Catch a Show at the Historic Rose Theater Port Townsend

The rich history behind this coastal town dates back to the mid-1800s, which is why you’ll find numerous historical sites like the Rose Theater Port Townsend to visit and explore. Additionally, the entire downtown area of this Victorian-era port city is recognized as a US National Historic Landmark District. On any trip to Port Townsend, you’ll want to take in these classic buildings and imagine what it might be like to live in this charming, historic town.

The Rose Theater Port Townsend first began as a vaudeville house in 1907, when silent films were still the norm. The theater has seen film transition from “talkies” into Technicolor, now digital projection with three screens. And it’s not just movies; the Rose Theater Port Townsend also presents showings of ballet, opera, and tapings of live theater from all over the world. Locals and visitors alike love to see a show in Port Townsend “where the popcorn is fresh, the butter is real, the sound is superb, and every show is personally introduced.”

While you might be wondering what the Rose Theater Port Townsend has to do with real estate, these are actually the vital kind of details to consider when you’re choosing to buy or sell in this market. If you’re contemplating a move to this area of the Northwest, it’s good to know what perks you’ll find in these Olympic Peninsula towns. At Schwab Realty, our agents leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding the perfect place for our clients to call home. Contact us today! Continue Reading

The 8 Best Things to do in Port Angeles this Winter

There are so many excellent adventures to experience year-round on the Olympic Penisula, and wintertime is no exception. In fact, some of our favorite things to do in Port Angeles are best explored in the colder months. Snowy hikes, skiing, and dining out at the warm and cozy family-friendly restaurants are just the start. Port Angeles is still a mostly-hidden treasure along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but more people are discovering this fantastic location in the Northwest each day.

The Olympic Peninsula is perfect for those looking to retreat from the metropolitan lifestyle—but not ready to fully commit to a completely secluded area. You’re still close enough to unique small towns like Sequim and Port Townsend, and with all of the things to do in Port Angeles, the possibilities are endless. And thankfully, Seattle is just a scenic two-hour road trip if you need your big city fix.

At Schwab Realty, located in the heart of Sequim, we’re experts on the Olympic Penisula. Our years of real estate experience, as well as being residents here give us a deep understanding of the culture, activities, and all of the things to do in Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Sequim, and beyond. We’re always on the pulse of the real estate market in the Northwest, and we’ve helped thousands of people over our nearly 40 years in business. Contact one of our brokers today! Continue Reading

Dine Out at These Port Angeles Restaurants

One thing is for sure about living in the Northwest: we have such a bounty of fresh ingredients from land and sea, there’s no shortage of unique places to eat. And Port Angeles restaurants are no exception! From casual, family-friendly eateries and cafes to elegant seafood-focused dining and gastropubs, you’ll find exactly what you need for a night out.

Port Angeles is just about 25 minutes from our office in downtown Sequim. Our team of agents is deeply familiar with both of these small towns on the Olympic Penisula. As you begin your search for real estate in this area, we always have great suggestions for Sequim and Port Angeles restaurants to try out. Food is such an essential part of our lives, and it’s something to consider when you’re buying a home or business property.

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Head to the Hurricane Ridge Ski Area this Winter

The Northwest is one of the most beautiful places in the world with striking mountainous views, sparkling waters, and picturesque coastlines. Many people move here just for outdoor recreation!  Thankfully, the Hurricane Ridge Ski Area is only an hour from Sequim, WA, and only 40 minutes from Port Angeles, WA. For those who love heading to the beach in the warmer months and hitting the slopes in the winter, you’ll absolutely fall in love with the location of these small towns on the Olympic Penisula.

The Hurricane Ridge Ski Area is within the Olympic National Park, and it’s the westernmost ski area in the continental United States. Olympic National Park is a diverse preserved area with three distinct ecosystems: the Pacific coastline, temperate forests, subalpine forests, and meadow areas. The Hurricane Ridge Ski area is located in the alpine region, and powdery white snow typically covers the landscape in the wintertime.

If you’ve felt the call of the beauty of the Northwest, there’s so much to explore here on the Olympic Penisula and the Olympic National Park. Let us help you decide if this is the place you’d like to call home. Reach out to one of our seasoned and personable agents today! Continue Reading

How to Get a “Sold” Sign in Your Yard

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How to Get a “Sold” Sign in Your Yard

The time has come to put your home on the market, and all of sudden, you’re not sure what to do next as you prepare your home to sell. The list of projects you could jump into is a mile long and can be particularly stressful to tackle during the pandemic. How can you quickly whip your home into shape while following strict coronavirus guidelines? These resources from Schwab Realty can help. 

