It is a 911 HOT HOME ALERT!

It is a 911 HOT HOME ALERT!

If you missed the opportunity to buy the iconic Tudor home located behind Vahalla Coffee in February, fortunately, you have another fabulous opportunity to own a beautiful remodeled Tudor In Central Tacoma! This striking 3 bed, 2 and 1/2 bath house has 3 floors and over 2200 square feet of finished living space. Just 3 blocks away from 6th avenue and minutes from some of the best restaurant and bars in Tacoma; RedHot, North End Social Club, Engine House No. 9 and The Ice Cream Social to name just a few.

911 S Alder Street has features for everyone to love (if you don’t love them all!) The fully remodeled kitchen is very spacious. Sit at your cozy coffee nook to enjoy your morning coffee or night cap and a family dinner at the large formal dining room. Granite countertop, ceramic tile floors and beautiful tile backsplash throughout. If you’d like to have a gas stove, you can certainly make that upgrade down the road as the home has gas available. The wood burning fireplace is the focal point in the living room. Original oak floors (that are absolutely immaculate) and fresh paint will allow you to move right in, no fixing up needed! But wait, there is more! Downstairs, you have another bonus room that could be used as a TV room or bar area. Outside, spend time on your large deck and patio space. Entertaining is made easy with all of the space and upgrades!

There are few homes where the landscaping and usability of the yard is just as stunning as the home itself. The home is fully fenced and comes with an outbuilding for your pups! The dog house is newly painted and even has a cedar shake roof. Your pups will be completely spoiled in their little home. It too, has charm, quality and large useable space. Your furry family members will be happy year round.

Come see this timeless treasure on Saturday and Sunday (the 29th and 30th) between 11 and 2pm.

Text/call Realtor Jenny Wetzel for more information about selling your home in Central/North Tacoma . 253-381-9788.


Tudor home, brimming with warmth, upgrades and character, nestled just 3 blocks from 6th ave and minutes from some of…

Posted by Jenny Wetzel Homes on Thursday, April 27, 2017



Hawthorne Hill Condo – Deal of a Century

Hawthorne Hill Condo – Deal of a Century

View from the roof top deck at Hawthorn Hill Condominiums

Drone shots just above HH. Notice how close you are to downtown Tacoma freeway access a minute away (literally)

Stunning Condominium, built in 2005, has a total 5 stories and 44 units

One of the two bathrooms that has been tastefully updated

One of the three bedrooms, brand new carpet, large beautiful windows with custom window treatment

Second bedroom

Front Entry

Immaculate hardwood are present in the hall and living/dinning areas

Laundry Room has plenty of storage space

Master bedroom has access through sliding door to your own private balcony

Very spacious master bedroom

Master bath has large soaking tub, double sinks and luxurious show, you won’t get tired of this

Giant soaking tub, thoughtfully place looking out the yard with partial views of the city

Your master closet is tucked away, ample room for storage and clothes

Enjoy your maple cabinets, custom tile floor and newer stainless steal appliances

Peninsula perfected located to maximize kitchen space and maximize the openness of the living/dining room

Notice the crown molding throughout

Gas stove; Chef’s welcome!

Gas fireplace centrally located in the living/dining room

Hawthorne Hill Condominiums


Roof top deck includes, grill, BBQ and views for days.

Everything in this unit just immaculate

Your own private balcony, the current owner loves his plants

Street view of Hawthorne Hill Condominium. Subject property is located on the first floor, corner unit

320 E 32nd Street Unit #110 is currently being sold for just $180,000. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and just shy of 1600 square feet. You maybe wondering; “why is this beautifully renovated condo being sold for so little?” Unfortunately Hawthorne Hill Condominiums, has a pending assessment that is going to cost between $800K and $1.5M. The owners will be responsible for the total payment of this assessment.

Rather than go into detail about this particular assessment, let’s discuss the top 3 things to know about your HOA before investing in it. Number one, how much money is in the reserve account and when is the association OK to use it? Generally speaking, the more money you have in the reserve account, the stronger the HOA. Second; does the building have a builder warranty? If it was built within the last 10 years, it should. If it is an older building, (like many in Tacoma) then know what type of upgrades have been complete. For example; has the building been updated to withstand earthquakes? Finally, is there a rental cap? If there is a rental cap, is it full? You should have a complete understanding of your HOA before fully committing to the purchase of a particular unit.

Work directly with a Realtor who has experience buying and selling Condominiums in the area you are buying. Every condominium is different, dig deep to understand the Home Owner Association and who is running it. Your time doing this research is well spent!

Contact Realtor Jenny Wetzel if you are considering selling/buying a Condo in the Greater Tacoma Area. 253-381-9788.

Tudor in East Tacoma – SOLD in the summer of 2016. Now what’s it worth?

Tudor in East Tacoma – SOLD in the summer of 2016. Now what’s it worth?

1940’s tudor looks good year round, sharp angles and different textures give this home so much charm

Red door stands out just enough with the brick surrounding

Tudor homes in Tacoma, they are one of my favorites

Private fully fenced backyard w/ a one car detached garage

Perfect backyard zen

One car detached garage, fully fenced with mature landscaping, what’s not to love?!

Cover patio makes this backyard enjoyable year round.

Entrance through the backdoor; you enter into a nice seating nook. Easily convert this space into a diner area or storage/artsy space

Galley style kitchen

Newer double pane vinyl windows let in so much light!

