There are many ads for apartments that offer balconies and terraces. What is the difference between a balcony and a terrace? They’re almost the same…right? Sometimes the advertising people use balconies and terraces synonymously but generally here’s the difference in reference to apartments and/or apartment buildings…Balconies are ordinarily private or semi-private. A terrace is usually not private and is associated with a specific place like a “garden” or “rooftop.”
Wikipedia’s definition of a balcony is defined as a platform projecting from the wall of a building, supported by columns or console brackets and enclosed with a balustrade, usually above the ground floor, commonly with an entrance from a door or window.
Dictionary.com defines a terrace as a raised level with a vertical or sloping front or sides faced with masonry, turf, or the like, especially one of a series of levels rising one above another.
Here are a few apartments with a balcony in Manhattan from Apartmentfinder.com
- West End Towers is located at 55-75 West End Avenue. West End Towers is a 1,000-unit high-rise just off 66th Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. This high-end rental building features a fitness center with pool and classes for adults and children, children’s playroom, children’s outdoor playground, parking and a complimentary shuttle bus.
- Symphony House at 235 West 56th Street. This very large, orange-brown brick, rental tower has a handsome polished red granite base and a very handsome entrance and plaza. Symphony House offers a health club and pool on the top two floors, a garage, a doorman, a concierge, a bicycle room, a storage room, a sundeck, a recreation room, a laundry on every floor, video security and valet service.
- The Pavilion at 500 East 77th Street occupies the full block between 77th and 76th Streets and York Avenue. The Pavilion has its own shopping arcade, landscaped roof decks, a 24-hour attended garage, a shuttle bus to transit and shopping, a windowed laundry facility, air-conditioning, ATM on site and a fitness center.
- House 39’s address is 225 E 39th Street and recently began accepting residents. House 39, the shimmering 36-story curved glass tower in Murray Hill, offers a fitness room to be a mecca of fitness possibilities, including a full yoga studio, a locker room and even a Turkish-bath inspired hammam steam room. Rooftop indoor and outdoor hot tubs beckon after a long day at the office, complete with dazzling views of the surrounding neighborhood.