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.


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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.


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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!


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.


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!

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7 Vegan Restaurants You’ve Been Wanting to Try in Seattle, Washington

7 Vegan Restaurants You’ve Been Wanting to Try in Seattle, Washington

Eating vegan isn’t just a preference, but a lifestyle – and you don’t have to eat completely vegan to enjoy the benefits of the diet. Like any cuisine, vegan dishes are vast and deliciously satisfying meals, crafted for you: the eater!

What are these many benefits – you may ask? You may consider replacing a few meals a week with vegan alternatives to slim down and increase energy and to add vegetables and essential nutrients to your diet that many people aren’t getting. And while you can always make your own emulations at home we’ve comprised a list of Seattle restaurants, specializing in vegan cuising.

With moderate prices, an excellent location, and fabulous cuisine, Araya’s Places offers delicious vegan Thai food. Proclaimed as the 1st vegan-Thai restaurant in the Northwest, they opened in 1987 and remain a family-owned and operated establishment. With three locations in the Seattle area, Araya’s Place is a beautiful place where accommodation doesn’t stop at the door.

Beautifully crafted vegan interpretations of everyday dishes is Chaco Canyon Organic Café’s specialty. With three locations sprawled around Seattle, they offer fresh and local foods with every visit, meaning the feeling of homecooked vegan food is only a short drive away.

Another Thai-vegan restaurant, with a 4+ star rating, is Seattle’s Kati Vegan Thai. Cozy chic, this restaurant offers that classic dining feel, with the openness of Seattle’s industrial architecture around South Lake Union – and they’ve got excellent reviews on Happy Cow.

A delicate flower, Café Flora has proved a wonderful addition to the Madison Valley. Their boutique dining is next level, from “utilizing local, organic, and sustainable produce” to “building strong, and direct relationships with Washington farms.” They community-based business perfectly intermingles with Seattle’s vibes and they’ve been repeatedly awarded “Best Brunch” and “Best Vegetarian Restaurant.

Harvest Beat is a unique form of restaurant. Specializing in goodness and unity, they offer an ever-changing menu that both “respects the food of the moment” and diminishes the restaurant’s waste. The experience starts when you think about making reservation and lasts through the 5-course meal and final sip of your evening pairing.

Hundreds of reviews later… Wayward Vegan Café rests comfortably at a 4.5 star, with reviewers touting their cuisine as a “no contest” in top Seattle vegan spots. Established in 2004, they offer veganized American diner-style food, with “large portions, bottomless coffee, and friendly service.”

Between First Hill and Capitol Hill rests Plum Bistro – a vegan hotspot in the area. Expertly crafted dishes, comprised of local, sustainable, and organic ingredients, are what make Plum Bistro amazing. The passion and delicate intricacies of each dish delight foodies everywhere.

Regardless of what your preferences are, these vegan restaurants are delightful and delicious. What are your favorite vegan eateries in the area?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy Music with a Vintage Sound? Check Out These Washington Record Stores!

Enjoy Music with a Vintage Sound? Check Out These Washington Record Stores!

Music has been a mainstay in the Pacific Northwest for as far back as we can remember, and the area has long played a role in the music scene of Washington. From grunge to punk, pop, rap, and metal, the area’s offered several influential bands, music labels, and venues. I mean, look at that photo above – Talking Heads! (Yes, we know they aren’t a local band…)

Seattle’s Spin Cycle is a classic, local shop, complete with overfull baskets and bins of vinyl, cassettes, and other musical & gaming memorabilia. The complete nerd-heaven, this awesome shop includes artists like the White Strips, the Who and Jello Biafra. Want a Nintendo 64 game? They’ve got that, too!

Complete Seattle chic, Light in the Attic Record Shop offers a variety, including soundtracks, soul, subpop, jazz, classic, rock, hip hop, blues, country, rock, and electronica. Good music and great people. What more could you ask for?

Chic and clean, Daybreak Records offers a variety ranging from rock to classical to jazz, and everything in between. Like many record stores, they offer a listening section, where you can try out your new-found record to ensure its free of scratches and other damages.

Easy Street Records remains one of West Seattle’s favorite breakfast and music hubs. They offer LOADS of new and old sounds, nestled among their massive collection. Their food is also pretty decent!

And just because Seattle is the mecca of music, doesn’t mean they’re the only place with great sounds! Puget Sounds, a Bellevue, Washington proprietor, prove a solid option for buy/trade/sell vinyl records and paraphernalia. A humble and down-to-earth shop, Puget Sounds remains a highly rated shop!

Though the scene and popular music has changed throughout the years, Seattle has remained a mega-house for shows and could almost add popular bands and music to their exports list.

What are your places to pick up new or vintage records? Are your favorite places in Seattle? Or maybe elsewhere?

A By-Neighborhood Guide to Seattle’s Music Scene

A By-Neighborhood Guide to Seattle’s Music Scene

Seattle is a town known for its music. From Sunny Day Real Estate, Mudhoney, and Soundgarden, to Nevermore, the Postal Service, Classic Crime, and Macklemore, Seattle offers a rich music scene from 90’s grunge to indie rock, progressive metal, and hip hop.

While it’s true that many of the venues are bars and geared towards 21+, some aren’t, allowing people of any age to enjoy their favorite musical varieties. This list goes over some of the many Seattle venues that local, touring, and visiting artists and bands call home.


A 21+ venue, Slim’s Last Change Chili Shack & Watering Hole features music throughout the month, though not every day. Stay up-to-date on their website, by visiting their shows page.

West Seattle

The city that could have been, West Seattle features the “beach life” with a short drive of bustling, downtown Seattle. The peninsula is a bit more laid back, than the busy populace of Seattle’s thriving business district – and has amazing views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Peninsula.

