Eastside Farmer’s Markets Are Starting! But, Where Are They?

Eastside Farmer’s Markets Are Starting! But, Where Are They?

Farmers Markets are a great way for local farmers to get into our communities, meeting their patrons face-to-face. Farmers Markets are also a great way for everyone to get involved in the community and help their communities grow and flourish in a sustainable and healthy manner.

Why choose farmers markets? Farmers Markets are great for our local communities, including job creation, local economy stimulation, increased nutrition awareness and access to fresh ingredients and supporting healthy families on both sides of the table. Want to know more?

Starting from the south, Renton holds their Farmers Market on Tuesdays, June through September/October from 3pm-7pm. This year, in 2018, the Farmers’ Market opens June 5th, 2018. Join them at the Piazza Park in downtown Renton.

Though their 2018 Season hadn’t been released yet, their 2017 should give you an idea of their awesome lineups to come! Check back frequently, as we’re still a couple months away from the start date!

In May, the Issaquah Farmers Market opens on Saturdays – rain or shine! Open from 9am-2pm between May 5th to September 29th, the Issaquah market is a great place for children and family activities, cooking demonstrations, handmade arts and crafts, live music and entertainment, and of course, farm-fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables!

The Mercer Island Farmers Markets runs on Sundays between the months of June and October, from 10am to 3pm, making them a break activity for morning breakfast and lunch or a family-friendly morning out of the house!

The weekly schedule is on their website, so feel free to check it out to get a feel how each week will vibe – and don’t forget about their special events, where they hold food and drink tastings, giveaways and live music!

Celebrating 15 years of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, the Bellevue Farmers Market operates on Thursdays, every week from May through October. Enjoy fresh-cut flowers, meats and one-of-a-kind artisan foods.

Whether you want to stop by for the entire event or a just a on-the-go snack, this small group of local farmers create a vibrant marketplace for farm-fresh products, closing the gap between harvest and consumer. They’re open on Thursdays, between 3pm and 7pm starting May 17th through October 11th!

The last market on our list for Eastside Farmers Markets is the Redmond Farmers Market, which is held near the Redmond Town Center, making parking a breeze! Open May through October from 9am to 3pm, their Saturday market welcomes their 43rd season this year with a special event – the Redmond High School Pep Band will kick off the season with a “rousing performance!”

Sometimes Seattle markets are harder to get to and offer little in terms of parking opportunities and while they’re just as thrilling, sometimes we don’t want the small hassle. These Eastside markets are great opportunities for the same amazing and local quality, but without the hustle and bustle of the city.

Didn’t find the one you were searching for? Check out this mega-list of Puget Sound markets!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

UPDATE ON A CLASSIC
$1,398,000 • 3821 82nd Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island • MLS# 1277791
4 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 3,700 sq. ft. • 11,645 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Anni Zilz or Julie Wilson
AnniZilz@Windermere.com • 206.390.5723 • AnniZilz.com
Julie.Wilson@Windermere.com • 206.225.1500 • JulieWilsonRealEstate.com

GEORGIAN-STYLE ELEGANCE
$1,350,000 • 9245 SE 59th Street, Mercer Island • MLS# 1272528
5 Bedrooms • 3.75 Bathrooms • 3,600 sq. ft. • 15,263 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Doug McKiernan.
Doug@Windermere.com • 206.369.3949 • WindermereDoug.com

SERENE HIGH ROCK RETREAT
$1,295,000 • 18724 High Rock Road, Monroe • MLS# 1281037
4 Bedrooms • 4.5 Bathrooms • 3,688 sq. ft. • 235,224 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Charlie Sirianni or Erin Sirianni.
SirianniGroup@Windermere.com • 206.992.6151 • SirianniGroup.com
ErinS@Windermere.com • 206.992.5272 • SirianniGroup.com

GRACIOUS IN GRASSLAWN
$850,000 • 15001 NE 66th Street, Redmond • MLS# 1280288
4 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,820 sq. ft. • 11,932 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Donna Cowles.
DonnaCowles@Windermere.com • 206.947.1737 • DonnaCowles.com


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

10 Of Our Favorite Redmond, Washington Restaurants

10 Of Our Favorite Redmond, Washington Restaurants

Redmond, Washington is a unique refuge at the northernmost tip of Lake Sammamish. Though relatively small in size when compared to nearby metropolises, like Bellevue, Everett, and Seattle, Redmond has a unique charm all its own and is known in the region as a high-tech enclave on the Eastside. Tech-giants, like Nintendo of America and Microsoft, are two well-known and highly-regarded companies that call Redmond home.

Alongside their uptick in population since the early 2000s, Redmond’s local economy boomed, especially in terms of local and distinct eateries and attractions; including the Redmond Town Center, which offers a bunch of shopping and eating opportunities and Redmond’s Farmer’s Market during the Spring and Summer seasons.

Similar to Seattle, Bellevue, and other nearby cities, local eateries saw a resurgence in past decades – and we’re sharing some of our favorites here! So, if you’re curious about some of Redmond’s best eats, read on!

We’re starting off with two burger places, the first of which is FEED CO. This hip eatery, offers “perfect” burgers, fries, and shakes in a classic fashion, updated with a more modern and industrial décor. They use ALL Pacific Northwest sourced ingredients, with a rotating menu to utilize the best of the PNW.

Tipsy Cow is another local favorite – and (nearly) always adorned with a line out the door. Yes, they’re THAT good! They’ve got your “classic” burger style with grass fed beef, but they’re famous for their super creative burgers, including freshly ground lamb, turkey, ahi tuna, all-natural house braised pork, salmon filet, house made black bean and portabella mushroom, or Draper Valley chicken breast. They’ve got options!

Another great option for carnivores is PRIME Steakhouse. Incidentally, it’s right across the street from Tipsy Cow! A contemporary rendition of a classic American steakhouse, they offer the highest-quality steak available – it’s within the top 2% of all-natural USDA certified Omaha beef. Their warm and inviting, low-lit interior prove excellent ways to enjoy your dining experience and forget about the hubbub of the day.

