More About Backyard Games

By Bruce Firestone | Real Estate

Mar 27

Property animation is everywhere.

Whilst I was listening to Toronto artist Scott Hellman’s Kinda Complicated (and missing a certain someone, especially as I heard this line over and over again, ”I only got you and you only got me”), I noticed these images in his video (shot on location in Slab City, California):

Here’s Scott (left hand side) with friend in the Slabs…

I believe there is a business model here (seriously) for someone who wants to make a meal out of animating backyards for homeowners and landlords.

Now why would the latter be interested?

Because prospective tenants might see an animated backyard (full of fun stuff) as a cool reason to rent his/her place. Maybe they’ll stay longer too. Possibly pay more rent as well…

It’s an inexpensive way to differentiate your property from everyone else’s. It also creates a brand and an experience for both you and your clients (aka tenants).

This’ll work just as well (maybe better) in commercial settings. I mean who really wants to work in a boring office skyscraper with bad air and a long commute?

You couldn’t give me one of those horrible downtown dinosaurs…

How about a building full of entertainment, games, shops, learning, co-working, lofts, maker spaces, meetup places, and performance halls… an HOFFICE anyone?

Prof Bruce

postscript 1: want to hear Kinda Complicated?

postscript 2: Here’s what Scott has to say about Slab City and its inhabitants (to whom he dedicated Kinda Complicated)–

“There’s something so innate and satisfying about knowing that somewhere there exists a place where the very perfection of every day is sparked by a chaotic life that somehow pieces together as order; I’m ready to be thrown right into it. I’m ready to leave and arrive all at the same time…”

Wikipedia (,_California) adds:

Slab City, also called The Slabs, is largely a snowbird community in the Sonoran Desert located in Imperial County, California, 156 miles northeast of San Diego within the California Badlands, and used by vehicle owners and squatters from across North America.[1][2] It took its name from concrete slabs that remained from the abandoned World War II Marine Corps barracks of Camp Dunlap.

Several thousand campers, many of them retired, use the site during the winter months. The “snowbirds” stay only for the winter before migrating north in spring to cooler climates. The temperatures during summer are [as high as 120 °F (48 °C)]; nonetheless, there is a group of around 150 permanent residents who live in “The Slabs” year round. Some of these “Slabbers” derive their living from government programs and have been driven to “The Slabs” by poverty. Others have moved to “The Slabs” to learn how to live off the grid and be left alone. Still others have moved there to stretch their retirement income.

postscript 3: here’s what my alter ego tweeted out about this–

Quantum Entity‏ @quantum_entity

Thinking about a certain someone while listening to this, 

“I only got you and you only got me”

What is the true value of a marriage?

You have 1 person in your life who always has your back… forever

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About the Author

Bruce is an entrepreneur/real estate broker/developer/coach/urban guru/keynote speaker/Sens founder/novelist/columnist/peerless husband/dad.