If you’re having trouble coping with the daily rat race, you’re not alone. Plenty of Americans are trying to figure out how to stay sane while navigating soul-crushing commutes to thankless jobs. Thankfully, though, there is a solution. Buying a mountain home that allows you to get away from the city and spend some valuable time communing with nature can make all the difference. Even more so if all that communing is done from the safety of a hot tub on your wraparound deck.
Put a little pep back into your step at work with the help of an alpine retreat. These homes might be costly, but you truly can’t put a price on panoramic views and the accompanying knowledge that you’re in one of the most luxurious retreats in the world.
Red Mountain Retreat
Location: Aspen, Colorado
Square Feet: 9,072
Rooms: 7 bed, 6.5 bath
Located on the ridge of Red Mountain, this gorgeous mansion provides stunning views of Aspen Mountain and the surrounding area. While this might seem like the perfect winter home for skiing enthusiasts, the outdoor deck and patio areas, swimming pool and year-round views of the Rockies make it easy to enjoy this house even without a lift pass.
On Walden House’s Pond
Location: Edwards, Colorado
Square Feet: 10,515
Rooms: 7 bed, 8.5 bath
With its own pond directly adjacent, this beautiful home — dubbed Walden House — has a design by architect Annabelle Selldorf that was inspired by the famed Henry David Thoreau book “Walden.” The ranch-style house sits on 70 acres of land and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and nearby pond. You can also take in the splendor of the land, which was planned by landscape architect Edwina Von Gal, to preserve the area’s natural appearance and ecology.
Living the High Life in the High Desert
Location: Palm Desert, California
Square Feet: 13,574
Rooms: 5 bed, 5 full bathrooms and 4 partial
Views of the surrounding mountains in this Coachella Valley location located between Joshua Tree National Park and the San Bernardino National Forest are just part of the appeal of “The Reserve.” The home’s lavish interior includes high ceilings, a gourmet-chef-ready kitchen and an ice cream parlor. If you’d like to sit back with a glass of wine, there is also a wine cellar with a capacity for some 1,500 bottles.
Ketchum Great Views of Sun Valley
Location: Ketchum, Idaho
Square Feet: 12,483
Rooms: 11 bed, 14 bath
Located on seven acres in Idaho’s Sun Valley, this rustic mansion looks at home in its natural setting with ivy-covered walls and beautiful landscaping. Not only is the main house some 8,000 square feet, but bringing guests to this gorgeous mountain retreat is made easier by the presence of two guest houses and separate caretaker’s quarters.
Springs, Lakes and Ponds in Colorado
Location: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Square Feet: 10,308
Rooms: 6 bed, 6.5 bath
This Steamboat Springs home is ensconced upon an impressive 118 acres of land. The house is located about three miles from the Steamboat Ski Area and six miles from downtown, making it convenient to enjoy the slopes or simply go out to eat. In addition to the gorgeous mountain home, the land has a tennis court, two lakes, five ponds and ample water rights.
The Tetons Are Grandest Next to a Roaring Fire
Location: Wilson, Wyoming
Square Feet: 5,709
Rooms: 5 bed, 5.5 bath
Jackson, Wyoming, is located adjacent to the Grand Tetons and a short drive from the famed Yellowstone National Park, but you wouldn’t need to travel to seek out natural beauty if you lived in this beautiful home in nearby Wilson. Plus, the stunning mountain views are that much easier to enjoy when you’re wrapped in an afghan next to your wood-burning fireplace in the massive great room. You’ll marvel at the vaulted wood ceiling and white oak floors, as well.
Red Brick Home Amidst Snowcapped Mountains
Location: Aspen, Colorado
Square Feet: 3,758
Rooms: 3 bed, 3.5 bath
Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, this beautiful home’s brick exterior gives it a quaint look. Each of the three bedrooms has a private patio where you can relax and enjoy something from the 1,200-bottle wine cellar. And, as an added bonus, the property is a short three blocks from the town center, so you can easily keep that wine cellar stocked.
