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**

MLS#1354928

– 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

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Our 4th Annual Client Appreciation Event at Safeco

This was the first time our client appreciation game was against the Red Sox.  It was also the first time it wasn’t 75 degrees or warmer.  It was also the first time the Mariners lost during our annual game.  Needless to say, we won’t be going to anymore games against the Red Sox.

  What it WAS, was a fantastic evening.  It was warm(ish) at about 65 degrees at first pitch.  We had our usual amazing seats, and Felix was on the mound.  It was a great game, both for defense and offense, that we happened to lose by an inch in the 9th inning.

 We had junk food and beer.   Old friends and baby’s first baseball game.   A night of all coming to one to place at the same time just to hang out, watch a little baseball, and talk a little trash.  It’s my favorite day of the year and I am already looking forward to next year!

SOLD – The Center Of The Universe! Fremont Condo For Sale

Fremont Condo in the Heart of It All!

 

  Welcome to the Center of the Universe! This modern and fresh condo is in the middle of all the action. Leave your car in the secure garage and head out to explore funky Fremont. Take the dog for brunch at Norm’s, enjoy a delicious cup of coffee at Fremont Coffee, or meet friends at Red Star for happy hour.
   Stay in for the night and cook a tasty meal in your dreamy kitchen. With granite counter-tops, stainless appliances and ample counter space and cabinets, whipping up your favorite meal is a delight in this stylish and functional kitchen. Sick of cooking but still want to lounge at home? Cozy up against the wall of windows and binge watch your favorite Netflix series. Whether out on the town or in for the weekend, this Fremont condo offers the best of both worlds.

 

 

A Home of Your Own
  Small but mighty, this condo checks all the boxes and provides all the comforts of home. Enjoy your upgraded tile floors in the bathroom. While in the bathroom, throw in a load of laundry in your front loading, high efficiency washer dryer, and take a long, hot shower under your rainfall shower head. Step into the bedroom with plenty of room for a queen sized bed, a big closet and a window that overlooks the green and quiet courtyard. Enjoy the time in your relaxing in-city oasis.

All the details here.

Highlights of the Condo:

– Secure, deeded, underground parking space with extra storage for bikes
– Corner unit
– Overlooks interior courtyard
– Mail room with storage for all your Amazon deliveries
– Garbage Disposal
– Dishwasher
– In unit washer and dryer

“Why I Loved Living Here”
– We are on the quiet side of the building, and I loved looking out on all the greenery in the courtyard
– Being so close to all the great bars and restaurants in Fremont.
– My easy, one bus commute to work
– Great access to the Burke Gilman trail
– Great access to both I-5 and Hwy 99
The Fine Print:
  • Listed at $340,000
  • 1 bedroom/ 1 bathroom
  • Built in 1988
  • 489 square feet
  • HOA dues $239 per month
  • Annual taxes of $2,603
  • NWMLS #1287070
  • Offers reviewed Monday, May 14th at 11am
  • **UPDATE!** – Sold on 6/8/18 for $375,000

Eric and Sally Win on the First Round!

These Kids Came to Play!

Some home buyers have to learn the hard way.  Others understand the data and market conditions and play to win from the start.  Eric and Sally were those kids.

We started with condos, then realized the HOA dues were no fun, and switched gears to townhouses.  We found a FANTASTIC home that was just a few blocks out of their “perfect neighborhood”, but they decided to go for it anyway.  As often happens in this crazy market, their dream home had an offer review date, and the seller had received an early offer and had decided to skip the offer review date and pick a buyer.  TODAY!

  We had mere hours to pull together an offer, but because Sally and Eric are smart, responsive and able to make important decisions quickly, we got the offer together in the nick of time and ended up being the winning offer!

Congrats kids!  Enjoy that deluxe kitchen and stunning staircase.