Dear Curious in Green Lake

Have you ever walked, biked, drove past a house a million times on your way to work and thought to yourself “I wonder what that house looks like inside?”.  As soon as you see a for sale in the yard, you immediate make a b-line to the colorful flyer hoping to find a price, just out of curiosity of course. 

I had one of those today.  This really cool, perfect starter home in Green Lake has been on the market just a short time which is on my way to Duke’s Chowder House one block southwest.  I’m very smitten of the beautiful fir tree in front for privacy, convenient alley, and an acutely maintained yard.

Once I walked up to the welcome mat, the house is better than I imagined.  Clean, mid-century lines, updated kitchen with eating nook, two bedrooms + full bath up and a completely refurbished lower living space including a cozy fireplace around the oversized sofa, another bathroom and extra storage.  The soft carpet under my feet compliment the twist of  a modern edge throughout the home.  It’s a nice touch of the old and the new – which translates Green Lake homes to a “T”.  

Great home, great price – under $500,000 – and close to everything in east Green Lake.  You can walk your kids to Daniel Bagley Elementary (Montesory to 5th grade) on 80th Street, get some amazing Pho Vietnamese soup, or just kick it at Green Lake park in the wadding pool.  Perhaps you’re in need of a 3 mile jog with your dog.   If you do, grab a beer on the outside deck at Duke’s Chowder House on your way home to this totally efficient Green Lake home. 

Will you be impressed as much as I was?  Give me a ring or email and I’d be happy to show you the thoughtfullness of this home and why I think it’s such a great deal.

Twins!

Twins!

My client is pregnant with twins.  And while this new experience is super exciting for her and her husband, the four story townhome is not so much exciting.  There is literally a bedroom on every floor.  Not screaming practical here. 

Time to stock up the car with plenty of bottled water and m&m’s. 

They live in the uber-urban neighborhood of Wallingford and didn’t want to venture too far away since schools are a major focus now.  So my checklist reads:

  1. Great Schools
  2. Walkable and Safe Neighborhood
  3. Practical Floorplan with Four Bedrooms, 2,000 sq ft.
  4. Easy Commute to Work
  5. Updated
  6. $500,000 to $600,000 Range

Do any of these ring a bell? 

Green Lake Beach

First we look in Greenwood because of an amazing 2011 home just built.  Almost a perfect fit: 4 out of 6.  Bonus: Two car garage!  Overall, the neighborhood wasn’t for them.  No sidewalks (one of those things I keep hearing about Greenwood) and walkability was poor.  And I’ll give it a 5 out of 10 on the school-meter.

We look in Ballard.  Too far West for commuting purposes.  Plus they weren’t familiar with the neighborhood and I think this psyched them out a bit. 

Wallingford was up next.  They found some wonderfully updated bungalows in this uber-urban neighborhood.  They were shocked by the price per square foot and really – when you’re having twins plus a nanny – you want square footage.

I guess I left the best for last.  Green Lake was our final destination.  Bingo! 

Wallingford Park and Wading Pool

It was a Sunday afternoon and I was at an open house for my own Green Lake listing.  She and her husband went to an Open House and fell in love with it.  Who said Open Houses don’t sell houses?  We wrote it up the next day.  They can walk to PCC, Green Lake Park is across the street and when they get hungry they can walk to Duke’s, Blu Water Bistro then Ben and Jerry’s for dessert.  Daniel Bagley Elementary is one of the top desirable k-5 elementary schools and they also have a Montessori.  If private schools are more your thing, St. Joseph’s is right up the road on 80th Ave.

Happy Mommy.  Happy Daddy.  And soon to be Happy Twins this Fall.

Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Associations 14th Annual Home and Remodeling Fair-Sunday January 30th

If you are looking for ideas for your home and  are conveniently close by, say Phinney Ridge, Greenwood or Greenlake; Sunday January 30th is the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Associations 14th annual Home and Remodeling fair.

The fair will run from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Not only is this a great time to get ideas for your home, but you may meet some new or old neighbors as well. Supporting local can lead to opportunity in building your personal community; whether that be in Phinney Ridge or one of the many other awesome Seattle neighborhoods.

At this years fair there will be over 90 exhibitors, everything from designers, architects, green building experts, consultants, permit experts (that is always a good person  to know), home equity loan experts, as well as many others.  Door prizes too donated by the exhibitors.

Additional Information:
Complete List of Exhibitors
Presentation Schedule

Phinney Neighborhood Center
Blue Building
6532 Phinney Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

Admission
$6 for PNA members
$9 for general public
Children 12 and under are admitted free

For more information about this event and the Phinney Association, please go to www.phinneycenter.org

Green Lake Homes are Selling!

