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 , , , ,

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 , , ,


Welcome to Lynnwood!

Treasured for its convenience, value, and many shopping opportunities, Lynnwood is nestled in a central area with great commuting options! Located north of Seattle next to Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace, commuters love that Interstate-5, Highway 405, and Highway 99 all pass through Lynnwood.

Not only is Lynnwood a haven of convenience, but it’s also home to some fabulous amenities. Schools include Edmonds Community College and a Central Washington University location, gorgeous parks are aplenty, and it’s hard to find better options for dining and shopping anywhere else in Snohomish County!

For those who are thinking about moving to Lynnwood, you can expect a large range of choice when it comes to real estate. Whether you’re looking for an older home from the 1950s or ‘60s on a larger lot or searching for new construction, Lynnwood real estate offers some excellent home options.

Getting Out & About

“[Lynnwood is] Retail Mecca—how do you choose just one area? Looking for a new car, a couch, organic groceries, jewlery or a specialty bottle of wine? Come to Lynnwood! Total Wine, Whole Foods… only spot in Sno Co to find these stores (and many others).” –Jen B

“One of the reasons my husband and I purchased in Lynnwood was due to the city’s focus on varied park & green spaces. The city offers several larger community parks like Wilcox Park (AKA Flag Park) and Lynndale Park, and many smaller neighborhood parks with play areas and or splash pads.” –Claudette M

“[Take advantage of] splash pad parks, ice skating, [and the] Lynnwood skate and bowl!” –Jen B

Commuting from Lynnwood

[Most people commute using] cars, bikes through the Interurban Trail, and park and rides.”  – Jen B

Homes in Lynnwood

“Home buyers have a wide range of options to choose from including one-story homes built in the 1950s and ‘60s; split-level homes built in the 1970s and later years; and lots of new and newer construction 2-story homes located East of the freeway.” Claudette M

Click here to search for homes in Lynnwood!

Posted on June 9, 2017 at 2:06 pm
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Area Profiles, Lynnwood |

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 Jill L. 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.


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 Casey B. “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 after school 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 22, 2017 at 10:49 am
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Area Profiles, 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

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. 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! 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 15, 2017 at 12:01 pm
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Area Profiles, 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.

Since my family lives in Shoreline, I wanted to let you know about the best events in Shoreline for 2017. Here are my 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. Look for my booth and say “Hi!” I’ll have lots of real estate information to share, or am glad to just take time and chat if you stop by! Hope to see you there!


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.


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 Sam A. “A portion of 15th Ave NE is shut down and many businesses offer food and host various jazz bands.”


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.


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.


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.


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 12, 2017 at 7:36 am
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Area Profiles, Shoreline |

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:


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 Sam A. “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 Sam A., and Bernie W. 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

I love this friendly, family run restaurant. 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!”  Melissa H. 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 Jill L. This is also one of Melissa H’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, I can suggest 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.” Jill L also highly recommends Taqueria El Sabor—”[They have] consistently good fast food!”


  • 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. It’s a personal favorite of mine!


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. They keep a music calendar going with quality performers, and really fine (not the usual) food.



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 Bernie W.

Sam A. 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.” Jill L. seconds that—”The Central Market offers everything FRESH – produce, seafood, flowers – you name it. They have lots of good organic options as well!”


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. I can highly recommend 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 Sam A.

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. Jill L. 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 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Area Profiles, Shoreline |

Home Decorating Trends Expected To Last Through 2018

Home décor and design trends are an ever-changing landscape by nature. Consumers grow weary of seeing the same colors and styles, and who doesn’t love to freshen up their home with a few new throw pillows? Some trends can be fleeting and you might feel resistant to jumping into them if you’re afraid that this year’s color of the year is next year’s Harvest Gold.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, there are several trends in home decorating right now that are so popular, she doesn’t see them going away any time soon.

Geometric Patterns

Geometrics are seemingly everywhere right now; from backsplash tile, throw pillows, and bedding to wallpaper – the biggest commitment of them all.



The popularity of this trend is not exactly new and it doesn’t appear to be losing any steam. Whimsical pillows and framed art with sweet messages seem to be the new text message of the home, inviting guests and proclaiming love for our friends, families and home town. In a world where Instagram and Pinterest appear to have taken over our lives – it’s no wonder we are so fond of these visual and tactile messages of inspiration, love, and comedy.


Wood treatments

The presence of technology, especially a year from now, will have us craving natural elements like wood more than ever. Expect to see wood in unexpected places like ceilings and as accent walls. But this won’t be your Grandparent’s wood-paneled basement from the 50’s. Think one accent wall of rustic, reclaimed wood with natural aging, or elegant box-beamed ceilings.



Already very popular in fashion, fringe edging in small doses adds texture, softness and evokes a home-spun feeling that is endearing and blends well with other trends right now, like wooden accent bowls and handmade ceramics. Expect to see it used in more areas like blankets and curtains, as well.



Metallic accent furniture continues to become so popular, it has been referred to being “the new neutral”. Along with larger pieces like coffee tables and dining room tables, iridescent fabrics and wall art are also becoming more readily available to add a little sparkle to a room. Don’t think that this means you’ll need gold-plated columns erected into your home. Vintage finds from thrift shops and DIY projects like painting old furniture are also a fun way to bring this trend home.

copper vases

Intense colors

Anyone who is active on Pinterest knows that dark wall colors in vivid tones are wildly popular right now. In stark contrast to the bright and lively Greenery, chosen as color of the year by Pantone, the Benjamin Moore Paint Company chose their color of the year to be Shadow 2117-30. They describe it as “Allusive and enigmatic — a master of ambiance.”

