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MARCH 2019

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RESTORING FAITH BY DESIGN

BUILT WITH CARE

LUXURY REAL ESTATE REVIEW


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LIFESTYLE LETTER

MARCH 2019 PUBLISHER

Caitlin Agnew | caitlin.agnew@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Jordan Blaine | jordan.blaine@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Emma Morem | emma.morem@lifestylepubs.com

Home Sweet Home “BE YOURSELF AND YOU WILL FEEL AT HOME ANYWHERE.” I love this quote

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Caitlin Agnew, Susan George, Lisa Schreiner CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Life N Light, Kara Mercer, Emma Morem

because often it’s the feeling that a home gives us that means something. That could be attributed to location, interior design, or often and most importantly, those who share the home with us. Home is our little sanctuary that reflects our truest selves. This month, we bring you our “Home” issue, and each story brings a different definition to the word. Home can mean a strong sense of community, and we learn about the Freemans, who have kept community at their core since day one with opening Bellevue Square in 1946. Home can also represent our style, and we sat down with sought-after designer Brian Paquette, who shared with us some interior design tips. Home can be a reflection of the old and new, as seen in our Open House cover story with Roberts Group renovation of an old home in Enatai. And finally, if home is “where the heart is,” then that also means we think of our neighbors, and while Bellevue is known for its abundance, there are still many in our community in need, and we highlight Humble Design, a wonderful nonprofit that helps make a house a home.

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry

With springtime upon us, we can’t forget a shift in the real estate market, and we asked Bellevue Lifestyle’s luxury realtors to share with us their forecasts and tips for buyers and sellers. Who better to learn from than the experts themselves? Whether you’ve just moved to Bellevue or it’s a place your family has occupied for generations, we hope this issue inspires you to appreciate the place you call home!

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson EDITORIAL MANAGER Nicolette Martin AD MANAGER Chad Jensen REGIONAL SALES DIRECTORS John Newman | Eric Williams WEB APPLICATIONS Michael O’Connell

Caitlin Agnew, Publisher

ARIZONA | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | CONNECTICUT | FLORIDA | GEORGIA IDAHO | ILLINOIS | KANSAS | MARYLAND | MINNESOTA | MISSOURI | MONTANA NEVADA | NEW JERSEY | NORTH CAROLINA | OHIO | OKLAHOMA | OREGON TENNESSEE | TEXAS | VIRGINIA | WASHINGTON

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MARCH 2019

FEATURES 18 A Look Inside: Brian Paquette Interiors

24 Restoring Faith by Design Local Nonprofit Helps Seattle Families Find Their Way Home

28 Built with Care The Story of a Family’s Vision and Commitment to Building Community

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34 Better than New Roberts Group Renovation Breathes New Life into an Old Home

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DEPARTMENTS

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Locally Owned

24 Giving Back 34 Open House 40 Locals Only 46 DIY 48 Culinary Creations 52 Lifestyle Calendar 56 Local’s Choice


GOOD TIMES

Bumble Bizz N.O.N. (No Office Needed) Bumble Bizz N.O.N. (No Office Needed) Holiday party was held at the Riveter, sponsored by Patron Tequila, with local entrepreneurs and brands. Young and fresh entrepreneurs shared ideas, mingled and met. Guests sipped on special cocktails crafted especially for Bumble Bizz. Bumbspecially is a platform for connecting and creating a community, especially for women who always make the first move!

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Cisco Grand Opening Cisco Brothers celebrated its grand opening in style—and with amazing food! Guests and attendees were served paella made by Cisco as well as indulged in refreshments. Stop into Cisco Brothers now at its newest Bellevue location! 1. Natalie Pinedo, Cisco Pinedo’s assistant

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GOOD TIMES

Industrious Coworking Space Grand Opening Industrious Bellevue celebrated their official arrival in Bellevue on Thursday, January 17th with a lavish launch party in their main lounge on the 11th floor of the City Center Bellevue. In attendance were local Bellevue business owners, members of the premium coworking space, Bellevue locals and even the mayor, John Chelminiak. Catered by Perfect Pear catering.Â

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LOCALLY OWNED

a look inside: brian paquette interiors ARTICLE SUSAN GEORGE | PHOTOGRAPHY KARA MERCER

BRIAN PAQUETTE WAS KIND ENOUGH TO INVITE

there are traveled, storied, but just like us they have

US TO HIS GORGEOUS HOME AND WORKSPACE

flaws, age and a past, and I love that. I like a story in

IN SEATTLE TO CHAT ABOUT WHAT MAKES

things. I like a past, something to connect you.

HIM THE SOUGHT-AFTER HIGH-END INTERIOR DESIGNER HE IS. Brian is friendly and chipper, and I

HOW DOES YOUR BACKGROUND AS AN ARTIST

immediately took in his humble charm as he showed us

PLAY INTO YOUR DESIGN STYLE NOW?

around, offering us espresso and answering our many

I am always looking at and searching in art, design,

questions about his unique pieces on perfectly bold dis-

fashion, nature, everything. So it is inescapable. It is an

play. Each one told a story of the life that Brian and his

obsession to make connections between inspiration

partner, Justin Rusk, have beautifully curated together.

and reality. Between sense memory of clients and their

We had the privilege of sitting down with Brian to hear

home. This is what draws people back to comfort.

about Brian Paquette Interiors as well as learn some tips and tricks to make our homes a little more lovely.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?

TELL US ABOUT YOUR STORY. WHERE ARE YOU

place. Set and setting of a home are so important.

