Seattle, What’s the Big Deal?

The headlines are everywhere proclaiming Seattle as the hottest housing market in the nation. Our humble city built on aerospace, trade, and influenced by a software engineer who donates millions, has found itself on the national map as the new darling of the tech world. Of course, this proclamation cannot go without mentioning the commerce juggernaut right in our own backyard, Amazon. I was told recently by Windermere’s Chief Economist Matthew Gardner, that Amazon occupies 20% of all Class A business space in Seattle – that is a lot! It seems you cannot drive down I-5 between Shoreline and the Sea-Tac Airport without spotting at least 15-20 cranes busily building more of that office space.

So, why Seattle? In contrast to California’s Bay Area, the cost of living here (rents and real estate) is half – office space costs half and companies can provide the same wages. This combination puts more money in employees’ pockets and companies are not as expensive to run, making profits higher. This has driven many companies to relocate or expand from the Bay Area to Seattle or Bellevue, markedly increasing the demand for housing.

This has put an even tighter squeeze on inventory, putting us in the most extreme Seller’s market (0-3 months of inventory) we’ve ever seen. This has driven prices up, and values are hinging on commute times. Below is a chart that outlines the amount of available inventory based on pending sales measured in months, and the median price in the month of March 2017.

As you can see, there is a direct correlation between proximity to job centers (Seattle and Bellevue) and home prices. If you have considered selling your home and making a move, now is one of the most favorable times to do so. If you are considering a purchase, the environment is competitive but there are opportunities. Aligning with an experienced and knowledgeable broker who can help you properly strategize, is key.

One might think it is simple to sell your home in this market, but getting top dollar, strong terms, and a sale that will pass appraisal is the ultimate goal, and takes a high level of communication and nuanced negotiations. The same applies for buyers, along with education and a refined process, which helps empower buyers to make informed decisions and win.

Our city is changing, and whether you thinks it is for the good or the bad is up to you, but this is our new reality. Seattle is beautiful, prosperous and full of opportunities for those who choose to call it home. Like any opportunity, it needs to be properly analyzed, considered, and ultimately seized. If you are curious how your home measures up in today’s market please contact us. Any one of our agents would be happy to provide you a complimentary market analysis to help keep you informed, or sit down and chat about the steps of a successful home purchase.


Posted on April 25, 2017 at 7:54 pm
Yvette Sanchez | Posted in Seattle |

7 Breweries for Beer Lovers Just North of Seattle

You don’t have to drive all the way to Seattle for premium microbrews and cool glasses of crafts beers—just north of Seattle, our beer scene is brimming with local options that any craft connoisseur will appreciate. Whether you want to fill up a growler, go on a weekend beer tour, or just grab a pint with friends, these 7 breweries just north of Seattle in Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Edmonds, and Kenmore all offer the perfect place to start!

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE

Diamond Knot Brewpub at MLT

 

  • Located at 5602 232nd Street SW Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am – 11pm, Friday 11am – Midnight, Saturday 8am – Midnight, Sunday 8am – 11pm

Recommended by both Brian Hayter and Shelly Katzer, both locals the Diamond Knot Brewpub is a local favorite. Started by Bob Maphet and Brian Sollenberger as a hobby, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing now makes over 600 barrels of beer every single month! Diamond Knot mainstays include their India Pale Ale, Industrial IPA, Blonde Ale, Pipe Down Brown Ale, Above Board Pale Ale, E.S.B. Steamer Glide Stout, Possession Porter, and Hefeweizen.

TIP: You can also grab breakfast, lunch or dinner here, plus they’re family- and dog-friendly!

Learn more about Diamond Knot here:


LYNNWOOD

Big E Ales

 

  • Located at 5030 208th St SW Suite A. Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 1pm – 10pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 10pm

Brewing since 1997, Big E Ales serves up hand-crafted ales alongside a full, mouthwatering menu of delicious appetizers and entrees. You can stop by for a refreshing beer with friends, or even book the Brew Room for events like wedding receptions and company parties.

TIP: Their blog is packed with interesting beer history!


EDMONDS

Salish Sea Brewing Company

 

  • Located at 518 Dayton St. #104 Edmonds, WA 98020
  • Hours: Monday – Wednesday 3pm – 9pm, Thursday 3pm – 10pm, Friday – Saturday 12pm – 11pm, Sunday Noon – 8pm

Home to a variety of carefully crafted brews, Salish Sea Brewing Company is a staple of the region. Beer lovers can choose from their Drop Anchor IPA, Salish IPA Dayton Street (3 SEAS) Session ISA, Driftwood Pale, Honey Golden, NW “Wildfire” Red, Expansion Amber, Kodiak Brown Porter, Prior Porter, Big Chocolate Love:  A Robust Porter, and the seasonal Blackfish Stout and Blizzzaak Winter Ale. In addition to grabbing an ice-cold brew, you can enjoy an evolving menu of sandwiches, soups, and appetizers.

