Looking to Stay Active this Summer? Here’s 7 State Parks for Each Day of the Week

Looking to Stay Active this Summer? Here’s 7 State Parks for Each Day of the Week

The Puget Sound Regions offers a ton of natural beauty – and a bunch of State Parks are within a short drive from home. Read through the end to see our long list of Seattle-Tacoma State Parks, but before we get into that, we’re going to share our 7 favorite state parks to visit this summer.

Bridle Trails State Park is a park we’ve previously done a somewhat small expose on. To read that and about more Kirkland adventures, click here. Otherwise, this 489-acre day-use park offers an array of activities and is extremely close to Seattle and the Eastside (it’s literally smack-dap between Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond, with easy access to I-405 and I-90).

Unlike some of the other parks on this list, Bridle Trails was designed for equestrians and offers 28-miles of horse trails surrounded by a “horse-friendly culture.” They sport four sports arenas and a “calendar full of horse shows and organize rides.” Because of this, please keep in mind that horses always have the right-of-way on trails.

It probably comes to no surprise that Lake Sammamish State Park is one of our favorite parks, in fact, we’ve already done an expose on the park. Click here or here to read the entire article. But our main highlight for this park is definitely the variety it offers. This 531-acre park offers 6,858 feet of waterfront, 1.5 miles of biking trails, 1.5 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, freshwater fishing, swimming, sports fields, wildlife viewing, and bird watching.

Especially since summer’s coming up – you’re probably interested in the water activities, which include boating, freshwater fishing, kayaking and paddleboard rentals, swimming, waterskiing, and personal watercraft use with launch areas.

Squak Mountain State Park sits between Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park and Tiger Mountain State Forest – both of which are amazing places on their own. While all three mountains offer their own brand of challenging mountainscape to traverse, Squak Mountain is great for the “everyday” hiker, as the trek from base to summit isn’t especially long, only 13 miles, and the mountain offers a mix of both flat and steep portions of the trail. Plus, you can bring your horse and enjoy 6 miles of designated equestrian trail.

Breathtakingly beautiful, Olallie State Park offers scenic journeys through the Pacific Northwest mountainscape. Along the western slopes of the cascades, this park is only 45 minutes from Seattle and an easy, one-day adventure. Easy to moderate trails lead to the two main waterfalls, Twin Falls and Weeks Falls, but you’ll also find lesser known, smaller, and less crowded falls along the trail, too.

Though Olallie State Park only offers about 6 miles of hiking trail and 20 miles of mountain bike trails, long-distance mountaineers and cyclists can reach the Palouse to Cascades Trail from the Cedar Falls trailhead, making it an amazing option for families and trainees.

Olallie State Park sprawls across 2,329 acres, with excellent fishing options on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River, challenging cliffsides for rock climbing/bouldering, and wildlife viewing.

Abound with 541 acres of pure Pacific Northwest leisure, the Kanaskat-Palmer State Park sits on a low, forested plateau, with 2 miles of shoreline on the Green River. Perfect for daytrips for weekend getaways, they offer 3 miles of biking trails, 3 miles of hiking trails, freshwater fishing, swimming, white-water boating, and other exploratory activities.

Gorgeous water, gentle trails, and sprawling lawns offers the perfect place for individuals and families to enjoy and soak-up the summertime sunshine. With 25 tent spaces, 19 partial hookups, and 6 yurts, you can make an enjoyable afternoon into a weekend of fun and leisure!

Last, but mostly definitely not least, Lake Easton State Park offers the most varied activities list on this compilation. They offer the usual, such as, camping, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, freshwater fishing, boating, swimming, personal watercrafting, sports courts, lawn activities, and wildlife viewing; but they also offer more localized activities, including cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and other snow-play recreational opportunities.

With 697 acres, including 24,000 feet of freshwater access on the shores of Lake Easton, this park has plenty of room to explore the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

That completes our list of top State Parks in the Seattle-Tacoma region, but don’t think this list is the be-all, end-all of Washington State Parks – not even by a longshot. We’ve included the long-list we previously promised you below, but be sure to check out their website to see the complete list of Washington State Parks.

Here’s the long-list we promised you:

What are your favorite state parks in the area? Let us know in the comments below what you’re favorite parks are – we’d love to hear about them!

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A Full Week of Planned, Summer Fun! Check Out These 7 Seattle-Area Activities

A Full Week of Planned, Summer Fun! Check Out These 7 Seattle-Area Activities

Now that summer is officially here, we’ll need to start packing our calendar with days of endless summer fun – and we’ve got a full week planned ahead!

WILD WAVES in the summer is often packed so why not start before the rush from the out-of-schoolers? They open on May 26th, so that gives you plenty of time to add it to your schedule. Don’t like the water? Try the rides! Don’t like the rides? Try the games! There’s a little bit of everything for everyone, and they’re adding more great stuff for this summer season! Hot Tip: Try planning to go during the week (even less people, means fewer and shorter lines!)

Enjoy ALKI BEACH and watch our breathtaking Pacific Northwest sunsets. Even if you don’t live in West Seattle, you should see these at least once in your life – and it’s not like they’re going to kick you off the beach, or anything! It’s hard to go a summer without someone mentioning or hosting an Alki party, and the cozy waterside vibe is indicative of the laid-back community.

Kayak or stand-up paddle board on the lazy waters of Green Lake. Green Lake is always a happening place to be and their well-kept, 2.8-mile trail that circumvents the lake is another great option if you don’t feel like getting in the water. There are several access points that make it easy to embark on your Green Lake adventure, but you can also go for a swim along the East or West Lake Beach.

Looking to out of the city? Try any of the ferry rides that disembark from either the Seattle waterfront, which takes you to Bainbridge Island or Bremerton, or West Seattle’s Fauntleroy Terminal, which offers rides to Vashon Island and Southworth. And also not too far away, the Edmonds ferry will take you to Kingston, while the Mukilteo Ferry will take you to Whidbey Island.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not the biggest fan of snow driving, so a trip through or to the mountains during the summer is right up my alley. Whether it’s for a day-trip (hiking, mountain biking, etc.) or a longer trip (Leavenworth, skiing, snowboarding, etc.) there’s so much to do in Washington’s mountain towns, like Cle Elum, Wenatchee, or Glacier. Easy, 1-2 day trips are enjoyable, get you out of city, and totally refreshed for the upcoming workweek!

If you’re looking for something close by before the start of another workweek, you could try Mercer Island’s Sunday Farmer’s Market! Brimming with prepared eats, fresh-cut flowers, local and refreshing produce, and tons of other things, you can definitely fill the 10am-3pm their open and still have plenty of time to make it home and create a delicious meal or craft all from scratch!

What are you doing this week?


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

WORLD CLASS WATERFRONT
$13,750,000 • 5904 SE 20th Street, Mercer Island • MLS# 1310050
6 Bedrooms • 6.5 Bathrooms • 7,864 SQF • 22,602 Lot Size

Find all the details at FabensFinest.com

For more information, please contact Larry Williams.
Larry@LarryWilliamsRealEstate.com • 425.445.9870 • LarryWilliamsRealEstate.com

ENCHANTING IN MAGNOLIA
$1,649,950 • 4550 W Sheridan Street, Seattle • MLS# 1309554
3 Bedrooms • 2.25 Bathrooms • 3,530 SQF • 9,668 Lot Size

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

UPDATED 1901 CLASSIC
$1,325,000 • 324 27th Ave E, Seattle • MLS# 1309172
3 Bedrooms • 3.25 Bathrooms • 2,440 SQFT • 3,819 Lot Size

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

ROSE HILL REMODEL
$775,000 • 7919 127th Place NE, Kirkland • MLS# 1309880
3 Bedrooms • 2.25 Bathrooms • 1,700 SQFT • 7,210 Lot Size

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

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DIY Home Maintenance Tips & Tutorials to Help Save You Money In Seattle’s Crazy Housing Market

DIY Home Maintenance Tips & Tutorials to Help Save You Money In Seattle’s Crazy Housing Market

Home maintenance is something every homeowner manages. Even is you usually hire these things out, you might consider trying some do-it-yourself methods to save some cash (especially if you just bought in Seattle’s crazy housing market!)

If you’re looking to save a little cash, here are some things you can do to ensure you’re staying on top of your home maintenance!

Your washer and dryer are two major appliances you can easily clean and maintain yourself – and they only take about 15 minutes to do both! Your washer is a little more complicated, but not by much. There should be a drain pump filter (otherwise known as the coin trap) somewhere near the bottom of your washer. Open that and let the water drain into a bowl and dispose. Then you’ll want to clear and debris and close it back up! Other than the drain pump, you’ll want to look at the connector hoses, rubber gaskets, and clean the soap dispenser. Once that’s all done, you can toss in 1-2 cups of bleach into the drum and run it on a “clean washer cycle” overnight!

