There’s almost nothing that compares to the beauty of a mountain sunset or sunrise, gently splashing streaks of color over rolling hills. Those with a taste for the finer things don’t have to compromise comfort and modernity when looking for a rustic retreat. Whether you want to bask in the fresh mountain air of Sonoma, Napa or Santa Fe, the following listings are perfect for those who want to make a home in the great outdoors:
1 of 7 | A California Estate with a European Soul
Tucked into the hills between Healdsburg and the Napa spa town of Calistoga, near the vineyards of Alexander Valley, sits this elegant Austrian countryside villa-style ranch estate. Overlooking 600 acres of woodlands, pastures and year-round flowing creeks, this exceptional home enjoys magnificent views over Knights Valley toward Napa. The breathtaking, oak-studded country setting is reminiscent of Early California and offers seclusion and beauty like nowhere else. Intimate when desired but spacious for entertaining when needed, you can live in complete peace amid sweeping views and vistas as far as the eye can see.
$28,000,000 | Calistoga, CA 94515 | View Listing
2 of 7 | A Stunning Compound in the Heart of Napa
Want to stare out your window onto the cabernet vineyards and olive groves that adorn the Napa Valley? This Calistoga 40 acre compound - just north of St. Helena, surrounded by thousands of acres of preserved land trust - gives you the chance to do just that. Made up of three interlocking pavilions, the main house offers floor-to-ceiling widows that bath the exquisite interior design in natural light and offers spectacular views of the lush, green valley landscape below.
$21,500,000 | 777 Lommel Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515 | View Listing
3 of 7 | A Hillside Santa Ynez Ranch
Rolling hills and rustic fences surround this hillside 1920s ranch-style home in Santa Ynez. With all rooms in the main house opening to a covered porch with outdoor fireplace, residents are never more than a step or two away from a view that evokes the most cinematic of westerns - complete with a horse barn, irrigated paddocks, and a roping and an exercise arenas. Not that the historical touches or gorgeous setting is all this home has to offer: There are formal living and dining rooms and a library with a bar. The kitchen has high end Wolf appliances and the master suite's bath has vintage ambiance with a tub set in a bay window, two vanities, shower and two walk-in closets.
$21,000,000 | 1156 Alisos Road, Santa Ynez, CA 93460 | View Listing
4 of 7 | Custom Designed for Grandeur
This unique, incomparable residence and its two-bedroom guesthouse are nestled in the gorgeous undulating hills just north of Santa Fe. Custom-designed and build by a third-generation German stonemason, the nearly 14,000-square-foot manor overlooks an awe-inspiring view of the Sangre de Cristo. Taking inspiration from the mountainside it's built into, stone and earthen textures guide the home's construction: lustrous plaster and cool antique Jerusalem stone contribute to the regal ambience, while earthy reclaimed walnut, hickory, and mesquite add warmth and depth. Live like royalty looking out in nature at its most grand.
$13,650,000 | 117 Tesuque Ridge, Santa Fe, NM 87506 | View Listing
5 of 7 | Newly Constructed Neoclassical in Montecito
This magnificent Neoclassical home was inspired by Francis Underhill and features a classic interior with grand living spaces bathed in light from walls of windows. It also showcases dramatic custom stone, tile and marble work and elegant 18th century European chandeliers and wall sconces throughout. But the real star of the show is the setting: The home sits atop a mountain and every room overlooks the large central courtyard and dramatic mountain range views. Formally known as the Four Leaf Clover Garden of the Stanley McCormick Estate, the original garden paths of the McCormick Estate have been replicated by landscape architect Byron DeBray and much of the original sandstone stairs and four leaf clover design have been restored with stone from the property.
$9,150,000 | 789 Rockbridge Road, Montecito, CA 93108 | View Listing
6 of 7 | Sonoma Classic Modernism
Overlooking lush rolling hills and panoramic views of Sonoma , Mt. Diablo and San Pablo Bay, this spectacular ultra custom estate was designed by a noted San Francisco architect as his family's private retreat. Nestled on approximately 20 oak-studded private acres, modern estate features a pool, a guest house and a professional observatory.
$7,900,000 | 5340 Grove St, Sonoma, CA 95476 | View Listing
7 of 7 | An Ortiz Mountain Gem
All the privacy and tranquility of the shrub-dotted Ortiz Mountains will be right outside your door at this Santa Fe architectural gem. The home is made to please those looking for privacy an escape from the noise and crush of the city: It sits on 126-plus acres of undisturbed woodland and backs onto a 1,350 acre nature preserve, offering an unparalleled 150-mile view in all directions - yet it remains just 35 minutes from downtown Santa Fe. The home itself is anything but simple: Modern amenities and architectural nuanced adorn the main house, complete with two master suites, two offices, a chef's kitchen, a huge great room and four fireplaces. Designed by Robert Wilson Mobley and built by William Prull, the home also features many green and sustainable features, including a solar electricity and system to power the house and heat the pool and 20,000 gallons of rainwater storage that supplies most irrigation needs.