Quaint downtowns, chill environs and friendly neighbors all make small town life appealing for many, especially in recent times. These remarkable real estate listings are located in some of America’s coolest burgs.
2942 Sandpointe Drive, McKinleyville, California, $2,500,000
Boasting awe-inspiring views over Mad River and the Pacific, this architect-designed red cedar-clad home sits on a beautifully landscaped lot with a deck and koi pond. The interior features formal living and family rooms, a classic dining room, a library and a stunning black-granite kitchen with a copper farmhouse sink and Viking appliances. There are two master suites, each with ocean views. Steps away is the splendid Hammond Trail.
415 North Plateau Street, Marfa, Texas, $1,700,000
Located on nearly an acre in the art-world mecca of Marfa, Texas, this listing includes three separate homes and a bunker. The star of the show is a grand adobe house, which offers a 700-square-foot covered front porch that’s supported by grand columns and a porte-cochere. A large center entry distinguishes the interior, which features generously proportioned rooms, wood paneling and other historic details.
420 Frankton Road, Hood River, Oregon, $4,200,000
Painstakingly handcrafted with locally sourced lumber, this magnificent home stands on 10 acres in Hood River’s upscale West Side. The five-bedroom manse is outfitted with concrete and white oak flooring with hydronic heat. There’s a luxe kitchen with a generous center island and dolomite countertops. Surrounded by trees, the property includes several patios, a gas fire pit, a woodburning fireplace, a fenced-in garden and a detached gym that can also be used as a studio space.
207 South Prospect Street, Galena, Illinois, $539,000
Expansive treetop views from the front porch —and nearly every window throughout—distinguish this Arts and Crafts Style, two-story abode on a hilltop in beautiful Galena. Hardwood floors and oak trim flow through the interior, which includes a spacious living room and sun porch, a formal dining room with French doors and a well-appointed gourmet kitchen with quarter-sawn oak cabinets, granite countertops and top-of-the-line appliances. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms with marble tiled walls and heated marble flooring.
90 Pale Morning Spur, Unit 15A, Big Sky, Montana, $5,250,000
This sunny townhome in picturesque Big Sky blends western and contemporary mountain influences in a way that’s truly fabulous. Surrounded by jaw-dropping mountain views, the chic, contemporary unit includes an open great room with lofty ceilings and a stone-clad fireplace, a classic white kitchen and dining area, media and recreational rooms, 5 spacious bedrooms and ample outdoor space. Nearby, the Spanish Peaks Mountain Club is a destination for golfing and skiing.
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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.