Sun Valley, Idaho

Top Ten Reasons We Live in Sun Valley!


This is just the tip of the ice berg and the list goes on and on but you have to start somewhere!  We’d love to hear what you love about Sun Valley,as well, so  be sure to shout out your favorites, too.

Top Ten Cool Things About Living in Sun Valley:

10) Leaving your car keys in the ignition at the grocery store with an unlocked $5,000 mountain bike on the rack.

9) Gong to work with ski pants on and “sneaking in” a few runs at lunch.

9) Not thinking twice about meeting clients in those same ski pants after lunch.

7) Waving to friends you pass on Main Street driving along at 20 miles per hour.

6) Wearing a down puffy jacket over shorts and flip flops.

5) Stopping on Highway 75  to let a herd of elk cross the road.

4) Dialing a wrong number and ending up knowing the guy that answers, and having a nice chat before you hang up.

3)  Asking for advice in the hardware store and realizing the guy that helped you doesn’t even work there.

2) Living in a true “four season” climate. Skiing Season, Biking Season, Fishing Season and Golfing Season.

1) And the number one best thing about living  in Sun Valley, Idaho….an awesome real estate market and  knowing several friendly Coulter Properties agents to help you find the perfect property!

There you go… we hope you like it.  Now tell us… what’s your favorite part about Sun Valley?

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Deal Alert! Priced Right and Ready to Sell at $249,000!!

Delightfully right and tremendously livable describes this spacious 2 BR plus loft Four Seasons townhouse with two decks and private patio. Prime location with bike path, bus stop to town and Baldy steps away. Mountain trail access right out the front door. Strong association with pool and charming aspen grove common space. Call us for a showing today!Living Kitchen Loft

Sun Valley Summer! “Go Time” for Local Real Estate

Boulder MountainsWelcome to another fabulous, fun filled Sun Valley summer!  And no matter how you slice it, the time is right to be in the Sun Valley Real Estate market.

Sellers will benefit from strong increases in buyer demand and recent sales activity.  Pricing and values are up and inventory is low.  Multiple competing offers are common and well priced product is selling immediately.

Buyers seeking to take advantage of the last of the remaining distressed and bank owned inventory still have a few great options (but they are going  fast!) and the interest rates for new loans are still at historic lows.

As our market shifts from the unique conditions created by the historic economic downturn, excellent opportunity exists for a short period of time for both buyers and sellers.  We can help you make the most of the market

At Coulter Properties “our knowledge and experience is your property” so let us go to work for you today!

New Construction! Hurray!!

New ConstructionThe smell of fresh lumber, the sound of nail guns, and power tools humming away……..Is that new construction??   Good news, there are new construction starts!!  Driving around the valley we are seeing and hearing the sound of craftsman at work and it feels good. Up about 25% in our valley.

A few quick stats:

Ketchum – 37 permits 15 new homes

Sun Valley-  32 permits 5  new  homes

Blaine County-  25 permits 3 are new homes

Hailey-  46 permits year to date.  36 total last year.

Bellevue-  up 30 % from last year

361 total vacant land listings

12 pending sales

63 lots closed between May 2012-  May 2013

Vacant Land……Could it be the time to buy?

Deal of The Day: 302 North Second Avenue, Old Hailey

Second AvenueRare that a home of this quality is offered in the East Hailey Core. Owner-Builder has crafted clean lines, artful angles creating a unforgettable architectural experience. This 3040′ Classic Contemporary home features all the right elements: large chef’s kitchen w/ topnotch appliances adjoining the dinning & family room, den, mud room, & bonus rm-basement. Very cool property in the Hailey Core The detached 576 square foot studio-apartment has rented for $650.00 a month…lofts above the 576′ ft garage. Huge patio and private outdoor gardens & lawn to escape into. Every inch of this crisp, clean home have been custom built..Doors, Large view windows, Oversized island w/ eating bar, Tranquil master suite, SV Bronze Hardware, Ethernet/Cat 5 hardwired, Radiant heat, Surround sound & Playhouse-shed. Contact Annie Kaiser for a showing! $675,000

