With summer in full swing, homeowners in the GTA are flexing their green thumbs and sprucing up their outdoor spaces. We’re seeing landscaping, outdoor entertainment spaces, and poolside cabanas spring to life across the city.
These outdoor abodes are also a key selling point. That’s why it’s so important that homeowners looking to list their homes shine a spotlight on the entire property: lawns, canopies, balconies, and all.
If you’re home-hunting, remember that the inside of a home is only one part of this major purchase. Remember to consider some of the following outdoor features features that help to make a house a home all-year round:
Look at the landscaping
Before you buy, decide how much time and effort you’re willing to put into your yard and gardens, and choose a home that suits your needs.
Ogle those outdoor sitting areas
With a well-designed yard, you can easily double your living space in the summer months!
Bask in balconies and porches
Smaller outdoor spaces can have a big impact, too. With a few strategic pieces of décor, you can shine a spotlight on a previously overlooked nook.
If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard pool, maximize your yard with ample furniture for lounging, relaxing, and entertaining.
The good news? With an increase in listings on the market right now, you’ll have your pick of homes that offer some, if not all, of the above outdoor amenities.
Here are some sample listings that you may want to start a summer romance with, and will help you maximize your time outside, whatever the season
Entertainer’s delight at 102 Burgess Crescent, Newmarket
Invite your friends and family to enjoy the fleeting summer nights in your beautifully finished backyard, complete with large deck. The open concept living space seamlessly connects the indoors and out, making entertaining a breeze.
Backyard oasis at 282 Jeffcoat Drive, Etobicoke
Find tranquility in the backyard oasis of this spacious 3-bedroom detached home in West Humber Estates. With an inground pool, hot tub, and plenty of private patio space, your summer soirees will be the talk of the town!
Raise the roof(-top patio) at 101-52 Sumach Street, Toronto
If you call this Corktown condo your future home, you can enjoy a ~400 Sqft rooftop terrace—a backyard with sky for days. This bright spot also features floor-to-ceiling windows so you can get your fill of natural light (and the nearness to nightlife doesn’t hurt).
Comfy canopy at 230 Dovercourt Road, Toronto
Get cozy under the leafy (and we mean actual leaves!) canopy in this home’s sunny, lush back garden. The Little Portugal rowhouse and its stain-glass windows have all the vibes of a calm country vacation which you won’t have to leave the city to enjoy—inside and out, all year long.