Your Go-To Shoreline Guide for Getting Out & About (Dining, Grocery Shopping, & Parks!)

With warmer weather on the way, it’s time to get out of the house and out on the town!

Here is your guide to the best dining, grocery shopping, and park destinations in Shoreline:


DINING OUT in SHORELINE

Ridgecrest Public House

  • Located at 520 NE 165th Street | Shoreline WA 98155
  • Hours: 4pm-midnight daily

Featuring 17 beers and 3 ciders, Ridgecrest is the place to be for a laid-back dinner and hangout with friends! They also host food trucks each evening from 5-9pm—take a look at their schedule here. “The Ridgecrest Public House is a great place to meet up with friends. The RPH has rotating taps for beer and cider and a different food truck each day offers plenty of options for food,” shares REALTOR® Samantha Arango. “Down the street is the Crest Theater, which is a discount movie theater, and a great place to take kids.”

 

Leena’s Cafe

  • Located at 17732 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
  • Hours: 6:30a-9:00p Monday-Saturday, 6:30a-8:00p Sunday

Family owned and operated, this Shoreline staple nestled in the heart of Shoreline’s North City district serves up classic diner food with a Greek influence. “Leena’s has a great breakfast menu,” shares REALTOR® Samantha ArangoREALTOR® Bernice Whitney agrees—”It’s hard to top their breakfast!” 

 

The Greek Kitchen

  • Located at 608 NW Richmond Beach Rd. Shoreline, WA 98177
  • Hours: 11:00a-9:00p Sunday-Saturday

“Love this friendly, family run restaurant,” says REALTOR® Cori Whitaker. “Always clean, quick, consistent and delicious. Their hummus is to die for!”

 

Cabin Tavern

  • Located at 19322 Richmond Beach Dr. NW Shoreline, WA 98177
  • Hours: 12:00p-10:00p Monday; 12:00p-11:00p Tuesday-Thursday; 12:00p-2:00a Friday-Saturday; 12:00p-10:00p Sunday

According to Cori, “the Cabin Tavern is a perfect little dive bar grandfathered in to laid-back Richmond Beach with sloped floors, a crooked bar and regulars sipping beers at pretty much any time of day. Great fish and chips with the best tartar sauce ever and jam sessions Tuesday night where people can bring instruments and join in playing bluegrass, blues, folk, rock, you name it. Great character and worth checking out!” REALTOR® Melissa Huddleston also adds that this spot has been around for decades, and offers “typical bar food and fair, but so much fun to sit outside with a brewsky on gorgeous summer days.”

Hill’s Restaurant & Bar

  • Located at 1843 NW 195th St. Shoreline, WA 98177
  • Hours: 11:30a-4:00p Sunday-Saturday (Lunch); 3:00p-5:00p Monday-Friday (Happy Hour); 4:00p-9:00p Sunday-Thursday, 4:00p-9:30p Friday-Saturday (Dinner)

New residents won’t want to pass up this local favorite. Hill’s has been serving delectable dishes for over ten years, becoming a go-to for lunch, dinner, and happy hour. “Hill’s offers a great menu, nice ambience & good value,” shares REALTOR® Jill Langer. This is also one of REALTOR® Melissa Huddleston’s favorite spots—”It’s a quaint little spot with great food and atmosphere!” 

Taqueria El Sabor

  • Located at 15221 Aurora Ave. North Shoreline, WA 98133
  • Hours: 9:00a-11:00p Monday-Thursday; 8:00a-12:00a Friday-Sunday

For south-of-the-border flavor, REALTOR® Cori Whitaker suggests Taqueria El Sabor: “Quick authentic Mexican food, always full of people enjoying a wide variety of food for reasonable prices. They started as a taco truck and now have 3 restaurants and a huge following.” REALTOR® Jill Langer also highly recommends Taqueria El Sabor—”[They have] consistently good fast food!”

Streetzeria

  • Located at 1857 NW 195th St. Shoreline, WA 98177
  • Hours: 5:00p-9:00p Sunday-Saturday

If you’re tired of the same old pizza places, mix things up with Streetzeria. Their flavors are amazing and their desserts are the perfect way to top off any meal.

Spiro’s Pizza & Pasta

  • Located at 18411 Aurora Ave. N. Shoreline, WA 98133
  • Hours: 11:00a-9:00p Monday; 11:00a-9:30p Tuesday-Thursday; 11:00a-10:30p Friday; 12:00p-10:30p Saturday; 4:00p-9:00p Sunday

Whether you’re looking for a team hangout or a corporate party spot, Spiro’s has you covered. Their restaurants work for group large and small and their food keeps everybody happy.

