Sometimes You Just Know

Sometimes You Just Know

love houseFinding the right family home felt almost impossible.  We started looking last May and let’s just say we kissed a lot of frogs.  Looking for houses on-line reminds me of dating – everyone presents themselves in the best possible light, flaws fully airbrushed.  If your mind works like mine, you can’t help but picture yourself in that master bedroom, or your table in that backyard.  Then when you meet in person, reality is often a little deflating.  I am usually tempted to ‘make it work’ because of my irrationally premature emotional investment, but I eventually come to my senses.  Patience is something I am trying to cultivate.


Home buying is also a competitive sport these days.  A few times houses sold before we could even get a chance to see them.  One place actually expected us to make an offer as a condition of even seeing the inside of the house…that is insane.  So at times it felt like we would never find the right home for our family and our project.  But it turns out good things DO come to those who wait.


Our ‘good thing’ was an introduction to Frank and Joanie Quinn.  The Quinns inherited a wonderful 1957 ranch house from their beloved Aunt, Helene Rose.  Frank is a climate scientist who was intrigued by our project idea and Joanie is a compassionate woman who sincerely wanted to help our family find the home of our dreams.  They invited us to see the home, and within the first few minutes we just knew it was the place for us.  Even full of boxes and crates, we had that kind of visceral reaction that you get when something is meant to be, so we made an offer.  And after an unusually harmonious escrow period, the home was ours.


The future Net Zero Nest is a 1950 sf ranch with original everything, including windows, doors, and a fantastic pink bathroom with a chandelier.  The previous owner, Helene Rose, was a prominent figure in Long Beach.  She was a school principal, a philanthropist, and a gracious entertainer.  All that knew her loved her warmth, her wit, and her company.  She passed away peacefully at home on her 96th birthday and the house is filled with her positive energy.  I’d like to think she’d be excited to know that we hope to be good stewards of the home and enjoy it with our family for years to come.  We found our soul mate, and it comes with a two car garage!


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  1. What a great love story!

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