While Portland features fantastic forests and stunning mountain views, the city is also surrounded by incredible lakes. When our brokers seek a day of activity or relaxation, they head for these lakes around Portland that fill either need.
Outdoor adventures are one of the many things people love about living near Portland. Do your summer plans include buying or selling a home around Portland? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to get started.
Is it possible that Pacific Northwest scenery can get even more spectacular? While we love this area in all seasons, there's something extra special about the fall. See Washington and Oregon dressed up in their fall colors at these beautiful locations as recommended by our brokers.
Whether you're looking for natural or urban delights, the Pacific Northwest has it all. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for help with all your real estate needs.
Fall is here! And with it comes fall weather. So it's time to pay attention to home maintenance and repairs. If you're thinking about selling your home in the near future, our brokers can offer advice on important fall maintenance tips.
In the Pacific Northwest, the fall season is the beginning of chilly temperatures, heavy rainfall, and snow and ice. Preparing your home with necessary maintenance before cold weather sets in will protect against costly damages and keep your family warm and comfortable. Take a look at 10 fall maintenance tips that you should not ignore:
If you're considering buying or selling in the Washington area, contact us for available properties. We have many available homes that may be just what you're looking for.
Seattle is one of America's most scenic cities, and many of the area's best restaurants combine fresh, fantastic food with the sort of spectacular views that you can only find in the city. Whether you're interested in waterfront scenery or a stunning, bird's eye view of the city skyline with the mountains as a backdrop, you'll find it close to home in Seattle. Our brokers have all the details on where to dine with a view.
Whether you're searching for the perfect view, the ideal location, or a little bit of everything, our team is here to help you find your next home in Seattle. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA area.
Depending on your point of view, rainy days can be either the best or the worst. It's frustrating being stuck in the house with nothing to do. But with a little creativity, there are all kinds of activities you can participate in while waiting for the weather to clear - especially for new homeowners who are working to make their new house their own. Here are a few DIY projects that can help you pass the time and feel productive on a rainy day.
These are just a few things you can do on a rainy day to make your house feel more like home. Our brokers can get you set up in the perfect house to meet your needs. What you do with it after that is up to you. Contact us anytime, rain or shine, to learn more!
August 9th is National Book Lovers Day, and our brokers honestly can't think of a better place than Seattle to celebrate this particular holiday. We happen to have some of the greatest independent bookstores in the country, and we're excited to share some of our favorites in honor of National Book Lovers Day!
Contact us today to learn more about the great independent businesses that thrive in Seattle, and be sure to ask how our brokers can help you find your Washington dream home.
Knocking out a few simple tasks this summer will help ensure you don't run into any unexpected problems caused by poor gutter maintenance. This may include leaks, damage to your insulation, siding damage, and more. Don't let this happen to you! Follow these simple tips, and you'll be ready for whatever Mother Nature brings.
Whether you're planning to stay in your home for the long term or you're thinking about moving soon, our brokers encourage you to keep up with basic maintenance tasks. This will help ensure your home maintains its current value and its curb appeal.
We're here to help. Your dream home is waiting for you, so don't wait. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.
Few things personalize your house as much as the displays of artwork on the walls. As our brokers take you on tours, let your imagination soar and envision how you can make the space your own with your personal collection.
As much a work of art as the pieces they contain, the process of creating a gallery wall may seem daunting. But by following some basic guidelines, the display you design will be a wonderful visual focal point.
Before you begin, seek ideas from magazines or online platforms. As you see layouts you find aesthetically pleasing, make note of the elements you like the most. Collect photos so that you can examine them later for details. You'll find a variety of options from symmetrical to asymmetrical, small groupings of three items to ten or more, rigidly themed to eclectic. The choices are yours based on what you find attractive.
Curate your Artwork
As you are curating your pieces, remember that you are not restricted to paintings and photographs. Clocks, mirrors, and shadow boxes of meaningful items can breathe life into the exhibit, expanding the texture and flavor of the display. You can coordinate disparate items by putting them in matching frames if that is the style you prefer.
Determine the Location
Did we say wall? We should probably have said walls. You are not limited to one space by any means. You can hang artwork down a stairway or behind the table in the dining room. The goal is to create a home where the colors, furniture, and architecture blend into a cohesive environment. You may find beautifully designed homes in which the artwork carries your eyes around corners and from one room to the next.
Consider Color and Scale
In considering the groupings within your collection, pay close attention to the overall color schemes and the sizes of each object. If you have several prints or paintings, for example, that are all from a similar color palette, grouping them in the same display will create a harmonious well-ordered feeling to the entire room. But gallery walls are meant to be a bold invitation to look deeper into the artwork, so if your taste runs more to wildly different colors and styles, that's OK. Just remember to anchor them together in some fashion, such as matching frames, to avoid a haphazard appearance. It is important to remember scale when you are matching artwork to your furniture. Neither should overshadow the other. The same holds true to the array itself. It's all about maintaining balance.
It's important to know the exact amount of space you have available before you map out a final arrangement. It's a good idea to place furniture and lighting before you measure. You don't want your perfect design hidden by a lamp or the sofa. Think about whether other focal points will detract from the vision you wish to create. Fireplaces, big-screen television sets, and sometimes even windows can draw the eye away from your gallery wall. Make certain that your arrangement works around these larger items.
Create a Mock-up
Once you have a plan in mind, it's time to test your layout. Begin with the largest item. This is your anchor piece. Work smaller pieces around it. If you have a particular look that you found in your initial research and you want to mimic it, arrange your pieces accordingly. If you prefer your own design, now is the time to try it out without risking unnecessary nail holes in the paint. If you look at one designer's ideas, you'll find very strict guidelines, such as avoiding putting the largest piece in the dead center of the display. The next article you read will have a lovely picture of a large painting encircled by smaller pieces. There are no rules other than the ones you chose to follow. When you're happy with the pattern, you may find it helpful to take a picture of your final layout to use as a reference as you hang the objects. Make a paper template of each piece and mark where the nail hole should go. Tape the templates to the wall. Nail through the marks and strip away the paper. Hang your collection, and voila! Your gallery wall is complete.
Looking for the perfect home to decorate with your favorite artwork? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain, and we'll be happy to lead the way.
This year, don't just head to the library, consider setting up your personal home library. Whether you have a small or extensive collection, creating an at-home library can provide a wonderful way to display your favorite volumes. It can also make your home feel grander! All it takes is a little planning to create a comfortable, personal, and unique space. Here, our brokers share their best tips for setting up a home library fit for any space.
Our team at Coldwell Banker Bain can help you find the perfect home for your book collection. Contact us today to start looking at available listings.
With so much going on these days, even the most organized people can become overwhelmed when it comes to maintaining a home and family. Luckily, today's technology can help make it a little bit easier. With so many productivity apps on the market, you can really leverage your smartphone to help you make it through the day. We were talking home organization tips with some of the owners of these homes for sale and we heard so many great recommendations for innovative home organization apps.
There's nothing like a good page-turner to help get you through the cold winter months. Luckily, here in Portland, we're blessed to have some of America's best bookstores nearby.
When you're looking for a new and exciting book to lose yourself in, be sure to check out some of our real estate agents' favorite Portland bookstores!
Contact us today to learn more about all the opportunities Portland has to offer, and be sure to talk to our agents about how we can help you find your dream home in Portland and the surrounding areas!
At one time, kitchen appliances were considered primarily functional. They brought a new level of convenience to households, but style-wise, most designs were pretty limited.
Today's appliances have become equal parts, time savers, and decor statements. Keep your kitchen looking modern with these tips from our brokers for upgrading appliances.
As a homeowner, you've probably heard you should set aside a minimum of 1% of your home's selling price for repairs and maintenance every year. The amount you may need generally goes up over time — and sometimes there may be extra pricey work that needs doing.
While many homes for sale are in excellent condition, the rule holds true for all houses. If you take the step of saving money for home upkeep, you can use those same funds for renovations in years without repairs.
All the major systems within your home, like the HVAC and wiring, are constantly accumulating little bits of wear and tear. They may continue to work effectively for many years without complaint, but it is important to be active in taking care of the home, so nothing will catch you by surprise! Seattle's climate means much of the minor damage your home experiences happens in the early months of the year. Rain and wind can be unexpectedly harsh. Your roof, windows, outer envelope, and even your back and front yards all play roles in keeping your home sound.
What to Do in Winter to Improve the Comfort and Longevity of Your Home
Getting out to work on your property might seem like a chore, but it can be deeply satisfying — and it's worth it when your home stands the test of time. Our brokers know that home improvement projects shouldn't stop even when the temperature drops. Here are some of the most important things to get done in the winter:
Start With Basic Winterizing
Small seasonal projects that don't require any DIY experience form the backbone of what Seattle homeowners should get done first. This includes checking and replacing weatherstripping on your windows and doors, clearing debris from your gutters so they flow smoothly, dusting and turning your ceiling fans clockwise, and closing outdoor water valves (while leaving a slow drip to prevent pipe freezes).
Seal Up Cracks
When you check on your weatherstripping, the odds are good you'll discover a crack or two. Cracks can accelerate the loss of heat, and because of the way warm air cycles through the home, this makes it more uncomfortable in both winter and summer. Caulk can deal with tough cracks. Be wary of warped windows that no longer close flush: These are best replaced as soon as possible.
Add a Layer of Paint
Indoor projects can be much more inviting in winter, and interior painting is always worth the time and effort. You can touch up walls, cabinets, and furniture, or even pick out a completely new color for the walls. When all is said and done, this adds interest that makes it easier to spend time indoors.
Get a Leg Up on Gardening
If you're an avid gardener, remember that you can start many of your seeds indoors. A grow light shelf can significantly enhance the range of plants that will flourish inside. Another way to get ahead is by building garden boxes and storing them safely in your garage or basement.
For many homeowners, getting organized is synonymous with donating what isn't needed — and there's no better time to do that than in the winter. Start sorting out trash, recycling, and donations early, and don't hesitate to invest in storage systems like bins, shelves, and hangers.
Consider Getting "Spring Cleaning" Out of Your Way
Once you've spent time organizing, you've got plenty of momentum. Why not go all the way and do the spring cleaning early? You're halfway there, but the hallmark of a true spring clean is to deep clean carpets and upholstery. Clean the tub and tile, windows, and oven, and you're done!
Insulate the Attic
Attic insulation is often "out of sight, out of mind" for homeowners, but it has a crucial function. Insulation gradually degrades over time, especially as a result of moisture intrusion. Accelerated heat loss means your furnace will work much harder to keep your family comfortable, and that's reflected in your energy bill throughout the season. Replacing insulation stops the problem at the source.
Get Your Heater Maintained
Speaking of heat — whether you have a standalone furnace or an integrated HVAC system, getting it looked at once yearly is vital. A quick check-up will zero in on any fire hazards and ensure you don't lose heating when you need it most. At a minimum, be sure to change your filters, which usually need replacement every three months. Separately, check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries.
To learn more, contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain today.
Nothing warms you up quite like a crackling fireplace on a brisk winter day. But if you're like most homeowners, your fireplace probably hasn't been touched since last spring. That could be a problem.
Our brokers want to help ensure your cozy fireplace is safe year-round. Here's what you need to know about enjoying your fireplace safely this winter.
Contact us today to learn more about staying safe and warm this winter. Our team at Coldwell Banker Bain is dedicated not only to helping our clients find the perfect Portland homes for sale but also to helping them enjoy their new place for a lifetime.
The year is coming to an end, but for many homeowners, there is no end in sight to the amount of time they'll be spending indoors. The extraordinary increase in work from home and learn from home have turned the house into an office, a school, and a social space for entertaining. As we move into 2021, our brokers understand that a change of scenery might be necessary. Here are a few burgeoning interior design trends for you to consider in 2021.
Matt Robinson and Grant Ludwick first met in 2008 while serving as volunteers for Young Life, and were immediately struck by the similarities between them. Both had moved to the Central Oregon area in 2006, after Grant had graduated from Seattle Pacific University, and Matt the University of Washington. In addition to their commitment to volunteering, they shared a passion for the Washington Huskies and had both worked for their family businesses in the land and multi-family development sectors. Overall, they found that they shared similar values and perspectives on life and business.
