Your Guide to Mill Creek Community Events All Year Long

If there is one thing that Mill Creek does right, it’s hosting amazing community events. From 5K charity runs and holiday happenings to fun festivals and solemn ceremonies, Mill Creek does it all and then some!

Here is your complete guide to upcoming 2017-2018 community events in Mill Creek:

SEPTEMBER

Run with Heart

  • Where: McCollum Park (600 128th St. S.E. Everett, WA 98204)
  • 2017 Dates & Times: September 16; 7:30am-10:45am

Grab your best pair of tennis shoes and join the community in the 5th annual Run with Heart, benefiting the Ironheart Foundation and Colton’s Army. This event offers a 5K, 8K, Kids 1K, and Toddler Dash races, so the whole family can compete, have fun, and support two wonderful non-profit organizations. Click here to register today.


OCTOBER

Treats on Main Street

  • Where: Town Center (1/2 mile north of S.W. 164th St. on Bothell Everett Hwy. Mill Creek, WA 98012)
  • 2017 Dates & Times: October 31; 4:30pm-6:30pm

Bring all of your little ghouls and goblins down to Mill Creek Town Center for some fun trick-or-treating. “The merchants at the Town Center…participate in handing out treats to children,” Travis DeFries explains. Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, you will definitely enjoy this event.


Trunk or Treat

  • Where: City Hall North Parking Lot (15728 Main St. Mill Creek, WA 98012)
  • 2017 Dates & Times: October 31; 6:30pm-8:00pm

After hitting up the Town Center on Halloween, head to City Hall and continue the fun at Travis’ other suggested event. “At Halloween, they [Mill Creek] host[s] a “Trunk or Treat” event at City Hall where the city employees decorate their vehicles parked throughout the parking lot and hand out treats to kids as they walk by.” A safe and fun alternative to traditional trick-or-treating, this is one annual event you will not want to miss.


NOVEMBER

Veteran’s Day Ceremony & Parade

  • Where: Ceremony: Mill Creek Veterans Monument (15429 Bothell Everett Hwy. Mill Creek, WA 98012); Parade: LA Fitness (15024 Main St. Mill Creek, WA 98012)-City Hall (15720 Main St. Mill Creek, WA 98012)
  • 2017 Dates & Times: November 11; Ceremony: 9:00am; Parade: 11:00am

Come out on November 11 and honor those who have fought for our freedom. According to Travis, “the city…has a yearly Veteran’s Day Parade. There is a large monument area to honor its veterans and it is located just south of the Mill Creek Library on Bothell-Everett Hwy.” With a ceremony at the monument before the parade, this event is the perfect way to show your support for our nation’s armed forces.


DECEMBER

Santa Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Where: Santa Parade: LA Fitness (15024 Main St. Mill Creek, WA 98012)-City Hall (15720 Main St. Mill Creek, WA 98012); Tree Lighting: City Hall (15720 Main St. Mill Creek, WA 98012)
  • 2017 Dates & Times: December 2; Santa Parade: TBD; Tree Lighting: 4:00pm

When the holiday season rolls around, Mill Creek celebrates in style. “Around Christmas time, the city has a Santa Parade and Tree Lighting ceremony that is a lot of fun,” Travis shares. Past events have included complimentary train rides for the kids, pictures with Santa before the parade, and other activities provided by the merchants in Town Center. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about this year’s rendition of this yuletide favorite.


APRIL

Flashlight Egg Hunt

  • Where: Heatherwood Middle School (1419 Trillium Blvd. S.E. Mill Creek, WA 98012)
  • 2018 Dates & Times: TBD

Let your teens get in on the Easter fun at Mill Creek’s annual Flashlight Egg Hunt. Students from 6th-12th grade can bring a flashlight and scour Heatherwood Middle School for candy and other fun prizes while listening to today’s top radio hits. This year’s hunt has already passed, but stay tuned for more information on this event for next year.


Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt

  • Where: Heatherwood Middle School Field (1419 Trillium Blvd. S.E. Mill Creek, WA 98012)
  • 2018 Dates & Times: TBD

A Mill Creek Easter tradition, families love coming together for the Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt. Over 18,000 eggs are spread out across multiple egg hunts and there is also face painting, balloon animals, music, fire truck tours, bounce houses, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny himself. Check back in 2018 for updated information on this festive event.


MAY

Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony & Parade

  • Where: Ceremony: Mill Creek Veterans Monument (15429 Bothell Everett Hwy. Mill Creek, WA 98012); Parade: LA Fitness (15024 Main St. Mill Creek, WA 98012)-City Hall (15720 Main St. Mill Creek, WA 98012)
  • 2018 Dates & Times: May 28; Ceremony: 9:00am, Parade: 11:00am

Join the community on May 28 to pay respects to those who have given their lives for our country at Mill Creek’s Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony & Parade. The event kicks off with a ceremony at the Veterans Monument featuring remarks by the mayor, a prayer from the police chaplain, a laying of a wreath, and more, and continues with the parade. Pay remembrance to a group of brave men and women at this touching event.


JUNE

Summer Art Walks

  • Where: Town Center (1/2 mile north of S.W. 164th St. on Bothell Everett Hwy. Mill Creek, WA 98012)
  • 2018 Dates & Times: June 7, July 12, August 9; 5:00pm-8:00pm

Explore the talent of the local community at Mill Creek’s annual Summer Art Walks. Stroll through Town Center, visit local artists and businesses, and observe a variety of art forms from photography to jewelry and even music. Free for all, this event is a great way to connect with the creative minds that make Mill Creek a beautiful place to live.


Run of the Mill

  • Where: In the Mill Creek Town Center (15418 Main Street, Mill Creek WA 98012)
  • 2018 Dates & Times: TBD

Enjoy some healthy competition at Mill Creek’s Run of the Mill 5K. “This is…becoming a very popular 5K run/walk that attracts the highest of competitors from the area, along with parents pushing their children in strollers,” says Travis. “All proceeds are donated to local charities! This event is normally held the end of June each year.” Keep your eyes on the Run of the Mill website for more information on registration for 2018.


JULY

3-on-3 Star Fest Basketball Tournament

  • Where: Mill Creek City Hall Annex Parking Lot (15720 Main St. Mill Creek, WA 98012)
  • 2018 Dates & Times: July 7-8; Time is TBD

Unleash your inner basketball star at Mill Creek’s 3-on-3 Star Fest Basketball Tournament. “…The city hosts a very popular outdoor 3-on-3 basketball tournament for participants of all ages and abilities,” Travis shares. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or still learning the ropes, you can have a great time at this event. Check the website for updates on registration for 2018.


Mill Creek Festival

  • Where: Part of Mill Creek Blvd. behind Albertsons, Heading up a Portion of 161st Between Bank of America and Rite Aid (for full festival map, click here)
  • 2018 Dates & Times: July 14 11:00am-6:00pm; July 15 11:00am-5:00pm

No city is complete without an annual summer festival and Mill Creek is no exception. “One weekend each July, the city hosts the Mill Creek Festival and it is quickly becoming a hot ticket item,” shares Travis. “There are several stages set up around the festival to host music, a community stage with family friendly acts and even a large pet plaza! There are also over 50 vendors for shopping and eating opportunities!” If you want a sample of what Mill Creek has to offer, you will find that and so much more at this fabulous event.  


Summer Children’s Concerts

  • Where: Library Park (15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy. Mill Creek, WA 98012)
  • 2018 Dates & Times: Wednesdays in July & August; 12:00pm-1:00pm

If you want a fun summer event for your little one, look no further than the Summer Children’s Concerts at Library Park. Featuring four concerts over four weeks full of music, laughs, and entertainment for all ages, this event is sure to make for a memorable afternoon picnic for the whole family.