 

North City Bistro & Wine Shop

  • Located at 1520 NE 177th St. Shoreline, WA 98155
  • Hours: 4:30p-close Tuesday-Saturday (Kitchen); 2:00p Tuesday-Saturday (Wine Shop); closed Sunday-Monday

With food, wine, and live music, how can you go wrong? Grab your friends and check out the reinvented North City Bistro, a true neighborhood hot spot.

 


GROCERY SHOPPING in SHORELINE

For your grocery needs, Shoreline’s Costco, Central Market, and Trader Joe’s are not to be beat. From bulk savings and unique finds to fresh, high-quality foods, these shops have it all!

For the best one-stop shopping experience, its got be Costco, centrally located in Shoreline and an easy I-5 commute. For a mid-day pick-me-up, you can always graze the isle samples or for that sit-down experience,there is the Food Court,” shares REALTOR® Bernice Whitney.

REALTOR® Samantha Arango also has a couple of grocery shopping tips—”I love Central Market as well,” she shares. “Central Market has cooking demonstrations, a huge deli, salad, and antipasto bar, and a great selection of cheeses, wines, and beers. Trader Joe’s opened up this year and is always a fun place to shop.” REALTOR® Jill Langer seconds that—”The Central Market offers everything FRESH – produce, seafood, flowers – you name it. They have lots of good organic options as well!”


PARKS in SHORELINE

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

  • Located at 2021 NW 190th St. Shoreline, WA 98177
  • Hours: 6:00a-9:00p Sunday-Saturday

Located near the beautiful waterfront, Richmond Beach Saltwater Park is a perfect place to spend the summer picnicking or laying in the sand. REALTOR® Jill Langer highly recommends beach combing, and shares that there’s also an off-leash area during the winter months here. 

Hamlin Park

  • Located at 16006 15th Ave. NE Seattle, WA 98155

If fitness is your thing, check out Hamlin Park. Trails run through natural areas and with the addition of an orienteering course, you can have fun while staying in shape. “Hamlin Park is a great place to do some trail running and there is a dog park there as well,” says REALTOR® Samantha Arango

Paramount School Park

  • Located at 15300 8th Ave. NE Shoreline, WA 98155
  • Hours: 6:00a-10:00p Sunday-Saturday

Get the kids moving with a trip to Paramount School Park. Baseball fields, a playground, and a skate park promise hours of fun that won’t break the bank.

Boeing Creek Park

  • Located at 17229 3rd Ave. NW Shoreline, WA 98133
  • Hours: 6:00a-6:00p Sunday-Saturday

Escape the everyday at Boeing Creek Park. Walk the trails, watch the wildlife, and immerse yourself in nature’s beauty any time of the year.  REALTOR® Jill Langer especially recommends Boeing Creek Park for hiking and bird-watching—she loves how you can experience being in the woods there!

Shoreline Pool

  • Located at 19030 1st Ave. NE Shoreline, WA 98155
  • Hours: 5:30a-8:45p Sunday-Saturday

Summer isn’t summer without a trip to the pool. Take the kids to Shoreline Pool for a dip this year or rent the whole pool for your next big weekend bash.


 

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 3:33 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Category: Shoreline

Don’t Miss Out on These 12 Special Annual Events in Shoreline

One of the things that people love most about Shoreline is that it’s packed with fun events the whole family can enjoy! From festivals to food, there’s something for everyone.

We talked to local expert  REALTOR® Cori Whitaker and REALTOR® Samantha Arango about the best events in Shoreline for 2017 and here are their top 12 picks! (We’ve shared the dates and times for 2017, but bookmark this post for next year so you can mark your calendars that a special event is coming up!)


APRIL 2017

Annual Egg Hunt on the Beach

  • Date & Time: April 15, 1:00p
  • Located at 2021 NW 190th St. Shoreline, WA 98177

This year’s Annual Egg Hunt on the Beach, sponsored by the Shoreline Fire Department, was a huge success. If you missed it, don’t fret; bring the kids down next year to catch some eggs and make some memories.


MAY 2017

Strawberry Festival

  • Date & Time: May 13, 12:00p-5:00p
  • Located at 2201 NW 197th St. Shoreline, WA 98177

Kick off strawberry season at Shoreline’s Strawberry Festival. Live music, tours, a children’s parade, and delicious strawberry shortcake make this one event you will not want to miss.


