With so many small businesses and nonprofits operating in the area, Seattle homes for sale are never far from great thrift store finds.
In addition to traditional thrifting brands, you'll also find a variety of vintage clothing boutiques that use eco-friendly practices.
All of this makes Seattle the perfect place to enjoy National Thrift Shop Day. It takes place on Wednesday, August 17 this year, and there is plenty of time to get ready for a day full of shopping. Our brokers know that it isn't always easy to decide where to start an exploration of beautiful Seattle, so we have a few pointers for you to enjoy as you plan your day.
Let's take a closer look at some of Seattle's top thrift stores:
One-of-a-kind shops are just one of the many things locals love about life in Seattle. Ready to make this area your home?
Contact us to discover more about all Seattle has to offer.
Seattle established itself long ago as one of America's leading foodie cities. And while that reputation remains unchanged, the restaurants that define Seattle's dynamic culinary scene are always changing. With that in mind, our brokers are eager to share their favorite new restaurants that you'll need to try soon!
Contact us today to learn more about life in Seattle.
There are plenty of nature retreats near the Seattle area, and perhaps one of the most visually stunning is hiking to a waterfall. Summer is the perfect time to view these exquisite works of art in Mother Nature's portfolio. Our brokers love having easy access to these spectacular waterfalls within a short distance from Seattle homes for sale.
Whether you prefer urban or outdoor delights, you'll find them in the Seattle area. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for experienced help with all your real estate needs.
With its lively mix of trendy shops, eclectic restaurants, high-rise condos, and boutique hotels, Belltown attracts tourists and local residents in equal measure. Dining out is always a special event at these hot Belltown restaurants recommended by our brokers.
Seattle is known as the "Emerald City" thanks to the lush greenery that surrounds it, especially the many amazing forests. Seattle homes for sale benefit from these unique surroundings and much more: Strong local businesses, a vibrant cultural scene, and some of the best dining in the region.
Our real estate agents know Seattle has a reputation for rain, but you'll also have "can't miss" rooftop dining opportunities. While many of them are available only in spring and summer, some covered and climate-controlled rooftop patios have recently opened for dining all year around.
The Seattle skyline is even more striking with the right view, so check out these local restaurants where seasonal rooftop dining is on the menu:
Coldwell Banker Bain is here to help you get to know Seattle. Contact us to discover more about Seattle homes.
Seattle is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, and there is a growing number of local restaurants making their mark with authentic and flavorful BBQ. Join our brokers and celebrate National Barbecue Month in May with a meal or two at these great BBQ spots.
No matter how long you've lived here, there's always something new to discover in Seattle. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for experienced help with all your real estate needs.
The Little Free Library movement has been gaining popularity in cities all around the country, but few places have embraced it with more enthusiasm than Seattle. All around the city, you'll find Little Free Libraries where you can freely exchange books with friends and neighbors. Find something new and exciting to read while supporting a good cause in the process. Our brokers have more information on what Little Free Libraries are all about and where you can find some of the many Little Free Libraries in Seattle.
What is a Little Free Library?
The Little Free Library (LFL) movement started with simple goals, to provide a way for communities to freely exchange books and foster a love of reading in communities all around the country. In order to accomplish this goal, charters are issued to people who want to set up a Little Free Library in their neighborhood. Most Little Free Libraries come in the form of book exchange boxes holding a few dozen books, which are open for all to enjoy. You can download the LFL app or check the interactive map to help you easily find libraries close to you. It's also easy to register online if you're interested in setting up a new LFL in your own neighborhood near Seattle homes for sale.
Little Free Library Locations in Seattle
Ready to find a home close to all of the art, culture, and community spirit Seattle has to offer? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA, area.
Looking for a break from the fast pace of Seattle? The picturesque and peaceful wine country of Woodinville is less than 30 minutes away. Spend a refreshing day visiting these attractions that are favorites of our brokers.
Ireland is over 4,000 miles away from Seattle homes for sale, but that distance vanishes on St. Patrick's Day. Celebrate the luck o' the Irish by donning your finest green outfit and joining our brokers at these exciting holiday events around Seattle.
Ready to celebrate every season in the Pacific Northwest? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for answers to all your local real estate questions.
There are so many wonderful places where you can get to know Seattle, from markets and museums to stunning, Instagram-worthy waterfront destinations. But what could be a better way to learn about a city than to explore its culture of cuisine? The famed, internationally-inspired dining scene around Seattle homes for sale offers so many options that it can be hard to know where to start, which is why food tours are such a great way to get to know both the city and its dining destinations. Our real estate agents have the details on some of the best food tours that will take you all around Seattle.
Savor Seattle Food Tours – 1916 Pike Place Market #12-480, Seattle, WA 98101
Based in the historic, world-famous Pike Place Market, Savor Seattle Food Tours is one of Seattle's top-rated food tour companies, with a variety of expertly guided walking tours of the market that you can enjoy anytime and even a special Gourmet Kayak Expedition to beautiful San Juan Island.
The Emerald Palate Seattle Food Tours – Seattle. WA
Pike Place Market is an excellent place to start your journey, but what about when you want to explore some out-of-the-way, less famous destinations where the food is no less amazing? The Emerald Palate is a Seattle-based food and lifestyle blog that offers a selection of detailed, self-guided tours that will take you all around the city. Find the spots that the locals love, and discover some fantastic neighborhoods that tourists don't even know to visit.
When you're ready to buy or sell your next home close to all of the amazing dining experiences around Seattle, our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Seattle, WA area.
Do you love to experience the great outdoors? Winter is the perfect time to explore some of the vast natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and the great thing about Seattle homes for sale is that you won't have to travel far to find outdoor adventures. Whether you're interested in snow sports, hiking, outdoor art installations, excellent local parks, or other outdoor adventures, there is something for you in the Seattle area. Our brokers have all of the key info on some of the best winter outdoor activities to enjoy around Seattle.
Skiing, Snowboarding, and Tubing
Seattle Area Parks to Explore in Winter
Outdoor Art and Other Adventures
Ready to buy or sell your next home close to all of the amazing outdoor experiences around Seattle? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Seattle, WA area.
It's no exaggeration to say that Seattle is the city that turned the food hall into an art form, thanks to the legendary Pike Place Market. But that's not the only amazing food hall around the city! Whether you're a dedicated foodie shopping for the perfect ingredients for your next creation or you're searching for fresh, expertly prepared food inspired by cultures from around the world, the food halls of the Seattle area have you covered. Our brokers have the delicious details on 7 of the best food halls to visit in Seattle and nearby communities.
Searching for a home that makes it easy to visit your favorite Seattle food halls anytime? Let our team help you find the perfect match. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA area.
Seattle might be famous for its coffee, but don't forget about its tea. No city does warm beverages quite like Seattle, and tea is no exception.
January is National Hot Tea Month, so there couldn't be a better time to visit your favorite local tea shop in Seattle and unwind with your favorite blend. Tea is proven to reduce stress, plus it's loaded with antioxidants making it a perfect wintertime beverage.
Whether you're looking to stock up on your favorite loose leaf tea or simply want to warm up in a cozy teahouse on a rainy day, there are so many great independent tea shops around town. Here are some favorite destinations from our brokers:
Seattle has a strong beverage culture, so it's no surprise the city is home to some of the country's best tea shops. For more recommendations on local businesses, contact us today.
Working from home has become increasingly common, particularly over the last year and a half. Will you be working remotely in 2022? Whether you work full-time, or only a couple of days a week, it's important to minimize distractions and maximize productivity. And sometimes it's difficult to do that in your house.
What you need is a coworking space in your neighborhood. Thankfully, you'll find many of these spaces throughout the Pacific Northwest. Here's what to look for when considering a coworking space for your 2022 remote work.
Benefits of a Coworking Space
A coworking space is an office environment where independent workers, such as freelancers, startups, and anyone else who doesn't work in a fixed location, can come to get things done. Workers typically pay an hourly fee, bringing their laptops and working surrounded by others in similar situations.
Coworking spaces provide many benefits that working from home doesn't. For instance, it offers a better work/life balance. When you work and live in the same location, it can feel like you're always on the clock, even when you're not working. Likewise, when you are working, you can be plagued by household chores that need to be done.