Locally owned and operated, the Woodblock in Redmond provides true innovation in the heart of Redmond. A quaint, neighborhood restaurant, they pride themselves on being “less like a night out and more like eating at a friend’s place,” with personal and familiar touches that only occur when passion is involved. Through the ingenuity of their Executive Chef, Savuthy Dy, their menu frequently changes, so check back often for their most recent creations!

If you’re searching for a 21+ experience, look no further than the Matador. Their open late and with outdoor seating (perfect for those summer nights!), the Matador is a great staple in Old Town Redmond, off Redmond Way and Cleveland Street. Quick side tip, if you haven’t tried their brunch, you should. With a darker, candle-lit ambiance, it’s perfect for friends’ nights out!

Brilliant Italian and European fare? Try the Sages Restaurant. Established in 2001, they’ve quickly made a name for themselves and coined themselves an “intimate Redmond treasure,” creating a rustic ambiance alongside fresh and “tastier-than-ever” dishes. In 2017 alone, they won two local awards, including “Best of Redmond” and “#1 Gluten Free Menu”.

The Coho Café offers an amazing, Pacific Northwest-inspired menu in a warm and comfortable environment. In classic café style, their genuine hospitality demonstrates their care for your experience and their carefully crafted menu offers some of the best PNW-inspired creations on the Eastside! (http://cohocafe.com)

Amazing Japanese cuisine is found at Oto Sushi. Though you’ll find more than just sushi, including sukiyaki, stir-fried noodles, udon, curry katsu, and tons of appetizers, their sushi is really the main attraction. Beautifully crafted and displayed, their plates are brought to life by the color and creativity put into each dish. (http://www.otoredmond.com/)

Another delicious eatery, the Dough Zone Dumpling House is an amazing place to indulge your Cantonese cravings. Warm buns and dumplings aren’t just an appetizer, but a main course here – and they’ve got loads of options, like chicken, pork, crab, and shrimp! Tip for parking, they share with Bartell’s, in addition to their main lot.

The Stone House is a hidden gem in Downtown Redmond, serving creative twists from open ‘till close. If you thought you knew American foods, think again, and try this American-inspired, Pacific Northwest-enthusiast’s dream! Casual and comfortable, enjoy your meal “at home” here. Their focus on technique, seasonality, sustainability, and creativity is far more important to them than classifying their delightful array of unique creations.

If you ever find yourself near Redmond, these places are amazing and worth the trek to try! Have we missed any of your favorite places in or around Redmond? What are they?


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

Have Family Coming to Town? These are 5 of Seattle’s & 5 of Bellevue’s Most Highly Regarded Hotels

Have Family Coming to Town? These are 5 of Seattle’s & 5 of Bellevue’s Most Highly Regarded Hotels

The holidays are stressful enough without having the added pressure of dealing with the hotel you’re staying at. You’d assume it would be easy. You book the room and the show up and settle in, but we’re heard horror stories of ruined holidays or last-minute cramped quarters as twenty people share one four-bedroom home.

We’ve done through dozens of reviews, articles, and exposes and we’re here to share our findings – and just in time, too!

Bellevue

Hyatt Hotels is a world-renowned legacy, marked by outstanding service, profound understanding and knowledge of the surrounding area(s), and offering all the conveniences of home. In Bellevue, Hyatt Hotels offers two locations, one in downtown Bellevue, the Hyatt Regency, and on in the Eastgate neighborhood, the Hyatt House. There’s also one in Redmond!

The Hampton Inn & Suites is another popular Hilton endeavor. Friendly and “highly recommended” this location is right outside downtown Bellevue, meaning you get all the convenience, without all the traffic and city hubbub (don’t worry – you’re only two blocks away!)

The Westin Hotel in Bellevue, proves a premier experience at it’s finest. Consistently top notch, they’re a quarter-block away from Bellevue’s premier shopping experience, including the Bellevue Collection, Lincoln Square, Shops at the Bravern, and the Bellevue Connection.

Mariott Hotels also offers a getaway in Bellevue Downtown District. Excellent location and an overall comfortable stay make the holidays an easy experience! Add in some fabulous dining, their fitness center, and other amenities, the Courtyard by Marriott in Bellevue proves an excellent option!

Seattle

With how expansive Seattle is, there’s bound to be tons of excellent hotel options – and that’s definitely the case here. Don’t worry – we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 go-tos!

Self-touted as “hip and urban, funky and fun,” Hotel 5 is at the top of our “Seattle” list. With their pup-friendly package, “there’s no need to ruff it without your furry friend!” This ultra-modern hotel has set its sights higher and offers a plethora of amenities – and a 1100% smoke-free environment.

Another fabulous option is the Loews Hotel 1000. Each location is uniquely modern and contoured to the Seattle community – including awesome pup and children specialties. Check out their Spaahh for award-winning products and treatments, while their Seafood & Oyster Bar and Bell Lounge offer expert dining experiences.

Another Seattle experience, highlighting the human-dog friendship that’s so brightly invigorated around the Puget Sound Region. The Kimpton Hotel Vintage is one of Seattle’s boutique hotels, offering an urban retreat for anyone within the sound of their voice. Want to get spoiled and pampered? Delight in their in-room spa experience, complimentary hotel bicycles, plus their partnership with Washington wine partners and their morning coffee + tea service. Love the hotel you’re in!

Stay in the heart of downtown, at the Kimpton Alexis Hotel. Another unique endeavor, similar to their Hotel Vintage location, this luxury stay was rated “#1 Hotel in Seattle” by Conde Nast Traveler, RCA 2017 and “Best Seattle Hotels” by U.S. News & World Report, 2017. Curious why? Phenomenal experiences. Exceptional services. “Because you’re worth it.”

