Polar Bear Plunge – December 2017 Edition

Polar Bear Plunge – December 2017 Edition

The Polar Bear Plunge is a time-honored custom around the globe. People in Canada, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States all take part in this off-the-wall activity. But, why? Because we love kicking off the year with a cool and refreshing tradition, of course!

Well, sort of – and the fact remains that not all places observe this tradition on January 1st. Some, instead, wait for Spring.

The Polar Bear Plunge(s) are where people jump in or otherwise submerge in the water, despite the chilly winter water temperatures and are usually held to raise money for any number of charitable organizations.

Our proximity to the Puget Sound offers easy access to chilly waters and local volunteers assist with refreshments and much-needed hot beverages. Two local plunges happen in Seattle and Tacoma.

Seattle Polar Bear Plunge
WHEN: Monday, January 1st, 2018
TIME: 11:00am – 01:00pm
WHERE: Matthews Beach Park (4999 NE 93rd Street, Seattle)

Tacoma Polar Bear Plunge
WHEN: Monday, January 1st, 2018
TIME: 11:30am
WHERE: Point Defiance Marina (5912 North Waterfront Drive, Tacoma)

Alongside the Seattle Polar Bear Plunge, is the Resolution Run 5K & Polar Bear Drive. Presented by the Club Northwest, the event is held at Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle). Check out complete information here!

Regardless of if you’re searching for a New Year’s party, or a themed polar bear after party, the Seattle are has tons of offerings for you and your family! You can even try the Woodland Park Zoo or Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo & Aquariam to see polar bears!

New Year’s Celebrations Around the Greater Seattle (and Tacoma) Area – December 2017 Edition

New Year’s Celebrations Around the Greater Seattle (and Tacoma) Area – December 2017 Edition

The New Year is just around the corner, which means you’re probably dwelling on past and future resolutions, and figuring out where you’ll spend your late night. You can read this productivity article to optimize the new year, but we’re gonna show you some of the fabulous places (and parties) in the Greater Seattle Area.

Several places like to sell out before the night, so reserve your spot before everything’s full – and if you’re looking for something more casual, look on OpenTable to see what Seattle area restaurants are hosting specials!

Early New Year’s Dance Party: Resolution
WHEN: Friday, December 29th, 2017
WHERE: WaMu Theater

Bollywood Masquarade Party (Bollywood Dreams Entertainment)
WHEN: Saturday, December 30th, 2017
WHERE: Columbia City Theater (4916 Rainer Ave. S., Seattle)
FEE: $15-$25

New Year’s at Benaroya Hall
WHEN: Sunday, December 31st, 2017
WHERE: Benaroya Hall

New Year’s Eve at Chihuly
WHEN: Sunday, December 31st
TIME: 8:00pm – 01:00am
WHERE: Chihuly Garden and Glass (Seattle Center)
FEE: $250 per person

SPECTRA: New Year’s Even Under the Arches
WHEN: Sunday, December 31st, 2017
TIME: 09:00pm – 02:00am
WHERE: Seattle Pacific Science Center
FEE: $80 / member I $85 / non-member (additional packages available)

Ring in the New Year with KEXP at the Seattle Space Needle
WHEN: Sunday, December 31st, 2017
WHERE: Seattle Space Needle

Moisture Festival New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
WHEN: Sunday, December 31st, 2017
TIME: 08:00pm
WHERE: Hale’s Palladium (4301 Leary Way Northwest, Seattle)
FEE: $50 – $75

New Year’s Eve in Tacoma, Washington
WHEN: Sunday, December 31st, 2017
WHERE: Around the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
FEE: $12 – $15

Feeling the Winter Blues? Try Exercising at Any of These 10 Mercer Island Fitness Centers

Feeling the Winter Blues? Try Exercising at Any of These 10 Mercer Island Fitness Centers

Working out is part of creating a healthy life. Whether you have a home gym, walk around the block, or actively participate at a local establishment, you’re boosting your energy levels, improving muscle strength and increasing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients throughout your system. Working out is great for you in many regards, but whatever your reason, we all tend to lag a bit during the holidays.

Is it the coma-inducing meals? The fact that we’re always a bit busier? Or, perhaps, that it’s been a long year and you’re looking to start fresh in the upcoming one.

Mercer Island is full of opportunities, both free and paid, to get you active and keep you coming back.

The Mercer Island Athletic Club has been touted as “impressive” in reviews and consistently offers the full-body experience in your daily workout. Tons of classes, personal training opportunities, and massage therapy sessions are ripe for the indulging!

Mercer Island Crossfit is a downtown establishment that consistently rates highly among its patrons. This welcoming atmosphere allows you to workout with their coaches, while simultaneously learning from the experience. They’ve got classes for children and adults, so be sure to bring the entire family!

212 Health & Fitness is another 5-Star, downtown establish. A great place to receive “personalized fitness,” they offer a unique vision “reflected through [their] own personal goals and beliefs”. Group fitness or personalized, they work with you to find your unique regimen.

The Island has several Pilates places, including Mercer Island Pilates and 5 Elements Pilates. Both of these options are conveniently located and offer ample support to help you on your path towards a healthier life.

Yoga is another popular form of exercise, and both the Daily Method and Yogabliss are great options to choose from. Both studios offer unique visions and classes to help you through your journey towards inspiration, community, and salubriousness.

A great for of exercise for all is dance, and the Creation Dance Studio on Mercer Island is a fabulous place to learn and get your creative juices flowing.

If you’re looking for something a little more… unique, look no further than Mercer Island’s Martial Arts studios, such as Mercer Island Martial Arts or Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios. Great for all ages and the whole family – try taking the whole family! Make friends in this active art, while learning new skills, gaining discipline and “re-defining family time”!

And, always remember, there are tons of free options around the island. Do you work or live near downtown? Try walking around Mercerdale’s quarter-mile, circular pathway. Four circles and you’ve gone a mile! There are also tons of activity at Luther Burbank Park, Aubrey Davis Park, Island Crest Park and all three of Pioneer Park’s quadrants.

What are your favorite workout places around the island?

A By-Neighborhood Guide to Seattle’s Music Scene

A By-Neighborhood Guide to Seattle’s Music Scene

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

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


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

West Seattle

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

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


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

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

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

Columbia City

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

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

Pioneer Square

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


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

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

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

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

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

Belltown and the Denny Triangle

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capitol Hill & South Lake Union

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 Winter Day Trips from Seattle, Washington

3 Winter Day Trips from Seattle, Washington

Winter might seem like the best time to curl up in your favorite blanket and forget about the world outside, but it’s quite the contrary. Winter in the Northwest is a time for you to indulge in our #PNW culture, and all its chilly, snowy and breathtaking glory!

We’ve compiled a list of 5 day trips for you to check out, while you’re staying happy and healthy through this year’s holiday season!

Our neighbors to the north sure know how to enjoy the snow – and with average annual snowfall of 38.5 feet, they really should!

Whistler, located in British Columbia, Canada, is about 4.5-miles north of Seattle. Whistler is best known for its snowboard and skiing culture, but that’s not all the not-so-sleepy town has to offer. In the evenings, lights twinkled from busy shops and restaurants in their expansive, pedestrian-only Village Stroll. Talk about variety and a culture mashup! You can listen to a dozen languages, and maybe even learn a few words from another visitor!

Regardless of what your hobbies are, the local area is great for anything from shopping to the great outdoors, so grab a reusable coffee mug, and pack your bags! Who knows – you might even want to stay longer than the day!

A little piece of snow in our own state (and country…?) is Leavenworth, Washington. Out Highway 2, just on the eastside of the Cascade Mountain Range, you’ll find the little town of Leavenworth. Nestled along the foothills of the Tumwater Mountain, this town offers a variety of winter-ready activities!

Only a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Seattle, Washington, Leavenworth offers more than just local charm. During the wintery season, Leavenworth hosts its own version of a holiday paradise, known as the Lighting Festival, where every tree, bush, and building light up for all the world (and space) to see! It’s free of charge, but only occurs on November 24th, 25th, and 26th, so be sure to check it out!

Leavenworth even has its own ski and snowboard range, with a wide array of activities, from skiing, snowboarding, tubing, Nordic hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing. Though they’re currently closed, check back frequently for updates to their website.

Considered a “gem of the wilderness,” the Goldmyer Hot Springs are nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, approximately 25-miles east of North Bend, Washington. Though limited to only 20 people per day, these springs are an excellent place to unwind and indulge in the naturalness of the surrounding areas.

Visit their website for all the information and to make a reservation!

The Greater Seattle Area plays host to a myriad of indoor, recreational activities, including museums, arcades, indoor community centers, public libraries, and shopping centers – and these activities are great for the day to day, but sometimes we just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city!

What are your favorite places to plan a day trip to?

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3310 Claremont Avenue South #A, Seattle • MLS# 1207952
$585,000 • 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1,275 Square Feet

Enjoy an eco-friendly lifestyle in this quality 4-Star Built Green home by reputable MacFarlane Homes. Entertain or relax in a light-filled great room layout with warm hardwoods, designer tile, and a sleek kitchen with custom Bellmont cabinets. A modern barn door reveals the master bedroom with walk-in closet and chic en suite bath. A second bedroom and full bath offer additional flex-space. Park in your reserved spot, grab a bite in Columbia city, or stroll to the Mount Baker Light Rail Station.

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

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1800 NE 40th Street ##303, Renton • MLS#1214883
$315,000 • 2 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,087 Square Feet

Nestled alongside lush, natural scenery in the sought-after Williamsburg complex, this prime top floor end unit awaits you. Its spacious one-level layout offers lofty 9-foot ceilings and plush new carpeting. Cozy up to the gas fireplace in the living room, or step out and enjoy the view from the back balcony. The well-laid-out kitchen is a delight with clean white cabinets and a generous breakfast bar overlooking the open dining area. Retreat to your gracious master suite with walkin closet and private ¾ bath. A second bedroom and full hallway bath provide additional flex space. Enjoy ultimate convenience with a full size washer/dryer and easy elevator access to your 2-car garage. Commuting is a breeze from this fantastic location—just moments away from I-405 and the VMAC training facility. Welcome home!

