8 Jaw-Dropping Balconies You’ll Swoon Over
We’d love to have a huge backyard in which to host a summer fête, sip evening cocktails, or do endless cartwheels. But for many of us, we’ll be lucky to have a small patch of grass to call our own. And who wants to deal with all that maintenance and lawn-watering anyway? With the views, privacy, and ability to people-watch from above, we’d be right at home on a fabulous balcony—like any of the gorgeous ones we’ve picked out below. Keep scrolling and be prepared to endure endless balcony envy!
There are no words to accurately capture how incredible this view of the Frenchman's Cay in the British Virgin Islands is. Suffice it to say we’re in love with the limestone floors, slightly off-kilter balusters, and simple, beach-friendly wood furniture. We’d have no trouble comfortably settling in here… and never leaving.
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of prefabs, and this New Zealand home just may be one of our favorites. Composed of six shipping containers, it sits atop a hillside with breathtaking views of New Zealand’s ever-inspiring landscape. We love the simple, understated color palette and unvarnished materials—especially these massive folding doors leading out to the expansive deck that runs the length of the home.
This Colombian retreat in the chic seaside city of Cartegena is everything you’d expect from renowned designer Richard Mishaan. We love everything about this home, but the balcony overlooking the terra-cotta rooftops of the surrounding neighborhood and the Caribbean Sea beyond is awe-inspiring. We love that the designer chose classic furnishings to let the view do the talking.
This modern manse, known as The Bluff House, is situated in Montauk and overlooks the Block Island Sound. While the home has multiple vistas from which to view the ocean, woods, and wetlands surrounding the property, we’re particularly taken by this private balcony encircled by mature trees with views of the Sound. The home’s neutral color story is far from dull thanks to the use of varying types of wood, blackened steel accents, and thoughtful architectural details such as the open skylight above. These elements make this home feel restrained and elegant while remaining true to the kick-off-your-shoes vibe characteristic of the Hamptons. This home is beachside luxe at its best.
What we would give to have a balcony like this on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The space may be petite, but it’s perfectly appointed with timeless striped chairs, enough space for an intimate dinner party, and a view of the home’s incredible courtyard. The lush bamboo is low-maintenance and creates a lovely park-like feel. With privacy like this, we could easily relax in the city that never sleeps.
This charming, eclectic waterfront home in Sydney hits all the right notes with a clever mix of modern décor, traditional shiplap ceilings, and a classic striped awning. Maintaining a consistent black, white, and neutral color story makes the space chic and refined, while the playful rocking chairs lend the space a touch of irreverence. The low-lying pots filled with unfussy plants add a punch of color that complements the palm trees just beyond reach.
This rooftop terrace in Paris, near the Arc de Triomphe, is sleek and streamlined, but it feels welcoming thanks to the abundance of weathered wood, casual low seating, and pops of playful orange in a few key places. Oh, and the views are to die for. Obviously.
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