Restored & Rebuilt 1930s Mt. Vernon Barn Home


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° 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

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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.

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Community Profile: La Conner


The intersection of pioneers, fishermen, native tribes, farmers, and entrepreneurs, picturesque La Conner is Skagit County’s oldest community and one of the state’s most popular tourist destinations.

Located just over Rainbow Bridge from Fidalgo Island, the town is bordered by the Swinomish Slough to the west and the agricultural-rich Skagit Valley to the east. A Victorian downtown waterfront offers views of fishing and pleasure boats, as well as log rafts moored in the Swinomish Channel alongside Main Street’s quaint shops, galleries, art, history and quilt museums, cozy inns, and valley-fresh restaurant offerings.

La Conner and the surrounding area have long been home to nationally known artists, many of them celebrated in the collections of the city’s world-class Museum of Northwest Art.

Annual community events throughout the year reflect the town’s natural bounties and handmade heritage including the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Opening Day Boat Parade, Pioneer Picnic, Art’s Alive and the Christmas Boat Parade, to name just a few.

For more information about happenings in La Conner, visit

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC proudly serves the counties of Skagit, Island, Whatcom and San Juan.  As the #1 seller of pre-owned properties, we can help you with all of your real estate needs.  Contact us today at (360) 941-3734 or at

108 Lummi Dr. – Main-Level, Waterfront Living!


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108 Lummi Dr., in the La Conner community of Shelter Bay, (MLS #1074975) offers main-level, waterfront living. This custom home features an open floor plan, beautiful custom finishes with concave ceilings in the foyer and living room, as well as 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths.

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The formal dining area has a wet bar to entertain with ease, and the gorgeous Craftsman dream eat-in kitchen boasts Granite counter tops with plenty of prep space, cabinet space, stainless appliances, hardwood floors, breakfast bar, water views and is open to the living area.

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The luxurious master with en-suite features Travertine tile floors, counters and walk-in shower.

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Enjoy views of Rainbow Bridge and boats from your large back patio. This home also includes a heated storage basement, 2 car garage and plenty of driveway parking for a boat, RV or extra vehicles. 108 Lummi Dr. was built in 1994 and is approx. 2,494 SF.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to view this home, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC in Anacortes at (360) 941-3734 or

5 Signs You Are Ready to Sell Your Home

On the corner of Buyers Rd. and Sellers Ln

If you have considered selling your home but feel that you are not yet ready or that now may not be the time, here is a list of five signs that you are ready to sell!

You have outgrown your home – Your “must haves” when you purchased the home are no longer your current needs. Maybe you need another bedroom, a separate office space, or more privacy from your neighbors.  If your home no longer fits your lifestyle, it is time to move on.

Your commute is wearing on you – Are the roads congested or the distance is just too far to conveniently get to work? If spending less time commuting to work would be better for you and your family, searching for homes in communities that eliminate these issues may be your next step.

Home repairs have begun – If you have made repairs and adjustments to your home such as updating fixtures to revamp the space, or even eliminating clutter and unneeded items, you are likely ready to find a new place to call home.

You know where you would like to live next – You may frequent a neighborhood where you can foresee yourself living next and making plans to store or eliminate belongings.

You have already spoken with a real estate agent – An agent can give you an idea of the value of your home and what it may sell for, in addition to helping you best navigate the home buying and selling process.

Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is happy to assist with any questions you may have about the process of home buying and selling.  With listings in Anacortes, La Conner, Skagit County and neighboring islands, contact us today to schedule a showing or to set up a comparative market analysis of your home at (360) 941-3734,

Home of the Week: A Gardener’s Delight!

A huge front yard means creative space for wonderful Pacific Northwest landscaping.

16905 View Lane La Conner, WA 98257 is a one-of-a-kind home fully equipped with a large garden, views of Skagit Bay and Hope Island, as well as a spacious mother-in-law style apartment on the lower level. If you like to entertain, then this house is for you! With two separate decks and a large open space plan, there is plenty of room for parties. Extra storage space means organizing and cleaning will be a simple task! Built in 1986, this three bedroom and three bath has tons of character with a unique fireplace in the main living area.

This wood-burning stove makes a great centerpiece for the main living room!

View Lane is just a short distance from La Conner, a quaint town known for being Skagit County’s oldest community! La Conner is stuffed with artists, fishermen, Native Tribes and many more creative people, this means that events are held year round in this close-knit community. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Though winter is upon us, it’s never too early to start planning next year’s garden. In fact, the earlier you plan, the better! The backyard has southern exposure which gives it optimal sunlight. Your squash, beans, melons, and flowers will flourish.

