Your Guide to Enjoying the Lake Washington Waterfront in Kenmore

Here is your guide to enjoying the Lake Washington waterfront in Kenmore (as recommended by our locals):

Saint Edward State Park

  • Located at 14445 Juanita Dr. N.E. Kenmore, WA 98028

When it comes to enjoying the waterfront in Kenmore, Saint Edward State Park (“set on the eastern shore of Lake Washington,” according to Claudette M cannot be beat. “This is the highlight of Kenmore in terms of getting out into the woods and feeling like you’re miles from home, but you’re not,” shares Jen B. “Miles of hiking and wooded biking trails are found at this stunning state park. There’s a pretty hike from the top of the hill all the way down to Lake Washington (don’t forget good shoes since it’s a little steep). A huge playground next to the old seminary is a highlight for families.” Claudette seconds Jen’s recommendation, adding that “although we don’t get there often enough, my family and I love to explore the low forest hiking trails in Saint Edward State Park…Our more adventurous friends regularly go mountain biking on the many miles of trails in the park, with their 5 and 3-year-old in tow—there’s terrain for every skill level.” For a breath of fresh air the whole family will love, check out Saint Edward State Park today.

Log Boom Park

  • Located at 17415 61st Ave. N.E. Kenmore, WA 98028

Whether you’re looking to cool off or explore the local waters, you can do that and so much more at Log Boom Park. “Log Boom Park, just off the north end of the Lake and right next to Burke Gilman Trail is an awesome place to take a dip in the lake off of a huge elevated dock,” says Jen. “Lots of places to launch kayaks or stand up paddleboards. Great views of Mount Rainier can be found here and fireworks on the Fourth of July. Also, it’s a great spot to watch Kenmore Air departures and arrivals.” For a day filled with fun and relaxation, Log Boom Park has you covered.

Kenmore Boat Launch

  • Located at 17150 68th Ave. N.E. Kenmore, WA 98028

For those looking to get out on the water, the Kenmore Boat Launch is a secret gem. “The Kenmore boat launch is a hidden access point to Lake Washington,” says Casey B. “While it lacks a dock, it’s one of the few public boat launches in the northern half of Lake Washington. Its 2 boat launches and about 30 parking spaces are popular in the summer.”

“Launch the boat in Lake Washington,” says Jen. “[This] is the only public boat launch at the north end of Lake Washington. Parking can be very tight, so best to get there early on sunny summer days. Also a good spot to launch the paddle board or kayak and head east towards downtown Bothell on the slough. Lots of bird watching and very calm waters along the slough.” So, if you’re quick enough when those sunny summer days roll around, you can take advantage of all that Lake Washington has to offer at the Kenmore Boat Launch.

Sammamish River

Finally, if you’re still looking for ways to enjoy Lake Washington’s waterfront, rent a kayak and take it along the slow-moving Sammamish River. “Sammamish River [offers] kayaking rentals, located at the mouth leading to the north end of Lake Washington,” says Michele K. Perfect for both beginners and more experienced kayakers, this river is one of the best ways to take in all of the beauty that makes the Lake Washington area such a popular warm-weather destination.

Posted on December 17, 2017 at 2:18 pm
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4 Fun Family-Friendly Weekend Activities in Kenmore

Here’s a look at 4 fun family-friendly weekend activities in Kenmore, as recommended by our locals:

SAINT EDWARD STATE PARK

When it comes to family-friendly fun in Kenmore, one of the first things that comes to mind for both Jen B and Claudette M is the fabulous Saint Edward State Park.

“Although we don’t get there often enough, my family and I love to explore the low forest hiking trails in Saint Edward State Park, set on the eastern shore of Lake Washington,” Claudette says. “Our more adventurous friends regularly go mountain biking on the many miles of trails in the park, with their 5 and 3-year-old in tow—there’s terrain for every skill level.” Jen simply says that there is “too much good stuff to share about Saint Edward [State Park],” proving that this spot is an absolute must for any outdoorsy group.