By working in a different location, you can keep your personal and professional business separate. It also helps eliminate the distractions that your home brings with it. In a coworking space, you won't be tempted to sneak off to watch TV in the middle of the day, answer personal e-mails, scroll through social media, or do chores, while you're supposed to be working.
By eliminating those distractions and putting you in a "work" frame of mind, coworking spaces tend to make people more productive than they would be simply working from home. However, it only works if you're able to find the right space for your needs.
What to Look for in a Coworking Space
First, look at what the space provides. A reliable Internet connection is a must, as well as outlets for charging your phone, laptop, or other devices. You may also need access to a printer or a scanner. Most spaces also have computers you can use on-site, in lieu of your own device. There may be other amenities that are important to you as well. Is there a kitchen, with snacks and a coffee pot? Private conference rooms for meetings and presentations?
Next, consider the environment. Does the space have enough lighting? Is the temperature comfortable, or is it too hot, cold, humid, etc.? The decor and general aesthetic of the space are important too. Find a place that looks friendly and inviting.
And one of the most important aspects of coworking is the community. Who else works there regularly? Even if you're not working with them directly, you're spending a large chunk of your day with them, so it's important to be sure you feel comfortable around them and will get along well with them. Coworking can also often lead to networking opportunities, connecting with like-minded people, and helping one another. So find a community you feel comfortable in.
A good coworking space provides variety for different working styles. It also gives people the freedom to switch environments throughout the day, depending on their mood and their current needs. This flexibility has been shown to increase productivity.
It's also important to look at the location. Portland and Seattle have many coworking space options to choose from. Ultimately, you want to find a space that's near your house, that you can get to and from easily. The stress of a long or difficult commute can make working difficult, negatively impacting your productivity before the day even begins.
Finally, look at your budget. Look at what different coworking spaces in your area charge, whether it's per hour, per week, or per month, and compare it to how much you're willing or able to spend. How much does the cost of being in that space cut into the amount you'll earn while working there?
What they offer for the price is also important. Maybe you're willing to spend a bit more on a place that has a coffeemaker, or comfy couches. Make a list of your needs, and the amount you're willing to spend. Then, compare spaces to see which one is the best fit.
If you've been thinking about selling your home, there's never been a better time to do it. Home prices have been surging to unprecedented highs all year.
Many experts believe this trend will continue into 2022, so there is still plenty of time to capitalize on it. The good news is that selling your home is easy with the right professionals to guide you. Our helpful guide will walk you through the process one step at a time.
The season of giving is nearly upon us, so what could be better than giving the gift of knowledge and exciting experiences? Our brokers know that there are so many outstanding museums around Seattle, and gifting a membership is a great way to support local museums while giving a fun, unique gift that someone on your shopping list can enjoy all year long. Find some inspiration for your holiday shopping, with these 6 excellent museum memberships near Seattle that you can gift this holiday season.
Are you searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the amazing museums and attractions around Seattle? Let our team help you find the perfect match. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Seattle, WA area.
Seattle homes for sale have lots of things going for them. The city is famous for its culinary delights, its rich history and culture, and the seemingly never-ending number of parks you'll find nestled between the world-class amenities and unique landmarks. Our brokers say there's no other place like it.
One of the truly special things about Seattle is Pioneer Square, among the most vibrant historic districts in the Pacific Northwest. These days, it's home to art galleries, cafes, and even a handful of technology startups.
Let's take a look at some of the terrific things to do and see throughout Pioneer Square:
There's so much to see and do when you live in the Seattle area! Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to find out more about Seattle real estate.
Pike Place Market is such a cherished part of Seattle that offers fantastic food options in every season. Our brokers are especially fond of the fall treats that can be found at the market. Plan your next trip to Pike Place Market and be on the lookout for these fall finds.
Is it possible that Pacific Northwest scenery can get even more spectacular? While we love this area in all seasons, there's something extra special about the fall. See Washington and Oregon dressed up in their fall colors at these beautiful locations as recommended by our brokers.
Whether you're looking for natural or urban delights, the Pacific Northwest has it all. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for help with all your real estate needs.
Making your home secure is rarely a one-and-done project, but it should be a top priority. As technology advances and criminals develop new techniques, it's important to regularly upgrade your home's security features. This can prevent break-ins, protect your loved ones and property, and give you peace of mind. If you're wondering where and how to start, the following suggestions by our brokers will help you take the right steps to protect your home against intruders.
Bonus Tip: Make sure to lock down and hide your Wi-Fi network, rename it, install anti-virus protection, create a strong password, and install a firewall. You don't want to leave your security system or smart home gadgets open to cyberattacks.
Are you in the market for a new home with smart security features? Contact us today, and we'll be happy to show you beautiful and secure properties in the Pacific Northwest. We can also provide expert advice and help you find the best value if you're looking to improve your home's security before selling.
Seattle is one of America's most scenic cities, and many of the area's best restaurants combine fresh, fantastic food with the sort of spectacular views that you can only find in the city. Whether you're interested in waterfront scenery or a stunning, bird's eye view of the city skyline with the mountains as a backdrop, you'll find it close to home in Seattle. Our brokers have all the details on where to dine with a view.
Whether you're searching for the perfect view, the ideal location, or a little bit of everything, our team is here to help you find your next home in Seattle. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA area.
August 9th is National Book Lovers Day, and our brokers honestly can't think of a better place than Seattle to celebrate this particular holiday. We happen to have some of the greatest independent bookstores in the country, and we're excited to share some of our favorites in honor of National Book Lovers Day!
Contact us today to learn more about the great independent businesses that thrive in Seattle, and be sure to ask how our brokers can help you find your Washington dream home.
With a city surrounded by water and mountains, is it any wonder that outdoor dining is so popular in Seattle? Pack a basket or grab some carryout and visit one of these amazing picnic spots around Seattle recommended by our brokers.
Picnics don't get more exclusive than the ones you hold in the backyard of your Seattle home. Have questions about buying or selling real estate? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for cheerful and experienced help.
Knocking out a few simple tasks this summer will help ensure you don't run into any unexpected problems caused by poor gutter maintenance. This may include leaks, damage to your insulation, siding damage, and more. Don't let this happen to you! Follow these simple tips, and you'll be ready for whatever Mother Nature brings.
Whether you're planning to stay in your home for the long term or you're thinking about moving soon, our brokers encourage you to keep up with basic maintenance tasks. This will help ensure your home maintains its current value and its curb appeal.
We're here to help. Your dream home is waiting for you, so don't wait. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.
What could be better than a pleasant summer day spent on horseback exploring the natural beauty of the Seattle area? Whether you want to learn to ride for the first time with the help of an experienced instructor or enjoy an exciting trail ride with the whole family, our brokers know that Seattle is home to an extensive selection of equestrian facilities that offer everything you need for a fun day outdoors. Find your new favorite farm with our list of 6 great equestrian facilities located in the Seattle area.
Ready to find a home that makes it easy to enjoy horseback riding and all of the great family attractions around Seattle? Our experienced, local team can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA area.
Upcycling has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with more people looking for ways to reuse materials and save money. It is a great way of transforming unloved, outdated, or unused pieces of furniture into something fresh, unique, and perfectly suited for your space. The good thing about upcycling is that no previous skills are required, and there are really no limits to what you can create. Upcycling is not just a cost-effective way of breathing new life into your old furniture, but it's also a great way to expand your creativity and reduce your impact on the environment. Our brokers have put together their top tips, which will help you create your ultimate upcycling adventure.
If you're planning to sell or buy in the area, our team can help make the process easier for you. Contact us today.
When you love your home, it's only natural to want to make it even better. Life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest almost demands the comfort only a fireplace can provide, but how do you know it's a good investment for your home? You don't hesitate to make simple changes, like a fresh coat of paint. When it comes to something as significant as adding a fireplace, however, there are several factors to consider before making a final decision.
While chilly fall and winter nights are quite a ways away, if you plan on adding a fireplace, now is the time to start doing your research.
Mark your calendars. Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9th! After a challenging 2020, one of the things our brokers are most excited about is the re-opening of some of our favorite Seattle restaurants this spring. If you're looking for a great place to take your mom for brunch on Mother's Day, we definitely recommend these great Seattle eateries:
Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in the Seattle area, and be sure to ask our team how we can help you find your dream home here. Seattle is a truly unique and special place to call home, with great dining options for Mother's Day or just any old day!
