Post # 1
My husband and I have been married for almost a year now and are starting to look at houses. We live in Washington, DC. We have found a townhouse we really like, but it doesn’t have a yard (although it does have a second-story deck off the kitchen that’s quite sizeable, and there is some park area with grass and bushes that is shared among the residents).
Since we will probably stay at least 5 years, whatever home we buy we are going to be living in when we have children in a few years. How important do you think it is that we get a house with a yard, especially when the kids are very young?
Btw, we are looking to buy in the city, so whatever yard we will be able to afford would not be very big at all, just more of an outdoor grassy enclosure than something you can really run around in. (By the time they are older probably we would want to go farther into the suburbs to get a big yard.) The townhouse is also near a big grassy park, on a back residential street without much traffic.
Parents, or parents-to-be someday, how does a yard rank on your list of home must-haves?
Post # 3
For me, it’s an absolute must-have. We currently have a dog, and we want somewhere he can run around! Plus, I grew up in a townhouse (my family lived in one until I was 15). It was really nice that we had a place to set up a playhouse and a swing, both of which we used A LOT!!
Post # 4
If there is a nice park nearby (especially one with a swingset) then really there is no need for a yard. That way you will get to meet the neighbors as well!
Post # 5
I used to live near DC, so I understand the importance of a deck. I’d say in the city, not having a yard is definitely not a deal breaker. But living where I live now – VERY important!
Post # 6
It’s a deal-breaker for me too. We love to entertain and there’s nothing quite like eating and drinking outside under the stars…even if you can’t see them. lol 😉 We also have a small dog who stays inside, but we’d love to just let him out to play. Also, I think little ones should be active outside, and I’d prefer to have that in the safety of my own home.
Post # 7
BF just bought a house, I told him that less than one acre wasn’t acceptable. .75 I would be willing to compromise, the house/location/neighborhood had better rock, but otherwise, no deal.
I’m not sure why I like the idea of having so much land, but we agreed that it would be good for swingsets/pools/whatever crazy ideas we had/kids/etc, without having to worry about fences and ornery old neighbors. Probably because it gives for adequate distance between houses as well.
My dad has one of the larger lots(.14) on his block, it wasn’t tiny, but it helped that our neighborhood was full of similarly-aged kids and nice people who didn’t mind us using their yards. My mom has an oddly shaped acre. :/
My boyfriend claims that his parent’s yard is .3ac(and plenty large), but I fail to believe that. Perhaps it’s because it’s oddly shaped, and there’s a pool in the corner. Perhaps because my bf is from NJ, and .3ac seems vast… >.>
Ok, everything short: If you’re going for a plot, make sure it is regularly shaped. Irregularly shaped plots are a pain. Also, make sure your neighborhood is be kid friendly, but not such that you hear toddlers screaming like they’re being chased with a flamethrower all hours of the day and night. That gets old quick. Make sure any nearby parks/shared spaces aren’t surrounded by awful grouchy people.
Post # 8
More important than any future DG kidlets is the dog. (Not that the dog is more important, but rather the yard is more important to the dog). He needs a substantial yard to romp in. Luckily we have a double lot.
Post # 9
I put “other” Just becuase there was more than one option for me. It is VERY improtant for us to have a yard. We not only have out dog, but we really like to BBQ and it is nice to have a yard to hang out in while BBQing. We would LOVe a big yard, but could deal with a smaller one if that was all that was avalible. As long as there is room for the dog to run.
I would almost get a yard “for the kids” now rather than wait… I woudnt mind commuting a little ways rather than having to move again later… I hate moving..
Post # 10
I live in a condo complex where the neighbors kids run around all over in the parking lot and up and down everyone else’s stairs. I think having a yard is so important, not only for the kids safety (parking lot does not a playground make) as well as to keep your kids from being ‘those annoying children’, you know?
Post # 11
Imo, having a yard is very important. Right now we are in fiance bachelor pad that is a condo – no yard. I hate not having a yard. When I have one … I’ll appreciate it so much. I definitely will get a yard big enough to build a pool! I have to have a pool. =)
We’ve been looking … so yes, that’s important.
Post # 12
I think its essential to have a sizeable backyard! My FI’s house has a massive deck, but his backyard slopes into the street…. we’ve discussed moving once our (future) kids are old enough to play outside! I think its important for kids to be physically active & running around outside vs watching a movie!
A park nearby would be ideal (with little to no backyard) but when you’re completely exhausted it may be difficult to get up and trek over to the park. A backyard is safer & more convenient 🙂
Post # 13
I will add that we do not have a dog and do not intend to get one. And most of the lot sizes we would get with a house are about 0.1 acres. (!) At the point where kids were running around more on their own, we would probably move to someplace with a big yard.
Post # 14
I used to have a tiny yard. I now have none. Oh, how I miss being able to grill my dinner!!!
Post # 15
I voted that it’s important to ave a yard, even if it’s small. However, right now, we are living in a townhome with only a back patio. I think we would consider buying something like this only because there is a pool & jacuzzi that we don’t have to take care of, but there is also almost $300 in HOA fees each month. We are only renting and we got a great deal on it, so it’s fine for now (very luxurious). When we move, we are looking for something with at least a small yard. We are not having kids but may want a dog eventually.
Post # 16
i need a yard, which is why i don’t see myself living in a city once i get married. just having a little place to get away from it that doesn’t require a trip down the street? priceless.