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

5 Poke Places in King County’s Eastside

5 Poke Places in King County’s Eastside

We’ve all seen trends come and go, and one sizzling trend right now is Poke. A “raw fish salad,” Poke is traditionally served as an appetizer, but this hot new trend features this meal as a main course – and tons of eateries are taking hold!

These hot and new eateries often feature a “Choose Your Own” or “Step” business model, where you can choose your base, proteins, mix ins, sides, sauces and toppings. Sound delicious? If you enjoy fish, it totally is! And even if you don’t, many stores offer vegetarian options, such as tofu or potato.

Big Island Poke is making a splash in Renton’s downtown district. Created by one of the founders of the People of the Chubbs food truck, this restaurant offers poke in Big Island Fashion, including the fact that much of their ingredients come from Hawaii! This up and coming shop says, “their current roster… is just the beginning.” So, don’t be afraid to ask for something different, and unusual!

Another highly regarded, Eastside poke bar is Just Poke. This “flavorful and fresh” establishment offers more than just chicken, tuna, salmon, and shrimp! Try their tofu, sweet potatoes, unagi, and tako! This #PNW inspired cuisine offers more than traditional poke, but strives towards innovation, supplemented with locally sourced ingredients.

In the heart of Bellevue, you’ll find MIX Poke Bar. Using the basics of their one-two-three-four-mix method, they create a solid foundation where you can curate your own, individual flavor. Try something different, or stick to the basics – it’s up to you!

Sleek and modern, Hello Poke is pushing poke to the limit in Redmond, Washington. With tons of toppings, you can easily make ten “usuals” or just add everything into the mix! What more could you ask for than super friendly service and a variety of fresh ingredients.

Do you enjoy poke? What are your favorite places?

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3209 15th Avenue South, Seattle • MLS# 1215653
$750,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 2,507 Fin. Sq. Ft. • 5,800 Lot Size

Classic charm meets modern convenience in this light and lovely North Beacon Hill home. Gather around the upgraded gas fireplace, serve meals in the spacious dining room, or relax in the huge lower level bonus room. The remodeled kitchen is a cook’s delight with stainless steel appliances, sleek stone surfaces, and dining nook with French doors to the deck. Three upstairs bedrooms plus a 4th on the main offer space and privacy for everyone.

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

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12903 SE 38th Street, Bellevue • MLS# 1216107
$399,000 • 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1,023 Square Feet

Move right in to this quiet, west-facing Newport Court end unit featuring fresh paint, carpeting, and more. Relax or entertain with a fireside living room, adjacent dining area, and covered balcony. Overlooking it all is an open kitchen with updated stainless appliances and handy breakfast bar. Retreat to your spacious master suite with full bath and walk-in closet. The second bedroom offers a continental bath also has a walk-in closet. Stroll to T-Mobile, Swedish Medical, Starbucks, restaurants and Factoria Mall. Close to I-90/I-405 access, too!

For more information, please contact Julie Baker.
JulieBaker@Windermere.com • 425.644.2933 • JulieBakerRealEstate.com


10 Shopping Centers of the Greater Seattle Region

10 Shopping Centers of the Greater Seattle Region

We’re getting into the best (or worst) time for seasonal shopping, and although there is much you can purchase online, stores are creating sales and pre-sales to combat their dwindling retail shop industry. It can also be a good time to verify sale prices and stock up on things that are typically more expensive throughout the year!

These 11-local shopping center are great for getting out of the house, or finding that last wish list item.

In the center of Downtown Seattle, you’d fine the massive shopping district, including Westlake Center, Pacific Place and surrounding buildings, housing retailors, such as Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Nike’s Seattle location. Westlake Center is a 4-story, glass-enclosed shopping center, that includes tons of eateries and retailors, while Pacific Place is a small mall, offering Seattle’s premier boutiques.

Nestled between the University District and Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood, you’ll find the University Village Shopping Center. This largely outdoor shopping area has been beautifully designed to incorporate the experience of shopping with the quaint shops that call this “Village” home. Comprised of dozens of retailors, including glassybaby and Mercer & Co., this mall offers ample parking and is within walking distance to public transportation and various Seattle neighborhoods.

Further north, in the Northgate neighborhood, you’ll find Northgate Mall. A Simon Mall, Northgate offers a variety of retailors and boutiques, including Macy’s and Forever XXI. Though Northgate in and of itself is of substantial size, encompassing over 130 stores, its proximity to the Regal Cinemas at Thorton Place and the Northgate North building only adds to the opportunity.

Moving further north, towards Lynnwood, you’ll find the newly reimagined Alderwood Mall and surrounding shopping centers. Touted as Snohomish County’s largest mall, this mall comprises over 165 stores and 1.5 million square feet of retail space. The space went through major renovations in the early 2000s and it remains a major mall for north end dwellers.

Redmond’s dual-level, outdoor shopping mall offers tons of beauty and opportunity for consumers. Offering more than 110 shops restaurants, lodging and entertainment options, Redmond Town Center comprises six buildings, most of the shopping in the main hub of Center Street Plaza and the Macy’s and REI buildings.

The bustling city of Bellevue, offers three malls, including the Bellevue Collection and Bellevue Square Mall, Crossroads Bellevue, and Factoria Mall. Though technically not the largest in Washington, Bellevue Square Mall does offer 1.3 million square feet of retail space and comprises over 180 stores. It’s adjoining buildings, such as Lincoln Square, offer more opportunity for dining and play. Bell-Square, as local call it, is known for its high-end retailors, including Armani Exchange and Hugo Boss.

Both Crossroads Bellevue and the Marketplace at Factoria are considerably smaller than other local malls, but they both have a lot to offer. Crossroads is a plethora of culture and eating, surrounded by family-friendly fun, exercise facilities, and retailors, including Old Navy, Pier 1 Imports, and Daiso Japan. The Marketplace at Factoria offers retailors such as Target, the Nordstrom Rack, and Old Navy, but they also have a ton of surrounding eateries and shops.

The Marketplace at Factoria is located a block away from Newport High School, Crossroads is approximately 1.5-miles from Bellevue’s Interlake High School, and the Bellevue Collection is less than a mile from Bellevue High School. These close proximities make these malls a go-to for after school activities and gettogethers.

The Westfield-Southcenter Mall, formerly known as Southcenter Mall, is the largest shopping center in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. Comprising over 215 stores and 1.7 million square feet of retail space, Westfield Mall offers a wide array of shopping opportunities from food and clothing, to beauty and home décor.

Federal Way’s regional shopping mall, offers over 90 stores, full-service restaurant, and arcade, and cineplex! As Federal Way’s only mall, the Commons at Federal Way and its surrounding plazas offer the majority of the area’s shopping.

Down the hill into Auburn, you’ll find another massive shopping center, known as the Outlet Collection Seattle and remains the largest outlet mall in the Pacific Northwest. Comprised of 140 stores and about 945,000 square feet of retail space, the Outlet Collection has gone through major additions and renovations since the early 2000s, including a half-dozen strip malls.

Whether you’re shopping for you mother, father, sister, brother, spouse, child or best friend, you can surely find, make, or bake something that will brighten their day!

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6730 West Mercer Way, Mercer Island • MLS# 1215905
$1,400,000 • 4 Bedrooms + Den/Office • 3 Bathrooms • 3,140 Square Feet • 19,754 Lot Size

Set on nearly half an acre of beautifully landscaped grounds, this iconic Northwest Contemporary lives in harmony with its serene surroundings. Gather friends around the fireside in the light-filled living room―its dramatic windows rise up to meet a soaring open-beam ceiling. Dinner is served just around the corner in the spacious dining area. Overlooking it all is a comfy office/bonus loft with brick fireplace and slider to the upper deck.

Cooking is a joy alongside wide views in the roomy, open kitchen with double ovens, plenty of cupboard space, and sunny breakfast nook. Step out for summer barbecues on the back deck, or spend winter evenings around the cozy Vermont Castings wood stove in the adjacent family room.

At the end of the day, your master suite is a peaceful retreat with bright white open beam ceilings, mountain views, and an ensuite ¾ bath. Three more bedrooms plus a full hallway bath complete the upstairs.

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


2957 142nd Avenue SE, Bellevue • MLS# 1215515
$500,000 • 3 Bedroom • 2.75 Bathrooms • 1,392 Square Feet

This spacious condo is set in an unbeatable location just steps away from Bellevue College and near the Eastgate Park & Ride. Its lightfilled layout lives large with a soaring 2-story living room and dramatic windows overlooking natural scenery and sunsets. Open gathering spaces flow to the bright kitchen. Step out to the deck, or head upstairs to two bedroom suites. A main floor bedroom is great for guests or a den!

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

Grab Your Children and Try These 5 Rainy Day, Seattle-centric Activities

Grab Your Children and Try These 5 Rainy Day, Seattle-centric Activities

The clothes are in the dryer? Check. Coffee’s brewing? Check. The kids are dressed. Well, sort of, but that’s about as good as it’s gonna get this morning. Then you look outside, and notice Seattle’s grey season is back in full swing. What are you supposed to do? How are you supposed to keep these kids entertained?

We’ve got you covered!

Seattle is brimming with places to go and things to see. You just have to know where they are – and put that shoe back on your child’s foot…

What are they, you ask? Let’s jump right into it!

Encourage your child’s love of reading and spend the day in the architectural gem otherwise known as the Seattle Public Library. Beautiful from the inside out, this public piece offers a massive children’s center with books, computers, story time and a café cart for snacks (just in case you left the bag by the front door!) And don’t worry, there are tons of Public Libraries throughout the Greater Seattle Region, so there’s bound to be one near your neighborhood!

