"In summer, the song sings itself."  William Carlos Williams
Hello dear friends and clients,

I don't know if you know but the best part of summer is now! The hottest days are behind us and those we have left are lovely, sunny and cooler with an occasional storm like the other night (this picture comes to me from The Sitting Duck). The tourist population has started to decline a bit as school starts and life takes on a whole new feel...easy and breezy. I do love it here! The theatre is still going strong, all the shops and restaurants are open and the Riverbend Concerts have fewer mosquitoes! Click here for a concert schedule.

Listings and sales are maintaining a healthy pace. There is lots of new inventory coming on the market each day, some of these properties have never been offered before. Click here for some beautiful listings from our local real estate magazine. If you find something you like, give me a buzz! Scroll down and you'll see my new, contingent and sold properties and some interesting articles, my newest recipe and this month's book choice. If real estate has been on your mind, I strongly encourage you to act now. Homes are not staying on the market very long. For an in depth breakdown of the past year's Bigfork market, click here . In a nutshell, list prices and sale prices are UP.

Don't miss our beautiful NPR showcase publication, "Welcome Home," on stands all over the Valley and at our office. Stop in, grab one and say hello! If you have recently cancelled, withdrawn your listing or it has expired, contact me. We'll get it listed and sold! My experience, consistent record and excellent negotiating skills will successfully lead you toward a sale at the right price. Call, text or email me. We'll have dinner (I have an in with the local sushi joint). 

See you soon and cheers!  Denise
To start off, I would like to thank you both for the for the generous gift you have given me. It will be used entirely for school this upcoming year. But I would also like to thank you for helping me and my family get a house up here.. I know you could just say that you were just doing your job, but I still appreciate everything you have done. Thank yo u.
Sincerely, Jared

MLS # 21902998 $324,500

Lovingly cared for 2 bed/ 2 bath condo with loft. Vaulted ceilings in living room, spacious master. The well-appointed kitchen has adjacent pantry with laundry room. Detached garage with separate entry, storage room and assigned boat slip. The beautifully landscaped grounds include water features, a clubhouse, pool, fire pit, boat launch and fish cleaning station. This home is being sold turnkey! Enjoy summers on the lake from the boat dock or walk to Bigfork for a night on the town!
MLS #21912041 $92,500
MLS #21912044 $73,900
MLS #21912958 $1,295,000
MLS #21913378 $189,000
MLS #21913702 $250,000
MLS #21913508 $499,950
MLS #21913402 $598,800
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Local News....(click on the photo to read the article)
Our very own Bigfork library got a generous grant and will have new digs very soon.
The number 9 makes a difference and where you put it in the price, too. Interesting.
National Articles....(click on the photo to read the article)
This is definitely going on my bucket list. The Best Sky Bars worldwide. How fun does that sound?
12 features for your retirement home. I can get them all but mass transportation. A golf cart perhaps?

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” - Van Gogh

Nature defeats Technology. This raptor is making short work of a drone! It's sure something to think about if we begin to fill the sky with technology!

Denise's Kitchen Corner... Grilled Bread and Marinated Tomato Salad  
Grilling the bread for this panzanella (bread salad) adds a slight smokiness and crunch. Marinate the  tomatoes  ahead of time so all you have to do is grill the bread and assemble the salad to serve.  
1 garlic clove, smashed
2 pounds heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
Freshly ground pepper
1 loaf of bread from Blu (formerly of Showthyme, any variety), 12 ounces sliced 1/2 inch thick
2 bunches arugula (6 ounces each), stems discarded
5 ounces (1 1/4 cups) Parmesan

How to make it
Step 1   
On a cutting board, using the flat side of a chef's knife, mash the garlic clove to a paste with a pinch of salt; transfer to a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, onion, vinegar and the 3/4 cup of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Let the mixture stand at room temperature, stirring a few times, for at least 1 hour or up to 2 hours.
Step 2   
Light a grill. Brush the bread with olive oil and grill over high heat until toasted and lightly charred in spots, 1 minute per side. Let cool slightly, then cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
Step 3   
Add the bread and arugula to the tomatoes along with the ricotta salata and toss to combine. Serve right away.

Suggested Pairing
Fresh summer tomatoes and ripe, fruity American rosé is a natural pairing thanks to the similar brightness of their flavors.
Denise's Book Corner...Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
In the summer of '69, when you held my hand, I knew that it was now or never. Those were the best days of my life.

Bryan Adams had it right. Those were the best days. Do you remember the summer of 1969? If so, Elin Hilderbrand's book will be a walk down memory lane and for some of us, may be a little painful. It sure was for the Levin family. Their traditional summer on Nantucket with their grandmother will never be the same, just like life after the 60s.

Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, a nursing student, is caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests, a passion which takes her to Martha's Vineyard with her best friend, Mary Jo Kopechne. Only son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Mom is drowning her sorrow at the loss of her son to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie is left, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother who is hiding some secrets of her own. It's through Jessie that we relive those events with her letters to her brother as we flip from Nantucket to Nam.

Speaking of beach treats, a pleasant feature of Hilderbrand's narrative is specificity about food and drink. In fact, there's a whole Summer of '69 food cult of which I was formerly unaware! Remember the clothes and hair, a little mod, a little bouffant? That's there, too. The book is a tactile trip and a great vacation read, even if you are enjoying a stay-cation.
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