BIZNOTE: Compass opens office in West Seattle Junction

(Photos courtesy Compass)

We mentioned back when Zamboanga closed at 4531 California SW that a real-estate office was on the way. Now it’s open as the new West Seattle office for Compass, home to Managing Broker Mara Haveson; brokers Baouyen Chan, Susi Musi, Annie Wagar, Ben Gade, Trevor & Raeanne Russell, Denise Simens, and Connie Sorensen; and office manager Jayne Leahy.

Haveson is enthusiastic about the market: “Values for homes in this area have gone up over 100% since I first started selling in this area in 2000. This is a very close-knit community where you get to meet people easily. It is an easy place to navigate, there are fabulous views, and you get more for your money in real-estate investments.” The office is handling commercial real estate as well as residential, through Musi, who has connected West Seattle businesses including Bella Mente, Blue Stone Apartments, Cometa Playschool, Moto Pizza, and Lake Washington Physical Therapy to their spaces.

31 Replies to "BIZNOTE: Compass opens office in West Seattle Junction"

  • Kram May 18, 2021 (4:18 pm)

    Welcome to the neighborhood:)

  • Duffy May 18, 2021 (7:20 pm)

    How many real estate offices are there now in the Junction? Would really like to see these spaces be occupied by local retailers and other stores. Real estate is so different now; more retail space?

    • WSB May 18, 2021 (8:27 pm)

      Four total. Besides Compass, there’s Windermere and John L. Scott on California, and Berkshire Hathaway HoneServices Northwest (WSB sponsor) at Jefferson Square. In one case, a retail store has replaced an RE office – Doll Parts Collective is in the old Keller Williams space (they moved south of The Junction). In non-retail/restaurant categories, financial institutions are the big sector – WaFD (Dakota/Calif), Chase, Verity CU (WSB sponsor), KeyBank, Wells Fargo, Sound CU, HomeStreet (WSB sponsor) at 41st/Alaska, B of A at 40th/Alaska, BECU at The Whittaker … TR

    • AlkiGuy May 19, 2021 (9:04 am)

      Real Estate may be different in the sense that technology plays a bigger role but there is still a strong need for in-person interaction. Buying a house is most peoples largest purchase and having an actual human to walk them through all the hurdles is important. Plus Compass is strong on the technology side as well, you should look up the company and all the tools they offer. I’m not connected to Compass fyi, but I am in the industry and appreciate what they are doing.

  • Wendy H May 18, 2021 (9:38 pm)

    Stumbled upon this space during my afternoon stroll. I went inside to check it and realized it is a real estate office. Let me tell you, this office is beyond gorgeous, particularly for a real estate office! What an asset to have in the Junction! Welcome! 

  • Jayne May 18, 2021 (10:30 pm)

    Nicest looking Real Estate Office on the Island.

  • Clinton Madewell May 19, 2021 (8:30 am)

    The office looks Great. Mara and team are awesome to work with.  Congrats on the new space.

  • Jacob May 19, 2021 (8:45 am)

    Mara just sold my wife and I our first home and we close next week. She was so supportive and helped with all of the stress surrounding it. She is literally the best!

  • Kim Allen May 19, 2021 (8:51 am)

    Excited to have Mara and her team in the Junction. Her team (and everyone I interacted with at Compass) made my family feel SO welcomed into the area during our search for our forever home this past year. I can’t wait to see the positive impact Mara’s team has on this AMAZING tight-knit community–they will make us proud! 

  • Olivia May 19, 2021 (8:56 am)

    Mara Haveson helped me buy and sell and she is a powerhouse! I think the compass office looks beautiful and I’m excited for her! 

  • Denise May 19, 2021 (8:57 am)

    You’ve seen our signs all over WS for years- but now we are finally part of the community with a physical presence! Come in and say hello; we would love to meet you!

  • Cassie Ragsdale May 19, 2021 (9:00 am)

    Mara and Bao at Compass are AMAZING! Mara just Sold our house for us and we could not be happier with the process. She went above and beyond in making this a successful and smooth transition for our family. Now its time to find our next home and we wouldn’t want to work with any other team! These ladies are top notch!

  • Mara Haveson May 19, 2021 (9:16 am)

  • Dennis May 19, 2021 (10:04 am)

    Mara and crew are dam-fam-tastic.  And the office space rocks it!  Nice job all.

