How To Lay Out Your Home To Take Advantage Of Views

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage NRDS # 146013739


Chapel Hills Estates 

Sedona Arizona

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.  

Chapel of the Holy Cross


The Chapel of the Holy Cross

The Twin Sisters - Sedona AZ Chapel Hills EstatesThe 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. 

stitched panorama of famous red rock sedona formations

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

Twin Sisters

Chapel - Lower middle window

Cathedral Rock

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.


ABOUT ME: “Many buyers and sellers are skeptical about salespeople. So am I! But, I am not a typical salesperson. I put myself in your shoes and help you make decisions based on how I would want to proceed if I were you. In other words, what steps would I take and what is right for you? How will this transaction be beneficial for you? How will it help you move forward with your goals? How can I make it as smooth and pleasant as possible? What is in your best interests as we move forward? Let’s face it, you won’t really know that I am not a typical salesperson until you get to know me. I am confident you will feel at ease and comfortable knowing I can find solutions for you. If you don’t feel that way, please let me know. I want to be the best I can for you. I am YOUR Solutions Realtor.” ~ Sheri Sperry


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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sheri- this is amazing.  My father was from Tucson and he talked about the Sedona area. 

Apr 27, 2016 06:05 AM #1
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Sheri.  Well now what a view, I'll bet you the tourism will even get better after this one. 

Apr 27, 2016 08:23 PM #2
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Sheri.  There are some truly wonderful views from this home.  Thanks.

Apr 27, 2016 08:53 PM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Sheri Sperry - MCNE ,

These photos are amazing! This home was certiantly situated to take advantage of all the views available! I just subdcribed to your blog..welcome to Active Rain, I thought I saw you posting comments on posts!!

Apr 27, 2016 11:07 PM #4
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Great information . . . . thanks for sharing your thoughts on takeing advantage of the view.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 28, 2016 01:57 PM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you Lou Ludwig for stopping by. Prior to Sedona, I raised my family in SoCal. Between the beach, the hills and mountains, view homes have always been highly sought after and high on my list as well!


Apr 29, 2016 01:58 AM #6
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

That is gorgeous.  Those views are simply breathtaking. 

Apr 30, 2016 02:16 AM #7
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Wow! Thanks Sheri Sperry - MCNE for a well written and easy to read post about taking advantage of the views when building a home.  Looking forward to reading more excellent posts from you - so we are now “following” you!

Apr 30, 2016 04:57 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                    Thank you Sheri Sperry - MCNE for my ah-ha moment. 

Apr 30, 2016 10:42 AM #9
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Wow, those are some incredible views, what's not to love!

Apr 30, 2016 09:33 PM #10
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Oh my, there are beautiful views out of every window. And there are windows covering every wall. How fabulous.

Apr 30, 2016 09:54 PM #11
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Thanks to Kathy I was able to see your post this week..congrats on being included in her wrap up!

May 01, 2016 12:09 AM #12
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