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GETTING STARTED

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Welcome from Governor Jay Inslee Economic Snapshot Moving Checklist Getting Established Keys to Buying a Home Connections & Comfort – Top Trends in New Home Design The Right Way to the Right Rental Downtown Seattle Neighborhoods Downtown Seattle Map Downtown Living & the New Urban Lifestyle The Spotlight on Seattle Neighborhoods Seattle Map North Communities Eastside Communities South Communities West Communities

DAY-TO-DAY LIVING

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ENJOYING THE REGION

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WELCOME

Greater Seattle:

getting started

An Adventure of a Lifetime By Governor Jay Inslee

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t is a true pleasure to welcome you to Washington State and the Puget Sound region. As a native of this great state and its 23rd Governor, I am fortunate to be able to share my love of Washington with all of you, whether this is your first visit or your 100th. Washington State, with its soaring mountains, pristine waterways and diverse culture, is one of the most remarkable places anyone can visit or live.

freshest seafood around, from Dungeness Crab, mussels and oysters to wild salmon, a Northwest favorite. Need a pick me up? I don’t have to remind you that Washington State is the coffee capital of the world. Starbucks invented an entire coffee culture right here in Seattle, and you can visit their first store at the Pike Place Market, one of the largest farmer’s markets in the world. Be sure to plan some extra time at the market; you’ll need it to explore the many levels of shops and vendor stalls selling everything from fresh fish to international foods. If the weather isn’t to your liking, venture indoors. Besides the market, you can enjoy a day at the Seattle Art Museum, the Experience Music Project museum or the Chihuly Garden & Glass museum at Seattle Center. The Museum of History and Industry is also highly recommended.

Ask anyone who lives here what they like best about the Puget Sound region and you’ll get a different answer every time. For some, it’s the many recreational pursuits the area affords. Others will say it’s our amazing neighborhoods, award-winning restaurants, eclectic music and arts scene, and world class museums and galleries.

A lifetime of adventure

Photo ©Benjamin Benschneider (Seattle Art Museum)

You could spend a lifetime here and never see or do it all. For those with salt in their veins, consider renting kayaks or canoes to explore the estuaries of Spencer Island near Everett or venture to the Skagit River’s Bald Eagle Natural Area to see these majestic birds in their native habitat. Another great way to enjoy our waterways is to hop aboard a Washington State ferry. Walk aboard or bring your car along and explore the many communities that dot the shores of the Kitsap Peninsula, just to the west of Seattle, or plan a longer excursion to the San Juan Islands or Olympic Peninsula. Beachgoers can explore the shores of Alki Beach in West Seattle, Discovery Park in Magnolia or Golden Gardens in Shilshole. At low tide, you can see the many species of fish and shellfish that call Puget Sound home. Ready for a break? The greater Seattle area is a food-lover’s paradise. We have an array of world-class restaurants in the area as well as microbreweries serving up regional specialties alongside delicious craft beers. Locals pride themselves on enjoying the

The internationally renowned Seattle Art Museum

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Welcome

Seattle’s myriad attractions draw visitors and residents alike

A city hard at work

Enjoy your stay!

Even if you’ve never been to Seattle before, you probably know the names of some of our biggest business legends. Companies such as Amazon, Boeing, Costco, Microsoft, Nordstrom, REI and Starbucks have not only changed the face of their respective markets and industries, but have also re-shaped the city’s geography. Living in the city is fashionable these days, as condos, apartments and entire communities sprout up near major employment hubs, such as those found around south Lake Union.

This guide is a great starting point for your visit to Washington. I hope it will inspire you to learn more about our entire state, from the fertile farm lands of Eastern Washington that grow more than 300 crops to the rich history of our Native American tribes.

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On behalf of everyone who calls Washington home, welcome!

Jay Inslee, Governor Washington State

Photo ©Don Wilson/Port of Seattle

But a visit to Seattle isn’t complete without a visit to one of our many outlying neighborhoods, each with a unique personality that will make your journey worthwhile. To the north, there’s Ballard, Fremont, Green Lake, Greenwood and the University District to explore, as well as Queen Anne and Magnolia. To the east is Capitol Hill and Madrona, with their trendy mix of shops, restaurants and bars. South of Downtown Seattle is the SODO district, Georgetown, Pioneer Square and the International District, which offers a melting pot of Asian cultures and experiences. And just over the two floating bridges is the Eastside, with great shopping and dozens of Washington’s famed wineries. Experts agree that our wines are among the best in the world, and more than 50 wineries are just a short drive away.

If you’re new to the area and planning to put down roots, welcome. I know you’ll find Washington State a welcoming, friendly place that will soon feel like home. If you’re just passing through, I hope that you have the opportunity to discover the many unique qualities that make this part of the world such a special place and that you take the time to create lasting memories of your stay here.


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Economic Snapshot

Economic Snapshot he continuing growth of the region is a clear indication of its desirability as a place to do business and to live. In 2013, Central Puget Sound was home to over 3.7 million people and 1.85 million jobs. By 2040, the Puget Sound Regional Council estimates those number to grow to 5 million people and 2.9 million jobs. This long-term tendency for consistent growth in size and quality is why the Seattle metropolitan area was named the fifth strongest local economy in America on the 2013 Policom Corporation Annual Economic Strength Rankings. What makes this a great place to live or to start, expand or relocate a business? Consider a few of the region’s qualities:

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In 2013, The Port of Seattle was the 10th largest U.S. port in terms of TEUs.

A strategic location: Greater Seattle is equidistant from London and Tokyo—9 hours by plane to either city. The region’s marine ports are also closer to Asia than any other major ports on the United States’ West Coast. An export-driven economy: Nearly three quarters of the state’s exports originate in central Puget Sound, and it is estimated that one in three jobs locally is tied to international trade. Strong Market Prospects: Investment, development and homebuilding gains earned Seattle the #6 spot on the Top 20 U.S. Markets to Watch in 2014. (Emerging Trends in Real Estate by Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.) 12

Job Growth: Based on job growth performance, The Milken Institute “2013 Best Performing Cities” named the SeattleBellevue-Everett metro area #6 among the nation’s 200 largest metros. A leader in sustainability: As of January 2013, Seattle ranked 6th in the U.S. for the number of LEED projects (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in the city. The Bullitt Center in Seattle, named Sustainable Building of the Year in 2013, is Net Zero and is also the greenest commercial building in the world. A great place for business: In 2013, Washington ranked 9th in the nation on Forbes.com “Best States for Business and Careers” and Seattle placed 9th on their “Best Places for Business and Careers.” A diverse economy and population: Minority-owned businesses are a dynamic part of the economy and generate jobs in a variety of industry sectors. Over 47%

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of the businesses in both Seattle and King County are minority or women owned firms. A qualified workforce: Residents are among the nation’s most highly educated. In King County nearly 46% hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. In Seattle, that number is over 56%. In 2013, Seattle was #1 among the “10 Smartest Cities in North America” according to www.Fastcompany.com. A center for emerging industries: The 2013 MoneyTree Report indicated a strong 4th quarter in Washington State for venture capital investments, led by a $120 million venture funding round for Juno Therapeutics, a biotech company.

Cost of Living A strong economy and a diverse, welleducated populace mean the Puget Sound region is a relatively affluent area.

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A hotbed for research and development: In 2013 the University of Washington pulled in $1.238 billion in research funding. Of the 49 National Institute of Health Grants awarded in our state in 2014, 45 went to Puget Sound area organizations.


Economic Snapshot

Within the four-county area, King County has the highest median household income at $70,365. Snohomish County follows at $65,981, then Pierce County at $59,231 and Kitsap County at $58,418. Cost of living is generally higher than the U.S. average, but is in line with other metropolitan centers with comparable income levels.

Industry Clusters While Greater Seattle’s economy includes a broad range of industries, seven clusters stand out: AEROSPACE The Puget Sound region has a proud history and a strong future as a leader in the aerospace industry. The largest and bestknown employer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes produces the Next Generation 737’s and 787’s. But according to Choose Washington, aircraft assembly is only part of the aerospace industry. Companies in our region are at the forefront of research and development in advanced materials, alternative fuels, next generation air traffic management, space and avionics. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Our region is a global center for information technology, known for companies

that drive innovation and progress. It is home to some of the most recognized names in the software and information technology industry - Microsoft, Tableau, Expedia, Amazon, Nintendo, RealNetworks, T-Mobile, and many more. Information technology, one of the region’s largest employment clusters, accounts for nearly 144,000 jobs. According to Employment Security Department economists, one of the strongest occupations in Seattle is software application developer - with more than 3 percent job growth projected for 2014. CLEAN TECHNOLOGY This region is known for its long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and early leadership on environmental issues, from recycling to sustainable building. Support of the burgeoning clean technology sector is widespread. According to the Brookings Institute report “Sizing the Clean Economy,” in terms of its overall size the clean economy in the Seattle metropolitan area ranks 13th among the nation’s 100 largest metro areas. LIFE SCIENCES & GLOBAL HEALTH The Puget Sound region boasts one of the most significant concentrations of life sciences companies in the nation. Locally, 73 percent of all jobs in this

cluster are found in King County, most in the South Lake Union area. Many of these companies grew out of cutting-edge research conducted at the numerous public and private research institutions, such as the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Biomedical Research Institute—to name just a few. Groundbreaking work in the field of Global Health is supported by organizations like The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington Global Health Alliance and many others. LOGISTICS & INTERNATIONAL TRADE The region’s strategic location in regards to the Pacific Rim, our deep-water ports and vast experience in international trade make it one of the leading trade hubs on the West Coast of North America. In fact, the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett port region is the fourth largest container complex in North America, smaller only than New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles and Long Beach. Puget Sound ports serve the Pacific Northwest, as well as the major cities of the Midwest, East Coast and Canada. TOURISM/VISITOR Tourism and visitor related businesses

Cost of Living Index, MSA comparisons, US city average equals 100. City

Composite Groceries Housing Utilities Transportation Health Misc. Goods/ Index Care Services

Portland

116 105 146 94 109 110 104

San Diego

139

106

223

112

111

110

103

Los Angeles

142

110

228

115

112

111

103

Seattle

143 110 231 93 107 118 111

Washington D.C. 143 111 235 118 109 100 101 Boston

149 117 211 130 108 123 135

San Francisco

199

114

426

92

110

111

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Source: Sperling’s Best Places • www.bestplaces.net

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Economic Snapshot

Summary Forecast Annual Percent Change 2012 2013 2014 2015

not only generate an important economic impact for the thousands working in arts, entertainment, hospitality and tourism in Central Puget Sound, but also contribute millions in state and local tax revenue. A strong tourism cluster is a catalyst for improvements to infrastructure and the creation of new attractions that will draw people to the region. According to Tom Norwalk, Visit Seattle President & CEO, “As Seattle has surpassed more than 10 million overnight visitors, the destination is experiencing a new surge in demand from all markets, with particular growth in international markets thanks in part to the inauguration of several new air routes.”

Puget Sound Region Employment

2.3 2.9 2.8 2.2

Personal income (cur. $)

4.9

4.0

5.9

5.7

Consumer price index

2.5

1.4

2.0

2.4

Housing permits

51.8

2.4

13.6 12.2

Population

1.3 1.5 1.6 1.3

United States* GDP ($05)

MILITARY More than 59,000 active duty military personnel, along with their families, call this region home. PSRC estimates the military cluster employs over 91,000 people - more than double the national average. In addition, billions of dollars in defense contracts are awarded to local private sector contractors and subcontractors.

2.8

1.7

2.6

2.9

Employment

1.7 1.6 1.8 1.8

Personal income (cur. $)

4.2

2.9

5.0

5.1

2.1

1.5

1.8

2.2

Consumer price index Housing starts

28.0 18.6 19.5 18.9

*Source: Blue Chip Economic Indicators Courtesy Dick Conway, The Puget Sound Economic Forecaster www.economicforecaster.com

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Planning Relocation

moving checklist A little organization goes a long way toward easing the monumental task of relocation. While every move is unique, this checklist should help make it efficient and trouble-free.

ONE MONTH IN ADVANCE o Arrange for a moving company agent to visit your home and give an estimate of moving costs. Check insurance coverage, packing and unpacking labor costs, travel time for the load, and method and timing of payment.

TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE

ONE DAY IN ADVANCE

o Contact moving company to confirm moving date(s).

o Arrange to spend the next night in a motel.

o Transfer insurance coverages to include possessions at new home and en route.

o Give friends/relatives your schedule and expected arrival time.

o Advise utility companies of shut-off date and new address for billing. Have utilities turned on at new location.

o Check all cabinets, closets and crawl spaces as well as the attic and basement for overlooked items.

o Transfer bank accounts and request credit references to be sent to your new bank. Order checks with your new address. Transfer contents of safe-deposit box(es) to new bank.

o Select items needed for immediate housekeeping, food preparation and personal use at new home. Pack all in one box and label accordingly.

o Finalize arrangements with the moving company, or make reservations if you’re renting a truck.

o Cancel any deliveries (papers, etc.).

o If an employer helps pay moving expenses, confirm what preparations are your responsibility.

o Begin packing items not needed until you move into the new home. Pack those items you plan to move yourself.

o Inventory your household goods. Make a list of items to be moved and those to be discarded, sold or given away.

o Make/confirm travel arrangements for family members (and pets!).

o Be sure important papers (documents for loan applications, insurance policies, etc.) are easily accessible. Washington is a community-property state, so it is advisable to consult an attorney regarding personal documents such as wills.

ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE

o Notify the post office of your moving date and new address. Mail changeof-address cards. o Notify newspapers, creditors, insurance companies, attorneys, accountants, health care providers, etc. about your intended move. o Close/clear up outstanding accounts. o Notify schools. Collect transcripts, immunization records, and birth certificates or arrange for them to be sent to the new school district. o Notify police if your new home will be vacant for any length of time before you move in.

o Service your car, especially if traveling a long distance.

o Clean appliances for shipping; remove television antenna if necessary. o Arrange for all utility meters to be read prior to your move and for payment of any refunds due to you. o Put appliance warranties and instructions in a kitchen cupboard for new tenants.

TWO DAYS IN ADVANCE o Drain power tools of fuel. o Label paint cans that you’re leaving for new tenants. o Remove curtains, drapes and other fixtures that you are taking. o Buy travelers checks for funds while en route. o Pack lightweight clothing in dresser drawers for ease in moving and unpacking on arrival.

o Defrost refrigerator/freezer.

MOVING DAY o Confirm arrival time with moving company. Check destination directions. o Accompany movers through the house as they tag furniture. You should mark each piece with room location in new house. o Specify what is to be moved and what stays. o Sign and keep a copy of the bill of loading (freight bill) from the operator. Put it in a safe place for future reference. o Double-check closets, drawers, shelves, etc., to be sure they’re empty. o Turn off lights, close and lock windows and doors. o Leave keys needed by new tenant with real estate agent. o Leave the house only after the moving truck has departed.

ON ARRIVAL AT NEW HOME o Check circuit breakers or fuse box and all other utilities to be sure everything is on. o Check belongings (furniture, etc.) for damage immediately after arrival, preferably while movers are still there. Report any damaged or missing items to the movers.

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Planning Relocation

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AUTOMOBILE LICENSING AND REGISTRATION New drivers and all new residents must take both a written exam and a driving test. New residents can waive the written and driving tests by presenting a valid driver’s license from another state within 30 days after becoming a Washington resident. There is a $35 application fee and a five year license costs $45. (360) 902-3900, www.dol.wa.gov. When you move to Washington, you have 30 days to title and register your vehicle after it arrives in the state. Once you do so, you’ll be issued Washington state license plates. You may title and register your vehicle in Washington by mail or at a local vehicle licensing office. Visit the Department of Licensing’s link at www. dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/moving. html for details on requirements and fees. For questions call 360-902-3770. A $15 vehicle emission test is required every other year for vehicles between 5 and 25 years old. Motorcycles, scooters, and some hybrids rated at 50 miles per gallon in-city are exempt. (360) 4076856, www.emissiontestwa.com.

PETS If you own animals, acquaint yourself with the animal laws in your new county. Remember to license your pets. They are also in a new area and if lost, a license will help identify you as the owner. In King County, call (206) 296-2712 or visit www. kingcounty.gov/pets.

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smoothly and to help you look out for your best interests. Insurance Advice: Be it auto, homeowners, renter, health, disability or another personal insurance need, a change of address (especially one from out of state) may require new coverage. To find a local agent, ask for referrals from your previous agent, co-workers, or friends. For more information, contact the State’s Office of the Insurance Commissioner at www. insurance.wa.gov or call their Consumer Hotline at (800) 562-6900. Legal Advice: Even with a valid will from another state, consult a lawyer to verify that Washington’s community property laws will not affect your intentions for the final disposition of your estate. These local County Bar Associations offer referral services: King County, (206) 267-7100. Tacoma/Pierce County, (253) 272-8871. Snohomish County, (425) 388-3056. In Kitsap County, call the Kitsap County Attorney Referral line, (360) 373-2426. Medical Advice: Moving more often than not means finding new health care providers and the best time to think about that is before you need care. Fortunately, this region abounds with first-class clinics, hospitals, research facilities, and

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Tax Advice: Relocating can have ramifications when tax time rolls around. Three major points of consideration are the sale of a home, the purchase of a home, and the cost of moving for a new job. All three have reporting requirements that can be explained by a tax advisor or by obtaining the following IRS Publications: 521 - Moving Expenses, 523 - Selling Your Home, and 530 - Tax Information For Homeowners. Don’t forget to keep good records—this is key to taking the deductions that will save you tax dollars!

VOTER REGISTRATION If you are new to Washington, or if you have moved within the state from one county to another, you need to register in order to vote. Eligible voters must meet the following criteria: 1. You are a US citizen. 2. You are a Washington resident. 3. You are 18 or older by election day. 4. You retain your civil rights. Register to vote at the clerk’s office at city hall, county elections offices, Drivers Licensing Offices, or the Washington Secretary of State at www.sos.wa. gov/ elections. For information call the State Voter Hotline, (800) 448-4881.

WELCOME HOME Putting down roots in a new place can be challenging. Our best advice is to get involved—volunteer, join a club or organization, take a class—find something that interests you. As you make new friends, keep in touch with old ones. Invite them to visit. Playing tour guide is a great way to get to know your new home!

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Buying a home

Keys to Buying a Home Flexibility, Technology & Action By Larry Christensen, 2014 President, SEATTLE KingCounty REALTORS® wo words can sum up househunting tips for those planning to move to Greater Seattle: be prepared! Inventory is quite scarce in several neighborhoods that offer easy commutes to job centers or other popular amenities. Prospective buyers who have done their homework and are pre-approved for financing have a definite advantage. During 2013, broker-members of Northwest Multiple Listing Service, which serves Seattle and most of Western Washington, added more than 104,000 new listings to inventory, but brisk sales to first-time buyers, move-up buyers, investors, and relocating families kept inventory tight in many markets. Supply levels around the metropolitan areas dipped well below the 4-to-6 month range that many industry analysts say indicates a balanced or “neutral” market that favors neither buyers nor sellers. Low supplies can lead to bidding wars, so have a clear understanding of spending limits and be poised to make quick decisions. During 2013, home prices in most Puget Sound areas increased 10-to-15 percent over the previous year, thanks in part to low inventory, fewer distressed sales (short sales and foreclosures), and the recovering economy. At the beginning of 2014, a search of the Northwest MLS database revealed nearly 11,000 single family homes and condominiums for sale in the four-county region encompassing the major job centers of Bremerton (in Kitsap County), Everett (in Snohomish County), Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond (in King County) and Tacoma (in Pierce County). Prices on those listings ranged from $18,500 (for a manufactured home in Pierce County) to $19.9 million for a waterfront

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home in Seattle. Looking for a family compound? There’s even a listing for a cluster of four “substantial and contiguous homes” situated on two acres on Medina Bay (on the east side of Lake Washington), offered at $30 million. Whether you’re looking for a newly built or pre-owned home, price trends around Seattle mirror patterns in other areas: homes closest to job centers tend to command the highest prices. Homes within close proximity to recreational amenities, such as golf and boating, as well as waterfront and view properties, usually sell for a premium.

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The Puget Sound region boasts a diverse array of architectural styles, from Craftsman and Northwest Contemporary to Tudors and Victorian. For horse-lovers and others seeking acreage away from the urban core, the MLS database (at press time) included more than 2,600 listings situated on five or more acres. If high-rise condos and townhomes are preferred, the best selection will likely be in or close to central business districts. In the downtown Seattle area, for example, more than 100 condos are offered for sale with prices ranging from $187,000 to $8 million. The median asking price

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A comparison of prices for recently sold 3-bedroom homes with 2 or more baths reflects nice variation in styles and prices: County / City

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is about $730,000. Expect some sticker shock in downtown Bellevue, too. Condos there (many of them recently built) have a median asking price of $803,500. More affordable options can be found in outlying neighborhoods and in the suburbs. In the eastern part of Bellevue, the median asking price for currently listed condos is about $230,000, while in Kent, the median price for available condos is $145,000. House-hunters will also find plenty of “green” choices in both single family homes and condominiums. The MLS continues to add green fields to facilitate searching for homes with Built Green®, Northwest ENERGY STAR® and various other certifications and energy saving features.

STARTING THE SEARCH House-hunters should take advantage of technology throughout the searching and purchasing process. SEATTLE KingCounty REALTORS® website, www.nwrealtor. com will help you find specialists, members in affiliated services, and other resources for consumers like Green Home Advisor, a site focused on finding and creating healthy, energy-smart homes. Most brokerages are MLS members and can access entire databases for previewing. Several brokerages have interactive maps to pinpoint listings within specific neighborhoods that match requirements for price, square footage, lot size, and other criteria like eco-friendly and resource-efficient features.

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SMOOTHING THE MOVE No matter what type of home is desired, prudent buyers can minimize the stress by following a few guidelines: • Engage the services of an experienced, knowledgeable REALTOR®, ideally one who works in your destination neighborhoods. • Prioritize your needs and be ready to make decisions and tradeoffs. • Get pre-approved for financing. • Do your homework. Check commuting times, transit options, proximity to schools, shopping, entertainment and services. • Utilize technology for location-based and featured-based searches, online tours, electronic document processing and instant communication with advisers. • Work with a team of professionals (e.g., lender, home inspector, escrow services and title insurance). • Enjoy your house-hunting expedition!

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Connections & Comfort Top Trends in New Home Design By CamWest, A Toll Brothers Company s the lifestyle of today’s homeowners evolves, so too do the designs of new homes and communities. John Thatch, senior principal with the international architectural design firm Dahlin Group, has been instrumental in designing some of our region’s most successful new home communities, including those of local homebuilder CamWest, a Toll Brothers Company. He says today’s homebuyers are looking for homes that are more than just a smart financial investment. “More and more, people are looking not just for a house but a neighborhood—that idea of community. That’s just as important as the home itself,” says Thatch. CamWest President Eric Campbell agrees, “When we first look at designing any community, we look at where we can create that central point where neighbors will be able to gather.” Thatch says the trend for “designing communities in walking neighborhoods or with common areas—like parks and trails— instills a sense of place, so homeowners can say ‘this is my community.’ It gives the neighborhood an identity.”

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CONNECTING TO THE OUTDOORS One design trend in the Puget Sound region is the strategic use of windows, ceiling height and room flow to allow light to permeate deep into the home. “Using more glass doesn’t just bring more light in, it also allows the homeowner to feel a connection to the outdoors,” says Thatch. Designs that include oversized wall and corner windows create a “wall of glass” making rooms open and bright – and open, flowing floor plans help to connect the entire living area to the outdoors. The natural scenery should always play a part in how a home is positioned, so that

Flowing floorplans and strategic use of windows keep rooms open and bright

those added windows capture the best possible views without sacrificing privacy. “When you tour a home, look past the walls—beyond the relationship of the rooms to each other. Pay attention to the connections made, inside and out,” says Thatch.

SMARTER USE OF SPACE Traditional spaces are being re-envisioned to respond to changing needs and to optimize the value of a home. “I think the important thing today is being flexible—having designs that change over time to suit a family’s lifestyle. Flex rooms are essential to today’s homeowners,” he says. “We’re also looking at formal rooms a little differently—creating spaces that can be used as a living room or as a home office or library—giving people different options for how to use rooms beyond their traditional uses.” Designers are also placing more emphasis on those rooms that tend to serve as gathering spaces for families and friends, including kitchens. “We’re seeing more countertop extensions for homework stations and islands where children or friends can gather after school or before dinner,” says Thatch.

“Breakfast nooks are also being designed larger to accommodate bigger tables so that the entire family can be together in one room.”

CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE Another trend in the Northwest is to blend the strong lines of contemporary design with natural materials like wood, brick and stone. “Contemporary architecture has strong geometric forms; it’s a pairing of solids and voids, allowing you to incorporate more glass, further opening up the house to the outside. Using natural materials in a contemporary design is a Northwest trend. It makes for a warmer composition,” says Thatch.

MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILIES As households become more multigenerational—aging parents moving in with their adult children or older children returning home after college—designers are also incorporating more private spaces for these individuals, such as bedrooms with adjacent full baths on the main level or lower level guest suites with full baths and rec rooms. “Designing homes that can

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accommodate multigenerational families is a strong trend across the board. In the past, we would include a guest bedroom/ den on the main level but now we are looking at how we can make that space even more private, almost like its own studio,” says Thatch.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY Another feature of new construction that is constantly evolving and improving is energy efficiency. Today’s brand new homes are substantially more efficient than older homes. Changes in building codes and new product innovations have made operating a home more cost effective and environmentally friendly than those homes built just a few years ago. Higher-efficiency windows, insulation and heating and air conditioning systems keep the homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, making them more comfortable to live in. And in the end, comfort at home— whether that means being able to accommodate an aging parent, gathering in one space with your family at the end of the day or enjoying the beauty of the Northwest in your great room or on your back porch—is what’s truly important.

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Rental Strategies

The Right Way To The Right Rental By Sean Martin, Director of External Affairs, Rental Housing Association of Washington

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nline shopping has long become the norm for tenants seeking rental housing. But before jumping online, the first step for any tenant is to determine their budget and decide what amenities and features are “needs” versus “wants.” When looking at your budget and income keep in mind that many landlords look for a debt-income ratio of less than 50%, including rent costs. This means taking into consideration other monthly payments such as car loans, credit cards, and future expenses such as utilities. Also, many landlords expect each prospective tenant signing the lease to earn at least three times the monthly rent; so don’t assume that you only need to qualify to pay a portion of the monthly rent in a roommate scenario. Once your rental budget has been determined, you’ll also need to set money aside for screening fees, the first month’s rent and security deposit. When you get to the point of meeting a landlord in person for a showing be sure to request a copy of their “minimum screening criteria.” This will allow you to confirm what your finances should look like prior to applying. Knowing what you need and where you want it to be located is the other big half of the equation. That sounds simple enough, and it is if you do your homework before heading out to view properties. Know which neighborhoods you like and are within your budget before you start digging through online listings. Driving your neighborhood of preference to spot “For Rent” signs can also reveal some gems that don’t show up anywhere else. Take it from me – a lot of landlords still do things the old fashioned way when it comes to renting. Keep organized notes to make phone calls with landlords easy and quick. This

is your chance to be the interviewer to determine whether a property and landlord make your short list for viewing. Ask about the basics first, including: numbers of bedrooms and baths, smoking and pet policies, parking, and utilities or other amenities covered by rent. By knowing what you’re looking for ahead of time, and asking questions, you’ll save yourself and prospective landlords a lot of time. When touring a property be on time and take your time viewing it. Don’t just look at the size of the rental unit, but look for a well maintained unit. A rental unit does not need to be updated in order for it to be a quality property, but it does need to be clean and ready for the next tenant. If you are interested in the rental unit, get an application and ask about the tenant screening policy and fees. When you’re ready to apply for tenancy fill out the rental application completely and truthfully. Incomplete or incorrect information can be cause for automatic denial. Typically, everyone 18 years of age and over must complete an application,

provide ID and other requested documentation, and be met by the landlord or property manager. Ensure you meet the landlord’s stated minimum screening policy before paying the tenant screening fee, and only apply for one rental unit at a time to avoid wasting money unnecessarily on screening fees. Many landlords will only accept cash, money order or cashiers check. Ask for a receipt for the payment. At this point, if you have doubts about whether this is the appropriate home for you it is not too late to change your mind. At most you will have lost the $40 tenant screening fee –a small price to pay compared to living where you are not comfortable! The Rental Housing Association of Washington is the largest association of rental housing owners (single family houses in multi-family communities) in Washington State. RHA is a not-for-profit organization.

Comparative Rents – Selected Areas Seattle (2 Bedroom Unit) Neighborhood Average

Neighborhood Average

Alki................................................ $2,500 Ballard..........................................$2,000 Beacon Hill..................................$1,450 Belltown...................................... $2,500 Bitterlake..................................... $1,500 Capitol Hill.................................. $2,500 Columbia City............................ $1,600 Eastlake........................................$2,000 First Hill........................................ $1,900 Fremont.......................................$2,000 Green Lake................................. $1,900 Greenwood................................. $1,750 Maple Leaf.................................. $1,600

Lake City...................................... $1,600 Madison Park..............................$2,000 Madison Valley...........................$2,000 Montlake.....................................$2,000 Pioneer Square.......................... $2,500 Queen Anne............................... $2,500 Rainier Valley.............................. $1,800 Ravenna....................................... $1,900 Seward Park................................ $1,600 Sunset Hill................................... $1,900 University District...................... $1,800 Wallingford.................................$2,000 White Center.............................. $1,500 Source: SeattleRentalGroup.com

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BELLTOWN uuu One of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods, Belltown is also one of its most dynamic. A transformation has occurred in recent years as young professionals, middleaged empty nesters and others have relocated here. With approximately 13,000 residents, Belltown has the largest residential base of any downtown neighborhood. No longer a gritty, inner-city neighborhood, Belltown is an urban oasis—complete with P-Patch garden, historic Cottage Park, Regrade Dog Park, the spectacular Olympic Sculpture Park, a community center with programs and special events, and the new Bell Street Park featuring a fountain, play area, and performance space. Belltown’s “in-city” location, amenity-laden apartments, upscale condos, trendy shops and sophisticated new eateries, along with popular musical venues like Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, and the Crocodile Café showcase local and national talent, exemplify urban living at its best. 26

A view of South Lake Union from the Space Needle

CHINATOWN-INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT uuu This diverse and lively south Downtown neighborhood is home to Greater Seattle’s Pan-Asian communities. Here Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and Southeast Asians live and work together, side-byside. Family-owned restaurants, Asianstyle bakeries, unique specialty shops, Karaoke bars, Asian art and galleries, stores filled with traditional Asian gifts, goods and groceries, and ethnic-specific social service agencies characterize this historic neighborhood whose central hub is the Chinese pavilion in Hing Hay Park. Beautiful dragon sculptures and Chinagate emphasize the community’s culture and history. The area’s cultural gem, the Wing Luke Asian Museum is a nationally acclaimed, Smithsonianaffiliate museum. Multicultural community festivals and events include the Lunar New Year Celebration, Summer Festival, Bon Odori, Lion & Dragon Dances, and Taiko Drumming. Condominiums and apartments are found throughout the neighborhood.

CAPITOL HILL uuu Capitol Hill, one of Seattle’s seven hills, was named as an early candidate for

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Washington’s state capital. The original mansions housed numerous city founders during the opulent turn of the century. Visitors to the 1901 Alaska Yukon and Pacific Exposition beheld Seattle’s grandeur from atop Volunteer Park’s water tower. Today, people still enjoy the Park and the view. Capitol Hill has several business districts comprised of unique stores offering unusual and specialty items. Restaurants, coffee shops, and brewpubs feature an array of ethnic foods and drinks. Historic churches, museums, colleges, theaters and clubs add to the vibrancy of the neighborhood. Capitol Hill is a cultural crossroads—mixing young people, senior citizens, artists and professionals. It is also the historic hub for Seattle’s LBGT and alternative communities. A new light rail station on the “U-Link” opens here in 2016 with service between downtown and the University of Washington. Median Prices: Homes $636,250; Condos $247,000.

DENNY TRIANGLE uuu The name “Denny” honors a Seattle founding family whose vision helped shape the fledgling city. Today a new vision, blending transit, retail and residential, is transforming the neighborhood

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owntown is the epicenter of Seattle’s culture and commerce. The area’s 1,095 restaurants, cafés and bars, 29 parks, 12 museums, 117 art galleries and 1,800 retailers (most found within walking distance) sustain a vibrant urban lifestyle that continues to grow in popularity. About 57,643 people live in “Center City Seattle” neighborhoods—a number that is estimated to rise considerably in the coming years. Housing prices vary between neighborhoods, but by early2014 the median price for a downtown condominium was $650,000. Rentals run $1,600 to $2,500 for two bedroom units. Chinatown-International District offers less expensive rates while Belltown tends toward the higher end.


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into an Urban Center Village. The Denny Triangle is roughly delineated by Olive Way, I-5, Denny Avenue and 5th Avenue. Amazon is building three new office towers over the next few years, joining the other 400+ businesses here that include restaurants, small grocery stores, hotels, professional services and retail stores. Hundreds of new condos and apartments are being built. This is also home to the Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct and the U.S. Federal Courthouse. Educational facilities include Cornish College of Arts, Antioch and City Universities, and the private Spruce Street Elementary School. The South Lake Union Streetcar and Metro buses serve the neighborhood while nearby Westlake Bus Tunnel offers city-wide connections.

FIRST HILL uuu First Hill is composed of a mix of highrise condominiums, historic homes, classic apartment buildings, state-of-theart medical facilities and exclusive social clubs—all with a distinctive urban flair. Many residents walk or bus to work in this pedestrian and transit friendly neighborhood. First Hill, one of Seattle’s major employment centers, supports over 22,000 jobs. This influx of workers actually doubles the neighborhood’s population during the workday! Most jobs are health care related, which is not surprising since three of Seattle’s major hospitals are located here—thus the neighborhood nickname “Pill Hill.” The Frye Art Museum, The Sorrento Hotel, St. James Cathedral, Seattle University, and Town Hall (a community culture center) are also found in the area. Median Prices: Homes $420,000; Condos $226,500.

PIONEER SQUARE uuu Pioneer Square is the heart and soul of Seattle. As Seattle’s first neighborhood, it is one of the first nationally established historic districts. This premier 20-block historic district contains the nation’s largest collection of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture as well as three National Historic Landmarks. It is the home to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical

Park as well as many art galleries and restaurants. Current housing options consist of about 1,800 apartments and condos. Located immediately south of the downtown business core and north of Safeco and CenturyLink Fields, Pioneer Square is a highly walkable neighborhood and is at the nexus of light and heavy rail, buses, State Ferries, and a new Seattle streetcar line. www.PioneerSquare.org.

