1970s architecture=weird plus utterly lacking in charm. For a lover of all things stark and modern, this could have been a winner. However, this is not me (think Cottage Living Magazine lover). In fact, the last two homes we lived in were dripping in charm. When we moved to SoCal I was 6 months pregnant and we had 4 days with which to find a shelter. There was not ONE home I fell in love with that we looked at, but I was desperate to get settled. I NEVER dreamed we would live here as long as we have...nearly 16 years now! Previously, we had moved every few years with hubby's job and I very much figured this home would serve us for about 4 years, not 16!
As it turns out, we have wonderful neighbors. The school district is one of the absolute best in the state (it is also brutal with respect to expectations, homework, achievement, and test scores!). The house is 20-30 minutes from glorious beaches and any shopping imaginable and sits in between two major cities. Ahhh suburbia. I can walk to the grocery store and to the bagel shop or for coffee.
We talk about moving all the time. But for now, we are here.
Most homes in SoCal feature a garage smack dab in the front of the property, FRONT AND CENTER! This was hard for me to get used to at first. The lots are small and unless you are able to purchase a rare vintage home, there are no detached garages to be found.
I am glad I splurged on this garage door. It is made of wood with real glass inserts and heavy bronze hardware. It's probably number 2 on my list of the best improvements to our home (number 1 being the installation of hardwood floors). Generally I am very frugal with home improvement and I shopped around until I got the absolute best price. But I am so happy with the door that I would have paid more!
I keep working at finding a balance between the lack of charm on the interior and it's modern architecture, but slowly I am getting there. I remind myself that I am a working mom without one of those carpenter husbands that keep popping up in blogland! ;)
If you have made it this far, thanks for reading! I wonder if anyone else thinks about their home this much (actually I know the answer!) :)
Have a great day!