Victorian Beauty & Commencement Bay Views Await: Discover this 4-Bedroom, 2-Bath Home in North Tacoma 

A one-of-a-kind opportunity presents itself with this captivating Victorian residence that’s nestled in a prime North Tacoma neighborhood. Built in 1927 and showcasing vintage charm at every turn, this 2,043-square-foot gem features 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and delightful living spaces designed with entertaining in mind. Gorgeous outdoor space is in the mix as well, and sweeping, unobstructed views of Commencement Bay, Mt. Rainier, and beyond are all yours! Located at 3418 N Union Ave Tacoma, WA 98407 and just blocks to both the heart of the Proctor District and the waterfront, this home is listed for $650,000. 

While this lovingly cared for home boasts much of its original aesthetic, newer updates (which include the roof, windows, skylights, electrical, and heating) all provide new owners with peace of mind. In the formal living room, a grand wood burning fireplace anchors the space, while huge picture windows offer idyllic views that stretch on into the scenic distance. Entertain guests in style or just enjoy quiet evenings snuggled up on the couch while a cozy fire roars—home-sweet-home just doesn’t get better than this! 

The layout flows right into the dining room, and those who love to host are sure to appreciate having a spacious setting for holiday gatherings and dinner parties. In the expansive kitchen, you’ll find a smart layout that’s brimming with storage options and space to really spread out in. Stainless steel appliances promise efficiency, large counters offer ample space for meal prep, and there’s even room for a potential dining nook. A built-in desk offers the perfect “home office,” and even more cabinetry here ensures you have no shortage of storage options.

The main level also includes a large bedroom and a full bath, and upstairs you’ll find 3 more bedrooms and another full bath. Each bedroom retreat offers something a bit different—vaulted ceilings, wood paneling elements, and stunning bay views all await. Even more flexible space can be found in the basement—there’s a work bench that’s perfect for hobbies, and plenty of storage space as well. 

One of this home’s stand-out highlights is its incredible outdoor setting. At the front of the home, mature landscaping shows off a storybook scene, and perched above it all is a deck that offers one of the best views around. Imagine relaxing on a lounge chair on a warm summer day, or having friends over for al fresco dining—either way, breathtaking views of Commencement Bay provide the perfect backdrop! In the backyard you have even more lovely outdoor space to enjoy, and here, a large deck provides a private setting. 

Living in North Tacoma

At 3418 N Union Ave Tacoma, WA 98407, you’re in North Tacoma’s popular Proctor neighborhood and surrounded by some of Tacoma’s best amenities! The heart of Proctor is just blocks away, and here you’ll find tons of shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and services. Pick up groceries at Metropolitan Market, Safeway, or the Proctor Farmers’ Market; enjoy dining out at places like Europa Bistro, Cactus Proctor, Viva Tacoma, Knapp’s, and Pomodoro Restaurant; shop at places like The Pacific Northwest Shop, Teaching Toys & Books, Compass Rose Tacoma; and head to Blue Mouse Theatre or Chalet Bowl for an evening of entertainment. You’re also just half a mile to Ruston Way, and here you’ll find a lovely trail that runs right along the waterfront, in addition to restaurants and parks. Additionally, Point Ruston with all of its restaurants, shopping, and fun activities is just a 5-minute drive away. 

Interested in learning more? Click here to view the full listing! You can also contact REALTOR® Joyce Shipley online here or give her a call/text at (253) 380-2808.

 


Posted on September 27, 2019 at 11:21 am
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Tacoma Real Estate |

Classic & Updated 4-Bedroom, 3-Bath Home on the Golf Course at Oakbrook in Lakewood 

The opportunity of a lifetime awaits with this wonderfully spacious and updated 3,370-square-foot Oakbrook residence! Featuring 4 bedrooms (the master suite is on the main level), 3 baths, light-filled living spaces, and a pristine, well-appointed kitchen, this home is brimming with elegant comfort and flexibility. Plus, several smart updates ensure you don’t have to worry about a thing—a newer roof and new paint inside and out are all in the mix! Located at 7214 Onyx Dr SW Lakewood, WA 98498 and nestled right along the immaculate green of the Oakbrook Golf Club, this Lakewood gem is listed for $518,000. 

