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I love cities. I'm an urbanista through and through. But mostly, I love New York. And lately, enviable patios and balconies in the big city have been filling the blogosphere. True, New York City is crowded and outdoor real estate is rare, but wouldn't it be nice to live in the heart of it all with yards and views like these? Some lucky homeowners get to escape the concrete jungle for a slice of the outdoors. Here are some of my favourites from Manhattan and Brooklyn:

There's a bit more space to breathe in Brooklyn, and this Brooklyn Heights home boasts a backyard for entertaining and a deck off the principal bedroom for soaking up some rays. Luxurious!

The backyard of this Greek Revival townhouse in New York City has more square footage than most backyards I've seen in Toronto! A level for dining and a level for lounging — nice. Similar to this backyard we featured on Online TV.

Artist Elliott Puckette has a lush Brooklyn backyard that hardly seems like it's in the city. I love the casual wicker awning and overgrown shrubs.

What better way to take in an urban view than on some comfortable Panton chairs? This New York City patio has tall plantings for privacy from the neighbours and lower shrubs to keep street views open.

Pots of fountain grass and August lilies balance the industrial elements in this outdoor space. Actress Jennifer Aniston bought this Greenwich Village apartment from Sally Hershberger back in 2011. Views fit for a celebrity!

Views of the Hudson River? Yes please! This townhouse on Manhattan's west side has the perfect patio for sunsets.

Or views of Central Park? I can't decide. But all these spaces make New York seem even more beautiful. A girl can dream.

For more patio ideas, browse our Perfect Patios gallery.

Photo credits:
1. Photography by Peter Aaron
2. Architectural Digest, photography by Michael Moran
3. In The Studio blog
4. Cococozy blog
5. Elle Decor, photography by William Waldron
6. Architectural Digest, photography by Phillip H. Ennis
7. Architectural Digest, photography by Joshua McHugh

Author: 

Gwen McAuley

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