JULY-AUGUST 2017

Summer Concerts in the Park

  • Date & Time: July 5-August 23, 6:30p (unless otherwise noted)
  • Located at Several Community Parks Throughout Shoreline and Lake Forest Park

If you’re looking for a fun, free event, check out the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Art Council’s Summer Concerts in the Park series. 2017’s lineup includes swing, latin jazz, and more, so grab a blanket and enjoy a musical summer evening.


AUGUST 2017

4-Corners Brewfest 2017

  • Date & Time: August 12, 3:00p-7:00p
  • Located at 1430 NW 188th St, Shoreline

Beer lovers unite! The 4-Corners Brewfest is back with more tasty food, live music, and the best brew samples around, so get ready for this local favorite.

Sandcastle Contest

  • Date & Time: August 20, 11:30a-2:30p
  • Located at 2021 NW 190th St. Shoreline, WA 98177

Part of “Celebrate Shoreline,” the Saltwater Park Sandcastle Contest gives contestants three hours to construct the best sandcastle. If you think you have what it takes, grab your shovel and start prepping for this unique event.

The North City Jazz Walk

The North City Jazz walk is a fun summer event that takes place annually in August,” shares REALTOR® Samantha Arango. “A portion of 15th Ave NE is shut down and many businesses offer food and host various jazz bands.” 


AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2017

Shoreline Food Trucks

  • Date & Time: TBD; 5:00p-8:00p Wednesdays
  • Located at 2021 NW 190th St. Shoreline, WA 98177

Experience awesome local food trucks every Wednesday night at Saltwater Park. 2017 vendors are still TBA, so keep your eyes peeled for the taste adventures that await this year.


OCTOBER 2017

Hamlin Halloween Haunt

  • Date & Time: October 20, 6:00p-8:30p
  • Located at Hamlin Park 16006 15th Ave NE Shoreline, WA

If you’re looking for Halloween fun this year, need to check out the Hamlin Halloween Haunt. Spooky songs, s’mores, and more make this the perfect event for all ghouls and goblins.

Halloween Carnival

  • Date & Time: October 28, 3:00p-7:00p
  • Located at 19545 12th Ave. NW Shoreline, WA 98177

For old-fashioned carnival lovers, the Richmond Beach Community Association’s Halloween Carnival is exceptional. Classic games, a haunted house, inflatables, and food make this a timeless community tradition.  


NOVEMBER 2017

Turkey Day Fun Run

  • Date & Time: November 23, 8:30a
  • Located at 2021 NW 190th St. Shoreline, WA 98177

Get pumped for that Thanksgiving feast during the Richmond Beach Community Association’s Turkey Day Fun Run. Enjoy a brisk trek before settling in to celebrate the holiday.


DECEMBER 2017

2017 Argosy Christmas Ship Visit

  • Date & Time: TBD
  • Located at 2021 NW 190th St. Shoreline, WA 98177

For a one-of-a-kind Christmas event, check out the Argosy Christmas Ship Visit. Relax around the campfire as a ship carrying choirs passes along the coastline, filling the air with carols that will fill you with holiday joy.

Christmas Morning Fire Truck Visit from Santa

  • Date & Time: December 25, Morning
  • Located at Various Neighborhoods Throughout Richmond Beach

Every Christmas morning, the Shoreline Fire Department gives the big man himself a ride atop one of their fire trucks as he visits the families of Richmond Beach. Keep a lookout this year; he may come down your street!


 

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 3:16 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Category: Shoreline

5 Reasons Why Commuters Love Living in Shoreline

“Commuters love Shoreline because it’s halfway between Everett and Seattle, so whether someone is going to Boeing or Amazon the commute is not overly painful. Plus there are so many Rapid Ride options, transit stations nearby and soon the Light Rail. Easy back roads to Ballard and Queen Anne and just a quick trip to Edmonds to hop on The Sounder!”

REALTOR® Cori Whitaker sums it up perfectly—Shoreline offers it all! Just north of Seattle, Shoreline is a top choice for those who commute due to its close proximity to the city (and like Cori mentions, other large cities like Everett) and myriad of transit options.

If you’re thinking about moving to Shoreline or switching up your commuting routine, check out these 5 reasons why commuters love living in Shoreline for some transit tips!


1. Future Light Rail Station

Did you know the Light Rail is coming to Shoreline?! That’s right—in 2023, Shoreline is getting light rail… and it’s getting not one but TWO stations! The city has plans for a station at I-5 and 145th St, and I-5 and 185th Street. You can take a look at the map of the extension right here. Not only will this be great for commuters, but this will have a huge effect on property values within its zoning.


2. Central Location

Like Cori mentioned earlier, Shoreline is nestled in a central location that’s in between Seattle and Everett. Depending where you live in Shoreline, it’s about a 24-minute drive into Downtown Seattle while Everett is about a 20-minute drive.


