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. 

8 of Our Favorite Restaurants in Renton, Washington

8 of Our Favorite Restaurants in Renton, Washington

In ideally located Renton, Washington, you’ll find tons of new restaurants to try. Whether at the Renton Landing, perched in the Highlands, or hidden in a downtown, brick building, Renton offers a variety of cuisines to please the entire family.

Located near the Landing and Coulon Beach, Peyrassol Café offers a selection of brunch, lunch, and dinner specials, raised, grown, and crafted locally. With firm roots in the Pacific Northwest, Peyrassol Café has, since the beginning, used local purveyors to supply their high-quality eats. (http://www.peyrassolcafe.com)

Perched in the Highlands of Renton, off State Route 900 & Duvall Avenue, is Sushi Roll Roll Roll. Consistently touted as “excellent” and a local favorite, patrons enjoy a cozy atmosphere alongside friendly service. (https://www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-roll-roll-roll-renton?frvs=True&osq=Restaurants)

Big Island Poke is another local hit. Created by a People of the Chubs partner, this island-style eatery quickly ravaged the hearts of residents as a go-to poke establishment. Fresh and high-quality, this place is great for your Hawaiian taste buds! (http://www.bigislandpokeinc.com/)

Offering a delight lunch and dinner menu, Vino at the Landing has melted the hearts of local with their love of wine and fine foods. Whether you’re looking for a gather space before a night out, a bottle of wine for the evening, or a fabulous place for dinner, Vino at the Landing is your place! (https://www.vinoatthelanding.com/)

Ideally boutique, Smoking Monkey Pizza has consistently been awarded for the winning recipes, including #1 Pizza in Renton, Washington. A blend of traditional and modern loves, Smoking Monkey Pizzas offer the standards, and indulge in the unique. (https://www.smokingmonkeypizza.com)

Another fan favorite and Renton Highlands establishment, The Brick Pub & Grill offers passion alongside quality and artisan cuisine. Indulge in local and fresh ingredients with their passion-driven menu of WA craft beer, NW wine, and decadent eats. (http://www.thebrickpubrenton.com/)

If you’re looking for German cuisine, the Berliner Pub has you covered! Located near the heart of downtown Renton, their menu reflects a German Beerhall with long, shared tables with traditional fares and a full-range of beers! (http://www.berlinerpub.com)

And now, one of Renton, Washington’s favorite restaurants continues to be the Melrose Grill. Highly regarded in articles by the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, and Seattle Weekly, this “Best of Western Washington” establishment brings steak to another level. (http://www.melrosegrill.com/)

Renton, Washington is an easy drive to both the Eastside and Seattle – and only minutes from the Seatac Airport.

 


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. 

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 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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WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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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

 

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!

 

3 Recreation-Heavy Parks in Renton, Washington

3 Recreation-Heavy Parks in Renton, Washington

The Pacific Northwest is known for many thing – astounding beauty being one of them. Medina to the north is known as “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation and continues to be a leader in urban tree codes. Though Renton has seen tons of development since the turn of the century, there are still plenty of parks and outdoor spaces to indulge in.

The Cedar River Park is more than just the 23-acre green space it appears to be. Across the Cedar River is the Cedar River Trail and the Cedar River Trail Off Leash Area. Situated along the Maple Valley Highway, it features a massive infrastructure of recreation, including the Renton Community Center, Carco Theater, and the Henry Moses Aquatic Center.

The Off-Leash Dog Park is a huge feature for dog lovers in the south end, which offers 4-acres of fenced, off-leash area for pups. There’s even a smaller section for shy and/or small dogs. Though linked, it is separate and ready for your dog to enjoy!

Resting along the banks of the Cedar River is the Cedar River Trail. This 15.7-mile trail is comprised of primarily gravel and asphalt, making it great for walks, runs, and bicyclists. You could even use it for equestrian riding and inline skating. This trail follows the river from Renton’s historic district and towards Landsburg Park, passing Big Ben Natural Area Park, Royal Arch Park, the Cedar Grove Natural Area, and a further extension of the Cedar River Park, near the golf courses.

Right across from the Cedar River Trail and Parks it Renton’s Liberty Park. As one of Renton’s oldest and most distinguished parks, Liberty Park plays host to various summer festivals and fairs, as well as their main playfield area. Renton’s Renton River Days celebration is held here annually.

A stone’s throw from the treasured Renton Library, Liberty Park offers tons in terms of recreation, including the Liberty Skatepark, three tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, play equipment, and baseball courts. Much of the park is equipped with lights for evening play and is ADA accessible. Enjoy a picnic, a lounge on the lush, green grassy, or a game from the fields’ bleachers.

