The Top 25 Neighborhoods in Seattle: 2018 Edition

From Greenwood to Beacon Hill, here are the places Seattleites want to live most.

By Seattle Met Staff  Edited by Darren Davis  2/27/2018 at 8:00am  Published in the March 2018 issue of Seattle Met |  Courtesy of

SEATTLE IS SO HOT RIGHT NOW. How many times have prospective homebuyers heard this as both a boast and a warning? Yes, home prices continue to rise at unprecedented levels, thanks to a tech boom that keeps booming. But focusing only on this skyrocketing trajectory ignores the wealth of character found across Seattle’s neighborhoods. Using hard real estate data, and factoring in the less quantifiable (but nonetheless crucial) matter of what’s cool, here are the top 25 places to live in the city.


  • Walk Score: A 0–100 metric that reflects a neighborhood’s “walkability,” or its proximity to restaurants, shops, parks, and other amenities.
  • Transit Score: A 0–100 metric that reflects a neighborhood’s accessibility via public transit.
  • YOY: Year-over-year percentages show changes in real estate data from data collected the previous year.

1. Wallingford

Median Sale Price: $890k  •  Sale Price Change YoY: 11.3%  •  Homes Sold in 2017: 251  •  Median Rent: $2,979  •  Walk Score: 83  •  Transit Score: 59

Nestled comfortably between Lake Union and Green Lake, Wallingford is a centrally located neighborhood that could, in another city, be confused with a cozy suburb. Craftsman-style homes with handsome porches line streets dappled with sunlight in the summertime. But walk a few blocks to North 45th Street and suddenly Wallingford takes on a Main Street flair: record stores, local merchants, and unfussy eateries like the affordable sushi spot Musashi’s and of course the original Dick’s Burgers. Further south the surroundings transform into a hot up-and-coming destination for both brunch and happy hour, a stretch that hosts Eltana, the Whale Wins, Thackeray, and Pablo y Pablo, to name only a few. This trek leads to Wallingford’s emerald jewel: Gas Works Park, with its industrial architecture and panoramic view of downtown (and the seaplanes flying into and out of Lake Union), the most distinctive patch of green in the city.

2. Central District

Median Sale Price $770k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 10.8%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 256  •  Median Rent $2,700  •  Walk Score 88  •  Transit Score 67

Close to the perks of metropolitan life (lots of bus lines, Capitol Hill bars) but far enough from big-city chaos (bustling university campus, those same Capitol Hill bars) the Central District is a residential sweet spot. And people have taken notice. Many a starkly modern condo has sprouted up between nineteenth-century Victorian houses and craftsman revival homes. Jewish, Asian, and black communities have historically lived in the Central District, but the area’s becoming more gentrified—yes, the G-word—by the day. Now places like Chuck’s Hop Shop draw beer nerds with IPAs and funky sours, and Union Coffee and Squirrel Chops caffeinate nearby residents, while neon-lit Uncle Ike’s beckons cannabis seekers near and far. (It’s the highest-grossing pot shop in the state.) Some change that’s easy to get behind though: Judkins Park. What once was a deep ravine used as a dump has blossomed into a six-block stretch of green space and playfields. —Rosin Saez 

3. North Admiral

Median Sale Price $716k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 15.7%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 243  •  Median Rent $2,817  •  Walk Score 68  •  Transit Score 42

While residents to the west know the differing characteristics of their community across the bridge, Seattle at large has only lately started recognizing the distinct neighborhoods that make up what they’ve known all along as just West Seattle. North Admiral is one such community—one of the oldest neighborhoods in West Seattle and the place many Seattleites conjure when thinking of the peninsula. East of Alki and just above the heart of West Seattle, North Admiral embraces beachfront mansions on the Duwamish Head and, further inland, blocks of dignified homes flanking California Avenue. Long considered remote, even after the bridge opened, many homebuyers are now fighting each other off to move to West Seattle.

4. Fremont

Median Sale Price $801k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 22.3%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 264  •  Median Rent $2,628  •  Walk Score 84  •  Transit Score 58

For years, North 36th Avenue, the commercial center of Fremont, remained relatively unaffected by new development compared to its neighbors. The stretch is lined with old bike tinkerers, hippie shops, and midcentury houses turned into coffee shops, and Thai restaurants. But the recent upzone changes things, clearing the way for taller mixed-use residential buildings among (and, in many cases, in place of) the mixed-and-matched commercial tableau. Case in point Modern Korean gem Revel, until recently housed in an unassuming old one-story building, will soon find itself in the ground floor of a shiny new condominium. But fret not. The reliably weird Center of the Universe should weather the coming developments and still appear weird on the other end. Plus, its hillside microneighborhoods of incongruous streets and hidden stairways remain atop the list of Seattle’s most unique and sought-after residential zones.

 Fremont, the self-proclaimed “Center of the Universe.”  IMAGE:  SHUTTERSTOCK/JOSEPH SOHM

Fremont, the self-proclaimed “Center of the Universe.”


5. Capitol Hill

Median Sale Price $600k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 29.0%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 524  •  Median Rent $2,341  •  Walk Score 91  •  Transit Score 73

Every time someone declares Capitol Hill “over”—no longer the wild, creative heart of Seattle, thanks to parking woes, price tags, or the fact that the Block Party just feels so corporate these days, man—two newcomers discover it for the first time. They wander Lake View Cemetery at noon to marvel at the solitude, or wait in line at 1am for a cream cheese hot dog outside Neumos. Fresh faces walk Pike/Pine on a rowdy Friday night and feel like they’ve finally found their people. Lately the best advertisement for downtown housing is that it’s walking distance to Capitol Hill. The mark of a truly vital neighborhood is its ability to be reborn again and again, from auto-sales row to party central, from outsider haven to the city’s most in-demand real estate. Think Capitol Hill is over? That’s okay. For another resident, it’s just begun. —Allison Williams

6. Ballard

Median Sale Price $760k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 15.9%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 870  •  Median Rent $2,296  •  Walk Score 87  •  Transit Score 51

Just off the Lake Washington Ship Canal, the bustling City of Ballard sprouted a century ago from these marinas and fishermen’s terminals. Now its stretch of trendy boutiques and restaurants rivals the shopping and nightlife scenes anywhere else in Seattle. But the busy southern end of this increasingly popular neighborhood is just the front door, so to speak. New condominium developments give way to older apartment dwellings and then, as you go farther north, quiet single-family neighborhoods, peppered here and there with community parks and surprising pockets of bars and restaurants a bit more low key than the weekender favorite Ballard Ave. Travel west and, suddenly, a beach! Bonfires and kite surfers fill Golden Gardens every year as soon as the sun cooperates. It’s no wonder many residents want to again recognize Ballard as its own city.

7. Greenwood

Median Sale Price $635k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 6.4%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 359  •  Median Rent $2,486  •  Walk Score 85  •  Transit Score 52

Long coveted by young families looking for a quiet place to put down roots, Greenwood remains one of Seattle’s residential beating hearts. The neighborhood features traditional homes mixed with newer construction (the status quo across much of Seattle in 2018), laid out in a straightforward grid (not so typical for Seattle) and bisected by a commercial stretch of craft cocktail bars and family-friendly cafes. Greenwood can also claim most of the benefits of both a Seattle suburb and a more urban pocket. Far enough north from the commercial hubbub that surrounds Lake Union, kids can play outside their homes without worrying about cars speeding by on a shortcut to an after-work happy hour meetup. But it’s only around 15 minutes into downtown via Aurora or I-5. Expect a lot of competition in this consistently red-hot neighborhood. 

8. Leschi

Median Sale Price $779k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 6.0%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 132  •  Median Rent $2,943  •  Walk Score 72  •  Transit Score 53

Topographically speaking, Leschi is a neighborhood divided. Most of its identity centers on the Lake Washington shoreline, where cyclists pedal past pleasure boats bobbing in the harbor and a handful of restaurants (Meet the Moon, Daniel’s Broiler) cater to families and mature tech types. Down the street, tiny Leschi Market somehow has just the thing for both weeknight diners and sunbathers who surreptitiously drink rosé on the nearby T-dock in the summer. That pastoral vibe extends up the steep hillside. Houses might be tudors or ramblers, older or brand spanking new, but they all embrace those panoramic views. Atop the ridge, residents tend to identify with other, adjacent neighborhoods: Madrona with its quaint village strip or the Central District where residency doesn’t imply that you live in a lakefront mansion. But even these sedate blocks have the occasional flash of sparkling lake water. —Allecia Vermillion

 Leschi’s Lake Washington marina, with eyes on Bellevue.  IMAGE:  GEORGE COLE

Leschi’s Lake Washington marina, with eyes on Bellevue.


9. Montlake

Median Sale Price $1.2 million  •  Sale Price Change YoY 25.8%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 79  •  Median Rent $3,709  •  Walk Score 67  •  Transit Score 62


Less conspicuously wealthy than Madison Park, nearby Montlake still boasts idyllic communities of wide streets and old craftsman and tudor homes that will put you back some real cash. There’s something vaguely New England about many Montlake properties, with their pillars and porches and manicured lawns just asking for a game of croquet or a weekend afternoon of fetch with a well-trained pup. This sense of timelessness extends into Montlake’s own downtown district, nary a boxy condo in sight. Instead, the slip of a commercial zone contains the cozy neighborhood tableau of an upscale restaurant (Cafe Lago), a coffee shop (Fuel Coffee), a florist, a bike shop, and a handful of other local merchants. Bookended by two expansive parks, Interlaken and the Arboretum, Montlake is a posh community on the water surrounded by greenery. 

10. Bitter Lake

Median Sale Price $400k  •  Sale Price Change YoY –9.1%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 168  •  Median Rent $2,235  •  Walk Score 68  •  Transit Score 48

This sliver of a neighborhood (drive about a dozen blocks on Aurora Avenue and you’ll pass right by it) packs a lot of character into such small square mileage. Named for the body of water on its north end, Bitter Lake is a long-overlooked but up-and-coming area owing to its range of housing options—from new multifamily developments to old single-story homes to proud lakefront properties. The neighborhood’s density—high compared to other mixed-zone communities of apartments, condos, and single-family homes—means you won’t find the wide streets and long sidewalks that prospective homebuyers may require as the connective tissue between their home and the community. Instead, Bitter Lake reflects its location: a commuter-friendly residential pocket immediately adjacent to Highway 99 with enough space to settle in and put down roots.

11. Mount Baker

Median Sale Price $821k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 46.6%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 139  •  Median Rent $3,047  •  Walk Score 75  •  Transit Score 59

The craftsman homes are so tall and stately, you’d swear you were on the north end of Capitol Hill. But the people who occupy them are younger and less white than you’d expect. Mount Baker doesn’t have a ton of shops and restaurants, though the existing neighborhood fixtures are fiercely beloved, from Mioposto’s wood-fired breakfast pizzas to the impeccable microroasts at QED Coffee. Thanks to the Saloon, a recent arrival to the area, there’s even a place to get a good manhattan, sans children. Throw in some sprawling Olmsted-designed greenways, a beach, a legit playground, a light rail station, and easy access to downtown and the Eastside: Mount Baker may not have Capitol Hill’s rocking nightlife, but nobody hanging out at the Community Club (a hub of musical performances, yoga classes, even potlucks) seems to be complaining. —AV 

12. Beacon Hill

Median Sale Price $574k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 17.5%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 453  •  Median Rent $2,461  •  Walk Score 61*  •  Transit Score 65*

Walk around this southeast Seattle neighborhood and you might notice the wall murals, statues, and other public art celebrating a range of ethnic communities. Beacon Hill’s diverse residents, largely Asian or Pacific Islander and foreign born, have shaped the neighborhood into what it is now. Though much of the community contains single-family homes, it’s surrounded by cultural hubs exclusive to Beacon Hill. You can find social justice nonprofit El Centro de la Raza with its front-yard garden and playground, conveniently located by the light rail station and go-to cafe the Station. In North Beacon Hill, find ethnic food essentials at the Red Apple grocery store or spend a few sweaty hours climbing at the Seattle Bouldering Project. And there’s always Jefferson Park for a picnic date. —Hayat Norimine 

13. Fauntleroy

Median Sale Price $735k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 34.9%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 118  •  Median Rent $2,724  •  Walk Score 47  •  Transit Score 45

Out of all the neighborhoods in Seattle proper, even the peripheral residential communities to the north and south, like Bitter Lake and Rainier Beach, Fauntleroy is perhaps the most hidden from the heart of Seattle. Across the West Seattle Bridge, through the heart of West Seattle and downward into Fauntleroy Cove, this small pocket of cottages and bungalows blesses residents with a level of marine serenity that shouldn’t be possible just six miles from downtown Seattle. The sound laps gently upon the isolated cove, a strip of sand lined in parts with the neighborhood’s most covetable homes, offering peaceful (if chilly) walks in the gray months and knockout views of the Olympic Mountains on clear days. And if residents need to get away even further from the city for a weekend day trip, the Fauntleroy ferry dispatches daily escapes to nearby Vashon island and Southworth.

