This home is such a fun one to tour.  A welcome surprise to find new finishes on a quiet, established street in Winslow.  This home has undergone an amazing transformation; new entertaining kitchen, new baths and new hardwood flooring are just the beginning.  And it is all on one level, and walkable to all the great things in Winslow.  Come see for yourself on Saturday from 1-4pm instead of Sunday as Sunday is Mother’s Day ;)

1002 Nakata Ave NW on Bainbridge Island Liste by Jen Pells Windermere Bainbridge

1002 Nakata Ave NW on Bainbridge Island.

1002 Nakata Ave NW on Bainbridge Island listed by Jen Pells of Windermere

The great room showing new wood floors and custom propane fireplace.

1002 Nakata Ave NW on Bainbridge Island listed by Jen Pells of Windermere

Amazing entertaining kitchen with quartz counters, stainless steel appliances and quality fixtures.

1002 Nakata Ave NW on Bainbridge Island listed by Jen Pells of Windermere

Great coffee bar or cocktail bar in the large kitchen.

1002 Nakata Ave NW listed by Jen Pells of Windermere Bainbridge

Master bedroom suite has a full spa-like bathroom and extra large den; a great space for a private office or sunny exercise room.

1002 Nakata Ave NW on Bainbridge Island listed by Jen Pells of Windermere

Spa like master bathroom with double sinks and large custom tile shower.

1002 Nakata Ave NW on Bainbridge Island listed by Jen Pells of Windermere

Private, fenced backyard with mature and colorful plantings.

Details about the home:

  • 3 bedrooms with a den off of the master suite
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 1,866 square feet all on one level and vaulted throughout
  • .23 of an acre
  • Large, entertaining kitchen
  • Complete cosmetic remodel of home – including new window package and exterior doors
  • Clean lines with high end modern finishes and fixtures
  • Mature landscaping in private, fenced backyard
  • Walkable to Winslow and no HOA dues (plus you have a fenced yard and garage)
  • $748,000 asking price

Impressive modern remodel of this one-level, open-floorplan home tucked away on a quiet street in the heart of Winslow. Vaulted ceilings and clerestory windows highlight the new entertaining kitchen with quality cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and quartz counters. Great room with a custom propane fireplace and wood floors opens to a private backyard with colorful, mature landscaping. Spa-like finishes in new baths. New window package and paint. Close to shops, pool, library, schools, parks and ferry.

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Visit this home’s dedicated website here.

On May 12, 2017, in Homes, Listing, Neighborhoods, Open Houses, by

Traditional Fletcher Bay Home

Excited to share my new listing in Fletcher Bay on Bainbridge Island. Fantastic, flexible floorpan with room to breathe on over half an acre of property that backs to three more acres of open space. Come visit in person Sunday 1pm-4pm. And please feel free to reach out for more info.

Details about the home:

Room for everyone in this classic three bedroom home that also offers two offices and an extra-large bonus room. The eat-in kitchen opens to a vaulted great room that connects to another office/media room. Ideal for entertaining-easily move from the open kitchen to dining room to landscaped yard. While outside enjoy the waterfall, garden beds, lawns, fire pit and connection to three acres of open space adjacent to home and shared by the four homes in the enclave. Close to Winslow and ferry. Easy walk to beautiful public beach access at Fletcher Landing.

  • Three bedrooms
  • Two offices
  • Bonus Room
  • 2,740 square feet
  • .51 acres that backs to 3 acres of open space
  • Built in 2004 by Raven Construction
  • Asking $748,000

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Wild Cherry on Bainbridge Island - for sale by Jen Pells

Wild Cherry on Bainbridge Island - for sale by Jen Pells

Wild Cherry on Bainbridge Island - for sale by Jen Pells

Wild Cherry on Bainbridge Island - for sale by Jen Pells

Wild Cherry on Bainbridge Island - for sale by Jen Pells

Wild Cherry on Bainbridge Island - for sale by Jen Pells

Wild Cherry on Bainbridge Island - for sale by Jen Pells

Wild Cherry on Bainbridge Island - for sale by Jen Pells

Wild Cherry on Bainbridge Island - for sale by Jen Pells

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On March 16, 2017, in Listing, Open Houses, Real Estate Business, by

Eakin Drive sold by Realtor Jen Pells

Renting Can Make Sense

There are a lot of smart, pragmatic reasons for renting a home when you are new to a city.  It can be helpful to get the lay of the land, learn the neighborhoods, settle in a bit.  Wait to find the perfect house to buy.  But, as the inventory of homes available to buy is shrinking on Bainbridge, I am seeing more and more folks who never ever planned to rent enter into a rental or temporary housing here on the island. They are what I call the unintentional renters.

