Homes for Sale in Sun Valley, Idaho
There are no average homes sere, it is not an average place to call "Home!"
Homes in Sun Valley come with two things no matter what property you buy: Lifestyle and Prestige. It is one of the most envious place to live. The weather, skiing, mountains, place to explore, and hiking are phenomenal. Buying a home here also says something about you!
Sun Valley is a Ski town USA and an Idaho gem. This small resort town in the middle of the state is in an amazing valley. Incredible mountain scenery, one of the best fishing areas in the state for trout, of course, Baldy Mountain for skiing and enjoy life in the acclaimed city Ketchum, ID.
Sun Valley, Idaho homes range from average to famous. You can live in the city, the mountains or both. You could also end up in someone's house that is famous as many stars and America's wealthiest live here or have a second home here.
This famous city is also close to
- Galena, which is well known for its cross country ski trails in the winter, and then climbs to the summit for a spectacular view across the Sawtooth Valley.
- Stanely and the Sawtooth Mountains which is some of the most spectacular mountains and pristine mountain lakes.
- Fairfield and Soldier Mountain
- Carey and Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
Obviously, there is a vibe here that draws people in, and many stay. There is great shopping, restaurants and the great outdoors. While it is not easy to get here, it is worth the trip. Sun Valley homes for sale include chalets, condominiums, and of course luxury log cabins built to astound the most discerning buyers. Plus if you live here you can see famous stars like Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more. Plus all the seasonal visitors who ski, go white water rafting or fly fishing.
Sun Valley and Ketchum Idaho Luxury Homes for Sale
The acclaimed Sun Valley is well known around the world as a place where the rich and famous come to play. Shop with Tom Hanks and many other celebrity residents. This is also the place that Ernest Hemingway fell in love with.
The world-famous Sun Valley Ski Resort and fishing on the Silver Creek or many of the many outdoor activities have attracted many to call this home or their 2nd home. Luxury Homes here are ranked by the view, privacy, the overall magnificence of the house. Many have notoriety based on previous owner or historical relevance as well.
At an altitude of 5,750 feet, the cities of Sun Valley and Ketchum have a mountain desert climate, with an average humidity of only 30%. The Wood River Valley averages 330 days of sunshine per year. Average summer temperature is 75 degrees and average winter temperature is 22 degrees, with an annual snowfall of 150-200 inches. The cities and towns of Blaine County are surrounded by mountains and valleys full of meadows, streams and alpine lakes.
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Sun Valley Real Estate
Is living in one of Idaho's premier resort towns for you? This is not the kind of place where one just buys a home. Real estate opportunities here are unique and are priced accodingly. The astounding rustic log cabins built for privacy or condominiums at the base of Baldy Mountain define how you wake up and start the day.
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History of Sun Valley
Prior to 1880, The Wood River Valley was inhabited primarily by Indians and fur trappers. The discovery of ore in 1880 brought thousands to Ketchum, the Valley's first settlement. The area soon became part of one of the richest mining districts in the Northwest. As a result of the mining boom, Union Pacific Railroad established a freight line (horse & mule) in the area to carry supplies into the mines and to return with the ore. In 1884 the horse & mule freight line was replaced by the railroad. By the early 1890's the boom town was on the verge of a bust, the result of labor difficulties and declining silver prices.
In 1900 a new industry was emerging in Ketchum. sheepmen from the south were driving their herds through the town for summer grazing in the local valleys and mountains. By the 1920's. Ketchum was the largest sheep and lamb shipping station in the United States. The Depression of the 1930's, overgrazing and rising feed costs led to a decline in sheep ranching.
1936 was .the year that changed it all. Averell Harriman, then chairman of Union Pacific Railroad, wanted two things more than anything else in the world: (1) more business for his railroad. and (2) a world-class resort in America to enjoy what was then considered a European oddity: SKIING.
In January 1936, Harriman sent his Austrian friend, Count Felix Schaffgotsch to comb the mountains of the west in search of that perfect location. The Count found the perfect location, "[t]his is the place" in the Sawtooth Mountains near Ketchum. Idaho. Union Pacific Railroad purchased the Ernest Brass Ranch (3,300 acres) on May 14, 1936 for $39,000. Here, they created Sun Valley, primarily to attract passengers of the West to travel on the company's streamlined trains to a destination ski resort featuring the world's first chairlift.
Soon the film stars of Hollywood were flocking to Sun Valley in droves. eager to try the latest rage. skiing. was a smashing success - A Legend Was Born.
Sun Valley is now a premiere year-round. four season destination resort and recreation area. People who live and vacation in the Sun Valley/Ketchum area enjoy an enviable lifestyle. A "nontourist" atmosphere that is described as casual, comfortable and friendly. The Wood River Valley is a recreational paradise. with a "World-Class" alpine skiing mountain. blue-ribbon trout streams. superb golf courses plus spectacular mountains. forests and lakes. The lifeblood or industry bas,e of the local economy is TOURISM.
Things to Do in Sun Valley
Winter activities and sports include Alpine and Nordic skiing. backcountry ski tours. helicopter skiing. ski racing and touring, horse-drawn sleigh rides. sledding. ice skating, semi-pro ice hockey, junior and adult amateur ice hockey, apres ski entertainment. music. health clubs. aerobics. modern and ballet dance, snowmobiling. gliding. dining. shopping. outdoor hot pools, art gallery touring and arts & crafts classes.There are a lot of things to do here!
Summer activities and sports include white water rafting, kayaking, ice skating, ice shows, fly fishing, backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, pack trips, camping, polo, rodeo, golf, tennis, music & ballet festivals, Wagon Days, Weekend Parade, Fourth of July Parade, fireworks, bicycling, bike racing, motocross, arts & crafts fairs, antique fairs, triathalon, shopping, dining, nightlife, wine auction, antique car auction, movie theaters, theater group, windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, art workshops, ballooning, swimming, hiking, hunting, scenic drives and ghost & mining town tours. Also, for many nights it is not dark until 10:30 at night.
The abundance of outdoor recreational activities combined with a high quality of life has resulted in substantial growth Sun Valley and the surrounding communities in Blaine County.