Bumpity bump I go on that big school bus with a Santa-like man at the wheel. It's a 15 minute ride so there's plenty of time to get anxious as I await my viewing of the 2007 Seattle Street of Dreams homes. What will the trends be this year? How can they keep out-doing themselves? I'm ready with my pen in hand and fine-tuned eye because this year we are preparing to do a sizable remodel on our house and may actually be able to implement some of these fantasticly clever ideas.
The theme, appropriately enough, in the year of Al Gore's insistent warnings and wacked out weather, is GREEN homes. Great concept. Five eco-friendly show homes over 4000sf and up to $1.975M in Quinn's Crossing. It's still a mystery to me where this place really is- you park at Woodinville High and then get back on the highway (squeezed on that bus) and continue East. I had to email the organizers to discover it's actually in Snohomish. Anyway, you'll have plenty of time to read the SOD show brochure from cover to cover which they are kind of enough to give you before you buy your tickets. I know this is a Kirkland blog, but I thought enough Kirklanders flock to this annual event that I should share my findings with you. This will allow you to save your $18/per person and go grab your favorite home magazine and have a 'Citrus' martini down at Cactus instead (seriously, have you tried one?).
Besides their respect for the environment, there's nothing particularly special about these homes. I mean, don't get me wrong, they're large w/nice finishes but not one of them was a "Wow-er". For example, last year there were unique features in the homes: an infinity pool, a theater room w/vibrating chairs, a man cave, a 'family center' which was like a mudroom on steroids. Things I clearly remember that created a buzz of people oooh'ing and aaah'ing as they chatted and pointed. This year was simply missing the magic. There's no reason an eco-friendly house can't have some of that too. And for $2M per home, I think we need some magic. ~Janis