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Pricey Mountain Homes Offer Luxury at the Edge of the Wild

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The modern mountain home, at least the multimillion-dollar variety, offers a kind of luxury that mountain dwellers of yore could only dream of. Set on the edge of the Sawtooth National Forest, this three bedroom log home in boasts 7,067-square-feet of shelter, while nearby Sun Valley, Idaho offers first-rate skiing in winter and mountain biking in summer, and though the oversized log cabin is part of a subdivision, its 8.8-acre lot and "end of the road" siting give it an unexpectedly remote feel. While the decor is a little dated, this mountain mansion doesn't disappoint on luxury, with four stone fireplaces, a chef's kitchen, a private wine room, and an elevator. All that luxury in such a wild locale comes at a price: $4.1M.

? This Aspen, Colo. getaway takes all the rolling mountainous terrain of the Sun Valley spot and adds trees and a picturesque river, not to mention more than $6M to the price tag. The $10.5M spread was renovated in 2009 in a contemporary style, but retains rustic wood and stone accents. Despite a location in a famous ski town, this wooded site is enjoyable in four seasons, particularly with the addition of a riverside patio.

? For a more modern take on the classic log-home vernacular, this Jackson, Wy. delivers clean lines and broad expanses of glass while sticking to the peaked roof of the original. Wood, concrete, and stone are combined to visually interesting effect on the exterior, while pale wood dominates the interior. Fifteen acres and stunning views of the Tetons round out this $7.65M mountain manse.

? For just under $10M, this pad in Park City, Utah offers 12,000-square-feet of living space, six bedrooms, and a double-height great room. The privately situated estate also has a series of man-made ponds that mimic mountain lakes and streams, bringing the great variety of the outdoors to the next buyer's doorstep.

? The East Coast isn't without its mountains and Vermont's Green Mountains offer the picturesque terrain within driving distance of Boston and NYC. This Stowe, Vt. estate might lack views of dramatic Western peaks, but, with easy access to the ski resort and 40 acres of private lands, there's much more to this rustic retreat than meets the eye. The 7,300-square-foot main house, set atop a bluff, enjoys 270-degree views of the mountains. The interiors could use a thorough update, but the space, privacy, and convenient locale make for a tempting combination at $4.75M.

· Mountain Elegance In Independence Creek [Sotheby's]
· Mountain Contemporary [Sotheby's]
· Experience The Serenity And Tranquility [Sotheby's]
· Willow Ranch [Sotheby's]
· Boulder Spring Farm [Christie's]
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