1742 181st Street E, Spanaway, WA 98387
Offered for $299,950
3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms
1,679 Square Feet
HOA $50 a Month
3 Pets Allowed (Dogs/Cats)
Nestled inside a lovely gated community, this home is bright and spacious! This home was built in 2009 and has only had one owner. My sellers planned to live here forever, but their family grew.
“We will miss how quiet this neighborhood is. There are so many conveniences, like the school bus stops being close by, right outside of the gated entrance. The parks and covered picnic area… You have multiple grocery stores close by – Walmart, Safeway, WinCo and Fred Meyer. There are many great restaurant choices such as tofu and pho, two thai restaurants, Sunny Teriyaki and more!”
This home and community have many benefits to boast of. Let’s start with the gated entry, with nighttime security patrol. After 6pm the gate closes and you need a code to open it.You have the affordable HOA fee taking care of the common areas and parks. All of the houses that line your street look well maintained!
The small, fenced side yard is super easy to maintain. Plus, you have quick access to these private parks and picnic spaces that are taken care of through the HOA, so it is the best of both worlds.
In addition to the parks and picnic area, there is a fenced basketball court located through one of the gated entrances that you have access to.
When you enter the home, you are greeted by tall ceilings, tons of natural light, and a functional, open floor plan.
All of the bedrooms and two of the bathrooms are located upstairs. The living room flows into the dining space, and then you enter the kitchen. The entrance to the 2 car garage is off of the kitchen.
There are many windows in this home, and tall ceilings, which makes the space feel light and bright.
The seller will be leaving all of the major appliances for the new owner(s)! This includes the refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, and washer and dryer. The laundry room is right off of the kitchen.
One great thing about newer built homes – bathroom count! You have a bathroom conveniently located on the main floor, with the two full bathrooms upstairs, near the bedrooms. Guests can easily access a bathroom, without going into any of the private living spaces or bedrooms.
There is a proper staircase leading upstairs to the 3 bedrooms. The staircase has vaulted ceilings, and more natural light.
At the top of the stairs, to the left you have the large master suite.
There is a spacious bathroom, with double sinks, a tub, a shower stall, and a walk-in closet.
When you exit the master bedroom, you enter a hallway with a bonus space. The two other rooms are located on the opposite end of the hall.
The sellers used this bonus area as an extra bedroom and gaming area. You could use this as an office, play area, an extra lounge space, or have a space for your own little library.
Down the hall are the two additional rooms.
The two rooms at the opposite end of the hall from the master suit have their own bathroom.
Out back you have the large, two car garage. The sellers also used the pad to the right for extra parking.
If you have any further questions about this listing, feel free to pop me a text at (253) 691-0688 or email me at Keryn@windermere.com.
4929 32nd Street NE, Tacoma WA 98422
3 bedroom with bonus living space & large 4th room downstairs!
1,709 sq feet inside of the home, with an 8,480 sq foot lot
Fully fenced, with a balcony looking onto the private backyard from upstairs, and an entertaining deck out back
Offered for $350,000.00
There are a few great things I want to note right off the bat about this home! First off, the amount of space in the home, and in the backyard. You’ve got 1,709 square feet in the house, and you have a giant back yard- an 8,480 square foot lot! The home has such a fantastic layout. 2 bedrooms, a full bathroom, and open living space upstairs, and 2 rooms, and a full bathroom+bonus living space downstairs.
Location. The seller loved to walk her dog to the BPA trail (a 3.6 mile trail) located 5 minutes away. You are 8 minutes away from both Dashpoint Park, and Brownspoint Lighthouse Park. Dumas Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is 8 minutes away as well, and less known, if you want more peace and solitude on your outdoor adventure.
For groceries and coffee, the sellers frequently went to QFC and Starbucks. “We also did Grocery Outlet in Federal Way, or Freds in Federal Way.”
At the entrance of the home you can go up or down the stairs. The main living space is up the stairs…
Lighting can be a concern in the Pacific Northwest, however, not in this home! There are large windows located all around the home, which allow plenty of natural light in.
There are beautiful hardwood floors throughout the entire upstairs! The living room and kitchen feel open to one another, but still have some nice separation at the same time.
The dining space located off of the living room, next to the kitchen…
The sellers had a much larger dining set in that space when they lived here. You can fit a large table in that area!
There are doors off of the dining space lead onto the balcony, overlooking the large, private back yard.