 The secluded Lincoln Park in Fauntleroy, a picturesque stroll year round.  IMAGE:  GOERGE COLE

The secluded Lincoln Park in Fauntleroy, a picturesque stroll year round.


14. South Lake Union

Median Sale Price $490k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 14.6%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 13  •  Median Rent $2,438  •  Walk Score 92  •  Transit Score 86


No other neighborhood better illustrates Seattle’s tech-driven boom than South Lake Union. Look at an aerial photo from just 10 years ago and note the skyline now (if you can see past all the cranes). What was once a low-key lakefront district filled mostly with warehouses transformed seemingly overnight into the epicenter of the city’s tech industry, now under the shadow of the Amazon headquarters. The blocks between Lake Union and Denny brim during the day with throngs of this new workforce, all heading to or from bites at any of the neighborhood’s wealth of fast-casual concepts or a quick refresh at barre or spin class. Then streets all but empty out at night, when the residents of SLU’s midsize to large condo developments either revel in the quiet or take advantage of the central location, making a quick trip downtown or to Capitol Hill.

15. Magnolia

Median Sale Price $868k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 19.7%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 489  •  Median Rent $3,056  •  Walk Score N/A  •  Transit Score N/A

Jutting west, out into the water on a branch of land—gloriously common in Seattle’s quirky geography—Magnolia is like the city’s forested backyard. Lush thickets of trees extend up the hillside from the water like green waves crashing against the shores. The woodland hides towers of multiunit residences and hamlets of sumptuous homes overlooking the water. To the south, Magnolia Park and its tree-lined bluffs boast panoramic views to the west and southwest. But it pales in size next to Discovery Park—the largest park in Seattle, almost a neighborhood unto itself. This expansive swath of public land somehow contains stretches of beach, a historic fort and forest trails, and wide lawns to lay down a picnic or toss a football. Magnolia is not the easiest to get to, it requires a skirt around Interbay and Queen Anne. But isolation is part of its charm.

16. Madison Park

Median Sale Price $1.8 million  •  Sale Price Change YoY 51.7%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 105  •  Median Rent $3,753  •  Walk Score 68  •  Transit Score 35

If there was ever a proper beachfront community in oceanless Seattle—complete with waterfront mansions and swaths of beautiful public land on which locals come to sun and swim and dream of owning something there one day—it’s Madison Park. The upscale community, facing Lake Washington and bordered to the west by the Washington Park Arboretum, feels like its own destination outside of Seattle. The homes in Madison Park are some of the most expensive in Seattle, and understandably so. Modern mansions and breathtaking tudors with long, gated driveways and expansive east-facing windows are as ostentatiously luxurious as Seattle gets. Nearby Madison Park Beach—a wide slope of grass that gets full afternoon sun in summer and leads directly to the shores of Lake Washington—is a local treasure whether you live in the neighborhood or are just visiting.

17. Lower Queen Anne

Median Sale Price $560k  •  Sale Price Change YoY –13.7%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 211  •  Median Rent $2,387  •  Walk Score 92  •  Transit Score 69

One of Seattle’s most dynamic neighborhoods is also one of the most overlooked. Lower Queen Anne’s proximity to KeyArena, Seattle Center, and McCaw Hall makes it a marquee destination for the arts, but it’s rarely thought of as a thriving residential community. Folded in among the busy thoroughfares of Roy and Mercer Streets, however, you’ll find blocks of classic multiunit residences, upscale condos, and even a fair amount of water views. It’s more accurate to think of Lower Queen Anne as a convergence of its neighbors: the self-sustaining community of Upper Queen Anne, and the cosmopolitan buzz of Belltown. And with Lower Queen Anne’s new upzone in place, allowing the construction of taller mixed-use buildings, the neighborhood will soon be flush with new residences, making it an even more viable option for urban dwellers than it’s been all along. 

18. Northgate

Median Sale Price $588k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 21.3%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 568  •  Median Rent $1,861  •  Walk Score N/A  •  Transit Score N/A

It wouldn’t be far fetched to guess the majority of Seattleites venture into Northgate primarily to visit the namesake mall. But thanks to a steep uptick in new development, this expansive community north on Interstate 5 contains dwelling options for both first-time homebuyers looking to get into the market with a condominium and new families vying for a place to spread out a bit. Expect Northgate to continue increasing in density, especially in the mixed-use midrise variety, as the forthcoming Northgate Light Rail Station (scheduled for 2021) makes the outlying neighborhood a more viable commuter option. Seattle’s willingness to invest in this transit infrastructure points to a future in which Northgate, known mostly as home to the largest enclosed mall in the city, gets folded into Seattle as one of its up-and-coming neighborhoods. 

19. Upper Queen Anne

Median Sale Price $845k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 16.1%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 600  •  Median Rent $3,048  •  Walk Score 70  •  Transit Score 59


Upper Queen Anne (or just Queen Anne, depending on whom you ask) is an instantly identifiable Seattle neighborhood: the big houses on the hill. Rising above the buzz of Lower Queen Anne to the south, and the lovable hippie community Fremont on the north side, the hill’s summit is among only a handful of places you’ll find platonic front lawns and proper backyards—a real white picket fence vibe—in the whole city. Its elevation, and the stateliness of the homes, gives Upper Queen Anne a bit of an esteemed air. But past the iconic Kerry Park view and the historic Victoria Townhomes, Queen Anne is actually quite a quaint and low-key neighborhood, the sort of supportive community that will keep a local grocer like Ken’s Market thriving even with a Trader Joe’s just down the way.

20. Columbia City

Median Sale Price $680k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 15.3%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 141  •  Median Rent $2,451  •  Walk Score 84  •  Transit Score 59

Gone are the days when Columbia City was a cherished secret: an oasis hidden in Rainier Valley, filled with sloping hills of traditional houses and handsome townhomes, and a most picturesque downtown tract. It boasts neighborhood staples of classic theater (Columbia City Theater), family breakfast favorite (Geraldine’s Counter), pub with live music (the Royal Room), and workaday local merchants trading pleasantries with familiar faces at the summer farmers market. Well, secret’s out. Even with the increase in new home construction and commuteworthy restaurants popping up along Rainier Avenue, Columbia City manages to hang on to its small-town vibes. This might be due to the distance from the city’s downtown core, but mostly it’s thanks to the loyal community who helped build and sustain the character of this distinct Seattle neighborhood, and who want every new resident to fall in love too.

 The Olympic Sculpture Park, near Belltown’s many midrise residences.  IMAGE:  SHUTTERSTOCK BY KEROCHAN

The Olympic Sculpture Park, near Belltown’s many midrise residences.


21. Belltown

Median Sale Price $677k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 20.9%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 389  •  Median Rent $2,213  •  Walk Score 97  •  Transit Score 98

Want to be in the thick of it? Belltown is a stark contrast from quiet residential neighborhoods with darling streets and ample parking. The Seattle urban center’s de facto entertainment district, Belltown forgoes playgrounds, family diners, and community theaters for urban dog parks, gastropubs, and nightclubs. A normal Friday might include happy hour frites and a pilsner at Belltown Brewing, then on to chic dinner staples like Tavolàta, ending with a nightcap at any of the reliable dives on Second Avenue. A plethora of old and new condo developments means there is no Lyft fee between last call and home—some with enviable views of Elliott Bay. But Belltown is not all nightlife. Its close proximity to both downtown and the Sound can make for a healthy routine of leisurely strolls to Pike Place Market or weekend jogs along the Olympic Sculpture Park. 

22. Ravenna

Median Sale Price $829k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 3.8%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 211  •  Median Rent $2,899  •  Walk Score 77  •  Transit Score 53

Ravenna made headlines in recent years as one of the hottest housing markets in the entire country. And understandably so. Tracts of gorgeous multistory homes and older mansions line wide streets dappled in green, and it’s quieter than you’d expect from a community so close to the University District and those rowdy youths. Central in the neighborhood, 65th Avenue provides the commercial anchor of grocers, bookstores, and a few bars pleasantly long in the tooth. Also historic is the nearly century-old Roosevelt High School, stately home of the Rough Riders. On the southern end of the neighborhood, the conjoined Ravenna and Cowen Parks provide a lush greenbelt with plenty of winding trails for a bit of respite. That’s why Seattleites move to Ravenna after all, for a little close-by peace and quiet.

23. South Park

Median Sale Price $393k  •  Sale Price Change YoY –3.1%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 55  •  Median Rent $2,114  •  Walk Score 59  •  Transit Score 37

As would-be homebuyers push farther outward from central Seattle to find affordable dwellings, many eyes (and no small amount of developer prospecting) now turn to what has long been considered the city’s most diverse neighborhood. South Park’s majority Hispanic population adds to a food and culture scene unlike anywhere else in Seattle. Out of the historically industrial region, fueled by the Duwamish River, springs a vibrant community filled with public art, traditional eateries, and festivals celebrating both Hispanic and Native American heritage. While an influx of new residents and construction drives the local cost of living up, South Park’s property values have not skyrocketed at unprecedented rates like elsewhere in the city, and local advocacy groups continue to do the work of ensuring the Seattle boom can coexist with the longtime residents of this diverse neighborhood.

24. Hillman City

Median Sale Price $613k  •  Median Sale Price YoY 25.0%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 83  •  Median Rent $2,346  •  Walk Score 84  •  Transit Score 54

Don’t get it confused with Columbia City. This southern stretch of Rainier Avenue may have once been considered outskirts to its desirable neighbor to the north, but Hillman City has taken on an exciting new identity following a period of relative stagnation amid a city experiencing unprecedented growth. But you could even think of Hillman City as Columbia City’s younger sibling. For one, it hosts some of the hippest new casual eats south of the stadiums, like Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max, Big Chickie, Full Tilt Ice Cream’s sister bar Hummingbird Saloon, and microroaster Tin Umbrella. The Hillman City Collaboratory—a coworking space and community incubator brought to the neighborhood’s historic district by two local arts organizations—points to an exciting future of Hillman City as a viable alternative dwelling for creative and civic-minded residents looking to venture out of the Capitol Hill bubble.

25. Georgetown

Median Sale Price $588k  •  Sale Price Change YoY 4.0%  •  Homes Sold in 2017 67  •  Median Rent $2,374  •  Walk Score 69  •  Transit Score 46

So much of Georgetown’s appeal comes from its apparent sovereignty: a neighborhood geographically disconnected from the rest of the city by industrial zones, with a brick-and-mortar, vaguely Southwest aesthetic all its own. This character keeps Georgetown a thriving commercial and residential district, even when it lacks abundant single-family home offerings compared to its neighbors. Just visit to understand its peculiar magic. Drive south—past the stadiums, past SoDo, through the Industrial District—and come upon something of a Route 66 town, brimming with vintage shops, music stores, and first-rate comic book retailer Fantagraphics Books. Biker bar–esque Smarty Pants and divey pool halls rub shoulders with a relatively newer crop of marquee eateries like Fonda La Catrina, Ciudad, and Brass Tacks. Also there’s a giant cowboy boot in a park and a trailer park mall full of vintage clothes and trinkets.

 A typical Georgetown street fair.  IMAGE:  PAUL CHRISTIAN GORDON

A typical Georgetown street fair.


Data provided by Redfin and Zillow. Median sale prices were collected October–December 2017. Data reflects all residential types, including single-family homes, condos, and townhouses. Year-over-year percentages show changes in real estate data from data collected the previous year.

