Free State Park Day: Sept. 30

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Deception Pass and other state parks throughout Washington will allow entrance without a Discover Pass on Saturday, September 30, in recognition of National Public Lands Day.

Additional free days this year are Nov. 11 and Nov. 24.

The Discover Pass is regularly $30 for an annual pass and $10 for a day pass and is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.

Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass will still be required on these days to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

For more information, visit www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov.

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

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Before the Anacortes weather grows colder it’s important to prepare for the winter months to prevent costly damage to your property. Below are the suggested fall preventative home maintenance steps for homeowners from HomeAdvisor.com.

 

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clean gutters and downspouts frequently throughout fall to prevent build up of leaves and other debris.
  • Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems and pest infestations, not to mention ruined gutters.
  • Be sure water is not coming down behind gutters and that all support brackets are securely in place.
  • Ensure that water drains properly and doesn‚Äôt pool. Pooling can cause damage to foundations, driveways, and walkways.

 

Windows and Doors

  • Change summer screens to cool weather storm windows and doors.
  • Inspect and repair any loose or damaged window or door frames.
  • Install weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to prevent drafts and to lower heating bills.

 

Heating Systems

  • Replace the filter in your furnace.
  • Consider having a heating professional check your heating system to ensure optimal performance and discover minor problems before they turn into costly major repairs.
  • Clean your ducts to better your heating system‚Äôs efficiency as well as to reduce household dust and to provide relief to those with respiratory problems.

 

Plumbing

  • To prevent pipes freezing and bursting, ensure that the pipes are well insulated.
  • Know how to locate and turn off the water shut-off valve in case pipes do freeze.

 

Chimney and Fireplace

  • Call a professional in to inspect and clean your chimney. Fireplaces that are regularly used during the season should have an annual cleaning to prevent dangerous chimney fires.
  • Test your fireplace flue for a tight seal when closed.

 

Attic Ventilation

  • Be sure attic insulation doesn‚Äôt cover vents in the eaves to prevent winter ice dams on the roof.
  • Be sure ridge vents and vents at eaves are free of plants and debris.
  • Check bird and rodent screens for attic vents to prevent any unwanted guests.

 

Landscape and Yardwork

  • Although grass appears to stop growing in the fall, the roots are actually growing deeper to prepare for winter. Now is the best time to fertilize and reseed your lawn.
  • Prune your trees and shrubs after the leaves turn to encourage healthy growth.
  • Trim any tree limbs that are dangerously close to power lines or the roof of your house. Heavy snow and ice can cause damage in the winter.

 

Licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is the Anacortes real estate experts. Located at 809 7th St. in Old Town Anacortes, Team Groesbeck is available daily for all of your real estate needs throughout Anacortes, Skagit County, Island County and beyond. Please contact us at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com 7 days a week.

Seller’s Guide to a Home Inspection

Charming 1925 Old Town Anacortes Home on Nearly 3 Lots

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810 7th St. (MLS 1055458) was built in 1925, features 4 bedrooms and 1.75 baths, more than 1,500 SF and is in the heart of the Old Town Anacortes action!

Available for $399,000, this property is located just steps from the Anacortes Farmers Market, local restaurants, shops, Cap Sante Marina and trailways.

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Spanning nearly 3 lots with a detached garage and level back yard, 810 7th St. is zoned Commercial Business District and could be an excellent investment opportunity for rental income, a VRBO, or business.

Available 7 days a week for all of your real estate needs, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC for more information about this property or to schedule a private showing at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

20+ Acres Waterfront Estate on Guemes Island with 800′ of Sandy Shoreline

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Seeking serenity and privacy? 4142 Clark Point Road (MLS 1152147) is a private, gated, waterfront estate on more than 20 acres on beautiful Guemes Island, just across the channel from Anacortes.

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Listed at $3 million, improvements to this magnificent property include a heated pool with Pennsylvania Bluestone pool decks; stunning outdoor living area with hot tub and fireplace, built-in BBQ, party cabana and pool equipment building.

