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

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

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

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

Tip #2 LEARN THE BASICS OF THE GAME

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

Here are a few terms to get you started:

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

Tip #3 CREATE PLAYFUL BANTER AND CHOOSE SIDES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tip #7 ENJOY THE GAME & INDULGE A LITTLE

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

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

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

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


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

7 Gastropubs People Are Falling Over

7 Gastropubs People Are Falling Over

In Seattle’s hip and happening culture, Gastropubs are all the rage. Though the trend started in the 1980s, the term wasn’t coined until the 1990’s and refers to a restaurant that serves and specializes in high-end food – and beer. This new concept, “gastropub”, reinvigorated “both pop culture and British dining.” This upscale experience thrived in the United States around this same time, and still rings true today in the hearts of many foodies.

Unlike many like eateries, gastropubs don’t serve just any adult beverage or simple and basic cold dishes. These places maximize each component to create something truly original, and this compiled list showcases our favorites around the Seattle area.

In the heart of downtown Issaquah, LEVITATE GASTROPUB marches to the beat of a slightly different, modern American food drum. Earnestly made from scratch and locally sourced, this restaurant was built in Spring of 2015, and has proved itself a local favorite ever since. Enjoy a focused and delicious menu and try something new and out-of-the-ordinary.

Not too far down the road, THE BLACK DUCK welcomes you. Though small, their comfortable pub focuses on high-quality food pairings for their extensive beverage menu. Though some of their items might seem basic on the surface, like their hand-made pretzel, their paired smoked salt and gouda ale sauce makes it anything but.

Off the beaten path in Bellevue, LOT NO. 3 offers your favorite comfort foods in a vintage, industrial-chic inspired space. Their lunch, dinner, happy hour, late night, and brunch menus all offer their own style of creativity – so be sure to check out their menus online.

Another Bellevue favorite, BLACK BOTTLE POSTERN, offers satisfying small-plates, including the bacon lemon scallops, pear caramelized onions and gorgonzola, and cheesy Dungeness artichoke bake. Touted as a “gastrotavern” – versus a gastropub – they offer unique creations unlike any other, enjoyed in a both casual and convivial atmosphere.

THE BLUE GLASS restaurant is globally-inspired comfort food, including favorites such as seasonal risotto and what might appear like regular spaghetti (but actually have Dungeness Crab inside!) With professionals that enjoy “playing around the global sandbox,” their dishes are from colors and tastes around the world.

Located in Fremont’s heart, LE PETIT CONCHON uses nose-to-tail cooking practices that both respect the animal and minimizes waste. By using only the freshest ingredients grown, produced, and raised in the Pacific Northwest, they’re able to match innovation with exquisite taste – and put a smile on their patron’s faces!

Pike Brewing hones innovation and creativity in their TANKARD & TUN restaurant, whose culinary team celebrates the natural bounty of Pacific Northwest farms, forests, and oceans with their local sourced plates. Stop in and enjoy a “classic” pretzel, baked daily and paired with a Pike Stout Mustard.

Regardless of where you’re located in the Seattle area, there’s a local and mouthwatering gastropub around. Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

WEST MERCER OASIS
$1,350,000 • 5030 W Mercer Way, Mercer Island • MLS# 1259357
4 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,450 sq. ft. • 14,810 Lot Size

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

PRETTY IN PIONEER PARK
$1,339,100 • 6245 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island • MLS# 1258221
4 Bedrooms • 2.25 Bathrooms • 2,530 sq. ft. • 9,840 Lot Size

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

PRIME INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY
$1,100,000 •2238 Gilman Drive W, Seattle • MLS# 1260240
2 Units • 2,240 Total Sq. Ft. • Year Built: 1904

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

AN UPDATED CLASSIC
$749,500 • 12126 SE 60th Place, Bellevue • MLS# 1255853
3 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,080 sq. ft. • 8,925 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Terry Donovan & Daphne Donovan.
DonovanRealtyGroup@Windermere.com • 206.356.9206 • DonovanRealtyGroup.net

THE BELLTOWN LIFESTYLE
$579,500 •2721 1st Ave #303, Seattle • MLS# 1261505
1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 716 sq. ft.

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

It’s National Reading Month! Have You Been to These 4 Book Stores

It’s National Reading Month! Have You Been to These 4 Book Stores

It’s March, which also means it’s National Reading Month and time to celebrate reading with your friends and family! All you have to do is choose which day or days in March you will do a reading activity with your family or friends.

