The Insider’s Guide to the Best Shopping & Dining in Mukilteo

Mukilteo is packed with shopping and dining destinations and we have your insider’s guide to some of the best. From gifts to breakfast to seafood, our residents know the top places to get the most bang for your buck.

Here is our guide to the 20 most recommended shopping and dining spots in Mukilteo:


SHOPPING

Beach Glass by K. Miller Interiors

  • Located at 619 4th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:00am-4:00pm Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday

Need a unique gift? “One of my favorite places to shop in Mukilteo for special gift items is Beach Glass,” Jenny E shares. “Tucked away in a quaint courtyard and neighboring the popular Red Cup Cafe, this little shop is packed with unique items. BONUS, the owner (Krista) also offers specialized design services. Check it out!”

Proper Picnic

This summer, leave the picnicking to the pros at Proper Picnic. “Proper Picnic is based in Mukilteo,” shares Jen B. “Seems to be a very cool, niche business we should promote!!” Though mainly online, they do have physical locations that Jen hopes to check out soon. “I haven’t stopped by to see what they have. Field trip?”

Mukilteo Chocolate Company

  • Located at 407 Lincoln Ave. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday

If you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, stop by the Mukilteo Chocolate Company.  “Mukilteo Chocolate Co. [is] where you can find individually hand crafted fine European chocolate…oh so yummy,” shares Anne. “They also serve ice cream.” While you’re there, “say hi to Jan who owns and makes the chocolate!”

Mukilteo Farmers Market

  • Located at 609 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 3:00pm-7:00pm Wednesday Only (June-September)

If you want fresh food and neighborhood togetherness, look no further than the Mukilteo Farmers Market. “ I love to go [to the] farmers market,” shares Janet B. “It’s my favorite place to shop,” and with talented local vendors and events that serve the community, it’s not hard to see why!

ACE Hardware

  • Located at 12680 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 8:00am-8:00pm

For your home improvement needs, both Janet and Jenny recommend Mukilteo’s ACE Hardware. “…If you have any improvement issues or just need quick help finding just about anything… every single employee at ACE can help you,” Jenny shares. “Sometimes their advice sends you out the door without purchasing a single thing (like using match sticks to tighten screw holes). Also, this is the absolute best place to get keys made—they ALWAYS work!!”


DINING

The Scotsman Bistro

  • Located at 11601 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 3:00pm-10:00pm Monday; 11:00am-10:00pm Tuesday-Thursday; 11:00am-11:00pm Friday; 3:00pm-11:00pm Saturday; closed Sunday

If you find yourself in Harbour Pointe, check out The Scotsman Bistro.  “…In HP you can walk to the Scotsman,” shares Jenny. “On the weekends they bring in Scottish musicians. The owner is always there and loves to chat (with his thick Scottish accent) to all his patrons!” From the food to the scotch, it’s easy to see why this is a top Mukilteo dining destination.

The Sydney Bakery & Wine Bar

  • Located at 613 5th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Thursday & Saturday; 8:30am-8:00pm Friday; 8:30am-3:00pm Sunday

Wake up on the right side of the bed with breakfast at the Sydney Bakery & Wine Bar. Freshly baked cinnamon rolls and sticky buns, plus a cappuccino or coffee (highly recommended by Jenny!) are sure to give you the energy to jump start your day.

Red Cup Cafe

  • Located at 619 4th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 7:00am-5:00pm

Another popular spot suggested by Jenny and Anne, Red Cup Cafe serves up delicious items and soothing views. “Make sure to walk over the delightful courtyard to get fresh coffee at Red Cup,” Anne shares. “They also serve lunch. It’s so relaxing to sit and sip coffee and look at the Olympics, and ferry sailings.”

Amici Bistro

  • Located at 8004 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 3:00pm-9:00pm Tuesday-Thursday; 3:00pm-10:00pm Friday; 5:00pm-10:00pm Saturday; 4:00pm-9:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

Known as the “best kept secret” of the North End, Amici Bistro is the place for local Italian cuisine. Homemade sausage, pizza dough, sauces, and more ensure that no matter why you’re there, you will have a delicious and memorable meal.

Mukilteo’s Speedway Cafe

  • Located at 11707 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 6:00am-3:00pm Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday

For the best breakfast in town, there’s no beating Mukilteo’s Speedway Cafe. Fresh variations on classic diner dishes and prompt service promise that you will leave feeling full and ready to start the day.

The Diamond Knot Brewery & Alehouse

  • Located at 621 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:00am-1:00am Monday-Friday; 8:00am-1:00am Saturday-Sunday

Before hopping a ferry, grab some grub and beer at the Diamond Knot Brewery & Alehouse. “The flagship location of Diamond Knot brewery is right near the ferry terminal,” shares Brian H. “Great beer, food, and peanut shells on the floor!”

 

Thai Rama 3

  • Located at 12190 Village Center Pl. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Monday-Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday; 4:00pm-9:30pm Saturday; 4:00pm-9:00pm Sunday

In the mood for some Thai? “After a round go to Thai Rama 3 for a drink and by far the best Thai food for miles,” shares Janet. They also offer takeout, so you can enjoy their extensive list of yummy dishes at home!

