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November
14

portland light displays

During the holidays, Portland's already stunning surroundings become even more spectacular with the addition of lights. Take in the joy of the season when you tour these holiday light displays around Portland homes for sale.

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October
17

Seattle Outdoors

Seattle has become known as a high-tech city, but the city has maintained its well-earned reputation as one of the more stunning outdoor playgrounds in the country. Our brokers stay in touch with nature at these amazing attractions near Seattle homes for sale.

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October
10

Sauvie Island

When you're ready to enjoy some outdoor fall fun near Portland, it's hard to find a better place than Sauvie Island to spend a day. With a unique collection of farms, trails, parks, and natural areas, Sauvie Island is an outdoor lover's dream. Fall is a great time to visit some of the farms on Sauvie Island with the family, enjoy fun, seasonal activities for all ages, and explore the great outdoors. Our brokers have all of the details on some of the best Sauvie Island fall activities for you to enjoy this year.

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August
15

West Seattle

The original settlers of Seattle landed at Alki Beach in 1851, giving West Seattle a permanent place of honor in the city's history. There's always something new to discover, and our brokers share some of their favorite activities and attractions around this unique neighborhood.

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August
8

Portland Lake Day

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. 

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July
25

Portland Hiking

Few sights can match the awe-inspiring experience of a sunrise over the spectacular natural scenery around Portland homes for sale, and there are plenty of great trails in the area that allow you to get a front-row seat for one of nature's most amazing displays. As an added bonus, hitting the trails early allows you to beat the crowds and leaves you plenty of time to tackle everything else you need to do in your busy day. Our brokers appreciate the natural beauty of Portland, and we've got all of the key details on some of the best trails for a sunrise hike around the city.

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July
11

Portland Pearl District

Get to know the glittering jewel of Portland's incredible neighborhoods. Our brokers share their favorite must-see places in the chic and historic Pearl District.

History of the Pearl District

While the word "pearl" conjures up images of a shiny, polished gem, Portland's Pearl District was originally a gritty area that was home to railroads, warehouses, and industrial buildings. In the mid-1980s, urban renewal began transforming the neighborhood into a popular district known for art galleries, charming boutiques, and trendy restaurants.

At one time, the district was known simply as the Triangle, but a search began for a more satisfying name. The Rose Arts Magazine presented a list of suggestions, and the Pearl District ended up gaining favor as a reference to the artists who were setting up studios in warehouses being converted to lofts.

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June
27

Portland Community Gardens

Portland is affectionately known as Rose City, but the local landscape produces an amazing range of plants, flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

Nature and community are two of the most cherished aspects in Portland, so it's easy to see why these things combine at local community gardens.

Our brokers take a look at the ever-growing (no pun intended!) network of community gardens around Portland homes for sale and let you know how you can get involved.

Community Gardens

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April
18

Seattle Libraries

The Little Free Library movement has been gaining popularity in cities all around the country, but few places have embraced it with more enthusiasm than Seattle. All around the city, you'll find Little Free Libraries where you can freely exchange books with friends and neighbors. Find something new and exciting to read while supporting a good cause in the process. Our brokers have more information on what Little Free Libraries are all about and where you can find some of the many Little Free Libraries in Seattle.

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April
4

Woodinville

Looking for a break from the fast pace of Seattle? The picturesque and peaceful wine country of Woodinville is less than 30 minutes away. Spend a refreshing day visiting these attractions that are favorites of our brokers

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March
14

Chinatown

You never run out of interesting things to see and do in Portland. Old Town Chinatown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers some truly unique attractions in the Portland area. Our brokers love telling people about Portland and all it has to offer! Be sure to check out these 7 places in Old Town Chinatown. 

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February
7

Seattle Outdoors

Do you love to experience the great outdoors? Winter is the perfect time to explore some of the vast natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and the great thing about Seattle homes for sale is that you won't have to travel far to find outdoor adventures. Whether you're interested in snow sports, hiking, outdoor art installations, excellent local parks, or other outdoor adventures, there is something for you in the Seattle area. Our brokers have all of the key info on some of the best winter outdoor activities to enjoy around Seattle.

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January
10

Portland Pocket Parks

Each year, visitors flock to the Pacific Northwest to take in the region's fabled sights. Even so, there are a number of delightful pockets of land, or pocket parks, around Portland homes for sale that manage to stay under the radar. Our brokers let you in on some of their favorite hidden gems in Portland.