Coronavirus Conscious

During and after the pandemic, many have wondered if selling their home is a good idea, what with travel restrictions and the health of both buyers and sellers during open houses. If the market, as hot as it is, is any indicator, the answer is “Yes!” But there are certain steps to take when it comes time to interact.

  • How to Disinfect Your Home in the Time of Coronavirus
  • Deep Cleaning the House is a Smart Strategy During Coronavirus
  • How to Show Your House to Buyers in the Coronavirus Age, Virtually and Safely

Boost Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is first seen by potential buyers on the outside of the home, which means you’ll want to keep up with your lawn and landscaping. If the yard looks more like a lumber yard because of all the fallen limbs and possibly a tree, make sure you get a qualified tree removal service to your property ASAP.

  • Easy Landscaping Tips for Selling Your Home
  • Refresh Your Front Door with a New Coat of Paint and a New Door Knob
  • 10 Perennials for Dazzling Curb Appeal

Update the Interior

Is your home’s interior a bit dated? If so, you can give it a refresh beyond a quick paint job that won’t break the bank.

Declutter and Stage

The key to showing your home is to present it as a space that potential buyers can easily see themselves living in. Before the first open house — whether it’s virtual or in-person — get rid of unnecessary clutter, which will open up rooms and free up space.

Getting your home to sell quickly is a tall order, especially when you have to dedicate more time to keeping the house clean and safe for buyers. But these resources will give you a great head start. Just look at the house as if you were a potential buyer, and this will give you a good idea of what you need to do. Here’s hoping the sign in the yard will flip from “For Sale” to “Sold!” faster than you can imagine.

Celebrate Harvest at Washington Wineries Near Port Angeles

There are a handful of fantastic Washington wineries near the Port Angeles area for wine tasting, vineyard tours, and beautiful views. Autumn is a particularly great time to plan a visit out to these Washington wineries for the Harvest Wine Tour event. Not only will you take in the gorgeous fall foliage on the Olympic Peninsula, but the vineyards and wineries are also buzzing with activity this time of year.

One of the best ways to get to know an area before buying a home or business is by exploring the nearby activities. Wine tasting on the Olympic Peninsula can give you a glimpse of what it might be like to live here. It’s also a great way to connect with the locals, who can often give you an honest and authentic representation of what to expect, be that climate, atmosphere, and industry.

As the leading real estate agency in Sequim, WA, we pride ourselves on the deep understanding and connection to our area. We always have our finger on the pulse of the Sequim housing market and other nearby cities on the Olympic Peninsula. Our small team of highly experienced brokers all thoroughly enjoy working closely with and getting to know our clients; after all, when we successfully find you a home, you become our neighbor as well.

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Check Out these Port Townsend Restaurants

If there’s one thing we’re known for in the Northwest, it’s incredible, locally sourced seafood, produce, and products. And Port Townsend restaurants are no exception. This charming little town is known as a dining destination from the far reaches of Washington State. Port Townsend restaurants often make “best of” lists for the greater Seattle area—known for creative menus utilizing the beautiful bounty from nearby farms and producers.

For those who may be in the process of relocation, Port Townsend and the surrounding small cities like Sequim and Port Angeles are excellent locations to find a forever home. While these waterfront towns are picturesque and serene, you’ll still find plenty to do as far as entertainment and options out for dining.

If you’re curious about the real estate options on the Olympic Penisula, our seasoned and knowledgeable agents can guide you in the right direction. Not only have we been serving the Sequim community and beyond for more than 35 years, over that time, our brokers have also helped countless clients find the perfect home or business space. We enjoy working closely with our clients to develop strong relationships for the best outcome. Reach out to our office today! Continue Reading

8 Things You Should Do During the First Week in a New House

You’ve just purchased a new home and your head is spinning with ideas. Interior design, remodeling dreams and entertaining plans are all running through your mind. But before you get ahead of yourself, you have to handle the basics. Here’s what you need to do to settle in during the first week in your new home.

1. Set Up Utilities

Before moving in, contact power, water and gas companies to establish service at your new address. The last thing you want is to unpack in a dark home. Although less urgent, you’ll also want to arrange Internet, cable and phone service within the first couple of days.

2. Update Your Address

It’s easy to change your mailing address with the U.S. Postal Service using their online form. You’ll also want to update your address with your job, your bank and insurance companies and any other businesses you correspond with. Don’t forget to send a note to family and friends informing them of your new address.