Enjoy classic Seattle shopping at the new Pike Place Market and stay at the Inn at the Market. Savor the views of downtown, Pike Place Market, Seattle’s waterfront experience, the Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains beyond – and depending on your preferences, there are different suite options to choose from!

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But Seattle and Bellevue, though the premier cities of the area, aren’t the only one’s with decent digs! Kirkland also offers two premier hotels, if that’s a bit closer to your family!

The Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa is located just north of Bellevue, on the edges of Yarrow Bay. With great reviews, dashing views, and awesome activities, they’re on this list of classic Pacific Northwest experience.

 Another Kirkland abode away from home is the Heathman Hotel. Totally #PNW and luxurious, and only a hop, skip and a jump into Woodinville, this hotel is ideally located near downtown Kirkland shopping, eating, and their beautiful waterfront.

Do you have a have a favorite place to stay in-town, or while you’re visiting the Seattle area? Let us know!

4 Up & Coming Ways to Commute Around the Greater Seattle Region

4 Up & Coming Ways to Commute Around the Greater Seattle Region

Seattle’s commute has proved horrendous for a while, but what are we doing about it? And how can we make it better?

According to an October 2017, GeekWire article, Seattle has the sixth longest average commute time, at 54.22 minutes – and, believe it or not, that number has actually reduced from an earlier February figure from King5. Though we’re still behind cities like Washington, CD, San Francisco, CA and New York, NY, the figure in minutes is only about a 6-minute difference. According to that same article, however, Seattle falls to number 17 in commute-related stress.

While vehicle transit makes up a large majority of Seattle’s average commuter, there are tons of other options coming down the pipeline.

One of the largest options in the newspapers are the Light Rail Expansions, and although it’s not settled to be “complete” (as per current projects) until 2039 for its furthest reaching, Tacoma expansion, and projects headway can be seen across the I-90 bridge and 2041 for the Kirkland-Issaquah service.

It seems a far in the future, but the 62 new miles, coming in at 116 miles total, of light rail is projected as one of the “most ambitious transit expansions this country has ever seen,” noted Snohomish County Executive, Dave Somers.

King County Metro has spoke about expanding bus service and boosting their late-night schedules. With 240 more trips each weekday, 100 more Saturday trips, 153 additional Sunday trips and the hiring of more than 2,800 transit operators, the metro system is confident to bolster service throughout the region.

Water Taxis are making a comeback as new options come to light. A fast-ferry has also been proposed for foot-traffic between Tacoma and Seattle. According to Curbed-Seattle, Tacoma’s City Councilor, Ryan Mello, there’s “a lot of regional interest” in the idea, but regulation bars them on a state level, leaving it up to the local governments to run with the idea. If this were to take effect, it could reduce the averaged 30-minute commute by 10-minutes.

Another fast-ferry could be on it’s way, connecting Seattle to Renton, Washington, via Lake Washington. Though this is the idea of a private developer, they hope to be up and running in 2020 – only a couple short years away!

Since so many other land-routes are clogged and bogged-down throughout the day, and especially during peak hours, water seems like the right way to go about reducing congestion.

Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan was also implemented earlier this year (2017). The 2017-2021 plan, is a vision that bicycle riding throughout the region proves comfortable for people’s day-to-day life, for all ages and all abilities. Stay up to date on the Bike Master Plan page.

Ferries, buses, biking… they’re all the usual, but a huge way you can cut your commute in the meantime is to rideshare. Whether through private organizations or with your best buds, this is a great way for you to take advantage of perks, like cutting fuel cost and consumption, cheaper parking, use HOV/HOT lanes and avoid extraneous wear and tear on your vehicle.

Bottom line, many major metropolises are bearing a heavy burden, when it comes to its workers’ commute. Some drive times expanding 17-miles could take up to 90-minutes – or longer – in some cases. Something many agree on, is that solutions lie in data and technology, and “not necessarily in adding a big highway or building a big parking garage.”

What do you think about these potential or up and coming options? How drastically do you think they’ll reduce and relieve the average commute? Know of any more options? Let us know in the comments!

5+ Places to Find Inspiring & Interesting Children’s Toys

5+ Places to Find Inspiring & Interesting Children’s Toys

Remember when you were children, and your favorite toy was that stuffed animal that you’ve for, literally, ever? Or the blanket your grandma made for you? Or that LEGO set that took your four months to complete because you knew you didn’t need help to finish it.

And with today’s evolving technology, our view of children’s toys has also evolved. Oftentimes, we’ll find children four years of age, playing with cellphones and tablets in restaurants.

Seattle

Red Wagon Toys remains a north Seattle favorite. Located in the neighborhood of Madison Park, this humble toy store offers fun, educational toys of intrigue, inspiration, and variety.

Another Seattle-local toy store is Top Ten Toys in the Queen Anne neighborhood or Seattle. This store remains a true staple in the community and a huge “hit with the kiddos!” Walls of children’s kits offer endless fun for years to come! Their mission is to inspire creativity, offer intrigue through imagination, and tons of fun! We think they hit that mission spot on.

In South Seattle, specifically the Columbia City neighborhood, you’ll find Retroactive Kids. This store offers excellent selections from the current generation, and from previous generations of newly reimagined designs, hence the name “retroactive.”

In the Pioneer Square neighborhood is where Magic Mouse Toys stands. Included in their 6,000-sq. ft. facility are children’s books, die cast cars, dolls, stuffed animals, games, kids’ kits, puzzles, and tons more!

Eastside

The eastside offers even more options for you little ones, including Snapdoodle Toys. This solid-five-star-rated toy shop offers “fun” in spades! From construct-ables to actions figures, puzzles to books, and plush animals to educational toys, this shop what you’re children are searching for!

Another highly-rated shop, Wee Tots Children’s Store specializes in simple, colorful and interesting toys for children of all ages. It’s adorably located in the heart of Old Bellevue, so grab a latte and enjoy the shop!

