Would a small yard be a dealbreaker when buying a house for any of you?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
3835 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@regit45:   What sort of dog are you considering?  Does the park allow dogs?  Personally I’d never be happy with a small yard.  

Post # 4
356 posts
Helper bee

@regit45:  I found houses I love with teeny yards and I refused to buy them. I grew up in a house that had 60 acres + thousands of woodland acres behind that, which we had property to hunt. I told myself the smallest yard I’d want was a quarter acre lot. The house I now own, which I had to be patient about is a lot size of .33 so I’m happy for now…. until I can buy acres 🙂

Post # 5
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Neither of us likes to mow – so we’re hoping for a small yard!!! Honestly, there isn’t much that I do outside that I couldn’t do in a small yard or walk a short distance to a park. A screened in back porch would be way more important to me than a big backyard!

Post # 6
2465 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

@regit45:  A big yard is a must-have for me, because I grew up with one and begin to feel a little claustrophobic if we only have 10’x4′ of green space. 

How close is the park? If it’s only a couple of blocks, it’s definitely doable. I would definitey prefer our own space to be outside to host BBQs, etc, but if the home is otherwise perfect, I might still go with it.

I think the biggest question is whether you view this home as a starter home or a “forever” home. If you are planning on being here for 20 years, make a pros and cons list and decide whether the small yard will become problematic down the line.

Post # 7
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - The front lawn of our church

@regit45:  It would depend on your area. Where I live now, it’s unheard of to find a house with a good sized back yard. But in the city I used to live in, many houses have good sized back yards. Here, I would probably have to settle for a small back yard, because I wouldn’t have a choice. But there, it definitely would be a deal breaker for me because I know that there are options. 

Post # 8
1499 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@regit45:  It was for us because we have two 5o lb dogs.  Before we bought our house, we lived in a house with a small yard, and the dogs tore it up becasue it was so small.  We didn’t get as big of a yard as we wanted, but it works for us.  Having a park nearby is really nice as well, you just would to keep your dog on a leash instead of letting him/her run free.  You are going to have to make some trade offs, so you just have to decide what the most important things are to you.

Post # 9
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@regit45:  If the park wasn’t walking distance then I would say it’s a dealbreaker but if the park is around the corner and easy to get to then it would be fine 🙂 

Having a little yard is enough to help potty train a dog but you will probably be making daily/weekly trips to the park so it should be close enough to get to on foot, IMO 

Post # 10
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We wanted a decent sized yard, not a 20x30ft grass rectangle with a 6×6 patio, it was a deal breaker for us. And it wasn’t easy to find what we wanted. In our area, anything new construction comes with a tiny rectangle backyard, anything with a decent backyard is 20+ years old and required upgrades. We found a 2004 home that had a perfect size backyard and we knew we wanted it. We love our backyard. Granted we don’t use it to it’s full potential right now because we don’t have kids, but I would not want anything smaller. It’s about… 2200 sq feet if I had to guess.

Post # 11
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

It would be for us. But having at least 1 acre and feeling spread out was one of our basic requirements for a home. We were not moving to the countryside so we could look right into our neighbor’s home. We actively wanted room to spread out, have a big garden, have dogs and chickens (and maybe a goat or two!), etc.

Post # 12
3505 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It was for us. We found a house we loved, but the backyard was pitiful (and backed up to a school’s football field.) So we passed on it and found a house that we ended up loving and had a nice big backyard. I’m happy we went with our gut and got the house with the yard, we use it all the time & it’s so nice to have!

Post # 13
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

A small yard would only be a dealbreaker for me if I was planning on getting a dog or having children in the future. Since you’ve mentioned both in your OP, I’d say keep looking. Yes, having a park nearby is nice, but it’ll be even nicer to just open your back door and let your dog go crazy in your own backyard. Just my opinion though! 

Post # 15
1287 posts
Bumble bee

Owning property was a big deal for me when buying a house. I wanted land along with a house.  Thats my preference though.  If i’m going to spend the money, I want land with it. 


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