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Raspberry Picking at Suyematsu Farm!

Berry picking.....is there anything more summer-like than to pick berries? All summer long I look forward to the different varieties of berries to ripen so I can take my kids out and harvest the seasonal fruit. June has strawberries, July has raspberries, August has blueberries and September has blackberries. You don't even need to leave the island to get your fill. We sure got our fill at Suyematsu Farm. 

Located at 9227 NE Day Road, Suyematsu Farm is the largest production farm on Bainbridge Island raising 80-100 tons of food each year and distributed throughout our local community. It has 15 acres of sheer beauty where local schools visit throughout the school year to be part of their edible education programs. The kids enjoy a hands on experience, for sure. The food grown at Suyematsu Farm is even served in their lunchrooms. What a gift.

There is nothing sweeter than raspberries off the vine. From the saturated, vibrant color to the tart, sweet, floral taste....it always brings me joy. Suyematsu Farm uses the honor system. You are given a tray with 12 pint containers and direction to pick thoroughly before moving on to the next row (plus expectation to not eat your way through the rows). The idea is to get all the berries, so that there is less waste. The truth is, once you get going, all you can see is raspberries and you can easily pick a bush clean. Just when you think you've gotten all the goods, you lift up a leaf to check underneath and find a boatload more berries. It's like they're producing berries as you pick! The problem with that is if you have an allotted amount of time you just may blow past that if you're not watchful. 

Once you've finally committed to stopping the madness of picking every single berry, you walk up to the little tent, have your berries weighed and pay by the pound. The cost is $4.00 lb for U-pick and keep in mind, these are locally grown, organic berries. I find that to be a pretty great price, especially since it offers a local outing with the kids!

You'll see families having picnics, dogs running around and children playing. Even if you're not in need of berries, a quick visit to this farm will lift your spirits. One more special spot on Bainbridge Island with a rich and inspiring history. Read about the history of Suyematsu Farm here and just know you will be in awe at how much is happening in our little town.  Happy Picking!!

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June 2017 Statistics Update

Are you a numbers person? I am when they show a 6.4% increase in average sales prices of residential homes. Check out the numbers below. Bainbridge Island is feeling the love with these rising prices. 

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Grand Old Fourth was a HIT!

This was Bainbridge Island's 50th Annual Grand Old Fourth of July Celebration and boy was it a success! We always celebrate big and this year was no exception.

Our sweet little town is always filled with festive energy and excitement for this event - rain or shine. We were all so happy to welcome the sun and warm weather as we watched the mile long Hometown Parade. This year showcased more than 100 units -  floats, marching bands, bagpipes, horses, dogs, sports teams, military units, local non-profs and businesses. It was a sight and a joyous event. 

I especially loved Calico Cat's display with the balloon animals! Jake's Pickup had a pretty cool float, as well. Really, everyone did such a great job with creativity and just showing up! My assistant, Heather Smith joined me at our office to watch the parade and passersby and then I went home to make an American Flag cake to take to a BBQ where I ended the night with fireworks over the water. What a great day!

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Pre fireworks sky. The mountain is out and the moon is already making an appearance. Ahhhh.....the beauty here is never lost on me.

The night went out with a bang!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Party on Bainbridge Island!!!

Get ready....the party starts tomorrow morning and goes on nonstop until Tuesday. 

Tomorrow morning at 8:00 am sharp, the "doors" will open to the 57th Annual Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale. This is a HUGE yard sale that is mind blowing in not only size and variety but organization. Come for the people watching if nothing else! The sale ends at 2:00 pm and miraculously, all the cars and leftovers seem to disappear. This is an incredible endeavor put on my rotarians and volunteers across the island and truly is something to behold. You will no doubt leave with something - a kayak or a trinket, perhaps?

Next on the docket is Sunday's turn with Arts in the Park and Boater's Fair at Waterfront Park. Here you'll see local artists' fare on display to tempt your eyes.  

Are you ready for what's next? Stars and Strikes Old timers Alumni Baseball Game @ Bainbridge High School from 9-11 am then go home, get a nap and come back to town for the Street Dance!! That party starts at 6pm and will be going STRONG until 11:00. Look forward to great music, food and wonderful energy to kick off the weekend.

Last but not least is the 4th of July celebration in our own sweet downtown Bainbridge Island. We always celebrate with a parade, street fair, music, car show, food, music....the list goes on! The whole party ends with fireworks over Eagle Harbor at 10pm. Do come down and get a taste of what Bainbridge Island is all about.  This is something us islanders look forward to every year and is the official start to our summer! Happy 4th!