"We feel like we're trendsetters in a way when it comes to the real estate team concept," said Matt. "While real estate teams are becoming more common, they don't always work out if the partnership is unequal, or if values don't align. We started as friends, so we knew each other well and knew that our individual production numbers were very similar each year, so we had confidence that we could succeed as a team."
And succeed they have. The Robinson-Ludwick team is on pace to finish the year with 120 closed transactions and $62,000,000 in volume, numbers that have exponentially increased year over year since they launched in 2013. The team has grown to five brokers and two administrative members.
The impact of a similarity in production numbers can't be overstated, said Grant. "Even before we launched the team, we were annually producing at about one deal apart, or around a $100,000 - $150,000 difference in sales volume," he laughed. "We've structured our partnership, along with a 50-50 expense split, in a way that keeps us incentivized to bring in business and hold each other accountable, and it's a major reason why it works."
By pooling their resources they've been able to do so much more than they could individually, and the team has a unique marketing approach. They have taken out television advertising spots, purchased a 1970 Fiat Minibus (a local car show award winner!), and regularly post their "Tuesday Tidbit" videos on their social media platforms, which range from book reviews to economic trends to local real estate news. But their overall success is primarily a result of a relational approach to all aspects of their business, both within the team and with their clients, which continues to bring them a steady stream of referrals and repeat business.
"We rebranded a couple of years ago and our slogan 'Honest. Real. Estate.' is a straightforward, yet creative way to express how we do business as a team." said Matt. Added Grant, "We are very straightforward with both our buyer and seller clients with what they can expect of this market, even if it is not exactly what they want to hear. It has helped us build a strong reputation and trust in the market."
Given Bend is still a relatively small community, this authentic approach has been vitally important. Current inventory on hand is at about two weeks, so setting expectations, especially with buyers, is critical.
"Compared to other western mountain towns, Bend is incredibly affordable," said Matt. "We both feel that Central Oregon still has great upside potential in the long-term, so we see the market continuing at this pace for a while," added Grant.
Brandon Fairbanks, principal managing broker of the office, raved about the team, "Matt and Grant and their team never cease to amaze me. They are one of the hardest working and most dedicated group of professionals I have had the pleasure to work with. They know how to get business done, putting their clients' needs first."
Staging your home is as important as ever when it comes to homes for sale. Staging has a valuable role to play in traditional showings and virtual ones.
A well-staged property has the potential to sell faster and claim a higher closing price. Our brokers use staging as part of our commitment to get our clients great results.
One of the most valuable aspects of staging is that it allows potential buyers to imagine their own future life in the home. Creating the right mood means striking a balance: As the seller, you can't be in the way, but the home must still look welcoming – that is, as if someone lives there.
Never is that balance more vital (or trickier) than during the holiday season.
The Best Ways to Stage Your Home for Selling During the Holidays
Opinions and backgrounds differ, of course, but most people have strong positive feelings around the holiday season. It's a wonderful time to come together in a spirit of giving and joy. With the right approach, you can harness that positivity within your own staged home.
But what's the best way to do it without going overboard?
These proven home staging techniques can help:
Spring and summer make up the traditional "high season" for real estate. But just because the weather is cold, it doesn't mean the market can't be hot! Contact us to find out more today.
Did you know that National Go to an Art Museum Day takes place every year on November 9th? Thousands of art museums around the world participate in this special day, and every year features a different, unique theme. The Portland area has long shown strong support for local artists, with a huge selection of local art galleries that showcase talented artists from Portland and beyond. Now is a great time to visit some of Portland's best art galleries and museums. Our brokers have the details on 6 amazing places to view art around Portland for National Go to an Art Museum Day this year.
Pearsons Art Gallery – 20890 S Hwy. 99E, Portland, OR 97045
Start your tour of art galleries near Portland homes for sale with a trip to Pearsons Art Gallery, which features a truly unique collection of art that you won't find anywhere else. Pearsons Art Gallery is all about wood carvings, statues, sculptures, centerpieces, and so much more to decorate your home. If you're looking for a custom-made piece of art that you'll be proud to display in your home, this is a great place to visit. There are tons of pieces available pre-made in the gallery, and the owner (and artist) can also create custom pieces to suit your needs.
Village Gallery of Arts – 1060 NW Salzman Rd., Portland, OR 97229
A Portland non-profit with a commitment to showcasing the work of local artists, the Village Gallery of Arts has been a hub of the Portland art scene for more than 50 years. This is a fun place for any art lover to visit, with fantastic local art on display and a wide variety of community classes available to help you create art of your own. The gallery here features exhibits from Portland-area artists working in various media, with work from more than 100 local artists on display.
Froelick Gallery – 714 NW Davis St., Portland, OR 97209
You never know what you might find when you visit the Froelick Gallery, and that's part of the fun! Froelick Gallery has been a popular Portland art spot for more than 25 years, with rotating exhibitions from a diverse group of artists. Much of the work you'll see here was created in the Pacific Northwest, with a sprinkling of work from artists in Tokyo, as well. The gallery is open by appointment and accepts walk-in visitors if you happen to arrive when someone is present to let you into the gallery.
Caswell Sculpture – 903 E Historic Columbia River Hwy., Troutdale, OR 97060
Owned and operated near Troutdale homes for sale by the husband-and-wife team of Rip and Alison Caswell, Caswell Sculpture is a must-see for anyone who loves bronze statues. The Caswells have traveled around the world to find inspiration for their art, and much of their work is based on nature. The gallery also features a fascinating collection of photography and bronze sculptures of people, both famous and obscure. There are even sculptures of university mascots, which you can find both in the gallery and on the grounds of some famous local universities.
Portland Art Museum – 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205
When you're in the mood for the classic Portland art experience, start your journey at the Portland Art Museum. With more than a century of experience displaying local art, the Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. When you visit, you'll find an extensive collection of new exhibitions, long-term collections, films, and educational programs. Tour the expansive museum at your own leisure, or enjoy a guided tour from one of the friendly, knowledgeable staff members at the museum.
Three Rivers Artist Guild – 613 7th St., Oregon City, OR 97045
With a commitment to showcasing the work of Oregon City artists, the Three Rivers Artist Guild is your source for great art near Oregon City homes for sale. Three Rivers Artist Guild features exhibit rotations that vary with each month, so there's always something new to see. The strong commitment to local artists means this is an excellent place to see work from emerging artists who haven't had their work displayed in other galleries. Each month features work from 30 to 40 new artists, so be sure to check back often to see all that the Oregon City art scene has to offer.
When you call Portland home, the region's vibrant, legendary local art scene is always just a short trip from your front door. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Portland, OR area.
Raise your hand if your home could use a little organization. Don't worry, most of us have at least one or two areas of our house that are hot spots for collecting clutter. Our brokers know that when space is limited, you need to get creative with your cleaning and organization. Try these seven storage ideas to help you eliminate clutter and better organize your home.
Lions, tigers, and bears — oh my! Seattle is home to those species and so many more, thanks to the Woodland Park Zoo. Located in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, the zoo is committed to teaching guests the importance of conservation.
Woodland Park Zoo — 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103
History of Woodland Park Zoo
Woodland Park Zoo is a beloved Seattle site, a destination that locals and visitors alike cherish. Our brokers included! After over a century of providing men, women, and children of all ages with an educational and immersive wildlife experience, it's hard to believe that once upon a time, this green space was once just a simple park along Seattle's Greenlake. Developed into a traditional English garden in the late 1800s by Englishman Guy Phinney, a large house, rose garden, pump house, and deer park once called this space home.
Seattle's first zoo was housed in at Leschi Park and owned by the Lake Washington Cable Railway. After Phinney's death, the City of Seattle purchased Woodland Park, and the animals were donated as the zoo's first residents when it was founded in 1899. The park was then divided into "Lower" and "Upper" Woodland Park after the construction of Aurora Avenue. It wasn't until 1967 that the first zones of the children's zoo were opened. Since then, Woodland Park Zoo has continued to grow, making room for countless new animals and educational and interactive opportunities!
Woodland Park Zoo Exhibits
So what can you and your family expect during your visit to the Woodland Park Zoo? The real question is, how can you experience everything in just a single day? With more than 1,100 animals from over 300 diverse species, the zoo features 92-acres of diverse natural habitats. Explore these amazing areas and discover the wonders of the animal world right in Seattle's backyard. Exhibits include:
Whether you're a long-time fan of the Woodland Park Zoo or this is your first visit, your family will love spending a day learning about wildlife from around the world.
The zoo has been welcoming back guests and has made several changes due to COVID-19. Plan your visit and learn about their latest policies on their website.
If you're looking at Seattle homes for sale, you'll be excited to discover that the Woodland Park Zoo has a great relationship with its surrounding community. Contact us today to tour homes in this neighborhood!
If you're looking to add an extra element of style or decoration to your new kitchen, maximizing the appearance of your backsplash is a great way to do it. A beautiful backsplash is an affordable strategy for improving the overall look and feel of the room. Best of all, backsplashes are easy to install yourself. With various materials, styles, patterns, and designs, choosing a new backsplash can be a fun way to increase your home value. The trick is to make sure it complements your kitchen's colors, countertops, and cabinetry.
While choosing a visually appealing backsplash is important, remember a backsplash's purpose is to protect the wall behind your sinks and counters, which is consistently exposed to food and liquids and changing temperatures. When adding a DIY backsplash, always be sure to select materials that are durable and easy to clean.
If you're in the process of designing a new kitchen, our brokers can help. Below are nine beautiful, protective backsplash ideas that can really help to tie your kitchen design together.
A beautiful, durable backsplash is a great way to improve your home with minimal effort. For more inspiration, or help finding a new home with a kitchen you'll love, contact us today.
What could be better than a day dedicated to enjoying all of your favorite seafood? National Seafood Month, of course! Whether you want to cook your own feast or enjoy a prepared meal with some of the best seafood in the world, you won't find a better city than Seattle to satisfy your seafood cravings. Our brokers are ready to dig into National Seafood Month, and we've got all the details on how to connect with Seattle's legendary seafood scene.
Mutual Fish Company – 2335 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144
Serving the region since 1947, Mutual Fish Company is your one-stop-shop for fresh seafood of all kinds close to Seattle homes for sale. Mutual Fish Company has been owned and operated by the same family for three generations, with a commitment to quality that you can taste in every bite. They offer fresh-caught fish from across North America, a large selection of live seafood including fresh lobster, and a full line of Asian groceries at the fish market, perfect for adding new flavors to your next meal.
Seattle Fish Company – 4435 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116
When you're looking for the catch of the day, Seattle Fish Company has you covered with pickup, delivery, and dine-in service by the grill. No matter what you need for celebrating National Seafood Month, you can find it at Seattle Fish Company. There are specials on fresh seafood every day, with delivery available within the city and beyond. The Seattle Fish Company Grill is open every day for dine-in and takeout, with a mouth-watering selection of freshly prepared meals. Be sure to check out the daily soup specials, which include a smoked salmon chowder that you won't want to miss.
Pike Place Fish Company – 86 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101
Located in the historic Pike Place Market, Pike Place Fish Company has been serving up fresh seafood for more than 90 years. If you're looking to pick up everything you need for your seafood celebration in one place, then you can't top the selection at Pike Place Market. You can order from Pike Place Fish Company for pickup, including a drive-thru, contactless pickup option, or have your food delivered anywhere in Seattle.
Pure Food Fish Market – 1511 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101
Looking for variety when you shop for seafood, all in one location? Pike Place Market is home to multiple fantastic seafood spots that you can visit in one convenient trip, including Pure Food Fish Market. This market specializes in salmon, halibut, crab, and shellfish and features other fresh catches from around the world. You can also find some great recipes at Pure Food Fish Market, along with all of the ingredients you'll need to make your favorite dishes.
Jack's Fish Spot – 1514 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101
While you're at the market, stop at Jack's Fish Spot to enjoy great dine-in service in a classic seafood setting, or pick up something fresh to take home for your culinary creations. If you're looking for a little help in cooking your seafood, this is a great place to visit. The team at Jack's Fish Spot is happy to tell you how they create their own meals with detailed recipes or provide general advice for which types of flavors work best with your favorite types of seafood.
