Turn Key North Tacoma 4 Bedroom Home!

1205 N Anderson St, Tacoma

The Essentials:

2,939 Sq. Ft.

5,000 Sq. Ft. Lot

4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms

Fully Fenced Backyard

2 Car Garage with alley access

Click here to view the listing 

Nestled in North Tacoma between the University of Puget Sound and 6th Avenue this 2,939

sq. ft. 4 bedroom / 3 bathroom home has been totally updated.  As you enter the light and bright

living room you are greeted by gleaming hardwood floors, beautiful white mill work, and a gas fireplace.

Continue into the dining room with charming built in.

Pass into the crisp white kitchen with a subway tile backsplash, quartz counters,

and brand new stainless steel appliances. Breakfast nook in the back is perfect for a causal meal!

If you’re taking a break from being the in-home chef you’re minuets away from a plethora of dining choices. Cook’s Tavern is a new favorite!

MSM Deli offers a variety of delicious deli sandwiches to go, or try the creative brunch menu at Dirty Oscar’s Annex.

Engine House No. 9, Primo Grill, and Asado are just a few of the other dining choices!

This spacious home features two master bedrooms. The master on the main has beautiful hardwood floors

and an attached full bathroom with a claw foot tub!

All your worries will disappear when you take a dip in the tub! Your own private oasis.

The second master bedroom is located upstairs and also has an attached full bath.

Second master bathroom has dual sinks and a subway tile shower!

Outside there is a fully fenced backyard and a 2 car garage with alley access!

Click here to schedule a showing

 

Posted on February 17, 2017 at 3:31 pm
Michael Robinson | Category: Listing Blogs, North End, Pierce County Housing Reports, Tacoma | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Pierce County Housing Report 2016 Recap / 2017 Outlook

The U.S. economy is providing a very positive backdrop of low unemployment, new highs in the stock market, and housing appreciation is firmly on the march. Pierce County is also enjoying it’s share of good news and economic fortune, 2016 was a great year of continued recovery.  Looking ahead, Pierce County has some serious considerations that will determine it’s future and the role it plays in our region’s economy. First, here are the end of year end numbers as measured December 31, 2016.

Inventory – DOWN – 17%

Closings – UP – 7.9%

Median Price – UP – 10.5%

New Pending Contracts – UP – 13.8%

Pierce County, by these numbers, has only 1.7 months worth of inventory. We consider 3-5 months worth of inventory to be a balanced market so there is clearly need of more homes to sell in order to satisfy current buyer demand.

Prices in Pierce County are up 26% in the last 3 years (compounded rate of 8% annually) and the median price has fully recovered from the great recession.

As shown by our Pierce County Median Price Index we are at our pre-recession peak. By comparison,  King County prices are 13% above their previous peak. The affordability index in Pierce is fully 45 points better than King County.

This recovery in price also means we have far fewer homeowners with negative equity. When a homeowner owes a mortgage balance greater than their home value they have negative equity.  In 2011 & 2012 we were seeing negative equity rates in Pierce County upwards of 26% of all mortgages.  Measured in the second quarter of 2016 the rate was a much improved 9.7%.

Price recovery is accompanied with Velocity and Volume recovery.  Last year Pierce County sold 15,082 residential units representing a 13% increase over 2015.  This amounted to just over 5 billion in sales and is expected to top 6 billion in 2017.

I feel bad clouding this good news with the following, but it clearly is an issue that is relevant to the health and future of our Pierce County Housing Market.

Here it is: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.

The King County market is red, no….white hot!  Why?  The King County number of jobs per resident is 207, in Pierce County the number of jobs per resident is 82.  The unemployment rate in Seattle is 3.7% while in Pierce County it is 6%.  Compare Pierce to U.S. with unemployment rate of 4.7% and see the weak recovery path in the graph below.

After each of the 3 previous recessions, Pierce County unemployment recovery was better. In the 90’s Pierce recovered to 4.5% unemployment, the pre-recession recovery was in the 5’s, while the current recovery has only reached 6% and it appears to be a post recovery low.

Pierce County’s per capital income is $45,000 and would not be that good were it not for King County jobs.  We are fighting a trend of becoming a bedroom community.

Fully 135,000 Pierce County residents have jobs outside the county.  Put another way, 40% of the non-military work force don’t work here.

