Outdoors in Anacortes, WA

Outdoors in Anacortes

Fidalgo Island is a Pacific Northwest treasure possessing many outdoor opportunities that need to be experienced. Because of this, we’ve turned to Experience Anacortes to bring you the best trails and places to visit while spending time outdoors in Anacortes.

Cap Sante Park
Primarily a vista point, this 37 acre forested promontory affords an excellent view of the the marina, the City of Anacortes, March Point, Fidalgo Bay, Mt Baker and the Cascades.
Directions here.

Cranberry Lake Area
This site, found near the city center, is heavily forested and contains Cranberry Lake (approximately 27 acres) and several other small lakes and bogs. The site varies in terrain from flat to steep slopes. An extensive trail system is found in this area.
Directions here.

Heart Lake Area
(off Campbell Lake Road, onto Heart Lake Road)
Formerly a state park, Heart Lake was transferred to the City in 2002, and incorporated into the Anacortes Community Forestlands. The trails here welcome hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers, so be sure to share the trail and keep your eyes open (there are some specifically for hikers only).
Directions here.

Deception Pass State Park
A 4,134 acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three different lakes. Breathtaking views, old growth forests, and abundant wildlife can be seen all over the park.Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for Deception Pass State Park, and click here for the Rosario Headlands &Lighthouse Point hiking guide. Kukutali Preserve, also part of Deception Pass State Park, is jointly owned and managed by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and Washington State Parks. Open for day use only.
Directions here.

Washington Park
This site is located at the very west end of the city on Rosario Strait and contains a wide variety of facilities. The site is divided into two basic parts: a day use area consisting of a boat launch, picnic shelters, restrooms, children’s play equipment and open play area. Overnight camping area consisting of 68 campsites for RVs and tents, with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Only about 41 of the 200 acres are developed but a 2.3 mile paved road runs through the entire park for use by cars, joggers, bicyclists and walkers.
Directions here.

Mount Erie Park
Mt. Erie is a 160 acre Park. At the top of Mt. Erie, elevation 1,270 ft, choose from four viewing areas and be rewarded with spectacular views in every direction. Mt. Erie is, the highest point of Fidalgo Island and is part of the former Anacortes watershed. There is a small parking area and a road to the top of Mt. Erie. Trails from this area lead into a portion of the 1400 plus acres of the Anacortes Forest Lands.
Directions here.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Washington

carbon monoxide detectors

What is Carbon Monoxide?
• Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that cannot be seen or smelled and can kill an individual within minutes of contact. Carbon monoxide can quickly build to unsafe levels in enclosed or poorly ventilated areas.

What Are Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
• Initial symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, confusion and nausea. Low-level carbon monoxide poisoning can include symptoms similar to illnesses such as the flu.
As these may be difficult symptoms to diagnose, they could be a sign of carbon monoxide poisoning if:
o Symptoms go away when you leave your home, and come back when you return.
o Everyone in the home experiences similar symptoms at the same time.

What Should You Do if You Suspect a Carbon Monoxide Leak in Your Home?
• If you suspect a carbon monoxide leak in your home, gather your family outside in the fresh air and immediately call 911.
During power outages, never use charcoal or gas grills indoors or in enclosed spaces. Do not burn charcoal in a fireplace, as charcoal does not produce a draft strong enough to push the carbon monoxide outside.
Never use a generator inside your home, garage, carport, basement, or near an opening into your home while outside. Generators should be kept at least 20 feet from buildings in the hope that airflow will direct carbon monoxide flows away from the home.
Never use a gas range or oven to heat your home and do not sleep in a room using an unvented gas or kerosene heater.

Washington State Law
Washington State law requires carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in new residences. As of January 1, 2013, carbon monoxide alarms are required in existing apartments, condominiums, hotels, motels, and single-family residences (with few exceptions). Owner-occupied single-family residences, legally occupied before July 26th, 2009, are not required to have carbon monoxide alarms until they are sold.

November Activities and Events in Anacortes

November is here in Anacortes, Washington!

Can you believe it’s already November here in Anacortes? This year has seemed to fly by and along with the holiday season comes plenty of things to do in Skagit County, Washington. The Anacortes Community Theater is concluding their 51st season with their final show of the year: “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” With tickets only costing $18, it makes a perfect outing for a fun night. The Anacortes Art Commission has their First Friday Art Walk on November 6th; don’t miss seeing the wonderful work of our local artist community! The “Salish Sea Art Exhibit: Life on the Saanich Peninsula B.C.” will also be featured on the weekend of the 6th at the Anacortes Depot Arts & Community Center.

