Open 1/5: Greenspot Waterfront


Update:  Once again, this house went pending after I scheduled the Open House. So, it’s cancelled for 1/5.

How’s that for a view from your living room? Next Sunday, 1/5/14, I’ll be holding open this gorgeous waterfront home in the Ferncliff neighborhood, close-in on the East side of the Island. This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home has 3720 square feet with low bank frontage, a guest house and a really gnarly old apple tree.

Here are some more thumbnails, click for full images:


Photos by Tom Snyder

For full information  CLICK HERE.

Bainbridge Bus Shelters


This is my favorite School Bus Shelter, right on the corner of Koura Road and SR 305. Now, I’ve never actually seen any schoolkids under a shelter while they wait for the school bus, but maybe that’s an uncool thing to do.

Here are some more shelters from around the Island. some fancy, some plain, but none with quite the charm of the one on Koura:

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Going Mobile

thThe Wall Street Journal last Friday reported that more than half of all page views of online real estate listings now occur on mobile devices like smart phones and tablets, overtaking traditional desktop searches especially in high-end markets like here on Bainbridge Island. And, mobile users make five times as many property searches as web users.

Here at Coldwell Banker McKenzie, we give every listing its own individual webpage, and we imbed our promotional print material (flyers, ads, etc.) with a QR code that takes the mobile user directly to a mobile-friendly page that can actually be read. So if you stop in front of one of our listings, just scan the QR code on the yard sign or flyer and you can get all the information about it, including dozens of photos.

You can download a QR reader app for free, then just hold your device’s camera over the code until it reads it. QR stands for Quick Response, and that’s what you get.

Any web page can have a QR code, but many real estate companies don’t have mobile-friendly sites, nor do they have individual web pages for each listing.

And here’s the QR code for this blog, BasicallyBainbridge: bb blue short qr


Open 12/15: Ferncliff Waterfront


Next Sunday I’ll be holding open a stunning waterfront house at 8986 Ferncliff Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island from 1:00 to 3:00. Set on a shy wooded acre, this 5700 square foot masterpiece was completely remodeled in 2013. Sleek and sophisticated with stunning views of Seattle, Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains.

A greenhouse always appeals to me, and the one on the lower left doesn’t disappoint:


And some thumbnails, click to enlarge.


For complete information, click HERE.


Open 12/8: Pt. White Waterfront condo


I’ll be holding an open house this coming Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 at 4576 Point White Drive NE, right around the corner from the vibrant new Pleasant Beach Village with its multiple dining options, the historic Lynwood Theater and numerous shopping opportunities. This elegant waterfront condominium was crafted in 1997 and has 3 bedrooms including a spacious Master Suite, a huge bonus room and 2.5 bathrooms in just under 3,000 square feet.

I love the private garden courtyard pictured below. What a spot for relaxing as the ferries glide by!


Here’s a video showing how it looked when it was fully furnished:

For full information, click HERE.

Open 12/1: Gorgeous Gardens at Ft. Ward


I’ll be holding open 10132 NE Kitsap Street in the Fort Ward area of Bainbridge Island this Sunday, 12/1/2013 from 1:00 to 3:00.  As soon as you step into these nationally recognized horticultural gardens on 2.95 acres surrounding the dramatic single story Mediterranean-inspired home, you’ll feel like you are in another world. Buyer will have first chance at attached 2.49 acre lot for $245k. Generous, open spaces, with 3,669/sf, 4 bed/3.5 bath plus large office, give everyone a space to retreat. Newly remodeled master bath and new heat pump. A horticultural treasure listed with the Smithsonian Museum, the garden has been featured in numerous books and magazines and on the Bainbridge in Bloom garden tour.

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Open House 11/24: Torvanger Waterfront


10706 Torvanger NE, Bainbridge Island

Update: This home sold for $1,095,000 (94% of list price) after 51 days on market.

I was going to have an Open House this fabulous waterfront home open Sunday, 11/24/2013 but it already sold. It’s brand-new, never been lived in, and was designed as a “downsizing” home, perhaps for empty nesters who prefer quality to quantity. 2360 square feet with two master suites and a third bedroom plus an additional 500 finished square feet above the garage, all on a shy half acre of waterfront. Views of the shipping lanes, Seattle, and the Cascades from Mt. Baker to Mt. Rainier.

My favorite detail is the “pocket door without a pocket” between the mud room and the kitchen. An updated, upscale version of a barn door, over on the left:


For full information, click HERE

House Flipping


When an investor buys a house and then re-sells it the house is “flipped.” The process usually involves some renovating, often cosmetic, so it’s often also called a “fix and flip.”

Flipping was huge during the housing bubble when it seemed anyone could get a mortgage, but once the bubble burst things slowed down because there was no one to sell them to.  Prices declined precipitously, and many homeowner became “upside-down” on their mortgages (the house was worth less than the money owed). Of the 2 million homes that were lost to foreclosure, 1.5 million of them have been sold by banks. Then hedge funds, Wall Street investors and other institutions started buying foreclosed homes, but instead of flipping them, they’re renting them.  Blackstone, the private equity giant, has bought 30,000 homes. As a result, rents have risen at more that two times the cost of living index.

The nation-wide average profit made from flips this year was about $55,000, but some pockets of the country are much higher – Washington D.C. averaged $260,000. According to the Washington Post, “in the third quarter, the number of homes flipped in the $1 million to $2 million price range rose 42 percent compared with a year ago. For homes priced between $2 million and $5 million, the increase was 350 percent for the same period.

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