Many folks hankering to get away from it all during the post-pandemic era have selected magnificent oceanfront or mountaintop properties, but the well-heeled horsey set might instead prefer to hang their hats at one of these world-class equestrian estates, which offer all the accoutrement necessary for the serious competitor or devoted amateur alike.
“I think equestrian properties are popular, especially now when so many people are leaving the metro areas and are seeking larger parcels,” says Carolyn Roberts of Coldwell Banker. “And if they are horse-lovers, what better than to have them on the property on which you live … and at estates that offer peace, tranquility and privacy, along with outdoor entertainment areas, swimming pools, outdoor kitchens, beautiful views and an amazing facility for their beloved animals as well.”
So, what exactly constitutes a deluxe horse property? First and foremost, a proper stable kitted out with top-notch facilities and equipment, indoor and outdoor arenas, plenty of acreage for the horses to roam, and of course, places to ride. An architecturally pleasing manor house dressed to the nines, as well as accompanying creature comforts like a pool and tennis court, like Roberts says, doesn’t hurt, either.
With those requirements in mind, check out this quartet of well-bred residences that offer plenty of unbridled potential for horses, as well as their owners — from a secluded property in the hills of Topanga listed for $7.4 million to an over-the-top, 740-acre spread in the Hudson Valley north of New York City on the market for an eye-popping $100 million. Saddle up!
2662 Santa Maria Road, Topanga, Calif., $7.4 million
Originally built in 1998 for award-winning writer/producer Beth Sullivan (“Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman” and “Ponderosa”), this ultra-private retreat has since been updated and expanded by its current owners, who purchased the estate and 5 additional acres in August 2002 for nearly $3.7 million.