Why Should I Buy a Home Facing North or South in Arizona?

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Why Should I Buy a Home Facing North or South in Arizona?


In different parts of the country, a home's orientation may or may not make a difference.  In Arizona, we follow the sun a little differently than other cooler climates.  


In cooler climates, you might want a home facing west to take advantage of the sun's heat gain to provide warmth.  Or a home owner may elect to buy a home facing East to take advantage of the morning sun.


If Feng Shui is an important principal to a home buyer, they may elect a Southwest or North facing front door.


Homes facing North or South wouldn't experience heat gain from a hot west sun.  North facing homes might have darker front rooms, but that section of a home would be cooler in a warm climate.  


South facing homes in a warmer climate have warmer front rooms, leaving the rear portion of a home cooler in warmer climates. 


So Why Should I Buy a Home Facing North or South in Arizona?   North or South facing homes with doorways on those sides of a home allow for less heat gain versus the smaller window openings, eliminating some of the heat gain.  Hot west and south windows also mean more of the sun's rays can fade interior finishes, damaging wood and fabrics.  


When choosing a home in Arizona, make a mental note of which rooms are closest to the south and west facing windows and doors.  


The heat gain from South and West facing windows and doors can be minimized with security doors, sun screens, newer windows, building trombe walls or planting trees or tall plants.   


Extended overhanging eves and patio covers can also minimize the sun's rays.   


And if you're looking to buy or sell a home in Arizona, give me a call!  I'll help to make sure you find the right house for your needs. 

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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

That is COOL info! (see what I did there)

I have a lot of Feng Shui clients here

Jun 22, 2017 09:57 PM #1
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jan Green smart choice for buyers for good reasons for sure.

However, I still work with some buyers who insist on East facing homes only...lol!

Jun 22, 2017 10:04 PM #2
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Very funny  Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS !  Glad you approve! 

Yes, different for everyone Praful Thakkar .  East facing windows definitely brighten a room!  

Jun 22, 2017 10:11 PM #3
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

In our area east facing backyards are the popular thing. West facing backyards are too hot in the summer.  South yards are good for sun, but north facing drives have shade and sometimes are icy all day in the winter.  Pros and cons to each but definitely the east facing backyard here is the favorite. -Kasey

Jun 22, 2017 10:29 PM #4
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

This is a factor that we always encourage our buyer clients to consider when looking at potential homes in Florida. So many want a home with the pool  area facing south or southwest then realize afterwards that it ia unusable space due to the extreme heat and unrelenting Sun. Still though, if the pool area faces north, then the interior of the home typically is dark. Then it is time for a compromose when making that ultimate decision.

Jun 23, 2017 05:07 AM #5
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Kasey & John Boles , great points all.  It depends! 

So true.  Compromise in the end is the name of the game Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 .  

Thank you for commenting and have a nice day!

Jun 23, 2017 08:20 AM #6
Michael O'Donnell
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Arizona Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
GRI, ePRO, Accessible Homes

Absolutely spot on for folks who plan to live here year around.

I've discovered, though, that snow birds who will reside here only in the more moderate winter months happily ignore your advice as they look to maximize heat and light penetration.

Different strokes.

Jun 23, 2017 09:25 AM #7
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true Michael O'Donnell !  I know what you mean.  They'll take that west sun during the cooler winter months - all day long!  Have a great weekend and thank you for commenting!

Jun 23, 2017 09:38 AM #8
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