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GETTING STARTED 8

Welcome from Mayor Edward B. Murray

10

Economic Snapshot

14

Job Market Outlook

16

Welcome to Seattle: A Guide For Transplants

18

Moving Checklist

19

Getting Established

20

Success in Seattle’s Competitive Rental Market

21

Handy Tips for House Hunting Around Seattle

24

What Does It Mean To Be Green?

26

Downtown Seattle Map

27

Downtown Seattle Neighborhoods

29

Seattle Map

30

Spotlight on Seattle Neighborhoods

40

Living North

52

Living East

66

Living South

75

Living West

DAY-TO-DAY LIVING 81

Staying Healthy

86 Childcare 87 Education 94 Transportation 95 News

Median Household Incomes: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2014 American Community Survey Population Figures: WA State OFM Forecasting, (April 1, 2015 Population Estimates) Real Estate Price Information: NWMLS (Sept 2015 - Feb 2016) Rental Figures: SeattleRentalGroup.com Travel Time/Distance: www.mapquest.com (figures rounded to nearest whole number)

ENJOYING THE REGION 96 Sightseeing 99 Arts 100

Cultural, Natural & Free: Families in Seattle Do Have It All

101

Great Outdoors

103

Advertisers’ Index

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A Warm Seattle Welcome By Edward B. Murray, Mayor of Seattle

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GETTING STARTED

S MAYOR, I WELCOME YOU TO SEATTLE AND THE GREATER SEATTLE INFOGUIDE!

Seattle is the cultural and economic center of the Pacific Northwest. It’s a world-class metropolis, home to Fortune 500 companies and premier academic institutions, offering the best of urban lifestyle while embracing the rugged outdoors.   Seattle is a city of 650,000 residents with strong civic, cultural and economic relationships abroad. As a major port for trans-Pacific trade, Seattle is home to the fifth largest container port in the United States and the 25th largest in the world. Seattle is home to well-known global brands, including Microsoft, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Amazon.com, and Starbucks. The University of Washington, located within Seattle, is a premier academic research institution that draws students from around the world.

Seattle’s location on Puget Sound, surrounded by the Cascade and Olympic mountains, ensures year-round outdoor activities, including skiing, sailing, and hiking. From downtown, you can take a guided sea kayaking tour or go “flight seeing” by floatplane. Day trips via catamaran are available to British Columbia and the popular San Juan Islands. The Port of Seattle offers luxury cruises to Alaska’s Inside Passage. Three national parks lie within a two-hour drive of Seattle. Mt. Rainier National Park features the snow-capped mountain, backdrop to the city’s skyline. Olympic National Park offers the only temperate rain forests in the continental U.S. and the North Cascades National Park offers stunning views of jagged peaks and glacial lakes. Often recognized as one of the best walking cities in the U.S., Seattle has a compact downtown neighborhood that allows visitors to easily explore the city’s well-known attractions, including Pike Place Market—the oldest continuously operated farmers’ market in the U.S. A walk through the market reveals Seattle’s culinary bounty: wild salmon, crab, fresh produce, strong coffee, craft beers, and a wide selection of internationally acclaimed Washington wines. The city features an array of sophisticated restaurants run by creative and sometimes daring chefs.

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Downtown at Night

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When Boeing introduced the 707 jet airliner in the late 1950s, it ushered in the jet age and a new economic boom for the city. In 1962, Seattle sponsored the futuristic Century 21 Exposition, leaving a permanent legacy in the world-famous Space Needle and the Seattle Center campus, featuring performance, sports, and entertainment halls, as well as the Pacific Science Center.


Welcome

Bell Harbor Marina on the downtown Seattle Waterfront

Photo: © Don Wilson, Port of Seattle

Seattle is a leader in its commitment to diversity and equality, and is an inclusive, welcoming community. It prides itself on ensuring that everyone has equal access to jobs, education, and housing regardless of race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or economic status. It is a city of immigrants; one in five residents were born in another country. A thriving and vibrant arts and music scene is a large part of Seattle’s character. In the early part of the 20th century, there were dozens of jazz nightclubs in the Chinatown-International District and Central District areas, supporting the early careers of legends Ray Charles and Quincy Jones. Later, Seattle was the birthplace of rocker Jimi Hendrix and home to internationally known musical artists, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Macklemore. Seattle features a professional symphony, ballet, opera, and many theatre groups, along with thriving art museums. Five professional sports teams call Seattle home, including the Seattle Seahawks, which recently played in back-to-back National Football League Super Bowls.   Seattle has always exhibited a pioneering spirit, optimism, enterprise, and pride. From its days as a frontier town on the shores of the Pacific to its current status as one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, Seattle is constantly innovating and redefining its identity as one of the world’s most modern cities.

About Mayor Murray Edward B. Murray became Mayor of Seattle on January 1, 2014 and promptly set the tone for his administration by signing an executive order raising the minimum wage of city government employees to $15 an hour, along with following through on his pledge to raise the minimum wage for all workers in Seattle. Prior to becoming Mayor, Murray served in the Washington state legislature for 18 years, where he was the prime sponsor of the state’s historic marriage equality law in 2012.

However long your stay, I hope you enjoy all that the Seattle area has to offer!

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Economic Snapshot

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A hotbed for research and development: The State’s leading education and research institutes, such as Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington are located here. In 2015 the University of Washington pulled in over $1.3 billion in research funding. 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: According to the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, 40% of the jobs in Greater Seattle are tied to international trade and business. Strong Market Prospects: The popularity of Seattle’s market with domestic and global investors earned Seattle the #4 spot on the Top 20 U.S. Markets to Watch in 2016. (Emerging Trends in Real Estate by Urban Land Institute & PricewaterhouseCoopers) 10

Seattle’s Busy Waterfront Port

Job Growth: The Seattle-Bellevue-Everett A qualified workforce: Residents are metro area, recognized for its strong one- among the nation’s most highly educated. year wage growth as well as a solid per- U.S. Census Bureau data shows that nearly formance on measures of recent employ- 40% of Seattle residents hold at least a ment growth, ranked #7 on The Milken bachelor’s degree–placing it among the Institute “2015 Top 25 Best Performing Top 10 cities in the nation with the highest percentage of bachelor’s degrees. Large Cities”. A leader in sustainability: The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s “2015 City Energy-Efficiency Scorecard” rated Seattle the fifth most energy efficient U.S. city and named it one of the “most improved” cities over the previous year. A great place for business: In 2015, Washington ranked 10th in the nation on Forbes.com “Best States for Business” and Seattle placed 6th 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. In the SeattleTacoma-Bellevue Metro Area, over 20% of all businesses are minority owned firms. Women own about 35% of all businesses.

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A center for emerging industries: The 2015 PricewaterhouseCoopers/MoneyTree Report ranked the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area sixth in the nation for the amount of Venture Capital Investment by Metropolitan Statistical Area. Companies in Washington State received the fourth largest share of U. S. Venture Capital dollars.

Cost of Living A strong economy and a diverse, welleducated populace mean the Puget Sound region is a relatively affluent area. Within the four-county area, King County has the highest median household income at $73,035. Snohomish County follows at $69,443, then Kitsap County at $62,473, and Pierce County at $59,711. Cost of living is generally higher than the U.S. average,

Photo: © Don Wilson, Port of Seattle

he continuing growth of the region is a clear indication of its desirability as a place to do business and to live. According to the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), the region will likely top 4 million people in 2016 and can expect a 28% increase in population and a 40% increase in employment by 2040. This longterm tendency for consistent growth in size and quality is why the Seattle metropolitan area was named the second strongest local economy in America on the 2015 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:


Economy

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, eight clusters stand out:

as diverse as it is deep, with companies that specialize in software development and publishing; interactive media development and technologies; RFID; and wireless technologies and applications. One of the region’s largest employment clusters, information technology directly supports over 100,000 jobs.

Center, Allen Institute for Brain Science and Seattle Biomedical Research Institute. 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 AEROSPACE Washington is an undisputed global leader CLEAN TECHNOLOGY The region’s strategic location in regards to in aerospace. Aerospace products not This region is known for its long-standing the Pacific Rim, our deep-water ports and only account for 54% of Washington’s commitment to environmental steward- vast experience in international trade make exports, but nearly 40% of all U.S. aero- ship and early leadership on environmen- it one of the leading trade hubs on the space exports are produced here, making tal issues, from recycling to sustainable West Coast of North America. The Northour state the country’s largest exporter of building. Support of the burgeoning clean west Seaport Alliance, formed by the ports technology sector is widespread. Accord- of Tacoma and Seattle, is the fourth-largaerospace products. According to Choose Washington, our ing to the Brookings Institute report “Sizing est container gateway in North America. state is home to 1,350 aerospace com- the Clean Economy,” in terms of its overall Puget Sound ports serve the Pacific Northpanies that are at the forefront of re- size the clean economy in the Seattle west, as well as the major cities of the search and development. The largest metropolitan area ranks 13th among the Midwest, East Coast and Canada. and best-known aerospace company, nation’s 100 largest metro areas. Boeing Commercial Airplanes, will build TOURISM/VISITOR their Next Generation aircraft, the 737 MAX LIFE SCIENCES & GLOBAL HEALTH According to Visit Seattle, in 2014, 19.2 and the 777X in the Puget Sound Region. The Puget Sound region boasts one of the million visitors spent $6.4 billion in Seattle most significant concentrations of life sci- and King County, contributing $643 million ences companies in the nation. Locally, a in state and local tax revenues. Visitor INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY This region is a global center for infor- majority of all jobs in this cluster are found spending directly benefits hotels, retailmation technology, known for compa- in King County, most in the South Lake ers, restaurants, attractions, transportanies that drive innovation and progress. It Union area. tion services and other businesses, and is home to some of the most recognized Many of these companies grew out of supports more than 71,000 jobs in the names in the industry - Microsoft, Tableau, cutting-edge research conducted at the Seattle region. A strong tourism cluster is Expedia, Amazon, Nintendo, RealNet- numerous public and private research in- also a catalyst for improvements to infraworks, T-Mobile, and many more. stitutions, such as the University of Wash- structure and the creation of new attrac Our information technology sector is ington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research tions that will draw people to the region.

Cost of Living Index, MSA comparisons, US city average equals 100. City Portland Washington D.C.

Composite Food Housing Utilities Transportation Health Misc. Goods/ Index Care Services 125.7 99.2 166.5 98.1 114.2 112.5 105.8 154

112.6

255.3

114.2

107.5

101.8

101.2

Seattle

154.3 107.7 252.4 92 105.7 118.5 110.3

Boston

160.7 116.5 239.6 129 108.4 126.6 136

Los Angeles

163.5

110

280

110.6

110.7

110.9

105.3

San Diego

163.7

112.1

277.6

110.1

112.6

111.6

106.6

San Francisco

242.6

116.4

514.5

94.1

110.3

114

120.6

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

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Summary Forecast (March 2016) MARITIME Central Puget Sound not only has a proud maritime history, but also looks to a strong future in the maritime industry. In 2014, the region had 35,728 maritime jobs, 3.5 times the national average. Among the firms and activities that make-up the Maritime Sector are water passenger transportation, marine cargo transportation, seafood processing and fishing, and the many industrial and related firms that construct, maintain, and operate sea-going vessels. A 2013 study, conducted by research firm Community Attributes, found that “industry-wide, revenues have grown 6.4% per year on average with Maritime Logistics and Shipping seeing the highest growth rate at 10.2%. The job outlook for the sector also appears rosy, with ample opportunities for job seekers.” MILITARY More than 59,000 active duty military personnel, along with their families, call this region home. PSRC estimates the military cluster in the Central Puget Sound region employs 82,658 people–2.23 times the national average. In addition, billions of dollars in defense contracts are awarded to local private sector contractors and subcontractors.

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Annual Percent Change 2014 2015 2016 2017 Puget Sound Region Employment

2.8

2.9

1.8

1.6

Personal income (cur. $)

6.2

5.3

4.3

5.2

Consumer price index

1.8

1.4

1.4

2.4

Housing permits

16.9

Population

19.8 -19.3

2.2

1.4

1.3

1.3

1.0

GDP ($09)

2.4

2.4

2.1

2.4

Employment

1.9

2.1

1.8

1.4

Personal income (cur. $)

4.4

4.5

4.4

4.7

Consumer price index

1.6

0.1

1.3

2.3

Housing starts

7.8 10.6 12.9

9.6

United States*

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


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Job Market Outlook By Anneliese Vance-Sherman, Washington State Employment Security Department

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f you are interested in moving to Greater Seattle because you have a job offer, congratulations! If you are now, or will be looking for work, the good news is that the Seattlearea’s job market is among the strongest in the nation for job growth. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Seattle-area saw an estimated 3 percent rise in job growth over the year, making it one of the fastest-growing large metropolitan areas in the U.S. The Seattle-area job market is industrially diverse, and is home to a wide range of businesses, with a particularly strong presence in high-tech industry sectors such as information technology and advanced manufacturing. Because employment is a key element in determining quality of life, it is important to feel out the labor market to see if it is a good fit for you and your interests. To help you see where you might fit into the local economy, we have compiled a list of top jobs in King County. These are some of the occupations that are expected to see a relatively high number of job openings and above-average growth rates through 2023.

Health care employment has been on the rise, and is expected to continue to increase as time marches forward. As the baby boomer generation ages, health care-related jobs throughout the country will continue to rise with demand for services. Openings for registered nurses are expected to average 872 per year in King County alone. In addition to the traditional service-oriented health care industry (i.e. hospitals and doctors’ offices), Seattle is home to a number of businesses that are on the cutting edge of medical research. All you need to do is look at the Seattle skyline to see that construction-related employment is in demand. Construction jobs are booming at the moment, as pent-up demand for commercial and residential space leftover from the 2008 recession is met. Construction demand will slow over the next several years (as it always does after its post-recession boom) but is expected to 14

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continue to at least keep pace with the rest of the economy until at least 2023. Of course, this is only a small sample of the industries and occupations that make up the Seattle-area economy. For more information about the local labor market, and how you might fit in, contact the Employment Security Department at www.esd.wa.gov.

About the Author: Anneliese Vance-Sherman is a Regional Labor Economist with the Labor Market and Performance Analysis division of the Washington State Employment Security Department, the research arm of the Employment Security Department.

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The Seattle-area is known for high-tech computer-based and professional employment, and this is certainly reflected in the occupational employment projections for King County. Several of the jobs that show up in this list are directly related to software development, computer programming and other computer applications. Don’t limit your job search to Microsoft or Amazon, either! Jobs in computer and other high-tech and support fields can be found in most industries.


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Top jobs in King County Average annual growth rate

Occupational title

Average annual job openings

2013-2023 2013-2023

Average wage

2015

Total, All Occupations

1.90%

60,899

$60,260

Software Developers, Applications

3.29%

2,659

$119,101

Customer Service Representatives

2.17%

1,080

$38,847

Accountants & Auditors

2.32%

966

$78,725

Sales Representatives, Wholesale & Manufacturing, Except Technical & Scientific Products

2.14% 888 $76,889

Registered Nurses

1.95%

872

$85,457

Computer Programmers

2.89%

850

$121,433

Janitors & Cleaners Except Maids & Housekeeping Cleaners

2.18%

691

$30,318

Management Analysts

2.88%

678

$106,315

Business Operations Specialists, All Other

2.05%

647

$78,471

Carpenters

3.23% 646 $54,996

Sales Representatives, Services, All Other

3.35%

641

$67,867

Computer Systems Analysts

3.17%

629

$103,364

Market Research Analysts & Marketing Specialists 3.16% 574 $85,285 Secretaries & Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

2.09% 553 $42,115

Computer User Support Specialists

3.59%

549

$60,605

Construction Laborers

3.22%

539

$48,774

Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers

2.46%

480

$34,487

Computer & Information Systems Managers

3.52%

420

$154,823

Software Developers, Systems Software

3.09%

378

$117,418

Hairdressers, Hairstylists, & Cosmetologists

2.64%

364

$38,769

Personal Care Aides

2.28%

357

$25,546

Nursing Assistants

1.99%

356

$32,403

Human Resources Specialists

2.56%

352

$75,723

Security Guards

1.99%

333

$34,712

Painters, Construction & Maintenance

2.97%

294

$44,558

*Source: Washington State Employment Security Department/LMPA, Projections and Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Criteria: filtered by number of job openings, followed by growth rate (anything over 1.9%)

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Welcome to Seattle: A Guide For Transplants By Kelly Skahan and Britt Thorson, Seattle Refined

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hether you're here to kick off your undergraduate education or you've joined us mid-career, our city is a little baffling—after all, there's a giant lake in the middle of it that makes transportation entirely nonsensical. ("WHAT DO YOU MEAN THIS LYNN STREET IS DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER LYNN STREET?") Here are some introductory concepts to help get you situated.

