Our Guide to Quick & Easy Meals While You’re Out Enjoying Seattle’s Summer Sunshine

Our Guide to Quick & Easy Meals While You’re Out Enjoying Seattle’s Summer Sunshine

It’s summer – or almost, anyways. Are you looking for something quick, but packs a punch? Something that will have you ready when your hit Golden Gardens Park or the Seattle Waterfront? We’re offering our go-to summer guide for drinks and quick eats around Seattle!

Emerald City Smoothie offers a powerful punch in terms of body nourishment – and with a ton of options and flavor.

Created from fresh and nutritious beginnings, Verve Bowls a ton in terms of smoothies and good eats.

NrGize is a self-touted lifestyle café, with a mission to salubriousness and peace of mind in every delicious drink.

Delicious in several ways, Jodee’s Desserts are sure to add color to your day. Drop in for a smooth, coffee, or a sweet treat, you’ll find their organic and local products are made of only the “purest ingredients”.

Another light and local fare is Heart Beet. Juices, smoothies, elixirs, warm and toasty grain bowls, and raw entrees, their menu comprises a ton of nutrients and a whole lotta heart.

Chaco Canyon has a few locations, and two are in the north end of Seattle: one in the University District and the other in Greenwood. Their menu offers a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and raw options all the way from breakfast to dessert! With menu that’s over 95% organic, they strive for community inclusion, including using foraged and seasonal ingredients and frequent menu changes.

Their priorities are simple: high quality ingredients, backed by their dietitian. JujuBeet offers the basic café foods, including soups, salads, sandwiches, and crepes, made with your health in mind.

Love acai bowls? Juice Press offers them, made to order, exactly when you want it. Enjoy their other handcrafted breakfasts, salads, juices, and specialty drink – or even a chocolaty dessert!

100% customizable. 100% the way you want it. Completely Custom Smoothie. Enjoy an energy blast in the morning, before or after your workout, or just while you’re out and about!

Not your usual hang out spot – well, it is for some people. Nestled near Seattle Central off Pine Street, Oasis Tea Zone offers small eats alongside about a billion flavors fruit smoothies, juices, or teas.

Dedicated to “fine” and nutritious foods, the Fit Bar Café offers an array of acai and pitaya, blending traditions with the hubbub of modern life.

Whole foods, cut fresh. Though it started as a salad restaurant, Sprigy diversified their menu to include wraps, quinoa bowls, and baked potatoes – yam, sweet, and many more!

Though just drinks the Pressed Juicery is a great place to get your pack your day with essential vitamins, minerals, and add tons of flavor to your diet.

Located in the Washington State Convention Center, the Juicy Café always has a line out the door – and you’d be hard pressed not to see why! Hyper focused on our local communities and providing heathy foods to the area, this family owned business is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Food need to pack a punch in today’s fast-paced world, and Jars Juice definitely delivers. Enjoy avocado everything, or something a little sweeter for breakfast, like a fresh squeezed juice or blended smoothie.

Try, try, TRY their weekend brunch: the Juicebox Seattle! Though their usual menu is a little simpler, and they offer an array of juices and smoothies to fill your veggie needs, their food menu includes favorites like miso oatmeal and a red flannel has bowl!

Enjoy a delightful bagel sandwich at Moondrop Coffee while you’re waiting for the water taxi – and don’t forget your drink! From the morning usual, to juices, smoothies, and even bubble tea (made from fresh tea leaves), you’ll find your 100% dairy free options here!

These aren’t the only places in Seattle to enjoy a bright and sunny day, so if we’ve missed your favorite let it know! Who knows, you might even see it highlighted in a future post!


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

MERCER ISLAND DREAM
$3,580,000 • 4603 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island • MLS# 1288297
6 Bedrooms • 4.75 Bathrooms • 5,680 sq. ft. • 22,180 Lot Size

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

SPACIOUS IN KIRKLAND
$785,000 • 11809 NE 142nd Street, Kirkland • MLS# 1290670
5 Bedrooms • 2.75 Bathrooms • 3,070 sq. ft. • 7,560 Lot Size

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

QUEEN ANNE BUNGALOW
$750,000 • 432 W McGraw Place, Seattle • MLS# 1288167
2 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 800 sq. ft. • 2,960 Lot Size

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

REFRESHING UPDATES
$699,000 • 13517 95th Avenue NE, Kirkland • MLS# 1289825
3 Bedrooms • 1.75 Bathrooms • 1,590 sq. ft. • 7,696 Lot Size

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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


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

© Copyright 2018. 

