American Lawns are Shrinking

Filed in Design, Housing Trends by on October 27, 2016 0 Comments

back yardThere’s a new endangered species right under our feet, reports the Boston Globe: the yard.

While the size of new homes has climbed to more than 2,500 square feet of indoor living space, the size of the outdoor space has been decreasing: The typical lot of a new home is about 400 square feet smaller today than it was just five years ago. In the Northeast, the size of new homes is up about 10%, while the size of lots is down nearly 20%.

Real estate broker Suzanne Koller says most people would much rather have a three-car garage, a home gym, or be able to walk to the grocery store than have space to play ball outside with their kids.

“A lot of people, they both work,” Koller says. “They don’t have the time or the energy or the money to upkeep the yard. So it’s kind of like the American dream has changed.”

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