2014 NW Green Home Tour Kicks Off

2014 NW Green Home Tour Kicks Off

As this year winds up, a group of very dedicated people are working hard on the April 26th NW Green Home Tour for next year. Using the previous 3 years as a starting template we are bound to have a very successful year. There are more 3rd party certified new homes built this year than ever before.  The sheer number of homes being built smart, combined with a growing awareness in the general public and with industry professionals is proving that “green” adds lasting a value.

Sign up now for the Seattle area Green Home Tour

Get in now to be a part of the tour. Call for sponsors, site hosts and volunteers

Appraisers are learning to add a monetary value to the high performance features. Real Estate agents are being trained in numbers before previously unseen in the systems and special features of green homes. Banks have discovered that green home buyers are less likely to forfeit on their loans. Indeed, there is talk of EEMs and other loan products for green homes coming back in a big way.  Some lenders realize the energy savings can skew the lending ratios in favor of the buyer.  The value of smart building is being quantified and tabulated monetarily.

Sustainability both financially and environmentally is not just a passing fad, it is actually the future of building. The Seattle area is in the forefront of a national movement. You can own a home built to future codes now. In fact, both the previous 2 and 3 star self certified homes under our Built Green program won’t be an option soon. The energy code is already risen above some of the lower benchmarks. Recently Built Green of King and Snohomish counties have added the highest level yet. The “Emerald” level for homes that are Net Zero or better in their energy performance. You may have driven past such a home in your neighborhood not knowing that not only are the solar panels on the roof generating enough power for the residents of the home, but for some of the neighborhood as well.

 

Look into the NW Green Home Tour. You will likely see many of the types of homes we have had on the tour in the past years. Some of the tour homes categorized as Passive House, Built Green, LEED,  approaching Living Building Challenge, Detached Accessory Dwelling Units, Rain Gardens, Solar Systems, or Permaculture sites.

We are currently recruiting site hosts, sponsors, and volunteers. If you would like to be included please contact us and we can put you in touch with the right person to get your questions answered.

Remember: “A code-built house is really the worst house you can build”.  Why not raise the bar, increase your comfort, save money in the shorter term and make more money in the long run. Be an eco-capitalist, while bettering your health and increasing your comfort. In other words pay attention to the triple bottom line.

 

Green Built Homes in Seattle

 

Green Built Homes in Seattle

 Are you new to Seattle? Are you thinking about relocating here? Are you considering a remodel or perhaps building a green home from the ground up? Below are some ideas on how to start your research. When investigating you will find each organization takes you somewhere on another tangent. With Seattle homes and commercial properties, there’s an integrated web of people and organizations, with each one supporting the others. People aren’t involved in this movement because some might consider it trendy. The people at the core of these organizations are in it for the long term and are deeply committed while constantly sharing and supporting each other to advance the knowledge and options for the greater community. We are convinced it is the wave of the future, and it’s here now, and getting easier to find every year.

Seattle Built Green

There is a large choice of Green Building in Seattle

 

So where to start? . . . . . Dip your toe in the water

 The Green Pages

Pick up a copy. It’s a local publication highlighting people active in Green Building.    This year it’s published by Natural Awakenings Magazine and available throughout the Greater Seattle area.

 Then it’s time to strike out into the Green Building community.

 Green Drinks

Start by attending a Green Drinks event. The Seattle Chapter is well established. The get-togethers are often held in local LEED rated buildings. The topics and locations vary every month and is a great way learn about general green building concepts. See if you can take a tour of the various host’s site. Many of the commercial concepts can be put into service in a residential application.  The quality of food and beverage and company of Green Drinkers is never to be under estimated.

The Eastside Green Drinks is starting up their own chapter. If you live closer to their location, stop by and give them some support.

 Green Home Tour

This self-guided tour will probably have more homes than you can possibly visit in a weekend.  You can meet the contractors and architects in the actual homes and see sustainable systems in place.  There are non-residential sites with additional classes and product displays where you can get more in depth information on particular products and concepts. Some of the education might even be a hands on experience. These often occur in the Spring, so keep an eye out for next tour, the date will probably be announced at the beginning of the year. The most common comment is people think they know what a green house looks like, and they learn what a huge variety there is. Be sure and wear slip-on shoes.

 Mother Earth News Fair

Held about an hours drive south of Seattle, any one of a certain age has certainly heard of this former “hippy” magazine now considered an “early adopter” in ways of living simply and off the grid. Much of the information has been tested for years, if not centuries. Combined with newer products and newer technology, much of what they encourage is long forgotten common sense of our ancestors.