RETAIL CORE uuu At the heart of it all, encircled by the other downtown neighborhoods, is the Retail Core. As its name implies, this is a prime shopping destination with well-known department stores, upscale national and international retailers, and shopping centers featuring specialty stores and designer boutiques. Dining establishments, from five star to fast food, will please any palate. Twenty or so hotels provide accommodations and a number of office and residential developments are also found here.

SOUTH LAKE UNION uuu This neighborhood on Lake Union’s south end is not only bustling with new development, but has already attracted many of the world’s most innovative companies including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine Research, Amazon.com’s headquarters as well as Microsoft and PATH. It is also home to Northeastern University’s graduate campus. As one of Seattle’s most walkable neighborhoods, art galleries, restaurants, bars, a grocery store, cafés and three public parks are just steps away. Numerous residential options are convenient to the South Lake Union Streetcar line, providing easy downtown connections. Lake Union Park is a 12-acre urban gem with open space, walking paths, art installations, a water fountain play feature, the historic ships wharf, a model boat pond, the Museum of History and Industry, and the Center for Wooden Boats offering rentals and hands-on nautical experiences. For neighborhood information www.Discoverslu.com or make an appointment to visit the SLU Discovery Center.

UPTOWN uuu Uptown is located north of Belltown and includes lower Queen Anne. A decade ago rentals dominated the housing market, but as condos grow in popularity the owner occupancy rates continue to rise. Uptown has a self-contained feeling—like a “little town in a big city.” Uptown boasts a variety of businesses that include a hotel, grocery stores, ethnic restaurants, coffee shops, and trendy lounges found throughout this very walkable neighborhood. Seattle Center, the entertainment hub of Uptown features a myriad of activities. The Seattle Repertory Theatre and a movie theater also offer entertainment options. Kinnear Park, with play area, benches and tables is a great place to take in 180º views of the city and the Sound.

WEST EDGE uuu Parts of the West Edge are among Seattle’s earliest districts and it contains a number of neighborhood notables including the Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall, and the historic Moore Theatre. Pike Place Market, a Seattle institution, is also part of the West Edge. Some 10 million visitors a year come to the Market, one of the nation’s oldest working farmers markets, to soak up the sights and sounds of this lively area. The Market is more than a place to visit, though. It is also home to about 500 residents and has its own health, senior, and child care centers. Rental units include senior/ low income and 90 “market rate” units ranging from kitchenettes to two bedrooms (Call 206-682-7453). The independent retail spirit of the Market extends throughout this artistic neighborhood and is found in West Edge restaurants, galleries, unique stores and boutiques. New high-rises, some featuring luxurious penthouse townhomes, are expanding West Edge housing options. The Waterfront Project, an ambitious 20-year plan, will eventually include a new pedestrian promenade, two-way cycle track and additional pedestrian connections between the waterfront and downtown, providing a more European ambience.

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Wherever you are in Western Washington, there’s a good chance you’ll find a Swedish hospital, emergency room, or primarycare clinic nearby. We’re in neighborhoods throughout the area because the very best care shouldn’t be difficult to get to. So when you need medical care of any kind, come to Swedish. We’re right here. And we’re here for you. Hospitals: First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds, Issaquah Emergency Rooms: First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Issaquah, Redmond Urgent Cares: South Lake Union, Redmond Primary-Care Clinics: First Hill, Cherry Hill, Downtown Seattle, South Lake Union, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard, West Seattle, Beacon Hill, Greenlake, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Factoria, Issaquah, Pine Lake, Redmond, Snoqualmie, Cle Elum ALWAYS CALL 911 IN A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY To find a Swedish physician or facility, visit swedish.org. A nonprofit organization


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Downtown Living and the New Urban Lifestyle By Kate Joncas & Linda Mitchell owntown’s collection of 12 dynamic, diverse neighborhoods is also Seattle’s fastest growing residential area – where nearly 60,000 of us call home. For many of the same reasons visitors flock here, people in growing numbers are also looking to live in the epicenter of a wide variety of retail stores, amazing restaurants, exciting nightlife, worldrenowned arts, culture and professional sporting events all near the beautiful shores of Elliott Bay and Lake Union. Downtown living has never been more popular, attracting a diversity of residents including young urban professionals who work Downtown, empty nesters looking to downsize, and even small families – one of Downtown’s fastest-growing demographics. The number of families living in Downtown has increased nine percent since 2010, and comprises approximately 17 percent of Downtown households. There’s a very real energy emanating in great urban areas, a feeling that’s difficult to describe but instantly recognizable. Activity abounds and there’s a noticeable vibrancy block by block as people gravitate to Downtown living. No matter who you are, the benefits are plentiful and hard to resist.

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environment that you’d expect in any other hometown. But in our hometown, residents also enjoy up-close and personal access to some of the region’s biggest community festivals and events just outside our front doors, including the Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series, First Thursday Art Walks, Bite of Seattle, Folklife Festival, Family 4th Fireworks on Lake Union and the Seafair Torchlight and Macy’s Holiday parades. The activities also continue in Downtown’s wide variety of public playgrounds, off-leash dog areas and parks which host a variety of family-friendly events including concerts, social dancing, outdoor movies, gardening classes, bocce tournaments and much more. CONVENIENCE Imagine trading in your nearly one-hour drive in bumper-to-bumper traffic to work, for a leisurely 15-minute walk in the fresh sea air to your office – every morning. With time being one of today’s most

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precious commodities, many are looking for the efficiencies and conveniences of living in close proximity and immediate access to where they also work, shop and play. Now imagine taking that same 15minute walk home from work at the end of a busy day, meeting your spouse for a quick drink at your corner watering hole before the two of you catch a 3-minute light rail ride to Safeco Field in time for the opening pitch of the Seattle Mariners/New York Yankees game – all within the time it would have otherwise taken you to drive home, if your home wasn’t located Downtown. ACCESSIBLE As the hub of the region’s mass transit system, one of the biggest selling points for people moving to Downtown Seattle is the ease of getting around on foot, by bike or on one of Downtown’s numerous public transportation options including bus, commuter train, streetcar and Sound

Photo ©Christopher Nelson

INVITING, CLEAN & SAFE Downtown Seattle’s vibrancy and urban energy, are matched only by our clean and safe environment – 285-squareblocks of which are maintained by the Metropolitan Improvement District’s team of friendly Downtown Ambassadors who, on a daily basis, sweep and pressurewash streetscapes, clean alleys, remove graffiti, pick up trash and fallen leaves and much more to maintain the same inviting

Out To Lunch Concert on Harbor Steps in downtown Seattle


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Transit’s Link light rail. The convenient Link connects Downtown’s Retail Core to Sea-Tac International Airport, including 11 stops in between and future expansions through Capitol Hill to the University of Washington as well as service to the north and across Lake Washington to the east. But if human-powered transportation is more your style, Downtown Seattle is considered one of the easiest to navigate, is pedestrian-friendly and one of the most walkable cities with wide sidewalks, curbramps, and plenty of way-finding. Seattle has also consistently been rated one of the top spots in the nation for bicycling, and is known as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country. SUSTAINABLE The type of density that Downtown living provides also helps with sustainability efforts – from reducing air-polluting emissions to protecting open spaces

from urban sprawl. For example, Downtown’s robust transit system enables 66 percent of Downtown employees to avoid driving alone to work, and a typical 200-unit multi-family building on a 15,000-square-foot parcel in Downtown provides as much housing as 45 acres of suburban single-family housing – significantly reducing our carbon footprint. Rather, residents can do it all – live, work, shop and play – in Downtown’s high-density, mixed-use neighborhoods without ever having to get in their cars, which they may not even need in the first place. So whether you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, or you simply desire the excitement and convenience that the urban lifestyle has to offer, we invite you to check us out. Downtown Seattle has something for everyone, and is a great place to call home.

About the Authors: Kate Joncas is president of the Downtown Seattle Association, a non-profit member-based organization dedicated to making Downtown a great place to live, work, shop and play. www.DowntownSeattle.com

Linda Mitchell is a longtime Downtown resident and chair of the Downtown Residents Council which champions issues important to Downtown residents, and to the future of Downtown neighborhoods. www.DowntownSeattle.com/Living

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Seattle Neighborhoods

The Spotlight on Seattle Neighborhoods

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eattle’s thriving urban downtown core is surrounded by over 100 distinct neighborhoods. Each possesses its own identity and character—an ambiance, an attitude, a special unique chemistry that sets it apart. Here is an introduction to just some of the city’s many neighborhoods.

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BEACON HILL uuu Just southeast of Downtown, Beacon Hill, like many Seattle neighborhoods is ethnically and economically integrated. Here stately turn-of-the-century homes stand next to brick ramblers and split-levels. Active, vocal community groups take great pride in the area’s look, feel and safety. NewHolly, one of the nation’s first 32

Fishermen’s Terminal and the Ballard neighborhood

mixed income developments, is located in south Beacon Hill. Jefferson Community Center hosts classes, programs and the annual Beacon Hill Festival. Newly expanded Jefferson Park, a local treasure, contains one of Seattle’s most used public golf courses. Nearby VA Puget Sound Healthcare Systems is also a familiar landmark. On the west side of Beacon Hill, Dr. Jose´ Rizal Park has great downtown views. Several p-patch gardens dot the neighborhood. Median Prices: Homes $310,222; Condos $187,500.

BITTER LAKE uuu Residents describe Bitter Lake as a little slice of paradise in Seattle’s north end. This small body of spring fed water was once the site of a sawmill. Floating logs released tannic acid, thus the lake’s unusual name. From 1930 to 1961, Playland Amusement Park attracted patrons to the lake. Today, people still enjoy the lake and adjoining park featuring a wading pool, tennis courts, playfield and Community Center that hosts events, programs, and classes. Two main shopping districts, Greenwood Avenue and Aurora Avenue (Hwy 99),

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offer a wide variety of services, stores, and restaurants. Highway 99 and I-5 are easily accessed—a plus for commuters. Single-family homes, condos, and apartment complexes, including senior apartments are available. Median Prices: Homes $336,000; Condos $124,950.

BLUE RIDGE uuu This lovely hillside community, which enjoys some fabulous views of the Sound, was originally built by the Boeing Company. Five brick houses, locally known as “The Castles,” housed company executives. Today, 450 homes complete this affluent and exclusive covenant community of 200 acres. It is strictly residential and hosts a private community club, swimming pool, tennis courts, playfield, and beach. Limited street access assures privacy and removes this neighborhood from the typical urban bustle. Median Prices: Homes $849,000.

BROADVIEW uuu This northwest Seattle neighborhood has big trees, big lots, and a quiet, country feeling. Within its 3-square miles is Carkeek Park, known for sweeping Puget

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The Scandinavian fishermen and mill workers who founded this historic neighborhood in the late 1800’s would feel right at home in the Nordic Heritage Museum or at annual events like the Norwegian Constitution Day Parade each May or Ballard SeafoodFest in July. While their influence on Ballard remains, much has changed as old buildings are restored, new condos and other exciting projects such as the award-winning “green” library take shape. Unique shops, trendy boutiques, great restaurants, a cinema, and other businesses line downtown streets. Ballard’s lively nightlife draws music fans to establishments like the Tractor Tavern and the Conor Byrne Pub. The Ballard ArtWalk, on the second Saturday of each month, showcases local artisans. A Sunday Farmers Market on Ballard Avenue runs year round. Ballard is also home to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and beautiful Carl S. English Botanical Garden and Visitor Center. Median Prices: Homes $450,250; Condos $289,000.


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Sound views, hiking trails, beach access, a play area with a unique salmon slide, and an educational center. Broadview is also home to the beautiful Dunn Gardens. Designed in 1916 by the Olmsted Brothers, they are viewed by reserved guided tours. Broadview’s library hosts various events, programs and meetings for local groups such as the Broadview Community Council and the Broadview Historical Society. The neighborhood’s diverse housing options include apartments, condos, multi-unit senior housing, and homes in a variety of price ranges. A small commercial district is located along Greenwood Avenue. Median Prices: Homes $462,500; Condos $135,475

CENTRAL AREA uuu Located south of Capitol Hill, Central extends east to Lake Washington. Its close proximity to the floating bridges and downtown has prompted real estate agents, developers and homebuyers to “rediscover” Central. The neighborhood contains mostly single-family homes, but new businesses are expanding the commercial district at 23rd and Jackson. Central is home to Swedish Medical Center/Providence Campus, and the Seattle Vocational Institute. The local high school, Garfield, produces a majority of Seattle’s National Merit Scholars. Central supports the Pratt Fine Arts Center, the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, and the Northwest African American Museum, all which offer educational and artistic programs. The popular Central Area Community Festival & Parade is held in August. Median Prices: Homes $430,500; Condos $243,500.

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COLUMBIA CITY uuu Columbia City is a landmark district and many of the buildings, which are on the National Historic Register, have been restored. The neighborhood’s rich cultural diversity is reflected in the variety of ethnic eateries as well as stores featuring unique items from around the world. In addition, Columbia City offers an art gallery, a theatre that hosts live entertainment, and a library overlooking the

Several Seattle neighborhoods enjoy great views of Lake Union

grassy expanse of Columbia Park. The Farmers Market, held from May to October, and BeatWalk, a monthly live music showcase hosted by local restaurants, list among the many things to do here. A light rail station is just three blocks from downtown Columbia City. Median Prices: Homes $391,800; Condos $302,000.

CROWN HILL uuu It’s difficult to delineate the boundary between Ballard and Crown Hill. It is mainly defined by Crown Hill’s commercial center at the intersection of 15th NW and NW 85th where a variety of specialty shops, grocery stores, and ethnic eateries are surrounded by welltended homes. Swanson’s, a 5-acre nursery located nearby is a “gardener’s paradise.” The Crown Hill community is very active in the upkeep of its neighborhood and has sponsored the conversion of several lots into neighborhood parks. House styles range from 1920’s Tudors to mid-century moderns. New condos and townhomes, as well as apartments

are also found here. Median Prices: Homes $385,000; Condos $229,500.

EASTLAKE uuu Eastlake, one of Seattle’s oldest and bestdefined neighborhoods, sits east of Lake Union, south of the University Bridge, west of I-5, and north of Mercer Street. It is a pleasing mix of businesses, houseboats, single-family homes, apartments and condos, many with incredible water views. In the early 1900s, industries— including Boeing’s first factory—fronted much of the shoreline. During the ‘40s and ‘50s, houseboats replaced factories, and Eastlake’s bohemian houseboat character was born. Today, “bohemian houseboats” have become “floating homes,” and high-end condominiums and homes are replacing older models. A waterfront development offers floating homes, a mega-yacht marina, and offices. Eastlake’s proximity to Lake Union affords many street-end waterfront parks. E. Louisa Street Park features outstanding water views and a sand court for Petanque

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who come to walk, jog, bike, skate, fish, rent boats, or just hang out. Other neighborhood amenities include the Evans Pool, Bathhouse Theatre, Green Lake Community Center, a library, and a Pitch and Putt Golf Course, as well as various eateries and shops. House styles tend toward bungalows and Tudors. Green Lake Village, with nearly 300 apartments and retail opened in 2014. Median Prices: Homes $501,500; Condos $275,375.

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(a French version of Bocce). Fairview Park offers a small-boat hand launch, P-Patch, and picnic tables. A block away, businesses, shops, restaurants,and galleries line Eastlake Avenue, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. Median Prices: Homes $575,000; Condos $307,475.

FREMONT uuu Fremont, the self-proclaimed “Center of the Universe,” is Seattle’s most artistically eccentric community. A mecca for local artists, it features some of the city’s most famous public art, including Waiting for the Interurban, the Fremont Troll, The Guidepost to the Center of the Universe and the Statue of Lenin. Fremont’s hip and whimsical personality draws residents, visitors, and businesses. Adobe and Google have offices here and in 2014 Brooks Sports opens their World Headquarters in Fremont. You’ll find funky shops, antique and vintage dealers, Theo’s Chocolate factory (which offers tours), brew pubs and restaurants (including Revel, owned by Iron Chef contestant, Rachel Yang). Fremont’s History House showcases the unique histories of Seattle neighborhoods and offers a free summer musical series. Events like the Fremont Sunday Market, summer Outdoor Movies, the first Friday ArtWalk, the country’s 10th largest Oktoberfest in September, the Hopscotch Beer, Wine and Scotch Festival, and the famous Solstice Parade and Fremont Fair are also part of the Fremont experience. Median Prices: Homes 34

$499,975; Condos $262,500.

GEORGETOWN uuu Settled in 1851, Georgetown is Seattle’s oldest continually-settled neighborhood. Incorporated as the City of Georgetown from 1904 to 1910, it is now home to a mix of artists, gardeners, families, businesses, and industry and has a long history of community activism. Most homes in Georgetown - bungalows, Victorians, ramblers, and duplexes - were built before 1939. A revitalized retail core along Airport Way offers stores, bars, coffee shops, and unique and funky restaurants. Each year on the second Sunday in July residents open their gardens and artists open their studios for the Georgetown Garden Walk. An Artwalk is also held the second Saturday of each month. The restored, historic Hat n’ Boots, Seattle’s last remaining example of vernacular architecture, are located in Oxbow Park. Other notables include the restored Georgetown City Hall, the landmark 1906 Power Plant, the Museum of Flight, and the circa 1900 Rainier Brewery building (now an official Seattle landmark.) For more neighborhood information, www.georgetownmerchants.org. Median Prices: Homes $277,500; Condos $250,000.

GREEN LAKE uuu Green Lake is a highly desired neighborhood that curls around its namesake. The lake, considered Seattle’s “Central Park,” attracts over 3.6 million visitors each year

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North of Phinney Ridge, Greenwood’s narrow streets are quiet and tidy. Houses present an interesting architectural mix from brick Tudors to 1950’s-style ranch homes to split-levels. Unique shops and restaurants of every ethnicity are found around Greenwood Avenue. A popular Artwalk occurs on the second Friday of each month except May. That month features the annual Greenwood/Phinney Artwalk, a festival of unusual performance art. From February through October, Taproot Theatre productions delight audiences. Each June, the Greenwood Car Show draws crowds of over 20,000. A cherished community tradition, the Greenwood Seafair Parade in July is one of the city’s oldest and largest summer parades. Median Prices: Homes $353,500; Condos $186,250.

HALLER LAKE uuu Haller Lake, in north Seattle, includes the area around Northwest Hospital and Northgate Mall. The neighborhood features Seattle’s only Curling Club, Haller Lake Community Club, a community P-Patch and, of course, Haller Lake. Nearby Jackson Park Golf Course hosted the 2009 Seattle Amateur Championships. Median Prices: Homes $325,000; Condos $213,000.

LAKE CITY uuu Lake City is located in northeast Seattle, west of Lake Washington. Tall trees, quiet streets and nice homes, many with views, are found here along with an increasing number of condominiums and apartments. Lake City Way, the neighborhood’s main drag, offers

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retail shops, restaurants, car dealerships, antique stores and more. Behind the library, Albert Davis Park features the Will Rogers Memorial, a play area, and a Farmers Market from June to early October. The Lake City Pioneer Days Festival and Parade, an annual tradition, takes place the first Saturday in August. Median Prices: Homes $289,950; Condos $140,000.

LAURELHURST uuu Situated on a peninsula jutting out into Lake Washington is the much sought after neighborhood of Laurelhurst. Once a seasonal campground of the Duwamish Tribe, today the area is comprised of large, stately, and well manicured homes, many with panoramic views of the Lake and Mt. Rainier. Laurelhurst is convenient to the University of Washington, the University Village Shopping Center, and Children’s Hospital. Laurelhurst Park and Community Center serves as a gathering place, offering programs and special events. Median Prices: Homes $990,000; Condos $265,000.

LESCHI uuu Leschi sits between the Mount Baker and Madrona neighborhoods along the shores of Lake Washington. In the late 1800’s an amusement park, serviced by a cable car that ran from Pioneer Square, was located here. While the amusement park is long gone, the tranquility and beauty of Leschi remains. Its hillside terrain optimizes views of the Bellevue skyline, the Cascades and Mount Rainier. Home styles range from multi-million dollar lakefront properties, to classic turn-of-the-century homes, to more modestly priced houses and condos. Neighborhood parks like Leschi Park and Peppis Playground are popular with area families. Median Prices: Homes $662,500; Condos $282,600.

MADISON PARK uuu Snuggled between the Washington Park Arboretum and Lake Washington, are the communities of Madison Park and Madrona. Madison Park features grand, expensive homes and lakefront estates. A quaint commercial area includes upscale eateries and shops. Merchants usually

know customers by name in this closeknit neighborhood. The turnover in housing inventory is low, as people moving here tend to stay. Median Prices: Homes $1,154,500; Condos $445,000.

MADRONA uuu Madrona is a much more diverse area— economically, ethnically, and architecturally than its neighbor, and this diversity is a source of community pride. The Madrona Community Council sponsors events and works on local issues. Madrona Park & Beach and the Madrona Playfield are perfect for outdoor fun. East Madrona, with its waterfront locale, is home to higher end real estate, while West Madrona offers a wider mix of home prices. Median Prices: Homes $619,000.

Prices: Homes $630,000; Condos $237,000.

MAPLE LEAF uuu Maple Leaf is primarily a single-family residential neighborhood with shaded trees and well-built homes, but apartments are available and generally found near shopping areas. Maple Leaf is home to many neighborhood businesses and restaurants, good schools, a ballpark, Maple Leaf Park, community garden, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1. The Northwest Puppet Center is also located here, attracting visitors with workshops, museum, and public performances. A community council sponsors events such as the annual Summer Social and keeps on top of local issues. Visit www. mapleleafcommunity.org. Median Prices: Homes $450,000; Condos $155,000.

MADISON VALLEY uuu Nestled between Capitol Hill and Madison Park is Madison Valley, a diverse neighborhood with a healthy and harmonious mix of income, race, religion and age groups. It includes a thriving business district with small stores, boutiques, consignment shops and restaurants. New condos and townhomes add to neighborhood housing options. Residents enjoy easy access to downtown and nearby Washington Park Arboretum. Median Prices: Homes $539,000; Condos $320.000.

MAGNOLIA uuu Magnolia is situated on a peninsula only five minutes from Downtown Seattle. Surrounded on three sides by water, Magnolia has an island-like quality, but is easily accessed by three bridges. Many of its hillside properties provide breathtaking views of the city skyline, Mount Rainier, Puget Sound and the Olympics. This comfortable, quiet area offers a wide variety of living accommodations with its mix of mansions, ranch homes, condos, and apartments. Magnolia’s business district, “The Village,” features a variety of shops and restaurants. The neighborhood also has a library, community center and marina. Discovery Park, Seattle’s largest park, is a neighborhood treasure offering an urban-wilderness experience. Median

MONTLAKE uuu Montlake is bounded on three sides by water: Lake Washington to the east, Lake Union to the west, and Lake Washington Ship Canal to the north. It connects to the University District via the Montlake Bridge and accesses Seattle and the Eastside via SR-520. Here quiet, tree-lined streets are flanked by well-tended properties including historic homes, bungalows, and stately, older mansions. Montlake is home to a number of businesses, shops, and restaurants. The neighborhood is close to the University of Washington, the Washington Park Arboretum, and the Seattle Yacht Club. Recreational opportunities include the Montlake Community Center, Montlake Tennis Courts and McCurdy Park. Median Prices: Homes $725,000.

MOUNT BAKER uuu The Mount Baker neighborhood is a mix of parklands, lakefront, wooded hills and quiet residential streets. One in a series of affluent communities nestled along Lake Washington’s southwest shore; it lies on the hills south of I-90. Mount Baker Park is a great place to escape the city’s bustle or to watch the Seafair hydroplane races on the lake. May through September cyclists enjoy “Bicycle Sundays” when parts of Lake Washington Boulevard close

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PHINNEY RIDGE uuu Phinney Ridge is located on the steep ridge separating Green Lake and Ballard. This quiet, single-family neighborhood is a mix of long-time residents, young professionals, and wild animals—the inhabitants of the Woodland Park Zoo, a neighborhood landmark. The Phinney Neighborhood Association sponsors classes and a variety of programs and events. Phinney Avenue contains many of the area businesses, some that are stops on Artwalks held the second Friday of the month and the annual Greenwood/Phinney ArtWalk in May. Median Prices: Homes $560,750; Condos $252,500.

PIKE/PINE uuu Named for its two main streets, the Pike/ Pine neighborhood is tucked between Capitol Hill and First Hill. Residents enjoy easy access to I-5, the neighborhood’s westernmost boundary. Apartments (both modest and high-end), condos, senior housing, and sedate single family homes create the mix of housing styles in this primarily residential area. The majority of residents are renters and of a younger demographic, due in part to the close proximity of Seattle Central College and Seattle University. Small shops, offices, cafés, taverns, and a few auto dealers are found along Pike and Pine. The Cal Anderson Park and Bobby Morris Playfield have play equipment, tennis courts, picnic tables, paths and wading pool. Median Prices: Homes $340,000; Condos $194,250.

QUEEN ANNE uuu Upper Queen Anne has a majority of

single-family dwellings, many in the classic Queen-Anne style. Lower Queen Anne, also known as Uptown, is more densely populated with condos and apartments. The neighborhood is sprinkled with specialty shops, local eateries and pubs. A busy Community Center features a pool and community programs. Kerry Park, well known to photographers, offers fantastic downtown Seattle views. These views and its great location make Queen Anne a highly desirable address. Rentals are at a premium and homes rarely stay long on the market. Median Prices: Homes $675,000; Condos $300,000.

RAINIER BEACH uuu Rainier Beach is a diverse, urban neighborhood located adjacent to Seward Park between Beacon Hill and Lake Washington. More than 60 languages are spoken here and ethnic shops and cafés reflect the area’s cultural richness.

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SEWARD PARK uuu

Picnicking by Shilshole Marina

Relatively reasonable prices, even for view homes, have spurred an active market in recent years. Area amenities include several waterfront parks with outstanding views, the historical landmark Kubota Gardens, Dead Horse Canyon, a Link Light Rail Station, and new community center, pool, and plaza for outdoor summer concerts. Median Prices: Homes $225,000; Condos $168,500.

Photo©Don Wilson/Port of Seattle

RAINIER VALLEY uuu Rainier Valley is one of Seattle’s most economically, religiously and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Known for high levels of community involvement, residents work to retain Rainier Valley’s hometown appeal. Familiar chain stores, a global grab bag of ethnic establishments, restaurants and other businesses are plentiful. Residents enjoy easy access to downtown Seattle and SeaTac Airport via four area light rail stations. The Rainier Valley Cultural Center, home of the Rainier Valley Youth Theatre, hosts workshops and special events. The Rainier Valley Heritage Parade & Festival is celebrated the third Saturday of August. Median Prices: Homes $186,000.

RAVENNA uuu Ravenna sits directly north of the U-District convenient to many amenities including the University of Washington, shopping at University Village, I-5, Ravenna Park and the Burke-Gilman Trail. Neighborhood residents are mostly

upper middle class, well-educated people, many of whom are active in the local community association. Small bakeries, family restaurants, and unique shops draw locals and visitors alike. Ravenna is home to the Congregation Beth Shalom, ElderHealth Northwest (a nonprofit agency for seniors), a library, and the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center offering special events and programs. Local house styles vary, including bungalows, Tudors, and Craftsman homes. Median Prices: Homes $529,000; Condos $198,000.

ROOSEVELT uuu Roosevelt is minutes from Downtown, the University District, University Village and Northgate Malls and Green Lake. Metro buses provide service to these and other popular destinations. A pedestrian friendly commercial district near Roosevelt Way and NE 65th Avenue offers unique shops, restaurants, and major retailers like QFC, Safeway, Whole Foods Market, Magnolia HiFi Design Center and Dania. A renovated Roosevelt High School, built in 1922, is at the heart of the neighborhood. Parks, including Froula, Cowen and Banner, provide open spaces, tennis courts, play areas, and city and mountain views. Neighborhood events include the Roosevelt Bull Moose Festival in July and monthly art walks. An active Neighborhood Association publishes a monthly newsletter at www.rooseveltseattle.org. Median Prices: Homes $430,000; Condos $260,000.

Seward Park, located east of Rainier Valley on a peninsula jutting into Lake Washington, is a quiet neighborhood with the best views of Mount Rainier in Seattle. Beautiful turn-of-the-century homes and large distinctive new homes populate the lakefront ridges while more modest homes are found farther from the water. A small business district on Wilson Avenue includes restaurants, pet supplies and natural foods market. Seward Park is economically and racially diverse. It is the cultural home to Seattle’s Orthodox Jewish community. Seward Park, the neighborhood’s namesake, is its crowning jewel featuring nearly 300 acres of old-growth timber, bike and walking trails, art studio, native plant garden, the Environmental and Audubon Center, and an amphitheater which hosts summer events. Median Prices: Homes $450,000; Condos $137,000.

SHILSHOLE/SUNSET HILL uuu Just west of Ballard and twenty minutes from Downtown, Shilshole is best known for its boating opportunities, restaurants and waterfront views. The local hub of activity is Shilshole Bay Marina, the state’s second-largest marina and home to 1,400 boats. The neighborhood’s population includes the 600 residents who live aboard boats at the marina, as well as those from the largely residential Sunset Hill neighborhood rising up from the bay. Area attractions include outstanding views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, public fishing piers, waterfront promenade, and the popular Golden Gardens Park. Median Prices: Homes $623,750; Condos $350,000.

UNIVERSITY DISTRICT uuu The neighborhood surrounding the University of Washington campus is often described as youthful and vibrant. Molded by the presence of the University, the Henry Art Gallery and the Burke Museum, it features an intellectual and artistic lifestyle. University Way NE, or “The Ave” is a popular place to hang out, shop and eat. An award winning Saturday Farmers

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Market offers fresh, local products year round. Each May, the U District StreetFair attracts upward of 50,000 people with craft and food booths, music and more. Nearby University Village, with over 70 stores, is a shopper’s mecca. The University District is a mix of singlefamily homes interspersed with rental homes and apartment buildings for student housing. Median Prices: Homes $489,000; Condos $258,500.

WALLINGFORD uuu Wallingford, the “Heart of Seattle,” is bordered by Lake Union, I-5, Aurora Avenue and Green Lake. Pedestrian and bus friendly Wallingford offers craftsmanstyle bungalows, residential gardens, historic buildings, quiet streets and a unique shopping district featuring distinct shops and restaurants. Seattle’s landmark hamburger joint Dick’s Drive-In and the 1904 Wallingford Center are both neighborhood institutions. Wallingford Playfield has tennis courts, wading pool, picnic and play areas, while Gas Works Park is perfect for kite flying. Wallingford Steps provide amazing city skyline views. Nearby, the Burke-Gilman trail is popular with bikers and walkers. There is always something to do in Wallingford - the Garden Tour in June, the Seafair Kiddies Parade & Street Fair in July, and the Home Tour in October. Meridian Park hosts a Wednesday Farmers Market, May through September. The first Wednesday of May through October there is also an Art Walk. Median Prices: Homes $589,000; Condos $268,900.

WEST SEATTLE uuu Home to Seattle’s first white settlers, West Seattle occupies the peninsula southwest of Downtown Seattle. While pleasantly removed from downtown by topography and the Duwamish Waterway, the city is accessible by car within minutes. A shuttle ferry, the West Seattle Water Taxi, also runs passengers into downtown Seattle. The Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal connects West Seattle to Vashon Island and Southworth on the Kitsap Peninsula. West Seattle boasts several distinct neighborhoods, most tending toward economic and 40

ethnic diversity, all offering small town charm. Alki Beach, an 18-hole public golf course, 40-acre Schmitz Park, and Lincoln Park featuring Seattle’s only saltwater swimming pool are local recreational gems. The Log House Museum and ArtsWest, a community theater and art center, provide a cultural focus. Annual events include West Seattle Summer Fest and the Art of Gardening Tour in July. Washington’s second largest Farmers Market is held here on Sundays, year-round. Median Prices: Homes $315,000; Condos $229,900.

groups. Each July, residents celebrate White Center Jubilee Days. The White Center Community Development Association produces signature community enhance ment events like Spring Clean and the Community Summit. Local parks include Steve Cox Memorial Park with play and picnic areas, athletic fields, walking path, and community center. Greenbridge, a “green” mixed income community, features rentals, new homes, a library and a multi-use learning center. Median Prices: Homes $186,000.

ALASKA JUNCTION uuu Several business districts, along with Westwood Village, provide an array of shopping options. “The Junction,” the retail heart of West Seattle at California Avenue and Alaska Street, features shops, restaurants and markets, as well as award winning murals depicting West Seattle’s historic past. The Junction serves as a transit center for key Metro bus routes. Mixed-use projects are adding new apartments to the area’s existing condos and small WWII era homes. Median Prices: Homes $440,000; Condos $271,250.

ALKI uuu At the tip of West Seattle, the Alki neighborhood is known for its beachfront promenade and sweeping views of Seattle’s skyline from Jack Block Park. Median Prices: Homes $525,000; Condos $397,500.

ADMIRAL uuu The Admiral neighborhood in West Seattle contains a number of fine old homes and sits at the crest of the peninsula overlooking both the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Median Prices: Homes $495,250; Condos $179,900.

