The 2018 market is is ramping up fast, but I wanted to make sure I got to my favorite annual blog posts, my top 10 homes on the island for 2017. Last year 439 homes sold on the island – up from 369 last year – wow!  I am proud to say I personally toured the majority of them (that is a lot of laps around the island) and these are ten of my favorites. The list spans the island from north to south and represents the various price ranges, although that is not how I planned it, it just sort of ended up that way. The themes that jump out at me about last year are quality and character.  As speculation builders creep into our market more and more, quality construction and charming character homes continue to be harder to find. Homes that I love have soul.  The homes on this list are indeed soulful.

The sales prices continue to shift upward as the economy maintains its health and the Seattle area continues to be tech destination. Again, like last year, only two homes on the list are waterfront homes, which shows the desirability throughout our island; from inland pastoral, to convenient close-in neighborhoods, to the ever sought-after view and waterfront homes.The lack of inventory continued to be the predominate theme in 2017, which is why you will again see many multiple offers noted below in the list. In 2017, like 2016, the multiple offer scenarios crept up over the $1M mark, to the higher-end sales in several cases.

This is my 10th annual list. Wow, time flies when you are having fun.   To get a feel of the homes I personally enjoy touring and see all ten of my annual lists in one place, click here.  Have a fun virtual tour.

#10 | Sunrise Dr NE

#10

Original List Price $598,000

Sale Price $615,000 (multiple offers)

Days on Market – 6

Date Sold 6/28/2017

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For #10 we start on the north end of the island on Sunrise Drive.  This home came on the market in the frenzy of the summer market and had multiple offers.  This home is surrounded by lush, established gardens and the interior style is bold, colorful and quirky. There are very few straight lines or boring colors in this home.  At just over 1,400 square feet the home lives large, making use of every inch and spills out to the garden spaces. The three stories gave you the feeling of being perched atop a magical tower and of course captures all possible light and views too.  A great start to the list that appreciates and celebrates non-cookie cutter style.

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#9 | Clayton Place NW

#9

Original List Price $738,000

Sale Price $738,000

Days on Market – 10

Date Sold 6/14/2017

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For #9 we move into Winslow to Clayton Place. In-town homes were in high demand once again last year.  Price per square foot is pricey in Winslow, where you trade lot size for Winslow convenience. Clayton Place is a quiet, small cul-de sac right at the edge of Winslow.  This home is just under 1,800 square feet and was listed at the beginning of summer at a price that some thought was aggressive. Yet, it took merely 10 days for the sellers to find the right buyer.  This home was originally spec built, but the sellers remodeled and styled the home into anything but ordinary.  The light and bright beach vibe is fun, colorful and downright likable.  The sellers added trim and wainscoting and chose great colors inside and out and I am always a fan of a modern metal roof.

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#8 | Horizon View Place

#8

Original List Price $859,000

Sale Price $885,000

Days on Market –  4

Date Sold 5/24/2017

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For #8 we stay in town and move over to Horizon View Place near the high school.  This modern rambler/farmhouse was built and sold to my buyers in 2015.  I was happy to re-list it for them in 2017 when they decided to move further out onto the Kitsap Peninsula and buy farmland.  This newer, one-level living home with finer, modern finishes, vaulted ceilings and an open floor plan was sought after by many.  The in-town proximity plus being adjacent to the newly renovated Rotary Park was a rare package. And right now, the new home options in Winslow are generally in developments, which this home was not.  We were thrilled to see an aggressive offer the first weekend, which helped my buyers quickly get to their next chapter.

#7 | Sorrel Way NE

#7

Original List Price $859,000

Sale Price $850,620 (multiple offers)

Days on Market – 20

Date Sold 11/13/2017

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For #7 we head to the south end, to Sorrel Way, which sits above the Crystal Springs Neighborhood. I have always had a sweet spot for this home. It was a favorite back in 2009 when these sellers bought it.  The home does not scream anything overtly special, but the mellow hues, clean lines, whitewashed paneling, large west facing lot (which makes for epic sunsets) with custom designed  landscaping and a really good Rich Passage View, make it a rare, peaceful package on the south end. I had buyers crushed in 2009 when they could not get here fast enough to snap this one up. I was thrilled to help my buyers in 2017 be the winners in a multiple offer show-down.

