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Location, Views, Size, Quality, Comforts = Best Sv Home Deal!!

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 10 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8-9)

Located in the sparsely populated Lake Creek valley neighborhood, our home enjoys proximity to town, just two miles NORTH of Ketchum/Sun Valley, as well as privacy, views, seclusion and open spaces.

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 what was SV's largest private property management company until we sold the company in the year 2000. The house 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....

Now, as of the beginning of 2017, we have completed what will no doubt be the last big improvement we will make to the house - a 300sf "sunroom" projecting into the wonderful east and south views of Lake Creek and surrounding peaks. The new space provides for a third hospitality/conversation area, one without TV and meant to just enjoy the view and the cozy gas log wood stove we've installed at the opposite end of the great room from the existing fireplace and TV seating area. Thus the finished great room, wide open to the kitchen of course, now extends from the cozy west end to the airy and light-filled east end, giving our guests the luxury of choosing between, say, football games or the serenity of the mountain setting and possibility of, for example, watching visiting elk groups in their search for winter shelter. Now, too, "office" functions will be downstairs in a corner of the sunroom, leaving the spacious loft area for pursuits such as yoga, meditation, play, puzzles or projects (this aspect is yet to be formatted). We are still making furnishing decisions, but we have tried out the new place and are satisfied that it is just what the house needed to be all it can be. We are sure you'll agree.

Another big advantage of our place is the sleeping arrangements. Four bedrooms, each with their own bath (and each bedroom in its own wing), two (going on three) living rooms plus the library/loft awaiting its functional definition, four TVs, including a 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, streaming for 3 of the TVs, garage, decks, private hottub, playhouse, gas BBQ, 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. The infrequently-used beds are all comfortable. 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

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Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, german, hungarian
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Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2017

About Kathy

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....

Kathy purchased this house in 2000

Why Kathy chose Sun Valley Area

...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.

What makes this house unique

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...

Guestbook comments from the owner

We recently completed a long-dreamt-of remodel of our Sun Valley home, and we are SO happy with the outcome. We added 2,000 sf to the original 2,900 sf and re-did pretty much everything else also, from new carpeting and paint to new bathrooms to new kitchen. The home is just a pleasure - even the plants are jubilant. I just retired, having started, built and sold Sun Valley's largest property management company. And now there are many other wonderful places on earth we want to visit, so we have set up our home especially for others to enjoy in our absence. From our deep knowledge of what renters want we have created a vacation home that will more than meet your needs! And we've done it in such a way that you are quite welcome to bring your canine friend (so long as he/she isn't too YOUNG) - the location/setting of our home is a paradise for dogs as well as humans. We've also made the price mighty fair, so please give us a call and we'll talk about your potential visit. Our first-ever rental was in February 2004. The home is available year 'round. Our preference is a week or more - you can't really get to and enjoy Sun Valley in much less time than that, you'll see - but we can talk about shorter stays too.
Feb 2004
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Ketchum House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Separate WC, double vanities, large dressing room
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , double vanities; Shower is oversized
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double vanities, access directly from bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , access directly from bedroom; shower is oversized
  • 4
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , The master bedroom is 1,000sf
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Can be king or twins (see photos)
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Can be either king or twins (see photos)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 3-room suite includes separate sitting room with queen SS
    Bedroom 6 - SEE DESCRIPTION
  • King size beds (1) The master has a very grand king bed. Each of the two matching guest bedrooms have twins that can be made into kings, or not., Queen size Beds (1) This is the bed in the 3-room main-level guest suite, Twin or Single Beds (4) Two sets of twins can be either king or twins. They are all new pillowtops - comfy quilts in either format, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) New - queen-sized sofa sleeper -in second living room
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
There is no clutter whatsoever, Closets and cabinets are empty and equipment is optimized, Here are some of its attributes: bath for every bedroom, each bedroom in separate wing, remote-controlled gaslog fireplace, land-line phone, cable modem/wifi router, 4 TVs, 65' UHDef 4K curved screen Samsung smart TV,with DVR, Netflix Streaming, VCR & DVD in second living room, bluetooth sound bar sync system in main living room, office/library off master, large open granite kitchen, ice-on-door refrigerator, turnkey cooking and serving utensils, high-quality linens, washer/dryer, double jettub in master, outdoor hottub, 3-car garage, Gas BBQ, handbuilt playhouse in yard. There are a total of 4 ovens in the kitchen, all brand new.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Location, Views, Size, Quality, Comforts = Best Sv Home Deal!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

Beautiful winter family home with everything you could ever want!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 8 stayed at this gorgeous home tucked away in the middle of a winter wonderland and had the most amazing time! The house came with everything we needed. The views are breathtaking! Jacuzzi and fireplace were the perfect touch for or ski trip. Not to mention the amazing kitchen with a cutting board built into the island which made it perfect to stay in a cook!