Does your child love arcade games? Gameworks in Seattle is great for entertaining people for hours on end and although they have a ton of newer games, they still have the classics, just in case your nostalgia is getting the better of you!

The Seattle Center remains the hub of Seattle entertainment, especially considering their stomping ground comprises the Pacific Science Center, the Chihuly Garden and Glass, the Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Seattle Children’s Museum, the Space Needle, the Museum of Pop Culture, the Seattle Center Skatepark and tons of other notable pastimes.

But, even if you don’t want to spend money, the beauty surrounding the Seattle Center Campus is astounding. A half-dozen grassy and lush fields provide hours of fun and their outdoor art pieces are worth the walk in the Seattle rain.

Staying active during the winter season can be difficult, but this difficulty is made easier by indoor gym facilities that cater towards a hearty workout and tons of age-indiscriminate fun! Stone Gardens, the Seattle Bouldering Project and Seattle’s REI are great rock-climbing facilities that offers adult and child-style options. Emerald City Trapeze Arts, the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, and the Seattle Gymnatics Academy are also places where you can enjoy new experiences. These locations are great places to watch your kids have fun, learn a new skill, participate in exercise (even if they don’t know it!) and pass the day away!

Want to play, but don’t want to pay? Several malls in the surrounding area offer play areas for FREE, including the Kids Cove in Bellevue Square, the Pirate Ship at Bothell’s Country Village, a covered play area at U-Village, and the play center at Westfield Mall (Southcenter).

These places are great for the mind and body, so try them out and find the best places for your child!

What are your favorite places to do on a rainy, Seattle day?

The Ultimate Trail Guide to the Greater Seattle Region

The Ultimate Trail Guide to the Greater Seattle Region

Even through the development and construction, Seattle and the Greater Seattle Area remain an idealistic place for outdoorspeople and our growing population of cyclists. Grabbing your bicycle and hitting a trail can be both exhilarating and allow you to explore a different side of the city.

The local enthusiasm for cycling isn’t misguided, as it serves multiple purposes and provides hours of entertainment and exercise. This ultimate bike guide will help you find the right one in your area – right outside your front door!


  • The Alki Trail. This 5.5-mile trail runs the peninsula of West Seattle along the water. Though patrons suggest you “watch for roots”, this trail is excellent for bicyclists in the city!
  • Though the Burke-Gilman Trail runs from Seattle to Bothell, this trail is a local mainstay. It’s 18.8 miles is not for the faint of heart, but it proves an exhilarating ride!
  • Comprised of asphalt, the Chief Sealth Trail is a 4-mile trail is great for urban-dwellers. If you live in South Seattle, you could probably walk to a trailhead from your home!
  • The I-90 Trail is one that is most frequented by commuters from or to the Bellevue or Seattle. At 8.8-miles, it gets in that morning exercise without setting back your days’ progress. It’s paved and well-maintained and offers wonderful views of Lake Washington.


  • The Cedar River Trail extends from Renton’s Cedar River Park into Hobart. At 15.7-miles, the trail is largely paved, but the last stretch passed the Maple Valley Trailhead comprises packed gravel.
  • This Bellevue trail, otherwise known as the Coal Creek Trail, is great for beginners who want to stay close to home. At 3.7-miles, this Bellevue to Newcastle hike comprises a dirt, grass, and woodchips surface along wide paths and a steep façade.
  • The Cross-Kirkland Corridor is in a forward trajectory, meaning the city of Kirkland sees a bright future in the form of corridor expansion. This trail currently rests at 5.8 miles and stays within the Kirkland limits.
  • The Issaquah-Preston Trail proves an endearing 4.8-mile trek through the urban wilderness. Though on the short side of Pacific Northwest trails, its largely unused and you can often find yourself the only person out!
  • The North Creek Trail is in Snohomish and stands at 7.8-miles. A step through nature, you can often birdwatch and see the abundant wildlife sifting through the underbrush.
  • Redmond is known for many things, including the Redmond Central Connector. At 2.4-miles, it’s a great way to connect the Sammamish River and Bear Creek Trails and enjoy a little loop into downtown Redmond.

North End

  • This 7.25-miles, known as the North Creek Trail, proves a beautiful display of the PNW wetlands. Abundant with nature and wildlife, you’ll be sure to find the natural beauty and feel your pressures whisked away.
  • From Bothell to Redmond, the Sammamish River Trail connects the north end with the Eastside, via this 11-mile trail. It’s a proven love of local, depicted by its heavy weekend use and well-maintained passages.
  • One of the more bolstered trails on this list, the Snohomish County Centennial Trail rests at 30.5-miles. Some segments can be fairly busy, so make sure to keep an eye out for other patrons.

South End

  • This waterside trail offers beautiful Puget Sound views and the aroma of salty water and shoreside pine trees. The Des Moines Creek Trail connects various beachfront parks, where additional challenges and mountainous terrain can be sought.
  • Running from Tukwila to Kent, the Green River Trail runs the entre 19.6-mile span. Touted for it being a “great place for exercise” and “peaceful”, the trail is excellent for cyclists of all types.
  • The Foothills trails span from Puyallup to Enumclaw and comprise roughly 30-miles. It’s clean and great for any type of ride.
  • The Soos Creek Trail run 6-miles from north to south, in Kent, Washington. A well-paved and maintained trail, the Soos Creek offers tons of scenery and numerous trailheads – some very close to you Kent home!

Even Further Out…

  • Though not exactly in our backyard, this destination-bike trail is great for getting out of the city for a day. The Chehalis Western Trail is 21.2-miles and connects every major town in Thurston County, including our capitol, Olympia.
  • The Interurban Trail is one that spans a great distance, approximately 42-miles and from Everett all the way down to Fife, and is distinguished by a “North” and “South” designation. Largely comprised of asphalt paving, this trail is great for beginners, intermediate, and advanced cyclists.
  • The Cushman Trail is great for people looking for a challenge. Although it isn’t entirely challenging, it offers a bit of variety nestled between beautiful backdrops and the smell of northwestern pine.

The Pacific Northwest and the Greater Seattle area is abundant with cyclists, and our cities are further accommodation of a new favorite pastime. Endless more can be found on the local city websites and Washington State Trails Association website.

Think we missed an important trail? Leave the name in the comments below!


10+ Things to Do During Seattle’s Chilly Season

10+ Things to Do During Seattle’s Chilly Season

The snowy season is nearly upon us, and the rain has already started pouring from the skies. The Greater Seattle Area has become a hub for people from across the nation – and the world – to gather and call home, but what are we supposed to do during these seasons?

Beaches and outdoor pools can be chilly, and hiking can be muddy after a hearty, rainy day. What isn’t?

Embrace the high-altitude and snowy conditions at Snoqualmie Pass and although none of the passes aren’t open right now, it’s nearly the season. Check and double-check your gear, buy new or check out used shops for new equipment, and order your tickets and schedule time to get the best deals on the hill!

Don’t know or haven’t ever been? Check out the lessons tab on the Summit at Snoqualmie website! And don’t forget about the tubing options for “pure fun” and excitement.

If you aren’t feeling the outdoors, you should check out the many indoor activities throughout the region, including the Pacific Science Center, the EMP, Seattle or Bellevue Art Museums, the Museum of Flight, or any of the dozens of other indoor and educational activities throughout the region. The Seattle Aquarium is also covered and/or indoors for many of their exhibits!

Staying active during the colder months can prove difficult, but these fun places make it easy for the entire family. Stone Gardens or the Seattle Bouldering Project are great ways to stay active during the climbing off-seasons and learn some new techniques.

Arena Sports is another great place to stay active and out of the rain. Though geared towards soccer fans and participants, they also have the Inflatable FunZone, classic bowling, rock climbing, arcade games, and “lazer” tag! They even have party rental spaces, offer camps and classes!

Tip: The Winter season is when many people indulge in these types of activities. Try to miss the rush by calling and asking for the businesses busiest times. Who knows, they might even offer discounts for off-peak patrons!

Visit the PNW’s very own Bavarian Village in Leavenworth. Including entertainment, crafts and lantern parade, Leavenworth is hosting another day-after Thanksgiving event to the nines! This all weekend event holds tradition in kind, and features delicious and authentic Bavarian foods and homemade delights.

Another favorite, local attraction is the beloved Pike Place Market. Newly renovated, this market is chalk-full of adventure. Lose hours walking down the halls, popping in to different shops, and even indulge at a local restaurant! They have endless events, so check out their calendar!

Take a hike at any of these mostly winter-ready places. Though you’ll need to bundle up and back a backpack, these places are great for enjoying nature and escape the pressures of the season. Be sure to check out its seasonal conditions, as some great summer-hikes are dangerous winter-hikes.

And, of course, don’t forget about the fun in your own backyard! Visit a new neighborhood playground, tube at the park down a grassy or snowy hill, and enjoy a controlled campfire from the comforts of your yard! And from walking distance to the kitchen for smores’ kits and hot chocolate refills!

In Seattle, Winter isn’t a time to recluse into your house and hideaway until Spring comes (unless that’s what you’re into), but enjoy the area in a different way! What are your favorite places on a rainy day?

5 Parks for Full-Fun & Recreation in Auburn, Washington

5 Parks for Full-Fun & Recreation in Auburn, Washington

A thirty-minute drive south, you’ll find Auburn, Washington. Nestled largely in the valley between Federal Way and Lee Hill, Auburn is a small city at the southernmost peak of King County. With a population of just over 70 thousand, Auburn is the fourteenth largest city in Washington State.

These five parks are touted as Auburn’s biggest and best, but what do you think?

