Thursday, December 06, 2012

Green Lake Pathway of Lights - Dec. 8th

Don't miss this year's Pathway of Lights at Green Lake this Saturday, Dec. 8th from 5-8pm.  This is always a fun community event for the whole family with music, hot chocolate, and of course lights! Dress warm and bring your kids and furry kids!  Costumes and glow-sticks encouraged!

Please visit for more information!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Annapurna Trek to Support Children with Disabilities was a Smashing Success!

Earlier this year I was asked by a few philanthropic friends if I would be interested in developing and leading a fundraising trek in Nepal.  Nepal has always held a special place in my heart ever since my first visit back in 2000 so of course I jumped at the opportunity to return to this magical place and support a great cause.  The goal would be to raise $15,000 to help support The Rose International Fund for Children (TRIFC), a local Bellevue non-profit that provides support in the areas of education, medical needs, nutrition, and facilities and environment improvements for children living with disabilities. TRIFC is also working to raise awareness of the living conditions of these children and to hopefully change how a disability is perceived in Nepal.  To have a disability in Nepal is to be shunned by others for having committed a past life sin.  TRIFC is dedicated to providing opportunity to those who would otherwise be helpless.

The trek was to be a 10-day trek through remote mountain villages to Annapurna Base Camp (elevation 13,550 ft).  We would also visit some of the project sites that TRIFC supports and do a little cultural sightseeing as well.  It was months of planning, organizing, fundraising and getting our group physically and mentally ready for the challenging 10 days on the trail.

All the hard work paid off though and I'm happy to declare TRIFC's first fundraising trek to be a smashing success!  We had fewer people that we were originally anticipated, but our small but mighty trekking group made up for that with our enthusiasm and large hearts!  Together we raised over $15,000 for TRIFC and we all successfully completed the trek with no major illnesses or injuries!  Yay!!

It was quite an incredible experience, both the trek and spending time with these amazing children living with disabilities.  I think we all learned a lot about ourselves and each returned home a slightly changed person.

These kids continue to show me and remind me just how incredible the human spirit can be if given the opportunity to thrive.  I'm so happy we were able to make a small difference in their lives and hopefully in other children's lives as well as the programs are able to expand and provide more support.

Rockwell Realty was a great support as well, helping out with fundraising efforts and supporting my business while I was "off the grid" for nearly 3 weeks! Thank you to the Rockwell "family"!

I will be continuing my involvement with TRIFC and the fundraising trek program so if anyone is interested in a physically, mentally & spiritually challenging travel experience in Nepal that will forever change you, just let me know!  I can't recommend it enough!  :)


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Amazon Expanding Again?

From the Seattle Times today, it looks like Amazon may be growing larger at its South Lake Union location as they've got their eye on 3 more blocks in the Denny Triangle.  Read more at the Seattle Times online:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

"17 Hours" Art Show by Yours Truly!!! :)

I'm excited to announce my first ever solo photography show!  Photography is still a fairly "new" hobby for me so this is definitely a step out of my comfort zone but I decided to just go for it and put it out there!  :)  Yay for trying new things and being vulnerable!

This Friday, October 12th will be the show's opening at Rockwell Realty (of course!) as part of the monthly "Art Up Phinneywood" art walk.  I'm calling the show "17 Hours".  Basically I took 1 summer Seattle day and tried to find a wide variety of things to shoot.  I still had to deal with some daily commitments and other priorities, but all of the photos were from that one day.  I had no plan or direction in mind and didn't want to specifically try to depict "Seattle" in my photos, but simply one random day and whatever that day threw at me.  It was an awesome challenge and I was exhausted by the end of the day but what a blast and a great learning experience!

If you're in the area this Friday please consider stopping by to check it out and say hello!  I'll be there from 6-9pm and we'll have wine and cheese too!  :)  I'm not posting any photos of the show since I don't want to spoil it - you just have to come see for yourself!  And yes I'm working on a photography website:, but have a long ways to go before it's "live".  Stay tuned!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hacked with a redirect! Yikes!

