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7 Beautiful Rooftop Gardens – Ideas For Outdoor Living

If you’re looking for a home in Charlotte, how important is the porch, patio and outdoor spaces?

More and more, I hear prospective buyers looking for outdoor ‘living rooms’, outdoor kitchens and entertainment spaces.

Outdoor space design seems to be a big trend and I hope these photos from around the country will offer some inspiration for your next outdoor project!

Rooftop gardens are quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to wow buyers and shore up the value of your home, real estate agents say.

Homes in big cities benefit the most from a rooftop garden, where homeowners sacrifice yard space for the urban experience. But even suburban homeowners are taking advantage of deck and roof space to grow gardens with an elevated view.

“It’s just such a luxury to have somewhere you can go that’s outside of your four walls,” said Leslie Piper, consumer housing specialist for the National Association of Realtors and a real estate agent. “Buyers really see it as something indulgent.”

That’s actually part of the reason why for a time interest in outdoor spaces like roof gardens had been withering. But as the housing market recovers, buyers’ appetites for these unique outdoor havens have returned.

When NAR surveyed 1,000 buyers about what makes them fall in love with a home, outdoor living spaces came out on top, beating out their desire for open floor plans and curb appeal. More than 54 percent of those surveyed said that outdoor space was the most attractive quality in a home.

1. Steamboat Springs, Colo.
2. Sarasota, Fla.
3. Indianapolis
4. Winston Salem, N.C.
5. Carmel, Calif.
6. Chicago
7. Coral Gables, Fla