The summer heat shows no signs of dipping anytime soon, so imagine cooling down in one of these five @properties listings. These on-the-market homes boast secluded backyard retreats to enjoy when it’s too hot to consider doing much else.
Dive into the below to imagine yourself stepping out of your back door into your own tranquil sanctuary — or better yet, make an appointment to see them in person.
Private Outdoor Living Room
Location: Glenview, IL
Listed by: Connie Nadia Dornan
This French-inspired, East Glenview home offers a fully private, secluded outdoor oasis. Located immediately adjacent to the pergola and outdoor kitchen means there is little need to venture indoors. Prepare a French 75 at the outdoor bar, situate your lounge chair in between the artfully designed boxwoods, and transport yourself to a summer on the French Riviera.
Mediterranean Living in the Western Suburbs
Location: Downers Grove, IL
Listed by: Mark Baetzel
There’s no reason to head to the Amalfi Coast when this custom-built, Italianate-style home has its own beautiful outdoor oasis. A true representation of indoor-outdoor living, the in-ground pool, and hot tub are surrounded by a stone patio, expansive yard, and expertly designed landscaping. When it’s time to transition to aperitivo, freshen up in the pool house, complete with a kitchen, full bathroom, laundry room and changing room. Take in the backyard scenery while sipping a Negroni and dining alfresco, on your choice of three covered patios.
Location: Winnetka, IL
Listed by: Glo Rolighed
Located on the Indian Hill golf course, this East Coast-style home’s renovated indoor pool can be enjoyed year-round. Stop by the Trifecta Grill to pick up a lobster roll to enjoy on the outdoor bluestone terrace, after you work up an appetite swimming laps. With an indoor pool, home theater room, poker room, wine cellar, exercise room, and immediate golf course access, every day will feel like a Nantucket staycation.
Swimming with a Lake View
Location: St. Joseph, MI
Listed by: Chris J Marzke
The ultimate summer home, this Michigan vacation house is the ideal destination for both kids, and kids at heart. The outdoor pool, which offers breathtaking lake views, comes with a water slide when it’s time to play, and a hot tub when it’s time to wind down and take in a pure Michigan sunset. This home is the perfect canvas to build family memories for generations to come.
Rustic Indiana Retreat
Location: Michigan City, IN
Listed by: Rose Elipani
A nature lover’s haven, this Michigan City custom-built home is a private getaway destination. Situated on 10 acres, the in-ground pool and waterslide are adjacent to a gazebo that houses a hot tub, TV and sound system, and a private stream that runs through the backyard. Built for a true Equestrian, the pool also overlooks a pole barn with two horse stalls, a three-car garage, a fenced horse pen and a natural pond. After a long day swimming, horseback riding and exploring the grounds, kick back and relax around the in-ground, backyard fire pit.