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How do people use their back yard?

What do people like to do in their backyard?  Well, this infographic from the California Association of REALTORS offers some insight into what homeowners like to do.  They even offer some insigh into why people improve their yards which is very important as well. 

I spend quite a bit of time in my backyard just enjoying a glass of wine or a meal with my family.  We'll often spend time on the patio just relaxing a bit, depending on the weather.  How do you like to spend time in your yard?


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Comment balloon 10 commentsBryan Robertson • July 02 2013 02:39PM


Bryan, I have to admit that I am one of the 17% that enjoys planting flowers and vegetables...love harvesting the fruits of my labor.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) about 5 years ago

Bryan, great question.  This morning we had two deer at the bird feeder outside the kitchen window.  A few days ago a doe brought her new fawn to our backyard. 

Now a glass of wine sounds good, too.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Hi Bryan, We spend much time outside being entertained by our Leonberger dogs in cooler weather.  During the Summer month, we grow vegetables and flowers, and have a large number of hummingbirds. 

Posted by Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate! (UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA) about 5 years ago


Our back yard is very peaceful with lots of landscape.  It is smaller than a lot of yards, but our gardens are beautiful and pleasant.  We too love to sit out, have a glass of wine or a toddy, coffee in the morning, and watch the birds while sitting and talking about the upcoming day or the end of the day.  Nice post.

Posted by Mary Stewart, Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas (HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone) about 5 years ago

Our back yard is a playground for our two dobermans and they just love it.  One of our priorities for a home was a large fenced-in backyard and we would not have bought a home without it.

Posted by Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota! (DWELL REAL ESTATE) about 5 years ago

Growing veggies and letting dogs run, after that there is not much room left for relaxing in the back yard.  Thanks for sharing the survey.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) about 5 years ago

Bryan, interesting report.  I am in the 17% of gardners, which is how I relax anyway, so I guess I am in both groups.  Have a nice 4th.

Posted by Ellie Penaranda, Naples Florida Real Estate - Waterfront & Beach Co (239.776.5077 Downing-Frye Realty ) about 5 years ago

Hi Bryan, I'd use my back yard a lot more if it weren't so darn chilly much of the time! What's the old saying about a summer in San Francisco?!

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) about 5 years ago

Very interesting.  I'd say, sell the house that has pride of ownership in the backyard and you'll find a great home on the inside!  If it were cool enough to be in anyone's backyard in Arizona, pride of ownership is having a nice pool with a misting system and fountains!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) about 5 years ago

I have to suggest this one Bryan!  We happen to live and entertain in our backyard from early spring to late fall and even in early winter.  We just bypass the house.

Posted by John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com) about 5 years ago

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