Taking a weekend trip out to the country to gawk at autumn leaves—pumpkin spice lattes in hand—is a fine American tradition.
We love autumn as much as anyone, but we distinctly do not love the hassle of packing up for a day of fall fun, only to be elbowed by crowds and stuck in creeping traffic. What if gazing at fall foliage was as easy as a glance out of your own window? It can be done!
If you’re a true fall fanatic, take a peep at seven homes smack dab in the center of autumn awesomeness that make looking at fall leaves a 24/7 luxury. These homes are on the market right now, and sit in some of the most postcard-perfect fall backdrops imaginable, from the Catskills to Aspen, CO. No traffic, no stress, just crisp air and sweater weather right outside your front door.
Autumnal attributes: Sitting atop a mountain on 11 acres in the Catskills, this three-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom, 3,000-square-foot home offers privacy and spectacular views from almost every vantage point. Once the weather changes and it’s too chilly to swim in the spring-fed pond out back, the covered porch offers what the listing calls a “million-dollar view” of the northern Catskills’ turning fall leaves, as well as the occasional cameo from the local deer, bears, and wild turkeys.
Autumnal attributes: Just minutes from downtown Asheville, this updated English manor built in 1925 has six bedrooms and more than 8,100 square feet filled with formal details, like the parlor with gilded ceiling. But none of the interior design elements can compete with the golden-hued show the property’s trees put on during fall, which can be savored from one of the property’s stonewalled gardens or one of several grand stone terraces running along the back of the home. The detached garage includes guest accommodations above.
Autumnal attributes: With views of Aspen Golf Course, Aspen Mountain, and Aspen Highlands, this 2,200-square-foot home is surrounded by towering trees just waiting to put on an autumn show. Oversized windows and glass patio doors bring all the Aspen loveliness inside.
Autumnal attributes: Built with logs and heavy timber, this 3,000-square-foot cabin comes with impressive mountain views, which means plenty of fall-colored leaves. Built in 2008, its custom features include solid mahogany wood floors, a natural stone fireplace, wood cabinetry, quartz countertops, and more.
Autumnal attributes: Coming in at nearly 14 acres, this tree-filled horse farm property includes five paddocks, four run-in sheds, and a riding ring to support several horses. When the leaves turn, saddle up for a ride through the West Virginia countryside. The five-bedroom, more than 4,400-square-foot main house also has large windows and easy access to the outdoors. For a little fall romance, the main bedroom suite has a private Trex deck and hot tub overlooking the entire property.
Autumnal attributes: This 1.62-acre property sits on 16 Mile Lake in Hiawatha National Forest, and offers year-round outdoor recreation, from snowmobiling to fishing, mountain biking, and much more. The main house has 2.5 bedrooms and 1,500 square feet. Originally built in 1942, it’s since been fully renovated. Updates include an added sunroom, perfect for soaking up the surrounding nature, and the 2015 addition of a new main bedroom and bathroom suite. There’s also a guest cabin for family and friends (you’ll have plenty of the latter this time of year), a pole building for storage, and a detached two-car garage.
Autumnal attributes: This custom modern house was built in 1986, and offers jaw-dropping views from almost every vantage point, including Penobscot Bay, Maine’s midcoast islands, Camden Hills, Hosmer Pond, and the Camden Snow Bowl. Highlights of the four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom, more than 4,000-square-foot home include a sunroom, recently updated kitchen, library with built-in bookshelves, front deck with both ocean and mountain views, and gardens all on 12 acres.
Source: Housing Trends Feed