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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Does Remodeling Impact Your Home Sale in Seattle?

How Does Remodeling Impact Your Home Sale in Seattle?


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

A few key takeaways we learned from this report are:

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

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

Cost vs. Value for Midrange Projects in Seattle

Cost vs. Value for Upscale Projects in Seattle

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

Top 15 Washington School Districts

Top 15 Washington School Districts

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

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

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

The Top 15 School Districts in Washington State

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

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

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

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

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

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3 Top-Rated Mercer Island Salons

3 Top-Rated Mercer Island Salons

Isn’t it about time for some pampering? If your anything like us, you’re busy, busy, busy with decorating, holiday parties, family get-togethers, and cooking, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take some time for yourself. The last few months are always chaotic and brimming with obligations, but remembering to take some for yourself can make the season all the more enjoyable.

Au Courant Salon & The DEN remains a fabulous island staple as both creative designer and specialized consultants. Locally owned, Au Courant is an “of the moment” designer service, specializing in visionaries and industry expertise. Aside from their typical services of hair styling extraordinaire, they offer POSH, a wardrobe & image consulting service.

With knowledge and expertise, the unique team at the Island Salon and Spa offer “no short cuts” on your salon and spa experience. From hair, to spa, tanning or massage, they have you covered for all your pampered needs – and their conveniently located in downtown Mercer Island: a quick stop from either Seattle or the Eastside, and excellent for island residents

Family owned since 2011, Hair Excel offers a value of an experience at an affordable price point. Consistently innovating, they leave “no hair out of place” at their family salon. Clean, efficient and attentive to detail.

Regardless of what you want, these awesome salons can get you what you’re looking for – and they’re conveniently located for Eastsiders, Seattleites and Mercer Islanders alike.

Grab your mother, sister, and best friend and head down for a holiday pampering! Or grab some gift cards for a New Year, and plan a spa day! Do you have a go-to salon on the island?

Have Family Coming to Town? These are 5 of Seattle’s & 5 of Bellevue’s Most Highly Regarded Hotels

Have Family Coming to Town? These are 5 of Seattle’s & 5 of Bellevue’s Most Highly Regarded Hotels

The holidays are stressful enough without having the added pressure of dealing with the hotel you’re staying at. You’d assume it would be easy. You book the room and the show up and settle in, but we’re heard horror stories of ruined holidays or last-minute cramped quarters as twenty people share one four-bedroom home.

We’ve done through dozens of reviews, articles, and exposes and we’re here to share our findings – and just in time, too!


Hyatt Hotels is a world-renowned legacy, marked by outstanding service, profound understanding and knowledge of the surrounding area(s), and offering all the conveniences of home. In Bellevue, Hyatt Hotels offers two locations, one in downtown Bellevue, the Hyatt Regency, and on in the Eastgate neighborhood, the Hyatt House. There’s also one in Redmond!

The Hampton Inn & Suites is another popular Hilton endeavor. Friendly and “highly recommended” this location is right outside downtown Bellevue, meaning you get all the convenience, without all the traffic and city hubbub (don’t worry – you’re only two blocks away!)

The Westin Hotel in Bellevue, proves a premier experience at it’s finest. Consistently top notch, they’re a quarter-block away from Bellevue’s premier shopping experience, including the Bellevue Collection, Lincoln Square, Shops at the Bravern, and the Bellevue Connection.

Mariott Hotels also offers a getaway in Bellevue Downtown District. Excellent location and an overall comfortable stay make the holidays an easy experience! Add in some fabulous dining, their fitness center, and other amenities, the Courtyard by Marriott in Bellevue proves an excellent option!


With how expansive Seattle is, there’s bound to be tons of excellent hotel options – and that’s definitely the case here. Don’t worry – we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 go-tos!

Self-touted as “hip and urban, funky and fun,” Hotel 5 is at the top of our “Seattle” list. With their pup-friendly package, “there’s no need to ruff it without your furry friend!” This ultra-modern hotel has set its sights higher and offers a plethora of amenities – and a 1100% smoke-free environment.

Another fabulous option is the Loews Hotel 1000. Each location is uniquely modern and contoured to the Seattle community – including awesome pup and children specialties. Check out their Spaahh for award-winning products and treatments, while their Seafood & Oyster Bar and Bell Lounge offer expert dining experiences.

Another Seattle experience, highlighting the human-dog friendship that’s so brightly invigorated around the Puget Sound Region. The Kimpton Hotel Vintage is one of Seattle’s boutique hotels, offering an urban retreat for anyone within the sound of their voice. Want to get spoiled and pampered? Delight in their in-room spa experience, complimentary hotel bicycles, plus their partnership with Washington wine partners and their morning coffee + tea service. Love the hotel you’re in!

Stay in the heart of downtown, at the Kimpton Alexis Hotel. Another unique endeavor, similar to their Hotel Vintage location, this luxury stay was rated “#1 Hotel in Seattle” by Conde Nast Traveler, RCA 2017 and “Best Seattle Hotels” by U.S. News & World Report, 2017. Curious why? Phenomenal experiences. Exceptional services. “Because you’re worth it.”

Enjoy classic Seattle shopping at the new Pike Place Market and stay at the Inn at the Market. Savor the views of downtown, Pike Place Market, Seattle’s waterfront experience, the Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains beyond – and depending on your preferences, there are different suite options to choose from!


But Seattle and Bellevue, though the premier cities of the area, aren’t the only one’s with decent digs! Kirkland also offers two premier hotels, if that’s a bit closer to your family!

The Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa is located just north of Bellevue, on the edges of Yarrow Bay. With great reviews, dashing views, and awesome activities, they’re on this list of classic Pacific Northwest experience.

 Another Kirkland abode away from home is the Heathman Hotel. Totally #PNW and luxurious, and only a hop, skip and a jump into Woodinville, this hotel is ideally located near downtown Kirkland shopping, eating, and their beautiful waterfront.

Do you have a have a favorite place to stay in-town, or while you’re visiting the Seattle area? Let us know!

A NEW Ice Creamery for Your Winter Shopping Season

A NEW Ice Creamery for Your Winter Shopping Season

Yes, yes, we know it’s cold outside, but who doesn’t love ice cream? Even when it’s chilly? And this hot, new ice creamer is ready for your #winter indulgences!

FROM MILK just opened a few weeks back, in Westfield’s Southcenter Shopping Mall – and the line is still waiting in this frosty weather! Featuring handcrafted, premium delights, From Milk offers a unique menu adding green tea and red bean to “usual” menu, alongside classics like classic milk, vanilla bean, strawberry, and chocolate.

But their unique-ness doesn’t stop at their flavors – in fact, that’s only the beginning. They specialize in dipped ice cream bars, piled with sauce and other fabulous flavors. Alongside their bars, they offer bowls, which comprise shaved ice cream (delicious!), topped with a combination of fruits, buts and other lovely additions. And, guess what, it’s also topped with a bar!

Don’t want to waste the paper bowl? Try the special watermelon or honeydew bowl. It’s a big larger and a tad messier, but it’s work every honeydew-ball bite!

Another feature of From Milk is their signature milks. With the flavors of strawberry, blueberry, and Matcha tea – with chocolate coming soon – they’re really going all out on the “From Milk”.

Check out the entire menu on their website! If you haven’t tried them yet, they’re definitely worth a try!

Do you have any favorites you’d like us to know about? Leave your favorite, local ice cream parlor in the comments below!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your favorite workout places around the island?

4 NEW Bellevue Restaurants to Check Out While You’re Shopping this Holiday Season!

4 NEW Bellevue Restaurants to Check Out While You’re Shopping this Holiday Season!

Out shopping for the holidays and don’t have time to stop back at home? Or maybe you just want to enjoy the experience and try something new! Bellevue has opened up a few new restaurants to try this upcoming season!

Dukes Seafood & Chowder House has opened another Pacific Northwest location in Lincoln Square. Like their other locations, they’re true to form with an extremely clean eating space and refreshingly friendly atmosphere. A cozy experience to say the least!

The Central Bar opened a few months ago in the heart of Bellevue. A convenient location across from Bellevue Square Mall, this new bar offers an ambiance comprised of a sports bar and intimate gathering space. Since it’s not sports-centric, one feels right at home and able to gather around the table without the loud screams of sports games (but, don’t worry – there’s still four to view your favorite Seahawks game!)

Located off Main Street in old-Bellevue, Swiftwater Cellars opened approximately two months ago. A warm and inviting décor, coupled with unique compilations of food and drinks, create an elegant atmosphere. This coupling perfectly displays their rustic roots of Cle Elum, with a modern twist of the local, urban lifestyle!

Ultra-boutique candy stores are all the rage – and there’s a reason for it! While many candy stores cater towards children, this new trend shifts the focus on adults. Sugar Factory has created an sophisticated, full-service experience when it comes to your sugar of choice! Happy sweet things!

Regardless of what you’re looking for, Bellevue has it. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert – or even drinks afterwards – there are always tons of places just a block away. And Bellevue’s Main Street “old-Bellevue” area, has tons of overlooked, local favorites!

What are you favorite local places we should try?

3 Delectable on-Island Breakfast Favorites for your Post Thanksgiving Feast

3 Delectable on-Island Breakfast Favorites for your Post Thanksgiving Feast

It’s only a few days after Thanksgiving cooking and the busiest shopping weekend ever, so do you really want to wake up at the crack of dawn and hash out eggs and sausage with a side of toast? Yeah, we didn’t think so either.

And remember, it’s already 9am – which means people are already stirring in their beds!

Imagine this… Taking a relaxing bike ride down Island Crest Way or a leisurely drive down East or West Mercer (be careful of the turns!) and making your way into Mercer Island’s beautiful Downtown District.

Mercer Island’s Mioposto offers a delightful array of Italian cuisine, cooked to perfection by skilled oveners. Their “open-flame ovens” are handcrafted locally and are the “only heat source in the kitchen.” Even though, it probably gets sweltering hot in there! Their dinner menu offers tons of shareables, pizzas, and pastas, but their breakfast & lunch menu is to die for.

A unique blend of palates, their menu offers delights such as the Bacon & Egg Breakfast Pizza, Shakshuka, Panenata, and others delights to enjoy!

Committed to serving authentic, original food, Bennett’s Bistro offers an blend of sweet and savory breakfast options. From pancakes with sweet cream butter, to Chiliaquiles, to Steak and Eggs, Bennett’s has long proven itself a favorite amongst the locals. Looking for something lighter after the holidays? Their Beet Salas or Roasted Delicata Squash and Arugula Salad are spectacular!

They’ve even partnered with another local, Seattle company, Beecher’s Cheese, to embellish the original take on Mac & Cheese. Whether you just want that original love, or want to try it with Kale & Mama Lil’s Peppers, you’re sure to enjoy! Also, check out their lunch and dinner menus for other small-town favorites!