WHITE CENTER uuu Located between West Seattle and Burien, White Center offers some of the city’s most affordable real estate. Known for its diversity, an amazing 70+ languages are spoken here. The Business District consists of nearly 140 businesses. Restaurants often host music events sponsored by The White Center Arts Alliance and other

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Seattle Statistics Population: 626,600 Greater Seattle area: 3,780,900 (King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap Counties)

City Hall: Mail—600 4th Ave., 2nd Floor, Seattle 98124. Main Entrance-601 5th Ave. (206) 684-2489,www.seattle.gov Neighborhood Service Centers: Obtain information about city government and social service referrals. (206) 684-0464, www.seattle.gov/neighborhoodservices Chamber of Commerce: 1301 5th Ave., Ste. 1500, (206) 389-7200, www.seattlechamber.com Post Offices: various convenient locations. Zip code and location information, (800) 275-8777,www.usps.com Libraries: 26 neighborhood branches. Central Library, 1000 4th Avenue, (206) 386-4636. www.spl.org School District: Seattle Public Schools, (206) 252-0000, www.seattleschools.org Utilities: Gas — Puget Sound Energy, (888) 225-5773 www.pse.com Electricity: Seattle City Light (206) 684-3000, www.seattle.gov/light Sewer/Water/Garbage: Seattle Public Utilities (206) 684-3000, www.seattle.gov/util Telephone: CenturyLink, (866) 642-0444, www.centurylink.com Typical Property Tax Rate: $10.29/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $63,470 (city);$70,365 (King County) Average Rent: $1900 2bd Median Price of Homes: $446,000 Median Price of Condos: $280,000


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The Mukilteo Lighthouse and Washington State Ferry

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nohomish and Skagit Counties are ideally located for exploring throughout the Pacific Northwest. Seattle, to the south, can be reached by car in as little as twentyminutes. For a little international flavor, head north and within a couple of hours you will be in British Columbia, Canada. To the west, and a short ferry ride away, await the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Peninsula. This region between the Cascade Mountain Range and the saltwater shores of the Puget Sound is filled with scenic contrasts. Densely forested, rugged mountain terrain in the east gives way to the flat, gently rolling flood plains of the Snohomish and Skagit Rivers. Acres of parklands provide endless opportunities for recreational fun—skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, and biking are just some of the possibilities. Wildlife areas and sanctuaries, such as Portage Creek Wildlife Area and Padilla Bay Reserve offer unique opportunities to view a variety of birds, plants and animals in natural settings. Like much of the Pacific Northwest, logging was an early and prosperous industry here. As timber supplies declined, the economy shifted to agriculture and dairy farming. Agriculture is still a big part of Skagit County’s economy, along with fishing, wood products, tourism, international trade, and specialized manufacturing. Skagit County is also at the center of our state’s petroleum industry. Snohomish County, on the other hand, moved more toward manufacturing, especially aerospace manufacturing, when the Boeing Company located its 747 plant near Everett in the late 1960’s. That, along with the presence of Naval Station Everett, contributed to the County’s rapid growth. During the 1980’s and 90’s,

hundreds of biotechnology, research and development, and high-tech firms moved to the region. They clustered along Interstates 5 and 405, creating the “Technology Corridor.” As people moved north of Seattle in search of more reasonably priced homes, many suburban bedroom communities were created along the region’s southwestern border. This is where the vast majority of people reside and consequently, this area has become highly developed, while other areas have retained a rural and rustic flavor.

ANACORTES >>> Located on beautiful Fidalgo Island, Anacortes is easily accessed by bridges on Highway 20. Surrounded by water, Anacortes’ rich maritime history has evolved naturally and vessels of all kinds have plied local waterways. The Anacortes History Museum, the Anacortes Maritime Heritage Center, and the annual Waterfront Festival in June celebrate this heritage. Named 20th in America’s top 100 most livable small towns, this “City within a Park” is surrounded by more than 3,200 acres of city-owned forest and parklands. Recreational pursuits include hiking, boating, scuba diving, camping, and golfing. Anacortes has great restaurants,

shops, and lodging options, as well as six marinas and an airport for corporate and personal use. Washington State ferries connect Anacortes to the San Juan Islands and Sidney, British Columbia. From mid-May to early October a lively Saturday Farmers Market is held downtown. The historic Port of Anacortes Warehouse is the site of the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival the second weekend of April and Oktoberfest – Bier on the Pier the first weekend in October. Nearly 100,000 visitors attend the annual Anacortes Arts Festival the first weekend of August (www.anacortesartsfestival.com). This festival, along with the Anacortes Community Theatre, Depot Arts Center, City Arts Commission, and numerous galleries reflect an active arts community. ANACORTES STATISTICS Population: 16,080 City Hall: PO Box 547, 904 6th St, 98221, (360) 293-1900, www.cityofanacortes.org Chamber Of Commerce: 819 Commercial Ave, Ste F, 98221, (360) 293-7911. Visitor Info, (360) 293-3832, www.anacortes.org Post Office: 519 Commercial Ave, (360) 299-6689 Library: 1220 10th St, (360) 293-1910 School District: Anacortes School Dist. (360) 293-1200

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Utilities: Gas: Cascade Natural Gas, (888) 522-1130 Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: City of Anacortes, (360) 293-1909 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: City of Anacortes, (360) 293-1921 Republic Services (recycling) (800) 942-5965 Average Tax Rate: $9.43/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $59,857 Average Rent: $1,063 Median Prices: Homes $320,000; Condos $284,450 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Everett=1hr/53 miles. Seattle=1 1/2 hr/81 miles. Bellevue=1 1/2 hr/81 miles.

The Spring Boat Show in Anacortes Many communities, like Anacortes, host annual farmers markets

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ARLINGTON >>> The city of Arlington welcomes a growing number of new residents each year. Between 2000 and 2025, projections call for the population to double. As new neighborhoods take shape, established areas like Olympic Avenue in the historic downtown are being redeveloped with new businesses and residential options. One of Arlington’s best features is its hometown appeal. Here neighbors congregate to enjoy annual events like the Smokey Point Carnival on the last weekend in June or the 4th of July Extravaganza, a day of nonstop fun. Also in July, the Downtown Arlington Street Fair is held in conjunction with the Arlington Fly-In featuring unique and experimental aircraft. The Fly-In is hosted by the Arlington Airport, home to 580 aircraft and the state’s third largest general aviation airport. Arlington has over a dozen parks including Terrace Park, where outdoor movies, concerts and plays are held each summer. For other outdoor fun there is Glen Eagle Golf Course or Wenberg State Park for picnicking, fishing, boating, and camping. The Byrnes Performing Arts Center provides cultural opportunities while the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum celebrates the area’s rich heritage Three State Highways (SR-9, 530 and

531), as well as I-5 accommodate commuters in most every direction. Whether commuting or working locally, Arlington residents enjoy a high job-to-household ratio (1.8 to 1) when compared to similarly sized towns. While much has changed here over the years, Arlington’s community-oriented character remains, and residents (both old and new) take pride in that achievement. ARLINGTON STATISTICS Population: 18,270 City Hall: 238 N. Olympic Ave, 98223, (360) 403-3421, www.arlingtonwa.gov Chamber Of Commerce: ArlingtonSmokey Point Chamber, 104 N. Olympic Ave, Arlington, WA 98223, (360) 659-5453, www.arlington-smokeypointchamber.com. Post Offices: 524 N. Olympic Ave, Arlington 98223. 3621 168th St. NE, Smokey Point 98223, (800) 275-8777 Library: 135 N. Washington Ave. Arlington 98223, (360) 435-3033 School Districts: Arlington School District, (360) 618-6200. Lakewood School District, (360) 652-4500 Utilities: Gas: Cascade Natural Gas, (888) 522-1130 Electricity: Snohomish County PUD No. 1, (360) 435-7500 Water/Sewer: City of Arlington, (360) 403-3421

Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: Waste Management, (425) 337-1197 Typical Tax Rate: $12.51/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $69,472 Average Rent: $1,200 Median Prices: Homes $246,000; Condos $139,500 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Everett=24 mins/24 miles. Seattle=54 mins/48 miles. Bellevue=54 mins/48 miles.

BOTHELL >>> In its over 100-year history, Bothell has gone from frontier town to vibrant employment and educational center. Economic development is a high priority. From cozy cafés to global corporations, Bothell offers a highly skilled workforce, no Business & Occupation tax, commuter accessibility and transportation, available and affordable commercial properties in prime locations and an improved permit process. In the midst of an exciting downtown redevelopment plan, the City is working to provide even greater opportunities for citizens through new downtown jobs and housing options, new and improved public spaces, and by reconnecting the City to its river heritage. For more information, please visit www.FutureOfBothell.com.

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Beyond Bothell’s commercial districts are rolling wooded hillsides and quiet neighborhoods. This community prizes its hometown atmosphere and remains rural at heart, yet residents enjoy accessibility to every urban convenience. Known for its educational facilities, Bothell is part of the award-winning Northshore School District and is the site of the University of Washington Bothell/ Cascadia Community College Campus. Extension programs are also available through the University of Washington and Shoreline Community College. Bothell shines when it comes to recreation. Thousands of canoeists, kayakers, walkers, joggers and bicyclists enjoy the Sammamish River/Burke-Gilman Trail. The “Town-Gown Loop,” a 2.7mile walking history tour, links the University of Washington Bothell/Cascadia Community College Campus to quaint downtown shops and restaurants. Other unique shops are also found about two miles north at Country Village. BOTHELL STATISTICS Population: 34,460 City Hall: 18305 101st Ave NE, 98011, (425) 486-3256, www.ci.bothell.wa.us Chamber of Commerce: Greater Bothell Chamber, 23716 8th Ave SE, Ste I-1., PO Box 1203, Bothell 98041, (425) 485-4353, www.bothellchamber.com Post Office: 10500 Beardslee Blvd, (425) 482-9755 Library: Bothell Regional, 18215 98th Ave. NE, (425) 486-7811 School District: Northshore School Dist. No. 417, (425) 408-6000 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Snohomish County PUD No. 1, (425) 783-1000 Water/Sewer: City of Bothell, (425) 4862768. Alderwood Water Dist., (425) 7434605. Northshore Utility Dist., (425) 3984400. Woodinville Water Dist., (425) 487-4100 Refuse Collection: Waste Management, (800) 592-9995 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188. CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111

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BRIER >>> Situated between Lake Forest Park and Mountlake Terrace, about 15 miles north of Seattle, is the City of Brier. Designed as a residential community, Brier’s focus is on large home-sites and the preservation of open spaces and natural landscape. Its wide, wooded, quiet streets (that still include several horse lots) help maintain a spacious, semi-rural feel despite its urban locale. While the city has no core commercial zone, there are five shops and some home businesses. Local parks host annual community events including Sea Scare, featuring a parade, food, and other family fun each August. Brier Park, near city hall, has a horse arena and skate park. BRIER STATISTICS Population: 6,315 City Hall: 2901 228th SW, (425) 775-5440, www.ci.brier.wa.us Library: 23303 Brier Rd, (425) 483-0888 School Districts: Edmonds School Dist. No. 15, (425) 431-7000. Northshore School Dist. No. 417, (425) 408-6000 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Snohomish County PUD No. 1, (425) 783-1000 Water: Alderwood Water District, (425) 743-4605 Sewer: City of Brier, (425) 775-5440 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: Waste Management, (425) 481-1100, (800) 592-9995 Typical Tax Rate: $10.63/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $99,243 Average Rent: $1,300 Median Prices: Homes $330,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=26 mins/15 miles. Bellevue=27 mins/17miles

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BURLINGTON >>> Burlington, known as “The Crossroads of the Skagit Valley,” sits at the junction of I-5, Hwy 20, and Chuckanut Drive within minutes of area attractions. The nearby Skagit River, North Cascades National Park and Deception Pass State Park provide the opportunity to camp, fish, bird watch, hike, ski, boat, and more. The Avalon Golf Links features 27 holes amid panoramic views. If shopping is your recreation, several retail markets—downtown, the Cascade Mall, Burlington Crossings, and The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington attract nearly 60,000 shoppers a day—making Burlington the county’s major retail center. In addition to convenient shopping, Burlington boasts great schools, a new library, and new city hall. Residents enjoy two main community events. Berry-Dairy Days, in June, celebrates the agriculture and dairy industries that are a major employment base in the Valley. Revelers enjoy music, food, parade, vendors, fireworks, car show and other activities. In September, Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Pitch features a pumpkin hurling contest via trebuchets, children’s games, activities, and locally grown produce. BURLINGTON STATISTICS Population: 8,445 City Hall: 833 S. Spruce St, 98233, (360) 755-0531, http://burlingtonwa.gov Chamber Of Commerce: 520 E. Fairhaven Ave, 98233, (360) 757-0994, www.burlington-chamber.com Post Office: 720 E. Fairhaven Ave, (360) 755-7332 Library: 820 E. Washington, (360) 755-0760 School District: Burlington-Edison School Dist., (360) 757-3311 Utilities: Cascade Natural Gas, (360) 336-6155, (888) 522-1130 Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water: Skagit County PUD, (360) 424-7104 Sewer: City of Burlington, (360)755-0531 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: Waste Management, (800) 592-9995, (360) 757-8245 Typical Tax Rate: $12.48/$1,000 assessed valuation


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Median Household Income: $47,051 Average Rent: $1,200 Median Prices: Homes $200,000; Condos $145,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Everett= 41mins/38 miles. Seattle=1hr 11mins/66 miles. Bellevue=1hr 11mins/66 miles

EDMONDS >>> The picturesque City of Edmonds displays the best of small-town Americana. Located 15 miles north of Seattle, Edmonds is easy to reach by Amtrak and commuter train, automobile, or Washington State Ferry. A rich blend of old and new makes Edmonds distinctive. The pedestrian friendly downtown is tastefully accented by a central fountain, colorful hanging baskets, and vintage street lamps, with the Historical Museum (former Carnegie Library) and historic log cabin Visitor Center nearby. Shops and galleries offer everything from best-seller books, art, hardware, and garden supplies, to the latest in clothing styles and contemporary housewares. Enjoy a delicious dining experience at restaurants, cafés, bistros, and beachfront eateries with outdoor tables and scenic views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and magnificent sunsets. Shopping and dining options are also found along Highway 99 and in the Westgate, Perrinville, Firdale Village and Five Corners neighborhoods. The Edmonds waterfront offers many recreational opportunities. Washington State Ferries provide regular service to Kingston, a gateway to Hood Canal and the Olympic Peninsula. Four public parks with beach access and a 27-acre Underwater Diving Park are within walking distance of downtown. The Port of Edmonds has one of the West Coast’s largest covered moorage facilities. Celebrated as an arts community, downtown Edmonds hosts Third Thursday Art Walks, where participants can meet local artists, tour galleries and purchase art. The Edmonds Center for the Arts presents a variety of rousing performances year-round and is home to a symphony, ballet, and chorus. Community

events draw large crowds year after year and include: the Edmonds Arts Festival; Watershed Fun Fair; The Waterfront Festival; Fourth of July celebration; Summer Concerts in the Park, A Taste of Edmonds; Write on the Sound writers’ conference; Classic Car Show; Puget Sound Bird Fest; Artist Studio Tour; Children’s Halloween Trick or Treat; and Holiday Tree-Lighting. Garden and Summer Markets take place on Saturdays from May to October, connecting the public with local farmers and artisans. Whether you come to Edmonds to visit or to make it your home, you’ll be welcome in one of Washington’s friendliest towns. EDMONDS STATISTICS Population: 39,950 City Hall: 121 Fifth Ave N, (425) 775-2525, http://edmondswa.gov Chambers of Commerce: Greater Edmonds Chamber, 121 5th Ave N, PO Box 146, 98020, (425) 670-1496. Visitor info (425) 776-6711, www.Edmondswa.com Post Office: 201 Main St, 98020, (425) 774-4077 Library: 650 Main St, (425) 771-1933 School District: Edmonds School Dist. No. 15, (425) 431-7000 College: Edmonds Community College, (425) 640-1459 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Snohomish County PUD No. 1, (425) 783-1000, (877) 783-1000 Water/Sewer: Edmonds Water Dept. (425) 771-0241. Alderwood Water Dist. (425) 7434605. Olympic View Water & Sewer Dist. (425) 774-7769 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: Downtown area — Sound Disposal, (425) 778-2404. Outlying areas—Republic, (425) 778-0188. North of Lake Ballinger area—Waste Management, (800) 592-9995 Typical Tax Rate: $11.00/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $73,072 Average Rent: $1,400 Median Prices: Homes $379,950; Condos $231,000

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EVERETT >>> Everett is the seat of Snohomish County and the third most populous county in the state. The city is home to Naval Station Everett, the world’s most-modern Navy base, as well as the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, the Boeing Company. The Port of Everett links the community to international shipping from around the world. The city’s transportation center and higher education facility, Everett Station is a model of ingenuity and design. Residents here enjoy a refreshing quality of life. Everett boasts the largest public marina on the West Coast, a revitalized downtown and waterfront, vibrant neighborhoods, excellent schools from K-12 and beyond, comprehensive city services, 40 parks and trails, and two public golf courses. Other attractions include Jetty Island, the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tours, and many annual festivals and markets. The Everett Performing Arts Center, Village Theatre, and others offer cultural entertainment. The downtown Comcast Arena hosts concerts, ice sports, exhibits and more. Local sports teams include the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League and the Everett AquaSox, a minor league baseball team. EVERETT STATISTICS Population: 104,200 City Hall: 2930 Wetmore Ave, 98201, (425) 257-8700, www.everettwa.org Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, 728 134th St SW, 98204, (425) 743-4567 www.economicalliancesc.org Post Office: 3102 Hoyt Ave, (425) 257-3208 Libraries: 2702 Hoyt Ave, (425) 257-8010. 9512 Evergreen Way, (425) 257-8260 School Districts: Everett School Dist. No. 2, (425) 385-4000. Mukilteo School Dist. No. 6, (425) 356-1274 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Snohomish County PUD No. 1, (425) 783-1000 Water/Sewer: City of Everett Utilities, (425) 257-8999

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Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: Rubatino Refuse Removal, (425) 259-0044. Waste Management, (425) 337-1197 Typical Tax Rate: $13.22/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $47,491 Average Rent: $1,100 Median Prices: Homes $261,000; Condos $121,500 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=34 mins/29 miles. Bellevue=34 mins/29 miles.

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KENMORE >>> Local residents will tell you that Kenmore is the best place to live and to work (and may just be the Puget Sound’s best-kept secret!) Kenmore is home to talented people, innovative ideas, strong businesses and abundant activities. There are family-friendly neighborhoods, an award-winning school district, quality services, and many cultural amenities. Just minutes from Seattle and the Eastside, you can swiftly get to everywhere from Kenmore – whether by highway, seaplane or boat. A 2013 Playful City USA, Kenmore offers many outdoor activities. Annual community events include a spectacular July 4th fireworks show and a popular Summer Concert Series. For walking or hiking enthusiasts, the 316-acre Saint Edward State Park has miles of trails. There is a public dock on Lake Washington for fishing and boat moorage and the regional Burke-Gilman Trail is perfect for cycling. A unique Heron rookery, 65-foot reflexology path and a local bowling alley are added interests. A strong entrepreneurial spirit is at the core of the city. Kenmore is home to Bastyr University, the top natural medicine university and research institution in the U.S., and the birthplace of many multigenerational business innovators, including Kenmore Camera and Kenmore Air. To foster the success of start-up entrepreneurs, the City’s Business Incubator Program provides low cost office space, mentorship and business development support. The city actively helps pioneering businesses grow with its business-friendly

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city hall, accessible land, and no B & O tax. With Kenmore’s prime location at the northern tip of Lake Washington, the City is investing energy in developing a better sense of place in their downtown core. The Kenmore Village development will bring downtown living and retailers to the city center and Lakepointe will one day invigorate Kenmore’s waterfront. A sense of pride for what is and excitement for what is to come has Kenmore inviting new residents to “come soar with us.” KENMORE STATISTICS Population: 21,170 City Hall: 18120 68th Ave NE, PO Box 82607, 98028, (425) 398-8900, www.kenmorewa.gov Post Office: 6700 NE 181st St, (425) 482-9755 Library: 6531 NE 181st St, 98028, (425) 486-8747. School District: Northshore School Dist. (425) 408-6000 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: Northshore Utility Dist. (425) 398-4400 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: Republic Services, (206) 682-9730 Typical Tax Rate: $13.45/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $83,906 Average Rent: $1,250 Median Prices: Homes $422,093; Condos

$196,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=21 mins/14 miles. Bellevue=19 mins/14miles.

LAKE FOREST PARK >>> Lake Forest Park is a hilly, forested city at the north end of Lake Washington where the schools are good, homes are well maintained and the sense of community is strong. Since its earliest development, the city’s focus has been on preserving the rustic, natural woods, streams, and open spaces. No industrial development exists within the city limits, and homebased businesses account for more than half of all registered businesses. Lake Forest Park is primarily a single-family residential community. Older homes are built on half-acre to oneacre lots. There are also a small number of duplexes and multi-family units. Rentals account for less than 20% of the city’s housing units. The central gathering spot in town is the Lake Forest Park Towne Centre, in the very popular Third Place Commons. Throughout the city, parks and playgrounds, as well as the lakefront Burke-Gilman Trail offer recreational opportunities. Annual events include the Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park garden tour in June and a Sunday Farmers Market from Mother’s Day to October. Each year a communitywide summer “bookclub” culminates in a visit from the author. In 2014, Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown was selected.

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LAKE FOREST PARK STATISTICS Population: 12,680 City Hall/Passport Office: 17425 Ballinger Wy NE, 98155, (206) 368-5440, passports (206) 957-2834 www.cityoflfp.com Post Office: 17233 15th Ave NE, 98155, (800) 275-8777 Library: 17171 Bothell Way NE, (206) 362-8860 School District: Shoreline School Dist. No. 412, (206) 393-6111 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (425) 225-5773 Electricity: Seattle City Light, (206) 684-3000 Water: Shoreline Water Dist. (206) 3628100. Lake Forest Park Water Dist. (206) 365-3211. Northshore Utility Dist. (425) 398-4400. Seattle Water Dept. (206) 684-3000 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Sewer: City of Lake Forest Park, (206) 3685440. Northshore Utility District, (425) 398-4400 Refuse Collection: Republic Services, (425) 778-0188 Typical Tax Rate: $13.52/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $100,156 Average Rent: $1,350 Median Prices: Homes $437,500; Condos $104,750 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=20 mins/13 miles. Bellevue=23 mins/16 miles

LAKE STEVENS >>> The changing character of Lake Stevens has long been reflected in the waters of the lake it grew up around. Originally a sawmill town, and later a resort destination, Lake Stevens has evolved into a familyfriendly community where conveniences and beauty are both in abundance. Surrounded by views of the Cascade Mountains, the greenery of local parks and lakeside residential lots, Lake Stevens is also located near excellent shopping, cultural opportunities, and easy access to I-5. The city is centered on a 1,040-acre natural lake with eight miles of shoreline. Also called Lake Stevens, it is Snohomish County’s largest recreational lake. Home to two competitive rowing clubs, the lake 48

provides swimming, sailing, canoeing, waterskiing, and year-round fishing. The nearby Centennial Trail is popular with walkers, joggers, bicyclists and horse riders. The Lake Stevens Ironman event, held the 3rd weekend of July attracts top professional athletes from all over the world. The city also hosts fun annual events like Aquafest held the last full weekend in July featuring parades, a carnival and fireworks, and an Oktoberfest event on the last weekend of September with Beer and Wine Gardens, Bavarian style music and dancers. LAKE STEVENS STATISTICS Population: 28,960 City Hall: 1812 Main St, PO Box 257, 98258, (425) 334-1012, www.ci.lake-stevens.wa.us Chamber of Commerce: 10020 Lundeen Parkway, PO Box 439, 98258, (425) 3340433, www.LakeStevensChamber.com Post Office: 1709 124th Ave NE, 98258, (425) 397-9582, (800) 275-8777 Library: 1804 Main St, (425) 334-1900 School District: Lake Stevens School Dist. No. 4, (425) 335-1500 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Snohomish County PUD No. 1, (425) 783-1000 Water: Snohomish County PUD, (425) 783-8300 Sewer: Lake Stevens Sewer Dist., (425) 334-8588 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: Republic Services, 425-778-0188. Annexed areas - Waste Management, (425) 337-1197 Typical Tax Rate: $13.07/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $71,224 Average Rent: $1,600 Median Prices: Homes $265,000; Condos $201,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=46 mins/36 miles. Bellevue=43 mins/33 miles. Everett=16 mins/8 miles.

LYNNWOOD >>> Lynnwood has a rich history of steady growth and strong entrepreneurial spirit. In the early 1900’s, The Puget Mill Company fueled the economy of this scattered

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community of homesteaders. When logging declined, Puget Mill developed a “demonstration farm” illustrating how to profitably farm small parcels. Gentlemen farmers arrived via the Seattle to Everett Interurban Railway and soon Lynnwood became the nations’ second largest area for poultry and egg production. In 1927, SR99 expanded through South Snohomish County. Businesses catering to motorists opened and thrived. Residential growth followed and by 1959 Lynnwood was incorporated. Today, Lynnwood is located where Interstates 5 and 405 intersect. The city center and Alderwood Mall are easily accessed and as many as 150,000 people come daily to shop and work. Alderwood Mall offers 175 upscale stores, restaurants, and a state of the art 16-screen cinema. Situated equidistant from Seattle, Bellevue and Everett, Lynnwood serves a large, growing trade area and workforce. Its favorable tax structure, quality office space and educated work force create a desirable business environment where a core of bioscience, information technology and professional service businesses thrive. Future city center plans include new retail, office and residential space, and open-air plazas and promenades. While Lynnwood’s commercial center is impressive, the city is primarily residential. Moderately priced single-family neighborhoods, both new and established, are sprinkled throughout the city’s wooded surroundings. Along the city’s western edge are views of Puget Sound, Whidbey Island, and the Olympics. Residents enjoy a unique quality of life with every amenity. The public school district is exceptional and Central Washington State University’s Lynnwood Center along with nearby Edmonds Community College provide advanced educational opportunities. Year round recreation includes a municipal golf course, 22 city parks, public tennis and basketball courts, sports fields, and a new Recreation & Aquatic center with 5 swimming pools, 2 water slides, water playground and a cardio/weight room.


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LYNNWOOD STATISTICS Population: 35,960 City Hall: 19100 44th Ave W, (425) 670-5000, www.ci.lynnwood.wa.us Chamber of Commerce: The Lynnwood Chamber, PO Box 2661, 98036, (425) 7757283, www.thelynnwoodchamber.com Visitor Center: South Snohomish County Visitor Center, 19921 Poplar Way (425) 776-3977 Post Office: 6817 208th St SW, (425) 778-3447 3715 196th St SW Ste 101, (425) 778-3447 Library: 19200 44th Ave W, 98036, (425) 778-2148, www.sno-isle.org School District: Edmonds School Dist. No. 15, (425) 431-7000 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Snohomish County PUD No. 1, (425) 783-1000 Water/Sewer: City of Lynnwood, (425) 670-5146. Alderwood Water Dist. (425) 743-4605 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: West of Hwy 99—Republic Services, (425) 778-0188. East of Hwy 99— Waste Management, (425) 481-1100 Typical Tax Rate: $11.30/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $49,839 Average Rent: $1,275 Median Prices: Homes $332.250; Condos $200,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=21 mins/16 miles. Bellevue=25 mins/20 miles.

MARYSVILLE >>> Situated amid mountains, lakes, rivers and Port Gardner Bay at the mouth of the pristine Snohomish River Estuary, Marysville and the neighboring Tulalip Indian Reservation share this colorful panorama. This pioneering town of sawmills and strawberry fields has evolved into a prosperous, diversified city. Marysville and Tulalip have emerged as Snohomish County’s newest hotspots for family-friendly lifestyle, business, clean industry and affordable housing. Marysville boasts 527 acres of parks and open space. Their centerpiece park, Jennings Memorial and Jennings Nature Park, has a petting zoo, museum, playgrounds, and trails. Golfers enjoy the award-winning Cedarcrest Golf Club and

Restaurant. The rustic, unhurried charm of the downtown district lures shoppers, as does the Marysville Towne Centre Mall. Ebey Waterfront Park, a downtown marine park, features a boat launch, nautical themed playground, and trails that are perfect for leisurely strolls. Investing in the region’s economic growth, the Tulalip Tribes developed Quil Ceda Village, a thriving industrial park. The Tulalip Resort Casino serves as a key regional draw for the area’s tourism industry. Nearby, the Seattle Premium Outlets offer upscale shopping options while the Tulalip Amphitheater, an intimate 3,000-seat venue, features a variety of concerts and events. Committed to preserving its sense of community and quality of life, Marysville offers year-round festivals and events including the state’s oldest festival, the Marysville Strawberry Festival. This festival, along with the Poochapalooza Outdoor Dog Event, and the Tulalip Veteran’s Powwow & Salmon Ceremony are held each June. Other annual events such as the Sounds of Summer Concert Series, and Merrysville for the Holidays Winter Celebration & Electric Light Parade in December are also celebrated. MARYSVILLE STATISTICS Population: 62,100 City Hall: 1049 State Ave, 98270, (360) 363-8000, www.marysvillewa.gov Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Information Center: 8825 34th Ave NE, Ste C, 98271, (360) 659-7700, www.marysvilletulalipchamber.com Post Office: 1010 State Ave, (360) 653-6379 Library: 6120 Grove St, 98270, (360) 658-5000 School District: Marysville School Dist. No. 25, (360) 653-7058 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Snohomish County PUD No. 1, (425) 783-1000 Water/Sewer: City of Marysville, (360) 363-8100 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: City of Marysville, (360) 363-8000. Outside of City Limits—Waste Management NW, (800) 835-2272

Typical Tax Rate: $12.49/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $65,627 Average Rent: $1,300 Median Prices: Homes $227,000; Condos $185,975 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=39 mins/34 miles. Bellevue= 39 mins/34 miles.

MILL CREEK >>> Mill Creek is known for generous open spaces and well-kept neighborhoods featuring lovely residences along tree-lined streets. This is primarily a residential community with strong neighborhood covenants where citizens are encouraged to become actively involved in the growth of their city. In 2014, Safewise named it 17th among the 50th Safest Cities in Washington. Shopping areas are conveniently located and include many family restaurants. The Town Center, a traditional Main Street design, mixes office, retail, entertainment, parking, and public plazas that connect with the surrounding commercial and neighborhood areas. Mill Creek’s well-defined neighborhoods offer a diversity of housing options for almost every lifestyle such as singlefamily homes, condominiums, apartments and a cottage neighborhood located just north of the Town Center. The city maintains a network of pedestrian and bicycle trails, and supports many parks and recreation programs. Nature preserves and parks are popular places for outdoor fun. Community gettogethers include a summer Concerts in the Park series, a semi-annual Citywide Garage Sale and the Mill Creek Festival. MILL CREEK STATISTICS Population: 18,600 City Hall: 15728 Main St, (425) 745-1891, www.cityofmillcreek.com Chamber of Commerce: Mill Creek Business Assn.: (425) 673-6200 Post Office: 15833 Mill Creek Blvd, (425) 379-8698 Library: 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy, (425) 337-4822 School District: Everett School Dist. No. 2, (425) 385-4000

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Utilities: Gas: PSE, (425) 454-6363, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Snohomish County PUD No. 1, (425) 783-1000 Water/Sewer: Alderwood Water Dist. (425) 743-4605. Silver Lake Water Dist. (425) 337-3647 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: Waste Management, (425) 481-1100, (800) 592-9995 Typical Tax Rate: $12.49/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $89,129 Average Rent: $1,600 Median Prices: Homes $389,950; Condos $245,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=30 mins/22 miles. Bellevue=27 mins/19 miles

MONROE >>> Monroe is a friendly city with small town appeal. Long-time locals embrace new families and foster hometown traditions - a great combination that makes Monroe the fastest growing city in the Skykomish River Valley. Rural beauty, acreage, affordable housing, good schools and Monroe’s accessibility to the region’s major metropolitan areas are all important pluses for residents. The city’s tagline, “The Adventure Starts Here” points out another plus – events and activities. Already known as home to the Evergreen State Fair and Evergreen Speedway - a top 10 NASCAR track, Monroe’s Lake Tye has burst onto the national scene as a premier wakeboarding and adventure sports hotspot. Lake Tye hosts annual National wakeboard and ski competitions, as well as triathlons, outdoor movies & concerts, model boat races, dog agility events and the Monroe MusicFest. Downtown Monroe draws crowds to Monroe Fair Days Parade, and Light Up Monroe holiday tree lighting the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The adventure continues with nearby historic and auto museums, a regionally renowned reptile zoo, world-class wine and spirit tastings, extensive trail and parks systems, prime fishing, a golf course and a growing performing arts center. For other recreation, Stevens Pass and the Puget Sound are easily reached. 50

MONROE STATISTICS Population: 17,510 City Hall: 806 W. Main St. 98272, (360) 794-7400, www.monroewa.gov Chamber of Commerce 125 S. Lewis St., 98272, (360) 794-5488, www.choosemonroe.com Post Office: 122 N Blakeley, (800) 2758777, (360) 805-1962 Library: 1070 Village Way, 98272, (360) 794-7851 School District: Monroe School Dist. No. 103, (360) 804-2500 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Snohomish County PUD No. 1, (360) 794-7280 Water/Sewer: City of Monroe, (360) 794-7400 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: City of Monroe, (360) 794-7400. Outside City Limits—Waste Management NW, (425) 481-1100 Typical Tax Rate: $13.81/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $70,283 Average Rent: $1,450 Median Prices: Homes $255,000; Condos $88,750 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=40 mins/33 miles. Bellevue=31 mins/26 miles

MOUNT VERNON >>> Mount Vernon, Skagit County’s largest incorporated town and county seat, is located on I-5 along the banks of the Skagit River about midway between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. Here amid amazing vistas of farmland, mountains, river valleys, and islands, Mount Vernon is a charming mix of historic river front town and bustling community bursting with the promise of outdoor adventure. Kayaking, biking, hiking and even hang gliding are possible here. The city boasts a number of parks, cultural and historic experiences, and festivals throughout the year including the world famous Skagit Valley Tulip Festival each April, the Skagit Highland Games, the Shakespeare Festival and more. A seasonal Farmers Market, the 1926 Lincoln Theatre, and the unique downtown shops and dining establishments are also

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popular destinations. A library, community college, transit center, and hospital are among the many services found in this “premier small city.” Visit www. getagreatlifeinmountvernon.com for more information. MOUNT VERNON STATISTICS Population: 32,710 City Hall: 910 Cleveland Ave, PO Box 809, 98273, (360) 336-6211, www.mountvernonwa.gov Chamber Of Commerce: 301 W. Kincaid, PO Box 1007, 98273, (360) 428-8547, www.mountvernonchamber.com Post Office: 1207 Cleveland Ave, (360) 336-5812 Library: 315 Snoqualmie St,(360) 336-6209 School District: Mount Vernon School Dist., (360) 428-6110 Utilities: Cascade Natural Gas, (888) 522-1130 Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water: Skagit County PUD, (360) 424-7104 Sewer: City of Mount Vernon, (360) 336-6218 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: City of Mount Vernon, (360) 336-6218; Outside city limits, Waste Management, (360) 757-8245 Average Tax Rate: $14.02/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $48,029 Average Rent: $1,200 Median Prices: Homes $228,975; Condos $180,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=1hr 7 mins/62 miles. Bellevue=1hr 6 mins/62 miles.

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE >>> Mountlake Terrace is a safe, walkable community with beautiful mountain views and active residents full of community spirit (perhaps fueled by the City’s reputation for affordability, low crime rate, abundant parks, short commute times and solid student test scores.) Mountlake Terrace’s Town Center, located adjacent to its new Transit Center and Freeway Station along I-5, is redeveloping quickly to become a modern, high-quality location for both businesses and residents to enjoy. Construction of a light rail station is scheduled to begin in 2018.


