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Welcome Wednesday: Dream House or Dream Vacation?

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

My wife and I have been recovering from our house being in a bit of chaos the past couple of weeks while we have been doing some renovations. Our neighbors are worried that we are preparing to sell our house, but really we are just making some changes so we will enjoy our house more.

As a result, we aren’t going to be doing any large vacations this year. The next major vacation we want to do is taking both of our kids for their first visit to Walt Disney World. But, we’ll likely wait a year or so until our youngest will enjoy it more.

This was the inspiration for today’s question: Would you rather have your dream house? or your dream vacation? And, what would that be?

I’ll start by saying that I’m much more of a stay-cationer than a vacationer, but if I were to select a vacation right now it would be a visit to Osaka, Japan. But, given the choice between the two I would choose the dream house.

There are three things that I would want in my dream home:

  • The property itself is surrounded by a trees and it backs onto a forest

  • The front of the house contains two turret looking rooms on either side of the entrance so it looks like a castle

  • Multiple hidden stairways and rooms

So, how about you? Let me know in the comments blow!

Have a great rest of the week!

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Mayur Jadhav
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August 2, 2023

If given a choice either a Dream house or Dream vacation. I would definitely choose Dream House as I will spend my couple of years.

I would love to have below things on my Dream house.

  • It should be standlone house like Villa or Bunglow.
  • I love to have space for farming where I can plant trees or do some organic farming.
  • I love to have separate Swimming pool.
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Teodora _Old Street Solutions_Tempo_
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August 2, 2023

Six years ago, I changed my life in a house to life in an apartment, and in the past months, I have been trying to figure out the best location. But it turned out to be a 'dream house' rather 'dream apartment' 🏡 

Fully agree with @Jimmy Seddon first point:

  • surrounded by trees and preferably with a giant open space
  • continuing with multiple garages for the number of vehicles I want to own
  • one of the garages is a hidden well-equipped CrossFit gym 
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Anastasia Bek _Stiltsoft_
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August 2, 2023

Offtopic: Just had a strong association with recent Barbie movie when asked about the dream house/ vacation but anyways... 

I'm pretty happy about my place at the moment , so I would go with the dream vacay:

  • Given that I'm from Europe, I'd love to explore North America 
  • I'd love to explore multiple states over the course of 1-1.5 months during summertime  
  • My Go-To would be New York and New England (Rhode Island and Maine for sure) 

Have a lovely day!

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Samie Kaufman - Your Gal at Gliffy
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August 2, 2023

I can't see "Dream House" without thinking of Barbie either, @Anastasia Bek _Stiltsoft_! She's everywhere!

But, Dream House all the way. Vacations are great, but they're fleeting. You'll spend a lot of time in the house.

Mine would be: 

- A brick townhome that fits the history of my neighborhood, but very modern on the inside
- Have a patio and backyard space for my dog
- Must have a big kitchen for hosting dinners with friends!

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Marjorie
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August 2, 2023

We bought a single-story house last October due to worsening of Parkinson's symptoms for my husband.  We officially moved in April 2023 after painting walls, trim, cupboards and replacing floor with tile. 

We have a comfortable home that is easier to keep clean. What I learned I wanted:

  • Backs up to a huge backyard (3 acres) of a house.
  • Pine trees and Azaleas line the back fence.
  • Quiet neighborhood with great paths to walk on.

We also decluttered and donated a bunch of stuff.

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Marcelo da Costa
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August 2, 2023

I love to travel, but if I have to make a choice between Dream house and Dream vacation, I would choose Dream house. My wife and me are thinking to move from Rio de Janeiro city to a small city in Rio Grande do Sul mountains called Canela.

Why? Because we're looking for a safe and less traffic crazy place. Plus, summer in Rio makes you feel you are literally in a oven. :-D

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Thomas Völker August 2, 2023

For sure the house. I feel the house and the vacation are on seperate levels. A house is a home, something for a long time. The vacation is fleeting, momentary.
If there were three things my dream home should include, it'd probably be the following:
1) A fully decked out, spacious garage, viewable from the living or working area in order to enjoy the cars, bikes, and other mechanics
2) A sun deck / terrace / balcony for my partner and me to enjoy the weather and entertain guests
3) Two secluded, small but practical offices to work from home with ease and little/no distractions

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Stephan Shere
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August 2, 2023

Great question, and very valuable pros and cons.  I've had a lot of experiences in life and definitely realize as I get older the importance of a home.

I've always wanted a house that looks like a castle my self, it's the best way to call yourself a King!

I would love a house in the North Valley of Scottsdale. There are amazing views, it's peaceful, quite, safe, and very close to the city while being distant enough.

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Haili Sun August 2, 2023

Dream house which is to live everyday. you can make everyday living in your house like on vacation.

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Ollie Guan
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August 2, 2023

Traditional Chinese houses surrounded by mountains, rivers and green plants.

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Thorhalla Gudmundsdottir Beck August 3, 2023

Like, if we're talking about being able to go anywhere I want to travel without problems every time I want to travel (as opposed to just one vacation, cause like how can you have just one dream vacation?) it is a difficult choice, but I think I would pick the house because at the moment what I most of all need in life is a space for myself to work and create. 

If we're also discussing dream house features, I'd say:

  • Must be at least 100 years old (preferably with creaking stairs and a roof that howls during storms)
  • Has a big garden that's practically wild or is actually in the wild with lots of flowers and bugs
  • Lots of room to invite people to spooky Halloween parties all year round

This will only remain a dream because my husband would preferably live in a "surgery" where everything is white and empty. 🤣

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Marcelo da Costa
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August 3, 2023

By the way, that's the kind of place I would like to live in Brazil (yes, it looks like Europe)

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Nikki Zavadska _Appfire_
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August 4, 2023

I'm with you on the hidden rooms idea in the house! I was looking for some inspiration on Pinterest to potentially make one at home. It looks hard to do but the result is just amazing.

For example, you can have big mirror or painting instead of the door and then walk into the cinema or gaming room 🥹🥹

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August 4, 2023

I would also pick Dream House somewhere exotic and a house just big enough for me and my boyfriend in an exotic location! 

LynnG August 6, 2023

Between the two I would choose the dream vacation. I am a nester and homebody, but the moments that I remember in my life are from memories on vacation.

Coming out of a jungle hike in Thailand looking over a valley of small homes bathed in sunshine thirty years ago is a dream that keeps on giving.

Always take the opportunity to travel.

JL August 7, 2023

Definitely the dream house ! Home decoration and interior design should match my dream vacation.
Kind of win win solution 😂

Sam Thing August 9, 2023

A dream house nestled in nature by a serene lake or beach. Somewhere I can be surrounded by the calming sounds of nature yet not far away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

Apurba Kumar Pramanik August 10, 2023

Dream House always

Andy Gladstone
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August 31, 2023

Dream House > Dream Vacation.

It's a simple equation. A single dream vacation will only produce memories for that (likely) short period of time. But a dream house will be a memory production mill that will keep churning each day. 

I've never really given thought to what my dream house would look like (OK, it won't be pink like Barbie's) because I try to be happy with what I have and not think about what I don't have. But in the few seconds I have spent wistfully gazing out of the window just now it would be:

  1. In a rural area surrounded by trees and forests
  2. In somewhere temperate enough that we can experience all 4 seasons, but not the EXTREME hot or cold
  3. Would have a heated pool and deck large enough to entertain our family and friends.
  4. At least 8 bedrooms so we can have multiple guest rooms for people to stay short and long term, and so our kids will all come with their families when they are married.
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