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Water, Water Everywhere

by Cindy Ross 08/04/2019

For years, city planners worked to improve green spaces because of the known health benefits. That means more parks, trails, trees, and gardens grace municipalities across the country than before. But what about blue spaces? According to marine biologist, Wallace J. Nichols, blue space may have more profound implications than green space for emotional and physical wellness.

What is blue space?

Water of any sort - rivers, streams, marinas, lakes and ponds, the ocean, and even canals, pools and fountains - fall into the category of blue space. As urbanization grows globally, the distance from natural water sources increases for all populations making accessible blue space less available.

A study on residential blue space versus green space showed that blue space, the ability to see and access water or water features, showed marked decreases in psychological stress over green spaces and might promote higher mental well-being in city-dwellers.

Subconsciously, most people know that water equals relaxation. That’s why beaches and cruises are popular vacation destinations. Even park ponds and fountains appear to trigger the effect of psychological rest and de-stressing properties.

Adding blue space to your life

While you may not own beach-front property or have a stream running through your yard, you can take steps to add water features to your life.

  • Add a fountain or pond to your garden. Installing a koi pond or fountain in your backyard adds to your landscaping value and creates an on-site retreat from city noises.
  • Install a pool or hot tub. While not as close to “nature,” even pools and hot tubs contribute to the relaxation water provides. Floating on your pool on a warm summer day transports your mind to faraway places. 
  • Place an indoor water feature. Fountain walls and even tabletop fountains promote the water acoustics that shut out stressful sounds.• Go fishing. Being near the water, even periodically, de-stresses and improves well-being.
  • Set up an aquarium. Studies show that gazing at fish swimming in water improves relaxation. Called aquarium therapy, exposure to water environments induces stress reduction in humans, including lowered heart rates, increased positive mood, and therapeutic effects.
  • Take a bath. If you can’t access a water feature, a warm bath or shower can improve your well-being as the sound and warmth of water allow your mind to wander as you relax.

For ultimate results, however, access to natural water sources does the most to improve mood and mental restoration. If you’re looking for a home with access to water, let your real estate professional know.

About the Author
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Cindy Ross

As an agent who's an expert in this local area, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate here. It's not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date information. I am eager to serve you. Here are some of the things I can do for you:

Find Your Next Home

You need someone who knows this area inside and out! I can work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter - not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home

Sell a Home

When it's time to move, you need someone who will advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. I can take care of everything you need, from start to close.

Consult on Home Selling Tactics

Oftentimes buyers don't visualize living in your home the way you do. I can make your home attractive to its ideal audience - which can help you get top dollar. Things like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home resting on the market and one that's sold fast.

Here's what some of my recent clients have said about me!

Debra and DeWayne

We began looking for a vacation/retirement home in Buckeye AZ early in 2010. We flew to AZ and met with Cindy, who showed us about 18 houses in 3 days. She was organized and showed up with a plan. Some realtors waste time showing potential buyers homes that are not within their specifications, but Cindy did not do that. She knew our time was limited and didn't waste a single second of it. Although we did not buy at that time, Cindy stayed in touch with us via email and phone for the next 18 months. During that time frame, she worked with us to submit 2 offers on 2 homes that eventually fell through when the banks took them to foreclosure. When we found a 3rd home, which turned out to be the perfect house, Cindy had moved to northern Phoenix but stepped in to assist us with the purchase. Everything was smooth and quick and Cindy was in constant contact with us, following up to make sure all documents were signed on time and nothing went wrong. Our patience and Cindy's perseverance paid off....we ended up with the perfect house! We cant say enough good things about Cindy. If you are lucky enough to get her as your realtor, good for you!! She is wonderful.

David M.

Cindy took great care of me and met all my needs. Cindy was so patient with me and went the extra mile whenever it was necessary. I would highly recommend her services. She is an outstanding agent.

Arlene and Francisco

Cindy did an excellent job! She kept us well informed and provided us all the info we needed. She even saved us few hundred dollars by raising incorrect charges on our closing cost. The entire process took shorter than we expected. It was a great experience.

Cathy P.

Cindy was amazing, as long distance purchasers, she went above and beyond the call of duty to help us with all our questions and providing additional help with quotes for a plumbing repair and is still helping us AFTER the purchase with getting the repair done in our absence. Best service ever!