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Economic development, sustainability, and a high quality of life are top priorities for Mountlake Terrace, which has adopted a strategy for encouraging green building, healthy trees, energy conservation and sustainable economy. This friendly community also hosts a growing number of businesses in the downtown core and surrounding shopping areas. Mountlake Terrace also has over 260 acres of parks and playfields. Scenic Lake Ballinger is a favorite for boating, fishing, and picnics. Neighboring land that was once a golf course is transitioning to a public 42-acre park. The Recreation Pavilion features an indoor swimming pool with nationally acclaimed aquatics programs along with dance, fitness and other recreational offerings. Everyone enjoys the Tour de Terrace summer festival with a Seafair-sanctioned parade and Arts of the Terrace annual juried art show. MOUNTLAKE TERRACE STATISTICS Population: 20,160 Interim City Hall: 6100 219th St. SW, Ste. 200 98043, (425) 776-1161, www.cityofmlt.com Economic Alliance of Snohomish County (EASC), 728 134th St SW, Ste 128, Everett 98204, (425) 743-4567, www.economicalliancesc.org. Post Office: 23210 57th Ave W, (800) 275-8777, (425) 778-0429 Library: 23300 58th Ave W, (425) 776-8722 School District: Edmonds School Dist. No. 15, (425) 431-7000 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773, (425) 452-1234 Electricity: Snohomish County PUD No. 1, (425) 783-1000 Water/Sewer: City of Mountlake Terrace, (425) 744-6214 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection:  Waste Management NW, (425) 481-1100 Typical Tax Rate: $11.06/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $59,099 Average Rent: $1,250 Median Prices: Homes $266,250; Condos $141,000

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MUKILTEO >>> Mukilteo is located north of Seattle along the shores of Puget Sound and at the northern end of the technology corridor that extends southward into Bothell. A 2011 Money Magazine Top Ten Best Small Towns in America, Mukilteo’s many qualities include excellent schools, scenic vistas, numerous parks and open spaces, the Harbour Pointe Golf Course, and a growing business district. Commuters enjoy easy access to I-5, I-405 and the Mukilteo Ferries. This ferry route, connecting to Clinton on Whidbey Island, is the state’s highest volume ferry run. South of downtown, the popular, master-planned neighborhood of Harbour Pointe features high-end condominiums, contemporary homes, commercial businesses and restaurants. Despite its growth, Mukilteo remains true to its small town roots. Many historic buildings have been preserved, including the Mukilteo Lighthouse, a unique wooden lighthouse that has operated for over 100 years. Even the city’s name, which means “good camping ground,” is a reminder of the past. The Rosehill Community Center hosts a seasonal Farmers Market from June through September. In September the community celebrates The Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival featuring a parade, arts and crafts, food, and fireworks. MUKILTEO STATISTICS Population: 20,440 City Hall: 11930 Cyrus Way, 98275, (425) 263-8000, www.ci.mukilteo.wa.us Chamber of Commerce: 4902 76th St SW, PO Box 545, Mukilteo 98275, (425) 3471456, www.mukilteochamber.org. Post Office: 8050 Mukilteo Speedway, (425) 710-7039 Library: 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd, 98275, (425) 493-8202 School District: Mukilteo School Dist. No. 6, (425) 356-1274 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Snohomish County PUD

No. 1, (425) 783-8272 Water/Sewer: Mukilteo Water Dist. (425) 355-3355. Alderwood Water Dist. (425) 743-4605 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 387-3477 Refuse Collection: South—Waste Management NW, (425) 337-1197. North— Rubatino Refuse Removal, (425) 259-0044 Typical Tax Rate: $10.11/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $91,204 Average Rent: $1,300 Median Prices: Homes $454,950; Condos $235,500 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle: 35 mins/26 miles. Bellevue=35 mins/26 miles

SHORELINE >>> Shoreline residents enjoy the best of both worlds—the convenience of the suburbs along with the opportunities of Seattle, which it borders. Since incorporating in 1995, Shoreline has established a reputation for quality schools, ample parks and recreational facilities, and active neighborhood commitment. Shoreline has 14 distinct neighborhoods, providing diverse housing options ranging from exclusive waterfront homes to moderately priced homes and apartments. The city boasts two libraries, the Shoreline Community College, the Shoreline Historical Museum, an arts council, community pool, recreational center, teen and senior centers, and a thriving business community. Area parks offer a wide range of activities including skateboarding, basketball, tennis, fishing, swimming, and hiking. Its sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympics make Richmond Beach Saltwater Park a local favorite. The Interurban Trail, a three mile, non-motorized path links Shoreline neighborhoods, businesses, and parks. Metro, Community Transit, and Sound Transit all provide bus service in and beyond Shoreline, with eight convenient Park & Ride lots for commuters. SHORELINE STATISTICS Population: 53,670 City Hall: 17500 Midvale Ave N, (206) 8012700, www.shorelinewa.gov

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Two rivers border Snohomish, adding to recreational opportunities that also include parks, the Centennial Trail, the Snohomish River Trail, a skate park, a new Aquatic Center, an indoor soccer facility, and Boys and Girls Club. Harvey Airfield is home base for a flight school, scenic flights, Hot Air Ballooning and skydiving. Surrounded by farmlands, Snohomish offers a farmers market Thursday afternoons May through September. In October corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and produce stands are showcased at area farms during the Festival of Pumpkins. The official Snohomish Community Festival is Kla Ha Ya Days, celebrated each July with three days of fun activities.

Salmon Hunt by James Madison at Kayu Kayu Ac Park in Shoreline

Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center: 18560 1st Ave NE, (206) 361-2260, www.shorelinechamber.com Post Office: North City Station, 17233 15th Ave NE, (206) 364-0656 Libraries: 19601 21st Ave NW, (206) 5463522. 345 NE 175th, (206) 362-7550 School District: Shoreline School Dist. No. 412, (206) 367-6111 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Seattle City Light, (206) 684-3000 Water: Shoreline Water Dist., (206) 362-8100. Seattle Public Utilities, (206) 684-3000 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111. Frontier (877) 462-8188 Sewer: Ronald Wastewater Dist., (206) 546-2494 Refuse Collection: CleanScapes, (206) 763-4444 Typical Tax Rate: $14.34/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $66,160 Average Rent: $1,300 Median Prices: Homes $338,988; Condos $178,500

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SNOHOMISH >>> The city of Snohomish offers rural living with a great pride for preservation, excellence in education and a commitment to the future with a vigorous economy. While most residents commute to jobs in the region’s larger cities, Snohomish maintains a strong community identity. Founded in 1859, Snohomish is the county’s oldest city. Its commercial and nationally registered historic home districts are highlighted on the Historic Home Tour each September. As “the Antique Capital of the Northwest,” Snohomish naturally has antique and collectible shops, but historic First Street is also home to specialty shops and unique restaurants. Arts of Snohomish, Blackman Museum and numerous galleries provide a cultural presence. Along Avenue D and Bickford Avenue, larger national retailers, eateries, commercial and professional services are found.

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Population: 9,220 City Hall: 116 Union Ave, 98290, (360) 5683115, www.ci.snohomish.wa.us Chamber of Commerce: 802 First St., PO Box 135, 98291, (360) 568-2526, www.cityofsnohomish.com Visitor Information Center: 1301 First St, 98290, (360) 862-9609, www.snohomish.org Post Office: 1323 Ave D, (360) 568-0904, (800) 275-8777 Library: 311 Maple Ave, 98290, (360) 568-2898 School District: Snohomish School Dist. #201, (360) 563-7300 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Snohomish County PUD No. 1, (425) 783-1000 or (360) 568-8517 Water/Sewer: City of Snohomish, (360) 568-3115 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188, Comcast, (888) 542-1667 Refuse Collection: City of Snohomish, (360) 568-3115. Outside City limits—NW Waste Management, (800) 592-9995 Typical Tax Rate: $14.37/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $53,897 Average Rent: $1,623 Median Prices: Homes $349,000; Condos $168,495 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=40 mins/32 miles. Bellevue=30 mins/24 miles

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Living East developed. Existing houses come on the market infrequently. Property owners belong to and pay a yearly fee to the Western Academy of Beaux Arts, a nonprofit that owns and maintains the private beach, boat dock and tennis courts. A summer beach potluck, a catered winter dinner and a Christmas cookie exchange are annual local events. BEAUX ARTS VILLAGE STATISTICS

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he “Eastside” refers to the area east of Downtown Seattle that lies between Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains, extending north to Bothell and Woodinville and south to Renton. For centuries early native tribes hunted, fished and lived off the abundance of this beautiful wilderness. In the 1860’s, homesteaders left the bustling cities of Seattle and Tacoma, moving eastward to stake their claims. Before long, communities formed around early industries of logging, shingle mills, boat building, and farming. Today the Eastside is where cosmopolitan communities merge with pristine outdoor areas. Despite tremendous growth and development, huge swaths of forest and parklands offer a variety of outdoor recreation. This is software country, home to Microsoft and many other high-tech industries. Well known names like Google, Nintendo, Clearwire, and Genie Industries are part of the vibrant and growing eastside business community. The population is growing here as well. To control and plan for more organized growth, many Eastside communities

support master-planned housing developments and “urban villages,” where all the amenities of living like shopping, working, and schooling are included. Along the Cascade Mountain foothills, small farms, ranches, and dairies dot the countryside. In contrast to their urban counterparts, communities here retain their agricultural feel.

BEAUX ARTS VILLAGE >>> Beaux Arts Village was originally established by the Society of Beaux Arts as a colony where artists could live and work in common, but this vision of a communal art center was never fully realized. Today, Beaux Arts Village (known as “The Village” to locals) is King County’s second smallest city. Located just south of Bellevue along the shores of Lake Washington, this community retains a relaxed, informal feel, yet values privacy. Towering evergreens, some with resident eagles’ nests, enhance the secluded beauty of the area. There is no commercial base, rentals are scarce, and houses of various architectural styles and vintages add to the charm. With only 124 housing units, the city is considered completely

Population: 290 City Hall: Mail: 10550 SE 27th St, 98004, (425) 454-8580, www.beauxarts-wa.gov School District: Bellevue School Dist. No. 405, (425) 456-4000 Utilities: Gas/Electric: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water: Beaux Arts Water Dept., (425) 454-8580 Sewer: City of Bellevue, (425) 452-6973 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection: Republic Services, (206) 682-9730 Typical tax rate: $9.53/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $127,203 Median Price Homes: $1,715,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=16 mins/12 miles. Bellevue=5 mins/1 mile

BELLEVUE >>> Bellevue is the Eastside’s largest city and the fifth largest in the state. Thirty percent of its residents were born outside of the U.S. and 40 percent are part of a racial or ethnic minority. Income levels are well above both King County and Puget Sound regional averages. Bellevue offers a high quality of life, strong sense of community, robust neighborhoods, growing diversity, and a commitment to building a healthy future economy. Bellevue incorporates 31 square miles between Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington. The city has miles of trails

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and acres of open spaces and wetlands. Nearly 100 parks offer activities ranging from a working farm and play areas, to waterfalls and wildlife habitat. Quiet wooded neighborhoods and parks flourish along with a bustling downtown. Downtown, the economic heart of the Eastside, is a vibrant collage of high-rises, parks, museums and destination shopping that includes The Bellevue Collection as well as the Pacific Northwest’s only Neiman Marcus store. The city’s strong public art program has helped to shape a distinctive, people-friendly downtown that is the focal point of a thriving arts community. The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center features performances by Ballet Bellevue, Bellevue Chamber Chorus and Bellevue Civic Theatre. The Bellevue Arts Museum offers enriching exhibits, lectures, and workshops. The Bellevue Jazz Festival each spring is among the region’s premier celebrations of national and regional musical talent. Each July, the Bellevue Arts Festival Weekend is one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious art festivals. Another summer attraction, Bellevue Farmers Market, is open Thursdays and Saturdays at two locations. More than 10,000 people call Downtown Bellevue home. Over the next decade, most of the city’s job and residential growth will occur downtown and in the city’s Bel-Red Corridor. With more than 133,000 jobs, Bellevue has more jobs than residents. Its diverse economy includes a strong employment base in growing industries such as information technology. Bellevue also benefits from a highly skilled and educated workforce. Education is a priority here and it shows. In 2013, Bellevue International School ranked 31st on Newsweek magazine’s list of America’s top 100 high schools. Bellevue’s diverse housing choices suit any lifestyle—from stunning waterfront estates to suburban ramblers to downtown condominiums. New construction leans toward larger, more expensive homes. The hills southeast of downtown offer a multitude of single and multi-family housing options, along with important

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commercial centers that includes Factoria Square Mall and Newport Hills Shopping Center. Apartment complexes and smaller homes dominate the Crossroads and Lake Hills neighborhoods where some of Bellevue’s most reasonably priced homes are located. Crossroads Shopping Center is the people-packed heart of this area featuring a seasonal farmers market, ethnic and folk music, cultural events and foods from around the world. BELLEVUE STATISTICS Population: 132,100 City Hall: 450 110th Ave. NE, 98004, PO Box 90012, 98009, (425) 452-6800, www.bellevuewa.gov Chamber of Commerce: 302 Bellevue Square, 98004, (425) 454-2464, www.bellevuechamber.org Bellevue Downtown Association: 400 108th Ave NE, Ste. 110, 98004, (425) 453-1223, www.bellevuedowntown.com Post Offices: 1171 Bellevue Way NE, (425) 453-5655; 11405 NE 2nd Pl., (425) 462-7508 Libraries: Bellevue, 1111 110th Ave NE, (425) 450-1765. 15590 Lake Hills Blvd, (425) 747-3350. 14250 SE Newport Wy, (425) 747-2390 School District: Bellevue School District No. 405, (425) 456-4000 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE,

(888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: City of Bellevue, 11511 Main St, (425) 452-6932 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111. Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: Republic Services, (425) 452-4762 Typical Tax Rate: $9.77/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $88,073 Average Rent: $1,900 Median Prices: Homes $640,000; Condos $325,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=16 mins/10 miles

CARNATION >>> East of Seattle, where the Snoqualmie and Tolt Rivers meet in the scenic Snoqualmie Valley, is the quiet, rural community of Carnation with its casual atmosphere, acreage properties, and short eastside commutes. Remlinger and Carnation Farms are reminders of days past when dairy cows put this town on the map as “the home of contented cows.” Carnation now sits in the middle of King County’s largest organic production district with ample opportunities for u-pick vegetables and CSA subscriptions. Local produce and live music bring patrons to Carnation’s Farmers Market on Tuesdays from May through November.

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Tolt MacDonald Park has acres of biking, hiking, fishing, camping, and sports fields. In July, it is the site of Timber! Outdoor Music Festival. Valley Memorial Park features a BMX track and outstanding skate bowl. Great riding opportunities abound for bicycle and motorcycle enthusiasts. Golfers enjoy the recently renovated Blue Heron Golf Course. A 100-acre Seattle Audubon Preserve is perfect for bird watching. Other attractions include the Tolt Historical Museum and a collection of unique downtown shops. Residents annually celebrate the Great Carnation 4th of July Celebration, the Evergreen Classic Horse Show in August, and the Harvest Festival in October. Christmas in Carnation is held on the first Saturday of December followed by the Solstice Celebration on the 21st. To live or to visit, make Carnation your destination! CARNATION STATISTICS Population: 1,785 City Hall: 4621 Tolt Ave, PO Box 1238, 98014, (425) 333-4192, www.carnationwa.gov Chamber of Commerce: PO Box 603, 98014. www.carnationchamber.com Post Office: 4440 McKinley Ave, (800) ASK-USPS Library: 4804 Tolt Ave, (425) 333-4398 School District: Riverview School Dist. No. 407, (425) 844-4500 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: City of Carnation, (425) 333-4192 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 201-4099 Refuse Collection: CleanScapes, (425) 844-1900 Typical Tax Rate: $12,87/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $78,955 Average Rent: $1,650 Median Price Homes: $395,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=39 mins/27 miles. Bellevue=29 mins/20 miles

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than gold, proved most plentiful. For the next 50 years coal mining sustained the economy. East of Seattle off Interstate 90, Cle Elum is situated on the “dry and sunny” side of the Cascade Mountains. Surrounded by a vast wilderness, Cle Elum is the perfect gateway to year-round outdoor fun. Suncadia, a nearby residential resort, features lodging, shopping, dining and 3 golf courses. Local horse ranches offer riding lesson, trail rides and backcounty packing. Cle Elem is also home to Washington State Horse Park, one of the State’s premier equestrian facilities. The Carpenter House and the Cle Elum Historical Telephone Museums are popular with visitors, as are annual community events like the Pioneer Days Celebration held each July. Various businesses fill the old town shopping district, as well as both ends of town. The desirable combination of acreage, warmer drier weather, and rural lifestyle attracts a number of residents who work elsewhere. Consequently, weekday commuter vanpools into Bellevue and Seattle are popular. Visit www.RideshareOnline.com to sign-up. CLE ELUM STATISTICS Population: 1,870 City Hall: 119 W First St, 98922, (509) 6742262, www.cityofcleelum.com Chamber of Commerce: Cle Elum-Roslyn Chamber of Commerce, 401 W 1st St, PO Box 43, Cle Elum 98922, (509) 674-5958, www.cleelumroslyn.org Post Office: 305 E. 1st St, (509) 674-2444 Library: 302 N. Pennsylvania Ave, (509) 674-2313; School District: Cle Elum-Roslyn School Dist., (509) 649-4850 Utilities: Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773. Public Utility District No. 1, (509) 674-2790 Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: City of Cle Elum, (509) 674-2262 Refuse Collection: City of Cle Elum, (509) 674-2262 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Typical Tax Rate: $8.62/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $36,939

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Average Rent: $667 Median Prices: Homes $224,300; Condos $129,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=1hr, 22 mins/83 miles. Bellevue= 1hr, 17 mins/77 miles

CLYDE HILL, MEDINA, YARROW POINT AND HUNTS POINT >>> Clyde Hill, Medina, Yarrow Point and Hunts Point are located along the edge of Downtown Bellevue, Lake Washington and The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge. Many of Washington’s most prosperous and prominent business, sports and entertainment figures have settled in these affluent communities. With only four retail businesses between them, the cities are virtually all residential. The crime rate is very low. Traffic and neighborhood patrols account for most police activity. Houses are expensive and situated on generously sized lots along neatly landscaped streets. Over the years large-scaled residences have replaced most small homes. Vacant tracts are scarce, so notable growth in population or number of housing units is unlikely. Located within minutes of State Route 520 and three interstate highways, these communities are well connected to the rest of the Puget Sound, yet removed from the urban bustle. All of these enviable attributes placed Clyde Hill no. 2 in the nation on Coldwell Banker Bain’s “2012 Top 10 Best Places to Live for Suburbanites.” Among Washington cities it ranked no. 1, followed by Medina and Yarrow Point, ranking no 2 and no. 4. Recreational opportunities in these four communities include the Wetherill Nature Preserve, Fairweather Nature Preserve, Medina Park, Medina Beach Park and Clyde Park Beach. The newly expanded Points Loop Trail linking the communities is great for walking or biking. The private Overlake Golf & Country Club is located in Medina. Community events include the Fourth of July Celebration held jointly by Yarrow Point and Hunts Point, Medina Days and Clyde Hill Community Celebration & Movie Night in August.


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CLYDE HILL, MEDINA, YARROW POINT AND HUNTS POINT STATISTICS Population: Clyde Hill: 2,980. Hunts Point: 395. Medina: 3,000. Yarrow Point: 1,015 City Halls: Clyde Hill: 9605 NE 24th St, 98004, (425) 453-7800, www.clydehill.org Hunts Point: 3000 Hunts Point Rd, 98004, (425) 455-1834, www.huntspoint-wa.gov Medina: 501 Evergreen Point Rd, PO Box 144, 98039, (425) 233-6400, www.medina-wa.gov Yarrow Point: 4030 95th Ave NE, 98004, (425) 454-6994, www.ci.yarrow-point.wa.us Post Office: Medina: 816 Evergreen Point Rd, (425) 646-8111. Bellevue: 1171 Bellevue Way NE, (425) 453-5655 School District: Bellevue School Dist. No. 405, (425) 456-4000 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: City of Bellevue, (425) 452-6973. Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection: Republic Services, (206) 682-9730 Typical tax rate per $1,000 assessed valuation: Clyde Hill: $9.05. Hunts Point: $8.25. Medina: $9.38. Yarrow Point: $8.53/$1,000. Median Household Income: Clyde Hill: $173,866. Hunts Point: $236,118. Medina: $175,556. Yarrow Point: $154,797 Median Prices: Clyde Hill—Homes $1,662,500. Hunts Point—Homes $8,300,000. Medina—Homes $1,612,500. Yarrow Point—Homes $1,500,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=14 mins/8 miles. Bellevue=7 mins/3 miles

DUVALL >>> Incorporated in 1913, Duvall lies in northeastern King County in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley. Early homesteaders were drawn to this area between the Snoqualmie River and the foothills of the Cascade Mountains for logging and agricultural opportunities. Today this popular residential community draws workers from Bellevue, Redmond, and Seattle seeking more reasonably priced homes and respite from the urban bustle. New housing developments on the plateau

east of the city are fast replacing farms and timberlands, but the small town, rural traditions remain. A friendly, open atmosphere defines this community, and despite its small size, Duvall’s citizenry represents a diverse mix of occupational, cultural, and economic

backgrounds. Duvall’s active arts community supports popular annual productions like Arts Onstage and SummerStage. Local community festivals include Duvall Days and Sandblast Summer Arts Festival. Parks in Duvall range from the Judd Park Tot Lot,

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to the beautifully renovated Taylor Park, to McCormick Park on the Snoqualmie River with nearly 19 acres of trails, picnicking, and open spaces. DUVALL STATISTICS

FALL CITY AND PRESTON >>> Fall City and Preston are tucked away in the valley between the Sammamish Plateau and the town of Snoqualmie. These two unincorporated towns have largely remained the rural, bucolic communities they were when first founded more than 130 years ago. Change is taking place on the ridge above these towns, though. Large, new high end homes are being built and bought by residents attracted to this peaceful, beautiful area. Home prices closer to Fall City and Preston proper are more moderate. Preston also has some light industrial and business properties and is home to the Talking Rain Beverage Company. The nearby Snoqualmie and Raging Rivers provide a number of recreational activities including fishing. Abundant 58

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trout, whitefish and steelhead runs are an angler’s dream come true. The Snoqualmie Preston Rails to Trails offers great hiking with a view of Snoqualmie Falls at its endpoint. Fall City hosts Fall City Days in June and the Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater in summer. Community groups include the Fall City Arts Council, Fall City Community Association, Fall City Historical Society and the Preston Community Club. FALL CITY / PRESTON STATISTICS Population: Fall City — 1,993 (core area); Greater Fall City—5,650. Greater Preston — 2,200 Chamber of Commerce: Snoqualmie Valley Chamber, PO Box 357, North Bend 98045, (425) 888-6362, www.snovalley.org Post Office: Fall City: 4225 335th Pl. SE, (425) 222-7501. Preston: 30365 SE High Point Way, (425) 222-5536 Library: 33415 SE 42nd Pl., Fall City, (425) 222-5951 School District: Snoqualmie Valley School Dist. No. 410, (425) 831-8000 Utilities: Gas/Electric: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water: Fall City (main area)—Fall City Water Dist., (425) 222-7882. Preston (main area)— Water Dist. 123, (425) 222-5680 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection: Republic, (425) 646-2400 Typical Tax Rate: Fall City: $14.40/$1,000 assessed valuation, Preston: $13.27/$1,000

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assessed valuation Median Household Income: Fall City: $81,176 Average Rent: Fall City $1,000. Preston $1,100 Median Prices: Fall City: Homes $469,800. Preston: Homes $480,825 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=30 mins/24 miles. Bellevue=25 mins/18 miles

ISSAQUAH >>> Nestled between the Issaquah Alps and Lake Sammamish, Issaquah is a historic community focused on a dynamic future. Known for trailheads and salmon, the city is also a major employment and retail hub on the Eastside. Issaquah is home to Costco Wholesale’s world headquarters. Global technology giants, including Microsoft, maintain a robust presence, as does real estate notable John L. Scott. The majestic Issaquah Alps offer yearround recreation including hiking, mountain biking and paragliding, while Lake Sammamish State Park is perfect for fishing, kayaking and swimming. The Cougar Mountain Zoo and Issaquah Salmon Hatchery are also popular stops. The hatchery is central to the annual Issaquah Salmon Days Festival attended by more than 150,000 visitors during the first weekend in October. Issaquah ArtWalk enlivens downtown every first Friday of the month from June to September. February to May, Downtown Issaquah Wine Walks offer a

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Population: 7,120 City Hall: 15535 Main St NE, PO Box 1300, 98019, (425) 788-1185, www.duvallwa.gov Chamber of Commerce: PO Box 581, 98019, (425) 788-9182, www. duvallchamberofcommerce.com Post Office: 26400 NE Valley St, (425) 788-5645 Library: 15508 Main St NE, (425) 788-1173 School District: Riverview School Dist. No. 407, (425) 844-4500 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: City of Duvall, (425) 788-1185 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: Waste Management, (425) 814-1695 Typical Tax Rate: $14.17/$1,000 assessed valuation Average Rent: $1,600 Median Household Income:$111,356 Median Prices: Homes $400,360; Condos $140,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=36 mins/25 miles. Bellevue=27 mins/18 miles


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chance to sip and shop on the first Friday of the month. Other must-see attractions include top-notch productions at Village Theatre, Issaquah Farmers Market (Saturdays, April to October), Boehm’s Candies chocolate factory, Gilman Town Hall Museum, and the restored Issaquah Train Depot. Dining and shopping options abound along Front Street in Olde Town, East Lake Sammamish Center, Issaquah Commons, Meadows Shopping Center, Pickering Place and charming Gilman Village. Housing choices include historic downtown homes, homes with acreage, multi-family dwellings and the innovative Issaquah Highlands and Talus urban villages. Issaquah’s livability makes the city a magnet for new residents. City leaders have adopted a long-term plan to create a vibrant urban center that meets the needs of this growing community for environmental protection, jobs, housing and rapid transit.

Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=21 mins/17 miles. Bellevue=17 mins/11 miles

KIRKLAND >>> Just minutes from Seattle, the city of Kirkland is a sophisticated, yet relaxing oasis removed from big-city living. In 2013,

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ISSAQUAH STATISTICS Population: 32,130 City Hall: 130 E Sunset Wy, PO Box 1307, 98027, (425) 837-3000, www.issaquahwa.gov Chamber of Commerce: 155 NW Gilman Blvd, 98027, (425) 392-7024, www.issaquahchamber.com Post Office: 400 NW Gilman Blvd, (425) 837-8795 Library: 10 W Sunset Wy, (425) 392-5430 School District: Issaquah School Dist. No. 411, (425) 837-7000 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (425) 455-5120 Water/Sewer: City of Issaquah, (425) 837-3070 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection: CleanScapes, (425) 837-1234. South Cove area - Republic Services, (425) 392-6651 Typical Tax Rate: $11.37/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $87,074 Average Rent: $1,750 Median Prices: Homes $529,425; Condos $229,000

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Other special events include Kirkland Uncorked, Summerfest and the arrival of the Tall Ships. For more activities and events, explorekirkland.com. KIRKLAND STATISTICS Population: 81,730 City Hall: 123 5th Ave, 98033, (425) 587-3000, www.ci.kirkland.wa.us Chamber of Commerce: 328 Parkplace Center, (425) 822-7066, www.kirklandchamber.org Post Office: 721 4th Ave, (800) 275-8777 Libraries: 308 Kirkland Ave, (425) 822-2459. 12315 NE 143rd, (425) 821-7686 School District: Lake Washington School Dist. No. 414, (425) 702-3200 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 or (425) 454-2000 Water: City of Kirkland, (425) 587-3150 In Juanita—Northshore Utility Dist., (425) 398-4400 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: City of Kirkland, (425) 587-3150. Waste Management, (800) 592-9995. Typical Tax Rate: $10.95/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income:$86,656 Average Rent: $2,000 Median Prices: Homes $515,000; Condos $239,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=20 mins/12 miles. Bellevue=11 mins/6 miles

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MERCER ISLAND >>> Unique among Seattle’s neighboring cities, Mercer Island is located in the middle of Lake Washington. This island locale provides a quiet, secluded feeling with quick commutes to Seattle or the Eastside via Interstate 90. Mercer Island schools are a source of pride and the single most important reason that many families live here. The School District’s longstanding tradition of excellence includes consistently posting the state’s highest test scores. More than ninety percent of the High School’s graduates go on to college. This city boasts more than 475 acres of parks and open space, multi-use trails, ballfields, tennis courts, swimming and picnicking areas, a boat launch, and a skateboard park. The Mercer Island Community and Event Center has game, dance, fitness, and event rooms featuring state of the art equipment. Quality cultural art, including the I-90 Outdoor Sculpture Gallery and The Mostly Music in the Park summer concert series reflect an active Arts Council. Popular community events include the Leap for Green environmental fair, the annual Summer Celebration festival, and an active Farmers Market. Although primarily a single-family residential community, new mixed use development is revitalizing the Town Center area. Proximity to a vibrant, growing

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of Lake Washington, Seattle’s skyline and the Olympic Mountains or to take a shoreline stroll. In 2012, Volkssport walkers voted the city the #3 best spot in the nation for year-round walking. In addition to a vibrant waterfront, the city is home to a dynamic community of entrepreneurs and small businesses as well as high-tech, aerospace and medical technology companies. Google and GoDaddy have Kirkland offices and Astronics, INRIX, and iSoftStone are also based here. As well as nurturing businesses, downtown Kirkland welcomes new residents with a range of housing options. Condominiums, many with prime views, populate downtown and the waterfront. Near downtown, neighborhoods such as Rose Hill offer reasonably priced older homes. Bridle Trails, in southeast Kirkland, surrounds a 482-acre wooded preserve and features homes on large lots. At the opposite end of the city in Totem Lake are Evergreen Hospital, several new wine tasting rooms, a contemporary art gallery, and one of the region’s most prosperous auto retail hubs. A new Public Safety Building is to open here in summer 2014. Juanita, in northwest Kirkland, boasts Juanita Village, an award-winning mixeduse community. Single-family homes, condos and apartments are found in nearby established pocket and beach communities around popular Juanita Beach Park. Dining options abound in Kirkland, from bakeries and cafés to the finest restaurants featuring sought-after chefs. The city supports two seasonal farmers markets located at Juanita Beach and downtown. Shopping options are equally varied and include fine art galleries, stylish furniture and decorative arts stores, designer consignment shops, specialty boutiques, and bridal shops. Kirkland is known for its vibrant arts scene. Outdoor public art graces city parks and streets. The highly regarded Kirkland Performance Center presents a range of national and international entertainment. Kirkland Arts Center, one of the region’s few community-based arts centers, offers a hugely popular annual artist studio tour on Mother’s Day weekend.


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business district and restaurants, as well as convenient public transportation helps make this walkable neighborhood a great place to live. MERCER ISLAND STATISTICS

NEWCASTLE >>> Ranked 19th on Money Magazine’s 2013 America’s Top 50 Best Small Towns list, Newcastle is one of the Eastside’s most desirable communities. Its central location near the crossroads of I-405 and I-90 provides easy access to fine shopping and dining, and borders some of the region’s most spectacular natural scenery. The Coal Creek Parkway and the Transit Center at the main downtown intersection serve as a vital Eastside transportation link. Situated on Lake Washington’s eastern shore, this inviting community offers long-time neighborhoods, newer highend housing developments and multifamily housing options found among beautifully tree-lined areas throughout 62

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the city. Newcastle is the proud home of The Golf Club at Newcastle, an award winning, tournament-caliber complex with panoramic Seattle and Olympic Mountains views. Newcastle also has the historic Coal Miners Cemetery, Regency Newcastle Senior Center, the Coal Creek YMCA, and a new public library. Newcastle boasts 17 parks and a walking system that includes pathways, sidewalks and natural surface trails. Lake Boren Park is the site of Newcastle Earth Day in April, a summer Concerts in the Park series and another crowd pleaser, the July 4th fireworks show. In September, Newcastle Days features activities, entertainment, food, and fun. NEWCASTLE STATISTICS Population: 10,640 City Hall: 12835 Newcastle Way, Ste 200, 98056, (425) 649-4444, www.ci.newcastle.wa.us Chamber of Commerce: 12835 Newcastle Way #200, 98056, Mail: 6947 Coal Creek Pkwy SE #150, 98059, (206) 618-5641, www.newcastlecc.com Library: 12901 Newcastle Way, (425) 255-0111 School District: Issaquah School Dist., (425) 837-7000; Renton School Dist., (425) 204-2300

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Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE,(888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: Coal Creek Utility Dist., (425) 235-9200 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection/Recycling: Waste Management, (800) 592-9995 Typical Tax Rate: $13.36/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income:$106,771 Average Rent: $1,600 Median Prices: Homes $550,500 Condos $342,888 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=19 mins/13 miles. Bellevue=14 mins/7 miles

NORTH BEND >>> Nestled in the upper Snoqualmie River Valley amid rugged mountains and lush pastures is the small city of North Bend. Its history is tied to this strategic location between Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. Early foot trails, wagon roads, railroads, and finally, highways brought travelers here, shaping North Bend’s character and service-oriented economy. North Bend, “easy to reach…..hard to leave” is more than just a slogan. Each year more and more people relocate to this lovely valley, many who commute on I-90 into Bellevue and Seattle. As its size increases, the city’s focus remains on preserving pastureland and open spaces, as well as economic prosperity and growth.

