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Old 07-12-2015, 02:18 PM
 
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Oops, I was meaning patio extension to provide more shade. I'm just getting used to the terminology here... We did find a home with a fabulous mountain view with a north/south exposure. I am guessing we will see some beautiful sunsets and sunrises.....

N-S exposure is great.....south-facing windows can get all the winter sun and heat up the indoors....summer sun is still in the south at midday, but higher and some exterior protection can block it.....you can still move out to an exterior spot to watch the sunsets, though they may not be visible from inside......north-facing windows will only have sun on them at the beginning and end of summer days
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Old 07-13-2015, 01:30 AM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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Don't buy a house with a backyard facing west. You will be miserable.
This is a bit short-sighted, isn't it? I have a backyard that faces west and I am anything but miserable. There are a number of solutions to be explored ... we use a little something called "trees."
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Old 07-13-2015, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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I guess what I meant was, if the choice exists to find a home with an east facing backyard you might be happier without having to find a solution to the extreme heat and glare of a west facing backyard. In Saddlebrooke the views are to the east.
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Old 07-16-2015, 02:48 PM
 
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I guess what I meant was, if the choice exists to find a home with an east facing backyard you might be happier without having to find a solution to the extreme heat and glare of a west facing backyard. In Saddlebrooke the views are to the east.
This reminds me something I've been wondering. We're looking for a house in either Marana or in the Vail school district on the Houghton corridor. Which is more enjoyable, for those that have had both, sunrise on the eastside, or sunset over Sombrero Peak on the west? Would I miss any beautiful views if I end up on the west side of Sombrero Peak? What about Oro Valley - what view would I be looking for there?
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Old 07-17-2015, 03:50 PM
 
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This reminds me something I've been wondering. We're looking for a house in either Marana or in the Vail school district on the Houghton corridor. Which is more enjoyable, for those that have had both, sunrise on the eastside, or sunset over Sombrero Peak on the west? Would I miss any beautiful views if I end up on the west side of Sombrero Peak? What about Oro Valley - what view would I be looking for there?
Speaking from my point of view in the Houghton corridor, in an east (backyard)/west oriented house, I don't think I'm missing anything. The sunsets are beautiful, the sunrises are beautiful, and the mountains in every direction are breath-taking. If I feel as though I'm missing something, such as a better (longer) view of the sunset, that's all the more reason to put my shoes on and go for a walk. I even had an excellent view of the International Space Station orbiting overhead a few weeks ago!

No matter what time of day, there's always something scenic to admire.
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Old 07-18-2015, 11:03 AM
 
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Speaking from my point of view in the Houghton corridor, in an east (backyard)/west oriented house, I don't think I'm missing anything. The sunsets are beautiful, the sunrises are beautiful, and the mountains in every direction are breath-taking. If I feel as though I'm missing something, such as a better (longer) view of the sunset, that's all the more reason to put my shoes on and go for a walk. I even had an excellent view of the International Space Station orbiting overhead a few weeks ago!

No matter what time of day, there's always something scenic to admire.
Thank you, SomewhereWarm! Hoping we find something soon to really enjoy this gorgeous place!
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