TRANSPORTATION: Getting around in any big city is a pain until you get a handle on things. Seattle is no different. North-South transportation is pretty easy—you can get from Ballard to downtown or from SoDo to the U-District using simple (if traffic-riddled) routes, both on the bus and in a car. (East-West transportation is a nightmare—maintaining a friendship with someone who lives on the other side of Lake Washington is a fool's errand. Just give up now). In all seriousness, get a Puget Pass on your Orca Card and download the OneBusAway app. The first gives you unlimited bus and rail rides, the second takes away the need to fuss with cash or transfers, and the third helps you figure out when the next bus is coming and where it's actually going. You don't really need a car, but you may need your favorite car service app from time to time. Cabs here are not particularly useful. Uber and Lyft are. (Some people swear by Car2Go and others find the service area too limited outside the city).

best coffee shop is the least crowded coffee shop, and if that's a Starbucks across from your apartment then so be it. If you have friends in town who really want a Seattle coffee experience, take them to Stumptown (which is actually from Portland, but don't tell them that). If you just want coffee, go wherever's convenient for you. It's really okay.

UMBRELLAS: Anything anybody tells you about umbrellas is a

GROCERY STORES: It's come to our attention that grocery

lie. No, it doesn't sell you out as a tourist if you carry one. Plenty of Seattle natives love a good umbrella. Don't let anyone shame you out of preserving your hairdo. Haters gonna hate.

stores in Seattle are weirdly unique to the Pacific Northwest and tend to bewilder recent transplants. Here's a breakdown.

That said, use proper umbrella etiquette. Lots of buildings have awnings here, ostensibly to protect passersby from the rain. Your umbrella is your own personal awning. Don't take up space under a building's awning and bump the umbrella-less among us into the elements. That's not nice.

Fred Meyer has everything. It's like a grocery store combined with a Sears, a pharmacy and a hardware store. There's one in Ballard, and it's great. In the suburbs Fred Meyer stores often have gas stations. Use your loyalty card when you buy groceries to knock a few cents off gas prices at their gas stations and at some Shell stations.

COFFEE: Living here does not have to turn you into a coffee snob. People will tell you that the best coffee in Seattle is at some hidden spot that only makes aero-pressed drip with magic beans between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. on alternating Wednesday nights. They might be right, but for all practical purposes the

QFC is usually a little more grocery-centric, but there are way more of them around and they usually have parking. Albertson's and Safeway are similar, but the parking situation is a little less dependable. These are often open all night long. Loyalty cards there get you deals on food instantly.

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Inline skating at Discovery Park


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Gas Works Park was once a coal gasification plant

Everyone basically knows the differences between Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. Seattle also has PCC Natural Markets, Town and Country Markets and Metropolitan Market. These all sort of straddle the line between Whole Foods and a normal store —you'll find a lot of the organic stuff you'd see at a fancy grocery store (think decent produce, cheese and bread and an impressive bulk section), but there’s also some of the normal stuff you'd expect at a QFC.

EXERCISE: Despite the rain, Seattleites tend to be fairly fit peo-

Photo: Gas Works Park © Newman Photo

ple. Some of us are devoted to trendy niche exercises—barre, aerial yoga, and Crossfit-type stuff—but a surprising number of people just sort of like running and cycling. Seattle has a ton of places to do that—Green Lake and Lake Union are both respectable loops—but we've also got a lot of hills. Queen Anne, Ballard, Magnolia, Capitol Hill, and the University District are very hilly. You've been warned. With regards to cyclists: just be nice to them. Yes, they can be hard to maneuver around in traffic. No, they can't pedal as fast as you can drive. No, the rules that apply to them are not exactly the same as the rules that apply to automobiles. Yes, that's annoying. Cut them some slack anyway. We're all just trying to get to work.

TOURISM: When your mom visits, she's going to want to see the Space Needle. Take her there—it's legitimately interesting the first time you take the elevator to the top. After a few friends visit and you're sick of those $18 tickets, visit the restaurant—with a minimum purchase, you ride the elevator for free. The Space Needle is way more interesting with a cocktail or two, anyway.

The Fremont Troll and Gasworks Park are both pretty cool and easy to visit on foot. They make for good tourist photos, so take your friends when they're in town. Pike Place Market is a mixed bag—the produce is good, the flowers are great, the crowds are crazy-making and the line for Starbucks is the worst. If you like your friends, do not let them visit the first Starbucks when they're in town. They will want to do it, but the same coffee is served at the Starbucks two blocks away. It's just not worth it. Finally, enjoy! While this guide is aimed at helping steer you around a new city—part of the fun of Seattle is discovering everything for the first time, yourself. Every weekend, for the first couple of months, get a drink or coffee in a new neighborhood and just walk around. Seattle is wonderful because of its ability to please so many different types of people. You will find happiness here, we promise!

About Seattle Refined Seattle Refined is an online magazine and television show that shares all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. If you ever need help figuring out what to do, where to go or what to eat/drink—Seattle Refined has you covered. Check them out at seattlerefined.com or on KOMO 4 News.

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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

 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.  Finalize arrangements with the moving company, or make reservations if you’re renting a truck.  If an employer helps pay moving expenses, confirm what preparations are your responsibility.  Inventory your household goods. Make a list of items to be moved and those to be discarded, sold or given away.  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.  Notify the post office of your moving date and new address. Mail changeof-address cards.  Notify newspapers, creditors, insurance companies, attorneys, accountants, health care providers, etc. about your intended move.  Close/clear up outstanding accounts.  Notify schools. Collect transcripts, immunization records, and birth certificates or arrange for them to be sent to the new school district.  Notify police if your new home will be vacant for any length of time before you move in.

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ONE DAY IN ADVANCE

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

 Arrange to spend the next night in a motel.

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

 Give friends/relatives your schedule and expected arrival time.  Defrost refrigerator/freezer.

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

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

 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.

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

 Cancel any deliveries (papers, etc.).  Begin packing items not needed until you move into the new home. Pack those items you plan to move yourself.  Make/confirm travel arrangements for family members (and pets!).  Service your car, especially if traveling a long distance.

ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE

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

TWO DAYS IN ADVANCE

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

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MOVING DAY

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

ON ARRIVAL AT NEW HOME

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


Planning Relocation

Getting Established There are so many aspects to establishing life in a new area that it is often easy to overlook some very important details.

Photo: Chillin' at Auburn Petpolooza, Photo City of Auburn

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. A six year license costs $89 (a $35 application fee plus a $54 issuance fee.) For information, (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 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) 407-6856, 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.

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, coworkers, 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) 267-7010. Tacoma/Pierce County, (253) 383-3432. Snohomish County, (425) 388-3018. 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 practitioners. For information, refer to our “Staying Healthy” section. 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 U.S. 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 PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS The right professional can provide information to make your relocation go more smoothly and to help you look out for your best interests. Insurance Advice: Be it auto, homeowners, renter, health,

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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Rental Strategies

Success in Seattle's Competitive Rental Market By Carrie Watt, Director of Operations & Marketing, Seattle Rental Group/Pointe3 Real Estate

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inding a rental home in Seattle’s hot market can be tricky, but it is certainly not impossible. Below are 8 suggestions on how to have a leg up on finding and securing that perfect home!

1. Be diligent in your online search. Stay on top on what is coming on the market by consistently being on the lookout for new homes within your search criteria. Many sites will now allow you to set alerts for your desired area, amenities, price range, etc. so that you are notified right away when something new is posted. 2. B  e ready to visit the available home right away. It is ideal to have a flexible schedule when trying to see a rental home. You will want to be the first one to fill out an application, so schedule time on your lunch break or carve out some time after work to see the home as soon as possible. Don’t put it off until the weekend, as chances are, it will already be gone by then. If you are moving to the area and are not available to view potential homes in person or are just simply having a difficult time finding a rental, you may consider booking an area orientation or rental finding tour with a reputable, local company. 3. Check your credit. Now is the time to fix any potential mistakes on your credit report and get it into tip top shape! If there are any negative marks on your credit report, be ready with a written explanation to give to the landlord or management company. 4. Be prepared for paperwork. You will more than likely be competing with multiple people for the same home. Be ready to fill out an application on the spot, make sure to bring your ID, checkbook, and even a copy of your credit report. If you’re moving to the area for a job, also be sure to bring a copy of your offer letter in order to prove stable future income. 5. Have the money ready. Figure out your budget ahead of time in order to make sure you are only looking into rental homes

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you can afford (typical rent in Seattle is 30% of your gross income). Be sure to have enough available funds in your account to cover first and last month’s rent, security deposit, pet deposit and/or pet rent if applicable, and any application fees. 6. Get your references! Be on good terms with your current and previous landlord(s). Having letters of recommendation from previous landlords can be very helpful in getting your name on the top of the list. If you have pets, it is also recommended to have a copy of their current vaccination history and even a letter of reference from your vet and/or landlord on your pet’s good behavior. 7. Prepare a list of questions. Even though the market moves quickly, you’ll want to make sure you’re new home meets your needs and that you are aware of all additional fees. Make sure to ask questions about parking availability and fees, laundry, amenities, utility fees, maintenance care and expectations. 8. Be flexible. Often times, having a flexible move-in date, price range, or amenities preference can make it easier to find and get into a home quickly. Have a list of your must-haves and also any items that you would be willing to budge on. Flexibility can give you a little more wiggle room in your search to finding that new home sweet home!

About Seattle Rental Group Are you new to the greater Seattle area, or a local who doesn't have time to search for a new home? Local rental market experts, Seattle Rental Group, offers a wide variety of services ranging from a free apartment search to a personalized rental tour to help you with your search for a new apartment, condo or home. Visit www.seattlerentalgroup.com or contact info@seattlerentalgroup.com.


Buying a home

Handy tips for house hunting around Seattle By Patti Hill, 2016 President of Seattle King County REALTORS® Lancaster Ridge neighborhood in Sammamish

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nventory reached historic lows in many parts of the Greater Seattle area during 2015, prompting keen competition as relocating families scrambled alongside first-time buyers, move-up buyers, and investors to find their dream home.

Despite the scarce selection in many Puget Sound area neighborhoods, house-hunters who are “buyer-ready” and who enlist assistance from both industry professionals and technology will have an advantage in the fast-moving market. For much of 2015, the months of supply (a way to measure inventory) fell below two months in the four-county region, and hovered near only five or six weeks of supply in King County. That’s well below the four-to-six months of supply that some industry experts say reflects a balanced market, favoring neither buyers nor sellers.

Photo: Courtesy City of Sammamish

With tight inventory, prices tend to rise. For 2015, prices around Puget Sound increased by double-digits compared to 2014. In fact, for some areas, prices were at or above their pre-recession peak. A check of active listings in the Northwest Multiple Listing Service system in mid-February shows a wide range of asking prices for single family homes. The selection in the four-county region ranges from a two-bedroom teardown in Bremerton (at the low end) to a 525 acre sanctuary encompassing 47 parcels on Vashon Island with a sticker price of $43 million at the upper end.

Single Family Homes

Listings as of 2/15/16

# of units Price range

Average

Median

King 1966

$59,500-$43,000,000 $1,029,029 $600,750

Snoh 1043

$41,600-$14,900,000 $525,487

$410,000

Pierce 1839

$34,800-$6,500,000 $424,654

$325,000

Kitsap 562

$29,950-$8,860,000 $485,180

$338,950

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# of units Price range

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Median

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$58,000-$9,990,000 $667,167

Snoh 138

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Pierce 118

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$20,000-$699,999 $207,389 $142,900

$418,250

$279,850

Whether looking for newly-built or pre-owned, and regardless of architectural style, homes closest to job centers tend to command the highest prices. Buyers should expect to pay a premium for waterfront homes or for homes with views.

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During 2015, homebuyers in Seattle paid a median price of $565,000 for a single family home (half those homes sold for more, half for less) and $350,000 for a condominium. On the Eastside, encompassing Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond (where Microsoft is based) single family homes fetched a median price of $663,800, with condos selling for $302,500. Homes in South King County were less expensive. In the AuburnKent-Renton area the median sales price for single family homes in 2015 was $377,000. In the southwest part of the county, where Auburn, Federal Way and Normandy Park are situated, the median selling price was $295,000.

Price Comparisons: 3 bedroom homes sold during 2015 (by sampling of school districts)

School District

Median price

King Seattle

$550,000

Kent

$285,000

$530,000

Lake Washington

Shoreline

$395,000

Pierce

Tacoma $200,333

Lakefront homes that sold last year in King County commanded a median price of more than $1.3 million. Floating homes (sometimes called houseboats), sold for a little less ($912,500)— but only a few dozen were offered for sale during 2015.

Puyallup

$246,725

Peninsula

$325,000

If new construction is high on the wish list, house-hunters will find the best selection in the suburbs, including Auburn, Kent, Renton and Sammamish in King County. Builders are also quite active north of Seattle, in Snohomish County, where would-be buyers will find new home developments in several communities, including Everett, Marysville and Snohomish. In Pierce County, south of Seattle, the best selection of new homes will likely be found in Tacoma, Bonney Lake, Gig Harbor, Puyallup and Lakewood.

Everett

$325,000

Marysville

$253,000

Kitsap

Bainbridge Island

$630,000

North Kitsap

$307,000

For equestrians who own horses and need pastures, plus those who desire acreage, the MLS database includes around 300 listings situated on five or more acres that are scattered throughout the four-county region. If urban condominiums and townhomes are more suitable, the biggest selection is likely to be found in Seattle, Bellevue and Kirkland. Expect to pay around $750,000 for newer condos in the Belltown/Downtown area of Seattle, and even more (around $827,000) for recently-built and/or high-rise condos with views in downtown Bellevue. Condo and townhome prices are much lower in areas away from the central business districts. (Condos make up about 15 percent of the region’s current inventory, and three-fourths of them are located in King County.) Like many parts of the country, the Greater Seattle region encourages residents to “think green” by investing in ways to reduce energy consumption, conserve water, and recycle waste. The MLS continues to add “green” fields to its database to help members uncover listings with environmentally friendly and sustainable features. 22

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Snohomish

Edmonds $355,650

Bremerton

$189,000

Starting the search House-hunters should take advantage of technology throughout the searching and purchasing process. The Seattle King County REALTOR® website (nwrealtor.com) has a link for finding local Realtors® who can best assist with specific needs. Most Realtors® are members of the Northwest Multiple Listing Service and can access entire databases for previewing listings, as well as tools for getting notifications on new listings and for scheduling tours. Several member firms have interactive maps to pinpoint listings within specific neighborhoods that match requirements for price, square footage, lot size, and other criteria.

Smoothing the Move Looking for a new home can be a challenge. Educating yourself about your destination market and working with an experienced Realtor® can help you set priorities and make informed decisions that fit your needs and budget.


Buying a home

No matter what type of home is desired, prudent buyers can minimize the stress by following a few guidelines: • Engage the services of professionals, starting with a Realtor ® who is knowledgeable about your destination neighborhoods and can serve as your advocate and assist with negotiations. •  P rioritize your needs and wish l i s t s , a n d b e re a d y t o m a ke decisions and tradeoffs. • Get pre-approved for financing. • Do your homework. Check commuting times and transit options, along with 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 journey!

