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Quick market update on our favorite city- Gig Harbor
I want to give you a quick update on the Gig Harbor real estate market. If it seems like houses are for sale all over our beloved city…it’s because THEY ARE! Once people visit and see the views, the green surroundings, and quick access to everything, they want to live here!
January 2020 was quite active for a winter month. The median sale price was $380,000 and the average price was $330,000. These amounts are an increase of just over 1% for the month and 13% for the year. Yes, you read that right- 13% increase for the year!
Just over 800 homes sold, and almost a thousand homes went on the market. That is an active winter month.
The average time on the market was just under five weeks. This time on the market is down 35% for the year. So, when homes pop up in Gig Harbor, they sell FAST!
Currently, there are two sellers for every buyer. My guess is that number will change pretty dramatically over the next few months as people come out of their homes, see their shadow, and start thinking about moving. Spring is always a great time to sell as the winter funk starts to fade.
So- with all of this in mind, what should you do?
Great question… first of all, if you are thinking about ANY real estate issues, make me your first call. I live with my finger on the pulse of the entire region and I can help you discern between a good idea and a great idea. And when it comes to real estate, the difference between good and great can be thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars in your pocket.
If you are debating selling your home…call me! I’ll take a look at your home and give you great options to ensure you get the top dollar for your home.
If you are debating buying a new home…call me! My eyes are scouring the available listings daily! Nothing makes me happier than finding a house that is underpriced or in a distressed selling situation and calling one of my clients! This creates quick transactions that help both the seller and the buyer.
Thanks for reading! I love Gig Harbor and I REALLY LOVE handing keys over to people whose lives are about to get better.
Hope to talk to you soon!
Why is ‘Curb Appeal” such a big deal in getting your home sold? I’m glad you asked. This blog is a short primer on why the outside of your home matters almost as much as the inside!
While HGTV gets great ratings on shows that talk about staging the INTERIOR of your home… I want to raise a quick flag about making sure the EXTERIOR of your home is equally considered when selling your home.
Sadly, people do judge books by their covers. And buyers will PRE-judge your interior before ever seeing inside if they are taken back by the exterior. So let’s talk about some essentials.
First, let’s agree on what exactly is curb appeal. In its most straightforward form, curb appeal is a subjective appreciation for a physical asset. Specifically, this refers to the level of attractiveness one may feel for a property when viewing it from the street. The house presents itself well, and all of the typical components are in place: the yard is well-kept, the paint is vibrant, the siding looks good, the roof is intact, and things are in order. Curb appeal sets expectations. Prospective buyers are more inclined to look inside if they like what they see on the outside.
Everyone wants their home to have a “wow” factor… but let’s be honest; not every home will have that “wow” factor. But, at a minimum, your property shouldn’t turn off a vast majority of buyers. So, in many regards, our job here is to minimize any negative elements.
Don’t be overwhelmed…most of these improvements aren’t too difficult.
Driveways full of weeds or cracks won’t present your property in the best light. Fixing this can be as easy as a bottle of weed spray and twenty minutes of labor.
Few features will either turn away or attract prospective buyers more than a home’s roof. If the roof is old and has only a few years left, you will receive a positive return on your money by replacing it and trying to sell the home for a higher price. If the buyer doesn’t get a HUGE discount, they won’t want to spend to replace the roof. It is an option for the seller, but I like to keep my clients getting top dollar even if it requires them investing some money before the sale.
Landscaping improvements can be as simple or as complex as you want to make them. Start with the grass and go from there. Then you should focus on the area immediately nearest to the house. A fresh layer of mulch can completely transform a property’s exterior. My advice to get a full picture of the home’s curb appeal, drive down your street, and take note of the first thing that stands out upon pulling up. These items are what others will notice, as well.
In addition to the roof, you also should look at the siding and exterior of the property itself. A dirty exterior is something that should not be ignored. Power washing a deck or the siding of your property won’t take very long but will have a significant impact.
Instead of replacing the door entirely, start by seeing if a fresh coat of paint will be enough to give it an updated look. If you are looking for a more permanent fix, a new door is certainly money well spent and will come with an impressive ROI.
So, this was a quick primer on Curb Appeal. I’m not a fan of working with buyers who are always trying to low-ball my sellers. A small amount of effort on your home’s curb appeal will pay off where it matters most: your profit!
Beautifully remodeled and showing off breathtaking views of the Puget Sound, Vashon Island, and Point Defiance, this one-of-a-kind view home is an absolute masterpiece in a prime location. Featuring a palatial 2,512-square-foot layout, this single-level home includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and living spaces designed with entertaining in mind. Located at 2848 Hollemgay Ct NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335, this not-to-miss gem is listed for $899,950.
