Living the Good Life (08/16)

Since we closed our doors at Girasol Vineyard & Inn in late spring, life continues and it has been a glorious, albeit hot summer here. 

Do we miss not getting up to serve breakfast? Not a bit! However, what I do miss are those late afternoons on the patio with a glass of wine and hearing about everyone's day. However, as we have not skipped a beat picking up our lives, it seems that we were ready for this change. 

Edward is getting to the golf course more often. We did break ground on our new house so he is on site daily checking it out. 

We hope to be in the new Walla Walla home before we head to Arizona in late December however, until then we are still at Girasol and savoring our last few months here. 

I am enjoying real estate. The market is brisk here with a Seller's market of less three months of inventory. 

At the end of July, I was in Bellevue for a real estate course and heard first-hand how crazy the market is in both Seattle and Portland metro areas. Agents are talking about writing offer after offer for their clients and getting beaten out on every house. Seller agents talk of multiple offers that far exceed appraisals with no end in sight.

However, the most interesting comment was that the Pacific west coast, specifically Seattle and Portland will continue to see an influx of real estate dollars, driving up property values. 

So this raises a question, if all these people are moving into these metro-areas, where are the current residents going to move to? It's a Catch-22. You can make beaucoup on your current home, but where will you buy next? 

Some of you will think of Walla Walla as a possible destination. Yes, we don't have a Nordstrom or even a Trader Joe's. However, the traffic is a breeze and we just added several new restaurants and some new places to shop on Main Street. I guarantee that you'll get out more here than you are probably doing now with great winery events such as Castillo de Feliciana's Salsa Under the Stars on Saturday, September 3 or Food Truck Night at the Incubator Wineries on Monday, Sept. 5.

Something to think about. Be sure to let me know if you decide that you want to get some info on slowing down (ha!) or just more about living the good life here in Walla Walla.