On a super cold day in Seattle, I can’t think of anything more heart-warming than to sip some hot drinking chocolate or a double macchiato at Chocolati Café on 45th Street in Wallingford, or Wallyhood, as the neighborhood’s fondly known. You can peer upon the passersby, bundled up against the unseasonably low temps, from the 2nd story windows while your hands are kept warm around your mug.
Sheryl Crow sang, “Everyday is a Winding Road” and the Beatles mused about traveling home on a “Long and Winding Road”. In the 80’s even Eddy Grant soloed about “Electric Avenue”. Our culture is filled with songs about streets, avenues and roads. Homes that are located on these passageways each have a different aspect to them. As I show houses to clients, I am enamored with some of the wonderful roads I travel on. The roads that lead to our houses are an extension of who we are and represent what our homes mean to us. They are the passageways to the dream of home ownership.
For over 10 years, Kent Station has been a dining, shopping and entertainment destination in the heart of downtown Kent, Washington. With adjacent luxury style apartment complexes, Dwell and the Platform and its close proximity to the Sounder Train, it is the epitome of the urban core. Also, being close to the ShoWare Center, it is a destination place for thousands of visitors to Seattle Thunderbird games, concerts and events. During the colder winter months, shopping centers come alive. Lights twinkle, holiday music is in the air and children play through the station’s pathways. With everything from businesses to entertainment, there is something for everyone when you visit Kent Station. Of the many activities, below are 5 things to do when visiting Kent Station in the fall and winter months.
Real Estate Market Trends, Decorating, Selling, Home Maintenance, Home Life, DIY Projects
As the market changes, preparations for showings are more important than ever. Getting your house to the listing stage is a huge accomplishment. Removing personal items from view and achieving a spotless house is a chore for many. Now it’s time to go live and activate your listing. Don’t let all your hard work go to waste. A buyer’s visit to your listing will be a determining factor whether they place an offer. Because showings often come quick and rapid, you want to be prepared. The following are some helpful tips to keep your house prepared for showings:
I’m a fan of home décor quizzes. Every few months, I dig for the latest style finders from websites like HGTV, Havenly and Laura & Wolf and can’t help but answer fun questions and pick photos of my favorite looks. Would you decorate with animal print? Nope. Are you a fan of bold color? Absolutely. After a moment of calculation, I’m presented my results, and lately I’ve been surprised to discover my style described as “happy modern,” “eclectic chic,” and “minimal eclectic.” Say what?
Seattle’s visitors and new residents often gravitate toward the common tourist attractions that are, deservedly so, at the top of any list of things to see. Pike Place Market, the Monorail running to the newly renovated Space Needle and Mt. Rainier are well worth exploring. But it’s through the back doors where many really start to uniquely weave their lives into the historic fabric of our city.
What’s a must-have on your ideal neighborhood list? Shopping? Great schools? Walkable communities? If you’re a runner like me, you probably want the option to step right out your door to hit the pavement for a few miles. Lucky for me and for outdoor lovers everywhere, Seattle, Portland and many areas throughout the Pacific Northwest have a plethora of trails and paved paths to run and explore to your heart’s content. Many of them are just minutes from the city (or right in the middle of it), and easily accessible.
In the 80’s ZZ Top sang about having a Party on the Patio. Now, outdoor living space has become an extension of a home. While patio furniture used to be commonplace, the options now to spruce up your patio are just about endless. The latest and greatest seems to be the way of the housing industry. In my experience, home buyers are always looking for the next trend. With new construction, where new trends often begin, outdoor amenities, like covered patios with a fireplace, are becoming common place. The following are some of the popular outdoor living space conveniences.
Thinking of moving to the Pacific Northwest? You're not alone. In 2017, Seattle and Portland were the 1st and 3rd most popular cities for relocating residents*. With bustling economies, a diverse variety of cuisine, and endless recreation possibilities, it's no wonder. But how do you choose the perfect neighborhood in these big cities?
Dreams of home ownership are often sparked by major life events, including college graduation, marriage, children, and retirement. The need for space, comfort, convenience, tax breaks and the satisfaction of being a homeowner spurs many renters into buying. And surprise! Dog owners are driving the buying trend.