Seeking a remote spot to reconnect with nature, revel in stunning scenery and partake in year-round activities from hiking to skiing? Mountain living just might be the ideal option, whether for a primary residence or vacation home. Outdoor space has proven to be a hot commodity during COVID times, with city dwellers escaping to show-stopping homes in spots like California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado in droves in search of additional room, access to the great outdoors and an overall better quality of life.
“I think more people are choosing to move to the mountains, because at this time, we are all seeking a place where we (and especially for our children) can feel safe, free and normal again — a place where there is less stress and anxiety; a place to breathe again and enjoy life safely in mask-free zones,” says Lisa Hatem in The Agency’s Aspen office, which officially opened in December 2019 and had a whopping $55 million-plus in transactions during its first year in business.
“That place is called nature, and Aspen is surrounded by it, which is why real estate here is more desirable than ever,” she adds. “It’s also just easier and more fun to live in a mountain town during a pandemic. When you’re skiing, horseback riding, fly-fishing, mountain-biking, hiking or kayaking, keeping a safe 6-foot distance comes naturally. Social distancing is a way of life here, always has been.”
So, without any further ado, here are five mountain properties for your viewing pleasure — from a charming mini-estate in Sierra Madre, Calif., listed for $1.9 million to an over-the-top retreat in the Colorado village of Telluride on the market for $36.8 million, each of these places includes spectacular views, spacious outdoor environs and much more.
668 Mount Wilson Trail, Sierra Madre, Calif., $1.995 million
Coming in at the bottom of the price-range scale is this mini-estate situated on almost an acre of land atop a promontory at the end of a private, winding cul-de-sac in the small town of Sierra Madre, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains between Pasadena and Arcadia.