East Anchor Seafood – 1126 34th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Open every day with fresh seafood arriving each morning, East Anchor Seafood is sure to have what you need to celebrate National Seafood Month in style. This shop offers a selection of specialty groceries, perfect for bringing the best out of your fresh seafood. You can also enjoy a glass of wine, sample local craft beers, and pick up freshly prepared seafood from the chefs at East Anchor Seafood.
Taylor Shellfish Farms – 1521 Melrose Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
With more than a century of experience and multiple locations throughout the Seattle area, you can always count on Taylor Shellfish Farms for world-class shellfish close to home. The Melrose location offers delivery, curbside pickup, and dine-in service with limited capacity. They specialize in shellfish – especially fresh oysters. You can also shop online and have fresh seafood delivered directly to your door.
Searching for a home that allows you to enjoy fresh Seattle seafood anytime? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Seattle, WA area.
Featuring brokers and employees who exemplify their "why," through how they live and work. They have unique and inspiring stories to tell, and have a variety of backgrounds and insights that help CB Bain successfully serve its clients. If you know of someone in the company who should be profiled, let us know.
When Kendall Patterson, a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain of Redmond, posted on Instagram the poignant story of her childhood home in Carnation, WA, it elicited an emotional response from her followers. Inspired to share after reading actress Chrishell Stause's Instagram story of her own experience with homelessness, Kendall's post was favorited by the popular Netflix star, with a supportive comment.
Kendall shared, "I haven't shared this with many people as I grew up embarrassed. Ashamed.
But also I truly learned that if I cleaned things I could make any home feel better. It started off as a dream of a project. I got to help my dad build our home [on a piece of large acreage owned by his father]. In my youth I dreamed of what it could be like. So helping under the 'house' putting in insulation for my dad, I did, in hopes of the grandiose home and finish product I thought we would have. It never materialized. It never got further than plywood and sheet rock and broken hopes and dreams. Two camp trailers lined each side.
One side my room, the other was my sisters and the kitchen and bathroom. Both tiny. But functional I guess. The shed you see had a loft where my dad's room was. And the living room. And that was our home. I day dreamed of the houses we could have had built and wondered when we were going to. That time never came. It was always messy and dirty and I tried my damnedness to tidy and clean plywood floors and a kitchen barely fit for weekend camping trips. My dad was always working and when he wasn't, I think he too grew depressed with the inability to buy or build on his own property, he ramped up the alcohol intake to scary levels.
There were only a couple people I had in my world that knew the severity of our situation. I stayed with friends as much as I could to eat, feel clean, and ultimately feel average.
Kendall's story is one of perseverance and finding success, after growing up in a household with parental abandonment, drug use and addiction, and where poverty was the norm. And now it has come full circle. Kendall will be considered to list the 15 acres surrounding her childhood home following her grandfather's recent death, as well as the five acres on which she lived in a shack given her decades-long relationship with the current owners.
Kendall's childhood has given her a unique perspective on what "home" really means, and a passion for helping those with similar backgrounds purchase their own.
This is why I have fallen in love with Real Estate and why I have always worked SO damn hard as a young mom, business owner, and individual. I REFUSE to go back to that life. I REFUSE to have my children live like that. I believe that our children are how we break these poverty cycles and abuse cycles.
Home ownership is key, in my opinion, to helping families and people out of poverty. Not to say that renting is only for the impoverished, just that owning a home can provide people with opportunity that renting cannot.
I want to help anyone and everyone but my heart is always with those first-time purchasers. I adore the ability to help dreams come true and help change generations of life trajectories.
Kendall credits office PMB Rick Costello's mentorship and CB Bain's training and marketing support as invaluable to her career launch, and notes the desk fee is much less than the rent she paid in her previous work as a hair stylist. And with a new baby, the flexibility of real estate also provides her the ability to be both an entrepreneur and mother.
Rick said, "Kendall is just one of those positive forces of nature, and has been from the beginning when she reached out to me to inquire about joining us. She didn't think her salon/hairstyling background would be of use, but I knew differently. The relationships she had made through that profession, her ability to connect with people, and the business acumen needed to be successful are very relevant to what is needed for a successful real estate career. Since joining us two years ago she has been very productive, a good student and her life experiences have made her tenacious, unflappable and empathetic no matter what comes up in a transaction."
But even with all her success, homeownership has still not become a reality for Kendall herself – while her family is in a home of their own now, it was her husband who was able to qualify to purchase it. While Kendall is thankful for his support, she looks forward to the day that if she wanted to buy a home on her own, she could.
I have been fortunate enough to live in three homes that I couldn't afford to be on the loan or purchase with cash. I could be on title. So even as a Realtor I have yet to be able to make my OWN dream come true. I'll get there. I have big goals. I have drive. And I know I will do this. I will also teach my daughter how to be able to do this. And my sons. I will ensure their understanding of how to earn their money and how to build real wealth. How to be healthy parents, adults and providers.
As so many commented on Kendall's Instagram post, she's an inspiration to us all – and with the kind of grit and determination needed for a successful real estate career. We are proud to have her as part of the CB Bain family and can't wait to see what she does next.
When most people think of Portland, our lively culture, delicious food, and gorgeous Pacific Northwestern backdrop often come to mind. Though the City of Roses is far younger than many cities on the East Coast, Portland still has a rich, fascinating history that is worth exploring. Founded way back in the 1840s, Portland's diverse history is accessible through our many museums, landmarks, memorial sites, and protected areas. If you're searching for a glimpse into Portland's past, our brokers encourage you to visit these interesting historical sites.
When you want the best, pick it fresh. That could be the motto at any of the many great farms around Portland where you can pick fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables with your whole family. Heading to a farm is a great way to enjoy the early fall weather, get out of the house, and stock up on your favorite produce. As the calendar flips to fall, you can expect new and different opportunities at your favorite farms. Our brokers have the details on 5 great farms around Portland where you can pick your own fresh fruit and vegetables.
Douglas Farm – 15330 NW Sauvie Island Rd., Portland, OR 97231
Many of the most visited farms around Portland homes for sale are located on Sauvie Island, and Douglas Farm is no exception. This farm has been in the same family for five generations, offering an excellent selection of fruit and veggies that you can pick yourself. Reservations may be required, so be sure to check the website before visiting. The farm will provide picking boxes for you to stock up on their farm. Current produce available for picking includes beans, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and many varieties of cucumbers.
Albeke Farms – 16107 S Wilson Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045
You can find plenty of great farms near Oregon City homes for sale, too! Albeke Farms, located close to the city, specializes in berries of all types, along with peaches, apples, and a smaller selection of vegetables. This farm is open every day from Thursday through Sunday during the late summer/early fall picking seasons. Call ahead to find out what crops are available for picking, and plan on bringing home plenty of fresh produce.
The Pumpkin Patch – 16511 NW Gillihan Rd., Portland, OR 97231
One of the Portland area's largest farms, The Pumpkin Patch offers u-pick produce and so much more. Open for 52 years, this farm is a great spot to visit with the whole family, with a cafe, corn maze, animal barn, and tons of autumn activities. You can cut your own flowers from the beautiful blooms located on the property. Be sure to stop by the market as well, where you can find an excellent selection of freshly prepared farm-to-table food to take home. Their market is stocked up on 50 in-season fruits and vegetables grown on their farm and picked daily.
Bella Organic – 16205 NW Gillihan Rd., Portland, OR 97231
If you're searching for a great selection of certified organic produce in Portland, then it's hard to top Bella Organic. This farm offers all of your favorite berries, along with corn, tomatoes, and pumpkins in the early fall. There is also a winery on-site with tastings available, and a corn maze that offers fun for all ages. The farm store and food pavilion are great places to stop and recharge with a fresh, delicious meal in between picking. Looking for fall activities besides locally grown produce? Be sure to check out their haunted corn maze for a memorable October weekend.
Topaz Farm – 17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd., Portland, OR 97231
Family run and filled with activities for visitors of all ages, Topaz Farm is a great place to go picking this year. This farm is open every day and offers fresh, delicious outdoor dining on-site in addition to u-pick produce. Kids especially love to meet friendly farm animals and learn about farming from the team at Topaz Farm. Check out their website to learn about what's in season and plan ahead for their family-friendly events coming up during the fall months.
Fresh, local produce and fantastic food are just part of the package when you call Portland home. Ready to find your next home? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Portland, OR area.
Seattle is a city that's bustling with a unique creativity that's seen in everything from our architecture and art to our food and literature. So many Seattleites unlock their artistic passions when they discover a new hobby that acts as a perfect outlet for their creativity. If you're searching for a new pastime, our brokers encourage you to give glass blowing a try at one of these local glass blowing studios in the Seattle.
Buying a home is still a part of the American dream. And for most of us, it starts as just that—a dream. Most people spend years dreaming about their first home before they actually buy it, and if that's where you find yourself today, then there are some things you should know before moving forward.
Buying your first home can, of course, be a stressful process, and the more you know going in, the better off you'll be. Our brokers are always here to help. Here's what most first-time homebuyers wish they had known before starting the process:
Buying your first home can seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Contact us today to learn more and get started on the road to homeownership in the Portland area.
Get out of the house and enjoy the beautiful sites at the reopened Seattle Japanese Garden. This serene space located in Washington Park is the perfect place to relax your body, calm your mind, and let your soul absorb the beauty, wonder, and peacefulness that this park projects. Whether the Seattle Japanese Garden is one of your favorite spots in the Emerald City or if you've only heard about it but have never been, our brokers believe that now is a great time to support this city landmark.
60th Anniversary of the Seattle Japanese Garden
One reason you should visit the Seattle Japanese Garden is that it just celebrated its 60th anniversary on June 5th. Opened in 1960, the Seattle Japanese Garden is recognized as one of the best Japanese-style gardens on the continent. This charming garden features elements of Japan's many diverse landscapes. This special occasion is known as "kanreki", which marks a rebirth or return to childhood. Throughout the year, the Seattle Japanese Garden will commemorate this anniversary with special activities.
The Seattle Japanese Garden is Reopen for Visitors
Seattle Japanese Garden – 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112
After closing in accordance with local guidelines regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Seattle Japanese Garden happily welcomed back its first visitors on July 14th. The Seattle Japanese Garden has made a few temporary changes to ensure the safety of visitors and staff alike.
Planning Your Visit to the Seattle Japanese Garden
Although these temporary changes may place limitations on how visitors can engage with the Seattle Japanese Garden, you can still have a wonderful experience even if it's your first visit.
How to plan your visit:
Types of Plants at the Seattle Japanese Garden
Japan is a country with diverse geography, containing varied landscapes including mountains, islands, the sea, rivers, lakes, forests, and waterfalls. As you stroll the Seattle Japanese Garden, you'll encounter these unique regions of Japan and view some of the flora and fauna that call this country home. Some of the gorgeous species you'll find throughout the Garden include:
The Seattle Japanese Garden is one of our favorite spots in the city. Recently reopened, we encourage you to visit this tranquil park before the summer ends. If you're interested in browsing Seattle homes for sale while you're in the area, feel free to contact us to schedule a tour.
Are you thinking about a kitchen remodel this summer? You're not alone! Many of the best homes for sale have newly updated kitchens, making this a great investment. When our brokers are helping potential buyers find their dream home, a great kitchen is almost always one of the most in-demand features.
Taking the time to create a solid plan and think through the details before you start your remodeling project can help you avoid any post-remodel regrets. Here are a few of the most important things you'll want to consider.
If you're ready to take a look at your options, we're here to help! Contact us today.
Summer in Seattle is the best time of the year, thanks in part to National Ice Cream Month falling in July! What better way to enjoy the sunshine than to slurp up a few fresh scoops from Seattle's finest ice cream parlors? Our brokers encourage you indulge in your craving and check out these amazingly unique local ice cream shops around town.
Spending time in quarantine has changed what buyers are looking for in their next home while making current homeowners reconsider what they want most from their own properties. With the real estate industry still going strong virtually, now is an excellent time to consider what both you and potential buyers want from your home. Our brokers are here to help you maximize the value of your property, with our guide to the not-so-surprising features that buyers want now.
