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June 6, 2012

Upscale Garden Spaces Help Sell Homes

Syndicated — Green space helps filter the surrounding air, provides oxygen, and, according to some studies, increases relaxation and even reduces pain. It can also be a boon to real estate, since the presence of an outdoor (or indoor) oasis can help sell a home.

According to real estate agent Brendon DeSimone, "nearly every home buyer considers the outdoors in some way as a requirement for a property they're considering."

Certainly this is in the case with luxury real estate, where outdoor spaces are often as opulent as the interiors. Stone patios, infinity pools meeting ocean and sky; outdoor gas fireplaces, private cabanas and curated greenery: All combine to create the perfect garden - and a major selling point for buyers looking for their personal Shangri-La.

Pond-perfect

17872 Via De Fortuna, Rancho Santa Fe CA

For sale: $8,950,000

A small private lake? Check. Green willows, lily pads and a small guest house overlooking it all? Check. Swan? Well, a swan is about the only thing missing from this watery wonderland. And if the private lake isn't enough to sway you, the grounds of this Encinitas house also feature a full equestrian facility, tennis court, pool and spa.

Conservatory chic

22380 NW Meier Rd, Hillsboro OR

For sale: $15 million

This Hillsboro home for sale sits on 93 pastoral acres with pools, barns, a lake, landscaped gardens and trellises, as well as an enormous green house filled with foliage and charming places to sit. The home is just as expansive at 9,516 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.

Bringing Outdoors In

2406 - 2408 Carver Bay, Whitefish MT

For sale: $12,950,000

Sure, this Whitefish home features 224-square-feet of lakefront, but even more impressive are the ponds and water features that abut the home's enormous flagstone patios. The 7,905-square-foot main home is accompanied by two separate guest houses to total 9,575 square feet of living space on over an acre of land.

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