Sledding at Mt. Baker. Get out and enjoy the snow.

Sledding at Mt. Baker

Looking for something fun to do this Winter?  You might consider going sledding. Although we have no snow in the lowlands of Whatcom County the Mt. Baker National Forest sure does!

Lots of people head up the Mt. Baker Highway for great sledding just below the ski area.  While there is no specific area in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has been set aside for sledding, and it’s banned inside the Mt. Baker Ski Area there is still lots of places to get in some great sledding!

Unofficially, you can go just  outside the ski area’s boundaries to sled down the hills around the frozen lakes of Highwood Lake and Picture Lake. The area around Bagley Lake also is great area to check out.   That being said be sure and pay attention on warm days or years when there is little snow fall to be sure the lakes are frozen solid and ready for sledding.

Sledding at Mt. Baker

Directions:

Go east on state route 542 until you reach the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Park in the upper parking lot. Look for people carrying sleds or big tire tubes. You will find the lakes on your right hand side over the large snow banks. Little trails will be built in the snow bank to allow children and families to get up and over the banks and into the sledding area.

Be sure to back lots of warm clothes, water and snacks. Restrooms are available a shoMt Baker Sledding Maprt walk back up the hill in the upper lodge.  Also, traction tires are required and it’s advised to carry chains in  your vehicle. Just make sure you and your family are prepared for all weather conditions.

Diamond in the Rough For Sale in Sumas! $89,000

Sumas Real EstateWelcome to 146 1st St in Sumas, Washington. This 3 bedroom, 1 bath home is currently listed at the low price of $89,000! This home is a diamond in the rough awaiting your special touches. Conveniently located within walking distance to stores, parks, the Canadian border and schools. The home is solid with newer windows and roof. The foundation is concrete so the remodel should be easy. It is a fixer so bring your imagination. It comes with all the alliances too! The yard is great and the home is on a corner lot with detached garage.

Sumas 2Additional Information

  • Property Description: Cable TV, Deck, High Speed Internet, Outbuildings
  • Taxes: $1,200
  • View Territorial
  • Lot Size: 0.21 Acre (8,960 SqFt)
  • Exterior: Wood
  • Fireplaces: 1 Fireplace
  • Heating/Cooling: Stove/Free Stdg
  • Roof : Composition Roof
  • Flooring Vinyl Floor, Wall to Wall Carpet

Festive Winter Fun, Sledding at Mt. Baker

Sledding at Mt. Baker

Sledding at Mt. Baker

Looking for something fun to do this Winter?  You might consider going sledding. Although we have no snow in the lowlands of Whatcom County the Mt. Baker National Forest sure does, and lots of it.

Last week, my family and I made the trip up the Mt. Baker Hwy for a fun afternoon of sledding at Mt. Baker’s  Picture Lake.  There is no specific area in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has been set aside for sledding, and it’s banned inside the Mt. Baker Ski Area.  You will see signs within the ski area advising you not to sled as it can pose a danger to skiers and snowboarders.

Unofficially, you can go just  outside the ski area’s boundaries to sled down the hills around the frozen lakes of Highwood Lake and Picture Lake. The area around Bagley Lake also is great area to check out.   That being said be sure and pay attention on warm days or years when there is little snow fall to be sure the lakes are frozen solid and ready for sledding.

Directions:Go east on state route 542 until you reach the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Park in the upper parking lot. Look for people carrying sleds or big tire tubes. You will find the lakes on your right hand side over the large snow banks. Little trails will be built in the snow bank to allow children and families to get up and over the banks and into the sledding area.

Deming Oktoberfest This Weekend!

Enjoy the Polkatones at Oktoberfest

It’s time  for Deming’s Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a Bavarian festival held annually at the Deming Log Show Grounds. The dates for this years festival are October 10th-11th.

I have attended the festival for the past several years and have really grown to enjoy it. The entertainers include the Polkatones, Syl’s Ya Sure Ya Betcha Band and the Rogen Bogen Dancers. It’s great fun to come out and enjoy the folk dancing, singing and activities. You will be amazed just how talented the dancers are and in awe by there wonderful Bavarian Costumes.

Several Bavarian foods are on hand including the traditional german potatoes, brats and more! Breakfast is served Saturday and Sunday morning from 7:30am to 11:00am and then the doors open for the at 12pm and close at 12am.

Admission to Deming’s Oktoberfest is $9 with advance tickets and $11 at the door. 21 and older only please.  Camping is available for a $15 a night fee. To reach the Deming Log Show Grounds head out the Mt. Baker Hwy approx 12 miles east of Bellingham. Take a left on the Cedarville Rd, the log show ground are 1 mile up the road on the left hand side. Car parking is free.

Also please note that the Oktoberfest is a fund raiser for the “Busted Up Loggers Fund.” The fund goes to help injured loggers from Whatcom County and their families in their times of need. Tons of volunteer energy and time goes into this events and it’s well worth it, so come on out support our community, dance, sing, eat and have a great time!