Collected, storied and referential of the client and FROM? WHAT DREW YOU TO DESIGN AS A CAREER? I am from Newport, Rhode Island—about as far away from Seattle and still be in the U.S.—but its roots

DOES LIVING IN THE PNW INSPIRE YOUR STYLE OR IDEAS YOU HAVE FOR HOMES IN THE AREA?

are deep in me, and I think of it fondly for sure and

This place and what surrounds us is an endless well

love visiting. I have always been a creative and inquis-

of inspiration. We recently worked with local cerami-

itive person from grade school, and now I explore, I

cist Natasha Alphonse on a collection of tabletop ceram-

break down and need to see the roots of everything.

ics for our home line, and the process involved so many

In art school, I explored many mediums but focused

test glazes to encapsulate the duality of the dark sky in

on painting and installation art, dealing with space

the winter and the snow-capped mountains around us ...

and how to arrange it so that visitors may have the

Everything is inspiring; you just have to capture it.

same visceral reaction I had creating it. I was always inspired by the aesthetic and lifestyle of the people

HOW DOES DESIGN FULFILL YOU CREATIVELY?

that lived behind the hedges and in the grand summer

I love space and telling clients' personal stories

homes of my hometown—old money, tradition, the

through their home. It is not what I thought I would be

blending of so many styles, the collected and aged

doing creatively when I was 20, but it flows naturally

nature of so many of the homes. The people who live

now and makes me happy.

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LOCALLY OWNED

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WHAT COULD A CLIENT EXPECT WHEN HIRING YOU TO HELP CURATE THEIR DREAM HOME? They can expect a support system and a co-creator. I could, of course, come in and bulldoze the creative process telling people they need this and this and this, but they would not be happy in the result. It would not be home to them; it would be mine, and that's not success. It is a process for sure, and it is not without a bit of stress and commitment, but the result will be life-changing for years to come. We are only as good as our last client, and it holds up that most of our clientele are friends and referrals. WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT OR A FAVORITE RECENT PROJECT YOU’VE COMPLETED? A dream project is less about space and more about open-mindedness, and of course, a good budget never hurts the process. A dream project is a client who comes to us for our strengths. WHAT TRENDS DO YOU SEE FOR 2019? I hope to see more intention and more thoughtfulness in what people buy and bring into their home. We are slapped in the face with quick fixes every day. Slow down and take your time. WHAT ARE SIMPLE WAYS PEOPLE CAN SPRUCE UP THE LOOK OF THEIR HOME? Fresh flowers and natural life in a home are my favorite ways to quickly revive a space.

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ANY TRICKS FOR ENHANCING SMALL SPACES? The idea that small spaces need smaller things is silly. You must be comfortable. You will never be comfortable if your only seating is a love seat and two small chairs. Ditch the chairs and get a real-sized sofa. The same goes for the bedroom. I loved my studio apartments because they forced a "less is better" mentality and made me enjoy and be purposeful when buying items for them. ANY TIPS ON SMALL THINGS YOU CAN DO TO START ENHANCING THE AESTHETIC OR DESIGN OF YOUR HOUSE? Slow down and stop looking at social media and what companies tell you what a beautiful home should be ... only you and your designer can determine that. Start with books and visual imagery that inspires you and find out why. Why does that painting by Cy Twombly inspire you. Is it the space? Is it the color? Whatever it is, draw it out in something in your home—the color of a room or a textile on a beloved chair. Think about quality of light. One of the biggest changes in a home can be dimmable 40-watt bulbs throughout a space in your decorative lighting ... you may never leave the space, and that's OK.

For more information, visit BrianPaquetteInteriors.com.

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GIVING BACK ARTICLE LISA SCHREINER | PHOTOGRAPHY EMMA MOREM PHOTOGRAPHY

RESTORING FAITH BY DESIGN

LOCAL NONPROFIT HELPS SEATTLE FAMILIES FIND THEIR WAY HOME

IMAGINE A FAMILY MOVING INTO THEIR FIRST HOME FROM A SHELTER AND THE HOME HAS NO FURNITURE—CHILDREN SITTING, SLEEPING AND EATING ON THE FLOOR. Now, imagine an organization that helps create stability for these recently homeless families by furnishing and decorating the empty home. An organization that helps restore dignity to people who have been homeless and creates a warm and welcoming home for them. That organization is Humble Design. Founded in Detroit in 2009 by Treger Strasberg, Humble Design now offers its services in four locations around the country, including Seattle. Treger did not set out to start a nonprofit. She was working in the corporate world in marketing when she realized a co-worker was struggling with transitioning out of homelessness. She began to collect items for her co-worker’s home and continued to collect items for other recently homeless families, and Humble Design was born.

“ G e t t i n g to s e e t h e l o o k o n t h e fa c e s o f t h e fa m i l i e s w e s e rv e — i t ’ s as t h o u g h t h e i r fa i t h i n h u m a n i t y h as b e e n r e sto r e d a n d t h e y a r e s o g r at e f u l — i t m a k e s e v e ry t h i n g w e d o s o w o r t h i t a n d r e wa r d i n g .” –T i a B a k e r , o p e r at i o n s m a n a g e r , H u m b l e D e s i g n s S e at t l e

Shortly after, U-Haul took notice of Humble Design and played an instrumental role in expanding the nonprofit, including providing a wrapped humble truck for each warehouse. To date, Humble Design provides personalized furnishings for the homes of families in Detroit, Chicago, San Diego and Seattle. The Seattle office, launched in 2018, is located near West Seattle and is run by Operations Manager Tia Baker. Tia made the leap from the corporate world in the legal field to Humble Design and was the first hire for the Seattle location. A Seattle native, she saw firsthand how bad the homelessness problem was becoming and wished she could do something about it. When Treger, a family friend, mentioned she was opening a Seattle warehouse, it was the perfect opportunity for Tia to jump on board and be able to serve her community.