Curious to see exactly what makes this residence so special? Here are the top 6 reasons why buyers are sure to fall in love with this move-in ready retreat:
1. The breathtaking view.
Whether you’re sunbathing out on the deck or you’re relaxing on the sofa in the living room, you have captivating views of the Puget Sound, Vashon Island, and Point Defiance. It’s easy to appreciate the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty all year long thanks to this home’s lovely vantage point.
2. Outdoor bliss is all yours!
Nestled on 0.35 picturesque acres, this property’s outdoor amenities include an impeccably landscaped yard, an expansive deck (with prime views, no less!), and a secluded patio and garden area. Ideal for those who love to garden and entertain, this home’s mature, lush greenery provides you with your very own outdoor oasis that’s tucked away on a quiet, dead-end street.
3. An entertainer’s dream layout.
Boasting an inviting floor plan that seamlessly flows right from the living room into the formal dining area, those who love to host holiday gatherings, dinner parties, and special occasions are in for a real treat! You’ve got plenty of space to host a crowd, and the open-concept great room offers yet another well-appointed space to entertain in. The kitchen (which features high-end finishes like new quartz counters and premium, stainless steel appliances) promises both fashion and function, and it opens up into the dining nook and additional living area. Wall-to-wall built-ins and a cozy fireplace characterize this light-filled space, and even your more laid-back get-togethers can be comfortably elegant thanks to this carefully curated setting.
4. Sumptuous master suite.
Not only does the master bedroom offer an extra-large layout, but the all-new ensuite bath showcases the perfect blend of timeless style and on-trend details. From shimmering counters to the intricately tiled shower, wellness routines are extra indulgent in this spa-worthy haven.
5. Fabulous remodel boasts luxurious style at every turn.
This home features a thoughtful remodel, and new owners are sure to enjoy a long list of updates that includes new windows, skylights, hardwoods throughout, carpets, French doors, screen doors to the new deck, paint, and of course, the all-new master bath.
6. Prime Gig Harbor location close to shopping, restaurants, the waterfront and more!
At 2848 Hollemgay Ct NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335, you’re incredibly close to Gig Harbor’s best amenities! You’re only a 2-minute drive to be right in the heart of Downtown Gig Harbor, you’re a 4-minute drive to Uptown Gig Harbor, and you’re also only 4 minutes to connect to Highway 16.
Pacific Northwest beauty awaits at every turn with this 2,121-square-foot Gig Harbor gem! Nestled on a lush and beautifully landscaped 1.15 acres, this 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home offers ample space to take advantage of both inside and out. Comfortable, spacious living areas await inside, while this property’s outdoor amenities include things like a patio, playhouse, and a sprawling lawn that leads right up to natural, scenic greenery. Located at 5404 Timber Lane NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335 and only 5 minutes to Uptown Gig Harbor, this move-in ready home is listed for $629,500.
Boasting picture-perfect curb appeal complete with mature landscaping, this eye-catching home-sweet-home is sure to inspire pride in ownership each time you pull in the driveway. Imagine coming home after a long day out and about and relaxing in the living room—the fireplace, cozy carpets, and views into the peaceful backyard make for the perfect way to unwind.
The layout unfolds into the dining nook and kitchen where a smart design offers ample storage for kitchen essentials. Enjoy sunny weekend brunches or laid back dinners in the dining nook, and serve up holiday meals or celebrate special occasions in the adjacent formal dining room.
When it’s time to turn in for the day, the master suite provides an idyllic getaway to retreat to. A large window fills the room with natural light while still ensuring you have ample privacy, and a door offers direct access to the backyard. Not only that, but you also have a dreamy walk-in closet and a 5-piece master bath that’s ready for indulgent bubble baths and rejuvenating wellness routines! 2 more bedrooms and an office promise versatility, and a laundry room with storage makes keeping the home organized and running smoothly as easy as possible.
This home’s outdoor offerings are just as impressive as its indoor amenities, and as soon as the weather warms up, this property presents you with vacation-ready delights all without even having to leave the comfort of home. Host barbecues or al fresco dinner parties on the patio and concrete deck, and end the evening roasting s’mores around the fire pit. A cabin-inspired playhouse is sure to provide hours and hours of play for little ones, and there’s ample space for a play toy, too. Garden enthusiasts are especially in for a treat—1.15 acres means you have almost endless opportunity whether you dream of cultivating your own vegetable garden or growing garden beds filled with vibrant blooms!
