Augmenting homes from Cape Cod to California, these enviable decks encourage lingering outdoors and appreciating the longer, warmer days of spring and summer.
Peaceful Living in Pacific Heights
San Francisco, California | Tania Toubba, Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage
On one of the most desirable blocks in Pacific Heights, this timeless four-level home has been impeccably updated while maintaining respect for its classic details. Among its highlights are chic entertaining spaces, six bedrooms—including a lower-level suite with a kitchenette—two family rooms, a light-filled kitchen, a photography and art room, an elevator, and a two-car garage. One of many outdoor spaces, the backyard garden deck is anchored by a shade tree and surrounded by other flourishing color flora.
A luxurious locale for living an idyllic life of peaceful solitude amid visiting birds and wildlife, this 257-acre ranch less than 90 minutes from Houston consists of a sophisticated main residence—with guest suites connected via a breezeway—a cabin and bunkhouse, cattle pens, a crystal-clear five-acre clear lake, duck ponds, and pastureland perfect for grazing. The home’s numerous covered and open-air alfresco spaces were designed to appeal to anyone who enjoys the outdoors.
Contemporary Oasis in Calistoga
Calistoga, California | Ginger Martin, Sotheby’s International Realty – St. Helena Brokerage
Set amid the distinctive natural beauty for which California wine country is known, this sleek contemporary residence in Calistoga is minutes from outstanding restaurants, spas, wineries, and shops. The open, airy interiors are designed to showcase the views of the enveloping Mayacamas Mountains, mature green trees, and the home’s alluring swimming pool. Alfresco areas open from bedrooms and accompany the outdoor kitchen and tennis court; an inviting deck extends off the chic terrace that surrounds the pool.
Palm Beach Gem
Palm Beach, Florida | Stephanie Lefes, Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage
Exuding Mediterranean inspiration and charm, this five-bedroom 1920s villa on a desirable Palm Beach thoroughfare is walking distance from the shops and restaurants of Worth Avenue as well as the beach. Pecky cypress ceilings, graceful archways, French doors, and handsome wood floors are among the stylistic hallmarks. Covered porches and breezy decks and balconies allow for enjoyment of the surroundings and the property, which also includes a two-bedroom guest cottage.
Cape Cod Charmer
North Falmouth, Massachusetts | Kerrie Marzot, Sotheby’s International Realty – Falmouth Brokerage
This charming 3,500-square-foot waterfront home revels in picturesque views of boats in the nearby harbor. It features five spacious bedrooms—including two primary suites—a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, an island, counter seating, and a dining area; two recreation rooms; and a living room with a skylit ceiling, a stone fireplace, a wall of windows, and sliding glass doors to an enviable wraparound deck. The 1.25-acre property includes a private deepwater dock and deeded rights to two association beaches.