Comment

Bainbridge Island Waterfront Market

ferry.jpg

Accessible by a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle, Bainbridge Island is a mature commuter market. Our beautiful island offers an abundance of saltwater frontage with views of the city and the Cascade Mountains along most of its eastern shore while the western side showcases breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains. In addition, boaters with homes here enjoy a suburban springboard to marine destinations around Puget Sound and north to the San Juan Islands.

san juan islands.jpg

From July 2016 through June 2017, the average selling price among the 87 waterfront sales on Bainbridge Island was $1.41 million, and just over $500 per square foot. On a neighborhood basis, the highest average prices were paid at Pleasant Beach and the historic town of Winslow, and the top price paid for a home was $3.8 million. Waterfront homes during this period were selling in less than 90 days, at 87 CDOM.

graph waterfront.png

Comment

Comment

NEW Artistic Director of Bainbridge Dance Center

After ten years of dancing professionally in New York City, island native Christiana Axelsen will become the new Artistic Director of Bainbridge Dance Center.

Dancer.JPG

Christiana grew up dancing at Bainbridge Dance Center from the age of three through eighteen.  After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, she spent several years in the northwest and taught at BDC alongside Susan Thompson and current Artistic Director BryAnn Bingham. 

An islander through and through, Christiana attended Wilkes Elementary, Woodward Middle School and Bainbridge High School.

Dancer 2.jpg

Bainbridge Dance Center was founded in 1981, and is dedicated to providing quality dance education with a commitment to excellence, integrity and community.  With a roster of committed and generous faculty, BDC offers technique classes and cumulative training in modern, classical ballet, tap, and jazz, for youth, teens and adults. 

Dancer 3.jpg

 

Christiana is very excited about the potential to develop new artistic and creative legacies at BDC, such as bringing in New York artists for residencies and masterclasses, and continuing the studio's mission of high quality dance instruction on Bainbridge Island. 

Browse Christiana's website and sign your child up for dance classes using the link below. We're so happy to have your back, Christiana!

Websites:  www.bainbridgedancecenter.com            www.christianaaxelsen.com    

Comment

Comment

Humble Brag

Every year the residents of Bainbridge Island get an opportunity to vote for their local favorites. From sushi restaurants to electricians to real estate companies...everyone gets a shot at being voted number one. Well, 2017 is our year and I couldn't be more proud. Realogics Sotheby's International Realty was voted #1 Real Estate Office on Bainbridge Island!

This is such huge honor and a really big deal for us as individual real estate brokers because it solidifies what we already know - we work for a phenomenal company. Thank you, Bainbridge Island for voting for us, and thank you, Realogics Sotheby's for providing us with a badge we are so proud to wear. I'm so grateful to represent this company.

IMG_2687.JPG

Comment

Comment

Island Living Home Tour

A most spectacular event is coming. On Sunday, August 27th Realogics Sotheby's International Realty will be hosting their SUMMER OPEN HOUSE TOURS which will include phenomenal real estate from Mercer Island, Bainbridge Island and San Juan Islands.

Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty would like to invite you to join us on a series of tours of some of the most luxurious and notable properties in our city and beyond. Each of our monthly open house tours is a carefully curated collection of homes around a theme to showcase the distinct lifestyle properties in the Pacific Northwest.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27TH FROM 1 TO 4 PM |  ISLAND LIVING TOUR

Ready to heed the call of the islands? Discover iconic Pacific Northwest Island living, from the shores of Bainbridge Island to the legacy homes in the San Juans and beyond. We will be adding our ISLAND LIVING TOUR collection throughout the month of August.

sailboat.jpeg

 

 

Comment

Comment

Vineyard Lane 2-Story Penthouse Condominium

ON THE MARKET

998 NE Vineyard Lane #J-302
Bainbridge Island, WA

NWMLS #1169925
Offered at $1,050,000

One of the most stunning 2-story penthouse condos on the Island. Dramatic light filled, 2 story living room windows look out onto the lush landscaping. This 3 bedroom home features 2400 sq ft of luxurious details including over $140,000 in custom built-ins & storage, custom designed artisan leaded glass, wood beams, bamboo floors, propane fireplace, & solid surface countertops. Designed to accommodate a future interior elevator. Walking distance to ferry & Winslow & upcoming Sound to Olympic Trail.

Vaulted ceilings and 2-story windows provide abundant natural light. Exposed fir beams add dramatic lines to the already incredible architecture. 

This deck off the living room is perfect for your morning coffee. You'll feel like you're on vacation every day with the rich, lush landscaping!

This deck off the living room is perfect for your morning coffee. You'll feel like you're on vacation every day with the rich, lush landscaping!

Master Bedroom on second floor is huge! Vaulted ceilings, window bench complimented with Artisan leaded glass, ceiling fan and walk in closet all add to the space.

Master Bedroom on second floor is huge! Vaulted ceilings, window bench complimented with Artisan leaded glass, ceiling fan and walk in closet all add to the space.

Just look at all of that room in this walk in closet!

Just look at all of that room in this walk in closet!

Master Bathroom with soaking tub and double sinks. Luxurious details make you feel like you're in a spa.

Master Bathroom with soaking tub and double sinks. Luxurious details make you feel like you're in a spa.

Master Bath soaking tub overlooks the lush landscaping.

Master Bath soaking tub overlooks the lush landscaping.

Overlooking the downstairs, this upstairs loft area is packed with endless custom shelving and cabinets. 

Overlooking the downstairs, this upstairs loft area is packed with endless custom shelving and cabinets. 

More light from the windows....

More light from the windows....

This versatile alcove is currently in use as an exercise area. Put a desk here for your office or turn it into a reading nook.

This versatile alcove is currently in use as an exercise area. Put a desk here for your office or turn it into a reading nook.

Oversized laundry room will surprise you! You can do all of your laundry needs in here including ironing. No more lugging out the ironing board...just leave it up!

Oversized laundry room will surprise you! You can do all of your laundry needs in here including ironing. No more lugging out the ironing board...just leave it up!

An elevator brings your to your doorstep! (There are stairs, too, if you prefer.)

An elevator brings your to your doorstep! (There are stairs, too, if you prefer.)

Comment

Comment

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!!

Comment

Comment

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. 

Comment

Comment

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!

IMG_1643..jpg

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

Comment

Comment

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!

Comment

Comment

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. 

Comment