Q:  Marsha, I recently procured a household in Goleta. I experience fortuitous that I received the home, as there ended up seven other provides. However, now that I’m in the dwelling I notice the landscaping is terrible. It is dust and weeds and no layout. What do you suggest?

A:  In our gorgeous Santa Barbara, with our phenomenal climate, the outdoors design of the house is just as critical as the within. You will shell out a excellent deal of time outside and you want the landscape design and treatment plans to be as impressive as the inside of atmosphere. It is one particular united property.

Employ the service of a designer who will review your premises and convey out the yard’s most effective functions. Cultivate and generate a contemporary California yard. Paying out cash on your landscaping is just as critical as a transformed kitchen or tub. 

Landscape developments have transformed. As a Real estate agent, a substantial lawn appears as dated to me as a wooden shake roof. It does not fit with the cultural and ecological ecosystem Californians are living in. Spend in building your open-air area as inviting, modern day and magical as attainable. 

Take into consideration attributes these kinds of as fountains: no plumbing included, and the similar drinking water is constantly recycling. Fountains have the added benefit of tranquil sounds abatement. Build fascination with decomposed granite (DG) paths, flagstones, benches, fruit trees, elevated vegetable or flower beds and potted plant options. Your landscaper will assist you come to be h2o-clever with fashionable irrigation. Defensible space towards fire will also be taken into thing to consider. Currently you will have to do the job with our California circumstances and steer clear of the huge lawns our semi-arid environment cannot sustain. California gardens, once founded, must will need tiny upkeep, and seem superb. 



Prior to the previous 18 months, the landscaping — which include the flora, the hardscape, a deck or patios and h2o functions — were being all crucial to advertising a residence at a best rate. That truism was suspended for 18 months, but we are now back to fact. Getting an outside the house space is important once more. 

When you sell your residence, you will experience the rewards of your financial commitment. Ahead of the recent industry surge, I experienced a firsthand view of the benefit of backyard layout. The dwelling for sale was magnificent from the exterior. It was lush and inviting. But the real estate agent termed the house a “fixer,” and he was proper. The house had structural as nicely as mold difficulties. Consumers beloved the outdoors so a lot they kept going to the within. The property marketed rapidly, even with its disclosed difficulties. It was the magic of the back garden that offered the dwelling and all its blemishes.

On a final notice, we have amazing community nurseries in Santa Barbara and Goleta. La Sumida has sumptuous roses. Knapp Nursery was lately offered and is now Paradise Farms. The new proprietor, Celeste Burns, is a bundle of details and a lot more than keen to share this with her clients. This is the rule for Santa Barbara nurseries and not the exception. Now go produce a attractive and sustainable California back garden.


Marsha Gray has worked in Santa Barbara real estate for more than 25 yrs. She operates at Allyn & Associates, wherever she aids her purchasers acquire and offer properties and with lending companies. To browse far more of Marsha’s Q&A article content, visit MarshaGraySBhomes.com. Call Marsha at (805) 252-7093 or [email protected]


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