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November
8

Portland Food Carts

Los Angeles may claim to have started the food truck craze, but Portland has truly embraced the trend. With more than 500 trucks, or "carts," as they're referred to by locals, Portland's food cart scene has drawn raves from Bon Appétit, CNN, and other national sources.

Our brokers spotlight some of their favorites among the exciting food carts found just minutes from Portland homes for sale.

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October
4

Pacific Northwest Fall

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.

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August
16

Honey bee gardensOne of the best reasons to buy a home is to have enough land to practice all your hobbies. Gardeners know it's crucial to have enough space for their plants to flourish. By choosing the right plants and nurturing them in the right ways, they make a positive impact that reaches far beyond their own home.

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August
2

Outdoor Movies

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy an outdoor movie with friends, and there are a wide variety of options available to watch outdoor films in the Portland area. Many local communities make movies available for free in weekly events at popular local parks, and some even offer the classic drive-in movie experience. If you're planning to enjoy an outdoor movie, remember that it's wise to bring your own seating, along with some snacks and drinks. Our brokers have the details on 5 communities in the Portland area showing outdoor movies this summer.

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July
12

Picnic Spots Throughout Seattle

With a city surrounded by water and mountains, is it any wonder that outdoor dining is so popular in Seattle? Pack a basket or grab some carryout and visit one of these amazing picnic spots around Seattle recommended by our brokers

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June
14

Parks in Portland

Portland regularly ranks among the most beautiful cities in the United States, in large part thanks to its incredible natural scenery. What better place to celebrate Nature Photography Day on Tuesday, June 15? Our real estate agents will be taking their cameras to these stunning parks that are just minutes from Portland homes for sale.

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May
25

Portland mini golf

The weather is warming up, and the kids are bouncing off the walls. Wondering what to do with them? How about a fun, family-friendly round of miniature golf? 

There are many great indoor and outdoor courses in the Portland area to enjoy a round of mini golf! To help you prepare for summer, we asked our brokers which courses their families enjoy the most. Here are their recommendations. 

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May
10

Portland Walkable Neighborhoods

Portland maintains an impressive Walk Score year after year, meaning it's convenient for residents to ditch the car when it's time to run errands or head out the park. Portland is full of quirky-cool neighborhoods that are just steps away from shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations. The streets are lined with pristine sidewalks and flourishing trees that make it easy to explore on foot the sights, sounds, and tastes available in Portland. To get a sense of which Portland neighborhoods offer the best pedestrian experience, our brokers have rounded up the ones with the highest ratings on Walk Score.

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April
26

Portland Campgrounds

Portland homes for sale have a lot going for them! World-class shopping and dining, a diverse economy, and unmistakable local culture will have you exploring the city for years to come. But everyone needs to take some time out in nature, too – and the opportunities around Portland are abundant.

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April
12

National Park

National parks are a true American treasure, handed down from one generation to the next.

The Pacific Northwest has so many wonderful national parks to visit, or better yet, live near. 

Stunning Crater Lake National Park is less than half a day's drive from Portland homes for saleOr explore 73 miles of Pacific Coast at Olympic National Park, roughly a two-hour drive from Seattle homes for sale

Our brokers share nine top benefits of living near a national park. Do some of these surprise you? 

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April
5

Smart System for Garden

For nearly twenty years, smart homes have been surging in popularity as we embrace the technology that makes our lives easier. No longer limited to inside the home, technology has moved into the garden to make it more efficient as well.

Our brokers know how important a lush lawn and curb appeal are when appealing to potential buyers. Whether you're getting your home ready to list or just want to enjoy an attractive landscape, consider installing a few of these smart devices.

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March
22

Portland Produce

It's springtime in Portland, and life is good. There are countless reasons why our brokers are always excited about spring's return, but one of the biggest reasons is the unbeatable farm-fresh produce. 

Oregon is home to some of America's greatest and most diverse growers. You can find their crops every week at these Portland area farm stands and farmers markets. Check them out, and enjoy some fine spring weather while you're out there!

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October
19

Woodland Park Zoo

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.

