Come by and see me at my open house on Alabama Hill tomorrow and I’ll buy you a cookie.
The news in Whatcom County is good and getting better. The holiday ceasefire was brief and the inventory we’ve been so parched for for so long is starting to break free. Prospective sellers who wished they’d sold before our peak in the spring of 2007 are recognizing they’ve gained back most of what they lost during the five-year downturn that ended at the beginning of 2013. Mortgage money is practically free. Unemployment remains low. Foreclosure filings continue to plummet.
Happy Days are here again.
This 3-bed 3-bath rambler two doors off the trails of 240-acre Whatcom Falls Park is a nice opportunity in a surging market. Built heartily in 1969 with real wood, this home has been carefully-maintained and judiciously-updated. New hardwood floors throughout most of the nearly 1800sqft are a great base for a buyer’s dream kitchen. The rooms are generous and the floorplan is much more interesting than the drab rambler plans that came a decade later. The parlor off the entry is a great place to read or do paperwork, anchored by a cozy gas fireplace. There are two potential dining areas flanking the galley kitchen, one of them contiguous to the large living room with a picture window overlooking the 10ksqft fenced lot. The full guest bath in the hall and the full master bath are both large, featuring new plumbing & lighting fixtures and flooring.
One of the most unique features of this home is the storage. Storage isn’t always the sexiest feature, but I’m blogging you right now that this house’s storage is downright steamy. Period built-ins and oversized closets grace nearly every room in the house, and the mudroom enroute to the garage is lined with cupboards and lockers (in addition to a half bath!). The garage itself is oversized, with dozens of square feet of shelving and there’s another storage room beyond that. Add to that the attic and the clean slab crawlspace that you can almost stand up in (perfect for kayaks) and it’s to the point where most people are actually going to have to get more stuff in order to justify living here.
Niagara Drive is non-through to Alabama– basically a loop that experiences no incidental traffic whatsoever. It is the first street up Alabama Hill with sidewalks and underground utilities, providing it a regal yet very inviting and walkable atmosphere. From the front door of the house, you’re a hundred FitBit steps from the trails– and from there you can go virtually anywhere in Bellingham without hardly stepping on another street.
Come by and see me Saturday between 2-4. Tell your parents about this house. Or tell your kids. It’s a great home for either of them…
2017 Niagara Drive
Open 2-4pm Saturday, January 17