BREWING & BIKING

What better way to spend a weekend with the gang than with a bike ride and some grub? “192 Brewing Co. and Cairn Brewing are right along the Burke-Gilman Trail and family-friendly,” shares Jen. “Very cool outdoor spaces at 192 Brewing and Cairn Brewing has a very ‘Fremont’ vibe without having to head into Seattle!” Michele K adds that 192 Brewing has “great outdoor seating in the summer [and a] wood stove inside for the winter. Great food and beer. Board games, pool table, kids are welcome and so is your pooch! Right on the Burke-Gilman trail…Cairn Brewery and Nine Yards [are] great places [too] but 192 is the best.”

“I’m also a big fan of 192 Brewing,” says Brian H. “Take a bike ride on the Burke-Gilman and stop in on Sunday afternoons for live music in the outdoor beer garden!” If you’re looking to relax after a day along the trail, these are your go-to spots.

BOWLING

A popular pastime for families everywhere, Claudette suggests spending a weekend with some bowling at Kenmore Lanes. “It’s one of only a few bowling alleys still remaining in all of north King County,” she shares. With good food and cheap prices, it’s an affordable way to get everyone out of the house and having fun (with a little healthy competition thrown in!).

OUT & ABOUT TOWN (SHOPPING & RESTAURANTS)

For a simple weekend of shopping and food, don’t miss out on these top picks by Jen and Claudette. “I was introduced to Acapulco Fresh Mexican Grill by friends that lived just up the hill from this unassuming strip mall restaurant,” Claudette shares. “It is their regular go-to for take-out. The meals are fast, fresh, and authentic. Everyone raves about the salsa bar.” If you just need a quick pick-me-up, try Jen’s favorite, Espresso Works. “…Love Espresso Works for quick, independently owned drive-thru, family-friendly coffee along Bothell Way,” she says. “Daily drink specials and espresso bean on top of your cup! Love this coffee stand!”

If you’re looking for a gift, check out Ostroms Drug and Gift. “Ostroms Drug and Gift off Bothell Way has a really awesome gift shop…the perfect little gift is here,” says Jen. Whatever occasion you may need a present for, you are sure to find something fun, eclectic, and fitting. Finally, need something for a child, but don’t want to settle on something from a chain store? Then stop by Snapdoodle Toys. “Snapdoodle Toys is an independent, family-owned, specialty toy store located in the historic Schnitzelbank building along Bothell Way,” Claudette says. “We stop in for the specialty and innovative toys that one can’t find in chain stores.” Show you really care and support your community with a visit to these local spots today.

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 2:06 pm
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Welcome to Kenmore! 

Nestled along the northern shores of Lake Washington, Kenmore is a small city that people love in part for its central location in the region. Whether you need to head toward Seattle or Bellevue for work, both are just to the south of Kenmore, and the many commuting options in the city (including seaplanes!) ensure you have a variety of choice to suit your own personal style.

Kenmore is home to a myriad of things to do, whether you need to enjoy some indoor activities with the family in the winter time, or want to get outside for some adventures in the sunshine when summer rolls around. Downtown Kenmore is brimming with up-and-coming amenities and attractions, and new developments (like the Lakepointe Development) offer even more opportunity for dining, shopping, housing, and more.


Getting Out & About

“St. Edward State Park is the highlight of Kenmore in terms of getting out into the woods and feeling like you’re miles from home, but you’re not. Miles of hiking and wooded biking trails are found at this stunning state park. There’s a pretty hike from the top of the hill all the way down to Lake Washington—don’t forget good shoes since it’s a little steep. [There’s also] a huge playground next to the old seminary is a highlight for families.” –Jen B

“Although we don’t get there often enough, my family and I love to explore the low forest hiking trails in St. Edward State Park, set on the Eastern shore of Lake Washington. Our more adventurous friends regularly go mountain biking on the many miles of trails in the park, with their 5- and 3-year-old in tow. There’s terrain for every skill level.” –Claudette M

“192 Brewing Co. and Cairn Brewing are right along the Burke Gilman Trail and family friendly. [There are] very cool outdoor spaces at 192 Brewing and Cairn Brewing have a very ‘Fremont’ vibe without having to head into Seattle!” –Jen B

