WOW! 2013 IS SHAPING UP TO BE A WONDERFUL YEAR FOR REAL ESTATE AND, AS ALWAYS, OUR MERCER ISLAND LIFESTYLE IS GREAT!
MERCER ISLAND LIFESTYLE – NEWS & INFORMATION (Please read all of this–helpful info toward the end.):
Our Mercer Island Women’s Club offers outstanding new activities, as well as old favorites–it’s the best way to get acquainted with your bright and talented Island neighbors. It just costs $25 a year, and we have every imaginable activity from Book Clubs to Scrabble, Bunco & Bridge; luncheon get togethers; classes in Interior Design, Computer skills; a gardening group; Financial Guidance for women; impromptu tennis; ski groups; singing groups; movie get togethers, and so much more! We generally break into small groups and many of our groups meet in members’ homes, so we all get to know each other. Contact me for a list of all the great current offerings.
Mortgage interest rates are unbelievably low now-it’s the ideal time to buy on Mercer Island. Speaking of ideal, let me tell you about 3 fantastic listings:
1) LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: ACROSS FROM THE LAKE! A “fixer” with amazing potential on a superb site: a lovely corner lot across from the Lake, with lake access via the street-end beach right across the street, in a neighborhood of $$$ waterfront homes for just $525,000! Take a refreshing swim, or enjoy windsurfing, or a canoe ride or sailing on a “Sunfish” for a day of fun on the lake. From here it’s just a short stroll to Mercer Island’s nearby parks, boutique shops, and great restaurants, with quick and easy freeway access. What a fantastic location. Bring your builder and your imagination to have your dream home on this ideal site! Please call me for more information about this rare find! This great property has been sold.
2) WOW! An impeccable Ralph Anderson designed Black & Caldwell (blending indoor and outdoor beauty–a la Frank Lloyd Wright) with a Zen feel amid sylvan splendor and the soothing sound of the creek – in choice “Lakeview Highlands East” neighborhood. It boasts 5 bedrooms, a dream kitchen (SubZero; slab-granite island, “baking center,” etc.); skylights, window walls & French doors galore; elegant formal areas, and so many amazing bonus features! This exciting home, with all the “bells & whistles”, on a creek-side secluded sylvan site tucked away at the end of a scenic private lane in one of Mercer Island’s best neighborhoods – in perfect move-in condition with $50,000 of recent upgrades. All that and it’s just a short walk to beautiful Groveland Beach. (MLS #270181)! www.6270westmercer.com I’m pleased to announce that this fantastic home has sold.
3) This great listing is an amazing custom home with gorgeous grounds (a huge level private yard complete with a pond and dramatic outdoor lighting)! This spacious home is within walking distance to both grade school & high school, as well as to two parks (one with tennis courts and playfields & one with play equipment, a skate park, the Sunday Farmers’s Market & summer’s Music In The Park), and to Mercer Island’s wonderful boutique shops & restaurants. Currently there are 3 bedrooms, with the potential for 2 more. There is a huge party/recreation room as well as a huge living room. The large west-facing deck, overlooking the gorgeous yard, is accessed from both the dining room and the master suite. There are also 3 beautiful fireplaces, and so much more! The price? Call/text/email me to see this fantastic home (#276822)! This listing is now sold, and the buyers are very excited about their great new home!
Seafair always takes me back to my young years when we lived near the Hydroplane Races and we always felt such a part of it. Since my father built trailers for the Hydroplanes, we were lucky to have “pit passes” (to the Stan Sayres Hydroplane “pit”, where they are kept during races). Our talented young neighbor then–who builds beautiful model hydroplanes–Mike Fitzsimmons, always announces the races on KIRO TV. It was exciting also when I was a Seafair Princess and we got to view the races from a Coast Guard Cutter timing the races in the middle of the race course. Such fond memories…)! For information about all the festivities we had during Seafair 2012: http://www.seafair.com/news.aspx?ID=228&Mon=5&Yr=2012
Mercer Island’s “Summer Celebration” was fantastic again this year, with a myriad of activities for all ages. Click here for information about all the events that took place: www.misummercelebration.com I hope you were able to attend so that you could get the feeling of what it’s like to live here. We Islanders always enjoy this event so much!
We are fortunate that Mercer Island properties are selling now – some in just a short time (some within a few days, or a few weeks), and many with multiple offers. This is the lowest inventory we’ve had in 10 years. If you live on the Island and have been waiting for a good real estate market to put your home on the market and move on, that time is now. Interest rates (and inventory) remain low, and more buyers are out now. Please call/text/email me to get started–I have a wealth of information to share with you that will help you receive “top dollar” for your home in the shortest time possible. By the way, I’m proud to announce that our office (Mercer Island Coldwell Banker Bain Associates) is the top office year-to-date in new listings sold, and closed sales! Our great office has been the #1 Real Estate Company on the Island for the entire 35 years that I’ve been in the business.
Women singers being sought for ‘Barbershop Quartet’ style harmony (“Northwest Chorus”) plus free vocal instruction. Rehearsal at Congregational Church on Island Crest Way. Info: 425-443-7464.
If you are contemplating moving to our beautiful Island, please contact me so I can share with you my knowledge of what it’s like to live on Mercer Island (I’ve lived here over 40 years). There are so many benefits to living here, I can hardly wait to tell you all about them. And we now have a popular delicatessen/restaurant (“Stopsky’s”) next to “Island Books” (we love our book store)! And our “Yo Yogurt” in the south end near Starbucks is a unique concept – great flavors and every imaginable topping (you just pay 44 cents an ounce) it’s healthy and so satisfying, you have to try it! And don’t miss our new store offering delicious fresh fish, ”Freshy’s”, now serving fish & chips. And, of course the Roanoke is always a favorite meeting place, and the Islander is also great! I recently enjoyed meals at Bennetts (delicious healthy food), and Island Crust (fantastic pizza).
P.S. We’re so excited that our Alec won an award from DownBeat Magazine, for outstanding original musical composition by a High School student – we’re so proud of him; and his Jazz quartet performed their original music at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia recently (with two encores)!