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GIVING BACK

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Humble Design Seattle served 11 families in 2018, averaging two families per month. The goal for 2019 is to serve one family per week. They have partnered with Mary’s Place to identify people and families who are transitioning out of shelters into permanent housing. From there, they send an interior designer out to meet with the family in order to determine their needs, style and likes. The designers then return to the warehouse to curate household items and furniture based on the meeting with the family. On Fridays, known as “deco days,” volunteers arrive at the warehouse for a brief orientation and then load up all the items into the truck. They caravan to the home, unload the truck and decorate the home within three hours. The family returns to the house, and the volunteer team hosts a big reveal of the home for them. No detail is forgotten when it comes to decorating the home. Some of the sweet final touches include setting the dining table with proper place settings and utensils and putting kids’ names above their beds so they feel the sense of security of having their own bed. One of the most important pieces for Tia is making sure each home is personalized so that the family truly feels like it is their home when they walk in. Of the 11 homes that have been furnished by her team, she has seen many of the homes start without any furniture at all—families sleeping and sitting on floors, without a table to eat on or a desk for children to work on their homework. Humble Design is there to help the family have a jump-start to begin again and take any unnecessary burden away  so they can focus on rebuilding and beginning a new life. They think of everything, right down to stocking toiletries and paper products in the bathrooms and kitchens of the homes they transform. The impact is so significant that less than 1 percent of the families served by Humble Design go back to homelessness.

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H o w c a n yo u h e l p ? Humble Design Seattle is always looking for volunteers. With only seven employees and four of those parttime, volunteers hold the operation together. You can go to the website, HumbleDesign.org/volunteer, and sign up to volunteer for a “deco day” as an individual, or companies can volunteer as a team with a “sponsored deco day.” They are also always looking for volunteers to help keep the warehouse organized throughout the week. You can donate home goods and furniture as well by dropping off items at the warehouse Monday through Friday, or by purchasing items online through Humble Design’s Amazon Wish List. Items don’t need to be brand-new; as long as they are in good condition, they are welcome donations.

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ARTICLE LISA SCHREINER

Built with Care THE YEAR IS 1946, AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST’S

shopping centers up and down the West Coast and around

FIRST REGIONAL SUBURBAN SHOPPING CENTER,

the country to evaluate what kinds of stores were successful.

BELLEVUE SHOPPING SQUARE, OPENS WITH 16

He also listened to his community. He looked at what his

STORES. By the end of 1946, four more stores are added

community wanted but didn’t have. That type of dedicated

to the mall, including Frederick & Nelson, the first shopping

research and planning continues today and is one reason

center department store built by Marshall Field’s in the United

the Bellevue Collection continues to grow and succeed.

States. All in a little rural town that wasn’t incorporated until 1953, when Bellevue officially became a city.

For Kemper Freeman Jr., the growth of KDC goes hand-inhand with the growth of Bellevue, because it’s not just about

Bellevue Shopping Square was the result of careful plan-

building buildings, it’s about building community by working

ning, research and execution by Kemper Freeman Sr. who

together and creating opportunities that are mutually ben-

was at the helm of Kemper Development Company at the

eficial for everyone. The community and the company have

time. KDC is a fourth-generation family-owned company that

always prospered together, and that is a direct result of the

has been a major force behind the city of Bellevue’s explosive

Freeman family’s visionary leadership and commitment to

growth over the last 70 years. Today, Kemper Freeman Jr.

making Bellevue a safe, beautiful and vibrant community.

leads Kemper Development as CEO and chairman.

“One thing that has been and continues to be unique

What began as an open-air shopping center of 16 stores

about Bellevue is that even before it was a city, the people

has now become an internationally renowned mecca for

who live here care deeply about the community and are

shopping and entertainment, as well as for living and work-

willing to work to keep it a safe and beautiful place," Kemper

ing. The Bellevue Collection, comprising Bellevue Square,

Freeman Jr. says. "When people stop trying to make where

Lincoln Square (north and south) and Bellevue Place, boasts

they live a better place, it changes everything pretty quickly.”

more than 200 retailers, 80 restaurants and cafes, four

Caring deeply for Bellevue has always been one of the

office buildings, three hotels and two multi-family towers

driving forces for Kemper Development Company. It is

that stretches over 51 acres. Free parking is also offered,

imprinted on nearly everything it touches. Snowflake Lane

something that customers say is the most important feature

is one such example of how KDC gives back to the com-

offered by the Bellevue Collection.

munity. Each year, beginning on the day after Thanksgiving

Kemper Freeman Jr. credits his father for being a prag-

through Christmas Eve, hundreds of people gather each

matic pioneer of Bellevue. His vision for a shopping center

night for the holiday parade and entertainment, free of

was meticulously mapped out. He spent months researching

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NOW The Bellevue Collection at twilight, 2018

View of the Center Court at Bellevue Square

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T I M E L I N E 1946

1953

1966

1984

1989

2000

Kemper Freeman Sr. opens Bellevue Shopping Square

Bellevue is incorporated

Nordstrom, a local shoe store at the time, becomes one of three major anchors of the mall

$142 million rebuild of Bellevue Square completed, creating a twolevel, fully enclosed mall with a roster of 145 stores and services

Bellevue Place, the region’s first true mixed-use center, opens

Continued Bellevue Square expansion through the 1990s, becoming a three-level shopping center spanning over 1.1 million square feet

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only grown in production and attendance. The street

