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A Huge Loss

October 28, 2014

Vines and the Columbia River

The harvest is done and the last of vintage 2014 may just be completing fermentation .   What really draws a winemaker and vineyard owner to the vines?    It is demanding and tedious work for those who do the job of growing grapes and making wine.   For those who have volunteered to crush, bottle and label wine around the Woodinville area you have caught a glimpse of some of the work.

The pricey end product – a beautiful bottle of wine.   Some bemoan paying the high price.   If only they really knew the efforts that had gone into that bottle of wine.   Especially, the wines made by some of the small boutique wineries that dot the landscape of Woodinville and Eastern Washington’s wine growing regions.

A winery that personified everything great about Washington wines, Dunham Cellars, recently and tragically lost their young, passionate, enthusiastic, and visionary, owner/winemaker Eric Dunham.  You may have heard the news.

What you may not have heard is the undeniable impact Eric had on everybody in Washington’s wine industry.   He influenced, encouraged and supported anybody associated with the industry, big or small.

In Eric’s memory, Dunham Cellars, located in Walla Walla, will be holding a memorial this Saturday, November 1, from 1-4 p.m.

I know none of this begins to answer that question about what draws a winemaker to the vines and making wines.   So, here is the challenge.  Go out to one of the local wineries, if you can.  Talk to the winemaker, if you can.   Taste wine and buy your favorite bottle of wine.  Gather your friends and family close.  Pour the wine and celebrate life!    Make a toast to Eric and somewhere in that journey I can guarantee you will find the answer.   R.I.P. Eric Dunham.

Hollywood Hill Real Estate News – October 2014

October 2, 2014


Harvest time in the ‘hood.   Big trucks delivering freshly picked grapes from Eastern Washington can be seen on there way to drop off grapes at local wineries.   And volunteers are lining up to help busy winemakers with crush, bottling, and more.   This is a fantastic time of year to live in Woodinville’s wine country.

Here are the latest real estate statistics for Hollywood Hill.   Woodinville’s premier wine country neighborhood.

On the market:   14 homes priced from $487,000 to $3,850,000.

Pending:  7 homes priced from $324,950 to $1,150,000

Sold and Closed:   37 homes have closed in the last 6 months priced from $285,000 to $1,750,000

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in Hollywood Hill contact:


Maureen Nolan – 206-200-9849

Harvest 2014

September 29, 2014

captured_by_snapseed_222_3Many people that visit the tasting rooms around Woodinville are surprised to find out that the grapes used to make wine, in that bottle of wine they are drinking, come from Eastern Washington.    Eastern Washington is Washington’s bread basket and agricultural center.   Not only do Washington’s wine grapes grow in Eastern Washington but they grow right alongside the apples and cherries Washington is known for.

If you have never been to places like Yakima, Prosser and the Tri-Cities.  Right now is an excellent time for a road trip because  harvest is in full swing.    Here are a few highlights from a recent visit to Prosser:

Pontin Patio

Pontin Del Roza Winery:   Walk into the Pontin Del Roza tasting room and you may meet the winemaker, Scott Pontin, or one of his parents, Nesto or Delores.   This is a classic, in the middle of the vineyard, multi-generational family, farmer, operation.    A very welcoming and comfortable winery to linger and talk to the farmer/winemaker.   Enjoy your wine outdoors on their recently finished patio. It’s picture perfect and surrounded by vines.   Among their fine wines you will find Italian varietals like Sangiovese, Dolcetto and Pinot Grigio a nod to their Italian immigrant roots.   The Pontin’s also grow other varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Carmenere, Chenin Blanc and Riesling.


Apples, apples and more apples.    The farmers markets are full of local fruit picked that day.


Watch the big trucks move through the vines.   This is a grape picker used to harvest concord grapes.      Now is the time to see the farmers in action.


For more information about visiting Prosser:

Not Yet

July 23, 2014

The conversation about real estate right now centers around the term “pre-recession” price.     Are home values back to the values before the market meltdown of 2008?

There are rumors that select neighborhoods in Seattle have broken through the pre-recession barrier.     But it may take another 1.3 years for Seattle to completely shed it’s post-recession blues.   Which is not bad considering many states have a long future ahead with post recession home values.

On the spectrum of pre-post recession home values where does Woodinville’s wine country fall?    Hollywood Hill, the premier wine country neighborhood,  is behaving much like a Seattle neighborhood with limited inventory, short market time and pricey homes.   But the numbers show the true market story.   The story is a good one but the hard data shows that  Hollywood Hill has not yet reached pre-recession home values.   It is off by about 11% from the market of 2008.   Check out the graph below:HH Average % for last 10 years



**data sourced from NWMLS

Walla Walla Comes of Age

July 17, 2014

Originally posted on The Wine Economist:

Sue and I recently returned from 10 days in the Walla Walla AVA — half spent attending events sponsored by the Walla Walla Wine Alliance celebrating the AVA’s 30th birthday through a celebration of  its wines and half with the American Association of Wine Economists who met at Whitman College.

Coming of Age in Washington

As we drove back over the Cascades towards home base in Tacoma, we talked about key takeaway messages and at the top of both of our lists was the region’s coming of age. We’ve visited Walla Walla many times over the years and watched it grow and change, but without ever having a sense that it had achieved its potential.

Maybe it is because we had more time on this visit or maybe it is because we had so much access and guidance (from the Wine Alliance as well as from our growing list of winemaker friends…

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Hollywood Hill Real Estate News July 2014

May 12, 2014


Hollywood Schoolhouse


Long summer days have arrived surely making the NW one of the best places to live.    And Hollywood Hill is one of the best neighborhoods to enjoy the summer months.

Sellers in the Hollywood Hill neighborhood appear to have gained some confidence in the market and are putting their homes on the market well prepared and well priced.    Buyers are aggressively active in the market and are rewarding sellers by paying on average approximately 99% of the sellers asking prices.    The average market time for successfully closed sales are less than a month.   The Hollywood Hill real estate market stats are as follows:

July 2014 Year to Date Stats:

Solds:  32  homes have sold priced from $420,000 to $1,750,000

Recent Pending:  9 homes priced from $285,000 to $995,000

Active Listings:   11  homes are available on the hill priced from $795,900 -$3,850,000.


HH Chart July 2014


 If you would like to buy or sell a home in the Hollywood Hill neighborhood or surrounding area give us a call!

Lakeshore Realty West
Lifestyle Properties
Maureen Nolan – 206-200-9849


Great Opportunity in the Heart of Woodinville’s Wine Country

April 2, 2014

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For Sale

The pink tractor is not for sale but the land it is parked on is…………

This is a great opportunity for somebody to live/work/sell wine in the heart of  Woodinville’s wine country.  Over 1.4 acres in the hub of the Hollywood/Tourist district adjacent to Apple Farm Village  and across from J. Bookwalter and Hollywood Hill School House.

The property includes a classic mid-century rambler with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and additional outbuildings.   The house is a private  residence and the property operates as a beer/wine tasting and sales shop.

Offered at $995,000

House Size: 1,600 Sq. Ft. Bedroom/Baths 2/2
Lot Size: 1.410 acres Garage/Outbuildings: 2 car carport  + storage
Heat: Gas Forced Air Fireplace 1
Taxes: 2013 $5,599  NWMLS # 611967

For more information contact:

John Corrado – 206-251-7527

North Pacific Properties


Maureen Nolan – 206-200-9849

Lakeshore Realty West



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