AUGUST

National Night Out

  • Where: Buffalo Park (13401 44th Ave. S.E. Mill Creek, WA 98012)
  • 2018 Dates & Times: August 7; 5:30pm-8:30pm

Working to build communities across the country, National Night Out is a campaign that promotes police-community partnerships, camaraderie among neighbors, and the development of safer, more caring communities overall. Block parties, cookouts, and other events are hosted throughout local neighborhoods and feature visits from emergency personnel, safety demonstrations, exhibits, and more. Mill Creek’s National Night Out is being held at Buffalo Park on August 7, so come out and show your support for local law enforcement and healthy neighborhood building at this event.




Posted on August 30, 2017 at 3:03 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Posted in Mill Creek |

3 Ways to Stay Active in Mill Creek

If you’re looking to stay active in Mill Creek, you’re in luck. From sports venues to miles of trails, there is no end to the opportunities you can take advantage of!

Here are a few of our favorite tips for staying active in Mill Creek:


Mill Creek Sports Park

  • Located at 13903 North Creek Dr. Mill Creek, WA 98012
  • Hours: 7:00am-9:00pm

If you’re a baseball, softball, or soccer lover, you will find the perfect place to play at the Mill Creek Sports Park. Field lights over the diamond and soccer field, a concession stand, and bleachers allow your family and friends to stay and cheer your team onto victory, while the Tot Lot and ADA accessibility means that everyone can enjoy all that the park has to offer. “This Mill Creek Sports [Park] also has a huge, brand new facility,” shares Jen Bowman, so you are guaranteed to experience top-of-the-line amenities at this popular park.


Mill Creek Country Club

  • Located at 15500 Country Club Dr. Mill Creek, WA 98012
  • Opening Times: 11:00am Monday; 7:30am Tuesday-Thursday; 7:00am Friday; 6:30am
  • Saturday-Sunday
  • Range Hours: Closes at 7:00pm Tuesday-Wednesday & Friday-Sunday; Closes at 3 Thursday; closed Monday

If golf is more your thing, you will want to check out the Mill Creek Country Club. “The Country Club is a private club that has a gem of a golf course that people love to play,” says Travis DeFries. You can enjoy the picturesque sites of Mill Creek while testing your skill on this beautifully-manicured 18-hole course. Dust off your clubs and come see why the Mill Creek Country Club is regarded as one of the premier golf facilities in all of Snohomish County.


Mill Creek Walking Trails

Staying active in Mill Creek is easier than you might think. “Miles and miles of walking trails linking parks all over Mill Creek is one of my favorite features [of the city],” Jen shares. 60 different trails loop throughout Mill Creek, providing some of the most scenic walking, running, biking, and horseback riding opportunities around. Whether you need a place to get in your daily workout or just want to enjoy some fresh air and peaceful nature, you will find what you’re looking for on these gorgeous trails.



Posted on August 30, 2017 at 3:02 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Posted in Mill Creek |

The Top 10 Things To Do With Kids in Mill Creek

There is no end to the fun your child can have with the awesome parks and programs offered in Mill Creek! From top-of-the-line sport complexes to unique class offerings, there is something for every age, interest, and skill level.

Here are 10 of the best things to do with kids in Mill Creek (as recommended by locals!):

Mill Creek Sports Park

  • Located at 13903 North Creek Dr. Mill Creek, WA 98012
  • Hours: 7:00am-9:00pm

If you’re looking for a spot for your kid’s next sports game, check out the Mill Creek Sports Park. “The Mill Creek Sports Park is located at the corner of Bothell-Everett Hwy. and Trillium Blvd. and is the location for a fantastic mixed-use sports field that is used by both soccer and baseball/softball,” shares Travis DeFries. “It is a turfed field, so a little bit of rain doesn’t cancel games, it has lights to be able to play up until 10 PM and it even has a snack shack and announcers booth!” With other amenities like a Tot Lot and picnic tables, the whole family can enjoy the great outdoors while cheering on the home team.


Mill Creek Skate Park

  • Located at Mill Creek Sports Park (13903 North Creek Dr. Mill Creek, WA 98012)

Another popular feature of the Mill Creek Sports Park comes recommended by both Travis and Tonya Tye. The Mill Creek Skate Park offers a wide range of bowls as well as an innovative street course that consists of several sections tied together, an 8-stair down rail, and much, much more. Whether your kid’s a beginner or a seasoned skating pro, he or she will find the perfect challenge at this local favorite spot.


Mill Creek Little League

  • Located at 14105 11th Dr. S.E. Mill Creek, WA 98012

“Mill Creek Little League has one of the largest and most successful Little League programs in the state,” shares Travis DeFries. “Every year they have over 800 boys and girls between the ages of 4-18 play baseball or softball. 9 years ago, the 12-year-old All-Stars ended up being the NW representatives at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. This year the 10-year-old and 11-year-old boys All-Stars teams both finished 2nd at the state tournament. This year, the 12-year-old girls softball All-Stars won the state tournament for the 2nd year in a row! The took 2nd place in the regional championship game to represent the West in the World Series. They lost a heartbreaker 1-0 in extra innings, but went down in history as the best softball team to ever come out of Mill Creek!”

If your 5-18 has expressed interest in baseball or softball, sign them up for Mill Creek Little League this year!


Giggle & Wiggle Playscape

  • Located at 3226 132nd St. S.E. #105 Mill Creek, WA 98012
  • Hours: Drop-In Play: 10:00am-1:30pm & 3:00pm-6:00pm Monday-Friday, 10:00am-12:00pm Saturday-Sunday; Birthday Party Time Slots: 6:00pm Monday-Friday, 12:00pm, 2:15pm, & 4:30pm Saturday-Sunday

When it comes to spending fun, quality time with your little one, no place beats the Giggle & Wiggle Playscape. This local indoor playground features soft equipment that gives kids the chance to jump, climb, run, and tumble, and develop motor, coordination, and balance skills in the process. Get your kid away from the screen and into some real-world adventure today at Giggle & Wiggle.


Applause Studio

  • Located at 17903 Bothell Everett Hwy. #103 Bothell, WA 98012
  • Hours: Click here for complete schedule of upcoming classes

If your child loves being on stage, they will love the opportunities that await at Applause Studio. Varieties of dance, musical theater and acting, and other great classes teach students the fundamentals of performing and help them to build confidence and stage presence (all while having fun). With a free trial class offered for all new students, there is nothing to lose by checking out this fun spot!


SafeSplash Swim School Mill Creek

  • Located at 15024 Main St. Ste. A Mill Creek, WA 98012
  • Hours: 8:30am-8:30pm Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm Saturday, 9:00am-3:00pm Sunday; Class Hours: 3:45pm-8:00pm Monday & Wednesday, 10:15am-2:15pm Saturday

Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean the summer fun has to! At SafeSplash Swim School, kids get the opportunity to learn how to swim in a safe, state-of-the-art environment from passionate instructors who know how important swimming is for a child’s lifelong safety, development, and confidence. No matter what level your child is at, there is a lesson tailored to his or her needs with individualized attention and top-notch customer service that makes SafeSplash unlike any other swim school around.


Mill Creek Parks with Playgrounds

Mill Creek certainly has no shortage of great local parks with playgrounds that kids will love. Buffalo, Cougar, Heron, Highlands, Hillside, Library, Nickel Creek, Pine Meadow, and Silver Crest Park all offer playgrounds perfect for climbing, sliding, jumping, and running off some steam while parents enjoy some much-needed relaxation time at a picnic or open grass area. Click here to learn more about these parks and to find the one closest to you.


