Backyard BBQ’s and Outdoor Living

To most, Labor Day marks the end of summer and the last of the back yard cookouts. For us Phoenicians, it’s just the beginning of the best part of the year ahead! As most people start moving inside for the fall and winter days that are just around the corner, we’re like little sixth graders on the last day of school eagerly bouncing off the ways ready to get out of doors.  Holiday weekends are just not complete without firing up the grill and having a few friends over.  

It is not uncommon for any Scottsdale realtor ® to get the request from a home buyer that they want an outdoor kitchen in their new home.  It goes without saying, for us Arizonans, we love our out door spaces.  We’re fortunate to be able to spend much of the year outside.  And, more and more, we’re decking out our patios and outdoor spaces so they are more like living rooms.  Clearly gone are the days of the charcoal Weber and plastic chairs. Outdoor kitchens and fully decorated outdoor spaces are in high demand and definitely can set a home apart. Fire pits and fabric drapes, full kitchens and water features, more and more homes in the Scottsdale area have made sure their backyards are resort-like playgrounds worthy of royalty.

Here are a few examples of homes on the market worthy of any BBQ and sport some pretty breathtaking outdoor spaces for year-round entertaining:

Here’s a home that is sure to please – And, with 8,500 square feet of interior space, it’s bound to be able to accommodate most any gathering.  The outdoor spaces are spectacular with courtyards, patios and breathtaking views everywhere you turn. Designed by the renowned Bing Hu, this Desert Highlands home in North Scottsdale offers 4 sprawling bedrooms, 8 baths, a den, an office and a Hollywood worthy theatre screening room. Construction costs reportedly exceeded $25 million, it’s a real value offered at $9,995,000. View the complete listing.

DC Ranch in North Scottsdale has long been regarded as an area offering some of the most beautiful views in the entire Valley.  And this beauty offers an outdoor living area sure to please the most discriminating guest.  Listed at $3,895,000, this 6,800 square foot home offers 5 bedrooms, 5 ½ baths, dual offices, game room and a casita.  Outdoors you’ll be inspired by the gardens, pool and tranquil setting.  View the complete listing.

If you lean towards contemporary, look no further. This Desert Mountain contemporary includes expansive walls of glass and sophisticated landscaping creating a seamless transition for indoors to out.  The builder even went as far as creating a water feature that channels a stream from a sculpture in the entry courtyard through the great room floor to the pool aligning with the Summer Solstice.  Offered at $2,100,000, this home features a total of 4,268 square feet with one bedroom in the main home and 2 additional bedrooms and executive office in the casita. View the complete listing.

Arizona backyards can be truly inspiring and limited only by our imagination. And, you’ll be surprised what you can do on any budget.

So, now that it’s Labor Day, get out of the house and enjoy the back yard!

Desert Mountain, DC Ranch, Bing Hu, outdoor kitchen, North Scottsdale, Labor Day, holiday entertaining

BBQ photo courtesy from Flickr courtesy of LifeSupercharger. Property photos courtesy of ARMLS.

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