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that runs between Lincoln Square and Bellevue Square shuts down nightly and is transformed into a fantasy come to life for children and adults alike, with Nutcracker soldiers drumming down the street and holiday characters dancing, complete with “snow” falling at the end of each evening. Kemper Development Company has roughly 325 employees, and more than 100 of those employees are trained security officers who keep the expansive Bellevue Collection safe. For Kemper Freeman Jr., safety is one of the most important things to keep a healthy and vibrant city flourishing. Making sure the streets of downtown Bellevue are safe for workers, residents and visitors is a top priority to ensure people continue to work, visit and live in the city. The rural town of old, one whose streets were lined with strawberry fields and farms, is now a bustling, urban city with a population of more than 700,000 people, with less than 9 percent of the population commuting out of the Eastside for work. Bellevue has become the epicenter of the Eastside, with its gorgeous skyline and complete offering for a full life; a city where you can work, eat, dine, shop, live and raise a family.

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01 | View of the Bellevue Collection in 2017 02 | Kemper Freeman Sr. and son at the groundbreaking for what will become a $142 million redevelopment of Bellevue Square 03 | Kemper Freeman Sr. and his family. From left:

Coco, Kemper Jr., Kemper Sr., Elizabeth, Clotilde and Sarah

04 | Bellevue Square, an open-air shopping center, in 1946 05 | Kemper Freeman Jr., chairman and CEO of Kemper Development Company

2005

2005

2014

2017

2018

Lincoln Square (now known as Lincoln Square North) opens retail, Westin Hotel and One Lincoln Tower Condos

First Snowflake Lane to celebrate Bellevue Collection

Groundbreaking for Lincoln Square Expansion (Lincoln Square South)

Lincoln Square South opens with retail, office tenants, luxury apartments and W Bellevue

Bellevue Square expansion announced

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OPEN HOUSE

TUCKED AWAY IN THE CHARMING BELLEVUE

NEIGHBORHOOD

OF

ENATAI STANDS A GORGEOUS HOME THAT EXPERTLY BLENDS THE OLD WITH THE NEW. This recent renovation is the work of Roberts Group, a company that specializes in building custom luxury homes. Originally built in 1955, the home underwent additions in 2012. When the current owners bought the property, they had a vision in mind that was cultivated and brought to life by design consultant Stephne Johnson, who worked hand-inhand with Roberts Group to make the homeowners’ dreams come true. Owen Roberts, the founder of Roberts Group, was involved from day one, walking through the home prior to purchase with the soon-to-be owners. One of the most striking elements of the property is its gorgeous Lake Washington view, but the windows offered a minimal view and the ceiling stood a mere 8 feet tall. Fast-forward to present-day; the home

ARTICLE LISA SCHREINER | PHOTOGRAPHY LIFE N LIGHT

Better than New

now boasts a 16-foot-tall ceiling with tall windows covering the entire side of the house that faces the water. Roberts Group stained and hand-distressed the fir beams that line the ceiling. 34

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ROBERTS GROUP RENOVATION BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO AN OLD HOME


THE DETAILS HOUSE 4,378 SQUARE FEET

ORIGINALLY BUILT 1955, ADDITION IN 2012

ROOMS 5 BEDROOMS, 4.5 BATHROOMS

LENGTH OF TIME 24 MONTHS

DESIGN CONSULTANT STEPHNE JOHNSON

ARCHITECT SCOTT ALLEN ARCHITECTSÂ

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OPEN HOUSE

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Throughout the home, the wine country aesthetic is impossible

features Belvedere marble in a double waterfall countertop at the

to miss. The balance of rich colors and textures is timeless and

prep and seating areas. An old-fashioned vintage wine opener and

reminiscent of what you might find in Sonoma County or Napa

custom steel paneling on the front of the bar complete the elegant

Valley. Natural light pours in, which is only complemented by the

finishes. Parallel to the bar counter is the walk-in wine cellar. The

hand-applied Venetian plaster on the walls and ceilings in all of

temperature-controlled cellar can be viewed through the large

the open areas of the house.

glass panel wall and the glass-and-bronze-finished door.

One of the highlights of the property, fittingly, is the wine bar. A

Situated across from the wine bar is one of the definitive high-

wine cellar was a must-have for the homeowners, and the transi-

lights of the renovation: the kitchen. Open and airy, the kitchen faces

tional space between the kitchen and dining room turned out to

out the tall glass doors that open fully to the patio and lake view.

be the perfect location. The elegant and extraordinary wine bar

The standout is the large island that sits in the center of the kitchen.

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LABOR OF LOVE

While designing the new entry and the expanded garage, the team knew they would need more (quarried

Wilkeson in

sandstone

Wilkeson,

Wa.)

to match the stone already in place. Unfortunately, the quarry had recently shut down. No one was answering the phone at Wilkeson, and none of the local stone yards had any inventory. This team didn’t take “no� for an answer. They located a source in Montana and purchased all they had, but it still was not enough. They continued to pursue the quarry and finally talked them into selling the stone necessary to complete the entry and garage.

The slab is dark-colored soapstone, fabricated by local company

beautiful glass doors. A Rumford fireplace was custom built to fit

Architectural Stonewerkes, and it perfectly matches the custom

within the narrow width of the existing wall and supporting foun-

sink. To the left of the island is a larder with doors that pocket back

dation for the chimney. The mantle was cast by local company Art

to reveal a tiled interior, complete with shelves and a coffee station.

by Ara to create an aged limestone look.