Whatever home you’re in the market for, Josh can help you find the perfect loan. Choose from: • First-time homebuyers’ loan program up to 97% financing, or 80/10/10* loan with no PMI • No down payment 80/20 loan with no PMI requirement (for purchase only)

About the Author Patti Hill is 2016 president of Seattle King County REALTORS® and is a managing broker at Windermere Real Estate Northwest in Ballard. Seattle King County REALTORS®, is a nonprofit trade organization whose members include more than 6,000 licensed real estate professionals and affiliated businesses. Based in Bellevue, SKCR is a local association of the National Association of REALTORS®. Membership is voluntary, and only members may use the term Realtor®, which is a licensed collective trademark. Realtors must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics.

• Jumbo loans, including 80/10/10* with no Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) requirement To see our rates visit firsttechfed.com. Contact Josh today with any questions.

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Buying a home

What Does It Mean To Be Green? By Lea Missik, Built Green™ Program Manager, Built Green™ is a Program of the Master Builders Association

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healthier, greener home with lower monthly bills. Sounds fantastic, right? Most agree that a more environmentally friendly and comfortable home is preferable to the alternative. It can be tough, however, to know what to look for, and people want to know that claims of “being green” are not just lip service. Here’s what makes a home green.

Water Saving water also means saving on bills! And the environmental reasons for saving water are quite clear, especially given the region’s drought over the past years. Make sure home water-using fixtures and appliances are efficient. Look for the WaterSense® label on toilets, shower heads and faucets.

Energy Efficiency

When buying electricity from your local utility, chances are the electricity you’re getting contributes to climate change. Seattle City Light is the country’s first zero greenhouse gas emissions utility, thanks to 90% of its portfolio coming from hydropower and carbon offset purchases. However, hydro and offsets both have their own potential issues, and efficiency is the best first step. Use ENERGY STAR appliances. Make sure the lighting is LED. The home should also have a “tight envelope,” as in, it should be well insulated—drafty homes need more heat! And the heating system? Forced air heating through ducts is inefficient, patchy and bad for indoor air quality. We’re seeing more mini splits and heat recovery ventilators—ask about these options. Finally, is the home’s layout intelligent? Is the window placement conducive to letting in daylight? Is the house positioned so that you could eventually install solar panels? Better yet, is the home already pre-wired for solar? You can even get an energy model done to predict usage. If a home is achieving Built Green™ certification, the builder will be able to provide you this information. 24

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Showers use both water and energy, since it takes energy to heat water. Low-flow shower heads reduce this problem, as can the proximity of your shower to the water heater. The further apart the heater and shower are, the more water will be wasted running through the pipes as you wait for the water to heat and reach you. A central utility closet location is a strategic way to save resources and money! What about the yard? The landscaping should consist of drought tolerant and native plants. Don’t waste city water; collect rainwater in a rain barrel. Some builders even hook these systems up to the indoor plumbing, so rainwater is used to flush toilets!

Site Your residence’s location matters. During construction, builders should take steps to prevent erosion and, when the project is completed, stabilize the soil and add a layer of compost to ensure overall health. Don’t hesitate to ask about the stewardship practices implemented when looking at new buildings. The environmental importance of location goes further, and also has implications on quality of life. Is there a grocery store, restaurants, a school and the like nearby? Are biking and walking amenities within reach? Is public transportation close? Individual buildings help make a smart and sustainable city.

Photo: © Built Green™

When people think of a green home, energy efficiency is typically the first thing that springs to mind. After all, everyone knows what it’s like to get an electric bill. But energy efficiency is good for more than just your pocket book.


Buying a home Materials What is your home made of? Some materials are better than others. Make sure that materials in the home are sustainably harvested, have recycled content, and are reclaimed and/or local, but also ensure that the materials are durable—it’s better to use fewer resources and not have to constantly replace things!

Indoor Air Quality Who doesn’t want their home to be healthy? Two of the culprits causing unhealthy indoor environments are urea formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are found in many adhesives and paints. Ask if paints and finishes are lowor no-VOCs and if products such as cabinets meet one of the standards that indicates they have low urea formaldehyde: NAUF, NAF, ULEF, or CARB II. There are other factors contributing to poor indoor air quality. Forced air heating can blow dust around, so look for one of the alternates mentioned earlier in this article. Carpets are a breeding ground for mold, and collect dirt and outdoor pollutants tracked in by shoes. Consider a home with little or no carpet. Make sure there is an area near the entrance to place a mat or to take off your shoes. Some homes are built with tracking mats installed right in front of the door, so you don’t even have to think about it!

It is important to pay attention to all of these indicators—not just one. Many of these strategies complement one another in creating healthier, more comfortable and greener homes. It’s great to have a really well insulated, air tight home, but it then becomes extra important to ensure high indoor air quality. That is why Built Green™ is a holistic certification and homes must meet requirements in all of these categories. If you buy a Built Green™ home or rent a Built Green™ apartment, you’ll be sure that the home was built to high standards of environmental, personal and community health. The Seattle area is a great place to live, and its residents adore the amazing outdoor opportunities that abound. We all want to protect our region and our earth. Where we live is a good place to start.

About Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties Founded in 1909, the MBA has grown to become the largest home builders association in the United States. If you are looking to buy, build, remodel or maintain your home, trust MBA for industry professional referrals and practical information to get the job done. www.mba-ks.com.

Nobody knows our local real estate like Seattle King County REALTORS® Is your broker a REALTOR®? The term REALTOR® identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

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owntown is the epicenter of Seattle’s culture and commerce. The area’s 1,145 restaurants, cafés and bars, 29 parks, 12 museums, 117 art galleries and more than 1,000 retailers (most found within walking distance) sustain a vibrant urban lifestyle that continues to grow in popularity. Over 67,000 people live in “Center City Seattle” neighborhoods— a number that is estimated to continue to rise. The Downtown Seattle Association has designated a dozen distinct downtown Seattle neighborhoods. Let us introduce you to a few of them.

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BELLTOWN One of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods, Belltown is also one of its most dynamic. A transformation has occurred as young professionals, middle-aged empty nesters and others have relocated here. With approximately 11,000 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 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 that showcase local and national talent, exemplify urban living at its best. Median Condo Price: $647,000.

One in 10 Seattleites now lives Downtown

CHINATOWN-INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT

CAPITOL HILL

Capitol Hill, one of Seattle’s seven hills, was This diverse and lively south Downtown named as an early candidate for Washingneighborhood is home to Greater Se- ton’s state capital. The original mansions attle’s Pan-Asian communities. Here housed numerous city founders during the Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and South- opulent turn of the century. Visitors to the east Asians live and work together, side- 1901 Alaska Yukon and Pacific Exposition by-side. Family-owned restaurants, beheld Seattle’s grandeur from atop VolAsian-style bakeries, unique specialty unteer Park’s water tower. Today, people shops, Karaoke bars, Asian art and gal- still enjoy the Park and the view. Capitol Hill leries, shops selling traditional Asian gifts, has several business districts comprised of goods and groceries, and ethnic-specif- unique stores offering unusual and specialty ic social service agencies characterize items. Restaurants, coffee shops, and brewthis historic neighborhood whose central pubs feature an array of ethnic foods and hub is the Chinese pavilion in Hing Hay drinks. Historic churches, museums, collegPark. Beautiful dragon sculptures and es, theaters and clubs add to the vibrancy. Chinagate emphasize the community’s Capitol Hill is a cultural crossroads—mixing culture and history. The area’s cultural young people, senior citizens, artists and gem, the Wing Luke Asian Museum is a professionals. It is also the historic hub for nationally acclaimed, Smithsonian-affil- Seattle’s LBGT and alternative communiiate museum. Multicultural communi- ties. A new light rail station provides service ty festivals and events include the Lunar to downtown Seattle and the UniversiNew Year Celebration, Summer Festi- ty of Washington. Median Prices: Homes val, Bon Odori, Lion & Dragon Dances, $699,950; Condos $375,750. and Taiko Drumming. Condominiums DENNY TRIANGLE and apartments are found throughout the neighborhood. Median Condo Price: The name “Denny” honors a Seattle $236,950. founding family whose vision helped 2016-17 • GREATER SEAT TLE INFOGUIDE

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shape the fledgling city. Today a new vision, blending transit, retail and residential, is transforming the Denny Triangle into an Urban Center Village. New construction projects abound. Amazon is building three office towers and several other mixed-use, multi-story projects will bring additional office, retail, hotel, and residential space. The Northwest’s largest condominium project currently being built, Insignia Towers, opens phase II in 2016. The Triangle is home to 400+ businesses that include restaurants, small grocery stores, hotels, professional services and retail stores. The Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct and the U.S. Federal Courthouse are located here as well. 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 citywide connections. Median Condo Price: $429,000.

FIRST HILL First Hill is a mix of high-rise condominiums, historic homes, classic apartment buildings, state-of-the-art 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 25,000 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 $724,932; Condos $375,500.

PIONEER SQUARE 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 28

largest collection of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture as well as three National Historic Landmarks. It is home to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park as well as many art galleries and restaurants. Current housing options consist of about 2,800 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. Median Condo Price: $657,500.

fering rentals and hands-on nautical experiences. For neighborhood information visit Discoverslu.com or make an appointment to tour the SLU Discovery Center. Median Prices: Homes $724,932; Condos $376,750.

UPTOWN

Uptown is located north of Belltown and includes lower Queen Anne. While rentals once dominated the housing market, condos have grown in popularity and 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 RETAIL CORE shops, and trendy lounges found throughAt the heart of it all, encircled by the other out this very walkable neighborhood. downtown neighborhoods, is the Retail Seattle Center, the entertainment hub Core. As its name implies, this is a prime of Uptown features a myriad of activities. shopping destination with well-known de- The Seattle Repertory Theatre and a movie partment stores, upscale national and in- theater also offer entertainment options. ternational retailers, and shopping centers Kinnear Park, with play area, benches and featuring specialty stores and designer tables is a great place to take in 180º views boutiques. Dining establishments, from of the city and the Sound. Median Prices: five star to fast food, will please any palate. Homes $781,000; Condos $328,000. Twenty or so hotels provide accommodaWEST EDGE tions and a number of office and residenParts of the West Edge are among Seattle’s tial developments are also found here. earliest districts and it contains a number SOUTH LAKE UNION of neighborhood notables including the This neighborhood on Lake Union’s south Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall, the hisend is not only bustling with new devel- toric Moore Theatre, and Pike Place Market, opment, but has already attracted many of a Seattle institution that attracts some 10 the world’s most innovative companies in- million visitors each year. The Market is cluding Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research more than a place to visit, though. It is Center, UW Medicine Research, Amazon. home to about 500 residents and has its com’s headquarters as well as Microsoft, own health, senior, and child care centers. PATH, and the new Allen Institute for Cell Rental units include senior/low income Science. It is also home to Northeastern and 90 “market rate” units. (Call 206-682University’s graduate campus. As one of Se- 7453). The independent retail spirit of the attle’s most walkable neighborhoods, art Market extends throughout this artistic galleries, restaurants, bars, a grocery store, neighborhood and is found in West Edge cafés and three public parks are just steps restaurants, galleries, unique stores and away. Numerous residential options are boutiques. New high-rises, some featurconvenient to the South Lake Union Street- ing luxurious penthouse townhomes, are car line, providing easy downtown connec- expanding housing options. The Watertions. Lake Union Park is a 12-acre urban front Project, an ambitious 20-year plan, gem with open space, walking paths, art will eventually include a new pedestrian installations, a water fountain play feature, promenade, two-way cycle track and adthe historic ships wharf, a model boat ditional pedestrian connections between pond, the Museum of History and Indus- the waterfront and downtown, providing try, and the Center for Wooden Boats of- a more European ambience.

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Seattle Neighborhoods

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.

BALLARD

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard

take great pride in the area’s look, feel lake and adjoining park featuring a wading and safety. NewHolly, one of the na- pool, tennis courts, playfield and Commution’s first mixed income developments, nity Center that hosts events, programs, is located in south Beacon Hill. Jeffer- and classes. Two main shopping districts, son Community Center hosts classes, Greenwood Avenue and Aurora Avenue programs and the annual Beacon Hill (Hwy 99), offer a wide variety of services, Festival. Jefferson Park, a local trea- stores, and restaurants. Highway 99 and sure, contains one of Seattle’s most I-5 are easily accessed—a plus for comused public golf courses, as well as the muters. Single-family homes, condos, and Jefferson Community Center, Jeffer- apartment complexes, including senior son Lawn Bowling, and Jefferson Skate- apartments are available. Median Prices: park. Nearby VA Puget Sound Health- Homes $604,475; Condos $356,900. care Systems is also a familiar landmark. BLUE RIDGE On the west side of Beacon Hill, Dr. Jose´Rizal Park has great downtown This lovely hillside community, which views. Median Prices: Homes $725,950; enjoys some fabulous views of the Condos $376,750. Sound, was originally built by the Boeing Company. Five brick houses, BITTER LAKE locally known as “The Castles,” housed Residents describe Bitter Lake as a little company executives. Today, 450 homes BEACON HILL slice of paradise in Seattle’s north end. complete this affluent and exclusive Just southeast of Downtown, Beacon This small body of spring fed water was covenant community of 200 acres. It Hill, like many Seattle neighborhoods is once the site of a sawmill. Floating logs is strictly residential and hosts a private ethnically and economically integrated. released tannic acid, thus the lake’s community club, swimming pool, Here stately turn-of-the-century homes unusual name. From 1930 to 1961, Play- tennis courts, playfield, and beach. stand next to brick ramblers and split- land Amusement Park attracted patrons Limited street access assures privacy levels. Active, vocal community groups to the lake. Today, people still enjoy the and removes this neighborhood from

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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, apartments and other exciting projects blend historic charm with an energetic vibe. Unique shops, trendy boutiques, great restaurants, a cinema, and other b u s i n e s s e s l i n e d o w n t o w n s t re e t s . 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 $600,000; Condos $255,000.


Seattle Neighborhoods

Comparative Rents – Selected Areas Seattle (2 Bedroom Unit) the typical urban bustle. Median Prices: Homes $600,000.

BROADVIEW 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 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 $610,000; Condos $333,500.

CENTRAL AREA 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 singlefamily 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 $451,500; Condos $254,950.

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Alki................................................ $2,200 Ballard.......................................... $2,300 Beacon Hill.................................$2,000 Belltown...................................... $2,800 Bitterlake..................................... $1,500 Capitol Hill.................................. $2,550 Columbia City............................ $2,300 Eastlake........................................ $2,250 First Hill........................................ $2,400 Fremont....................................... $2,300 Green Lake................................. $2,350 Greenwood................................ $1,900 Lake City...................................... $1,600

Maple Leaf...................................$1,850 Madison Park.............................. $2,350 Madison Valley........................... $2,200 Montlake..................................... $2,650 Pioneer Square.......................... $2,700 Queen Anne............................... $2,600 Rainier Valley............................... $1,750 Ravenna.......................................$2,000 Seward Park................................ $1,900 Shilshole...................................... $2,400 University District...................... $2,050 Wallingford..................................$2,150 White Center.............................. $1,300 Source: SeattleRentalGroup.com

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mid-century moderns. New condos and Columbia City is a landmark district and townhomes, as well as apartments are many of the buildings, which are on the also found here. Median Prices: Homes National Historic Register, have been re- $416,000; Condos $295,000. stored. The neighborhood’s rich cultural EASTLAKE diversity is reflected in the variety of ethnic eateries as well as stores featuring unique Eastlake, one of Seattle’s oldest and bestitems from around the world. In addi- defined neighborhoods, sits east of Lake tion, Columbia City offers an art gallery, a Union, south of the University Bridge, theatre that hosts live entertainment, and west of I-5, and north of Mercer Street. a library overlooking the grassy expanse of It is a pleasing mix of businesses, houseColumbia Park. The Farmers Market, held boats, single-family homes, apartments from May to mid-October, and BeatWalk, and condos, many with incredible water a monthly live music showcase hosted views. In the early 1900s, industries—inby local restaurants, list among the many cluding Boeing’s first factory—fronted things to do here. A light rail station is just much of the shoreline. During the ‘40s and three blocks from downtown Columbia ‘50s, houseboats replaced factories, and City. Median Prices: Homes $440,000; Eastlake’s bohemian houseboat character Condos $236,950. was born. Today, “bohemian houseboats” have become “floating homes,” and highCROWN HILL end condominiums and homes are replacIt’s difficult to delineate the bound- ing older models. A waterfront developary between Ballard and Crown Hill. It ment offers floating homes, a mega-yacht is mainly defined by Crown Hill’s com- marina, and office space. Several small, mercial center at the intersection of 15th street-end parks can also be found along NW and NW 85th where a variety of spe- the waterfront. E. Louisa Street Park feacialty shops, grocery stores, and ethnic tures outstanding water views and a sand eateries are surrounded by well-tend- court for Petanque (a French version of ed homes. Swanson’s, a 5-acre nursery Bocce). Fairview Park offers a small-boat located nearby is a “gardener’s paradise.” hand launch, P-Patch, and picnic tables. The Crown Hill community is very active A block away, businesses, shops, restauin the upkeep of its neighborhood and rants, and galleries line Eastlake Avenue, has sponsored the conversion of several the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. lots into neighborhood parks. House Median Prices: Homes $717,500; Condos styles range from 1920’s Tudors to $374,000. 2016-17 • GREATER SEAT TLE INFOGUIDE

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Flight, and the circa 1900 Rainier Brewery building (now an official Seattle landmark.) Median Prices: Homes $448,000; Condos $281,500.

