It is said that our ties to the past are a road to the future. Our real estate office has moved to a new location which dates back to 1883. This was back in the times when Spring Street had a real Spring flowing down it. Our new address is #1 Spring Street, a great location which is close to the water and ferry terminal. The building was first used as a Green Grocer. In 1894 Jack Douglas took over the ownership and it became Saloon Best. (See photo below, from the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections WAS0896).
128 years later it is our turn. Realtors at Island Group Sotheby’s International Realty are confident that this is an ideal and welcoming location for marketing island properties. Some places are known as spots where people gather, and this is one. A warm and welcoming interior reflects through the wavy windows of the past and reminds one of our intimate ties to the sea. Here is where all-night festivities known as “fishermen dances” occurred when the fishing fleet was in, a place with an excellent pool table that beckoned travelers. In real estate it is said that the three most important elements of value are 1.Location 2.Location and 3.Location. It is also said that the only constant is change. We embrace both of these concepts now that the boxes are all unpacked and the files have been tucked away. Here is a picture of how our office and Spring Street appear today. Our signage will go up soon on the building with the curvy top, and a new era will begin.