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The Prettiest Private Outdoor Oases For Sale Right Now in NYC

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Sometimes, the city's most popular parks are crowded. Sometimes, visiting great, off-the-beaten-path ones might be too inconvenient. Sometimes, you have a couple of million dollars lying around. The only solution? Buy an amazing New York City apartment with beautiful, lush outdoor space. Luckily, the real estate market has those in spades, and we've rounded up a few of the loveliest. From a Spanish Revival-style courtyard in the Bronx to an infinity pool in Brooklyn, it's time to gawk at someone else's sweet roof deck. Note: This roundup is by no means exhaustive, so look for more coverage of apartments with covetable al fresco amenities soon.

↑ Fashion designer Tamara Mellon's duplex penthouse just hit the market Friday, asking $34 million. At the Upper East Side pad steps from Central, there's a whopping 5,200 square feet worth of private terraces, kitted out with a big-screen television perfect for movie nights. And yes, those limestone columns.

↑ In a landmarked 1877 Gothic Revival building in Gramercy, there's another penthouse, this one with three bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and a 20-foot-high atrium above the living room that contains a massive skylight. It offers a peek at the outdoor space above, which takes up almost the entire second floor and has "an integrated audio system, irrigation, lighting, a gas barbecue, and an outdoor shower." It's "cheaper," relatively speaking, asking $5.4 million.

↑ Hypothetically speaking, let's say you had a few less mil to spend, perhaps $3.6M. And you're super into Mediterranean/Spanish Revival architecture, and don't mind commuting from Riverdale. Then this 6BR/5BA house, designed by Dwight Baum, is just right. Filled with tile, wooden ceiling beams, and other apropos decor on the inside, the 1928-built home has got landscaped grounds all around as well as a picturesque inner courtyard with a row of sun loungers.

↑ Back to Manhattan we go, with another penthouse. Located atop Tribeca's Sky Lofts conversion, it has four beds and 4.5 baths over 7,500 square feet, plus a 4,500-square-foot wraparound terrace. (Giant art collection not included.) It's been on and off the market for a few years and is now asking $48 million. The double-height glass walls of the living room are pretty ideal for outdoors-ogling.

↑ Over to Brooklyn, where there are so many quaint townhouses with outdoor space that it can be hard to keep track. But if there's one representative example, it's this 3BR/3BA townhouse in Carroll Gardens. (The neighborhood has gardens in its name, so what'd you expect?) It's got a flower-filled front yard, with a built-in irrigation system, behind a quaint gate, plus a trellis in the backyard. A trellis. Fine, the brokerbabble calls it a pergola: "A gorgeous planted south garden in back is bright and sunny, featuring gorgeous Concord grape vines shading the pergola at the back of the house." Calling all aspiring vintners with $3.3 million!

↑ Did someone say infinity pool? In Brighton Beach, it's all possible—for the right buyer with $8 million to drop. An oceanfront mansion that returned to market two weeks ago has an infinity pool with a cabana and a hot tub, 170-feet of private oceanfront, and a whole host of other Miami-esque features. Plus, hurricane protection is all taken care of, thanks to a storm barrier.

↑ Even though it's been on the market since last summer, The Whitman's enormous penthouse is worth a mention here. Also a duplex, it totals 10,000 square feet with more than 3,000 square feet of outdoor space. Those include a terrace facing Madison Square Park, an expansive, Astroturfed roof deck above that, a croquet pitch in between the upstairs den and master bedroom and bathroom, and a putting green behind the master bedroom. Cost: $23.5 million. But can you put a price on having former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and Nascar's Jeff Gordon for neighbors? More photos of the whole apartment, plus the perfect photos in official listing, for your ogling pleasure.
· All Outdoors Week 2014 coverage [Curbed]