Every year Windermere closes its offices for one day to help make a positive difference in our local communities, and today my office had a great day at the Northshore Senior Center. We showed up with shovels and rakes in hand, and worked together doing landscaping and garden cleanup projects that not only spruced up the grounds, but also the spirits of the wonderful people who enjoy spending time there. I feel very fortunate to live in our community, and had a terrific time helping add to its beauty!
Windermere has had an annual Community Service Day tradition for nearly three decades, and more than 800,000 hours of community service has been donated to do neighborhood-enhancing projects.
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!
There’s still a week to round up confidential records that you’d like shredded and disposed of – for free! My Windermere office is hosting our 6th annual Shredding Event next Saturday, April 13, from 10am to 2pm in our office parking lot, located between Azteca and Olive Garden restaurants in Totem Lake: 11411 NE 124th Street, Kirkland.
Drop your boxes off and join us for a hot dog lunch. I’d love to see you and serve you and your family up a hot dog! PC Recycle will also be at the event, collecting old computers, TVs, and small appliances for recycling.
As part of our Windermere office’s commitment to help children in need, we’re also hosting a food collection for Totes-to-Go, a wonderful organization that fills backpacks with weekend food for kids in our area who don’t have enough at home. CANNED MILK, CANNED FRUIT, and PEANUT BUTTER are specifically requested on this collection day. Thanks in advance for joining us in helping feed local kids.
Good luck spring cleaning out your files to be shredded!
“Happy hues” explains the trend for this year’s home decorating colors, which are fun to look at as we officially welcome spring this week to our rather grey and soggy Northwest. Color is one of the factors in the emotional appeal of home, and why its consideration in staging a home for sale can make all the difference. A happy color palette, as shown in the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing portfolio, creates the magic in the marketplace that leads to sales!
I enjoyed learning more about the many things that influence today’s homebuyers, earning CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) designation last week. My experience in the local luxury home and estate market opened the door for me to achieve this goal, which allows me to better serve buyers and sellers in evaluating the true value of a property, with an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship, and presenting it to sell expediently for top dollar in today’s market.
Examining the motivators and preferences of today’s consumer helps me know what to focus on in preparing a home to go on the market, and developing its plan to go “live.” For example, while trending colors appeal to some, others may appreciate the practicality of colors that have staying power. The home with a steadying influence may be preferred in unsteady times. Perhaps that’s why the bright, happy colors of spring are joined by colors with cool, soft hues. You are certain to impress, no matter what color you choose.
If you’re ready to prepare your home for sale, or a spring lift, please call. My full service includes complimentary color and staging expertise! I’d also love to meet you at a special presentation I’m giving at Molbak’s the Saturday before Easter, March 30, at noon. Come hear about “Increasing the Curb Appeal of your Home,” and put your name in a drawing to win a gift from Molbak’s if you “Like” my Julie Billett Realtor facebook page. I'm excited to welcome in spring!
Whether you’re preparing for a big outdoor celebration or to sell your house, curb appeal describes just what you need, and Julie knows how to get. She will share quick, easy, and economical tips to give your house and yard a “spring” lift at a free seminar presented at Molbak’s on Saturday, March 30, from noon to 1pm.
Your home’s curb appeal is the first impression that it makes when someone drives by or stops for a visit. Is it welcoming? Julie will share do-it-yourself ideas for how to make the most of your home’s appearance. She will help you look at it with a fresh eye and offer pointers for turning your “spruce up” ideas into reality. Learn how to play up your home exterior’s best features, and where to invest your time and money to make the biggest impact.
Julie will be joined by Landscape Designer Julie Allyne, owner of PlantWorks Unlimited, who will show how to give your yard and garden a fresh, new look for spring. At the end of the Julie “duo” presentation, a name will be drawn from all those who “Like” the Julie Billett Realtor facebook page, to receive a gift from Molbak’s!
Mark your calendar now to learn about how everything from simple upgrades to landscaping projects can enhance your home’s curb appeal. You’ll appreciate each improvement you make every time you pull in your driveway!
At the base of Hollywood Hill is a stately colonial house that holds the history of our town, both in memories and posessions. The Woodinville Heritage Museum that opened almost two years ago is located in the historic DeYoung house at 14121 NE 171st St., just up the hill from the Woodinville Urgent Care Center. Its welcome mat is out this Sunday, March 3, from 1 to 4pm, and every Sunday afternoon through Labor Day. Admission is free, though the Heritage Society will gladly accept donations.
This is an amazing opportunity to tour an historic home that depicts the history of our town, right in our own backyard. The Museum features furnishings of the 1930s and 1940s, highlighted by special exhibits in wood-floored rooms, each with a name and theme. A display of 1920s and 1930s county maps and an early 1900s teacup collection are just a few of the historic items archived in the Museum. There’s even a hands-on children’s table where kids can play with items of bygone days.
