Staycation? Four Luxury Homes Close To Nature

From the sands to the slopes, these luxury homes offer the most when it comes to indoor amenities and access to nature.

Most luxury properties have plenty to take advantage of on-site, but the rare ones combine in-home amenities with local ones. 

From the sand to the slopes, these luxury residences provide year-round enjoyment.

California estate between the mountains and ocean

ultimate montecito sanctuary with a swimming pool at 888 lilac drive

This Montecito mansion at 888 Lilac Drive is well-equipped for off-the-grid living with its solar array, private well and organic gardens. (Village Properties)

Location: Montecito, California

Price$33.5 million

This spacious spread combines traditional Mediterranean architecture with modern design and amenities. Aside from six ensuite bedrooms, including a master suite on the main level, there is a gym, theater, bar, game room, pool, guest house and five-car garage. Green features include solar power, a greywater irrigation system, a private well and organic vegetable gardens, along with citrus orchards and chicken coops. 

formal living room with fireplace, beamed ceilings and arched windows centered on the ocean

A trio of arched windows bring ocean views into the living room. (Village Properties)

The property is situated between the mountains and the ocean and is less than 8 miles to downtown Santa Barbara. 

It’s listed by the Riskin Partners Estate Group at Village Properties.

Malibu contemporary with beach access

tennis court estate at malibu colony 23457 Malibu Colony Rd #87

When it comes to Malibu, there’s no better enclave than the exclusive Malibu Beach Colony, where this tennis court estate is for sale. (Hilton & Hyland)

Location: Malibu, California

Price$21.5 million

Situated on a double lot in the exclusive gated Malibu Colony community, the home is across the street from the beach, with deeded access. The traditional beach residence has a wraparound porch and ocean-view balcony.

malibu colony deck leading down to the ocean

Hitting the beach is a breeze from the residence at 23457 Malibu Colony Rd #87. (Hilton & Hyland)

Outdoor features include a tennis court, lagoon-style pool and spa with a rock waterslide and built-in barbecue area with a fire pit. The home has an open floorplan with a separate detached guest house.

It’s listed with Chad Rogers of Hilton & Hyland.

Oceanfront Maui condo

Located within the Kapalua Resort, this Maui condo pairs golf course living with panoramic ocean views. (Hawaii Life)

Location: Maui, Hawaii

Price: $2.7 million

Location is the key feature of this oceanfront condominium, located in the Kapalua Resort, near the Ritz-Carlton hotel in northwest Maui. It has three bedrooms and four bathrooms, with ocean views from many windows and a balcony.

maui condo custom polished steel cabinetry

An updated kitchen with custom chrome cabinetry highlights the indoor perks. (Hawaii Life)

The Ironwoods is a gated community consisting of just 40 units. Vacation rentals within the community are not allowed.

It’s listed with Mary Anne Fitch and Joline L. Dorner of Hawaii Life.

Ski-in/ski-out Colorado townhome

beaver creek aerial view of townhomes, mature trees and mountains

The Highlands Skiway is just a stone’s throw away from this Beaver Creek townhome. (Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate)

Location: Beaver Creek, Colorado

Price$2.995 million

This three-bedroom residence, part of the rarely-available Highlands Townhomes development, has access to skiing and hiking on the Highlands Skiway from its back door.

beaver creek townhome living room with windows and rock fireplace

A stone fireplace and hardwood floors lend a cozy ambiance to the Highlands townhome. (Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate)

There’s also a year-round heated pool, hot tubs and underground parking. It’s also less than a mile from Beaver Creek Village.

It’s listed with Andrew Cryer and Eric Burgund of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate.


I’ve been working as a journalist in the New York metro area for more than a decade and have developed a specialization in luxury real estate, writing about everything from the post-recession housing market in Fairfield County, Connecticut, to the third-home market in the Hamptons. I’m currently also a regular contributor to Newsday and Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. If you spot me in my Brooklyn neighborhood and I’m not knitting, I’m probably admiring the beautiful Victorians that surround my apartment building (and trying to figure out what they would sell for).