Summer in Lake Oswego

Summer of Music

Absolutely one of my favorite events in Lake Oswego is the outdoor summer concert series. Wednesday nights from 7-9pm. They are free. In July they take place at Foothills Park along the Willamette River. In August they take place at Westlake Park on the West side of town. There is just something about them. The cooling of the hot day, the ambiance of being outdoors, and the dancing. People show up to dance. I once saw a man and a woman, the woman was in a wheelchair. They spent some time just swaying with her in her chair. Then the man stepped in front of her, gently lifted her to her feet, and they danced. Really, really wonderful.

Sunday concerts take place July 10 & 24, and August 7 & 21, 6-7:30 pm at Millennium Plaza Park.

Movies in the Park

There are three outdoor moving events. They start at dusk, approximately 8:45pm.

On July 21st, at Millennium Plaza Park, the movie will be the animated feature, Luca.

On July 28th, at Millennium Plaza Park, the move will be Space Jam, a New Legacy.

On August 4th, at Westlake Park, the movie will be Sing 2

During the movie events there will also be face painting, balloon artists and snacks for purchase.

Summer is here!

Market Activity Report June 20-26, 2022

The rise in interest rates appears to be having an impact on sales, although the numbers do remain strong. I’d say that if anything, at least at this point, the market feels fairly balanced between buyers and sellers.

Last week in Lake Oswego there were 24 properties that came onto the market, 3 of which went into pending status the same week, 14 pending sales, and 17 sold/closed homes.

See below for RMLS data.

New on the Market June 20-26, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathSq Feet
4300 Botticelli StAttached$399,90022.51721
12826 Boones Ferry RdAttached$484,50022.51182
4268 Woodside CircleAttached$589,900421944
18667 Benfield AveDetached$679,000421414
14332 Sherbrook PlDetached$689,90032.51770
17188 Rebecca LnDetached$690,00032.51930
100 Leonard St 3-4Condo$699,000321736
3 Becket StDetached$775,00042.54285
17608 Sydni CtAttached$799,90042.52466
1841 Cloverleaf RdDetached$825,000532190
5115 Firwood RdDetached$849,00032.51660
42 Aquinas StDetached$899,90042.52486
4996 Cascara LnDetached$1,245,00032.53106
5524 Koderra AveDetached$1,370,00032.52957
15003 Twin Fir RdDetached$1,699,90043.53075
776 Carrera LnDetached$1,750,000433449
4983 Park Bluff PlDetached$2,349,50044.53647
707 Lake Shore RdDetached$3,150,00033.52992
17952 Cardinal DrDetached$3,599,00043.5+.54588
120 Cabana PointeDetached$4,098,000443693
2101 Goodall CtDetached$2,895,00043.54290

Pending Sales June 20-26, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq FtCDOM
44 Eagle Crest Dr #16Condo$289,0003210853
12868 Boones Ferry RdCondo$495,00022.5113618
5342 Red Leaf StDetached$599,00032.517109
14251 Camden LnDetached$719,00032.521792
1561 Woodland TerrDetached$825,00032.5218416
6236 SW Wayzata CtDetached$975,00042.527522
5322 Carman Grove LnDetached$1,200,00032.5264722
568 Weidman CtDetached$1,275,00043.537023
4719 Lakeview BlvdDetached$1,299,00043293480
2365 Palisades Crest DrDetached$1,300,0004337464
1025 Schukart LnDetached$1,795,00043423344
3001 Westview CtDetached$1,799,90043.5431726
697 Lake Bay CtDetached$2,295,00044.5371537
17210 Cedar RdDetached$2,785,0005535487

Sold/Closed June 20-26, 2022

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSq FeetDOM
45 Eagle Crest Dr #513Condo$253,500$205,0001056110
16661 Lake Forest BlvdDetached$585,000$570,00093620
5650 Childs RdDetached$599,900$600,00019808
4753 Dawn StDetached$700,000$700,00015504
4201 Cobb WayDetached$950,000$861,1302,24210
668 McVey Ave #12Condo$875,000$875,0009920
4527 Trillium WoodsAttached$887,770$940,00022733
12431 SW Orchard Hill RdDetached$960,000$945,00027249
22 Juarez StDetached$950,000$975,00030965
17 Musaryk StDetached$985,000$995,00047261
5336 Lower DrDetached$1,095,000$1,025,000254918
4581 Heritage LnDetached$1,088,000$1,030,000211824
4222 Cobb WayDetached$1,295,000$1,125,000224320
4146 Chad DrDetached$1,395,000$1,280,000370714
937 9th StDetached$2,350,000$2,178,0003862448
975 Lake Front RdDetached$3,298,000$3,320,00032320
263 Northshore RdDetached$4,700,000$4,700,00035250

