Chalet Style Home in National Forest in Arts Community, 2 Hours from Los Angeles

Chalet Style Home in National Forest in Arts Community, 2 Hours from Los Angeles

Neil

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août 2006


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Couchages 6
2 salles de bain
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At 6000 feet in the San Bernardino National Forest, my home is a 1700 square foot chalet-style house with three levels and an artist's studio on half an acre of pine forest. The first thing you notice when you step out of the car is the pure, pine-scented air. Two bedrooms, each with a queen-sized bed, are on the lower level where it is always cool in summer. The master bedroom has its own private bath. There is a loft on the upper level, which has a double-sized futon (possible for two; better for one), cable television (with DVD), DSL computer connection and professional quality stereo (and a large library of classical CDs). The main level has a vaulted, beamed ceiling with walls of cedar, sliding glass doors that open onto a deck where birds feed and bathe and squirrels and raccoons play. There is an artist-quality grand piano (7-foot Mason & Hamlin BB, 1926), a dining area and fully equipped kitchen with a breakfast nook that looks out onto a small front garden. From the deck is a lovely view of Taquitz Ridge and the pine forests. Downstairs outside, below the bedrooms, is an artist's studio that is equipped with easels and work surfaces. (Please provide your own supplies.)

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  1. My name is Neil. I live here with Melba and Patti, my two cats. In my former life I was a concert pianist, specializing in collaborative arts. I toured the world with opera singers and violinists and occasionally played solo recitals, which is what I'm focusing on now. In my concertizing, I traveled a great deal. Now I hope to actually see some of the cities where I played! I was also a university professor of piano for 13 years, from which I took an early retirement. Here in the idyllic mountains I practice the piano, paint in my studio, write, read (you'll find a fairly large library of books on varied topics in the arts, as well as novels) and hike the many spectaculary beautiful trails.

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Idyllwild is located in the San Jacinto mountains of Southern California, tucked away in the remote, southern portion of the San Bernardino National Forest above Palm Springs. At 10,804 feet above sea level, Mt. San Jacinto is the second tallest mountain in Southern California.

My home is two miles from the "mile-high" village of Idyllwild, a community of artists, crastmen and musicians, rated among the 100 best arts communities in America. The village boasts many shops, galleries and three up-scale restaurants. There are also smaller ethnic restaurants, i.e., Chinese, Mexican, Greek , Viennese, in addition to cafes.

Idyllwild is home to the Idyllwild Arts Academy (IdyllwildArts.org), an internationally known secondary boarding school for students planning careers in the arts. In summer, there are many week-long or weekend programs and workshops in the arts for all age groups, from children to seniors, as well as classical concerts and the Jazz in the Pines Festival (August). If winter sports like cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, ice-skating, tubing, snowboarding and sledding are of interest, then Mount San Jacinto State Park is for you (telephone: 951-659-2607).

Nearby (10 miles) are two lakes with fishing and boating and public parks for camping and picnicking. Rainbow trout, bluegills, catfish, and largemouth bass all inhabit the lakes. Throughout the summer months the lakes are stocked by the California Department of Fish and Game with catchable size Rainbow Tr

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