Urbanites Christine and Hasan would have stayed in the city—if it weren’t for the birth of their first child and desire for a home of their own. “Originally we wanted to be in the city, but our options were limited,” recalls Christine who does marketing for a tech company. But their view expanded when they happened upon a two-bedroom bungalow five miles from downtown. “We knew this could be our perfect first home,” says Hasan, also in tech marketing. “We loved the layout, the hardwood floors, the backyard and the drive up to the house, where you can see the ocean and watch the sunset.” Adds Christine: “It’s a place we could make into our own.” Sometimes it’s necessary to go above and beyond to set down roots. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Northern California is an expert at both.