How Important Is Outdoor Space When Home Hunting ?

How Important Is Outdoor Space When Home Hunting ?

Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 12, 2010

Over our many years of jumping from rental to rental, we've had many things we look for and many things that are deal breakers, but at the top of both lists is outdoor space. Being the owner of two pets that need a place to stretch their legs, daily exercise is important, but that doesn't mean we have to have a backyard.

We've lived in lofts with no yard whatsoever and houses that have sprawling suburban outdoor spaces. Truthfully I enjoy the simple pleasure of sitting on a deck in fall and watching my dogs roll in the leaves, but at the same time, when living in condos and loft spaces, we really (really) didn't miss the maintenance of the lawn.

We were actually more apt to have friends and family over when we had less of a private outdoor area. Entertaining in an outdoor space that was communal was fun as it felt like more of a challenge. We'll set up a dinner party in a back alley or on the rooftop long before we'd throw a bash in a space that has a backyard and true landscaping.

For many homes, outdoor areas can extend and add to the size of your space. Balconies, decks, porches, yards, even just a small patio can add some serious square footage. Do you look for a place to sit in the sun and sip your morning coffee? Or are you fully prepared to do so at your kitchen table every morning while smiling to yourself that some poor schmuck had to be up an hour earlier to mow before it got too hot out?

How important is outdoor space when you're house hunting? Is it at the top of your must have list or just simply an added bonus, but the inside space is really what you're after? Would you rather have a postage stamp for a place as long as it has room to stretch your legs outside? Let us know below!

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