Your Personality, Your Lifestyle, Your Home

For many years, the Sotheby’s International Realty website has had “lifestyle” as one of its main search options to find a home. People could simply click on the lifestyle that they wanted to live and the site would return results with homes that fit that lifestyle choice. Mountain, Beach, Golf, Metropolitan, Cape Cod, Lake Front, and Country Estates are just a few of the lifestyle choices that someone can make. A month ago, Wendy Purvey,  Chief Marketing Officer for Sotheby’s International Realty, was presenting new information to us for 2011 and she mentioned, believe it or not, that “Mountain” was the most searched-on lifestyle choice. I was stunned! I would have bet my last penny that it would have been “Beach.” After all, who doesn’t like to be warm with sand in their toes and a cool ocean breeze in their face? I guess more people don’t mind the cold after all.

Picking a home really says a lot about the type of lifestyle that you want to lead, and I think that lifestyle is really a reflection of one’s personality. Let’s take me for example. I love Colorado, I live in Colorado and work here, but truth be told, I am a beach guy through and through. I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and I haven’t ever been able to get the sun and sand out of my system. I married a girl from Kona, Hawaii, and since both of us have tropical weather in our blood, we were meant to be together. My personality and DNA tells me every day that I should report to work in nothing more than a T-shirt and shorts. Ok, maybe a Tommy Bahama shirt and shorts just to dress it up a little bit, which means that I probably should take a real estate job in Hawaii. That’s just my personality and how I am built. Everyone has a different DNA, a different personality, and that may have a huge impact on lifestyle choice. I know people who feel that they were born to golf, and a home on a course in Hilton Head, South Carolina, would be their “be all end all.” If it were me, my “be all end all” would be a 4000-5000 sq. ft., open-air beach house in Waikoloa, Hawaii, right on the Ocean. I would want to walk off my huge lanai into the sand to surf, snorkel, kayak, and play with the kids under the palm trees.

I would like to end this week’s column and ask you, the reader, what your personality says about your lifestyle and what does your lifestyle say about your choice of home. What and where is your dream home? Assuming that any and all obstacles were taken away, where do you see yourself living the good life? Be as descriptive as possible and let yourself dream.

Dan Polimino is a Realtor with Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. He can be reached at and

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