After time away from Seattle, I moved back in 1998 and promptly purchased a condominium on the west side of Capitol Hill that offered an unobstructed view of the Space Needle. I celebrated this mid-century wonder with its slender legs and graceful curve, along with its futuristic UFO-inspired top. Every New Year’s Eve, I invited friends over to revel in its beauty and a fantastic view of the annual fireworks. I never got tired staring at her from my living room windows. Now that I’ve moved, I miss her gentle greeting each morning and tender good night.
It’s spring. Did anyone tell you that yet? Besides the fact that Seattle had snow showers in MARCH, my daffodils are starting to make their statement in my yard, the birds are singing, the days are longer, and I’ve been in wonder of some pretty nice sunrises and sunsets of late. Ah, growth, it’s that time of year. Lately, growth is not only about what is coming out of the ground, but what is being torn up and rebuilt. There seems to be an abundance of both right now.
Not exactly the most stimulating and exotic topic, but someone needs to ask the hard questions, right?! I blogged recently about an energy audit process I had completed on my home, and had to decide if I should convert from oil to gas heat. In the end, I decided to go with gas, which forced me to make the all-important decision: to decommission the oil tank or to remove it.
Like Dorothy along the Yellow Brick Road, Seattle and the Puget Sound region are transforming. One recent evening I made my way from West Seattle to the Maple Leaf neighborhood, attempting to avoid the heavy traffic that clogged I-5 through the heart of Seattle. On my journey, the blatant reality of the plethora of projects underway really hit me, and gave me hope for all of the great changes and how they are altering our beautiful Emerald City.
Since my first year with Coldwell Banker Bain in 1998, I give back to the local community through our Community Partnership Program. Coldwell Banker Bain established the program as a vehicle for the company and brokers to give back to non-profit organizations in the local community. Each time someone buys or sells a home with me, I have the option to donate an amount equal to 10 percent of my commission, either to one of my charity partners or to my clients’ favorite charity.
Yes, Seattle is known for its rain, but when we’re talking about the real estate market, it’s a sunny forecast. According to the Urban Land Institute, Seattle ranks number seven on the list for best overall real estate market in 2013. When you live and work in the Seattle housing market like I do, appreciation – from other people and home values – is a good sign the gloomy skies are clearing.