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Boasting over 250 sunny days each year and easy access to pristine wilderness, Sun Valley has something for everyone. There is so much to do and see in Sun Valley and Central Idaho that almost everyone who vacations here returns again and again. Of course, some visit this gorgeous area and never leave but with gorgeous homes from Dennis Kavanaugh Construction and De Reus Architects can you blame them?
With more than 100 inches of snowfall each winter, Sun Valley offers world-class skiing and snowboarding. Sun Valley’s rich ski history is intriguing. Back in the mid-1930s, a well-known Austrian skier, Count Felix Schaffgotsch, was hired by the chairman of the Union Pacific Railroad to explore America’s mountains in search of the perfect place to build a ski town. The chairman, Averell Harriman, had grown up in the Swiss Alps and dreamed of developing an American ski resort that captured the grandeur of those found in Europe. Within a year of the count’s visit, the luxurious Sun Valley Resort was completed.
In warmer weather, Sun Valley is one of the hottest spots in the country for mountain biking and hiking. Summer-long music festivals and a renowned symphony showcasing local and national talent add to the season’s fun. Cool off during the summer and take a dip in the pool or bask in the sun by this luxury home with pool from Farmer Payne Architects.
The town itself is tiny, with only about 1,600 residents. Most of the population lives in Ketchum, Hailey or Bellevue, lively historic communities boasting the occasional Hollywood star who’s built a second or third home here. It’s no surprise that noted home designers like The Picket Fence Interior Design and Red Door Home Design help curate the perfect design aesthetic. Sun Valley has long been a playground for the rich and famous: celebrities as diverse as Ernest Hemingway, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Bill Gates and members of the Kennedy family have all found their way here. However, most visitors don’t come here for those kind of stars but for the stars in the night sky.
Sun Valley and Central Idaho are known for crystal clear night skies. Visitors to the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve are treated to stunning views of the shimmering arms of the Milky Way and a sky full of bright, shining stars and planets. Located in the rugged Sawtooth Mountains, this reserve is one of the last large “pools” of natural nighttime darkness.
Come join the many who have chosen to build in and enjoy this unique and famous resort area. You won’t regret it!