#6 | Taylor Avenue NE

#6

Original List Price $975,000

Sale Price $1,060,000 (multiple offers)

Days on Market – 6

Date Sold 11/21/2017

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For #6 we move to the south-central area of the island for Taylor Avenue NE. I don’t think Taylor Avenue could better represent what I characterize as the Bainbridge Package – the charming farmhouse with smart, modern updates on a large sunny lot.  Plenty of space for chickens and all that fun stuff.  This oh-so-cute home on Taylor Avenue was sold by sellers who enjoyed and loved it for 30 years. My buyers were one of five or six offers and they really, really wanted it.  The good thing was the sellers wanted to sell to buyers who really, really wanted it. It is not always about the highest price, but about the offer and all its parts and pieces.  My buyers are thrilled to be living in their ideal Bainbridge Package after living in town for seven years.

#5 | Mandus Olson Road NE

#5

Original List Price $934,900

Sale Price $1,085,000 (multiple offers)

Days on Market – 10

Date Sold 5/30/2017

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For #5 we move to the center of the island and Mandus Olson Road NE. I have always really liked this area of the island because it is still close-in but feels very rural.  This larger, well built home on flat acreage caught the attention of many buyers.  This house makes the list for me for its large, fabulous, open kitchen. And it is a white kitchen, my favorite. I also really loved the open backyard and large deck space plus a bonus room over the connected garage.  The sellers had a fun mid-century modern style which made the house show really well too.  I recollect this home saw eight offers and had a steep escalation, one of the highest of the summer at $150,000. Here again is an example of the Bainbridge Package.

#4 | Parfitt Way SW

#4

Original List Price $1,175,000

Sale Price $1,250,000 (Contingent)

Days on Market – 14

Date Sold 9/27/2017

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For #4 we stop at Parfitt Way SW back in Winslow. This home really made me swoon.  One of the many fabulous things about it is the very private, very lush patio room.  The plantings and design are fantastic.  The trickling of the fountain makes Winslow seem a world away, yet you are in the heart of it. The interior was re-imagined by Tom Kuniholm and re-designed by Michelle Burgess and Smallwood.  A fantastic revamp with high end finishes, clean lines, a soothing color palette and thoughtful use of spaces.  While I was previewing this home I sat down for a moment to pet the cat basking in the sun and I did not want to leave. Ever.

#3 | New Sweden Avenue NE

#3

Original List Price $1,550,000

Sale Price $1,600,000 (multiple offers)

Days on Market – 6

Date Sold 4/28/2017

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For #3 we go back down south to New Sweden Avenue to this fantastic farmhouse on over 2.5 acres.  This home sits atop sunny acreage and is one of the best examples of an older home being lovingly restored to still look and feel old. The house also saw an add-on that flowed and worked really well.  I loved the house for its fantastic old world kitchen and fabulous woodwork and built-ins.  A prior owner was a master craftsman and built cabinets, an island, and built-ins that looked like they were in place since the turn of the century.  This house also saw multiple offers and again shows the popularity and desirability of quality, character homes on large properties. The Bainbridge Package.

#2 | Pleasant Beach Drive

#2

Original List Price $2,098,000

Sale Price $2,150,000 (multiple offers)

Days on Market – 7

Date Sold 5/9/2017

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For #2 we stay on the south end and head over to Pleasant Beach Drive.  Known as the Gold Coast of Bainbridge Island, Pleasant Beach always draws a crowd, no matter the home, but this one was pretty amazing.  The owners completely remodeled the main home and guest cottage.  The main home was not large at about 2,000 square feet, but being all on one level it flowed easily outside to the south and west facing decks and primo low bank waterfront.  The walls of windows were a major showstopper and the kitchen was clearly designed for impressive entertaining. The butler’s pantry was appointed with a cookbook display wall and thoughtful storage.  And the guest cottage is so quaint and well designed guests will not want to leave.  It is no surprise this home saw multiple offers and a price escalation of over $50,000.00.

