Sophistication in Normandy Park

Our latest luxury listing, set on the highest point in Normandy Park, a charming village-like town 20 minutes south from Downtown Seattle, embodies sophistication in design & modern practicality. Here, the rooms are spacious & fresh and flow effortless into the beautiful grounds.

Wide planked oak floors, white palette, wide windows, warm light, fun details… all contribute to a happy feeling. This jewel home, built by Terrain Seattle, showcases the company’s skillful and meticulous work.

The interior was designed for a versatile living and aging-in-place thanks to its main level living, elevator-ready function and full 880 square foot ADU for guests and caretakers.

Enjoying Lot A beach rights to the Cove –  the celebrated private community beachfront park – the property offers waterfront qualities minutes away.

Offered at $3,450,000.

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Soothing Elegance & Sanctuary Feeling

Bordering the “secret” side of Volunteer Park and anchored along one of the most celebrated streets on Capitol Hil, this striking Georgian Colonial was designed by Joseph Cote, known for many of Seattle’s landmarks. Built in 1921, the home was carefully restored & added on to blend with its original flavors while meeting with today’s needs and sensibilities.

Unassuming from Federal Avenue, the house unfolds unto spacious & light filled rooms: tall ceilings, walls of paned windows, extensive millworks and quarter sawn hardwood floors. It is easy to get distracted while touring the beautiful interior as one catches the intricate drawing welded in an antique light fixture or the unusual pattern in the superb woodwork. The sunroom is versatile in its use and fresh in its finishes: the perfect spot to sip tea or lemonade while enjoying the beautiful garden views.

The upstairs library, with its patinaed mahogany paneling, represents a cherished highlight of the home… a warm & sophisticated space where working becomes a real pleasure.

The kitchen, true heart of the home, was remodeled to blend with its historical elements while offering practicality. A favorite place for the entire family engaged in a multitude of activities: cooking, casual eating, TV watching, doing homework and lounging.

The bedrooms, all ensuites, are comfortable & charming each one with its own flavors. A main floor bedroom was added to allow for a no-stairs use and potential aging in place.

A particular attention to details and finishes, all exquisite and beautifully executed.

The lower and upper floors are ideal for relaxing and entertaining guests and friends: media room, workout area, project alcove, guest bedroom, and family room.

Step outside from the main level living through the numerous sets of French doors to enjoy a lush outdoor living, both private and welcoming. Towering Atlas cedar, blooming borders, quaint tree house, refreshing fountain and sprawling patios and lawn, all ideal for quiet moments or large gatherings.

A little urban enclave where life feels easy and natural, and one forgets that Downtown Seattle and Lake Union are minutes away.

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Alki Beach – West Seattle

Located on the north shores of West Seattle, Alki is one of Seattleites’ favorite spots, the perfect place to capture striking views of the Emerald City’s skyline. Here you will find sandy beach, sidewalks and green stretches of grass. The vistas are varied from islands, massive sunsets over the Olympic Range to active wildlife at play such as harbor seals, bald eagles and occasional pods of whales. Locals & tourists come to Alki Beach to rest and play: biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, walking or sunbathing.

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Seattle Asian Art Museum

A peaceful location for the Seattle Asian Art Museum in the very heart of Volunteer Park. The 1933 building, true jewel of Art Deco architecture, was SAM’s original home.

Recently restored, the interior is fresh & inviting and blends with the lush grounds thanks to floor-to-ceiling walls of glass panels.

Each room brings contrasted flavors and heighten visitor’s senses who will find themselves in a turmoil of emotions ranging from divine inspiration, dark fear and light playful mood.

Travel through countries, cultures, history and talents through the many layered exhibits.

The museum offers something for all ages, tastes, and sensibilities.

We invite you to catch a glimpse inside with this little video tour.

Westwold estate… intemporal & magical

Air, Water and Stone. These three elements could sum up the magical feel experienced once stepping onto the beautiful grounds of Westwold. Resting on a natural paradise of lush Northwest vegetation, centenarian cedars & tree-like rhododendrons, the home appears, fairy tale like, behind its private natural curtain of evergreens. One could easily envision Snow White walking out of the arched front door.

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The many faces of Staging

When I started selling real estate 12 years ago, homes were put or rather “slapped” on the market pretty much “as is”. One day, the owners would decide to sell their home, their agent would preview the property, assess its value, take pictures and not long after, the property would be “thrown into the market arena”. At that time, the very concept of staging was perceived, by owners and brokers, as a total waste of time and energy. My very first attempt at it was not perfect yet got my listing sold in record time and for top dollar (in a market where sales were sluggish and unpredictable). Staged properties sell faster and for higher prices because buyers feel at home, they can visualize their belongings in them and know that they will be able to move right in. If you were going to sell your car, would you take the time to vacuum the interior, wash and polish the exterior? Or just sell it dirty and full of stuff? Well, staging works the same way. Although superficial, its effects are paramount!

#1. The 3 Cs of staging    CLEAN    COLOR    CLUTTER

– The very first rule is to invest time in a general “Spring cleaning” both interior and exterior. Your property needs to smell fresh and inviting. Avoid air fresheners as much as possible, some buyers are allergic to them. Use diffusers instead, burn a natural and gently scented candle before a showing or bake cookies.

– The best colors are neutral ones such as off whites, cream or soft greys (very “in” right now) for the main living areas. If you are using some light colors for the bedrooms and bathrooms make sure to keep the ceilings & trims white. Working with neutral tones.

– Get rid of the clutter. Since you are going to move anyway, time to pack nick knacks, and extra decorations on shelves and furniture. Less is better. Clear your counters, make your closets not so packed with clothes (they will look larger).

#2. De-Personalize

Your home needs to be as neutral as possible, remove those family portraits (you want buyers to look at your home and not at its personal content) and put away any books on religion, and various controversial elements.

#3. Fix and repair

If you have been putting off a list of broken items or a to-do maintenance list, now is the time to tackle it. It goes from refreshing the paint on baseboards, walls and doors to fixing some broken windows and having your furnace serviced or your roof and gutters cleaned.

#4. Key pieces of furniture and fun accessories with a recurring theme & color

If your furniture is shabby or dated looking you may want to haul them away and rent a few key pieces that will make the living spaces fresh and relevant to a modern buyer. Using a professional stager might be a good way to go if you don’t know where to start. He or she will have the right inventory of furniture and accessories for your house and will direct you towards the right selection. It is better to avoid being too traditional or too modern to appeal to a wider range of age groups and tastes. Go for a more transitional style.

Do not block a passage way or a view towards the back of a sofa. Think of the best attributes of your home and rearrange your furniture accordingly. Showing your buyers where to put their electronics and TVs is important. If your market attracts a high level of International buyers, think of Feng Shui as an important extra step in your staging process.

#5. Larger & fewer pieces of artwork with a recurring color scheme

When it comes down to wall art, larger and fewer pieces will have a bigger impact. Once you have selected a color palette, you will want to bring a few recurring themes and colors to the throws, pillows and artwork present in the home. It will bring a sense of coherence and flow between the rooms. If you own a waterfront or a view home for example, think of using some blues and greys into your accessories. It will create a flow between the inside and the outside.

#6. Work on that curb appeal

Curb appeal is essential as this is the very first impression buyers will have of your home. If it doesn’t look kept up or inviting, they may not even take the time to go inside. Have your home pressure washed, refresh your paint, if necessary, add some potted plants and create an entrance that says “welcome”.

If you are thinking of selling your home in the near future, think “STAGING”, the end result will be worth it!