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September
21

Fall Landscaping

Autumn has arrived in the Pacific Northwest! Our brokers love everything about the fall season. The exciting fall festivals, the crisp and cool breeze, and the ways the changing leaves fill our streets with color makes us wish the season would last all year. When it comes to caring for your outdoor spaces, fall is a wonderful time to complete necessary upkeep. Here are seven ways you can improve your landscape this fall.

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September
14

Historic Portland Sites

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.

  1. Shanghai Tunnels – 120 NW 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    Portland's Underground, also known as the Shanghai Tunnels are located in Old Town Chinatown. Beneath the buildings, a series of interconnected tunnels running all the way to the waterfront. Sadly, most of the tunnels have collapsed, preventing anyone from uncovering a clearer definition of their intended use. However, these tunnels are often sited through local lore to have been used to smuggle illegal goods from ships to the shore. 

  2. The Pittock Mansion – 3229 NW Pittock Dr., Portland, OR 97210
    The Pittock Mansion
    is a historic house museum that was once the home of The Oregonian owner, Henry Pittock. As he built his financial empire in real estate, banking, railroads, and more, his wife used their wealth to start and support countless organizations benefiting the people of Portland, including the Martha Washington Home and the Ladies Relief Society. The mansion was acquired by the city and restored to act as a museum dedicated to this interesting piece of Portland's early history.

  3. Waterfront Park – 98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
    Waterfront Park
    is a relatively new site for the city, with its ideation beginning in the early 1900s. It wasn't until 1974 that ground broke on this park, but it was well worth the wait as its been a popular social spot for Portlanders ever since. This park features many historical landmarks such as the Battleship Oregon Memorial, which was constructed to honor the retired ship that served our country in the late 1800s. The Founder's Stone is also on-site, which acts as a tribute to the city's founders who actually flipped a coin to determine whether the city would be named Portland or Boston. The Japanese American Historical Plaza is also within Waterfront Park, which honors the Japanese Americans of the Northwest who served in the United States military during World War II.

  4. Oregon Holocaust Memorial – 95205 SW Washington Way, Portland, OR 97205
    The Oregon Holocaust Memorial is located outdoors in Washington Park. This memorial was dedicated in 2004 to the many residents of Portland and Washington that have had relatives who died in the camps; their names are engraved on the memorial wall. A soil vault panel, filled with soil and ash from six camps, sits alongside bronze tokens representing the everyday objects left behind as individuals from across Europe were transported to the camps.

  5. Ankeny Plaza – 2 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97204
    Ankeny Plaza
    was one of the first public spaces in Portland and contains a number of historical features. Located in Old Town Chinatown, this plaza is surrounded by buildings built in the mid-1800s and contains the oldest public art sculpture: Skidmore Fountain. Meant to act as a drinking fountain for men, dogs, and horses, this 14-ft bronze piece of art continues to be a public space where Portlanders and their animals can come to cool off.

Are you searching for an older, charming home in Portland that you can call your own? Our team can help! Contact us today to tour our listings of Portland homes for sale.

September
28

Portland Farms

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.

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August
3

Seattle Japanese Garden

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

  • Hours
    Tuesday – Sunday 10 AM-7 PM during August
    Tuesday – Sunday 10 AM-6 PM during September

  • Admission
    $8, Adults 18-64 
    $4, Ages 6-17, 65+, and College Students
    Free, Ages 0-5

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.

  • The Seattle Japanese Garden has implemented a new timed ticketing system that requires visitors to purchase their tickets in advance online. These tickets will be purchased for a specific timeslot and cannot be changed or refunded.  

  • Face coverings are required for all guests ages 5 and above.

  • Paths throughout the garden will now be one-way only.

  • Many areas and pathways will be closed until further notice, including the Tateuchi Community Room, the azumaya, various bridges, various platforms, and the Shoseian Teahouse.

  • Tours and tea ceremonies are not offered at this time.

  • You cannot bring in your own food or beverages, with the exception of your own drinking water as water fountains within the Seattle Japanese Garden are closed.

  • Your group size cannot exceed five individuals, including children.

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:

  • Plan your visit well in advance to ensure that you can secure a ticket for the day you desire.

  • Research the history of the Japanese-style garden and learn about the importance of the Seattle Japanese Garden.

  • Be sure to eat a meal prior to your arrival and consider bringing a bottle of water for each person in your group.

  • When you arrive, grab a brochure at the entrance so your group can complete a self-guided tour of the grounds.