 

Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing

  • Located at 710 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:00am-10:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 10:00am-11:00pm Friday-Saturday

When it comes to seafood, Jen recommends Ivar’s. “Love the walk up Ivar’s fish bar for quick fish and chips to take to the beach and watch the sunset over Whidbey Island,” she shares. Anne agrees, saying of both this spot and Arnies: “who can say no to the best seafood places in town?”

 

Arnies Restaurant & Bar

  • Located at 714 2nd St. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-10:00pm Monday-Thursday; 11:00am-11:00pm Friday-Saturday; 10:00am-10:00pm Sunday

The second destination suggested by Anne, Arnies Restaurant & Bar offers delicious local seafood and sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. “If we can’t decide on dinner, we always end up at Arnie’s,” Anne shares, solidifying it as a local go-to.

 

Sully’s Pizza & Calzones

  • Located at 403 Lincoln Ave. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:30am-9:00pm

If you’re near Red Cup and want some pizza, stop by Sully’s Pizza & Calzones. “From the same courtyard [as Red Cup], you can walk over to Sully’s Pizza where they serve gluten free and vegetarian pizza,” Anne shares. Named after former mayor Brian Sullivan, Sully’s is a Mukilteo staple.

 

Brooklyn Bros. Pizzeria

  • Located at 8326 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm Sunday-Thursday; 11:00am-9:00pm Friday-Saturday

Another pizzeria on Anne’s list is Brooklyn Bros. “Friday nights when we don’t feel like driving, it’s fun to walk down to get the best pizza in the area, Brooklyn Bros,” she notes. High quality ingredients, a perfectly-cooked crust, and intense flavors make these pies the best west of the Hudson.

 

The Mukilteo Lodge

  • Located at 7928 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-12:00am Sunday-Wednesday; 11:00am-2:00am Thursday-Saturday

Calling all sports fans! The Mukilteo Lodge is a great place to “get a drink or watch a game,” according to Anne. With extensive draft beers, hearty dishes, and game happy hours, you can cheer your team onto victory in true American style.

 

Mukilteo Thai Restaurant

  • Located at 8410 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm Thursday; 11:00am-10:00pm Friday; 12:00pm-9:00pm Saturday-Sunday; closed Monday-Wednesday

For authentic Thai, nothing’s better than Mukilteo Thai. A wide array of curries, appetizers, and other specialties are made-to-order, so you will always have your meal prepared just the way you like. Anne’s menu suggestion? “My favorite is the Tiger Tearless.”

 

Cafe Soleil

  • Located at 9999 Harbour Pl. #105 Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 11:00am-1:45pm & 5:00pm-8:45pm Tuesday-Friday; 12:00pm-2:15pm & 5:00pm-8:45pm Saturday; 5:00pm-8:00pm Sunday; closed Monday

“[There are] so many great places to eat in Mukilteo,” Anne notes. But her “…new favorite is Café Soleil, [a] euro-Japanese kitchen and it is family owned. The food is great and the service is superb! I love to hang out with the chef and get [a] good recommendation for the day.” Her tip? “Have you ever had a green tea crème brulee for dessert? I had and it was delicious!”

 

John’s Grill

  • Located at 649 5th St. #100 Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 4:30pm-9:00pm Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday

“For a special celebration, I recommend John’s Grill in Old Town,” Anne shares. “Everything is delicious.” From steak to seafood, all dishes are flavorful and showcase the head chef’s culinary expertise. Anne’s top dish? “My favorite is the steak and grilled prawns.”


Posted on July 19, 2017 at 3:48 pm
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Area Profiles, Mukilteo | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Your Go-To Guide For A Day at the Beach in Mukilteo

Nothing quite says summer like a fun and relaxing day at the beach! Luckily, we have Mukilteo’s go-to guide for getting the most out of a day in the sand. From ferries to festivals, we’ve got you covered!

Check out what our fellow residents recommend for a day at the beach in Mukilteo:

When it comes to beaches, Jenny E suggests staying local: “I happen to think one of the best beaches in Snohomish County is right in the MUK,” she shares. “Our beach features built-in fire pits, a fantastic beach side playground, a substantial shelter perfect for parties all year round, boat launch, lighthouse, plus ice cream and fish & chips within walking distance to the beach.” She even shares a special tip: “Bonus, if you’re a resident of Mukilteo you get a free parking pass to the beach park!”

Known as Lighthouse Park, this hangout destination is a local must-see. Here, according to Anne, “kids can play in the new playgrounds, make campfire on the beach…watch people get married by the beach on the Wedding Circle,” and so much more. She suggests that you “take the Lighthouse Tour, launch your boat and go for salmon fishing or crabbing.”

If you don’t have a boat of your own, you can follow Jenny’s suggestion and “hop on the ferry at sunset. It is a quick ride to Clinton and back.” While you’re on land, check out Clinton Beach. “Clinton also has a nice little beach with toys for those with little ones who choose this inexpensive adventure to do on any given day,” Jenny shares.

