This stunning home with elegant finishes and design embodies the Woodinville Wine Country lifestyle. In the coveted former Street of Dreams neighborhood, it offers an amazing amount of square footage for the price. No expense was spared on three levels of living space – a must see! 18215 190th Place NE, Woodinville
The marble entry exudes gracious sophistication throughout, and expansive windows fill each room with natural light and Northwest views. The amazing kitchen is a chef's dream come true with granite, cherry cabinetry, Dacor cooktop and Subzero refrigerator. It opens to a roomy family room with a built-in entertainment center that welcomes a gathering.
The recreation level is home to the hobby lover, woodworker, entertainer, and host. Four separate spaces include a pool table room, game room, wet bar, and fireplace in the bonus room, plus a huge shop!
Outside, embrace nature in the beautiful park-like grounds with an entertainment-sized deck that has a covered area inviting dining year-round. You will fall in love with this masterpiece in the stellar Northshore School District! MLS #489704
Enjoy a complete tour this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, from 1 to 4pm. Look for the Julie Billett with Windermere signs directing you to the house, just steps from Medina Elementary, Medina Beach, and the one-of-a-kind Medina Store. It really is the perfect house in the perfect location!
The remodeled Craftsman has so much to offer: 2 Master suites + 3 more bedrooms on a private, .3 ac flat lot with a large backyard. Main floor Master has many uses: guest/nanny suite, home office, or media room. The heart of the home is a gathering place with its inviting kitchen and dining area with a built-in bench seat. Dual staircase, updated baths, bonus room, athletic court, hardwood deck, 3 furnaces, 2 air conditioning units create a perfect package!
The Windermere blog posted a few days ago perfectly describes what I do to sell a home for the best possible price, in the shortest amount of time, and hassle-free! Selling Your Home, a Step-by-Step Approach starts when I research and prepare a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) to help you understand your home’s current market value and marketability. Through my work in our local neighborhoods every day, I’ve gotten to know them inside and out. This market knowledge helps me to “price it right,” as the blog explains, “which is key to a successful sale.”
Next comes preparing your house for the “For Sale” sign to go up. My services include giving tips to increase your home’s curb appeal, staging it for showings, and hiring a professional photographer to capture its beauty in pictures. Since most people start their home search online these days, there’s tremendous value in having professional photos taken and posted. The right light and angle can make a huge difference in showing off your home’s best features.
One of the most common “get ready to sell” things to do is usually the easiest, and definitely the cheapest – de-clutter. Removing items that you need to pack up anyway typically makes a room look bigger, and more attractive to potential buyers. De-personalizing your home is another tip to help it sell. It can be as simple as removing family photos that are a wonderful memory to you, but not to someone who imagines having their family memories made in the home.
My full services continue until your house closes and the sale is complete. Reviewing offers, negotiating terms, handling inspections, facilitating financing – the list goes on until every step has been successfully completed from “For Sale” to “Sold.”
If you have any questions about the selling or buying process, or are looking for an agent to help you assess your situation, I’d love to hear from you. I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your real estate needs!
I always enjoy sharing positive and encouraging news about real estate. A leading expert in the field, Steve Harney, authors a popular monthly report called Keeping Current Matters, and just published this interesting data on homeownership. You hear so much about how good of a seller's market we have right now, it's good to see this view on buying!
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As I was driving through Woodinville last weekend, it struck me how many cars had filled up wine tasting room parking lots, and how many people were milling about having a good time on the outside patios. Spring has arrived in our amazing Wine Country! I was on my way to a client’s house and thinking about how to best prepare and stage it to sell, and couldn’t help but notice how beautiful wine barrels are when they’re potted with bright and cheery flowers. The wineries reminded me of a great way to add some Northwest character and color to your porch or patio!
Since a variety of barrels are for sale at different times at different wineries, I suggest doing your research online – or ask when you’re tasting! Then it’s super easy to turn a barrel into a planter. It’srecommended that you set it on bricks, to help with drainage, and remember to place it where you want it to stay before filling it up with soil, or it may be too heavy to move. Choose a sunny or shady spot, depending on what you like to grow.