While the program is geared towards children, anyone can participate and use this national event to reevaluate their reading habits and start making new choices. Want to start reading more? Make a goal – like one book a month – and use this event as your starting point! Windermere Mercer Island is celebrating by sharing our favorite bookstores from Edmonds to Tacoma.

In the heart of downtown Edmonds, Washington, the EDMONDS BOOKSHOP is full of books waiting for you to enjoy. No matter your preferred genre – fiction, mystery, contemporary, sci-fi, nonfiction – they have you covered.

A local Mercer Island bookstore, ISLAND BOOKS is a humble store near the downtown and business districts. Without a specialty, they offer books of all shapes, sizes, and genres! Bring your little tots and enjoy story time on Wednesdays, with picture book readings by their staff or a special guest!

In the small “downtown” area of Seward Park, you’ll find THIRD PLACE BOOKS, a small but mighty bookstore that took up shop after PCC moved into a larger location in Columbia City. Their third location – their first and second being in Lake Forest Park and Ravenna, respectively – they offer 200,000+ books of general interest!

Our last favorite – for this list – is KING’S BOOKS in Tacoma, Washington. With 5,500 square feet of bookstore, they offer approximately 150,000 books across an array of general interest genres. Since 2000, they’ve been Tacoma’s largest used and new independent bookstores in the greater Tacoma area.

So, won’t you read with us? Did we miss any of your favorite, local bookstores in the region? Let us know!


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

10 Of Our Favorite Redmond, Washington Restaurants

10 Of Our Favorite Redmond, Washington Restaurants

Redmond, Washington is a unique refuge at the northernmost tip of Lake Sammamish. Though relatively small in size when compared to nearby metropolises, like Bellevue, Everett, and Seattle, Redmond has a unique charm all its own and is known in the region as a high-tech enclave on the Eastside. Tech-giants, like Nintendo of America and Microsoft, are two well-known and highly-regarded companies that call Redmond home.

Alongside their uptick in population since the early 2000s, Redmond’s local economy boomed, especially in terms of local and distinct eateries and attractions; including the Redmond Town Center, which offers a bunch of shopping and eating opportunities and Redmond’s Farmer’s Market during the Spring and Summer seasons.

Similar to Seattle, Bellevue, and other nearby cities, local eateries saw a resurgence in past decades – and we’re sharing some of our favorites here! So, if you’re curious about some of Redmond’s best eats, read on!

We’re starting off with two burger places, the first of which is FEED CO. This hip eatery, offers “perfect” burgers, fries, and shakes in a classic fashion, updated with a more modern and industrial décor. They use ALL Pacific Northwest sourced ingredients, with a rotating menu to utilize the best of the PNW.

Tipsy Cow is another local favorite – and (nearly) always adorned with a line out the door. Yes, they’re THAT good! They’ve got your “classic” burger style with grass fed beef, but they’re famous for their super creative burgers, including freshly ground lamb, turkey, ahi tuna, all-natural house braised pork, salmon filet, house made black bean and portabella mushroom, or Draper Valley chicken breast. They’ve got options!

Another great option for carnivores is PRIME Steakhouse. Incidentally, it’s right across the street from Tipsy Cow! A contemporary rendition of a classic American steakhouse, they offer the highest-quality steak available – it’s within the top 2% of all-natural USDA certified Omaha beef. Their warm and inviting, low-lit interior prove excellent ways to enjoy your dining experience and forget about the hubbub of the day.

Locally owned and operated, the Woodblock in Redmond provides true innovation in the heart of Redmond. A quaint, neighborhood restaurant, they pride themselves on being “less like a night out and more like eating at a friend’s place,” with personal and familiar touches that only occur when passion is involved. Through the ingenuity of their Executive Chef, Savuthy Dy, their menu frequently changes, so check back often for their most recent creations!

If you’re searching for a 21+ experience, look no further than the Matador. Their open late and with outdoor seating (perfect for those summer nights!), the Matador is a great staple in Old Town Redmond, off Redmond Way and Cleveland Street. Quick side tip, if you haven’t tried their brunch, you should. With a darker, candle-lit ambiance, it’s perfect for friends’ nights out!

Brilliant Italian and European fare? Try the Sages Restaurant. Established in 2001, they’ve quickly made a name for themselves and coined themselves an “intimate Redmond treasure,” creating a rustic ambiance alongside fresh and “tastier-than-ever” dishes. In 2017 alone, they won two local awards, including “Best of Redmond” and “#1 Gluten Free Menu”.

