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Balcony - Yes or No?

Discussion in 'General Property Chat' started by NZ88, 12th Jan, 2016.

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  1. NZ88

    NZ88 New Member

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    Hi All,

    I have a quick question, i am going to be building an investment property in North West Sydney and the house i am looking at is a double story 5 bedroom home. I was wondering how attractive a balcony would be for someone that was going to purchase the house as their dream home?
    The balcony will cost me an extra 6k, and im not sure if it will just be collecting dust?
    Is the balcony looking over or at something? apart from other houses no!
    All though if it is an extra attraction for resale value i am happy to add it in, just not sure?
     
  2. Propertunity

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    Go with the balcony, especially if you are targeting Owner Occupiers.
     
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    + 1 for balcony
     
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    Agreed. Get a balcony.
    Also get 2.7m (or higher ceilings). It is definitely worth it
     
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    Make it big enough to use ie about 2.7-3.0 m wide minimum
     
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    Yes to balcony... wide enough to have a 6 seater table with space to move around it comfortably is what I'd want as an OO.
     
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    They can be useable, if off main bedroom, also smokers may like it if they do not smoke inside, not essential though if you can go out in the yard.
     
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    I go for the balcony. It's like getting an ice cream cone without any topping.
     
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    Townhouse builders trying to maximise their sell profit do away with balconys to save build costs, and many can't gurantee the waterproofing properly.
     
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    I would get the balcony as long as it's not a Juliet balcony. Also see what the neighbours have and if they are popular for the area. And if you get a balcony make sure the roof extends out over the balcony as opposed to just a pergola or nothing at all.
     
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    balcony
     
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    Whilst you mention it'll be looking over other houses you don't state whether it will be street, side or rear facing? If looking into neighbors backyards I wouldn't bother, lack of privacy for both, street frontage is ok provided not a busy/loud street.

    Reasonable comfort size is important, as Gockie said, otherwise its just another minimal use area that needs cleaning, unless for smoking (as dabbler said)
     
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    Generally yes. Depends on size and also the vista and / or balcony privacy can have an effect on how people think.
     
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    Agree. Will it have a view of anything (I like to see trees, green grass, sky, native birdlife etc)
     
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    I will go different. Where else could the money be spent to better suit your target market?
     
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    I'm going to miss this balcony... watched the baby kookaburras.... but the new home will have two very good sized ones overlooking bush too. Win. :)
    (Yes, you can approach the local birdlife most of the time...)
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  17. NZ88

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    Wow i am amazed with all the replies and responses! Thanks everyone.
    Well i believe the balcony will be facing the front of other houses, and it will have a roof on top. I am not sure about birds and green grass as the area is being developed at this stage and the subdivision is just purely for newly built homes, just like all the other new estates being built in Sydney.

    I think i will go for a balcony. I was thinking of building with Rawson Homes refer to below link for the exact house i had in mind KINGSTON Home Designs Facades : Home Designs : Rawson Homes, i was going to go for the vogue facade which has the balcony. The exact floor plan i had in mind is Kingston 29.
    The reason being is because the bedroom and shower downstairs can be blocked off and become a self contained living area. Once it is built i will just put a small kitchen in the alfresco area?

    I am happy to take feed back on whether it is a good idea to have a self contained area attached to the house in Kellyville Ridge and also how Rawson homes is as a builder?
     
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    That balcony isnt big enough imo, would sit there collecting dust.

    I'm definitely a "for"for a balcony but it must be useable ie be able to fit at least a 6 seater outdoor dining table
     
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    Agree with this. This is a porch and monies could be better spent elsewhere. Drive around more established areas and see the dead plants and two seater tables collecting dust on these.
     
  20. Marg4000

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    From the house plan, this balcony will be coming off the main bedroom. Probably only used very rarely by occupants of main bedroom.

    A balcony would be nice, but no need for a big one, unless you plan on having guests up there??
    Marg