Done Deal: 310 Main Street Hailey

DSC_0015Just like the residential market is quickly rebounding, the commercial market is bouncing back as well. Here’s a perfect example of a charming downtown Hailey commercial restaurant building that was formerly occupied by a popular local restaurant which closed during the down turn.  The market recovery has lured several new restauranteurs back into the game in Hailey and Ketchum so the food scene will have some exciting new options this summer!  Work on the street is a great new Thai restaurant will be opening here soon!

New Listing: 111 Mayleaf, Elkhorn in Sun Valley

111 MayleafCasual sophistication at this designer’s personal residence on the creek. This 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom home was completely remodeled in 2006. Custom kitchen and baths, electrical, fixtures, 5” white oak flooring, insulation, roof, and drywall. Ideal layout for entertaining with open floor plan, fireplace, and inviting private outdoor spaces. Many subtle nuances set this property apart.
Pulling into the drive this home has a great feel. It’s been lovingly planned & cared for and offers many extras. 2 water heaters, 2 furnaces, large laundry-craft room, custom draperies, built-in bookcases and plenty of storage. Paver driveway, entry and patio with French drain. Total privacy in fenced back yard that adjoins the creek. Birders dream. Sunny all day year round. Elkhorn amenities include tennis, swimming and hot tubs.  $735,000.  Call Annie Kaiser Now! ALLREADY UNDER CONTRACT!

Tales From The New Guy!

Brian Kriesien Head ShotAfter 16 years of being my own boss as a restaurateur, I’ve changed careers and am now a licensed realtor!  Everything is new.  New products.  New lingo.   New protocols.  New associates.  The list is long, but I’m excited, enthusiastic and eager to become a high producing agent.

Last week, I took some new clients, along with their four year old daughter, out and showed property for the first time (yet another new).  Naturally, I was a bit nervous, but mostly thrilled, as I pulled up to my very  first showing.  These days, most homes have electronic lock boxes that open with a key you insert into your Iphone.  Once your key registers on your phone, you simply point (and shoot) at the lockbox, the lockbox opens and out drop the keys to the house.

As fate would have it, I couldn’t get my key working properly and consequently, couldn’t get the lock box open.  Yikes!  Starting to stress and hearing my internal dialogue, “Are you kidding me?!?”  “Is this really happening?!?”

Well, because of my experience as a business owner, I’m used to problem solving on the fly.  So, trying to keep my cool, I began checking the doors for the off chance one was unlocked.  No such luck.  As I made my way around back, the four year said, “What if I go in there?!?” as she pointed to the doggie door.  YES!!  She crawled in and with a little guidance from outside she unlocked the door.

Shazam…we were in!!!  Needless to say, we had more than a few laughs.  The clients ended up loving the house and are about to write up an offer….all because of the dog door.

Sun Valley Market Recovery

Primary Exterior Front ElevationTo say the Sun Valley real estate market is recovering is beginning to sound like an understatement. Rebound is quickly becoming a better term to describe our local market. Short sales and foreclosures in Ketchum and Sun Valley have all largely passed through the market. The few remaining distressed and bank owned properties in Hailey are selling like hot cakes.

As our market shifts, lack of available inventory is quickly becoming our biggest issue. So what happens when you have lack of supply and high demand? Upward pressure on pricing, that’s what. Multiple competing offers on properties and buyers chomping at the bit in anticipation of new listings.  That an increased demand for land and even, you guessed it, new construction which we are beginning to see in Hailey as well in the higher end markets in Ketchum and Sun Valley.

It’s an exciting time to be in the business of real estate here in Sun Valley. We’ve weathered the storm of the recession, licked our wounds, learned our lessons, got stronger and smarter and we are ready to go to work for you as we spring ahead into what promises to be an incredible summer selling season here in Sun Valley. Ready to get started?