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building houses on land in the Tri-Cities, WA

Exquisite custom home in Pasco


This exquisite custom home in Pasco was on top of the “to-see” list for one of our clients, and we’ll admit that after driving by, we were anxious to see inside as well!  We’ve been inside many custom homes that look much like every other custom home, so we were pleasantly surprised to find a bright, light, traditional/coastal/craftsman design right here in the Tri-Cities!   The home was designed, built, & decorated by owners Duane and Kasey Flippo.  The design is beautiful and functional, located on an acre of land and thoughtfully built with quality & style.  A few of our favorite features are traditional white board & batten paneling, Edison-style light fixtures, extra tall baseboards, wood & tile flooring (with no carpet whatsoever), white cabinets & built-ins, antiqued black island, transom windows, soft gray/blue paint colors throughout, marble tile & countertops, a spacious open feel, raised/sunken living areas, and a back patio ideal for outdoor living. 

Our buyers wanted to make a few modifications, so they were excited to learn that the owner was the builder as well.  We arranged a meeting to discuss the renovation that would take place outside of closing.  The Flippos were warm & accomodating; they listened carefully and suggested options that would create seamless transitions and fulfill the desires of the new homeowners.

Congratulations to both the sellers and new owners; we are thrilled to be part of this transaction, and anxious to see the final result!  Please give us a call at (509)845-4570 if you’re interested in learning more.

The View from Summit View; .5 to 1 Acre Lots & Homes for Sale

View from Summit View


Summit View is located near Rancho Reata and above Badger Canyon in Kennewick, and is known for large lots (1/2 acre +) and spectacular views of the Tri-Cities.  We have seen a lot of recent sales activity in Summit View, including two of our own clients who have recently purchased there; one bought an existing home, the other purchased a lot with plans to build.

 There are 14 Summit View homes for sale listed on the MLS–6 are under construction, 5 are move-in ready new construction, and 3 are regular sales (not new construction).  Prices range from $261,900 to $519,900.  The homes are beautiful and fun to show–each has a unique view of the Tri-Cities.  If you’d like additonal info or pics, we can email you the MLS links for each home–just email, call or text and we’ll send the info your way.

View of the Tri-Cities from Summit View
View of the Tri-Cities from Summit View


View of Badger Canyon from Summit View

View of Badger Canyon from Summit View

  If you’re interested in building, there are currently 25 lots available for sale.  24 half-acre lots that range from $49,500-$59,999 each, and a single 1-acre lot for $85,000.  We can help you purchase a lot and introduce you to local builders who fit your style and budget.  We work with the builder on your behalf and see the process through until building is complete and papers are signed (at no cost to you!).
Driving directions to Summit View:  from Leslie Rd in Richland, turn west on Reata Rd, turn left on Bermuda Rd, turn right on Sagebrush Rd, then turn left onto Summit View Dr.  Continue onward and upward to see the entire Summit View area. 
If you’re interested in homes or lots for sale in the Kennewick Summit View area (or nearby Reata Ridge), please call, text, or email–we can send you MLS info, pics, or take you to see it in person.  We’d love to help you out! 

Building vs. Buying — Pasco Impact Fee Affects Real Estate

Pasco has passed an impact fee for new construction that may affect real estate in the area’s fastest growing city.  The fee has been a subject of controversy for Pasco.  It provides much needed revenue for the Pasco School District, but may negatively affect business and construction.  Pasco grew from a population of 32,066 to 59,781 in just one decade!  Much of the growth is new construction on what was once farmland.  Elementary schools are overflowing and land has been purchased and set aside, but more revenue is needed to build the additional schools. 

Current farmland to become new housing development

The impact fee has been approved by the Pasco City Council and will go into effect on April 16, 2012.   The fee will be charged for all new building permits.  The charge will be $4,700 for a single-family home and $4,525 per unit for multifamily construction.  This fee is anticipated to supply only a small portion ($3.6 million) of the approximate funding needed ($80.8 million) for the school district. 

Future Elementary school at Sandifer/Rd 60

 How will this affect real estate in Pasco?  There are both pros and cons.  If builders are unable to absorb the impact fee, it will be passed on to the consumer through an increase in lot and/or house prices, subsequently driving up the overall price of new construction.  Pasco has traditionally had the most affordable building prices, but more consumers may opt to build in Richland, West Richland, or Kennewick as the price gap narrows.  New construction remains the greatest competitor to the sale of existing homes in Pasco–the fee does not affect existing homes, so it may result in a more competitive market and could increase existing home sales. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the impact fee, building, or buying a home, please give us a call.  And if you haven’t seen it yet, take a minute to check out this fabulous 5 bedroom home in the Casa del Sol neighborhood in Pasco at 4910 Bilbao Drive.  





Our Favorite Upgrades at the Tri-Cities Home & Garden Show

We had a great time at the Tri-Cities 2012 Regional Home & Garden Show.  There were so many fun things to see–a perfect place to gather ideas for building, remodeling, or even just selective upgrades like this backyard pool!

If we could pick just one upgrade for our own home...

 There were over 200 businesses represented including builders, remodelers, landscapers, roofers, painters, plumbers, & closet organizers, as well as flooring, cabinet,  glass, window covering, insulation, cleaning, HVAC, & morgage companies.   We ran into many friends and companies we’ve worked with, and enjoyed the fun, functional, and informative displays! 

If you have plans to build, update, remodel, or just spruce up your house, please let us know.  We can help you select upgrades that add value to your home and find contractors or companies to suit your specific needs.





Ideas for Current or Dream Home at Regional Home & Garden Show

 One of our favorite annual events in the Tri-Cities is the Regional Home & Garden Show.  Vendors have been hard at work setting up displays for their products & services, including gorgeous landscape displays!  An incredible amount of time & effort go into some of these displays, and it’s always fun to see the new ideas, products, & services that are available.  Whether you are looking for ideas to improve your current home or to build your dream home, you’ll find plenty of inspiration at the 2012 Home & Garden Show! 
Fri Feb 24th 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat Feb 25th 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sun Feb 26th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults (13+)   ————-$6
Children (12 & under) — Free
$1 discount if you bring a nonperishable food item for the Salvation Army
Located at TRAC:
6600 Burden Blvd, Pasco, WA
We’ll be there gathering ideas for our continous home improvement projects and staying up-to-date on home trends in the Tri-Cities so we can better assist our clients.  See you there!