The only reason I want a house (over an apartment) is to have a fun outdoor space that I could actually enjoy on my own (in Florida, it was always too hot, too many bugs, etc.) - I would sooooo use an outdoor space in Seattle!
My grandmother grew roses and created many of today's hybrids. She won an award for the first peach rose with white middle and peach edged around the petals of the rose. Back in 1960.. I don't mean she created ALL of today's hybrids.. but some of them..