TIP: Families are welcome, and dogs are allowed on the outside patio.


American Brewing Company

 

  • Located at 180 W. Dayton St. Warehouse 102 Edmonds, WA 98020
  • Hours: Monday – Thursday 3pm – 9pm, Friday 3 – 10pm, Saturday Noon – 10pm, Sunday Noon – 8pm

At American Brewing Company, craftsmanship and science are at the forefront of everything they do and create. Started in 2010 by Adam Frantz, American Brewing Company benefits from Adam’s years of practice and his worldwide travels that have influenced his craft beers. Their consistent offerings include an India Pale Ale, Pale Ale, Kolsch Ale, Stout, and a selection of seasonal and specialty beers.

TIP: These guys also brew 6 flavors of kombucha!


Gallagher’s Where-U-Brew

 

  • Located at 180 W. Dayton St. #105  EDMONDS, WA
  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday 2pm – 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm

Ready to DIY your own brew?! Gallaghers Where-U-Brew offers an amazing opportunity to create your very own craft beer! They provide you with everything you need to brew a batch of beer… and it only takes 2 hours! They’re guide you through the different types of brews you can create, help you select what you’re most interested in, and assign you to a professional brewing kettle with instructions on how to get started. Then, you set a date (usually 2 weeks later) for you to go in a bottle your beer! Learn more about the process here.

TIP: You can also brew ciders, root beer, and make your own wine at Gallagher’s!


KENMORE

Nine Yards Brewing

 

  • Located at 7324 NE 175th St., Suite A Kenmore, WA 98028
  • Hours: Monday – Thursday 2pm – 10pm, Friday 2pm – midnight, Saturday 11am – midnight, Sunday 11am-10pm

Located right off the Burke Gillman trail in Kenmore, Nine Yards is a popular local establishment. Stop by for hand-crafted brews, food trucks, pinball machines, Skee ball… this happening place has it all, and is great for group gatherings or parties.

TIP: This establishment is open to all ages!


Cairn Brewing

 

  • Located at 7204 NE 175th St. Bldg A, Kenmore, WA 98028
  • Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 4pm – 9pm, Friday 3pm – 10pm, Saturday 11:30am – 10pm, Sunday 11:30am – 6pm

Cairn Brewing is a hub for beer drinkers and beer brewers alike. Stop by to enjoy a pint of the many on-tap offerings, 5 of which are always served directly from the tank! (There will also often be a food truck parked outside for your convenience!) Or, for those who are interested in learning the craft straight from the masters, sign up for a homebrewing class! Learn about the beer-making process, and actually brew a batch in class.

TIP: The Cairn Brewing taproom is family- and dog-friendly!


Posted on April 25, 2017 at 7:49 pm
Yvette Sanchez | Posted in Mountlake Terrace |

16 Excellent Independent Businesses in Edmonds

Check out our list of 16 excellent independent businesses in Edmonds that are definitely worth a visit:


RESTAURANTS

Church Key Pub

Hours: 4:00p-11:00pm Monday-Thursday; 3:00pm-1:00am Friday; 12:00pm-1:00am Saturday; 12:00pm-11:00pm Sunday

Located at 109 4th Ave. N. Edmonds, WA 98020

If you’re looking for a relaxing night out with friends, the Church Key Pub has you covered. This bar features a selection of hearty, yet affordable sandwiches, flatbreads, entrees, and more, in addition to a rotating tap of up to 19 unique craft beers and a vibe that blends the flavors of an Irish pub with the familiar comfort of a local hangout.

Church Key Pub has the best food! This place is always packed—standing room only. Yes, the beer selection is grand but the gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, homemade chicken pot pie, salads and fresh pretzel with cheese are fantastic. I’ve never ordered something there I didn’t really like.”-Melody B. a local resident.

For a fun night that won’t break the bank, stop on into the Church Key Pub!