DOH Provides Steps to Keep Safe from Wildfire Smoke

Air quality degraded by wildfires across the state.


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Washington State Department of Health is encouraging people in areas affected by wildfire smoke to take necessary steps to protect themselves from poor air quality.

People can take the following steps to protect themselves from smoke due to wildfires:

  • Visit the Washington Smoke Blog or contact local regional clean air agency.
  • Stay indoors, avoid strenuous physical activities outside, and keep indoor air clean. Close windows and doors. Use fans or an air conditioner (AC) when it is hot, and set your AC to recirculate. If you do not have AC and it is too hot to stay home, go to a place with AC such as a mall or library. Remember to stay hydrated. Do not smoke, use candles, or vacuum. Use an air cleaner with a HEPA filter.
  • Contact a health care provider if there are specific health concerns, and dial 911 for emergency assistance if symptoms are serious.

Smoke from wildfires especially increases health risks for babies, children, people over 65, pregnant women, and those with health conditions, such as heart and lung diseases or diabetes.

Breathing smoky air can cause a wide range of symptoms from watery eyes and coughing to chest pain and asthma attacks. People with heart or lung diseases such as asthma are more likely to experience serious and life-threatening symptoms.

Kirkland Police Invite Community to National Night Out

Kirkland police host National Night Out August 7

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Kirkland Police Department invites Kirkland residents and businesses to a “Neighborhood Block Party” on Tuesday, August 7 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Kirkland Justice Center, 11750 NE 118th St., Kirkland.

Enjoy a barbecue and fun family activities, and learn about neighborhood safety as Kirkland Police join organizations around the country celebrating the 35th Anniversary of National Night Out.

6 Spots to Catch Cheap Movies

Seeking A/C? These theaters offer movie deals that won’t leave you forking over $30 for a ticket and half-empty box of Milk Duds.

By Christina Ausley  7/17/2018 at 9:00am | Courtesy of

 Seattle’s oldest running independent theater.   IMAGE:  STEFAN MILNE

Seattle’s oldest running independent theater. 


Central Cinema

$2 movie nights? You heard that right. Catch films like Road House or Point Break on various Tuesday evenings this July through September, as Central Cinema brings us back to the 1970s with affordable films and plenty of pocket cash left over for more than one popcorn refill.

Ark Lodge Cinemas

In convivial Columbia City rests a film emporium with classic red velvet curtains and popcorn-yellow lightbulbs. Children and adults can enjoy a discounted matinee for $9, leaving a few extra dollars for the necessary Junior Mints and Raisinets to pair.

Big Picture

As the first theatre in the State of Washington to booze-up the movie experience with a full bar, Big Picture has upped the movie-going game with seat-side cocktail delivery. Even better, all Monday shows are $8.50.

AMC Stubs

It’s $5 ticket Tuesday. Though it’s a membership-exclusive offer, the free sign-up requires nothing more than an email. Better yet, Cameo Combo Tuesdays offer a movie ticket, popcorn, and Coca-Cola for $10.

Crest Cinema

Dive into the world of comedy, mystery, or adventure for $4. More of a bargain rather than a discount, because it’s offered all of the time. Showcasing a variety of genres and previously featured films like SIFF’s American Animals and the comedic Show Dogs, the theater’s sure to appease families and friends hoping to catch a film’s second go-around.

Grand Illusion Cinema

The city’s oldest theater might have staying power because of its ticket prices—or maybe because it’s a non-profit volunteer-run cinematic escape. Either way, purchase a general admission ticket for $9, or put down $30 for a year’s membership and catch flicks for $5 each.

5 Brunch Spots for Bottomless Mimosas

Or: how to get appropriately buzzed before noon.

By Landon Groves  6/29/2018 at 12:30pm | Courtesy of

 Sometimes the only good hangover cure is another, earlier hangover.  IMAGE:  PEXELS BY FERNANDOS ARCOS

Sometimes the only good hangover cure is another, earlier hangover.


Now that it’s officially, though waveringly, summertime in Seattle, we’ve arrived at a few truths we hold to be self-evident: The rainy afternoons aren’t going anywhere, all the nearby hiking trails are as thoroughly congested as your pollen-averse nasal cavity, and drinking in the morning is more socially acceptable than ever. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some brunch spots that perform the generous service of selling bottomless mimosas.

Pro tip: Be cool. “Bottomless” refers to the drink, not your state of dress after having some.


At just $14 per person, this Hawaiian fried chicken joint shines on our list as the most affordable of the bunch. Round out your morning meal with a plate of french toast, or the less traditional spicy fried chicken sandwich. Brunch goes from 9 to 3 on weekends, but be advised: Ma’ono’s West Seattle location is the only one that offers the killer deal.

Mission Cantina

For the late risers among us, Mission Cantina’s weekend brunch menu starts at 10 and doesn’t let up until 4—for those keeping track at home, that’s a solid six hours of day drinking. As if that wasn’t already enough, the West Seattle restaurant boasts 15 different kinds of mimosas in flavors like hibiscus and prickly pear ($15 each). 

Goldfinch Tavern

By far the swankiest place on this list, the Goldfinch Tavern is an upscale restaurant in the heart of downtown Seattle. Sprawled out across the lobby of a Four Seasons Hotel, this buffet-style brunch ($49) includes endless appetizers, one hot entree from the kitchen, and, you guessed it, bottomless mimosas. Brunch is 10 to 2, weekends only. 

Lucia Italian Kitchen and Bar

What better way to begin a day at the lake than over a bottomless pitcher of mimosas with friends? Lucia Italian Kitchen and Bar is located conveniently across the street from East Green Lake Beach, so you’re never more than a tipsy stroll from the nearest outdoor festivities. Weekend brunch is 9 to 3, and bottomless mimosas will run you $16 a head. Customers are, perhaps wisely, limited to one and a half glasses per hour.

Super Six

Stationed in the center of Columbia City, this former auto-body shop is now home to one of the best bottomless mimosa deals in the city. For $15 per person, customers can expect an endless flow of champagne and OJ to sip alongside their kimchi-imbued breakfast sandwiches. Brunch hours are Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 3.

Eastside Dog-Friendly Patio Bars and Restaurants

By Kirsten Abel | July 23, 2018 | Courtesy of

 Illustration by Morgan Goodman.

Illustration by Morgan Goodman.

Summer in the Pacific Northwest is a precious, fleeting season, and we locals know how to make the most of it. But if you’re a dog owner, leaving work early to sip rosé on an outdoor patio might give you more than a pang of guilt. Chase away those regrets and bring your pup along to happy hour at one of these dog-friendly Eastside patio bars and restaurants.


Paddy Coynes Irish Pub

Self-dubbed “a cozy oasis located in the heart of upscale Bellevue,” this Irish pub is a favorite among Eastsiders. Catch live music on Wednesday evenings and stop by for happy hour every day from 3-6 p.m. and from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. The food menu includes classic Irish dishes like shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and bangers and mash. When the weather permits, the patio is open to humans and their pups.

520 Bar & Grill

This casual community spot is just steps away from Bellevue Downtown Park and features a charming outdoor patio and sidewalk dining area. (Dogs are allowed only in the latter.) Try one of 520 Bar & Grill’s delicious cocktails, like the sangria-with-a-twist Call Me a Cab or the refreshing Basil Gin Smash. Food choices include salads, burgers, tacos, fish and chips, and Legendary Nachos. Weekend happy hour runs from 3-5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close.

 Photo courtesy of  Palomino .

Photo courtesy of Palomino.

Palomino Rustico Restaurant & Bar

This downtown Bellevue Italian restaurant serves up Neapolitan thin crust pizzas, fresh pasta, salads, and more. If you’re seeking a drink, order from Palomino’s full list of wines and beers, or choose a craft cocktail like the Lavender Cosmo. Sit outside with your furry friend, or head to the bar for happy hour every day from 3 p.m. to close, and on Friday’s during the summer, from 12 p.m. to close.

Firenze Ristorante Italiano

Feast on made-from-scratch Italian food at this Crossroads Bellevue eatery. The outdoor patio is dog-friendly, and the happy hour menu is wallet-friendly. Order delicious snacks like ravioli al pesto, crostini alla romana, and calamari marinati daily from 4-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Don’t forget to check out Firenze’s extensive wine list, too. 

p.m. to close.

Firenze Ristorante Italiano

Feast on made-from-scratch Italian food at this Crossroads Bellevue eatery. The outdoor patio is dog-friendly, and the happy hour menu is wallet-friendly. Order delicious snacks like ravioli al pesto, crostini alla romana, and calamari marinati daily from 4-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Don’t forget to check out Firenze’s extensive wine list, too.


The Slip

Situated beside Marina Park Pavilion on the Kirkland waterfront, this casual American food joint couldn’t be more dog-friendly. Grab a drink and a burger and settle into the beachy vibe; The Slip’s motto is, “Where the sun breathes.”

 Photo courtesy  Flatstick Pub .

Photo courtesy Flatstick Pub.

The Flatstick Pub

Flatsick Pub has two rules: “Drink local and have fun.” The Kirkland bar doubles as a nine-hole indoor mini golf course, and is always dog-friendly. Bring your pup along to Yappy Hour (Monday through Friday from 6-7 p.m. and all day Sunday) and get a dollar off all beer, wine, and cider.


Another downtown Kirkland restaurant, Hector’s is all about comfort food. Sit out and relax on the dog-friendly portion of the patio with a picnic basket of crispy fried chicken, a shareable plate of filet bites, and a glass of wine.


Dirty Bucket Brewing Co.

Described as “a local environment built on family- and dog-friendliness,” this local craft brewery will warmly welcome both you and your pup. Enjoy a pint of seasonal, small-batch beer and take a load off. There might even be a food truck on site to satisfy your appetite, too.

Locust Cider

Next door to Dirty Bucket is another family-friendly, dog-friendly establishment. Locust Cider was founded in 2015 to help raise money for a brain condition called hydrocephalus. The Woodinville cidery has continued to expand, with a taproom in Ballard and another soon-to-open taproom in Tacoma. Try the Honey Pear cider or the Original Dry.

The Hollywood Tavern

Here, you’ll find a menu full of solid tavern food, a full bar, and a wide selection of goods from Woodinville Whiskey — including the Hollywood Tavern’s signature Woodinville Whiskey milkshakes. Grab a spot on the front patio and “Eat, drink, and be Woodinville.”

Sumerian Brewing Company

This independent Woodinville brewery makes delightful craft beers like the Lucidity Pilsner, the Holy Water Citra IPA, and the Warrior Stout. Snag a seat at one of the brewery’s outdoor picnic tables and cozy up with your pup.


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Photo courtesy Tipsy Cow.

The Tipsy Cow

If burgers are your thing — beef, pork, turkey, chicken, or veggie — Tipsy Cow is for you. There’s also a mouthwatering milkshake menu, a refreshing salad spread, a delicious assortment of bar snacks, and special kids food. Settle down in the outdoor seating area with your dog and get to feasting.

Malt & Vine

Choose from 20 beverages on tap and more than 900 bottled beers, wines, ciders, and more at this Redmond craft beer and wine shop. The casual, neighborhood vibe and the spacious outdoor patio will make you and your doggo feel right at home.

Redmond’s Bar & Grill

This Eastside sports bar is a late-night favorite. Enjoy a burger and a pint of craft beer and settle in to watch the day’s hockey or football game. Dogs are allowed on the small patio outside.


Rogue Ales Issaquah Brewhouse

Issaquah Brewhouse serves its own small-batch beers as well as Rogue favorites like Dead Guy Ale and Hazelnut Brown Nectar. For a snack, order the pub pretzels & dips. For a full meal, try the salmon fish & chips. Dogs are allowed in the small outdoor seating area at the front of the restaurant.

Sunset Alehouse

This Issaquah grill serves up a good mix of hearty salads, delicious sandwiches, decadent burgers, and traditional bar appetizers. Go for the spicy Santa Fe Salad, or, if you’re feeling extra bold, the South Hill Haymaker — a burger topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, peanut butter, and pickled jalapenos. Dog-friendly (outside) and kid-friendly.


The Hop and Hound

As the name suggests, this Bothell taproom and beer shop is a dog-friendly haven. The shop even has a mascot — Charlie the coonhound — so you and your pup know you’re in good company. Order a craft brew, a cider, or a glass of wine and check out the food truck calendar for a Friday night meal.