“I’m also a big fan of 192 Brewing! Take a bike ride on the Burke Gilman and stop in on Sunday afternoons for live music in the outdoor beer garden!” –Brian H


Commuting From Kenmore 

“522 is the main drag in Kenmore and it connects commuters to [the] Eastside and Seattle. Bus stops are plentiful here! Also, the Burke Gilman trail runs between 522 and Lake Washington. Makes a VERY scenic route to work for cyclists who have a final destination in Redmond or Seattle (and places in between). [Also there are] seaplanes! Kenmore Air is a great options for chartering or taking scheduled flights to the San Juans, Canada, and beyond!” –Jen B


Homes in Kenmore

“New construction abounds in Kenmore. It’s Northshore School District, so get ready for a little sticker shock!” –Jen B

“[There are] many homes located on the river or up on the hill with lovely lake and sunset views. [There is also a] private golf community [called] Inglewood Country Club.” –Michele K

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 10:02 am
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Lake Forest Park: A Guide to the Best Parks & Outdoor Activities

If you’re an outdoor lover, you’re bound to love the opportunities that await in Lake Forest Park! Located right along Lake Washington, “the hilly topography …translates into many homes enjoying [views of the] Cascade Mountains, or verdant territorial views, and some with Lake Washington views, too,” shares Claudette M. From catching these stunning views to enjoying some local amenities, you’re sure to find something to suit your every mood, whether you want to go out for a day of adventure or simply relax with a pretty view.

Here is our guide to the best parks & outdoor activities in Lake Forest Park:


PARKS ALONG LAKE WASHINGTON

*NOTE: All parks are open from dawn-dusk daily.*

Grace Cole Nature Park

  • Located at 30th Ave. N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

For a peek at the wildlife that makes up Lake Forest Park, check out the Grace Cole Nature Park. A wetland teeming with native plants, birds, and amphibians, it is a crucial habitat and a valuable resource for nature lovers.


Pfingst Animal Acres Park

  • Located at 17435 Brookside Blvd. N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Another great spot to catch nature in action is at the Pfingst Animal Acres Park. If you stop by the edge of the park, you’ll have a perfect view of the salmon as they swim through McAleer Creek. With unique amenities like a metal dogwood flower drinking fountain, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

 


Horizon View Park

  • Located at 19845-20099 47th Ave. N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Affectionately nicknamed “Choo-Choo Park,” Horizon View Park is your all-purpose space. Enjoy a picnic, hike through the wooded areas, or join your kid for a ride on the play train.


Lyon Creek Waterfront Preserve

  • Located at 17337 Beach Dr. N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

For a moment of quiet contemplation, nothing beats looking out at the waters at the Lyon Creek Waterfront Preserve. Containing 100 feet of Lake Washington shoreline and 250 feet of Lyon Creek, it’s one of the most peaceful parks around.


Eagle Scout Park

  • Located at 3715 N.E. 180th St. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Owned by the Lake Forest Park Civic Club, Eagle Scout Park is perfect for those who are looking for a good workout. Take a break from running and stretch your muscles on their exercise bars while you let the little ones run wild on the play toy!


Blue Heron Park

  • Located at 17043 Brookside Blvd. N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

A hidden gem at a busy intersection, Blue Heron Park is filled with lush native landscaping and primitive pathways lined with lovely plants. Stop by to view the salmon and look out for herons; you may see them fishing for lunch!


Whispering Willow Park

  • Located at 17038 44th Ave. N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Acquired in 2011, Whispering Willow Park is in the perfect location to help restore the water quality and habitat of Lyon Creek. Located right next to Lake Forest Park’s Town Center, this park is a diamond in the rough that cannot be missed.


BEACH CLUBS

Lake Forest Park Civic Club

  • Located at 17301 Beach Dr. N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA  98155

With gorgeous scenic views and events the whole family will love, the Lake Forest Civic Club is definitely worth checking out. “The Civic Club is well known with plenty of surrounding homes being deeded in,” says Casey B. If you’re interested in all the Civic Club has to offer, submit a membership application today.