North Creek Trail

  • Located from McCollum Park (600 128th St. S.E. Everett, WA 98208)-North Creek Park (1001 183rd St. Bothell, WA 98012)

According to Tonya, “there are some nice walking trails near the downtown area and around Village Green Drive.” One of these trails is the scenic North Creek Trail, which links the cities of Mill Creek, Bothell, and Everett. Filled with lush plant life, a serene duck pond, and other natural beauties, this trail provides the perfect opportunity for you to get your kids off the couch, active, and making meaningful connections with their local environment.


Arena Sports and Entertainment

  • Located at 13500 Bothell-Everett Hwy. Mill Creek, WA 98012
  • Opening: Fall 2017 (click here for construction updates)

Sports lovers will have even more to enjoy in Mill Creek near the end of this year. “Just down from Mill Creek Sports is the new Arena Sports complex that is scheduled to open this Fall,” says Travis. “It is a 98,000 square foot facility that will include a full family entertainment center destined to be the go-to-destination for parties, special events, group activities and more. Activities include an indoor inflatable playground, bowling (both full-size lanes and mini five-pin lanes), multi-floor laser tag arena, rock climbing tower, two-story ropes course, 100 arcade games, on-site dining and two indoor soccer fields that can be used for recreational games and practices.” Check out all the info on Arena Sports now because once it’s open, your kids will never want to go anywhere else!


Recreation, Community Events, & Other Programs

On top of all of the amazing opportunities for sports, education, and fun in Mill Creek, the city itself also offers a wide variety of recreation, seasonal community events, and unique programs for kids. From annual holiday favorites like “Trunk or Treat” or the Santa parade, to innovative cooking, sports, and other creative classes, your children can get off the couch and socialize, learn new skills, and make friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Registration for fall and winter is now open, so be sure to check out the guide here for a complete list of available programs and upcoming events.



Posted on August 30, 2017 at 3:02 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Posted in Mill Creek |

Your Guide to Dining & Shopping in the Mill Creek Town Center

One of Mill Creek’s top attraction is the popular Mill Creek Town Center! “The city now has a mixed-use, city-sponsored complex called the Mill Creek Town Center…,” shares our own Travis DeFries. “It is easy to spend several hours walking the sidewalks and checking out the small, local businesses, along with the numerous wonderful restaurants.”

Indeed, with everything at your fingertips, it’s hard not to feel like you’re in the big city: “I love the convenience and the downtown feel of the Mill Creek Town Center,” says Ginna Demme. “I can grab my coffee, get a manicure, grocery shop, and run other errands all in the same great spot!” Tonya Tye agrees, noting “the Town Center is a fun place to walk around, go for coffee, dessert or dinner.”

Here is your complete guide to dining and shopping in the Mill Creek Town Center (as recommended by locals!):


Central Market Mill Creek

  • Located at 15605 Main St. Mill Creek, WA 98012
  • Hours: 7:00am-11:00pm

When it comes to grocery shopping in Mill Creek, no place beats the Town Center’s own Central Market. “Central Market is a destination grocery experience,” says Jen Bowman. “Best produce, delicious prepared foods for a quick and healthy meal, awesome sushi, and great floral selection for cut and potted plants and flowers.”

Heather Potts agrees, noting “Central Market Grocery Store has the best selection of fresh fruit, wine, seafood, meats, made-to-order sandwiches, fresh sliced deli meats and cheeses, a large selection of organic foods, sushi and more.” Follow Heather’s suggestions and “grab a bite to eat and enjoy the outdoor courtyard or stop to shop for a special dinner…” No matter what, you are sure to have a one-of-a-kind experience at this store that, as Heather simply puts, “has it all”!


Outdoor Concerts

  • Located at the Forum (15111 Main St. Mill Creek, WA 98012)
  • Hours: 6:00pm-8:00pm Wednesdays

There is much more to Mill Creek’s Town Center than just shopping, as Travis can tell you: “In the summer they have free outdoor concerts every Wednesday night from 6-8 PM. Bands that have played this year include Fabulous Roof Shakers, The Infinity Project, Big Dog Revue, High Voltage, Highway 9, Cherry Cherry, Sly Mr Y, Creme Tangerine and Ventura Highway Revisited.”

They have expanded this year’s series into September, so check out the Town Center events calendar for more info (and get your dancing shoes ready!).


Azul Restaurant & Lounge

  • Located at 15118 Main St. #100 Mill Creek, WA 98012
  • Hours: 11:00am-1:00am Monday-Friday (Dinner served until 10:00pm Sunday-Thursday, 11:00pm Friday-Saturday) ; 9:00am-1:00am (Brunch 9:00am-3:00pm)

Whether you’re looking to wind down after a long work week or want to take the family out to a nice dinner, Azul Restaurant & Lounge is an excellent choice: “Azul Restaurant & Lounge is located in the Town Center and is open for lunch and dinner each day,” shares Travis. “Its upscale, casual environment, paired with the Latin-inspired cuisine, makes Azul a perfect gathering spot in Mill Creek.”

Check out their popular Happy Hour menu, featuring $2.00 chips and salsa, drink specials, and some of the best Mexican and Caribbean dishes this side of the border.  


University Bookstore Mill Creek

  • Located at 15311 Main St. Mill Creek, WA 98012
  • Hours: 9:00am-8:00pm Monday-Thursday; 9:00am-9:00pm Friday-Saturday; 10:00am-6:00pm Sunday

Back-to-school time is here again, which means it’s time to stock up on everything you will need to start the year off right. Luckily, Mill Creek Town Center is home to one of 6 local University Bookstores.

“UW Bookstore has great selection of gifts, UW apparel, and specialty magazines and newspapers,” says Jen. Indeed, whether you’re looking for a new book to read, some reference guides, or something to show off your Husky pride, you will find it and so much more here.  


Elliott Bay Pizza & Pub

  • Located at 800 164th St. S.E. L Mill Creek, WA 98012
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm

What could be better than pizza? How about pizza paired with 18 varieties of cold craft beer? Elliott Bay Pizza & Pub is a local favorite and go-to spot for Travis and his family. This family-friendly locale is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and features one of the best menus in the Town Center.

“They make their own special dough each morning to be used for their incredible pizzas and sandwiches,” says Travis. “They also serve a wide variety of great pasta dishes and salads.” While you’re here, be sure to take advantage of their beer selection, too: “They have also become very well known in the area for their extensive beer selection and ever-changing beers on tap,” Travis shares. “If you are looking for something not found everywhere else, you need to come here!” Indeed, Elliott Bay Pizza & Pub is one pizza place you will definitely not want to pass up.


Pacific Fly Fishers

  • Located at 1018 164th St. S.E. Ste. A-22 Mill Creek, WA 98012
  • Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm Monday-Friday; 10:00am-6:00pm Saturday; 11:00am-5:00pm Sunday

“If you’re a serious outdoorsman,” Becky Larsen states, “check out Pacific Fly Fishers. Expert service in your own backyard.” Indeed, everything from boats, flies, lines, and other fishing tools, to classes and water quality resources provided by passionate local fishers, gives you all you need to hone your skills and become a true master fisherman.


La Palmera Mill Creek

  • Located at 15224 Main St. #202 Mill Creek, WA 98012
  • Hours: 11:00am-11:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-1:00am Friday-Saturday

Opened in 1991, La Palmera has been serving up delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine for 26 years. “La Palmera is a favorite Mexican restaurant,” Becky says. “Family owned and great food.” If you’re a fan of grande burritos, sizzling fajitas, and margaritas made with premium tequila, this restaurant is the place for you.


