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Homes That Embrace the Great Outdoors

by | May 3, 2023

A private Bahamian island, a cozy cabin in the woods of Quebec, a bohemian treehouse in the heart of Los Angeles—each of these homes blend naturally entrancing surroundings with enchanting interior luxuries. When the architecture and design of a home blurs the boundaries between built and natural environments, fusing together indoor and outdoor living, the results can be magical. Below is a selection of homes that embrace the great outdoors. 

Hummingbird Cay, Bahamas

Private Island

Offered at $35,000,000

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This private island lies just 300 miles from Miami and seven miles west of Great Exuma. Accessible via boat or seaplane, Hummingbird Cay is fully sustainable and powered by photovoltaic energy. With natural surroundings that include a rare freshwater table well, beautiful stands of organic Strongbark herbal tea trees, medicinal plants and an abundance of sea life, Hummingbird Cay is a private estate owner’s dream. Its structures include two residential homes, eight bungalows, two commercial kitchens, dining halls, caretakers cottages, a boat house and harbor with docks and plenty more. Danny Lowe at The Agency Bahamas holds the listing. 


Mont Tremblant, Québec

117 Belvédère

Offered at $4,900,000

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Mere minutes from the famed ski slopes of Mont-Tremblant lies this incredible nine-bedroom, seven-bath, 14,000-square-foot chalet that rises above the rest. Inside, find soaring ceilings, handcrafted woodwork of the highest quality, five cozy stone fireplaces, two jacuzzis and a breathtaking indoor pool. This is where luxury meets cabin-in-the-woods charm. Enjoy the best of winter on the slopes and a summer filled with cool lake plunges and water sports. Josh Jagermann at The Agency Montreal holds the listing.  


Aspen, Colorado

170 Popcorn Lane

Offered at $21,750,000

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Represented by Heather Sinclair at The Agency Aspen, this expansive home curates a coveted mountain experience filled with peace and privacy. This palatial retreat offers six bedrooms and eight bathrooms across 7,838 square feet of exquisite interiors. With warm wood floors and cabinetry, stone pillars and towering fireplaces, this cabin offers unparalleled sophistication. Its best feature?  We’re torn between the naturally stunning mountain views and the inviting personal spa, sauna and soaking tub.


Los Angeles, California 

1116 Chantilly Road

Offered at $35,680,000

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Brilliantly conceived and expertly crafted, this home—lovingly named El Canto Del Agua—presents a striking feat of modern elegance and architectural ingenuity. Designed in harmony alongside its natural California environment, geometric shapes peer out from behind lush greenery as oversize glass panels step and repeat along the home’s organic shiplap accents. Inside, endless walls of windows open to reveal the extraordinary outdoor paradise. Set against the picturesque hills and native fauna, the stunning backyard centers around a terraced pool with waterfalls, stepping stones and a conversation-starting fire pit that is as much a work of art as it is a space for leisure and relaxation. Above it all, a towering heirloom cactus has been meticulously preserved and protected during the construction process, serving as a celebration of the natural world and all its wonders. The Agency Palisades’ Marco Rufo and Farah Levi hold the listing.


Canyon Country, California 

15558 Iron Canyon

Offered at $2,995,000

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MacIntosh Oaks Estates offers eight gloriously picturesque acres nestled on a country lane and studded with historic trees that create a feeling and a homesite unlike anything else. Character-rich with charm and natural beauty, this coveted location near gated McMillian Ranch and resort golf course Robinson Ranch, offers an opportunity to create a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a trophy family compound, or to profitably develop the four parcels into a prestigious gated community of country estates. Look up at the sky, survey the greenbelt hills, and know that you truly are in a special place. Those interested in this unique opportunity can reach out to Steve Garrett and Craig Knizek for more information.


Bel Air, California 

10901 Chalon Road 

Offered at $16,495,000

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Designed by award-winning architectural firm Swatt | Miers this breathtaking brand-new gated construction gracefully meshes organic, natural details with the lush, elegant greenery outside. Located in prime Lower Bel Air, this six-bed, 11-bath modern home rests on more than 36,000 SF of land. A grand, oak-pivot door leads the way into the home which greets you with stunning floor-to-ceiling glass walls and an abundance of natural light. Interiors are replete with top-of-the-line appliances, natural-honed stone, European hardware and custom oak cabinetry. The impeccably manicured backyard designed by renowned Landscape Architect, Design Studio Ma, is curated with warm limestone, olive trees, and a hand-selected variety of elegant landscape blossoming with color. A sensational rooftop deck overlooks the canyon and trees, invoking an extraordinary blend of indoor-outdoor living. David Parnes holds the listing.