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Follow an easy trail to your 800′ of private sandy beach or enjoy the property’s barn/shop space, play tennis on the resurfaced fenced tennis court, or simply take in your private native gardens, meadows, ponds, spectacular views and abundant wildlife.

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A septic field is on property with 2 drain fields, as well as all utilities.

Just 90 minutes from Seattle, 4142 Clark Point Road is within the acclaimed Anacortes School District.

Contact Anacortes-based Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. 7 days a week for all of your real estate needs at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

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1930s Mt. Vernon Barn Home Completely Rebuilt & Restored

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Listed for sale by Anacortes-based Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC for $1.2 million,¬†12636 Chilberg Rd. in Mt. Vernon¬†(MLS #1108498) is a completely renovated and rebuilt 1930s barn that has been transformed into a 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom home on approximately 3 acres with sweeping 360¬į views of tulip farms and mountains.

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Comprised of more than 8,300 square-feet, the home features vaulted ceilings with soaring windows, a dream kitchen, multiple decks, a mother-in-law apartment, huge outbuilding, RV parking and private pond.

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12636 Childberg Rd. is listed for sale for $1.2 million and is located within the La Conner School District.

For additional information about this property, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC. Team Groesbeck is available daily to assist its clients with all of their real estate needs and can be reached at (360) 941-3734.  Located in Old Town Anacortes, the Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC office is located at 809 7th St.

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Excellent Anacortes Location with Income Potential

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1019 26th St. (MLS 1134917) is a conveniently located well-maintained property in Anacortes across from Island Hospital for $650,000 with income potential.

Available for the first time in 43 years, this property would be ideal for a medical office or 5-plex. ¬†There is also a two car garage, shop space, RV garage with a 12′ door, a fully fenced yard, plenty of off street parking a 9000’+ lot!

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A new roof was installed in 2010 and the electrical and plumbing is updated.

For additional information or to schedule a private showing of 1019 26th St. in Anacortes, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, in Old Town Anacortes (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com seven days a week!

 

Spectacular Unobstructed Bay & Mt. Baker Views from 3702 Fidalgo Bay Rd.

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3702 Fidalgo Bay Rd. in Anacortes features spectacular unobstructed views of Fidalgo Bay, majestic Mt. Baker, commercial boat and yacht traffic from Cap Sante Marina, as well as a large deck to entertain on and enjoy it all from!

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Listed for $475,000, this well-cared for home is approximately 1,901 sf., 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, has a spacious kitchen that is flooded with light, an attached garage and detached garage, which is currently used as a music room, as is ADA accessible. The amount of flex space in this home could easily be converted into additional bedrooms!

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For additional information about this Anacortes property or for any of your real estate needs, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, Licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, DAILY at (360) 941-3734, or via email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.  Located in Old Town Anacortes, visit our office at 809 7th St.!

Free State Park Day: August 25

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Deception Pass¬†and other state parks throughout Washington will allow entrance without a¬†Discover Pass¬†on Friday, August 25, in recognition of¬†the National Park Service’s 101st birthday.

Additional free days this year are Sept. 30, Nov. 11 and Nov. 24.

The Discover Pass is regularly $30 for an annual pass and $10 for a day pass and is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.

Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass will still be required on these days to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

For more information, visit www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov.

For all of your real estate needs, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, Licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, in Old Town Anacortes: (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Cozy Anacortes Home Near Downtown, Shops & Schools

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Built in 1920, this cozy home at 2517 17th St. (MLS 1179750) is located in a fantastic neighborhood near downtown Anacortes, local shops and acclaimed Anacortes schools.

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Priced at $250,000 with 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths and approximately 1,236 sf, the home has an ample living room with a gas fireplace, great sized eat-in kitchen, utility/mud room, large fenced yard with fruit trees and raised garden beds on the side patio. There is also a detached outbuilding/studio in back with electricity.

Zoned R2, there is also room for improvements to be made by a savvy investor or it could make an excellent starter home.

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Located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St., Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, Licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is available daily for all of your real estate needs.  Contact Team Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com today!