A Must See Luxury View Home in Mt. Vernon

Private & gated custom luxury home in Mt Vernon

Are you thinking of buying a new home? Our newest listing in Mt. Vernon, WA  is like nothing you’ve seen before. It is a magnificent home with stunning views, custom design, exquisite details, spectacular light and beautiful views! If you are looking for a home with privacy and acreage, look no further! We have the home for you in the quiet Cascade Ridge neighborhood with a private gate shared with only 1 neighbor!

View

The views from this 4+ acre estate are breathtaking, you are able to enjoy expansive views of the San Juan Islands, the majestic Olympics, and Skagit Valley! Sunsets are a sight to see here at this luxury home! As you pull into the gated circular driveway you will notice plenty of parking space, including TWO, 2 car garage, shop, and RV parking. The beautifully landscaped yard includes lush gardens and a koi pond! The covered patio makes it easy to entertain while enjoying the gorgeous views.

Koi Pond

Inside this luxury home you will find a brilliant floor plan with stunning architectural details. Spacious formal and causal entertaining areas feature 9-11′ coved ceilings with elegant lighting and are divided by french doors. As you enter every bedroom, you are able to see the many different views of the great Pacific Northwest! This home features 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. The master suite includes a huge walk-in closet that is cedar lined and a built-in alcove dresser. In the master bath there are his and her vanities, a soaking tub with a large window above, and much..much more..you must see for yourself!

Family Room

Throughout this magnificent home you will see that it’s all in the details and a MUST see.

Please click here Contact us for more information on this luxury view home in Mt. Vernon!

You can call Jean Groesbeck for a private showing 360-941-3734 or email her at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

If you would like to see more pictures, pricing, and details on this home Click Here to view the full listing.

809 7th Street Anacortes, WA 98221

Everyday feels like a vacation day on Samish Island

9690 Samish Island Road- Bow, WA

When we list a home for sale in Skagit County, we like to ask our clients “What do you like most about your home?” We believe that there is no one better than the homeowner to capture the uniqueness of their home. One of our newest listings is truly one of a kind waterfront home on the beautiful Samish Island and here is what our client had to say about this amazing home for sale:

How to describe Samish Island, this home and the surrounding areas…Words cannot accurately portray them…One must experience this place and all it has to offer to fully understand what they are missing!

It all starts with the scenic drive through Skagit Valley to Samish Island, not only is there no ferry hassle but as you near the island one can see the tops of the other San Juan Islands such as Guemes, Lummi, Orcas, and Cypress just to name a few.  If it happens to be in the evening you have a great chance of viewing an amazing sunset.  Soon you will smell the soft scent of salt in the air and all your thoughts and burdens of the day or week disappear from your body in one big Ahhhh!

You know paradise is found as soon as you open the oversize double front doors because as you step inside one can see right through the wall of windows in the open living room to the outside facing South and Padilla Bay.  There are 3 sliding doors and multiple windows facing the bay in the main level so one does not have to miss any of the action going on outside.  What makes this home so unique is that while you’re inside you still have the feeling as if you’re outside.  This is true of even the large open kitchen and the usual gathering spot during entertaining and the family hangout; all windows here face South also.

Incredible Views

With the panoramic 180 degree southern exposure witnessing amazing sunrises and sunsets are a common experience.  There is never a dull moment depending on your mood and season at hand.  One has beach combing in their backyard and until you have experienced the thrill of seeing friends, kids, or grandchildren find their first perfect shining beach pebble, driftwood, sea shell, or the small crab hiding under a rock…you will never now how important it is to create memories that put a smile on your face.  Don’t forget about the outside private hot and cold shower to wash the kids, pets or yourself off after being on the beach or after your walk, run, or bike ride on this quiet island. There is certainly something to be said about the refreshing re-awaking of an outdoor shower in your back patio!

On any given morning and during the day one will certainly see and hear the calls of blue herons, seagulls, ducks, geese and the majestic LOON!

If water-sports are your thing…this bay offers the opportunity to paddle board, kayak, water-ski, wake-board, tubing and of course jet-skiing.

If a slower pace is more preferable, then sitting on the beach enjoying the stunning sights and sounds of nature the island has to offer while reading a book will surely make your day. You can also enjoy your favorite drink or just make s’mores by the fire; nothing less than perfect!  With the changing seasons and tides the view is like an ever-changing canvas, never boring or the same.

