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. So, 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 at 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, offer fresh goods, 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 cumulated into some of the most unique and expertly developed baked-gods 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.

What are your favorite Seattle bakeries? Which are the most hidden?

5 of Seattle’s Most Competitive Neighborhoods of 2017

5 of Seattle’s Most Competitive Neighborhoods of 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What areas of Seattle are you keeping a keen eye on? Let us know and let you know what fabulous in that area!

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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The wait is over! This classic Buchan offers a 2-story layout overlooking eye-catching views to the lake and Seattle skyline. Entertain in elegant gathering spaces, cook with delight in the chef’s kitchen, relax in the family room, or catch up on work in the office. Upstairs, your over-size master suite with 5-piece bath, plus three more bedrooms and a second full bath all await you. Enjoy the outdoors on the front slate patio or in the private, fenced backyard. Stroll to schools, parks, Starbucks, and shops!

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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?

Top 3 Coffee Shops in Columbia City, Seattle

Top 3 Coffee Shops in Columbia City, Seattle

If you’ve ever read or heard about Seattle, you’ve been told about how our bodies run on a delicious liquid, known to the world as coffee. This super-indulgent beverages comes in unlimited forms, including the traditional Café Latte, Americano, and Cappuccino, but also branches off into the Café Mocha, Cortado, Flat White, Breve’, or Café Au Lait.

These types of espresso drinks are the life-liquid of many, many individuals. These three Columbia City places are awesome, and Uber close to Seattle’s South end neighborhoods.

The daily hubbub of the Columbia City Bakery, is both enticing and delicious to our senses. Trying one of their freshly baked breads or pastries can make any morning that much greater. They use Herkimer Coffee – a Seattle local roastery specializing in high-quality and sustainable coffee cultivation.

A true community space was envisioned for Empire Espresso, and Seattle locals think they’ve managed just that!  Quality coffee, surrounded by a sleek and welcoming atmosphere, create an awesome place for a diverse group. With vegan and vegetarian options, they offer variety for both food and drink!

The Tin Umbrella Coffee Roasters remains a small team, dedicated to crafting the best beans for your enjoyment! Serving up artisan espresso and coffee beverages, isn’t just a pastime, it’s a passion.

As a Seattle local, we know about all the delicious coffee spread across the region, and these three are just a few of endless coffeehouses and boutiques; but with 4+ star ratings, these happy neighborhood hubs are a great place to spot and enjoy the coffee!

By now you’ve seen caffeine-infused Seattleites run around the city. But, what are your favorite and local coffee hot-spots?


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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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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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WINDERMRE MERCER ISLAND

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CHIC, OPEN LAYOUT
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 Happenings + New Listings

Seattle Happenings + New Listings

Driving down Rainier Avenue, you may have seen this quaint, little area known as Columbia City. Columbia City is a beautiful neighborhood, that rests between Beacon Hill and Seward park.

Named after Christopher Columbus, this area was once dense with local conifer trees. In 1893 was when the original name of “Columbia” was incorporated as “Columbia City”, and then, some 14 years later, the town was annexed to the City of Seattle on May of 1907.

Today, this area is known as a thriving business district, with tons of small shops and boutiques to frequent! This neighborhood holds character in its historical diversity, community activity, and numerous festivals and events.

But, what’s going on in Columbia City now?

As mentioned, Columbia city is now known as a bustling pedestrian business walk. Are you looking for a jaunt in original, and beautiful, Seattle? Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Retroactive Kids is a colorful shop, offering vintage-style children’s toys, clothes, books, games, and everything else your child might want or need!
  • The Columbia City Art Gallery was founded in 1999, and has been a thriving, artist-run collective ever since. They represent the local artist, in various forms of media and exhibits.
  • Established in 1907, the Columbia City Bouquet is a full-service flor shop, with delivery! Created out of joy and passion, these custom arrangements are fit for every occasion.
  • Bike Works Bike Shop is a non-profit, community bike shop, committed to serving Seattle with affordable bike sales and professional servicing. They host both youth and adult programs, designed to actively involve and educate individuals.
  • The Live Enrichment Bookstore is known for quality and top-notch hospitality.
  • Built in 1917, the Columbia City Theater is the oldest vaudeville theater in Washington State. Since its inception, it’s been known to draw a crowd, from the 1940’s Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles, to 1950s neighborhood theater, and Jimi Hendrix in the 1960s. Still known for its happenings, check out their latest lineup!
  • During late Spring and Summer, Columbia City also hosts a fabulous Farmer’s Market. Held just off Rainier Avenue, it starts May 3rd (last weekend!) and ends in mid-October. Check out their vendor and market information on their website!

These seven local happenings are community staples that bring community together.

In addition to numerous shops, there are tons of local eateries and cafes to try out! From bakeries, top-quality espresso, pizza, seafood, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and American cuisines, there’s something for everyone!

These amazing community spaces breathe life into a historical part of town! What’s your favorite shop?

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS IN COLUMBIA HILL
3812 South Hudson Street, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1122022
$1,100,000 ♦ 3 Units ♦ 2,690 Total Square Feet ♦ 6,600 Lot Size

Calling all investors! This triplex offers three separate rentable units, each with its own full kitchen, living/dining area, two bedrooms and bathroom. Five individual garages provide additional rental income. Conveniently located in the heart of Columbia City’s business district. Close to light rail, the library, shops, restaurants, schools, and parks. Just over a mile away from Lake Washington.

