Which Seattle Neighborhood Should You Live In?

Whether you’re new to Seattle or just looking for a change of scenery from inside the ever-changing city, there’s no shortage of neighborhoods to call home. Should you choose the sleepier, suburban feel of North Seattle? Maybe you want to be where the action is close to Downtown. Financial reasons could drive you to specific regions of the city, for better or worse. No matter how it changes, Seattle still has a lot of different enclave options for everyone. Find out which one might be the perfect fit for you.

Which Seattle Neighborhood Should You Live In?

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Seek Out These 12 Secret Seattle Parks For Springtime

Seek Out These 12 Secret Seattle Parks For Springtime

Seattle Parks

There are over 400 parks and over 6200 acres of park land in Seattle but sometimes it seems like we’re all just going to the same ones. If we’re not a Woodland Park we’re at Cal Anderson Park or over in Discovery Park. It’s easy to just stick to what you know. But Seattle is filled with the undiscovered, or only slightly-discovered, and the spring weather is beckoning to you to find them for yourself. Below we’ve mapped out twelve tiny or hidden parks that often fly under the radar. Some of them are beaches, others offer amazing views. All of them are worth the trip.

1 Cove Park

Right next to Fauntleroy Ferry Dock, you’ll find this new-ish park on the waterfront. Closed for a long time while the Barton Pump Station got upgraded, you can follow the top of the station down to the waterfront beach with salmon art leading the way. Be wary of the shore during low-tide, it can be a little dangerous. But there’s still lots of other space to explore or just sit and watch the ferries.

Year of Seattle Parks

Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Barton St
Seattle, WA 98136

2 S.W. Brace Point Street End

A third of a mile south of the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock, look for a “shore view” sign and that’s where youll find the public access spot. This private beach offers fantastic views of Vashon and Blake Islands. Bring a lunch and just hang out for a while, watching the ferries go by. Just don’t go too far north as it becomes private property quickly.

Year of Seattle Parks

Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Brace Point Dr
Seattle, WA 98136

3 32nd Avenue W. Beach

Go to the end of 32nd Avenue W. and you’ll find a small waterfront beach that’s a perfect jumping off point for a boat ride or just to sit and enjoy views of Downtown Seattle and Bainbridge Island.

Year of Seattle Parks

32nd Ave W & W Galer St
Seattle, WA 98199

4 Howell Park

Take a turn off of Lake Washington Boulevard onto Howell Place, which looks like a dead-end street, and you’ll find there’s actually a secluded park down there. There’s no parking lot so just make sure you don’t block any of the private driveways nearby. The path leads down through the woods to a beach lawn where, it’s rumored, you may find clothing-optional sunbathers from time to time.

Year of Seattle Parks

1740 E Howell Pl.
Seattle, WA 98112

5 Thomas C. Wales Park

This place was used as a gravel pit and for material storage prior to being developed into a neighborhood park. Some of that gravel has become public art and gives this tiny park a unique look and feel.

Year of Seattle Parks

2401 6th Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109

6 Rainbow Point

Enjoy a great view of downtown and the Olympic Mountains, while also sitting on benches or making your way along the simple pathway. This park is lighted, and features trees and shrubs, along with plant beds and small lawns.

Year of Seattle Parks

NE 75th St. & Banner Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

7 Bellevue Place

Bellevue Place is small grassy slope overlooking Lake Union across I-5. A short bike path runs through along bottom of the hill, connecting Melrose Ave E to a bridge over the highway to Eastlake Avenue. Great views here of downtown Seattle, Queen Anne Hill and the Olympic Mountains.

Year of Seattle Parks

Bellevue Pl. E and Bellevue Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98102

8 Belvoir Place

This small waterfront park located at 42nd Avenue NE is near Surber Drive NE in Laurelhurst. While the dock is in need of some serious repair, it’s a cool little gem of a spot for sunbathing or even getting in the water if you’re up for it. FYI, Belvoir Place has been designated a “Pesticide Free Park”.

Year of Seattle Parks

3659 42nd Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105

9 Herring’s House Park

This very neat little park in the Duwamish industrial area offers some respite against the hustle and bustle of trucks and trains nearby. There are walking trails here that provide views of the Duwamish River, and some interpretive signs to help inform visitors about the local ecosystem. There is also a small lawn area available for stretching out and enjoying the sun. This is actually a very special place in Duwamish culture, known as Tualtwx (Tohl-ahl-too).

Year of Seattle Parks

4540 West Marginal Way
Seattle, WA 98106

10 Andover Place

Andover Place is simply a narrow grassy slope between buildings, providing public access to the beach. Tree trunks washed up on the beach make excellent spots to sit and enjoy the view. This spot was gifted back in 1948 to be “used exclusively for public recreation and access to waters of Puget Sound.” It’s a good spot to explore the beach, especially at low tide.

Year in Seattle Parks

4000 Beach Dr. SW
Seattle, WA 98116

11 Chinook Beach Park

Chinook Beach Park features a small beach area complete with driftwood and logs that have washed up along the shore. There is also a simple, long walking path along the beach, which offers spectacular views of Lake Washington and the Cascades beyond. A small concrete landing provides a good platform for a picnic or camera tripod, as well as an interpretive sign that gives some background information on the area.

Year of Seattle Parks

Rainier Ave. S & Ithaca Pl. S
Seattle, WA 98118

12 Bhy Kracke Park

Go ahead, make a “buy crack” joke. This unusual park is located on a steep residential area and the sloping hillside give you a great view of downtown, Lake Union, the freeway, and Capitol Hill. There are benches, bike rack, and drinking fountains if you want to hang out for a bit. Make sure you walk down the steep hill to appreciate the flowers and peep a different view down below.