Summer time is when repair places have their largest uptick in refrigerator repairs, but with these steps you can easily prolong the life of your refrigerator and resolve issues before they arise. Some of these things are easy, like vacuuming your refrigerator coils monthly (or weekly if you have long-haired pets!), keeping tabs on your temperatures, ensuring there’s enough open air in both your freezer and refrigerator for air to flow freely, and replacing your water filter when the device tells you to. Other things might include manually defrosting your freezer, cleaning and replacing the rubber seal/gasket, and cleaning the drip pan. Here’s a quick and easy guide for your go-to refrigerator maintenance.

Roof inspections might seem daunting, but they’re pretty routine once you get in the swing of things. The main things you’ll want to look for are any obvious signs of damage (especially if you had a recent storm or any fallen branches); areas with moss, algae, or an excessive accumulation of leaves; any curling, missing, aging, or damaged shingles; granulation loss; or a number of other things outlined in this easy how-to.

The summery season is the best season to inspect and proactively resolve and problems with your sump pump – and many homes in Seattle and the surroundings areas have them. It’s easy to check to see if it’s still working, but you’ll still going to want to call a plumber if it doesn’t turn on! Here’s an easy step-by-step for checking!

During the end of summer, many people hire a landscaping company to shut off their sprinkler system. Though it might be more complicated depending on your system, expansiveness, and integration, here are some easy and relatively quick steps for shutting off and winterizing your sprinkler system! (https://brightnest.com/todos/shut-off-your-sprinkler-system)

When in doubt, it’s always a good choice to hire a professional inspector, but if you’re able to, you could definitely rack up the savings by doing some maintenance yourself! What DIY maintenance things do you do around the home?


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

MITCHEL HILL RETREAT
$1,375,000 • 29601 SE 51st Street, Preston • MLS# 1308608
3 Bedrooms • 3.5 Bathrooms • 4,050 SQFT • 4.690 Acre Lot Size

Find out more at MitchellHillView.com

For more information, please contact Larry Williams.
Larry@LarryWilliamsRealEstate.com • 425.445.9870 • LarryWilliamsRealEstate.com

QUEEN ANNE WITH A VIEW
$975,000 • 2807 14th Ave W #A, Seattle • MLS# 1303803
3 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 1,680 SQF • 1,627 Lot Size

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

STANWOOD CRAFTSMAN
$699,950 • 5730 Bateman Ave, Standwood • MLS# 1304738
4 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,842 SQFT • 4.7 Acres

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

STYLISH NEWCASTLE TOWNHOME
$575,000 • 7416 Newcastle Golf Club Road #2-D, Newcastle • MLS# 1300556
3 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 1,361 SQFT

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

EASY ISLAND LIVING
$325,000 • 2933 76th Ave SE #12A, Mercer Island • MLS# 1307074
1 Bathroom • 1 Bathroom • 646 SQFT

For more information, please contact Fred Fox.
FredFox@Windermere.com • 425.785.3147 • FredFoxRealty.com


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

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Safety Tips to Keep the Summer Rolling Smoothly!

Safety Tips to Keep the Summer Rolling Smoothly!

Summer is a splendid time. There’s open air, summer barbeques, and tons of sunshine; but with all that comes tons of opportunities for issues to arise. We’ve compiled our favorite tips for staying safe in the season ahead!

Fireworks Safety: The 4th of July is right around the corner but that isn’t the only summer holiday where fireworks are used – and even one holiday is enough to warrant a safety list!

  • Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Make sure to stay at a safe distance away from active fireworks.
  • Keep a supply of water on hand with easy access to more if needed.
  • Don’t leave fireworks out in the sunshine. Store in a dark, cool place.

Grilling/Barbecue Safety:

  • Clean your grill before using for the season.
  • Perform standard maintenance before your first grill (no leaky hoses, etc.)
  • Never leave a barbeque unsupervised.
  • Never grill indoors and keep the grill in the open air.
  • Use long-handed tools to reduce the risk of burning.
  • Let coals cool completely before disposal.

Beach Safety:

  • Keep tabs on local weather conditions.
  • Use the buddy system.
  • Have life-jackets on hand – and use them.
  • Keep an eye out for lake, sea, and ocean life.
  • Don’t dive headfirst.
  • Review safe boating practices with your family.

Travel Safety:

  • Don’t post publicly on your social accounts (so that people who aren’t friends with you) can see you aren’t at home.
  • Tell your best friend or local family members where you’re going and when you’ll be back (especially if you’ll be out of cell reception).
  • Ask a neighbor, relative, or friend to check on your house and bring in your mail periodically.
  • Request a hold on all mail, newspaper, and magazine subscriptions.

Sun Safety:

  • Increase your water intake.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun
  • Utilize sunscreen when appropriate.

Pup Safety:

  • Make sure your pet collar & microchip is up-to-date.
  • Ensure fresh water is available throughout the day (consider multiple bowls – indoor/outdoor).
  • Take your pets for walks before festivals and celebrations to help calm them down.
  • Check your property perimeter and fencing to ensure no escaping and replace/repair as needed.
  • Consider leaving the television or radio on to drown out any fireworks or other loud noises.

It’s summer times, so let the good times roll – and then best way to keep them going is to keep safety high in our minds!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

EXCEPTIONAL 2014 AMERICAN CLASSIC HOME
$2,575,000 • 4212 88th Ave SE, Mercer Island • MLS# 1303299
6 Bedrooms • 4.25 Bathrooms • 4,280 SQFT • 14,622 Lot Size

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

STUNNING NEW CONSTRUCTION BY FRIEDMAN HOMES
$2,300,000 • 3441 77th Place SE, Mercer Island • MLS# 1300718
5 Bedrooms • 4.5 Bathrooms • 3,200 SQF • 7,455 Lot Size

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

SERENE & PRIVATE ON MERCER ISLAND
$1,225,000 • 6100 94th Ave SE, Mercer Island • MLS# 1301747
5 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 2,920 SQFT • 16,480 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Ina Bahner.
InaBahner@Windermere.com • 206.854.9911 • InaBahner.com

LAKE BALLINGER ESTATES
$335,000 • 23403 Lakeview Drive #I-202, Mountlake Terrace • MLS# 1301208
2 Bedrooms • 1 Bathroom • 1,029 SQFT

For more information, please contact Yvonne Willard.
Yvonne@Windermere.com • 206.245.0332 • YvonneWillard.com

CAREFREE LIVING IN KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON
$289,000 • 12415 NE 0130th Ct. #H201, Kirkland • MLS# 1301731
2 Bedrooms • 1 Bathroom • 863 SQFT

For more information, please contact Anni Zilz.
AnniZilz@Windermere.com • 206.390.5723 • AnniZilz.com


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

Tired of Ice Cream? Try These Gelato Shops!

Tired of Ice Cream? Try These Gelato Shops!

The weather has been a bit spotty and overcast but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy cool treats – and if you’re tired of our ice cream posts, we’ve got gelato coming at you this week! One thing people can’t deny is that Seattle’s got variety and we’re going to share some of our favorite gelato places in and around the Greater Seattle Area!

Located south of Seattle, in Burien, Washington, The Mediterranean Zone Gelato Bar & Travel Café, otherwise known as MEDZO, is a great place to indulge in high-quality, artisan gelato and sorbet. Packed with natural ingredients and organic dairy, their exotic flavors include pistachio, salted hazelnut caramel, red velvet, grapefruit, rice, and tiramisu.

The Nutty Squirrel Gelato has a few locations, two in Seattle (Phinney Ridge & Magnolia and Maple Valley). Their explicit Italian flavors include stracciatella, French butter caramel, espresso, pink guava, and their classic “nutty squirrel.” In addition to their dairy-based flavors, they typically have a few vegan flavors “on ice” too!

Located in Walllingford and Fremont, the Fainting Goat offers great gelato and sorbetto, in a variety of off-the-wall flavors, including Tutti Frutti, fresh ginger, green tea, avocado, spicy chocolate, mango habanero, and mojito. These are perfect for summer-time treats! They rotate daily so you’ll never know what they have until you stop by and check them out!

In downtown Seattle, the Bottega Italiana is another high-trafficked and much-loved spot. Serving up authentic artisan gelato, each recipe is individually unique and is only made in small quantities to preserve flavor and ensure freshness. They have only the one location in the greater Seattle area, but if you’re ever in San Diego, make sure to check out their California locations.

Only a stone’s throw away from the last suggestion, Gelatiamo is another small batch and locally sourced gelato, locally known as a “Seattle tradition”. Their products include gelato which can be found at their brick-and-mortar or any of the dozens of local establishments that carry their product, gelato cakes, and frozen novelties.

In their 13th year (as of 2018), Sirena Gelato uses the likes of Turkish-imported, organic hazelnuts, black cocoa chocolate, and slow roasted pistachio nuts to create their one-of-a-kind, small-batch flavors. With two locations, one in Kirkland, Washington and another in Bremerton, Washington, they can serve you up delightful treats on either side of the peninsula! Sirena Gelato is surely to “entice those on an adventure – for a delicious treat!”

