Topic: Real Estate

SJI Lifestyle Videos

Written on March 7, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another entry in her San Juan Island Lifestyle video series. This one is all about the pros and cons of living here.

Housing Town Hall

Written on March 3, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Coming up on Friday, March 9th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Fairgrounds there will be a Housing Town Hall to explore the topic: Affordable housing in San Juan County This event is being coordinated by the San Juan Island Women’s Group, and sponsored by many local businesses, all listed on the attached flyer.  Continue Reading

Home Trust Fundraiser Postponed

Written on February 2, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Pizza Paddle Raise Postponed The San Juan Community Home Trust has postponed its “Have a Heart Pizza Paddle Raise” fundraiser, originally scheduled Saturday, February 10 at the San Juan Grange. It will be rescheduled at a later date. Raffle tickets for the fun child’s battery-powered Tesla will still be available for $50 each at the  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s SJI Lifestyle Video Series

Written on January 23, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another of her videos… This San Juan Island lifestyle video shares the 2018 Roche Harbor Derby.  It offers tips on fishing and dancing.

Orientation for New Home Trust Board Members

Written on January 23, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust held an orientation session on Saturday, January 20 for new members of its Board of Directors. It was the second year the Home Trust has held the get together, which familiarizes recently elected board members with their legal responsibilities under Washington law, as well as the Home Trust’s programs,  Continue Reading

Postponed: Have A Heart Event

Written on January 15, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

This event has been postponed – Announcement coming soon for a rescheduled date. The San Juan Community Home Trust continues to barge ahead with its goal of completing the Sun Rise II neighborhood. Two more reclaimed classic homes from the Victoria/Oak Bay areas on Vancouver Island will soon be on their way to San Juan  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary

Written on January 15, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with a year end market summary… In reviewing the year-end results for 2017, the sales dollar volume for the real estate market in San Juan County per the Northwest Multiple Listing Service was $299,943,083 which reflects an increase in volume of 19.5% over 2016 when the volume was $251,020,953. The  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Videos

Written on January 10, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Here’s another SJI Lifestyle video from Merri Ann Simonson at Coldwell Banker…

Real Estate Notes

Written on January 5, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with more Real Estate information… Shoreline Master Program – Does It Remove Uncertainty Or Increase It? As you may or may not be aware, the County Council has recently adopted updates to the Shoreline Master Program (SMP), with the new regulations effective on October 30, 2017. Although the new regulations  Continue Reading

Home Trust Ends One Year and Begins Another with Big Land Donations

Written on January 3, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

>Editor’s note: The number of homes at the Soll property has been corrected to 30. The press release originally said 40 incorrectly… Last week on December 29th, the San Juan Community Home Trust received a donation of a parcel of land in Friday Harbor. The property, at the corner of Tucker and McDonald Streets, is  Continue Reading

San Juan Preservation Trust Names New Executive Director

Written on December 13, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Angela Anderson to “Come Home” from Hawaii to the Salish Sea December 12, 2017 – The board of trustees of the San Juan Preservation Trust, a nonprofit land conservation organization based in Friday Harbor, announced today that it has hired Angela Anderson as its new executive director, effective February 12, 2018. Ms. Anderson will lead  Continue Reading

A Wrap-up for the San Juan Community Home Trust

Written on December 13, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

As the San Juan Community Home Trust begins to draw the curtain on 2017, we take heart in reflecting on the progress and accomplishments the Trust has seen this year: We welcomed our new Executive Director, David Gow, on May 1st and our new Administrative Assistant, Nancy Stark, in August. The Trust fully repaid the  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Series

Written on November 29, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back at it again with another of her San Juan Island Lifestyle videos. This time it’s all about making chutney…

Home Trust Press Release

Written on November 27, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust held its 16th annual meeting on Thursday, November 16th at the Grange. 50+ people who attended enjoyed hearty dishes, and were updated with the Home Trust’s progress to provide permanently affordable housing by David Gow, Executive Director and Sarah Crosby, president. A special presentation was made by Mallory Hagel  Continue Reading

Homes For Islanders Announces Future Plans

Written on November 15, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Justin Roche, Executive Director of Homes for Islanders, a non-profit organization, announced Homes for Islanders has purchased 16 lots in Foxhall to secure them for self-help homebuilding by 16 very low to low income individuals and families on San Juan Island. The constructed homes will range between 1,800 and 2,000 square feet and each house  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Real Estate News

Written on October 10, 2017 at 9:27 am, by

Here’s an update from Merri Ann Simonson on the local real estate market… The third quarter results for San Juan Island and the County were consistent with the market recovery we have enjoyed over the last few years. Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume on San Juan Island was $102,639,659 with a total of 198  Continue Reading

Zylstra Lake Update

Written on October 2, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

From the San Juan Preservation Trust, here’s an update on the Zylstra Lake purchase… Legislative Impasse Puts Major Funding Source in Limbo When the state legislature adjourned in July without passing a Capital Construction Budget, all funding for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) was put on hold—including a grant that would have allowed  Continue Reading

Public Comment Invited on DRAFT Stewardship and Management Plan

Written on September 29, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Westside Conservation Corridor Public Meeting Tuesday, October 3 5:30pm @ Brickworks The Land Bank is inviting public comment on the DRAFT Westside Conservation Corridor Stewardship and Management Plan, an updated and combined plan for the Limekiln, Deadman Bay, and Westside Preserves. The existing management plans, while still relevant, were in need of update to ensure  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Real Estate Tips

Written on September 20, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Here’s Merri Ann Simonson with more real estate tips… San Juan County Waterfront Parcels If you own a waterfront parcel in the County, or hope to purchase one, I have detailed below some items to take into consideration.   Historically, waterfront parcels were the most coveted investment in the islands but due to ever changing regulations,  Continue Reading

Letter About Affordable Housing

Written on August 30, 2017 at 5:39 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Gay Graham of the Home Trust… We continually hear of the acute need for permanently affordable housing on our islands. Not necessarily housing for seasonal workers or those who wish to have a vacation home. We are talking about our islanders who are  Continue Reading

Real Estate Tips from Merri Ann

Written on August 28, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Understanding The Valuation Process For Your Real Estate The definition of “market value” is rather boring sounding when you take into consideration that you are addressing one of the highest value assets that a property owner may have or the most expensive item that a buyer may purchase in their lifetime. Emotions run high when  Continue Reading

Non-Profit Affordable Housing?

Written on August 26, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

By David S. Gow, Executive Director, San Juan Community Home Trust The housing market in San Juan County is broken. The geographic isolation that makes our archipelago highly prized for its quality of life, and as a tourist destination, also restricts the movement of people, goods, and capital. So while the internet, mail and parcel  Continue Reading