What would you say to your Board of Supervisors about how your area parks add to your home values?

Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) DRE# 00809499

Next week I have been invited to speak to the Sacramento Board of Supervisors about the impact of our area parks on home values.  As I am preparing my comments, I am wondering what you would tell your Supes.  What advise do you have for me?

Squirrel in treeIt seems to me most of our finest neighborhoods are near our parks.  We have William Land Park, McKinley Park, Curtis Park, Ancil Hoffman Park, Goethe Park, just to name a few.  We have the Effie Yeaw Nature Center where our area school children learn.  But best of all, Sacramento Area is blessed with the American River, with its miles of protected parkway. With walking trails, horse trails and miles and miles of paved bike trails, the parkway defines what I love about our area.

Ancil Hoffman ParkBut the impact on home values..... Hmmm.  I've got some interesting ideas on how to formulate my 3 minutes of fame, and some major number crunching to do.

The issue here is budget cuts.... and huge proposed cuts to our park programs.  If it can be shown that our parks keep prices up, that would ultimately keep taxes up, as well, which means they pay for themselves.


What do you think? Do the condition and improvements at your area parks effect your home values?


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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Sally, I would say so, although I have no numbers to support that. - We don't have "parks" in Red Feather Lakes , but when I lived in Denver, some of the most desirable places to live always were always near a City Park. Parks are not only desirable- but necessary - do whatever it takes to keep your parks!

May 08, 2009 03:22 PM #1
Sally Dunbar
Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale

Thanks, Mary - I know it's hard to comment on an area other than your own, but I'm finding there is a lot of passion on this topic from my peeps in my area.  It's kind of an interesting focus.  thanks for stopping by.

May 08, 2009 04:44 PM #2
Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

Hi Sally!
I would say this is a no-brainer...as you said, our nicest neighborhoods are created as a result of or around our parks.  The deal is, people pay more for these homes because they are buying into a way of life...and the parks are an integral part of that appeal.  They see their childhood in these neighborhhoods...walking their dogs and children in tree-canopied streets, Saturday baseball and soccer games, fishing at the ponds,  picnics galore, jogging or walking in the park.  Where do the fundraisers go to hold their events such as the SPCA Doggy Dash or the Cowtown Marathon?  Our parks!  Go get'em Sally!


May 08, 2009 05:21 PM #3
Andrew Haslett
Van Warren Home Inspections, NAHI CRI - Fort Knox, KY
Heartland of Kentuckynulls, Best Home Inspector

Sal, check out Frederick Law Olmsted for information about landscape arechitecture and park designs. This may give you some great resources, or lead to some, that could give you the facts and figures I'm sure the Supes need to justify not cutting park budgets.

Unscientifically, if some of the finest neighborhoods -- most desirable -- are near parks, maybe the parks have something to do with it!

May 08, 2009 05:40 PM #4
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

I think that you are right on that one Sally. I have noticed the same thing in my area... BTW Please fix your header bar so that the text shows...

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May 08, 2009 08:39 PM #5
Sally Dunbar
Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale

Paula - and don't forget the famous infamous Hillbilly Olympics about to happen in one of our local parks next Saturday.  (I beter not menshun the spefik one, as there may be partee crashurs.)  thanks for the other input. Any more would be great... you've got very LOCAL input.

Andrew - Thanks so much.  I WILL check him out. thanks for finding his website.

Michael.  THANKS.  I hadn't even noticed my lack of info, but now that yo mention it, it's been gone for quite some time.  HOW DO I FIX T?  I went into my profile, and the words are all there.  What's wrong?

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