Windermere Real Estate/BI, Inc.
The 2017 market is slowly beginning to take hold, so before it does I wanted to make sure I crafted one of my favorite blog posts, my top 10 homes on the island for 2016. Last year 369 homes sold on the island. I am proud to say I personally toured most of them and these are ten of my favorite homes. The list actually spans the island geographically from north to south and represents the various price ranges. The sales prices have shifted as prices have moved up, however. Although the top sales number on my list is almost $3M, only two on the list are waterfront homes, which shows the value, beauty, and desirability throughout our island; from inland rural settings, to in-town neighborhoods, to views, to waterfront.
The lack of inventory continued to be the dominate theme in 2016, which is why you will see some multiple offers noted below. Last year the multiple offer situation even crept up over the $1M mark, in several cases, which is a bit different from years past.
This is my 9th annual list. To get a feel of the homes I like personally and see all nine of my lists in one place, click here. Enjoy!
Original List Price $528,000
Sale Price $662,500 (multiple offers)
Days on Market – 8
Date Sold 6/30/2016
For #10 we start on the extreme south end of the island on Toe Jam Hill Road. This home came on the market in the frenzy of the summer market and I believe had six offers. The home is perched high above a ravine and the interior style is beautiful, yet simple. Cork floors, Paperstone counters, floating walls, and built-in desks sum up the style. The design style seems to run parallel to Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big House concept. At just over 2,000 square feet the home still lives large, making use of every inch. My clients were the successful buyers in the multiple offer situation and love the unique property they now call home.
Original List Price $749,000
Sale Price $749,000
Days on Market – 5
Date Sold 8/8/2016
For #9 we move into Winslow to Village Circle. In-town homes were in high demand last year (I don’t see that changing in 2017). Price per square foot is highest in Winslow, where you trade lot size for the convenience of walking to Winslow and the ferry. Hillandale (Village Circle) is one of my favorite in-town neighborhoods and this home has some of the best curb appeal in the hood. Fabulous gardens and a meticulously cared for home. The neighborhood was designed by Dick Allen, a developer who put care and thought into building a small community, not just a house. The neighborhood has shared open space and trails that connect to town. This home is also just over 2,ooo square feet and was listed at the end of the summer and quickly acquired one great offer. The timeless Colonial style of all the homes in the neighborhood and the creative weather vanes on each home have made it a favorite for buyers since it was developed back in 1999.
Original List Price $918,000
Sale Price $918,000
Days on Market – 12
Date Sold 1/29/2016
For #8 we move back down south to Rose Avenue in the Eagle Dale Neighborhood of the island. This charming Craftsman struck a cord with me because of the bucolic acre it sits on and because of the stylistic interior the talented home owner created. I loved the Carrera marble counters in the kitchen and the striking wallpaper throughout. I also loved how the owners mixed mid-century modern decor into a Craftsman home. I thought it worked well. The vaulted ceilings upstairs make for interesting spaces for the bedrooms and the guest suite over the garage adds to the package. This home came on early into the new year and a few of us felt it was priced a bit high, but after only 12 days on the market they found a happy buyer.
Original List Price $865,000
Sale Price $962,000 (multiple offers)
Days on Market – 6
Date Sold 3/11/2016
For #7 we stay on the south end, but move over to the west side, to Palomino Drive, which sits above the Crystal Springs Neighborhood. This home was priced low (in my educated opinion) and saw 4 or 5 offers and as you can see escalated almost $100,000. This home has a solid feel with lots of woodwork inside and a classic cedar shingle exterior, but most importantly to me anyway, it has a very nice west facing view of the Sound. Oh those colorful sunsets! The home is over 3,600 square feet, has four bedrooms and a supreme shop in the basement. I thought back to this home a lot in 2016 as one of the better values for the year.
Original List Price $980,000
Sale Price $1,150,000 (multiple offers)
Days on Market – 7
Date Sold 10/31/2016
For #6 we move to the center of the island for Summer Hill Lane. This home oozes charm. It is a rare package in that it is a small home on a large piece of land, 1,715 square feet home on 2.5 flat acres. And the main home is all on one level, plus a guest suite over the garage. The lovely sunny garden setting, vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, Saltillo tiles, and classic white kitchen made me want to move right in – I really do love a white farmhouse. I have said before that charm can be hard to find on the island. When this home was listed said charm brought many buyers looking and five put forth offers. The resulting escalation in price was dramatic at $170,000 over asking price.
