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$9.8M Oceanfront Blakely Island Paradise

Island paradise with 4 housing structures offering a combined 5,690 SQFT,                           5 Bedrooms and 5.75 Baths on this 2.24 acre coastline property 

 

 

 

Sit on the deck built around mature trees while watching Orcas play, sipping on your morning coffee. One of the 4 structures is the open floor-plan concept beach house that hugs the San Juan Islands coastline.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate broker Monica Ulmer says, “You can’t even build this close to the water anymore, you won’t find this anywhere else on the nearby islands.”

 

 

What’s a beach house without a floor to ceiling granite steam room? Spend the evening at a honey onyx bar, custom made in Seattle with a glass of wine from your 2,500-bottle wine cellar. Open the surrounding accordion glass walls to the stunning 180-degree views of the West with a sea-breeze.

 

 

 

Sand pails wont be the only beach toys you’ll be playing with! This property is considered four-in-one, you get to keep the ATV, Jeep Wrangler, and Ford pickup truck as well as the equipment in the airplane hangar.

This home comes fully furnished with artwork and dream-like sculptures and water features that play off the movement of the Puget Sound.

 

 

The estate features 4 housing structures with 400+ft of waterfront, all on a private 2.24 acres of pacific northwest paradise. See more photos on Monica’s website and let the pictures speak for themselves.

Contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate

Agents Monica Ulmer at 206-619-6173 and Paul Poirier at 206-915-6881.

 

 

Weekend Planner for Oct. 15-18, 2015

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LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
OCTOBER 15-18, 2015

 

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

OCT 10-25 Seattle South Asian Film Festival will be showing films made in or about Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and many more countries.

 

DINING IN THE DARK

THU-SAT Seattle Blind Cafe. Enjoy a vegetarian family style dinner served by legally blind professional waiters while listening to live music performed by a blind orchestra. Discount tickets $87.

 

EMP HALLOWEEN PARTY

SAT Fashionably Undead Prom: ’90s Nightmare, costume contest, photo booth, dance party & horror film props. 21 & over.

 

TURKISH FESTIVAL

SAT-SUN Seattle Center Armory is hosting Turkfest, enjoy food, dance, music and games. Free.

 

FAMILY FEST

SAT Occidental Square Park, Fall Family Harvest enjoy live music, kids games and   activities. Free.

 

FREAKY 5K ZOMBIE RUN

SAT Avoid zombies trying to grab your flag during this fun 5K run. 5k Zombie Run starts at the Federal Way Community Center.

 

REPTILE SHOW

SAT-SUN Puyallup Fairground, Seattle Reptile Expo. Frogs, Snakes & Other exotic reptiles.

 

TACOMA ZOO BOO

SAT-SUN Point Defiance Zoo hosts Zoo Boo, wear a costume for a discount.

 

SEATTLE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

EASTSIDE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

SOUTH END HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

NORTH END HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND

  • Goosebumps
  • Crimson Peak
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Truth
  • Room
  • Woodlawn
  • Momentum
  • All Things Must Pass
  • This Changes Everything

Weekend Planner for October 8-11, 2015

Kick-off meeting, we proudly donated $11,645 to the Sunshine Kids. The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit foundation that provides a variety of fun events for children fighting cancer. In Photo from Left: Shannon Malone of Sunshine Kids, Jason Waugh, President of BHHS Northwest Real Estate, and Natalie Lewis of Sunshine Kids.

Kick-off meeting, we proudly donated $11,645 to the Sunshine Kids. The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit foundation that provides a variety of fun events for children fighting cancer. In Photo from Left: Shannon Malone of Sunshine Kids, Jason Waugh, President of BHHS Northwest Real Estate, and Natalie Lewis of Sunshine Kids.

LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
OCTOBER 8-11, 2015

 

 

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

THU-SUN This annual Auto Show showcases all that’s new in cars, trucks, exotics, super cars, electrics and all the latest models from the world’s auto makers at Century Link Event Center.

 

TACOMA FALL RV SHOW

THU-SUN This four-day event at the Tacoma Dome showcases new and uses RV’s plus products from Sporting Goods, Toys and Games, all under one roof.

 

FEDERAL WAY OKTOBERFEST

FRI This is a fundraiser dinner hosted by MC and local comedian, John Keister from Almost Live. Enjoy polka dancing, beer and wine, costumes, bratwursts, silent auction and guest speakers.

 

MONTLAKE ST. DEMETRIOS GREEK FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN Welcome to the St. Demetrios Greek Festival, a Seattle tradition since 1960! Located in Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood and enjoy traditional Greek food, music, dancing and culture.

