The Direction Your Home Faces in Land Park Can Make a Difference to You

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

land park homesWhen I counsel home buyers for Land Park, I typically ask them which direction they prefer their home to face. Much of the time, they look at me like I'm looney. Then it hits them, yes, the direction a home faces is a preference.

In the northern hemisphere, southern exposure gets the most sun, even though the sun moves from east to west. But the way the streets are laid out in Sacramento, especially in the core areas close to downtown such as Midtown, Land Park and Curtis Park, many streets run east and west. This means most of the homes face north or south.

However, in East Sacramento, many streets run north and south, so those homes typically face east or west. If your home faces east or north, the front part of your home will receive the morning sun and the back yard will be hit by the hot afternoon sun.

One of my Land Park neighbors behind me wants to rebuild a shared fence. Her dog has a habit of jumping over the fence. Well, that and the fact the fence is falling down. It doesn't matter much to me since that fence is located behind our garage. But the type of fence matters to my husband because he maintains several raised-bed vegetable gardens back there.

The neighbor asked if it would be all right to build a fence higher than six-feet, and I gave her the go-ahead. Then my husband had a chat with her, because he was worried that an additional foot of fencing would block part of the sun from his garden. He suggested she top it off with chicken wire. When she shared that bit of information with me, I couldn't help but laugh. I suspect my neighbor was a bit horrified by that suggestion. Chicken wire isn't exactly visually appealing. I think lattice would look better.

However, my husband is right about one thing. A higher fence on a southern property line would throw shadows on that part of the yard. So, if you're looking at homes in Land Park, consider which way the sun moves. You may prefer to buy a home where the master suite is shaded in the afternoon, with a sunny morning breakfast nook. Or you may prefer a back yard with a northern exposure, especially if you do a lot of late afternoon entertaining. But look out for those neighbors who tell you to put up chicken wire.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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It makes a HUGE difference here too, Elizabeth.

When it's 120 in Summer, a west facing window could be 100 a month more A/C cost.

Sep 07, 2009 02:52 AM #1
Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

If you haven't already built your fence, you might consider a "friendship fence."  I couldn't find it on google (it may be called something else), but my neighbors and I built one together. Instead of having the vertical boards on one side of the fence, you alternate them. This allows wind to come through, and although it provides privacy is you look at it straight on, the pups can enjoy some scenary when looking at it through an angle.

As far as the pup jumping the fence, I would suggest electrical wire. I had a dog that use to dig UNDER my fence, and she stopped after getting zapped twice. Sounds cruel, but it's really not.

Sep 07, 2009 02:58 AM #2
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Elizabeth:  I can tell you one thing for sure, I will never buy another northern exposure home again. Here in Virginia, when we get hit with snow, the driveway is a sheet of ice for weeks.  No sun to melt it. 

Sep 07, 2009 03:00 AM #3
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Elizabeth, you are so like me taking into account directions the sun hits the house and shadows from the fence and all. It is really important depending on curtains, blinds, shutters, air conditioning and even outside gardens. Now the chicken wire, that would be so tacky and get me slapped by my HOA here. You are much more classy with your lattice fence idea.

Sep 07, 2009 03:27 AM #4
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Elizabeth, perhaps you can figure out why one end of our house has become so hot.  It is the South end.  It was 80 degrees outside today and 83 in the bedroom.  We're going to have the a/c man come and check things out.

Sep 07, 2009 01:14 PM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Elizabeth - Latice would work far nicer than the chicken wire.  However, if your neighbor plants something like grapes, Star Jasmine, Ivy, Morning Glory, or some other vine type of plant on her side of it, it will soon make the fence taller than the extended foot.  I have that situation at my home.  I like it very much, but for a gardener of vegetables like your husband is, it may be a concern.

Sep 07, 2009 01:58 PM #6
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

We had that same discussion with our neighbor regarding shrubs and now they have grown so high we have nearly lost the use of our garden for lack of sun.

Sep 07, 2009 03:17 PM #7
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Most places here in suburbville....and subdivisionville...that have been developed in the last 15 years are "no fence" without approval and those are usually of the invisible dog variety...good fences and good neighbors..not always !

Sep 08, 2009 12:03 AM #8
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Well, because I'm located on a bend in the street, I have 5 neighbors -- with 3 in back. All the fences are in great condition except for this one. I should take a photo of this fence and post it. It's a miracle it's been standing as long as it has. I've never paid much attention to it because I don't see it. It's behind the garage.

I referred one of my handymen to my neighbor. Much as I love home improvement projects, neither she nor I have any time to build the new fence. You might say why doesn't my husband do it, but my husband hates wood. Just ask him. I made him build a garage with me once, and he's never gotten over the experience.

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