The Coho Café offers an amazing, Pacific Northwest-inspired menu in a warm and comfortable environment. In classic café style, their genuine hospitality demonstrates their care for your experience and their carefully crafted menu offers some of the best PNW-inspired creations on the Eastside! (http://cohocafe.com)

Amazing Japanese cuisine is found at Oto Sushi. Though you’ll find more than just sushi, including sukiyaki, stir-fried noodles, udon, curry katsu, and tons of appetizers, their sushi is really the main attraction. Beautifully crafted and displayed, their plates are brought to life by the color and creativity put into each dish. (http://www.otoredmond.com/)

Another delicious eatery, the Dough Zone Dumpling House is an amazing place to indulge your Cantonese cravings. Warm buns and dumplings aren’t just an appetizer, but a main course here – and they’ve got loads of options, like chicken, pork, crab, and shrimp! Tip for parking, they share with Bartell’s, in addition to their main lot.

The Stone House is a hidden gem in Downtown Redmond, serving creative twists from open ‘till close. If you thought you knew American foods, think again, and try this American-inspired, Pacific Northwest-enthusiast’s dream! Casual and comfortable, enjoy your meal “at home” here. Their focus on technique, seasonality, sustainability, and creativity is far more important to them than classifying their delightful array of unique creations.

If you ever find yourself near Redmond, these places are amazing and worth the trek to try! Have we missed any of your favorite places in or around Redmond? What are they?


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

Luxe Shopping at the Bravern in Bellevue

Luxe Shopping at the Bravern in Bellevue

If you have an undying love of luxe in the Pacific Northwest, you’ve probably heard of the stylish and bustling destination hotspot in downtown Bellevue known as The Bravern. Touted as the “largest collection” of luxury brands in the area, The Shops at The Bravern are the epitome of high-end, upscale, and designer experiences.

The ultimate shopping experience, The Bravern is a one-stop-shop for your luxe designs, upscale eateries, and luxury living.

Though their eating selection is small, it is mighty and boasts local favorites such as John Howie Steak, the Northwest’s premier steak experience, Mariposa, and Trophy Cupcakes. Recently, they’ve also added Sugar Factory, which is a critically-endorsed sweets factory, making their sweets the ultimate in sugary, designer accessories.

Their shopping experiences include:

  • APM Monaco, a much-loved contemporary fashion jeweler, inspired by Monaco and the South of France specializing in timeless perfection.
  • In a world of unsurpassed quality, Bottega Veneta stands tall with Italian leather goods.
  • Since 1994, David Lawrence displays “a variety of fashion apparel and accessories for the discerning shopper.”
  •  A leader of unique eyewear, Eye Society, employs highly-training professionals to assist in “choosing the ultimate pair of glasses.”
  • Filled with unique interpretations of the world, Grace Collections Galleries, offers a visually majestic style made with quality materials.
  • A reinventor of fashion, Gucci is world-renowned for the world’s most desirable fashions and representing the pinnacle of Italian craftsmanship and unsurpassed quality.
  • Rich with heritage and culture, Hermes of Paris brings an enduring take on quality craftsmanship in timeless Paris style.
  • Holly Zhang Pearl Gallery offers specialty designs in pearl jewelry with high-quality pearls from both freshwater and saltwater areas, that are both precious and stunningly stylish.
  • Jimmy Choo defines glamour and style in visionary, luxury brands.
  • Another iconic behemoth of fashion, Louis Vuitton has brought unique and innovative designs into existence since 1854.
  • Combining expertly-researched technology and high-quality craftsmanship, Moncler offers perfection in their outerwear collections.
  • The department store of luxury brands, Neiman Marcus offers a well-edited selection of high-end merchandise.
  • With a passion for a superior product, Oliver Peoples offers an “obsession with service”, alongside their appreciation for relationships with their consumers.
  • A prestigious Swiss brand, Omega is the world’s leading watch manufacturer, with more than 168 years of experience, excellence, and innovation.
  • A well-known name in the world of luxury, Prada exclusively sells sophistication workmanship in the forms of luggage, accessories, and luxury goods.
  • Creating “wearable works of art,” Salvatore Ferragamo remains synonymous with Italian fashion and unrivaled workmanship.
  • Another Italian creator, Tod’s offers three generations of style and excellent taste as a proprietor of high-end shoes and leather goods.
  • Attainable luxury, Tory Burch is a lifestyle brand defined by classic American sportswear, conceptualized by eclectic sensibility.
  • Unparalleled, Austrian quality, Wolford mixes comfort with “beauty and femininity” to create stunning fashions and innovative collections.

And after shopping, you can book your appointment with Gene Juarez Salon & Spa for an indulgent session of salubrious wellness.