Touted as West Seattle’s premier music venue, the Skylark features music of every variety, including indie rock, pop, electronica, hard rock, metal, and jazz. Note: some of their features are 21+, but there are a ton that are all ages.


Both Showbox venues (the Market and SODO) always bring a crowd. The SODO venue features its original beauty as a converted warehouse and has feature articles such as Heart and Taking Back Sunday.

Studio 7 proves and multi-faceted space, featuring artists throughout the week ranging from metal to hip hop to electronica. Their space includes their main club, dual level showroom, and 16 band rehearsal rooms.

Easily one of the largest venues in the area, the Washington Music Theater (WaMu Theater), has featured bands such as Slayer, Kid Cudi, and various music festivals. Their expansive space offers a variety of options from standing, sitting, and hanging out near refreshments if you need a break.

Columbia City

Over Beacon Hill, you’ll find a neighborhood known as Columbia City – and the Columbia City Theater. With the theater in back and the Bourbon Bar in from, this venue features an eclectic history and a past lineup just as varied.

With music seven days every week, the Royal Room was designed to serve the musicians and artists it hosts, and likewise offers an emphasis on creative programming and development and working collaboratively in a community space.

Pioneer Square

Moving north in Pioneer Square, you’ll want to stop by the Central Saloon. With a history for over 120 years, the Central Saloon not features “the best live rock seven nights a week,” 365 days per year.


Showbox Market is a beautiful art-deco style entertainment spot, with a full bar separate from the floor. Still displaying music for over 75 years, the Showbox Market has proved itself a mainstay in the Seattle music scene.

The HardRock Café near Downtown, Seattle often features live music on their second-floor venue.

The Triple Door is a beautiful music + eating venue. The front offers a delight dining area, while music patrons can sit and eat as they watch a variety of music, featuring artists such as Kaki King and Glockabelle.

The Seattle Theatre Group comprises the Paramount, Moor, and Neptune theaters.

Located under the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the Highway 99 Blues Club features a 21+ venue and combines the feelings of “southern juke joint”, with that of “old timey” architecture and concept.

Belltown and the Denny Triangle

These two areas are wonderful for bustling around town, and proves Seattle’s 4th most walkable and bikeable districts, according to Walkscore.com.

Offering a variety of daily delights, the Crocodile is touted on Paste Magazine’s list of top 40 music venues in the United States. Back in its years in the 1990’s, it was a swift ride to fame, as it featured many emerging and heavily popular bands throughout the grunge scene.

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley is highly regarded amongst Seattle Jazz venues, featuring nightly shows, largely comprising jazz ensembles, pianists, vocalists, and guitarists.

Another stop along the Jazz train, it Tula’s Jazz Club, featuring jazz seven nights a week, plus “great Northwest and American cuisine.”

The Rendezvous Jewelry Box Theater remains an intimate venue, restored to its original 1932 beauty and offers live music and burlesque. Check out either the Jewelry Box or Grotto for daily entertainment!

Many mega-performers come through the Key Arena at Seattle Center, including bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Explosions in the Sky, Queens of the Stoneage, and many other popular artists.

Capitol Hill & South Lake Union

Amongst the best of Seattle’s urban charm, these two typical “Seattleite” neighborhoods are booming with eateries, bars, cafes, boutiques, and entertainment venues. Regardless of where you live, you’re only a short walk away from fun!

Neumos is another eclectic bar + venue, featuring bands such as the Raconteurs, Cannibal Corpse, Iron & Wine, Mudhoney, and a variety of others. They offer three full bars, a second-floor mezzanine, and a balcony overlooking the mainstage.

Though their bookings trend into metal and punk territory, the Highline has been a longstanding, Broadway venue, featuring a food and drink menu.

Another not-always 21+ venue, is Chop Suey. They offer a variety of tastes in music and cuisine (check out their menu!)

El Corazon and the Funhouse strive to provide the “ultimate concert and social experience,” while their staff focus on “excellent customer service and artist relations.” Enjoy a show. Chat with friends. Have a drink.

While the heart of Seattle hosts the majority of Seattle’s music venues, the northend has its fair share, including the High Dive, Nectar Lounge, The Little Red Hen, Sea Monster Lounge, Café Racer and the Blue Moon Tavern. (https://www.highdiveseattle.com/) (http://www.littleredhen.com/) (http://seamonsterlounge.com/) (http://caferacerseattle.com/) (https://bluemoonseattle.wordpress.com/)

What are your favorite Seattle venues? And where have you seen your favorite shows?

A Locational Guide to Seattle’s Best Coffee Establishments

A Locational Guide to Seattle’s Best Coffee Establishments

A little substance, known to Seattlelites as coffee, has sparked our interest for many, many decades. Usually presented in the form of coffeeshops, these shops serve as social scene, community hub, office space, studying epicenters, and morning necessity. But, if you’re searching for the best caffeinated beverages in a city filled with caffeine-infused drinks, you’ll need some sort of a guide to help you sift through and find your space in the morning (and afternoon) chaos.

Navigating the trenches of each Seattle neighborhood may seem intimidating, but when you’re on the search for a cuppa joe’, it’s all you need is a good guide to a great cup!

Each neighborhood in Seattle offers their own array of shop to choose from, but which shops, and neighborhoods, offer the best of the best?

South Seattle

The Columbia City Bakery may be better known for the baked goods they produce and sell for your enjoyment, but they’re also the beholder of a beverage known as coffee. I know you’ve never heard of it, but it’s this delightful thing that gives you this get up and go mentality for particularly dreadful mornings. Also, try one of their scones!

Other South Seattle shops include Café RedTin Umbrella Coffee,  and Empire Espresso.

