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Month: April 2012

National Open House Weekend April 28 & 29, 2012

National Open House Weekend April 28 & 29, 2012

If you are out and about this weekend you may see any unusually large number of Open House signs decorating neighborhoods. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is sponsoring their annual Nationwide Open House Event, making it easy for buyers to tour a large number of homes at one time. Here’s where you can find a list of Open House events in your area. Yes, I will be one of the agents holding an Open House from 1-4PM both Saturday…

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Taste of West Seattle

Taste of West Seattle

Here’s a good excuse to eat out while supporting a great cause. Proceeds benefit West Seattle Helpline. A number of West Seattle restaurants are participating to make this fun event be a major fundraiser. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door.

Recycle Roundup

Recycle Roundup

Technology is (mostly) wonderful, but what can you do with all those gadgets, appliances and electronics once they are obsolete or no longer functional? On Sunday, April 29, 2012 from 9A-3P, you can take them to the Fauntleroy Church parking lot at 9140 California Ave SW in West Seattle where they will be accepted for recycling — free of charge — by the non-profit organization 1 Green Planet. This “Recycle Roundup” is a great and very popular annual event, so…

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Lessons from the Green Home Tour

Lessons from the Green Home Tour

I took my own advice and visited some of the sites on the Seattle Green Home Tour this morning. In very short order I discovered several inexpensive ideas I can implement right away (e.g. nylon rather than vinyl shower curtains) as well as some that I hope to install in the future (e.g. solar tube skylights and infrared radiant heat panels). I also learned about a relatively new kitchen countertop option called PaperStone®. It is a truly beautiful, green and affordable…

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West Seattle Open House today

West Seattle Open House today

Wow! Spring weather just doesn’t get any better than this in Seattle! I hope you are out enjoying it. At the moment, I am hosting an Open House at 5919 36th Ave SW, in West Seattle’s Fairmount neighborhood. The accompanying photo is the view from the living room of this totally remodeled mid-century home. Weitzel Construction purchased this property and worked with architect, Veleta Witcraft, and turned the original 1958 design on it’s ear to create an amazing home that…

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West Seattle Green Homes Tour

West Seattle Green Homes Tour

Looking for something fun and out-of-the-ordinary to do this weekend? Check out the Seattle 2012 Green Homes Tour, happening this Saturday and Sunday, April 21 & 22. And in particular, the West Seattle sites on the tour. The award-winning West Seattle Blog has all the details, including a map of the five West Seattle sites, so grab your hat and a friend — maybe even the dog — and check it out! Think that living green is costly? Discover how easy and inexpensive it can be…

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UW Mother’s Day Scholarship Brunch

UW Mother’s Day Scholarship Brunch

A note from Christy Austin, the event organizer: We are very excited and proud to have Jean Smart, our Hollywood-success UW grad to be our keynote speaker, along with Michelle Esteban from KOMO TV as our emcee for the event.  This fun day will be on May 12th, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle from 10:30 to 12:30.  I am hopeful that you can support our endeavor to raise money for deserving future leaders in our community in need…

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Musings on the F word

Musings on the F word

  When I was growing up in middle-class America (I’m 54 now), I was taught that a lady never swears. Those were the days when being a lady was an assumed goal for every young woman. My mother was a true lady and I never, ever heard her utter a 4-letter word in all her 88 years. As far as I know, she never felt the need; she was able to express her feelings without cursing. I cannot make the…

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