Do Your Southern Listings Have the Right Kitchen?

Industry Observer

There are many differences between homes in northern and southern climates and one of them is how folks in the South like to cook.


I did a search on Google Trends for the term “Outdoor Kitchens” and saw that interest spiked to a five year high during the summer of 2020.

Five Year Trend

Google Trends also showed that the interest was greatest in the states of Louisiana, Florida, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama. 

Southern Interest

I am having a hard time getting images to upload here so I am also providing a link to the data.


The folks over at This Old House estimate that an outdoor kitchen can be built for between $3,000 and $15,000 depending upon how upgraded you make it.  You can actually build a great outdoor kitchen on a budget as you will not necessarily need appliances like a refrigerator or dishwasher.


I have heard it said that a great kitchen could really help a house sell.  I guess that for anybody working in the South it might be worthwhile to look into adding or upgrading an outdoor kitchen. A lot of folks are looking forward to hosting a neighborhood crawfish boil after this pandemic breaks and a great outdoor kitchen would be perfect for them.

Comments (9)

Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Welcome to Active Rain and Happy New Year.  Congratulations on your first post.


Jan 02, 2021 04:29 PM
Brad Thomsen
Big Bear Realty - Edmonds, WA
Real Estate Services

Glad to see this post.

Best wishes in 2021

Happy Selling!

Jan 02, 2021 06:16 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Jan 03, 2021 03:24 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Cramped kitchens can greatly surpress value and marketability !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 03, 2021 04:44 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

David, even in Denver the kitchen is important, as it is usually the hub of the home.  Great first post, and welcome to ActiveRain.

Jan 03, 2021 10:08 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Welcome to the ActiveRain community. Congratulations on your first post.

Jan 03, 2021 06:05 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello David Somerville very good report about Southern listing have the right kitchen.

Jan 03, 2021 06:07 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Welcome to ActiveRain. This is a perfect place to observe our real estate industry. I hope to read more from you in the future David Somerville 

Jan 05, 2021 08:46 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

David Somerville welcome to ActiveRain, and congratulations on successfully posting your first blog on this site.

Jan 13, 2021 01:13 PM