If you're looking at Seattle homes for sale, prepare for delicious cuisine.
Seattle has a rich and diverse culinary heritage our brokers know as one of the things that make the Emerald City unique. Seattle flavors have been shaped by remarkable Pacific seafood as well as the many immigrants from all over the world who have helped to make Seattle what it is today.
Over time, Seattle has become famous for dishes originating across the globe, from its unique take on Chinese dumplings to its unbeatable burgers, hot dogs, and much more.
Let's drop in on some of the restaurants that offer true Seattle classics:
Coldwell Banker Bain is here to help with your Seattle real estate needs. Contact us to learn more today.
National parks are a true American treasure, handed down from one generation to the next.
The Pacific Northwest has so many wonderful national parks to visit, or better yet, live near.
Stunning Crater Lake National Park is less than half a day's drive from Portland homes for sale. Or explore 73 miles of Pacific Coast at Olympic National Park, roughly a two-hour drive from Seattle homes for sale.
Our brokers share nine top benefits of living near a national park. Do some of these surprise you?
Want to learn more about the parks around the Pacific Northwest? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for more information.
For nearly twenty years, smart homes have been surging in popularity as we embrace the technology that makes our lives easier. No longer limited to inside the home, technology has moved into the garden to make it more efficient as well.
Our brokers know how important a lush lawn and curb appeal are when appealing to potential buyers. Whether you're getting your home ready to list or just want to enjoy an attractive landscape, consider installing a few of these smart devices.
When you're ready to find the perfect place for your own garden paradise, contact us. We'll be happy to show you the finest homes throughout the area.
Few things personalize your house as much as the displays of artwork on the walls. As our brokers take you on tours, let your imagination soar and envision how you can make the space your own with your personal collection.
As much a work of art as the pieces they contain, the process of creating a gallery wall may seem daunting. But by following some basic guidelines, the display you design will be a wonderful visual focal point.
Before you begin, seek ideas from magazines or online platforms. As you see layouts you find aesthetically pleasing, make note of the elements you like the most. Collect photos so that you can examine them later for details. You'll find a variety of options from symmetrical to asymmetrical, small groupings of three items to ten or more, rigidly themed to eclectic. The choices are yours based on what you find attractive.
Curate your Artwork
As you are curating your pieces, remember that you are not restricted to paintings and photographs. Clocks, mirrors, and shadow boxes of meaningful items can breathe life into the exhibit, expanding the texture and flavor of the display. You can coordinate disparate items by putting them in matching frames if that is the style you prefer.
Determine the Location
Did we say wall? We should probably have said walls. You are not limited to one space by any means. You can hang artwork down a stairway or behind the table in the dining room. The goal is to create a home where the colors, furniture, and architecture blend into a cohesive environment. You may find beautifully designed homes in which the artwork carries your eyes around corners and from one room to the next.
Consider Color and Scale
In considering the groupings within your collection, pay close attention to the overall color schemes and the sizes of each object. If you have several prints or paintings, for example, that are all from a similar color palette, grouping them in the same display will create a harmonious well-ordered feeling to the entire room. But gallery walls are meant to be a bold invitation to look deeper into the artwork, so if your taste runs more to wildly different colors and styles, that's OK. Just remember to anchor them together in some fashion, such as matching frames, to avoid a haphazard appearance. It is important to remember scale when you are matching artwork to your furniture. Neither should overshadow the other. The same holds true to the array itself. It's all about maintaining balance.
It's important to know the exact amount of space you have available before you map out a final arrangement. It's a good idea to place furniture and lighting before you measure. You don't want your perfect design hidden by a lamp or the sofa. Think about whether other focal points will detract from the vision you wish to create. Fireplaces, big-screen television sets, and sometimes even windows can draw the eye away from your gallery wall. Make certain that your arrangement works around these larger items.
Create a Mock-up
Once you have a plan in mind, it's time to test your layout. Begin with the largest item. This is your anchor piece. Work smaller pieces around it. If you have a particular look that you found in your initial research and you want to mimic it, arrange your pieces accordingly. If you prefer your own design, now is the time to try it out without risking unnecessary nail holes in the paint. If you look at one designer's ideas, you'll find very strict guidelines, such as avoiding putting the largest piece in the dead center of the display. The next article you read will have a lovely picture of a large painting encircled by smaller pieces. There are no rules other than the ones you chose to follow. When you're happy with the pattern, you may find it helpful to take a picture of your final layout to use as a reference as you hang the objects. Make a paper template of each piece and mark where the nail hole should go. Tape the templates to the wall. Nail through the marks and strip away the paper. Hang your collection, and voila! Your gallery wall is complete.
Looking for the perfect home to decorate with your favorite artwork? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain, and we'll be happy to lead the way.
This year, don't just head to the library, consider setting up your personal home library. Whether you have a small or extensive collection, creating an at-home library can provide a wonderful way to display your favorite volumes. It can also make your home feel grander! All it takes is a little planning to create a comfortable, personal, and unique space. Here, our brokers share their best tips for setting up a home library fit for any space.
Our team at Coldwell Banker Bain can help you find the perfect home for your book collection. Contact us today to start looking at available listings.
With so much going on these days, even the most organized people can become overwhelmed when it comes to maintaining a home and family. Luckily, today's technology can help make it a little bit easier. With so many productivity apps on the market, you can really leverage your smartphone to help you make it through the day. We were talking home organization tips with some of the owners of these homes for sale and we heard so many great recommendations for innovative home organization apps.
You might think it's impossible to celebrate Valentine's Day when you can't go out on the town. But who says you have to leave the house to have a romantic evening?
Light some candles! Open a bottle of wine! And order takeout from one of our real estate agents' favorite restaurants in the Seattle area.
Seattle is a unique place to call home, and it's a city that still offers a wealth of opportunities. Contact us to learn more about life in Seattle, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in Washington today.
It's that time of year again -- the time when everyone starts to think about changing their habits and getting healthier in the New Year. Luckily, there are plenty of great local restaurants that serve healthy fare. Having a go-to list will help make the transition so much easier!
We recently asked our brokers for recommendations. Here are a few of their favorites.
Is a new home on your 2021 wish list? If so, we can help! We've got lots of great listings available, so don't delay. Contact us today to get started.
As a homeowner, you've probably heard you should set aside a minimum of 1% of your home's selling price for repairs and maintenance every year. The amount you may need generally goes up over time — and sometimes there may be extra pricey work that needs doing.
While many homes for sale are in excellent condition, the rule holds true for all houses. If you take the step of saving money for home upkeep, you can use those same funds for renovations in years without repairs.
All the major systems within your home, like the HVAC and wiring, are constantly accumulating little bits of wear and tear. They may continue to work effectively for many years without complaint, but it is important to be active in taking care of the home, so nothing will catch you by surprise! Seattle's climate means much of the minor damage your home experiences happens in the early months of the year. Rain and wind can be unexpectedly harsh. Your roof, windows, outer envelope, and even your back and front yards all play roles in keeping your home sound.
What to Do in Winter to Improve the Comfort and Longevity of Your Home
Getting out to work on your property might seem like a chore, but it can be deeply satisfying — and it's worth it when your home stands the test of time. Our brokers know that home improvement projects shouldn't stop even when the temperature drops. Here are some of the most important things to get done in the winter:
Start With Basic Winterizing
Small seasonal projects that don't require any DIY experience form the backbone of what Seattle homeowners should get done first. This includes checking and replacing weatherstripping on your windows and doors, clearing debris from your gutters so they flow smoothly, dusting and turning your ceiling fans clockwise, and closing outdoor water valves (while leaving a slow drip to prevent pipe freezes).
Seal Up Cracks
When you check on your weatherstripping, the odds are good you'll discover a crack or two. Cracks can accelerate the loss of heat, and because of the way warm air cycles through the home, this makes it more uncomfortable in both winter and summer. Caulk can deal with tough cracks. Be wary of warped windows that no longer close flush: These are best replaced as soon as possible.
Add a Layer of Paint
Indoor projects can be much more inviting in winter, and interior painting is always worth the time and effort. You can touch up walls, cabinets, and furniture, or even pick out a completely new color for the walls. When all is said and done, this adds interest that makes it easier to spend time indoors.
