An inviting patio can be valuable to owners now and when they want to sell. Stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic made the idea of safely socializing outdoors more evident. And most people could use more room to relax, indoors or out.
Some owners are investing now in connecting water, gas and electricity to the outdoors to later tempt home shoppers who want a gas heater and kitchen overlooking the yard.
“We are definitely seeing a focus on creating an incredible outdoor space as the pandemic has continued,” says John L. Scott broker Suzanne Page. “With restaurants and other entertainment venues being closed to indoor guests this winter, and the outdoors feeling ‘safer’ to entertain, we’ve all been spending more social time outdoors than we have in years past.”
There has been an increase in covered outdoor spaces with a small refrigerator and built-in grill with counter space across all levels of residential properties, she says.
“On higher-end homes, we’re seeing that next level with large, architecturally designed outdoor rooms, with full kitchen spaces, dining areas and outdoor furniture arranged to look out on the view,” she adds. “Most of these also have a beautiful outdoor fireplace incorporated into the design, too, whether an actual fireplace, or the modern linear fireplace.”
In this week’s real estate gallery, we look at homes for sale with outdoor living spaces.
Part of a series on outdoor entertainment spaces
Inexpensive home addition: An ignored part of your yard can easily become extra space for entertaining while staying socially distant. Portland designers show how to start with casual seating near a simple planter box, fire pit or water feature. A durable rug, perhaps a TV and heater, in a covered “garden room” can create a year-round place to relax outdoors.
1750 S.W. West Point Court in Portland Heights is listed at $1.9 million.
The daylight ranch house, built in 1952, has an open living room with a wall of windows, four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 4,484 square feet of living space.
The 6,969-square-foot lot includes a patio with an outdoor fireplace and built-in media set.
“Panoramic downtown views that rival any home in the city,” says listing agent Dennis Coxen of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.
922 N.W. 11th Ave #101 in Portland’s Pearl District is listed at $1.425 million.
The townhome atop Park Place Condominiums, built in 2004, has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,262 square feet of living space.
Tall glass doors open to a large terrace with distinct dining and seating areas, including built-in benches, surrounded by colorful container plantings.
“Prepare to fall in love with ‘Portland’s sexiest townhome,’” says listing agents Jason Mendell of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and Melissa Lee of Windermere Realty Trust.
5530 S.W. Menefee Dr. in Portland’s Hillsdale neighborhood is listed at $1.75 million.
The two-story, custom contemporary house, built in 2020, has an open floor plan, linear gas fireplace, five bedrooms, three bathrooms and 3,808 square feet of living space.
The main level has a bedroom, studio/office and mud room with a built-in bench and storage. The upper level has a bonus-family room
A folding glass wall opens to an outdoor entertainment space on the large back deck.
“The gourmet kitchen has custom walnut cabinetry and graphite stainless-steel Dacor appliances,” says listing agent Brian Eustis of Premiere Property Group.
949 N.W. Overton St #309 in Portland’s Pearl District is listed at $1,299,000.
The contemporary condo, built in…