After a late winter that felt like an ice age, many of us are dying to spend some time outside in milder weather. These three estates offer more than the standard patio and lawn setting, with outdoor entertaining spaces to accommodate your most elaborate al fresco dreams.
402/404 Rockwood Path, New Hope
Monthly taxes: $7,498
Tell me all about it: "Outdoors" and "entertaining" take on entirely new meanings at this 50-acre property. In addition to the main house, the parcel includes a four-bedroom guest house. Guests are invited to enjoy more temperate weather from the heated saltwater pool, the pergola, multiple outdoor terraces, a full tennis court, a pond with gazebo, the private fruit tree orchards, the 16 acres of open fields or the 34 acres of professionally landscaped shade gardens, perennial gardens and woods. There is a covered patio with an enormous outdoor fireplace, too.
2103 Street Rd., New Hope
Monthly taxes: $1,962
Tell me about it: We love that this home backs up to hundreds of protected wooded acres (all the privacy, none of the responsibility!). We also love the outdoor living room, which includes a fireplace, separate seating and dining areas, and two flat-screen TVs. All of which is directly adjacent to the saltwater swimming pool. Bonus: Most of the repurposed wood in the home predates Christopher Columbus.
858 Tower View Circle, New Hope
Monthly taxes: $2,709
Tell me all about it: Let's get this out of the way first. Yes, this four-bedroom home includes a full hair salon off the master suite. And an indoor basketball court. What of it? The outside living room boasts a covered kitchen with built-in grill, beverage coolers and refrigerators, as well as a granite island. The room also includes a separate lounging area, an outdoor fireplace and a big-screen TV. The canopy has built-in heat lamps for chillier temperatures, too.