Frank Lloyd Wright | Dreaming of Hollyhocks

Photo by  Stella de Smit

Summertime makes me dream of gardens filled with flowers; many moons ago, an architect/artist took his clients’ love of flowers to heart.

The Hollyhock House, designed by the incomparable Frank Lloyd Wright, is the first historic landmark located in Los Angeles that’s also a World Heritage site. The house sits on an expansive 36-acres in East Hollywood and overlooks a magnificent view of the art deco-styled Griffith Observatory and the iconic Hollywood sign. This beloved architectural masterpiece was built for Aline Barnsdall, originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the early 1920s. The house is arranged around a central courtyard with dramatic temple style structures, reminiscent of the art of the Mayans.

The residence offers stunning views from a myriad of outdoor spaces including pergolas, porches, and rooftops terraces with scenic panoramic views. The hollyhock flower, a favorite of Barnsdall, is nestled around the perimeter of the building. Wright created a geometric abstract of the flower, and these motifs are seen in the concrete columns, pinnacles, and parapets. The abstract is also incorporated into the furnishings of the home.

The unique design features interesting details throughout the house which makes Hollyhock an architectural icon. According to Houzz, leaded glass is one of the many designs Wright used in the house. The leaded glass is a prominent design element that you will find throughout the Hollyhock home. Custom windows bring a distinct definition to the house and connects the modern indoors to the extensive outdoor living space. The glass stained windows and glass corners create a remarkable amount of natural light throughout the home. In 2015, the Hollyhock house went through a multi-million-dollar renovation and in 2019 the home was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List .

Slow Summer Days | Millenials May Drive the Market

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Forbes has 6 expert predictions for the second half of 2019:

·         Millennials will drive the market
·         Inventory will improve but not by much
·         Home prices are headed up
·         Mortgage rates will stay low
·         Buyers can take their time in this market
·         Some markets will provide better home buying opportunities than others 

37%

Of All Homebuyers Last Year Were Millennials

This is a prime home buying season for millennials. According to National Association of Realtors (NAR), 37% of all home buyers last year were made up of millennials. The slow down of the housing market has given millennials the opportunity to afford home ownership. According to Forbes’ predictions, housing prices are still expected to rise, but the current low mortgage rates have helped improve the affordability for home buyers. The housing market has become less competitive, and bidding wars have decreased drastically compared to the last several years. Now, buyers don’t feel rushed to close on a deal. Housing conditions continue to vary by market.  Depending on what kind of house you’re looking for and the location, some cities might offer home buyers more affordable bargains due to the change in the regional housing markets. 


Been Thinking of a Summertime Move?

If you’ve been considering buying a home, now’s the time to connect with a real estate agent who really gets the local market. Give me a call if you’d like to grab a cup of coffee and chat about your options!”


Happy 4th of July!!

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Have a safe and happy 4th of July!!


Bainbridge Island won’t be offering a fireworks show this year, according to the Bainbridge Review. But Kitsap County is still flush with places to find your sparkly lights; just remember to bring warm clothes, something to sit on, comfy blankets and some of your favorite people!

Cooler Housing Prices in Seattle while Suburbs Turn Up the Heat

Photo courtesy of 18634 NE Vaughn Milton Loop, Poulsbo // MLS #1428159

According to Paul Roberts of the Seattle Times, the Puget Sound housing market continues to splinter into hot and cold sectors — with substantially more heat the farther south you move — but the trend may be moderating as buyers and sellers adjust their expectations. In Kitsap County, the median home price increased 6.9% over the past 12 months, to $385,000, in May — a significant jump from April’s increase of 4.5%.

$385,000

↑ Median Home Price Increased 6.9% for Kitsap County

SOLD: Sinclair Water Inlet, Sold at $530,000

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Sinclair Inlet Waterfront

Selling a home is always a challenge, but I am lucky enough to have amazing clients and to be able to showcase such beautiful homes.


Nestled on 100' of waterfront of stunning waterfont on Sinclair Inlet, this 1908 brick home is a treasure to behold. Zoned multi-family, this property's location supports a buyer's investment in rehabbing it as a single-family home or developing into multiple units.

Sun-drenched location with Georgian old world charm the home presents a grand presentation of arched doorways, coved ceilings, vintage hardwood floors, mahogany french doors, custom buitlt-in buffet, original claw-foot cast iron bathtub and expansive enclosed sunroom. Walking distance to the Bremerton Ferry with a short, stress free commute to downtown Seattle.

642 Washington Avenue Bremerton, washington

4 Bedrooms
1.75 Bathrooms
Shy Half Acre
100ft Waterfront

Sold at $530,000