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Morgan Junction Community Festival: “the little festival that could”

Morgan Junction Community Festival: “the little festival that could”

During the summertime in Seattle you can find a festival on one street corner or another nearly every weekend. One of the smaller festivals is the Morgan Junction Community Festival, this year on Saturday, June 23rd from 10:30A-7P.

This is the 4th year in a row that I will have a booth at the festival with information about my group, Savvy Seattle Women: A Network for Homeowners and Aspiring Homeowners. I love the friendly, low-key atmosphere and the manageable crowd size. The center point for the Morgan Junction Community Festival is actually the intersection of California Ave SW and Fauntleroy Way. But you don’t need to avoid driving through the Junction during the festival — the powers-that-be don’t even shut down the intersection during the event! Cars, bicycles and people all co-exist harmoniously as we celebrate the neighborhood.

Vendor booths (also quite low-key) are located in the parking lot behind Zeeks, Feedback Lounge and Washington Federal. Activities for the kids are hosted in the Washington Federal parking lot and Morgan Junction Park. Live music provides a sound track from the Beveridge Place Pub Parking Lot. Then there is the progressive treat known as “Bite of Morgan” hosted at various eating establishments throughout the Junction. Just pick up your booklet full of coupons to get your free bites.

Mark your calendar now and make a note to come visit me at the festival. I’m sure to be giving away something good ūüôā

More info at www.MorganJunction.org

Morgan Junction Community Festival

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 and Sunday. Come visit me at 5661 Beach Drive SW in fabulous West Seattle! This $1.1 million home has 40 feet of waterfront, 4 bedrooms, 2.75 baths and 1,980 sq. ft. of living space.

If that isn’t enough to entice you, remember that I always give away coupons for handmade ice cream from West Seattle’s own Husky Deli!

Here are some fun facts and figures provided by NAR concerning this big Open House event.

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 takes full advantage of natural light and the Sound and Mountain view. Listed at $729,000 by my Prudential Northwest Realty colleagues, The Johnson Team, it has 3 bedrooms, 2.25 baths, 2,620 square feet of living space on a 6,528 sq. ft. lot.

For more details and photos, visit my website: www.SingleMindedRealEstate.com/256135

OR, come see it in person! I will be here until 4PM today (Sat., 4/21) and again from 10A-1P tomorrow (Sun., 4/22). As always, I am giving away coupons for free ice cream from West Seattle’s own Husky Deli, located in Alaska Junction.

Want to know where to find out about other Open House events? Follow this link:  http://tinyurl.com/7089800

Whatever you do, enjoy this day to the best of your ability.

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 to make your life and home a little greener. You’ll find lots of low-cost, easy-to-implement ideas on the tour. It’s free and self-guided.

Presented by Northwest EcoBuilding Guild.

West Seattle homes: Two Screaming Deals!

West Seattle homes: Two Screaming Deals!

One of the ways I differentiate myself from many other real estate agents is to regularly preview new listings as they come on the market in West Seattle. When I was out previewing properties today, I saw two West Seattle homes that I think are exceptional values for the right buyers, so I’m going to post information about them here for you.

UPDATE: 1/19/12 This first property is SOLD.

The first is a move-in-ready 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home in the Shorewood neighborhood. This property also has a HUGE double garage that ALSO includes a brand new studio apartment, a huge storage loft AND a kitchen equipped to run a professional catering service! The seller has already moved and wants this sold West Seattle home sold NOW, so the list price is just $329K!!

The address is 11028 26th Ave SW, Seattle 98146; MLS #303080. SOLD

 

The second West Seattle home is a rare one because it is located in the Duwamish co-housing cluster of townhomes.

Co-housing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents are consciously committed to living as a community.

This 815 sq. ft., 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom unit in West Seattle’s Puget Ridge neighborhood has soaring, high ceilings, large windows for lots of natural light, a covered porch, off-street parking and a large multi-purpose loft area in a tri-level floor plan. Community amenities include a workshop, p-patch, play area, common house with professional kitchen, laundry, internet and storage. Low HOA dues of $278/month. Priced at $172,950.

The address is 6000 17th Ave SW, #5, Seattle 98106. MLS #282235.

 

If you’re interested in seeing either of these West Seattle homes, I am the Prudential Northwest Realty agent to call. 206-708-9800.

Want me to keep an eye out for other screaming deals for you? I can do that, too. Give me a call and tell me your parameters and I will set up an automated property search that will send you information about new listings that match your criterion as soon as they hit the market.

 

Happy New Year’s Eve, West Seattle!

Happy New Year’s Eve, West Seattle!

My great nephew, Cooper. His first New Year!
Here we are, counting down the hours until another new year begins. There is no denying that this has been a challenging year in many ways for many people. The promise of a new beginning provides hope and often, relief, which is probably why most of us are so ready to celebrate the occasion.

This blog, Wonders in Alice Land, is a new beginning for me. For the past 5 years I have published a West Seattle real estate blog under the title “Alice is the Key,” but the scope was very limited. I decided to start fresh with a new, more inclusive format that allows me to include posts and pages about other facets of life that are important to me. That’s why the subtitle of this blog is “Living Single, Living Green and Living the Law of Attraction.”