Get a Leg Up on Gardening
If you're an avid gardener, remember that you can start many of your seeds indoors. A grow light shelf can significantly enhance the range of plants that will flourish inside. Another way to get ahead is by building garden boxes and storing them safely in your garage or basement.
For many homeowners, getting organized is synonymous with donating what isn't needed — and there's no better time to do that than in the winter. Start sorting out trash, recycling, and donations early, and don't hesitate to invest in storage systems like bins, shelves, and hangers.
Consider Getting "Spring Cleaning" Out of Your Way
Once you've spent time organizing, you've got plenty of momentum. Why not go all the way and do the spring cleaning early? You're halfway there, but the hallmark of a true spring clean is to deep clean carpets and upholstery. Clean the tub and tile, windows, and oven, and you're done!
Insulate the Attic
Attic insulation is often "out of sight, out of mind" for homeowners, but it has a crucial function. Insulation gradually degrades over time, especially as a result of moisture intrusion. Accelerated heat loss means your furnace will work much harder to keep your family comfortable, and that's reflected in your energy bill throughout the season. Replacing insulation stops the problem at the source.
Get Your Heater Maintained
Speaking of heat — whether you have a standalone furnace or an integrated HVAC system, getting it looked at once yearly is vital. A quick check-up will zero in on any fire hazards and ensure you don't lose heating when you need it most. At a minimum, be sure to change your filters, which usually need replacement every three months. Separately, check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries.
To learn more, contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain today.
The year is coming to an end, but for many homeowners, there is no end in sight to the amount of time they'll be spending indoors. The extraordinary increase in work from home and learn from home have turned the house into an office, a school, and a social space for entertaining. As we move into 2021, our brokers understand that a change of scenery might be necessary. Here are a few burgeoning interior design trends for you to consider in 2021.
'Tis the season that the Pacific Northwest turns into a winter wonderland, and our brokers love every minute of it! One of our favorite activities throughout December is to throw on our favorite holiday sweater, grab a thermos of hot cocoa, and take a stroll through a Christmas tree farm. Whether you're searching for the perfect tree for your home or if you love surrounding yourself in Washington's wonderful outdoors, we suggest you stop by these Christmas tree farms near Seattle this winter.
Now that you've found the perfect tree, it's time to find the perfect house to display it in. We would love to help you with your search! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
There are so many benefits that come with keeping live plants in your home. Not only do they look beautiful, but they also improve your indoor air quality and make you feel good. Studies have shown that caring for plants can contribute to your overall well-being and reduce stress.
If your plants live indoors, you might not think much about the change of season. However, even indoor plants need different care in the wintertime. We've asked a few of our brokers with green thumbs for their recommendations. Follow these tips, and you'll have happy plants all season long!
Does your day not truly begin before your first cup of coffee? When you live in the Seattle area, that's no problem! With National Espresso Day around the corner, now is a great time to find out all that your local coffee shops have to offer. Our brokers have the details on 8 of the best coffee shops around Seattle, where you can find your favorite hot drinks and so much more.
Dubsea Coffee – 9910 8th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Searching for a neighborhood coffee shop close to Seattle homes for sale? Try Dubsea Coffee, where you'll find a warm, welcoming atmosphere at a shop that strives to make every visitor feel like a part of the neighborhood. Dubsea Coffee offers a delicious lineup of coffee, tea, espresso, and so much more. There's also a great selection of food available, brought in from some of your favorite local dining spots.
Union Coffee – 2407 E Union St. Suite B, Seattle, WA 98122
Whether you're in the mood for a unique coffee creation or something simple and familiar, the team at Union Coffee has you covered. Enjoy a fresh lineup of new drinks for every season, along with specialty coffees that are always on the menu. There are plenty of espresso varieties available and a great selection of tea when you're in the mood for something different. You'll also find plenty of delightful homemade pastries and other treats to pair with your coffee.
Seattle Sunshine Coffee – 5508 35th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105
If you're looking for a coffee shop specializing in all things espresso, then Seattle Sunshine Coffee should be near the top of the list. The team at Seattle Sunshine Coffee is made up of espresso experts who know exactly how to create your favorite hot drinks. There's also a full lineup of tasty sandwiches, along with sweet treats from some of your favorite local bakeries.
Slate Coffee Roasters – 602 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
Interested in brewing your own espresso and coffee creations at home? Then be sure to check out the selection at Slate Coffee Roasters, which brings flavors from around the world directly to your door. Slate Coffee Roasters sells coffee beans, brewing equipment, and so much more, with subscription options available so that you'll always have something new to try.
Elm Coffee Roasters – 240 2nd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98104
With two cafes in Seattle and delivery options available anywhere in the city, you can always find fresh espresso at Elm Coffee Roasters. You can order a wide variety of coffee-related products online from Elm Coffee Roasters, including brewing equipment and coffee from around the world. Or you can stop by the shop for an expertly crafted drink from a team that truly knows and loves their coffee.
Caffe Vita Roasting Co. – 1005 E Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122
In the mood for cold brew? Caffe Vita Roasting Co. has you covered, with boxed cold brew on tap that you can enjoy anytime from the comfort of home. Caffe Vita has 8 coffee shops located throughout the Seattle area, making it easy to find an espresso anywhere in the city. Or you can order from the online shop, where you'll find professional-quality brewing equipment along with an extensive collection of coffee and tea.
Third Culture Coffee – 80 102nd Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
When you're craving coffee close to Bellevue homes for sale, make the quick trip to Third Culture Coffee. With a full lineup of ethically sourced coffees, delicious teas, and coffee-infused cocktails, Third Culture Coffee has the right drink for every occasion. Third Culture's flagship location in Bellevue is filled with locally created art and a friendly staff that loves to serve your favorite drinks.
Mercurys Coffee Co. – 8506 122nd Ave. NE, Kirkland, WA 98033
Mercurys Coffee Co. is located near Kirkland homes for sale, with convenient online ordering so that your coffee is always waiting for you when you arrive at the shop. All of the coffee sold at Mercurys is 100 percent organic, and Mercurys locations have won "Best in Western Washington" awards year after year.
Living in the Seattle area means that you're never far from your next great cup of coffee, and our team is here to help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA area.
Staging your home is as important as ever when it comes to homes for sale. Staging has a valuable role to play in traditional showings and virtual ones.
A well-staged property has the potential to sell faster and claim a higher closing price. Our brokers use staging as part of our commitment to get our clients great results.
One of the most valuable aspects of staging is that it allows potential buyers to imagine their own future life in the home. Creating the right mood means striking a balance: As the seller, you can't be in the way, but the home must still look welcoming – that is, as if someone lives there.
Never is that balance more vital (or trickier) than during the holiday season.
The Best Ways to Stage Your Home for Selling During the Holidays
Opinions and backgrounds differ, of course, but most people have strong positive feelings around the holiday season. It's a wonderful time to come together in a spirit of giving and joy. With the right approach, you can harness that positivity within your own staged home.
But what's the best way to do it without going overboard?
These proven home staging techniques can help:
Spring and summer make up the traditional "high season" for real estate. But just because the weather is cold, it doesn't mean the market can't be hot! Contact us to find out more today.
Lions, tigers, and bears — oh my! Seattle is home to those species and so many more, thanks to the Woodland Park Zoo. Located in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, the zoo is committed to teaching guests the importance of conservation.
Woodland Park Zoo — 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103
History of Woodland Park Zoo
Woodland Park Zoo is a beloved Seattle site, a destination that locals and visitors alike cherish. Our brokers included! After over a century of providing men, women, and children of all ages with an educational and immersive wildlife experience, it's hard to believe that once upon a time, this green space was once just a simple park along Seattle's Greenlake. Developed into a traditional English garden in the late 1800s by Englishman Guy Phinney, a large house, rose garden, pump house, and deer park once called this space home.
Seattle's first zoo was housed in at Leschi Park and owned by the Lake Washington Cable Railway. After Phinney's death, the City of Seattle purchased Woodland Park, and the animals were donated as the zoo's first residents when it was founded in 1899. The park was then divided into "Lower" and "Upper" Woodland Park after the construction of Aurora Avenue. It wasn't until 1967 that the first zones of the children's zoo were opened. Since then, Woodland Park Zoo has continued to grow, making room for countless new animals and educational and interactive opportunities!
