We’ve all been there — stuck inside on a sunny day. But that isn’t stopping homeowners from enjoying the outdoors.

“Households continue to invest in their properties both by adding to their outdoor living areas and by blending indoor and outdoor space,” explained Kermit Baker, chief economist of the American Institute of Architects.

Disappearing walls — typically made of large glass panels that conveniently slide into adjacent walls — are popping up in for-sale and rental listings across the country. To kick off the first day of summer, we’ve gathered a few of our favorites.

Greenhouse effect

New York, NY - 2
196 W Houston, New York, NY 
For sale: $13.8 million

On the patio or indoors? Unlike a restaurant, you don’t have to choose in this warehouse-converted loft.

Day at the beachMalibu, CA

21830 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA
For rent: $165,000 per month

Hear the crash of the waves hitting the shore from this Cap Cod-style living room.


Miami Beach, FL
(undisclosed address), Miami Beach, FL 
For sale: $18 million

Dine in style with a floor-to-ceiling view and tropical breeze coming off the bay in this Miami Beach home.

Retro relaxin’San Antonio, TX

31 Via Aragon, San Antonio, TX 
For sale: $1.795 million

Work on your tan or move into the shade with a seamlessly connected living room and poolside patio.

Natural night light

Los Angeles, CA
1504 Viewsite Ter, Los Angeles, CA 

For sale: $2.999 million

Breakfast in bed or a view from bed? Enjoy both in this Hollywood Hills bedroom with an unobstructed view of the city lights.

Lazy boyLaguna Beach, CA

990 Ocean Front, Laguna Beach, CA 
For sale: $12.75 million

Watch the ocean on your flat screen while enjoying a live wide-screen version from your couch in this beachfront pad.

Fish out of water

Carefree, AZ
39601 N Ocotillo Ridge Dr, Carefree, AZ
For sale: $2.39 million

You can be truly carefree in this Carefree, AZ home with a retractable wall connecting the outdoor pool with the interior living spaces.

Patio pleaser

Palm Desert, CA
336 Metate Pl, Palm Desert, CA 
For sale: $6.497 million

Having a party? Make the wall disappear for extra outdoor-indoor entertaining space in this Palm Desert home.

Check out more disappearing walls on Zillow Digs.


Catherine Sherman, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, industry trends and home improvement tips. Read more of her work here

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Catherine Sherman, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers real estate news, industry trends and home design.

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