What’s Selling For $5.5 Million Near Bigfork, Santa Fe And Santa Ynez

The home at 80 Double Arrow Road South in Santa Fe, New Mexico, sits on 53 acres overlooking the Pecos Wilderness (BARKER REALTY).

Mountain resort markets have been in high demand since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, sending prices soaring in hotspots such as Vail and Aspen. In Montana’s Flathead County, where Whitefish and Bigfork are located, there have been more than 90 sales of $1 million-plus in 2021. As a result, the average price for single-family homes now hovers above $1.827 million—a high price but still a relative bargain compared with similar lifestyle markets in the U.S.

In this week’s look at the world’s finest homes, I sized up Montana’s market against similarly priced properties in New Mexico and Southern California. From a mountaintop retreat in Santa Fe to a bohemian compound in Santa Ynez to a lakefront retreat near Bigfork, here’s a look at what about $5.5 million buys in each of the three markets.

Lakeside, Flathead County, Montana | $5.4 million

exterior view of luxury flathead lake estate at 1028 Angel Point Road

This Flathead Lake estate, listed for $5.4 million, features a main house, a guest house, a cabana house and private two docks (NATIONAL PARKS REALTY).

Located roughly 15 minutes from downtown Lakeside and the Blacktail Ski Resort, this trophy property comes with 270 feet of coveted Flathead Lake frontage. Spread across two parcels, the property includes a main house, a guest house and a cabana house that combine for seven bedrooms, ten bathrooms and nearly 3,900 square feet of space.

aerial view of flathead lake luxury home in montana 1028 Angel Point Road

The seven-bedroom, 10-bathroom compound features some 270 feet of private lake frontage (NATIONAL PARKS REALTY).

Features: A soaring living room sits at the heart of the home and features a stone fireplace that runs from floor to ceiling. Thick beams, stonework and distressed wood floors lend a cozy yet contemporary vibe to the living areas. The chef’s kitchen outfitted with high-end appliances and cabinetry sits off the kitchen area.

mountain views from a flathead lake estate at 1028 Angel Point Road montana

Views from the property take in the surrounding tree-tops and mountain peaks (NATIONAL PARKS REALTY).

Other perks: In addition to prized lake frontage, the property features two private docks and a boat slip. Mountain, lake and forested views abound.

Santa Fe, New Mexico |  $5.7 million

entrance to santa fe mountaintop retreat at 80 Double Arrow Road South

An artistic doorway marks the stairway leading up to the architectural residence in Santa Fe (BARKER REALTY).

The beautiful native earth landscapes of New Mexico are on full display from this mountaintop retreat, which serves as the centerpiece of a three-lot compound totaling approximately 53 acres. Located roughly 7 miles from Santa Fe Plaza, the secluded compound takes in commanding views of the surrounding mountain ranges, city lights and Pecos Wilderness.

santa fe luxury home mountaintop retreat living room with 20 foot windows

The home’s great room features 20-foot-high windows (BARKER REALTY).

Features: The home’s great room is a large open-concept space that incorporates a wall of 20-foot-high windows, a media area and a wet bar. The kitchen, which has been updated and features a wide island/seating area, opens to a dining patio with spectacular views.

kitchen inside a luxury santa fe mountaintop home

The Santa Fe home, listed for $5.7 million, features a chef’s kitchen with a wide island/bar and a door leading out to a dining patio (BARKER REALTY).

Other perks: In addition to the main house, which includes guest quarters, the property features a heated lap swimming pool, a spa and a separate studio with 16-foot-high ceilings.

Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, California | $5.5 million

los olivos vacation wine compound 2910 Hwy 154 Santa Ynez, CA, USA

The Los Olivos property, listed for $5.5 million, features seven cottages and two converted barn structures (VILLAGE PROPERTIES).

Called Auberge Los Olivos, this eclectic ranch compound in Santa Ynez wine country consists of seven cottage-like homes and two additional barn structures. Modernized while retaining a certain 1920s authenticity, the homes feature kiln-dried reclaimed wood, hand-painted beams and artistic tilework.

inside bohemian cottage in los olivos santa ynez southern california wine country getaway

The 1920s cottages have been updated with offbeat materials such as kiln-treated wood and artistic tiles (VILLAGE PROPERTIES).

Features: The property encompasses some 8 acres of grounds dotted with palms, lavender and California natives. Each of the structures on the grounds features an intimate outdoor space, whether it’s decking around a fireplace, a tree-topped sitting area or dining patio.

auberge los olivos clubhouse in santa ynez listed with carey kendall village properties

The clubhouse at Auberge Los Olivos features pocketing walls of glass and flexible living space (VILLAGE PROPERTIES).

Other perks: The property’s “clubhouse” is a subdued, single-story building with open space, polished concrete floors and a wall of glass that fills the east side of the structure.

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Neal is the Chief Content Officer at Forbes Global Properties. A content strategist with more than a decade of experience in the sports, entertainment and real estate spaces he previously launched a sports real estate column and chronicled L.A.’s biggest home sales for the Los Angeles Times' award-winning “Hot Property” section.

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