First Hill

Stumptown Coffee is a Portland, Oregon based company, with a branch and roastery in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Located near the Seattle University campus, off 12th Avenue, their small, top level, shop is only bolstered by their lower level roastery and sip center. Their built on the backs of passion, pleasure, and the flavor only a perfectly extracted coffee bean can excrete.

Like many similar shops in Seattle, they offer a variety of brews, including Chemex, Aeropress, French Press, the standard Espresso, and a bunch of other options. Try a new varietal, or enjoy your favorite!


Just south of Lower Queen Anne, across from the epic Seattle Center, is where you’ll find this espresso empire’s first brick and mortar. La Marzocco is best known for supplying coffeeshops with the tools to keep their customers coming back for more, but they’ve decided to break into the market with their own beautiful boutiques. This modern industrial hub remains a highly regarded cafe they use to showcase their most delightful blends and instruments.

Other downtown proprietors include Street Bean Coffee RoastersStoryville CoffeeCraftworks Coffee Bar, and, another Seattle classic, Uptown Espresso & Bakery, otherwise known as the Home of the Velvet Foam.

North Seattle

Located in both Downtown and Ballard, Seattle Coffee Works is a thriving representation of Seattle’s best coffee. Seattle Coffee Works’ Ballard offshoot is referred to as Ballard Coffee Works and features a delightfully modern coffee bar and a segment of their pace remains dedicated for your exploration and enthusiasm for the coffee bean.

Other north end establishments include Slate Coffee Bar, a small, yet satisfying location, and Herkimer Coffee.

Even if you don’t like spending all your time finding a new coffee shop, you can still have that taste from home. Many of the above establishments offer their own small-batch roasted beans. Don’t know how to brew? Many of these places can team you, too – or you can research it online!

Each individual shop offers passion and a piece of what makes Seattle, well, Seattle. Each distinct with personality, style and preference, there’s a shop for every person, and every person for a shop!

What are your favorite coffee hubs in Seattle? Ore even outside the Seattle city limits?

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Eat, Drink, Play & All The Things You Can Do in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood of Seattle

Eat, Drink, Play & All The Things You Can Do in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood of Seattle

Capitol Hill is known for many things, including walkability, proximity, and wondrous activities at all hours of the day and night. Regardless of the block you live on, you’re only a short walk away from anything you could ever imagine.

Walk the loop at Volunteer Park and check out the Water Tower Observation Deck or Conservatory. The Asian Art Museum is also a fabulous place, but is currently closed for renovations. But, rest assured, once it’s complete (est. 2018), the museum will be back and ready with updated exhibits!

Even Cal Anderson Park and adjoining reflecting pool is only a few blocks from your front door. Enjoy sport courts, athletic field, and acres of green, grassy lawn to stretch out and relax.

Any street really, but 19th Avenue East, 15th Avenue East, 12th Avenue East, Broadway, and East Madison Street offer much of the bustling activity.

Getting your grub on has never been so easy in any of Seattle’ neighborhoods. Gluten free? Try the delicious Nuflours or Niche bakeries. HeartBeet Organic Superfoods Café and the Flying Apron also have you covered! Or, maybe your vegan? Check out Plum Bistro, Sugar Plum, the Highline, or Café Flora to indulge your every craving!

Or, perhaps you’re having trouble deciding? The great thing about Capitol Hill is the diversity. They’ve got dozens of classic, Seattle coffeeshops intermingling between American, Japanese, Mexican, Chinese, Malaysian, Nepalese, Hawaiian, Korean, Italian, Thai, traditional European, internationally-inspired fusion, desserts of every flavor, and everything in between.

Well, if that doesn’t make it easier (harder!), I don’t know what will!

Book worms also find Capitol Hill and cozy place. Several bookstores can be found down Capitol Hill streets, including Quest Bookshop, Ada’s Technical Books and Café, the Elliott Bay Book Company, Horizon Books, and Little Oddfellows. Each bookstore has its own quirks, so you may consider trying them all and picking a favorite – or two! Or three!

Heart-healthy workouts can be done at home, Mode of Fitness, Rival Fitness, or Anytime Fitness. Specialized gyms can also be found around the area, including Foundation CrossFit, Barre3, and the Seattle Boxing Gym. Enjoy yoga in the mornings? Try Sweatbox Yoga, CorePower Yoga, or Seattle Yoga Arts. Dancers can also perfect their many talents at various dance studios on the hill!

Traveling around Capitol Hill can be a trek, but you’ll always love what you find. Hidden treasures are stolen away in many Capitol Hill shops and boutiques, including thrift stores, specialty shops, and era-centric boutiques.

The Garage offers bowling and billiards alongside pub-grub inside a retro-themed building. Or Phoenix Comics and Games has a wide variety of games. Check out their event nights and weekly game nights!

Or catch a show in the evening, after a long eventful day of park-hopping, eating, and reading a newly discovered favorite title!

As I mentioned, Capitol Hill is one of the most livable places, with everything you could possibly need, all within walking distance.

Whatever you’re searching for… Whatever your idea of fun, you’ll find it here!

12 Mouth-Watering Eateries in East Capitol Hill, Seattle

12 Mouth-Watering Eateries in East Capitol Hill, Seattle

The walkability of Seattle’s Capitol Hill district has never been a secret. Many amenities, including shopping, eateries, grocery stores, and other conveniences are all a few short blocks away. And nestled in between are quaint neighborhoods and gorgeous Seattle homes.

Between the hubbub of Broadway East and East Madison Street, are small, tight-knit neighborhoods that wrestle between the city and Seattle’s “suburb”. Easy streets surrounding 15th Avenue East and 19th Avenue East find an easy compromise in all of Seattle’s conveniences and the quiet lifestyle many enjoy.

