Welcome to the weekend! The weather has really cooled down, making it perfect to grab a cup of coffee from your favorite local shop, hop in your car and head out to one, two or all three of our open houses!
For those of you interested in South Sound homes, we have two stunners that are sure to please.
5325 Park Rd E, Lake Tapps 98391
This outstanding custom built Lake Tapps Home offers 5 beds with 2.5 baths. It boasts an amazing open floor plan with both formal & informal living spaces. You can retire to the grandiose Master suite with your own private balcony for enjoying your morning coffee. The gourmet kitchen is perfect for unleashing your inner “chef” or for entertaining. You will find exquisite Brazilian cherry floors & high-end finishes throughout. Looking to get outside? The large fenced in yard is perfect for relaxing or enjoying with family or friends, and bonus, there’s a fire pit. Enjoy the private community pool & Jenks Park with tennis courts, boat launch & beach access. 3 car garage, A/C, and even peek-a-boo views of Lake Tapps!
This amazing home is offered at $720,000.
Move right in and start living!
Open Saturday August 18th 12-3pm.
Next on our home tour is a fabulous Benjamin Ryan built home.
8013 184th Ave E, Bonney Lake 98391
You wont want to miss this magnificent Benjamin Ryan built home. This is the most popular floorplan which features 3 stories and 4 bedrooms, plus a bottom floor rec room perfect for that home gym you’ve always wanted. Or, if you’d like even more space you can always convert it to a fifth bedroom. The luxurious kitchen features beautiful slap granite, a large island, a full pantry and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors flank the kitchen and entry way. The master suite boasts a 5 piece bath plus tons of closet space. The upper level also includes a loft area perfect for a flex space and the fully fenced in yard is perfect for pets or children at play.
Come see this stunner of a home offered at $429,900
Open Sunday Aug 19th 12-3
For all of the Eastsiders out there, we have a fabulous new listing in Newcastle.
9235 118th Place Southeast, Newcastle 98056
This spacious 5 Bedroom Newcastle home is a must see! Not only does it offer covered RV Parking, hook-ups and a 2 car garage, but there are up to 4 off-street parking spots as well, making this the perfect home for the entertainer! You will love the deck just off the formal dining room nestled in a sea of evergreen trees, providing the perfect mixture of shade and sun for our sunny days. For those chilly winter days, cozy up by the gas fireplace off of the living room. The lower level features a spacious rec room with a fireplace, a large 3/4 bath, a 5th bedroom and a laundry/mud room. This house is located close to trails and parks for your weekend adventuring.
This classic home is offered at $749,900
We would love to see you at the open house!
This home on Trout lake is truly one of a kind! Experience lake front living at its best. A few of our favorite home features are the Great Room Basalt Stone gas fireplace flanked by walls of windows to showcase the outstanding views! Other unique features include the Master bedroom on the main floor, A full kitchen on the lower level, mature landscaping and a super quaint guest cottage.
The home sits on 88’ of Trout Lake waterfront, imagine your morning coffee on the large deck overlooking the lake, with enough space to entertain your entire family! The home is sprinkled with custom materials throughout. This is a must see! We look forward to seeing you at our open houses this weekend.
37242 42nd Ave S, Auburn 98001
Thursday 5/10 4:00PM-6:30PM
Saturday/Sunday 5/12 and 5/13 12:00PM-3:00PM
Ever dreamed of owning a home in Somerset? Well here is your chance!
This newly updated 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home located in a small level cul de sac that backs up to city maintained greenbelt. One of our favorite rooms in the house is the kitchen perfect for the “chef” in the family! You’ll find beautiful cabinets, salt and pepper slab granite as well as stainless steel appliances. This kitchen is perfect for entertaining! You will find beautiful updated light fixtures and hardwood floors thoroughout. Imagine having your morning coffee on the covered deck while enjoying magnificent views of downtown Bellevue, the views that make the Somerset area so unique and special.
When it’s not raining you can meander down a pathway of designer pavers to your custom built backyard firepit neslted amongst majestic trees. Wondering where your pup can roam? This home has perfect low maintence artificial grass yard.
Not only is this home unique and special but it’s also close in. Your family has access to all of the top rated schools in the nationally acclaimed Bellevue School District, easy access to Somerset elementary, Tyee middle school, Forest Ridge and Newport high shcoool. Conveniently located and easy acess to I405, I90, Downtown Bellevue, Microsoft, Issaquah and SeaTac too. You wont want to miss this manficient Somerset Gem.
Visit our open house Friday 4/21 11am-1pm
Saturday/Sunday 4/21-4/22 1-4pm.
