Eating, Playing, Kissing and Canoodling: Valentine’s in Kirkland

Do you feel the pressure of Cupid’s bow because you’ve been slow to hatch the perfect Valentine’s Day plan? Don’t worry about it. I’ve got you covered with a few ideas that are sure to put a smile on your sweetheart’s face—and ensure that Cupid’s arrow is aimed at his or her heart, not your head!

Indoor Options

  1. If a fancy, romantic dinner will do the trick for your ideal Valentine’s Day date, Ristorante Paradiso is the place to dine. Serving quintessential Italian cuisine with a wonderful wine list, this stellar restaurant offers an intimate atmosphere and a local vibe. But, it’s always packed—so be sure to make a reservation!
  2. When you’re ready for dessert (and, really, who isn’t?) be sure to make your way to Lady Yum for a scrumptious and delectable assortment of mouth-watering macarons and champagne. 

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  1. If you’re looking for a more casual night out with your sweetheart, why not keep it low key and have a few local beers or ciders and play a round or two of Mini Golf at Flatstick Pub? It’s always fun, and you can even bring your pooch—because I know who is really the love of your life, am I right?

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Outdoor Options

It’s hard to choose favorites when there are so many gorgeous parks and beautiful water views in Kirkland but here are my “Top Three” because of their spectacular sunset views around Lake Washington.

  1. Lake Lane
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  2. David E. Brink Park dock 


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3. And this cute, little chair for two at Carillon Point 

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When you post on Facebook or Instagram or tweet about your experiences in and around town, be sure to use #kirklandpeach to showcase our beautiful community—I may just feature your experience in my next post!

My Name is Georgia, friends call me Peach. I live in Kirkland where I have been helping Buyers and Sellers for 14 fun years! 206.948.0431

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Totem Lake Drone Flyover

2017 in Kirkland has some big changes ahead in Totem Lake! Check out the redev as seen through this flyover provided by Blake Swanson.
Word on the street is that Chick fil-A is planning to open soon in Kirkland following the demolition of Denny’s Restaurant in Totem Lake.
 
If you live within a 2 mile radius of Totem Lake, you can expect your property values to see some major gains as this entire area is redeveloped! Woot Woot!
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OMG HOA! How to deal.

It’s a love/hate relationship when it comes to HOAs.

Homeowner Associations are well-intentioned. But man! An HOA can be a nightmare to deal with.

We like some of what they do:  Keep the monument at the entrance  prim and proper, police the yards, dogs and trash cans in the neighborhood, insure maintenance of security gates, pools and elevators, maintain the community flower beds….

That’s all great! Those rules keeps the neighborhood enjoyable and tidy!

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No one wants to live next to the one house that never practices pride of homeownership and only demonstrates deferred maintenance.

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Recently I’ve had my own clash with an HOA when they told me I could not hold a Sunday Open House!

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WHAT?!!! Are you kidding me?

Here are 3 rules I advise my new Buyer’s and current homeowners to practice to avoid fees,  notices and in general icky feelings from their neighbors staring them down.

  1. Always ask first when it comes to exterior renovations, and interior if you own a condo.
  2. Document everything and with pictures when possible.
  3. Get on the  HOA board! Participate in your HOA or at least go to meetings quarterly.

 

If you have any specific Q’s about your HOA and what rules may/may not apply, give me a call/text. I can probably answer your question or find out quicker than you can dig up your Re-Sale Certificate or neighborhood CC&R’s.

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My name is Georgia. My friends call me Peach. I live in Kirkland where I’ve been working with Buyers and Sellers for 12+ years!  #206.948.0431 | GeorgiaWall@JohnLScott.com

Fix your “foggy brain” or get a Vita Shot hangover cure with Dr. Tacita!

Have your ever had your Brain Fitness analyzed? Curious about what kind of results a Dermapen will give you? Maybe you have a vacation coming up and are in serious need of a pre-bikini detox!

Meet Dr. Tacita Robertson- a Naturopathic Physician who has recently opened the doors of her own clinic appropriately named, A Greater Whole.

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You can find her on Market Street, next door to IMAJ Pilates, where she offers a full range of Alternative and Holistic Heath services.

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Dr. Tacita is a good friend of mine, a busy Mom to her darling 2-year-old twins and now a proud local business owner.

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We talked about her clinic and how her unique vision for her clinic makes it a compelling choice for local Kirklandites who want to optimize their nutrition, overall health, mood & physical appearance.

Kirkland Peach: What is your Mission?

Dr. Tacita: To help people achieve a happy, healthy, vibrant life + receive medical treatment that is customized to them.Treating not suppressing symptoms is my goal. This can include diet recommendations and treating symptoms by analyzing the DNA. This is not treatment for the masses. This is highly individualized. 

​KP: What makes your practice unique?

Dr. Tacita: I practice a combination of primary care, esthetic skin care and brain fitness (fixing the “foggy brain” feeling, increasing memory, guidance for recovery from head injuries, and preventative suggestions to avoid Dementia later in life…).

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KP: What are your favorite products?

Dr. Tacita: Vita Shots for hangover cures and mood boosters. Wouldn’t it be great if you could treat your symptoms instead of taking a sick day at work?

KP: What would my first appointment look like?

Dr. Tacita: We would start with a 75 min session of me just getting to know you. I want to find out what my clients need and what will help them feel at their optimum level in all areas! My patients need to be 18+ years of age. And some forms of insurance is accepted! ( *Dr. Tacita occasionally hosts a Ladies Night of Beauty Fun as well! )

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KP: When you are not at the clinic, where might we find you?

Dr. Tacita: Cafe Zoca, Kirkland Crossfit or Homegrown.