The hooded range is a custom piece by VK Designs, with upper

Materials were repurposed as much as possible during the ren-

cabinet doors imported from England featuring a brass mesh and

ovation process. During demolition, the original copper-clad entry

round medallion design. The kitchen space evokes a unique artisan

doors to the home were salvaged. These same doors now house

aesthetic, set apart from the rest of the house.

the outdoor television on the patio adjacent to the kitchen. The

At the other end of the home is the warm and inviting living room with its new, high ceilings and view of the lake through the

mahogany deck features a standing tree in the center, which was painstakingly integrated into the patio build.

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From the sliding closet door in the living room built from

combines his two passions: building homes and building

antique Belgian doors, the custom stair railing and handrail,

long-lasting relationships with clients. Though the com-

the reclaimed wood flooring from the Midwest (where the

pany, founded in 1986, is a family company, the intent is

homeowners are from), and the made-to-order outdoor

to carry that family feeling company-wide by cultivating a

entertainment area, to the intricate woodwork on the exte-

culture that is supportive and collaborative.

rior of the home; no small detail was forgotten in this renovation by the team at Roberts Group. Roberts Group is no stranger to complicated, multi-faceted builds and renovations and currently runs up to eight projects concurrently. In fact, founder Owen Roberts welcomes the challenge of building custom homes because it 38

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“CUSTOM BUILDING IS A TEAM SPORT!”


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LOCALS ONLY

LUXURY EXPERT ADVICE FROM BELLEVUE’S TOP LUXURY AGENTS

REAL

ESTATE

ARTICLE CAITLIN AGNEW | PHOTOGRAPHY LIFE N LIGHT

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te am foster Tere Foster and Moya Skillman lead Team Foster at Compass. They are the No. 1 residential real estate team in Washington state according to the NWMLS and one of the top teams nationwide. Known for representing luxury clientele, their marketing sets them apart with lifestyle video production, engaging social media and artful print marketing. Tere and Moya also have a Director of Global Services on their team to assist with outreach to buyers from international markets. From complimentary staging to service provider coordination and client relocation, Team Foster is the gold standard in exceptional service. + LUXURY REAL ESTATE TREND FOR 2019: "Soft, modern interiors are very much in demand, and indoor/outdoor spaces continue to be one of the top trends that are carrying into 2019. Walls of glass that open completely to the outside really transform a space when entertaining." + TIP FOR BUYER: "Location, location, location is still so importLUXURY

ant, even in the upper-end price point. Architectural styles come

REALTOR PARTNERS ARE SOME OF

and go. In the end, your property is judged by the location more

THE TOP AGENTS IN OUR AREA. After

than anything over time."

BELLEVUE

LIFESTYLE’S

a stretch of rapid price growth and reports of the real estate market cool-

+ TIP FOR SELLER: "Maintenance and taking the time to get

ing, we asked them to share with us

the home ready is absolutely critical. The luxury buyer notices

luxury real estate trends and tips for

every little detail. One deferred maintenance item can be

2019. Here’s what they had to say.

enough to push the buyer to another competing property." CONTINUED >

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LOCALS ONLY

(CON TI N U ED)

vdb realty

For more than 28 years, Mark von der Burg

has built his reputation as a national expert

in real estate. He has a consistent record of being a five-star rated agent in the top half

percentile of all agents in the country. As Compass’ senior founding broker in Seattle, he has partnered with the largest independent brokerage in the country to elevate the home buying and selling experience.

renee mcgahan the dwellseeker Out of more than 30,000 brokers in Washington state, Renee is in the top 75. At home in Seattle by way of California and New York, Renee’s warmth and wit are evi-

+ LUXURY REAL ESTATE TREND FOR

dent from the moment you meet her. This coastal dynamic

2019: "The luxury real estate market is

manifests in an unrivaled ability to make friends and a

presently experiencing increased inventory

proclivity for salty language. In 2018, Renee closed 40

and fewer sales, moving toward a balanced

transactions for $47.3 million—no team, no assistant, no

market for 2019. While volume has adjusted

worries of miscommunication. You want her? You get her!

down 18 percent since the early peak in

2018, prices in the Seattle metro area are

+ LUXURY REAL ESTATE TREND FOR 2019: "Can’t

holding steady. In January 2019, the median

remember how we did things before the ease of smart-

sale price of a single-family home in Seattle

phones? Just wait and see how daily life evolves as new

was $699,000, an increase of 2.9 per-

tech is integrated into our homes. On the simplest level,

cent over last year, and in Bellevue, it was

look what Alexa has done. Years ago, talking out loud

$815,000, an increase of 0.6 percent."

into an empty room just meant you were losing it! Now it results in groceries showing up at your front door. Take

+ TIP FOR BUYER: "For luxury real estate

that concept and put it on steroids, especially in tech-

buyers, 2019 is a great time to buy. There

savvy Seattle. Oh. the possibilities!"

are many exciting opportunities, with more listings and fewer buyers in the market-

+ TIP FOR BUYER: "The golden rule of real estate always

place. Currently, King County has 3,690

applies: location! location! location! The best decision a

active listings, an increase of 168.6 percent

buyer can make is purchasing in a desirable area. I know

over last year."

you’re thinking, “desire can mean many things to many people.” That’s where a broker’s knowledge comes into play."

+ TIP FOR SELLER: "This year, sellers

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need to price appropriately to remain com-

+ TIP FOR SELLER: "First things first: we need to make

petitive. In January 2019, the average days

sure we have a product that has mass appeal to the market.

on market in Seattle was 39 days, up 85.7

Decisions need to be made to ensure a confident listing. I

percent from January of last year. Similarly,

prefer a pre-inspection be complete as it sets up my seller for

the Eastside’s average days on market was

cleaner offers—no more drama! Which reminds me— sec-

46, an increase of 76.9 percent. During that

ond tip: DON'T overprice your home! Listen to your broker.

same period, closed sales of 2,157 in King

There’s a reason why you’ve hired them, and it’s not just their

County were down 19.5 percent."

incendiary wit or stunning good looks. (Ahem.)"

