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Outdoor spaces enhance experience of high-rise living

July 29, 2018

Love the outdoors, but want to live in a high-rise, leaving home maintenance behind?

Enjoying outdoor living is completely possible for not only you, but also the furry members of your family.

Houston’s luxury condo market has become known for oasis-like, serene offerings provided for residents in these new-generation high-rises. Find a shift toward grand gardens and pool areas as well as privacy for residents.

Linda Bridges, Texas Pro Real Estate, Houston Condomania, said outdoor living spaces such as terraces/balconies have become an integral part of the midrise and high-rise lifestyles as much as the interior of the home.

“The terraces are an extension of the living space for entertaining as well as a space of relaxation. The views from the balconies are very important in the selection of a condo and provide a spectacular backdrop for all activities,” Bridges said.

At The River Oaks, residents can partake in an outdoor kitchen and landscaping, evoking a spa-like atmosphere. The Sophie, which was one of Houston’s first buildings to offer expansive terraces, blends indoor and outdoor living with summer kitchens, fireplaces and entertaining space.

At Market Square Tower in downtown’s highest residential tower, relax in the rooftop pool with a glass bottom that is suspended 40 stories up, or on the rooftop veranda for a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience. If a 30,000-square-foot, eighth-floor outdoor living space, complete with fireplace and unobstructed downtown views, is what you’re looking for, head over to 2929 Weslayan. Residents also can enjoy a 60-seat skyline lounge, grotto pool, wet deck with resort-style cabanas, master grilling stations and a raised fire pit with 360-degree seating.

The Arabella also offers an indoor/outdoor pool along with a fire pit to take in the evening surroundings.

Finally, at The Wilshire, which is similar to a high-end resort, there are detailed gardens and an expansive pool.

“New developments such as Giorgetti of Houston offer full-size terraces/outdoor living spaces that can include fireplaces, kitchens, grilling areas, ceiling fans and floor drainage for pet pads,” Bridges said. “The River Oaks Condominiums offers a penthouse terrace that includes a water feature and special lighting.”

There are plenty of great outdoor spaces to play, walk and relax with your pets. For example, 2727 Kirby offers pets and their owners a secured pet park, full-time concierge and spacious balconies.

Most condominiums and high-rises are now pet friendly, with dedicated walking areas or dog parks. There can even be a porch potty for a taking Fido for a quick visit outside without ever having to venture out of the building.

If it’s just for breath of fresh air, taking a moment with your pet, or even entertaining with family and friends, luxury high-rises have a range of spaces to offer.

“Whether large or small, outdoor patios/terrace can provide tranquility and privacy from the bustling world,” Bridges said.

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