4 Adventures Inside Kirkland

4 Adventures Inside Kirkland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

7 Amazing Places to Eat in Downtown Burien, Washington

7 Amazing Places to Eat in Downtown Burien, Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

5 of the Most Beautiful Views of Washington

5 of the Most Beautiful Views of Washington

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

And there’s no excuse for it!

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

Quinault River – Pony Bridge & the Enchanted Valley

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

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

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

Steamboat Rock State Park

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

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

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

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

Snoqualmie Pass – Granite Mountain

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

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

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

A Ferry Ride from Seattle to Bremerton

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

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

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

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

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

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

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


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

Exploring Downtown Sumner, Washington

Exploring Downtown Sumner, Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

April Showers, Bringing May Flowers

April Showers, Bringing May Flowers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

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

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

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

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

Tip #1 START SLOW & START SMALL

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

Tip #2 RAISED BEDS WILL SAVE YOU TIME AND ENERGY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mid-March: peas

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

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

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

May: pole beans, summer squash, lettuce

Early-June: cucumbers, corn

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

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

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


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

The 4 Destinations of Seattle-Docked Ferries!

The 4 Destinations of Seattle-Docked Ferries!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

Find more information at MajesticForestAve.com

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

Windermere Living – Spring 2018 Edition

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

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

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

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

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

Tip #2 LEARN THE BASICS OF THE GAME

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

Here are a few terms to get you started:

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

Tip #3 CREATE PLAYFUL BANTER AND CHOOSE SIDES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tip #7 ENJOY THE GAME & INDULGE A LITTLE

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

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

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

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


new this week from WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

8 Of Our Favorite Seattle Juiceries

8 Of Our Favorite Seattle Juiceries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

How Does Remodeling Impact Your Home Sale in Seattle?

How Does Remodeling Impact Your Home Sale in Seattle?

Feb18

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

A few key takeaways we learned from this report are:

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

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

Cost vs. Value for Midrange Projects in Seattle

Cost vs. Value for Upscale Projects in Seattle

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

7 of Seattle’s Most Hidden Bakeries

7 of Seattle’s Most Hidden Bakeries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

© Copyright 2018. 

4 Chipper Salons on Capitol Hill, Seattle

4 Chipper Salons on Capitol Hill, Seattle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

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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!


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2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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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.

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4+ Beach Resorts Along Washington’s Coastline

4+ Beach Resorts Along Washington’s Coastline

We’re coming on the end of Fall, which means Spring is only a few short months away – and what better way to plan for Spring Break or Summer vacations than a few days along the Washington coastline?

Sparkling beaches and forever sunsets after long days of playing in the sand and perusing local shops and boutiques. Because of Washington’s diverse terrain, our coastline makes for a just-as diverse and welcoming allure.

Chosen as “The Northwest’s Best Resort in 2016 by Seattle Magazine,” the Semiahmoo Resort offers 4-star amenities, including lodging, golfing recreation, and spa. Located on the cerulean shores of Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor, you’ll enjoy hours of beach life, wading in tidepools and indulging alongside Pacific Northwest wildlife.

Are you looking to get close to nature? Enjoy the sparkling water in the San Juan’s with several fabulous resorts across the islands. We couldn’t decide on just one (stay tuned for an in-depth, San Juan’s vacation post), so we’ve provided a great Trip Advisory link for review-based lists.

Touted as “Seattle’s only waterfront hotel”, the Edgewater: A Noble House Hotel, offers a stunning escape in the urban paradise. Stay in the heart of the city: only blocks from nightlife, Pike Place Market, Olympic Structure Park, and boutique, Seattle shopping. Vacation “on the edge” beside the lull of the city and the breathtaking vistas of the Olympic Mountains and beyond.

Along Sunset Beach of Moclips, Washington rests an oasis known as the Ocean Crest Resort. This full-service resort, offers comfortable lodging, an indoor pool, massage & healthy spa, fine-dining restaurant, and gift shop – and don’t forget the cocktail lounge. From their vantage perch, they offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and meandering pathways down to the beaches below. As they say, “relax, enjoy, and return again and again.”