Woodland Park Zoo Exhibits
So what can you and your family expect during your visit to the Woodland Park Zoo? The real question is, how can you experience everything in just a single day? With more than 1,100 animals from over 300 diverse species, the zoo features 92-acres of diverse natural habitats. Explore these amazing areas and discover the wonders of the animal world right in Seattle's backyard. Exhibits include:
Whether you're a long-time fan of the Woodland Park Zoo or this is your first visit, your family will love spending a day learning about wildlife from around the world.
The zoo has been welcoming back guests and has made several changes due to COVID-19. Plan your visit and learn about their latest policies on their website.
If you're looking at Seattle homes for sale, you'll be excited to discover that the Woodland Park Zoo has a great relationship with its surrounding community. Contact us today to tour homes in this neighborhood!
What could be better than a day dedicated to enjoying all of your favorite seafood? National Seafood Month, of course! Whether you want to cook your own feast or enjoy a prepared meal with some of the best seafood in the world, you won't find a better city than Seattle to satisfy your seafood cravings. Our brokers are ready to dig into National Seafood Month, and we've got all the details on how to connect with Seattle's legendary seafood scene.
Mutual Fish Company – 2335 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144
Serving the region since 1947, Mutual Fish Company is your one-stop-shop for fresh seafood of all kinds close to Seattle homes for sale. Mutual Fish Company has been owned and operated by the same family for three generations, with a commitment to quality that you can taste in every bite. They offer fresh-caught fish from across North America, a large selection of live seafood including fresh lobster, and a full line of Asian groceries at the fish market, perfect for adding new flavors to your next meal.
Seattle Fish Company – 4435 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116
When you're looking for the catch of the day, Seattle Fish Company has you covered with pickup, delivery, and dine-in service by the grill. No matter what you need for celebrating National Seafood Month, you can find it at Seattle Fish Company. There are specials on fresh seafood every day, with delivery available within the city and beyond. The Seattle Fish Company Grill is open every day for dine-in and takeout, with a mouth-watering selection of freshly prepared meals. Be sure to check out the daily soup specials, which include a smoked salmon chowder that you won't want to miss.
Pike Place Fish Company – 86 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101
Located in the historic Pike Place Market, Pike Place Fish Company has been serving up fresh seafood for more than 90 years. If you're looking to pick up everything you need for your seafood celebration in one place, then you can't top the selection at Pike Place Market. You can order from Pike Place Fish Company for pickup, including a drive-thru, contactless pickup option, or have your food delivered anywhere in Seattle.
Pure Food Fish Market – 1511 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101
Looking for variety when you shop for seafood, all in one location? Pike Place Market is home to multiple fantastic seafood spots that you can visit in one convenient trip, including Pure Food Fish Market. This market specializes in salmon, halibut, crab, and shellfish and features other fresh catches from around the world. You can also find some great recipes at Pure Food Fish Market, along with all of the ingredients you'll need to make your favorite dishes.
Jack's Fish Spot – 1514 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101
While you're at the market, stop at Jack's Fish Spot to enjoy great dine-in service in a classic seafood setting, or pick up something fresh to take home for your culinary creations. If you're looking for a little help in cooking your seafood, this is a great place to visit. The team at Jack's Fish Spot is happy to tell you how they create their own meals with detailed recipes or provide general advice for which types of flavors work best with your favorite types of seafood.
East Anchor Seafood – 1126 34th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Open every day with fresh seafood arriving each morning, East Anchor Seafood is sure to have what you need to celebrate National Seafood Month in style. This shop offers a selection of specialty groceries, perfect for bringing the best out of your fresh seafood. You can also enjoy a glass of wine, sample local craft beers, and pick up freshly prepared seafood from the chefs at East Anchor Seafood.
Taylor Shellfish Farms – 1521 Melrose Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
With more than a century of experience and multiple locations throughout the Seattle area, you can always count on Taylor Shellfish Farms for world-class shellfish close to home. The Melrose location offers delivery, curbside pickup, and dine-in service with limited capacity. They specialize in shellfish – especially fresh oysters. You can also shop online and have fresh seafood delivered directly to your door.
Searching for a home that allows you to enjoy fresh Seattle seafood anytime? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Seattle, WA area.
Seattle is a city that's bustling with a unique creativity that's seen in everything from our architecture and art to our food and literature. So many Seattleites unlock their artistic passions when they discover a new hobby that acts as a perfect outlet for their creativity. If you're searching for a new pastime, our brokers encourage you to give glass blowing a try at one of these local glass blowing studios in the Seattle.
It's no secret that Seattle is a haven for phenomenal food trucks, but with so many wonderful options, you may be wondering where exactly the best mobile meal stations are parked around the city. Never fear, our brokers are here to help you track down some of the tastiest grub in the Emerald City. We've gathered a top five list of food trucks commonly found in neighborhoods like Central District, Belltown, and Capitol Hill. From barbeque and burgers to poke and hot dogs, here are a few of our favorite food trucks that you should check out around Seattle.
Are you searching for a home in one of Seattle's most desirable neighborhoods? Contact us today to browse Seattle homes for sale in Bellevue, Capitol Hill, Eastlake, Fremont, Queen Anne, SoDo, and more!
Get out of the house and enjoy the beautiful sites at the reopened Seattle Japanese Garden. This serene space located in Washington Park is the perfect place to relax your body, calm your mind, and let your soul absorb the beauty, wonder, and peacefulness that this park projects. Whether the Seattle Japanese Garden is one of your favorite spots in the Emerald City or if you've only heard about it but have never been, our brokers believe that now is a great time to support this city landmark.
60th Anniversary of the Seattle Japanese Garden
One reason you should visit the Seattle Japanese Garden is that it just celebrated its 60th anniversary on June 5th. Opened in 1960, the Seattle Japanese Garden is recognized as one of the best Japanese-style gardens on the continent. This charming garden features elements of Japan's many diverse landscapes. This special occasion is known as "kanreki", which marks a rebirth or return to childhood. Throughout the year, the Seattle Japanese Garden will commemorate this anniversary with special activities.
The Seattle Japanese Garden is Reopen for Visitors
Seattle Japanese Garden – 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112
After closing in accordance with local guidelines regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Seattle Japanese Garden happily welcomed back its first visitors on July 14th. The Seattle Japanese Garden has made a few temporary changes to ensure the safety of visitors and staff alike.
Planning Your Visit to the Seattle Japanese Garden
Although these temporary changes may place limitations on how visitors can engage with the Seattle Japanese Garden, you can still have a wonderful experience even if it's your first visit.
How to plan your visit:
Types of Plants at the Seattle Japanese Garden
Japan is a country with diverse geography, containing varied landscapes including mountains, islands, the sea, rivers, lakes, forests, and waterfalls. As you stroll the Seattle Japanese Garden, you'll encounter these unique regions of Japan and view some of the flora and fauna that call this country home. Some of the gorgeous species you'll find throughout the Garden include:
The Seattle Japanese Garden is one of our favorite spots in the city. Recently reopened, we encourage you to visit this tranquil park before the summer ends. If you're interested in browsing Seattle homes for sale while you're in the area, feel free to contact us to schedule a tour.
Living in Seattle means that you're never far from natural beauty, and the Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor is one example of why that's the case. The corridor is located within the city but has been preserved so that visiting feels like a trip to the wilderness. It's a place where you can see nature, discover local wildlife, and watch the great migration of salmon in action throughout the year. Ready to start exploring? Our brokers have you covered, with our guide to the sights you'll see and the activities that you can enjoy along the scenic Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor.
An Urban Wildlife Corridor in Seattle
The Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor is conveniently located close to Seattle homes for sale, running along Seaview Avenue by the water. Salmon Bay itself is located on the edge of the Puget Sound, just past the Ballard Locks and the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Visitor Center. It's an estuary on the boundary where freshwater meets saltwater, which is a recipe for a bustling area of wildlife, activity, and natural beauty.
How Salmon Bay Got Its Name
As you likely have guessed, Salmon Bay received its name because you will often find a diverse selection of salmon navigating the waters. What you may not know is that Salmon Bay is a key point on the migration path of many types of salmon, from the endangered chinook to the ubiquitous sock-eye. You can also find rare species like the steelhead and the coho. The migration happens from March through October, so there will be ample opportunities to spot your favorite fish throughout the year.