Fun in the sun can work up an appetite, so Jenny and Anne recommend three spots to satisfy any taste buds. “In the summer, I like to grab some fish & chips to go from Ivar’s,” Jenny shares. Anne seconds Ivar’s and includes Arnies, another great seafood destination. She also recommends topping off the day “with delicious ice cream at Diamond Knot (they have great food and beer too).” It’s a win-win for everyone!

Lighthouse Park is not only great for a beach day, but also hosts awesome community events. For example, Anne loves “the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday afternoons not just to get fresh produce, but also run into friends and neighbors. I bring my dog Molly to socialize and see her doggie friends too.”

She also highly recommends Mukilteo’s annual Lighthouse Festival. “Of course the summer highlight is the Lighthouse Festival with lots of activities and a grand fireworks on the water.” Janet B seconds this recommendation: “Don’t forget the lighthouse festival!!! The race, the food, the community parties and fireworks!!!!” No matter how you spend your beach day in Mukilteo, you are sure to make lasting memories.


Posted on July 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Area Profiles, Mukilteo | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

A Destination City for Outdoor Lovers: 9 Tips for Exploring Mukilteo

From trails to parks and everything in between, our residents know the best spots to make the most of the great outdoors in Mukilteo.

Here are 9 tips for getting active and exploring Mukilteo:

Big Gulch Trail System

Located at 9600 Mukilteo Speedway Mukilteo, WA 98275

A local favorite, there is no beating the Big Gulch Trail System. “Love love love big gulch trail,” shares Janet B. “One minute you’re in the middle of civilization and the next you’re far far away in a place that could be hundreds of miles away. Just a small sign marks the trailhead across from the fire department. I’ve spent many hours breathing, thinking, singing on that trail!”

Anne agrees: “The Big Gulch Trail System! Wonderful hiking, easy access and beautiful scenery.” She adds that it’s a “great way to connect with nature and dogs are welcome!”

Finally, Jenny E has some second-hand knowledge: “I don’t personally do this but have heard rumors that the gulch offers a phenomenal mountain bike trail system for the hardcore mountain bikers. My brother-in-law is a mountain biker living in Louisville KY and he has heard and biked the trail! Pretty sure it is a favorite activity for many Mukilteoans (is that a word?).”

 

Japanese Gulch

Located at 1301 5th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275

A top hiking spot, the Japanese Gulch has built a reputation among bikers as well. According to Janet, “Japanese Gulch is widely known by mountain bikers far and wide as one of the best urban rides around!!! Not to be underestimated as bikers come from different states to ride this special trail.”

Tails & Trails Dog Park

Located at 1130 5th St. Mukilteo, WA 98275

The first and only off-leash dog park in Mukilteo, Tails & Trails Dog Park is a must for dog owners. Janet describes it as “a meeting place for like-minded dog owners to gather with their four-legged friends.” It is the perfect spot to enjoy the weather, meet new friends, and spend time with your pup.

Mukilteo Community Beach Park (Lighthouse Park)

Located at 609 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275

A must-see for locals and tourists, Lighthouse Park is packed with things to do. Campfires on the beach, a playground, tours of the lighthouse, and so much more make this the ideal place to enjoy a warm summer day in Mukilteo.

Mukilteo Pioneer Cemetery

Located at 513 Webster St. Mukilteo, WA 98275

Pay tribute to Mukilteo’s founders at the Pioneer Cemetery. “Don’t forget the landmark graveyard,” shares Janet. “Headstones tell the story of our founder’s lives and untimely deaths including the young from influenza and those that built and called Mukilteo (“good camping spot”) their permanent home.”

Harbour Pointe Golf Club

Located at 11817 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Mukilteo, WA 98275

Time to clean off those clubs! “Our Harbour pointe golf course with its famous signature 10th hole featured in golf digest presents golfers with challenging golf and breathtaking scenery,” says Janet. With programs for all ages and genders, everyone can take advantage of the beauty and fun Harbour Pointe offers.

 

92nd Street Park

Located at 4800 92nd St. SW Mukilteo, WA 98275

“Mukilteo has lots of small and big parks, most of them ideal for reading, picnicking and relaxing,” Anne shares. “One of my favorite is the 92nd street park where kids can play on different play equipment.” If your little one needs to run off some steam, check out 92nd Street Park.

 

Mukilteo T-Dock

Located near 796 Front St. Mukilteo, WA 98275

Mukilteo even has spots for divers! “Not well known, but there is a dive site of off “T-Dock” on Front Street,” shares Anne. Indeed, this spot is a favorite for night and deep divers and offers opportunities for viewing Puget Sound’s water life. For a dive to remember, check out the T-Dock.

 

Mukilteo Community Garden

Located at 7609 44th Ave. W Mukilteo, WA 98275

“If you don’t feel like hiking, but like to be outside, you can always volunteer at the Mukilteo Community Garden,” shares Anne. “They grow lots of veggies to support the neighborhood food banks. You can also rent a bed to grow your own organic veggies.” Enjoy nature and help your community flourish at this quaint garden.