McMenamins Anderson School

McMenamins Anderson School has one of the sweetest outdoor patios around. The Tavern on the Square restaurant serves Northwest-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a full bar. Dogs are allowed in the outdoor spaces around the campus, and even in some hotel rooms as well.

Vivendo Resturant & Bar

This family-owned gem inside Bothell’s Country Village describes its fare as “Northern Italian cuisine with a hint of Mediterranean flair.” With a dog-friendly outdoor patio, a menu full of delicious pasta dishes, and a cozy, slightly romantic atmosphere, Vivendo is the perfect date-night spot for you and your furry friend.


Duvall Tavern

“World famous since 1934,” this local haunt has a ton of history and a classic pub food menu. Grab your dog, a beer, and a basket of fish and chips and head outside to one of the coziest neighborhood patios around.


 Photo courtesy  The Islander .

Photo courtesy The Islander.

The Islander

Kick back with a glass of wine and a basket of happy hour totchos (tater tot nachos) and relax with your doggo at this Northwest Americana-style restaurant and lounge. Don’t miss half-price wine Wednesdays, Burgers & Bourbon Thursdays, and happy hour all day on Saturdays and Sundays.


192 Brewing Company

This spacious Kenmore brewery is both kid- and dog-friendly. Find a spot in the Lake Trail Taproom’s outdoor patio garden, where you can sip Washington-made beers, wines, and ciders, and dine on an assortment of bar food. If you and your pup are really hungry, order the “Mountain of Nachos” or the bacon meatloaf burger.

Bellevue Arts Museum’s 72nd BAM ARTSfair

By Kirsten Abel | July 18, 2018 | Courtesy of

 Photo by Alexandra Knight Photography.

Photo by Alexandra Knight Photography.

he 72nd BAM ARTSfair takes place from July 27-29at Bellevue Arts Museum and Bellevue Square. More than 300 jury-picked artists together will exhibit thousands of original artworks in a variety of media including wood, glass, ceramics, and paint.

“Whether you’re a seasoned art aficionado searching for the next piece to add to your collection or are just looking to have some fun, BAM ARTSfair is a destination for everyone who loves art,” the museum said in a statement.

Aside from the artwork, BAM ARTSfair will also feature community art-making, performance art, live music, and the “ever-so-messy” KIDSfair.

BAM ARTSfair began in 1947, with an event that attracted 30,000 people to Bellevue. Today, the fair sees hundreds of thousands of visitors and has included artists such as Dale Chihuly, Chuck Close, and Patti Warashina.

 Courtesy Bellevue Arts Museum.

Courtesy Bellevue Arts Museum.

Admission is free.

Fair Hours

9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., July 27-28

10 a.m.-6p.m., July 29

Museum Hours

10 a.m.-8 p.m., July 27-28

10 a.m.-6p.m., July 29

Kirkland Named a Top 10 City for STEM Workers

By Kirsten Abel | July 19, 2018 | Courtesy of

 Image by Jiachen Li.

Image by Jiachen Li.

ccording to a recent study by, Kirkland is one of the ten best cities in the country for workers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

The Livability report looked at more than 2,000 U.S. cities and compared the total number of STEM jobs, the median income for those STEM jobs, and the median STEM income relative to the overall median income in each city.

With approximately 9,600 STEM-related jobs—making up 27.7 percent of the total workforce — and a median STEM-related salary of $122,309, it’s no surprise that Kirkland made the list. Major employers in the cityinclude GoogleWave BroadbandAstronics Advanced Electronic SystemsInrix, and Tableau Software.

“We are thrilled that the City of Kirkland has been recognized as one of the top ten cities to live for STEM workers,” Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen said in a statement. “Our goal is to attract, retain, and grow a diverse and stable economic base and employment opportunities. This ranking highlights Kirkland’s strong economy and position as a major player in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics sector, amongst others.”

Also on the list are Franklin, Tennessee (7th), Albuquerque, New Mexico (4th), Longmont, Colorado (2nd), and Huntsville, Alabama (1st).

See the full list here.

Visit These (Not So) Secret Gardens

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Allan Jones

By Vickie Haushild | July 11, 2018 | Courtesy of

There are so many beautiful gardens to explore in Western Washington, each with its own history, personality, and spectacular focal points. Make a date this summer with one of these beauties.


Bloedel Reserve

Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island is 150 acres of gardens within gardens: a Japanese garden; the color-laden glen; an ethereal soft moss garden carpeted with more than 40 species of moss; a bird marsh filled with dragonflies and nesting birds; and a woodland of native Pacific Northwest huckleberries, hemlocks, and cedars. The 2.5 miles of trails give you a chance to see it all. The creators, Prentiss and Virginia Bloedel, shared a love of nature and the Pacific Northwest. The French Chateau where they lived for 35 years is open for tours and has a spectacular view of Puget Sound. A resident artist house on the property is where authors, musicians, and poets can stay for several weeks and have the gardens all to themselves for inspiration and solitude. Bloedel is for slow, relaxing strolls. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy it. Tip: Check for summer concerts!



Heronswood is in Kingston on the Kitsap Peninsula and is the former home and garden of world-renowned plant hunter and horticulturist Dan Hinkley. Now owned and maintained by the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe, 15-acre Heronswood is a botanical garden with collections from around the world, many from the Hinkley plant-hunting trips in Asia, South America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.


Bellevue Botanical Garden

The Bellevue Botanical Garden is 53 acres of just about everything that grows well in the Pacific Northwest. It is laid out in a walkable and beautifully designed group of gardens featuring a perennial border, rock garden, fern collection, and dahlia display. BBG is a garden of ideas to admire and re-create with an emphasis on community and horticultural education.



Powellswood is a sweet, tidy, and lush 3-acre garden tucked away in a 40-acre forest in Federal Way. It has a magnificent Leyland Cypress hedge that serves as backdrop to well-designed perennial beds filled with uncommon treasures. The upper part of the three-leveled garden leads you through a wide arch into a circle garden. There is a stream and duck pond. Bring lunch, and enjoy the calm.


Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

This is much more than a rhododendron garden, even though there are thousands. It is 22 acres of good hiking in Federal Way through Victorian stumpery, an alpine garden, Meconopsis meadow, and a glass house conservatory complete with waterfall and blooming Vireya rhododendron. Also check out The Pacific Rim Bonsai exhibit at the end. The nonprofit garden has sent its director Steve Hootman on plant-hunting exhibitions from the Appalachians to India and China. They even have plants for sale.


University of Washington Botanical Gardens

The University of Washington Botanical Gardens is the combination of the Washington Park Arboretum and the Center for Urban Horticulture. The Arboretum is 230 acres of world-class plant collections of conifers, oaks, Japanese maples, birches, poplars, and larches. The newest addition is the Pacific Connection, which features plants from Cascadia, Australia, China, Chile, and New Zealand.


Point Defiance Park

Point Defiance Park in Tacoma maintains a Japanese Garden complete with pagoda, separated gardens of roses, dahlias, herbs, Northwest natives, rhododendrons, and irises. In addition to its gardens, Point Defiance is a full family experience with picnic areas, a zoo, trails for hiking and biking, and a beach.

(More) New Ice Cream Spots to Enjoy

And these three places all make your frozen treats to order

BY: CHELSEA LIN | Posted July 13, 2018

 Image Credit: Chelsea Lin  The cookies and cream sundae, made with a style of rolled ice cream out of Thailand

Image Credit: Chelsea Lin

The cookies and cream sundae, made with a style of rolled ice cream out of Thailand

Months ago—when it was still chilly out and this sounded a little less appealing—I went on an ice cream binge to check out the boom in new scoop shops, both new locations of existing businesses and brand new operations. But since our July issue was sent to the printer, the area’s population of ice cream shops has grown even more—interestingly all with made-to-order options for frozen treats. Here are even more spots to hit up for when your sweet tooth strikes:

Juicy Spot Café
With locations in New York and Boston, this recently opened U District spot hit the ground running—there’s already regularly a line for Juicy’s signature Thai rolled ice cream sundaes. The dessert is as enjoyable to watch being made as it is to eat—it’s “stir fried,” for lack of a better word, on a sub-zero anti-griddle, spread thin with a spatula and then rolled into tight spirals. It’s surprisingly creamy, given the fact that it’s so cold, but we broke three plastic spoons eating the sundae in the photo above. Patience is your friend.

Our pick: You can design your own sundae, but stick with one of the signatures ($7.50): Cookies and Cream is a childhood dream, but Firecracker has both strawberries and Pop Rocks, which makes it a fun choice. University District, 5240 University Way NE, Ste B; 206.294.5938;

“FogRose is a secret you keep; a place of tender moments, gentle reflection, and great imagination. Our Boutique and Atelier offer beautiful and delicious ice cream creations to inspire curiosity and ignite wonder at the conjunction points of urban life,” reads the website of this new ultra-chic Bellevue creamery. If you can get past the ridiculous marketing, it’s actually worth a visit: custom-made ice cream (or gelato, sorbet or custard) is frozen on the spot using liquid nitrogen, meaning you can choose your flavor and your garnish, from Instagram-friendly options like teeny meringues to edible flowers. It’s expensive—a fairly standard order can run you almost $10—but worth it for the novelty.

Our pick: The chocolate base with banana is tasty, particularly if you opt into the chocolate pearl topping for the crunch ($8.50 in a waffle bowl). Bellevue, 278 106th Ave. NE, Ste A; 425.449.8401; 

Seattle Freeze
Besides having an unbeatably clever name, this Georgetown shop serves some of the most picturesque food of the summer: vibrant swirled dishes of soft serve ice cream and beautiful raised doughnuts. Choose a flavor and mix-ins and the magic machine swirls together your creation on the spot. Owners are Darren McGill and Kryse Martin-McGill, the same duo behind Central District Ice Cream Company (and Nate’s Wings and Waffles, and Happy Grillmore), and you’ll notice some of those same unique flavors—black sesame, matcha—here as well.

Our pick: Ube is an obvious choice, in both ice cream and doughnut, for its unreal purple hue, but the flavor is delicious, too: subtle and vaguely vanilla-y, and looks great with some rainbow sprinkles. Georgetown, 6014 12th Ave. S;

Get the Scoop on Seattle's Newest Ice Cream Shops

Five new ice cream shops to try this summer


 Image Credit: Alex Crook  I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM: Clockwise from top left: Full Tilt's Blue Moon; Sweet Lo's lemon bar; Cloud Nine Creamery's Cookie Monster; Salt & Straw's matcha green tea; Frankie & Jo's chocolate date

Image Credit: Alex Crook

I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM: Clockwise from top left: Full Tilt's Blue Moon; Sweet Lo's lemon bar; Cloud Nine Creamery's Cookie Monster; Salt & Straw's matcha green tea; Frankie & Jo's chocolate date

This article appears in print in the July 2018 issue. Click here to subscribe.

Seattle’s long, lingering gray season has never stopped us from enjoying ice cream. Case in point: all the new ice cream shops and locations that have opened since the beginning of the year. But now that the weather has warmed and the sun stays in the sky well past dinner, well, there’s no better time to enjoy a scoop (or two) from one of the city’s newest hot spots for cold treats. With the artisanal ice cream movement showing no signs of slowing, here’s where to go now and what to try.
Salt & Straw
Portland’s preeminent creamery, known for its inventive, chef-driven flavors, finally landed in Seattle in February with two locations. Worth the wait? Absolutely. 

Our Pick: There are five flavor collaborations with local businesses (including Elm coffee with Westland whiskey, and Beecher’s cheese and pink peppercorn toffee) that are available only in Seattle, so that’s a good place to start. We particularly love the matcha green tea ice cream, swirled with Ellenos Greek yogurt ($4/single scoop). Capitol Hill, 714 E Pike St.; 206.258.4574; Ballard, 5420 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.294.5581.

Full Tilt
In January, this local ice cream (and beer) empire debuted its fifth—and largest—location, which includes about 20 pinball and video games, plus a reservable party room. 

Our Pick: Flavors change regularly and always include a few dairy-free options, but you can count on Blue Moon ($3‒$4.50/scoop) as a staple: a Midwest flavor (here made with citrus, vanilla and spices) reminiscent of Froot Loops. Capitol Hill, 328 15th Ave. E; 206.329.1206.

