Sonja Jones

Sonja Jones is a Founding Member and Managing Broker of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. Sonja attributes high client satisfaction to over twenty three years’ experience in real estate, the majority spent in Washington’s Puget Sound market, combined with her personal yet professional service philosophy. Contact Sonja today to find your perfect island home – satisfaction assured.

2022 Waterfront Report

 

 

The beautiful landscapes of the Pacific Northwest aren’t complete without our water views. From in-city waterfronts along lakes and the majesty of the Puget Sound to island living and vistas along Washington’s scenic port towns, there’s nothing like a piece of shoreline to call your own. Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty presents the 2022 Waterfront Report to help inform the next steps on your selling or buying journey.

 

 

Life on Bainbridge | 4th of July Weekend

The 4th of July celebration on Bainbridge Island is full of fun traditions! Enjoy shopping at the famous rummage sale, explore world-class art, peruse fairs, ogle vintage cars, watch baseball games, literally dance in the street, and enjoy an old-fashioned heart-warming Hometown Parade!

Friday, July 1st

First Friday Art Walk | Downtown Winslow Way | 5pm – 8pm

On the first Friday of every month, downtown Bainbridge Island’s Art Walk features galleries, studios, museums, shops, and restaurants showcasing the creative talent found in our growing art scene.

Moonlight Market |Town Square | 5pm-10pm

During First Friday Art Walk, visit Moonlight Market, a pop-up featuring more than 20 stalls of artists, makers, and cultural groups. Enjoy craft food, drinks, and music by DJ Sam Kelly Jr. 

 

Saturday, July 2nd

Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale |Woodward Middle School | 5pm – 8pm

Explore and shop over 6 acres filled with garage sale items, with all net proceeds going back to the local community! Unique finds and amazing bargains are sure to be found!

 

Bainbridge Island Farmers Market | Town Square | 10am – 2pm

The Bainbridge Island Farmers Market hosts over 40 local vendors, including farmers, food vendors, and crafters with artisan-made goods. Check out a full list of current market vendors here.

 

Chris Kattan – Coming Home Show | Lynwood Theater | 7pm – 8:30pm

Chris Kattan was BHS Class Clown of 1989 but is now best known as one of the longest-serving cast members on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Opening for Chris is Seattle-based Comedian Derek Sheen!

 

Sunday, July 3rd

Stars & Strikes “Old Timers Game” | BHS Baseball Fields | 12pm

The “Old Timer’s” Baseball Game is a 4th of July tradition with proceeds benefiting the BHS team. Alumni Players put on a spirited game for the community.

 

Street Dance | Winslow Way | 6pm – 11pm

There will be dancing in the streets! The lineup includes High Voltage, Ocean Men, and Waiting on V!

 

Street Fair | Winslow Way | 6pm – 11pm

Take a break between dances and enjoy offerings from food vendors and trucks!

 

Beer & Wine Garden | Winslow Way | 6pm – 11pm

Visit the Beer & Wine Garden, near the Street Dance stage, to grab a drink from Bainbridge Brewing and Fletcher Bay Winery!

 

Kids Zone | Winslow Way | 6pm – 9pm

Bring your kids to the KidZone! Sponsored by the children’s museum, KiDiMu! Kids will enjoy beading 4th of July necklaces, go head-to-head in giant Connect 4, build with giant blue blocks, hula hoop the night away, and more!

 

Monday, July 4th

Pancake Breakfast | T&C Parking Lot | 8am – 2pm

Enjoy fresh pancakes to get your Fourth of July day started right!

 

BYS Family Fun Run | Island Fitness Parking Lot | 9am – 11am

After two years of running on your own, the BYS Fun Run is back in person! An island tradition for 43 years! All your favorites are back: the 5K, the 1 Mile, and the Kids Dash for kids 7 and under.

 

Car Show | Columbia Bank | 9am – 1pm

There’s always an eclectic mix of classics, rods, foreign, motorcycles, military, and oddball—cars and trucks in any condition! The show is on Bjune Drive in the parking lots behind Columbia Bank and Chase Bank.

