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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WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

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6 Mouth-Watering Eateries in Bellevue, Washington

6 Mouth-Watering Eateries in Bellevue, Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

Check Out These 8 Local Restaurants in Capitol Hill, Seattle

Check Out These 8 Local Restaurants in Capitol Hill, Seattle

Capitol Hill in just one of those neighborhoods that has a lot of everything. Not only are they a stone’s throw away from several major regional hospitals, but Capitol Hill offers a plethora of boutique retailors, coffeeshops, entertainment venues, and health facilities. But, something that really shines on the hill, is fabulous places to eat.

Local eateries shine in Seattle, and in Capitol Hill especially, where the Walkscore sits at 91 and the bike & transit scores are pretty decent, as well!

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Waffles always sound scrumptious in the morning, and if you don’t have a waffle iron, let Sweet Iron Waffle Bar do the waffling for you! Their menu comprises both sweet and savory delights, all atop a Liege-style waffle!

Poppy Seattle offers a Thali-style menu, where a platter, holding a variety of small dishes, is presented to each guest. This style offers a pleasant variety of color and taste, with fresh, seasonal ingredients, herbs, and spices for a modern, Northwest experience.

Poke and sushi are both big hits in recent years; mostly for isn’t simple, yet addictive recipes for healthy and delicious alternatives to other foods. Light and fresh, Broadway Poke & Sushi offers vegan version of each of their main dishes: poke and sushi.

Thinking Italian? Inspired by local farmers, Altura centers their menu around seasonal ingredients from around the region. Boutique in nature, this delicate eatery, offers a unique experience for the entire party!

Though it started with humble beginnings, Marination Station has a brilliant brick and mortar location on Capitol Hill – but, the same tasty menu as their to-die-for food truck! Small batch and made from scratch, they ship to their stores straight from their commercial kitchen in South Seattle.

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For dinner… how about a burger? In classic Capitol Hill fashion, this darkly lit burger bar piles literal 8oz Burgers onto scrumptious buns, topped to the nines with greens, veggies, sauces, and eggs! One even has fries!

We are rounding out this Seattle foods list, with a Capitol Hill classic: Rancho Bravo Tacos. This establishment has been a fan favorite since its inception in 2009, always garnering a line out the door for fabulous, daily tacos. Another brick and mortar that started as a food truck, this is a great experience at an affordable price!

Do you have a favorite restaurant you want to share? Share in the comments!


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WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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FAUNTLEROY CRAFTSMAN
8633 35th Avenue Southwest, Seattle
$498,000 • 2 Bedrooms + Studio • 1 Bathroom • 860 Sq. Ft. • 5,250 Lot Size

Vintage charm meets modern updates in this move-in-ready Craftsman. Step in to a sun-washed living room with a picture window and gleaming hardwood floors. Nearby, the updated kitchen is a delight with new stainless appliances, clean white cabinets and a cheerful dining area. The main house offers two bedrooms and a full bath with pedestal sink, while a new studio provides extra space for work, hobbies, or guests with a sitting area, wet bar and 3/4 bath. The yard is a gardener’s paradise with planting beds and landscape borders. Wonderful, walkable location!

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

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MODERN LIVING IN WEST SEATTLE
9344 California Avenue Southwest, Seattle
$1,196,000 • 3 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms • 3,220 Sq. Ft. • 10,776 Lot Size

Come home after a long day, kick back, put your feet up and take in the Western views of the Sound, Olympic Mountains and captivating sunsets that are the perfect backdrop for this striking modern home. A large open floor plan is ideal for hosting dinner parties and gatherings with friends. Located on a quiet street just above the Fauntleroy ferry terminal you will enjoy easy access to Lincoln park, shopping, cafes and more. Wake up Saturday, grab coffee and jump a ferry to explore for the day.

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. 

5 of Seattle’s Most Competitive Neighborhoods of 2017

5 of Seattle’s Most Competitive Neighborhoods of 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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. 

Love BBQ? Try These 4 Local Favorites!

Love BBQ? Try These 4 Local Favorites!

Seattle loves BBQ – and for good reason.

The Pacific Northwest was built on a healthy lumber industry, and to make great BBQ, you’ve got to have a great wood to smoke meat with! Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Seattle isn’t Memphis… or Birmingham… or Nashville… or any other the hundreds of world-renowned BBQ places in the United States.”

And we understand that. But… what do know is that Seattle… is Seattle and we’ve got great food all around!