Living in the Artondale Area of Gig Harbor
At 5404 Timber Lane NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335 not only are you surrounded by Pacific Northwest beauty, but you’re merely minutes from top-notch city conveniences. Schools, Gig Harbor Golf Club, shopping, restaurants, and more are a short drive away. Access Highway 16 or all that awaits in Uptown Gig Harbor in just 5 minutes. Uptown Gig Harbor offers places like the Galaxy Uptown Luxury+ Theatre, Safeway, HomeGoods, MultiCare, the library, Michael’s, Kohl’s, and too many other shops, restaurants, and services to name. You’re also only an 8-minute drive to Downtown Gig Harbor, making it easy to take advantage of all that the iconic waterfront offers.
Comfort and convenience are wrapped up into one charming package with this 1,246-square-foot Gig Harbor gem. Enjoy the ease of one-level living on almost a quarter acre, all while being merely minutes to Downtown Gig Harbor, Uptown Gig Harbor, Highway 16 and more. Located at 4114 64th St Ct NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335, this 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath home-sweet-home was listed for $349,000. (This listing went pending in only 2 days!)
When you pull in the driveway, the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest is immediately evident. The sprawling green lawn and towering trees that frame the home make for a picturesque atmosphere, and those who love to garden are certainly in for a treat.
Lovingly cared for over the years, this home’s inviting living spaces are characterized by vintage elements in tasteful, neutral colors. This means you can easily move right in and immediately begin infusing each space with your own personal style, or you could make a few upgrades to modernize the space a bit. Either way, whether your decor style is more traditional or trendy, it’s all wonderfully at home here.
In the living room, a gas fireplace is framed by eye-catching brick accents, and a huge corner window helps to fill the space with cheerful natural light. The layout flows into the kitchen and dining room, and here you’ll find a perfect layout for entertaining and whipping up homemade meals. A gorgeous teal and turquoise-detailed window adds a splash of vibrant flair to the space, and rich espresso-hued cabinetry offers ample storage. You even have a pantry in the mix, and the open kitchen looks into the dining room. Additionally, bar-style seating at the kitchen counter offers a laid-back dining option.
Each of this home’s 3 bedrooms offers something a bit different. The master bedroom includes an ensuite bath and views into the backyard, and in the other bedrooms you’ll find paneling elements that give each haven a cabin-inspired feel. Embrace the woodsy vibe or put your home decor skills to the test and let your imagination get to work! You’ll also find a separate laundry room with cabinetry storage, ideal for keeping household essentials organized.
Lush greenery and tranquil seclusion await in the backyard, and with almost a quarter of an acre all to yourself, the list of possibilities is a long one! For starters, you might choose to transform the patio into an outdoor paradise with comfy outdoor furniture, a barbecue, and strings of glowing firefly lights. There’s also ample room to try your hand at cultivating a vegetable garden and flower beds—the sky is the limit!
Living in Gig Harbor
At 4114 64th St Ct NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335, you can enjoy having privacy while still being incredibly close to city conveniences. Connect to Highway 16 in just 2 minutes, and find yourself in Downtown Gig Harbor in only 4 minutes. Uptown Gig Harbor is a quick 3-minute drive away, making it easy to access grocery stores, shopping, restaurants, services, entertainment and more.
Luxury Living Awaits! Traditional 4-Bedroom, 3.5-Bath Residence in Gig Harbor’s Canterwood Golf & Country Club Community
The lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of awaits in Gig Harbor’s Canterwood Golf & Country Club Community! Nestled high on a 0.53-acre lot with fantastic east and west sun exposure, this palatial 4,138-square-foot masterpiece is a delight to come home to time and time again. Featuring 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a wine cellar, fabulous formal entertaining spaces and so much more, you’ll find ample room to transform into your unique vision of home. Located at 12915 50th Av Ct NW Gig Harbor WA 98332 and just minutes to city conveniences, this home is listed for $825,000.
Framed by lush landscaping and mature trees, this home’s thoroughly idyllic scene shows off top-notch curb appeal. With a classic brick exterior and an entryway designed to impress, this beauty is a treat to spend time in. Just in through the front door, a grand staircase beckons, while sunlight cascades in through large windows overhead.
Immediately to the right, the formal dining room offers a stunning setting for entertaining. Pristine wainscoting and crisp trim elevate the sophisticated scene, and whether you’re hosting holiday get-togethers or dinner parties, you’ll find ample room for a full-sized dining table—perfect for a lively crowd! The kitchen is conveniently around the corner, and this open-concept space is sure to become a hub of daily life. Find a large sunny dining nook and a spacious layout that features ample storage, plus a center island that boasts even more storage and counter space.
The layout effortlessly flows into the family room, a wonderfully light-filled haven with a classic brick-accented fireplace at the center of it all. Find the same versatile living space in the formal living room—imagine having a separate area designed with entertaining in mind, and a laid-back hangout in the family room perfect for relaxing and watching movies, or game nights among loved ones!
