There’s no better time than high summer to lay out your favorite table linen, gather your loved ones, and enjoy a leisurely meal under the stars. From poolside palapas to ocean-view terraces, we’ve rounded up six estates with incredible outdoor spaces to inspire your next al fresco gathering.
Blending the magic of the Mediterranean with the laidback luxury of Montecito, this private blufftop estate boasts magnificent 180-degree ocean and mountain views from nearly every room. Represented by Natasha Barrett and Santiago Arana, oversized French doors off grand-scale living spaces open to sweeping terraces that overlook the vast Pacific. Reminiscent of a storybook villa on the French Riviera, the home’s expansive grounds are perfect for an elaborate Sunday supper—the crashing ocean an ideal soundtrack.
Tucked away in the desirable gated community of El Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas, this newly constructed oceanview retreat, represented by Janet Jensen and Eduardo Espinosa, was built by one of Mexico’s foremost architects, Jacinto Avalos. Lined with sliding pocket doors that open the great room and kitchen to the pool, grounds and stunning ocean views beyond, the home makes al fresco dining a natural component of the living experience. Whether hosting an elaborate sit-down meal in the airy great room, throwing a casual fiesta under the charming poolside palapa or indulging in a sunset supper for two on the master terrace, al fresco dining is effortless.
Located at the top of the Palisades Riviera, this enchanting, ocean-view estate, represented by Dan Urbach, was completely reimagined in 2010 by renowned architect Steve Gianetti. Set on a flat, half-acre lot with an expansive lawn, swimmer’s pool, breathtaking gardens and head-on city, ocean and canyon views, you’ll find every excuse in the book to enjoy your meal outside. Grab a blanket and baguette for a Sunday picnic on the lawn, or invite your nearest and dearest for an elegant dinner under the poolside loggia against a backdrop of the Santa Monica bay and sparkling city lights.
Showcasing approximately 1.4 acres in Beverly Hills, this iconic Paul Williams-designed compound, represented by Stacy Gottula, is replete with lush, park-like grounds primed for a picnic or al fresco dinner of one’s dreams. Boasting tree views from almost every room and oak floors throughout, the primary residence holds five bedrooms, including two master suites, two staff quarters, seven baths and three powder rooms. A formal living room features vaulted ceilings and French doors that open to secluded outdoor patios overlooking the professional north-south-facing tennis court, perfect for enjoying an aperitif under the stars.
The Roaring Twenties meet the 21st Century at this classic Hunt and Burns estate in Hancock Park’s historic Windsor Square. Impeccably restored and expanded by Bowery Design Group, the elegant home, represented by Blair Chang and Billy Rose, showcases lush, baroque grounds perfectly conceived for outdoor entertaining. Studded with mature trees, manicured lawns are ideal for afternoon picnics, while a barbecue area and poolside cabana with an outdoor fireplace is perfect for cozying up with your sweetheart after a star-studded soirée.
Perched atop a promontory in the Hollywood Hills, the grounds of this sophisticated 1927 Spanish home, represented by Eric Lavey, will inspire year-round al fresco dining and entertaining. Complete with a tree-shaded dining area overlooking views of the hills, the grassy, terraced backyard with a courtyard pool and spa appears as if plucked from the Tuscan countryside. Whether enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning or hosting an elaborate Sunday brunch for friends and family, every meal assumes a magic quality.