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Urban Luxury Outdoor Spaces: Finding Nature and Privacy in the City

Urban Luxury Outdoor Spaces with beautiful patio furniture and lush plantings


Within the last few years, the demand for urban luxury outdoor spaces has skyrocketed. In fact, according to one 2022 study, 56% of homeowners reported that creating indoor spaces outdoors is a top priority.


This trend remains especially true in luxury real estate, where there is a growing demand for private outdoor spaces in urban areas.


So, how are urban luxury properties incorporating outdoor space and making the best use of a smaller footprint? Let’s explore a few examples that your very own clients may take interest in.


Rooftop Gardens Add Privacy to Urban Luxury Outdoor Spaces


Rooftop gardens are becoming increasingly popular in urban areas, especially in luxury high-rise buildings.


These spaces can include a variety of elements, such as outdoor kitchens, lounge areas, and greenery.


The garden aspect of this trend is especially important, as those living in urban areas may sometimes feel as though they’re existing in a “concrete jungle” of sorts. A beautiful rooftop garden can provide the greenery that a client needs to reconnect with nature without leaving the city.


Private Terraces


Private terraces are another popular luxury urban space. These spaces can be found in high-end apartments, condos, and townhomes and can include amenities such as hot tubs, fire pits, and outdoor kitchens.


Terraces may be connected directly to the perimeter of an apartment/condo unit, or they may offer dedicated space on a building’s rooftop.


Either way, these spaces offer the privacy that a luxury client has come to expect, along with sweeping views of the city and/or other nearby landmarks.


Urban Luxury Outdoor Spaces with Private Courtyards


While less common in condominiums and apartments due to lack of spaces, private courtyards can often be found in luxury homes and townhomes in urban areas.


In their design, courtyards are similar to terraces—though they tend to have a larger footprint and thus offer a little more creative freedom for owners (and more potential for entertainment).


These spaces can be designed with a variety of elements, including water features, fireplaces, and outdoor dining areas.


Urban Balconies


Large urban balconies are a popular outdoor space in apartments and condos in urban areas.


Homeowners can easily design these spaces with desirable elements. For example, luxury outdoor seating, plants, grilling areas, and ambient lighting features that really set the mood.


Balconies can also offer incredible views. The only limit on the possibilities for decorating are  the imagination.

Community Parks Enhance Urban Luxury Outdoor Spaces


In some urban areas, luxury developments include community parks with several amenities. These may include walking paths, playgrounds, and outdoor fitness equipment.


This can be a great alternative to a property that may not offer its own dedicated outdoor space (or one that offers a relatively small space).


A community park can also be a nice perk for luxury buyers with families of their own. These parks can be a great place for children to play and for young families to connect.


Work with a Luxury Real Estate Agent


Cindy Schulte 72SOLD Program Director, also blog publisherIf you are in the market for luxury real estate with urban luxury outdoor spaces, you should work with a qualified luxury real estate agent. Be sure to confirm qualifications and experience. Agents with luxury market education and knowledge will provide exceptional service for you in your luxury home buying and selling journey.


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In the market for a qualified Luxury Real Estate Agent? Call me for a complimentary consultation: 480-788-5446


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Courtesy of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.

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