Enhanced Home Offices
With so many industries shifting to a work from home standard, it's no surprise that improved home offices rank near the top of the priority list for many buyers. Working from home becomes more manageable, efficient, and enjoyable when you have a dedicated space for getting the job done. Turning an extra room into an office, with ample workspace, strong WiFi, and an attractive background for videoconferencing can help your home stand out over other homes for sale.
Bigger Pantries and More Storage
When you're expecting to potentially be at home for weeks at a time and want to limit trips to the grocery store, food storage space suddenly becomes a much larger priority. A large, dedicated pantry is ideal, but may not be a fit for homes where every extra space is already being used. If you don't have room for a full pantry, adding extra shelving to basements or closets is an easy way to make room for more food to be stored.
Home Gyms and Workout Spaces
If being able to work from home is the biggest priority for many buyers, being able to work out from home certainly doesn't rank far behind. A full home gym is sure to attract the attention of fitness-conscious buyers, and any workout space is better than none at all. While once a priority mostly for luxury buyers, home gyms are sure to grow in popularity for buyers from every demographic.
Private Spaces for Every Resident
While open floor plans are still popular, spending so much time at home has given buyers a deeper appreciation for private spaces in the home. When school-aged kids are taking online classes, parents are working from home, and young children are in need of entertainment, life at home can get chaotic. Private spaces allow everyone to take care of what they need to do, without distracting other members of the household.
For families shopping for a new home, having only one or two bathrooms may no longer be enough to get the job done. Adding an extra bathroom can help make the home more hygienic, and ensure that there aren't lines at the bathroom door when everyone is getting ready for the day.
Mudrooms for Home Hygiene
Hygiene at home has naturally taken on a larger importance recently, and a mudroom helps keep outside germs from entering further into the home. Creating a dedicated space where people can leave shoes, jackets, and other items upon entering the house is an easy way to increase hygiene, and keep your floors a little cleaner in the process.
Enhanced HVAC Systems
A strong heating/air-conditioning system is a key selling point for any home, and efficiency is especially important when you're spending more time at home. Smart home features like programmable thermostats make it simple to manage the temperature at home, and a central HVAC system allows everyone in the home to be comfortable no matter the temperature outdoors.
Attractive Outdoor Spaces for Relaxation and Recreation
When so many outdoor entertainment spaces are closed to the public, being able to relax outdoors at home becomes a necessity. An outdoor patio is always an appealing option for relaxation, and outdoor cooking spaces are excellent for making the most of warm, pleasant summer nights. Adding outdoor recreation spaces, like play-set for kids, a small basketball court, or even just an open lawn where people of all ages can play, can enhance the value of your home.
No matter what features you want in your next home, our team is here to help you achieve your goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Pacific Northwest.
National Weed Your Garden Day is observed on June 13 each year to help remind gardeners to spend a few extra minutes combatting weeds. These unwanted plants can take over your Portland garden if you don't keep on top of them, and in addition to crowding out your plants, they'll take much-needed water and nutrients away from the soil.
Our brokers suggest the following ways to combat weeds:
Contact us to learn more about how to win the ongoing battle against weeds in your Portland garden. A beautiful flower or vegetable garden can enhance your enjoyment of your home, and when you're ready to sell, it can make your home stand out in a positive way when compared with other Portland homes for sale.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when you're checking out Seattle homes for sale. You need to keep your energy up, and what better way than with the classic combination of a doughnut and coffee?
Seattle's many small bakeries will tempt your taste buds any time of year, but they're even better as we approach National Doughnut Day. Taking place on Friday, June 5, it's the perfect time to stop by for a fresh dozen with curbside service or place an order for delivery.
Yes, you've probably noticed that big national chains usually have deals on National Doughnut Day. For those lucky enough to be here in the Emerald City, however, our brokers say nothing beats a local bakery.
Here are some of Seattle's top doughnut stops:
For expert advice on buying a Seattle home, contact us today.
Portland, Oregon has been called one of the most pet-friendly cities in America, and it's not hard to see why. With an abundance of pet stores, dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants, and dog walking trails, Portland is a pet owner's dream city.
Our brokers are proud to live in a city that welcomes all our four-legged friends. If you're looking for your next home in the area, here's what you should look out for to know you're in a pet-friendly neighborhood.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Portland, Oregon. As residents of one of the most pet-friendly cities in America, our brokers are committed to helping find the dream home for both you and your furry friends.
Shelter in place orders may have all of us spending more time at home, but that doesn't mean that you can't still enjoy a great meal from some of your favorite Portland restaurants. With dine-in service off the table for the immediate future, ordering takeout, curbside pickup, or delivery from local restaurants is a great way to keep things fresh at home while supporting your favorite dining spots during a challenging time for small businesses. Ready to skip cooking tonight? Our brokers have you covered, with our guide to Portland restaurants offering takeout.
Miss Delta – 3950 N Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227
As a long-time favorite located close to Portland homes for sale, you'll find that Miss Delta has everything you need to enjoy a great family meal at home. The restaurant specializes in Southern fare of all types, from jambalaya to po-boys. Miss Delta is currently offering takeout service via curbside pickup every day of the week, with orders placed online or by phone. With classic comfort food and delicious desserts, you're sure to find something to love on the menu. If you can't make it out for takeout, Miss Delta is also offering delivery options.
Ecliptic Brewing – 825 N Cook St., Portland, OR 97227
When you can't sit down at your favorite Portland pub, why not bring a little piece of the pub home with you? Ecliptic Brewing, known for its truly unique spins on all of your favorite styles of beer, is also a great place to grab a bite. You can still order takeout from the pub every day during lunch and dinner hours, with a menu that will appeal to everyone in your family.
Andina – 1314 NW Glisan St., Portland, OR 97209
The kitchen at Andina is still turning out all of the Peruvian flavors that you know and love, with takeout available for dinner seven nights per week. Planning a stay at home date night? Andina is offering a meal deal for two, with your choice of two appetizers and entrees for an affordable price. You can order online, and gift cards are also available with some proceeds going to support restaurant staff who are unable to work at this time.
G-Love – 1615 NW 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209
Billed as Portland's first-ever "reverse steakhouse," G-Love is a popular bistro that specializes in vegetarian and vegan fare. The team at G-Love keeps things fresh by partnering with a local farm, located an hour south of Portland, for all its ingredients. With a focus on sustainability, leftover ingredients are even sent back to the farm to be used as compost. You can order an extensive selection of menu items for takeout from G-Love, along with wine bottles and even cocktail kits to go with your meal.
Carne – 2512 NE Broadway St., Portland, OR 97232
While the popular live music scene at Carne is on hold for the time being, this Latin steakhouse is still offering all of your favorite meals for takeout and delivery. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday during dinner hours, with special deals on meals for two and family meals. With steak, seafood, sangria, and tons of delicious appetizers, you're sure to find something to love on the menu at Carne.
Yonder – 4636 NE 42nd Ave. Suite A, Portland, OR 97218
Offering a mix of classic Pacific Northwest cuisine infused with the Southern flavors made famous in Charleston, Yonder is currently offering takeout from Tuesday through Saturday every week. The menu is packed with comfort food favorites, including fried chicken, that's as good as you'll anywhere in the country. With online ordering now available, it's easy to order your favorites for dinner anytime.
Top Burmese – 413 NW 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209
When you're craving a delicious vegan meal, it's hard to top the selection of authentic Burmese cuisine available at Top Burmese, which is currently offering takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery seven days a week at both of its local restaurants. The menu here is filled with fantastic curries, soups, noodles, and so much more.
When you call Portland home, you're never far from your next world-class meal from a beloved local restaurant. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Portland, OR area.
Who's ready for a much-needed game night? Any night can be a virtual game night with a little help from easy-to-use technologies. Our brokers love game nights and thanks to technology there are many ways to host a virtual game night from the comfort of your home. Here's what you'll need for your own virtual game night in Seattle.
Tech Needed for Virtual Game Night
Before you decide which games you and your friends will play virtually, you must understand the different ways in which you can play these games online. There are essentially two ways to play games online — through video chat or through a dedicated game server. Both of these options feature free-to-use and pay-to-play functionalities. Video chat is as simple as it sounds — you'll use a video chatting system to play the game. The other option, a dedicated game server, involves playing a game through a third-party system.
How to Use Video Chatting to Host Game Nights Online
To use video chatting, you'll need a webcam and a video chatting service. There are a variety of video chat services that you can download on your computer, including Zoom, Skype, BlueJeans, and WebEx. All of these have mobile versions as well. Most Apple devices, like iPhones and iPads, also have their own video chatting service known as Facetime.
When you gather your friends, they all must have the same application to play together. For instance, one person who only has Zoom cannot play with another person who only uses Skype. You can play a variety of games via a web conference with or without physical board games. A game like charades or Pictionary can be played without legitimate board games. Even if a few of your party guests do not have a webcam, all of these video chatting apps have text boxes, so those with video can draw or act out while those without can answer via text.
Of course, there are many ways that you can play physical board games from afar. If all players each own a physical copy of the board game, they can play together and mirror the moves of each player. Here are a few favorites that are in many home game cabinets:
How to Use Dedicated Game Servers to Host Game Nights Online
Playing traditional games via video chat can be loads of fun, but playing online with friends is perhaps even more fun through dedicated game servers. Any time you play a game online — via the computer, mobile phone, or gaming system — you're connected to the game's server. There are hundreds of games available to play online through game consoles like PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo DS, and thousands of other games available on the computer. For gaming systems or mobile games, all players must own or download the game. Here are a few of our picks:
Tips for a Memorable Virtual Game Night in Seattle
Just because you don't have guests over doesn't mean you shouldn't still create a party atmosphere. Encourage everyone to wear comfortable clothing and enjoy their favorite snacks while you play. Consider keeping your phone on silent so that you can be focused on having fun with your friends.
Working from home is certainly a different experience than working in an office, and it brings many of its own challenges. Staying connected, staying motivated, and avoiding distractions can all be difficult when you're working from home.
It helps to have a home office, a space dedicated to getting your work done every day. With a lot more of us working from home recently, our brokers have some helpful tips about decorating your home office.
Contact us today for more tips on how to maximize the potential of your home. While many more of us have been working from home recently, our team still offers the best selection of Portland homes for sale, and we're committed to helping you live life to the fullest, wherever you may be!
There's nothing like enjoying a rousing orchestra performance, and you don't have to be at the concert hall to catch an amazing show. Staying home and staying safe doesn't have to mean missing out on listening to talented musicians. Our brokers have searched the globe to find seven orchestras and operas from around the world that are offering free online performances during these times.
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Long a popular choice for a night on the town near Seattle homes for sale, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra was one of the first to offer free shows online. Their YouTube channel is packed with clips of songs from the best live performances of the 2020 season and years past, along with quick trips behind the scenes to show what orchestra life is like. If possible, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra will also be streaming live concerts on certain dates, so check back often to see when you might catch a full-length live performance. On the Seattle Symphony Orchestra website, meanwhile, you'll find a huge collection of encore performances, recordings, and "behind the stage" videos to enjoy.
London Symphony Orchestra
Starting with its first performance in June of 1904, the London Symphony Orchestra has been delighting audiences from across the world. The orchestra has performed countless times for royalty and features new shows regularly at the famed Barbican concert hall. Thanks to the power of the internet, now you don't have to be anywhere near London to see a show. The London Symphony Orchestra features a robust collection of recorded performances, many of which are currently available for free.
The Metropolitan Opera
New York's world-famous Metropolitan Opera has been producing incredible performances for more than a century, ever since the first opera house opened on Broadway in 1883. And the music won't be stopping, even with coronavirus precautions in full swing. There will be streams of encore performances every night on the Met website, with a focus on shows from the past 20 years.
The Berlin Philharmonic has long been ahead of the game with its digital offerings, which include a detailed virtual tour of the Philharmonie Berlin concert venue. While the physical concert hall is closed, the Berlin Philharmonic has committed to bringing the music to you, instead. You can log into the digital concert hall to redeem your free, 30-day pass, and explore all that this storied orchestra has to offer. There are more than 600 concerts available, along with bonus videos, documentaries, and so much more.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
If you wish to explore a wide range of different orchestral music, then the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is more than worth a look. Their website features a huge array of recorded performances, with easy sorting options by composer, genre, and orchestra season. Catch up on shows that you missed during prior seasons, relive your favorite performances from the comfort of home, and learn more about your favorite performers with the interview series.
