Gratitude 2018: Thank you!

We’ve enjoyed Friendsgiving with this great group for more than 20 years! Can you guess which bald white guy is me?

Dear friends,

As many of you know, Alan and I recently returned from a 10-day whirlwind cruise through London, France, Spain, and Portugal—a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that left us both filled with good food, great memories, and a profound sense of gratitude for all the beauty, diversity and kindness that the world has to offer.

And as happy as we were to travel the open ocean and explore some of the world’s most beautiful ports, returning home to our sweet pugs, Dylan And Dexter and the fall colors of the Pacific Northwest was a gift in and of itself.

Believe it or not, I’m even happy to get back to work! I am honored to have helped 18 families achieve their life goals and start fresh this year and am lucky to do it with an amazing support team that makes what I do look easy.

I am honored to have helped 18 families achieve their life goals and start fresh this year.

In fact, I currently have two active listings, a thoughtfully updated Beacon Hill home, and a bright, spacious town home perfectly nestled between the desirable Mount Baker and Columbia City neighborhoods.

I’m also proud to report two recent closings, a private end-unit condo in Westwood Village that sold for $273,000, and a sweet two-bedroom Craftsman set on a big corner lot across from Kubota Gardens that sold with four offers at 6% over list price for $422,250. Finally, I expect this large, upscale Capitol Hill condo to close by the end of the month.

Thanks to everyone who has joined and supported me in my life’s work. Your trust is a gift, and I’m so grateful for your friendship and referrals. Please enjoy a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous 2019!

Warmly,
Don

(206) 250-7291
donkoonce@windermere.com

   

Posted on November 28, 2018 at 12:30 am
Don Koonce | Category: From Don

SELLER SUCCESS STORY: Michael, Donica & THREE Active Toddlers

This is the house in 2018 as it was being sold to its new owners. Congratulations, Michael, Donica & kids!

Michael and Donica Byers were first-time home buyers when we began working together in 2015. We toured home after home for months with no success, and they were getting restless. Donica was pregnant, it was a HOT summer, and she seemed miserable. I felt so bad for her.

Then, one day we were touring available homes and it occurred to me to show them one I had just recently listed. I didn’t really think it was right for them, but was grasping at straws by this point. They didn’t say much while we were there, so I assumed that it wasn’t the right house for them.

But the next say, while I was there hosting an open house, they returned on their own with some family members and stayed for quite a while. I was shocked when they announced that they wanted to make an offer.

That said, I don’t do dual agency sales, so I referred them to my trusted friend and colleague Dorothy Driver. I knew there would likely be multiple offers, and that Dorothy could help them win.

Sure enough, the house got three offers, and the Byers got their first home.

Not long after, Donica had twins.

Despite being busy with not one but two new babies, Michael and Donica made some fantastic improvements to the house, such as a new bathroom, new plumbing, new wiring, new paint and landscaping.

Then last year, Donica had their third baby, and it was clear they had outgrown their two-bedroom house. Also, Donica got a job in Port Townsend, so they decided that it was time to make the move.

This is the house in 2015 when Michael & Donica first bought it (before kids).

They hired me to help them sell their house, and I stopped by to help them assess what they needed to do to prepare the house for the market. They worked really hard getting things ready, all the while caring for their three young children. I don’t know how they did it!

Once they moved to Port Townsend, I helped them manage contractors, inspectors, house cleaners, window washer, and more, since they were too far away to keep running back to Seattle.

Just as we were about to go on the market, three other similar neighborhood listings hit the market. I toured the other properties to assess if their price, condition, and location to help us develop a pricing strategy. We considered waiting to list until one of the others (the most serious competitor of the three) went under contract, but Michael and Donica decided against it.

Their house hit the market on a Friday, I held open houses on Saturday and Sunday, and we had four offers by Sunday afternoon. Michael and Donica chose a buyer who could close in two-weeks, and next thing we knew, the offers escalated to almost 6% over list price, even in our slowing market.

Michael and Donica were thrilled with the results and will soon be searching for their new Port Townsend abode. Congratulations, all!