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

Planning Ahead: 4th of July

With the 4th of July just 2 weeks away, I thought it would be helpful to let you know of planned events here in the City of Lake Oswego.

The Star Spangled Parade and Celebration is scheduled for July 4th. Beginning at 10:00am, the parade will run down A Avenue between the Lake Oswego Heritage House (398 10th St) and Millennium Plaza Park (200 1st St). The parade is followed by a 4th of July celebration from 10:30 to 1:00 at Millennium Plaza Park. Lots of fun activities are planned, including a pie eating contest at noon.

The Lyon’s Club Pancake Breakfast is returning after a 2 year hiatus ( you know why). The breakfast is the biggest fundraiser that the Lake Oswego Lyon’s Club does each year and supports many worthwhile charitable projects. Held in George Roger’s Park (611 S State St), it runs from 8:00-11:00am. For $10 ($7 for kids) you can enjoy a bounty of pancakes and sausages.

Fireworks over the lake will cap off the day. The fireworks are sent skyward from a barge on the West end of the lake. Folks with access via boats surround the barge. There is a bugle player who has for years played the National Anthem, and it is just a sight to behold. The light display begins at approximately 9:45. Be aware that the streets around that part of the lake are closed off to non-residence because of the traffic congestion. I suggest parking out of the area and walking in.

What a terrific day! Pancakes, a parade and fireworks. All in all, something to look forward to.

Market Activity June 6-12, 2022

Last week in Lake Oswego the market remained strong. There were 24 new listings, 8 of which moved quickly to pending status, 27 properties that went under contract and became pending, and 17 sold/closed properties.

We had a big interest rate hike yesterday. This is bound to have an impact. I will be eager to see the market activity reports for the next few weeks as it will let us see the changes that the increased rates are creating.

See below for RMLS details.

New on the Market June 6-12, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathSq Feet
4 Touchstone #85Condo$244,90032.51351
29 Oswego SummitCondo$260,00011669
86 Kingsgate Rd H104Condo$355,00022840
12822 Boones Ferry RdCondo$479,90022.51136
885 McVey AveDetached$569,000311341
4510 Lower DrCondo$575,00032.51729
6240 Burma RdDetached$699,900321724
939 Devon LnDetached$775,000322249
1435 Ash StDetached$799,900532532
1561 Woodland TerrDetached$825,00032.52184
19 TouchstoneDetached$935,000432789
2777 Glen Haven RdDetached$1,200,00042.52560
13248 Rogers RdPlncomm$1,399,00053.53003
688 6th StDetached$1,940,00042.52939
720 6th StDetached$2,300,00043.54601
1475 Chandler RdDetached$3,495,00044.54863

Pending June 6-12, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq FtCDOM
100 Kerr Pkwy $54Condo$192,0001161730
45 Eagle Crest Dr #504Condo$240,0001176819
45 Eagle Crest Dr #407Condo$259,00021.5105667
4000 Carman Dr #40Condo$300,000229063
196 CervantesCondo$369,00021.5124124
5062 Foothills Dr FCondo$445,00022125217
6331 Shakespeare StDetached$519,90031.599251
13296 Vermeer DrDetached$725,00032.5186010
639 1st StAttached$749,90022.513919
5499 Royal Oaks DrDetached$786,0003218173
1537 Ash StDetached$850,00043.524332
17 Masaryk StDetached$985,0004347261
19057 Olson AveDetached$899,00042.524649
13160 Princeton CtDetached$899,00042.5325242
907 Oak StDetached$899,0003224096
29 Del Prado StDetached$1,050,00042303712
4581 Heritage LnDetached$1,088,00032.5211824
16018 Waluga DrDetached$1,150,00042220019
13324 Boones Ferry RdDetached$1,195,00042.5338620
17953 Saint Clair DrDetached$1,299,90073.5543821
873 Country CommonsDetached$1,395,00043360926
18084 Westminster DrDetached$1,399,00053.5502051
17637 Woodhurst PlDetached$1,429,99064.5+.548331
725 Oak Meadow CtDetached$1,625,00042.5+.537538
1281 Tyndall CtDetached$1,679,00043.540493
13740 Knaus RdDetached$1,895,00043.544592
5455 Childs RdDetached$2,395,00043.538702

