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Posts made in March, 2017

  • Custom Luxury Rambler in Bothell

    March 31, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    A masterpiece cast in wood, stone and iron, this industrial craftsman rambler in Bothell is outfitted with luxurious custom detailing throughout. Enter beneath dramatic vaulted ceilings lined with corrugated metal panels and accent lighting into a large game room flocked in rich mahogany. Entertaining is effortless with the great-room style family room and kitchen, complete with a wet bar, gorgeous linear fireplace, and easy access to the courtyard with huge patio, fire pit and outdoor audio. The gourmet kitchen boasts a stainless steel Viking appliance suite, custom cabinetry and quartz countertops. Retreat to the master bedroom, furnished with generous built-ins, a walk-in closet and 5-piece bathroom. With three additional bedrooms and two bonus rooms, there is plenty of space for everyone. Luxury meets function with an abundance of thoughtfully designed storage throughout. The property itself stretches over three acres and features impressive amenities to pique a variety of interests: outdoor sport court with lighting, expansive sport field, hobby farm area with chicken coops and small animal pen, barn with loft, and a massive wood shop. For car enthusiasts there is also a 3,000 square foot auto shop with lofted office space and auto lifts. All of these incredible features, plus…Read more

  • A Job Is Only As Good As The Team

    March 24, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    I didn’t truly understand the benefit of teamwork until my first post-collegiate job, a gig painting the exterior siding of houses. My original intent in taking the job was to earn some money in a low-key setting before moving on to the stress of graduate school, and I envisioned myself whistling as I leisurely ascended a ladder, paint can in hand, for sunny days of minimal responsibility. At first, this dream was more or less true: as the new guy on the paint crew, I was trusted with easy tasks providing minimal chances for mistakes. Unfortunately, this blissful experience changed a week into the job when my boss told me I was going to be the jobsite manager. “Excuse me?” I said. “Jobsite manager,” my boss said. “You’re gonna be the new one.” “Oh.” An uncomfortable silence. “Why?” “All my guys quit and you’re technically the most experienced, now.” I pondered this strange new universe in which I, a former English and Philosophy major, was suddenly the most senior member of a painting crew. “Well,” I said, “I imagine this will just be a ceremonial title, right?” “No. You’re gonna be in charge. You’ll talk to the homeowner and make…Read more

  • Neighborhood Profile: Capitol Hill

    March 17, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    For some, going home means retiring to a quiet corner to enjoy a predictable evening away from the city’s stressors. For others, going home means embarking on an eclectic adventure full of new surprises and opportunities. If you’re a member of the latter camp, then Seattle’s Capitol Hill might be the perfect place to call home. Capitol Hill is indisputably one of the Emerald City’s most important cultural hubs, and residents of the hip urban neighborhood can enjoy a vast and diverse assortment of restaurants, bars, and art galleries. In fact, there’s so much to do in Capitol Hill, even longtime natives of the area are still likely to enjoy new experiences and fresh surprises. If you’re looking for some of Seattle’s best restaurants, Capitol Hill is certainly the place to start. The neighborhood serves up many different kinds of cuisine, so even the pickiest eater can find something to munch on. Stateside uses seasonal ingredients to serve traditional Vietnamese cuisine with an innovative French twist. If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, Poquitos boasts some of the best Mexican food in the city, while Bateau offers delicious farm-to-table ingredients fresh from their farm on Whidbey Island. Or,…Read more

  • Marysville 4-bedroom Home

    March 13, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Nearly new 4 bedroom home in Creekwalk Estates in Marysville. Enter on distressed hardwood floors that spill across the main floor. Stunning kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas range & pantry overlooks living room with gas fireplace. Door from dining room opens to covered patio, where you can sit and look out at the neighboring corn fields. 4 bedrooms upstairs, including master suite with 5-piece bath and walk-in closet. All this + 2 car garage, security system, upstairs laundry, and community walking trails. Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information.Read more

  • Remodeled Tacoma Condo

    March 13, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Recently remodeled top-floor 2-bedroom condo in Tacoma. Enter on large-format tile floors to an open floorplan & vaulted ceilings. Regal kitchen with granite countertops, maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances and tile backsplash. Kitchen looks out to living and dining rooms, where an oversized slider opens to large balcony with territorial views. White millwork package including box beams and paneled doors throughout the unit. All this + carport, locking storage room & all appliances stay! Come check out this Tacoma condo! Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information. To download the property flyer as a PDF, click on the link:  Remodeled Tacoma CondoRead more

  • How Paying Off A Mortgage Builds Wealth

    March 10, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Few homeowners are likely to say that they enjoy making monthly mortgage payments. Fulfilling an essential financial duty might be satisfying in the same way that cleaning one’s room or emptying the dishwasher is satisfying, but few people are likely to relish the act of paying off a mortgage. Which is strange, because most people enjoy receiving checks in the mail. While paying for a mortgage and receiving a paycheck aren’t quite the same, the comparison highlights an important feature of owning a home and having a mortgage: both are far better at building wealth than renting. The classic argument for this idea is that, while rent checks pay for a physical space that the renter will never own, a mortgage payment finances a piece of property that will one day be owned completely by the occupant. However, while this reasoning is perfectly sound, it also misses a key factor in a mortgage’s wealth-building power: mortgage payments contribute to building home equity, while rent payments do not. Let’s say, for example, that you’ve just bought a $250,000 house using a 30-year FRM. The beauty of this loan is that, no matter what the market does in the three decades following…Read more

  • How I Got The Gumption: The FHA 203K Loan

    March 3, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Sometimes, renovations can cause even the mildest mannered homeowner to panic. After all, home improvements can be costly and stressful. However, when Pickett Street’s very own Margaret Smith, Director of Operations, decided to purchase a vacant, bank owned fixer-upper, the FHA 203K Loan presented her with an opportunity that turned the process into a dream come true. Margaret bought her duplex in south Everett near Paine Field in August 2014. It was a bank owned property, meaning nobody had been living there for over a year. The previous owners had gone into foreclosure, so the home sat there vacant, lacking love and attention. The upstairs unit was a 3 bed, 1 bath layout that Margaret planned to rent out. It needed a new bathroom, new washer and dryer, a fresh coat of paint on the laundry room walls, and an all-around thorough scrubbing. The bottom unit was a 2 bed, 1 bath layout that was perfect for Margaret and a roommate. That 2 bed unit also needed a new bathroom, new kitchen and new vinyl wood flooring (which also needed to be leveled). The bottom half of the duplex’s exterior required a new paint job, and some general TLC. The…Read more