Hot Yoga Inc. Mill Creek

  • Located at 15217 Main St. Mill Creek, WA 98012
  • Hours: 6:00am-9:30pm Monday-Thursday; 6:00am-7:00pm Friday; 8:00am-5:00pm Saturday; 8:00am-6:30pm Sunday

If you’re looking to put a little more zen in your life, check out Hot Yoga Inc. This low-impact exercise routine works with your body’s natural range of motion to help you lose weight, de-stress, and become your best self.

As an added bonus, Heather shares that “Hot Yoga Inc. has a $10 new student 10/10 deal and [is] one of the only studios with infrared heating.” 


Mill Creek Sports

  • Located at 13616 Bothell Everett Hwy. Mill Creek, WA 98012
  • Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday

Local sports fans cannot seem to get enough of the new Mill Creek Sports, located just near the Town Center. “Just down the road is the location of the new Mill Creek Sports, which is known as one of the best sports memorabilia shops around,” shares Travis. “They outgrew their previous place in town and now have a huge 2-story facility to house their items.”

“Mill Creek Sports is known throughout the greater Seattle area as the place to go if you want sports memorabilia,” Brian Hayter notes. “They have an incredibly wide selection of authentic autographed Seattle and beyond sports items. A must see for a sports fan!” Travis agrees, adding that “several times per month they also bring in high profile current or retired sports stars to sign autographs. Anyone and everyone has been there to sign autographs!” Whether you’re looking for a gift or looking to meet your sports hero, you will love the offerings at Mill Creek Sports.



Posted on August 30, 2017 at 3:01 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Posted in Mill Creek |

3 Reasons why we are NOT Headed Towards Another Bubble

 

real estate bubble

Are we headed for another housing collapse?

We get asked this question often, and we can understand why. With the 2008 Great Recession not too far back in our rear-view mirror it is understandable that folks don’t want history to repeat itself, as that was a very painful time for many. Also, price appreciation has been rapid across the country, but especially in our region. The large price gains might seem familiar to the gains of the previous up market of 2004-2007, but the environment is much different.  Here are three reasons why we are not headed towards (or in) another real estate bubble:

 

1. Lending Requirements

real estate bubble mortgage credit availabilityAs this graph shows, lending requirements are much more stringent now than what they were prior to the fall of the housing market.

Previous lending practices allowed people to get into homes with risky debt-to-income ratios, low credit scores and undocumented incomes. They called this sub-prime lending. A large part of why the housing bubble burst 10 years ago was due to people getting into mortgages they were not equipped to handle, which lend to the eventual fall of sub-prime lending. Currently, the average credit score of secured mortgages over the last 12 months according to Ellie Mae was 724. During the days of sub-prime lending people were funding loans with scores as low as 560! This, coupled with many zero-down loan programs and the risky terms mentioned above left many new homeowners with little to no equity. When you have little or no equity it very easy to just walk away.

 

real estate bubble equity by state
The graph above shows the percentage of homes in our state with significant equity (20% or more) according to CoreLogic. Today many homeowners, especially in our region are making large down payments to begin with. Believe me, when competing with multiple offers on a house, the size of down payment matters – hence many buyers landing homes today are making large down payments. Unlike the market prior to the crash, when people have high equity levels they are not likely to abandon their home or miss payments.

2. Inventory Levels  &  3. Our Job Market

The biggest challenge in our market has been low inventory levels and high housing demand. It’s simply the concept of supply and demand. Our thriving job market has afforded folks already in our area the ability to make moves, and it is bringing people into our area from other parts of the country. Washington State’s net in-migration is 43% higher than it was 10 years ago. This has created increased demand, especially for homes closer to job centers resulting is shorter commutes. When you have increased demand and not enough homes to absorb the buyers, prices go up. Over the last three years we have easily seen a 10% increase in prices year-over-year. That is above the norm and should slow down as inventory increases. As inventory increases we anticipate a leveling out of appreciation rates to historical norms of 3-4% annually, but not decreasing home values like the 2008-2010 crash.

We understand that the recent increase in home prices has been big and that it might remind you of the previous up market before the crash. Hopefully digging into the topics above has shed some light on how it is different. According to Matthew Gardner, Windermere’s Chief Economist and nationally sought after expert on all things real estate, buyers should not wait this market out, due to future price appreciation and today’s historically low interest rates. Check out his latest vlog that addresses this topic.

As always, it is our goal to help keep the community informed, and empower strong decisions. Please let us know if we can answer any questions or help you or anyone you know with their real estate needs.

 

 


Posted on August 23, 2017 at 5:05 pm
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Exploring Wine in Woodinville: 15 Wineries Not to Miss + Tasting Room Tips!

According to our own Kim Harman, “wine tasting in Woodinville is a fabulous experience. Local wineries and dozens of tasting rooms [are] available to explore. [It’s] fun to learn about the winemaking process and talk to people who are knowledgeable and passionate about the local wine.”

Jen Bowman agrees, noting “It’s world class wine country in our own backyard! Tasting rooms for every palate from boutique distilleries like Woodinville Whiskey to the mega winery Chateau Ste Michelle…”

Here is a look at 15 wineries (+1 “honorable mention”) plus insider tips in Woodinville:


Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

  • Located at 14111 NE 145th St. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm

With a historic charm and unparalleled tasting experiences, it is not hard to see why Chateau Ste. Michelle is an award-winning winery. Dating back to the repeal of the Prohibition, Chateau Ste. Michelle has produced premier wines for 50 years; from vintage whites and reds to local bottles and much more, you will find a wine to suit every occasion. The Chateau offers various unique tours and tastings ranging from $10-$100 per person. You can learn more about these tastings here.

Patterson Cellars

  • Located at 19501 144th Ave. NE D-600 Woodinville, WA 98072 (Warehouse District Winery & Tasting Room); 14505 148th Ave. NE Woodinville, WA 98072 (Hollywood Hill Tasting Room)
  • Hours: Warehouse District: 3:00pm-7:00pm Friday, 12:00pm-5:00pm Saturday-Sunday; Hollywood Hills: 12:00pm-7:00pm Monday-Thursday, 12:00pm-9:00pm Friday-Saturday, 12:00pm-6:00pm Sunday

If you’re not exactly a wine connoisseur but still enjoy a glass now and then, you’ll appreciate the selection at Patterson Cellars. Winemaker and owner John Patterson has been creating approachable wines since 2000. Each red, white, and rose is crafted in the new world style and includes knowledgeable descriptions on the taste and food pairings.

You can join Patterson himself at the Warehouse District Winery for a tasting, or, if you’re looking for something more cozy, at the Hollywood Hills Tasting Room for a seat by the fireplace and some live music. Each flight costs $10, but this can be waived with a minimum $25 wine purchase.   


JM Cellars

  • Located at 14404 137th Pl. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-4:00pm Friday-Sunday (final pour at 3:45pm)

A required visit for wine tourists, JM Cellars combines delicious wines with the love and care that can only come from a family-run business. Owners John and Peggy have ensured that the grapes they receive are sustainably and organically grown, with the grapes from Margaret’s Vineyard specifically being clones of ones from the Bordeaux region of France. This makes for a small but high-quality selection of limited-release red, white, and rose wines with tastes that cannot be found anywhere else in North America.

You can get a sample of these unique wines at JM Cellars for $15 per person (waived with a $45 wine purchase). To learn more about scheduling your tasting at JM Cellars, click here.  

Aspenwood Cellars Winery

  • Located at 18642 142nd Ave. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 12:00pm-5:00pm Saturday-Sunday (March-November); 12:00pm-4:00pm Saturday-Sunday (December-February)

Dedicated to selling the community only the highest quality wines, Aspenwood Cellars knows that “great wine is made in the vineyard.” Over the years, Aspenwood has worked with some of the best local vineyards to produce merlots, cabernets, syrahs, and more with bold tastes that can only come from step-by-step care and preparation. To learn more about how you can taste test some of these wonderful wines for yourself, click here.


