Day 3 Thanksgiving Challenge - My "Clan" and California Dream

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage NRDS # 146013739

12 Days of  Thanks Giving 2017 -  Challenge by Debbie Reynolds  

My California Dream 

Rowland High Song Leaders

I am the one sitting on the floor in the middle !

Houston & The Move To California

As a young girl, I spent my formative years growing up in Houston. The people were wonderful but the weather was hot and muggy....and then there was Hurricane Carla. When my dad told me that he was being transferred to Southern California to open a new sales territory, I couldn't be happier!  Land of the Beach Boys, Hollywood and Disneyland!  

We spent many weekends looking for homes. I was the oldest of five children, so I helped my mom with everything she needed. I did get to help house hunt and I think this is where my love of real estate got it's roots. My father was a natural born salesperson and I learned a lot through osmosis. I would get to go on short business trips with him which I really appreciated. 


This home was to be our final home before we moved to the beach after my boys left home. (Little did we know that Sedona was calling us!)

My parents moved to Louisville KY because my dad was promoted to Vice-President of Sales of UMA in 1979 so I became the acting Matriarch for all the holidays, birthdays and other celebrations.  Our home was always so very small to accomodate the whole clan. So as we continued to get bigger homes, my "wish list" continued to refine!

Moran Clan

The most important thing was that it had to accommodate the "Moran Clan". We had a growing family with babies, nieces and nephews.  We just ran out of room at the other houses. This would be our fifth home ahd we were going to make it right! By This time, my mom had passed and I was now "mom" to all... As matriarch, everything was celebrated at my home and I wanted a home that would work for all of us. 

My California Dream Home




gunite home

Wish List

Our wish list included: Views, 4 or 5 bedrooms, large backyard and most importantly a 4 car garage. It also had to be somewhere close to work. My husband worked at Ontario Airport.  1998 - California traffic was already terrible, so this was a major consideration. Most of our family lives in Orange County so that also had to fit in to the mix. I was blessed that our wish list was answered.

Pulte Homes & Corona Ranch

We found the perfect home design and had it built on a lot we chose. Fortunately we had the vision to see the potential for our family. 

Construction on a pool started immediately.  We wanted it finished by Super Bowl Sunday! We moved in Halloween and this had to happen. 


pool construction

...and it was completely full of water and usable on Super Bowl Sunday 1999!


We always heated the pool on Xmas day and it got a lot of use. We designed the backyard to accommodate the family. We had a fire pit, a BBQ area, and a putting green with a real sand trap!  Inside, one of the rooms had a pool table and another had a large screen TV that the kids could play video games. 


Again, being the oldest of five children, all of us have families. So the days we get together are so very special. We were grateful and very thankful that we could provide this home for our entire family to enjoy with us. 


Why I Am Thankful For This Home...

Just about every month in the 8 years we lived here full time, there was a celebration and family gathered here. This home holds so many wonderful memories and I am thankful it was in our lives to enjoy.

Owning this home is probably why I am so passionate about helping others find their dream home.



Center of Corona Pool

Corona North side of pool

Side note: When we finally listed this home, we took the pictures.  This was our first attempt and it turned out extremely well. 

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Moran Clan Celebrating!

To this day the "Moran Clan"  continue to be close.  It was tough on the entire family when we decided to move to Sedona. Now, we have to settle for telephone calls but we stay in touch.   



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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  what a pool ... I bet your family misses you  but you have so much to be thankful for   ..California Dreaming 

Nov 14, 2017 06:00 PM #1
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Your home is a great home for family gathering.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 14, 2017 06:42 PM #2
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ,

Loved your post..what a great home for gathering the whole clan! I can see why you are so thankful the memories! Sometimes we have to do what is right for us.

Nov 14, 2017 06:52 PM #3
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

My big sister has been instrumental in organizing get-togethers and staying in touch. Those bonds stay in force even when you have miles between you. 

Nov 14, 2017 06:52 PM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Sheri

I so enjoyed reading about you and your family, and your dream home in CA!! You often mention life back here in CA in your comments so I suspect there is still a soft place in your heart for the California lifestyle, despite all that Sedona offers!


Nov 14, 2017 07:47 PM #5
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Sheri.

My wife is the matriarch of our clan.  She took over when my mother died.  During the holidays we have a full house for sure

Nov 15, 2017 02:41 AM #6
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Sheri, I loved reading about your family. You'll have those memories forever and that's priceless. 

Nov 15, 2017 04:15 AM #7
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Wonderful memories to continue in just a different way....

Nov 15, 2017 05:09 AM #8
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I love your will always have the special memories of all the holidays at your beautiful house.

Nov 15, 2017 05:18 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

What a great looking clan and I always enjoy learning more about you my friend!

Nov 15, 2017 06:18 AM #10
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, what a great post, thank you for sharing. You certainly built a great home that accommodated your family gatherings and much more. Sedona is a beautiful place to call home, you'll always have the great memories from CA.

Nov 15, 2017 07:15 AM #11
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I did not realize you lived in Orange County, Sheri. Oh, wait, I think Corona is in Riverside. Anyway, at first blush I thought that was the Balboa Pavilion in your photo shot from up the Peninsula, but then I realized there are no high rises on Balboa Pier, LOL.

Nov 15, 2017 07:22 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for sharing some of your wonderful memories.

You made me think about some of our previous homes. Our first home provided some of the best memories.

Nov 15, 2017 08:21 AM #13
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sheri and what a great family story you are sharing with us.  Thank you so much.

Nov 15, 2017 09:40 AM #14
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What a gorgeous home. I can see why you loved it so much. Of course, the family gatherings were a blessing and the memories created there priceless!

Nov 15, 2017 01:14 PM #15
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are wonderful memories, Sheri!  And, very special photos to accompany them!

Nov 15, 2017 06:09 PM #16
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

There are many gorgeous houses, you create a home with love and memories. Well done. I enjoyed learning more about your family, Sheri.  What fun you all must have shared. 

Nov 16, 2017 07:27 AM #17
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The photo's are step back into time.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 16, 2017 07:08 PM #18
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - What a great clan! As the oldest child you took on a lot of responsiblities which put you on course for your future. You have a wonderful family and the Clan is truly supportive. Many people don't have that and yet I would bet there's always room for more. Your California dream house was fabulous but while you were making plans, other plans were yet to unfold. And now, look at you in beautiful Sedona, still a family that stays together even when apart and there is love, lots of lot to go around. What a blessing!

Nov 17, 2017 03:27 AM #19
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