I am a Nester

When we moved here I KNEW there was no way I could rent.  Any viable option that we had was icky, for one, but secondly, I am just not a renter.  Do you put things on the wall? How do you settle?  I am just a nester. For my sanity I knew we needed to find our next home to buy and not do a transitional rental. For us it worked and it worked well.  We found a decent house in a great location.  We later gutted the house and made it our own, but the fact that we were settling in to our neighborhood and school and putting down roots right away was huge in our transitional process.

Low Available Inventory

Right now available inventory is not on the buyer’s side (in fact inventory is at historically low levels – read more about that here) so, many buyers are looking to rent as the next viable option since the house is not out there at the moment. And these wanna-be home owners are in turn making the rental inventory tighter.  I see some clients who do fine as renters.  They are so gung-ho about moving to a new place they do just fine settling in and meeting people. But, other times, usually when there is one party in the couple who is less gung-ho about the move, I see renting as a major contributing factor to families not settling in or transitioning well.

 Bainbridge Island | Jen Pells | Windermere RealtorCan’t Quite Put My Finger On It

Life is just not the same in a rental. Most likely you will rent in a different neighborhood than where you will buy and perhaps be in a different school district too.  As a renter, people can be less invested in making friends or settling in. They do not want to go through the effort for a temporary situation.  Renting can be seen as a great trial period to say, try Bainbridge on for size, but I see that trial period as a limited version of the real thing.  Sort of like only having access to Hulu versus Hulu Plus.  You are not going to have the same experience, and in the end, you could be less likely to fully commit to living on Bainbridge long term.

It Takes Two Years

I know if we had rented I probably would not be here right now.  My husband was the cheerleader for our move.  I knew Bainbridge was the right move for our family, but when we moved I left family, friends and a really good career in California.  I had a lot of things to miss, mourn, and rebuild after our move.  And six months in, during a dark December on Bainbridge, if I could have run back to California and ditched a rental, I probably would have.  Because yes, at that moment it would have been easier.  I have been honest before in other postings, that I think it takes two years to feel like you are home.

The first year is a roller coaster ride.  I recall loving Bainbridge and then hating it.  The first year is very bogged down with the logistics of moving physical stuff and paperwork and changeovers.  It is so hectic and yes, just plain exhausting. It was not until the second year that I felt like I had time to truly explore and discover Bainbridge.  In year two I hit the trails, parks and quaint shops. In year two, I realized I was spening more time outdoors than I ever did in California. In year two, I put pictures up on the wall (yes it took me that long) and I finally felt like I was home.

Bainbridge Island | Jen Pells | Windermere RealtorFeet on the Ground

In year two I got my feet on the ground. And yes, anytime before that I think I probably would have used those feet to bolt back to that comfortable environment of the ‘known” in California. I predict with more people renting we will likely see some more of that happening. I have seen this once or twice with clients in my eight years here already. For one family they looked for ten months and then moved back to the east coast. I certainly felt like they abandoned ship much too early, but the fact that they rented gave them that easy out.

Other Options

Since I am often the one talking my buyers out of “settling” on a house (I know not a good business model in the sales world) I am often the one helping them find temporary housing. A lot of different options exist on Bainbridge.  If you are like me and you feel like you are not a renter, I suggest going into a short-term furnished rental on a month to month basis. Since we are a vacation destination, we have a lot of rental options here. That way you can pounce when the right house comes up and your rental period is as short as possible.  If you are more open to traditional renting I suggest you get the shortest lease term possible, say three months with a month to month option after that. If you have to pay a bit more for that shorter lease term, I think the flexibility is worth it. I also suggest you try and find a rental in the area you’d like to buy.  If you want to be on the south end, rent on the south end.  But minimally, if you have kids, getting in the school district you want to be in should be a goal. Please email me if you are interested in a list of short and long term rental options.

