Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Seattle Seward Park Home with Charm

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Trying to find a 3 bedroom home in Seattle for an asking price of $398,950 is not an easy task, even in today’s economy. Add that you want the artisan touches of arched doorways, coved ceilings and hardwoods and the search becomes a bit more challenging. Search no more. You can live within 100 yards of Seattle’s 120 acre waterfront park on Lake Washington. Run, walk or bike to Seward Park from this charming 1932 brick Tudor.

This is an ideal location for working in Downtown Seattle: your commute will be a snap. This 2 story home with a partially finished basement is situated above the street for privacy. This home has been updated for today’s needs while maintaining its original charm and grace. Cozy-up in the kitchen with a cup of coffee and enjoy the sunlit eating area. A nice bonus? This Tudor’s got a deep back yard with enough room for entertaining and a garden.

Let me know if you’d like to take a look inside.

Photo of Seward Park, courtesy of the Seattle Times

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sunny Whidbey Island Acreage

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Settle into your island retreat on 2+ acres of lovely Whidbey Island. Wide open spaces combined with the convenient access to a community beach make it easy to decide between waterfront and rolling green pasture. This quality farmhouse built in 2001 sits on sunny acreage with mature trees and plenty of space. It offers 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths complete with a master suite. With a large media room on the second floor you can be assured this isn’t your grandparent’s farm house. Plus you’re close to all the amenities Freeland has to offer.

Where’s Freeland you ask? “Nestled between Holmes Harbor and Mutiny Bay, Freeland is the retail & financial center of South Whidbey Island, Washington” as described by the Freeland Chamber of Commerce.

Photo courtesy of Whidbey Island Farm Tour

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Seattle City, Mountain and Water Views in Million Dollar Neighborhood for Under $476,000

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Nice! This 2 bedroom 1.75 bath bungalow in West Seattle’s prestigious North Admiral neighborhood offers unobstructed million dollar views for an asking price of $475,000. Nicely updated and clean—not the “fixer” you’d expect for this price on this street. In fact, it makes an excellent for a home offering gorgeous view of the Seattle city skyline, the Cascade mountains and the sparkling waters of Elliott Bay.

Let me know if you are interested in taking a look at this one.

photo of West Seattle views from Alki Kayak Tours

Monday, April 20, 2009

whale watching and crabbing from 1920s cottage on Camano Island

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Just north of Seattle and Everett, and no need for a long wait in a ferry line, this 2 bedrrom/1 bath cottage is right on the water with its own sturdy flight of stairs down to your very own deep water mooring, crabbing and more. A great alternative for those seeking a Whidbey Island feel without the ferry commute, Camano Island is an easy drive from our area’s cities. And the Western views from this cute 1920s cottage are pretty breathtaking- click on the blog title above to see the pics.

Asking price is $549k. Go in on it with another friend or family and you have the perfect year-round retreat.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

house of worship: church in Ballard for sale

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Anyone looking to expand their church or place of worship or open a new one? Ballard's got one for sale near Salmon Bay park for $1.875. YOu don't see a listing like that every day.

photo of a little church in New Zealand... not Ballard


Saturday, April 18, 2009

North Beach view home above Golden Gardens in Seattle

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North Beach is a terrific neighborhood above Golden Gardens Park and on the hillsides overlooking gorgeous Puget Sound and the dramatic Olympic Mountain range. Sunset views from the decks of this clean contemporary home are fabulous.

Asking price for this 3 bedroom/1.75 bath is $699,000 with a 20k buyer credit. Originally built in the 30’s and renovated in the 80's it features clean bright and open spaces including a large master suite. The landscaping is terrific with a flat, private yard— something of a rarity in this hilly hood.

Feel free to let me know if you’d like to see this home.

Photo of Golden Gardens for the Seattle PI by M. Urban.

Friday, April 17, 2009

tiny cottage in Maple Leaf for $264,950 and one of Seattle's highest spots

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This 1 bedroom, 1 bath charmer has a huge yard and deck outside its efficient little 1920 cottage footprint. Embrace the “less is more” eco trend with this small home and its hardwood floors, French doors, stainless appliances and bright charm.

Let me know if you’d like to walk through. It’s a super condo alternative in an excellent neighborhood— and just right for gardeners.

And according to wikipedia, it sits on the street that is one of our City's highest spots: "The highest point in Maple Leaf, located on 91st Street between Roosevelt Way and 5th Avenue, is over 500 feet (150 m) in elevation, one of the highest points in the city. (High Point in West Seattle is 20 feet (6.1 m) higher."