Sold/Closed June 6-12, 2022

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSq FeetDOM
45 Eagle Crest Dr #405Condo$195,000$170,000105647
47 Eagle Crest Dr #37Condo$229,000$225,0006720
45 Eagle crest Dr #510Condo$255,000$247,5008302
32 Condolea DrCondo$525,000$483,100142028
2 Montain CricleAttached$499,000$500,0001,3724
43 Ladd StDetached$699,500$719,50026327
17311 Mandi LnDetached$695,000$720,00017796
16393 Kimball StDetached$705,000$746,00015224
5875 Bonita RdDetached$955,000$839,000265024
3205 Edgemont RdDetached$774,900$950,00020284
343 3rd StAttached$935,000$1,010,00021013
4331 Sundew CtDetached$1,099,000$1,150,00027904
2855 Upper DrDetached$1,195,000$1,195,000193211
4089 Orchard WayDetached$995,000$1,215,00027433
5563 Bay Creek DrDetached$995,000$1,260,00029133
224 Iron Mountain BlvdDetached$1,795,000$1,850,00029644
820 Fairway RdDetached$1,930,000$2,106,00037582

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

Market Activity Report May 23-29, 2022

The market remains strong and very active. In Lake Oswego last week there were 19 new listings, 7 of which are already in pending status, 27 properties that accepted offers and went pending, and 19 properties that were sold/closed.

See below for RMLS details.

New Listings May 23-39, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathSq Feet
4405 Thunder Vista LnCondo$459,00022.51922
1 Oriole LnDetached$625,00032.52317
13296 Vermeer DrDetached$725,00032.51860
490 Boca Ratan DrDetached$899,000322026
791 4th StDetached$979,000321568
100 Leonard St 4-2Condo$1,395,00032.53137
520 C AveAttached$1,478,00033.53242
1839 Palisades Lake CtDetached$1,599,00043.54570
3001 Westview CtDetached$1,850,00043.54216
17426 Bergis Farm DrDetached$1,990,00043.54555
18735 Bryant RdDetached$2,895,00043.55544
3119 Douglas CircleDetached$4,300,00034.37086
708 McVey AveDetached$4,380,00043.53085

Pending May 23-29, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq FtCDOM
44 Eagle Crest Dr #12Condo$199,900117984
44 Eagle Crest Dr #34Condo$295,0003210855
4 Touchstone #124Condo$320,00032.5135148
4000 Carman Dr #33Condo$362,0002211032
5062 Foothills Dr FCondo$445,0002212524
16661 Lake Forest BlvdDetached$570,0003193620
5650 Childs RdDetached$599,9003219808
1225 Cornell StDetached$699,0003213951
4752 DawnDetached$700,0003215504
1700 Yarmouth CircleDetached$725,0002214777
4774 OakridgeDetached$749,9003121045
570 2nd StAttached$750,00022.514644
3205 Edgemont RdDetached$774,90032.520284
32 Greenridge Ct #32Attached$774,90032.522194
1249 Larch StDetached$899,00044365415
4201 Cobb WayDetached$900,00043224210
15213 Candlewood CtDetached$950,00042.527574
12341 SW Orchard Hill RdDetached$960,00043.527249
15569 Village Park CtDetached$1,075,00042.527552
4331 Sundew CtDetached$1,099,00032.527904
2855 Upper DrDetached$1,195,00022193211
13399 Streamside CtDetached$1,249,00042.532183
19460 Eastside RdDetached$1,299,00053.5+.5452120
19460 Chad DrDetached$1,395,00042.5370714
7 Nansen SummitDetached$1,495,00044.556403
5006 Upper DrDetached$1,499,90043.5328419
642 8th StDetached$1,995,00042.5+.532933