Surrounded by tall evergreens that offer shade and immaculate landscaping, this eye-catching home-sweet-home shows off top-notch curb appeal that’s sure to inspire pride in ownership everytime you pull in the driveway. When you step in through the front door, the entryway invites you in, and the welcoming living room is perfect for relaxation and visiting with guests. A dining room makes it easy to host holiday gatherings and dinner party get-togethers, and both of these versatile spaces feature a calm, neutral color palette. You can easily move right in and begin infusing each beautifully maintained space with your own signature style! 

At the back of the home, you’ll find easy open-concept living. Gorgeous hardwood floors and a fireplace create a warm and cozy atmosphere, and whether you’re snuggled up on the couch for a laid-back evening of catching up on your favorite TV shows or you’re enjoying a game night with loved ones, this living space is a joy to spend time in. The layout flows right into the kitchen, a haven of fashion-forward style and top-notch efficiency. Boasting details like shimmering granite counters, stainless steel appliances, generous cabinetry, and abundant natural light, the kitchen is a definite highlight of the home! The center island not only offers more storage and counter space, but it also provides bar-style seating and a fun, laid-back spot for guests to gather around and visit with each other. 

The main level features 3 bedrooms, which conveniently includes the master suite. In addition to the large bedroom layout, an ensuite bath with spa-inspired finishes is all yours as well! Journey upstairs to find another bedroom, a bath, and a large bonus room, giving you flexibility in use and the potential for a guest suite. 

In the park-like backyard, picturesque outdoor bliss awaits! A huge patio is an entertainer’s dream, and you have more than enough room for comfy outdoor dining sets, lounge chairs, a barbecue, and whatever else you might dream up. Lush green grass meets mature trees and greenery, giving you a rejuvenating view whenever you want to spend time out in the fresh air. And of course, a round of golf is always waiting to be enjoyed—golf enthusiasts are truly in for a treat! 

Living on the Golf Course at Oakbrook in Lakewood 

At 7214 Onyx Dr SW Lakewood, WA 98498, you’re in Lakewood’s Oakbrook community and right on the Oakbrook Golf Course. You’re also surrounded by Lakewood’s many outdoor opportunities—places like Steilacoom Lake, Gravelly Lake, American Lake, Chambers Bay Park, Fort Steilacoom Park, and more are ~12 minutes or less from home! When you need to run errands, you’re only 6 minutes from Lakewood Towne Center, and here you’ll find places like AMC theaters, Target, Safeway, Bed Bath & Beyond, Michaels, PetSmart, Office Depot, 24 Hour Fitness, and several other shops, services, and eateries. You’re also only a 7-minute drive to Walmart Supercenter along Bridgeport Way, and you only have to drive a few more minutes north up Bridgeport Way to access places like Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and more! 

Interested in learning more? Click here to view the full listing! You can also contact REALTOR® Joyce Shipley online here or give her a call/text at (253) 380-2808.


Posted on August 19, 2019 at 10:36 am
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Lakewood Real Estate |

8 Big Reasons You’ll Want to See This Luxury Rainier View Estate (& It’s Finally For Sale!)

Ultimate Pacific Northwest luxury awaits with this extraordinary 20-acre estate. Nestled on a scenic, secluded property and showcasing prime views of majestic Mt. Rainier, this one-of-a-kind estate features a 10,870-square-foot home. Brimming with high-end amenities and expertly curated details throughout, this 5-bedroom, 8-bath beauty is truly a sight to behold. Plus, SeaTac International Airport is only one hour away.

An opportunity like this only comes around once in a lifetime, and there’s room for you to make it your own. You might choose to install a pool oasis, a helipad for your convenience, sport courts, equestrian facilities, an archery range—it’s all within the realm of possibility.

As for what you’ll find with this property’s current offerings, here are 8 of the top reasons why you’ll want to see this treasure in person!

  1. Discover an idyllic outdoor setting that includes stunning views of Mt. Rainier.

Surrounded by picturesque greenery, this 20-acre estate is encapsulated in Northwest beauty. Spend time in the rejuvenating solitude of nature, or entertain guests under the three verandas.

