While major markets like New York City and San Francisco encompass much of the premier real estate in the world, smaller cities and towns across the United States are by no means without their fair share of exceptional homes.
Check out these incredible properties from distinct markets around the country climbing from $5 million to $10 million:
$5.9 Million (Austin, Texas)
It’s rare to find a private property bordered on all sides by wilderness preserves and it is rarer still for that property to be located in a major metropolitan area. Such a location seems surreal, if not oxymoronic—a sprawl of land at once rustic and urban. Yet this seemingly impossible combination exists at 901 Wild Basin Ledge. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Austin, the 3-plus-acre property sits in a pocket of the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve.
Winding paths canopied by a density of trees lead through the private patch of land which includes two homesites. Already existing on one site is a well-maintained, five-bedroom home. The two-story residence features an array of natural accents to mirror its stunning surroundings, including a live-edge wood pillar, stone fireplace and hardwood floors. Dotted across the lush grounds are sitting areas, a garden and camping sites, making for one of the most secluded and serene estates in all of Austin.
$6.8 Million (Westport, Connecticut)
Tucked away within the quiet enclave of an appropriately named street, the residence at 2 Hidden Hill Road ensures seclusion without sacrificing size. Covering a remarkable 10,000 square feet, the hillside mansion set against a backdrop of mature trees is grand in both appearance and appointment. High-end finishes and tasteful detailing elevate the home’s classic New England design. The sizable interior allows for an array of elegant interior spaces, including multiple parlors, a formal dining room, and an open-concept kitchen.
Throughout the mansion, fireplaces contribute to a warm and inviting atmosphere, adding a touch of coziness to the overall grandeur. Outlining the second story, multiple balconies, including those seen in the primary suite, overlook the lush, tree-filled surroundings. An intimate backyard houses a generous manicured lawn, terrace, and expansive swimming pool. Located mere blocks away from Compo Beach, the sophisticated mansion doubles as a seaside retreat.
$7.5 Million (Vero Beach, Florida)
While Riomar may not be a household name, to the Vero Beach community on the eastern coast of Florida, the neighborhood is synonymous with affluence. Located on a barrier island with two waterfronts, Riomar is known for its exceptional homes, like this oceanside estate at 865 Riomar Drive. Stripped to the studs in 2013, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home has undergone a series of renovations, including some as recently as this year.
The Mediterranean-inspired home features a refined color palette of soft whites accented with dark wood elements, seen in the ceiling beams, rounded-trim archways and built-in bar. Limestone floors run throughout. In addition to the main house, a one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest house is also located on the property. Outdoor spaces are plentiful, including covered terraces, a putting green and a swimming pool and spa, all with the sounds of the beach that sits one block away.
$8.6 Million (La Jolla, California)
Matching its moniker, “Estrella del Mar,” 306 Sea Lane sits in a perched position overlooking the ocean. The landmark, Spanish-style home sits in one of the most sought-after corners of La Jolla’s historic Beach Barber Tract neighborhood, moments away from the sand. Completed in 1925 by master architect Herbert Palmer, “Estrella del Mar” received a complete renovation in 2005, although its original character remains. Wood elements dating back to its construction can be found throughout, including in the balusters and railing of the original staircase.
Archways, mosaic tiling and iron French doors decorate the home’s intimate chef’s kitchen. Indoor/outdoor living is given priority with access from nearly every room to a courtyard, balcony or private outdoor space. Standing apart thanks to a wealth of amenities, the primary suite includes a fireplace, ocean views through a bank of west-facing windows and spa bathroom complete with a Beaumanière limestone walk-in, steam shower and a Kallista clawfoot bathtub. Other highlights include a 950-bottle wine cellar, art studio and outdoor shower.
$9.2 Million (McLean, Virginia)
Tucked away on the western side of the Potomac River, McLean, Virginia, has been home to the likes of Dick Cheney, Anthony Kennedy and President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. As such, the area has built a reputation as one of the most exclusive and secure places to live in the country as well as the locale for exceptional homes like the contemporary masterpiece found at 410 Chain Bridge Road. Featuring a sleek, European design by architect Mark McInturff, the 8,350-square-foot home was completed in 2016. Free of traditional adornments, the front exterior is a masterclass in modern design, with a smooth stucco and concrete facade in harmony with steel beams.
Inside, luxury brands are enlisted to heighten an already opulent interior, including a bespoke chandelier by Manooi, custom Boffi Italian cabinetry and a maritime-themed center island by Alno. Technology is quietly implemented throughout the five-bedroom home with automated lighting, audio and video systems as well as automatic shades and roller screens and a hydronic radiant heating and geothermal system. Other notable amenities include a heated saltwater swimming pool, oak and limestone flooring and 25-foot ceilings.
$10 Million (Snowmass Village, Colorado)
With Residence 651 under contract for a record $4,932 per square foot, there is only one remaining Grand Penthouse at the brand-new luxury development, Cirque X Viceroy in Snowmass Base Village. Penthouse 664 at 130 Wood Road, also known as Grand Penthouse West, sits on a premier corner of the upcoming addition to the Viceroy Snowmass. Inspired by Scandinavian designs, the luxury ski-in/ski-out penthouse showcases clean lines and natural material accents.
Infinity doors and vaulted ceilings make for a bright and airy living space. Sprawling windows are ubiquitous throughout the 2,380-square-foot residence, opening to a stunning scene of Wildcat Ridge. Future owners will have access to the resort amenities offered by the Viceroy Snowmass, including in-room dining, full-service ski valet and an on-site concierge as well as the hotel’s pools, spas and fitness center.