As the sun sets on the last days of summer, you may be tempted to squeeze the final moments of fun out of the season by taking your dining outdoors. And what better way to prepare those meals than in a second kitchen created exclusively for alfresco entertaining? For those in the market -- or those just dreaming -- here are five homes for sale that will satisfy your appetite.
Mattituck, 1505 Naugles Dr., $4,999,999
The outdoor kitchen of this seven-bedroom home overlooks Mattituck Creek, with views of Long Island Sound. The covered kitchen has a wet bar, food prep station, barbecue grill and refrigerator. The 1.5-acre property has a private dock, beach rights and an in-ground saltwater pool.
The Postmodern was built in 2010 and has five bathrooms and a half-bath, a commercial kitchen with both formal and informal dining areas, a fireplace, bar and a wine room. The full finished basement features a den, recreation room and gym. Taxes are $27,217. Anthony Guidice, Coldwell Banker Distinctive Homes, 631-484-8880.
Old Brookville, 33 Chicken Valley Rd., $6.35 million
The granite outdoor kitchen of this Georgian-style brick Colonial is equipped with everything you need to "host in style," says listing agent Michael Stanco of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. It comes complete with an oversized grill, two refrigerators, warming drawers and a full bar. The four-acre property also has a heated, Olympic-size pool and a two-story pool house.
Outdoor lighting and hidden speakers add to the ambience. Stanco says the bluestone patio can accommodate hundreds of guests, and there's room on the private driveway to park 100 cars.
The 12,000-square-foot home, which was built in 2005, has six bedrooms, which are all en suite. There are seven bathrooms and three half-bathrooms. The finished lower level includes a wine tasting room and movie theater. Taxes are $56,141. Ludmilla Stanco and Michael Stanco, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 516-426-9536 and 917-293-0915.
Upper Brookville, 183 Lawn Lane, $1,788,888
You'll find every amenity imaginable in the outdoor kitchen of this Upper Brookville home, says agent MaryAnn Iannello Clara. There's a 48-inch Lynx barbecue, a Green Egg Smoker, stovetop, warming trays and a full-sized rotisserie -- think pig roast -- in addition to more traditional features such as a refrigerator, ice-maker and dishwasher. Clara says the family loves to entertain and hosts many family gatherings on the two-acre property, which also features a heated, gunite pool and pool house. The four-bedroom ranch was built in 1960 and has been renovated to include a master suite with French doors that open to a private patio. There are three bathrooms and two half-bathrooms, two fireplaces and a formal living and dining room. Taxes are $22,050. MaryAnn Iannello Clara, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, 516-314-4322.
Cold Spring Harbor, 4 The Commons, $2.949 million
A pizza oven designed by Mario Batali is the centerpiece of the outdoor kitchen at this Cold Spring Harbor Colonial, says Kimberly Como of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty. The kitchen, which features a fireplace, grill, oven and dishwasher, has been used by the homeowners to throw outdoor pizza parties for their friends and family.
The 2.55-acre property also offers a natural stone and gunite saltwater pool with waterfalls, a poolside firepit, multilevel patios and a lighted tennis court. The five-bedroom house was built in 2008. It has five bathrooms and a half-bath, four fireplaces, a gym, a movie theater and a wine cellar in the basement. The home is on a cul-de-sac and comes with beach rights. Taxes are $45,175. Tracy Greenberg and Kimberly Como, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, 631-692-6770.
Smithtown, 3 Riverview Terr., $759,000
A lush green landscape surrounds the outdoor kitchen of this Smithtown home. There are granite counters and stainless steel appliances including a refrigerator, ice-maker and barbecue grill with rotisserie. There's also a full bar, sink and food prep area.
The one-acre yard features a heated in-ground pool and a pond. An unusual feature of the 1980 Colonial is the two-story formal living room, with bridge stairs that connect to the home's four bedrooms.
There are two updated marble bathrooms and a half-bath, a granite kitchen and both formal and informal dining areas. There's a large entry foyer with a sitting area, a den and sunroom on the main floor and a playroom in the finished basement. Taxes are $20,986. Michael Scarito, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-338-5018.
Fort Salonga, 93A Fort Salonga Rd., $829,900
This five-bedroom Colonial offers not just an outdoor kitchen, but an outdoor family room and dining room as well. Janet Pushee of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the listing agent, says the kitchen has granite countertops, a gas grill, a refrigerator and an icemaker. There is seating for eight around the kitchen counter and a dining area that seats 10.
The .62-acre property also features an L-shaped saltwater pool and a plush seating area around the outdoor fireplace. The home, which was built in 1986, has two bathrooms and a half-bath, three fireplaces and a formal dining room.
The master bedroom has its own fireplace and balcony. Taxes are $18,120. Janet Pushee, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 516-982-8576.