Halloween at the Hall: Oct. 28

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The Rick Epting Foundation for the Arts and Kennelly Keys are partnering to present a Halloween costume party and fundraiser for free music lessons for kids.

Performing at this event for the first time in Anacortes is the Bellingham band The Penny Stinkers and there will be a costume contest and beverages provided by Anacortes Brewery.

This is an all ages show and children under 12 are FREE.

All the money raised at this event will go to the newly established fund to pay for music lessons for music students who can not afford them.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or at Kennelly Keys.

Kennelly Keys is located at 1904 Commerical Ave., Anacortes.

For more information: pugetsoundproductions@gmail.com.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is proud to support Anacortes events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Kids’ Day Sept. 4 at Seafarers’ Memorial Park

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

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Buying a Home Young

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Content provided by Dean Hayes, Bay Equity Home Loans

In its February installment of the National Housing Survey, Fannie Mae saw surging Millennial confidence in the housing market, even with mortgage rates seemingly poised to rise, and home prices at near-record levels.

Along with more job security and increasing income, Millennial home buyers are increasingly married with children – all three legs of the home demand stool.

Nearly half (49 percent) of Millennial buyers reported at least one child – up from 45 percent last year and 43 percent two years ago.

As with every aspect of the marketplace, young buyers with children are the key to shaping the future of real estate.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Skagit Among Washington’s Top 10 Healthiest Counties

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Skagit County is the 9th healthiest county in Washington state, up from 13th healthiest in 2016.

A recently completed needs assessment and countywide action plan will help the county, medical providers and community organizations improve health outcomes for local residents.

As a result of the new community health rankings, and the Population Health Trust Community Assessment, the county intends to work with community partners to focus on child and maternal health in 2017, with the goal of improving health outcomes countywide.

Find more information about Skagit County’s Population Health Trust, visit www.skagitcountytrends.com.

Watercraft Registration Expires June 30

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If you own a boat or other watercraft, now’s the time to renew your registration in time for the Anacortes boating season!

All watercraft registration expires June 30, 2017. The Skagit County Auditor’s Office urges you not to wait to renew your registration as the lines may be long.

The vast majority of vessels registered in Washington have HIN numbers that comply with the new Coast Guard standards, but some vessels are required to have new HIN numbers assigned to meet the US Coast Guard standards.
The involved vessel owners have already been sent letters by DOL notifying them that they are required to get new HIN Numbers.

Standard watercraft renewal can be done in person and local licensing offices or online, at http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/renewboat.html. You can choose to have decals mailed to you or you can pick them up locally – even if you register online.

For a list of local licensing offices, or to sign up for an annual online renewal reminder, visit the Skagit County Auditor’s Office licensing page: www.skagitcounty.net/AuditorLicensing.

If you are seeking an Anacortes boat slip, a waterfront, water view or another property, contact us today! Team Groesbeck is available daily at (360) 941-3734 or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Why NOW is the Best Time to Sell Your Home

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Between there being little inventory available in Anacortes and its surrounding areas and rising prices and interest rates, buyers often waste little time looking and want to purchase a home fast.

A recent profile of home buyers and sellers by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) indicates that homes are selling in about four weeks and for roughly 98% of the listing price, despite prices being about 6% higher.

If you are considering selling your house in the near future, contact us today for a complimentary and no-obligation market analysis of your property.

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC proudly serves the counties of Skagit, Island, Whatcom and San Juan and Team Groesbeck is available daily at (360) 941-3734, Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com, or stop by our office is located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St.

Community Profile: Mt. Vernon

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Mount Vernon, is a vibrant city nestled in the picturesque Skagit Valley.  Located just 1 ½ hours from the hectic lifestyle of Seattle and Tacoma, Mount Vernon feels worlds away, and that is what the residents strive to preserve.

Mount Vernon’s quirky residents create world-renown art and music while preserving culture and its island time lifestyle. First incorporated in 1889, Mount Vernon was rated the number one small town in America by the “New rating guide to life in America’s small cities”. Its neighborhoods are small, quaint and family-centric.

Located on the Skagit River, it has excellent public transportation systems connecting residents to Everett, Seattle, Camano Island, Bellingham and the San Juan Islands. In downtown Mount Vernon, The Skagit Station is the first multi-transportation hub for Public and Private Transportation. There you can get on the SKAT buses, Greyhound, the Amtrak Cascades, and private taxis.

Downtown Mount Vernon offers many shopping options, from toy stores, local cafes, art galleries, jewelry shops, clothing stores and a co-op. Every Saturday there is a Farmers market that sells art and food products made from local organic sources.

For more information, visit www.MountVernonWA.gov.

Home of the Week! 4122 San Juan Blvd Anacortes, WA

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This custom-built, 4,446 square-foot home is located at 4133 San Juan Blvd in Anacortes, WA and offers some of the best views one can find on Fidalgo Island. Not only does it bast great entertaining opportunities with the large living and dining areas, it also includes a beautifully landscaped patio in the back and a small indoor pool that can be enjoyed for leisure or exercise.