This Is One Hole You Wished You Lived In
Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Square Feet: 7,740
Rooms: 4 bed, 4 bath, 2 partial bath
The pan-flat plains of Jackson Hole help set off the dramatic Grand Teton mountains in the distance of this dreamy home. You can take in the views as you walk the property’s 17.75 acres of land. The master bedroom also features panoramic vistas and the large windows of the great room provide a look at the mountains to the west. The kitchen has been remodeled, too, and features the newest technology available.
House of the Day Dream
Location: Snowmass Village, Colorado
Square Feet: 5,023
Rooms: 6 bed, 6 bath
Located just outside of Aspen, avid skiers will likely enjoy having a home base near the slopes. But who knows? You might find that you would rather stay in to enjoy one of the five ensuite baths or the hot tub located on the wraparound deck. After all, the home was featured as a “House of the Day” in the Wall Street Journal.
Livestock Should Be So Lucky to Live in This Barn
Location: Sun Valley, Idaho
Square Feet: 10,665
Rooms: 6 bed, 6 bath, 3 partial bath
Dubbed the “Z Heart Ranch,” this home has the appearance of a grand old barn from the outside. That’s because it’s a converted barn with over a century of history dating back to when the property was a working ranch. Inside, you’ll find a game room flanked by a full bar and rock fireplace, in addition to a kitchen that can handle everything from quiet family breakfasts to entertaining large groups.
Big House Under the Big Sky
Location: Big Sky, Montana
Square Feet: 5,953
Rooms: 5 bed, 6 bath, 2 partial bath
Located on the south slope of Andesite — and surrounded by beautiful pine trees — this rustic mansion has everything you could want. Features include walnut floors, tongue-and-groove fir ceilings, a 20-foot dry-stack rock fireplace and a floating staircase. But you might not even notice the amenities — views of the Cedar and Pioneer Mountains, Gallatin Ridge and Sphinx Mountain are sure to grab your attention.
Make Every Day a Day in the Park
Location: Park City, Utah
Square Feet: 9,415
Rooms: 6 bed, 6 bath, 2 partial bath
Kick back in this spacious, six-bedroom mansion and enjoy dazzling views of the nearby Park City and Deer Valley ski resorts. Oh, and take advantage of all the modern amenities in the home while you’re at it. Enjoy a home theater, entire home audio, security system, electric vehicle charging, golf simulator and solar power.
Green Mountain Mansion in the Green Mountain State
Location: Mendon, Vermont
Square Feet: 8,071
Rooms: 4 bed, 6.5 bath
Of course, you don’t have to move out West to enjoy gorgeous, panoramic mountain views. This home in Mendon, Vermont, features a great view of the majestic Pico Mountain and Deer’s Leap — which is crested by the famous Appalachian Trail. The Craftsman Style home designed by Carl Williams Associates features a hand-crafted, four-story, mahogany staircase and a Murano chandelier.
Hidden Valley Ranch Home
Location: Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Square Feet: 9,379
Rooms: 5 bed, 6 bath
Surrounded by a wooded, 45.21-acre property, this mountain home is located in the Hidden Valley Ranch gated community near downtown Pagosa Springs. Outside, there are amazing views of Pagosa Peak and the San Juan Mountains. Inside, you’ll find a game room, theater room, spa, workout room, chef’s kitchen and a wine cellar — enough to keep you happy year-round.
The Golden Age of Indoor Television Studios
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Square Feet: 12,195
Rooms: 5 bed, 6 bath, 2 partial bath
This expansive home is located on some 215.54 acres of land just 10 minutes from Santa Fe. While many might be focused on the views of the surrounding mountain ranges, the house itself has a lot to offer that most mansions won’t. You’ll have access to a bus garage, greenhouse, 12-stall stable facility, bowling alley, indoor shooting range and TV production studio.
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