Mentally Unpack . . .

If you are entering into a rental or renting right now, you are in a trial period yes, but remember your rental is likely temporary and not your eventual reality.  You will have a different mind-set once you have purchased and moved into your home.  For many people, only the commitment of a purchase allows you to fully unpack mentally and physically. But, don’t worry, you’ll get there.


This year is starting off a lot like last year.  LOW INVENTORY. I hope inventory shows up and we have a much more balanced market in 2015. For over a year we have been in a seller’s market.  I spent most of last year discussing, strategizing and preparing with my clients.  On both sides, the buyer and seller’s side there are preparations and considerations to help make the market work the best for you.  It was not an easy year.  A market that is so far to one side (seller’s market) indeed makes for certain challenges. But I love what I do and last year I helped a lot of clients begin a new chapter.  Challenges and all, 2014 was a very satisfying year.  I am looking for to 2015.  We are off and running.  Below are some of my favorite homes I toured and thought (sometimes obsessed) about in 2014.

Baker Hill sold by Jen Pells Bainbridge Island Realtor

#10 | Baker Hill Road


Original List Price $620,000

Sale Price $618,000

Days on Market 5

Date Sold 7/31/14

For #10 we start out on the south end of the island on Baker Hill Road. A very cool log home built in 1940 from logs milled on the property.  This home sits on over two acres close to bustling Lynwood Center.  This home feels like a Ralph Lauren ad and its uniqueness brought a lot of showings. Refined finishes inside and lush, professional landscaping outside made this a desirable package that only lasted 5 days on our summer market.  This was a fun one I was privileged to list last year.

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Willa Lane on Bainbridge Island

#9 | Willa Lane


Original List Price $799,000

Sale Price $800,000

Days on Market 2

Date Sold 6/30/14

For #9 we move back towards town to Wing Point.  This home is on Willa Lane, very close to the ferry.  This is one of many new homes off Ferncliff and Wing Point, but unlike many of the others that were spec built, this one was custom.  And you can tell.  A superb floor plan with a vaulted great room, main floor master wing, two more bedrooms on the main floor on the opposite wing, bonus rooms upstairs, even a cat room. In addition to great spaces, the finishes were thoughtful and refined.  You don’t see a copper apron kitchen sink in every home.

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Lightmoor Court on Bainbridge Island sold by Realtor Jen Pells

#8 | Lightmoor Court


Original List Price $659,000

Sale Price $660,000

Days on Market 6

Date Sold 4/15/14

For #8 we stay in town, but move out to a slightly more rural area on the west side of Winslow. This home, on Lightmoor Court, sits on over half an acre in town, which is hard to find. Having been on the local garden tours this home has charming, mature gardens outside and a refined, modern, yet comfortable style inside.  One level living with three bedrooms made this home a hot property with multiple offers.   I was happy to see my buyers become the new happy owners of this home.

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Stetson Place on Bainbridge Island

#7 | Stetson Place


Original List Price $950,000

Sale Price $942,000

Days on Market 77

Date Sold 11/26/14

For #7 we continue to stay in town, but move to the Marina District. This home, on Stetson Place, sits across the street from the water and is easy walking distance to all Winslow has to offer: restaurants, shops, moorage, ferry, etc.  This home is 2800 square feet and also has a 960 square foot guest house and 1500 square foot shop.  A rare package in Winslow, yet alone the Marina District.  This home lingered on the market for 77 days with several buyers waiting in the wings. When one offer came in three more more followed.  We saw that happen more than once last year.

