5 Spacious Backyards And Outdoor Spaces We Loved In 2021

lounge chair sitting next to an infinity pool at a luxury home
From state-of-the-art amenities to incredible pools, Forbes Global Properties' favorites backyards of 2021 had it all.

While outdoor space has always been a desirable feature for any home, the pandemic has made it even more important. A great backyard can also help increase resale value. But most importantly, it is something that can be used and enjoyed.

Looking back at 2021, there was a lot to love when it came to spacious backyards and luxury homes with incredible outdoor spaces. Whether you are looking for a new primary residence or vacation home with a fabulous property, here are some of the top luxury homes currently on the market with incredible backyards and outdoor spaces.

brick spa surrounded by palm trees at the biltmore estates neighborhood in phoenix, arizona

A stunning landscape is one of the many reasons we gravitated towards this lush spread in the coveted Biltmore Estates section of Phoenix, Arizona. (RETSY)

Stately Living In Phoenix’s Biltmore Estates

Arizona is a state known for its beautiful landscapes and homes with dream-like properties, but this gated Biltmore Estates compound stands out from the rest. The outdoor space has an oversized patio, full kitchen, gazebo, pool, and fountain. The dining area is covered and has a fan, so it shouldn’t get too hot even on the most brutal days. There simply isn’t a better place to entertain. But these aren’t the only reasons to consider this property.

large covered patio at a luxury home in phoenix arizona

A massive covered patio provides cover for a sitting area, barbecue and bar top. (RETSY)

This eight-bedroom, eleven-bathroom home which measures a generous 10283 feet has stunning traditional interiors, a private elevator, a kitchen with Sub Zero and Wolf appliances, imported Italian marble, and even two guest houses situated on the property.

rendering of a modern villa with walls of glass and a pool in javea, spain

Walls of sliding glass doors connect the indoor-outdoor living spaces, making the pool area part of the main communal space. (Inmobiliaria Rimontgo)

State-Of-The-Art Living In Jávea, Spain

If you’re looking for a European home with a gorgeous view and an equally breathtaking backyard, this modern villa in Javea, Spain, surely won’t disappoint. This customizable, to-be-built residence is a perfect example of indoor/outdoor living, with a living room door slides open to reveal a sleek, modern pool and views for days. With plenty of room for lounging around the pool, it’s easy to see why this home is so desirable.

modern living room with polished concrete floors and open wall that flows directly to the pool

The pool is situated above the home’s exercise room, allowing for a direct view of the water. (Inmobiliaria Rimontgo)

Best of all, the pool is above the gym, so there is a window with a direct view of the water. Modern details like this are rarely added to any home. 


The Kauai retreat, recently renovated to capture light and trade winds, features a desirable combination of amenities and design pedigree. (Hawaii Life)

Epic Scenery Meets Sophisticated Design

What could be a better outdoor space than the naturally plush landscape of Kauai? Situated atop one of the area’s most epic hilltops, this five-bedroom, five-bathroom home was designed by Caesar Alonso. With views of the ocean and mountains, there isn’t a prettier place to live. Whether you prefer to sit and watch the sunset, the sunrise, or a beautiful rainbow after a storm, this property has it all and so much more. With three acres, there’s a variety of mature fruit trees, including mango, avocado, lime, banana, and grapefruit.

outdoor dining room on a covered deck in hawaii

Decking extends the home’s livable footprint outward and creates space for outdoor dining, entertaining and even yoga. (Hawaii Life)

But it’s not just about the landscape— the backyard has plenty of luxurious amenities, including a pool and hot tub. 

In addition to all of this, there are 1064 square feet of decks perfect for family meals, entertaining friends, or just relaxing and reading a book. There’s even a deck specifically designed for practicing yoga and exercising. What could be a better place to namaste? 

resort style tropical roof luxury home with private dock in the bahamas

This resort-style home features more than 3,000 square feet of outdoor living space—more square footage than the average-size U.S. home. (MAISON Bahamas)

A Sun-Kissed Life In The Bahamas

If you’re looking for a home to vacation, entertain and live an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, there simply isn’t a better place than this architecturally significant waterfront villa in The Bahamas. 

This six-bedroom, five-bathroom house has over 3,000 square feet of outdoor space. Outside of the great room, on the harbor side of the property, a poolside terrace is furnished with beautiful seating for lounging, relaxing, or watching the kids in the pool. There are also two outdoor showers and a large dining table under a roofed pergola, ideal for outdoor meals no matter what the weather is. A grill and pingpong table round out all of these great features. 

swimming pool and spa area at a luxury home located at 112 Harbour's Way Nassau, NP

This six-bedroom, five-bathroom house has over 3,000 square feet of outdoor space. Outside of the great room, on the harbor side of the property, a poolside terrace is furnished with beautiful seating for lounging, relaxing, or watching the kids in the pool. (MAISON Bahamas)

The rest of this home, which is located on an acre of waterfront land in the gated community of Ocean Club Estates, is just as noteworthy. It has stunning cathedral ceilings with stained maple wood beams and marble countertops and a state-of-the-art European kitchen.

suburban windermere neighborhood of toronto, ontario, luxury home with stone accents and dormer roof

This Toronto, Ontario, property proves that you don’t need to live in the suburbs to have an incredible backyard.

Suburban Bliss In Toronto

This gorgeous property proves that you don’t need to live in the suburbs to have an incredible backyard. This home makes the cold Canadian winters worthwhile with a pool, hot tub, waterfall, expansive deck, and professional landscaping. 

backyard living area and swimming pool at a toronto luxury home located at 35 York Road

This estate in a suburb of Toronto, Ontario, proves that a few touches like a waterfall feature and a fire pit can go a long way in the backyard. (Barry Cohen Homes)

The inside of the four-bedroom, six-bathroom house is just as fantastic. With gorgeous floor and ceiling moldings, it has charm in spades. 


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