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2565 Finkbonner Rd, Bellingham, WA, For Sale for $209,950

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Apologize if this is being cliche, but this beautiful home is definitely a one-of-a-kind! 

2565 Finkbonner road Bellingham, WA, is a home located in the Gooseberry Point community, which is about 20 minutes to Bellingham, and about 10 minutes to Ferndale. It has a Bellingham address, but is in the Ferndale School district.

The home was originally built in 1954, and then in 1993, completely gutted and remodeled, and a 2nd floor was added at this time as well. The 2nd floor was designed to take in the bay and Island views, and has a beautiful master suite, and an office space, with a neat built-in for a bed (perfect for guests).

So it now effectively offers 3 beds, plus a loft (office and guest bed) and 2 full baths (one up, one down). The foundation, wiring, siding, roof, and most components of the home were re-done to make this effectively a 1993 year built home. Then in more recent years, the current owners updated the home with fresh interior paint, a remodeled kitchen, new fixtures, and also added a gas fireplace.

So what you have now, is an updated home, with all of the modern features (stainless appliances, solid surface counters, master bath, new fixtures, double pane windows) but lots of charm and character through out.

The house also has great outdoor space to entertain, garden, and barbeque. There is a front deck that looks out to the bay, and then a back deck that is more private and goes out to the fenced backyard. There is handi-cap access from the rear deck as well.

The best part of the home, has to be the bay views and the beach. Gooseberry Point has a beautiful sandy beach, and in the summer, it is hard to beat. You will find many  clam digging or kayaking, or just walking the  beach, and soaking in the view. All of the homes in Gooseberry Point have private waterfront rights to this beach.

Here is a short video clip I made, showing the beach, and the short distance from the beach to the house..The video quality is not great, since this was shot on my cell phone.

You are also just steps to the Lummi Island Ferry, which you can walk on for the 10 minute ride across. Lummi Island offers restaraunts, biking, and much more. It’s just a very neat island to be able to take advantage of.

In this price range, there is always trade-offs. In this case, the trade-off would livingoutside of town and having a 10-25 minute commute.

But if your someone who avoids the “cookie-cutter”, and is looking for value in this price range, or just wants to live by the bay, it is absolutely worth your consideration.

To ask questions, or setup a personal tour, please contact me at 360.920.5901 or paulbalzotti@johnlscott.com.

2320 Pine dr, Home For Sale in Ferndale, WA

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Today, I listed a nice home at 2320 Pine dr in Ferndale for $199,500. Perfect timing for the first time buyers looking to find something before the $8,000 tax credit expires at the end of April.

Typically, when buyers are searching for something under $200,000 in Ferndale, they have major trade-offs to consider. They find a lot of homes that are 3 bedrooms, and a little bigger than the subject home, but these homes usually need a lot of work and/or are in below average neighborhoods.  This is really a lifestyle choice. Do you want to deal with working on your house all day? Do you want to have sketchy neighbors? This is the trade-off sometimes to finding a home with a little extra square footage in this price range in Bellingham and Ferndale Washington. 

Sometimes when you do find them that fit all of your criteria around $200k, the good deals are often times short sales… which can take 3 to 7 months on average, and sometimes never close at all.

So the other end of this trade-off, is a home like this at 2320 Pine dr in Ferndale.  It is NOT a shortsale, and is in great condition, and is in a great neighborhood, (all positives) but the trade-off is it being just 2 bedrooms and less squre footage than much of the competition, around 900 square feet of living space plus a 1 car garage.

This home really is move-in ready. The owners kept the siding caulked and painted, they installed new carpet last year, and overrall it’s just a clean, nice house. (front picture below)

 

 

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The home sits on a corner lot in a great neighborhood. It is in a neighborhood where the surround homes for sale average around $250,000 to $300,000. The lot has a gravel space to the side for RV or boat parking, and the backyard has privacy fences so you don’t stare at your neighbors backyard.

If your concerned about having only 900 square feet, you’ll be surprised to find the space in this home really comfortable. You will THINK it is 1,000+ square feet after seeing it. The living room and dining room are both spacious areas, and it’s really an open floor plan that lives much bigger than it looks. The home also has natural gas forced air heat, and the sellers had the windows tinted to make the home more energy efficient.

Kitchen

So maybe you only need 2 bedrooms now, but you’d like the chance to expand in the future? The space is here to do it. You could easily convert the garage into a huge bonus room. There is also a roof overhang behind the master bedroom. This space would be ideal to add a 2nd/master bath.

Call me at 360.920.5901 if you’d like to take a look. The home qualifies for Zero Down USDA financing, and it really is a nice value. You can also go to my website www.PaulBalzotti.com to see the virtual tour.

View from the back of the property