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Population: 22,720 City Hall: 9611 SE 36th St, (206) 275-7600, www.mercergov.org Chamber of Commerce: 7605 SE 27th St, Ste. 109, PO Box 108, 98040, (206) 2323404, www.mercerislandchamber.com Post Office: 3040 78th Ave SE, (206) 230-5636 Library: 4400 88th Ave SE, (206) 236-3537 School District: Mercer Island School Dist. No. 400, (206) 236-3330 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773, (425) 454-2000 Water/Sewer: City of Mercer Island, (206) 275-7783 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 or (206) 345-5552 Refuse Collection, Recycling, & Yard Waste: Republic Services,(206) 682-9730 Typical Tax Rate: $9.13/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $127,360 Average Rent: $1,900 Median Prices: Homes $963,500; Condos $297,500 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=11 mins/7 miles. Bellevue=13 mins/6 miles


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North Bend looks out on Mount Si, a 4,167-foot monolith where one of the state’s most used trails leads to the top. The city’s location is the perfect jumpingoff point to Washington’s wilderness areas and year round recreation. Rock climbers and white water paddlers have made this area a destination. The city maintains eight public parks, including the historic Meadowbrook and Tollgate Farms both of which are over 400 acres in size. Downtown, Torguson Park has a climbing wall, tot lot, and picnic shelter. For the artistically inclined, both the Mt. Si Artist Guild and the Valley Center Stage offer classes and special events. The interesting Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum is open seasonally. A factory outlet mall off I-90 is a shopper’s paradise. Each August, Festival at Mt. Si features food, music, arts & crafts, train rides and the Tour de Peaks Bike Ride. NORTH BEND STATISTICS Population: 6,020 City Hall: 211 Main Ave N, PO Box 896, 98045, (425) 888-1211, www.northbendwa.gov Chamber of Commerce: PO Box 357, 98045, (425) 888-6362, www.snovalley.org Post Office: 451 E North Bend Wy, (425) 831-7020 Library: 115 E. 4th St, (425) 888-0554 School District: Snoqualmie Valley School Dist. No. 410, (425) 831-8000 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Tanner Electric, (425) 888-0623 Water/Sewer: City of North Bend, (425) 888-1211. Sallal, (425) 888-3650 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection and Recycling: Republic Services (425) 392-6651 Typical Tax Rate: $12.64/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $81,471 Average Rent: $1,300 Median Prices: Homes $404,220; Condos $142,495 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=33 mins/30 miles. Bellevue=28 mins/24 miles

REDMOND >>> From its early days as a small logging community, Redmond has evolved into

a thriving center of business and community life. Home to nationally and internationally recognized companies including Microsoft, Nintendo, Genie Industries, and AT&T, Redmond’s healthy economic base attracts workers from all around Greater Seattle. Housing options here are diverse and new construction is common. Schools are in the Lake Washington School District, featuring strong academics and athletics. Located on the north end of Lake Sammamish, many of the city’s ten neighborhoods, like the Viewpoint neighborhood, sit on forested hills with lake and mountain views. Other neighborhoods include Overlake, where Microsoft is located, and Willows/Rose Hill, home to DigiPen Institute of Technology. These high-tech centers are the site of increasing commercial and residential development. Downtown neighborhood projects, planned and underway, bring a vibrant mix of businesses, residential and open space. Also Downtown, Redmond Town Center offers shopping, dining, entertainment and lodging, and hosts the popular Redmond Saturday Market from May through October. Redmond has dozens of parks and an extensive trail system for hiking, biking, horseback riding and even skating. Cultural attractions include the Redwood Theatre, Eastside Symphony and SecondStory Repertory Theatre, as well as a summer concert and performing arts series. REDMOND STATISTICS Population: 55,840 City Hall: 15670 NE 85th St, (425) 556-2900, www.redmond.gov Chamber of Commerce: 8383 158th Ave NE, Ste 225, Redmond 98052. (425) 885-4014, www.oneredmond.org Post Office: 7241 185th Ave NE, (800) 275-8777, (425) 885-0207 Libraries: 15990 NE 85th St, (425) 885-1861 10735 Cedar Park Crescent NE, (425) 885-1861 School District: Lake Washington School Dist. No. 414, (425) 702-3200 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: City of Redmond,

(425) 556-2152 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: Waste Management, (425) 814-9240 Typical Tax Rate: $10.91/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $96,088 Average Rent: $1,650 Median Prices: Homes $590,000; Condos $290,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=21 mins/15 miles. Bellevue=10 mins/8 miles

SAMMAMISH >>> Nestled on a forested plateau between Issaquah and Redmond, Sammamish now boasts a population of nearly 50-thousand. Since incorporating in 1999, Sammamish has followed its vision: To be a community of families that values a small town atmosphere and a suburban character. The city, on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Sammamish, is obviously doing something right. It was named America’s Friendliest Town in 2012 by Forbes. Sammamish is located within easy commuting and shopping distance to Bellevue, Redmond, and Seattle. Treelined streets in well-groomed neighborhoods make it an ideal community for families. Children are well served by three distinguished school districts and have a broad array of trails, sports fields, parks and other recreational amenities at their disposal. And there’s no shortage of fun events in these public places. Pine Lake Park is home to a summer concert series, Sammamish Commons Park hosts the July 4th Celebration and a farmers market, and Beaver Lake Park’s Halloween Event is always a hit. The Parks & Recreation Department and various private entities also provides an array of youth activities. Recreational options for all ages include fishing, swimming, boating and golf. Sahalee Country Club, one of America’s top 100 courses, hosted the 2010 US Senior Open Championship. An assortment of residential neighborhoods, including the upscale, gated community of Sahalee, are located in and around Sammamish. “The Plateau,”

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as it is commonly referred to, is developing at a dizzying pace as its popularity and land value increases. SAMMAMISH STATISTICS Population: 48,060 City Hall: 801 228th Ave SE, 98075, (425) 295-0500, www.sammamish.us Chamber of Commerce: 704 228th Ave NE #123, 98074, (425) 681-4910, www.sammamishchamber.org Library: 825 228th Ave NE, (425) 392-3130 School District: Lake Washington School Dist., (425) 702-3200. Issaquah School Dist., (425) 837-7000. Snoqualmie Valley School Dist., (425) 831-8000 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773, (425) 455-5120 Water/Sewer: Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer, (425) 392-6256. NE Sammamish Water & Sewer, (425) 868-1144 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: Republic Services, (425) 392-6651. SnoKing Waste Management, (425) 814-9240 Typical Tax Rate: $12.25/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $143,861 Average Rent: $1,600 Median Prices: Homes $670,000; Condos $285,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle= 25 mins/18 miles. Bellevue=16 mins/10 miles

SNOQUALMIE >>> Snoqualmie is located only 25 miles east of Seattle in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. This small town is best known for Snoqualmie Falls, a spectacular waterfall that cascades 268 feet over granite cliffs. Visitors from around the world come to see this natural wonder. Snoqualmie residents enjoy a high quality of life with excellent city services; more than 30 miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails; 35 parks with facilities ranging from playgrounds to athletic fields and event venues; and the Snoqualmie Community Center operated by the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA. Residents and visitors alike enjoy abundant recreation and the surrounding beauty from views of the cascade foothills and Mount Si, to rural 64

areas and acres of open space. The population of Snoqualmie is nearly 12,000 with approximately 35% of that number being youth 18 years and under. The Snoqualmie Valley School District serves K-12 students throughout the Snoqualmie Valley with five elementary schools, two middle schools, one comprehensive high school, and one alternative school for more individualized options. In addition to the regular school sports programs, many sports organizations in the Snoqualmie Valley offer soccer, little league, volleyball, and more. Snoqualmie has varied restaurant and shopping opportunities, professional services and health care offerings of all types, a library, a local hospital, public safety services, and great neighborhoods, such as the master-planned community of Snoqualmie Ridge and historic downtown. SNOQUALMIE STATISTICS Population: 11,700 City Hall: 38624 SE River St, PO Box 987, 98065. (425) 888-1555, www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us Chamber of Commerce: 38767 SE River St, Snoqualmie. PO Box 357, North Bend, 98045, (425) 888-6362,www.snovalley.org Post Office: 8264 Olmstead Lane SE, (425) 888-4317 Library: 7824 Center Blvd SE, (425) 888-1223 School District: Snoqualmie Valley School Dist. No. 410, (425) 831-8000 Utilities: Gas/Electric: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: City of Snoqualmie, (425) 888-1555 Telephone: CenturyLink (800) 201-4099 Refuse Collection: Waste Management, (800) 592-9995 Typical Tax Rate: $13.14/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $121,791 Average Rent: $1,550 Median Prices: Homes $461,217; Condos $289,900 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=35 mins/25 miles. Bellevue=30 mins/23 miles

WOODINVILLE >>> Woodinville is one of east King County’s premier tourist destinations. Located

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northeast of Seattle in the Sammamish Valley, Woodinville is flush with wineries, outdoor recreational opportunities and plant nurseries. Visitors can enjoy Merlot, microbrews and marigolds! The city’s tourist district is home to world-class wineries Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia, DeLille Cellars and Silver Lake. Wine tasting and tours are complimented by fantastic dining at the Barking Frog and The Herbfarm restaurants on-site at the Willows Lodge. For a little exercise, bicycle, roller blade, stroll or ride horses along the Sammamish River Trail; resting at either Wilmot Gateway Park or Woodin Creek Park. There’s also a sportsfield complex and community center hosting programs, activities and events. Nearby, Woodinville’s vibrant downtown offers retail, personal services, Molbak’s Nursery, and a seasonal Farmers Market. Residents and visitors appreciate Woodinville’s quality of life attributes including its rich history, natural environment and economic vibrancy. WOODINVILLE STATISTICS Population: 10,990 City Hall: 17301 133rd Ave NE, 98072, (425) 489-2700,www.ci.woodinville.wa.us Chamber of Commerce: 17401 133rd Ave NE, 98072, (425) 481-8300, www.woodinvillechamber.org Post Office: 17610 Woodinville- Snohomish Rd NE, (800) 275-8777; (425) 487-0995 School District: Northshore School Dist. No. 417, (425) 408-6000 Library: 17105 Avondale Rd NE, (425) 788-0733 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Water: Woodinville Water Dist.,(425) 487-4100 Alderwood Water Dist.,(425) 743-4605 Refuse Disposal: Waste Management, (800) 592-9995 Typical Tax Rate: $12.83/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $93,045 Average Rent: $1,500 Median Prices: Homes $546,000; Condos $122,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=25 mins/20 miles. Bellevue=16 mins/12 miles


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ierce County is located south of Seattle and King County. Rising from the shores of South Puget Sound to the summit of Mount Rainier, it covers 1,794 square miles - 217 miles of which are saltwater shoreline. From Mount Rainier’s densely forested foothills, to the fertile Puyallup River Valley, to the deep-water port on Commencement Bay, Pierce County offers diverse economic, cultural, recreational and living opportunities. During WWI, Fort Lewis Army Base was established just south of Tacoma. In 1935, McChord Air Force Base was added nearby. Today, US Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the County’s largest employer. Other important industries include agriculture, government service, healthcare, international shipping, manufacturing, wood products, and wholesale and retail trade. Development centers mainly around the I-5 corridor, the Port of Tacoma and the County’s western half where most major population centers are located. The 66

County’s eastern half contains quiet agricultural and logging communities that, while still rural and full of country charm and appeal, are experiencing a boom of housing, retail and light manufacturing development.

AUBURN >>> Auburn is centrally located in the growing, thriving Green River Valley between Seattle and Tacoma. Auburn’s location, abundant land and many amenities provide a unique opportunity for business and industry, as well as residents seeking big city amenities with a warm, hometown feel. Auburn boasts 28 developed parks, over 23 miles of trails and almost 247 acres of open space. Amongst its four golf courses, Washington National is home to the UW Husky golf team and city-owned 18-hole Auburn Golf Course hosts over 50,000 rounds of golf annually. Other local attractions include Emerald Downs thoroughbred racetrack, Pacific Raceways, the award-winning White River

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AUBURN STATISTICS Population: 73,235 City Hall: 25 W Main St, 98001, (253) 9313000, www.auburnwa.gov Chamber of Commerce: 108 S Division St., Ste B, 98001, (253) 833-0700, www.auburnareawa.org Post Office: 11 3rd St NW, 98002, (253) 333-1377 Library: 1102 Auburn Way S, 98002, (253) 931-3018 School District: Auburn School Dist. No. 408, (253) 931-4900 www.auburn.wednet.edu Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: City of Auburn, (253) 931-3038 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse/Recycling: City of Auburn, (253) 9313038 Republic Services, (800) 322-8709 Waste Management, (800) 592-9995 Average Tax Rate: Pierce County— $14.81/$1,000 assessed valuation. King County— $15.13/$1,000 assessed valuation

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Valley Museum, the Muckleshoot and Iron Horse Casinos and the White River Amphitheatre. The Outlet Collection (formerly SuperMall), along with downtown craft, antique, and specialty shops offer diverse shopping options. Auburn Performing Arts Center, an 1,100-seat venue, offers an array of world-class programming and is home to the Auburn Symphony Orchestra and the Auburn Arts Commission’s BRAVO Performing Arts series. Local parks host outdoor summer concerts, movies, and free cultural performances. Festivals like Auburn’s KidsDay, the 4th of July Festival, Petpalooza, and the Veterans Day Observance and Parade (the largest parade of its type west of the Mississippi) have become regional family favorites.


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Median Household Income: $56,677 Average Rent: $1,300 Median Prices: Homes $264,975; Condos $139,475 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=32 mins/28 miles. Bellevue=30 mins/25 miles

BLACK DIAMOND >>> Named after the natural resources that spurred its development in the late 1800’s, this historic community is located at the base of the Cascade foothills in southeast King County. For many, the relaxed and rural life of Black Diamond provides a welcomed relief from the hectic pace of urban life. The City’s vision for the future seeks to retain this rural character while accommodating new housing and employment opportunities. Residents take pride in their growing community—it’s school, library, police and fire departments. Black Diamond has one of the nation’s finest historical museums dedicated to the history of coal mining. The community celebrates this heritage in two annual events. Black Diamond Miners Days, the second weekend of July, has cooks from across the U.S. competing in a BBQ & Chili Cook-Off, as well as local artists and merchant booths, and a citywide sidewalk sale. In September, the weekend long Black Diamond Labor Days Celebration spotlights traditional, old-fashioned fun. Wheelbarrow, three legged, and gunny sack races are perennial favorites. A parade, Coal Kart Derby, arts & craft booths, live entertainment, and a teen dance round out events. Year round recreation ranges from bicycling on quiet roads to fishing, sailing and skiing on Lake Sawyer, the county’s fourth largest recreational lake. BLACK DIAMOND STATISTICS Population: 4,170 City Hall: 24301 Roberts Dr., PO Box 599, 98010, (360) 886-5700, www.ci.blackdiamond.wa.us Chamber of Commerce: Maple Valley/Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce, 23745 225th Way SE, Ste 205, Maple Valley. Mail: PO Box 302, Maple Valley 98038, (425)

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432-0222, www.blackdiamondchamber.org Library: 24707 Roberts Dr, (360) 886-1105 Post Office: 25228 Baker St, (360) 886-9429 School District: Enumclaw School Dist., (360) 802-7100 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: City of Black Diamond, (360) 886-2560. Lake Sawyer Area—Covington Water Dist., (253) 631-0565. Soos Creek Water & Sewer, (253) 630-9900 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection: Republic Services, (206) 682-9735 Typical Tax Rate: $13.29/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $88,059 Average Rent: $700 Median Prices: Homes $272,000; Condos $122,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=45 mins/33 miles. Bellevue=41 mins/28 miles

BURIEN >>> Burien offers a glorious Puget Sound shoreline, striking mountain views, small town ambiance, and convenient highways connecting to Seattle, Tacoma, and SeaTac Airport. Burien’s award winning Town Square includes a city hall, library, park, plaza, and transit center. Burien’s specialty shops and large auto dealers on 1st Avenue South have won a loyal following. The downtown Southwest 152nd Street corridor hosts festivals, art walks, and a Farmers Market. Many of Burien neighborhoods enjoy stunning views of the mountains, Puget Sound, or Lake Burien. Housing choices include ramblers, starter homes, elegant high-end homes, condominiums, and apartments of all sizes, including senior apartments. Attractions in Burien include the long Puget Sound beachfront and wooded uplands at Seahurst Park, Eagle Landing Park’s saltwater beach and wildlife habitat, summer Concerts and Movies in the Park, and seven neighborhood parks. A skate park, teen and senior centers, and children’s programs and camps offer popular year round recreation. Among community events, the annual

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Strawberry & Arts Festival in June is a favorite. BURIEN STATISTICS Population: 48,030 City Hall: 400 SW 152nd, Ste 300, 98166, (206) 241-4647. www.burienwa.gov Chamber of Commerce: SW King County, 14220 Interurban Ave S, Ste. 134, Tukwila 98168, Mail: PO Box 58591, Seattle 98138, (206) 575-1633; www.swkcc.org Post Offices: 609 SW 150th St, (206) 2488647. 2116 SW 152nd St, (206) 244-6947 Library: 400 SW 152nd St, (206)243-3490 School District: Highline School Dist. No. 401, (206) 631-3000 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Seattle City Light, (206) 6843000. PSE, (888) 225-5773 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Water: King County Water Dist. 20, (206) 243-3990. Dist. 49, (206) 242-8535. Highline Water Dist., (206) 824-0375. Water Dist. 125, (206) 242-9547 Sewer: SW Suburban Sewer Dist., (206) 244-9575. Midway Sewer Dist., (206) 8244960. ValVue Sewer Dist., (206) 242-3236 Refuse Collection: thru 5/31 Waste Management, (800) 592-9995. Starting 6/1/14 Recology CleanScapes, (206) 767-3322 Typical Tax Rate: $14.46/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $50,595 Average Rent: $950 Median Prices: Homes $269,900; Condos $140,575 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=17 mins/11 miles. Bellevue=23 mins/18 miles

COVINGTON >>> The gateway to southeastern King County, Covington is rich with engaged citizens, new young families, good schools, quality businesses, strong leaders and safe neighborhoods – all key in making it a wonderful place to live. Set in an idyllic Northwest landscape just 40 minutes out of Seattle, Covington offers small community attributes with big city amenities. In Covington’s growing downtown, well-known restaurants like Applebee’s


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and Red Robin, and retailers like Costco, Home Depot, Fred Meyer, Walmart, and Kohl’s thrive alongside many locally owned, long-time Covington businesses. From its location in southeast King County at the intersection of Hwy 18 and SR 516, the urban attractions of Seattle, Bellevue, and Tacoma, as well as recreational opportunities like skiing, hiking, and camping are just a short drive away. Covington’s growing park system and award-winning aquatics center offer activities for all ages. Family-friendly events include the Covington Days Festival, on the third weekend in July, KidsFest in August, the Covington Summer Concert Series and the Covington Community Tree Lighting Event the first Saturday in December. Come to Covington where they’re proud to say, “Covington – Unmatched Quality of Life!” COVINGTON STATISTICS Population: 18,100 City Hall: 16720 SE 271st St, Ste 100, 98042, (253) 480-2400, www.covingtonwa.gov Chamber of Commerce: 27116 167th Pl SE, Ste. 114, PO Box 8041, 98042, (253) 6316117, www.covingtonchamber.org Post Office: 17300 SE 270th Pl, (253) 639-6833 Library: 27100 164th Ave SE, (253) 630-8761 School District: Kent School Dist. No. 415, (253) 373-7000 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water: Covington Water Dist., (253) 631-0565. King County Water Dist. #111, (253) 631-3770 Sewer: Soos Creek Water & Sewer Dist., (253) 630-9900 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 475-7526 Refuse Collection: Republic Services, (253) 872-7220 Typical Tax Rate: $14.02/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $92,023 Average Rent: $1,225 Median Prices: Homes $264,950; Condos $198,500 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=39 mins/27 miles. Bellevue=38 mins/27 miles

DES MOINES >>> Des Moines is situated on Puget Sound between Seattle and Tacoma. Its western border consists of six miles of shoreline—and residents enjoy every mile. From the Des Moines Beach Park Historic District southward to Saltwater State and Redondo Parks, the waterfront is full of public beaches, natural areas, scenic lookouts, and endless recreational opportunities. Mid-shoreline is an 900 slip, full service marina, complete with fishing pier, boardwalk, nearby shops and eateries, and a Farmers Market held Saturdays, June to October. A second commercial district, along Pacific Highway South, provides a variety of retail stores, lodging, offices, and light industry. The city is also home to Highline Community College and a Central Washington University satellite campus. Des Moines’ many lovely neighborhoods offer numerous housing options from affordable apartments and senior housing to high end waterfront estates. Annual celebrations include the Poverty Bay Wine Festival in March, July 4th Fireworks Over Des Moines, and the Poverty Bay Brews & Blues in September. Special summer events like the Waterland City Seafair Parade, 5K Run, circus, outdoor concerts, and car & boat shows in July add to the fun. DES MOINES STATISTICS Population: 29,730 City Hall: 21630 11th Ave S, (206) 878-4595, www.desmoineswa.gov Chambers of Commerce: SW King County, 14220 Interurban Ave S, Ste. 134, Tukwila 98168, Mail: PO Box 58591, Seattle 98138, (206) 575-1633; www.swkcc.org Seattle Southside: 3100 S 176th St., Seattle 98188, (206) 575-2489, www.seattlesouthside.com Post Office: 2003 S 216th St, (206) 824-3647 Libraries: 21620 11th Ave S, (206) 824-6066. 26809 Pacific Hwy S, (253) 839-0121 School District: Highline School Dist. No. 401, (206) 631-3000. Federal Way School Dist., (253) 945-2000 Utilities: Gas / Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773

Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Water: Highline Water, (206) 824-0375. Water Dist. 54, (206) 878-7210. Lakehaven Utility Dist., (253) 941-1516 Sewer: Midway Sewer Dist., (206) 824-4960. SW Suburban Sewer Dist., (206) 244-9575 Refuse Collection: CleanScapes, (206) 762-4900 Typical Tax Rate: $14.77/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $60,989 Average Rent: $975 Median Prices: Homes $230,850; Condos $105,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=25 mins/15 miles. Bellevue=29 mins/20 miles

ENUMCLAW >>> Enumclaw is the Native word for “strong wind” or “thundering mountain.” With Mt. Rainier, the nation’s tallest volcano just 50 miles away, the name seems apropos. Located in southeast King County, Enumclaw is the center of business and shopping for the surrounding agricultural communities. The Enumclaw Plateau is among the nation’s largest thoroughbred horse breeding and boarding areas. Despite growth, Enumclaw has retained its traditional, small-town character exemplified in friendly and safe neighborhoods, quality schools and community involvement. The Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Historical Society and others are some of the civic groups that are active in the community. Golfing, skiing, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and swimming at the city pool are popular pastimes. In July, the city hosts the Enumclaw Street Fair, Stars and Stripes 4th of July Celebration & Parade, Enumclaw’s King County Fair, and the Scottish Highland Games. Other annual events include the Mutual of Enumclaw Stage Race, Creationfest, a Stratocruiser’s Car Show and a Christmas Parade. Cultural offerings include performing arts series, theater and vocal groups, and summer concerts in the park.

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ENUMCLAW STATISTICS Population: 11,100 City Hall: 1339 Griffin Ave, 98022, (360) 825-3591, www.cityofenumclaw.net Chamber of Commerce: 1421 Cole St, 98022, (360) 825-7666, www.enumclawchamber.com Post Office: 1742 Cole St, (360) 825-8325 Library: 1700 1st St, (360) 825-2045 School District: Enumclaw School Dist., (360) 802-7100, Utilities: Gas: City of Enumclaw, (360) 825-3591, Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Water/Sewer: City of Enumclaw, (360) 825-3591 Refuse Collection: City of Enumclaw, (360) 825-3591. Waste Management, (800) 592-9995 or (253) 288-9909 Typical Tax Rate: $13.29/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $58,440 Average Rent: $1,200 Median Prices: Homes $249,970; Condos $57,518 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=52 mins/42 miles. Bellevue=51 mins/39 miles

FEDERAL WAY >>> Just eight miles north of Tacoma, this one time logging settlement sits on a high plateau between Puget Sound and the Green River Valley. It is the world headquarters for the Weyerhaeuser Company, World Vision, and Totem Ocean Trailer Express. An exciting City Center is taking shape, adding a mix of transit, office, retail and residential spaces. Federal Way’s wide variety of housing options features single-family homes, apartments, townhouses, condominiums, and senior housing. Neighborhoods on bluffs, area lakes, and Puget Sound waterfront boast exceptional views of the Cascades, the Olympics, or Mount Rainier. Residents enjoy abundant recreational activities, such as the Celebration Park Regional Sports Park, the Weyerhaeuser-King County Aquatics Center, Wild Waves Theme Park, Dash 70

Point State Park, and West Hylebos Park. Cultural attractions include the Federal Way Symphony, several chorale and theatre groups, and the Knutzen Family Theatre. Among annual community events is the 4th of July Red, White & Blues Celebration, with live music and activities for all ages. FEDERAL WAY STATISTICS Population: 89,720 City Hall: 33325 8th Ave S, (253) 835-7000, www.cityoffederalway.com Chamber of Commerce: 31919 1st Ave S, Ste 202, (253) 838-2605, www.federalwaychamber.com Post Office: 32829 Pacific Hwy S, (253) 924-1692 Libraries: 34200 1st Way S, (253) 838-3668. 848 S 320th St, (253) 839-0257 School District: Federal Way School Dist. No. 210, (253) 945-2000 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: Lakehaven Utility Dist., (253) 941-1516 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection: Waste Management, (253) 833-3333 Typical Tax Rate: $15.75/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $57,583 Average Rent: $1,000 Median Prices: Homes $245,000 Condos $80,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=26 mins/22 miles. Bellevue=31 mins/25 miles

FIFE >>> The diverse and thriving city of Fife welcomes new residents to quiet, family friendly neighborhoods. This growing community has much to offer. Trails and parks like Dacca, Wedge and Brookville provide places to play, picnic, walk or just relax. A variety of recreational programs and services are available at the community center and saltwater swim center. A sense of community and celebration are key to annual events like the Car Show

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in June, summer Movies in the Park, and the Fife Harvest Festival in October. Fife also has an interactive History Museum, a Performing Arts Center, and a library. If you like to explore, the region’s most scenic attractions such as the North Olympics, Seattle, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Saint Helens and Victoria, BC are within easy reach. Fife’s central South Puget Sound location also attracts commercial growth. Local lodging, manufacturing, distribution, and retail businesses enjoy easy access to I-5, close proximity to SeaTac Airport and the Port of Tacoma, favorable taxes and fees, and reasonable utility costs. Major employers include Milgard Windows, Mission Foods, Gensco, and the Emerald Queen Hotel and Casino. FIFE STATISTICS Population: 9,290 City Hall: 5411 23rd St E, 98424, (253) 922-2489, www.cityoffife.org Chamber of Commerce: 2026 54th Ave E, (253) 922-9320, www.fifechamber.org Library: 6622 20th St E, 253-548-3323 School District: Fife School Dist. No. 417, (253) 517-1000 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773. Tacoma Public Utilities, (253) 502-8600 Water/Sewer: City of Fife, (253) 922-9623 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111. Refuse Collection: Murrey’s Disposal Co., (253) 922-6681 Average Tax Rate: $12.99/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $57,653 Average Rent: $900 Median Prices: Homes $229,975; Condos $132,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=32 mins/29 miles. Bellevue=36 mins/31 miles

KENT >>> “Momentum” is the word that describes the feeling in Kent as the City actively enhances the community’s quality of life, diversity, and commercial strength. One example is the revitalization of the Kent Station area and the historic


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downtown where the centerpiece City Center attracts people with vibrant events and activities. Kent is a great place to put down roots and raise a family. Here a diverse economic base includes professional offices, manufacturing, distribution/logistics, retail shops and eateries. Two-thirds of the 78,000 local jobs are in manufacturing, distribution and transportation. Most are family-wage jobs, allowing people to live and work in the same community. Relocating residents will find varied housing options from urban style apartments to single family homes. Affordable homes are found in established neighborhoods as well as new neighborhoods on the East and West Hills where new retail has also developed. A wellreceived Neighborhood Program continues to improve these neighborhoods. Local school districts have excellent reputations and proximity to Green River and Highline Community Colleges, as well as Renton Technical College provides educational opportunities for all ages. Recognized for outstanding parks and sports programs, Kent hosts scores of annual softball, baseball, basketball and soccer tournaments. Kent’s ShoWare Center is the home of the Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey Team. From its farming roots to manufacturing prowess, to unique urban center, Kent’s momentum is moving toward an exciting future. KENT STATISTICS Population: 120,500 City Hall: 220 4th Ave S, (253) 856-5200, www.kentwa.gov Chambers of Commerce: 524 W Meeker St, Ste 1, 98032. (253) 854-1770, www.kentchamber.com Seattle Southside Visitor Services, 3100 S. 176th St., Seattle 98188, (206) 575-2489, www.seattlesouthside.com Post Offices: 10612 SE 240th St, (253) 852-1080. 216 W Gowe St, (800) ASK-USPS. Library: 212 2nd Ave N, (253) 859-3330 School District: Kent School Dist. No. 415, (253) 373-7000 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: Puget Sound

Energy, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: City of Kent, (253) 856-5201. Soos Creek Water & Sewer, (253) 630-9900. Water Dist. 111, (253) 631-3770 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection: Republic Services, (206) 682-9735 Typical Tax Rate: $14.14/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $58,477 Average Rent: $1,175 Median Prices: Homes $270,000; Condos $115,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=25 mins/20 miles. Bellevue=24 mins/19 miles

Wilderness Fishing Derby, Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Show, Maple Valley Days, and the outdoor summer movie & concerts in the park, offers a variety of activities for all ages. The Historic Lake Wilderness Lodge and the Maple Valley Library, both AIA National Honor Award Recipients, are architectural gems. Adjacent to Lake Wilderness Park, Lake Wilderness Arboretum features one of the world’s largest collections of Western Azalea. The nearby Greater Maple Valley Community Center offers services and programs for all ages. This unique quality of life assures residential and business growth as more and more people discover that Maple Valley is a great place to call home!

MAPLE VALLEY >>> Haven’t paid attention to Maple Valley lately? Well, you are the only one that hasn’t! Named a “Top Ten Booming Suburb” by Coldwell Banker® in 2013, and by Businessweek.com as a 2013 “Best Place to Raise Kids,” Maple Valley is garnering rave reviews. People have definitely noticed, and young, professional families in particular have moved to this most appealing community. What are the draws? Families appreciate the quality education provided by the Tahoma School District, where test scores are consistently higher than state averages. Maple Valley is a safe place. In addition to a Business Watch program, neighbors participate in Block-Watch programs. These efforts result in vibrant neighborhoods and a low crime rate. The city boasts unprecedented community volunteerism supported by a number of active service organizations such as the Maple Valley Rotary Club. Maple Valley’s affordable housing found within easy commuting distance to employment in nearby cities is also a plus. Access to State Routes 18, 169, and 516 provide portals to all the Puget Sound region has to offer. Maple Valley also rates high for recreation. The city has access to three lakes, two golf courses, and miles of trails for hiking, biking, and walking. Lake Wilderness Park, home to the annual Lake

MAPLE VALLEY STATISTICS Population: 23,910 City Hall: 22017 SE Wax Rd, Ste 200 Mail: PO Box 320, 98038. (425) 413-8800, www.ci.maple-valley.wa.us Maple Valley/Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce: 23745 225th Way SE, Ste 205 Maple Valley 98038 (425) 432-0222, www.maplevalleychamber.org Post Office: 22023 SE Wax Rd, (800) 275-8777, (425) 432-4174 Library: 21844 SE 248th St, (425) 432-4620 School District: Tahoma School Dist. No. 409, (425) 413-3400 Utilities: Electricity/Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water: Covington Water Dist., (253) 6310565 Cedar River Water & Sewer Dist., (425) 255-6370 Sewer: Soos Creek Water & Sewer Dist., (253) 630-9900 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection: Waste Management, (800) 592-9995. Republic, (206) 682-9735 Typical Tax Rate: $16.07/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $98,604 Average Rent: $1,325 Median Prices: Homes $310,000; Condos $240,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=33 mins/26 miles. Bellevue=28 mins/20 miles

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NORMANDY PARK >>> Normandy Park is a beautiful waterfront community located along the shores of Puget Sound in King County. Its location provides convenient access to both downtown Seattle and Tacoma, and is minutes from the SeaTac International Airport. Covering an area of about 2.5 square miles, this community is known for lovely neighborhoods with spectacular sound views, well-maintained parks and facilities, good schools, and strong community spirit. The community places its highest priorities on maintaining and enhancing its quiet pedestrian-friendly setting and providing a healthy and safe environment in which residents can raise their families. Normandy Park has over 100 acres of parkland, six major parks (two which are low intensity nature preserves), several pocket parks, and a Recreation Center that offers recreation classes, a gymnasium, meeting room, and dance studio. Each year, the City’s Arts Commission hosts several arts related events including the Arts Festival and a Summer Concert Series. While primarily residential, the city has two main retail areas, Manhattan Plaza and Normandy Park Towne Center, the site of the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony each December. NORMANDY PARK STATISTICS Population: 6,350 City Hall: 801 SW 174th St, 98166, (206) 248-7603, www.ci.normandy-park.wa.us School District: Highline School Dist., (206) 631-3000 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Seattle City Light, (206) 684-3000. PSE, (888) 225-5773 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111. Water: King County Water Dist. 49, (206) 242-8535. Dist. 54, (206) 878-7210. Highline Water Dist., (206) 824-0375 Sewer: SW Suburban Sewer Dist., (206) 244-9575; Midway Sewer Dist., (206) 824-4960 Refuse Collection: Republic Services, (206) 682-9735

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PUYALLUP >>> Puyallup, home of the Washington State Fair (one of the top ten fairs in the nation) and the county’s third largest city, also serves as East Pierce County’s regional hub for retail and medical services. Located ten miles east of Tacoma, it is easily accessible from Interstate 5 via State Routes 161, 512, and 167. Walkable downtown streets feature quaint shops, restaurants, and an outdoor sculpture gallery that rivals big city collections. Pioneer Park hosts a Farmer’s Market from April to October, and during the summer there are concerts twice a week. City Hall and the library are downtown, as is Sound Transit’s Sounder train that provides easy weekday commutes to Seattle. Expanding retail, housing and business on Puyallup’s South Hill and in the unincorporated neighborhood north of Graham has made it a magnet for young families. Pierce College of Puyallup, South Hill Mall, and popular parks such as DeCoursey, Bradley Lake and Wildwood are found here. Puyallup’s scenic Riverwalk Trail, evolving in phases, will eventually meet Pierce County’s Foothills Trail and create a regional trail system that connects to Mt. Rainier National Park, into Sumner and north to Tukwila on the Interurban Trail. For a trail map, visit the City’s website. Visitors to Puyallup enjoy the Meeker Mansion, the Karshner Museum, the Downtown Valley Arts Tour, the Antique Districts, and various annual events. In April, The Spring Fair and Daffodil Festival are held, followed in June by the Meeker Days Festival, the county’s largest street fair. Each September the State Fair welcomes over a million visitors. Another fall favorite is the Puyallup Main

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Street Association Art and Wine Walk. The Hometown Santa Parade, Tree Lighting and Community Reception is on the first Saturday in December PUYALLUP STATISTICS Population: 37,980 City Hall: 333 S. Meridian, 98371, (253) 841-4321, www.cityofpuyallup.org Chamber of Commerce: 323 N Meridan, PO Box 1298, (253) 845-6755, www.puyallupsumnerchamber.com Post Office: 204 2nd St SW, (253) 435-5146 Library: 324 S Meridian, (253) 841-5454 School District: Puyallup School Dist. No. 3, (253) 841-1301 Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773, Water/Sewer: City of Puyallup, (253) 841-5505 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection: D.M. Disposal, (253) 845-6955 Average Tax Rate: $14.00/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $61,232 Average Rent: $1,000 Median Prices: Homes $237,500; Condos $98,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=41 mins/36 miles. Bellevue=40 mins/33 miles

