Seattle’s Best Seafood Restaurants

Seattle’s Best Seafood Restaurants

Being near the ocean and along the Puget Sound, Seattle has a unique array of seafood eats – regardless of if you’re looking for casual or ultra-formal.

AQUA by El Gaucho is a located off Pier 70 along Seattle’s waterfront, where you’ll enjoy amazing views of the Puget Sound and be within a stone’s throw of Seattle’s Sculpture Park. Much of El Gaucho’s options are known for their swankiness and spirited atmosphere and you’ll enjoy much of that here.

Voted as “America’s #1 Oyster House” and in the “Top Ten Seafood Houses in the U.S.”, you’ll find Elliott’s Oyster House off Pier 56, along Seattle’s waterfront. Offering stunning views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, you’ll enjoy unique creations and traditional seafood favorites.

Near the edge of Wallingford and Fremont, you’ll find Manolin of Seattle, where their oysters are garnishes with other beautiful and enticing plates. If you’re looking for interesting pairings and complex flavors, this place if for you!

Nearby, is the RockCreek Seafood & Spirits, a full-service restaurant and bar in Fremont. They’re only open for dinner, with extended hours for weekend brunch, you’ll enjoy globally sourced seafood, with several offerings of local, Northwest familiars, like crab, oysters, and mussels. They use only the freshest ingredients to emphasize their unique twist on seafood!

Ray’s Boathouse is another epic seafood eatery, this time in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood in Shillshole. Along the water’s edge, Ray’s offers endless creativity with mouth-watering foodie delights – and their café for weekend brunch is also pretty tasty!

Located in “Old Ballard”, the Walrus and the Carpenter offers an upscale spin on a classic fishing pub, where you’ll find unique dishes and honed palettes. Many of their purveyors are Washington or Oregon locals, but you’ll also find Alaskan and Californian sources – there’s even one from New York!. You’ll also enjoy the poem on their website!

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The last local favorite is the Pike Place Chowder House. Here, you’ll find “America’s #1 Chowder.” With award-winning chowder, a group of chowder-lovers made their stamp in Pike Place, and then took on the entire country, garnering attention from Yelpers, the Stranger, Forbes, the LA Times, and more!

And there you have it… Our top list of Seattle seafooderies with award-winning stamps of approval. Do you have a favorite we forgot to mention? Leave your favorites in the comments below! Likewise, if you’d like to see a similar list for King County’s Eastside area!


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A Quick Guide to Seattle Neighborhoods

A Quick Guide to Seattle Neighborhoods

The City of Seattle has been growing by leaps and bounds recently, with an estimated 250,000 population growth since 2010 – that’s 19.1%. Because of this recent population boom, we figured we’d go over some of our favorite parts of Seattle, what makes our region amazing, and in which neighborhood you might call home.

Built as an accumulation of communities, each neighborhood in Seattle offers its own brand of home. Here at LiveOnGuides.com, we’ve built out each area of neighborhood to help you decide where might best suit your personal preferences. But first, if you’re wanting to stay in-the-know with the most updated real estate market analytics, be sure to subscribe to our sister site, TheMarketTalks.com.

Without further ado, let’s dive into Seattle neighborhoods!

North Seattle is a broad term, which refers to neighborhoods in Seattle’s “northern” area, including Northgate, Maple Leaf, Meadowbrook, Pinehurst, Lake City, Victory Heights, Olympic Hills, Cedar Park, and Jackson Park. Lake City along State Route 522 and Northgate offer the bulk of the area’s dining and shopping choices.

Ballard is a quaint, family-friendly neighborhood with lots of walkability – and is easily recognized as one of Seattle’s most coveted and hippest neighborhoods. Lots of families and lots of rich history surrounds Ballard.

Always bustling Green Lake is a north central Seattle neighborhood surrounding the ever-popular Green Lake, which offers year-round activities, including a 2.8-mile perimeter for runners, bikers, etc., water activities, and other interpretive goings-on.

Another sleepy neighborhood with a vibrant “downtown” neighborhood culture is Fremont. Situated between Ballard and Wallingford and across the Ship Canal from Queen Anne, which little community has a lot to offer in boutique shopping and commuter options – and don’t for get to say hello to the local Troll!

Resting along 45th Street, just north of the Lake Union, Wallingford is a community that rests west of I-5, and slopes down towards the Lake Union waters. Most of the area’s commercial district rests along N 45th and contains an array of boutique shopping, local restaurants, and easy conveniences. Gas Works Park is Wallingford’s most notably park, which offers panoramic views into Lake Union and the city of Seattle, as well as offers insight into the neighborhood’s rich history.

Laurelhurst-Wedgewood encompasses a large area, which includes Ravenna, the University District, Hawthorne Hills, Windermere, and Sand Point – and all-together they create Northeast Seattle. Though mostly residential neighborhoods, each offers a little commercial hub which includes the basics, such as grocery, shopping, coffeehouses, and restaurants.

Home to Seattle’s largest park, which is 534-acre Discovery Park, Magnolia rests on a natural peninsula located just west of Queen Anne and across the Ballard Locks from Ballard. Just out of reach of Seattle’s hustle and bustle, Magnolia offers a unique, urban tranquility no-quite found in other neighborhoods.

Due east of Magnolia, Queen Anne offers both astounding and somewhat famous views of Seattle’s cityscape. Though Queen Anne contains many of the steepest streets of Seattle, it’s not the highest point in the city. Queen Anne Avenue North offers much of the commercial activity on the hill, as well as the neighborhood’s Farmer’s Market.

Seattle’s Broadmoor neighborhood would be Seattle’s boutique neighborhood, if we ever had one. Broadmoor is a private community nestled inside the Broadmoor Golf Club and is near other communities, such as Madison Park and Denny-Blaine.

Located east of Broadmoor, along the shores of Lake Washington, you’ll find Madison Park. Considered by many an urban retreat, you’ll see why when you visit as it’s tucked away between sparkling waters and the Washington Park Arboretum. Madison Park offers an upscale commercial district that both draws people to the community and is beloved by neighborhood patrons.

Set in Seattle’s Downtown, Belltown is Seattle’s most walkable neighborhood and offers easy commuter options and convenience public transportation options, plus you’re never too far from trendy restaurants, art galleries, boutique shopping, music venues, and some of Seattle’s most beautiful high-rises!

Though mostly a commercial mega-house, Seattle’s Downtown neighborhood offers several luxury, high-rise condominiums and apartment developments built in the past couple decades – and living in Seattle’s heart, you’ll enjoy your pick of local food, shopping, lodging, and activities.

Definitely Seattle’s most diverse and unique neighborhood, Capitol Hill and the adjoining First Hill offer “old Seattle charm” in a thriving urban epicenter. Bookstores, bakeries, epic restaurants, music venues… everything can be found walking along Broadway Avenue and adjoining streets.

Located south of Madison Park, the Madrona-Leschi area also rests along the shores of Lake Washington and is home to many beach parks and Lake Washington view homes. Madrone offers a small commercial district along 34th Avenue between Pike Street and Spring Street, while Leschi offers a small commercial hub near the junction of Lake Washington Boulevard and Lakeside Avenue.

Perched on top of Beacon Hill, the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle offers sweeping views of Seattle and surrounding areas and easy access to I-5, I-90, and downtown Seattle. Currently, the area is seeing tons of revitalization and friendly communities.

South Seattle includes neighborhoods like Seward Park, Columbia City, and the Rainier Valley, among others, each with their own local ambiance and vibes. A local-favorite Farmer’s Market is run in its Columbia City neighborhood and offers easy access and parking with relatively low traffic.

Last on our list is Seattle’s West Seattle neighborhood, which is west of South Seattle across the Duwamish Waterway and includes neighborhoods such as North Admiral, Alki, South Park, Delridge, Fauntleroy, and White Center. Other notable commercial-centric areas include the California Junction and the Morgan Street Junction, both of which fall along the neighborhood’s premier street: California Avenue.

As one can see, Seattle has so many neighborhoods, that it’s easy to get lost in one and forget about the many others, but hopefully this guide can outline each and help you choose your favorite!

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new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

TIMELESS ELEGANCE
$1,775,000 • 4430 160th Ave SE, Bellevue • MLS# 1312132
6 Bedrooms • 3.5 Bathrooms • 4,650 SQFT • 9,681 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Cherrie Lee.
Cherrie@Windermere.com • 206.353.8899 • CherrieLeeGroup.com

REMODELED WESTSIDE OASIS
$1,680,000 •v 4859 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island • MLS# 1311769
4 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 3,180 SQFT • 15,061 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

MID-CENTURY CHARMER
$530,000 • 3937 S Burns Street, Seattle • MLS# 1313878
2 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,420 SQF • 6,250 Lot Size

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

SERENE BOULEVARD PARK
$450,000 • 11819 26th Avenue S, Seattle • MLS# 1313315
4 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 2,210 SQFT • 8,109 Lot Size

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

BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED FACTORIA CONDO
$450,000 • 4200 Factoria Blvd. SE #B13, Bellevue • MLS# 1313309
2 Bedrooms • 1 Bathrooms • 1,041 SQFT

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

Looking to Stay Active this Summer? Here’s 7 State Parks for Each Day of the Week

Looking to Stay Active this Summer? Here’s 7 State Parks for Each Day of the Week

The Puget Sound Regions offers a ton of natural beauty – and a bunch of State Parks are within a short drive from home. Read through the end to see our long list of Seattle-Tacoma State Parks, but before we get into that, we’re going to share our 7 favorite state parks to visit this summer.

Bridle Trails State Park is a park we’ve previously done a somewhat small expose on. To read that and about more Kirkland adventures, click here. Otherwise, this 489-acre day-use park offers an array of activities and is extremely close to Seattle and the Eastside (it’s literally smack-dap between Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond, with easy access to I-405 and I-90).