Do you have too many toys? Or just trying to clear out for the holidays? Many of the places on this list, we at Windermere Mercer Island volunteer and donate to throughout the year and could definitely help you repurpose your toys. Or if you don’t have extra toys (or children at all), any unused food products could help them through the holiday surge!

What are your favorite places to support throughout the year?


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BROADVIEW BEAUTY
12548 11th Avenue NW, Seattle • MLS# 1218441
$675,000 • 4 Bedrooms •1.75 Bathrooms • 1,710 Square Feet • 8,100 Lot Size

Nestled on a peaceful and friendly street just blocks away from the Puget Sound waterfront, this classic mid-century home awaits you. Relax or gather friends around the fireside in its light-filled living room. A spacious dining room is ready for holiday parties, while the adjoining kitchen features a cheerful breakfast nook with bay window. You will want to spend summer days out on the sunny back deck and patio. The fully-fenced, grassy backyard is something special with its generous fruit trees and wide-open space. Four bedrooms provide plenty of privacy for everyone. Carkeek Park’s beach, trails and playground are just a stroll away!

For more information, please contact Jake Kanev.
Kanev@Windermere.com • 206.686.4700 • JakeKanev.com

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A CAPTIVATING VIEW
24018th Avenue N #201, Seattle • MLS# 1218815
$629,000 • 2 Bedrooms • 1.25 Bathrooms • 1,065 Sq. Ft.

THE VIEW IS CAPTIVATING! Sailboats, seaplanes & sparkling lights, Gasworks Park, Lake Union, Capitol Hill, the city & beyond, an outlook all the way to the snow capped Cascades! Yet you are only minutes to SLU or Fremont-a quick ride in the dedicated bike lane. Completely refreshed! Move-in, live large, entertain even larger! How will you spend your extra time? Take a run on the Burke-Gilman, grab coffee at Herkimer’s then relax on your deck before brunch? Live your COMMUTE-FREE life here, now!

For more information, please contact Kathryn Buchanan.
KABU@Windermere.com • 206.227.2227 • KathrynBuchanan.com

5 Poke Places in King County’s Eastside

5 Poke Places in King County’s Eastside

We’ve all seen trends come and go, and one sizzling trend right now is Poke. A “raw fish salad,” Poke is traditionally served as an appetizer, but this hot new trend features this meal as a main course – and tons of eateries are taking hold!

These hot and new eateries often feature a “Choose Your Own” or “Step” business model, where you can choose your base, proteins, mix ins, sides, sauces and toppings. Sound delicious? If you enjoy fish, it totally is! And even if you don’t, many stores offer vegetarian options, such as tofu or potato.

Big Island Poke is making a splash in Renton’s downtown district. Created by one of the founders of the People of the Chubbs food truck, this restaurant offers poke in Big Island Fashion, including the fact that much of their ingredients come from Hawaii! This up and coming shop says, “their current roster… is just the beginning.” So, don’t be afraid to ask for something different, and unusual!

Another highly regarded, Eastside poke bar is Just Poke. This “flavorful and fresh” establishment offers more than just chicken, tuna, salmon, and shrimp! Try their tofu, sweet potatoes, unagi, and tako! This #PNW inspired cuisine offers more than traditional poke, but strives towards innovation, supplemented with locally sourced ingredients.

In the heart of Bellevue, you’ll find MIX Poke Bar. Using the basics of their one-two-three-four-mix method, they create a solid foundation where you can curate your own, individual flavor. Try something different, or stick to the basics – it’s up to you!

Sleek and modern, Hello Poke is pushing poke to the limit in Redmond, Washington. With tons of toppings, you can easily make ten “usuals” or just add everything into the mix! What more could you ask for than super friendly service and a variety of fresh ingredients.

Do you enjoy poke? What are your favorite places?


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UPDATE ON A CLASSIC
3209 15th Avenue South, Seattle • MLS# 1215653
$750,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 2,507 Fin. Sq. Ft. • 5,800 Lot Size

Classic charm meets modern convenience in this light and lovely North Beacon Hill home. Gather around the upgraded gas fireplace, serve meals in the spacious dining room, or relax in the huge lower level bonus room. The remodeled kitchen is a cook’s delight with stainless steel appliances, sleek stone surfaces, and dining nook with French doors to the deck. Three upstairs bedrooms plus a 4th on the main offer space and privacy for everyone.

For more information, please contact Brian Rosso.
BRosso@Windermere.com • 206.356.9206 • BrianRosso.com

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COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
12903 SE 38th Street, Bellevue • MLS# 1216107
$399,000 • 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1,023 Square Feet

Move right in to this quiet, west-facing Newport Court end unit featuring fresh paint, carpeting, and more. Relax or entertain with a fireside living room, adjacent dining area, and covered balcony. Overlooking it all is an open kitchen with updated stainless appliances and handy breakfast bar. Retreat to your spacious master suite with full bath and walk-in closet. The second bedroom offers a continental bath also has a walk-in closet. Stroll to T-Mobile, Swedish Medical, Starbucks, restaurants and Factoria Mall. Close to I-90/I-405 access, too!

For more information, please contact Julie Baker.
JulieBaker@Windermere.com • 425.644.2933 • JulieBakerRealEstate.com

 

10 Shopping Centers of the Greater Seattle Region

10 Shopping Centers of the Greater Seattle Region

We’re getting into the best (or worst) time for seasonal shopping, and although there is much you can purchase online, stores are creating sales and pre-sales to combat their dwindling retail shop industry. It can also be a good time to verify sale prices and stock up on things that are typically more expensive throughout the year!

These 11-local shopping center are great for getting out of the house, or finding that last wish list item.

In the center of Downtown Seattle, you’d fine the massive shopping district, including Westlake Center, Pacific Place and surrounding buildings, housing retailors, such as Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Nike’s Seattle location. Westlake Center is a 4-story, glass-enclosed shopping center, that includes tons of eateries and retailors, while Pacific Place is a small mall, offering Seattle’s premier boutiques.

