There is a delight in the hardy life of the open. There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm.
~ Teddy Roosevelt, President of the United States
From coast to coast, the United States is home to 58 national parks; preserved and protected, these sacred lands showcase the varied natural beauty available throughout the country. Our last installment of the Great Outdoors takes us to homes in four of these treasured places; from east to west let’s visit Acadia, Shenandoah, Grand Teton, and Pinnacles National Park in search for nature’s finest.
Completely renovated in 2014, Bogue Chitto was the site of The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty and Maine Home + Design Magazine’s 2014 Designer Showhouse. The remaining shorefront and interior lots are being developed with new homes. All residents of Bogue Chitto enjoy rights to the dock and oceanfront deck area. Located directly across the road from the entrance to Acadia National Park, the location of Bogue Chitto is ideally situated for access to all of the areas most coveted spots.
Holland Hill harmonizes one’s living environment with nature. Expansive views as far as the eye can see are enjoyed from all directions. This 25-acre property is nestled in the foothills of the Shenandoah National Park in the verdant county of Rappahannock, Virginia. The Appalachian Trail, mountain stream fishing and local vineyards are some of the area’s most noteworthy escapes. Professionally designed and constructed in 2008 with efficiency and a low environmental footprint in mind, this geo-thermal house shares a strong bond with its environment.
National parks and reserves are an integral aspect of intelligent use of natural resources. It is the course of wisdom to set aside an ample portion of our natural resources as national parks and reserves, thus ensuring that future generations may know the majesty of the earth as we know it today.
~ John F. Kennedy, President of the United States
This 4,850-square-foot home is in the heart of Grand Teton National Park; looking directly at the Tetons from this over three-acre parcel, hike, bike, or fish in the park with this elegant home as your starting point. The home includes a kitchen for the gourmet cook and entertaining, a separate office/study, an exercise room and a sitting room off the master bedroom. The very well thought out floor plan captures the expansive views of the Grand and Teton Range as well as surrounding mountains.
Experience the sprawling views of the Salinas Valley and West Pinnacles National Park from this private 160-acre ranch in the Gabilan Mountain Range. The unique estate boasts active production of ultra-premium Chalone AVA Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, onsite ATV trails, and Pinnacles National Park trail access. The exceptional residence is meticulously designed with high-end finishes, open floor plan, stone wine cellar, lap pool, and floor-to-ceiling windows that take in picturesque views from every room.
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