Are you looking for something quick and on-the-go, before another day with family? Homegrown is always an option for nutritional and local foods – and they offer seasonal specials! While their breakfast menu comprises most warm bowls, sandwiches, and portage, they also offer their regular menu throughout the day! So, regardless of if you’re craving an Avocado, Egg & Cheese Sandwich or a Grass-fed Steak & Blue – they’ve got you!

Or, maybe yet, you’re just more of a morning, plus coffee kind of individual… The Island has an array of Starbucks and Tully’s coffee houses! The new market, New Seasons, also offers a local source of the caffeine-infused beverage.

Now that we’ve gone over Mercer Island’s breakfast hotspots, what are your favorite, local places to enjoy the morning?

Want to find out more about Mercer Island? Check out their informational page and any of the following links to get to know the real local-favorites!

A Time for Giving… Local Charities Who Would LOVE Your Help & Different Ways to Donate

A Time for Giving… Local Charities Who Would LOVE Your Help & Different Ways to Donate

We here at LiveOnGuides.com are all about giving back to the community and supporting throughout the year, but the times of holiday cheer are often the most needed times for volunteers, food, and other items for people who might not have the means. It’s also getting cold especially early this year, and any weather-resistant outerwear you could donate would very much be appreciated.

Outside of the organizations and communities we volunteer at and donate to, it’s just the tip of the iceberg for local places. The awesome list is from the quoted article below offers a ton of great resources – and we’re offering some ways to offer support!

Fulfill someone’s wish list: Tons of people have created wish lists through organizations, like HopeLink, YouthCare, Seattle Children’s and Toys for Tots. Oftentimes, toys and electronics aren’t the only thing on people’s wishlists; things such as hygiene products, bedding, clothes and hearty shoes are also on the list. You may even consider a gift card to a grocery store!

Host a food/clothing/etc. drive: Have an event coming up? Or just want to get involved? Host a drive and offer to pick things up. Better yet – partner with a local business and make that the drop-off site!

Volunteer throughout the year: It’s no secret that Thanksgiving and the following month of December show a massive influx of volunteers, filling many volunteer organizations to volunteer capacity. Tons of local organizations, including the Salvation Army, Community Lunch of Capitol Hill, the Jubilee Woman’s Center, the dozen or so included in the linked list below, and countless more amazing places around Seattle.

The Seattle Times has made their own list of tips for “making the most of holiday charitable giving,” so make sure to check it out – and remember, even if you aren’t able to donate monetarily, you may consider carving out one day a year to volunteer! Happy Season!

Looking to share your bounty this holiday season? Below are some of our favorite local, vetted organizations who can use your time, household items, toys, and more to help improve the lives of homeless and low-income families in our area. You might also check out these tips on how to make the most of charitable giving.

The complete article can be found on MercerIslandPulse.com (click here for a quick link).

3 Winter Day Trips from Seattle, Washington

3 Winter Day Trips from Seattle, Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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$585,000 • 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1,275 Square Feet

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

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$315,000 • 2 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,087 Square Feet

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

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5 Poke Places in King County’s Eastside

5 Poke Places in King County’s Eastside

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you enjoy poke? What are your favorite places?

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

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

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

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

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

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


4 Bellevue Coffeehouses to Cozy Up In

4 Bellevue Coffeehouses to Cozy Up In

The Fall and Winter seasons are the best time of year for a cup of hot beverage and a cozy couch. And why not partake in a local coffeeshop and enjoy in the new seasoning’s tidings? Exquisite taste and perfection are something many locals enjoy, and local coffeeshops often have just that!

Third Culture Coffee is a “dream” of “deep passion” for a particular morning brew. Cuddling on a chair with a piping hot cup of tea or coffee can be the greatest relief on a rainy day. Can you just imagine? And this delightful boutique is more than just expertly crafted coffee and tea leaves – they’re perfect for all your breakfast and quick-meal needs!

Started in Upper Queen Anne in 1994, Café Ladro has built their empire from the ground up! Their cafes are naturally created for that “intimate vibe” regulars are so fond of, and their known for superb coffees, a friendly atmosphere, and carefully crafted baked goods! And unlike the other shops on this list, they roast their own coffee!

Serving up high quality coffee from a local roaster (Café Lusso), Café Cesura is touted as a local favorite for their luxurious coffee, tasty pastries, and artsy vibe. Their open shop and Einstein light fixtures offers an industrial meets modern feel.

Industrial and open, this bright and cherry location is perfect for people who enjoy nature. The Dilettante Mocha Café at Bellefield Office Park offers a green and serene backdrop, is heavily complimented by their beautifully crafted espresso drinks and freshly made breakfasts.

What are your favorite, local coffeeshops? We all know that the Greater Seattle Region has copious amount!

4 Adventures Inside Kirkland, Washington

4 Adventures Inside Kirkland, Washington

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 field 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 side, making it an excellent multi-purpose route for walker, 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. Through 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 it 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Golfing Adventures in Newcastle, Washington

Golfing Adventures in Newcastle, Washington

Golf is a sport for all ages and can vary depending on the terrain of the course in question. Like many sports, you can find participants on the course year-round – through rain, hail and snow – driving down the fairway and putting on the green.

But courses around the world offer more than a green to play on. They offer beautiful backdrops to enjoy the game and indulge in the nature around you. The Golf Club at Newcastle is one such arena.

The courses.

Comprised of two major gold courses, the Coal Creek and China Creek, the Newcastle Golf Course is an expansive, three-hundred-and-fifty-acre property set on the edge between Bellevue and Newcastle and backed by Cougar Mountain.

