I live with Mr. B in a Southern California beach community where naming a home is not a common practice. We have been fortunate to have traveled quite a bit and I am always intrigued by properties that we come across in our travels that have been named. Over the Fourth of July weekend we took another trip to the quaint coastal town of Carmel, California where a vast majority of the homes have a name associated with them. Many homes in this affluent seaside community may have a humble appearance but their proximity to the Pacific Ocean is enviable. The city is nestled along the most beautiful stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline where even the most humble of abodes can fetch multi-million dollar price tags. In real estate location is everything.
After walking through the charming residential neighborhoods of Carmel I noticed that naming a property isn’t just for the elite who own wealthy, vast estates sprawled over acres of land. Many of the homes (like the one above) seemed no more unique than our own 1960’s seaside ranch home. It got me thinking…..would naming our own humble ranch style home feel pretentious in an area where it is not the norm? Instead of looking pretentious (that’s definitely not the goal!), maybe our neighbors would view us as trendsetters? Maybe others would follow in our footsteps and decide to name their own homes? Or would people just not “get it”? Whether we choose to a name our lovely home or not is still up for discussion, but the general notion of naming one’s home is something that appeals to me. It adds a charming quality to a home, especially if the name reflects the unique qualities and characteristics of the property…and their owners!
The pictures in this post are a few of the house plaques spotted on various neighborhood walks through Carmel. I discovered that many house names were quaint and charming, some predictable based on their location and others were just down right humorous. Maybe being humorous is the key to naming your home seem unpretentious? Everyone loves a good laugh, especially when you can laugh at yourself.