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Posts made in June, 2017


  • Seattle Summers: Golden Gardens Park

    June 30, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    While on a recent visit to Seattle, my partner and I hit the Washington weather jackpot for June: 65-degree mornings and 85 degree afternoons, without a single cloud in the sky. We decided to grab Thai food and head to Golden Gardens, which is a beachfront park located in northern Ballard. “Hooray, beach day!” I said as we drove to the park. “Well,” my partner replied, with that tone he often takes when he is about to be clever. “Beach day.” He pantomimed air quotes around “beach,” implying that Seattle beaches are not real beaches. My partner is from Colorado (which, let me just point out, has zero beaches), and he grew up frequently visiting family in Hawaii, enjoying pristine white sand beaches and warm waters. I love him dearly, but he is a tiny bit of a beach snob. “What are you saying?” I asked. “I mean, is it even a real beach if it’s all rocky and doesn’t have any sand?” I told him that he’d better change his attitude or I would eat all of the spring rolls and his pad thai (which I am totally capable of doing). While driving to the park, we were able…Read more

  • Neighborhood Profile: Beacon Hill

    June 28, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    It’s a tough decision: should you live downtown amid the constant bustle of the deliciously funky urban organism that is Seattle? Or, should you live in a quieter neighborhood with better parking and perhaps slightly cheaper housing prices? Luckily, with Beacon Hill, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. The Basics Located south of downtown, between I-5 and Rainier Valley, the up-and-coming Beacon Hill is one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods. This large area is known for its relatively affordable housing and its convenient location—residents enjoy easy access to downtown Seattle without having to navigate the freeways (which we all know are not, ahem, Seattle’s best feature). Homes in the northern part of Beacon Hill were mostly built in the early 1900s, and so this area contains many lovely Craftsman bungalows and Seattle box houses. The hill also offers views of downtown, Elliott Bay, Rainier Valley, Mount Rainier, and the Olympic Mountains. Neighborhood Vibe Depending on where you are in the neighborhood, Beacon Hill can be both bustling and quiet. Currently, as well as historically, the neighborhood is home to a diverse population of working-class families. Completed just a few years ago, Beacon Hill’s light rail station has reenergized the…Read more

  • Landmarks of Washington State: Mount Rainier

    June 16, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Many of you have been reading Ian Clark’s blog posts for Pickett Street over the past couple of years. Since Ian is now moving on to a PhD program, he kindly passed the blog writing torch to me, his older (and, let’s be honest, wiser) sister. So, if you’re curious as to what it was really like growing up in the Clark household, I can fill you in. Anyway. Like Ian, I grew up in Washington State. Though I now live in the hippy haven of Boulder, Colorado, I look forward to the day when I can move back to the Pacific Northwest, where my heart and my family reside. To start off on a fun, perhaps sentimental note, I’d like to discuss one of my favorite spots in Washington, and, in my humble opinion, what is one of the best mountains in the entire world: Mount Rainier. Don’t get me wrong—Colorado’s Rocky Mountains are truly incredible. However, there’s something special about Mount Rainier. Maybe it’s the fact that, with the surrounding landscape at sea level, the peak with its 14,410 feet dramatically rises out of the clouds like a storybook mountain. I first heard about this mountain when my…Read more

  • 3-bedroom Bothell Condo

    June 12, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Rare opportunity to own a 3-bedroom, ground floor, end-unit condo in Bothell with an individual garage, carport and an uncovered parking space. Spacious family room with wood fireplace and sliding door to covered patio with storage space. Kitchen boasts a large pantry, and all appliances stay, including stackable washer and dryer. Community features sport court, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and nicely appointed clubhouse. Central location close to Mill Creek Town Center, Canyon Park, and 405. Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information. To download the property flyer as a PDF, click on the link:  3-bedroom Bothell CondoRead more