  Wanna know why that chocolate scoop isn't melting? Frankie & Jo's says that the plant-based fats they use (in this case, coconut milk) in their chocolate date ice cream are solid at room temp, the scoop doesn't melt into the usual puddle. Science! 

Wanna know why that chocolate scoop isn't melting? Frankie & Jo's says that the plant-based fats they use (in this case, coconut milk) in their chocolate date ice cream are solid at room temp, the scoop doesn't melt into the usual puddle. Science! 

Frankie & Jo’s
Plant-based ice cream found a following when Frankie & Jo’s opened its original Capitol Hill location; the Ballard shop opened in March, with the same scoops and a secret patio studded with succulents out back. 

Our Pick: The chocolate date ($6/scoop) is delicious, features just four ingredients (coconut milk, dates, cocoa powder and sea salt), and is as close to guilt-free as ice cream can possibly be. Ballard, 1411 NW 70th St.; 206.257.1676.
Cloud Nine Creamery
Westfield Southcenter Mall’s newest ice cream option takes its science lab theme to the extreme: Each scoop is made to order using liquid nitrogen. 

Our Pick: The dozens of flavors and ingredients to mix in can cloud your judgment, but first-time visitors should stick with a signature flavor like Cookie Monster ($8.50/serving), which has a vanilla base swirled with chocolate chip cookie dough and Oreos, and comes with a syringe of chocolate syrup. Tukwila, 191 Southcenter Mall; 206.466.4989.
Sweet Lo’s (at Standard Bakery)
Lauren Wilson’s small-batch wholesale creamery, which has rapidly gained popularity, got a big break in May, when she got a new ice cream maker with a much greater capacity. You can find her pints in specialty grocers around town or, as of June, at Standard Bakery.

Our Pick: Try the lemon bar ($4/scoop), which features generous chunks of the tart baked good mixed into a sweet cream base. Pinehurst, 11752 15th Ave. NE; 206.420.4354.

Kirkland to Experiment with Bike Share

The program would provide new opportunities for transportation and recreation.

By Katie Metzger  |  Courtesy of


Kirkland residents have likely already seen the green, yellow and orange bicycles from Seattle’s dockless bike share program making their way to the Eastside. At its July 3 meeting, the Kirkland City Council explored the possibility of partnering with a bike share company on a pilot program.

A majority of the council was excited at the prospect of the bikes being used as a first/last mile connection to transit, or as a recreation opportunity on the Cross Kirkland Corridor. Some challenges were noted, including with the county’s helmet law and the “clutter” of the bikes in the city right-of-way.

City Manager Kurt Triplett said that bike share is “evolving rapidly” and launching in many neighboring jurisdictions, including Bothell, Bellevue and Redmond. According to the council’s agenda bill, bike share “provides people with a bicycling option even if they do not own a bike, allows a user to ride a bike and leave it at his or her destination without concern for the bike being damaged or stolen, is pollution free and supports the health of the community.”

Each bike share company is independent and has its own system of bikes and smartphone applications. The apps are used to find bicycles, unlock a bicycle and pay for rides. Riders are generally charged $1 for the first 30 minutes, said Kirkland’s Transportation Manager Joel Pfundt.

The bikes are dockless, meaning that they can be picked up and dropped off anywhere. Dockless bike share started in Seattle last year, and Seattle staff will be recommending to make the program permanent. Kirkland, Redmond and Bellevue are working together to coordinate requirements for safe operations and vendor responsiveness, and have been communicating with Seattle to learn from its experiences.

“Seattle has nicely gone through a whole lot of growing pains for our benefit,” said Kirkland City Council member Dave Asher.

Bike share companies are responsible for removing bikes that have been vandalized or are causing a nuisance. They’re also in charge of “inventory rebalancing,” to prevent the bikes from clustering in certain areas.

Seattle staff reported that during the first six months of its pilot, there were 468,000 rides completed on 10,000 bikes, and that an estimated one-third of the city population had tried bike share.

Bellevue plans to launch its program in July 2018, which is designed to be up to 400 exclusively electric-assist bikes per permitted operator. Asher said that the program would not be successful in the city without electric-assist.

Council member Toby Nixon agreed, noting that some of the city’s hilly terrain is “difficult for casual, inexperienced riders,” and that wider sidewalks and more bike lanes are needed.

Nixon said he asked Kirkland residents on social media what they thought of the idea, and received 70 pages of comments with split positive and negative reactions. Nixon said he was “skeptical but still willing to listen further.”

Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold said that he tried a bike share program in Washington, D.C. on a family vacation, and that it has benefits as a last mile solution and tourism opportunity.

Mayor Amy Walen, along with council members Penny Sweet and Tom Neir, said they would support the pilot but had concerns about safety. Most of the council members agreed that more public outreach is needed. Neir and Arnold said that they would like to see scooters included in the pilot as well, but had different ideas about whether the city should work with multiple bike share companies, or just one.

During the pilot, the city would require companies to track and share data on the total number of rides, average ride duration, average time to resolve a complaint, number of reported collisions and more. The cost of the terminable right-of-way use permit for bike share companies is estimated to be $2,032 annually.

City staff said they would return to the council on July 17 for discussion on permits and fees, and on Aug. 6 for action on the bike share pilot.

Kirkland, Houghton Communities to Celebrate 50 Years Together

The two cities merged in 1968.

By Katie Metzger | Courtesy of

 A newspaper article from 1968 describes the merger between the cities of Kirkland and Houghton. A celebration on July 12 will mark the 50th anniversary of the event. Contributed image

A newspaper article from 1968 describes the merger between the cities of Kirkland and Houghton. A celebration on July 12 will mark the 50th anniversary of the event. Contributed image

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Residents are invited to celebrate Kirkland’s past, present and future at a celebratory event from 6-9 p.m. on July 12 at Fire Station 22. It will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the merger between Houghton and Kirkland, which occurred on Aug. 1, 1968.

Lisa McConnell of the Central Houghton Neighborhood Association said the event will provide an opportunity to learn local history and meet neighbors, old and new. Organizers are soliciting photos of Houghton and Kirkland history, especially from 1965-1970, to create a “now and then” display.

“The main focus is to get people together and share photos and memories of 1968, when we came together,” she said.

McConnell has already collected a few images of historical Houghton. Many remember the old Seahawks training facility at Carillon Point, the drive-in movie theater and the sporting goods store, to name a few.

There will be a scanner at the party to copy and archive photos brought by community members. There will be also cake, of course, along with games, snow cones and a possible walking tour.

A display by the Bank of America in Houghton Center details the history of the merger and annexation, with images and articles from the East Side Journal.

A transition ceremony was held at the Kirkland Fire Station on July 31, 1968, when the new city council took office and the first Houghton Community Council (HCC) was seated. The consolidation had been approved by voters months before, on April 30.

According to the newspaper, many jokes were exchanged between city and community council members that night, and “just the right amount of levity was injected into the historical meeting to set a pleasant tone which bids well for the new city.” Though the two communities had their differences, consolidation gave them a chance to “finally shake hands and make up.”

In 1967, a change in state law allowed for the smaller of two merging cities to form its own community council. A key aspect of the merger was that the HCC would have veto power over land-use regulations within the boundaries of the former city of Houghton.

“The result has been that civic history is being written here tonight to implement the decision of the voters of the two communities to become one dynamic city,” according to the East Side Journal.

Several local leaders started their political careers on the HCC, including state Rep. Joan McBride. McBride will be at the July celebration, along with Mayor Amy Walen and other elected officials, McConnell said.

The event is also a chance for Houghton neighbors to reconnect with the city following the contentious Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center debate, McConnell said. Ultimately, the process resulted in a good compromise on zoning, building height and housing diversity and density, she said, though there were some bumps along the way.

“We’re going to remember why we’re here, why we’re part of Kirkland,” she said.

While looking at the issues facing Kirkland in 1968 — including traffic, parking and housing — McConnell noticed that “it’s not old history, but history repeating itself,” though the city has grown dramatically since then.

“It’s the same problems, but on a different scale,” she said.

See for more.

 A display near the Bank of America in Houghton Center tells visitors the story of the merger between the cities of Houghton and Kirkland in 1968. Katie Metzger/staff photo

A display near the Bank of America in Houghton Center tells visitors the story of the merger between the cities of Houghton and Kirkland in 1968. Katie Metzger/staff photo

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We Love Burgers. A Hungry Eastsider’s Guide

By Denise Sakaki | July 2, 2018 | Courtesy of

 Da Hilo Boy at The Box and Burgers Eatery. Photo courtesy The Box and Burgers Eatery.

Da Hilo Boy at The Box and Burgers Eatery. Photo courtesy The Box and Burgers Eatery.

Comfortable or complex, the hamburger is a versatile food, rarely absent on restaurant menus. Americans eat them by the billions every year. There are strongly held beliefs on what makes the perfect burger, and no list will completely cover the many offerings throughout the region, so consider this a burger mix tape; an Eastside sampling paying tribute to a favorite food.


There’s no school like old school when you want a traditional burger with a side of nostalgia.

Big Bay, Broiler Bay

Two quarter-pound beef patties, lettuce, tomatoes, and a tangy-savory “fry sauce” are reminiscent of a certain golden-arched burger counterpart, but the Big Bay is the idealized version. It’s that first mouthwatering fast-food burger bite we remember, deliciously recaptured. Bellevue

Double Bacon Cheeseburger, Kidd Valley

Originally a burger stand in the 1970s, Kidd Valley grew into a chain of locations and an early advocate of fresh, quality ingredients. Paired with one of the famous milkshakes and monster-sized sweet onion rings, their double-beef-patty bacon cheeseburger is pure indulgence. Seattle, Kirkland, Kenmore, Renton

 The Classic Feed Burger at Feed Co. Burger. Photo by Justin Oba.

The Classic Feed Burger at Feed Co. Burger. Photo by Justin Oba.

Classic Feed Burger, Feed Co. Burger

Yes, burger purists: It is possible to get an uncomplicated well-made hamburger with the requisite lettuce, tomato, pickles, and a quick swipe of seasoned sauce, hold the fussiness — all for $5! Satisfying without inducing a food coma, the mindfully sourced ingredients shine, reminding us that simple can be splendid and affordable. Redmond and Seattle

El Camino, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In

Legend has it the first hamburger was minced beef between slices of bread, similar to a patty melt, so why not have a double dose of history at a classic car-themed drive-in? The El Camino patty melt is a hefty half-pounder of beef, melted Swiss, and a pile of grilled onions between rye bread, best enjoyed while admiring vintage cars whose aficionados regularly meet at this 1950s Issaquah landmark. Issaquah

Mini Bacon Burger Combo, Burgermaster

Before drive-thrus, there were drive-ins, and that Americana is preserved at Burgermaster, where you order and dine from the unhurried comfort of your car. You can go big, or pace yourself with a smaller mini combo, a burger made with the same tasty grass-fed beef, fries, and a drink, leaving room for a slice of apple pie or a hot-fudge sundae. Bellevue, Bothell, Seattle


Topped with creative or just plain over-the-top ingredients, burgers can rock any look.

Mt. Fuji Mega Burger, Katsuburger

If Godzilla ordered a burger, this would be it. The aptly named Mt. Fuji has deep-fried cutlets of beef, chicken, and pork with an egg, bacon, three types of cheese, spicy wasabi mayo, and a drizzle of sweet and savory tonkatsu sauce. You can work off the calories battling Mothra. Bellevue, Lynnwood, and Seattle

Sun Shine Burger, Pickle Time

In the words of Jules, Sam Jackson’s poet hitman from Pulp Fiction: “Hamburgers, the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast.” The just-right eggs ’n bacon Sun Shine burger from Pickle Time can be enjoyed day or night — a smoky, grilled beef patty with the satisfying crunch of bacon mixed with a runny egg yolk. It’s breakfast in the palm of your hand. Duvall

GO PBJ Burger, The Slip

Peanut butter and jelly on a burger?! Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. The sweet-savory harmony of smoky chipotle raspberry jam and rich peanut butter is a delightful topper to a burger with grilled onions, tart pickles, and peppery arugula. It’s a science experiment in flavor gone wonderfully right. Kirkland

Da Hilo Boy, The Box and Burgers Eatery

A local Hawaiian comfort food, the Loco Moco is a plate of rice topped with beef patties, gravy, and a fried egg. Said to have originated from the city of Hilo on the Big Isle, the burger version of this Aloha original is elevated with caramelized onions, smoked bacon confit, an earthy mushroom spread, peppery gravy, and a fried egg. So ono! Kirkland


The Eastside’s happy hour game is strong, especially these steakhouse-fancy burger offerings.