  • Follow all guidelines including wearing your mask at all times and progressing through the garden according to the marked paths.

  • Most importantly, make sure to take a moment to sit and admire the beauty of each varied landscape of Japan certain areas represent.

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:

  • Japanese forest grass
  • Chinese silver grass
  • Bamboos
  • Miscanthus
  • Cherry trees
  • Japanese spicebush
  • Western red cedar
  • Arnold azalea
  • Osmanthus
  • Japanese camellias
  • Hinoki
  • Water lilies
  • Japanese iris
  • Corylopsis
  • Lily of the Valley shrub
  • Cryptomeria japonica
  • Koto no Ito

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.

July
20

Salmon Bay

Living in Seattle means that you're never far from natural beauty, and the Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor is one example of why that's the case. The corridor is located within the city but has been preserved so that visiting feels like a trip to the wilderness. It's a place where you can see nature, discover local wildlife, and watch the great migration of salmon in action throughout the year. Ready to start exploring? Our brokers have you covered, with our guide to the sights you'll see and the activities that you can enjoy along the scenic Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor.

  • An Urban Wildlife Corridor in Seattle
    The Salmon Bay Wildlife Corridor is conveniently located close to Seattle homes for sale, running along Seaview Avenue by the water. Salmon Bay itself is located on the edge of the Puget Sound, just past the Ballard Locks and the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Visitor Center. It's an estuary on the boundary where freshwater meets saltwater, which is a recipe for a bustling area of wildlife, activity, and natural beauty. 

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June
8

Portland Garden tips

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:

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March
16

Greenhouses in Seattle

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.

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June
17

Seattle Fishing

Our Capitol Hill Brokers and our Seattle Lake Union Brokers live and work right here in Seattle, just like our clients and future homeowners. When we're not helping people pursue the dream of homeownership, we're enjoying all our area has to offer – including fishing.

Seattle is known for some of the best fishing in the Pacific Northwest. When you go angling around here, you can easily catch Chinook and silver salmon. Fishing reaches its first peak in mid-October through January.

That said, the opportunities here go well beyond the winter.

You'll find Chinook in Puget Sound from June through August, while silver salmon are out in force from July to September. When the salmon season closes in spring and summer, then it's time to enjoy bottom fishing with one of the many professional charter boats.

Let's take a look at some of the best places around Seattle to get a world-class fishing experience:

Seattle Fishing Puget Sound

  1. Puget Sound
    Puget Sound is legendary, giving a glimpse of pristine, protected waters sandwiched between the breathtaking Olympic Mountains. Fishing is abundant year around, and some of the best spots are only moments from the dock. There are 1,500 miles of shoreline to explore. Autumn is when you'll find anglers from all over the country visiting in pursuit of record-breaking Chinook.

    Seattle Fishing

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June
3

Favorite Spots for Running in Seattle
National Running Day is June 5. Our Capitol Hill Brokers and our Seattle Lake Union Brokers want you to have the opportunity to enjoy it Seattle style.

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:

Seattle Washington Park Arboretum

  1. Washington Park Arboretum – 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98112
    Washington Park Arboretum offers a veritable maze of well-kept trails in beautiful natural surroundings. These trails are inviting for those who want to partake of the scenery with broad, flat paths. No worrying about hitting a tree root here.

    Seattle Running Lighthouse

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May
27

Vancouver Washington OutdoorsIf 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. 

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May
20

Tacoma on a Saturday
Tacoma is well-known for its lively culture, creative and friendly residents, and sophisticated options for dining, shopping, and nightlife. If you're searching for Tacoma homes for sale, you might wonder where to start when exploring first.

Since our jobs give us plenty of opportunities to learn about the area's hottest attractions, our Brokers offer this short list of nine things to do in Tacoma on a Saturday. 

Tacoma Breakfast

  1. Early-Morning Breakfast at Shakabrah Java: 2618 6th Ave. Tacoma, WA 98406
    Known as one of the best breakfast spots in town, Shakabrah Java is the perfect place for you to start your Tacoma adventure. It's busy on the weekends, so you'll want to get there bright and early. We promise that the giant pancakes, homemade corned beef hash, and great coffee make it well worth the early-morning alarm. 

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May
6

Portland Biketown Bike Share
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: Giving You More to Explore 

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.

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