Autumn is officially here, which means you can trade iced coffee for pumpkin spice lattes and pools for pumpkin patches. Indeed, nothing says “fall” like apple picking and pumpkin carving—and there’s no need to travel far to participate in these quintessential fall activities. To prove the point, we found some amazing estates that express the spirit of the season through onsite apple orchards. So choose your fruit, and soak up the magic of the season every day from the comfort of your own home.
Apple Orchard Estate in New York
Nothing says fall like going to the apple orchard to pick out the perfect specimen. Instead of driving all the way to an apple orchard, why not just head to your backyard and pluck one? You can do just that at 269 Nine Partners Road in Clinton Corners, New York. Located in the heart of Hudson Valley, this 64-acre property includes a peaceful lake, a wisteria-draped pergola, vegetable and flower gardens, mature maple trees, and an apple orchard. Kids (and kids at heart) will have a blast picking apples together. Afterward, they can head into the six-bedroom colonial farmhouse, where they can make apple crisp or eat caramel apples by the fire.
The property is currently on the market for $2.4 million. Nicole Porter and Joseph Briggs of Houlihan Lawrence are representing the property.
Apple Orchard Estate in New Jersey
There’s nothing as American as apple pie—except, perhaps, owning your own apple orchard. Located in the rolling hills of New Jersey, the Cragwood Estate is a 95-acre property that includes a working farm with a greenhouse, vegetable garden, and apple orchard. The latter will be of particular interest to autumn aficionados, as homeowners and guests will have the opportunity to pick basketfuls of crisp apples to turn into turnovers, pies, or fritters.
Built in 1923, the Georgian-style estate shows off period touches (think chandeliers, wall frescoes, French doors, intricate millwork, and several fireplaces) as well as formal living and dining rooms, a library, and a wine cellar. The house holds nine bedrooms, 10 full baths, and three half baths. Outside, the heavily forested grounds overlook Ravine Lake and the Somerset Hills.
The estate, which was previously listed for $23 million, will be sold without reserve by Concierge Auctions. Bidding begins on October 16.