These rural retreats in tranquil tree-strewn locales benefit from coveted privacy, inspiring views, fresh air, and interiors that are as enchanting as their surroundings.
The Mountain House
Enveloped by some 60 acres of evergreens in the Sierra Nevada foothills, this unique contemporary getaway is a livable work of art designed by the renowned Tokyo-based Atelier Bow-Wow. In many rooms, wood-framed glass doors open to integrate the interiors with the surroundings, which are criss-crossed by creeks and streams and bordered on three sides by the U.S. Forest Service land. Three quiet bedrooms, comfortable bunks, cozy nooks and daybeds, and a covered rooftop terrace ideal for a hammock encourage true rest and relaxation.
Light-Filled Northern California Contemporary
Surrounded by golden grassland and grandfather trees in the Santa Lucia Preserve, this contemporary getaway exemplifies stylish, accessible seclusion. The open, light-filled floor plan features a luxurious primary suite, a chef’s kitchen, a formal dining room, and a media or family room. Walls and doors of glass turn views of the hills and mountains into dynamic art and open to the gardens, an alluring terrace, and the infinity-edge pool. The 13.33-acre grounds also include a detached three-car garage, a barn, and a kennel.
Rugged Santa Fe Retreat
This one-of-a-kind mountain retreat, nestled amid junipers and piñons high above Santa Fe, features a chef’s kitchen with an 18-foot island and superior appliances, two private bedroom suites, and an office or third bedroom. Distinctive details include hand-plastered double-adobe walls, hand-carved reclaimed beams, windows trimmed in rugged native rock, warming fireplaces, and radiant-heated brick flooring. Spacious traditional portales and patios allow for enjoyment of fresh air and the forested setting of the Sangre de Cristo foothills.