Brennan Park is one of Auburn most “heavily used sports complexes” and is used by local public schools, including Cascade Middle School. A flat and open site that’s bordered to the east by the Green River. The park is otherwise surrounded by residential properties.

A massive sports arena, the park includes a baseball diamond, complete with lighted fields, a basketball court, soccer field, open play fields, a skate park, and play structure. Enjoy running or walking? The park offers a paved trail of .66 miles, but with such proximity to the Green River Trail, one can easily transition to the longer trail which winds through nineteen miles near the Duwamish Waterway.

Further south, along the State Route 167 highway, rests the Auburn Environmental Park. Touted for its expansive design, the reserve was formulated in 2004 and largely consists of Pacific Northwest wetlands. With a 1,200-foot elevated boardwalk, this park is comprised of 190.91 plus 16.84, for a combined 207-acres of open space.

Auburn’s premier, downtown park remains Les Grove Park.  A 20-acre greenspace, complete with multi-purpose building, extensive, children’s playground, acres of fields and meadows, and a paved walking or running trail. Discovery Playground remains a popular place for families to exert energy and enjoy the sunshine.

The park’s proximity to the White River Valley Museum, Auburn Library, and the Auburn Senior Activity Center make it a perfect place for learning, inspiration, and fun. The Auburn Community & Event Center is also located at Les Grove Park!

Game Farm Park is noted as one of Auburn’s largest and most-used community park. Like Brennan Park, the space is loaded with sports-related structures and advocates physical activity. Tennis courts, soccer fields, softball fields, basketball courts, and outdoor fitness equipment are among the activities offered. A one-mile walking trail circumvents most of the western park.

Barbecue grills and picnic shelters make this a create spot for local gettogethers. You can even rent a shelter for Fall, Winter, and Spring occasions!

And across the White River is the Game Farm Wilderness Park. Linked to the White River Trail, this park is largely natural, with interconnecting trails throughout the wooded paradise. This natural paradise was designed to connect our usual city-dwelling life with nature’s sounds of the white river and local wildlife.

The park offers a campground not-too-far from home and many of the areas have been tailored for both recreation vehicles and conventional camping. The White River remains the main spectacle for the visitors, as it runs along the western border, but other activities include an 18-hole Disc Golf Course, paved and dirt trails, a kids’ play area, and fishing.

Some of our favorite parts of nature, can be found not-to-far from home. Nature trails? Bird watching? Yup, they’ve got it! And all within a thirty-minute drive from both Seattle and Bellevue!

Regardless of what you’re searching for, these parks have it all: recreation, wooded walks, and family fun. What are some of your favorite southend parks?

9 Kid-Friendly Indoor Activities from Around the Greater Seattle Region

9 Kid-Friendly Indoor Activities from Around the Greater Seattle Region

Children are a world all in their own. They can create something out of nothing and have an endless amount of energy. And what we do with that energy is how we promote their development?

When we search the best place to take our children, we look for things like opportunity for social recreation, promotion of developmental skillsets and abilities, diversity in activity, and location and proximity to salubrious eateries (if there aren’t healthful foods there). Even if you’re packing foods for lunch, we often forget something, and need to pick something up last minutes.

A Bellevue staple, the KidsQuest Children’s Museum is a great way to indulge your child’s every sense. Whether a rainy day or not, your child will enjoy a few hours to paint, draw, feel, learn, and strategize in this super-innovative and interactive environment.

The Jungle Gym is an activity-dense center is a place for any child to “bounce, climb, flip, roll, zip, and swing.” With gymnastics, open gym, a climbing wall, and trampoline, this “fun & fit” gym creates a great environment to learn and play. Burien based, its location is right in the heart of downtown Burien and perfect to combine with a day-out, a summer Farmer’s Market, or as a pre-activity before checking out the library.

Located in Maple Valley, off Black Diamond Road, the Discovery Playtown proves an excellent place for kids to play veterinarian, beautician, grocer, fire-person, or explorer. Their designated “Toddler Corner” and their basic play area are excellent safe spaces for children to visit “playtown”.

“Ready. Set. Go!” A massive warehouse of inflatables, this Preston playhouse is great for birthday parties and people of all ages! Safe and clean, they have taller-than-tall slides and challenging obstacle courses, creating a secure environment for all to enjoy! Check out Kiz Bounce!

Great Play is another indoor activity-heavy recreation powerhouse, located in Redmond, Washington. From infancy to school-aged, they’ve numerous structures and activities to learn, play and have great fun! Grab a few friends or mark a playdate on your calendar!

Another Redmond, Washington hotspot is the Jumping Beak Indoor Playspace & Café. Bridges, ball pits, slides, and a Lego wall-building room completes this light and bright, kid-friendly hub! Like many other local places, they offer bulk-pricing for the entire family!

Ideal for littler children, Discovery Village is a great experience that both enriches the community and promotes healthy development. Open play is open 6 days per week, but they also offer preschooling, various events, and birthday hosting!

JuzPlay Kids is an active and dense environment, where children explore and play in an intuitive and cohesive atmosphere. Known as an imaginative way to promote healthy learning and exercise, this indoor playground supports creativity in everything they do.

This list couldn’t be complete without the Pacific Northwest powerhouse, Seattle Center. Seattle Center is a vast expanse that includes dozens of family-friendly recreation options that will keep you busy for weeks. It houses the Children’s Museum, Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Pacific Science Center, and the Museum of Pop Culture.

The Armory is great place to have lunch, and below is the Seattle Children’s Museum. You can lose hours here as you child runs from interactive activity, to skill-building, and back again!

Does your child have a winter birthday? Or just want to plan a playdate with a group of parents? These options are excellent – check out their websites and Yelp reviews!

Children are the childhood we keep on living. What are you favorite Fall-Winter activities to keep them happy, healthy, and active?

8 Nearby Washington Adventures

8 Nearby Washington Adventures

The Northwest is known for many things: 90s grunge music, caffeine-infused residents, and outdoor adventures. Whether you’re into extreme sports, or you’re more in the mellow side, Washington State has copious amounts of excitement. The Pacific Northwest is known for its beauty, complete with natural greenery and creatures crawling through the woodlands.

This list of eight fabulous nearby adventures, will give you the jumpstart you need to get up and going!

Paddle board or kayak into Green Lake, the Puget Sound, or Lake Washington and explore what you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do from land. There are endless opportunities to utilize your hand-launch boats – just make sure to check to see if it’s safe in the area you choose!

Washington’s Orca Whale watching has become a beautiful and eventful day to connect with our undersea friends. Many cruises not only search for whales, but other sea life you might find, including seals and bald eagles. From Port Angles to the San Juans, many companies offers extensive packages for your family!

We’ve all heard of the Snoqualmie Falls, but have you ever experienced them? As one of Washington’s “most popular scenic attractions,” the falls has over 1.5 million annual visitors. The Snoqualmie area offers trails for hiking, an observation deck, and lower lookout area, accessible by trail. They’ve a restaurant, two-acre park, and 270-foot waterfall, so check it out with the entire family!

Need to stay local? Try your mountain bike skills at Soaring Eagle Regional Park in Sammamish or Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park in Issaquah. Both areas have specific trails and jumps to put your skills to the test. Both areas are densely wooded, and Soaring Eagle is used by walkers and runners, too! These multi-use parks are excellent for a day out and about without leaving the area.

About eight years ago, rock climbing took the world by storm and many people have since partaken in the sport. Even if you don’t want to trek out to Rattlesnake Ridge to find some areas there, Seattle and the Eastside offers awesome resources for indoor rock climbing. All the physical and social fun, without the falling off a cliff!

Get your lessons or hours in with Seattle Paragliding off a ledge in Issaquah, Washington. As the freest form of flight, paragliding allows people to fly like a bird, explore expansive views, and enjoy hours and hours of flight-fun. Partner with a trained professional to soar in the skies!

Blue Sky Outfitters offers white river rafting excursions around Washington, including the Wenatchee River, Tieton River, and Methow River. Experienced and qualified guides, guide you down the river in the raft and offer tidbits of information about the area and rapids. They offer half and full-day outings and are great for summer fun!

Visit the seedy, Seattle Underground (Tour). As one of Seattle’s most historic attractions, the Seattle Underground has proved a thrilling adventure. Back in 1889, a fire ravaged a fledgling Seattle, causing massive destruction to buildings, homes, businesses, and people. With strict new building regulations, much of the underground area was forgotten, until Bill Speidel campaigned to save the area. He followed up by starting to guide tours in 1965. You can still schedule with Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour!

Washington and the Greater Seattle Region are brimming with fabulous activities. Why not try a few with your family and friends?

And if you’ve already been out and about, what are some of your favorite outdoor adventures?

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7121 34th Avenue Southeast, Seattle • MLS# 1190904
$950,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,510 Square Feet • 4,670 Lot Size

This stunning 2015 West Seattle modern home has it all: a rooftop deck with 180+ degree views of downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay and the Cascade Mountains; a large master suite with 2 walk-in closets; an open floor plan with tall ceilings and walls of windows to bring the outdoors in; and a 2-car garage. A perfect home for entertaining, but with an uncompromising layout featuring 4 bedrooms on one level. Third floor family / media room features an additional half bath and a slider out to rooftop deck. Proximity to Morgan Junction, Westwood Village and great access to parks, coffee shops and restaurants makes this a fantastic place to call home!

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


2246 81st Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island • MLS# 1192769
$1,875,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 4.25 Bathrooms • 3,940 Square Feet • 8,402 Lot Size

Designed for easy entertaining, this circular layout flows from the foyer to a spacious dining room and voluminous great room beyond. Gather or relax alongside the sleek gas fireplace in the living area. Travertine floors, coffered ceilings, premium millwork, custom hardwood built-ins, and fresh designer paint all lend a sense of chic elegance.

Dual sliders lead from the great room to a sunny entertaining patio—perfect for barbecues or playtime, with a backdrop of lush landscaping. A wrap-around deck and upper balcony provide even more space for outdoor enjoyment.