  • Justin May 19, 2021 (10:40 am)

    Mara and her team are super Awesome to work with! I have done many transactions with her and her team. Everyone knows how stressful it can be to sell your home as well as buy a new home on top of everything that goes along with it. If you are looking to buy or sell your home go talk to Mara and her team and you will see what I mean. 

  • Jen May 19, 2021 (11:36 am)

    Mara and her team are the best.  The gorgeous office space reflects the care and attention to detail Mara brings to her work.  

  • Will May 19, 2021 (11:49 am)

    What a beautiful addition to the neighborhood!  A stunning new storefront in the junction and a fantastic team!  Mara and Bao have always gone above and beyond, both in listing our previous house, and battling multiple offers to land us our new home.  Really digging the Compass vibe!

  • B May 19, 2021 (12:05 pm)

    Buying and selling your home requires a savvy real estate broker who knows how to navigate the real estate world, especially in a really hot market that we are currently in.  Mara is a veteran in this game, and her level of expertise is second to none. In addition to being a top-notch broker, she also brings in a first-class real estate company, COMPASS, to West Seattle. What an asset to have here in the West Seattle Junction! Don’t hesitate to stop by and let Mara and her team be of service for all of your real estate needs.

  • Flo B May 19, 2021 (12:09 pm)

    Duffy. Doubt “local retailers” and “other stores”  were prevented from getting this space. Landlords don’t discriminate. When a space comes available they simply rent to the 1st one willing to pay the rent. 

    • westwood May 19, 2021 (3:07 pm)

      “Landlords don’t discriminate. When a space comes available they simply rent to the 1st one willing to pay the rent” Ha!  Tell that to the owners of Westwood Village.

  • Susi Musi May 19, 2021 (12:14 pm)

    @Duffy – you are right, real estate is different now. Where we live and work is different, too. Just think how much our work/life space changed this last year. In addition to more housing, it’s pretty clear that we need more commercially zoned space to work, make and create, especially in West Seattle. Please feel free to come by Compass West Seattle and see how we’re positively different.

  • Chuck May 19, 2021 (12:44 pm)

    Congrats on the new office space Mara. The space matches the professionalism that you bring to the Real Estate market and is really an amazing addition to West Seattle. We have appreciated your knowledge of the Real Estate market and ability to patiently walk us through many transaction’s so much. You have not only led us to our dream home but helped us maximize the profit on many investment properties with your negotiating skills and expertise. You are truly exceptional at what you do and we are so excited for this new chapter in your life with Compass. We look forward to future transaction’s with you and Compass!

  • KvdS May 19, 2021 (2:29 pm)

    Mara and her Compass team are top notch. I would highly recommend them when buying a home. Having their beautiful office in the junction is a win for West Seattle for sure! 

  • Eva May 19, 2021 (2:30 pm)

    I think this is a great addition to the Junction! It is nice to see people working in the area – people who work in the Junction will also help support our other great businesses and restaurants!I’m also probably biased, because I love working with Mara and her team. She is a fantastic broker who knows West Seattle better than anyone!

  • Momo May 19, 2021 (4:24 pm)

    Mara was so helpful when I was looking at properties. She adjusted all the mapping, open houses window times, and each detail I was interested in, with my tight schedule. She responded to any questions I had and gave me great advice! I highly recommend her and her team at the west seattle compass to anyone! 

  • MC May 19, 2021 (7:55 pm)

    What an amazing space. Got to visit the office and its so different than most brokerages I’ve been to; its modern and extremely inviting. Always a pleasure speaking with someone as knowledgeable as Mara in the world of real estate. I’m always learning so much from her and her team and can always count on them for great advice. 

  • Amber May 19, 2021 (9:27 pm)

    Welcome to the hood Compass!! Your storefront looks awesome and I hear the people inside are pretty great too! Thankful to have you part of the community! 

  • Trudy May 20, 2021 (8:30 am)

    Mara and her crew at Compass are great. They will go above and beyond for their clients!  They work extremely hard to ensure every decision the client makes is made with the best outcome for the client. I have known Mara and Bao for over 7 years and they are  wonderful to work with. What a beautiful office!! Congrats on the new space!

  • Jen May 20, 2021 (9:50 am)

    Absolutely gorgeous space!  So nice to see such a quality office in the Junction.  We sold our house with Mara a few years ago and the process couldn’t have been smoother!

  • Pat May 20, 2021 (10:00 am)

    What an amazing space! whoever managed this construction project must be top-notch!

  • Keaton Dickinson May 20, 2021 (1:40 pm)

    Congrats, Mara! Amazing space and great location. So happy to see new developments in West Seattle! 

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