Along the shores of Lake Washington is Renton’s beach park, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Known locally as Coulon Beach, this park offers eight boat-launch lanes and a summer swimming area. With 1.5-miles of path, you can walk along the water until the sun sets over the horizon or enjoy a picnic in the summer sun. Additionally, the park offers a fishing pier, two tennis courts, two sanded volleyball courts, playground equipment, and horseshoe pits.

Whether you enjoy wooded retreats, or sporty fun, Renton has plenty to offer! What are your favorite parks in Renton and what makes them so enticing? Share below!


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WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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A CONTEMPORARY FARMHOUSE
9823 Northeast 26th Street, Clyde Hill • MLS# 1195613
$2,798,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 3.5 Bathrooms • 4,320 Square Feet • 8,100 Lot Size

The Farmhouse by Infinity Homes. Featuring exceptional craftsmanship & innovative design. Four immense top floor bedrooms and four baths. Solid oak wide plank hardwood flooring. An abundance of gorgeous millwork. A/C, generator ready, centralized audio. Level walk out South facing lawn and covered living. Fabulously loaded kitchen to accommodate significance. Luxurious master suite with gas fireplace, jetted tub, dual head shower & his/hers closets. Refreshing excellence.

For more information, please contact Larry Williams.
Larry@LarryWilliamsRealEstate.com • 425.445.9870 •  LarryWilliamsRealEstate.com

12 Small-Town Eats in Renton, Washington

12 Small-Town Eats in Renton, Washington

Each city has its own gemstones to be found. Renton is one of those settled, yet up and coming places that still holds many unfound treasures. Whether you’re searching for vegetarian, pizza, Japanese, Indian, Mexican, or traditional American, Renton has multiple opportunities.

Organic Juice Bar & Gyros: The OJBG craft 100% organic juices and smoothies, to delight their 100% organic & Halal menu. Backed by the belief that good health comes with a balance between what you eat, work, and play, they aim to provide a little bit of each!

Sushi Today: Located on the south-end of Renton, this sushi bar is full of smiles and a calming atmosphere – and their food is tasty too! As their name suggests, they offer various sushi, as well as other traditional Japanese cuisine.

Smoking Monkey Pizza: A blend of the old and new, this pizza place is about more than just the pizza. Each hand-tossed delight is baked in their brick over, with only the best in mind. Their vegetables and flour is local, and they make their own mozzarella and ricotta! What’s not to love?

El Kiosko: This hole-in-the-wall has long been a local favorite. Described as a “taco truck in a restaurant”, this place serves classic Mexican foods that are both delicious and expansive. Try sitting on their patio to enjoy the sun!

New Zen Japanese Restaurant: This boutique, local, gem is in the heart of Downtown Renton. They handcraft authentic family-style Japanese cuisine. Japanese culture is infused with every meal. Beauty, salubriousness, and delight is thoughtfully provoked in this simply, yet inspiring, design.

The Brick Pub & Grill: Their passion is a combination of the Pacific Northwest and the celebration of quality. Their love of our local vibe and culture seeps into everything they do – from their décor to their menus!

Aloha Grill: Another local favorite, the Aloha Grill expertly executes, Hawaiian favorites, such as Kahlua Pork Loco, Spam Musubi, and Pork & Cabbage! Their laidback, island vibe is prevalent, but their attentive and kind staff warmly welcome you!

Whistle Stop Ale House: The Whistle Stop is your “neighborhood family pub!” Family owned and operated since its inception, this restaurant boasts amazing staff, crazy-delightful foods, and an awesome selection of brunch, lunch, and dinner foods! Similar to Renton, this eatery is jeweled by the diverse selection of foods and drinks!

Vino at the Landing: Vino’s is a bright and vibrant restaurant, and local wine shop & bar. Their convenient Landing location allows you to join them while shopping or before or after your favorite movie! Their menu is delicious and expressive of their wine selection. Curious about what to pair? Ask their attentive and warm staff… Check out their events page, to see their upcoming events!

Pabla Indian Cuisine: This delicious Renton cornerstone offers outstanding Indian cuisine and friendly staff. Their modern interpretation of classic Indian dishes ring true with high quality ingredients and pleasant atmosphere.

Common Ground Coffee & Cupcakes: This Renton hub is a famously delectable hot spot. Crafted daily, their cupcakes are made with real, whole, and local ingredients – and paired with a tasty real-buttercream frosting! They have both staple and seasonal flavors, so each time is a new, exciting experience!