Sold/Closed May 23-29, 2022

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSq FeetDOM
45 Eagle Crest Dr #316Condo$215,000$210,000600168
44 Eagle Crest Dr #10Condo$210,000$225,0447983
47 Eagle Crest Dr #20Condo$280,000$292,00010093
210 Oswego SummitCondo$395,500$421,00015065
4206 Woodside CircleAttached$529,000$529,0001,7997
5073 W Sunset DrAttached$515,000$550,00017206
10 Eagle Crest DrDetached$599,000$599,00018854
6025 Kenny StDetached$599,000$655,00012544
18554 Hallberg CtDetached$699,900$730,00012203
5710 Windfield LoopDetached$699,900$731,50018226
18413 Deer Oak CircleDetached$764,000$823,95518666
18440 Sandpiper CircleDetached$789,000$844,00014474
355 6th StAttached$975,000$1,050,00023627
13581 Fielding RdDetached$1,100,000$1,175,00021524
17596 Oak Meadow LnDetached$1,599,000$1,700,00028442
1415 Horseshoe CurveDetached$2,095,000$2,095,000381610
4460 Upper DrDetached$2,700,000$2,550,000408139
15825 Oswego Shore CtDetached$2,998,000$2,700,000431712
15508 Diamond Head RdDetached$3,480,000$3,098,7003900227

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

Featured Property: 71 Touchstone

This is the sort of property that rarely comes up for sale in this price range in Lake Oswego. Priced at $925,000, it is all on one-level, has an attached, 3-car garage, and backs to a park. Those 3 elements, for less than $1,000,000, is just flat out rare.

Built in 1971, it has been extensively remodeled and updated. The kitchen and all 3 bathrooms are new. All of the windows and flooring are new, as are the light fixtures and doors.

The kitchen features gas cooking, stainless steel appliances and granite counters.

The primary suite has a sitting room, and the bath features double sinks, marble, a custom walk-in shower, and a free-standing soaking tub.

Located in Mountain Park, the home belongs to the Mountain Park Home Owner’s Association. Dues are $526 every six months and allows the owner to enjoy a lap pool, a recreation pool, basketball, a gym, and 15 miles of walking paths.

Did I mention that it backs to a secluded park with a playround? You can watch children on the swings out the back window and there is a gate for quick access.

The property is shown by appointment only. Please call either Linda or myself to set up an appointment.

As always, thanks for reading the blotter.

Dianne

The Willamette Shore Trolley is Back!

The Willamette Shore Trolley will be rolling down the tracks again starting May 28th.

This historic trolley is operated by the Oregon Electric Railway HIstorical Society. It’s a charming experience due to the charm of the trolley the wonderful sights to be seen along the way.

The route is 10.5 miles, round trip. It starts at the trolley station, 311 N State Street and runs to Bancroft Street near the South Waterfront in SW Portland. It includes two trestles, one of which is the 686 foot Riverwood Trestle, and the 1,396 foot Elk Rock Tunnel. The tunnel makes a gentle “S” curve that creates total darkness in the middle of the tunnel. Don’t worry, the trolley is lit up and it’s just really fun.

Scheduling and Ticket information can be found by clicking here.

The trolley runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until September 4th. Parking is free.

Years ago I took my Mom for a ride on the Trolley for her birthday. We packed a picnic and enjoyed lunch as we road the route. I’m not sure that they any longer allow food, so call ahead and find out before you try this. My point is this, memories are made on the trolley and it is so much fun to enjoy.

Market Activity May 9-15, 2022

May and June are the peak of the annual real estate market. Yards are in bloom and people are still in town, not to mention that it makes sense to move during summer school break. It’s a great time of year to sell your house.

In Lake Oswego last week we had 39 properties go onto the market, 10 of which went into pending status the same week. There were 13 properties that went pending, and 20 sold/closed sales.

See below for RMLS data.

