11 Luxurious Outdoor Spaces

Take a tour of landscape and design ideas from high-end urban dwellings and resorts.

Photo By: Image courtesy of 432 West 52nd Street: photo by Redundant Pixel

Photo By: Image courtesy of 1 Hotel & Homes project by EDSA: Meyer Davis Studio, Inc.

Photo By: Image courtesy of 1 Hotel & Homes project by EDSA:  Meyer Davis Studio, Inc.

Photo By: Image courtesy of AKA Beverly Hills, www.stayaka.com

Photo By: Image courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Residences’: DBOX

Photo By: Image courtesy of 250N10: LCOR

Photo By: Image courtesy of Century Oaks: DeCaro Luxury Real Estate Auctions

Photo By: Image courtesy of Century Oaks: DeCaro Luxury Real Estate Auctions

Photo By: Image courtesy of Century Oaks: DeCaro Luxury Real Estate Auctions

Photo By: Image courtesy of 50 West: DBOX

Photo By: Image courtesy of 1 Hotel & Homes project by EDSA:  Meyer Davis Studio, Inc.

Photo By: Image courtesy of 155 East 79th Street: Anbau

Photo By: Image courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Residences’ Meditation Garden: DBOX

This is Hell's Kitchen?

Times have changed and what was once one of New York City’s most infamous neighborhoods now offers luxury residences like 432 West 52nd Street which boasts a spectacular rooftop terrace/garden offering 360 degree views of the river and city. Custom built cedar planters divide this outdoor space into a landscaped oasis of flowering plants, shrubs and entertainment areas. 

Bougainvillea Showstopper

Located on the northern border of South Beach, the 1 Hotel & Homes combines residential and resort accommodations into a pristine beachfront location with an accent on the area’s natural beauty. The oceanside lounge area (pictured) with its lovely bougainvillea-covered arbor includes a plant design that gives a tropical twist to the selection of prairie/meadow vegetation.

The Lantern Effect

An interior view of the bougainvillea-covered seaside lounge at the 1 Hotel & Homes complex reveals a playful ceiling pattern of lantern lights. Strategically placed salt-tolerant vegetation gives a Mediterranean vibe.

In the Heart of Beverly Hills

Surrounded by palm trees, this glamorous open terrace at AKA Beverly Hills has the feel of a tropical resort but is actually within close walking distance of L.A.’s Golden Triangle, famous for its world class boutiques along Rodeo Drive and Robertson Boulevard. Raised plant beds, a fire pit and lush border landscaping add extra allure to this space which offers spectacular views of the Hollywood Hills.

Miami Overlook

Multi-trunked, native Everglades Palms provide the appropriate native Florida ambiance for this amazing rooftop setting at The Ritz-Carlton Residences. The 92 foot pool is the crown jewel in Piero Lissoni’s opulent design that incorporates a sweeping view of Miami as well as amenities like private cabanas, a large jacuzzi, and outdoor kitchen.

Brooklyn Getaway

The latest in luxury living in Williamsburg in Brooklyn is the 250N10 which features a furnished roof deck by Me & General Design that incorporates a rock garden, potted plants, sun umbrellas, a BBQ area and lounging options into an organic living space which becomes the perfect urban retreat.

Clearwater Bay View

Combining tropical lushness, stylish landscape design and dazzling views of the Clearwater bay is Century Oaks, a tropical resort in Clearwater, Florida which expertly integrates the natural surroundings into a gated paradise as in this view of one of its swimming pools nestled in a palm tree grove.

Nighttime Mystique

Beyond the pavilion at Century Oaks is a garden gazebo which leads down to a private, covered dock and boat lift where lucky guests can take a moonlight cruise across Clearwater Bay. It’s one of many features at this estate spanning 3.45 acres of oak and palm trees with exotic plants and flowers.

Pool Paradise

Two sprawling in-ground swimming pools occupy a scenic spot on the bay of Clearwater, Florida at Century Oaks, a historic 1915 estate that was once owned by British Formula 1 racer Nigel Mansell and is now for sale.

Up in the Air

Want a panoramic view of the the New York harbor? It might be hard to beat the sight lines offered by the Observatory, 734 feet in the air, at 50 West. The experience is heightened by the rooftop garden setting with its border hedges, raised bed planters, binocular viewing stations and private areas for dining. 

Not Your Usual Pool Decking

This inviting waterfront pool is particularly striking due to the reclaimed Ipe wood decking.

The Balcony is Your Canvas

Designed by Andrew Sheinman of Pembrooke & Ives, the luxury duplex units at 155 East 79th Street on New York’s upper East Side include an exclusive penthouse suite with a private rooftop terrace that can be landscaped according to residents' tastes.

Zenville

Bonsai-like Japanese ligustrum trees, verdant tropical plantings and a seagrape specimen tree are used to create an idyllic meditation garden at The Ritz-Carlton Residences which is accented by pathways of natural stone slabs.