Luxury Defined spotlights a collection of homes with spectacular outdoor fireplaces and firepits for alfresco living
Welcome, Summer! How we have missed you! But most of all we’ve missed those balmy evenings and dark summer nights under the stars. To that end, Luxury Defined presents six homes with enchanting outdoor spaces warmed by firelight for that cozy summer soiree. Whether a lavish garden terrace or a casual pool deck, that welcoming hearth or firepit can transform an outdoor space into an alluring venue for alfresco relaxation and contemplation. Summer nights, starlit firelights, smoke rises, our spirits fly.
Luxury Compound in Bozeman, Montana
The private compound of award-winning Bozeman architect Jerry Locati, this spectacular Montana home connects the built environment with the natural landscape. Locati designed the 7,929-square-foot, main house, 1,943-square-foot guest house, a building with the ultimate “man cave,” and 42+ acres setting for luxurious four-season living for all members of the family. Seamless transitions from inside to outside are key tenets of this home. The outdoor living spaces include a stone terrace with sunken firepit and plunge pool, a heated dining patio with wood-burning fireplace, and surround-sound throughout to set the mood. The interior spaces abound with timber frame and reclaimed wood to create a sophisticated yet rustic ambience. There are the expected luxury amenities—wine cellar, gourmet kitchen, and master suite—and more unusual ones, like the theater and stage. A recreation lake and golf and archery ranges complete one of the finest estates in Bozeman.
Dream Villa in Simonstad, Western Cape, South Africa
One of the most spectacular homes in the wind-free heart of Simon’s Town, this ocean-view villa was designed by eco-architect Keith Struthers of Natural Architecture to be at one with its environment. The rustic stone exterior, shaded by arching, trellised wood awnings, frames vast, swiveling glass panels overlooking the sheltered winter harbor of False Bay. A swimming pool and gorgeous, all-seasons, communal firepit have a sea view. The interior space offers magnificent two-level, open-plan living yet on a human scale. Atop the elegant, curved, open stairway are two contemporary bedrooms. A separate, self-contained one-bedroom cottage, a double garage, and a landscaped garden are further highlights. There are expansion opportunities available, with plans approved to realize them.
Zen-Like Retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona
This Zen-like sanctuary occupies 1.4 acres of the northern slope of Pinnacle Peak Mountain in the gated Scottsdale enclave of Estancia. The 5,196-square-foot home was featured on the cover of Luxe Magazine for its “Glamour Zen” design. The stacked-stone and stucco exterior seamlessly blends with the desert landscape. Inside are open-plan living spaces with artistic touches. Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors showcase the mountain vistas and lead out to alfresco living areas. A raised firepit is the focal point of a dining patio and sundeck. Steps away is an infinity lap pool with a front-row view of Pinnacle Peak. The formal sitting room is anchored by a double-sided fireplace clad in bronze-leaf limestone. Other artistic touches include gold glass tiles in the master bathroom, beautiful silk rugs, and custom bronze furnishings.
Contemporary Villa in Vienna, Austria
The sleek, minimalist lines of this contemporary villa create a superbly designed “machine for living in,” as Le Corbusier would put it, where structural elements, finishes, and fixtures become objects of beauty in themselves. The 2,592-square-foot interior extends across four floors. Sliding glass doors frame the views of Wahring, the historic 18th district on the edge of the Vienna Woods, and open to wraparound verandahs, including a grand terrace with glass-enclosed firepit. The ground floor comprises a light-filled living room with an open fireplace, a gourmet kitchen, library, and guest suite. It opens to a pool and private garden. The lower level has a wellness center with sauna, steam bath, and hot tub, as well as a wine cellar and staff/guest suite. There are three additional bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, on the first floor. The water system, pool, and four-car garage are solar heated throughout the year; in winter, the energy demand is supplemented by natural gas. The villa is only a short walk from a large park, and 15 minutes from the Innere Stadt.
Modernist Marvel at The Morrison in Palm Springs, California
Dramatic, immaculate, and spacious, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom home in the gated community of The Morrison is a quintessential Palm Springs contemporary. An open floor plan finished in shades of vanilla ice cream showcases a great room with 10-foot ceilings, a main-level bedroom and bathroom, upper level master suite with beautiful mountain views, spa-like master bath, and an en suite bedroom. Amenities include Porcelanosa tile flooring, Viking appliances, Ceasarstone countertops, Hans Grohe fixtures, and two sets of Fleetwood sliding doors. The custom details include a built-in sound system with speakers throughout the house, walk-in closets, built-in cabinets in the garage, and proprietary solar panels. The private east-facing rear yard welcomes the morning sun or afternoon barbecuing and dining. The ample front yard comes complete with a sparkling pool, spa, three in-ground firepits, and west-facing mountain views.
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Rum Row Waterfront in Naples, Florida
With 116 feet of water frontage, easy access to the Gulf, and a western exposure in the highly sought-after enclave of Port Royal, this home’s stately, austere facade yields to traditional Florida hospitality and comfort. A lawn at the water’s edge is planted with royal palms. A pool with spa and sundeck, an outdoor kitchen, and a lounge with built-in firepit provide unlimited entertainment opportunities. Inside is a single-story floor plan accented by custom finishes, soaring ceilings, and skylights. In addition, the home features five full bedrooms, five full bathrooms, all en suite; a club room; chef-grade kitchen with dining area; an office; and a fully accessible four-car garage.