  • On Moving, Part 2

    June 8, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Growing up in Washington State, I was convinced my mother and stepfather were ascetic monks disguised as law-abiding citizens. Everything about our house in the woods—its dirt driveway and wood-fired stove, the rickety doors that were forever creaking and driving us all mad—suggested an extension of pioneer society, a devotion to hard work and self-denial accompanied by a general mistrust of modern comforts. My family didn’t seriously invest in electric heating until after I left for college (during winter, I was forever walking around like the little brother in A Christmas Story, wearing roughly 20 sweaters and weeping about not being able to put my arms down), and our shower usually had only 30 seconds of hot water per day. My mother was forever banging on the bathroom door, ordering us to get out of the shower and stop wasting precious natural resources. This lifestyle became especially troublesome once I entered high school. Living in a largely affluent small town, most of my friends enjoyed accordingly cushy lifestyles: palatial homes, unlimited heat, fancy refrigerators that dispensed pompous quantities of ice and filtered water. Such modern conveniences seemed impossibly luxurious to my untutored experience, more akin to the advanced technologies of science…Read more

  • Tulalip Rambler

    June 8, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Situated on a level lot, this Tulalip rambler has been nicely maintained. Enter on tile floors that spill through the family room with wood burning fireplace. The kitchen is spacious and has been updated with Corian countertops, tile backsplash, double ovens and a dining area with sliding doors to the patio. The master suite has laminate flooring, walk-in closet and a continental bathroom. Two additional bedrooms, including one that is currently used as an office. The oversized garage has a laundry room and plenty of space for storage. The backyard is fully fenced with raised garden beds, cherry trees and a dog run. Convenient access to grocery stores and freeways. Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information. To download the property flyer as a PDF, click on the link:  Tulalip RamblerRead more

  • Maywood Hills

    June 7, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Welcome to Green Acres in the Maywood Hills neighborhood of Bothell. This remodeled double-wide has 2 bedrooms including a master suite with full bathroom, vaulted ceilings and walk-in closet. New laminate flooring throughout, including spacious living room with vaulted ceilings and dining room with built-ins. Kitchen has skylight and cutout that opens to dining room. All this + ADA access, washer & dryer, 2-car carport and garden shed. Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information. To download the property flyer as a PDF, click on the link:  Maywood Hills Read more

  • Queens Court Condo

    June 6, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    This truly classic Queens Court condo building is located a block from the Space Needle. The traditional brick exterior is surrounded by beautifully maintained landscaping and a community courtyard. Located on the second floor, this well-kept 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit has been updated while maintaining the 1930’s charm. Traditional woodwork, arched ceilings and oak hardwoods adorn the formal entry way, living room, dining room and bedroom. The kitchen has granite counters, stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile floors and a washer/dryer. The full bathroom has a pedestal sink, tile shower, tile floors and linen closets. Fantastic walking community with restaurants, coffee shops, theaters and so much more. All in a secure building with an assigned storage room. Walking score of 96! Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information. Download a PDF of the flyer here:  Queens Court CondoRead more

  • Do You Love to Rent?

    June 2, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Three Things to Know Before Agreeing to a Mortgage Because moving and buying a home can be time-consuming and stressful, it can be tempting to rush into a mortgage to get the process over with as quickly as possible. However, a mortgage is an important commitment, and there are a couple key concepts you should understand before signing the dotted line. Luckily, you don’t need to be a mortgage lender to understand your contract, and the most important mortgage concepts are relatively simple once you grasp the basics. Below, we cover the basics of interest rates, adjustable rate mortgages vs. fixed rate mortgages, and points to give you a better idea what to expect when you prepare to agree to your first mortgage. What’s My Interest Rate? Saying your mortgage’s interest rate is pretty important is an understatement, as the interest rate you agree to can dramatically affect the final price tag of your home. It’s surprising, then, that roughly 30% of the country’s homeowners have admitted to not knowing what their interest rate is. Even a slight difference in interest rate levels--say, 4% rather than 4.5%--can save you hundreds of dollars a year and thousands of dollars over your…Read more

  • Lakefront Home in Green Acres

    June 1, 2017 /
    Pickett Street Properties Team /

    Rare opportunity to purchase a lakefront home in Green Acres, a 55+ community in Bothell. Watch the ducks and geese over your morning coffee from the dining room table, in the open air from your covered deck, and from the kitchen window as you wash the dishes. 2 bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms including a master suite with spacious bathroom with vanity. Lots of storage space with built-ins, closets, and a huge storage room in the basement. All this and off street parking for 2 vehicles, new furnace & PUD package. Call Jesse Moore at 425.502.5397 for more information. To download the property flyer as a PDF, click on the link:  Lakefront Home in Green AcresRead more