For more information:

info@agreaterwhole.com

(425) 836-6650

250 Market St, Kirkland, Washington 98033

http://www.agreaterwhole.com/

DTK Spotlight on Asher Goods

You know the store…every time you pass by the glass garage door facade on Lake Street you can’t help but to smell the leather and cedar.

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The name, Asher, is partly derived from the Hebrew meaning for good or blessing.

The store exudes the warmth of a cabin and provokes a sturdy approach to mens fashion.

Walking inside you may get half of a nod from the stores “mascot” Dino. He lays under the table most days hardly doing his fair share of the chores around Asher Goods.

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Store Owners Jerry and Matt have put together a thoughtful collection of clothing and accessories to help keep the men of Kirkland looking rugged yet polished. Which – isn’t that the perfect Pacific Northwest blend?

Asher Goods opened here this summer after 2 years in Ballard and hit the Downtown Kirkland scene with a much needed manly inspired splash!

Q and A:

Kirkland Peach: What’s your favorite part of owning a store in Downtown Kirkland?

Jerry: The loyalty is fierce! Kirkland loves to support it’s own!

Kirkland Peach: What is your favorite product in the store?

Jerry: It’s hard to pick one! But typically anything made my Filsen.

Kirkland Peach: What is your favorite place to shop in Kirkland?

Jerry: When I’m not holding down the fort at Asher Goods you may find me at The Epicurean Edge.

If you haven’t yet, check them out and give Dino a little pat!!

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I’m so excited about this listing I could burst! A career listing years in the making!

The Wall Team lists Equestrian Estate on Sammamish Plateau

Carole and I are excited to represent our friends as the sell their Estate listing and begin a new chapter in their lives. This home ownership opportunity is so unique. Check out the exterior pictures and come through our open house this Sunday 8/31/14

601 254th Ave NE, Redmond 98074/ NWMLS 679827 / $1,078,900

Open House Sunday from 2-4pm.

Call for your private viewing: 206-948-0431

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Equestrian Estate. A truly rare opportunity to own 5+ acres on the Sammamish Plateau. Picturesque pastures w/ 3 stall barn: tongue/groove stalls, tack room served by sink + hot water heater. 3 fenced pastures w track built according to the book “Paddock Paradise” written by Jaime Jackson. Kitchen offers granite slab, stainless appliances. Main floor master w/ claw foot tub in master bath. Enormous Rec rm + 3 bdrms upstairs. Wonderful location minutes to highly rated schools & local amenities.

My New “East of Market” Listing in Kirkland! Open This Sunday from 1-4pm

Desirable East of Market location, privacy, views, and fully remodeled interior are just a few features that make this house an instant home! 3,770 SF of luxury; 4 bedrooms, home theater, chef’s kitchen, Viking range, granite counters, hardwood flooring, walk-in closets, French doors, and lovely fully-fenced backyard with play structure. Palatial master bathroom with endless light, you’ll never want to leave. Detached garage with custom cabinetry and extensive storage. Truly a must-see!

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There are two things I just absolutely love….selling homes and Kirkland properties. When they come together it’s just magic! This home is a stunner. Proud to be co-listing with Matt Van Winkle representing Remax On the Lake.

Ask me about your home value. Experience and knowledge count.

I’m Georgia. My friends call me Peach. And I live in Kirkland where I represent Buyers and Sellers for the last 10 years in Real Estate. georgiawall@remaxot.com

A “balanced” housing market. Coming…to a neighborhood near you.

The Northwest Multiple Listing Service has released new stats.

18% change in listings on the market over last month.

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What does that mean? It means there is a finally a little bit more on the market. Buyers are just starting to feel that shift of more homes to choose from and less pressure.

In general, 4-5 months of housing supply is considered average, or an indication of a balanced market. If the supply drops below 6 months, some consider it to be a sellers market with prices expected to rise. When supply is greater than 6 months, prices are more likely to fall.
Current housing supply is hedging up to meet the demand.

Whoa. Ya, it’s been a while since I’ve heard the word “balanced” in relation to the housing market.
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My advice:
Sellers: Set listed. Get on the market. * Les go! * Don’t wait.
Buyers: Get serious about looking. You may not see it right away but you need to at least be ready when you find it. You won’t have to give away your 1st born to buy a home. I can help you with SMART strategy.
Current home owners: Check your interest rate and ask me about your current home value. With enough equity in your home (finally) now is a good time to refinance and get that PMI dropped off your monthly payment.
Renters: Really!? Do I even need to say it? As soon as the market gets balanced out rates WILL go up. A 1% change could price you out of the market entirely. You could go from pre-approved to not-a-chance. Don’t waste time. There is not a housing bubble. Get on the home ownership bandwagon.

I’m Georgia. My friends call me Peach. I live in Kirkland where I have been helping Buyers and Sellers with smart strategy for 10 years. Experience Counts.

So You’ve Decided to Sell…

You’re gonna put your house on the market. And it’s a big deal. It always is. People don’t just move for the fun of it.

Job change
Baby on the way
A new relationship has formed, or ended.
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Whatever the reason, it is stressful. And getting as much equity out of your home as possible is very important.

I get it. I do! 10 years and 100’s of houses Sold later, I have heard a lot of fears about moving.

So why…WHY!… would you trust this massive life change and huge financial transaction to a random agent or friend who just got their license last week?
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At least ask the following 3 Questions:
1) How many homes have they sold?
2) Who will take the photographs?
3) How do they analyze the Buyer’s contracts?

The Real Estate agent you want:
1) Should possess experience
2) Hire professionals to do photographs (no pictures from the camera on the phone!)
3) Demonstrate knowledge in how to examine a contract to see if the buyer is truly qualified
Benjamin Haynes

I’m Georgia. My friends call me Peach. And I live in Kirkland where I work on behalf of both buyers and sellers in Real Estate since 2003. Follow me @KirklandPeach.