RENTON >>> This city on Lake Washington’s southern shore offers an abundance of natural beauty, from spectacular views of the Olympics, the Cascades and Mount Rainier to the Cedar River that runs through the heart of its downtown. Affordability, location and a tremendous quality of life enhanced by beautiful parks, safe streets, a growing downtown, and abundant housing make Renton the right choice to live, work and play. Urban apartments, downtown condominiums, luxury homes, beautiful multi-family developments along Lake Washington, and quality, affordable single-family subdivisions are among the various housing options attractive to all income levels. Looking for something to do? Stroll


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the Cedar River Trail, visit the Renton Historical Museum, take in breathtaking lake views at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, or golf at the Maplewood Golf Course. Renton’s community and senior activity centers have programs for all ages. Exceptional community events such as Renton River Days and Clam Lights are annual traditions. Renton also offers an outstanding library system, fine artwork, and several professional and community theater groups. Downtown Renton with its regional transit center, park-like piazza, and mixed-use developments featuring housing and retail is a central gathering place. A performing arts center, parking garage, and several restaurants add to the area’s appeal. North Renton’s urban village, The Landing, offers open air shopping, a movie theater, restaurants and apartments. Renton is home to The Boeing Company Commercial Airplanes and PACCAR Parts and PACCAR Technology; all respected and recognized worldwide. Renton’s friendly, pro-business climate attracts scores of businesses, including Washington’s only IKEA and Fry’s Electronics stores, Wizards of the Coast, Sam’s Club, Topics Entertainment, and Brotherton Cadillac. The Seattle Seahawks headquarters and training facility are also located in Renton. RENTON STATISTICS Population: 95,540 City Hall: 1055 S Grady Wy, 98057, (425) 430-6400, www.rentonwa.gov Chamber of Commerce: 625 S 4th St, 98057, (425) 226-4560, www.GoRenton.com Post Office: 17200 116th Ave SE, (425) 255-6389 Libraries: Main—100 Mill Ave S, (425) 2266043. 17009 140th SE, (425) 226-0522. 2902 NE 12th St., (425) 277-1831 School District: Renton School Dist. No. 403, (425) 204-2300. Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: City of Renton, (425) 430-6852 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection: City of Renton, (425) 430-6852. Waste Management, (800) 5929995. Republic Services, (206) 682-9735

Typical Tax Rate: $14.25/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $64,482 Average Rent: $1,325 Median Prices: Homes $325,000; Condos $106,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=17 mins/12 miles. Bellevue=19 mins/13 miles

SEATAC >>> The City of SeaTac, where “Everywhere’s Possible,” is a transportationcentric community perfectly positioned and highly motivated to help both residents and businesses succeed. Located between Seattle and Tacoma, SeaTac’s proximity to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, several major highways, and two light rail stations make the city a regional hub. Each day thousands of visitors, nearly 40,000 workers and over 27,000 residents join to make SeaTac one of the state’s most culturally diverse cities. A flourishing business community includes over 900 businesses, with hotel, passenger airline, air cargo and food services among the largest industry sectors. Companies such as Horizon and Alaska Air have their headquarters in SeaTac. SeaTac offers a number of quality residential neighborhoods and housing options to suit most every income. Residents share in the variety of cultural and community events found in southwest King County such as the International Festival on the last weekend in June and the Theatre in the Park summer concert series. The city maintains seven parks, two community centers, a skate park, off-leash dog park, Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden, and the Seike Japanese Garden. SEATAC STATISTICS Population: 27,310 City Hall: 4800 S 188th St, 98188, (206) 973-4800, www.ci.seatac.wa.us Chamber of Commerce: SW King County, 14220 Interurban Ave S, Ste 134, Tukwila 98168. (206) 575-1633, www.swkcc.org Seattle Southside Visitor Services, 3100 S. 176th St., Seattle 98188, (206) 575-2489, www.seattlesouthside.com

Post Office: 15250 32nd Ave. S, (206) 241-7061 Library: 17850 Military Rd S, (206) 242-6044 School District: Highline School Dist. No. 401, (206) 631-3000 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: North of S. 160th St - Seattle City Light, (206) 684-3000. South of S. 160th St - PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: SeaTac is divided into four water and four sewer districts. View maps at www.ci.seatac.wa.us Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection: Republic Services (206) 682-9735 Typical Tax Rate: $14.01/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $49,414 Average Rent: $1,050 Median Prices: Homes $210,000; Condos $115,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=18 mins/12 miles. Bellevue=25 mins/18 miles

TACOMA >>> Tacoma, the state’s third largest city, is ideally located on Commencement Bay halfway between Seattle and Olympia. With over 200,000 residents, Tacoma’s size supports “big city” conveniences with the charm of a smaller town. Tacoma has eight main neighborhoods, each with a distinct character, offering houses of every style—elegant, charming Victorians, classically lined Craftsman, Northwest contemporary, and the simple architecture of WWII-era housing. Many neighborhoods and area suburbs enjoy views of Mount Rainier, the Olympics, or Commencement Bay. Active neighborhood councils work to improve business districts, public transportation, libraries and parks. Tacoma has over 100 parks and open spaces. Point Defiance Park’s 700+ acres feature gardens, beaches, forests, trails, Fort Nisqually, and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. The nearby Ruston Way promenade offers fine waterfront dining and lodging, as well as the chance to bike, rollerblade, run, and walk along Commencement Bay. If golf is your game, just west

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Tacoma Youth Symphony and chamber orchestras; and the modern Theatre On The Square. This international and progressive city has been cutting edge for years. It was the first city in the state with light rail service, it is among the ten largest container ports in North America, and boasts the nation’s largest, municipally owned telecommunications system. Diversity, affordability and convenience make Tacoma the perfect place to work, live, or play. TACOMA STATISTICS

of downtown is the Scottish, link-style Chambers Bay Golf Course (host of the 2015 US Open Championship.) Baseball fans will appreciate Tacoma’s long tradition of minor league baseball in Cheney Stadium with the Rainiers, the Seattle Mariners’ AAA farm team. Tacoma is a dream come true for the arts aficionado. In the heart of the Museum District, the famed Chihuly Bridge of Glass boasts three striking glass art displays by Tacoma native, Dale Chihuly. The span links the Museum of Glass, featuring glass art and a hot shop where visitors watch artists create with molten glass, with the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington State History Museum, historic Union Station, and the University of Washington campus. Link Light Rail connects the Museum and Theatre Districts to the nearby Dome District, home of the Tacoma Dome Events Center, historic Freighthouse Square shops and restaurants, and the LeMay America’s Car Museum. Tacoma’s vibrant performing arts scene attracts national and international productions. Three main venues serve the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts: the 1918 Louis XIV-style Pantages Theater featuring drama, dance and comedy; the 1918 Beaux Arts-style Rialto offering 74

Population: 200,400 City Hall: 747 Market St, (253) 591-5000, www.cityoftacoma.org Chamber of Commerce: 950 Pacific Ave., #300. Mail: PO Box 1933, 98401, (253) 6272175, www.tacomachamber.org. Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau: 1119 Pacific Ave, Ste. 1400, 98402, (253) 627-2836, www.traveltacoma.com Post Office: (9 locations) main station— 1102 A St, Tacoma 98402 (253) 627-4026 Library: (8 branches) main branch — 1102 Tacoma Ave S, (253) 292-2001 School District: Tacoma School Dist. No. 10, (253) 571-1000 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Tacoma Power, (253) 502-8600 Water: Tacoma Water, (253) 502-8247 Sewer: Tacoma Wastewater, (253) 591-5588 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection: Tacoma Solid Waste, (253) 591-5543. Typical Tax Rate: $17.17/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $50,439 Average Rent: $1,000 Median Prices: Homes $166,000; Condos $144,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=39 mins/34 miles. Olympia=36 mins/31 miles

TUKWILA >>> Just south of downtown Seattle, Tukwila has something for everyone—excellent hotel accommodations, shopping, countless dining options, recreational fun, and some of the most diverse neighborhoods in the United States. Tukwila’s Westfield Southcenter, the Northwest’s largest

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shopping mall, draws millions of shoppers annually. Local parks, biking and walking trails, a pool, golf course, and community center offer hours of enjoyment. Annual Tukwila celebrations include the Backyard Wildlife Festival each May, fireworks on the 4th of July, and the Heritage and Cultural Festival in the fall. The City is proud to be the home of Starfire Sports, which is the official training facility for the Seattle Sounders FC, the region’s first major league soccer team. Tukwila also has great transportation options with walkable access to a light rail station, commuter rail station, Amtrak station, and a major bus transit station. The City offers some of the best places to live and work that are only a short drive, train or bus ride to downtown Seattle. TUKWILA STATISTICS Population: 19,160 City Hall: 6200 Southcenter Blvd, 98188, (206) 433-1800, www.tukwilawa.gov Chamber of Commerce: SW King County, 14220 Interurban Ave S, Ste. 134, Tukwila 98168. Mail: PO Box 58591, Seattle 98138, (206) 575-1633, www.swkcc.org. Seattle Southside Visitor Ctr: 3100 S. 176th St, Seattle 98188 (877) 885-9452, www.SeattleSouthside.com Post Offices: 225 Andover Park W, (800) 275-8777 Library: 4060 S 144th, (206) 242-1640 School District: Tukwila School Dist., (206) 901-8000 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Seattle City Light, (206) 6843000. PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: City of Tukwila, (206) 433-1849 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection: Waste Management, (855) TUKWILA Typical Tax Rate: $14.27/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $43,333 Average Rent: $1,000 Median Prices: Homes $224,500; Condos $80,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=15 mins/11 miles.Bellevue=25 mins/18 miles

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he Kitsap Peninsula, 400 square miles in size, is bounded on the east by Puget Sound, Seattle, and Tacoma, and on the west by Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. Early economic activity centered around logging. Related industries like milling and shipbuilding soon evolved. Today, Naval Base Kitsap sites drive the local economy and employ the majority of area residents. Recently, more people are living on the peninsula and commuting to jobs in Seattle and Tacoma via ferry. The Kitsap Peninsula is unsurpassed for scenic beauty. Winding roads cut through densely forested hills and travel along the low cliffs of the peninsula’s 236 miles of saltwater shoreline where most population centers are located. Towns are small, quaint, and welcoming. Tourists come from all over the Puget Sound region and beyond to visit these communities and local attractions. Fresh seafood, worldclass golf, parks, museums, and recreational activities of every kind make this a favorite regional vacation destination.

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BAINBRIDGE ISLAND >>> Bainbridge Islanders are proud of their home and its colorful history of Native settlements, shipyards, sawmills, and agriculture. Traces of this heritage are found among the 28 square miles of gently rolling hills, farms, vineyards, pristine shoreline, and abundant streams where salmon return yearly to spawn. Once known for berry farms and summer homes, now upscale housing developments, good schools, low crime, a sophisticated population and friendly atmosphere characterize this island. With its spacious parks (including two large waterfront parks), hiking, jogging, equestrian and bike trails, two golf courses, a swimming pool, boat harbor,

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library, medical clinics, teen and senior centers, Bainbridge is an ideal place to live and raise a family. Convenient mainland access is available via a 35-minute ferry ride to Seattle, while a bridge at the island’s north end provides Kitsap Peninsula connections. Shops, eateries, and museums, including the Kids Discovery Museum and the new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, are all walkable from the ferry terminal. The island boasts a strong arts community. Local artists display works on First Friday Gallery Walks and at a twiceyearly island-wide studio tour. Four theater groups produce plays, musicals and comedy improv and there are several regular music venues. Movie fans find first-run films at the Bainbridge Cinemas 4-plex and art films and classics at the Historic Lynwood Theatre. Other attractions include the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, a designated satellite National Historic Monument. Battle Point Park houses the Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory where the largest amateur telescope on the West Coast and a monthly planetarium show delight astronomers of all ages. Seven island wineries offer tastings on select weekends and at downtown tasting rooms. BAINBRIDGE ISLAND STATISTICS Population: 23,190

City Hall: 280 Madison Ave N, (206) 8427633, www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us Chamber of Commerce: 395 Winslow Way E, (206) 842-3700, www.bainbridgechamber.com Post Office: 271 Winslow Way E, (206) 855-9571, (800) 275-8777 Library: 1270 Madison Ave N, (206) 842-4162 School District: Bainbridge Island School Dist. No. 303, (206) 842-4714 Utilities: Gas: Natural Gas not available. Propane provided by various dealers Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: City of Bainbridge Island, (206) 780-8624. Kitsap PUD (360) 337-5777 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection: Bainbridge Disposal, (206) 842-4882 Typical Tax Rate: $11.32/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $92,558 Average Rent: $1,489 Median Prices: Homes $530,000; Condos $310,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=47 mins/9 miles by ferry. Bremerton=45 mins/31 miles by car

BREMERTON >>> Downtown Bremerton’s Harborside complex features the Kitsap Conference Center, Hampton Inn, Anthony’s Restaurant, shops, offices, and the musical fountains of Harborside Fountain Park. Waterfront condos and the Norm Dicks Government Center bring residents, workers, and visitors downtown while the expanded

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350-slip marina has become a favorite boating destination. Other waterfront notables are the Puget Sound Navy Museum, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (homeport to some of the world’s largest warships), and the USS Turner Joy, a restored destroyer that offers public tours. The nearby historic downtown, a recognized official arts district, has two galleries, restaurants, museums, a performing arts venue housed in a renovated 1940’s theater, and a new 10-screen movie theater. Future plans call for a variety of new retail shops. Other shopping options include familiar chain stores and eateries found a few miles from downtown proper, as well as the boutiques, art and coffee shops of Manette in east Bremerton. Just one hour by ferry from Seattle, Bremerton’s unique quality of life and affordable housing attracts new residents and businesses. It is known for the scenic beauty of area waterways and shorelines, and spectacular views of Mt. Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Bremerton has over 675 acres of parks and boasts several award winning golf courses. City-owned Gold Mountain Golf Complex hosted the 2011 Junior Amateur Golf Championship. A thriving arts community includes the Bremerton Symphony, Bremerton Community Theater, Peninsula Dance Theater and the Kitsap Opera. Downtown Bremerton is revitalized and open for business and pleasure! Visit www.ci.bremerton.wa.us. for updates.

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BREMERTON STATISTICS Population: 37,850 City Hall: Norm Dicks Gov’t Ctr, 345 6th St., 6th Floor, (360) 473-5290, www.ci.bremerton.wa.us Chamber of Commerce: 286 4th St, 98337 (360) 479-3579, www.bremertonchamber.org Post Office: 602 Pacific Ave, (360) 475-0248 Libraries: 612 5th St N, (360) 377-3955,1301 Sylvan Way, (360) 405-9100 School District: Bremerton School Dist. No. 100-C, (360) 473-1000 Utilities: Gas : Cascade Natural Gas Co., (360) 373-1403, (888) 522-1130. Ferrellgas (360) 373-2515 Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773

A foot ferry runs between Bremerton and Port Orchard Water/Sewer: Bremerton Public Works, (360) 473-5316 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection/Recycling: Waste Management, (800) 592-9995 Typical Tax Rate: $14.33/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $40,644 Average Rent: $1,087 Median Prices: Homes $185,000; Condos $70,905 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle (car)= 1 hr 18 mins/66 miles. Seattle (ferry)=1 hr. Bellevue, by car=1 hr 23 mins/68 miles

GIG HARBOR >>> Gig Harbor, the southern portal to the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas, has the most spectacular views of Mount Rainier, the Olympics and the Cascades that you will ever see. Known as the Maritime City, this harbor town is proud of the nautical, Scandinavian, and Croatian heritages that shaped its past and are still preserved and celebrated today in places like the Harbor Heritage Museum. Once considered a remote community, Gig Harbor is now a destination spot for boaters, visitors and a growing population. Many residents commute to jobs in Tacoma, Seattle, and Olympia via the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the nation’s fifth longest suspension bridge. Gig Harbor offers the perfect combination of recreational options for all ages, top-notch medical and health care services, quality school systems and educational opportunities, and more. Popular annual events include a farmer’s

market from April to October, the Maritime Gig Festival the first weekend in June, free Summer Sounds Concert Series June-August, and free CinemaGig movies in the park July & August. The first Saturday of the month is the Gig Harbor Artwalk showcasing local galleries. GIG HARBOR STATISTICS Population: 7,670 City Hall/Civic Ctr.: 3510 Grandview St,98335, (253) 851-8136, www.cityofgigharbor.net Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center: 3125 Judson St, 98335, (253) 851-6865, www.gigharborchamber.com Post Office: 3118 Judson St, (253) 858-7262 Library: 4424 Pt. Fosdick Dr NW, (253) 548-3305 School District: Peninsula School Dist. No. 401, (253) 530-1000 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Peninsula Light Co, (253) 8575950. PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water: City of Gig Harbor, (253) 851-6157. Outside City limits—Call Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept, (253) 798-7683 to determine your water supplier. Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 201-4099 Refuse Collection: American Disposal, (253) 857-2545 Average Tax Rate: $11.14/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $63,269 Average Rent: $1,087 Median Prices: Homes $311,951; Condos $219,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=51 mins/49 miles. Bellevue=56 mins/47 miles

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KINGSTON >>> Many residents commute by ferry to jobs in Seattle and Snohomish County (the ride to Edmonds is only 35-minutes). Others work in North Kitsap or commute about a half-hour to work at government installations in Bangor, Keyport, or Bremerton. The town is home to specialty stores, restaurants and services, as well as the 320-berth Port of Kingston Marina. The Port of Kingston Park hosts a seasonal farmers market and free Saturday Night Concerts. Community events include Kites Over Kingston each April, Homecoming Week in October and Kingston Country Christmas in December. During July, don’t miss the Kitsap Arts & Crafts Festival or the 4th of July celebration that includes a parade, Tiny Town (a Children’s Festival) and fireworks on the cove. KINGSTON STATISTICS Population: 2,099 Chamber of Commerce: 11201 State Hwy 104 NE, PO Box 78, 98346, (360) 297-3813, www.kingstonchamber.com Post Office: 10990 NE State Hwy 104, (360) 297-3346 Libraries: 11212 State Hwy 104, (360) 297-3330. 31980 Little Boston Rd. NE, (360) 297-2670 School District: North Kitsap School Dist. No. 400, (360) 396-3000 Utilities: Gas: Cascade Natural Gas, (360) 373-1403 Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: Kitsap County PUD No. 1, (360) 779-7656, or (800) 739-6766 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 201-4099 Refuse Collection: Waste Management, (360) 779-9403, or (800) 592-9995 Typical Tax Rate: $12.08/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $52,956 Average Rent: $1,067 Median Prices: Homes $268,750; Condos $153,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=59 mins/23 miles. Bellevue=1 1/2 hr/29 miles

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This historic city enjoys a relaxed rural pace with all of the urban conveniences and attractions of Tacoma and Seattle easily reached by highways, bridges, and ferries. The city is also known for its active civic spirit, great schools and outstanding extracurricular activities. Port Orchard sits at the heart of the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula within easy reach of the Olympic Peninsula - the perfect spot for outdoor recreation! Affordability and selection describe local real estate options where new buildings, many fine historic homes, and a few fixer-uppers are scattered through established neighborhoods. Waterfront, view, and golf course properties are widely available. Port Orchard’s excellent 410-slip marina is located near the historic downtown core. Visitors can browse the art galleries, antique, candy and gift stores or dine at one of the many restaurants. In late June, Thursday evening outdoor concerts are offered, while weekends feature a farmers’ market and community theatre. In August, downtown Port Orchard hosts The Cruz, a large classic car show. The recently expanded Marina Park, with boardwalk, gazebo, playground and beach access is a popular destination and the site of annual community events such as the Saturday Farmers Market, the Fourth of July Fathoms O’ Fun, the quirky Seagull Calling Festival, and the Murder Mystery/ Pirates Weekend. An original 1917 Mosquito Fleet ferry carries foot passengers from the local ferry dock to Bremerton where it’s easy to catch a ride to Seattle. Other Port Orchard area attractions include McCormick Woods Golf Course, Elandan Gardens, Manchester and Blake Island State Parks, Horseshoe and Long Lake County Parks, Springhouse Dolls and Victorian Tea Room, Sidney Art Gallery and the Log Cabin Museum. PORT ORCHARD STATISTICS Population: 12,870 City Hall: 216 Prospect St, (360) 876-4407, www.cityofportorchard.us Chamber of Commerce: 1014 Bay St #8, 98366, (360) 876-3505 or (800) 982-8139, www.portorchard.com

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Post Office: 1125 Bethel Ave, (360) 874-6903 Library: 87 Sidney Ave, (360) 876-2224 School District: South Kitsap School Dist. No. 402, (360) 874-7000 Utilities: Gas: Cascade Natural Gas, (360) 373-1403, or (888) 522-1130 Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water: City of Port Orchard, (360) 876-5139 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection: Waste Management, (360) 674-3166, or (800) 592-9995 Typical Tax Rate: $11.93/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $56,257 Average Rent: $1,036 Median Prices: Homes $222,950; Condos $119,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=1 hr 10 mins/61 miles. Bellevue=1 hr 15 mins/63 miles

POULSBO >>> The deep, narrow, south-facing inlet of Liberty Bay harkens to the fjords of Norway – a picturesque location that appealed to the Norwegian founding families of Poulsbo and still appeals to families today. Poulsbo’s central North Kitsap location led it to become something of a commercial hub fueled by early logging, fishing, milling, and farming industries. Today thriving businesses in diverse industries, from high-tech to alternative energy to land management to medical and biotech and more are found in Poulsbo. The rich history of the Norwegian founders—and the Suquamish Native tribe that predated them—is portrayed in photographs and documents at the Poulsbo Historical Society in City Hall. The original character of this charming village has been lovingly protected. Downtown shops and restaurants maintain a Scandinavian theme, making it a popular international tourist destination. Also downtown, the Jewel Box Theatre entertains with a variety of productions, while tidal marine life takes center stage at the Marine Science Center. Poulsbo’s mild climate makes it an excellent, year-round boating destination. In addition to the Port of Poulsbo’s full service, 398 slip marina, there are two other marinas, as well as anchorage in the


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harbor. Homes are moderately priced, making this a popular choice with families, retirees, and everyone in between. Throughout the year residents enjoy community events like the Poulsbo 3rd of July that includes a spectacular fireworks display over Liberty Bay. POULSBO STATISTICS Population: 9,585 City Hall: 200 NE Moe St,, 98370, (360) 779-3901, www.cityofpoulsbo.com Chamber of Commerce: 19735 10th Ave NE, Ste S100, PO Box 1063, 98370, (360) 779-4848, www.poulsbochamber.com Post Office: 19240 Jensen Way NE, (800) 275-8777 Library: 700 NE Lincoln Rd, (360) 779-2915 School District: North Kitsap School Dist. No. 400, (360) 396-3000 Utilities: Gas: Cascade Natural Gas, (888) 522-1130 Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water/Sewer: City of Poulsbo Public Works, (360) 779-4078. Outside City limits—PUD No. 1, (360) 779-7656 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 201-4099 Refuse Collection: City of Poulsbo, (360) 779-4078. Outside City limits—Waste Management, (360) 674-2400 Typical Tax Rate: $12.43/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $60,897 Average Rent: $1,224 Median Prices: Homes $293,500; Condos $85,250 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=1 hr 3 mins/21 miles. Bellevue=1 hr 10 mins/ 27 miles

SILVERDALE >>> In the heart of Kitsap County, Silverdale is a thriving economic community as well as a choice place to live. Among the area’s top employers is Naval Base Kitsap. Total impacts of base sites in the County include employment of 30,784 and labor earnings of over 1.5 billion dollars. Housing is abundant and great values are to be had - a fact noted when Money named Silverdale a 2009 top 100 best small towns in America. Moving out from the central community core, homes on acreage can be found. Many apartments

are available, reflecting the needs of the area’s mobile military personnel. Silverdale’s Kitsap Mall is the largest shopping area west of Puget Sound. With 100 retail establishments it attracts shoppers from three counties. Old Towne Silverdale, located next to the popular Waterfront Park, provides an alternate choice for shoppers with its charming mix of retailers and services. Hunting, hiking, fishing, water-skiing, and boating opportunities abound here. Residents enjoy community theater, galleries, art walks and various annual events like the Thunderbird Pro Rodeo in June, Whaling Days Community Festival in July, and the Silverdale Shootout 3-on-3 basketball tournament in August. SILVERDALE STATISTICS Population: 19,490 Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center: 10315 Silverdale Way NW, Ste C01, PO Box 1218, 98383,(360) 692-6800, www.silverdalechamber.com Post Office: 10855 Silverdale Way NW, (360) 308-0301 Library: 3450 NW Carlton, (360) 692-2779 School District: Central Kitsap School Dist. No. 401, (360) 662-1610 Utilities: Gas: Cascade Natural Gas, (888) 522-1130, (800) 660-1403 Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Water: Silverdale Water Dist.,(360) 447-3500 Sewer: Kitsap County Public Works, (360) 337-5777 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111. Refuse Collection: Waste Management, (360) 674-3166 Typical Tax Rate: $13.24/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $60,176 Average Rent: $1,026 Median Prices: Homes $276,950; Condos $188,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle =1 hr 21 mins/71 miles. Bellevue=1 hr 10 mins/73 miles

VASHON ISLAND >>> A scant 15-minute ferry ride from West Seattle, Vashon Island is a place where one can get back to the land without giving up the benefits of the city. Vashon,

known for its friendly residents, scenic beauty, and peaceful, low-key lifestyle is above all, rural. Many residents commute to larger outlying cities or work from home as telecommuting fast becomes a way of life for island workers. A passion for the arts is also a way of life here. Local artists display works at various galleries, studios, and at the semiannual Arts Tour held the first two weeks of May and December. Music, drama and dance performances occur monthly and there is a local theater for film fans. The abundance of woodlands, open spaces, and a number of parks that include three public beaches combine to provide endless activities for residents and visitors. Community celebrations are popular with both as well. Downtown Vashon welcomes more than 30,000 people each July for the Strawberry Festival, featuring arts & crafts, music, parades, food, dancing, and carnival fun. A Saturday Farmers Market is held from April to October. VASHON ISLAND STATISTICS Population (Vashon/Maury Island): 10,624 Chamber of Commerce: 17141 Vashon Hwy SW, PO Box 1035, 98070, (206) 463-6217, www.vashonchamber.com King County Community Service Ctr: 19021 Vashon Hwy SW, (206) 296-4510, www. kingcounty.gov/operations/csc.aspx Post Offices: 10005 SW 178th St, (206) 4636842, 23830 Vashon Hwy SW, (206) 463-2091 Library: 17210 Vashon Hwy SW, (206) 463-2069 School District: Vashon Island School Dist. No. 402, (206) 463-2121 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773, Propane: VI Energy, (206) 463-3637, Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773, (206) 463-3688 Water: Dist. 19, (206) 463-9007 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 201-4099 Refuse Collection: Vashon Disposal, (206) 463-7770 Typical Tax Rate: $13.03/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $74,913 Average Rent: $1,038 Median Prices: Homes $410,000; Condos $110,000 Est.Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=58 mins /19 miles. Bellevue=1hr 10 mins/27 miles

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o respond to residents’ health care needs, Washington State and area counties have established various public health services. The Washington State Department of Health at www.doh.wa.gov provides helpful information regarding health related topics, as well as a provider credential search system. The Health Systems Quality Assurance Division, at (360) 236-4700, answers questions regarding complaints or claims against practitioners. The Consumer Hotline at (800) 525-0127 addresses concerns about public health issues, provides referral numbers, and directs residents to resources in their area. Local County Medical Societies also provide referral and community resource information: King County, (206) 6219396, www.kcmsociety.org. Kitsap County, (360) 689-2928, www.kcmedical.org. Pierce County, (253) 572-3667, www. pcmswa.org. Snohomish County, (206) 956-3624, www.snohomishmedical.org. The Senior Information and Assistance Program directs seniors to counseling, nutrition specialists, housing assistance, transportation help, day centers, and retirement residences. (206) 448-5757, www.seniorservices.org. Greater Seattle’s health care options also include quality dental services. The Seattle-King County Dental Society, (206) 4437607, www.skcds.org or the Washington State Dental Association, (206) 448-1914 or (800) 448-3368, www.wsda.org offer information and referrals. The following profiles are an introduction to some of the major hospitals and top multispecialty clinics found in the Greater Seattle area.

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Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics is a community based healthcare system serving the residents of North Snohomish County. Together, primary care physicians, specialists, registered nurse practitioners, and certified physician assistants provide patients with personalized care in a small clinic environment backed by a full range of health care resources at Cascade Valley Hospital, including a birthing center, laboratory, imaging services, wound care and surgery centers, a 24-hour emergency room, acute care, intensive care and more. (360) 4352133, www.cascadevalley.org.

care facilities located throughout the community and the full spectrum of specialty care available at the EvergreenHealth Medical Center campus in Kirkland. The EvergreenHealth medical staff includes nearly one thousand physicians, representing more than 75 different specialties, including heart and vascular, oncology, orthopedics, neurology, surgery, rehabilitation, women’s and children’s services and home care. For information and referrals, visit www.evergreenhealth.com or call 24-hour Nurse Navigator & Healthline at (425) 899-3000.

Franciscan Health System Franciscan Health System serves residents of Pierce, south King and south Kitsap counties. More than 12,000 employees and more than 2,300 of the region’s finest primary and specialty physicians work as a team in a variety of settings: • Harrison Medical Center (Bremerton) - Acute-care center, cardiovascular services, oncology services, critical care, inpatient and outpatient surgery, orthopedics, rehabilitation, a sleep center, and 24/7 emergency care. • Harrison Medical Center (Silverdale) - Mother/baby care, pediatrics, women’s services, outpatient surgery, rehabilitation, and 24-hour emergency care.

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• Highline Medical Center (Burien) - Cancer care, primary stroke center and cardiac care, family birth center, inpatient and outpatient surgery, obstetrics, 24- hour emergency care.

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Group Health Cooperative Patient-centered. Consumer governed. Transformative. Evidence-based medicine. These are approaches to care Group Health believes in. Group Health has expanded access to health care through a 24/7 consulting nurse service and opportunities for same-day appointments. Through information technology, Group Health is transforming the way patients and physicians interact – with secure e-mail, online prescription orders and lab results, and their award-winning website, www.ghc.org. Group Health plans provide choice options that allow you to keep your current doctor or receive care at state-of-the-art Group Health Medical Centers. Group Health is also affiliated with the best hospitals in Washington and Idaho.

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diagnostic imaging, gastrointestinal services, heart catheterization and vascular unit, outpatient cancer care center. • St. Clare Hospital (Lakewood) - Inpatient and outpatient medical/surgical services, sleep disorders center, 24-hour emergency care, orthopedic services, pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, community education, support groups.

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• St. Elizabeth Hospital (Enumclaw) - 24-hour emergency care, inpatient medical care, inpatient and outpatient surgery, diagnostic imaging, birth center, gastrointestinal procedures, cardiopulmonary therapy, physical therapy, laboratory services. • St. Francis Hospital (Federal Way) - 24-hour emergency care, inpatient and outpatient medical/surgical services, radiation oncology program, orthopedic services, birth center, weightloss surgery, Women’s Health and Breast Center, diagnostic imaging, sleep disorders center, community education, support groups. • St. Joseph Medical Center (Tacoma) - Comprehensive heart care, cancer treatment, birth center with a Level II special care nursery and Level III intensive care nursery, 24-hour emergency services, inpatient and outpatient medical/surgical care, orthopedic services, diabetes treatment, kidney dialysis center, pharmacy, mental health services, community education, support groups. • Franciscan Hospice House (University Place) – 24-hour inpatient hospice care. • Franciscan Medical Group - 100+ South Puget Sound primary and specialty care clinics. • Harrison HealthPartners – 30 primary and specialty care clinics in Kitsap County and the Olympic Peninsula. For Franciscan Health System information, facility locations, to find a doctor or more, visit www.fhshealth.org.

Part of Franciscan Health System, Harrison Medical Center is a nonprofit, acute-care medical center with locations serving Kitsap County and surrounding areas. Campuses in Bremerton and Silverdale provide advanced programs such as award-winning cardiovascular services, nationally recognized cancer care, surgical services including daVinci® robotic-assisted surgery, orthopaedics, adult and pediatric rehabilitation, women’s and children’s care, Sleep Disorders Center, and a Level III Trauma Center. Port Orchard and Belfair locations provide urgent care, primary care, outpatient imaging, and laboratory services. Outpatient cancer care treatments and complementary therapies are offered in Poulsbo. Primary care services are available in Forks. 866-844-WELL or www.harrisonmedical.org.

Island Hospital West Skagit County, North Whidbey, and the San Juan Island residents have relied on Island Hospital for their healthcare needs since 1962. Staffed by nearly 200 physicians and healthcare providers, Island Hospital’s quality and range of services belies its size. With 43 beds, Island is the state’s smallest hospital providing Level III Trauma Care. Other services include cancer care, diagnostic imaging, in- and out-patient surgery, birth center, acute/critical care, respiratory care, home healthcare, sleep wellness, wound care and more. Island also operates seven primary-care and six specialty clinics. Call (360) 299-1300 or visit www.islandhospital.org for information.

Minor & James In 1959 a group of the most respected physicians in Seattle joined forces to create a clinic driven by innovation and experience and guided by intelligent, compassionate patient care. Minor & James was established and today it has grown to comprise nearly 80 top-notch specialists and internists, many of whom consistently rank as best or outstanding in their field by their peers. Minor & James offers multiple Puget Sound locations and as a Swedish Health Partner, their patients enjoy 2014-15 • GREATER SEAT TLE INFOGUIDE

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You’d travel anywhere to heal his heart. Fortunately, you don’t have to go far. When a child has a heart ailment, parents want the best treatment available. Happily, the best is close by. Seattle Children’s Heart Center is internationally known for treating children and young adults—with top rankings in national surveys. Whether treating a minor heart murmur or performing a complicated heart transplant, skilled doctors, nurses and staff are dedicated to healing patients and comforting families. Our cardiologists can even identify heart defects in unborn babies and develop prenatal treatment plans. Our Heart Center provides care for patients in Alaska, Washington, Idaho and Montana—without having to come to Seattle. To learn more, visit seattlechildrens.org/heart.

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accessible physicians, backed by the strength of Swedish. For information visit www.minorandjames.com or call the main clinic, (206) 386-9500.

