A Backyard View and the Southern California Lifestyle - Contest Entry

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A Backyard View and the Southern California Lifestyle

ActiveRain Photography Contest Entry

 

Dick Greenberg encouraged us to share our best photos, in either or both categories – real estate and real life – for his 2017 ActiveRain Photography Contest! There are lots of sub-categories and plenty of points to be earned, too. AND it’s a contest, with winners and more points. You have until the end of October so don’t miss out.

 

 

One of the things we easily sell here in SoCal is the outdoor lifestyle. That should come as no surprise to anyone, given the beautiful weather we have most of the year. Indeed, many buyers often seek homes with yards that allow them that full enjoyment, either as is or with the opportunity to expand their entertaining options by adding an outdoor kitchen, a pool, a big-screen TV and other features.

 

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This photo of a backyard in the resort residential community of Aviara in Carlsbad is an entry for the Real Estate category/Exterior subcategory (obvious, right?!). While I used my regular photographer for photos of the front and interior, and a close-ups of the outdoor seating area, this was an additional one of several I took to use in the MLS and other advertising to better show off the sellers’ wonderful yard (better angle I thought) for enjoying “life in Paradise” here in San Diego.

 

 

This was the 3rd transaction with these clients, with another that followed, and the home was in beautiful condition and staged by the homeowners to show off the property’s best features inside and out. I lucked out with this photo and did not need to edit it at all.

 

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Dorie Dillard
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Good evening Jeff Dowler ,

It's a winner for sure! Great entry into  Dick Greenberg 's contest!  I've got to get my entries in!

Oct 11, 2017 07:23 PM #1
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Great entry, Jeff. Anyone looking at this picture would know this is Southern California...for sure!

Here in Charlotte, outdoor hardscaping is HUGE for buyers too - if the home doesn't have it, they move on to one that does! It's actually leading the way in demands here over gourmet kitchens - go figure! 

I agree with Dorie Dillard - this is a winner!

Oct 11, 2017 08:45 PM #2
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Inna Ivchenko
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It is true, many local houses have more or less similar outdoor space. We love our yards since we spend a lot of time there all year round:)

Oct 11, 2017 10:31 PM #3
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James Dray
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Good morning Jeff.

This is the first I've heard about the contest. Looks like a winner to me

Oct 12, 2017 02:53 AM #4
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Rebecca Gaujot
Perry Wellington Realty - Lewisburg, WV
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We all want a great outdoor space, Jeff. Great entry for this contest.

Oct 12, 2017 04:11 AM #5
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
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Nice, Jeff Dowler and I like the privacy of the yard so the owners can entertain and relax. Congratulations on multiple transactions with these  clients!

Oct 12, 2017 06:13 AM #6
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Jeff. Looks like an easy place to be and that would be an inducement.

Oct 12, 2017 07:25 AM #7
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Jeff,

What a lovely shot.  It would be fun to sit there, read a book, and enjoy a glass of wine with friends.  A

Oct 12, 2017 02:51 PM #8
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Jeff -- this photo certainly shows off the indoor-outdoor living aspect that is so important in California.  Nice to have repeat clients who understand the importance of highlighting the benefits and features of their homes.  

Oct 13, 2017 08:52 AM #9
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Thank you Dorie Dillard  - this was a wonderful property! Sellers loved it they bought it several years ago, and it was a pleasure to list and sell it. I loved that yard for entertaining.

Jeff

Oct 13, 2017 01:34 PM #10
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Jeff Dowler
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Debe Maxwell, CRS  - it's definitely on the list for many here, and we sure do enjoy our SoCal weather. Interesting ttrend that you are seeing!!

Jeff

Oct 13, 2017 01:35 PM #11
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Jeff Dowler
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So true Inna Ivchenko  And while some buyers want low mainenance they still want a place to enjoy the outdoors, relax, and entertain.

Jeff

Oct 13, 2017 01:37 PM #12
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Jeff that looks like anyone could walk into the picture, sit down with  a nice glass of vino and carry on some fun conversations.  Lovely!

Oct 13, 2017 03:01 PM #13
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Jeff Dowler
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James Dray  - you should check the contest out and share a photo or two!

I think that's true of many people Rebecca Gaujot and we see lots of different options.

Jeff

Oct 13, 2017 05:04 PM #14
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Jeff Dowler
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Thanks Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 . This was a wonderful yard but not too much to care for. They have been great clients since relocating from CT.

There was nothing that needed to be done unless you wanted different plantings, or perhaps preferred a built-in grill as some do Sheila Anderson 

Jeff

Oct 13, 2017 05:07 PM #15
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Belinda Spillman
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I just want to pull up a lounger and realx.  Great photo.  Love all the shadows.

Oct 14, 2017 08:56 AM #16
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Kat Palmiotti
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I would be spending a lot of time there!

Oct 15, 2017 09:52 AM #17
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Steffy Hristova
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Jeff, I like the arbors very much - no leaves to rake, shade and light, too. The photo could easily fit in the Sunset magazine.

Oct 15, 2017 12:12 PM #18
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Jeff - You did a very nice job capturing that appeal of that outdoor living space. Thanks for your contest entry!

Oct 16, 2017 11:38 AM #19
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Brenda J. Andrew
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This is definitely a great photo for this contest and I can see why you added it to the mls.  You are a great photographer Jeff.  I love outdoor photos and being able to capture the beauty, just as you did.  

Oct 17, 2017 03:57 AM #20
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