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Eakin Drive sold by Realtor Jen Pells

#6 | Eakin Drive


Original List Price $799,000

Sale Price $843,000

Days on Market 6

Date Sold 9/17/14

For #6 we are still in town. Hmmm, can you tell I like in-town homes? This home is on Eakin Drive on the west side of Winslow in the Midden Point Neighborhood.  Eakin Drive is a wildly popular street.  We had three sales on the street his year and two of them sold the first weekend. The close proximity to Winslow makes it popular, but the homes on the street themselves are charming and classic and they share 200 feet of Eagle Harbor waterfront, which means they have deeded access to water, a private park and small boat storage.  This home also connects to the waterfront trail, so your walk to Winslow is scenic and easy. The home itself has charm inside and out. Pretty woodwork and built-ins, plus a great floorpan for entertaining brought this home multiple offers.  Three buyers stepped up for this one and again, I was happy to see my buyers come out successful.    Right now they are having fun making this house their home.

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South Beach Drive on Bainbridge Island.

#5 | South Beach Drive


Original List Price $1,310,000

Sale Price $1,240,000

Days on Market 196

Date Sold 10/23/14

For #5 we move south to the South Beach Neighborhood.  This home on South Beach Drive impressed me the first time I walked up to the glass front doors.  I love when you can see the view right when you walk in.  I love it even more when you can see it before you walk in.  This home does not grab you from the street, the architecture is understated, but inside it is light and bright, with amazing southwest exposure and interior style that is beachy, yet classic and clean.  The floor plan is functional and perfect for entertaining. And the views! Enjoy Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier drenched in sun. Low bank waterfront goodness. I loved this home all 196 days it was on the market.

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Manzanita Road sold by Bainbridge Island Realtor Jen Pells

#4 | Manzanita Road


Original List Price $1,148,000

Sale Price $1,110,000

Days on Market 6

Date Sold 2/6/14

For #4 we move out of town and head north to the Manzanita area.  This home sits on a sunny acre plus up on prestigious Manzanita Road.  This home underwent a phenomenal remodel by a master builder/woodworker.  The kitchen is straight out of a cooking show and the re-design was the master-mind of local designer Seri Yeckel. She crafted up a fantastic mud-room, main floor master, bonus space over the garage and a huge detached shop/garage.   Phenomenal end product.  My clients were so excited to snatch this home up and they did so in January of last year, before we got into multiple offer craziness.

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Yeomalt Point Drive on Bainbridge Island

#3 | Yeomalt Point Drive


Original List Price $1,549,000

Sale Price $1,550,000

Days on Market 2

Date Sold 12/17/14

For #3 we move to the east side of the island past Wing Point to Yeomalt Point.  This Yeomalt Point Drive home is no bank waterfront with dramatic views of Seattle, Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier.  No bank waterfront homes rarely come up on this street, especially homes of this quality. This home is newer and was custom built by the previous owners.  The deck is perfectly sited and I loved the not-so-big size of 2400 square feet on two levels. All the spaces you need and nothing more. This is one of my favorite streets and neighborhoods, the buyer was smart to snatch this one up right away.

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Manzanita Drive on Bainbridge Island

#2 | Manzanita Drive


Original List Price $1,585,000

Sale Price $1,560,000

Days on Market 8

Date Sold 8/15/14

For #2 we move back to the northwest side of the island, again to Manzanita Drive. I had a hard time getting this home off my mind.  I love the classic, timeless, northwest style and the stunning views of Puget Sound and the Olympics from this medium-bank home on over a half-acre.  Again, this was an amazing package.  Wonderful outdoor spaces: an out door fireplace, custom patios, dock, buoy, and private approach.  Inside the upstairs master suite took advantage of the views, plus two more bedrooms downstairs and bonus space attached to the garage.  Beautiful west side estate.

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Mill Heights Circle on Bainbridge Island

#1 | Mill Heights Circle


Original List Price $989,000

Sale Price $1,028,500

Days on Market 6

Date Sold 10/20/14

For #1 we move south to the Mill Heights Neighborhood.  This home on Mill Heights Circle is another nice package.  A sunny, acre plus flat lot surrounds this classic, farmhouse style home.  The original owners did a tremendous amount of landscaping and personalization on this home.  In addition to the 3200 square foot home there is a 500 square foot mother-in-law unit over the garage.  The inside of the home and MIL space are classic farm-house style, with a refined edge. I love the exposed beams and car-decking ceilings.  I am a big fan of this floor plan.  The builder, MRJ Constructors, built a few of these homes on the island.  See earlier list – home on Millstone. This home and lot, are by far, my favorite.   This home certainly has all the elements that helped it see multiple offers and close $39k over the asking price.