Top Pot Doughnuts: Top Pot Doughnuts is a mouth-watering journey through your taste buds. Their local, handcrafted gourmet doughnuts are a delicious beginning, middle, or end to your day! Top Pot is a local favorite, with locations spanning across the region.

While this list if delicious, it isn’t complete. Check out your local area for new and exciting places to eat out!


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Windermere Mercer Island

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SWEEPING NORTHWEST VIEWS
408 Windsor Way Northwest, Renton • MLS# 1162177
$464,750 • 3 Bedrooms • 1.5 Bathrooms • 1,530 Square Feet • 7,210 Lot Size

Available on the market for the first time, this classic 1943 home is poised to enjoy panoramic views of the Renton Valley, Lake Washington and the Seattle Skyline. Year-round natural light floods the open living and dining areas. Gather around the cozy fireplace, or head out to the deck for summer barbecues and sparkling sunsets over the lake. Add your own touches to the cheerful kitchen with ample cabinet and counter space.

Three bedrooms plus a remodeled bath are all together on the main floor, while the basement offers a huge rec room with space for billiards or a home theater. A utility room and updated 3/4 bath complete the lower level. Don’t miss the 2-car garage! Step out to the big backyard; a level, grassy lawn extends back to a beautiful backdrop of privacy trees. You’ll love the convenient location, just a stroll away from Windsor Hills Park and minutes to I-405 access.

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

The Landing A-Z in Renton, Washington

The Landing A-Z in Renton, Washington

In the early 2000s, Renton surged with a huge uptick in both population and construction endeavors. One of those many endeavors, was the optimization of the Landing. The Landing is an expansive outdoor shopping and eating area in Renton, near the Sunset exit off I-405. This clean and pleasant urban village offers shopping, eating, and recreational opportunities.

Start your morning off with a workout at L.A. fitness, a manicure at Cacie Nails, or a massage at one of the salons and spas they offer. After which, you can enjoy in a day of leisure and recreation.

Whether you’re window shopping or on the hunt for something, the Landing has numerous retail shops that may have what you’re searching for! Pet supplies? PetSmart has you covered! Everyday essentials? Target is right there! Hosting a party? Everything Party has got it all! From clothing, to office supplies, to puppies, to sending a package, the Landing has a little bit of everything with a beautiful, walkable scenery.

Once you’ve finished shopping – or you need a break – there are over 20 restaurants for you to choose form. Whether you’re on-the-go or wanting a formal experience, the Landing has many options to choose from.

After dinner, wonder over to Regal Cinemas to see one of the many movies they always have playing! This state-of-the-art facility has 14 screens, 3D capabilities, and comfy seating!

For many in the Renton and surrounding areas, the Landing has become a staple for weekend (and weekday) leisure and errands alike! Multiple bus routes travel through the Landing, so it’s easy to get to, and they have plenty of parking. Check out their events page for upcoming holiday specials!


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CONNOR’S LAKE VIEW PARK
424 Seneca Avenue Northwest, Renton • MLS# 1148200
$600,000 • 5 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,650 Square Feet • 7,682 Lot Size

Experience the thrill of the view! With expansive windows overlooking sweeping vistas of Lake Washington and the Renton valley from your living area, this lovely mid-century home is perched above it all. Its bright, open layout is perfect for gathering with friends or just kicking back by the cozy floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace. On sunny days, the spacious back deck beckons you to step out and savor the view.

Discover ample space for your lifestyle with three bedrooms all on the main, plus two more bedrooms and a huge fireside rec room downstairs. 590 square feet of bonus unfinished storage space offers even more potential for a shop, wine cellar or workout room.

Situated on a peaceful street, this sunny setting is a tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle. Its private lot lives large with plenty of space to garden and play. Enjoy convenience, too—schools, parks, shopping & freeway access are all just minutes away. With a newer roof and fresh paint, this home is all ready for you to move right in. Add your own stamp of creativity or keep its original mid-century charm.

For more information, please contact Nancy LaVallee.
Nancy@Windermere.com • 206.383.9227 • NancyLaVallee.com

Eastside Community Service + New Listing

Eastside Community Service + New Listing

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A hop, skip, and jump away from the Renton Highlands, is the town of Issaquah. Us at Windermere enjoying giving back to our communities, and Issaquah is home to an amazing organization, called the Eastside Baby Corner.

Founded in 1990, EBC’s Karen Ridlon housed a growing concern for the “large numbers of babies… that began life without adequate food, clothing, beds or safety equipment.” As a local pediatric nurse practitioner, she saw this first hand. Her commitment grew outside of the hospital she worked in, and so the Eastside Baby Corner began.