These quiet streets are easy to walk and move around and find what you’re searching for. With yoga studios, several grocery stores, a shoe repair shop, beauty boutiques, and flower shop offer many of life’s essentials; while numerous local eateries could keep you sated every day!

These fabulous eateries and cafes are fabulous for any time of day!

Star your morning off right with Victrola Coffee Roasters. They’re in their 17th year of production and enjoy their little, 15th Avenue neighborhood! Seeing a need in their community for a local and unique hub for meetups and gatherings, the Victrola Café was born! Enjoy their premium roasts and home-like comforts.

Another coffee-lover’s favorite: Café Ladro. While their first store opened back in 1994, their intimate vibe and local specials haven’t changed. As a pioneer of sustainable harvesting and ethically produced goods, they’ve always set the bar high. Their newest division, Ladro Roasting, articulates that on a whole new level.

As far as breakfast goes (and lunch and dinner) the Wandering Goose may be one of the best options in the neighborhood! From Veggie Hash to “Aunt Annie’s” favorite, this café boasts the tincture of warmth and invitation. Their Southern inspired menu adds color and community to every meal.

Or perhaps you’re looking for something light? Although Bakery Nouveau usually has a line out the door, I suggest giving them a try (or two!) Their delicately baked daily goods are award winning, and regularly picked as “best in Seattle”.

Another delicious endeavor comes to you through Ada’s Technical Books and Café. Where bookstore meets community, this amazing staple offers a never-ending learning experience. This café is expertly designed to suite the everyday knowledge seeker. Has Ada’s peaked your curiosity yet?

Nuflours Bakery boasts a “BIG” impact on our local, Seattle community. With a methodology including high-quality and locally sourced ingredients, naturally gluten-free recipes, and bakery innovation at its finest, this not-so-small bakery has a lot going for it!

Located on 15th Avenue, Coastal Kitchen is a local go-to for seafood and unique eats. Though their popular for breakfast, they offer a mean dinner menu, too! Their culturally diverse and tasty menu, spans across the sea and land!

Whether you’re searching for dinner of brunch, Contadino has a beautiful menu to choose from. Though traditionally a pizzeria, their brunch menu encompasses family-favorites, such as waffles, egg sandwiches, a their “Farmer’s Breakfast”. If you’re looking for something heartier, their dinner menu comprises pastas, pizzas, vegetable, seafood, and raw/cured items. Don’t forget dessert, with Washington strawberries and shortbread, or their pistachio gelato!

Lunch and dinner prove delightful ways to catch up and enjoy the conversation. Plum Bistro quotes themselves as representing a new turn in food and industry. By making delicious foods and incorporating their belief of preservation and low-footprint business, they’re able to create a locally-sourced and organic eatery for all!

This unique dinner extravaganza, offers modern blends to traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Coupled with Pacific Northwest innovation, Monsoon’s menu includes fresh ingredients, unique styles, original designs. Their menu draws from Chinese and European cooking, in addition to Vietnamese tradition, setting them apart from other eateries.

Another local pizza hub, includes Olympia Pizza III. Run like a family, their guest list includes many first-name-basis regulars and a slew of local curiosity. Hearty fare and delicious foods brought people coming back for more (and more!) and keeping them a Capitol Hill go-to since 1989.

Feeling like a cookie for dessert? Hello Robin has some of the highest-rated cookies in the industry. Her award-winning cookies spurred from a simple text message and have made history in their wake. Since its opening in 2013, this little bakery has become a Capitol Hill destination spot for all things cookies and ice cream sandwiches.

What are you searching for? A hearty meal or light fare to get you through your break, neighborhood jaunt, or cramming session? This area has plenty of options for a friendly conversation for get-together. Which is your favorite?

And when your stuffed full, you’re only a few short blocks away from Volunteer Park or Miller Playfield & Sport Courts.

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712 17th Avenue East, Seattle • MLS# 1187918
4 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • 2,860 Square Feet (+905 Unfinished) • 5,760 Lot Size

A location and property often coveted, but rarely available. This 1901 Craftsman-style Foursquare offers yesteryear grandeur with the space and opportunity for you to add your own modern twist.

A large, covered front porch gracefully welcomes you in to the light-filled foyer with exquisite period staircase. Relax or gather with ease in the circular floorplan featuring airy entertaining spaces flowing intuitively to a sunny kitchen and breakfast nook. Upstairs, light streams through the large master suite with a walkout balcony and territorial views. Three more bedrooms—plus an oversized, finished top-floor garret—provide plenty of flex-space for your lifestyle.

Savor sunny days in the level backyard, or stroll to schools, shops, coffee houses, restaurants, and Volunteer Park from this fantastic locale. This is your canvas to create a masterpiece on one of the best streets in Seattle.

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


6909 93rd Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island • MLS# 1175241
$1,250,000 • 5 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • 3,400 Square Feet • 11,250 Lot Size

Basking in sunlight, this lovely home awaits you in a peaceful Southend neighborhood. Its roomy layout has all the right spaces for relaxing or entertaining—generous living and dining areas, an open island-style kitchen with slab granite surfaces, dual French doors to the back deck, and a huge lower level rec room. Retreat to your main floor master suite plus 4 more bedrooms. Topping it off is a fantastic, fenced yard!

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


13122 113th Place Northeast #41, Kirkland • MLS# 1184361
$400,000 • 2 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 1,220 Square Feet

This very special Juanita town home offers updates, sunny southern exposure and a great location within walking distance to the Park & Ride and new Village at Totem Lake. Designer paint and an upgraded gas fireplace adorn bright living/dining areas. Cook with ease in the open kitchen, step out to the fenced yard & patio, or retreat upstairs to 2 bedroom suites. Don’t miss the attached garage with direct access to the home!