Unlike some of the other parks on this list, Bridle Trails was designed for equestrians and offers 28-miles of horse trails surrounded by a “horse-friendly culture.” They sport four sports arenas and a “calendar full of horse shows and organize rides.” Because of this, please keep in mind that horses always have the right-of-way on trails.

It probably comes to no surprise that Lake Sammamish State Park is one of our favorite parks, in fact, we’ve already done an expose on the park. Click here or here to read the entire article. But our main highlight for this park is definitely the variety it offers. This 531-acre park offers 6,858 feet of waterfront, 1.5 miles of biking trails, 1.5 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, freshwater fishing, swimming, sports fields, wildlife viewing, and bird watching.

Especially since summer’s coming up – you’re probably interested in the water activities, which include boating, freshwater fishing, kayaking and paddleboard rentals, swimming, waterskiing, and personal watercraft use with launch areas.

Squak Mountain State Park sits between Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park and Tiger Mountain State Forest – both of which are amazing places on their own. While all three mountains offer their own brand of challenging mountainscape to traverse, Squak Mountain is great for the “everyday” hiker, as the trek from base to summit isn’t especially long, only 13 miles, and the mountain offers a mix of both flat and steep portions of the trail. Plus, you can bring your horse and enjoy 6 miles of designated equestrian trail.

Breathtakingly beautiful, Olallie State Park offers scenic journeys through the Pacific Northwest mountainscape. Along the western slopes of the cascades, this park is only 45 minutes from Seattle and an easy, one-day adventure. Easy to moderate trails lead to the two main waterfalls, Twin Falls and Weeks Falls, but you’ll also find lesser known, smaller, and less crowded falls along the trail, too.

Though Olallie State Park only offers about 6 miles of hiking trail and 20 miles of mountain bike trails, long-distance mountaineers and cyclists can reach the Palouse to Cascades Trail from the Cedar Falls trailhead, making it an amazing option for families and trainees.

Olallie State Park sprawls across 2,329 acres, with excellent fishing options on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River, challenging cliffsides for rock climbing/bouldering, and wildlife viewing.

Abound with 541 acres of pure Pacific Northwest leisure, the Kanaskat-Palmer State Park sits on a low, forested plateau, with 2 miles of shoreline on the Green River. Perfect for daytrips for weekend getaways, they offer 3 miles of biking trails, 3 miles of hiking trails, freshwater fishing, swimming, white-water boating, and other exploratory activities.

Gorgeous water, gentle trails, and sprawling lawns offers the perfect place for individuals and families to enjoy and soak-up the summertime sunshine. With 25 tent spaces, 19 partial hookups, and 6 yurts, you can make an enjoyable afternoon into a weekend of fun and leisure!

Last, but mostly definitely not least, Lake Easton State Park offers the most varied activities list on this compilation. They offer the usual, such as, camping, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, freshwater fishing, boating, swimming, personal watercrafting, sports courts, lawn activities, and wildlife viewing; but they also offer more localized activities, including cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and other snow-play recreational opportunities.

With 697 acres, including 24,000 feet of freshwater access on the shores of Lake Easton, this park has plenty of room to explore the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

That completes our list of top State Parks in the Seattle-Tacoma region, but don’t think this list is the be-all, end-all of Washington State Parks – not even by a longshot. We’ve included the long-list we previously promised you below, but be sure to check out their website to see the complete list of Washington State Parks.

Here’s the long-list we promised you:

What are your favorite state parks in the area? Let us know in the comments below what you’re favorite parks are – we’d love to hear about them!

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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. 


Tired of Ice Cream? Try These Gelato Shops!

Tired of Ice Cream? Try These Gelato Shops!

The weather has been a bit spotty and overcast but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy cool treats – and if you’re tired of our ice cream posts, we’ve got gelato coming at you this week! One thing people can’t deny is that Seattle’s got variety and we’re going to share some of our favorite gelato places in and around the Greater Seattle Area!

Located south of Seattle, in Burien, Washington, The Mediterranean Zone Gelato Bar & Travel Café, otherwise known as MEDZO, is a great place to indulge in high-quality, artisan gelato and sorbet. Packed with natural ingredients and organic dairy, their exotic flavors include pistachio, salted hazelnut caramel, red velvet, grapefruit, rice, and tiramisu.

The Nutty Squirrel Gelato has a few locations, two in Seattle (Phinney Ridge & Magnolia and Maple Valley). Their explicit Italian flavors include stracciatella, French butter caramel, espresso, pink guava, and their classic “nutty squirrel.” In addition to their dairy-based flavors, they typically have a few vegan flavors “on ice” too!

Located in Walllingford and Fremont, the Fainting Goat offers great gelato and sorbetto, in a variety of off-the-wall flavors, including Tutti Frutti, fresh ginger, green tea, avocado, spicy chocolate, mango habanero, and mojito. These are perfect for summer-time treats! They rotate daily so you’ll never know what they have until you stop by and check them out!

In downtown Seattle, the Bottega Italiana is another high-trafficked and much-loved spot. Serving up authentic artisan gelato, each recipe is individually unique and is only made in small quantities to preserve flavor and ensure freshness. They have only the one location in the greater Seattle area, but if you’re ever in San Diego, make sure to check out their California locations.

Only a stone’s throw away from the last suggestion, Gelatiamo is another small batch and locally sourced gelato, locally known as a “Seattle tradition”. Their products include gelato which can be found at their brick-and-mortar or any of the dozens of local establishments that carry their product, gelato cakes, and frozen novelties.

In their 13th year (as of 2018), Sirena Gelato uses the likes of Turkish-imported, organic hazelnuts, black cocoa chocolate, and slow roasted pistachio nuts to create their one-of-a-kind, small-batch flavors. With two locations, one in Kirkland, Washington and another in Bremerton, Washington, they can serve you up delightful treats on either side of the peninsula! Sirena Gelato is surely to “entice those on an adventure – for a delicious treat!”

Do you have a favorite dessert place? Share your story with us!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

NORTHWEST CONTEMPORARY
$2,295,000 • 7570 SE 71st Street, Mercer Island • MLS# 1282667
4 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 4,040 SQFT • 16,775 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Julie Wilson
Julie.Wilson@Windermere.com • 206.225.1500 • JulieWilsonRealEstate.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. 

Our Guide to Quick & Easy Meals While You’re Out Enjoying Seattle’s Summer Sunshine

Our Guide to Quick & Easy Meals While You’re Out Enjoying Seattle’s Summer Sunshine

It’s summer – or almost, anyways. Are you looking for something quick, but packs a punch? Something that will have you ready when your hit Golden Gardens Park or the Seattle Waterfront? We’re offering our go-to summer guide for drinks and quick eats around Seattle!

Emerald City Smoothie offers a powerful punch in terms of body nourishment – and with a ton of options and flavor.

Created from fresh and nutritious beginnings, Verve Bowls a ton in terms of smoothies and good eats.

NrGize is a self-touted lifestyle café, with a mission to salubriousness and peace of mind in every delicious drink.

Delicious in several ways, Jodee’s Desserts are sure to add color to your day. Drop in for a smooth, coffee, or a sweet treat, you’ll find their organic and local products are made of only the “purest ingredients”.

Another light and local fare is Heart Beet. Juices, smoothies, elixirs, warm and toasty grain bowls, and raw entrees, their menu comprises a ton of nutrients and a whole lotta heart.

Chaco Canyon has a few locations, and two are in the north end of Seattle: one in the University District and the other in Greenwood. Their menu offers a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and raw options all the way from breakfast to dessert! With menu that’s over 95% organic, they strive for community inclusion, including using foraged and seasonal ingredients and frequent menu changes.

Their priorities are simple: high quality ingredients, backed by their dietitian. JujuBeet offers the basic café foods, including soups, salads, sandwiches, and crepes, made with your health in mind.

Love acai bowls? Juice Press offers them, made to order, exactly when you want it. Enjoy their other handcrafted breakfasts, salads, juices, and specialty drink – or even a chocolaty dessert!

100% customizable. 100% the way you want it. Completely Custom Smoothie. Enjoy an energy blast in the morning, before or after your workout, or just while you’re out and about!

Not your usual hang out spot – well, it is for some people. Nestled near Seattle Central off Pine Street, Oasis Tea Zone offers small eats alongside about a billion flavors fruit smoothies, juices, or teas.

Dedicated to “fine” and nutritious foods, the Fit Bar Café offers an array of acai and pitaya, blending traditions with the hubbub of modern life.

Whole foods, cut fresh. Though it started as a salad restaurant, Sprigy diversified their menu to include wraps, quinoa bowls, and baked potatoes – yam, sweet, and many more!

Though just drinks the Pressed Juicery is a great place to get your pack your day with essential vitamins, minerals, and add tons of flavor to your diet.

Located in the Washington State Convention Center, the Juicy Café always has a line out the door – and you’d be hard pressed not to see why! Hyper focused on our local communities and providing heathy foods to the area, this family owned business is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Food need to pack a punch in today’s fast-paced world, and Jars Juice definitely delivers. Enjoy avocado everything, or something a little sweeter for breakfast, like a fresh squeezed juice or blended smoothie.

Try, try, TRY their weekend brunch: the Juicebox Seattle! Though their usual menu is a little simpler, and they offer an array of juices and smoothies to fill your veggie needs, their food menu includes favorites like miso oatmeal and a red flannel has bowl!

Enjoy a delightful bagel sandwich at Moondrop Coffee while you’re waiting for the water taxi – and don’t forget your drink! From the morning usual, to juices, smoothies, and even bubble tea (made from fresh tea leaves), you’ll find your 100% dairy free options here!