Nestled between the University District and Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood, you’ll find the University Village Shopping Center. This largely outdoor shopping area has been beautifully designed to incorporate the experience of shopping with the quaint shops that call this “Village” home. Comprised of dozens of retailors, including glassybaby and Mercer & Co., this mall offers ample parking and is within walking distance to public transportation and various Seattle neighborhoods.

Further north, in the Northgate neighborhood, you’ll find Northgate Mall. A Simon Mall, Northgate offers a variety of retailors and boutiques, including Macy’s and Forever XXI. Though Northgate in and of itself is of substantial size, encompassing over 130 stores, its proximity to the Regal Cinemas at Thorton Place and the Northgate North building only adds to the opportunity.

Moving further north, towards Lynnwood, you’ll find the newly reimagined Alderwood Mall and surrounding shopping centers. Touted as Snohomish County’s largest mall, this mall comprises over 165 stores and 1.5 million square feet of retail space. The space went through major renovations in the early 2000s and it remains a major mall for north end dwellers.

Redmond’s dual-level, outdoor shopping mall offers tons of beauty and opportunity for consumers. Offering more than 110 shops restaurants, lodging and entertainment options, Redmond Town Center comprises six buildings, most of the shopping in the main hub of Center Street Plaza and the Macy’s and REI buildings.

The bustling city of Bellevue, offers three malls, including the Bellevue Collection and Bellevue Square Mall, Crossroads Bellevue, and Factoria Mall. Though technically not the largest in Washington, Bellevue Square Mall does offer 1.3 million square feet of retail space and comprises over 180 stores. It’s adjoining buildings, such as Lincoln Square, offer more opportunity for dining and play. Bell-Square, as local call it, is known for its high-end retailors, including Armani Exchange and Hugo Boss.

Both Crossroads Bellevue and the Marketplace at Factoria are considerably smaller than other local malls, but they both have a lot to offer. Crossroads is a plethora of culture and eating, surrounded by family-friendly fun, exercise facilities, and retailors, including Old Navy, Pier 1 Imports, and Daiso Japan. The Marketplace at Factoria offers retailors such as Target, the Nordstrom Rack, and Old Navy, but they also have a ton of surrounding eateries and shops.

The Marketplace at Factoria is located a block away from Newport High School, Crossroads is approximately 1.5-miles from Bellevue’s Interlake High School, and the Bellevue Collection is less than a mile from Bellevue High School. These close proximities make these malls a go-to for after school activities and gettogethers.

The Westfield-Southcenter Mall, formerly known as Southcenter Mall, is the largest shopping center in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. Comprising over 215 stores and 1.7 million square feet of retail space, Westfield Mall offers a wide array of shopping opportunities from food and clothing, to beauty and home décor.

Federal Way’s regional shopping mall, offers over 90 stores, full-service restaurant, and arcade, and cineplex! As Federal Way’s only mall, the Commons at Federal Way and its surrounding plazas offer the majority of the area’s shopping.

Down the hill into Auburn, you’ll find another massive shopping center, known as the Outlet Collection Seattle and remains the largest outlet mall in the Pacific Northwest. Comprised of 140 stores and about 945,000 square feet of retail space, the Outlet Collection has gone through major additions and renovations since the early 2000s, including a half-dozen strip malls.

Whether you’re shopping for you mother, father, sister, brother, spouse, child or best friend, you can surely find, make, or bake something that will brighten their day!


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A NORTHWEST SANCTURAY
6730 West Mercer Way, Mercer Island • MLS# 1215905
$1,400,000 • 4 Bedrooms + Den/Office • 3 Bathrooms • 3,140 Square Feet • 19,754 Lot Size

Set on nearly half an acre of beautifully landscaped grounds, this iconic Northwest Contemporary lives in harmony with its serene surroundings. Gather friends around the fireside in the light-filled living room―its dramatic windows rise up to meet a soaring open-beam ceiling. Dinner is served just around the corner in the spacious dining area. Overlooking it all is a comfy office/bonus loft with brick fireplace and slider to the upper deck.

Cooking is a joy alongside wide views in the roomy, open kitchen with double ovens, plenty of cupboard space, and sunny breakfast nook. Step out for summer barbecues on the back deck, or spend winter evenings around the cozy Vermont Castings wood stove in the adjacent family room.

At the end of the day, your master suite is a peaceful retreat with bright white open beam ceilings, mountain views, and an ensuite ¾ bath. Three more bedrooms plus a full hallway bath complete the upstairs.

For more information, please contact Erin Ewing.
ErinEwing@Windermere.com • 206.354.8228 •  ErinEwing.com

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SUNSET RIDGE TOWNHOME
2957 142nd Avenue SE, Bellevue • MLS# 1215515
$500,000 • 3 Bedroom • 2.75 Bathrooms • 1,392 Square Feet

This spacious condo is set in an unbeatable location just steps away from Bellevue College and near the Eastgate Park & Ride. Its lightfilled layout lives large with a soaring 2-story living room and dramatic windows overlooking natural scenery and sunsets. Open gathering spaces flow to the bright kitchen. Step out to the deck, or head upstairs to two bedroom suites. A main floor bedroom is great for guests or a den!

For more information, please contact Doug McKiernan.
Doug@Windermere.com • 206.369.3949 • WindermereDoug.com

The Ultimate Trail Guide to the Greater Seattle Region

The Ultimate Trail Guide to the Greater Seattle Region

Even through the development and construction, Seattle and the Greater Seattle Area remain an idealistic place for outdoorspeople and our growing population of cyclists. Grabbing your bicycle and hitting a trail can be both exhilarating and allow you to explore a different side of the city.

