Such Great Heights: 15 Homes Built on the Top of the World

Looking to escape the commotion of city streets without going off the grid? Get inspired by these lofty lodgings, whose eye-popping elevation provides a taste of the high life.

  1. Hollywood Hillside Estate in Los Angeles, California

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    Hollywood Hillside Estate

    Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, California, is packed with celebrities and jaw-dropping estates, such as this 4,705-square-foot Spanish-style manor. Its covered outdoor deck, secluded guesthouse, and prime views of the Hollywood Hills ensure that its residents live like Tinseltown royalty.


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  2. "Honey, I'm Skiing Home" in Mountain Village, Colorado

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    House in Mountain Village, Colorado

    One of the most expensive neighborhoods in the country, Mountain Village is a go-to destination for ski buffs, thanks to its sparkling slopes, endless mountain views, and cozy ski-chalet-inspired abodes. This 3,322-square-foot home sits on a 1.4-acre lot and is mere feet from a ski run—which gives the residents ski-in/ski-out access. Fresh from the slopes, they can chill out in the cozy interior, complete with cathedral ceilings and warm wood finishes.

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  3. Blue Ridge Beauty in Brevard, North Carolina

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    Blue Ridge Mountain Home

    Imagine watching the sun rise over the breathtaking Blue Ridge mountains from the wrap-around deck of this cozy retreat! The homey vibe carries through indoors as well, with midcentury-modern design, a towering stone fireplace, and rustic wood paneling.

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  4. Octagonal Oasis in West Augusta, Virginia

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    Mountain House in West Augusta, VA

    Flora and fauna abound just beyond the windows of this octagonal cabin, and a two-level deck brings hummingbirds and finches up close and personal. The exterior's compelling fusion of geometry and organic forms is mirrored in the interior with a circular stairwell, hanging light boxes, and artwork inspired by nature.


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  5. Cliffside Comforts in Luray, Virginia

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    Mountain Home in Luray, VA

    At an altitude of 2,200 feet, this mountain lodge overlooks the town of Luray below and spectacular views of the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains beyond. Three decks offer plenty of options for catching a few rays, entertaining outdoors, or enjoying a barbecue, and expansive windows make the most of the dramatic setting.


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  6. A Stone's Throw from Paradise in Vlorë, Albania

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    Home in Vlorë, Albania

    Located in the village of Kaninë, Vila Amantia incorporates materials taken from the mountain on which it stands. The stone walls, arched wooden doors, and tiled terrace exude a historic European flair that enchants modern travelers.


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  7. Tropical Retreat in Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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    House in Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    You can spot monkeys, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife from the deck of this tropical retreat located high on a bluff outside a nature preserve. When you're through admiring Costa Rica's fauna, take in panoramic views of the Central Pacific coast or relax with a cocktail in the modern farmhouse-inspired interior.


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  8. Hillside Hangout in Aspen, Colorado

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    Mountain Home in Aspen, CO

    There's no need to display artwork in this 2,821-square-foot Aspen accommodation. All the beauty you need is framed by the floor-to-ceiling windows that capture views of  picturesque Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Red Butte. When you're done enjoying the living mural of the famed ski resorts, relax on the inviting outdoor deck.


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  9. A Brush with Nature in Creede, Colorado

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    Yurt in Colorado

    The yurt may be one of the most minimalist of home archetypes, but this one seems almost extravagant, nestled as it is in the San Juan Mountains. While the 27-acre grounds and nearby national forest offer ample opportunity for outdoor activity, the cabin-like interior provides a snug retreat on chilly nights.


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  10. Modern Log Cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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    Log Cabin in Gatlinburg, TN

    A twist on the classic log home, this 2,106-square-foot cabin in Gatlinburg can sleep 10 people spread throughout its three floors. But why waste too much time sleeping when there's a home theater and wood-paneled game room a few feet away?


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  11. Tuscan Getaway in Edwards, Colorado

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    Tuscan-Inspired Home

    This 16,550-square-foot estate, with luxuries like a recirculating waterfall and space for a heliport, gives Tuscan architectural style a modern twist. The poolside porch and rustic living room have sweeping views of the Sawatch and Gore mountain ranges, Gold Dust Peak, and Castle Peak.


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  12. Sanctuary from the Slopes in Breckenridge, Colorado

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    Mountain Home in Breckenridge, CO

    Located in the heart of Breckenridge, this 4,600-square-foot chalet is only two miles from the ski slopes and gondolas. The intimate wood-and-stone-clad interior beckons alpine enthusiasts to unwind beside one of the home's five fireplaces while sipping their favorite vino from the wine cellar.


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  13. On-Deck Delights in Golden, Colorado

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    Mountain Home in Golden, CO

    Visitors can conquer their fear of heights as they gaze out from the second floor of this estate, situated at the staggering elevation of 8,500 feet. Capitalizing on the fantastic vista, a two-story deck affords a view of the Continental Divide from Longs Peak to James Peak.


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  14. The Height of Elegance in Mountain City, Tennessee

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    House in Mountain City, TN

    Though this 15-acre mountain estate is secluded, its sweeping views keep cabin fever at bay. Inside the roomy 2,823-square-foot abode, an oak stairway, stone fireplace, and eclectic furnishings draw inspiration from the rugged outdoors.


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  15. Brick Beauty in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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    Brick House in South Africa

    From the sprawling deck of this brick mountain dwelling, visitors enjoy one-stop views of the south Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain, and Lion's Head—three top spots on any Cape Town travel itinerary. The beach-tinged interior is so cool that visitors might forget they’re on the hottest continent in the world.


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