These aren’t the only places in Seattle to enjoy a bright and sunny day, so if we’ve missed your favorite let it know! Who knows, you might even see it highlighted in a future post!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

MERCER ISLAND DREAM
$3,580,000 • 4603 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island • MLS# 1288297
6 Bedrooms • 4.75 Bathrooms • 5,680 sq. ft. • 22,180 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Kelly Weisfield.
KellyW@Windermere.com • 206.355.3863 • KellyWeisfield.com

SPACIOUS IN KIRKLAND
$785,000 • 11809 NE 142nd Street, Kirkland • MLS# 1290670
5 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 3,070 sq. ft. • 7,560 Lot Size

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

QUEEN ANNE BUNGALOW
$750,000 • 432 W McGraw Place, Seattle • MLS# 1288167
2 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 800 sq. ft. • 2,960 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Emily Roberts.
EmilyR@Windermere.com • 206.225.5490 • EmilyRobertsRealty.com

REFRESHING UPDATES
$699,000 • 13517 95th Avenue NE, Kirkland • MLS# 1289825
3 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,590 sq. ft. • 7,696 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Bonnie Sanborn.
BonnieSanborn@Windermere.com • 206.919.3501 • BonnieSanborn.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. 

The 4 Destinations of Seattle-Docked Ferries!

The 4 Destinations of Seattle-Docked Ferries!

Since its inception, Seattle has been a hub for sea-travelers for centuries. And in the bustling Pacific Northwest, there are endless places to explore using our ferry system!

Seattle’s downtown, Pier 50 ferry docks boats destined for Bainbridge Island of Bremerton, Washington.

Bremerton lies across the Puget Sound on the Olympic Peninsula. By far the largest community on this list, Bremerton offers a bustling industry, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the Boardwalk Harborside Fountain Park, and the Puget Sound Navy Museum. A marina community, stroll down their Arts District or PSNS Memorial Plaza – or across the Manette Bridge for countless blocks of restaurants, shopping, and recreation.

The first island-community on this list, Bainbridge Island offers rich, natural beauty and small-town charm. While the Bainbridge Island terminal offers easy access to Highway 305, the small-ish downtown is nothing to bypass if you’re looking for a nice daytrip. Better yet – Summer’s coming and each month is packed with a full-schedule of events and activities!

Otherwise, Highway 305 takes into other peninsula communities such as Poulsbo, and onwards towards Highway 3.

West Seattle’s Fauntleroy terminal ferries people from West Seattle to either Vashon Island or Southworth.

Though Southworth is a small community, it offers great access to the peninsula’s scenic waterside drives and the larger city of Port Orchard. Though many refer to Southworth as a drive-through town, it offers direct routes to Manchester, Parkwood, Port Orchard, and Bethel.

Rich in history and culture, Vashon Island is both a beautiful portrayal of Washington State and home to curvy, one-lane roads around an island largely forgotten by time. Each turn shows another unique orchard or equestrian dream. This tree-haven is an amazing community and the meandering, island-round streets are perfect for a day bike ride.

In such a bustling city, sometimes we just want to slowdown and have fun in a new and vibrant area. These easy-to-get-to areas are perfect for just that! Don’t like to take the ferry? Enjoy the scenic route through Tacoma, Washington!

Learn more and explore Washington via ferries through the WSDOT planning portal.


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

MAJESTIC MERCER ISLAND WATERFRONT
$4,890,000 • 4635 Forest Ave SE, Mercer Island • MLS# 1255524
4 Bedrooms • 4 Bathrooms • 4,950 sq. ft. • 19,635 Lot Size

Find more information at MajesticForestAve.com

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

CAREFREE ISLAND LIVING
$475,000 • 7930 SE 34th Street #108, Mercer Island • MLS# 1258666
2 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 989 sq. ft.

For more information, please contact Fred Fox.
FredFox@Windermere.com • 425.785.3147 • FredFoxRealty.com

SPACIOUS & BRIGHT
$350,000 • 3256 SW Avalon Way #104, Seattle • MLS# 1263500
2 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 937 sq. ft.

For more information, please contact Lis Brown.
LisBrown@Windermere.com • 206.200.3941 • LisBrown.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. 

Windermere Living – Spring 2018 Edition

Windermere Living is a fabulous magazine that highlights the best the West Coast has to offer, including breathtaking residences, hot Spring getaways, scrumpous eateries, and other highly-desirable West Coast destinations. Learn about the West Coast’s best places to vacation, eat, play, and live inside the pages of Spring Edition of Windermere Living.

ABOUT WINDERMERE LIVING: Produced exclusively by Windermere Real Estate, Windermere Living magazine features beautiful homes for sale in neighborhoods throughout the Western U.S. It also offers carefully curated editorial that reflects our passion for community, connection, and inspired living.


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. 

7 Tips for Watching the #Seattle #Mariners This Season!

7 Tips for Watching the #Seattle #Mariners This Season!

Baseball season is right ahead of us, as we near the end of Spring Training. While the Seattle Mariners haven’t fared exactly excellent during these last few weeks, they’ve recently seen a hot streak of wins. But that doesn’t matter. Winning isn’t everything and the point of the game is to make you happy, like deliriously happy. If you plan on getting into this year’s season, we’ve got some awesome start-tips for you!

Tip #1 AVOID THE TRAFFIC AND WATCH THE GAME AT HOME, or indulge in the experience and buy tickets to the stadium. INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY OVER TO ENJOY THE GAME

Tip #2 LEARN THE BASICS OF THE GAME

You can do this by reading, asking questions, or reading this blog post.

Here are a few terms to get you started:

  • A “long out” is a flyball that threatens to be hit out of the park but is caught at the last second.
  • What’s a flyball? A “flyball” refers to a baseball that is hit high into the air.
  • A “foul ball” refers to a baseball hit outside the field of fair play.
  • A “diamond” refers to the four bases of the baseball infield.
  • A “double play” refers to a defensive play that results in two outs.
  • A “walk” refers to when the pitcher throws four balls to a batter – the batter gets to go to first base automatically.
  • ERA stands for earned run average, referencing to how many earned runs a pitcher allows in a game.
  • RBI stands for run batted ins, and references the credit given to the batter for hitting the ball which allow another runner to make to Homeplate and, ultimately, score a run.

Tip #3 CREATE PLAYFUL BANTER AND CHOOSE SIDES

If you and your friends enjoy a little happy (and friendly) competitiveness, root for different teams!

Tip #4 MAKE IT AN EVENT AND MAKE SNACKS & BURGERS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR GUESTS

Especially if you’re just getting into the game, or perhaps are fully immersed (yet!), you might try your hand at a few new recipes you’ve been waiting to try out. Yes, you’ll enjoy the game and the social experience – but you’ll also have a full tummy of something more than potato chips and salsa.

Tip #5 …OR MEET AT A LOCAL BAR TO ENJOY THE CAME AMONGST THE CROWD

Enjoying something is all about perception and mindset. Perhaps you’ll enjoy the game more and become more engrossed in the outcome if you’re surrounded by friends in your favorite sports-establishment. Plus, there’s food and very little cleanup afterwards!

Tip #6 DRESS FOR THE OCCASION – EVEN IF YOU AREN’T GOING TO THE STADIUMS

Start by wearing comfortable shoes and dressing for the weather (sometimes it likes to rain here in Seattle) and top-off your outfit with team-inspired attire. And no, you don’t have to purchase branded clothing – try wearing team colors, like during high school spirit days!

Tip #7 ENJOY THE GAME & INDULGE A LITTLE

Even if you aren’t a huge fan, maybe your friends and family are, and spending quality time with them means giving. Maybe come football season, they’ll watch a few Seattle Seahawks games with you! (http://www.seahawks.com/)

If you’re planning a home-event, try these entertaining crafts the whole family will enjoy, like painting your nails the festive colors of your favorite team, creating custom coasters to protect your furniture during the game, or creating a door-hang with baseballs and festive ribbon!

Long story short, there are tons of ways to enjoy the game, even if you don’t think you like it and even if you know nothing about it. You can make refreshments, indulge your inner-creative, or just learn about the sport. And besides, you’ll still be hanging out with your closest and best friends!

What are your favorite ways to enjoy a baseball game, whether at the stadium or from the comforts of your own home!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

$549,000 • 6537 SE Cougar Mountain Way #1, Bellevue • MLS# 1260832
4 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1,346 sq. ft.

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

11 Perfect Places for University District All-Nighters

11 Perfect Places for University District All-Nighters

Named after the nearby University of Washington, the University District has become the city’s epicenter for learning, shopping, and healthcare; and rightfully so for the aforementioned university, the University Village Shopping Center, and both the Seattle Children’s Hospital and UW Medical Care facilities.

Because of its proximity to UW, many surrounding eateries have adapted their hours to fit the typical college-aged person’s lifestyle: late-night food runs and all-nighters.

Some local bars, pubs, and taverns, include:

Many of these places stay open until 2am, with an open kitchen until close. Outside of bars, which there are many, there are only a handful of restaurants that stay up past midnight and into the one or two-ante-merideim time frame.

Memo’s Mexican Food Restaurant is located right on University Way NE and is open 24-hours per day to ensure your Spanish-styled cravings are always met. Open since 2008, they use all-natural ingredients to create their foods and secret recipes “for your dining delight.”

If you’re feeling Mediterranean, you could try the Shawarma King’s Grill. Located right off University Way, it’s conveniently located for your late-night food runs or hungry cram sessions.

The Café on the Ave remains a student hangout stop because of their casual atmosphere and fun crowd of patrons and employees, alike. Its location is easily accessible by public transportation, though parking may be difficult to come by – like many places in the University District. Their menu comprises the usual American diner food, including salads, sandwiches, and burgers.

