Gardens Add More Than Just Flourish for These Upscale Properties
Green space helps filter the surrounding air, provides oxygen, and,
according to some studies, increases relaxation and even reduces pain.
It can also be a boon to real estate, since the presence of an outdoor (or indoor) oasis can help sell a home.
According to real estate agent Brendon DeSimone, "nearly every home buyer considers the outdoors in some way as a requirement for a property they're considering."
Certainly this is in the case with luxury real estate, where outdoor
spaces are often as opulent as the interiors. Stone patios, infinity
pools meeting ocean and sky; outdoor gas fireplaces, private cabanas and
curated greenery: All combine to create the perfect garden — and a
major selling point for buyers looking for their personal Shangri-La.
A small private lake? Check. Green willows, lily pads and a small
guest house overlooking it all? Check. Swan? Well, a swan is about the
only thing missing from this watery wonderland. And if the private lake
isn't enough to sway you, the grounds of this Encinitas house also feature a full equestrian facility, tennis court, pool and spa.
This Hillsboro home for sale
sits on 93 pastoral acres with pools, barns, a lake, landscaped gardens
and trellises, as well as an enormous green house filled with foliage
and charming places to sit. The home is just as expansive at 9,516
square feet with 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.
Sure, this Whitefish home
features 224-square-feet of lakefront, but even more impressive are the
ponds and water features that abut the home's enormous flagstone
patios. The 7,905-square-foot main home is accompanied by two separate
guest houses to total 9,575 square feet of living space on over an acre
This Portola Valley home,
coined "Villa Laurison" by its first owner, is designed to embody the
grandeur of a Florentine estate. Stone arches, marble outdoor terraces
and lush greenery add to a property comprised of over 30 rooms,
including 7 bedrooms and 11 baths.
Putting a new spin on the backyard picnic area, how about this
platform tree house surrounded by gardens? This home sits in the urban
center of Seattle,
but you wouldn't know it. The property is an oasis of greenery. Built
in 1931, the Spanish-style estate also features water views from its
A patio with a few trees may not seem like a whole lot, but in Manhattan real estate, private outdoor space is at a premium, like the one found in this 7,500-square-foot Greenwich Village townhouse. According to DeSimone, "New York City apartments with
a deeded, usable outdoor space often sell for 20-to-30-percent more
than the same apartment without the highly sought-after outdoor access."
Dine al fresco out of the Charleston
humidity under a leafy canopy, hidden in the corner of the yard. The
historic property, while updated, still contains much of its Southern
charms with hardwood floors, high ceilings and intricate moldings.
The listing description for this Altadena home
has it right. It is a "botanical wonder," boasting two acres of
property laden with foliage, green houses and an extensive, vine-wrapped
arbor. Listed for the first time in 50 years, the estate contains two
parcels, which hold an elegant Colonial as the main house and a
generously sized guest house.
Although the exterior of the modern Saint Charles home is minimalist,
the grounds are far from it. The home features a five-acre Japanese
garden with numerous waterfalls, pools and ponds, all surrounded by
Zen-inspired sitting areas to make for a true "spiritual oasis."
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