The kitchen is a chef’s delight with granite surfaces, ample cabinet space, massive island, 6-burner gas cooktop, dual ovens, and dual dishwashers. Catch up on work in the main floor den, kick back in the huge lower level rec room with kitchenette, or retreat upstairs where all 4 bedrooms are tucked peacefully together. The palatial master suite includes a romantic fireplace, sumptuous 5-piece bath, dream walk-in closet, and private access to the balcony.

This stunning, like-new home—originally the builder’s own residence—shines with top-of-the-line finishes and recent upgrades. You’ll love its beautifully landscaped setting and convenient North End location. Just across the street from the Park & Ride, it’s also close to restaurants, shopping, schools, parks, and I-90 access to Seattle or Bellevue. Welcome home!

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


701 1st Avenue North #403, Seattle • MLS# 1190883
$499,990 • 1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 738 Square Feet

This prime top floor unit offers views of the Space Needle and sparkling city lights. Cathedral ceilings and French doors bring in year-round natural light. Whether you are gathering with friends or relaxing alongside the gas fireplace, you’ll love the lofty, open layout.

Cooking is a delight in the stylish kitchen with sleek slab granite surfaces, updated appliances, designer lighting, and big breakfast bar. Look out to the soaring dining area and cozy living area beyond. At the end of the day, your master bedroom is a peaceful retreat with vaulted ceiling, more city views, and private access to the full, updated bathroom.

French doors open to a Juliet balcony and sweeping views of the city skyline. A community terrace offers gardens, seating, and views to the water & Olympics.

Set in the heart of Lower Queen Anne, this boutique building was designed by renowned local architect Stuart Silk. Stroll to cafés, dining hot spots, shopping, theaters, museums, and more from this ideal location—WalkScore dubs it a “Walker’s Paradise” with “Excellent Transit.” Amenities such as reserved garage parking and an exercise room make this a fantastic place to call home.

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


3316 81st Place Southeast, Mercer Island • MLS# 1192664
$1,425,000 • 3 Bedrooms • 3.25 Bathrooms • 3,468 Square Feet

Carefree living in the heart of Mercer Island! This light-filled corner townhome offers a spacious layout that lives like a traditional house. The current owners spared no expense in hiring Dyna Contracting to reimagine modern interiors with an open flair—a true jewel!

Entertain or escape with bright, integrated gathering spaces, an epicurean’s kitchen, cozy family room, and generous rec room with built-ins. Upstairs, an intimate library awaits you alongside your dream master suite. Close to I-90, shops and dining.

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

Top 10 Parks in Edmonds, Washington

Top 10 Parks in Edmonds, Washington

Edmonds has a plethora of play areas. From giant parks, to open spaces, neighborhood refuges, and beaches, Edmonds has a little bit for every type of person!

These ten Edmonds parks will keep you active – and with little to no effort!

Edmonds City Park: This 10-acre park was purchased in 1908, and has become a hub for locals. Picnic shelters, tables, fire pits, a pavilion, and gazebo offers covered spaces for Pacific Northwest weather. While a ballfield, horseshoe pits, trails, and field offer plenty of space for recreational enjoyment.

Marina Beach Park: A beautiful place for a day in the sun, this beachside park offers BBQ stands, picnic tables, benches, and a designated off-leash dog park offers fun for the entire family! A loop trail, open turf area, playground and volleyball net provide that beach-cozy comfort on warm summer nights.

Brackett’s Landing North: This beachfront park, is geared towards underwater diving, and west-facing views. A short jaunt down the walk display breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountain range.

Civic Center Playfield: The Civic Center Playfield is home to the Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish. Dual tennis courts, lit playfields, ample parking, play structure, a football & soccer field, skate park, and running/walking track offers a little bit of everything!

Pine Ridge Park: This 24-acre urban forest, consists of numerous walking trails and the many ducks that call this place home (or Goodhope Pond home). Leashed dogs are allowed on inner trails.

Maplewood Park: Miles of trails through Maplewood Park offer beautiful views of the natural northwest. A play area and picnic tables make it a hotspot for a day in the sun! Leashed dogs are allowed on the trails.

Lunds Gulch: Consisting of the trail system connecting Maplewood Park and the Puget Sound, Lunds Gulch was named after Lunds Gulch Creek.

Sierra Park: This neighborhood park offers a play area, basketball court, and baseball field, along with ample parking and a connecting trail.

Seaview Park: A small, community park offering dual tennis courts, a baseball and multipurpose field, as well as ample play space, and a children’s play area.

Southwest County Park: A 120-acre park and open space is held on the northern-most tip of Edmonds. Heavily forested, this park is open for trail goers, and nature enthusiasts alike.

These places offer nature excursions, sports arenas, beachfront access, bird & nature watching, trails for running and walking, and puppy fun!

5 All-Day Attractions Within Driving Distance

5 All-Day Attractions Within Driving Distance

Especially during summer, we hit a lull. The sun is out for an undetermined amount of time and we feel like we should enjoy it as much as we can. And we should, but how?

How many times can we walk around the neighborhood, lose our day in yardwork, or visit the park three blocks from our house? Sometimes, we just need to get out and forget about the pile of laundry we left on the couch.

This quick list of 5 favorite all-day excursions are great for the entire family, a group of friends, or just you flying solo for the day.

Zoos and aquariums are excellent ways to learn about the world around us, and beyond the confines of our usual day. It opens ours eyes to the life in the ocean, or in the jungles of Africa or Asia. Plus, we get to spend the day observing graceful creatures as they go about their day, take pictures of them and our families, and walk miles and miles without even noticing.

Take your children, a sibling, niece, or nephew, or just a group of friends! Local zoos and aquariums include, the Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Cougar Mountain Zoo, Northwest Trek, and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

During the hottest days of Summer, you may want to cool off with friends at our local water park: Wild Waves Theme & Water Park. Located south of Seattle, in Federal Way, the park is just off the freeway and offers ample parking throughout the day. Whether you like easy rides, or scary rides, their collection has you covered; and their water park is just as varied. With areas specialized for children and other attractions for one or group riding, you’ll always be guaranteed fun!

Speaking of the water, travel north to Whidbey Island or west towards the ocean. Ocean Shores, Long Beach, or any of the dozen or more oceanside options offer fabulous recreation and beach-going opportunities.

Want to frolic in the sand with your dog? Ocean Shores has a designated “dog beach”, but don’t worry, your favorite friend if allowed on-leash on the rest of the surrounding beaches. Want to try out a moped, peddling surrey, or beach-bike? Or perhaps a horse-ride on the beach? Local rental places offer tons of options! Or, just pal-around the tiny shops for awesome finds and saltwater taffy!

Awesome day trips, with beautiful views all the way along the drive, makes this the ideal, family (and dog) friendly trip! Pack lunch before going to save money and discourage stops along the way.

Our local scape also offers days away from people or want to try something new? Climb a mountain! Between the Olympic National Park, the Olympic National Forest, Capitol State Forest, Mount Saint Helen’s National Volcanic Monument, and Mount Rainier National Park, our local mountaineering options are limitless.

Looking for something a little more local? Check out Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, Squak Mountain State Park & Natural Area, or Tiger Mountain State Forest.

Whichever option you choose, there are trails and hikes for beginners to advanced hikers, so don’t think it’s all a 90-degree incline! Leave in the morning with your day pack, and you’ll be back after lunch with a full-days-worth of activity behind you!

Finally, check out the Seattle Waterfront. Seattle’s legendary “Great Wheel”, Waterfront Park, along with Pier 55 can keep you occupied all day. And it’s only a short walk away from the Pike Place Market and their recent major renovations. Food, shopping, recreation – they’ve got it. Or you can take an Argosy Cruise and check out life from the sea!

Regardless of what kind you’re searching for, the Pacific Northwest has a little bit of everything to offer.

What are your favorite day-trips and things to do in the area?

Shoreline, Washington’s Sound-Side Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

Shoreline, Washington’s Sound-Side Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

Living sound-side offers hundreds of water-based recreation, one of which is Shoreline’s Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. These sandy shores are located just north of Seattle and south of Edmonds, Washington. Nestled into a quiet neighborhood, this park offers a plethora of activity for the entire family.

Looking out over the Puget Sound from Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, you’ll see the breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountain Range. Ferries, cruise ships, and freighters can also be found in the water – which may prove a fun game with your children! “Who can spot the ship?” Fly your kite, soak in the salty air, or launch your kayaks! Though it isn’t usually too crowded, people love checking out the low-tide creatures and treasures!

Though the walk to the water is over train tracks, the path is made of concrete and well-maintained. Once across, you’ll enjoy beach access and picnic tables. It’s a great place for picnic on the beach, near a quiet day out and about!

Back over the tracks and towards the parking area, the park really comes alive. Paved paths lead from the main road, down to the parking area, but their kind of steep, so watch your step! These paths connect a children’s play area, fixed workout stations, and benches if you need a break. From the park entrance above, to the lower parking area, are over 180 steps, which makes it a great place for morning workouts!

Trails along the north side offers a little off-roading fun! An addition to the 180+ steps, these short hikes are great for getting in regular exercise!

Remarkably noted as a “hidden gem” close to the city, this Shoreline beach park is great for discovering critters on the beach, getting in a good sweat, and sunset views across the sound. Since the city skyscrapers are hidden by Discovery Park’s jettison into the Sound and Golden Gardens, this quiet park rests with only nature and houses within view!

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1430 Northeast 190th Street, Shoreline • MLS# 1178826
$514,000 • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1,110 Square Feet • 15,026 Lot Size

Charm and modern amenities beautifully collide in this better than new home. Enjoy open, 1-level living that maximizes space and perfects gatherings in the kitchen of your dreams—gleaming with quartz surfaces, stainless appliances, & white soft-close cabinetry. Outdoor possibilities abound with a deck, huge lawn, and garden beds. Retreat to 3 bedrooms, including a true master suite with remodeled en suite bath.