Regardless of if you’re searching for pampering or an indulgent shopping experience, the Bravern in Bellevue covers all your luxurious and high-end needs – and the Bellevue Collection isn’t too far away!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

EASE & COMFORT IN LUCAS HEIGHTS
$1,275,000 • 4227 91st Ave SE, Mercer Island • MLS# 1247315
4 Bedrooms • 2.25 Bathrooms • 2,420 Sq. Ft. • 10,125 Lot Size

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

QUITE & PEACEFUL SETTING
$2,475,000 • 7947 Lake View Lane, Mercer Island • MLS# 1249689
4 Bedrooms • 3.75 Bathrooms • 4,440 Sq. Ft. • 17,586 Lot Size

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

11 Perfect Places for University District All-Nighters

11 Perfect Places for University District All-Nighters

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

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

Some local bars, pubs, and taverns, include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

REMINDER Daylight Saving Time & Setting Your Clocks Forward

REMINDER Daylight Saving Time & Setting Your Clocks Forward

On Sunday, March 11th, 2018, Daylight Saving Time, often abbreviated to DST, will begin at 2:00 AM in Washington State.

In modern day, remembering only really pertains to home clocks that aren’t connected to the internet, as our computers, cell phones, and some vehicles update automatically.

But, why do we still participate in DST? According to TimeandDate.com, only 40% of the world’s countries continue to do so, but those that do take advantage of the Summer’s daylight, possibly reducing home energy costs and enjoying the day longer into the “evening”.

Even if that “stolen” hour of sleep gets you down the following morning, you’ll have all of Sunday to make up for it before Monday morning rolls around.

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new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

ELEGANT LIVING
$950,000 • 20401 126th Ave NE, Bothell • MLS# 1252274
5 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 3,360 Sq. Ft. 9,200 Lot Size

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

4 of Washington’s BEST Root Beer Companies

4 of Washington’s BEST Root Beer Companies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

8 Of Everett’s Favorite Restaurants

8 Of Everett’s Favorite Restaurants

Like many cities in the area, Everett has some great and local eateries for your enjoyment. While Seattle is brimming with new food experiences, it might be nice to venture out of the city to Everett… another major city to Seattle’s north.

Everett has always been a major city in the region, both because of its proximity to Seattle and the McCord Air Force and because of the major employment players that call the city home, like Boeing, the Naval Station, and Providence Medical Center. Though it hasn’t grown as massively its surrounding larger cities, like Seattle, Bellevue, or Tacoma, the area has undergone massive development since the 1990s.

But, like Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma, proprietors are shying away from opening their business within its borders. Restaurants are a massive component of culture and Everett has not small dosage of that. These are some of Everett’s favorite restaurants.

The New Mexicans restaurant offers a mix of American and Spanish/Mexican cuisine, that doesn’t shy from mixing biscuits and gravy with carne asada burritos. Made fresh daily, and free of preservatives, they use family recipes passed down through the generations. Their personal experiences flourish in their business, because they take care for tradition and making every moment a memory.

Located near Hewitt Avenue, the Kama’aina Grindz specializes in Asian-fusion and Hawaiian foods. A Bento-centric menu, they offer delights like Island Style “Pho”, Miso Ramen, Ahi Poke Bowl, and Mini Spam Musubi. With a menu that ranges from salads to burgers, ramen and seared tofu, you’ll enjoy their inspirational and diverse flavors.

If you’re craving Italian, the Chanti Italian restaurant in Everett serves delicious Neapolitan pizza, alongside their pasta, small plates, protein arrangements, and desserts.  This locally owned establishment is rooted by its sister-restaurant in Kirkland, Washington named Vista Lago; as the family’s second restaurant, the family strives to offer recipes handed from generation to generation from their ancestors.

A bustling pizzeria, Brooklyn Bros. Pizzeria brings classic styles like Neapolitan and Sicilian pizzas to the forefront of delicious. Starting with fresh, whole-milk mozzarella cheese imported-from-Italy tomatoes, and handmade sausages, they garner intense flavor to top their hand-tossed pizzas. Their classic “New York” style pies come in a variety of signature styles – but don’t worry, you can add all the extras you want!

One thing not new to the area, but much enjoyed, is diner food. That classic aroma of eggs and fried-up hash-browns can make even the most unpleasant of morning remarkable – however little bit the opposite of the “healthful” foods we’ve been seeing pop up in the area. If you’re looking for classic, home-style, diner foods, look no further, for Everett’s got a bunch, including the Strawberry Patch CaféWendy’s County Café, the Colby Diner, and Buck’s American Café.

