Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Houses will share secrets if you take the time to get to know them. This house felt like an embrace as soon as it was entered. Part of this is the patina of history and the signatures of lives housed within. Of course, everyone felt the urge to linger longer here; as one did so, it became apparent that the house felt so welcoming as a reflection of the respectful attention it had received over the years. It is an art to maintain architectural integrity whilst creating spaces that work for today’s lifestyle expectations. This home is a masterful example of such care and it fairly sang out in appreciation. Located in such a private setting, it was hard to believe we were so close to downtown Seattle. One advantage to vintage homes, from my perspective, is that when built, they had the luxury of being sensitively integrated on the lot rather than plunked down upon it. Given today’s land constraint, new or newer construction rarely enjoys that comfortable ease of location and privacy. 

Although many people feel a strong affinity for vintage homes, not everyone appreciates how challenging it is to install those new bathrooms, kitchens and upgraded systems in keeping with the home’s character. It is no casual endeavor and once accomplished, not always so obvious. It is a fine and rare home that has accomplished this, compliments of caring owners, and an immeasurable value. 

“When the time came to sell a Craftsman house my husband and I owned for over 30 years, it was a bitter sweet experience. We knew the time was right but we wanted to sell to someone who would love the house as we did. Joanmarie captured the special qualities of the house, writing inspired copy for the advertisement and gave great suggestions on staging. She guided us thorough multiple offers resulting in a price well above asking. We sold in one week to a young couple who were absolutely thrilled to get the house. My husband and I were very satisfied with the entire experience and felt fortunate to have Joanmarie's guidance throughout the process.” -Carolyn G.