I've been very busy this summer and have neglected this poor blog.  Today I found out that it had somehow been hacked and was automatically redirecting to a suspicious site! Yikes!  To make matters worse, I couldn't even get into the "settings" of my blog to investigate. It would just redirect whenever I tried.  A few minutes of research led me to this helpful post:

I was able to get into the "recent comments" widget and sure enough there was the malicious code that had taken control of my site. Deleted it and everything seems to be back to normal?  If anyone notices anything "off", please drop me a line asap.  This was very disconcerting to say the least. But hey, maybe it will make me stay more on top of my blogging!  ;)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The BIG Annual Art Walk at Rockwell Realty!

This weekend we get to once again play host to a very fun event.  The 17th Annual Art Walk in the Greenwood/Phinney neighborhood.  More than 150 artists will be showcasing their works in 75 businesses from 59th to 87th St on Greenwood Ave.

The event is from 6-9pm on Friday, May 11th and again on Saturday May 12th from 12-5pm.  In years past this hugely popular event typically turns into a massive neighborhood party with musicians, street performances, kid's activities and more. It's always a great time! 

This year we are excited to be featuring some unique works from a very talented local artist and personal friend, Michael Lyons.  His website can be found here.

We'll be offering up some snacks and drinks along with music, art, and great conversations with our community! We'll be continuing our fundraising efforts for local non-profit The Rose International Fund for Children, and maybe just maybe we'll have some surprise live music again this year!  ;)

I will be hosting on Friday night so do come by and say hello!  Rockwell Realty - 8315 Greenwood Ave N.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Multiple Offers, Bidding Wars, Pre-Inspections - It's NUTS out there!

Seemingly overnight we are back in a very competitive market for Buyers in certain popular neighborhoods throughout the Seattle area.  I saw glimpses of this starting back in very early February, but just within the last 6-8 weeks it has gotten absolutely nuts!  I've been involved in 4 different multiple offer situations within the last 2 weeks, and more than 6 within the last month.  I'm seeing certain homes sell for potentially up to 15-20% over the asking price with 8-16 or more offers and the majority of Buyers are completing pre-inspections to make their offers stronger.  Our listing prices on move-in ready homes in desirable areas are obviously going to start rising as a result of this madness.

It is GREAT for Sellers but exhausting and heartbreaking for Buyers that are struggling to get into a home in our popular close-in neighborhoods.

Hopefully our inventory levels will start to pick up as more and more Sellers realize it IS a good time to sell.  We could use a little more balance right now in our Seattle real estate market that's for sure!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Adorable Home near Licton Springs Park Just Listed!

Just listed this adorable home just a few short blocks to Licton Springs Park for $375,000.  The beautifully updated spaces feature 3 bedrooms, 1.75 baths, plus a finished basement with a possible 4th bedroom and rec/media room. Lots of original charm with hardwood floors, coved ceilings and more. New appliances, windows and doors. It also features a large, prviate backyard with extensive landscaping, patio and shed. Quiet location close to parks, movies, grocery, Green Lake & convenient access to I-5 or 99. 

There will be an open house TODAY, Sunday, April 22nd from 1-4pm.
10024 Interlake Ave N.
Seattle, WA  98033

Monday, February 27, 2012

Community Food Forests coming soon to a neighborhood near you!

Seattle's moving forward with the nation's first "food forest" - an urban food oasis open and free to anyone and everyone.  A seven-acre plot in the Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different edibles: fruit and nut trees, blueberry & raspberry bushes, pineapple, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, lingonberries, herbs, and much more.  

