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Cottage Lake Statistics

ChartI often get calls from clients asking about the current value of their homes, given the state of the current housing market.  This usually leads to an in-home visit and catching up on the good times (what? You didn’t have a good time with your real estate agent while searching for a home?).  Eventually, the conversation turns back to real estate and I’m forced to talk about work. Read the rest of this entry »

Seattle’s Own Green Monster


One of the best things about being self employed is that I can choose where my office will be on any particular day.  Lately, I’ve been making my rounds to the various coffee shops that are so abundant in the area.  With free Wi-Fi at nearly every place I go, I’m no longer tied down to sitting in my Woodinville office.  I have met some really interesting people and had some great conversations, all under the premise of “work”. Read the rest of this entry »


Water Quality – Should You Drink Before You Buy?

Filling up a glass of water

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” – W.H. Auden

Back in college, I took a class on government. I don’t recall much from it, but for one thing that still bounces around in my head. The topic was civic amenities. The word AMENITY is defined as “A desirable or useful feature or facility of a building or place.”  Little did I know back then that the word would become such an important part of my everyday real estate vocabulary. Read the rest of this entry »

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Woodinville Happenings

Woodinville Patch

There are so many things going on in my small city that even I don’t know about all of them! Fortunately for me (and you), there is another place to go for this information.  Woodinville Patch is a new online destination that offers local news, a listing of events, volunteer opportunities, a Blog, and much more.  You can check out this website by clicking HERE or on my sidebar of other websites that I link to…


Life in Woodinville

Woodinville City LogoI love my town. Every day is unique.  The motto for Woodinville as you enter the city is “City Living, Country Style”.  Or, maybe it’s the other way around…  I can never remember. In any case, there are many city aspects such as the shopping, restaurants, and movie theaters situated alongside the country ones (horses, deer and other wildlife). Today though, I came across something I’d never seen before in my town.  A single runaway sheep jogging along the road in the pedestrian lane in front of Cottage Lake by my home.  I took a short video of it because nobody would believe it otherwise…

You can watch the short clip HERE.


What’s Happening in Woodinville

Cottage Lake SchoolIf you live in Woodinville, WA and are interested in the history of the town, you should join the Woodinville Heritage Society.  You can learn more about them at www.woodinvilleheritage.org.

You can also read their latest newsletter HERE.

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Is a picture is worth a few Thousand Dollars?

How about a few months on the market?

Back in 2008, I posted a 3 part series titled “Is it your agent’s fault“. In the articles, I spoke about many things that contribute to the successes and/or failures in the sale of a client’s home. There is no better time to look back and review these posts, especially since we are right in the middle of the worst housing market we will likely ever see. Read the rest of this entry »

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My new listing in Woodinville, WA

I just listed home in Woodinville, WA for $799,000. It is 4300 square feet, and has beautiful mountain views from the back deck. Some lucky buyer will get a steal on this home, as my sellers originally paid $1mil for it a few years ago… But, the real estate market is just like the stock market in that it goes up and down… Timing is everything! Drop me a line if you’d like a personal tour of this home.

A home for sale in Woodinville

I just listed a home in Woodinville on 1.35 acres. It has 4 bedooms, 2 1/2 baths and a 2 car garage. Ordinary you say? Perhaps, but what makes this property special are the other features like a huge shop (big enough for 6 cars) plus a 1 bedroom/den apt with 1 1/2 baths. IF that wasn’t enough, there is also RV parking and a potential for equestrian usage (there’s a fenced pasture). And, it is pretty close to the Tolt Pipeline. Now that’s special…

Cottage Lake (part II)

As promised in an earlier post about Cottage Lake, I wanted to provide additional information about the ropes course, officially known as the Odyssey Course. You can read more on how the partnership between King County Parks and the YMCA came about here.

According to Bill McKee, the Odyssey Program Director at the Northshore YMCA, the Y is about to launch a detailed website about the program, and where it is headed. The current pricing for community groups wanting to make use of the course is $40/person for groups of 16 or less, and $35/person for more than 16 participants. To find out more, you can contact Bill directly at odyssey@seattleymca.org

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