In the summer, a good outdoor space can add all kinds of square footage to your home. Outdoor kitchens keep the heat outside the house; a pool deck becomes your new living room, and covered porches take the place of family rooms. These three Bucks County homes feature outdoor spaces stunning enough to entice you away from the central air conditioning.
61 Sheep Hole Road, Ottsville
Monthly taxes: $2,184
Tell me all about it: Sheep Hole Farm has it all. The property includes a main house in what used to be the original barn, as well as a stone guest house, several cottages and a series of sprawling grounds and remarkable outdoor spaces. Yes, the property features a dazzling in-ground pool and a professional tennis court. It also boasts private scenic walking trails and creeks. But the pièce de résistance is an outdoor dining room housed in an old, oversized aviary that can be reached only via motorized seat lifting you into the room.
17 Stonebridge Crossing Road, Newtown
Monthly taxes: $4,264
Tell me all about it: Stonebridge Manor is a 22.34 acre estate with beautiful finishes inside and out. The interior boasts an enormous gourmet kitchen, complete with dual Sub-Zero refrigerators and dual Asko dishwashers as well as a huge granite island. The adjacent breakfast room features heated floors. Outside, the home includes a series of terraces and patios as well as a beautiful in-ground pool with its own spa and waterfall. A pool house opens on one side with a virtually outdoor kitchen. The property also features a full-sized tennis court.
0000 N. Main Street, New Hope
Monthly taxes: $4,295
Tell me all about it: This four-bedroom New Hope home is situated directly on the Delaware River with views of Lambertville and the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge. Inside, it boasts features such as an invisible TV, high-end appliances, a central vacuum, and a master suite with dual baths and dual walk-in closets. Outside is a huge rear yard with mature plantings and a double patio with built-in grill, refrigerator, an outdoor TV and a stone fireplace. A staircase at the end of the lawn also leads to a private dock.