cynthia&mack helping nice people buy and sell
- - gardens --
and the houses that come with them serving seattle
and surrounding communities
Welcome to our website! We built this website in early 2001, and while it was pretty neat for its time, we concede that it's time for a change.
Our new, modern, up-to-date website is under development, and we expect to launch it in early spring. In the meantime, we hope that you will note that we list nice Seattle (area) homes for nice people, and help nice people buy nice Seattle (area) homes!
We have a particular eye for evaluating homes for livability and functionality, regardless of style: classic Craftsman garden homes, post-WWII war boxes and sixties splits, architecturally significant modern dwellings; Cynthia's MFA degree and construction background comes in very handy here! If you're shopping for a good buyer’s agent, and you like what you see here — then do drop us an email or give us a call at (206) 276-8292. Brochures speak louder than flyers!
We believe that today's buyers need more information on a several-hundred-thousand-dollar (or million-dollar plus) transaction than a few small on-line photographs and a one-page flyer. Our personal standard marketing piece is a custom - not stock - custom four-page full color brochure, using professional photographers and skilled copywriters to communicate what makes our listing stand out in the marketplace. For garden properties, we prepare an extensive illustrated plant list, so that prospective buyers can appreciate the value of a well-tended garden. Download a sample. If you believe that your home should be marketed to the fullest, then we are probably the right agent for you!Certified Professional Negotiator™
Real estate negotiations are rarely cold business decisions, there is usually a lot of emotion involved -- we're talking about people's homes here -- and it takes skill and sensitivity to bring about the best result for our clients.
We have a lot of experience in negotiating with people of all personality types, and while we don't promise miracles, we do promise that we won't let our emotions get in the way of your transaction!Certified International Property Specialist® (CIPS)
Visas. Financing. Ownership rights. Tax issues. Real estate brokerage practices. These vary in every country, but Mack can help visitors to the USA relate the practices and customs here to those in your home country.
Buying and selling real estate in the USA is a highly structured process, and visitors can buy and sell real estate freely.
You don’t have to be an international real estate client to benefit from a Certified International Property Specialist. People relocating from other states can benefit from having a broker who can relate the practices of your home town to those of the Greater Seattle market.
We will provide answers to questions concerning ownership and title, financing, insurance, negotiation, closing, and everything else relating to real estate, in terms that relate to your experience.
We know that the CIPS designation isn’t about property, it’s about people. We’re here to help!
Senior Real Estate Specialist® (CRES)
A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases.
The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS® who have successfully completed a series of educational courses on how to help seniors and their families with later-in-life real estate transactions.
We also draw upon the expertise of a network of senior specialists, such as estate planners, CPAs, and eldercare lawyers, and are familiar with local community resources and services. Our mission is to help seniors and their families navigate the maze of financial, legal and emotional issues that accompany the sale of the home.
Headlines from our blog:Blogs we like: Lake & Company Real Estate BlogWhere many of the city's top agents discuss topical real estate matters in a forthright and honest manner!
Northwest Cheapsleepswhere favorite places for budget travelers throughout Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia are discussed and reviewed!
The Tangled Nestcelebrates the “new home economics” — an essential twining of home, garden, food, craft, and co-existence with the wild, natural world. Lyanda Lynn Haupt's new book, Crow Planet, is available in local bookstores nationwide!
Asian Lifestyle DesignJenny Hones shares ideas on Feng Shui, Interior Design, Culture and Cooking!
About Cynthia & Mack:Ex-New Yorkers, they now live in a Belltown condo, after living in a garden home in Whittier Heights from 1988 to 2006. They have a combined thirty-five years of experience helping people buy and sell residential real estate throughout Seattle.Cynthia is recognized throughout the gardening and real estate communities as a leading expert in marketing Northwest garden homes.In partnership with Brian Tschider of Cobalt Construction, they developed the AIA award-winning 42nd Street Condos, and were feted at Dwell Magazine's first annual Nice Modernists' Awards at New York's Cooper-Hewitt Museum in 2002. They have been rated Five Star (Best In Client Satisfaction) Agents by Seattle Magazine, and, most importantly: they are dedicated to exceeding your expectations for honesty, integrity, and expertise.
Services for Buyers: Cynthia & Mack offer comprehensive Buyer Brokerage services, usually at no fee to the buyer!
