When you live in a beautiful location, it is essential that your home provides ample opportunities to enjoy the landscape. While gorgeous window views are key, there’s nothing like sitting in the glory of the outdoor space itself. From wide open decks built for entertaining to cozy second-story patios designed to feel like a cliffside escape, these five properties show distinct approaches to harnessing the beauty of the outdoors into a personal retreat for every style.
21 Tara Hill Road, Tiburon, $5,777,000
This private contemporary retreat is the former home of renowned musician Carlos Santana. The 4-bedroom residence presents a striking blend of contemporary architecture with unique details, including a dramatic entryway with an acoustical dome. Two levels of outdoor terraces offer sweeping views of both the Bay and the house itself, whose walls of generous windows offer plenty of inspiring water views from almost every room.
57 Summit Road, San Anselmo, $3,495,000
This custom-built 5-bedroom home is on the market for the first time. Generous windows and wainscotting fill every wing of the house. A split-level brick patio runs the length of the entire home, outfitted with a full outdoor kitchen, bar, and gazebo. Designed for entertaining, there are plenty of areas for lounging or mingling in crowds, with a low fence for unobstructed views.
12 Saint Lucia Place, Tiburon, $5,995,000
A true escape for a high-quality staycation, this 5-bedroom custom home brings the resort to its own backyard. Large pool, guest house, and generous Epe deck featuring a built-in barbeque and dining area create a breezy private getaway that is truly luxe. With a dramatic sliding door that opens directly onto the pool deck, homeowners can quite literally bring the outdoor paradise in.
1901 Mar West, Tiburon, $2,877,000
This charming 4-bedroom was originally built at the turn of the century and has since been thoughtfully renovated to blend traditional design with careful period detailing. Original crown molding, vintage custom built-in buffet, and warm hardwood floors bring character to the California casual style. The home office opens into a cozy private yard whose lush growth creates the feeling of a quiet glade.
This article originally appeared on marinmagazine.com.
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Stephanie Fallon is a freelance writer who has spent her professional career in non-profit adult education, first in adult English literacy at Blue Ridge Literacy and then overseeing interpretation and public programming for the Taubman Museum of Art. She lives in Roanoke, Virginia and writes about visual culture, design, motherhood, and work.