5050 Alpine Rd, Portola Valley, CA
For sale: $15,950,000
This Portola Valley home, coined "Villa Laurison" by its first owner, is designed to embody the grandeur of a Florentine estate. Stone arches, marble outdoor terraces and lush greenery add to a property comprised of over 30 rooms, including 7 bedrooms and 11 baths.
Tree house territory
1857 NW Roundhill Cir, Seattle WA
For sale: $2,250,000
Putting a new spin on the backyard picnic area, how about this platform tree house surrounded by gardens? This home sits in the urban center of Seattle, but you wouldn't know it. The property is an oasis of greenery. Built in 1931, the Spanish-style estate also features water views from its bluff location.
Greening the concrete jungle
196 W Houston St, New York NY
For sale: $14,950,000
A patio with a few trees may not seem like a whole lot, but in Manhattan real estate, private outdoor space is at a premium, like the one found in this 7,500-square-foot Greenwich Village townhouse. According to DeSimone, "New York City apartments with a deeded, usable outdoor space often sell for 20-to-30-percent more than the same apartment without the highly sought-after outdoor access."
Undisclosed address, Charleston SC
For sale: $5,900,000
Dine al fresco out of the Charleston humidity under a leafy canopy, hidden in the corner of the yard. The historic property, while updated, still contains much of its Southern charms with hardwood floors, high ceilings and intricate moldings.
1401 Rubio St, Altadena CA
For sale: $2,995,000
The listing description for this Altadena home has it right. It is a "botanical wonder," boasting two acres of property laden with foliage, green houses and an extensive, vine-wrapped arbor. Listed for the first time in 50 years, the estate contains two parcels, which hold an elegant Colonial as the main house and a generously sized guest house.