Post # 1
We found a house we really love. The inside has nearly everything on our priority list, the outside is adorable, and there is an amazing back deck AND screened in porch. I’m in love.
The only downfall: the yard is small. There is not much to the backyard at all though the side yard isn’t awful. Putting a fence up is going to be tricky due to the layout. A nice yard was one of our top priorities since we’ll be getting a dog soon and eventually will have kids. There is a park nearby which helps.
Has anyone ended up with a smaller yard than they would have liked? Has it ended up being too big of an issue?
Post # 3
@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
@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
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
- 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
- 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
@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
@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
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
- 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
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
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 # 14
@gingerkitten: We love to grill and host BBQs as well. It’s not that there’s NO yard space. It’s just small, but I think it’s still doable for warm weather get togethers, especially since there’s a huge back deck.
I’m more concerned for when we have kids, which won’t be for another 3-4 but just thinking long term.
Post # 15
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.
Post # 16
@TLDR: That’s my initial feeling but IT’S SO HARD TO PASS UP ON EVERYTHING ELSE ABOUT THE HOUSE, AHHHHHHH! That’s why I came here to vent. 🙂