For more information or to schedule a showing please contact Tanya Franzen- Garrett, Marketplace Sotheby's International Realty
Want to wake up to vacation worthy views every day? You won't want to miss this exceptional home with expansive Puget Sound views from almost every room.
We were lucky enough to interview the homeowners, here's what they had to say:
This home is lush with history and A bit of history about 1412 Beach Dr – was originally built in 1929 by Mr. Stimson of the Stimson Lumber Company as his summer cabin. At this time, Dash Point neighborhood association owned a ferry that would bring passengers from Tacoma to Dash Point Pier (being there were no roads at the time). This property was a summer cabin for his family.
In 1983 Mr. Thompson built a modern structure next to the cabin. I purchased the property in 2004 and spent a year renovating and updating both sides (no structural changes). The property can function as one house or as a duplex. When I purchased the home, the county classified it as a single-family residence. The room layout however, did not flow well between the two and my wife and I did not need to live in a 5900 sq ft home. I blocked off two doors that adjoined the two sides. They still exist and can be opened with little work. The property can be easily converted back into a single-family residence. The water and septic are on one system, and electrical, heating and propane are on separate meters.
Benefits of Residing in Dash Point
Metro Tacoma park is 3 doors away with a fishing pier, sandy beaches (which is one of the few in the South Sound), park benches at waters edge, playground and a covered picnic area.
Lots of wild life in the area – Golden Eagles, Osprey, Heron, Seals, Seagulls and Crows. It is a real treat to watch the Herons, Osprey and Eagles fish.
The Lobster Shop is being remodeled by Gino Rivera and will be named “Gino’s at the Point”. Perfect location for us as it is only 5 doors down – very convenient.
Wonderful stable and dependable neighbors who have lived on this street for years.
Views of The Sound includes shipping traffic, fireworks on the 4th of July, and Seattle, Vashon and Des Moines are all visible.
Amenities of 1412 Beach Dr
Unit A Features
Upper Level 3
Master Suite is over 650 sq ft with fireplace (propane insert) vaulted ceilings and huge skylights. Attached bath includes 7’ jetted tub, shower and double vanities. Lots of closet space (his and hers). Large deck overlooking the sound features an out-door wood burning fireplace. On the back side of the home is a ‘Juliette balcony’ off of the master bedroom.
Office Space, with custom built in desks for 2 plus 4 filing cabinets, is like a bird’s nest sitting between levels 2 and levels 3 of the home. It has a fantastic view of the Sound while overlooking the dining room and living rooms too.
Main Level 2
Living Room features large stone fireplace (propane inserts), deck overlooking the Sound, large enough for 2 sofas, coffee table, two easy chairs and a Baby Grand Piano! The corner nook is a wonderful place for morning coffee and watch the activity on the Sound.
Dining Room located two steps above the living room is large enough for 8-10 person table, china cabinet and side serving cabinet. It also features a sliding door to the back deck.
Kitchen on the same level as dining room offers a eating bar, room for a small table, 2 sliding doors to large back deck.
Lower Level 1
Lower level offers a extra finished room that can be whatever fits your lifestyle. It is wired for projector screening / TV. Attached to this room is the second bedroom with a custom wall bed (Murphy style). Also included on the lower level are the washer and dryer (which stay with the home) and a ¾ bathroom.
2 Car Garage is accessed from the lower level and has a new garage door and opener
Covered Storage / Breezeway is found along side of the home.
Unit B Features
- Large living room with fireplace (propane insert) and Huge window looking out at large deck and views.
- Dining Room expansive enough to handle a 14 person table – wall windows brings in natural light to this room.
- Kitchen with granite tile counters, opens to laundry room, pantry and outside access.
- Powder Room and large Office or Bedroom (your choice) complete the main level.
- Oversized 1 Car Garage boasts shelving, new garage door and opener.
2 Bedrooms with walk-in closets and built-in drawers plus a full guest bath are located upstairs.
Additional Items of Interest
- Garages are accessed from Whitman St at rear of property.
- Plenty of parking for guests – both in front of the home and rear.
- Fenced and gated yard including driveway (at rear of property).
- Block wall 30” deep along west side of backyard with Rhizome barrier preventing neighbors’ bamboo from entering yard.
We spent the afternoon with Cindy Kourkos at an exquisite Browns Point townhouse she currently has listed…
Cindy, what a stunning property, what do you love most about it?
It’s a lovely, private location with sweeping views of Commencement Bay, Tacoma and the evening lights! The open floor plan is ideal for maximizing views while maintaining an ease of entertaining. It’s a perfect place to live worry free. There is already a great group of homeowners that you can be as involved with as you wish.
