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Mapping the Most Stunning Outdoors Spaces On the Market

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There's no better way to remind oneself of all the beautiful secret places found in this country than to round up the breath-faltering outdoor spaces of the nation's remotest, loveliest, (and, in some cases, priciest) properties. From the lake shores of Michigan to the wildlands of Wyoming, from the Florida Keys to the Montana valleys, from sea to shining sea, find below the most stunning outdoor offerings on the market right this very second.


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1. Clinton, Mont.

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Dropping an a ultra-modern sprawl smack dab in the middle of Montana's remote (and appropriately titled) Valley of the Moon means the stunning tree'd surroundings make the structure designed by Argentinean architect Emilio Ambasz, even more otherworldly. The ranch comes with 1,400 acres of forest, a lake, and trout-filled creeks. The ask: $12.5M.

2. Round Top, Texas

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7310 Farm to Market 954
Round Top, TX 78954

This three-story glass cube in Round Top, Texas (Pop: 77) is on the market for $5.3M. Besides the four-acre manmade lake, which sits still and glassy underfoot, the estate boasts 23 acres of whitetail deer-infested scrubland (there's even a skeet-shooting stand for target practice in preparation for quail season), a pool at the top of the lakeside water feature, and a fire pit.

3. Santa Ynez, Calif.

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California 154
Santa Ynez, CA 93460

SoCal equestrian estate Rancho Latigo, on the market for $45M, is a 4,600-acre compound fitted out with all the accoutrements necessary to "celebrate the unique relationship between man and horse," including a 10,000-square-foot "equine residence" (barn) with 11 900-square-foot stalls. The owner worked with Seattle architect David L. Leavengood to build a bloated main house inspired by Alta California adobe homes, and two other smaller houses.

4. Boulder, Colo.

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1035 5th Street
Boulder, CO 80302

Peering out at the city of Boulder from its perch just above the foot (so the ankle?) of the Rocky Mountains, this glass box by AIA award winner Thomas Phifer takes in 360 degrees of scrubby mountains and city sprawl. The façe;ade, a 35-foot-high glass wall, looks toward the city, though the edifice itself is entrenched into the wilderness at its back. The ask: $4.25M.

5. Key Largo, Fla.

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Pumpkin Key in Florida, which roared onto the market asking $110M, offers 26 acres of private island a skip and a swim from Key Largo. Outdoor brags include tennis courts that double as a helipad, a couple of caretaker's cottages, a dock master's apartment, a 20-slip marina "able to accommodate a mega-yacht" (hint, hint, Russian billionaires); and a dozen developable bay-front lots.

6. Big Sur, Calif.

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Cabrillo Highway
Big Sur, CA 93920

California eco-architect Mickey Muennig has become a go-to designer for rich Californians looking to needle their houses into the gorgeous landscape of Big Sur. This four-bedroom, which recently went under contract with a $1.9M price tag, is surrounded by fields of ice plant, and, sited as it is on a Northern California bluff, some incredible sea views.

7. Canyon Point, Utah

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1 Kayenta Road
Canyon Point, UT 84741

Some 600 acres in Southern Utah are reserved for what will be 36 extremely luxurious vacation homes, all nestled within harsh and gorgeously desolate deserts. On the property: a 25,000-square-foot spa, a swimming pool integrated into the surrounding rock, a yoga studio, and guided hiking excursions and hot air balloon flights. The mansions, designed by starchitect Annabelle Selldorf, start at $7M.

8. Los Altos Hills, Calif.

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12335 Stonebrook Drive
Los Altos, CA 94022

Stonebrook Court, an over-the-top, 30,000-square-foot mansion in Northern California, boasts loads of historic detailing, including an elaborate garden abutting its classic Tudor main house. It asks $27M.

9. Magnolia, Texas

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37307 Diamond Oaks Drive
Magnolia, TX 77355

The owners of Emerald Lake Estates, an 185-acre property, have spent 15 years shaping its heavily landscaped grounds, creating a 25-acre private lake dotted with 10 islands, a nine-acre Japanese garden, and a seven-acre botanical garden complete with an Azalea Walk and more than 5,000 examples of the flowering shrubs. The Azalea Walk, which is open to the public once a year, meanders through the botanical garden along the shore of Emerald Lake, with 15 bridges criss-crossing the irrigation gully and waterfalls that feed the artificial lake. There's also a 120-foot limestone bridge spanning the fully stocked lake and a swimming pool ringed by waterfalls and palm trees. The ask: $24.5M.

10. La Jolla, Calif.

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724 Muirlands Vista Way
La Jolla, CA 92037

Architect Wallace Cunningham's signature curves and glass walls are made that much more pleasant by Ray House's Southern California site. It sits on the bluffs of La Jolla, and boasts an at-edge pond that seems to have little purpose except to look idyllic. The ask: $6.2M.

