What Would You Name YOUR House?

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Happy Retreat, Charles Town, W Va


What Would You Name YOUR House?

Here is a house that I just learned about this past week.  It was built by George Washington's youngest brother, Charles, back in 1780.

Charles Washington surveyed Charles Town and named all of the streets.  'Happy Retreat' is what he named his home.....and yes, George Washington slept there on a regular basis.  

A newly formed group called 'The Friends of Happy Retreat' is raising funds to purchase this property in order to secure it for the public.  I sincerely wish them well in their efforts. ( heck, I'd LOVE to tour this house!)

I visited Charles Town last week while accompaning my Mom on her trip home.  Mom grew up in Burkittsville, home to the Blair Witch movie.  (Remember that?)  I enjoyed the trip to Burkittsville, but I have to admit I was intrigued by the house named, 'Happy Retreat'. 

To hear it's name, just made me feel good. 

I enjoyed my brief time in Charles Town.  I especially enjoyed the Charles Town Race Track.  I had such a FUN time watching the horses and trying to pick the winners! 

This experience made me think about naming my house.  My home is a 'Happy Retreat' to me, but that name is taken.  Perhaps I could call it 'Chrissy's Castle' or 'Happy Home'.  I know these names don't roll off the tongue as easily as 'Happy Retreat', so I need to work on this a bit more.

I wonder if my home will still be in good condition and still standing 231 years from now?  What did Charles Washington wonder about back in 1780?  This is so much to consider, isn't it?

We should all be so lucky to have a 'Happy Retreat' at some point in our lives.Happy Retreat

So ----- what WOULD you name your house?


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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

What a neat post. I named my house Mosquito Gulch. My Dad built it 25 years ago and he would crack me up when he referred to my oasis this way. The name stuck. It makes me smile at the irreverence of it. I live by the Bay and a Creek so the Mosquitos should carry you away but for whatever reason they are no worse than other areas nearby.

Jun 15, 2011 10:42 PM #28
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

LOL @ Kerry. . "Money Pit"

How about "Waterless Underwater"?

Jun 15, 2011 11:08 PM #29
Kim Gero
Verani Realty - Center Ossipee, NH
Associate Broker, REALTOR®

We named ours Clean Sweep Farm after my favorite horse. Now I'm thinking of changing the name to Ball and Chain since I can't seem to sell it!

Jun 15, 2011 11:28 PM #30
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

I've got nothing...cant think of a name for my house that is creative. Thankful have have a house and thats about it.

Jun 16, 2011 02:08 AM #31
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Chris, never thought about giving a name to our house. Something to think about. Charles Town is a great place to visit with Harpers Ferry close by. Did you get to the new casino?

Jun 16, 2011 02:22 AM #32
Glenn Freezman
Nucazza LLP & Home Buying Evolution, & Family Abstract, Inc - Fort Washington, PA

I call mine, "If Mohammad cant get to the mountain, then bring the mountain to Mohamed" This is Dresher Pabackyard

backyard, fall


Jun 16, 2011 03:42 AM #33
Gregory Bain
Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
For Homes on the Jersey Shore

I have no name that I can think of, but one of my childhood homes was built in the 1700s. My dad, being from Scotland, didn't think it was that old. I remember him getting a little plaque from one of my aunts that read - on some date "George Washington slept here". The joke was that George Washington had slept every where. He never put it up on the house and didn't think the joke was very funny. But, thanks for bringing back the memory.

Jun 16, 2011 03:43 AM #34
Deb McNeill
Flying M Team Small World Realty Fort Worth, Tx - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Ahhhhh...I love to name houses (and cars, too.) Our current house is informally called 'Maision du Cheval Blanc...House of the White Horse in my very bad French. I call it that because we bought this place so my old white mare could live here with us. :0) She passed on to heavenly pastures in 2005...and we turned her pen/paddock into a secret, white garden called Amy's Garden. Now...with all our landscaping and flowers most people would call this the Garden House...

