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New on Market: Remodeled Oasis in Shoreline

149 NE 166th Street, Shoreline

I’m really excited to share this new listing with you all, because it’s rare to find such a beautiful and well-maintained home in the Ridgecrest neighborhood of Shoreline.  This 4-bedroom, 1.75 bath rambler is definitely going to be someone’s dream home.  The kitchen has been remodeled with slab granite, custom cabinetry, oversized island, and subway tile backsplash.  It opens to a large living/dining area, all with hardwood floors and perfect for entertaining.

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The master bedroom has a walk-in closet, remodeled 3/4 bath with walk-in fully tiled shower, a large and cozy fireplace, skylight, and patio slider to an outdoor oasis.

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Outside, this home has been professionally landscaped.  On one side you’ll find an urban garden with lettuce ladder and raised garden beds.  In the backyard, you’ll find a huge deck & patio perfect for the grill and outdoor dining, plus a lawn and playhouse with slide.  A house sound system provides speakers in the living room as well as outdoors.  You also get two garden sheds with this home, and a covered parking space plus extra parking in the long driveway.

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Best of all, for those that know the neighborhood, this is a quick 5-minute walk the Crest Theater, where movies are always $3 and all-ages.  You can also walk easily to Hamlin Park, and you’re just a 2-minute drive from the 145th Street Park & Ride where you can hop a 15-minute bus to downtown Seattle.

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At 1,470 square feet, this remodeled home is priced at $390,000 and will be open this Saturday and Sunday, September 6th & 7th, from 12-4 each day.  Come and check it out at 149 NE 166th St, Shoreline!

Have an Adventure: Skydive Snohomish

I’m not sure if I’m having an early mid-life crisis, or just getting bolder in my old age, but this summer I was talked into doing something crazy: jumping out of a plane.  Five years ago I don’t think I would have done it.  Now, I think I want to do it again.

To skydive with Skydive Snohomish, you need to book your appointment a little in advance, prepay a $50 deposit, and give yourself about 3 hours at the facility.  You also have to be at least 18 years old, and weigh less than 220lbs.

Disappointingly, the day I was first scheduled to go was cloudy, and as my friend (a serious skydiver and the one that talked me into) said, “You can’t jump in low clouds; they’re not fluffy like you think.”  Deep down I knew this of course, but was in angry denial at the weather all day.   For my rescheduled jump earlier this month, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

As a newbie I was tandem jumping, which meant I had an experienced diver strapped to my back.  Or rather, I was strapped to his front.  Either way, I felt a lot more confident in his ability to pull the parachute than mine so I was happy.  My biggest fear was fear itself: I thought that once I was on the plane, looking down, I might not want to go.  Or worse, I might throw up.

When you arrive for your appointment, you sign a five-page waiver that repeatedly tells you that you might die.  Don’t let this scare you off.  Do make sure your life insurance policy is up to date before you go.  Once you’ve signed your life away (quite literally), you watch an instructional video about how to do a few main things in the jump: how to exit the plane correctly, and how to land. Then, an instructor reiterates those factors and has you practice the positions you need to be in on the ground before you head out to the staging area to suit up.

Your tandem diving partner gets you all geared up and ready to go with flight suit, goggles and hat, and then you board the plane.  I got lucky in two ways here: first, I had a great instructor who calmed my nerves by telling the cheesiest jokes ever on the plane (How do you find Will Smith in the snow? Look for the fresh prints).  Secondly, I was the last tandem person to board which meant I was the first one to jump out, and I didn’t have to build up anticipation watching the rest of the plane go.

Was I scared?  Yes and no.  I was nervous, and before it was my turn to jump out, I had to watch three individuals jump.  But when my turn came and we started scooting our butts toward the exit, I didn’t have time to be scared.  I didn’t even have time to realize I was at the edge before my tandem partner pushed us out.

The first feeling out of the plane was indescribable – like being terrified and exhilarated at once.  It was loud, my ears hurt a little, and I lost my sense of what direction I was facing.  Once the parachute opened, everyone was suddenly completely silent, and i got to gaze around for miles at the view.  Although you’re skydiving over Snohomish (next to Stocker Farms), you can see all of Seattle, the Puget Sound, Mount Baker, and more.    My tandem partner let me steer for a little while before we landed safely on the ground.

I’ve posted a few photos here of the process, and highly encourage your inner daredevil to knock this off your bucket list!

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PHOTOS: Wine Rocks Seattle

I had the awesome opportunity yesterday evening to accompany the lovely Taryn Miller of Sips & the City to Wine Rocks Seattle on Pier 66, and essentially get the experience of a wine festival instead of the beer fests I usually gravitate to.  I’m sold!  This event had everything you could want on a Seattle summer evening: a waterfront location with a view, fantastic wines (I stuck mostly to white and rose because of the heat), food samples (Beechers Cheese and Bill the Butcher were on hand, among others) and food trucks (like the amazing Grilled Cheese Experience), and live music.

The music was provided by the wine makers themselves, who formed a few bands and played a good variety for lounging and dancing.  In particular, an all-track-suit-wearing band from Des Voigne Cellars in Woodinville provided covers from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Weezer and Dixie Chicks that I just loved.

As far as the wine goes, I won’t pick favorites.  I’m not nearly enough of a connoisseur to advise on good wines.  I’ll just say there was a great representation there from all over the state and enough varieties to suit everyone’s taste.  Don’t like wine?  They had you covered there too, with several beers and ciders available.

 

The best part?  Proceeds from the event benefited the University District Food Bank.

Here’s a few photos from the event!

