UnReal Estate of the Week: Outdoor Living

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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

2100 E Missouri Ave

Address: 2100 E Missouri Ave
City: Phoenix, AZ
Price: $3,495,000
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

11 Rockcrest Dr

Address: 11 Rockcrest Dr
City: Rancho Mirage, CA
Price: $5,999,777
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

3275 Poppy Hill Lane

Address: 3275 Poppy Hills Ln
City: Encinitas, CA
Price: $3,599,000
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

17022 Bolero Ln

Address: 17022 Bolero Ln
City: Huntington Beach, CA
Price: $1,995,000
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

33406 Pacific Coast Hwy

Address: 33406 Pacific Coast Hwy
City: Malibu, CA
Price: $9,995,000
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.

Looking for more outdoor living inspiration? Be sure to check out the “Outdoor Living Spaces Redfin Collection, and let us know which one is your favorite via Facebook, Twitter, G+ or in the comments below.

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Christin covers a variety of topics for Redfin Real-Time, ranging from “best places” lists, to Redfin client stories, to celebrity news and everything in-between. Her dream home would have an enormous walk-in closet, a home theater and a room dedicated to her cats. Redfin is a full-service real estate brokerage that uses modern technology to make clients smarter and faster. For more information about working with a Redfin real estate agent to buy or sell a home, visit our "Why Redfin?," page.

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