Forget the size of the home: How large is your ideal lot?
For some homebuyers, little or no yard is perfect. Others crave green space.
Whether it’s to stake out a vegetable patch, show the kids how to hit a curveball (without worrying about windows), or just stretch out in a hammock, some homebuyers want a house with lots of land around it.
Homes on a few acres sometimes come with additional benefits, too. Zoning for horses. Bungalows or garage apartments for long-term guests. And natural features — like meadows, thickets or panoramic views — that you don’t always find on a quarter-acre lot.
Looking for a little more elbow room with your next home? Here are five homes for sale in different regions and price ranges — all on an acre or more.
This mountain contemporary sits on 19.5 acres in Vermont’s Northfield Mountains.
It has “incredible western views,” says Erik H. Reisner, broker with David M. Dion Real Estate. It also has views of one of the state’s best-known landmarks: Camel’s Hump peak, he says.
The area is a hot spot for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, he says. “And you can do it right outside your door,” says Reisner, who once owned the home himself.
The 2,336-square-foot home has floor-to-ceiling windows, a wraparound deck and a standing seam metal roof that makes short work of snow and rain, he says.
The two-bedroom, two-bath home was built in 1991 and has “a very open floor plan,” Reisner says. The two-story vaulted great room has a stacked-stone hearth, a wood stove and tongue-and-groove pine ceiling, he says. The floors, which offer radiant heat, are wood or ceramic tile, he says.
The master bedroom has cathedral ceilings with a skylight, while the bath has a jetted soaking tub with mountain views.
While most of the acreage is wooded, the area around the house is landscaped and has raised beds for a vegetable garden.
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This three-bedroom, three-bath split-level sits on 3.75 acres in Salem, Ore.
“It’s a peaceful, tranquil piece of property,” says Julienne Ritter, Realtor with Prudential Real Estate Professionals in Salem.
On the west, “you see forest and trees,” while the east side is “where you get a lot of sun,” she says. The brick front walk leads to a large, covered porch that overlooks the grape arbor.
Custom-built in 1989, the house has an open floor plan and a multitude of built-in cabinets, shelves and hutches for storage.
The vaulted living room has a wood-burning fireplace, flanked by built-in hutches. Pocket French doors separate the kitchen and den on one side, while a large bay window occupies most of the front wall. “You get the panoramic view of the front of the house,” Ritter says.
The design incorporates lots of glass and windows, including skylights in the master bathroom, a picture window (with privacy screen) over the soaking tub, and transom windows in the two-story foyer.
Designed for indoor/outdoor life, the 2,269-square-foot house has a traditional mudroom off the laundry room, a centralized vacuum system and a “doggie shower” in the two-car garage.
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This brick two-story sits on 18 acres in Chesterfield, Va.
Built in 2006, it has five bedrooms and three baths, plus an upstairs media/entertainment room, says Lisa Spalding, a real estate agent with Re/Max Commonwealth.
The 3,220-square-foot house was custom-built, and “every window in the house has a nice view,” she says.
It has hardwood floors, recessed lighting, 9-foot ceilings and crown molding throughout the first floor. The large family room features a fireplace with a mantle and detailed molding, picture windows and access to the screened porch, which overlooks the backyard.
The adjacent eat-in kitchen has hardwood floors, granite countertops, a pantry, chair molding and a breakfast bar plus dining area.
The master suite has a tray ceiling with cove lighting (on a dimmer switch), hardwood floors “and a nice view,” says Spalding. The master bathroom “is huge,” with a soaking tub, a separate shower, double vanity and a water closet, she says.
The laundry room has built-in cabinets and a linen closet. The home also has a two-car garage.
The property, which includes a small stream, is “beautiful,” says Spalding. “Some of it has been cleared and a lot of it is still trees.”
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This traditional two-story is located on 2.5 acres near Monument, Colo., about 23 miles north of Colorado Springs, Colo.
“It has 360-degree views of mountains, meadows, rock formations and city lights,” says Renee Behr, broker associate with The Platinum Group, Realtors.
Within sight of Pike National Forest and Elephant Rocks, “this area is definitely for hiking,” she says.
The house is a modern twist on a traditional plan, Behr says. A covered, wraparound porch opens to a two-story entryway with hardwood floors.
The carpeted great room has a gas fireplace with a brick hearth and “east-facing windows letting in the natural light,” she says. “It’s one of those open and airy homes.”
The sunny kitchen with granite counters, abundant built-in storage, cook island and breakfast bar opens into a dining area with French doors leading to the deck, she says. It has a formal dining room with bay windows, as well as a study.
The master suite has a tray ceiling, sitting area and “amazing views,” Behr says. The adjacent bathroom has double vanities, a separate shower, a corner soaking tub and a view of Elephant Rocks, she says.
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Price: $3.5 million
This contemporary home sits on 8.79 acres in Southwest Ranches, Fla., about 20 miles west of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The architecture is uniquely Floridian, with a large porch, oversized balcony and metal roof, says Cinthia Ane, Realtor with Keller Williams Realty.
It’s zoned for horses and has a private pond, she says.
Built in 1996, the 9,295-square-foot home was renovated in 2004, Ane says. The main house has five bedrooms, five bathrooms and four powder rooms, she says.
Many of the first-floor rooms overlook the screened-in lap pool and patio area, which includes an outdoor kitchen and wet bar, she says.
The great room — with cathedral ceilings, stone hearth, marble floors and wet bar — is “great for entertaining,” Ane says. The kitchen, with a cherrywood bar and Mia Cucina appliances, “is a true chef’s kitchen,” she says.
The master suite, with a fireplace, overlooks the European-style garden and fountain, Ane says. The adjacent bathroom has an oversized jetted tub and multi-jet shower.
The home also has plenty of room for guests. The main house includes a one-bedroom in-law suite with a kitchenette. There are also two separate two-bedroom, one-bath bungalows on the property.