Sheridan Beach Community Club

  • Located at 16500 Shore Dr. N.E. Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

With a swim team, water polo, and other aquatic programs, the Sheridan Beach Club is perfect for those who love the water and want to be more involved. “[The] lesser known…Sheridan Beach Club…provides excellent amenities, shore access, a pool and most importantly, a heightened sense of community,” says Casey. “If you’re looking for it all in LFP, the Beach Club is where you should start.”


THE BEST WAYS TO GET AROUND

Burke-Gilman Trail

When it comes to commuting through Lake Forest Park to surrounding communities, the preferred method of travel may not be what you’d expect. “Lake Forest Park residents predominantly rely on car & bus for their commutes to Seattle or the Eastside,” Claudette shares. “However, with convenient access to a 2-mile stretch of the Burke-Gilman Trail that passes through the city, there is a robust population of residents that commute into Seattle by bicycle, and particularly work centers such as the University of Washington & Children’s Hospital.”

If you’re looking to cut down on gas costs, help the planet, and enjoy some great views on your way to work, grab your bike and start pedaling!

McKinnon Creek Trail

If you’re in the mood for getting around on foot, the McKinnon Creek Trail is going to be the best spot to check out. A 0.5 mile forested trail located about half a mile northwest of City Hall, it’s perfect for everything from a short jog to a slow-and-steady hike.

For more tips on how you can enjoy the outdoors in Lake Forest Park, click here.

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 12:59 pm
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Lake Forest Park

Welcome to Lake Forest Park!

For those who love the great outdoors without being too far from premium city amenities, Lake Forest Park  is a dream come true! Nestled along the shores of picturesque Lake Washington and north of Seattle and Bellevue, Lake Forest Park offers the opportunity to truly have it all. Whether you need to commute into the city for work or want to spend a day on the beach, it’s all wonderfully within reach.

As Jill L points out, living in Lake Forest Park is “like being in an enchanted forest.” She adds that large lots cater to gardeners, and there’s even an amazing Garden Club you can join. Claudette M shares that “Most homes are on large lots, many along streams or creeks. The many trees that are the city’s namesake provide an immense amount of privacy between neighbors.” Keep exploring our guide to Lake Forest Park to see why people love this city! 


Getting Out & About

One of the coveted perks of owning in certain Lake Forest Park neighborhoods (there are quite a few that qualify) is eligibility for membership in the Lake Forest Park Civic Club. Members play on the shores of Lake Washington, enjoying access to the private beach/swim area and boat launch.

The Civic Club is well known with plenty of surrounding homes being deeded in, but lesser known is the adjacent Sheridan Beach Club which provides excellent amenities, shore access, a pool and most importantly, a heightened sense of community. If you’re looking for it all in LFP, the Beach Club is where you should start.

Go for a run, walk or bicycle ride on the Burke-Gilman Trail, along the shore of Lake Washington.

The Lake Forest Park Farmer’s market on Sundays is awesome.


Commuting From Lake Forest Park

Lake Forest Park residents predominantly rely on car & bus for their commutes to Seattle or the Eastside. However, with convenient access to a 2-mile stretch of the Burke-Gilman Trail that passes through the city, there is a robust population of residents that commute into Seattle by bicycle, and particularly work centers such as the University of Washington & Children’s Hospital.


Homes in Lake Forest Park

Lake Forest Park was designed as a bedroom community for Seattle, so much of the housing consists of single family homes built between the 1950s and early 1980s. The city is very hilly, so multi-level, split-entry and one-story with basement homes that accommodate the topography are common. The hilly topography also translates into many homes enjoying Cascade Mountain or verdant territorial views, and some with Lake Washington views too.

Posted on November 2, 2017 at 3:59 pm
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The 5 Best Things About Living in South Everett

What’s so great about living in South Everett? There are several reasons why people choose to call South Everett “home,” and we asked locals what they love about the area so much. Here’s what they shared:


1. Quick access to Boeing and Paine Field.

As local Heather P points out, South Everett’s easy access to Boeing is definitely a perk of living in the area! This location will only become more desirable when Alaska Airlines starts running commercial flights from Paine Field in fall of 2018. For those in the area who have to head to SeaTac often, this will be a *huge* timesaver.

