Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Advocates: Carbonate Hill Climb

Join us in supporting The Advocates during the annual Carbonate Hill Climb, this Saturday April 27th at Hop Porter Park in Hailey, ID. The climb is meant to increase awareness of sexual assault prevention.

"The Advocates envisions a compassionate community, free from emotional and physical abuse. To reach our goal, we teach people of all ages how to build and maintain healthy, positive relationships with peers and partners. We accomplish this through education, shelter and support services. Get help or get involved - together, we build safe lives."

The climb is a family friendly event, which includes a race up Carbonate Mountain (a popular hiking trail) and a barbecue. Come help us support this wonderful organization!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sun Valley Real Estate Spotlight: 20 Gimlet, Ketchum, ID

Looking for waterfront luxury? This home in the Gimlet Subdivision of Ketchum, Idaho may be the place for you.

The home was remodeled in 2003, has four bedrooms, three and one-half baths, 4,400 square feet, 5.95 pristine acres on the Big Wood River, and is located in the private and desirable Gimlet subdivision. The home boasts a formal dining room, breakfast nook, family room, three decks, and a separate mother-in-law quarters. With nearly 600 feet of Big Wood River frontage, this property is a fisherman’s paradise.
Located next to the bike path and minutes from world famous Sun Valley skiing, hiking, biking, theater, music and much more.

For more information on this home, please visit our website.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Falling Real Estate Inventory in Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho

The number of Sun Valley properties actively listed for sale is down 17% from the same time last year. This is the lowest amount of inventory we have had on the market since 2005.

For example, in March of 2011, there were 168 condo/townhouses in Ketchum listed for sale, today that number is 96, a 42% reduction.  In Elkhorn there were 105 condo/townhouses listed in March 2011, today that number is 63, a 40% reduction in inventory. Because new inventory coming on the market is about par this year as it was last year, this decrease in inventory is a direct result of the increasing momentum of closed transactions, up 48% in 2012 over the previous year.

Typically, we see a slight increase in inventory before the summer selling season. And since we have yet to see substantial price appreciation in the Sun Valley market, now is a great time to purchase your place in the sun.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, an associate from Sun Valley Sotheby's International Realty can help. Please call our office at 208.726.5300 to schedule a complimentary consultation, or to contact your current SVSIR agent.

*Statistics Provided by the Sun Valley Board of Realtors.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

100 Baldy View Drive, Sun Valley, Idaho: Real Estate Property Spotlight

Arguably the best Baldy views in the valley, combined with privacy and close proximity to town make for a fabulous Sun Valley home. Follow the heated driveway to this custom designed lodge style four bedroom, four and one-half bath home and you will find your living space, including the master bedroom and office, easily accessible on the main level. A separate guest or children's wing, gourmet kitchen, four fireplaces, radiant heat and air conditioning, and heated garage and dog run, are only a few of the features that make this a true masterpiece.

For someone looking for a unique Sun Valley home, located a short walk from Ketchum, this is the place. Being in the city of Sun Valley also gives you the opportunity to purchase the Sun Valley amenities pass, renewable on a yearly basis.

For more information on this property, please visit our website.

Friday, April 5, 2013

7 Ways to Maximize Your Curb Appeal and Attract Buyers

Living in the mountains of Sun Valley, ID, grants us beautiful seasons, but there comes a time (especially in the spring) when a little extra attention to detail can make or break the first impression of your home.

As the snow melts, the dead grass starts to peek through, "gifts" from the wandering neighborhood dog start to emerge, and buildup on the windows starts to become a film. So if your house is on the market, or planning to come on the market, here are 7 Quick Tips we have for updating the drab curb appeal that winter has left behind:

1. Pick Up Unwanted "Gifts"
We cannot stress this enough. Even if you do not own a dog, take a look around your yard as every neighborhood has a "wandering dog". We would like to believe that all dog owners pick up after their dogs, but since this is not the case, do a quick sweep of the yard and clean it up.

2. Wash the Windows
Put a little sparkle back into the eyes of your home. Make sure to clean the interior and exterior windows and, if possible, hire a professional.

3. Sweep the Decks
Before you get to the yard, clean off your decks and railings with a quick sweep.


4. Rake Your Yard
As many times as you raked your yard last fall, there will always be those pesky leaves that come down with the snow. This will also help with the "wandering dog" gifts.