No too far down the Pacific Coast, is the log cabin resort known the Iron Springs Resort. Having evolved from humble beginnings, Iron Springs started in the 1940’s with only a handful of cabins and continued to grow – and build – into the 25-cabin resort they are presently known as. In 2017, they won accolades from Best Northwest Escapes for “Best Cabin” and “Best Dog-Friendly Place to Stay”! Rent one multi-bedroom cabin, or a couple for a whole-family getaway!

If you’re looking to sunbath on Washington’s beaches, wade through nature’s tidepools, or fly your kite in the windy ocean air, Washington many shores have a little something different to offer. Enjoy the kite festival in Ocean Shores or whale watch along the Pacific Straights. From the rocky ridges to sandy shores, Washington offers a different experience at every opportunity.


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.

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2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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6 Shopping Fan-Favorites on Main Street, in Bellevue, Washington

6 Shopping Fan-Favorites on Main Street, in Bellevue, Washington

Are you all shopped out from the holiday season? We are – but there are also a ton of after-season sales going on! If you find yourself in the mood, but want to avoid the rush of local malls, try Main Street, near downtown Bellevue.

Often referred to as Old-Bellevue, visit the heart of the city with great food and interesting shops, in a vibrant portrayal of “small-town” living in an urban metropolis. Visit and imagine everything surrounding it as strawberry fields, and you’ll get a decent depiction of what the area used to look like; but now this not-so hidden, Eastside gem bustles with cafes, bars, and boutique shopping.

Glassybaby is an establishment any charity lover can get behind. With locations along the West Coast, their glassblowers handcraft each “glassbaby”, ensuring the highest quality in your unique product – and this beautiful oasis of color offers a donation with ever purchase.

Do you have a kid in your family? Or a friend or family member you’re looking to buy for? Wee Tots Children’s Store on Main Street in downtown Bellevue, Washington is perfect for all types of children’s gear! Toys? Clothes? Or maybe some larger furnishings? This upscale infant and children outfitter offers quality!

Old and Elegant offers just that: antique-style fixtures and furnishings for your home. This unique retailor procures the finest wood and metal findings, alongside helpful, knowledgeable and honest owners and staff.

Looking to get the new year started right? Check out Title Nine for all things athleticwear and gear. With a business based on inspiring the world around us, you’ll surely find something for yourself or a friend!

Cozy into bed with Soaring Heart comfort. With a plan only to provide you with a night of great sleep, they let you know exactly what you’re buying – the fabrics included in their organic material, lack of toxic chemicals, and recycled and reused materials. Each mattress is handcrafted by precision builders.

And if you’re looking to furnish the rest of your home, check out LUXE + WOODS Urban Designs, where they believe ever furnishing should be as unique as you! Their one-of-a-kind creations, fit no mold in their beautiful boldness.

Located blocks away from Lincoln Square and the Bellevue Collection, Main Street in Bellevue, Washington shopping is nothing if not luxe-inspired. Regardless of if you’re looking for yourself, a friend, or your sister’s children, you’ll find something unique.


ABOUT WINDERMERE MERCER ISLAND

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

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

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8 of Our Favorite Restaurants in Renton, Washington

8 of Our Favorite Restaurants in Renton, Washington

In ideally located Renton, Washington, you’ll find tons of new restaurants to try. Whether at the Renton Landing, perched in the Highlands, or hidden in a downtown, brick building, Renton offers a variety of cuisines to please the entire family.

Located near the Landing and Coulon Beach, Peyrassol Café offers a selection of brunch, lunch, and dinner specials, raised, grown, and crafted locally. With firm roots in the Pacific Northwest, Peyrassol Café has, since the beginning, used local purveyors to supply their high-quality eats. (http://www.peyrassolcafe.com)

Perched in the Highlands of Renton, off State Route 900 & Duvall Avenue, is Sushi Roll Roll Roll. Consistently touted as “excellent” and a local favorite, patrons enjoy a cozy atmosphere alongside friendly service. (https://www.yelp.com/biz/sushi-roll-roll-roll-renton?frvs=True&osq=Restaurants)