Original List Price $1,289,000
Sale Price $1,289,000
Days on Market – 6
Date Sold 7/7/2016
For #5 we move to the northeast side of the island on Point Monroe Drive, commonly known here on the island as the Sand Spit. This waterfront home indeed sits on a narrow spit of land that juts out from Fay Bainbridge Park. Here’s a link to a good aerial image of the spit. This particular home is at the beginning of the U, closer to Fay Bainbridge. The lot spans the entire spit and has waterfront on both side – one side the lagoon on the inside of the loop and the other the open waters of the Sound. The views of Mt. Baker and Seattle are crisp and stunning. This home is bathed in beachy white tones and coastal coolness. This home is also the rare low bank waterfront home – think sand and driftwood – available for sale under $1.5M. Wow. Not, a large house at just under 2,300 square feet but it has all the required spaces, three bedrooms and open concept living spaces. My favorite room is the large master suite upstairs that captures the primo views.
Original List Price $1,450,000
Sale Price $1,360,000
Days on Market – 30
Date Sold 6/24/2016
For #4 we stop at Watch Hill Drive on the very south end of the island above South Beach Drive. This unique home wowed me from the photos and I was not disappointed in person. I was also not surprised to learn that this home was once on the island’s garden tour, Bainbridge In Bloom. Lovely landscaping and traditional beds all overlook a southwest vista of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Plus terrific sun! It is no wonder a wedding has been hosted here. The large 4,700 square foot home is separated into a master suite wing and a “kid” wing. With two older kids I loved that, but some clients I showed it to with younger kids did not love that separation. James Cutler designed the classic northwest style of the home. I love the wood beams and rich, yet comfortable feel of the entire home. I still think about this one a lot . . .
Original List Price $1,425,000
Sale Price $1,385,000
Days on Market – 7
Date Sold 10/31/2016
For #3 we go back up north to Knight Road where this home makes its second appearance on my list. This home was built by popular home builder Jefferson Fine Homes and designed by the highly sought after architect Peter Brachvogel. Sited on over three private acres, this 3,700 square foot home exudes high quality craftsmanship inside and out. Walls of windows, tall ceilings, and an open floor plan piqued the interest of many buyers again in 2016, just like it did in 2013. The architect, Peter Brachvogel, created thoughtful spaces like a cozy media room set just off the kitchen, a large mudroom/laundry room with built-in lockers (my favorite space), and a remote full guest suite on the main level plus convenient bonus space over the garage. The current owners fenced and defined the garden spaces and appeared to have taken fantastic care of the home. It remains in excellent condition and sold for $283,000 more than it did in 2013.
Original List Price $1,598,000
Sale Price $1,750,000 (multiple offers)
Days on Market – 6
Date Sold 6/14/2016
For #2 we go back to the the south end and back to Watch Hill Drive. There are only five homes on Watch Hill Drive and two of them sold last year and they both made my list. This second home was designed by architect Bob Maloney and its classic Colonial style is not one you see too often here on our island – although there seem to be a few on my list. So, it too saw multiple offers. Five. The 4,300 square foot floorplan with all bedrooms upstairs, open living spaces on the main level and a guest suite and family room in the walk out basement made so much sense for so many buyers. Not to mention that it has a striking view of Puget Sound and the Olympics, lightly filtered by interesting Madrona trees all on over 2.6 acres of gated property. My clients were thrilled to prevail in this multiple offer situation and have already made some fantastic improvements to make this fine house their home.
Original List Price $2,995,000
Sale Price $2,900,000
Days on Market – 31
Date Sold 5/3/2016
For #1 we don’t go far, just down to South Beach Drive. I love a home built by Jerry Reese and I seem to sell a few of his every year. This one is indeed one of my very favorites. I love the light on the south end and I love the walking trails along the water in Fort Ward Park. This home is right in the heart of the good things on the south end – one of my favorite stretches of the island for walking and jogging and taking in Mt. Rainer views. The 3,900 square foot home is reminiscent of homes in the Hamptons. Again, not something you see a lot of here in the Pacific Northwest, so very appealing to buyers when available. A large white kitchen is sited to take in the best views and a detached guest house is almost more charming than the main home. The entire package is on low bank waterfront on the south end, a pretty amazing find for my lucky buyers who are now thrilled to be calling this home.
Again, to get a feel of the homes I like personally and see all nine of my lists in one place, click here.
As the 2016 market begins to pick up pace I wanted to make sure I got out my list of favorite homes for 2015. Last year was a fast paced year with 379 residential sales on the island, 469 including condos. The inventory we all hoped would show up last year simply did not. And, as you will see below, many of these homes saw multiple offers and price escalations. That trend has continued as we move further into 2016. And time will tell if the needed inventory ever shows up for 2016. As of today we have a mere 62 homes for sale on the island. In the meantime, enjoy the list below, it is my 8th annual list. To see all of my lists going back to 2008 click here.