Do you have a favorite dessert place? Share your story with us!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

NORTHWEST CONTEMPORARY
$2,295,000 • 7570 SE 71st Street, Mercer Island • MLS# 1282667
4 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 4,040 SQFT • 16,775 Lot Size

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

Join Us On Windermere’s Annual Community Service Day and Check Out These 11 Local Volunteer Opportunities!

Join Us On Windermere’s Annual Community Service Day and Check Out These 11 Local Volunteer Opportunities!

Windermere’s Annual Community Service Day is almost here – it’s coming fast on Friday, June 8th, 2018!

A tradition dating back to 1984, Windermere owners, brokers, agents, and staff close up shop and coordinate with local organizations to make as much of an impact as possible. Last year, our Windermere Mercer Island office served as a drop off location for donations heading to Eastside Baby Corner and spent the day cleaning, sorting, and stocking at their Eastside, Issaquah location. And this year… we plan on doing it all over again!

If you’re unfamiliar with Eastside Baby Corner, they’re a passion-driven non-profit that supports our local communities, providing absolute essentials “for the most vulnerable children.’ By doing so, they’re able to focus on the things that matter: helping each and every child reach their “full potential tomorrow, by meeting their basic needs today.”

In commemoration with this annual Windermere event, this week we’re offering five of our favorite (though it’s hard to choose, because there are so many) places to volunteer at, the Eastside Baby Corner being the first on our list!

Another is Mary’s Place, a program dedicated to empowering homeless woman, children, and families to “reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community.”

Third on our list is the Seattle Humane. A behemoth of local animal welfare, their mission is simple: Save Lives, Complete Families. By promoting human-animal bond they were able to provide support for nearly 7,000 pets in their 2016/17 fiscal year – and it doesn’t stop there. They also provide services and resources for the next step, after you’ve found your new best friend!

If you’re looking for a new pet, consider this blog post we created on local shelters and rescues.

HopeLink is another favorite that provides the basics to families and communities in need. By envisioning thriving communities, where “people feel secure, connected, and confident,” and analyzing detailed data that enables them to identify the issues, they’re able to make a massive impact by creating actionable steps to guide their movement. Hopelink’s Theory of Change identifies the basics for healthy individuals and families.

Last on our list today (although, like we said there are countless more) is Bike Works, which is a local, South Seattle organization that promotes activity, community, and learning experiences for youth and adults.

What are your favorite nonprofits to volunteer at, donate to, or just build awareness around?


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

LIGHT. VIEWS. LUXURY.
$2,200,000 • 3706 Greenbrier Lane, Mercer Island • MLS# 1297264
4 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • 4,300 SQFT • 13,961 Lot Size

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

THE GEM OF FIRST HILL
$728,000 • 1017 Minor Avenue #1003, Seattle • MLS# 1299867
2 Bedrooms • 1 Bathrooms • 1,187 SQFT

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

PLAY. ENTERTAIN. RELAX. ENJOY.
$698,750 • 560 Evergreen Valley Loop Road, Ronald • MLS# 1301533
3 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,544 SQFT • 22,216 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Kathryn Buchanan or Diana Kay.
KABU@Windermere.com • 206.227.2227 • KathrynBuchanan.com
DianaKay@Windermere.com • 206-898-6148 • DianaJaneKay.com


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

South Kind County Farmer’s Markets

South Kind County Farmer’s Markets

We’re piggy-backing on our post from a couple weeks back that went over the Eastside Farmer’s Markets that are opening soon, except this week we’ll share some of South King County’s Markets!

On Thursdays, the Burien Town Square Park opens to the Burien Farmer’s Market from 11am – 6pm. “Eat local, eat fresh” is their motto and they deliver with a massively fun market comprising 40-50 vendors each week. Vendors include a food booths, handmade goods, farm fresh products and fresh baked delights! Open from May 3rd through October 25th, you’ll enjoy they on Thursdays!

The Federal Way Farmer’s Market is open on Saturdays – and… they’re already open! From May 12th through October 27th, you’ll find them at the Federal Way Commons Mall near Sears, along Pacific Highway from 9am – 3pm. Enjoy farm fresh produce, flowers, crafts, live entertainment and so much more!

Along the Des Moines waterfront you’ll find their Farmer’s Market, featuring “fresh by the water” treats, handmade crafts, live musical performances, and much more. Open June through October on Saturdays from 10am-2pm, they began their journey in 2006 as a non-profit entity and strive to provide the community with easy access to local produce, meats, and fish, fresh-cut flowers, and educational and informational experiences.

The Maple Valley Farmer’s Market is another market – and they have a weekly theme, including July 7th, Pet Appreciation Day, August 18th, Senior and Armed Forces Day, and September 8th, Seahawks Day. Open Saturdays start June 16th from 9am-2pm, the Maple Valley Farmer’s Market can be found at Rock Creek Elementary School, located off Maple Valley-Black Diamond Road.

Do you have a favorite market that we missed? Let us know about in the comments below!


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

The Seattle Area’s Top 7 Steakhouses: Carnivores Will Love This!

The Seattle Area’s Top 7 Steakhouses: Carnivores Will Love This!

Historically called “chophouses,” the modern-day steakhouse started in London in the 1690s and strictly served individual portions of meat; and only recently began offering other cuts of meat including poultry, prime rib, veal, fish, and seafoods. Our “version” of American steakhouses started in the late 19th century and have flourished ever since as a true American staple.

These seven (plus bonus) steakhouses are all well-regarded in the Seattle area, with some having national appraise.

Seattle’s Metropolitan Grill has been consistently voted the “best steak in town”. Each cut is individually selected and custom dry-aged with their own special blend of seasoning to ensure the most tender and flavorful meal. Located under their signature green awning, their classic-steakhouse vibe is reminiscent of their English equivalent.

Across from Denny Park in South Lake Union (SLU), the Butcher’s Block maintains their case with Mishima Reserve Wagyu beef. As part of Kurt Beecher’s eatery empire, this steakhouse offers fully authentic, full-bodied and flavorful foods, free of preservatives and anything artificial.

Premium meats, sourced from well-managed, small-scale farms and ranches, is what you’ll find at Flintcreek Cattle in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood. Inspired by the free-roaming cattle ranges in the golden hills of Western Montana, their two-person founders team perfectly executed their passion with creativity and a lot of hard work and have produced one of the “the beast restaurants locally and across the country.”

A true Northwest Steakhouse Legacy, at El Gaucho, they offer unparalleled service coupled with carefully and thoughtfully executed nutrition creations. There are a handful of locations in the Greater Seattle and Portland areas, but all offer the same exquisite experience of exceptionality and impeccable service.

Another well-respected steakhouse can be found in Seattle’s Central Business District. The Capital Grille offers a special place for special occasions – and it often requires reservations. Their menu is in classic American style, with other options including swordfish, tuna, salmon, and lobster.

Another nighttime-only affair, Seven Beef features grass-fed and finished dry-aged Washington beef from Rochester. Standard cuts include Cote de Boeuf, Porterhouse, New York, Rib Eye, and T-Bones, but they also offer specialty cuts including Oyster, Zabuton, and Belly Steaks, among others. Each cut is in-house by their butcher and seared on their wood-fired grill to perfection.

Asadero isn’t your normal steakhouse. This Mexican steakhouse is known for their high-quality, mesquite-grilled meats similar to ones you’d find in Northern Mexico. This Seattle location offers an expanded menu compared to their Kent predecessor, and includes Prime beef cuts with American and Japanese Wagyu.

Our last bonus steakhouse is in Renton, Washington – about twenty minutes outside Seattle. Consistently regarded for their great fare, the Melrose Grill has received several accolades from the Seattle Times, the Tacoma News Tribune, and the Seattle Weekly.

Do you have a favorite local steakhouse we forgot to mention? Don’t forget to let us know!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

SWEEPING SCENERY IN LUCAS HILL
$1,588,000 • 8007 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island • MLS# 1286949
5 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 3,600 SQFT • 11,214 Lot Size

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

TURN-KEY SAMMAMISH RAMBLER
$650,000 • 3012 254th Ave SE, Sammamish • MLS# 1296277
3 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,400 SQFT • 10,544 Lot Size

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

5 Washington Zoos & Aquariums

5 Washington Zoos & Aquariums

It’s Summer – well, almost – and what better way to enjoy the weather than to see explore animals from across the globe?

The Woodland Park Zoo is an amazing experience for the entire family – and they’re constantly reimaging their spaces and how to better serve the animals and reptiles in their care. With 300+ species and over 1,000 different animals, they save animals and educate visitors. Woodland Park itself sees more than 1.3 million visitors annually, but they connect beyond the zoo and are active members of a global community of advocates and partners.