The local enthusiasm for cycling isn’t misguided, as it serves multiple purposes and provides hours of entertainment and exercise. This ultimate bike guide will help you find the right one in your area – right outside your front door!

Seattle

  • The Alki Trail. This 5.5-mile trail runs the peninsula of West Seattle along the water. Though patrons suggest you “watch for roots”, this trail is excellent for bicyclists in the city!
  • Though the Burke-Gilman Trail runs from Seattle to Bothell, this trail is a local mainstay. It’s 18.8 miles is not for the faint of heart, but it proves an exhilarating ride!
  • Comprised of asphalt, the Chief Sealth Trail is a 4-mile trail is great for urban-dwellers. If you live in South Seattle, you could probably walk to a trailhead from your home!
  • The I-90 Trail is one that is most frequented by commuters from or to the Bellevue or Seattle. At 8.8-miles, it gets in that morning exercise without setting back your days’ progress. It’s paved and well-maintained and offers wonderful views of Lake Washington.

Eastside

  • The Cedar River Trail extends from Renton’s Cedar River Park into Hobart. At 15.7-miles, the trail is largely paved, but the last stretch passed the Maple Valley Trailhead comprises packed gravel.
  • This Bellevue trail, otherwise known as the Coal Creek Trail, is great for beginners who want to stay close to home. At 3.7-miles, this Bellevue to Newcastle hike comprises a dirt, grass, and woodchips surface along wide paths and a steep façade.
  • The Cross-Kirkland Corridor is in a forward trajectory, meaning the city of Kirkland sees a bright future in the form of corridor expansion. This trail currently rests at 5.8 miles and stays within the Kirkland limits.
  • The Issaquah-Preston Trail proves an endearing 4.8-mile trek through the urban wilderness. Though on the short side of Pacific Northwest trails, its largely unused and you can often find yourself the only person out!
  • The North Creek Trail is in Snohomish and stands at 7.8-miles. A step through nature, you can often birdwatch and see the abundant wildlife sifting through the underbrush.
  • Redmond is known for many things, including the Redmond Central Connector. At 2.4-miles, it’s a great way to connect the Sammamish River and Bear Creek Trails and enjoy a little loop into downtown Redmond.

North End

  • This 7.25-miles, known as the North Creek Trail, proves a beautiful display of the PNW wetlands. Abundant with nature and wildlife, you’ll be sure to find the natural beauty and feel your pressures whisked away.
  • From Bothell to Redmond, the Sammamish River Trail connects the north end with the Eastside, via this 11-mile trail. It’s a proven love of local, depicted by its heavy weekend use and well-maintained passages.
  • One of the more bolstered trails on this list, the Snohomish County Centennial Trail rests at 30.5-miles. Some segments can be fairly busy, so make sure to keep an eye out for other patrons.

South End

  • This waterside trail offers beautiful Puget Sound views and the aroma of salty water and shoreside pine trees. The Des Moines Creek Trail connects various beachfront parks, where additional challenges and mountainous terrain can be sought.
  • Running from Tukwila to Kent, the Green River Trail runs the entre 19.6-mile span. Touted for it being a “great place for exercise” and “peaceful”, the trail is excellent for cyclists of all types.
  • The Foothills trails span from Puyallup to Enumclaw and comprise roughly 30-miles. It’s clean and great for any type of ride.
  • The Soos Creek Trail run 6-miles from north to south, in Kent, Washington. A well-paved and maintained trail, the Soos Creek offers tons of scenery and numerous trailheads – some very close to you Kent home!

Even Further Out…

  • Though not exactly in our backyard, this destination-bike trail is great for getting out of the city for a day. The Chehalis Western Trail is 21.2-miles and connects every major town in Thurston County, including our capitol, Olympia.
  • The Interurban Trail is one that spans a great distance, approximately 42-miles and from Everett all the way down to Fife, and is distinguished by a “North” and “South” designation. Largely comprised of asphalt paving, this trail is great for beginners, intermediate, and advanced cyclists.
  • The Cushman Trail is great for people looking for a challenge. Although it isn’t entirely challenging, it offers a bit of variety nestled between beautiful backdrops and the smell of northwestern pine.

The Pacific Northwest and the Greater Seattle area is abundant with cyclists, and our cities are further accommodation of a new favorite pastime. Endless more can be found on the local city websites and Washington State Trails Association website.

Think we missed an important trail? Leave the name in the comments below!

 

9 Kid-Friendly Indoor Activities from Around the Greater Seattle Region

9 Kid-Friendly Indoor Activities from Around the Greater Seattle Region

Children are a world all in their own. They can create something out of nothing and have an endless amount of energy. And what we do with that energy is how we promote their development?

When we search the best place to take our children, we look for things like opportunity for social recreation, promotion of developmental skillsets and abilities, diversity in activity, and location and proximity to salubrious eateries (if there aren’t healthful foods there). Even if you’re packing foods for lunch, we often forget something, and need to pick something up last minutes.

A Bellevue staple, the KidsQuest Children’s Museum is a great way to indulge your child’s every sense. Whether a rainy day or not, your child will enjoy a few hours to paint, draw, feel, learn, and strategize in this super-innovative and interactive environment.

The Jungle Gym is an activity-dense center is a place for any child to “bounce, climb, flip, roll, zip, and swing.” With gymnastics, open gym, a climbing wall, and trampoline, this “fun & fit” gym creates a great environment to learn and play. Burien based, its location is right in the heart of downtown Burien and perfect to combine with a day-out, a summer Farmer’s Market, or as a pre-activity before checking out the library.

Located in Maple Valley, off Black Diamond Road, the Discovery Playtown proves an excellent place for kids to play veterinarian, beautician, grocer, fire-person, or explorer. Their designated “Toddler Corner” and their basic play area are excellent safe spaces for children to visit “playtown”.

“Ready. Set. Go!” A massive warehouse of inflatables, this Preston playhouse is great for birthday parties and people of all ages! Safe and clean, they have taller-than-tall slides and challenging obstacle courses, creating a secure environment for all to enjoy! Check out Kiz Bounce!

