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6 homes near protected land

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

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Close to Penllyn and Wissahickon Creek preserves, Meadow Farm was built by Albert Smith of Smith Barney at a time when financiers and railroad barons populated the wooded region.

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The 1922 five-bedroom stone house has French doors, plaster crown moldings, deep window seats, and basket-weave-brick and marble fireplaces; rooms include a vast chef's kitchen with a country sink. The 2.1-acre lot features stone walls, a pond, vegetable gardens, outdoor dining, tennis courts, and a pool. $1,999,999. Diane Reddington, Coldwell Banker Realty, (212) 285-2375.

Bridgeport, California

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Cow Camp Ranch is an off-the-grid, 120-acre property surrounded by the Toiyabe National Forest and just 15 miles from Yosemite. The two-bedroom main house, built of rough-hewn lumber, has beamed ceilings and a stone fireplace and comes fully furnished, including rugs, wall hangings, and an antiques collection.

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On the land are two generators and a working well, a guesthouse, a four-stall barn, a riding arena, a trout creek, and a deer-fawning area recognized by the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. $1,750,000. Bruce Renfrew, California Outdoor Properties, (650) 773-1863.

Cornwall, Connecticut

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This Henry Olko-designed estate stands on 19 acres bordered by the Cornwall Conservation Trust. The complex comprises three barns, one a garage with bonus level and two joined by a glass foyer into a four-bedroom house, featuring a great room with a stone fireplace and a downstairs bedroom with a solarium.

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The property has mature gardens, a spring-fed pond, and views of mountains and the Housatonic River. $2,200,000. Patti Guarantano, William Pitt/Sotheby's International Realty, (203) 231-9288.

Driggs, Idaho

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This three-bedroom home is in Tributary, a 1,500-acre private club community next to Yellowstone National Park and the Tetons. The house, built in 2020, features high wooden ceilings, oversize windows, and a main bedroom with soaking tub and glass doors to the outside.

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The club includes 250 acres in a conservation easement, a 2-mile boardwalk, a golf course, a fitness center, seven fishing ponds, a pool, and a private ski lodge at Grand Targhee Resort in Wyoming. $2,250,000. Jeff Heilbrun, Tributary, (307) 690-1508.

Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

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From a hilltop on 2.7 wooded acres, this five-bedroom home commands views of the adjacent Wyman Hill Conservation Area and beyond. The 2007 shingle-style house includes a three-season screened porch; main bedroom with vaulted ceiling, Palladian window, and spa bathroom; and lower-level media room, art room, and exercise area opening to the yard.

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The landscaped grounds feature lawns, garden beds, mature trees, and a rear terrace with direct access to Wyman Hill's hiking trails. $2,995,000. Lanse Robb and Sophie Soman, LandVest/Christie's International Real Estate, (978) 590-0056.

Estes Park, Colorado

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This 1945 cabin, in the town known as the base camp for Rocky Mountain National Park, has views of Twin Sisters, Meeker, and Longs Peaks. The fully furnished two-bedroom home features a living room, separate dining room, 440-square-foot deck, and attached workshop with shower.

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The 1.5-acre property includes a one-room cabin built in 1955, now a guest cottage with private bathroom and front porch. $525,000. Nicole White, Alpine Legacy/eXp Realty LLC, (970) 586-8300.

This article was first published in the latest issue of The Week magazine. If you want to read more like it, you can try six risk-free issues of the magazine here.

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