For a scenic, convenient way to travel to points of interest around Seattle homes for sale and far beyond, it's tough to top Washington State Ferries. In total, the fleet travels across the Puget Sound and the greater Salish Sea. It's the largest operating ferry system in the United States, with destinations that range from Tacoma to British Columbia. Our brokers have all of the details on Washington State Ferries and how you can use them to travel all around the Seattle area.
Tips for Making the Most of Your Next Journey
If you're new to the Seattle area, then planning your first ferry ride may feel a little overwhelming, with so many routes, vessels, and destinations available. Here are some tips to help you learn the system.
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.
Seattle established itself long ago as one of America's leading foodie cities. And while that reputation remains unchanged, the restaurants that define Seattle's dynamic culinary scene are always changing. With that in mind, our brokers are eager to share their favorite new restaurants that you'll need to try soon!
There are plenty of nature retreats near the Seattle area, and perhaps one of the most visually stunning is hiking to a waterfall. Summer is the perfect time to view these exquisite works of art in Mother Nature's portfolio. Our brokers love having easy access to these spectacular waterfalls within a short distance from Seattle homes for sale.
Reading is an excellent year-round activity for family members of all ages to enjoy. Plus, the Pacific Northwest is home to many local bookstores full of books to add to your summer reading list. While summer reading is certainly enjoyed outdoors, an indoor reading nook makes it so you can enjoy your new favorite novel even when it is raining.
After you've stocked up on new reads, follow these tips for creating a cozy reading spot in your home.
The Portland Saturday Market is a local treasure in the area around our Portland homes for sale. With a history dating back nearly 50 years, it's easy to see why. This gathering of local vendors is a remarkable achievement. Let's take a closer look at the Portland Saturday Market and see what keeps it drawing so much attention after all these years.
The Portland Saturday Market began in 1974 as a small gathering of local vendors interested in selling their wares to people in their community. This type of market was common in the early 1970s, reflecting high levels of interest in crafts like macrame, tie-dye, and crochet.
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.
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.
Portland has a vibrant live theater scene packed with popular plays, musicals, and more that are performed in interesting venues with rich histories. The 2022 calendar is filled with exciting performances, so you're sure to find several that appeal to you.
Our brokers are excited for all the performances taking the stage in Portland. Here are a few in 2022 you don't want to miss:
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.
Chances are that over the last eighteen months, your home has also become your workplace. So what do you do when you need a getaway? Our brokers share the many compelling reasons why Travel + Leisure just named Bend, OR as one of the "8 Best Small Towns to Buy a Vacation Home in the U.S."
What Makes Bend So Wonderful?
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.
Seattle homes for sale have lots of things going for them. The city is famous for its culinary delights, its rich history and culture, and the seemingly never-ending number of parks you'll find nestled between the world-class amenities and unique landmarks. Our brokers say there's no other place like it.
Pike Place Market is such a cherished part of Seattle that offers fantastic food options in every season. Our brokers are especially fond of the fall treats that can be found at the market. Plan your next trip to Pike Place Market and be on the lookout for these fall finds.
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.
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.
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.
Upcycling has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with more people looking for ways to reuse materials and save money. It is a great way of transforming unloved, outdated, or unused pieces of furniture into something fresh, unique, and perfectly suited for your space. The good thing about upcycling is that no previous skills are required, and there are really no limits to what you can create. Upcycling is not just a cost-effective way of breathing new life into your old furniture, but it's also a great way to expand your creativity and reduce your impact on the environment. Our brokers have put together their top tips, which will help you create your ultimate upcycling adventure.
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.
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.
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 sale. Or 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?
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!
You might think it's impossible to celebrate Valentine's Day when you can't go out on the town. But who says you have to leave the house to have a romantic evening?
Light some candles! Open a bottle of wine! And order takeout from one of our real estate agents' favorite restaurants in the Seattle area.
When most people think of American history, the East Coast gets most of the spotlight. But that's not the only area in the country where you can see beautiful historic buildings. Our brokers love The City of Roses, not only because it has a culture blooming with innovation, but that its rich history is so well preserved and celebrated. Walking around some areas of Portland provides an exceptional glimpse into the past, especially when strolling through the historic district of Irvington.
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.
Our brokers are hard at work this holiday season, helping motivated buyers in the Portland area find the homes they want. But everyone should slow down during the holidays and spend time with loved ones – and often, searching for the ideal holiday gifts is a part of the enjoyment.
Here's a holiday tip: Board games are having a renaissance!