The effect on real estate is the commuter buyer/renter is a big part of our market and will continue to be that way until Pierce County improves it’s workforce skill and attracts new businesses.

With the Pierce County shortage of inventory and the pressure of high prices in King County, homeowners in our area will enjoy another year of increased values, likely in the 9-10% range.

Buyers will need to be fully pre-approved, able to react quickly, and be open to the idea they will likely compete for their dream home.

Yes, it will be a good year for real estate in 2017, but there is work to do if Pierce County wants to be more than just a place for Seattle skilled workers and executives to come home and sleep until they can afford a home closer to their job.

Posted on February 10, 2017 at 2:24 pm
Michael Robinson | Category: Listing Blogs, Pierce County Housing Reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Just Listed! 4 Bedroom Whitley Hills Home!

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4105 74th Ave Ct NW, Gig Harbor

The Essentials: 

3,812 Sq. Ft. 

16,482 Sq. Ft. Lot 

4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

Den, Bonus, Music/ Hobby Rooms 

Popular Whitley Hills Location

Offered for $529,000

Click here to view the listing

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As you enter the spacious, 3,812 sq. ft., traditional two story + basement Whitley Hills home in the charming maritime city of Gig Harbor you are greeted by gleaming hardwood floors. The living room has a gas fireplace with a handsome brick surround. 

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There is plenty of space for everyone in this home with 4 bedrooms, a den, bonus room, music/ hobby room, and rec rooms! View of the dining and music rooms from the living room.

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Continue through the dining room into the updated kitchen overlooking the large backyard. The cabinets have been refinished with a contrasting island and slab granite countertops. If you're dining out for the evening there are a plethora of options in Gig Harbor to please any palate. Anthony's at Gig Harbor offers a beautiful view of the harbor and fine dining. Uptown Gig Harbor is only 10 minutes away and offers shopping, dining, and the Galaxy Theater.

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The kitchen opens to the family room with the second gas fireplace. The glass slider allows easy access to the backyard perfect for BBQs. 

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There is one bedroom on the main floor. Upstairs you'll find a large bonus room which works great as a media room along with 3 bedrooms more bedrooms including the master suite. 

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The generous master suite has plantation shutters and an attached 5 piece bathroom. 

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Dual sink vanity, soaking tub, and plantation shutters in the spa like master bathroom. The shower is not pictured, it is behind the photographer. 

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There is also a large rec room that could be used as a home gym, game center, home theater, or storage! 

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Outside you'll find a large backyard with mature plantings. Dine al fresco on the deck.

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Walk through the garden arbor and you'll find plenty of space for pets or playing! If you're looking for more room to roam head to Kopachuck State Park, it's only 10 minutes away by car, and is a 109 acre marine park with hiking trails and 5,600 ft. of saltwater shoreline. Go at sunset and watch the sun dip into the sound with a stunning view of the Olympic Mountains as the backdrop. You can also enjoy a round a golf at the Gig Harbor Golf Club, which is a quick 5 minute drive away. 

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Posted on July 20, 2016 at 12:44 pm
Michael Robinson | Category: Gig Harbor, Listing Blogs, Pierce County Housing Reports | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Second Quarter 2016 Pierce County Housing Report

When is a "HOT MARKET" not Hot?  and….Are you one of the Pierce County Homeowners poised to "beat the market"?!  There is a way to out-perform this crazy market using current trends!  More on that below, first the Pierce County headline numbers

 
Inventory – DOWN – 21.5%

Closings – UP – 5.3%

Median Price – UP – 13.6%

New Pending Contracts – UP – 24.1%

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These headline numbers show us the market continues to roll through the summer and buying in this market can be challenging with a high level of increased sales with the backdrop of decreased inventory.  What would you say if I told you  you could leverage this market in your favor?  It's not for everyone but if you're in the market for a larger, or more luxurious home while selling your median priced home, you could be in for a big advantage. Maybe the waterfront or the view you've always dreamed of is within reach!

 

You know I love Sales Ratios as a tool for measuring market effectiveness.  Click here for a refresher on Sales Ratios.  The Pierce County Market is not performing with the same effectiveness throughout the price spectrum. You can see under $500,000 is HOT! Above $500,000 the market fundamentally falls off pretty drastically. 

