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Bellevue Another Great Reason to Call Bellevue Home The City of Bellevue was one of 10 cities nationwide honored with this year’s All-American City Award. This year’s theme focused on building equitable and resilient communities. The award celebration was held virtually in June. “We are honored to receive this award on behalf of a city that addresses community needs together with resilience and […]
family LOCAL SUMMER DAY TRIPS I haven’t been to Bainbridge Island in years. I recently spent the day in Winslow with a friend who is an artist to see her work on display in a local gallery. After coffee at the waterfront park overlooking Eagle Harbor we explored the Bainbridge Arts & Crafts gallery, viewing her work along with the […]
Bellevue Farmers Market Bellevue Farmers Market Opens May 13th It’s a sure sign spring is here . . . the 2021 Bellevue Farmers Market opens this week. The market is open every Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. You’ll find the market at the same location as years past – Bellevue Presbyterian Church located at 1717 Bellevue Way NE. Look for a variety of […]
Bellevue Downtown Bellevue Fall Color Every year I watch for this maple tree in McCormick Park to change color. Each year the color is a bit different but it never disappoints. The fall colors around downtown Bellevue this season have been exceptionally vibrant  –  maybe the hot weather the end of summer, the smoke in September or exceptionally cold temperatures […]
lifestyle This Year’s Best Places to Live List Every year Livability.com ranks the best 100 small to midsize cities to live in the country based on affordability, safety, economic stability, outdoor recreation, accessibility and community engagement. This year the survey added an “opportunity score” which reflects the city’s job offerings, economic resilience and growth.     Fort Collins, CO was ranked the best […]
Downtown Bellevue Fall Weather and Rain are the New Normal It looks like fall weather and rain are the new normal. I can’t remember the last time our morning walk required rain gear for both me and the dog. Fall arrived this week leaving no doubt there has been a change in seasons. Fortunately Duffy loves wearing his rain and winter coats. He’s built pretty […]
Bellevue condominium Urban Pet Potty Solution – Perfect for Condo Living I like to support local businesses, especially these days, and this one has special importance as a townhome owner with a pet. Condo Pet Pals has been a lifesaver. I live downtown and while I walk my dog several times a day, sometimes there isn’t enough time between business appointments to fit in a walk. […]
Bellevue Parks & Recreation Bellevue McCormick Park I visit McCormick Park daily with my dog. A couple years ago the City of Bellevue Parks Department planted a new tree, a Mimosa tree, which is unique to this area. I grew up on the East coast where Mimosa trees are common. They thrive in warm southern climates, attract butterflies and hummingbirds and are […]
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condominiums Creating Home Office Solutions for Small Spaces Many of us, whether temporary or permanently, are working from home. If your home doesn’t have dedicated office space, you can create a dedicated office area using a nook or alcove between rooms or a loft area at the top of a stair landing. The space doesn’t need to be big but can be defined […]
condominium speciaist Ideas for Creating Deck or Courtyard Privacy With summer weather finally here we’re all spending more time outdoors, but with the confines created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re spending a lot more time outdoors at home. Whether you live in an urban high rise or townhouse, creating privacy on your deck, patio or courtyard can be challenging.   HGTV has provided some […]
lifestyle An Online Furniture Shopping Newbie I don’t do a lot of online shopping unless its for a product I’ve purchased before or from a retail store I’m familiar with and trust. Buying groceries online, a t-shirt from Nordstrom or replacing a kitchen item from Amazon is a safe bet. I’ve never made a significant online purchase like furniture. Replacing the […]
condominium speciaist 5 Small Things You Can Do to Improve Your Home Office     For the past several months  many of us have been working from home – some temporarily, others permanently. Here are some thoughts from a recent Windermere blog post that might give you some good ideas for a home office refresh. Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, many of us now find ourselves working from home. […]
Bellevue Feel the Sidewalk Between Your Toes I’ve lived in Bellevue for over 30 years and downtown for the past dozen years. During the past several weeks of stay home/stay healthy I’ve logged a lot of miles around downtown Bellevue, often accompanied by two spoiled dogs. I know this city pretty well but have been surprised by the the pocket parks, public […]
Bellevue Farmers Market Bellevue Farmers Market Due to the extension of Washington State’s stay home/stay healthy order, the opening of the Bellevue Farmers Market has been delayed. This year the market will have a soft opening. Beginning on May 14th and again on May 21st and May 28th, pre-ordered produce boxes will be available for drive-through pick-up from 3:00 – 6:00 […]
condominium speciaist The New Normal (does not include dog grooming) I work from home frequently, so the adjustment to a home office over the past month hasn’t been a major change for me. I don’t have children living at home, so I can’t imagine the challenges of balancing working from home full time, parenting 24/7 and taking on the role of teacher. These new routines, […]
buying a home Uncharted Waters The early spring real estate market was crazy with buyer demand outpacing available housing inventory. With growing concern and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, a few homes are being listed for sale (though far fewer than normal for this time of year) and homes sold last week. There will always be people who have to move, […]
condominium speciaist Are You Ready for a Condominium Lifestyle? Condos are often the choice of empty nesters downsizing, or right-sizing, into a new lifestyle offering less maintenance, luxury amenities and a carefree lock-and-walk lifestyle. It can be an adjustment living with neighbors closer, sharing common areas and learning to cope with smaller spaces. Give ample thought to your lifestyle and how you will adjust […]
Bellevue What a Difference a Few Days of Sun Can Make While showing condos recently I took a photo of one of the home’s incredible views. We are fortunate to live in an amazingly beautiful part of the country. It can be gray here in the early months of the year, and we’ll all agree that this February has been a tough month with record rain, […]
Bellevue Snow Days I grew up on the East coast, so was used to several snow storms every winter. School was rarely cancelled or delayed and you hardly ever got a day off work due to snow. The north and mid-Atlantic states on the East coast are prepared for snow every winter. There are more snow plows there […]
Bellevue Welcome Winter   I love the change of seasons, despite winter’s shorter days. Embrace the grey! Though slowly, the days will begin getting longer.