Happy Homeowners – Emily and Chandler Get EXACTLY What They Wanted

 ** Que up the Mission Impossible theme song **

Those smiles say it all.  My heart could almost burst with how much I love these kids.  They are young, finally hitting their stride professionally, and just now getting to move to Seattle.   They were really realistic about what they wanted in a home, and we searched far and wide to find them a great place.   Considering the tough prices in Seattle, they had almost given up and we were exploring the cute neighborhoods that skirted Seattle.  

  It broke my heart to think of them having a 45-60 minute commute each way each day.  They may have begun to lose faith, but I never did.   And then, out of nowhere appeared a house.  In our price range.  Just 5 miles from their office.  And it is a  CUTE HOUSE!

  And so we went for it!  Since the days of offer review dates are a thing of the past, we swooped in with a full price offer and GOT THE HOUSE!   Not only did we get the house for a great price, we were even able to negotiate a new roof during our inspection period.

So these great kids got the great house.  And a 15 minute bike ride to work.  And just 10 minutes from their best friends.   It was the perfect way to wrap up 2018.   Congrats Emily and Chandler!

Happy Homeowners – Joe and Jenna!

   Have you ever met that couple this is just so smart, funny and kind.  They have that effortless charm and everyone wants to be around them?  Joe and Jenna are THOSE kids.  Just so funny and energetic and kind.  And they had an effortless and smooth (not to mention really fast) home buying process.

  We only saw a few homes.  We only put an offer in on one of them.  Joe and Jenna got the first house they tried to buy!  Not only that, but they got the seller to kick in some extra funds to compensate for some inspection issues.  Did I mention how charming they are????

Congratulations kids!  Can’t wait to invite myself over to see the house once you are all settled in :).


Moo-ve OVER! Jo and Ryan Conquer the Cow House

Sick of all the stories about brave home-owners putting in offers on 3-4 houses before finally getting an offer accepted?  Me too! 

(enters Jo and Ryan)

What happens when you mix two savvy and slightly jaded buyers with one overly-optimistic real estate agent?  After a little bit of shaking and stirring, those buyers end up getting the best house in the neighborhood on the first try.

I would spare you the dirty details, but there weren’t many.  We saw about 10 houses.  A few of the first houses, Jo and Ryan considered putting an offer in on.  To quote them, the houses “didn’t suck”.  Once I convinced them that really, they could do better than just “not sucking”, we got to work finding a good house.

And there it was, the Cow House.  Nestled in the cutest little pocket of Shoreline and boasting only two prior owners in the past 72 years, Ryan and Jo were actually excited about this house.  The Cow House had been lovingly remodeled, and had everything you always want but almost never find in an older house.  New roof, new wiring, new plumbing, and all of it permitted!  Unheard of!

So with very little fuss, we submitted an offer and it was accepted.  We did the inspection (of course, it went well), and coasted easily to the closing day.  Shoreline just scored a fantastic set of new neighbors, and Jo and Ryan got a beautifully updated home in a great neighborhood with a huge yard.  Win-Win!

Vintage Capitol Hill Condo – SOLD

Top Floor with VIEWS!

Imagine having the City outside your front door, yet being surrounded by old-world charm.   Being blocks from the hustle and bustle of Broadway, yet tucked away on a tree lined street, up high in your top floor condo with postcard views.

This historic charm of Park Lane abounds.  This home is a beautiful balance of the hard-to-find architectural details of the era, along with design styles that suit our modern lifestyle.  You can have original hardwood floors, beautiful windows and baseboards AND an open concept living/dining.  You can have the convenience of city life AND the tranquility of a quiet, spacious home. 

From the wall of windows, to the wood-burning fireplace to the coveted garage parking space, this Capitol Hill condo really is the gem of both the building and the neighborhood.

Unit Features:

  • 1 secure, assigned underground parking spot
  • Top-floor unit with amazing City and Sound views
  • Wood-burning fireplace (the only one in the building!)
  • Tons of storage, and three large closets in the unit
  • Skylights
  • Wood-slat blinds
  • Built-in wine fridge

Why I LOVED Living Here:

– Watching the Space Needle New Years Eve fireworks from the comfort of the couch with a fire going in the fireplace. Or hosting a NYE party to share the experience with your closest friends! (I did both)
– Watching the late summer orange, pink, and red sunsets over the sound, Olympics, and space needle. Best enjoyed with a glass of wine or beer.
– Running around the corner to the 24hour QFC – it’s like your own personal infinite pantry! My most common runs were for ice cream!
-Entertaining in the great room/open concept – cooking while chatting across the peninsula with my guests.
– Watching the seaplanes land on Lake Union.
– So central to everything: walk to Broadway shows at the Paramount, take the light rail to the games, wander the hill for urban food and culture explorations, an afternoon in the parks and museums nearby, or quickly hit I-5 to head out to the mountains for a wilderness adventure
– The top notch food scene along Broadway and beyond
– Having coffee and reading the paper in the “secret garden” on Sunday mornings
– Walking to all the cultural offerings on Capitol Hill through the year: SIFF movies at the Egyptian, amateur theater performances, music performances at Cornish College of Music, Capitol Hill Block Party, etc.
– At least 6 coffee shops in a 4 block radius!

The Fine Print:

  • 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom
  • Built in 1931
  • 766 square feet
  • $554 monthly HOA dues includes water, sewer, garbage, all electricity and common hot water
  • 2018 annual property taxes of $4,560
  • 1 assigned parking spot
  • Listed at $495,000 – Sold for $475,000 on 11/30/18
  • MLS #1370857
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Spacious Queen Anne Condo – SOLD

What will YOU do with the bonus room?

  Hopefully this condo will be the one that makes you want to stop looking at all other condos online.
Are you looking for over 800 square feet, a large bedroom PLUS a den/office?  Come on in!  Space is something this condo has for days!  You will also find lots of storage, from the actual laundry room, to the kitchen pantry, to the linen closet to the huge closet in the bedroom.  What will YOU do with the bonus room?  Office?  Podcast recording studio?  Guest room for when family visits?
Do you want a ground floor unit with a private patio? Welcome home!
Do you love to cook and long to have a big kitchen with stainless appliances and granite counters?  This condo has a tons of counter space and cabinets, is open to the living and dining room, and we even put in a brand-new dishwasher just for you.
Interested in a newer building that’s pet friendly with low HOA dues?  Rest easy and put those old-building blues behind you.  This building was built in 2003 and has been wonderfully maintained.  And with HOA dues of just $285, you get all the wins of a newer building at a great price.  Cats and Dogs are welcome here.
You deserve both a great location AND a garage parking space!  This condo has a WalkScore of 92 AND an assigned parking space in the underground garage.  You even get a large storage unit!
Unit Features:
  • 1 assigned, underground parking spot
  • Large storage unit
  • Brand-new flooring throughout
  • Private patio
  • Fireplace
  • Brand-new dishwasher
  • Stainless side-by-side refrigerator
  • Gas stove
  • In-unit laundry room with washer and dryer


The Fine Print:

  • 1 bedroom and one bonus room
  • 1 full bathroom
  • 846 square feet
  • $285 HOA dues (includes water, sewer and garbage)
  • 2018 annual taxes = $3,803
  • Parking Space #45
  • Storage Space #49
  • Listed at $475,000
  • MLS#1355446
Sold on 12/12/18 FOR $460,000

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