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Outdoor Living in Florida, it Might Be Important to You!

Real Estate Agent with TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE SL3537832

To me one of the greatest treats about living in Central Florida is outdoor living.  Every morning, I look at my Weather Channel app to see what is coming today and look close from 5:00 pm until about 9:00 pm as this is my prime time to be enjoying outdoor living.  I have some suggestions on how to maximize outdoor living.

Direction of your home, you don’t want your lanai or patio facing west, when I am showing homes if outdoor living is important to my clients, I am getting the compass out to see which way is west.  The front of my home faces north and my patio faces east so by 5:00 I have shade from the home and has the sun sets to the west I gain more shaded patio.

My paver patio is not screened in which is the way I like it, but as night fall sets in our unwanted guest start visiting, mosquitos!  When we hear the first buzz by our ear of a mosquito or other bug, we head for under roof screened in lanai.

Next is dinner, love eating outside so either prepare a meal and carry your plates out or get on your phone and select dinner from DoorDash, Uber Eats or GrubHub!   So, my 5:00 somewhere starts a few steps out my one of my sliders, nice out go to paver, raining go out the lanai slider.  Florida outdoor living at its best.

Dick Betts, REALTOR®

The Betts Team

Touchstone Real Estate

The Villages, Florida

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dick. When I lived in Florida, outdoor living was not an option, it was mandatory! Enjoy your lanai!

May 20, 2024 04:28 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Same here, great information. Thanks for sharing it.

Have a super fantastic week!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

May 20, 2024 05:13 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Oh yes, outdoor living, especially when it comes time for meals, is a great thing! I'm glad you can enjoy!

May 20, 2024 05:20 AM
Dick Betts

Just sitting looking at birds, squirrels and rabbits is calming sure you have many more! 

May 20, 2024 07:44 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Dick,

I love out door living and especially to be out by my pool and eat out on the patio! 

May 20, 2024 05:54 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Backyards are important here as well since the weather is always so nice and we can enjoy being outdoors.

May 20, 2024 06:02 AM
Dick Betts
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Wayne Martin I agree living here it should be a must!  Can't believe neighbors I never see outside!

May 20, 2024 07:43 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Dick - for so many people, the outdoors is an extension of interior living space.  This combination can enhance life.  You're right to mention orientation of a property because that can have a significant impact that may not be immediately noticeable to someone relocating.  

May 20, 2024 08:04 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share with families considering a move to the area.

May 20, 2024 08:21 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dick Betts I have a nice large deck, and have the same battle with the mosquitos when the sun starts to go down.

May 20, 2024 01:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dick- when we moved to FL and began looking for a home, we quickly learned that we did not want a home whose back faced West!!!  

May 21, 2024 07:11 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I love eating outside, problem I have is I need to change the kitchen window to make it comfortable to pass the food out... hence we continue to eat inside:)Endre

May 21, 2024 09:46 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

We love grilling our eventing meals! Problem is, our location which is close to the South end of the San Francisco Bay receives almost daily afternoon breezes strong enough to drive us unside to eat. It is annoying when the napkins blow off the table outside.

May 24, 2024 07:21 AM