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A Home in Los Angeles

At long last the search is over. We signed the lease on a little house in Santa Monica yesterday.

It’s pretty perfect. In a great neighborhood with wonderful parks and schools, biking distance to the beach and walkable coffee shops and restaurants. It’s a two bedroom with hardwood floors and a fireplace and an office. (An office! I haven’t had a desk since Vera was 6 months old!)

The house has belonged to the landlord’s family since it was built, her grandmother moving into it when she came here from Europe. Our landlord told us yesterday that back then, there was actually nothing around it, no other houses, and even nothing between it and the beach.

We move in September 1st, which seems both soon and far away. We’re both ready to leave Topanga, especially after Lincoln’s death last week. The whole area up here has taken on a sad, kind of haunted quality, and we’re more ready than ever to create our own little home in Los Angeles. I can’t wait to see our stuff again, and to put Vera’s room together.

We’re going to get bikes and we’re going to walk to the park and we’re going sleep in bedrooms underneath swaying palm trees and flowering hibiscus flowers and we’re going to join the ranks of California pioneers who made their way here and created families and roots and followed their dreams, no matter how unlikely.




  1. Congratulations! Sounds like a great location for your family! I’m sure its a relief!

    Comment by Chris on August 8, 2011 at 7:46 am

  2. The house is so gorgeous! Can’t wait to see what you do with it and I absolutely can’t wait to hear all about your new adventures!

    Comment by Wendy on August 8, 2011 at 9:01 am

  3. Congratulations- its gorgeous!

    I wish Lincoln was still here to make the move with you all :( So, so sad.

    Comment by Bellie on August 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm

  4. Wow!!!! What a gorgeous place! It was meant to be, that is for sure! I’m glad you didn’t compromise!

    Comment by Megan on August 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm

  5. Oh, geez. Envy is not good, right? Aren’t you glad you waited? This little home just looks lovely!

    Again, so sorry about Lincoln.

    Comment by Lynne on August 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm

  6. Oh, Claire — it’s PERFECT for you!! Those spaces will become “home” to you in no time. I thought it was going to be tough to top that gorgeous apartment in Chicago, but a white bougainvillea?? Oh my!

    Comment by Carroll on August 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm

  7. Yay congrats!! Can’t wait to see how you make it home! :)

    Comment by Vanessa on August 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm

  8. Did someone say “bougainvillea?” I love it.

    Comment by Nicole on August 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm

  9. Yay, thanks everyone! I’m so excited! We cannot wait to move in. And yes, love, love, love the bougainvillea!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on August 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

  10. Congrats! It looks fantastic!

    Comment by Erin T on August 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm

  11. I am so happy for you! It’s a lovely home and will be made all the more lovely with your beautiful family gracing it with your presence.

    Comment by Sheri Mossi on August 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm

  12. Beautiful! Let us know when we can come terrorize you and bring you a plant!

    Comment by Jillian Lauren on August 12, 2011 at 11:43 am

  13. Fantastique! ;) ))))))) YAYYAYYAY! Now, you must find my mom a new place! xoxoxo Love you, Claire.

    Comment by Francesca on August 13, 2011 at 10:42 am

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