ELKHORN IN SUN VALLEY

The Sun Valley Elkhorn Association (SVEA) is the Homeowners Association (a nonprofit Idaho corporation) charged with the duties of managing the planned community known as Elkhorn.

The Elkhorn area is approximately 4000 acres and makes up slightly over half of the total area of the City of Sun Valley.  Elkhorn consists of 13 subdivisions: Elkhorn Meadows, Independence Creek, June Day, Meadow Ridge, Proctor Ridge, Sagecreek, Sagehill, Sunrise, Twin Creeks I & II, Willow Creek, Highlands, and Sagewillow. In addition there  are 24 Condominium or Townhome Associations: Village, Bonne Vie, Indian Springs, Ridge, Sunburst, Summit I & II, The Ranch, The Camp, Bluff, Fairway Nine I, II & VII, Legends, Arrowwood, Morningstar, Highlands Townhomes, Sagewillow Townhomes, Fairway One, Sunpointe Chateau, Sunpointe Villas, Crown Ranch, Elkhorn Springs and Elkhorn Springs Golf Lodges.

The number of Elkhorn membership shares is currently 1,630 with three undeveloped, multi-family zoned parcels remaining.

COMMON AREAS

The Elkhorn owned common areas include:

Harker Center-

  • Swimming Pool, Sauna, Hot Tub and Wading Pool
  • Nine Tennis courts
  • Owners’ Lounge and Party Room
  • Patty Rosewater Park with volleyball, basketball, horseshoe pits, Bocce ball, shuffleboard, splash pad and play structures for the little ones, and a barbecue area
  • Administrative Offices

Village Core-

  • Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room and Hot Tub
  • Eight Tennis Courts (including 2 Har-tru courts)

Open Space-

  • Approximately 1,800 acres of open space with streams, ponds and hillsides all connected with access corridors
  • Open Space hiking trails

In addition to the Elkhorn owned amenities above, owners and resident guests receive preferred t-times and discounted greens fees on the 18-hole Robert Trent Jones/Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed Elkhorn Golf Course (owned by Sun Valley Company).

HARKER CENTER

Early Board members of the Association had the foresight to anticipate the need for additional recreational facilities, thus the creation of the Harker Center. Elkhorn developers, RecreActions, constructed the “Willow tennis courts” in the early 70’s. Because of the location of these courts it seemed an appropriate area to expand. In late 1981, a vote of the membership was taken to construct the Harker Center building and swimming pool. The majority of the membership was in favor, construction began the summer of 1982 and was completed in July of 1983. This facility includes nine asphalt tennis courts (newly constructed in 1992) a six-lane, 25 yard, pool (with diving well) a hot tub, sauna, wading pool and restroom, the Patty Rosewater Park, along with an owners’ lounge and the administrative offices.

CITY OF SUN VALLEY

The City of Sun Valley provides police and fire protection, snow removal on the majority of Elkhorn’s roads and streets and owns and maintains the bike/pedestrian path that runs through Elkhorn adjacent to city-owned streets.

ELKHORN MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Board and Staff of the Sun Valley Elkhorn Association shall be to maintain and enhance the property value and the quality of life in Elkhorn by:

  • Providing excellent facilities, amenities and accompanying services
  • Prudently managing the finances of the Association
  • Proactively keeping members informed of issues affecting them and the broader Elkhorn Community.
  • Preserving the beauty of Elkhorn by guiding the design of attractive residences and landscaping and by protecting Association-owned land.
  • Assuring compliance with the approved rules, regulations, and governance policies.

ELKHORN HISTORY

In 1972, during the construction of the Elkhorn Golf Course and the Elkhorn Indian Springs Condominiums projects, workers came across surface and buried Indian artifacts located near the spring at the base of the slope on the Elkhorn side of Dollar Mountain. Elkhorn management requested a survey from Idaho State University and archeologists from the ISU Museum authenticated the artifacts as the products of a prehistoric work area. Finds including stoned artifacts, pottery fragments, bones, darts, and arrow points indicated a very old Indian industrial campsite; probably the most significant Indian site ever discovered in the Wood River Valley. Although it is not possible to determine the exact age of the artifacts, they are estimated to be 6,000 to 10,000 years old. In the recent years, these Indians were called TUKUDEKAS, which means “mountain sheep eaters”, as wild sheep provided them with a meat supply.

These artifacts as well as the history of this area can be found at the Sun Valley Museum of History; located in Ketchum at 180 First Street East, (corner of Washington Ave. and 1st St.) (208) 726-8118.

ASSESSMENTS

Upon purchasing property in Elkhorn, you automatically become a member of Sun Valley Elkhorn Association, Inc. Members are obligated to pay any and all assessments levied by the Sun Valley Elkhorn Association, Inc. Semi-annual assessments of $337 are billed on October 1st and April 1st. The fiscal year end is October 31st.

The Board of Directors may increase the assessments to meet the cost of maintaining Association property and facilities. The yearly budget and audit are posted on the SVEA website prior to the annual meeting Click Here to View.  Copies are mailed on request.

The assessment payment (currently $337/semi-annually) is an obligation of the property owner. The amount of any delinquent assessment plus late charges and collection costs is a personal liability of the owner and may become a lien upon the property. This lien may be foreclosed in the same manner as is provided in the laws of Idaho for the foreclosure of mortgages on real property.

All correspondence including payments should include your unit or property number. Change of address notices should be sent to the Sun Valley Elkhorn Association office as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary penalties.