As these tony real estate listings in spectacular mountain settings beautifully illustrate, life at the top is pretty sweet.
24 White Otter, Big Sky, MT, $5.25 million
Rustic wood, stone and metal come together beautifully in this contemporary five-bedroom abode on a private cul-de-sac in Big Sky. Surrounded by evergreens, the updated house offers spectacular views of Lone Peak, as well as wood-burning fireplaces, dog kennels and an outdoor hot tub. Skiing in and out is a breeze via White Otter lift.
38 Johnsons Ranch Road, Santa Fe, NM, $4.5 million
There aren’t many spreads on the market like this ranch on approximately 366 acres of mountainous land, including 1.25 miles on Apache creek, right next door to the Santa Fe National Forest. Every room has fantastic views of the surrounding forest and Sangre De Cristo mountains. The property also includes a one-bedroom cabin and, across the creek via a footbridge, a studio space.
273 Swifts Station Drive, Carson City, NV, $12.5 million
Standing on a gorgeous 1.8-acre lot in Clear Creek Tahoe, this abode by Kelly & Stone Architects and NSM Construction takes full advantage of the 270-degree views of Carson Valley and surrounding mountains. In perfect dialogue with its surroundings, the house’s cedar siding and basalt stone detailing belies the open and airy interior, which has large expanses of glass that frame postcard-like vistas. The curvaceous metal roof undulates in response to the mountain peaks to the south and west. Other perks include an elevator, a golf simulator, a hot tub and a bar.
78 Mirehouse Run, Asheville, NC, $5.5 million
Indoors and outdoors come together seamlessly in this contemporary 8,200-square-foot abode in Asheville’s Ramble Biltmore Forest gated community. Outfitted with a top-of-the-line kitchen with sleek illuminated shelving and a spacious seating area with wood ceilings, the great room’s wall of glass doors opens completely to a private, covered porch with a gas-burning fireplace. The lower level family room opens to a bluestone patio with a bar, swimming pool and hot tub – just a few of the home’s many appealing features.
388 Castle Creek Lane, Castle Valley, UT, $3.3 million
Designed with curves to blend in with the scenic stone surroundings and offering spectacular views from every room, this home is located on 5.76 acres in picturesque Castle Valley, not far from the outdoor adventure mecca of Moab. The interior features serpentine plaster walls, stained glass, reclaimed solid oak floors, handcrafted doors and a striking, stone-clad living room fireplace. In addition, each of the home’s bedrooms has its own bathroom and private patio.
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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.