  1. A car enthusiast’s dream awaits… with garages for 8 cars and RV space.

The heated showroom garage is ready to showcase your favorite antique car, and could also be used as a music studio or for catering a grand party. You’ll find a total of 8 garage parking spaces plus Motor Coach parking, providing you with the space you need to keep all of your treasures safe and out of the weather.

  1. High-quality, artisanal details await at every turn.

This residence is simply unlike any other. Great care and attention to detail was given to each element you’ll find in this home where only the finest of finishes can be found. Features like hand hewn walnut floors, imported blown glass doorknobs, stacked stone walls and fireplace, Turkish travertine floors, and more can be found throughout.

You’ll also find amenities that make life so much easier—an elevator offers accessibility, the simple push of a button turns on the lights throughout the entire home at once, and twin chandeliers with blown glass can be raised and lowered for ease of maintenance. The entire home has over 16 miles of smart wire, and you’ll find an elaborate home audio/lighting/security system, designed and installed by Definitive Audio.

  1. Designed with entertaining in mind, this home is ready to host a crowd in style!

As soon as guests arrive, this home’s grand entryway impresses with twin mahogany staircases featuring curved wrought iron railing. Huge windows that stretch toward soaring ceilings beckon from the living room, and sunlight cascades in while framing breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier. Whether you’re having an intimate gathering or hosting the party of the year where everyone you know is invited, guests are sure to feel swept away with this home’s exquisite elegance!

  1. The chef-ready kitchen is an entertainer’s dream!

Unleash your culinary skills in the epic chef’s kitchen where the very best in function meets fashion. Whipping up elaborate meals is a breeze thanks to high-end appliances and a smart design, and multiple seating areas for entertaining ensures that everyone is comfortable.

  1. Resort-worthy amenities are all yours in the sumptuous master suite.

On the main level, the master bedroom offers a gorgeous getaway complete with a fireplace, a 6-piece master bath, and a walk-in closet that is the stuff of dreams! Take in views of Mt. Rainier right from the comfort of bed, indulge in relaxing wellness routines in the spa-like bath, and keep clothing for each season perfectly organized in the expansive walk-in closet.

  1. Find the ultimate hangout in the theatre room and kitchenette.

Movie marathons will never be the same after you’ve kicked back in your private theater room! Grab some popcorn and enjoy a movie on the 10’ projector screen or flat screen, relax in Cinema Tech recliner chairs, and drop the blackout blinds to complete the experience. Wilson, Mezzo & McIntosh equipment are sure to impress and complete this epic home theater. A kitchenette makes the experience all the more enjoyable—refills and snacks are easily within reach!

  1. Attached guest quarters with 1 bedroom, den, and full kitchen suitable for caretaker or nanny.

Whether you have a full-time nanny or a caretaker to help you manage the grounds, this estate even includes guest quarters ideal for providing employees with their own private space.

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This residence is listed for $1,950,000.

Interested in learning more? Click here to view the full listing! You can contact REALTOR® Joyce Shipley online here or give her a call/text at (253) 380-2808. You can also contact REALTOR® Linda Solheim online here or give her a call/text at (253) 279-7665.

 


Posted on May 16, 2019 at 4:35 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Gig Harbor |

Mid-century Modern View Home with 4 Bedrooms & 2.5 Baths in Prime Tacoma Location

Natural beauty, city convenience, and fabulous mid-century modern style are all wrapped up into one incredible package with this 3,288-square-foot home! Boasting big views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, this sprawling 1953-built masterpiece on 0.34 acres presents a rare opportunity. In addition to the 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, you also have expansive living spaces that include a sprawling downstairs living area that’s perfect for entertaining! Located at 1730 S Fairview Dr Tacoma, WA 98465 and close to Titlow Park and the waterfront, shopping, restaurants, Highway 16 and more, this treasure is listed for $750,000.

When you arrive home, eye-catching curb appeal offers a preview of the impeccable style that awaits inside. A charming pathway leads you by pristine, artistic landscaping to the front door, and as soon as you step inside, this home’s light-filled layout beckons! Gorgeous oak hardwoods invite you into the main living area, and huge windows frame breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and Olympics. A stone-accented fireplace adds a splash of cozy style to the scene, and whether you’re hosting guests for pre-dinner cocktails or simply snuggled up on the couch reading a book in peace and quiet, this warm and welcoming space is a delight to spend time in!