GREEN LAKE 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 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. A number of apartment complexes are also found here. Median Prices: Homes $600,000; Condos $333,500.

Settled in 1851, Georgetown is Seattle’s oldest continually settled neighborhood. Incorporated as the City of Georgetown GREENWOOD from 1904 to 1910, it is now home to a mix of artists, gardeners, families, and retail Greenwood’s narrow streets are quiet and industrial businesses. Most homes in and tidy. Houses present an interesting Georgetown—bungalows, Victorians, ram- architectural mix from brick Tudors to blers, and duplexes—were built before 1950’s-style ranch homes to split-levels. 1939. A revitalized retail core along Airport Unique shops and restaurants of every Way offers stores, bars, coffee shops, and ethnicity are found around Greenwood unique and funky restaurants. Each year Avenue. A popular Artwalk occurs on the on the second Sunday in July residents second Friday of each month except May. open their gardens and artists open their That month features the annual Greenstudios for the Georgetown Garden Walk. wood/Phinney Artwalk, a festival of An Artwalk is also held the second Saturday unusual performance art. From February of each month. The restored, historic Hat through October, Taproot Theatre pron’ Boots, Seattle’s last remaining example ductions delight audiences. Each June, of vernacular architecture, are located in the Greenwood Car Show draws crowds Oxbow Park. Other notables include the of over 20,000. A cherished community restored Georgetown City Hall, the land- tradition, the Greenwood Seafair Parade mark 1906 Power Plant, the Museum of in July is one of the city’s oldest and 32

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largest summer parades. Median Prices: Homes $620,000; Condos $349,975.

HALLER LAKE 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. A very small street end park on the west side of the lake allows for a picnic, birdwatching or seasonal fishing. Median Prices: Homes $616,000; Condos $334,100.

LAKE CITY 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 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 October. The Lake City Pioneer Days Festival and Parade, an annual tradition, takes place the first Saturday in August. Median Prices: Homes $595,000; Condos $257,500.

LAURELHURST 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 man-

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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. Brooks Sports’ world headquarters is located in Fremont, and Adobe and Google both have offices here, as well. You’ll find funky shops, antique and vintage dealers, Theo Chocolate (which offers factory 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 $599,950; Condos $332,700.


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ment 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 $726,000; Condos $376,000.

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icured 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 $576,000; Condos $242,500.

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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 $725,000; Condos $376,750.

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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 close-knit neighborhood. The turnover in housing inventory is low, as people moving here tend to stay. Median Prices: Homes $714,000; Condos $375,000.

Madrona is a much more diverse area— economically, ethnically, and architecturally than its neighbor Madison Park, 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 $714,000; Condos $376,750.

MADISON VALLEY 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, consign-

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MAPLE LEAF 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 $597,950; Condos $250,000.

MONTLAKE Montlake is bounded on three sides by

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Seattle Japanese Garden in the Washington Arboretum

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 Prices: Homes $819,500; Condos $355,000.


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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 $705,575; Condos $376,750.

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nesses, some that are stops on Artwalks held the second Friday of the month and the annual Greenwood/Phinney ArtWalk in May. Median Prices: Homes $599,950; Condos $331,900.

PIKE/PINE 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. 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. The unique 12th Ave Arts building blends affordable housing with the Arts - three theatre companies, as well as 88 low income apartments share the space. Small shops, offices, cafés, taverns, and a few auto dealers are also 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 $724,915; Condos $377,500.

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 QUEEN ANNE Washington Boulevard close to motorized traffic. The Mount Baker Community Club, Upper Queen Anne has a majority of sinone of the nation’s oldest continuously gle-family dwellings, many in the classic active community clubs, sponsors activi- Queen-Anne style. Lower Queen Anne, ties and events like the annual Mount Baker also known as Uptown, is more densely Home Tour and the Community Garage populated with condos and apartments. Sale. Median Prices: Homes $438,250; The neighborhood is sprinkled with speCondos $235,975. cialty shops, local eateries and pubs. A busy Community Center features a pool PHINNEY RIDGE and community programs. Kerry Park, well Phinney Ridge is located on the steep known to photographers, offers fantasridge separating Green Lake and Ballard. tic downtown Seattle views. These views This quiet, single-family neighborhood is a and its great location make Queen Anne mix of long-time residents, young profes- a highly desirable address. Rentals are at sionals, and wild animals—the inhabitants a premium and homes rarely stay long of the Woodland Park Zoo, a neighbor- on the market. Median Prices: Homes hood landmark. The Phinney Neighbor- $781,000; Condos $328,000. hood Association sponsors classes and a RAINIER BEACH variety of programs and events. Phinney Avenue contains many of the area busi- Rainier Beach is a diverse, urban neigh36

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borhood 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. 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 community center with a pool and plaza for outdoor summer concerts. Median Prices: Homes $454,250; Condos $235,000.

RAINIER VALLEY 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 hosts performances, programs and workshops. The Rainier Valley Heritage Parade & Festival is celebrated the third Saturday of August. Median Prices: Homes $452,250; Condos $236,950.

RAVENNA 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, Full Life Care (a non-profit agency for seniors), a library, and the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center offering special events and pro-


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grams. Local house styles vary, including bungalows, Tudors, and Craftsman homes. Median Prices: Homes $575,000; Condos $242,500.

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ROOSEVELT Roosevelt is minutes from Downtown, the University District, University Village Mall, Northgate Mall, 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, and Dania Furniture. 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 $590,000; Condos $242,500.

SEWARD PARK Seward Park sits on a peninsula jutting into Lake Washington. It is a quiet neighborhood with some of the best views of Mount

Rainier in Seattle. Beautiful turn-of-the- the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, century homes and large distinctive new public fishing piers, waterfront promehomes populate the lakefront ridges while nade, and the popular Golden Gardens more modest homes are found farther Park. Sunset Hill Median Prices: Homes from the water. A small business district $600,000; Condos $333,500. on Wilson Avenue includes restaurants, pet UNIVERSITY DISTRICT supplies and natural foods market. Seward Park is economically and racially diverse. The neighborhood surrounding the UniIt is the cultural home to Seattle’s Ortho- versity of Washington campus is often dedox Jewish community. Seward Park, the scribed as youthful and vibrant. Molded neighborhood’s namesake, is its crowning by the presence of the University, the jewel featuring nearly 300 acres of old- Henry Art Gallery and the Burke Museum, growth timber, bike and walking trails, art it features an intellectual and artistic lifestudio, native plant garden, the Environ- style. University Way NE, or “The Ave” is mental and Audubon Center, and an am- a popular place to hang out, shop and phitheater which hosts summer events. eat. An award winning Saturday Farmers Median Prices: Homes $439,750; Condos Market offers fresh, local products year round. Each May, the U District Street$271,475. Fair attracts upward of 50,000 people SHILSHOLE/SUNSET HILL with craft and food booths, music and Just west of Ballard and twenty minutes more. Nearby University Village, offers from Downtown, Shilshole is best known more than 120 stores and restaurants. The for its boating opportunities, restaurants University District is a mix of single-famiand waterfront views. The local hub of ly homes interspersed with rental homes activity is Shilshole Bay Marina, the state’s and apartment buildings for student second-largest marina and home to 1,400 housing. Median Prices: Homes $595,000; boats. The neighborhood’s population in- Condos $234,500. cludes the 600 residents who live aboard WALLINGFORD boats at the marina, as well as those from the largely residential Sunset Hill neigh- Wallingford, the “Heart of Seattle,” is borborhood rising up from the bay. Area at- dered by Lake Union, I-5, Aurora Avenue tractions include outstanding views of and Green Lake. Pedestrian and bus friend2016-17 • GREATER SEAT TLE INFOGUIDE

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ly Wallingford offers craftsman-style 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's always something to do in Wallingford—The Garden Tour in June and the SeaFair Wallingford Family Parade and Festival in July are just two examples. Meridian Park hosts a Wednesday Farmers Market, May through September. Median Prices: Homes $599,950; Condos $333,500.

WEST SEATTLE 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. 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. West Seattle boasts several distinct neighborhoods, most tending toward economic and ethnic diversity, all offering small town charm. Take for example, Alaska Junction. “The Junction,” the retail heart of West Seattle at California Avenue 38

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. 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. 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: West Seattle – Homes $466,500; Condos $298,475. Alaska Junction – Homes $620,750; Condos $311,000. Alki – Homes $650,000; Condos $509,000. Admiral – Homes $640,000; Condos $280,000.

WHITE CENTER 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 groups. Each July, residents celebrate White Center Jubilee Days. The White Center Community Development Association produces signature community enhancement 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 masterplanned "green" community features a branch library, community center, Bill and Melinda Gates Early Learning Center, parks, coffee shop, restaurants and convenient transit access. There are twenty-four new townhomes being built at Tessera at Greenbridge, available starting in the spring of 2016. Median Prices: Homes $469,000; Condos $298,475.

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Seattle Statistics Population: 662,400 Greater Seattle area: 3,898,720 (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) 6420444, www.centurylink.com Typical Property Tax Rate: $9.49/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $67,365 (city); $73,035 (King County) Average Rent: $2,150 2bd Median Price of Homes: $565,000 Median Price of Condos: $365,000


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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 Anacortes is one of the boating capitals of the Northwest the west, and a short ferry ride away, await the San Juan Islands and the Olympic pecially aerospace manufacturing, when and Coastal Christmas Celebration (comPeninsula. This region between the Cascade the Boeing Company located its 747 plant plete with a prawn pot Christmas Tree) Mountain Range and the saltwater shores near Everett in the late 1960’s. That, along announce this proud heritage. of the Puget Sound is filled with scenic with the presence of Naval Station Everett, Anacortes offers a seacoast commucontrasts. Densely forested, rugged moun- contributed to the County’s rapid growth. nity atmosphere in a vibrant setting. Over tain terrain in the east gives way to the flat, During the 1980’s and 90’s, hundreds of 3,100 acres of city-owned forest and parkgently rolling flood plains of the Snohom- biotechnology, research and development, lands allow recreational pursuits including ish and Skagit Rivers. Acres of parklands and high-tech firms moved to the region. hiking, boating, scuba diving, camping, and provide endless opportunities for recre- They clustered along Interstates 5 and 405, golfing. Anacortes also has great restauational fun—skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, creating the “Technology Corridor.” rants, shops, and lodging options, as well and biking are just some of the possibili- As people moved north of Seattle in as six marinas and an airport for corporate ties. Wildlife areas and sanctuaries, such search of more reasonably priced homes, and personal use. State ferries connect Anas Portage Creek Wildlife Area and Padilla many suburban bedroom communities acortes to the San Juan Islands and Sidney, Bay Reserve offer unique opportunities to were created along the region’s south- British Columbia. view a variety of birds, plants and animals western border. This is where the vast ma- From mid-May to early October a lively jority of people reside and consequent- Saturday Farmers Market is held downin natural settings. Like much of the Pacific Northwest, ly, this area has become highly developed, town. The historic Port of Anacortes logging was an early and prosperous in- while other areas have retained a rural and Warehouse is the site of the Anacortes dustry here. As timber supplies declined, rustic flavor. Spring Wine Festival the second weekend the economy shifted to agriculture and of April and Oktoberfest—Bier on the Pier ANACORTES the first weekend in October. Each month, dairy farming. Agriculture is still a big part of Skagit County’s economy, along with Located on scenic Fidalgo Island, Ana- First Friday Art Walks showcase northfishing, wood products, tourism, interna- cortes is easily accessed by bridges on west artists. Nearly 100,000 visitors attend tional trade, and specialized manufactur- Highway 20. Surrounded by water, Ana- the annual Anacortes Arts Festival the ing. Skagit County is also at the center of cortes’ rich maritime history has evolved first weekend of August (www.anacortenaturally. The Anacortes History Museum, sartsfestival.com). This festival, along our state’s petroleum industry. Snohomish County, on the other hand, the Anacortes Maritime Heritage Center, with the Anacortes Community Theatre, moved more toward manufacturing, es- the annual Waterfront Festival in June Depot Arts Center, City Arts Commission, 2016-17 • GREATER SEAT TLE INFOGUIDE

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and numerous galleries reflect an active arts community. ANACORTES STATISTICS

ARLINGTON The city of Arlington welcomes a growing number of new residents each year. As new neighborhoods take shape, established areas like Olympic Avenue in the historic downtown are being redeveloped with new businesses and residential options. Arlington’s best features are its hometown appeal and community-oriented character. 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 42

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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. The Snohomish County Centennial Trail, a 29 mile paved trail is perfect for biking, walking, jogging or horseback riding. A trailhead is located at Legion Park next to the Visitor Information Center. 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 (2.2 to 1) when compared to similarly sized towns.

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ARLINGTON STATISTICS Population: 18,490 City Hall: 238 N. Olympic Ave, 98223, (360) 403-3421, www.arlingtonwa.gov Chamber Of Commerce: Arlington-Smokey 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., 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: $12.19/$1,000 assessed valuation

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Population: 16,310 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 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: $9.93/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $59,369 Average Rent : 2bd $1,063 Median Prices: Homes $383,000; Condos $370,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Everett=1hr/53 mi. Seattle=1 1/2 hr/81 mi. Bellevue=1 1/2 hr/81 mi.


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BOTHELL In its 105-year history, Bothell has gone from frontier town to vibrant employment and educational center. Economic development is a high priority. Bothell’s highly skilled workforce, no Business & Occupation tax, commuter accessibility and transportation, available and affordable commercial properties in prime locations and improved permit process have attracted everything from cozy cafés to global corporations to the city. Bothell Landing, an exciting downtown redevelopment plan currently underway will 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 information, visit www. FutureOfBothell.com. 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 home to 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 2.7-mile 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: 42,640 City Hall: 18415 101st Ave NE, 98011, (425) 806-6100, 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: 18215 98th Ave., NE, 98011 (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) 486-2768. Alderwood Water Dist., (425) 743-4605. Northshore Utility Dist., (425) 398-4400. Woodinville Water Dist., (425) 487-4100 Refuse Collection: Waste Management, (800) 592-9995 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188. CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Typical Tax Rate: King County— $10.75/$1,000 assessed valuation Snohomish County — $9.46/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $75,643 Average Rent: 2bd $1.600 Median Prices: Homes $500,000; Condos $324,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=26 mins/20 mi. Bellevue=16 mins/12 mi.

family fun each August. Brier Park, near city hall, has a horse arena and skate park. BRIER STATISTICS Population: 6,500 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: $9.86/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $98,125 Average Rent: 2bd $1,400 Median Prices: Homes $436,500; Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=26 mins/15 mi. Bellevue=27 mins/17mi.

