Summer is almost upon us, and it’s the season when turtles come out and ditch their shells. Well, no, I lied. I know nothing about turtles, but I do know there are some people you’re more likely to see in the season when the sun is out and the daylight hours are long. ‘Tis the season of deck parties and barbecue get-togethers, sitting in hot tubs under the stars, and entertaining guests. So, I’ve hand-selected for you two stunning homes in which to throw an amazing party. They might break the bank, but they’ll also far exceed your friends’ expectations.


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There’s No Place Like Woah!

When Dorothy clicked her ruby slippers and imagined “no place like home,” I wonder if walls upon walls of clear glass windows and a huge deck featuring an outdoor firepit were a part of that. With six bedrooms, each part of this house is uniquely designed with a slightly different, yet stunningly modern vision. But it’s really the curb appeal that’ll get you. When your guests can see straight through the house ‘cause there’s that many windows, you know it’s time to string up some lights and fill the place with partygoers, both inside and out. Info: $10,995,000, 6 bed, 7 bath, 7,347 square feet, 10925 Wyntoon Court, Truckee, Martis Camp Realty


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A Day for Croquet

Break out the mallets and heat up the barbie because you’re having a brunch party: Croquet and mimosas in your huge yard, anyone? One of this home’s most appealing features is its expansive grassy lawn. And at night, the place lights up like a cute little (well, huge) fairytale dream cottage, too. Imagine guests walking through the charming archway up to your front door, then being let in to gaze upon your expansive foyer and spiral staircase. With your wine closet, wet bar, and three fireplaces, you’ll have everything you ever need to entertain all those friends, that is, if you give them the code to your gated neighborhood. Info: $1,220,000, 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 4,098 square feet, 112 Eldon Court, Reno, Keller Williams Group One