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Will the ever changing Westfield Mall lose it's prized retail core status of Olympia within the next 10 years?Short answer - YESWith new developments along the I-5 corridor approximately 10 miles North in the Hawks Prairie area, national retailers will begin making choices as to which location op...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
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The City of Olympia has a wonderful urban forestry program called NeighborWoods.  The goal is to have more tree lines streets, which add more appeal, provide shade and habitat. In exchange for planting and caring for the trees (watering, pruning, mulching), the city provides the trees for free. T...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
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 This is the time of year when gargantuan spiders may take over your home and feed on your visitors...          When ghosts and witches descend on your neighborhood,...       and gory monsters inhabit the front yards,...    turning them into grave yards.   In my Olympia neighborhood, many residen...

By Abe Do
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The 137 acre master planned community is getting closer and closer as each day passes to realizing the dream that the Briggs Family began back in 1991.  Architects NBBJ initiated the first drawings of the master planned community in 1996 and finally with road improvements and the infrastructure i...
 Join your friends and neighbors and help out with the newest part of the Woodland Trail!  Volunteers are needed to plant the 10,000 plants along the Fones Rd crossing. Planting days are scheduled from 9:30 to 2 pm on Saturday November 17th and Saturday December 1st. Rain or Shine! As long as the...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
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  ...is fortunately becoming more and more popular in the US. On Saturday the 6th of October the National Solar Tour, now in its 12th year, will showcase the use of solar power. One of the many tour locations is Olympia, where residences, as well as commercial buildings that use clean sources of ...

By Larry Wright
(nwRealty.Com)
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I noticed the NWMLS announcements this weekend welcoming new Olympia and Thurston County members to the NWMLS ... and announcing the new Olympia Satellite Office.  I wasn't really surprised, but didn't expect this to happen at this time.  This is similar to what happened with the ole Tacoma-Pierc...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
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 According to national media reporting, the average national foreclosure start rate is at record levels. This is blamed mostly on irresponsible sub-prime mortgage lending practices. A detailed picture shows that in most of the states the foreclosure start rates have actually declined.According to...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
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... and you'll see why Olympia is considered the best place to live in Washington.Olympia is located on the southern tip of Puget Sound and offers great views of the Olympic Mountains, as well as Mt. Rainier. It is located right along the I-5 corridor and lies between Seattle and Portland. Housin...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
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Do you have kids at home from school, or company staying with you, and you're wondering what to do and where to take them? Here is a list of events, attractions and things to do in the Olympia area during the summer.  Pioneer Farm Museum and Ohop Indian Village: http://www.pioneerfarmmuseum.org/F...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
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It's not just the rain that makes things flourish here. Forbes Magazine recently ranked Washington as having one of the best business climates in the country. The state has gone from a budget deficit just a few years ago to a $1.2 billion in reserves. According to a news article in "The Olympian"...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
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I live in Olympia's South Capitol Neighborhood, which is a nationally recognized historic district. As such, any remodeling plans have to be approved not just by the city, but also by the Olympia Heritage Commission. Many home buyers will not be aware of this requirement until they submit their p...

By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
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 With real estate prices at a premium, developers, builders and home owners naturally seek to maximize on their investments. Providing low-income housing is not usually a motivating cause for the private sector. The lack of low-income housing, or transitional housing, however, impacts the entire ...

By Sarah Nopp
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Last night I attended a public information session regarding some proposed changes to parts of Olympia's Comprehensive Plan. In particular, the transition areas that are along the High Density Corridors along Harrison Avenue on the Westside and to the North of State on the Eastside.       The Cit...

By Sarah Nopp
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Today I saw five different kinds of bees!You may ask, How in the world did I have time to spot that many teensy flying critters?During an Inspection, of course!While my buyer client was discussing the property with the inspector, looking in attics, sticking his head in cobwebby places, and learni...

By Phil Sharp
(Phil Sharp Homes)
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Cooper Point is a very diverse and desirable West Side Olympia area.  The peninsula is made up of many residential neighborhoods, as well as rural, agricultural and waterfront properties.  Geography is the primary reason for the areas popularity, with a very short commute to the freeway, downtown...

By Phil Sharp
(Phil Sharp Homes)
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If you want to talk about growth and desirability in Thurston County, the Hawks Prairie area should be at the top of your list.   With big plans for new development, and many ongoing developments, the population of the area has grown exponentially, and for good reason.   For Military personnel mo...

By Phil Sharp
(Phil Sharp Homes)
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When people refer to Steamboat Island, they are generally refering to the penninsula leading to the Island and not the Island itself; although Steamboat Island really is an island with its own community.  It can be reached by traveling north on Steamboat Island rd. to the end, and across the brid...

By Ethan Pruett
(BrioRealty)
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The Farm is a wonderful upscale community located off of Yelm Highway in Olympia, WA. All of the homes in this community are custom homes of the up-most quality many with very impressive architecture. The community was started approximately 20 years ago and I am currently preparing for the very l...

By Phil Sharp
(Phil Sharp Homes)
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The Meadows is certainly a well Known neighborhood in the Hawks Prairie area.  Build in the late 70's and early to mid 1980's, the subdivision was designed with a template from the 1950's and 60's.  When Neighborhoods were meant to be just that, communities designed for families  to thrive, socia...

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