I know a number of people who name cottage size homes, too. Plum Cottage sounds so English, doesn't it? Those in the middle between cottage and estate need to up their creativity and name their places, too. It adds character...and might be a nifty marketing tool.

Jun 16, 2011 04:05 AM #35
Carey Valentine
Medallion Mortgage Company - Bountiful, UT

Oh, I love this post.  I'm surprised no one's mentioned Graceland.  My parents went there and my dad said "It's not some big mansion like you think it would be".  I guess it doesn't have to be an estate to be loved and cared for as one.  I have a red brick rambler with a basement 3 houses up from a main through street that seperates living on the "hill" from the city.  It's about location in the snobbiest sense of the word, really (but, that's another post).  Anyway, I think I'd like to call mine something similar to the money pit (as it is a 60 year old one).  I love it, it's the perfect size, I garden & the yard looks better with each passing year and the neighbors are friendly enough.  Perhaps I'll call it Hearts Desire, ya, ya, that's it!

Jun 16, 2011 05:12 AM #36
Cory Barbee
San Diego, CA
Broker (760) 563-4022

I haven't seen too many homes with names here in San Diego but growing up in Grants Pas Ore. it was a pretty familiar occurance.

Jun 16, 2011 05:14 AM #37
Ray Waisler
Finance of America - Atlanta, GA
NMLS #6621 - Specializing in Jumbo FHA & VA

Chris, with three teenagers at home I call it "house of horrors" and sometimes "house of extreme melodrama"......just kidding. I'm actually blessed with a wonderful loving wife and three great high achieving kids(comes from their mother) so I just call it a "great place to be".

Jun 16, 2011 05:41 AM #38
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


We haven't names our house.  Never even thought about it.  But now that I know there is added value in naming your house I'm going to thing about it.

Jun 16, 2011 06:43 AM #39
Barb Merrill
Cactus Mountain Properties, LLC - Tempe, AZ
GRI, Associate Broker

I never thought of naming my house.  I have named my car (or at least have called it a few choice names).  I love your idea.  A house is very deserving of a name!

Jun 16, 2011 07:17 AM #40
Carolyn Nelson
Realty One Carolina, LLC - Burlington, NC
The Best Broker in Alamance County!

My first home will be called Moultrie Spring Retreat. My mother lives in walking distance to Lake Moultrie (SC), there is a spring that runs through the property, and it is the on place all of us (sibbling, cousins, aunts, uncles, and other family members) go back to for events, gatherings, good times, and bad times. It's a place to think, meditate, and pray when you think you are alone.


Jun 16, 2011 07:35 AM #41
Susan Gaieski
Water Pointe Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
Director for Social Media & Technology

Such great history... I used to live in Guilford, CT and there were many historical homes with names.  Living in Fl - don't think about that so much.  Thanks for the post.

Jun 16, 2011 07:39 AM #42
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

I just have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed all of your comments on this post!  I especially love Glenn's (#33) pictures of his back yard.  It just makes me want to leave work today, find a shovel and plant something.

Ray (#38) 'house of horrors'....I can remember those days when my kids were teenagers.

My goodness.....thanks to all of you for stopping by and adding some FUN to my day!  :)

Jun 16, 2011 08:40 AM #43
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Chris, what a great "hook" of a post! Really a thinker. I believe I would name mine either "Deb's Domain" or "Domain No-name"...lol...I like them both!

Later in the rain~Deb

Jun 16, 2011 02:01 PM #44
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Chris - I love the idea of homes that stand for centuries.  We don't see a lot of that here in So. Cal. or homes with names.  I'll have to contemplate for mine.

Jun 16, 2011 03:29 PM #45
Raine Carraway
Lenoir, NC

Being that I have an "off" sense of humor, and we live out in the country in a neighborhood that's 80% doublewides, I think I'll call it "Redneck Retreat". Hmmm, I wonder how the hubby will feel about a sign to go out front. ;)

Jun 16, 2011 04:45 PM #46
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

'Redneck Retreat'?  HA!  Since my Pop is from NC, I think he'd love that one, Raine!

Jun 16, 2011 05:26 PM #47
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