The Seattle Aquarium is an inspiration along the Seattle shoreline. Located between Seattle’s Waterfront Park and Piers 62 & 63, the aquarium offers opportunity to peer through the “Windows on Washington Waters”, as well as other exhibits including Life on the Edge, Pacific Coral Reefs, Birds & Shores, the Underwater Dome, and Marine Mammals. A major expansion in 2007 added 18,000 square feet, and another renovation in 2013 marked the first step of their 20-year strategic plan towards “significantly increasing [their] physical size and becoming the centerpiece of the City’s revitalized waterfront.”

Located in Issaquah Washington, backing Cougar Mountain, the Cougar Mountain Zoo offers understanding of conservation efforts through education and serves as a rallying point for endangered or threatened animals. Though their species pool isn’t as vast as other local zoos, they offer expert care for everyone and great learning resources for visitors and their surrounding schools and communities.

The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is a combination of stellar land-roaming exhibits and undersea excursions. If you’re looking for a tropical vacation in the Pacific Northwest, give this zoo a try. Their South Pacific Aquarium features dozens of brightly colored tropical fish in a 24,000-gallon lagoon. They even have 5 different species of sharks in their 240,000-gallon Outer Reef environment. But that isn’t all, Point Defiance has tons of separate animal exhibits including the Asian Forest Sanctuary, Arctic Tundra, and Red Wolf Woods! Other activities include educational programs, garden tours, budgie buddies, a petting zoo, and other conservational efforts.

A little off the beaten path, the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is dedicated to conservation, education, and recreation through native Northwest wildlife. The Discovery Tram is one of Northwest Trek’s main attractions, as it explores through the trees and wildlife and gets you up-close-and-personal with some of the mountain’s largest herbivores including the great moose, bison, swans, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep!

While these Washington zoos and aquariums have our stamp of approval – don’t be afraid to add your favorites below if we missed them!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

INGLEWOOD HILLS BEAUTY
$700,000 • 14315 73rd Avenue NE, Kenmore • MLS# 1287082
5 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 2,300 sq. ft. • 10,492 Lot Size

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

FABULOUS IN FREMONT
$488,000 • 3661 Phinney Ave N #401, Seattle • MLS# 1293765
2 Bedrooms • 1 Bathroom • 821 sq. ft. • 25,036 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Jake Kanev.
Kanev@Windermere.com • 206.686.4700 • JakeKanev.com

GRACIOUS IN GREENWOOD
$395,000 • 722 N 85th Street #11, Seattle • MLS# 1288087
2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1,108 sq. ft. • 10,213 Lot Size

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

The Top 12 Restaurants in Seattle’s Wallingford Neighborhood!

The Top 12 Restaurants in Seattle’s Wallingford Neighborhood!

Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood is located in north central Seattle, approximately four miles from the downtown core. Known for its suburban feel, its 45th Street activities are largely what the neighborhood offers for entertainment and eating. But don’t let that stop you from visiting. After trying one of the restaurant below, you can enjoy a quick retreat to nearby Green Lake.

So, what are our favorite Wallingford eateries?

Djan’s Thai Restaurant is housed in a historical 1930s Wallingford house, much like many boutiques and restaurants along 45th. Their innovative, though traditionally-rooted menu offers Thai creations with tantalizing flavors.

A Seattle favorite: Dick’s Drive In has had a cult-like following since they opened their first location. By 1954, when the first location opened (this very location), locals were delighted – even as other burger chains opened around the city, people have flocked to “Dick’s”.

We love baked goods – and Cube’s Baking Company offers a scrumptious array. Try their brownies, scones, puff pastries, mini cakes or conchas. Have an event coming up? They make custom cakes too! Their specialty? That’s right! “Cube” cakes.

Interested in boutique, Japanese cuisine? Yoroshiku illuminates Japanese food’s gastro-esque opportunities with their unique array of vegetable and seafood dishes. Though the weather’s been nice, they offer year-round ramen, both traditional and the often-overlooked tsukemen, which is a dipping style noodle dish served cold.

Fresh, local, and organic gelato can be found at Fainting Goat. Established in 2009, Fainting Goat is a small shop serving daily-handcrafted gelato. The organic milk used in their base is locally sourced in Lynden, Washington, as is the seasonal fruits.

If you’re craving a different sort of sweet treat, try Trophy Cupcakes, which is located in the Wallingford Center. They change their menu daily so check out their website for “today’s” assortment, but the gist is beautifully crafted, colorful, confetti-esque cupcakes.

Molly Moons – and I’m just starting to realize how many dessert places this list has on it – is a local ice creamery, serving unique and esoteric flavors. But don’t let that stop you! They have Original Strawberry alongside their Black Sesame and Hibiscus Tea Sorbet.

Another local favorite, Ramen Man, which is often referred to as the “unlimited eggs” ramen house. Dishing up traditional Japanese Ramen with a flavorful, chicken broth base, they’re both well-reviewed “delicious”!

Tilth is a new-American restaurant specializing in plates that utilize certified-organic or wild ingredients. As part of the Maria Hones Restaurants, Tilth made the New York Times as one of the best new restaurants in the country for their 2008 selection.

Seattle Pops is a people-centric “pops” stand with tons of flavors and options for all. Their fruit flavors are 100% vegan and their creamy pops are milk-based, while all their pops are totally gluten free. Their colorfulness is natural as they use the least amount of ingredients possible and bursting with flavor. They offer both traditional flavors and unique flavors.

If you’re looking for “good ‘ol American burgers, shakes & fries,” try Wally Burger. They serve hand-formed patties made from 100% locally pastured, grass-fed beef, topped with house made sauces and gluten-free buns.

The last on our list is known for “gathering goodness.” Or you can refer to them as Harvest Beat, a locally sourced eatery that specializes in farm-to-table eating. Their menu changes seasonally and often with limited ingredients, so check out their website t make a reservation!

Wallingford has a ton of food-places to offer – all you must do is walk down the strip and you’re tantalized with options! What are your favorite places to go?


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

WONDERFUL IN WILBURTON
$1,000,000 • 140 130th Place NE, Bellevue • MLS# 1276208
4 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,800 sq. ft. • 12,000 Lot Size

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

TUDOR CHARM IN ADMIRAL
$899,000 • 1609 44th Avenue Southwest, Seattle • MLS# 1292956
4 Bedrooms • 1.5 Bathrooms • 1,980 sq. ft. • 5,750 Lot Size

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

Poke is the Hot, New Craze! Check Out These 5 Seattle Locations to Get Your Fix!

Poke is the Hot, New Craze! Check Out These 5 Seattle Locations to Get Your Fix!

It’s nearing summer and the heat is already ramping up! Have you been searching for places to dine where the food isn’t piping hot? We’ve been – and it’s a bit of an odd request, given Seattle’s usual weather and typically chilly climate.

But we’ve found a hot craze that’s right up summer’s alley. Poke, a Hawaiian dish, translates to “fish salad,” which is served with raw fish over rice or salad. Though it’s traditionally served as an appetizer, eating it as the entre is perfectly normal. So what awesome poke places can be found around Seattle?

The 45th Stop N Shop & Poke Bar is located in Wallingford off, well, North 45th Street. This stop is perfect for a bite to eat but be prepared to wait. Many reviewers and patrons have noted lines that exit the building and continue down the street! It must be good…

In Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, you’ll find FOB Poke Bar, a modernly designed and aesthetically pleasing poke bar creating “culinary masterpieces” from natural and fresh ingredients.

With other 500 well-regarded reviews, goPoke Seattle churns passion and creativity and produces poke bowls of every style, variety, and colorful flavors. Whether their creations or your own, you’ll enjoy their sweet tango tuna or classic salmon.

In the north end, Hiroshi’s Poke is just off “the Ave” in the University District. Their quaint shop offers an intimate gathering space, with an industrial deco inside. Tons of sides and poke options!

Our last stop on this poke ride is Poke Lover in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, just off Market Street. With cute style, their décor meshes Seattle’s concrete, industrial feel, with floral patterns and twisted iron tables. And their poke isn’t shabby either, plus you’ll enjoy complimentary miso soup!

Poke is so popular right now, there is bound to be one in or near the neighborhood you are planning on hanging out in. What are your favorite poke places in the Seattle area?


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

EAST MERCER LIFESTYLE
$2,675,000 • 5648 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island • MLS# 1285050
6 Bedrooms • 3.25 Bathrooms • 5,772 sq. ft. • 17,129 Lot Size

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

LOVELY IN LAKERIDGE
$878,000 • 11130 Oakwood Avenue South, Seattle • MLS# 1288411
5 Bedrooms • 3.5 Bathrooms • 3,400 sq. ft. • 8,103 Lot Size

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

FINN-HILL CRAFTSMAN
$798,000 • 7246 NE 150th Street, Kenmore • MLS# 1287265
4 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,710 sq. ft. • 6,293 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Joe Liu.
JoeLiu@Windermere.com • 206.419.1888 • JoeCLiu.com

FABULOUS MERCER ISLAND LIVING
$340,000 • 2949 76th Ave SE #81C, Mercer Island • MLS# 1276585
1 Bedrooms • 1 Bathrooms • 645 sq. ft.

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

Check Out These Top 9 Mountain Towns to Visit!

