Do you actually use your condo balcony? If it looked like any of these overhanging hangouts you’d probably be out there all the time. In the spirit of recording artist Steve Winwood, we’re giving these top 7 balconies some higher love.

Willis Tower

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChicago’s Willis Tower has four glass box viewing platforms that jut out of the 103rd floor. An ideal design for any homeowner who’s not afraid of heights and one who buys Windex in bulk. Photo: contemplative imaging/Flickr


Bloomframe-1Bloodframe-2Bloodframe-3In the same vein as a sofa bed, “BloodFrame” is a window that converts into a balcony. Designed by Dutch architecture firm Hofman Dujardin, these units can be installed into existings buildings. Photos: HofmanDujardin

Swimming pool

Aquaria GrandeWhy put a hot tub on your balcony when you can convert the entire space into a swimming pool? Architect James Law included the concept in his original plans for the Aquaria Grande development in Mumbai, India. Photo: JamesLawCybertecture

Tour Odeon

Tour Odeon most expensive penthouseThe proposal for the world’s most expensive penthouse at Monaco’s Tour Odeon includes what surely would be the world’s most opulent balcony. A giant infinity pool with a private waterslide is what you’d expect the outdoor living space of a $250 million condo to include. Photo: Tour Odeon.


hammock balconyAmsterdam’s “Hammokums” are exactly what they appear to be. Hammocks. A little precarious? Perhaps. A lot of fun? For sure. Photo: g10Design


underground-balconyDesigned by Japanese architecture firm Yukiharu Suzuki Associates, this hillside home in Hamamatsu City features a below-grade viewing platform overlooking the ocean. A great balcony that doubles as a great diving platform. Photo: Yukiharu Suzuki

With the view

balcony viewOkay, so pretty much every balcony has a view. But you show us one that can beat this Saint Lucia vista and we’ll show you a Photoshopped lie. Photo: imgur

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