Airfield Estates Woodinville Tasting Room

  • Located at 14450 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. NE #109 Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-5:00pm Sunday-Wednesday & 11:00am-6:00pm Thursday-Saturday (January-April); 11:00am-6:00pm Sunday-Wednesday & 11:00am-7:00pm Thursday-Sunday (May-December)

For a winery visit unlike any other, check out Airfield Estates. A portion of this winery’s property once served as a training base for Army Air Corps. pilots during World War II and a few of the original planes can still be seen on site as farm storage facilities. Each wine at Airfield Estates is grown at the estate and features names that reflect its heritage, like “Hellcat” and “Aviator.”

Wine tastings are an affordable $5 per person (or $160 per person for the VIP experience) and reservations can be made here.


Celaeno Winery

  • Located at 15007 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 1:00pm-5:00pm Friday; 12:00pm-5:00pm Saturday-Sunday

Producing fine wines of distinction and character, Celaeno Winery is one of Woodinville’s hidden gems. Winemaker Brian Countryman not only proves to be an entertaining and personable host at all wine tastings, but also works carefully with select Washington vineyards to create syrahs, viogniers, and other wines that are both light and full of delicious flavors. To find out more about how you can schedule a wine tasting at this great establishment, contact Celaeno Winery today.


Sparkman Cellars

  • Located at 19501 144th Ave. NE E-400 Woodinville, WA 98072 (Warehouse District Winery & Tasting Room); 14473 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. Woodinville, WA 98072 (Hollywood Hills Tourist District Tasting Room)
  • Hours: Warehouse District: 1:00pm-5:00pm Saturday-Sunday (new summer hours: 12:00pm-6:00pm Saturday); Hollywood Hills: 1:00pm-6:00pm (new summer hours: 12:00pm-7:00pm Saturday)

With a simple tagline of “Family. Good Livin’. Damn Fine Wine,” Sparkman Cellars is a labor of love started by the Sparkman family back in 2004. Producing award-winning wines like its 2013 Holler Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Birdie Riesling, the winery works with the best vineyards in the Northwest and gives the Sparkmans the opportunity to give back to the community and combine art, science, agriculture, philosophy, and “all the Good Stuff from Life” into something that everyone can enjoy. You can visit Sparkman Cellar at its Warehouse District or Hollywood Hills Tasting Room for a delicious experience! 

Kestrel Vintners

  • Located at 19501 144th Ave. NE C-900 Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 12:00pm-5:00pm Thursday-Friday (live music 5:00pm-8:00pm Friday); 12:00pm-6:00pm Saturday-Sunday; by appointment Monday-Wednesday

With a 126-acre estate vineyard, Kestrel Vintners promises to bring you the best tastes that the Yakima Valley can offer. Combining old world methodology with new world techniques, they create wines that give you a real sense of place and unmatched passion, wisdom, hospitality, and stewardship. You can try any of four series of wines (the Artist Series, the Falcon Series, the Winemaker’s Select series, or the Signature Series) at Kestrel’s Woodinville Cellar & Tasting Room.


Guardian Cellars

  • Located at 14525 148th Ave. NE #122 Woodinville, WA 98072 (Tasting Room); 19501 144th Ave. NE E-600 Woodinville, WA, 98072 (Newsprint Tasting Room)
  • Hours: Tasting Room: 12:00pm-5:00pm Monday-Thursday, 12:00pm-7:00pm Friday-Saturday, 12:00pm-6:00pm Sunday; Newsprint Tasting Room: 12:00pm-5:00pm Saturday-Sunday

With full-time jobs as a police officer and a reporter, the owners of Guardian Cellars made a leap and opened their own winery! The risk has definitely paid off, as Guardian continues to grow and serve the Woodinville area some of the most stellar red, white, and rose wines around.

You can check out these amazing sips at their Tasting Room for $15 per person or their special Newsprint Tasting Room for $10 per person (the Newsprint Tasting Room is only open when wines are available, so be sure to check their Facebook page for updates before scheduling).


DeLille Cellars

  • Located at 14421 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 12:00pm-5:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 12:00pm-7:00pm Friday; 11:00am-5:00pm Saturday

Founded in 1992, DeLille Cellars brings complex tastes and Bordeaux tradition to Woodinville. Its Chaleur Estate Rouge and D2 wines are blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, while the Chaleur Estate Blanc blends together Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, creating diverse aromas and a classic structure that showcases the purity of the fruit that defines Washington State’s territory.

DeLille offers tastings in their Carriage House Tasting Room, with a fee of $20-$30 per person, depending on party size. Grab your friends and prepare to spend a luxurious afternoon at DeLille Cellars.


Alexandria Nicole Cellars

  • Located at 14810 NE 145th St. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-5:00pm Monday-Saturday; 12:00pm-5:00pm Sunday; Wine Down Fridays: 5:00pm-8:00pm

With an onsite vineyard, Alexandria Nicole Cellars has complete control over the quality of its wine from bud to bottle. The 267 acres of planted vines include 23 varietals that, through attentive management and sustainable practices, create a wide variety of fabulous red and white wines (a complete list of the types of wines produced at Alexandria Nicole Cellars can be found here).

You can get a sample of these wines at Alexandria Nicole’s Hollywood Schoolhouse Tasting Room for a $20 tasting fee or $30 reserve tasting upon appointment. To learn more about Alexandria Nicole’s Hollywood Schoolhouse Tasting Room, click here.


Columbia Winery

  • Located at 14030 NE 145th St. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-6:00pm Saturday-Thursday; 11:00am-7:00pm Friday

Founded in 1962 by a group of 10 friends, Columbia Winery proves the potential of winegrowing in the Columbia Valley. Its portfolio of Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, and some of the best Washington wines selected from exceptional vineyard sites help to create one of the state’s most premium wineries.

You can enjoy a tasting at Columbia Winery for $12 per person, which includes a selection of unique Northwest-inspired culinary offerings to further enhance your experience.


Mark Ryan Winery

  • Located at 14475 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 12:00pm-5:00pm Monday-Friday; 12:00pm-6:00pm Saturday-Sunday; Happy Hour: 5:00pm-7:00pm Thursday-Friday

Founded in 1999 and settled in Woodinville in 2003, Mark Ryan Winery is dedicated to making delicious wines that represent the vineyard from which they come. Owner Mark Ryan McNeilly is largely self-taught and through rigorous study and the advice of some of the area’s most experienced producers, crafts unique flavors like his 2014 Dead Horse, Water Witch, and Long Haul red wines. For a taste of what Mark Ryan Winery has to offer, visit their tasting room in Woodinville!


Novelty Hill/Januik Wineries

  • Located at 14710 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-5:00pm

What could be better that one winery? How about two! Novelty Hill and Januik Wineries came together in 2000 under the winemaking helm of renowned vintner Mike Januik. They focus on the creation of limited release and premium varietal clone wines, with only the best fruit and detailed concentration put into each bottle.

If you’d like a chance to try these wines for yourself, you can choose from a variety of 5 different tasting experiences to suit your needs. To learn more about the tasting experiences at Novelty Hill/Januik Wineries, click here.


Efeste

  • Located at 19730 144th Ave. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 12:00pm-5:00pm

With award-winning wines, Efeste proves that sometimes less is more. This winery follows a minimal winemaking approach, which includes native fermentation that gives each wine the unique taste of the vineyard from which it came.

The Efeste family label of red and white wines can be experienced daily for a tasting fee of $15 (or complimentary with membership in the Wine Club). For directions and more information on visiting Efeste for a tasting, click here.

