Tuesday, September 2, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Where you live matters

By
From page AHW4 | April 05, 2014 |

Where we live and how we feel about it play a vital role in our well-being. Home location has a significant affect on how our lives are shaped. This makes real estate one of life’s most inspiring subjects.

A home is our sanctuary from the rest of the world, the place we go to rest, to feel safe and be with the ones we love. But the definition of home goes beyond the four walls that provide us shelter. Our home is part of a neighborhood within a city, a county, state and even a country. Each of these elements deeply affects our quality of life and well-being.

Take a moment to think about where you live right now and how everything about it affects your daily life. What do you love about your home, your neighborhood, your city and your county?

Imagine for a moment how different life would be if you resided in an urban area like San Francisco. Even within Solano County, there are so many choices of neighborhoods with lifestyles to match: You can live in a condominium complex, in an older historical home, on the waterfront, near the golf course, on big-acre lots in the beautiful rolling hills or even a home with a vineyard. Each of these environments shapes your life in different ways.

So how do you choose where to live?

Whether you rent or buy a home, each of us have different preferences and priorities that influence the decision of where we live. Number one is usually affordability. Pragmatism about work and price narrow down which cities and neighborhoods we consider.

According to the National Association of Realtors recent study “Home Buyer and Seller National Trends” (Research Division, July 2013): “Younger generations of buyers, convenience to jobs, affordability, and quality of the school district play a bigger factor than to older generations who place higher importance on convenience to friends and family and health facilities. While younger buyers placed a high importance on commuting costs, older buyers placed higher importance on landscaping for energy conservation and environmentally friendly community features.”

Most of us can easily make a list of home features we desire but prioritizing and defining all other aspects of choosing a home location can be a bit of a challenge. Local Realtors can be a fantastic resource to help define what is important to you and locate matching homes.

That said, anyone who has ever looked for a home knows that compromise is a necessary step in the home-buying process. Often choice becomes a balance between cost, size, amenities and neighborhood. Many focus on square footage and flashy features while few realize how deeply the neighborhood will affect and define their daily lives.

When you finally settle into a home, it may not be exactly what you imagined. Maybe the view from your window is not what you would have preferred it to be. Maybe you have a noisy neighbor. Either way, recognize that you are now part of a community. How you live and choose to contribute (or not) becomes part of your life experience.

Being part of a great community increases your well-being. But it takes effort and engagement. Even if no community exists, you have the power to create it.

Wherever your home is, reach out, be kind, contribute and appreciate the things that are unique where you are. Your environment affects your happiness and you in turn affect the happiness of your environment. That is why where – and how – you live matters.

Three simple ways to affect where you live:

  • Do something to make the front of your home signal that your home is loved and cared for. If you have plants, nourish and water them. Clean off dirt and dust and buy a nice “Welcome Home” mat for your front door.
  • Decide to be a good neighbor. Challenge yourself to do one friendly gesture that a neighbor would appreciate. It could be as simple as picking up after your dog or bringing in the trash cans when your neighbor is away. You’ll be surprised how great it feels to get a smile from a neighbor every day on your way home from work.
  • Join or create a neighborhood committee. Building community in and around your home is one of the most efficient ways to create a space of safety for you and your family. Homeowners’ associations are driven by neighborhood volunteers and they can be a great way to create a positive dynamic in your neighborhood. And yes, you can choose to just volunteer for a few hours or a day.

Nadia Dumas is Realtor/principal with Alumni Real Estate Group. Reach her at 631-0571 or Nadia@AlumniRealEstate.com.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 1 comment

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Rich GiddensApril 05, 2014 - 8:52 am

    I don't believe the people of this community are willing to subscribe to the values presented in this article. I don't believe local government is really interested either.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Labor Day not a holiday for everyone

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Labor Day breakfast introduces union-backed candidates

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Pool provides last dose of summer fun in the sun

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
SafeQuest schedules peer counseling training course

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5

Labor Day sees more Solano freeway crashes

By Glen Faison | From Page: A5

 
Fairfield police log: Aug. 31, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: Aug. 31, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Aug. 30, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Fairfield police log: Aug. 30, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

.

US / World

VP Biden says workers deserve ‘fair share’

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Obama: ‘Revving’ economy calls for higher wages

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Senegal monitors contacts of 1st Ebola patient

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
San Francisco to be 1st to test urban farming law

By The Associated Press | From Page:

GOP challenger tries novel tactics against Brown

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Texas’ Perry says disparaging tweet unauthorized

By The Associated Press | From Page:

US eating habits improve a bit – except among poor

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
No gray area: Beliefs shape views of Brown killing

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Iraqi prime minister pledges to root out militants

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Poland’s PM: Ukraine’s war must be stopped now

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

US helicopter crashes in Gulf of Aden; all rescued

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
.

Opinion

.

Living

Community Calendar: Sept. 2, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page:

 
.

Entertainment

Inquiries begin into nude celebrity photo leaks

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
‘Guardians’ tops Labor Day, summer box office

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
.

Sports

Kirk rallies to win the Deutsche Bank

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Rockies top Giants after losing end of suspended game

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Dunn homers in 1st at-bat as A’s top Mariners

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Right guard Boone passes physical, rejoins 49ers

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Raiders name rookie Derek Carr as starting QB

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Armijo beats Vanden 2-0 to claim All-City boys soccer title

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Armed with new deal, Chiefs’ Smith looks forward

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Column: Stewart’s Chase status doesn’t matter

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Raiders ink CB Dowling, 9 others to practice squad

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Serena Williams, Djokovic roll to US Open quarters

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Houston Astros fire manager Bo Porter

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
.

Business

Markets drift as Wall Street has day off

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Zits Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Wizard of Id Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sally Forth Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Bridge Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Blondie Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Rose is Rose Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Get Fuzzy Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Sudoku Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

B.C. Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baldo Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Frank and Ernest Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Crossword Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Dilbert Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
For Better or Worse Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Peanuts Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Cryptoquote Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Garfield Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Word Sleuth Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7