Understanding the Modern Home

Sleek design, open floor plans, and great natural lighting are all appealing characteristics of modern architecture. Over the years, modern design concepts in home building have become more popular, as is the resurgence of interest in modern real estate. More companies, like 360 modern, are specializing in modern properties. Modern homes vary greatly in style; however, they have some unifying qualities that distinguish them from other properties built over the last 60 years. Here are some characteristics often found in modern homes:

Clean geometric lines: The core of modernist values is the simplification of form. Modernist homes have a very ‘linear’ feel with straight lines and exposed building materials. Furnishings and adornment reflect this value, incorporating vibrant, geometric and abstract designs.

Modern materials: Large windows are abundant in modern architecture, allowing light to fill and expand the interior space, bringing the natural world indoors. Generally, all exposed building materials are kept close to their natural state, including exposed wood beams, poured concrete floors or countertops, stone walls and stainless steel.

Modern homes are well suited for technological and green upgrades, as well including eco-friendly building materials and energy efficient practices. Flat roofs accommodate solar power. Energy efficient appliances work with the aesthetics of modern homes. Modernist landscaping need not require water-thirsty lawns but instead can reflect local flora.

Post-and-beam structure: One classic element in modern architecture is the exposed wood posts and ceiling beams. This style of building has been around for thousands of years; however, modern homes really emphasize the structure, rather than hiding the bones behind drywall.  In new modern homes, the post-and-beam structure can be made out of concrete, iron or other materials. The highly visible horizontal and vertical beams reinforce the clean geometric lines of the space.

Low-pitched gable or shed roof: One of the most differential characteristics of modern homes than more traditional home design is the shape of the roof. Classic modern homes on the west coast generally have a flat or low-pitched roof, highly influenced by architect Joseph Eichler. New urban homes also leverage rooftops for outdoor entertaining space.

Open floor plan:  Modern design strives to “open” the space by eliminating enclosed rooms. For example opening the kitchen and dining room into an open living space, allowing the ‘rooms’ to flow into one another.

Large windows: Natural light and the incorporation of natural elements are important aspects of modern home design. Large, floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate the open space and highlight the natural landscape. Some new modern homes have adjusted the large windows to open, diminishing the barrier between the indoors and out.

Incorporation of outdoor elements: Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the pioneering modernist architects, incorporated the natural setting into his architecture, most famously with Falling Water. Outdoor elements are incorporated into modern architecture in many ways; through large windows, landscaped terraces, and patios, and through use of natural and organic materials in the building including stone walls, and more.

Minimalism: With open and connected modernist spaces, careful curation of furniture, adornments, and household objects is important to preserving the modernist aesthetic. Generally, modernist homes have art and furniture that reflects the clean geometric lines and the natural materials of the architecture, leaving less space for clutter. Minimalist philosophies of few household items that serve both form and function work well within this design and architectural style.

Camano Island Northend View Home

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Location! North end of Camano Island, Views of mountains, sound, river, city lights of Stanwood & territorial. Professionally landscaped, tall trees, 3 door car garage one bay used as workshop. patio for entertaining, enjoy view of Mt. Baker, snow geese. Super quiet home due to the unique window system on this home. Heat pump, beautiful kitchen , unique cabinets down hallway,2 bedrooms down stairs, one used as den, one as hobby room with murphy bed, unique features. Just wonderful!

Find out more at www.windermere.com/mls/1308891

Camano Island 5 View Acres!

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Enjoy incredible bird life with a beautiful panorama of the Cascade mountain range and Port Susan from your own custom home on 5 acres. Community beach access within walking distance. Boat launch, golfing, shopping, close by. Area of excellent crabbing. Most permits are done and ready for your builder. Sample floor plan is also available. Ideal for a daylight rambler. Site registration also on file. Driftwood Shores Water share is available. Camano Island, the Island you can drive to!

http://www.windermere.com/mls/1316460

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Why have property taxes gone up so much in Washington State this year and what can we expect them to do in 2019? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner answers the question that many homeowners are asking.