Speaking of burgers, the Burger and Kabob Hut stays open until 3am Sunday through Thursday, and 4am Friday and Saturday. They offer burgers, delicious kabobs, and fries on the side and amazing shakes for your late-night foodie sessions – and keep in the mind, they have the “usual” burgers, but also chicken masala and the paneer masala burgers, which are a great way to try something outside of the box!

The last “food” place on our list is the Ichiro Teriyaki Restaurant, which offers a menu comprising various Japanese cuisine. They’re open seven days per week until 1 am, so you’ve got plenty of time to include your udon, sukiyaki, poke, katsu, and teriyaki cravings.

The last place on our list is open until midnight Sunday through Thursday, and until 1am Friday and Saturday – and that place is Oasis Tea Zone. Though they do have food, their menu is limited and only consists of snacks such as crispy or steamed tofu, popcorn chicken, and gyoza. Their “main” attraction is their extensive bubble tea menu, which include both dairy and non-dairy versions!

And if all these fail you or just aren’t the type of atmosphere you’re looking for, the University Village Starbucks is open until 1am Sunday through Thursday, and until 2am on Friday and Saturdays – and though that may not be the all-nighter you require, it’s enough to get you jazzed up on coffee or tea for your walk and continued studying home.

You’ll find many places on The Ave that stay up till late, meaning eleven-post-merideim to midnight, but these are some of the fewer favorites that stay up until the wee-hours.

The University District is brimming with life at all hours of the night, which can be a bad thing, but it can also help us be very productive. What are your favorite all-nighter places in Seattle?


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

SPARKLING VIEWS. BRILLIANT INTERIORS. COMMUNITY WATERFRONT.
$2,595,000 • 8059 W Mercer Way, Mercer Island • MLS# 1250735
5 Bedrooms • 3.25 Bathrooms • 3,660 Sq. Ft. • 15,920 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

FREMONT MODERN
$950,000 • 3807 Evanston Ave N #B, Seattle • MLS# 1252276
3 Bedrooms • 3.5 Bathrooms • 1,445 Sq. Ft. • 1,300 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Robyn Kimura Hsu and Rachel Schindler.
Robyn@Windermere.com • 206.295.2247 • RobynAndRachel.com
Rachel@Windermere.com • 206.250.5622 • RobynAndRachel.com

CAREFREE CONDO LIVING
$539,000 • 2930 76th Ave SE #A-302, Mercer Island • MLS# 1250640
2 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms

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

STUNNING CONDO IN USELESS BAY
$409,000 • 2418 James Place #401, Langley • MLS# 1248893
3 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 2,286 Sq. Ft. • 12,350 Lot Size

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

FRESHLY UPDATED BENSON HILL CONDO
$169,000 • 17521 118th Ave SE #A-1, Renton • MLS# 1251972
2 Bedrooms • 1 Bathroom • 841 Sq. Ft.

For more information, please contact Cherrie Lee.
Cherrie@Windermere.com • 206.353.8899 • CherrieLeeGroup.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. 

4 of Washington’s BEST Root Beer Companies

4 of Washington’s BEST Root Beer Companies

Seattle is known for many things, the Seattle Space Needle, an overabundance of breweries, and a bunch of delicious and as-homemade-as-made-can-be root beer companies. Touted as a North American soft drink, the beverage was originally touted for its medicinal uses, since its main ingredient, sarsaparilla, is known for its anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties.

Today however, the world enjoys root beer as a recreational beverage, with hundreds, if not thousands, of variations and companies that produce their own distinct flavors across the world, and today we’re sharing our favorite and Washington local root beer beverage proprietors!

The Snoqualmie Brewery offers a nonalcoholic root beer to go along with their other adult beverages. Made with “REAL vanilla extract, REAL cane sugar (no High Fructose Corn Syrup), and LOTS of honey,” they offer a delightful refreshment with a rich and zingy taste.

Born in Port Angeles but raised in Seattle, Bedford’s Craft Soda has offered a variety of yummy beverages since 1984, including their Bedford’s Root Beer which boasts a robust and natural flavor. Brownie Caramel Cream Root Beer is another local and lovable beverage from Mukilteo, Washington. As one might suspect, this root beer offers two distinct palettes: one being the natural sarsaparilla and the other being a creamy caramel. As part of Orca Beverages, both root beers are available throughout Washington and the United States.

Though it was sold in 2007 to a Portland, Oregon based company, Adventure Funds, Thomas Kemper Soda Co. originated in Washington in 1990. The brand owns eight flavors, including their root and birch beers, which offer handcrafted flavor, made with honey and Madagascar vanilla.

Now, you might be curious where you might find these, because one can rarely find them on their local grocery shelves. That’s probably because many large grocers don’t carry them, but don’t fret – there are many local places that do, one of which is the Root Beer Store.

Do you have a favorite, local root beer that we overlooked? Share it with us!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

STUNNING NEW COLONIAL
$3,649,900 • 6224 NE Princeton Way, Seattle • MLS 1246459
4 Bedrooms • 3.75 Bathrooms • 4,930 Sq. Ft. • 7,131 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Codi Nelson.
NelsonCodi@Windermere.com • 206.498.4148 • CodiNelson.com

SCANDINAVIAN-INSPIRED SANTUARY
$1,998,000 • 8448 SE 40th St., Mercer Island • MLS 1237182
4 Bedrooms • 3.5 Bathrooms • 3,410 Sq. Ft. • 8,818 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Robyn Kimura Hsu and Rachel Schindler.
Robyn@Windermere.com • 206.295.2247 • RobynAndRachel.com
Rachel@Windermere.com • 206.250.5622 • RobynAndRachel.com

SEATTLE CHARMER
$1,100,000 • 754 N 83rd St., Seattle • MLS 1248596
6 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 2,740 Sq. Ft. • 6,960 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Nicole Demers-Changelo.
Andition@Windermere.com • 206.271.1267 • Andition.com

SEAVIEW CHARMER
$650,000 • 6305 49th Ave SW, Seattle • MLS 1250542
3 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,680 Sq. Ft. • 5,946 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Chad Dierickx.
Chad@Windermere.com • 206.854.3931 • ChadDierickx.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. 

The Amazing Adventures at Seattle’s Discovery Park

The Amazing Adventures at Seattle’s Discovery Park

Sprawled across 534-acres of protected forests, beaches, prairies, and bluffs on the northwestern tip of Magnolia. As Seattle’s largest park, “Discovery” contains 11.81 miles of walking trails, a historic lighthouse site, the Discovery Park Visitors Center, and endless beach fun. Perched on Magnolia Bluff, the massive park overlooks Puget Sound and offers amazing views of both the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges.

Active preservation projects act as a preventative to damage and overgrowth, but the city of Seattle aims for the park to remain as natural and fresh as possible for local and visitor enjoyment. The Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center offers year-round programs, which are updated on their website and offer hands-on learning experiences that instill and enhance outdoor learning, employing games, props, and team activities.

In 2017, Discovery Park experienced a massive overhaul and renovation to its play area including updated play equipment, improved safety features, and increased accessibility, as well as new picnic tables and view seating.

While not all trails are named, the Discovery Park Loop Trail runs 2.8-miles through the park, intersecting with several other unmarked trails that explore deeper into the woods. Starting – or ending, depending on how you look at it, at the Discovery Park South Parking Lot explore the southern prairies, views from atop the Magnolia Bluff, and into the woods, connecting with Scheuerman Creek. Or, you could always head west on the South Beach Trail and enjoy the West Point Light House and beach.

Situated on the half-rocky, half-sandy shores of the Magnolia Bluff, the West Point Lighthouse is rich with history. Though the function of the lighthouse has been shifted to a modernized version, the lighthouse remains a beacon of the past.

From there, take the North Beach Trail along the shoreline and into the forest groves, where you’ll intersect with other trails after a few serene miles of glistening waterfront and rustling leaves.

Several species thrive within Discovery Park’s borders. Shilshole and Elliot Bays are both homes to harbor seals and California sea lions, and Townsend chipmunks. Birdwatchers enthuse about the park, enjoying the 270 species of birds seen in the park or in the nearby waters in a list compiled by the Seattle Audubon Society.

Open meadows, dramatic seal cliffs, streams, active forestry, and sandy dunes are all alive and well within the parks borders – and within over 530-acres, you can get lost in the parks endless and natural preservation while also never being too far from a street or trail leading back to something recognizable. With overwhelmingly positive notes, the local area thoroughly enjoys Discovery Park and all it offers.

Have you every visited Discovery Park? If you haven’t we highly suggest it, and if you have, what are your favorite parts and experiences?


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

EXTRAORDINARY LAKESIDE LODGE
$9,500,000 • 7010 North Mercer Way, Mercer Island • MLS# 1234250
4 Bedrooms • 5.5 Bathrooms • 7,060 Sq. Ft. • 22,278 Lot Size

Find out more at MILakesideLodge.com

For more information, please contact Peni Schwartz or Cynthia Schoonmaker.
PSchwart@Windermere.com • 206.718.7364 • Peni-Schwartz.com
CynthiaS@Windermere.com • 206.683.2725 • CynthiaSchoonmaker.com

UPDATED MID-CENTURY CLASSIC
$799,999 • 2551 154th Ave SE, Bellevue • MLS# 1241992
3 Bedroomd • 1.5 Bathrooms • 1,450 Sq. Ft. • 8,000 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Cherrie Lee.
Cherrie@Windermere.com • 206.353.8899 • CherrieLeeGroup.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. 

6 of Our Favorite Breakfast Places in Seattle, Mercer Island & Bellevue

6 of Our Favorite Breakfast Places in Seattle, Mercer Island & Bellevue

What’s the most important meal of the day – and one of our favorites? Why, breakfast, of course! The Pacific Northwest holds tons of hyper-local secrets in the breakfast world, but what are the area’s favorites? We’ve done breakfast posts before, but we’re breaking down our favorite breakfast and brunch places in Seattle, Mercer Island, and the Greater Eastside, why their so delicious and our suggestions.