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


6527 35th Avenue Northeast #C, Seattle • MLS# 1177560
$649,700 • 3 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 1,380 Square Feet • 1,561 Lot Size

You’ll love living in this convenient location. Walking distance to coffee shops, grocery stores, parks, schools, and the library in minutes, or hop on a bus or bike for easy access to downtown, University of Washington, Children’s Hospital, and University Village. Kick back in your own fully fenced yard and enjoy the peaceful surroundings, or invite friends over for a summer BBQ. Many recent upgrades including appliances, furnace, tankless water heater, and 240V electric car charging station. No HOA dues!

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


15600 116th Avenue Northeast #M3, Bothell • MLS# 1178679
$350,000 • 2 Bedrooms • 1.5 Bathrooms • 1,036 Square Feeet

With move-in-ready finishes and a fantastic location, this is the one you have been waiting for! Bright, open spaces are dressed in tile, fresh carpet & designer paint. Cook with joy in the kitchen with slab granite surfaces & stainless steel appliances, step out to your private patio, or head upstairs to 2 spacious bedrooms. Covered parking is right outside your door, along with great amenities. Easy access to I-405, the Park & Ride and new Totem Lake Mall. Welcome home!

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


78XX Southeast 42nd Street, Mercer Island • MLS# 1176961
$1,250,000 • 15,001 Lot Size

Presenting this rare opportunity to build the home of your dreams, alongside other impressive premier residences! With sweeping, westernly views, this west location will take your breath away. Only 3 houses from street-end waterfront access, via Franklin Landing, this home makes beauty and convenience an effortless endeavor. A gently sloped hillside create an amazing canvas for your new, luxury home. Corners are marked and a survey is available.

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

7 Downtown Issaquah Eateries to Check Out!

7 Downtown Issaquah Eateries to Check Out!

Downtown Issaquah is a happening place. Old architecture blends with the new, creating a rich and tree-line atmosphere. Classic Light posts line the streets, while small and local shops and eateries line the sidewalks. Looking to step into history? Or just a new restaurant to try? Issaquah’s downtown area has what you’re searching for.

From cafes to bistros and gastropubs to fine dining, downtown Issaquah offers a unique balance of it all.

Fins Bistro offers a seafood inspired lunch and dinner selection, including crab cakes, mussels, and black and blue ahi. Other options include pancakes, sandwiches, salads, and chicken marsala. This seafood plus steaks restaurant mixes small-town flair with worldly delights!

The Umi Café, pronounced YOU-ME, is another fusion of the young and the old. With an ambiance that appeals to the masses, they’ve created a haven for everyone to feel welcome. With a touch of culture and a dash of serenity, this restaurant whisks you away as a “poignant reminder of our childhood”. Their largely Asian-Fusion inspired menu, offers a blend of Japanese classics and American favorite – but with an extra touch. They’ve even got rice bowls and bubble tea!

A tad more casual, Flying Pie Pizza, offers that classic family-owned jibe. Located in the heart of downtown Issaquah since 1997, this local pizzeria is known for hand and homemade pizza dough (the best kind!), fresh cut vegetables, and that “everybody’s welcome” atmosphere. Gluten-free? Vegan? Or just prefer soy-cheese? They’ve got you covered!

Another local favorite includes Montalcino Ristorante Italiano. Renowned for their fine food and wine, each dish is prepared with passion and tradition, nourishing you with the freshest and most high-quality Italian ingredients. Locally owned, the family imparts the tradition of Italy with their Italian imported wines. Their menu comprises a tasty blend of unique fares with classics!

With a modern flare, Levitate Gastropub bursts onto our list. Their fresh focus serves in proper Seattle fashion, given their locally sourced and “scratch” made fares. Their menu is split between lunch/dinner and brunch, including classics like waffles, biscuits and gravy, and chicken wings, whiles their own flare is added in dishes like Levitate Benny, the Levitate Burger, and Volcano Pork Shank! Sounds fun, huh?

Rounding off lunch and dinner options is Bukhara Bar & Grill. Classic Indian cuisine comes alive with traditional Indian spices. Including dishes from all four regions of India, Bukhara offers a diverse and complete opportunity to taste the differences in region and terrain. Their lunch includes a buffet, allowing you a taste of everything, while another option is picking your known, savory favorite!

You’ll find a real dessert in Yum-e Yogurt. Their first store opened in Maple Valley, not only making it a local restaurant, just over the mountains from downtown Issaquah. This second location, in Issaquah, opened in 2013 – the following year after opening their flagship. This delightful shop boasts a quality espresso and smoothie bar, plus a delicious cold treat alongside 80+ toppings!

Whether you’re shopping, or searching for a nummy new place to eat, Issaquah’s downtown district has variety for all!

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4535 Providence Point Place Southeast #404, Issaquah • MLS# 1177808
$375,000 • 2 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,285 Square Feet

Providence Point at its finest! Light, bright & pristine top floor condo at The Lodge. Gaze at the forest from your deck, or head to the clubhouse for fitness, putting, swimming, classes, shuttle service, or a game of tennis. Entertain friends surrounded by luxe-upgraded finishes including granite counters, maple cabinets, gas cooktop, built-ins, ceramic tile, designer lighting and coffered ceilings.

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


2929 76th Avenue Southeast #305, Mercer Island • MLS# 1176525
$350,000 • 1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 800 Square Feet

This immaculate, spacious 1-bedroom is ideally located just blocks to everything in Mercer Island’s growing downtown. New Seasons, farmer’s market, Pagliacci & Mio Posto are all right at your fingertips. Easy commuting from Park & Ride w/ Express buses to downtown & the Eastside (Light Rail now under construction). Unit features 800 SF of living space that flows seamlessly to private deck w/ views of the Cascades & Downtown Bellevue. Strong HOA with low dues, no rental cap, off-street parking & storage.

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


7228 West Mercer Way, Mercer Island • MLS# 1175502
$1,595,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 4 Bathrooms • 3,380 Square Feet • 16,191 Lot Size

Nestled on over ⅓ acre of sun-drenched privacy, this home offers beautiful upgrades and all the right spaces. Elegant, light-filled gathering areas flow intuitively to the updated kitchen—its slab granite surfaces and stainless appliances make cooking a delight. Kick back in the huge, fireside family room, or spend summer days in the dream backyard with deck, level lawn & play structure. A gracious master suite with travertine bath, 3 more upstairs bedrooms, plus a main-floor den/bonus room with fireplace provide space and privacy for everyone.

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

5 Outdoorsy Activities You Don’t Want to Forget in Sammamish, Washington

5 Outdoorsy Activities You Don’t Want to Forget in Sammamish, Washington

It’s summer, but it won’t last forever.

Washington summers are an excellent way to escape the usually chilly weather and indulge in your outdoorsy side. But, what is there to do?

The largely residential city of Sammamish is ideally located to offers a vast variety of sporty opportunities. Whether you’re a mountain biker, a fish out of water, or a runner, the city has something new and exciting around every corner.


Though the Lake Sammamish State Park is technically inside Issaquah’s city limits, it’s only a stone’s throw away from the Issaquah-Sammamish border. This newly reimagined park has everything from a boat launch, paddle sports rentals, beach front access for swimmers, to water skiing across the beautiful Lake Sammamish waves.


Don’t like the water? That’s not a problem either. This 510-acre state park offers 1.5 miles of biking trails, 1.5 miles of hiking trails, two baseball fields, soccer fields, bird watching opportunities, and even camping opportunities if you’re feeling so inclined. The ample parking isn’t too shabby either!

Issaquah has Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park not too far away, but Sammamish has Soaring Eagle Regional Park. At an astounding 600-acres, Soaring Eagle boasts the natural wonder of Pacific Northwest forests, wetlands, and genuine wildlife habitat. Twelve miles of regularly used trails and paths, ideal for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Since the paths are fairly flat and well-maintained, it’s perfect for families with baby strollers.

Another massive green space, is the Evans Creek Preserve. This 179-acre reservation offers meadows of wildflowers, wetlands, forested uplands, and 3.5 miles of trails. Though the trails are well-maintained, they zigzag through the natural landscape, and thus can be narrow, steep, or winding in some spots.

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The East Lake Sammamish Trail also runs around Lake Washington to the east, connecting the cities of Issaquah and Redmond. Though on its own it stands at 11 miles, it’s only a few blocks to connect to the Rainier Trail in Issaquah, or the Marymoor Connector Trail in Redmond, Washington.LiveOnGuides Photo Circle.jpg

Enjoy golfing? Both the Sahalee Country Club and the Aldarra Golf Club offer marvelous experiences. A gentle, rolling terrain with mountain and water views offers an inviting, welcoming, and genuine golfing experiences.

Dozens of other parks offer more opportunities, but these parks display the variety and diversity in Sammamish’s Parks and Recreation department, including Beaver Lake Park, Klahanie Park, and the Sammamish Commons. And don’t forget, Sammamish is only an Interstate-90 car ride away from Seattle, and the beautiful waterfront opportunities of the sound-side city!

What are your favorite summer activities?

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24138 Southeast 21st Street, Sammamish • MLS# 1174220
$750,000 • 3 Bedrooms + Den • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,250 Square Feet • 4,337 Lot Size

This bright and beautiful home in The Laurels offers a light-filled layout that is ideal for entertaining and quiet evenings alike. Gather friends around the fireplace in the living room, or cook with joy in the island-style kitchen with slab granite surfaces and stainless steel appliances. Upstairs, your master suite is a peaceful retreat with an en suite nursery/office, dream walk-in closet and 5-piece bath with corner soaking tub. Two more upstairs bedrooms plus a main-floor den provide space and privacy for everyone. Step outside to the arbor-lined patio and fenced play lawn. Serene location close to Beaver Lake Park, schools, restaurants, shopping, Starbucks and The Plateau Club golf course. Welcome home!