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Bainbridge High School | Jen Pells Realtor

The view from here. The backdrop for my run. Mt. Rainier, the Seattle Skyline and Olympic Mountains are also visible from the good ole' Bainbridge High School.

I wish I could compose blog posts while I run.  Well, I can compose them, I just can not get them out of my head and into cyber space without sitting down and typing.  Spring was nuts in my real estate world.  Add in several volunteer projects, a gazillion school reports, field trips, softball games (LOTS of softball games), end of school year parties,  and my time evaporated.  As did my blog posts.  But, through all the busy  times, I did manage to squeeze in my runs.  Sometimes they were two miles instead of four, but I have found they are a necessary outlet for so many reasons. If I could just blog/run.

Lytle Beach on Bainbridge Island | Jen Pells Realtor

The last day of school, annual after school party at Lytle Beach with friends.

Now, school is out and we are all finding a new routine called summer.  My older daughter plays Allstars for softball, so that keeps us here until mid-July.  Many people head off island in June.  Because, yes we have what is infamously called June-Gloom or Junuary.  Ugh.  I DO dislike gray and rain in June.  Many California natives bolt in June and head south, but a solid number of us remain and piece together the gray and the sun to make the most of the weather.  We have just come off of a string of three sunny and warm days, but alas we are headed for rain this weekend.  What will we do?  Head to the indoor pool or the library.  Explore Seattle museums. It is still warm, just not sunny.  But on SUNNY days like today, we get out and go to the beach.  My younger daughter spent the day at Fay Bainbridge with friends and all of us spent the evening at Strawberry Ball Fields playing softball and having dinner with my daughter’s  team.  As a league we are gearing up for hosting the Allstar Tournament for the District starting next week.  There is a lot of coordination and man hours that go into hosting a tournament for seven leagues.

Tug-o-War at Blakely Elementary on Bainbridge | Jen Pells Realtor

Tug-o-War at Blakely Elementary on Bainbridge. An end of the school year tradition.

And the Rotary Auction is next week.  It is always good to be around for Rotary. We are purging a bit and getting ready for “drop off,” which starts tomorrow. The actual auction is next Saturday, June 30th.  Rotary is a HUGE rummage sale that takes over our entire middle school campus – inside and out.  From cars and boats to books . . . to massive literally tons of clothing, the sale is a right of passage, an institution on Bainbridge and I would be bummed to miss it. People come from miles away to shop. Parking is crazy we are always so glad we can walk.

The new studio | Jen Pells Realtor

The new Studio. More to come on the new space. . .

And the reason we are purging for Rotary is we are moving.  No not moving houses, but moving rooms. Last year a house we REALLY liked came one the market and we really wanted to buy it, but the market was slow, it was December, and we did not want to buy it before we sold our house.  But, the house we liked sold within days and it did inspire us to get our house ready to sell (meaning we finished up a lot of projects).  And we almost did –  put that ‘For Sale’ sign up out front.  But then we realized we really like where we live . . . really like being in town.  So, we decide to stay put but make a few changes (meaning start a few NEW projects).  One projects was building a studio/shed in the backyard for office space.  By moving our office to the new studio we gained a small “bonus” room in our remote 4th bedroom.  So, we are shifting rooms, moving couches and getting a few new pieces of furniture.  Oh, and purging a bit too.

And right around the corner is our Grand ole’ Fourth of July Parade.  One of the best events on Bainbridge.  We always make sure to be around for the parade.  This will be the sixth year one of my kiddos has been in the parade.  A very fun, small town event.  Who doesn’t love a parade, dunk tanks, huge ice cream sandwiches or root beer floats?

Stay tuned for more about our new studio/office, Allstars, the Rotary Auction and the 4th of July hoopla. Why in the world would you want to leave Bainbridge Islnad in the summer?

On June 22, 2012, in Activities, Community, Events, by