 The cheeseburger at John Howie Steak. Photo by John Schuler.

The cheeseburger at John Howie Steak. Photo by John Schuler.

USDA Prime Dry Aged Beef Cheeseburger, John Howie Steak

A dry-aged brisket made into a hamburger is one divine bovine, and its beefy flavor is enhanced by aged, tangy Taleggio cheese and sweet caramelized onions, nearly spilling out of a fresh-baked bun. The hefty 10-ounce burger is a staple during happy hour and available all day on Sundays at the $15 happy hour price. Bellevue

Prime Burger, Prime Steakhouse

This neighborhood steakhouse is a hidden gem, as is its classic Prime Burger, a $9 bargain during the standard and late-night happy hours. A half-pound of fresh ground beef with classic toppings like tomato, arugula, pickled onion, and garlic aioli, it’s an affordable gourmet treat. Redmond

Gaucho Burger, El Gaucho

Impeccable ingredients like Niman Ranch Certified Angus Beef, Beecher’s white cheddar cheese, and a brioche bun aren’t typical drive-thru fare, but this isn’t a typical burger. Rich, juicy, worthy of extra napkins, it’s a burger made with expertise and the irresistible bonus of it being $13 on the happy hour menu. Bellevue



Cows can breathe a sigh of relief at these deliciously unique burgers.

Bahn, James Bahn, LunchBox Laboratory

Get to know and love the Dork, a burger patty made with ground duck and pork. A LunchBox signature creation, it’s used perfectly in a burger that takes cues from the Vietnamese banh mi. The rich duck/pork burger is balanced with pickled vegetables, fresh cilantro, sweet chili mayo, and a license to thrill one’s appetite. Bellevue, Seattle, Redmond

Big Eye Burger, Tipsy Cow Burger Bar

This ain’t no Filet-o-Fish. Tipsy Cow pulls out all the stops with a “burger” of seared sesame seed-crusted ahi tuna, wasabi aioli, and a cabbage slaw with ginger dressing. You may have walked in craving a beef burger, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself ordering this. Redmond and Woodinville

Chef B’s Lamb Burger, Barking Frog

Chef Bobby Moore has never been shy about a love of big flavors, and a hamburger made with lamb is a burger with the volume turned up. Ingredients like chevre, wine-pickled onions, and arugula stand up nicely to the flavor of lamb, making it an amplified burger experience. Woodinville

 The Satay Turkey Burger from Beardslee Public House. Photo by Darren Zemanek.

The Satay Turkey Burger from Beardslee Public House. Photo by Darren Zemanek.

Seasonal Turkey Burger, Veggie Bean Burger, Beardslee Public House

Not just for Thanksgiving, turkey is a blank canvas for flavor, allowing for combinations that might otherwise clash with beef. Beardslee’s turkey burger changes monthly, mixing seasonal ingredients into as well as on top of the burger, customizing the house-baked bun to complement it. This burger is never boring. Or celebrate Meatless Monday with… a veggie burger! A delicious blend of black-eyed peas, sweet potato, kale, and quinoa, the burger patty is flavorful and hearty (and gluten-free!), topped with pickled onions, tomato, and lettuce, between a fresh-baked potato bun. Curb that burger craving, and be able to say you ate your veggies today. Bothell



I have to give it up to the Burger Brawler at the new Lincoln South Food Hall. It’s a burger, bun, and cheese, unadulterated with sauce or needless vegetables. The patty is made of ribeye, prime rib, and braised short rib and cooked on a griddle on top of pure merlot butter. Done!
— Jaurdey Samuel, account executive

I love the burgers at Lunchbox Laboratory — they are big, juicy, and creative. I also like all of the sides, from the tater tots to the milkshakes.
— Lisa Patterson, editor in chief

Whenever there is blue cheese on a burger, it’s always my pick, and Hop Jacks’ does it right. The crispy onions and spicy mayo make the Black and Bleu burger extra-good. All the burgers are delicious — and they come with addictive Jacks’ potato chips.
— Jeff Burlingame, editor in chief, 425 Business

The Habit Burger Grill, a fast-food burger franchise with locations all over, including Issaquah. While the menu is reminiscent of fast-food cousins like McDonald’s and Burger King, the fare is far less homogenized. They’ve got a lot of great burgers topped with a choice of avocado, portobello mushrooms, or bacon, Bonus: My kids love the miniature gummy cheeseburgers that come with their kids’ meals.
— Joanna Kresge, assistant editor

2018 Remodeling Excellence Awards

By 425 staff | Courtesy of 

 Photo by John Wilbanks

Photo by John Wilbanks

Every year, the members of the Remodelers Council of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties submit their best projects to the Remodeling Excellence Awards. The remodeling market is one of the busiest we’ve seen in years in the Puget Sound region, and so the competition to win was, in a word, fierce. The following are the 25 remodels that took first place in the competition — and they are stunning!

 Photo by Jake Root photography

Photo by Jake Root photography

Major Remodel Excellence

Issaquah Dream Kitchen

Partial house/addition, $100,000 to $250,000
The client’s goal was to create a nicely lit open space and enlarge the previously narrow kitchen to create flow throughout. Space was opened visually and physically, and an exterior concrete porch cut to create an opening for the kitchen wall bump-out. The kitchen’s existing exterior wall was reframed and the peninsula replaced by an island, while new hardwood flooring throughout the first floor creates an uninterrupted visual flow. The classic ’80s interior with its oak floors, millwork, and cabinets also received a major update. Armada Design & Build

 Photo by Laurie Black

Photo by Laurie Black

Major Remodel Excellence

Rustic Luxury

Partial house/addition, more than $250,000
The clients desired a remodel that fit the late 1800s farmhouse style of their home. A master addition off the main floor and a reworking of the second floor give the parents a main-floor retreat, while a second bedroom, hallway, and laundry area on the second floor give everyone space to escape. The shiplap-clad vaulted ceilings in the master were the perfect touch for the farmhouse style. A ductless heat pump adds air-conditioning, while heated bathroom floors provide cold-weather luxury. Gaspar’s Construction

 Photo by Katherine Gooding/Soundview360 Studios

Photo by Katherine Gooding/Soundview360 Studios

Major Remodel Excellence

Shades of Gray

Partial house/addition, less than $100,000
This father-daughter team wanted to improve their 1968 rambler, so interior kitchen and closet walls were removed and updates given to the living room, entry, and kitchen, with spaces defined by faux columns flanking the dining room. Recessed can lighting and LVT flooring appear throughout. A dining table opens to the new kitchen, containing wine storage with refrigeration and exposed racking. Open shelves with integral lighting adorn the living room and feature a stone façade around finished casework. Tenhulzen Residential

 Photo by Yuriy Manchik

Photo by Yuriy Manchik

Major Remodel Excellence

A Remodel that Rocks

Whole house/rebuild, less than $300,000
Is it possible to combine serenity and a rock-and-roll aesthetic? This project does. The client asked for a new master suite addition with free-standing tub to soak away the day’s stress. The kitchen was enlarged and updated and now features access to a new back deck for morning coffee or evening cabernet. A modern palette and generous windows help bathe the new spaces with light. CRD also helped design a gallery wall of the owner’s prized Northwest concert poster collection. CRD Design Build

 Photo by Cindy Apple

Photo by Cindy Apple

Major Remodel Excellence

Farmhouse Basement

Basement remodeling
From an unfinished, 6-foot-tall basement to industrial, farmhouse suite — this house lift and remodel in Sunset Hill was an incredible feat. The family had many dreams: a large space for movie nights, a guest suite, office nook, and sewing station. The home was lifted to finish the basement, increasing functionality tenfold to become a multifunctional living area. A kitchenette, bathroom, fireplace, and Murphy bed were added, and the modern farmhouse aesthetic includes a sliding barn door, wood countertops, and plenty of craftsmanship in the details. Simple, clean, and convertible as a guest suite, this basement maximizes every inch of space. Model Remodel

 Photo by David W. Cohen

Photo by David W. Cohen

Major Remodel Excellence

Colors, Colors, Colors!

Whole house/rebuild, more than $500,000
The homeowners dreamed of a colorful home, with pops of bold color on the interior and colors inspired by Mother Nature on the exterior. Red accents and European style are seen throughout the home. Oversized disappearing sliding doors were added from the living room to the deck, providing for an incredible indoor-outdoor experience. The master suite contains special features, like a walk-in tub and provisions for an elevator, so the homeowners can age in place. Spacious outdoor areas provide the perfect setting for taking in the incredible lake views from this one-of-a-kind custom home. Sockeye Homes

 Photo by Jeff Beck Photography

Photo by Jeff Beck Photography

Major Remodel Excellence

Normandy Park Hideaway

Whole house/rebuild, $300,000 to $500,000
When the clients purchased this midcentury modern home, they did so knowing they wanted a complete home remodel. Potter Construction opened the floorplan, connecting the kitchen, living, and dining rooms. Relocating the hallway allowed for an expanded kitchen extending to the exterior wall, filling the space with light. Wood-wrapped beams, a new fireplace, open wood floating shelves, and modern furniture give a nod to the period of the home. A newly redesigned roof, handsome master bathroom with soaking tub and large shower, Peruvian Olive wood flooring, and reclaimed wood in the living room give the home classic details with contemporary touches. Potter Construction

 Photo by Jake Root Photography

Photo by Jake Root Photography

Bath Excellence

Island Life

$35,000 to $55,000
This 1960s home was due for an update. To modernize the space, Armada Design & Build altered the walls in part to expand the shower within the greater room. Marble for the floors and shower adds elegance. A polished porcelain tower contains the showerhead, flanked by double benches, while a free-standing bathtub lends itself toward an island feel and a clean, soft, modern aesthetic. Armada Design & Build


Bath Excellence

Craftsman Remodel

Less than $35,000
The goal was to enlarge and update the main-floor bathroom of this home. Using both green and cost-saving techniques, and by reallocating a few square feet from the adjacent office, Pathway gave the clients a safer, more functional bathroom with plenty of room to work and move. Highlights include new shower and subway tiles that provide more visual height and lightness to the bath, and new fir floors, finished with a low-VOC water-based material so the family could live at home during the process. Pathway Design & Construction

 Photo by Tom Marks

Photo by Tom Marks

Bath Excellence

Moroccan Bathroom

More than $75,000
A dated, suburban, McMansion-style bathroom has been turned into a Moroccan escape. Harjo Construction tore out the colossal built-in tub deck and installed a free-standing tub and new vanity to make the space feel more airy and open. The wall tile pattern was custom-designed and installed piece-by-piece to be “modern Moroccan,” with an ombré transition effect from dark at the floor to light at the top. All the trim and the light fixtures were hand-made in Morocco. The new archway over the shower completes the Moroccan effect. The once-confusing room is now a beautiful respite. Harjo Construction

 Photo by Larry Evensen

Photo by Larry Evensen

Bath Excellence

There’s No Place Like Home

$55,000 to $75,000
The client chose to extend this adage to aging parents by remodeling their ground-level master suite bathroom. The complete demolition added a curbless shower with bypass doors and built-in bench, plus his-and-hers showerheads. A new countertop, vanity, and mirror — running the full 126-inch length of the room — pair with new lighting. The quartz countertop and mosaic tile backsplash feature a cutout area for makeup, and solid maple cabinets and bronze-finished hardware add modern lines. Chermak Construction

 Photo by Erika Price

Photo by Erika Price

Bath Excellence

Grand Bathroom Remodel

$55,000 to $75,000
The owners of this beautiful 1926 house desired a bright, open space with modern fixtures and a double vanity. Claiming space from the vestibule and relocating the bedroom closet, Blox Construction made a luxurious bathroom featuring the requested double vanity, as well as a generous shower and tub. Attention was given to ensuring that all finishes, from carpentry to tile, were in keeping with the home’s unique style and period. An additional clerestory window in the shower area maximizes light. Blox Construction


