Autumn's mild weather seems to ignite a nature desire to spend as much time as possible outdoors, but sometimes that crisp air embraced at every humid summer's end can be a bit too much so. Outdoor fireplaces provide the perfect solution for extending outdoor entertaining season a little bit longer, and neither the sights nor smells are hard to love. Here are a few highlights from our current listings north of New York City:
GREENWICH | 12 Indian Drive | $15,995,000
There's already nothing like a cool night by the seaside, and of the short list of things that could possibly make it better we guarantee that sitting fireside in a rocking chair ranks high. This robust stone fireplace highlights a stone terrace neighbored by gardens, lawns and pergolas, stitched together in park-like fashion. It's the hottest place to take in views of Long Island Sound anywhere on the property, situated at the end of a cul-de-sac in coveted Ledge Road Association. Warm up after a night sail after mooring at the home's 70 foot private pier, or simply intellectualize in good company.
BRONXVILLE | 24 Park Avenue | $5,985,000
Walking distance from town and train in Bronxville's Lawrence Park neighborhood (the project this company was founded to develop), this intimate patio sits beside a stunning 1894 William Bates-designed original, extensively restored to invite modernity while preserving its rich architectural integrity. Towering masonry creates a courtyard effect that's warming even without a fire.
LAGRANGEVILLE | 132 Seeley Road | $7,750,000
Nestled in the vast expanse between the Berkshire foothills and Catskill mountains, Clove Valley is a natural enclave of privacy and scenic beauty. Set at the base of tiered stone terraces ascending to a masterfully designed modern home, this open fire pit beckons for your company, stories and s'mores. The property's meticulously landscaped grounds and sweeping vistas in the westward distance provide a perfect setting any time of year, whether you're clad in an old college hoodie or a full body towel wrap after a splash in the neighboring infinity pool or spa.
BEDFORD CORNERS | 635 Byram Lake Road | $6,900,000
You know you've found prime real estate for a fire feature when nature built it for you (...well, sort of). Shaped into a natural rock outcropping overlooking Byram Lake, it brings woodsy campfire vibes to an unlikely home: an uber-modern Myron Goldfinger contemporary. Sit back in your Adirondack chair and enjoy.
POUND RIDGE | 5 Miller Road | $2,000,000
We're not in Texas, but this immense specimen might just be the biggest outdoor fireplace we've ever seen. Dual firewood bunkers flank either side of the hearth to fuel its hearty appetite. It's the perfect compliment to the relaxed but stylish lifestyle of this Nantucket-style shingle home, located in the Rock Rim Ponds neighborhood of Pound Ridge.