As is the case with most urban areas, if you’re looking for a property with a private garden in Gibraltar, you’ll have to pay a premium for it. Finding one with a generous private terrace or balcony however is (almost) a given. Most of the properties on the market do come with outside living areas like a balcony, many of which have impressive sea or rock views. While terraces are often overlooked (no pun intended), they can become invaluable living spaces and, according to research by UK agents Marsh & Marsons, can add up to 20% to the value of a property - very good to know should you ever choose to sell it.

 

Outside dining

One of the joys of living in a climate as mild as Gibraltar’s is that you can enjoy the experience of dining al fresco in its many patios and marina-side restaurants. Owning a property with a balcony or terrace allows you to enjoy that at home too. Whatever the size of your property’s balcony, try to add a table and at least a couple of chairs to make the most of the space. It will become a great spot to socialise with friends and family or even simply sit and watch the sunset.

 

Light it up

Simple light fixtures can transform your property’s terrace and balcony at the flick of a switch and turn it into the perfect sport for evening entertaining. There are plenty of styles and effects to choose from and even some budget-friendly options for those of you renting your property. Make sure you do get outdoor lighting and I’d recommend that you get them installed by experts if you can. Ask your real estate agent for their recommended companies and stockists.

 

Outdoor-friendly gadgets

If you’ve purchased a property with a large outside space, then thinking about what kind of technology would make you more comfortable out there. For example, if you’ve come to rely on your Alexa, Siri or Google Home, think about installing one on the terrace. The same goes for your sound system, we all know music is an essential at any dinner party, so why not install some outdoor speakers on your balcony for when you’re entertaining outside? There are many stockists on Gibraltar’s Main Street, but shop around to bag the best deal.

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