Luxury Defined explores 8 magnificent homes with outdoor dining areas
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From Parisian cafés to Singaporean quays, American barbecues to Argentinian grills, outdoor cooking and dining is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures. In the countryside, outdoor activity whets the appetite; in cities, sidewalk dining combines the fun of restaurant-going and people watching. Around the world, mild weather often finds us outdoors at mealtime. Especially if you live in a beautiful or scenic location, there are few better ways to enjoy your home, alone or in company, than by including comfortable space for outdoor refreshment. From enclosed garden courtyards to grand terraces, the homes below showcase a wide variety of open-air options.
Poised on the western slopes of Hualalai Mountain, with expansive views of the Kona coastline, this sumptuous estate was designed by Hawaiian architect Lucky Bennett to be at one with nature. Enter the property through an orchard of citrus and macadamia trees, cross a picturesque bridge to the canopy of a mature monkey pod tree to reach the spectacular grand entrance. The heart of the 5,391-square-foot main house is a living area with retractable windows that let the outdoors in. Expansive lanais invite outdoor dining and entertaining. They surround a mosaic-tiled pool and an adjacent infinity pool, and look out over a koi pond. Adding to the resort ambience is a yoga room, driving range, tennis court, and bocce court.
This 17th-century château estate has an idyllic setting amid 182 pastoral acres in the Perigord Noir region of the Dordogne. Built circa 1680, the main residence is a fine example of French Romantic architecture, evidenced by its honey-hued limestone façade, high ceilings, stone floors, and massive fireplaces. All principal rooms face the formal gardens. The estate’s period charms are enhanced by up-to-date amenities. There are six en suite bedrooms in the main residence as well as a four-bedroom guest house, a two-bedroom gite, and a manager's house, a gym and yoga center, and a swimming pool with changing rooms. The grounds are composed of parkland, pastures, woods, a stocked fishing lake, and numerous spaces for outdoor entertaining, including a courtyard garden with a dining terrace and fire pit.
This minimalist villa fully integrates interior and exterior. The entrance leads through a modern Japanese courtyard and across a flat bridge to an interior mezzanine. Covered terraces adjoin the other three sides of the property and span multiple levels, on one of which is a large and sunken tiered garden accessible to the basement lap pool and sauna by a sliding glass door. On the upper floors, bedrooms open onto balconies and a top-floor office onto a large roof terrace. The main floor opens at the back of the house onto covered dining and seating areas, between which a modern walkway leads across an expanse of lawn to a natural pond at the perimeter of the grounds.
San Luis Obispo, CaliforniaCalifornia’s Central Coast offers year-round outdoor dining, and this Mediterranean-inspired estate takes full advantage of the area’s famously mild weather. Several outdoor rooms, featuring fireplaces and a gas grill with a sink, supplement the five-bedroom property’s detail-oriented kitchen for true indoor-outdoor living. This 7,500-square-foot home can accommodate lunch under the vine-covered gazebo, morning coffee brewed in the master suite’s coffee station, or a large dinner party spread over multiple seating areas in the spacious kitchen, which opens easily to the outdoors.
Montana Mansion Whitefish, MontanaWith a 1,000-square-foot deck featuring a gas grill and a fireplace that’s adjacent to a large, fully equipped modern kitchen, this five-bedroom home in a new gated community offers plenty of room to entertain. Following an afternoon on the nearby golf course or boating on Whitefish Lake, guests can enjoy the property’s game room, wine cellar, and cigar bar; stroll through the fully landscaped garden; or simply take in the mountain and water views before gathering for dinner on the deck.
An impressive estate offering privacy, tranquility, and enviable outdoor living, La Garibaldina is an idyllic contemporary retreat befitting its highly desirable location on the Costa Smeralda, close to beaches, the marina, and the village of San Pantaleo. Set on a hillside amid cork trees, rocky hideaways, and an olive grove, the estate boasts 18.5 acres with spectacular sea and country views. Carefully designed and landscaped to complement the setting, the property features six separate residences with nine bedroom suites and 10,212 square feet of interior space. Outside, an entertaining area with barbecue is perfect for sunset dinners, while an infinity-edge pool overlooking La Maddalena Archipelago provides a sublime finishing touch.
The formal dining room, living room, and master suite in this nearly 5,000-square-foot duplex apartment all open onto an outdoor terrace that spans the length of the airy, light-filled residence. The terrace features multiple planted beds, a canopy-covered dining room, a sitting room, and a shaded breakfast area, all of which enjoy the property’s river view. On the upper floor, the office and bedroom suite likewise open onto a veranda, which overlooks the lower terrace and takes in the same expansive views.
With 200 feet of prime frontage on Vero Beach, this contemporary compound is one of the most extraordinary estates on Florida's Treasure Coast and the ultimate retreat for oceanfront dining and entertaining. A spectacular beachfront lanai features a fireplace and full summer kitchen with wood-fired pizza oven. It opens to a wraparound lounge terrace by an 80-foot-long infinity pool with in-water seating. Other alfresco spaces include a tiki hut with a dune walkway leading down to the beach. Inside, a formal dining area is served by a gourmet kitchen equipped with Wolf, Sub-Zero, and Bosch appliances and a catering kitchen. The formal dining room is illuminated by a 60-light Swarovski Flying Candles installation, which opens to a lush palm courtyard adjacent to the home’s second swimming pool and a guest house.
Hidden behind the cosmopolitan resorts of Elounda, on the Greek island of Crete, this seafront compound comprises a main residence, private chapel, and more than 6.5 acres of grounds with an infinity pool, tennis and boules courts. The three-story main residence opens to sweeping stone terraces with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. A pergola features an outdoor dining area with a barbecue. The garden is beautifully manicured with Mediterranean flowers, olive, citrus, pomegranate, and apple trees. Meandering stone paths lead to an array of sitting areas and the chapel. From there, it's down to the seashore where a private deck, set among the rocks, is a serene space for sunbathing and swimming.
The spirit of the hacienda resides in this contemporary estate in the Sonoran Desert. The property is offered with two adjacent lots available for a potential total of more than 19 acres with stunning mountain, city light, and sunset views. formal dining and entertaining areas are executed in a warm palette with accents of sandstone and rich woodwork. Among the lavish appointments are an opulent master suite, an ultramodern chef’s kitchen with cherry mahogany cabinetry, an office/study, big-screen media room, sauna, and exercise room. A stone patio with a covered dining terrace and barbecue area leads down to an infinity-edge pool, offering a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living.
Always ahead of the highly competitive RGV real estate market, Marilyn Cortez is a Spanish speaking native of the Rio Grande Valley. Born and raised in Mission, Marilyn is committed to her clients, and is recognized as a Top Agent in the Greater McAllen Real Estate area, and within Keller Williams Realty. Since the start of her Real Estate career in 2007, she has sold over 40 million dollars of real estate. Known by her fellow real estate agents to be hardworking, honest, dedicated and motivated, Marilyn is knowledgeable in all areas of Real Estate and has built her business on results, with more than 70% of her clients being repeat clients.
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