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Frankly, A Great Place To Stay!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, 6 Sleeps

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.

More Details

Lynn or Ray Becker
Member since: 2013
Speaks: hungarian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi, sorry this is late, recovering from the storm. I was enchanted by this house. We all were in awe of the small (and large!) touches you both brought to this special place. Thank you for the wine, cheese, and crackers. We could not ask for a safer place to ride out a hurricane, and that ended up being fun! We would love to come back soon. Thank you for your many kindnesses.
Sep 2017
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Sky Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , Separate Vanities
    Guest Bath 1 - toilet , shower
    Guest Bath 2 - toilet , shower
    Powder Room - toilet , Uniquely Decorated
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Suite - 1 king
    Guest Suite 1 - 1 queen , Art Deco Style
    Guest Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , Trundle splits into 2 singles
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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Frankly, A Great Place To Stay!
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews

Beautiful home! Everything you could ask for and more. We didn’t want to leave.

  • 5 of 5

The house is stunning. The owners are a lovely couple who took their time to meet us and go over details of the house to make our stay more comfortable. Loved the kitchen! Close to Highland and Clayton so you have access to stores and restaurants.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words. Y'all were great guests and welcome back anytime.
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Navarre, fl

The property is fantastic...

  • 5 of 5

Great mountain rental. As a retired custom home builder, this home got my attention and glad it did. It is a beautiful home with amazing views. 70 Windows give you panoramic views of everything. Ray and Lynn live close by and they were wonderful hosts. If you would like to vacation in a million dollar home this is it, but at reasonable rates. Doug and Debbie from panhandle of Florida.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words. We couldn't ask for nicer renters. We enjoyed meeting you and your "children". Cool puppies. So happy you enjoyed the house and the golf course. Even with your eight handicap, this course can be a challenge. Imagine the challenge with my twenty-five handicap even from the senior tees but I still have a lot of fun. Y'all come back and visit. Lynn and Ray
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Key West, Florida

A perfect place for your vacation

  • 5 of 5

My group spent a week at this Sky Valley property. We were welcomed with wine and cheese in the refrigerator and perfectly delightful homeowners. While they were just a couple blocks away, they were available to assist us whenever we called. It is a great space with equipped kitchen, 3 bedrooms/baths, a delightful living room and outdoor patio. The beautiful Mud Creek waterfalls are just 5 minutes from the house and offer a perfect picnic spot and a trail that follows the stream. Cherokee was about an hour away, and the Osage Farms Produce market is just down the road. We were there almost every day for fresh produce and took home a couple cases of the best tomatoes we've ever eaten. We will revisit this delightful home and community!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vero Beach, FL

Amazing house and views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week and thoroughly enjoyed the house and the incredible views from the deck. Weather was beautiful so we took advantage of sitting out on the deck. We were discovering new things all the time in and outside the house. It's a FUN house. The owners were very friendly. Great location - we went to the Dahlonega Wine Trail while we were there, visited Black Rock Mountain, Lake Burton, Lake Rabun, Tiger Winery, Stonewall Creek Vineyards, Mudcreek Falls in Sky Valley and Highlands, North Carolina. Had a wonderful time. We were able to bring our dogs with us too. Hope to visit again soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ellerslie, GA


  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this incredible home and we never felt the need to leave (although we forced ourselves out a couple of times). The house and view are all you need for a relaxing, romantic vacation. We are extremely grateful that Ray and Lynn have shared this treasure with us.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2014
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bim Bom Team

  • 5 of 5

Dear Ray & Lynn

We loved staying at your house! It is truly remarkable place. Everything was perfect. Morning coffee on the deck with the views, evening fires, cardinals knocking on the windows, gatherings in the wine cellar...We have found everything we could possibly need in your house. ..It was the best week ever!!!! Thank You again...It was a great pleasure meeting you.


  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Atlanta, GA
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Sky Valley Club
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Sky Valley Club
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Toccoa, GA
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sky Valley Club
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Maggie Valley, NC
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Lake Burton, GA
Car: necessary

Sky Valley is a beautiful mountain golf resort community where visitors can relax and enjoy nature, take walks, enjoy a large pool, fitness center, and clubhouse. The temperatures are typically lower in the summertime than surrounding areas. The air is clean and nature abounds.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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