Just listed 281 Briar Rd in Bellingham’s Edgemoor Neighborhood!

281 Briar Rd Bellingham WashingtonWelcome to 281 Briar Rd, this casually elegant 5 bedroom,  2.75 bath home is located in the peaceful beauty of Edgemoor, this home is the ideal setting for gatherings of all kinds. The open floor plan is centered on an incredible kitchen, with plenty of space for cooks and observers of the food preparation ritual. For less causal gatherings, a formal dining room with French doors opening to the patio and extensive gardens is perfect. The filtered view of Bellingham Bay provides lovely visions of summer sunsets. If casual elegance is your goal – you just found it! Currently listed for sale for $895,000

Features

Bath Off Master, Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, French Doors, Skylights

Additional Information

  • Cable TV, Deck, Partially Fenced, Gas Available, High Speed Internet, Hot Tub/Spa, Patio, RV Parking
  • Taxes: $5,906
  • View: Territorial, Bay
  • Lot Size: 0.52 Acre (22,651 SqFt)
  • Garage Size: 2 Car
  • Exterior: Wood
  • Fireplaces: 2 Fireplaces
  • Heating/Cooling: Baseboard, Radiant, Radiator,
  • Roof: Composition Roof
  • Flooring: Ceramic Tile Floor, Hardwood Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

281 Briar Rd Elegant KitchenFeatures

Bath Off Master, Double Pane Storm Windows, Dining Room, French Doors, Skylights

School Information

  • District: Bellingham School District
  • Elementary: Lowell Elementary
  • Junior HighFairhaven Middle School
  • High School:  Sehome High

For additional information on 281 Briar Rd or other homes in the Edgemoor Neighborhood visit our website or give us a call at 1-888-713-3056 to learn more! There will also be an Open House this Sunday, April 27th to 1:00-3:00pm hosted by Rich and Lylene Johnson if you would like to pop in for a tour.

Fishing Calendar for Marine Area 7. Halibut, Lingcod and Shrimp

Do you have a fishing trip planned in the future? Mike took the time to put together a great visual calendar of the days in which each fishing type is open  in Marine Area 7 .  There are lots of options in the next couple of months from salmon and halibut to ling cod and prawns, you are sure to catch something great. If you have questions feel free to call Mike directly at 360-201-5088, he’d be happy to help!
While you are out fishing be sure to take some pictures of your catch, we would love to feature you photo here on our blog! Happy Fishing.

Real Estate Market Velocity for Bellingham and Whatcom County

Happy Monday! Every week we keep track of how many homes are for sale around Bellingham and Whatcom County and how many of those homes have pending offers on them. Pending is the time frame between when an offer has been mutual accepted between the buyer’s and the seller’s of the home and when the title actually transfers hands. This give the buyer’s time to get the financing, do inspection, review the title reports and more.

As of Saturday, April 19th the pending ratio in Bellingham was 28%. Click the links to view a report of how many homes are for sale in each area and price range and how many of them are pending showing just how active certain sectors of the market are.

Birch Bay has a pending ratio of 18%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 21%

The Lynden pending ratio was 29%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 36%

If you would like to search for Real Estate in Bellingham and Whatcom County that is currently for sale visit www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com where you can search for homes for sale in Bellingham and real estate around Whatcom County.

County Living in Meridian School District Set Up for Horses!

Have you dreamed of living in the county? Enjoying privacy, with plenty of room for your hobbies or even horses? Then look no further than 6400 Sundance Lane, Everson. Here you can enjoy this 3 bedroom, 1.75 bathroom home located on 5 acres down a private drive. There is a 3 car detached garage plus a spacious shop for storage, toys or hobbies.

If you are into horses there is horse fencing already installed , a tack room , horse stalls, compost area and a level riding area with sand and sawdust await you and your horses.

Features

Wired for Generator, Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, French Doors, Skylights

Additional Information

Outdoor Arena, Barn, Deck, Dog Run, Partially Fenced, Green House, Outbuildings, Patio, Propane, RV Parking, Shop
Taxes: $4,565
View: Territorial
Lot Size: 5.00 Acres (217,800 SqFt)
Garage Size: 3 Car
Exterior: Wood Products
Heating/Cooling: Forced Air, High Efficiency,
Roof: Composition Roof
Flooring Hardwood Floor: Laminate, Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

Features

Wired for Generator, Bath Off Master, Ceiling Fan(s), Double Pane Storm Windows, French Doors, Skylights

School Information

District: Meridian School District
Elementary Irene Reither Primary School
Junior High: Meridian Middle School
High Meridian High

To see more details on the home visit the virtual tour here or call the Johnson Team at (360) 303-2734 to schedule a private showing.

Mortgage Rate Update

Have you been staying up to speed on the latest in home loan and mortgage rates? The Johnson Team Real Estate can help you out. If you are in the market for a home loan below are the mortgage rates as of  today April 17th, courtesy of Sidney Stonecypher at People’s Bank Barkley Branch here in Bellingham.