New on the Market May 9-15, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq Ft
100 Kerr Pkwy #54Condo$173,00011617
4 Touchstone #77Condo$245,00032.51351
38 Oswego SummitCondo$289,500221140
18963 Longfellow AveDetached$649,00031.51232
43 Ladd StDetached$699,500322632
16393 Kimball StDetached$705,000321522
19125 Longfellow AveDetached$715,000422227
1249 Larch StDetached$899,000443654
22 Juarez StDetached$950,00042.53096
4201 Cobb WayDetached$950,000432242
21 TouchstoneDetached$959,90042.51918
5674 Charles CircleDetached$1,050,00042.52632
4581 Heritage LnDetached$1,088,00032.52632
5336 Lower DrDetached$1,095,00032.52549
14061 Taylors Crest LnDetached$1,199,00042.52942
4222 Cobb WayDetached$1,295,000432243
4146 Chad DrDetached$1,395,00042.53707
873 Country CommonsDetached$1,510,000433609
138 Del Prado StDetached$1,675,000$544500
224 Iron Mountain BlvdDetached$1,795,000432964
1025 Schukart LnDetached$2,050,000434233
1425 Maple StDetached$2,235,00043.53583
14383 Fosberg RdDetached$2,250,00043.54543
13258 Amber PlDetached$2,395,00044.53735
864 6th StDetached$3,195,00054.55266
755 Ellis AveDetached$3,600,00054.54966
3012 Lakeview BlvdDetached$5,850,00054.55957
4948 Hampton CtDetached$1,100,00023.53434
2855 Upper DrDetached$1,195,000221932

Pending Sales May 9-15,2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq FtCDOM
45 Eagle Crest Dr #405Condo$195,00021.5105647
86 Kingsgate Rd E103Condo$370,000229245
164 Kingsgate RdDetached$689,0003217815
17311 Mandi LnDetached$695,00042.517796
1797 Fern PlDetached$714,9003217272
18440 Sandpiper CircleDetached$789,0003214474
4133 Milissa DrDetached$995,00042.528721
4089 Orchard WayDetached$995,00042.527433
10 Morningview LnDetached$1,049,90043.5384811
19652 River Rn DrDetached$1,088,00042.526174
15804 Allison PlDetached$1,350,00042.5366232
1041 C AveDetached$2,095,00054.532912
4235 Lords LnDetached$2,500,00043.537053

Sold/Closed Properties May 9-15, 2022

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSq FeetDOM
45 Eagle Crest Dr #309Condo$259,900$229,900105628
4 Touchstone #69Condo$239,900$235,000135129
3970 Carman DrCondo$434,000$434,00011975
3924 Carman DrCondo$435,000$437,000113915
24 Condolea DrCondo$469,000$487,0001,4484
16 Oriole LnDetached$599,950$541,000152047
4 Preakness CtAttached$650,000$625,000198536
16053 Lake Forest BlvdDetached$799,950$890,00021003
920 Capilano CtDetached$999,000$1,030,00028873
16525 Glenwood CtDetached$890,000$1,050,00022984
2 Westminster DrDetached$875,000$1,070,000282260
2525 Dellwood DrDetached$950,000$1,150,00028364
26 Briarwood RdDetached$1,279,000$1,259,000255419
38 Briarwood RdDetached$1,279,000$1,280,000255421
14190 Taylors Crest LnDetached$1,299,000$1,350,00029614
19428 35th CtDetached$1,070,000$1,350,00029614
19505 Olson AveDetached$1,250,000$1,400,00030222
217 5th StDetached$1,149,000$1,425,00021741
17897 Sundown CtDetached$1,750,000$1,690,000375545
324 9th StDetached$1,695,000$1,800,00027433

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings.

Market Activity April 30-May 1, 2022

Last week in Lake Oswego we had 18 new listings, 10 of which are now in pending status, 25 properties that accepted offers and went pending, and 18 sold/closed sales.

See below for RMLS data.

New on the Market April 30-May 1 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq Ft
4 Touchstone #119Condo$239,900321351
66 WheatherstoneCondo$650,00043.52500
1299 Hide A Way LnDetached$849,900321893
10 Morningview LnDetached$1,049,00043.53848
13300 Fox RunDetached$1,495,00052.54484
17766 Marylcreek DrDetached$1,499,90043.54470
5030 Firwood RdDetached$2,950,000544017
3015 Wembley Park RdDetached$3,500,00054.55211

