Getting Ready for our Whidbey Island Winter

The mornings are chilly, it’s getting darker earlier in the evening, the grass (finally!) doesn’t need to be mowed. Summer’s almost over and we’re heading into fall. Lots of us are starting to do a little bit of winterization in anticipation of a wet and, possibly, snowy winter. Stocking up on firewood, cleaning gutters, pressure washing the deck and steps, getting the last bits from our garden, and cleaning up the yard. House Logic has a great article on keeping your roof in ‘tip-top’ condition. Tasks include cleaning the gutter, removing leaves and moss from the roof, and trimming overhanging tree limbs. All good things to do before winter. Here’s the full article.

Whidbey Island Fair Volunteers

Robin Edgeman, Carol Gannaway & Deborah Jones

Deborah Jones (right), a broker in the Freeland office of Coldwell Banker Tara Propertes, and Robin Edgeman (left and behind a bit) help their good friend Carol Gannaway (center) prepare the ribbons for the parade winners at the Whidbey Island Area Fair. Carol has been in charge of the parade for several years. It takes hours of her time to prepare and coordinate the numberous volunteers to make the parade a success. Way to go Carol and all those that helped!

See us at the Whidbey Island Fair

Coldwell Banker Tara Properties again has a booth at the (formerly Island County) Whidbey Island Fair in downtown Langley. Stop by and say hello. We’re there from 9:30 to closing each of the 4 days. The booth is in the Turner Commercial building and we’re giving away bags, pens, and a chance to win a daily $50 gift certificate to 3 Sisters Family Farm in Oak Harbor. 3 Sisters features natural grass-fed beef, natural pork, and free-range eggs. The brokers on duty will be glad to give you any information on buying or selling real estate on Whidbey Island or any general information you may want on buying, building, selling, or living on Whidbey Island.

Langley Highlands Website

The website for The Highlands in Langley ( has a new look. Find out what’s available and what homes could be built on those lots. It’s been streamlined to give you the best information, quickly and clearly. If you want to delve into how the existing homes were built, check out the blog.

Whidbey Farms on Tour

On Saturday, 4/21, the Rock’n Doodle 4-H Poultry Club is presenting the Third Annual Coop Tour. For $10 per car you can join this self-guided tour of unique and beautiful Chicken Coops on Whidbey Island. Eight farms display their coops along with baby chicks, turkeys, geese, miniature goats, poultry processing, sheep, cattle, Chicken Olympics, gardens, ducks, and more. Volunteers and farm owners will be at each location to answer questions and guide the tours. Tickets are available beginning April 1 at Bayview Farm & Garden and Skagit Farmer’s Supply in Freeland and Oak Harbor. For more information:

Coldwell Banker Tara Properties is a Winner!

The Winning Entry

From the Good Cheer blog—-The winner of the 2011 Deck the Doors contest was Coldwell Banker Tara Properties on Second Street in Langley. Janet Ploof from the Main Street Association said that the $960 donation to the food bank  from this year’s winner was significant and that  “a sizable portion of the donation came from the individual real estate agents in their office, their door was cool, a wreath made of house keys, decorated miniature doors and blue prints! Some of the agents were born on Whidbey Island, and all of the agents are super supporters of Langley…..they rock!”

Great job everyone (especially Kim Kramer and Gail Pierce)!

Langley’s Deck the Door Contest

Langley is holding a ‘Deck the Door’ contest, the proceeds of which will go to the Good Cheer Food Bank. Come in to our Langley office and cast your vote for Coldwell Banker Tara Properties and make a contribution into the ‘Plum Puddin’ Pennies’ box (ballot stuffing is encouraged!). Your contribution will be matched by the Coldwell Banker Tara Properties’ Community Fund. AND, you’ll be registering for two free tickets to The Nutcracker at the Whidbey Island Dance Theatre. Voting begins on November 25, so don’t delay!

Mark Your Calendars-Open House!

Next Saturday (10/29/11) we’ll be holding a big OPEN HOUSE at the two newly-completed Peregrine homes at The Highlands in Langley. Come out and see these fabulous new energy-efficient homes just a short walking distance to downtown Langley. The floor plans on these single-level homes are just right for Whidbey Island living. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Fun at the Island County Fair

For as long as I can remember, Coldwell Banker Tara Properties has had a booth at the annual Island County Fair. We get a chance to meet with old and new friends, give away chances to win prizes, and help folks if they’re interested in buying or selling property. Agents from all 3 of our offices spend time renewing acquaintances and getting to know off-island visitors. Our booth always features lots of flyers and information on the properties currently on the market and this year we featured 2 builders and their projects: Seattle Pacific Homes and their 4 projects on the north of the Island and Langley Builders with The Highlands project in Langley. Thanks to Cynthia Bangston for the pano photo of our booth (not quite in the finished stage).
Island County Fair 2011 Whidbey Island