Category Archives: Real Estate

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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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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Greater Seattle Area: a market on stereoids

Our Seattle real estate market has seen some historic appreciation over the last 2 years. 2022 is starting off very strongly for sellers.
For those who are jumping on the opportunity to cash in on their real estate investment, we are witnessing some incredible results with multiple offers, bidding wars and sales price escalating 30%+ over list price.  A recent sale in Bellevue made the news selling $1 million over asking… a true record.
Appreciation history

2022 Real Estate Forecast

From listening to Windermere Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, here are his top 10 predictions for this new year.

#1. Price will continue to rise

In 2021, Seattle’s appreciation was 16% and the pace will slow down to 6% due to affordability issues. We are testing affordability levels across the country even in unexpected areas such as Salem, Eugene, Boise, Bellingham and Tacoma.

#2. Spring will be busier than expected

The season may come earlier & be bigger. The work paradigm is real and is likely to increase. The rise of COVID variants forced companies to delay “going back to work” to this year. Workers are likely to find out how many times they will have to go to work per week and find homes better equipped for home offices.

#3. The rise of the suburbs

This is a follow up from the previous point. Work will still be conducted from home either partially or full time leading to the appeal of suburbs and or areas away from high density. Greater interest in secondary and tertiary markets which have previously been overlooked up to now. This will lead affordability issues for existing residents who were planning to buy when the time was right.

#4. New construction jumps

The cost of new construction is expected to go down a bit due to inflation. Material costs, which spiked with COVID, should go down and lead to increasing new construction starts close to numbers not seen since 2005: 1.2M to 1.3M.

#5. Zoning issues will be addressed

A big push is expected to address zoning issues limiting development. Significant changes should be a focal point this year.

#6. Climate change will impact where buyers live

Now that natural disasters are increasing in frequency and climate risk data is starting to be readily available, buyers will want to know about fire or flood risks and the associated costs on home insurance or mortgage rate.

#7. Urban markets will bounce back

While increased working-from-home can & will raise housing demand further away from city centers, it may not necessarily mean less demand for city living. In fact, some urban neighborhoods may even become highly desirable.

#8. A resurgence in foreign investors

Prospective buyers have been sitting on the sideline since the beginning of the pandemic and started to look again when the travel ban was lifted last November. All this has been put on pause again due the rise of the latest COVID variant. If borders do not close again, we are expected to see a resurgence in foreign investors.

#9. First-time buyers will be an even bigger factor

First-time home buyers will be an even bigger factor in 2022. 4.8M millennials will be turning 30 which is the median age for Americans to purchase their first home. An additional 9.4M will be celebrating their 28th and 29th, people who are likely to buy a home if they can buy further out at more affordable prices.

#10. Forbearance will come to an end

Forbearance will come to an end, and it will be okay. There used to be a thought that this would mean a wave of foreclosures which is not the case. The number is shrinking. Homeowners still have the opportunity to sell their homes if they cannot get back on their feet as they exit the program.