Do you need help selling your home in this intense market? My mission is to help you achieve your life goals. Contact me today at 206-250-7291 or

Posted on November 25, 2018 at 12:30 am
Don Koonce | Category: Uncategorized

NEW LISTING: Bright, Spacious Mt Baker Townhome

3625 36th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98144
Listed at $489,000

Don’t just buy a home, be part of a thriving community. This bright, spacious townhome is perfectly nestled between the desirable Mount Baker and Columbia City neighborhoods. Walk to shopping, dining, nightlife, light rail, buses, parks, and seasonal farmers markets. Live large in the open floor plan featuring hardwood floors, large windows and vaulted ceilings. Front patio is fully fenced and the attached garage provides easy indoor access. Settle in and enjoy holiday entertaining in your new home.

  • 2 bedroom
  • 1.5 bath
  • 1,000 SQFT
  • MLS #: 1385999
  • Taxes: $3,777 (2018)
  • Lot Size: 1,075 SQFT
  • Type: Townhouse
  • Year Built: 2007
  • Style: Townhouse
  • Views: Territorial
  • Community: Mt Baker

Information provided as a courtesy only, buyer to verify. For more, go here.

Posted on November 20, 2018 at 11:52 pm
Don Koonce | Category: Real Estate Listings

SAVE THE DATE: Winter Art Show Featuring Carol Whitfield

Dear friends,

My office, Windermere Mount Baker is hosting a Winter Art Show benefiting Treehouse from now through January 2019. The artist, Carol Whitfield is a Seattle based photographer specializing in commissioned portraits of animals and the people who love them.

“My goal is to create beautiful images that capture the uniqueness of each animal as well as the special human/animal bond,” she says.

The reception is planned for Wed., Dec. 5, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Windermere Real Estate Mount Baker (4919 South Genesee St., Seattle, WA 98118). Refreshments will be served.

Please bring a NEW unwrapped toy or clothing item for a child in foster care at Treehouse!

Hope to see you there!

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 12:30 am
Don Koonce | Category: Events

NEW LISTING: Thoughtfully Updated Beacon Hill Home

3937 S. Pilgrim S.
Seattle, WA 98118
Listed at $499,888

Easy living in this thoughtfully updated Beacon Hill home. Everything is done for you, move in and relax! Fashionable updates in a solidly-built abode, w/new kitchen, baths, appliances, flooring, paint, wiring, & deck. Other highlights are garage, fenced yard, finished attic rm, & garden space. Great area w/easy access to Georgetown, Columbia City, The Landing, & downtown. A two-minute walk to the bus stop, or 15-minute stroll through a tunnel of tall trees to the light rail. This is the spot!

  • 3 BED
  • 1.75 BATH
  • 1,760 SQFT
  • MLS #: 1380792
  • Taxes: $3,533 (2018)
  • Lot Size: 7,500 SQFT
  • Type: Single-Family Home
  • Year Built: 1928
  • Style: 1 Story w/basement
  • Community: Beacon Hill

Information provided as a courtesy only, buyer to verify. For more, go here.

Posted on November 10, 2018 at 12:16 am
Don Koonce | Category: Real Estate Listings

Highlights From our 10-day Whirlwind Cruise through Europe

WOW! I recently took some time off for the first time all year so Alan and I could cross a 10-day whirlwind cruise through Europe off our bucket list. We traveled the open ocean with several old friends and explored some of the world’s most beautiful ports, including London, France, Spain, and Portugal. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we had a blast.

First, it was great to just completely unplug for two full weeks, which I could only do because I knew my clients were in good hands with my good friend and colleague Dorothy Driver (Thanks, Dorothy!).

The trip started with a couple of days in Amsterdam, and the first stop of the cruise was the white cliffs of Dover. We were able to tour Buckingham Palace since the queen was on holiday, and the ship sailed at night, so each day we woke up in a new port, except for an overnight in Bordeaux, which was one of my favorite stops, as it was like a mini Paris. Super nice people, great food, and cool architecture, and a nice vibe to the city.

We also enjoyed a private tour with a Basque guide in the Basque region of France and Spain. He took us on a wine tasting, and toured San Sebastián and Bilbao, and from there we were off to Portugal to Porto and the final stop in Lisbon. It was a great trip!

Posted on November 5, 2018 at 12:30 am
Don Koonce | Category: From Don

NEW LISTING: Lofted Westwood Village Condo

8448 26th Ave SW A
Seattle, WA 98106
Listed at $273,000

Lofted design, soaring vaulted ceilings, spectacular window walls of light and air create an exciting living space for those seeking a unique, non-cookie cutter abode. Private end unit in pretty setting, grand-sized liv rm, seamless transition to outdoors with true backyard, fenced for Fluffy or Rover. Formal din, kitchen bar, great pantry storage. BIG Master Bedrm & versatile loft space up. Ideal location! Walk to Westwood Village, Rapid Ride to downtown, close to Junction, easy access to airport.