The Eastside Baby Corner holds many titles: diaper bank, clothing bank, food source, and stewards of good, to name a few. While they called the Eastside Baby Corner, they serve across King County, from the foothills of the Cascades, and from south of Renton into south Snohomish County.

Last year and this year, we at Windermere Mercer Island will be volunteering them organize, clean, and assist in anything they require. They provide the basics to over 500 children every week, and to do that, they need a ton of person-power.

Curious and want to learn more about this fantastic organization? Check out their website here!


New from
Windermere Mercer Island

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COME HOME TO NATURE
4518 91st Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island ♦ MLS# 1124784
$1,300,000 ♦ 4 Bedrooms ♦ 2.5 Bathrooms ♦ 2,680 Square Feet ♦ 9,525 Lot Size

Come home at the end of a busy day, to the close-in convenience of Mercer Island. This quality custom home is tucked into an arboretum setting at the end of a level and quiet street. Soaring fir trimmed windows look out onto a sylvan view from the formal living and dining rooms for wonderful entertaining spaces, or evenings by the fire. Enjoy summer dinners on the back deck, surrounded by evergreens. Minutes from freeways, shopping restaurants and more. Welcome home!

For more information, please contact Jane Malone.
JaneMalone@Windermere.com ♦ 206.595.6100 ♦ JaneMaloneHomes.com

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NEWCASTLE TERRACE CHARMER
4903 Northeast 24th Street, Renton ♦ MLS# 1121117
$528,000 ♦ 4 Bedrooms ♦ 3 Bathrooms ♦ 2,960 Square Feet ♦ 10,778 Lot Size

Tucked in a peaceful neighborhood, this home offers the ease of one-level living with a daylight basement for extra space. Gather or relax in the fireside living room. Hardwoods flow into the spacious, open kitchen with slab granite surfaces, stainless appliances and cabinets galore. Four bedrooms—including a luxurious lower level suite with 5-piece bath—plus a bonus room, den/office, and rec room provide ample flex-space to suit your lifestyle. Lovely, level play yard with deck and fruit trees, too!

For more information, please contact Katy Crouch.
Katy@Windermere.com ♦ 206.778.0367 ♦ KatyCrouch.com

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Renton School + New Listing

Renton School + New Listing

Hazelwood Elementary is a community-centric school, located on the edge of the Renton/Newcastle border.

 Overall, this school rates an 8 out of 10 on GreatSchools.org – with over 25 reviews and counting! SchoolDigger.com states the school has approximately 575 children, from kindergarten through 5th grade. Out of them, third graders average a score of 68 and 72, in Language Arts and Math respectfully; fourth graders average 70 and 64, Language Arts and Math, respectfully; and fifth graders average 74 and 73, in Language Arts and Math, respectfully.

Hazelwood Elementary ranks 3rd out of 14 elementary schools in the Renton School District, a 2016 school survey suggests. Test scores have stayed relatively steady through the past 10+ years. More information about the Renton School District test scores can be found on their website!

As a testament to the booming Renton population, enrollment has increased from about 450 to approximately 575 since 2011, with the average of full-time teachers also increasing during that time.

The Renton School District places a high importance on education, employing the assistance of technology, a  variety of initiatives, and systematic, district-wide improvements further contouring to individual learning.

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LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!
1900 Northeast 48th Street #F101, Renton ♦ MLS# 1092392
2 Bedrooms ♦ 1.25 Bathroom ♦ 815 Square Feet

Amazing value and location for this 2-bedroom/1.25-bathroom condo. Located next to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, The Landing, and I-90. Two generously sized bedrooms, of which one is a dedicated master bedroom. Immaculate condition! Full size washer and dryer inside the unit. Kitchen leads to dining room. Living room with wood burning fireplace. Patio with storage. Winter views of lake. Recreation center with pool table, weight room, and outdoor pool. Covered parking for 1 car. No rental cap.

Enjoy ultimate convenience and thoughtful amenities in this Nautica by the Lake end unit. Its open layout lives large with a fireside living room, adjacent dining area and cheerful kitchen. Step out to the private patio, or head to the clubhouse for a workout or swim. Two minutes to I-405!

For more information, please contact Jay Agoado
Jay@JayAgoado.net ♦ 425.260.0715 ♦ JayAgoado.net

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Renton Community Hub + New Listing

Renton Community Hub + New Listing

Kiwanis Park, is located at 815 Union Avenue Northeast, in the Highlands neighborhoods of Renton. This expansive 9-acre park holds a variety of recreational amenities, designed for the entire family.

