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Old 06-15-2019, 02:10 PM
 
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This question is inspired by the recent 'How many places have you lived' thread, which surprised me re: the number of places so many of us retirees have lived in. :-)

Have you ever lived in a house that had a name, either from a former owner or one that you named yourself? I realize this practice is more common in the UK than here in the States but I have known a few people who lived in "named" houses so it may be less unusual than I think.

My then-husband and I built a house during the 1990s and named it Wintergarden; it had a brick exterior and so we had the mason include an insert with the name of the house and the year of construction carved into it (like a keystone.)

I have an informal name for my current house: The Money Pit, lol. I've toyed with the idea of having a name plaque made by one of the artists on Etsy but now that the siding is vinyl instead of wood, there's no good place to attach it. The new siding is the kind that doesn't allow for those hanger things that can slip underneath.

A friend of ours named their house Noel Hall because she is really REALLY into everything to do with Christmas. It's just a typical suburban cooky-cutter development tract house on 1/3 acre but she wanted it to have a name and so it does. Most of the other "named" houses I've seen have been in more of a country or estate setting, although another couple I know recently bought a beachfront-community vacation cottage that had already been named Summerbreeze by a former owner.

Anyone else ever live in a "named" house?
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Old 06-15-2019, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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Our house is named Loon and Moon. We even have a sign outside that a friend of ours made.

By the way, people on City Data helped us choose the name. I then ran all the suggestions by the neighbors (we're kind of a close street and we hang out together a lot). At first we picked Wunomoco, but the next night we were still discussing it while we were all standing around the cul de sac, drinking a few beers. The moon was shining right over my house. The loons were singing out on the lake. The next thing you know, Loon and Moon seemed like the perfect choice. It's been Loon and Moon ever since.


Here's a thread about it that you might enjoy reading

Help Me Name Our New House
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Old 06-15-2019, 02:57 PM
 
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I never named a house. Does it count that I do name my cars? So far all of them have had the same name: Otto.
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Old 06-15-2019, 03:08 PM
 
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YES! Own and living in one now.

It has two names. One the - original family name and the other one - what everyone calls it.
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Old 06-15-2019, 03:16 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Not in USA, but as mentioned... common in UK. (and a challenge to mapping software / apps)

Since we travel via guest homes... the hosts just provide the name of their home and township.

Often we will end up nearby, but cannot find the home until we ask an 'old' local person.
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Old 06-15-2019, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Asheville NC
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We have named our last two homes. ******* Pond Cottage, and ****** ***** Knob Park. Our name and Street name kept private. The names are descriptive of the place.
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Old 06-15-2019, 03:29 PM
 
Location: USA
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Does the "Big House" count?

lol!
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Old 06-15-2019, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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While our house was being built, the neighbors called it "The Ponderosa."

It is on the only half acre lot in the area and it is somewhat large, approx 4700 sq ft finished.
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Old 06-15-2019, 03:38 PM
 
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Yes. I named ours "Hula House." It's a small mid century Florida bungalow.
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Old 06-15-2019, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Thomas Jefferson Kapp House
c 1861
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