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Old 05-21-2014, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Willo Historic District, Phoenix, AZ
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I can imagine what my neighbors would think if I still lived in Michigan and I put a six foot block wall around my property.
Yes, I grew up in Michigan and it was considered anti-social to have a fence. When neighbors did put up a fence it would typically be a chain link (aka cyclone) fence. One neighbor in our Livonia subdivision had a pool and they had a 6 foot wooden fence that you could not see through which made the place very mysterious.
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Willo Historic District, Phoenix, AZ
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Subdivisions here used to have alleys and they all had fences too.
We lived in a subdivision near 43rd Ave/Northern where there were alleys. The homes were built around 1970 and had block walls that were apparently put in by the builder, since they were uniform. Our current neighborhood, built by various builders between 1920 and 1950, also has alleys. Everyone has fences but it is pretty random as to their nature. Our house had block on one side and on the alley but wood on the other (we and the neighbor had that replaced with block a few months ago). The neighbor on the other side has chain link as it adjoins the alley.
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I had also been curious about the block walls. They are a great place to let a cat outside to enjoy the sun. You don't have to worry about the cat climbing over or under a wood or chain link fence.
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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I had also been curious about the block walls. They are a great place to let a cat outside to enjoy the sun. You don't have to worry about the cat climbing over or under a wood or chain link fence.
My neighbors cats walk on top of the block walls all the time and then roam the neighborhood. I hope you're not fooling yourself that a block wall is keeping a cat contained?
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:43 AM
 
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I had also been curious about the block walls. They are a great place to let a cat outside to enjoy the sun. You don't have to worry about the cat climbing over or under a wood or chain link fence.
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My neighbors cats walk on top of the block walls all the time and then roam the neighborhood. I hope you're not fooling yourself that a block wall is keeping a cat contained?
Indeed. Cats can jump then scramble up a block wall fence easily. They are NOT a safe way to contain a cat. Try building a catio instead.
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:15 PM
 
Location: St. George, Utah
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Try building a catio instead.
I love it. I have never heard that term before!

But yes, most any cat is capable of getting up and over a 6 foot block wall.

The block walls being a given in most neighborhoods is one of my favorite things about the homes in Phoenix. Whatever the house itself looks like, the back yard feels like a courtyard or additional room with the wall around it. In MT it would be way too expensive--chain link, vinyl, or wood fences are the norm, or none. So it has really kind of an exotic appeal to me, much like the idea of a front courtyard before the entry door, unheard of up north.

I'm hoping to find out more about getting stucco applied to ours, to up the visual appeal. But even just the plain brown block wall looks great and gives such a sense of privacy.
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Phoenix block wall information...
Why Are There So Many Block Fences in Phoenix
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:55 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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I love it. I have never heard that term before!

But yes, most any cat is capable of getting up and over a 6 foot block wall.

The block walls being a given in most neighborhoods is one of my favorite things about the homes in Phoenix. Whatever the house itself looks like, the back yard feels like a courtyard or additional room with the wall around it. In MT it would be way too expensive--chain link, vinyl, or wood fences are the norm, or none. So it has really kind of an exotic appeal to me, much like the idea of a front courtyard before the entry door, unheard of up north.

I'm hoping to find out more about getting stucco applied to ours, to up the visual appeal. But even just the plain brown block wall looks great and gives such a sense of privacy.
You can do the stucco yourself....it's a lot of fun. you'll be surprised how many sq ft you can do in a day. Or how less.

It's easy once you get the hang of it.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ
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They are also critter highways as well used by lizards, scorpions, coyotes, etc.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:12 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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They are also critter highways as well used by lizards, scorpions, coyotes, etc.
Coyote highway?
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