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ballard waterfront: watch the boats from this condo’s deck at Shilshole

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This 2 bedroom 1.75 bath condo along Shilshole offers great views of boats coming and going. With guest boat moorage available too, this is a super alternative to the smaller units of a place like the Edgewater in Madison Park. Spacious and sunny, with a pool for owners, this waterfront community says Seattle and is located in a great spot for walking and running along the waterfront.

It’s listed at $525,000.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

farmhouse in Phinney: 3 bedrooms for $469,950

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Looking for that farmhouse feel in a terrific neighborhood like Phinney Ridge? This 3 bedroom 1.75 bath home, built in 1919, has hardwood floors, a garage, basement and much more to offer. It's cheery and bright with a roomy, clean kitchen.

Just on broker's tour today, it is definitely worth a visit. Call me if you'd like to walk through.

Photo of nearby Greenlake.


just listed in Ballard for under $300,000

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This two bedroom one bath home on NW 61st Street in Ballard offers new kitchen, bath, electrical and refinished floors—with extras like crown molding and a sunroom. Just listed at $299,950 this one should go quickly. So let me know if you’re interested in taking a walk through this 1903 deal.


1906 Madison Park bungalow with artist's studio

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This cute bungalow's Pending to Inspection, but worth taking a look at it you've been hoping to live in the heart of Madison Park's village-like walking neighborhood. With a large unfinished basement plus an artists's studio, this 2 bedroom 1 bath bungalow lives large. And a block from the lake, the shops, the pubs, the cleaners, the bank, the hardware store, the restaurants, and more... for under $630,000.


Photo of neighborhood shops on the boulevard.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Bright and Cheery Tudor in Leschi w/ Lake Washington Views

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"Sunny" and "Tudor" are two words that don't often go together. But this Leschi neighborhood beauty offers both, due to its stunning Lake Washington, Cascade and Mount Rainier views from its leaded glass windows. Perched on a hill a block above the lake, this 2 bedroom 1.5 bath home has a nice big basement and garage for more space. Asking price is $575,000. I'm happy to walk you through it.

Photo of Leschi Market: This home's near the neighborhood's anchor, the wonderful Leschi Market with its fresh flowers, popsicles and great wine selection.


Mt Baker Classic 3 bedroom Saltbox with Views

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This one is a short sale, with all offers needing to be reviewed by the bankruptcy court. It's pending-- but for folks who love historic salt box homes, may be worth a look.

Although not on sweeping grounds like this great photo I show here from a Lincoln, MA home-- this 1919 Seattle area saltbox is on a corner lot, with views and 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths. In the great Mt Baker neighborhood, this one needs a lot of love but has great potential. Listing price is $500,000.

Photo depicting a classic Colonial-era saltbox style home back in Lincoln, MA.


Monday, April 13, 2009

1917 Craftsman with AMAZING Olympic + Sound Views for $515,000

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Richmond Beach again-- and this one is a terrific deal a block from the beach. For $515,000 you'll get breathtaking views of the snowy Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound's gorgeous waters, with a park-like yard (it's a 7,000+ square foot lot) and a house that is "done".

We're talking great kitchen, cute bedrooms and a farmhouse Craftsman feel that is pretty darn flawless. 4 bedrooms 1.75 baths. Plus an unfinished basement for more growth.

I'd be happy to walk you through it. This home's like living at your vacation place, year-round.

photo of the saltwater beach at Richmond Beach by Kim M.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

total fixer for $300,000 in Lake Forest Park: a halted remodel opp

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This 5 bedroom 2.5 bath project in Lake Forest Park was halted midway: offering an excellent opportunity for builders, contractors-- or even someone looking for a home for themselves close to Lake Washington.

If you click on Google Map's street view, you'll see what the home looked like before the project was underway:

It's not pretty, but for $300,000 the price is good to be close to Lake Forest Park's amenities, the farmer's market and all the waterfront activities.

I'd be happy to walk the site with you. Just give me a call.


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Puget Sound Views from Richmond Beach Home for $330,000

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This one's back on the market and pending-- but definitely worth taking a look if you are looking to get into the Richmond Beach neighborhood. Nice and clean this 1940's home offers peekaboo views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.

For this price you'd think it was on that busy main street but it's on a quiet street, nicely tucked away, with great gardens.

