Does Your Home Have a Name?
I was driving around Rancho Santa Fe earlier today, probably the most expensive residential community with many gated estates and homes with names. What I saw repeatedly inspired this post with more questions than answers.
Does your home have a name?
Is it pretentious to give your home a name and plaster it on a fancy sign or the gated entrance?
Or does it lend more personality or mystique to the home in addition to the numerical address which you are given?
Obviously a numerical address helps the post office, and is useful for helping others identify your home. And it typically is part of the legal description for tax purposes. In rural areas this becomes especially helpful.
Well-known architects often names the homes they built - you've heard of Fallingwater, no doubt...the famous Frank Lloyd Wright home.
And certainly the great homes and castles in England, France and other countries were commonly given names, likely in lieu of any postal address, if that even existed.
I have to wonder...
Do owners who name their homes have a particular fondness for their property?
Do they pick a name that has a special meaning?
We often see home names listed in the MLS for high end homes and estates, and especially for Rancho Santa Fe homes for sale.
But naming your home is not restricted to estates and multi-million dollar properties. It's fairly common to see beach cottages and other "regular" homes with names on the gate or the door. [photo courtesy of Tom Green aka atoach on Flickr]
I suppose it's not different from builders who name their subdivisions and gated communities (very common in our area) and the actual models.
So when you tell people where you live, is it 123 Main Street?
Or Casa Mucho Grande?