Check Out These Top 9 Mountain Towns to Visit!

If you’re planning a day-trip, right now might be the best time to start.

Though summer trips might seem forever away, booking and planning now may relieve some future headaches. These towns are some of our favorites day or weekend trips within a short drive from the Greater Seattle area.

North Bend, Washington has its own sort of historic and small-town charm, plus it was the beautiful backdrop of the 2017 reboot of Twin Peaks! Nestled in the Cascade’s western foothills, the small town of North Bend is only a short and easy 30-minute drive east from Seattle.

North Bend is a quick drive into the neighboring town of Snoqualmie. They are connected by State Route 202, otherwise known as Railroad Avenue – along which they hold the annual Thomas the Tank Engine event.

These close-by areas are great for hiking, day-trips out of the city, and general sightseeing. The Snoqualmie Falls is just north of Snoqualmie and North Bend and is an amazing activity for the entire family, attracting more than 1.5 million visitors annually.

Further into the mountains, you’ll pass Leavenworth, Washington – another small town made for cozy stories. Though you might know of Leavenworth for the annual Winter-time festival and legendary Oktoberfest celebrations, don’t think those are the only times one should visit this cozy mountain retreat.

Other activities include checking out the local breweries, spas and personal retreats, majestic parks and hiking, local wineries, stilling your body with yoga, and Leavenworth tours. If you’re more the outdoorsy type, check out their majestic parks for river rafting, kayaking, river tubing, golfing, hiking, horseback riding, camping, birding, and awesome (and quick!) ziplines! Explore. More.

Elbe, Washington is a small town off State Route 706, at the junction of State Route 7. Though there isn’t much in terms of formal lodging, there are opportunities for camping and RVing, or just a casual day trip.

Enjoy Alder Lake and the Nisqually River or explore the surrounding wilderness on horseback. There’s even a small museum to check out – and the local diners are pretty great too!

If you’re thinking about spending a few days, check out Mineral, Washington – which is only a short, 10-minute drive from Elbe down State Route 7. Not only do they offer a few resorts and lodging options along Mineral Lake and Mineral Hill Road, there are other fishing and boating opportunities.

Cle Elum, Washington is another pretty well-known town in the Eastern Cascades. Though relatively small, the area offers dozens of close-knit communities, including the neighboring towns of Roslyn, Ronald, and Lakedale, Washington. These places are all within about 30-minutes of each other, and all located off State Route 903.

Cle Elum is by far the largest in this string of small mountain towns, and has a decent amount of recreation including the Washington State Horse Park, the Prospector Golf Course, and nearby Suncadia Resort, which offers a wide array of exclusive recreation.

Whether you’re looking for a day away or an entire week, these are amazing options in the Cascades. Small mountain towns can be difficult to pin point but planning in advance helps alleviate some of the foreseeable inconveniences.


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

BEACH HOUSE RETREAT
$2,698,000 • 7431 W Mercer Way, Mercer Island • MLS# 1286290
4 Bedrooms • 3.25 Bathrooms • 3,900 sq. ft. • 17,000 Lot Size

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

WARM & WONDERFUL
$1,785,000 • 8879 SE 47th Street, Mercer Island • MLS# 1285319
5 Bedrooms • 3.25 Bathrooms • 3,867 sq. ft. • 9,525 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Jane Malone.
JaneMalone@Windermere.com • 206.595.6100 • JaneMaloneHomes.com

MERCER ISLAND MODERN
$1,688,000 • 8245 SE 30th Place, Mercer Island • MLS# 1279750
4 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • 2,946 sq. ft. • 11,322 Lot Size

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

MID-CENTURY MODERN OASIS
$1,200,000 • 4025 90th Ave SE, Mercer Island • MLS# 1281271
3 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 2,640 sq. ft. • 7,647 Lot Size

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

LIFE BY THE LAKE
$535,000 • 21268 SE 42nd Lane, Issaquah • MLS# 1286253
2 Bedrooms • 2.25 Bathrooms • 1,216 sq. ft.

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

Eastside Farmer’s Markets Are Starting! But, Where Are They?

Eastside Farmer’s Markets Are Starting! But, Where Are They?

Farmers Markets are a great way for local farmers to get into our communities, meeting their patrons face-to-face. Farmers Markets are also a great way for everyone to get involved in the community and help their communities grow and flourish in a sustainable and healthy manner.

Why choose farmers markets? Farmers Markets are great for our local communities, including job creation, local economy stimulation, increased nutrition awareness and access to fresh ingredients and supporting healthy families on both sides of the table. Want to know more?

Starting from the south, Renton holds their Farmers Market on Tuesdays, June through September/October from 3pm-7pm. This year, in 2018, the Farmers’ Market opens June 5th, 2018. Join them at the Piazza Park in downtown Renton.

Though their 2018 Season hadn’t been released yet, their 2017 should give you an idea of their awesome lineups to come! Check back frequently, as we’re still a couple months away from the start date!

In May, the Issaquah Farmers Market opens on Saturdays – rain or shine! Open from 9am-2pm between May 5th to September 29th, the Issaquah market is a great place for children and family activities, cooking demonstrations, handmade arts and crafts, live music and entertainment, and of course, farm-fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables!

The Mercer Island Farmers Markets runs on Sundays between the months of June and October, from 10am to 3pm, making them a break activity for morning breakfast and lunch or a family-friendly morning out of the house!

The weekly schedule is on their website, so feel free to check it out to get a feel how each week will vibe – and don’t forget about their special events, where they hold food and drink tastings, giveaways and live music!

Celebrating 15 years of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, the Bellevue Farmers Market operates on Thursdays, every week from May through October. Enjoy fresh-cut flowers, meats and one-of-a-kind artisan foods.

Whether you want to stop by for the entire event or a just a on-the-go snack, this small group of local farmers create a vibrant marketplace for farm-fresh products, closing the gap between harvest and consumer. They’re open on Thursdays, between 3pm and 7pm starting May 17th through October 11th!

The last market on our list for Eastside Farmers Markets is the Redmond Farmers Market, which is held near the Redmond Town Center, making parking a breeze! Open May through October from 9am to 3pm, their Saturday market welcomes their 43rd season this year with a special event – the Redmond High School Pep Band will kick off the season with a “rousing performance!”

Sometimes Seattle markets are harder to get to and offer little in terms of parking opportunities and while they’re just as thrilling, sometimes we don’t want the small hassle. These Eastside markets are great opportunities for the same amazing and local quality, but without the hustle and bustle of the city.

Didn’t find the one you were searching for? Check out this mega-list of Puget Sound markets!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

UPDATE ON A CLASSIC
$1,398,000 • 3821 82nd Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island • MLS# 1277791
4 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 3,700 sq. ft. • 11,645 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Anni Zilz or Julie Wilson
AnniZilz@Windermere.com • 206.390.5723 • AnniZilz.com
Julie.Wilson@Windermere.com • 206.225.1500 • JulieWilsonRealEstate.com

GEORGIAN-STYLE ELEGANCE
$1,350,000 • 9245 SE 59th Street, Mercer Island • MLS# 1272528
5 Bedrooms • 3.75 Bathrooms • 3,600 sq. ft. • 15,263 Lot Size

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

SERENE HIGH ROCK RETREAT
$1,295,000 • 18724 High Rock Road, Monroe • MLS# 1281037
4 Bedrooms • 4.5 Bathrooms • 3,688 sq. ft. • 235,224 Lot Size

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

GRACIOUS IN GRASSLAWN
$850,000 • 15001 NE 66th Street, Redmond • MLS# 1280288
4 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,820 sq. ft. • 11,932 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Donna Cowles.
DonnaCowles@Windermere.com • 206.947.1737 • DonnaCowles.com


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

4 Adventures Inside Kirkland

4 Adventures Inside Kirkland

The Pacific Northwest is brimmed with awaiting adventures and the City of Kirkland is no exception. A city nestled between the shores of Lake Washington and the Interstate 405 corridor. Though considered a relatively small city, the area is big on community and that urban, small-town feel many local areas also strive towards.

Walking in downtown Kirkland offers both boutique shopping, local eats and a beautiful, urban refuge. Like many Washington cities, Kirkland emphasizes greenspaces and parks and Kirkland’s downtown area has four in close proximity, including Peter Kirk Park, Heritage Park, the Marina Park Pavilion, and the David E. Brink Park.

Similar to downtown Kirkland, the Juanita district offers a shopping area, though smaller, nestled between two major parks: the Juanita Beach Park and the Juanita Bay Park, including Nelson Point. Both parks are filled with recreation including paddle surfing, natural trails, baseball fields, tennis courts, beach volleyball, and children’s play equipment.

Both parks proximity to downtown Juanita, make them the perfect place for a picnic or quick walk. Grab your meal from one of the many local restaurants and head to the water!

