Private gardens that put the average backyard to shame

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Residents of most cities take their backyards for granted, but to a New Yorker, a private patch of land is one of the most highly valued amenities, available only to those lucky enough to have their own homes (or garden-level dwellings). If that’s not currently you, you can dream the dream while checking out these prized plots.

This 8,000 square foot single-family home at 160 East 83rd Street (on the market for $26.5 million) boasts five bedrooms, six-and-a-half baths, its own gymnasium (a Covet for another time) and a rear glass wall that overlooks a triple-wide, south-facing backyard oasis described as one of the largest private gardens in the city.

For $12.9 million, you get this stately 19th-century townhouse on the Upper East Side with vaulted ceilings, multiple wood-burning fireplaces, and an eat-in kitchen with French doors leading to a leafy, landscaped garden that includes plenty of space for entertaining, gardening, lounging and epic games of hide-and-seek.

The landscaped garden of this five-story Upper East Side brownstone townhouse on sale for $12.5 million has a built-in irrigation system, so owners don’t have to spend their weekends hosing down the trellises and flower beds.

Built in 1925, this 90-year-old Brooklyn Heights townhouse at 72 Hicks Street (on the market for $10.75 million) features six bedrooms, three baths, two kitchens and this lovely landscaped garden complete with bluestone-and-brick pathways, a pond with streaming water and lots of boxwoods for privacy.

Looking for the ideal place to read, entertain or enjoy an afternoon cup of tea? The serene garden off the kitchen of this $12,700/month, four-bedroom townhouse rental in Park Slope will more than fit the bill. 


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