When summer arrives, the outdoors beckon. It’s an inherent human desire to spend time in the outdoors. Nature not only has the power to make us feel better emotionally, but it also contributes to our physical wellbeing. And if we could spend more time outside, living with all the same comforts that we enjoy inside? All the better.
That’s why the backyard is enjoying its day in the sun. According to a national survey of more than 500 residential-architecture firms in the first quarter of 2016, the American Institute of Architects found that 69% of firms saw increased demand for outdoor living space — the second-highest response since the question was first asked in 2005. Industry analysts even predicted that the market would top $5.7 billion in 2016. Affluent homeowners are adding outdoor pavilions, kitchens, bars, televisions and lush landscaping to their backyards, all in a bid to recreate the feeling they had while they were on vacation. The resort backyard trend has gained ground in sunny California, especially in tony Bay Area enclaves such as Woodside, where land is more plentiful and backyards tend to be spacious.
This beautiful outdoor setting in Woodside represents the ultimate example of a resort atmosphere in the backyard. The residence itself rests on five level, sun-filled acres, making it an optimum setting to recreate your idea of a “staycation.” Can you envision your California summers, lounging by the sparkling pool and spa? Or grilling steaks and whipping up margaritas for your friends in the outdoor kitchen?
Enjoy a relaxing glass of wine in front of the fireplace with your significant other in the outdoor lounge. Bask in the surrounding greenery of lush landscaping — and walk barefoot in the grass to feel the Earth beneath your feet. Watch the kids run and play in their own private “park” with the orchards, a playground and batting cage.
Even guests will feel like they are at a five-star retreat, thanks to a one-bedroom guesthouse. And if that wasn’t enough to satisfy all of your summer dreams, there’s an eight-stall barn that will inspire any budding or serious equestrian.
This central Woodside five-bedroom residence makes it possible to feel like you have “escaped” — without ever leaving your home.