 


*BONUS TIP!*

Woodinville Whiskey Co.

  • Located at 14509 Woodinville Redmond Rd. NE Woodinville, WA. 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-5:00pm

There’s more to Woodinville than just wine! If you’re looking to mix things up a bit, check out Woodinville Whiskey Co. This distillery features four different styles of smooth whiskey made from only the finest ingredients in Washington State, plus all of the supplies you need to make your own whiskey at home.

For a taste of some of the best homemade whiskey around, grab $10 (for the tasting fee) and head to Woodinville Whiskey Co.



Posted on July 28, 2017 at 2:46 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Posted in Woodinville |

5 Must-Visit Businesses in Downtown Woodinville

No one knows downtown Woodinville better than our very own residents. From the best places to hang out to premier pet-friendly services, we have your inside scoop!

Here is a look at 5 spots (plus one annual event!) to explore in downtown Woodinville, as recommended by locals: 

Molbak’s Garden + Home

Located at 13625 NE 175th St. Woodinville, WA 98072

A popular local spot, Molbak’s Garden + Home has everything you could need to fix up your yard or give your home the love it deserves. Homeware, kitchen gadgets, outdoor dining sets, gardening tools, and much, much more are offered here, plus design services ideal for filling your landscape with beautiful flower arrangements and container gardens.

Molbak’s isn’t just for shopping though, as Kim Harman explains. “Molbak’s Garden and Home is a great place to gather with friends, grab a cup of coffee, stroll around the nursery or enjoy a bite to eat at Russell’s Garden Café & Wine Bar located within the store.” With special events and donations to the community, Molbak’s is a staple that residents cannot get enough of! 


21 Acres Center

Located at 13701 NE 171st St. Woodinville, WA 98072

If you want to learn more about the sustainable food movement right here in Woodinville, check out 21 Acres. “I always enjoy visiting 21 Acres,” says Kim Harman. “The Center focuses on local food, farming & sustainable living. The Center brings the community together with local farmers and vendors. You can take an education class on sustainable living, enjoy a variety of cooking classes, or pop into one of their many community events. The marketplace is open throughout the week with fresh and delicious local produce and products.” Discover how you can help yourself, your community, and the world at large at this innovative center! 


The Pet Wash

Located at 13317 NE 175th St. Woodinville, WA 98072

If your pup is looking a little scruffy, take him down to the Pet Wash. “The Pet Wash, located on the main drag in Woodinville, is a great place to have your pooch groomed,” shares Becky Larsen. “They also have self wash stations if you want to wash Fido yourself. Great service, reasonable prices and a wonderful staff. It’s nice to have trusted owners who really love and care for your pet.”

With state-of-the-art bathing systems and virtually every type of shampoo, conditioner, and grooming tool imaginable supplied onsite, they have exactly what you need to make your furry friend look and feel like royalty.


Homeward Pet Adoption Center

Located at 13132 NE 177th Pl. Woodinville, WA 98072

If you’re still looking for that “fur”ever friend, check out Homeward Pet Adoption Center. “We got our dog at Homeward Pet in Woodinville,” shares Lynette Hensley. “Of all the shelters we visited, we appreciated the experience here most of all. Not because this is where we found our dog, but because of the way they worked with us, talking through expectations, hopes, compatibility. We spent a long time with a few dogs, and with our chosen pup too.” 


Scott’s Soccer Tots at Woodinville Indoor Sports

Located at 12728 NE 178th St. Woodinville, WA 98072

If you’ve got a future soccer star on your hands, sign him or her up for the Scott’s Soccer Tots program. “Scott’s Soccer Tots [at the] Woodinville Indoor Sports Facility [is] a great indoor soccer structure for year round play for little guys, youth, and great soccer summer camps,” shares Becky Larsen. “Our kids loved the lessons, and you can have birthday parties there too!” For anyone wondering about the name, Larsen clears that question up: “Of course there really is a ‘Scott!’”


*BONUS TIP!*

Celebrate Woodinville Festival

Located at various locations throughout downtown Woodinville

If you’re in downtown Woodinville on August 19, 2017, you will definitely want to check out the Celebrate Woodinville Festival: “Our family loves to attend the annual Basset Hound Bash/Woodinville All Fools’ Day Parade every August,” shares Kim Harman. “We kick off the morning with the pancake breakfast hosted at the local fire department, grab a seat on the parade route to watch the floats and dozens of basset hounds go by. It’s a fun-filled day at the farmer’s market with live music, art/craft vendors, food, wine and beer.” From 8:00am to 5:00pm, this yearly event is sure to be a great time for all ages! 



Posted on July 28, 2017 at 2:46 pm
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14 Woodinville Restaurants Recommended by Locals (+ Insider Tips!)

It’s no secret that Woodinville is packed with fun restaurants that serve up some of the most delicious food in Washington State. From yummy bar snacks to authentic international cuisine, there really is something to suit every mood, as our own Kim Harman can tell you:

“A few of my favorite places to dine and gather with friends and family are the Barking Frog, the Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse, Commons, Hollywood Tavern, Pizza Coop, Tandem Dinner and Wine Bar, Sora Sushi, Twisted Cuban Café & Bar, and Village Wines.”

With so many mouthwatering options, it’s hard to choose just one. “Tons of restaurants means a gourmet day is best spent in Woodinville,” shares Jen Bowman and we couldn’t agree more!

Here is our list of the 14 Woodinville restaurants recommended by locals (plus some valuable tips for your next visit!):


Barking Frog at Willows Lodge

  • Located at 14580 NE 145th St. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 6:00am-10:30am & 11:30am-2:30pm Monday-Friday; 6:00am-2:30pm Saturday-Sunday; 5:00pm-10:00pm daily

Located in the heart of Washington’s wine country, the luxurious Willows Lodge is perfect for any occasion. “The Willows Lodge has a rustic, warm feel and is an excellent choice for your next getaway, meeting, wedding, or get together,” shares Kim. “The massive fireplace in the lobby offers a comfortable place to relax and the full service spa offers a place to unwind. We enjoy the outdoor patio space with fire pit and live music.”

Barking Frog is one of the most widely desired and acclaimed restaurants in all of Woodinville and it happens to be situated right in this hotel. Combining modern and classic techniques, its talented culinary team creates seasonal menus that pair perfectly with the restaurant’s cellar of award-winning Northwest and global wines. “It’s a great place to enjoy your favorite glass of wine and their signature ‘Grand Marnier prawns,’” Kim suggests. If you want a premier dining and relaxation experience, look no further than this cozy spot.

TIP: While you’re there, take advantage of the warm weather by dining al fresco on Barking Frog’s popular outdoor patio.

The Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse

  • Located at 14810 NE 145th St. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-2:30pm Tuesday; 11:00am-8:00pm Wednesday-Thursday; 11:00am-9:00pm Friday-Saturday; 11:00am-7:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

Quaint and inviting, the Bistro at Hollywood Schoolhouse features friendly staff and food that will keep you coming back for more. Made with only the freshest ingredients, the Bistro serves up an array of salads, soups, burgers, and small plates to share with family or friends. Whether you’re looking to unwind after a long day or you’re on a wine tour through Woodinville, you will not be disappointed at the Bistro.

TIP: Join Bistro for Happy Hour every Wednesday-Friday from 3:00pm-6:00pm (a complete Happy Hour menu can be found here).


The Commons

  • Located at 14481 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 8:00am-9:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 8:00am-10:00pm Friday-Saturday

Whether you’re in the mood for something fancy or something comforting, you will find what you’re looking for at the Commons. This kitchen and bar features breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner options that range from classy (like a smoked salmon board or watermelon & feta) to classic (like chicken & waffles or pretzels). They even have a kid’s menu, so the whole family can enjoy a delicious meal to start or finish out the day.

