3 Homes Where Dreams Of White Christmas May Come True: How Much House

December 10, 2023 0 By JohnValbyNation

ACROSS AMERICA — An El Niño climate pattern may crush dreams of a white Christmas, making the view from houses that can look like a snow globe in the winter more green than white — or it may deliver a snowy punch that shakes it up.

El Niños are tricky like that.

This week in How Much House, we look at three fancy houses in areas of Connecticut, Minnesota and New York that reliably have a white Christmas.

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Connecticut | $3,295,000

41 Bronson Mountain, Roxbury
Listed by:
Kathryn Clair | William Pitt Sotheby’s Intl.
Square feet: 8,367
Acreage: 73.5 acres
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 9 (6 full)
Year built: 2005

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A wet and likely snowy winter would make this elegant stone-and-shingle style estate look more divine than it already does. It’s beyond fancy, and with five bedrooms and nine bathrooms, there’s room for family and guests to feel comfortable.

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Imagine the 72-plus acres covered in snow and breathtaking views of sunrises and sunsets from every corner. The grounds are positively park-like with an open meadow, mature trees and plantings and an apple orchard. Every room on the ground level offers access to outdoors, making for seamless indoor/outdoor living.

The ground foyer reveals an open floor plan with 10-foot ceilings with high-end mill work. A fabulous gourmet kitchen has a two-story ceiling, a stone fireplace and lots of seating area, plus it opens to a screened porch, which also has a stone fireplace.

The primary wing on the main level has a custom-paneled library, office and gym. Four more ensuite bedrooms and a private guest suite with an office and studio are found on the second floor. Peek inside for more photos.

Minnesota | $2,100,000

7931 Templer Point Drive, Walker
Listed by:
Theresa Bilben | Coldwell Banker – Cedar Point Realty
Square feet: 5,234
Acreage: 2.4 acres
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Year built: 1997

The whole of Minnesota may be less snowy than usual this winter, but this Leach Lake retreat is located in an area that gets about 45 inches of snow a year and is located about 140 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border. It’s a gorgeous showplace, regardless of the weather or season.

It’s a dream inside with a grand staircase that winds to the loft with a sauna that can be used as a reading room or extra ensuite bedroom. Fancy by “cabin” standards, this retreat has handsome molding, gleaming hardwood floors and wide-plank ceilings in common rooms.

The new kitchen in the main house has skylights and generous windows, and is surrounded by a deck. There are several decks on the main house, on multiple levels, that let the outside in. The main floor primary ensuite bedroom is huge, has a jetted tub and fireplace, and offers westerly views of 352 feet of Walker Bay shoreline.

The lower level also offers lake views, has a stunning bar and game room, a fireplace, and two more bedrooms that share a full bathroom. The attached garage is insulated and heated, and has a floor drain to catch melting snow and make for easy cleanup. A one-bedroom guest loft with a custom kitchen and three-fourths bath is located above a separate insulated and heated garage/shop. Peek inside for more photos.

New York | $2,200,000

22 Club Road, Windham
Listed by:
Regina Tortorella | Coldwell Banker – Village Green Realty
Square feet: 3,400
Acreage: .45 acre
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4 (3 full)
Year built: 2004

Windham, the Catskill Mountain location of this rustic ski lodge, usually gets about 80 inches of snow a year, and this area of New York could have a snowy El Niño winter.

The sprawling contemporary beauty has warm wood and stone details, offers breathtaking views and has a U-shaped kitchen that’s practically perfect with stainless steel appliances, a pizza oven, wine fridge and breakfast bar to move people along before heading to the snow globe outside.

The adjacent dining room has seating for 12, and a sliding glass door provides access to a deck with a fire pit, a perfect place to gather at night and look at the stars, the lights of the village, and the mountain view.

The primary suite on the main floor is to die for, with the same stunning views as the living room. It has a huge walk-in closet and dreamy bathroom wrapped in stone. The entire suite, but particularly the soaking tub, is a private escape when the house is full.

Three more bedrooms and two full baths, a family room, an office and a laundry room are found on the lower level. The home also has a heated outdoor storage room for gear and a boot room with custom built-ins and heated boot warms inside. Peek inside for more photos.

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