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A Mount Baker Romance


If you lived here, your life is sure to be more romantic, like living in a fairy tale.

This pretty, sweet-talking Tudor sits up above a tree-lined street in Mount Baker, offering an amazingly private setting.


Step through the front door to find all the 1920’s character intact.


Kitchen is vintage with updates.


Master bedroom has lake, mountain, and downtown Bellevue views. Dreamy.


Alcoves, nooks, and crannies galore.



The outdoor living space, front and back, is secluded and delightful.

2311 33rd Ave South, Seattle, 98144. Offered at $885,000. Built in 1925. Two bedrooms, one and one-half baths. 2410 interior feet on a 5000 square foot lot. Hardwood floors upstairs and down, original plaster work throughout, coved ceilings, alcoves, leaded glass windows. Kitchen is large and opens to back yard. Detached garage. A well-preserved sweetheart.

New on market today and open tomorrow, Sunday, June 23rd, 1-4 p.m.


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While Waiting


This is the excruciating time between submitting an offer and waiting to hear our fate. The house is straight and solid, the neighborhood is quiet, the price is good; I expect they are reviewing about eight offers on it RIGHT NOW. I know my buyers are anxious, and I am anxious, too. We can try all we like to adapt a que sera, sera attitude, but in these most intense moments of waiting, all that woo-woo shit sort of goes out the window.

Meanwhile, in an effort to keep busy and not fret, let’s reflect on another recent offer situation with success its lucky outcome. In this case, my sweet and savvy buyers prevailed over 15 (!) offers. Now they are on to homeowner things like how will we fit ourselves into this pretty but petite house ? And, should we expand now or wait a year to get a feel for things around here? I have been happy to listen in on meetings with a contractor and an architect. So many interesting ideas flow when talented people brainstorm.



With a backyard like this, lingering while dreaming of home improvements will be pleasant.



Looking out at the gardens from inside is worthy of a linger as well.



And, I know the kitchen is a little spartan, but isn’t it still very charming?



Home Sweet Home.


This truly is what makes the current status of excruciating limbo worthwhile in the end, a concept I am focusing on while still waiting…


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If I were really to write the blog of my dreams, I would have such a fun time talking about what I really think about so many properties I see, as well as all the kooky things Realtors say and do. But this would not only be frowned upon by those I wish to make smile, it is also prohibited by my membership in the Northwest Multiple Listing Association. We are not allowed to publish anything listed by another broker without their express permission.

I can hardly persuade other brokers to let me say glowing things about their listings in this format, let alone having them give me the go ahead to talk about how their new listing is horribly dated and depressing and I’m pretty sure is priced about $300,000 above market. But wouldn’t it be awesome if I could?

(I saw that house today)

Instead, after I looked at eleven open houses this afternoon, all new listings, between Capitol Hill and Mount Baker, I didn’t find one that thrilled me.

I do like this old apartment building I walk past on my way to coffee in the morning, though, with its original windows and finely detailed eaves. I hope it will be preserved a long time.


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Mount Baker Mansions


We have long decried the lack of inventory in our in-city market, an acute shortage as it has been described, creating quite an imbalance for buyers for at least a year now. But spring has worked its new-born magic on at least one niche in the marketplace: Mount Baker mansions. On brokers open house tour yesterday, I visited grand and gracious homes in the historic Mount Baker neighborhood, seven of them, priced from $1.6 million up to $4 million, three of these just listed in the past seven days, all of them listed within the past month. Suddenly, some compelling choices.

One I really liked happened to be my first stop, an Arts and Crafts home built in 1912, over one hundred years old, still substantial and in impeccable condition. So many irreplaceable details including original mahogany millwork and oak floors, all perfectly preserved.GetMedia-2.ashx

I also loved the veranda that spanned the back of the house. This is the place to see spectacular sunrises over Lake Washington.


2636 Cascadia Avenue South. Asking price $2,195,000. Five bedrooms, three upstairs bathrooms and two powder rooms on main and lower levels. Third floor master suite. Great media and family room downstairs. Feels intimate throughout even with 5677 interior feet. Gorgeous setting on a 10,764 square foot lot. Listing Broker: Amy Sajer, Windermere Real Estate. 

Many of these landmark homes are on astonishingly large lots for in-city. One I visited was sited on an acre and a half, two others on lots about an acre each, with sport courts and swimming pools. I noticed that when your acreage faces expansive sky and water views, it feels even larger. Imagine how tranquil you might become gazing out your own windows to those vistas every day, to the manor born.

The most expensive home on my tour also had the most appealing antique and art collection I’ve seen in a while. And fireplaces and bathrooms in each bedroom. I loved that, too. Today, Mount Baker enchanted me again.


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Jumping Into July


And so begins the second half of the year. Plenty of hot summer weather to usher it in. Hot and humid. Steamy! But we Realtors are intrepid. We work through all sorts of day to day distractions, like 90 degree days and an extra disruptive festive Pride week-end on Capitol Hill. Ten sales reported again for the past week at GBK, not much of a let up from the busy spring market. Now it’s become the summer market setting the pace. We wonder if appraisers will be able to justify appreciating prices as they continue to climb.

This new office listing comes along just in time for someone who really wants to embrace summer in Seattle.: lots of  windows with blue water views of the lake and bucolic outside spaces for lingering on warm nights.



2040 34th Avenue South, Mount Baker, Seattle. Offered at $1,240,000. Cape Cod cottage completely remade into an artistic, modern masterpiece. Originally built in 1948 but benefitting beautifully from a studs out remodel. Four bedrooms, three baths. 3700 interior feet on a large and private 8762 square foot lot. Gorgeous new kitchen and baths. For more info and photos, click here.



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Handstands On The Dock Anyone?


Summer is sort of passing through Seattle with a lowered glance this year. I haven’t even gone for a swim in the lake yet since I keep waiting to feel hot enough for it but never do. What a sorry situation!