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For more than 25 years, the Brazen family has been influential in Bellevue real estate, leading the way with their innovative marketing and setting the standard for quality representation. Their partnership with Windermere Real Estate  allows them to pair their deep roots and local knowledge with the global reach that comes from being a part of one of the leading brokerages. + LUXURY REAL ESTATE TREND FOR 2019: "In 2019, we expect to see not just your standard smart home but a rise in 'smart green homes.' The savvy Eastside buyer is still excited by the latest and greatest in-home technologies, but they have a heightened awareness for the environment as well. Smart green homes by design are built to reduce a household’s energy consumption and invest upfront in smart technologies that yield long-term, positive ROI for homeowners. + TIP FOR BUYER: "It’s not about the size of the home, it’s about the quality of the home. Homes in today’s luxury market are all about the details. The baseboards are larger, the ceilings heights are taller, and the windows are more expansive. It’s important for buyers to pay attention to the small details, like does the home have soft-close drawers? Is the driveway asphalt or paved? Are the closets custom built-ins? And what kind of appliances are used throughout the home?" + TIP FOR SELLER: "Color is making a comeback. No more of the all gray and white or “greige look” we’ve seen over the last three years. Pops of color are being woven throughout various rooms through accent walls, decor and painted furniture, and various details such as tile, cabinetry or trim. 

the one real estate group

brazen windermere

The One Real Estate is one of the largest real estate teams in the Bellevue market center that truly appreciates the individual level of service that makes a client’s experience exceptional. The team has more than 30 years of expertise, representing a multitude of cultures, fluent in six languages, representing buyers and sellers both locally and around the globe and clientele at every price point. + LUXURY REAL ESTATE TREND FOR 2019: "Immense square footage of the traditionally 'luxurious' mansions are not defining luxury as in years past; having unique experiences to share and conveniences of a home are the mark of today’s luxury clients!" + TIP FOR BUYER:  "Master the process with an expert. Luxury markets are hyper-local, and often relationships become incredibly important for finding the perfect luxury property that may very well not be found on the large search/data systems." + TIP FOR SELLER: "Have a great story to tell and an even better storyteller to share it with the world. The luxury market is saturated with a lot of noise. Working with a marketing expert who will curate a compelling story that sets your property apart from the masses will prove to be worth the investment." March 2019 | Bellevue Lifestyle

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After 25 years of living, working and serving Bellevue, the Brazens are blessed in 2019 to be selling homes like yours at Windermere Real Estate. Windermere has a local history of helping our community and they lead the market in selling more homes than any other firm in Bellevue. In the $3M+ price point, Windermere dominates with a 36.79% market share. This year the choice is easy. The Brazens + Windermere, where 1 + 1 = 3 Joseph, Taylor and Randi Brazen

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DIY

DIY Door Wedge with Anna Bode

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ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNA SMITH, ANNABODE.COM


DIY LEATHER DOOR WEDGE

HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED. + A piece of wood, about 1.5″ wide & 6.5″ long   + White paint (preferably high gloss) + Minwax Polycrylic (again, gloss) + Whatever kind of saw you have on hand + Drill + Leather strip, about .5″ wide & 5″ long + #6 brass finishing washer + #6 3/4 in. brass phillips flat head wood screw + Sander or sandpaper + Paintbrushes, pencil, ruler First, use your pencil and ruler to draw a straight line diagonally across the wood. Saw along the line and sand to a smooth finish. Here’s a tip: if you have a longer length of wood, it’s easier to mark the 6.5″ length and saw the diagonal line before cutting it off the larger piece. Otherwise, you might need a clamp so you don’t saw your fingers off. Use the ruler to mark off a section at the bottom of the wedge and paint it white. Then use the polycrylic to coat the unpainted wood. Do NOT use the polycrylic on the white paint — it will yellow it. Take your leather strip and fold it in half, so that the two ends meet. Using the other scrap half of your wood as a base, drill a small hole through the center of the two ends. This just gives you a nice little place to put your screw. Place your washer over the screw, and attach the new leather handle into the back of the wedge with the drill. Now admire your handiwork.

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CULINARY CREATIONS

Use Yo u r Noodle

ARTICLE FELICIA MEYER

NOODLES - THE GLORIOUS COMFORT FOOD THAT

the varieties made with rice, buckwheat, semolina and

REMINDS SO MANY CULTURES OF HOME. Noodles

seaweed are - dare we say - good for you. Not only do they

have become the staple food worldwide (from Rome to

provide us with great comfort, but these types are packed

Bejing) for centuries. The oldest evidence of man enjoying

with nutritional benefits and vitamins (in moderation). The

a good ole noodle dish dates back to nearly 4,000 years

other bonus about noodles is that they can be prepared

ago! We can thank Asian origins for the creation of the

with superfoods, veggies and staple proteins with flavors

noodle, which in 2017, is consumed across the globe.

that bring your tastebuds all across the globe.

Recently, noodles have been growing in popularity as

In honor of noodles’ humble origins in Asia, we shared two

carbohydrates are no longer the notorious demon of the

healthy, winter warming recipes with ramen and soba noodles.

diet world. Although keep in mind not all noodles are cre-

Easy to make on a busy weeknight or for a special someone.

ated equal. Noodles made with white flour are still bad but 48

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Enjoy!


