Home of the Week: Farm-Style Living not far from the City

17711 McLean Rd Mount Vernon, WA 98273

The Front Porch of this Cute Farm-Style Home

There are so many wonderful things to say about this cozy and peaceful Mt. Vernon home! This great property is absolutely huge, sitting on approximately 1.3 acres of fertile land. With a barn in the huge backyard, mature fruit and nut trees plus blueberry bushes, this home is already on its way to becoming an amazing find— and that’s just the yard!

A sky view of this phenomenal property.

Inside, 17711 McLean Rd Mount Vernon, WA 98273 is equipped with an updated farm style kitchen along with an enormous pantry and ample storage space. The five-burner stove and stainless steel appliances give this 1956 home a modern feel. This house has four bedrooms and two baths plus a large den and a bonus room that could be used as an additional bedroom or office. The basement is partially finished and could easily be converted into another section of the house. The two car garage and covered porch are added bonuses to a property that already has so much to offer.

Get that country feel while living just minutes to I-5 and downtown Mount Vernon. This house is a must see! Don’t miss the opportunity to see this one of a kind home!

Just one of the spacious living areas in this Mount Vernon home.

Buying a home does not have to be an overwhelming experience. Team Jean Groesbeck can help you find your perfect home without the stress or hassle. Let us show you the difference that our 5 Star Real Estate Services can make in buying or selling a home.

Contact  us TODAY  if you would like a private showing of this acreage home in Mount Vernon WA or if you would like to see another wonderful home for sale in the Skagit County area.

Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or 360-941-3734

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

Home of the Week: Sunsets and Sea Breezes in Anacortes, WA

4913 Portalis Wy Anacortes, WA 98221

A covered deck is perfect for entertaining in any type of weather!

Have you been wishing your home had a view? Well now is a perfect time to trade up to this spectacular townhome! With a huge upstairs deck and views of the Washington State ferry and Puget sound from most of the windows, you can entertain while watching the waves! The covered deck is absolutely perfect for anyone who loves sitting outside during the summer or maybe snuggling up on a lounge chair while drinking a cup of coffee on a cool winter morning. Frameless shower doors, exquisite interior features and a large two car garage make this house just that much more luxurious! If you have ever considered northern Washington, this house is definitely worth your time! Only 90 minutes from Seattle, you also have a boat launch, hiking, biking, the Guemes trail and the ferry to both the San Juan Islands and Victoria, B.C. close by. This beauty is in a quiet neighborhood and because it is a townhome, no yardwork is required from the owner.

Never heard of Anacortes? Be prepared to fall in love! This townhome is in the heart of an amazing city known for its small town feel and very active citizens! To learn more about Anacortes, click here!

Still not convinced this home is for you? Take a virtual tour or come see it today!

This amazing kitchen has granite counter tops!

Buying a home can be an overwhelming experience. Team Jean Groesbeck can help you find your perfect home without the stress or hassle.

Contact Jean Groesbeck at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or 360-941-3734 if you would like to see this home or another wonderful home for sale in the Skagit County area.

The Dos and Don’ts of Selling your Home in the Winter

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful dinner with their loved ones tonight! I for one am excited for the upcoming holiday season in our lovely city of Anacortes. But, with all that excitement comes the stress of preparing one’s house—especially, if you’re considering putting your home on the market during this hectic time of year. One of the most common questions I receive is when to buy a home or when to sell a home.

Earlier this week we discussed the perks of buying a home during the winter season but did you know this is also a great time to put your house on the market? Home buyers during this season have a greater sense of urgency to find a home than home buyers during the spring and summer. Did you know that the average home seller that sells their home in December through March ends up receiving more than their asking price? So what are you waiting for?

Here are the dos and don’ts of selling a home during the holiday season.

A great example on how to decorate your home for the season while keeping it simple.

1. Staging: Who doesn’t love to decorate their house for the holidays? Unfortunately, it’s easy to get carried away with the decorations and hide some of the best features of your home. You want to accent what you have to offer and not overwhelm those who are coming to view the house. Keep decorating to a minimum but don’t be afraid to use some of those decorations to emphasize the best features. Having an inviting and cozy home is a great way to help a potential home buyer view what they could be purchasing.

2. Pricing: This is very important when listing your home. During the wintertime, home prices play a huge roll in whether people will look at your home. You want to stay away from pricing your home too high because your house may stay on the market for too long. You also don’t want to price it too low as you may lose out on potential gain, although it might trigger multiple offers and allow you select from several offers to purchase your home . To price correctly, not only reference similar houses and their closing prices, but also the prices of homes for sale currently on the real estate market that have similar features. Here is a great form to figure out that perfect selling price.