The Cross-Kirkland Corridor passes through the city North-South and is currently a 5.75-mile trail through the heart of the city. The Cross-Kirkland Corridor’s Master Plan was adopted in June of 2014 and their interactive plan can be found online. Much of the pathway is made of crushed-gravel and is ten-feet wide, making it an excellent multi-purpose route for walkers, bikers, runners, and dog-walking. This interim trail perfectly depicts Kirkland’s city-wide vision of being “a walkable, livable, connected, and sustainable community.”

On the east side of Interstate 405, near Kirkland’s Central Houghton District, is the Bridle Trail State Park. Though a state and not a city park, the area locally known as Bridle Trails is a beautiful depiction of the local area. This 482-acre, day-use park comprises 28-miles of trails for bikers, hikers, runners, equestrians and dog-walkers.

Bridle Trails is regularly used and sports three arenas for horse shows and organized rides. Ever wanted to learn! You can here!

In every corner, you can find an excursion or journey for yourself and your family. Whether you prefer urban adventures or the kind that takes into the wilderness, these places are surely the best cups of tea in Kirkland! Think we missed something, or somethings? Let us know!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

PEACE, PRIVACY & CONVENIENCE
$1,300,000 • 4334 91st Ave Southeast, Mercer Island • MLS# 1277307
4 Bedrooms • 2.25 Bathrooms • 2,280 sq. ft. • 9,525 Lot Size

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

SPARKLING LAKE VIEWS
$1,000,000 • 5466 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island • MLS# 1273982
3 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,430 sq. ft. • 10,400 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Bonnie Sanborn.
BonnieSanborn@Windermere.com • 206.919.3501 • BonnieSanborn.com

CHARMING SEAVIEW CRAFTSMAN
$635,000 • 6419 49th Ave SW, Seattle • MLS# 1278016
3 Bedrooms • 1 Bathrooms • 1,340 sq. ft. • 7,400 Lot Size

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

NORTH BEACON HILL CHARMER
$450,000 • 2323 23rd Ave S, Seattle • MLS# 1279252
1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 720 sq. ft. • 6,000 Lot Size

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

7 Amazing Places to Eat in Downtown Burien, Washington

7 Amazing Places to Eat in Downtown Burien, Washington

Established in 1864, Burien, Washington remains a small, suburban city with Seattle to the north, Tukwila to the east, and Des Moines to the south. Since 1980, the population has increased from 23K to 51K, much of that increase experienced between 2010-2016.

Although its population increased so drastically, Burien remains a small-town at heart and Olde Burien is a testament to that. As a reference, “Olde” Burien is the area surrounding SW 152nd Street and runs through downtown, where unique shops and eateries reflect the “eclectic mix of interests” of the locals. Like many areas, Burien has a bunch of restaurants to choose from, each with their own distinct flavor palette.

One popular cuisine is sushi and one local favorite is Oishi Sushi. Each dish is served with care and delicate precision. With their wide selection, even those not akin to sushi can find something to eat in their menu. Other options include soup, salad, noodles, rice bowls, and bento.

Your “friendly neighborhood brewpub, “Elliott Bay Brewing has a location along the main drag in Burien, where they serve their organic, handcrafted ales and community. Family owned, Elliott Bay opened in July of 1997 and has since been a “leader in sustainability [and] philanthropic support.”

If you fancy Italian, try Frankie’s B-Town Bistro. An expansive dinner menu and nightly specials include only the freshest, seasonal and local ingredients, with many ingredients hand-picked from Seattle’s Pike Place Market. With a goal with family and friends in mind, their connected, community atmosphere brings Italian heritage to Burien tradition.

Built on familiar love and a passion for hospitality, The Greek House melds the simple principles they the owners learned from Athens, Greece – where their family owned three restaurants prior to them moving to Burien. Classic Greek food in the heart of Burien, including gyros, plates, and scrumptious desserts.

Originally located in West Seattle, the original owners decided to expand into Burien where Bison Creek Pizza resides today – and although renovations have changed the building, their original recipes remain the same. Classic pepperoni or go crazy with a Carolina Reaper pizza – either way, you’ll enjoy the fluffy, hand-tossed crust and homemade sauces!

The Bite Sandwich Company is great for lunch and with updated Spring hours, you’ll enjoy their food longer! Enjoy made-to-order sandwiches and salads, with freshness as their key ingredient. They bake/roast their chicken breast, turkey breast, bacon, roast beef, and corned beef in-hour so they can deliver on their promise for quality goods.

Since 1998, The Australian Pie Company has served delectable, gourmet meat pies and other Aussie pastries to its patrons. Baked in their signature Puff Pastry – containing no trans fats or cholesterol – and awesome Aussie assessorial products, including Vegemite and Arnotts biscuits.

Downtown Burien has some of our favorite eats around – and their proximity to the Seattle-Tacoma Airport makes it a convenient place before or after a flight! Check out Downtown Burien during the summer for local events, like their Farmer’s Market or Music in the Park.

Did we miss one of your favorite, local places to indulge your cravings? Let us know in the comments below!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

NORTH CREEK CRAFTSMAN
$995,000 • 30132 126th Avenue Northeast, Bothell • MLS# 1274944
5 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 3,270 sq. ft. • 10,060 lot size

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

RIDGEVIEW HOME
$310,000 • 21026 40th Place S #L6, Seatac • MLS# 1275695
2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1,146 sq. ft.

For more information, please contact Ina Bahner.
InaBahner@Windermere.com • 206.854.9911 • InaBahner.com


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

5 of the Most Beautiful Views of Washington

5 of the Most Beautiful Views of Washington

For many people, Washington is synonymous with the Puget Sound and all its surrounding beauty. The Pacific Northwest has made its stake for brilliant views and recreation, but many locals still find those perfect spots difficult to find. Have you ever searched for a hike you knew, and then went up the backside of the mountain, because that’s where your navigation brought you? Yeah, us too…

And there’s no excuse for it!

These top 5 most beautiful views are great for family-outings, adventures with friends, or individual escapades.

Quinault River – Pony Bridge & the Enchanted Valley

This super-short, 5-mile roundtrip excursion is plentiful and beautiful. With a relatively small elevation gain, this Olympic Peninsula hike is abundant with wildlife and natural recreation to enjoy. This year-round adventure thrives during the early Fall season, so ensure to check out these old-growth and moss-draped forest!

Though you may not get the entire experience without a follow-up trip in Spring (to see the meadows of wild flowers), you’ll surely enjoy the bird watching, hiking, trail running, and overall nature exposure. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced hiker, you’ll enjoy the trip! Even a photographer searching for a new backdrop will enjoy this habitat!

To access this out and back trail, you’ll need to navigate to the Forest Service’s Quinault Ranger Station, and then continue across the Quinault Rover Bridge. The trailhead is near the end of the road.

Steamboat Rock State Park

800 feet above sea-level and spanning across 600+ acres, Steamboat Rock State Park has impressed the most well-versed travelers and seasoned, local adventurers. Carved by Ice Age floods, Steamboat Rock is almost unreal with its 650-foot vertical gain hike up the columnar basalt butte.

But yes, the views and unique photo-ops are totally worth the adventure and probable need for a massage and heavy nap afterwards.

This beauty across the Cascade Mountains is located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee area, and from the top you can see the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests. Though the immediate surroundings appear barren to some, don’t let its shyness hide the teeming wildlife, spring flowers, and sagebrush native to the area.

If hiking isn’t your thing, the park also features a 320-foot dock and seven boat ramps on Lake Bans, where anglers, swimmers, paddlers, and other water-sports enthusiasts have enjoyed many-a lazy summer days. Bring your tent, drive your RV, or rent a cabin site to enjoy the space for longer periods of time!

Snoqualmie Pass – Granite Mountain

Located in the hills of the Cascades, this Pacific Northwest staple offers classic views of Crystal Lake, Kaleetan Peak, and Mount Rainier. Though it’s a steep climb, you’re surrounded by beautiful evergreens and the small of wild for the entire 8.6-mile roundtrip.

We don’t suggest exploring these peaks during winter, as avalanche danger is extreme on this rocky mountain, but stunning views is the surrounding cool, mossy forest make it a summer-time staple.

The first (or last if you’re on your way down) 1.2 miles proves the easiest, but the other 7+ miles area of narrow trails, scattered avalanche debris and evidence, and rocky slopes, so watch your step while you’re hiking through the quiet forest. Don’t worry, the trek is difficult and steep, but there are several places to stop and catch your breath.

A Ferry Ride from Seattle to Bremerton

Who knew a ferry ride could be so fulfilling? This easy “trek” – especially when compared to others on this list – has been known as one of the best since 1951 (since the ferry route began!) This one-hour voyage lands you in Bremerton, where you can either wake up the sleepy town or head on the next ride back into Seattle.

If you aren’t familiar, you should also check out other local ferry rides or even the Argosy Cruises, which often show parts of the Pacific Northwest we can rarely see from our urban vantage-point. This most beautiful view is more like fifteen-in-one.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Surrounded by 110,000 acres of natural meadows and windy ridges, but some areas are open to the public. Yes, there are many areas that aren’t, and this extensive parcel of land is largely set aside for research, recreational, and educational purposes, but, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it. Regardless of the restrictions, millions of people visit the optimal volcano-watching vantage, that is the Mount St. Helens National Park, annually.