Amenities for this Renton park include, an activities building, baseball & softball fields, basketball coarts, a multi-use field, tennis courts, and play equipment. Other awesome things about this park is that there is ample parking, restrooms on site, bleachers, and picnic ares – which makes this park perfect for Spring and Summer festivities! They also have trails around the perimeter of the park!

Past reviews from patrons, have noted that this park is perfect for “fun and enjoyment”, and that there is “not too many people”, making it a great walking space.

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FINELY FINISHED CRAFTSMAN
4325 Northeast 6th Court, Renton ♦ MLS# 1082215
$600,000 ♦ 4 Bedrooms ♦ 2.5 Bathrooms ♦ 2,710 Square Feet

Remodeled 2-story home located in cul-de-sac close to shopping, restaurants, and freeway. Newer porcelain heated floors on main floor. Remodeled kitchen with granite slab counters, newer cabinetry, appliances, & farm sink. Family room with gas fireplace. Main floor den/bedroom. Oversize master suite with vaulted ceilings & full bath with skylights. Three other beds, full bath, and large bonus room up. 3-car garage along with newer furnace & air conditioning. Security system. Newer blinds. Fully fenced yard with grass.

For more information, please contact Jay Agoado
Jay@JayAgoado.net ♦ 425.260.0715 ♦ JayAgoado.net

Renton/Newcastle Community Spot + New Listing

Renton/Newcastle Community Spot + New Listing

Technically, May Creek Park is on the edge of Renton and considered a Newcastle park. This neighborhood park offers a few trails for outdoor excitement! Winding down the trail will give you plenty of time to take in the scenery and natural wonder of the area. The trails offers a gorgeous creek, with thoughtfully placed benches. The trails are fairly level, making this an easy day walk for the whole family!

The May Creek Trail itself follows the historic route of the Seattle-Walla-Walla railroad – which transported coal from the Cougar Mountain Park. Nowadays, the trail is optimal for hiking, walking, and trail running. Biking may also be fun, but look out for branches and roots growing under the trail. Though this trail isn’t very long (3.5 miles one way and back), but it also semi-connects to the “Highlands Development” – which houses a network of greenbelt trails for longer excursions.

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CONVENIENT CONDOMINIUM

19000 Northeast 48th Street #B103, Renton ♦ MLS# 1076634
$189,900 ♦ 2 Bedrooms ♦ 1 Bathroom ♦ 815 Square Feet

Set in a great location, this home offers comfort and convenience just minutes from I-405. Cozy up to the fireplace in the open living/dining area, or step out for fresh air on the garden patio. A community clubhouse with pool & hot tub is great for gatherings. Near beach parks, restaurants and the Seahawks training center.

  1. For more information, please contact Jay Agoado
    Jay@JayAgoado.net ♦ 425.260.0715 ♦ JayAgoado.net

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Featured Community: Renton

Featured Community: Renton

Located on the south shore of Lake Washington, Renton is a city that offers spectacular views of the Olympics, the Cascades, and Mount Rainier. The Cedar River, which runs through the heart of downtown, is also an abundance source of natural beauty. Residents enjoy a unique quality of life and a strong sense of community. With a mix of residential and commercial neighborhoods, innovative design, well-placed transit access points, safe pedestrian areas and abundant parks, the city offers something for everyone. It’s Renton School District is thriving–with many newly built or newly remodeled schools.

Renton is home to an accomplished technical college, and is within driving distance of several regional universities and community colleges. Renton is also homebase to the Valley Medical Center, the largest non-profit medical provider between Seattle and Tacoma. VMC services include medical, surgical, and 24-hour emergency care, along with specialized treatment in cardiology, oncology, high-risk obstetrics, orthopedics, neurology, and pediatrics.

The City of Renton offers 29+ parks and trails to explore. The most popular is Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park on Lake Washington. This 53-acre park was rated by the Seattle Times as one of the top five parks in the Seattle area for children. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department offers team sports and individual activities. In addition, within the city there is an 18-hole golf course, a skate park, community center, a neighborhood center, senior center, two libraries, and a history museum.

The Renton community supports a vibrant array of public and private arts and entertainment, including three performing arts theatres, the Renton City Concert Band and Renton Youth Symphony Orchestra. The Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center is a compelling venue to catch a performance by well-known regional groups and international artists. It’s newer developments, such as the Landing, along with traditional standbys, provide savvy restaurant, entertainment, and shopping options.