Before DH and I bought our house, we looked at real estate in excess of 2 years on and off, casually. I think we looked at everything from coops, to condos, to multi families to single family each time making a mental drawing of what life would be like living in that space and how we would make it work.
I was content on getting a small non-inspiring condo but we ended up finding a fantastic deal on our current house, it was hard to walk away. Growing up in NY all my life, I got used to the cement as our front lawn. But one of the things that attracted me to my current house is actually a small patch of grass we have on our front lawn! It's like unheard of in Brooklyn these days without paying an arm and a leg. We also have 2 balconies that are great for sitting and people watching and a small but functional backyard that I intend to use as an extension of playspace for DD when she gets older!
To think I almost went with a place that had none of these extra outdoor living spaces! Do you have any outdoor living in your current home? Do you think it's important?
GOLD / wonderful apricot / 22646 posts
While our home/lot is fairly large (3000 sq. ft 1/4 acre) compared to other subdivisions near us, most of our yard space is in the front. Our backyard is lined with privacy trees, fence... and then a brick patio and hot tub take up the majority of the space. There's enough space for our 2 small dogs and lil babies/toddlers, but probably not a lot of room for older kids to play comfortably. DH & I definitely want to revisit the home buying process in 10 years.. so we'll make it work until then.
pomegranate / 3008 posts
We have about a 1/3 of an acre and we are at the end of a cul-de-sac so it is almost all backyard. It is great for the dogs to run but we don't use it the way we should. As my son grows I'm sure we'll be out there a lot more though.
hostess / wonderful grape / 20803 posts
LOL, no. We live in the city and have a back deck, but that's it!
Excited to one day move to the burbs and have a backyard!
apricot / 307 posts
We live in the city. We have a front deck where our grill is and a back deck. Not far from our street is a church school's playground as well as another about two-three blocks away. Personally, my husband and I would rather move to a bigger house in our neighborhood than move to the burbs.
hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32460 posts
I'd love a nice yard so LO can run around and play when she gets older. We have a patio that's about 8x6?
pomelo / 5866 posts
I'm an outdoors person so I say yes. I think if your neighborhood is not 'walkable', then it's even more important. We have parks in our neighborhood but there is such a slope and people who park in their driveway out to the sidewalk that it's a pain to walk around with security of safety. It's definitely not walkable (but it does have a great view from our hillside perch.).
persimmon / 1150 posts
we have a pretty big back yard... with a woodworking shop for DH
hostess / wonderful persimmon / 25556 posts
We have a decent sized lot - 1/4 acre - but we would love more space than that. The type of space where you can't see your closest neighbor. Oh yeah. Anyways, for now, it works. Our front yard is small as our house is placed close to the street. That gives us a very large backyard to play with. We currently only have a 10x10 patio out back but would like to expand it. At some point.
GOLD / wonderful grape / 20289 posts
We have a good sized backyard. It was a must when buying a house because we have a big dog. We also fenced in part of our front yard so we can sit out front and let the dog roam around.
apricot / 498 posts
We live in-city and have a typical 150x50 lot which the house takes the majority up. We have a small backyard though that has pavers which is ample for lounge chairs, bbq and toys when the time comes. We also live across the street from a huge park.
eggplant / 11824 posts
Our current home (condo) doesn’t have any real green space. We have a large balcony, but no grass. There is a park at the end of our street, so that helps.
We are looking to buy a larger home with a small yard. We don’t want a big yard as neither of us are outdoorsy types or garden, so just a small yard for a kid and dog to play in. The homes/yards we are looking at are your typical city sized lot (not sure what that measures out to be).
pomegranate / 3980 posts
I could never live without a yard!
blogger / watermelon / 14218 posts
zero useable outdoor space-- we are in a rental that was SUPPOSED to be temporary but we're going on year 4 here. It's a great house but it's on a busy road, so front space is dangerous, and the backyard is not level and very dangerous so totally not useable. Really frustrating and plenty of outdoor space (at LEAST 5,000 sq foot lot and fenced in back yard) is a NON-NEGOTIABLE for the next house we live in / buy.
That is the #1 reason I want to move. We don't even have any parks within walking distance so we have to get in the car to get to a play area... might as well live in the city!!!
pear / 1554 posts
We have a balcony that runs the length of our apartment. We can even put a table and chairs out, which is pretty good for tokyo but tiny compared to what everyone in the States is used to.
grapefruit / 4400 posts
We have a normal sized lot for a suburban neighborhood in OC-- I think our lot is around 7,000 sq ft and our house is 1,500 sq ft. Nice enough for a garden and some grass, without being a pain to mow.
pear / 1965 posts
YES! Outdoor living is VERY important to me. I grew up in the counrty so when DH and I were looking at houses I didnt want anything that has less than 2 acres. We bought our house which is on 2.5 acres. Need room for all our dogs to run and down the road will have a horse/s. I am def not a city girl. I have had to live in "the city" before....just really not happy in the city!
grapefruit / 4554 posts
We have just enough for us where we don't feel overwhelmed with yardwork...0.15 acres, small for some, ideal for us.