Award Date

2004

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Environmental Studies (MES)

Department

Environmental Science

Advisor 1

Dr. Helen Neill, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies

Advisor 2

Kent Sovocool, SNWA Senior Conservation Programs Analyst-Content Advisor

Number of Pages

17

Abstract

The conversion of grass lawns to xeriscape has become more prevalent in the desert Southwest, including here in the Las Vegas Valley. The purpose of this thesis was to determine whether the conversion of residential landscapes from grass lawn to xeriscape influences the property value of a home. This case study involved the comparison of property values for residential homes that had participated in the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s Water Smart Landscapes rebate program and non-participant homes with similar amenities before and after the landscape conversion. The results of the analysis show that xeriscape dose have a potentially positive impact on the sale price of a home.

Keywords

Desert landscaping; Grass; Landscape conversions; Las Vegas; Nevada; Lawns; Property values; Residences; Southern Nevada Water Authority’s Water Smart Landscapes rebate program; Water conservation; Xeriscape

Disciplines

Natural Resources and Conservation | Real Estate | Sustainability

Language

English


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