  • MLS #: 1379439
  • 2 BR
  • 1.5 BATH
  • 1,014 SQFT
  • Taxes: $2,002 (2018)
  • Type: Condo/Townhouse
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Views: Territorial
  • Community: Westwood Village

Information provided as a courtesy only, buyer to verify. For more, go here.

Posted on October 31, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Don Koonce | Category: Uncategorized

NEW LISTING: Sweet Upper Rainier Beach Craftsman

5525 S. Norfolk S.
Seattle, WA 98118
Listed at $399,000

  • MLS #: 1375557
  • Taxes: $3,093 (2018)
  • Lot Size: 7,500 SQFT
  • Type: Single-Family Home
  • Year Built: 1905
  • Style: 1 Story w/basement
  • Views: Territorial

Sweet two-bedroom Craftsman home set on a big corner lot across from Kubota Garden. Features include high ceilings, rocking chair front porch, fresh paint in and out, refinished fir floors, gas water heater, high efficiency gas furnace, generous eat in kitchen, updated systems, off street parking, unfinished basement with good ceiling height. 10-minute walk to Redwing Cafe, Drae’s Lake Route and Jude’s Old Town Rainier Beach. Easy commute to Downtown, Georgetown, Renton, Columbia City. 1 mile to Henderson Light Rail Station.

Information provided as a courtesy only, buyer to verify. For more, go here.

Posted on October 22, 2018 at 12:30 am
Don Koonce | Category: Real Estate Listings | Tagged , ,

Windermere hosting “We’ve Got You Covered” Winter Drive for YouthCare

Dear friends,

Windermere and the Seattle Seahawks have come together for another season to help #Tacklehomelessness in our community.

As part of that campaign, Windermere is hosting a “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive for YouthCare, a non-profit that provides support and services to homeless youth throughout the Puget Sound area.

We are collecting NEW hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, and warm socks.

From October 15 through November 9, you can drop off donations to participating Windermere offices in King and Snohomish Counties, including my office, Windermere Mount Baker, located at 4919 South Genesee Street in Seattle, WA 98118.

Our friends at Gentle Giant Moving Company are generously donating their time and trucks to pick up all of the donations from our offices. Donations can also be dropped off directly to YouthCare, Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, at 2500 NE 54th St, Seattle, WA 98105.

Each night, over 1,500 young people are homeless in King County. Please help them stay warm during the cold winter months by dropping off your donations to our participating offices.

Feel free to contact me for more information.

Don

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 10:00 am
Don Koonce | Category: Events, Local Giving Opportunities | Tagged ,

South Seattle Halloween 2018: Top 10 Events

It’s here! Your ghoulish guide to celebrating the fall harvest and Halloween season right here in Seattle’s most vibrant community. From pumpkin carvings to haunted houses, tricks and treats to ghostly events and much more, this is how we get our thrills and chills in South Seattle!

1. Boo Bash at the Beach: Rainier Beach Halloween Party
The biggest free Halloween event in the entire City of Seattle, Boo Bash at the Beach is a fun, safe Halloween Party and Trick-or-Treat event held in the well-lit, flat parking lot of Rainier Beach Safeway (9262 Rainier Ave. S.) with entertainment, magic, Thriller Dancing, and storytelling by award-winning local children’s author JL Cheatam. Open to all kids, and kids-at-heart! Wed., Oct. 31, from 4 to 7 pm; FREE.

2. WHCA Bowling Alley Takeover 2018
Free community Halloween party on Monday, October 29, from 6-9pm at Skyway Park Bowl.

3. Freaky Friday Rainbow Bingo!
Eat, drink and be scary on Fri., Oct. 27, with the Southeast Seattle Senior Center as we play RAINBOW Bingo just in time for Halloween! Carve out some time to let the ghoul times roll with guest MC Bobbi Jo, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and all of your favorite friends. $20 advance ticket price includes 12 games. Beer, jello-shots, and food available separately. This event sells out – get your tickets soon. Price goes up day of event: $25

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Posted on October 5, 2018 at 2:00 am
Don Koonce | Category: Events