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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Browne’s Addition

…And what makes it such a cool neighborhood!

Browne’s Addition is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Spokane, and it’s easy to see why. The neighborhood has a rich and diverse history, a unique cultural vibe, and the breweries aren’t too bad, either!

Whether you’re a Spokane native or considering moving to the area, here are 7 things you probably didn’t know about Browne’s Addition:

 

#1 It’s Named After a Man, Not a Color

 

Although Browne’s Addition is often written as “Brown’s Edition,” this is actually incorrect! The neighborhood is named after its founder, John J. Browne (or J.J. Browne to his friends), who built the neighborhood in addition (get it?!) to the existing Spokane Falls area. When Browne’s Addition was founded, there were less than 55 people living in all of Spokane Falls. Browne and his partner, A.M. Cannon, purchased 120 acres of land, which would become Browne’s Addition and Cannon’s Addition, respectively.

 

#2 It’s the Oldest Neighborhood in Spokane

 

Browne purchased the land to found Browne’s Addition in 1878, making it the first official neighborhood in Spokane. Just 10 years later, Brown and Cannon had founded the Spokane Street Railway Company and the first horse-drawn streetcar line ran from Browne’s Addition to Downtown Spokane on April 15th, 1888.  

 

#3 Part of the Neighborhood was Acquired Through the Homestead Act

 

By the end of the 1800’s, Browne’s Addition was starting to get a lot of attention from the wealthy community in Spokane. Its close proximity to downtown and its stunning views of the Spokane River made the neighborhood highly desirable to those who could afford it. Eager to grow the neighborhood and capitalize on the local interest in the area, J.J. Browne applied for and was approved for a homestead grant for the remainder of the land that he didn’t already own.

#4 Coeur d’Alene Park Was Built to Attract High-End Home Builders 

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Coeur d’Alene Park in the winter

In keeping with the theme of growing the neighborhood and attracting the wealthy, Browne and Cannon decided to build a park. Both Browne and Cannon donated land to the park equally. For over 120 years, Coeur d’Alene Park has been a local gathering point for Spokanites. The park is full of enormous trees, lush green grass, and is surrounded by mansions of every variety. Coeur d’Alene Park was hugely instrumental in growing Browne’s Addition into the neighborhood and cultural epicenter it is today.

 

#5 The Neighborhood Was Once Considered “Low Rent”

 

Browne’s Addition was originally a high end neighborhood – extremely high end. Mansions of every make and model can be found on nearly every street, even to this day. But after the Great Depression, the type of lodger interested in the Browne’s Addition started to change. The neighborhood’s close proximity to downtown made it appealing to the working class, and it wasn’t long before those large mansions started to be broken up into smaller apartments or rented out on a room-by-room basis. This trend continued on for several decades, until a savvy group of investors came in during the 1980s and fueled an urban revival in the Browne’s Addition. Thirty years later, Browne’s Addition has reclaimed its status as luxurious and hip, and has been officially registered as a Historic District since 1976.

 

#6 The Real Estate Ranges From Modern Condos to Victorian Mansions

 

One great carryover from Browne’s Addition’s sordid past is that many of those mansions that were broken up post-Depression have been converted into condos and townhomes. This means that there is a little something for every budget. Condos and townhomes are surprisingly reasonably priced, especially at the edges of the neighborhood. Home buyers can enjoy all the perks of the neighborhood – its walkability, proximity to downtown, museums, restaurants, and breweries – for prices in the $200,000s. Buyers who want to live closer to Coeur d’Alene Park will pay a little more for the real estate. And of course, bungalows, ramblers, and mansions can be purchased for those looking for a single occupancy home. Real estate in this area is coveted, so start your home search early.

 

#7 It’s Only a 10 Minute Walk to Downtown

 

We’ve mentioned several times that Browne’s Addition is close to downtown Spokane, but did you know it’s only a 10 minute walk?! This is the perfect neighborhood for young professionals who work downtown, but also for downsizers and empty nesters who don’t want the burden of owning and maintaining a car. If you don’t want to walk to downtown, there are plenty of coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, bars, and breweries right in Browne’s Addition. And don’t forget, Browne’s Addition first became renowned for its beautiful landscapes and views, so you really aren’t going to find a prettier walk anywhere else!

 

Looking to Buy a Home in Browne’s Addition? 

 

Real estate in Browne’s Addition is highly sought-after, which is why the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team

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Carrie Meyer, Real Estate Agent Spokane Team

recommends setting up a search early on. Even if you’re just considering the area amongst others, an MLS search can give you an accurate and timely idea of what’s available and for what price. I specialize in helping people relocate to Spokane, and Browne’s Addition is one of the most popular neighborhoods my clients move to.