The layout flows right into the dining room, where the jaw-dropping views and rich vintage style just continue. The generous layout makes it easy to serve meals to a crowd, and the space can easily accommodate a full-sized dining table if you need it. Imagine hosting festive holiday get-togethers or special occasions—years and years of good memories are sure to be made right here! The kitchen and dining nook await right around the corner, and this haven of efficiency is a dream for those who love to whip up homemade feasts. Newly updated with quartz counters, this well-appointed space boasts chef-ready amenities in addition to chic style straight from the pages of a home decor magazine.

Even more dynamic space for entertaining awaits downstairs. Perfect for hosting game days, movie marathons, parties, and laid-back hangouts alike, here you’ll find bar-style seating, a spacious layout, and views outside. Plus, a new pellet stove adds a cozy cabin-inspired element to the scene. In addition to the additional flexible space in the downstairs area (perfect for a hobby space or office!), you’ll find tons of potential with this home’s comfortable 4 bedrooms. Each private space offers something a little different, and you can rest assured that loved ones will treasure having their own retreat to unwind in each day!

This property’s photo-worthy views get even better when you step outside to bask in the beautifully maintained outdoor sanctuary. Take in a view of it all from the covered deck—from the pergola and patio to the lovingly maintained gardens, this backyard oasis is ready for al fresco dining, weekend barbecues, and relaxation!

Living in Tacoma

At 1730 S Fairview Dr Tacoma, WA 98465, you’re in a prime location that’s merely minutes from excellent conveniences. Titlow Park is only a 4-minute drive away, and here you can enjoy the beach, the sprayground, and more, all in addition to the nearby waterfront dining that includes places like Steamer’s, Beach Tavern, Boathouse 19, and Narrows Brewing Company. The James Center is only half a mile from home, and here you’ll find places like Fred Meyer, Rite Aid, MultiCare, a yoga studio, IHOP, Starbucks, Subway, Ivar’s, and too many other shops, eateries, and services to name! You’re also only 0.1 mile from bus lines and Highway 16 is only a 3-minute drive away.

Interested in learning more? Click here to view the full listing! You can also contact REALTOR® Joyce Shipley online here or give her a call/text at (253) 380-2808.


Posted on November 9, 2018 at 12:29 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Tacoma Real Estate |

Historic 1-Bedroom, 1-Bath Unit in The Cliff Lofts w/Sweeping Views in Downtown Tacoma   

Downtown living doesn’t get much better than this! Nestled in the historic district of Downtown Tacoma, this 980-square-foot loft boasts a dreamy blend of vintage and modern style. Built in 1907 and converted into modern lofts, you’ll find 12-foot ceilings with open beams and large windows to enjoy, plus sweeping views of the Thea Foss Waterway, the tide flats, the marina, and Mt. Rainier. Located at 1120 Cliff Ave #406 Tacoma WA, 98402, this incredible 1-bedroom, 1-bath unit is listed for $325,000.

In The Cliff Lofts, not only are you wonderfully surrounded by some of Downtown Tacoma’s best offerings, but you also get to take advantage of some fantastic amenities in the building. A rooftop deck, 2 tandem parking spaces in the garage, and secure front and rear entrances sweeten the deal, and you can even purchase this unit furnished or unfurnished!

When you step inside your unit, travertine flooring welcomes you in, and the entryway ushers you into the main living space. Here, natural sunlight pours in through large windows, shining the spotlight on exposed brick walls and the eye-catching exposed wood beams that stretch on overhead. No matter how you envision decorating this living space, this residence is ready for you to move right on in and infuse each space with your own unique style!

The kitchen is truly a sight to behold, and its smart design does an excellent job of taking advantages of the space. An attractive blend of earthy wood elements and shimmering modern finishes are sure to delight home buyers, but this dynamic kitchen isn’t all for show—you’ll find this space packed with efficiency, too! Ample space for kitchen essentials are all in the mix, making it as easy as possible to whip up homemade meals.

Whether you’re entertaining guests in the living area or enjoying a laid-back meal, stunning Tacoma views offer an impressive backdrop. As the sun sets and the lights of the marina and tide flats begin to glow, the view transforms into something truly special. Get your camera ready—years of breathtaking scenes are in your future!

