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Old 02-23-2019, 03:56 PM   #31
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The Japanese Tea Garden has a lot of drought-tolerant plants plus some water loving one's. I can't think of a place with more diverse gardens than SF. You probably drive past without noticing.
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SF has lots of humidity from the fog & a marine influence. Some may think all of Calif is a desert. But you can actually grow the plants I wish I could but can't grow in the more arid valley, like lobelia, begonias & impatiens with say a hardy fern.

They would provide gorgeous color to that rather dreary ( no offense) side of the property so that it stands out among the others. Frankly, I'm a little shocked at your neighbors lack of landscaping. You could also drive around the Victorians & see what they have growing.
More property owners are simply paving over the front lawn in order to provide more parking. In SF parking has become insane.

The SF housing market is still hot but make no mistake it is cooling. I might gotten burned by the landscaper but I will be putting my home on the market the first week in April.

April and May are the best months to sell.

A year ago I could have gotten 1.7 fairly easy. Now? Not too sure. I've been going to open house showings on the weekends.

Once I see what they sell for I can have a better idea of the list price for my property.

Ten years ago it was appraised at $440,000. Now, I don't expect to see prices fall that far anytime soon.

However, I won't be surprised if by 2021 the home is worth 950,000 - 1.1 million.

Anyway here's an update on the landscaper...
I'll put down sod next week.
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Old 02-24-2019, 10:04 PM   #33
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Get your money back.

I would either put in a self watering plant box or,

A nice swing for two
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:38 AM   #34
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@ken33xx , good luck on the sale of your house!

I rather liked the overdone postage stamp, but it's your garden. Plain grass is just so hard-core-suburban. I'm an addicted gardener, and do (my best) to respect others of a more utilitarian bent! SF has such a great climate for a fun garden, if you like what grows there, most of which won't grow for me, here in the hot south.

Where you planning on moving to, just out of curiosity?

I was up in that very same 'hood about a week ago, with my baby brother, visiting a good friend up there and his palm garden, on 33rd Avenue, a couple blocks from that scary-looking doggie walk park. It's the house full of tall palm trees.

Again, all the best on your sale!
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Thoughts on the plants?

Perhaps I should go with just one plant. Maybe something green!

I'm still planning to put down shredded cedar mulch - natural color.
Up to you, but I'd plant some blazing flowers. That's such a small patch among so much concrete.

Whatever you do, post a picture!
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Btw, I like the bricks in the back. It must be a SF, Peninsula thing.

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Here you go...

Much better.
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It does look richer. Backyard looks better.
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I'm not sure what 1.7M looks like inside in SF, hopefully nice.
Outside... honestly I think you could invest $5K and have people drooling over the space compared to what you have.

You're likely more familiar with the market and the nuances, however, the problem/uniqueness I see is, when you're talking numbers like that, irrationality abounds, people buy a place based upon a feeling that can be influenced by small (retaliative) changes. Ratty grass in front won't stop you from selling it, but nice curb appeal can make people feel better about your house than the one down the street. Same with the back. if people see an overgrown space it is a possibility to fix, but doesn't give them warm fuzzies.

you fixed the overgrowth, but I feel like if you got someone to wash and stain the fence, do a new patio and some real plantings on the perimeter you'd be the house with the cool back patio, rather than the house with the serviceable backyard.
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I'm still working on removing the stains from the front and back. I'm going to buy two potted plants and put them in the area where the pink breath from heaven is planted.

The fence should be replaced but it's not on my property.

I'll ask about power washing my side.

Thanks again everyone for the recommendations and advice
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I know getting it to something like this is probably may be a bridge too far, but the above are some inspiration pics for you.
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That backyard landscaping looks looks terriable and like what we would see on low income homes here.

On a 1 mil home you need to replace everything and will get your money back in sales price. And you need more of a handyman. Not a landscaper charging 1300 for a couple hours work.
Either add another fence on your side to hide the old one. Or get permission and pay to replace old. Replace stepping stones table just about everything replace.
The 1300 was wasted money.
Such a small area. Should be able to make stand out and look great for 3K.
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Here you go...

Much better.
Indeed! Hope all goes well!
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