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August 18, 2015

On the Market: Four homes with beautiful yards

For the perfect Labor Day barbecue, you need the perfect backyard

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A shaded porch with a hammock in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Labor Day weekend draws near, bringing with it the panicky thoughts of, "No, no, the summer can't be over! I haven't even held a barbecue yet!"

There is still time, but to have the perfect barbecue, you need the perfect yard. Preferably one with ample space for hammocks and picnic tables, a crystal-blue pool to dive into, and acres of green space that create a sense of perfect peacefulness.

The four homes on the market below should fit the bill nicely.

1. A private, woodside home in Robbinsville, $647,000

Robbinsville back yard
(Photo courtesy of Zillow)

The listing for this 4-bedroom home in Robbinsville emphasizes privacy. It's totally surrounded by woods and farms, including a neighboring horse farm, so no nosy neighbors can spot you when you relax outside. Surrounded by trees, with a stunning brick patio and in-ground pool, the backyard is utterly picturesque.

See the listing here

2. Gorgeous gazebo and deck in Voorhees, $825,000

Voorhees backyard
(Photo courtesy of BHHS Fox and Roach, Realtors.)

The designers of this four-bedroom brick home really didn't leave anything out of the backyard. Deck? Check. (The choice of wood, Western Red Cedar, lends a wonderfully dramatic color to the scene.) Gazebo? Check. Pool? Check, and add a waterfall too. Oh, and an outdoor kitchen. Why even go inside?

See the listing here.

3. A gingerbread house in East Falls, $220,000

East Falls Tudor
(Photo courtesy of Zillow.)

Designers have nicknamed homes in the English Cotswold Tudor style "gingerbread houses," because they're just that cute. This two-bedroom on Penn Street, built in 1943, is part of the Tudor East Falls Historic District. You'll want to set up your lawn chairs in the front yard in this case because the facade is too charming to ignore. Some design features include the original front door with leaded glass windows and the robin's egg-blue trimmings -- both are just the frosting on top of a delicious Tudor cake.

See the listing here.

4. Victorian twin in Germantown, $275,000

Germantown porch
(Photo courtesy of Zillow.)

Mix yourself a drink and then settle on the wrap-around front porch of this elegant Victorian twin home. There, you can contemplate the landscaped front yard and the long, brick driveway. The stone facade at your back adds a warm touch that's unexpected amongst the usual Victorian flourishes.

See the listing here

5. Hilltop garden in Easton, $275,000

Easton backyard
(Photo courtesy of Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty.)

The laid-back backyard of this Easton home foregoes a landscaped look for a more natural view. Moss-covered, rocky steps lead to a heated, in-ground pool, with trees and heirloom plantings surrounding the scene. When you're done with the pool, retreat to the covered front porch and curl up in the hammock with a good book -- or take a well-deserved afternoon nap.

See the listing here