Imagine life where home and vacation are one and the same. Introducing, freshly renewed waterfront home on Lake Whitman which offers a distinct living experience. Lake is stocked with trout annually; use of motorized watercraft is reserved for lakefront owners exclusively. Inside are 3 bedrooms + den, 2 tailored design baths, 3-car attached garage, up & down living space, fully fenced 3/4 acre lot & private dock. Gracious dining & kitchen overlook the water. You are Home!
55’ of lake frontage
3 bedrooms + 2 baths
1,792 square feet
Attached 720 square foot garage (3-car)
Built in 1996
.726 acre lot
With tranquil Lake Whitman right outside your door, you won’t have to go far to get in touch with nature. However, if you’re in the mood for a little adventure, opportunities abound nearby!
If you hop in the car, it’s just about an hour’s drive to Mt. Rainier National Park, which stands tall at 14,110 feet above sea level. The good news is that you don’t have to summit the mountain to enjoy the riches of the park! Many people come just to photograph the wildflowers in the Spring, or to snowshoe in the Winter. Preview one of the most popular hikes by watching this video, or start planning your next trip here!
Almost everyone in the South Sound has ridden the famous tram around Northwest Trek at least once, keeping their eyes peeled for sheep, elk and bison. What you may not know, is that the park also installed a network of zip lines recently. Although Zip Wild is a seasonal attraction, you can still visit the park & the animals every weekend during the Winter months!
The Upper Nisqually Sportsman Club is located about 12 miles away, and was established in 1946. The club offers firearm training in a secure, natural setting. They also have an archery course and offer family memberships.
If you’ve worked up an appetite playing outside, the Kapowsin Ale House is a great spot for a cold beer and hot pizza. There’s also Thai, Mexican and Italian all within 20 minutes.
Your Kitchen – More often than not, the heart of your home. Where you congregate to collectively enjoy your family and friends. To relax, entertain, appreciate and unwind. OK – maybe this is also where most of the chaos occurs! Bottom line – Each of us have our own preferences in regard to style layout, space and colors. Here are 7 very different kitchens. Use these as inspiration for your kitchen design or to aid your personal discovery in what you want in your kitchen.
#1 – MINIMALIST – BRIGHT & CHEERY
6316 E L Street Tacoma, WA 98404 Although the home itself is only 1,088 square feet, the galley style kitchen was remodeled with enough space for your essential appliances + dishwasher! Notice the kitchen has very light colors and a darker – but neutral – multicolor, granite countertop. The brown tones in the granite pair perfectly with the laminate floors and provide a smooth transition to the original oak floors in the living/dining and bedrooms on the main floor.
PRO TIP #1: Careful with using too much yellow or too light of a yellow. This can be hard to photograph and make a room looked washed out.
#2 – WHITE OUT!
1313 85th St Ct E Tacoma, WA 98445 – Can you ever have too much white? Notice the walls are a very light blue/gray and kitchen backsplash is a muddled tile that pulls in both the cabinet and wall color. What I love most about the kitchen is how the bright white, draws your eye to the stainless steel appliances and large windows. Natural light and new appliances are two features that the majority of buyers are looking to have.
PRO TIP #2: Light fixtures are relatively inexpensive and can dramatically change the look and datedness of a home. For industrial style glass (shown here) use Edison Style light bulbs and for regular lighting use LED or softer lights. local Home Depot stores have displays to show the different looks of each.
#3 – GALLEY TUDOR CHARM
4820 S C Street Tacoma, WA 98408 Like the saying goes “They don’t make ’em like they used to!” There is something about older homes that we fall in love with. Restoring old homes (keeping true to the era) is something that is considered by many professional, harder to do than simply remodeling an older home. This 1939 Tudor home has the original cabinets w/ newer bamboo floors. A portable dishwasher was installed for convenience and allowed the original makeup and design to be undisturbed.
PRO TIP#3 : If you are looking to preserve your antique kitchen cabinets, consider going with a new laminate or Corian countertop. These two require less maintenance and have a flat finish. Granite and Quartz don’t scream “older home” to me. 😊 But they have there place.
#4 – TIMELESS MODERN
4509 N 19th Street Tacoma, WA 98406 – Located in the Proctor District, this 850 square foot cottage was fully renovated by owners who prioritized cleanliness & practicality. No upgrade was performed without a purpose. In fact, the furnace and ducts were removed to create more space for storage and in its place they installed a high efficiency pellet stove. Not something you see everyday in the PNW! Lightly patterned, wood kitchen cabinets yields simple variation and the hood hood vent (glass) makes it feel as though it is non existent – Genius!
PRO TIP #4: Are you remodeling a home with intentions of selling or for your personal enjoyment? If you’re staying in your home, be clear on what YOU LOVE! Who cares what the neighbor says? Make it about YOU!
