20 Inspiring Outdoor Spaces From Our Green Tours

When we first moved to New York and were searching for an apartment, my husband and I looked at a place on the Upper East Side. It was the only residential apartment in a commercial building mostly occupied by doctor's offices and insurance companies. The interior was tiny and ill-cared for, with a crummy galley kitchen. But completely unexpectedly, it had an amazing tree-covered terrace off the bedroom that was almost as big as the interior of the whole apartment. The terrace looked out to the back of a row of brownstones, all private and well-maintained. It was an outdoor lover's dream. We ended up not taking the place for a host of reasons (location, price), but I often think about that terrace and how amazing it must be at this time of year...

When the weather starts to warm up and the trees begin to bloom, I am of the firm belief that people who have outdoor space are the luckiest people alive. As an urban dweller currently living in a 2nd floor apartment walkup, I am not blessed with so much as a fire escape. But that doesn't stop me from admiring other people's backyard gardens, rooftop farms, and patio lounge areas. (And from wanting to be their friend!) The Green Tours we've featured on Re-Nest are always my first stop when I'm looking to be inspired. Here are 20 of my favorites:

FIRST ROW

1 Toni and Rick's Serenity in Stone
2 Kelly and Erik's Urban Farm
3 The Farrells' 250-Square-Foot Mongolian Yurt
4 Jessica and Jered's Solar-Heated Stylish Home
5 Jennifer and Jason's Elegant Portland Craftsman

SECOND ROW

6 Cissy and Richard's Daring House by the Sea
7 David and Sara's Deep Green Dream Home
8 Lynn and Steve's Carriage House Restore
9 Lyndsay and Fitzhugh's Summer Cottage in the City
10 Tamsin's Windswept Dune Cottage

THIRD ROW

11 Ros and James' English Countryside California Cottage
12 The Nafshun Bone's Beautiful Arts and Crafts Abode
13 David Low's Water Tower Turned Writer's Retreat
14 Basil Lee's Rooftop Corn
15 Samantha and Ron's Restorative Garden

FOURTH ROW

16 Nick and Rachel's Creative Warehouse Loft
17 Lark and Patrick's Old Time Homestead
18 Rebecca's Vintage Brownstone
19 Paul and Lisa's Green Dream Home
20 Bernee & Dado's Cheery Oakland Hideaway

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