Green Lake Homes are Selling!

Here we are in December 2010 and rumor has it, one of the slowest times of the year for real estate.  Or is it?

Taking a look at the real estate stats for the last 30 days in the Green Lake neighborhood, there has been 24 transactions.  18 solds and 6 pending to close.  Not too shabby!  Along with these closed or closing homes, there’s 15 active homes on the market right now.  Looking at the last two months of inventory in Green Lake, it appears the inventory has reduced just a bit from 29 active homes.

The median price range has held steady in these autumn months - teetering back and forth between $493,500 and $498,000 but from October through today sellers have retained 98% of their list price.

Cooper Jacobs Real Estate currently represents three properties in Green Lake in all three categories - one closed, one pending to close and one active.  We’ve seen a demand for quality, newer or newly remodeled homes.

Grandly Restored Green Lake Craftman

For example this beautifully restored craftsman on Meridian - blocks from Blanchet High School.     Selling for full asking price, the seller honed in (with a lot of sweat equity) on her restoration efforts by keeping true to the era of the house but also keeping in mind energy efficiencies and qualities people are seeking for in a newer home today.

Newly remodeled Green Lake home

Another stunning Green Lake remodeled home is pending to close.  The sellers also kept true to the beautiful craftsman’s lofty ceilings, bold crown moulding, and predictable roofline and pillars.  They created warm and inviting rooms that their family shared the most time in, making practical spaces throughout the entire 2400 square foot house.

And last but certainly not least is a 2006 newer home in Green Lake for sale.  If you’re looking for a spacious home with openess and comfort then look no further.  This home has it all and just blocks to the lake for a morning walk or pedal on the bike commuting lane for work.  The possibilities are endless for this over 3400 square foot house complete with 4 bedrooms and 4.25 baths.  A huge garage and extra parking in the back is perfect for your recreational toys too!

Newer Green Lake Home For Sale

There are some wonderful homes on the market right now in Green Lake!  Are you interested in knowing if it’s the right time for you to sell?  What is your home worth in the current market trends?  Give us a call or shoot us an email.  We’d be happy to consult you!  For more Green Lake real estate for sale, visit us at our website.

Condos vs Lawsuit: How does Green Lake Compare?

Condos vs Lawsuit:  How does Green Lake Compare?  Recently I had the need to look up some downtown Seattle condos for a buyer.  One right after another I would find the perfect place.  And one right after another there were pending lawsuits  ~ some even lingering for 4 years.  From a faulty roof to some twisting their ankle to the builder’s shoty construction. 

Green Lake's Circa Condos

Oh boy, this is going to harder than I thought.  Then I encouraged my buyer to look just 5 minutes north to Green Lake.  I held my breath as I researched my Condos vs Lawsuit predictament.  What did I find?

13 ACTIVE CONDO and/or townhome listings right now in Green Lake.  Only one has a pending lawsuit.  I can now exhale.  

Lenders + pending litigation = red flag. 

Lenders see the number of units going up for sale but none of them closing.

If you’re a buyer who has cash or a healthy downpayment – 20…30% or more and want rock bottom prices then by all means – consider buying that bank owned condo.  Just make sure the builder has agreed to pay for litigation and remedy the problem in full.  Also make sure any assessments are spelled out in the condo association. 

The first question I raise when my client is thinking about purchasing a condo is whether the Home Owner Association is healthy.  Does it have lawsuits pending, how are the reserves, what condition is the building in, are the monthly HOD in sync with the condition and ammenities of the condo building.

Green Lake is more populated with single family homes but there are some amazing deals right now for condos too ~ as low as $163,400 for a 1 bed 1 bath and clean as a whistle!  

I look forward to hearing from you!  Feel free to write any comments, questions, or feedback.  If you’re in the condo or townhome market, Cooper Jacobs Real Estate would be happy to show you these excellent investments.

F.A. McDonald School Re-Opens In 2011

F.A. McDonald School

F.A. McDonal School Re-Opens In 2011
…and we couldn’t be happier.  For 29 years this vacant school has served as THE neighborhood hub for the Green Lake and North Wallingford ‘hoods:  you name it and it’s got it:  play structures, picnic tables, roller skating, basketball, a larger than life neon diagraham of the United States, kickball, dog park, a site for many movies…

Now we get to have our cake and eat it too!  F.A. McDonald School turns the lights back on and ready for kids K-5 to take ahold of the halls again in 2011.  And we still get to use our neighborhood hub for all the activities we’ve gotten used to … just on the off hours of school time.

