I love peace and quiet. So much so that when, years ago, I knew I’d be moving from a small, rural town of fewer than 5,000 people to a major metropolitan area, I purposely savored the silence, hanging on to a hush so awesome you could practically hear your heart beat any time of day. Quiet like that, I knew, would never again be so ordinary for me.
The real estate market in Seattle (and many other cities) is hot right now! As a buyer, you may be ready to snatch up a home quickly because you’re worried about availability. What if you find the perfect place, and you lose it in a bidding war?
Hidden in the rolling hills just east of the hustle and bustle of the city is Duvall, a place that’s over 100 years old and still maintains the same small-town charm and appeal since it was incorporated in 1913. 7,500 folks call this quaint location home, and with so much beautiful scenery and lots of friendly people, it’s no wonder!
If money were no object we’d all likely live in homes with designer kitchens, spa bathrooms, bedrooms aplenty and relaxing man caves that would make Fred Flintstone jealous. But most of us live in the real world where money drives nearly all of the decisions we make, especially remodeling.
“How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria” keeps playing through my head whenever I think about housing inventory. We’ve all seen The Sound of Music; we know the story. Maria makes most of the women in the abbey uncomfortable. She is curious and headstrong. As far as everyone else is concerned, she just needs to follow their lead and things will be just fine.
Brr, it’s getting chilly out there! The coming of Fall means sweaters, hot beverages, scarves and a lot less daylight. It makes you want to grab something soft and fuzzy to settle in front of the fireplace, getting cozy and warm with your favorite hot drink. Even if you don’t have a fireplace, you can keep your humble abode heated and comfortable with proper insulation.
“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” These words, attributed to Gandhi, phrase eloquently what we’re all aware of. Like countries, every city has its own culture, which is shaped and sheltered by the personalities of those who call it home. While we may have contrasting experiences and beliefs, they blend together to create an almost tangible sense of home – one that you’d be hard-pressed to make us give up.