Every day, I bike past these two homes in Oakland. While they're quite similar in many ways, the gray one recently received a facelift. Along with it came a great new yard that requires little in the way of water nor maintenance.
The contrast between these two homes is striking: sure, the gray one has new paint and windows, but what really makes it stand out is the clean yard. For better or for worse, the grass yard hasn't received the water it needs to be healthy. Given the same care, the low-water yard is doing quite well. Be it laziness or conservationist, a low-water yard seems to be a great way to go.
(Images by Trent Johnson)