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This week: Secret urban oases

1. Philadelphia This roof deck is one highlight of a four-bedroom contemporary Pennsport-area town house that also has a 2,000-square-foot garden. The main living area features vaulted ceilings with large skylights. The home also has two master-bedroom suites and a chef-quality kitchen. $2,895,000. Patricia Royston, Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, (215) 735-2225

2. Chicago This five-bedroom home features a roof deck, a landscaped patio with a hot tub, and 20-foot ceilings on its ground floor. The professional-grade kitchen looks out onto the garden through a wall of windows. $1,685,000. Jan Smith, @properties, (773) 230-0839

3. New York The private garden of this Upper East Side property separates the main residence—a converted four-story firehouse—from a two-story brick stable. A double-height parlor on the ground floor can be used as a gallery. $10,995,000. Maria Manuche, Corcoran, (212) 836-1041

4. Brooklyn, N.Y. This top-floor two-bedroom condominium in Boerum Hill has a split-level private roof terrace with a landscaped garden that includes magnolia, pear, and fig trees. The upper terrace has views to New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. $825,000. Julie Rhinehart, Brown Harris Stevens, (718) 399-4108

5. San Francisco Commanding its own high perch in the Russian Hill neighborhood, this four-bedroom residence offers views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the bay. The home is accessed by elevator or by climbing a stepped walkway through its steep front garden. $3,700,000. Yola Haddad Ozturk, Hill & Co./Top Agent Network, (415) 516-7138

Steal of the week6. Philadelphia Built in 2009, this LEED-certified two-bedroom townhome is equipped with solar panels, in-floor heating, and stainless-steel appliances. The fenced-in backyard garden features custom-built planters. $309,900. Alison Pearlstein, Cityspace, (215) 625-3650

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