Coldwell Banker Tara Properties Award Winners

This morning marked our annual Awards Breakfast where we honor those brokers who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, integrity, commitment and innovation. This year we recognized Rick Chapman and Lawrence Wallace, recipients of the President’s Circle, Victoria Buerger, recipient of the Diamond Society, and Marchele Hatchner, recipient of the Sterling Society. In addition, Bronze Society awards went to Deborah Jones, Jennifer Pearson, Charlene Arnold, Christina Parker, and Gary Ingram. Merit Society awards were given to Kathleen Philippsborn, Gail Pierce, Ronald Macdonald and Cathy Wilson. Our Mountain Climber awards for achievement were awarded to Sheila Davies, Bob Blakley, Ed Adamson, Jan McKinney, Pam Mock, and Jean Henson.

We had a great breakfast at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club and were fortunate to have John James, our Regional Business Consultant, on hand to update us on the new Coldwell Banker ad campaigns and other news from the wider world of  Coldwell Banker.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

We’ve waited all year and now it is here! The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is in full swing. Running this year from April 1 to April 30., the 31 year old festival brings people from far and wide to view the tulips, daffodils, and other spring flowers. There are activities in and around the area to meet everyone’s interest. You can get more details at the Tulip Festival’s website.

New Ferry for Whidbey Island

You will soon see a new ferry at the Mukilteo and Clinton docks. The new Tokitae will replace the Cathlamet which is moving down to the Vashon run. Mukilteo is getting the new boat because more cars travel on that route than any other in the system – more than 2 million last year, outgoing ferry chief David Moseley said. The Tokitae holds 144 cars, 20 more than the Cathlamet, so ferry waits should be shorter.

Nichols Brothers, a Whidbey Island boat builder, had a hand in the construction of the new boat.

To read all about the ferry, seen the article in the Everett Herald here.

Spring is Coming to Whidbey Island

Participants and visitors to Mystery Weekend in Langley were treated to chilly, wet weather. This didn’t dampen spirits at all and the weekend was a success all around – especially for the shop owners that provided shelter from the inclement weather. This week, especially Wednesday, we got a peek of what our upcoming spring will look like – balmy, sunny, and warm (kind of). It was just to wet our whistle, however, since the days are back to cloudy with chance of rain through the weekend. We’re encouraged, though. We’ve seen what is to come!

Mystery Weekend in Langley

Don’t forget that the last weekend in February is Mystery Weekend in Langley (Feb. 22/23). This is the event’s 30th anniversary and the theme is the “Deadly Deed”. From the South Whidbey Record: “After a handsome stranger visits town to claim his inheritance and is found dead, the people of Langley search to find who has committed the deadly deed. The story unfolds and many characters are revealed to have an interest in the stranger’s inheritance.” To find out more about the story and how you can get involved in solving the mystery, check out the Record’s article at

New Whidbey Island Listings in 2014

This chart shows new residential real estate listings on Whidbey Island from January 1, 2014 to today. As you can see, the majority of listings fall in the $200,000 to $300,000 range. This is based on 115 new listings. Of this total, 67 were listed on the north part of the Island, 34 were in the south part of the island, and the balance of 14 in the center. Call your Coldwell Banker Tara Properties broker to view any Whidbey Island listing.

Community Fund Gives to Good Cheer Food Bank

Gail Pierce, on behalf of the Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Community Fund, presents a $500 check to Shawn Nowlin, the Community Outreach Coordinator of the Good Cheer Food Bank. The Community fund contributed to all three Whidbey Island food banks in December as well as Helping Hand, the Senior Center, Readiness to Learn Foundation, and Big Brothers and Sisters of Island County among others.

Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Community Fund is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014. They have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to scholarships, non-profit agencies, and families in need over the years. Part of every commission earned goes to finance the Community Fund which in turn is used to donate to worthy Whidbey Island groups and individuals.

Whidbey Island Polar Bear Plunge

BRRRR!! Be on hand at Double Bluff Beach in Freeland on January 1 to partake in the annual Polar Bear Plunge. Registration is at 10:30 am and the jump is at noon. The cost is $15 (bring a can of food for Good Cheer and get $5 off). You’ll get coffee and an official event T-shirt. Proceeds benefit the 4-H Teen Leaders Program. A great community event!

WAIF Volunteers

Deborah Jones from our Coldwell Banker Tara Properties-Freeland office and fellow WAIF supporters Ginger and Samantha volunteer at fundraising booth at the Goose Grocery Store in Bayview on Saturday Nov 24th, drumming up donations for WAIF’s new shelter fund.

The Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation (WAIF) is a non-profit organization which was formed in 1990 in an effort to help Whidbey Island’s homeless companion animals. WAIF is dedicated to provide food, shelter, veterinary care, and nurturing to displaced pets until loving homes can be found for them.

The Community Fund at Work

Coldwell Banker Tara Properties Community FundGail Pierce presents a $500 Coldwell Banker Tara Community fund check to Frankie, the HUB manager and ‘Mugsy’.  The HUB has provided an after school drop-in center for South Whidbey Island teens for twenty years. They recently reinvented themselves when their grant funding evaporated and they must now rely on community support to provide this safe place for teens to gather after school with food, supervision, and activities. The HUB has been open 5 days a week since school started this fall!

The HUB is a ‘spooktacular’ place to hang out-they are really decked out for Halloween!  Drop in to see it if you’re in Langley about the time school lets out-they welcome volunteers and donations.