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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 panoramBRIER ic views. If shopping is your recreation, Situated between Lake Forest Park and several retail markets—downtown, the Mountlake Terrace, about 15 miles north Cascade Mall, Burlington Crossings, and of Seattle, is the City of Brier. Designed The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington attract as a residential community, Brier’s focus nearly 60,000 shoppers a day—making is on large home sites and the preser- Burlington the county’s major retail center. vation of open spaces and natural land- In addition to convenient shopping, scape. Its wide, wooded, quiet streets (that Burlington boasts great schools, a new still include several horse lots) help main- library, and new city hall. Residents enjoy tain a spacious, semi-rural feel despite its two main community events. Berry-Dairy urban locale. While the city has no core Days, in June, celebrates the agriculture commercial zone, there are five shops and and dairy industries that are a major emsome home businesses. Local parks host ployment base in the Valley. Revelers enjoy annual community events including Sea music, food, parade, vendors, fireworks, Scare, featuring a parade, food, and other car show and other activities. In Septem2016-17 • GREATER SEAT TLE INFOGUIDE

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ber, Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Pitch features a pumpkin hurling contest via trebuchets, children’s games, activities, and locally grown produce. BURLINGTON STATISTICS Population: 8,485 City Hall: 833 S. Spruce St, 98233, (360) 755-0531, www.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 Washington Ave, (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: $10.47/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $48,399 Average Rent: 2bd $1,200 Median Prices: Homes $266,700; Condos $232,000

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EDMONDS Welcome to Edmonds - a beautiful beachside town on the shores of the Salish Sea! This historic city has a vibrant downtown, award-winning restaurants and shops, thriving arts and cultural community, celebrated schools, picturesque parks, beloved fishing pier and popular marina. Located 15 miles north of Seattle, Edmonds is easy to reach by Amtrak and commuter train, or automobile. Washington State Ferries also provide regular service to Kingston. A rich blend of old and new makes Edmonds distinctive. A central fountain, colorful hanging baskets, historic architecture, vivid building murals, and vintage street lamps beautifully accent the pedestrian-friendly downtown. The Historical Museum (a former Carnegie Library) and historic log cabin Visitor Center recall the early days of this pioneer mill town. Shops and galleries offer an array of wares. Acclaimed restaurants, cafés, bistros, breweries, and beachfront eateries, many with outdoor tables and stunning views provide delightful dining experiences. Additional shopping and dining establishments are

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found along Highway 99 and in the Westgate, Perrinville, Firdale Village and Five Corners neighborhoods. It’s easy to see why nationally acclaimed travel writer, Rick Steves, calls Edmonds home. Recreational opportunities abound on the Edmonds waterfront. Four waterfront parks (including one off-leash dog beach), whale-watching tours, a 27-acre Underwater Diving Park, a fishing pier, and the Port of Everett Marina (one of the West Coast’s largest covered moorage facilities) are within walking distance of downtown. The Edmonds Marsh is a top draw for Audubon bird watchers. Edmonds’ is known for its active arts community. Third Thursday Art Walks offer participants a chance to meet local artists, tour galleries and purchase art. The Cascadia Art Museum, dedicated to Northwest Regional Art, offers lectures and special events. The Edmonds Center for the Arts presents a variety of performances and is home to a symphony, ballet, and chorus. Annual events draw large crowds during every season, including: 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; Art Studio Tour; Children’s Halloween Trick or Treat; and Holiday TreeLighting. Garden and Summer Markets host local farmers and artisans on Saturdays from May to October. 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: 40,490 City Hall: 121 Fifth Ave N, (425) 775-2525, www.edmondswa.gov Chambers of Commerce: Greater Edmonds Chamber, 121 5th Ave N, PO Box 146, 98020, (425) 670-1496. www.Edmondswa.com Visitor info (877) 775-6935, www.VisitEdmonds.com Post Office: 201 Main St, 98020, (425) 774-4077 Library: 650 Main St, (425) 771-1933

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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: $10.26/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $72,926 Average Rent: 2bd $1,350 Median Prices: Homes $475,000; Condos $282,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=26 mins/15 mi. Bellevue=34 mins/24 mi.

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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 career development 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 Xfinity Arena hosts concerts, ice sports, exhibits and more. Local sports

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teams include the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League and the Everett AquaSox, a minor league baseball team. EVERETT STATISTICS Population: 105,800 City Hall: 2930 Wetmore Ave, 98201, (425) 257-8700, www.everettwa.gov Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, 808 134th St SW, Ste 101, 98204, (425) 7434567 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 Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 Refuse Collection: Rubatino Refuse Removal, (425) 259-0044. Waste Management, (425) 337-1197 Typical Tax Rate: $11.62/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $48,562 Average Rent: 2bd $1,300 Median Prices: Homes $320,000; Condos $207,500 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=34 mins/29 mi. Bellevue=34 mins/29 mi.

KENMORE One of King County’s newest cities, Kenmore was incorporated in 1998. It crowns the north shore of Lake Washington with easy access to Seattle, Bellevue and Everett. Residents and visitors alike appreciate Kenmore’s prime location, family-friendly neighborhoods, outdoor recreational opportunities, the investments in Kenmore’s downtown and traffic projects, and the entrepreneurial spirit of Kenmore’s business community. Kenmore businesses range from a 70-year-old family company (still located where it began), to startups mentored in the Kenmore Business Incubator Program, to home-based sole proprietorships. Local businesses benefit from a supportive City Hall with business-friendly policies, including a streamlined permitting process, no B&O tax, and capacity for commercial and residential development. Kenmore is investing in safety improvements on the City’s transportation corridors, including more than $80 million in infrastructure investment and beautification along SR 522, which is improving traffic flow and pedestrian safety. Likewise, ongoing economic development strategies are promoting a robust and active downtown. Recent investments include a new City Hall, a new library, and Kenmore Village, a 9.6-acre multiuse development that will bring downtown living and retailers to the city center.

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LAKE FOREST PARK Kenmore is home to abundant outdoor (425) 398-4400 spaces and parks, including the 300+ Lake Forest Park is a hilly, forested city at Refuse Collection: Republic Services, acre St Edward State Park with hiking the north end of Lake Washington where (425) 778-0188 and mountain bike trails and play fields. the schools are good, homes are well Typical Tax Rate: $11.24/$1,000 Kenmore also has a burgeoning craft- maintained and the sense of community assessed valuation beer community, a historic golf course is strong. Since its earliest development, Median Household Income: $90,495 and numerous water activities along 7.8 the city’s focus has been on preserving the Average Rent: 2bd $2,000 miles of shoreline. The Burke-Gilman Trail rustic, natural woods, streams, and open Median Prices: Homes $542,500; extends 18 miles, linking Kenmore not only spaces. No industrial development exists Condos $184,000 to Seattle, but also the Sammamish River within the city limits, and home-based Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=20 Trail and Marymoor Park in Redmond. No businesses account for more than half of mins/13 mi. Bellevue=23 mins/16 mi. wonder Kenmore has received the Playful all registered businesses. LAKE STEVENS City USA designation for the last six years Lake Forest Park is primarily a singlefamily residential community. Older homes The changing character of Lake Stevens in a row! Kenmore has safe neighborhoods, are built on half-acre to one-acre lots. has long been reflected in the waters of the incredible parks, cultural activities, an There are also a small number of duplex- lake it grew up around. Originally a sawmill exceptional public school system, access es and multi-family units. Rentals account town, and later a resort destination, Lake to higher education, central location, and for less than 20% of the city’s housing units. Stevens has evolved into a family-friendgreat regional connections by highway, The central gathering spot in town is the ly community where conveniences and transit, seaplane, bike trail or boat. But, Lake Forest Park Towne Center, in the very beauty are both in abundance. Surroundmost importantly, there is a spirit of popular Third Place Commons. City Hall, ed by views of the Cascade Mountains, the enthusiasm throughout the community also located at Towne Center, houses the greenery of local parks and lakeside resfor the positive change and development Municipal Court, Police Department, and idential lots, Lake Stevens is also located Passport Services. Throughout the city, near excellent shopping, cultural opporhappening in Kenmore. parks and playgrounds, as well as the lake- tunities, and easy access to I-5. front Burke-Gilman Trail offer recreation- The city is centered on a 1,040-acre KENMORE STATISTICS Population: 21,500 al opportunities. Annual events include the natural lake with eight miles of shoreline. City Hall: 18120 68th Ave NE, PO Box Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park garden Also called Lake Stevens, it is Snohomish 82607, 98028, (425) 398-8900, tour in June and a Sunday Farmers Market County’s largest recreational lake. Home www.kenmorewa.gov from Mother’s Day to October. Each year a to two competitive rowing clubs, the Post Office: 6700 NE 181st St, communitywide summer “bookclub” cul- lake provides swimming, sailing, canoe(425) 482-9755 minates in a visit from the author. ing, waterskiing, and year-round fishing. Library: 6531 NE 181st St, 98028, The nearby Centennial Trail is popular with (425) 486-8747. walkers, joggers, bicyclists and horse riders. LAKE FOREST PARK STATISTICS School District: Northshore School Dist. Population: 12,810 The city also hosts fun annual events (425) 408-6000 City Hall: 17425 Ballinger Wy NE, 98155, like Aquafest held the last full weekend Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (206) 368-5440, www.cityoflfp.com in July featuring parades, a carnival and (888) 225-5773 Post Office: 17233 15th Ave NE, 98155, fireworks, and an Oktoberfest event on Water/Sewer: Northshore Utility Dist. (800) 275-8777 the last weekend of September with Beer (425) 398-4400 Library: 17171 Bothell Way NE, and Wine Gardens, Bavarian style music Telephone: Frontier, (877) 462-8188 (206) 362-8860 and dancers. Refuse Collection: Republic Services, (206) 682-9730 Typical Tax Rate: $11.58/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $88,472 Average Rent: 2bd $1,750 Median Prices: Homes $579,950; Condos $247,500 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=21 mins/14 mi. Bellevue=19 mins/14mi.

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School District: Shoreline School Dist. No. 412, (206) 393-6111 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (425) 452-1234 Electricity: Seattle City Light, (206) 684-3000 Water: North City Water Dist. (206) 362-8100. 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) 368-5440. Northshore Utility District,

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LAKE STEVENS STATISTICS Population: 29,900 City Hall: 1812 Main St, PO Box 257, 98258, (425) 334-1012, www.ci.lake-stevens.wa.us Chamber of Commerce: 10020 Lundeen Park Way, 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.


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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: $11.28/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $70,345 Average Rent: 2bd $1,300 Median Prices: Homes $320,000; Condos $273,450 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=46 mins/36 mi. Bellevue=43 mins/33 mi. Everett=16 mins/8 mi.

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. 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 nation's second largest poultry and egg production area. In 1927, SR 99 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 over 150 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 pro-

fessional service businesses thrive. Future assessed valuation city center plans include new retail, office Median Household Income: $50,562 and residential space, and open-air plazas Average Rent: 2bd $1,450 and promenades. Median Prices: Homes $379,500; While Lynnwood’s commercial center Condos $294,000 is impressive, the city is primarily residen- Est. Travel Time/Distance To: tial. Moderately priced single-family neigh- Seattle=21 mins/16 mi. borhoods, both new and established, are Bellevue=25 mins/20 mi. sprinkled throughout the city’s wooded MARYSVILLE surroundings. Along the city’s western edge are views of Puget Sound, Whidbey The City of Marysville lies on the north crescent of the Snohomish River Delta Island, and the Olympics. Residents enjoy a unique quality of life in North Snohomish County, in a setting with every amenity. The public school dis- ringed by mountains, lakes, rivers and trict is exceptional and Central Washington Puget Sound. Marysville is a family-friendState University’s Lynnwood Center along ly community that offers visitors, residents with nearby Edmonds Community College and businesses all the conveniences and provide advanced educational opportuni- opportunities that give the Pacific Northties. Year round recreation includes a mu- west its enduring splendor and vitality. nicipal golf course, 22 city parks, public Marysville and neighboring Tulalip tennis and basketball courts, sports fields, have emerged as Snohomish County’s and a Recreation & Aquatic center with newest hotspots for family-friendly life5 swimming pools, 2 water slides, water style, business, clean industry and affordplayground and a cardio/weight room. able housing. Marysville boasts 527 acres of parks and open space, including its newest attraction, LYNNWOOD STATISTICS Population: 36,420 The Comeford Spray Park, open Memorial City Hall: 19100 44th Ave W, Day through Labor Day. Ebey Waterfront (425) 670-5000, www.ci.lynnwood.wa.us Park, a downtown marine park, features Chamber of Commerce: The Lynnwood a boat launch, nautical themed playChamber, PO Box 2661, 98036, (425) 775ground, and trails that are perfect for lei7283, www.thelynnwoodchamber.com surely strolls. The rustic, unhurried charm Visitor Center: Snohomish County South of the downtown district lures shoppers, Visitor Center, 19921 Poplar Way as does the Marysville Towne Centre Mall. (425) 776-3977 Committed to preserving its sense of Post Office: 6817 208th St SW, (425) community and quality of life, Marys778-3447, 3715 196th St SW Ste 101, ville offers year-round festivals and (425) 778-3447 events including the state's oldest celeLibrary: 19200 44th Ave W, 98036, bration: the Marysville Strawberry Festival. (425) 778-2148 Other annual events include the Easter Egg School District: Edmonds School Dist. Hunt, Kiwanis Fishing Derby, the Sounds of No. 15, (425) 431-7000 Summer Concert Series, and Merrysville for Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 the Holidays Winter Celebration & Electric Electricity: Snohomish County PUD Light Parade in December. Learn more at No. 1, (425) 783-1000 www.marysvillewa.gov. Water/Sewer: City of Lynnwood, (425) 6705146. 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: $10.56/$1,000

MARYSVILLE STATISTICS Population: 64,140 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) 965-0000,

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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) 965-0000 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: $11.77/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $65,736 Average Rent: 2bd $1,200 Median Prices: Homes $280,000; Condos $225,134 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=39 mins/34 mi. Bellevue= 39 mins/34 mi.

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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 single-family 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. The Sports Park features a lighted, artificial turf ball field and a skate park. Nature preserves and parks are popular places for outdoor fun. Community get-togethers include a summer Concerts in the Park series, a semi-annual Citywide Garage Sale and the Mill Creek Festival. MILL CREEK STATISTICS Population: 19,760 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, 98012 (425) 337-4822

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School District: Everett School Dist. No. 2, (425) 385-4000 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: $11.07/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $88,770 Average Rent: 2bd $1,600 Median Prices: Homes $468,000 Condos $299,254 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=30 mins/22 mi. Bellevue=27 mins/19 mi.

MONROE Monroe is a friendly city with small town appeal where long-time locals embrace new families and foster hometown traditions. Rural beauty, acreage, affordable housing, good schools, a hospital and accessibility to the region’s major metropolitan areas are all important pluses enjoyed here. No wonder Monroe is the fastest growing city in the Skykomish River Valley! The city’s tagline, “The Adventure Starts Here” points out another plus–events and activities. Already known as home to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds and Evergreen Speedway–a top 10 NASCAR track, Monroe’s Lake Tye is gaining national attention as a premier adventure sports hotspot. Lake Tye Park hosts annual national competitions, including the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour in July and TriMonroe, a sanctioned USA Triathlon event that draws Olympic hopefuls from all over the country each June. Other scheduled events include summer outdoor movies and music concerts, regional youth athletic tournaments, model boat races, and dog agility shows. Historic Downtown Monroe is the place to be for other yearly events, such as the Monroe Fair Days Parade (late August), and Light Up Monroe holiday tree lighting event. The adventure continues with nearby


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historic homes, a hot rod gallery, a re- outdoor adventure. Kayaking, biking, hiking gionally renowned reptile zoo, world- and even hang gliding are possibilities. The class wine and spirit tastings, trails, parks, city boasts a number of parks, cultural and prime fishing, a golf course, a new disc historic experiences, and festivals throughgolf course and a growing performing out the year including the world famous arts center. Monroe also sits on both the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival each April, and Cascade Loop Scenic Highway, as well as the Skagit Highland Games in July. A seathe Stevens Pass Greenway Scenic Byway sonal Farmers Market, the 1926 Lincoln – the perfect spot for a “best ever” road trip. Theatre, and the unique downtown shops and dining establishments are also popular MONROE STATISTICS destinations. A library, community college, Population: 17,620 transit center, and hospital are among the City Hall: 806 W. Main St. 98272, many services found in this “premier small (360) 794-7400, www.monroewa.gov city.” Visit www.getagreatlifeinmountverChamber of Commerce: 125 S. Lewis St., non.com for more information. 98272, (360) 794-5488, www.choosemonroe.com Post Office: 122 N Blakeley, (800) 275-8777, (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: $12.44/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $66,649 Average Rent: 2bd $1,300 Median Prices: Homes $322,500; Condos $185,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=40 mins/33 mi. Bellevue=31 mins/26 mi.