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The way to trick this intense market into working in your favor will begin to be revealed with a look at where the home sales are concentrated. It doesn't take long to see the "high-end" is not performing the same as the median or lower price ranges.  I defined the high end in Pierce County as;  2.5 x median price in combined markets of North Tacoma, University Place and Gig Harbor.  So, $359,000 x 2.5 = $900,000.  Looking at the chart below and the layers of market intensity are quite visible.

 

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By the way, turns out this is nothing new, Pierce County has recorded about 95% of all sales below the $500,000 price level for….well….ever.

 

The strategic move here says Captain Obvious, "If it is possible with your circumstances to sell in a lower price sector and buy up into a higher one, the negotiation table should be in your favor." If you are selling in a price range where there is only 1.3 months of inventory and a sales ratio of 87%, prices are likely moving up and you can sell at a premium.  The farther up the price tree you climb the worse the fundamentals are for sellers and the more things are in favor of buyers. 

 

This market condition is important for high end sellers to realize. It may be "new" news to Pierce County luxury home sellers because there has been so much talk of the "hot" market, but I haven't seen a report break it down by price. 

 

As you can see the overall market averages are impressive and the market is really good! That said, it reminds me of an old saying.  "If you have one bare foot in a bucket of hot coals and the other in a bucket of ice, 'on average'…you should be fine!"

 

Drop me a line if you have any questions or comments, it's always good to hear from you!

 

 

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 9:47 am
Michael Robinson | Category: Listing Blogs, Pierce County Housing Reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Incredible 4 bedroom Home with a Separate 3 Car Garage and Apartment in Downtown Puyallup!

 

411 4th Ave NE, Puyallup

The Essentials:

3,058 Sq. Ft. Home 

14,332 Sq. Ft. Lot 

4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms 

Attached 2 Car Garage 

Detached 3 Car Garage with 675 Sq. Ft. Apartment Above 

Offered for $525,000

Click here to view the listing

Welcome to your oasis in the city in downtown Puyallup. Through the gated entry and down the tree lined driveway is a 3,058 sq. ft. 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom custom built home with an attached 2 car garage and wrap around covered porch. The classic charm of a craftsman with all of the modern amenities including air conditioning! 

Step into the great room and you are greeted by gleaming hickory hardwood floors with a cherry inlay. Through the custom French doors is the den / office which is perfect for keeping an eye on the happenings in the house and out front. 

Handsome den / office with tray ceiling, wainscoting, and a built in bookcase. All of the millwork is custom; fir with a cherry finish.

Hickory floors continue through the great room, dining room, and kitchen. Stately stone fireplace is fueled by gas making it easy to stay cozy! When the weather heats up you can crank up the air conditioning and enjoy the modern amenities this home offers! If the power goes out never fear, the home is wired for a generator! 

Continue to the chef's kitchen. Walk in pantry is to the left. Custom cherry cabinets, under counter lighting, granite countertops, stainless steel backsplash and appliances. 

If you're looking to grab a bite out there is a plethora of options in downtown Puyallup. Casa Mia is blocks away and offers fine Italian fare. You can also walk to Puyallup's original craft brewery, Power House Brewery, for more casual meals and an assortment of beers on tap or check out Charlie's of Puyallup for fresh home style meals. Visit the famous Puyallup Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9 am – 2 pm at the Pioneer Park and Pavilion for some fresh local produce or Thursdays from 4 pm – 8:30 pm you can visit the Sunset Market to enjoy live entertainment, produce, and merchandise from local vendors. 

The master suite is conveniently located on the main floor and opens up to the patio, a lovely owner's retreat. There is an attached five piece bathroom with skylight, dual vanities, cherry cabinets, jetted tub, and dual shower heads in the walk in the shower. 

There is another bedroom, a full bathroom, and laundry room with extra storage on the main floor as well. Upstairs you'll find two spacious bedrooms, a full bathroom, and a loft area, the perfect spot to put a comfy chair. 

Step out into the backyard and enjoy the fully fenced and landscaped yard including a tranquil water feature, and sprinkler system with drip irrigation. 

Sit out on the stamped concrete patio in the shade of the mature trees and feel as though your miles away from everything, while being within walking distance of amenities. 