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

12 of Our Favorite Trail-Parks Within Seattle, Washington

12 of Our Favorite Trail-Parks Within Seattle, Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your local favorite trails?

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 Ways to Indulge in the Sun in Bellevue, Washington

5 Ways to Indulge in the Sun in Bellevue, Washington

The sun has been consistently shining for a few weeks now, and doesn’t appear to be letting up any time soon (yay!) This week, we’re heading into 80s territory some the weekend.

So, what have you been doing with all this Pacific Northwest sun-time?

As part of their expansion and growth plan, the city of Bellevue has written in several beautification projects to preserve the cities cityscape. Even with their expected growth, you can be assured natural beauty won’t be sacrificed.

What are some of those awesome outdoor activities?

Botanical Gardens

The Bellevue Botanical Gardens are an inner-city escape, surrounded by wildlife and Northwest foliage. This urban refuge is comprised of 53-acres of gardens, restored wood and wetlands, and only a short distance from your front door. Various trails guide your journey through the expanse, and offer a naturally serene oasis.

Check out their website, as they offer classes, plant sales, memberships, learning opportunities, and local events and celebrations.

Across the water from Mercer Island, rests Bellevue’s Mercer Slough Nature Park. With 7+ miles of trail, an environmental and visitors center, picnic areas, and waterfront area, with canoe launch, this park has it all. They even have a blueberry farm along the Heritage Loop Tail! You can purchase fresh blueberries, just like if you were at the Farmer’s Market!  Exploring over 320 of wildlife habitat may seem intimidating, but you may consider checking out their Guided Canoe Tours of Free Guided Ranger Walks.

Downtown Bellevue Park

Also along the water, near downtown Bellevue, is Meydenbauer beach Park. Although they are currently in Phase 1 of a massive re-design, they are planning a scheduled completion date of Fall 2018 – so, it’s only a year or so away. Keep up-to-date with their Planning & Development page. These new plans outline beautiful additions to the current trail and waterfront park attraction. Renovation include a viewing terrace, play area, beach house, PPV launch, whaling building, pedestrian pier, daylight channel, ravine, and area restoration.

Closer in, the Kelsey Creek Farm preserves the “country feel” native to the area. Built on 150 areas of meadows, forests, and natural wetlands, Kelsey Creek Farm give otherwise urban dwellers the opportunity to live in the city’s rural history. Sinking into the history of Kelsey Creek, the farm dates to the 1930’s. Home to ponies, sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, rabbits, and waterfowl, opportunities are endless with farm tours and classes!

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Day camps and farm programs offer opportunities for unique recreation, or learning a new hobby. You can even host your next company event or family reunion here! Their rental page has all the details.

Visiting this farm, is like stepping into history. By preserving the sites natural resources, the farm can provide rich, historical, and educational experiences.

While less than outdoors, the Crossroads Mall in Bellevue is centrally located. While enjoying the excursion of mall-walking, you can also venture over to the Bellevue City-Crossroad Park. Complete with a water-spray feature and playground, this area is perfect for families of all ages to enjoy, indulge, and play.

Family FunWith over 34 acres of amenities, which include (4) tennis courts, basketball courts, a skate bowl, picnic areas, jogging paths, water playground, par-3 golf course, seasonal community gardens, and a full-service community center, this park is packed with fun. Only a stone’s throw away from the Crossroads Mall, you can enjoy a leisurely day at the park, then cool-off and re-fuel inside! The Strawberry Festival is held here annually.

Both the Crossroads Community Center and the Bellevue Youth Theatre, both located at Crossroads Park,  offer artistic and active opportunities for children of all ages.

Now that we’ve made our way around the city will exiting activities in tow, what will you do? And if these don’t catch your fancy, which Bellevue or Eastside activities are your favorite standbys?

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2420 128th Avenue Southeast, Bellevue • MLS# 1158213
$1,150,000 • 5 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,620 Square Feet • 12,725 Lot Size

Welcome to this lovely home, ideally located near Woodridge Elementary. Hardwood floors flow through bright living and dining areas—perfect for entertaining or everyday. Cooking is a breeze in the cheerful kitchen with double ovens, gas cooktop, breakfast bar, and casual dining nook. A spacious master and two more main-floor bedrooms, plus a huge fireside rec room, two lower level bedrooms and an office provide plenty of flex space. The resort-style backyard includes a wide deck, lush landscaping, basketball court & table tennis. Close to swim clubs, trails, and parks & I-90/I-405 access.

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


8222 Northeast 110th Place, Kirkland • MLS# 1153691
$2,100,000 • 5 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • 4,960 Square Feet • 11,045 Lot Size

Savor stunning western Lake Washington views from this elegant yet inviting Juanita Point home. Masterfully crafted in 2008 with both practicality and panache, it offers an open great room layout that is ideal for glittering gatherings or lazy Saturday mornings. The cook’s kitchen—with massive granite topped island—offers every amenity, while entertaining is a joy on the covered main level view deck with gas barbecue and integrated audio.

Special features such as a soaring 2-story foyer, Brazilian Walnut (IPE) floors, lower level kitchenette, and three-floor elevator lend a pleasing sense of luxury.

At the end of the day, steal away to your sumptuous master suite with sitting room, gas fireplace and spa-like bath that opens to a private view deck for stargazing. Four additional bedrooms plus a study and rec room provide ample flex space to suit your lifestyle. With a home this pristine, there’s nothing to do but move right in and live large…

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

5 Local Shops on Mercer Island You’ve Got to Check Out

5 Local Shops on Mercer Island You’ve Got to Check Out

Mercer Island is a small town, amidst two large cities. Bellevue and Seattle have their own style of local charm, much of which is derived from their rich history. But, what about Mercer Island?

In search of new novel? Island Books has been selling favorites since 1973, and are coined as the only independent bookstore serving Mercer Island. And have been such for over 40 years. Their quaint shop has classics, modern bestsellers, and a magical children’s’ section, complete with playhouse! PJ Story Times are a local, mid-week favorite! From crawling to running, many children (and grandchildren) have grown up wondering the halls of this local spot.

“Hip Clothing.” Those are two words that define this brick and mortar boutique: Hip Zephyr. Knowledgeable and honest staff will willfully help you complete your distinct style – whatever that style may be!

Chick’s Shoes & Service is another family owned and operated store, established in 1949. Over the years they’ve been recognized as a legacy of high quality, reputable, and full-service shoe shop. Attached to their shop repair, they have a retail section, serving brands such as Filson, Danner, Neos, and PW Minor.

Custom, pre-arranged, and wedding arrangements? The Mercer Island Florist has you covered! For over 55 years, the Mercer Island Florist has served Mercer Island and the surrounding areas. With an objective to continually surpass expectations, they handcraft the highest quality floral products. Like many regional retailers and restaurants, they make a concerted effort to support locally and domestic flower growers!

Featuring a spectacularly large selection of bird accoutrement, Denise’s Parrot Place is a one stop shop for everything bird-related: quality, organic foods, safe and creative toys, and new and innovative specialty products. But they don’t stop there! They also offer bird boarding, grooming, and in-store consultations.

Mercer Island is a community drive city, with “small-town” roots. Though their locale and population may argue, this true island community is consistent with preservation, quality education, and community engagement.

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7560 Southeast 71st Street, Mercer Island • MLS# 1188695
$2,189,000 • 5 Bedrooms • 3.5 Bathrooms • 5,040 Square Feet • 14,420 Lot Size

Plug and Play… just in time to enjoy all that our Pacific Northwest summers have to offer! This sun-drenched home has it all – protected western views, coveted neighborhood & flexible spaces galore. Situated on a third of an acre, this Northwest Contemporary home, designed by architect Reid Morgan, captures the expansive lake views with soaring ceilings, clean lines, and walls of windows which highlight the modern living and dining spaces that flow seamlessly to the expansive deck for graceful entertaining.

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

5 North End Activities in Mercer Island, Washington

5 North End Activities in Mercer Island, Washington

What is something we all cherish, but don’t always indulge in? Finding our perfect recreation spots as close to home as possible. Why not hyper-focus close to home?

Mercer Island is a community of close-knit families, all striving towards similar goals: quality education, preservation of our natural beauty, and family. Some of the many ways they accomplish these things, is by providing top-tier public education, numerous parks, open spaces, and scenic roadways, and the year-round family-focused festivals and celebrations.

But, what do you do with the rest of your time?

The town center of Mercer Island is diverse and serves as the city’s celebration epicenter. Alongside our humble, downtown area is Mercerdale Park, a trailed open space, with large, grass field for play, and summer and music festivals.

East of downtown is the Gallagher Hill Open Space. A heavily treed space, there are two short interconnecting trails that run through and alongside the I-90 Express.

Northwest and across I-90, you will find the renowned Luther Burbank Park. This massive park has room for all and spaces for everything. Whether you’re booking at room at the Mercer Island Community & Events Center, visiting and participating in the Mercer Island Pea-Patch Community Garden, playing tennis, or any number of other activities.

Remember when I said everyone? I think I’ve forgotten someone…

Luther Burbank is also equipped with a multi-acre off-leash dog park. The main portion offers a beachside area, in addition to a smaller small dog portion. Sand and the shores of Lake Washington provide ample activity for you and your furry best friend. Tired of the sand? Check out Calkins Point, or any of the large green spaces or miles of paved/gravel paths.

Even further west is the Aubrey David Park and the I-90 Lid Park. An excellent choice for the entire family, the Aubrey David Park bestows sweeping Seattle views, two softball fields, four tennis courts, 2 playground areas, 2 outdoor basketball courts, plenty of open space to roam, and a picnic shelter for gatherings.

