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Take a virtual tour of gorgeous acreages from around the country. We'd love to add your beautiful place to our slideshow! Post your photos in our Beautiful Places gallery from the link below.
  • Nature as art

    It may look like something straight out of an art gallery, but it's really one of the beautiful views on Judy Sexton's property. She owns 4.4 acres on the Caney Fork River in Crossville, Tennessee, and took this picture in the fall. She describes her acreage as, "my little piece of heaven on earth."

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    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • Beautiful backyard

    Chris Baker or Chillicothe, Missouri, submitted this photo of her pond, as seen from the back of her house. The gazebo makes a great place to relax and enjoy nature.

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • Family heirloom

    Thanks to a major restoration project, Kay Meredith Dusheck now lives in the Anamosa, Iowa, farmhouse where she grew up. Her 95-year-old father was born in the house, which was purchased in the late 1800s by her great-grandfather. Kay and her family are the fourth and fifth generations to farm here.

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • Stay after school

    Kay Meredith Dusheck and her family have also used their renovating skills to transform an old schoolhouse-turned-residence into a retreat. Visitors enjoy modern amenities inside the vintage school. <a href="http://www.countryschoolretreat.110mb.com/" target="new">Click here</a> to visit the retreat's Web site.

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • Hand-built home

    Wayne Koksela built this hunting cabin 30 years ago on 140 acres of rolling mixed hard- and softwood forest in north-central Massachusetts. Over the years, indoor plumbing was installed and Wayne added onto the cabin to make it a four-season dwelling for himself and his wife, Mary. "We have several flower gardens that Mary has carved out of this extremely rocky soil, and a small vegetable garden that serves us as well as many of our wild night visitors," he says. Wayne and Mary enjoy seeing the whitetail deer, fox, turkeys, black bear and occasional moose that wander through their property.

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • Quiet creek

    Sherwood Lundgren of Marshalltown, Iowa, sent this photo of the creek that runs through his property. "We have a small acreage, but we enjoy the views," he says.

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • Teepee time

    Lundgren bought this teepee, which was made in Montana, a couple of years ago. His wife, Deb, spent many hours restoring it, and now it makes a beautiful addition to their Iowa acreage.

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • Piece of history

    Beth Mallard's family owns one of the original 250 Cumberland Homesteads, which were built during the Depression by President Roosevelt. The properties were geared toward families in the Cumberland Plateau area of the Appalachian region, near Crossville, Tennessee, who were left unemployed when coal and lumber companies pulled out of the area.

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • Best friends

    Jessica McCall of Remsen, Iowa, shares a hug with her Quarterhorse, Piper.

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • Picture perfect

    "It's a Texas ritual to take photos of family in our beautiful bluebonnets each spring," says Ginger Moody of Streetman, Texas. She tried to get a perfect shot of her grandson, Austin, but he wouldn't sit still long enough for a posed picture. "However, this photo has proven to be one of my favorites because it accurately portrays so much," she says. "The bluebonnets, sturdy live oak trees in the background, the little 4-wheeler he uses to putt all over the front pasture, and Austin deeply concentrating as he studies the intricate details of God's handiwork."

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • Follow the guy with the bucket!

    "Goats are smart, inquisitive creatures, and we've enjoyed watching their antics over the years," Ginger Moody says. "However, they also learn very quickly which human usually has food treats, and my husband, Ron, found he could not walk a hundred yards outside without rapidly gathering a herd of goat groupies."

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • First fish

    Here, Ron Moody helps grandson Austin catch his first fish from the family's Streetman, Texas, pond. Thanks to a hearty supply of bass, there were enough nibbles to keep even a preschooler's attention. Doc, their young Labrador retriever, was ready to jump in and "retrieve" the fish if needed, Ginger says.

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • A beautiful way to wake up

    Cat Nelson sent this photo of the beautiful morning view from her front porch. The Nelson acreage is located in Type, Texas, about 30 miles east of Austin.

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • Serene sunset

    As if their view of the sunrise wasn't enough, when evening rolls around, the Nelsons step onto the back porch to watch the sun go down.

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • Horseplay

    In between watching the sun rise and set, the Nelsons enjoy spending time with their animals. Here, yearling Sugarcube plays with Rowdy Raccoon the cat.

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • Turkey trail

    Gerald and Margaret Razus live on 50 acres of wooded land in North Judson, Indiana. They enjoy watching the wild turkeys come eat at their birdfeeders. This particular day, nine of the wild birds came to dine. Deer, possums and raccoons are other frequent visitors. "It is so picture-perfect and quiet," they say.

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • Pot o' gold

    A rainbow stretches over the pond on the small acreage near Texarkana, Texas, that John and Janet Stephens call home. The couple recently downscaled from 40 acres to this half-acre property. "Old age crept up on me and I just couldn't keep the bigger place looking like I wanted it to look," 72-year-old John says. Now they enjoy the country life on a more manageable scale.

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • Bathing beauties

    John and Janet Stephens ran a pipe from their air conditioner to this birdbath, so it's continually supplied with fresh water from the condensation. John says he's seen nine bluebirds in the bath at once, and up to 29 in the yard surrounding it. A pair of mockingbirds also frequent the birdbath.

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
  • When nature calls

    As a rule, outhouses are not a pleasant place to spend time. When Pete Holschuh built this one on his acreage in Crivitz, Wisconsin, however, he added some homey touches. The facility -- constructed of recycled barn boards -- features an antique vanity, mirror and artwork inside.

    Date Published: January 25, 2008
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
    Tags: Homes, Lifestyles
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