News Survey Finds This Outdoor Feature Is the Most Important Thing for Home Buyers We concur. By Perri Ormont Blumberg Perri Ormont Blumberg Perri Ormont Blumberg is a former senior staff writer for Southern Living's News Team. Southern Living's editorial guidelines Updated on March 12, 2023 Fact checked by Jillian Dara Fact checked by Jillian Dara Jillian is a freelance writer, editor and fact-checker with 10 years of editorial experience in the lifestyle genre. In addition to fact-checking for Southern Living, Jillian works on multiple verticals across Dotdash-Meredith, including TripSavvy, The Spruce, and Travel + Leisure. brand's fact checking process Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Jon Lovette/Getty Images When you're on the hunt for a new home, what do you covet? Giant closets? A chef's kitchen? Wood flooring? Or is it something else? According to a survey from Engine's CARAVAN Omnibus on behalf of National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), many of us are all about the green — in the form of a backyard that is — when it comes to our home search. Per a statement on NALP's site, LoveYourLandscape.org, "81 percent of all Americans have a lawn, and a vast majority – 79 percent – say that a lawn is an important feature when renting or buying a home." Interestingly, millennials seem to attach a particular importance on having green space at their residences: "...younger generations of Americans place an even higher value on lawns than their parents and grandparents. For instance, a nice size lawn was the number one home feature priority among millennials, beating out even an updated kitchen. While young people are so often found glued to their phones (and tablets and laptops), this new research really validates that Americans of all ages have a great appreciation for the value that healthy lawns bring to their lives." Of course, since the survey was sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, we'll have to take their results with a grain of weed killer. As Southerners, though, you don't have to tell us twice about the value of having a nice lawn at home. Games in the yard, summer grilling, gardening galore, porch views...the list of lawn perks goes on and on. As long as we can outsource mowing and lawn care to someone else, right? Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources Southern Living is committed to using high-quality, reputable sources to support the facts in our articles. Read our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we fact check our content for accuracy. AMERICANS OF ALL AGES LOVE THEIR LAWNS. Love Your Landscape.org.