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The close proximity of both town and nature, combined with the exceptional attributes of the house and the very fair price, make our home an unbeatable choice for those who love Sun Valley. Sun Valley visitors are nature lovers who crave space, sunshine, views, privacy, dark night skies and room for the dog to roam. They like to be free of commute traffic, congestion and other complexities they're trying to leave behind in cities, and to be close to the river, convenient to hiking, biking and fishing, the incomparable downhill ski facilities, and the world-class cross-country skiing.
Then, they like their accommodations to be NICE - tastefully decorated, fresh, uncluttered, exceptionally clean, fully-equipped, spacious and airy but likewise cozy and homey, and with a bathroom for every bedroom, a hottub, an extra living room with extra audio-visual... and of course a big granite kitchen open to everything. Oh, and they like it to be fairly priced.
Well, that's this house... four doors from Governor Schwarzenegger and about a mile from Senator and Theresa Kerry in one of Sun Valley's most desirable and lightly populated NORTH valleys, just two miles from central Ketchum, an easy tra la la on a bike into town for dinner, concert, craft fair, etc. By car it's a quick five minutes to those activities or to park by the lifts in winter. Compare this property to all those agent-represented deals - we understand that you are looking for value!
This 4 bedroom, 4 bath 4,100-sf-house is owned by the retired founder of SV's largest property management company. It is set up optimally for visitors, offering everything that a vacationer wants to find in a rental property - at the right price and in the right location....
A big attraction is the sleeping arrangements and quality beds. Four bedrooms, each with their own bath (and each bedroom in its own wing), two living rooms plus a library/den/office with roomy desk, four TVs, including a brand new 65' curved-screen Ultra High Def 4K Samsung Smart TV (with DVR and sound bar surround system) in the main living room, wifi throughout the house, garage, decks, private hottub, playhouse, gas BBQ, beautiful Restoration Hardware dining room on the east end of the great room.... from the moment you arrive you'll be saying this is just what you were hoping for!
Because Lake Creek flows next to the property, much of the nearby land is remains open, natural, green (or white) and inviting. Beds are K,TT(K),TT(K),Q + sofa sleeper in 2nd living room. All the beds are near-new and all are pillowtops. The top floor master is almost 1,000 square feet, with private view deck, one of those lavish marble bathrooms, and indoor corner jettub, plus huge walk-in closet/dressing room.
You won't find this home cluttered with personal stuff. The cabinets and closets are empty and ready for your use! The decorating features art quilts, live plants, wood and color; the emphasis is on home-style comfort from which to enjoy the incomparable outdoor environment.
The Lake Creek Trailhead, Sun Valley's best mountain biking, hiking, and fishing area, is just down the street. Take the dog for a swim in the river while you cast for catch-and-release whoppers. And in winter the same trailhead begins the pristine grooming of the North Valley Trails for classic and skate skiing. Just five miles up the highway is where the famous Boulder Mountain Trail, with the same amazing grooming, heads north for 35k - doggie trails too! Downhill skiing is in the other direction, just two miles to access either River Run or Warm Springs at Baldy or to park at Dollar Mountain, the absolute beginner area adjacent to SV proper.
WATCH OUT FOR AGENT-REPRESENTED PROPERTIES! You will pay much more for what you get. Be especially aware of location factors. Anything south of Ketchum is in the commute traffic! If our's isn't the right property for you, ask us for guidance or ideas.
Keywords: House, residence, vacation home
We welcome dogs, but we do not invite them up on the furniture or beds. Outdoors, your doggie will be at least as happy as you are, for he/she will have freedom, adventure and companions. It's ideal....moreless
There's an ipod docking system with speakers for music in the great room area. Main TV's wireless soundbar system can be bluetooth synched with your phone or iPod for music on surround sound speakers...moreless
Sparsely populated Lake Creek valley has mountains all around. Traffic, not seen or heard from the house, doggie freedom and a gentle sledding hill on the property. Big sledding/snowshoeing hills all around. Small kids right in the yard, bigger adventurers across the (frozen) creek. The lower yard makes an excellent soccer field, or a place to build snow structures....moreless
Brand new 2-oven gas range plus 'Advantium' microwave 'speed cooke' oven above, with electric convection. PLUS, for things like turkeys, a new 'super wave' oven by Sharper Image - best birds ever!...moreless
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Jun 13 - Sep 7, 2015
5 night min stay
Sep 9 - Nov 20, 2015
4 night min stay
Nov 21 - Nov 27, 2015
4 night min stay
Nov 30 - Dec 18, 2015
5 night min stay
Dec 19 - Jan 5, 2016
10 night min stay
Jan 7 - Jan 22, 2016
4 night min stay
Jan 23 - Mar 12, 2016
5 night min stay
Mar 14 - Apr 10, 2016
5 night min stay
Apr 11 - May 20, 2016
5 night min stay
Jun 18 - Sep 12, 2016
5 night min stay
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Sun Valley is an outdoor paradise, not spoiled by commercialism. No outlet malls, fast food joints, The town is sophisticated but SMALL, friendly with great restaurants, No waterslides or amusement parks, but PLENTY to do as we are surrounded by public lands, mountains, streams and wildlife. World-class flyfishing is a major attraction, and the river is 2 blocks from our house. There is a YMCA with a fun indoor pool system, elaborate climbing gym. The area has a 30-mile bikepath, much of it riverside. Take a lift to Baldy summit, or hike or ride a bike up it. The ride down is free (easy on the knees). Or take the gondola for fine dining at mid-station. SOME attractions, Road and Mountain Biking, endless hiking, White Water Rafting, 220 Kilometers Groomed Skate and Classic Cross-country Skiing, Paragliding on Baldy, Car-access or hike-to Mountain Lakes, Wine Auction, Arts/Crafts Festivals, Quality local theater, Free Outdoor Summer Symphony (unbelievable outdoor pavilion). Labor Day/4th July parades... Oh yes, there's Mount Baldy!