 

PUYALLUP OKTOBERFEST NORTHWEST

FRI-SUN Oktoberfest Northwest serves up beer, brats and authentic entertainment with wiener dog races, Hammerschlagen, games, live music, a Chicken Dance and a late night dance floor.

 

PORT ANGELES SUNGENESS CRAB AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN Join the fun at CrabFest celebrating aquaculture, agriculture and maritime traditions plus art, music Native American activities, cooking demos, Chowder cook-off and kids’ events.

 

LEAVENWORTH OKTOBERFEST

FRI-SAT Oktoberfest in Leavenworth<http://leavenworthoktoberfest.com/> is the next best thing to being in Munich with four venues of live entertainment, the tapping of the keg, German food, arts and crafts and fun for the whole family.

 

SEATTLE ROBOTHON

SAT Seattle Robothon 2015 is an annual robotics contest and show put on by the Seattle Robotics Society with events including combat robots, Robo-Magellan, Line Following and Maze.

 

SEATTLE SAMBA-THON

SAT Get your fitness on by dancing the samba around the loop trail at Seward Park to the beat of live drums plus dance and percussion lessons, activities for all agents, souvenirs and more.

 

SNOHOMISH BREWFEST

SAT Beer and brats are a match made in Heaven and Snohomish Brewfest has you covered! This event is a major fundraiser for the Snohomish Senior Center!

 

ORTING PUMPKIN FEST

SAT The Orting Pumpkin Fest is primarily a food festival featuring items on the menu with pumpkin as the main ingredient!

 

AUBURN MILITARY FAMILY DAY

SAT Come see the Service Ink exhibit and enjoy kids’ activities, demonstrations, and a special historic fashion show at the White River Valley Mseum.

 

SEATTLE GEEK GIRL CON

SAT-SUN GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology, comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by women.

 

SEATTLE ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

SAT-SUN  This is an international book fair featuring thousands of rare books, prints, maps, photographs and ephemera for sale.

 

SAMMAMISH ARTS FAIR

SAT-SUN Come and visit with the artists, see their work, learn about the creative process with paintings, jewelry, mixed media, encaustic art, glass arts, ceramics, printmaking, woodcarving, photography and textile art at the Sammamish Arts Fair.

 

GRAYLAND CRANBERRY HARVEST FESTIVAL

SAT-SUN Enjoy a Cranberry Cook-Off competition, bog tours, firelight parade, live music, a marketplace with outside vendors, presentations and more.

 

ILWACO CRANBERRIAN FAIR

SAT-SUN A celebration of local harvest including all things Cranberry kicks off the Fall season on the Long Beach Peninsula with foods, crafters, bog tours, a showcase of heritage.

 

SEATTLE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL

SUN Northwest Folklife’s Seattle Children’s Festival is a one-day, multi-cultural festival held on Seattle Center grounds, “Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood.”

 

SEATTLE AN INCREDIBLE FEAST

SUN Widely regarded as Seattle’s BEST food event! Hobnob with two dozen of Seattle’s best chefs—plus over two dozen fabulous local farmers—and enjoy an incredible cornucopia of local and seasonal flavors.

 

SEATTLE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

EASTSIDE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

SOUTH END HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

NORTH END HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND

  • Pan
  • The Walk
  • Big Stone Gap
  • The Final Girls
  • Victoria

 

 

 

 

New homes for sale

 

Weekend Planner for October 1-4, 2015

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LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
OCTOBER 1-4, 2015

 

 

SEATTLE BREW AT THE ZOO

THU Join Woodland Park Zoo for the fifth annual Brew at the Zoo beer-tasting event and sample imports, domestics, microbrews and even ciders.

 

SEATTLE GEEK WIRE SUMMIT

THU-FRI The GeekWire Summit is the premier technology conference in the Pacific Northwest, bringing together engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators.

 

GEORGETOWN GREAT PUMPKIN BEER FESTIVAL

FRI-SAT Hosted by Elysian Brewery, this sold out event features 80+ pumpkin beers from near and afar, local food trucks, pumpkin carving and DJ’s spinning funky beats.

 

ANACORTES OKTOBERFEST

FRI-SAT Bier on the Pier Festival is a two-day extravaganza of bier, food and music held at the historic Port Warehouse overlooking the channel and Mount Baker.

 

LEAVENWORTH OKTOBERFEST

FRI-SAT Oktoberfest in Leavenworth is the next best thing to being in Munich with four venues of live entertainment, the tapping of the keg, German food, arts and crafts and fun for the whole family.