Coal Creek offers a stunning view of the area’s everchanging city skylines. The scenery of rolling hilltops are perfect portrayals of the Pacific Northwest and its breathtaking beauty. While China Creek offers closer views of the Eastside, its naturally preserved areas provide drama and exhilaration to partakers.

Both courses offer 13,656 yards of rolling hillsides mixed with lush greens, an exhilarating challenge for golfers at every stage, and variety at every hole, including par 3’s, par 4’s and par 5’s. Each aesthetically pleasing and highly acclaimed course, is complex and enjoyable in its own away, creating a balance between challenging and comfort for golfers.

The Setting.

Newcastle is a small, yet beautiful city squished between the shores of Lake Washington to the west and the foothill of Cougar Mountain to the east and the two championship, 18-hole public courses provide oodles of entertainment for Newcastle-locals, residents across Washington and travelers alike.

Serene and tranquil, many find the scenery and surrounding backdrop a peaceful getaway from the areas’ urban growth.

Akin to most courses, the Newcastle Golf Course offers a 44,000-square-foot mega-clubhouse, complete with three dining areas, golf shop, and more! Their practice facility and the Rusty Putter offer more excitement beyond the two courses.

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Many a beautiful and unforgettable experiences have been hosted by the Golf Course at Newcastle, including weddings, tournaments, celebrations of life, and corporate gettogethers.

Our conclusion.

Even as a small city, you’d think such a big space would be all they offer, but don’t be fooled. Nestled long Coal Creek Parkway, between the Olympic Manor and Newcastle Hills lies Lake Boren and its adjoined park, Lake Boren Park.

Are you a golfer? What’s your favorite golf course in the Greater Seattle Area?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eat, Drink, Play & All The Things You Can Do in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood of Seattle

Eat, Drink, Play & All The Things You Can Do in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood of Seattle

Capitol Hill is known for many things, including walkability, proximity, and wondrous activities at all hours of the day and night. Regardless of the block you live on, you’re only a short walk away from anything you could ever imagine.

Walk the loop at Volunteer Park and check out the Water Tower Observation Deck or Conservatory. The Asian Art Museum is also a fabulous place, but is currently closed for renovations. But, rest assured, once it’s complete (est. 2018), the museum will be back and ready with updated exhibits!

Even Cal Anderson Park and adjoining reflecting pool is only a few blocks from your front door. Enjoy sport courts, athletic field, and acres of green, grassy lawn to stretch out and relax.

Any street really, but 19th Avenue East, 15th Avenue East, 12th Avenue East, Broadway, and East Madison Street offer much of the bustling activity.

Getting your grub on has never been so easy in any of Seattle’ neighborhoods. Gluten free? Try the delicious Nuflours or Niche bakeries. HeartBeet Organic Superfoods Café and the Flying Apron also have you covered! Or, maybe your vegan? Check out Plum Bistro, Sugar Plum, the Highline, or Café Flora to indulge your every craving!

Or, perhaps you’re having trouble deciding? The great thing about Capitol Hill is the diversity. They’ve got dozens of classic, Seattle coffeeshops intermingling between American, Japanese, Mexican, Chinese, Malaysian, Nepalese, Hawaiian, Korean, Italian, Thai, traditional European, internationally-inspired fusion, desserts of every flavor, and everything in between.

Well, if that doesn’t make it easier (harder!), I don’t know what will!

Book worms also find Capitol Hill and cozy place. Several bookstores can be found down Capitol Hill streets, including Quest Bookshop, Ada’s Technical Books and Café, the Elliott Bay Book Company, Horizon Books, and Little Oddfellows. Each bookstore has its own quirks, so you may consider trying them all and picking a favorite – or two! Or three!

Heart-healthy workouts can be done at home, Mode of Fitness, Rival Fitness, or Anytime Fitness. Specialized gyms can also be found around the area, including Foundation CrossFit, Barre3, and the Seattle Boxing Gym. Enjoy yoga in the mornings? Try Sweatbox Yoga, CorePower Yoga, or Seattle Yoga Arts. Dancers can also perfect their many talents at various dance studios on the hill!

Traveling around Capitol Hill can be a trek, but you’ll always love what you find. Hidden treasures are stolen away in many Capitol Hill shops and boutiques, including thrift stores, specialty shops, and era-centric boutiques.

The Garage offers bowling and billiards alongside pub-grub inside a retro-themed building. Or Phoenix Comics and Games has a wide variety of games. Check out their event nights and weekly game nights!

Or catch a show in the evening, after a long eventful day of park-hopping, eating, and reading a newly discovered favorite title!

As I mentioned, Capitol Hill is one of the most livable places, with everything you could possibly need, all within walking distance.

Whatever you’re searching for… Whatever your idea of fun, you’ll find it here!

Top 6 Coffee Shops in Downtown, Seattle

Top 6 Coffee Shops in Downtown, Seattle

What are some of your favorite, morning beverage type? If you said coffee, then you’re in the right spot! Stolen away and hidden among the locals are fabulous cafes and boutique coffee shops to try…

Seattle is well-known for its local of boutique and fair-trade coffee, but where to choose? Regardless of what you’re searching for – a casual drip coffee or an elaborate mocha – Seattle never lets us down!

Caffe Vita offers signature blends and single origin options, backed by an independent and locally-owned roastery and retail spot. As Farm-Direct pioneers, they meticulously research and evaluate each bean source and strive to create coffee that develops and reaches every taste bud!