The home offers a vast entryway that opens directly to a welcoming open-concept layout that features the living and dining room, as well as the kitchen. The office just off the front door houses beautiful wood built-ins and high windows to the front yard.971873_10_Yxr1qGp2

The kitchen features a gas range, ample storage space, double ovens, and even more beautiful views. You will certainly not tire of spending time in this dream kitchen!

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With three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, each space offers views one would fight for. The spacious master suite is complete with private balcony doors, fireplace, and immaculate double-vanity bathroom. You will not want to miss the chance to pamper yourself in this spa-like suite and take advantage of the immense walk-in closet!

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The lower-level of the home houses the second and third bedrooms, additional family room, and kitchenette- if you are looking for the perfect home in Anacortes to entertain family and friends, we’ve found it! To visit this property, call, text, or email us any time to schedule a private showing. 971873_17_Wk9J7itg

You may also click here for further details of this San Juan Blvd home, and view the full photo gallery. No registration required!

Outdoors in Anacortes, WA

Outdoors in Anacortes

Fidalgo Island is a Pacific Northwest treasure possessing many outdoor opportunities that need to be experienced. Because of this, we’ve turned to Experience Anacortes to bring you the best trails and places to visit while spending time outdoors in Anacortes.

Cap Sante Park
Primarily a vista point, this 37 acre forested promontory affords an excellent view of the the marina, the City of Anacortes, March Point, Fidalgo Bay, Mt Baker and the Cascades.
Directions here.

Cranberry Lake Area
This site, found near the city center, is heavily forested and contains Cranberry Lake (approximately 27 acres) and several other small lakes and bogs. The site varies in terrain from flat to steep slopes. An extensive trail system is found in this area.
Directions here.

Heart Lake Area
(off Campbell Lake Road, onto Heart Lake Road)
Formerly a state park, Heart Lake was transferred to the City in 2002, and incorporated into the Anacortes Community Forestlands. The trails here welcome hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers, so be sure to share the trail and keep your eyes open (there are some specifically for hikers only).
Directions here.

Deception Pass State Park
A 4,134 acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three different lakes. Breathtaking views, old growth forests, and abundant wildlife can be seen all over the park.Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for Deception Pass State Park, and click here for the Rosario Headlands &Lighthouse Point hiking guide. Kukutali Preserve, also part of Deception Pass State Park, is jointly owned and managed by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and Washington State Parks. Open for day use only.
Directions here.

Washington Park
This site is located at the very west end of the city on Rosario Strait and contains a wide variety of facilities. The site is divided into two basic parts: a day use area consisting of a boat launch, picnic shelters, restrooms, children’s play equipment and open play area. Overnight camping area consisting of 68 campsites for RVs and tents, with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Only about 41 of the 200 acres are developed but a 2.3 mile paved road runs through the entire park for use by cars, joggers, bicyclists and walkers.
Directions here.

Mount Erie Park
Mt. Erie is a 160 acre Park. At the top of Mt. Erie, elevation 1,270 ft, choose from four viewing areas and be rewarded with spectacular views in every direction. Mt. Erie is, the highest point of Fidalgo Island and is part of the former Anacortes watershed. There is a small parking area and a road to the top of Mt. Erie. Trails from this area lead into a portion of the 1400 plus acres of the Anacortes Forest Lands.
Directions here.

April Events in Anacortes

April Events

Spring is the perfect time to experience Anacortes, Washington! Among other local treasures, Skagit County is the home of the Skagit Tulip Festival which offers fun events and beautiful scenery for all ages.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (Skagit County- various venues)
April 1st through 30th

Acres of blooming tulip fields, concerts, seafood, self-guided bicycle tours, art shows, and more.
www.TulipFestival.org

Burlington Downtown Artwalk (Burlington)
April 1st through 30th

Local art will be displayed in beautiful downtown Burlington.

Spring Garage Sale: Antiques & More (Mount Vernon)
April 8th-9th
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
$3 per person
$3 onsite parking

Join more than 140 vendors at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon and search for antiques while listening to live music and enjoying food from local vendors.
www.SkagitCounty.net

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival
April 9th
Noon – 5:00 PM

Taste your way through local wineries and restaurants.
www.Anacortes.org

Tulip Frolic and Parade (La Conner)
April 9th
2:00 PM

Farm animals, clowns, bands, mascots, and fun for the whole family!
www.TulipFestival.org

Tulip Festival Street Fair (Mount Vernon)
April 15th-17th
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

www.MountVernonDowntown.org

Art in Bloom (Anacortes)
April 15th though 23rd

Works from regional artists will be displayed at the Anacortes Arts Festival’s off-season show to take place at the Depot Arts Center. The show will feature painting, photography, sculpture, and fine crafts.
www.AnacortesArtsFestival.com

These are great events that demonstrate the true community feeling of Anacortes and Skagit County as a whole. If you are considering moving to the area, these events are sure to entice you to embrace the beautiful Pacific Northwest lifestyle.