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Rebecca Bradley for the boston globe My First Home piece by Miriam Eliwatt

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Our house was still inhabited — by his things

Our new home was 90 years old and still inhabited — not by people but by things.

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My childhood home in Winchester hit the market, and I barged right in

On an afternoon in August four years ago, a click of a mouse opened up a world to me that for decades had appeared only in my dreams.

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Nun to the rescue

We were at the family vacation home in New Hampshire when a problem with the water arose, and I had to call Dear Old Dad for guidance.

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Calling in the troops for a move into a Brighton two-family

The Girl Scouts helped a woman and her husband set up their first home.

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A fresh start outside Jerusalem

Street signs had only just been put up, the roads were newly paved, and I had heard that ambulances had gotten lost more than once.

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A symbol of Judaism, a keeper of memories

My first home came with mezuzot in every doorway.

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That beloved holiday film

Christmas without a tree seemed sad.

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What’s it like to be single and buying a house?

I had never really relished the prospect of buying a place alone.

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Mrs. Smith was a talker

Our landlady was also prone to gossip, married, and the mother of one.

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Country roads? Take me home to Mass.

Our excitement was interrupted only by my tears over the acres and acres of flat farmland and lack of trees.

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In this cabinet, sign of good things to come

While I daydreamed, Derek peered into the cabinets above the washing machine. “Jen,” he said, “you’ve got to see this.”

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Amid a mother’s grief, solace

He was small when we moved in as “summer people.”

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I moved 21 times before high school

My husband married me despite fearing I would always be a tumbleweed.

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Was my house cursed?

What, exactly, was wrong with the house we’d fallen in love with?

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Life 18 miles from a paved road

I never had a mosquito problem. Geckos scratched and scrambled up the walls and across support beams.

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We bought a plumber’s house. Surely, at least the plumbing would be fine.

A friend sold us on the idea of a Victorian with a third-floor apartment to help defray expenses. My parents rolled their eyes.

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What’s an old house without a spirit?

One house. Two recollections. Spouses share their stories without showing each other what they wrote.

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It was like an arranged marriage

My first home was like an arranged marriage.

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‘The unicorns of first-time home buyers’

They told us buying in Boston was a numbers game: Expect to bid on at least three places.

FALL HOUSE HUNT: MY FIRST HOME

Mom, Dad, and the magnificent seven

There were nine of us in a second-floor apartment of a typical two-family in Dorchester .

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‘Our House’ was a very, very, very fine house — eventually

It was obvious that this property was abandoned.

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This schoolhouse rocks

We found our perfect home on Dedham’s town common — a historic schoolhouse.

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Dream home had us headed for the highway

The highway project took away the dream home we built in Belmont.

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In my house, all features great and small

The patterned walls, colorful rugs, and perfectly sized furniture were all I needed. My imagination held that world.

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Shunning the new ‘kid’ on the block

The decision came down to two houses, and both of them appeared to have had the front door kicked in.

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The house next door

I found my first home while visiting a hospice patient.

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Public housing was the best place imaginable for me

In the post-World War II era, between 1954 and 1958, we lived in a veterans project in Chelsea.

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We took the plunge: Marriage and a Cape Cod rental

We were getting married and saving to buy a house. We got married and bought a rental on Cape Cod instead.

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My house and I undergo makeovers

This summer my house and I are celebrating 30 years together, although with so many modifications we hardly recognize each other anymore.

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Our journey took us from Kabul to a commune

I had been excited about moving to Kabul, but after returning to the United States, I worried about feeling isolated in the suburbs.

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For a single mom in the ’70s, unchartered territory

Mortgage papers in hand, I headed for my appointment with the bank. The ’70s were not kind to divorced single women, and I was prepared for rejection.

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In a two-family, a one-of-a-kind renter

It didn’t take much to sell my wife on the idea of purchasing a standard two-family as our first home. My primary concern was managing the X-factor of the landlord-tenant relationship.

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In the marriage dance, the floor was ours — to rip up

It was a third-floor walk-up, a condo a few feet short of 500. We were just married, but I did not carry my husband, Paul, over the threshold and he did not carry me.

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Firstborn: The house on the hill was our baby

Childless then, our Colonial in Plymouth became our baby.

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For new homeowners, a moving birth announcement

I was five months’ pregnant when we bought our first house.

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Our house was a Vineyard haven we could afford

All I saw were trees. Thousands of them. And my in-law’s house here on Martha’s Vineyard.

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After wallpaper fiasco, I knew he’d stick with me

Working on household projects taught us a lot about each other.

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Growing up in Brighton — the other one

When I tell people that I grew up in New York City, they immediately think of skyscrapers and an isolated life.

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Famous author, his actor father, our share of drama

We bought our first home from Fritz Leiber Jr., the famous science-fiction writer, and his wife, Jonquil.

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Set sale: I couldn’t resist living on a boat

Ineke was my home for 10 years. It was so incredibly beautiful.

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A ‘pan-oramic’ look back at decades of kitchen renovations

Forty-six years, four kitchens, and umpteen other renovations later, I’m happy to say we’re still here.

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Our place was the wheel deal — a Winnebago

My fiancé and I were stuck in post-collegiate limbo, dreaming of a farm in Vermont but too buried under student loans to buy one.

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For these first-time buyers, outside chance at getting home loan

Little did we know that we would need to rest our heads overnight on the sidewalk outside the bank just to apply for the privilege of paying a mortgage.

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From cold feet to digging in my heels

As soon as our offer was accepted, I felt as though I were trapped in quicksand — stuck in a pricey and terrifyingly adult contract.

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Ragtag pair feels the luck of the Irish — twice

The house wasn’t pretty. Parking was a challenge, too, one car behind another. We bought it, though, and took the third floor.

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Finding love on the rocks, our home in coastal Maine

My husband and I were in search of our first home along Maine’s Midcoast, and, standing in the hallway of an old beauty in Thomaston, we’d found love.

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The quirky house my father built

Growing up, my sense of pride in my father’s master work competed with discomfiture. I had an acute awareness that our house did not conform to a standard.

KIm Salt

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In-laws, in house, in harmony

A bond was never stronger among an extended family than when they shared a house.

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The home that helped me rebuild my life

It’s still the only place I’ve ever lived that speaks to my soul.

James Steinberg 24MFH

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Two generations, four owners, one hope

The house had been converted into a two-family and was just what we were looking for.