3. Schedule a home tune-up: Bring in a home inspector or specific professionals to check-up on your furnace, chimney, and roof. These are especially important during the wintertime as many people will be thinking about heating costs. If you know there may be problems, consider inexpensive upgrades such as adding insulation to your attic.

While it looks like the plants on this home are still growing, the mulch gives a much cleaner look than dead grass

4. Curb Appeal: Don’t ignore your yard! Just because the grass and flowers may be turning brown doesn’t mean that you can’t make your yard look good! Some of my favorite winter garden upgrades are pulling out the dead plants, planting winter pansies and placing mulch in the flower beds. While nothing will be growing, it adds a little bit of a natural color and can give your yard a clean look. Give your trees a nice trim, especially those evergreens.

5. Maximize your lighting: Everyone in Washington knows it gets dark early during winter days. It’s very important to make sure both the exterior and interior of your home are well lit. Since natural light isn’t going to have much to offer during this time, a nicely lit room with lighting that isn’t too harsh is a great way to warm up a home.  Holiday lighting on the outside of your house can also make it look more inviting.

This living room combines natural light with cozy ceiling lights.

I hope these tips inspire you to think about listing your home in the winter months!  If you’re considering buying a home in Skagit County, Oak Harbor, or Anacortes, WA, a great place to start is our website. If you are looking to put your house on the market in the coming months or just want to entertain the option of how much your house is worth, talk to your realtor: Jean Groesbeck today!

Jean Groesbeck:  Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or  360-941-3734.

The Top Five Reasons Why YOU Should Work with a Realtor

Anacortes Living: Jean Groesbeck

1. Professional Experience: Buying or selling a home is likely to be one of the biggest decisions you will make. Even if you have done it before, home regulations, laws, and markets are constantly changing. The average price of a home in the Anacortes area is over $300,000; considering the potential risk, hiring a realtor is a relatively small cost. Would you diagnose a disease without the help of a doctor or file a lawsuit without a lawyer? Think of a realtor in the same way: an expert in the field.
2. Information and Educated Opinions: Again, a realtor is an experienced professional. They can help provide information about zoning, schools, crime in the area and specific information about each property that may not be available to the general public. A professional will look out for your best interest and help you find a home that is perfect for your needs.
3. Selling or Buying Can be a Complicated Process: The process of buying or selling already is overwhelming. Many different factors go into it and that’s not even including the paperwork! Let a professional lead the way and avoid costly mistakes.
4. Skilled Negotiations: Negotiating with the other party is one of the main duties a realtor has. There are many factors that are arranged when selling or buying a home. Those include price, terms, date of possession, financing, repairs and many more. Your agent has the experience you need for getting the best out of what you’re buying.
5. Objectivity: One of the most important attributes of a realtor is that they have absolutely no emotional ties to your home. If you’re selling your house, they can evaluate each buyer’s proposal and resolve any issues without involving feelings about the other party.

Just one of the beautiful homes for sale in Anacortes, Washington

Are you ready to buy a home in Anacortes, Wa or in Skagit County? Click here to see listings in the area. Visit Anacortesliving.com or email Jean at jean@JeanGroesbeck.com for more information.

Anacortes Open House!

Don’t miss this great open house hosted by Georgia Coy, Saturday the 25th from 1-3PM in Anacortes!  Visit 4820 Portalis Way to get a look at this beautiful property!

 The owners of this unique Portalis home wanted a great view, luxurious amenities & a stunning interior, so they modified the floor plan & added $100K+/- of upgrades to include: 2 heated outdoor living spaces, a floating deck/patio, designer interiors, crown molding, baseboards, finished cedar soffits, upgraded appliances, master bath w/in-floor heat, French doors, wet bar, insulated walls, designer lighting, window treatments, butler’s pantry, wine tasting room, media room, craft room & more!


Georgia Coy




If you are interested in this home but cannot make it to the open house, contact Georgia Coy to arrange a future date.



Guemes Mountain Trail is Now Open!

Last Saturday, the Guemes Mountain Trail celebrated its new opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a guided tour up the mountain.  This trail and the story of how it came about made Guemes Mountain trail one of Washington Trail Associations signature projects of 2011.  During fall of 2010, WTA and 175 volunteers began building the new trail to an incredible viewpoint on the mountain.  Guemes Mountain is the highest point on Guemes Island and features stunning views of the San Juan Islands, Mount Baker, the North Cascades, and the Skagit flats. The mountain features a unique prairie habitat with a wide variety of flowering flora, small areas of wetlands and maturing forest.  The protection of Guemes Mountain has ensured that this scenic location is maintained in a natural state for the public to enjoy.  Get out this summer and take a hike to the gorgeous Guemes Mountain! 

