And I tried to think of why, and I came up with a theory. The first year I moved to Boston, I rented a one-bedroom apartment and lived there for about a year before moving into the House of Ten Dumb Guys (whose tenants included dfan). And my theory predicted that that one year, it probably didn't feel like a home either. And it didn't.
It's not just that it's the first year I move, or the first year I'm in a new town. It is, I think, very simple: if's not home if I'm living alone.