Another family-owned, Seattle coffee house, the Cherry Street Coffee House has been a community hub since 1997. Now, with 10 locations, they’ve created a welcoming and diverse environment of coffee and breakfast sandwiches.

Storyville Coffee started as a radical dream that finally met reality. A Seattle-based specialty coffee company, Storyville has four shops to help pursue their passion and mission. By combining their loves, passions, and ultimate mission, this company has made a sound footprint on hearts around Seattle.

Partnered with Lighthouse Roasters, VoxxCoffee offers a high-quality espresso coupled with the finest machines and manual presses. Not only quality, but consistency is another reason Voxx harbors excellent reviews and numerous regulars. Check out their other local offerings, including fresh-baked pastries, sandwiches, and breakfast wraps, plus they’ve gluten-free options!

Café Ladro and Ladro Roasting proves another compelling option for Seattleites in Downtown. With over 20 years’ experience, this local coffeeshop creates an intimate vibe in 15 local locations. With their signature friendly atmosphere, they create community every cup!

No Seattle coffee list if complete without an reference of Seattle Coffee Works. Offering a variety of brewing methods, each location is unique in both atmosphere and brew. Both their “Slow Bar” and Espresso Bar are hosted by expert and well-trained baristas, who share the passion and innovation that first sparked the “Seattle Coffee Works” vision.

What are your favorite local places to visit while Downtown, Seattle?


11 Eats Along Kirkland, Washington’s Waterfront Oasis

11 Eats Along Kirkland, Washington’s Waterfront Oasis

A stroll down Central Way, in Kirkland, is unique. A casual blend between the old and new, Kirkland has seen a population boom since 2010, growing 80% between 2010 and 2016. In response to their rapid growth, they’ve expanded their downtown district with many newer condominiums and apartment complexes, accommodating their staggering numbers.

Because of their growth, they’ve surpassed other neighboring cities, such as Redmond, Bothell, Woodinville, and Kenmore.

In addition to beautiful homes, what else has been growing in Kirkland?

A boom in growth, usually demands a boom in other areas. Two areas one loves indulging in are restaurants and shopping. These local eats are a splendid example of Kirkland’s opportunities!

Thai Isarn Soul Kitchen has two locations. A newly opened location in Lynnwood, Washington and their flagship along the waterfront of Kirkland. With a rustic atmosphere, they combine Thai classics, with a love of beauty and display. Better yet, they offer gluten-free and vegetarian options!

The Milagro Cantina brings Mexican cuisine to Kirkland. The sight, sounds and aromas come alive inside this dimly lit cantina. With options galore, this fusion-style restaurant, offers variety with a specific Southern palate.

Searching for some seafood? Many of Anthony’s Restaurants offers the freshest variety, backed by family-friendly traditions for a uniquely local and seasonal experience. While their menu may change with the seasons, rest assured your food is top-notch quality with the sole purpose of exceeding your expectations!

Another unique restraint, Lynn’s Bistro offers a French experience in the heart of the Downtown Kirkland. Comprised of distinct fusions derived from Asian and French cuisine, this one-of-a-kind bistro offers signature delights, local favorites, and family classics!

Specializing in traditional south-Indian dishes, Dakshin South Indian Bistro offers a traditional experience bursting with unique flavors. Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch or a full-service dinner, Dakshin South Indian Bistro has simple or elaborate dishes that fit your needs.

Beijing O’Chef offers all your favorite dishes in an open and simple environment. Each dish uniquely spiced, they offer delicious and healthy options for all to enjoy!

Crafted with both freshness and our changing seasons in mind, the Trellis Restaurant, offers a delicious experience that enthuses your taste buds. For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or just sharing with your best friend, the Trellis has delightful options in a lively and welcoming atmosphere.

Bold flavors and innovation combine, creating Volterra in Kirkland. This Tuscan-inspired menu uses the “best local and imported ingredients” to ensure highest quality and traditional recipes. Acclaimed with numerous accolades, Volterra’s noted as one of “America’s Top Restaurants” by Zagat and the “city’s toughest reservation” by Bon Appetit.

A revered neighborhood hub, George’s in Kirkland continues their 40-year tradition of classic comfort foods, fresh ingredients, and a friendly atmosphere. The family-friendly establishments made its mark with their award-winning breakfasts, and are noted as a “great find in a Seattle suburb!”

This family-owned, French-style bakery offers sweet, savory, and everything in between! Aura Bakery delivers a warm and inviting atmosphere for gatherings or meetings. With an expansive pastry and lunch menu, they’ve everything from omelets, sandwiches, and your favorite design of crepe!

The Wild Rover is a relatively new restaurant, established in 2006. Started as a hub for good food, great conversation, and local music, Wild Rover has created a unique bridge between “passion, integrity, and technique.” Their expansive menu offers lunch and dinner options, with a wide array of meat and vegetarian delights.

What are your Kirkland favorites? Where do you enjoy lazy Sundays, last-minute weeknight dinners, or weekend brunch?

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6902 38th Place Northeast, Marysville • MLS# 1195752
$415,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 2,385 Square Feet • 7,405 Lot Size

Move right in to this lovely Wilderun West home, fresh and bright with new carpet, flooring and paint. Its ideal floorplan features elegant, soaring living and dining rooms for your next gathering. The island-style kitchen—with a walk-in pantry, planning desk & dining nook— opens to a large family room with cozy gas fireplace. Retreat upstairs to the luxury master suite, 3 more bedrooms and landing area. Sunny deck and level backyard, too!

