The coronavirus caused many people to see the need to expand the number of places to unwind while still staying put. Some spruced up their balcony, deck or front porch. Others focused on a patio to create a vacation spot in their backyard.
Home improvement experts have found that some of the funds not spent traveling or dining out over the last 10 months are going into long-delayed dream projects such as outfitting an outdoor living space.
A covered patio with a fireplace or heater can make being outside comfortable year-round. Draperies make it cozy and quality lighting illuminates like the indoors.
Under-the-sky entertaining spaces are desirable to home shoppers, says Todd Prendergast, co-owner and president of Windermere Realty Trust. He and other real estate experts say people are on the lookout for a home on a larger lot or at least one promising privacy and security.
In this week’s real estate gallery, we look at homes for sale with outdoor living spaces. Some areas are entered through a glass wall system that folds away to erase the boundaries between indoors and out. All are high-end and well designed.
More on outdoor living spaces: Watch for a series of stories this coming week at oregonlive.com/hg on outdoor entertaining options in which to safely socialize amid the coronavirus pandemic. Designers show how to start with casual seating in an ignored part of your yard. A durable rug, perhaps a TV, can enhance a “garden room.” Have ideas? Email [email protected]
Here are examples of high-end homes for sale with luxury outdoor living spaces: 30260 N.E. Springhill Road in Troutdale is listed at $3,949,900.
The custom, traditional-style house, built in 2007, has Italian stone and hand-hewn hickory floors, six bedrooms, four bathrooms, three powder rooms and 7,738 square feet of living space.
The 9.31-acre property is near the Columbia Gorge but the outdoor entertainment space may tempt everyone to stay home. French doors open to a covered pavilion with seating granting an expansive, elevated view.
“Just 20 minutes east of downtown Portland, Whispering Pines Chateau is a masterpiece of Old World European-style artisan craftsman,” says listing agent Juli Martin of Luxe Christie’s International Real Estate.
34931 E. Historic Columbia River Highway in Corbett is listed at $2.5 million.
The custom, traditional-style house, built in 1997, has a great room, library, four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 5,298 square feet of living space.
The 18.54-acre property overlooking the Columbia River has indoor-outdoor patios, verandas and gardens.
“Every detail by the finest craftsman reflects Argentinian style with European flair,” says listing agent Chris Suarez of Keller Williams Realty Professionals.
1717 S. Radcliffe Road in Dunthorpe is listed at $2,495,000.
The custom, traditional-style house, built in 2008 on 0.6 acres, has high ceilings, oversized windows, five bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 6,822 square feet of living space.
There are four indoor fireplaces as well as a gas fireplace in the large covered patio overlooking the landscaped yard.
“Stunning classic home set on a quiet street,” says listing agent Kristen Kohnstamm of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.
16470 Phantom Bluff Court in Lake Oswego is listed at $2,695,000.
The Renaissance Homes farmhouse-style residence, built in 2020 on the main lake, has a 39-foot-long bonus room with a bar plus a den or office, four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 5,188 square feet of living space.
The great room has glass doors that open to the covered patio with ceiling heaters and a fireplace.
The 0.87-acre property has two outdoor covered living areas with lake views and a flat, fully fenced backyard plus a boat slip with lift.
“Spend this summer boating to downtown Lake Oswego and enjoying lake activities,” says listing agent Steve Kaer of Kaer Property Group.
18783 Stafford Road in Lake Oswego is listed at $2,295,000.
The contemporary-style house, built in 2005, has a chef’s kitchen that opens to a great room plus a den, five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two powder rooms and 5,757 square feet of living space.
There is also a self-contained guesthouse and an eight-car garage.
The 4.07-acre property includes an outdoor covered kitchen and decks overlooking Pecan Creek and the parcel backs to Cooks Butte Park and Stephens Meadows.
“Incredible opportunity to own a 4+ acre Stafford estate in the Lake Oswego School District,” says listing agent Justin Harnish with Errol Bradley of Harnish Properties.
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