A Haven for All Types of Wildlife
While the salmon is a key attraction for visitors interested in spotting wildlife, the abundance of fish also attract many of the other types of birds and animals native to the area. When you visit, you might find a bald eagle perched majestically along the waterway, or a spectacular blue heron swooping down to catch a meal from the water. There are even sea lions along Salmon Bay, and you can often find them feasting on fish during the migration seasons. Whether you're interested in watching birds, spotting fish, or observing local ecosystems in action, there's so much to see on the Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor.
Start Your Journey at Discovery Park
The Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor runs from the Environmental Learning Center at Discovery Park to Golden Gardens Park along the Sound. The Environmental Learning Center is the perfect place to start your journey, with information on the Wildlife Corridor, the species that you'll see, and the extensive efforts made to preserve the area. You can explore some of the miles of trails located within Discovery Park, or head straight to the Wildlife Corridor for the main attraction. Along the way, you'll find signs telling you about the ecosystems and wildlife you will encounter.
Watch Salmon Climb the Fish Ladder at the Ballard Locks
If you're visiting the Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor during the migration season, then you may be treated to one of the most impressive displays that nature can offer. Stop at the fish ladder, located at the Ballard Locks, to watch salmon make the uphill climb to the top of the ladder and set off toward their next destination. There are viewing areas that allow you to get very close to the fish, including the young salmon, using specially constructed slides to move in the opposite direction of migrating adults.
End Your Day with a Picnic at Golden Gardens Park
At the end of the Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor, you'll find beautiful Golden Gardens Park, which offers views of the Puget Sound, Salmon Bay, and all of the wildlife that calls the area home. The park is located in a restored wetland, which attracts birds, mammals, amphibians, and a wide variety of fish. There are picnic areas perfect for enjoying a meal after your stroll, and if you visit at the right time, you may be able to watch sea lions enjoy their meal while you enjoy your own.
If you want all of the advantages of urban living while remaining connected to nature, then you will truly love living in Seattle. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.
Summer in Seattle is the best time of the year, thanks in part to National Ice Cream Month falling in July! What better way to enjoy the sunshine than to slurp up a few fresh scoops from Seattle's finest ice cream parlors? Our brokers encourage you indulge in your craving and check out these amazingly unique local ice cream shops around town.
Get ready to say "Om" – International Yoga Day is on Saturday, June 21st, and our brokers want you to breathe in serenity and breathe away your worries. Although International Yoga Day is only a few years old, yoga's history dates back to over 5,000 years ago. For centuries, the practices of yoga have spread from India and evolved around the world. Today, an estimated 20 million people practice yoga, including many of our very own Seattleites. Whether you're new to yoga or have been practicing this healthy activity for years, we encourage you to connect your mind, body, and soul with help with virtual classes from these Seattle yoga studios.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when you're checking out Seattle homes for sale. You need to keep your energy up, and what better way than with the classic combination of a doughnut and coffee?
Seattle's many small bakeries will tempt your taste buds any time of year, but they're even better as we approach National Doughnut Day. Taking place on Friday, June 5, it's the perfect time to stop by for a fresh dozen with curbside service or place an order for delivery.
Yes, you've probably noticed that big national chains usually have deals on National Doughnut Day. For those lucky enough to be here in the Emerald City, however, our brokers say nothing beats a local bakery.
Here are some of Seattle's top doughnut stops:
For expert advice on buying a Seattle home, contact us today.
Who's ready for a much-needed game night? Any night can be a virtual game night with a little help from easy-to-use technologies. Our brokers love game nights and thanks to technology there are many ways to host a virtual game night from the comfort of your home. Here's what you'll need for your own virtual game night in Seattle.
Tech Needed for Virtual Game Night
Before you decide which games you and your friends will play virtually, you must understand the different ways in which you can play these games online. There are essentially two ways to play games online — through video chat or through a dedicated game server. Both of these options feature free-to-use and pay-to-play functionalities. Video chat is as simple as it sounds — you'll use a video chatting system to play the game. The other option, a dedicated game server, involves playing a game through a third-party system.
How to Use Video Chatting to Host Game Nights Online
To use video chatting, you'll need a webcam and a video chatting service. There are a variety of video chat services that you can download on your computer, including Zoom, Skype, BlueJeans, and WebEx. All of these have mobile versions as well. Most Apple devices, like iPhones and iPads, also have their own video chatting service known as Facetime.
When you gather your friends, they all must have the same application to play together. For instance, one person who only has Zoom cannot play with another person who only uses Skype. You can play a variety of games via a web conference with or without physical board games. A game like charades or Pictionary can be played without legitimate board games. Even if a few of your party guests do not have a webcam, all of these video chatting apps have text boxes, so those with video can draw or act out while those without can answer via text.
Of course, there are many ways that you can play physical board games from afar. If all players each own a physical copy of the board game, they can play together and mirror the moves of each player. Here are a few favorites that are in many home game cabinets:
How to Use Dedicated Game Servers to Host Game Nights Online
Playing traditional games via video chat can be loads of fun, but playing online with friends is perhaps even more fun through dedicated game servers. Any time you play a game online — via the computer, mobile phone, or gaming system — you're connected to the game's server. There are hundreds of games available to play online through game consoles like PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo DS, and thousands of other games available on the computer. For gaming systems or mobile games, all players must own or download the game. Here are a few of our picks:
Tips for a Memorable Virtual Game Night in Seattle
Just because you don't have guests over doesn't mean you shouldn't still create a party atmosphere. Encourage everyone to wear comfortable clothing and enjoy their favorite snacks while you play. Consider keeping your phone on silent so that you can be focused on having fun with your friends.
There's nothing like enjoying a rousing orchestra performance, and you don't have to be at the concert hall to catch an amazing show. Staying home and staying safe doesn't have to mean missing out on listening to talented musicians. Our brokers have searched the globe to find seven orchestras and operas from around the world that are offering free online performances during these times.
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Long a popular choice for a night on the town near Seattle homes for sale, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra was one of the first to offer free shows online. Their YouTube channel is packed with clips of songs from the best live performances of the 2020 season and years past, along with quick trips behind the scenes to show what orchestra life is like. If possible, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra will also be streaming live concerts on certain dates, so check back often to see when you might catch a full-length live performance. On the Seattle Symphony Orchestra website, meanwhile, you'll find a huge collection of encore performances, recordings, and "behind the stage" videos to enjoy.
London Symphony Orchestra
Starting with its first performance in June of 1904, the London Symphony Orchestra has been delighting audiences from across the world. The orchestra has performed countless times for royalty and features new shows regularly at the famed Barbican concert hall. Thanks to the power of the internet, now you don't have to be anywhere near London to see a show. The London Symphony Orchestra features a robust collection of recorded performances, many of which are currently available for free.
The Metropolitan Opera
New York's world-famous Metropolitan Opera has been producing incredible performances for more than a century, ever since the first opera house opened on Broadway in 1883. And the music won't be stopping, even with coronavirus precautions in full swing. There will be streams of encore performances every night on the Met website, with a focus on shows from the past 20 years.
The Berlin Philharmonic has long been ahead of the game with its digital offerings, which include a detailed virtual tour of the Philharmonie Berlin concert venue. While the physical concert hall is closed, the Berlin Philharmonic has committed to bringing the music to you, instead. You can log into the digital concert hall to redeem your free, 30-day pass, and explore all that this storied orchestra has to offer. There are more than 600 concerts available, along with bonus videos, documentaries, and so much more.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
If you wish to explore a wide range of different orchestral music, then the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is more than worth a look. Their website features a huge array of recorded performances, with easy sorting options by composer, genre, and orchestra season. Catch up on shows that you missed during prior seasons, relive your favorite performances from the comfort of home, and learn more about your favorite performers with the interview series.
One of the UK's most famous performing companies, Opera North, has made its stunning performance of Wagner's The Ring Cycle available for free online. Get lost in a story of gods, giants, dragons, and spectacular cities. Along with the performance, the website includes detailed information on each scene to help you learn more about this classic work. The Ring Cycle is a story about gods, but also the relationships between family members. Opera North frames the performance as only they can, and now it's available for the world to see.
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Overseen by director and founder Ivan Fischer, the Budapest Festival Orchestra has organized an aptly named series of "quarantine Soirees" featuring performances filmed at the organization's Rehearsal Hall. The performances feature music from Bach to Bozza, with a little Mozart in between. There are new live streams available from the Rehearsal Hall nearly every day.