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MUSIC REVIEW: ‘BELIEVE’ in Kris Orlowski

This is my first (hopefully of many) music review posts.  I should start off by saying I am in no way qualified to judge music as there is not a talented bone in my body, but on that note I think that actually puts me on par with most other people out there reviewing music.  Because really, it’s all personal taste anyway right?

Local artist Kris Orlowski recently released his new album “Believer”  on April 15th, 2014.  It took me a few busy weeks of work before I had the chance to really sit and listen to it, but I’m thoroughly impressed with this rock/pop mix now that it’s been playing on repeat for the last week.

Orlowski somehow manages to blend clear pronunciation with an attractive drawl as he performs, making lyrics roll off his tongue in one fluid motion.  On top of that, this is the first album that has more of that full rock band sound rather than The Passenger String Quartet accompaniment that we’ve gotten used to over the past couple years.   The band (Greg Garcia, Mark Isakson, Torry Anderson, Tyler Carroll and Jonathan Warman) provide a solid backdrop to a good mix of uptempo and softer songs that sound just as good blasted from a car stereo as they do playing quietly in an office.

More importantly, this album keeps mainly in line with a Seattle music trend right now of inspirational lyrics that aim to change attitudes and bring about action (think Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and many of the fantastic positive-attitude songs of Allen Stone).  With words like “Stand tall, I’m a believer,” from the title track, you leave the album feeling pushed to do a little more with your day.

Link to the ‘Believer’ music video here

 

Green lake Village Soft Opening, Retail Spaces Filling Fast

I’ve been so excited about Green Lake Village for so long – living close to the site for years, I was just waiting for construction to start and the unsightly great hole to go away.  I walk by it at least once per week, usually walking my dog to the lake on the weekend or to my old standby Forza Coffee.

The building exterior is now complete, and I’m sure the home interiors are pretty close to it as the new leasing office soft opens on May 17th.  But I got really excited last weekend when I walked by and saw signs up for new businesses already moving into the retail spaces.

We all know the building is anchored by a new PCC – that one is slated to open on my birthday, June 4th, and I was happy to see a liquor license sign in their window last time I passed by.   But then on the south side of the building, we’re getting a few new fitness options – Modo Yoga and Pure Barre. Modo officially opened on May 1st, so you can already check them out.

When you’re done burning calories, you can happily put them back on at the west side of the building – in the new location of Lucia Italian Kitchen, who currently operate a restaurant out of Kirkland and will open the Green Lake spot in July.  It’ll help fill a gap in that neighborhood, I feel, for Italian cuisine and good wine.

There’s a Homestreet Bank opening within the building, and a Kinetic Sports Rehab is also opening by summer.  It looks like there will still be one or two spaces for businesses, so I can’t wait to see how they round this out!

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NEW LISTING: One bedroom condo in Greenwood

Here’s a little info on my newest listing!  Waterford North is a fantastic building on N 90th just a block east of Greenwood Ave (that means it’s walking distance to Naked City Brewery, just sayin’.)

This one bedroom, one bath condo is on the market for the first time in over twenty years and priced for a quick sale at $150,000.  It has a wood-burning fireplace with tile surround, kitchen with eating bar, and a huge private patio off the living area.   The seller is offering a $500 credit at closing towards a new range, as the current one is a little old (but works).

There is one assigned parking space and one storage space in the controlled-access garage beneath.   For more information, you can call me directly at (253) 653-6299 or email sheath@matrixrealestate.com.   Or, stop by the open house this Sunday, May 4th, from 1pm to 4pm.

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MAKING A FULL PRICE OFFER? GET USED TO REJECTION.

I’m frustrated. Other real estate brokers are frustrated. A lot of homebuyers are frustrated.  In some parts of Seattle, making a full priced offer on a home just doesn’t get you anywhere anymore.

Let me give you a backstory: I have clients that are looking for a new home in north Seattle.  They’re open to a lot of different neighborhoods, but they have wants and needs just like everyone else so over the past two months of house hunting they’ve found only four or five homes they like enough to actually pursue.  And out of those four or five, they’ve so far put offers in on three of them, and lost out every time.

The first home they put an offer in on was listed at $650,000.  They didn’t get it – but whoever did paid $760,000 for it – $110,000 more than list price.

The most recent home they put an offer in on went the same way – it was listed at $650,000, and it sold to someone in the range of $760,000 + (it’s still pending).

From the time I started house hunting with these particular clients, to this past week of facing another rejection, I have felt like it’s gotten worse.  So I checked the stats – and yep, it’s gotten worse.

I took some of the most popular neighborhoods – Ballard, Green Lake, Fremont, Wallingford, and Phinney Ridge – and to narrow my stats down, I took a popular price point right now – homes between $600,000 and $800,000.   Looking back at those homes that closed in the month of January, the average sale price was 101.8% of list price – so if a house was listed for $700,000, for instance, on average it sold at $712,600.

In February, the average sale price was 102.5% of list price – or $717,500 on that hypothetical $700,000 house.  In March it crept up just a little more to 102.6% – $718,200.

Then came April.  In the month of April, the average sale price in that range and in those neighborhoods was 105.3% of list price – that means that $700,000 house is now costing on average $737,100.   And a scary thought here – the biggest percentage difference during April between list price and sale price was 123.3% – that would have made a $700,000 house $863,100.  OUCH.

I very much wish I had a point here, but I think instead this post is meant more to vent everyone’s joint frustration on the matter.   What’s my advice?  Persevere, buyers.  Don’t pay more for a home than what you value it at.  Consider how long you intend to live there.  Know that you’re not alone. Because hell, if you were alone, you wouldn’t be paying so much.

Keep on truckin’.  And punch a pillow, instead of a wall.