Brentwood, California 

3520 Orwood Road

Offered at $1,499,000

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Listed by Jim Wright, this rare ten acre lot in Contra Costa county is full of potential for those embracing the country lifestyle. On site there is plenty of parking and storage for toys and equipment, a well irrigation system, oversized septic system, HVAC, and plenty of other amenities ripe for country living. The house has been recently renovated with custom cabinetry, new doors and trim. There are also several outbuildings, including a large shop, garage, and carport. Nestled in the center, at the heart of the property lies a charming and sizable apricot orchard.

Manhattan, New York 

311 West 74th Street

Offered at $11,500,000

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This impressive single-family limestone and brick townhouse on the UWS was built in 1896 by renowned architect and mansion specialist C.P.H. Gilbert. Boasting 22 feet of width across five stories plus a basement, this residence has been impeccably maintained over the years, retaining a myriad of old world architectural details, while embellishing modern conveniences such as a lushly planted roof garden terrace with plumbing and gas lines. Enjoy a surreal elevated privacy among not one but two roof decks as you take in NYC’s skyline views while grilling, dining and entertaining. Chris Toland at The Agency New York holds the listing.  


Lawrence Park South, Toronto

3 St Hilda’s Avenue 

Offered at $2,995,000

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Represented by Paul Greenberg at The Agency Toronto, this redesigned, Scandinavian-inspired home is one-of-a-kind. Built in 1914 by the renowned builder of Casa Loma (Herbert Elgie), this remarkable residence underwent a full-scale renovation in 2019, revealing raw beauty in the original brickwork, beams and architecture, blended seamlessly with modern high-end finishes. The home boasts four levels of function and style, including a landscaped front yard and a tree-lined backyard with a covered deck and stone patio. Inside, find natural European white oak floors complemented by stunning exposed brick walls, two-story cathedral ceilings and two wood-burning fireplaces with original brick and beam. 


Sammamish, Washington

3228 214th Court SE

Offered at $2,200,000

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This show-stopping home has been recently remodeled to perfection and designed to showcase the beauty of the nearby forest. Exquisite finishes include hickory hardwood floors, quartz countertops, a spa-like primary bathroom with heated floors, mosaic tile and shiplap accents. The open concept kitchen and family room lend themselves to easy entertaining and flow naturally into the outdoors. Imagine entertaining this summer in a perfectly manicured backyard, featuring an oversized TREX deck, river rock fountain, privacy fence and low-maintenance plantings. Kristi Jenkins holds the listing. 


Birmingham, Michigan

1320 Suffield Ave

Offered at $3,399,000

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Located in Birmingham’s desirable Quarton Lake, this stately five bedroom, five-and-two-half bath home offers high end amenities and modern elements. A stunning exterior stone facade gives a preview of the inviting interiors, which are filled with clean lines and expansive light-capturing windows that bring the outdoors in. The impressive yard is the centerpiece of the home and encompasses an outdoor living space complete with a loggia fireplace, ideal for entertaining. Other amenities include a spacious wine cellar, showstopping walk-in closet, stylish library and bar room. To schedule a tour or learn more, contact Christine Drinkwater


Los Angeles, California

1017 North Croft Ave #101

Offered at $1,399,000

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Represented by Azy Farahmand, The Croft at WeHo offers fresh, contemporary living in the heart of West Hollywood. These single-story modern residences have been crafted by Labyrinth Design Studio and offer a patio or balcony plus a panoramic community rooftop deck highlighting exquisite views of the Los Angeles skyline and the Hollywood Hills. Inside, find white oak hardwood floors, abundant natural light and Nest thermostats with Nest doorbells. Primary bedrooms showcase built-in or walk-in closets and Fleetwood windows or pocket balcony doors. Spa-like bathrooms feature sleek tile-and-quartz finishes and Kohler fixtures.


Spencer, Tennessee

1321 Sunset Road

Offered at $995,000

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This stunning five-bed, four-bath log cabin is built with imported Canadian Cedar. Spanning more than three acres, this cozy lodge-like home offers gorgoeus mountain views and peaceful privacy. Enjoy a wraparound deck with a view of the valley and charming additions like a stone fireplace and clawfoot tub. Nature lovers will relish being less than a 25 minute drive to Cumberland Caverns, Fall Creek Falls and Rock Island State Park. Heather Poiry holds the listing. 

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