Thomas Wolfe wrote a book titled, "You Can't Go Home Again," published after his death. The book's title means different things to different people, as I'm sure you've heard that phrase quoted over and over. To some people it means that maybe you have faulty memories about your previous home, and when you go back to see it, it's not the same as you recall.
However, more often than not, the area where you grew up or lived for a long time has actually changed over the years, perhaps dramatically. When I took my husband to Newport Beach to see where I used to live, the house was gone. In its place was a mansion. My Lido Island real estate office on Newport Bay had been torn down. I barely recognized buildings on PCH.
This morning my old roommate and long-time friend sent me a link to an article in the Denver Post about new restaurants in Nederland, Colorado. I lived in Nederland for several years in the early 1970s. I could swear that the featured restaurant in that article was a house where I used to live, an A-frame close to downtown.
A group of us lived in that house. My friend Lady Jake, me and 17 guys. The deal was Lady Jake and I wouldn't have to pay rent as long as we prepared dinners. That arrangement worked well except for the fact that I was the only person who had to get up in the morning and make the long drive down the canyon to go to work in Boulder. At the time, I was a title searcher at First American Title.
While everybody else was partying away the night downstairs, I was generally up in the loft trying to go to sleep. One particular December night the guys decided, for some reason, to roll logs back and forth across the floor. Laughing, talking very loudly, playing music, smashing light bulbs. You ever try to sleep through something like that? We had a deal -- after midnight, no noise.
So when I left for work the following morning, I opened all the windows, left the front door wide open and snapped on the radio at its highest volume. It was snowing, too.
I still chuckle about that episode, but it doesn't mean that I want to go home again. These days, I'm very content to be a real estate agent in Sacramento and share a home with my husband and 3 cats.
Photo: Lady Jake by Elizabeth Weintraub
Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.
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