It may be hard to find a San Francisco house with an extravagant pool in the backyard or a prime location right alongside the fairway of a golf course, but that doesn't mean that the city's homes don't have fantastic outdoor spaces. They just tend to trend more towards perfectly manicured gardens with fireplaces that can be enjoyed on cold summer nights or roof decks with views across the Bay, hills and bridges. That all changes if you look for homes with outdoor amenities in Silicon Valley and Marin County, where equestrian facilities and outdoor pools (and tennis courts) are the norm. After the jump, a healthy selection of what's available right now this very moment in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and the North Bay if you're looking for a home with a plethora of outdoor fun onsite.
2865 Vallejo Street, Pacific Heights
This Pacific Heights stunner has a terraced garden that serves as its "green room" for outdoor entertaining. Complete with a nearly pool-sized hot tub, a fireplace and elaborate landscaping, the garden is a major selling point for the $7.5 million abode.
67 Landers Street, Mission Dolores
This backyard sanctuary in Mission Dolores promises Japanese maples, bountiful fruit trees and a relaxing hot tub. Hummingbirds frequent the garden, which is only a few blocks from bustling Market Street. It's priced at $1.149 million.
2837 Greenwich Street, Cow Hollow
The Astroturf-covered roof of this $4.95 million Cow Hollow home appears to have both divine views and a little putting green built into its surface. Down at ground level there's also a zen garden.
2885 Union Street, Cow Hollow
This Cow Hollow house is right across the street from the greenery of the Presidio. Its roof deck, which has views out to Alcatraz, also includes a heated, glassed-in pentroom. Even better, there's a white picket fence with flowers at the entry.
298 Chestnut, Telegraph Hill
The dramatic, flower-draped grounds of Telegraph Hill's Villa de Martini are filled with roses, olive trees, jasmine and citrus, while the patios and walkways are made from Travertine marble. The property's columns, patios and carvings are reminiscent of the Mediterranean, although views are of the Bay. The property is listed for $16 million.
525 28th St., Noe Valley
This recently built home will run you $3.599M, and has all sorts of outdoor bells and whistles like a tiered succulent garden in the backyard and a walk-out decks on every level. The real highlight is the floating wood and glass staircase to the "sky-deck, which passes through a huge retractable sky-light."
1019 Kansas St., Potrero Hill
The amount of outdoor amenities for this single-family home is overwhelming. Out back there's a deck with an outdoor fireplace that leads down to a deck with a wooden, circular hot tub. Also in the backyard is a sauna and an unwarranted cottage. Up on the roof is a deck with dining area and fountain. The entire property is surrounded by old growth bamboo. Love it? It's on the market for $1.695M. South Bay
27641 Purissima Rd., Los Altos Hills
This gorgeous craftsman was built in 1906 and sits on 4.31 acres of land. Outdoor amenities include a guest house barn, pool, tennis court and sport court. It's on the market for $5.5M.
331 Greer Rd., Woodside
The landmark and incredibly famous Flood Estate is still on the market asking a mind-numbing $69.8M, so it shouldn't surprise you that that property——which sits on nearly 92 acres—has an oak forest, open meadows, pond with swans, and a very gorgeous outdoor swimming pool.
610 Whiskey Hill Rd., Woodside
If you want to live in the heart of Silicon Valley but also require full equestrian facilities on site, then for $5.395M this home on Whiskey Hill Road can be yours. Also included is an outdoor pool and a many pockets dedicated to outdoor entertaining. Marin County
22 Laurel Grove Ave., Kentfield
Price per square gets you more when you leave Silicon Valley and head north, as this 6,568 square foot home on one acre in Kentfield demonstrates. $5.395M gets you a fully appointed guest house, pool house, huge level lawns, and a glorious verdana for outdoor dining.
850 Nicasio Valley Rd., Nicasio
This home looks like some type of wizard's house, and we mean that in the best way possible. The home's on the market for $6.75M and sits on 78 acres of ranch land. There is a 5-stall horse barn, five pastures, multiple guest cottages, a cabana house, creeks, waterfalls, and seasonal frog ponds.
1 Upper Rd., Ross
We know $20M isn't for the faint of heart, but what it gets you is amazing. This particular property sits on three acres, and has its very own redwood grove that has what appears to be a very fancy campground and entertaining area in the center of it. There's also a tennis court, pool, spa, and multiple lawns.
· Outdoors Week 2014 [Curbed SF]