This house won’t stay on the market for long, so be sure to come visit it today.

Have you considered moving lately? This part of Washington may get rain in the winter but one thing we don’t worry about is shoveling snow! For more information on why winter can be the best season to buy, click here.

How amazing is this backyard?

If you are looking into buying a new home, contact Jean Groesbeck and her team at 360-941-3734 or email Jean at

It’s Tulip Time!

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Come enjoy the Skagit Tulip Festival

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the most popular events in Skagit County.  You have to see it in person to appreciate the magic of acres and acres of brillant color.

The Tulip Festival is more than flowers however.  It is a month of festivals and events throughout Skagit County.

April 1

If you like quilting or fabric art, don’t miss the Anacortes Quilt Walk which runs for the entire month of April.

Support the Kiwanis and treat yourself to the Kiwansi Salmon Barbecue in Mount Vernon.  April 1-22.

Want something out of the ordinary….  Woodfest, Sedro-Woolley (chain saw carving demos and competiton)

April 6

Anacortes Art Walk and Quilt Show

Skagit County Historic Home Tour

Tulip Run through Skagit Valley

April 14

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival–a must attend event!

World’s Largest Garage Sale, Mount Vernon.  Come and find that “thing” you have been wanting.

PACCAR Technical Center open house

Tulip Frolic, La Conner.  Make sure you visit all of the great shops in La Conner.

Not So Impromptu Tulip Parade, La Conner

April 21

Mount Vernon Street Fair in downtown Mt. Vernon

Tulip Pedal bike ride, again an event through Skagit Valley to enjoy the beautiful tulips

For information on these events check the comprehensive website of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival at or call 360-428-5959

Tulip Festival Map

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THE MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST ART – M ONA –  will hold it’s Annual Art Auction at the Museum in La Conner, WA on June 18th, 2011.  Auction items include: art glass, paintings, prints, art jewelry, sculpture, textiles and ceramicsn by Northwest artists both emerging artists as well as well known Masters!

This year, tickets to the MONA auction are $95 per person until June 1st and $100 per person from the 1st until the 18th, but the number of tickets are limited so don’t wait until the last minute to buy your tickets!  Food, wine and/or beer are included in the price of admission.

All MONA Auction attendees will be given a catalog and an auction number. There will be a “free to the public” viewing of the auction items on June 17th, the day before the auction, from 12 noon until 5PM.

The Museum of Northwest Art, located in La Conner, opened on October 3, 1981.  Originally the MONA was called The Valley Museum of Northwest Art.

The vision of photographer Art Hupy, the Museum lived, for its first 14 years, on the second floor of the historic Gaches Mansion in La Conner. In 1982, the Museum board began to look for a larger space. Plans for relocation and expansion simmered over the next decade while support for the Museum grew. During this time the Museum mounted many exhibits, featuring artists including Mark Tobey, Clayton James, Philip McCracken, Mary Randlett, William Ivey, George Tsutakawa, Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick, Paul Havas, and others.

In 1991, the Museum board and a legion of volunteers began a major fundraising drive to acquire a new home. About that time, a commercial building in downtown La Conner, with 12,000 square feet, was offered for sale.  After two years of negotiation, the deal closed and renovations began.

Given a fresh face inside and out by the Henry Klein Partnership, architects, the renovated building on South First Street gave new life to its founders’ visions.  The Museum’s largest annual fundraiser features over 300 works.

For more information on La Conner read more of our blog posts or visit the Coldwell Banker Island Living website.


The SKAGIT VALLEY tulips have been stunning this year!

Luckily, you still have time to feast your eyes on their intense and varied displays of color by taking part in the Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival continuing until the end of the month.

 Just minutes away from La Conner, Anacortes, Burlington and Mount Vernon are vast fields in bloom, or official gardens and displays.

 All the details are available on the festival website: or stop by the Codlwell Banker Island Living Anacortes real estate office for more information.

 You will definitely want to pack your camera!

Housing Market in Washington State Indicates Recovery

KIRKLAND, Wash. (March 4, 2010) – Northwest Multiple Listing Service members reported strong gains in home sales during February, with brokers pointing to several encouraging signs for a busy spring season. Improving consumer confidence and a looming deadline for homebuyer tax credits are helping to boost activity, according to NWMLS officials.

“We are entering what is traditionally our busiest home selling season,” said NWMLS director. The NWMLS director also reported “significant traffic” at open houses, which he attributes to the first-time homebuyer tax credit and rising consumer confidence.

