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?


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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.

Georgetown

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.

SODO

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.

Downtown

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!

Downtown

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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5 of Seattle’s Off-Leash Playgrounds for Dogs

5 of Seattle’s Off-Leash Playgrounds for Dogs

Seattle is a dog-friendly city – there’s no denying it! Locals love their pups and take great pride in taking them everywhere they go. And why wouldn’t they? Dogs are excellent mood fosterers and can put a smile on our faces even on our worst day.

And that’s one reason Seattle’s canine industry has boomed in the past decade. But, there are some places dogs aren’t allowed, including the beaches of Golden Gardens, and Seattle’s on top of places to take our pooches.

The Magnuson Park Off-Leash Area is a fabulous area with beach access. Enjoy running along the rocky waters of Lake Washington? As one of Seattle’ largest inner-city romps, this park is complete with water access, winding trails paved with compact gravel, and gorgeous Pacific Northwest scenery. At 8.6 acres, the Warren G. Magnuson Park Off-Leash Area is known as the “best dog park in the city!”

On the northeastern tip of Seattle, you’ll find a quaint neighborhood park, known as Northacres Park. A refreshing park in the northend, this doggy park features cedar chips, pleasant and paved trails, and are very well-kept. You can even donate a poop-bag if you’re so inclined!

Closer to downtown Seattle, is the Blue Dog Pong Off-Leash Area. This 1.7 acre, rectangularly shaped park is ideal for throwing tennis balls on the grassy slopes. A fully-fenced and enclosed area, this park is packed with fun. This no-frills dog park offers the basics of city-pup play and is a definite must if you’re in the city!

A product of Seattle’s hilly terrain, the Woodland Park Off-Leash Dog Park proves an favorite place to take your pup for some shaded, outdoor fun! Fun tip: run your pup up and down the hill for faster energy exertion! Though on the smaller side, you can still find tons of fun for your dog, while simultaneously socializing them!

Water rest Park is another large dog, complete with off-leash area, in the southend of Seattle. A highly rated park, the Watercrest Off-Leash Area is known for its large size and separate shy & small dog area, nature walking trails for human and pup alike, beautiful views and plenty of space to roam!

Another, non-city maintained park is the House of Ruff. This indoor, puppy playground facility is great for socializing both humans and dogs, and comes complete with a delightful array of adult beverages and light snacks while your pup hangs out! Watch the “big game” outside your home, but with the comforts of your best, furry friend!

As an office of animal lovers, we enjoy watching our friends enjoy their time, whether that be indoors, outdoors, or under the couch cushions. What are your favorite places to take you pup?

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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Seattle Neighborhood HotSpots + New Listings

Seattle Neighborhood HotSpots + New Listings

Seattle is known for many things: music, coffee, and great tasting, local hot spots!

In this article, we will be going on a short tour of mid-North Seattle, from Madison Park over to Magnolia! These areas of Seattle are known for beauty, in both their home-architecture and landscapes.

Sometimes, the best places are difficult to find. Well, we’re going make it a whole lot easier for you!

Madison Park

Madison Kitchen: This delicious American-style eatery is great for both variety and unique tastes. Each dish cooked to perfection and brought to the table with care, will leave you feeling sated and delighted.

Madison Park Bakery: Searching for something a little different, and lot delicious? This old-fashioned and family-owned bakery was first established in 1929, and has continued to thrive in the area ever since!

Magnolia

Niko’s Gyros: This Greek, family-style restaurant, offers a variety of Greek cuisine since 1996. Gyros, salads, and specialty plates make up the bulk of their menu, but don’t forget their desserts!

Serendipity Café: In the heart of Magnolia, you will find this unique place. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this family-friendly restaurant welcomes and warms your heart. Locally made pastries, Herkimer coffee, and open mic nights create a fabulous environment for the entire family!