If you’re interested in purchasing or selling a home on Guemes Island, contact one of our agents at 360-293-4511.

Don't Forget to Sign Up for the Guemes Dog Island Run!

Looking for something fun and active to do?  Register for the 14th Annual Guemes Island Library Dog Island Run!  Don’t miss out on this fun event and join the 10-K race or take it easy and enjoy the 2 mile walk.  The 10-K begins at 10:45 and the 2 mile walk starts at 10:55.  Take the whole family out for a fun and beautiful day on the island!  Register online today at http://www.guemesisland.info/?p=791

Deception Pass Park Foundation

Deception Pass State Park is a gem of the Washington State Parks system.  They provide recreational and educational opportunities for many visitors.  From the Rosario Tide Pools to the summit of Goose Rock and the old growth of Hoypus Hill, the park encompasses over 4,000 breathtaking acres.  With over 2.5 million visitors each year, protecting the legacy as a premier park is a challenge.  Please help us in preserving this special place for future generations.  There are many renovation projects that the Deception Pass Park Foundation is dedicated to completing.  Wondering how you can personally contribute to the Foundation?  Make a donation to this non-profit organization to help enhance the future of this amazing  park.  Visit www.deceptionpassfoundation.org for more information or call 360-675-3767 ext. 26

If you’re interested in purchasing or selling a home in the Deception Pass area, contact one of our agents at 360-293-4511, we are open 7 days a week.

Fantastic Win by The Coldwell Banker Islanders!

Last Thursday, May 12th, The Islanders prevailed and came back during the 6th inning to win their game against Burlington.  At the beginning of the game, we’re trailing 1-0 going into the top of the fourth.  Pitcher, Shane Brock has pitched 3 solid innings.  He starts off the 4th in the same way.  He starts off with a walk and then faces six batters in six pitches.  They scored 5 runs on 3 hits, one walk and 3 errors (6-0).  Flint Rose, head coach of the Islanders  put Brennan in in the top of the 5th.  He faced 8 batters in the fifth and sixth – no hits, three walks, 4 Ks, no runs.  We get a run back in the fifth.  It’s 6-1 going into the bottom of the sixth.  Isaac lead off with a single and goes to second on a passed ball.  Griffin lines one down the 3rd base line.  Isaac scores and Griffin takes second on a lazy throw.  Colten then slaps one through the hole between short and second.  Griffin scores, (6-3).  It’s catching on with the players.  Shane comes up and hits another one between 3rd and short.  Colten had advanced to 2nd on a past ball and now scores from 2nd (6-4).  Brennan comes to bat and hits one to the outfield.  Shane gets to 3rd and Brennan is at 1st.  Jacob comes up.  Jacob hits one just over 2nd base.  Shane scores and Brennan goes to 2nd.  Noah is up.  He pops up to 1st baseman.  Anthony comes up and hits a grounder through the infield.  Brennan tries to go home but gets caught at home plate.  Meanwhile, Jacob advances to 3rd and Anthony advance to 2nd.  Nick comes up with two outs, two on base, trailing by one, and pokes one over the 1st baseman.  Both Jacob and Anthony score.  Game over, 7-6 Islanders!!!  The boys attitudes and confidence totally transformed as they began to pull ahead of Burlington for the win!  Way to go boys!

Guemes Island Ferry


Unfortunately, the Guemes Island Ferry will be out of service from March 28 to May 22, 2011 during the Ferry Dock Rehabilitation Project construction period.  Due to many years of exposure to salt water, the docks are in need of a girder replacement.  Both Anacortes and Guemesferry docks are suffering from corrosion, cracking, and spalling.  The Dock Rehabilitation Project is estimated to last 8-10 weeks total.  During this time of construction, a free, passenger-only ferry will be in service from Cap Sante Boat Haven in Anacortes to a temporary floating dock at Guemes Island that is located west of the ferry landing.  Parking is also available at Cap Sante Boat Haven and additional long term parking is available at Skagit County’sparking lot (6th Street and K Avenue-Anacortes).  A Skagit Transit bus will be available on Guemes to help with transportation needs.  A temporary barge service will be provided to deliver garbage, propane, fuel, and grocery services to Guemes Island during this time. 

For more information, please contact Rachel Beck (360) 419-7618 or at rachelb@co.skagit.wa.us