Sold: University Place’s First Million Dollar Listing of 2013

University Place, WA, June 27, 2013:

Steve Sloboda of Windermere Real Estate – Professional Partners in University Place has closed University Place's first million dollar listing of 2013. Only the fifth residential property in University Place city limits to sell for more than a million dollars since 2008, this magnificent home located in the gated neighborhood of Augusta lasted only five days on the market.

"Homes like this with a rare combination of size, location, and elegance don't often become available" said Steve Sloboda. "In a real estate market like we're currently experiencing, even luxury homes can sell fast if they're priced right and marketed correctly."

The residence checks in at 5822 square feet with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. It's situated on a 1.5 acre lot above Chambers Creek. Features include a temperature controlled wine cellar, a master suite with separate sauna, a billiards room, and a commercial quality HVAC system. The new owners, also represented by Windermere, are already residents of University Place.

 

 

  •  Steve Sloboda is an award winning Residential Real Estate Broker with Windermere Real Estate – Professional Partners in University Place. He was voted "Best Real Estate Agent" by readers of South Sound Magazine and is one of only two Windermere Premier Associate Agents in Pierce County. The Windermere Premier Program is specialized to luxury homes priced $700,000 or higher.

 

  •  University Place is located in Pierce County, Washington. It's home to beautiful parks, highly rated schools, wonderful views, and Chambers Bay Golf Course – Host of the 2015 US Open Golf Tournament.

 

Contact Information:

 

Steve Sloboda Windermere Real Estate – Professional Partners
2700 Bridgeport Way West, Suite F University Place, WA 98466

253-988-3120
sloboda@windermere.com
stevesloboda.com

 

 

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 11:15 am
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Cole Vukich is “The Toughest Kid I Know”

Sometimes we hear stories about people doing amazing things and it gets us a little inspired.  Sometimes we hear stories about people overcoming obstacles or beating the odds and that gets us a little inspired.  And sometimes, you get placed in the presence of people that are doing those amazing things while overcoming those obstacles, and without any thought of not being just "what they do".  It's being in the presence of those people where you can be inspired to your inner core!  That's how my family and I feel about the Vukich Family, and more specifically, Mr. Cole Vukich! 

We were lucky to meet the Vukich family through the University Place youth sports program when Cole and his twin brother Case were placed on the Tee-Ball team I coached the spring before the kids started school together.  I'd heard about Cole and the cancer fight he'd been dealing with since the age of two.  His story had struck a chord with me because I'd lost my Dad to a similar type of cancer in 1994.  Knowing what my Dad went through in the last years of his life made Cole's story as a kid even more amazing.

The first day of practice I went out there knowing Cole was on the team but we'd yet had opportunity to meet.  I scanned the group of typical rambuncious four year olds in front of me looking for the "kid with cancer" but couldn't find him.  "Is he here?" I thought as I asked the kids to tell me their names.  As we went down the list I heard this rather outgoing little guy say "Cole" when asked his name.  I thought no way is this the kid I'd heard about but sure enough, that kiddo, different from nobody standing there, was him.  It was then that I realized I was in the presence of something a little different. 

If you didn't know already, you flat out couldn't walk up to my team and pick out the "kid with cancer".  You know why?  It's because we don't have a kid with cancer.  We have Cole, and he just happens to be the kid kicking Leukemia's butt!  That surely doesn't define him though.  He's as crazy, or crazier than any kid I know.  He's as happy, or happier than any kid I know. And he's just as athletic as any kid I know.  Hearing about what he deals with on a daily basis no doubt makes him "the toughest kid I know".  I tell him all the time he's the toughest kid I know, and the smile he gives back is enough to inspire me like nothing I've ever been around.

The stories over the last couple years are pretty awesome and the stories yet to come are sure to be even better.  The next time we cross paths just ask and I'll share a couple with you.  In the meantime, take a look at this article from the Tacoma News Tribune's front page.  It talks about his Dad doing the Firefighter's Stair Climb to raise money for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.  That's a great event and I highly recommend you donate to the cause.  However, the real story here is one of inspiration and how one kid's blind toughness can inspire others to do everything they can to be their best all the time.  Thanks Cole Vukich, and the Vukich family.  It's a true honor to have your presence in our lives. 

Click here for the News Tribune article: http://goo.gl/0We1d

 

Click here to donate to the Firefighter's Stair Climb event:  http://goo.gl/27q09  

 

Posted on March 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm
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Interesting News Regarding US Open Housing 2013 & Beyond

Here's an interesting news piece from a recent Philadelphia newscast.  It talks about how people are getting ready for the US Open Golf Tournament that will be in their area at Merion Golf Club in 2013.  Specifically it focuses on people renting their homes out for the weeks leading up to and after the tournament.

As you probably know, University Place, Tacoma, and Pierce County will be hosting the event at Chambers Bay Golf Course in June of 2015.  This will mark the first time our area will host an event like this.  In fact, this is the first time ever the US Open has been awarded to a Northwest course.

The US Open will bring lots of people to the area and with that comes opportunity.  Opportunity to show off the area we love so much, opportunity to shine in the areas of transportation and logistics, and opportunity for local people to earn some extra money by leasing their homes during the event.

To learn more, take a look at the "US Open" tab on stevesloboda.com.  Please feel free to email or call me direct should you want more information.  I'm currently taking names and addresses of interested homeowners looking to join the list.  I'll be working closely with national firms, travel providers, local venues, and official tournament organizers to deliver housing that can fit all the various needs they'll have.  Corporate clients, media members, players with their families, and visiting golf enthusiasts will all need places to stay.  Most people want to be nearby but unfortunately, University Place has exactly ZERO hotel rooms.  Sure, Tacoma, Lakewood, Seattle, and surrounding areas will have hotel rooms for rent but close to Chambers Bay is where people will want to be.

There will be leasing opportunities that come up way before, and for many years after the US Open as well.  Chambers Bay is one of the only public courses to ever host this event.  That means it's one of the few prestigious US Open courses that anyone can play.  People will come from near and far to play the course where Tiger, Phil, Bubba, and Ernie are going to battle for the US Open Championship. 

Think about it…Would you pay $100 to play football with some friends in a stadium about to host the Super Bowl?  Would it be worth a few bucks to shoot hoops on the court before the NCAA Final Four?  Well, here at Chambers Bay, people will have the chance to play on the same course where it will all go down in 2015!  Pretty exciting if you ask me…

Take a look at this link to see how other areas are gearing up for the US Open in the years before it arrives here in University Place.

http://goo.gl/g0HRk

 

 

 

 

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 11:55 pm
Steve Sloboda | Category: Chambers Bay, Real Estate News, Shameless Self Promotion, Uncategorized, University Place, US Open Golf | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fircrest/University Place Roller Skating Rink is Open Once Again!

Congratulations to Shauna Fossum and her group that revived the failed Wheelz Skating Rink and turned it into Rollin’ 253!  It’s refreshing to see people with passion refusing to let something they love go away!  If you’re in the area, please make sure to support this local business.

Located at 2101 Mildred Street in Fircrest.

Check out their website at rollin253.com

For more information and to learn more about how this group made it all come together.  Check out this article from the Tacoma News Tribune.

Feel the wind in your face...

Yes, he does...

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 10:06 am
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Congratulations to Narrows View Intermediate School in University Place!

Congratulations to my friend Eric Brubaker along with the staff, students, and parents of Narrows View Intermediate School!  2011 School of Distinction Award winners!  Nice work!

http://goo.gl/lm8gh

Posted on November 2, 2011 at 9:09 am
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