MOUNT VERNON Mount Vernon, Skagit County’s largest incorporated town and county seat, was named to the Forbes 2015 “Best Small Place For Business and Careers” list. It 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

MOUNT VERNON STATISTICS Population: 33,530 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: $13.78/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $44,404 Average Rent: 2bd $1,100 Median Prices: Homes $260,000; Condos $180,950 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=1hr 7 mins/62 mi. Bellevue=1hr 6 mins/62 mi.

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE Mountlake Terrace is a full-service city where reasonable housing prices and low property taxes make it one of the most affordable places to live in the Seattle met-

ropolitan region. Here, tall evergreen trees line many of the streets and give the feeling of living in the heart of a beautiful park. Scenic views of Lake Ballinger, as well as mountain ranges to the east and west add to the appeal. Mountlake Terrace’s accessibility is also appealing. I-5 runs through the middle of the city, offering easy access to all that the region has to offer. Three transit lines serve Mountlake Terrace, providing fast and easy commutes to Seattle and other neighboring cities, as well as the University of Washington. Four hospital systems are found within a 10-mile radius. Mountlake Terrace City leadership is focused and engaged. It isn’t uncommon to see them out getting to know residents. Safety is a priority here and residents are served by an excellent and diligent police force. Family is also a priority, which is why Mountlake Terrace devotes over 260 acres to recreation, including its popular aquatic center, nine neighborhood parks, three sports complexes, and 14 sports fields. The city also maintains miles of trails (with plans to connect to the popular regional Interurban Trail). Every summer, the city hosts Tour de Terrace, a Seafair festival that attracts thousands of people from all over the region. Mountlake Terrace’s revitalized downtown features fun nightspots and restaurants that offer a range of dining options. Visit Double DD Meats, Diamond Knot Brewpub, and Cinebarre (where you can enjoy first run films, drinks and dining at the same time). MOUNTLAKE TERRACE STATISTICS Population: 21,090 Interim City Hall: 6100 219th St. SW, Ste. 200 98043, (425) 776-1161, www.cityofmlt.com Economic Alliance of Snohomish County (EASC), 808 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.

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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: $10.27/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $61,477 Average Rent: 2bd $1,450 Median Prices: Homes $335,000; Condos $206,500 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=18 mins/14 mi. Bellevue=26 mins/20 mi.

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. 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 110 years. The Lighthouse is available for tours and special events such as the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival, held each September featuring a parade, arts and crafts, food and fireworks. Lighthouse Park has a beach, picnic area and boat launch, and from June through September it hosts a Farmers Market. A few blocks away, the Rosehill Community Center offers classes 50

and programs and houses an indoor art gallery. MUKILTEO STATISTICS Population: 20,900 City Hall: 11930 Cyrus Way, 98275, (425) 263-8000, www.cmukilteowa.gov 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: $9.17/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $89,942 Average Rent: 2bd $1,500 Median Prices: Homes $502,500; Condos $255,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle: 35 mins/26 mi. Bellevue=35 mins/26 mi.

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ness 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: 54,500 City Hall: 17500 Midvale Ave N, (206) 8012700, www.cityofshoreline.com Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center: 18560 1st Ave NE, (206) 361-2260, www.shorelinechamberofcommerce. wildapricot.org 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: $11.70/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $64,096 Average Rent: 2bd $1,500 Median Prices: Homes $422,500; Condos $209,900 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=15 mins/12 mi. Bellevue=23 mins/18 mi.

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. SNOHOMISH The city boasts two libraries, the Shoreline Community College, the Shoreline The city of Snohomish offers rural living Historical Museum, an arts council, com- with a great pride for preservation, excelmunity pool, recreational center, teen lence in education and a commitment to and senior centers, and a thriving busi- the future with a vigorous economy. While

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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. Two rivers border Snohomish, adding to recreational opportunities that include a public boat launch, parks, the Centennial Trail, the Snohomish River Trail, a skate park, an 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 and Sunday 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.

(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: $13.74/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $52,250 Average Rent: 2bd $1,500 Median Prices: Homes $440,000; Condos $209,950 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=45 mins/32 mi. Bellevue=35 mins/24 mi.

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Living East 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 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 The Salish Lodge overloooking Snoqualmie Falls

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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, Costco Wholesale, and Genie Industries are part of the vibrant and growing eastside business community.

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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

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Population: 300 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: $8.96/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $164,375 Median Price Homes: $1,167,500 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=16 mins/12 mi. 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,


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Market, is open Thursdays and Saturdays at two locations. Approximately 11,000 people call Downtown Bellevue home. The median age is 34, a reflection of the young professionals who are populating the neighborhood. Over the next decade, most of Bellevue’s residential and job 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 2015, US News & World Report ranked Bellevue International School the Best High School in Washington State. Bellevue’s diverse housing choices suit any lifestyle—from stunning waterfront estates to suburban ramblers to downtown condominiums. The hills southeast of downtown offer a multitude of single and multi-family housing options, along with important commercial centers that include Factoria Square Mall and Newport Hills Shopping Center. Apartment complexes and smaller, more modest homes dominate the Lake Hills and Crossroads neighborhoods. 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. This city’s wonderful combination of outdoor recreation, cultural amenities, diversity and nation-leading schools led Livabilty. com to name Bellevue #14 on the 2015 “Top 100 Best Places to Live” rankings.

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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 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. 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. Bellevue’s distinctive, people-friendly downtown is also 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 Tateuchi Center, a wonderful new downtown performing arts center is scheduled to break ground in 2017. 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


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BELLEVUE STATISTICS Population: 135,000 City Hall: 450 110th Ave. NE, 98009, PO Box 90012, 98009, (425) 452-6800, www.bellevuewa.gov Chamber of Commerce: 330 112th Ave NE, Ste 100, Bellevue 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 Way, (425) 747-2390. 15600 8th St, (425) 644-6203 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: $8.78/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $92,524 Average Rent: 2bd $2,250 Median Prices: Homes $799,000; Condos $312,500 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=16 mins/10 mi.

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 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 56

CSA subscriptions. Local produce and live music bring patrons to Carnation’s Farmers Market on Tuesdays from May through October. 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, adjacent to King County’s 67-acre Carnation Marsh, is perfect for bird watching. Other attractions include berry picking, the Tolt Historical Museum and a collection of unique downtown shops and restaurants. Annual community festivals include the Great Carnation 4th of July Celebration, the Remlinger Farms Harvest Festival in October, and Christmas in Carnation always held on the first Saturday of December. To live or to visit, Carnation is your natural destination! CARNATION STATISTICS Population: 1,790 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: Recology CleanScapes, (425) 844-1900 Typical Tax Rate: $11.87/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $65,536 Average Rent: 2bd $1,700 Median Price Homes: $475,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=39 mins/27 mi. Bellevue=29 mins/20 mi.

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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 5.4 mile 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. CLYDE HILL, MEDINA, YARROW POINT AND HUNTS POINT STATISTICS Population: Clyde Hill: 3,020. Hunts Point: 410. Medina: 3,095. Yarrow Point: 1,020 City Halls: Clyde Hill: 9605 NE 24th St, 98004, (425) 453-7800, www.clydehill.org


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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: $8.34. Hunts Point: $7.67. Medina: $8.64 Yarrow Point: $7.92/$1,000. Median Household Income: Clyde Hill: $192,250 Hunts Point: $161,250. Medina: $182,308. Yarrow Point: $187,500 Median Home Prices: Clyde Hill— $1,770,000. Hunts Point—$1,929,450. Medina—$2,294,000. Yarrow Point—$3,200,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=14 mins/8 mi. Bellevue=7 mins/3 mi.

DUVALL Incorporated in 1913, Duvall lies in northeastern King County in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley. Early homesteaders were drawn to the area’s logging and agricultural opportunities. Today, housing developments on the plateau east of the city are fast replacing farms and timberlands, but Duvall’s 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. The home ownership rate is nearly 82% in this popular residential community. Duvall draws workers from Bellevue, Redmond, and Seattle with its more reasonably priced homes, respite from the urban bustle, and an average commute travel time that is just over a half an hour. 58

Duvall’s active arts community supports popular annual events like Art in Bloom, SummerStage, Duvall Art and Wine Walk and SandBlast Festival of the Arts. Additional yearly community events include Duvall Days, Big Classic Car Show, Fire Fighter’s Pancake Breakfast and RunDuvall, Heritage Festival, Movies in the Park, Halloween Trick or Treating, Holiday Tree Lighting, and the Duvall Farmer’s Market (May – October). Parks in Duvall range from tiny Judd Park Tot Lot to McCormick Park with nearly 19 acres of trails, picnicking, and open spaces. The beautiful Snoqualmie Valley trail runs through the heart of the city, providing a scenic walk for all. DUVALL STATISTICS Population: 7,639 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: $12.78/$1,000 assessed valuation Average Rent: 2bd $1,400 Median Household Income: $105,729 Median Prices: Homes $472,500; Condos $309,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=36 mins/25 mi. Bellevue=27 mins/18 mi.

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

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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 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 — 2,090 (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 Average Tax Rate: Fall City: $13.66/$1,000 assessed valuation, Preston: $12.33/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: Fall City: $77,933 Average Rent: Fall City 2bd $1,000. Preston 2bd $1,750 Median Prices: Fall City: Homes $516,000.


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activities. Other must-see Issaquah attractions include top-notch productions at Village Theatre, Issaquah Farmers Market ISSAQUAH (Saturdays, May to September), Boehm’s Nestled between the Issaquah Alps and Candies chocolate factory, Gilman Town Lake Sammamish, Issaquah is a historic Hall Museum, the restored Issaquah Train community focused on a dynamic future. Depot, and Cougar Mountain Zoo. Known for trailheads and salmon, the city The majestic Issaquah Alps offer yearis also a major employment and retail round recreation including hiking, mounhub on the Eastside. In 2015, Nerd Wallet tain biking and paragliding, while Lake rated Issaquah the 5th Best Place to Start a Sammamish State Park is perfect for fishBusiness in Washington. Issaquah is home ing, boating, and swimming. to Costco Wholesale’s world headquar- Housing choices include historic downters. Global technology giants, includ- town homes, homes with acreage, multiing Microsoft, maintain a robust presence, family dwellings and the innovative Issaas does real estate notable John L. Scott. quah Highlands and Talus urban villages. Local businesses also include dining These housing choices, along with great and shopping options along Front Street in schools and community spirit landed IssaOlde Town, East Lake Sammamish Center, quah on Family Circle’s 2015 Best Towns Issaquah Commons, Meadows Shopping For Families List. Center, Pickering Place and charming Gil- Issaquah’s liveability makes the city man Village. Regularly occurring events a magnet for new residents. City leadincluding Art Walks and Wine Walks draw ers have adopted a long-term plan that people in, enlivening the downtown area. focuses on environmental protection, jobs, The community’s largest event, though, housing and the rapid transit needs of this is Issaquah Salmon Days, held the first growing community. weekend in October. Each year 150,000+ visitors come to view the Issaquah Salmon ISSAQUAH STATISTICS Hatchery and its spawning salmon and Population: 33,330 to enjoy art, music, food and fun “fishy” City Hall: 130 E Sunset Way,

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Preston: Homes $187,250 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=30 mins/24 mi. Bellevue=25 mins/18 mi.

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 Way, (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: Recology CleanScapes, (425) 837-1234. South Cove area - Republic Services, (425) 392-6651 Typical Tax Rate: $10.09/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $88,770 Average Rent: 2bd $1,900 Median Prices: Homes $675,000; Condos $325,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=21 mins/17 mi. Bellevue=17 mins/11 mi.

KIRKLAND Kirkland is a vibrant waterfront community with an unparalleled blend of outdoor recreation, art, dining and boutique shopping. Home to the only downtown on Lake Washington, Kirkland also has the most guest moorage on Lake Washington, and has more waterfront parks and beaches than any other city in the Puget Sound region. Kirkland is sophisticated with awardwinning wineries, restaurants and a diverse repertoire of events, yet it maintains a small-town feel removed from big-city living. In 2014, Money Magazine ranked Kirkland the #5 best place to live in America. The city is home to a dynamic community of entrepreneurs and small businesses as well as high-tech, aerospace and medical technology companies. Google, Go Daddy, Astronics, INRIX, and iSoftStone all have offices in Kirkland. As well as nurturing businesses, downtown Kirkland welcomes new residents with a range of housing options. Condominiums, many new and with prime views,

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KIRKLAND STATISTICS Population: 83,460 City Hall: 123 5th Ave, 98033, (425) 587-3000, www.kirklandwa.gov 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. 12501 NE 144th St, (425) 821-7686

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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: $9.60/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $90,611 Average Rent: 2bd $1,950 Median Prices: Homes $643,700; Condos $287,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=20 mins/12 mi. Bellevue=11 mins/6 mi.

MERCER ISLAND Mercer Island is located in the middle of Lake Washington. This island locale provides a quiet, secluded feeling with quick

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commutes to Seattle or the Eastside via Interstate 90. Mercer Island schools are a source of pride and an important reason that many families live here. The School District’s longstanding tradition of excellence includes consistently posting the state’s highest test scores and maintaining a graduation rate of over 95 percent. This city boasts more than 475 acres of parks and open space, multi-use trails, ball fields, 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, the Mostly Music in the Park summer concert series, and the new Mercer Island Center For The Arts projected to open in 2018, all reflect an active Arts Council. Popular community events include the Leap for Green environmental fair, the

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populate downtown and the waterfront. Near downtown, neighborhoods such as Rose Hill offer older homes. Bridle Trails, in southeast Kirkland, surrounds a 482-acre wooded preserve and features homes on large lots. Three hundred properties here stable horses. At the opposite end of the city in Totem Lake are Evergreen Hospital, several wine tasting rooms, a contemporary art gallery, the Public Safety Building, and one of the region’s most prosperous auto retail hubs. 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 fine restaurants featuring sought-after chefs. Committed to local sourcing of food, 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 dynamic 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. Other special events include Kirkland Uncorked, Summerfest and the arrival of the Tall Ships. For more activities and events, visit explorekirkland.com.


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annual Summer Celebration festival, Art UnCorked­­—an evening of art and wine tasting, Mercer Island Rotary Half-Marathon and 10K and a lively Farmers Market. Although primarily a single-family residential community, new mixeduse development is revitalizing the Town Center area. Proximity to a vibrant, growing business district and restaurants, as well as convenient public transportation helps make this walkable neighborhood a great place to live.

(206) 345-5552 Refuse Collection, Recycling, & Yard Waste: Republic Services, (206) 682-9730 Typical Tax Rate: $8.35/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $125,651 Average Rent: 2bd $2,550 Median Prices: Homes $1,137,500 Condos $410,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=11 mins/7 mi. Bellevue=13 mins/6 mi.

