Happy Homeowners – The Boys Revive Grandmas House

No seriously.  We are talking about GRANDMAS house.  The sign at the front walkway said it all:

But before we talk about the house, let’s talk about the boys.  Leon and Erin are longtime friends of mine, and it was so exciting to get to be the one to help them find their next home.  Leon is one of those people that just has the best design sense.  The kind of person that could have his own HGTV show, and that I would trust to design my bathroom remodel.  Since we all knew that Leon was going to do a full remodel on just about any house he bought, we decided to hunt for houses that really needed to be improved.

  So hunt we did.   And it didn’t take long to find the right house.  Luckily, the market isn’t as white-hot as it was last year, and the particular house Erin and Leon fell in love with was the kind of house that most folks would overlook.   The house had the same owner for over 40 years, and it was really obvious that zero improvements had been made over the last 40 years.  This house still had what I would lovingly refer to as “Brady Bunch charm”.   It also had a lifetime of Grandmas stuff packed in the garage in the outbuilding.  This little old lady certainly wasn’t a dull woman!

Offer submitted and accepted!  We even managed to negotiate some concessions to pay for a new roof.  The rest of the process didn’t go as smoothly.  We had court dates, elderly seller, warring children and a pesky title issue.  It was a nail biter of a few weeks, but it all worked out in the end.

Leon and Erin now have the keys to this fantastic MCM gem of a house.  They have already started demo and have the entire remodel mapped out.  I’ve never seen new homeowners move so quickly and with such detailed plans.   Good luck on the remodel boys.  If you get rid of these light fixtures, I call first dibs:

 

Happy Homeowners – Tracye and Scott Find The Perfect Place. On The SECOND Try.

  First of all, we have to start of by talking about how kind, how curious and sweet this family is:

This are the people you want as your neighbors.  They are good people, doing good things, and raising the cutest little lady!  And boy did they have quite the adventure finding a home.

  Scott and Tracye sold their long-time, but too-small for the growing family condo last year (at the peak of the market, congrats!), and decided to rent for a bit before buying their next place.   When they were ready to start the hunt, we went all-in, looking at lots of condos in lots of areas with some good, with some bad and with a few so scary we drove by and opted not to even go into.

  And then we found a good condo.  It was nicely remodeled, and although it didn’t check all the boxes, it DID have 3 bedrooms (rare in a condo), and really nice updates. We put in an offer on that condo, and after a little negotiations, had the offer offer accepted.  We dove right into an inspection, and that is where things got interesting.  A routine part of an inspection is to fill the bathtub to above the water-overflow hole to ensure it drains correctly.  We filled up the tub and went about the rest of the inspection….  10 minutes later, there is a very angry downstairs neighbor knocking on the front door.   Turns out the overflow drain had NOT been connected correctly and the downstairs neighbor had gallons of water coming down through their bathroom ceiling.  They were so upset with the situation, and they came and talked to us FOUR times about, and when I say talk, I mean yelled.   On one of those less than cordial visits they made, I opened the door and they threw a soaking wet roll of toilet paper at my face and demanded I bring them new toilet paper.  At the time, it was a terrible experience.  Now it is a FANTASTIC story that I will tell until the end of time.  I feel confident I’m the only person you know that has had a wet roll of TP thrown at them by a total stranger!  

   Needless to say, Tracye and Scott didn’t want to have Mr. and Mrs. Mean and Grumpy as their downstairs neighbor, so we canceled that purchase of the “Angry TP” condo and got back to the hunt!   We saw lots more condos, but then found THE ONE! 

  The One isn’t as updated as the Angry TP condo, but it has tons of the things that the buyers wanted.  It has a nice, open kitchen with lots of cabinets, it has 2 stories and large bedrooms, and a bathroom for each family member!  The complex is recently renovated and even has it’s own pond.  It is a dreamy community and a spacious condo and will be the perfect place for them to build new memories together.

Enjoy that spacious new home!  I can’t wait to see it once you have painted and gotten all moved in.   Oh, and anytime you need a dog sitter for THIS guy, I hope to be your first call.

 

SOLD! – Charming Storybook Tudor in the heart of Montlake

Perched high above the street, this 1937 Tudor seems to have emerged from a fairy tale. 

2301 Delmar Dr. E.  Seattle, WA 98102

Listed at $815,000

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 Walking through the front door you are greeted by barrel ceilings, arched doorways, vintage hardware, and original hardwood floors.   Corner windows allow tons of natural light in, as well as let you soak up all the natural beauty that surrounds the home.  The lush landscape features rolling blooms that cover the yard in color from early Spring to late Fall.