Multiple seating areas on the patio and plenty of space to play on the 1/3 acre lot! If you need more room to roam head to Grayland Park, a 3 acre park that is located adjacent to the Memorial Center and has a playground and picnic area! Or visit Pioneer Park, a 2 acre park with a sprayground, grassy area, and playground and is also the location of the Pavilion which can be rented out for special events. 

Side view of the home and detached 3 car garage with an apartment above. 

Inside the detached 3 car garage … imagine the possibilities! 

Above the detached 3 car garage is a lovely apartment with the same quality finishes found in the main house. A few details to be completed, but this would make a wonderful guest suite, spot for your college student home for the summer, artistic retreat, home office, source of extra income, or the perfect spot for your in-laws! 

Bedroom with skylight and quality finishes above the detached garage. 

Lovely finishes in the bathroom as well. 

View of the gated entry from the street. The extremely commuter friendly location is great if you work outside of Puyallup. Easy access to Hwy 512, Hwy 167, and the Puyallup Sounder Station is only 1/2 mile away, or a 10 minute walk! 

Click here to schedule a showing

 

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 12:52 pm
Michael Robinson | Category: Listing Blogs, Pierce County Housing Reports, Puyallup | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

3 Bedroom Home Nestled in the Heart of Stadium District!

805 North 2nd St, Tacoma 

The Essentials: 

1,328 Sq. Ft. 

2,437 Sq. Ft. Lot 

3 Bedrooms / 1.5 Bathrooms 

Fully Fenced and Landscaped Yard 

Offered for $229,900

Click here to view the listing

Nestled in the heart of Stadium District this charming 1903 vintage Victorian home is the perfect alternative to a downtown condo! The welcoming covered front porch is the ideal spot to enjoy a steaming hot cup of coffee, you're only blocks from Ugly Bean Coffee if you are craving a latte. 

Continue past the entry into the updated kitchen with crisp white cabinets, durable tile counters and floors, and appliances that stay with the home. 

If you are taking a night off as chef there is a plethora of dining options, many within walking distance! The recently renovated Stadium Thriftway is the perfect spot to pick up fixings for dinner, delicious premade deli items, or on Fridays from 11 am – 6:30 pm you can enjoy fresh off the grill BBQ! Continue down Division Ave and you'll find local favorites such as Harvester and Copper Door

The comfortable and open floor plan is great for entertaining. You can see how the home flows in this photo of the living and dining rooms and there is even a convenient pass through from the kitchen into the dining room! Keep on eye on activities while preparing meals. 

The handsome hardwood floors were refinished in 2003. Open the French doors and let the outdoors in. Perfect for dining alfresco on the covered back deck. 

The lovely living room has many historic details such as the coved doorways, original moldings, and all original and working windows. 

Main floor 3/4 bathroom is ideal for guests, and the washer and dryer are neatly tucked behind the accordion door with additional storage above. 

Upstairs there are three bedrooms, and a handsome marble 3/4 bathroom. The chandelier is original to the home. 

First of the three bedrooms. Original windows are in good working condition and the ceiling fan will help keep you cool on warm summer nights! 

Second bedroom with vaulted ceilings and handsome original moldings. 

Cozy third bedroom which would make a wonderful home office, nursery, library, or artistic retreat. 

The elegant marble bathroom services the three bedrooms upstairs.

Open the French doors in the dining room and continue out into the fully landscaped lush garden retreat. Carefully chosen native plants flourish in the private backyard. Meander through the garden and you will find ferns, vine maple, red osier dogwood, roses, nine barks, and dwarf specimen trees. Semi dwarf hollywood flowering plum trees flank the front walkway welcoming you to the home. All of the hard work has been done, now you can simply enjoy the lovely landscaping. 

Looking back at the covered deck which is the ideal spot for the BBQ! Lovely terraced landscaping with plenty of green space for a four legged companion! If you need some more room to roam you're blocks away from Wright Park, a 27 acre arboretum with a sprayground, and dedicated lawn bowling and bocce ball green. 

Having a car is totally optional in this extremely walkable neighborhood. Even more so with the planned addition of a high capacity / streetcar  network that would include stops in Stadium DistrictDowntown Tacoma is also just minutes away and has something to offer for everyone. Enjoy attractions such as the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Theater District. On Thursdays from 10 am – 3 pm you can pick up some fresh locally grown produce at the Broadway Farmer's Market which runs from May 7th through October 29th and is celebrating its 25th year making it Tacoma's first and longest standing market! Head down to Dock Street Marina to rent kayaks and explore Tacoma's waterways while taking in stunning views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range on a clear day. 