The Anacortes Art Commission

The 12th annual Brewgrass! event, a mixture of local bluegrass and microbrew lands on the weekend of the 13th and 14th. That Saturday we also have a vintage market at the Port of Anacortes!

November holidays give us the Veteran’s Day ceremony on the 11th with several guest speakers and music from Skagit Swings band and finally, Thanksgiving, on November 26th, brings a plethora of good eats with our locally owned restaurants.

Anacortes is filled with wonderful outdoor activities and events that benefit the community happening throughout the year. Are you new to the area? Want to learn more about our great coastal community? Click Here

If you have an event that’s happening in November or December and would like to be featured in our next ‘Things to Do in Anacortes’, please contact Jean Groesbeck at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or by phone at 360-941-3734 and visit our website at http://anacortesliving.com/

Waterfront Festival 2015

The 26th Annual Waterfront Festival is back in the Anacortes! If you are new to the community, this event is a MUST and includes fun for all ages! The Waterfront Festival is a weekend of fun celebrating the city’s coastal culture and heritage.

The Festival will kick-off June 5, 2015 with a dinner celebrating the eve of the great festivities to come throughout the weekend. The Kick-Off dinner will include Hors d’oeuvres and drinks on the Pier, presentations from local talent that emphasis the communal gathering, Quick’n Dirty Building Judgeship Auction, and music by DJ Mike Jenkins. A wonderfully prepared dinner will be provided by Gere-a-Deli. The Kick-Off dinner will be $45 in advance and $50 at the door, you can purchase tickets online at Port of Anacortes or by phone 360-293-3134.

FREE BOAT RIDES:

Both Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7 there will be FREE boat rides provided by the Anacortes Yacht Club starting at 10 a.m. get there early and enjoy a ride in the waters around Anacortes! Sign-ups for boat rides start at 9:45 a.m. at the Marina Office.

QUICK’N DIRTY BOAT BUILDING DEMONSTRATION:

Make sure to check out the Quick’n Dirty Boat Building Demonstration on Saturday June 6, there are many fun, quirky, and creative boats that are brought to us by members of the community! The proceeds of this event will help fund the future building and development plans for the Anacortes Small Boat Center.

CAR SHOW:

There will be an All Corvette Car Show and a Custom Classic Car Show at the Festival as well, there are over 50 beautiful cars to enjoy on Saturday June 6.

BLACKJACK SQUADRON FLYOVER:

Saturday June 6 at 5 p.m. there will be a spectacular formation flyover in honor of D-Day and the 26th Anniversary of the Waterfront Festival provided by the BlackJack Squadron!

PLAZA DANCE:

From 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday June 6 at the Depot Plaza there will be a FREE Community Dance. An old tradition of the Anacortes community will include the Fishermen’s Dance, food, and music. Refreshments will be provided and thanks to the Anacortes Brewery you will be able to purchase wine and beer at this event.

Throughout the weekend you will find educational demonstrations and displays where you can learn about boats, the waterfront, and the heritage of our coastal community. The children’s area provides fun and entertainment to the youngsters including, boat building with the Fidalgo Island Rotary, games, and art projects with the Anacortes Arts Festival.

Anacortes is filled with wonderful outdoor activities and events that benefit the community happening throughout the year that are focused on family friendly events. Are you new to the area? We have information about our community of Anacortes!  CLICK HERE to learn about our great coastal community!

We hope to see you all down at the Waterfront Festival!

TrawlerFest 2015

Trawler Fest 2015

TrawlerFest 2015 is HERE in Anacortes! Get ready and geared up to check out the the impressive in-water selection of new and pre-owned cruising powerboats! If you are a cruising enthusiast, this event is not one to miss! TrawlerFest Anacortes is not just a boat show, it is where industry, education, and community come together in a relaxed, rendezvous-type atmosphere!

Join the fun and experience the world of powerboats at the Port of Anacortes and Cap Sante Marina!

Boat Show Hours:

Thursday May 14- Saturday May 16

10 am- 5 pm

Sunday May 17

10 am- 3 pm

Ticket Information:

General Admission- $15 in advance, $18 on site

Seminars (2 hours)- $50 in advance, $60 on site

Experience first-class education, demonstrations, and learn the latest in marine products and services; all while enjoying sharing cruising tales and adventures with fellow cruisers! There are many different seminars that you can sign up for that vary in topics to fit your personal interests, make sure to register for a $10 discount in advance! Each seminar is approximately 2 hours. CLICK HERE to register for seminars!