3. Aurora Village Transit Center

REALTOR® Jill Langer shares that people in Shoreline mostly use cars to get around, “but because there is a large transit center at Aurora Village, riding the bus is very convenient.” The Transit Center has several buses that head all over the region, including Downtown Seattle, First Hill, UW Campus, Northgate, Bellevue/Renton, and much more. There’s also a RapidRide to Downtown Seattle.

4. The Interurban Trail

The Interurban Trail provides a great way to walk or bike and is connected to the north to Snohomish County’s and to the south to Seattle’s Interurban Trails,” shares REALTOR® Jill Langer. The north portion of this trail leads from Seattle all the way up to Everett and makes its way right through Shoreline.

The Burke-Gilman Trail doesn’t run through shoreline, but there is a project underway that connects Shoreline’s portion of the Interurban Trail to Lake Forest Park and the Burke-Gilman!

REALTOR® Bernice Whitney elaborates a bit more on the Burke-Gilman:  “The primary source of transportation [in Shoreline] is by far the four wheel variety, but bicycles along the many two lane arterial roads is not uncommon. The Burke-Gilman Trail, which will take you down to the UW, points further west [and] is a popular destination for those both on bike and foot.”


5. Sounder Train in Nearby Edmonds

Located at 211 Railroad Ave, Edmonds, WA 98020 just north of Shoreline, the Sounder Train has a stop in Edmonds that you can take advantage of. The Sounder runs from Lakewood and Seattle, and Seattle and Everett, making it an excellent option for going longer distances in a relaxing, scenic manner. Bypass car traffic with this handy option!


Posted on May 9, 2017 at 1:44 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Category: Shoreline

Your Guide to Schools in Shoreline

One of the top reasons why people choose to live in Shoreline, WA is because of Shoreline’s excellent educational options! “Shoreline has an amazing, award-winning public school district, many good private schools, and well-regarded Shoreline Community College,” shares REALTOR® Jill Langer. With public schools, private schools, and even a community college to choose from, Shoreline’s variety of schools offers its residence with some truly impressive and award-winning options.

Here are a few of the schools that locals recommend:


Shoreline Public Schools

The Shoreline Public School system features early learning opportunities, 9 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 2 high schools, one K-8 school, and a Home Education Exchange program. Shorewood High School is especially of note—this school was recently completely renovated, and re-opened in September 2013.

You can view the attendance area map for Shoreline Public Schools right here.


PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN SHORELINE

St Luke School

St Luke School offers a wide range of programs, including a preschool program for 3 and 4-year-olds, all-day kindergarten, and school up through the 8th grade. It’s also important to note that this school year (2016-2017) is their first year as an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school! They also have an educational and engaging summer program to take advantage of. 


Horizon School

“My kids went to Horizon School and absolutely loved it!” shares REALTOR® Cori Whitaker. “[Horizon School is a] dynamic school for pre-school/kindergarten ages that focuses on hands-on, self-directed play and creative expression.” Nestled in the Richmond Beach community, Horizon School is a private, non-profit school. The application process begins each winter, and they also offer summer programs.


 

First Lutheran School & Kindergarten

First Lutheran School & Kindergarten at Richmond Beach provides pre-k through kindergarten. It’s a solid starting point if you’re looking for a place that is well-rounded and focused on child development along with principles of the Christian faith,” says REALTOR® Casey Diep Bui. “Our kids attend and we are very impressed with the staff, their curriculum, and their approach to teaching.”


The Evergreen School

Offering programs for those in preschool all the way through 8th grade, The Evergreen School is all about learning in a vibrant, diverse environment. Their preschool program is a half-day program (with extended childcare available until 5:30pm), and their prekindergarten program is full-day. They also offer a huge variety of afterschool classes, including sessions that are focused on robotics, coding, baking, debate, sewing & crafting, and much more.


King’s School

This dynamic community offers programs from preschool all the way through high school graduation. The King’s School website state that their “standard curriculum is the highest quality college-prep track available,” and they also provide honors and classes in addition to a huge variety of sports, music, drama, and other programs.


Shoreline Community College

This incredible resource offers a dynamic range of programs, including high school programs (like Running Start, GED, and more), professional and technical programs (like nursing, dental hygiene, criminal justice, business technology, etc.), online programs, transfer degrees for those who plan to attend a college or university, continuing education, and so much more! Learn more about Shoreline Community College’s myriad of offerings here.


Posted on May 9, 2017 at 1:36 pm
Windermere Real Estate North | Category: Shoreline