The layout of this home provides everything absolutely needed on the main floor with oversized walk-ways and a well designed open floor concept make for easy family life but can also be great for entertaining family and friends. Host comfortably anywhere from 2 people for an intimate outing to over 100 people for large holiday, corporate, or fundraising parties with all the unique features this home has to offer to keep people happily entertained. Enjoy the large grass areas for yard games, beach and water for activities, and game-room complete with pool table, foosball, air-hockey, basketball court for hours of entertainment. How about a movie? Enjoy some popcorn in the movie room, yes…a private theater room for viewing your favorite flick. It is set up for electronic games too!

With the ability to anchor a boat and/or wave-runner in the bay…boating to the San Juan Islands is an easy task.  Whether you just want to go exploring the other Islands for hiking, bird watching, whale watching or hit one of the many island towns and marinas for breakfast, lunch, or dinner….a day or more out in the Islands is not something one ever forgets and it all starts in your backyard.

Are you ready to buy your dream home? Are you thinking about buying a vacation home?

This could be THE home for you! Contact us for a private showing of this unique waterfront home! Call Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email her at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

If you would like to see more photos, pricing or for more information on this home click here to view the full listing.


Do The Bloom! 5k Color Run 2015

Looking for a healthy community event in Anacortes? Anacortes Art Festival presents its 1st annual Do The Bloom Run on Saturday April 18, 2015! The location of the run will start at the Anacortes Depot Art Center located at 611 R Ave. Street parking is available as well as parking at the Cap Sante Marina.

Running 5k Individuals $30 (all ages)

Kids 1 mile Color Run $10 (ages 4-12)

Color stations will be at every half mile mark and by the end of the run each runner will be decorated in fun spring colors and will resemble walking art! This is a fun, healthy event that we encourage runners from beginners to intermediate to participate to join the community in raising money for public art. We are happy to see that this event is pet and child friendly, please feel free to bring along your strollers and dogs on their leashes!

If you would like to pre-register or find out more information for the 5k Color Run or the Kids Mile Run, you can do so online! Hope to see you there!

For more community events information, please send us an email at info@JeanGroesbeck.com

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival

It is that time of the year again! The annual Spring Wine Festival will be this Saturday, April 11, 2015.

The festival will feature 32 wineries from across Washington State and 6 local restaurants that will provide tasty bites to pair with the delicious wine. If you enjoy good wine this is the place to be! If you are not a wine connoisseur, this is the perfect opportunity to try and explore the different wines that Washington State has to offer.

The Anacortes Spring Wine Festival will be at the Port Warehouse Event Center this Saturday April 11, 2015 from 12noon to 4:30pm. Must be 21 or older to attend and no children or pets are allowed. Tickets at the door will be $45 general admission and $25 for designated drivers. General admission tickets include tasting glass, unlimited wine tasting, bites from restaurants, chocolate and cheese tastings!

Rain or shine, the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival has been a local favorite for 7 years! Come and enjoy great wine, food, music and entertainment.

Port Warehouse Event Center – 1st Street and Commercial Ave

Anacortes, WA 98221

Saturday April 11, 2015

12 noon to 4:30pm

Enchanting Farm House in Mt. Vernon

16773 Bennett Road Mt. Vernon

Do you dream about owning a beautiful home with acreage and starting a vegetable or hobby garden? We have just the right home for you in Mt. Vernon, WA right at the heart of Skagit County.

If you are in the market of buying a home, this exceptional 1920′s enchanting farmhouse sits on 1.52 +/- acres and has been updated throughout but still preserves its original charm. This home features gorgeous hardwood floors, cherry cabinets, wainscoting, crown molding, and stainless steel appliances.

Charming Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances

There are 3 bedrooms and 1.75 baths with walk-in closets, family room, a cozy fireplace in the living room.

Cozy Living Room with Fireplace

Lush formal perennial gardens surround the large patio with Mt. Baker majestically rising in the distance.

Create your own orchard or hobby farm-the acreage is fully fenced and  ready for crops or critters!

You will find that this home is spotless and move in ready. This farm house has a detached 2 car garage plus a shop for your toys or hobbies and did we mention, plenty of parking with room for your RV! The home includes a nice driveway and an automated gated entrance.

You can enjoy spending time outside on the beautiful patio, admiring your garden or the natural beauty of the amazing territorial views!

If you would like more information on this amazing home, please feel free to contact us: Jean Groesbeck (360) 941-3734 – Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or click here to visit our page.