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Harbor Square Condominium

This rare and spacious one bedroom condo in the Kayak building proves that good things come in small packages! Nestled on the corner of Winslow Way and Ferncliff is where you will find this darling condominium flooded with natural light and a breezy, open floor plan. You will be amazed at the pristine condition of this lovely condo barely even lived in by the original owners. A quaint, yet roomy one bedroom condo includes a den perfect for overnight guests, a studio, office or media room.  Wood floors spread throughout the entry, kitchen and living area which opens to a sweet patio perfect for your morning coffee. The kitchen features granite counter tops, stainless appliances plus a new refrigerator.  The master suite includes a spacious bath with tub/shower combo plus an additional full shower! Convenient location directly across from the ferry terminal makes for an effortless commute to Seattle. Assigned parking space in the parking garage is an added bonus plus a storage unit. 

So much natural light thanks to all of those windows!

This darling deck overlooks Ferncliff Avenue. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee while watching the sunrise. 

Efficient yet luxurious kitchen features granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and even a new refrigerator.

The Master Suite features a spacious bathroom with two showers! One side has a tub and the other is a walk-in shower. 

A den plus powder room complete the condominium. The den can be used as an office, studio, media room or even to host overnight guests!

Park-like grounds compliment the building. 

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SPRING INTO ACTION AT THE 29TH ANNUAL BAINBRIDGE IN BLOOM GARDEN TOUR

Prepare to be romanced by the alluring colors and elegance these gardens provide. The beauty truly is overwhelming and the fragrances are those you'll wish you could bottle up and keep forever.  There simply is nothing else like it.  

Prepare to be romanced by the alluring colors and elegance these gardens provide. The beauty truly is overwhelming and the fragrances are those you'll wish you could bottle up and keep forever.  There simply is nothing else like it.  

JUNE 3-4, 2017

Reserve Your Tickets Now at Realogics Sotheby's International Realty

 

‘Tis the season to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty — in the garden, of course. This spring, get inspired at the 29th annual Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour, which provides the perfect opportunity to peruse some of the best garden designs the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

On Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, home and garden enthusiasts will experience five private outdoor spaces on a self-guided tour. The popular event, which draws visitors from around the country, showcases stunning home gardens in a leisurely setting. Garden owners and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions and to discuss the colorful flora and impressive designs. Live music — specifically matched to each space — will add to every garden’s allure, and participants will enjoy everything from classical and choral music to bluegrass and reggae.

Each garden has its own flair, highlighting innovation, style, and creativity. Featuring orchards, waterfront properties with rolling lawns, wooded plots, water features, native plants, and local vegetables, the tour is a spectacle of our region’s enhanced natural beauty.

Tickets for the tour are now available online at brownpapertickets.com, or in person at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) on Winslow Way, Bainbridge Gardens, and Bay Hay & Feed. Single-day passes are $30, and two-day passes are $50. Admission includes access to the gardens, interpretive materials, discount coupons to local businesses, and more.

Presented by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, and sponsored by RSIR, you do not want to miss our region’s premier garden event. Visit the tour’s Facebook page for updates and announcements, or email bloom@ahbainbridge.org for more information.

Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour

June 3-4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bloom Hub at the Filipino-American Community Hall, 7566 N.E. High School Rd.

ahbainbridge.org/bainbridgeinbloom

 

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Mother's Day

Mother's Day 2017

Have you ever wondered about the history behind Mother's Day? When did it begin? Who started it? How did it become a recognized holiday? I have often wondered these things and especially being a mother myself, I'm ever so grateful that we moms are celebrated and honored. 

While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May. Moms in the U.S. typically receive gifts ranging from cards to flowers to spa days from their children. But, mostly, moms just want recognition - a day of appreciation and gratitude from those who receive their undying love and devotion. Thanks to Anna Jarvis, in 1908 the American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created and ultimately became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Thank you, Anna!

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”

Time for fun facts! Did you know there are approximately 84 million moms in the United States? Or that Mother’s Day is the third most celebrated holiday (behind Christmas and Easter)? Today, Mother's Day is celebrated in more than 50 countries and not all on the second Sunday in May. For example, India has a 10-day Mother's Day celebration in October. Brilliant! Want to know the weirdest Mother's Day observance? In the former Yugoslavia, children would tie up their mother on Mother's Day. In order to be freed, she had to pay them with treats. That sounds like a celebration for kids, not moms.... According to a survey by AT&T, there are more phone calls made on Mother's Day than any other day of the year. Carnations are a popular symbol on this holiday - the tradition is to honor mothers who are living with red or pink carnations, and those who are deceased with white ones. Facts and history aside, moms just want to know that their children love and appreciate them and that they have done their job as moms. So, just call your mom. It means the world to her. 

Brunch!

