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.

#10 | North Town Loop

#10 | North Town Loop

#10

Original List Price $637,500

Sale Price $665,000

Days on Market – 6

Date Sold 8/11/2015

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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.

#9 | Pleasant Beach Drive

#9 | Pleasant Beach Drive

#9

Original List Price $489,000

Sale Price $668,000

Days on Market – 7

Date Sold 10/16/2015

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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.

Horizon View Place on Bainbridge Island

#8 | Horizon View Place

#8

Original List Price $747,000

Sale Price $747,000

Days on Market –  20

Date Sold 4/1/2015

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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.

Evergreen Avenue on Bainbridge Island

#7 | Evergreen Avenue

#7

Original List Price $798,000

Sale Price $800,000

Days on Market – 6

Date Sold 4/13/2015

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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.

Hidden Cove Road on Bainbridge Island

#6 | Hidden Cove Road

#6

Original List Price $1,150,000

Sale Price $1,100,000

Days on Market – 6

Date Sold 7/1/2015

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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.

Point White Drive on Bainbridge Island

#5 | Point White Drive

#5

Original List Price $1,689,000

Sale Price $1,300,000

Days on Market – 93

Date Sold 12/10/2015

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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.

Henderson Road on Bainbridge Island

#4 | Henderson Road

#4

Original List Price $1,298,000

Sale Price $1,310,000

Days on Market – 7

Date Sold 4/10/2015

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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.

Boulder Place on Bainbridge Island

#3 | Boulder Place

#3

Original List Price $1,275,000

Sale Price $1,325,000

Days on Market – 6

Date Sold 7/2/2015

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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.

Pleasant Beach Drive on Bainbridge Island

#2 | Pleasant Beach Drive

#2

Original List Price $2,098,000

Sale Price $2,508,000

Days on Market – 6

Date Sold 4/28/2015

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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.

Country Club Road on Bainbridge Island

#1 | Country Club Road

#1

Original List Price $2,750,000

Sale Price $3,025,000

Days on Market – 15

Date Sold 6/1/2015

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

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Distinctive Hidden Cove Estates home built by Jerry Reese.

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Distinctive home built by quality builder Jerry Reese sits high atop a west-facing shy acre in desirable Hidden Cove Estates. Original owners chose a prime lot in the neighborhood. Warm and inviting, with recent custom upgrades including stainless steel appliances and honed granite. The great room spills out to sunny back deck for easy entertaining and overlooks acres of open space. Four bedrooms all upstairs and the oversized 4th bedroom is over garage with a 3/4 bath-excellent for guests. Easy access to schools, HWY 305, and the ferry. All this and a new heat pump too.

  • 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths
  • 3,706 square feet
  • .89 private acreage
  • Built in 1997 by Jerry Reese
  • Updated kitchen and baths
  • Excellent guest space
  • New heat pump
  • Offered at $989,000

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Home on Bainbridge Island for sale by Jen Pells

Heart of the home kitchen with updated appliances and honed granite counters.

Home on Bainbridge Island for sale by Jen Pells

Private .89 acre lot backs to open space.

On February 13, 2016, in Home Tours, Homes, Listing, Open Houses, by

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

#10

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

#9

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

#8

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

#7

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

#6

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

#5

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

#4

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

#3

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

#2

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

#1

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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Recent Raccoon Lane closing brings a great couple to Bainbridge Island.

My buyer’s recent closing on Raccoon Lane brings a great couple to Bainbridge Island.

This past Saturday was bright and beautiful.  It was even more lovely because I got to hand keys over to Josh and Amber, the cutest and nicest couple who will now make Bainbridge Island their home.  They were such a delight to work, so positive . . . and so funny.  They will be such a great addition to our community.

 

On March 21, 2011, in Homes, Real Estate Business, Uncategorized, by



Last weekend we enjoyed a fabulous evening at Lytle Beach. The weather has been pristine and with friends from the island, the company divine. We clocked time by counting the ferries go by and the kids kept busy by playing in the sand and fishing! September and October are historically amazingly beautiful months for weather -here’s to a least six more weeks of late summer weather.

On September 9, 2008, in Community, Personal, Photos, by

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