On the Market: 5 Sweeping Estates, in California, Montana, Vermont and More

While the days of social distancing, self-quarantines and social isolation are hopefully coming to an end, the pandemic inspired many to relocate or acquire second homes away from the hustle-and-bustle of cities—with room to roam. These fabulous listings may convince even the most ardent urbanites to give the great outdoors a second look.

5205 Mertz Road, Fayetteville, Texas, $2.7 million

5205 Mertz Road
Photo courtesy of Round Top Real Estate

A short drive from Austin’s hustle and bustle, this modern 4-bedroom abode features spectacular views from every room of the property’s open meadow, rolling hills and statuesque live oak trees. The whopping 148-acre property also boasts a second-floor sleeping porch ideal for stargazing, a spacious deck with a fire pit, two barns, a natural spring and multiple ponds. 

101 West County Line Road, Barrington, Illinois, $2.45 million

101 west county line road
Photo courtesy of Morrison Home Team

Set on 10 secluded acres that include mature trees and beautifully manicured grounds, this magnificent manse offers 12,000 square feet of living space that includes a walkout lower level with an indoor swimming pool and spa. Designed for day-to-day life and posh parties, the interior has walnut hardwood flooring, custom millwork, arched entryways and a family room with soaring ceilings and jaw-dropping views of the grounds. Car aficionados will no doubt appreciate the five-car garage and two detached garages. There’s plenty of countryside here, yet downtown Chicago just a one-hour drive away. 

250 Elm Brook Road, Fairfield, Vermont, $2.1 million

250 elm brook road
Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

Calling ski enthusiasts and outdoor lovers alike. Surrounded by farmland, this 232-acre property includes a large, wooded area, bucolic meadows, rolling hills, a bonafide waterfall and a swimming hole. Custom designed by the current owner while living abroad, the traditional yellow house was built like a tank, with solid oak posts and beams. It features spacious, open rooms, a light-drenched kitchen with a walk-in pantry and two refrigerators, and fireplaces built with stone harvested from the property. Steps away are a detached garage and workshop.

11 Greenwood Way, Kentfield, California, $3.195 million

11 greenwood way
Photo courtesy of Own Marin

Perhaps the best of both worlds; not far from the city yet set on nearly 2 acres in the in-demand Kent Woodlands, this spectacular designer home stands atop a knoll with giant Eucalyptus trees and a spectacular view of the Ross Valley. Offering indoor-outdoor living, the property includes a spacious deck and a serene swimming pool. Steps away are Kentfield’s and Larkspur’s shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as access to hiking and biking trails. 

2628 Skinner Road, Belgrade, Montana, $5.85 million

2628 skinner road
Photo courtesy of Fay Ranches Inc

Situated on more than 300 acres a short drive from Bozeman, this elegant, custom-built adobe offers nearly 7,000-square feet of space, 5 bedrooms, and gob-smacking views of the Gallatin Valley and multiple mountain ranges from nearly every room. Elk, deer, antelope and other wildlife regularly traverse the land.


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Tate Gunnerson

Tate Gunnerson is a Chicago-based freelance journalist with an equal appreciation for natural beauty and good design.