Salt & Iron

Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm Monday-Thursday; 11:00am-11:00pm Friday; 9:00am-11:00pm Saturday; 9:00am-10:00pm Sunday

Located at 321 Main St. (in Downtown Edmonds) Edmonds, WA 98020

With a bright and welcoming atmosphere in the heart of busy downtown Edmonds, Salt & Iron takes an elegant, yet laid-back approach to fresh American Northwest cuisine. “Salt & Iron has been a great addition to the downtown food scene. Their menu is fresh and offers a fun spot to celebrate a special occasion whether it is their yummy brunch on the weekend or a tasty dinner,” says Lena Wood Maul.

Speaking of brunch, according to Caitlyn Johnson, “Salt and Iron is my go-to for brunch. The breakfast sandwiches and mimosas are my favorite!” If you want to experience what all the buzz is about, make a reservation at Salt & Iron!


Walnut Street Coffee

Hours: 6:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday; 7:00am-6:00pm Saturday-Sunday

Located at 410 Walnut St. Edmonds, WA 98020

Serving Edmonds since 2006, Walnut Street Coffee is definitely a local favorite. According to local Lena Wood Maul, “Walnut Street Coffee brings the goods using locally roasted Vivace’ Coffee and they have the best quinoa burrito for a quick healthy breakfast option.”  Ginna Demme agrees with and adds to Maul’s sentiment: “I love Walnut Street Coffee! Fantastic employees, delicious coffee and treats, wonderful atmosphere! I especially love their rotating featured artwork. Walnut street’s quinoa burrito is the absolute best!!”

With other treats sourced from local companies and a commitment to using only organic products, there is no question that Walnut Street Coffee is a true community staple that not only tastes good, but does good.


Epulo Bistro

Hours: 4:00pm-10:00pm Tuesday-Thursday & Sunday; 4:00pm-11:00pm Friday-Saturday; closed Monday

Located at 526 Main St. Edmonds, WA 98020

If you want a restaurant experience that makes you feel part of a family, look no further than Epulo Bistro. This quaint spot features a warm atmosphere and delicious European-inspired food prepared with only the freshest and finest local ingredients. If you’re not sure what to order first, Lena Wood Maul has a suggestion: “Epulo Bistro hands down has the best appetizer in their burrata cheese with fresh handmade cheese, toast points and bright sliced cherry tomatoes tossed in olive oil and basil, yum!” Good food, good service, and a good community are what it is all about at Epulo Bistro.


Las Brisas

Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday

Located at 201 5th Ave. S. Suite 101 Edmonds, WA 98020

If you’re in the mood for a little south-of-the-border flavor, you will want to check out La Brisas. This eatery blends traditional Mexican cooking, a sophisticated, modern style, and unmatched service to bring customers an unforgettable experience.

“Las Brisas is a must visit! My favorite item on their menu is the Macho Vegetarian Burrito (and don’t forget to get a fresh lime margarita as well!). Their fantastic location, decor, and menu make for a great place for anything from late night drinks to family dining,” says Ginna D. Stop in today and witness all that has made Las Brisas an Edmonds household name.


Evviva Woodfired Pizza

Hours: 4:00pm-9:00pm Tuesday-Friday; 11:00am-9:00pm Saturday; 11:00am-8:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

Located at 178 Sunset Ave. South, Edmonds, WA 98020

For a taste of true, authentic Neapolitan pizza, Evviva Woodfired Pizza is the place to go. “Evviva Pizza is the closest to Italy you’re going to get!” says Andrea Wetzel. Indeed, this spot serves up pies featuring only the freshest organic/all-natural ingredients, prepared through the same method that pizzaiolos have been using for hundreds of years. With a unique simplicity and a beautiful location, Evviva Woodfired Pizza is your chance to travel back to the old world without ever leaving Edmonds.


Bar Dojo

Hours: 4:00pm-10:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 4:00pm-12:00am Friday-Saturday

Located at 8404 Bowdoin Way Edmonds, WA 98026

Treating the people of Edmonds to a melting pot of Asian comfort foods and Northwest ingredients, Bar Dojo is a local dining experience unlike any other. Their cocktails are handcrafted using Asian fruits and spices, their food is wild, organic, and sustainable, and their dining room brings all the modern warmth and comfort of Asia to your own backyard. Stop in today for a taste of all the flavors this neighborhood gem has to offer.


SHOPS

The Wooden Spoon Kitchen Shop

Hours: 10:00am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday; 12:00pm-4:00pm Sunday

Located at 104 5th Ave. S. Edmonds, WA 98020

An Edmonds landmark for over 40 years, “The Wooden Spoon is another long time family-run shop, with everything under the sun for your kitchen!” says Barbara Clark. This shop was one of the first kitchen shops in the Pacific Northwest and has since expanded to include seasonal items, decorative items, and other household treasures. With a loyal base of local customers and as a popular spot for tourists, the Wooden Spoon Kitchen Shop is an absolute must for anyone who loves to cook.