 

If you’re looking at moving to Browne’s Addition or anywhere else in Spokane, we’d love to learn a little more about your move and help you find the perfect space. Whether you’re looking to upgrade, relocate, or downsize (or all three!), we can help you find what you’re looking for. Contact me today to set up a custom search and learn more about how you can buy a house while still living out of state.

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Three Surprising Benefits of Downsizing After the Kids Move Out

If you’ve been living in your house for awhile and the kids have grown up and moved away, it might be time to think about moving into a more practical house. This type of move is often referred to as ‘downsizing,” but for many, it’s actually more about “right-sizing.” After 15-20 years living in the same house, many people find that their priorities have changed, and something a little different would suit them better.

 

Downsizing or “rightsizing” can have some surprising perks. Here are the three biggest benefits my clients see after making the move.

 

#1 A New Home is Easier to Manage

 

For many people, downsizing isn’t about getting a smaller space, it’s about getting a space that’s easier to care for and get around in. It’s about finding somewhere that you can age in place. This could mean moving from a multi-level home to a single story to eliminate the stress of the stairs, or it could mean moving from a house with a yard to a townhouse with a nice patio instead.

 

A growing list of impending home repairs is one of the biggest triggers that prompts a move after living in a house for several years. At a certain point, it becomes easier and more cost efficient to move into a newer home that’s unlikely to need any major repairs in the next 5-10 years. A newer home also provides the opportunity to get a layout that makes sense for lifestyle today. What worked 15 years ago might not be the best arrangement now.

 

Finding a newer home with amenities more aligned with your lifestyle and priorities will alleviate stress and free up time that would have been spent on cumbersome maintenance projects and yard work. Sometimes, easier really is better!

 

#2 Socializing and Family Time is Easier

 

Moving closer to kids and grandkids can be an immensely rewarding reason to relocate out of town or out of state. In fact, this is one of the most common reasons that our clients tell us about they are relocating to Spokane.

 

But grandkids aren’t the only reason downsizers move to improve their social life. We frequently see people who have been living in rural or suburban neighborhoods moving closer to city centers, where they can walk to restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, and volunteer at the local community gardens. Boomers who associate with the “active grandparent” lifestyle will find plenty to do in the new Kendall Yards district, with shopping, dining, and art in walking distance.

 

On the other hand, many retirees are looking to buy a peaceful plot of land and settle into retirement. In many cases, this is a “right-sizing” situation – I often help newly retired couples build their dream home on acreage just outside of town. While it might not be smaller, new builds generally come with lower maintenance burdens and cater to your exact specifications. Hello, forever home.

 

Living in a lower maintenance home, closer to friends, family, food, and activities makes socializing and family time much easier!  

 

#3 Your Money Can Go a Lot Further

 

The economic impact of downsizing can be huge, even for people moving in a house of similar square footage. For people moving out of older homes into newer ones, there is often a significant savings in repairs, maintenance, lawn care, and electrical/heating/gas costs. Simply put, the cost of operating your house could be much lower.

 

Another economic benefit comes from the sale and purchase itself. I typically see that people who have lived in their homes for several years have a significant amount of equity built up. For many, purchasing a new home isn’t contingent upon the sale of their existing home, which means they have more buying power and can sell their existing home on their own terms. And those who do actually downsize into a smaller home may walk away from their new home purchase ahead of the game.

 

The great thing about reducing costs and lowering the economic burden of the home is that those extra funds can now be used to visit with friends, spoil grandchildren, or simply pad the savings account.

 

How Do I Buy a New House While Selling This One?

 

Starting the process of buying a new house while selling your current home can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. To learn more about how to buy while selling, please contact us directly.

Carrie Meyer is a full service realtor who specializes in relocation purchases, investment properties, and new build transactions with acreage. A Spokane transplant herself, Carrie understands the challenges and benefits inherent in moving to a new city.

How Buyers Can Capitalize in Spokane’s Competitive Holiday Market

We often hear about a “buyer’s market” and the “seller’s market,” but it’s important to understand that these trends vary on a region-by-region basis. National trends are reporting a “buyers market” in many areas, meaning that there are more homes for sell then there are buyers, giving buyers a slight advantage – BUT – this is not currently the case in Spokane. In fact, we are trending more towards a seller’s market, meaning there are more buyers than sellers. Many homes are receiving multiple offers.

