Sometimes, we have to ask ourselves if it is best to have a really eye-catching front yard or an impeccable backyard. Which would you choose? Although large front yards are rare here in Southern California compared to the rest of the country, we can’t help but think about the curb appeal they can give your home if you’re lucky to have one.
With wraparound porches, lush landscaping, and detailed stair designs, we’ve gathered some of our favorite homes with welcoming front yards.
Presented by David Offer
One of the most stunning homes you’ll ever set eyes on, trust us! With its grand architecture and perfectly manicured lawn and simple walkway, the entrance of the home is the focal point, accented by the front yard landscape. The small shrubs by the front door add a welcoming touch to the property without being too overwhelming. It also features five bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a pool, cabana, theater, and gym. French doors and bay windows throughout the home will make you never want to leave!
Presented by Mae Joyce Rhoten
This fully renovated masterpiece offers seamless indoor/outdoor living and an open floor plan. The colorful flowers are a stunning addition to the yard. The dark stone pavers and off-white walls contrast nicely, allowing the flowering plants to catch the eye. Though you won’t have to worry about mowing or tending a lawn with a yard like this, this beautiful foliage requires lots of water. Its entertainment areas feature high ceilings, a gourmet kitchen, butler’s pantry, indoor/outdoor seating and dining areas, and a dream backyard with a pool and spa. Plus, it even features a stable and barn with space for two horses. So perfect!
Presented by Marsha Kotlyar
The many wonderful amenities throughout this spectacular home include dark wood floors, numerous windows with custom window treatments, top of the line appliances, and plenty of French doors. Outside, a private entertaining terrace awaits, complete with a fireplace, pool, outdoor grill, lush lawns, and a flourishing rose garden. Everything about this landscape design is polished and luxurious, from the lush natural grass to the perfectly maintained bushes.
Presented by Ellen McCormick
This quiet oasis is ideal for those seeking privacy and solace in the midst of natural beauty. Modern and very inviting, the house wraps around its large, corner lot giving every room a view of the inspiring setting. Does it get any better than that? This is great inspiration for your front yard landscape if you’re looking to make the outdoor space, and not the home itself, the main focal point. The large trees and tall shrubs are serene and captivating.
Presented by Kellie Roche Clenet
This single-level, solar-powered home boasts a great room with exposed-beam ceilings, skylights, and French doors. It also features a remodeled chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances, plus formal dining and living rooms. The terraced rear yard resembles a subtropical oasis with oak trees, citrus groves, and rosebushes. If you are looking to conserve water (or save money on your water bill), consider planting succulents and native plants like this yard!
Presented by Kathleen K. Hanlon
Rest up after a long day in the front porch swing, on this quiet street surrounded by original Coronado cottages. In the backyard, enjoy your evenings outside on the covered patio area with a built in fireplace and BBQ. We cannot think of anything better. A white picket fence is no match for this crisp white railing. With its palm trees and tropical vibes, this laid-back beach landscape will have you feeling like you’re on vacation all year long.
Presented by David Marchetti
Imagine waking up to beautiful sunrises over the ocean and ending the day enjoying warm sunset views of the city and mountains of Santa Barbara. A spacious Mediterranean home with a modern, open-floor plan located on the top of the Alta Mesa neighborhood that offers mountain, city, and ocean views. The landscape is highlighted by beautiful, drought-resistant plants surrounding this stunning home.
Presented by Joel Blumenfeld
This Bay Park custom-build boasts superior quality design and features four bedrooms, a detached Casita, and enchanting outdoor living space that includes a 450-square-foot roof top deck with bay views. Built for grand scale living and entertaining, only the finest modern elements were used, including French Oak wide-plank hardwood flooring and Velvet Quartz countertops. The dramatic entryway features a contemporary front door elevated over the front porch, which is perfect for relaxing and soaking up sunlight.
Presented by Maria Colapinto
This beautiful and rare former model home has an impressive entry foyer with a romantic round staircase. The pink hydrangeas cascade over the archway and contrast beautifully with the blue door. In the backyard, find an ultra private pool and spa with a waterfall, fire feature, and built-in grill, refrigerator, and bar.
Presented by Gary and Lisa Schoeffler
Captivating ocean and Channel Island views make watching the sunset feel like you are on vacation every day in this stunning home! Vibrant low-water landscaping, citrus trees, cascading fountain pond, and bocce court make entertaining with friends a pure joy, and supports quiet peaceful moments.
Presented by Dan Grube
With vaulted ceilings, upgraded baseboards, plantation shutters, and crown molding throughout, this home also enjoys stainless steel appliances, a newly-installed wine cooler, ceiling fans, and more. The backyard is close to perfection and ready for a party with its Tiki bar, fire pit, built-in BBQ, Jacuzzi hot tub, and assorted seating, plus relaxation and play areas.
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