Sunday, August 10, 2014

European elegance in Montlake

Nestled next to the Arboretum, and tucked behind a walled courtyard, is this gracious fully remodeled 1925 residence designed with exceptional attention to detail. 

The city fades away as you enter this remarkable home which draws inspiration from classic architecture found in traditional residences. 

The grand day rooms, including an impressive conservatory boast high ceilings, beautiful millwork, rich hardwoods, wood wrapped beveled glass windows and a stunning limestone fireplace. 

The open concept kitchen is appointed with classic European details, including limestone counters, stainless appliances, and eat-in counter with was access to the Pinterest read laundry and mudroom. 

Located on the main floor are two bedrooms with serene views and perfectly appointed 3/4 bath. 

The second level boasts a sunny landing, third bedroom en suite, and sumptuous master suite with decadent master bath, walk-in closet and well appointed dressing room with built-ins. 

Private terraces and decks make outdoor living and entertaining easy and gracious. 

English gardens surround this stunning home. 

This 3270 sq. ft. 4 bedroom/3 bath residence has been fully remodeled and boasts a 40 year architecture grade composition roof with copper gutters tied into a perimeter drain, high efficiency gas/forced air furnace, in-floor radiant heat in the bathrooms and laundry/mudroom, on-demand tankless water heater, wood wrapped double pane beveled glass windows, gorgeous French doors leading to brilliant gardens with sprinkler system, extensive hardscaping with outdoor lighting, custom wrought iron detailing, sophisticated color palette, natural materials including limestone and hardwoods, and seriously gorgeous light fixtures. 

The one car attached garage with automatic garage door opener, lower level with finished rec-room and loads of storage makes this home as functional as it is gorgeous!

Just steps to the gardens, grounds and trails of the Arboretum, University of Washington campus and hospital, the shores of Lake Washington, and the local shops, cafes, restaurants, and Montlake library, with easy access to downtown and the eastside. This refined residence is a warm and welcoming place to call home!

Offered at 1,350,000

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

on the move

Whether you are upsizing, downsizing or simply sidewinding, moving can be a very overwhelming task. Cleaning, sorting, labeling, packing, storing, hauling - it's a lot! And of course, it rarely comes at a time when you have any extra time!

The nature of my work puts me in contact with people moving almost every month. I know all too well how overwhelming this process can be.

If broken down into bite size pieces, however, this process becomes a lot easier. Here are some tips to help you during your next move.

1) Start early. Even before you know you will be moving, keep your home and personal belongings organized.

2) Continually sort/cull/donate/store your personal property. Don't wait until moving day to decide if you really want to keep or donate your Christmas Jumpers. I read a helpful tip a few years back - "for every item you bring into the home, one item should leave".

3) Downsizing. If you are moving into a smaller space it is important to decide what will fit and what you need to "let go of". Your children, family or friends might want certain pieces. Talk to them earlier than later and have them remove these pieces at a leisurely pace. This really saves on your mental and physical well being. If you have personal property like furniture, home accessories and appliances that doesn't make the cut (yours or others) then donate them. There are many charities that help those in need outfit their home. The Sharehouse (turning houses into homes for Seattle's homeless) is an amazing organization. If you are downsizing, this article might be helpful.

4) Boxes can be expensive. See about borrowing or buying used boxes from friends/colleagues/craigslist. If you still need to buy boxes, use my list of companies below. Either way, get your boxes asap so you can pack at a less hectic pace. Keep an inventory of what is in the box (photos are ideal, but a list is fine) and tape it to the inside of the box. Use strong packing tape and clearly mark the outside (top and sides) of the box where that box is going (i.e. 4015 E Madison Street/Main Floor Bedroom/Closet 1). Think of a sharpie as your new best friend!

5) If you really, must, absolutely, have to, store your items, then arranging for a portable storage unit is a necessary (my list of companies below should be helpful).

6) Hire a qualified moving company (see my list below) and make sure you fully understand and agree with their scope of the job. Ask for recent references, check them out on Yelp, and ask for the names and photos of the movers who will be there on move day. Understand the company and their employees/contract laborers' full liability, and make sure you understand what they expect from you.



A&R Moving
7745 Aurora Ave N/206-262-0404

Budget Moving
6910 Roosevelt Way NE Ste 106 / 206-522-0600

Cascade Moving and Storage, Inc.
430 S Cloverdale St / 425-458-3829

Express Movers, Inc.
218 S Mead St / 206-276-4599

Gentle Giant Moving Company / 206-213-0426

Hansen Bros. Moving and Storage
12645 Stone Ave N / 800-365-0303

Neighbors Moving and Storage
117 E Louisa St / 206-381-1234

Reliable Moving
2608 Second Ave Ste 123 / 206-443-0210

Seattle Movers
PO Box 17789 / 206-284-9445

Sunshine Movers
2237 N 106th St / 206-723-8898


2515 Rainier Ave S / 206-723-4265
2601 15th Ave W / 206-285-0860
6403 MLK Jr Way S / 206-723-1685
6343 35th Avenue SW / 206-937-9320

PUBLIC STORAGE / 800-688-8057
1334 Alaskan Way
1515 13th Ave
1815 12th Ave
700 Fairview Ave N
2964 SW Avalon Way
3600 Stone Way N
3000 15th Ave W
2746 NE 45th St Ste 100

1st Ave Self Storage
2400 1st Ave S / 206-682-1291

While this is an exhausting process, when broken down into more manageable steps, you will get through it (hopefully with your nails and sanity in tact)!

Until next time,

la chasse au bonheur