The whole idea behind "4th Dream Home" is that my husband and I are living in our 4th dream home. No matter if it's a starter home or something a bit more grand, aren't they all kind of like dream homes? I'll explain...
Here's a picture of the first home we purchased. We had just got married. We didn't have $2 to our name. But we wanted to be home owners. We wanted to scoop the snow off of our own driveway, find all of the leaky basement windows and walls with the first big rainstorm, buy a new water heater when we barely had money for gas, and the list goes on, right? But it was exciting! It was our first home! We were so proud. We painted, landscaped (poorly), and kept everything nice and tidy (for the most part). It was Dream Home #1.
4 years later... we made the mistake of going to an open house. Low and behold, this was Dream Home #2. A quaint, story and a half with a beautiful and private backyard. Oh, we loved it so much! It had so much character and handmade beauty, too.
Our mothers were also sooooo excited that it had a nursery attached to the Master Bedroom. (hint, hint, wink, wink) And yes, a bouncing baby girl filled that nursery just 2 years later!
For some reason, about 4 years after that, we got a wild hair that we wanted to build. We thought the idea of having a home built JUST FOR US sounded pretty nice. We stayed in Dream Home #3 for 3 years. Is it ideal to move out of a new, custom-built home after such a short amount of time? Not really. Ideally, you'll want to make sure the value has increased before selling your home. Our decision to move was because we had discovered that we had grown a bit older and what we valued in a home had changed.
That leads us to Dream Home #4. Unique and surrounded by trees, we hope to live here for many, many years!
We hope this helps to prove that we know everyone's definition of a "dream home" is different and can even change throughout your lives. We've been in and out of hundreds of homes. There are so many different options out there for whatever your taste might be.
And if you have a home to sell, we'll get to work on getting everything prepared so you can have the best chance to get the most out of it... and into your next dream home.
So, your dream home doesn't have to be the palatial estate on the California coast. It's all about who you are at this particular moment and phase of your life that determines how dreamy a particular home might be. Just like our first house. It was our dream house at that point in our lives. It was a stepping stone to other "real estate adventures". And I wouldn't trade that experience, or the memories we created, for anything in the world. It's part of who we are.