There’s a lot to love about the California Desert. There are breathtaking sunsets, a unique eco system, and when we’re not in a severe drought, exciting storms. The sun is almost always shining, keeping those cold winter blues at a distance. Whether you’re looking to move permanently or perhaps trying get away from a frigid northern state a few months out of the year there’s a couple of things you should know before moving out here.
First, make sure your home is built with the right materials. A good desert home will most likely be built a little differently than houses in the rest of the country. They cannot be built out of wood, because even the best wood will warp in the intense summer sun. Keep an eye out for a house that’s built from stone, adobe, or ICF concrete. These materials will help keep your indoors cool and can withstand the harshness of the sun. Also, see if your prospective home has treated or tinted windows. This will help your home stay cool despite the windows and cut down on cooling costs.
Next, you’re going to need to make sure your prospective home has excellent temperature control. Regardless of how good your tinting is, or cool your materials, it’s going to get hot inside. Now you’ll need a powerful AC unit but you do not need it running 24/7. Instead, a well-designed desert home will have high ceilings and ceiling fans keeping the air circulating and helping avoid it from being too hot. Deserts, though hot during the day can get very cold when the sun goes down, so well positioned windows can help get a nice night breeze blowing through your home.
Lastly, you’re going to have to embrace your new yard. It’s probably the most drastic change a new desert home owner has to deal with. Though a beautiful and lush green lawn is certainly possible, it’s quite the endeavor to maintain. So, most people have a more desert style landscape. Many plants like desert sage, hop bush, and of course cacti, are easy to look at and do not require a lot of water to maintain. You can also place gravel to help retain water, and adds a nice, different cosmetic. You can also place cobble stone rocks as a path through your yard, adding to that desert feel. All these things will add a lot to your yard, making it a prime spot for evening parties, and a great festive place to watch majestic sunsets and barbeque.
So if you’re considering a home in the desert, or anywhere else, don’t hesitate to call National Realty Group at (800) 406-9606, visit us at NationalRealtyGroup.com or stop by our office. We’ll set you up with agent who will find you the hottest, I mean best, home the desert has to offer