In homes in areas from Cape Cod to California, the front porch, which is usually just an introduction, becomes a destination in its own right where you can enjoy the best of each season.
East Coast style in a quaint Californian setting
Santa Barbara, California | Daniel Carpenter, Sotheby’s International Realty – Brokerage in Santa Barbara
An inviting covered porch lines the front of this light-filled Santa Barbara home, inspired by the iconic Cape Cod residences. It’s perfect for enjoying the idyllic privacy of the landscaped grounds and serves as the perfect introduction to the 3,821 square foot interior that offers a great room, a kitchen with breakfast nook and five bedrooms – including a suite for the second owner with its own living area, kitchen and terrace. The porch leads to a breezy path that connects to another porch that overlooks the leafy back yard.
Southampton, New York | Harald Grant & Bruce Grant, Sotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage
Sunnymeade is one of the most famous and popular homes in Southampton. The shaded wraparound porch is one of the many quiet outdoor areas to soak in the pastoral setting. This includes a refreshing pool and a sun-drenched terrace. The 9,000-square-foot interior is equally enchanting and bright, with six bedrooms, sophisticated living and entertainment spaces, an expertly furnished kitchen with an enviable La Cornue range, and a rare combination of timeless tradition and modern conveniences.
Houston, Texas | Cindy Burns, Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty
Inspired by the iconic New Orleans and Charleston townhouses, this bespoke home on a tree-lined street in Houston’s coveted museum district is ushered in by two airy full-height gallery porches that span almost the width of the facade. The inviting 4,801-square-meter interior of the house features reclaimed brickwork and wooden floors, a media room with a bar and a guest apartment with a kitchen. A covered porch overlooks the heated pool and spa.
Cape Cod charmer
Centerville, Massachusetts | Colleen Riley, Sotheby’s International Realty – Osterville Brokerage
An example of Cape Cod charm, this adorable four bedroom home features formal living and dining rooms, a wet bar, cozy family room, and a stunning kitchen with premium appliances, custom cabinetry, granite countertops, and a mahogany island. The immaculately manicured 1.01 hectare property can be enjoyed on the legendary pillar veranda as well as on the closed three-season veranda, which opens onto a terrace and an outdoor kitchen. A theater with seven seats and a wine cellar round off the exciting pictures.
New Mexico Mountain Retreat
San Jose, New Mexico | Roxanne Apple & Johnnie Gillespie, Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 326 Grant Avenue Brokerage
Located in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo near the banks of El Rito Creek, this serene 115-acre mountain property is anchored by a 2,400-square-foot log home with an open, great space with reclaimed wood floors and a moss-rock fireplace. a kitchen, a bedroom of the owner with a fireplace and wood-paneled bathroom and a sleeping loft with two bedrooms and a private bathroom. The wide, relaxing porch is ideal for dining or exploring the countryside. One path leads to an outdoor plunge pool and hot tub.
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