Hidden in a cozy storefront off 24th in Old Ballard, Seattle you’ll find a darling treasure named Café Besalu, specializing in handmade pastries and handcrafted espresso. Since selling to Herkimer Coffee in 2017, the café has seen a few minor tweaks, but the same delicious pastries that call for lines out the door and ritualistic regulars remain.

Do you love artisan baked goods? Flaky goodness in every bite? Their humble outside appearance opens to a well-oiled machine and delightful breakfast treat. If you’re looking for something small, a drink and pastry combination perhaps, peek into this shop!

Nestled in the bustling city, the Tilikum Place Café features a classic breakfast menu in a welcoming, aromatic atmosphere. Breathe in the morning of eggs Benedict, Dutch Baby pancakes and indulge with either classic, sweet, or savory!

You might wait for a table and you might wait for your scrumptious foods, but you’ll enjoy the high quality, high energy, and beautiful setting. Keep in mind, this little café usually doesn’t have space for walk-ins, and reservations are often booked weeks in advance.

A downtown Mercer Island classic, Bennett’s Bistro has long served the Mercer Island community with authentic and original foods. Part of Sugar Mountain, Bennett’s uses premium ingredients, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, and a “whole food” commitment.

Bennett’s Bistro uses a ton of ingredients from its sister companies, including Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Mama Lil’s Peppers, and other Sugar Mountain companies. Enjoy the mouthwatering nature of handcrafted foods, straight from “the earth, the sea, and the vine,” from local Washington sources, including Carnation, Yakima, Bellingham, and the Olympic Mountains.

A newer, local favorite is Mioposto on Mercer Island. Its original storefront opened in March of 2006 in the Mount Baker neighborhood in Seattle, but they recently opened a sister site on Mercer Island and recently celebrated their one-year anniversary (in January 2018, opened January 2017). Literally translated to “my place” in Italian, Mioposto was inspired by traditional Neapolitan pizzerias from their aesthetic to their ingredient sources.

Crafted in open-flame ovens, their foods are handcrafted with care and attention, by skilled oveners incredibly in-tune with their ovens and kitchens. They form unique recipes and beautiful displays, but don’t take our word for it – try it yourself!

Like Seattle, Bellevue has a ton of boutique eateries local and visitors love indulging in, including The French Bakery. There are several locations across the Eastside, including Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland, and each offers a unique experience and flaky pastries.

Made savory and sweet, their delightful pastries and desserts are crafted daily for your repeated enjoyment. Looking for a meeting space with light fare, or a place to camp out while you get some work done? Grab a coffee for energy and a croissant for brain power here!

Located in the heart of Bellevue, the Bellden Café started like many other local restaurants: with a simple idea and lot of love, commitments, and passion. Coffee and food bring people together, and that was precisely the idea behind this love project.

Behind the chaotic times is a menu filled with you, the customer in mind. Their menu changes periodically to keep up with the demand and season, but their delicious coffee stays the same, carving the Bellden Café into the Bellevue lifestyle.

We’re sure we missed some of your favorites. What are they? Where are they? And why are they amazing?


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 Seattle Juiceries

8 Of Our Favorite Seattle Juiceries

Do your plans for the new year include a healthier lifestyle? Or maybe just adding more balance to your diet? Adding various fruits and vegetables to your diet can help in a variety of ways, including adding essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients and diversifying your eating habits.

If you’re considering adding fruits and vegetables but find the chore of adding four to eight pieces of fruits and veggies to your diet daunting, you might find juicing a health-hearty option for the new year. And you don’t need a juicer to get started. You can use a blender and a mesh strainer if you’re cautious about investing money into a new ritual.

Another alternative is to utilize one of the many juice bars in the Greater Seattle area, which is what we’re going to go over today.

Heart Beet Healthy is an amazing juicer, with tons of options. Feeling a tickle in your throat? Try the gingers hot or snake bite to nip it in the bud! Their juices are brimmed with color and nutrition and packed with organic vegetables, made fresh when you order. Feeling something creamy? Try their non-dairy smoothies – and maybe add a superfood add-on!

Fresh squeezed to order and when you want it, Chaco Canyon Organic Café is a great reminder of community and healthfulness. They have a ton of smoothie and juice recipes, but if you want to add your own kick, don’t hesitate to add it on!

Whether you’re looking to cleanse or just add some more nutrients to your day, Jujubeet has you covered. With several locations around the Greater Seattle Region, their story starts like any other: with passion and a whole lot of fruits and vegetables.

Founded only seven short years ago, the Juice Press was envisioned with a healthier and more transparent eatery in mind. Tons of options with your favorite vegetable or fruit packed in. Like a 50/50 mix? Or maybe more fruit than vegie? Or the other way around? They’ve got it.

Made from locally sourced fruits and vegetables, Moondrop Coffee offers a good selection of fresh juices and smoothies on their menu. Do you like the “usuals” – or maybe something with chia seeds and hemp milk.

Tons of quality flavors, the Fit Bar Café offers a slurry of fresh eats.

The Pressed Juicery quenches your cravings with drinks including beets, dates, turmeric, vanilla, aloe vera, coconut “meat”, and the usual “green” variety.

Do you like fresh squeezed? Or juiced? Or maybe you need something quick, because you’re forever on the go in Seattle? The Juicy Café has you covered. Located in the convention center in downtown, you’re only a few blocks away from delicious.


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. 

Top 15 Washington School Districts

Top 15 Washington School Districts

There is no doubt that Washington, specifically the Seattle area, is growing, but what does that mean for our public-school system? Usually, that means our class sizes grow and become slightly less one-on-one, unless our systems and tools are growing alongside our population.

Depending on what you’re rating, graduation rate, class size, test scores, etc., you and your neighbor might have a different determination of what makes a great school or district the best. Schools are one thing families looking to grow might look into when searching for their new home, and with good reason.

Niche.com combines statistical data with authentic reviews to rate districts. Similar to websites like Yelp for food, Niche has reviews from real families, with real experiences rating on their site, and while their reviews are only a portion of their rating, it’s an excellent resource and provides “real life” insight into the district or school.

The Top 15 School Districts in Washington State

  1. Bellevue School District
  2. Mercer Island School District
  3. Lake Washington School District
  4. Issaquah School District
  5. Bainbridge Island School District
  6. Camas School District
  7. Northshore School District
  8. University Place School District
  9. Seattle Public Schools
  10. Shoreline School District
  11. Tahoma School District
  12. Vashon Island School District
  13. Olympia School District
  14. Oakesdale School District
  15. Mukilteo School District

Especially if you’re moving from outside the state, or even across the state, this website might be what you need to help make your next move – and don’t worry, it’s not just for Washingtonians. Find out about schools across the nation!

This list is a combination of smaller districts and mega-districts, proving that smaller schools and districts can achieve educational success and college-readiness with limited resources and small funding pools. According to Eric Webb, superintendent for the Orcas Island School District, success in schools can be found by shifting focus to education for all grades and not on barriers that separate.

If you’re looking for more hard and statistical data, take a peek at the Washington State Report and check the summary of the district you’re considering!


Overall reviews based on a blend of statistical data, district reviews from actual families, and Mathematics & English test scores.


new this week from

WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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REMODELED MID-CENTURY RAMBLER
$1,300,000 • 9742 SE 41st St., Mercer Island • MLS# 1240982
3 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 2,020 Sq. Ft. • 9,718 Lot Size

Remodeled mid-century rambler ideally located on the North End of MI. Large, sunny lot close to schools and parks with easy access to I-90 for commuters going east or west. Brand new kitchen includes custom Kerf cabinets, stainless appliances, quartz counters & 10-foot island with seating for four. Walls of windows bring the outdoors in from your fenced backyard—a perfect summer sanctuary. Double-paned windows, A/C, generator, tankless water heater, newer furnace & so much more!

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


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. 

5 of Our Favorite West Seattle Restaurants in “The Junction”

5 of Our Favorite West Seattle Restaurants in “The Junction”

The famous California Avenue runs the length of West Seattle, from the tip of Alki Beach, down into White Center. The Junction is along California Avenue, where the street intersects with SW Alaska Street. This bustling area is known for its lively business district, where tons of development, comprising apartment and condominium buildings, restraints, boutique shopping, and specialty stores, has lifted the area into a state of cultural fervor.

The addition of anchor tenants, like QFC, Trader Joe’s, and LA Fitness, and other locally-owned specialty shops have really developed the area as a destination hotspot for locals and has even been defined as some of “Seattle’s best shopping,” for art, toys, and clothing.

But, we’re here about food. Our favorite eats in the California-Alaskan Junction:

I think Easy Street Records easily makes the list every time. Why? Because they offer great comfort foods at affordable prices, alongside some of our favorite vinyl albums, both classic and contemporary. Hearty burritos. Nostalgia-riddled pancakes. Frittata, chorizo, you name it! We love it!

With overwhelming positive reviews, Ma’ono is one of West Seattle’s best Hawaiian eateries. A mix of fried chicken, saimin and other Hawaiian foods, this restaurant demands your attention, some advising to “reserve if you can”. Outstanding service and phenomenal tastes.

Preferring Mediterranean? The Falafel Salam offers a delightful brick and mortar, in addition to their food truck and farmers market presence. Though they started off using what some might consider “processed foods,” they’ve since changed to making fresh foods from scratch and igniting that as their core philosophy. Find convenient and delicious foods, just like you would make at home – but without the mess and hassle!

Though this isn’t the Matador’s only location, their West Seattle presence is awesomely positive, and has become a “Junction” staple for dining. Featuring local, artisan décor and a late-night close, they offer booths to tuck into after a long day of shopping for Alki fun. With passion and care, you’ll enjoy their homemade Mexican cuisine and their unforgettable experience!