2. Several great transit options.

In addition to upcoming commercial flights, South Everett already has several excellent transportation options whether or not you have a car. With access to several freeways (including Interstate-5), local and regional bus routes, the Sounder Train (find stations in nearby Mukilteo and of course in Everett), and the light rail expansion, getting around the area just keeps getting easier. Having options like the train and light trail (in the future!) make it so you don’t even have to deal with car traffic, a definite bonus as our highways become more and more congested. (Be sure to take advantage of these South Everett commuting tips!)

3. Nice neighborhoods with affordability.

According to local Brian H, South Everett is a top choice for many people due to its “nice neighborhoods and affordability.” As Zillow reports, the median home price in Everett is $337,700 (August 2017). With prices steadily increasing, it’s significantly more affordable than nearby cities like Seattle (with a median home price of $690,200 for August 2017).

4. Unique outdoor opportunities.

Many people don’t know all that South Everett has to offer, and this includes some unique outdoor activities! Local Jen B especially loves McCollum Pioneer Park: “McCollum Park is a fabulous Park and Ride but there are other unique amenities including an outdoor seasonal pool, BMX park, and walking trails linking to Mill Creek Town Center. For even more tips on what to do outdoors, don’t miss our Outdoor Lover’s Guide to South Everett!

5.  There’s tons of great shopping!

…And we really mean *tons*. Costco and T.J. Maxx are Heather P’s favorite places to stop by, but no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll probably be able to find it in South Everett. The Everett Mall is packed with shopping, dining, services, and entertaining, and here you’ll find Regal Cinemas, LA Fitness, Bed Bath & Beyond, PetSmart, Best Buy, Sears, and so much more. Nearby you’ll also find Walmart, Target, WinCo, not to mention several sit-down restaurants and fast food options!

Posted on October 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm
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Your Guide to Making the Most of a Day at Silver Lake in South Everett

Make your day at Silver Lake memorable with our go-to guide. From parks, to picnics, to dining, we have your scoop on not-to-miss spots.

Here’s our guide to making the most of a day at Silver Lake in South Everett:


PARKS

For a getaway by the lake, check out Hauge Homestead Park. A picnic pavilion, waterfront access for fishing, and a soon-to-be new playground make it a great place to unwind. Another urban oasis is the popular Thornton A. Sullivan Park. “Th[is] park at Silver Lake is the perfect home base for an afternoon of fun at the lake,” says Jen B. “Plenty of shade, playground equipment, and covered pavilions. This non-motorized lake is perfect for kayaking and paddle boarding!”

Janet B agrees, saying “I love Silver Lake Park. Excellent facilities for big or small events at Fort Patterson and great big huge place for kids to play. Paddle boarding kayak and tubing!” A final spot that’s worth checking out is Green Lantern Park. From spots to catch bass to a tot lot for the youngsters, this park has something for everyone.


PICNIC GRUB

Across the street from Green Lantern Park is a shopping center with local eateries perfect for grabbing picnic food. For a seafood lunch, Sushi Ring serves up nigiri, hand rolls, and other sushi that will satisfy your craving. If you have a sweet tooth, the L’Artisan French Bakery has tarts, eclairs, and cakes that transport you to Paris. Fans of Chinese cuisine need to check out the homemade selections at China Dumpling & Noodle House. With a line that’s often wrapped around the building, it’s a local favorite. Another top spot is Viet Thai Cuisine Noodle Bar. Quality pho and curry dishes make it a go-to for adding some kick to your picnic. Finally, on chillier days, stop by the Safeway Starbucks and pick up a coffee before walking along the lake. You’ll love it!


LAKESIDE DINING

When night falls, enjoy it at Emory’s on Silver Lake. “Emory’s…is my favorite place for great happy hour with a beautiful, sunny patio in South Everett,” says Jen. “They also have live music in the bar, so check their website for details. They also have a banquet room in case you need to host an event! The main restaurant is lined with windows to take advantage of the western facing lake views.” It’s the perfect end to a day at Silver Lake!


