Jan

1

The WaterHavens Team has won the coveted Five Star Professional / Best In Client Satisfaction Award from Seattle Magazine, for the 8th time! The award is based on the results of independently administered surveys given to recent real estate sellers, buyers, and knowledgeable experts in the field of real estate. Only the top few percent of all area Realtors then get selected for the award.

Another great year serving the interests of our waterfront sellers and buyers, offering our independently verified top notch personalized expertise. Contact us if you would like to receive this level of service as well.

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Dec

1

The WaterHavens team has won the coveted Five Star Professional / Best In Client Satisfaction Award from Seattle Magazine, for the 7th time! The award is based on the results of independently administered surveys given to recent real estate sellers, buyers, and knowledgeable experts in the field of real estate. Only the top few percent of all area Realtors then get selected for the award.

Congratulations, Veronique, on yet another great year serving the interests of waterfront sellers and buyers.

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Sep

6

There’s now a “famous person groupies” cruise around Lake Union and Lake Washington, showing the locations of famous people who live on our beautiful lakes. Here is the info quoted from their inaugural invitation:

“”Map of the Stars” Cruise-Tours

The 3 hour “Map of the Stars” cruise includes Lake Union sights (Sleepless in Seattle floating home, Chihuly’s Studio, views of Space Needle and downtown, etc.) and Lake Washington with the premiere mansions (Gates, McCaws, Schultz, et al.) of Madison Park, The Eastside’s Gold Coast (Meydenbauer Bay, Medina and Hunts Point) and the North end of Mercer Island. I will narrate the tour and provide information as we view most of the homes in the book. We include the homes of eighty percent of the state’s billionaires. I will also point out homes listed for sale for more than $5 million.

The yacht has a wonderful upper level sundeck and a stately heated interior party and dining room with large picture windows.

Cruise includes:
Appetizers and dinner buffet
Margaritas, wine, beer and soft drinks
The book, Lake Washington 130 Homes ($17.95 retail).

$50 per person

More information is via Anchor Bay Charters and Hundred Homes.

View some of these cruises on YouTube (2 minutes):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkmOnJYserM

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Oct

8

People for Puget Sound, in conjunction with KSVR 91.7 FM, is beginning a new radio talk show centered around Puget Sound and its environment, people, history, and current topics of interest. The program will air Tuesdays at 5:00 pm on the community based radio station that transmits from Skagit Valley College in Mt Vernon.

Upcoming topics for the next 5 weeks include: Puget Sound Partnership, how to prevent a major oil spill and the related importance of tug boats, Hood Canal update, interview with Governor Gregoire regarding plans for restoring the health of Puget Sound, awareness of toxins in personal care products, and early maritime explorers of the Sound.

The programs will also be archived for online listening any time at either the radio station website or on People for Puget Sound’s web page devoted to the show.

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Dec

23

Public understanding of the need to protect the beauty and physical integrity of Puget Sound has gained ground, though the understanding that it already needs to be cleaned up for its (and our) long term health is less understood. It looks beautiful, so how can it be “dirty” or have pollution in it, some may say?

This increased awareness has occurred through efforts over the past year such as the Seattle PI’s investigative series “The Sound of Broken Promises” plus some initial notoriety and public outreach from the governor’s Puget Sound Partnership panel. People for Puget Sound and Puget Soundkeepers Alliance has performed a very important ongoing role for years, though their efforts have resulted more in maintenance of awareness levels (especially among those already interested, and some in the media) than significantly increasing awareness levels among the general public in large numbers. This new mass media coverage and big government focus will help these organizations expand their influence.

The recent Elway Poll regarding Washington state residents’ perceptions about the health of Puget Sound – and what they are willing to do to improve its health – was interesting if not surprising. There was a large divide of support depending upon proximity to the Sound itself, with increased willingness to make legislative changes (and pay for them) on the west side of the Cascades than on the east side. Of course. The real test is when changes affect people’s pocketbooks and their own back yards.

The most cost effective and timely changes may not be changes at all, except in execution. An important first step may just be tightening up on existing policies and regulations already in place or under consideration. This responsibility resides with the Department of Ecology and the Environmental Protection Agency, and I expect to hear more recommendations along those lines from the Puget Sound Partnership in the future. More than that will be needed, but it’s a first step that can move in parallel while others are being diplomatically crafted through the halls of politics and public opinion.

As a waterfront home owner, you can contribute in your own way and feel good about protecting your “front yard” (all that water out in front there). Increase filtering vegetation at your bulkhead, decrease paved surfaces and rain water run-off into your sound or lake, eliminate fertilizers and pesticides in your yard, and take a little bag or bucket with you next time you walk the beach to pick up just a few easy items of plastic and trash.

Sea kayaker in Puget Sound by Normandy Park

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Apr

1

King County market: The 2005 King County Annual Growth Report was just released, which included historical data related to the status of our housing market. Some of the interesting findings: about 50,000 of the 85,000 jobs lost in the 2001-2003 downturn have been replaced, in year 2000 there were 742,000 housing units in the county (95,000 more than in 1990), the county population was 1,808,300 in April 2005 (only 34,000 more than 3 years before and the smallest population increase since 1983), county households have among the nation’s highest average incomes, and the majority of new plats/lots in 2004 were created in towns east and southeast of Lake Washington. In the recent market, there is still a continuing good supply of buyers and multiple offer situations are still being seen due to low amount of available inventory, as a result prices continue to rise on strong demand.

New waterfront homes book: Prolific waterfront writer and photographer Linda Leigh Paul has just released her new book “Island Living: Inland Retreats and Shoreside Havens“. Great writing and photography that includes many unique waterfront homes and waterview oriented architecture.

Seattle Magazine feature: I was featured in the March issue of Seattle Magazine as one of Seattle metro’s top waterfront specialists.

Enjoy a WaterHaven! Our waterfront and waterview is the best in the world.

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