Patio

809 7th Street Anacortes, WA

5 Common Mistakes When Buying a New Home

When buying a new home it is easy to overlook pertinent information or important steps in the purchase of your new home. The excitement of purchasing a home can sometimes distract you from the important aspects of home buying process.We are here to assist you in making sure you make the best decisions for a smooth home purchase! Here are 5 common mistakes that are made by home buyers:

1. Making an offer on a home before prequalification.

Being prequalified will make the buying process and your life much easier when making an offer on the home of your dreams. Take the time to speak with a lender before you jump into an offer. Specific questions a lender will ask in regards to income, debt, lifestyle etc. will help determine the price range you are able to afford. It is best to talk with several different lenders to insure you are applying for the loan that is right for you.

2. Not having a home inspection.

We all want to save money today, but making the mistake of not having your dream home inspected now can cost you tomorrow. Qualified home inspections will detect issues that many buyers can overlook, especially when it is your first home. Ask your real estate agent for a referral if you are unsure of who to turn to for a proper home inspection.

3. Limiting your search to  the internet.

When searching for your dream home on the internet, many times homes have been sold or are under contract and the home listing information has not yet been updated. The best way to view active listings and up to date information is through a real estate agent. Real estate agents will have the most recent information and will help you find the home that suits you best. There can also be home listings that are not available to the general public; a local real estate agent is the best source to finding your dream home!

4. Choosing the wrong real estate agent.

Making the right connection with a real estate agent is crucial. It is important to interview different agents (Click here for tips on interviewing agents) to make sure you are hiring an agent that puts your needs before, during, and after the sale. Building a strong relationship with your real estate agent will make the process of buying a home easier for you, if they know what your needs and wants are, they will strive to fulfill!

5. Thinking there is only one dream home out there for you.

The process of buying a home is process of elimination, not selection. The market is growing daily, make sure to keep an open mind to new property listings throughout the buying process. Be sure to ask your real estate agent for a comparative market analysis (CMA) comparing recently sold homes or homes still on the market to the home you are interested in purchasing. (Click here to learn more about CMA) Keep in mind that every home might have a slight flaw and might not match up to your needs and want list, compromise is key, you may need to adjust your list to insure you have you needs met instead of all of your wants.

It is important to not make these most common mistakes when you feel you are ready to make an offer on your dream home in Anacortes or Skagit County. We are committed to serving you, we are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have when making an offer on a home! Let us show you the difference that 5 star service can make in a real estate transaction!

809 7th St Anacortes, WA - (360) 941-3734

Happy Easter Weekend!

We would like to wish everyone  a Happy Easter!

Here in Anacortes if you are looking for something to do for the Easter holiday, The annual Egg Dash is today at 6 pm! This event is located at Storvik Park this event is for ages 12 and under and is FREE! Kids will get the chance to collect plastic eggs filled with candy and other fun surprises! This event is rain or shine, please dress comfortably for rain!!

If you are looking for an indoor activity, you and your family can decorate eggs together Friday from 4pm-7pm and again on Saturday from 2pm to 5pm! This event is at the Sedro-Woolley Hometown Cafe located at 818 Metcalf Street. For only $9.99, you will be supplied with eggs, food coloring, stickers, crayons/markers and other decorations. The price includes a kid’s entrée and drink. $4.99 for each additional dozen Easter eggs. Parents will get 15% off menu items and specials. An R.S.V.P is requested but it is not required. There will have a coloring contest, pictures and prizes; come join the fun!

Not sure where the closest Easter Egg Hunt is to you? Here is a list of different FREE egg hunts in Skagit County!

April 3rd: Country Meadow Village Easter Egg Hunt - 2pm - We cordially invite all kids up to age 10 plus parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to our Annual Country Meadow Village Easter Egg Hunt (rain or shine). We’ll have candy filled eggs placed by the Easter Bunny (and helpers) for the kids in our two courtyards. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy some of our famous homemade cookies and punch. FREE EVENT

April 4th:  Kids GIANT Garage Sale @ Burlington Parks & Rec (right next to the egg hunt at Maiben Park) - 9am-Noon - FREE ADMISSION 

April 4thBurlington Easter Egg Hunt – 10am – This event hosted by Burlington-Edison Kiwanis is open for children 1-8yrs of age. The hunts will be separated into age groups: 1-3yrs; 4-5yrs; 6-8yrs. The event kicks off at 10:00 AM and moves rapidly through the age groups. Don’t be late!  FREE EVENT