Pending Sales April 30-May 1, 2022

AddressTypePriceBRBathsSq FtCDOM
44 Eagle Crest Dr #10Condo$210,000117982
4631 Lakeview BlvdCondo$210,000117530
3433 McNary Pkwy #208Condo$299,0002210083
520 S State StCondo$339,0002191415
200 Burnham Rd #406Condo$340,00021119919
210 Oswego SummitCondo$395,5002215065
24 Condolea DrCondo$469,0002214484
16 Oriole LnDetached$499,95022144819
4206 Woodside CirAttached$529,0003217997
10 Eagle Crest DrDetached$599,00032.518854
1825 Cedar CtDetached$700,0003116643
4752 Rembrandt LnDetached$700,00032.516416
5497 Willow CtAttached$749,90032.5242756
18413 Deer Oak CirDetached$764,0004218666
13855 Verte CtDetached$774,90032.5183522
762 9th StDetached$799,5002212814
12860 Sierra Vista DrDetached$880,0003223072
3130 Duncan DrDetached$899,00063.530072
13160 Princeton CtDetached$949,00042.532522
355 6th StAttached$975,00033.523623
5542 Dunmire DrDetached$1,015,00042.532564
217 5th StDetached$1,149,00032.521741
364 Northshore RdDetached$1,200,0003220661
324 9th StDetached$1,695,00032.527433
15825 Oswego Shore CtDetached$2,998,00033.5431712

Sold/Closed April 30-May 1, 2022

AddressTypeList PriceSold PriceSq FeetDOM
47 Eagle Crest Dr #16Condo$239,000$230,00093232
213 CervantesCondo$329,000$325,000121626
211 CervantesCondo$339,000$339,000110012
3958 Carman DrCondo$424,900$450,000113315
6321 Alyssa TerrAttached$499,900$508,0001,5465
5211 Madrona StDetached$574,900$600,00020428
2091 Bonniebrae DrAttached$625,000$650,00017926
6240 Shakespeare StDetached$625,000$697,50012384
4958 Galen StDetached$729,000$740,000201419
2542 Orchard Hill LnDetached$790,000$975,00017544
1004 Cumberland PlDetached$1,100,000$1,125,00033134
1909 Palisades TerraceDetached$1,150,000$1,240,00031003
13483 Snowberry CtDetached$1,150,000$1,350,00035183
4168 Chad DrDetached$1,249,000$1,450,00037442
1000 Upper Devon LnDetached$1,695,000$1,600,000353526
1979 County Club RdDetached$1,599,000$1,800,00041431
13744 Knaus RdDetached$1,850,000$1,850,000458735
13636 Goodall RdDetached$2,395,000$2,395,00043487

Criteria:Homes in the 97034 and 97035 zip code, listed, pending or sold between the dates listed above as reported by the Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS). DETACHD refers to Single Family Detached Residence, MFG refers to manufactured housing, and ATTACHD refers to single-family residences with some portion of the structure attached to another property, but not constituting CONDO ownership. DOM stands for days on market, or the number of days from when the listing became active and when it received an acceptable offer, with CDOM standing for “cumulative days on market” accounting for “refreshed” listings

Planning for Home Improvement Projects

Taking on home remodeling is a big task. It’s extremely disruptive to any home, but making some basic plans will really help. Here are 7 suggestions to make your project go as smoothly as possible.

  1. Put yourself in a mind set to be patient. Get recommendations for contractors from people you know. If they’ve had a good experience, you are also likely to have a good experience. In addition, Linda and I can be a resource. Plan to be patient. Good contractors book out well in advance.
  2. Consider renting some storage space. One of the biggest delays in a construction project is erratic or delayed delivery times. With good planning you can purchase materials in advance and store them so that they are readily available at the time that they are needed.
  3. Get creative. If wood lengths are unavailable, buy longer pieces and cut them down to fabricate unavailable lengths.
  4. Scale back. With the soaring cost of materials (up 400% at its peak) many contractors are writing into their contracts that the homeowner will absorb price changes. So consider doing a modified, smaller project so that you don’t get caught spending more than you had planned

5. Use reclaimed materials. It can add charm, be more affordable, and contribute to sustainability

6. Think out of the box. Perhaps your project can be accomplished using a pre-fab accessory dwelling unity. There are fewer supply chain issues with these buildings and they can easily be used as an office, bonus room, or additional bedroom.

7. There is no longer an off season. Good contractors are in high demand year around. Every season of the year is busy. To deal with this, go back to number 1. Patience, patience, patience.

Thanks for reading the blotter!

Dianne