  The main level boasts two bedrooms, a full bathroom and an updated kitchen.  With a Sub-Zero fridge, granite counter-tops and an oversized eating nook, this kitchen is as dreamy as the rest of the home.  The home sits at the base of Interlaken Park, and the private backyard oasis has a patio with a hot tub, brick outdoor fireplace and a dog run.

  The basement is fully finished and has great Mother-In-Law or AirBnB potential.  It has it’s own exterior entrance, a non-conforming bedroom, a 3/4 bath and a recently updated kitchenette. 

 

Home Features:

– Full sprinkler system in yard

– Hot tub with built-in speakers

– Outdoor brick fireplace

– Fully fenced dog run

– Custom built shed

– Stainless appliances

– Charming built-ins

– Hardwood floors

– Wood burning fireplace

Why I LOVED Living Here:

  1. I love the beauty, character, and charm of this 1937 storybook home.
  2. I love the beauty of essentially living in an urban forest.
  3. I love the comfort, coziness, and privacy of the home.
  4. I love being able to watch the activity of the squirrels and birds in the yard.
  5. I love knowing that during the spring and summer, every few days a new splash of color will bloom somewhere in the yard.
  6. I love having neighbors that enjoy block parties and deliver goodies to my doorstep during the holidays.
  7. I love being able to have ample off-the-street parking, to the envy of many of the neighbors.
  8. I love living a short 15-minute drive to everything; Capitol Hill, Downtown, UW, Bellevue, Northgate, Ballard, etc.
  9. I love, when the mood strikes, being able to take a 5-minute walk to coffee, pizza, Mexican, Thai, pub food, and Montlake Market.  
  10. I love that Montlake is an active and socially involved neighborhood, with a strong sense of community.
  11. After a hard day at work, I love soaking in the spa, amidst the beautiful trees and festive lights.
  12. I love relaxing on the deck, in front of the fire, with a glass of wine and a few good friends. 
  13. I love walking the dogs to Montlake Playfield, where there’s plenty of room for them to run and play. 

About Montlake:

The Fine Print:

  • 3 bedroom/1.75 bath
  • 1780 sq/ft
  • 4,000 sq/ft lot
  • Built in 1937
  • 2019 annual taxes $6,355
  • NWMLS #1417354
  • Sold on 4/5/19 for $816,000

 

 

Happy Homeowners – Jeff and Lindsey *Third Times A Charm*

It’s almost embarrassing that y’all don’t already know Jeff and Lindsey.  This isn’t the first house they have bought.  As a matter of fact, they are part of the small and exclusive club that have bought THREE houses with Seattle Living Spaces over the years.   Because it’s Thursday, and everyone loves a throwback, let’s go back to their first home:

It was a darling little cottage in West Seattle.  They bought it as the market was heating up in 2015, and narrowly beat out several other offers.   They slapped on a fresh coat of paint, moved in and starting building their Seattle life together in the cute little house.

Have I mentioned how savvy these two are?   They own a very successful painting business and are genius business owners AND smart investors.  Even though they had started to outgrow that cute little first house, they opted to buy an investment property before getting themselves a bigger house.  So in 2017, they bought this cute triplex:

 And then this year, after much prodding from Lindsey, they finally decided to buy themselves their dream home.   They snagged an AMAZING price on a West Seattle house with postcard views and just a few short blocks from the junction.

Enjoy those views, all those bathrooms, and your instant equity!  You deserve this beautiful house and I’m looking forward to the housewarming party!!!

 

Happy Homeowners – Eugene and Love At First Sight!

Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to Eugene:

This kid asks the best questions of any of my clients, ever!  He is deeply brilliant, kind-hearted and incredibly level headed.  I know I have a lot of favorites, but Eugene is certainly in the favorite club now.

And he had to deal with the most difficult of house hunting problems.  He fell in love with the very first house we saw.  Buying the very first house you see is a lot like marrying the first person you kiss.  It leaves you with a lot of “what-if” questions.   But this house really was IT.  We ventured out and saw a few other houses, but we kept coming back to the first house.  So he did it.  He bought the first house he saw!

Lucky for Eugene, he happened to buy at that brief lull we had in the real estate market, so he was able to not only get the house for less than list price (that is happening again!), but he was also able to negotiate a new roof AND a new hot water heater.  No one ever gets the seller to agree to a new hot water heater.  Eugene is just magic I guess.

Cheers to you Eugene!  You got a heckofa house for a heckofa price.  Sometimes it really is love at first sight :).