I love brunch. I love everything about it. Late breakfast, early lunch, dessert FOR breakfast and an excuse to drink mimosas mid morning all appeal to me very much. Here on Bainbridge Island we have a few spots to take your mom (or for your family to take YOU) for brunch if you so desire. Cafe Nola on the corner of Winslow Way and Madison Ave. serve brunch from 9:30-3:00 and their menu is unbelievable! Eggs in Clouds, Duck Biscuit, Grilled Cantaloupe and Caramel Pecan French Toast are just a small sampling of what they serve there. Afterward, you can do a little shopping in the sweet shops lining Winslow Way.   

Streamliner Diner is another island favorite and conveniently located close to the ferry. They fill up early, so don't dilly dally when heading out the door but not to worry - you'll understand why once you bite into one of their incredibly decadent omelettes or Fried Egg Sandwiches. Try the Biscuits & Gravy for a real treat and don't forget to wash it down with a mimosa - remember, it IS a holiday, after all. 

Manor House at Pleasant Beach is one of the most special places here on Bainbridge. They have a superb menu and the service is impeccable. You will feel truly celebrated surrounded by exposed wood beams and brick throughout. Do try the oysters if you're a fan. They serve some of the best ones I've had to date. 

Happy Mother's Day to you and yours and thank you for working so hard for our children!

Thanks, Anna!!!

Thanks, Anna!!!

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You Need an Expert Negotiator Now More Than Ever

In the ‘old days’, real estate negotiations were often a fairly simple process. The parties agreed to a price, identified items included in the sale, and determined when the property would change hands. These days, however, real estate negotiations can be extremely complicated. Not only are the parties negotiating on price, but they are working their way through several pages of contract items – all of which need thoughtful and careful consideration.

In today’s market, buyers and sellers need an extremely skilled negotiator on their side. While many people still believe that an agent’s primary duty is simply to show buyers houses or put a seller’s property on the market, that’s just the beginning of their job.

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Your agent needs to know how to read the subtle cues and telltale signs of what is required to close a deal. They need to know how to articulate your position to the other side in a way that fosters mutual acceptance. They need to be experienced in dealing with conflict, and how to calm emotions when they get in the way and threaten to derail a transaction.

The number one skill of being a good negotiator—a skill in which real estate agents should excel—is resolution. Your agent must be able to listen carefully to each side, find ways to resolve any objections that come up, and negotiate “win/win” solutions where both parties ultimately walk away satisfied that the transaction was done in fairness.

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If you’re a buyer, you absolutely need experience on your side when negotiating with nervous sellers, or with a bank or an asset manager who could live thousands of miles away.

If you are selling a home, hire an agent who is well-versed in your local market and can anticipate how buyers are structuring their offers.

Your agent needs a strong track record of experience in negotiating difficult transactions. The person you want on your side is someone who knows exactly how to negotiate effectively on your behalf and who knows how to successfully guide you in reaching your real estate goals.

Going it alone – or hiring an agent without the professional skills you need – is never in your best interest.

Want to know how I’ve handled some recent tough negotiations? Give me a call at (206) 391-1718 or email me at kristi@livingonbainbridgeisland.com and I’ll share with you the elements of a true “win/win” transaction, based on my own experience.

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A Pristine Custom Home in Tala Point

1331 E. Ludlow Ridge Road

Port Ludlow, WA
 

1331 E. Ludlow Ridge Road

Port Ludlow, WA

$969,000

In a private community with gated entry, this architect's own home was lovingly and meticulously constructed on 3.76 acres and 190 feet of high bank waterfront. Nature is alive and active at Tala Point and all around this memorable property where eagles fly high above and nest in the nearby Douglas Firs. A stunning vista of the Ludlow Bay Marina and Olympic Mountains are on one side, while the other side showcases views of Admiralty Inlet and Mt. Constitution in the distance on Orcas Island. The main house features two bedrooms; the splendid master is on the main floor complete with a full walk-in closet equipped with built-ins and the second bedroom is upstairs, complimented with French doors opening to a great room plus full bathroom. The kitchen is fully stocked with custom touches including a pull out pantry, Wolf Range, SubZero refrigerator and even an apron front kitchen sink. The one bedroom/one bathroom guest house has a wet bar, seating area and a sweet loft creating a cozy and private escape. Efficient, yet luxurious living and only 90 minutes to Seattle, this house is much more than beautiful, it truly feels like home.

 Finished 2,600 square feet ~ Unfinished Basement 720 square Feet ~ Guest House 360 square feet,

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2016/2017 Market Report

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2016/2017 Market Report

 

Bainbridge Island Community Report

Single-family residences and condos on the island have been a seller’s market since January 2015 and monthly supply remained below two months from September 2015 through May 2016.

As in many other exurban locations, prices tend to be more volatile on Bainbridge Island. While the island benefits as a bedroom community to Seattle, growth slowed within the past year. In 2016, the median price rose by 5.2% year-over-year; slackening from the double-digit growth in the preceding two years but still 131.1% higher than the Kitsap County median.

Read the full Market Report here.

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