FOR SALE! North Western Red Cedar Home in Eastern Whatcom County

Have you ever dream of having a story book home in a fair tale setting? This incredible home at 552 Sprague Valley Drive in Maple Falls is that story book house! Constructed of North Western Red Cedar this 3 bedroom, 1 3/4 bath home is everything you could imagine in a Pacific Northwest Home. 

The spacious 1/3 acre lot provides just the perfect setting for this picturesque home.  Inside you’ll find soaring ceilings, an interior brightened by over sized skylights, a wood fireplace with crackling fires for those winter nights – simply a warm & cozy atmosphere. Outside, entertain either on the back deck overlooking the yard, gardens & woods or watch the deer, raccoons, steller jays & eagles go by from the front porch.

Located in Maple Falls, Washington the home is centrally located to provide the best of all worlds. Just a 30 minute drive west you will find the city of Bellingham, Washington. Bellingham offers a wonderful salt water marina on the shores of Bellingham Bay, Western Washington University and ample shopping, recreation and health services. On the other end of the spectrum just a short 3o minute drive East on the Mt. Baker Highway you will be greeted with the snow covered ski slopes of the world renowned Mt. Baker Ski Area.

Below you will find a virtual tour of this lovely home. If you would like to schedule your own showing call (360) 303-2734!

 

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Great Mid-County Home on Acreage Just Minutes From Bellingham

Welcome to 1411 E Smith Rd, Priced at $309,000


If you have been looking for the perfect mid-country location only minutes from Bellingham then 1411 E Smith Rd could be the perfect fit for you.  To get there, take the Hannegan North to the East Smith. Turn right headed East on the East Smith going past Market Rd on your left & just past Murieal on your left – 1411 E Smith is on your right.

Imagine if you dare, woods to explore, a pasture for horses, a view of Mt Baker, a large shop with external parking for all the toys in the world, fruit trees/garden space, squirrels for Fido to chase ¢entral to it all is a lovely remodeled 3 bedroom home with a totally new redo to include hardwood floors, carpet, paint & a sparkling kitchen & baths. You can quit imagining because it all exists on a level, sunny 5 acre parcel just minutes from town & at a super affordable price.

We Hope You Enjoy Your Home Tour of 1411 E Smith

If you would like a private tour of 1411 E Smith Rd , The Johnson Team can easily accomodate your schedule. If you’d care to call them at 360-303-2734 or toll free at 888-713-3056 they can arrange for your private showing. If you live out of the area or country and would like additional information about this wonderful property, The Johnson Team would be happy to send you a complete property package. Just give them a call or send them an email and you’ll receive the information immediately.

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Local Non Profit VZ Foundation's Dirty Farm Treck

The VZ Foundation is a local Whatcom County Non Profit that puts on fun local events where proceeds go to support other non profits and organizations in Whatcom County.  The next event that the VZ Foundation is putting on in the 1st annual Dirty Farm Trek.
  
The Dirty Farm Trek is an approximately 5 mile obstacle course  full of twists and surprises! Don’t think brawn is all you’ll have to use to win this competition – you’ll need to use your brain too!
 
Saturday, October 1, 2011 @ 2 PM
Deming Logging Show Grounds
 
Registration is $30 and includes a t-shirt and 1 drink ticket for our Boundary Bay Beer Garden. Shirt is not guaranteed if you register after Sept 20th so Register Today!

As always with a VZ Foundation event, the top finishers get to choose a local non-profit for us to donate to in your name.

For more race details and info on what you will need on the day of the race please click here.

To save time on the day of the event, please print and and bring this waiver on the day of the race.
 
Come on out and support a great cause and help your local community while having fun! 
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Bellingham Luxury Real Estate Market Update

With a vast array of natural beauty, culture and history it is no wonder that we are noticing that Bellingham, Skagit County and the San Juan Islands seem to be attracting more luxury home buyers. Bellingham and the Pacific Northwest are graced with many luxurious homes and estates. The incredible natural landscape and history help the Northwest boast some of the finest luxury real estate in the nation.

Wherever your real estate price point rests luxury can be at your finger tips. Whether you are looking for incredible snow capped mountain views of Mt. Baker, rolling acreage to enjoy your equestrian members of the family or a private lake dock for you boat, or saltwater front real estate, you can find it all here.

Each week we showcase homes which have just sold and help you get an idea of what the real estate markets in Bellingham and the neighboring areas have to offer. You can also search for active luxury real estate on our website’s Luxury Real Estate Page.

Below are three homes that sold this past week in the local luxury real estate market:

395 E Laurel Rd, Sold for $820,000395 E Laurel Rd sold this past week for $820,000 and is located in North Bellingham in the Meridian School District.

If you ever dreamed of your own estate on beautiful sprawling acreage yet only minutes outside of town than 395 E Laurel Rd fits your dreams!  No expense was spared in this spacious 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bath home located on 12.84 expansive acres.