Both the Johnston Ridge Observatory and the Forest Learning Center are great mileposts where you and your family and friends can learn the history and decipher the reason more than 1.5 million visitors have experienced Mount St. Helens facilities since 1987.

If you’re interested in more, you can also enjoy a helicopter ride of the National Park, climbing the volcano (permit required with a 100 person-per-day limit), hike the National Park trails, shopping at the gift store, elk viewing, fishing at Coldwater Lake, exploring ancient Ape Caves, dining on blackberry cobbler at 19 Mile House, or a horseback ride on the mudflow from Eco park.

If you’ve indulged in these experiences, let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear your testimonials and stories!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

HOME ON ISLAND LANE
$1,675,000 • 8455 Southeast 69th Street, Mercer Island • MLS# 1272615
4 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 2,540 sq. ft. • 6,559 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Ina Bahner.
InaBahner@Windermere.com • 206.854.9911 • InaBahner.com

SPARKLING VIEWS IN EAST SEATTLE
$1,268,000 • 6700 Southeast 32nd Street, Mercer Island • MLS# 1263715
3 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,310 sq. ft. • 8,808 lost size

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

CUTE & CONVENIENT
$887,750 • 8012 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island • MLS# 1257100
3 Bedrooms • 1.5 Bathrooms • 1,340 sq. ft. • 6,129 Lot Size

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

BALLARD CAPE COD
$700,000 • 644 NW 49th Street, Seattle • MLS# 1275701
3 Bedrooms • 1 Bathroom • 1,353 sq. ft. • 3,569 Lot Size

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

DOWNTOWN SEATTLE LIVING
$624,950 • 3028 Western Ave #512, Seattle • MLS# 1264077
2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 930 sq. ft.

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

WHERE COMFORT MEETS CONVENIENCE
$595,000 • 3011 SW Bataan Street, Seattle • MLS# 1274061
3 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 1,580 sq. ft. • 2,790 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Lisa Dong.
LisaDong@Windermere.com • 206.458.3942 • LisaDong.com


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

Exploring Downtown Sumner, Washington

Exploring Downtown Sumner, Washington

The Pacific Northwest is riddled with delightful small towns and one of our favorites is Sumner, Washington. Surrounded by Puyallup to the west, Auburn to the north and Bonney Lake to the East, Sumner is a small community nestled in the valley. With an estimated population of less than ten-thousand in 2016, Sumner remains a small town.

Their downtown area comprises approximately three-square-blocks, is “off the beaten path”, even though it remains easily accessible via State Routes 410, State Route 167, and the West Valley Highway. While you’re visiting this year’s Daffodil Parade in Sumner (on one Saturday in April), consider staying to check out a few of their local shops and eateries.

 The Hometown Charm Café is operated “by a couple gals that were raised in Sumner, Washington.” A local favorite for breakfast and lunch, many appraise their “gotta try” cinnamon rolls. With an expansive menu, they offer more than the “standard” American breakfast foods – and with a 4.8-Star rating, there’s no reason not to try it out!

With two locations – one in Sumner and one in Bonney Lake – the Buttered Biscuit is the perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner place! Comfy and casual, their American comfort foods fill you up with big portions and a homey, “small town” atmosphere.

For mouth-watering Italian fare, try Sorci’s Italian Café & Market, where this quaint spot offers amazing food with a great atmosphere. Complete with West Coast wines and a menu comprised of antipasta, ravioli, pasta, and seafood, their menu offers a wide array of classic Italian delights.

As with other small towns, their walk-up boutiques are fun ways to find hidden treasures.

Recently established in 2017, The Rustic Farmhouse has a variety of country-inspired trinkets and furnishings to fit your every home décor need. Whether it’s for your home or a gift, their trove has countless treasures for you to find and enjoy!

Totally baby-centric, Sugar Babies is a local baby boutique featuring newborn and toddler clothes – and everything else for every “baby” occasion! The upscale and stylish children’s boutique offers trendy styles from head to toe.

A Good Book, an adorable bookstore, features genres of all styles including children’s, adult, mystery, and “books about squirrels.” They aren’t just any run-of-the-mill bookstore – they assure they have “genres yet to be invented.” Whether you’re looking for used or new novels, A Good Book has you covered!

Explore downtown Sumner’s adventures including old favorites like the Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse on Valley Avenue or Loyalty Park in the heart of Sumner’s residential district. Even though it’s small town, there’s big fun and magic to be sought!


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

Searching for a New Best Friend? Check Out These Local Shelters & Rescues!

Searching for a New Best Friend? Check Out These Local Shelters & Rescues!

Sometimes Spring means an influx in local animal shelters, which can strain capacities and resources to their extent. If you’re looking for a new furry best friend, these are great places to start in terms of adoption. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite local resources for volunteering, animal fostering and adoption!

The area’s major animal services resource remains the Regional Services King County, which continues to be a committed, collaborative, and compassionate animal care service that serves much of King County. Want to get involved? There is volunteering, fostering/adoption, and donations options available!

Located in the heart of Seattle, the Seattle Humane society walks their motto, which reads as Saving Lives, Completing Families. Through licensing, finding your lost pet, disaster help, animal advice, and pet loss support services, they offer tons of different resources for your pet and your family to fully assist in your adoption and/or ongoing care. So far in 2018, they’ve completed 898 dog & cat adoptions!

Dedicated to improving the lives of animals of all areas (locally, nationally, and internationally), the Motley Zoo Animal Rescue is a rescue and rehabilitation rescue, which focuses community education on responsible pet ownership and animal welfare. They are a non-profit, foster-based, volunteer run animal rescue organization and a great place to consider when finding your newest best friend!

Another great opportunity to work side-by-side with animals and assisting their journey towards their forever-homes, is Ginger’s Pet Rescue. They specialize in saving Death Row Dogs and giving them another chance to find the homes that have been searching for them. They work alongside a large network of fosters in the Greater Seattle Area, who generously provide training and support through their transition.

Burien CARES translates to Community Animal Rescue & Education Society, is a non-profit organization which is known as the animal care and control authority for the city of Burien. A no—kill operation, they house strays and “adopt out unclaimed animals to new, loving families”! Formed in 2011, they were organized by a group of local residents and business owners and has remained a community-based shelter ever since.

You can also search outside of King County at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County. In the first two months of 2018, over 771 pets have been placed – which is amazing – and they exceeded their 90% live release rate throughout 2017, which currently stands at 92.71%. They offer services for dogs, cats, and other small critters – so don’t be shy and check them out!

But these aren’t the only shelters and animal resources in the area. Others include:

  • The Forgotten Dogs Rescue, a foster-home-based rescue organization.
  • The Emerald City Pet Rescue, a non-profit established in 2013 that’s dedicated to rescuing, nurturing, and rehabilitating homeless and neglected animals.
  • PAWS, which is an amazing focused rescue, that focuses on taking animals out of cages and allowing them to interact with you on a friendlier, less-stressful manor. They also do wildlife assistance, through their Wildlife Center!
  • Meow Cat Rescue, a cat-focused rescue that caters Mercer Island & Eastside “orphans”.
  • The Homeward Pet Adoption Center, located up in Woodinville that helps dogs and cats through their journey.
  • The Washington Ferret Rescue & Shelter, which works with ferrets on a no-kill basis.

And there are still more yet! But these are all great places to look for your future best friend. We’d love to hear your experiences with these organizations – or any other rescue and shelter organization you’ve experienced!


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

April Showers, Bringing May Flowers

April Showers, Bringing May Flowers

Known for its unending beauty and majesty, the Pacific Northwest offers dozens of colorful and vivacious plants that are both full of life and excitement. But sometimes choosing the best ones can be a difficult decision… This week we’re sharing some of our favorite flowery foliage!

Sweet Peas are one of the most fragrant and bright of the bunch. Their lovely fragrance and trailing vines looks great along trellis, windowsills, and billowing out of a beautiful bouquet. Right now (early Spring) is the best time to plant these, so grab some bulbs, plant and enjoy!

Commonly referred to as “workhorse”, Zinnia are an array of shapes and sizes with different shades and colors and are great options for warming up and livening up any household.

The Dahlia is a low-maintenance perennial that comes in tons of different colors and textures. From low-yellows to deep hues of burgundy or violet, each variety has its own sense of beauty – so don’t be worried! Each varietal is bound to be fascinating.

If you’re looking for something low-maintenance and great for ground foliage, turn to Sword Ferns. It’s a Pacific Northwest staple and grows natively in the area, making it an easy grower. Though their “look” is rather consistent and green, they make a lovely addition to every garden!

Tall upright spires, Lupines are great for adding depth to your garden as they grow 3-feet tall and come in shades of blue, purple-pink, red, orange, yellow, and white. They’re drought-tolerant too – so if you forget to water them, they’ll usually survive!

