1303 Kings Place, Bainbridge Island, WA

1303 Kings Place NW in Commodore

3 beds/2 baths

1930 square feet

built in 1971

.28 acre lot

mls # 93981

$338,000

Amazing opportunity to own an in-town home in an established neighborhood. Functional, open, floor plan has 3 bedrooms plus an office, an impressive double-sided fireplace, wood floors on main, & updates in bathroom. Generous sized rooms throughout home. Unfinished daylight basement offers add’l potential. Plenty of room in fenced backyard for garden or play – includes dog-run. Comfortable sunny back deck. Quaint circular drive. Walk to schools, ferry, shopping, pool. All appliances stay.

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And . . . for more information on the Commodore Neighborhood, check out my earlier blog post on Commodore & Commodore West.

On June 26, 2010, in Neighborhoods, Real Estate Business, by
The Sea of Clothes at the Rotary Auction | Jen Pells Realtor

The Sea of Clothes at the Rotary Auction.

Today is the last full day to drop off and you have until 8:30 pm. Tomorrow drop-off was just addedand the hours tomorrow are from 7 am-5 pm.  I have taken four loads now and have never had to wait in line at drop off.  Everyone is so nice and helpful.  And they’ll tell you how great your stuff is (I think they must be trained to do that).

Rotary is on Facebook

And if you go on Facebook, you can see your stuff waiting for its new home.  Who is going to take our Burley-type trail a bike (the one on the left) and pink Barbie bike – with steamers and a handy basket – in like-new condition I might add (at right of pict)? Great idea auction organizers for putting pictures on Facebook.

Loads and Loads

So, yes, some kids stuff, clothes, a table and chairs amounted to four Volvo Wagon loads.  I think my next door neighbors have taken five loads in their Subaru Wagon.  Plus, when you drop off, you get to preview what is already there.   I have my eye on a few things already. See you Saturday morning at the Auction – can you believe they have done this for 50 years?  The madness, I mean fun, starts at 8am.

On June 23, 2010, in Community, Personal, by
Sakai Intermediate School (5th-6th grade), 2009 Washington Achievement Award Winner

Sakai Intermediate School (5th-6th grade), 2009 Washington Achievement Award Winner

The Bainbridge High School Class of 2010 graduated on June 12th, one of the few sunny days so far this June.  The bright day was fitting for the high achieving class that is now entering the “real world.”  If you read my blog regularly, you’ve heard me say more than once that one of the reasons we moved here was because of the high quality schools. This year’s graduating class illustrates that very well:

Class size: 315

Number of National Honor Society Members: 104

Average GPA: 3.268

Principal’s Scholars: 10

Washington Scholar: 1

National Merit Semi-Finalists: 1

National Merit Commended Students: 18

Washington State Honor Awards: 145

Valedictorians: 10 (tied for highest GPA)

The Bainbridge Island School District also got a nod from one of my favorite school research sites, Greatschools. They profiled Bainbridge Island in their article Best Cities to Live and Learn 2010. The fact that one-third of the district’s teachers have Master’s Degrees is cited as one major contributing factor.  Test scores and small class sizes also play a major role in how Bainbridge stacks up. I taught in large inner-city and suburban schools for ten years before becoming a Realtor.  What I saw and experienced was that many of the problems in those schools were born from too large of schools.  Too many kids, too many cracks to fall into.  I love the small schools here on Bainbridge and the district strives to keep them even smaller by breaking the schools up by K-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. Small schools, smaller classes.  I like that the school staff knows my kids’ names.

More Bang for Your Buck

Another big factor for our family personally choosing Bainbridge was the ‘more bang for your buck’ aspect that Greatschools also points out in their article.  We knew we could find a good school system in a San Francisco suburb, but that came at a price, a very high cost of living.  On the flip, we knew we could live in or around Sacramento and have a lower cost of living, but that meant so-so schools, which meant private schools, which meant a higher cost of living for our family. Greatschools ranked Bainbridge Island as the 6th best school system for cities with median home prices between $400K- $600K (Bainbridge Island’s median home price is currently $526K). Another reason the school system rises to the top is due to community support for passing bond and levies.  The community, even those without school aged children, see the perpetual value of quality education.

For us, the numbers added up – and padding those numbers where factors you can not really quantify on a chart like, the small friendly neighborhoods, no bumper to bumper traffic, and countless community-centered events like this weekend’s annual Rotary Auction.

Bainbridge may be a small town, but it is surely not small-minded.  Here’s to the class of 2010 . . . and here’s to the class of 2020, I am hopeful they too can achieve the same high merits.

Explore Bainbridge Island Schools further on Greatschools.

On June 22, 2010, in Community, Schools, by
Rotary Sale on Bainbridge

Rotary Sale on Bainbridge

Yes, the 50th Annual Bainbridge Island Rotary Sale collection is underway.  They are now accepting donations at Woodward Middle School and will so until June 23d from 7am to 8:30pm daily.

For list of what they can and can not accept, or for what has a drop-off fee click here.

The actual Rotary Sale is 8am-2pm June 26th and the Preview is from 4-7pm on the 25th.

So, from today through the 26th, you will see truckloads of stuff being hauled about the island.  It is indeed the great “stuff swap.”  Every year I am fascinated by the number of Nordic Tracks, last year I counted 27 . . .

On June 19, 2010, in Activities, Community, by


7349 Madrona Dr. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA - sold by Jen Pells

Represented Buyers on the

Sale at Madrona Avenue 5/26/2010

Closing Price $695,000 – Asking Price $715,000

Built in 1988 by local builder, Bob Grimm

2576 square foot main house plus 700 square foot guest cottage

.39 acre park-like grounds across the street from high-bank waterfront homes

Space Needle views from upstairs

Great in-town Wing Point location

7349 Madrona Dr. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA - sold by Jen Pells

On June 10, 2010, in Homes, Real Estate Business, by