I have been thinking about this question for a few days.
With two careers combining thirty eight years of working in the residential market, I have seen most everything. So many times through the years, clients, family members, and friends would say, "Don't you just love that house?. What awesome furnishings, wouldn't you want to live there"? My answer would always be "No ! It's not my home! I am there to handle a need for a client and I don't pay attention to anything more, just business"!
Personally, Like all of us, my life's direction has changed numerous times. I have lived in a few homes that I guess were homes that i fell in love with, even if I did not know it at the time. Elizabeth has said often to me, " You never realized what a back yard you had growing up"! Oh , how true. As little kids me and my siblings ended up living with our grand parents in a two bedroom knotty pine cottage on Chesterfield Drive in Pleasure Point. My brother and I would be out the back door daily, running across the field next to Benny & Lindsey's house, which was built between Chesterfield and Rock View drive, down the Steps we would go to Pleasure Point Beach and the many rocks full of fisherman. Those were amazing years. The Sea Life in the Tide Pools along the Pleasure Point Cliffs and Rocks was so abundant. WE learned to fish, get live bait without ruining the habitat, Ocean safety.. Never Run on the Rocks! Understand the strength of the waves! You never turned your back on the Ocean. Learned to Body Surf . WE often walk our dogs along the point and to the Rocks even today.. Although, It's not the same.
In the early 80's, as a Food Service Distributor Rep for a good sized multi warehouse company, I took a job change and with our young family we transferred to Truckee, CA. My Territory was from Incline Village in Nevada, around the entire North Shore of Lake Tahoe to Homewood in CA. It also included Truckee and up Interstate 80 to the top of Donner Summit. My account base included Restaurants, Lodges, Ski Resorts and Casinos! I loved it there! Just Gods Country! The Tourists would leave on Sunday! Yeah! Our Home, In the Sierra Meadows area, off Hwy 267, in a high mountain valley, between Truckee and The North Star Ski Resort was awesome!! Each home that was built sat on 1/2 acre. Ours had a 40 acre BLM land / forest area back yard. You drove up a long driveway to a detached two car Garage, with the floor area designed for winter weather, vehicles could drip the snow and slush into an area below where you would walk. The garage and the home were connected by a giant easeway roof which allowed for storage of dry firewood. The Home was up 4 feet to the first floor, which had bedrooms and my office, the second floor with the reversed floor plan was a giant Great Room, with a high open beam wood ceiling, kitchen , bath, pantry, and Buck Stove. Decks were out off both sides of the home. I would BBQ in Snow Storms. The views were Amazing! Across the Truckee Valley, with Mount Rose in the distance.
Today, and over the years, Elizabeth and me have made our Live Oak Home a special place. WE love it. Although, thoughts of living on the western side of Waimea over looking the Blue Pacific on the Big Island sounds great to me too! I Could Love that real Easily!