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For many home buyers, the selling point is granite counter-tops in a gourmet kitchen, or perhaps a master suite with spacious closets and dual sinks in the master bath. For these homes however, it’s the amenities outside, rather than inside, that may seal the deal. Forget the interior floor plan, these outdoor dreamscapes make each of the home’s backyards the “great outdoors.”

8914 Devlin Pl Los Angeles CA (above)
For Sale: $3,150,000

When you live in a region where average temps don’t hover too far outside the mid 70s, it makes sense to have a canopy bed outside. This luxury cabana is a piece of Hollywood Hills real estate once owned by Penelope Cruz. It’s not clear whether she installed the outdoor nap area, or if the feature was there before she moved in. What is apparent is that the white curtained cabana, luxury pool and swaying palms create a perfect backyard getaway.

11 Harbor Pt Key Biscayne, FL (above)
For Sale: $15,900,000

With this home, you don’t need a summer getaway — you can walk out to it from your front yard. The million-dollar piece of Key Biscayne real estate is known as the “Crown Jewel of Key Biscayne” and features two white sand beaches, outdoor pool and, of course, its own bay-front gazebo overlooking the blue waters.

11 Diamon Ct Southampton NY (above)
For Sale: $2,550,000

Forget formal dining rooms — the perfect meal is best enjoyed al fresco under a pergola covered in vines and sparkling white lights. This home in the Hamptons was recently modified to green standards, reducing its energy and utility bill by 50 percent. The Southampton real estate listing price was also recently reduced, down $250,000 from its original listing price of $2.8 million.

123 Prospect St. Seattle WA (above)
For Sale: $2,699,000

This back yard features the perfect outdoor dining room: plush comfortable seating, coordinating dark furniture, luxury touches and of course, a large roof and curtains to block out any rain because this cabana is in Seattle, after all. Not only does this piece of East Queen Anne real estate include the covered patio, but several decks with sweeping views of the downtown skyline, mountains and waterfront.

25919 Dark Creek Rd Calabasas, CA (above)
For Sale: $8,000,000

Tucked away high above California beaches, this Mission-style home combines outdoor living with indoor amenities. The limestone patio features alder wood beam ceilings, luxurious lounge seating and a mosaic-tiled fireplace. An outdoor kitchen, barbecue, and custom-tiled pool and spa completes the backyard getaway. Currently listed at $8 million, this home was recently reduced almost $2 million in price, according to the property listing.

6001 La Jolla Scenic Dr S #6015 La Jolla, CA
For Sale: $14,990,000

Sitting on 3.8 acres of land, this mansion’s landscape is filled with dramatic touches. The property is dotted with “rare and fine stonework,” handcrafted teak woods, and “rare specimens of plants and palms.” The outdoor space includes waterfalls, fountains, a meditation garden, pergolas and dining pavilion with floor-length curtains overlooking the pool. Needing some nighttime entertainment? The infinity pool includes fiber optic lighting and laminar nozzles for programming water and light shows.

0 Broad Beach Rd, Malibu CA
For Rent: $90,000/month

As Malibu home rentals go, this one is a beauty. This $90,000-a-month property sits on 10 acres and offers extensive beach frontage with stunning ocean views and beach access. The property includes a luxe oceanfront patio and covered seating area featuring an ornate stone fireplace for those cooler summer evenings.

Craving more exterior eye candy? Compare outdoor living spaces in Zillow’s Dueling Digs.

About the Author

Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

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