Do you live in Everett, or visit often enough to have a local favorite? Share your experience with us!


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

The Amazing Adventures at Seattle’s Discovery Park

The Amazing Adventures at Seattle’s Discovery Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

Find out more at MILakesideLodge.com

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

15+ 10-Minute House Cleaning Tasks You Can Tackle This Week

15+ 10-Minute House Cleaning Tasks You Can Tackle This Week

Refreshing our homes is a weekly chore but there are tons of things we can do on the day-to-day to keep our homes in tip-top functioning order; and if you’re anything like me, you usually pick a day and binge-clean until your home is sparkling. But, that doesn’t have to be your entire day-off. If you’re struggling against a messy home, you might consider a different approach to your daily habits if you’re looking to redistribute your time to focus more on yourself in the new year.

By implementing 10-minute tasks, you can keep your home clean throughout the week and keep your weekends for yourself. Choose three to five quick tasks per day and focus on those, and you might find yourself with more time on the weekends and more motivation once you started.

10-minute tasks are designed to break larger cleaning chores into bite-size, manageable tasks that both work towards the larger task and make your days more filled and intentional. Don’t have an entire weekend to detail your home? No problem. Add a few minutes a day to get it done one check-marked-box at a time.

  • Wipe the kitchen counters to get the daily grime off from cooking and cutting vegetables for dinners and lunches. This should take less than five minutes.
  • Empty or repack your dishwasher to stay on top of your dirty versus clean dishes and keep your sink empty and functional.
  • Dust a different room every day – or a least a few days a week. Why not during commercials? Or while you’re waiting for your tea to steep?
  • Scrub the shower while you’re in there. You may plan on using GREEN cleaning methods, but it makes for an easy task while you’re waiting for the conditioner to work its magic.
  • Waiting for water to boil? Clean the microwave. A lemon and a sponge or towel should do the trick. Easy and quick but make a difference in your kitchen!
  • Take out all the trash & recycle and put it in their respective containers.
  • Sweep and/or vacuum the floors in your home. Though it may seem small, it can make a world of difference.
  • Start a load of laundry or grab one from the dryer and put it away. When we get down to it, putting away a singular load of laundry takes minutes, usually less than 10, so why not do it as soon as the load is done?
  • Wash your dishes as you go and put them in the washer.
  • Clean out your refrigerator and/or freezer. I feel like we sometimes get in the set-it-and-forget-it mentality where we put something somewhere and then completely forget about it. Like those leftovers from two weekends ago that you never got back around to finishing. Take a few minutes and throw out old or expired foods from your shelves.
  • Go through that stack of mail. Shred and recycle junk mail, stack or pay your bills, and create an organizational habit that ritualizes your mailing tasks.
  • Scrub and clean your floor in sections. If you want to get into the nitty-gritty of your home, start by scrubbing your tile floors – and to make it even easier, create section of floors. By the end of the week, your entire floor will be scrubbed clean and it won’t feel like you’ve just spend ten hours doing it.
  • Clean out your car. Did you forget to bring in those bags from beach last weekend? Or maybe you forgot to replace your reusable bags in the backseat. Either way, refreshing your car on a monthly basis can make it feel like a comfy extension to your home, versus just a tool you basically live in for fifteen hours a week.
  • Clean your interior windows – and if you’re feeling mighty motivated, clean the outside one’s, too!
  • Do a swift vinegar clean.
  • Update your weekly and/or monthly calendar and to-do list. We all have things that popup or move throughout the month. Why not update your calendar as you go? Or at least when you can settle enough.
  • Clean your drip pans, toaster, convection oven, or any other small appliances. Small tasks, building to larger tasks. By now, you’ve cleaned the surfaces, floors, small appliances, and done a load of dishes. Your kitchen is basically cleaned by now.
  • Plan a quick bedroom pick me up! There’s something to be said about going to sleep and waking up in a refreshed room, and it can set the mood up for the rest of your day! Plan a little tidying project every few days, like picking up your clothes, emptying the garbage, and wiping down the surfaces can make the week a little brighter.

These tasks are designed to help you stay on top of your weekly chores and help better manage your home in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world. With just small, subtle change to your daily routine, by mixing it up, you’ll find yourself with more things that are done and checked off. These tasks are small, but mighty.

What little things do you like to do during the week that help your home and family?


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

BOSA’s Newest Bellevue Project, ONE88, is Re-Defining Luxury

BOSA’s Newest Bellevue Project, ONE88, is Re-Defining Luxury

For the first time in a decade, Bellevue is seeing new condominiums added to its city skyline. With an estimated completion date of spring 2020, BOSA has already started picking entries from their lottery-style showing and sale process.