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


4029 91st Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island • MLS# 1195686
$1,300,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathroom • 3,170 Square Feet • 9,450 Lot Size

Convenient Northend location, quiet street, half-block from Mercer Island High School, close to Pool, tennis courts & library. Wonderful quiet inviting garden, great outdoor entertaining space. Extra finished room with separate entrance could be nanny quarters, or rental opportunity. Oversized Master bedroom with ensuite bath and walkin closet- Glorious hardwoods in many of the living spaces. Enjoy new stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, bright skylight & charming backsplash. Perfect for your next move!

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


1401 5th Avenue West #106, Seattle • MLS# 1196247
$575,000 • 1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 1,174 Square Feet

Move right in to this fantastic studio condo in the historic West Queen Anne School. Its spacious layout feels fresh and bright with new paint, tall windows and gleaming hardwoods. Entertaining is a breeze in open living & dining areas—French doors lead out to the private, landscaped patio area. Enjoy easy living with secure garage parking, great storage, an exercise room, and manicured grounds. Stroll to parks, markets, buses, the library, and Seattle icons such as Molly Moon Ice Cream & Top Pot Doughnuts.

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

Top 3 Coffee Shops in Columbia City, Seattle

Top 3 Coffee Shops in Columbia City, Seattle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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15926 Southeast 48th Drive, Bellevue • MLS# 1195800
$985,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 2.25 Bathrooms • 2,450 Square Feet • 8,062 Lot Size

Nestled in a serene setting on a peaceful cul-de-sac, this beautifully updated two-story home awaits you. Step in to soaring living and dining areas—with a cozy fireplace and flowing layout, they’re perfect for your next gathering. The open kitchen makes cooking a delight with slab granite surfaces, maple cabinets/floors, stainless steel appliances, and generous breakfast bar. Enjoy intimate meals in the casual dining area, step out to the private back yard with deck and arbor, or relax alongside the inviting river rock gas fireplace in the window-lined family room.

All four bedrooms are tucked together upstairs, including the gracious master with remodeled en suite bathroom. You’ll love this ideal location, close to parks, freeway access, and Bellevue schools—including Newport High School, ranked #3 in the state and a national gold medal winner!

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

5 Fearless Burger Joints in Redmond, Washington

5 Fearless Burger Joints in Redmond, Washington

Redmond is a bustling place for people searching for local eats and shopping. One popular item in particular, are exceptional burger places. The local area has a few staples when it comes to unique and

This modern phenomenon began in the 19th or early 20th century, with a simple hamburger. As an easy sandwich-like meal, it grew popular as an affordable food that can be eaten while one’s out and about. Today it’s morphed into a staple of many families and is even considered some people’s favorite food.

Since its inception, the burger has become so much more than the word, but a blank canvas to indulge your taste buds on the ride of their life. Have you ever tried adding an egg, battered bacon, or arugula instead of the old-standby, lettuce? Or perhaps chicken, a salmon fillet, black bean or lentil patty, instead of the usual red-meat one?

Regardless your preference, you may consider checking out these fantastic options.

The Lunchbox Laboratory is a local “culinary vision” derived from mixing “nostalgic Americana comfort food with an off-the-wall twist.” And this food-mastermind brought the Lunchbox Laboratory’s full-service, alchemist-inspired, and full-service experience into full force.

Another Redmond favorite for burgers and shakes is Feed Co. Burgers. This modern shop offers a rustic-industrial feel. Open spaces create easy access for you and your friends to converse, while enjoying your meal. Take a friend or go with a group. Either way, enjoy and have fun!

Redmond’s namesake bar & grill aims to bring “great fun and quality food” to the table. They offer a full-tier menu, including burgers, steaks, and sandwiches. Made-fresh daily if their moto, and they uphold their passion at every table!

As vibrant as their food, Woodblock offers creative and eclectic food innovations, comprised of the finest ingredients and the friendliest lifestyle Redmond has to offer. Their menu ranges from brunch to dinner, so whatever your palette, they’ve got your favorite!

Welcome to the epicenter of quality and delight. Tipsy Cow Burger Bar combines unique tastes you’ve never even imagined. Best part? They’ve seafood, vegetarian, and non-red-meat burger options, too! My advice, try their truffle fries!

Hungry for a meal? These 5 Redmond burger joints have your back!

What are your favorite places to enjoy a succulent burger?

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7912 170th Avenue Northeast, Redmond • MLS# 1189021
$400,000 • 1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 828 Square Feet

Discover carefree living in this immaculate condo. Set apart in a peaceful location by Anderson Park, it’s still just a stroll away from Redmond Town Center and close to 520 access. Relax or host friends in open living and dining areas alongside the cozy gas fireplace. A sleek kitchen overlooks it all, with slab granite surfaces and stainless appliances. Step out to the private deck, or retreat to your generous master with dream walk-in closet.

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

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4711 Lakehurst Lane Southeast, Bellevue • MLS# 1188275
$2,169,000 • 3 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 3,180 Square Feet • 17,182 Lot Size

Live the lakeside lifestyle in this custom crafted home, poised to enjoy breathtaking vistas from nearly every room. Vaulted ceilings, gallery windows, and a warm brick fireplace invite you to gather in the living room. Accordion French doors open to an atrium dining room, while the island-style kitchen is a delight with quartz surfaces, stainless appliances, and a comfy open family room. Three bedrooms—including a view master suite—plus an office, rec room, workshop, and storage provide flex space. Stroll to the community beach from this ideal cul-desac location near Newport HS and I-405 access!

