The area from Golden Gate Park south to the San Francisco Zoo, and from busy 19th Avenue out to the Pacific Oean is generally known as the Sunset District. Originally nothing but sand dunes, it was built up gradually after WWII. The majority of homes in the area are built side by side with no space between, so they have small front yards and larger back yards. Coastal weather conditions make it difficult to grow tradtional trees and plants, so over the past 25 years many homeowners just covered their front yards in concrete. Low maintenance, AND you can park on it!
Now the problem with this is threefold:
First, it's not exactly legal to pave over your entire front yard.
Second, all the runoff water flows in to the City's aging combined sewer system instead of recharging the underground aquifer. And we Californians know how valuable water is!
Third, blocks and blocks of homes with barren front yards just aren't pretty!
Now there is help, and it's called the Front Yard Ambassador's Program, spearheaded by the district's Supervisor Katy Tang.
The program allows groups of neighbors, a minimum of 5 to a block, to apply for a grant. If they meet all the guidelines, they receive FREE landscaping. The program's partners will come and remove the concrete and haul it away, and fill in the hole with dirt. After a free consultation with a landscaping advisor, they'll bring the plants you've selected and provide the mulch, all for free. The only out of pocket cost to you is the permit fee, usually about $200.
As a Realtor, I can tell you anything you do to give your home more curbside appeal is GOOD! Click on the link above to Front Yard Ambassador's.
John M Scott, Broker / Owner, Scott Keys Properties, Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), serving San Francisco and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area