11. Tucson, Ariz.

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7474 North Catalina Ridge Drive
Tucson, AZ 85718

According to the brokerbabble for this desert sprawl in Tucson, Ariz., here the views are "unrivaled" and the desert surroundings "lush." There's also, one should note, "over a million acres of protected national forest as your backyard." It asks $13.9M.

12. Tremont, Maine

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186 Lopaus Point Road
Bernard, ME 04612

This Maine property sits on 28 acres of Mount Desert Island. Included in the deed: 2,500 feet of ocean frontage, a shore that "includes both rock/sand beach," hiking trails, an extra one-bedroom "sleeping cabin," a writers/artist studio, a boat house, a tennis court, and a croquet lawn. The ask: $4.35M.

13. Bridgehampton, N.Y.

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Meadows West
Bridgehampton, NY 11932

Over in Bridgehampton, N.Y. is Three Ponds Farm, a pile that combines "the elegance of a royal European country estate with the amenities of a five star resort. The "oasis" features an 18-hole golf course, a 19th hole club house, a grass tennis court, loggias, and "magnificent" formal gardens. Oh, and let's not forget the rose garden, orangery, titular ponds. Price is "upon request."

14. West Bank South, Wyo.

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Crescent H Road
Jackson, WY 83001

Included in this 88-acre Wyoming property: a "beautiful spring-fed trout pond," spring creeks perfect for "private blue-ribbon fly-fishing," and a 1,300-acre trail system. What's more, according to the listing, "herds of elk migrate through the area, moose and their calves take up residence, as well as foxes, deer, black bears, bald eagles, osprey and an assortment of water fowl." It's asking $14.8M.

15. Carmel Valley, Calif.

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Nason Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

This California property includes 655 acres of stunning hills and 40 acres of vineyards "planted in world class varietals." The ask: $9.99M.

16. Delray Beach, Fla.

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14375 Starkey Road
Delray Beach, FL 33446

Known as Windspirit Estate, this 60-acre equestrian estate in Florida comes with "an idyllic, lushly landscaped wonderland," according to the brokerbabble, full of "rolling" lawns, oaks and fruit trees, a "sparkling" lake, and an "enchanting" meditation garden. The ask: $13.9M.

17. East Jordan, Mich.

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2503 Mountain Road
East Jordan, MI 49727

Up in Michigan, an eye-wellingly beautiful 69 acres, with more than 3,000 feet of lake frontage, asks $11.995M. There's a boathouse, covered bridge, ponds, a stream and pasture land.

1. Clinton, Mont.

Interstate 90 Frontage Road, MT

Dropping an a ultra-modern sprawl smack dab in the middle of Montana's remote (and appropriately titled) Valley of the Moon means the stunning tree'd surroundings make the structure designed by Argentinean architect Emilio Ambasz, even more otherworldly. The ranch comes with 1,400 acres of forest, a lake, and trout-filled creeks. The ask: $12.5M.

2. Round Top, Texas

7310 Farm to Market 954, Round Top, TX 78954

This three-story glass cube in Round Top, Texas (Pop: 77) is on the market for $5.3M. Besides the four-acre manmade lake, which sits still and glassy underfoot, the estate boasts 23 acres of whitetail deer-infested scrubland (there's even a skeet-shooting stand for target practice in preparation for quail season), a pool at the top of the lakeside water feature, and a fire pit.

7310 Farm to Market 954
Round Top, TX 78954

3. Santa Ynez, Calif.

California 154, Santa Ynez, CA 93460

SoCal equestrian estate Rancho Latigo, on the market for $45M, is a 4,600-acre compound fitted out with all the accoutrements necessary to "celebrate the unique relationship between man and horse," including a 10,000-square-foot "equine residence" (barn) with 11 900-square-foot stalls. The owner worked with Seattle architect David L. Leavengood to build a bloated main house inspired by Alta California adobe homes, and two other smaller houses.

California 154
Santa Ynez, CA 93460

4. Boulder, Colo.

1035 5th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Peering out at the city of Boulder from its perch just above the foot (so the ankle?) of the Rocky Mountains, this glass box by AIA award winner Thomas Phifer takes in 360 degrees of scrubby mountains and city sprawl. The façe;ade, a 35-foot-high glass wall, looks toward the city, though the edifice itself is entrenched into the wilderness at its back. The ask: $4.25M.

1035 5th Street
Boulder, CO 80302

5. Key Largo, Fla.

Pumpkin Key, Florida 33037

Pumpkin Key in Florida, which roared onto the market asking $110M, offers 26 acres of private island a skip and a swim from Key Largo. Outdoor brags include tennis courts that double as a helipad, a couple of caretaker's cottages, a dock master's apartment, a 20-slip marina "able to accommodate a mega-yacht" (hint, hint, Russian billionaires); and a dozen developable bay-front lots.

6. Big Sur, Calif.

Cabrillo Highway, Big Sur, CA 93920

California eco-architect Mickey Muennig has become a go-to designer for rich Californians looking to needle their houses into the gorgeous landscape of Big Sur. This four-bedroom, which recently went under contract with a $1.9M price tag, is surrounded by fields of ice plant, and, sited as it is on a Northern California bluff, some incredible sea views.

