Living Outside All Year in Highland Park
May 1st, 2014 | by Michelle
The home at 4412 Belclaire Avenue in Highland Park offers premiere indoor/outdoor living and exceptional space for entertaining. Listed for $3,995,000. Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
Rooms that flow seamlessly from inside to out, play spaces that encourage fun and fitness and resort-worthy pools are extending living space well beyond a home’s four walls and adding value to the bottom line. Here are expert suggestions on suggestions on which outdoor amenities are in high demand among buyers moving to and throughout the area.
Today, the outside starts inside with fabulous windows and doors that roll, glide and slide away to connect beautifully designed screened porches, porticos and seating areas. These outdoor living rooms feature deep cushion seating and plenty of tables for holding books, drinks and a remote control for operating a weatherproof big screen TV. Misters, fans and mosquito prevention make these spaces even more comfortable.
Also, outdoor kitchens complete with smokers, grills, wine coolers, ice makers and refrigerators and lots of prep/counter space are moving the cooking outside for much of the year.
Beyond these patio respites are fabulous pools, perfect for escaping the heat of a Texas summer. Many feature resort-style details such as negative-edge designs, luxurious spas, fire pits and fountains that add the soothing sound of flowing water.
Sports are also playing a big part in outdoor living spaces with putting greens a popular addition to many homes set on large lots. Basketball and sport courts, many wired with outdoor sound systems, and lighting for night time play, are also extending the many uses of outdoor spaces.
Agents describe outdoor living as the ‘undiscovered’ square footage of a home expands the usefulness of a home well beyond its four walls.
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