There are various grass types that are low-maintenance, but still generally have a "turf" and "clean" look. They are the fine and tall fescues. 

The University of Minnesota has done extensive research on various types that are hardy and appealing. Scroll down to see pictures of some yards with established fescues. Also, click the links below for more information on fescues.

Fine fescue yard in summer


Fine fescue yard in autumn