ActiveRainPhotoBloggerContest -  A short walk to ???

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Real Estate Agent with Better Properties Seattle

 

 Kirkland Washington

 

This is a picture of my granddaughter during one of her many visits to “Nana’s House” in Kirkland, Washington. A short walk to...Downtown Kirkland on the Lake, with a pedestrian friendly and walkable area of quaint shops that come right up to the lake...and the ducks. Your know it is a "short walk to..." when a little 3 year old can walk it. :) 

 

Home Prices often hinge more on what is nearby the house, than on the house itself. I'm often asked what is the biggest mistake a family can make when choosing a home to buy. Most often the answer is spending too much time on the WHAT and not enough time on the WHERE.

 

If you are a busy person, and seriously who isn’t?, you will understand that there are days when you can spare an hour or so, but not take a whole DAY off to go DO something.

Doesn’t that describe most everyone these days? Here in the Seattle Area we really can't plan too far ahead either. Lots of rain. We need to live close enough to something fun and interesting that is outdoors, as we all know bad weather can be here in a flash! That makes it even more important to be able to head out with the kids as soon as the weather breaks, and close enough to head back if our fair weather starts to turn sour on us.

So many times I am asked to help a family move to the right WHERE. They bought a great house...in the wrong place. They just weren't happy there.

These days, when selling your home for at least what you paid for it is easier said than done, more people are taking the time to find the right where, and Kirkland WA near Downtown has it all. Great Schools, easy access to freeways, close to work for many and a quaint Downtown Area of shops right by Lake Washington.

 

They say “A Picture Speaks 1,000 Words”. This picture screams

 

1) Buy a house in a place you LOVE to Come Home to. 

2) Buy a house where “Getting Away From It All” can happen every single day, and anytime you have only a short time to spare.

3) Buy a house that is: 

“A short walk to ??? Whatever may Feed Your Soul...and do your heart good.

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Rainmaker
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Thanks Denise. I love the way her little head is facing in the same direction as the ducks. :)

May 05, 2011 01:47 PM #24
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Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
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Your granddaughter is having fun chasing the ducks and I'm sure you had just as much fun photographing the moment.

May 06, 2011 11:04 AM #25
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She lives closer to your neck of the woods, Norma. In Redondo Beach.

 

May 06, 2011 11:58 AM #26
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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I love this post, ARDELL. It really speaks to how homebuyers should really think about their search

May 06, 2011 12:06 PM #27
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Hi Jeff! As with "our" client...she could walk to work and that was her right "where"! Thanks for helping her family find the right what in that where. :) I think it's wonderful to help someone who knows exactly where they want to be.

May 06, 2011 01:33 PM #28
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LOL! Susan! I just "got" your comment. :)

May 06, 2011 05:52 PM #29
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Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
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Ardell, you hit the nail on the head.  We have Buyers wanting to move out into the Country only to find that they spend way to much time driving their kids to events.

May 07, 2011 03:33 AM #30
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Vickie Slade
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Ardell, I love this photo.  Ahhhh, to experience life again through the eyes of a child is such a gift. 

May 07, 2011 02:21 PM #31
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Al and Peggy,

Sometimes people have something in their head that they thought they wanted...life just doesn't always work out the way they think it will. 

 

Vickie...children are such a great gift...at any age. :)

May 07, 2011 06:27 PM #32
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Sharon Alters
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Ardell, this could easily be a painting. Grandchildren are such a joy! We are really enjoying our two-year old grandson.

Sharon

May 09, 2011 03:36 PM #33
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Sharon,

I think I'll have it made into a jigsaw puzzle. :)

May 09, 2011 04:05 PM #34
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I think I like Gramma or Gram for short ...that's what my kid's call my mom...still. :)

May 10, 2011 05:42 AM #35
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Kate Elim
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Hi Ardell...What a precious photo.  Your granddaughter will be so happy to have that as she grows older.  What a gift.

Kate

May 10, 2011 04:22 PM #36
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Sally - Sometimes they pick their own name to call you. :)

Kate - It was a great day! So happy we "captured" the moment so well. Doesn't happen often enough.

May 10, 2011 04:55 PM #37
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Courtney Cooper
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Beautiful Picture, ARDELL _ my mom goes by Nana , too:)  very sweet  - glad they did not ite her - LOL

May 15, 2011 02:16 PM #38
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Hi Courtney! I think she's cute enough to bite...but the ducks didn't. :)

May 15, 2011 02:40 PM #39
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Ardell,

What a beautiful story and photo too. Your 3 year old granddaughter is the light of your life, I can tell that she gives you my joy and inspiration. I think it's a winning photograph and story. I am even going to click suggest because you have a beautiful way of putting things into perspective. You're so right about using time wisely and making the most out of those days when the weather is good; but more important to always find a reason to share quality time with a child. The message you shared about where to find a home tugs at my heart. Through my eyes and in my heart, this is a winning photo with context too.

Patricia

May 17, 2011 02:33 AM #40
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Thanks Patricia! Today is starting out to be one of those goegeous days and the rhododendron is starting to bloom.  After 4th of July it stays pretty consistently nice around here until late fall.

May 17, 2011 05:14 AM #41
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Hi Ardell - BIG smiles here when I saw this photo. Kids are great!

Reminds me of my daughter at that age - we had a pond on our property and she was always trying to get close enough to hug the geese and ducks she would give her animal crackers to.

May 18, 2011 06:34 AM #42
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Thanks Andre. It's an easy jump in my brain to picture her doggie paddling along with the ducks. :)

May 18, 2011 02:16 PM #43
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