Big Demand for Small Homes

Big Demand for Small Homes

Movies, tv shows, and celebrities often have us dreaming of owning large homes, but the reality for most people is quite different.

Since 2015, the square footage of newly built houses has been shrinking, according to Yahoo Finances. This is not projected to change as we continue into the beginning of the year.

“We expect this downsizing trend to continue in 2020, driven by a confluence of economic and demographic trends.”

Why are smaller homes trending now?

As noted in the article, there are a few main reasons for this demand:

  • “Many of today’s younger, millennial home buyers have expressed a preference for denser, more urban homes that are more walkable to shared amenities.”
  • “Today’s older homeowners are expressing a desire for smaller, less maintenance-heavy and more accessible (read: less stairs) homes as they age and move into newer homes.”

With these two demographic groups surging through the market, the demand for this type of home is rising. If you’re a homeowner with a smaller-scale house, now may be a great time to sell, as the demand for this end of the market is surely on the rise.

Bottom Line

The demand for smaller houses will continue to rise throughout 2020. Contact a local real estate professional to discuss what the housing inventory looks like in your neighborhood. It might be time for you to take advantage of this trend!

Posted on January 7, 2020 at 4:58 pm
Anna Mathieu | Posted in Uncategorized |

Opening Day 2019 / Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Package | November 26 – December 1, 2019

Make Sun Valley a part of your Thanksgiving tradition. Join us for the opening day of the season, then enjoy a spectacular buffet with all of the traditional favorites, along with innovative twists on classic holiday dishes at the Sun Valley Inn.

Lodging rates at the Sun Valley Lodge start at $335/night and Sun Valley Inn start at $265/night Lift tickets are $59 for a three-day adult; $35 for a three-day child, and kids under 12 years old ski for free! Thanksgiving buffet tickets are $73 per adult, $50 per child, and kids under 3 years old eat for free! Offer Valid | November 26 – December 1, 2019

Posted on November 21, 2019 at 9:34 pm
Anna Mathieu | Posted in Uncategorized |

6-year-old boy is the youngest ever to climb all of Idaho’s 12,000-foot peaks

Our very own Rachel Wolfe and her boys…6-year-old boy is the youngest ever to climb all of Idaho’s 12,000-foot peaks

KETCHUM, Idaho (CBS 2) — Cody Lloyd of Ketchum is just 6 years old. And he’s already setting records in Idaho’s mountains.The 6-year-old, along with his older brother, Thijs, (who’s a whopping 8 years old by the way) have successfully climbed all of Idaho’s 12,000-foot peaks. What can take many Idaho outdoor enthusiasts months and even years, these youngsters finished the challenge in just a few weeks.

According to, which tracks mountain climbers who have summited Borah, Leatherman, Church, Diamond, Breitenbach, Lost River, Idaho, Donaldson and Hyndman, Cody is the youngest ever. “We just started with the easiest one,” their father, David Lloyd told CBS 2 this week. “I thought we’d get one, maybe two and it would get out of their system but one weekend just came after the next and they were just motivated.”

Full Story Here

Posted on October 22, 2019 at 10:10 pm
Anna Mathieu | Posted in Uncategorized |

Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival

October in Sun Valley, Idaho is many things to many people. We know it’s cooler days and colder nights in anticipation of winter’s first snowfall. We know Idaho’s Aspens are inching their way from a mellow green to a fiery orange and vivid gold. We enjoy a mixture of late season hikes balanced with cords of wood next to the front door. October is all about apple cider, wool throws, and sitting by the fire with a classic Hemingway novel. You get the picture. Sounds perfect doesn’t it? Well, if you are a fan of jazz, there is more to Idaho’s October than meets the eye – or ear….

Every year in October, it’s all that Jazz in our neck of the woods with 5 days, 40 band, close to 200 musicians, and over one million smiles at the Sun Valley Jazz Festival. Take note! You’ll be snapping your fingers, tapping your foot, and bobbing your head to the music of Louis Armstrong, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, as well as some of today’s more hipster driven, cool cats. Attendees of the Sun Valley Jazz Festival don’t skip a beat! They quickly get hooked on this fantastic musical event. We guess that you will too!

