Designing Our New Home “Pretty In Pink”

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Debbi DiMaggio

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Downsizing.

Over the last four years my husband and I have been pondering the question what to do after the kids went off to college and beyond to live their adult lives. In the beginning we considered moving back to San Francisco and put in an application at a private woman’s club. After many trips back and forth and lots of visualizing we decided against it. Traffic to, from, in and around the city proved too much to bare, the thought of wasting our time in all that congestion wasn’t something we found appealing.

Visualizing how we pictured our future life we came up with a plan.

Work is a key factor in what we do and who we are and that wasn’t going to change. We knew we wanted to be close to work so we can meet with our clients and visit our properties with ease.

Proximity to the Oakland Airport a must. Travel is something I live for whether for pleasure or to visit our children.

Between the increasing traffic and congestion of getting in and out of San Francisco, the farther we got from our goals.

We knew we didn’t really need to continue to reside in Piedmont when the kids left and having grown up in Piedmont really wanted a change of pace. LA, Beverly Hills has always been on my bucket list of places to own a home.

After making our list and visualizing our day to day life in different neighborhoods after the children moved on we began to see ourselves in Hiller Highlands.

  1. Sits on Top of the Bay Area with an awesome three bridge view ( Golden Gate, Bay Bridge and San Rafael Bridge )
  2. Within Close Proximity To Our Offices in Piedmont and Montclair
  3. Nearby but still felt different with the change I was seeking
  4. Close to the Oakland Airport
  5. Although I wanted to ( and still do ) live in a doorman building, our townhouse in Hiller Highlands still allows low maintenance living.

 

One Response

  1. Warren Crandall says:

    Hey Debbi; I so much love reading your blog and learning what you, Adam and the kids are up too. I like that little wooden horse in this post. Wooden horses, particularly carousel horses are a passion of mine.

    I have to admit that I worry about home values in Piedmont. As you know, they have sky rocketed since we were kids. My parents and one sister Stacy still live in town and I do worry that when the next recession hits, Piedmont’s home prices will get hit. We didn’t lose anything in the last recession but part of me thinks there must be bottoming out somewhere in the future. I hope that’s far in the future though.

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