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European Flair

Multiple courtyards connect indoor and outdoor spaces in this Tuscan-style home in Southern California. The only way to enjoy the cooler weather is to be outside," homeowner Julie Hancock says. She and her husband, Mark, should know. Every summer, they flee the searing heat of Arizona for their second home in Southern California. Shady courtyards reminiscent of those in homes dotting Italian hill towns offer cool places to relax and entertain. "We designed our house to make that easy," Julie says. "It flows from the inside out."

Read more: Beautiful Homes | Jul. 2008