Why Do They Make Faux Balconies?


I’ve been noticing this a lot around town – you see what looks like will be a balcony but when you get close it is actually just two doors up against a barrier. What’s the deal here? Why not just make a proper balcony? Does this even have any practical function? I guess you could get a nice breeze going if you opened the doors…

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  • Maybe to prevent your kids from falling when the window’s open?

  • To drink their faux coffee in the morning (Nescafe) – duh!

  • I believe these types of exposures are called “Juliet” balconies, in real estate lingo!

  • It is a French Balcony. They’re not for sitting or standing, they’re more for viewing so you don’t have to pop your head out of a window. I think they can add something if there is a view to be had, but they seem to be overused. I think Union Row has several on the backside overlooking the alley.

  • I hate these things. I would much rather have more wall space and or a window. Does anyone actually open these? You could set up a little table as if you are eating in a restaurant that opens its windows.

  • I live in Union Row, overlooking the alley, and selected units have balconies that one could sit on and place outdoor furniture on, so it definitely serves a purpose, unlike a french balcony.

  • i like them. i’d rather have a real balcony and all, but its nicer than a window.

    plus it’s a good spot for plants.

  • a lot of french balconies were also used as smoking balconies. i’ve seen that a lot in hotels

  • I believe the doors open in so that you can open them all the way but then you have no where to go.

  • i think it makes for a nice way to have a lot of air flow into your apartment, and gives a little security if you have kids who might walk over there and fall out…

  • Well two uses jump immediately to mind: (1) So that you can ask the world, wherefore art thou, Romeo? and (2) so that you can dangle your baby above the waiting paparazzi.

  • Hah. We call ’em “suicide balconies”. Just enough room to pitch yourself over the edge. But semi-seriously, I think they do allow for large expanses of glass (french doors) that let in lots of light without having to worry so much about people (accidentally) defenestrating themselves.

  • keeps the cats and dogs and babies from falling?

  • im not the biggest fan of these either, but i think an actual balcony is considered lot “coverage”. if you are already at your maximum lot coverage limit, but still want some sort of open air space situation, this might sometimes be the only legal way to get it. a bummer, but better than nothing.

  • I love ’em; they remind me of my trips to France.

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