It List - April 2016


1644 Windermere Drive E, Seattle | Never before has this special home been offered on the open market. Beloved & coveted, this extraordinary residence is sited on almost 3 lots in the heart of Broadmoor. Totally re-built in 2009, with no expense spared: English hand painted wallpaper, hand planed plank floors from a 200 year old barn, antique built-in vanities, limestone fireplaces, waxed sugar pine paneled library, welcoming Dutch doors & much more. Separate carriage house residence. Relaxed, refined & remarkable! Offered at $6,150,000.


Neighborhood Market Spotlight: The communities of Broadmoor, Madison Park, Capitol Hill, Denny Blaine, Madrona, and Washington Park, among others, have been a seller’s market since early 2013. In recent years, this market has established a pattern of loosening in January and late summer, then tightening through the fall and spring, respectively. Months in inventory have been gradually trending downward, averaging 1.2 in 2015, 1.6 in 2014, and 1.9 in 2013.


My recent alignment with Realogics Sotheby's International Realty has connected me with some extraordinary talent. I am proud to introduce the first-class team I have backing my sales and marketing. This month, meet Dean Jones, Owner & CEO of Realogics Sotheby's International Realty.   


"Simply stated, Laura Halliday is the best real estate agent in Seattle -- or anywhere else. We struggled before we hired Laura to help us find a home. Laura helped us find the perfect home. Laura listened, identified possibilities, and presented properties that met our parameters & our search criteria. We could not have been better served."


Appreciation in Downtown Seattle 2015 is Greater Than the Top 100 Global Cities | According to the latest figures released by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service in February 2016, King County posted a new record high for median home prices at $515,600  – increasing by nearly 19% over the prior year. And condo prices in the area increased even more countywide, rising 26% with a median price of $343,975. That means that Washington’s most populous county has officially recovered from its prior 2007 peak pricing when the Great Recession corrected home prices.


When I have time, the way I like to “exercise” is to walk, and if at all possible, listen to a great book or a podcast as I go. This last month I was given a tip from a friend and client of mine for a fabulous podcast which I thought I would share with all of you. If you have podcasts or are on iTunes, simply steer your browser over to a Bloomberg Podcast called “Masters In Business” with Barry Ritholtz. In the January 29th episode, they interview Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel, Inc., a real estate appraisal and accounting firm. They discuss high end home sales in NYC and the Hamptons, critique the Case-Schiller Index and have some other insights that I think you might find fascinating.

On a much lighter, but very addictive note, also check out the podcast called Serial-Season One (it’s from the creators of This American Life). Hosted by Sarah Koenig, this true story unfold one episode at a time and is impossible to stop listening to!