Ramona FINALLY Gets Her Dream Yard

Readers, please meet Ramona:

Ramona was adopted by Rachel and Chris, and up until a few weeks ago, has lived her life in a very cool townhouse.  But she wanted a yard.  She didn’t want any run-of-the-mill yard, she wanted a yard that she could run laps and sunbathe and explore in.   So after much begging, she finally got her parents to sell that yardless-townhouse and buy her a house with a proper yard!




Much to Ramonas delight, she not only got the yard of her dreams, but a really great house to go with it.   She has room to lounge and gaze out onto her yard, room to nap and room to keep her humans company wherever they go in the house.



And holy moly, did Ramonas parents have to fight to get her this dream house.   Even in this shifting market, we ended up in a competitive market situation.  It was us and another offer, both willing to pay the exact same for the house.   It ended up being a few key details that made us the winners over the other offer.    Rachel and Chris had a FANTASTIC local lender, and I had a friendly relationship with the listing agent.  Combine those factors with the fact that Chris and Rachel were so organized, responsive and did everything right, it all combined together to be the winning recipe that got them the house! 

 Ramona is now one happy girl!   Her parents seem to like the new house too.   

Mission POSSIBLE! Grace and Mike and the Perfect School District

  Each person that buys a house has one driving factor, and one non-negotiable.  Some people MUST have 2 bathrooms, some people MUST have off-street parking, and for Grace and Mike, they MUST buy a house in a very specific elementary school district.

  Just like most first-time buyers, Grace was nervous about the process.  In looking over the last 6 months of sales of houses in this exact school district, not a lot of homes had come up for sale in our price range.  I knew it was going to be a bit like finding a needle in a haystack, but I love a good challenge and Grace and Mike were prepared to be along on the hunt for as long as it took to get a house in this area.

  Well it did NOT take long.   Our first week of “real house-hunting” (meaning we had gotten our loan approval done and knew exactly what we could and would want to spend), we found the house.

Imperfect in all the right ways!   It was in our desired school district.  It had 3 bedrooms AND a bonus room.  It even had a shed out back that would make a great place for Grandpa to hang out in.  And it was under our budget!!!

So we did it!  We put in an offer (the house had only been on the market for 2 days!), and our offer was accepted.   Our inspections found some pesky sewer line issues, and we even got the sellers to help us pay for those repairs.   It really was a great experience for everyone involved.  Grace and Mike get to do cosmetic updates to make the house their home, and Xavi gets to go to his perfect new school.

Congrats family!  I can’t wait to see the house once you have done your updates and gotten settled in <3.

* SOLD* Industrial Modern Townhouse in a DREAMY Beach Location

Industrial Modern Beach Life

Urban convenience meets relaxed beach vibes


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2377 Harbor Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126

MLS #1505945    Listed at $690,000

Home Features:

  You can have the best of both worlds.   Relax after work on your commute home on the West Seattle water taxi.  Open the doors to your fresh, bright and modern townhouse.   In a central location, yet tucked behind the street, this townhouse both draws you in and encourages you to go out.
  Invite friends over for a delicious meal in your open kitchen, or host a movie night in the over sized second living room.  Let the sunshine and vibrant beach scene draw you out to Alki.  You are less than a mile from the best of the beach, with coffee, donuts, dining or adventure at every turn.
  End each day and start each morning in the spacious master suite.  From the walk in-closet, to the heated floors in the bathroom, this space feels luxurious.   Step out on to your private patio that has sweeping views of the Seattle skyline and the Sound.  The remote controlled curtains in the master bedroom allow you to let the light in without ever stepping foot out of bed.
  Who said you can’t have the best of city life while still living that beachy and relaxed lifestyle?  They obviously never met THIS home.


Why I LOVED Living Here:

– Since we are set back from the street, it is surprisingly quiet here.
– Laying in bed and watching the ferries go by.
– Air Conditioning.  Seriously.  I’m never living without it again.
– This home has a surprising amount of storage and big closets.
– Quick walk to the water taxi.  It is the best commute EVER!
– The main level was great for hosting.  Friends loved coming over for dinner then taking a walk down to the beach.
– Did we mention the beach?  