Beds were so comfy and clean.

Heated bathroom floors made it feel so luxurious.

We hope to make this house our annual spot for our sun valley vacations.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal House for family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My whole family, 5 adults and 5 young grandchildren immensely enjoyed our stay in Sun Valley this past Christmas. The house was spacious, the kitchen large and well equipped and the bedroom and sitting areas spread out allowing for privacy and quiet. The location was stupendous -- close to town yet in the countryside. In fact we saw moose and elk in our backyard. We thoroughly enjoyed the hot tub. The owners made us feel very welcome. If you are looking for an idyllic setting with plenty of space I highly recommended this rental.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Highly Recommended Home

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a lovely, well-appointed and spacious home for your Sun Valley holiday, I can recommend this one without exception. It was perfect for our family gathering--6 adults and 2 active boys. The bedrooms and sitting areas were separate enough to allow privacy and quiet for reading and relaxing, and the common spaces were roomy and comfortable. We especially appreciated the well-equipped kitchen, as we ate most meals "at home" and even entertained friends. We made good use of the outdoor grill. We enjoyed sitting on the deck in the evening, watching our grandsons hike the hills in back and run and play in the expansive yard. You don't want to miss the spectacular evening sky from the master bedroom--whether through the wonderful windows or from the private deck. The location, just a couple miles from town, provided the perfect quiet and private spot at the end of our busy days. We never had need to contact the owners during our week. There were no emergencies, and everything was in proper working order.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Sun Valley Home!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had the pleasure to stay at this home for two weeks. We have been coming to Sun Valley for many years and have always rented a home. This home has definitely been our favorite. The home was very comfortable and had wonderful amenities. We greatly enjoyed the fireplace in the family room as well as the beautiful kitchen and also the hot tub! The home is also located in a great location - close to town yet tucked away on a wonderful residential street. We also greatly enjoyed how well stocked the home was with ample towels, blankets and anything we may have forgotten at home. Anyone that rents this home will definitely not be disappointed. Our wonderful stay was also coupled with such great owners of the home. Kathy was easy to reach if we had any questions either about the home or about Sun Valley. We look forward to renting from Kathy again!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this beautiful Sun Valley home. The house is spacious with beautiful bathrooms and great views. In the master, we enjoyed looking out the windows at the stars and waking up to elk milling around the hillside and they even ventured into the back yard. The kitchen is large with everything you might need for cooking for a large group. We had nine people staying and had ample room with privacy for everyone. This house is amazing and Kathy made our stay perfect. She took the time to go over to the house and turn on the fireplace because she knew we would be arriving a little late.

An amazing experience!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Rosemary! I had not heard about the visit of the elk this winter. Sometimes I think they even come clomping up on the deck when I see footprints in the snow that hadn't been there the night before. Apparently no one at our house has ever given them a scare!
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Montevallo, AL

Wonderful Sun Valley Home!

  • 5 of 5

This home is fabulousl. Our family group of 3 adult couples had plenty of space for privacy and work, though, it was vacation! The kitchen is well-equiped and open to the living area so cooking for the family was great fun! The hot tub was perfect at the end of a day of skiing and snowshoeing. The neighborhood was lovely and the house is situated so it is a short drive to either Dollar or Baldy Mountain ski areas. Lake Creek Nordic ski trail is an easy walk from the house just across the road from Lake Creek Dr. The house was everything promised in the pictures and description and we could not have been more pleased! The owners have thought of everything and you can tell they want to enjoy your stay. Would love to see this area in the, biking, hiking, etc. would be great.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Please come again, Pawliks! We'll try to open up some summer time for you. You were so kind to shovel the deck during the big dumps! I wish there was a way to rate the guests - you have been perfect!
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Hailey ID
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Sun Valley
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Bigwood Golf
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Kilometres
Hwy 75
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Bald Mountain
Car: necessary

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!


Rates & Availability

Ketchum House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring to June
Apr 4 2017 - Jun 30 2017
6 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Fall Slack
Sep 16 2017 - Nov 21 2017
5 night minimum stay
Christmas Holidays
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 3 2018
10 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 4 2018 - Mar 18 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%

All requests are subject to review by owners before acceptance.
Stays of five nights or fewer during either high winter or summer seasons may be subject to a $250 departure cleaning fee.
A dog may be considered on a case by case basis. We are dog lovers.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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