One area where they are especially useful is in helping homebuyers evaluate properties for livability. Often, home shoppers will be so focused on the specifics (bedroom count, square footage), that they may not be able to recognize the attributes that make some homes much more livable than others.Another area where they are valuable is in helping buyers “see past the internet photos.” While a picture may be worth a thousand words, a few 72-dpi thumbnails may not tell the entire story of a particular property.Cynthia & Mack also have the expertise to alert clients to many potential problems (and solutions) before buyers get emotionally involved. After the selection process comes negotiating the transaction, offering referrals to service providers (including lenders, inspectors, title and escrow) — essentially, it’s guiding buyers through the entire process and helping them get the home that best suits their needs! This approach to their practice has resulted in hundreds of happy clients over the years!Cynthia’s particular specialty is organic gardens (and the houses they come with!). For Mack (native Manhattanite), it's the in-city condo life. Both of them are committed to make finding that dream home as easy as is humanly possible!
Services for Sellers: Cynthia & Mack provide complete sales services, from pre-listing preparation strategies (you’d be surprised how many people spend ‘way too much money on things that don’t really make a difference in the end), to full-color brochures, on-line presentation, and advertising specifically targeted to real estate agents and their buyers. We invite you to allow Cynthia & Mack to meet with you if you’re considering offering your home for sale - they are agents who are truly committed to adding value to the transaction! Find out more about them on their "About Us" Page!
We support Wikipedia. Mack, having worked in record stores in the '70s & '80s, is an occasional contributor on various music pages! Mack is a member of the Sound Business Leaders, a chapter of Business Networks International.
They passed over $1,000,000 in business over the past twelve months!
Mack is an Accredited Staging Professional.
For showing information, call us directly! Cynthia Creasey • 206-276-8292 • email@example.com
Mack McCoy • 206-795-9271 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Great New Listings!Lake Forest Park Mid-Century Garden Home!
$525,000 ◊ 18821 53rd Ave NE Under Contract! Classic brick craftsman set up off the street on a big, level lot w/southern exposure. Covered front porch leads to formal entry; the big living & dining rooms on either side, high ceilings, picture tile fireplace, original millwork & built-in china hutch. Wonderful light, generous proportions & radiator heat. 1 BR on main & 3 up; 1 w/sound, city & mountain views & 1 w a view of Mt Rainier! Modern kitchen w/new linoleum floor & side porch entry. High ceilinged basement w/more room to finish. Very sunny, level backyard... More Photos! Download Brochure!Judkins Park Garden Craftsman!
$650,000 ◊ 802 20th Ave S Under Contract! set up off the street on a big, level lot w/southern exposure. Covered front porch leads to formal entry; the big living & dining rooms on either side, high ceilings, picture tile fireplace, original millwork & built-in china hutch. Wonderful light, generous proportions & radiator heat. 1 BR on main & 3 up; 1 w/sound, city & mountain views & 1 w a view of Mt Rainier! Modern kitchen w/new linoleum floor & side porch entry. High ceilinged basement w/more room to finish. Very sunny, level backyard... More Photos! Download Brochure!Recent Sales!
Mt. Baker Garden Craftsman!
$450,000 ◊ 3802 S Dakota St Under Contract! Beautifully preserved & improved craftsman home sited up off the street for privacy w/easy access & parking off alley in back. A kitchen addition/remodel created a skylit family room / casual dining area off the kitchen opening to the deck & garden. Established, mature garden plantings & organically tended annual beds & chicken coop. Original details include, bevel wood siding, pillared & covered front porch, unpainted millwork, fireplace & wood floors. Redone bath & many new craftsman style windows. More Photos! Download Brochure!Robinswood Updated Mid-Century!
$470,750 ◊ 14612 SE 16th Pl, Bellevue Just Sold! Well built mid-20th century home completely refreshed w/new interior paint, refinished oak floors, new carpet, true Linoleum flooring & many new bath, kitchen and lighting fixtures, a newer roof & exterior paint have brought this home into the 21st century. The color palette of light, warm tones against rich, dark and neutral ones has created a dramatic, cohesive & modern look. St. to St. lot with parking back and front. Lots of privacy, deck and big yard for play or gardening. Download Brochure!Westwood Plaza Condominium!
$169,290 ◊ 2421 SW Trenton St Newly remodeled 2-BR/1.75 BA w/all new finishes in a warm, light palette (flooring, counters, paint), some new lighting and fixtures. Big vinyl windows on west & east & HardiePlank siding. Great floor plan w/formal entry leading to spacious formal rooms w/wood burning fireplace! Bright kitchen w/loads of counters & cabinets & an adjacent area to add a work table or cabinet. A den niche overlooks the street. Loads of closets. Master suite w/double closets & large walk-in shower! Download Brochure!Greenwood Commercial!
$1,545,000 ◊ 7000 Greenwood Ave N This is a great investment property, a mid-century brick 5-unit apartment building with main floor retail in the heart of Phinney Ridge!