Starting in Seattle’s north end neighborhood of Wallingford, RoRo BBQ & Grill has been a local favorite since 2006 and has garnered over 500 reviews on Yelp.com, averaging a 4+ star. Must be good! Parking is a bit of a nightmare, but their cozy inside will surely make up for it. Try their homecooked wares and unique BBQ sauces.

Down in Pike Place Market, you’ll find Pike’s Pit Bar-B-Que – a local loved and renowned BBQ mainstay. Carefully crafted, each sandwich offers a combination of Peco beans, Tillamook sharp cheddar, and meat piled high. What’s the best part? The part where they get the all-around goodness of smothered twice and messy BBQ.

Travel to the SODO district of Seattle and Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que will stand as Seattle’s “hottest” BBQ houses – and I mean it! Their medium is mind-blowingly HOT. I always have to get the mild (or get it on the side). Regardless, they BBQ master make an epic sandwich, hot link, and brisket, etc. Buy in bulk an feed the whole family!

The last on this list of the Wood Shop BBQ off Jackson Street, in Seattle. With amazing food, they’ve quickly made a name for themselves and, having established their brick and mortar in only August 2016. As sported on their website: No Compromises. No Secrets. Just Great BBQ.

Got another local favorite we forgot to mention? We’d love to know your favorite local barbeque eats! Let us know in the comments below!

3 Recreation-Heavy Parks in Renton, Washington

3 Recreation-Heavy Parks in Renton, Washington

The Pacific Northwest is known for many thing – astounding beauty being one of them. Medina to the north is known as “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation and continues to be a leader in urban tree codes. Though Renton has seen tons of development since the turn of the century, there are still plenty of parks and outdoor spaces to indulge in.

The Cedar River Park is more than just the 23-acre green space it appears to be. Across the Cedar River is the Cedar River Trail and the Cedar River Trail Off Leash Area. Situated along the Maple Valley Highway, it features a massive infrastructure of recreation, including the Renton Community Center, Carco Theater, and the Henry Moses Aquatic Center.

The Off-Leash Dog Park is a huge feature for dog lovers in the south end, which offers 4-acres of fenced, off-leash area for pups. There’s even a smaller section for shy and/or small dogs. Though linked, it is separate and ready for your dog to enjoy!

Resting along the banks of the Cedar River is the Cedar River Trail. This 15.7-mile trail is comprised of primarily gravel and asphalt, making it great for walks, runs, and bicyclists. You could even use it for equestrian riding and inline skating. This trail follows the river from Renton’s historic district and towards Landsburg Park, passing Big Ben Natural Area Park, Royal Arch Park, the Cedar Grove Natural Area, and a further extension of the Cedar River Park, near the golf courses.

Right across from the Cedar River Trail and Parks it Renton’s Liberty Park. As one of Renton’s oldest and most distinguished parks, Liberty Park plays host to various summer festivals and fairs, as well as their main playfield area. Renton’s Renton River Days celebration is held here annually.

A stone’s throw from the treasured Renton Library, Liberty Park offers tons in terms of recreation, including the Liberty Skatepark, three tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, play equipment, and baseball courts. Much of the park is equipped with lights for evening play and is ADA accessible. Enjoy a picnic, a lounge on the lush, green grassy, or a game from the fields’ bleachers.

Along the shores of Lake Washington is Renton’s beach park, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Known locally as Coulon Beach, this park offers eight boat-launch lanes and a summer swimming area. With 1.5-miles of path, you can walk along the water until the sun sets over the horizon or enjoy a picnic in the summer sun. Additionally, the park offers a fishing pier, two tennis courts, two sanded volleyball courts, playground equipment, and horseshoe pits.

Whether you enjoy wooded retreats, or sporty fun, Renton has plenty to offer! What are your favorite parks in Renton and what makes them so enticing? Share below!


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WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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A CONTEMPORARY FARMHOUSE
9823 Northeast 26th Street, Clyde Hill • MLS# 1195613
$2,798,000 • 4 Bedrooms • 3.5 Bathrooms • 4,320 Square Feet • 8,100 Lot Size

The Farmhouse by Infinity Homes. Featuring exceptional craftsmanship & innovative design. Four immense top floor bedrooms and four baths. Solid oak wide plank hardwood flooring. An abundance of gorgeous millwork. A/C, generator ready, centralized audio. Level walk out South facing lawn and covered living. Fabulously loaded kitchen to accommodate significance. Luxurious master suite with gas fireplace, jetted tub, dual head shower & his/hers closets. Refreshing excellence.

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

Seattle Neighborhood HotSpots + New Listings

Seattle Neighborhood HotSpots + New Listings

Seattle is known for many things: music, coffee, and great tasting, local hot spots!

