Hope everyone had fun at the Waterfront Festival last weekend! The summer events in Anacortes continue this weekend with the 10th Annual Bark in the Park.
As the name suggests, this event is all about our four legged, furry little friends! The gathering location will be at the Storvik Park starting at 10am. There will be a lot of activities through out the day including a dog parade, games, contests and demos that are sure to entertain everyone attending.
As in previous years, the event is to benefit the Anacortes Dog Park and there is an event/contest entry donation of $5 per dog.
So don’t forget this Saturday June 14 @ 10am – Storvik Park on 32nd St in Anacortes. See you there!
This fun filled weekend event will have activities for everyone including: car shows, art shows, community dance, boat shows, milk carton derby, boat building demonstration, remote controlled sail boats, guided walking tours, music, lots of food and FREE boat rides!
A Formation Flyover by the BlackJack Squadron will be included this year in honor of D-Day and the 25th Anniversary.
I am often asked about the real estate market outlook for 2014. Overall, I expect an even better real estate market than 2013 in Skagit County but whether or not you benefit, will depend on your circumstances. Here are my predictions for Skyline and Anacortes based upon numerous articles I have read from national and state economists, real estate specialists, national builders, mortgage lenders, and the other agents across the country.
1. Interest rates will stay low but will be slightly higher than they are now. This will impact first time home buyers the most and anyone who is looking to leverage.
2. If the economy continues to improve in Western Washington, more homeowners in the greater Seattle area will be able move into our area and either telecommute or retire.
3. The second home market is in the infancy phase of a recovery as it is always the last phase of the market to recover. We have just started to see second home activity, but those buyers will be more cautious than in years past.
4. 2014, like 2013, will be a year of short inventory in many market segments. We experienced an inventory shortage especially in Skyline. In 2014, I expect many Skyline homeowners will feel they have recouped enough of their equity and will decide to sell. Competition for these homes will be new construction so condition and staging the home will be more critical than ever (I provide free staging services for my listings).
5. Most Skagit County foreclosures are behind us so there will be fewer appraisal issues on homes in escrow than in 2013.
6. Our population will increase but the number of new homes in Anacortes will be less than the population increase. We continue to see an increase in multi-generation living as kids can’t find jobs and senior citizens live with their children to help both parties benefit economically.
What does this mean for you if you are considering selling? Please call Jean Groesbeck for a free no obligation market analysis and to discuss strategies for achieving top dollar for your home.
Located in the heart of Anacortes, this home is close to downtown shopping and restaurants, and just 20 minutes to Oak Harbor/ NAS Whidbey! The spacious 1,280± sf open floor plan has lots of windows to let in light, a wood burning fireplace for cool evenings, 9′ceilings with moldings and gorgeous hardwood floors. The updated kitchen has a large breakfast bar, granite countertops, & lots of cabinets for storage space.
Large, private fenced backyard with a covered patio for entertaining family and friends. New furnace, roof, carpet, & tank-less water heater too.
Enjoy the feel of a historical Anacortes home with the modern amenities of today!
Driving Directions: N on Commercial to 17th, west 4 blocks to the property on the south side of the street. Between L and M on 17th.
For more information on this Anacortes home, or other homes for sale in Anacortes, please contact Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com
Open House at The Isles
Saturday September 7th: 12:00 – 3:00
Come and check out the breathtaking protected views of Guemes Channel, ferries, & the San Juan Islands for yourself this Saturday!
The Isles in Anacortes is a new concept in island living! The beautiful luxury cottages were designed to capture stunning views of Guemes Channel and Washington State Ferries, while providing eco-friendly & energy efficient luxury.
The mastermind and builder of The Isles- Pete Peterson, Habitat Construction Inc., is known for building custom waterfront estates. Pete’s vision was to provide the finishes of a custom home in an affordable price range in a size compatible with today’s on-the-go lifestyles. To accommodate community get-togethers and entertaining, he built a clubhouse with a large outdoor living/cooking area adjacent to a waterfall through lush vegetation. Community vegetable gardens as well as meandering walkways provide relaxing grounds.
Some features of these quality Anacortes homes include attached & detached garages, formal foyer, hardwood & slate flooring, wood wrapped windows, a formal dining area, wonderful kitchen with beech wood cabinets, slab granite, and a luxurious master retreat.
This is a great planned unit development community! The club house is a great place to visit friends, have family parties and BBQ’s, enjoy sitting by the peaceful waterfall and gardens. Pet friendly with a dog walk park and gardener friendly with a pea patch to grow flowers or vegetables, make this a unique Anacortes community.
