So you always wanted a house in the mountains?
Views as clear as the birdsongs are constant?
Skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer, outdoor hot tubs whenever you damn well please?
These are they. Plus: a 5,000-square-foot garage, wine cellars galore, more panoramic windows than are actually necessary, and one very distinguished horse facility.
We've got them. Starting with the big one.
The Summit House
OK, so it's $49.5 mil. That's the bad news. In the pro category: "One of the most magnificent homes ever built in Colorado," overlooking Aspen and offering 18,000 square feet of living space with 4,000 more outside. In fact, it's so big that Sotheby's claims that updated local zoning laws will prevent anything that big ever being built there again. Seven bedrooms, seven baths and enough panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows to make a grown man weep. It's furnished — and we're pretty sure we spotted a Damien Hirst painting or two in the slides.
8 Close Family Road
Signal Mountain, Tennessee
If you love the mountains of the South, then you need to take a look at this nearly $3M modern home overlooking the Tennessee River Valley above Chattanooga. The house itself is as gorgeous as the views — a rarity at this price point, when more too often just means excess. This house, with its exaggerated Dutch gables, accomplishes the residence-as-showroom aesthetic beautifully — you'll just need to like white walls and have
no very well-behaved children.
851 Wilson Way
Consider this a mountain version of the immaculate modern beach house owned by Pierce Brosnan's former prime minister in The Ghost Writer: that-level beautiful. Perched above a reflecting pond, this Telluride six-bed makes use of "custom-quarried marbles from Italy, limestone from India, exotic granites, bluestone and native rock." Plus: 35 acres of land, 13,000 square feet of living space, steam room, wine cellar, dock and "horse facilities."
3662 Quail Point Road
Mountain Green, Utah
Do you like to ski? Do you like to think about skiing every day, while taking in 360-degree views of snowbasin? We've got the digs for you. It's a 45-minute drive from Salt Lake City, in the gated community of Mountain Green. Inside: five bedrooms, six baths, three fireplaces and a 5,000-square-foot garage with room for your "RV, boat, workshop and all of your toys" — which perhaps makes up for the fact that it's on a two-acre lot.
320 Elk Highlands Drive
Northern Lights West, Montana
Want to do it the McDreamy way? I.e., to your own specs? Consider, then, this ski-in/ski-out homesite in Northern Lights West, Montana, not too far from the Canadian border. You'll have 2.34 acres to do with whatever you like, plus showstopper views of Whitefish Lake. Consider them when deciding where to put the windows, and where to put your flatscreen.