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10 city gardens that will make you dream of summer

With summer just around the corner, we’re all looking forward to be spending more time outdoors. In bustling cities, finding the perfect urban oasis can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you value privacy and calm, but thanks to these ten homes staying in a city no longer means giving up on your downtime outside.

1. Caroline Close – Bayswater, London

Nature is at the heart of Caroline Close – and not only outside in the seamlessly arranged terrace garden with its abstract sculptures. Inside, you’ve indoor cherry trees, a fish pond and hanging plants above the ping pong table.

Caroline Close

2. The Boat House – Hammersmith, London

The garden at The Boat House caters for all generations – the little ones can explore the private adventure playground with its tree house, while adults enjoy a barbecue at the outdoor dining table or relax in the hot tub.

The Boat House

3. Brackenbury Road II – Shepherd’s Bush, London

In its past life Brackenbury Road II was an office, but reimagined as a white, crisp home, it now invites relaxation in the garden with access through the sliding doors from both the kitchen and the sitting room.

Brackenbury Road II

4. East 51st Townhouse – Turtle Bay, New York

East 51st Townhouse’s highlight is without a doubt its garden with atmospheric lanterns and delicate fairy lights around the table. Through the sliding French doors, this home is just as enlightening inside as out, with worldly photographs and wooden floors.

East 51st Townhouse

5. Bond Street Townhouse – Boerum Hill, New York

Whether you want to dine alfresco under the canopy or hang around in the woven hammock, the choice is yours at Bond Street Townhouse. And the good times don’t stop there – inside you’ve a dedicated yoga room and a claw-foot bathtub in the bathroom.

Bond Street Townhouse

6. Cobble Hill Park – Cobble Hill, New York

The hosts of Cobble Hill Park love nature, and it shows in their picture-perfect garden. Wooden furniture topped with white cushions and bordered with potted plants and copper lanterns invite for sunny afternoons no longer spent indoors.

Cobble Hill Park

7. Rue Pelleport – Nation – Père-Lachaise, Paris

Overlooking the Parisian skyline and the Eiffel Tower, the roof garden at Rue Pelleport leaves nothing to be desired.  And with enormous windows in every room, the views can be enjoyed from indoors too.

Rue Pelleport

8. Rue Chauveau – Neuilly, Paris

Inspired by the great outdoors, Rue Chauveau has ample space both inside and out. The unusual plunge pool in the back garden rests amidst ample greenery, and inside there’s a cinema room and a fitness room.

Rue Chauveau

9. Robinwood Drive – Brentwood, Los Angeles

If you want to get away, Robinwood Drive is your best bet. Not only is there an outdoor pool with separate hot tub, the private deck also hosts sun loungers and a barbecue.

Robinwood Drive

10. Rosewood Avenue – West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Rosewood Avenue is a contemporary temple of relaxation. You’ve a garden with pool and raised hot tub, while up on the second floor there’s a shady Zen garden on the balcony.

Rosewood Avenue

Robinwood Drive

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