For more information, please contact Allen Hovsepian.
Allen@Windermere.com • 206.718.6500 • HouseTip.com


7850 Southeast 63rd Place, Mercer Island • MLS# 1175858
$1,498,000 • 5 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 3,190 Square Feet • 13,000 Lot Size

Tucked in magical Lake View Highlands, this quintessential Northwest Contemporary awaits you with vaulted ceilings, walls of windows and warm hardwoods. Visit around the fire in the grand-piano sized living room, host a crowd in the adjacent dining room, or cook with delight in the updated kitchen with slate surfaces, stainless Wolf, Bosch & Sub-Zero appliances, and open family room. French doors open to a west-facing wraparound lake view deck. Steal away to the vaulted main-floor master suite plus 4 additional bedrooms. The lower level features a fireside rec room with remodeled kitchenette, plus a wine cellar, workshop, and oodles of storage. Life is good in the friendly Lake View Highlands neighborhood, close to schools, parks, shopping, and Starbucks. Minutes to I-90 and the park & ride.

For more information, please contact Cynthia Schoonmaker.
CynthiaS@Windermere.com • 206.683.2725 • CynthiaSchoonmaker.com

3 Cupcakeries to Enjoy in Seattle, Washington

3 Cupcakeries to Enjoy in Seattle, Washington

Cupcakes have spread across the world like a wildfire. Though recipes and style can vary, each cake is made for one person to enjoy, but can be easily shared. This cupcake trend allowed for many cupcakeries to pop up all around the United States, calling for local bakeries and big-box grocery chains adding cupcakes to their roster and small specialized boutique popping up.

Seattle’s set a craze with local shops, many of which are delightfully delicious. If you’re craving a cupcake, you may want to check out some of these. These Seattle-local cupcake bakers are delicious, wholesome, and all-occasion ready!

The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company notes itself as a small-batch and modern bakery, specializing in cupcakes, but also offering macarons, cakes, pastries, and other desserts. Each cupcake is elaborately designed for its individual theme, some over-the-top and some relatively basic.

Another local favorite, includes Trophy Cupcakes. With location in Wallingford, University Village, and Pacific Place, they offer an array of ever-changing flavors with weekly and monthly specials. They’ve also mini-cupcakes for light eaters!

Cupcake Royale is our last spot on this list, but isn’t last on our taste buds. Colorful and innovative flavors, including Blueberry Brown Better, Peach Cobbler, and Raspberry Lemonade, create an explosion of zest and tang. They also offers gluten-free options!

What are your favorite local cupcakeries? Or what’s your favorite recipe and flavors to make at home?

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819 Virginia Street #2803, Seattle • MLS# 1182786
$730,000 • 1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 818 Square Feet

Stunning, hi-tech, updated, open concept 1 bed + den is steps from Downtown Seattle, South Lake Union and Amazon. Enjoy the stunning views from floor to ceiling windows and added comfort of a Nest and Smart Home lights. The spacious bedroom fits a king bed, has a private balcony and walk-in closet. Guests coming? The den has a custom Murphy double bed! Building amenities include 24-hour concierge, guest suite, clubhouse/party room, gym, sauna, hot tub and roof-deck. No rental cap and strong HOA.

For more information, please contact Rachel Schindler and Robyn Kimura-Hsu.
Rachel@Windermere.com • 206.250.5622 • R2Modern.com
Robyn@Windermere.com • 206.295.2247 • R2Modern.com

9 Gorgeous South Lake Union, Seattle Eateries & Cafes

9 Gorgeous South Lake Union, Seattle Eateries & Cafes

Seattle is known for many things: The Gum Wall, the Space Needle, rocking seafood, and crazy traffic. But, there’s also that niche of excellent eateries brazenly ambushing our city! And if they weren’t so tasty we might have a problem with that. But, alas, they’ve proven themselves a delight.

Curious what these restaurants are? This selection from South Lake Union depicts the semblance between local eats and classic Seattle design. Before the area was bought by developer giants, the area was used for milling, then shifted to manufacturing and warehouses and decreased its residences. Since the technology boom, however, much of the area was bought and built up. Apartments and condominiums, blend with commercial, office, and retail spaces, bringing a new light to the once dusty area.

These restaurants highlight the buildings that once served the area, which have been repurposed from open warehouses to cozier areas meant for retail and restaurants.

Step inside this retro-chic eatery, complete with fairy lights during the holidays, “high-backed booths” and “swiveling captain’s chairs.” Since 1967, 13 Coins has been at the forefront of countless first dates, proposals, family gatherings, and late nights with friends. With food noted as “intoxicating”, with “impeccable” and “spot-on” service, who can’t see why this place is amazing? Their interior is to the nines, with great attention to detail at every level.

Another restraint pulling from the industrial history of South Lake Union is Serious Pie & Biscuit. Don’t let it fool you, this multi-story palace, offers biscuits and gravy (and jam!), sandwiches, and a wide pizza selection, complete with foraged mushrooms, imported cheese, and local goods! Their open ceilings of wood and metal construction, make seating open and informal, while open-shade light fixtures, offer that distinct Edison vibe.

Industrial chic meets Asian fusion. Of metal and wood design, every layer is of fascination. Tables, lit from above with tainted, glass fixtures, rest beside a window wall. Though the inside is small, it’s great for friendly gatherings or a date-night out! Thai Thani Kitchen is praised by locals for delightful and beautifull displayed eats!

Dramatic colors, meets a modern blend. From their seating to their plating, everything is a sight to see. Their front door escorts you under the sea, with bubbles and invites you into this premier Seattle restaurant. Inspired by the season and what’s fresh and local, the Flying Fish remains an excellent choice for seafood lovers.