The seller is leaving all of the kitchen appliances, including a brand new fridge that just got installed and has never been used.
The two bedrooms on this level are located at the end of the hall.
The main bedroom on the upper level has a large window and closet.
The second bedroom gets great light as well, and has a decent sized closet.
Full bathroom on the main level, with another full bathroom downstairs.
This is the bonus living space downstairs! Large second living space, or if you have roommates, a living room of their own. Large windows, and doors that lead to the backyard. Washer and dryer are located in the closet on the right, along with the water heater.
There is a bedroom downstairs that has doors leading to the deck out back.
The second room downstairs is technically not a bedroom because currently there is no closet. Sellers used it as an office, but you could easily fit an exterior wardrobe, a bed, and other furniture in this large room!
Second full bathroom, located downstairs.
You can access the deck out back from both the bonus living space downstairs, and from the bedroom downstairs. Part of the deck is covered for the rainy season, and there is a privacy fence around that part of the deck.
This yard is HUGE! 8,480 square feet of outdoor living, in addition to the 1,709 square feet inside of the home.
To watch the video tour of the home and neighborhood, click here. If you have additional questions on this listing, feel free to pop me a text at (253) 691-0688, or email me at Keryn@windermere.com.
If you chat with agents who have been in the Real Estate Industry for 20+ years, you will likely hear them talk about how much the business has changed. The internet and technology have made information on homes easier for buyers and sellers to access without the help of their agent and marketing techniques have come a long way. For the most part, buyers are searching for homes online. Not in newspapers, magazines, or printed paper pamphlets like the olden days.
What does this mean for sellers? There is a lot of room for creativity with the marketing for your home! There are paper options (“just listed” post card campaigns are a common paper option nowadays), online blog posts, and then all of the elements that help your home shine online, such as professional photography and listing videos.
If your agent provides a listing video as part of their services, being intentional about how the videographer films the home is important. Sometimes you see the same pan shots over and over again, or music that is bland or that doesn’t match the vibe of the property. It can leave you wondering how much the video really adds to the listing.
Are you trying to show the layout? How much natural light the interior gets? The old charm? The amazing location? These details are important when being intentional with what you are trying to showcase about the property.
I approach every listing differently. I don’t think a “one style fits all” approach is most effective when attempting to appeal to potential buyers. I think of listing videos as a story-telling medium. While evaluating a home, I ask the seller(s) a series of questions:
- What first attracted you to this home when you decided to come see it as a buyer?
- What are some of the qualities you found desirable about this home when you purchased it?
- What will you miss the most about living here?
- What are some good memories you have in this home?
- Which places were your favorite to visit nearby (parks, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, etc.)?
I have listed homes that have been occupied by sellers, rental properties that had been previously occupied by tenants, and homes that we previously occupied by the homeowners, but were later rented out. I take all of these factors into account while developing the marketing plan and vision and creating a list of prep work needed to maximize the marketability of the home.
No matter what your specific situation is, there is room for creativity when marketing your home. Depending on the level of involvement you want, there are a few options I use:
- Seller interview. This is where we use footage of the home with you talking over the video about what you love most about it. There is the option of my voice being laid over the footage, instead, if you are not comfortable or local when we record the video! Example of seller interview style here.
- Focusing on elements of the home, no actors or voice overs. Being intentional with the shots, music, and making sure the home is prepped prior to filming (clean, staged, etc.). Example here and here.
- Lifestyle. Focusing heavily on what’s around the home, such as restaurants, parks, theaters, local businesses, or easy access to transit, in addition to sharing the house itself. Example here.
- Before and after. Showing off the improvements made to the home by the current seller(s) since they took ownership. Examples here and here.
Sometimes we end up blending all of these elements, other times we stick mainly with one theme. I don’t think a video is absolutely necessary to sell your home. However, I do think that it helps present your home as a premium product and can appeal to a potential buyers’ emotions. Many like to think that they are making an analytical decision when they purchase a home, but it usually ends up being an emotional choice, especially for first-time home buyers. Appealing to a buyer’s emotions, as well as being savvy and listing at a price that is strategic, makes for a solid list-to-sold equation.
For more on the list-to-sold equation, check out my blog post about determining a savvy list price, here.