 Photo by Matthew Gallant

Photo by Matthew Gallant

Kitchen Excellence

Culinary Joy

$90,000 to $140,000
With one small addition, this spec home kitchen and living room transformed into a unique outdoor experience. A creatively designed island incorporates a solid walnut bar while keeping significant space for entertaining and meal preparation. The unique eating nook features a floating solid walnut table and benches installed with steel brackets. Floating cabinets and shelves and collapsing doors create seamless synergy between the outside and inside of the home. An entirely new outdoor living space was created to incorporate a heated kitchen and lounge area, complete with TV entertainment, a fireplace, and barbecue. Rainier Custom Homes

 Photo by Jeff Beck Photography

Photo by Jeff Beck Photography

Kitchen Excellence

Trendy Cottage Kitchen

$50,000 to $90,000
The young clients desired a kitchen remodel that would keep pace with a rapidly growing family. The east wall was removed to add 60 square feet of space to the living room and, since the kitchen was open, functional appeal was paramount. Two solid ash floating shelves provide a contemporary appearance and wall storage without closing things off, and the new kitchen flooring matches the rest of the space and completes the new look. Potter Construction

 Photo by John Wilbanks

Photo by John Wilbanks

Kitchen Excellence

Something Old, Something New

Less than $50,000
This Bothell home required a very simple but impactful update. Repainted cabinets; refinished hardwoods; and new white quartz countertops, finished with subway tile, started the process. Minor modifications included removing the old built-in desk and shortening the range hood and dressing it up with a new flat front door and rift oak, stained to match the floor. The fluted island legs were wrapped for a clean, modern look, and new pendants added. Nip Tuck made the most of the young clients’ budget by keeping the existing cabinetry and working creatively to enhance and update the space for years to come. Nip Tuck Remodeling



Kitchen Excellence

The Great Room

More than $140,000
The homeowners longed for a transitional great-room concept with high ceilings on the interior and a contemporary twist inside. To achieve this vision, Sockeye reframed the roof to achieve a nearly 20-foot-high ceiling. A new metal roof, siding, windows, and concrete gray tiled chimney provide modern curb appeal. The new space now has an airy, urban feel, and high-end appliances and updates make the kitchen a showpiece. A large deck was added with two sets of NanaWall doors, creating a true indoor-outdoor experience. What was once an outdated and poorly designed home has been transformed into a masterpiece. Sockeye Homes

 Photo by Jeff Beck

Photo by Jeff Beck

Design Excellence

Style and Accessibility

Universal Design
The clients desired a Universal Design for their 9-year-old disabled son. Accessibility and ease of use for the entire basement while creating an open and comfortable space for the entire family were the goals, and so an effective layout was vital. Safety and design components include a wider staircase, improved lighting, and ADA features for safety and convenience. The open family room provides easy maneuverability, with a built-in kennel for Jethro, a companion dog, to stay close by. Wider hallways and doors, along with new door locations, help with the ease of living and allow clearance for any assistive devices. Potter Construction


 Photo by Katherine Gooding, Soundview360 Studios

Photo by Katherine Gooding, Soundview360 Studios

Design Excellence

Smart Storage Solutions

Interior design, less than $125,000
The homeowner entrusted Becker’s Custom Cabinets to perform a facelift on two areas of their kitchen they disliked: the pony wall and upper cabinets. A beautiful accent cabinet provided a place to store and show off art, and the new glass-accented cabinets contain specialty drawer pullouts. Roll-out shelves were also added to the existing lower cabinets. A fold-down hideaway door was a nice surprise, too. Becker’s Custom Cabinets


 Photo by Soundview Photography

Photo by Soundview Photography

Design Excellence

Finishing Touches

The homeowners wanted to update their living room to match the beauty and aesthetics of the rest of their home. Custom Italian-made cabinetry topped with quartz countertops provide three floating storage areas. Custom 16-gauge steel panels highlight the fireplace’s gas insert from floor to ceiling, along with the built-in bookcase. LED strip lighting provides extra mood lighting. Behind the scenes, Schulte added electrical connectivity for ceiling speakers while hiding cables to create a wireless effect for the TV and media area. Best of all, the clients’ vision became a reality. Schulte Design Build


 Photo by Jill Burwell

Photo by Jill Burwell

Design Excellence

Contemporary and Classy

Maximizing style, function, and space required the skill of a custom cabinetmaker with beautiful wood and amazing creativity. A large island wastes zero space, and the Euro-style rift white oak with a light stain takes center stage. The grain runs vertically on the taller cabinets along one wall and horizontally along the lower cabinetry — the combination is stunning. White high-gloss Luxe cabinets, thick open shelving, and diffused glass provide “wow-factor” kitchen art. The homeowner was thrilled, and her kitchen cabinets are works of art in their own right. Vision Woodworks


 Katherine Gooding, Soundview360 Studios

Katherine Gooding, Soundview360 Studios

Landscape & Outdoor Living Excellence

All in the Details

More than $40,000
The outdoor covered structure was built adjacent to the owners’ newly remodeled kitchen and family room. Material selections and architectural design focused on a structure that would complement the existing roofline and not block the view from the upper bedroom windows. Gas powers the barbecue and smoker, as well as two commercial-grade gas-powered heaters for all-season use. Recessed lighting and Bluetooth speakers were installed in the ceiling, and a beautiful hanging pendant tops off the details. Irons Brothers Construction

 Photo by John Almgren

Photo by John Almgren

Landscape & Outdoor Living Excellence

A Fresh Outdoor Space

More than $40,000
The homeowner wanted a covered outdoor space to enjoy year-round. Simple, safe, and low-maintenance railing was added, and the custom-made powder-coated aluminum top rail is wide enough to house a drink. Additional features include a six-foot set of French doors, LED can lights, skylights, strategically placed outlets, and low-voltage toe-kick lights on the stairs. A ceiling fan hangs above, and two 4,000-watt infrared electric heaters take the chill off cold evenings. Almgren Construction


 Photo by Rich Leighton

Photo by Rich Leighton

Landscape & Outdoor Living Excellence

Curbside Conversation Piece

Less than $40,000This love-at-first-sight project features custom-built arched knee bracing and barrel soffit, constructed on-site. Structural components were installed from the home’s exterior, within the project area, requiring no need to repair any existing interior finishes. The barreled tongue-and-groove soffit was stained and finished to match the custom-made knotty alder entry door that’s accented with a speakeasy, complete with an iron grate. Although no actual side-lights were installed, the appearance was achieved by recessing the stud bays on either side of the door opening. The chandelier above the door safely welcomes guests up the path at night. Palmer Residential


 Photo by Cindy Apple

Photo by Cindy Apple

Green Remodeling Excellence

A Cottage Reborn

The owners wanted to stay in their neighborhood but add a second floor and modernize their 1912 cottage, so Model Remodel took it down to the foundation and rebuilt a contemporary, sustainable home. It achieved 3-Star Built Green certification for its airtight envelope, energy and water conservation, and recycling and reuse efforts during the renovation. Interior specs include a 70 percent-plus recycle rate; EnergyStar appliances; water-based floor stain; dual-flush toilets; LED lighting; and durable, often local, materials. The home is now an open-concept with better flow, functionality, and natural light. Model Remodel

 Photo by Sharlet Driggs

Photo by Sharlet Driggs

Commercial Remodeling Excellence

Borgata Lobby

Located inside a landmark Old Bellevue building, the Borgata Apartments wanted to update the entry lobby. Uniplex Construction brought it to the next level. The refinished woodwork features highly durable and waterproof luxury vinyl plank flooring that also softens the noise of a busy lobby area. Textured wall coverings, wall-mounted mirrors, artwork, and pops of color provide balance. Uniplex Construction


Seattle's Best New Patios

The new (and new-ish) restaurants you need to add to your summer bucket list for outdoor dining

BY: CHELSEA LIN | Posted June 25, 2018 | Courtesy of

 Image Credit: Suzi Pratt  Take it all in from Ascend's unreal new patio

Image Credit: Suzi Pratt

Take it all in from Ascend's unreal new patio

Does anyone like to dine al fresco as much as a Seattleite in the summer? When we’re both starving and sun-starved, there’s nothing better. To help you navigate the best outdoor dining spots in the city, we put together this comprehensive list a couple of years ago—many of those tried-and-true restaurants are still among our favorites. But since so many great restaurants have opened in the interim, we wanted to pass along an update; here are the best new(ish) patios in the city:

Bellevue’s most breathtaking new views can be found from one of three (!!!) patios that wrap around this epic 31st-floor steak-and-sushi restaurant. From that height, you can see the greenbelts, the waterways, how the Columbia Tower dwarfs the Space Needle, how busy 405 is at rush hour. This place will surely be a hit with the after-work crowd, but it’s a special enough spot we’re guessing folks will be heading over from Seattle to experience it, too.

When sibling eateries Blind Pig Bistro and Babirusa both closed in Eastlake, they combined forces in this new Belltown spot that’s already twice the space they had before. And then they remodeled the patio—an all-weather, covered space that runs parallel to the sidewalk. The whole menu is available there (including the recommended chef’s tasting menu), and it’s rentable for private parties as well.

Li’l Woody’s South Lake Union
Space Needle views, stellar burgers and an outdoor patio? Popular local burger chain Li’l Woody’s has outdone itself with the most recent addition, a South Lake Union stunner that marks the first location to have a bar—perfect for sipping cocktails or boozy shakes al fresco. Also: order the burger dumplings, they’re a specialty you won’t be able to find at Ballard, Capitol Hill or White Center outposts.

Reckless Noodles
This new Central District restaurant with a heavy focus on bright, herbaceous Vietnamese flavors, has a pretty great happy hour—$4 dishes like papaya salad and crispy rolls stuffed with roast duck, plus an assortment of house cocktails, wine and beer for $6. All of this can be enjoyed on the patio, just head out the back door and grab one of the graffitied tables.

Mean Sandwich
Though this exceptional Ballard sandwich spot has been open more than a year now, its patio is still one of the best in town—and shockingly you can almost always find a seat. Order inside, where you’ll want to get an order of skins ‘n’ ins potatoes to go with your steak tartare club, and head around back, where a tucked away, gravel-lined patio features a ping pong table, a kiddie play house and plenty of picnic tables.

The 100 Pound Clam
White Swan Public House’s seasonal fish shack offers a view not unlike Westward’s (just a different position on the lake), but arguably better options for parking and likelihood of scoring a seat outside plus the food is really, really good. If it’s available, get the seafood chowder. And if it happens to start raining—hey, this is Seattle after all—head inside to White Swan Public House to enjoy lunch at a table there.

Super Bueno
Ethan and Angela Stowell’s newest restaurant  is an homage to food-loving parents everywhere: a lovely, light-filled restaurant where you can find both an excellent margarita and an enclosed play space for maximum all-ages dining-out enjoyment. If the upstairs area nearest the kid pit is full, enjoy your meal downstairs on the sidewalk patio—perhaps the people watching will keep the kids equally entertained.

Best Beer in Seattle

The best brews from the Puget Sound region and beyond


 Image Credit: Alex Crook  Wild Warehouse Farmhouse Ale by Wander Brewing (left) won in the Best Saison category and Mosaic Pale Ale by Seapine Brewing (right) won in the Best Pale Ale category.

Image Credit: Alex Crook

Wild Warehouse Farmhouse Ale by Wander Brewing (left) won in the Best Saison category and Mosaic Pale Ale by Seapine Brewing (right) won in the Best Pale Ale category.

This article appears in print in the July 2018 issue, as part of the Seattle Magazine Second Annual Beer AwardsClick here to subscribe.


