Each fall, residents of the northern reaches of New England begrudgingly report the arrival of a certain seasonal pest: leaf-peepers. Arriving from as far away as Florida, they travel in packs and at very slow speeds, irritating locals as they clog country thoroughfares. Their target? Fall foliage, the burst of color that arrives in October and November. And, well, it is beautiful, but the idea of shuffling into line at the local motel with the rest might have you reconsidering the concept of beauty. That's where this handy list comes in. Here in, four houses in prime leaf-peeping territory: the idyllic Lake Champlain region between Vermont and New York. Buy one now, start complaining like a local later.
Location: Essex, N.Y.
Price: $1,595,000 [LandVest]
Stats: 48 acres; 4BR, 4BA; 4,000 square feet
Location: Colchester, Vt.
Price: $8,750,000 [Luxury Portfolio]
Stats: 2.9 acres; 7BR, 3BA; 13,000 square feet
Location: Charlotte, Vt.
Price: $5,750,000 [LandVest]
Stats: 68.4 acres; 9BR, 7BA; 8,000 square feet
Location: Westport, N.Y.
Price: $5,680,000 [LandVest]
Stats: 1,300 acres; 7,000 square feet (main house)