Yes, with more people spending time indoors, board games are a fun and fast-paced alternative to a computer or video games that everyone can take part in. And there truly are games for everyone, from children of all ages to adults looking for a more sophisticated experience.
While some games only get played once or twice, others have real staying power. They can even form the backbone of a new family tradition. If you're hungry for something new on game night, you're in luck: The Portland area is replete with shops where you can explore board games, card games, and RPGs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coffee is a great morning pick-me-up, but if you're looking for a refreshing mid-day treat, bubble tea is the best beverage to hit the spot! A Taiwanese beverage that looks as unique and incredible as it tastes, bubble tea is a blended tea featuring milk, fruit, fruit juice, and the signature tapioca pearls known as "bubbles."
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.
Get ready to say "Om" – International Yoga Day is on Saturday, June 21st, and our brokers want you to breathe in serenity and breathe away your worries. Although International Yoga Day is only a few years old, yoga's history dates back to over 5,000 years ago. For centuries, the practices of yoga have spread from India and evolved around the world. Today, an estimated 20 million people practice yoga, including many of our very own Seattleites. Whether you're new to yoga or have been practicing this healthy activity for years, we encourage you to connect your mind, body, and soul with help with virtual classes from these Seattle yoga studios.
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:
The more time we're forced to spend apart, the more important it is to find ways of staying connected. Our brokers have been practicing social distancing just like everyone else, and we've discovered that it comes with its challenges. Luckily there are a few apps to help you stay connected with those you care about most.
Try these apps for staying close while social distancing:
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.
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.
Our brokers always help our clients get the best selling price they can when it comes to Portland homes for sale. Targeted renovations can help you raise your asking price. Even if you have only a few weeks before you go on the market, you can make a big difference.
Many small DIY projects can go a long way in preparing your home for sale. For example, a quick coat of exterior paint takes years off a home's appearance. General cleaning and decluttering are also essential to staging the home.
But there are some renovations and repairs that should be left to the pros.
When it comes to these larger home improvement projects, the risks of doing it yourself far outweigh the rewards.
Call the experts on these home improvement projects:
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.
Is it time for spring break already? If you're searching for fun, family activities to enjoy with your kids over spring break, you're in luck. The Portland area is filled with amazing attractions for families with kids, as our brokers and so many long-time residents can attest. Prepare for an unforgettable spring break filled with family memories, with our guide to 6 great things to do with your kids this spring in Portland.
The benefits of reading go far beyond the classroom, and Read Across America Day is the perfect opportunity for people of all ages to get lost in a great book. Of course, this holiday is primarily geared toward children, which is why it falls on March 2 – aka the birthday of Dr. Seuss – every year, or on the Friday before if March 2 falls on a weekend.
Whether you have a young child or you're looking to reconnect with your love of reading, our brokers are happy to report that Seattle neighborhoods are filled with local bookstores where you can celebrate Read Across America Day this year.
Living in Seattle makes it easy to connect with literature, art, and culture, with so many neighborhoods that still know the value of a beloved local bookstore. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.
"You make a million decisions that mean nothing, and then one day you order take-out, and it changes your life."
Such is the story of a man and a woman in the iconic romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle. This 1993 hit starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
A romcom that still holds a special place in our hearts nearly 30 years later, Sleepless in Seattle, places the Emerald City front and center on the silver screen. Our brokers suggest venturing to these seven Seattle hot-spots featured in Sleepless in Seattle.
Now that winter has settled in around Portland homes for sale, it's time to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day on Friday, January 31. Indulge your love affair with chocolate by sipping a warming cup of hot cocoa at one of these amazing neighborhood cafés.
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.
The Seattle area is home to an amazing collection of truly unique local dining destinations, serving up healthy, feel-good food with a personal touch. Many of Seattle's local restaurants are also deeply involved in the community, raising funds, aiding local charities, and participating in community events. Our brokers know the Seattle dining scene, and we've got the inside scoop on 8 great spots where you can enjoy low-carb dining in style.
Bop Box – 5633 Airport Way S., Seattle, WA 98108
Whether you've already experienced the amazing flavors of Korean cooking or you're trying it for the first time, Bop Box offers everything you need to get in touch with this unique culinary culture. Serving bibimbop, a traditional, "one-pot" Korean meal, Bop Box combines fresh veggies, unique toppings, and classic touches to create low-carb meals that you won't soon forget. The menu also features a variety of healthy vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, all made with the freshest ingredients.
