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

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 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 comfortable, 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 4,400-sf-house is owned by the retired founder of what was SV's largest private property management company. 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 a 300sf "sunroom" projects 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 modern gas log wood stove at the opposite end of the great room from the cozy TV seating area. Thus the finished great room, wide open to the kitchen of course, now extends from light-filled east end to movie-ready west end, with a glamorous round dining ensemble in the middle. This affords 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. "Office" functions are in a corner of the sunroom, giving those who indulge in work while away the pleasure of the eastern mountain views. The spacious loft area, with audio-visual components as well as exercise mat and weight-lifting bench, we now call the "playroom." It's set up for pursuits such as yoga, meditation, play, puzzles or projects - and there's another desk there too.

The big central kitchen is granite and stainless steel and has been called by some of our guests "the best-equipped kitchen" they've ever rented. It has the equivalent of three ovens, gas stovetop - and even the latest thing: Instant Pot. There's seating at the center isle for cooking "assistants."

Another big advantage of our place is the sleeping arrangements. Four bedrooms, each with their own bath, and each bedroom in its own wing. On the main level, off the entry, is the totally private guest suite, consisting of three rooms (bedroom/bath/sitting area). The suite bedroom has a queen, and the sitting area, with large-screen audio-visual, also has a queen sofa sleeper. The main level guest bedroom has twins that can be kinged and ensuite double-vanity bath with tub/shower. Upstairs there's an identical guest bedroom with twins that can be kinged and a double-vanity full bath with oversized shower. This room is separated from the very large master suite (900sf) by the playroom. The master is airy with hideout sitting areas for quiet time and enjoying the view. There's a big walk-in changing area, double vanities, corner jet tub, oversized glass shower, separate WC.

So finally, the house has three separate sitting areas, two gaslog fireplaces, three desks, wifi throughout, an Amazon Echo, and four TVs, all with streaming. The main living room TV is ia 65' curved-screen Ultra High Def 4K Samsung Smart TV (with DVR and sound bar surround system). Externally, there's a 3-car attached garage, decks, private "aurora borealis" hottub, playhouse, gas BBQ, outdoor summer dining, a huge lawn going down to the creek. .... 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 surrounded by nearby mountain peaks.

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, tiffany-style lighting in the sunroom; 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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About Kathy

We are active seniors (71 & 87). 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, is probably the best on the planet.

Kathy purchased this house in 2000

Why Kathy chose Ketchum

...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 beauty of the Tiffany style lighting for evening get togethers,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 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:
  • 4400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
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 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 ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • 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.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews
San Francisco

Mountain paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Kathy's home for a week in August and absolutely loved it there. The house is massive, immaculately clean, and decorated in such a warm and welcoming way. The interior was designed for rest and relaxation -- we never wanted to leave! Kathy thought of everything that a renter would need and we lacked for nothing - no comfort was spared. She was also available any time we had a question - we felt very well taken care of!

Also, there must be some kind of magical insulation in the walls because we were there during a heatwave and somehow the house managed not to turn into an oven - it remained cool inside every day despite 88-degree weather outside!

We loved the stunning views in every direction, especially from the sunroom where we spent most of our time. The front and back yards are meticulously maintained - as neat and trim as a golf course - and our dog had a wonderful time playing fetch there. The location can't be beat - it takes only 7-8 minutes to drive into downtown Ketchum.

We highly recommend this rental and can't wait to come back. Thanks for everything, Kathy!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for those kind words, Karisa. We sure hope you can come back another time. Your constant respect and consideration for our property were so appreciated! You were the perfect guests! - Kathy
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Highly Recommended Sun Valley property in Lake Creek

  • 5 of 5

This is an absolutely wonderful property. The house is spacious, well laid-out and very nicely furnished. It is large enough to accommodate several guests but it's equally suitable for a couple wanting extra space. The house has lots of supplies and amenities and everything works! It's also dog friendly (with prior approval) and both the yard itself and the close proximity to trails and swimming make it easy for everyone to get outside. It's within walking (or biking) distance to the bike path to town. I highly recommend this property! Marylee Davies

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home, great location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at the home for a week in August 2017. The house was just as described, with more than enough room for our family. Morning hot tubs with a view of the surrounding mountains were priceless. And Kathy was a fantastic host, accommodating in every way. Thanks for a great stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family home in a quiet area north of town

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay this summer at this wonderful family home. It has enough space for everyone with a beautiful view out of the family room. The kitchen is well appointed, it has a beautiful master bedroom, and the guest bedrooms are spacious as well. The house is well maintained. The owners, Kathy and Nick, have provided a great environment to be with family and friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kentfield, CA

Fantastic house in Ketchum

  • 5 of 5

Kathy's Lake Creek house is wonderful. Very inviting and comfortable and had everything that we needed. We loved the location and truly appreciated the views from the deck and the lovely sound of the creek running through the backyard. It is quiet and peaceful yet close to everything. Kitchen is well stocked and there is plenty of room for a family of all ages to hang out. Kathy was wonderful and made sure we were comfortable and any issues were taken care of.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink
Authentic old-world outdoor ice rink with rentals, hot chocolate, etc.
Wood River Bike Trail
Quite the amenity. 30 miles + in length, often along the river, it's groomed in winter for n...
US Post Office
Easy-use accessible modern post office.
Wood River Community YMCA
A full service health club with walk-in prices for visitors.
It's a Starbucks, with "resort" pricing. Ha. Not our most comfortable coffee shop, but our m...
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!




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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund