While major metropolitan cities offer no shortage of luscious (sometimes even starchitect-designed) parks and quirky, public micro "parklets," finding an apartment with an actual backyard—as in not just a wedge of trash-strewn dirt—is an admirable feat. So city dwellers from NYC all the way to the UK, come live vicariously through those who've hit the green space jack pot and transformed their precious slices of urban land into tiny edens amongst concrete. Have a look, below, and prepare to fight deep pangs of real estate jealousy.
(↑ and ↓) A "playful, romantic sanctuary" in NYC designed by architect and landscaper Brian Sawyer for actress Julianne Moore. The urban jungle was featured in Architectural Digest in 2012. Photos by Christopher Baker/Architectural Digest [link]
(↑) A family's London townhouse with neat limestone terraces and a grassy lawn designed to please the two young children. The project was featured in a 2009 issues of Architectural Digest. Photos by Andrew Twort/Architectural Digest [link]
(↑ and ↓) Mosaic panels, a 19th-century French fountain, and vintage window panes in an NYC backyard featured in the October 2013 issue of Architectural Digest. Photos by Pieter Estersohn/Architectural Digest [link]
(↑) A perfect tea party location—complete with slightly wild plants meant to look "welcoming rather than formal"—in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland. The property was featured featured in Architectural Digest back in 2009. Photo by Durston Saylor/Architectural Digest [link]
(↑) Modern zen gardens tucked behind an 18th-century London townhouse rehabbed by singer Sting. The tranquil yard comes from the pages of May 2010's Architectural Digest. Photos by Derry Moore/Architectural Digest. [link]
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