House Envy!

Yesterday I had an appointment that had me go down Summit Avenue in St Paul, MN.

Mansions line this street.

Every time I drive down this street I have the same feeling.

House envy…

And the pictures below are of the one that I want the most.


It is for sale!


And I love it…


It even has the secret garden door…

My house envy – the desire to have a great house that I could never in a million years afford – started when the huz attended seminary on Massachusetts’ north shore.  The houses there are amazing!

Years later, I find myself struggling with the same issue of wanting to have a house that I could never afford.

The difference now is that the internet has expanded to have the capacity to have a YouTube video about the house.  Click here to watch the video about the house that I want but that I will likely never have…unless someone wants to hand me the deed to the house.

While the human condition pushes us to want what we cannot have, I do believe in dreaming.  As long as I can be a realist and know that what I want is a dream, I am ok with this.  The problem is when my envy increases to a point that it is no longer healthy.  I am content with the house that I have right now, and I do not need the million dollar house pictured in this post.

And that is the rub, really, isn’t it?

How do we ground ourselves in reality while also allowing ourselves to dream?

Any ideas?


Filed under Thoughts

6 responses to “House Envy!

  1. Bex

    I can totally relate Stacy!! Here’s my “house envy”. I fell in love with it when we were in New Ulm last summer. It was for sale then but I don’t think it is now. Every once in a while I think about it and look it up on the internet 🙂

    I think being grounded in reality means knowing your priorities and your limits, whether personally, professionally or financially. If you know your limits, then there should be no limits to dreaming 🙂


  2. Shonda

    Amazing stairway! But then you have to clean all of that woodwork! That’s my dream to grounding. I would rather dream about the house than clean the house. 🙂


  3. Love this post and totally get it. I was feeling pretty good about myself this past year thinking “I’m cool! I don’t envy these houses anymore…” and then I saw some for sale in Cambridge. Re-done and gutted. Beautiful. I find that I don’t envy those way out of my reach, I envy those just beyond my reach – that’s what’s hard. I don’t envy the Hollywood stars with their boatloads of money, I envy the woman who’s my age and had just that much more than me…..envy is a funny thing and contentment damager. Thanks for the post.


I love hearing from readers!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s