Posted on July 11, 2017 at 4:25 pm
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Area Profiles, Mukilteo | Tagged , , ,

6 Aviation-Related Opportunities Not to Miss Out on in Mukilteo

From inspiring aviation education to exciting aviation-related career possibilities, the Mukilteo area is your go-to for reaching new heights (literally!). Take advantage of living in or visiting the Mukilteo area, and check out these top-notch tips on aviation-related sights, events and opportunities:

Paine Field

  • Located at 3220 100th St. SW Everett, WA 98204

In the fall of 2018, Alaska Airlines will begin offering commercial flights out of Paine Field, which is a huge deal for Mukilteo and its surrounding cities! Alaska Airlines will start by offering 9 flights per day, which the airline estimates will help over a million people drastically shorten their commute times. In early 2018, Alaska Airlines will announce flight schedules and routes, and will being selling tickets. Get the full scoop here!

As far as how this will impact locals, my colleague Aranka has some thoughts and insight on this major addition:

“For many years I felt very much against bringing commercial airport to Mukilteo—not to my backyard! Just the thought of it terrified me; what could happen to my little community, home values, to schools and to air quality… those are real issues. But now [that] the fight is over to stop the airport, I have been thinking a lot [about] how it really will affect my personal life and my sweet little community.”

“I have also spoken with several people who [have] lived/or have relatives living close to [a] small airport, [and I think that] bringing a small airport to my community might have benefits. When I travel to west coast cities, I will not need to drive to Seattle (we all know how bad the traffic is regardless the time of the day)—I will save at least 4 hours of driving, not to mention parking cost! I probably should factor in the stress too.”

“I like to think forward… in my opinion the airport, is not going to be a liability, but rather an asset. Just like we used to think that living close to buses and freeways [could be] detrimental for home values… well… I don’t think that way any more… look at the home values located close to train/light rail stations. I’m actually excited that we have so many options of transportation in Mukilteo. The media talks so much about ‘the airport noise and Mukilteo,’ [and] in my opinion the noise might be more noticeable in Lynnwood, Everett and Edmonds than [in] Mukilteo.”

Additionally, if you’re looking for a job in aviation, you’ll definitely want to check out Paine Field! A unique airport, it’s home to over 650 aircraft, a Boeing manufacturing plant, and five aviation restoration/tour centers. Paine Field provides high-quality services to customers and has brought nearly 76,000 jobs to the local economy. You can learn more about employment with Paine Field here.

Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour

  • Located at 8415 Paine Field Blvd. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm (Aviation Center); 9:00am-3:00pm (Boeing Tour)

For a one-of-a-kind experience perfect for all ages, go see the Future of Flight: there are models of jet engines, you can design your own airplane and this is where you start the Boeing Factory Tour, the only opportunity to publicly tour a commercial jet assembly plant in North America.

Historic Flight Foundation

  • Located at 10719 Bernie Webber Dr. Mukilteo, WA 98275
  • Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm Tuesday-Sunday; closed Monday

Aviation and history buffs will love the Historic Flight Foundation! They offer a collection of the most important aircraft from 1927 to 1957, fully restored and airborne. You can experience the roar of a classic engine, watch the restoration process in action, and marvel at the results of innovation from some of the greatest trailblazers.

 

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum (FHCAM)

  • Located at 3407 109th St. SW Everett, WA 98204
  • Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm (7 days a week from Memorial Day-Labor Day; then Tuesday-Sunday)

Give your kids a deeper education at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum. With interactive exhibits featuring a rare collection of authentically restored aircraft, tanks, and other technologies from World War II, your children will get a look into the past and a glimpse what it takes to preserve these artifacts for the future.

 

Paine Field Aviation Day

  • Located at 9689 Airport Rd. Everett, WA 98204
  • When: Every year in May

For an event everyone will love, once a year Paine Field has Aviation Day. Kids can take a flight and meet the pilots, view one-of-a-kind aircraft, and watch flying demonstrations. This year’s (2017) Aviation Day has already passed, but be sure to keep your eyes open for 2018!

 

FHCAM Skyfair

  • Located at 3407 109th St. SW Everett, WA 98204
  • When: July 22, 2017; 10:00am-4:00pm

Summertime is perfect for air shows, and Mukilteo has some of the best. “The air shows are fantastic to watch,” shares Greg B. “I’m sure that future pilots and engineers have been inspired by witnessing [these exhilarating air show events].” FHCAM’s annual Skyfair is coming this July and will feature vendors, kids activities, and a fantastic flying show at 1:30pm. You can find a full schedule of events here.


Posted on July 7, 2017 at 9:08 am
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Area Profiles, Mukilteo | Tagged , , , , ,

Mukilteo

Welcome to Mukilteo! 

Known for its supportive, strong community and gorgeous waterfront location, Mukilteo is a destination for work, play, and fun! Brimming with excellent city amenities to take advantage of and several top-notch opportunities for outdoor adventure, Muktileo is ready to be explored. Whether you’re looking for a scenic, relaxing day at the beach, a day of shopping, or hoping to head out for a day of mountain biking, you can find it all in this city by the sea.