Wine barrels also make good planters when you’re short on growing space, and are perfect as raised garden beds if you have rabbits or other small critters that like to eat from your garden too. I like how the master gardener in this article about barrel gardening puts it – “So the next time you’re in a barrel over what to do with your yard, why not try barrel gardening?”
It’s a great time to plant!
This home has it all! Impeccably remodeled Northwest style home with 4 bedrooms and 2.75 baths, built on a .95 acre lot is a rare find. Nothing has been left untouched! Gorgeous vertical grain clear fir trim and doors with built-in cabinetry visually impress. Amazing kitchen boasts slab granite, Acorn cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, task desk and breakfast nook. A bay window frames the spacious eating area that steps out to the entertainment-sized deck, making it the heart of the home!
All baths have been tastefully updated: Master Bath includes a jetted tub and dual sink granite vanity. The family room’s custom shelving and cabinetry are perfect for all media equipment, games, books, you name it. It’s a great place to hang out, chat with friends & watch movies. Wired for audio, too. Beautiful French doors provide easy access to the spacious deck and backyard for additional fun around the fire pit or on the sport court.
The attached garage is spacious and spotless with storage galore. All shelving and cabinetry stay. The 'slot-wall' is perfect for all kinds of hanging storage. Epoxy floors are a definite bonus, plus newer furnace and electrical panel.
A surprise beyond spectacular is the 24×30 finished and heated SHOP (room for 2 cars) adjacent to the rolling lawn and raised beds — the dream come true for the person with many hobbies. Woodworking, electronics, cars, body building, a myriad of possibilities. A perfect exercise facility or game room for pool and ping pong. Separate area for woodworking includes built-in bench, cabinets and peg board. On the back of the shop with separate door is an attached storage area for garden equipment. A large fenced area around shop provides a great protected space for animals. It even has a separate driveway access.
True Northwest living close to shopping, recreation, and in the stellar Northshore School District. A short walk to award-winning Eastridge Elementary. Come see this amazing home and you will fall in love with it!
There’s power in a power wash, now that spring is here. It’s one of the first tips I give home sellers, as it’s an easy, relatively inexpensive way to make a home exterior sparkle and boost its curb appeal. A power wash is like giving your home’s “outside” walls, plus its deck, patio, walkways and driveway, a shower to wash away the grime and dirt that collected on it over the winter.
A power washer attaches to an outside hose, causing the hose water to spray further and much more powerfully because it’s assisted by an electric or gas powered motor. It starts with selecting the right spray tip, and then carefully moving the power washer’s spray from left to right in a consistent manner. You can rent this wonderful cleaning machine, or buy one at a garden store like Home Depot or McLendons. Costco also sells power washers. I’d be happy to give you the name of a professional power washer too.
5 Power Washing Trade Secrets, written by the pros, sums up how to do the most effective wash while avoiding plants and other house features that could be damaged by the powerful spray. It’s all about the angle, as the article describes. I’ve also learned that it’s just like any other home improvement project – the better I prep, the better job I do. You want to clear obstacles next to the house and furniture and pots on your deck or patio, and maybe even cover bushes and plants with plastic sheeting. It’s also best to cover attic and basement vents, exterior electrical outlets, and definitely make sure all your windows are closed!
As Power Washing for Dummies reminds us, “The jet of water spraying from a power-washer can be lethal. Exercise good judgment when using a power-washer, and most important, never use it around other people or pets. If you're on a ladder, keep one hand on the ladder and be prepared for the considerable kick that occurs when you pull or release the trigger.”
It’s amazing how a good power wash can make a house and especially its porch, deck and patio look like new. Now that the sun is out for a few days, it’s the perfect time to pull out the power washer!
