Should Sedona Luxury Homes Have High-end Appliances and Amenities

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Luxury Sedona Homes and Amenities

Sedona Luxury Homes For Sale - Sub-zero

Sub-Zero Built-in Panel Refrigeration 1988

Sedona Luxury Homes For Sale - Sub-zero


I purchased my Sedona home in 2003.  At that time, the Sub-Zero refrigerator was 15-years-old (pictured above).  I was told that a Sub-Zero is a luxury appliance that should last around 20 years. In that same conversation, a Sub-Zero could be repaired if needed. Since moving in, the ice machine was replaced once and the compressor was replaced twice.  

Fast forward to 2019. This 31-year-old refrigerator is freezing some of the contents in the refrigerator and sometimes thawing contents in the freezer. As I have stated, this type of refrigerator can be rebuilt. It probably needs another compressor.  It would be much easier to get a repair person out to fix it and a lot cheaper as well. However, what you are going to have is a 31-year-old rebuilt refrigerator. Is it worth it? 




New Technology

At some point in time, you need to look at the new technology that is available in the refrigerators of 2019 and weigh the new features against a rebuilt refrigerator from 1988.  Many of the changes are subtle. For example, improved visibility using LED lighting, additional shelving, and sealed compartments. 


NASA Inspired Tech


Then you get into some of the major tech upgrades, which include WiFi accessibility. There are 2 separate compressors for dryer frigid air in the freezer and cool moist air in the refrigeration unit. A NASA inspired air purification system is also installed to scrub the air for ethylene gas which hastens spoilage. The scrubber also purifies the air of mold, viruses, and bacteria every 20 minutes.  I could continue with all the latest tech, but you get the picture. 

As A Member of the Sedona Luxury Real Estate Professionals (SLREP)


We Preview Sedona Luxury Homes and Listings


I am an expert in Sedona Luxury Home Sales as well as a past-president of SLREP. As a luxury real estate group, we meet twice a month and review the latest luxury listings. We hold luxury educational events which ensure that we are up-to-date on all the latest tech and amenities. 

An important value we hold for sellers is previewing and evaluating new Sedona luxury homes and listings for each member.  We discuss the quality of the home, the custom features, and amenities. Another consideration that is discussed is whether or not the listing should be considered a luxury listing.  

Besides assessing the curb appeal and quality build of a Sedona luxury home, one of the first rooms the group visits is the kitchen, viewing the layout, appliances, 
and cabinetry. If the appliances are not considered luxury appliances, this is a red flag that the quality may not be up to the discerning standards of a luxury home buyer. 

A buyer will be contemplating the cost to replace the appliances and will figure this into any offer that is made. The buyer will scrutinize the quality of other features such as flooring, countertops, hardware, windows and sliders, views, hardscape, square footage, built-ins, etc. Other areas of consideration will include, the flow of the home, the number of ensuites, space for entertainment, and office or retreat areas (privacy). 


Outdoor Space


                                         Sedona luxury homes for sale

Are there areas for outside entertainment? Does the outside area have a fireplace, outdoor fans, heating, lighting, and kitchen capabilities including a sink and refrigerator? Is the area covered and have room for dining?  Is there a pool?  There are many boxes to check when looking for a Sedona luxury home, but as I stated before, one of the first things a buyer will check out is the kitchen. 


Which Appliances or Brands Are Considered To Be 

High-End Luxury?


Sedona Luxury Homes - kitchen appliances


Gaggenau – $30,000 +

Jenn-Air – $21,000 – $26,000

La Cornue (image above) $26,000 – $115,000

Miele – $23,000 – $30,000

Sub-Zero – Wolf – Cove – $24,000 – $35,000

Thermador $17,000 – $22,000

Viking – $21,000 – $25,000


I listed the above brands in alphabetical order and there is a link below for more information and additional images. Listed next to the name is the price of the kitchen. Some of these products are only cooking appliances. There would be an additional cost for refrigerator and high-end dishwasher. 

Every buyer is going to determine what is most important about the features of each product.  For example, it could be name recognition, style, reliability, serviceability, or ease of use. Some discerning buyers may look at brands that can be built-in or hidden behind a cabinet door. 


What Are Your Requirements?


Sedona is located 2 hours from a major metropolitan area. Having certified installers and repair people is high up on my list. Full-time and part-time residents may have different requirements and this also should be taken into consideration when purchasing your appliances. I should note that buyers want high-end appliances that match!  Are the handles and finishes the same? If you purchase the same brand across your appliance spectrum, you can be assured that finishes and handles will match.  This does matter to a discerning buyer.