 

SEATTLE FISHERMAN’S FALL FESTIVAL

SAT Free admission to the Fisherman’s Fall Festival with wild salmon BBQ, survival suit races, salmon fillet challenge, kids’s activities, live music, food booths, beer, wine, education and more.

 

PUYALLUP ART AND WINE WALK

SAT The Art and Wine Walk is the premier event in downtown to sip on local and international varieties while shopping and admiring art.

 

GRANITE FALLS RAILROAD DAYS

SAT Railroad and Reunion Days features a Grand Parade as well as a Children’s Parade plus food, live music and carnival.

 

SEATTLE CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

SAT-SUN The nation’s premier Artisan Chocolate Festival with live demos, workshops, chocolate makers, and tastings from around the world.

 

SEATTLE LEGO® BRICK CON

SAT-SUN View thousands of models created by adult LEGO® Hobbyists from around the nation and the world. Build your masterpieces, purchase sets, parts and minifigs at BrickCon.

 

SEATTLE TEA FESTIVAL

SAT-SUN Join the celebration of the exciting world of Tea. The Northwest Tea Festival is a fun and educational event about the multifaceted world of tea.

 

ISSAQUAH SALMON DAYS

SAT-SUN The Issaquah Salmon Days Festival is a two-day award-winning festival celebrating the return of the salmon with a parade, arts and crafts, treasure hunt, food and sporting events.

 

PORT OF SHELTON OYSTERFEST

SAT-SUN OysterFest features West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship and Washington State Seafood Festival with events and entertainment, drinks and food and so much more.

 

BOTHELL ELS FALL FESTIVAL

SUN Enjoy a day of lively fun, sport and merriment as the Seattle Knights entertain and thrill with live jousting and hand-to-hand combat plus medieval characters, photos, arts and crafts, mounted archery, archery lessons, food and more.

 

 

SEATTLE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

EASTSIDE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

SOUTH END HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

NORTH END HALLOWEEN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND

  • The Martian
  • The Walk (IMAX Only)
  • Freehold
  • Addicted to Fresno
  • Sicario

 

 

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS IN THE AREA FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH, VISIT Events12.com/Seattle/September

 

WEEKEND PLANNER FOR SEPTEMBER 24-27, 2015

Autumnal Equinox is Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Autumnal Equinox is Wednesday, September 23, 2015

LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
SEPTEMBER 24-27, 2015

 

PUYALLUP FAIR

NOW-SEP 27 The Washington State Fair is finally here, but only for 17 days! This is the largest single attraction in the state and ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the entire United States!

 

SEATTLE SOUNDERS VS VANCOUVER

WED Sounders kickoff at 7:00 PM vs. Vancouver at Century Link Field. Tickets are still available with discounted group options too. Karen (206) 512-1219.

 

SEATTLE DECIBEL FESTIVAL

WED-SUN Annual four-day event with audio clinics, panel discussions, film, art and dozens of electronic music performances. Decibel is dedicated to live e music performance!

 

BELLEVUE FASHION WEEK

WED-SUN The 5-day Bellevue Collection at Bellevue Square will introduce shoppers to the hottest looks for fall in fashion, beauty, apparel, footwear and accessories.

 

SEATTLE MADE PARTY

FRI Come sample tasty goodness from 40 different Seattle-based food and beverage makers, then stick around for a rockin’ DJ dance party, food trucks and bar at Seattle Made.

 

AUBURN FABULOUS FRIDAY

FRI Emerald Downs celebrates the last Fabulous Friday of the season with special drink prices, live music, food and of course, horse racing!

 

RENTON OKTOBERFEST

FRI-SAT Renton Oktoberfest is your fall kick-off celebration with a beer garden, music stages, and a full lineup of fun German games.

 

SEATTLE STEAMPOSIUM

FRI-SUN One of the largest, most amazing Steampunk events around with luminaires and sky pirates from across the Steampunk world.

 

KIRKLAND OKTOBERFEST

FRI-SUN Seattle’s largest authentic Oktoberfest tradition with a Northwest twist at Marina Park with Bavarian food, live music, friendly competition and special events.

 

GEORGETOWN HAUNTED HOUSE

FRI-NOV 1 The KUBE 93FM Haunted House, Nightmare on 9 formerly the House of Terror, is located at Georgetown Morgue and opens this weekend. Be prepared to scream!

 

SEATTLE TACOMA MUSEUM DAY LIVE

SAT The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people. This is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine and offers free access at participating museums.

