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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Happy Homeowner – Gretchen and the Great Remodel

Some people have vision.  Some people have guts.  Gretchen has both.

   It’s the age old tale of the Seattle real estate market beating us up.  Gretchen was ready to buy her first house (she sold her sweet condo two years ago) and was struggling to find something that was in her price range and wasn’t a disgusting mess.  After weeks of searching, she was getting discouraged.   But as my mother always says, it’s not what you know, but who you know.

  Gretchens best friends own a cute house that they gave a MAJOR overhaul to in Olympic Hills, and they happen to know that the house just two doors down (in my best Dolly Parton voice) was going to go For Sale By Owner.   Gretchen was thrilled to be able to buy a house that is on the same block as her best friends, and to not have to be in the middle of a bidding war. 

  We went for it!  A developer tried to sneak in and buy it with an all-cash offer, but the sellers really like Gretchen and the fact that she was going to fix the house, not tear it down, so they opted to sell it to Gretchen.  Everybody celebrate!  We got the house…

  The thing I failed to mention is….  This lovely house was a hoarder house.   It was bad.  This was a house that needed not only a total remodel, it almost needed therapy.  I won’t go into the gory details, but the home certainly wasn’t in very live-able condition.

Gretchen has vision and guts!   She wasn’t scared one bit.  She was so kind to the sellers when they needed a little extra time clearing out the house, and she took her time and did the extensive remodel right.   She had me over this weekend to see the (almost) finished project, and it brought me to tears.  She has made that sweet little house into a beautiful, comfortable home. So impressive!!!

I mean, LOOK at that kitchen!   Congrats lady.  I love you AND that sweet little house you brought back to life.

Not JUST Capitol Hill – The BEST Part of Capitol Hill. SOLD!

You Really CAN Have It All!

This crisp and modern condo is in the heart of everything. Just blocks to the light rail or streetcar, leave your car in the assigned parking space and explore. Whether you like coffee and cupcakes, or late nights and live music, it is all right outside your doorstep. The well designed, open-concept floorplan is great for game night with friends, or head up to the rooftop deck to soak up the sun and Seattle views. Fido will love this pet-friendly building and close proximity to Cal Anderson Park. Top it all off with those things you’ve always wanted (stainless appliances, in-unit washer and dryer and big walk-in closet) and this place couldn’t be any more perfect.




All the Details Here

Unit Features:

– 1 secure, assigned, underground parking space
– Brand new flooring
– Freshly painted
– Balcony
– In unit washer and dryer
– Gas range
– Dishwasher
– Mail room with locked space for packages
– Only one shared wall (nice and quiet!)
– Portable air conditioning unit


The Fine Print:

** Listed at $535,000**


– 1 bedroom 1 bathroom
– 647 square feet
– $285 monthly HOA dues (water, sewer,garbage and gas)
– 2018 annual taxes $4,016
– 1 parking spot


Sold on 9/19/18 for $520,000