April 4th:  Annual Lyman Community Egg Hunt – 10am – Children 11 years and younger are welcome!  Treats and Prizes for all!  Bring your own basket to the Lyman Elementary School.  This is a community event completely funded by donations.  Your support is appreciated!!  FREE EVENT

April 4thNeighborhood Easter Egg Hunt – 10am – sponsored by Trinity Lutheran, Mount Vernon Presbyterian and First United Methodist Churches and held at the Mount Vernon First United Methodist Church: 1607 E Division, Mount Vernon. FREE EVENT

April 4th:  La Conner Easter Egg Hunt – 10am in Pioneer Park - FREE EVENT

April 4th:  Hillcrest Church Easter Egg Hunt – 10am – Join us for our Annual Egg Hunt! There will be Crafts, Face Painting, a Bouncy House, Pictures with the Bunny and of course Egg Hunts for kids toddler – 12 yrs. Across the street from Hillcrest Park. For more information call the church office at 424-3006. FREE EVENT

April 4thBay View United Methodist Church Easter Egg Hunt – 11am-Noon – Join us for an Easter Egg Hunt at Bay View State Park. There will be separate areas for younger children and older children. Meet near the Picnic Shelter at the Day Use Area (near the beach); Discover Passes will be required for parking. Sponsored by Bay View United Methodist Church. 0-11 years. FREE EVENT

April 4th:   Marblemount Easter Party - 11am - It’s that time of year again….so hop on over or even run. We’re having an Easter Party, that sure will be lots of fun! We’ll color some eggs and play with them too. NOW ALL OUR PARTY NEEDS IS YOU! FREE EVENT

April 4thSedro-Woolley Easter Egg Hunt – 1pm – The Annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place at Riverfront Park.  Children ages crawler to 12 years are welcome to come participate in this family fun event!  Candy filled easter eggs and candy are spread throughout the grass sectioned off by age group waiting for your little one to hunt.  The Wildcat Steelhead Club puts on this annual event with the Sedro-Woolley Chamber. FREE EVENT

April 4thOvenell’s Heritage Inn Easter Egg Hunt – 1:30pm – Prizes and fun for all ages!

April 4thAvon United Methodist Church Easter Egg Hunt – 2pm-3pm - Come, rain or shine! Lots of eggs will be hidden throughout the church building for the kids to find – with separate areas for the younger and older children. Coffee and cookies will be available, as well. Our main entrance is located along Avon-Allen Road at the northwest corner of the building. Parking is available along Avon-Allen Road, with additional parking behind the building. 0-12 years. FREE EVENT

April 4thTeen Egg Hunt – 3pm-5pm – For youth 13-17! We are accepting donations of pre-filled eggs and age appropriate grand prizes! 125 N. 5th, MV 419-9058 FREE EVENT

April 4thTeen Flaghlight Easter Egg Hunt – 8pm – The Burlington Healthy Community Coalition (BHCC) is organizing another H.U.B. Project event – Burlington Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt!  The event will be held at the Whitmarsh Fields with support from the City of Burlington and Kiwanis.  The event is intended to provide a safe and fun activity for Burlington teens.  The H.U.B. Project (Help Unify Burlington) has a mission of uniting the citizens of Burlington in creating a safe and healthy place for our youth to grow and develop.  FREE EVENT

We hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Allergy-Proof Your Home

Spring is in the air…and with it comes allergy season. For those of us who suffer from allergies, we all know the difficult battle we face around this time of year. Here are a few helpful tips to allergy proof your home for a more comfortable Spring in Anacortes!

It is important to keep your home at a cool low humid temperature, dust mites and mold are attracted to hot, humid homes. A comfortable temperature to maintain in your home is between 68-72 degrees F with the relative humidity no higher than 50 percent. Close doors and windows during warmer weather and use fans and dehumidifiers.

Check for mold by investigating roofs and ceilings for water leaks. Using the proper filters for your air unit is important in maintaining a functioning system as well as keeping out the air particles that cause allergies in your home.

Check your ventilation in the kitchen and bathrooms ensuring the exhaust fans are removing fumes and reduce moisture, it is vital that the vents have a clear path outside. Be sure to check your window panes for excess moisture build up and clean the panes out to reduce mold from gathering.

