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Old 03-12-2008, 08:32 AM
 
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I love the fences! I remember the first time I visited my husbands home town in Georgia, none of the homes in subdivsions had fences! They were just open. I couldn't understand that...what if you have a dog and just want to let them out? What about privacy?

I really enjoy the block fences. Not having them seems so strange to me.
I don't get it either. If there were no fences I would feel so naked and exposed.
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Old 03-12-2008, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I love having a block wall in the back yard. I know even in California many of the older sub divisions had wood fences. Always seemed to be a major improvement when you put in a block wall fence. So much more upscale then the wood. I just can't imagine not having a solid built block wall fence.
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Old 03-12-2008, 09:04 AM
 
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Also, scorpions. You are more prone to get them with a wood fence. And they will fall apart quicker. I too would feel naked without a fence. Not to mention, if I did not have one, Im sure my neighbors would just LOVE my pets roaming through their yard.

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Old 03-12-2008, 09:26 AM
 
Location: AZ
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Why do homes in Phoenix have concrete fences? I am from NY and we don't have many fences.
pools are one thing, as well as other reasons already mentioned. In a lot of the east and midwest, vegetation acts as a fence and can totally block the neighbors. Desert vegetation isn't like that. Some of the cement block walls are tacky, but there are some nice decorative block and concrete 'fences' that look very attractive.

I lived in several northern cities and suburbs. I had a fence in every urban property (smaller lots) and out in the suburbs where properties were several acres, never had one. Do you have any idea how much it costs for a wood fence around a 3 acre property? Not cheap. Most of the big lots were totally blocked from view by huge trees, lower bushes, and other thick vegetation. It was so effective that nobody could see anything, summer or winter. In the desert one can't do that, plus most lots are small so the neighbors are practically in your living room.
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Old 03-12-2008, 10:27 AM
 
Location: the AZ desert
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Why do homes in Phoenix have concrete fences? I am from NY and we don't have many fences.
I am originally from NY and had a stockade (wood) fence in the back and a chain link fence surrounding the front. I think the block fences out here are much better for privacy than stockade, the maintenance is less, and IMO it looks much neater and cleaner too.
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Old 03-12-2008, 10:37 AM
 
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I love the fences! I remember the first time I visited my husbands home town in Georgia, none of the homes in subdivsions had fences! They were just open. I couldn't understand that...what if you have a dog and just want to let them out? What about privacy?

I really enjoy the block fences. Not having them seems so strange to me.
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Absolutely! Losing the walls and the privacy is one of the negatives that one has to consider when moving from Phoenix (and other western cities) to the east.
Interesting viewpoints because I feel just the opposite. I guess it is based upon what we've mostly lived with and our preferences. This is the first state we've lived in with block walls, and I'm still trying to get used to it. The fences here make me feel "blocked in" (pun intended). This is why I'm glad we also have a view fence along the back here so that our backyard feels more open. I miss the large yards without fences and using lush green plants for privacy in other states. Regarding pets, people either train them not to leave their yards or have invisible fence systems to keep their pets from leaving.
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Calgary Canada
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The coolest thing i've seen down there when I visited is that Gecko's love getting some sun on the brick walls. Cool little critters those gecko's
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Old 03-14-2008, 10:59 PM
 
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Has anyone recently had a concrete fence installed? If so, can you please share the cost per foot?
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:39 PM
 
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Wood can't take the elements here - sun, rain, wind followed by more sun.

Most of the concrete walls here are made of cinderblock, which I think is ugly in both color and texture. I had my blah gray block walls imparted with bold colors. What was once blah now makes every visitor say wow.

It's akin to visiting a resort... the pool looks better, the plants "pop." Here's an example:

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Old 03-15-2008, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
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Wood can't take the elements here - sun, rain, wind followed by more sun.

Most of the concrete walls here are made of cinderblock, which I think is ugly in both color and texture. I had my blah gray block walls imparted with bold colors. What was once blah now makes every visitor say wow.

It's akin to visiting a resort... the pool looks better, the plants "pop." Here's an example:

Gorgeous!!! I love that color...would you mind sharing the name of the color/brand? Thank you!
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