One of the most recent trends in luxury living is an emphasis on opulent outdoor spaces. Homeowners know that curb-appeal is the first impression visitors have of their home and first impressions are key. Starting in the front yard, more homeowners are creating a courtyard feel that guides guests from the front yard right through the home’s entryway. This makes for an inviting and lavish way to welcome guests. Modern courtyards can include a fire pit, water feature and comfortable seating. According to, an outdoor courtyard is a perfect option for those with a “desire to have a garden even in a modern and urban setting.” A courtyard style entrance is the perfect way to welcome guests to your home.

Moving to the back of the house, there is a wide range for the homeowner to highlight their style of outdoor living.  Among the most popular trends is the push for resort style swimming pools and spas. Pools can be designed using a customized shape, color, material and features that fit perfectly in the style of the home. A stylish swimming pool can be as bold as your style of design. A popular feature showing up more and more is a pool with swim up seating areas. This makes for an excellent way to entertain friends and family.

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Outdoor kitchens are another way that some homeowners are turning the backyard into enhanced living space. Some of the features found in these beautiful and functional kitchens include marble counters, a wine fridge, an outdoor sink, plenty of counter space, brick ovens, high end grilling and smoking equipment and even televisions to watch a favorite movie or sporting event. There are endless combinations to create a fully customized outdoor kitchen area. By combining a posh swimming area with a chic outdoor kitchen, there is no need to ever leave the backyard.

The poolside cabana of yesterday was designed for changing clothes and taking refuge from the sun on warm days. Now, many cabanas are being transformed into highly usable space in the form of game or movie rooms. Even the most committed sun lovers will take a short break to enjoy movie theater seating and a popcorn machine. Cabanas complete with a family theater room help make backyard living even more appealing. Families are also finding that a game room cabana is a perfect complement to the backyard pool and kitchen.

By adding some of these inviting additions to the home, the yard can become the highlight of luxury living. A lavish pool, inviting courtyard and backyard oasis can reignite the idea of staying in. An inviting entryway and backyard can add the luxurious and inviting feeling that welcomes the homeowner and guest alike. These are some of the additions that can be made to turn any mediocre outdoor space into the talk of the town.

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  1. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,952 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,980 sqft
  2. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,623 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,243 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,124 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,598 sqft
  4. 6 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 6,185 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,440 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 3,700 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,441 sqft

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