The renowned naturalist John Muir famously said, “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” After viewing these marvelous mountain manses, you just might concur.
Most of the spacious plaster-walled rooms in this elegant 7,500-square-foot Aspen estate in the White Horse Springs subdivision look out onto beautiful Rocky Mountain vistas, and many have direct access to the great outdoors. The property also features a large stone patio with a fire pit and a hot tub, and a detached bonus unit above the three-car garage.
A sleek black metal roof and transparent garage doors give this home a decidedly modern edge that juxtaposes its wood shingle and stone exterior. The interior has been newly renovated with white oak flooring and a European-style kitchen with a massive island and marble countertops. From nearly every room, large windows overlook Old Town and the surrounding mountains. The property also has a two-bedroom guest suite with its own entrance.
Craftsman and Japanese aesthetics dovetail beautifully in this sprawling five-bedroom house located blocks from downtown Ketchum near the Bigwood River. The sprawling mountain manse has a large great room with high ceilings, a stone fireplace, and huge windows, and there is another lofted bonus living space tucked into the roofline. Outside, a multi-level wooden deck surrounded by lush greenery offers jaw-dropping views of Bald Mountain.
Located on a large wooded lot overlooking Lake Tahoe, this full-furnished estate has five en-suite bedrooms, including two on the upper level, each with an entire wall of windows that frame water views. Over the garage, there is a well-appointed one-bedroom apartment with vaulted ceilings and a kitchenette. Out back, the large grassy yard leads to a sandy waterfront beach.
In addition to the main house, the 160-acre Snowy Pond Estate in Vermont features a carriage house, an authentic Michigan log cabin, a two-bedroom guest house, a vintage cabin, a barn, and a large storage garage — 31 rooms in total with 12 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. Surrounded by Green Mountain National Forest, the property also has a six-acre pond and two miles of well-maintained trails. And the Stratton Mountain Ski Resort is right next door. “This estate is the perfect place to spend the holidays,” says listing agent Hayley Van Der Kar.
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Tate Gunnerson is a Chicago-based freelance journalist with an equal appreciation for natural beauty and good design. He is a passionate supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Kidney Foundation.