While many find comfort in urban environments surrounded by hustle, bustle, bright lights and swarms of people, others prefer far off locations where stars replace street lamps and the only neighbors to speak of are wildlife.
Outward Bound in Alaska
There are not many places in the United States more remote than the vast and sublimely beautiful Fish Lakes area of Alaska where a two-parcel property is on the market with an asking price of $59,000.
The rustic one room lake side log cabin residence, which includes a sleeping loft, wood burning stove and a full kitchen with sealed wood counter tops and cabinets, is so far off the beaten path that it is not even accessible by car. The property is, however, accessible by plane (a half hour flight from Anchorage) or snowmobile. During warmer weather, a jet boat can be used but this method also requires a short hike to the cabin as direct water access is blocked by a large beaver dam.
The area offers plenty of outdoors activities such as fishing, hunting and snowmobiling, but this is Alaska, so it’s recommended to bring along a Scrabble board and a few decks of cards for snowed-in days.
For more information contact Barbara Vockner (907) 277-4608 at Remote Properties.
A Quiet Colorado Ranch
Two-plus hours west of pretty Pueblo, Colo. is Westcliffe, a tiny town tucked into a verdant valley between the Wet Mountains and the scenic Sangre de Cristos. Another 10 miles southwest of Westcliffe is Vimont Fields, a 40 acre ranch property for sale with an asking price of $1,200,000. Built in 1997 using handpicked Colorado stones, many from the property itself, the three-story residence measures 2,800 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The cozy interiors stand in contrast to rugged landscape and offer a rough hewn beamed ceiling in the main living area, a wood burning fireplace, a large family friendly kitchen and a window wrapped sun porch.
The Alpine setting includes mature stands of Aspen, River Birch and Spruce as well as rolling meadows dotted with elk and deer that stretch the toe curling views over the valley and towards the 14,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristos. The trout-filled Hennequin Creek runs through the property and the one million plus acre San Isabel National Forest is less than a mile away for horseback riding, camping, fishing and hiking.
For more information contact Elizabeth Watson at (719) 783-2803 at Watson Land Company.
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