3. Change the Locks

You never know who has keys to the existing locks on your home. Take the cautious approach and change or rekey the locks upon moving in. You should also reset the garage door code and ensure all windows locks are in working order.

4. Check Smoke and CO Detectors

Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors around your new home, changing batteries as needed. If the fire extinguisher that came with the house is expired, it’s best to buy a new one for around $50. If you’re unsure of its age and can’t find a date, Keystone Fire Protection says that fire extinguishers have a shelf life of six to twelve years, depending on the type it is.

5. Unpack the Essentials

Rather than tearing into boxes at random, unpack according to priority. Start with bedrooms so everyone has a familiar place to sleep on the first night, followed by basic kitchen supplies. Linens are another item to unbox quickly. After a long day of moving, you’ll want a hot shower before heading to bed.

6. Declutter — Again

Hopefully, you downsized your stuff before relocating so you didn’t pay to move things you don’t actually want or need. Unpacking is another opportunity to think seriously about what’s worth bringing into your new house and what you’re better off letting go of. However, getting rid of stuff is hard. If you have a lot of belongings on the chopping block but you’re struggling to make a final decision, put it in a storage unit rather than storing it in your new home. You’ll reduce clutter in your new house and it will be easier to part with things once you’ve established you can definitely live without them.

7. Perform an Allergen Sweep

More than 50 million Americans have allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. That means there’s a good chance you have an allergy sufferer in your family. If you do, assess your new house for potential allergy triggers. In addition to changing the air filter and inspecting for signs of mold, consider replacing carpets with a more allergy-friendly flooring option. New flooring doesn’t have to cost a lot, especially when you buy from Floors Etc. Outlet, and it makes a big difference in quality of life for allergy sufferers.

8. Add a Little Flair

When it comes to making your new home’s interior design your own, begin with the walls. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way in making sure your favorite color scheme is achieved. Wallpaper is a great option for adding some of your own flair throughout the house, too. Countless choices of color, fabric, texture, design and patterns are available when picking out wallpaper for each room, or even for dressing up an accent wall. Using pre-pasted and peel-and-stick removable wallpaper makes installation easy, efficient and quick.

Finally, take time to relax! Moving is a big endeavor and you’re probably feeling tired after packing, traveling, and setting up the new house. Rather than worrying about getting everything perfect during the first week, set up the basics then enjoy some downtime. After a couple days of taking it easy, you’ll feel re-energized and ready to execute your vision for your new home.

Buying, selling and moving is stressful! Make it easier on yourself by connecting with Schwab Realty. Their professional expertise will guide you smoothly through the process! Call 360-683-4015 to learn more about how they can help you find the home of your dreams.

Excellent Sequim Restaurants For Fall 2021

When it comes to Sequim restaurants, your choices are plentiful!  From romantic cafes and family-friendly diners to lively pubs and upscale farm-to-table eateries, you’ll be delighted by the selection in this small, charming town. Among Sequim restaurants, you’ll find the very best Northwestern cuisine, including seafood, along with several international options. Sequim restaurants take full advantage of the fresh bounty grown at regional farms and the open water of the Straits of Juan de Fuca.

But Sequim is about so much more than the restaurants found here. Imagine waking up every day to endless water views or snow-capped mountains rising above fields of lavender. Spend your days exploring a charming, walkable town center with cafes, shops, and galleries, not to mention the easy access to miles of hiking and biking trails. Sequim really is a vibrant community and a superb place to live. Our brokers at Schwab Realty would love to show you the very best of our quaint northwest town. Continue Reading

Our Favorite Fall Activities!

Fall on the Olympic Peninsula is pretty magical – and certainly ranks high at the top of our list of places to explore.  There are so many great things to do in Sequim this fall, too, some of which may surrpise you! The Pacific Northwest may not share the same vibrant colors of New England in the fall, but Mother Nature still puts on a great show each year. It’s been a relatively dry summer, even for sunny Sequim, and we’re really looking forward to the crisp, cool nights and sunny days ahead.

Whether you’re looking for an epic fall adventure seeking out the best fall colors the Pacific Northwest has to offer, or whether you’d rather spend your time browsing the shops, restaurants, and more in downtown Sequim, we can think of plenty of things to do in Sequim this fall (along with neighboring towns). We’d love to share some of our favorite fall traditions with you – don’t hesitate to reach out for more information about Sequim, especially if you’re considering moving here. Our team at Schwab Realty is always happy to help!

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