A weekly cleaning routine is vital to keep small particles for building up, vacuuming carpets and using a damp-mop on wood or linoleum will clean surfaces where the small particles tend to build. If you have animals, it is important to clean up after their  loose fur once winter coat sheds! Dusting and keeping your blinds clean will help with respiratory allergies.

We hope that these tips are useful this Spring season, they will help you be healthy and also maintain your home in great shape which can add value to your investment!

There are MANY things to do this Spring in Anacortes. (click here for things to do in Anacortes)

For more home tips please send us an email at info@JeanGroesbeck.com or call 360-941-3734

809 7th St Anacortes, WA - (360) 941-3734

When is the RIGHT Time to Sell Your Home?

Have you been interested in selling your home, but still have hesitation on when is the best time to sell your home? If you have been waiting for the right time to sell your home, statistically, NOW is the right time to list your home for sale on the market. According to Zillow, mid-March to mid-April is the best time to start the process of selling your home.

Here are a few reasons why now is the time to list your home for sale in Anacortes :

  1. 1. Supply and demand

According to National Realtors the level of unsold homes was 4.6 months in February. This means a home will sell in less than five months, a typical sale usually takes between five and seven months. If the housing market is low with inventory, it will benefit you as a seller in a sense that buyers are urged to move quickly on placing in an offer to buy your home.

  1. 2. Fewer cash buyers

In the past few years, all-cash and investment buyers have maintained the real estate market. With fewer all-cash buyers the price growth in the housing market will make for a more stable and sustainable growth.

  1. 3. Increase in interest rates

It is predicted that mortgage rates are going to rise in the near future; this will encourage buyers to make their move in purchasing now, while the rates still remain low.

  1. 4. Rising cost of rent

As the price of rent increases, tenants become potential buyers and want to invest their rent towards owning a home.

Before you decide if now is the right time to sell your home, make sure you have your due diligence in order. Decide if a hiring a real estate agent is right for you (See tips for interviewing real estate agents here). Make sure you are ready to make the commitment in the process of listing your home for sale on the market.

If you are unsure of what the next step in listing your home for sale in Anacortes housing market, please contact Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or email at info@JeanGroesbeck.com for more information on the value of your home, and information on making the process easier for you. We offer 5 Star Real Estate Services

809 7th St Anacortes, WA - (360) 941-3734

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2015

It’s that time of year here in Skagit County where the tulip fields are ready to display the beauty of Spring!

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a premiere destination in the Pacific Northwest for many near and far! The breathtaking display of the RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town show gardens are an explosion of color.

If you are interested in admiring these gorgeous gardens, visit the them soon. This year, tulips bloomed way earlier than expected and forced Tulip town to open last weekend. Yes, in mid March!

Events include wine-tasting, viewing of the tulip fields, music, street fairs, tours of local businesses that highlight local agricultural products, self-guided bicycle tours, a fly-in at the local airport, and more!

Tulip Town Events:

Location: 15002 Bradshaw Road Mt. Vernon 98273

Open: 9am-5pm daily – Now through April 30th

Art Gallery, Gift Shops, Kite Flying, Face Painting, Espresso and Snacks, Trolley Rides 10am-4pm (weather permitting)

Admission: $5/person Cash only- Children 6 and under are FREE

Parking: FREE

For more information visit: TulipTown.com

RoozenGaarde Events:

Location: 15867 Beaver Marsh Road Mt. Vernon 98273

Open: 9am-7pm daily

Art Gallery, Gift Shop, Food and Drinks, Great Photo Opportunities

Admission: $5/person- $4 with Military I.D.- Children 6 and under are FREE

Parking: FREE

Special Event: Meet Poster Artist- Teresa Saia and get your festival art work signed!

Sunday- 4/5, Saturday- 4/11, Sunday- 4/19, and Saturday- 4/25

From the RoozenGardee Website: As of March 26, 2015 “We have tulips in bloom! Our tulip field at RoozenGaarde (Field 1) is now showing some brilliant and bright colors! Field 2 and Field 3 have also been lit up and are displaying outstanding colors. These fields are nearly in full bloom and we expect the next two weeks or so to be some of the most colorful days of the spring. Plan to be early this year!”

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a great experience that includes beautiful photo opportunities as well as a place where you can order the best bulbs,cut flowers and mementos.

For more information on events please visit TulipFestival.org

We are excited to view the amazing display of flowers and to check out the many events in Skagit County, we will be enjoying all the beauty this weekend and we hope to see you there!