Living A Practical Life At A Sun Valley Real Estate

 By: Samantha Vice
Sun Valley is no doubt one of the most beautiful places in America. The low volume of residents ensures close community bonding. Snowcapped mountains give you a Shangri-la experience as well as a skiing adventure you will never forget. All types of recreation for anyone and everyone available all year round. Summer temperatures are peaking to perfection, when it's sunny for more than 250 days per year. Owning a Sun Valley real estate is like having the whole mountain to yourself while it's dumping snow and makes you think you found heaven on earth.

However, it seems that there is always a not so good side in all things, and this beautiful town is no exception. Several people say that the cost of living is very expensive, some even say it is in no way to commensurate with salaries...salaries are way below national average. Some even say that you shouldn't make a serious effort to make a living here or raise a family if you don't come with deep or even half full pockets as it is never enough.

One of the comments that struck me most is the reality that young people living in Sun Valley, unless they have a trust fund, can expect to have a difficult time here. The average age of residents, excluding those who are not living regularly, seems to be at an average of 78. Any business that is worth something has gone under or is in the process of going under as the land that the business was occupying is turned into luxury condominiums. Younger people seemed to be pushed further and further south for a greener pasture.

On the other hand, affordable housing also doesn't seem to exist, some people say. New hotels/land developments are believed to have set aside approximately 10% of their project area for "affordable housing for their workers". But even that is not affordable and not well received by those trying to build large projects in the area. Even the magnet here, Sun Valley resort, is planning to build an extremely large hotel/condo project but is hesitant about building an affordable housing.

It is no doubt necessary for Sun Valley residents to tighten up their belts. However, this should not be the reason why they should not appreciate the beauty surrounding them. Living comfortably and happily is more about the quality than it is about the price or cost of living. For families, quality time builds up a stronger and close-knit family. Kids will remember the enjoyment they had playing with you, not with how much you get out from your pocket. Get ideas from as many sources as possible, including the world around you, hobbies or your kid's favorite toys. With a little imagination, your family can have meaningful interaction on a budget.

There are tons of other things you can do to save money too, whether they small or big things. You can make your own bread, cookies, buns, soup, dog food, etc. You can wash your clothes with cold water, and hang out as much as possible on your clothes line. If you have a food processor, wait for a sale and then buy lots of fresh celery, sweet white onion and fresh carrots or peppers. Mince them all up in your food processor, and fill small freezer bags with the mixture. Whenever you cook, you can thaw out a bag and use as a base for many dishes. All prepared and cheap because you've got them on sale.
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