One of the UK's most famous performing companies, Opera North, has made its stunning performance of Wagner's The Ring Cycle available for free online. Get lost in a story of gods, giants, dragons, and spectacular cities. Along with the performance, the website includes detailed information on each scene to help you learn more about this classic work. The Ring Cycle is a story about gods, but also the relationships between family members. Opera North frames the performance as only they can, and now it's available for the world to see.
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Overseen by director and founder Ivan Fischer, the Budapest Festival Orchestra has organized an aptly named series of "quarantine Soirees" featuring performances filmed at the organization's Rehearsal Hall. The performances feature music from Bach to Bozza, with a little Mozart in between. There are new live streams available from the Rehearsal Hall nearly every day.
The art, culture, and music of Seattle is always available to be enjoyed. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA area.
The weather is warming up and now is the perfect time to open up the windows, evict the dust bunnies, and give the whole house a deep cleaning. Here are a few tips to help make it easier.
If you've been thinking about buying or selling a home in Washington or Oregon, we can help! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started!
Small businesses do so much to support the communities that they're a part of, and during times like these it's crucial for communities to show the same support in return. With so many small businesses in Seattle forced to change their business models, stop serving customers in person, or drastically limit hours due to coronavirus precautions, your favorite local businesses need your support now more than ever. Even though visiting local businesses in person has become difficult, there's still plenty you can do to help! Our brokers know how important Seattle small businesses are to every neighborhood, and we've put together 7 ways that you can support your favorite local businesses right now.
Support Neighborhood Restaurants by Ordering Takeout or Delivery
While they currently cannot serve dine-in customers, many restaurants located near Seattle homes for sale are still turning out great food from the kitchen. You just might have to pick it up in a different way than usual. There are a ton of Seattle restaurants still offering delivery, takeout, or drive-thru service, so it's easy to support your favorites while getting access to great promotions in the process. Remember that tips are a major part of the income for many service workers, and tipping can go a long way. Even though you can't dine in, you can still leave a tip when you pick up your food in order to help the staff.
Remember That Online Storefronts Are Always Open
Retailers are feeling the pinch just as much as restaurants, and supporting your favorite shopping spots is simple even if you can't visit in person. Many local small businesses also offer online shopping and local delivery, so you can order your favorite items without ever leaving home. Even if you're just picking up basic necessities like groceries, ordering online and having them delivered helps you stay safe while supporting the community in the process.
Be Patient and Remember That Small Businesses Are Doing the Best They Can
Small businesses are doing everything they can to adapt to an ever-changing situation, and staffs are being stretched to their limit. When you do visit a local business or order something online, remember that the business is doing the best it possibly can to serve you. That may require patience because things can take a bit longer than usual, but it's worth it to support small businesses during trying times.
Share on Social to Encourage Others to Shop
If you're trying to find ways to support small businesses, you likely have friends who would do the same! Make it a point to share on social media when you shop at local small businesses, and point your online connections to businesses who are still serving customers. Many people want to show support but don't know how, so your sharing can make a big difference.
Buy Gift Cards from Your Favorite Local Businesses
Want to support your favorite businesses, but don't have anything you need to buy right now? Purchasing a gift card is a great way to infuse some cash into small businesses, and show your confidence in the local economy. You can hang on to the gift card for a rainy day, give it away as a gift, or donate it.
Leave Online Reviews to Promote Small Businesses
Just like with social sharing, online reviews are an extremely important part of the marketing mix for small businesses. So many people rely on reviews as a significant factor when choosing where to shop, so why not help out your favorite Seattle businesses by leaving a positive review online? It only takes a few minutes of your time, it helps other people find the businesses that you love so much, and it's an easy way to show your support.
Avoid Visiting Businesses If You're Not Feeling Well
While there's plenty you can do to help small businesses, it's just as important to remember what not to do. If you're not feeling well, regardless of whether you've visited a doctor, it's best to stay home, stay safe, and help the community stay safe, too.
When you're ready to experience the community spirit of Seattle for yourself and find your next home in the city, our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA area.
There's nothing quite like spending a warm, spring day with your hands in the soil, tending to a garden that will bring you joy throughout the coming seasons. Gardening has many health benefits, from reducing stress to burning calories, along with the incredibly satisfying feeling of watching all of your hard work come to life. As our brokers can tell you, a beautiful garden can also be a big help when selling your home, since curb appeal is a key component in making the all-important positive first impression. No matter what draws you back to your garden each year, rest assured that Seattle has greenhouses with everything you need to exercise your green thumb.
Still searching for the right Seattle home where you can create the garden of your dreams? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell real estate throughout Seattle.
You already know that Portland has a legendary culinary scene, but have you considered brunch? PDX has a brunch hotspot to suit every taste. From the finest French-inspired cuisine to the home-cooked joys of eggs, meat, and potatoes, it's easy to satisfy your brunch cravings close to home in Portland. Our brokers love local meals, and we've got the details on 7 of the best brunch destinations around Portland.
Tasty n Alder – 580 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
make it easy to enjoy all of the delicious brunch destinations on our list, including the lovely Tasty n Alder. In the evening, Tasty n Alder is known as one of Portland's top steakhouses, and the brunch menu more than equals what you'll find at dinnertime. Executive chef John Gorham, who owns a variety of top-rated restaurants around the city, has created a brunch menu that incorporates cooking styles that he has learned while traveling the world. Mix in a huge selection of craft cocktails, and you have the perfect brunch destination close to Portland homes for sale.
Hunnymilk – 1981 W Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209
If you've ever visited the weekly Hunnymilk brunch pop-up on 28th Ave., then you'll be excited to learn that Portland's favorite pop-up brunch hotspot now has a brick and mortar location! The unique menu at Hunnymilk allows you to pick one sweet dish, one savory dish, and one drink to create a brunch that perfectly suits your mood. There are a variety of vegan and gluten-free options available, with every dish and drink created from fresh, local ingredients.
Mother's Bistro & Bar – 121 SW 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97204
Owned and operated by executive chef Lisa Schroeder, Mother's Bistro & Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing brunch with your favorite people. If you're looking for an elegant brunch spot that still offers a laid-back atmosphere, this is the place to be. Mother's serves comfort food, but never skimps on quality. The menu features local pork, beef, and wild salmon, along with European-style ingredients that add a dash of unique flavor to every meal. Mother's also features the Mother of the Month program, which includes special dishes inspired by each month's winner.
Bijou Cafe – 121 SW 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97204
Looking for an upscale brunch spot that's big on flavor and unique dishes? Stop by the Bijou Cafe, where everything on the menu is as fresh as it is delicious. Serving delicious meals since 1978, the Bijou Cafe offers a menu packed with French-style cuisine, a style which owner and chef Kathleen Hagberg has honed over decades in the kitchen. Every ingredient is sourced locally when possible, and the menu at Bijou Cafe is always evolving.
Milk Glass Mrkt. – 2150 N Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97217
If you'd like to enjoy a craft cocktail or fine glass of wine with your next brunch, be sure to visit the popular Milk Glass Mrkt. for your next late-morning meal. In addition to excellent cocktails, Milk Glass Mrkt. is known for its savory brunches and delicious dessert menu. Stop by for some homemade bread pudding or warm almond butter cake, right after you enjoy a fresh salad, sandwich, or egg plate from the simple, delightful menu at Milk Glass.
Irving Street Kitchen – 701 NW 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
With an extensive drink list and tons of great food fresh from the griddle, Irving Street Kitchen has everything you need to enjoy your next brunch outing. Irving Street Kitchen is a true brunch destination, offering a flavorful mix of your favorite morning and early afternoon meals. Try the famed Irving Street Kitchen sugar and spice donuts, which provide the perfect way to finish off your delicious meal.
Radar PDX – 3951 N Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227
Famed for its warm, intimate atmosphere and a list of awards a mile long, Radar PDX consistently ranks as one of the top brunch spots in the entire region. While some brunch spots stick to a few select dishes, Radar PDX offers a huge selection of meals with plenty of options to customize your brunch. Mix in a great variety of cocktails, and it's easy to see why this spot is a local favorite.
When you call Portland home, your only concern with finding great food is how to fit in a visit to all of the amazing restaurants around the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.
Bill Riss, owner and CEO of Coldwell Banker Bain, a leading provider of real estate brokerage services throughout the Pacific Northwest and a market leader in home sales in 2019*, has been named to the 2020 Swanepoel Power 200, a list of the most powerful people in residential real estate. Riss, owner and CEO of Landover Corporation, a holding company for Coldwell Banker Bain that operates 32 offices and posts $6 billion in annual sales, this year ranks 48th, up two from last year's 50th-place spot.
The Swanepoel Power 200 recognizes the industry's most innovative and influential leaders, key decision-makers, trendsetters and emerging leaders. Honorees are selected based on, among other factors, significance and contribution to the industry, geographic reach, growth potential and more. The ranking criteria can be seen here.
"It's always an honor, and one I don't take for granted, to be recognized as one of the many leaders in our industry, recognizing contributions to work and an industry that I love. But my success has always been a consequence of the combined talents and dedication of the professional brokers I've been privileged to work with," Riss said.
Riss, a Seattle native and University of Washington graduate with a background in mortgage and commercial banking, land development, new construction and brokerage management, is one of the most knowledgeable and resourceful real estate executives in the area.
*According to final 2019 statistics derived from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service data (NWMLS).
Coldwell Banker Bain, a leading provider of real estate brokerage services throughout Washington and Oregon, and a market leader in home sales in 2019,* releases its 2019 annual market report providing a variety of statistics for the sale of homes in neighborhoods and counties throughout the Puget Sound region and SW Washington and Oregon, as well as for segments including luxury and condos. This report reflects activity between Jan 1, 2019 and Dec 31, 2019.**
|EASTSIDE REPORT||NORTH SOUND REPORT||PUGET SOUND REPORT||SEATTLE REPORT|
|WATERFRONT REPORT||SOUTH SOUND REPORT||SW WASHINGTON REPORT||OREGON REPORT|
*According to final 2019 statistics derived from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service data (NWMLS), Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS) and Multiple Listing Service of Central Oregon (MLSCO).
**Information and statistics derived by CB Bain from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS), Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS), and Multiple Listing Service of Central Oregon (MLSCO) each quarter. Statistics not compiled or published by the NWMLS, RMLS, or MLSCO.
Does your workout program include SMART goals? Experts agree you have a better chance of reaching your goals if they're specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based.
CrossFit is a popular exercise style that checks off all those boxes with a variety of challenging activities leading to overall fitness. Our brokers have the inside scoop on seven top CrossFit gyms around Seattle, where you can get your conditioning on.
From the first meeting to closing, we provide the highest level of services for buying or selling a home in Seattle. Contact us for more information.
No matter the season, you're never far from fresh, local seafood or a fine glass of locally produced wine when you call Portland home. The Portland Seafood and Wine Festival is an annual celebration of the area's amazing local culinary scene, with food, drink, and fun for the whole family. Our brokers are ready to dig in, and we've got all the details on what to expect from this year's Portland Seafood and Wine Festival.
Dates: January 31 – February 1, 2020
Location: Oregon Convention Center – 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
The Portland Seafood and Wine Festival is a huge gathering, taking place at the Oregon Convention Center with more than 90,000 square feet of event space. Portland homes for sale offer easy access to countless great restaurants, and this festival is a chance to sample many of the best local spots in one convenient location. A portion of the proceeds from the two-day event goes toward supporting the Oregon Chapter of the National MS Society.
There will be tons of fresh seafood, along with wares from local distilleries, wineries, and craft breweries. The Portland Seafood and Wine Festival is also a family-friendly event, with face painters, balloon artists, and plenty of other fun activities to keep younger visitors entertained.
Seafood Spotlight: Local Restaurants Participating
The Portland Seafood and Wine Festival features nearly 200 local businesses, with something to suit every taste. We'll touch on a few of the top local restaurants and wineries participating in the event.
