Longer days, sunshine and climbing temperatures signal the start of summer, but they’re also the perfect excuse to add outdoor entertaining to your social calendar. Whether a small soirée or an extravagant affair, an outdoor bar, a pool or sprawling landscape offer endless opportunities to enjoy your home’s al fresco spaces. Discover our list of properties—from pastoral to palatial—fit for exceptional outdoor entertainment.
Soho – Nolita
4 Bedrooms | 4.5 Bathrooms
This full-floor, approximately 4,406-square-foot penthouse residence boasts sweeping city views over SoHo. The free-flowing space features a custom-designed kitchen, marble walls and floors, a free-standing soaking tub and Austrian white oak floors that blend to create a modern and sophisticated feel to the spacious home. A beautifully landscaped private terrace is perfect for outdoor entertaining and elegantly highlights the building’s unique sculptural cast-aluminum facade, while incorporating lush greenery against the striking cityscape.
Sunset Strip/Hollywood Hills West, California
6 Bedrooms | 7 Bathrooms
This contemporary villa is a secluded oasis set right off the Sunset Strip. The resort-like space is designed for large-scale entertaining, with the first floor opening onto a pool, sculpture garden and lush lawns. A grand two-story entryway with curving staircase greets guests at the door, while the gourmet kitchen, master suite, screening room and more offer exquisite finishes that redefine modern luxury. Plentiful windows and glass doors ensure the lush garden space can be enjoyed from every room, and creates a seamless indoor and outdoor entertaining and living space.
Water Mill South, New York
8 Bedrooms | 8.5 Bathrooms
Set on 1.60 acres just minutes from Mecox Beach, this approximately 6,600-square-foot home features an unrivaled and sprawling outdoor space. A gunite swimming pool, spa and pool house, striking stone patios, tennis courts and pristine lawns are the perfect backdrop for endless entertaining. A regal dining room, top-of-the-line kitchen, fireside living room and wine cellar are all exquisitely designed for a truly exceptional space.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
7 Bedrooms | 12.5 Bathrooms
Influenced by the opulence of Venetian design, this home features custom creations from master artisans. State-of-the-art technology effortlessly blends with intricate 18th and 19th century-inspired detailing to create a regal feel. A solid marble dock, pool, outdoor bar and 435-feet of deep water dockage offer an idyllic space right on the water for outdoor entertaining year-round.
Rye, New York
8 Bedrooms | 9 Full Bathrooms | 3 Half Bathrooms
This magnificent home beautifully blends 1920s detailing and modern amenities. The home—located on the grounds of the Apawamis Club—was expanded in 2009, but retains many original features. Plaster moldings, wood paneling, vintage fireplaces and a slate roof all lend the space a sophisticated, elegant feel. Four acres of open lawns, an in-ground pool and a spa allow for refined alfresco entertaining in a beautiful, bucolic setting.