A deck is grander than a patio and elevated from a terrace. It can look down on a veranda and is bigger than a balcony. In springtime when the sod is still soaked from April showers, a deck is your best bet to enjoying the outdoors without being too … outdoorsy. These three suburban homes feature stately decks attached to beautiful properties.

1930 Horseshoe Trail, Chester Springs, PA
$1,895,000
2015 taxes: $25,127
Decks on decks.
An enormous wraparound deck with poolside views and 16 private acres of woodland? Yes, please. If the frightening dolphin statues don't sell you, the hidden poolside waterfall will.

105 Stonepine Drive, Kennett Square, PA
$875,000
2015 taxes: $15,918
Decks on decks.
This cedar deck offers the perfect spot for entertaining if guests get tired of the gorgeous pool and hot tub. The pool itself includes travertine decking and the two acres are lush and landscaped.

400 South Church Street, West Chester, PA
$1,400,000
2015 taxes: $8,306
Decks on decks.
There is a reason a movie star used to live in this home (Claude Rains – if you don't know him from Casablanca, you know him from The Invisible Man): it's amazing. In addition to having total cinematic curb appeal, the second-floor roof deck looks down on a lovely porch and a lovely patio. You can have it all!

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