Posted on October 15, 2019 at 3:55 pm
Anna Mathieu | Posted in Uncategorized |

2019/2020 Winter Flight Schedule

Posted on September 20, 2019 at 3:12 pm
Anna Mathieu | Posted in Uncategorized |



This summer we celebrate the 51st edition of the Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Festival. Join us in beautiful Atkinson Park in downtown Ketchum as we welcome 130 professional artists and craftspeople to the Wood River Valley. This festival is a juried, outdoor, fine arts and crafts show that is completely free and open to the public. This event typically has food trucks, artist demonstrations, music and a kids’ activity area. The rigourous jury process used to select artists and craftspeople to exhibit their work ensures the residents and visitors to the show will see truly exceptional work in all different categories. According to the Greg Lawler’s Art Fair SourceBook, the Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Festival in 2018 ranked #4 in the country for Fine Crafts sales and #20 in the country for Fine Arts sales.

Plan your visit to Ketchum, Sun Valley, Hailey and the Wood River Valley to conincide with the Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Fesitval to see for yourself what makes this such a special event!

Posted on August 7, 2019 at 10:29 pm
Anna Mathieu | Posted in Uncategorized |

The 13 Essential Restaurants in Sun Valley

Come for the great outdoors, stay for the great pasta, prime rib, and local fish in Idaho’s glitziest getaway

Sun Valley, Idaho, has been a clutch winter travel destination since the 1930s. But with fewer than 25,000 full-time residents in the whole of Blaine County, the local restaurant industry relies almost exclusively on tourism dollars year round. Ernest Hemingway was famously a fan of the summer fishing season, and today, the appetites of vacation homeowners like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill and Melinda Gates are more than enough to maintain a food scene that’s surprisingly vibrant considering the low headcount. In Sun Valley as well as the neighboring towns of Ketchum and Hailey, winter and summer visitors can fill up on mushroom poutine and Korean fried chicken, as well as plenty of local goodies like trout, salmon, beef, elk, and bison.

1.               The Ram
2.               Gretchen’s
3.               Michel’s Christiania
4.               Town Square Tavern
5.               Cristina’s
6.               The Kneadery
7.               Rickshaw
8.               Pioneer Saloon
9.               Enoteca
10.             Warfield Distillery & Brewery
11.             Tundra Restaurant
12.             C.K.’s Real Food
13.             The Smokey Bone BBQ

Posted on June 7, 2019 at 5:02 pm
Anna Mathieu | Posted in Uncategorized |

Spring Break in Sun Valley

Get a glimpse of what spring break in Sun Valley, Idaho is all about. Sunny corn snow skiing, pond skimming, gelande quaffing and Après ski live music are just a few of the not-to-miss happenings as we close out the winter season.

Also, get out to the remodeled Warm Springs Day Lodge for the Baldy Bash with killer spring skiing and riding, a street party with live music by Andy Frasco and Casey Kristofferson, and a barbeque on the patio.

Saturday, April 13, 2019 to Sunday, April 14, 2019.

Come for the skiing and stay for the party!

Posted on March 28, 2019 at 8:01 pm
Anna Mathieu | Posted in Uncategorized |

The Best Places to Travel this March

Sun Valley, Idaho

By March, the ski-mad crowds have thinned out from Idaho’s premier ski resort, but assuming global warming hasn’t completely ruined the season, you’ll still have loads of snow on the mountain. That means ample opportunity for skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and even cold weather fly fishing. It’s also prime time to spend a night at Idaho’s Dark Sky Reserve, where the best stargazing in the northwest seems especially bright on a cold, clear night.

March is also when the Sun Valley Film Festival comes to town, a severely scaled back version of Sundance with all the great films and celebrities but minus the hoards who come just to party. Only about 4,000 people attend the festival, but it still draws names like Clint Eastwood, Geena Davis, and Gwyneth Paltrow every year.

See Full Article Here

Posted on February 25, 2019 at 9:39 pm
Anna Mathieu | Posted in Uncategorized |

Airbnb Magazine Recently Interviewed Anna!

Q: I’d love to know how long you’ve been based there and what brought you there?

My husband and I moved here from Paris, France with the intention of staying the summer and then moving to San Diego for one year, then returning to France. We came to spend some time with family and do some river rafting and explore the mountains. We spent the summer in Sun Valley and just couldn’t tear ourselves away. We arrived in 2002 on a 1-year plan, and here we are 16 plus years later!


Q: Could you share your perfect winter day – breakfast, activities, lunch, dinner, yoga, skiing, snow shoeing, etc?

There are many perfect winter days in Sun Valley!