Comstock Jewelers

Hours: 10:00am-5:30pm Monday-Friday; 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday; closed Sunday

Located at 411 Main St. Edmonds, WA 98020

Started in 1978 in downtown Edmonds, Comstock Jewelers has quickly grown to become one of the most well-established and respected jewelers in Washington. How did they do it? As Barbara Clark explains: “Part of the charm of Edmonds is the many family owned & operated shops, like Comstock Jewelers. From father to son, and now to grandson, the secret ingredient to their loyal following is their excellent care, customer service and great selection and value.”

Indeed, their passionate staff have over 100 years of combined knowledge in the production and sale of fine jewelry, ensuring a quality buying experience every time. If you need a gift for that special someone, trust the team at Comstock to help you find your perfect match.


The Papery

Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday; 12:00pm-4:00pm Sunday

Located at 410 Main St. Edmonds, WA 98020

It is already clear from this list that Edmonds has no shortage of unique local shops. From kitchen supplies to jewelry, there is no end to what you can find. Barbara points out a couple other spots, noting that “Housewares and the Papery are also great shops—I guarantee you will leave with something you had to have!”

The customers seem to agree, as numerous Yelp reviews for the Papery rave about the locale’s fun selection of greeting cards, home accent items, trinkets, and stationery.


Zinc Art + Object

Hours: 12:00pm-5:00pm Wednesday; 11:00am-7:00pm Thursday-Friday; 10:00am-6:00pm Saturday; 11:00am-5:00pm Sunday; and by appointment

Located at 102 3rd Ave. South Suite B Edmonds, WA  98020

With an eclectic array of modern gifts, art, and furniture, Zinc Art + Object brings contemporary artistry to Edmonds. Paintings, sculptures, and other one-of-a-kind items invite you to view the world in a different way and appreciate the beauty of different creative perspectives. If you’re in the market for something truly unique that speaks to your soul, check out Zinc Art + Object.


Teri’s Toybox

Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday; 11:00am-4:00pm Sunday

Located at 420 Main St. Edmonds, WA 98020

Stumped on where to find a good birthday present for a kid? Well, Lena says “Whenever I have to buy a birthday present for one of my kids to bring to a party, Teri’s Toybox is easy andoffers fun, unique toys that don’t disappoint.” A local store for the past 30 years, Teri’s offers board games, costumes, back-to-school gear and more (Including pool gear for those upcoming summer months). Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, you will love the selections available at Teri’s Toybox.


Edmonds Bookshop

Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday-Wednesday & Friday; 10:00am-8:00pm Thursday; 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday; 12:00pm-5:00pm Sunday

Located at 111 5th Ave. South Edmonds, WA 98020

Dedicated to “finding good homes for books since 1972,” Edmonds Bookshop is a one-stop shop for booklovers of all ages. From fiction to biography and picture books to young adult novels, this spot has something to pique every interest. With a frequent buyer bonus plan, gift wrapping services, special orders, and more, Edmonds Bookshop is all about serving the people of Edmonds with books they really want to read.


Arista Wine Cellars

Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm Monday-Wednesday & Friday; 10:00am-8:00pm Thursday; 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday; 12:00pm-5:00pm Sunday

Located at 320 5th Ave. South Edmonds, WA 98020

If you’re looking for the perfect wine for a special occasion, Arista Wine Cellars is here to help. They have a wide selection of wines to choose from, both from Washington and around the world. With friendly service and 18 years of experience, the staff at Arista Wine Cellars is sure to pair you up with just the right wine for your needs.


Fabric of Life Boutique

Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm Tuesday-Saturday; 12:00pm-5:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

Located at 519 Main St. Edmonds, WA. 98020

If you want to find some truly unique items and support global fair trade artisans right here in Edmonds, Fabric of Life Boutique lets you do just that. This shop is run by volunteers and has been involved in numerous events over the years to raise support and awareness for important local and global issues. For one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, knick knacks, and household items that represent a cause for the greater good, look no further than Fabric of Life Boutique.