The art, culture, and music of Seattle is always available to be enjoyed. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA area.
Small businesses do so much to support the communities that they're a part of, and during times like these it's crucial for communities to show the same support in return. With so many small businesses in Seattle forced to change their business models, stop serving customers in person, or drastically limit hours due to coronavirus precautions, your favorite local businesses need your support now more than ever. Even though visiting local businesses in person has become difficult, there's still plenty you can do to help! Our brokers know how important Seattle small businesses are to every neighborhood, and we've put together 7 ways that you can support your favorite local businesses right now.
Support Neighborhood Restaurants by Ordering Takeout or Delivery
While they currently cannot serve dine-in customers, many restaurants located near Seattle homes for sale are still turning out great food from the kitchen. You just might have to pick it up in a different way than usual. There are a ton of Seattle restaurants still offering delivery, takeout, or drive-thru service, so it's easy to support your favorites while getting access to great promotions in the process. Remember that tips are a major part of the income for many service workers, and tipping can go a long way. Even though you can't dine in, you can still leave a tip when you pick up your food in order to help the staff.
Remember That Online Storefronts Are Always Open
Retailers are feeling the pinch just as much as restaurants, and supporting your favorite shopping spots is simple even if you can't visit in person. Many local small businesses also offer online shopping and local delivery, so you can order your favorite items without ever leaving home. Even if you're just picking up basic necessities like groceries, ordering online and having them delivered helps you stay safe while supporting the community in the process.
Be Patient and Remember That Small Businesses Are Doing the Best They Can
Small businesses are doing everything they can to adapt to an ever-changing situation, and staffs are being stretched to their limit. When you do visit a local business or order something online, remember that the business is doing the best it possibly can to serve you. That may require patience because things can take a bit longer than usual, but it's worth it to support small businesses during trying times.
Share on Social to Encourage Others to Shop
If you're trying to find ways to support small businesses, you likely have friends who would do the same! Make it a point to share on social media when you shop at local small businesses, and point your online connections to businesses who are still serving customers. Many people want to show support but don't know how, so your sharing can make a big difference.
Buy Gift Cards from Your Favorite Local Businesses
Want to support your favorite businesses, but don't have anything you need to buy right now? Purchasing a gift card is a great way to infuse some cash into small businesses, and show your confidence in the local economy. You can hang on to the gift card for a rainy day, give it away as a gift, or donate it.
Leave Online Reviews to Promote Small Businesses
Just like with social sharing, online reviews are an extremely important part of the marketing mix for small businesses. So many people rely on reviews as a significant factor when choosing where to shop, so why not help out your favorite Seattle businesses by leaving a positive review online? It only takes a few minutes of your time, it helps other people find the businesses that you love so much, and it's an easy way to show your support.
Avoid Visiting Businesses If You're Not Feeling Well
While there's plenty you can do to help small businesses, it's just as important to remember what not to do. If you're not feeling well, regardless of whether you've visited a doctor, it's best to stay home, stay safe, and help the community stay safe, too.
When you're ready to experience the community spirit of Seattle for yourself and find your next home in the city, our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA area.
There's nothing quite like spending a warm, spring day with your hands in the soil, tending to a garden that will bring you joy throughout the coming seasons. Gardening has many health benefits, from reducing stress to burning calories, along with the incredibly satisfying feeling of watching all of your hard work come to life. As our brokers can tell you, a beautiful garden can also be a big help when selling your home, since curb appeal is a key component in making the all-important positive first impression. No matter what draws you back to your garden each year, rest assured that Seattle has greenhouses with everything you need to exercise your green thumb.
Still searching for the right Seattle home where you can create the garden of your dreams? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell real estate throughout Seattle.
The benefits of reading go far beyond the classroom, and Read Across America Day is the perfect opportunity for people of all ages to get lost in a great book. Of course, this holiday is primarily geared toward children, which is why it falls on March 2 – aka the birthday of Dr. Seuss – every year, or on the Friday before if March 2 falls on a weekend.
Whether you have a young child or you're looking to reconnect with your love of reading, our brokers are happy to report that Seattle neighborhoods are filled with local bookstores where you can celebrate Read Across America Day this year.
Living in Seattle makes it easy to connect with literature, art, and culture, with so many neighborhoods that still know the value of a beloved local bookstore. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.
"You make a million decisions that mean nothing, and then one day you order take-out, and it changes your life."
Such is the story of a man and a woman in the iconic romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle. This 1993 hit starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
A romcom that still holds a special place in our hearts nearly 30 years later, Sleepless in Seattle, places the Emerald City front and center on the silver screen. Our brokers suggest venturing to these seven Seattle hot-spots featured in Sleepless in Seattle.
The florists of Seattle work year-round to make their bouquets reflect the natural beauty surrounding the Emerald City. Valentine's Day is the ultimate opportunity for these talented florists to showcase their creations with stunning bouquets of every flower imaginable. When our brokers want to give a gorgeously designed bouquet, we turn to these seven Seattle florists.
Coldwell Banker Bain, a leading provider of real estate brokerage services throughout Washington and Oregon, and a market leader in home sales in 2019,* releases its 2019 annual market report providing a variety of statistics for the sale of homes in neighborhoods and counties throughout the Puget Sound region and SW Washington and Oregon, as well as for segments including luxury and condos. This report reflects activity between Jan 1, 2019 and Dec 31, 2019.**
|EASTSIDE REPORT||NORTH SOUND REPORT||PUGET SOUND REPORT||SEATTLE REPORT|
|WATERFRONT REPORT||SOUTH SOUND REPORT||SW WASHINGTON REPORT||OREGON REPORT|
*According to final 2019 statistics derived from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service data (NWMLS), Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) and Multiple Listing Service of Central Oregon (MLSCO).
**Information and statistics derived by CB Bain from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS), Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS), and Multiple Listing Service of Central Oregon (MLSCO) each quarter. Statistics not compiled or published by the NWMLS, RMLS, or MLSCO.
Does your workout program include SMART goals? Experts agree you have a better chance of reaching your goals if they're specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based.
CrossFit is a popular exercise style that checks off all those boxes with a variety of challenging activities leading to overall fitness. Our brokers have the inside scoop on seven top CrossFit gyms around Seattle, where you can get your conditioning on.
From the first meeting to closing, we provide the highest level of services for buying or selling a home in Seattle. Contact us for more information.
The Seattle area is home to an amazing collection of truly unique local dining destinations, serving up healthy, feel-good food with a personal touch. Many of Seattle's local restaurants are also deeply involved in the community, raising funds, aiding local charities, and participating in community events. Our brokers know the Seattle dining scene, and we've got the inside scoop on 8 great spots where you can enjoy low-carb dining in style.
Bop Box – 5633 Airport Way S., Seattle, WA 98108
Whether you've already experienced the amazing flavors of Korean cooking or you're trying it for the first time, Bop Box offers everything you need to get in touch with this unique culinary culture. Serving bibimbop, a traditional, "one-pot" Korean meal, Bop Box combines fresh veggies, unique toppings, and classic touches to create low-carb meals that you won't soon forget. The menu also features a variety of healthy vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, all made with the freshest ingredients.
Umma's Lunch Box – 1301 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
Itching for some healthy, authentic Korean food, but not sure exactly what you want? That's no problem when you visit Umma's Lunch Box, which ranks as one of the most popular lunch buffets in the country. With a huge selection of traditional Korean fare and a reputation for quality, Umma's is a place where you can enjoy as much healthy food as you please. There are options galore on the menu for vegan, vegetarian, paleo, carnivore, and of course, low-carb diners.
Ironsteak – 628 S Weller Street Seattle, WA 98104
Ironsteak brings a unique presentation to the table – literally. Everything at this popular local spot is served on customized iron plates, and the cooking experience is interactive. Your plate helps cook the food, and you choose how long the fresh beef, salmon, veggies, and sauces on your plate are cooked.
Hole in the Wall Barbecue – 215 James St., Seattle, WA 98104
If you're searching for a slow-cooked, perfectly seasoned barbecue close to Seattle homes for sale, then you'll find few better options than Hole in the Wall Barbecue. Dig into all of your traditional barbecue favorites, including brisket, pulled pork, chicken, turkey, and ribs. Best of all, many of the items on the menu are low in carbs.