Pending sales (offers made and accepted, but not yet closed) jumped nearly 45 percent last month compared to a year ago, marking the 11th straight month of month-over-month increases. Closed sales also outperformed year-ago totals, rising 33.5 percent. Members tallied 3,214 completed transactions last month, up from the 2,407 closed sales for February 2009.

 MLS members added 10,663 new listings to inventory last month, bringing the total number of active listings in the system to 36,350. That total is down 7.5 percent from the same month a year ago, creating a more balanced market that favors neither buyers nor sellers.

 Move-up buyers are accounting for some of the surge in activity. Brokers credit the combination of a $6,500 tax incentive for qualified repeat buyers and thawing jumbo loan market as factors in spurring activity for this segment.

 Interest rates on jumbo loans fell to 5.79 percent on a 30-year fixed-rate loan in the past few weeks. That’s a five-year low, according to Informa Research Services, whose clients include the nation’s top 25 banks.

Noting the peak real estate season is approaching, the MLS director pointed to several encouraging signs. “Homes are more affordable, mortgage rates are at all-time lows, and employment in the state appears to be on the rise,” said the MLS Director.

“All signs point to a strong spring,” she added.

 Earlier in the week, the state Employment Security Department reported the state’s economy “picked up some steam in January,” adding an estimated 12,400 jobs – the first monthly gain since November 2008. The plethora of shorts sales and foreclosures has diluted the price point of many homes that are selling, making appraisals more challenging. Buyers should be reminded of the possibility of rising mortgage interest rates due to the Federal Reserve’s plan to stop buying mortgages by the end of March.

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Northwest Multiple Listing Service, owned by its member brokers, is the largest full-service MLS in the Northwest.

New Trends in Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Survey Identifies Multi-Generational Homes As a Trend in Real Estate

37 Percent of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Professionals Surveyed Have Seen More Families Looking for Homes that Accommodate Multiple Generations

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (Feb. 22, 2010) – Family reunions are taking on a new meaning in the real estate market. According to a recent survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC among its network of real estate professionals, in the last 12 months, 37 percent of sales professionals surveyed noted an increase in homebuyers looking to purchase homes to accommodate more than one generation of their family. In addition, almost 70 percent of Coldwell Banker sales agents believe that economic conditions may cause greater demand for multi-generational homes in their market during the next year.

Furthermore, the Coldwell Banker® January 2010 survey respondents cited financial drivers as the No. 1 reason why home buyers or sellers are moving into a house with other generations of their family (39 percent). Twenty-nine (29) percent said that health care issues are the primary reason, and six percent cited a strong family bond as the main factor.

“While saving money is certainly an incentive for buying a home that accommodates multiple generations, the benefits go beyond just financial reasons,” said Diann Patton, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Consumer Specialist. “With two or three generations living under one roof, families often experience more flexible schedules, quality time with one another and can better juggle childcare and eldercare.”

Communicating with family members and consulting with their real estate professional is key, as well.  “Talk to everyone involved and determine how comfortable the family members are about sharing bathrooms, office space or common areas, and let that guide your search,” Patton advises.  “All of these topics are incredibly important in finding the right kind of home to fit the family – like one that has four bathrooms or one that has three.”

Helpful Hints:

  • Sellers with “mother in-law suites” or additional spaces that could accommodate a family interested in a multi-generational living arrangement should highlight this aspect of the home. Whether it’s a garage apartment or refurbished basement, this separate space can help one home stand apart from the others on its block.  
  • Buyers must be clear about their exact needs.  Some families may just want an extra bedroom or two for family members, while others require areas with a separate kitchen, entrance, handicap accessibility or even a larger garage for additional cars.  Desired location may also be influenced by proximity to local hospitals, senior centers or other important activities to family members.
  • Extended families purchasing a home together should consider signing a written contract outlining everything from finances to chores and childcare. Each family should assess their situation individually and find a plan that works best for them.  

Methodology: Coldwell Banker Real Estate conducted a national online survey on trends regarding multi-generational home buyers and sellers in January 2010.  The survey yielded responses from 2,360 Coldwell Banker real estate professionals across the United States.

About Coldwell Banker Real Estate®
Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization ( has been a premier full-service real estate provider. The Coldwell Banker system has more than 3,300 residential real estate offices and nearly 100,000 sales associates in 49 countries and territories. The Coldwell Banker system is a leader in the industry in residential and commercial real estate, and in niche markets such as resort, new home and luxury property through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® division.  Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services. Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Each office is independently owned and operated.

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