Dining room with more views and picture windows

Notice that cove walls and tiered ceiling



In June of 2016, this 4 bed 3 bath Tudor home in East Tacoma sold for for $235,000. At the time of the sale, the now owners, were paying top dollar for their new home. But how much is it worth just a year later? The total square footage of this home reaches over 2200 square feet, (this includes the finished basement). In order to assess what this home would sell for today, we must look at the greater market in Tacoma and then more specifically evaluate the local market in East Tacoma. (I am oversimplifying here. For home owners who are truly looking to sell, a comprehensive market analysis is performed and a detailed discussion about what is needed to sell is had in order to make you, the home owner the most money) Note: The profit is in the preparation! This isn’t a “one size fits all” type of deal here! No matter how big or small your home, your Realtor should have an expectation that your home is going to out compete every other home that is for sale.

The Median Price in East Tacoma (Area Code 98404) has increased 15% YTD, (from $180,000 to $208,000).  Fortunately MOST (not all) full time licensed Realtors don’t just plug your (potential) home value into some basic algorithm and pump out an answer. It is a comprehensive look at everything from the home preparation, to the finishings of the home (Example: do you have hardwoods or laminate?) to the curb appeal and “wow” factor. Had we simply multiplied the percent increase by what the home sold for last year, this home would be upwards of $270,000 just a year after the owners purchased. Is it worth that? Possibly. We’d need to take a in-depth look at the house itself and niche market.

Be sure to use year-over-year market appreciation, Zenstimates and all other general indicators of home values as TALKING POINTS rather than definitive answers when it comes to pricing and selling your home.

Contact Realtor, Jenny Wetzel for specific inquiries regarding the sale of your home – 253-381-9788 –

Residential Specialist in South and East Tacoma


Renovating Hilltop of Tacoma.

Renovating Hilltop of Tacoma.

Master bedroom closet

Master bathroom


1918 Craftsman.

Over 30 stairs to get to your front door, but the mountains and territorial views of Tacoma are so worth it.

Back of the home. Notice the new construction home just 2 doors down.

Separate entrance to the 1000sf basement

A few extra bricks to make a custom walk way to welcome you home.

One car garage with storage space

This old charmer is already coming back to life.

If this isn’t a fixer upper, I don’t know what is!  Actually there are huge benefits to the plaster being completely removed from this 1918 Craftsman home. It allowed the now home-owners to LITERALLY see in the walls, and have few unforeseen expenses. They skip some of the demo cost of renovating a craftsman home and it is far less messy without all of the heavy plaster that has to be disposed. Two extremely ambitious sisters from Hawaii are undertaking this large renovation project in the Hilltop of Tacoma, but the preliminary work that was complete and the location of this beautiful old home, will allow them to make a sizable profit.

The Hilltop of Tacoma is a vibrant growing community.  Yes, I am fully aware that many new comers of Tacoma hear the old tales of the community being “gang invested” and “drug ridden”. This steers home buyers and investors away from the Hilltop Community and they exclusively want to buy in Central or North Tacoma where it is “safe”. I have two reactions to this response one: #keeptacomafeared and two: I want to show these people all the amazing things this community and residents have to offer! It isn’t your typical neighborhood. It’s always felt like family to me. I won’t go into detail about my experience (because this blog isn’t about me!) I will encourage you to explore this community; what many Tacomian’s (including myself) would argue is the innermost point of our city.

Here are some great resources and local eateries and restaurants that I’d encourage you to explore when in Hilltop. Keep in mind you are located just above Downtown Tacoma; the business district of Tacoma. I included only business that are centrally located in Hilltop. There are many more that are located just outside of the community.

PARKS: Ferry Park – Tacoma’s very 1st park, located on 14th and Cushman, Just over half of an Acre, this park is a great destination park.  McCarver Park – Between 2007 – 2010, received a complete renovation, perfect for kids to run and play

COFFEE SHOP: Red Elm Cafe – A newly opened business, Red Elm serves coffee and a killer breakfast

PHO:: Pho King – Best Pho in town!

DIVE BAR: The Eleven Eleven Bar – Fantastic Sandwiches

If you are looking to buy or sell in the Hilltop Neighborhood of Tacoma, Call/text Realtor – Jenny Wetzel – (253) 381-9788

What is it like to live in Central Tacoma?

What is it like to live in Central Tacoma?





Beautifully maintained rambler located in Central Tacoma, so close to The West End you could throw a rock and hit it!  Although this 1983 rambler hasn’t had a kitchen remodel the master bathroom looks and feels as though it belongs in a million dollar home. Heated floors, extensive custom tile, large vanity and perfect lighting. This master bathroom will make you feel like the king/queen that you are! Brazilian hardwood floors are present in every room and a large deck that is accessible through french doors on both the kitchen and master suite. Fresh interior and exterior paint throughout the entire home and a automatic garage door opener for your large 2 car attached garage. If you still need a little more storage, a small shed in located in the backyard for your overflow. This home is clean, modernized and extremely accessible. But investing in a home isn’t just about The Home. Surrounding amenities, how accessible the freeway and other means of travel are, are two primary amenities amenities that improve the value of your home and quality of life.

If you have a desire to be close to local businesses, eateries and shops, minutes away from the freeway and live in an area that is still affordable, Central Tacoma maybe the place for you!

Here are a few of my favorites that I’d encourage you to explore:

Parks: Jefferson Park

Sushi – Sushi Tama

Hawaiian – Da Tiki Hut

Dive Bar – The West End,

Fast (but good!) Food – Nuckle Sandwiches

If you are looking to make Central Tacoma your new Home, Text Realtor, Jenny Wetzel today – 253-381-9788,

Realtor – Jenny Wetzel