With a unique outlook on seafood, the Mashiko Japanese Restaurant makes eating sushi a fun and unregrettable experience. Touted as “fully sustainable”, Mashiko is “Seattle first”, meaning they have solid relationships with “several top seafood sustainability experts” and they indulge in intense and ongoing education on their passion: seafood. Enjoy the food, the atmosphere, the people.

There are hundreds of restaurants on California Avenue and off adjacent streets, that it’s difficult to choose just a handful to share. You might find a full list of excellent choices here for restaurants, cafes, coffeehouses, bars, grills, delis, and all other forms of eatery!


new homes this week from

WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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SWEEPING NORTHWEST VISTAS
$5,399,999 • 2259 66th Ave SE, Mercer Island • MLS# 1239737
7 Bedrooms • 6.5 Bathrooms • 7,510 Sq. Ft. • 18,335 Lot Size

Perched in an incredible locale just above Mercer Island’s Lid Park, this stately home enjoys breathtaking views from nearly every room. Lake Washington waters sparkle with sunlight by day and twinkling Seattle lights by night. Rising in the distance, the Olympic mountains form a majestic backdrop.

Beyond the gated drive, an impressive foyer welcomes you home with its double bridal staircase and stunning Swarovski chandelier. Host parties in grand gathering spaces, prepare gourmet meals in the chef’s kitchen, relax in the comfy family room, or steal away to your sumptuous lake view master suite with dual-sided fireplace and soaking tub. Exquisite extras include a guest suite, pre-wired media room, and exercise room. Find out more at NorthendView.com

For more information, please contact Cherrie Lee.
Cherrie@Windermere.com • 206.353.8899 • CherrieLeeGroup.com

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TIMELESS ELEGANCE
$3,788,00 • 5632 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island • MLS# 1236796
5 Bedrooms • 5.75 Bathrooms • 7,380 Sq. Ft. • 88,862 Lot Size

Nestled in a private two-acre setting, this French-inspired chateau awaits you. Its dramatic foyer with dual staircases and lake views beckons you in to gracious gathering spaces—visit with friends by the fireside, or dine beneath the sparkling chandelier. Exquisite mill-work lends a timeless beauty.

Formal spaces flow intuitively into an inviting, fireside great room spanned by French doors. The chef’s kitchen makes cooking a delight with granite surfaces and SubZero, Miele & Bosch appliances. Retreat to the main floor study, enjoy movie nights in the home theater, and discover extra flex space in the private guest quarters. At the end of the day, steal away to your sumptuous master suite with fireplace and jetted tub. Find out more at LakeviewLuxuryEstate.com.

For more information, please contact Kelly Weisfield.
KellyW@Windermere.com • 206.355.3863 • KellyWeisfield.com

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UPDATED IN ALLVIEW HEIGHTS
$875,000 • 4550 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island • MLS# 1236296
3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1,700 Sq. Ft. • 7,213 Lot Size

Set against a backdrop of mature privacy trees, this home enjoys lush scenery through expansive windows. The soaring, updated kitchen and family room flow into open gathering spaces. Step out for summer barbecues on the deck and fenced backyard with paver patio. The light-filled living room offers a cozy new gas fireplace and new hardwood floors. Great I-90 access makes for an easy commute!

  • The light-filled living room offers a cozy new gas fireplace and new hardwood floors
  • Host friends in the open, adjacent dining area with picture windows and a slider to the wrap-around deck
  • Slab granite surfaces, stainless steel appliances and a new professional range with hood make cooking a delight
  • Great flex spaces with a main floor sitting room/dining nook and downstairs family room
  • Top floor master suite with walk-in closet and adjacent loft/office with skylight, plus two more bedrooms downstairs
  • Just minutes away form the library, schools, parks, I-90 access, the Park & Ride, and Downtown Mercer Island

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

 


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.

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Catch a Movie on a Rainy Day at Any of These 6 Local Cinemas

Catch a Movie on a Rainy Day at Any of These 6 Local Cinemas

When was the last time you went to the movies, instead of just waiting for it to come out on Blu-ray? There’s just something about the smell of popcorn and butter, dark surroundings, and blaring surround-sound to make you jump during a frightful scene or tug on your heartstrings during a particularly emotional one.

These Seattle-Eastside local theaters are great for experiencing the movie, even if you weren’t able to actually be on-set while filming…

Half-theater, half-museum, the Cinerama in Belltown saw a massive renovation in 1999, catapulting it into the spotlight of Seattle cinemas. After over a decade of staggering success, the Cinerama saw another huge upgrade in 2014, featuring 6P digital laser projection systems and other upgrades to the sound systems, seating, and concessions. Today, it features the original costumes from Star Wars, Star Trek, Blade Runner, and Batman, among others. The classic Cinerama experience remains a peak into Seattle history.

Off Market Street in the heart of Ballard, you’ll find the Majestic Bay Theatres. Completely reimagined in 1998, the theater was at the forefront of the Seattle movie resurgence. Upgraded with graceful and traditional lines and signature movie-style traditions, invite all to the triplex theater. Whether you’re an individual or company event, the Majestic Bay offers meeting facilities and special event hosting for corporate events, birthdays, and private parties.

 In the Columbia City community, you’ll find this charming neighborhood theater: The Ark Lodge Cinemas. Though petite in size, the theater makes up for its size with adorable allure, affordable prices, and the fact that it’s locally owned. They have the standard seating-style theater but also have the Prestige Room, where the standard seating has been replaced with comfy, faux-velvet sofas and side tables for your refreshments! It’s near the downtown area of Columbia City, where you can enjoy a meal at Wabi-Sabi Sushi, The Taproot Café & Bar or the classic, Columbia City Bakery before enjoying your showing!

The destination of many school fieldtrips, the Boeing IMAX Theater at the Pacific Science Center has been a mainstay since it was built. Home to two state-of-the-art theaters, you’ll enjoy your favorite flicks in IMAX 3D. Some have said that if there’s a movie “actually filmed in IMAX 3D”, you “don’t want to see anywhere else in Seattle.” Make your experience and entire day, and visit the Pacific Science Center, the Seattle Armory, or the Museum of Pop culture while you’re there!

The Cinemark Lincoln Square cinema is a local favorite. Their expansive selection makes them the go-to theater on the Eastside, and its proximity to the Bellevue Collection (Bell-Square Mall) makes it great for a night out and the “movie” part of the classic “dinner and a movie” trope. Great for family adventures, friend night outs, or date nights – the Cinemark Lincoln Square offers a centralized location for fun and food.

If you’re looking for a 21+ experience, the Cinebarre in Mountlake Terrace offers dinner and a movie, without leaving the comforts of your chair – or the movie at hand. Watch your latest favorites with a drink in hand (cocktails, soda, milkshakes, and more!) and a sandwich, pizza, salad of burger in front of you! Though you won’t find the same smell of popcorn as prominent you’ll find a different experience on comfy seats, great movies, and fabulous friends. Fun fact: they also have one in Issaquah!


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. 

EVOKE COFFEE, A New Coffee Bean Experience in South Lake Union

EVOKE COFFEE, A New Coffee Bean Experience in South Lake Union

A new coffeehouse has opened in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, offering “unparalleled quality in food and drink.” Seattle is well-known for its abundance of established and highly-regarded coffee houses, so why should we give this one a try? What’s different? EVOKE COFFEE strives for brilliance in every dual-insulated cup, and here’s how:

HEART COFFEE is a Portland-based coffee roaster and the source and chosen-roastery for this hip, new establishment. But what is Heart Coffee? Their self-determined motivation is simple: uncompromising quality. By shifting the focus from profit to quality, they’re able to develop complex flavors, using the best beans sourced from predominately Central America, South America, and Africa.  From the heart-coffee, is from just that: the heart.

Not only does Evoke Coffee use specialty beans, but they hand make the syrups used in their beverages, creating an exquisite taste that isn’t racked with fillers and unfavorable ingredients. Their food menu also leans towards the healthier side, including things toasts, sandwiches, and acai bowls; but, don’t worry, they’ve the usual decadent pastries too! Enjoy their industrial-chic aesthetic, with minimalist spaces and unique, Edison-inspired light fixtures.

Coupled with well-honed baristas and specialty flavors, these unique properties combine to create an amazing experience; and although it’s only been open a few weeks, we’re excited to see where this place takes Seattle coffee.

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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. 

7 of Seattle’s Most Hidden Bakeries

7 of Seattle’s Most Hidden Bakeries

As we all know, Seattle has so many mouthwatering restaurants, that you’d never run out! But, sometimes we just want snacks, and local Seattle bakeries harbor some of the most delicious pastries we’ve ever had!

Google searches for local baked goods continues to skyrocket, year after year – sort of like the current local real estate market. As more and more people are indulging in local baked goods, more and more boutique bakeries pop up.

This is our own “short list” of hidden (and let’s be real, not-so-hidden) bakeries around Seattle.

Probably one of Seattle’s worst kept secrets, is Bakery Nouveau. Though there are a few locations around Seattle, we’ve enjoyed the Capitol Hill location on several occasions. From daily-made sandwiches to homemade breakfast pastries, fresh bread, plus holiday and seasonal delights.  They’re in Burien, West Seattle, and Capitol Hill, so indulge in their range of products.

A humble and whimsical bakery, the Dahlia Bakery can be found in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. Though they can complete your every baked-good need, they specialize and have been world-renowned for their Triple Coconut Cream Pie. Try their artisan breads, homemade pastries, and delightful cakes, full of fresh ingredients and local heart.