Original List Price $637,500
Sale Price $665,000
Days on Market – 6
Date Sold 8/11/2015
For #10 we start just north of Winslow in the popular North Town Woods Neighborhood. North Town Loop in North Town Woods sits next to two schools, Sakai Intermediate and Woodward Middle School and is an easy walk to Ordway Elementary and Bainbridge High School. The location is wildly popular for its convenience and since the entire neighborhood is made up of charming Craftsman homes, it is aesthetically appealing to many. This home, in particular, has one of the best floor plans in the neighborhood. The downstairs has a nice open feel and it has a detached garage with a Mother in-Law Suite – perfect for guests or a home office. The feel of the entire home is light and bright and modern, with a whimsical edge. It spoke to many and saw multiple offers in the busy summer market.
Original List Price $489,000
Sale Price $668,000
Days on Market – 7
Date Sold 10/16/2015
For #9 we head south down to Pleasant Beach Drive. This modern rambler sits across the street from waterfront homes and has easy deeded beach access at Lytle Beach. The home is not huge at 1,490 sq ft, but has three bedrooms and an open floor plan. The updates were smart and functional and the location on Pleasant Beach is a smart one to invest in. This home saw a wild escalation with multiple offers and closed for almost $200,000 over the asking price. Yes, $179,000 to be exact – not a typo.
Original List Price $747,000
Sale Price $747,000
Days on Market – 20
Date Sold 4/1/2015
For #8 we head back to Winslow, in the desirable core area, south of High School Road on Horizon View Place. This rare new construction home built by custom home builder Jefferson Fine Home Builders was a welcome sight to see for many home shoppers who had not seen new construction in town for quite some time. With a modern farmhouse feel, all on one level, the home is light and bright with stunning southwest exposure that overlooks Rotary Park. Walkable to town and amenities, I was happy to help my buyers purchase this lovely brand new home.
Original List Price $798,000
Sale Price $800,000
Days on Market – 6
Date Sold 4/13/2015
For #7 we swing back down to the extreme south end of the island to the historic Fort Ward Neighborhood. This home sits proudly on the corner of Fort Ward and Evergreen Avenue. It is always a fun one to drive by. It is one of the few historic military buildings remaining of the seacoast fort on the Parade Grounds at Fort Ward. Originally a prison during WWII, the building was carefully renovated by builder Jefferson Fine Home Builders. Close to sunny South Beach, and part of a home owner’s association that shares a private beach, this home is a unique package on the south end. Truly, one of my all time favorite homes on the island.
Original List Price $1,150,000
Sale Price $1,100,000
Days on Market – 6
Date Sold 7/1/2015
For #6 we head north to Hidden Cove Road. This is also a house I was always enchanted by when I drove past. The modern style and the unique silo certainly catch your eye. The home sits on an enchanting 4.5 acres and has gloriously groomed landscaping. The combination of a modern, unique home on a large, flat, landscaped lot intrigued several buyers and this not-so-big house (2,700 sq ft) went for a nice price at $1,100.000.
Original List Price $1,689,000
Sale Price $1,300,000
Days on Market – 93
Date Sold 12/10/2015
For #5 we head back down to the south end of the island to Point White Drive. This home sits high atop the bluff of Point White and has some of the most dramatic views of Rich Passage I have ever seen in my almost ten years on the island. The sun exposure of this southwest facing home turns the water below to a luminous shade of blue. The blue water against the sleek, red Madrona trees are a magical sight to see. This charming home has unique lines and cozy interior spaces. The outdoor spaces are thoughtful and diverse too. Several amazing options for indoor and outdoor entertaining. A special home that took some time to get to the right price, but at $1,300,000 I think it was a solid investment for the lucky buyer.
Original List Price $1,298,000
Sale Price $1,310,000
Days on Market – 7
Date Sold 4/10/2015
For #4 we head north and west to Henderson Drive. The Henderson area saw a lot of activity last year and for good reason. The stunning western sun exposure and views let you enjoy the impressive sunsets behind the Olympics. This 1963 home was fully renovated into a fantastic modern dwelling on 1.4 sunny, open acres. The rare package, that included a fantastic master suite and studio attracted several buyers and this home sold over asking with multiple offers.