 

Buyers can absolutely capitalize on a home purchase in Spokane’s competitive holiday market, but there are a couple of important steps that you’ll want to take to increase your competitiveness and get the best deal. Here’s three things you need to know if you want to capitalize on Spokane’s current market and close on a new home before the holidays.

 

How to Buy in a Cooling Market

 

Even in light of a slight seller’s market, this is still a great time to buy in Spokane! It is true that buying is more competitive right now, but this trend is coming on the heels of recent price drops on real estate. What does this mean for buyers? Prices are going up, but they are still lower than they have been – and as bidding wars on properties heat up, prices will continue to rise.

 

The recent price reductions mean this is the perfect time to capitalize on the holiday market. First time homebuyers, real estate investors, and downsizers will find particular benefit in this market.Waiting buy until after the holidays could mean paying more for your home.  

 

You MUST Do This

 

Get prequalified! In a competitive market, it is crucial that you come prepared. I strongly urge all my clients to get prequalified before beginning a home search, for a couple of reasons. First, getting prequalified reduces heartbreak when you fall in love with a home only for funding to fall through. Second, you are competing against other buyer offers, so you need to convince the seller that YOU are the most qualified offer. A thorough, well thought out presentation of the offer from your realtor can genuinely make or break the transaction, so be sure to provide as much to your realtor as possible. I generally request recent financial documents and statements be readily accessible on hand so there is absolutely no delay in the offer process.

 

For those looking to close and move before the holiday season is upon us, I recommend taking the extra step to become fully underwritten prior to making an offer on a home. This will speed the process significantly (as little as 21 days to close, in some instances), and increase the competitiveness of your offer. For mortgage brokers who specialize in fully underwriting buyers prior to the offer, consider Ben Sharpe at Mountain West Bank or Boone Plager at Fairway Independent Mortgage.

 

The Benefits of Buying Now:

  • Move in before the winter holidays
  • Capitalize on the reduced pricing before bidding wars drive prices back up

 

Pro Tips for Buyers:

  • Come prepared!
  • Have a pre-approval letter or underwriting from a lender before hiring a real estate agent or viewing homes
  • Have recent asset statements ready, in hand, when making an offer
  • Allow your agent to put together the best possible offer presentation by providing documents and statements as quickly as possible

 

You want to be the best, most qualified and serious offer in a competitive market. The offer presentation created by your agent is the only thing a seller knows about your qualifications. It is critical that you hire a realtor with an exceptional presentation strategy.

 

Looking to Buy and Sell in Spokane?

Carrie Meyer is passionate about helping people relocate to Spokane. Having done so herself nearly 15 years ago, she understands the struggles and stresses that come with moving from out of town and provides unique services to make the process as simple as possible. Carrie also specializes in new home builds and property purchases for those looking to live on acreage with an easy commute back into town, and gladly represents local transactions of any type.

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Win Big and Support the Symphony at Christmas Tree Elegance

36th Annual Christmas Tree Elegance Event in Spokane

 

Christmas Tree Elegance was founded in 1983 by the Spokane Symphony Associates as a fundraiser for the Spokane Symphony. Today, this family-friendly event has won a place in Spokane Christmas tradition, and has grown into a 13-day event. Attendees travel from five states and Canada to participate and partake in Christmas Tree Elegance, and if you’ve ever seen the trees (and the prizes!), it’s no wonder why.

 

This year marks the 36th anniversary of the event, which opens on November 27th and runs through December 9th.

 

How it Works

 

There are 18 beautifully decorated trees located inside the Davenport Hotel and River Park Square during Christmas Tree Elegance. These decked-out trees have been sponsored by local and national businesses contributing to the fundraiser. Attendees of Christmas Tree Elegance don’t just come to see the trees, they come to win.

 

Raffle tickets are $1 each, and you can bid on as many trees as you want, as often as you want. But even better still, each tree comes with an additional gift basket/swag bag or cash prize. That would certainly help you deck the halls and line the stockings on your chimney!

 

The raffle drawing will be held and winners announced on December 9th.

 

The Charity

 

All proceeds from raffle ticket sales go to support the Spokane Symphony. All the trees and prizes are sponsored by local and national businesses, so you can bid confidently, knowing your funds really are going to support the arts in Spokane. Christmas Tree Elegance is the Spokane Symphony Associates’ biggest fundraising event of the year for the symphony, so grab the kids and some friends and take a stroll through the trees. And if you see something you like, buy a few raffle tickets and throw your name in the hat – you never know, it could be your lucky day!