I'm sure there will be some kinks to work out as far as having people/volunteers on site to help guide people on "how" and "when" to harvest food so as to not damage the plants, but what a grand idea!  We really need to have more urban agriculture and hopefully it will only get more people involved in permaculture and growing their own foods locally, organically and sustainably.  Read more about Seattle's first food forest here:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Seattle Fire Stations for Sale

I've always thought it would be super cool to convert an old fire station into a unique home.

Well, now's your chance!  Seattle has two decommissioned fire stations for sale and a third Art Deco that may be available soon.

Fire Station 37 in West Seattle and Fire Station 38 in Ravenna-Bryant are both currently for sale.  The deadline to submit an offer is April 20th. 

Anyone interested?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Local Happenings - Phinney Wine Tasting

Just thought I'd post a fun local neighborhood happning - The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Wine Taste is from 7:30-10 p.m. on Saturday, February 25th. Cost is $25 for PNA members, $30 for non-members. 

This is always a fun event and your ticket includes 10 tastes of wine, hors d'oeuvres, and live music.  Participating wineries are listed here.

Purchase your tickets online, or at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Help Disabled Children and Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

Here at Rockwell Realty, we really stress the importance of giving back and community involvement...hence our tagline, Connected to Community.

I truly enjoy volunteer work and making a difference in somebody's life. My latest philanthropic endeavor is with The Rose International Fund for Children (  I have been asked to lead a group to Nepal to complete a 10-day trek to the Annapurna Base Camp.  Our goal is to raise a minimum of $15,000 to go towards medical, educational, and vocational programs to help children with disabilities.  We have been busy getting all the details of the trip ready and all of the fundraising tools to make this a reality.  It is going to be an amazing adventure and we will all have the chance to see how these donations are helping children with disabilities thrive in a country whose government and society hinder their opportunities.
We are still looking for people to join us for this adventure so if anyone is interested send me a message and I would be happy to pass along the details!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

"Gimme Shelter" Group Art Show at Rockwell Realty

Rockwell Realty is excited to be hosting a group art show this month entitled "Gimme Shelter". Seven talented local artists, drawing on the real estate business, have riffed on the theme of shelter to present 30+ new works for this show.

“GIMME SHELTER” Greenwood/Phinney Art Walk, Feb. 10th, 6-9 pm
Rockwell Realty, 8315 Greenwood Ave N.

Participating artists:

Marty Gordon’s paper collage has depth beyond the clever wordplay and comic imagery

Heather Hudson’s oil paintings reflect her recent home improvement project

Doug Keith captures a story in his mixed media assemblages in old wooden drawers

Cheri Kopp assembles trash and other cast off items to create mixed media pieces

Tim Manthey creates surreal paper collage from printed images and ephemera

James McFarlane’s watercolors are inspired by the northwest landscape and urban life

Craig van den Bosch shows mixed media collage on baltic birch plywood

We'll  have the usual wine and other goodies so please come by and say hello!
We hope to see you this Friday!

Friday, February 03, 2012

Perfect Sunset Hill Cape Cod - Just Listed!

New Listing!  Offered for $450,000

Bright light-filled spaces welcome you to this classic Cape Cod on a large corner lot in sought after Sunset Hill location.  It’s just a few short blocks to shops, restaurants, and all that Ballard has to offer. Built in 1945, this home has been well cared for and includes some fabulous updates. The main floor offers a convenient circular floorplan with fireplace, large picture window, beautiful hardwood floors, gas range, 1 bedroom and a full bath.  You’ll find 2 more spacious bedrooms upstairs and a fantastic new rec room and new bath in the fully finished basement.  Updated systems include plumbing, electrical, appliances, windows and a new high efficiency furnace.  A large yard with gardening space, fully fenced area including a patio and an oversized garage complete this very solid home.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Starbucks Opens Recycled Shipping Container Coffee Shop

While recycling old shipping containers is not a new idea, I love that a company as large and corporate as Starbucks has created such a shop!  Love the design of this!  Hopefully more and more business will follow suit with reusing and recycling to reduce our carbon footprint.