Year of Seattle Parks

1215 5th Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109

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Art Display on Alki for Earth Day

With Earth Day on April 22, Value Village is unveiling an art installation on Alki Beach to visually represent the impact clothing has on the environment. The 2,000 square foot pop-up piece will only be up on Friday from 8am – 7pm. Check it out!

The installation by with will be up through this evening. Go see it!

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What If I Wait Until Next Year To Buy A Home?

What If I Wait Until Next Year To Buy A Home? | Simplifying The Market

What If I Wait Until Next Year To Buy A Home?

As a seller, you will be most concerned about ‘short term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As either a first-time or repeat buyer, you must not be concerned only about price but also about the ‘long term cost’ of the home.

Let us explain.

There are many factors that influence the ‘cost’ of a home. Two of the major ones are the home’s appreciation over time, and the interest rate at which a buyer can borrow the funds necessary to purchase their home. The rate at which these two factors can change is often referred to as “The Cost of Waiting”.

What will happen over the next 12 months?

According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, prices are expected to rise by 5.5% by this time next year.

Additionally, Freddie Mac’s most recent Economic Commentary & Projections Table predicts that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate will appreciate to 4.5% in that same time.

What Does This Mean to a Buyer?

Here is a simple demonstration of what impact these projected changes would have on the mortgage payment of a home selling for approximately $250,000 today:

What If I Wait Until Next Year To Buy A Home? | Simplifying The Market

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Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price is Right!

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In today’s market, where demand is outpacing supply in many regions of the country, pricing a house is one of the biggest challenges real estate professionals face. Sellers often want to price their home higher than recommended, and many agents go along with the idea to keep their clients happy. However, the best agents realize that telling the homeowner the truth is more important than getting the seller to like them.

There is no “later.”

Sellers sometimes think, “If the home doesn’t sell for this price, I can always lower it later.” However, research proves that homes that experience a listing price reduction sit on the market longer, ultimately selling for less than similar homes.

John Knight, recipient of the University Distinguished Faculty Award from the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific, actually did research on the cost (in both time and money) to a seller who priced high at the beginning and then lowered their price. His article, Listing Price, Time on Market and Ultimate Selling Price, published in Real Estate Economics revealed:

“Homes that underwent a price revision sold for less, and the greater the revision, the lower the selling price. Also, the longer the home remains on the market, the lower its ultimate selling price.”

Additionally, the “I’ll lower the price later” approach can paint a negative image in buyers’ minds. Each time a price reduction occurs, buyers can naturally think, “Something must be wrong with that house.” Then when a buyer does make an offer, they low-ball the price because they see the seller as “highly motivated.” Pricing it right from the start eliminates these challenges.

Don’t build “negotiation room” into the price.

Many sellers say that they want to price their home high in order to have “negotiation room.” But, what this actually does is lower the number of potential buyers that see the house. And we know that limiting demand like this will negatively impact the sales price of the house.

Not sure about this? Think of it this way: when a buyer is looking for a home online (as they are doing more and more often), they put in their desired price range. If your seller is looking to sell their house for $400,000, but lists it at $425,000 to build in“negotiation room,” any potential buyers that search in the $350k-$400k range won’t even know your listing is available, let alone come see it!

One great way to see this is with the chart below. The higher you price your home over its market value, the less potential buyers will actually see your home when searching.

Selling Your Home? Make Sure the Price Is Right! | Simplifying The Market

A better strategy would be to price it properly from the beginning and bring in multiple offers. This forces these buyers to compete against each other for the “right” to purchase your house.

Look at it this way: if you only receive one offer, you are set up in an adversarial position against the prospective buyer. If, however, you have multiple offers, you have two or more buyers fighting to please you. Which will result in a better selling situation?

The Price is Right

Great pricing comes down to truly understanding the real estate dynamics in your neighborhood. Let’s get together to discuss what is happening in the housing market and how it applies to your home.

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Just Listed – Beautiful Arbor Heights Rambler with Basement

Beautiful Two Bedroom, 1 Bath Arbor Heights Home. Amenities Include: Glowing Hardwood Floors, Granite Counter Tops, Nice Floor plan. The House Sits on a Peaceful Lot with a Private Backyard with Territorial Views to the East and Beautiful Flowering Shrubs & Plants. Plenty of Storage Space in the Basement and a Carport with Plenty of Place for a Workshop. Close to Downtown. Minutes to Restaurants, Shops and More. You’ll Love it Here!

9834 32nd Ave SW. Seattle, WA 98126 Offered at $335,000



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Preparing to Sell

Preparing to Sell

Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.

Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.

Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.

Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.

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Just Listed – Two Bedroom Condo with Gorgeous Views of the Sound and Olympic Mountains!

Waterfront Living with Gorgeous Views of the Sound and Olympic Mountains. Beautiful Two Bedrooms plus Den/Office. 1.75 Baths with Gleaming Hardwood Floors, Kitchen with Eating Bar, Dining Area with Custom Bar Cabinet and Wine Fridge. Living Room with Gas Fireplace and Slider that Leads to 180-Degree View Deck. Master Bedroom with Views, 3 Closets, 1 Walk-Through. Beachfront Pool, Rec/Party Room, Wood Working Shop, Sauna, Boat Launch and Boat Storage, Plus a Great Beach to Enjoy! Washer and Dryer in Unit, Pets Welcome. Elevator, Extra Storage, Covered Parking & Plenty of Guest Parking. Minutes to Lincoln Park, Downtown & More. You’ll love it here!

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