 

The Real Estate Agent Spokane team of realtors is proudly sponsoring tree #12 at this year’s Christmas Tree Elegance. We believe in promoting arts and culture in Spokane as a celebration of the diversity and sophistication our city has to offer.

 

Meet the Team

 

The Real Estate Agent Spokane team is a part of Kestell Co Realtors, located in Spokane, Washington. We are full service realtors who handle all types of transactions from first time home buyers, investment property transactions, relocations to Spokane, and more.

 

Carrie Meyer is passionate about helping people relocate to Spokane. Having done so herself 15 years ago, she understands the struggles and stresses that come with moving from out of town and provides unique services to make the process as simple as possible. Carrie also specializes in new home builds and property purchases for those looking to live on acreage with an easy commute back into town, and gladly represents local transactions of any type.

 

Sandra Bachmeyer is highly skilled in downsizing transactions, specifically in dealing with the relocation of a parent or grandparent out of their home and into an assisted facility. Sandra has years of experience working in elder care and understands the delicate nuances of these types of transactions. She will work tirelessly to ensure that your loved one is treated with dignity and respect throughout the entire process.

 

Wendy Smith is a “jack of all trades” in real estate and is ready to help, no matter your transaction type. Wendy understands what it’s like to be a working mother, and strives to make your transaction as simple as possible. She is passionate about helping people find their dream home and sell their current home as quickly and profitably as possible.  

 

The Real Estate Agent Spokane team can be reached at (509) 868-1077, or full contact information can be found here.

Spokane This Fall – 4 Reasons to Love It!

Spokane is an amazing city to live in year round, but it is exceptionally magical in the fall. The changing of the leaves provides a gorgeous backdrop no matter what you’re doing. The crisp, cool autumn air signals the start of the holiday season festivities. Dust off your boots and grab and scarf, because you won’t want to miss our top four reasons to visit Spokane this fall!

 

The Changing of the Seasons

 

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Fall brings the changing of the leaves outside of Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane, WA

 Spokane is part of the Inland Northwest (INW). The INW is known for its snowy winters, gorgeous summers, colorful falls and flourishing springs. If you’re looking for a full expression of all four seasons without the long, gray winters of the midwest and northwest coast, you can’t do better than Spokane. 

So grab a coffee from one of our local shops and take a midday stroll. Even a quick walk through the city will provide spectacular views of the changing of the leaves. Reds, oranges, and yellows shine brightly in the midday sun. Even as temperatures drop in Spokane, the sun continues to shine. What this means is that you’re less likely to experience a decline in mood during the fall and winter months. Get the culture of Seattle while leaving the endless gray days behind!

 

Fall Festivals 

 

Spokane has no shortage of fall festivals. Whether you’re looking for an adventure out with the kids or a fun date activity, Spokane has you covered. Here are a few things to do in Spokane this fall:

 

Greenbluff Farms Fall Harvest Festival 

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Be sure to check out the pumpkin patch at Greenbluff Farms this fall

Running from September 22nd through October 28th, the Fall Harvest Festival is the region’s biggest family-friendly event. The festival boasts a 5-acre corn maze, Pumpkin Land (and of course, their world-famous pumpkin donuts!), live music, food trucks, face painting, apple cider, and dining at the Country Kitchen, to name just a few. Take a peek at the Greenbluff Farms website for full details. 

 

Valleyfest 

 

ValleyFest takes place in the Spokane Valley and runs from September 21-23. This “multi-sport” event offers a diverse range of activities for the family. What do we mean by “diverse?” Well, ValleyFest is most notable for kicking off every year with a Bed Race down Sprague downtown in the Spokane Valley! Families decorate beds and literally race them box-car style down the street. It is one of the most unique events you’ll ever participate in, and bedfull of fun! Other offerings at ValleyFest include TotFest for the kids, a swing dancing competition, and several physical fitness activities, including a walk to raise money for Down’s Syndrome. Check out the full ValleyFest lineup on their website.  

 

Seriously Scary Halloween 

 

Maybe it’s the crisp air and the orange leaves that puts Spokane in such a festive mood. No matter the reason, our love of Halloween can’t be denied. Whether it is a trip to Scarywood or trick-or-treating at a neighborhood sponsored event, you’re guaranteed to have a great time.

 

Scarywood at Silverwood 

 

Featured on Travel Channel’s “Halloween’s Scariest Thrills” list, Scarywood at Silverwood Theme Park didn’t come to mess around. The even runs the entire month of October and is not meant for kids. Scarywood boasts 5 haunted attractions and 7 Scare Zones. Check out their website for full details, and be warned – Scarywood is not for the faint of heart!   