These wonderful neighborhoods offer a bounty of food and fun for anyone! With easy access to the water, you can grab a bite and watch the waves crash along the shore – whether off Puget Sound or Lake Washington!

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2520 39th Avenue East, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1116047
$3,595,000 ♦ 5 Bedrooms ♦ 5.25 Bathrooms ♦ 5,660 Square Feet ♦ 11,499 Lot Size

This stunning traditional has been lovingly updated and upgraded. This unique home offers rare privacy in a gated enclave along with the best of timeless design and modern living. Enter and cherish the homes warmth while still experiencing the grandeur that an impeccable attention to detail allows. Formal spaces flow into graceful entertaining areas and then transition into the spacious living quarters. Just a short stroll away in the park-like setting is your dock with deeded slip. A true gem!

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MAGNOLIA MASTERPIECE
2601 40th Avenue West, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1115342
$2,595,000 ♦ 5 Bedrooms ♦ 4.25 Bathrooms ♦ 4,722 Square Feet ♦ 9,567 Lot Size

Exquisitely re-imagined as a modern sanctuary, this stunning remodel offers refined living in one of Seattle’s most coveted neighborhoods. Gather or relax alongside dramatic windows in the living room—a cozy window seat invites you to sit and admire the scenery, while open beam ceilings soar overhead dressed in warm hemlock and reclaimed

Northwest beach wood. Cooking is a pleasure in the open, sky-lit kitchen with professional Wolf/Subzero/Miele appliances, stone surfaces, a wood-topped center island, and built-in buffet extending into the adjacent dining room.

The vaulted master is a true retreat with Puget Sound views and a luxurious ensuite bathroom. Four more bedrooms plus a bonus room and beautiful built-in library/den provide ample flexspaces for you to adapt to your lifestyle. Don’t miss the lower level spa area with sauna!

Step out for resort-style living in your own backyard, complete with an in-ground swimming pool and stone fireplace/pizza oven. Eco-friendly features include organic fruit trees, high-efficiency heating and a solar power system. You will love this serene locale, close to schools, parks, shopping and transit.

For more information, please contact Codi Nelson.
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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!

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ENCHANTING MONTLAKE TUDOR
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.
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DASHING MID-CENTURY by JOHN GRAHAM 
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.
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Seattle Community Center + New Listing

Seattle Community Center + New Listing

The Magnolia Community Center is a great place for all ages. Community Centers are an awesome way for toddlers to interact pre-preschool; for kids to meet new friends and learn new skills; for teens are hone their skills and explore their passions; and for adults to learn, explore, and meet new people!

During the different seasons, they have various activities, such as ballet, tennis, carpentry, pottery, gymnastics, Taekwon Do, Tai Chi, Zumba, Barre class, and various camps for teens! To learn more about his season’s classes, check this page out! They also have classes and activities for toddlers!

The Magnolia Community Center has awesome amenities, including a gym, kitchen, Basketball courts, meeting rooms, playgrounds, an art sutdio, wiki, offered childcare, preschool, and teen programs, before & after school programs, indoor toddler playtime, and lifelong recreation for the whole family!

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AN ENCHANTING VIEW
2482 Westmont Way West, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1082805
$1,298,000 ♦ 4 Bedrooms ♦ 2.75 Bathrooms ♦ 3,750 Square Feet

This bright and beautiful home offers vintage charm, smart updates and sparkling views all just blocks away from Magnolia Boulevard. Period details such as rich hardwoods and decorative alcoves adorn the living & dining areas, while a newer cherry/granite kitchen incorporates a modern layout. Retreat to the top-floor master addition with full bath, ensuite office/sitting area and private deck overlooking the sound. Three more bedrooms plus a family room and lower-level rec room provide ample flex-space to suit your lifestyle. Spend summer days out in the grassy backyard, stroll to Magnolia Park, or picnic on the beach at Discovery Park. Great opportunity to buy on one of Magnolia’s most prized streets and bring your own touches!