South Park View Craftsman!
$350,000 ◊ 1058 S Director St Just Sold! Delightful light-filled Craftsman home with Rainier view, large level corner lot w/plenty of garden space, living room w/window seat, formal dining, huge kitchen w/breakfast nook, two corner BRs overlooking the yard, beautifully refinished oak and fir floors; daylight rec room with expandable 1/2 bath, office nook, laundry room and non-conforming 3rd BR down; fully insulated detached shop/studio w/220V. New 16th Ave Bridge provides ez access to Georgetown & I-5; close to library, park/playfield, this is a great house! Wallingford Craftsman!
$650,000 ◊ 4311 Wallingford Ave N Just Sold! This classic 1924 Craftsman home featured formal entry, living, and dining rooms, updated kitchen and bath, 3rd bedroom up and a high-ceilinged basement. On a sun-filled lot, just a short walk to Wallingford shops! (Represented buyers)Phinney Ridge View Craftsman!
$700,000 ◊ 5103 2nd Ave NW Just Sold! Beautiful classic craftsman sited for maximum western sound & Olympic views + privacy on a quiet street. Original details: spacious formal rooms, hardwood floors, picture tile fp w/mantle & built-in display shelves; updated open kitchen w/two eating bars, Marmoleum floors, tile back splash & loads of cabinets. Big view deck opens off kitchen & BR. Light lower level w/open master suite. Workshop/storage & wine storage room could be repurposed for other use. Parking pad outside garage! Highland Park Garden Home!
$300,000 ◊ 8832 10th Ave SW Just Sold! Charming home set up off the street w/covered & arbored front porch, established garden on big level lot. Bright and sunny w/oak & fir floors & newer windows. Upstairs has vintage linoleum, a bedroom & den with lots of storage. Loads of work space & storage in basement with a big finished area. Garden and large lawn area with deck, shed & raised beds (see garden plant list on brochure). Quiet street near park, schools & shopping. Kitchen w/window over sink & gas stove. Newer roof, gas heat & copper pipes. Matae Belltown Loft Condo!
$355,000 ◊ 159 Denny Way #114 Modern loft-style unit with concrete accents and dramatic 12'+ ceilings, an extremely functional floorplan, den sized for a large home office. gorgeous closets, cherrywood floors. Looks onto a quiet alley, away from street noise. Deeded parking, storage, & large patio ideal for entertaining. Don't want to drive or park? 4 minutes and 3 bus stops to Amazon, 5 minutes by bus to downtown, 15 minutes by bus to Ballard! A wonderful condo, with a perfect location for the sophisticated urban dweller!
Pinehurst Garden Mid-Century Home! $447,000 ◊ 1011 NE 126th St Colorful front gardens lead to a covered porch & one step entry. Inside are oak floors, a big picture window & sandstone fireplace; remodeled, tiled baths, one w/a heated floor; extensively remodeled kitchen w/maple cabinets, stone backsplash & tile floors opens up to a great room addition w/vaulted wood paneled ceiling & state of the art fireplace w/stone front & wood mantle. Private deck & big level back yard w/established trees on perimeter & raised beds. Tons of storage, on a quiet cul de sac!
WESTLAKE VIEW TOWNHOME
$1,010,000 ◊ 2010 8th Ave N Represented Buyers! Modern up-segment townhome with sweeping views of Lake Union from the open living/ dining/ kitchen level and master bedroom suite w/fireplace. Rooftop deck with outdoor kitchen, exquisite finishes, tall ceilings, radiant floor heat, well-designed with lots of windows AND lots of gallery wall space. Garden level provides a great studio space, as well!Greenwood Cottage Charmer!
$417,500 ◊ 342 NW 84th St Charming cottage style home w/high ceilings, loads of big windows and custom built-ins. On a big lot and set back from the street w/a covered porch opening to the big living room w/fir floors. Formal dining room and big, sunny skylit kitchen w/a door leading to the fenced back yard w/garage access. Light, open staircase down (w/a walk in pantry on the landing) leads to the daylight lower level w/full size laundry room w/more storage and spacious BR w/adjacent sitting/study area. Walk score=92! Gatewood Garden Cape Cod!
$248,500 ◊ 8429 17th Ave SW Lovely and pristine garden Cape Cod home on a quiet street, organically tended since 1999! Combed cedar siding, oak hardwood floors, a lovely tiled bath, spacious and light kitchen with gas stove and lots of cabinetry, full basement with laundry, plenty of storage shelving & closets, and potentially for more finished space! 220V in the detached garage w/ heat & ventilation for a perfect shop/studio setup! Well-maintained with many system updates, fully insulated, close to shopping & parks!