Big Island Poke is another local hit. Created by a People of the Chubs partner, this island-style eatery quickly ravaged the hearts of residents as a go-to poke establishment. Fresh and high-quality, this place is great for your Hawaiian taste buds! (http://www.bigislandpokeinc.com/)

Offering a delight lunch and dinner menu, Vino at the Landing has melted the hearts of local with their love of wine and fine foods. Whether you’re looking for a gather space before a night out, a bottle of wine for the evening, or a fabulous place for dinner, Vino at the Landing is your place! (https://www.vinoatthelanding.com/)

Ideally boutique, Smoking Monkey Pizza has consistently been awarded for the winning recipes, including #1 Pizza in Renton, Washington. A blend of traditional and modern loves, Smoking Monkey Pizzas offer the standards, and indulge in the unique. (https://www.smokingmonkeypizza.com)

Another fan favorite and Renton Highlands establishment, The Brick Pub & Grill offers passion alongside quality and artisan cuisine. Indulge in local and fresh ingredients with their passion-driven menu of WA craft beer, NW wine, and decadent eats. (http://www.thebrickpubrenton.com/)

If you’re looking for German cuisine, the Berliner Pub has you covered! Located near the heart of downtown Renton, their menu reflects a German Beerhall with long, shared tables with traditional fares and a full-range of beers! (http://www.berlinerpub.com)

And now, one of Renton, Washington’s favorite restaurants continues to be the Melrose Grill. Highly regarded in articles by the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, and Seattle Weekly, this “Best of Western Washington” establishment brings steak to another level. (http://www.melrosegrill.com/)

Renton, Washington is an easy drive to both the Eastside and Seattle – and only minutes from the Seatac Airport.

 


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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Bellevue & Mercer Island School District Information: January 2018 Edition

Bellevue & Mercer Island School District Information: January 2018 Edition

This will be a week of schools, as we head into the new year and another season of change. When home searching, schools may be at the top of your mind – especially if you have school-age children.

Being in a good school district has more to offers than premier schools, extracurricular activities, and high test scores. A decent school district, such as the Bellevue and Mercer Island districts, can also combat lags in real estate or can be the selling point for a potential buyer. And if you have or are planning on having children, they’ll only benefit from top schools.

The Bellevue and Mercer Island School Districts are highly regarded in the area for high mathematics and English scores and overall college readiness – and it’s safe to say both areas offer fabulous housing, are great for families, and decent employment opportunities.

Mercer Island School District

Total Students: 4,513
College Readiness: 59.3%
Proficient in English: 83%
Proficient in Mathematics: 84%

Complete MISD Information

Mercer Island High School
Graduation Rate: 93.5%
Total Students: 1,484
Total Teachers: 82
Average Years of Teachers Experience: 13.5
Teachers with at Least a Master’s Degree: 73.2%

Bellevue School District

Total Students: 20,461
College Readiness: 70.1%
Proficient in English: 71%
Proficient in Mathematics: 78%

Complete BSD405 Information

Bellevue High School
Graduation Rate: 87.3%
Total Students: 1,624
Total Teachers: 91
Average Years of Teachers Experience: 12.5
Teachers with at Least a Master’s Degree: 76.9%

Big Picture High School
Graduation Rate: 83.3%
Total Students: 350
Total Teachers: 35
Average Years of Teachers Experience: 7.8
Teachers with at Least a Master’s Degree: 65.7%

Interlake High School
Graduation Rate: 87.4%
Total Students: 1,627
Total Teachers: 101
Average Years of Teachers Experience: 10.2
Teachers with at Least a Master’s Degree: 78.2%

International High School
Graduation Rate: 100.00%
Total Students: 569
Total Teachers: 43
Average Years of Teachers Experience: 10.9
Teachers with at Least a Master’s Degree: 69.8%

Newport Senior High School
Graduation Rate: 94.4%
Total Students: 1,795
Total Teachers: 101
Average Years of Teachers Experience: 13.4
Teachers with at Least a Master’s Degree: 80.2%

Sammamish Senior High School
Graduation Rate: 84.2%
Total Students: 1,038
Total Teachers: 69
Average Years of Teachers Experience: 10.4
Teachers with at Least a Master’s Degree: 78.3%

Do your children in either of these Eastside school districts? Share your experiences in the comments below!