TIP: Click here to check out their Happy Hour deals (Happy Hour at the Commons is Monday-Friday from 3:00pm-6:00pm).


Hollywood Tavern

  • Located at 14508 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-11:00pm Friday-Saturday

A Woodinville staple for 70 years, the Hollywood Tavern is simplicity at its best. The inspired comfort food, inventive cocktails, and informal atmosphere combine to create a vibe that is welcoming to all ages. Sit around the fire pit and enjoy some hefty burgers, fresh salads, or rich mac and cheese, all made using only the best local ingredients. No matter what, there’s no doubt you will want to make the Hollywood Tavern your neighborhood hangout.

TIP: Be sure to check out the Tavern’s live music series every Monday night from 5:30pm-8:30pm, featuring local-area bands!

The Pizza Coop & Ale House

  • Located at 13317 NE 175th St. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm Sunday-Monday; 11:00am-11:00pm Tuesday-Thursday; 11:00am-12:00am Friday-Saturday

When it comes to good pizza, no place beats the Pizza Coop & Ale House. This eatery features a wide selection of homemade Detroit-style pies topped with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients (you can even build your own), plus some of the best local microbrews, wines, and spirits around. Come catch the game on one of their 10+ TVs or rent one of their party rooms for your next big event. 

TIP: The Pizza Coop is always looking for ways to give back to the community. Click here to learn more about how you can request a donation for your local organization today.


Tandem Dinner & Wine Bar

  • Located at 15029 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 5:00pm-10:00pm Tuesday-Thursday; 4:00pm-11:00pm Friday-Saturday; 4:00pm-10:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

Built from the ashes of the recent economic downturn, Tandem Dinner & Wine Bar has since flourished into a fun and charming spot perfect for a leisurely meal. Each dish is crafted with care from local organic ingredients and their extensive wine list promises a new and interesting tasting experience every time. Visit Tandem today and see what all the fuss is about!

TIP: If you leave a review of your visit to Tandem on Yelp, you will be entered to win a free dinner for two!


Sora Sushi

  • Located at 14471 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:30am-2:00pm & 5:00pm-9:30pm Tuesday-Friday; 12:00pm-9:30pm Saturday; 5:00pm-9:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

Don’t let the simple facade of Sora Sushi concern you; this places packs a serious punch! Delectable plates of sushi, yakisoba, bento boxes, and much, much more make the perfect meals to share at prices that cannot be beat. If you’re a fan of all things sushi, you can never go wrong at Sora!

TIP: Check out Sora’s Facebook page for a look at their new and most popular dishes.


Twisted Cuban Cafe & Bar

  • Located at 12631 NE Woodinville Dr. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday; 11:00am-2:00am Saturday

If you’re looking for truly authentic Cuban cuisine, look no further than the Twisted Cuban Cafe & Bar. Owned and operated by Havana native Julio Ortiz, Twisted features salads, sandwiches, drinks, and other dishes created with recipes passed down from his mother. Visit Twisted today and take a trip to the island without ever leaving Woodinville! 

TIP: Check out Happy Hour at Twisted every Monday-Friday from 3:00pm-6:00pm (for a complete Happy Hour menu, click here).


Village Wines

  • Located at 14450 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Sunday-Wednesday; 11:00am-10:00pm Thursday-Saturday

For a place the locals can’t seem to get enough of, check out Village Wines. This spot offers tasty dishes and an extensive selection of white, sparkling, red, and dessert wines to choose from. With local beers on tap and live music every weekend, it’s no wonder Village Wines is a must for Woodinville residents! 

TIP: Join Village Wines’ monthly Wine Club and get an in-depth peek at the finest local and global wines.


Gyro Express

  • Located at 13804 NE 175th St. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Monday-Saturday; 11:00am-8:30pm Sunday

For the best takeout in town, visit Gyro Express. This Mediterranean eatery serves up pitas, wraps, salads, kebabs, and more, always fresh, fast, and affordable. If you’re in the mood for something different, Gyro Express is the place for you! 

TIP: Gyro Express now accepts online orders, so you can pick up your favorite grub without having to wait in line!


Pho 175

  • Located at 13317 NE 175th St. Suite M Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-9:00pm Friday-Saturday

Pho has definitely been gaining popularity in the past couple years and no local place does it better than Pho 175. This restaurant combines fresh flank, brisket, skinless chicken, and more with a lengthy simmering process to create rich and savory broths that are simply irresistible. If you’re not in the mood for Pho, they also offer a selection of other Vietnamese specialties that will get your mouth watering. 

TIP: Pho 175 does offer a kid’s menu, so everyone is sure to get something they enjoy!   


Moeida Asian Bistro

  • Located at 17848 Garden Way NE #104 Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-8:30pm Tuesday-Thursday; 11:00am-9:00pm Friday-Saturday; 12:00pm-8:00pm Sunday

Woodinville’s health-conscious crowd will definitely want to check out Moeida Asian Bistro. This Korean restaurant features dishes prepared with fresh vegetables and meats and without any harmful MSG or trans-fat. Conveniently located downtown, Moeida has some of the best Asian food the east side has to offer.

TIP: Moeida accepts both dine-in and takeout customers, so you never have to compromise to get your favorite food!


Gobble

  • Located at 13300 NE 175th St. #3 Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm Monday-Saturday; 11:00am-7:00pm Sunday; anytime by appointment

Why not treat everyday like Thanksgiving? At Gobble, turkey lovers of all ages can enjoy freshly sliced turkey sandwiches, roasted turkey dinners, turkey meatloaf, turkey lasagna… the possibilities are endless. Located in Woodgate Mall, this eatery is sure to bring back memories of home and keep you full and satisfied (and maybe a little sleepy, too!).

TIP: Have Gobble cater your next party or work event! Click here to learn more.


Akane Ramen

  • Located at 14142 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd. Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Tuesday-Sunday; closed Monday

Take your college ramen up a notch at Akane Ramen. Their bowls feature a hearty helping of fresh meats, veggies, and (of course) ramen noodles in rich and flavorful sauces that are as pretty as they are delicious. If you want top-notch ramen that will warm you up from the inside out, check out Akane Ramen today.



Posted on July 28, 2017 at 2:44 pm
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11 Places to Visit to Take Advantage of Woodinville’s Beautiful Outdoor Opportunities

The Woodinville area is filled with great opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. From hiking and biking to music and hot air balloons, there really is something to match everyone’s mood.

Here is your guide to taking advantage of the outdoors in Woodinville, as recommended by locals: 

Summer Concert Series at Chateau Ste Michelle

Located at 14111 NE 145th St. Woodinville, WA 98072

When out and about this summer, live outdoor music is the perfect way to unwind after a long, stressful day. Lauren Pulfer suggests taking advantage of some of the music series at local Woodinville wineries and one spot in particular comes highly recommended: “The mega winery Chateau Ste Michelle…summer concerts on their picturesque grounds are a must-see,” shares Jen Bowman

Kim Harman agrees, adding “Summer is always a wonderful time to take in the Summer Concert series at Chateau Ste. Michelle. Grab a chair and blanket, your picnic basket or get cozy with the food trucks and enjoy sweet sounds of your favorite artist.” The full calendar of Summer 2017 concerts at Chateau Ste Michelle can be found here.

Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center

Located at 22505 WA-9 Woodinville, WA 98072

When enjoying the great outdoors in Woodinville, one doesn’t usually think to visit a water treatment plant. “[It’s] a bit of a surprise,” Becky Larsen notes. “[But] the Education and Community Center at the Brightwater Clean-Water Treatment Facility is amazing. Not only functional, it really is so much more… Located off Highway 9 in Woodinville, the area boasts several miles of walking trails through native landscape, a very interesting educational center, and a community building that you can use for group functions or even a wedding!”