Lit by fairy lights and Edison-esque fixtures, re:public is the picture of industrial beauty. Concrete floors, dark wood details, and classic bricked wall make this trendy restraint a hit amongst the locals. Their quick and simple menu makes you feel right at home, as you select from traditional American fares, including “Avocado Toast.”

Their tables: picture perfect, heavy wood and stone. Vestal’s food: delicately layered and cooked to perfection. The lighting: ceiling hung and copper embossed. This sleek dining experience, inspires passion and local preservation by provoking the Pacific Northwest in every bite!

Brick walls, ceiling hung LEDs, and a unique sense of open seating, complete this South Lake Union restaurant. Local Seattle is “kind of like your living room” but with passionate food curators, and was designed to be your local hangout.

Industrial-chic, with gears on the ceiling, Zoka Coffee has made another Seattle building home. Nestled in the heart of the South Lake Union Amazon campus, Zoka provides delicious coffee, in a caffeine-infused atmosphere, alongside delicious pastries and fantastic people! With passion, Family Trade Direct, and sustainable living, this Seattle local knows what its doing!

With outdoor seating, you can indulge in the summer sun. But indoor is bright, modern, and full of character and charm. Conveniently located on Westlake Avenue, Mio Sushi offers creativity and inspiration by the bucket load. Asian fusion meets Seattle, creating a family-friendly and fresh experience.

Now that you know them, you can try them! What are some of your favorite places to dine in South Lake Union? Why are your favorite places?

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1017 Minor Avenue #501, Seattle • MLS# 1170851
$450,000 • 2 Bedrooms • 1 Bathrooms • 981 Square Feet

Convenience never felt so easy! This rare 1930 Art Deco high-rise is set in a prime First Hill location—with a Walk Score of 98, its tree-lined street is just a few blocks from the hottest happenings in Downtown & Capitol Hill. Take the elevator from the grand lobby to your own light-filled living spaces. Gather or relax with vintage flair and beautiful updates. A rooftop deck offers sweeping views of Downtown, Lake Union & Puget Sound. Experience the good life!

For more information, please contact Denise Coe.
DeniseCoe@Windermere.com • 206.851.7702 • DeniseCoe.com

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4152 14th Avenue South, Seattle • MLS# 1174426
$715,000 • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 2,450 Square Feet • 4,207 Lot Size

Welcome home to this update on a classic bungalow, where vintage charm merges with modern living. Its bright layout is ideal for entertaining or everyday with elegant formal rooms flowing into the open kitchen and breakfast nook. Dine alfresco on the deck, relax by the water feature in the garden, or host parties in the huge rec room with fireplace & bar. Just a short stroll away from schools and parks, and minutes to I-5!

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

12 of Our Favorite Trail-Parks Within Seattle, Washington

12 of Our Favorite Trail-Parks Within Seattle, Washington

Last week was the calm before the storm, so to speak. We’re up for a brutal week, weather wise, but why not take advantage of the sun, heat, and lack of water dripping from the sky? Seattle is brimming with outdoorsy activities, and one of those activities are trails. Whether you’re looking for a long or short trail or a beautiful or private trail a Seattle park is only a short drive away.

These twelve easy and awesome hikes accommodate not only walkers, but runners and bicyclists, too!

Carkeek Park offers 220 acres of lush forests, meadows, creeks, wetlands, and dozens of intertwining trails, including South Bluff Trail, Hillside Trail, Pipers Creek Trail, North Traverse, and the South Ridge Trail. Plenty of parking along the street leading towards the water, as well as a play area and beach access. It’s always surprising to check out the low tide critters!

Warren G. Magnuson Park doesn’t have oodles of trails, but they do have a few that run the length of the park, through the wetlands and towards the beach. At roughly 350 acres, the park is noted as Seattle’s second largest park and is known for its array of amenities. Though it only has four miles of trails, it still beats our next installment, and it coupled with beauty, beaches, and activity!

The Burke-Gilman Trail is another popular trail in Seattle. Disclaimer: though it starts in Seattle, it ends in Bothell (or vice versa depending on how you look at it.) This 18.8-mile stretch is well-maintained asphalt starting near Seattle’s Golden Gardens and ending near the Sammamish River Trail.

Greenlake & Woodland Parks are across a very small street from each other. A loop around Greenlake Park is 2.8 miles, but you can supplement that walk with the trails in Woodland Park. Both areas are stunningly breathtaking, with sparkling views of Greenlake and its surrounding beauty. Woodland Park even has an off-leash dog park for puppies, but, don’t worry, you can take them on the loop with you too!

The best (in my opinion) park for trails within the Seattle limits is Discovery Park. For any activity level, Discovery Park has an area in which you’ll thrive. A 534-acre natural park, it rests as Seattle’s largest park and encompasses much of the entirety of Magnolia’s Northwestern peak. Many of the trails are accessible from the main road, Discovery Park Boulevard, and the loops of Washington and California Avenue. Though the main Discovery Park Loop Trail in only 2.8 miles, dozens of other trails can easily bump that number.

The Elliott Bay Trail runs along the Seattle waterfront, starting at Terminal 91 along the waterfront and extends 3.4 miles towards Smith Cove and ends near Smith Cove Park. A wonderfully maintained asphalt trail is easily accessed and heavily trafficked by bicyclists, walkers, and runners alike.

Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park is 40 acres of urban beauty. Historical buffs will enjoy the Observatory and Asian Art Museum (temporarily closed, 2017 – anticipated reopening, 2019), while runners, bicyclists, and walkers will enjoy the main loop and astounding landscaping. The East Highland Drive Trail is the mail trail on the West side boundary, while several other unnamed trails can be utilized throughout the area.