There is so much to do at this amazing annual event, make sure to check out the Welcome Breakfast, lunches, dinners, cocktail parties, and evening activities! Whether you are a novice or an experienced boater this event provides many opportunities for you to speak with professionals and enjoy the world of cruising!

There will be FREE demos that will be on going during the show. Make sure you don’t miss them!!

Are you in the market for purchasing waterfront property? We have several wonderful homes that might catch your eye, CLICK HERE to view our current listings! For more information on the great boating scene and marina living here in Anacortes, CLICK HERE!

Breathtaking View Lot in Anacortes!

Incredible Views

Are you tired of looking for your dream home?

Sometimes the market inventory in your desired area might not have the dream home you are looking for. The tight inventory for existing homes is driving many home buyers to build a brand new home to fit their needs.

Have you considered building your dream home? Building your own home gives you the flexibility to have things just the way you would like. If you dream of designing a new home that takes full advantage of the unique geography and amazing island views in Anacortes, we have an amazing lot for you to set the foundation to your new dream home!

Enjoy breathtaking sunsets with panoramic views of the beautiful San Juan Islands from this spectacular .72+/- acre Rock Ridge neighborhood lot. Two lots were combined to accommodate plans for a Northwest Contemporary single-level home with separate exercise/pool house. There are home plans available or you could design your own dream home. The lot has been excavated, leveled, and is ready for building!

Antone Way-Anacortes, WA

The quiet newly developed neighborhood of Rock Ridge here in Anacortes is surrounded by 1,200 acres of Anacortes Community Forest Lands. You can explore many hiking and biking trails right in your own backyard! Rock Ridge is also close to downtown, schools, and easy access to shopping and dining! You can have the best of both worlds here! The Rock Ridge Neighborhood is part of the Anacortes School District and only a short drive to parks, and exciting activities our community has to offer!

Entertaining on this property will sure create great memories with the stunning water views! The newly developed neighborhood has paved streets and sidewalks, this lot is in a cul-de sac making it more private and enjoyable!

When it comes to building a new home, buyers have two options: they can work with a home builder who will show them home plans to choose from, or they can do the research on their own, and hire a contractor to build it.

This lot offers a home floor plan already for you. This plan has optimized the property to the fullest, making the views of the home the spotlight! There are many options to create the perfect home for you!

To see the full listing and more details on this magnificent lot CLICK HERE

The possibilities of different home plans for this property are endless!

Would you like to know more about building your dream home here in Skagit County? Contact Us for more information, Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

809 7th Street-Anacortes, WA

Interviewing Listing Agents: What Questions Should You Ask?

Jean Groesbeck - Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker Bain

So you are ready to list your home for sale but are not sure what to do next?

Selling a home involves much more than just paperwork! The next step is to hire an agent to represent you and your home. Looking for the right real estate agent to sell your home can be a scary and daunting endeavor for many who are unsure of what to expect. Selling a home is typically one of the largest financial transaction you will experience in your life and as such, you should take special care when hiring a local real estate agent to represent you. Here are 5 helpful tips on what questions to ask when hiring a real estate agent:

1. What presence does your company have and how will it benefit me and my home?

You would want to find out how the agent is connected in the real estate market in and around your neighborhood. What areas outside of your neighborhood is the agent connected with? It is evident that agents take the time to connect with buyers outside of your surrounding neighborhood will grasp as many buyers to view your home as possible.

2. What marketing strategies are used by your company to promote my home?

There are many ways to promote your home, now a days, the internet is the best option for many agents to list your home. The internet provides several different websites that include videos and professional pictures that are used to maximize the exposure of your home. MLS and local websites are typically used by real estate agents. Ask about other types of marketing like magazines, local papers, and even open houses.

3. How do you decide on a listing price?

Deciding the listing price takes time and research, a good agent will take the proper time to examine your home and all of its features to make sure the listing price is fair. It is important for you to let the agent see what sets your home apart from similar listings. The agent then will do a Current Market Analysis ( CMA) and inform you about the current market conditions in your area to decide what price is best to get more money for your investment.

4. How will your represent me during the transaction?

The agent will be your supporter throughout the listing and sale process. It is the agent’s job to keep you informed in the different stages of selling your home, from staging, getting it show ready, and to walk you through the contract details. When you have questions or concerns, ask them! You should feel free to address any issues that may occur.

5. How will we communicate throughout the process?

You should be specific in what is the best form of communication for you, the agent should provide different types of communication to help answer questions, inform you on important deadlines, and provide an update on what is happening in the process. Communication is extremely important from both you and the agent to insure the most successful outcome of selling your home.