5. Clean Out Your Garden Beds
Even though the ground is probably not soft enough to plant yet, your perennials will be popping up soon, so give them room to breathe.

6. Bring Out the Potted Plants
Keep a couple potted plants on your front porch that are easy to bring in and out of the cold. A pop of color will immediately catch buyers eyes as they pull up to visit and tour your home.

7. Take Out Your Patio Furniture
What better way to get ready for spring and summer than to get the patio furniture out to showcase the outdoor living areas your home possesses.

Remember first impressions are everything, so don't forget these tips when preparing your home for the spring!


Thursday, April 4, 2013

New Luxury Home Listed in the Heart of Ketchum, Idaho

Thoughtfully designed and built in this coveted Central Ketchum location, elegant four suite home with dramatic mountain views and private outdoor living spaces. Ruscitto designed with sandstone exterior and warm, inviting interior features. Up the street from the River Run lifts - down the street from restaurants and shops. Never before available for sale, this is truly a rare opportunity.

For more information on this home, please view our website.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, an associate from Sun Valley Sotheby's International Realty can help. Please call our office at 208.726.5300 to schedule a complimentary consultation, or to contact your current SVSIR agent.

Indian Springs Condo in Sun Valley, ID Just Listed for $259,000!

Just steps from the Elkhorn Ski Lift, this charming two level condo with a loft has been remodeled and updated with hardwood floors, upgraded kitchen and gas fireplace, and features two bedrooms and two baths, vaulted ceilings, in-unit laundry and a storage locker. The unit overlooks the wooded open space, creating a sense of privacy. Also close by is the Elkhorn core with golf, tennis and swimming.

For more information on this listing, please visit our website.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, an associate from Sun Valley Sotheby's International Realty can help. Please call our office at 208.726.5300 to schedule a complimentary consultation, or to contact your current SVSIR agent.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Is Sun Valley real estate still a bargain?

So the time has come to start shopping for your dream vacation ski home; the market seems to be coming back and you want to take advantage of pricing and interest rates before they increase again.  Where will you buy? Sun Valley, Aspen, or maybe Jackson Hole? All of these resorts have their own great qualities and will provide a great second home location wherever you choose.

How do the list prices compare between these different resorts?

We did a study in our office regarding condo pricing in the neighborhoods in Jackson Hole (Teton Village), Aspen (Core) and Sun Valley (West Ketchum). Here is what we found:

The West Ketchum area of Sun Valley Resort, which is the residential area next to River Run ski area, offers great value for condos near the chair lift when compared to similar locations in Jackson Hole and Aspen.

The overall average list price for condos currently listed is $523,720 in West Ketchum versus $731,000 in Teton Village (Jackson Hole), and $707,000 in the Aspen Core.  For instance, when looking for a three bedroom condo, there is nothing under $1,000,000 in the Aspen Core.  The average list price in Teton Village is just under $947,500, and the average list price is $683,000 in West Ketchum (Sun Valley).

All figures were drawn from Sun Valley Board of Realtors MLS, Aspen MLS and Jackson Hole MLS available online.  Pricing and listing data changes daily.

You haven’t missed the opportunity to purchase property at a low price in Sun Valley, and even as prices begin to rise, there is still plenty of value in the Sun Valley market versus other ski towns. Give your Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty associate a call today to see what is available in your price range, and start making your ski home dream come true!

Written by Katherine Schroder and Martha Hausmann

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter Weekend Filled with Spring Skiing, Dollar Dayz and a Pond Skim

If you missed last weekend in Sun Valley, you really missed out. Not only were temperatures PERFECT for spring skiing, the pond skim event at Dollar Mountain really gathered a crowd.

Every year "Dollar Dayz" (which happens on Dollar Mountain's closing day and includes the pond skim event) brings out people and characters of all ages. Winnie the Pooh and Tigger were in attendance, as well as a visit from the Easter Bunny!

Take a look for yourself...

Video by Steve Ferguson

There is still time to be a part of the event's over the next couple of weeks as the mountain winds down for closing.

Here are two of the main events this weekend:

Orage Masters:
Janss Pro Am:

Hope to see you there, and remember to mark your calendar for Dollar Dayz next year!