For more information, please contact Molly Neary or Joanie Ransom.
Molly@Windermere.com • 206.920.9166 • Molly.WITHWRE.com
JRansom@Windermere.com • 206.409.0521


15401 Southeast 83rd Lane, Newcastle • MLS# 1188518
$1,558,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 4 Bathrooms • 4,170 Square Feet • 8,882 Lot Size

Nestled on a peaceful and private cul-de-sac in the prestigious Reserve neighborhood, this home offers refined living just moments away from the Golf Club at Newcastle. Gather with friends in bright living and dining spaces that are grand, yet open and inviting. The large kitchen is a chef’s delight with its slab granite surfaces, builtin stainless steel appliances, massive center island with cooktop and prep sink, plus a butler’s pantry. Relax in the adjacent, soaring breakfast nook and cozy, fireside family room. Upstairs, your vaulted master suite awaits you with a romantic fireplace, 5-piece bath, and private balcony. Three more bedrooms, a large bonus room with wet bar, and a main floor study complete this remarkable home.

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

12 Mouth-Watering Eateries in East Capitol Hill, Seattle

12 Mouth-Watering Eateries in East Capitol Hill, Seattle

The walkability of Seattle’s Capitol Hill district has never been a secret. Many amenities, including shopping, eateries, grocery stores, and other conveniences are all a few short blocks away. And nestled in between are quaint neighborhoods and gorgeous Seattle homes.

Between the hubbub of Broadway East and East Madison Street, are small, tight-knit neighborhoods that wrestle between the city and Seattle’s “suburb”. Easy streets surrounding 15th Avenue East and 19th Avenue East find an easy compromise in all of Seattle’s conveniences and the quiet lifestyle many enjoy.

These quiet streets are easy to walk and move around and find what you’re searching for. With yoga studios, several grocery stores, a shoe repair shop, beauty boutiques, and flower shop offer many of life’s essentials; while numerous local eateries could keep you sated every day!

These fabulous eateries and cafes are fabulous for any time of day!

Star your morning off right with Victrola Coffee Roasters. They’re in their 17th year of production and enjoy their little, 15th Avenue neighborhood! Seeing a need in their community for a local and unique hub for meetups and gatherings, the Victrola Café was born! Enjoy their premium roasts and home-like comforts.

Another coffee-lover’s favorite: Café Ladro. While their first store opened back in 1994, their intimate vibe and local specials haven’t changed. As a pioneer of sustainable harvesting and ethically produced goods, they’ve always set the bar high. Their newest division, Ladro Roasting, articulates that on a whole new level.

As far as breakfast goes (and lunch and dinner) the Wandering Goose may be one of the best options in the neighborhood! From Veggie Hash to “Aunt Annie’s” favorite, this café boasts the tincture of warmth and invitation. Their Southern inspired menu adds color and community to every meal.

Or perhaps you’re looking for something light? Although Bakery Nouveau usually has a line out the door, I suggest giving them a try (or two!) Their delicately baked daily goods are award winning, and regularly picked as “best in Seattle”.

Another delicious endeavor comes to you through Ada’s Technical Books and Café. Where bookstore meets community, this amazing staple offers a never-ending learning experience. This café is expertly designed to suite the everyday knowledge seeker. Has Ada’s peaked your curiosity yet?

Nuflours Bakery boasts a “BIG” impact on our local, Seattle community. With a methodology including high-quality and locally sourced ingredients, naturally gluten-free recipes, and bakery innovation at its finest, this not-so-small bakery has a lot going for it!

Located on 15th Avenue, Coastal Kitchen is a local go-to for seafood and unique eats. Though their popular for breakfast, they offer a mean dinner menu, too! Their culturally diverse and tasty menu, spans across the sea and land!

Whether you’re searching for dinner of brunch, Contadino has a beautiful menu to choose from. Though traditionally a pizzeria, their brunch menu encompasses family-favorites, such as waffles, egg sandwiches, a their “Farmer’s Breakfast”. If you’re looking for something heartier, their dinner menu comprises pastas, pizzas, vegetable, seafood, and raw/cured items. Don’t forget dessert, with Washington strawberries and shortbread, or their pistachio gelato!

Lunch and dinner prove delightful ways to catch up and enjoy the conversation. Plum Bistro quotes themselves as representing a new turn in food and industry. By making delicious foods and incorporating their belief of preservation and low-footprint business, they’re able to create a locally-sourced and organic eatery for all!

This unique dinner extravaganza, offers modern blends to traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Coupled with Pacific Northwest innovation, Monsoon’s menu includes fresh ingredients, unique styles, original designs. Their menu draws from Chinese and European cooking, in addition to Vietnamese tradition, setting them apart from other eateries.

Another local pizza hub, includes Olympia Pizza III. Run like a family, their guest list includes many first-name-basis regulars and a slew of local curiosity. Hearty fare and delicious foods brought people coming back for more (and more!) and keeping them a Capitol Hill go-to since 1989.

Feeling like a cookie for dessert? Hello Robin has some of the highest-rated cookies in the industry. Her award-winning cookies spurred from a simple text message and have made history in their wake. Since its opening in 2013, this little bakery has become a Capitol Hill destination spot for all things cookies and ice cream sandwiches.

What are you searching for? A hearty meal or light fare to get you through your break, neighborhood jaunt, or cramming session? This area has plenty of options for a friendly conversation for get-together. Which is your favorite?

