Remodeled – Private – Somerset

Tasteful remodel in Bellevue’s beloved Somerset, where commuting is a breeze and schools are prized! Nearly every surface has been touched with today’s real-living in mind: quartz, stainless, and cherry custom cabinetry in new open concept kitchen. Sleek finishes in remodeled baths. Resilient IPA hardwoods. Cozy lower level rec room with gas fireplace. Updated systems and low maintenance tile roof. Park-like grounds create serene setting with Somerset Elementary and playground half a block away.

Open Saturday and Sunday 1 – 4 pm

Link to more information here

Posted on February 25, 2017 at 7:55 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, listings, real estate, somerset

Bellevue Schools Foundation

When we moved to Bellevue, it was because of the schools.  My daughter, Mary was 5 years old and getting ready to start kindergarten.   We found Somerset Elementary, not only because of their test scores and achievements, but also because of the parent involvement.  They had 100% PTSA participation.

Getting a good education is more than test scores and national rankings.  It’s about creating emotionally healthy, curious minds and lifelong learners.  Bellevue Schools Foundation supports a wide variety of programs that make this possible through their innovation grants.

Mary is now in her first year at University of British Columbia in Vancouver and loving it.  One of the grants that helps makes the college search process easier is the BSF investment in the Naviance program.  It is a college and career planning platform that starts students out in middle school looking at their strengths and interests, then begins to research college options. In high school, Naviance helps to organize all the aspects of the college application process, communicates with their counselors and tracks their to-do list all the way to college acceptance.

We know one of the reasons people are moving to our area is because of our highly regarded schools.  I am pleased to be an Honor Roll Realtor, giving back to a program that has had a huge impact not only for our family, but also our community.

Please consider supporting the fall fund drive.  For more information or to donate click  ALL IN FOR KIDS or text KIDS to 71760 to give from your mobile device. Every gift dollar makes a difference for Bellevue students!

 

Posted on October 24, 2016 at 10:40 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, community, giving back, somerset

Somerset Tree House

 

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Seamlessly Integrated Indoor/Outdoor Space  This special residence was designed for people who seek a peaceful respite from busy urban life, but wish to be close the conveniences that living in the city brings. Set at the top of Somerset Hill and located on a quiet street backing to a greenbelt.  Beautifully updated with high-end finishes throughout. Gourmet kitchen featuring Wolf, Dacor, Sub-Zero, Bosch and Viking.  Walls of windows frame the tree lined views of Lake Sammamish and Cascade mountain range.  Short walk to Somerset Elementary and Rec Club, or drive to neighborhood shops and dining.  Easy commute to downtown Seattle and Bellevue and Sea-Tac airport.  Award winning Bellevue Schools, Somerset, Tyee, Newport High  You’ll love living here! 4408 144th Ave SE, Bellevue $1,298,000

Full listing information here.

 

Posted on September 25, 2016 at 12:16 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, listings, real estate, somerset

Client Success Story – Moving to the Lake

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On the 4th of July, friends were out on Lake Washington enjoying the sunshine and a day of boating.  They got to talking and decided they wanted to live on the water.  They were now empty-nesters and ready to make the move.  They got home, started looking online and found a house that they were interested in.  They called me and we got together the following day to start to make a plan on how to make it possible.

We discussed the elements of an offer.  The listing had been on the market a few weeks and we decided to make the offer contingent on the sale of their house.  After going back and forth on a few things, we reached an agreement and their offer was accepted.  Now we had to get their house on the market and get it sold.

We negotiated some extra time in order to get their house ready. Then my team leaped into action.  In the matter of two weeks, we met with the stager, installed new carpet, paint, granite countertops, and light fixtures. We had carpets, windows and the whole house cleaned.  The house was inspected, and the furnace was serviced. We were ready for photographer.

And then on Thursday, we got a call from the listing agent.  We were getting bumped. That meant we had 2 business days to get their house sold… and the photographer hadn’t even been to the house yet. We had until Monday at 9 pm to remove the contingency.   We discussed strategy and activated the listing while waiting for the professional photos to come back.  We decided to hold the house open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and then review offers on Monday. We were cutting it close.

