Drought restrictions may be the end of front lawns

April 23, 2015 12:07 PM

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ATHERTON, Calif. - In 2011, Jules and Alan Nolet bought a house on a flat, sunny lot of just over an acre here. "It had a split-level house built in the '70s with massive, overgrown lawns in the front and back," Jules remembered.

They knocked down the split-level and replaced it with a 7,000-square-foot "Old World" house, co-designed by Jules, who is half-French. They ripped out the swimming pool. And perhaps most controversially in this tony town, they tore out all the grass, including the front lawn, installing Provence-st...

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