Looking for a bite to eat? How about the Roanoke Inn? Originally built in 1914 by George Macguire, the Roanoke Inn holds the title of the oldest business on Mercer Island. Built a block away from the old ferry terminal, the inn served as hub for locals and visitors alike.

Built on a reputation of delicious delights, a welcoming atmosphere, and variety, the inn 1914 ethics, rings true today. Though it’s adapted through the years, it still acts of local attraction for locals and visitors from across the water and beyond. The Roanoke Inn was registered as a historical landmark in 1976.

Mercer Island is a city rich with culture, history, and beauty. Whether you live on-island or across the bridge, the island serves as a fabulous place to visit, live, and dream.

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Windermere Mercer Island


3607 81st Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island • MLS# 1134546
$1,100,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,780 Square Feet • 11,182 Lot Size

Set on the Island’s convenient Northend, this Lucas Hill daylight rambler offers an open, big-sky feel and partial Lake Washington views. Its large corner lot with level backyard ensures abundant privacy, captures all-day sun for your favorite garden projects and basks in golden sunsets. The possibilities to update this nicely maintained home or make plans to build new are limited only by your imagination. Stroll to downtown Mercer Island, parks, schools, restaurants and shopping. This location is also amazingly convenient to buses, the Mercer Island Park ‘n Ride and east/west I-90 access to Seattle or Bellevue.

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


2708 70th Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island • MLS# 1131101
$1,395,000 • 3 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,670 Square Feet • 11,899 Lot Size

Feel on top of the world in this classic daylight rambler, perched on a beautiful lot with 180° lake, city and mountain views. Gather with friends in spacious living & dining rooms, or cozy up to the wood stove in the garden view atrium. The bright kitchen features ample cupboard space and a windowed breakfast nook. Two bedrooms are together on the main, with a third bedroom downstairs.

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


4239 93rd Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island • MLS# 1134662
$1,250,000 • 5 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 3,120 Square Feet • 7,262 Lot Size

This immaculate one-story with basement is set in a great location on the north end of Mercer Island. Remodeled great room with newer hardwood floors, gas fireplace, built-in cabinetry and spacious dining area. Stunning new kitchen offers beautiful cabinets, center island, silestone countertops, prep sink, tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances (including two DCS ovens), designer lighting, and large walk-in pantry. Spacious master bedroom plus 4 additional bedrooms, with two featuring hardwoods under the carpeting. Huge lower level rec room with fireplace, plus an extra finished room for your office or workout room. French doors open to the new backyard with oversize patio, play lawn and in-ground sprinkler system. Move into a home that feels fresh and bright with an updated kitchen, remodeled great room and new backyard. Walk to the High School!

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

The Landing A-Z in Renton, Washington

The Landing A-Z in Renton, Washington

In the early 2000s, Renton surged with a huge uptick in both population and construction endeavors. One of those many endeavors, was the optimization of the Landing. The Landing is an expansive outdoor shopping and eating area in Renton, near the Sunset exit off I-405. This clean and pleasant urban village offers shopping, eating, and recreational opportunities.

Start your morning off with a workout at L.A. fitness, a manicure at Cacie Nails, or a massage at one of the salons and spas they offer. After which, you can enjoy in a day of leisure and recreation.

Whether you’re window shopping or on the hunt for something, the Landing has numerous retail shops that may have what you’re searching for! Pet supplies? PetSmart has you covered! Everyday essentials? Target is right there! Hosting a party? Everything Party has got it all! From clothing, to office supplies, to puppies, to sending a package, the Landing has a little bit of everything with a beautiful, walkable scenery.

Once you’ve finished shopping – or you need a break – there are over 20 restaurants for you to choose form. Whether you’re on-the-go or wanting a formal experience, the Landing has many options to choose from.

After dinner, wonder over to Regal Cinemas to see one of the many movies they always have playing! This state-of-the-art facility has 14 screens, 3D capabilities, and comfy seating!

For many in the Renton and surrounding areas, the Landing has become a staple for weekend (and weekday) leisure and errands alike! Multiple bus routes travel through the Landing, so it’s easy to get to, and they have plenty of parking. Check out their events page for upcoming holiday specials!

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424 Seneca Avenue Northwest, Renton • MLS# 1148200
$600,000 • 5 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,650 Square Feet • 7,682 Lot Size

Experience the thrill of the view! With expansive windows overlooking sweeping vistas of Lake Washington and the Renton valley from your living area, this lovely mid-century home is perched above it all. Its bright, open layout is perfect for gathering with friends or just kicking back by the cozy floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace. On sunny days, the spacious back deck beckons you to step out and savor the view.

Discover ample space for your lifestyle with three bedrooms all on the main, plus two more bedrooms and a huge fireside rec room downstairs. 590 square feet of bonus unfinished storage space offers even more potential for a shop, wine cellar or workout room.

Situated on a peaceful street, this sunny setting is a tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle. Its private lot lives large with plenty of space to garden and play. Enjoy convenience, too—schools, parks, shopping & freeway access are all just minutes away. With a newer roof and fresh paint, this home is all ready for you to move right in. Add your own stamp of creativity or keep its original mid-century charm.

For more information, please contact Nancy LaVallee.
Nancy@Windermere.com • 206.383.9227 • NancyLaVallee.com

Must-Visit Eateries in Fremont, Seattle

Must-Visit Eateries in Fremont, Seattle

Fremont is a beautiful community, nestled just north of Queen Anne, across the Fremont Cut of the Ship Canal in the city of Seattle. Though mostly amassed by various neighborhoods, Fremont also holds a bustling shopping district centered on Fremont Avenue North just north of the Fremont Bridge.

Because of their booming in industry, their downtown area has flourished, including many new and exciting restaurants and cafes. This list goes over 12 awesome places for you to check out!

Fremont Coffee Company: Passion and simplicity combine, creating artisan-roasted, Fair Trade, and organic coffee. Whether you’re coming in for a sip or a whole bag, each cup will tangle you delicious aromas, and a smooth, sweet, and tangy taste.

Pelmeni Dumpling Tzar: A wild and expansive menu greets you here. With salads, fries, and of course dumplings, they will envelope you in a world away.

The Red Door: A local favorite since 1988, this place holds both history and taste. Their menu has a little bit of everything, from burgers and salads, to wings and local seafood – always sustainable, of course!

El Camino: A fixture in Fremont for over 20 years, this restaurant serves authentic and homemade Mexican cuisine, with vibrancy and freshness in every bite! Their beautiful menu creates a dynamic that is both complex and enticing!

Eve: Dedicated to both beauty and nutrition create a food that is both unrefined and delicious.

Yellow Dot Café: A unique experience, every time, this café breathes life into the humdrum of our mornings. Their expansive menu accommodates any hungry person – as well as a spectacular coffee bar!

Falafel Salam: Authentic and bold flavors, made from local and fresh ingredients, create a genuine experience. Think organic, free-range meats, sustainable sourcing, and a fun work culture and you will epitomize this company.

Jai Thai: This family-style restaurant offers a culinary journey to Thailand, all in the comfort of Seattle! By using fresh ingredients and well-balanced recipes, they’ve created an exciting and authentic menu!

Silence Heart Nest: In 1986, a visionary inspired to open a small vegetarian restaurant in the University District, creating a space that is both welcoming and beautiful. From curries, salads, wraps, and delicious breakfast foods, they’ve outdone themselves!

Chiso: Opened in 2001, Chiso has made a tradition of creating traditional Japanese cuisine. High quality mixes with innovation, allowing creativity to persevere in this ever-changing world. They use seasonal and local ingredients, in addition to traditional fish from Japanese, to offer a captivating experience.

Pie: Hand-crafted daily, these pies are made with the freshest ingredients and homemade goodness. Both savory and sweet, they have a few staples of each and a ton on rotation!

Fainting Goat: Small and family owned, their gelato is handcrafted daily to maximize freshness and excellence. They use locally sourced, seasonal fruits and nuts of only the highest quality, ensuring a smile with every bite!

With so many wonderful places to choose from, it’s a hard decision to make! But know, there are many special places hidden around the Seattle region to indulge!

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Windermere Mercer Island


210 Minor Avenue East #B, Seattle • MLS# 1147266
$463,400 • 1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 822 Square Feet

A garden walkway leads to this beautifully updated 1924 cottage bungalow, offering comfort and convenience just one block away from the Lake Union waterfront. Step in to bright, open interiors with hardwood floors and vintage molding. The open living/dining area is great for gatherings and quiet evenings alike. Cooking is a delight in the fresh, remodeled kitchen with clean white cabinets, stylish tile work and quartz counter tops.

Retreat to the spacious bedroom with its garden view window and built-in armoire. The basement offers a laundry room and extra storage space that could also be a great office, shop or exercise room.

You will love living in this beautiful end unit, with just one shared wall and plenty of windows. Spend sunny days in the charming back yard with lush, mature landscaping. Enjoy a fantastic, close-in location with restaurants, coffee shops, buses and markets all within easy walking distance. Stroll one block to Terry Pettus Park for a picnic or to launch fun weekends on the lake. Welcome home!

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


2401 8th Avenue North #303, Seattle • MLS# 1147007
$476,900 • 1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 767 Square Feet

Atop this PANORAMIC VIEW perch you can watch the sailboats, seaplanes and sparkling lights of Lake Union and beyond, all the way to the Cascades! This outlook is a never ending vista of entertaining sights from Gasworks Park to Downtown and Mt Rainier, yet you are only a short distance to SLU or Fremont and it’s a fast ride on the dedicated bike lane. Your day off: After a run on the Burke-Gilman, grab a coffee at Herkermer’s and lollygag on your deck before brunch. Live the Seattle Good Life here!

For more information, please contact Kathryn Buchanan.
KABU@Windermere.com • 206.227.2227 • KathrynBuchanan.com