Ever wonder what it would be like to flip burgers while overlooking the Pacific Ocean? Do you imagine whipping up a frozen margarita just steps away from your infinity pool? (Remember — plastic cups only!) Outdoor living and entertaining spaces have exploded in popularity over the past few years, replacing the tried-and-true charcoal grill with full-service cooking areas, including ventilated grills, smokers, rotisseries, weatherproof cabinetry, outdoor refrigerators, stone sinks, and more.
Under the Texan sun: $589,900, 2249 Cardinal Blvd., Carrollton, TX 75010
Built in 2011, this four-bed, three-bath home in Carrollton, TX, has a stylish interior and an even more extraordinary exterior. Dine under its pergola or covered patio any night of the week — each part of the outdoor kitchen is complete with ceiling fans to cool you off on a hot summer day. When it does get too hot outside, simply head inside to the indoor kitchen, complete with granite countertops and an island bar area — perfect for gathering friends and family around.
A screened-in dream: $750,000, 222 E. 25th St., Houston, TX 77008
This Houston, TX, abode is a chef’s dream, complete with a screened-in patio and kitchen grill area. There’s no need to ever step inside when a refrigerator, sink, grill, and warmers are all at your fingertips on the patio. Not to mention, the home’s most distinctive amenity — the Jacuzzi tub — is conveniently adjacent to the outdoor bar. As for rainy days, there’s a full bar inside too, as well as two large, renovated bathrooms and a home gym.
Outside on the Intracoastal: $995,000, 1545 Pachino Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
This extravagant beachside mansion has massive kitchens — inside and out. The backyard features a central cooking area, screened lanai, and a remote-controlled fire pit. Entertaining is easy-breezy on the back patio as the wind from the Intracoastal Waterway joins you for alfresco dining. This new construction Grand Dunes estate was completed in December 2015 and offers large windows that stream in natural light from the home’s expansive backyard.
Myrtle Beach masterpiece: $999,900, 3604 Tabby Lane, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Another Myrtle Beach, SC, beauty, this home has breathtaking inlet views to enjoy from the outdoor covered patio. Watch the Carolina Panthers on the outdoor flat-screen TV or sit and enjoy a drink at the bar while your filet mignons sizzle on the grill. The extravagant interior is simply a bonus to the exterior amenities, complete with traditional decor, a large master suite along with three additional bedrooms, and an entryway mudroom with handy built-ins for storage.
Embrace the unusual in Oregon: $1,733,000, Address Not Disclosed, Bend, OR 97703
Vibrant colors are no stranger to this Bend, OR, home — and we hope entertaining isn’t either. Relax by the fire or enjoy happy hour with friends at the shaded outdoor kitchen as you become one with nature. Can you believe those mountain views? Once inside, pear-green accents and plum walls add whimsical charm to this 3,490-square-foot home’s interior.
Chateau California: $9,250,000, 1414 Paseo La Cresta, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
This chateau-style sanctuary has picturesque views outside its whopping 10,400 square feet. Carefully select a wine to sip while overlooking the Pacific Ocean from the home’s extensive wine cellar. If you tire of the outdoor perks, including a pool, spa, and spacious cooking and dining space, head inside to the home gym, movie theater, or game room. Pro tip: Even if you don’t have an outdoor kitchen, add a bistro set to your own outdoor living space to create a breakfast nook, like on this home’s balcony.
Oceanfront oasis: $10,800,000, 6400 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, CA 92663
This modern oceanfront abode, called “La Cristal de la Mer” (the Crystal of the Sea), will keep you entertained in its sky lounge, complete with an outdoor fireplace, grill, and dining area. Easily stroll down to the beach from your back door and listen to the waves crash as you watch TV in the indoor/outdoor lounge. Inside, take a decorating note from the home’s award-winning interior designer, Karen Butera: The house features Ann Sacks glass tile, backlit white onyx countertops, Swarovski pendant lighting, and Italian cabinetry.
Malibu’s most wanted: $10,995,000, 28830 Bison Court, Malibu, CA 90265
This ’bu abode will transport you to an island oasis within your own backyard. Create a feast on commercial-grade appliances, then relax as though you’re at a resort on plush white lounge chairs by the pool. This space truly embraces indoor-outdoor living: Almost the entire dining area and (inside) kitchen open to the outside, giving it a luxurious yet exotic feel — the palm trees don’t hurt either. While only minutes from the beaches of Malibu, CA, you’ll never want to leave this California hideaway.
Rooftop haven in Hermosa Beach: $25 million, 2806 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
This custom Italianate villa will make your jaw drop: It features custom mosaic tile floors, a great room with 800-gallon saltwater aquarium, and master bath with steam shower, just to name a few perks. But the pièce de résistance is the rooftop kitchen, accessed by a 16-foot rotating skylight (yes, you read that correctly). And there’s more: This five-bedroom, 10-bath home has its own sports bar complete with a pool table and flat-screen TV, a three-car garage, and its own movie theater.
Ski bunny paradise: $36 million, 455 Sunnyside Lane, Aspen, CO 81611
This mountainous haven will surely make you a homebody — everything you could ever dream of is right inside the eight-bedroom, nine-bath property. No heavy lifting required: The home is fully furnished and move-in ready. You’ll be able to cook for your crew in two outstanding kitchens — one inside and, you guessed it, one outside. And while you may get lost in the 14,000-square-foot house, the wafting smell of steaks cooking on the grill will draw you back to the outdoor spa and fire pit.