In the bedroom, you’ll find a gorgeous wall of exposed brick to build your decor around. In the bath, you’ll find modern finishes and travertine flooring. Plus, a separate closet has room for a washer/dryer setup, and tons of built-in shelving makes it easy to stay organized!

Living in Downtown Tacoma

At 1120 Cliff Ave #406 Tacoma WA, 98402, you’re absolutely surrounded by restaurants, nightlife, entertainment, shopping, museums, schools, transit option and more! This historic district of Downtown Tacoma is brimming with character, and each block offers something new to discover, right at your fingertips. You’re also wonderfully close to the Thea Foss Waterway where you can grab a bite to eat on the waterfront, or go kayaking or paddle boarding. You’re also just minutes from University of Washington-Tacoma, as well as several museums (including the Tacoma Art Museum, the Washington State History Museum, the Museum of Glass, etc.).

Interested in learning more? Click here to view the full listing! You can also contact REALTOR® Joyce Shipley online here or give her a call/text at (253) 380-2808.


Posted on July 24, 2018 at 4:24 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Tacoma Real Estate |

Updated Sophistication Awaits in this 6-Bedroom, 3.25-Bath Masterpiece in Fircrest

Refined elegance awaits at every turn in this immaculately maintained 5,203-square-foot Fircrest home! Boasting an expansive layout that includes 6 bedrooms, 3.25 baths, an updated kitchen, updated bathrooms, a huge laundry facility with a chute, and so much more, this move-in ready residence is truly a dream to spend time in. Located at 1316 Palm Dr Fircrest WA 98466 and just blocks away from grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, transit options, parks and more, this Fircrest treasure is listed for $635,000.

Nestled on a 0.27-acre lot with easy to maintain landscaping and mature trees, this 1970-built home has been beautifully upgraded over the years. A stunning entrance offers a fabulous first impression, and immediately to the left, the formal living room awaits. Walls replete with huge windows fill the space with natural light, and vaulted ceilings just add to the grand feel of it all.

The formal dining room rests alongside the living room, and eye-catching wainscotting and stately columns elevate the atmosphere. Perfect for hosting dinner parties, special occasions, and holiday get-togethers, this large space has room for everyone! The layout seamlessly flows into the kitchen, an expertly designed space straight from the glossy pages of a home decor magazine. Sunlight pours in through skylights, illuminating the sleek appliances, shimmering counters, and ample cabinetry. No expense has been spared in this updated haven of efficiency, and whether you’re enjoying a laid-back glass of wine with a friend at the counter or whipping up elaborate homemade meals, you’ll find a place for it all!

Even more inviting living space awaits just beyond, where you’ll find the perfect hangout. Anchored by a fireplace framed by floor-to-ceiling stone accents and the same impeccable wainscoting, trim, and column elements found throughout the rest of the home, this living space takes relaxation to a whole new level of elegance!

This home’s generous 5,203-square-foot layout also features 6 bedrooms, and the master bedroom is especially noteworthy. Not only does this retreat feature a large layout, but its walk-in closet and spa-inspired ensuite bath make for a thoroughly sumptuous experience. The rest of the bedrooms offer versatility, and you’ll also find several other custom rooms, plus a laundry room complete with a convenient laundry chute. The tandem garage promises ample storage as well—the garage holds 3 cars and even includes a shop area with a 24 KWP sub panel with dual 220 panels.

When it’s time for some fresh air, the brand new wrap-around deck is ready for entertaining and outdoor bliss! Whether you’re kicked back on a lounge chair sunbathing in peace and quiet or hosting a crowd for a barbecue, you can be sure that you have the ideal setting for it all. Paradise awaits!

Living in Fircrest

At 1316 Palm Dr Fircrest WA 98466, you’re absolutely surrounded by amenities! Bridgeport Way is less than 1 mile from home, and here you’ll find places like Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Whole Foods, and several restaurants, shops, transit options, and more. Fircrest Golf Club is also less than 1 mile away, and Cirque Bridgeport Park is only a 5-minute drive from home. Those who commute will especially love being just a 6-minute drive to Highway 16 as well.

Interested in learning more? Click here to view the full listing! You can also contact REALTOR® Joyce Shipley online here or give her a call/text at (253) 380-2808.