Wallingford Craftsman Bungalow!
$650,000 ◊ 1911 N 37th St Quintessential craftsman w/ covered front porch, unpainted cedar siding, clear fir millwork: crown moldings, built-in cabinets, wainscot & floors. High ceilings & a stone fireplace flanked by book cases & stained glass windows above. Architect-designed 2nd-story addition created two bedrooms, one large with a window seat and the other/w built-in beds. Double tiered south facing deck accessed off kitchen & BR. Ideally situated for an urban lifestyle on a quiet street of single family homes in the center of Wallingford and near the John Stanford International School, halfway between I-5 and highway 99 and just a few short blocks to the
Burke-Gilman Trail and Gas Works Park! Walkscore of 85 ("Very Walkable") Sunset Hill Mid-Century Garden Home
$623,000 ◊ 8341 30th Ave NW Original mid-century detailing in this cared for Roman brick; covered porch, oak floors & circular floor plan w/3 bedrooms on the main, gracious rooms, tile bath & kitchen w/sunny eating nook & gas cooking leading to the back porch & patio. Surrounded by a lushly, flowering, organically-tended garden. Spacious, high ceilinged, lower level great for shared living w/painted knotty pine paneling. Garage access off the alley. 2 brick fireplaces fitted with gas flames, insulated windows & gas heat. Near Golden Gardens! Wallingford Old-Word Classic!
$1,001,000 ◊ 3903 Eastern Ave N Represented buyers! Elegant 1906 2-story on a coveted corrner lot on a quiet Wallingford street! Grand living spaces, 3 BRs, 1.75 BAs, and many updates, plus expansion potential.Phinney Ridge Cottage!
$400,000 ◊ 139 N 75th St Quintessential Victorian cottage beautifully sited up off the St. & surrounded by a mature, established garden. Wood clad w/high ceilings, vintage fixtures, tall windows, original millwork, wood floors & 2 covered porches. Modern open kitchen w/gas stove & loads of storage opens to skylit dining rm. overlooking the garden. One main floor BR w/French doors. Sunny, low ceilinged, finished loft w/2 skylights (one egress/ingress) ideal for kids or storage. Around corner from popular Phinney shops!Belltown View Condo!
$365,000 ◊ 159 Denny Way Enjoy western sunset, mountain, and Sound views from this wonderfully designed unit! High ceilings & big windows, modern fixtures, walnut floors in the open living areas, view deck, & spacious master suite w/double closets & tile bath w/soaking tub! Formal entry, powder room & den! 360° view roof deck with planter garden, exercise and party rooms, lobby entrance & perimeter garden around bldg. Well maintained & run HOA. Near Seattle Center, bus lines, shops & restaurants! Sep. storage too!COLUMBIA CITY CRAFTSMAN!
$300,000 ◊ 4215 S. Holly St Unspoiled classic craftsman home w/big covered front porch, large formal entry and high ceilings and big formal rooms. Abundant millwork includes, coved ceilings, plate rail, columns and built-in display shelves. The big kitchen has casual dining space, plenty of work space and a window overlooking the deck and big, mostly level back yard. Some new fixtures & new paint in a light contemporary palette. A few blocks to Othello light rail station.
BROADVIEW MID-CENTURY CLASSIC
$439,950 ◊ 12714 1st Ave NW Estate sale! Lovely mid-century classic with expansive living spaces, gorgeous oak floors, two wood-burning brick fireplaces, a light-filled kitchen with breakfast nook, large corner master bedroom, high-ceilinged basement with fantastic retro party room, huge paneled 3rd bedroom (non-conforming), and spacious utility room. Lots of built-ins and storage space! There's even a patio on the large level sunny lot! Detached 2-car garage with workshop space. Quiet street, close to library and transit!Mid-century 4-Plex
$875,000 ◊ 2455 Queen Anne Ave N Mid-century building near the top of the hill, situated on a corner lot w/beautiful mature landscaping. All the units have private entrances, a storage space and shared laundry/mechanical room. The middle floor encompasses a very large 2 BR apartment, including a master w/ensuite bath & a skylit sun room that opens to a private patio. Vinyl thermopane windows throughout. Both top floor units have 2 BRs & territorial views.
"Nice Modernist Award" Since 2002, Dwell has been awarding Nice Modernists honors and tributes at an annual event. We were recognized for our boutique project, the 42nd Street Condos, which debuted in 2001. Other awards and recognition for the project came from the Seattle Chapter of American Institute of Architects, the Seattle Times / Post-Intelligencer, and the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.
42nd Street Condos
952 N 42nd St
2002 AIA Home-of-the-year finalist!
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