Atlanta area homes offer relaxing outdoor spaces

Real Estate Agent with Solid Source Realty GA 320764

The modern Good Life is lived in outdoor spaces as well as indoors, especially in places with accommodating climates like Georgia. That’s why I believe that outdoor spaces for relaxation and entertaining will soon be a must-have feature for any new construction home.

Relaxing, for many people (myself included), conjures images of lounging poolside or deckside with a cool and refreshing drink in one hand and a good read in the other. Or it might mean gathering with family and friends around an outdoor table for a casual barbecue or even an elegant twilight dinner.

That's why modern house-hunters are shopping for homes with their outdoor options in mind.

Large home or small, suburban or in-town, people nowadays want  to be able to go outside and play in their own backyard, so to speak -- even if that backyard is a balcony high above a city sidewalk, or a roomy porch outfitted for partying, like this one I sold in a McDonough GA short sale.

McDonough GA short sale with entertainers deck


Beyond the small slab patio.


Today's idea of the good life -- or more precisely I should say my idea of the good life -- might include starting the day with a walk and a swim, and winding it up in the Jacuzzi with a view of the sun setting somewhere just beyond the fire pit


Speaking for myself, I love to have my morning coffee on the deck and enjoy the fresh air and the sounds of the neighborhood coming to life. The patio is where I relax and reflect in the cool of the afternoon, with Bible, binoculars and bird-watching field guide all close at hand.


The outdoor spaces of a property could make or break the deal for people like me.


wicker rocking chair on a southern porch


And the Good Life includes room to grow, literally. So, there should also be space for exercising green thumbs, or at least enjoying some greenery if desired.


Whether it’s a single family residence or a hi-rise condo, modern buyers desire comfortable and well-appointed outdoor spaces.  Every new home should be designed with options for outdoor living spaces beyond the teeny-tiny balcony or the standard single slab patio. Builders that include true outdoor living space as a standard feature add value to their buyers that will set them apart from the pack.

Fulton County GA home with screened porch

I think every new home floor plan should incorporate outdoor living spaces as standard options, such as a paved entry courtyard, perhaps an interior atrium or romantic and private outdoor patio off the master suite, and  definitely a backyard entertainment room (with or without the water features) -- in other words  more “outside”, with the comforts of “ inside”.

A basic, bare bones outdoor room that has a floor and a roof, and electrical outlets and basic water and gas lines to accommodate an outdoor kitchen should be offered free of charge; but if I were the builder, I would offer a choice of configurations and options for creating  a private oasis retreat with year-round options for the family.

What about you? What is your must-have feature of the future when you dream about your ultimate home sweet home?




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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Elva.  These Atlanta homes look like wonderful choices for anyone looking to move to the area.

Jun 20, 2017 07:29 AM #1
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

To avoid being redundant, I won't say exactly what I said in the last comment but the outdoors can also be just a soothing and just as home as anything else. :)

Jun 20, 2017 04:09 PM #2
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Laura Cerrano 

Jun 20, 2017 04:11 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Elva I agree we need to incorporate outdoor space and looking at the sun room reminds me of Diane nagging me to do something like that, but she also wants to opportunity to have it Air conditioned if she wants it...go figure:))Endre

Jun 20, 2017 09:12 PM #4
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

A relaxing outdoor space is just as appealing when purchasing as the inside.  Nice pics!

Jun 21, 2017 04:05 AM #5
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