Cabrillo Highway
Big Sur, CA 93920

7. Canyon Point, Utah

1 Kayenta Road, Canyon Point, UT 84741

Some 600 acres in Southern Utah are reserved for what will be 36 extremely luxurious vacation homes, all nestled within harsh and gorgeously desolate deserts. On the property: a 25,000-square-foot spa, a swimming pool integrated into the surrounding rock, a yoga studio, and guided hiking excursions and hot air balloon flights. The mansions, designed by starchitect Annabelle Selldorf, start at $7M.

1 Kayenta Road
Canyon Point, UT 84741

8. Los Altos Hills, Calif.

12335 Stonebrook Drive, Los Altos, CA 94022

Stonebrook Court, an over-the-top, 30,000-square-foot mansion in Northern California, boasts loads of historic detailing, including an elaborate garden abutting its classic Tudor main house. It asks $27M.

12335 Stonebrook Drive
Los Altos, CA 94022

9. Magnolia, Texas

37307 Diamond Oaks Drive, Magnolia, TX 77355

The owners of Emerald Lake Estates, an 185-acre property, have spent 15 years shaping its heavily landscaped grounds, creating a 25-acre private lake dotted with 10 islands, a nine-acre Japanese garden, and a seven-acre botanical garden complete with an Azalea Walk and more than 5,000 examples of the flowering shrubs. The Azalea Walk, which is open to the public once a year, meanders through the botanical garden along the shore of Emerald Lake, with 15 bridges criss-crossing the irrigation gully and waterfalls that feed the artificial lake. There's also a 120-foot limestone bridge spanning the fully stocked lake and a swimming pool ringed by waterfalls and palm trees. The ask: $24.5M.

37307 Diamond Oaks Drive
Magnolia, TX 77355

10. La Jolla, Calif.

724 Muirlands Vista Way, La Jolla, CA 92037

Architect Wallace Cunningham's signature curves and glass walls are made that much more pleasant by Ray House's Southern California site. It sits on the bluffs of La Jolla, and boasts an at-edge pond that seems to have little purpose except to look idyllic. The ask: $6.2M.

724 Muirlands Vista Way
La Jolla, CA 92037

11. Tucson, Ariz.

7474 North Catalina Ridge Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718

According to the brokerbabble for this desert sprawl in Tucson, Ariz., here the views are "unrivaled" and the desert surroundings "lush." There's also, one should note, "over a million acres of protected national forest as your backyard." It asks $13.9M.

7474 North Catalina Ridge Drive
Tucson, AZ 85718

12. Tremont, Maine

186 Lopaus Point Road, Bernard, ME 04612

This Maine property sits on 28 acres of Mount Desert Island. Included in the deed: 2,500 feet of ocean frontage, a shore that "includes both rock/sand beach," hiking trails, an extra one-bedroom "sleeping cabin," a writers/artist studio, a boat house, a tennis court, and a croquet lawn. The ask: $4.35M.

186 Lopaus Point Road
Bernard, ME 04612

13. Bridgehampton, N.Y.

Meadows West, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

Over in Bridgehampton, N.Y. is Three Ponds Farm, a pile that combines "the elegance of a royal European country estate with the amenities of a five star resort. The "oasis" features an 18-hole golf course, a 19th hole club house, a grass tennis court, loggias, and "magnificent" formal gardens. Oh, and let's not forget the rose garden, orangery, titular ponds. Price is "upon request."

Meadows West
Bridgehampton, NY 11932

14. West Bank South, Wyo.

Crescent H Road, Jackson, WY 83001

Included in this 88-acre Wyoming property: a "beautiful spring-fed trout pond," spring creeks perfect for "private blue-ribbon fly-fishing," and a 1,300-acre trail system. What's more, according to the listing, "herds of elk migrate through the area, moose and their calves take up residence, as well as foxes, deer, black bears, bald eagles, osprey and an assortment of water fowl." It's asking $14.8M.

Crescent H Road
Jackson, WY 83001

15. Carmel Valley, Calif.

Nason Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

This California property includes 655 acres of stunning hills and 40 acres of vineyards "planted in world class varietals." The ask: $9.99M.

Nason Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

16. Delray Beach, Fla.

14375 Starkey Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446

Known as Windspirit Estate, this 60-acre equestrian estate in Florida comes with "an idyllic, lushly landscaped wonderland," according to the brokerbabble, full of "rolling" lawns, oaks and fruit trees, a "sparkling" lake, and an "enchanting" meditation garden. The ask: $13.9M.

14375 Starkey Road
Delray Beach, FL 33446

17. East Jordan, Mich.

2503 Mountain Road, East Jordan, MI 49727

Up in Michigan, an eye-wellingly beautiful 69 acres, with more than 3,000 feet of lake frontage, asks $11.995M. There's a boathouse, covered bridge, ponds, a stream and pasture land.

2503 Mountain Road
East Jordan, MI 49727