Any question that starts off “Would you rather…” is going to lead to something interesting, especially when two covetable home design features are pitted against each other. A new survey released by Cinch Home Services that polled more than 1,000 prospective home buyers uncovered the one thing that can one-up a house with a swimming pool—and that’s a home with good views. 

More than half of respondents (56 percent to be exact) said they would rather own a property with stunning vistas than have a place to keep cool in their backyard. Given the recent surge in pool construction (a spike sparked by quarantine), these findings are a little surprising. However, one benefit of opting for a house with outdoor eye candy, be it lush treetops or desert mountains, is that no matter where you live, you can enjoy it year-round. Here are a few ways you can take advantage of the perk.

Zen Out on a Bench

hot pink window nook closet
Photography by Shade Degges; Design by Chroma

A naturally lit perch is a good place to ponder life or just stare out into space. Either way, make your sun-drenched ledge the best it can be with a punchy paint choice and functional storage (for shoes, books, or toys). 


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Round It Out

round window in laundry room
Courtesy of Three Birds Renovations

Rain pouring, snow falling, birds flying—all these things just look better when you’re observing them through a large, curved picture window. The framework has a telescopic quality to it; even from far away, what’s on the other side feels zoomed in. 

Apply a Light Filter

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Photography by Tim Lenz; Design by Hendricks Churchill

It’s hard not to feel guilty about compromising a good view with heavy drapery. That’s where bamboo blinds come in. They offer a sense of privacy when rolled all the way down, but the slats still allow you to see what’s happening outside. No wonder the affordable solution is a designer favorite