Mukilteo is also known for its aviation-focused museums, jobs, and events. Home to some excellent aviation museums, a Boeing manufacturing plant, tens of thousands of jobs in the aviation industry and more, Mukilteo is the ideal place to visit or live in whether you’re trying to inspire an interest in aviation, an aviation enthusiasts, or someone with a career in aviation. Mukilteo draws some of the world’s and regional high tech, aeronautic, medical, and innovative industry. That brings a cornucopia of brilliant minds to this community.

When it comes to real estate in Mukilteo, there’s something for everyone. Home to a diverse range of real estate, you can find everything from smaller starter homes to elaborate residences with impressive views of the Puget Sound.


Getting Out & About

“Who wouldn’t want to be from the MUK! The sticker says it all. Mukilteo is a quaint community that not many people know about and even fewer who know how to pronounce the name. I happen to think one of the best beaches in Snohomish county is right in the MUK. Our beach features built in fire pits, a fantastic beach side playground, a substantial shelter perfect for parties all year round, boat launch, lighthouse, plus ice cream and fish & chips within walking distance to the beach.” – Jenny E

“Love love love Big Gulch trail. One minute you’re in the middle of civilization and the next you’re far far away in a place that could be hundreds of miles away.  Just a small sign marks the trail head across from the fire department. I’ve spent many hours breathing, thinking, singing on that trail!!” –Janet B

There is also the garden club, historical society, orchestra and the landmark graveyard. Headstones tell the story of our founder’s lives and untimely deaths including the young from influenza and those that built and called Mukilteo “good camping spot” their permanent home.


Commuting from Mukilteo

Train, ferry, plane, bus, bike, what did I miss… oh, yes cars too. Located at the tip of I-5 & I-405 and also easily accessible to 99, commuters have a variety of routes to choose from to get just about anywhere. Mukilteo offers a myriad of options for commuting, including the ferry that runs between Mukilteo and Clinton on Whidbey Island. You can view the ferry schedule here!

The Sounder Commuter train stops in Mukilteo daily on its way to and from Seattle to Everett. Click here to view the Sounder Train morning and evening schedules for the Seattle to Everett commute.


Homes in Mukilteo

 “Mukilteo offers a very wide range of homes. From the most expensive and elaborate that enjoy unique spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains, Islands, and Puget Sound waters with its ever changing nautical and aquatic traffic. Mukilteo also offers many affordable carefree communities of well maintained condominiums. In between the most elaborate homes and lovely condos there is a choice of every price range and neighborhood in between. In other words there is a place for everyone on Mukilteo.” -Greg B


Posted on July 5, 2017 at 8:43 am
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Our 12 Favorite Locally Recommended Lynnwood Restaurants

When it comes to restaurants in Lynnwood, no one knows more about the best spots around than our locals at Windermere Real Estate/North! From pizza and Asian cuisine to some excellent happy hours, they have the inside scoop on all of the top places to get your grub on!

Here is a list of our 12 favorite locally recommended Lynnwood restaurants:


BEER & HAPPY HOURS

Indigo Kitchen and Alehouse

  • Located at 2902 164th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98087
  • Hours: 11:00a-1:00a Monday-Friday; 9:00a-1:00a Saturday-Sunday; Happy Hour: 3:00p-6:00p & 10:00p-12:00a Sunday-Saturday

A favorite among Yvette, Brian, and Tonya, Indigo serves up great comfort food and a rotating list of draft brews. “I like Indigo; they have a great happy hour,” Yvette shares. Tonya seconds that notion, with the addition that her “…favorite Lynnwood restaurant is Indigo for lunch and dinner…” and the locals can’t be wrong!

Special Brews

  • Located at 14608 WA-99 Lynnwood, WA 98087
  • Hours: 11:00a-10:00p Monday-Thursday; 11:00a-11:00p Friday-Saturday; 12:00p-8:00p Sunday

According to Rory, “for beer/cider, definitely hit Special Brews. Their selection is unreasonably large but the bartenders will always help you choose. And some local take out places deliver there,” making this tavern a win-win all around.

Hop Jack’s

  • Located at 19702 WA-99 #100 Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: 11:00a-11:00p Monday-Thursday; 11:00a-12:00a Friday; 8:00a-12:00a Saturday; 8:00a-11:00p Sunday; Happy Hour: 2:00p-6:00p & 9:00p-close Sunday-Saturday

Beat the summer heat with a refreshing drink from Hop Jack’s. “Hop Jack’s has a fantastic happy hour,” says Andrea. Indeed, with a beer tower pouring local brews at a frosty 34 degrees and affordable cocktails made with real fruit, this bar’s happy hour is an experience in itself.

Big T’s Moonshine BBQ

  • Located at 4911 196th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: 11:00a-12:00a Sunday-Saturday; Happy Hour: 3:00p-6:00p & 9:00p-12:00a Sunday-Saturday

Take a trip to the wild west without ever leaving Lynnwood at Moonshine BBQ. “Moonshine BBQ on 196th has a great outdoor patio and happy hour,” shares Brian. With 16 northwest drafts, crafted moonshine and smoked barbeque pairings, and an old-fashioned saloon vibe, you can spend happy hour getting in touch with your inner cowboy!