 

Arts & Culture

 

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Don’t miss the Spokane Symphony’s Haunted Hallows on October 28, 2018.

Hogwarts at the Spokane Symphony 

The third annual Spokane Symphony Haunted Hallows performance is on October 28th. The Spokane Symphony will be performing the music of Harry Potter in all its magic and splendor. Truly an event for and about the fans, Haunted Hallows encourages cosplay and provides pre-concert activities, so be sure to show up early. The Spokane Symphony offers a matinee and evening performance, but tickets are limited. Learn more and buy tickets here.

 

Terrain 

 

Both a group and an event, Terrain is dedicated to local art. The group was founded in 2007 to help prevent the outward migration of local art talent. Terrain the Event is a celebration of those artists. This year’s event features over 500 works from 250 artists, including poets, filmmakers, painters, and performance artists. Learn more about Terrain here, and be sure to stop by the official event on October 5th. Bring your checkbook – art seen at Terrain is for sale and supports the local artists.

 

Ready to Learn More?

 

Thinking about visiting or relocating to Spokane? Fall is the perfect season to come see what we’re all about here. Be sure to take a look at our featured listings and check out the blog for more local insights. Contact me to schedule an appointment and begin your home search in Spokane. I specialize in relocation transactions and am prepared to answer your questions and assist throughout the long distance buying process. 

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Spokane’s Annual Hoopfest is HOT this year!

The annual Hoopfest will visit Spokane again this weekend…and it is going to be a HOT HOOP FEST! Temperature is expected to reach triple digits and no one in their right mind would want to be playing on tarmac under the noonday sun! But they do by the thousands…Spokane Hoopfest is the biggest

  • 3-on-3 on Earth
  • 7,000 Teams
  • 3,000 Volunteers
  • 225,000 Fans spanning
  • 450 Courts which cover
  • 42 City Blocks!

How much fun this is for families and individuals alike! The entire downtown area of Spokane shuts down and the streets become basketball courts. Stadium seating goes up on the sidewalks, street vendors are out soliciting their wares, food and drink and all of the restaurants and pubs welcome the hot spectators with welcome arms to quench their thirst and fill their bellies. Having twins that are basketball enthusiast, we now participate in this annual ritual with hundreds of other families and groups of 3 that become composed of every type imaginable. From co-ed groups to father-son teams and work buddies. It is quite the draw.  Carriey Meyer spokane real estate agent hoopfest slam dunk home town boy

If you’re on the page with how wonderful outdoor events can be, think ‘beyond basketball’, and you’ll understand the love affair Spokanites have for this ‘one-of-a-kind’ outdoor festival! They shop, eat from Spokane’s surprising worldwide cuisine and they jump for joy, scream loud for their teams and then talk about the results for weeks after.  All sorts of interactive entertainment are to be found on the streets of Spokane during this welcomed festival.

When you consider the the entire population of Spokane is only 211,000 – then note that 225,000 Fans come to participate and support this event, you’ll have some idea of the kind of town Spokane, Washington is.  The main point to be considered is how the events that go throughout the year serve and support raising a family here.  That alone is not an easy find.  As you will see, I am a Real Estate Agent here in Spokane and I’ve got at last count at least 100 reason’s why you may like to consider moving here and hire me to help you find a suitable home in our region.

I was amazed to learn Hoopfest is one of the many events that Spokane hosts that draws people from all over the world. Having moved from the nation’s 5th largest city, to what people call little ‘ole Spokane, it continues to amaze me how “big” this “little” city really is! Carriey Meyer spokane real estate agent hoopfest ariel 2013

Spokane is, I’ll have to say, the greatest move our family could ever have made when we moved here!  How fun would it be to have a second home in Spokane, where you could fly in and participate in our many events and enjoy to beautiful weather, or stay year round as we do.

While inventory / listings are few, I do have houses that would make wonderful homes for some of you.  There are people moving here from all over the world because the company they work for is relocating here!  That alone should be of interest if your shopping for investment property.  I also have land that you can build your dream home on; Spokane is home to award winning contractors that you can elect to package with these beautiful home sites.

It doesn’t cost anything to shop and they won’t raise your taxes if you just want to look around!  My name is Carrie Meyer; why not call me and let me show you around this area…. you’ll be glad you did.  B U T wait till after this event is over – I’ll be sweltering downtown Spokane with the rest of them – my twin sons are on a team and will, no doubt, be doing me proud on one of the courts!

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