Come to The Isles and enjoy Island Living at its’ best in Anacortes on beautiful Fidalgo Island. Accessible by bridge, Anacortes is only 70 miles from Seattle, WA or from Vancouver, B.C.
Directions to The Isles: Oakes Avenue, Turn left on Anacopper go up hill turn left on W. 3rd st, then first left on Isle way, right onto Cottage Place. Both homes for sale, 3906 Cottage Place and 3908 Cottage Place, will be open this Saturday for viewing.
For more information contact Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.
If you are the type of person who enjoys garage sales and thrift shopping, then lace up your tennis shoes and get ready to head to downtown Anacortes and enjoy the 34th annual Shipwreck Day tomorrow!
This Anacortes event started as a fisherman’s garage sale, and over the course of 33 years, it has become what it is today. It combines the best features of a garage sale, a flea market, and an antique store into one huge event that engulfs downtown Anacortes for one day every summer.
The event technically starts at 8 am, but there are usually some businesses and booths that get started right at first light, just like the old time fishermen used to. This event features over 200 vendors set up in booths along Commercial street, each booth brings something new and usually very eclectic, and you are sure to find something that you can’t live without. There are also many food stands set up that serve a variety of different and delicious treats. This event it family friendly and is organized by the Fidalgo Island rotary club.
Just make sure that you aren’t late because it is all over at 4 pm!
The fourth of July is here and everyone knows that Anacortes loves to celebrate America’s independence!This fourth of July is going to be jam packed with events:
Festivities start at 10am with an Anacortes town photo taking place on 5th and Commercial.
Next everyone will be claiming their spots on the sidewalk for the annual 4th of July parade. The parade starts at 11am and has representatives from many of Anacortes’ charities, groups, and business. The procession takes place on Commercial Avenue in downtown Anacortes and ends at Causland Memorial park, on the corner of 7th street and M avenue.
After the parade ends, stay in Causland park for the Patriotic Program. This program takes place every year after the parade and there is always food and fun to be enjoyed!
From 2-6pm there will be free boat rides at Cap Sante Marina, Dock B, on John Wayne’s former Yacht, the Norwester!
Finally what is a better way to celebrate than to Rock The Dock? This is a new event coming to Anacortes and is sure to become a fun tradition. This event is free, apart from a suggested donation to the Seafarers Memorial Food Drive, and it takes place on July 4th from 5-10pm at Seafarers Memorial Park. There will be live music to enjoy from 3 splendid musical groups, Cherry Cherry: A Neil Diamond Tribute Band, Bobby Holland and The Bread Line Blues, and an introduction to the new band, Smoke Wagon. Rock the Dock is a family friendly evening: there will be a bouncy house, face painting, an arts and craft table, food and beverage vendors and for the adults, a Beer Garden with local beers from Anacortes brewery. You will be supporting local Anacortes businesses and celebrating your country in one fun filled night!
Don’t forget to bring your own lawn chairs so that you can sit back and enjoy the marvelous fireworks display over Anacortes’ beautiful Fidalgo Bay! Have a safe and happy 4th everyone!
Drop your crab pot & go fishing or return home & relax on your waterside private patio with open view down the canal. Custom home with a 3,253± sf open floor plan to enjoy the exceptional vista, luxurious interior, formal dining area, designer kitchen with large eating bar/gathering area, large bonus/flex space, over sized 3 car garage, a sumptuous spacious master with Jacuzzi tub, rain shower & 30′± dock. Enjoy island living by bridge! $799,000
Also, enjoy the use of Skyline amenities: Clubhouse, Private beaches, waterside cabana with kitchen for entertaining, waterside RV hook ups for visiting friends, tennis courts, community events such as: Garden Club, Bridge Club, Exercise classes, porch club & more!
Driving Directions from Anacortes: Oakes to Anaco Beach Rd. Right on Sterling, right on Kingsway to house on corner of Skyline Way and Kingsway – home is on your left.
For more information on Anacortes Skyline real estate, or Anacortes waterfront homes for sale with a dock, please call Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com
Enjoy a rare combination of privacy & views from this quality NW contemporary custom 1,876± sf home on 1.35± acres w/100’± of water front. Beautiful exposed beams, walls of windows, stacked stone fireplace & natural materials blend your home w/ natural landscaping. Second story unfinished but 4 bedroom septic installed. Easy to use your RV carport & toy barn as property extends from Samish Island to Marshall Rd. Drive-on island (no ferry line) just 90 min. from Seattle. Enjoy crabbing in your back yard!
Driving Directions: Hwy 20E, turn left on Farm to Market Rd. Left at Bayview Edison Rd., & continue to follow. Turn left at Samish Island Rd.