What’s better than enjoying fresh air and sunshine while remaining steps from the comforts and conveniences of the indoors? These homes—in desirable locales from Palm Beach to wine country—boast indoor-outdoor spaces just right for the long, lovely days of summer.
Contemporary Tour de Force
Every interior space of this stunning masterwork enjoys a bond with the outdoors. Designed by esteemed architect Barton Myers, the residence was inspired by the temperate climate of California and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle it fosters. In the primary living space—a great room with 16-foot ceilings and a Bulthaup kitchen—glass walls “disappear,” offering a seamless flow between indoors and a patio with a fire pit, various garden “rooms,” and a 50-foot lap pool.
Napa Valley Idyll
On approximately four acres in the idyllic locale of Napa Valley, this stylish estate—a 6,000-square-foot main residence and a 900-square-foot guesthouse—combines sophistication and serenity. The heart of the home—adjoined by a sleek kitchen and a chic wet bar—is a great room with walls of glass giving way to a dining loggia, a sparkling swimming pool, and a spa, with tasteful landscaping, olive trees, and an acre of Sauvignon Blanc vines beyond.
Modernist Masterpiece in Santa Fe
In the hills of Tesuque, just north of Santa Fe, this exceptional residence boasts sleek adobe walls and a minimalist interior that more closely resemble an urban museum than a Southwestern retreat. A rooftop mezzanine above the one-bedroom casita and a wraparound portal afford vistas in multiple directions. Combining serenity, understated refinement, and harmony, the spacious living and dining area is walled with floor-to-ceiling expanses of glass that frame priceless mountain views and open to a courtyard with sculptures and a fountain.
Hamptons Waterfront Compound
On 2.6 acres in Bridgehampton, this wonderful eight-bedroom home has an easy, elegant floor plan that makes day-to-day living and grand entertaining equally effortless and enjoyable. The living room and both formal and informal dining areas open to an enviable collection of covered and open-air terrace spaces that look out over the estate’s refreshing swimming pool and spa toward lush green lawn, vibrant gardens, mature trees, Kellis Pond, and sunsets.
Light-Filled Contemporary in Palm Beach
On a cul-de-sac overlooking the eighth hole of the Old Palm Golf Club, this six-bedroom residence exemplifies contemporary elegance, offering an array of formal and informal spaces for relaxed day-to-day living and chic entertaining. Towering ceilings create a sense of grandeur and lightness throughout. In the family room, a wall of glass blurs the lines between indoors and out, opening to a covered terrace just steps from the dramatic pool and spa.
A Marvel In Java, Indonesia
This beautiful home sits on a plot of land 1,000 meters from the Borobudur temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Indonesia's most famous national icon. The expansive grounds were designed to be a sculpture garden featuring some of the larger sculptures in the collection as highlights, complementing the art within the main house. Indoors, the large living spaces, high ceilings, wrap around balconies, and a multitude of tall windows allow for panoramic views of rice fields, the Borobudur temple as well as the mountains and volcanoes beyond.
Cover image courtesy of Mandala View | Calvin Sin, List Sotheby’s International Realty, Singapore
Article originally appeared in the Extraordinary Living Blog, Sotheby's International Realty