City living has undeniable advantages – arts and entertainment, fine dining, nightlife and much more are mere steps away at virtually any hour. Of course, these conveniences often come with sacrifices, namely living space. But it’s outdoor living space among urban dwellings that is really the greatest luxury. In an environment where every square foot is precious having a rooftop garden is the ideal way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Following are a few inspiring examples of the perfect balance of lush greenery and city views.
At the top of the exclusive L'Héritage du Vieux Port, a restored historical waterfront building, is a five floor penthouse in Old Montreal with unparalleled privacy and space. Full of the finest amenities, it is the sprawling terrace with 360° views overlooking the city and St. Lawrence River that makes this home truly special. Thoughtfully designed sitting areas are scattered throughout the terrace with pebble gardens, pergolas and shrubbery. Exceptionally spacious, the penthouse offers an outdoor lifestyle seldom available in a popular metropolitan location.
Paris’ 16th Arrondissement is arguably the most prestigious in the city and it is where you’ll find this next magnificent Parisian home. An elegant and private residence surrounded by a picturesque Mediterranean garden, it boasts several plant-filled balconies with pergolas and city views. The back of the home is a peaceful oasis that transports you from the city and provides a respite from fast-paced urban life. Walking distance to many of Paris’ greatest cultural offerings, this enchanting residence is a true jewel in the City of Light.
Located on the twelfth floor of a luxury high-rise condominium building in the heart of Chicago, this four story townhome is complete with 1,132 square feet of rare roof deck and garden. Panoramic views of the famed Chicago skyline can be enjoyed from the spacious terrace, rich with vegetation. Ivy-clad walls, pergolas and gorgeous stone flower beds create a private refuge just steps from the famed Magnificent Mile. An intimate setting, yet large enough for entertaining, this rooftop garden is a dream getaway in the city center.
Inspired by German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Villa Gradini is a unique luxury home in Prague. Masterfully integrated into the sloping landscape, the home consists of multiple levels seemingly built into the rolling hillside. Multiple terraces throughout create unique perspectives from each level of this intricately designed home. At the highest level is a rooftop pool and terrace surrounded by lush plant-life with sweeping views over one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. Multiple terraces throughout create unique perspectives from each level of this intricately designed home. With plenty of space and privacy, relaxing by the pool is the perfect way to enjoy the extraordinary panoramas that only the magical city of Prague can offer.
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