Custom built with Tiger Wood floors, a gourmet kitchen, granite and stunning crystal chandeliers this home is sure to take your breath away. The incredible Mt. Baker views and the 3 car garage and 2,000+ square foot shop are just an awesome added bonus to an already amazing home.

9435 Weidkamp Rd in Lynden old last week for $565,000

9435 Weidkamp Rd in Lynden old last week for $565,000

 9435 Weidkamp Rd is located in Lynden Washington just a short 15 minute drive North of Bellingham and sold last week for $565,000.

This stunning estate property is located on just over 2 lovely acres with awe inspiring Mt. Baker views across the Lynden Farmlands.  This spacious home contains 3 bedrooms, 3 bathroom and two separate living areas amongst its’ 4,824 square ft.

Custom elegant finishes throught out the home include tile, hardwood, granite, crown molding, slate patio and more!

To view homes like 9435 Weidkamp Rd  be sure and visit our website at www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

231 S State St, Bellingham sold last week for $599,000

231 S State St, Bellingham sold last week for $599,000

231 S State St is located in Bellingham, Washington and sold last week for $599,000. An expansive 3,184 square foot condo, 231 St State St has the feeling of living in a single level luxury home yet the convenience and ease of living of a condominium.

The condo takes full advantage of the stunning views of the San Juan Islands and Bellingham Bay Bay. In the condo you can bask in the luxury of the open floor plan containing two spacious master suites, one with a walk in shower and jacuzzi soaking bathtub.  The kitchen is sure to be any Chef’s delight with high-end stainless steel appliances and a large granite island.

To search Luxury Real Estate in Bellingham and neighboring areas be sure and check out The Johnson Team’s Real Estate’s Luxury Real Estate Page.

Luxury Real Estate in Bellingham and Neighboring Areas

With a vast array of natural beauty, culture and history it is no wonder that we are noticing that Bellingham, Skagit County and the San Juan Islands seem to be attracting more luxury home buyers. Bellingham and the Pacific Northwest are graced with many luxurious homes and estates. The incredible natural landscape and history help the Northwest  boast some of the finest luxury real estate in the nation.

Wherever your real estate price point rests luxury can be at your finger tips. Whether you are looking for incredible snowcapped mountain views of Mt. Baker, rolling acreage to enjoy your equestrian members of the family or a private lake dock for you boat,  or saltwater front real estate, you can find it all here.

 Each week we  showcase homes which have just sold and help you get an idea of what the real estate markets in Bellingham and the neighboring areas  have to offer. You can also search for active luxury real estate on our website’s  Luxury Real Estate Page.

Below are three homes that sold this past week in the local luxury real estate market:

Bellingham Luxury Real Estate1904 Samish Crest Way sold this past week for $1,250,000 and is located in Bellingham, Washington in one of the area’s most highly sought after neighborhoods.

This breathtaking home is an incredible 6,700sq ft , 4,000 of which is fully finished down to each luxurious detail which would be rivaled by any luxury home builder and owner. From this home you can bask in the stunning views of the San Juan Islands, the City of Bellingham and the waters of the Puget Sound.  Gourmet kitchen complete with a professional grade viking range, and Brazilian Cherry and tile flooring.  Enjoy a wonderful sense of space with 20 foot heigh great room ceiling and two master suites. To view homes like 1904 Samish Crest be sure and visit our website at www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

 Luxury Real Estate In Skagit County 2408 Camano Drive is located in Camano Island, Washington  and sold last week for 1,600,000. 

A true Pacific Northwest gem this home takes in all the the Northwest has to offer with his perfectly crafted birch interior walls, warm fir wood flooring and 17 incredible acres of coastal real estate boasting 398ft of salt waterfront.    

The home is a spacious 2,206 sq ft with an additional 1,344 2 bedroom suite located in the fully finished shop adjacent to the home.  Not only is this home a dream by itself but the property also have the potential to develop two more waterfront homes. To view other waterfront real estate in the area visit The Johnson Team Real Estate’s Water Front Real Estate Search Page

San Juan4009 San Juan Blvd is located in Anacortes, Washington and sold last week for $675,000.  This luxurious home features a stately 3 bedrooms, and 3 baths situated throughout the home’s 3,699 sq ft.

Enjoy majestic views of the waters of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountain Range from the homes’ main level rooms including a gourmet kitchen with double ovens, walk in pantry, eating bar and formal dining area.

If you a not only looking for a home to house your and your family but also your vehicular family that you have found your dream here with a 2 car garage on the main level and a heated 3 car garage on the lower level.

To search Luxury Real Estate in Bellingham and neighboring areas be sure and check out The Johnson Team’s Real Estate’s Luxury Real Estate Page.

Acme Elementary Closed Due to Power Outage

For those of you living in the Acme and Van Zandt areas, there will be no school for your elementary school aged children. Acme Elementary is closed due to a power outage. Power went out in the wind storm last night and is still yet to be restored this morning.