This gorgeous William Buchan home has a territorial view of Wine Country, three levels of living space, and is walking distance to Hollywood Hill Elementary in the award-winning Northshore School District – a rare find. Located in Belmont Park, a boutique enclave of 16 homes perched atop a lovely knoll with westerly views, its near shopping and just a short commute to Microsoft and other Eastside business centers.
Traditional and timeless, the home has 4+ bedrooms, stylishly updated bathrooms, and a chef’s kitchen with granite, glass tile and stainless steel appliances that opens to a view deck and patio super for entertaining. The lower level is a Guest Wing – with a separate 5th bedroom, full bath and rec room, it’s perfect for extended family, guest or nanny quarters. French doors open to a view deck that overlooks the sprawling lawn and lighted sport court.
The casual elegance of hardwood, granite, and custom molding flows throughout. Three gas fireplaces, vintage-like chandeliers, new paint, new carpet, and detailed woodwork make it authentic yet new, a ready-to-move-in Hollywood Hill luxury home.
View a complete photo gallery at juliebillett.com, and call 206-819-0685 for a showing. See the beauty of Woodinville Wine Country from every room on all three floors across the west side of the house! It’s amazing!
The welcome mat is always out at 21 Acres, and this weekend a special invitation is given to come and celebrate Earth Day. Family activities begin at noon and end with a potluck dinner at 5:30pm, designed to encourage everyone to talk about doing something good for the Earth and make a plan to do it.
21 Acres is one more Woodinville feature that attracts visitors, and makes our area such a great place to live. Located in the heart of town at 13701 NE 171st Street, 21 Acres reflects the agricultural heart of Woodinville. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people learn how to grow food, and eat and live sustainably. A farm, a school, and a market, 21 Acres is appropriately set up in an award-winning green building that even has a garden roof.
You’re welcome to stop by and see all the fare it offers, and purchase seasonal produce if you like. Their spring calendar is just ramping up, so check 21Acres.org or find them on Facebook and Twitter@21acres to see a daily schedule.
You’ll also see a list of cooking classes that are offered, taught by leading chefs renowned for their expertise, with the focus on cooking seasonally with sustainable ingredients sourced from local farms. Upcoming class topics include Veggie Chop Knife Skills, and Make Your Own Ricotta, Mozzarella and Butter.
Gardening classes also are offered at 21 Acres. Successful Beekeeping Series for Backyards in the Puget Sound and Joy of Chickens: Intro to Chicken Rearing were recently held, and Cooperative Growing in Your Neighborhood is set for Saturday, April 27.
Stop by 21 Acres and see how lucky we are to have this resource so close to home!
Now the housing market has turned the corner, many people are asking if it’s the right time to move to a larger home that will better accommodate their growing family. There’s also a large population of empty nesters who’ve been hanging on, waiting for the right time to downsize. Wait no longer – our current market is begging for homes to go up for sale, and yours could be someone’s best find.
Since most people need to sell their current home before buying a new one, the first question that typically comes up is "Can I sell my house?" Our current low inventory of homes for sale definitely gives a nod to that question. The odds are high that your home will sell in a reasonable amount of time, provided it is fairly priced and well maintained.
According to a recent article in Money Magazine, there are three more questions to ask when considering a move. It’s also important to ask if the house you want to buy is for sale. Pick your favorite neighborhood, and I’d be happy to keep you posted of developments there. Homes are quickly moving in today’s market, so it’s important to have a daily, and sometimes hourly, check.
A third factor to look at when considering a move is how much renovation your home needs to sell. The looming fear around this typically involves hidden costs, and the possibility of going over budget. I am happy to provide resources to expedite the process, and complete the agreed upon project within the negotiated time frame, and price range.
The last question covered in the article is “What does your gut say?” As the saying goes, I do believe that home is where the heart is. I want every single client to feel right and excited about a move. One of the favorite parts of my work in real estate is seeing my clients’ face and sharing in their excitement when they get the keys to their new home. So if you are ready for a move and feel like now is the right time, it would be my privilege to answer all your questions and help you benefit from the extraordinary market we currently have!