By networking with other agents, contacting those with buyers in the neighborhood, and online advertising, we had about 70 groups through their property.  When we sat down to review offers, we had four offers and the property sold for over list price with the inspection and appraisal waived.  We were able to remove the contingency on their purchase and proceed toward closing.

So from what started as an idea out on the water with friends, became a reality when they moved into their new waterfront home a short two months later. It’s so exciting when it works out so well.  It was a lot of work in short time frame, but by working together it had a very happy ending.

Posted on September 20, 2016 at 9:50 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, listings, marketing, preparing your home, real estate, seattle, somerset

Somerset Serenity

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Beautifully remodeled NW Contemporary with inviting wood-wrapped day rooms, vaulted ceilings and multiple decks to enjoy the surrounding greenbelt. Extensive use of natural materials such as exposed cedar ceilings & beams. So many improvements in the last four years. New roof, interior & exterior paint, remodeled kitchen and baths, new hardwood floors and so much more. Must see to appreciate! All this plus some of the top schools in the nation – Somerset, Tyee Middle and Newport High School.

Check out the listing here for more photos and information.

 

Posted on August 28, 2016 at 1:27 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, listings, real estate, somerset

Traditional two story in Somerset

Open Sunday July 24th – 1 – 4 pm ~ 4624 142nd Pl SE ~ Somerset 

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Traditional two story home in the heart of Somerset with sweeping territorial views. Formal living room with fireplace and dining room. Remodeled kitchen opens to family room with a wall of windows to soak in the view. Four bedrooms, two updated baths up. Daylight basement with rec room, kitchenette, 5th bedroom and bath. Street to street lot on excellent cul-de-sac location affords the ultimate privacy.  Located one block from elementary. Bellevue's most sought after schools: Somerset, Tyee and Newport.  Click here for more listing information.

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Posted on July 24, 2016 at 1:11 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, listings, real estate, somerset

Pumpkin Carving Photo Contest Winners 2015

I am thrilled to announce the winners of the 1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Photo Contest.  It was fun to see everyone’s humor and creativity on display. In appreciation for all who entered their creations, I am sending a special little surprise to you too.  So keep an eye on your mailbox.  And now for our winners!

Grand Prize Winner: Rhee Family with their salute to the 12s!

Kid Creation Winner: Julia – Cookie Monster

Randomized Winner: Nathan – Supersonic Salute

Finally a huge thanks to all who shared the contest.  Our random winner from those who shared is Emily Castle!

Thanks again for joining in on the fun!  ~ Stephanie

 

Posted on November 2, 2015 at 10:42 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: contest, marketing, seahawks, somerset

Two new listings in Somerset

Both homes open to today 1-4 pm.  So after you’re done cheering on the Seahawks, hop in the car and come checkout these hot new listings.

5423 134th Ave SE ~ Somerset ~ $980,000

Beautifully updated Somerset home. Skylights, wall of windows and vaulted cedar ceiling create a bright and spacious home in a private treed setting. Gourmet kitchen with slab granite, high-end stainless appliances. 5 bedrooms / 3.5 baths /3430 sq ft.  Get the details here.

5855 146th Pl SE ~ Somerset ~ $1,180,000

Seamlessly integrated indoor and outdoor spaces.  Traditional two story located on private cul-de-sac.  Southwest exposure fills the home with light offering privacy and territorial views from all angles. Gorgeous home with fantastic floor plan. 6 bedrm/ 4 bath/ 3910 sq ft. Check it out!

Posted on September 13, 2015 at 10:27 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, listings, real estate, seahawks, somerset

Just Listed in Somerset

 

Come join me at this beautiful home in Somerset.  Just listed for $1,280,000.  This home has a fantastic floor plan with Southern exposure with lots of natural light, mountain and lake views.  Hope to see you there!

http://stephaniekristen.withwre.com/listing/WA/Bellevue/5015-139th-Place-SE-98006/32986138

Posted on March 21, 2015 at 6:09 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, listings, real estate, somerset

Just Listed – Somerset View Home

There are so many features we love about living in Somerset.  The excellent location, top notch schools, and especially the views.  This totally remodeled home takes full advatage of the western exposure, mountain, lake and city skyline views.    Click here for a virtual tour and contact me if you would like more information.

Posted on January 24, 2015 at 6:07 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, listings, real estate, somerset