Ready to make the move to Stadium District

 

Click here to schedule a showing

 

Posted on June 22, 2015 at 1:18 pm
Michael Robinson | Category: Pierce County Housing Reports, Tacoma | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Mid-Century Modern Style 3 Bedroom Home

111 E 67th St, Tacoma 

The Essentials: 

1,360 Sq. Ft. 

7,500 Sq. Ft. Lot 

3 Bedrooms / 1 Bathroom 

Detached 1 Car Garage 

Offered for $185,000

Click here to view the listing

Sitting quietly on an oversized lot in East Tacoma this 1,360 sq. ft. home is bathed in natural light from the unique window design. Upon entering the completely refreshed mid-century modern style one level home you are greeted by beautiful tongue and groove ceilings with open beam construction, a hallmark of the mid-century movement. The warm mid-tone engineered hardwoods are brand new and the charming woodstove will keep you cozy all year. 

Continue into the update kitchen with sleek cabinets, slab granite counters, and stainless steel appliances that stay with the home. There is easy access to the yard from the utility room which sits behind the kitchen, or to the private patio through the living room. If you're looking to grab a bite to eat in the vibrant neighborhood Vuelva a la Vida is a few blocks north on Pacific Avenue and is famous for the handmade tortillas. Head to Charlotte's Blueberry Park July through September to pick your own fresh, pesticide & fertilizer free blueberries at this unique city park. 

The dining room is spacious and private, perfect for large gatherings. The elegant hardwood floors continue through the dining room. Check out Earthwise Salvage for unique and antique building supplies, accessories, lighting, or furniture, it's less than a mile away! 

One of the three bedrooms is shown here. There is ample natural light from the unique, modern windows. Brand new carpeting underfoot! 

The full bathroom has been updated as well. 

The utility room is conveniently located behind the kitchen and has a utility sink, perfect for washing up after working in the yard! There is also easy access to the yard from here. 

View of the yard that is outside of the utility room. Could be  the perfect spot to place your raised beds with shaded areas from the hot afternoon sun. Unique architectural features are also highlighted. Pick your favorite  foundations plantings to fill the beds that are in place. 

There is ample space back here for playing in the fully fenced backyard. Start your personal at home orchard with dwarf fruit trees, or enjoy the lush grass! If you're looking for a larger space to play Stewards Height's Park and Sprayground is less than a mile away! The Tacoma Public Library's Moore Branch is also about a mile away and is the third largest in Tacoma's library system. 

The private patio is perfect for BBQ's and offers a shady retreat in the sunny yard. 

 

Click here to schedule a showing

 

 

 

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 3:18 pm
Michael Robinson | Category: Listing Blogs, Pierce County Housing Reports, Tacoma | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

First Quarter 2015 Pierce County Housing Report

We appear to be in for a wild ride in 2015 when it comes to the Pierce County Housing Market!  So how do you navigate it if you are a seller?!  What are the best strategies for a Buyer to get the home they really want?  I'll discuss that and more in this article but as always let's start with the Pierce County numbers as of March 31st.

 

Inventory – DOWN – 15.6%

Closings – UP – 13.1%

Median Price – UP – 8%

New Pending Contracts – UP – 53.7%

These Year over Year numbers tell us the market is hot, in fact the Months of Inventory (MOI) is at 2.7 based on last month's closed sales.  This is the lowest since Q3 of 2005. Anytime the month's worth of inventory dips below 3 months we have a market environment that favors sellers and encourages price appreciation.  Also, year over year inventory levels have been declining steadily in Pierce County so far this year.

The primary reason for these dramatic declines comes as no surprise…Pierce County home buyers have been busy!  There may not have been much snow in the NW mountains this year but our Pending home sales chart looks like a ski jump with Pending sales up 33% for Q1!  Inventory is the biggest key to how our market plays out for the balance of 2015.

 

So inventory is down and sales volume is rocketing. "If I want to sell my house I can ask whatever I want and buyers will flock to my door…right?!?"  Not so fast! The answer is…."It depends".  Turns out, like so many things in the world of statistical sound bites, there are some distinct differences in the experience you can expect as a buyer or seller depending on what price range you are in. Bear with me as I set this up.