For more information, please contact Marianne Parks.
Marianne@Windermere.com ♦ 206.412.0038 ♦ MarianneParks.com

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DESIRABLE CARLETON PARK
1710 29th Avenue West, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1074055
$895,000 ♦ 3 Bedrooms ♦ 2 Bathrooms ♦ 2,710 Square Feet

Just a few blocks up from Elliott Bay, this classic brick Tudor awaits you. Its meandering front walk leads you in to bright and cheerful interiors. Coved ceilings, leaded glass windows and warm hardwoods exude a timeless appeal while an abundance of natural light, generous living spaces and chic Roman brick fireplace add modern flair.

Gather with family and friends around the fireplace in the over sized living room, or enjoy parties beneath the glittering candelabra in the nearby dining room. A sunny dine-in kitchen affords peek-a-boo views to Puget Sound, while the cozy main floor den/bedroom includes French doors to the backyard. Discover endless possibilities in the partially finished basement with plenty of space for a family room, fourth bedroom, bathroom and more! At the end of the day, retreat upstairs to the master bedroom with walk-in closet and seating area. A large second bedroom offers its own walk-in closet and balcony with sparkling Sound & mountain views.

Step out to the lush and private backyard, featuring a patio space and “secret garden” hideaway that is shady and cool on a hot summer’s day.

Walk to Magnolia Village shops, restaurants and the Boulevard from this fabulous Carleton park location. Underground wires enhance views of the Sound and Olympic Mountains—watch passing ferries and the Northwest weather as it rolls across Puget Sound. Stroll to neighborhood

For more information, please contact Andrea Iverson & Marli Iverson.
AndreaIverson@Windermere.com ♦ 206.851.8056 ♦ IversonRealtyGroup.com

Seattle Community Highlight + New Listing

Seattle Community Highlight + New Listing

Crown Hill Park is located on Holman Road NW and 13th Avenue NW, in the heart of the Crown Hill neighborhood. Off a main road, and smack dab in the middle of the neighborhood, Crown Hill Park is surrounded by Seattle schools; local eats, such as, Thirsty Fish, Baja Tacos, Macho Burger’s, and Holy Grounds Coffee; and is only a stones throw away from Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Green Lake, and Northgate areas – which offer ample shopping, eateries, coffee establishments, and community events. It is located side by side to the Small Faces Child Development Center – a local preschool with an emphasis on play and welcoming spaces.

This park offers various amenities to the community. Ample seating, foliage, and multiple entries make this an easily accessible park (with even an over-street bridge across Holman). In addition to having large open spaces for Frisbee and catch, there is a circular path for running, walking, and biking – making it an ideal place for any persons! There is also a baseball field and skate dot. This 1.17 acre park truly has something for everyone!

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ECO-FRIENDLY LUXURY
8781 15th Avenue Northwest, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1078287
$764,950 ♦ 3 Bedrooms ♦ 3 Bathrooms ♦ 2,036 Square Feet

Eco-friendly luxury, mountain views and great location. Discover a light-filled layout, designed to suit any lifestyle, with 2 master suites, additional third bedroom, open fireside living/entertaining areas, and gorgeous chef’s kitchen. Thoughtful touches, such as modular storage systems and sumptuous freestanding soaking tub make this home shine above the rest. Host parties on the private deck and patio; or harvest your own veggies from the raised garden beds. Nearby parks, shops, schools & restaurants are a stroll away.

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

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SEATTLE LIVING AT THE MARKET
2021 1st Avenue #TE, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1081099
$655,000 ♦ 1 Bedroom ♦ 1 Bathroom ♦ 1,186 Square Feet

Rare chance to live half a block from Pike Place Market! Luxe condo, features new bamboo floors, lofty ceilings, and  inset lighting. Complete with great room with floating media cabinets, dining area, and private garden terrace. Kitchen offers custom cabinets, quartz/garnet surfaces, and stainless steel appliances. Retreat to the large master with cedar lined walk-in closet, and access to a luxurious updated spa bath. Lush common area garden with Elliott Bay views, song birds, and gated access to the market. Other features include ample storage, parking, doorman, and secure building. Walkscore of 98!

