I bought my first house, a 1913 Craftsman bungalow, because it looked like the quintessential Seattle house that I’d been in a million times but never thought I could own. So smitten was I that I didn’t see it was a fixer, only that it was in my price range and had all the charm and character (and dedicated dining room) that I was looking for.
I recently read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, and I was terrified and inspired all at once. It turned my idea of how to simplify your home and life on its head. As I have always gone from room to room on my mission to organize and clear out the junk, the author suggests a different approach.
Pets are wonderful, cuddly, welcoming additions to a home. They greet you with a wag of a tail and provide countless hours of fun and affection. Yes, we love our pets! To us, they truly make a house a happy home. But what do you do with Fido when you’re ready to sell and you’re hosting an open house?
Few destinations offer historic and small-town friendliness right across a bridge from a big city, but Gig Harbor is exactly that; a quaint community with just over 7,000 people, pristine views, art, culture, and the perfect waterfront setting.
I think we can all agree that we’re in a brisk market – low inventory and lots of buyers that are ready to go. So if you’re a buyer, how can you make sure you find your home? From multiple offers to lack of selection, it can be easy to get discouraged. But keep these tips in mind to help you find success and your next home in this tight marketplace.
The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. I love it for so many reasons; awesome times with friends and family, celebrating the birth of our fabulous country, BBQs, s’mores, and of course, pretty shiny things that explode and make a lot of noise. The weather has been hot and dry in the Pacific Northwest, but with a little extra care, you can still safely enjoy home cookouts and sparkling fireworks.
We are all dreaming of waterfront living this time of year, but have you ever thought of making that dream into reality? It might not be as out of reach as you think. With the popularity and ease of vacation rental sites, many of these investment opportunities can pencil out and create a lifetime of memories.
Washington State has over 300 golf courses, and I’ve probably played on (maybe) a dozen of them. I’ve never had the pleasure of playing on one by the water, such as beautiful Chambers Bay in the Tacoma suburb University Place, where the U.S. Open begins Thursday, June 18. Tiger Woods (wearing 4-year-old Nike shoes), Jim Furyk, and Phil Mickelson will join dozens of other professionals and amateurs from around the world to compete for the championship.
Summer is (un)officially here!! And I am loving every second of it. With the warm weather, long evenings, and laid back vibe we have been taking advantage and spending more time together outside. But even with the array of recreation activities available, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. So if you need some inspiration for a fun date night outdoors, look no further.