Survey Shows Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2012
When potential homebuyers come to me, some of the features highest on their “must have” list virtually always have something to do with outdoor space. Young families buying homes, for example, are searching for a flat, grassy area off the kitchen where their toddlers can totter. High-profile clients often seek out impressive spaces with great foot-traffic flow for indoor/outdoor entertaining. Empty-nesters often come to me seeking the opposite — less yard with easy- or no-maintenance landscaping. The point is, no matter what the age or demographic of the buyer, in today’s market, outdoor space sells.
The 2012 Residential Landscape Architecture Survey confirms again how important those backyard grills and dining areas are when it comes to what most people have at the top of their minds when they think about buying homes.
So — what is hot for those buying homes in 2012? The survey is one conducted every year by the American Society of Landscape Architects. This year they came up with some clear winners.
According to the survey, top popularity goes to BBQ grill space (97.4%), followed by low-maintenance landscapes (96.6 percent), fireplaces/fire pits (95.8 percent), and dining areas (95.7 percent).
Americans also love their pools (79.2 percent), but not quite as much as their spas (80.4 percent) and other decorative water elements (89.9 percent), such as waterfalls or bubblers.
Not as popular as they once were? Turf lawns at 50.9%, gazebos at 49.1%, and hammocks at 27.4%.
When thinking of gardening, Americans tend toward the practical and sustainable with native plants (86.3 percent) and food/vegetable gardens (81.2 percent), with over half of them preferred to be organic (61.2 percent).
Besides planting locally and organically, other sustainable elements continue their popularity with homeowners. Native or drought-tolerant plants (85.4 percent), drip irrigation (81.7 percent), and permeable paving (71.6 percent) are making their way into outdoor living spaces across the country.
One of my favorite homes featured on the recent Dwell Home Tour in Marin County is in Kentfield: it has a recently landscaped drought tolerant garden with a plethora of succulents in different shapes, colors and textures which is spectacular. See picture of the home’s backyard/pool area above and front yard below.
Additional information on residential landscape architecture can be found at www.asla.org/residentialinfo.
If you are considering an outdoor remodel, whether you are planning on selling your home or not, be sure to design with Marin County buyers in mind. Contact me any time for a stop-in — I’ll be happy to go over the features most clients look for when buying homes in Marin County today and recommend some of the top professionals in Marin County to help you achieve your goals. I can be reached at 415.505.4789 or Sylvie@YourPieceofMarin.com.
In the meantime, make sure to visit my Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space Webpage for inspiration.
About the author: The above Real Estate information on Marin County Real Estate was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi. I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789. I specialize in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
My goal is to provide you with the best home buying or selling experience possible by combining my business and financial experience with meticulous attention to detail and a warm, personable and caring approach to meeting your needs. I have an excellent track record as a successful, results-oriented negotiator and effective communicator. My analytical skills and understanding of current market conditions, along with my ability to utilize a broad range of cutting edge technological and marketing resources, make me an invaluable real estate resource.
I am a long term Marin County resident and home owner. I strongly believe our quality of life is extraordinary and practically unmatched. I love our community, quaint towns and vast open space and never tire of their breathtaking beauty. I know the neighborhoods, the schools, the amenities; I know where you want to live. I know and love Marin County!
I specialize in Luxury Homes in the following towns in Marin County: Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Novato.