Clearly a bold statement like this isn’t for everyone but an accent wall in a room that is not too small or dark already could be an amazing feature. Paired with metallic and lots of white furnishings and the effect is dramatic and glamorous.


Posted on May 3, 2017 at 3:52 pm
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Just for Fun, Uncategorized |

Happy Easter (1906)

Have a happy Easter weekend everyone!

Here’s a vintage greeting to bring up nostalgic thoughts.  I hope it brings a smile to your face! And I hope you and your family have a wonderful springtime weekend.

Easter Greetings from 1906


Posted on April 14, 2017 at 8:00 am
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Just for Fun | Tagged , ,

Tips For Exploring Edmonds’ Scenic Waterfront & Beautiful Parks

Located right along the Puget Sound, Edmonds features a long list of scenic opportunities for exploring the outdoors! From picturesque parks to its iconic waterfront, there’s a variety of activities to choose from, whether you’re just looking for a day at the playground or wanting to spend a sunny day by the sea.

When the sun comes out and you’re ready to head outside for some fresh air, make sure you have this list of tips for exploring Edmonds on hand:

Brackett's LandingBrackett’s Landing South & Brackett’s Landing North

  • Backett’s Landing North: 50 Railroad Ave N
  • Backett’s Landing South: 100 Railroad Ave S

Located on either side of the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry Dock, Brackett’s Landing South and Brackett’s Landing North are both popular destinations! These locals have some excellent tips on how to make the most of this beautiful setting:

“We love to play in the saltwater and build sandcastles with our preschooler on the sandy beach at Brackett’s Landing. Watching the coming and going of the ferries and trains nearby adds to his delight. On an especially warm day, we’ll head home via Canarino Gelato for cones. Beach and gelato—what more could a kid, or one at heart, ask for?!” – Claudette M

“My kids and I love to collect sea glass along Brackett’s Landing and then have dinner at Anthony’s Beachfront Cafe and watch the ferries come and go.” – Andrea W

“Walking the beaches is a favorite thing to do—especially on those rare, sunny days. When the sun is out, it is a blessing to live so close to the coast with all its beauty. Storm watching from Sunset Ave is a great way to take a break and refresh!” – Barbara C

“The annual polar plunge on New Year’s Day that takes place at Brackett’s Landing is a super fun community event. [You can also] stroll along the waterfront where you can pop into the Beach Cafe for a bit and watch the boats go in and out of the Marina.” – Lena M

Brackett's Landing

Brackett's Landing

Edmonds Underwater Park

Part of Brackett’s Landing North include the Edmonds Underwater Park, an incredible expanse of 27 acres of tide and bottom lands. There are features and trails developed especially for divers, and about 25,000 scuba divers visit and take advantage of this park each year!

Marina Beach Park (Including Off-Leash Area Edmonds)

Located at 470 Admiral Way Edmonds, WA

Marina Beach Park is brimming with things to do and see! Stunning views of the water and mountains set the gorgeous scene, and there’s a playground, picnic tables, a loop trail, open turf area, volleyball net, restroom, a car top boating launch, and even a special off-leash dog area at the south end of the park! “There is a great off-leash dog park just beyond the Marina that is a great place to let your four-legged friends run and play,” shares Lena M.

Heading to this park with your pup? Casey B has an extra tip for you: “For dog owners, the Harbor Square complex down on the waterfront also houses Blue Collar Dog House, a dog sitting business that also offers grooming and training. It’s a nice complement to the off-leash dog park at Edmonds’ Marina Beach.”


Edmonds City Park

Located at 600 3rd Ave S, Edmonds, WA 98020

Offering about 10 acres of park-like space, this Edmonds gem is brimming with top-notch outdoor amenities! A spray park, playground, ballfield, gazebo, fire pits, trails, picnic tables, and more await. Plus, leashed dogs are allowed in the southeast wooded area of Edmonds City Park.


Meadowdale Beach Park

Located at 6026 156th St SW, Edmonds, WA 98026

Spanning a generous 108 acres, Meadowdale Beach Park is home to an old forest, a scenic stream that leads to the Puget Sound, and lovely beaches. This park is a popular spot to observe wildlife from, whether you’re enjoying the forest or spending time down by the water. Plan your trip here!


Hickman Park

Located at 23700 104th Ave W Edmonds, WA

This expansive park is ready for playtime! Beautifully maintained and a joy to spend time in, this park features a trail that winds through a wooded area, a picnic shelter, basketball court, restroom, playground, baseball field, and more. Plus, leashed dogs are allowed on the paths at Hickman Park.


Pine Street Playfield

Located at 6th and Pine Street Edmonds, WA

“Pine Street Playfield is simple but does have a little league ball field,” shares Casey B. This smaller park is perfect for a sunny picnic and a day spent playing on the playground! Pine Street Playfield’s residential setting makes it a lovely spot to head to with little ones.


Lyndale Park

Located at 18927 72nd Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036

While this park is technically in next door Lynnwood, it’s too good not to mention! Boasting over 30 acres of beautiful outdoor space, this park includes a native forest, several sport fields and courts (including baseball fields, a soccer field, 4 tennis courts, basketball courts), play equipment, a skate park, walking trails, an amphitheater, an off-leash dog area, and more! Plan your trip here!

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 12:20 pm
Cori Whitaker | Posted in Area Profiles, Edmonds | Tagged , , ,