PA Picks – Summer: The Season for Great Escapes

July 10th, 2012 by Ori Klein

Everyone under the sun is in vacation mode. Summer is in full swing, the weather is record-breaking hot, and everything around you is moving a little bit slower. This is the prime time of year that real estate seekers long for that special getaway property – not just a lake house or beach condo, but a full-fledged ‘great escape’ sanctuary. This week PA is checking out properties that fully deserve this title.

Take a look at Freedom Realty Exchange’s 7-bedroom, 5-and-3/4 bathroom custom home with guest house located in Bozeman, Montana. Weighing in at 8,759sf on 40.15 sprawling acres of pristine mountain land, this heavenly habitat is packed with amenities including vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, granite countertops, stone fireplaces and an upstairs theater room. Since this property is adjacent to a nature conservancy, potential owners can be rest assured that their spectacular views will not be disturbed. PA is picking this one for its stellar wraparound deck that offers striking views of the property’s trout pond, babbling stream and vast open space. Bid deadline is August 10th.

For those looking to own both special getaway while having an added commercial investment, check out Concierge Auctions’ Finncastle Equestrian Estate (you gotta love that name) in Mooresville, North Carolina, just north of Charlotte. Nestled on 139 acres, this champion property boasts an 8,900+sf custom home embodying 5 bedrooms, 6 full baths and 2 half baths set on a 5-acre parcel. Luxurious features abound at Finncastle – you name it, it’s got it: a sitting room with floor-to-ceiling limestone, marble fireplace and full-length windows overlooking the heated pool and hot tub; a fully-loaded kitchen boasting granite countertops, custom-designed cabinetry, Thermador and Viking appliances and custom ceramic tile backsplash; a master bathroom with his and hers separate vanities, a jetted garden tub and tumbled ceramic tile throughout. Did we mention the attached three-car drive-thru garage along with a five-car climate-controlled detached garage decked out with a lift, half bath and upstairs office? Yup, it’s got that too, as well as a state-of-the-art Equestrian Center with 18 European-style custom arch front stalls, Nelson automatic consumption-monitored waterers, and Luxurious boarders’ lounge with media center and kitchen.
There’s plenty more, but we’re running out of page space so you’ll have to see for yourself. PA digs this one for its jaw-dropping development potential, with the completed infrastructure in place for 34 two- to five-acre homesites, 33 of which are build-ready. Also, we just love the name ‘Finncastle’. Auction date is August 2nd.

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