 

SEATTLE URBAN ADVENTURE QUEST

SAT It’s an urban Scavenger Hunt. It’s a 3-hour Amazing Race. It’s an interactive Adventure Tour, guided from any Smart Phone starting at the famous Seattle Center.

 

SEATTLE ARTISAN CHEESEMAKER FESTIVAL

SAT The Washington Artisan Cheesemaker Festival features a wide variety of delectable cheeses made in Washington and celebrating our vibrant artisanal cheese industry.

 

DUVALL HERITAGE FESTIVAL

SAT Celebrate the good old days by bringing the whole family to Duvall for a day of fun, learning and reminiscing. Learn how the pioneers lived and worked.

 

ORTING EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR

SAT Here’s your opportunity to plan for an emergency at Orting’s Building Department for the Emergency Preparedness Fair.

 

GIG HARBOR CIDER SWIG

SAT The second annual Cider Swig Event will feature amazing regional hard ciders, live music, great food and more at Sehmel Homestead Park.

 

SEATTLE FESTA ITALIANA

SAT-SUN The annual presentation of a community festival inaugurated in 1988 to celebrate the joy of “All Things Italian” with a series of arts, food, drink, and entertainment events.

 

CARNATION MICHELMASSE FESTIVAL

SAT-SUN The lord of Camlann invites you to attend his Michelmasse Festival with cider pressing, puppetry, music, crafts, archery and minstrels.

 

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND

  • Hotel Transylvania 2
  • The Intern
  • The Green Inferno

 

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF ALL EVENTS IN THE AREA FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH, PLEASE VISIT http://www.events12.com/seattle/september/ 

 

 

 

AARP Lists the Top Cities & Towns…And Seattle is Among Them!

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AARP just released in their May 2015 Magazine Bulletin the top cities and towns for several categories. The top-10 lists are based on the AARP Livability Index, a new online tool designed to help communities better serve the nation’s aging population.

To create the index, the AARP Public Policy Institute surveyed 4,500 Americans 50 and older to determined the aspects of community most important to them. They then developed several categories around those results–housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity, taking into account 60 different factors to rate communities in those categories.

The Pacific Northwest is definitely a highly-coveted place to live as compared to the rest of the country. Here’s a look at some of those categories:

Most Livable Neighborhoods

  1. Mifflin West, Madison, Wis.
  2. Upper West Side, Manhattan
  3. Downtown Crossing, Boston
  4. South of Market, San Francisco
  5. Washburn, La Crosse, Wis.
  6. Downtown Siox Falls, S.D.
  7. Southside, Virginia, Minn.
  8. Downtown Bismarck, N.D.
  9. Downtown Seattle 
    • Healthy foods, a walkable neighborhood, access to parks and low smoking rates help keep residents out of hospitals for preventable conditions. Strong mix of residential, retail, office and cultural uses.
  10. Downtown Los Alamos, N.M.

Most Livable Cities – Large

  1. San Francisco
  2. Boston
  3. Seattle
    • The 27-mile Burke-Gilman Trail and Camp Long, with 10 rustic cabins, help make the city tops for parks in the big-city category.
  4. Milwaukee
  5. New York
  6. Philadelphia
  7. Portland, OR
  8. Denver
  9. Washington
  10. Baltimore

Most Livable Cities – Small

  1. Las Crosse, Wis.
  2. Fitchburg, Wis.
  3. Bismarck, N.D.
  4. Sun Prairie, Wis.
  5. Duluth, Minn.
  6. Union City, N.J.
  7. Grand Island, Neb.
  8. Kirkland, WA
    • The city’s “complete streets”–safe for walkers, bikers, and drivers of all ages–are models for many communities.
  9. Marion, Iowa
  10. West Bend, Wis.

Best Cities For Staying Healthy

  1. San Francisco
  2. San Jose
  3. Seattle
  4. Denver
  5. San Diego
  6. Portland, OR
  7. Albuquerque
  8. Charlotte
  9. Los Angels
  10. Boston

Easiest Cities To Get Around

  1. San Francisco
  2. Boston
  3. New York
  4. Milwaukee
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Portland, OR
  7. Baltimore
  8. Washington
  9. Chicago
  10. Seattle

Best Cities For Date Night

  1. Nashville
  2. San Francisco
  3. Washington
  4. New York
  5. Boston
  6. Portland, OR
  7. Denver
  8. Los Angeles
  9. Austin
  10. Seattle

Best Cities For Making New Friends

  1. Washington
  2. Portland, OR
  3. Nashville
  4. Jacksonville, Fl
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Milwaukee
  7. Boston
  8. Austin
  9. San Francisco
  10. Columbus, OH