Great Play is another indoor activity-heavy recreation powerhouse, located in Redmond, Washington. From infancy to school-aged, they’ve numerous structures and activities to learn, play and have great fun! Grab a few friends or mark a playdate on your calendar!

Another Redmond, Washington hotspot is the Jumping Beak Indoor Playspace & Café. Bridges, ball pits, slides, and a Lego wall-building room completes this light and bright, kid-friendly hub! Like many other local places, they offer bulk-pricing for the entire family!

Ideal for littler children, Discovery Village is a great experience that both enriches the community and promotes healthy development. Open play is open 6 days per week, but they also offer preschooling, various events, and birthday hosting!

JuzPlay Kids is an active and dense environment, where children explore and play in an intuitive and cohesive atmosphere. Known as an imaginative way to promote healthy learning and exercise, this indoor playground supports creativity in everything they do.

This list couldn’t be complete without the Pacific Northwest powerhouse, Seattle Center. Seattle Center is a vast expanse that includes dozens of family-friendly recreation options that will keep you busy for weeks. It houses the Children’s Museum, Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Pacific Science Center, and the Museum of Pop Culture.

The Armory is great place to have lunch, and below is the Seattle Children’s Museum. You can lose hours here as you child runs from interactive activity, to skill-building, and back again!

Does your child have a winter birthday? Or just want to plan a playdate with a group of parents? These options are excellent – check out their websites and Yelp reviews!

Children are the childhood we keep on living. What are you favorite Fall-Winter activities to keep them happy, healthy, and active?

5 Fearless Burger Joints in Redmond, Washington

5 Fearless Burger Joints in Redmond, Washington

Redmond is a bustling place for people searching for local eats and shopping. One popular item in particular, are exceptional burger places. The local area has a few staples when it comes to unique and

This modern phenomenon began in the 19th or early 20th century, with a simple hamburger. As an easy sandwich-like meal, it grew popular as an affordable food that can be eaten while one’s out and about. Today it’s morphed into a staple of many families and is even considered some people’s favorite food.

Since its inception, the burger has become so much more than the word, but a blank canvas to indulge your taste buds on the ride of their life. Have you ever tried adding an egg, battered bacon, or arugula instead of the old-standby, lettuce? Or perhaps chicken, a salmon fillet, black bean or lentil patty, instead of the usual red-meat one?

Regardless your preference, you may consider checking out these fantastic options.

The Lunchbox Laboratory is a local “culinary vision” derived from mixing “nostalgic Americana comfort food with an off-the-wall twist.” And this food-mastermind brought the Lunchbox Laboratory’s full-service, alchemist-inspired, and full-service experience into full force.

Another Redmond favorite for burgers and shakes is Feed Co. Burgers. This modern shop offers a rustic-industrial feel. Open spaces create easy access for you and your friends to converse, while enjoying your meal. Take a friend or go with a group. Either way, enjoy and have fun!

Redmond’s namesake bar & grill aims to bring “great fun and quality food” to the table. They offer a full-tier menu, including burgers, steaks, and sandwiches. Made-fresh daily if their moto, and they uphold their passion at every table!

As vibrant as their food, Woodblock offers creative and eclectic food innovations, comprised of the finest ingredients and the friendliest lifestyle Redmond has to offer. Their menu ranges from brunch to dinner, so whatever your palette, they’ve got your favorite!

Welcome to the epicenter of quality and delight. Tipsy Cow Burger Bar combines unique tastes you’ve never even imagined. Best part? They’ve seafood, vegetarian, and non-red-meat burger options, too! My advice, try their truffle fries!

Hungry for a meal? These 5 Redmond burger joints have your back!

What are your favorite places to enjoy a succulent burger?


new listings this week from

WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN REDMOND
7912 170th Avenue Northeast, Redmond • MLS# 1189021
$400,000 • 1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 828 Square Feet

Discover carefree living in this immaculate condo. Set apart in a peaceful location by Anderson Park, it’s still just a stroll away from Redmond Town Center and close to 520 access. Relax or host friends in open living and dining areas alongside the cozy gas fireplace. A sleek kitchen overlooks it all, with slab granite surfaces and stainless appliances. Step out to the private deck, or retreat to your generous master with dream walk-in closet.

For more information, please contact Brian Rosso.
BRosso@Windermere.com • 206.356.9206 • BrianRosso.com

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SHARED WATERFRONT
4711 Lakehurst Lane Southeast, Bellevue • MLS# 1188275
$2,169,000 • 3 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 3,180 Square Feet • 17,182 Lot Size

Live the lakeside lifestyle in this custom crafted home, poised to enjoy breathtaking vistas from nearly every room. Vaulted ceilings, gallery windows, and a warm brick fireplace invite you to gather in the living room. Accordion French doors open to an atrium dining room, while the island-style kitchen is a delight with quartz surfaces, stainless appliances, and a comfy open family room. Three bedrooms—including a view master suite—plus an office, rec room, workshop, and storage provide flex space. Stroll to the community beach from this ideal cul-desac location near Newport HS and I-405 access!

For more information, please contact Molly Neary or Joanie Ransom.
Molly@Windermere.com • 206.920.9166 • Molly.WITHWRE.com
JRansom@Windermere.com • 206.409.0521

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THE RESERVE AT NEWCASTLE
15401 Southeast 83rd Lane, Newcastle • MLS# 1188518
$1,558,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 4 Bathrooms • 4,170 Square Feet • 8,882 Lot Size

Nestled on a peaceful and private cul-de-sac in the prestigious Reserve neighborhood, this home offers refined living just moments away from the Golf Club at Newcastle. Gather with friends in bright living and dining spaces that are grand, yet open and inviting. The large kitchen is a chef’s delight with its slab granite surfaces, builtin stainless steel appliances, massive center island with cooktop and prep sink, plus a butler’s pantry. Relax in the adjacent, soaring breakfast nook and cozy, fireside family room. Upstairs, your vaulted master suite awaits you with a romantic fireplace, 5-piece bath, and private balcony. Three more bedrooms, a large bonus room with wet bar, and a main floor study complete this remarkable home.