#5 – CONTEMPORARY CONTRAST
4909 N 18th Street Tacoma, WA 98406 – When you’re starting a family and living in a small space, utilizing every square foot can be essential to maintaining your sanity and happiness! Custom cabinets that fit around corners and create extra countertop space is a game changer. Dark oak cabinets, modern stainless pulls, recessed and decorative pendant lighting unite this kitchen with its small accents.
PRO TIP #5: Recessed lighting makes any space feel newer and modernized. There is a variance of recessed lighting, that sits ON the ceiling vs being fully recessed. If you are looking for this similar look, considering using this alternative style of lighting, Newer condominiums are using this style of lighting for ease of install.
#6 – INDUSTRIAL
2619 S Cedar Street #410 Tacoma, WA 98405 – Time to stop your limiting beliefs as they pertain to condos. The sky is the limit! Would you have guessed that this spacious bold Industrial Style kitchen was in a condo?! If you are considering downsizing or simply like the idea of owning a home without the headache of maintaining a yard and exterior building, condo living maybe the route to take. Charcoal color cabinets with accents of neon green, light grey, natural lights from both the skylights and floor to ceiling windows plus stainless steel countertops to tie it all together. A masterpiece dare I say. This wouldn’t be my personal kitchen selection but I envy adventurous picks and look forward to happy hour here! 🍷
PRO TIP #6: Stainless Steel countertops go with just about any color selection. They dent and scratch easily, but that is part of why the owners love them so much; The Character.
#7 – SOPHISTICATED
1907 S L Street Tacoma, WA 98405 – Who doesn’t love a good kitchen island? Especially one that has a different countertop; one that varies from the rest of the kitchen. Doing this alteration is something that many high end builders are putting in their homes and you should consider as well!
PRO TIP #7: Do you hate how many cutting boards you have? Limited kitchen space is forcing you to choose what kitchen gadgets you have? Getting butcher block counters could be one solution to simplifying your kitchen tools. Chose what type of wood you prefer and you’ll find something that works perfectly with the color scheme of your kitchen.
HOME OWNERS: Your kitchen is your own – Discovering what you love isn’t necessarily something that happens overnight (at least not for most of us!) Take time to realize styles, color schemes and functionality that you appreciate and enjoy day after day. ❤️
If you are selling your home, consult with your Realtor or someone who is actively involved in current trends and kitchen styles. When designing to resell or make a profit on your Real Estate investment it is NOT about you, it’s about the BUYER.
CALL/TEXT Realtor Jenny Wetzel for more info: 253-381-9788
The kitchen is IN! Mostly, that is. The island is not yet set to prevent a lot of headache with cutting the Oak Floors around it, so we choose to install the island after the floors are in. Although the kitchen is small it took a full 2 days and 3 contractors to complete. The process of installing new cabinetry can be cumbersome!
This episode has taken me awhile to publish, partly because of the holidays but mostly because filming while contractors are working is very uncomfortable. Most of them aren’t like our wonderful inspector – Justin w/ the City Of Tacoma, who aren’t camera shy at all. You’ll see in this full video, just a short clip of the first time we tried to film (yes I was chased by a bee) but while inside we tried to capture some update, but choose to discontinue filming, out of respect for my Contractors.
Canyon Creek Cabinets – Purchased through Gray Lumber in Tacoma
Maple wood in Chambray (color close to navy blue) for lower cabinets
Maple wood in White for upper cabinets
Includes toe kick, Scribe for upper cabinets and touch up kit
Under-mount full extension drawer guides w/ soft close
Canyon Creek Cabinets Chambray
I’m delighted with how the cabinets turned out. My goal in remodeling this home is to select finishings that are modern and timeless. Navy blue (or in this case – Chambray!) to me, felt like a color that would be well received both now and in 30 years. I’m not going to remodeling this house again for a while – if ever!
SNEAK PEEK – FRONT DOOR
To wrap it up, here is a little sneak peek of the color (and style) of the front door. I’m choosing to keep the cardboard protector on until the construction is finished. No dings and scratches, please!
Wood floor installed on the main floor
Installing the island (permanently)
Installing and hooking up all appliances
Cleaning the ducts and firing up the furnace
Finishings electrical (main floor first, then downstairs)
CALL/TEXT me (Jenny Wetzel) for info – 253-381-9788
Every day is a vacation in this coastal cottage just 4 blocks from the Ruston Way waterfront! Two bedrooms on the main floor, plus 1.5 baths, an updated eat-in kitchen, laundry room and access to the private deck. Great condo alternative with attached two-car garage, and low maintenance yard. Need grass? No worries! Right across the street is historic Old Town park, which is home to a large play area and live music in the summertime. Great coffee & eats are also close, and the commute is short!
