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The Great Outdoors | 5 Fantastic Terraces

Circular fire pit with colonial style wood panelled property in the background.

Warmer nights and longer days are perfect reasons for lingering outside. These five homes—from Chelsea to California wine country—have terraces ideal for reveling in the fresh air, soaking up some sun, and gazing at sparkling stars.

Enchanting Wine Country Hideaway

Pool area with open dining area and gardens.
Santa Rosa, California | Holly Bennett, Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – East Napa Street Brokerage

Enveloped by Pinot Noir vineyards, mountains, gardens, and tall trees on 8.6 acres, this three-bedroom farmhouse-inspired residence and 1,000-square-foot guesthouse are a delightful setting for quintessential indoor-outdoor living and entertaining. Nearly every room of the 3,827-square-foot home enjoys an idyllic view, and vistas expand on the placid grounds, which boast roses, lavender, a vineyard, a bocce court, a fire pit, and a terrace and dining arbor surrounding a revitalizing pool.

L.A. Oasis

Rear covered terrace area of a colonial property.
Los Angeles, California | Alexis Valentin Ramos, Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

Inspired by the classic stylings of Cape Cod getaways, this elegant and inviting home features a formal living room, a spacious great room, a kosher eat-in chef’s kitchen, five bedrooms—including an owner’s suite with two walk-in closets and a balcony—and off-street parking for four cars. The generous backyard beckons with its alluring pool and spa, fire pit, and breezy covered lounging area with a fireplace. Tall hedges create a green curtain of privacy.

Sophisticated Style in Chelsea

Open terrace with outdoor furniture and views of nearby skyscrapers.
New York, New York | Mae H. Bagai, Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Floor-to-ceiling windows fill this 5,200-square-foot Chelsea home with glorious light and offer sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. The thoughtful floor plan features living and dining rooms, an expertly equipped kitchen, a study, and six serene bedrooms. The residence also enjoys 1,900 square feet of outdoor living space—accessible via stairs or private elevator—including a full-floor rooftop deck with a pool and a bath and two chic terraces perfect for alfresco lounging and entertaining.

Waters Edge, Seven Mile Beach

View of Caribbean Sea from terrace of Waters Edge on Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman.
Waters Edge, Seven Mile Beach

Water’s Edge sits on one of the widest, most pristine parts of world-famous Seven Mile Beach. This residence located on the fifth floor, boasts breathtaking ocean views and spectacular sunsets right outside your door. The property has two balconies; one extensively sized leading from the family room and a private balcony off the gorgeous master suite. incredible amenities, including a large owners’ lounge with full bar and kitchen facilities, pool table, fitness studio, massage room, a unique, three-tiered swimming pool, 24-hour security, underground parking and an extremely supportive and helpful management team.

Stepping Stone, East End

View of pool area, jetty and Caribbean Sea from Stepping Stone in Grand Cayman.
Stepping Stone, East End

Stepping Stone, a Balinese inspired villa, is an outstanding example of meticulous detail and planning to provide indoor luxury that seamlessly blends with outdoor entertainment allowing you to enjoy the Caribbean surroundings of Grand Cayman’s, East End.

A barrier reef-protected beach spanning 160 feet of white sand is framed perfectly out the floor to ceiling folding doors that open the home to an oceanfront patio featuring an outdoor kitchen, sunken fireplace, unique infinity perimeter pool and hot tub. This area is complete with outdoor seating, tropical landscaping and lighting, and direct access to your private 120 foot concrete dock


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