When my wife and I submitted the down payment and purchased our home in 2007, the thought that we would still be living in this "starter home" 8 years later was ridiculous. We were newly married and loved the charm of the neighborhood as well as the classic architecture. However we planned on having kids and a dog and it just seemed like not enough space for us long term.
As a testament to the flexibility of classic home building--and to our surprise and excitement--today we have two wonderful boys and a ageless puppy and are happy to have remained there as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of this house in 2015. It took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (mostly about the amount of money) to see it become the home we have always dreamed it would be. But the results are ineffable, and more valuable than the money spent.
And the world has changed for the better as well. Health and medicine have advanced to a much more stable and reliable standpoint; technology has rendered the vast areas of the globe accessible; and society has embraced a more holistic picture of the human race. Take this fact: on this date in 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.
I can say for certain now that we will not be around to see the sesquicentennial anniversary, but we hope the next owners love and cherish this home as much as we have.