Polaris Pilsner
Chainline Brewing  
5.1 percent alcohol by volume

The Czechs invented this style of beer nearly two centuries ago, and Chainline’s version is true to its Bohemian roots: light golden in color, with crisp and refreshing flavor. The riff on Old World tradition comes from the use of a New World hop variety (Polaris hops), which contributes a mild, pleasant, minty bitterness. This beer is occasionally available at better beer bars around the area or look for cans at your local bottle shop, and you can always get it at the brewery’s all-ages, beer-only taproom in Kirkland (growlers and crowlers to go). Kirkland, 503 Sixth St. S; 425.242.0923;

Best Pilsner Finalists:
Sumerian Brewing Lucidity Pilsner (Woodinville)
Airways Brewing Pre Flight Pilsner (Kent)
Cloudburst Brewing Happy Little Clouds Pilsner (downtown Seattle)
Georgetown Brewing Roger’s Pilsner (Georgetown)


Dirtyface Amber

Icicle Brewing   
5 percent alcohol by volume

Named to honor the hardworking people of the Leavenworth area (lumberjacks, farmers, trail builders and the like), where this beer is brewed, this reddish ale starts out a bit sweet but finishes clean and dry as it goes down easy. There’s not much bitterness to distract you from the slightly toasted malt character. Find it in 22-ounce bottles at Seattle-area bottle shops or visit the all-ages taproom in Leavenworth, where you can get growlers to go. Leavenworth, 935 Front St.; 509.548.2739;

Best Amber/Red Ale Finalists:
Silver City Brewery Ridgetop Red Ale (Bremerton
Lucky Envelope Beardless Brewer Red Ale (Ballard
Two Beers Brewing Immersion Amber Ale (SoDo)
Skookum Brewery Amber’s Hot Friend Ale (Arlington)

  Photo by Alex Crook

Photo by Alex Crook


Wild Warehouse Farmhouse Ale
Wander Brewing
6.8 percent alcohol by volume

This beer begins life as a regular saison (aka farmhouse ale), a traditional Belgian-style beer originally produced in farmhouses and served to farm workers, before spending about nine months in repurposed Chardonnay barrels from Woodinville’s Chatter Creek Winery, which is how this brew gains its unique character. Yellowish-orange in the glass, the ale presents myriad flavors, including green apple and pear, along with a faint lemony tartness. It’s something of a rare brew, released annually in about February in 750-milliliter bottles. It is easy to find for the first couple of months, a bit rarer thereafter. Look for it at local bottle shops or visit the brewery’s all-ages taproom in Bellingham. Bellingham, 807 Dean Ave.; 360.647.6152;

Best Saison Finalists:
Holy Mountain Brewing The Ox Saison (Interbay
Atwood Ales Mo’s Saison (Blaine
Urban Family Brewing Saison Magnolia (Magnolia
Cloudburst Brewing Market Fresh Saison (downtown)


Mosaic Pale Ale
Seapine Brewing
5.4 percent alcohol by volume

This light-bodied, golden-orange ale, which offers gobs of fruity, aromatic hop character, showcases one highly polarizing hop variety: Mosaic. Some people adore this hop’s intense, dank, resinous citrus character, while others abhor those same qualities, but everyone should try it and decide for themselves. Always on tap at the brewery’s all-ages taproom, where you can get growlers to go, and occasionally in the rotation at better beer bars around the area. SoDo, 2959 Utah Ave. S; 206.682.7985;

Best Pale Ale Finalists:
Aslan Brewing Dawn Patrol Pale Ale (Bellingham
Bale Breaker Brewing Field 41 Pale Ale (Yakima)
Fremont Brewing Universale Pale Ale (Fremont)
Georgetown Brewing Manny’s Pale Ale (Georgetown)


Murder of Crows Stout
Skookum Brewery
9.0 percent alcohol by volume

Instead of aging this beer in barrels, as brewers often do with their finest stouts, Skookum adds cubes of whiskey-laden oak to the conditioning tanks, giving you the same effect: caramel sweetness, alcohol heat and a hint of smokiness. Those flavors characterize a rich, slightly fruity, bitter, chocolatey beer that pours ink black and sports a light brown, thick head. If you’re lucky, you’ll find it in 12-ounce bottles at the local bottle shop or at the brewery’s 21 and over taproom in Arlington, but rarely do kegs of this beloved brew make it away from the brewery. Arlington, 17925 58th Ave. NE; 360.403.7094;

Best Stout Finalists:
Fremont Brewing Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout (Fremont
No-Li Brewhouse Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout (Spokane
Pike Brewing XXXXX Stout (downtown
Reuben's Brews Breakfast Stout (Ballard)


Robust Porter
Stoup Brewing
6.2 percent alcohol by volume

Black as night, with a rich beige head, this Ballard-born brew, which has won many medals at many beer competitions, is rich with flavors of chocolate, coffee, a hint of vanilla and just a wee bit of smokiness. All of this comes from a recipe that includes, among other things, chocolate malted barley, roasted rye and roasted wheat. Always on tap at Stoup’s all-ages taproom, it might make an occasional appearance at your favorite pub. Ballard, 1108 NW 52nd St.; 206.457.5524;

Best Porter Finalists:
Reuben’s Brews Robust Porter (Ballard
Wingman Brewers P-51 Porter (Tacoma)
Georgetown Brewing 9lb Porter (Georgetown)
Counterbalance Brewing Verboten Porter (Georgetown)

  Photo by Alex Crook

Photo by Alex Crook


All Fluff IPA
Matchless Brewing
6.4 percent alcohol by volume

Mango, peach, cantaloupe and pineapple are among the many descriptors that apply to the overall character of this beer. The color is a hazy, murky gold; the aroma is intense and overripe; and the fluffy fruit flavors disguise the alcohol so well that you’ll wonder if this beer could be accidentally served in a sippy cup or juice box. Among the Tumwater brewery’s ever-rotating lineup of IPAs, All Fluff is brewed periodically on no set schedule, but when it’s around, you can find it at the brewery’s all-ages taproom and at local bottle shops in 16-ounce cans. Tumwater, 8036 River Drive SE, No. 208; 360.584.9234;

Best Northeastern IPA Finalists:
Reuben’s Brews Crush IPA (Ballard
Aslan Brewing Batch 15 IPA (Bellingham
Silver City Brewery Tropic Haze IPA (Bremerton
Airways Brewing Jumbo Juice IPA (Kent)


If you’ve paid any attention to beer over the past year, you’ve probably noticed the skyrocketing popularity of Northeastern IPA, which is sometime referred to as New England IPA, so named because of the region where it first gained popularity. It’s the hottest trend to hit the beer scene in more than a decade. This newfangled version of India pale ale typically features very little bitterness and is bursting with tropical fruit flavor derived from the use of an extraordinary amount of hops. Visually, these beers are noticeably and intentionally hazy, with an almost murky, juice-like appearance.


Lush IPA
Fremont Brewing
7.0 percent alcohol by volume

Drinking this aptly named beer is like laying down on a pillowy bed of fresh tropical fruit and drifting off into dreamland. It’s sparkling gold in the glass, powerfully ripe on the nose and offers just enough bitterness to tame the sweetness. The unapologetic use of an absurd amount of hops provides a powerful burst of melon and tropical fruit flavors that will make your eyes bulge with delight. Find it on tap at the brewery’s all-ages taproom or get it in 12-ounce cans and 22-ounce bottles at any grocery store with a good beer selection. Fremont, 1050 N 34th St.; 206.420.2407;

Best IPA Finalists:
Georgetown Brewing Bodhizafa IPA (Georgetown
Reuben’s Brews Crikey IPA (Ballard)
Bale Breaker Brewing Topcutter IPA (Yakima)

  Photo by Alex Crook

Photo by Alex Crook


Double Rainbow Suspenders IPA
Seapine Brewing
8.7 percent alcohol by volume

Think of it as the bigger brother of the beer that won in our Pale Ale category. Much of its flavor comes from the same hop variety, Mosaic, but it features more malty backbone and hence more alcohol. Hazy, golden amber, with lots of resinous pine and melon-like flavors, the ale has a slight sweetness on the finish that makes it go down deceptively easy for a beer of its strength. This draft-only beer—dubbed an “imperial” IPA because it is higher in alcohol content than regular IPA—may occasionally make the rotation at your favorite pub, but you’ll always find it on tap at the brewery’s all-ages taproom. SoDo, 2959 Utah Ave. S; 206.682.7985;

Best Imperial IPA Finalists:
Bale Breaker Brewing Bottomcutter IIPA (Yakima
Skookum Brewery Mammoth Jack IPA (Arlington
Black Raven Brewing Wisdom Seeker Double IPA (Redmond)


Although hops are just one of beer’s essential ingredients (others are water, grains and yeast), brewers use them like winemakers use grapes. There are dozens of varieties of hops, and each brings its own character to beer, especially IPAs, so when brewers formulate recipes, they use one or more hop variety to achieve the flavor profile they want. The amount of hops and the way in which they are used also varies, allowing a brewer to paint a beer’s flavor with a virtually limitless number of colors. 

  Photo courtesy of Fremont Brewing

Photo courtesy of Fremont Brewing


Fremont Brewing

There’s no shortage of local breweries offering barrel-aged beers these days, as beer lovers increasingly clamor for these hefty and potent brews. In recent years, our local brewers have upped their games, getting better and better at using repurposed booze and wine barrels to add character to their beers. Yet Seattle’s Fremont Brewing has proven itself a leader in this particular style, especially if you want to savor a beer that’s spent time in a bourbon barrel.

Perhaps the most popular of these rare delights is the B-bomb (the B stands for bourbon or barrel, you decide), a bourbon-barrel-aged winter beer released annually on B-Bomb Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Local beer nerds also clamor for the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star Oatmeal Stout (B-BADS), which Fremont Brewing releases on or around October 1 each year.

When they’re available, during the fall and winter, get these beers on tap or in bottles at Fremont Brewing’s taproom, select local bars, or local bottle shops. As with most barrel-aged beers, supplies are limited, but if you follow Fremont Brewing on social media, it keeps you informed about both beers’ availability. In each of these beers, expect to encounter flavors such as chocolate, caramel and coffee, along with some sweet, boozy alcohol burn, but know that every year, both of them are unique creations.

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Fourth of July Guide for the Eastside


o matter how you decide to celebrate America’s birthday, we have you covered with some of our top picks for Fourth of July festivities on the Eastside.


An Edmonds Kind of 4th

Spend Fourth of July at Edmonds’ all day celebration. The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has sponsored this event for 111 years, and this year is no different. From a 5k to a mustache contest, this event has it all. Then at 10 p.m., sit back and gaze at the fireworks show set to traditional music.

City of Newcastle

Fourth on the Lake

Bring your chairs and settle in at Lake Boren Park in Newcastle. At 6 p.m. food vendors will be available, and at 8 p.m. performers will take the stage. Stay until it gets dark because the fireworks show over the lake will be one you don’t want to miss.


Celebrate Kirkland

The celebrations begin in Kirkland at 10 a.m. with fun for the family at Marina Park Pavilion. Later, catch the parades, music in the park, and the Kenworth Kirkland Fireworks Show at 10:15 p.m. The theme of this years parade is “Celebrate Kirkland, United We Stand.”


Lake Sammamish Fireworks Show

Celebrate our independence by viewing the 23rd annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show on Lake Sammamish starting at 10:15 p.m. The best spot to nestle in on the lake to view the show is Vasa Park. Not only does the event bring the community together, its proceeds also benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.


4th of July Fireworks Show

Bring whatever you need to get cozy at Log Broom Park for the fantastic fireworks show. The show begins at 10 p.m., but to get the celebration started early, activities and vendors will be open at 7:30 p.m.


Downtown Bellevue 4th of July Fireworks

This 27th annual premier Fourth of July event features live music, a family fun zone, food vendors, and a top-of-the-line fireworks show. The fun will begin at 2 p.m. in Bellevue Downtown Park.

Kirkland’s 4th of July Celebration Needs Local Help

The celebration is seeking volunteers to help with the parades and fireworks show.

Monday, June 18, 2018 8:30am  |  Courtesy of

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Kirkland’s most beloved community celebration is seeking volunteers.

Event organizers need hundreds of volunteers to pull off the epic Children’s Parade, Hometown parade and Fireworks show. Tens of thousands of people enjoy this event every year, and you can be part of making the magic happen. Volunteers receive a collector 2018 Fourth of July shirt.

The event occurs on July 4, in downtown Kirkland. Volunteers will meet at the Grape Choice (9 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland 98033) to check in before the event.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of shifts. To register, visit:

For more information, locals can contact Penny Sweet at This is a city of Kirkland partnership project.