About the Neighborhood:


The Fine Print:

– 2 bedrooms, 2.25 bathroom
– 1,730 square feet
– No HOA dues
– 2019 annual taxes $5,768
– Attached garage
– Sold on 11/26/19 for $690,000

SOLD! The Peaceful Porch – Dreamy West Seattle Craftsman

From the Front Porch to the Chicken Coop

This Sweet West Seattle Craftsman Inspires Life at a Different Pace

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4031 39th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98122

MLS# 1479733   Listed at $600,000

  Birds chirp and the breeze brushes your check.  The lemonade is cold and the view never gets old.  The Peaceful Porch has an undeniable grace and appeal about her.
  Blocks from all the best West Seattle has to offer, this home feels like a retreat from the bustle of the city and a gateway to an easier way of life.
  From the big windows to the original hardwood floors, the charm of this house winks at you from every angle.   If you can pull yourself away from your seat on the front porch, you can easily get lost in the tranquility of the urban garden.  Raised beds overflow with dozens of varieties of your favorite foods.  Fresh lettuce and herbs and strawberries and tomatoes, it’s easy to create a delicious meal with the bounty from your own garden.   
  The comedic clucks draw you to the chicken coop.  These sweet birds deliver both fresh eggs and laughable antics, bringing a distinct joy and life to this already vibrant garden and outdoor space.
   When the weather turns cool or damp, the large living room invites you back inside as you warm up by the double sided fireplace.   Weekend projects are a breeze in the large, unfinished basement complete with ample power, lighting and work spaces.
  For a peaceful life in a home that’s close to it all but just far enough away, this sweet house is the perfect place to build a lifetime of happy memories.

Home Features:

– Stainless Steel Appliances
– Corian counter-tops
– Gas Fireplace
– Detached garage with power – perfect for electric vehicle
– New electrical and plumbing – both fully permitted!
– 95% high efficiency boiler
– 200 AMP electrical panel
– Deluxe chicken coop 
– Urban edible garden with raised garden beds and drip irrigation system
– Original windows open top-down OR bottom-up
– Heated towel rack in bathroom
– Brazilian walnut front stairs and porch
– Radiant heated floors


Why I LOVED Living Here:

– The front porch is perfect, rain or shine. Watching the sun rise over the mountains every morning while sitting on the porch drinking coffee is like nutrition for the soul. (Only advanced practitioners of awe should apply. )

– The large amount of space in the basement and attic have allowed us many kinds of craft/woodworking/hobby spaces

–  The neighborhood is so quiet. Sometimes I forget I’m in the city. Especially when working in the garden or enjoying an evening on the porch.

–  Warm floors from the radiant floor heat is such a luxury in winter. The towel warmer in the bathroom keeps towels soft and dry and so nice after a shower.

– The Urban Edible garden.

– The garden beds grow Everything we plant in them state-fair huge.  The beds are three feet high so you don’t have to bend over to garden tend to the veggies. The gardens smells of jasmine and honeysuckle flowers in the summer. The chickens are really funny. 

About the Neighborhood:

The Fine Print:

– 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
– 1,090 square feet (finished)
– 1,920 square feet total
– 5,750 square foot lot
– 2019 annual taxes $5,212
– Detached garage

Mariners V Seattle Living Spaces – Our 5th Annual Night at the Ballpark

If points were earned by having fun, we certainly were the winning team for that night!








It’s my favorite night of the year.  75 members of the Seattle Living Spaces family filled section 143.  The weather was perfect, our seats were amazing and the Mariners played terribly.  All-in-all, it was the perfect night.








Thanks to the lovebirds, the families, the misfits and my proud singles for coming out.  I love each of you and embrace you as you are!








It’s really fun to see these kids grow up and have kids of their own!  It’s hard to believe I’ve known some of these folks for over a decade….








 From Deep South Seattle all the way up to Lynnwood, we had a nice variety of #HappyHomeowners in the crowd.









It may be all the pink at the newly re-branded T-mobile park, but it looked like love was in the air!

















New friends were made, and lifetime friendships celebrated.









And Let’s be honest, the Red Vines are the real reason everyone comes 😉