WINGS & MORE

Cask & Trotter

  • Located at 18411 WA-99 Lynnwood, WA 98037
  • Hours: 11:00a-11:00p Monday-Wednesday; 11:00p-2:00a Thursday-Sunday

Chow down on classic BBQ burgers, sandwiches, and more while enjoying a full bar and happy hour at this premier Lynnwood barbeque joint. Andrea’s menu suggestion? “Cask & Trotter has the best wings ever!”

Big E Ales

  • Located at 5030 208th St. SW A Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: 11:30a-10:00p Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday

A unique and cozy Lynnwood brewpub, “Ellersick Brewery (aka Big E Ales),” as Brian notes, is a fantastic neighborhood hangout. “Wednesday night is wing night at Ellersick Brewery which is always a great place to meet up with friends,” Tonya shares. So grab the gang and head down to Big E Ales for some good beer, good grub, and good times!

B3 Breakfast & Burger Bar

  • Located at 4027 196th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: 7:00a-9:00p Tuesday-Sunday; 7:00a-3:00p Monday

A recommended breakfast spot by Tonya, B3 Breakfast & Burger Bar is truly one-of-a-kind. Their menu includes unique items like Chicken N’ Savory Waffles as well as classic light breakfasts, specials, and gourmet burgers for lunch. If you want to wake up with some delicious flavors, check out B3 in the morning!


PIZZA

The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen

  • Located at 4010 196th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: 11:30a-12:00a Sunday-Saturday

“Lynnwood has a couple of great pizza joints that you can’t beat,” shares Stefanie. “The Rock [for example] brews their own beer with seasonal selections and they do a killer wood fired pizza! My favorite is the ‘Crazy Train,’” which includes awesome toppings like hot cherry peppers and caramelized onions; definitely not to miss!

Zeeks Pizza

  • Located at 4309 196th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: 11:00a-10:00p Sunday-Saturday

Another spot in Lynnwood for premium pies is Zeeks. “Zeeks pizza is also conveniently located and has a premium selection of beer and wine,” says Stefanie. “Can’t go wrong with their pizza either. Menu adapts with the season!”


ASIAN

O2 Sushi

  • Located at 18601 WA-99 #100 Lynnwood, WA 98037
  • Hours: 11:30a-2:30p (Lunch) & 5:00p-12:00a (Dinner) Tuesday-Saturday; 12:00p-9:00p Sunday; closed Monday

Recommended by Yvette for its great food and karaoke, O2 Sushi is a must. Bento boxes, happy hours, and tons of delectable sushi dishes make this place ideal for any adventurous foodie!


Silver Spoon Thai Restaurant & Bar

  • Located at 3828 196th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: 11:00a-10:30p Sunday-Thursday; 11:00a-11:30p Friday-Saturday

For the best Thai food in Lynnwood, Brian suggests Silver Spoon. With an atmosphere of relaxed elegance and an array of great-tasting Thai dishes, this spot is perfect for a quiet date or nice family meal.


Muto Izakaya

  • Located at 19505 44th Ave. W K Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Hours: 11:30a-2:30p & 5:00p-10:30p Monday-Friday; 12:00p-10:30p Saturday; 5:00p-9:00p Sunday

Also recommended by Brian, Muto Izakaya is one of Lynnwood’s hidden food gems. Authentic, delicious ramen and other dishes, plus a welcoming, homey ambiance, keeps the locals returning again and again.


Posted on June 27, 2017 at 2:30 pm
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Area Profiles, Lynnwood | Tagged , , , , , ,

11 Awesome City Conveniences You Didn’t Know Were in Lynnwood

Lynnwood’s city conveniences are exceptional, and from top-notch transportation options to recreation opportunities, it’s packed with some excellent spots that can improve your day!

Here are 11 awesome city conveniences you might not have known were in Lynnwood:


TRANSIT

When it comes to getting around, Jen B knows trails and park-and-rides that make commuting a breeze! For example, summer is great for taking advantage of the Interurban Trail:

“Take a bike ride or jog along the Interurban Trail,” says Jen. “Linking North Seattle to South Everett, this is a great regional connector trail!”

Another suggestion? Commuters should definitely be taking advantage of the Lynnwood Transit Center, a convenient park-and-ride that features 1,368 parking spaces, lockers, a ride store, and more. Also, for those living in Lynnwood or those with plans to move to Lynnwood, you’re in luck—the Link Light Rail is coming to Lynnwood! Currently, the light rail runs from Angle Lake (just past the SeaTac Airport) to the University of Washington, but by 2023, the Light Rail will have four new station locations added from Northgate to Lynnwood. New stations include one at Northeast 145th Street, Northeast 185th Street, the Mountlake Transit Center (at 236th Street Southwest), and a station at the Lynnwood Transit Center (at 200th Street Southwest).

With these future extensions, riders are promised more frequent and reliable transportation and less pain from traffic congestion! It is estimated that commuters will be able to get from Lynnwood to Downtown Seattle in 28 minutes or to Sea-Tac Airport in 60 minutes.


