We stayed in a condo recently that were placed in a circle back to back. You would be looking into your neighbor's back yard if it weren't for a very well planned courtyard. It was such a lovely little retreat.
Just a small simple place, but private and sweet. I sat out there listening to music and reading and was able to totally escape.
If I built a dream house, I'd want a private porch or courtyard off of the master bedroom. Isn't this one lovely too?