02/26/2013 02:30 pm ET Updated Apr 28, 2013

New York's Most Coveted Lifestyle -- Apartments With Outdoor Space

As New Yorkers we adore our urban lifestyle, but that does not mean that we do not also covet the tranquility found in nature. For many (me included), outdoor space in the urban jungle is a must have. As a result, NYC apartments with outdoor space are one of the city's most desirable living accommodations, blending the best of both worlds.

According to the New York Times, competitive New Yorkers are not only anxious to best each other's interior abodes, but each other's outdoor living spaces as well. Decks and rooftops indeed prove the perfect blank canvas on which to design a garden area that will provide the perfect backdrop for a busy New Yorker's private and social life.

New Jersey-born real estate developer, Matthew Blesso, worked devoutly to "blur the line between the inside and the outside" as he transformed the two-bedroom penthouse he purchased on Broadway in NoHo. Blesso's 2,200 square foot rooftop boasts an outdoor shower, full kitchen, furnished living area, and luxurious garden designed by a gardener from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Brit, Ian Tarr, transformed his exterior space not into a single area, but into three distinct terraces. One terrace has been designated as a sun porch, the second as a gardened breakfast area, and the third as a furnished sitting area. Dividing up the outdoor space in such a manner as to take full advantage of the exterior world, offered from a variety of perspectives.

Indeed, New York City's outdoor spaces have become more elaborate, creative and luxurious than ever before. As a huge lover of outdoor space, one of the best parts of my job is getting to see the most amazing private outdoor spaces NYC has to offer. From outdoor kitchens & fireplaces to retractable roofs that really do blur the lines between outdoors and in, I get to see it all. And I can't wait to see what's coming next.

What's the most creative or elaborate outdoor setup you've seen or dreamt of? I'd love to hear from you, leave me a comment or email