What Makes Queen Anne Special?

The Queen Anne neighborhood is a very desirable area to live in Seattle. Home to breathtaking views, tree-lined streets, friendly neighbors, shops, dining, and so much more, it’s hard to think of a reason to not live here!  Almost 20 parks fill the area, offering play structures, tennis courts, baseball fields, grassy areas for a picnic or a peaceful place for reading. One of the most famous parks in Seattle, Kerry Park, is situated on Queen Anne with stunning views of the Space Needle, downtown, Mt. Rainier and the Puget Sound; a photographers dream.  Queen Anne Avenue boasts mixed-use spaces, including coffee shops, ice cream, restaurants, clothing boutiques, grocery stores, offices and apartments. Homes in the area are quaint and charming and offer a variety of architectural styles including Craftsman and Tudor among others. Many who own homes in Queen Anne enjoy a private backyard in the heart of the city, amazing views of city, water and mountains and a variety of home sizes and special features.  Lower Queen Anne is a vibrant area with a more active nightlife, urban flair and is home to the brand new Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation campus. It was ranked number 7 out of 78 neighborhoods in Seattle for it’s Walk Score, as it grants convenient access to daily needs and activities. From anywhere in Queen Anne, you have the advantage of a small community feel within the city. Living close to Seattle Center, which includes the Space Needle, Experience Music Project Science Fiction Museum, many other attractions and festivals throughout the year, you are never far from entertainment and activities with friends, family and visitors. If you’re searching for a home in the area, please let us know if you have any questions. We are more than happy to help, whether you’re moving here from out of state, another country, or a nearby Seattle neighborhood!

Buying, Selling, Don’t know?

It seems this spring has called for a busier real estate market, and we won’t complain a bit.

Are you thinking of purchasing or selling a home? Are you undecided or just have some questions? Buying or selling is a big decision, so stop by our office on Queen Anne Avenue. We’re here to help you! If you’ve been looking or just started your search for a home, you’ve come to the right place. Queen Anne Real Estate just listed a spectacular downtown condominium. It has dramatic floor to ceiling windows with amazing views of Puget Sound and the Space Needle. Check it out under our “Featured Listings,” tab on the home page and view our other listings that may fit what you’re looking for.

Friday!

Whether you are working this weekend, or have the weekend off, it’s supposed to be sunny and warm. Very, sunny and warm! I think we are all ready for a long dose of sunshine, and according to the news, that’s what we’re heading into.  What I find so great this time of year (more often when the sun is out), is how happy people are. Walking down the street you see smiling faces– and lots of them. Whether you head downtown to bustling Pike Place Market, have a picnic at Gasworks Park in Fremont, or take guests to enjoy great views from Kerry Park, so many people will be outside enjoying the weather.

Happy Friday!

Co-op vs. Condominium

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between a co-op and a condominium?

Some people assume there is a difference, but what actually sets them apart? A condominium is classified as real property and is privately owned. Purchasing a co-op is different. You buy into a co-op becoming a shareholder in the corporation that owns the property.

What can I expect from each?

You can kind of think of owning a condo like renting an apartment. You live in a complex that is divided into multiple units, and rather than paying rent, you own your unit. As a condominium owner, you, along with all other residents, collectively own the common spaces. You will pay monthly dues that will go towards the upkeep of these common spaces. Generally, condo’s are managed by one or two people who oversee the daily operations.

In a co-op, residents pay monthly dues to cover common space maintenance costs, similar to a condo. Often, these shared spaces are maintained by the shareholders or members though, keeping costs lower than having an on-site or off-site manager. Since a co-op is a corporation, business and financial decisions are generally made by a board of directors–in most cases with shareholder input and votes.

So, which is better?

Like anything, each may have different benefits or drawbacks, depending on what’s best suited for you. The most important thing if you are considering purchasing either is to do as much research as you can. This way, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting into and what may be a better fit.

Investopedia.com “Housing Cooperatives:A Unique Type of Home Ownership,” by Lisa Smith and Wikipedia, “Housing Cooperative.”

We, along with many businesses on the Ave, hung our Farmers Market poster quickly after receiving it. Although our weather may not act like it, I think it’s safe to speak for the majority of Seattle residents when I say we are very ready for summer, and with summer, comes Queen Anne Farmers Market. Colorful fruits and vegetables, crafted foods, handmade art, people of all ages, sunshine (hopefully) and a sense of community lining the booths of Queen Anne Farmers Market make us happy to live in Queen Anne. Its central location at the top of the hill grants convenient access to Thursday night dinner ingredients, a gift for a friend or a treat for yourself. According to the Queen Anne Neighbors for Responsible Growth, attendance was up by 94 percent last year. Perhaps we’ll see even more growth this year! Look forward to seeing you there!

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Queen Anne Real Estate is a real estate company whose focus is to help you sell or purchase a home. We are appropriately located in the heart of Queen Anne, on Queen Anne Avenue. Our team is comprised of talented agents who each specialize in one neighborhood of Seattle, including Queen Anne. This allows our agents to know a specific area in and out, leading to an effective approach to finding exactly what our clients are looking for. You are important to us–you’re the foundation of our business, and we are here to assist you!

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