Hi Bay and tthanks for the post.
About 15 years ago, during the last water drought, "Xeriscape" or removing grass in favor of native drought tolerant plants became all the rage. Front yards full of lush lawns were abandoned in favor of huge sections of bushes and ground cover with pathways. Fast forward today, and, guess what, the lawn is back, the bushes have been removed, and there is a sprinkler watering nightly. I think this is a good example of the power of grass not only from a homeowner satisfaction standpoint, but in terms of curb appeal too.
If you don't want a lawn, then make it smaller by ringing the back and sides with flowering bushes and attractive ground cover, but I would never suggest removing the lawn 100 percent--especially if you are hoping to sell in the next, say, 5 years. I say 5 because it's just about this point when bushes really start to get "bushy" and tangled and slightly overgrown. So think carefully before yanking the green carpet in front of the home. It is still a highly desired feature by buyers today.
Allison James Estates