Today was an incredibly lovely day, although still a bit cool, with a bit of breeze in the afternoon and this evening. At present the full moon is shimmering on the ripples at high tide on Penn Cove.
So many new faces in town this evening... a pleasure to see people out and about and enjoying themselves. Our many B&Bs here on the Island attract people from around the world. This evening, I overheard a couple discussing where to eat in french! They were from Aix-en-Provence, in southern France, and were excited to hear that our Penn Cove mussels are fabulous, rivaling the best Bretagne offers. We have many good choices, but since they confessed to being "foodies", I walked them up to the Oystercatcher, where Dea was happy to find them a table after greeting them warmly. When she asked if it would be a table for 3, I nearly said yes, as the food is so wonderful there. Subtly garlic-scented Mussels, Local greens, beautifully dressed, perhaps duck breast in some ethereal reduction sauce, a perfect wine, a perfectly delicious dessert and a bit of coffee. Yes, that did cross my mind. But since we'd only just met, and they were here for an evening at Captain Whidbey Inn and a post-dinner stroll on a moonlit wharf, a bid them an adieu and headed upon my way.
It's been fun to be quite busy showing homes and previewing the new listings, some of which seem to be almost underpriced. Because the market was in a lull over the winter while buyers reevaluated their budgets, and sellers trimmed their expectations in line with market reality, some agents have overreacted and lopped prices. It's a nice time to be working with buyers, who can pick up some really fine buys at present. Closing next week will be a great Madrona Way home that only stayed on the market a few days. With over an acre, more than 300 feet of waterfront with stairs to the beach, mature landscaping and a lovely view of Mount Baker and Penn Cove, it was an exceptional buy, even if it will need a remodel. Had to be ready to pounce before the pictures were even up on the mls. My clients are thrilled, and show me not to ever get to certain that I know what home will appeal most to people. I joked with the husband the other day that I'd not have imagined they'd move to the Island and start their retirement here with a big project. Actually, they seem to be having fun picking out appliances, meeting with contractors, and learning the native plants.
I was pretty stunned to see one of my favorite Coupeville homes, a remodeled schoolhouse that is a bit of a landmark along Madrona Way come back on the market at $540,000. It is big, at about 3,000 sf, comfy and a bit elegant at the same time, and has the most magnificent Madrona tree, complete with kid-friendly tire swing! Certain homes get me so enthused I just have to get on the phone and try to bump one of my favorite clients into action. Having sold the two homes headed back toward town, I feel right in my element, and hope to find perfect neighbors for Harry &Terry, Cindy,Stu & Melody.