The weather is getting warmer and May flowers have arrived, which means it's time to bring your living room outside! Each of these homes for sale has a swoon-worthy space to read a book, dine alfresco or simply soak in the sun. A staycation would sound a lot more appealing with one of these backyards...
A Palazzo-like Poolside Lounge
Location: 2100 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ
Listed by: Sandra Baldwin, Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty
The grounds of this amazing estate include an outdoor dining area, fireplace, bocce ball court and a reading area in the garden. But perhaps most stunning of all is the stand-alone loggia next to the pool. Ornate columns and carved arches frame each lounge bed, and a mural on the back wall immediately conjures images of a European palace. A classic chandelier at the center completes the awe-inspiring scene.
An Entertainment Center with a View
Location: 11 Rockcrest Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA
Listed by: John Glynn, Future Vision Realty
It would be difficult to pay attention to a TV show with a view like this. This unbelievable home takes full advantage of Southern California weather, with NO ROOFTOPS over many of the living areas. It is tucked against the canyon and hillside, and features geometric walls, floor-to-ceiling panes of glass and sliding panels for the ultimate indoor/outdoor living experience. The lucky new owners of this place can enjoy panoramic views from the infinity edge pool, and even order room service thanks to an arrangement with the Ritz Carlton!
An Amazing Place to Dine Alfresco
Location: 3275 Poppy Hills Ln, Encinitas, CA
Listed by: Susie Nancarrow, Nancarrow Realty Group
Known as "Villa di Benedizioni," or "House of Many Blessings," this gorgeous estate features many outdoor living areas, including a large patio around the pool, a built-in fireplace and stone courtyards reminiscent of Spanish plazas. The outdoor dining room has a rustic chic vibe, with rock walls, an antique-looking light fixture, beamed roof and wood-burning pizza oven. It's an ideal spot to dine outdoors, with a beautiful view of the valley below.
A Cozy Courtyard
Location: 17022 Bolero Ln, Huntington Beach, CA
Listed by: Jody Clegg, First Team Real Estate
The hanging rattan chairs on this patio are the perfect place to curl up with a good book on a sunny day. The patches of lawn between each stone slab create a unique floor that helps to define the space. The fully enclosed courtyard includes a stacked stone fireplace and lovely fountain, creating a cozy outdoor area that is an extension of the home's great room. By the way, the (indoor) home theater is a MUST SEE; it even comes with a concession stand! Check out the listing photos for more.
A Backyard That's Better Than the Beach
Location: 33406 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA
Listed by: Christopher Cortazzo, Coldwell Banker-Malibu West
This resort-like home has an infinity edge pool that looks like it drops right into the ocean. As if the view wasn't enough, there's also an outdoor television and a gas fireplace next to the pool. The expansive terraced decks offer plenty of room for lounge chairs, and also come with an outdoor kitchen and built-in barbecue. You may never walk to the beach below with a backyard like this.