Asiatico Asian Fusion Sushi
Family owned and operated since opening in 2011, Asiatico Asian Fusion Sushi has been voted best sushi in Lincoln County nearly every year since opening its doors. If you're looking for fresh, local sushi presented in ways you won't find in every sushi restaurant, then this is the place to be.
Pacific Crab Company
The Portland Seafood and Wine Festival takes place in the heart of Dungeness Crab season, and the Pacific Crab Company is sure to have fresh, local crab prepared in just about any way you can imagine. With a no-frills focus on quality and decades of experience preparing fresh Oregon seafood, the Pacific Crab Company is constantly coming up with delicious, new ways to serve all of your seafood favorites.
Hapa Food Company
With founders raised on Oahu and in-depth knowledge of Hawaiian culinary culture, Hapa Food Company will be serving up unique dishes that you'll find at the festival. Armed with a long list of old-fashioned family recipes that have been passed down for generations, Hapa Food Company brings the best of Hawaiian cooking to Oregon.
Wineries to Watch: Wineries Participating
Bluebird Hill Cellars
Established in 2014 by husband and wife team Neil and Sue Shay, Bluebird Hill Cellars is committed to producing outstanding small-batch, hand-crafted wines. The team at Bluebird Hill believes in blending both the art and science of wine-making, creating each wine based on the character of the grapes that their small vineyard produces each year.
With a long list of award-winning wines and a constant commitment to quality, Denison Cellars produces some of the best wine in all of Oregon. This winery creates a variety of dark, fruity, flavorful wines, and has received top ratings from many major wine publications. Pinot Noir is the focus here, with winemakers Tim and Denise Wilson drawing inspiration from wineries across the world.
Winemakers Bill and Sandy Sanchez got the idea to start their winery while on a trip to Italy, then spent the following years learning everything they could about the process of producing top-rated wine. The result is Potter's Vineyard, where the dream of a husband and wife team has become a reality. Potter's Vineyard specializes in producing Oregon Pinot Noir, but branches out into a variety of other styles, as well.
The Portland Seafood and Wine Festival is a perfect example of why the city is such a fantastic place to call home, especially if you love great food. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Portland area.
Is purchasing a new Portland home at the top of your list of goals for 2020? We don't blame you! Portland is an amazing city to call home, and now is a great time to shop for a home in the area. Setting goals is a great place to start when buying a home, but closing the deal will require action. No matter how much or how little experience you have shopping for homes, having a plan will help. Our brokers are here to help, with five tips for making your dream of a new Portland home a reality in 2020.
Make a List of Wants, Needs, and Dealbreakers
Portland homes for sale feature a ton of variety and having a strong idea of what you want ahead of time will make it much easier to narrow down your options. Create separate lists for what you need to have from your new home, which extra perks you want from the home if possible, and the potential dealbreakers. Then order your list by priority.
While it will be hard to satisfy every item on your list, knowing your priorities makes it much easier to find the right home. You may find your list of priorities evolving as you visit homes, and that's perfectly normal. Revise your list as you get new information, and use what you learn to hone in on the right choice for your needs.
Start Saving and Set Goals
No matter which part of the city catches your eye and what type of home you're after, buying a new home requires a significant financial investment. Get ahead of the curve by starting to save right away, and setting aside extra cash from financial windfalls whenever possible. Set savings goals to reach throughout the year and keep progress moving in a positive direction.
Remember, in addition to a down payment, you'll need cash to cover moving costs, maintenance, and all of the little things that come with buying a new home. Start saving an emergency fund along with saving for your down payment, so you'll be ready for anything.
Clean Up Your Credit
Securing a mortgage with favorable terms is so much easier when you have a strong credit score, and it's never too early to start cleaning up your credit when shopping for a home. Start by requesting a free copy of your credit report from the three major credit bureaus. Review your reports for any incorrect information, along with any credit issues that require your attention.
Identify any old debts, take steps to address them, and make all payments on time moving forward. It's also a good idea to avoid opening new lines of credit.
Become a Neighborhood Expert
Portland is a diverse, vibrant city, and every neighborhood has something unique to offer. To be truly happy with your next home, it helps to pick a neighborhood that you love. Start by researching neighborhoods online, and if possible, visit the most appealing options to get a first-hand feel of what each neighborhood has to offer.
Consider the services, attractions, and resources that you want close to home, along with the type of atmosphere that you desire from your neighborhood. Certain perks – like an excellent school district – can increase the value of homes in a neighborhood. This may mean a higher cost upfront, but homes in strong school districts also tend to hold their value.
Find the Right Real Estate Team
No matter how much experience you have shopping for homes, no doubt finding the right real estate team will make life much easier. Ask around for referrals from trusted sources, and don't be afraid to speak with multiple agents before making your decision. Your real estate agent should be able to provide you with crucial information on local real estate trends, costs, and neighborhoods, along with answers to all of your key questions. Having a local expert on your side streamlines the process and helps ensure you find the right home for the right price.
Whether you're looking to purchase your first home in 2020 or upgrade to a new abode, our experienced real estate team is here to help you achieve your dream. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Portland.
Whether you've lived in Portland for years or have only visited for a weekend, you already know that the City of Roses is full of fun events throughout the year. The winter season is no different as the city hosts dozens of holiday happenings that will fill your schedule with tidings of great joy. If you want to immerse yourself in holiday cheer, be sure to mark these fun festivities on your calendar throughout December!
With so many fun festivities around town, who wouldn't want to move into one of our fabulous Portland homes for sale? Contact us today to learn everything you need to know about buying and selling homes in the City of Roses!
The holidays are just around the corner — have you completed your shopping list yet? Our brokers love visiting the unique locally-owned stores throughout Seattle for one-of-a-kind gifts that our families and friends will cherish for years to come. If you're still searching for the perfect present for your loved ones, stop by one of these shops around Seattle.
Our brokers invite you to join us and your Portland neighbors as we recognize and participate in Giving Tuesday on December 3rd. This annual global giving movement was created to celebrate the charitable season by encouraging individuals to donate to causes that impact their communities and the world as a whole. Countless organizations throughout Oregon make our state a better place, and we ask you to consider showing patronage to these fantastic Portland charities on this upcoming Giving Tuesday.
You've browsed the listings for Seattle homes for sale, and you've finally found the house that you want to call home! However, it's in a community with a mandatory Home Owners Association, and now you've got to decide whether or not the pros and cons of an HOA meet your lifestyle. Our brokers understand that an HOA is not for everyone. Even though you may have found your dream home, certain rules and regulations required by the HOA may prevent you from living the way you desire. Let's look at the common pros and cons of HOAs.
Home Owners Associations offer a lot of benefits such as stunning amenities, preserved property values, and convenient services. However, some homeowners believe that the HOA fees, lack of freedom in regards to home renovations, and inability to use this investment as a rental property overshadow the advantages.
While the City of Roses has a unique and colorful culture, one of the top reasons buyers consider Portland homes for sale is the proximity to our wonderous green spaces. Dozens of natural areas connect us with the refreshing sights, sounds, and smell of the great outdoors. Our REALTORS® are not surprised that many home buyers are searching for waterfront properties around the city. We've gathered this list of maintenance tips to help you keep your waterfront home safe and spectacular, especially as the seasons change.
November is World Vegan Month — but that doesn't mean it's a vegan-only event! This official global celebration of cruelty-free lifestyle is an excellent opportunity for everyone to learn more about the veganism way of life. People choose a vegan diet to promote the humane treatment of animals, the protection of the environment or for health concerns.
Although vegan dishes do not include meat, dairy, eggs, fish or honey, there's one thing vegan meals are full of — great taste! Our brokers encourage you to celebrate World Vegan Month at one of these fantastic vegan restaurants in Seattle.
Even if you don't have a vegan diet, there are still choices you can make during World Vegan Month, like trying one of these great vegan restaurants. See a new side to the Seattle community you may not be acquainted with and enjoy delicious, locally-sourced, and cruelty-free ingredients. If you'd also like help shopping Seattle homes for sale, contact us today!
Since 1988 Pier 54 has become one of the top tourist destinations in the Seattle Waterfront. Famously home to the flagship Ivar's restaurant, the pier has become a symbol of Seattle and is a central location for a fun day on the waterfront. There is no doubt that our Brokers like to highlight how vibrant and fun a city Seattle is, and Pier 54 contributes to that atmosphere.
Pier 54 is a familiar sight for commuters as it is adjacent to the ferry terminal that serves popular destinations such as West Seattle, the Olympic Peninsula, and Vashon Island. This was why it was considered such a prime location for some of Seattle's oldest businesses. These businesses include such Seattle originals as:
While the eateries do brisk business with commuters waiting for their ferries, these businesses provide a place for visitors to fuel up and get ready for a waterfront walk.
As a gateway to the entire waterfront. Pier 54 is next to some of Seattle's most popular tourist attractions. Pier 55 features a variety of shopping opportunities such as the Seattle T-Shirt Company and Frankly Sweets, but it all revolves around Argosy Cruises. Argosy provides sightseeing trips in the Puget Sound that includes historical tours, shore excursions, and even whale-watching opportunities. After these day trips, many visitors like to refresh themselves at the Eliott Oyster House on Pier 55.
As tourists continue down Alaskan Way past the Seneca Street and UnIvarsity Way intersections, the waterfront opens up not only to higher traffic but also in terms of dIvarsity of opportunity. Pier 57 is the heart and soul of the waterfront and possibly the most fun you can have with a view of the Puget Sound. Along with a boarding point for City Sightseeing Seattle tour buses, there are opportunities to see the city from a higher vantage point at Wings over Washington. There is also a full and vibrant arcade called Miner's Landing that includes:
The massive Seattle Aquarium takes up Piers 59 and 60 and has just as much fun packed into it. A visit to the Seattle Aquarium will allow you to learn more about the beautiful marine life that calls the Pacific Northwest home. Featuring Sea Otters, Octopi, and a beautiful luminous jellyfish exhibit, it is a great place to take the entire family.
Exhibits give little ones the chance to get up close and personal with some of the more gentle creatures of the deep. While bigger kids can marvel at the 120,000-gallon exhibit and 360 degrees underwater dome. All proceeds will go toward education and conservation of the Puget Sound's marine environment.
This is just scratching the surface of the opportunities for fun and relaxation that the area around the southern piers of Seattle's waterfront provides for visitors to the Emerald City. Just up the hill is the many businesses of the historic Pike's Place Market and the downtown area, offering endless exploration, leisure, and shopping opportunities. For those who want to continue their journey down the waterfront, It is a beautiful walk on a summer day that is often bustling will streetside merchants and performers. On the other side of the waterfront, the Bell Harbor cruise ship terminals await for those who have been inspired to seek an ocean voyage.
Located at the confluence of the stunning Willamette and Clackamas Rivers, Oregon City is a beautiful place to call home. The city still celebrates its pioneer spirit and features endless natural scenery to explore close to home. Oregon City is located about 13 miles south of Portland, with a mid-sized population and tons to do for fun. You'll find ample shopping areas in the city, along with delicious dining, fascinating museums, and plenty of outdoor attractions. Our brokers know Oregon City, and we've got the inside scoop on what it's like to call the city home.
City Life with a Suburban Feel
Do you enjoy the perks of an urban lifestyle, but still want a suburban feel from your hometown? Oregon City has all the trappings of a large city, with a modest population of around 35,000 residents. It offers the perfect blend of urban, suburban, and small-town living. It's no surprise that a diverse collection of buyers continually shop for Oregon City homes for sale. Enjoy world-class dining, attractions, and events, without the population density of the biggest cities.
Outdoor Beauty at Every Turn
Like its neighbor to the north, Oregon City is a fantastic place to call home for anyone who loves to explore the outdoors. Visiting Willamette Falls is a must, allowing you to see one of the largest waterfalls by volume in the country first-hand. The 42 foot tall, 1,500 foot wide Willamette Falls are a shining example of the outdoor beauty you'll find all around Oregon City. The city is also home to a vast collection of scenic parks. Take the time to traverse our nature trails, play your favorite sports, spend time on the water, or even take your dog for a walk.
