The long weekend signals the kickoff of the summer grilling season, and our thoughts have turned to cooking outdoors.
With visions of tasty grilled meats and veggies making their way through our minds, we looked at tantalizing outdoor kitchens in luxury homes for sale.
We love an al fresco cooking space, preferably one with stainless-steel appliances, a great view, and plenty of room to (safely) host guests. We’ve spotted eight homes with absolutely scrumptious setups.
And given the ongoing ripple effects of the pandemic, the emphasis on a particularly appetizing outdoor space may be way more than an afterthought for home buyers.
Let these backyard banquet spaces serve as inspiration. Even if you’re not considering a move, it’s always fun to take in on some of the most droolworthy open-air cook spaces around.
So pour a glass of rosé, light the charcoal, and tour these eight great outdoor kitchens…
Kitchen confidential: Cook all day at this spectacular outdoor kitchen, which features a barbecue, pizza oven, and full dining area.
The kitchen and the two-story beach front villa sit on approximately 2.78 acres with a pool and path down to the beach.
Designed by architect Doug Burdge, this mansion, built in 2010, has a seamless indoor-outdoor space for entertaining. The main level offers an ocean-view great room, double-height living room, dining area, plus a home theater, billiard-room, and ocean-view master suite.
When you’re done cooking, there’s a 2,500 square-foot rooftop terrace with a fire pit.
Kitchen confidential: Leave it to the wine country to offer a primo place for a movable feast.
This kitchen features plenty of counter space, a barbecue, pizza oven, and bar seating. Located on a grand Napa Valley estate of 40 acres, the property includes acres of vineyards and panoramic views.
Meanwhile, you’ll have no problem pairing a vintage with your meal—the 9,600-square-foot main residence includes a wine cellar and tasting room. The grounds feature patios, terraces, pool, lawns, orchards, an organic garden, and a guest casita.
Kitchen confidential: No mirage here! Built in 1979, this Coachella Valley property has been completely renovated inside and out.
It now features an “ultimate” outdoor kitchen with a pass-through window to the main residence.
The indoor-outdoor living spaces also feature a stone arched loggia enclosing the outdoor living area, with a fireplace. The five-bedroom residence offers a media room with bar and fireplace, office, and a 700-bottle wine cellar.
Kitchen confidential: Built in 2016, this private seaside estate lacks for nothing. Whip up an outdoor feast from your outdoor kitchen with water and coastline views.
Other outdoor features include a dining area, infinity pool, soaking spa, and lawn. The five-bedroom, French-inspired manor is made from stucco and limestone, with modern interior spaces, high ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Kitchen confidential: Sheltered behind a gate and hidden down a private lane, this enormous estate offers respite in the heart of the city.
Surrounded by live oak trees on 12.5 acres, the grounds create a perfect backdrop for the open-air kitchen, dining, and gathering space.
In addition, the 25,372-square-foot mansion includes a gourmet indoor kitchen, media room, and pool.
Kitchen confidential: We can’t resist a kitchen with a view. This modern waterfront beach house in the heart of South Beach offers an outdoor paradise.
Fully renovated inside and out, it has a well-equipped outdoor kitchen and entertaining lounge—surrounded by tropical gardens.
The rooftop deck offers sumptuous views of the Sunshine State. Inside, you’ll find a bar, wine storage, as well as a separate kids’ wing. (You might really appreciate that concept these days.)
Kitchen confidential: This one-of-a-kind estate on a golf course offers a glorious covered outdoor kitchen, fireplace, dining, and entertaining area.
Inside, the 11,500-square-foot European-inspired mansion has an inviting floor plan, two-story study, and formal dining room.
In addition to the kitchen, the large outdoor space has a pool and spa, as well as a large yard.
Kitchen confidential: Built in 2018, the modern Craftsman offers custom amenities and overlooks Lake Gaston.
The picturesque property features an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven, fire pit, and outdoor seating.
With over 7,000 square feet, the interior living area includes two full kitchens, a theater, exercise room, and wine cellar. In addition, the lakefront home features a deepwater boathouse.