The second photo, with the juliet balcony, depicts such a simple and beautiful form. Part industrial and utilitaian, part art deco and trouble-free. I could live in a building like that. Flaky paint included, although I would have to have a garden. Good brown too.
I didn't realize they called those "juliet balconies" — I like the term.You could probably buy a house out here fairly cheaply (at least by Key West standards)if you wanted. Come live in the Japanese countryside.
Of course, you'd have to brush up on your Japanese.