4827 6th Avenue, Tacoma WA 98406
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom
1,735 Sq Feet, 6,000 Sq Foot Lot
Offered For: $415,000
Immaculate modern craftsman, completely remodeled in 2017, with original charm intact! This home has so many updates to boast of, including a new roof (complete tear off job), electrical and plumbing work, and retrofitting in the crawlspace. This home didn’t just get new windows, paint, and remodeled bathroom+kitchen- it got a whole makeover! The siding is new, hardieplank, and the sellers installed a privacy fence when they bought it.
Location is key! Close to all of the fun found on 6th Avenue , but located on the calmer block, lined with trees. Between being situated on the portion of 6th Avenue with less hustle and bustle, the home being planted on a hill above the street, and the privacy fence, you don’t feel like you’re on a busy street! Plus, you have the entertainment spaces in the back yard, and the garage+ gravel parking area, with plenty of room for you and guests to park.
Right when you enter the home you are greeted by 9 foot high ceilings, and a bright, modern, open floor plan!
The fireplace was beautifully rehabbed, and a new gas insert installed. The sellers recently had it inspected, and serviced; it is in full working order for this winter.
Through the living room, you enter the dining room space, bonus room, and kitchen. These are all distinct spaces, but with an open flow. The seller expressed how much she appreciates the flexibility of the spaces, in addition to the brightness and openness. It just feels so clean, and bright!
The bonus room is currently being used as a craft-room/ art space, but could be used as a home office, playroom, library, etc. The ample natural light in this space, in combination with the view of the trees lining the street outside, is great for creative inspiration, and mental clarity.
The kitchen is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Modern, spacious, and bright, with newer stainless steel appliances. Cute bar space to sip coffee at, chat with the chef, or enjoy a casual breakfast.
This is the first bedroom, which is located on the first floor. Sellers currently use this as their guest room, and remarked that their friends always comment on how great they sleep in this room. Peaceful, comfortable, and quiet.
The bathroom is located on the main floor, and has plenty of storage space!
Two of the bedrooms are located upstairs. There is a bonus space, to the left of the stairs. The sellers currently have it set up as a quiet reading space.
There is one bedroom facing the front of the house, and one facing the back. This is the room that faces the front.
The outdoor space like the indoor space, is versatile, functional, and sleek! The sellers created multiple spaces for entertaining, and relaxing.
Darling artwork that the sellers secured to the boards are included in the sale of the home.
Garden space out back!
There is a lounge space out the back door, on the deck. Sellers recently had it re-planked, and painted.
Large, new, heated 3 car garage! Tons of space for cars, motorcycles, tools, gear, and storage. You could set up a fitness center, or a workshop. Lots of parking available out-front on the street, in addition to garage+gravel parking space off of alley.
Have any additional questions? Pop me a text, or give me a call at (253) 691-0688. Check out the video, here!
1120 N K Street #7, Tacoma WA 98403
Square Footage: 638
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath
HOA: $225 per month, 2 pets allowed up to 30 pounds each
Offered for $205,000
Live in the North Slope District, affordably! This condo is in a fantastic location. You’re a couple of minutes from the Stadium District, and the Three Bridges District, but tucked away in a quiet neighborhood; the best of both worlds!
Three Bridges District is located down a few streets, on N I Street, and includes a local coffee shop, pizza place, and Dave’s Meat and Produce. Stadium District has many things to offer, including the lovely Wright Park, Stadium Thriftway for your groceries, and the newest addition to the Stadium Neighborhood, Anthem Coffee. If you want to go out for fancy drinks in the Stadium District, check out Indo Asian Street Eatery. Looking for a burger and shake?… check out Shake Shake Shake!
Drive 5 minutes in the other direction to go to the lively 6th Avenue strip with coffee shops, grocery stores, and restaurants. Red Hot and Ice Cream Social are a couple of my favorite gems on 6th Avenue. Who doesn’t like gourmet hot dogs (veggie dog for me, please!), craft beer, and ice cream made with local ingredients? When it comes to coffee, you will find a few local favorites on this strip, including Valhalla Coffee, and Bluebeard.
What I love about this condo, is the functional layout. As someone who prefers smaller homes, I appreciate when the space is laid out in a way that maximizes all of the space.
The openness of the kitchen and living space is one of my favorite parts of this condo. With many condos under one thousand square feet, you typically see smaller galley kitchens, or closed off, small box-type kitchens which I call “cubby kitchens.” This kitchen is open, with plenty of counter and storage space. You don’t feel like you are sacrificing on having a nice, functional kitchen!
First bedroom is located straight through the living room, to the left. Sellers added storage and organizers in the closets for maximum functionality.