The view certainly is captivating, but overall, what would you say makes this property so unique?
The three levels of luxury living with views on every level and an oversized three car garage. Additionally, this end unit offers a courtyard with private walkway leading around to back of the property. You could even have a mother-in-law in this unit!
What can you tell us about waterfront in this area and Browns Point in general?
Commencement Bay features infinitely interesting yacht and shipping traffic that comes in and out of the Port of Tacoma. The public beach is just a half mile away with a community club and boat launch. You can join and take part in their fun activities year round that include an Easter Egg hunt, fishing derby and a great salmon bake every other year. On July 4th you have a front row seat for the Tacoma fireworks! The Browns Point community has restaurants, a dry cleaner, hair salon and a convenience grocery store all within walking distance of the AnchoRidge townhouse.
If one had a day off here is beautiful Browns Point, what might they fill it with?
One might visit the Brown Point Light House which offers community waterfront access and tour the Historic Center. During the summer, sunbathers and picnickers can enjoy the beach; relax and watch the sailboats, walk on the beach, fish from the shore and enjoy the magnificent sunsets!
Speaking of this particular townhouse, what is your favorite feature?
Definitely its one-of-a-kind floorplan, upper level utility room, kitchenette and wine cellar on the lower level, a 5-piece Master suite plus a junior suite on upper level. The high end finishes throughout really give the home a feeling of luxury.
What advice would you give to a client looking to list a home in the area?
Check out our tips in our blog on how to prepare your home to list. If you have a view home, I would suggest maximizing the views.
Cindy, is there anything else that you would like us to ask you or to add?
This property features a fully furnished clubhouse with fireplace, kitchen, space for parties and meetings, bathrooms have showers and a there is a dry sauna. The solar heated pool has chaise lounges, tables, chairs and umbrellas. It is perfect for water aerobics, exercising, lounging and meeting friends! You can even use the space to host parties. Also, the AchorRidge HOA is AMAZING! They cover all the common areas with professional landscaping, painting and maintenance of the exterior of the units. The HOA covers insurance, basic cable, water, sewer, garbage and recycling. Finally, pest control service inspections are 4 times yearly.
Don't miss this incredible listing!
At Sound Properties, we not only help our clients buy and sell real estate, but we go above and beyond to help them in any way possible.
One of the unique services we offer is Estate Sales. To share a bit more about this unique offering, we invited the team at 47 Degrees North Marketing to one of our heirloom estates sales in Enatai, Bellevue.
47: Well Tanya, we drove up to a pretty busting sale, with neighbors and others enjoying a lovely latte and we see they are already browsing some gorgeous treasures. You’ve got to tell us a bit about what you are doing here on this sunny fall day…
Tanya: Well, today we are here to help make sure that our client’s Estate Sale runs smoothly. We’ve practiced this many times! The goal is to find new homes for these treasures, while keeping everything organized, safe, and fun!
47: How do you help your clients navigate this phase of their real estate lives?
Tanya: Any home sale can be an emotional time, but it is particularly emotional when it involves the seller leaving their long time home of 40, 50 or even 70+ plus years. This could be due to downsizing, illnesses or the passing of the last surviving owner. Many times these people have stashed away decades worth of belongings, some of which are collectibles that the family does not want. We work with Estate Sale companies such as this one to ensure that the personal items are sold with respect and for the highest available dollar, which will go back to the estate.
47: That does sound like a stressful time to say the least. With your calm demeanors, you and your team do seem like the perfect party to lean on. Beyond that, what are the actual steps you take to help your clients alleviate stress?
Tanya: Most families have multiple other things that they need to tend to during this time of transition, we take the home and contents sale off of their check list of “To Dos”. We will streamline the process for the family and can arrange the cleaning, packing, staging, presentation of the home to get ready for market. We are very good about communicating to all parties of the transaction, including any attorney’s and multiple family members.
47: What is your favorite item inside this particular sale?
Tanya: There is an Antique sofa I just love and set of Depression Glass Stemware which I think is just too cool.
47: Why is this added service level so important to Sound Properties?
Tanya: We are in the business of Customer Service. It goes beyond just “selling a house”, it is about the client and providing a smooth, simple and streamlined process. We already have great connections within this community and have vetted out the companies that are trustworthy, honest, and professional. Why wouldn’t we offer this to our clients.
This just shows how this team goes above and beyond to provide the utmost care and commitment to each of their clients. Whether you simply have a real estate question, want to know the value of your home or want more information about estate sales contact any of the sound properties team members, they would LOVE to help you.