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Thereâ€™s something special about a balconyâ€”your own private plot of the outdoors, or a convivial entertainment venue, depending on your mood. Now add a swimming pool, outdoor theater and million-dollar views and youâ€™ve got the luxury perches of some of the most sought-after high-rise real estate on the market. With the help of the housing experts at Realtor.com, weâ€™ve rounded up some of the most impressive and unusual high-rise balconies modern architecture has to offer.
City apartment dwellers, generally lacking in yard space, can especially benefit from balconies and the chance to have a little slice of the outdoors. Take the $6.8 million rooftop condo for sale in Dallas, for example. It includes a spectacular balconyâ€”the sort of place that can house a party for your 100 closest friends, or get some sky-high solitude to lounge in the adjacent pool. With a three-walled glass enclosure allowing for scanning the Texas horizon, built-in lounge chairs, an outdoor theater and a hot tub, this high-end condoâ€™s balcony is the only one like it in Dallas. In fact, it contains one of only two rooftop pools in the city, according to listing broker Marilyn Hoffman.
If a party pad at the top of Dallas seems too hectic, then maybe the atmospheric heights of a $4.9 million mountain chalet is more your speed. With its stone touches and natural-looking wooden beams (some are full trunks) this Oregon home caters to the gentleman outdoorsman. Summertime brings mountain hikes and whitewater rafting. Winter brings skiing, dips in the heated pool, and a fantastic white-capped mountain vistaâ€”all of which can be taken in from one of the homeâ€™s three balconies. One larger outdoor ledge has room for a family table, and smaller balconies allow access to nature from a bedroom, or from a bathroom. Add to that a classic wet bar and a cave-like indoor hot tub for when youâ€™re through soaking in the sights.
Looking for a balcony home with a little more attitude? The VM House in Copenhagen, Denmark, could double for a spiky modern-art sculpture with its faÃ§ade of sharp, triangular balconies. More than aesthetic appeal, the diagonal ledges were designed to encourage interaction between residents, from balcony to balcony. The residential complex, which consists of two buildings, one in the shape of an â€˜Mâ€™ and the other shaped as a â€˜Vâ€™, was completed by JDS Architects in 2005.