Year Purchased: 2000
About the owner: We are active seniors (66 and 82), just the two of us at this point. One son lives locally and helps look after our place when we are elsewhere. We are big skate skiers and actually pretty much abandoned gravity-based skiing for the self-propelled variety, considering the wealth of groomed trails in the wilderness. We mountain bike and road bike, utilizing the very extensive bike trail and roads in all directions. Nick has a membership at SV Golf and loves the new White Clouds course which actually occupies the uplands between our home and SV Village. Hiking is a regular thing for Kathy, pretty much all-season; the environment seems custom-made for snow-shoeing, as the pyramidical mountains are like being on the most scenic of all possible stairmasters. And the weather, of course....
Why the Owner Chose Sun Valley:
...we are not the only ones who say that the Sun Valley climate is just about perfect. There are said to be 300 days per year of sunshine. Nothing is ever extreme, nights are cool (AC rarely needed), and every morning in summer gives you a taste of springtime before warming to lusher temps. So it's the weather, to start. But then there's the uniqueness of the 'resort.' SV is like no other resort because, fundamentally, the place is not owned by a corporation; it's owned by a family-owned oil company (Sinclair), and profits do not have to be distributed, or even reported. So the company invests in grand facilities and answers to no one, presumably just treating it all like a tax haven. Well, the upshot is we have beautiful, exceptional facilities but the place isn't set up like an arcade, just for raking in money. It's done for taste and style and experience, not for bottom lines. Does that explain anything? SV has everything you want, but doesn't have so much of what you don't want - like malls and fast food joints and strip development. The valley is very small (only a half-mile or so across where Ketchum sits), so there's no room for sprawl. This makes it expensive, no doubt about that, but the removal from commercialism is quite rewarding.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our house is in what many say is the best location in the valley. First, you don't have any commute traffic influencing the roads. Then, it's CLOSE to Ketchum/SV, so easy to access the attractions of town and ALSO just go down the street to swim or fish in the river or to hike or trail jog or mountain bike in all different directions, or drive northward to the wilderness areas, skate skiing, lakes and epic mountain outings in four separate and distinct mountain ranges, ... But, with that proximity, the setting is all mountains and open spaces. Lake Creek valley is very sparsely inhabited, owing to estate-style development. The neighborhood is pretty splendid - the governator chose it for a reason. We hike/jog right out our door. Dogs are blissful here as they get the freedom not found in 'fenced yards,' without much of a car factor. Wildlife ambles through, especially while we are doing twilight hottubs. After dark, remarkably, it's pretty much a dark sky, and all the constellations are displayed as you never see them in cities. As for the house, it's always so comfortable to have guests because their bedrooms are totally private. The house is easy to keep cool in summer. Some features we enjoy are the big, multi-cook kitchen, my mother's wonderful art quilts and Nick's father's original artwork, the stylish Bhutan area rugs, the expandable Restoration-hardware dining settup - or outdoor dining on the deck, the roomy office/library - or wifi where you like, the excellent audio-visual arrangements for catching all the essential sports events, the very separate guest suite where kids like to hang out away from the adults, the spectacularly comfortable beds which at 'our age' are crucial, the fact that we can have enough twin beds for most group configurations, or they can be kings, the light comforters that are good summer or winter, the airy entryway for leaving transitional footwear and garments, the spacious and connected three-car garage...
Looking south over the house at Shadow Mtn.
Gaslog fp has 3 settings for cozy winter evenings.
Master is hyper spacious with king, sitting areas, TV
Walk-in closet and master bath join behind sleeping room
Mid great-room seating separates dining and living areas
Gas cooking, 3 ovens, 5 burners, butcher block center island....
June, viewed from east
Suite sitting area has Q sofa sleeper, 42' HD, many kiddie videos, roku stream
Corner king downstairs guest room can be twins
Roomy loft office/library is also good for yoga/TV
Upstairs guest room bath with double vanities & shower
Those coming for the world-class x-country skiing will be pleased to see this!
Lake Creek - one of Sun Valley's most exceptional neighborhoods.
Now with 65' UH def 4K curved screen Samsung ETC
The huge master suite has some quiet sitting and reading spots
Master bath has double vanities, double jet tub, separate shower & WC
We frequently use the expanded table for 10. Shown here for 8.
Looking past kitchen toward double-door entrance to downstairs suite
Sophisticated art quilts are a decorating theme
SE corner suite sleeping room has queen bed, ensuite bath
These pillow-top twins can be made up as a king.
These pillow top twins in upstairs guest room can be made into king
Spacious entryway leads to garage hallway, laundry, suite, kitchen, living room
House viewed from the east
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