Our Top Three Waterfront Sales

 

Waterfront living isn’t unique to the Puget Sound region, but it’s definitely part of what makes working as a Realtor in the area so special.  Jeff, Miles and I have listed and sold some really great waterfront properties over the years. They’ve each had features you would expect to find with a waterfront property, but they’ve also had personal histories that have made each house unique – and uniquely personal to us. Here are three of our favorite waterfront sales.

 

 

 

 

First up is a Raft Island Modern that was rebuilt from the foundation up in 2008 for an artist friend of ours and her husband.  The architect for the project was their son, which made owning and living in the house extra special for them. Some of my favorite things about this house are the open volumes of space, the mix of repurposed wood and steel, the huge windows overlooking Henderson Bay, the expansive wrap-around deck and the artist studio up above the house.  It’s rare to find this combination of drama, elegance and craftsmanship on the water, which made this home a pleasure to list and sell.

 

 

 

Waterfront homes aren’t just limited to the saltwater shores of the sound.  There are also lots of fantastic lakefront homes in the area. A buyer client of ours recently purchased a beautiful, historic home in Lakewood with 130 feet of water frontage on desirable Gravelly Lake.  Our client was looking for a home that was big enough to entertain her kids and grandkids, and this house definitely delivered. Features include a spacious gourmet kitchen, a formal dining room, comfortable sitting areas and several decks with views of the lake.  This gated property also includes a dock and a two car detached garage with a guest apartment above.

 

 

 

 

The last home on our waterfront “tour” is a spectacular west-facing property in Poulsbo that we sold to friends of ours a few years back.  The house was originally built for a glass artist in 1997, and his handcrafted light fixtures and stained glass windows can be seen throughout.  This property embodies the best of the Pacific Northwest lifestyle – sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains, easy access to the water for paddle boarding and kayaking and an abundance of oysters, mussels and crab just waiting to be harvested.  We’ve been lucky enough to enjoy many a feast over the years at this one of a kind waterfront gem.

 

 

 

 

There are a lot of things to consider when you’re buying or selling a waterfront home – soil stability and drainage, bulkhead condition, tideland rights and moorage capacity to name just a few.  That’s why it’s important to partner with a Realtor who has experience with waterfront homes and a good working knowledge about what makes them unique. If you’re thinking about buying or selling a waterfront home, we’re here to help.

 

Mark Pinto is a top-producing Realtor with Windermere Professional Partners, specializing in residential real estate in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, University Place and Lakewood.

Mark Pinto: (253) 318-0923

MarkPinto@windermere.com

Posted on May 30, 2019 at 5:03 pm
South Sound Property Group | Category: Architecture, Community, Gig Harbor Real Estate, Historic Homes, Waterfont Living

Gig Harbor has Modest Price Increases in the 2nd Quarter

Posted on July 28, 2018 at 4:20 pm
South Sound Property Group | Category: Gig Harbor Real Estate, Market Statistics

What does the Building Moratorium in Gig Harbor Mean for Home Owners?

In response to increasing buyer demand for housing in Pierce County and a persistent shortage of inventory, developers have been building new homes in Gig Harbor at a rapid rate.  The Gig Harbor City Council recently responded to this development boom by passing a building moratorium on new residential development applications, forcing developers to put upcoming projects on hold.

I’ve had questions from several clients about what this moratorium means and whether or not they should be concerned about what that does to their plans to buy and sell property in Gig Harbor. As a result, I’ve decided to share the information here that I’ve recently been discussing with them.

 Why did GHCC use a moratorium and what does it entail?

In a recent Tacoma News Tribune article, Gig Harbor council member Michael Perrow said the council had instituted the moratorium because they felt the “rapid pace of development has created vast concern” among community members and that vesting of certain permit applications would be “detrimental to public health”. The ordinance imposes a six month moratorium upon the receipt and processing of subdivision applications and applications for building permits and other land use development approvals associated with residential development.  Click here for the full article.

What does this mean?

The city council is concerned that current zoning regulations may no longer be appropriate and/or sufficient in light of recent growth.  Applications for new developments are coming in so rapidly that the city wants to take some time (6 months) to figure out what changes might need to be made to ensure that the infrastructure can handle this explosion of new residential development, and to determine how to slow down growth if necessary. 

 You already bought land and have submitted your applications.  Now what?

There are exceptions to the moratorium:

  • Any valid permits that were filed before the moratorium passed and simply need to be processed.
  • Permits for repair, remodeling, restoration or additions to existing single-family dwellings.
  • Replacement of any existing single-family dwellings.
  • Permits and applications for “accessory uses and structures associated with existing residential dwellings units.”
  • Applications for final plats or short plats.
  • Any site improvements or utility extensions that are necessary to obtain approval for final plats, final short plats or preliminary plat applications submitted before the moratorium was imposed.

 

If you were thinking about purchasing land for construction in Gig Harbor, should you forget about it?

In my opinion, it’s safe to continue looking for vacant land in Gig Harbor if you are considering single-family new construction. According to The City of Gig Harbor, permits for a single-family home on an existing recorded lot will still be processed.  If you are thinking about developing a subdivision, that is a different story.  I would recommend taking a pause, because zoning and density regulations may end up changing in the near future.   If the moratorium continues beyond the six months, we could see the prices for existing homes in Gig Harbor inflate more rapidly than they would without the building stop, which could be good for current home-owners.  For full details on the Gig Harbor moratorium in the City’s own words click here.

How long will this moratorium last?

Mayor Kit Kuhn said that the city will need to entertain official public comment on the moratorium at the March 26th regular city council meeting before any timing decisions are finalized.  Though temporary in nature, this moratorium is expected to last for at least six months.

 

Miles Eaton is a top-producing Realtor with Windermere in Tacoma specializing in the purchase and sale of historic and luxury homes.  Click here to e-mail Miles or feel free to give him a call at (253) 355-5862.

 

Posted on March 20, 2018 at 3:09 pm
South Sound Property Group | Category: Buying A Home, Gig Harbor Real Estate, New Construction | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Gig Harbor Property Values Increase in 4th Quarter 2017

Posted on January 31, 2018 at 1:21 pm
South Sound Property Group | Category: Gig Harbor Real Estate