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Practical Tips for Turning Your Garage Into a Rec Room

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There are many reasons to create a rec room at your home. It provides a space to host ping pong tournaments or get the family together for movie marathons, and it gives your kids and their friends the perfect area for a sleepover, to name a few. But really, a rec room is simply what the name suggests: a room that facilitates many different kinds of recreational activities.

Technically, you can put a rec room anywhere in your home, but most people prefer it to be away from primary living areas. One popular method is to convert the garage into a rec room. While this process is usually not quick or easy, it can go smoothly if you plan ahead. If you’re considering turning your garage into a rec room, consider these tips to help get you started. Continue Reading

Alternative Energy: The Benefits of Residential Solar Panels 

As a homeowner in Sequim, WA, you’ve probably considered investing in solar panels at some point. Whether this was a fleeting thought or a serious consideration, you might be surprised to know that the number of homeowners using solar panels is increasing. Despite their initial cost, many people are realizing that the advantages far outweigh any downsides to this form of energy efficiency. To help shed some light on your decision, here are some of the benefits of residential solar panels.

Solar panels on Sequim Residential property

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Declutter Your Homes Without an Expert

DeClutter your Home Without an ExpertDo you think you need Netflix and Marie Kondo to tackle the clutter in your home? Well, you may be surprised to learn that tidying up can actually be pretty easy. It can even be somewhat fun if you’re up to the task. So, how can you clean your home without a lot of hassle and headache? By using the super simple hacks we’ve suggested below to declutter and clean your home. Continue Reading

Bike the Olympic Discovery Trail

Railroad Bridge Park on Olympic Discovery Trail in SequimSince summer is almost here, it’s the perfect time to grab your bike and explore Sequim. In fact, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Sequim as a Bicycle Friendly Community in 2014. Locals and visitors can bike our downtown full of vibrant shops, restaurants and parks. In addition, our biking community is most fortunate to have easy access to the Olympic Discovery Trail. This scenic trail, at almost 130 miles long, connects Port Townsend to Port Angeles, with Sequim residing at the mid-point.

The Olympic Discovery Trail is wide, well maintained, frequently paved and for non-motorized vehicles. While biking on it you can enjoy all the natural diversity of our region such as: mountain views, lush forests, rolling farmlands, peaceful valleys, pristine mountain rivers and stunning coastal views.

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North Olympic Discovery Marathon

North Olympic Discovery Marathon in Sequim and Port AngelesSequim is the perfect town to live in if you like to be outside throughout the year.  The weather is mild enough, and even dry enough, to get outside and enjoy the spoils of mother nature in Spring, Summer, Fall, and even Winter.  That said, the summer months in Washington State as a whole, and Sequim in particular, are especially magical.  The weather is perfect; not too hot, dry, sunny, and nothing short of spectacular.  We’re excited to welcome another summer on the Olympic Peninsula into our midst.  To kick it all off is one of Sequim’s premiere sporting events; the North Olympic Discovery Marathon. Continue Reading

Celebrate at the Irrigation Festival in Sequim

Irrigation Festival in SequimIt’s time again for the annual Irrigation Festival in Sequim, which is the oldest running festival in the entire state of Washington.  This year marks the 122nd celebration!  Sequim may now seem like a thriving tourist destination, with it’s incredible Lavender Fields, frequently dry, sunny weather, and easy access to some of the Pacific Northwests most popular attractions.  That wasn’t always the case, though.  The irrigation Festival serves as a wonderful reminder of Sequim’s past.  More specifically of it’s generally dry and arid past, long before the days of irrigated fields and abundant farm land. Continue Reading

Hike the Dungeness Spit

Dungeness Spit in SequimAt Schwab Realty, we’re so excited that spring is here.  It’s been a rainy, rainy winter in most of the Pacific Northwest. In fact, Seattle even broke a 122-year-old record for the most rainfall seen in a year!  In Sequim, though, things are staying comparatively dry.  With May just around the corner, we know warmer, sunnier spring days are on their way for everyone, and we can’t wait for what will no doubt be another busy outdoor season.  No matter the time of year, there’s plenty to do in Sequim, and that is one of the best parts about living here.  One of our favorite activities is beach combing along Sequim’s waterfront.  The best place for a beach walk is the Dungeness Spit and Wildlife Refuge.  Come explore this beautiful stretch of beach with us this spring! Continue Reading

Spring Birding is Back

Spring Birding in SequimIt’s official; Spring is here!  There’s still a little chill to the air in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s definitely been a rainier winter than most, but that’s almost over. Spring is a glorious time to be in Sequim.  The mild weather here means outdoor activities are plentiful no matter the season. However, even on the Olympic Peninsula, there is still something distinctly special about spring time.  The pull to get outside and enjoy the reawakening of mother nature is undeniable. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy quiet activities like birding and hiking through meadows of colorful wildflowers, and Sequim is an incredible place in which to enjoy these activities. Coming up in early April is the Olympic Birdfest; two incredible days of birding on the Washington Coast.   Continue Reading

The Added Value of Living in Sequim

Benefits of Living in Sequim, WashingtonThere are many, many reasons to live in the charming, relatively sunny town of Sequim.  Some of these reasons, such as the weather, are more obvious than others. Sequim is located in what is famously known on the Olympic Peninsula as the “blue hole.”  Really, what that means, is Sequim is situated in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains, which affords it many more of those beautiful dry and sunny days that the Northwest isn’t well known for.  While that is certainly fantastic and an important part to life here, it’s not the only reason to consider living in Sequim. We’ve been Real Estate Agents in the Sequim area for over 30 years, and are well-versed in the many spectacular reasons to call this corner of the world home.  We’d love to share some of these with you.  Contact us for more information about relocating to Sequim. Continue Reading

Discover Sequim’s City Parks

Sequim's City ParksSequim is a wonderful place to live, no matter who you are.  Whether you’re young and just starting out, have settled down with a family, or are already enjoying retirement, there’s something for everyone to enjoy about Sequim.  A quick look around the area, from the rugged peaks of the Olympic Mountains to the sparkling blue of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, will tell you Sequim is a remarkably beautiful town.  We’re close to all the adventure the Pacific Northwest is known for, and offer plenty of the amenities you’d expect in much larger towns, without the hassle of big cities and crowded urban centers.  From gourmet dining and great shopping, to a wonderful art community and plenty of natural spaces and city parks, Sequim is a great place to live and work.  Make plans to visit Sequim today, and come see why this quaint small town has such a big reputation. Continue Reading