Thursday, March 22, 2018

Be the neighborhood Welcome Wagon

Creating a tight knit community can be difficult in today's fast paced way of living. When I was young (am I really going there?) I remember a group of ladies popping by our house with a basket full of goodies, a list of helpful names and numbers and smiling faces. I saw how that simple act instantly put my mom and dad at ease.

The official Welcome Wagon approach seems to have gone by the wayside, at least in the Seattle area, but that doesn't mean you can't be that friendly face. It doesn't take much - here are a few simple ways you can reach out to new neighbors -

Who doesn't love a houseplant, especially when the greeting reads "We're so happy you're laying down roots here".

Freshly baked bread is not only the perfect gift - it also makes your home smell absolutely delicious. Add a tag that reads "Let us know if you knead anything" and you'll be the warm welcome any new neighbor is looking for. 

Soda gets such a bad rap, but new neighbors with kids will love it and the parents will appreciate the all-natural element. Top the gift with a tag that reads "Soda-lighted you're our neighbor". 

If you want to give a little more, then a gift basket with cleaning product, a pretty scented candle, dish cloth, and a few other thoughtful items, along with a list of your favorite local spots and contact information is perfect! Things to include on your favorites list could be your favorite - Park, Quick Bite, Restaurant, Grocery Store, Special Treat Shop, Car Stuff, Florist, Other, and then tuck in a card with your contact information that ends with "We can't wait to get to know you"!

Who wouldn't feel at home with a warm welcome like that? 

Until next time,

la chasse au bonheur

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Elegant condo in the heart of Phinney

6801 Greenwood Avenue N., 211, Seattle, WA 98103


This beautiful unit in the incredibly well managed Fini Condominium is absolute perfection! While at home, you'll feel secure with the access controlled lobby entrance and the assigned one car parking and additional storage in the secure common garage. 

This gorgeous, light filled unit features an open floor plan, tall ceilings and expansive rooms, a sumptuous master suite, cozy den (perfect as a home office or second bedroom), designer powder room, and at the heart of this home, the amazing gourmet kitchen with walls of custom espresso cabinets, endless counters and top of the line stainless steel appliances which opens to the light-filled dining and living rooms.

The living room features a built-in fireplace and entertainment center framed in the same espresso stained wood as the kitchen cabinets and opens onto a lovely balcony ideal for morning coffee or sunset wine.


The sumptuous master suite offers tremendous privacy with brand new, top of the line Hunter Douglas blinds (installed in the living room as well), a perfectly appointed walk-in closet and large master bath with double sink vanity, large tub and shower finished in stunning tile. 

This cozy den makes for the perfect home office or, as others in the building have done, made into a second bedroom or guest room.

The fitness room, located on the main floor, features top of the line work out equipment and is accessible 24 hours a day!

Just outside the doors you will find all the fabulous independent shops, markets, parks, the zoo, cafés, restaurants and pubs, schools, library and community center that combine to make Phinney so desirable. 

Located on a bus line, this prime location offers an easy commute into the city, but with a truly charming neighborhood feel! Welcome home. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Carl's Place

930 N 83rd Street, Seattle, WA 98103


This beautifully updated Craftsman maintains its original charm of generous sized rooms with fir floors, tall ceilings and easy flow, yet features all new systems - new double pane windows, new high efficiency gas furnace, new hot water heater, new sewer line, updated electrical and plumbing, newer gutters and roof.

Tucked between Green Lake and Phinney Ridge, on a quiet street, this property offers a quick commute to downtown, but is just blocks to Green Lake, hip restaurants and cafés, great shopping and neighborhood schools. 

The perfectly appointed fully fenced back yard features an entertainment sized deck off the main home with a blue stone path and patio surrounded by lush lawn and mature landscaping providing amazing quiet and privacy. 

This fully permitted back yard studio features an open floor plan with expansive living area, kitchenette, fully tiled bath and loft. Vaulted ceilings with skylights and double glass doors create a sunny and airy retreat that opens to the blue stone patio surrounded by native landscaping, providing bird chirping quiet and privacy.

Built in 1985 and renovated in 2009, this stand alone studio features its own systems, including a new water tank, natural gas and sewer connection. From solid poured concrete foundation to newer double pane windows and roof, this charming studio allows the homeowner numerous options - artist studio or home business office.

There is fabulous potential in this partially finished lower level. The garage has been beautifully updated with new double swing doors, beamed ceiling and is fully insulated. The second bedroom, utility room and laundry room are all located on this level.

A quick commute on the RapidRide E puts you downtown, yet you are close to amazing amenities - great shopping, restaurants, cafés, parks, schools and more. Welcome Home!.

Offered at $735,000