Our lives have all changed since the pandemic started, and the way we use the spaces in our homes has changed right along with it. Outdoor spaces have quickly become one of the most sought-after residential features this year, as they allow us to convene with nature, enjoy the fresh air and feel a sense of tranquility without ever leaving the comfort of our homes. A beautifully designed backyard can easily transport us into a world of our own, where the problems of the world seemingly melt away. Waterfalls and pools, well-manicured lawns and gardens, firepits and fireplaces, sitting areas and more go a long way towards creating an inviting outdoor space that family members and guests can all enjoy (six feet apart). To get you inspired for the rest of the summer, we scoured ColdwellBankerLuxury.com to find five of the dreamiest, most instagrammable outdoor spaces in homes currently on the market right now.
10 Alta Madera Ave
There’s not one thing we would change about this stunning contemporary-style outdoor space in Carmel. Set against the backdrop of California’s world-famous weather and captivating views of the Santa Lucia mountains and serene Carmel Valley, you have a luxurious pool house, outdoor lounge and bar, outdoor kitchen equipped with BBQ and custom-built pizza oven, plus an oversized heated pool with fountains.
Completely private, it is the perfect setting for safely entertaining friends and family — or simply sitting back with a glass of wine for two.
Listed by Tim Allen, Coldwell Banker Realty, Carmel-by-the-Sea/Junipero
224 A Kulamanu Place
It’s hard to know where to begin with this brand new Diamond Head contemporary designed by House Concepts and award-winning architect James McPeak. The ocean vistas? The striking modern design? Or the fabulous sun deck? When you’re talking about the Hawaiian lifestyle, having a gorgeous and private outdoor space is high up on the list.
This home’s sun deck checks all of the right boxes. It boasts an infinity pool, spa, plus ultra-stylish dining pavilion and lounge areas, where you can keep the family entertained while listening to the sound of the waves and savoring the coastal views (and sunsets) just beyond.
Listed by Tracy Allen of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties
Arzachena, Sassari, Italy
Set in Via dei Ginepri in Sardinia’s Porto Cervo and only a five-minute drive from the Cala di Volpe hotel, this modern Italian villa has everything you need for a dream Italian holiday — including heavenly outdoor spaces and plenty of opportunity for indoor/outdoor living. Where to begin? The large lounge on the first floor features an indoor dining room that fully opens to the outside and stunning Mediterranean views.
There’s also a pergola where the outdoor dining room is located, plus multiple verandas for taking in panoramas and sunsets. A large terrace with a lounge covered by a pergola is located off one of the main bedrooms, while all rooms boast access to the gorgeous pool and pool house. All of this makes you feel as if you are never too far from nature and the fresh seaside air.
Listed by Coldwell Banker Costa Smeralda
1150 Channel Drive
Montecito, CA, US
Welcome to paradise. This gated Montecito oceanfront estate combines mesmerizing views overlooking Butterfly Beach and panoramic ocean and Channel Island views with a magazine-worthy outdoor setting. The south-facing property boasts a vanishing-edge pool, large terraces, heated loggia, and a private rear patio featuring outdoor kitchenette and fireplace with pizza oven.
A huge rooftop deck reveals sublime views and yet another idyllic space for entertaining. Icing on the cake: a frameless fold-away glass doors erase the lines between indoor and outdoor living.
Listed by Tim Smith, Coldwell Banker Realty, Newport Beach