Edmonds Farmers Market

Dates & Hours: May 6-June 10, 9:00am-2:00pm (Garden Market); June 17-October 7, 9:00am-3:00pm (Summer Market)

Located at 5th and Bell in Downtown Edmonds (Garden Market) & Downtown Edmonds on 5th Street from Main at the fountain to Bell and east up Bell Street around Centennial Plaza (Summer Market)

Hosted by the Edmonds Museum, the Edmonds Garden and Summer Farmers Markets are a much-loved local pastime. “Edmonds farmers market is my favorite spring and summer activity,” says Caitlyn Johnson. “They have beautiful flowers and hand made local jewelry that I usually can’t pass up!”

Both markets are open to all vendors with products handmade or “Home Grown in Washington,” which provides residents with a perfect opportunity to see what businesses are around to support, like Hunni Co. “Hunni Co is also a locally owned business that keeps Edmonds beekeepers in business with delicious local honey and the farmers market in the summer can’t be beat!” says Andrea Wetzel. If you want to experience all the history and diversity of Edmonds in one place, check out one of the Edmonds Farmers Markets this year.


 


Posted on April 25, 2017 at 7:39 pm
Yvette Sanchez | Posted in Edmonds |

Unique Ways to Stay Active in Bothell: Bike Trails, Trampolines, & Water Sports

Feeling a bit tired of heading to the gym as usual? Need some inspiration? Staying fit and healthy doesn’t have to be boring, and luckily for Bothell residents, there are plenty of unique ways for staying active!

While Bothell is definitely home to some great gyms (Jen Bowman recommends Orange Theory and Fusion Hot Yoga in Canyon Park for major calorie-burning workouts!), I also recommend checking out these other options for something that’s extra fun, entertaining, and active:


Elevated Sportz

Located at 18311 Bothell Everett Hwy Suite 140, Bothell WA 98012

Elevated Sportz in North Bothell is the best rainy day exercise you can get,” says Jen Bowman. “Their weekly schedule offers variety of activities for kids and adults. Trampoline dodgeball anyone? They have a food counter where you can fuel up, too. Even better yet, NO MEMBERSHIP required. My toddler loves the daily 10am-12:30pm Hoppy Hour in the three level Adventure Zone that’s perfect for little kids to explore and play in a padded environment!”

Kids and adults alike love Elevated Sportz, and their dynamic range of offerings ensures there’s always something new to check out! In addition to the events that Jen mentioned, Elevated Sportz hosts a Lazer Club Night for teens, an all-ages Cosmic Night laser party, Lazer Maze Challenge, homeschool meetups, Special Needs days, and more! Plus, you can host birthday parties, team parties, or even rent out the entire facility for your special event.

Check out pricing and take a look at the different play areas offered here.


The Park at Bothell Landing

Located at 9919 NE 180th St Bothell, WA 98011at N Bothell Way

“The Park at Bothell Landing offers a little known boat launch along the Sammamish River, where you can put in your kayak, canoe or paddle board to take advantage of an outdoor ‘gym’ that will cost you nothing,” recommends Claudette Meyer. “Whether your goal is an energizing early morning paddle, an after work recharge, or an all-day workout, you’ll burn calories surrounded by beautiful scenery. Head west if your destination is Lake Washington. For a much longer paddle, you can head southeast to Lake Sammamish, maybe with a pit stop at Redhook Brewery along the way.”

Great tips, Claudette! Not only does The Park at Bothell Landing offer the opportunity to stay active, but it’s also a lovely place to spend time with family or friends at. Pack a picnic and make a day of it!


Burke-Gilman Trail

More than 18 miles long, the Burke-Gilman Trail extends from Shilshole Bay in Seattle all the way to the City of Bothell. This incredible amenity not only offers a paved surface for joggers, walkers, skaters, strollers, and bikers, but it’s also a popular commuting option as well!

Recently, the trail has be undergoing some updates, and Melissa Huddleston has the details:

“In addition to the Burke Gilman Trail, the North Creek Trail expansion will connect the North Creek Park in Bothell to the Burke Gilman Trail. The new expansion will extend from 183rd St SE to SR 524 and will include an elevated walkway 20-40 feet above ground,” shares Melissa.

“This section of the trail will be located between Sprague Drive and 192nd St SE. The timeframe of completion according to the Snohomish County website is still to be determined. I’m very excited as this trail will literally be steps from my home. On warm summer days, you’ll be able to find me riding my bike from my house to Woodinville Wine Country!”

You can view a map of the entire trail here, complete with information on road access points. We recommend planning your trip ahead of time and stopping at one of the beautiful, scenic parks along the way!


Posted on April 25, 2017 at 7:10 pm
Yvette Sanchez | Posted in Bothell |