House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8-9)
King size beds (1) The master has a very grand king bed. Each of the two matching guest bedrooms kings. Queen size Beds (1) This is the bed in the 3-room main-level guest suite; Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) queen-sized sofa sleeper -in suite sitting room
Pool / Spa
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Intentionally hard-to-hurtIntentionally hard-to-hurt
Pets allowed - DOGGIES, not on furniture. Yard cleanup required!DOGGIES, not on furniture. Yard cleanup required!
Max guests: 9
Minimum age of primary renter:
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!
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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.