Does Your Home Have a Name?

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

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? 

 

SwinegateObviously 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?

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Rainmaker
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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
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Jeff, we have a particular fondness for our home in the white mountains, and call it "Birch Hollow" we joked it was our Tara...like gone with the wind.

  Welcome to Birch Hollow.

Apr 01, 2011 12:58 PM #1
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Caroline DeVore, Stowe Vermont Lodging, VT Bed and Breakfast Inn, Vacation Homes
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Hum....like you, I hadn't thought about this.  At the beach, every house, cottage, mansion has a name.  In our Mountain community, it is mixed.  I'd say that 2nd home owners tend to "name" a house more often than folks name their primary homes.  Just a guess.  In my good ole everyday neighborhood, I may find it a bit odd to see a named house.  I'll be curious to see what other folks say.   A follow-up question for ya, if you buy a house with a name, how hard is it to change?  If the name is well-knows ("oh, they bought the Fern Field property), you'll probably be stuck with it.

Caroline

Apr 01, 2011 01:00 PM #2
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Jeff, It seems like the higher the value, the more times the property is given a name.

I have names for all my listings over time. 

My contemporary on 28 acres was named "Chocolate House" and a song was written both by C Tann Star and her boys.

Margaret

Apr 01, 2011 01:00 PM #3
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Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA

Jeff,

Great topic of conversation: I have no problem with the practice. We developed in Bodega Harbor, on the Sonoma Coast, years ago. The architects gave unofficial names to many homes there. The home we built was called "The Hawaiian."

Enjoy,

Steve

Apr 01, 2011 01:04 PM #4
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Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Jeff,

Your post reminds of a client from the past. He eventually moved to Lake Arrowhead and then out of state. While in Arrowhead he named his places...he claimed it enhanced the value. The last one was something like "Candlelight Lodge" or something like that. He also used to have a little artist's rendering done and hanging on the wall near the entry. After buying and selling many places over a period he did extremely well.

 

Apr 01, 2011 01:11 PM #5
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Ginny Gorman
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Interesting ...last week when i went through Quonnie in Charlestown RI - high end area...everyone had a name on the mailbox or house...just smiled
Apr 01, 2011 02:16 PM #6
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Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties - Jackson Hole, WY
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Jackson Hole has lots of homes with names. Anything with 20+ acres seems to get a name. And it does seem to be more predominant with the second home owners.

Apr 01, 2011 02:42 PM #7
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Jeff,

I like Tim seem to equate homes with acreages and second homes with a "name".

Apr 01, 2011 03:04 PM #8
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Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
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I list a lot of historic homes and they always seem to have names. Mostly they are named after the people who built them many years ago. I love that they do. It brings the history of the old homes to life. :0)

Apr 01, 2011 03:16 PM #9
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Jim Courtney
OklaHomes Realty, Claremore Oklahoma - Claremore, OK
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Interesting question. In our rural areas, large acreages with homes often has pipe fence entries with names welded on top. I have seen "OUR farm", "The Hundred Acre Woods", and a few others. I've never lived on anything large enough to warrant a designated name. :)

Apr 01, 2011 03:51 PM #10
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Steve - VERY cool.It's the perfect name

Caroline - interesting question you raise. I don't know the answer. I suspect some well-named homes will remain named despite the owners. The classic architect homes are a good example.

Margaret - Also I often find that buyers give homes they have toured a name as a easy reference - the cat house, the ugly house, etc.

Steve - I have no issue with it either, but it was interesting to think about, and to generate some conversation. We had a place on teh bay on Cape Cod that was named - not by me but by my sister. We still have martinie glasses engraved with the name although we sold the house.

Lynda - I know others who have done paintings or framed photographs of their homes.

Jeff

Apr 01, 2011 04:06 PM #11
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Steve Scheer
Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers - Highlands Ranch, CO
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There are some around here, but where I do see it even more are the mountain homes, sometimes second homes, sometimes rentals.  Its a great easy way for someone to jot down a place that looks nice and look it up later to see if its a weekend or vacation rental.  I know we've done that before...

Apr 03, 2011 02:54 PM #12
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Kay Van Kampen
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I also see that homes that have had names, once sold, the name remains.  We have an estate called the old Schupbach home.  Seems only the newbies don't know where it is.

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