Location: Keller, Texas
We chose this home in retreat to the suburbs after leaving a townhouse in the heart on Dallas. I miss the city but this vast yard, at least to us, is in part worth the effort.
We kept a large patch of grass in the middle for kicking a ball, setting up tents, and impromptu picnics. The perimeter is filled with green plants and trees that will tolerate the Texas heat. When our neighbors come to visit, after sniffing around for a while one will remark, "Oh, yes I see...very urban." They are much too polite to tell us that they do not like it. I see it as a compliment to my aesthetic sensibilities and the lack of desire to spend thousands to dollars on overstuffed, over-styled backyard furniture and built-in everythings.... however, I might change my mind, of course, if I had thousands of dollars to spend.