The bathroom is located conveniently between the two bedrooms. Cute tile in the bath/shower that extends all the way up the wall.
The second bedroom is on the other side of the bathroom. The light colored bamboo floors, and paint give the condo a clean, cheerful feel.
The sellers really took care in preparing this condo for sale. They told me about how they would watch fireworks from the balcony on the 4th of July, and how it was the first place they had ever purchased.
A few other noteworthy mentions- HOA includes sewer and garbage. There is a communal storage room at the end of the second floor of the building, towards the alley. A new roof was put on in the last few years, new water heater installed last fall, and the interior freshly painted.
If you have any additional questions, feel free to pop me a text at (253) 691-0688.
1601 S Adams, Tacoma WA 98405
Square Footage: 1,280
4 bedrooms, 1 bath, with two bedrooms located on the main level, and two bedrooms upstairs
Offered for $299,950
Many updates to boast of in this centrally located home! Be close to it all, while having peace of mind that the main systems are good to go. There is a new electric panel, roof, heat pump, and water heater. French doors installed off of the kitchen, leading into the oasis of a backyard! New deck, and gravel patio, as well as a large garage out back. Great flow for entertaining. Seller expressed that some of her best memories here were hosting dinner parties on the deck in the summer.
Seller will miss walking to Cheney Stadium to catch a baseball game, and walking to the 6th avenue district, “We loved walking to Valhalla Coffee on 6th and Proctor, and frequented the restaurants of Primo Grill, Asado, and the Red Hot. Fred Meyers is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from groceries.”
The seller is a local artist, who originally picked this house to call home based on the location, “I was commuting to Seattle and wanted easy access to the freeways.” She also mentioned that the layout was ideal, “I liked the kitchen opening right into the dining room and the flat, easy to maintain yard.”
When I asked about some of the memories she has in this home, she mentioned 20 person dinner parties on the deck and patio in the summer, piano playing parties with wine tasting in the front room. She says she will especially miss the deck, garden, and workshop outback, and of course, the AC!
Watch the video, here!
At a Glance:
Front House: 3812 S Thompson
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
Sq Footage: 1,600
Currently Rented for: $1,490
Back House: 3810 S Thompson
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom
Sq Footage: 1,200
Previously Rented For: $1,095
Two homes for the price of one, located in the heart of the Lincoln District! Front home is a spacious craftsman, with tall ceilings, large bedrooms, and an unfinished basement. The home in the back is also quite spacious, and has newer flooring. There is a private parking pad off of the alley for the back house, and a driveway for the front home.
Easily rent both out, or live in one, and rent out the other. Great property for families who would like to live close to one another.
The houses share a backyard, but are separated by a privacy fence, so that occupants can have privacy. It allows tenants or occupants with pets to let their dogs out, without disturbing those in the other house.
These homes are in the center of it all, in the Lincoln District. Travel right next door to Jubilee Burgers, or 2 blocks to Vien Dong, a local, family owned Vietnamese restaurant. One of the best Torta shops, El Zocalo, is one block further. If you are a sushi lover, Gari of Sushi is 2 minutes, the other direction. There are many grocery stores nearby as well, including Safeway, East Asia Market, and Hong Kong Market. All under a 5 min drive! The location is close to the freeway, so it makes commuting a breeze.
The Lincoln District has been undergoing a revitalization project. This project includes pedestrian, and infrastructure improvements. Read more about it, here.
Front home has tall ceilings, charming built-ins, and spacious rooms.
Front house is in much better condition, but the back home just needs your vision to make it home! Since it is not possible to build an ADU in Tacoma for the time being, this is great for the financially savvy buyer who wants to rent out a portion of their investment.
Address: 1314 S Fife Street Tacoma, WA 98405
Square Feet: 1,316
3/Bedrooms, 1.75 Baths
Offered At: $255,000
This Victorian home is located in Central Tacoma, near 6th avenue! The roof is brand new, as well as the flooring both on the main floor and upstairs, and there is fresh interior paint throughout! Right when you walk in, the bay windows provide tons of natural light and the 10 foot high ceilings add to it’s spacious, bright, and open feel. There is an unfinished basement, with ample storage space, along with the storage shed out back. Yard is fully fenced with deck for entertaining. Seller says,
“I will miss it’s Central location, it is easy to get to freeways and shopping.With 6th avenue so close we often walk down to Ice Cream Social, E-9, The Red Hot, & Blue Beard Coffee. We would often walk down to Franklin Park/ School and play on the play ground there and in the splash park in the summer. University of Puget Sound is not too far away either and is great for learning to ride a bike.”