Posted on May 18, 2018 at 3:03 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Fircrest Real Estate |

Meticulously Maintained 3-Bedroom, 2-Bath Rambler w/Huge Backyard in Spanaway

Discover comfort and convenience at every turn in this picturesque Spanaway rambler! Tucked away in a great neighborhood on a generous 0.79 acres, this property has enough space to be a mini farm. The yard boasts beautiful landscaping, 15 fruit trees, and beautiful gardens, while the home itself is a haven of rest and relaxation. Located at 13519 21st Ave S Tacoma, WA 98444, this 2,130-square-foot residence is listed for $349,500.

Wonderfully move-in ready, this lovingly maintained home boasts a fresh coat of paint, a 2-car garage, and a large manicured front yard. A charming front porch greets visitors, and just in through the front door, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and wide windows that fill the space with natural light welcome you inside! With plenty of room for a formal living area and a formal dining room, this versatile space is designed for entertaining.

Continue on to find a large country kitchen, a dynamic space with plenty of room for a dining nook. Wall-to-wall cabinetry and ample-sized counters show of tons of storage and meal prep space, ensuring there’s plenty of room for appliances and whipping up elaborate meals! The kitchen opens up to a large living space that’s ready to be transformed into your dream living room, recreation room, entertainment center—you name it!

When it’s time to unwind and rejuvenate in peace and quiet, 3 bedrooms provide loved ones with their own private space. The master suite is especially not to be missed—this sprawling retreat features sleek hardwoods, exquisite vaulted ceilings, and an incredible 5-piece master bath. A soaking tub, double sinks, shower, and an electric bidet seat offer spa-inspired amenities to be used and enjoyed at your convenience!

From the master bedroom, sliding glass doors lead to the outdoor deck, the perfect spot for hosting summertime barbecues and laid-back get-togethers! The backyard is an oasis of outdoor enjoyment, and features a covered patio, a firepit area, 15 fruit trees, garden space, and even a storage shed, all framed by tall emerald trees in the distance. Garden beds give you the opportunity to try out your green thumb, and a spacious backyard layout leaves plenty of room for additions and innovations, too!

Living in Spanaway

Located just south of Tacoma, Spanaway is a popular choice for those who appreciate having space and conveniences nearby, and for those who commute to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. At 13519 21st Ave S Tacoma, WA 98444, you’re a quick 5-minute drive to JBLM or Pacific Avenue, making it super easy to get around! Pacific Ave offers a hub of convenience, and grocery shopping, shopping, restaurants, services, and more are all within reach. Those who love spending time outdoors are also in luck—Spanaway Lake and Spanaway Lake Park, Holiday Park, Lake Spanaway Golf Course, and the Brookdale Golf Course are all nearby as well!

Interested in learning more about this listing? Contact REALTOR® Joyce Shipley online here or give her a call/text at (253) 380-2808.


Posted on December 13, 2016 at 4:54 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Spanaway Real Estate |

How I found my dream home!

 

I have been a Realtor for almost 10 years and this is the first home I have purchased since becoming a Realtor… my 8th purchase.  Up until I became a Realtor, I totally relied on the agent I hired and I realize how important the choice of an agent is and how important it is for you to participate in your home purchase.

But back to finding a dream home.  I always tell my clients to write down their 10 wants in a home.  If there is a partnership or marriage, they both write down their list of 10.  It is never the same and very important for each person to have their input or they will never come to terms with a home that satisfies both of them.  Then they sit down and narrow it down to the top 10 and the secondary 10.  It is always good to mark the top 3 things that are most important to you/both of you.

I did this. I made my list.

1.   And I started my search knowing that number one was price and that I might not find what I wanted in my price range. 

2.   2 car garage

3.   Covered front porch

4.   Walk in closet

5.   One level

6.   Fireplace

7.   Vaulted ceilings

8.   A window over the sink that opens and has a view!

9.   Shower in the master

10.  3 bedrooms

I wanted to be in Gig Harbor but I left it off because I was open to other areas.