I’ve been using the last few days of 2011 to work on making this blog and website match the vision I have for it. It is a daunting task and I’m far from completing it. I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions. What do you think of it so far? What else would you like to see included in this blog/website? Do you have any other blogs and/or websites you like that address similar themes?

If you’d like to follow me, the address to add to your RSS reader is www.WondersInAliceLand.com/feed/

I am working on adding easy/easier ways for you to follow via e-mail, but my technical knowledge — though increasing daily — is limited.

Thanks for reading.

Happy New Year, Happy New Beginnings!

An easy way to give Toys For Tots

An easy way to give Toys For Tots

Prudential Northwest Realty and I are proud to participate in the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots toy drive. This worthwhile cause sponsored by the United States Marine Corps has a long and successful history. The drive is run by volunteers and depends on folks like you and me to provide toys for them to distribute to local children who might not otherwise have much to celebrate on Christmas.

My office is a collection site for new, unwrapped toys to benefit Toys for Tots. If you have toys to donate you can drop them off at my Prudential Northwest Realty office in Jefferson Square, West Seattle. The address is 4700 42nd Ave SW, 98116.

If you can’t make it to the Prudential office, call me at 206-708-9800 and I will arrange to pick up your donation at your home or office.

All donations of NEW, UNWRAPPED TOYS are gratefully accepted.

For more information, visit www.ToysForTots.org. (Sorry this isn’t a clickable link, but my blog editor is acting up and won’t allow me to insert links or photos at the moment.)

McLendon Hardware hosts “How to” clinics

McLendon Hardware hosts “How to” clinics

As a single woman homeowner, I’m always looking for resources to help me learn how to maintain my home. I’m a big fan of McLendon Hardware because I find their staff to be knowledgeable, courteous and helpful. They may not have quite as big a selection of merchandise as the big box stores, and their prices are not quite as low, but I am always amazed by how much they DO have in stock and I find their prices to be moderate/reasonable. Living in West Seattle, I frequent McLendon’s White Center location, but I have had equally good experiences at McLendon’s in Renton and Puyallup.

I recently became aware of the free “How To” clinics McLendon’s offers on Saturdays at their Renton and Puyallup locations. The latest is happening this weekend (Sat. Dec. 3rd). Learn how to fix a leaky roof and how to weatherize your home.

What is your favorite place to get help with home maintenance?

McLendon Hardware "How To" clinics are Free!
My newest West Seattle Listing

My newest West Seattle Listing

This weekend gave me something extra to be thankful for… a new West Seattle real estate listing.

This gorgeous Northwest Contemporary-style view home has 3 bedrooms and an office (or 4 bedrooms), 2 living rooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 2 gas fireplaces, a spacious kitchen, formal dining room, an exercise area, double-car garage, Master bedroom with French doors leading to the deck, a huge utility room, boat/RV parking, security system, sprinkler system, on a 6.500 sq. ft. landscaped lot. Situated in West Seattle’s Morgan Junction, the walk-score for this home is 71, with most amenities within 6 blocks of the house. Stunning views of the Sound and Mountains from the dining room, both living rooms and the Master bedroom.

The address is 6346 38th Ave SW, 98126. MLS #297970. List price is $659,000. You can view more photos at www.SingleMindedRealEstate.com/297970.

I will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 30th from 11A-1P. Mark the date and time on your calendar and stop by for a look. You can find other Prudential real estate listings and Open House events on my Prudential website.

6346 38th Ave SW, West Seattle
The view from 6346 38th Av SW, West Seattle

Christmas Trees: living green for the holidays

Christmas Trees: living green for the holidays

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, nothing says “Christmas” to me like a traditional tree. I love the lights and the ornaments and the smell.

I have a tiny little house, so some years I have opted to put up a Christmas tree and some years I haven’t. In the past, it often depended on how much furniture I had and how many dogs were living with me.

About a dozen years ago, I concluded that buying an artificial tree was a good way to further my goal of living green. They look so real that it seemed like a sensible, economical, earth-friendly thing to do, and I didn’t have to struggle with getting it home from the tree lot. So I bought a 7′ artificial tree when I was renting my loft apartment. Unfortunately, the house I bought in West Seattle the following year has 6.5′ ceilings.

I decided to give the tree to charity, only to discover that most charities wouldn’t take it. So much for being earth-friendly. I can just picture landfills overflowing with artificial Christmas trees.

I hadn’t decided what to do this year until I was shopping at Home Depot and saw that they had 3′ tall living Christmas trees (i.e. potted in soil) for $15! And some were even Colorado Blue Spruce! (I love the way spruce tree branches show off the ornaments.) So I bought one. Hopefully I can keep it alive through the holidays and transition it back outside to plant in my yard in the spring.

What about you? How do you feel about Christmas trees?

Here’s a picture of mine, all dolled up and glowing.

My living Christmas tree

And here’s a closer look at the Angel on top. My mother hand-stitched it and gave it to me as a birthday gift many years ago.

My mother's handiwork.