In this article, we will be going on a short tour of mid-North Seattle, from Madison Park over to Magnolia! These areas of Seattle are known for beauty, in both their home-architecture and landscapes.

Sometimes, the best places are difficult to find. Well, we’re going make it a whole lot easier for you!

Madison Park

Madison Kitchen: This delicious American-style eatery is great for both variety and unique tastes. Each dish cooked to perfection and brought to the table with care, will leave you feeling sated and delighted.

Madison Park Bakery: Searching for something a little different, and lot delicious? This old-fashioned and family-owned bakery was first established in 1929, and has continued to thrive in the area ever since!

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Niko’s Gyros: This Greek, family-style restaurant, offers a variety of Greek cuisine since 1996. Gyros, salads, and specialty plates make up the bulk of their menu, but don’t forget their desserts!

Serendipity Café: In the heart of Magnolia, you will find this unique place. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this family-friendly restaurant welcomes and warms your heart. Locally made pastries, Herkimer coffee, and open mic nights create a fabulous environment for the entire family!

These wonderful neighborhoods offer a bounty of food and fun for anyone! With easy access to the water, you can grab a bite and watch the waves crash along the shore – whether off Puget Sound or Lake Washington!

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EXQUISITELY REMODELED TRADITIONAL
2520 39th Avenue East, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1116047
$3,595,000 ♦ 5 Bedrooms ♦ 5.25 Bathrooms ♦ 5,660 Square Feet ♦ 11,499 Lot Size

This stunning traditional has been lovingly updated and upgraded. This unique home offers rare privacy in a gated enclave along with the best of timeless design and modern living. Enter and cherish the homes warmth while still experiencing the grandeur that an impeccable attention to detail allows. Formal spaces flow into graceful entertaining areas and then transition into the spacious living quarters. Just a short stroll away in the park-like setting is your dock with deeded slip. A true gem!

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

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MAGNOLIA MASTERPIECE
2601 40th Avenue West, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1115342
$2,595,000 ♦ 5 Bedrooms ♦ 4.25 Bathrooms ♦ 4,722 Square Feet ♦ 9,567 Lot Size

Exquisitely re-imagined as a modern sanctuary, this stunning remodel offers refined living in one of Seattle’s most coveted neighborhoods. Gather or relax alongside dramatic windows in the living room—a cozy window seat invites you to sit and admire the scenery, while open beam ceilings soar overhead dressed in warm hemlock and reclaimed

Northwest beach wood. Cooking is a pleasure in the open, sky-lit kitchen with professional Wolf/Subzero/Miele appliances, stone surfaces, a wood-topped center island, and built-in buffet extending into the adjacent dining room.

The vaulted master is a true retreat with Puget Sound views and a luxurious ensuite bathroom. Four more bedrooms plus a bonus room and beautiful built-in library/den provide ample flexspaces for you to adapt to your lifestyle. Don’t miss the lower level spa area with sauna!

Step out for resort-style living in your own backyard, complete with an in-ground swimming pool and stone fireplace/pizza oven. Eco-friendly features include organic fruit trees, high-efficiency heating and a solar power system. You will love this serene locale, close to schools, parks, shopping and transit.

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

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Which Seattle-Eastside neighborhood should you live in?

Which Seattle-Eastside neighborhood should you live in?

Ballard hip, West Seattle views, Mercer Island charm, or Kirkland connectivity? Introducing an easy way to research and compare neighborhoods throughout Seattle and the Eastside—including maps, photos, parks, school rankings, statistical data, links and more. Liveonguides.com was developed to provide easy one-click access to tools, allowing consumers to discover the many communities within the Seattle-Eastside area” says the company’s owner Julie Barrows. The website shares many relevant links to great resources that locals know, but others might not—all assembled in one easy to access place.

Featured Community: Seward Park-Beacon Hill

Featured Community: Seward Park-Beacon Hill

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

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

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

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By Lumpytrout via Wikimedia Commons

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

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

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

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

Featured Community: Issaquah

Featured Community: Issaquah
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Issaquah, named in 2011 as one of the “Best Towns” in the U.S. by Outside Magazine, is a terrific place to live and conduct business. It is a community of 30,000+ residents, and is conveniently located off the I-90 corridor, just 16 miles east of Seattle. Issaquah is a city dedicated to local traditions, hometown values, and award-winning neighborhoods. With one of Washington State’s top school districts, a series of thriving business districts and a growing arts, nightlife and recreation scene…Issaquah has it all!