I know you’ve been waiting for the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum trails. Two main trails run North-South through the length of the Washington Park Arboretum, including Azalea Way and Arboretum Drive East. Though these are the main trails, other trails, such as the East Arboretum Trail and Arboretum Aqueduct, intersect between the two main arterial.

Moving further south, the Genesee Park and Playfields (lower & upper) offer wonderful neighborhood trails. Though only about a mile of trail, the park offers various other amenities, including being a staple to the neighborhood’s sports activities. Well-maintained and relatively flat, these trails are optimal for beginners, but great at every level.

Lake Washington is a spectacular beauty in the Pacific Northwest, and well-used for swimming, fishing, boating, and all other water activities. On the shores stretching from Colman to Seward Park you’ll find the Lake Washington Boulevard Trail. This 4.9-mile out and back tail is moderately trafficked, yet excellently maintained and accessible year-round. Though this trail connects the two parks, it doesn’t have to end there!

Seward Park is its own kind of splendor and natural brilliance. This 300-acre peninsula extends into Lake Washington and is home to many wonderful opportunities, such as boating, swimming, community activities, trailing, walking, running, biking, and so much more. A 2.4-mile bike/walk/running path circles the majority of the park, while trails, such as Spine Trail, Lost Lake Trail, Erratic Trail, and Huckleberry Trail, among others, wind through the forests of Seward Park.

Last on our stop today, is the beloved Alki Beach. The Alki Trail is a 5.5-mile trail that extends from Alki Avenue SW & 65th Ave SW and the West Seattle Bridge. This asphalt trail offers beautiful city views of the Seattle skyline, the Elliot Bay, and, towards the end, Puget Sound views to the west into the Olympic Mountain Range.

While there are dozens more inner-city trails to choose from, these are our local favorites! Whether you’re in the north end or south end, there’s a trail only a few blocks from your front door.

What are your local favorite trails?

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1926 Fairview Avenue East #105, Seattle • MLS# 1167093
$425,600 • 1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 593 Square Feet

Easy living in Eastlake. Welcome home to this light and airy condo, ideally located just a block away from Lake Union. Its open layout is ideal whether you’re gathering with friends or simply enjoying a quiet evening by the fire. Whip up meals with ease in the stylish kitchen with stainless steel appliances and handy breakfast bar. A sliding glass door leads out to summer breezes, lush scenery and barbecues on the expansive covered balcony.

Bamboo floors flow from the living spaces into a spacious bedroom with sunny window overlooking the balcony. The full bath features tile floors/shower, an oversized vanity and a utility area with stacked washer/dryer duo for ultimate convenience.

You’ll love living in this well-maintained building with low HOA dues and reserved parking in the secure garage.

Enjoy a fantastic, close-in location with restaurants, coffee shops, buses and markets all within easy walking distance. Stroll one block to Terry Pettus Park for a picnic or to launch fun weekends on the lake. The Amazon campus and University of Washington are also an easy bus ride away.

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

Seattle Community Hub + New Listing

Seattle Community Hub + New Listing

Volunteer Park bursts with local treasures, and a wealth of history. The area that is now known as Volunteer Park was purchased by the City of Seattle in 1876 – over 140 years ago! Located on Capitol Hill, it is just a stone’s throw away from many bustling Seattle neighborhoods, including Capitol Hill, Eastlake, Madison Park, Harrison/Denny-Blaine, Madrona, and Montlake.

The land’s first use was as a cemetery, and many still rest at the old Masonic Cemetery – now called Lake View Cemetery. While plans to prune, plant, and re-purpose began in the early 1980s, but the economic panic in 1893 put a halt on those plans. Revisiting the redeisgn started in 1901, when the resivior was built, but didn’t take on full force until 1903, when the city hired the Olmsted Firm to create “a city-wide plan for parks and boulevards“.

Over the next 100 years, the park has gone through massive redesigns, including the addition of the reservoir in 1901, the water tower in 1907 and the botanical conservatory in 1912. Other additions include walking paths, lawns, flower beds, settees and tables, children’s play equipment, children’s wading pool and shelter, pergola, and music pavilion. Later, in the 1930s, the city allowed the relocation of the Art Institute of Seattle onto park grounds, which has since been rededicated as the Seattle Asian Art Museum (in 1994).

Nowadays, one can climb the water tower and learn about the history – or for simple exercise. They allow leashed pets, so take a walk with your dog around the pond. You can people watch people rest, reading, playing, or practicing yoga on the luscious lawn. Beautiful views of the city can be seen peek-a-booing through the trees, or simple take in the natural beauty of the Great Northwest! Many of the original buildings stand, and mark the history of the local region. Both the museum and conservatory are amazing spectacles, and great for any local or visitor!


2606 25th Avenue East, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1094946
4 Bedrooms ♦ 2.75 Bathrooms ♦ 2,460 Square Feet ♦ 4,418 Square Foot Lot

Experience quintessential Seattle living in this enchanting Montlake Tudor, just two blocks from the Arboretum. Light and lofty gathering spaces flow into the stylishly modern kitchen. French doors lead from the master bedroom to the sunny deck and backyard. Three additional bedrooms and a media room provide space for everyone. Nestled in a cul-de-sac, this home is perfectly located near numerous parks, Lake Washington, University of Washington, U Village, and the UW Light Rail station. Plus, find favorite neighborhood destinations, such as the Library, Cafe Lago, and Fuel Coffee, nearby.

