Barns add character, indoor living or storage space, and value to properties all over the U.S. Though traditionally used to keep animals warm, safe, and secure through the seasons, barns have been celebrated for their potential and diversity in contemporary times, morphing into sleek storage spaces for all manner of toys and recreational vehicles, into country-flavored ball rooms and event spaces, or even into roomy guest houses with a luxe-rustic charm. Whatever you plan to do with it, if you’re in search of a barn to go with your future home, take a look at these terrific options:
298 Ridge Fork Road – Big Sky, Montana
The barn at this gorgeous Montana estate features four stalls, each with its own runout—perfect for a horse lover who appreciates fine details. There’s a separate shower bay with an adjacent commercial-grade washer and dryer for keeping blankets and other supplies clean. Also on the barn’s lower level is ample space for hay storage and a three-car plus RV garage. To top it all off, the second floor of the barn is a luxurious guesthouse offering incomparable views. The main residence is a six-bedroom, five-bath wonder with an open, light-filled floor plan, massive stone fireplace, and a warm sunroom off the kitchen.
130 Sweetgrass St. – Augustine, Florida
McCumber Farm is a gorgeous equestrian ranch on 19 lush acres. Horses and the people who love them will be happy on this well-appointed spread, which features three separate custom-built homes as well as an additional guest house. The homes are light, open, and impeccably finished. With a four-stall stable, five green pastures, fenced riding arenas, two ponds, and many stately old trees, this property boasts every element of an equestrian’s dream—all in the wonderfully warm climate of St. Augustine.
176-acre Equestrian Facility – Aledo, TX
This world-class horse training facility is located just a short drive from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The indoor riding arena is 300 feet by 140 feet in a building that includes a sound system, viewing areas, storage and bath. Just behind the indoor arena lies the fully lighted outdoor arena. The twenty-two stall main barn features amenities that make life a dream for humans and horses alike, boasting two wash stalls with in-floor and overhead radiant heat, a commercial scale laundry room, two stall bedding storage rooms and two feed storage rooms. The barn also features a large tack-up area and spacious tack room with an adjacent lighted porte-cochere that makes trailer loading a breeze. There is a fully equipped veterinarian exam area with stocks and ample medical supply storage. Pastures abound, 12 large pastures and 11 paddocks that are all fenced with five-rail steel pipe and have individual shelters. The manager and staff housing compliment the facilities and the beautiful Emery Young designed main residence sits high on a hill, nestled among numerous mature oaks.