The F.A. McDonald blogspot is a great way to get informed about the new school – see if you’re in the Seattle school boundries, or check on teacher hiring status:

  • April 8th, 4 PM to 5 PM, John Standford Center, Rm 2700
  • April 15th, 6 PM to 7PM, John Standford Center, Auditorium
  • May 13th, 4 PM to 5 PM, John Standford Center, Rm 2700If you’re interested in the Third Community Workshop to wrap up the Improvement Plan and get your voice heard on the equipment and supplies needed for our new revitalized school, then head to the Green Lake Elementary on April 27th at 7:00pm.Green Lake ElementaryFriends of McDonald School has all the developing news.  This extraordinary group of folks have really made great strides in improvement our community!  Thank you so much! Cooper Jacobs RES has been busy placing families in homes within their preferred school boundries.  Be it John Stanford in Wallingford, F.A. McDonald in Green Lake, or even N.E. Seattle with View Ridge Elementary, Wedgwood Elementary, and Maple Leaf with Olympic View Elementary.  We’d be happy to help you too.  For many, schools are the glue that makes our communities stick together.
  • Green Lake Real Estate: Looking Around The North End Of The Lake

    Seattle’s Green Lake Neighborhood is having a bit of a real estate shortage in my opinion.  I have great buyers wanting to get into homes that are nicely updated on the North End of the Green Lake and right now there is only really one choice.

    Green Lake Seattle

    Seattle Buyers like choices and Green Lake is a great one! I know of a couple Green Lake homes coming on soon hopefully, but that doesn’t help right now so I keep looking.  Why do my buyers like the North end of Green Lake in particular?  Zeeks Pizza?  Well maybe, but it is also just the perfect spot for being close to all thie nice little shops and places like Zeek’s and Ben & Jerry’s, the pool, tennis courts, wading pool, and easy access to the great Green Lake loop!

    What better spot to live and enjoy all that Green Lake has to offer and still have easy access to I-5 for commuting plus great neighborhoods like Phinney Ridge and Greenwood right there!

    Green Lake homes: There are only a few homes right in that sweet spot South of 80th and North of E Green Lake Dr N – right around my favorite street in Seattle: Orin Court.  This little corner of Green Lake catches the best light and offers amazing perks in my opinion!  Check it out here:  Green Lake real estate You can also find other great information about Seattle real estate – happy hunting!

    North Seattle Real Estate: Green Lake Homes

    Green Lake homesIn the Northern part of Seattle, you can find homes in the amazing neighborhood of Green Lake! Green Lake official neighborhood boundaries are pretty much on the North and West side of the lake itself (between I-5 and 99 and 85th and 50th), but I consider all the homes that surround Greenlake to be in the neighborhood of Green Lake or to at least have that same feeling.  The fact of the matter is if you are within a few blocks or more from the lake then you are in Green Lake real estate zone or close enough.  Our Seattle neighborhood boundaries are “flexible”.

    So why does everyone want to live by this lake?

    The actual Greenlake park is pretty wonderful with large open spaces and a loop that surrounds the lake itself.  It  is roughly three miles long and quite an asset to have close by!  This is why other close by neighborhoods can seem to mash into Green lake a bit.

    Green lake real estateBesides the lake itself, there are shops and restaurants galore all near the heart of this great neighborhood and it is also easy to commute from here in all directions. Green Lake is a great choice for University of Washington commuting, too!

    Homes in this North Seattle area of Green Lake include some wonderful choices and  interesting real estate! Green Lake townhomes, condos, bungalows, and newer Built Green options are all here!  You can find homes anywhere between 1900 and new construction in Green Lake, but many tend to be 1920 ans 1930 built homes.  Some are in original condition and falling apart, but luckily most of the homes in this area have been lovingly restored!  Townhouse developments here are thoughtful and there are a lot of green real estate options as well. Just wanting to get into a condo?  There are some great Seattle condos in Green Lake!

    green lake park

    Other Seattle neighborhoods  with homes close to this Green Lake?

    Parts of Wallingford, Greenwood, Licton Springs, and Phinney Ridge are all very close to Green Lake and offer some great Seattle real estate.   Maple Leaf and Ravenna are both right over the freeway from Greenlake.  If you are on the edge of any of these close together North Seattle neighborhoods, then you can also enjoy Green Lake without much effort!

    Let us know if you are interested in this Seattle neighborhood or others nearby…