all the highlighted rock formations.
For those who understand energy and how it can be felt around you, this is one of the more famous Vortex spots in the Sedona area. The other more prominent and popular Vortex areas are Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock and Airport Mesa. All of which can be seen from various vantage points within the Chapel Hills Estates or Chapel In the Rocks.
The Chapel Hills Area of Sedona Is A Very Special Place To Live
It is no fluke that I have represented seven buyers and sellers in this area. It is one of my favorite areas of Sedona. It is not the only area that I find remarkable but it is one of my favorite.
I was looking through some pictures of a listing I sold two years ago. This reminded me of the special views you get when you build your home to take advantage of a particular view. I have seen some of the Sedona luxury homes actually frame a window that is centered with one of the major red rock formations.
Driveway - View of Chapel
The Chapel - Left window pane
Chapel - Lower middle window
Cathedral - Framed like a painting
The picture above is a perfect example of a purposeful window inset. This window and room were laid out to take advantage of the views. Many people who have seen this picture felt that it was a picture hung on a wall. It was not! This home was also sold back in 2015. This room was designed as an Artist Studio.
When building a home...
Before you start - How is the lot positioned to capture the sun in the different seasons based on how you think you may be positioning the home. Take into consideration of the amount of sunlight you want for gardens.Will the sun help or hurt energy costs when heating or cooling your home. If you are considering a pool, the sun plays an important part there as well. Will your patio have shade in the afternoon during summer months?
1. Determine what rooms you are going to spend your time in.
2. Could any of the areas be prone to blocking the view either by tree growth or a building?
3. Bring your architect to the location to see your vision.
4. Place and design the rooms to capture the views.
5. Make sure your contractor understands your vision.
Now I realize it isn't quite this simple, but this will give you a good start. What other areas might you consider to take advantage of a great view?
In Sedona, one of the first things on a buyers wish list is a home with views. Views add $$ to the asking price of a home. Make sure you take advantage of every view you can.
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