Meghan Daum details her lifelong obsession with real estate and finding the perfect home in her memoir Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House. The summary says: "After an itinerant suburban childhood and countless moves as a grown-up - from New York City to Lincoln, Nebraska; from the Midwest to the West Coast and back - Meghan was living in Los Angeles, single and in her mid-30s, and devoting obscene amounts of time not to her writing career or her dating life but to the pursuit of property: scouring Craigslist, visiting open houses, fantasising about finding the right place for the right price. Finally, near the height of the real estate bubble, she succumbed, depleting her life's savings to buy a 900-square-foot bungalow, with a garage that "bore a close resemblance to the ruins of Pompeii" and plumbing that "dated back to the Coolidge administration." From her mother's decorating manias to her own "hidden room" dreams, Daum explores the perils and pleasures of believing that only a house can make you whole."

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