For the Alpine skiers and snowboarders, start with a delicious breakfast at The Kneadery, then play in the super pipe on Dollar or go for the 3450’ vertical on Bald Mountain. Lunch at Perry’s Restaurant (and you have got to try their cookies). Après ski choices abound: Apple’s Bar & Grill or River Run Lodge are convenient favorites.

For the Nordic skiers, there are extensive trails up at Galena Summit & Harriman Trails (31 miles), Sun Valley (25 miles), and Hailey (10 miles). Galena offers the historic Galena Lodge where you can get an awesome lunch and enjoy a beer on the deck and take in the amazing 10,000’ peaks of the Boulder Mountains.

For non-skiers there are plenty of snow shoeing trails out Galena and in Sun Valley, and if you haven’t tried fat biking, you should rent a bike and go! Top it off with a burger and beer at Grumpy’s or Lefty’s, or a steak at the Pioneer Saloon, or carnitas at Cabanita.

Or go skate with Olympic and world-class skaters at the Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink, or catch a Sun Valley Suns hockey game on Friday and Saturday nights and grab some dessert at the Konditorei in the Sun Valley Village.

After a long day outside, it is awesome to take in a yoga class and hit the jacuzzi at the YMCA or Zenergy Health Club which has an outdoor heated pool and jumbo jacuzzi. For fine dining, try Michel’s Christiania or The Grill at Knob Hill in Ketchum, or head down to Hailey to CK’s Real Food.

Getting tired of being so sporty? On your way to the spa for a massage, stroll through the historic and recently remodeled Sun Valley Lodge with ski photos of all the movie stars who put Sun Valley on the map. (There’s also a fun bowling nouveau retro alley below the Lodge.)  Take in the Sun Valley Center for the Arts for the latest art installation or check out the many galleries you can walk to throughout Ketchum. Catch a play at the Liberty Theater in Hailey, a show at The Argyros in Ketchum, a concert at Whiskey’s, or a Film Festival at the old Sun Valley Opera House.


Q: How do you personally compare SV to other winter ski towns? What makes it different/special?

Sun Valley is a bit more remote than some resorts but once you get here, you’ll love the friendly people and easy access to so much beauty and recreation. It offers a small town feel with a quirky combination of long-time ski bum characters alongside sophisticated locals and transplants and visitors from all over.


Q: Would you suggest people check out Hailey? What makes Hailey unique?

Hailey is awesome! Sun Valley/Ketchum offer the resort feel, Hailey offers the Home Town feel with a bit larger, more full-time population. Hailey has the new state of the art Campion Ice House next to the Hailey Visitors Center (and in other seasons check out the skate park, rodeo grounds, and hiking/biking trails). Hailey has the history Liberty Theater that Demi Moore donated to the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Flight Archery Studio if you want to get your bow and arrow on, the Metropolitan Big Wood Cinemas with stadium seating, the Quigley Nordic trails, and multiple yoga studios. Hailey also has great food! CK’s Real Food, diVine Wine bar, Dang’s Thai, Zou 75 sushi, and Lago Azul (try the Sandy Tacos – best ever).


Q: Any tips for skiing on mountain at the resort?

For short scenic cruising, take the Gondola and then head over to Seattle Ridge, for bowl skiing head up to Lookout, want long vertical take College down to River Run or head over to the Warm Springs side and ski top to bottom! Ask the ‘Yellow Coats’ for the trails with the best conditions on any given day and get a local’s intel.


Q: Any not to miss winter events?

Great Winter Events:

  • Dollar Torchlight Parade & Fireworks.
  • Alpine Championships at Sun Valley on Bald Mountain
  • Boulder Mountain Tour and Sun Valley Nordic Festival.
  • The Sun Valley Film Festival.

On-going fun things in the winter:

  • Try a holiday horse-drawn sleigh ride to Trail Creek Cabin for a nice meal and cozy lodge atmosphere with Christmas carolers and fires in the fireplace. More budget-friendly, there are also daytime Sleigh Rides.
  • Take the Gondola up to The Roundhouse for a six-course Prix Fixe Chef Tasting soirée.
  • Go see the classic Sun Valley Serenade or a Warren Miller flick at the Sun Valley Opera House.


Q: Favorite place to rent gear?

Sturtevants or PK’s Ski & Sports in town are touted as the best; there are also rental shops at the base of the mountain at Warm Springs, River Run and Dollar.


Posted on February 17, 2019 at 5:38 pm
Anna Mathieu | Posted in Lifestyle / Happening!, Real Estate |