Camano Island Acreage With West Views!

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This property is an area referred to as Camano Head. At Camano Head where West Camano Drive meets East Camano Drive, there is the strength of the terminus of the island as it proudly surveys all points south, west and north. High bluff with unprecedented views. Sweeping ocean views beginning at Cascades across Hat Island to Mt Rainier & north to Whidbey & Olympics. Mature trees add to seclusion as well as beauty. Includes tidelands, water share available!

Find out more at www.windermere.com/mls/1316049

Camano Huge Shop on 5 Acres!

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Unique & wonderful opportunity to build your dream home and/or run a business from your own property. This beautifully and conveniently located property is five fully treed, private acres with gated entry and winding driveway to the top of the view where sits your “near move in ready” shop/Home, approximately 50′ x 66′. The warehouse is hooked up to water, power and septic. Just complete the apartment install and live there or wait while you build! So many possibilities! Let go your imagination!

Find out more at www.windermere.com/mls/1311700

Stanwood / Camano Marketing Analysis – June 2018

Insights From Marla

Local Thoughts on Big Ideas

Every month, Windermere Stanwood-Camano publishes a snapshot of the local market. Agents use this data to help determine listing prices, realistic offers, and tailored advice for their clients. We also like to make this information public, to help you with your real estate journey.

Camano:

Despite inventory being 28% lower than it was at this time last year, there have been 182 homes sold on Camano Island in 2018 compared to 184 homes sold in the same time frame last year – only a 1% decrease. What this means is that there are a similar number of homes for sale – but they’re selling quickly!

Stanwood:

Homes within the price range of $250,000-299,000 are extremely active. Within this price range, there is currently one home for sale, 9 homes pending and 14 sold so far this year. Again, this shows that there is a decent volume of inventory, but they’re selling fast!

For advice on how to buy a home in this seller’s market, read our blog on navigating the seller’s market.

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Commuting from Camano

Living on Camano, working in Seattle… See how one family makes it work.

Seattle zoning laws are creating a residential climate similar to the one already being felt in cities like San Francisco. With land restrictions that limit residential development to only single-family homes, real estate is at a premium.

Home prices are skyrocketing. The Seattle Times reported that, in 2017, single-family home prices were pushing $820,000. Similarly, one-bedroom apartments in the city average $2,000 per month in rent. People simply can’t afford to realize the “American dream” at this pace.

Known for its talented workforce, Seattle has been at a real estate crossroads for some time. Over-inflated home prices, a result of an imbalanced supply and demand, are creating an unfriendly home buying atmosphere and pushing Seattle-based professionals and families to find alternate solutions when homes simply aren’t available or, in most cases, just too expensive.

So, what does that mean for us? Are we protected from this real estate trend or will we, as a community, feel the ripple effect?

Located a comfortable distance from the hustle of Seattle, it’s safe to say that we’ve already noticed an increase in home-buying trends from individuals and families opting for affordability over convenience. It has proven an option for those seeking the benefits of Seattle’s flourishing job market, but the beauty and island lifestyle that we are able to offer.

One Camano Island family has followed suit.

After months of endlessly searching for a home to accommodate their growing family, Erik and Danielle Krieg put their West Seattle home on the market back in 2014 and expanded their search north. At the time, what they found was a friendly housing market that combined their needs of quality, community, and affordability.

Danielle, who has built a reputation as a successful interior designer at a leading architecture firm in the Pacific Northwest, Stuart Silk Architects, has maintained the same workload with a slightly altered schedule since her family relocated. Currently, she commutes to Seattle 3-4 times a week, with 1-2 days spent in her home office on the Island.

“The trade-off of leaving the city for a more peaceful, affordable life on Camano Island has been worth it,” said Danielle Krieg. “Don’t get me wrong, on some days the commute into Seattle is horrendous and I find myself questioning my sanity – but on most days, I’m just grateful that my family found such a great community to call home. It’s been life-changing for each one of us.”

It has been nearly four years since the Krieg family left Seattle, a city they both lived and worked in independently for more than 20 years each. But, it’s been a decision that their family hasn’t regretted.