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

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1105 Spring Street #1002, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1095971
1 Bedroom ♦ 1 Bathroom ♦ 540 Square Feet

Designed by famed Space Needle architect John Graham in 1950, this dashing mid-century building sits in the heart of First Hill. This south-facing condo features an open kitchen with slab granite counters, eating bar, stainless steel appliances, & new luxury vinyl flooring. The Decatur is a quality steel & concrete high-rise with recent upgrades including: new roof, rooftop deck, boiler, washers & dryers, HVAC upgrades & more. No pet restrictions, secure entry, & on-site manager. No rental cap!

For more information, please contact Chad Dierickx.
Chad@Windermere.com ♦ 206.992.6151 ♦ ChadDierickx.com

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Seattle Community Event + New Listing

Seattle Community Event + New Listing

With the weather constantly changing, what’s better than learning about it? This Sunday, the Seattle Convention Center is hosting Weather-Fest: an American Meteorological Society event. Free of charge and open to all, they encourage teachers, students, families, and weather enthusiasts alike to join the fun! This free event will be in Ballroom 6E, inside the Convention Center, from 12:00pm until 4:00pm. Here is a list of all the people who will be there (so far)! If you’re in from out of town, please check out these other awesome things going on in Seattle! Worried about parking? This page goes over all the parking in the area, and directions if you aren’t quite sure where to go!



103 Bellevue Avenue East #603, Seattle

MLS# 1067283 ♦ $598,000

2 Beds ♦ 2 Baths ♦ 1,003 Square Feet

This convenience condo high-rise, is the ideal home for anyone looking to be in the heart of it all. From local breweries to bakeries, this “Built Smart” Certified building is only a stones throw away from everything Seattle has to offer. A comfortable lobby greets you, welcoming you home every time you return. An open kitchen, flooded with natural light, greet you as you step through the threshold, gifting tons of storage, and all chrome appliances. Floor to ceiling windows bring light into the home no matter the time of day. With two spacious bedrooms and one bathroom, this home stands complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, a deck off bedroom, spectacular urban & Puget Sound views, in-unit washer & dryer, and two designated parking spaces! Constructed to meet the highest levels of salubrious and comfortable living, this building exceed modern codes for energy and resource efficiency. Whether your looking for an easy walking, transit, or lightrail commute, easy and efficient living, or being in the middle of the best food and shopping in the city, this place has it all!

Contact Lisa Dong for more information.

LisaDong@Windermere.com ♦ 425.686.2701 ♦ LisaDong.com

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Featured Community: Capitol Hill

Featured Community: Capitol Hill

Old Seattle charm, thriving urban center. Historians say realtor and land speculator James A. Moore, who was credited with the platting of the Capitol Hill, named it after a similarly named site in Denver. But others say the name stuck after a real estate firm offered space on the hill as part of a proposal to place the area’s capital in Seattle. Whichever the case, by 1908 Capitol Hill and adjacent First Hill had become Seattle’s most fashionable districts. Wealthy bankers, shipping executives and other newly rich called it home. Today the neighborhood is a thriving urban center, and Broadway — the neighborhood’s main drag — serves as its focal point. Broadway is best known for its assortment of radical shops and tattoo parlors. The street has been featured in Hollywood’s “Singles,” where angst-ridden twentysomethings fall in — and out — of movie love, and rap artist Sir Mix-A-Lot immortalized its nightlife in his song about a “posse on Broadway.”

Capitol Hill is a unique counter-culture area. Music and art are prominent cornerstones of the community, with clubs, theatres, restaurants, bookstores and galleries found all throughout the neighborhood.  Internationally renowned Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) schedules showing at the Harvard Exit and Egyptian Theatre on Capitol Hill. Public art displays are also found throughout the neighborhood– a couple of community favorites include the bronze dance steps set into the sidewalk and the Jimi Hendrix statue. Martial arts star Bruce Lee, and his son Brandon Lee, are buried in the Lake View Cemetery north of Volunteer Park, which is a draw to their fans. Starbucks uses this hip, vibrant neighborhood as one of their test markets for new products and café décor.

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The home styles within the Capitol Hill neighborhood are about as diverse as the residents, although there has been a trend in tearing down old homes to make way for condos. This trend has been quite unfortunate, due to how rich Capitol Hill is with architecturally significant buildings and homes.  You’ll find mansions with Victorian and Craftsman accents. There are Fredrick Anhalt designed apartments, with Tudor influences and central courtyards. The Seattle Box style home can also be found throughout the neighborhood. The two blocks on 14th Avenue E, toward the south entrance of Volunteer Park, is dubbed Millionaire’s Row—this little area contains fairly intact groupings of early 20th Century Seattle homes, many with lovely vistas.  The well-preserved Harvard-Belmont Landmark District is located on the west slope of Capital Hill, and is also mainly residential in nature. The early 1900 homes in built Harvard-Belmont Landmark District housed Seattle’s leading financiers, industrialists, merchants, and businessmen. Back in 1980, Harvard-Belmont residents initiated and received the designation as a preservation district.

Volunteer Park_park and town hall docDuring the academic year, Capitol Hill is filled with backpacking students who go to one of the nearby major institutions of higher learning — Seattle Central Community College and the nationally acclaimed Cornish College of the Arts. Seattle University is on First Hill, but many of its students, faculty and staff work and play on Capitol Hill. The neighborhood (map) is bounded by Fuhrman Avenue East on the north, Interstate 5 on the west, East Pike Street on the south and 24th Avenue East. Seattle School District serves the needs of its younger residents.

The Capitol Hill section of the Seattle Light Rail system is slated to open during 2016. The underground station will be located between Broadway and East John Street, beneath Nagle Place. It’s projected that once in service, this station will see 14,000 boarding each day. It’s conveniently will be located to serve Seattle Central Community College students, Group Health Medical Center employees and patients, along with other Capitol Hill area employers.