While you’re there, she suggests you “take a stroll, run, or walk your dog–feel like you’re in the country, but just steps away from the active community of Woodinville.”


Burke-Gilman Trail

For those who like to be a little more active when the nice weather hits, both Kim Harman and Jen Bowman suggest the Burke-Gilman Trail. “The Burke-Gilman trail will take you through the lush slough in Woodinville and links bikers/runners/walkers all the way to Marymoor in Redmond and Seattle,” shares Jen.

“Love biking or walking the Burke-Gilman Trail,” Kim says. “…Easy access to Redmond, Marymoor Park, Lake Sammamish or into Seattle.” For some of the best views the Pacific Northwest has to offer, nothing beats this fantastic trail.   Rotary Community Park

Located at 19518 136th Ave. NE Woodinville, WA 98072

Let the kids burn off some energy with Lauren Pulfer and Kim Harman’s recommendation, a trip to Woodinville’s Rotary Community Park.“The Woodinville Rotary Skate/BMX Park is located near Woodinville High School and provides a fabulous place to ride your scooter, skateboard, and BMX bike,” shares Kim. “There is also a playground for kids, covered picnic area and nearby nature preserve to hike around.”

Lauren suggests “get[ting] creative on the graffiti wall,” which resides at the park and serves as a creative canvas for local artists. With a climbing rock, lookouts to Little Bear Creek, and much more, the little ones can have tons of fun while you relax and enjoy the day.

Public Arts Program

While strolling through local parks in downtown Woodinville this summer, keep your eyes peeled for some wonderful art! The Woodinville Public Arts Program involves purchasing permanent art or accepting donated pieces and showcasing the talent of local residents throughout the city. To view the most recently donated art pieces and rotating monthly displays, visit Woodinville City Hall today.

Cottage Lake Park

Located at NE Woodinville Duvall Rd. Woodinville, WA 98072

Spend your summer at the Lake this year with a trip to Cottage Lake Park (as suggested by Lauren and Kim). “Cottage Lake is a lovely 22-acre lakeside park with a kids playground, basketball courts, walking trails and picnic areas,” shares Kim. “It’s a popular spot for my family to fish, paddle board, and swim late Spring and Summer.” Also home to the annual “Music in the Park” free outdoor summer community concert series, this park is a local must.

 

Cottage Lake Garden

Located at 17301 191st Ave NE Woodinville, WA  98072

Home to a gorgeous bed and breakfast, a scenic botanical garden, plant nursery and more, this incredible 2-acre destination is a must-visit place for nature lovers! Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or just a peaceful day-trip stop, Cottage Lake Garden offers a lovely retreat to spend a day in Woodinville.


Molbak’s Garden + Home

Located at 13625 NE 175th St. Woodinville, WA 98072

If your garden is in need of some sprucing up, Molbak’s Home + Garden has you covered. “Stroll through Molbak’s,” Lauren Pulfer suggests, and take a look at their premium tools, soils, books, and even beneficial insects. No matter what your gardening needs may be, you will find everything you need to become a planting master at this one-stop shop.

Tolt Pipeline Trail

“Looking for a wonderful, well-worn trail for mountain biking, trail running, hiking and/or horseback riding?” Kim Harman asks. “The Tolt Water Pipeline provides 8.9 miles of trails” perfect for whatever style of recreation you may be into. Whether you’re in the mood for an intense workout session or just need a cool escape from the sun, you will find it on this unique trail.

Paradise Valley Conservation Area

Approximately 793 acres of land make up the Paradise Valley Conservation area, another ideal area for hiking, biking, and equestrian use. “The Paradise Valley Conservation area trail offers 4.7 miles of loop trails,” says Kim. “Dogs are also welcome to use this trail but encouraged to keep on leash.” So, grab your bike, your horse, or your furry friend and take advantage of this beautiful region today.

Over the Rainbow Balloon Flights

Located at 16509 140th Pl. NE Woodinville, WA 98072

“Celebrating something special?” Lauren Pulfer asks. “Consider a sunrise or sunset Hot Air Balloon ride departing from Woodinville!” Indeed, what better way to enjoy the beauty of nature than from above? “[I] highly recommend catching a sunrise or sunset hot air balloon ride over the Woodinville wine country with Hot Air Balloon Company Over the Rainbow,” shares Kim. The spectacular sights are sure to give you an experience you’ll never forget!



Posted on July 28, 2017 at 2:43 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Posted in Woodinville |

What You Need to Know About the Condo Market

 

Over the last two years, the affordability of Greater Seattle area real estate has become a rising concern. Many buyers have decided to move a bit more north or south of major job centers to find the price point that works for them, or have foregone a single family residence (SFR) and turned to a condominium (condo) as an alternative. Because of this, along with many more baby boomers moving to a more right-size home for their lifestyle, demand for condos has been on the rise.


The median price for a condo in King County in June was $385,000 compared to the median price of a SFR of $660,000, which is a 71% difference! In Snohomish County, the median price for a condo in June was $295,000 compared to the median price of a SFR of $450,000, which is a 53% difference! Condos are providing a substantial cost savings if the condo lifestyle works for a buyer.

The condo lifestyle can be wonderful! Imagine not having to do yard work and living space-efficiently. There are many condo buildings that cater to the more simplified life that baby boomers are craving, featuring secured parking, elevator access, high-end features, great walk scores and possible views.

Much like the SFR market, the condo market has experienced high demand resulting in low inventory. Our thriving job market and rising rents have drawn folks to condos as well. Many of the job transferees coming into the area due to the tech industry are younger, unattached and without children, making a condo a natural fit and in some cases, less expensive than rent. In fact, condo inventory currently sits at 0.5 months of inventory based on pending sales in King County, and 0.6 months in Snohomish County. Theoretically, this means that if no new condos came to market we would be sold out in two weeks. That is quick!

While inventory has decreased, sales have slightly increased! Pending sales have almost mirrored new listings over the last 12 months, resulting in 1% more sales in King County and 5% more in Snohomish County. There were 4% less new listing in King County year-over-year, yet Snohomish County posted a 6% increase in new listings. This is due to some new condo developments to the north and more and more re-sale owners regaining their equity position and making moves.

Prices are on the rise too! An important aspect to measure in regards to condos is price per square foot. In King County the price per square foot is up 15% complete year-over-year and up 12% in Snohomish County, which is a big jump. This is on top of double-digit price growth the year prior. The average cost per square foot in King County in June was $404 per square foot, and $240 in Snohomish County. This illustrates the affordability difference between both counties, which is why the increase in sales in Snohomish County is markedly up. Condos provide a more affordable option for buyers, and if one is looking to land in Snohomish County, condos can be the most affordable housing purchase option available, while still being close to job centers.

The good news for condo sellers is that days on market are down by 11% in King County, and 31% in Snohomish County. In June, the average days on market was 16 days in King County and 10 days in Snohomish County.  Also, in June the average list-to-sale price ratio in King County was 105% and 103% in Snohomish County.

So, what does all of this mean? The condo market is much like the SFR market in regards to demand, price appreciation and the affordability divide between King and Snohomish Counties. It is a great market for sellers to realize a positive return, and buyers who can’t afford or don’t want the maintenance of a SFR can find opportunity with a condo. If you or anyone you know would like more information on the Greater Seattle condo market, please contact one of our agents. It is our goal to help keep you informed and empower strong decisions.

 


Posted on July 26, 2017 at 3:48 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Posted in Local Market Analysis |