Local and baked with the heart, the Sod House Bakery offers beautiful creations from cinnamon rolls and croissants, to hand pies and sandwich cookies. Specializing in creations made with local ingredients from sustainable sources, their cookies, pies, and other baked goods are delicious, and they offer an amazing place for community.

Off 24th Avenue in Ballard, you’ll find a small bakery, called Tall Grass Bakery. Referred to as the “BEST… THE NUMBER ONE” in Seattle, this little bakery has had lines around the block several times. Completely organic and hand-forged, these “hot for you” breads are scrutinized to the highest caliber, and use only the finest quality of ingredients available.

Family owned, craft bakery, Sea Wolf Bakery has made its mark on the Seattle baked-goods scene. Created from brothers, who use only the best practices of local sourcing and skillful craftsmanship, they found their own piece of the city in August of 2016, after years of using borrowed kitchens around Seattle.

New to the neighborhood, this pretty bakery opened just a few weeks ago (2017), with carefully crafted pastries, breads, sandwiches, and crepes – paired with fine wine and espresso, to boot! The Semillion Bakery Café offers fresh goods that are locally sourced. When choosing in the Northwest, why not choose the Northwest?

Located in Northern Beacon Hill, Fresh Flours offers the finest quality of pastries and coffee. While it began as a dream, it’s since morphed into some of the most unique and expertly developed baked-goods recipes, including flavors like green tea, sesame, and azuki.

Some of the best smells in the world can be found inside a bakery. With fresh bread out of the oven, and the creamy texture of freshness and youth in the air, any bakery can make you feel at home. Delight in the freshness and indulge in the goodness.


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. 

A New Hobby to Kick Off the New Year! Check Out Any of These Local Meetups!

A New Hobby to Kick Off the New Year! Check Out Any of These Local Meetups!

Are you wanting to get out more in 2018? How about trying your hand at a new hobby or gaining a new skill? Or perhaps you already know what you’ll enjoy, but are looking for amazing people to share it with.

Meetup groups can be an amazing way to get out in our communities, learn new skills, and hone new passions and hobbies. Groups like this allow us to get outside of our comfort zones, and harness the power of face-to-face gatherings as a point of networking between members and organizers.

Meetups can be more than just way to get out of your house, but it can also help you birth, grow and develop friendships, hone your interests, or learn more about business and entrepreneurialism. These groups are excellent resources on many levels, and can offer tons of insight into whatever you’re looking to learn.

The Greater Seattle has tons of meetups to choose from, and you can use websites like MeetUp.com to find the one that sings to you? We’ve compiled a list of the Seattle area’s most favorite:

Sports, Activity, & Adventure:

Writing Groups:

Book Clubs:

Tech Groups:

Pet & Pups:

Regardless if you’re into the tech industry, learning, music or eating (or anything else), there’s a group for you – and, if you don’t see exactly what you’re searching for, that’s okay! Try your hand at your own meetup, and coordinating your own group to your akin preferences.


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 Chipper Salons on Capitol Hill, Seattle

4 Chipper Salons on Capitol Hill, Seattle

Capitol Hill is one of those neighborhoods where you can find almost anything only a few blocks from your front door. Craving something? Dozens of cuisines are within the surrounding blocks, or can be delivered via local food courier services.

So, what about your body and hair? Taking ritualistic care of your health and body can prove beneficial to your quality of life and while you can always do these things at home, you might on occasion, want to indulge and have someone else pamper you a bit.

These four Capitol Hill salons offer more than the casual or standard cut, but they offer stylings unlike what you might find at other places – or what you might be able to create at home!

With enormous pride and commitment to their work, the Bowie Salon and Spa exceeds expectations with their full range of services, including hair styling, cuts, extensions, and blowouts, plus facials, waxing, and nails. Representing the “very finest in hair and hairstyles”, this salon offers over 25 years of experience and industry influence.

Salon Moxi is an independently owned and operated boutique salon, rested on the crest of Capitol Hill. Fresh and unique, they offer an atmosphere that fosters individual creativity, which translates in their approach to each head of hair and style. Warm and welcoming, you’ll enjoy top-notch stylists and an accumulated 26+ years of experience.

Known as a balanced blend of independent hair designers, the Emerson Salon has created something truly special. Powered by experience and persistence, they stand alongside their quality service and stellar professionalism. Get to know each stylist on their website, and their own unique menu of services.

With a drive for the artists and sometimes eccentric, the Canary Salon offers a variety of services and specialties, from the comforts of Broadway Avenue, Capitol Hill. Whether you enjoy the flare of the dramatic, or soft lived-in styles, their experienced and inspired stylists are sure to offer what you’re looking for.

Everyone, from a five-year old child through any age bracket, can enjoy their hair the way they like it – whether that be natural tones, pastels, or bold colors! And in any style, from short to medium or long! Sometimes we enjoy doing our own creations at home, and other times we want a professional to take the plunge into our hair.


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. 

Check Out These 8 Local Restaurants in Capitol Hill, Seattle

Check Out These 8 Local Restaurants in Capitol Hill, Seattle

Capitol Hill in just one of those neighborhoods that has a lot of everything. Not only are they a stone’s throw away from several major regional hospitals, but Capitol Hill offers a plethora of boutique retailors, coffeeshops, entertainment venues, and health facilities. But, something that really shines on the hill, is fabulous places to eat.

Local eateries shine in Seattle, and in Capitol Hill especially, where the Walkscore sits at 91 and the bike & transit scores are pretty decent, as well!

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Waffles always sound scrumptious in the morning, and if you don’t have a waffle iron, let Sweet Iron Waffle Bar do the waffling for you! Their menu comprises both sweet and savory delights, all atop a Liege-style waffle!

Poppy Seattle offers a Thali-style menu, where a platter, holding a variety of small dishes, is presented to each guest. This style offers a pleasant variety of color and taste, with fresh, seasonal ingredients, herbs, and spices for a modern, Northwest experience.

Poke and sushi are both big hits in recent years; mostly for isn’t simple, yet addictive recipes for healthy and delicious alternatives to other foods. Light and fresh, Broadway Poke & Sushi offers vegan version of each of their main dishes: poke and sushi.

Thinking Italian? Inspired by local farmers, Altura centers their menu around seasonal ingredients from around the region. Boutique in nature, this delicate eatery, offers a unique experience for the entire party!

Though it started with humble beginnings, Marination Station has a brilliant brick and mortar location on Capitol Hill – but, the same tasty menu as their to-die-for food truck! Small batch and made from scratch, they ship to their stores straight from their commercial kitchen in South Seattle.

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For dinner… how about a burger? In classic Capitol Hill fashion, this darkly lit burger bar piles literal 8oz Burgers onto scrumptious buns, topped to the nines with greens, veggies, sauces, and eggs! One even has fries!

We are rounding out this Seattle foods list, with a Capitol Hill classic: Rancho Bravo Tacos. This establishment has been a fan favorite since its inception in 2009, always garnering a line out the door for fabulous, daily tacos. Another brick and mortar that started as a food truck, this is a great experience at an affordable price!

Do you have a favorite restaurant you want to share? Share in the comments!


new this week from

WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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FAUNTLEROY CRAFTSMAN
8633 35th Avenue Southwest, Seattle
$498,000 • 2 Bedrooms + Studio • 1 Bathroom • 860 Sq. Ft. • 5,250 Lot Size

Vintage charm meets modern updates in this move-in-ready Craftsman. Step in to a sun-washed living room with a picture window and gleaming hardwood floors. Nearby, the updated kitchen is a delight with new stainless appliances, clean white cabinets and a cheerful dining area. The main house offers two bedrooms and a full bath with pedestal sink, while a new studio provides extra space for work, hobbies, or guests with a sitting area, wet bar and 3/4 bath. The yard is a gardener’s paradise with planting beds and landscape borders. Wonderful, walkable location!

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

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MODERN LIVING IN WEST SEATTLE
9344 California Avenue Southwest, Seattle
$1,196,000 • 3 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 3,220 Sq. Ft. • 10,776 Lot Size

Come home after a long day, kick back, put your feet up and take in the Western views of the Sound, Olympic Mountains and captivating sunsets that are the perfect backdrop for this striking modern home. A large open floor plan is ideal for hosting dinner parties and gatherings with friends. Located on a quiet street just above the Fauntleroy ferry terminal you will enjoy easy access to Lincoln park, shopping, cafes and more. Wake up Saturday, grab coffee and jump a ferry to explore for the day.

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

The Eastside’s 5 Hottest Neighborhoods of 2017

The Eastside’s 5 Hottest Neighborhoods of 2017

Many areas across the Eastside experienced boundless growth, and are expected to grow into 2018, albeit, at a lesser rate. Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, gave us insight into what 2018 might have in store for homeowners and home prices. You can read the entire article at WindermereMercerIsland.com/Trends.

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The Eastside and Seattle offer their own set of unique offerings, but people are looking at much more than local amenities and locale for their newest home purchase. While location is key, come are prospecting outside of local major metropolises for their purchase. Why? Because outside of major cities, like Bellevue, Seattle or Redmond, you may find more bang for your buck. More home for your dollar – and that is crucial, especially when you’re searching for a family home.

Area #5 WEST BELLEVUE experiences a 16% increase, which is still staggering on its own.

West Bellevue is at the heart of the city’s center. The name “Bellevue” is French for “beautiful view”. In 2014, Bellevue was ranked as the 2nd best place to live in the nation by USA Today. The addition of many new high-rise condominium and apartments over the past decade has changed the scene in downtown Bellevue making it a very hip, walkable, and vibrant part of the Eastside. Many highly-desirable, longstanding and well-maintained single-family neighborhoods snuggle in to the north and south of downtown. Click here to read the entire article.

Area #4 KIRKLAND saw a 16.7% increase, in year over year prices.