 

Posted on October 4, 2017 at 12:01 pm
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The Outdoor Lover’s Guide to South Everett

The great outdoors are calling! Gorgeous parks, opportunities for golfing, and farms are all in the mix—adventures await!

Here’s a look at the outdoor lover’s guide to South Everett:


GOLF

For local golfers looking to practice their skills, no place is better than Jen B and Brian H’s pick. “Columbia Super Range is the best spot to work on your golf game,” says Jen. “Located just east of I-5 on 128th, it’s easy to stop and hit a bucket of balls on your way home! Open til 10pm in the summer!” Or, if you just want a relaxing space to play a couple rounds, the Walter E. Hall Golf Course offers a tranquil forest setting and stunning views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. No matter which course you pick, you will be treated to a top-notch experience that will make you want to return again and again.


PARKS

There’s certainly no shortage of great local parks to enjoy while out and about in the South Everett area. For example, Jen shares that “McCollum [Pioneer] Park is a fabulous Park and Ride but there are other unique amenities including an outdoor seasonal pool, BMX park, and walking trails linking to Mill Creek Town Center.” Sports fans can also head over to Kasch Park and catch a game of softball, Little League, soccer, or lacrosse.

Searching for something extra adventurous? Jen also recommends High Trek Adventures at the Paine Field Community Park. Rope obstacle courses and ziplining offers something new and exciting to try out, and with over 60 challenges to try, you can keep coming back to try something new! (It’s also a great place for corporate events or parties!)

Finally, those with four-legged friends can bring them down to Loganberry Lane Park to enjoy the wooded trails off-leash. There really is something for everyone at these parks!


FARMS

According to Jen B, “In the fall, South Everett residents head down the hill to the Snohomish River Valley where pumpkin patches, hay mazes, and harvest fun can be had!” One farm in particular to take advantage of all of this fun at is the nearby Farm at Swan’s Trail. A 50-acre pumpkin patch, the Washington State Corn Maze, wagon rides, and much more promise a great time for the whole family. For adults and older kids, the Thomas Family Farm features unique nighttime activities like zombie paintball, a haunted house, and a flashlight corn maze. It’s only the best way to spend this spooky time of year in the South Everett area.

Posted on October 4, 2017 at 11:48 am
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Demystifying the Zillow Zestimate – Real Estate Update – Cori Whitaker

Knowing the value of your home is helpful in many ways. It can help determine one’s net worth, help decide if a home sale or purchase is a financially feasible move, determine the ability to get a loan – and it’s just nice to know where your largest investment stands. Consumers have the option to access several websites such as Zillow® to search the AVM or Zestimate® on their property.

A Zestimate is an AVM (Automated Valuation Model). The product of an automated valuation technology comes from analysis of public record data and computer decision logic combined to provide a calculated estimate of a probable selling price of a residential property. An AVM generally uses a combination of two types of evaluation, a hedonic model and a repeat sales index. The results of each are weighted, analyzed and then reported as a final estimate of value based on a requested date.

Often when I am talking with potential sellers, their Zestimate (or other AVMs) come up in the overall conversation, and I understand why. This is information that is relatively easy to access and gives the seller a starting point on the value of their home. Where an AVM can become problematic is when a consumer thinks it’s accurate. Even worse, when a consumer makes a major financial decision solely based on this information. According to Zillow, less than half of all Zestimates in the Seattle metro area are even within 5.4% of the actual value, and they only give themselves a 2-star (fair) rating on their accuracy. In fact, they publish an accuracy report that you can access here.

In August, the average home price in the Seattle Metro area was $824,000. With less than half of all Zestimates within 5% of the actual value, that is a beginning margin of error of $41,200! Further, they claim that 72.3% of their Zestimates are within 10% of the actual value, which is a marked difference – up to $82,400. AVMs are incomplete because the basis of their formula is tax records, which in my experience are often inaccurate. Also, and most importantly, an AVM does not take into consideration the condition of the home, the neighborhood and other environmental impacts such as school district, road noise and unsightly neighboring homes, to name a few.

An accurate accounting of the value of a home in today’s market requires actually physically touring the home and the surrounding homes that compare, as well as considering current market conditions such as supply and demand and seasonality. An algorithm cannot accomplish this, but a real estate broker can.

