|Our Home In California|
|We moved into our Dream Home in November 2001,
after a six-month period of house-hunting. The problem was that Cheryl and
I had very different expectations when it came to our Dream Home: I wanted
an up-to-date, high-tech house with Ethernet cabling, and Cheryl wanted to
be surrounded by nature and tranquility.
Our home was built in 1972, and it is located in a neighborhood that has had 30 years of natural growth and organic development. On the other hand, it's not a fixer-upper, so we don't have to worry about any major repairs.
We have four bedrooms, a kitchen, a family room, and what we call the "Sun Room". This is a big, high-ceilinged room with lots of glass areas to let the sunlight stream in. Our Master Bedroom is currently shared with Forrest, whose crate is next to our bed. The Guest Bedroom is reserved for when Mom comes to visit. Cheryl's study serves for meditation, yoga, work, and her drawing. My office is where our DSL line comes in, and where I spend my time when I work from home. We have a two-car garage and two bathrooms.
The best thing about the property is that it is totally engulfed by natural growth. From most of our back yard, you can't even tell that there are other dwellings in the neighborhood. This is a rare occasion in Northern California, since most of the new developments are built with razor-thin spaces between the houses, and you literally get a view of your neighbor's walls when you peek out the window.
We have the nicest neighbors, too. They take care of our pets when we're gone, they have a full set of any kind of tools you would ever need around a house, and Rod drives exactly the same model, year and color BMW that I have. Since he is a car buff, I have an expert mechanic next door!