MultiCare Health System

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A not-for-profit organization based in Tacoma since 1882, MultiCare has grown over the years in response to community need. Today this leading-edge, integrated health organization is made up of five hospitals, numerous, primary and urgent care clinics, multi-specialty centers, and many other services including Hospice and Home Health. • MultiCare Allenmore Hospital (Tacoma) – Advanced medical technology and comprehensive health care in a community hospital setting. Offering quality care in areas including general surgery and orthopedics. • MultiCare Auburn Medical Center – Specialty care, emergency services, cancer/oncology, cardiology, mental health, orthopedics, women’s services and more. • MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital (Puyallup) – Comprehensive services include Family Birth Center, Children’s Therapy Unit, emergency care and rehabilitation program. • MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital (Tacoma) - Mary Bridge specialists offer expert inpatient pediatric care 24 hours a day. Services include hematology and oncology, level II Pediatric Trauma Center, pediatric heart center, developmental services and care, and surgical care center. • MultiCare General Hospital (Tacoma) – A center of excellence for many medical specialties including cancer care, cardiology, obstetrics and neurology. To learn more about MultiCare, visit www.multicare.org or call 800-342-9919.

Overlake Medical Center Overlake Medical Center is a 349-bed, nonprofit regional medical center offering a comprehensive range of services including cardiac care, cancer care, general and specialty surgery, women’s programs, senior care and Level III trauma service. Overlake also has adult and family medicine clinics in Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah and Kirkland, as well as urgent care clinics in Issaquah and Redmond. Overlake’s primary care clinics offer same day appointments. Overlake has received regional and national awards for their exceptional and innovative patient care. For information, call (425) 688-5000 or visit www.overlakehospital.org.

The Polyclinic The Polyclinic is one of the leading multi-specialty clinics in the Seattle area and one of the few that is physician-owned and led. It offers patients a broad range of services, from primary care to specialty care to outpatient surgery, at a dozen locations in the Puget Sound region. Onsite services at several clinics including

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laboratory, pharmacy and medical imaging make health care visits more convenient. Since 1917, The Polyclinic has attracted highly respected physicians in dozens of medical specialties; all are board-certified and all share the philosophy of putting patients above all else. To learn more visit www.polyclinic.com or call (206) 329-1777.

Providence Northwest Washington Providence Northwest Washington includes Providence Regional Medical Center and Providence Medical Group. Providence Regional Medical Center is a Level II Trauma Center and a tertiary referral center serving five counties with comprehensive, not-for-profit, mission-based health care. In addition to its award-winning cardiac services, critical care and vascular care, Providence Regional Medical Center also offers general medical and surgical care, and specialized treatment in areas such as oncology, newborn intensive care, orthopedics, neurosurgery, trauma, and pediatrics. Providence Medical Group is a multi-specialty and primary care physician group with over 130 providers in 13 clinic locations throughout Snohomish County. Visit www.providence.org. 2014-15 • GREATER SEAT TLE INFOGUIDE

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Seattle Children’s Seattle Children’s delivers superior patient care, advances new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s is comprised of Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. Children’s is also the primary clinical, research and teaching site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. For more information visit www.seattlechildrens.org or call (206) 987-2000.

Skagit Regional Health Skagit Regional Health is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of people in Skagit, Island and North Snohomish counties. The 137-bed hospital in Mount Vernon provides surgery, orthopedics, advanced diagnostics, heart care including state of the art cardiac catheterization, well-appointed Family Birth Center, a Level III Emergency and Trauma Center and private patient rooms. A comprehensive Cancer Care Center is located on the Mount Vernon campus with a satellite clinic in Arlington. A network of 10 Skagit Regional Clinics offers a wide range of medical specialties. For information, call (360) 424-4111 or visit www. skagitvalleyhospital.org.

Swedish Medical Center Swedish has grown over the last 104 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in Greater Seattle. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout Greater Puget Sound. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is also a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. Visit www.swedish.org or www. swedishcares.org.

UW Medicine This nationally recognized health-care system provides the most complete patient care, scientific research, and physician training in the Pacific Northwest. It includes Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics, UW School of Medicine, UW Physicians, and Airlift Northwest. • Harborview Medical Center is the only Level I adult and pediatric trauma and regional burn center serving Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Recognized for excellence in 84

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community service and outreach in health care, in 2012 Harborview provided more than $210 million in charity care. • Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, nonprofit community hospital offering personalized, technologically advanced medical, surgical and therapeutic services. Its staff of health-care professionals promotes wellness through early detection and prevention, minimally invasive interventions and innovative clinical practices. In 2014, HealthGrades awarded Northwest Hospital with Excellence Awards in both a Neurosciences and Stroke Care. • Valley Medical Center (VMC) is a 303-bed acute care hospital and network of primary care, specialty care and urgent care clinics committed to providing safe, high-quality, compassionate care for residents of South King County. VMC, the largest nonprofit healthcare provider between Seattle and Tacoma, attracts world-class clinicians through state-of-theart facilities and technology. • University of Washington Medical Center ranked best in the region and in Washington State in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 America’s Best Hospitals. UW Medical Center ranked #1 out of 36 hospitals in the Seattle metropolitan area and more than 100 hospitals in the state. UW Medical Center was the country’s first medical center to achieve Magnet Hospital certification, the highest honor awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. It is also a leader in solid organ and stem cell transplantation, Regional Heart Center care and high-risk neonatal care. • UW Neighborhood Clinics is a network of primary care clinics with nine neighborhood locations throughout the Puget Sound. A complete spectrum of primary care services, from pediatrics to geriatrics, as well as ancillary services, including on-site laboratory and X-ray facilities and nutrition services are offered. • Airlift Northwest, an air medical transport program founded by a consortium of area hospitals, has provided air medical transport for more than 80,000 patients since 1982. For UW Medicine information, visit www.uwmedicine.org.

Valley General Hospital Located near the intersection of US 2 and SR 522 in Monroe, Valley General Hospital provides quality health care with respect, sensitivity and compassion. Hospital services include an emergency department, surgical services, critical care, in- and out-patient care, wound healing center with hyperbaric chambers, and adult chemical dependency services. Valley General’s 24/7 hospitalists, physical therapy, and imaging services provide the most up-to-date technology. As a new affiliate of EvergreenHealth, Valley General gives Snohomish County residents more choice and access to services. For referrals or community health and safety class information, call (360) 794-1411. For other information call (360) 794-7497.


Rahul A. Desai Urologist Seattle Children’s ranks among the nation’s best children’s hospitals

Board Certified American Board of Urology Dr. Desai is accepting new patients and provides medical and surgical treatment for patients with a wide range of disorders and conditions of the urinary tract including: • Urologic Stones • Enlarged Prostate • Prostate Cancer

• Male Incontinence • Erectile Dysfunction • Kidney Cancer

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Childcare

Home Alone? By Laura Davis, College Nannies + Tutors any of us remember the movie featuring Macaulay Culkin outwitting the burglars in the ‘90’s hit movie Home Alone! My 8 and 10 year olds roar with laughter and I see their imagination running wild with visions of similar escapades should I accidentally board a plane for a family vacation without them. Intriguing, but not likely! I admit I do have my own visions of a trip to Target without them sneaking items in the cart, or 60 minutes alone at Starbucks. As Owner of College Nannies + Tutors, I am fortunate to have access to hourly childcare when needed. However, all parents face the decision of when to consider leaving a child home alone. Washington State does not specify at what age a child can be left home alone. In general, children under 10 should not be left on their own, and babies and younger children should not be left alone even for a few minutes. National organizations and experts offer the following age guidelines:

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homework, organizing and taking children on outings/adventures, and providing rides to and from daily activities. Nanny agencies can vary in the services they offer. Care options range from full and part time, to on-call, summer, and after school care. Remember, the IRS considers a nanny that cares for your children in your home an employee. If you do not want the responsibilities required of an employer, consider a Nanny agency that takes care of those details. Always work with a reputable nanny agency whose caregivers are trained, background and reference checked. A nanny, hired from a well-established and professional service, may be the perfect solution to your childcare needs. About the Author: Laura Davis is the Owner of 11 College Nannies + Tutors locations. Operating in the King County area since 2009, College Nannies is the nation’s largest employer of nannies for infants through early teens. College Nannies + Tutors provides Hourly Nanny Service and Professional Sitting Services from trained, background and reference checked, and fun caregivers. www.collegenanniesandtutors.com

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Should not be left alone for any period of time. This may include leaving children unattended in cars, playgrounds, and backyards. The determining consideration would be the dangers in the environment and the ability of the caretaker to intervene. Should not be left alone for more than 1 hour and only during daylight hours, and not with younger children in the home May be left alone for up to 3 hours but not late at night or in circumstances requiring inappropriate responsibility. Younger siblings in home over the age of 8 is a consideration. May be left unsupervised, but not overnight; possibly with a younger sibling over the age of 11. May be left unsupervised, and possibly overnight. Never overnight with younger siblings.

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Childcare

Median Rates For Monthly Childcare Childcare Centers:

The Childcare Search

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oving to a new area always has its challenges. Some are easily resolved, while others take a bit more thought, time, and research. For parents, choosing childcare is a major (and often stress inducing)

decision. According to the experts, knowledge is the key—the more you know, the more confidence you’ll have in your decision. Interview multiple providers, make on-site visits, and ask plenty of questions. Don’t be shy or intimidated. Your child is your utmost concern and any good provider will understand that motivation. The Greater Seattle area has abundant resources for families seeking childcare, as well as quality childcare options.

County

King Kitsap Pierce Skagit

Infant

Toddler Pre-School *School Age

(1 - 2.5 yrs)

$1,313 $1,131 $953 $802 $769 $661 $888 $750 $678 $858 $722 $615

Snohomish $1,107 $901 $780

(6yrs+) $542 $390 $442 $498 $514

Family Daycare: County

King Kitsap Pierce Skagit

Infant

Toddler Pre-School *School Age

(1 - 2.5 yrs)

$867 $867 $702 $650 $650 $585 $702 $650 $607 $752 $706 $607

Snohomish $823 $780 $693

(6yrs+) $390 $390 $433 $347 $433

*based on the rates for school-age children (no kindergarten) during the school year for providers using an hourly rate/20 hour week schedule. Provider Discounts for multiple children from the same family are not included. Source: 2013 Annual Data Report, ChildCare Aware® of Washington

Nanny Costs In Greater Seattle

Full-time Nanny Live-in Nanny Part time Nanny Temporary Nanny

$2,600 - $3,500 per month (d.o.e.) Based on 40 to 50 hours a week $1,700 - $2,500 per month (d.o.e.) plus room and board $17 - $20 per hour $16 - $18

Childcare Resources Childcare providers’ licensing history in Washington: Department of Early Learning (866) 48-CHECK www.del.wa.gov/lccis Statewide childcare information and referral service: ChildCare Aware of Washington (800) 446-1114 http://wa.childcareaware.org County Childcare Resources and Referrals www.childcare.org In Seattle/North King County, Redmond/East King County, and Kent/South King County (206) 329-5544 or 1-877-512-3948 Pierce County - (253) 591-5471 Snohomish County - (360) 734-8396 x 227 King County After School/Summer Programs (ages 5-18): www.afterschoollearning.org Nanny Information: International Nanny Association in Washington www.nanny.org Association of Premier Nanny Agencies www.theapna.org Magazines Geared to Parents in Puget Sound: Seattle’s Child (206) 441-0191, www.seattleschild.com Parent Map (206) 709-9026, www.parentmap.com

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Transportation

Transportation Options CHECK AHEAD Check traffic, road and weather conditions on-line before leaving home. Seattle: www.seattle.gov/trafficcams or for real time travel information, http://web5.seattle.gov/travelers. For downtown Seattle Parking updates, www.downtownseattleparking. com Bellevue: www.bellevuewa.gov/trafficmap. Other King County cities: http://gismaps.kingcounty.gov/MyCommute. State highways: www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic. WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES Our state has the largest ferry system in the U.S. and the fourth largest in the world. Seattle’s downtown Pier 52 terminal has daily scheduled departures for Bainbridge Island and Bremerton. A passengeronly ferry connects Seattle’s Pier 50 with Vashon Island. The Fauntleroy terminal in West Seattle has sailings to Vashon Island, as well as Southworth on the Kitsap Peninsula. Tacoma’s Point Defiance Terminal connects to the south end of Vashon Island (Tahlequah). Ferries also run from Edmonds to Kingston on the Kitsap Peninsula, and from Mukilteo to Whidbey Island (Clinton). Sailings to the San Juan Islands and Sidney (Victoria) BC depart from Anacortes. (206) 464-6400, www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries. GETTING AROUND WITHOUT A CAR Transportation options abound in this region! Sound Transit, a regional public transit agency delivers a mix of rail, bus routes, and new transit facilities to urban King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. Sound Transit’s popular commuter rail line, Sounder, travels between Lakewood and Seattle (making stops in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent and Tukwila) and between Everett and Seattle (stopping in Mukilteo and Edmonds.) Sound Transit’s new light rail line currently runs from the Airport to downtown Seattle and by 2016 will extend to the University of Washington. Local and commuter express bus service is provided by Metro Transit in King County, Pierce Transit in Pierce County, Community Transit in Snohomish County, Skagit Transit in Skagit County and Kitsap Transit in Kitsap County. Everett Transit provides direct and frequent service throughout Everett. For help planning a bus trip within King, Pierce, or Snohomish Counties: (206) 553-3000, http://triplanner.kingcounty.gov. For another alternative, try a King County Water Taxi. These two passenger-only ferries connect both West Seattle and Vashon Island to downtown Seattle. The West Seattle route sails out of pier 50 in downtown Seattle and Seacrest Dock in West Seattle. The second route runs weekdays only between pier 50 and the Vashon Ferry Terminal. (206) 684-1551, www.kingcounty.gov/watertaxi. 88

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Other fun ways to travel in downtown Seattle include the Seattle Center Monorail and the South Lake Union Streetcar. The Monorail provides daily service between Seattle Center and Westlake Center. Trains depart for the 2-minute ride every 10 minutes. (206) 905-2620, www.seattlemonorail.com. For service between downtown and South Lake Union, hop aboard a streetcar. (206) 553-3000, www. seattlestreetcar.org. The First Hill Streetcar, to debut in mid-2014 will serve Capitol Hill, First Hill and the International District. BICYCLING Seattle consistently rates among the nation’s top spots for bicycling and an impressive 4 percent of its residents commute by bike. Transit buses are equipped with bike racks, and bike lockers are available at many transit centers and park & ride lots. The Bicycle Alliance of Washington provides support for bicycle commuters with maps & information, (206) 224-9252, http:// wabikes.org. Greater Seattle has miles of bike trails, on-street lanes, and signed bike routes to accommodate both commuter and recreational bicyclists. For bike maps and information: In Seattle, (206) 684-7583, www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikeprogram.htm. In King County, (206) 477-3630, www. kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/roads/bicycling. Helmets are mandatory in King and most other local counties. OTHER OPTIONS Rental cars, limos, shuttle services, and taxis are all readily available. Seattle taximeter rates run $2.50 for the drop charge with distance charges of $2.70 per mile. A special $40 flat rate applies for rides from the downtown hotel district to SeaTac airport. Link Light Rail also travels from downtown to SeaTac. (One way: $2.75) www.soundtransit.org. For ground travel out of Seattle, trains and commercial bus service are options. Amtrak runs out of the historic King Street Station at 303 S. Jackson St., (800)-USA-RAIL, www.amtrak.com. The Greyhound Bus Station relocated in 2014 to 1200 5th Avenue S., (206) 628-5526, www.greyhound.com.

Transit Information Community Transit Everett Transit King County Metro Kitsap Transit Pierce Transit Skagit Transit Sound Transit

commtrans.org (800) 562-1375 everettwa.org/transit (425) 257-7777 metro.kingcounty.gov (800) 542-7876 www.kitsaptransit.org (800) 501-RIDE www.piercetransit.org (800) 562-8109 www.skagittransit.org (877) 584-7528 www.soundtransit.org (800) 201-4900


Education

Education Choices

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rom preschool to PhD’s and everything in between, the Puget Sound area is filled with high quality educational opportunities and options.

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Nearly 34% of Seattle’s adult population has received a bachelor degree, while 23% have graduate or professional degrees. When it comes to higher education, Washington State is well represented with 6 public four-year colleges and universities, 34 public community and technical colleges, and over 300 independent colleges, universities and career schools. Many of these institutions rank among the Nation’s finest, attracting students from all over the country and the world. HOME SCHOOLING Washington State allows home-based instruction, but requires certain conditions to be met. Parents interested in this option should familiarize themselves with the “Pink Book” which contains all of the laws regulating home schooling. Contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for more information. Home schooled students are eligible to participate on a part-time basis in taking classes, joining activities, and receiving services offered by the public school system. PRIVATE SCHOOLS Of the over 500 private, religious, and independent schools in Washington, 75% are located west of the Cascades. They educate over 80% of the state’s private school students. Private Schools must be approved by the State Board of Education and meet minimum standards of health, safety and education. PUBLIC SCHOOLS Serving students from kindergarten through 12th grade, public schools offer

a broad range of programs and enrichment activities. Whether a school is traditional or offers an alternative learning style, the focus is still the same—to promote student achievement and academic excellence. Most districts offer enrollment services to help relocating families with the registration process. Check with your district website or call their office directly for assistance. Parents who wish to visit schools before registering their children should call the school office to make arrangements.

a wide range of fields. The level of education required depends on the career choice and can vary from a high school program certificate to two and four year college degrees. These programs help students build the foundation of basic academic, life, leadership, and employment skills. Various high schools, skill centers, community colleges, technical institutes, private vocational schools, and two and four year colleges and universities offer career and tech-ed opportunities.

VOCATIONAL/TECHNICAL EDUCATION This education option can prepare students for a number of different careers in

For more information about educational options in Washington, visit www.k12.wa.us.

You’ve changed your location. Now change your direction. Graduate Programs at Seattle Pacific University Seattle Pacific University offers 39 graduate programs. Whether you want to change careers, or gain additional knowledge and training in your current field, SPU’s graduate programs can meet your educational needs.

Choose from programs in: Business (MBA, MS-ISM, MAM) Creative Writing (MFA) Education (MEd, MAT, EdD, PhD) Nursing (MSN) Psychology (MA-I/OP, MS-MFT, PhD) TESOL (MA) Theology (MA, MDiv) For more information, visit spu.edu/graduate. Or call 800-601-0603.

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Education

Public School Districts District Name

Address

Phone

Anacortes School District No. 103

2200 M Avenue, Anacortes 98221

(360) 293-1200

Arlington Public Schools

315 N. French Ave, Arlington 98223

(360) 618-6200

Auburn School District No. 408

915 4th Street NE, Auburn 98002

(253) 931-4900

Bainbridge Island School District No. 303

8489 Madison Ave NE, Bainbridge Island 98110

(206) 842-4714

Bellevue School District No. 405

12111 NE 1st St, Bellevue 98005

(425) 456-4000

Bremerton School District No. 100-C

134 Marion Ave. N, Bremerton 98312

(360) 473-1000

Burlington-Edison School District No. 100

927 E. Fairhaven Ave, Burlington 98233

(360) 757-3311

Central Kitsap School District No. 401

9210 Silverdale Way NW, PO Box 8, Silverdale 98383

(360) 662-1610

Cle Eluam-Roslyn School District No. 404

2690 SR 903, Cle Elum 98922

(509) 649-4850

Conway School District No. 317

19710 SR 534, Mount Vernon 98274

(360) 445-5785

Edmonds School District No. 15

20420 68th Ave W, Lynnwood 98036

(425) 431-7000

Enumclaw School District No. 216

2929 McDougall Ave, Enumclaw 98022

(360) 802-7100

Everett Public Schools

3900 Broadway, Everett 98201

(425) 385-4000

Federal Way School District No. 210

33330 8th Ave, S, Federal Way 98003

(253) 945-2000

Fife School District No. 417

5802 20th Street E, Tacoma 98424

(253) 517-1000

Franklin Pierce School District No. 402

315 129th Street S, Tacoma 98444

(253) 298-3000

Highline Public Schools

15675 Ambaum Blvd SW, Burien 98166

(206) 631-3000

Issaquah School District No. 411

565 NW Holly Street, Issaquah 98027

(425) 837-7000

Kent School District No. 415

12033 SE 256th Street, Kent 98030

(253) 373-7000

Lake Stevens School District No. 4

12309 22nd St. NE, Lake Stevens 98258

(425) 335-1500

Lake Washington School District No. 414

16250 NE 74th St, PO Box 97039, Redmond 98073

(425) 936-1200

Marysville School District No. 25

4220 80th St. NE, Marysville 98270

(360) 653-7058

Mercer Island School District No. 400

4160 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island 98040

(206) 236-3330

Monroe Public Schools

200 E Fremont St., Monroe 98272

(360) 804-2500

Mount Vernon School District No. 320

124 E Lawrence St., Mount Vernon 98273

(360) 428-6110

Mukilteo School District No. 6

9401 Sharon Drive, Everett 98204

(425) 356-1274

North Kitsap School District No. 400

18360 Caldart Avenue, Poulsbo 98370

(360) 396-3000

Northshore School District No. 417

3330 Monte Villa Pkwy, Bothell 98021

(425) 408-6000

Peninsula School District No. 401

14015 62nd Ave NW, Gig Harbor 98332

(253) 530-1000

Puyallup School District No. 3

302 2nd St SE, Puyallup 98372

(253) 841-1301

Renton School District No. 403

Kohlwes Education Ctr., 300 SW 7th St, Renton 98057

(425) 204-2300

Riverview School District No. 407

15510 1st Ave NE, Duvall 98019

(425) 844-4500

Seattle Public Schools

2445 3rd Ave S, Seattle 98134, PO Box 34165, Seattle 98124

(206) 252-0000

Shoreline School District No. 412

18560 First Ave NE, Shoreline 98155

(206) 393-6111

Snohomish School District No. 201

1601 Ave D, Snohomish 98290

(360) 563-7300

Snoqualmie Valley School District No. 410

8001 Silva Ave SE, PO Box 400, Snoqualmie 98065

(425) 831-8000

South Kitsap School District No. 402

2689 Hoover Ave SE, Port Orchard 98366

(360) 874-7000

Tacoma School District No. 10

601 S 8th St, Tacoma 98405, PO Box 1357, Tacoma 98401

(253) 571-1000

Tahoma School District No. 409

25720 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Rd SE, Maple Valley 98038

(425) 413-3400

Tukwila School District No. 406

4640 S 144th Street, Tukwila 98168

(206) 901-8000

Vashon Island School District No. 402

9309 Cemetery Rd SW, PO Box 547, Vashon Island 98070

(206) 463-2121

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Education THE CHART BELOW contains information about the school districts around the Puget Sound area. Reading, Math, and Writing scores are based on the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) 7th grade scores and reflect the percentage of students that met or exceeded state standards. The 2012/2013 state average for 7th grade scores is 68.8.3% for reading, 63.8% for math and 71.1% for writing. Visit www.k12.wa.us for additional data, reports, and information.

Website

Reading/Math/ Writing Scores

Enrollment (10/1/2013)

www.asd103.org

81.3%/72.5.%/79.4% 2,709

Anacortes

www.asd.wednet.edu

73.1%/61.6%/79.6% 5,489

Arlington

www.auburn.wednet.edu

65.2%/54.0%/65.7%

14,721

Auburn, Algona, Pacific

www.bisd303.org

91.0%/89.0%/94.5%

3,889

Bainbridge Island

www.bsd405.org

84.1%/83.2%/85.7%

19,017

Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Clyde Hill, Hunts Pt.

www.bremertonschools.org

62.3%/61.2%/63.4%

4,870

Bremerton

www.be.wednet.edu

64.6%/63.8%/70.8%

3,758

Burlington, Edison

www.cksd.wednet.edu

68.2%/68.5%/68.5%

11,423

Silverdale

www.cersd.org

80.8%/57.5%/65.8%

924

Cle Elum, Roslyn, Ronald

www.conway.k12.wa.us

76.4%/76.4%/76.4%

448

Mount Vernon

www.edmonds.wednet.edu

73.7%/69.4%/74.0%

20,728

Edmonds, Lynnwood, Brier, Mountlake Terr.

www.enumclaw.wednet.edu

68.0%/75.5%/65.2%

4,520

Black Diamond, Enumclaw

www.everettsd.org

79.6%/69.3%/83.8%

18,930

Everett, Mill Creek

www.fwps.org

64.3%/56.7%/67.9%

22,221

Federal Way, Des Moines, Auburn, Kent

www.fifeschools.com

61.4%/61.7%/67.2%

3,583

Fife, Milton, Edgewood

www.fpschools.org

67.7%/57.0%/75.7% 7,481

Tacoma

www.highlineschools.org

58.1%/57.1%/53.6%

18,372

Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Pk, SeaTac

www.issaquah.wednet.edu

86.0%/87.3%/87.9%

18,415

Issaquah, Newcastle, Preston, Sammamish

www.kent.k12.wa.us

67.8%/66.7%/69.0%

27,539

Kent, Covington, Auburn, Black Diamond

www.lkstevens.wednet.edu

75.4%/75.8%/73.4%

8,189

Lake Stevens

www.lwsd.org

84.1%/84.3%/87.4%

25,037

Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish

www.msvl.k12.wa.us

62.1%/47.1%/56.2%

11,555

Marysville

www.mercerislandschools.org

90.0%/88.8%/94.3%

4,333

Mercer Island

www.monroe.wednet.edu

74.8%/64.1%/69.8%

6,994

Monroe, Maltby

www.mountvernonschools.org

59.6%/49.8%/68.4%

6,402

Mount Vernon, Conway

www.mukilteo.wednet.edu

73.1%/68.7%/76.8%

14,887

Everett, Mukilteo

www.nkschools.org

74.7%/71.5%/77.2%

6,449

Kingston, Poulsbo, Hansville

www.nsd.org

79.2%/81.0%/83.9%

20,323

Bothell, Brier, Kenmore, Woodinville

www.peninsula.wednet.edu

81.0%/74.5%/79.2%

9,149

Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula

www.puyallup.k12.wa.us

73.4%/67.6%/75.7%

20,853

Puyallup

www.rentonschools.us

66.0%/57.1%/70.3%

14,970

Renton, Newcastle, Bellevue, Kent, Tukwila

www.riverview.wednet.edu

77.1%/74.5%/76.4%

3,305

Carnation, Duvall

www.seattleschools.org

74.3%/71.6%/77.9% 50,648

Seattle

www.shorelineschools.org

82.8%/77.9%/84.1%

8,837

Lake Forest Park, Shoreline

www.sno.wednet.edu

70.0%/57.3%/69.7%

10,008

Snohomish, Clearview, Machias

www.svsd410.org

85.3%/84.1%/92.5%

6,358

North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City

www.skitsap.wednet.edu

70.3%/61.3%/71.2%

9,559

Port Orchard, Olalla, Manchester

www.tacoma.k12.wa.us

57.2%/51.8%/55.5%

29,035

Tacoma

www.tahomasd.us

84.1%/74.0%/86.6%

7,756

Maple Valley

www.tukwila.wednet.edu

45.4%/38.8%/51.4%

2,950

Tukwila

www.vashonsd.org

79.3%76.0%/79.3%

1,525

Vashon Island

Communities Served

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Education

Private Schools Name Address

Phone

Annie Wright Schools Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School Auburn Adventist Academy Bellarmine Preparatory School Bellevue Christian School (5 campuses) Bertschi School Bishop Blanchet High School Brighton School Buena Vista Seventh-Day Adventist School Bush School (The) Cedar Park Christian Schools (5 campuses) Charles Wright Academy Christ the King School Christian Faith School Chrysalis School (2 campuses) Concordia Lutheran School (two locations) Eastside Catholic School Eastside Christian School Eastside Montessori School Eton School Evergreen Academy (4 campuses) Evergreen Lutheran High School Evergreen School (The) Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart Grace Academy Heritage Christian Academy Holy Names Academy Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle Kennedy Catholic High School King’s Schools Lakeside School (2 campuses) Life Christian Academy Meridian School Northwest School (The) Northwest Yeshiva High School O’Dea High School Overlake School (The) Pacific Crest School Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences Seattle Country Day School Seattle Lutheran High School Seattle Preparatory School South Sound Christian Schools (2 campuses) St. Thomas School University Child Development School University Prep Yellow Wood Academy

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827 N Tacoma Ave, Tacoma 98403 12911 39th Ave SE, Everett 98208 5000 Auburn Way S, Auburn 98092 2300 S Washington, Tacoma 98405 District Office: 1601 98th Ave NE, Clyde Hill 98004 2227 10th Ave E, Seattle 98102 8200 Wallingford Ave N, Seattle 98103 6717 212th St SW, Lynnwood 98036 3320 Academy Drive SE, Auburn 98092 3400 E Harrison St, Seattle 98112 16300 112th Ave NE, Bothell 98011 7723 Chambers Creek Rd W, Tacoma 98467 415 N 117th St, Seattle 98133 33645 20th Ave S, Federal Way 98003 18710 142nd Ave NE, Woodinville 98072 7040 36th Ave NE, Seattle 98115 232 228th Ave SE, Sammamish 98074 14615 SE 22nd St, Bellevue 98007 1934 108th Ave E., Bellevue 98004 2701 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue 98008 16017 118th Pl NE, Bothell 98011 7306 Waller Road E,Tacoma 98443 15201 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline 98133 4800 139th Ave SE, Bellevue 98006 8521 67th Ave NE, Marysville, 98270 19527 104th Ave NE, Bothell 98011 728 21st Ave E, Seattle 98112 15749 NE 4th St, Bellevue 98008 140 S 140th St, Burien 98168 19303 Fremont Ave N, Seattle 98133 14050 1st Ave NE, Seattle 98125 1717 S Union Ave, Tacoma 98405 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Ste 242, Seattle 98103 1415 Summit Ave, Seattle 98122 5017 90th Ave SE, Mercer Island 98040 802 Terry Ave, Seattle 98104 20301 NE 108th St, Redmond 98053 600 NW Bright St, Seattle 98107 1201 E Union St, Seattle 98122 2619 4th Ave N, Seattle 98109 4100 SW Genesee St, Seattle 98116 2400 11th Ave E, Seattle 98102 Tacoma Campus: 2052 S 64th St, Tacoma 98409 8300 NE 12th St, Medina, 98039 5062 9th Ave NE, Seattle 98105 8000 25th Ave NE, Seattle 98115 9655 SE 36th St, Ste 101, Mercer Island 98040

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Education THE GREATER SEATTLE AREA is home to hundreds of private and parochial preschools, primary, secondary and special schools. The chart below contains information about just a few of these schools. Please contact them directly for more detailed information on curriculum, national test scores and specific educational needs. For a directory of private schools approved by the state, contact the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Private Education, Old Capitol Building, 600 Washington St. SE, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200, (360) 725-6433 or visit www.k12.wa.us/PrivateEd/.

Website

Director

Grade Range

Enrollment

www.aw.org www.am-hs.org www.auburnacademy.org www.bellarmineprep.org www.bellevuechristian.org www.bertschi.org www.bishopblanchet.org www.brightonschool.com www.buenavista22.adventistschoolconnect.org www.bush.edu www.cpcsschools.com www.charleswright.org www.ckseattle.org www.christianfaithschool.com www.chrysalis-school.com www.concordiaseattle.com www.eastsidecatholic.org http://www.ecswa.org www.eastsidemontessori.net www.etonschool.org www.evergreenacademy.com www.elhs.org www.evergreenschool.org www.forestridge.org www.graceacademy.net www.hcabothell.org www.holynames-sea.org www.jds.org www.kennedyhs.org www.kingsschools.org www.lakesideschool.org www.wherelifehappens.org www.meridianschool.edu www.northwestschool.org www.nyhs.net www.odea.org www.overlake.org www.pacificcrest.org www.seattleacademy.org www.seattlecountryday.org www.seattlelutheran.org www.seaprep.org www.southsoundchristian.org www.stthomasschool.org www.ucds.org www.universityprep.org www.yellowwoodacademy.org

Christian Sullivan, Head of School Steven Schmutz, Principal Pastor Tom Decker, Principal Christopher J. Gavin, Principal Ron Taylor, Superintendent Brigitte Bertschi, Head of School Sheila Kries, Principal David Locke, Principal Ron Trautwein, Principal Frank E. Magusin, Head of School Dr. Clinton Behrends, Superintendent Robert A. Camner, Headmaster Joan Cecchini, Interim Principal Tom Puddy, Head Principal Karen L. Fogle, Director Jodie Laing, Principal Polly Skinner, Principal Mark W. Migliore, Principal Christine First, Director Dr. Russell Smith, Head of School Theresa Chase, Principal Rev. Nathan Seiltz, Principal Ronnie Codrington-Cazeau, Head of School Mark Pierotti, Head of School Timothy J. Lugg, Administrator Esther Walla, Principal Elizabeth A. Swift, Principal Mike Downs, Interim Head of School Mike Prato, Principal Eric Rasmussen, Superintendent Bernie Noe, Head of School Ross Hjelseth, Headmaster Jack Shea, Head of School Mike McGill, Head of School Rabbi Bernie Fox, Head of School James Walker, Principal Matthew P. Horvat, Head of School Rhonda Holbrook Hoffman, Director Joe Puggelli, Director Michael Murphy, Head of School Dave Meyer, Executive Director Kent Hickey, President Debbie Schindler, Superintendent Dr. Kirk Wheeler, Head of School Paula Smith, Head of School Erica Hamlin, Head of School Ruth Hayes-Short, Executive Director

preschool–12 9–12 9–12 9–12 preschool–12 preK-5 9–12 preschool–8 K–8 K–12 preschool–12 preK–12 preschool-8 preK–12 K–12 preschool–8 6-12 preschool–8 PreK-6 preK–8 preschool–6 9–12 preschool–8 5–12 preK-12 preschool–9 9–12 preschool–8 9–12 preschool–12 5–12 preschool–12 K–5 6–12 9–12 9–12 5–12 preK–8 6–12 K–8 9–12 9–12 preK–12 preschool–8 preschool-5 6–12 K-12

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Colleges, Universities & Trade Schools Name

Address

Phone Website

Antioch University Seattle

2326 Sixth Ave, Seattle 98121

(206) 441-5352 www.antiochseattle.edu

Argosy University

2601-A Elliott Ave, Seattle 98121

(206) 283-4500 www.argosy.edu/seattle

Art Institute of Seattle (The)

2323 Elliott Ave, Seattle 98121

(206) 448-6600 www.artinstitutes.edu/seattle

Bastyr University

14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore 98028

(425) 602-3000 www.bastyr.edu

Bates Technical College (3 campuses)

main campus: 1101 S. Yakima Ave, Tacoma 98405 (253) 680-7000 www.bates.ctc.edu

Bellevue Community College

3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue 98007

(425) 564-1000 www.bellevuecollege.edu

Cascadia Community College

18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell 98011

(425) 352-8000 www.cascadia.edu

Central Washington University at Lynnwood

20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood 98036

(425) 640-1574 www.cwu.edu/lynnwood

City University (12 WA locations)

Headquarters, 521 Wall St, Ste 100, Seattle 98121 (206) 239-4500 www.cityu.edu

Clover Park Technical College (2 WA locations) 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood 98499

(253) 589-5800 www.cptc.edu

Columbia College (2 WA locations)

13910 45th Ave. NE, Ste. 802, Marysville 98271

(425) 304-4480 www.ccis.edu

Cornish College of the Arts

1000 Lenora St, Seattle 98121

(206) 726-5151

DeVry University (3 WA locations)

600 108th Ave NE, Ste 150, Bellevue 98004

(425) 455-2242 www.devry.edu

DigiPen Institute of Technology

9931 Willows Rd NE, Redmond 98052

(425) 558-0299 www.digipen.edu

Eastern Washington University at Bellevue

3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue 98007

(425) 564-5100 http://outreach.ewu.edu

Edmonds Community College

20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood 98036

(425) 640-1459 www.edcc.edu

Evergreen State College (The)

2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW, Olympia 98505

(360) 867-6000 www.evergreen.edu

Everett Community College

2000 Tower St, Everett 98201

(425) 388-9100 www.everettcc.edu

Green River Community College (4 campuses) main campus: 12401 SE 320th St, Auburn 98092 (253) 833-9111

www.cornish.edu

www.greenriver.edu

Highline Community College

2400 S. 240th St, Des Moines 98198

(206) 878-3710 www.highline.edu

ITT Technical Institute (3 WA locations)

12720 Gateway Dr, Ste. 100, Seattle 98168

(206) 244-3300 www.itt-tech.edu

Lake Washington Technical College

11605 132nd Ave. NE, Kirkland 98034

(425) 739-8100 www.lwtech.edu

North Seattle College

9600 College Way N, Seattle 98103

(206) 934-3600 www.northseattle.edu

Northeastern University, Seattle

401 Terry Avenue N, Seattle 98109

(206) 467-5480 www.northeastern.edu/seattle

Northwest College of Art

16301 Creative Dr. NE, Poulsbo 98370

(360) 779-9993 www.ncad.edu

Northwest University

5520 108th Ave NE, Kirkland 98033

(425) 822-8266 www.northwestu.edu

Olympic College (3 campuses)

1600 Chester Ave, Bremerton 98337

(360) 792-6050 www.olympic.edu

Pacific Lutheran University

12180 Park Ave S, Tacoma 98447

(253) 535-7411

Pierce College (2 campuses)

9401 Farwest Dr. SW, Lakewood 98498

(253) 964-6500 www.pierce.ctc.edu

Pima Medical Institute (2 WA locations)

9709 3rd Ave NE, Ste 400, Seattle 98115

(800) 477-7462 www.pmi.edu

Renton Technical College

3000 NE 4th St, Renton 98056

(425) 235-2352 www.rtc.edu

Saint Martin’s University

5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey 98503

(360) 491-4700 www.stmartin.edu

Seattle Central College

1701 Broadway, Seattle 98122

(206) 934-3800 www.seattlecentral.edu

Seattle Pacific University

3307 3rd Ave W, Seattle 98119

(206) 281-2000 www.spu.edu

Seattle University

901 12th Ave, Seattle 98122

(206) 296-6000 www.seattleu.edu

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave. N, Shoreline 98133

(206) 546-4101 www.shoreline.edu

Skagit Valley College (2 campuses)

2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon 98273

(360) 416-7600 www.skagit.edu

South Seattle College

6000 16th Ave. SW, Seattle 98106

(206) 764-5300 www.southseattle.edu

Tacoma Community College (3 campuses)

6501 S. 19th St, Tacoma 98466

(253) 566-5000 www.tacomacc.edu

Trinity Lutheran College

2802 Wetmore Ave, Everett 98201

(425) 249-4800 www.tlc.edu

University of Phoenix

7100 Fort Dent Way, Ste. 100, Tukwila 98188

(425) 572-1600 www.phoenix.edu

University of Puget Sound

1500 N. Warner St, Tacoma 98416

(253) 879-3211

University of Washington

visitors info.: 022 Odegaard, Seattle 98195

(206) 543-2100 www.washington.edu

University of Washington at Bothell

18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell 98011

(425) 352-5000 www.uwb.edu

University of Washington at Tacoma

1900 Commerce St, Tacoma 98402

(253) 692-4000 www.tacoma.uw.edu

Western Washington University

516 High St, Bellingham 98225

(360) 650-3000 www.wwu.edu

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www.pugetsound.edu


News

Catch the News Many Greater Seattle area neighborhoods, communities, ethnic groups, organizations and political parties produce their own digital and in some cases, printed products. Here is a listing of a few of them.