For more details, or a custom home loan quote, contact Sidney Stonecypher at People’s Bank, 360-676-4597 or sidney.stonecypher@peoplesbank-wa.com. Remember that many variables come into play in determining the rate a lender will give a borrower. If you are getting a rate quote from a lender who does not have all your information, that rate may not be real. What with the low rates, it is still a great time to buy a house!

What is Bellingham’s Market Velocity?

Sold homeHappy Monday! Every week we keep track of how many homes are for sale around Bellingham and Whatcom County and how many of those homes have pending offers on them. Pending is the time frame between when an offer has been mutual accepted between the buyer’s and the seller’s of the home and when the title actually transfers hands. This give the buyer’s time to get the financing, do inspection, review the title reports and more.

As of Saturday, April 12th the pending ratio in Bellingham was 28%. Click the links to view a report of how many homes are for sale in each area and price range and how many of them are pending showing just how active certain sectors of the market are.

Birch Bay has a pending ratio of 21%

The Ferndale pending ratio was 19%

The Lynden pending ratio was 31%

The Sudden Valley pending ratio was 30%

If you would like to search for Real Estate in Bellingham and Whatcom County that is currently for sale visit www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com where you can search for homes for sale in Bellingham and real estate around Whatcom County.

Moving Truck Non-Profit User of the Quarter

The Johnson Team is proud to offer our moving truck FREE of charge to community organizations and our clients. Below is this quarter’s featured non-profit:

WeSnip’s goal is to end dog and cat euthanasia and over population in Whatcom County by offering accessible and affordable spay and neutering services as well as community outreach and education. Since 2008, their program has resulted in an 87% drop in the number of unweaned kittens euthanized by the Humane Society. It’s working.

“THANK YOU SO MUCH for letting WeSNiP borrow your moving van this past weekend!!!! Not only did it save us a ton of money to rent a truck, but it was perfect for the job! We couldn’t have been more pleased.
Dianne, WeSnip www.WeSnip.org

Your referrals let us provide help to Whatcom county non-profit organizations who benefit our community. Please think of us when a friend or relative talks about moving – and tell your favorite non-profit to give us a call when they need a truck!



Spring Nest Cookies, Perfect for Easter!

These adorable nest shaped cookies are always a hit of any spring party or easter gathering. The cookies are simple to make and even the kiddos like to get involved. One point to mentions, they are pretty messy to make!

Ingredients:

· 1 (11-12oz) bag milk chocolate chips

· 1 (11-12oz) bag butterscotch chips

· 1 (10-12oz) bag chow mien noodles

· Small Egg shaped candies such as chocolate eggs or jelly beans

Directions:

Combine both packages of chips in microwave safe bowl. Heat for 60 seconds. Stir and repeat until all melted. Add bag of chow mein noodles and stir until noodles are coated.

Lay out wax paper and drop large tablespoonfuls of chocolate noodles onto wax paper. Mold into bird’s nest shape.

Place a few candy “eggs” on top of each nest. Let the nest harden and then enjoy!

Blackmouth Salmon Fishing Off the Coast of Bellingham

Boy do we just love the Blackmouth Fishing Season. This is clearly the best salmon on the barbeque fresh and super red in color . We have been lucky enough to have plenty of it to eat as of late.

Mike and Kim were on the 2902 Trophy for the Anacortes Salmon Derby which was held March 29-30th and managed to land 4 fish on Saturday. The largest was just over 20 lbs and held onto 2nd place by the time the derby had ended. The fish was caught on the north end of Orcas Island.

The fishing has been generally pretty good from what we have heard. Most trips out the boaters are bringing back a fish or two. The expectations are super high for the summer run of kings coming down from Alaska.

Ling Cod opens May 1st and runs through June 15th. The halibut regulation dates are out as well. For marine area 7 the open dates are – May 9,10,17,22,23,24,25,29,30,31 & June 7th.

The Halibut/Ling cod seasons are our favorites. If you have any questions or need any tips-Just give The Johnson Team fishing Hotline a call at 360-303-2734 and we will be happy to help.

Community Energy Challenge- News You Can Use!

Spring at last!  Fortunately, our winter was pretty mild, but if you wish your heating bills had been lower, or your house cozier over the winter, now is the time to check out a great service available to homeowners in Whatcom County.   You have probably heard of Sustainable Connections.  They have a variety of programs, and during the last year Rich & Lylene had personal experience with one of them: The Community Energy Challenge We built our house in the early 80’s and tried to make it energy efficient., but as heating costs increased, the bills kept getting higher.

A year ago our son convinced us to contact Sustainable Connections about their Community Energy Challenge.   We started by signing up for an energy assessment.  It took about 5 hours for a building analyst to go through the house, pressure test it for leaks & look at the various systems and building details.  In a few days we sat down with an energy adviser, who went through the findings and made suggestions as to what was most cost effective.  He suggested contractors trained in energy efficient construction, and we chose one.  When the work was done,  a staff member came to the house to make sure it was properly done.  Some of the work was eligible for incentives or rebates, and the adviser guided us through that process. It was a great experience.  The suggestions made sense, implementation was easy…and our heating bill dropped dramatically.

If you would like to check them out, go to    http://sustainableconnections.org/energy/energychallenge