 10x10x10 Building Slam

Is an annual September event where 10 people talk for 10 minutes and present 10 slides about their green projects. Not always on the subject of homes, but something to take away for everyone.  It can include innovations, lessons learned (often the hard way), and interesting anecdotes.

So you decided the water’s fine, you want to go in up to your waist. Still not fully committed but more than curious:

 

NW EcoBuilding Guild

This is the parent organization and participator of many of the local building events in the region. Membership is encouraged but not required. You can tour their website and just drop in on a monthly meeting that interests you. You will be asked to donate a modest amount at the door. There are many layers to this dedicated group.

 

Master Builders Association Built Green Program

The local industry standard for green certifications of homes is the Built Green Program.  3 stars is self-certifying by the builders and remodelers, 4 and 5 star requires 3rd party sign offs, also known as 3rd Party certification. This is part of the Master Builder’s Association of King and Snohomish Counties.  Many people believe there is an advantage to 3rd Party certification when you go to resell your home.

 

NW Energy Star

Our NW certification is more stringent than the national program. Due to our higher code for energy savings than other parts of the country, this is a rating based solely on energy use.  It also requires a 3rd Party certification.

 

West Seattle Tool Library and PNA Well Home Program

These organizations have home and garden tools to use for a modest fee to homeowners. They offer a wide choice of how-to-classes.  Gardening, tilesetting, drywall repair and rain water cisterns, etc.  If you don’t know where to find something, they most likely will have the answer.  Go here for more information: Well Home Program, West Seattle Tool Library.

 

OK, now you’ve drunk the Kool-Aid and are a little bit proud of yourself. You realize you have the foresight to increase the resale value of your home in addition to living a more comfortable and healthier life while you are in your house. You are fully immersed in the concepts of why these buildings make sense. You want to know how far other people are pushing traditional boundaries.

 

Passivhaus Model

Originally during the 1970′s energy crisis this concept was starting to take off in the US . Interest was lost when heating prices came down.  In Europe in the meantime, the movement took off and was perfected in places like Germany and Switzerland where there were much higher demands than ours at the time.  This matrix is back in North America and is a very intricate and carefully planned system of modeling where the heating and cooling load cannot exceed the energy required to operate a blow dryer. Passive Houses are being built again to much higher standards. To be certified one must go through the institute.

 

Net Zero Homes

There is one in Ballard and some town homes in Issaquah that meet this challenge. These homes might use the same amount of electricity, but often less than they generate in a year. Usually accomplished by the use of solar panels, they also incorporate passive concepts for movement of air, day lighting and heat sinks.

 

So that should be a decent start!

 

Of course there are several other programs when one digs deeper. Curious if there is one you think I should also include on the list?

 

If you would like to see any Green Homes on the Market in the Greater Seattle Area, I’m here to help. Building lots are hard to come by, especially in the city limits. Several contractors specialize in deconstructing a “tear down” and reuse or recycle what they can. If you choose to go the reconstruction route, your building permit can be fast tracked and you can save money on your carrying costs.

 

More questions about green building? Feel free to contact me:

 

Kim Mulligan

 

Realtor Green, Built Green Professional, NW Energy Star Certified, Eco-Broker

 

Cooper Jacobs Real Estate,   206.579.9066, kim@cooperjacobs.com

 

Twitter:@verdantkim.com

 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SustainableSeattleRealEstate?ref=hl

 

 

 

 

 

Queen Anne Townhouse

Queen Anne Townhouse

Come join me this Sunday June 3rd for an open house in a special home for sale.  The lucky new home owner will possess the classic Seattle view of the downtown skyline and Space needle from your very own roof deck. Many people seek out Queen Anne Hill for its proximately to downtown Seattle and to all the activities nearby. You can walk to Lake Union, the Seattle Center, Key Arena and of course up to the top of Queen Anne Hill.

Beautiful spaces

 

This Queen Anne townhouse is what people think of when they think of gracious Urban Living.  Walk to shopping, bistros, restaurants and so much more. The nearby Seattle Center is just that. The center of high and low culture in the city of Seattle. There are performances, festivals, classes, conventions and all around general entertainment on any given day, not to mention the huge festivals of Bumbershoot and Folklife. The Pacific Science Center is a draw for kids of all ages.

Near Seattle Center and the Queen Anne Loop

It’s hard to think of a more quintessential Seattle lifestyle than living on Queen Anne Hill.

