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!)

 

Stanwood History – Lumber Mill & Timber Sells for $75,000 in 1923

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! This article from The Stanwood News in 1923 talks all about how the lumber mill in Stanwood and 20,000,000 feet of timber was sold for $75,000 and was then subjected to the approval of a Superior Court Judge!
#History #WeAreCamano #Stanwood #HeadlinesStanwood Camano News
Source: The Stanwood Story Volume II by Alice Essex

Stanwood History – Stanwood’s Very First Library!

A very neat photo of Stanwood’s very first library in March 1965 reflected in a pool of water after some heavy rains.
#History #Stanwood #WeAreWindermere #PNW#RainyDays
Source: The Stanwood Story Volume II by Alice Essex

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Congratulations To Our Newest Ninja Graduates!

Congratulations to our newest Ninja Graduates. These three agents have made a commitment to offering their clients amazing service! 🎓
#WeAreWindermere #NinjaGrads #Congratulations#GoodToGreat

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#Feature Friday – Camano Island View Home

Today’s #FeatureFriday is this fabulous#CamanoIsland home with endless possibilities and room to spare. This is a must-see.
MLS | 1252429
https://www.windermere.com/listing/76223297

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Exterior Paint – Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Home Looking Fabulous

most popular exterior paint colors

Choosing a color for the siding

When it comes to sheer square footage, a home’s siding takes up a lot of visual real estate and is usually the most difficult (and most expensive) area to paint. Consequently, you should decide on a paint color for your siding first and then match your trim and accents to it. To start your color selection, realize your home actually isn’t a blank canvas. You have a lot of fixed elements to consider when establishing your color palette.

  1. 1. The roof

    If you have a brown roof, steer toward a warm siding color, like Sherwin-Williams’ Avenue Tan. If you have a gray or black roof, you can go cooler — Olympic’s Coast of Maine is a popular choice. Take a step back and observe any other fixed, unpaintable elements on your home’s exterior, like copper awnings, stone chimneys, and brick features.

  2. 2. Consider your neighbors

    If one house next door to yours is navy-blue and another is white, you shouldn’t veer into warm-color territory or paint your house navy-blue or white (no one likes a copycat). Instead, match their home’s color intensity. Something like Benjamin Moore’s Wedgewood Gray would pair well: It stays in the cool spectrum and doesn’t duplicate their selections. You want to have personality but not stand out in a bad way.

  3. 3. Don’t ignore local cues

    Beyond the colors on your block, do some research (you can probably just drive around your town!) to make sure your color scheme is historically and regionally appropriate. “Imagine the colors you see on homes in Key West,” says Amy Krane, an architectural color consultant. “Pink and turquoise feel natural in a tropical region but would be wholly out of place in the Midwest.”

  4. 4. Keep scale and depth in mind

    The color of your home can trick the eye. For instance, painting your home a light color like Benjamin Moore’s November Rain can make it seem larger than it is and visually brings it forward to the curb. Conversely, dark colors can make a home look smaller but more substantial and set back — Benjamin Moore’s Boston Brick has this effect.

  5. 5. Test before you commit

    Always paint a test patch and observe it at different times of day to see how the sunlight affects it. Keep in mind that all colors will always appear lighter on the exterior of your house than on a paint chip in the store. “Natural lighting makes everything appear lighter and brighter,” says paint color specialist Kristie Barnett. “Always go darker than you think you’d want.”

Click here to see how to chose trim and accent colors!

https://www.trulia.com/blog/the-most-popular-exterior-paint-colors/

Stanwood – Josephine Sunset Home History

This was a photo taken on September 25th, 1908 at the “Josephine Old People’s Home” the day it was dedicated. The 1,500 person crowd filled the fenced yard as well as the balcony!
#History #Stanwood #Community #WeAreWindermere #110YearsLater

Source: The Stanwood Story Volume 1 by Alice Essex

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Local History

Some things never change. #CamanoIsland beaches are just as popular for big picnics now as they were in 1971! 🏖️
#Picnic #History #WeAreWindermere #RockyPoint #BeachDay #SomeThingsNeverChange
Source: The Stanwood Story Volume 1 by Alice Essex
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#FeatureFriday

Looking for space, privacy and a place to run your business? Look no further!
#wearewindermere #featurefriday #stanwood #spacious

MLS | 1228900
https://www.windermere.com/listing/73817837

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Wednesday Sales Meeting + Tour!

01.03.2018 Group

We are starting 2018 off with a bang 💥 at our first weekly sales meeting of the year! A beautiful breakfast made by Doris, year end market stats and a listing with big views.
#wearewindermere #welcome2018 #youthquake #8newlistings #14pending#24sold

MLS | 1226880
https://www.windermere.com/listing/73600367