CROCKPOT CARAMELIZED PORK RAMEN NOODLE SOUP W/CURRY ROASTED A C O R N S Q UA S H

CURRY ROASTED ACORN SQUASH

+ 1 medium acorn squash, seeded + diced + 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted + 1 tablespoon curry powder + 1 tablespoon white miso paste + 1 tablespoon brown sugar + Pepper, to taste

Recipe by Half Baked Harvest |

INSTRUCTIONS

@halfbakedharvest | HalfBakedHarvest.com

1. Add the pork to the bowl of a crockpot. Pour the chicken broth, 1/4-1/2

Prep time: 25 minutes |  Cook time:  7 hours |

cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup rice vinegar and fish sauce over the pork. Add

Total time: 7 hours 25 minutes | Yields: 4 bowls

the Thai red curry paste, ginger, sambal oelek, juice of 1 lime, Chinese

of soup + extra pork 

five spice powder, black pepper and 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours.

INGREDIENTS

2. About 40 minutes before you are ready to eat, roast the squash.

+ 2-3 pounds pork shoulder roast (or butt) + 4 cups low sodium chicken broth, plus

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

more of needed

+ 1/4-1/2 cup + 2-4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce (Use low sodium)

+ 1/4 cup + 2-4 tablespoons rice vinegar + 2 tablespoons fish sauce (optional) + 2 tablespoons thai red curry paste + 1 tablespoon fresh ginger + 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (chili paste) + The juice of 1 lime + 1 tablespoon Chinese five spice + 1 teaspoon black pepper + 2 tablespoons sesame oil + 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon brown sugar + 2 cups wild mushrooms, left whole or button mushrooms, sliced

+ 4 packs Ramen noodles, seasoning packets discarded

+ 4 soft boiled or fried eggs, for serving + Chopped carrots, sliced jalapeño, cilantro, green onions, for serving

3. In a small bowl mix together the melted coconut oil, curry powder, miso, brown sugar and a good pinch of pepper. Add the cubed squash to a greased baking sheet and pour the curry mixture over the squash. Toss well. Bake for 30-40 minutes, tossing a couple of times during cooking. You want the squash to be lightly browned and crisp. 4. Meanwhile, remove the pork from the crockpot and add the mushrooms. Cover the crockpot and crank the heat up to high. Lightly shred the pork with two forks or your hands. 5. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sesame oil. Once hot, add enough pork to cover just the surface of your skillet, do not overcrowd the skillet. Sprinkle a little brown sugar over the pork, add 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, toss. Allow the pork to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Stir and allow the pork to continue to caramelize, about 3-5 minutes total. Remove the pork from the skillet, repeat with the remaining pork. Keep the pork warm. 6. Add the Ramen noodles to the crockpot and allow them to cook 5 minutes. Once the noodles are cooked, stir in only half of the pork. Ladle the soup into bowls. Top with extra caramelized pork, curry roasted acorn squash and an egg. Season the egg with salt and pepper, Add the carrots, jalapeños, green onions and cilantro if desired. Happy slurping!

CONTINUED >

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CULINARY CREATIONS

(CON TI N U ED)

C O L D AV O C A D O CUCUMBER SOBA

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Boil the soba noodles in salty water until al

Serves: 2

dente. Blanch them for 30 seconds in a bowl

INGREDIENTS

of cold ice water, then drain. Return them

+ 4-6 ounces soba noodles + 1-2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil + 2 medium cucumbers

to the (empty) bowl and gently toss with

(or 1 large seedless cucumber)

+ ¼ cup chopped scallions + 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce + 2 tablespoons rice vinegar + 1-2 tablespoons ponzu sauce (or extra tamari & rice vin with a squeeze of lime)

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a splash of sesame oil so they won’t stick together while you finish everything else. 2. Thinly slice the cucumbers using a julienne peeler (you could also use a mandolin or veggie spiraler). Discard the first peel (it will be all skin) and carefully make your slices around the seeded part in the middle. 3. Toss the cucumber slices and scallions

+ Avocado slices + Sesame seeds

with the soba noodles. Add tamari, rice vin-

Optional additions:

adjust seasonings. Top with sliced avocado

+ tofu or a protein of your choice + sriracha or chile flakes

and sesame seeds.

egar, and ponzu and toss again. Taste and

Serve cold.


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1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS AT SUITE

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1, 8 FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE Matthews Winery

Bring your friends and enjoy a great start to your weekend with the lively sounds of Eastsiders as they play your favorite songs that will get you out on the dance floor. Bring your friends; there is no cover charge. Wine is available by the glass and bottle.

2 HOT AIR BALLOON EXCURSION Eastgate Park and Ride

Depart Bellevue

Eastgate

park

and ride at midnight, and drive or pay a nominated driver for carpool round-trip gas $20-plus each. Be on a hot air balloon and experience dozens of other hot air balloons around you. More than a dozen balloons from around the Northwest fill the morning skies. Fly above scenic Winthrop with two to eight people.

