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Tiger Woods' Home, Jupiter Islands, Florida Golf phenom Tiger Woods owns a swanky piece of real estate on Jupiter Island, Florida. The property stretches from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Atlantic Ocean, but don’t expect the top golfer to hang out on the beach. Woods is more likely to be practicing his two-iron stinger on his personal four-green golf course. Woods’ backyard also sports a putting green, 100-foot lap pool, a 60-foot diving pool, a spa and a tennis/basketball sports court.
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Tudor Home, Westbury, New York Hollander Designs recently used a classic and elegant approach in designing the 115 acres surrounding a new 22,000 square foot brick Tudor in Old Westbury, New York. With smaller “outdoor rooms,” some covered under Tudor or round arches, the home features gardens closer to the castle. A bridge spans a pond on the backyard’s nine-hole golf course and “tens of thousands” of trees, shrubs and flowers flesh out the backyard expanse.
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Villa Mille Rose, Sonoma, California To some, a dream backyard has a sandy beach, sweeping mountain vistas, or a rooftop garden with jaw-dropping city views. In Napa Valley, vineyards do the trick. The standout 57-acre grounds at Villa Mille Rose are a spectacular garden showcase with 500 rose bushes, 37 acres of grape-growing vines, an organic fruit orchard and two acres of 100 year old olive trees. Add to that wisteria-covered pergola, majestic cypresses and 360-degree mountain views. “You feel like you are stepping back into Florence,” said Ginger Martin, the Sonoma, California, based Sotheby’s agent representing the stylish $37.8 million Tuscan-style property. It is owned by entrepreneur and philanthropist Maria Manetti Farrow, known for bringing Gucci franchises from Italy to the United States.
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Normandy-Style Home, Sands Point, New York A sense of whimsy fills the eclectic backyard at this Normandy-style estate in Sands Point, New York, which ranges -- in distinct pockets --from bits of Italy to the jungle and a beach garden. The owner, an avid gardener, added a magical touch to the outside decor with stone archways, whimsical iron gates and cherubs. In one nook, sea shells are embedded into the stucco walls around the infinity edge pool, overlooking the Long Island Sound. Closer to the mansion, an English knot garden showcases boxwoods growing out of giant cast-bronze fish. A stone path leads to an Alpine garden featuring a gazebo with a curlicue wrought-iron dome. Hummingbirds are drawn to the bird sanctuary's trellis with trumpet vines and multiple birdbaths.
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Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California Long setting the luxury backyard bar is the sumptuous Hearst Castle. The opulent San Simeon, California, was home, from the 1920s to 1950s, to newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who was immortalized in the classic film, “Citizen Kane.” Now a national historic site, zebras and Rocky Mountain elk still roam the castle's grounds. A Roman temple imported from Europe was reconstructed at the castle’s outdoor Neptune Pool, which has a waterfall, impressive classical sculptures and sweeping views of the estate’s 127 acres. The 56-bedroom Mediterranean Revival mansion looks out over mountains and 14 miles of Pacific coastline.