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My current favorites = (1) DBCoop's blogs, (2) BPF's blogs with all of those wonderful picture hints, (3) clues to location, (4) location announcement, excitedly followed by assessments of weather, possible natural disasters, and scary wildlife; (5) floor plans, (6) 360s--my FAVORITE moment, (7) thrilled posts by people who live in the area, (8) finding the omen that predicts my win for that year. :)
Because things change, what would once have been on my list were tours and photos by people taking the tour or just passing by. Even though they might not be as well composed as the professional pictures or might be repetitive, I so enjoyed sharing the other dreamers' real life adventures.
The Sonoma Doggy Dream Home is my second favorite Doggy Dream Home.
I do have a favorite: Sonoma
It is only one hour away from me, so it was perfectly located to not disrupt my life. I was born much further north in California where ranching land was settled early because the railroad made it possible for people to travel so far. My favorite homes even as a preschooler were the oldest homes: the Victorians, some big homes with gracious gardens, some small cottages all in a row and still enough room in the back for a child to play. I wished so much my parents had bought one of the Victorians instead of a brand new, modern, boring flat top. I begged them repeatedly to switch houses and they just grinned and ignored me. Any time I was lucky enough to go by the Victorians, I laser focused and tried to memorize every detail into my soul, pretty much successfully.
To win and live in that Sonoma Victorian farmhouse would have been the realization of my housing dream. The porch, the outside detailing, the oak tree in front, absolutely everything about the Victorian Sonoma Dream Home was perfect and made my spirits soar. It even had a rain catchment system. I was able to take the tour twice and was sorry it was a guided tour where we were herded through in half an hour. I could have wandered in that home for hours.
If I won the lottery, I would build a modern Victorian in the Ledson Estates style. That will always be my absolute favorite.
Of course, I still fall in love with each successive Dream Home. I am almost certain I will win the upcoming home on Merritt Island, because my last name is Merritt. Every time I see my name associated with this upcoming Dream Home, ooooh, it's mine for sure! :)
I do think I found her color (Watery), but I don't know if she will ever come back to see it.