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MARCH

6 BE BOLD EVENT: CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY Benaroya Hall

The Be Bold event is built around International Women’s Day, celebrated the world over for 108 years, and will feature influential speakers who share the philosophy to inspire, empower and support each other to take bold pragmatic action to accelerate equality. BBoldNow.com

7 KIMYA DAWSON & CLYDE PETERSEN: PERFORMANCE, FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION Bellevue Arts Museum

Join us for an evening of music and film to celebrate Clyde Petersen's exhibition Merch & Destroy. First, enjoy a performance by well-known local musician Kimya Dawson and

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Join your grandchild or child for a fun afternoon on the farm! You

MONDAY - SATURDAY 9AM to 8PM

and your child will each create a farm-themed painting to take home. Cocoa, cookies  and all art supplies will be provided.  Painting will be inside the heated barn, but come dressed to get messy.  Each registration fee includes one child and one adult.  CONTINUED >

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15 BOLD FOR THE BLUE: 10TH ANNUAL BELLEVUE POLICE FOUNDATION BREAKFAST Hyatt Regency Bellevue

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Meet Bellevue police officers and

hear about what they do to make

Bellevue the safe and thriving city it

is. See police department displays,

and learn how the Foundation’s sup-

port makes a difference in Bellevue. BellevuePoliceFoundation.org

16 "HYDRANGEA HOW-TO" WITH KIT HAESLOOP

Bellevue Botanical Garden

Learn how to get peak performance from the hydrangeas you grow or want to grow in your garden from the ever-expanding varieties available. In this class, you will learn the distinguishing traits between species and how best to keep your hydrangeas beautiful with the proper care. 

16-17 THE WIZARD OF OZ

Meydenbauer Center

Come and to see Frank Baum's classic in a new way. Take the kids (ages 5–12) to a ballet performance of the children's novel by the International Ballet Academy prep school. 

20 BELLEVUE TECH EXPO Meydenbauer Center

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LOCAL’S CHOICE ARTICLE CAITLIN AGNEW

Brilliant Features

to Transform Your Kitchen YOUR KITCHEN IS PROBABLY THE MOST USED ROOM IN YOUR HOUSE AND A CENTER FOR ENTERTAINING, SO OF COURSE, YOU WANT IT TO BE A SPACE YOU ENJOY SPENDING TIME IN AND SHARING WITH OTHERS.  Aside from cabinet and countertop upgrades, don’t forget about your appliances. There are so many upgrades to consider, so we asked LUWA Luxury Products to share what trends and brands deliver the best performance. Visit the LUWA studio in Bellevue to test out luxury indoor and outdoor kitchen products or consult with an expert. LUWALuxury.com

COMMERCIAL HERITAGE This year, look for products that bring commercial performance to your home with award-winning brands like

03 01

Hestan. The Hestan team worked with acclaimed engi-

so you can learn new recipes and techniques as you go.

most powerful sealed burner on the residential market.

Hestan will also be launching the world’s first-ever smart

You can go from 0 degrees to crab boil in no time and

gas cooktop this year to give you even more options.  

enjoy a precise 500 BTU simmer flame that doesn’t flicker

ready to see luxury kitchens with colors that make a statement and bring your kitchen to life. Hestan offers 12 bold color options for its entire product collection that are made to blend seamlessly with your kitchen design or stand out in the crowd. Whether you’re looking for colors like the sharp Red Matador, trendy Orange Citra or cool Blue Prince, Hestan has options that will match your personal design style and bring a fresh pop of color to your culinary haven. 56

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the world’s first smart induction cooktop, Hestan’s cook-

temperature and take you through chef-guided videos,

brings you a patented 30,000 BTU CircuFlame burner, the

Gone are the days of all stainless-steel appliances. Get

entertain a crowd or cook on a busy weeknight. Launching

work with your cooktop to maintain the perfectly precise

able for your kitchen. Made in California, Hestan’s range

BOLD COLORS

Hestan’s smart cooking technology will make it easier to

with more than 200 chef-developed recipes. The app will

most innovative and powerful residential collection avail-

power. More control. More dazzling dinner parties.

Technology will enhance your culinary experience this year.

top can pair with the Hestan Cue, a smart cooking app

neers and chefs like chef Thomas Keller to develop the

and maintains consistent heat for delicate cooking. More

SMART COOKING

04 02

REFRIGERATION REVOLUTION Kitchen refrigeration trends have transformed over the past year. Instead of large-capacity units, clients have been saving space in their kitchens by utilizing undercounter refrigeration units and tall-column refrigeration. This allows for more counter room and cabinet space and eliminates wasted space. Hestan offers 24-inch-wide and 30-inch-wide wine, refrigerator or freezer columns and has a full under-counter refrigeration collection. The units come with stainless steel interiors, gliding infinity shelves, full temperature control and compressors that allow for optimal air-flow and space throughout the unit. With stainless steel, panel-ready or colored options available, you’ll be sure to find a style you’ll love.


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Eastside Market Review* Greater Eastside The Eastside housing market in 2018 shifted, transitioning towards a balanced market. There are a multitude of factors affecting this change, several worth noting. First, inventory levels are at their highest since 2008/2009. From January to September last year, the number of homes for sale shot up 214%. Second, buyers are cautious due to political volatility and uncertainties around economic policy. Lastly, foreign investment is down substantially compared to 2016/2017, due to international government restrictions. This has especially impacted the Eastside, where foreign investors have contributed significantly to the Buyer pool in the last 5 years. Community

Number Sold

Avg Price / SF (Sold)

Avg Days on Market

West Bellevue

312 È 17%

$674 Ç 5%

35 days Ç 3

Eastside/South I90

401 È 2%

$398 Ç 5%

28 days Ç 4

Redmond

401 Ç 17%

$387 Ç 11%

30 days no change

Woodinville

220 Ç 50%

$340 Ç 8%

36 days Ç 7

Sammamish

672 Ç 14%

$369 Ç 12%

32 days no change

Bridle Trails

74 È 13%

$476 Ç 16%

29 days Ç 8

Kirkland

368 Ç 10%

$524 Ç 11%

23 days È 1

*Data shown is for single family homes priced $1M+ (Compared to 2017)

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