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In serene locations from California’s wine country to banks of the Pecos River, these rural retreats enjoy inspiring views, fresh air, interiors that are as enchanting as their surroundings, and plentiful peaceful privacy.
Yorkville, California | Todd Sheppard, Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – East Napa Street Brokerage
Walls of glass blur the lines between indoors and out at this sleek, chic 2,750-square-foot residence on 160 acres in California wine country, less than two hours from San Francisco. Guests are accommodated with ease in a charming guest cottage, a bathhouse, and a yurt set amid grandfather oaks; while a large barn with a second-floor studio is ideal for artists and hobbyists. The property also offers gardens, fruit trees, a seasonal waterfall, a spring, a refreshing pool, trails, and a private airstrip and hangar.
Youngsville, New Mexico | Marsha Adams & James Overton, Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 326 Grant Avenue Brokerage
In a setting recalling the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, 1,500-acre Estancia del Rio is perched on a bluff overlooking the Chama River. The compound consists of a residence with generous entertaining spaces, a well-appointed kitchen, rough-hewn stone walls, beamed ceilings, a fireplace, and walls of glass; a casita with a library and two bedrooms and baths; and a third structure with two bedrooms and baths. Views can be enjoyed from nearly every vantage point—patios, a portal with a fireplace, and an open-air hot tub.
On 97 acres of rolling green hills and pastures between Austin and Houston, this charming historic cabin was built in the 1800s and has been carefully restored to offer three bedrooms and five baths. Completing the serene secluded setting are a one-bedroom guest cottage with a sleeping loft; a barn with a game room, a bedroom and bath, and a kitchen; glorious gardens; an orchard; a chicken coop; two ponds; and frontage on Cummins Creek.
Los Alamos, California | Patty Murphy, Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Ynez Valley Brokerage
Comprising 574 acres in a picturesque valley, this idyllic ranch is part of wine country history, owned by the renowned Jackson vintner family. The early-20th-century main residence features richly hued hardwood floors, French doors, high ceilings, abundant natural light, and authentic California farmland character. A detached two-bedroom guesthouse, a pair of two-car garages, and a newer three-bedroom manager’s residence—all with views of sweeping grasslands and the San Rafael Mountains—combine to create a true pastoral retreat.
Pecos, New Mexico | Michael Morgner, Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 326 Grant Avenue Brokerage
Perched above the Pecos River amid towering pines in Tres Lagunas—a unique fly-fishing community just an hour from Santa Fe—this enchanting three-bedroom log home is perfect for relaxing while enjoying the sights and sounds of the mountains. It features an open-concept living, dining, and kitchen area with a stone fireplace, an owner’s suite with two balconies, a spacious guest bedroom, a walk-out basement with a bunkroom and a fly-fishing staging area, and a covered wraparound deck.