SCHOOLS

Whether you’re starting out or starting over, Lynnwood has great opportunities for a college education. Edmonds Community College features 61 associate’s degree programs in disciplines like Pre-Nursing and Business/Accounting. With a newly announced Bachelor’s degree program too, Edmonds provides tools for success!

If you feel like there’s not enough time to go back to school, check out Central Washington University’s Lynnwood Campus too. CWU is dedicated to giving students valuable education through flexible class styles. The ability to complete your Bachelor’s degree on the Lynnwood campus ensures that you can balance your responsibilities and educational commitments.


COMMUNITY SPACES

From special events to family fun, Lynnwood offers amazing community spaces. Looking for a wedding or party venue? The Lynnwood Convention Center is a fantastic option! Convenient parking, a versatile landscape, and professional chefs are some of the services that promise you and your guests a memorable experience.

For something everyone will enjoy, visit the Lynnwood Recreation Center & Pool. “The Lynnwood Rec Center & Pool is one of the most popular places for family fun in Lynnwood,” shares Claudette M.

“There is often a line of people that wraps around the building for Rec & Open Swim sessions in this LEED certified facility featuring 3 pools, 2 hot tubs, 2 giant slides, beach access for toddlers and preschoolers, and a large water-dumping-bucket and play area (a la Great-Wolf-Lodge style, but at a fraction of the price) there’s something for everyone no matter their age.”


PARKS

If you’re out and about, stop by one of Lynnwood’s awesome parks for a picnic and play time! Wilcox Park “offers play structures, open field for volleyball, soccer, frisbee and a wooded area too,” according to Tonya T. “Wilcox City Park, also known by Lynnwoodians as Flag Park, offers a summer Farmers Market on Thursdays,” Stefanie M shares.

Another spot is Scriber Lake Park, which Tonya describes as “…a bridged walkway through natural ponds, streams and woods,” an ideal spot for wildlife lovers. Looking for something expansive that you can get lost in? Lynndale Park is Lynnwood’s largest park. Tonya’s tip? “The amphitheater at Lynndale park has live summer events!”


If you’re a history buff, Tonya recommends Heritage Park, which celebrates the city’s agricultural, transportation, and social heritage. Finally, Jen also recommends North Lynnwood Park for summer fun: “The North Lynnwood park has a dragon-themed splash pad, covered picnic areas, play equipment, and tons of lawn space. Perfect on those sunny summer days that will be coming soon. Right? Summer is coming, isn’t it?”


Posted on June 25, 2017 at 2:31 pm
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Area Profiles, Lynnwood | Tagged , , , ,

13 Gorgeous Instagram Photos of Lynnwood You Need to See

Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous spot to spend the day or searching for a scenic area to snap a few family photos, Lynnwood is brimming with beauty if you know where to look! Enjoy these Instagram photos taken throughout Lynnwood to see all that this dynamic city has to offer:


1 & 2. Scriber Lake Park

Both of these views of Scriber Lake Park in Lynnwood are stunning, and this 22-acre park is definitely worth checking out. It features the lake, a floating boardwalk, opportunities for observing wildlife, a 0.8-mile walking trail, and a great history. Bring your camera and start exploring! Learn more here! 


3. Lynnwood Transit Center

What a spectacular sunset captured at the Lynnwood Transit Center! Did you know that the light rail is coming to Lynnwood? This is a huge deal for people in the area who commute—learn more about the Lynnwood light rail expansion here! 


4 & 5. Lynnwood Golf Course

Golf enthusiasts in the Lynnwood area are in luck—did you know we had such a lush, gorgeous course like this right in our backyard? Learn more about the course here! 


6 & 7. Great Commuting Options

Lynnwood is a popular choice for commuters—Highway 99, Interstate-5, and 405 all run through or border Lynnwood. Plus, the Interurban Trail, the Lynnwood Transit Center, and the link rail expansion ensure there’s plenty of commuting options to take advantage of. For tips on commuting in Lynnwood, click here!


8 & 9. Meadowdale Playfields

This incredible 27-acre complex is brimming with adventure! Not only can you find softball fields and a basketball court, but there’s also a play structure, picnic facilities, a forested area and a pond to explore, restrooms, and walking trails! Learn more here.


10 & 11. Lynndale Park

When you need to retreat into nature but don’t want to drive far, the 22-acre Lynndale Park is the perfect spot to head to! In addition to several sport courts and fields, there is play equipment, a skate park, a huge forested area with nature and walking trails, an off-leash dog area, and more! Click here for more information. 


12 & 13. Sunset Over Lynnwood

We’re glad that a couple of Lynnwood photographers took a moment to capture these beautiful sunsets!


 


 


Posted on June 13, 2017 at 1:55 pm
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Area Profiles, Lynnwood | Tagged , , , ,

Shoreline

Welcome to Shoreline!

Nestled along the Puget Sound, Shoreline is a city just north of Seattle. “With Interstate-5 cutting right through the middle of Shoreline, getting to and from the freeway and going south to Seattle or into Snohomish County and pointing north is easy,” shares Bernie. “There are several neighborhood with small hubs but for the present, Shoreline does not have a ‘downtown’ Shoreline like many cities its size. That may change with light rail coming to the city in the not too distant future.”