There's a Bluegrass Jam just down the road on May 3 and lots of other great community events coming up in the neighborhood. Read the Richmond Beach Community Event calendar here:

Call me if you'd like to walk through. 206.755-2342.

retro photo of shoreline dining at Richmond Beach postcard


Friday, April 10, 2009

do you swoon over Craftsmans? check out this home, a 1913 jewel on Capitol Hill

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I just brought this one on the market and for all you Craftsman-home junkies looking for a piece of Seattle history on a quiet Capitol Hill street, do take a look. It features a classic boxed ceiling in the large formal dining room, period millwork untouched by paint and hardwood floors throughout with inlaid borders. Energy efficient, flawless replicas of the home's original leaded glass windows make it bright and comfortable. A sunny rear porch off the kitchen acts as an informal breakfast room overlooking the garden. With four bedrooms and a gigantic unfinished basement with tall ceilings and rear access, this one is a real find. And don't get me started on the full length covered front porch with swing.

A block from Holy Names, Tully's and a couple of blocks to St. Joe's and Kingfish for good Southern food... let me know if you'd like to take a look.

Photo by Kristin Zwiers for Stuart Miner


Thursday, April 9, 2009

fixer in Maple Leaf on non-arterial for under $280k

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This 2 bedroom 1 bath with a large 2 car garage is a true fixer. But its location on a quiter street in a great neighborhood makes it a find. Plus it's by my favorite hardware store: the Maple Leaf Ace. (Where you'll no doubt spend some quality time if you score this home.)

Let me know if you'd like to take a look around.

photo of Mapleleaf Ace's readerboard.


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Fishing and Skiing at a Cabin in Skykomish for Under $240,000

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With a little spring skiing still available now is the time to plant your boots and poles for next year’s snow. The alpine town of Skykomish is a great launch pad for a day up at Stevens or a summer’s hike. And the fishing's not bad either.

This 70’s retro cabin on Old Cascade Highway is a warm cocoon from the elements with its rough cut cedar interior. Center set fireplace, two bedrooms, hot tub, gazebo... Macramé not included.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

utilitarian 1940's home in Hawthorne Hills

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Paint is cheap. And this home's got good bones and, something even more attractive to those of us heading out of a deep, dark Pacific Northwest hibernation: great natural light.

So bring your vision, think cosmetic updates, and we can meet over in the Hawthorne Hills neighborhood and make a date to walk through this 4 bedroom, 2 bath fixer with an asking price of $579,000.

Did I mention it's in the Bryant school neighborhood?


Monday, April 6, 2009

a picture perfect Craftsman in Phinney Ridge, one of Seattle's best hoods

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This two-story 1920s home in Phinney has kept its immense original charm while sprucing its exterior with some excellent landscaping and creative remodeling.

Plus, it's in a neighborhood that's home to places like The Stumbling Goat Bistro or one of my favorites- and one of Seattle's original "gastropubs"- the 74th Street Ale House where you can catch a Sounders game in high def and sip a pint. Mix in great independent coffee houses, being serenaded at night by the lions at nearby Woodland Park Zoo, and proximity to Greenlake, and you've got a winner.

3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath and an asking price of $525k.

Photo of the 74th Street Alehouse by Phinney's Phinneywood neighborhood blog.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

A 1920's Condo Close to Broadway, Farmer's Market with Art & More

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Own your own piece of Capital Hill in a renovated one bedroom condo with 16 inch mouldings and a cool community patio. The ArtHaus is a nicely maintained non-smoking building located in the thick of it all-- this unit's got hardwood floors, granite counters, mahogony cabinets and more. Plus, how many condos in Seattle have a funky screening room for the owners and a 30-piece permanent art collection that calls the ArtHaus home?

Shopping tip: Broadway's Sunday Farmer's Market starts up for the season May 10. Photo of the market.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

a 1958 time capsule of a home: sweeping lake view, 5 bedrooms and huge spaces

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I took a client through this Inverness home in the fall, before the most recent price drop. All I can say is “indoor lap pool” with terrace and unobstructed view of the lake.

Okay, this house doesn’t have the pool… or the terrace… or look as spiffed up as this photo yet… but that’s what I’d do with this property that’s just looking for a little love. (And a little cash).

Inverness is the hillside neighborhood below Sand Point Country Club in Seattle’s North end. This corner lot home offers amazing lake and Mount Rainier views, and for people who are enamored with the 50’s aesthetic, even has its original sputnik style chandeliers.

I like to just imagine the possibilities with this one. Let me know if you or any of your friends are looking for a cosmetic fixer just shy of a million.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Green built 2 bedroom row home by Greenlake for under $420,000

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Row homes are the stylish urban alternative to the ubiquitous townhome. We’re talking an East Coast classic vibe, but with these brand new properties by local developer Great Northern Land, you’ll get eco-built sensibility and high style finishes. Check out the doug fir staircase.

I love that there’s a garage included and that you’re just down the street from Duke’s and Greenlake. Let me know if you’d like to buzz through and check it out.

photo douglas fir