Kirkland, a community of over 80,000 people, is fortunate to have a vibrant downtown area located on the waterfront of Lake Washington. Its proximity to I-405 and 520 provides easy access to Seattle, Bellevue and the Eastside. Kirkland has so much to offer residents and visitors: the arts, outdoor recreation, vibrant dining options, and unique local shops. The award-winning Lake Washington School District serves the residents of Kirkland with outstanding local schools. To read the entire article, click here.

Area #3 MERCER ISLAND homes experienced a 17.1% increase.

Centrally located between Seattle and Bellevue is the beautiful city of Mercer Island. Home to 22,000+ residents, Mercer Island is the most populated lake-bound island in the United States. While it is an island, it is directly connected to Seattle and Bellevue city centers via Interstate 90. Mercer Island’s location in Lake Washington tops the list of attractive attributes regarding the “Rock” and makes Mercer Island a premier Puget Sound community. The north end Town Center offers a dynamic urban village vibe with shops, restaurants, coffee cafes, and professional service providers amidst and upscale condo and apartment residences. To read the entire article, click here.

Area #2 The EASTSIDE SOUTH, including neighborhoods like Newport Hills and Somerset, saw a 17.4% increase in prices, year over year.

The Bellevue neighborhood of Somerset, with its iconic perch overlooking not only Bellevue surrounds, Lake Washington and Seattle—but also Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains in the distance on a clear day—is a favorite vantage point to take in panoramic views of Bellevue and Seattle. Click here to read about Bellevue.

Area #1 The most dramatic increase over the region was in EAST BELLEVUE, who saw a 20.4% increase – a larger increase than Seattle’s highest year over year, which was BEACON HILL/MOUNT BAKER at 20%.

The Woodridge neighborhood, located in the City of Bellevue, is just south of downtown and east of Interstate 405. Characterized by quiet no-through streets and comfortable homes – many with views of Lake Washington, downtown Bellevue and Seattle, this community is truly just off the beaten path. Woodridge Elementary School, a part of Bellevue School District, is just at the top of the hill. Local parks include Bannerwood Ballfield Park, Kelsey Creek Park, Norwood Village Park, and Woodridge Water Tower Park. Click here to read the entire article.

Overall, the lowest eastside increase was East Lake Sammamish, which saw a 13.2% increase year over year – which is almost double the national average at 6.7%. The Greater Seattle area, and surrounding regions, are experiencing seemingly limitless growth.


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. 

5 of Seattle’s Most Competitive Neighborhoods of 2017

5 of Seattle’s Most Competitive Neighborhoods of 2017

These Seattle neighborhoods took the cake 2017, and are starting strong with staggering figures in January 2018. Overall, the Greater Seattle Region has seen increasingly low inventory, raising home prices and heightening competition for homes – and while these issues aren’t unique to Seattle, we are experiencing it most prevalently.

Seattle has grown in several areas in the past year, including the grand reopening of our beloved Pike Place Market and the 2018 reopening of the highly anticipated remastering of the Seattle Space Needle – and the city towers are growing right alongside other areas of economic growth. Check out a three-year time lapse of Seattle’s astounding growth.

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But, which areas have growth more than others, in terms of home price or bang for your buck? We’ve compiled a list of Seattle great-growth neighborhoods in Seattle’s not-so sleep streets.

Neighborhood #5 NORTH SEATTLE, with an average of 14.3% increase.

Laurelhurst is a coveted residential neighborhood in northeast Seattle near the University of Washington (UW) and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Waterfront homes enjoy frontage on Union Bay, a part of Lake Washington. The Laurelhurst Beach Club (private) and Laurelhurst Community Center (public) are popular community hubs while nearby University Village offers a hip shopping, dining and social venue for residents and UW students alike. To the north, Wedgwood (map), is a more modest local neighborhood that is undergoing much transition as homeowners rebuild or remodel its predominantly 1950’s homes to transform them into modern and more functional structures suitable for today’s needs. Click here for the full article.

Neighborhood #4 The greater BALLARD are, including neighborhoods such Fremont, Phinney Ridge, Ballard and Wallingford, averaging 14.6% home gains.

Ballard is one of the hippest and most coveted neighborhoods in Seattle. Its close proximity to the burgeoning tech industry in neighboring Fremont and reasonable access to the Eastside via 520 makes Ballard an extremely convenient place to call home. Located in the northwestern part of the city, Ballard houses a vibrant working waterfront and looks out upon Fisherman’s Terminal, the home base for the North Pacific Fishing Fleet. The terminal offers a collection of delicious dining options and is a great place to purchase the freshest seafood. The Ballard Locks enable boat traffic to move from freshwater Lake Union to the salt water of Puget Sound-a 26-foot grade change. Pass a sunny day watching the parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts come into the locks, and the water level is adjusted to allow their safe passage to the lake or sound. Shilshole Bay Marina offers moorage for 1,500 recreational boats, a waterfront promenade, and fabulous views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains beyond. Promenade users can stroll over to Golden Gardens Park, a popular beachfront park. Click here for the full article.

Neighborhood # 3 WEST SEATTLE saw a 17% increase from 2016.

West Seattle is aptly named—it represents all of the city located west of the Duwamish River. It is the birth place of Seattle, being the first place settlers established themselves. Gorgeous views from West Seattle of the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound, along with the Cascade and Olympic mountains, have contributed to residents’ love for the area and make this a favorite Puget Sound destination. Alki Point, and its immensely popular Alki Beach, offers sandy beach, lawn, fire pits, volleyball nets and a flat bike and pedestrian trail runs the length of the beach—people who use this trail are treated to some of the most amazing views in the region. Low tides offer extraordinary opportunities to explore tide pools of Puget Sound marine life. Click here for the full article.

Neighborhood #2 SHORELINE, though not entirely within Seattle jurisdiction, saw 19.6% home gains.

North Seattle includes the Cedar Park, Jackson Park, Lake City, Maple Leaf, Meadowbrook, North Matthews Beach, Northgate, Olympic Hills, Pinehurst, and Victory Heights neighborhoods. To the northwest along Puget Sound the city of Shoreline (map) boasts and incredible 404 acres of parkland enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Its saltwater shoreline, botanical garden, interurban trail, athletic fields, courts and playgrounds draw people to this popular north Seattle community. Homeowners in the North Seattle region have benefited from a surge of sales activity and buyer demand for their modest, affordable homes conveniently located to Seattle’s metro employment centers. Click here for the full article.

Neighborhood #1 And the number one increase from 2016 to 2017 was the BEACON HILL & MOUNT BAKER neighborhoods, who saw a staggering 20% increase year over year.

Beacon Hill in South Seattle, with its distinctive views of the Olympics and Cascades, has tremendous appeal to people who work downtown and commercial developers alike. It is currently a hotbed of activity undergoing significant revitalization as an affordable community close to the Seattle core. To the east, Seward Park, named for the park located on Bailey Peninsula near the south end of Lake Washington, offers coveted waterfront views and access. Between them, Columbia City is an urban center with ample shopping and many cultural local restaurants. Beacon Hill is served by light rail direct to downtown Seattle. The average downtown commute to about 12 minutes, car-free. Given its convenient proximity to I-5 and Interstate 90, a relatively affordable housing market, and its sweeping mountain and Puget Sound views, Beacon Hill has a lot to offer. Click here for the full article.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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4+ Beach Resorts Along Washington’s Coastline

4+ Beach Resorts Along Washington’s Coastline

We’re coming on the end of Fall, which means Spring is only a few short months away – and what better way to plan for Spring Break or Summer vacations than a few days along the Washington coastline?

Sparkling beaches and forever sunsets after long days of playing in the sand and perusing local shops and boutiques. Because of Washington’s diverse terrain, our coastline makes for a just-as diverse and welcoming allure.

Chosen as “The Northwest’s Best Resort in 2016 by Seattle Magazine,” the Semiahmoo Resort offers 4-star amenities, including lodging, golfing recreation, and spa. Located on the cerulean shores of Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor, you’ll enjoy hours of beach life, wading in tidepools and indulging alongside Pacific Northwest wildlife.

Are you looking to get close to nature? Enjoy the sparkling water in the San Juan’s with several fabulous resorts across the islands. We couldn’t decide on just one (stay tuned for an in-depth, San Juan’s vacation post), so we’ve provided a great Trip Advisory link for review-based lists.

Touted as “Seattle’s only waterfront hotel”, the Edgewater: A Noble House Hotel, offers a stunning escape in the urban paradise. Stay in the heart of the city: only blocks from nightlife, Pike Place Market, Olympic Structure Park, and boutique, Seattle shopping. Vacation “on the edge” beside the lull of the city and the breathtaking vistas of the Olympic Mountains and beyond.

Along Sunset Beach of Moclips, Washington rests an oasis known as the Ocean Crest Resort. This full-service resort, offers comfortable lodging, an indoor pool, massage & healthy spa, fine-dining restaurant, and gift shop – and don’t forget the cocktail lounge. From their vantage perch, they offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and meandering pathways down to the beaches below. As they say, “relax, enjoy, and return again and again.”

No too far down the Pacific Coast, is the log cabin resort known the Iron Springs Resort. Having evolved from humble beginnings, Iron Springs started in the 1940’s with only a handful of cabins and continued to grow – and build – into the 25-cabin resort they are presently known as. In 2017, they won accolades from Best Northwest Escapes for “Best Cabin” and “Best Dog-Friendly Place to Stay”! Rent one multi-bedroom cabin, or a couple for a whole-family getaway!

If you’re looking to sunbath on Washington’s beaches, wade through nature’s tidepools, or fly your kite in the windy ocean air, Washington many shores have a little something different to offer. Enjoy the kite festival in Ocean Shores or whale watch along the Pacific Straights. From the rocky ridges to sandy shores, Washington offers a different experience at every opportunity.


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.