The windows have light pouring in from all directions, which is one element the seller will miss the most,
“All of the natural light, if the sun is shining, it is usually streaming in one of the windows of the house from sun-up to sun-down. I also really enjoy the open living area in the house, it can and has been configured in many different ways.”
Off of the dining area are french doors that lead to the deck and side yard. The door to the left goes into the large, unfinished basement, which the sellers are currently using for storage.
One of the memories the seller shared with me was the moments using the deck and yard,
“The dogs playing in the yard, and family “happy hour” on the deck, where all three of us have our drink of choice and discuss our favorite parts of movies, talk about our day or even just all read together.”
The Kitchen is open to the living room, with a charming peek-a-boo window to the right, looking into the kitchen.
The kitchen is bright, and spacious! I asked the seller about some of her favorite memories in the house,
“My daughter taking her first steps in the living room, carving pumpkins on the kitchen floor..”
If you are someone who cares about the history of a home, this one is certainly loved and full of happy memories.
The staircase is located at the entrance of the home.
To the left is the room with the bathroom…
Charming claw-foot tub!
To the right is the second bedroom. As you can see, the upstairs gets tons of light as well.
Additional storage unit in the back.
2374 Court G, Tacoma WA, 98405
Square Feet: 1,539
3 Bedrooms/2.5 Baths
1 Car Garage
Offered At: $279,950
This modern and spacious 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home has been updated since it was first purchased in 2014! Bright, clean feel from fresh interior paint and large windows throughout. Seller commented that the layout on the main floor is great for hosting guests- “Some of the best memories we have from this house are when friends were over. Whether it be for Thanksgiving or just a random Friday night, it was always a good time. The second floor (kitchen/living room) makes it really easy for everybody to be together when making food, watching a movie, or playing board games.”
The seller says he will miss being in such a convenient location-
“The proximity to everything you need. You’re a quick drive or Uber ride from anything. Any type of restaurant. Various grocery stores. Plenty of nightlife and entertainment. Movie theaters. Live theater. The mall is five minutes away. JBLM is a quick commute. More than a couple farmers markets are close by. We’ve been spoiled. With quick access to I5 and 705, you’re positioned in the perfect location.”
HOA dues cover regular upkeep of the walk ways, and mulch.
Right when you enter the home, there is a bathroom to your left, and a door to the garage on the right.
Once you go into the first set of stairs, you enter into the main living area, and kitchen.
Large windows surrounding the living space.
Air Conditioning to stay cool this summer!
Kitchen has new tile backsplash, and nice appliances that transfer to next owner.
Up the second set of stairs, you arrive to the second bathroom, and first two bedrooms.
Double sinks, and cute decorative panel wall.
Sellers used this room as an office, but you can fit a large bed and dresser in here. All rooms are spacious.
Large windows in every bedroom, providing tons of natural light.
Up the last set of stairs, leads you to the master bedroom.
Third bathroom right off of the master bedroom.
Lovely deck off of the master bedroom. Seller loved to BBQ on it!
3818 E K Street
Square Footage: 1,000
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath
Fully Fenced Yard & Brand New Roof
New Heat Pump For Efficient Heating and Cooling
Offered At $195,000
Tucked away from the street, this affordable 3 bedroom, one bath home is located just a few blocks off of Mckinley and E 38th. Enjoy being super close to delicious Mexican food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at Antojos. They have a salsa and juice bar, and tasty tacos. You will also be near one of the coolest bars in Tacoma, Top of Tacoma. Less than 5 minutes away is the Lincoln District, where you will find plenty of grocery stores, and more places to eat.
New roof installed in May 2017. New heat pump reduced the seller’s utility bill.
The seller installed the privacy fence less than 2 years ago. Yard is equipped with a deck and patio for entertaining in the summers. The large yard would be great for gardening, or for your animals to prance freely in.
Spacious living room, freshly painted with new carpeting.
Living space is versatile. There are many ways you could set it up, and enough room to make it multi-functional.
Dining area, right off of the living room.
Large master bedroom to the right.
Plenty of closet space in the main bedroom.
Second bedroom can be used as guest room, or office.
There is additional space in the kitchen to add more counter space, or storage.
Third bedroom is through the kitchen.
Large third bedroom where laundry is located.