Even more flexible space awaits in the office, and upstairs you’ll find this home’s generous 4 bedrooms. Find sprawling layouts to take advantage of, and if you have an extra room or 2, consider transforming them into a hobby room, playroom, or a fitness center. You especially won’t want to miss the master suite—this resort-worthy retreat shows off a delicious blend of contemporary style and premium amenities. The large layout offers ample room for a sitting area, and a 2-way gas fireplace just adds to the sumptuous feel of it all. Enjoy an ensuite bath as well, complete with spa-inspired finishes, and a jacuzzi tub nestled in a sunlit corner. Indulge in rejuvenating bubble baths at your convenience!
Time spent outside is truly a joy thanks to this home’s tranquil backyard, an outdoor oasis with a gorgeous lawn and a spacious deck to enjoy the view from. With plenty of room for a barbecue, a comfy dining set, and lounge chairs, you’ll find opportunity for entertaining all summer long!
Living in Gig Harbor’s Canterwood Golf & Country Club Community
At 12915 50th Av Ct NW Gig Harbor WA 98332, enjoy easy living in the Canterwood Golf & Country Club Community! When you’re not playing a scenic round of golf or taking advantage of the fabulous country club amenities, you can easily enjoy some of Gig Harbor best amenities. Reach Downtown Gig Harbor in less than 10 minutes, where you can explore the waterfront, go out for dinner, browse art galleries, and window shop. Both Highway 16 and Borgen Boulevard are only a 5-minute drive from home, and here you’ll find places like Target, Albertons, Walgreens, Costco, Petco, and much more.
Discover Stunning Luxury in this 5-Bedroom, 4.75-Bath Masterpiece in Gig Harbor’s Highlands at Rosedale Community
Built in 2016 and impeccably maintained, this gorgeous 5,064-square-foot Craftsman offers 3 levels of luxurious living and fabulous entertaining spaces! Nestled on a beautifully landscaped property in Gig Harbor’s Highlands at Rosedale community, this move-in ready residence offers premium amenities both inside and out. Located at 7614 76th Ave NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335 and just minutes to shopping, dining, and more, this 5-bedroom, 4.75-bath home is listed for $1,069,000.
Showcasing a delightful blend of classic Craftsman style and contemporary elements, this home’s picture-perfect exterior offers an impressive preview of all that awaits! Pristine landscaping welcomes you home, and as soon as you step in through the front door, this home’s sprawling open-concept layout beckons. Handsome hardwoods flow seamlessly, connecting the living room, kitchen, and dining area, while cheerful natural light cascades in through huge windows, illuminating each exquisite detail. A gorgeous stone-accented fireplace rests between neat built-ins in the living room, while the immaculately accented ceiling adds to the elegance of it all.
In the open chef’s kitchen, no expense has been spared! Replete with custom cabinetry, granite counters, sleek stainless steel appliances, and trendy island bar-style seating, the kitchen is ideal whether you’re whipping up homemade meals or enjoying a laid-back glass of wine with a friend. The adjacent dining nook offers a casual dining option, while the butler’s pantry leads to the formal dining room. Classic wainscoting and recessed ceiling details elevate this space to the heights of sophistication!
A haven of sumptuous retreat awaits upstairs, and among versatile rooms that offer loved ones privacy and space to call their own, the master suite awaits. Brimming with resort-worthy amenities, the master suite features an extra-large layout with ample room for a sitting area. The spa-ready 5-piece bath is an indulgent dream, complete with a lovely walk-in shower and a freestanding tub, perfect for rejuvenating bubble baths! You’ll also find a walk-in closet filled with built-in storage, ensuring you have plenty of organization options.
Even more dynamic space can be enjoyed with this home’s versatile basement level, and here you’ll find a bonus room and a wet bar. Get ready to host game day get-togethers and movie marathons—there’s enough space to host a crowd here! Doors open up to the backyard’s covered patio, and from here you can head up a spiral staircase to the huge covered deck. Take in the tranquil view from this scenic perch—the meticulously landscaped yard extends to a beautiful stretch of natural foliage, giving you a sense of seclusion and the feeling of being away from it all. Plus, the park-like yard includes new landscaping with lighting, terraces, and plants to ensure that your home-sweet-home is ready for summer!
Living in Gig Harbor’s Highlands at Rosedale Community
At 7614 76th Ave NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335, enjoy being tucked away in a quiet residential setting, all while being just minutes away from city conveniences. A short 9-minute drive connects you to Highway 16, and both Downtown Gig Harbor and Uptown Gig Harbor are at your fingertips as well. Schools, medical facilities, services, restaurants, shopping, and more are all wonderfully close by!