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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 scenery. Passing through Newcastle’s downtown core, Coal Creek Parkway serves as a vital Eastside transportation link to the area’s major employers. Situated on Lake Washington’s eastern shore, this inviting community offers a mix of well-established neighborhoods, newer high-end housing developments and multi-family residences. As the population grows, the city continues to add new housing and business options. The most extensive development in the city’s history,

Population: 23,480 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

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an Avalon Bay community, will add businesses, residences, and public amenities. Aegis Gardens, a new Asian culture senior living facility, is also under construction, and two new apartment developments are moving forward. 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 a farmer’s market, urgent care facility, historic cemetery, new public library, new middle school, Coal Creek YMCA and the Regency Newcastle Senior Center. Newcastle’s extensive network of trails links its neighborhoods and connects to regional trail systems and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. The city’s 40 acres of developed parks include scenic Lake Boren Park, site of annual Concerts in the Park, a Fourth of July fireworks display and Newcastle Days, a fun summer festival. The people who call Newcastle home are what truly sets the city apart. Nonprofit and volunteer groups such as Newcastle Trails, the Newcastle Historical Society, Weed Warriors and Newcastle Chamber of Commerce actively contribute to the community. NEWCASTLE STATISTICS Population: 10,940 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 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: $12.43/$1,000

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assessed valuation Median Household Income: $110,456 Average Rent: 2bd $1,850 Median Prices: Homes $722,400; Condos $300,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=19 mins/13 mi. Bellevue=14 mins/7 mi.

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Jazz Walk, Farmers Market and Summer Concert Series, Tour de Peaks Bike Ride, Downtown Block Party, Banff Film Festival, Mountain Film Festival and The Festival at Mount Si. The end of the year is celebrated with a Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting Festival. NORTH BEND STATISTICS Population: 6,460

Nestled in the upper Snoqualmie River City Hall: 211 Main Ave N, PO Box 896, Valley amid the rugged Cascade Moun- 98045, (425) 888-1211, www.northbendwa.gov tains is the small city of North Bend. Here, Chamber of Commerce: PO Box 357, “easy to reach… hard to leave” is more than 98045, (425) 888-6362, www.snovalley.org just a slogan. Located just 30 minutes east Post Office: 451 E North Bend Way, of Seattle and Bellevue on Interstate 90, (425) 831-7020 North Bend offers small town living and Library: 115 E. 4th St, (425) 888-0554 world-class outdoor recreation. School District: Snoqualmie Valley School North Bend looks out on Mount Si, a Dist. No. 410, (425) 831-8000 4,167-foot monolith where one of the Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 state’s most famous and popular trails Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773 leads to absolutely breath taking views. If Tanner Electric, (425) 888-0623 you enjoy year round recreation – hiking, Water/Sewer: City of North Bend, fishing, rock climbing, white water pad- (425) 888-1211 dling, or exploring Washington’s wilder- Water: Sallal, (425) 888-3650 ness areas, North Bend is the perfect des- Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 tination. The city’s wonderful public parks Refuse Collection and Recycling: Republic also offer recreational activities for all ages Services (425) 392-6651 and amenities that include sports fields, Typical Tax Rate: $12.50/$1,000 assessed tennis courts, a skate park, picnic facilities, valuation Median Household Income: $73,574 climbing tower, and play areas. The heart of North Bend boasts a beau- Average Rent: 2bd $1,500 tiful, little historic downtown area with Median Prices: Homes $490,000; fantastic dining options, unique shops, Condos $244,000 live entertainment and even a steam train Est. Travel Time/Distance To: that takes riders through the picturesque Seattle=33 mins/30 mi. Snoqualmie Valley. Discover local favorites Bellevue=28 mins/24 mi. including Boxley’s - an award winning jazz REDMOND club, live theatre at Valley Center Stage, and the North Bend Theatre where block- From its early days as a small logging combuster movies are screened in a historic munity, Redmond has evolved into a thriv1941 theatre setting. Don’t forget to stop ing center of business and community life. in at Twedes Café for a Twin Peaks “Damn Home to nationally and internationally recfine cup o’ coffee!” and Cherry Pie. The ognized companies including Microsoft, Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum, Nintendo, Genie Industries, AT&T and open seasonally, has a collection of amaz- SpaceX. Redmond’s healthy economic ing photographs and artifacts that pro- base attracts workers from all around vide a unique prospective on local history. Greater Seattle. North Bend Premium Outlets, off I-90, is Housing options here are diverse and an eclectic group of over 50 stores with new construction is common. Schools bargains for savvy shoppers. are in the Lake Washington School Dis The city hosts special events throughout trict, featuring strong academics and aththe year such as North Bend Blues Walk, letics. 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 business, 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 VALA Art Center and also the SecondStory Repertory Theatre at Redmond Town Center. REDMOND STATISTICS Population: 59,180 City Hall: 15670 NE 85th St, (425) 556-2900, www.redmond.gov OneRedmond (Economic Development): 8383 158th Ave NE, Ste 225, (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: $9.64/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $99,586 Average Rent: 2bd $2,050 Median Prices: Homes $680,000; Condos $314,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=21 mins/15 mi. Bellevue=10 mins/8 mi.

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SAMMAMISH STATISTICS Population: 49,980 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,

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Opening Day at Snoqualmie Depot 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: $10.80/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $144,775 Average Rent: 2bd $1,700 Median Prices: Homes $785,000; Condos $355,250 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=25 mins/18 mi. Bellevue=16 mins/10 mi.

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, attracting more than 1.5 million

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visitors each year. Snoqualmie residents enjoy a high quality of life with excellent city services; more than 30 miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails; 38 parks with facilities ranging from playgrounds to athletic fields and event venues; and the Snoqualmie Community Center operated by the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA. In 2015, Money Magazine ranked Snoqualmie as #5 for “Best Places to Live in America.” This acclaim is in part due to the award-winning Snoqualmie Valley School District that serves K-12 students with five elementary schools, two middle schools, one comprehensive high school, and one alternative school. In addition to school sports programs, many Snoqualmie Valley sports organizations offer soccer, little league, volleyball, and more. Snoqualmie has dining and shopping opportunities, professional services and health care offerings of all types, a local hospital, public safety services, a library, and great neighborhoods such as Historic Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Ridge, and Kimball Creek Village. TCP Snoqualmie Ridge, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, hosts the annual Boeing Classic tournament, an official event on the PGA TOUR Champions Tour.

Photo: Courtesy of the City of Snoqualmie

Nestled on a forested plateau between Issaquah and Redmond, Sammamish boasts a population of nearly 50,000. 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. If you spend a little time in this city on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Sammamish, you’ll see that this vision is right on track. In 2015, ValuePenguin ranked Sammamish the #1 Safest City in Washington State. Tree-lined streets in well-groomed neighborhoods make it an ideal community for families. Residential neighborhoods of all kinds, including the upscale, gated community of Sahalee, are located around Sammamish. “The Plateau,” as it is commonly referred to, is developing at a dizzying pace as its popularity and land value increases. A variety of stores, restaurants, and services are available within the city, but Sammamish is also located within easy commuting and shopping distance to Bellevue, Redmond, and Seattle. 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 provide 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, will host the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.


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Woodinville Lavender Farm

Photo: Provided by Visit Woodinville, courtesy of Woodinville Group/Carol Hook

At the other end of town, golfers also enjoy picturesque views at the Mt. Si Golf Course. Each August, Snoqualmie Railroad Days celebrates the City’s origin as a railroad and logging town. These roots are also explored at the unique Northwest Railway Museum, housed in a restored Victorian Depot. Visitors take train rides from the museum on weekends, April through October. SNOQUALMIE STATISTICS Population: 12,850 City Hall: 38624 SE River St, PO Box 987, 98065. (425) 888-1555, www.cityofsnoqualmie.org 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: $12.85/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $130,060 Average Rent: 2bd $2,000

Median Prices: Homes $535,000; Condos $326,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=35 mins/25 mi. Bellevue=30 mins/23 mi.

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to major regional employers. Woodinville’s placement is also the perfect junction between the vineyards east of the Cascades and the populace of Puget Sound. Thus, Woodinville is home to over 100 wineries and tasting rooms, including world-class wineries Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia. A thriving microbrewery, distillery, and cider community is found here as well. Woodinville’s Warehouse and Hollywood Districts both house a bevy of tasting rooms. Fantastic dining venues also abound, including The Herbfarm, Purple Café & Winebar, The Commons, and the Hollywood Tavern. Food, drink, music and fun are all highlighted at Woodinville’s annual events. Topping the list are Chateau Ste. Michelle’s renowned summer concert series and the Celebrate Woodinville Concerts & Festival. Simply put, there’s a lot to love about Woodinville’s quality of life! WOODINVILLE STATISTICS

Located 30 minutes northeast of Seattle, in the heart of the Sammamish River Valley, Woodinville is not only a premier tourist destination but also a highly livable community with a rich history, natural environment and economic vibrancy. When it comes to housing, there’s something for everyone - family-friendly established neighborhoods, urban-style mixed-use apartment communities, and tranquil, wooded neighborhoods like those just uphill from the city’s growing downtown. Compact and functional, Woodinville’s downtown offers retail, personal services, a seasonal Farmers Market, and the destination nursery, Molbak’s Garden + Home. At the edge of downtown are a sports field complex and a community center that hosts programs, activities and events. The nearby Sammamish River Trail, a first class, paved bike and pedestrian path, leads all the way to Seattle and Sammamish. Trail access is available at both Wilmot Gateway and Woodin Creek Parks. Varied recreational amenities score big with residents, as do quality schools (Woodinville is served by the highly rated Northshore School District), and proximity

Population: 11,240 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: $11.24/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $97,604 Average Rent: 2bd $1,800 Median Prices: Homes $616,500; Condos $178,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=25 mins/20 mi. Bellevue=16 mins/12 mi.

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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 County’s eastern half contains quiet 66

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, one of the oldest towns in the Pacific Northwest, is centrally located between Seattle and Tacoma and sits as a gateway to Mt. Rainier. Auburn is home to one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest outlet malls, comfortable hotels, exciting entertainment and nightlife, a historic downtown, outstanding performing arts and concert venues, first class thoroughbred horseracing, and top ranked golf courses. Auburn is the perfect place to work, play or spend a lifetime­­­—a place where you can establish a real sense of community. Auburn’s unique historic downtown reflects a combination of distinctive architecture, historic preservation and on-going renovations that not only retain the look and feel of a real downtown, but also

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AUBURN STATISTICS Population: 75,545 City Hall: 25 W Main St, 98001, (253) 931-3000, www.auburnwa.gov Chamber of Commerce: 25 2nd Street NW, 98001, (253) 833-0700, www.auburnareawa.org Post Office: 11 3rd St NW, 98002, (253) 333-1377 Libraries: 1102 Auburn Way S, (253) 9313018, 39917 Auburn-Enumclaw Rd SE, (253) 931-6779 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: Republic Services, (800) 322-8709. Waste Management, (800) 592-9995 Average Tax Rate: Pierce County—

Photo: Courtesy of the City of Maple Valley

The Annual Independence Day Celebration in Maple Valley

provides a lively gathering place for numerous events. Most notably, the annual Veterans Day Parade and Observance. After 50 years it has grown into the largest event of its kind on the west coast. Indoors and outdoors, there is something for everyone. Auburn has an extensive system of parks, open space and over 23 miles of urban trails for bikers, walkers, runners and skaters. Local parks host numerous free, family-friendly festivals that are popular throughout the region like Auburn’s KidsDay, the 4th of July Festival, and Petpalooza, as well as outdoor summer concerts, movies, and cultural performances. The newly renovated Auburn Performing Arts Center 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.


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$13.43/$1,000 assessed valuation. King County— $13.72/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $57,635 Average Rent: 2bd $1,150 Median Prices: Homes $325,000; Condos $213,850 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=32 mins/28 mi. Bellevue=30 mins/25 mi.

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—its 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 around the region competing in a BBQ & Chili Cook-Off, as well as local artists and merchant booths. 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: 4,200 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, (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) 886-5700. Lake Sawyer Area—Covington Water Dist., (253) 631-0565. Soos Creek Water & Sewer, (253) 630-9900 Telephone: CenturyLink, (877) 417-3983 Refuse Collection: Republic Services, (206) 682-9735 Typical Tax Rate: $11.80/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $66,951 Average Rent: 2bd $1,600 Median Prices: Homes $325,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=45 mins/33 mi. Bellevue=41 mins/28 mi.

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Art Walks, and a large Independence Day Parade. Several annual Festivals are held, among which the Strawberry & Arts Festival in June is a favorite. Drop by the crown jewel of Burien’s park system—Seahurst Park and beach trail—a place where preserving both the environment and public access has yielded breathtaking results. BURIEN STATISTICS Population: 48,810 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, (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: Recology CleanScapes, (206) 767-3322 Typical Tax Rate: $13.05/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $52,140 Average Rent: 2bd $1,500 Median Prices: Homes $335,140; Condos $144,750 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=17 mins/11 mi. Bellevue=23 mins/18 mi.

With a thriving downtown core – featuring boutique retail as well as various ethnic markets and restaurants that attract diners from across the region –Burien is recognized as one of Puget Sound’s hottest upand-coming cities. Burien is a waterfront community with six miles of Puget Sound shoreline and expansive mountain views. Residents take pride in their neighborhoods, actively preserving saltwater accesses and protecting the appearance of their streets and public spaces. Housing choices include ramblers, starter homes, elegant high-end homes, condominiums, and apartments of all sizes, including senior apartments. Burien’s convenient hub location provides great connections. Seattle is only 12 minutes north, Sea-Tac Airport is five minutes east, and in 30 minutes you can drive south to Tacoma or east to Bellevue. COVINGTON A centrally-located transit center provides even further connections. This hub loca- The gateway to southeastern King County, tion means that jobs and entertainment Covington is rich with engaged citizens, are convenient, the parking problems are new young families, good schools, quality elsewhere, and residents have more time businesses, strong leaders and safe neighborhoods—all key in making it a wonderto enjoy their neighborhoods. Community celebrations and award- ful place to live. Set in an idyllic Northwest winning parks generate year-round ac- landscape just 40 minutes out of Seattle, tivity including live theater, summertime Covington offers small community attriFarmers Markets and concerts, monthly butes with big city amenities.

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In Covington’s growing downtown, well-known restaurants like Applebee’s 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 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!””

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COVINGTON STATISTICS Population: 18,520 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) 631-6117, 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: $12.74/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $87,315 Average Rent: 2bd $1,650 Median Prices: Homes $315,000; Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=39 mins/27 mi. Bellevue=38 mins/27 mi.

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 Park and Redondo Park, the waterfront is full of public beaches, natural areas, scenic lookouts, and endless recreational opportunities. Mid-shoreline is a 900 slip, full service marina, complete with fishing pier, boardwalk, nearby shops and eateries, and a Farmers Market held Saturdays, June through September. 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: 30,100 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, (206) 575-1633, www.swkcc.org Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority: 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: $13.73/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $58,308 Average Rent: 2bd $1,350 Median Prices: Homes $299,750; Condos $171,025 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=25 mins/15 mi. Bellevue=29 mins/20 mi.