A luxury, high-rise condo building, BOSA’s new experience in premier living broke ground last September. Their units will be a mix of 1-bedrooms, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units and void of studios; and will range from the mid $800 thousands to mid-$2.9 million. Though pricing hasn’t been publicly disclosed for the 21st floor, three-bedroom penthouse you can inquire your request.

Unlike Insignia, ONE88 offers only 143 spanning across 21 stories of luxurious living. Enjoy well-planned units, each with its own view of Bellevue via your personal, outdoor living space, complete with electric hookups. Interior square-footages span from 752 square feet to 2,849 square feet, excluding the penthouse, which tap out closer to 2,948.

Live large in more ways than one. Their kitchens are where form meets function with a collection of high performance, German-engineered Gaggenau appliances, Kohler faucets, and intuitive NEST technology and home automation.

But these premier homes aren’t just packed with luxury appliances. Their redefinition of the word concierge puts their service on a new level, including a weekly e-newsletter, including social events and special events calendar.

The range of services offered, range from personal services and domestic, personal, and healthful referrals, including:

  • Onsite Chef Concierge services
  • A 24-hour attended lobby reception
  • Rotating lobby art installation
  • Weekend lobby lounge coffee service
  • Package and grocery delivery acceptance and storage
  • High-speed wiki throughout amenity area
  • Fitness center towel service
  • Private building and restricted elevator access
  • Bicycle storage and tune-up station
  • Underground, gated resident parking
  • Communicable electric car charging station
  • Dedicated pet retreat
  • Convenient, ground floor retail

And these are the basic ones. The building offers a private fitness center and yoga and exercise studio. High ceiling and expansive windows lookout from a fully-equipped fitness facility with cardio equipment, free weights, and multi-gym system, allowing you private, all-hours access all within the comforts of home. The yoga-exercise studio is outfitted with a virtual fitness screen, yoga mats, and strength training accessories, so you can plan your own workout and have a private place for your personal trainer to come to you.

Practice your swing or play a virtual round with friends in the golf-simulation studio.

The indoor pool, steam room, and sauna are enticing features for the chilly, Pacific Northwest. Enjoy year-round, heated water access all within your architecturally beautiful atrium, which features soaring ceilings. Adjacent changing rooms, steam room, and sauna are also no shy accessory.

The expansive third-floor terrace allows you two spread out and savor the views. Host a summer barbeque or enjoy the sky-shows throughout the year from your private, landscaped terrace with adjacent fireplace lounge, grilling and dining areas, artistic features, and grassy area for outdoor yoga, meditation, or lawn games. The fifth floor also offers a terrace overlooking the city and nearby park.

Reserve the resident lounge if your party is larger than your thousand-plus square foot pad and use the open and versatile space to create a comfortable, yet stylish statement. If you’re hosting a dinner part, you can also reserve the private dining room, featuring a chef-par kitchen and dining room featuring high-end appliances, communal table, and large, entertaining island.

One last major amenity we’ll cover here is the children’s play room, which proves a comfortable and creative space for expanding minds. Age and height appropriate seating, play, and bathroom facilities are just a few of the things you’ll find here.

The homeowner’s association fees approximate around $625 to $2,807 per month.

Located on the corner of Bellevue Way Northeast and Northwest 2nd street, you’re steps away from lounging on the lush green of Bellevue’s Downtown Park, shopping at the Bellevue Collection, or enjoying dinner at any of Bellevue’s amazing eateries.

Though acceptance is figured by a lottery system, the ONE88 condominium building will still prove bountiful to the area. Its architectural beauty offers a captivating visual for anyone gazing at Bellevue’s expanding city skyline and it offers an immersive, Bellevue lifestyle that is both rich in culture and full of artistic, transportation, and recreational options.

Curious about some other neat facts about Bellevue’s bustling community?

Needless to say, Bellevue is Seattle’s contender on several levels and, while we aren’t sure which is top rated, it’s no wonder why people are flocking to the city.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

7 Of Bellevue’s Most Beloved Parks

7 Of Bellevue’s Most Beloved Parks

Modern Bellevue is known for its forest-forward momentum, and they quite enjoy beautiful green spaces in tandem of their ever-developing city. With over 2,700 acres of park and 80-miles of trails, they indulge over 10,000 happy participants annually.