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

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IN THE HEART OF BALLARD
1749 Northwest 59th Street #B, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1077718
$600,000 ♦ 2 Bedrooms ♦ 2.5 Bathrooms ♦ 1,260 Square Feet

Beautiful townhome located a few blocks from Market Street in Downtown Ballard. This  2-bedroom/2.5-bathroom home, has great room space on main floor. Open kitchen with granite, stainless steel appliances, and a breakfast bar. Living room with fireplace and deck. Upstairs bedrooms with each having their own full bathroom. Vaulted ceilings in the bedrooms. Master suite has its own deck. One-car garage, with storage. Fenced in yard with patio and turf grass. Great walk score! Close to all shopping and restaurants.

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

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Featured Community: Magnolia

Featured Community: Magnolia

The location of the Magnolia neighborhood (map) in Seattle feels like a secluded island. Three bridges give you access to Magnolia, just west of Queen Anne, north of Downtown, and south of the Chittenden Locks in Ballard. This unique part of Seattle is on a natural peninsula, and the lack of major city thoroughfares through the neighborhood helps Magnolia retain in friendly quaint, atmosphere. Magnolia is part of the Seattle School District.

Along West McGraw Street is the main shopping area and the Magnolia trees that give this area its name. The naming was actually a mistake. Captain Vancouver recorded the Madrona trees that dot the bluffs near the water as being Magnolia trees when he was journeying on the Puget Sound. Being situated near the water means that there is abundant natural beauty in this area. Magnolia homes are famous for being among the most expensive, and many have incredible views. Owners of Magnolia homes love the park at the south end of the neighborhoods. Anyone can come here, though, and use the picnic tables and tennis courts.

120605-A-DT641-002The largest park in the city can be found in this area of Seattle. Owners of Magnolia homes often go to the 534-acre Discovery Park. Here, you
can wander the almost 12 miles of walking trails through waterfront hills, and rugged beaches with views of the Olympic Mountains. Most of the shoreline of Discovery Park faces the southwest, so this is a great place to watch the sun set over Puget Sound. While it has only been here since 1973, Discovery Park is now an important part of the area. Fort Lawton is still within the boundaries of the park, and this is where some military families are housed.

Another landmark of this neighborhood is the Palisade restaurant. As you walk up the steps of this Magnolia restaurant, you will realize that you’re in for a real treat. There is an all you can eat pancake and tropical fruit buffet, but it is great for lunch and dinner as well. The Sunday brunch here is the most popular Magnolia restaurant in the area. In addition the Palisade, there are many tasty local restaurants in the Magnolia area to chose from.

Far from the bustle of downtown and the busy pace of other Seattle neighborhoods, Magnolia is a place the offers you tranquility and scenic views. Lighthouse at sunset, Seattle, WashingtonWhile only three bridges connect it, this area of Seattle is an inextricable part of Seattle life. From a fine Magnolia restaurant to the hours of fun at Discovery Park, Magnolia will show you a taste of the good life in the Pacific Northwest.

The Magnolia Voice daily news blog will keep up-to-date on all things Magnolia. Magnolia has its own Chamber of Commerce located at 3214 West McGraw Street Suite #301B Seattle, Washington 98199. Queen Anne & Magnolia News is another terrific resource for local news and information. The Magnolia Community Center is located at 2550 34th Ave W, 98199. Currently they are open 1 pm to 9 pm Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 10 am to 9 pm Wednesday and Thursday; 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, closed Sunday. Magnolia Playfield stretches for several city blocks and includes or is adjacent to Magnolia Community Center, Blaine Elementary School and Mounger Pool. The playfields are well used for football, softball and soccer.