Bleeding Hearts are a big favorite, especially the Pacific Bleeding Heart, which booms with pinkish-white flowers in late Spring. Keep them cool, out of direct sunlight, and moist and you’ll enjoy them through Summer and into Fall!

Excellent for ground-cover, the Broadleaf Sedum is tough, drought-tolerant, and offers “cheery” yellow flowers over leafy, green stems. They can be great for adding color along the base of your garden or for adding cheer to your rockery!

Another crowd favorite are Rhododendrons, which are shrubs and grow 6 – 8 feet in height, with hearty, flat leaves and clusters of cheerful, pink blossoms, though they’re also available in other shades, including orange and lavender.

So those are our favorite plants to create your bursting, backyard garden – though are tons of options we didn’t list (or else we’d be here all year!) If we didn’t list your favorite (or even if we did), what are they?


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

Tips for Washington’s Gardening Season + 4 Tips to Get You Started!

Tips for Washington’s Gardening Season + 4 Tips to Get You Started!

Don’t we all have ideas of starting a fabulous garden, whether ornate in flowers or a practical vegetable garden? Growing your own garden of vegetables is fun, rewarding, and stress-releasing – and it can help make your shopping cheaper and easier; but it doesn’t come from a short supply of continued learning.

 Even you might want to start next year, in the sunshine of Spring and Summer is a good time to prep for next year (instead of readying your raised beds and soil in the chilly Fall or Winter seasons.)

Tip #1 START SLOW & START SMALL

While you might have grandeur ideas of an expansive, multi-acre garden, you’ll want to start small – especially if this is your first garden journey. There’s nothing wrong starting with a few vegetables and adding a few new ones every year.

Tip #2 RAISED BEDS WILL SAVE YOU TIME AND ENERGY

Raised beds help you both make efficient use of space, help your back out (from not having to crunch over for long hours in the garden), and overall make it easier for you to get started, since you don’t have to till your packed-down dirt or unearth rocks and grass to make way. As soon as your raised beds are established, it’ll be easy to plant and maintain.

Tip #3 BE CREATIVE & PLAY TO WASHINGTON’S STRENGTHS

As we’ve recently experienced, Washington gets sun long before the weather peaks above frostbite temperatures. You might use this time to sprout your seeds indoors or plant them in pots for later transplant and set them near a window to grow. Just don’t forget to water them…

Tip #4 MAKE A HABIT OF IT & WORK TOWARDS IT EVERYDAY

Like any other hobby or learned-skill, gardening takes time, patience, and habit-building consequence of repetition. Keep a notebook where you can record all your temperatures and notes for each “gardening” day, that way you’ll know what you’ve accomplished and what you might need to do next. Also, recording soil temperatures will help you determine when and what to plant next!

March and April are great times to plant vegetables such as peas, beets, scallions, cilantro, and carrots – but late-April you might consider adding lettuce, broccoli, spinach, dill, and cauliflower. Vegetables can be volatile, because they’re a bit picky as to when you plant them. Spring veggies don’t want to be seeded in the dead of winter – they might not sprout!

Below, we’ve included some basics towards the Washington planting season:

Mid-March: peas

Late-March/Early-April: beets, scallions, cilantro, carrots

Mid-April: lettuce, broccoli, spinach, chives, fennel

Late-April/Early-May: carrots, cilantro, dill, cauliflower

May: pole beans, summer squash, lettuce

Early-June: cucumbers, corn

This is a great start-guide for your upcoming adventures and remember, you don’t have to have an innate green thumb to start a garden, only determination, passion, and perseverance. The Pacific Northwest is temperate, but we often experience cold or late Springs, meaning these dates could probably stand to be pushed back a few weeks if you’re still waking up to freezing weather.

If your little one is looking to start a new hobby – check out WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND at this year’s SUMMER CELEBRATION on Mercer Island! Stay tuned for more details!

What are your favorite plants and edibles to grow and harvest? What are you planning on planting this season?


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

WARMTH, DEPTH & MASTERFUL BALANCE
$5,275,000 • 2154 94th Ave NE, Clyde Hill • MLS# 1248070
5 Bedrooms • 5.5 Bathrooms • 7,134 sq. ft. • 20,022 Lot Size

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

AMAZING OPPORTUNITY IN BELLEVUE
$700,000 • 16143 SE Newport Way, Bellevue • MLS# 1268514
4 Bedrooms • 2.25 Bathrooms • 2,180 sq. ft. • 16,812 Lot Size

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

BEACON HILL CHARMER
$525,000 • 2847 S Orcas Street, Seattle • MLS# 1260834
3 Bedrooms • 1.5 Bathrooms • 1,360 sq. ft. • 6,255 Lot Size

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

SERENITY & CONVENIENCE
$439,000 •  553 Bronson Place NE, Renton • MLS# 1255337
3 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,320 sq. ft. • 7,032 Lot Size

For more information, please contact Yvonne Willard.
Yvonne@Windermere.com • 206.245.0332 • YvonneWillard.com


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

The 4 Destinations of Seattle-Docked Ferries!

The 4 Destinations of Seattle-Docked Ferries!

Since its inception, Seattle has been a hub for sea-travelers for centuries. And in the bustling Pacific Northwest, there are endless places to explore using our ferry system!

Seattle’s downtown, Pier 50 ferry docks boats destined for Bainbridge Island of Bremerton, Washington.

Bremerton lies across the Puget Sound on the Olympic Peninsula. By far the largest community on this list, Bremerton offers a bustling industry, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the Boardwalk Harborside Fountain Park, and the Puget Sound Navy Museum. A marina community, stroll down their Arts District or PSNS Memorial Plaza – or across the Manette Bridge for countless blocks of restaurants, shopping, and recreation.

The first island-community on this list, Bainbridge Island offers rich, natural beauty and small-town charm. While the Bainbridge Island terminal offers easy access to Highway 305, the small-ish downtown is nothing to bypass if you’re looking for a nice daytrip. Better yet – Summer’s coming and each month is packed with a full-schedule of events and activities!

Otherwise, Highway 305 takes into other peninsula communities such as Poulsbo, and onwards towards Highway 3.

West Seattle’s Fauntleroy terminal ferries people from West Seattle to either Vashon Island or Southworth.

Though Southworth is a small community, it offers great access to the peninsula’s scenic waterside drives and the larger city of Port Orchard. Though many refer to Southworth as a drive-through town, it offers direct routes to Manchester, Parkwood, Port Orchard, and Bethel.

Rich in history and culture, Vashon Island is both a beautiful portrayal of Washington State and home to curvy, one-lane roads around an island largely forgotten by time. Each turn shows another unique orchard or equestrian dream. This tree-haven is an amazing community and the meandering, island-round streets are perfect for a day bike ride.

In such a bustling city, sometimes we just want to slowdown and have fun in a new and vibrant area. These easy-to-get-to areas are perfect for just that! Don’t like to take the ferry? Enjoy the scenic route through Tacoma, Washington!

Learn more and explore Washington via ferries through the WSDOT planning portal.


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

MAJESTIC MERCER ISLAND WATERFRONT
$4,890,000 • 4635 Forest Ave SE, Mercer Island • MLS# 1255524
4 Bedrooms • 4 Bathrooms • 4,950 sq. ft. • 19,635 Lot Size

Find more information at MajesticForestAve.com

For more information, please contact Larry Williams.
Larry@LarryWilliamsRealEstate.com • 425.445.9870 • LarryWilliamsRealEstate.com

CAREFREE ISLAND LIVING
$475,000 • 7930 SE 34th Street #108, Mercer Island • MLS# 1258666
2 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 989 sq. ft.

For more information, please contact Fred Fox.
FredFox@Windermere.com • 425.785.3147 • FredFoxRealty.com

SPACIOUS & BRIGHT
$350,000 • 3256 SW Avalon Way #104, Seattle • MLS# 1263500
2 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 937 sq. ft.

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

Windermere Living – Spring 2018 Edition

Windermere Living is a fabulous magazine that highlights the best the West Coast has to offer, including breathtaking residences, hot Spring getaways, scrumpous eateries, and other highly-desirable West Coast destinations. Learn about the West Coast’s best places to vacation, eat, play, and live inside the pages of Spring Edition of Windermere Living.

ABOUT WINDERMERE LIVING: Produced exclusively by Windermere Real Estate, Windermere Living magazine features beautiful homes for sale in neighborhoods throughout the Western U.S. It also offers carefully curated editorial that reflects our passion for community, connection, and inspired living.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

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

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

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

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

Tip #2 LEARN THE BASICS OF THE GAME

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

Here are a few terms to get you started:

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

Tip #3 CREATE PLAYFUL BANTER AND CHOOSE SIDES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tip #7 ENJOY THE GAME & INDULGE A LITTLE

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

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

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

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


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

7 Gastropubs People Are Falling Over

7 Gastropubs People Are Falling Over

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018.