For more information on this great in city home: MLS#361820

Suncadia Resort Built Green Home Price Reduction

Suncadia Resort Built Green Home Price Reduction

On a scale of 1-5 this is a 5.  According to the Master Builder’s Built Green Program this house meets or exceeds the highest bar their program offers.  That makes it a 5 Star Built Green home.  Then there’s the fact that it is in a luxurious resort community which is only a  90 minute drive from downtown Seattle, surrounded by mountains, lakes and natural beauty. It’s about 20 miles from the gateway to the well known Cascade region of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Suncadia Home

Suncadia Golf Course Home for Sale

This home has won awards for it’s creators and has been the subject of many articles and tours. It helps to “push the envelope” in what can be a very cold and unforgiving winter at times. It has been super insulated and sited to take advantage of the beautiful sunny days of winter the east side of Snoqualmie Pass can enjoy.

More about this lovely home

Golf course outside your windows

There’s the Palmer Course Design Company’s Prospector Golf Coursejust outside your window (lucky hole 13 to be exact) as well as an abundance of wildlife.  Suncadia Resort is also home to fine dining restaurants and even a winery as well as other family activities.

Beautiful Finishes

Gourmet Kitchen

When you leave the Suncadia Resort you can visit the historic mining towns of Cle Elum, Roslyn, and Ronald WA.  This area supplied coal to the steam driven locamotives that carried supplies to and from Seattle to points east.  When you see the houses, some built at the turn of the century and the “batches” or the shacks single mining men lived in on the alleys,  you can see just how lucky you are to enjoy a home like this. These charming smaller towns have a variety of festivals and family activities through the year which celebrates the history of the region and have some wonderful small town parades. Suncadia Resort also has a calendar of family events throughout the year especially in the summer when there are live music concerts. Whether you want quiet alone time, or you enjoy hunting, fishing, boating, skiing, boarding, hiking, gold panning or bird watching, there’s never a lack of possible pastimes. You can enjoy all these activities and then return to a gracious, comfortable and efficient home. Here’s the link to the listing : Suncadia Green Home If you want to know more about this golf resort or the surrounding area, please let me know. My name is Mulligan after all!

Greenlake, Phinney Ridge Home for Sale Open House in Seattle

Craftsman Charmer

"Treehouse in Phinney"

 

Greenlake, Phinney Ridge Home for Sale Open

6027 Woodland Place North, Seattle WA 98103

This weekend on Sunday May 20th I’ll be holding an open at this great little unusual house.  As a Cooper Jacobs broker and Phinney Ridge Specialist I’m showcasing this beautiful home in a very special neighborhood of Seattle. I will be holding an open from 1-4 on Sunday May 20th.  It’s a gem uniquely situated between much larger homes that still retains a private feel so close to the best activities in North Seattle.  It’s just a couple of short blocks from the Woodland Park Zoo, minutes to the Greenlake Loop, and Zeeks Pizza on Phinney Ave North. It has the convenience of updated systems and a low maintenance yard one might expect in a Seattle townhouse, but it’s a free standing house on it’s own lot perched above the street, seemingly in the trees above the sidewalk. Once inside this charmer, one can see that it does indeed have great light in the interiors and even a view of Green Lake and beyond from the master bedroom and balcony.

 

Townhome alternative

Low maintenance yard with charming vignettes and waterfeature around the corner..

There are a lot of townhouses on the market and some buyers seek them out for their modern comfort and ease of maintenance. This small footprint home is on 3 levels  and on a smaller lot, but has the charm of the the original quaint  Greenlake cabin with extensively updated systems and finishes. It has two bedrooms up with a beautiful full bath, and one bedroom/office down with another 3/4 bath in the basement (buyer to verify). There is no lawn to mow and it’s in a private and quiet location.

Tiled Master Bath

Beautiful upstairs bathroom

The main level has the original fireplace for warmth, and gleaming wood floors and granite countertops with stainless steel kitchen appliances.

Turnkey townhome alternative

Open floorplan with old world charm

Have you been looking for a craftsman home but don’t want to deal with the updating to modern heating, electrical and plumbing systems? This cutie is move-in-ready for the next owner and is up-to-date. Careful thought and detail has been put into every turn on this extensive remodel/rebuild.

