As more and more people move to densified urban centres, and the constant means of connecting with others is literally at our fingertips, it’s more difficult than ever to grab a little slice of solitude. To combat social fatigue, find a palatial home that offers privacy from the rush and crush of life.

Start with space, and more of it: elongated driveways that lead to secluded estates, strategic landscaping and woodlands that wrap your abode in natural refuge, an array of rooms to retreat into. Get inspired with these four properties with ultimate privacy.

Dream Homes: 4 Properties With Ultimate Privacy

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 11370 Valley Ridge Park NW, Calgary, AB

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 11370 Valley Ridge Park NW, Calgary, AB

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 11370 Valley Ridge Park NW, Calgary, AB

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 11370 Valley Ridge Park NW, Calgary, AB

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 11370 Valley Ridge Park NW, Calgary, AB

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Valley Ridge, Calgary, Alberta

A beautiful blend of open concept living and multi-room privacy rule at this Bow River outlook. The surrounding land engulfs this idyllic setting in mature environmental reserves, meticulous golf courses, and the rush of mountain waters. Inside, Rocky Mountain and West Coast architecture rule, with grizzly rock limestone, exposed timber framing, and anodized bronze details drawing the eye at every turn. The foothills feel will make you completely forget you’re in the heart of the city.

Dream Homes: 4 Properties With Ultimate Privacy

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 2345 Ch. du Bord-du-Lac, L'île-Bizard / Sainte-Geneviève, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 2345 Ch. du Bord-du-Lac, L'île-Bizard / Sainte-Geneviève, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 2345 Ch. du Bord-du-Lac, L'île-Bizard / Sainte-Geneviève, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 2345 Ch. du Bord-du-Lac, L'île-Bizard / Sainte-Geneviève, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 2345 Ch. du Bord-du-Lac, L'île-Bizard / Sainte-Geneviève, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

L’île-Bizard / Sainte-Geneviève, Québec

Riverfront views and beautiful natural landscaping give added curb appeal to this private waterfront estate. Safety and solitude start with a private, gated entrance and continue around the home to an in-ground pool, separate garage and loft residence, covered patio, and charming gazebo. Indoor tranquility is aided by plenty of well-placed windows, a spacious dinette, elegant wood panel cathedral ceilings, and a reclusive master suite with a wood burning fireplace and romantic ensuite.

Dream Homes: 4 Properties With Ultimate Privacy

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 6188 Macdonald Street, Vancouver West, B.C.

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 6188 Macdonald Street, Vancouver West, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 6188 Macdonald Street, Vancouver West, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 6188 Macdonald Street, Vancouver West, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 6188 Macdonald Street, Vancouver West, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Macdonald Street / Vancouver, B.C.

A gated gem in the city is particularly hard to find, but one with 33,000 square feet of private grounds is even more of a rarity. While the rest of this beloved metropolis shoots skyward in economical design, this in-city estate is happily traditional. Outdoor terraces with a pool and fireplace are lovingly shrouded in green hedges and fanning trees. Within the 10,000-square-foot abode, proportioned living spaces offer alone time and true comfort. Stone fireplaces and custom millwork carry throughout, and the mahogany-panelled library is a draw to any resident who relishes time.

Dream Homes: 4 Properties With Ultimate Privacy

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 1400 Sandy Bay Road, Penetanguishene, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 1400 Sandy Bay Road, Penetanguishene, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 1400 Sandy Bay Road, Penetanguishene, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 1400 Sandy Bay Road, Penetanguishene, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 1400 Sandy Bay Road, Penetanguishene, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Georgian Bay, Penetanguishene, Ontario

Smiling at the shoreline of Southern Georgian Bay is a remarkable 10,200 square-foot retreat. Nearby islands beckon, but you will be happy cruising the grounds hugged by forest and beautiful perennials. There’s plenty of room to add a helipad on the property so you can arrive at your private getaway with efficiency. The home features a gourmet kitchen, indoor pool with sauna and steam-bath, and a three-season sunroom for your lounging needs. Find a moment on your private sandy beach during the summer and let the waves wash your stress away.

Whether you retreat solo or invite friends to entertain, these incredible properties offer the right balance of away-time and me-time.

For a shorter retreat to get away from it all, plan a 72-hour getaway to Salt Spring Island, Muskoka, or the Alberta Rockies.

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