 

Grand Old Fourth Street Fair | BJune Dr & Brien Dr | 9am – 5pm

The Street Fair portion of the festival will be held three blocks from the Ferry Terminal on Brien and Bjune Drives in downtown Bainbridge Island. With approximately 110 booth full of arts and crafts, food, information, nonprofit organizations, children’s games, and amusements. The Grand Old Fourth street fair is known for its quality hand-made goods!

 

Live Music | T&C Parking Lot | 10 am – 5 pm

Live music above Bjune Drive in the T&C parking lot will entertain and delight throughout the day while enjoying the Car Show, Street Fair vendors, and Beer & Wine Garden.

 

Beer & Wine Garden | Waterfront Park | 11am – 5pm

Enjoy beer from local vendors, Bainbridge Brewing and Eleven winery!

 

Grand Old Fourth Hometown Parade | Madison Ave & Winslow Way | 1pm – 3pm

Join the mile-long Grand Old Fourth Hometown Parade. There are typically over 100 participants that are sure to keep you entertained!

 

Kid Zone | Waterfront Park | 9am – 5pm

Bring your kids to the Kid Zone for fun activities sponsored by The Marshall Suites.

 

 

 

Life on Bainbridge | June 2022

The official first day of summer is just days away! Celebrate with sunshine and local Bainbridge Island events all month long!

  

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Live music, great food and drinks, and over 30 market booths to peruse, what more could you ask for? Stop by the Bainbridge Island Town Square to take in some of the best local offerings!

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Stroll the streets of downtown and enjoy art, film, food, and community on the first Friday of every month. Bainbridge Island’s Art Walk features galleries, studios, museums, shops, and restaurants showcasing the creative talent of PNW artists.

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A modern telling of a classic story! Watch as this brave young woman sets aside the judgments and expectations of other people, take fate into her own hands, and dance her way into her very own Happily Ever After.

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Visit the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market, Open 10-2pm every Saturday, April-November (rain or shine!) in the Town Square at City Hall! Explore over 40 local vendors, including farmers, food vendors, live music, and crafters with artisan-made goods.

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Celebrate Children’s Day with BIMA’s Alice in Wonderland-themed Tea Party! A selection of teas, petite pastries, cookies, and other marvelous tea-time goodies prepared by BIMA’s own chef, Stephanie Knutson. Dress up.Tickets must be purchased for each attendee and all adults must be accompanied by a child (12 and under).

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Grab a glass of wine and join Salish Sea Greens as they shuck some of the finest oysters the Puget Sound has to offer at Eleven Winery. Their oyster bar is complete with all the fixings including kelp mignonette, lemon and tabasco.

 

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Great music and delicious wine! Spend the afternoon on the rooftop patio at Fletcher Bay and enjoy live music from The Bainbridge 3!

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Life on Bainbridge | May 2022

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April showers have brought May flowers to Bainbridge Island. Celebrate the changing seasons and enjoy the longer days by connecting with the community at upcoming events! This month you can enjoy the farmers market, participate in art classes, experience a thrilling documentary, or support Project Backpack at the Classic Cruise-in Car show!

 

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Support the Kitsap Humane Society as you sip wine at Eleven Winery! 100% of tasting fees and 10% of all bottles purchased will be donated to the Humane Society to help support their mission to provide positive life-changing solutions to people and animals in need. Adoptable kittens will also be on-site from 12-3pm, looking for their forever families.

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Saturdays, 10am-2pm | Bainbridge Island Farmers Market

Explore over 40 local vendors, including farmers, food vendors, live music, and crafters with artisan-made goods every Saturday through November

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May 6, 5-8pm | Art in Action: Community Bookmaking

Drop-in and create while you’re visiting the art museum! Join teaching artists in one of BIMA’s galleries as they guide hands-on projects designed for all ages.

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May 13, 6-8pm | Corks & Canvas: Pink Floral

Paint and sip at Eleven winery Friday, May 13th! The class includes step-by-step instructions, all painting supplies, aprons, and easels. Wine will be available to purchase, and outside food is welcome.

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May 14, 12-4pm | Linoleum Cutting Workshop

Dig into linoleum as you carve one color reduction linoleum blocks and print from them. Leave knowing how to continue this printing technique in your own home without special equipment!