As an example, I have decided on a Sub-Zero side by side. The compatible appliance package is Wolf and Cove.  The finishes and handles are the same.  The next upgrades will be these products. I plan on staying in my home, but if I have to consider moving, I must always consider resale. 

Reference:  Top 7 Best Luxury Appliance Brands (Reviews / Ratings / Prices – Yale Appliance – Lighting

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have alwas loved the two sub zeros I had.  They were great as well as their line of Wolfe appliances.  La Cornue is on my wish list, and there is always the Aga stove...Viking is another story!  Since it acquisition by Middleby, most of our suppliers in town will not carry them anymore as they are not reliable, and I can vouch for that from experience.  Sad but true.  A

Jul 11, 2019 01:04 PM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Sheri... I had a subzero years ago and was not happy with it. When we built our current home 13 years ago, I did a large, GE Mongram that is a built in and have liked it very much. My cooktop is a 6-burner Viking (the second of one these I've owned and love it), my double ovens and my dishwasher are Miele, as is my built-in coffee-maker. My microwave is a GE Advantium oven... really state of the art and acts as a third oven if I need one. I'm always amazed how agents categorize "gourmet" kitchens in their listings... when those kitchen have no upscale appliances. These days, they seem to think if it's stainless steel, it's upscale. 

Jul 11, 2019 01:59 PM #2
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel,

Thank you for your candid thoughts on this. I do see a lot of Viking product and your comments will help me.  

BTW, when I went down to Scottsdale to the main showroom, their eyes got very wide when I mentioned 31 years!

Jul 11, 2019 03:32 PM #3
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nina Hollander

As a listing agent, I like to show the potential buyer what the appliances look like in a picture. Gourmet is very subjective and the only true opinion that matters is what the buyer thinks. 

Jul 11, 2019 03:38 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sheri.

With my age I won't be buying appliances that will last for 20+ years.  Don't get me wrong I want to be around in 20+ years but I don't believe I will

Jul 12, 2019 02:43 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Sheri, when we bought our first home in Charlotte in a high-end, custom community, the kitchen was advertised as "gourmet." The cabinets were basic oak, the counters were laminate, and the appliances were basic white GE? I had quite the laugh. The first thing I did after moving in was rip out the entire kitchen and have a new one put in.

Jul 12, 2019 06:16 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Sheri - your post is quite comprehensive and a good guide for those in the market for high-end and/or luxury kitchen appliances. Styles, preferences, brand loyalty and other factors each come into play with this decision.  Your Sedona luxury real estate expertise is an excellent choice for savvy buyers who will benefit from your knowledge.  Sedona AZ home sellers too!

Jul 12, 2019 07:01 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I do get it.  Like you, my goals and objectives are much different than when I was in my 40's.  

On the other hand... I have a couple who are 85+ and they just bought a 7 figure home from me. They are almost done with the remodel!  Their goal was to have additional room for a live-in if and when needed. I love their thought process.  In the meantime, the home gives them more room for family visits. 

Jul 12, 2019 08:40 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nina Hollander - LIke you, I absolutely could not use that description for a home that I do not believe is worthy.  We need to sleep at night ...right?!

Trust becomes a real issue with that type of agent. 

Jul 12, 2019 08:44 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael Jacobs - Thank you.  Clients (buyers) dictate what they expect in a luxury home or any home for that matter. As a salesperson, we need to be cognizant of their needs and expectations and work to gently educate them if their expectations are not reasonable for their price point.

Jul 12, 2019 08:50 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Sheri, for sharing your experience and your advice.

Jul 12, 2019 11:05 AM #11
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri, great post, and very definitely a luxury listing should have high-end appliances, or the price will be adjusted in an offer.

Jul 12, 2019 11:19 AM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I find that looking at $100,000 kitchen with empty slots where the appliances should go doesn’t complement the builder. On the other hand, cheap appliances do not do the kitchen justice either. Great dilemma you bring up here 🤓 Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

Jul 12, 2019 02:35 PM #13
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - This is a nice topic of discussion about the life and the challenges of a refrigerator. From your point of view, I would agree to weigh those new tech features with honest repairs is something to consider. 

As they say in real estate, dating, and other first purchases, first impressions make a difference. Then the rest is up to you. 

Jul 13, 2019 02:43 PM #14
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