shooting for the moon

We’ve been house-hunting for something closer to our families, but we’re quickly learning that the task won’t be easy.

Courtyard Agapanthus late afternoon 5

Once you’ve lived in something like this …

Eichler Courtyard from LR farewell

it’s difficult, if not impossible, to imagine living in anything else.

This clip from Coast Modern, an independent documentary by directors Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome, sums up our feelings perfectly. One of my favorite quotes in the film is from Professor James Steele of the USC School of Architecture.

“A good piece of architecture is a habitable work of art. The best of them create this sensation where you feel like, my God, this is amazing! I want to live here. I want to stay here. I don’t want to leave.”

That’s exactly how we felt the first time we stepped inside our 1964 Eichler. We instantly fell in love with how the architecture connected us to the California foothills and how we experienced light and space. That house changed us. To paraphrase Dion Neutra, we came to embrace the comfort of being inside while enjoying the feeling of being outside. We want need to recapture that feeling in the Midwest.

Did I mention that we prefer radiant heat to forced air, that we’d like to keep the size under 2000 square feet and we hate lawns?

Hang on kids, this is going to be one hell of a bumpy ride.

Letting Go

Eichler from street farewell

Eichler Courtyard from LR farewell

Kitchen rug farewell

Eichler Kitchen farewellHenrybuilt Walnut NicheEichler DR moring light farewell

Eichler bedroom farewell

Yesterday we bid farewell to our beautiful house, a one-of-a-kind 1964 Eicher designed by John Brooks Boyd that we lovingly restored. We put so much of ourselves into this house; it’s difficult to say goodbye. Of course, we’ll miss our Henrybuilt kitchen, but we’ll miss the privacy, quality of light, tall ceilings, tiny lizards sunning themselves each morning and our view of the mountains and foothills just as much, if not more.

Mountains, Foothills & Meyer Lemons

red hot Chili de Arbol

Green Tomato farewell

We planted this vegetable garden knowing full well that some things wouldn’t be ready to harvest until after we were gone, but it’s killing me to leave the little lime and lemon trees that I planted in the courtyard; they both have fruit that’s not quite yet ready to pick.

But knowing that our labor of love is going to a couple who truly appreciates it makes the gut wrenching task of letting go that much easier, and to welcome them to their new home, we left a little housewarming gift.

Spice Cabinet housewarming gift

As we took one last look around the house we love so much …

Eichler interior farewellEichler Fireplace farewell

we noticed two hummingbirds feeding off the Lemon Bottlebrush flowers in the backyard,

Lemon Bottle Brush farewell

and as we carried the very last box down to our car, the tell-tale sound of our resident quail (Chi – ca – go, Chi – ca – go) stopped us dead in our tracks and melted my heart.

Eichler Farewell SunsetThen we turned around and kissed our pride and joy goodbye.