Photo ©Brandon Hiller / KING 5

DIGITAL & PRINT MEDIA Airlifter (McChord AFB) (253) 584-1212 northwestmilitary.com Anacortes American (360) 293-3122 goanacortes.com Arlington Times (360) 659-1300 arlingtontimes.com Auburn Reporter (253) 833-0218 auburn-reporter.com Bainbridge Island Review (206) 842-6613 bainbridgereview.com Ballard News-Tribune (206) 708-1378 ballardnewstribune.com Bellevue Reporter (425) 453-4270 bellevuereporter.com Bothell/Kenmore Reporter (425) 483-3732 bothell-reporter.com Capitol Hill Times www.capitolhilltimes.com City Living Seattle (206) 461-1300 citylivingseattle.com Des Moines/HighlineTimes (206) 708-1378 highlinetimes.com Edmonds Beacon, The (425) 347-1711 edmondsbeacon.com Enumclaw Courier-Herald (360) 825-2555 courierherald.com Everett Herald, The (425) 339-3000 heraldnet.com Federal Way News (206) 708-1378 federalwaynews.net Ft. Lewis Ranger (253) 584-1212 ftlewisranger.com Herald, The (425) 339-3000 heraldnet.com Herald Business Journal (425) 339-3445 theheraldbusinessjournal.com International Examiner (206) 624-3925 iexaminer.org Issaquah Press (425) 392-6434 issaquahpress.com JTNews (206) 441-4553 jtnews.net Kent Reporter (253) 872-6600 kentreporter.com Kirkland Reporter (425) 822-9166 kirklandreporter.com Kitsap Veterans Life (360) 308-9161 kitsapveteranslife.com Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal (360) 876-7900 kpbj.com Kitsap Sun (360) 377-3711 kitsapsun.com Korea Daily Seattle (206) 365-4000 koreadaily.com Lake Stevens Journal (425) 334-9252 lakestevensjournal.com Madison Park Times (206) 461-1300 madisonparktimes.com Magnolia News (206) 461-1300 magnolianews.net Marysville Globe (360) 659-1300 marysvilleglobe.com Mercer Island Reporter (206) 232-1215 mi-reporter.com Monroe Monitor (360) 794-7116 monroemonitor.com Mukilteo Beacon (425) 347-5634 mukilteobeacon.com Newcastle News (425) 392-6434 newcastle-news.com News Tribune (Tacoma) (253) 597-8742 thenewstribune.com North Kitsap Herald (360) 779-4464 northkitsapherald.com Northwest Asian Weekly (206) 223-5559 nwasianweekly.com Peninsula Gateway (253) 851-9921 gateline.com Port Orchard Independent (360) 876-4414 portorchardindependent.com Puyallup Herald (253) 841-2481 puyallupherald.com Puget Sound Business Journal (206) 876-5500 bizjournals.com/seattle Queen Anne News (206) 461-1300 queenannenews.com Redmond Reporter (425) 867-0353 redmond-reporter.com Renton Reporter (425) 255-3484 rentonreporter.com Sammamish Review (425) 392-6434 sammamishreview.com Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce (206) 622-8272 djc.com

Seattle Gay News (206) 324-4297 sgn.org Seattle Post-Intelligencer (206) 448-8000 seattlepi.com Seattle Times (206) 464-2111 seattletimes.com Seattle Weekly (206) 623-0500 seattleweekly.com Skagit Valley Herald (360) 424-3251 goskagit.com Snohomish County Tribune (360) 568-4121 snoho.com Snoqualmie Valley Record (425) 888-2311 valleyrecord.com SnoValley Star (425) 392-6434 snovalleystar.com Stranger, The (Seattle) (206) 323-7101 thestranger.com Tacoma Weekly (253) 922-5317 tacomaweekly.com Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber (206) 463-9195 vashonbeachcomber.com Voice of the Valley (Maple Valley-Black Diamond) (425) 432-9696 voiceofthevalley.com Weekly Herald, The (Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace) (425) 673-6500 weeklyherald.com West Seattle Herald-White Center News (206) 708-1378 westseattleherald.com Whidbey Crosswind (360) 675-6611 whidbeycrosswind.com Woodinville Weekly (425) 483-0606 nwnews.com

KING TV’s SkyKing provides an aerial view of the news

TELEVISION CHANNELS Ch. 4 Ch. 5 Ch. 7 Ch. 6/16 Ch. 9 Ch. 11 Ch. 13 Ch. 22

KOMO (ABC) KING (NBC) KIRO (CBS) KONG (KING) KCTS (PBS) KSTW (CW) KCPQ (FOX) KZJO-TV

(206) 404-4000 komonews.com (206) 448-5555 king5.com (206) 728-7777 kirotv.com (206) 448-5555 kongtv.com (206) 728-6463 kcts9.org (206) 441-1111 kstw.com (206) 674-1313 q13fox.com (206) 674-1313 joeswall.com

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Experience

Powerful. Intense. Eye-opening. The REAL. LIFE. Exhibit provides the opportunity to experience what REAL. LIFE. is like for people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world. This self-guided, educational and multi-sensory global health exhibit is FREE! For more information or directions , go to medicalteams.org/reallife or call 425.454.8326

REAL. LIFE. Exhibit 9680 153rd Avenue NE , Redmond , WA 98052


Sightseeing

enjoying the region

Sightseeing Sonic Bloom, a solar powered art installation, at the Pacific Science Center

E

xploring Seattle area sights is an ongoing endeavor, even for long-time residents. Many an exciting day or evening can be spent at the various tourist attractions that make the city unique.

Arboretum The Washington Park Arboretum, located near the University of Washington just south of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, offers 230 acres of exploring possibilities among more than 5,000 kinds of trees, shrubs and vines, plus waterfront trail and display gardens. Free admission, except for the Japanese Garden, (206) 684-4725. Download maps and audio tours at depts. washington.edu/uwbg or contact the Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle 98112, (206) 543-8800. For a different view of the park, rent a canoe from the University Waterfront Activities Center and paddle the surrounding waterways. (206) 543-9433.

Photo ©Pacific Science Center

Chinatown-International District In South Downtown Seattle near CenturyLink and Safeco Fields, this district is home to Seattle’s Pan-Asian community. Neighborhood highlights include the Chinese pavilion in Hing Hay Park, the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Chinagate, community gardens, dragon sculptures, various multicultural festivals and events, and Uwajimaya, one of the region’s largest Asian retail stores. (206) 382-1197, www.cidbia.org.

Chittenden Locks The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks connect the freshwater Lake Washington Ship Canal with the saltwater Puget Sound. Designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Locks have raised and lowered vessels of all sizes from the Lake to the Sound since 1917. An underwater viewing room reveals salmon swimming up the Locks’ fish ladder. The grounds also feature the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens and a Visitors Center

with exhibits and a gift shop. Free tours March through November. (206) 783-7059, www.seattle.gov/tour/locks.htm.

Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour The Seattle area’s largest employer and the world’s largest manufacturer of airplanes offers tours at its Everett plant. The onethird mile walking tour and video presentation showcases the plane building process. Reservations advised, (800) 464-1476. Sales start on-site at 8:30 a.m. for limited number of same day tickets. Tours include admission to The Future of Flight. You can also visit the Future of Flight featuring interactive displays, exhibits, gift shops and café without taking the Boeing Tour. www.futureofflight.org.

Museums and Galleries The Seattle Art Museum, or SAM, is known for its Asian, African, Pacific Northwest and contemporary American art holdings, as well as its diverse line-up of programs. Open Wednesday through Sunday, the first Thursday of each month is free. 1300 1st Ave, Seattle 98101. A ticket to SAM also provides admission to the Seattle Asian Art Museum if used within one week. Renowned for its Chinese, Korean and Japanese collections, this museum is located in Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect. (206) 654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org.

Other Area Museums: • Bellevue Arts Museum: 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, (425) 519-0770, www.bellevuearts.org. • Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture: UW campus, 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St, Seattle, (206) 543-5590, www. burkemuseum.org. • Experience Music Project (EMP): 325 5th Ave N at Seattle Center, (206) 770-2700, empmuseum.org. • Frye Art Museum: 704 Terry Ave, Seattle, (206) 622-9250, fryemuseum.org. 2014-15 • GREATER SEAT TLE INFOGUIDE

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• Henry Art Gallery: UW campus, 15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, Seattle, (206) 543-2280, www.henryart.org. • Museum of Flight: 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, (206) 7645720, www.museumofflight.org. • Museum of Glass: 1801 Dock St, Tacoma, (866) 468-7386, museumofglass.org. • Museum of History & Industry: 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, (206) 324-1126, www.mohai.org. • Nordic Heritage Museum: 3014 NW 67th St, Seattle, (206) 789-5707, www.nordicmuseum.org. • Wing Luke Asian Museum: 719 S. King St, Seattle, (206) 6235124, www.wingluke.org.

Pike Place Market Created more than a century ago to connect the city’s citizens and farmers, Pike Place Market is a beloved Seattle treasure and remains the bustling center of farm fresh, locally sourced, artisanal and specialty foods. Here you can “Meet the Producer”— the farmers, butchers, fishmongers, cheesemongers, bakers, winemakers and purveyors who bring their bounty to your table. The Market features one of the country’s largest craft markets, more than 200 small independent businesses and a diverse array of restaurants. (206) 682-7453. www.pikeplacemarket.org. A bounty of fresh produce, crafts, flowers and food are also offered statewide at weekly farmers markets. View a directory at www.wafarmersmarkets.com. For a list of crops, farms and events: www.pugetsoundfresh.org.

Pioneer Square This historic district at the southern edge of downtown Seattle is the heart and soul of Seattle. Its quaint brick buildings were built atop what remained of the original business district after the great fire of 1889. The Underground Tour offers a unique view of these buried remains. (206) 682-4646, www.undergroundtour.com. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park also provides a glimpse into the past. (206) 220-4240, www.nps. gov/klse. Nearby, the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum is the largest privately operated police museum in the western U.S.

(206) 748-9991, www.seametropolicemuseum.org. Vintage fire engines and more are displayed at the Last Resort Fire Department Museum. (206) 783-4474, www.lastresortfd.org. Pioneer Square bookstores, art galleries, antique and specialty shops are perfect for browsing. www.PioneerSquare.org.

Seattle Center/Space Needle/EMP The 74-acre Seattle Center features year-round activity. Originally the site for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Center’s landscaped grounds are free to visit and include the dramatic International Fountain. Over 12 million visit each year to ride the Monorail or enjoy one of the 30-plus campus organizations offering outstanding arts and entertainment. A “must see” is the 605-foot Space Needle, easily one of Seattle’s most recognizable landmarks. The Experience Music Project (or EMP) is a unique, interactive rock music Museum that also includes the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. The Pacific Science Center and the Children’s Museum offer hours of family fun. The Chihuly Garden & Glass Exhibition Hall has eight galleries housing Dale Chihuly’s work. (206) 753-4940, www.chihulygardenandglass.com. A state-ofthe-art skatepark has features for all skill levels. Concerts and sporting events are held at Key Arena and Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Seattle Center also hosts many of the region’s major festivals and cultural events. (206) 684-7200, www.seattlecenter.com.

Waterfront Seattle’s waterfront is a hive of activity and sights. Rows of boats, fishing piers, the Seattle Aquarium, hotels, shops and restaurants fill the docks along Alaskan Way. The Coast Guard Museum on Pier 36 is free and has unique nautical displays. Call ahead, (206) 217-6993. Ferries to Vashon Island leave from Pier 50, while Bainbridge Island and Bremerton bound ferries depart Pier 52. Pier 57 hosts a waterfront arcade and The Seattle Great Wheel, a 175-ft ferris wheel. On Pier 59, the Seattle Aquarium is a very popular stop, in fact it is the 9th largest Aquarium in the U.S. by attendance. Cruise ships dock at Pier 66 and parasailing boats, as well as harbor tours leave from other waterfront piers. Beyond Pier 70, the Olympic Sculpture Park features art in a fabulous 9-acre waterfront setting.

All-Star Sports Seattle Mariners | MLB Baseball (206) 346-4001, mariners.org

Seattle Seahawks | NFL Football (888) NFL-HAWK, seahawks.com

University of Washington Huskies (206) 543-2200, gohuskies.com

Seattle Sounders FC | MLS Soccer (877) MLS-GOAL, soundersfc.com 98

Seattle Storm | WNBA Basketball (206) 217-WNBA, wnba.com/storm

Pacific Raceways | Motor Racing (253) 639-5927, pacificraceways.com

Tacoma Rainiers | AAA Baseball (253) 752-7707, tacomarainiers.com

Seattle Thunderbirds | Junior Hockey (253) 239-PUCK, seattlethunderbirds.com

Everett AquaSox | A-League Baseball (425) 258-3673, aquasox.com

Everett Silvertips | Junior Hockey (425) 252-5100, everettsilvertips.com

Emerald Downs | Horse Racing (888) 931-8400, emeralddowns.com

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Arts

Applaud the Arts >>> Seattle’s art scene is large and diverse. The following list is only an introduction. ACT THEATRE Since 1965 ACT has featured the best in new and contemporary dramas and comedies. (206) 292-7676, www.acttheatre.org. 5TH AVENUE THEATRE The 5th Avenue Musical Theatre produces quality musical revivals, premieres of bound-for-Broadway shows, and touring Broadway musicals in the beautifully restored 1926 Vaudeville House. (206) 625-1900, www.5thavenue.org. INTIMAN THEATRE The Tony Award winning Intiman Theatre produces a summer festival of relevant and diverse plays featuring a repertory company of actors. (206) 441-7178, www.intiman.org. ORCHESTRA SEATTLE/SEATTLE CHAMBER SINGERS From classic masterpieces to new compositions, performances are featured October through June at several Seattle concert venues. (206) 682-5208, www.osscs.org. PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET PNB, one of the nation’s largest and most acclaimed ballet companies, presents over 100 performances yearly, September through June at McCaw Hall. (206) 441-2424, www.pnb.org. SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES World renowned writers, thinkers and poets discuss their work and contemporary issues from September through May primarily at Town Hall and ACT Theatre. (206) 621-2230, www.lectures.org. SEATTLE OPERA Nationally and internationally acclaimed Seattle Opera presents both European classics and new works of American opera. (206) 389-7676, www.seattleopera.org. SEATTLE REPERTORY THEATRE One of the country’s largest and most renowned regional theatres, the “Rep” produces classic comedies, recent Broadway hits and cutting-edge new dramas at

Bagley Wright and Leo K. Theatres at Seattle Center. (206) 443-2222, www.seattlerep.org.

Other Area Theaters Annex Theatre: Original musicals, off-beat dramas. (206) 728-0933, www.annextheatre.org. Book-It Repertory Theatre: Great literary works as theatre. (206) 216-0833, www.book-it.org. The Gorge Amphitheatre: Outdoor venue overlooking the Columbia River. (509) 785-6262, www.gorgeamphitheatre.net.

SEATTLE SYMPHONY The Grammy nominated Seattle Symphony performs September through June at Benaroya Hall. Programming ranges from favorite classics to innovative works by talented new composers. (206) 215-4747, (866)833-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org.

The Seattle Scene Sample some of the city’s hot spots!

Kirkland Performance Center: Theatre, Dance, Music, Comedy. (425) 893-9900, www.kpcenter.org.

Chop Suey: National and local acts, every genre (206) 324-8005, www.chopsuey.com

Knutzen Family Theatre: Centerstage presents dramas and musicals. (253) 661-1444, www.centerstagetheatre.com.

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley: Jazz, premier concert nightclub (206) 441-9729, www.jazzalley.com

Moore Theatre: Headliners, off-Broadway theatre, dance, comedy. (206) 682-1414, www.stgpresents.org. Paramount Theatre: Broadway musicals, plays, headline concerts. (206) 682-1414, www.stgpresents.org. Seattle Musical Theatre: The best in live musical theatre. (206) 363-2809, www.seattlemusicaltheatre.org Taproot Theatre Co.: Meaningful theater. (206) 781-9707, www.taproottheatre.org. Tulalip Amphitheatre: Intimate outdoor venue. (360) 716-5010, www.tulalipamphitheatre.com. VillageTheatre: Musical Theater. (Two locales) Issaquah: (425) 3922202. Everett: (425) 257-8600, www.villagetheatre.org. White River Amphitheater: Open-air concert venue near Auburn. (360) 825-6200, www.whiteriverconcerts.com.

Little Red Hen: Live Country. Entertainment nightly. (206) 522-1168, www.littleredhen.com Neumo’s: Indie, Hip Hop, Punk, Rock and more. (206) 709-9467, www.neumos.com Re-Bar: Comedy, Theater, DJ, and House (206) 233-9873, www.rebarseattle.com Showbox: Headline bands at two venues (206) 628-3151, www.showboxpresents.com Tractor Tavern: Local & national acts of every genre. (206) 789-3599, www.tractortavern.com Trinity Night Club: Dance, DJ, House (206) 447-4140, www.trinitynightclub.com Triple Door: Live music, dining, full bar (206) 838-4333, www.tripledoor.com

Comedy Comedy Underground, (206) 628-0303, www.comedyunderground.com Laughs Comedy Spot, (425) 823-6306, www.laughscomedy.com Jet City Improv, (206) 352-8291, www.jetcityimprov.com

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Family Fun

Fun for Families

Get your hands wet at the Seattle Aquarium’s Life on the Edge exhibit!

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here’s always something to do in the Puget Sound region, particularly with energetic children in tow. Here are a few attractions that the whole family can enjoy:

Point Defiance Park, Zoo and Aquarium The Northwest’s only combined zoo and aquarium is located in Tacoma’s beautiful, 700-acre Point Defiance Park. The zoological park is Pierce County’s No. 2 tourist destination, second only to Mount Rainier. (253) 591-5337, www.pdza.org.

The Children’s Museum, Seattle Children ages birth to ten and their families enjoy hands-on fun and learning. Cultural exhibits, exploratory play, and imagination studio. Located on the first level of the Center House at Seattle Center. (206) 441-1768, www.thechildrensmuseum.org.

Seattle Aquarium See, touch and explore local animals in six astounding exhibits. Enjoy three daily dive shows in the 20’ x 40’ viewing window, peruse the gift store, or lunch at the café. Located on Pier 59 on the waterfront. (206) 386-4300, www.seattleaquarium.org.

Wild Waves Theme Park This 70 acre park in Federal Way features the wildest rides and hottest water attractions in Washington. Enjoy the fun May to September and weekends in October. Holiday Lights in December. (253) 661-8000, www.wildwaves.com.

Seattle Children’s Theatre Acclaimed as a leading producer of professional theatre for children and families, SCT presents several productions between September and June at the theatre located at the west entrance of Seattle Center. (206) 441-3322, www.sct.org.

Located 55 miles south of Seattle, this 725-acre park has freeroaming wildlife, naturalist-guided tram ride, two interactive learning centers, four exhilarating zip line/challenge courses, 5 miles of nature trails, café, and gift shop. (360) 832-6117, www.nwtrek.org.

Wolf Haven International

Pacific Science Center

Woodland Park Zoo

Located under the arches near the Space Needle you’ll discover five buildings of interactive and innovative science exhibits. There are also two IMAX® theaters (one with IMAX® 3D technology), laser light shows and a planetarium. (206) 443-2001, www.pacificsciencecenter.org.

A thousand animals representing 300 species from around the world and a thousand plant species are displayed in this awardwinning, 92-acre botanical setting. Discover the world of lions, elephants, gorillas, birds, reptiles and more. Open every day except Christmas Day. (206) 548-2500, www.zoo.org.

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An 82-acre reserve dedicated to wolf conservation. Guided 45-minute walking tours, seasonal programs, special events, gift store, and picnic area. Located in Tenino, 77 miles southeast of Seattle. (800) 448-9653, www.wolfhaven.org.

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The Great Outdoors he Seattle area enjoys a national reputation for its outdoor lifestyle. Residents are blessed with beautiful waters to sail, mountains to climb, trails to ride and parks to explore — all in a climate that allows year-round enjoyment.

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Bicycling Pedal the Burke-Gilman trail, ride the Redmond Velodrome, race the annual Seattle-to-Portland, or hit the trails on Tiger Mountain. Rated a “2013 Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists, Seattle is perfect for all biking personalities. There are dozens of local and statewide clubs. The Bicycle Alliance of Washington offers links to some of them at http://wabikes.org. Click on the “Resources” tab. For trail maps and other biking resources, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike.

British Columbia Travel out of the country to nearby Canada. Visit the charming cities of Victoria and Vancouver (named the Top Destination in Canada in TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travelers’ Choice awards), or the beautiful Canadian Gulf Islands. Contact Tourism BC Travel for information www.hellobc.com.

Camping From tents to yurts to RV’s, whatever your camping style, you’ll find it here. • Washington State Parks: Information at (360) 902-8844, www.parks.wa.gov. Reservations at (888) 226-7688, https://washington.goingtocamp.com. • Outdoor Recreation Information Center: (206) 470-4060. • National Forests in the Pacific Northwest: visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/r6.

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Fishing and Hunting Washington’s lakes, reservoirs, streams and the nearby waters of Puget Sound and the Pacific create a year-round fishing passion. Contact the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) at (360) 902-2700, http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing for regulations or licenses. For openings call the Fishing Hotline, (360) 902-2500. Before harvesting shellfish, call the Red Tide Hotline at (800) 562-5632 and the Shellfish Rule Change Hotline at (866) 880-5431. For hunting regulations, contact (360) 9022515, http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting.

Golfing in the Greater Seattle Area The Puget Sound area is home to more than 100 public golf courses. Mild winters allow most to remain open through out the year. Numerous covered driving ranges offer rainy day alternatives. Visit www.golflink.com to find a course near you.

Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge

Hiking With the Cascade Range and the Olympic Mountains so near, hiking is a popular weekend activity. Buy a hiking guide at a local bookstore or visit the Washington Trails Association at www.wta. org for trail suggestions. Contact area hiking organizations like The Mountaineers Club, (206) 521-6000, www.mountaineers. org or The Pacific Northwest Trail Association, (877) 854-9415, www.pnt.org. For trail maps and information, visit www.wsdot. wa.gov/Walk/Hike.htm.

Mount Rainier National Park Ninety miles south of Seattle, Mount Rainier at 14,410 feet, is the tallest volcano and one of the highest mountains in the country. Located in Mount Rainier National Park, over 1.7 million people come here each year to hike, bike, camp, climb, fish, snowshoe, cross country ski or just to enjoy the beauty. For information about Visitor Centers, food, lodging, road conditions, fees & permits contact (360) 569-2211, www.nps.gov/mora or www. visitrainier.com.

Mount St. Helens After the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980 over 110,000 acres of devastated land were set aside as a national monument. Today, plants and animals are returning and seismic activity is still being recorded. Several visitor centers allow travelers within a few miles of the crater. Contact: Mount St. Helens National Monument Headquarters (360) 449-7800, www. fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens. 2014-15 • GREATER SEAT TLE INFOGUIDE

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North Central Washington The sun shines on outdoor activities year-round at Lake Chelan, about 180 miles from Seattle. Swimming, waterskiing, fishing, parasailing, and golfing are popular pastimes. Each winter, urban residents escape to Lake Chelan resorts for snowmobiling and skiing. (800) 4-CHELAN, www.lakechelan.com. To the northeast is Grand Coulee Dam, North America’s largest concrete dam. Free dam tours are offered and a free laser light show depicting the history of the dam is held nightly starting Memorial Day Weekend through September 30. Contact the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center at (509) 633-9265. For more information, www.grandcouleecc.blogspot.com.

Northwestern Counties/North Cascades National Park On the water or on the slopes, the northwestern most part of Washington sparkles with recreation. Skiing, scuba diving, hiking, rafting, and skydiving are just a start! Contact: Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, (800) 487-2032 or (360) 671-3990, www.bellingham.org. For a leisurely scenic drive, the Cascade Loop is vibrant spring through fall. Each winter, usually late November to April, a section of State Route 20 closes so always call ahead to 5-1-1 for road conditions. Contact the Cascade Loop Association for free travel guides and event information, (509) 662-3888, www.cascadeloop.com. During the summer, boat tours of Diablo Lake are popular. (360) 854-2589, www. seattle.gov/light/tours/skagit. North Cascades National Park near the Canadian border offers over 684,000 acres of pristine high-country wilderness. It features over 300 glaciers—more that half of all the glaciers in the lower 48 states—miles of breathtaking scenery, fishing, hiking and climbing. (360) 854-7200, www.nps. gov/noca.

Ocean Beaches The beaches of the Pacific Ocean are just two hours from Seattle. The shoreline is varied, from the high craggy cliffs of Moclips and Pacific Beach to Grayland’s wide, sandy expanses that are perfect for flying kites. Several State Parks located in the area offer camping opportunities. At Ocean Shores you can ride horses, rent mopeds, dig clams, collect shells, or golf at a PGArated course. (360) 289-2451, www.oceanshores.org. In the southwestern part of the state is Long Beach, North America’s longest sandy beach, offering 28 miles of recreation and beauty. (800) 451-2542, www.funbeach.com.

Olympic Peninsula A drive around the peninsula to the west of Seattle offers a variety of scenery—from snowcapped mountains and jagged ocean coastlines, to moss-draped rain forests in the Olympic National Park. Hood Canal, on the Puget Sound inlet west of Bremerton, provides miles of beach, caches of clams and numerous state parks. Also on the peninsula, the Makah Indian Reservation hosts Makah Days in August featuring traditional dancing, singing, 102

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Slahal games and canoe races.(360)645-2201, www.makah.com. For information regarding Olympic Peninsula events, activities and attractions, contact Chambers of Commerce in key cities such as Port Angeles, Bremerton, Port Townsend and Sequim, or the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau at (800) 942-4042, www. olympicpeninsula.org.

Public Parks From the conservatory and art museum in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill to tiny, scenic Kerry Viewpoint on Queen Anne, area parks come in all shapes and sizes and offer special attractions or just a peaceful place to sit. For a free park guide or information regarding recreational and educational programs, contact Seattle Parks and Recreation, (206) 684-4075, www.seattle.gov/ parks. For King County Parks and Programs contact (206) 2968687, www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks.

Rain Forests The Olympic Peninsula is home to three temperate rain forests, the Quinault, Hoh and Queets. These unique ecosystems are the product of an amazing 12 to 14 feet of annual rainfall. Visitors of all fitness levels can take short day hikes through mossdraped Sitka Spruce, some that are hundreds of years old and 250 feet tall. Contact: Olympic National Park Visitors Center, (360) 565-3130, (800) 833-6388, www.nps.gov/olym.

Running Running reigns supreme in Greater Seattle. The biggest challenge for some is finding a flat course. At the downtown waterfront during lunch time, around Green Lake after work, along Shilshole Bay at sunset — if you like to run, there’s a route that meets your training requirements. The moderate, rarely humid summers and mild winters are well-suited to running. A myriad of annual events include the Seattle Marathon, the Saint Patrick’s Day Dash and the Beat-theBridge Run — a uniquely Seattle race between two drawbridges. Visit www.nwrunner.com and click on “Resources” for a Washington Club Report.

Sailing/Boating In Washington, boating is a central part of the culture. There are over 230,000 registered boats - not including small kayaks and canoes. Whether your craft is powered by wind, motor, or muscle, you’re in the right place. The local climate permits this activity year round and even in the dead of winter you’re apt to see sailors clad in bright yellow rain gear. Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca are beautiful cruising grounds—from the gunkholer’s paradise of the south Sound to the island-hopping pleasures of the San Juans. Further north, spectacular Vancouver Island and the Inside Passage to Alaska await. Before setting sail, visit boattravel.com and purchase a copy of Northwest Boat Travel. The Seattle District Corps of Engineers also offers a free brochure and classes providing guidelines for


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passing through the locks, bridges and local waterways. (206) 764-3742. For kayaks, canoes, and other human-powered craft, the 140-mile Cascadia Marine Trail stretches from Olympia through Puget Sound up to the Canadian border. The route offers upclose encounters with Northwest sea life and over 58 shoreline campsites. The Lakes-To-Locks Water Trail, which joins the Cascadia Marine Trail, has 100 launch sites for non-motorized boats. (206) 545-9161, www.wwta.org/water-trails. Local maritime festivals celebrate maritime skill and culture. The Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival held each September is a favorite. (360) 385-3628, www.woodenboat.org/festival.

San Juan Islands Natural beauty and a relaxed atmosphere make these islands north of Seattle in the Salish Sea a popular getaway destination. Their relatively gentle terrain and rural roads are a special haven for bicyclists. The islands are accessed by ferry, private boat, airplane or floatplane. Several companies also offer charter cruises from Seattle. Island accommodations fill up well in advance, so call ahead. Contact: San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, (888) 4683701, www.visitsanjuans. com.­

Washington State Tourism For information on statewide activities, events and attractions, or to order a State Visitors’ Guide visit www.experience wa.com.

Water Fun Lake Washington, Lake Union, Puget Sound and numerous area rivers offer a bounty of year-round aquatic activities. The Washington Outfitters & Guides Association can assist you in finding a reputable river guide for sports fishing or white water rafting. (509) 997-1080, www.woga.org. Puget Sound, one of the world’s richest marine ecosystems, is home to resident pods of killer whales and the world’s largest species of octopus. For a unique experience, go whale watching out of Westport where more than 20,000 gray whales migrate each year along the Washington coast. Or, go scuba diving. Underwater parks, like those in Edmonds and West Seattle, offer close-up views of local sea life - dungeness crab, rockfish, anemones, wolf eels and even the occasional sea lion.

Winter Sports Although Seattle rarely gets more than a dusting of snow, great skiing, snowboarding and other winter fun await at these Western Washington Ski areas: • Crystal Mountain (76 miles SE of Seattle, near Mount Rainier): (360) 663-2265, Snowline (888) 754-6199, www.crystalmountainresort.com. • Mount Baker (2 1/2 hours NE of Seattle): (360) 734-6771, Snowline (360) 671-0211, www.mtbaker.us. • Steven’s Pass (On US Hwy 2, 78 miles NE of Seattle): (206)

812-4510, Snowlines (206) 634-1645 or (425) 353-4400, www.stevenspass.com. • The Summit at Snoqualmie (On I-90, 45 minutes east of Seattle): (425) 434-7669, Snowline (206) 236-1600, www.summitatsnoqualmie.com. • White Pass (3 hours SE of Seattle): (509) 672-3101, Snowline (509) 672-3100, www.skiwhitepass.com.

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Your Guide to Life in the Puget Sound Region

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