Described by residents as a growing, well-run city with scenic vistas and a long list of conveniences, Shoreline is a top choice for many in the region. Its excellent schools make it especially attractive to families with children in school, and its many parks, restaurants, shops, and cherished annual community events make it all the more appealing. Many people like being right next door to Seattle as well, whether you commute in for work or enjoy exploring the city.

For those who are interested in moving to Shoreline, you can expect to find a good variety of real estate. Mid-century homes, new construction, older properties, ramblers, and Lovell style homes are all in the mix.


Getting Out & About

“I love the parks in Shoreline—Hamlin Park, Paramount Park (a great place to take kids and there is a skateboard ramp there as well), Saltwater Park and Boeing Creek Park provide plenty of year-round activities.” – Sam A

“Shoreline has an amazing, award-winning public school district, many good private schools, and the well-regarded Shoreline Community College.” –Jill L


Commuting from 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.” –Cori Whitaker

“[People use] mostly cars but because there is a large transit center at Aurora Village, riding the bus is very convenient. The Interurban Trail provides a great way to walk or bike & is connected to the north to Snohomish County’s & to the south to Seattle’s Interurban Trails. With 2 light rail stations coming in the future, that will only increase the options.”Jill L.


Posted on June 12, 2017 at 4:44 pm
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Area Profiles, Shoreline |

You’d Like to Sell Your Home, but Where to Next, and How?

How to sell and then buyHomeowners across our region are enjoying very healthy equity levels due to an upswing in the real estate market over the last five years. In fact, the median price in King County is up 50% over the last five years and up 47% in Snohomish County. This growth in equity has given homeowners the exciting option to sell their home for a high price and move on to their next chapter, such as a move-up, down-size or second home. This price growth is great news and provides many opportunities, however we have also faced some challenges in how to make these transitions.

Our biggest challenge in the marketplace right now is inventory levels; sometimes requiring a buyer to compete in multiple offers for their next home. Currently King County sits at 0.7 months of inventory and 0.8 in Snohomish. Historically, buyers that are also sellers would commonly secure a new home contingent on the sale of their current home. This means the seller of the new home they are buying would give them a month or so to get their current house sold in order to buy theirs. Well in this market, that is only rarely an option. So, the million-dollar question is this: how does one who has gained so much equity, now itching to get that bigger house, different location, or perfect rambler for settling into retirement, make this transition without having to move twice? We need to get creative and have a strategy. Two options that I have recently found to be successful, are negotiating a rent-back for my sellers or using the Windermere Bridge Loan program.

First, negotiating a rent-back has become a great option for someone who needs to first sell their current home in order to buy. The way it works is we put their home on the market, price it competitively to create demand, and ask for a rent-back as one of the preferred terms. If this rent-back is successfully negotiated, then the seller closes on their home and collects their funds, but gets to stay in the house anywhere from 30-60 days. This enables the seller, who is now a buyer, to have their cash in-hand, time to find a new house, get it under contract and close the sale when their rent-back is ending. This eliminates the need to move twice. There is a bit of calculated risk in this plan, but I’ve seen it work multiple times, always with a plan B ready just in case. Rarely has plan B needed to be executed, and often times we’ve even been able to pay little to no rent during this time.

The second option is the Windermere Bridge Loan program. This is an amazing tool for homeowners that own their homes free and clear, or who have paid down their debt quite a bit. This is a low-cost alternative to pull the equity out of one’s house prior to selling it in order to make a non-contingent offer. The way it works is we take the market value of the house the homeowner current lives in, established by a comparative market analysis that I complete and is signed off by my broker. We then take 65% of that value and subtract any debt owed, and that is the maximum amount the homeowner can borrow for their next down payment. They can then make a non-contingent offer on a new home. What is really great about this, is that it doesn’t require an appraisal (like a HELOC does), and these can easily be turned around in 3-5 business days. This tool provides the opportunity to quickly and inexpensively pull your equity out, be competitive, and eliminates the double move.

The fees associated with this program are a 1% loan fee on the equity that is pulled, a title report, and interest that is incurred between the loan funding and being paid off once the subject home is sold. That interest is conveniently wrapped up in the closing costs when they close the sale of their home, eliminating the need to make monthly interest payments. In a strategy that is somewhat mind blowing, we can sometimes use these bridge loans and never have to actually fund them. For example, if we secure a property non-contingent with the bridge loan and immediately get the subject home on the market, we can often secure a sale with a simultaneous closing, and never have to fund the loan. This eliminates the loan fee, interest, and the need to carry two mortgages.

If you are excited about equity levels and today’s low interest rates and have thought about making that move you’ve been waiting for, but have been fearful of how to do it all – I can help. These two options, along with great attention to detail, hand-holding, and careful planning have helped many people make these exciting transitions. It is my goal to help keep my clients informed and empower strong decisions. Please contact me if you would like further information on how this might work for you or someone you know.

 


Posted on June 12, 2017 at 3:28 pm
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Current Real Estate Issues | Tagged , , ,