DIY Patio Decor Ideas

Summer is approaching quickly and we have a few ideas to help make your patio the place to be for entertaining with family and friends or a relaxing place for you to enjoy! If you want to spruce up your patio look no further, these ideas will help brighten your patio and help create a functional outdoor environment.

Start by selecting a theme for your patio, this will help make the transition from indoors to outdoors smooth. A popular theme right now is rustic country. The recent trend is creating patio furniture out of pallets and wooden crates. Pallets can be broken down and the wood can be re-purposed to create just about anything the mind can imagine. Wooden crates make for good side tables as well as planter boxes. Making your own furniture or restoring old furniture, you are able to design from a blank slate…with a little paint and imagination you’ll surely brighten up your patio.

Patio furniture..select the right size furniture for your patio to avoid loosing space. Creating a “L” shaped bench in a corner is a great way to conserve space and makes for a more intimate setting. There are many different ideas using pallets and crates to create patio furniture for the less expensive approach as well as a conversation piece. Brightening up your patio furniture with outdoor decorative pillows also adds comfort.

Decorating your patio should start with a general theme…have fun with it and try to have purpose and function for all of your ideas. If you are interested in more do-it-yourself patio decor ideas..Contact Us!

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809 7th Street Anacortes, WA 360-941-3734

TrawlerFest 2015

Trawler Fest 2015

TrawlerFest 2015 is HERE in Anacortes! Get ready and geared up to check out the the impressive in-water selection of new and pre-owned cruising powerboats! If you are a cruising enthusiast, this event is not one to miss! TrawlerFest Anacortes is not just a boat show, it is where industry, education, and community come together in a relaxed, rendezvous-type atmosphere!

Join the fun and experience the world of powerboats at the Port of Anacortes and Cap Sante Marina!

Boat Show Hours:

Thursday May 14- Saturday May 16

10 am- 5 pm

Sunday May 17

10 am- 3 pm

Ticket Information:

General Admission- $15 in advance, $18 on site

Seminars (2 hours)- $50 in advance, $60 on site

Experience first-class education, demonstrations, and learn the latest in marine products and services; all while enjoying sharing cruising tales and adventures with fellow cruisers! There are many different seminars that you can sign up for that vary in topics to fit your personal interests, make sure to register for a $10 discount in advance! Each seminar is approximately 2 hours. CLICK HERE to register for seminars!

There is so much to do at this amazing annual event, make sure to check out the Welcome Breakfast, lunches, dinners, cocktail parties, and evening activities! Whether you are a novice or an experienced boater this event provides many opportunities for you to speak with professionals and enjoy the world of cruising!

There will be FREE demos that will be on going during the show. Make sure you don’t miss them!!

Are you in the market for purchasing waterfront property? We have several wonderful homes that might catch your eye, CLICK HERE to view our current listings! For more information on the great boating scene and marina living here in Anacortes, CLICK HERE!

We Are Growing to Serve You Better!

Eileen Hebert Real Estate Broker cell: 360-770-7090

Please help us welcome Eileen Hebert to the Jean Groesbeck & Associates real estate team and to Coldwell Banker Bain!

Eileen has been involved in the real estate industry for more than 25 years. She has extensive mortgage and finance experience. Her experience gives her the ability to anticipate lender concerns insuring a smooth closing for buyers and sellers. For years she has provided creative solutions resulting in better outcomes for home buyers, and we are thrilled to have her as a part of our winning team!

Married and the mother of two young adult children, Eileen is a Washington State native who has loved living in Anacortes since 1998. Eileen says “There is no other place on earth that I would rather live than in Anacortes!” Her clients describe her as a honest advocate and trusted advisor. Her colleagues describe her as professional, candid, and knowledgeable. Eileen has a good sense of humor and two dogs, more reasons why she is a great fit for our team!

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

Weeds Got You Down?

If you are like us, here in Anacortes our flower beds have sprouted many weeds that take away from the beauty of our garden beds, driveways, and walkways! As a homeowner it is important to keep up with the task of refreshing the outside of your homes, there are many different techniques to getting rid of the eye sores of weeds and unwanted grass on your property.

We have a non-toxic solution that has helped maintain your lush gardens, driveways, and walkways from being consumed by weeds, especially dandelions. Weeding your garden is labor intensive and is counterproductive; when you weed it brings seeds to the surface and germinates new growth.

We have taken the time to creatively design our flower gardens and would like to enjoy them without the eye sore of the dreadful weeds. Taking the extra time in spray the weeds will not ensure that they will not come back, it only kills them. If you want to help prevent the weeds from coming back in your garden mulch or wood chips will reduce the new growth of pesky weeds.

All you need is a container with a spray nozzle and these 3 ingredients to make your own pet and child friendly weed killer!

Non-toxic Weed Killer Recipe

½ Gallon Apple Cider Vinegar

¼ Cup Salt

½ Tsp Dawn Dish Soap

On a nice sunny day with no rain in the forecast for the next several hours, mix up these ingredients and spray each weed thoroughly. Make sure to completely cover the leaves and the central growing point of the weed. The dish soap will eliminate the protective oils on the weed and will allow the apple cider vinegar to work its magic!

Note: This non-toxic weed killer not only kills weeds, it will kill grass as well, it is best not to use this on weeds that are in your lawn.

For more helpful gardening tips, please feel free to Contact Us, call Jean Groesbeck 360-941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Should I talk to a lender Before Making an Offer?

The first step for many people looking to buy a home is searching what the current real estate market has to offer.

It is not the first step that new home buyers should take, especially first time buyers.  Getting pre-qualified and even pre-approved on a home loan is the best way to get started.

