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- Minimum stay:2-7 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Sky Valley house description
Approaching Lynn and Ray Becker’s modern-styled house, one can see the area is private. The visitor travels on a rising 400 foot concrete driveway with lighted steel guardrails. Upon initial viewing, visitors feel they’ve come upon a modernist sculpture built into a mountain. Stonework covers much of the exterior, with a multitude of windows, and a copper-hued metal roof, which joins in perfect balance to the asymmetrical design. A cantilevered triangular steel deck soars twenty feet above the ground, and its steel beams jut further into space above a beautiful valley edged in mountains.
“It’s wonderful to see structural steel used in a residential project that has been influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright,” says Chris Faul, a real estate developer with Point 32 in Seattle, and a recent guest. “And it’s so unique here where most homes are limited by traditional wood framing.'
This is Sky Valley, Georgia, a mountain golf community and city located two hours northeast of Atlanta. 'Georgia’s Highest City' has an elevation of 3100’, Sky Valley was developed in the 1970's as a ski resort. With the slopes closed now, the collection of mountain homes in Sky Valley cling to foothills of the Smoky Mountains to overlook a state-of-the art 18-hole public golf course and beautiful clubhouse with amenities. There is even a majestic waterfall within the small city's limits. The facilities are owned and managed by the residents.
Ray Becker, owner and retired businessman from Chicago, thinks that Frank Lloyd Wright was a natural inspiration for the design of the house. But then the challenge was to find an architect who could design like him.
Lynn Becker, who holds an art degree from East Carolina University wanted the house to look like abstract art, dramatic, but balanced and well-designed. Both Lynn and Ray liked the idea of using steel concrete, and glass in the structure. And they enjoyed designs using Mr. Wright's principles since they have always admired Frank Lloyd Wright's styles.
Through friends, Lynn and Ray found James Howard Fox who had an architectural firm in nearby Highlands, North Carolina. Mr. Fox understood the Beckers' desire for a novel house different from the designs of usual mountain homes. It made sense because they wanted a house that blended in with the mountain terrain and even became a part of the whole which is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous signatures.
Lynn and Ray said when strangers and friends alike stop by to stare, you know you’ve surprised them. And that’s the kind of house they wanted.
The living spaces can be accessed from the ground-level interior using the angular, open steel staircase or a glass-enclosed elevator. Outside, one can easily use the low riser concrete steps to the terrace. Either way, visitors step into a main floor with a vaulted ceiling, and a soaring gas fireplace, which is completely rocked and tucked under a custom hexagonal skylight. Three other large skylights in the main floor are complimented by the black exposed steel beams which are piercing walls throughout. Even the master bath has a skylight where you can watch the stars or see clouds floating by.
Artist Kim Lilly painted a tall mural on the fireplace design, and added other touches throughout the house and on the terrace, reflecting Frank Lloyd Wright's art style and the home's angular architecture.
Faul says, 'It’s certainly not your standard mountain cabin. The skylights provide balanced light and soften the lines between the interior and exterior spaces.”
Collecting the extensive mountain views are seventy-seven windows, many of them placed high up in rectangular fashion, another Frank Lloyd Wright feature. With their black frames, the windows’ shapes and transparencies become their own pieces of art as they wrap around corners and pierce walls, bringing in the outdoors unexpectedly, in light and scenery.
Lynn pointed out that some glass panels open into crossing walls, so sometimes you can have glimpses into other rooms and out their many windows. She said you can see into two spaces at once.
Just outside, on the concreted terraced areas that meld into the mountain, Mrs. Lilly painted more designs on an extended bench, plus added soft textures and colors on retaining walls there.
In front of the outside bench sits an hexagonal gas firepit, all ready for S'mores, other delicacies or some drinks by the warming fire. Near the firepit a roomy wine cellar awaits, set directly into the mountainside, cool and eclectic. It is stone faced with gas lanterns inviting visitors to open the 400 year old oriental doors and explore the holdings inside.
The use of steel and stone work outside of the home continues to show Frank Lloyd's styling: that of pulling motifs from the exterior to the interior. Fox first used an angled steel beam structure to anchor the house into the mountain. He allowed the beams to travel throughout the living areas, most noticeably seen in the vaulted ceilings. This provided for large strong, unobstructed spaces, and the beams tied the house together, literally and visually. The house was rock-faced over the concrete and steel.
The Beckers began construction on the 3400’ square-foot house in 2005. Three hundred sticks of dynamite and 400 plus yards of concrete insured that its base, pillars and structures would be safely anchored into the mountainside. Three consecutive years of construction speak of its development.
Along with two bedroom suites on the lower level, the main level features a unique angled master suite with separate vanities, built-in closets, and a walk-in shower, all set mid those extended black steel beams stretching high overhead. An office with built-in shelving and wide granite counters is also located off the main level. The open kitchen, again with generous amounts of granite and pendant lighting shares the scenes of the fireplace and skylights with plenty of mountain views for all.
Off the main level and outside those windows beckons the triangular counter-levered deck with that special valley and mountains, not too distant; a living portrait of nature and her colors. Frank Lloyd Wright could be smiling with you.
- 3400 sq. ft.