 

Data pulled from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Washington State Report Card.


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. 

Too Cold? Try These 4 Slurp-Worthy Ramen Houses!

Too Cold? Try These 4 Slurp-Worthy Ramen Houses!

It’s super cold outside – and rainy, too. Now might prove a fabulous time to try that new ramen house you’ve been whispering about. Traditional ramen typically served hot (although there is a chilled option) and comprises a soupy consistency, of broth filled with noodles and toppings. Though the toppings widely vary, some standbys include sliced pork, dried seaweed, green onions, and egg.

Though the history is a bit unclear, ramen has swept Japan and China, and has made its way in to the heart of Americans, too!

Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya is a chain that has experienced tons of growth other the past decade, with locations spanning across Japan, Australia, Taiwan, and the United States, including Indiana, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington. They serve a delicious and diverse menu comprised of Japanese cuisine!

We just went over Ramen Danbo in a previous article, so I won’t rehash the same information, but rest assured it’s delightful!

Located near the Westfield-Southcenter Shopping Mall, Arashi Ramen is a boutique ramen house that packs a lot of punch. They have ten different styles of ramen, plus sides and rice bowls, making their menu available to anyone. Highly-regarded in the area for consistently flavorful and heartwarming bowls, they use their own signature blend of handcrafted ramen, utilizing premium ingredients and simmer their broths over 16 hours.

Our last stop on the Ramen train is Seattle’s Teinei. Located in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, this industrial-chic eatery utilizes the Japanese meaning of its namesake: with care and politeness. They use their name as an emphasis for their upstanding hospitality, premium quality and outstanding service – and their reviewer agree!

After you try these places, you’ll forget about all the cold weather outside! In the comments below, share with us your favorite ramen house!

6 Hot & New Restaurants in the Greater Seattle Region – December 2017 Edition

6 Hot & New Restaurants in the Greater Seattle Region – December 2017 Edition

Hot and new restaurants are always popping up in the Puget Sound area, and we LOVE trying new and exciting things. Some people don’t want to cook when they get home, or they cook the same ten things week after week without sufficient variation.

This is where eating out and trying new things comes into play. Being adventurous and adding variety (dare, I say spice) to your life is a great way to indulge and find new tastes you never knew you enjoyed – and it doesn’t have to be something crazy. Maybe, you’ve just never tried brussels sprouts?

Tiger Bites is taking the area by storm. Located in the Overlake neighborhood of Bellevue, they offer delightful Taiwanese fusion eats, coupled with quality food, excellent service, and a sense of community. As a fast-casual restaurant, they offer quick, filling bites set at the highest quality!

Ramen has taken the area by storm in recent years, and this new Downtown ramen house is making statements with their signature Tonkotsu broth, touted as “unmistakable”. Nonetheless, only weeks old and Ramen Danbo proves a delicious eatery!

Open for two months, the Red Bamboo Bistro offers a fabulous and expansive Chinese menu. Located in the Renton Highlands, this eatery is already touted as “up there with the top places in Renton for Chinese food.

Neko: A Cat Café proves as adorable as it is indulgent in our fierce feline companions. The unique space rests in the heart of Capitol Hill, and offers drinks and nibbles as you pet the totally adoptable cats that slink around your feet. Drink. Eat. Pet cats, and maybe even adopt one while you’re there!

A combination of “new rustic and old, tradiational” Mexican foods, D’ La Santa offers a menu diverse with quality, prime meats, organic vegetables, and community. Their “family approach” to business shines through their unique and delicious menu!

Already garnered the title of “great brisket in Seattle” by the Seattle Times, Barbecue Smith offers a new take on a delicious trend. Alongside their traditional menu or brisket, mac & cheese, ribs, and pulled pork, they also offer unique additions, like kimchi and BBQ ramen.

Eating out can be fun and, while we shouldn’t overdo it, it can be a great way to find new inspirations and ideas for homecooked meals later down the line – or even just trying to figure out how they made what they made so delicious. Maybe you can add it to your New Year’s Resolutions to add to your palette.

New eats are a dime a dozen, but these places are well-rated (4+ stars) and have garnered media attention through their delicious offerings. What are your favorite new eating spaces in the Pacific Northwest?