Let me tell you, this photo doesn't do justice to the size of the backyard – you're probably only seeing close to half of it. It's huge; probably four times bigger than our old backyard. There's an enormous lawn for the kids to run around on, giant bushes with hollow centers for future fort construction and plenty of hidden areas for little ones to explore.
And there are no houses along the back fence! I can't even begin to explain how happy this makes us. Our last home had houses on all sides, and they were all very close to our house. One side had been host to a number of vicious dogs that constantly barked at my kids, attacked the fence between our houses when we were outside and fought each other with great regularity (I swear to you, it sounded as though they were mauling something!). The house along the back fence wasn't much better. Over the years, there were also late night parties, trash thrown over the fence and other such delights.
Now, when we look out our living room window at the back fence all we see are trees. We can turn the kids loose in the backyard without worrying about them anymore. And we finally feel at peace.