The Cozy Cottage – **PENDNG **

“It’s So Nice to See YOU”   

– The Front Porch

This Highland Park cutie just feels right. The sunny corner lot with mature landscaping welcomes you home.  Open-concept main room allows for you to flow effortlessly from kitchen to dining to living.  Freshly updated kitchen with stainless appliances, granite counters and a custom upcycled island. The perfect layout for when we can start hosting dinner parties or game nights!

 

  Step outside and wander through the layers of outdoor space.  Start with the charming front porch and yard that lure you into long Sunday mornings sipping coffee and watching the neighbors walk by.  Or tuck into the side yard for a private oasis ideal for lounging, book reading or summertime drinks with your closest friends.  When you reach the backyard, you see endless possibilities.  Raised garden beds are ready for your organic garden.  Lots of open space for a chicken coop or a hot tub or a fire pit.  Make this the backyard of your dreams!

 

 

Virtual Open House Schedule:

Watch the Video Here.

Home Features

  • Fully fenced backyard
  • Large one-car garage
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Space for RV or boat parking
  • Mature landscaping
  • Fruit Trees
  • Ductless Split heat and a/c
  • Open concept living and kitchen

Take the 3D Tour Here.

 

The Fine Print:

* 8802 10th Ave SW Settle WA 98106
* Listed at $445,000 
* NWMLS #1612971
* 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
* 870 square feet
* 2020 annual taxes $3,422
 
  Call or text Christy at 206-859-8358 for a private showing or virtual tour

SOLD – The Mightiest Little House in West Seattle

This House Proves that Good Things Come In Small Packages

Leave your car parked in the garage and have everyone come to you! This mighty little house is built for entertaining. Want to have everyone over on Sunday to watch the game? The open-concept living room and kitchen are the ideal place to cheer, eat and be together. Rather gather friends and the dogs and fire up the BBQ? The over-sized and fully fenced backyard is the perfect place to hang out, let the dogs run and enjoy the rare Seattle sunshine.

 

If you feel like leaving this delightful little nest, take a quick half mile stroll to the Morgan Junction and grab coffee and a sweet treat from Little Prague European Bakery. Want to burn a few calories and feel the wind in your hair? Hop on your bike and ride the half mile to Beach Drive SW. Enjoy a long or short ride up the beach, then when you have had your share of sweeping water views, take the quick ride back home. Work downtown? Just hop on Metro #21 and you are there in 30 minutes. Want to buy that electric car you always wanted? The garage has it’s own electrical panel and is begging for you to install an electric charging station.

Watch the Video Here

 

 

Take a 3D Matterport Tour HERE.

 

Home Features

  • Fully fenced backyard
  • Large one-car garage
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Corner windows and lots of natural light
  • Open concept living and kitchen

Access the Floor Plan HERE.

 

 

The Neighborhood By The Numbers:

 

 

The Fine Print:

* Listed at $515,000 – SOLD on 3/25/2020 for $559,500
* 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
* 770 square feet
* 2020 annual taxes $4,775
 

All the details HERE.

 

Hannah and Tim Get to STAY in the Neighborhood!

  So often, first-time home buyers end up leaving the neighborhood they live in, searching for more space and some affordability.   Well, not Hannah and Tim.  These two are die hard lower Queen Anne people.  They know all the baristas and the grocery clerks and the neighborhood “characters”.  They love their walk to work and being surrounded by the vibrancy of the city.   So when they decided to buy a condo, it was Queen Anne or NOTHING!

Hannah and Tim smiling posed in front of a brick wall

  We wasted no time touring all the available condos in lower Queen Anne that met our criteria.   We only had to see 4 places to know we had found THE ONE.  This condo had it all.  Tons of space.   Newer construction and a well-funded HOA.   Views of the Space Needle from their private balcony.  A fireplace, big kitchen with a gas stove and an actual laundry room IN the unit.  After sleeping on it, these kids decided to go for it and put in an offer!

 

  To make a good story even better, these kids happened to be buying during that brief window that favored buyers.  Not only did they get the lowest price for any unit in the building in the last 3 years (you might remember this building, it’s been in the Seattle Living Spaces family before), AND they were able to get the seller to give them some credit towards closing costs.  The ultimate win-win!

  Offer accepted!  Inspector Gadget came in and the inspection went well.  We were on our way to a smooth closing.  And then we hit a MAJOR hurdle.  I won’t go into detail, but the lender had a company wide issue, and wasn’t super transparent with us about it, and we almost didn’t close on time.  But the important word in that sentence is almost.  We did close on time!  Just 2 days before Christmas, and on the “meet-day anniversary” of these two newlyweds, they got the keys to their first home!!