 

There are 2 data points when evaluating a market that are, IMHO, the most valuable predictors of what to expect as a buyer or a seller.  One is the Sales Ratio; I explained the Sales Ratio in a blog last year, if you want to refresh you can link to it here .  In a nutshell 55% is a balanced market, the higher the sales ratio number, the hotter the market, and the more likely things are in favor of the seller.  The second number is Months of Inventory (MOI), with this indicator the lower the number, the more likely is that sellers are in control. Low MOI says at the current sales pace the market will "run out" of inventory if new properties don't come available or demand slows down.

 

Overall PC has a sales ratio of 64% and MOI of 2.7.  Both numbers tip in favor of sellers.  Combined with the trends discussed in my opening remarks you'd think it's time for prices to move higher across the board.  If you are working with homes under $500,000 you'd be absolutely right..you may even be accused of understating the situation, but if the home is over $500,000 it may require a closer examination. Take a look at the following;

 

Millennial buyers, first time buyers, investors, and more are super heating the market under $250,000.  I would argue that a 90% sales ratio is not even sustainable, prices have to increase to temper the demand and allow the inventory level of only 1.9 months supply to eventually come back in line. A buyer in this price range needs to choose a broker well networked and steeped in local knowledge. One that is plugged into technology that receives quick market alerts and is accessible; able to move quickly for you when good properties come available. In this price range the broker needs to be able to advise you on how to groom your offer for greater likelihood of acceptance without giving away important rights you need as a buyer and ensuring your transaction is financially safe.

 

Conversely, between $500,000 and $1,000,000 a 21% Sales Ratio and almost 8 months of inventory is not a market condition that pushs prices up. Sellers here need to carefully evaluate their pricing strategy based on sound data that their broker can provide.  If the Pierce County home is in the higher end, they are likely entering a market crowded with competition and it is worth considering the Impact of Price Visibility as shown on this chart;

The other take away I see in these numbers is the fact that if you're worried about finding your new dream home after selling the one you're in now, it may not be a concern if you are moving up into a larger or more deluxe dwelling. 

 

In this ever dynamic market, sound professional advice and guidance is key to your real estate success.  One newspaper or newscast headline does not fit all, and without local expertise with real time data it is easy to mis-step in such a fast paced real estate market.

 

 

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 12:21 pm
Michael Robinson | Category: Pierce County Housing Reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Custom North Tacoma New Construction 4 Bedroom Home

 

 

2215 N Orchard St, Tacoma 

The Essentials:

2,951 Sq. Ft. 

6,645 Sq. Ft. Lot 

New Construction

4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms + Den 

3 Car Attached Garage 

Offered for $449,500

Click here to view the listing

 

Brand new custom craftsman style home in North Tacoma. Enter into the light and bright foyer with gleaming high quality hardwood floors. The den / office is immediately to the left through the French doors and would also make an excellent playroom, or guest bedroom. 

The spacious den / office also has a closet and could be used as an additional bedroom. 

Continue into the heart of the home, the open concept kitchen, dining, great room. This gorgeous kitchen will please even the most discerning eye with high quality custom hardwood cabinets, slab granite counters, tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances that stay with the home. If you feel like taking a night off as chef there are countless dining options in the Proctor District and Joseppi's Italian Restaurant is less than a mile away! 

Casual Northwest great room layout is unpretentious and perfect for entertaining. The gas fireplace sets the mood with the flip of a switch. Soft ambient natural light from the large wood wrapped windows. Gleaming hardwood floors continue throughout the main floor. 

The dining room is spacious and open to the kitchen and great room. Keep on eye on the main floor activities while preparing meals. Easy access to the deck makes BBQs and outdoor entertaining a breeze. The walk in pantry is ready to be filled with goodies from the Proctor Farmer's Market and there is extra storage under the staircase. 

Upstairs through the French doors you will find a handsome and spacious master suite with an attached five piece bathroom and a walk in closet. 

Spa like master bathroom boasts dual vanities, a walk in travertine tile shower with a frameless glass surround, a large soaking tub, and a separate commode. 

Large walk in closet with built ins off the master bathroom. 

The laundry room is also located on the second floor and has ample storage and a utility sink with a granite counter for easy clean up! All four bedrooms are on the second floor. 