And when your stuffed full, you’re only a few short blocks away from Volunteer Park or Miller Playfield & Sport Courts.

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712 17th Avenue East, Seattle • MLS# 1187918
4 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • 2,860 Square Feet (+905 Unfinished) • 5,760 Lot Size

A location and property often coveted, but rarely available. This 1901 Craftsman-style Foursquare offers yesteryear grandeur with the space and opportunity for you to add your own modern twist.

A large, covered front porch gracefully welcomes you in to the light-filled foyer with exquisite period staircase. Relax or gather with ease in the circular floorplan featuring airy entertaining spaces flowing intuitively to a sunny kitchen and breakfast nook. Upstairs, light streams through the large master suite with a walkout balcony and territorial views. Three more bedrooms—plus an oversized, finished top-floor garret—provide plenty of flex-space for your lifestyle.

Savor sunny days in the level backyard, or stroll to schools, shops, coffee houses, restaurants, and Volunteer Park from this fantastic locale. This is your canvas to create a masterpiece on one of the best streets in Seattle.

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


6909 93rd Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island • MLS# 1175241
$1,250,000 • 5 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • 3,400 Square Feet • 11,250 Lot Size

Basking in sunlight, this lovely home awaits you in a peaceful Southend neighborhood. Its roomy layout has all the right spaces for relaxing or entertaining—generous living and dining areas, an open island-style kitchen with slab granite surfaces, dual French doors to the back deck, and a huge lower level rec room. Retreat to your main floor master suite plus 4 more bedrooms. Topping it off is a fantastic, fenced yard!

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


13122 113th Place Northeast #41, Kirkland • MLS# 1184361
$400,000 • 2 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 1,220 Square Feet

This very special Juanita town home offers updates, sunny southern exposure and a great location within walking distance to the Park & Ride and new Village at Totem Lake. Designer paint and an upgraded gas fireplace adorn bright living/dining areas. Cook with ease in the open kitchen, step out to the fenced yard & patio, or retreat upstairs to 2 bedroom suites. Don’t miss the attached garage with direct access to the home!

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


7850 Southeast 63rd Place, Mercer Island • MLS# 1175858
$1,498,000 • 5 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 3,190 Square Feet • 13,000 Lot Size

Tucked in magical Lake View Highlands, this quintessential Northwest Contemporary awaits you with vaulted ceilings, walls of windows and warm hardwoods. Visit around the fire in the grand-piano sized living room, host a crowd in the adjacent dining room, or cook with delight in the updated kitchen with slate surfaces, stainless Wolf, Bosch & Sub-Zero appliances, and open family room. French doors open to a west-facing wraparound lake view deck. Steal away to the vaulted main-floor master suite plus 4 additional bedrooms. The lower level features a fireside rec room with remodeled kitchenette, plus a wine cellar, workshop, and oodles of storage. Life is good in the friendly Lake View Highlands neighborhood, close to schools, parks, shopping, and Starbucks. Minutes to I-90 and the park & ride.

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

5 Scrumptious Breakfast Places in Bellevue, Washington

5 Scrumptious Breakfast Places in Bellevue, Washington

Breakfast has been called many time, but in many places, it’s noted as the meal that starts your day on the right foot. As the “most important meal of the day,” research shows eating a salubrious and hearty breakfast can lower the risk of metabolic disorders and cardiovascular diseases. Though some effects are still unknown, is of large opinion that breakfast is favorable, especially in children.

The tradition of “breakfast” varies, depending on the area of world you live in, but in our area, breakfast comprises mostly of hot and cold cereals, yogurt, eggs, pancakes, waffles, and breakfast meats, including sausage, ham, and bacon. Bagels, doughnuts, and breakfast “sandwiches” and “burritos” are also popular.

And like any other meal, you don’t restrict yourself to the morning!

“Breakfast for dinner” is delicious and it encourages people to eat more Omega-3 fatty acids, and less Omega-6 fatty acids. Free-range and pasture raised eggs are some of the best foods to increase nutrient rich fats and proteins.

So, are you looking for breakfast foods for breakfast, lunch, or dinner?

These five spoon-rific breakfast hubs in Bellevue make any morning, day or night a little better!

Eques, located in downtown Bellevue, is inside the Hyatt Regency and the perfect place to test out your breakfast taste buds. It’s casual décor and high-end eats blend well with its traditional menu, complete with local and handcrafted ingredients.

Noted as “phenomenal” and gastropub-esque,” Lot No. 3 is part of the Heavy Restaurant Group, comprising several top eateries across the Seattle-Eastside area. Rustic and with Edison-inspired light fixtures, the inside is that industrial feel we’ve all come to love. Small and delicate fares create unique and beautiful plates to enjoy!

Not “just your classic coffee shop,” the 148th Ave Coffee Shop makes breakfast a fun experience. This spacious, tech-savvy hub is conveniently located at Bellevue College offer scrumptious panni, hot and cold beverages, pastries, bagels, and other breakfast eats!

Setting the “Eastside standard” since 1958, Chace’s Pancake Corral offers the small-town vibe near this bustling city. Hidden away on Bellevue Way Southeast, it’s ideally located in the heart of West Bellevue. You’ll find traditional breakfasts in this usually busy, one-room rambler!

Café Pogacha is located smack in the middle of Bellevue, and proves a wonderful breakfast out in the city. Their homemade menu offers a variety for breakfast and lunch, so you won’t have to worry if your family is split between favorites.

So, the next time you’re hankering for breakfast foods and not feeling up to cooking, try one of these delicious places on the Eastside!