Local Museums Bring a Pioneering History to Life
Did you know that Oregon City was the first city to be incorporated west of the Rocky Mountains? It continues to celebrate the occasion at the annual Heritage Days festival. Don't miss the opportunity to explore local heritage sites and museums during the two-day festival. The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive and Visitor Information Center is open year-round to elve deep into Oregon City's pioneering history. If you want to live in a city with a history of blazing its own trail, then there are few better places than Oregon City.
Delicious Dining and Craft Brews in Oregon City
If you love locally sourced food, unique restaurants, and a robust craft brewing culture, then Oregon City is a perfect place to settle down. Restaurants in the area often have an international feel, with flavors from around the world. Grab an authentic Scandinavian meal at Ingrid's Scandinavian Food, or head to Pho Thi for all of your favorite Vietnamese flavors. Of course, you'll also find all of your familiar favorites, including some of Oregon's best pizza at Mi Famiglia Wood Oven Pizza.
The craft brewing scene in Oregon City is just as diverse as the collection of local restaurants, with a variety of breweries, distilleries, and vineyards. Stop by King's Raven Winery to sample an excellent selection of locally crafted wines, and visit the amphitheater during the summer to enjoy drive-in movies with a glass of wine. Oregon City Brewing Company is your source for the best local brews, and great food to go with your beer. Trail Distilling was the city's first distillery and continues to produce award-winning spirits.
Shopping, Events, and Attractions in Downtown Oregon City
Whether you're looking for food, shopping, family fun, or local events, downtown Oregon City is the place to be. Enjoy a selection of special events throughout the year, from car shows to pub crawls and kid-friendly activities. Shop at a diverse collection of unique, locally owned businesses, where you can always find the perfect gift or item for your home.
Access to Two of Oregon's Best Cities
There's so much to see and do in Oregon City that you'll never have to travel far from home for fun. However, with Portland located only 13 miles to your north, you'll be able to experience the best of both cities whenever you like.
Ready to start shopping for a home of your own, where you can enjoy all that Oregon City has to offer throughout the year? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Oregon City, OR area.
Just a short drive from Seattle, homebuyers are heading to Kent, to escape the hustle and bustle of its nearby "big sister." Kent ranks at the top of the list of fastest-growing cities in King County. Kent is a dynamic, growing community, with a population of just under 130,000 people and plenty for residents of all ages to do for fun. Living in Kent makes it easy to explore all that King County has to offer. Our brokers know Kent, and we've put together ten things you need to know about life in the city.
A Mix of Small Town Style and Big City Amenities
Are you searching for a city with all of the perks of urban life but skipping the traffic and population density of larger cities? Kent homes for sale offer an appealing alternative to other nearby cities, with an urban layout and a small-town feel. That's especially evident downtown, where you'll find locally owned businesses that treat regulars like family. Kent also boasts all of the outdoor beauty of scenic, smaller communities with its collection of parks and outdoor spaces that make it easy to connect with nature in the city.
A Piece of Kent Is Still on the Moon Today
Make that three pieces, to be precise! Kent played a key role in the Apollo missions to the moon, building three of the rovers that astronauts used to explore the lunar surface. All three of those Lunar Rovers remain on the surface of the moon today, providing a constant reminder of what makes Kent special.
The King County Annexation Initiative Helps Kent Grow
Kent is part of the King County Annexation Initiative, which aims to add unincorporated areas to existing city limits. This program benefits both Kent and the areas annexed by the city. Unincorporated areas gain the benefit of being part of an incorporated city, while the city benefits through growth, new attractions, and new residents.
Get a Great Workout at the Kent Community Center
Whether you're looking for a workout or the perfect place to host a local event, the Kent Community Center has you covered. The Community Center features ten large meeting spaces, two full-size gyms for basketball, exercise facilities, lockers, showers, and dedicated areas for exercise classes.
Kent's Park System Is Second to None
In addition to the Community Center, Kent is home to a huge collection of parks to suit every interest. There are more than 75 parks and outdoor facilities in Kent, including playgrounds, public parks, skate parks, trails, green spaces, waterfront areas, and recreation facilities. Many of the local parks host sports leagues and a wide variety of other community events.
International Cuisine and Delicious Local Dining
When you're looking for great dining, downtown Kent is the place to be. The city is home to a diverse collection of international dining spots, with flavors from around the world. Try an authentic Thai meal at Banyan Tree, sample food from around the globe at Ubuntu Street Cafe, or dive into delicious desserts at Punjab Sweets.
Living in Kent Means Easy Access to Three Great Cities
You won't have to travel far to find all of the attractions and services you need. Kent is smack dab in the middle between Seattle and Tacoma. So living in Kent makes it easy to explore everything that our corner of Washington has to offer.
Easy Access to Highways and Public Transportation
In addition to offering a central location, Kent provides easy access to highways and public transportation to get you where you need to go. King County Metro Transit will take you directly to downtown Seattle, and it's easy to commute on your own on Interstate 5 and other major highways. The Sounder Commuter Rail also has stops in Kent, so you have plenty of choices for transportation.
The Downtown Partnership Brings New Attractions to Kent
Kent's downtown is already a popular gathering place, and the Downtown Partnership helps makes sure that there's always something new to try in the city. The partnership was formed to revitalize downtown Kent and has been doing great work for decades.
Local History Is All around You in Kent
Kent has a long, unique history dating back more than 200 years, and the Kent Historical Society does a fantastic job of chronicling local history. You can visit the history museum, or stop by the society's booth at the popular Kent Farmers Market.
Are you ready to start shopping for a home that allows you to enjoy all of the things that make life in Kent so unique? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Kent, WA area.
Are you searching for a Portland neighborhood that has it all, from safe family fun to some of the city's best nightlife? The Pearl District is a true Portland treasure, and a favorite spot to visit for residents of all ages. It's home to a huge collection of world-class restaurants, amazing art galleries, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and beautiful parks. The Pearl District is also a fantastic example of Portland's commitment to revitalization, after undergoing a truly amazing transformation over the past 25 years to become one of the hottest spots in the city. Our brokers know Portland, and we've got all the exciting details on what awaits you in the dynamic, vibrant Pearl District.
The Pearl District is one of Portland's most in-demand neighborhoods, and living in the Pearl District certainly comes with more than its share of perks. If you want to live in a place where everything is within walking distance, and you'll always have something new to experience, then the Pearl District is for you. While this corner of the city doesn't have many detached, single-family homes, there are tons of great apartments, condos, townhomes, and other dwellings to choose from in the area. When you live in the Pearl District, Portland's best boutiques, dining spots, and nightlife are all just a short walk from your front door.
Don't worry. The Pearl District is easy to visit even if you decide to shop for Portland homes for sale in another part of the city. It's located just a few blocks from downtown Portland, and public transportation makes it easy to reach the Pearl District anytime. Visitors from throughout the city and beyond flock to the Pearl District to experience all of the shopping, food, outdoor fun, and entertainment the neighborhood offers.
If you love to shop local, then the Pearl District will be a little slice of heaven. This part of the city is home to some of Portland's best boutique shops. Powell's City of Books, located in the Pearl District, is one of the largest independent bookstores in the world, and a popular stop for residents of all ages. If you love art, stop by on the First Thursday of any month, when the Pearl District's huge collection of world-class art galleries host a popular gallery walk. Whether you're looking for clothing, art, entertainment, antiques, or just about anything else under the sun, you can find it at Pearl District shops.
Did we mention that the Pearl District is a foodie's dream? The list of top-rated Pearl District restaurants is a mile long, with flavors from around the world. Grab something sweet from Lovejoy Bakers, or head to Irving Street Kitchen for a meal you won't soon forget. If craft brews, great times, and nightlife are more your speed, head to the Brewery Blocks to sample the work of Portland's best craft breweries.
The Pearl District features fun for all ages, including loads of activities that kids will love. PlayDate PDX is an especially popular spot for children, with a huge indoor playground and plenty for adults to do while kids play. Families also love spending time at the many great parks located in the Pearl District. Jamison Square was one of the first places to be redeveloped in the neighborhood, with public art, beautiful water features, and a fountain where kids can play in the water. Tanner Springs Park features more outdoor beauty to explore, with wetlands, walking trails, and outdoor art. You'll also find a busy schedule of fun, family-friendly special events at parks and public spaces throughout the Pearl District.
One of the great things about living in Portland is that the city is always growing, striving, and building toward something better. About 30 years ago, the Pearl District was a largely overlooked corner of the city, home to abandoned warehouses and work yards. After extensive redevelopment, the Pearl was reborn into the amazing center of commerce, dining, culture, and entertainment that residents enjoy today. While the Pearl District has been totally transformed, the work never really ends. That means there's always something new and exciting to experience when you visit the Pearl District.
Are you ready to find a home of your own, close to all of the action and family fun in Portland's Pearl District? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Portland, OR area.
If Seattle is the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Pike Place Market is its soul. This bustling, energetic attraction in the core of the city is virtually its own neighborhood, serving as a top draw for tourists and locals alike.
What makes Pike Place Market such a must-see spot in one of the country's most vibrant cities? Join our brokers as they take a deep dive into the history, tradition, and appeal of Seattle's iconic marketplace.
During the early 1900s, Seattle was making the transition from frontier town to an urban center. The rapidly growing population created a strong demand for fresh produce, dairy products, meat, and other food items from nearby farms.
Unscrupulous wholesalers took advantage of the situation, paying farmers next to nothing and selling the goods alongside the downtown waterfront at exorbitant prices. Thanks to a proposal from City Councilman Thomas Revelle, Seattle decided to create a public marketplace where farmers could sell directly to consumers.
The fledgling market, located on newly-named Pike Place, opened for business on August 17, 1907, making it one of the country's oldest continually-operated public farmers' markets. Permanent arcades were constructed to house the vendors along with an eclectic mix of artists, activists, and eccentrics who began to gather regularly.
Sadly, the internments of World War II led to most of the Market's occupants being forced away. In 1941, Italian farmer Joe Desimone purchased the arcades and temporarily resurrected the Market, but post-WWII suburban sprawl resulted in a severe business downturn.
The Market was on the docket for demolition in the 1960s until architect Victor Steinbrueck founded a movement to "Save the Market." On November 2, 1971, Seattle voters approved a measure designating Pike Place Market as a nine-acre historic district.
Today the Market falls under the management of Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA), a non-profit public corporation chartered by the city in 1973. In addition to maintaining the Market's physical structures and supporting its businesses, the PDA is charged with providing residential housing and services for low-income people within the district.
As part of PDA's mission, Pike Place Foundation was established in 1982. During its lifetime, the Foundation has granted more than $30 million to support the Market's Senior Center and Food Bank, Childcare and Preschool, Clinic and other neighborhood services.
The Foundation's hallmark is its mascot, Rachel the Piggy Bank, "born" in 1986. This 550-pound life-sized bronze piggy bank, located under the Market's signature sign and clock, is a favorite spot for photo opportunities and donations. Rachel's cousin Billie has held a spot of honor on the Market's waterfront since 2016. Be sure to rub their snouts for good luck!
When it comes to shopping at the Market, you can find everything from soup to nuts. Some of the vendors have taken on celebrity status.
Portland is known as one of the most active, healthy cities in the country, with a population that loves a good workout. Many residents ride their bikes to work and spend time exercising in the city's beautiful outdoor spaces. There are also a ton of great gyms and fitness centers in the area, whether you're looking for a traditional workout or a fresh, unique way to stay in shape. Our brokers know the benefits of a local workout, and we've got the details on ten of the best gyms and fitness centers in the Portland area.
Living in Portland means that you're never far from a great workout, whether you want to hit the gym or break a sweat in the great outdoors. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Portland, OR area.
Summer means different things to different people, but there's one thing we all can agree on – it's a great time to eat ice cream. If you happen to be in Seattle looking for the perfect home (and cone to cool you off), then you're in luck. You'll find some of the best ice cream shops in America right down the road from these Seattle homes for sale. Our brokers take a quick look at eight spots you'll hear locals raving about.
Whether you're looking for the perfect ice cream cone or your next dream home, Seattle is a great place to find it. Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in Seattle, WA!