 

Rear view of the home and deck. Landscaping is completed and there is plenty of room to play on the lush grass in the fully fenced backyard! The location is prime with the recently renovated Kandle Park and Kandle Pool within walking distance! Nestled in the center of North Tacoma the options are endless. Drive North on Pearl Street and you're only a few minutes from Point Defiance Park where you can dine on delicious seafood at Anthony's, run, walk, or bike the 5 mile Drive, rent a kayak on Owen Beach and explore commencement bay, or hope a ferry to Vashon Island. You're also minutes from the University of Puget Sound where you can stroll the landscaped campus, visit the Kittredge Art Gallery, or take in a football game

 

Click here to schedule a showing

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 2:13 pm
Michael Robinson | Category: Pierce County Housing Reports, Tacoma | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Custom Built Henderson Bay Waterfront Home

 

8407 104th St NW, Gig Harbor

The Essentials: 

5,690 Sq. Ft. Main House

572 Sq. Ft. Guest House 

28,000 Sq. Ft. Lot 

4 Bedrooms, 3.75 Bathrooms 

2 Car Attached Garage 

3 Car Detached Garage with Guest House Above 

100' Low Bank Waterfront 

Sweeping Henderson Bay Views 

Offered for $1,975,000

Click here to view the listing

 

"Coming home to beautiful, mesmerizing views on Henderson Bay magically detaches us from stresses of the day." 

Quiet elegance greets you at this stunning custom built waterfront home. Built in 2008 by Joe Mayer Built Homes with 100' of low bank waterfront with West and Northwest exposure on Henderson Bay. 

Pass through the foyer into the expansive great room and marvel at the sweeping views. Feel the warmth of the radiant heated travertine floors and curl up in front of one of the five propane fireplaces within the main house to watch boat traffic on Henderson Bay. Watch winter storms on the bay while never leaving the comfort of your living room.  

Open the beautiful Nana doors and extend the living space onto the ceramic tile deck with a well appointed outdoor room. 

Fabulous and unique entertaining space and outdoor room. Watch the sun slip into the Puget Sound while staying warm under the electric heaters and enjoy the ambiance and ease of the propane fireplace. Fire up the built in BBQ and grab a cold one out of the refrigerator while never leaving this resort like deck. 

What a perfect gathering place for friends and family.

Meander down the expansive deck and you'll find another set of beautiful Nana doors that lead to the impressive owner's suite. The deck as been engineered for a hot tub, imagine the possibilities … 

Sweeping Henderson Bay views are also enjoyed from the owner's suite. Another propane fireplace for ambiance. 

Soak away the day's worries from the spa like 5 piece bathroom. 

Also on the main floor is the impressive chef's kitchen with a 7 piece high end appliance package, slab granite counters, and a large island layout with skylights above. Henderson Bay views to be enjoyed by all while preparing meals. 

There is also a fully appointed Butler's pantry; ideal for the caterers' use during a fund raising gathering, or while entertaining clients. 

More spectacular Henderson Bay views from the walkout daylight basement. The rec room has plenty of space for a pool table and the covered patio spans the length of the house. Handsome built ins and a propane fireplace. 

The theater room is the perfect spot to watch a Seahawk's game. The second kitchen on this floor makes prepping game day snacks a breeze! 

There is also a wine cellar ready to be stocked. Morso Wine Bar and The Wine Studio are a quick 10 minute drive away. This home is an entertainer's dream.

 

Spill out onto the lawn and down the bulkhead steps to the beach. The impressive resort style landscaping brings paradise home.

Feel the sand between your toes and relish the quintessential Northwest lifestyle. Explore the beach at low tide and dig for geoducks for tonight's dinner. Gather around the fire pit to watch the July 4th fireworks over Henderson Bay. Grab your paddle boards or kayaks to float out over the mirror like water. 

 

As you drive down the tree lined road to the gated entry the forest like ambiance leads you to the private yet convenient property. Located just minutes from Sehmel Homestead Park and McCormick Forest Park there are recreational activities 5 minutes away! Cross over Hwy 16 and there is a plethora of dining and shopping options  Ready to make this slice of paradise yours? 

 

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Posted on March 24, 2015 at 9:03 am
Michael Robinson | Category: Gig Harbor, Listing Blogs, Pierce County Housing Reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,