Saturday, February 12, 2011

Home Sweet Home – Where Is Mine?

When I hear people discuss how much they miss their "homes," I look back at all of the places I have lived and realize I don't miss any of them. One home, a tiny two bedroom townhouse in Hometown, Illinois, felt homey, and I enjoyed the coziness of living in the tiny home, but other than that place, I've never really felt HOME anywhere I've lived.

Maybe it's because I live in Illinois where the weather is either too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, or too humid.

As a child, after I learned that California was located BY THE OCEAN, my goal was to move there. Growing up, I used to look across the field in front of my house and wonder, taking into account the curve of the land, how much closer to California I would be if, instead of looking westward at the furthest western point in the sky where the sky touched the ground, I was directly under that point looking up. How many times would I have to do that in order to be in California?

When my son and his family lived in San Diego, I couldn't help but think of how amazing it would be to live in perfect climate all of the time. Yes, I would miss the change of seasons, but I could come back for that. And YES I would miss my family, so I would have to make enough money for all of them to live near me. But I can't deny the draw westward.

At one time I actually LIVED in Del Mar – for a week – until I realized I would need a car to get around. I didn't have a car, so I didn't last beyond that one week, but I loved being so close to the ocean.

Just for kicks I decided to check out the Del Mar real estate market update on the Capitola web site. That's where I found the photo that accompanies this blog. If only I had had a car back then.

I also decided to check out the Anaheim Hills real estate market in case I want to move closer to Hollywood. Who knows how many people will LOVE my movie once it's made? Hey, it could happen!

Anyway, I remember walks along the waterfront. I remember feeling enchanted and peaceful. If I close my eyes, I can imagine myself living as a successful screenwriter with the ocean clearly visible from my kitchen window, from my living room window, from my bedroom window, from my porch (I should stop before the daydream takes over my life). Yes, being near water would feel like home.

My son and his family are now living in Virginia, hoping to one day return to California. I'm hoping my screenplay, which I am now writing with another writer (name to be disclosed at a future date), will allow me to own a home in sunny CA. My daydream seeps into my night dreams, always in the background.

But what's a daydream without visuals? Capitola is a fun site to view, because it offers so much information about living in California. Capitola is not far from New Brighton State Beach between Opal Cliffs and Seacliff on the western edge of California – so near the ocean.

Capitola offers relocation information, too. I think, when I enter the movie industry, I'm going to need to be a little closer to Hollywood, but not so close I can't escape to the ocean. Hopefully I'll be able to make enough money to afford two residences – California for eight months out of the year; Illinois for four.

One more thing before I close this blog, a nice little discovery I made at Capitola (the agent home finder site I am talking about in this blog), is a huge glossary of real estate terms for potential buyers who are interested in learning real estate terms like ARM (Adjustable-Rate Mortgage), Latent Defect ("Unknown property defect not readily apparent to the buyer, but may surface later."), PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance), and so many more.

California continues to beckon me. Some day, I respond. Some day.

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1 comment:

  1. I've found that I can be happy (and unhappy) anywhere; what's more important is those around you.

    Needless to say, I've had very few 'happy' homes.