Top 5 Annual Seattle Events

Are you planning a trip or considering moving to Seattle? Why not come for one of the city’s best yearly events? Below are my 5 favorite annual Seattle events:

1. The Ballard Seafood Fest, July 7-8, 2017 – This is my favorite Seattle event of the year! The heart of Ballard closes off the streets to invite seafood vendors and bands to take over. Beer gardens, merchant tents, and local artists set up shop throughout the neighborhood. Nothing symbolizes Seattle summers better than seafood, music, and sunshine! This event is free for all to attend, so bring the whole family.

Tip: If you like crab, The “open-faced crab melt” is an item I recommend seeking out.

2. The Capitol Hill Block Party, July 21-23, 2017 – If you like live music and young, fun-loving crowds, the Capitol Hill Block Party is an event you won’t want to miss. A few blocks in the Capitol Hill neighborhood are shut down, fenced off, and filled with loud music from stages in every direction. Local bars also feature musical acts and drink specials inside the festival premises.

Tip: While there are restaurants and food stands inside the festival area, you are better off eating before you arrive. If you do get hungry inside, I recommend finding a hot dog stand and ordering a “Seattle dog” with cream cheese.

3. Bite of Seattle, July 21-23, 2017 – The Bite of Seattle is the largest food event in the city each year. Over 60 restaurants set up food booths that offer both “a bite” of food as well as larger dishes. It takes place right under the Space Needle at the Seattle Center. Party games, bands, and beer gardens are also scattered throughout the festival. I recommend attending at non peak hours to avoid the large crowds.

Fun fact: A few years ago I met “hotdog eating champion” Joey Chestnut at The Bite. Really nice guy 👍🏻

4. Seafair, August 4-6, 2017 – Think Mardi Gras on boats, but instead of parades, there are hydroplane races! The boating world comes together every August to enjoy the gorgeous Seattle lakes, specifically Lake Washington. Boating in Seattle is fantastic year round, but Seafair is always the busiest weekend of the year on the water. The Blue Angels air show is another highlight of the weekend. Boat rentals are available but you will need to book them early!

Tip: If you rent a boat for Seafair, be sure to have a designated (sober) captain. The police are out in force to ensure everyone parties safely!

5. Bumbershoot Music and Comedy Festival, September 1-3, 2017 – Bumbershoot usually signifies the beginning of the end of summer in Seattle. It is a fantastic festival that always draws the top musical and comedy acts from around the world. A few of my favorite artists that I have personally seen at Bumbershoot in the past are: Kanye West, Drake, & The Weeknd.

Tip: Weekend passes are available for Bumbershoot, but you are better off picking one day/night to go. Since it takes place at the Seattle Center, you can visit the Space Needle the same day!

While these 5 Seattle events are my favorites, there are many more that are not mentioned above. If you are interested in learning about other things to do and see in the city, send me an email and I’d be happy to answer any questions you have.

Happy Holidays

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Happy holidays! I hope everyone is spending the end of 2016 with family and friends. 2016 has been an eventful year, and 2017 is projecting to be a year of more growth for the Seattle area. While the beginning of 2017 will likely have markets in a wait and see mode, I believe a (likely) federal tax cut will incentivize more millennials into home ownership. If/when millennials start buying in large numbers, the Seattle real estate market will thrive. More first-time homebuyers and a strong Seattle job market are reasons to be optimistic that 2017 will lead to more growth for Seattle real estate. Happy new year to all!

Market Watch: December 2016

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Here are 5 new listings that caught my eye this week. Contact me anytime to schedule a showing.

1. https://www.redfin.com/WA/Seattle/305-Valley-St-98109/unit-C/home/112352939

2. https://www.redfin.com/WA/Seattle/2419-8th-Ave-N-98109/unit-301/home/54501

3. https://www.redfin.com/WA/Seattle/321-W-Olympic-Pl-98119/unit-D/home/112389693

4. https://www.redfin.com/WA/Seattle/2606-W-Boston-St-98199/home/124515

5. https://www.redfin.com/WA/Seattle/619-5th-Ave-W-98119/unit-302/home/63865

Winter is C̶o̶m̶i̶n̶g̶ HERE!

This photo was taken from the roof of my Queen Anne townhouse in 2008.

This photo was taken from the roof of my Queen Anne townhouse in 2008.

In Seattle, winter weather usually arrives a bit earlier than December 21st. Here are 3 of my top tips to make sure your home is ready for frigid temperatures:

1. Cover outdoor faucets and any exposed pipes-

It rarely gets below freezing in Seattle, but in case it does, make sure all outdoor faucets and exposed pipes are covered to prevent the pipes from freezing.

2. Look around the perimeter of your house to ensure standing water can’t penetrate your home’s exterior-

A common problem in Seattle is a bit of a drip/wetness in basements. As anyone around the world will tell you, it rains frequently in Seattle, especially in the winter months. I recommend home owners walk around the exterior of their home to ensure water is draining away from the home. It is a good idea to have your gutters and down spouts cleared yearly. This will prevent water from causing problems in your basement.

3. Change the filter on your furnace-

One of the most forgotten maintenance items in a home is the furnace. People tend to only think about the furnace if it isn’t working properly. To ensure your furnace is running at full speed all winter long, I recommend changing your filters at least once a year. It is also a good idea to have a yearly servicing of your furnace by a local professional.

These are just a few suggestions to prepare your home for winter weather. Feel free to contact me anytime if you are interested in more home preservation tips. Stay warm Seattle!

Space Needle Goes Dark

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A couple of nights ago I was walking my dog and I noticed the Space Needle was missing from the Seattle skyline. After a quick twitter search, I found out that a planned maintenance outage was taking place. I have lived in Seattle for over 30 years and I have never seen the Space Needle not lit up, so I knew I had to get to Kerry Park to get a picture. This photo was taken just after midnight on Monday 10/24/2016. #NoTimeForSleep