Part of the fun of being a homeowner is having a yard. And part of the fun of having a yard -- regardless of size -- is having the ability to create your own outdoor space. A number of properties now on the market offer an additional feature -- a gazebo incorporated into the landscape.
These free-standing structures have the ability to enhance just about any yard's design. They come in various sizes and shapes, including rectangular, round and octagonal. They have roofs and open sides, which can be screened. A door can be added as well.
Take the gazebo featured in a Cold Spring Harbor property, for example. It's enclosed, which helps alleviate the constant badgering of insects, says listing agent Peggy Moriarty of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty. She says that when she shows the property, buyers are wowed.
Al Jacabacci Sr., of Realty Connect USA, who is marketing the Miller Place property on these pages, gets the same reaction when house hunters step inside the gazebo, which overlooks the Long Island Sound. "It's tranquil," Jacabacci adds.
As you'll see, gazebos are often meant to complement pools and water views. But a gazebo -- such as the one set on this bucolic property in Manorville -- doesn't need to be near water to be enjoyed.
Cold Spring Harbor, $1,795,000
Surrounded by trees and overlooking the in-ground pool, the gazebo on this two-acre property was built in 2012 by the Amish -- it was delivered from Pennsylvania in sections and assembled by two artisans from Lancaster, says the owner. Set on a cement foundation, the screened gazebo is about 14 feet by 28 feet with a two-tier cupola roof. It has two areas -- one for dining and the other set up with a couch and a coffee table.
"It's fabulous," says the listing agent, noting the yard is also equipped with a barbecue area near the pool.
The patio area can seat more than 45 people, the owner adds. The 12-room house has oversized windows, many of them Palladian. The Wood-Mode-designed kitchen was featured in Home Magazine in 2002, the owner says. Other features include a great room with a 17-foot ceiling and a fireplace, as well as five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a half-bath. Peggy Moriarty, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, 631-769-2840.
Right at the water's edge, the gazebo on this 60-by-100-foot property overlooks Reynolds Inlet. Built about eight years ago, the gazebo is made of Trex and vinyl. From here, the refaced bulkhead is accessible. Since the water is deep and wide, the bulkhead can accommodate a 50-foot boat, the homeowner says.
The lighted yard is designed with river rock and a fish pond, a deck, patio and plantings. Pavers go around the house to the front, where there is a paver driveway and front steps with glass block lighting. The home -- a seven-room high-ranch -- has a new roof, boiler, kitchen appliances, washer and dryer.
Other interior features include some pickled white wood floors, recessed lighting, oversized windows and a fireplace. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a half-bath. Roman Krutoy, VI Properties, 917-562-6884.
Glen Cove, $858,000
This yard can easily accommodate a large crowd for an event, says the listing agent, noting it was the site of many special occasions, including a bridal shower last year. Made with treated wood, the gazebo, which can comfortably seat 10, is romantic, adds the agent. It's set above a bluestone patio, where there is an outdoor barbecue station. Off the patio is the gated in-ground pool, which is fenced and surrounded by brick pavers and lighted pillars. There's also a pool house with electric.
Completely renovated, the 4,000-square-foot home has a new eat-in kitchen with cherrywood cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a center island. Wood floors, recessed lighting and two fireplaces are among the other interior details. There are five bedrooms and three bathrooms. Set on a 114-by-175-foot lot, the house also comes with a generator. Ken Deutsch, Ken Deutsch Realty, 516-578-2617.
Sunsets come to this west-facing gazebo. Constructed in mahogany, the gazebo is off a mahogany deck, says the homeowner. It's 12 feet by 12 feet, with a tongue-and-groove cedar roof. It's also hard-wired for electricity.
The property, 1.78-acre parcel, backs a 55-acre preserve. Built in 2000, the Postmodern home -- set about 100 feet back from the road -- features wood floors and crown moldings, as well as five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a half-bath. It has a four-car garage, which includes a detached two-car garage. The house is being sold through its owner, Joseph Puglisi, 631-553-3409.
Miller Place, $1,250,000
Perched on a bluff, the gazebo on this lush 1.52-acre property is set alone on a bit of an elevation overlooking the Long Island Sound. "It's a quiet area," the agent says. The landscape is also graced by a new custom heated mineral spring in-ground pool with Jacuzzi and a bluestone patio. The homeowners also have beach rights.
About 5,400 square feet, the Colonial is open and airy with a dramatic entrance foyer, the agent says. Some oversized windows, wood floors and three fireplaces are among the details. There are four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a half-bath, including the master suite with a Jacuzzi tub. Al Jacabacci Sr., Realty Connect USA, 631-533-9757.