About Larry Loucks
Larry and Merili reside in Fresno and manage to get up to their vacation home as often as they can. Larry, an advertising executive, and Merili, a licensed Realtor love the process of renovating homes and have accomplished it many times. They both flip homes on occasion in Fresno, and when they saw this home in 2016, they just had to go take a look. It had been vacant and very run down. They spent 4 months fully renovating the home and are now able to go up and enjoy. As busy as they both are, they decided to share this little unique gem and began renting it out as a vacation rental the summer of 2017.
Larry Loucks purchased this House in 2016
Why Larry Loucks chose Squaw Valley
Larry's family roots run deep in the area. His great grandfather William “Bill” Clingan came to the area in 1911 as a Forest Ranger and in 1915 he became a District Ranger. During his life he lead parties from the Santa Barbara area into the Kings Canyon area for summer camps, was a member of the first road survey party from Grants Grove into Kings Canyon and built and ran the General Store and tourist cabins in Dunlap, which were later moved to Clingan’s Junction and still bears his family name. He was also one of the members of the committee that was instrumental in bringing electricity into the foothills. Larry's Grandfather, Williams son, Forest Clingan grew up in the General Store at Clingan’s Junction and lived with the family in a cabin behind the store. Forest Clingan was a member of the 1938 survey party that surveyed the last leg of the road in the Kings Canyon area to Cedar Grove and beyond. He was a WWII Vet and a Naval Captain until his retirement in the 1970s when he moved back to the family residence on Hopewell Rd. Larry's Grandmother Helen was an accomplished artist and both of them were very active in documenting the history of the area, publishing a book on the subject and giving historical talks to many groups. Ask any long time resident of the area and both Grandparents and Great Grandparents are both fondly remembered. Larry has many fond memories of spending summers and vacations in the area at my Grandparents’ house, roaming among the golden hills, exploring back country roads with my grandfather and traveling up to the park.
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Squaw Valley Wedding
We rented this property to assist with our daughters wedding nearby. It worked out perfect. The house was clean and well stocked with everything we needed. The sunsets were spectacular from the deck. The BBQ worked great for a last minute meal. There were DVDs with movies for the kids that helped out as the TV reception was minimal. The cellular coverage was surprisingly good for Verizon. I would highly recommend this home for a quiet getaway.
We are very happy you enjoyed your stay. Safe travels!
This is my family's second time. We enjoy coming here.
Beautiful place! Quite close to Sequoia National Park.
This place is a dream for anyone addicted to light. You’ll get a lot of it, and this is amazing! Design is everywhere. Attention to details makes you feel really comfortable. Larry and Merili are easy to communicate with. We loved the place!
Thank you for your kind words. All of your sentiments are exactly what we feel when we are there. It’s a special place and so happy to share it with you.
A beautiful escape
We had a wonderful time spending Thanksgiving at this place. It was so cute and well designed. It felt clean, inviting, and the open floor plan is quite spacious. We loved the multiple bathrooms and wrap around decks. The views are stunning and sunset each evening was simply breathtaking. It was the perfect place to relax and get away from the stresses of daily life, and I would absolutely go back. Highly recommend.
So happy you enjoyed your stay. We feel the same way when we are there, and we love sharing it. :)
Beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and close to sequoia national park
My husband and I came here for our wedding anniversary with our two dogs. We enjoyed every minute of our stay! Woke up to a beautiful sunrise every morning, and watched the sunset from the balcony every evening. We hiked around sequoia national forest with our pups. We also hiked up the boulder rock up the hill from the house. You get a really nice 360 view of the whole valley from there. We brought all the food we needed for our three night stay, so there was no need to go grocery shopping. Larry & Merili were great hosts and quick to respond to messages and questions. We would love to come back again!
Congratulations on your wedding anniversary! So glad you enjoyed your stay. We would love to have you back anytime! :)
Squaw valley stay 9/18
We stayed for only three nights and wish it was longer! The house is adorable, comfortable and as close as you can get to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. The house is perched on a secluded hill. It is 45 min to the gates of the parks. The road leading up to the parks has crazy hairpin turns and we saw accidents on it the two days that we returned home.
We loved getting back at night and having appetizers on the deck watching the beautiful sunsets. We would love to return again!
So happy you were able to enjoy our humble little slice of paradise. :)
Our property is located within minutes of 2 local Wineries - Sierra Peaks Winery and Riffelhof Vineyards. Sierra Peaks is open 12 - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June through September (559) 731-1960. Riffelhof Vineyards is by appointment only (559) 640-7477.