(Closed) Buying a house: Importance of having a yard?

posted 9 years ago in Home
  • poll: How important is it to have a yard when you have (small) kids?
    Important to have a big yard : (35 votes)
    28 %
    Important to have even a very small yard : (47 votes)
    38 %
    Nice to have, but not a deal-breaker if you love the house and have a park to go to : (32 votes)
    26 %
    A yard isn't necessary, especially when kids are young and you have a park to go to : (7 votes)
    6 %
    You're better off without a yard : (3 votes)
    2 %
    Other (please share) : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    521 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    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
    2030 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    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
    3098 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    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
    768 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    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
    1110 posts
    Bumble bee

    Boyfriend or Best Friend 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
    7082 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    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
    410 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
    404 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    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
    2365 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    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
    3979 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    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 # 14
    73 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I used to have a tiny yard.  I now have none.  Oh, how I miss being able to grill my dinner!!!

    Post # 15
    1901 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
    2408 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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.

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