Now that spring is here, the rain has abated and the sun is making itself known. Homebuyers are able to look at more than floor plans and interiors – they can now get a good look at the landscaping.

While the front yard adds curb appeal, let’s face it: The backyard is where the party is. Spring and summer are prime seasons to host barbecues, throw birthday parties, or even dine alfresco.

Backyards play a large role in family gatherings, and a house doesn’t need to be a mansion in order for it to have a space where the homeowner can entertain during the warmer months. Keeping with the new median┬áhome price of $639,000, here are 8 houses in Sonoma County with good-sized backyards. Click through the slides to see these recent listings…