Congrats Hannah and Tim and welcome to the family!   Since I know y’all like those GOOD bubbles, I’ll make sure to have you over next time I decide to crack open the nice bottle.

Emmy and Rob – Third Time is a Charming House with VIEWS

   You think buying your first house is stressful?!?!?   Try buying your NEXT house.   Emmy and Rob can tell you all about it.

  Emmy and Rob bought their sweet Ballard house 6 years ago.   They were recently engaged and ready to start a life together.  Buying the Ballard house was a HUGE step, and a big financial commitment.  To say that we looked at a lot of houses and went over a lot of financial spreadsheets would be an understatement.  But they bought they house, and loved it!  They also took what I consider to be the ugliest backyard ever into a peaceful, stunning outdoor oasis.  But this isn’t a blog about that first house.

  Emmy and Rob are now Emmy+Rob+Mel (pictured below)+Fitz+Sir Pounce (the two black cats).   All those additions to the family have made the Ballard house now feel WAY too small for their growing family.   So they had to make the hard decision to start looking for a bigger and better house. 

So it was off to find their dream home.   Buying a dream home is a lot different than buying your first home.  Your first home is exciting and scary and you are pretty sure you won’t be there forever.   Your dream home is a different story.  You are now a seasoned home-owner and know what you do and don’t like about how a house lives.  You know that hot water heaters and furnaces and old windows can be a costly hassle to replace.  You know that you DO want covered parking and a fenced yard.  And you also are spending a lot more money, and emotionally committing to a house for a much longer amount of time.

  When are spending the big bucks and staring down 15+ years of living in a home, you have different criteria. You know what your must haves and want to haves are.  You know where you can improve a house to make it what you really want compared to dealing with structural elements that prevent you from living in the house the way you want to.   Keeping all that in mind, we set off on the hunt for Emmy and Robs dream house.  We saw about 20 houses.  We found one we LOVED but wasn’t sure if we wanted to pay the price it was listed at.  We spent weeks analyzing the potential value of the home, the new monthly payments and tons of other data that was in one of our many spreadsheets.  We dragged our feet a little too much doing our analysis, and ended up putting in an offer only to be beaten out by a different buyer.   That taught us to be a bit more decisive and quick moving the next time around.  Then we found ANOTHER amazing house.  It was more than we wanted to spend, so we were letting it rack up some days on market before we submitted a low offer.   But before we could submit that low offer, the house went pending and sold.   Second bust on this house-hunting adventure.

  Then we found THE house.  It had just hit the market.  We wrangled our busy schedules and got out to see it right away.  Then Emmy and Rob went into recon mode and “innocently” visited the open houses. Real estate agents love to chat, and Emmy was able to get all sorts of great info out of the listing agent that we were able to use to our advantage in negotiations.  We put in an offer within 4 days of that house hitting the market, and our offer was accepted!  Using the info Emmy gathered at the open house, along with a few inspection findings, we were able to negotiate a bit of credit from the seller.  Could it be that Emmy and Rob got an amazing house at a good price in a great neighborhood??  Third time is a charm 🙂

Dream house it is!   This house has plenty of space.   The master suite is everything they wanted and more, and they even got the water view they had wanted but were afraid they couldn’t find.   The house needs some updates, and Emmy and Rob are already knee deep into totally remodeling all 3 of the bathrooms.  One those bathrooms are done, they will have a house that is perfect for living, entertaining AND having guests.   Congrats kids!  You earned this and I am so happy for you.  I bet you have your housewarming party before Joe and Jenna 😉

 

Watch out Westwood Village – Cody and Donald are Moving In!

Dreamy.  Funny.  Smart.  Sarcastic.  AND handsome.   This couple really has it all.

These two did not waste any time!  We met over coffee, and were lucky enough to hit it off right way.   Donald and Cody are hilarious, a bit sarcastic and really excited to get to the house-hunting.   They wasted no time getting pre-approved for their mortgage (did I mention that the lender said these two were some of the most responsive and organized clients she has ever had?!?), and we got right out there and looked at some houses.

  As often happens, we started off excited, but saw some less than exciting houses.  In love, life and house-hunting, we often have to kiss a few frogs before we find “the one”.   And we did find the one, but we actually passed it over the first time it appeared in our online search.  Since we had a few houses to see on rainy Saturday, we decided to add this little Westwood Village house to the tour, even though Donald and Cody seemed a bit meh about it, at least from the photos online.

  And it was love at first sight!   The home was in the ideal location, was much more spacious than we had expected, had tons of storage and a huge, fully fenced yard for Bosco.  I made the boys sleep on their decision, but we met the very next morning for brunch to go over our offer.

   They got the house!  The whole process went so smoothly, and all parties involved were happy.  The boys just finished the interior repainting and are fully moved in.   Enjoy that darling house kids!!!