Beginning in June, a new exhibit will be unveiled about the early-day Hollywood Farm founded by Frederick Stimson, that later evolved into Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. An exhibit set up last summer will remain a special feature displaying eight general stores that served Woodinville neighborhoods from 1907 through 1960. Photos, merchandise and information on such landmarks as Homestead Grocery, Hinman's Store, Miller Grocery, Mack's Store, Rongve Grocery and Clara Teegarden's General Store are showcased.
Lucy DeYoung, president of the Woodinville Heritage Society and former mayor, remembers playing as a child in the house where the museum is located. Her grandparents, John and Ellen DeYoung, had the house built in 1931 at NE 175th Street at 135th Avenue NE, where Chase Bank is now located. In 1973 it was moved to its current location, and about five years ago it was donated to the Woodinville Heritage Society to be a museum.
There’s two more days of this year’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show, an annual treat that’s so beautifully set up at the Washington State Convention Center just off I-5 in Seattle. Hours are 9am to 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 9am to 6pm Sunday. All-day adult tickets are $20, or a two-day adult pass may be purchased for $29.
It’s really breathtaking to see the color and beauty of so many spectacular blooming displays, and a treat to enjoy the ongoing entertainment and gardening demonstrations. There’s a marketplace where you can buy the hottest new tools, gadgets and garden art; a floral competition among our area’s top florists that’s fun to watch; and display gardens to stroll in until inspiration hits. The region’s most talented designers, growers and horticulturists are there, and waiting to share their expertise and answer your questions.
“There’s a little garden in all of us,” as the show’s theme says. Now is a great time to check out what you’d like to add to your flower and garden bed come spring! A show guide, parking information and other helpful tips are at www.gardenshow.com.
We’re fortunate to be able to see the latest trends in housing all under one roof, here in Seattle this week. The Seattle Home Show 2013 is a “one stop” place to see what’s trending for Northwest homes and how you can transform yours with new indoor, outdoor, “green,” and techno-friendly features. It takes place Saturday through February 24 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center. Show hours are Saturdays, 10am to 8pm; Sundays 10am to 6pm; and Monday through Friday, noon to 8pm. Admission is $12 adults, $8 seniors (60+), and $3 juniors (7-15). E-tickets are available for purchase online at www.SeattleHomeShow.com and include free parking.
The Seattle Home Show is the oldest and largest home show in the country, and will feature 510 vendors, up from 480 last year. Highlights include an 11,000-square-foot display on outdoor living; Dr. Lori of Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings” who will give free appraisals of art and antiques; and “Meet the Experts” home improvement seminars. There will also be a 7,000-square-foot rambler that you can tour, the first large model house featured at the show since 2007.
Here's a sneak preview of some of the top trends for 2013 to be featured at the show:
• Opening up of interior spaces, especially removing walls between kitchen and dining rooms or kitchen and living rooms
• Combined living/dining/kitchen area and the disappearance of formal dining and living rooms
• The “lifestyle room” for multi-purpose uses by the family, rather than the traditional den
• Traditional tubs, rather than jetted tubs
• More sleek contemporary kitchens
• Sleek surfaces for doors featuring simple lines and without detail
• LED lighting
• Remodeling for income, such as a mother-in-law apartment or backyard cottage
• Remodeling for multi-generational living, such as aging parents
• Covered outdoor rooms for year round enjoyment
• Low-maintenance landscaping
A show bonus this year is its “Too much to see – come back for free™” program that lets you register to return a second show day for free. The Seattle Home Show is sponsored by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties and The Seattle Times.
The “Cheers” hangout spot in Woodinville has added coffee to its repertoire, making it a morning, afternoon, and evening local spot. Village Wines, a wine bar across the street from the former Tulley’s and adjacent to the Hollywood Hill Schoolhouse, is now also a coffeehouse, serving artisan coffee of Stumptown Coffee Roasters. A local Northwest company, Stumptown hand picks their beans, which spend no more than 10 days from their time of roasting until they make it to your cup.
In addition to coffee each morning, Village Wines also offers Seattle’s Choice Organic Teas and a variety of gourmet breakfast foods made fresh to order. The owners have launched what they call “The Place to Gather,” open seven days a week at 7 a.m., leading Woodinville to be known for its coffee just like Seattle, and adding one more reason this is such a great place to live!
We’re excited about the positive forecast for our local real estate market in 2013. A high demand for properly priced and positioned homes for sale is promised. I’d love to chat more about it with you. It’s my honor to be your trusted real estate advisor.
Peace and joy to you!