Named for the explorer and guide David Ketchum, the city of Ketchum has grown to be home to almost around 3,000 people. In the heart of Idaho's gorgeous Wood River Valley, Ketchum is both a second home favorite spot and vacation destination for many. Ketchum properties stand out as some of the more impressive in the area, as they have easy access to the world-renowned Sun Valley ski resort. Ketchum has long been loved by the world's richest and most famous. There clearly is something in Ketchum that keeps bringing them back. Ernest Hemingway started some of the momentum, finishing the esteemed novel For Whom the Bell Tolls in the nearby lodge. Celebrities who have visited and stayed include Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, and several Kennedy's. In recent years, top celebrities have continued making Ketchum their home or favorite visiting place, most notably, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Miller, Demi Moore, Peter Cetera, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis, Ashton Kutcher, Richard Dreyfuss, Jamie Lee Curtis, Justin Timberlake, Bill Gates, and Tony Robbins.
Ketchum Idaho Homes and Lifestyle
Ketchum is quite close to the Sun Valley ski resort and is roughly a three-hour drive to Boise. Many Ketchum homes top the pricing charts well into the millions of dollars as Ketchum real estate is the gold standard for Idaho. Many Ketchum homeowners are seasonal residents coming in from outside of Idaho to enjoy one of the most beautiful areas of the Pacific Northwest.
(Photo is nearby Redfish Lake)
It is possible to find one-bedroom Ketchum homes for around $100,000 and 2 bedroom homes in the $300,000 range... many properties under $500,000 will be condominiums or town homes. Overall, the median home price is close to $500,000. The good news is that there are some options at different price ranges for those who are looking to live in Ketchum and take advantage of the region’s world-class natural beauty and access to year round outdoor activities.
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Ketchum makes a marvelous jumping off point for an assortment of exciting activities. Clearly, one of the main attractions in the area is its ample supply of wonderful skiing, courtesy of the Sun Valley ski resort. However, the area has an abundance of outdoor activities throughout the entire year. The Sawtooth Recreation Area, for example, is nearly 800,000 acres in total and provides for all sorts of recreational opportunities. Film fans will be interested to know that the classic Western movie Pale Rider was shot in Sawtooth.
Even aside from skiing, this community has a variety of stand out attractions. For example, Ketchum residents and visitors alike can enjoy the beautiful Sawtooth Botanical Gardens as well as the Wagon Days parade. The Wagon Days Parade takes place Labor Day weekend and involves reenactments of exciting gunfights from the days when residents carried revolvers instead of skis! Area resident also enjoy nearby opportunities for camping, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and everything outdoors in the beautiful Wood River Valley.
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Listing information last updated on July 31st, 2014 at 10:01am.