Also known as the “Trailhead City,” Issaquah is in a prime location to explore the best of the great northwest because the city is centered within the “Issaquah Alps” (Cougar, Squak and Tiger Mountains). The lure of the clean mountain air and beautiful scenery attracts countless outdoor enthusiasts, hikers and even paragliders to Issaquah. Check out the city’s map portal for an overview of its parks and facilities.

The city is home to a Saturday farmers market, live theatre performances and a seasonal ArtWalk. In addition, the salmon hatchery and Cougar Mountain Zoological Park attract regional visitors. Every October, more than 150,000 people also travel to Issaquah for the annual Salmon Days festival.lake-sammamish-istock_000043626338_double

Issaquah Highlands is an award winning community where all new homes meet Built Green™ standards and are certified ENERGY STAR® or equivalent. The tree-lined streets and trails connect community parks with 1,400 acres of permanently preserved open space. Talus features four hundred contiguous acres of protected open space that form one of the final links in the Mountains to Sound Greenway.  Talus also contains a planned business center with 500,000 square feet of commercial office space, and 50,000 square feet of retail and common facilities. Timber Ridge at Talus, a state-of- the-art life care services community has spectacular views and first class service.

Because of its proximity to Bellevue and Seattle, Issaquah is a prime business location.  The city currently contains a mix of high tech firms, retail headquarters and small businesses. Microsoft Corporation and Siemens Medical Systems have offices located in Issaquah. Costco’s international headquarters is within the city, located at Pickering Place—a wonderful center that blends the charm of a historic dairy farm with professional space, retail, restaurants and entertainment. In addition, state-of-the-art medical treatment facilities are located in the city, including Swedish Medical Center Issaquah.

The skinny on Seattle Neighborhoods

The skinny on Seattle Neighborhoods

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Featured Community: Magnolia

Featured Community: Magnolia

The location of the Magnolia neighborhood (map) in Seattle feels like a secluded island. Three bridges give you access to Magnolia, just west of Queen Anne, north of Downtown, and south of the Chittenden Locks in Ballard. This unique part of Seattle is on a natural peninsula, and the lack of major city thoroughfares through the neighborhood helps Magnolia retain in friendly quaint, atmosphere. Magnolia is part of the Seattle School District.

Along West McGraw Street is the main shopping area and the Magnolia trees that give this area its name. The naming was actually a mistake. Captain Vancouver recorded the Madrona trees that dot the bluffs near the water as being Magnolia trees when he was journeying on the Puget Sound. Being situated near the water means that there is abundant natural beauty in this area. Magnolia homes are famous for being among the most expensive, and many have incredible views. Owners of Magnolia homes love the park at the south end of the neighborhoods. Anyone can come here, though, and use the picnic tables and tennis courts.

120605-A-DT641-002The largest park in the city can be found in this area of Seattle. Owners of Magnolia homes often go to the 534-acre Discovery Park. Here, you
can wander the almost 12 miles of walking trails through waterfront hills, and rugged beaches with views of the Olympic Mountains. Most of the shoreline of Discovery Park faces the southwest, so this is a great place to watch the sun set over Puget Sound. While it has only been here since 1973, Discovery Park is now an important part of the area. Fort Lawton is still within the boundaries of the park, and this is where some military families are housed.

Another landmark of this neighborhood is the Palisade restaurant. As you walk up the steps of this Magnolia restaurant, you will realize that you’re in for a real treat. There is an all you can eat pancake and tropical fruit buffet, but it is great for lunch and dinner as well. The Sunday brunch here is the most popular Magnolia restaurant in the area. In addition the Palisade, there are many tasty local restaurants in the Magnolia area to chose from.

Far from the bustle of downtown and the busy pace of other Seattle neighborhoods, Magnolia is a place the offers you tranquility and scenic views. Lighthouse at sunset, Seattle, WashingtonWhile only three bridges connect it, this area of Seattle is an inextricable part of Seattle life. From a fine Magnolia restaurant to the hours of fun at Discovery Park, Magnolia will show you a taste of the good life in the Pacific Northwest.

The Magnolia Voice daily news blog will keep up-to-date on all things Magnolia. Magnolia has its own Chamber of Commerce located at 3214 West McGraw Street Suite #301B Seattle, Washington 98199. Queen Anne & Magnolia News is another terrific resource for local news and information. The Magnolia Community Center is located at 2550 34th Ave W, 98199. Currently they are open 1 pm to 9 pm Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 10 am to 9 pm Wednesday and Thursday; 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, closed Sunday. Magnolia Playfield stretches for several city blocks and includes or is adjacent to Magnolia Community Center, Blaine Elementary School and Mounger Pool. The playfields are well used for football, softball and soccer.