FOB Poke Bar – 220 Blanchard St, Seattle WA 98121
Seattle is home to a variety of great restaurants that serve traditional Hawaiian favorites, and FOB Poke Bar is focused entirely on one of the most famous dishes from the islands. With fish fresh off the boat every day and a huge selection of toppings, sauces, sides, and veggies, FOB Poke Bar is the perfect place to create a healthy meal.
Bowl Gogi – 500 108th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Bellevue has plenty of its own healthy, delicious dining spots, including Bowl Gogi. Pick a bowl with customized ingredients, or order one of many specials on the menu. Experience a culinary tradition that dates back more than 500 years.
The Grill King Korean BBQ – 17540 Aurora Ave. N, Shoreline, WA 98133
Some of Washington's best Korean barbecue is waiting for you just around the corner from Shoreline homes for sale, at the Grill King Korean BBQ. The menu here is packed with all of your Korean BBQ favorites, with seasoned meats, traditional side dishes, and an endless list of garnishes. Custom-order your favorite Korean BBQ meal, or stop by for the all-you-can-eat buffet to try some of everything.
MOD Pizza – 1302 6th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
A true Downtown Seattle legend, MOD Pizza has grown into a nationwide business without ever forgetting its local roots. Healthy dining is a big part of those roots, as MOD Pizza offers healthy pizza options and plenty of salads for the carb-conscious diner. Everything is made to order on the spot, and the assembly-line style of food prep means your meal is ready in minutes. Grab a salad made from healthy, local ingredients, or try a pizza with a low-carb crust that's packed with flavor.
Are you ready to live in a city that has an endless variety of healthy dining options, suited to your lifestyle? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle area.
Our brokers understand selling your home during the holidays can offer challenges, but there are advantages too. In the less-crowded marketplace of winter, your listing is much more likely to stand out. Plus, you know anyone who shows up at your open house is serious about buying.
Still, you need every advantage you can get, which is why staging your home is so important this time of year. So if you're listing your Seattle homes for sale this holiday season, be sure to follow these tips and stage it to sell.
Contact us today to learn more about selling your home during the holiday season. We've helped countless home sellers in the Seattle area sell their houses in all seasons and conditions.
The holidays are just around the corner — have you completed your shopping list yet? Our brokers love visiting the unique locally-owned stores throughout Seattle for one-of-a-kind gifts that our families and friends will cherish for years to come. If you're still searching for the perfect present for your loved ones, stop by one of these shops around Seattle.
You've browsed the listings for Seattle homes for sale, and you've finally found the house that you want to call home! However, it's in a community with a mandatory Home Owners Association, and now you've got to decide whether or not the pros and cons of an HOA meet your lifestyle. Our brokers understand that an HOA is not for everyone. Even though you may have found your dream home, certain rules and regulations required by the HOA may prevent you from living the way you desire. Let's look at the common pros and cons of HOAs.
Home Owners Associations offer a lot of benefits such as stunning amenities, preserved property values, and convenient services. However, some homeowners believe that the HOA fees, lack of freedom in regards to home renovations, and inability to use this investment as a rental property overshadow the advantages.
November is World Vegan Month — but that doesn't mean it's a vegan-only event! This official global celebration of cruelty-free lifestyle is an excellent opportunity for everyone to learn more about the veganism way of life. People choose a vegan diet to promote the humane treatment of animals, the protection of the environment or for health concerns.
Although vegan dishes do not include meat, dairy, eggs, fish or honey, there's one thing vegan meals are full of — great taste! Our brokers encourage you to celebrate World Vegan Month at one of these fantastic vegan restaurants in Seattle.
Even if you don't have a vegan diet, there are still choices you can make during World Vegan Month, like trying one of these great vegan restaurants. See a new side to the Seattle community you may not be acquainted with and enjoy delicious, locally-sourced, and cruelty-free ingredients. If you'd also like help shopping Seattle homes for sale, contact us today!
Just a short drive from Seattle, homebuyers are heading to Kent, to escape the hustle and bustle of its nearby "big sister." Kent ranks at the top of the list of fastest-growing cities in King County. Kent is a dynamic, growing community, with a population of just under 130,000 people and plenty for residents of all ages to do for fun. Living in Kent makes it easy to explore all that King County has to offer. Our brokers know Kent, and we've put together ten things you need to know about life in the city.
A Mix of Small Town Style and Big City Amenities
Are you searching for a city with all of the perks of urban life but skipping the traffic and population density of larger cities? Kent homes for sale offer an appealing alternative to other nearby cities, with an urban layout and a small-town feel. That's especially evident downtown, where you'll find locally owned businesses that treat regulars like family. Kent also boasts all of the outdoor beauty of scenic, smaller communities with its collection of parks and outdoor spaces that make it easy to connect with nature in the city.
A Piece of Kent Is Still on the Moon Today
Make that three pieces, to be precise! Kent played a key role in the Apollo missions to the moon, building three of the rovers that astronauts used to explore the lunar surface. All three of those Lunar Rovers remain on the surface of the moon today, providing a constant reminder of what makes Kent special.
The King County Annexation Initiative Helps Kent Grow
Kent is part of the King County Annexation Initiative, which aims to add unincorporated areas to existing city limits. This program benefits both Kent and the areas annexed by the city. Unincorporated areas gain the benefit of being part of an incorporated city, while the city benefits through growth, new attractions, and new residents.
Get a Great Workout at the Kent Community Center
Whether you're looking for a workout or the perfect place to host a local event, the Kent Community Center has you covered. The Community Center features ten large meeting spaces, two full-size gyms for basketball, exercise facilities, lockers, showers, and dedicated areas for exercise classes.
Kent's Park System Is Second to None
In addition to the Community Center, Kent is home to a huge collection of parks to suit every interest. There are more than 75 parks and outdoor facilities in Kent, including playgrounds, public parks, skate parks, trails, green spaces, waterfront areas, and recreation facilities. Many of the local parks host sports leagues and a wide variety of other community events.
International Cuisine and Delicious Local Dining
When you're looking for great dining, downtown Kent is the place to be. The city is home to a diverse collection of international dining spots, with flavors from around the world. Try an authentic Thai meal at Banyan Tree, sample food from around the globe at Ubuntu Street Cafe, or dive into delicious desserts at Punjab Sweets.
Living in Kent Means Easy Access to Three Great Cities
You won't have to travel far to find all of the attractions and services you need. Kent is smack dab in the middle between Seattle and Tacoma. So living in Kent makes it easy to explore everything that our corner of Washington has to offer.
Easy Access to Highways and Public Transportation
In addition to offering a central location, Kent provides easy access to highways and public transportation to get you where you need to go. King County Metro Transit will take you directly to downtown Seattle, and it's easy to commute on your own on Interstate 5 and other major highways. The Sounder Commuter Rail also has stops in Kent, so you have plenty of choices for transportation.
The Downtown Partnership Brings New Attractions to Kent
Kent's downtown is already a popular gathering place, and the Downtown Partnership helps makes sure that there's always something new to try in the city. The partnership was formed to revitalize downtown Kent and has been doing great work for decades.
Local History Is All around You in Kent
Kent has a long, unique history dating back more than 200 years, and the Kent Historical Society does a fantastic job of chronicling local history. You can visit the history museum, or stop by the society's booth at the popular Kent Farmers Market.
Are you ready to start shopping for a home that allows you to enjoy all of the things that make life in Kent so unique? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Kent, WA area.
Our Brokers are getting ready to enjoy another spectacular 4th of July around Portland and Seattle. When it comes to Independence Day, our area goes all out: We have some of the most memorable events anywhere in the United States.
No matter whether you've just moved in or you're still looking around, you'll enjoy the warm welcome that these two cities and their surrounding communities can offer. There's something for everyone around the 4th of July. From kids to adults, everyone will be left wide-eyed!
Looking for the best way to enjoy the holiday? We are taking a look at 10 events throughout our Pacific Northwest communities:
There's nothing else quite like the 4th of July, but there's always something to celebrate when you live around Seattle or Portland. Our local area will wow you with its outstanding arts, culture, and a flourishing economy.
Coldwell Banker Bain makes it easy to find your Pacific Northwest dream home. Contact us to get started.