With the seasons in this state of flux, we’re swiveling between the weather forecast and the clouds in the sky. Washingtonians and Seattleites love the great outdoors, and the number one thing we wait for as the winter thaws is the first few days of warm sunshine – no, not this cold sun we’ve been experiencing, though it’s still pleasant in its own icy-breath way.

DOWNTOWN BELLEVUE PARK

The Bellevue Downtown Park was re-imagined into a 21-acre oasis in the heart of downtown Bellevue. Completely rejuvenated in 2017, this monolith of Bellevue culture and recreation. Enjoy a 240-foot wide waterfall as it crashes into a reflecting pond, or a ten-acre designated lawnspace for picnics, reading, or relaxing in the sun against the tremendous Bellevue skyline.

Other amenities include the INSPIRATIONAL PLAYGROUND, where children “explore at their own pace” and their passion for play is encouraged.

THE BELLEVUE BOTANICAL GARDENS

Though no dogs are allowed, the Bellevue Botanical Gardens are an amazing place of urban play, encompassing 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands. Whether you’re looking for a day surrounded by beauty or to expand your knowledge of Pacific Northwest foliage, their live collections “showcase plants that thrive” in the area.

KELSEY CREEK PARK & FARM EXPERIENCE

Open 365 days per year, the Kelsey Creek Park of 150-acres of forest, meadows, and wetlands that offer insight into Bellevue’s historic past. But Kelsey Creek Park is just a park in the area. Visit the farm and immerse yourself in Bellevue’s farmhouse roots. A free recreational opportunity, this urban oasis offers hiking, picnic areas, a playground, open grassy area, day camps, and summer volunteer opportunities.

Though pets are allowed at the Kelsey Creek Community Park, they aren’t at the Kelsey Creek Farm – but don’t worry, you’ll have a bunch of farm critters to enjoy!

CROSSROADS PARK

A mega-community center, Crossroads Park is 34+ acres of activity, including the Crossroads Par-3 Golf Course, Crossroads Community Center, Bellevue Youth Theatre, and Water Spray Playground. Aside from these amazing amenities, the park also offers tennis courts, basketball courts, a horseshoe pit, a skate bowl, play areas, picnic shelters, jogging paths, and tons of open green space for play and relaxation.

Home to Bellevue’s annual Strawberry Festival, Crossroads park is near Crossroads Mall, local restaurants, and plenty of transportation options.

LAKE HILLS GREENBELT PARK

Touted as a community hub, the Lake Hill Greenbelt stretches between Phantom and Larson Lakes via the Lake to Lake Trail, a 3-mile trail through the massive, 150-acre expanse of diverse wildlife habitats, which includes forests, wetlands, streams, and lakes.

The Lake Hills Community Gardens & P-Patches are near the Bellevue Park Ranger Station off SE 16th Street – also near Lake Hill Farm Fresh Produce market and southern Lake to Lake Trailhead.  Though much of the park is greenspace, wetlands, or part of the Blueberry Farms and is only traversable via dedicated trails, the 3-miles of trail can bring you to Phantom Lake and Phantom Lake Park, which offers another 2.4-miles of trail, fishing areas, and a small dock.

MERCER SLOUGH NATURE PARK

With 7+ miles of dedicated trail, Mercer Slough Nature Park is perfect for people looking to get out of the big city. Though the Winters House is currently closed through 2022 for light rail construction, you can still enjoy one of Lake Washington’s remaining freshwater wetlands. Explore over 320 acres of Bellevue’s largest park and a diverse expanse of freshwater wetland ecology and educational purpose. A partnership between the Mercer Slough Environmental Educational Center and the Pacific Science Center instilled such purpose and drive through activities such as free guided ranger walks and guided canoe tours.

ROBINSWOOD COMMUNITY PARK

Near Bellevue College, Robinswood Community Park is full of recreation, including lighted softball and soccer/lacrosse fields, ten wooded acres of trails, a children’s play area, and lush open spaces and adjoining pond.

Two corrals offer different spaces for off-leash, human-pup recreation – one with a small shelter to escape the Seattle drizzle.

NEWCASTLE BEACH PARK

One of Bellevue’s most southern parks, Newcastle Beach Park is a popular place for swimming, sunbathing, and short nature trails. With lifeguards on duty late-June through Labor Day, the area is most bustling during the summer season – when the sun is out, and the air is dry. Plan a picnic or host a barbecue, and enjoy the day away surrounded by family and friends.

We’ve mentioned a few local, Bellevue events during this article…  Are you curious about all the events going on in Bellevue, Washington? We are too – so, check out their calendar of awesome upcoming events!