Take the time to research real estate agents that best fit your needs and wants in the process of selling your home. You and your agent will spend A LOT of time together and building a good relationship will make the process of selling your home much easier!

If you are thinking about selling, call us for your complimentary no obligation market analysis. We will inform you on the current real estate market in your neighborhood, offer suggestions to attract more home buyers in order to achieve a higher price, share our unique and aggressive marketing program, and explain the home selling services we provide before , during, and after the sales process. We would love the opportunity to show you our unique and innovative marketing programs customized for your property!

Our 5 star real estate services start with a complimentary staging consultation by our Professional Stager, professional home photography, a team of full time professionals to answer your questions, professional marketing services with a proven track record of success, and continue through the closing process with our escrow partner that will come to your home or your place of work for you to sign closing documents. Everything we do is geared toward making the process as easy for you as we possibly can!

Call (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com us to find out more about Jean Groesbeck your local real estate agent in Anacortes, WA!

809 7th St Anacortes, WA - (360) 941-3734

Eat Fresh and Buy Local at the Anacortes Winter Farmers Market

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If you are new to Anacortes or  if you miss the Farmers Market and are looking for  something to do in  Anacortes this weekend, the Winter Farmers Market is a great experience for people of all ages.

Yes there is a farmers market in the winter! The Winter Indoor Market  is open every second Saturday of the Month from January through the month of April.

Stop by and check out what our local farmers and artisans have to offer and see what the Anacortes community is all about.

The Anacortes Farmer’s Market offers charitable and educational benefits to our community. What better way to support our community than by building traditions of economical advantage, healthy living, and educational outcomes.

Support local…Experience local!

The Winter Indoor Market is located at The Depot  on 611 R Ave (7th & R Ave). Come support your favorite local vendors . The market will be open this Saturday from 9am-2pm. See you there!

Click here for information and the history of Anacortes

Is Living with a Home Owner’s Association Right for You?

Did you know 70% of residents living in a community with Home Owner’s Association (HOA) are satisfied living with its rules and regulations? ( source IBOPE Zogby International). The same survey showed 81% of association residents consider their association assessment as good or great and 76% say the dues enhance property value.

Many buyers may think it is just another monthly payment and avoid these neighborhoods. Some buyers may view HOAs as restricting because they may control the color that your paint your house or the type of landscape you can have, but in actuality, these regulations often protect the value of your home. In reality, most buyers are missing the big picture of how HOA fees can benefit them.

One of the most attractive benefits to HOA fees are the amenities. Some communities offer  clubhouses, libraries,  gyms, tennis courts, basketball courts, parks or other attractive amenities that are paid for through HOA fees. Residents have access to amenities without the hassle of maintenance, the HOA does it for you. Home owner dues can vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood and the specifics of what they cover.

The largest HOA in Anacortes is Skyline which is located on the west end of Fidalgo Island. Tug Boat Park, Skyline Beach Club, waterside cabana, tennis courts, and play areas are just some of the amenities of Skyline.

Skyline Marina is not part of the HOA, but is a great benefit as it allows you to launch your boat close by or  have it in the water in your backyard!

Here is an example of a current listed home in Skyline with its own private dock.

2013 Cove Place

Private double sided dock right on your back patio.

Spacious one level custom waterfront home offers a rare 92’+/- DOUBLE SIDED PRIVATE deep water DOCK built 2008. 3 bedrooms plus den. Almost 3100 sf. MLS# 692599

We only mentioned basic benefits of an HOA, each neighborhood has unique coverage included in their fees and their own fee rates. Some communities may offer all of these benefits, while others may offer only a few. It is important when looking to purchase a home with HOA to consider what all is included in the fees. Ask your agent about the community and the fees, make sure the neighborhood is a right fit for you and your family.

If you would like more information about Anacortes Real Estate, Anacortes Homes for Sale or if you are wondering what your Anacortes home is worth, please contact Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

10th Annual Bark in the Park – Anacortes

Hope everyone had fun at the Waterfront Festival last weekend! The summer events in Anacortes continue this weekend with the 10th Annual Bark in the Park.

As the name suggests, this event is all about our four legged, furry little friends! The gathering location will be  at the Storvik Park starting at 10am.  There will be a lot of activities through out the day including a dog parade, games, contests and demos that are sure to entertain everyone attending.

As in previous years, the event is to benefit the Anacortes Dog Park and there is an event/contest entry donation of $5 per dog.

So don’t forget this Saturday June 14 @ 10am – Storvik Park on 32nd St in Anacortes. See you there!