Original List Price $1,275,000
Sale Price $1,325,000
Days on Market – 6
Date Sold 7/2/2015
For #3 we head south again to the Rockaway Bluff Neighborhood. This home on Boulder Place was a visual delight. A newer, custom home built in 2007, the owners did not ignore any detail during construction. Fine craftsmanship and thoughtful details can be found in every corner of this home. The manicured 3.5 acres surround the home and make it a private, peaceful retreat. It did not hurt any that the home owner has an amazing design eye, so the home furnishings were stunning and perfect for the spaces. This package also caught the attention of many buyers and sold over asking price last summer.
Original List Price $2,098,000
Sale Price $2,508,000
Days on Market – 6
Date Sold 4/28/2015
For #2 we stay on the south end and return to sunny Pleasant Beach Drive. This mid-century modern waterfront stunner stole the hearts of many. A solid home built in 1958, this home has been loving cared for and has an amazing executive office with drop-dead water views. The outdoor patio spaces called out to entertainers and the practical floor plan and four bedrooms appealed to many lifestyles. This home also saw multiple offers and a steep escalation in price. Another reason Pleasant Beach is known as the Gold Coast.
Original List Price $2,750,000
Sale Price $3,025,000
Days on Market – 15
Date Sold 6/1/2015
And we wrap up with #1 in the exclusive County Club Neighborhood known here as the “Hamptons of the West.” This home on Country Club Drive is part of the elite County Club of Seattle, a 230 acre community comprised of 18 homes. It is rare to see one of these homes come on the market as they are typically handed down through the generations. This 9 bedroom estate property has been passed down through four generations. It was built in 1914 and designed by architect Carl Gould the same year that he established the Architecture Program at the University of Washington. Gould later went on to design many of the prominent buildings at UW, including the famous Suzzallo Library. The Seattle Country Club Community boasts a club house, waterfront golf course, barn, pool, dock and a mile of private beachfront. The 7,572 square front home was designed as the ultimate summer home with long hallways lined with waterfront bedrooms and baths – plenty of space for all of your family and friends. Touring this home was indeed a visual and historical feast for the eyes. The stunning living spaces, cozy sitting rooms, masterful woodworking details, butler’s kitchen, built-in wooden phones and unparalleed views of Seattle were not sights I get to see every day. Even with the unique requirements of this purchase, no mortgages allowed and approval of the county club required, this home saw multiple offers and an escalation in asking price. My favorite of the year indeed!
The cherry blossom are in full bloom and it is not raining. That makes for a great first day of spring in the Pacific Northwest. Since I love maps, I thought I’d share some of my favorite outdoor resources for the island.
Another map I love is the Guide to Walking, Cycling and Paddling Trails. It used to be in print, but now just available online.
A third resource is the website Bainbridge Island Trails. You can sign up on the site for new trail updates. A good, resource, with a lot of little known trail options.
Another I like, that is also hard to find is the map of the Waterfront Trail Loop in Winslow.
Have fun. I’ll see on out there!
The kindness of the community is what really made us take the leap to relocate to the island. There are many beautiful places around the world, but knowing that we were coming to a place where folks were eager to incorporate us into the day to day activities of life, made the transition so much easier.
And after that transition phase, we have experienced first-hand that this is a community rich in education, the arts, humanity, and nature — a place where our family can flourish. From the Farmer’s Market on Saturday to swimming lessons at the Aquatic Center to a Sunday matinee at the performing arts center theater, there is always something interesting to do on the island.
We have two major grocery stores (Safeway & Town & Country Market), a hardware store, several banks, numerous doctor’s offices, dentists, orthodontists, gyms, etc. – you get the idea. You do not need to leave the island for your everyday needs. The local Bainbridge merchants have everything you need to survive, and you can acquire it without driving in traffic or going to strip-malls.
Data From Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, The Bainbridge Island Almanac and Windermere Bainbridge – updated 3/2014
I like/need to exercise and I prefer to do it outside versus a gym. I received a Bloedel Membership for my birthday this summer and have not used it nearly enough. So last week on one of our glorious sunny fall days (like today), I took my three mile walk through the trails at the Bloedel Reserve.
The Bloedel Reserve is great for nature lovers, gardeners, walkers, joggers, photographer, history buffs – there are so many reasons to go and enjoy the splendor that the Bloedel family developed. Bloedel is a 150 acre public garden that includes a Japanese Garden, moss garden, family estate home, reflection pool, ponds, views of the sound, wildlife, and more.
Bloedel is glorious right now with all of the colors of fall, but I also can’t wait to see it with snow. And, the Magical Holiday Village and Model Train Exhibit goes on display December 4th.