This year is starting off a lot like last year. LOW INVENTORY. I hope inventory shows up and we have a much more balanced market in 2015. For over a year we have been in a seller’s market. I spent most of last year discussing, strategizing and preparing with my clients. On both sides, the buyer and seller’s side there are preparations and considerations to help make the market work the best for you. It was not an easy year. A market that is so far to one side (seller’s market) indeed makes for certain challenges. But I love what I do and last year I helped a lot of clients begin a new chapter. Challenges and all, 2014 was a very satisfying year. I am looking for to 2015. We are off and running. Below are some of my favorite homes I toured and thought (sometimes obsessed) about in 2014.
For #10 we start out on the south end of the island on Baker Hill Road. A very cool log home built in 1940 from logs milled on the property. This home sits on over two acres close to bustling Lynwood Center. This home feels like a Ralph Lauren ad and its uniqueness brought a lot of showings. Refined finishes inside and lush, professional landscaping outside made this a desirable package that only lasted 5 days on our summer market. This was a fun one I was privileged to list last year.
For #9 we move back towards town to Wing Point. This home is on Willa Lane, very close to the ferry. This is one of many new homes off Ferncliff and Wing Point, but unlike many of the others that were spec built, this one was custom. And you can tell. A superb floor plan with a vaulted great room, main floor master wing, two more bedrooms on the main floor on the opposite wing, bonus rooms upstairs, even a cat room. In addition to great spaces, the finishes were thoughtful and refined. You don’t see a copper apron kitchen sink in every home.
For #8 we stay in town, but move out to a slightly more rural area on the west side of Winslow. This home, on Lightmoor Court, sits on over half an acre in town, which is hard to find. Having been on the local garden tours this home has charming, mature gardens outside and a refined, modern, yet comfortable style inside. One level living with three bedrooms made this home a hot property with multiple offers. I was happy to see my buyers become the new happy owners of this home.
For #7 we continue to stay in town, but move to the Marina District. This home, on Stetson Place, sits across the street from the water and is easy walking distance to all Winslow has to offer: restaurants, shops, moorage, ferry, etc. This home is 2800 square feet and also has a 960 square foot guest house and 1500 square foot shop. A rare package in Winslow, yet alone the Marina District. This home lingered on the market for 77 days with several buyers waiting in the wings. When one offer came in three more more followed. We saw that happen more than once last year.
For #6 we are still in town. Hmmm, can you tell I like in-town homes? This home is on Eakin Drive on the west side of Winslow in the Midden Point Neighborhood. Eakin Drive is a wildly popular street. We had three sales on the street his year and two of them sold the first weekend. The close proximity to Winslow makes it popular, but the homes on the street themselves are charming and classic and they share 200 feet of Eagle Harbor waterfront, which means they have deeded access to water, a private park and small boat storage. This home also connects to the waterfront trail, so your walk to Winslow is scenic and easy. The home itself has charm inside and out. Pretty woodwork and built-ins, plus a great floorpan for entertaining brought this home multiple offers. Three buyers stepped up for this one and again, I was happy to see my buyers come out successful. Right now they are having fun making this house their home.
For #5 we move south to the South Beach Neighborhood. This home on South Beach Drive impressed me the first time I walked up to the glass front doors. I love when you can see the view right when you walk in. I love it even more when you can see it before you walk in. This home does not grab you from the street, the architecture is understated, but inside it is light and bright, with amazing southwest exposure and interior style that is beachy, yet classic and clean. The floor plan is functional and perfect for entertaining. And the views! Enjoy Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier drenched in sun. Low bank waterfront goodness. I loved this home all 196 days it was on the market.
For #4 we move out of town and head north to the Manzanita area. This home sits on a sunny acre plus up on prestigious Manzanita Road. This home underwent a phenomenal remodel by a master builder/woodworker. The kitchen is straight out of a cooking show and the re-design was the master-mind of local designer Seri Yeckel. She crafted up a fantastic mud-room, main floor master, bonus space over the garage and a huge detached shop/garage. Phenomenal end product. My clients were so excited to snatch this home up and they did so in January of last year, before we got into multiple offer craziness.
For #3 we move to the east side of the island past Wing Point to Yeomalt Point. This Yeomalt Point Drive home is no bank waterfront with dramatic views of Seattle, Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier. No bank waterfront homes rarely come up on this street, especially homes of this quality. This home is newer and was custom built by the previous owners. The deck is perfectly sited and I loved the not-so-big size of 2400 square feet on two levels. All the spaces you need and nothing more. This is one of my favorite streets and neighborhoods, the buyer was smart to snatch this one up right away.
For #2 we move back to the northwest side of the island, again to Manzanita Drive. I had a hard time getting this home off my mind. I love the classic, timeless, northwest style and the stunning views of Puget Sound and the Olympics from this medium-bank home on over a half-acre. Again, this was an amazing package. Wonderful outdoor spaces: an out door fireplace, custom patios, dock, buoy, and private approach. Inside the upstairs master suite took advantage of the views, plus two more bedrooms downstairs and bonus space attached to the garage. Beautiful west side estate.
For #1 we move south to the Mill Heights Neighborhood. This home on Mill Heights Circle is another nice package. A sunny, acre plus flat lot surrounds this classic, farmhouse style home. The original owners did a tremendous amount of landscaping and personalization on this home. In addition to the 3200 square foot home there is a 500 square foot mother-in-law unit over the garage. The inside of the home and MIL space are classic farm-house style, with a refined edge. I love the exposed beams and car-decking ceilings. I am a big fan of this floor plan. The builder, MRJ Constructors, built a few of these homes on the island. See earlier list – home on Millstone. This home and lot, are by far, my favorite. This home certainly has all the elements that helped it see multiple offers and close $39k over the asking price.