Home is Where Our Hearts Are : Celebrating Home Ownership!

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This is a post for Debe Maxwell, CRS 's June challenge on Home ownership, and what it means to us. 

 

No doubt, when you own a home whether grand or humble, there is a that secure feeling of "this is mine".  It looks great on a financial statement, it has tax benefits, and there is an appreciation of value as years go by.

 

Owning your home gives you the freedom to paint the walls chartreuse, and the entry door hot pink (unless you are in HOA situation).  Then you are in trouble and no doubt will have to repaint those chartreuse walls and hot pink entry door.  Relax, you can always have your favorite colors inside where the nosy HOA police are not allowed.

 

For both of us, home is where our hearts are--a place we love.  It is a feeling of familiarity, a feeling of comfort, and a feeling of confidence that all it well.  With that in mind, coming home from our two week biz trip, began as I spotted the sandy beaches from the plane just minutes before landing.  Home for me was the whole environment of Santa Barbara County, not just an edifice in Carpinteria.  Of course, it was a delight to see our cat Quincy, hold him and listen to him purr and purr welcoming us home...

We both felt at home in Paris.  Personally (A), I felt emotional as we left the plane, I could feel my parents spirit there, both lived in France and my father served with the French Armed Forces during WWII.  They loved the Pont Alexandre III, (pictured above) built to commemorate the Franco-Russian alliance.  Perhaps,  for them, it was symbolic of their marriage. The sculptures represent the Neva (Russian river)and the Sena Seine (French River). To this day, I can hear them exclaiming with pleasure, "there is the Pont Alexandre!"

 

Like me, Ron felt just as much at home in Paris as I did.  For him it was sensing the greatness that surrounded us in architecture, art and beauty. He felt it inspired him to be better and greater.  He was moved by so many of the paintings we saw and talked about after wards.  He relished being surrounded by  unlimited genius.  All that resonated with his nature, and that for him is being home, comfortable in his own skin. 

 

He also told me, he knew the food would be great as would the libations.  (Pictured above is our first champagne toast at lunch!)  For us, home is where our hearts are, a place we love...

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Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Brian England I am not sure I agree with you.  For some people, it is not an excuse at all.  Not long ago, there was an article in the Wall Street Journal, where people were renting apartments at rates between $20,000 to $40,0000 a month, because they were making more money in investments that the appreciation of a home.  They were making more than 10% per month on their investments.  A

Jun 02, 2019 02:05 PM #6
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Lovely post, Alexandra and being the daughter of a military officer, I know how each and every house is truly a home when it is filled with love.

Homeownership was always important to my family as well - I remember one move when my parents hadn't yet Closed on the previous home before he was transferred again! I always felt at home - no matter where we landed and still do in adulthood as well.

Like you, the fur babies are what I miss most when we travel - each and every time, I can hardly wait to open the door and greet the babies!

Jun 02, 2019 04:01 PM #7
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I agree with you about home ownership, Alexandra.  And that glorious looking bridge reminds me of an even more ornate version of the Blackfriar's Bridge in London.  I would love to see it up close and personal!

Jun 02, 2019 04:18 PM #8
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Dusty Rhoton SRS, MRES, ABR, SRES, GRI
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I can't tell you how many times I told folks after visiting Paris, I would move there because it really does "feel like home" when you visit!

Jun 02, 2019 04:51 PM #10
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Loved this post Alexandra, and it reminded me of my mother when you were emotional.... on the other hand my dad and I felt at home where ever we lived....Endre

Jun 02, 2019 10:21 PM #11
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James Dray
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Morning Alexandra.

I can trace my family roots back to Kent, England.  I want to go there before I kick the bucket.  I'm sure it will bring a lot of emotions with the trip.

Jun 03, 2019 01:27 AM #12
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Alexandra. I really enjoyed this and understand you a little better now I think.

Jun 03, 2019 05:47 AM #13
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Alexandra and Ron - "home" can be defined on many different levels in financial and emotional terms as well as so many others.  It's more than a place as you have written.  

Jun 03, 2019 09:17 AM #14
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I like your take on this one - and no doubt, France does have a special "home" in your heart. It's also wonderful that Ron shares the same feeling of belonging when you're there. ( Just don't move) Lol.  

Jun 03, 2019 01:47 PM #15
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD funny we talked about it, and said we would rather live in the Southern part.  Our hearts belong in California, we are sure of that.  And France is not what it used to be in our parents even with the war, nor is it anywhere near of what it was when we went there on our honeymoon...nor is any other country in Europe.  A

Jun 03, 2019 02:31 PM #16
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Endre Barath, Jr. anywhere I have lived with loved ones is home, and of course it helps to have a furry baby too.  A

Jun 03, 2019 02:32 PM #17
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Michael Jacobs I have traveled since I was 3 and always felt at home.  Some places have that special feeling for us.  I may not want to move there, but I feel that tie.  A

Jun 03, 2019 02:35 PM #18
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James Dray here is my advice for what it is worth.  Just go, do not pass go, just go, life is too short to wait.

Jun 03, 2019 02:37 PM #19
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Dusty Rhoton SRS, MRES, ABR, SRES, GRI  our neighbor has said that also.  I just feel like I have live there and the same for Florence, Italy.  A

Jun 03, 2019 02:38 PM #20
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Myrl Jeffcoat Thank you for the feature. We have plans to get to London one of these days, and I will check out the bridge...The Pont Alexandre III is a real beauty and well worth the trip.  A

Jun 03, 2019 02:43 PM #21
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Debe Maxwell, CRS  Thank you so much for the kind words, and I understand the moving issues.  Wishing you a great June month.  A

Jun 03, 2019 02:50 PM #22
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing some thoughts on your travels and home ownership.

I hope you have read the book that I will mention in my post tomorrow morning.

Jun 03, 2019 05:34 PM #23
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Roy Kelley you are welcome, and I appreciate your commenting.  I am looking forward to your book review. A

Jun 03, 2019 06:41 PM #24
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Ron and Alexandra, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 04, 2019 12:24 PM #25
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Myrl Jeffcoat Thank you for this lovely owner.  Wishing you a beautiful rest of the day. A

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