With the excitement of looking to buy the perfect home, forgetting to talk to a lender about a home loan is a common mistake for new buyers. The advantage of completing both of these steps, pre-qualification and pre-approval, before you start to look for a home is that you’ll know in advance how much you can afford. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage also enables you to move quickly once you find the perfect home.

Getting pre-qualified is the initial step in the mortgage process, and most of the time it is fairly simple. You supply a bank or lender with your overall financial picture, including your debt, income and assets. After evaluating this information, your lender can give you an idea of the mortgage amount for which you qualify. Having a pre-approved home loan provides the new buyer with the specific mortgage amount for which they are approved and how much payments would be on a certain loan amount. Also, a pre-approval will give real estate agents and home sellers the proof that a buyer has the ability to secure a mortgage.

The process of getting a pre-approved loan takes time and as a buyer it is the best place to start when searching for a new home. If you are a new home buyer or a first time buyer and would like more information on the home buying process, please click here.

Feel free to Contact Us to answer any questions you may have regarding getting pre-approved for a home loan! We are here to help!  Call Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3437 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

809 7th Street Anacortes, WA 360-941-3734

Kick Off to Fishing and Boating Season

Boating and fishing season is upon us here in Skagit County! This is an exciting time of the year as more and more outdoor community events kick off in our area!

Get the kids geared up for some fishing and head to Northern State Pond in Sedro-Woolley for the Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday May 2. Children 14 and under will be able to bring their own bait and gear and go crazy fishing! Gates open at 7 a.m. with fishing starting at 8 a.m. This event is sponsored by the Wildcate Steelhead Club, along with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, and General Administration Department of North Cascades Gateway Center. If you aren’t familiar with the area and need directions, here you go..Take HWY 20 East from Fruitdale Road, Left on Fruitdale approximately 1 mile on right hand side, look for signs along the way leading to the gate into the pond.

If you are a boater, the Swinomish Yacht Club in La Conner is holding their 40th Anniversary Opening Day Boat Parade also on Saturday May 2 at 3 p.m beginning at the North Basin. The theme for the parade is celebrating the 70′s and Jaws. If you are interested in participating in the parade, registration is Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse. Following the parade there will be a Potluck and an Awards Ceremony for prize winners. Music will be going all night long! This is event is located at 310 North 1st Street in La Conner.

We hope to see you all enjoying the wonderful events in our community this upcoming weekend!

Cabin Style Home in Anacortes!

15903 Yokeko Drive

Private, rustic, and charming are the best ways to describe this unique waterfront cabin style home for sale in Anacortes. This cozy home is tucked away, and surrounded by pine trees. The property is located at a dead end street that provides substantial privacy.

Views from the wrap around deck

This property is a fabulous place to make memories for years to come! If you enjoy fishing, this home has extensive space for fishing right off the wrap around deck! The platform off the property makes it easy for you to launch fishing boats or kayaks for you to enjoy Puget Sound.The ocean is your backyard with some of the best salmon fishing around!

Living Room

Inside the home you will find rustic vaulted ceilings in the living room with a wall of windows capturing the majestic ocean and territorial views. From the living room this home displays the best views of Deception Pass from Fidalgo Island. The irreplaceable knotting pine walls throughout make this cabin style home unique. Access to the sun room is right off the living room, creating an amazing space for entertaining or a comfy spot to read a book.

This 2 bedroom, 1 bath home features double pane windows, ceiling fans, a newer roof and septic, and is move in ready!

If you would like more information on this amazing waterfront cabin style home, CLICK HERE to see more details!

You can Contact Us, call 360-941-3734 Jean Groesbeck or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com to schedule a private showing today!

809 7th St-Anacortes, WA

Breathtaking View Lot in Anacortes!

Incredible Views

Are you tired of looking for your dream home?

Sometimes the market inventory in your desired area might not have the dream home you are looking for. The tight inventory for existing homes is driving many home buyers to build a brand new home to fit their needs.

Have you considered building your dream home? Building your own home gives you the flexibility to have things just the way you would like. If you dream of designing a new home that takes full advantage of the unique geography and amazing island views in Anacortes, we have an amazing lot for you to set the foundation to your new dream home!

Enjoy breathtaking sunsets with panoramic views of the beautiful San Juan Islands from this spectacular .72+/- acre Rock Ridge neighborhood lot. Two lots were combined to accommodate plans for a Northwest Contemporary single-level home with separate exercise/pool house. There are home plans available or you could design your own dream home. The lot has been excavated, leveled, and is ready for building!

Antone Way-Anacortes, WA

The quiet newly developed neighborhood of Rock Ridge here in Anacortes is surrounded by 1,200 acres of Anacortes Community Forest Lands. You can explore many hiking and biking trails right in your own backyard! Rock Ridge is also close to downtown, schools, and easy access to shopping and dining! You can have the best of both worlds here! The Rock Ridge Neighborhood is part of the Anacortes School District and only a short drive to parks, and exciting activities our community has to offer!

Entertaining on this property will sure create great memories with the stunning water views! The newly developed neighborhood has paved streets and sidewalks, this lot is in a cul-de sac making it more private and enjoyable!

When it comes to building a new home, buyers have two options: they can work with a home builder who will show them home plans to choose from, or they can do the research on their own, and hire a contractor to build it.

This lot offers a home floor plan already for you. This plan has optimized the property to the fullest, making the views of the home the spotlight! There are many options to create the perfect home for you!

To see the full listing and more details on this magnificent lot CLICK HERE

The possibilities of different home plans for this property are endless!

Would you like to know more about building your dream home here in Skagit County? Contact Us for more information, Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

809 7th Street-Anacortes, WA

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.