Cookbook author Claudia Roden’s assertion that “everything tastes better outdoors” is certainly true at these four distinctive homes with alfresco dining spaces. Every meal is accompanied by views of verdant vineyards, majestic mountains, and other idyllic settings.
Modern Elegance in Houston
Inspired in design, this modern six-bedroom home in Houston’s Bellaire community is ideal for peaceful day-to-day living and festive entertaining. A grand entry leads to spaces finished with Venetian plaster walls, walnut floors, cathedral ceilings, and cedar beams. The oversized estate site affords room for a swimming pool and spa, a guesthouse, a sports court, and a covered patio with a summer kitchen and a perfect space for alfresco dining. The numerous contemporary conveniences include an estate-wide generator and a security system.
Occupying some four acres surrounded by grape vines and mountains, this enchanting wine country compound boasts a 6,035-square-foot home, an alluring pool and spa, a barn designed for entertaining, and a versatile two-bedroom guesthouse. The main residence offers four bedrooms, an airy open-plan great room, and numerous outdoor living spaces, including an alfresco dining area with stately stone walls that frame a vast view of the pool and verdant vineyards.
Santa Fe Contemporary
Northwest of Santa Fe in the exclusive community of Las Campanas, this exemplary 3,600-square-foot contemporary home enjoys singular views that sweep from one mountain range to another. The floor plan features three bedroom suites; an open-concept kitchen, dining area, and living area; a butler’s pantry; a media room; and a two-car garage with electric-vehicle chargers. One of the two covered patios features a built-in grill, a pizza oven, a water feature, and a gas fire pit, making it perfect for gatherings and meals outdoors.
This five-bedroom Mediterranean-inspired villa nestled amid the enchanting greenery of the Santa Ynez Valley is a stylish haven in the heart of Montecito. The kitchen opens to a covered outdoor dining area with romantic vine-draped archways giving way to a sitting area with a fire pit tucked beneath a shady tree. The alluringly colorful grounds also offer a bocce court, a pool and spa, and a courtyard with a fireplace, a built-in grill, and additional space for alfresco meals.