In addition to being located in a much more expensive neighborhood, it boasts a Walk Score of 69 out of 100. It’s close to downtown bus lines, activities and entertainment and minutes away from some great local neighborhood haunts. It also happens to be located within walking distance of a ZipCar locationy

A turnkey house betwixt-and-between Greenlake and Phinney, with landscaping completed, newly remodeled with modern elements and modern systems already in place is a rare find indeed. It’s ready for a quick sale. The new owners can enjoy a pleasant spring grilling on the deck below the large mature trees and the beautiful Green Lake Sunrises looking past the Cascade Mountain Range from your own private “treehouse” bedroom.

Call me to see this home anytime. I love the Phinney Ridge neighborhood and am more than happy to show you why!

Kim Mulligan Broker @ Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Services 206-579-9066.

Circle Your Wagons for Greenwood Garage Sale Day

Circle Your Wagons for Greenwood Garage Sale Day

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This Weekend Plan Ahead!

It’s the annual Greenwood (Phinney, Greenlake) Garage Sale day.  You can literally walk to 10′s or 100′s of  sales over the course of hours. Furniture, housewares, collectibles, outdoor gear, you name it and odds are it’s somewhere on the Ridge.  Many people bring a little red wagon so they can tow their treasures behind them. It’s a good idea to bring some change in small bills and maybe some packing material.

We all know it’s always best to reduse then REUSE before recycling. Stop off at the PNA to pick up your map and see what is happening there at the center and read the map and plan your route. You can’t do it all, so it’s best to decide where you want to go first.

It’s a great way to explore this special neighborhood and to meet the neighbors. The spirit is jovial and odds are if you live in Seattle, you will run into someone your know. So lets hope the weather will hold, and make it a great way to spend a Saturday. Remember, “One Man’s Trash . . . . . “

Are you hosting a sale?  See this blog post about what you can expect to see for the annual shoppers.

 

Beautiful Richmond Beach Home Open Sunday 1-4

Homes for sale

Beautiful Spaces


Beautiful Richmond Beach Home Open Sunday 1-4

Have you been looking for the kind of home where when you parked the car in your detached double car+ garage and closed the door, then walked through the beautiful low maintenance back yard and enclosed patio to your front door and closed the door it was like the rest of the world was outside and they could just bother you later?  This could be the close-in, get away-from-it-all kind of home. Located in the wonderful neighborhood of Richmond Beach and just steps from the Puget Sound you are close enough to all the amenities of civilization, and yet have a get-away kind of comfort you yearn for in some truly beautiful spaces. The light bouncing off the water, watching the ferries on their way to the Edmonds ferry dock, these photographs give you a sense of style and comfort, but not the wonderful light filled rooms and ever-changing views from your living room and master suite. It’s easy to daydream while watching  the boat traffic on a sunny day or the drama of an approaching thunderstorm, you won’t ever get bored in your comfort of what’s outside the windows.

Richmond Beach House for Sale

Light filled spaces in any weather.

Tired of the smaller spaces of  Craftsmen-style houses, the darkness from the smaller windows and low ceilings? This special listing has soaring spaces in the living room and master bedroom, tall ceilings in the Flex space/home theatre/family room. A spacious open floor plan.  It could be just the cure for your claustophobia. It has been well loved and meticulaously maintained and upgraded. It boasts raindiant heat concrete floors, and large windows to take advantage of natural light and views, and generous rooms.

Upstairs is the master suite with a juliet balcony overlooking the living room fireplace with a large master bath, walk in closet and separate office or yoga room.

Downstairs below the ground floor level of the kitchen, laundry, powder, living and dining rooms is the sound absorbing media/family room with another two bedrooms and another full bath.

Clean immaculate home

Kitchen has just be remodeled to impeccable standards

If that’s not enough for you there is another separated space above the garage with a separate entrance  for a potential Mother-in-law unit, office or other private space.

The term “turn-key’ is bantied around often in the world of Real Estate. This home is truly “done” with thought and taste in every detail.

Beautiful Richmond beach house for sale

The exterior is as beautiful as the interior

People that live in the Richmond Beach neighborhood love it the neighborhood. It has a great mix of different style homes from different eras and doesn’t have the hustle and bustle of the city. Richmond Beach park is within walking distance for most and there are a few restaurants tucked in just minutes away. A rock and sand beach are about a block away. Additional space for a dog run or for your boat etc. also has alley access.

This sophisticated and comfortable residence could be your reason not to live in the City of Seattle. It’s close to Woodway and Edmonds and a secret pocket neighborhood to some. It’s certainly worth checking out at the open houses this weekend, especially if the sailboats are tempted with nice weather.

  Here is a property Flyer if you would like to have a print out and more information.