The Krieg children enjoy the much-loved tire swing at Freedom Park on Camano Island.

The Krieg children enjoy the much-loved tire swing at Freedom Park on Camano Island.

“Not for one second,” Krieg concurs. “Being able to come home to the beauty of Camano Island each afternoon, watch our kids run and play in the backyard, and being active members of a community that values family – it’s changed us for the better. We still work hard, professionally, and value what Seattle has to offer us for that, but now we can wind down and enjoy life as we’re meant to.”

This trade-off seems to be one that others are heeding – and for good reason.

The Stanwood-Camano Island communities have proven themselves a viable option for this home-buying demographic. Our growing business community and lifestyle brand, Discover Stanwood-Camano, continues to showcase why we are relevant and desirable for full-time residence; we’re not just a commuter town. Our commitment to family, reflected in the recent $147 million bond passed to build a state-of-the-art high school campus, combined with Paine Field offering passenger flights to many western U.S. cities this September, has aided in this enhanced appeal.

The country remains a seller’s market with home prices and values continuing to rise. Single-family homes in the metro King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties have risen faster than anywhere else in the country since mid-2016, according to The Seattle Times. As this trend continues with no end in sight, and people continue to search for affordable housing options in viable communities, Stanwood-Camano Island will continue to see and feel the impact.

We are part of the hottest market in the country. (Hang on tight!)

 

Camano Island Level Entry Home in Utsalady Heights!

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Beautiful level entry living with a daylight basement in sought after Utsalady Heights on north Camano Island. Immaculate, open floor plan with 2 living rooms, gas fireplace, breakfast bar + dining room, master suite on the main level. Lower level offers 2 more bedrooms, huge rec/family/bonus room open to the lower patio below & lots of storage. The gorgeous, private, meticulously maintained yard offers privacy with the greenbelt on the back. Nice southern exposure, fenced area for your boat/RV.

Find out more at www.windermere.com/mls/1291353

Navigating a Seller’s Market in the Stanwood-Camano Island Area

It’s no great secret that right now, in mid-2018, we’re experiencing a seller’s market. Home prices across the country (and especially in Seattle) have skyrocketed. Homes in the King County area gained value at double the national average between 1995 and this year. So what should you do with this information, and how has this trend affected the market in the Stanwood-Camano area?

First, it’s important to understand why it’s such a good time to list right now. Due to a combination of factors, including low home-availability and decent mortgage rates, the homes that are on the market often sell for above asking price. As CNN puts it: “The problem is simple: there are more people looking to buy homes than there are homes available for sale.”

J.P. DeBoer, Windermere Stanwood-Camano Broker

J.P. DeBoer, Windermere Stanwood-Camano Broker

“It’s a 180 degree shift from five years ago” said JP DeBoer, a Windermere Stanwood-Camano Broker, “Sellers are definitely coming from a position of strength… When a buyer makes an offer, the agents have been asking me if there’s other things they can offer, like rent-backs or shorter contingencies to sweeten the transaction.”

For a seller, this is great news. Home values are good, and you are likely to get several competitive offers on a listing. For the buyer, this means that the transaction might be a little more tricky. The best thing to do is to  find an experienced agent to work with can help you find creative ways to make your offer more appealing, without necessarily having to spend more money.

“Having your ducks in a row is huge” said DeBoer, “I’ve closed several transactions this month where the seller listed below asking price, and because the buyer was ready, we were able to get that price.” It’s good to weight the pros and cons of a property or house, but in this market it’s also important to be ready to move ahead with a deal, should the right one present itself.

On the buyer’s side, patience is key. While these national trends may seem intimidating, sometimes the right place comes up at the right time. Perhaps a seller is looking to move because of a new job offer, and they’re willing to negotiate on price for the sake of a quick transaction. Again, working with an experienced broker is key, so you can keep track of new offers near your area of interest. Expect to make at least one or two offers before finding the right deal, and you should also be prepared to throw in a few little incentives to move the transaction along.

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