An inviting patio can be valuable to owners now and when they want to sell. Stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic made the idea of safely socializing outdoors more evident. And most people could use more room to relax, indoors or out.Some owners are investing now in connecting water, gas and electricity to the outdoors to later tempt home shoppers who want a gas heater and kitchen overlooking the yard.“We are definitely seeing a focus on creating an incredible outdoor space as the pandemic has continued,” says John L. Scott broker Suzanne Page. “With restaurants and other entertainment venues being closed to indoor guests this winter, and the outdoors feeling ‘safer’ to entertain, we’ve all been spending more social time outdoors than we have in years past.”There has been an increase in covered outdoor spaces with a small refrigerator and built-in grill with counter space across all levels of residential properties, she says.“On higher-end homes, we’re seeing that next level with large, architecturally designed outdoor rooms, with full kitchen spaces, dining areas and outdoor furniture arranged to look out on the view,” she adds. “Most of these also have a beautiful outdoor fireplace incorporated into the design, too, whether an actual fireplace, or the modern linear fireplace.”In this week’s real estate gallery, we look at homes for sale with outdoor living spaces.Part of a series on outdoor entertainment spacesInexpensive home addition: An ignored part of your yard can easily become extra space for entertaining while staying socially distant. Portland designers show how to start with casual seating near a simple planter box, fire pit or water feature. A durable rug, perhaps a TV and heater, in a covered “garden room” can create a year-round place to relax outdoors.1750 S.W. West Point Court in Portland Heights is listed by Dennis Coxen of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty1750 S.W. West Point Court in Portland Heights is listed at $1.9 million.The daylight ranch house, built in 1952, has an open living room with a wall of windows, four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 4,484 square feet of living space.The 6,969-square-foot lot includes a patio with an outdoor fireplace and built-in media set.“Panoramic downtown views that rival any home in the city,” says listing agent Dennis Coxen of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.See more homes for sale in the 97201 zip code922 N.W. 11th Ave #101 in Portland’s Pearl District is listed by Jason Mendell of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and Melissa Lee of Windermere Realty Trust.Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty/Windermere Realty Trust922 N.W. 11th Ave #101 in Portland’s Pearl District is listed at $1.425 million.The townhome atop Park Place Condominiums, built in 2004, has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,262 square feet of living space.Tall glass doors open to a large terrace with distinct dining and seating areas, including built-in benches, surrounded by colorful container plantings.“Prepare to fall in love with ‘Portland’s sexiest townhome,’” says listing agents Jason Mendell of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and Melissa Lee of Windermere Realty Trust.See more homes for sale in the 97209 zip code5530 S.W. Menefee Dr. in Portland’s Hillsdale neighborhood is listed by Brian Eustis of Premiere Property Group.Premiere Property Group5530 S.W. Menefee Dr. in Portland’s Hillsdale neighborhood is listed at $1.75 million.The two-story, custom contemporary house, built in 2020, has an open floor plan, linear gas fireplace, five bedrooms, three bathrooms and 3,808 square feet of living space.The main level has a bedroom, studio/office and mud room with a built-in bench and storage. The upper level has a bonus-family roomA folding glass wall opens to an outdoor entertainment space on the large back deck.The 0.34-acre property for sale includes a 0.2-acre buildable lot. The price is listed at $1,449,900 for the 0.14-acre homesite.“The gourmet kitchen has custom walnut cabinetry and graphite stainless-steel Dacor appliances,” says listing agent Brian Eustis of Premiere Property Group.See more homes for sale in the 97239 zip code949 N.W. Overton St #309 in Portland’s Pearl District is listed by Jesse Dau of eXp Realty.eXp Realty949 N.W. Overton St #309 in Portland’s Pearl District is listed at $1,299,000.The contemporary condo, built in the LEED-certified, 2007 Encore Condominiums, has an open floor plan, den/office, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,357 square feet of living space.A private outdoor patio has mature landscaping, an irrigation drip system and natural gas for a barbecue.“Hard-to-find floor plan that lives like a house,” says listing agent Jesse Dau of eXp Realty.See more homes for sale in the 97209 zip code7040 S.W. Fallen Leaf St. in Wilsonville is listed by Rick Brainard of The Hasson Company.The Hasson Company7040 S.W. Fallen Leaf St. in Wilsonville is listed at $589,900.The two-story, traditional house, built in 2003 on a 4,791-square-foot lot, has high ceilings, maple floors, cherry cabinets, gas appliances, four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2,492 square feet of living space.“Entertain in the living-dining room or the family room, and when the weather is nice spill into the outdoor patio and lovely fenced yard, complete with a playhouse,” says listing agent Rick Brainard of the Hasson Company.See more homes for sale in the 97070 zip code— Janet Eastman | [email protected] | @janeteastmanWant to search Oregon real estate listings and use local resources? Click here.