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When life gets hectic, there’s no better way to put things into perspective than by simply looking up at the stars. With light pollution in urban centers, it’s not always easy to see the night sky in all its glory, let alone make out any constellations. Luckily, these secluded properties around the world offer respite from the brilliance of city life and the opportunity to truly admire the heavens.
An Oenophile’s Dream Estate in Napa
Nestled in California’s most famous wine region, you’ll find this sprawling estate with plenty of amenities. The four-acre grounds feature a bocce court, orchards, gardens, a tennis court, fountains, and a beautiful swimming pool. Inside, quintessential upscale Californian décor accents six bedrooms and bathrooms, a living room complete with a fireplace imported from France, and an enclosed garden dining room. After visiting iconic Napa wineries like Caymus and Beringer during the day, and dining at one of the many local Michelin-rated restaurants, you can cozy up during golden hour on the terrace and wait for the stars to reveal themselves.
Modern Greek Island Living in Lefkada
The only thing that comes close to the beauty of a bright, starry sky is perhaps Greece’s famed turquoise waters—and with six bedrooms and bathrooms on 6,243 square feet, this secluded property on the island of Lefkada offers both. Surrounded by olive and cypress trees, the property still delivers clear views of the sea and yachts passing through the channel. The villa is the ultimate spot to unwind: rest easy with two master bedrooms with ensuites and private verandas, enjoy fresh meals on one of the outdoor dining terraces, and work out any stress in the home gym. Though the nightlife of Nidri is only a short boat ride away, the privacy of this property means it feels like it’s just you and the stars at night.
An Eco-Friendly Paradise in Valparaíso
For those seeking to be at one with nature, this mountain home is an oasis. The property is located in Valparaíso, a bohemian hotspot offering fresh seafood and miles of beaches; Nobel-Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda also called the city home. Featuring solar panels and a water treatment plant, this innovative, sustainable property also has over 700 avocado trees whose harvest should cover property maintenance costs. A work of art both inside and out, the home’s glass and wood exterior is perfectly balanced, serving as a stylish reminder that living sustainably doesn’t mean sacrificing luxury. With three spacious bedrooms overlooking the valley, the dreamy daytime views are only surpassed by the night sky—it’s easy to see how Neruda was inspired to write such poignant lines as “The night is starry / and the blue stars shiver in the distance.”
Harmonious Design in San José
Tucked away in the Costa Rican forest, this modern sanctuary is a haven for local wildlife, and for those looking to relax. The contemporary Sukha House is adjacent to El Rodeo Forest Reserve, meaning you’ll enjoy visits from indiginous species like white-faced monkeys and toucans, plus panoramic views of the Central Valley and Poás and Irazuú volcanoes. This elegant 6,372-square-foot home was constructed with clean, dark lines and floor-to-ceiling windows to reflect the surrounding forest; the structure allows cool breezes to flow through. Here, you feel at harmony with nature, and since Costa Rica offers some of the best stargazing in the world, the heavens feel closer than ever.
Sophisticated Architecture in Wyoming
Dramatic views, contemporary design, and unique, high-end materials make this spacious valley property a sight to behold. The exterior of this home features Kota stone imported from India and banks of windows providing views of the Yellowstone caldera and Teton Mountain Range—at night, the stargazing is spectacular both indoors and on the stone terrace. Built in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, this architectural marvel boasts four bedrooms, five full bathrooms, custom features, and European craftsmanship—but with the jaw-dropping panoramic vistas, you’ll hardly be able to take your eyes off the outdoors.
Taking the time to be awed by nature has astonishing mental and even physical effects, and looking up at the stars helps put the mind at ease. Scattered around the globe, these five private havens ensure nothing gets between you and the firmament.