House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8-9)
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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.
Pool / Spa
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
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Beautiful & Spacious Home in Ketchum
We had a wonderful stay at Kathy & Nick's home in Ketchum. They were very gracious & responsive hosts. The home was perfect for our extended family of 7 adults. There is room for everyone to spread out and have their privacy and in the center is a huge kitchen and great room for family meals & visiting. The kitchen is fully equipped and lacks nothing. The views from the home are fantastic and the hot tub felt great after a day of hiking and exploring. The home is conveniently located a 5 minute drive to both downtown Ketchum & Sun Valley as well as a being no more than one hour drive north to Stanley. You can walk or bike from the home down the street to some great hiking trails or to the paved bike path into town.
I highly recommend this home if you are visiting the Sun Valley area.
Old College Buddy Ski Weekend
Great location with plenty of room. We had garage space which came in handy, since we got over three feet of snow during our stay. The drive got plowed quickly and one of owners came by to check up on us which was really considerate. We love to cook breakfast and dinner so the fully stocked kitchen was a real plus. Everything was clean and everyone in our group commented on the value we received from this property.
Ideal house and location
This is our second trip to Sun Valley (from Alabama) and we chose Kathy's home for a second time because of our previous experience. It is perfect for our family of 6 adults and 1 child. The location is convenient to Dollar Mountain, River Run and Warm Springs lifts. Kathy's home is SO comfortable and spacious and the pictures are accurate! It has been renovated since our last visit and I didn't think it could be improved upon, but she's done it! The kitchen opens into the dining area and a new sunroom with floor to ceiling windows and skylights has been added with a wonderful gas fireplace. The views are fantastic. The hot tub is perfect for relaxing at night with an incredible view of the stars. I can't say enough about how accommodating Kathy is to her guests. She responds promptly to inquiries and has great advice on restaurants. When we return to Sun Valley, we will stay at her home!
Thank you for your kind words, Michele, and may I say that you and your family are five-star-PLUS guests and will always be very welcome to grace our home.
Perfect property for our guys biking trip
Kathy was so helpful, a wonderful owner. She did everything possible to make sure we were accommodated and comfortable, all before we arrived!
Once there, all we had to do was enjoy the location, the scenery and the wonderful home.
Just north of town, we had easy bike access to all the trails we had planned to ride. The hot tub did wonders to restore the body for another day of adventure and sleeping arrangements were so comfortable. Everyone had their own queen bed.
The kitchen was the best VRBO home kitchen we’ve come across. Cooking here was like cooking at home. We had everything we needed
In the end, once we arrived, I never had a need to call the owner, she had anticipated everything.
Thank you Kathy, for your thoughtful hospitality and sharing your gem of a home with us.
Thank you, Greg, for your kind words and taking the trouble to share with other prospective guests. You (and your bros) were five-star guests. Just one thing: those were king beds, not queen, except for one. Happy riding and please do come again!
Highly Recommended Sun Valley property in Lake Creek
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
Great home, great location
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.
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!