For more information, please contact Lisa Dong.
LisaDong@Windermere.com • 206.458.3942 • LisaDong.com

Redmond Ridge Neighborhood + New Listing

Redmond Ridge Neighborhood + New Listing

Redmond Ridge is quaint community off Northeast Novelty Hill Road. His tight-knit community offers an abundance of connectivity. Today, a beautiful community is nestled between protected forests and wetlands, balancing nature and community growth.

Redmond Ridge Park: This first one isn’t private to Redmond Ridge residents, but is a local King County Park. It’s located right outside the community on Redmond Ridge Drive NE and Aldercrest Drive. Facilities include a lit soccer field and baseball diamond with dugout and bleachers, picnic area, children’s playground, and plenty of parking!

While the remainder of these parks are private, and for Redmond Ridge residents only, they are wonderfully beautiful and great for fun-searchers! These parks are all within the Redmond Ridge neighborhood, and therefore are all walkable to community dwellers. Not only that, but there’s only one “main” road going through the community!

Fern Reach Circle: This fun, circle park offers a healthy balance of nature and lawn! A playground, grassy lawn, and picnic areas offers sanctuary for local dwellers, while a forested portion offers adventurous trails for walking and running!

Redmond Ridge Commons: A fun-for-the-whole-family park, includes a play structure, swings, basketball court, and picnic shelter! It’s perfect for summer (and fall) get-togethers!

Cascara Circle & Gardens: Trails among the trees and a green, grassy lawn provide the simple ingredients for an afternoon of adventure. These two nearly-adjoining parks offer plenty of areas to run and play! The Gardens offers a basketball court, large playground, and sledding on snowy days!

Cedar Park: A ten-acre park along Cedar Park Crescent NE is home to the Redmond Ridge Community Center. Facilities include tennis courts, children’s playground, and basketball courts. The grassy lawns also offer picnic areas, fire pits, trails and plenty of room to roam! The community center has rooms for meetings and social activities.

These stunning Redmond locations keep an already tight community, together! Surrounded by wildlife and natural Northwest forests, the Redmond Ridge neighborhood has carved out a balance between loveliness and landscape.

A park isn’t what you’re looking for? There are over 15 miles of trails around the Redmond Ridge community!

Did I mention they’re private? The home below is a beauty, located in the heart of Redmond Ridge, and walking distance to many of these fabulous parks!

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AT HOME ON THE RIDGE
22530 Northest Alder Crest Lane, Redmond ♦ MLS# 1122523
$430,000 ♦ 2 Bedrooms ♦ 2.25 Bathrooms ♦ 1,030 Square Feet

Tucked amongst trees and trails in a peaceful community, this townhome offers a bright & open layout that is ideal for modern living. Entertain or relax in the fireside living room with a slider to the back deck. Graceful archways define the spacious dining area and stylish kitchen—stainless appliances and a scenic picture window make cooking a delight. Head upstairs to your peaceful master suite with dual closets. An additional bedroom and full bath provide extra space to spread out.

This picturesque setting is nestled against a greenbelt, providing a backdrop of privacy and natural beauty. Step from the sunny deck to your own fenced backyard. An attached 2-car garage, community walking trails and a clubhouse make this an ideal place to call home.

Nature Walk at Redmond Ridge welcomes you, with award winning Lake Washington schools and peaceful living. 15 miles of trails and paths connect neighborhoods with a forest preserve area and 14 parks within the community.

At the Ridge, you will find all the convenience for day-to-day living just around the corner. Whether you are looking to grab coffee, dine out, stock up on groceries, or see a doctor, you will not need to wander far. Welcome home!

For more information, please contact Andrew Jackson.
AndrewJ@Windermere.com ♦ 206.650.4939 ♦ AndrewJacksonRealtEstate.com

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Redmond Community Center + New Listing

Redmond Community Center + New Listing

Grass Lawn Park is a 28.5 acre park, located on the cusp of Redmond and Bellevue. Grass Lawn Park is beautifully maintained, and home to public art works to incorporate art into the city streets. During hot, summer days, you will see tons of people sprawled across the fields, playing, lounging, and soaking up the day.

This massive park features, baseball/softball fields, a soccer field, basketball hoops, lit tennis courts, and tons of open space to for play. There is ample parking, picnics tables and shelters for summer fun (reservations available), and walking/running trails.

Locals and visitors alike have fallen for this park time and time again. It’s well maintained, close to many homes and neighborhoods, conveniently located, and backed by the beautiful northwest landscape. There are various options for the whole family. Yelp! has Grass Lawn Park at a 4.5 star with over 33 reviews!

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NANTUCKET MEETS THE GREAT NORTHWEST
6705 142nd Court Northeast, Redmond ♦ MLS# 1095077 & 1099553
$945,000 ♦ 3 Bedrooms ♦ 2.5 Bathrooms ♦ 3,270 Square Feet

Nantucket meets the Northwest in this bright & beautiful home tucked down a private lane. Its fabulous location is very close to Microsoft and Grass Lawn Park, while also affording easy access to downtown Redmond and I-405. Gather in the soaring living room and adjacent dining room, where wainscoting and a box ceiling add New England inspired elegance. The open, island-style kitchen flows nicely into a dining nook and cozy family room with gas fireplace. Step out through French doors to the new deck and enjoy the outdoors beneath a shelter of privacy trees. A huge rec room with space for a 4th bedroom awaits you downstairs.

For more information, please contact Doug McKiernan.
Doug@Windermere.com ♦ 206.369.3949 ♦ WindermereDoug.com

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