1 full bathrooms + Two half baths
1,184 square feet
Built in 1924
2-car attached garage
Offered for $425,000
Old Town – Tacoma, WA
If there was a neighborhood boardwalk of Tacoma, Old Town would be it. This coastal home, built right in the middle, Four blocks from Ruston Way Waterfront. Where runners, dog walkers, walkers, skaters and bikers utilize the boardwalk to exercise year round AND located, some of the most intensively scenic restaurants of our city. If you are looking to create a lifestyle for yourself, that is of community, beauty and activities, Old Town maybe just where you want to land.
Restaurants – The Local Favorites
Just next door to Windermere Abode and one block from the coast home is Montamara Kitchen known for their homemade brunch items and service of Vahalla Coffee. – Another local favorite. Kitty corner from The Abode office is the The Spar Tavern – an iconic brick building perched on the corner of North 30th and McCarver. They have a coffee shop in front, and full seating around back, plus pool tables and live music on the weekends. A great place to meet your neighbors and play a few games of pool.
Parks & Museum next door…. literally
Directly in front of this home, you’ll find a little trail with easy access to the Old Town Park in the business district of Old Town, Tacoma. It has a newer playground, half basketball court, walkways, site furniture, shelter building and the Job Carr Cabin Museum. In the summer you can enjoy free music in the park during the Old Town Concert series. Click here for the full lineup of local musicians and times.
Practically in your own backyard – Go exploring through Ursich Park – it’s a wild and dense forest; full of native habitat. You just might spot a batch of fresh fawns and urban deer bouncing through this gulch. The trail is only .5 miles long and a little strenuous, but it’s no worse than the steps getting down Puget Park.
Situated a mile above the two busiest districts in Tacoma, you’ll never lack things to do when you live in the Pacific Towers Condos! Museums, eateries, breweries, shops and the hub of the city’s community transit center, all at your fingertips! Appreciate the recent paint, new carpet, timeless layout with extra large private master suite, spacious 224 sq ft balcony, great room, liberal sized kitchen, stainless steel appliances. 2 parking spots and additional storage space.
1 full bathroom + one 3/4 bathroom
1,303 square feet
Built in 2002
1 parking space in common garage + 1 space outside.
Forced Air and A/C!
Offered for $265,000
Morning Coffee Spot ☕️
3 Fact – Why is this Tacoma Condo better than the rest?
Large 200+sq ft balcony, where you are allowed to BBQ! 🍗
Over 1,300 sq ft of living space +2 bath + A VIEW for UNDER $300K (where else can you find this?)
The rental cap is not yet met for the condo. It can be your HOME or INVESTMENT PROPERTY.
Downtown Tacoma Living
You maybe wondering what life would be like, living just above the Dome District and Downtown Tacoma – you may eat out more! But, working off those extra calories when traveling to and from your favorite restaurants, eaters, bars and fashion stores. Here are a few of my favorites:
Cocktails, Crepes and Clothes
En Rama – Cocktail lounge. If you’re craving great food and fancy drinks, while not feeling guilty about untucking your shirt and putting on your flats after a long days of work – come here. Chris Kiel (Previous owner of 1022 and Hilltop Kitchen) knows what he’s doing. The ambiance is just-so and the service hasn’t wavered for me on any of my visits. You can’t go wrong with any of their menu items and I love a good “Old fashion”.
SAVOR – Creperie! One of my favorite comforts of life is breakfast for dinner. Treat yourself to one of the best breakfast (or dinner!) items. I usually wind up satisfying my sweet tooth with the “Warm Mix Berries” but if I’m compelled to keep it healthy, I’m fully satisfied with Egg and Avocado. Several vegetarian and vegan options are available.
SATORI – My favorite Clothing boutique! Clean, friendly and stylish (duh). The store is relatively small, which I really enjoy. I can be in and out in 30(ish) minutes and appreciate the variation in style from sexy, conservative and casual to business.
Public Transportation, Museums & More
The best part of all is you can use public transportation to get around to all the wonderful places downtown! The Tacoma Link light rail is currently a 1.6-mile light rail line starting at the Tacoma Dome Station and ending at the Theater District on South 9th Street – and is free to ride! The city is currently working on an expansion plan with construction finalizing in 2022. This project will more than double the current length and will reach new destinations like the Old City Hall, the Stadium District, Wright Park and the Hilltop communities. Check here for link updates! Are you planning to attend a Sounders or Seahawks game in the future? Catch the Sounder Train at the Tacoma Dome Station northbound to Seattle – it’s convenient, cheap (about $5 to ride) and less of a hassle than sitting in I-5 traffic for events or commuting! Both the light rail and train are just a mile away!