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

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Seattle Community Hub + New Listing

Seattle Community Hub + New Listing

Sam Smith Park is the largest park of the I-90 lid. This 15.20 acre park intensifies the natural beauty of the Great Seattle Region. With a soccer field, outdoor tennis courts, and an incredible play area, this park has a little something for everyone! Sam Smith Park incorporates  many unique features, including the art piece Urban Peace Circle, which is a sculpture by Gerard Tsutakawa, “that is dedicated to children killed by gun violence in Seattle’s inner city.”

This cozy park is nestled under and around the I-90 lid, and offers different activities for all age brackets. The playground was renovated in 2016, and offers a different experience for every child – from sliding and climbing, to a jungle gym, running, and balancing! Tennis courts, a soccer field, trails for running, walking, and biking offer tons of active recreation, while picnic tables, and lofted arrangements offer fabulous lake views. Thinking about reserving a tennis court? Check this out! Water fountains offer a welcome breeze and reprieve from a sunny, summer afternoon!

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CLOSE-IN CONVENIENCE
2827 South Charles Street, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1079365
3 Bedrooms ♦ 3.5 Bathrooms ♦ 1,320 Square Feet

Tucked down a tree-lined street near the Judkins Playground, Sam Smith Park & Frink/Leschi Park, this home is warm and inviting while still providing all the convenience of in-city living. A welcoming yard & front porch lead you to the main-level entry. Step in to interiors that feel spacious and airy with lofty ceilings and an open layout. Siberian larch hardwoods flow throughout the great room — relax by the gas fireplace, grab a favorite book or movie from the beautiful built-in media center, or host friends in the roomy dining area. Overlooking it all is a stylish kitchen with stainless steel surfaces, ample cupboards and pendant lighting.

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

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COTTAGE GROVE TOWNHOME
4826 Delridge Way Southwest #A, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1089499
2 Bedrooms ♦ 2.5 Bathrooms ♦ 1,250 Square Feet

Ideally located minutes from all that West Seattle has to offer: Alki Beach, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. This well-built home includes attached garage and quality finishes throughout (quartz counters, custom blinds, hardwoods). You’ll love the quiet location, tucked behind the first row of homes. Main level includes an open kitchen, dining area, amd living room with gas fireplace and deck. Upstairs features two bedrooms and two baths, stacking washer & dryer. Lower level features family room with access to fenced patio and yard.

For more information, please contact Chad Dierickx.
Chad@windermere.com ♦ 206.854.3931 ♦ ChadDierickx.com

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Featured Community: Seward Park-Beacon Hill

Featured Community: Seward Park-Beacon Hill

Seward Park covers 300 acres and is located in southeast Seattle in the neighborhood of the same name (map). The park occupies all of Bailey Peninsula, a forested peninsula and former island that juts into Lake Washington. It contains one of the last surviving tracts of old-growth forest within the city of Seattle. The park is named for former U.S. Secretary of State William Seward. Columbia City and surrounds, located just west of Seward Park, offers a variety of local restaurants.

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One approaches the park from the north by Lake Washington Boulevard S, from the south by Seward Park Avenue S., or from the west by S Orcas Street. The main parking lot and a tennis court are located in the southwest corner. The most commonly used trail is a car-free loop around the park. It is flat and 2.4 miles long. The perimeter trail was repaved in 2007. Other trails run through the interior, including a few car-accessible roads that lead to amenities including an amphitheater and picnic area. Seward Park features numerous small beaches, the largest one on its southwest side, as well as a playground and an arts center. Both Seward Park and Beacon Hill are part of the Seattle School District.

Beacon Hill, in south Seattle (map), is comprised of four areas: North Beacon Hill, Mid-Beacon Hill, Holly Park and South Beacon Hill. It’s a neighborhood where professional people and blue collar workers still live side-by-side. Rather than being divisive, the economic diversity of Beacon Hill has brought the residents together, as they strive to keep the feel of the community intact. Still considered an affordable place to buy a home, the houses possess unique character. In North Beacon Hill area, there are nice examples of the Seattle Box style home and quality Craftsman-style bungalows. The Pacific Medical Center, also located in North Beacon Hill, is an Art Deco style building that used to serve as Amazon’s world headquarters and has been a national landmark since 1979. The Seattle Light Rail has a stop at Jefferson Park in Beacon Hill, which has upped neighborhood’s appeal to people who work downtown and commercial developers alike. The distinctive views of the Olympics and Cascades are enjoyed throughout the whole Beacon Hill neighborhood.

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By Lumpytrout via Wikimedia Commons

One of the highlights of Beacon Hill is Jefferson Park.  Its golf club, which was home course for professional golfer Fred Couples during his teens, is one of Seattle’s few public golf courses. The park itself offers visitors gorgeous views of the Olympic Mountains, downtown Seattle and Puget Sound. Other sports which can be played at the park include lawn bowling, basketball, cricket and tennis. The park also houses a community center, a wading pool and playground. Starting in 2012, a permaculture project called Beacon Food Forest will be housed on a 7 acre plot adjacent to the southwest corner of the park.

Van Asselt Community Center is located on S. Myrtle Street. It offers children and teen programs, drop in sport activities, fitness classes, art classes and other programs to benefit local residents. The facilities, remodeled in 2007, include a gym, dividable multipurpose room, teen room, childcare and kitchen. On the grounds, there is a wading pool, playground equipment and outdoor basketball hoops.

The Beacon Hill Blog, which is maintained by Wendi Dunlap (who also has managed the Beacon Hill email list since 1999) offers timely neighborhood information, neighborhood photos and an events calendar.

Beacon Hill is served by light rail direct to downtown Seattle. The station is 150 feet under Lander Street and the average downtown commute to about 12 minutes, car-free. Given its convenient proximity to I-5 and Interstate 90, a relatively affordable housing market, and its sweeping mountain and Puget Sound views, Beacon Hill has a lot to offer.