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Bella Siddle, middle in the red jacket, poses with the five other division winners after the 83rd All-American Soap Box Derby, in Akron, Ohio, on Saturday, July 24, 2021.

Local soap box derby racers win 3 events in Ohio

July 28, 2021

By Evan Caldwell | July 26, 2021 Bella Siddle and Ronan Johnson just returned from Ohio with three first-place soap box derby trophies. “It’s crazy,” Siddle said Sunday, a day after winning the rally stock division at the 83rd All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio. “It’s crazy because there’s a lot of really, really good […]

Racers find fun at the soap box derby race

June 23, 2021

By Evan Caldwell | June 22, 2021   Virginia Sanita popped out of her soap box derby car wearing a giant smile. “I love this. Just love it,” the 9-year-old said. “I’m usually nervous at the top, but I’m exploding with excitement while I’m going down the track.” Sanita was one of 76 racers to battle […]

Blue Ridge midcentury modern goes on the Seattle market for first time ever

May 28, 2021

Built in 1959, only one family – the architect’s own – has ever lived here This Seattle midcentury modern is a time capsule of the most delightful nature. Designed and built by an architect for his own family in 1959, this is the first time 2425 N.W. Blue Ridge Drive has been on the market … ever. The classic […]

Free swim lessons for local students will continue thanks to donations

March 30, 2021

By Evan Caldwell  | March 30, 2021 Dick’s Drive-In burger truck coming to Stanwood to raise money for YMCA The pandemic delayed but didn’t stop youth swim lessons. The Make a Splash program, which started in 2018 in the Stanwood-Camano area, provides free swimming lessons at the Stanwood Camano YMCA to all third-grade students in […]

Bidding wars becoming more common as demand outpaces supply in local real estate market

June 24, 2020

  By Evan Caldwell  | June 23, 2020     Home sales have remained surprisingly steady since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but new listings have not. Fewer homes than ever are for sale in the Stanwood-Camano area, further pinching a market that already had historically low inventory, according to new data from the […]

Home sales brisk before COVID-19 slowdown

April 15, 2020

  By Evan Caldwell  | April 15, 2020     The local real estate market remained hot in March despite the slowdown related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that is expected to change in April and May. The median price of houses sold in the Stanwood area hit a record high last month, and Camano […]

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Strong regional economy putting pressure on local housing market

January 29, 2020

    By Evan Caldwell  | Jan. 29, 2019      Stanwood, Wash. – Economic growth doesn’t come without some burden. “We are suffering from our own successes,” said economist Matthew Gardner. “We have a robust economy, and that means growing pains.” The solid economy equates to more jobs — and more people — moving […]

Economist to talk about 2020 job, housing markets at free forum

January 15, 2020

    By Evan Caldwell  | Jan. 15, 2019        Stanwood, Wash. – Matthew Gardner returns with his crystal ball to peek at what 2020 holds for the local economy and housing market. Gardner, the chief economist for Seattle-based Windermere Real Estate, is the keynote speaker for the 2020 Economic and Housing Forecast […]

You, too, can go ‘Green at the Beach’ — for $1.45 million

May 11, 2019

Now on the real estate market, this Warm Beach waterfront home is eco-friendly from top to bottom. By Evan Thompson | Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:30am   It hit Dave Porter back in 2004 that he was a hypocrite. After giving a speech to home builders and real estate agents about the importance of green design […]

What Paine Field means for county’s real estate

May 6, 2019

Connections to West Coast cities will allow easy travel for our residents and bring tourists here. Monday, May 6, 2019 It’s finally time to go after that second “dream home” you’ve been longing for since your 30s. You’ve earned it after a career of hard work, buckling down, and saving your pennies. When retirement or […]

Warm Beach home with lighthouse rotunda asks $1.45 million

May 1, 2019

By Sarah Anne Lloyd | @sarahannelloyd | May 1, 2019 A beach house with nautical details is one thing, but a built-in lighthouse is another. This home in Warm Beach—along semi-sandy Port Susan waterfront, facing Camano Island—goes above and beyond with waterfront whimsy. It was built in 2007 with all the trappings of a high-priced […]

Warm Beach’s iconic eco-friendly home for sale

April 29, 2019

The award-winning house featured on TV and in magazines.   By Evan Caldwell | Apr 29, 2019   One of the area’s most iconic homes is for sale. Easily identified along the Warm Beach waterfront by its lighthouse-inspired cupola, this ultra-green house is most famous for its sustainability. “The goal was to build this as environmentally […]

Local economy finding ‘balance’

January 30, 2019

Economist Matthew Gardner motioned his outstretched hand horizontally through the air. “Balance,” he said. “That’s what we’re trending back to.” Gardner was addressing some 250 people during an economic forum Friday, Jan. 26, at the Camano Center. After nearly 20 years of volatility in the housing market — the early 2000s boom, the Great Recession […]

2019 Economic and Housing Forecast

December 30, 2018

What a year it has been for both the U.S. economy and the national housing market. After several years of above-average economic and home price growth, 2018 marked the start of a slowdown in the residential real estate market. As the year comes to a close, it’s time for me to dust off my crystal […]

Real Estate Forecast 2019

December 14, 2018

Nationally Recognized Economist, Matthew Gardner, Secured as Keynote Speaker for Community Forum in January   Windermere Real Estate Camano Island & Stanwood has secured nationally-recognized, expert chief economist, Matthew Gardner, as keynote speaker for Real Estate Forecast 2019, a community forum scheduled for Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Camano Center. The forum, which will […]

Super bowls: Chili’s and chowder’s compete at Camano cook-off

November 21, 2018

  Palmer’s chili won Best Chili for the third time in the past four years at the Chili & Chowder Cook-Off on Camano Island. The contest marked its 23rd year Nov. 10. Twenty-four contestants competed for the titles of Best Chili and Best Chowder on Camano. A record-breaking 1,761 people — including this reporter — […]

We Are Stanwood Camano Giving Tree

November 19, 2018

Windermere Stanwood and Camano Island Prepares “We Are Stanwood Camano Giving Tree” to Support Neighbors in Need During Holiday Season   CAMANO ISLAND, WA (November 16, 2018) – Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Windermere Real Estate has put up its “We Are Stanwood Camano Giving Tree” at its Terry’s Corner office located […]

Free swim lessons making a big splash

November 1, 2018

Students are gleefully diving into a new effort to teach water safety — one third-grade class at a time. The Make a Splash program, in its first year in the Stanwood-Camano area, provides a week of free swimming lessons to all third-grade students in the district. Twenty-three boys and girls in Sandi Meier’s class at […]

Local Law Enforcement Group Honors Heagles

October 10, 2018

Camano Law Enforcement Support Foundation last week awarded Randy and Marla Heagle with its inaugural Citizens of the Year award. The Heagles have supported the group’s efforts for several years in a row, along with providing a space for the organization’s main annual fundraising event. The foundation raises money to help Island County deputies and […]

This quirky century-old schoolhouse is yours for $695,000

August 31, 2018

The two-acre property on the Stillaguamish River in Silvana includes a replica Old West town. SILVANA — The old schoolhouse here and the quirky property it sits on, complete with a Wild West-style town in the back yard, is up for sale. The asking price is $695,000. The school was built around 1907, part of the […]