#1 | Euclid Avenue NE

#1

Original List Price $2,675,000

Sale Price $2,420,000

Days on Market – 125

Date Sold 11/10/2017

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For #1 we go up to the north end again and end our list in Port Madison at Euclid Ave NE.  This home did not sell quickly and it did not have multiple offers, but it is fabulous none-the-less.  This home ticked all the boxes for me. Simplicity refined.  The sellers, who designed the home, clearly lived similarly to how we live in our home and I appreciated the design of the kitchen, living spaces and especially the LARGE mud room and laundry room. This is one of the best laundry rooms I have ever been in.

I also truly loved the use of wood and tall walls of windows and walls of concealed storage.  I also really appreciated how the bedrooms were not large (wasted space in my opinion), even the master. But, they did all have primo water views. Wow. This home just felt right to me the moment I walked in and tugged at me every day it was on the market. This medium-bank waterfront home sits toward the mouth of Port Madison and the boat traffic is a joy to watch. And beyond all of that, the home is in one of the best neighborhoods on the island with great sense of community plus shared beachfront and trails.

As we head into 2018 I am already on the lookout for special, soulful homes and I am making my list.  See you out there.

Again, to get a feel of the homes I like personally and see all nine of my lists in one place, click here.

Grateful. Humble. Excited.

2017 is in the books.  And 2018 is already in the works.  2018 is going to be another busy year.  I am so grateful for the 30 plus islanders who trusted me with their home purchases or home sales.  Or both.  It was a fun and action-packed year working with both repeat clients making moves around the area and helping even more newcomers discover and settle into our amazing island. I am humbled and thankful for the clients who put their trust in me to help them navigate this complex, completive market. I am energized and excited to see what 2018 has in store.

Stay tuned for next blog post about my Top Ten Favorite Homes of 2017. There is one home I still can’t get out of my head . . .

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!

 

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#10 | Toe Jam Hill Road

#10

Original List Price $528,000

Sale Price $662,500 (multiple offers)

Days on Market – 8

Date Sold 6/30/2016

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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.

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#9 | Village Circle

#9

Original List Price $749,000

Sale Price $749,000

Days on Market – 5

Date Sold 8/8/2016

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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.

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#8 | Rose Avenue

#8

Original List Price $918,000

Sale Price $918,000

Days on Market –  12

Date Sold 1/29/2016

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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.

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#7 | Palomino Drive

#7

Original List Price $865,000

Sale Price $962,000 (multiple offers)

Days on Market – 6

Date Sold 3/11/2016

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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.

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#6 | Summer Hill Lane

#6

Original List Price $980,000

Sale Price $1,150,000 (multiple offers)

Days on Market – 7

Date Sold 10/31/2016

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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.

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#5 | Point Monroe Drive

#5

Original List Price $1,289,000

Sale Price $1,289,000

Days on Market – 6

Date Sold 7/7/2016

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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.

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#4 | Watch Hill Drive

#4

Original List Price $1,450,000

Sale Price $1,360,000

Days on Market – 30

Date Sold 6/24/2016

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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 . . .

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#3 | Knight Road

#3

Original List Price $1,425,000

Sale Price $1,385,000

Days on Market – 7

Date Sold 10/31/2016

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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.

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#2 | Watch Hill Drive

#2

Original List Price $1,598,000

Sale Price $1,750,000 (multiple offers)

Days on Market – 6

Date Sold 6/14/2016

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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.

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#1 | South Beach Drive

#1

Original List Price $2,995,000

Sale Price $2,900,000

Days on Market – 31

Date Sold 5/3/2016

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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.