Scandia, Minn. This three-bedroom, one-story house sits on 80 acres near the St. Croix River. It features wood floors, vaulted ceilings, a fireplace, and a wood-burning stove.
The heavily forested land has groves of evergreens. $1,200,000. Sharon O' Flannigan, Coldwell Banker Burnet, (651) 430-7759.
Rochester, Vt. Set on 69.4 acres, this three-bedroom, 5,015-square-foot-home features a luge run, a deep swimming pond, a jungle gym set, and a stone patio. Sculptures can be found throughout the property. Amenities include a library, a wet bar, a wine cellar, and a studio space. $2,650,000. Eric Johnston, Lang McLaughry Real Estate, (802) 457-9724.
Rowayton, Conn. Private Tavern Island in Long Island Sound features a Tudor-style home, a caretaker's cottage, a boathouse with guest's quarters, and a teahouse.
A full-size pool overlooks one of the several private beaches on the 3.5-acre island, which was first inhabited by European settlers in 1651. $10,950,000. Doug Werner, CT Coast & Country Realtors/Sotheby's International Realty, (203) 962-2601.
Woodside, Calif. Hidden among the redwoods of Northern California, this property has three buildings on 2.18 acres.
Designed in the 1970s, the main home, the guest house, and the studio all have views of the landscaped garden, which features walking paths, a seasonal creek, a koi pond, and many birdhouses. $3,788,000. Wende Schoof, Keller Williams Realty/Top Agent Network, (650) 504-0219.
Anacortes, Wash. Scimitar Ranch, set on 87 acres, has eight bedrooms and eight fireplaces.
The property features views of Burrows Bay and includes a private chapel, a barbecue pavilion, stables, and ample space for equestrian and other outdoor activities. $9,800,000. Moira Holley and Scott Wasner, Realogics/Sotheby's International Realty, (206) 448-5752.
Cold Brook, N.Y. This "Steal of the Week" private retreat on 126 acres of Adirondack woodlands has state-of-the-art solar power and is heated by a wood-burning stove. The one-bedroom, one-bathroom home was built in 1950, and the surrounding land includes two creeks and a reclaimed pasture with wild turkeys and deer. $379,900. Corey Iaria, Sotheby's International Realty, (518) 523-2550.
Burkittsville, Md. Located on a property first established as a farm in 1752, this historic, four-bedroom manor house on a secluded 160 acres was built in 1850.
Much of the detailing remains intact, with original marble fireplaces in both the living room and the dining room. $3,899,000. Gary Gestson, Long & Foster Historic Home Team, (301) 646-0046.
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