Warm weather is finally upon us, which means our newsfeeds are about to be flooded with sumptuous celebrity summer homes and vacations. As unfair as this might seem, the palatial yards, patios, and terraces of our favorite stars can actually be quite inspiring.
We’re not talking herb gardens and hot tubs either. We’re talking terraces that span entire rooftops and lush tropical-style lagoons. It’s clear that when it comes to landscaping their backyards, the rich and famous don’t mess around. Read ahead for 12 of the most dazzling celeb outdoor areas we’ve ever seen.
Mandy Moore’s magical yard
When the “This is Us” star scooped up a stunning mid-century modern hideaway in Los Angeles earlier this year, we were obsessed with the home’s unique indoor-outdoor layout. Still nothing could brace us for the gorgeousness of her new backyard—particularly the saltwater swimming pool and shaded patio—that left us longing for her backyard like candy.
Beyoncé’s rooftop garden
For Beyoncé, bigger is always better. That’s why when the superstar (and her hubby Jay-Z) decided to purchase a home in New Orleans last year, they didn’t just buy a house—they bought an entire church. And of course that church didn’t have just any old humdrum lawn, it boasts a full-blown rooftop garden—the biggest one in all of NOLA, in fact.
Amy Schumer’s insane views
Last year, the comedienne shelled out a cool $12 million for a 4,500-square-foot penthouse on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Along with amenities like a glass fireplace, skylights, and floor-to-ceiling windows, the posh property features an amazing rooftop terrace that wraps around most of the massive apartment.
Jennifer Lopez’s private lagoon
Leave it to a triple threat like Jennifer Lopez to reinvent the outdoor amenities game. Instead of a measly spa and swimming pool, the actress-singer decided on an elevated terrace, infinity pool, and swimming pond—complete with a pagoda, fire pit, and footbridge—for her newest Los Angeles property.
Lake Bell’s Brooklyn backyard
Of course Lake Bell’s four-story brownstone in Brooklyn is every bit as adorable as she—and her tattoo artist hubby Scott Campbell—is. The home has an over-the-top backyard, which includes an entertaining patio, terraced garden, outdoor fireplace, fountain, and a century-old mulberry tree.
Alyson Hannigan’s palatial patio
Alyson Hannigan knows a thing or two about how to flip a house. In addition to revamping the interior of her Trad-style home in Brentwood last year, the “How I Met Your Mother” star forged an impressive entertaining area—think: spa, fire pit, swimming pool, and a detached guesthouse—in the scenic backyard.
Jane Fonda’s posh patio lounge
Actress-activist Jane Fonda’s mansion in Beverly Hills is brimming with eco-friendly amenities. Along with glass windows, bamboo floors, and solar-powered electric panels, the backyard features a solar-powered swimming pool, meditation garden, viewing terraces (for watching the sunset), and a covered entertaining lounge.
Tommy Hilfiger’s Miami masterpiece
Filled with striped floors, disco balls, and scratch-and-sniff wallpaper, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger’s mansion in Miami is truly a work of art. However the real pièce de résistance is the property’s idyllic backyard, which includes a heated, infinity-edge swimming pool, contemporary sculptures—from artists like Keith Haring, no less—and over 100 feet of private ocean frontage.
Santigold’s secret garden
When singer Santigold listed her whimsical Brooklyn townhouse earlier this year, we weren’t at all surprised at how hip she’d made the place. However, nothing could prepare us for her beautiful backyard garden and cool flagstone patio—the stuff of myth and legend in New York City.
Jared Leto’s dreamy backyard
Jared Leto’s house in the Hollywood Hills looks more like a tropical sanctuary than a typical SoCal mansion. Along with lush landscaping and a lagoon-inspired spa and swimming pool, the backyard boasts an enormous, wrap-around patio—perfect for entertaining friends (or an impromptu Frozen Embryos show).
Zendaya’s Party-Ready Patio:
Make no mistake about it: Actress-designer Zendaya knows her real estate. Along with a sparkling spa and swimming pool, the backyard of her very first mansion offers a covered patio, wet bar, and built-in barbeque. Not too shabby for a 20-year-old.
J. Lo’s urban oasis
Leave it to J.Lo to make our list twice. Before she bought a $28 million mansion (with a private swimming pond) in Bel Air, ”home” was a lavish, eight-bedroom estate in Hidden Hills—complete with a shaded terrace for entertaining and a heated spa and pool.