Every time something came on, I scouted it out.  It was challenging because my business has been crazy busy this year and I really believe if you write it down, the universe will supply.  I am disabled and needed a bath with a shower and not many steps.  One day I looked at a VA foreclosure that I saw online and had passed over because it was so vanilla… and I was looking for something that said dream home.  It was over my price range but had been on the market for 60 days.  I looked at it, took friends to look at it and finally realized that it was not my dream home as it was, but if I could get it at a price I wanted…I could make it my dream home eventually.  It had two full baths which meant that I was looking at a remodel job down the road to get my shower in the master. But… it had every other thing on my list.  I forgot to mention that the VA installed new carpets and vinyl in the baths before they put it on the market, not my choice but clean and inhabitable. Later I will put in wood floors.

With patience and faith, I made my offer and it took me almost 4 weeks and several price reductions as agents kept showing it and no one made offers.  But eventually with counters back and forth, we came to an acceptable number I could handle.  And it was a VA foreclosure so I knew from the beginning that I was going to pay their closing costs, pump and repair the septic if there were problems, which there were (A pump had to be replaced).  My inspection showed that the heating system was in need of a major repair and that would have to be fixed before closing thanks to the appraisal… but the rest of the house was pretty good.  I chose to replace it as it was close to the end of it’s life. It appraised quite a bit over what I paid so the VA was not going to paythe costs to fix it, but they did fix it before closing and took it out of the 3 percent closing costs they had offered me. 

Today I have painted the whole interior, bought new appliances, put up new lighting fixtures and made it my own.  It is looking pretty cute and my front porch is covered and perfect. It is the first time in over 3 years I have had an oven and a dishwasher.   But the best thing is the wonderful neighborhood and great neighbors which I am thoroughly enjoying.

It’s not always the granite or the perfectly manicured yard that makes a home.  It is your personal touches and the heart that you put into it.


Posted on June 17, 2015 at 2:31 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Gig Harbor |

UPS Gardens

 

How an unsightly neighborhood patch of brush and weeds with junk cars turned into a wonderful Tacoma North End Neighborhood garden and park:

 

Barbara and Peter Temple Thurston have lived in this neighborhood for 24 years.  About twelve years ago Barbara began working with the City of Tacoma to gain access to  an unsightly dump area at the head of Buckley gulch, They designated the area as a public park that folks could use as a pleasant walk through from the east side of N. 16th to the west side of N.16th.  Then Barbara and Peter, with the help of the city and a friend or two, set about cleaning up the waste lot. They hauled away junked car parts, and built soil, created a path, and planted trees and plants to establish a peaceful and  beautiful space.  Thanks to a neighborhood grant that Barbara secured they were able to buy some plants and hire a fellow to build the path.

Adjacent to the park was a defunct substation. Around five years ago when the park was doing well, Barbara and a couple of neighbors pursued gaining access to the fenced empty substation to establish a community garden. Again, this took countless meetings with TPI who owned the property, with the city, and with representatives of the city and neighborhood councils. Big thanks go to the North End neighborhood council for their assistance and support.

A couple of years of pressure and at last they got the green light! Barbara and Peter called a meeting of interested neighbors and formed a solid committee to plan and build the now flourishing garden. Again, Barbara accessed a grant which funded the building of raised beds and the purchase of a delightful little gazebo which adds charm and beauty to the garden. Peter, an artist, designed the front gates and sign, while others built the shed and everyone came together to build the boxes. The fence and the surrounding shrubbery was already there thanks to TPU's stewardship, so after the garden boxes were filled and the gazebo built, neighbors donated a table and chairs.  Neighbors quickly signed up for a garden bed and today they enjoy both the peace of this beautiful setting and the delicious harvest of their organic produce! Everyone has made friends with their neighbors.


Posted on March 18, 2015 at 10:54 am
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Tacoma |

Uptown – Gig Harbor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Gig Harbor we have a great shopping area called UPTOWN!.  It has a wide variety of stores including Marshall's, Chico's, JJill, and our newest addition is Home Goods…opening soon to name a few!  There is a 12 screen Century Theatre complex and a wide variety of restaurants including Vietnamese/Thai (LeLe's), Pizza (Fondi's), Cupcakes (Melissa's), Mexican Food (Blue Agave), Ice Cream (Ben and Jerry's) and great hamburgers (Blazing Onion). On Thursday during the summer there is an outdoor area and live music with room to dance.


Posted on July 1, 2014 at 3:10 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Gig Harbor | Tagged