Featured Community: Woodinville

Featured Community: Woodinville

The city of Woodinville is located in northeastern King County and southeast Snohomish County. It is most known for its Wine Country region that has now expanded to include local distilleries and breweries. From the notable Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery to small boutique wineries scattered around the valley and “Warehouse” District located in north Woodinville, Woodinville offers visitors to taste celebrated, awarded wines, some of which are only available directly at the wineries. Wine tours, chef-inspired paired wine dinners, fundraisers, and local outdoor concerts are among the many Wine Country events hosted annually.It’s up there

Woodinville is a charming mix of residential areas located in 7 distinct geographical neighborhoods, light industrial areas, Tourist District, and retail-centric Town Center.  Woodinville is a convenient home-base, with its easy access to highways and transportation, for anyone seeking to explore the Puget Sound region. Located East of Seattle and North of Kirkland, the Woodinville community enjoys the advantages and convenience of being near several major metropolitan centers while maintaining the livability of all that is great about small town life. Both the Northshore School District and Lake Washington School District serve the residents of Woodinville in award winning style.

Residents of Woodinville come by their love of everything green naturally, and are passionate about the city’s environment and its beautiful woodland landscape. Surrounded by the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and the rugged beauty of the Olympics and Mount Rainier, Woodinville is committed to preserving its natural beauty. The climate is ideal for those who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. Woodinville enjoys vast amounts of open space, city parks, multi-purpose fields, playgrounds, walking, biking, hiking and running trails, a skateboard park, tennis and basketball courts open all year long. The surrounding area offers lakes, rolling hills and mountains for the outdoor enthusiast. No matter what your passion is, you won’t have to go far to enjoy hot air ballooning, equestrian trails, backpacking, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing and wildlife watching adventures.

Molbaks Nursery, the largest and most comprehensive nursery in the Greater Puget Sound Region, draws garden enthusiasts throughout the state of Washington. Two of the most highly rated restaurants in the Northwest – The Herbfarm and The Barking Frog—are conveniently located in Woodinville. Over 100 wineries are located in, or near, Woodinville, including Chateau St. Michelle.  The popular summer concert series at St. Michelle’s amphitheater brings internationally renowned music acts to Woodinville.

An active calendar of small-town festivals, celebrations, and events occur throughout the year in Woodinville. Residents enjoy the Summer Concert Series at DeYoung Park and Cottage Lake Park. The Harvest Happening and The Great Pumpkin Hunt is a seasonal festival in late October. The Woodinville Lights Festival is a month-long celebration in December.  In the spring, the family-friendly annual Basset Bash parade and All Fools’ Day celebration is enjoyed by young and old. The population of Woodinville, per the 2010 Census, is approximately 11,000 residents.

Featured Community: Mercer Island

Featured Community: Mercer Island

Mercer Island is a friendly active, and vibrant city centrally located smack in the middle of Lake Washington between Seattle and Bellevue, where it benefits from easy access to both metro areas via I-90, which runs across the city’s north end. The Island’s premier location on the lake, its small-town community feel, incredible local recreation opportunities, and nationally recognized school district make Mercer Island a truly exceptional place to live.

A sampling of Mercer Island’s annual events include the Mercer Island Half MarathonSummer CelebrationMostly Music In The Park summer concert seriesSeafair Hydroplane Races and Blue Angels Airshow, and Mercer Island Farmers Market.

The Island’s reputation for multi-million dollar waterfront estates is only partially true. While it does benefit from both many high-profile residents and large beautiful estates, it also has a large number of mainstream neighborhoods that create a very connected community of families. With a median price point well above one million dollars, Mercer Island is definitely not a starter community—although many young families, having grown up on the Island themselves, eventually make their way back. See a glimpse of some of the many Mercer Island neighborhoods, along with pictures and descriptions, on LiveOnMercer.com or check out the many local happenings via the Mercer Island Pulse.

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Bellevue and Kirkland offer modern style and convenience on the Eastside

Bellevue and Kirkland offer modern style and convenience on the Eastside

It’s no wonder Bellevue and Kirkland, along with many other Eastside cities (Redmond, Issaquah, Duvall, Mercer Island, Renton, Samamish, and Woodinville), are drawing younger, high-tech crowds. With so many new technology start-ups blended with long-standing icons, the Eastside continues to be a mecca for growth in the Seattle area region. Here’s a look at a few of the Eastside’s many neighborhoods.

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