What Makes A House A Home?

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Jupiter Florida - What Makes a House a Home

What makes a house a home?  And how can one feel like a place that you never lived in as home?  As a Realtor in the Greater Orlando Area, I constantly hear buyers talking about how this could be the perfect home and the best deal

But when they talk about it they are talking about the physical structure being the reason it is a perfect home.  I believe it goes somewhat deeper.

I know of one such place on Jupiter Island.  Read about this home over at Paradise Report!



This information is provided by Colleen Kulikowski, Realtor

Celebration Florida Homes BLOG
Paradise Report Website
Marco Island Homes BLOG

(407) 288-0017

An avid writer and photographer Colleen Kulikowski utilizes these talents to assist her clients in achieving their Real Estate goals.   She grew up in Western NY and moved to the Metro NYC area in 1984 where she was a successful consultant in the technology field.   She has a diverse background including event management, corporate training and a wealth of computer knowledge focuses in the latest marketing strategies, statistical analysis and logistics for her clients.  She has worked for several companies including Radio City Music Hall, Reed Reference Publishing, Nabisco Foods, Key Bank and Marsh & McClennan   In 2001 Colleen made Marco Island home until 2007 when she made the Celebration Florida area home.


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Margaret Ann Innis
Decorate To Sell - Merrimack Valley Real Estate Staging - Andover, MA
Real Estate Staging - MA & NH

You have a wonderful family.  Thank you for sharing your family and their home!

May 20, 2007 03:13 PM #21
Bruce Ching
Brio Realty - Woodinville, WA
Colleen - Great post.  You have a great family and you are a gifted writer, keep it up.  Your descriptive prose is excellent and I really feel what you are writing about.  Excellent use of photos to draw the reader into the story.  I look forward to more of your blogs.
May 20, 2007 04:34 PM #22
Brad Andersohn
Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

This is great Colleen, you are so far out of my league, I know we aren't competing with you, but after reading yours, you have set the standard so high, I wouldn't know where to start.  This is of course a great compliment to you!!  I have to agree with Bruce, you are such a gifted writer and creative to boot. Great post, I too look forward to future posts in your blog. A BIG 5 to you, and I'm always a subscriber to your blog. 


May 20, 2007 06:21 PM #23
Bruce Ching
Brio Realty - Woodinville, WA
Colleen,  Sorry I think I forgot to rate your blog.  I've got to remember to do it each time. I remember reading a posting on rating and it's importance. Goodnight.
May 20, 2007 07:04 PM #24
Lola Audu
Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
Wow, what a story...what a home!  There's a saying that goes "houses are built with wood & stone, but only Love makes a house a home."  This post demonstrates that truth.  Thanks for sharing & the pictures.
May 21, 2007 01:12 AM #25
Anna Lukyanova
Century 21 Sundance Realty - Daytona Beach, FL


What a great story and a beautiful home. Sitting by the dock drinking a martini on a weekend. That's a dream!

May 21, 2007 08:23 AM #26
Bruce Swedal
Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate
It sounds like a wonderful place!
May 21, 2007 05:27 PM #27
Julie Ferenzi
john greene Realtor - Plainfield, IL
Julie Ferenzi

I love the photo layout on this post!  And I love that there are a lot of them!!! 

Great idea for a contest, expecially since its our job to help people the place that they call "home"!

May 22, 2007 03:45 AM #28
Danny Smith
Colleen I love this post. Wish I knew how to distort the pictures like that.
May 23, 2007 03:36 AM #29
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production
This is a great post....I want to go on vacation...thanks.
May 24, 2007 08:19 AM #30
Colleen Kulikowski
The Griffin Team @ Keller Williams Realty - Buffalo, NY
Creative Real Estate Solutions...

Everyone -- Thanks!  

May 24, 2007 09:06 AM #31
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans
Colleen... it sounds like you have a great place there...catching sunrises and sunsets. I'll be heading to Key Largo in September.... so hopefully I'll get to see these great mornings and evenings. And I liked how you tied in unconventional love and some magic that this home brings to you and your son... and to anyone else that has been a part of this home.
May 25, 2007 06:09 AM #32
Matthew J Blum - (retired from the business)
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Colleen,  This is my version of what makes a house a home.
May 25, 2007 10:31 AM #33
Paula Henry
Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group - Avon, IN
Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174
Colleen - How wonderful to have a home away from home! Your pictures are Fantabulous (my own word for indescribable) as is your description of your Aunt and Uncle's home. Thanks for sharing this wonderful place with us!
May 26, 2007 05:57 AM #34
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
That looks like a truly great piece of property, that anyone would love to retire to.
May 26, 2007 06:46 AM #35
Christy Powers
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Pooler, GA
Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent
Colleen great post. Wonderful description. I too have heard people use home often . They really mean house.
May 26, 2007 08:21 AM #36
Abraham Chaffin
Sand Shell Realty - Cambria, CA
Cambria Real Estate

Sounds like you have had many wonder moments there. And memories all your life are wrapped up in that home. To me that is really what makes a house a home - memories. Especially ones of childhood. That is really what does it for me. My heart is still at an old ranch house I grew up in - so many special times there. And I long to find a place somewhere just like it where I can call home again.

Thanks for the sentiment.

May 26, 2007 08:33 AM #37
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
Homes are so full - of love and memories.
May 26, 2007 08:43 AM #38
Colleen Kulikowski
The Griffin Team @ Keller Williams Realty - Buffalo, NY
Creative Real Estate Solutions...

Jeff -- Thanks for stopping by.... 

Paula - Thanks! 

Randy -- love it there! 

Abraham -- You are welcome!

Kathleen -- so very true!

May 26, 2007 11:25 AM #39
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK
I love this post.  Families and times together were planned into this home.
May 26, 2007 05:41 PM #40
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