Now that the cold weather is officially upon us, it’s time to think about finding a home to keep you warm and cozy inside while taking in the scenes of the winter wonderland outside. Whether you are looking to be smack dab in the middle of ski country or prefer to be within driving range of some fun in the sun, these stunning properties will surely offer the perfect escape.
From a newly constructed home in northern California to a stunning chalet in France, here’s a look at four magical winter homes that will provide a warm and luxurious retreat.
North Lake Tahoe
As part of the North Lake Tahoe area, Truckee, California, offers some of the best winter conditions in the state. This mountain town has easy access to several ski resorts, including Donner Ski Ranch, Northstar California, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl and Boreal Mountain.
Located in Gray’s Crossing, this newly constructed home features spectacular one-story living. The stunning house features soaring ceilings, barn doors, lots of windows to take in the beautiful winter views and a cozy gas fireplace in the living room. Hydronic floor heating will keep your toes (and home) warm all winter long.
Bed/Baths: 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
Square footage: 3,945
Rocky Mountain Beauty
Located at the base of Tenmile Range in the Rocky Mountains, this ski resort town in Colorado is rich in history. Whether you opt to explore the trails or hit the town, this popular winter playground once known as a mining town is now chock full of numerous ways to explore the great outdoors from horse-drawn sleigh rides and backcountry dog sledding to cross-country skiing and snowboarding.
From the walls of windows exposing extraordinary winter views and soaring cathedral ceilings with exposed beams, this mountain beauty offers spectacular views from every room. Luxury amenities include two primary suites, three living areas and three fireplaces to keep you warm. A gourmet kitchen boasts a stone breakfast bar, double wall oven and high-end appliances where you can enjoy comfort fare all winter long.
Bed/Baths: 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
Square footage: 4,590
End of the Oregon Trail
Located 15 miles southeast of Portland, Oregon, the first incorporated city west of the Rocky Mountains was the final stop on the historic Oregon Trail. Located on the Willamette River, Oregon City is home to just one of four outdoor elevators in the world and is the only “vertical street” in North America.
This modern mansion is tucked away in the park-like enclave known as Hidden Lake Estates. The remote mountain destination features radiant heated floors throughout along with a rectangular Montigo gas fireplace in the living room to keep you warm all winter. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer a panoramic mountain view of the four acres that surround the private property.
Bed/Baths: 3 bedrooms
Square footage: 3,877
Luxurious French Chalet
Located in the ski resort village of Auron, France, this luxury chalet is centrally sited at the gates of Mercantour National Park, just steps from hiking paths and ski slopes. The center boasts numerous restaurants, shops and a cinema, and is less than an hour and a half away from Nice and Monaco.
The spacious chalet offers three levels of living space with spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the mountain views, two living/dining rooms and three fully equipped kitchens. The fully furnished home seems like it was designed for entertaining with its cinema, spa with Jacuzzi and sauna, and two cellars (one is equipped with a heater for your ski boots).
Bed/Baths: 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
Square footage: 370 square meters
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