I grew up in New Jersey on a street that scrambles up a mountain.

There is usually the best to be, whether you're on a ticket, line, in a theater, or at a racetrack's starting gate. Whether it's being in a favored position compared with others or being in a place without interference, where you determine your afford those living in it the most pleasant and beneficial experience.

I grew up in New Jersey on a street that scrambles up a mountain. The Orange Mountains Spring from the earth likes the back of a hippotamus sitting in a muddy puddle of water. My childhood home was perched almost at the apex of this. From our door, we could see eastward toward the New York skyline. Behind our home, roots of maple and oak trees clung like fingers to the mountain's edge. My home had the
Advantage of being in a perfect place.

Each morning we left home facing a smiling world. The sun fell across our paths, infusing us with cheer and optimism, and below stretched a valley that was broken by a pristine Hudson River. Buffered from the northern winds by the forest and a mound of land, our house sat snug in the crevice of mountain rise.

The time was right too. New Jersey did not have the industry that later would blight its landscape. The valey still had patches of green and trees between the Building. Not every inch of my mountain was covered with houses, and there were still fields to explore. Deer didn't wreak havoc in gardens, and raccoons didn's need our garbage to live on because there enough land to allow them to forage for food. Water was pure enough to drink from a stream on a hot summer's day, and snow remained milky white until spring when it melted like ice cubes left too long in an unfinished drink.

My home's site infused me with a sense of safety, love of the earth, and a deep understanding that our place on this planet is as dear as a loved one. Just as easily as I flew down the hill each day toward school, later in life I would set forth to accomplish a goal.


Score2 if land ascends from a front entrance 
Score2 for a building completely exposed, unprotected by topography or vegetation
Score2 for a home situated on a floodplain or too close to a noisy body of water
Score 2 for a home situated at a T-juncture.
Score 2 for a home built too close to a noisy road.
Score 2 for a home built on a former sacred site
Score 3 for a home built over contaminated minerals, an earthquake fault, or a strong underground stream.

If the land in front of your entrance ascends

Can you imagine waking up each morning and negotiating a sleepy self up a sloping kitchen floor to brew your favorite morning during? Starting off each day facing an obstacle might, over time, make you dread getting up. In the same way, homes surrounded by ascending land wear the occupants down.
In addition, rainwater will pour down the incline, runaway vehicles could skid off the road, and mudslides might bring heaps of unwanted earth to your doorstep. It might feel as if trouble is seeking you out.
Avoid buying a home situated at the base of a hill. If you are already there, try the following:
•plant a row of hedges or barrier vegetation at the of an incline.
• mount a conspicuous object such as a mailbox or a gate near the top. With an end in sight, any journey seems possible.
• if feasible, reduce the risers of the steps
To four to five inches to lessen the effort
Required to reach the street.

If your home is exposed and unprotected by topography or vegetation.

While traveling in Italy, my husband and I were thrilled by castles perched atop hills fitting the Umbrian landscape. Positioned to present a strong image, these buildings were situated high above all others. Perfect for royalty; not so practical for the rest of us.
Screen yours with appropriate vegetation.

Consider adding vegetation to be a finishing touch like accessorizing an outfit. Although you are dressed without it, the total appeal is enhanced by embellishments.

If you live on a high floor of an apartment The building places at least one lightweight object such as a plant or a sculpture in front of the windows. The object will command attention and redirect the chi to the home's interior.

If you live on a floodplain or too close to a noisy body of water...
A river can flood, a tidal body of water can encroach, and a waterfall can deafen other sounds. The need to feel shielded from an uncontrollable force is natural as seeking shelter during a hailstorm. When a property is bordered by a powerful body of water, a dwelling should Be positioned away from tide or swelling Floodwaters and farther from any tumultuous din that can smother the sounds of human voices. Even if you do not see water, if there is a body of water in proximity to your dwelling, check to see
If you are on a floodplain.

I once visited an old mill that had been transformed into a home because it was right next to a waterfall, the noise inside was deafening. I found my voice completely stressed out by the end of what was supposed to be a relaxing dinner party. The owners were weekenders from New York City and were more accustomed to a racket and seemed less irritated by it. Still, I wonder how much more recuperative their weekend sojourn would have been had the home been a hundred feet from the cascading waters.

Position statues, fountains, ornamental plantings or pole lights, a gazebo, or a deck between your home and the noise source. Inside add wood furniture or earth accessories. Since the elements earth and wood absorb water, their symbols here will neutralize the imbalance.

It is not surprising that ship berths above the waterline are priced higher than below. If your house is adjacent to a waterfall, make sure the seating is not low. Looking down at torrents of water is more comforting than seeing them above