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Privacy fencing is a great way to increase your home value while improving the quality of life you live in your home at the same time. There are many solutions for you to consider. Think about your aesthetic preferences, whether or not you’re trying to block noise in addition to controlling your view and what works best with the contouring of your yard. Think about the flow between your backyard and front yard and how your home blends with the street as a whole. We all want to enjoy our neighbors, but we need to protect our home space as well.
Horizontal or Vertical Boards — Does a classic vertically installed fence fit best with your yard or do you like the modern aesthetic of horizontal boards? With either selection, you can install a fence with tight boards that completely block out the view or try peekaboo fencing for privacy that allows more light into your yard. Consider natural cedar, pine or a composite. Select a prefab white fencing option to minimize repainting or a natural wood that self-protects from environmental wear for minimal ongoing maintenance.
Trellis and Vines — Trellis is a very affordable fencing option. To create more seclusion with your privacy fence train a vine to grow up and through the lattice. Though annual vines will grow fast and create coverage quickly, you won't have coverage year-round. Perennial vines will take longer to establish but will give your yard excellent coverage all year. You can select from flowering vines like Morning Glory (annual), Trumpet (perennial), Wisteria (perennial) or Climbing Hydrangea (perennial). Evergreen plants are probably the best solution for full and consistent coverage. Try an English ivy or creeping fig for your evergreen selection.
Hedge Wall — For another green solution consider growing a hedge wall. There are many easy to care for and fast-growing hedge plants you can contemplate. Boxwood varieties grow upwards of 20 feet tall to maintain and shape with shearing to fit the style of your yard. The American Arborvitae grows thick and tall making it a good option for visual appeal and noise screening. Also, consider a bamboo wall for privacy. No matter where you live, you can acquire a bamboo type that works for your region and soil. Select the right variety, a clumping, non-invasive bamboo for best results and enjoy a beautiful noise canceling and private solution for your yard.
Wherever your home is there is a privacy fencing solution for you. Talk with your real estate agent and your local hardware professional about the best options for your neighborhood, yard terrain, and home aesthetic to create a beautiful privacy fence that adds value to your life and home.
111 Gibbs Street, Newton, MA 02459
It’s well known that real estate in New York City is some of the most expensive in the country, but this new penthouse condo has taken the cake before its even finished. While still under construction, the most expensive home sold in the US was purchased by hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin for a cool $238 million.
More than double the last most expensive Manhattan home, the One57 penthouse which sold for only $100 million, this ultra-luxury flat may seem like insane price gouging, but looking at the price per square foot it’s a bit of a deal. Back in 2012 one of the 15 Central Park West penthouse units went for $88 million, which is about $13,000 per square foot while Mr. Griffin’s flat comes in at only about $10,000 per square foot.
According to local real estate professionals, this property purchase says less about the market in Manhattan and New York City in general, and actually says more about Mr. Griffin himself. It’s a one-off trophy purchase, and you have to view it that way in the market. Stick to more reasonable properties to get an idea of what’s going on in the real estate market in NYC and stay away from the trophy purchases.
Fancy Properties Around the World
While this property is the first to set a record, it’s certainly not the first insanely luxurious property for Ken Griffin. Just a little while before, he closed on one of the most expensive properties in London, a $122 million 2 century old home only a half mile from Buckingham Palace with a Gym and Pool.
This New York City purchase isn’t his first record-setting purchase. In 2017 he bought the most expensive home ever sold in Chicago paying nearly $60 million for a four-story penthouse at No 9 Walton flat tower by Gold Coast.
Buying in New York City
While not everyone can drop over a $100 million on their new home, other options in New York City put you in the heart of things without breaking records or your bank account. Your best choice is to find a real estate agent who knows the borough or neighborhoods you want to live in and make sure you plan for a long search to track down just the right home at the right price.
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