- Elevator : 2 stops on elevator for four levels
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only:
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Pets Considered
- Children Welcome
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Ice Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Clothes Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Washing Machine
- Air Conditioning
- Wood Stove
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- DVD Player:
- Satellite / Cable:
- Video Library
- Music Library
Pool & Spa
- Hot Tub
- Communal Pool
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
- Mountain Climbing
- Ice Skating
- Whitewater Rafting
- Pier Fishing
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Fly Fishing
- Hunting Small Game
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Basketball Court
- Rock Climbing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Massage Therapist
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Eco Tourism
- Winery Tours
- Recreation Center
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
ReviewsWrite a review
ThanksgivingGuest comment entered by owner
Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful, magestic home. Some funny experiences were the window crashing, and the hiking trip encountering a black bear. Some things we really liked about your home: colorful lighting over the kitchen, cardinals knocking on window 7:30-8:10, kitchen user friendly, elevator/fireplace awesome. Loved the animal theme, the wildlife bear, and the cardinals. View off back deck Beautiful. Jack & Ali Lynn & Ray, Thank you so much for a wonderful week…everything was super…We got the Buckeye Game Yeo! 42-41! Kate and Jeff
- Guest Jack & Ali Kate and Jeff
- Date of stay 11/27/13
- Review Submitted 12/10/13
bobcatGuest comment entered by owner
Such a wonderful weekend enjoying the fall weather. The smell and crunch of fallen leaves was just what the doctor ordered for this Florida couple. Paired with an incredible intricately designed home and good friends. This has been a favorite weekend getaway we've had in a long time. Some of the best things for me were the lack of cell service and cable. We were still able to watch college football on a laptop, but our weekend wasn't consumed with TV as background noise. Our dog loved hiking twice on Saturday and once Sunday morning. He wasn't so sure about the bobcat on top of the elevator though. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy fall in your home in Sky Valley
- Guest Kyle and Katie
- Date of stay 11/09/13
- Review Submitted 11/13/13
ViewsGuest comment entered by owner
Thanks for opening your home to us! We really enjoyed the amazing views, the beautiful weather, and the spacious accomodations. We would definitely stay again!
- Guest Jason & Vershanna
- Date of stay 11/09/13
- Review Submitted 11/13/13
hikingGuest comment entered by owner
Thanks so much for letting us stay at your beautiful home! We loved the views and all of the hiking in the area. We would definitely want to come back for another visit.
- Guest Clay & Rachel
- Date of stay 11/08/13
- Review Submitted 11/13/13
The viewGuest comment entered by owner
Lynn & Ray, Our vacation here has been the best ever.Your houseis absolutely beautiful and the view is truly gorgeous. We came to see the leaves change colors and traveled to different areas, but nothing was as breathtaking as the view off your deck. Your generocity and kindness was much appreciated. Thank you for allowing us to stayat your beautiful home. We hope to be ableto return again and next time bring some of our children.
- Guest Jim & Patsy
- Date of stay 10/19/13
- Review Submitted 10/27/13
Great voiceGuest comment entered by owner
Lynn & Ray, Thanks again for allowing us to stay. My father-in-law has been going through medical issues lately. this was a much needed "family time" vacation. I wanted to leave you one of our son's CD's. I hope you enjoy it. The first two songs he recorded at 10 & the last two he was 12.
- Guest Barbara
- Date of stay 10/11/13
- Review Submitted 10/15/13
Wake-up callGuest comment entered by owner
Dear Ray and Lynn, thank you for letting us stay at your beautiful house. We enjoyed ever detail (big & small) of your house. It is truly unique and spectacular. We don't need a wake-up call, your red bird is ever so faithful to peck on the bedroom windows to urge us to get out of bed and enjoy the view. If you ever come to Mississippi, do look us up and stay with us. You have our number. Much grace to you! P/s The dogs had a fabulous time.
- Guest Linda & Neal
- Date of stay 07/19/13
- Review Submitted 07/27/13
June 28-June 30, 2013Guest comment entered by owner
June 28-June 30, 2013
Had a wonderful time and would come back again and again. Thanks a bunch! Your hospitality, generosity and kindness made us feel so welcome...like a home away from home! Thank you so much for everything! Our family really enjoyed the stay! Dalia and Tyson
- Guest Dalia and Tyson
- Date of stay 06/28/13
- Review Submitted 07/11/13
Our first rentalGuest comment entered by owner
Our first rental
Dear Lynn and Ray, We feel so lucky to have come upon Frankly" when we were looking for a place to stay in North Georgia. Here are a few of our favorite things (memories): -the kitchen bison -elevator bobcat -the cardinal who attacked his reflection in the bedroom windows between 6:00-7:30 most mornings-hilarious -spotting a deer in the bushes behind your bench on the side of the house -sunrises and sunsets from the deck -the sound of rain on the copper roof -staring up at the skylights, particularly the one in the living room surrounded by that painted sky-gorgeous -working in the office with that VIEW -making s'mores around the fire pit -driving down the mountain and through Sky Valley to visit Clayton and Highlands, NC. -getting to have our dogs (Doug & Todd) with us on vacation (they approve, two paws up) -watching the clouds change shape and color from the living room, kitchen, bedroom, office, deck - everywhere -making meals in the kitchen, such a great space for entertaining (ourselves) Thank you for opening up your special home for visitors. We had a blast and feel like this has to be the best place to stay in Sky Valley-and beyond! PS. "somewhat unique" is an understatement. Jessie & Chris June 16, 2013
- Guest Jessie & Chris June 16, 2013
- Date of stay 06/06/13
- Review Submitted 06/18/13
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2 night min stay
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Jul 1 - Jul 7
7 night min stay
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- Pet Fee: $200
- Property Damage Protection: $89
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- Nearest Airport: Atlanta, GA at 100 Miles
- Nearest Train: Toccoa, GA at 30 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Rt.441 at 5 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Lake Burton, GA at 25 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Sky Valley Club at 1 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Maggie Valley, NC at 45 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Sky Valley Club at 1 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Sky Valley Club at 1 Miles
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