Case Study: Hiring a Designer Helped Sell A $5.3m House In Atherton
Enhance Curb Appeal and Hire a Designer before you Sell
Curb appeal holds the key to leaving a lasting impression, especially when it comes to selling a property. Landscaping plays a pivotal role in elevating a home’s allure. Strategic plant selection and well-designed outdoor spaces can significantly enhance the overall value and attractiveness of a property, as showcased in our recent project.
The Atherton Project: The Location
The primary objective of the project was to craft an idyllic outdoor sanctuary for the client, providing an exquisite setting for their semi-retirement years before transitioning to a smaller home post-retirement. Seeking assistance from Julie Orr Design, the client aimed to revamp both the backyard and front yard by focusing on hardscape and plant arrangements. Although the existing ranch house boasted classic architectural elements on a sizable corner lot, the client desired a more contemporary and water-efficient landscape. Departing from the conventional Atherton aesthetic characterized by English laurel hedges and expansive lawns, the client envisioned a shift towards a natural ambiance. Embracing a nod to the client’s English country upbringing, the design incorporated vintage art, rose garden, and innovative utilization of landscape ties to manifest a distinctive and evocative environment.
Below are images of the home before the landscape transformation.
The Role of Plant Selection in Curb Appeal Enhancement In the backyard, we cultivated an oak woodland ambiance with native ferns, Heuchera sp., and Dicksonia antarctica, guiding a picturesque path to the swimming pool. A playful blend of meadow-like plantings led to an enchanting English rose garden. For the front yard, plants were selected for low water use. Atherton is known as California most heavy water consumption residential area per capita. Since this was a corner lot, low maintenance and low water bunch grasses and low-mow sod were used as groundcover to save on high water bills.
With a budget of $80,000 for a landscape makeover, the property more than paid back this ROI and reached a remarkable sale at $5.3 million.
Thoughtfully curated hardscape elements and chosen flora create captivating outdoor havens, reflecting the region's essence. At Julie Orr Landscape Design, our blend of creativity, local insight, and collaborative design ensures exceptional outcomes. Envision your unique outdoor sanctuary, drawing inspiration from our case studies. Interested on how you maximize the value of your home with an outdoor space? Click here to read our blog about Maximizing ROI: How Louvered Pergolas Increase Property Value. Take the first step in transforming your landscape—reach out for consultations or explore our case studies. Your dream outdoor space awaits; let's make it a reality together.
To provide the best experiences, we use technologies like cookies to store and/or access device information. Consenting to these technologies will allow us to process data such as browsing behavior or unique IDs on this site. Not consenting or withdrawing consent, may adversely affect certain features and functions.
The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network.
The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for statistical purposes.The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.