Do you have a favorite park or place in Bellevue or are you more curious about the area? Tell us about it!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

SOUTH BELLEVUE DELIGHT
$948,000 • 13257 SE 54th Place, Bellevue • MLS# 1244727
3 Bedrooms • 2.25 Bathrooms • 2,140 Sq. Ft. • 9,090 Lot Size

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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8 Of Our Favorite Seattle Juiceries

8 Of Our Favorite Seattle Juiceries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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How Does Remodeling Impact Your Home Sale in Seattle?

How Does Remodeling Impact Your Home Sale in Seattle?

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I think we all get that remodel itch around this time of year. Whether it’s the presumption of an early Spring or the thought of another year with the same, pink walls, I don’t know; but, I do know that all home remodels are not treated equally, in terms of cost recouped during a resale – and if you’re looking to remodel to sell, these tidbits might offer you some bang for your buck!

A few key takeaways we learned from this report are:

  1. Exterior “curb appeal” improvements generally pack a bigger payback than interior projects
  2. Inexpensive improvements are easier to recoup than pricier remodeling projects
  3. Replacement projects usually net more than remodeling/expansion projects—which may explain the relatively low returns on kitchen and bath remodels/additions (as well as the simple fact that tastes vary widely from one buyer to the next)

For the full Seattle report on all 21 projects, including project descriptions and scope, click here!

Cost vs. Value for Midrange Projects in Seattle

Cost vs. Value for Upscale Projects in Seattle

Cost vs. Value data © 2018 Hanley Wood Media Inc. Complete data from the Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded for free at www.costvsvalue.com


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

Top 15 Washington School Districts

Top 15 Washington School Districts

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

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

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

The Top 15 School Districts in Washington State

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

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

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

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


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


new this week from

WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


new homes this week from

WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

7 of Seattle’s Most Hidden Bakeries

7 of Seattle’s Most Hidden Bakeries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sports, Activity, & Adventure:

Writing Groups:

Book Clubs:

Tech Groups:

Pet & Pups:

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

4 Chipper Salons on Capitol Hill, Seattle

4 Chipper Salons on Capitol Hill, Seattle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018. 

6 Mouth-Watering Eateries in Bellevue, Washington

6 Mouth-Watering Eateries in Bellevue, Washington

Bellevue is known for many things: lux real estate, unique boutiques, and luxury shops. One thing that goes hand in hand with upscale shops, are amazing restaurants. But, which are the most highly rated? While no restaurant we could find had a distinguished 5-star online review rating, we’ve compiled a list of the top 6 restaurants in Bellevue, and where you can find them!

John Howie Steak Restaurant has proved a long-time, Eastside favorite. Their menus comprise traditional steakhouse fares, but they also offer seafood and vegetarian options. Across the board, people love the experience and friendly faces they encounter, and they’re conveniently located at the Shops at the Bravern in downtown Bellevue.

Another restaurant located in downtown Bellevue, Facing East offers Taiwanese cuisine with a unique twist. With so many options, you’d figure it would be hard to decide – and it totally is! Reviewers note their menu has several “MUST get” options!

Looking for something light and fresh? Try Bellden Café! Located in the heart of Bellevue, their artisanal eats allow just that. Though their menu may seem simple, they offer nutrition with a punch, including avocado-packed toast, nutrient-dense salads, and home-style and basic sandwiches.

When Din Tai Fung was new it gathered crowds around the corner, waiting for their delightfully crafted dumplings. A fledgling company in 1972, they quickly received rave reviews and an extensive following all over the world. There’s another location in Tukwila, if you’re interested in checking it out!

Located off the main strip, El Gaucho rises above many other Bellevue restaurants as a local fan-favorite. Their wall of windows glisten by day and sparkle by night, in their welcoming atmosphere of Eastside eateries. This steakhouse also offers seafoods, poultry, vegetarian, and a wonderful sharable menu!

We’re rounding out this Eastside eating list with a long-time favorite: Lot No. 3. Classic comfort foods, this vintage-inspired eatery offers a mouth-watering brunch, lunch, and dinner menu, including classics such as fish & chips and mac & cheese, but also some unique flavors, including their elk burger and PB&J&B (peanut butter, mixed bery jam, and bacon on sourdough!


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

We earn the trust and loyalty of our brokers and clients by doing real estate exceptionally well. The leader in our market, we deliver client-focused service in an authentic, collaborative and transparent manner and with the unmatched knowledge and expertise that comes from decades of experience.

windermeremercerisland.com | (206) 232-0446 | mercerisland@windermere.com
2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

© Copyright 2018.