 

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May 20-26 | The Race to Alaska at Lynwood Theatre

The Race to Alaska is a documentary following the visceral experience of racers as they compete in one of the most difficult endurance challenges in the world. There are no motors and no support – and nobody finishes without a story. It’s an adrenaline-fueled, 750-mile boat race through the dangerous and spectacular wilderness of the Inside Passage to Alaska.

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May 31, 5-8pm | Bainbridge Island Classic Car Cruise-In

The Bainbridge Island Classic Car Cruise-In combines the love of classic automobiles with a desire to help local kids. Open to the general public, come and enjoy cool cars and special interest vehicles or bring one of your own (no fee or advance reservation required). Donations will be accepted benefiting Project Backpack.

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Market Trends From Around The Sound: Q1-2022

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The first quarter of 2022 was a tale of two real estate journeys. For sellers, their opportunities were bolstered by low inventory, escalating competition and often driving offers over list prices. For buyers, the market was plagued by low inventory, with few opportunities and massive competition making it difficult to secure a home across Western Washington—just as interest rates started to tick back up. If we follow the trendlines from the first quarter of the year, then it’s still a great time to list a home for sale. With inventory low, and buyer demand remaining steady, year-over-year median price gains are likely to continue.

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Seattle   |   Single-Family Homes

The sales prices of Seattle homes continue their steady climb supported by a lack of inventory, while homes sold and homes for sale are down year over year, -52.2% and -15.73% respectively.

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Eastside   |   Single-Family Homes

The price per square foot shot up by over 41%, with the median sales price up by 29%, all but ensuring massive equity gains for those with an Eastside address.

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Mercer Island   |   Single-Family Homes

With just .4 months of inventory available, the median sales price on Mercer Island reached $2.53 million in the first quarter of 2022, 31% from Q1-2021.

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Bainbridge Island   |   Single-Family Homes

The Q1 median sales price is $1.325 million, about 20% more than the same period in 2021, with historical gains suggesting more sales price growth likely in the next quarter.

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Seattle   |   Condominiums

The median sales price is up 11% in its median sales price, breathing fresh air into the condo market. There’s urgency here, with only .7 months of inventory available.

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Kitsap County   |   Single-Family Homes

The number of homes sold is up by 15%, rare growth in this low inventory market. Likewise, the number of homes for sale is up by over 50%. All while the median home sales price up nearly 21% year over year.

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King County   |   Single-Family Homes

King County homes are in demand—it’s not just Seattle and the Eastside. It’s no surprise we’ve seen a steadily decreasing time on market across the area, down to just 11 days on average.

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Pierce County   |   Single-Family Homes

Listings move fast in Pierce County, but compared to King, it can feel like a walk in the park, with the average number of days on market at 15.

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Life on Bainbridge | April 2022

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Spring has arrived, and the island is buzzing with new life. Whether you’d like to enjoy the local goods from the farmers market or create a spring-themed planter while sipping wine, there is something for you to enjoy on the island this April.

  

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Stroll the streets of downtown and enjoy art, film, food, and community on the first Friday of every month. Bainbridge Island’s Art Walk features galleries, studios, museums, shops, and restaurants showcasing the creative talent of PNW artists.

Learn More >>

 

 

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The farmers market returns on April 9th in the Town Square at City Hall! Explore over 40 local vendors, including farmers, food vendors, live music, and crafters with artisan-made goods.

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Grab a glass of wine and create a spring nest planter at Eleven Winery. The class will include step-by-step instructions, all plan supplies, planter, succulents, flowers, moss, and embellishments.

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April 12, 7-8:30pm | Veg Club

Join Veg Club at the Library and learn everything you need to know to grow your own vegetable garden. April’s class will cover creating healthy soil and improving success with spring crops.

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Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation and Weed Warriors will be hosting a volunteer event at Waterfront Park to Celebrate Earth Day! Together you will help remove invasive plants to keep the forest healthy.

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2022 Forecast Report

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2022 has started out with record record-low inventory, but what’s to come?

In the Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty’s Forecast Report 2022, we attempt to answer that complex and multifaceted question for you, with the help of experts in their fields who are navigating inflation, 1031 exchanges, supply chain issues, and more.

To take advantage of this historic year in residential real estate, start by reading the 2022 Forecast Report.

