Amongst the Trees | 5 Homes in Ancient Forests

It’s hard to argue with the appeal of a woodland view. And studies have shown that living in close proximity to forested land has major benefits, both for your health and for your sense of well-being. Spending time in nature has been proven to lower stress levels and, as a result, can actually make you happier—but forests in particular offer the most benefits.

Whether it’s the fresh air that a densely wooded area provides or the pull humans feel towards the natural world, it’s no surprise that living among the trees is a good place for us to be. Escape to your own enchanted forest home and draw inspiration from these properties that take full advantage of their verdant surroundings.

A Tranquil Estate on Orcas Island, Washington

Julie Biniasz & Sandy JustenRealogics Sotheby’s International Realty 

Set on the picturesque Orcas Island off the coast of Washington, this home is a one-of-a-kind retreat for those seeking natural beauty and tranquility. The Eagle Crest Estate sits on 126 private acres with 3,000 feet of waterfront; two English-style cottages, a mid-century modern beach house, barns, orchards, and sprawling gardens are all set against the backdrop of the wooded Pacific Northwest. The cottages take inspiration from the landscape, with designed wooden cross beams, winding wrought iron bannisters, and stonework incorporated throughout. The mid-century beach house is a more pared-back version of Pacific Northwest living: set close to the water, large wall-to-wall windows emphasize the pristine nature just outside.

A Modern Villa in Antwerp, Belgium

Henriette SiersemaAntwerp Sotheby’s International Realty

Enjoying a view of both the grassy Royal Antwerp Golfcourse and the towering trees surrounding the property, this modern home manages to be both contemporary and well-integrated with its natural surroundings. Sleek, geometric architectural details are complemented by modern interior elements—floor-to-ceiling windows, black marble surfaces, and gallery-white walls—making this home the perfect blank canvas for the design-minded homeowner. A serene, rectangular pool set among the landscaped gardens invites homeowners to appreciate the quietude of living amongst the trees.

A European-Style Chalet in Vail, Colorado

Tye StocktonLIV Sotheby’s International Realty

This premier ski-in/ski-out property boasts unobstructed views of the Vail Mountain Gore Range, a stunning natural wonder that will appeal to more than just self-proclaimed ski enthusiasts. The chalet was built in 1996, and while romantic architectural details like custom stone and woodwork give the property its ski-lodge charm, it’s the surrounding old-growth trees and world-class ski hills that really make this property shine. Immediately off the backyard, ancient aspen and spruce trees give way to chairlifts and the Golden Peak base area, while just steps from the front of the home, a gondola takes guests to the heart of Vail Village.

A Riverside Ranch in Jackson, Wyoming

Tom EvansJackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty’s 

Six breathtaking acres of land set along the banks of the Snake River are the setting for this handcrafted ranch-style home. With its legacy of both dude ranching and mountaineering, the area has served as a starting point for the design of this property, which has been constructed with spruce logs from Dixie National Forest and timber from reclaimed barns. The main living space is the heart of the home, where the A-frame structure is emphasized by rustic beams, a stone hearth, and large windows that look out to the surrounding forest.

A Coastal Mountain Retreat in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

Candice Dyer & Ross McGawSotheby’s International Realty Canada

Set between the urbanity of Vancouver and the rugged peaks of Whistler, this home in Squamish, B.C., is the epitome of coastal mountain living. The nearly six-acre property is set along a riverbed, giving homeowners easy access to kayaking or paddle boarding from their own shoreline. Built in a distinctive Pacific Northwest style, the home is stylishly integrated with its environment: breathtaking views of densely wooded forest and snow-capped peaks are best taken in from the swimming pool and hot tub, while a covered outdoor dining area is warmed by a stone hearth—perfect for year-round entertaining in a setting unlike any other.

A walk through the woods to clear your head, breathing in the fresh, evergreen-scented air, basking in the restorative qualities of mother nature—these experiences can be part of your everyday. From mountainside retreats to tranquil island homes, living among the trees has never been so stylish or curative.

From enchanted forest homes to desert hideaways to beachside bungalows, find your ideal nature-inspired getaway among these inspiring homes.

Posted on April 9, 2020

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