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My house has a name.

The archives of ActiveRain (you do search for information topics, don't you?) indicate posts on this subject stretching back over five years. Chrissy Doremus yesterday queried the added value of a house name on your listing

sign - sunshine villa

My house name has historical significance.

My grandfather visited the US in 1910 on a working holiday, aa a sixteen year old, where he traveled from west to east over a 5 month period. He was in New York when the Earth passed through the tail of Halley's Comet.

You really have to be around to see this wonder in 1986. (He died in 1985) In 1986 Halley's Comet was barely visible, being its furthest away possible. His stories of the 1910 event stay with me.

During Grandfather's travels, including Utah, he saw many homes with names, shingles and signs.

On his return to Australia he built a shack (corrugated iron walls and roof on gum tree stumps) that was later to be my first home. He named this structure "Sunshine Villa". I remember well the beaten sheet iron piece bearing that name, rusty, with nails pulling through.

I have been in Sandy UT, (Historic Sandy even) now for six years, and the name on my home proclaims "Sunshine Villa" appropriate for another sugar area (this time beet not cane).

Historic for me certainly ~ but for anyone else? If they will listen, I can explain.


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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Larry, How nice of you to share a little of your home's naming process. It sounds like a wonderful home to come home to.

Jul 12, 2012 07:30 AM #1
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Debbie - a pleasure. I dug into the name "Brentmar". Seems it is a his/hers first name combination of the original property owners of the blocks making up the circle.

Jul 12, 2012 08:11 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Larry, call it tradition or call it nostalgia, nice to give a home a name! Enjoy your day!

Jul 12, 2012 09:04 PM #3
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