Sometimes it’s just too hot to venture far from your home, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside a dark cramped room to escape the heat. When it’s scorching in the city, you can take advantage of the nice summer days in the comfort of these homes that have plenty of natural light and outdoor lounge spaces right at your reach.

Even when the weather gets colder and the days grow longer, these apartments can stave off the stuck-indoors blues with big windows and rustic, natural elements like wood floors and finishes.  

615 Massachusetts Ave., Unit 2

This $1.3 million listing boasts both a balcony and a patio for all your outdoor-entertaining needs. The South End duplex has been renovated, but still has some natural elements intact such as the hardwood floors with inlay and ornate molding. Downstairs, two bedrooms open onto the tranquil courtyard. Upstairs, french doors open onto the balcony and a third bedroom awaits. The kitchen has been updated with black walnut and carrera marble counters along with stainless steel appliances.

407-409 Shawmut Ave., Unit 11

You’ll never feel cramped in this three bedroom loft that is bathed in light with 16-foot ceilings and 600-plus square feet of private outdoor space. For $2.6 million, you’ll get skyline views, a private terrace, access to a roof deck, a gas fireplace and more. The building, called The Royal, was renovated in 2014. When you want to relax inside, the master spa-bath has a double vanity, a cascade shower and heated floors. And when you do want to venture outside, the building fronts the dog-friendly Blackstone Square so you can enjoy the nice weather with your pup.

45 Province St., Unit 903

This $1.6 million condo proves that it’s possible to have plenty of space even in crowded Downtown Boston. With 1,495 square feet, you get two bedrooms two and a half bathooms, a dining area with a double-height ceiling and a huge window that floods the home with light, and a chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Plus, it comes with access to the building’s indoor/outdoor pool, roof deck and media room.

For more information on these listings and more, contact agents Less Arnold (less@compass.com) or Jamie Curtis (jamiecurtis@compass.com) at Compass Realty.