Seattle Green Home Tour YouTube

Seattle Green Home Tour YouTube

It takes a village to throw a region-wide Green Home Tour. Seattle WA is a great place to be. The village of the NW EcoBuilding Guild is full of people with diverse talent to pull one off. The organization started in Seattle and is now spreading to other regions in the Northwest. If you live in the central or south Puget Sound area, odds are there’s a home near you on the tour. This is only the second year and the buzz and the word is out about this great informative and free event!

Generous home owners are opening their doors to the general public to show what’s new in the way of sustainable building. There might be a house on your own block that is much more interesting than the exterior belies. This is your chance to find out. With more than 25 sites in the Central Sound, this year including Kitsap County, it’s much more than you can fit into one day. So you can see as much as possible it is both Saturday and Sunday April 21st and 22nd with workshops at Green Depot and Green Home Solutions.

So put on your slip on shoes  and find a home near you. There are give aways of Free Chinook Books and larger prizes if you play the game in the Natural Awakenings magazine.

If you find yourself inspired by what you see on Earth Day Weekend, then save time the following Saturday April 28th for a free seminar at the PNA in room #6 from 10-am to 1pm. Sign up here.

Phinney Ridge Statistics (It’s tight!)

Sales on the upswing

Last 14 months of sales

Phinney Ridge Statistics (It’s tight!)

If you have been following my other blog PhinneyRidgeView.com you will know for the last year I have been showing what a rare market we have on the ridge.  Even though the charts looked like other neighborhoods instead of  10s or 100s of houses waiting to be absorbed by the market ours varied by just a few. Basically, if you house was priced right the numbers bore out in a month or so it would be sold. Now the market is even tighter, it’s getting to be less of a buyers neighborhood and more toward a balanced and sometimes even a seller’s market.

This graph shows the last 15 months of sales.  It’s clear the demand of homes easily exceeds the available inventory. In non real-estate-speak this means that if you have a home on the market, it will get a lot of exposure in this current climate. I held 2 open houses this weekend at a cute little 1932 home on Phinney Ridge, and easily had more than 75 people look at it. These included cash buyers and and buyers who already had their pre-approval letters of credit. If you have been waiting for the right time to list your home, this might be it!

Please send me an email or give me a ring. I will be honored to prepare a comprehensive market analysis on the most up to date information and help you get your home on the market for the next people to fall in love with and live our wonderful Phinneywood neighborhood.

Stumbletown, East Ballard, West or Lower Phinney Starter Home

Stumbletown, East Ballard, West or Lower Phinney Starter Home

UPDATE: This home went pending in less than one week with multiple offers

This weekend a rare opportunity awaits. It’s just off the the little area also known as “Ballard Gulch” even though there is no drought in this area of local watering holes and great restaurants. This little pocket of single family homes divided by a small commercial district of young, hip and stable businesses goes by many monikers. Those of us familiar with this area know it’s a great neighborhood to call home.

It’s walking distance to Greenlake and Woodland Park Zoo. There are some good public schools all within a child’s walking distance as well. Great local pubs, restaurants, cafes, and some great retail stores as well are just a few short blocks away. Blue Glass Bistro, Molly Mcguire’s, Cafe Bambino, The Tin Hat,  The Ridgeback,  All Aboard, and so much more is a brisk walk. It’s a great place to sled from home down 65th NW on those snowy winter evenings when they close the main arterial.  If you like a longer walk, you can even walk to Ballard Market and other further flung businesses in East Ballard on a pleasant evening to get fresh pastries for your morning breakfast.

Great Ballard Starter Home

Front Bedroom of this charming home

 

This is an area traditionally of smaller “starter” homes. If you haven’t been here in the last five years you would be surprised at the scale of some of the remodels close by. This little pocket still has a character of mixed eras and styles, but many in the neighborhood have been digging down, building up and out and just lifting up whole homes to add the additional floor on the ground level. Where there weren’t views before, some of these remodels are capturing the beauty of the Ballard view homes.

The open house this weekend is mostly original with small updates and improvement throughout the decades. It’s been a well loved and cared for charming family home for quite some time and it’s ready for the next people to love it too. It’s at a rare price point, easily livable, and still has room for your own updates and improvements. It’s one of those houses you can live in as you personalize, or continue on with the original detailing.

Great Ballard House for Sale

Living room (sale does not include resident burglar alarm)

 

Come and visit “the gulch” this weekend!

It’s not on the NWMLS  of this writing, so feel free to give me a ring.