So why does the Zestimate exist? Zillow is a publicly traded company (ZG) and their website is the vehicle to create profit. The Zestimate drives consumers to the website who are often dipping their toe in the pool to see what their home might be worth, or searching available homes for sale. When a consumer is searching on the website they are surrounded by real estate broker and mortgage broker ads on every page. These real estate brokers and mortgage brokers are paying for that advertising space, which is how Zillow makes its money and why there is a Zestimate. The Zestimate is not a public service, it is a widget to bring eyes to their advertising space which in turn, sells more ads.

Another important item to note is that Zillow does NOT have all available real estate inventory in the Greater Seattle area on their website. In May, they cut off access to manually input listings, leaving some real estate firms unable to get their listings on the site any longer. Some firms just plainly chose not to syndicate to them. It is estimated that Zillow has between 70%-80% of the total available inventory on their site. In an inventory-tight market like the one we are in now, it is important for consumers to understand that if Zillow is the only source they are searching with, they may be missing out. Brokerage firm websites, such as Windermere.com have a direct IDX feed from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service which refreshes every 15 minutes, insuring the accuracy and completeness of all listing data.

The best use of Zillow is to think of the site as one of the many tools in your real estate evaluation and search toolbox. Zillow provides a great starting point and contains a ton of information to whet your palate when embarking on a real estate endeavor. Nothing beats the evaluation and discernment of a knowledgeable and experienced real estate broker to help you determine accuracy, which will lead to the empowerment of clarity.

If you are curious about the value of your home in today’s market, please contact me. I can provide an annual real estate review of all of your real estate holdings, and can even dive deep into a complete comparative market analysis if you would find that helpful. It is my goal to help keep my clients informed and empower strong decisions.

 

Zillow® and Zestimate® are trademarks of Zillow, Inc.

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Equifax Data Breach

If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in the data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit agencies.

Here are the facts, according to Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and in some cases, driver’s licenses numbers and even credit card numbers.

There are steps you can take to help protect your information from being misused. Visit Equifax’s website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to find out if your information was exposed and set up protections. Click here to access the entire press release from the Federal Trade Commission that includes step by step instructions to help you navigate the website.

 

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Nothing feels more like fall than pumpkin picking, hay rides and corn mazes. Get your latte in hand and head out to any one of these great, local farms to have some harvest fun and find that perfect jack-o-lantern to light up your porch.

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Ray & Lynn Trzynka

 

 


Milari Olexa

 

 


Alyssa Irwin

 

 


Mike & Chris Russell

 

 


The Everetts

 

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To these buyers that closed recently:


Gilbert & Patricia Holzmeyer

 

 


Jacob & Shannon Foran

 

 


Ann O’Connor

 

 


Mike & Chris Russell

 

 


Chris & Sarah Larson

 

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Active Listings:


1820 NW 195th St, Shoreline 98177
2 Bedrooms/1.75 Baths, 1592 Sq Ft.
Listed at $589,950

 

 

16736 76th Ave W, Edmonds 98026
4 Bedrooms/3.25 Baths, 3808 Sq Ft.
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Listings currently under contract:

Pending
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5 Bedrooms/2.5 Baths, 3000 Sq Ft.
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Exploring Wine in Woodinville: 15 Wineries Not to Miss + Tasting Room Tips!

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

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

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


Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

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

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

Patterson Cellars

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

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

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


JM Cellars

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

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

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

Aspenwood Cellars Winery

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

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


Airfield Estates Woodinville Tasting Room

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

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

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


Celaeno Winery

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

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


Sparkman Cellars

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

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

Kestrel Vintners

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

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


Guardian Cellars

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

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

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


DeLille Cellars

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

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

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


Alexandria Nicole Cellars

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

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

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


Columbia Winery

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

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

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


Mark Ryan Winery

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

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


Novelty Hill/Januik Wineries

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

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

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


Efeste

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

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

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

 


*BONUS TIP!*

Woodinville Whiskey Co.

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

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

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

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 8:20 am
Cori Whitaker | Category: Neighborhood Profiles, Woodinville | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,