With Thanksgiving and its turkey now just a memory, we're firmly in the thick of the holiday season. December's ticking away at a rapid clip, but before you get mired in a tangle of tinsel, gift wrapping or kransekake baking, have some fun first! There's so much going on this time of year it's hard to choose. Here are a few ideas we just couldn't resist.
Portlanders really know how to get into the spirit, or should we say spirits, this time of year? At the Holiday Ale Festival in downtown Portland, nearly 50 craft brews and ciders will be on tap, along with food, merchandise and more (Dec. 4-8). On the other hand, what could be more fun than 300 tubas gathered together in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square to play Christmas carols and other seasonal songs at Tuba Christmas (Dec. 14)? You'll see more than three ships go sailing by at this year's Christmas Ships Parade, where for two weeks fleets of festively decorated vessels will cruise the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, much to the delight of the onshore crowds (Dec. 5-22). A trip to the zoo is family fun any time of year, but ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo ups the ante with a display of more than 1.5 million bulbs that turn the animal kingdom into a magical wonderland (through Jan. 5). Seattle has its Candy Cane Lane, but Portlanders head to Peacock Lane, where residents there have been festooning their Tudor-style homes in holiday garb since the 1930s. Drive through or park nearby and stroll at your leisure. Free hot chocolate and cider will be on hand, though a donation is appreciated (Dec. 15-31).
In Bend, there's an interesting onstage sequel to Pride and Prejudice, the Jane Austen classic, in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, presented by the Cascades Theatrical Company. Set two years after the original novel and focusing on middle sister Mary, the play has been called "an unstuffy, highly entertaining and warm-spirited work," by the Chicago Tribune (through Dec. 15). In the Old Mill District, local choirs sing their hearts out and fill the air – and shops and restaurants in the outdoor mall – with holiday spirit (through Dec. 21). The Old Mill District is also the site of the annual menorah lighting in celebration of Hanukkah, with music, food, Hanukkah gelt (chocolate coins) and more (Dec. 22). Pack up the kids and head to Gingerbread Junction at Sunriver Resort, where amazing candy and cookie creations have been dazzling holiday visitors for nearly a quarter century (Dec. 6-Jan. 4).
The Teddy Bear Suite at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle is an annual holiday pleasure for kids and parents alike. But heads up: If you plan to visit the teddy bear wonderland on the weekend, be prepared for a lengthy wait in line (through Dec. 26). In Bellevue, it's a party every day on Snowflake Lane, where a nightly parade of holiday characters, dancers, lighted floats, falling snow – even Santa as the 12th Man – enliven the sidewalks between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square (through Dec. 24). After the parade, sashay over to the ice rink, strap on your skates and enjoy more than 9,000 square feet of real ice. Can't skate? Don't worry; free skating lessons are available or you can take a two-week class for $40 (through Jan. 20). Area green-thumbers are in for a seasonal treat at the Garden d'Lights, the annual holiday extravaganza of more than half a million twinkling lights shaped like plants, flowers, birds and more on view at the Bellevue Botanical Center (through Dec. 31). See you there!
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!
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.
There are endless ways to enjoy life in Portland, Oregon. It's a hub for food, coffee, live music, and culture, but our brokers are also grateful to live in a place with a wonderful climate and spectacular natural scenery. That makes it one of the best places in the U.S. for hiking and outdoor adventure in any season.
The Portland area offers year-round hiking opportunities. Whether you're looking for a challenging trek or an easy afternoon stroll, these are some of our favorite all-season hiking destinations near Portland homes for sale.
Few places in the United States offer stunning scenery comparable to the Pacific Northwest. Oregon is a gem of this region, offering limitless views from the sea to the mountains. Lake Oswego is a fantastic community of fewer than 40,000 residents who surround the beautiful Oswego Lake. Although it's only a few miles away from Portland, Lake Oswego leaves the hustle and bustle of the city behind and instead provides an intimate atmosphere. Featuring a growing arts and culture scene, tons of outdoor recreation opportunities and a tight-knit community that makes even visitors feel right at home.
Our brokers have watched dozens of men and women fall in love with the charm of Lake Oswego, and we know you will too. Here are a few of the amazing experiences that await those who live along Oswego Lake.
The highly educated and entrepreneurial residents of Lake Oswego are mostly married couples who have children that attend one of the area's great schools. The Lake Oswego School District has one of the highest graduation rates in the region as well as some of the highest performance ratings. Several private primary schools, as well as both private and public colleges and universities, are also within a short drive from home.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!