With summertime brings wonderful weather, smiling faces, and a heightened appreciation for the outdoors. In Southern California especially, whether you prefer swimming, barbequing, playing tennis or simply relaxing, the possibilities for outdoor fun are endless. With the luxury homes of SoCal come beautiful and spacious backyard spaces fit for vacationing right at home. Here are seven incredible homes that deliver the full spectrum of outdoor fun and more, right in their own backyards.

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44 Beverly Park (The Beverly Park Estate) | Beverly Hills

With spacious outdoor living rooms, an outdoor chef’s kitchen, and a pro-grade pizza oven, this 17,100 square foot Beverly Park estate provides an area perfect for open-air luxury living. Children can play in a large, park-like grassy yard, while adults soak in the adjacent pool and Jacuzzi. It’s easy to lounge and be lazy here, though the multi-use 2,100 sq. ft. Sports Court may ignite the urge for a competitive game of basketball or tennis.

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Marmont Manor | Sunset Strip

Located just above the Sunset strip, this magical property channels the English Countryside. Features include magnificent gardens, fit for getting lost in for hours, and a swan lake adjacent to the property’s two-story museum and aviary. After getting lost in the garden’s trails, lucky homeowners and their guests can relax by the pool pavilion, which includes a sushi bar, Wok station, and Teppanyaki station for Asian-style cooking. This 3.83 acre space includes outdoor men’s and women’s washrooms and a spacious tennis court.

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12 Bay Island | Newport Beach, CA

Located in the premier “point property” lot of the private Bay Island in Newport Beach, this beautiful home feels like a Balinese Resort. The infinity pool and waterfall overlook a sequestered beach, and a fireplace sits right on top of the ocean water. The secluded terrace includes a rose garden, and as an added bonus, 12 Bay Island has a private dock that can accommodate boats and water toys, and includes a dining area. Finally, just steps from the home, sits a beautiful North-South tennis court.

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30 Latimer Rd | Santa Monica

Located in the Rustic Canyon area of Santa Monica, this 142,222 square foot property provides a tranquil, mountain resort-like feel. The outdoor setting is incredibly private, with a large pool, a sizeable deck, and mature, tall trees that contribute to an incredibly serene feel. The backyard is ideal for hosting large gatherings and basking in the sun.

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4661 White Oak Ave | Encino

While this property’s backyard is the ideal summertime retreat because of its  tennis/basketball court, bricked pool/Jacuzzi area, outdoor bar, and more, it is the amazing legacy behind the home that also adds to its appeal. Jerry Van Dyke, for one, lived there, and added the tennis court. SuperTramp recorded 5 platinum albums in the guesthouse when lead singer Rick Davies owned the property, and added a professional recording studio to the room. The gazebo is adjacent to the sport court, and is quaintly set with Adirondack chairs and ceiling lighting so guests can enjoy a private conversation surrounded by trees.

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3205 Sumac Ridge Road | Malibu

Sometimes, all you need on a nice summer day is a breathtaking view. This Malibu property provides a 270-degree view of the Malibu waters, making it the perfect spot to relax and take in the saltwater serenity. This cliff-side home also features a garden, courtyard and entertainment area that looks as if it were conjured up in a dream.

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Blue Hole Bay | Long Island, Bahamas

This property includes the world’s most beautiful beach, designated one of the top 77 Natural Wonders of the World, as part of its backyard space. Blue Hole Bay wraps around a private Caribbean beach, which includes Dean’s Blue Hole, the deepest undersea cave in the world. Sailing aficionados can make their way to the nearby Stocking Island, a very popular destination in the Caribbean.

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