Here's a picture of our balcony taken from the ground; it seems quite high up but that's only because of the angle.
We were the first family to have a balcony in the front of the house (others built behind the house); originally there was a decision that no one alters the front of the house so that they all look the same, but our downstairs neighbours objected to us extending to the rear and there is not enough room on the side. We obviously started a trend by building in front, for as soon as we did, the other family on the top floor of our building (we live in a building with two flats on the ground floor and two on the first floor) built a balcony as did the neighbours in the next building.
Note the lemon tree in the bottom right hand corner (if one looks hard, one can see a lemon on the tree), the bird of paradise shrub (I think that's what it's called) underneath the balcony and the bare Koelreuteria bipinnata in the front. It's just as well that I took the picture now for in a month or two it will be blossoming and then it will not be possible to see the balcony from where I was standing!