At one time, outdoor kitchens were reserved strictly for luxury custom homes.  Today, these highly desirable living spaces are more popular than ever for homes not only custom built, but at every price point and all indications say this is not going away any time soon. A recent survey done by Casual Living Magazine, states that  49 percent of homeowners added outdoor kitchens and living spaces to their homes, while approximately 25 percent were planning on adding one in the near future.

The good news for sellers that have this sought after amenity?  CNN Money, and Remodeling Magazine confirm what we at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty know:  In most cases, outdoor kitchens return their full improvement costs, if not more, as long as they are built in proportion to the home’s value and location.  The National Association of Realtors concurs adding outdoor kitchens, more than half of home buyers would be willing to pay a premium price for a house with an outside kitchen and living area.

In San Diego and Orange Counties, as well as Palm Springs and surrounding areas, use of outdoor kitchens is a year round event, thanks to our mild temperatures. Here, we can cook our favorite BBQ, add some decorative lights not to mention candles, play some good music, decorate with cuttings from our gardens, and even set up a game of croquet for a backyard soiree guests won’t soon forget no matter what time of year. It’s the best sort of spontaneous entertaining because it takes such little effort, it’s casual and hosts feel relaxed ensuring that everyone will have a good time.

At Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, we are proud to showcase exceptional homes for every budget.  Here are just a few of our favorite outdoor kitchens in homes that we currently offer on the market. Make an appointment today with one of our trusted agents to see what your next chapter will bring.


4840 El Secreto, Rancho Santa Fe

Outdoor Kitchens 4080 El Secreto Rancho Santa Fe Homes For Sale Pacific Sothebys Realty
4080 El Secreto | Rancho Santa Fe 92067 | 7 Beds 14 Baths | 12,417 EstSF | Offered at $17,950,000 | Colisted by Scott Robeson and Cathy Gilchrist-Colmar | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Custom designed for an iconic San Diego family, this timeless classic has been freshly modernized while still highlighting the extraordinary architecture and seamless indoor/outdoor living.  Set on 12 plus acres complete with equestrian area, sand volleyball court, resort style pool and spa, tennis court and a stunning outdoor kitchen area that will stun even the most disconcerting buyer.  $17,950,000. Click here to view listing.


42 Offshore, Newport Coast

Outdoor Kitchens Newport Coast Newport Beach Real Estate Pacific Sothebys
42 Offshore | Newport Coast 92657 | 5 Beds 2 Baths 2 Half Baths | 7,900 EstSF | Offered at $9,888,888 | Listed by John Cain | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Chic and sophisticated, 42 Offshore is one of Crystal Cove’s most exciting new custom estates. Located on an exclusive cul-de-sac, this transitional property offers unmatched privacy and stunning sit down views of the rolling hills of El Morros and ocean and sunset views as well. Expansive interior living spaces offer beautiful integration with the outdoors, most notable off the rear of the home where automated disappearing doors flow seamlessly with with the covered loggia.  The rear yard presents an array of entertaining amenities, including pool and spa, cabana with BBQ, and pool bath. $9,888,888. Click here to view listing. 


49925 Canyon View, Palm Desert

Outdoor Kitchens 49925 Canyon View Palm Desert Sean Stanfield Palm Desert Real Estate
49925 Canyon View Palm Desert | 7 Beds 7 Baths 3 Half-Baths | 8,359 EstSF | Offered at $6,950,000 | Listed by Sean Stanfield | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

From the gated front courtyard to the great room with powered pocketing doors and an infinity edge pool, this Palm Desert estate is the epitome of an entertainers dream. The outdoor kitchen has a perfect location on the property to take in the incredible panoramic Palm Desert mountain and valley views. Equipped with a 2-bedroom casita with a living room, kitchenette and spacious bedrooms, allowing guests to unwind in privacy. Additional features include a subterranean movie theater perfect for family time. Click here to view listing.


1014 Scarlet Way, Encinitas

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1014 Scarlet Way | Encinitas 92024 | 6 Beds 5 Baths 4,375 EstSF | Offered at $2,295,000 | Listed by Doug Berry | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated at the top of a private cul-de-sac, this upgraded, ocean view, Seaside Highlands home offers an entertainer’s backyard with outdoor kitchen and pool. Enjoy dramatic sunsets from large master bedroom deck and warm evenings in the intimate interior-exterior courtyard with fireplace. Tall ceilings and natural light abound throughout this 5 BR, 4 BA home, complete with full bedroom and en suite bath located downstairs. Owner owned solar. Spacious 4-car garage allows for ample parking and storage. $2,295,000. Click here to view listing. 


3771 Via Palo Verde Lago, Alpine

Outdoor Kitchens 3771 Via Palo Verde Lago Alpine 91901 Becque Peters Pacific Sothebys
3771 Via Palo Verde Lago Alpine 91901 | 6 BEDS 6 BATHS 4,759 EstSF | Offered at $1,450,000 | Listed by Becque Peters | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Lifelong memories to be created at this lakefront estate home with it’s own private boat dock. Live on a private Lake in San Diego County. Large rambling ranch style home with 2 enhanced outdoor living areas. This estate home includes Dual Master Bedroom Suites. The entertainment area by your boat dock includes outdoor kitchen gazebo/seating area around a firepit. Enjoy evening views with a glass of wine. Fully landscaped, fenced & private well. Zoned for horses. Includes 1 bedroom guest apartment. $1,450,000. Click here to view listing. 


78835 Pina, La Quinta

Outdoor Kitchens 78835 Pina La Quinta, CA 92253 Sharon Stein Pacific Sotheby's
78835 Pina La Quinta, CA 92253 | 4 BEDS 4 BATHS 1 PARTIAL BATHS 4,490 EstSF | Offered at $1,225,000 | Listed by Sharon Stein | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

The view everyone wants! Custom, south facing home, quality built by Sun Vista Construction, looks out to the 5th fairway of the renowned Pete Dye Citrus course and the gorgeous Santa Rosa mountains. This open floor plan defines luxury country club living. A great place to host dinner parties, family gatherings and pool parties–guests will love the swim up bar stools & baja shelf in the pool, with the built in BBQ nearby. Inside, the wet bar offers seating and integrates seamlessly with the custom kitchen, family room, and living room, all with easy indoor/outdoor flow to the pool, spa and patio. The kitchen has an oversized island with plenty of space for seating. Custom cabinetry is abundant throughout. Luxurious laundry room. 4 walk-in closets (His and Hers walk-in closets offered in Master suite). All bedrooms with en-suite baths. A formal dining room with wine fridge looks out to the center courtyard, as does the guest suite casita (with wet bar & refrigerator). $1,225,000. Click here to view listing. 


1252 Andover Road, El Cajon

Outdoor Kitchens 1252 Andover Road El Cajon Greg Custenborder San Diego Real Estate
1252 Andover Road El Cajon 92019 | Offered at $469,900 | 3 BEDS 2 BATHS 1,329 EstSF | Listed by Greg Custenborder | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

This home is truly a hidden gem. It has been meticulously maintained and beautifully updated. New windows accent the handsome wood work within. The light and open kitchen seamlessly opens up into the family room for hosting. As you walk into the backyard you can understand the homes real entertaining value. A large covered wooden deck with built in gas fire pit lies adjacent to an amazing outdoor kitchen. The oversize lot continues on covering a ¼ acre with plenty of room for RV/toys. This one won’t last! $494,000. Click here to view listing. 

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