Out in the middle of nowhere is a bit of an understatement when it comes to these 10 drop-dead gorgeous vacation homes for sale. Whether high up in the mountains, nestled along the ocean's edge or perched atop a canyon in the desert, these estates are the kinds of places where someone who's super-stressed (aren't we all?) could get away from it all, relax, recharge and commune with nature. Daydreaming? Seriously in the market for a second home? Either way, you'll love this collection of secluded getaways.
Lake George, Colorado
This 4023-square-foot estate, located within a 140-acre shared-amenities community along the South Platte River, is surrounded by protected forest. We're talking breathtaking views in each and every direction! Go fly-fishing in one of six nearby ponds, dine al fresco and then enjoy stargazing on the expansive second-floor wraparound deck or cozy up by the fire with a fine glass of wine from the collection you'll store in the home's exclusive cellar.
Isle Au Haut, Maine
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Robinson Point Lighthouse was built in 1907 by the U.S. Lighthouse Board and today serves as a vacation getaway for weary travelers. The property includes the keeper's home, a guesthouse, two cabins, a boathouse and a deepwater dock. The island is accessible by ferry only and features hiking trails and rugged terrain.
This circa-1900 Victorian manor home sits on 30 acres of land, with 138 feet of private waterfront on Lake Willoughby, one of the deepest glacial lakes in the area. The home has undergone quite the modernization, while maintaining many original architectural features. Two summer cottages, a small chapel, a bath house and a dining hall come along with the purchase. Love fishing or getting lost in the woods? This place is for you!
Inlet, New York
A circa-1928 cottage, which sits atop its own island, which itself is located in the middle of Sixth Lake, which is part of the famed Adirondack Park: This sweet little homestead could serve as the poster child for vacation getaways. Extroverts, fear not: The island is only a minute’s boat ride away from the mainland, where all the typical amenities (restaurants, shops, activities) await.
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Your backyard is — simply put — some of the most stunning marshland on the East Coast. And you can enjoy views of the marshes and Kiawah River from 520 square feet of your very own deck space. Interiors have been fully renovated to accommodate house guests – wine fridge (check), whole-house music system (check). And after a day spent kayaking or hanging on the beach, that outdoor shower will sure come in handy.
Piney Point, Maryland
This secluded Cape Cod-style home is located on Southern Maryland’s St. George Island, a small unincorporated community that is connected to the mainland by a small bridge. This recently constructed home sits on 3.5 acres of completely private land and offers breathtaking views of both the Potomac River and St. Mary’s River.
Santa Paula, California
This sprawling Southern California estate sits on over 33 acres of land, with glorious views of the mountains and hills of Wheeler Canyon. The home features four bedrooms, ceilings with massive wood beams and a fireplace embedded with locally sourced fossils. Fruit trees are dotted throughout the property (natch, since this area is considered the citrus capital of the world), and herb and vegetable gardens, a hen house and a playhouse are added bonuses.
Only a 10-minute drive from West Sedona, but worlds away, this sprawling estate sits on 5+ acres of land, traversed by one-half mile of Oak Creek. A covered deck offers unobstructed views of the Red Rocks — imagine the sunsets! Inside, one will find everything a millionaire needs: an outdoor kitchen, a climate-controlled bottle cellar, a fitness center, a lap pool and more.
There’s so much to say about this special place. First off, you’re a hop, skip and jump away from Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, Whitefish Resort, Blacktail Ski Resort, Jewel Basin Hiking area, Swan Lake and Bob Marshall Wilderness. And the home itself? This post-and-beam structure boasts a 1700-square-foot wraparound deck, so you can enjoy views of the mountains and lakes and dine al fresco by day and star-gaze at night. The 20-acre property is nothing but secluded forest so you can hike to your heart’s delight.
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
If you really don’t want to see people for weeks at a time, you may consider this estate the home of your dreams. The 1900-square-foot Victorian-style home boasts views of the North Range and Pagosa Peak and comes with … wait for it … 535 acres of land on BOTH sides of the San Juan River. Oh, and did we mention the 6,000-square-foot restored historic barn? Yeah, that too.