 

 

 

Market Trends From Around The Sound: Q4-2021

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Typically, the real estate market slows down over the holiday season. Buyers take a break from their home search, whether from fatigue or just the hustle and bustle of the holidays. And sellers tend to focus on gathering with loved ones instead of preparing to list. But, 2021 has proved to be anything but typical: What little inventory there was in the fourth quarter of the year was scooped up by eager buyers, closing out a huge year for real estate. Check out the findings for the five areas Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty examines for its quarterly report to get a feel for where the market has been. And when you are ready, get in touch with an RSIR local expert and global real estate advisor who can help you navigate where the market is heading next.

 

Bainbridge Island   |   Single-Family Homes

The median sales price growth for a single-family home on Bainbridge Island climbed nearly 18 percent. But the average price per square foot saw an even bigger increase at 28 percent, a jump that will likely favor sellers yet to enter the market.

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Seattle   |   Single-Family Homes

There is only half a month of inventory in Seattle, creating a seller’s market with 70 percent fewer homes for sale than this time last year. It’s bolstered a lot of competition among buyers, and offered plenty of incentives for sellers to list.

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Eastside   |   Single-Family Homes

With so few homes for sale, we’ve certainly seen the demand and the price for homes go up on the Eastside. The median sales price for a single-family home went up by over 33 percent compared to this time last year.

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Mercer Island   |   Single-Family Homes

The median home sales price on Mercer Island saw a year-over-year 14.7 percent price increase in the fourth quarter, though the price per square foot remained relatively steady. With only .2 months of inventory available, the average days on market decreased to a scant 12.

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Seattle   |   Condominiums

The median sales price went back up this quarter after falling a few percentage points year-over-year in Q3. With just 1.3 months of inventory available, condo sellers in Q4 went pending sooner as the average days on market ticked down.

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Hygge Your Home

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The Danish Obsession with Getting Cozy

The Danish concept of hygge (pronounced “hue-gah”) encompasses all that is warm, cozy, and inviting—and it calls us to celebrate the small moments and pleasures of everyday life. It can be described as, “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”

If you’ve ever enjoyed reading a book indoors on a gloomy Sunday or a cup of hot cocoa on a snow day, you’ve experienced hygge without even knowing it. Hygge is curling up fireside in a chunky knit sweater while you sip your favorite tea. It’s meant to bring you joy in the simplest of moments and can bring some light to the often-dark winters.

You can likely find all the items to hygge in your home, but if you’re in need of a little inspiration we have you covered. Here are some photos to get you inspired!

Candles

Lighting is a key element of hygge, and there’s no better way to achieve a warm, calming glow in your home than by the flame of candle. Bonus points if the wick re-creates the sound of a crackling fire!

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 Blankets

Embrace throws in faux fur, cashmere, wool, and velvet to make your sofa, bed or favorite reading nook the coziest spot in the house.

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Comfort Food

It’s hard to deny the pleasure of comfort food and just how cozy it can make you feel, so prepare to embrace for indulgence in moderation.

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Are you ready to embrace your cozy sense of being?

Shop Small on Bainbridge Island

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Shop Small on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island glistens with holiday spirit in the winter! Illuminated by twinkling lights on Winslow Way and the sparkle of the Seattle skyline across the sound, nothing compares.. But the real magic of the island comes from the local shops that make up the heart of our community. This holiday season, shop local on Bainbridge Island. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite gift ideas to help you get inspired.

Right off the ferry you find yourself in downtown Winslow. Running about ten city blocks, the streets are lined with local businesses including restaurants, bakeries, galleries, toy stores and more. Below is a list of some of the local stores you will find while walking the streets.

 

Made on Bainbridge

If you’re looking for something that is Bainbridge specific, check out Bainbridge Trading Company, offering handmade fresh soaps, candles, and bath bombs, as well as Bainbridge Island apparel.

Another unique gift supporting artists in the PNW can be found inside the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Gift Shop. From art to scarfs, cards, books, and jewelry, BIMA offers many unique gifts from $3 to over $3,000.

You can also find many local Bainbridge Island Artisans online using Etsy!  Explore the nearly 2,000 items created by your neighbors here.

 

Clutter-Free Gifts

Shopping for something for the person who already has everything? Consider gifting an experience instead! 

 

Host Gifts

If you need a host gift this holiday season, consider supporting one of our local Wineries or Breweries!

Wine

Beer