No matter what corner of the city you call home, there's no doubt that Portland is a fantastic place to live. The city is laid back, and filled with attractions. Residents can explore the outdoors at every turn, with a robust network of trails, bike paths, parks, and public spaces. There are so many great Portland neighborhoods to choose from, each with its own attractions, local businesses, and lifestyle. Our brokers have the details on ten of the most in-demand neighborhoods in Portland where you can find your next home.
Located on the southeastern edge of the city, the Sellwood Moreland neighborhood has long been a popular place to shop for a home in Portland. This neighborhood began life as a mill town on the outskirts of the city, before becoming part of Portland as it grew larger. Today, Sellwood Moreland maintains its small-town charm, while offering easy access to all the attractions of the big city and some of the state's top-ranked schools.
A shining example of Portland's commitment to urban renewal, the Pearl District has grown from humble beginnings into one of the hottest spots to shop for homes in the city. This neighborhood has transformed over the years and is home to some of the city's most popular restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries, and local businesses. Spend your days shopping, dining, and exploring beautiful outdoor spaces.
One of the city's oldest neighborhoods, Nob Hill offers many of the charms of the Pearl District, along with a wide selection of architecture when you're shopping for a home. This neighborhood features tons of long-time local businesses, catering to the diverse demographics of Nob Hill. Explore local dining spots, shops, and more, while living in one of Portland's most in-demand neighborhoods.
Interested in the lifestyle of Downtown Portland, with a more affordable cost of living? The historic Goose Hollow neighborhood is one of the most centrally located spots in the city, with plenty to do close to home. The area features a wide variety of dwellings, from apartments to condos and single-family homes that can fit any budget.
Looking for waterfront living without breaking the bank? The Lloyd District is located just across the river from downtown Portland, with beautiful waterfront views and loads of attractions to explore. This is where you'll find Portland's Convention Center, stadium, and the biggest mall in the city. The area has been extensively redeveloped, with tons of new businesses and dining spots to visit.
Alberta is one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the city, with a fun, eclectic set of local businesses that reflect the neighborhood's vibrant mix of residents. The dining scene here features flavors from around the world, and there's always another fun, unique street fair coming up on the local event schedule.
If you want to have it all, look no further than Downtown Portland for your next home. This is naturally among the city's most popular neighborhoods, with a convenient, walkable layout, extensive public transportation, tons of local businesses, and a park system that makes it easy to stay active. Waterfront Park, a popular stop in the neighborhood, features fairs and events all year round, along with plenty of beautiful spots to enjoy some time outdoors.
With a convenient location and unmatched views, Mount Tabor has long been a desirable spot to settle down. This neighborhood offers some of Portland's most majestic mountain views, along with a popular, 195-acre public park. It's one of the city's older neighborhoods, so this is a great place to shop if you're searching for a charming home built in the early 1900s.
Located on the northeastern side of Portland, Irvington is another fantastic spot to shop if you're searching for a historic home. This corner of the city features some of the largest lots you'll find in Portland, with homes to match. Walk the tree-lined boulevards, visit historic homes, participate in the active community association, and enjoy easy access to Downtown Portland anytime you please.
The fun, funky Buckman neighborhood is known for its unique mix of residents, and diverse collection of homes. Shop for restored Old Portland homes that encapsulate the city's history, with a huge selection of architectural styles. Colonel Summers Park is a popular gathering place in the neighborhood year-round and features a free picnic every year where residents can get to know their neighbors in a fun, family-friendly setting.
In Portland, there's a neighborhood to match every shopper and lifestyle, from quiet residential areas to bustling urban centers packed with attractions. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Portland, OR area.
That's the opinion of Niche.com, which put Redmond at the top of its list of best places to live. Redmond is making waves as one of the most desirable cities in Washington.
There's so much to love about Redmond, the biggest question is: Where to start?
Just a short drive east of Seattle, Redmond benefits from an amazing location. It has long been known as the home of Microsoft and Nintendo of America, but that's only the start of what's attracted its 65,000 residents to this "Bicycle Capital of the World."
Let's take a closer look at the secrets of what makes Redmond special:
Founded 1975, $110 billion technology giant Microsoft moved to Redmond in 1986 and remains the biggest employer in the city. Its campus on One Microsoft Way stretches over eight million square feet and easily serves more than 40,000 employees at a time.
Many other top brands also call Redmond home. Terex, a manufacturer of materials handling equipment, is the #2 local employer. Professionals can also find opportunities with AT&T, Honeywell, UPS, and – yes – Nintendo of America. Naturally, many more major companies are located in nearby Seattle.
No brief post can do justice to the rich diversity of Redmond, but this will get you started:
When it comes to all the things that make up a community, Redmond consistently stands out, especially when compared to cities of similar size. It features top-ranked public schools as well as higher education in the form of the Digipen Institute and Lake Washington Technical College.
Redmond is also well-known for its remarkable level of safety. There's a strong relationship between business, law enforcement, and the community which has made it a top tourist destination as well as a choice for growing families.
Art, culture and sports run the gamut in Redmond from contemporary galleries to street art. As you journey through the city, you'll find dozens of public art installations. The city maintains a thriving artist-in-residence program and its own poet laureate, too.
Community-centered organizations like the Redmond Historical Society and the Redmond Association of Spoken Word enjoy high participation in the city. There's always something to see and do, whether you prefer to spectate or participate.
For you, buying a house is not just ticking off another box on the list – it's personal. Because owning your own home means you get to decide which colors to paint the wall, how many dogs you get to have (backyard permitting), and which tree you'll build your kid's tree fort in. Having a place of your own isn't just the quintessential American Dream, it's the dream you've kindled For. Ever. But you live in Seattle and have heard the horror stories about too few houses for sale and sky-high prices. Now, you're afraid your dream may never come true.
Well, don't give up. Buying a home in Seattle is a lot like buying a home anywhere else, only different. Yes, the market here is a tight and prices are above the national average but that doesn't mean you're destined to a lifetime of renting. Coldwell Banker Bain's Team Diva know the ins and outs of the local market and what it takes to be successful in landing the home of your dreams. It starts with education, yours, so they've put together a complete guide, A to Z called, appropriately, How to Buy a Home in Seattle. In it you'll discover:
Whether you're ready to buy a house or just curious about the process, this comprehensive guide is for you. Never have the steps to buying a home in Seattle been laid out so clearly. See for yourself.
Call us biased, but some of our Brokers think Portland has the tastiest food carts in America. Food carts (aka trucks) are a staple in our local Portland community.
Depending upon who you talked to, Portland's first food trucks came into the picture as early as 1910 with Joseph Gatto selling from a horse-drawn cart. Fast forward to 2019, and you'll find nearly 600 food carts in our city with the aroma of food enticing hungry passersby to flock to their neighborhood.
Food carts have a style all their own that adds to the charm of Portland. Food carts are a huge part of our culture in Portland, and their popularity only continues to grow throughout our neighborhoods. Recently, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study named Portland as one of the five friendliest cities across America for food trucks. Our city's food-friendly attitude invites new entrepreneurs to build their food cart businesses here and add to our "food-omenon."
If you're searching for Portland homes for sale, you'll want to try out some of our restaurants on wheels.
Many locals use apps like Food Truck Fiesta, Eat St., and Roaming Hunger to track their favorite trucks. For the most part, each cart has a weekly rotation so you can always find them.
Let's say hello to ten of the top food trucks in the city:
The flavors of Portland will tempt your taste buds, and the city's fleet of lunch trucks grows by the day. Why not get started on your road to a Portland home you'll love? To find out more or get started, contact us today. We look forward to helping you.
Our Brokers are getting ready to enjoy another spectacular 4th of July around Portland and Seattle. When it comes to Independence Day, our area goes all out: We have some of the most memorable events anywhere in the United States.
No matter whether you've just moved in or you're still looking around, you'll enjoy the warm welcome that these two cities and their surrounding communities can offer. There's something for everyone around the 4th of July. From kids to adults, everyone will be left wide-eyed!
Looking for the best way to enjoy the holiday? We are taking a look at 10 events throughout our Pacific Northwest communities:
There's nothing else quite like the 4th of July, but there's always something to celebrate when you live around Seattle or Portland. Our local area will wow you with its outstanding arts, culture, and a flourishing economy.
Coldwell Banker Bain makes it easy to find your Pacific Northwest dream home. Contact us to get started.
Getting around Portland for Father's Dad is especially easy thanks to the city's bike sharing initiative, Biketown. You can get virtually anywhere throughout the downtown area without having to use a car or public transportation. There are 125 bike stations throughout the city.
Let's look at some of the best ways to celebrate dad in Portland this year.
Seattle is well known for a wide range of hiking trails and other opportunities for runners. There are clubs to join and annual races for runners of all skill levels. Whether you are a seasoned 10k athlete or just getting started, the Emerald City is the place for you.
Let's explore some of the best running spots in and around downtown Seattle:
Our team will help you run, not walk, to the Seattle home of your dreams. With our expert advice and excellent customer service, you could be settling in before the next big race later this year. Our deep insight into the Seattle market makes a difference. Contact us today to discover the best Seattle homes for sale.
If you've spoken to any locals while exploring Vancouver homes for sale, you probably already know our city is considered a hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you enjoy biking, hiking, or relaxing on the beach, there's always something fun to do in Vancouver.
With the warm weather coming, there's never been a better time to start exploring some of the awesome outdoor adventures Vancouver has to offer. Not sure where to start? We've got you covered! Here are seven of our favorite places to connect with nature and spend a day outdoors.
Once you start exploring all that there is to do in Vancouver, you'll understand why so many people love calling this city home. Are you ready to join them? Contact us today to discuss your home-buying goals and learn how we can help!
If you preferred means of travel is on two wheels, buying one of our Portland homes for sale just might be for you. Portland has long been known as a city full of people who care about the environment and love to spend their time outdoors. Thanks to the innovative Biketown Bike Share Program, open-air travel is now easily accessible to all residents!
Our Portland Uptown Brokers love spending their free time biking around the city, and we're sure you will too!
Haven't heard of Biketown yet? No worries! Here's everything you need to know about how the program works and some tips for where to go on your next cycling adventure.
Biketown is a city-wide program that includes 1,000 bikes and 125 area stations. Users can choose to either pay as they go or sign up for an inexpensive monthly or annual membership.
When you're ready to take a bike for a ride, you simply enter your code on the bike lock, hop on, and head out. When you're through with your ride, take the bike back to one of the stations, re-lock it, and you're done!
Because there are stations all across the city, users can easily combine Biketown, public transit, and walking to get to wherever they need to be. Whether you want to ride to the farmer's market, get in some exercise while checking out Portland homes for sale, or enjoy one of the area's great bike trails, Biketown is the way to go!
In honor of National Bike Month, we recommend you give Biketown a try and spend a day visiting some of the area's best bike trails. Not sure where to start? Check out this list of our favorites!
Whether you enjoy outdoor adventures, an exceptional dining scene, shopping, or nightlife, you'll find it in Portland. In fact, this is more than just a city, it's truly an experience!
There are so many things to love about living here, and we can't wait to show you around. Contact us today to get started!
Portland hosts a frenzy of festivals from late spring to early fall — so many that you may have trouble keeping track of them all! Don't worry, we've got you covered! Our Portland Uptown Brokers and our Portland West Brokers have come together to help you mark your calendar with the coolest, most diverse festivals each month that you can't afford to miss!
If you're considering moving to Seattle, chances are you are already the envy of your family and friends. Seattle is an icon as an epicenter of local and international culture. You may think you know the Queen City of the Pacific Northwest, but unless you've lived here, there's plenty left to learn.
Sure, you've seen the Seattle skyline in the movies, and you know that a certain coffee company got its start at Pike Place, but there's much more to this city than the Space Needle and Starbucks. Seattle is a diverse metropolitan area that blends skyscrapers, nature, culture, and creativity into an iconic identity that will engage all five of your senses. Our Brokers love calling Seattle home, and we know that you'll feel right at home here too!
Seattle isn't meant to be visited; it's meant to be experienced! Life in The Emerald City is a feeling. It's impossible not be moved by the amazing people that make this city special by sharing their culture and talents with their neighbors.