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Tacoma’s Stadium District boasts many beautiful historic homes, but today we’re looking at this beautiful 104 year old Queen Anne home that was built in 1898 for Richard Vaeth. It is called the “Vaeth Houe” or sometimes the “Vaeth Mansion.” Richard Vaeth was a wealthy jeweler who lived in Tacoma until his death in 1938.  ”This home has been on the Historic Tour of homes several years ago,” says Sharon. “I know that the people on the tour loved seeing …

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One of the best parts of my job as a Realtor is having the priviledge of seeing many of Tacoma’s finest historic homes first hand.  This weekend, homeowners throughout Tacoma’s Old town and Proctor Districts will be opening their doors to the public. If you love historic homes, this is a real treat! I have served as a docent on the tour in the past and can tell you that this is a great way to learn about the architectural …

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This is our first post in a series on the different types of siding found on historic homes in the northwest. It’s not something people often think about, but you can bet that when a Realtor or home inspector walk up to a historic home, it’s one of the first things we look at! Certain types of siding are typical to certain types of homes. Vinyl siding can bring down the appeal of a historic Victorian home, and certain types …

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It is easy to fall in love with an historic home. A turret here, a window seat under a gabled roof there. Historic homes cast a powerful spell over buyers, but when you are deciding whether or not to make an offer on a house you must ask yourself, “Am I up to this challenge, or should I just admire it from afar?”  Here are are the top 5 mistakes historic home buyers make:

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Victorian Home in Proctor

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  We love talking about historic homes in Tacoma around here.  While we help clients buy and sell all kinds of great homes, we are most excited when we have the opportunity to help find new owners for some of the beautiful historic homes in Tacoma.  That’s why we’re excited to tell you about this home for sale in the north end!   If you like Victorians and you like Proctor, you’ll love this handsome Victorian-style home built in 1900. …

 

Neighborhood Profile: Proctor

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In Tacoma’s early days, Tacoma’s Proctor area (and indeed the whole North End) was an unsettled outpost with little more to recommend it than a track for horse racing.  All that changed in the 1890′s, when Allen C. Mason decided to run his Point Defiance streetcar line and establish a stop at the intersection of North 26th & Proctor.  Within a decade houses had sprung up within walking distance of the line and homes and businesses were lining Proctor Street. …

 

Proctor’s Historic Blue Mouse Theater

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Most of us have had the opportunity to see at least a movie or two at Tacoma’s historic Blue Mouse Movie Theater over the years.   Some of us have had the chance to go there regularly for decades, as the Blue Mouse is Washington State’s oldest continuously operated movie theater! The theater was originally called, “The Blue Mouse Jr.” and opened to a packed audience on November 13th 1923.  A silent film called, “The Green Goddess” was shown to …

 

Why I Love Historic Homes

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By Sharon Benson While I love selling all kinds of homes, I really have a special place in my heart for historic homes. That’s the main reason I wanted to start a blog dedicated to Tacoma’s many historic homes. I’ve been asked a few times when I started loving old houses, and the truth is it goes all the way back to my when I was a child spending time at my grandparents home. I remember the leaded glass cabinet …

 

Sharon Benson Receives Special Historic Designation

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The process of helping clients buy and sell their homes is complex and ever changing.  On top of the usual legal contracts and disclosure laws- historic homes have their own special layers of complexity.  There’s no replacement for an experienced agent when navigating the inspections, historic district regulations, and individual histories of these special properties. “Obviously I am a lover of historic homes,” says Sharon. “I live in a house that is more than 100 years old myself,  and I …

 

How to Save on Your Historic Home’s Power Bill Without Replacing your Windows

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Look out the window and you’ll know fall has arrived in Tacoma. The leaves are changing colors, the rain is back, the temperatures are dropping into the 40′s, and we’re all flipping on our thermostats for the first time in a few months.  Once we start heating our homes again there is a renewed awareness of how much we are spending and how big our power bills can be.  For most of us, the shock of that first Fall power …