Rimrock | Lake Montezuma Real Estate

     Rimrock and Lake Montezuma are undoubtedly the sleepiest of all Verde Valley communities and were originally known as “the station,” the last place for filling up before heading North to Stoneman Lake. A post office was established in 1929. Rimrock also contains the “towns” of McGuireville and Lake Montezuma, though none are incorporated. 
Golf Carts lined upand ready for a day's work at the Beaver Creek Golf Course, Lake Montezuma.  Beaver Creek is among the oldest golf courses in the state of Arizona.     Rimrock continues today to have sparse services, and sparse population, and is a wonderful choice for those who prefer to live in a community that is still unaware of the busy world around it.  
     There are no banking or medical services in Rimrock. The nearest large grocer is in Camp Verde. But don’t let this dissuade you from looking at real estate in this area! Rimrock residents enjoy close convenience to Interstate 17 and the Village of Oak Creek/Sedona Area and most of the items you might need at the last minute can be found at the Rimrock Mercantile or General Store. Several commercial strips have been constructed in the Rimrock area in the past few years and more commercial development is expected in the area in the future.
     Rimrock, like all Verde Valley communities, is completely surrounded by National forest and State Lands and currently there is only one major access route to this area. Some may see this as a deterrent, but residents here enjoy the lack of thru traffic in their community….and the opportunities to employ alternative means of travel to exit their community!
     Horse enthusiasts, 4 wheelers, ATV er’s , and hikers will all find an abundance of dirt roads and trails leading out into the great beyond on the fringes of the Rimrock area, as well as all communities throughout the Verde Valley.
     As a side note, there is not a lake in Lake Montezuma, Arizona. The area got its name for a large natural well formed in collapsed limestone. If you wonder about the Verde Valley and our water supplies, consider that over one million gallons of water flow into the well continuously each day. 
     Wet Beaver Creek and Dry Beaver Creek also wind through Lake Montezuma and Rimrock, providing rich riparian habitats and an oasis of green. Large Sycamore, Arizona Ash, Cottonwood and Willow trees thrive in this area, set along a backdrop of crumbling cliffs of ancient lake bed deposits.
     Tourist attractions in Rimrock include The National Monuments of Montezuma’s Castle and Montezuma’s Well as well as the Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness Area and the famous Bell Trail. Golfers may wish to visit the Beaver Creek Golf Course, which is under new management and undergoing improvements.
     Real Estate offerings in Rimrock and the Lake Montezuma area are diverse and listings run the gamut from golf course homes, custom home communities, planned communities, horse properties to the occasional large ranch. The most affordable acreage and vacant land in the Verde Valley can often be found in the Rimrock and Lake Montezuma area.    
     New construction and custom home subdivisions are currently available in the subdivisions of Beaver Creek Preserve and Thunder Ridge, as well as newly constructed homes in older subdivisions throughout the area. Those who have always longed for a home backing to golf course greens will find very affordable offerings along the Beaver Creek Golf Course. 
     Even though the subdivisions surrounding the course were originally platted inView of the Beaver Creek Greenbelt and Beaver Creek Golf Course from Wickiup Mesa.  the 60’s and 70’s, brand new construction is offered on vacant lots throughout the area. When the golf course was sold, tracts of land along the course were re-platted, and golf course condominiums are in various stages of construction and planning.
     Land buyers must exercise a little extra caution in certain areas of Rimrock and Lake Montezuma. Some of the subdivisions in this area were created by Ned Warren, AKA, the king of Arizona land fraud. Roads that appear on county maps,... aren’t really there. They were platted, the county does indeed own them, but they were never installed. Some of them cross solid rock cliffs….definitely not traversable by ANY vehicle, let alone a passenger car or fire truck! Some areas are also completely inaccessible in times of flooding. 
     Water lines are also an issue in some areas. Just because there are homes on the street, does not ensure a water line exists on the entire street. There are streets in the area where the line runs for a portion of both ends of a street, but not along the middle portion. The cost of installing the line lies on the land owners in these areas. 
     Rimrock has experienced both steady as well as explosive growth over the past decade, but continues to be a place where the peaceful and quiet benefits of rural living prevail. Growth in this area will continue for many years to come, due to the current affordability of land and the natural beauty of the area.

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Total population 4,624
Male population 2,350
Female population 2,274
Median age 56.10
Median age (male) 55.70
Median age (female) 57.30

Marital status (Number of people who have the following marital status)

Never married 1,121
Married 1,897
Separated 39
Widowed 263
Divorced 980

Population by age

Under 15 363
Age 15 to 24 413
Ages 25 to 44 790
Ages 45 to 64 1,926
Age 65 and over 1,132

Population mobility

Live in the same house as 1 year ago 4,029
Moved from abroad 0
Moved from a different state 307
Moved from the same county 235
Moved from the same state 53

Population by poverty level

Above poverty level 3,649
Below poverty level (daily income under $1.90/day) 972


White collar 1,386
Blue collar 558

Class of worker

Self employed 295
Private company 1,290
Not for profit company 112
Government workers 247


Total households 2,081
Family households 1,286
Non-family households 795
Households with children 296
Households without children 1,785
Average people per household 2.21

Education (Number of people who have achieved the following levels of education)

No high school 81
Some high school 1,613
Some college 1,649
Associate degree 232
Bachelors degree 411
Graduate degree Not available


Average household income $47,880
Median household income $40,489
Median income under 25 $36,875
Median income 25-44 $38,417
Median income 45-64 $50,176
Median income over 65 $35,897

Housing occupancy

Housing units 2,586
Occupied housing units 2,081
Owner occupied units 1,342
Renter occupied units 739
Median housing costs per month $839
Median gross rent per month $882

Housing by year built

Year built median 1991
Built before 1939 31
Built between 1940 and 1949 0
Built between 1950 and 1959 25
Built between 1960 and 1969 405
Built between 1970 and 1979 275
Built between 1980 and 1989 457
Built between 1990 and 1999 679
Built between 2000 and 2009 697
Built after 2010 17

Housing mortgage situation

Houses with mortgage 733
Houses without mortgage 609
Median value with mortgage $159,000
Median value without mortgage $174,000
Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the 2019 American Community Survey and is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed. No representation, guarantee or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of information modified or aggregated for specific neighborhoods and/or zip codes.