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,

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Enumclaw is the center of business and Condos $158,500 Seattle=26 mins/22 mi. shopping for the surrounding agricultur- Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Bellevue=31 mins/25 mi. al communities. It is also home to an avid Seattle=52 mins/42 mi. FIFE equestrian community, filled with breed- Bellevue=51 mins/39 mi. ing farms, horse show venues, and trainThe diverse and thriving city of Fife welFEDERAL WAY ing and boarding facilities for an array of comes new residents to quiet, family riding disciplines. The city of Federal Way is on a plateau friendly neighborhoods. This growing Despite growth, Enumclaw retains a tra- between Puget Sound and the Green community has much to offer. Trails and ditional, small-town character exemplified River Valley, with outstanding Sound parks like Dacca and Wedge provide in friendly and safe neighborhoods, quality views. Located 25 miles south of Seattle places to play, picnic, walk or just relax. schools and community involvement by and eight miles north of Tacoma, it is the The newest addition, Brookville Garden residents and local civic groups such as world headquarters of several businesses Park, is under construction. A variety the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and is building a brand new Performing of recreational programs and services and Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society. Arts & Event Center. This multi-purpose, are available at the community center and Golfing, skiing, hiking, boating, horse- 700 seat venue will feature expansive Mt. saltwater swim center. A sense of comback riding, and swimming at the city pool Rainier views and an outdoor public plaza. munity and celebration are key to annual are popular pastimes. In July, the city hosts Federal Way has 32 city parks, including events like the Car Show in June, summer the Enumclaw Street Fair, Stars and Stripes the New Town Square Park, Dash Point Movies in the Park, and the Fife Harvest 4th of July Celebration & Parade, Enum- State Park, as well as the 83 acre Celebra- Festival in October. Fife also has a free claw’s King County Fair, and the Scottish tion Park. Celebration Park hosts annual interactive History Museum, a PerformHighland Games. Other annual events soccer and softball tournaments and pro- ing Arts Center, and a library. If you like to include the Wine and Chocolate Festi- vides ample recreational activities for resi- explore, the region’s most scenic attracval, Mutual of Enumclaw Stage Race, the dents and visitors alike. Federal Way is also tions such as the North Olympics, Seattle, Whistle Stop Art Show, Stratocruiser’s Car home to Wild Waves, Washington’s only Mt. Rainier, Mt. Saint Helens and Victoria, Show, and the Christmas Parade. Cultur- Water and Amusement Park. BC are within easy reach. al offerings include performing arts series, Fife’s central South Puget Sound lotheater and vocal groups, and summer FEDERAL WAY STATISTICS cation also attracts commercial growth. concerts in the park. Population: 90,760 Local lodging, manufacturing, distriCity Hall: 33325 8th Ave S, 98003, bution, and retail businesses enjoy easy (253) 835-7000, www.cityoffederalway.com access to I-5, close proximity to SeaTac ENUMCLAW STATISTICS Population: 11,140 Chamber of Commerce: 31919 1st Ave S, Airport and the Port of Tacoma, favorable City Hall: 1339 Griffin Ave, 98022, Ste 202, (253) 838-2605, taxes and fees, and reasonable utility costs. (360) 825-3591, www.cityofenumclaw.net www.federalwaychamber.com Major employers include Milgard Windows, Chamber of Commerce: Post Office: 32829 Pacific Hwy S, (253) Mission Foods, Gensco, and the Emerald 1421 Cole St, 98022, (360) 825-7666, 924-1692 Queen Hotel and Casino. 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. Typical Tax Rate: $12.64/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $56,764 Average Rent: 2bd $1,150 Median Prices: Homes $311,000;

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FIFE STATISTICS Population: 9,545 City Hall: 5411 23rd St E, 98424, (253) 922-2489, www.cityoffife.org Chamber of Commerce: 2026 54th Ave E, (253) 922-9320, www.fmechamber.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: $12.19/$1,000 assessed valuation


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is also home to ShoWare Center, a 6,500 multipurpose arena that is the perfect venue to watch hockey, concerts, and enjoy special events. KENT STATISTICS Population: 122,900 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 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: $12.97/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $57,490 Average Rent: 2bd $1,250 Median Prices: Homes $329,950; Condos $193,500 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=25 mins/20 mi. Bellevue=24 mins/19 mi.

Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington State; yet, there is a welcoming hometown feel. Here, captivating neighborhoods offer a variety of housing options and residents are served by exceptional school districts and nationally accredited police and fire departments. Kent’s extensive park and trail network rivals much bigger cities. A culturally rich community, 138 world languages are spoken here and the city’s diverse shops, restaurants, and services reflect the global influences of the population. Kent’s roots as a farming community run deep, and while the surrounding valley has transformed through the years from exclusively farming into the second largest distribution and manufacturing center on the West Coast and the fourth largest in the nation, farms still thrive in Kent and food production is a major component of the local economy. Kent’s central location in the metropolitan area keeps the city well connected. Sounder rail service from Kent stretches to Everett through Seattle to Tacoma. Kent is only minutes away from one of the MAPLE VALLEY nation’s busiest airports and two seaports, and three miles from Interstate 5. Both the Haven’t paid attention to Maple Valley Union Pacific and Burlington Northern rail- lately? Well, you are the only one that roads run through the City. hasn’t! For the past few years, Maple Valley This connectivity is not only a plus for has garnered rave reviews on a variety of residents, but is a boon to businesses as “Best Cities” lists. Most recently, Safewise well. Kent is home to over 4,500 business- ranked it the 16th safest city in Washinges and approximately 78,000 jobs. Kent’s ton and Niche ranked it 3rd for best suburb $8 billion gross business income is the in which to buy a house and 6th to raise highest among its peer cities in South King a family in Washington. People have defCounty. initely noticed, and young, professional Kent’s historic downtown is undergoing families in particular have moved to this a dramatic transformation as residential appealing community. development is built alongside an historic What are the draws? Families apprecidowntown with an adjacent lifestyle center ate the quality education provided by the offering both old and new in one excit- Tahoma School District, where test scores ing place. Downtown Kent is the center are consistently among the top 10% overall of government for South King County. It in the state. 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 location 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, a golf course, and miles of trails for hiking, biking, and walking. Lake Wilderness Park, with lots of prime shoreline on Lake Wilderness, offers a variety of activities for all ages. It is also is home to the annual Hooked on Fishing Opening Day Trout Derby, Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Show, Maple Valley Days, and the outdoor summer movie & concerts in the park. 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 and Fuchsia. 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 STATISTICS Population: 24,700 City Hall: 22017 SE Wax Rd, Ste 200 Mail: PO Box 320, 98038, (425) 413-8800, www.maplevalleywa.gov 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,

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(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: Recology CleanScapes, (425) 413-1555. Republic, (206) 682-9735 Typical Tax Rate: $13.75/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $97,809 Average Rent: 2bd $1,400 Median Prices: Homes $380,500; Condos $269,900 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=33 mins/26 mi. Bellevue=28 mins/20 mi.

NORMANDY PARK Normandy Park is known for its breathtaking water views, lush forests, abundant parks and peaceful neighborhoods. Located minutes from SeaTac Airport and with easy access to major freeways, the city is home to approximately 6,500 residents and covers an area of about 2.5 square miles, much of it hugging the shores of Puget Sound. With over 100 acres of parkland, 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. While primarily residential, the city has two main retail areas, Normandy Park Towne Center and Manhattan Village. NORMANDY PARK STATISTICS Population: 6,420 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

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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 for thrilling rides, tasty food, arts, and a celebration of the city’s agricultural heritage. Other festive fall events include the Puyallup Art and Wine Walk, and Oktoberfest Northwest. The Santa Parade & Community Tree Lighting is on the first Saturday in December. PUYALLUP STATISTICS Population: 38,950

Puyallup, home of the Washington State City Hall: 333 S. Meridian, 98371, Fair (one of the top ten fairs in the nation) (253) 841-4321, www.cityofpuyallup.org and the county’s third largest city, also Chamber of Commerce: 323 N Meridan, serves as East Pierce County’s regional hub PO Box 1298, (253) 845-6755, for retail and medical services. Located ten www.puyallupsumnerchamber.com miles east of Tacoma, it is easily accessi- Post Office: 204 2nd St SW, (253) 435-5146 ble from Interstate 5 via State Routes 161, Library: 324 S Meridian, (253) 841-5454 School District: Puyallup School Dist. 512, and 167. Walkable downtown streets feature No. 3, (253) 841-1301 quaint shops, restaurants, and an outdoor Utilities: Gas/Electricity: PSE, (888) 225-5773, sculpture gallery that rivals big city collec- Water/Sewer: City of Puyallup, (253) 841-5505 tions. Pioneer Park hosts a Farmer’s Market Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 from April to October. Summer months Refuse Collection: D.M. Disposal, feature outdoor concerts for music lovers (253) 845-6955 of all ages. Along with unique, indepen- Average Tax Rate: $13.95/$1,000 dent retailers, historic downtown Puyallup assessed valuation also includes a modern Civic Center that is Median Household Income: $63,009 home to City Hall, a bustling senior center, Average Rent: 2bd $1,100 the Public Library, and a Sound Transit Median Prices: Homes $266,599; Station where Sounder trains provide easy Condos $130,000 weekday commutes to Seattle, Tacoma Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=41 and Lakewood. mins/36 mi. Bellevue=40 mins/33 mi. Expanding retail, housing and business RENTON on Puyallup’s South Hill and in the unincorporated neighborhoods just south This city on Lake Washington’s southof the city limits have made this area a ern shore offers an abundance of natural magnet for young families. Pierce College beauty, from spectacular views of the of Puyallup, South Hill Mall, and popular Olympics, the Cascades and Mount Rainier parks such as DeCoursey, Bradley Lake and to the Cedar River that runs through the Wildwood are found here. heart of its downtown. Puyallup’s scenic Riverwalk Trail, evolv- Affordability, location and a tremendous ing in phases, will eventually meet Pierce quality of life enhanced by beautiful parks, County’s Foothills Trail to create a wonder- safe streets, a growing downtown, and ful regional trail system. For a map, visit the abundant housing make Renton the right City’s website. choice to live, work and play. Urban apart Visitors to Puyallup enjoy the Meeker ments, downtown condominiums, luxury Mansion, the Downtown Valley Arts Tour, homes, beautiful multi-family developthe Antique District, and various annual ments along Lake Washington, and quality,

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training facility are also located in Renton. RENTON STATISTICS

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Population: 98,470 City Hall: 1055 S Grady Way, 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: $13.22/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $65,223 Average Rent: 2bd $1,500 Median Prices: Homes $381,000; Condos $201,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=17 mins/12 mi. Bellevue=19 mins/13 mi.

affordable single-family subdivisions are among the various housing options attractive to all income levels. Looking for something to do? Stroll 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. SEATAC Renton also offers an outstanding library system, fine artwork, and several profes- The City of SeaTac, where “Everywhere’s sional and community theater groups. Possible,” is a transportation-centric com Downtown Renton with its regional munity perfectly positioned and highly transit center, park-like piazza, and mixed- motivated to help both residents and busiuse developments featuring housing and nesses flourish. A regional hub, SeaTac is retail is a central gathering place. A per- located between Seattle and Tacoma at forming arts center, parking garage, and the intersection of several major highseveral restaurants add to the area’s appeal. ways and is home to the Seattle-Tacoma North Renton’s urban village, The Landing, International Airport, as well as two light offers open air shopping, a movie theater, rail stations. Each day tens of thousands of visitors, nearly 40,000 workers and restaurants and apartments. Renton is home to The Boeing Company more than 28,000 residents join to make Commercial Airplanes and PACCAR Parts SeaTac one of the state’s most culturaland PACCAR Technology—all respect- ly diverse cities. This bustling communied and recognized worldwide. Renton’s ty’s transit oriented development includes friendly, pro-business climate attracts offices, retail, hospitality, passenger airline, scores of businesses, including Washing- air cargo, food services, entertainment ton’s only IKEA and Fry’s Electronics stores, venues and hotels. SeaTac has approxiWizards of the Coast, Sam’s Club, Topics mately 1,000 businesses, many which are Entertainment, and Brotherton Cadillac. “Fortune 1,000” companies, including the The Seattle Seahawks headquarters and corporate headquarters of Alaska Airlines,

Horizon, and Boeing’s spare part facility. SeaTac offers housing options to suit nearly every income from an energetic mix of multi-family residential to single family homes in quality neighborhoods. Residents share in cultural and community events found in the Seattle southside region such as the Fourth of July week Fireworks and Carnival, the Theatre in the Park and summer concert series, and the International Festival held the second week in September. The city also features seven large parks, a swimming beach and boat launch at Angle Lake Park, two community centers, a senior center, visitor center, several turf soccer fields, a skate park, disc golf course, BMX track, off-leash dog park, Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden, and the Seike Traditional Japanese Garden. SEATAC STATISTICS Population: 27,650 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 Regional Tourism Authority, 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: Recology Cleanscapes, (206) 764-8994 Typical Tax Rate: $12.86/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $48,828 Average Rent: 2bd $1,300 Median Prices: Homes $275,000; Condos $186,450 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=18 mins/12 mi. Bellevue=25 mins/18 mi.

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TACOMA STATISTICS Population: 202,300 City Hall: 747 Market St, (253) 591-5000, www.cityoftacoma.org Chamber of Commerce: 950 Pacific Ave., #300. Mail: PO Box 1933, 98401, (253) 627-2175, 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

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Point Ruston in Tacoma 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: $16.84/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $51,269 Average Rent: 2bd $1,050 Median Prices: Homes $207,000; Condos $198,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=39 mins/34 mi. Olympia=36 mins/31 mi.

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 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 community celebrations include the Backyard Wildlife Festival each May, fireworks on the 4th of July, and the Heritage and Cultural Festival in the fall. Tukwila is proud to be the home of Starfire Sports—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

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rail station, commuter rail station, Amtrak station, and a major bus transit center. The City of Tukwila 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: 19,300 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, (206) 575-1633, www.swkcc.org. Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority: 3100 S. 176th St, Seattle 98188, (877) 885-9452, www.SeattleSouthside.com Post Offices: 225 Andover Park W, (800) 275-8777 Libraries: 4060 S 144th, (206) 242-1640, 1386 Southcenter Mall, (425) 226-0522 School District: Tukwila School Dist., (206) 901-8000 Utilities: Gas: PSE, (888) 225-5773 Electricity: Seattle City Light, (206) 684-3000. 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: $12.80/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $44,820 Average Rent: 2bd $1,300 Median Prices: Homes $316,000; Condos $153,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=15 mins/11 mi. Bellevue=25 mins/18 mi.

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Washington State’s third largest city, Tacoma is home to a vibrant, creative community of writers, artists and musicians, photographers, filmmakers, passionate entrepreneurs and small business owners. It also serves as a base for major companies like State Farm Insurance, BNY Mellon, Columbia Bank, Key Bank, and for top healthcare systems like MultiCare and CHI Franciscan. Drawing families to its safe, charming neighborhoods with big city amenities, Tacoma is also a magnet for downtown dwellers looking for competitively priced urban abodes with sweeping city, mountain and water views. A haven for hikers, runners and cyclists, Tacoma is always abuzz with activity from students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, The Evergreen State College, and other local trade and technical colleges. Tacoma’s gourmands and culinary connoisseurs have cultivated a scene for foodies that has made national press, while its world-renowned museums, top-notch meeting and convention spaces, theatre and performance spaces, and huge headliner concerts have drawn visitors from across the globe. Just 20 minutes away from the SeattleTacoma International Airport, and easily accessible from downtown Seattle and other neighboring cities, Tacoma is a city on the rise.


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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, world-class golf, parks, museums, and recreational activities of every kind make this a favorite regional vacation destination.

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ments, good schools, low crime, a so- tionally acclaimed Bloedel Reserve public phisticated population and friendly at- garden, the Bainbridge Island Historical mosphere characterize the community. Museum, and the Bainbridge Island Japa With its spacious parks (including two nese American Exclusion Memorial, a deslarge waterfront parks), hiking, jogging, ignated satellite National Historic Monuequestrian and bike trails, two golf courses, ment. Battle Point Park houses the Edwin a swimming pool, boat harbor, library, E. Ritchie Observatory where the largest medical clinics, teen and senior centers, amateur telescope on the West Coast and Bainbridge is an ideal place to live and a monthly planetarium show delight asraise a family. Convenient mainland tronomers of all ages. The island is home access is available via a 35-minute ferry to Bainbridge Organic Distillers (World’s ride to Seattle, while a bridge at the island’s Best Vodka 2014!) and the Bainbridge north end provides Kitsap Peninsula con- Island Brewing Company. Seven island nections. Shops, eateries, and museums, wineries offer tastings on select weekends including the Kids Discovery Museum and and at downtown tasting rooms. the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, are all walkable from the ferry terminal. BAINBRIDGE ISLAND STATISTICS The island boasts a strong arts com- Population: 23,390 munity. Local artists display works on First City Hall: 280 Madison Ave N, (206) 842Friday Gallery Walks and biannual island- 7633, www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us wide studio tours. Four theater groups Chamber of Commerce: 395 Winslow Way E, produce plays, musicals and comedy (206) 842-3700, www.bainbridgechamber.com improv and there are several regular music Post Office: 271 Winslow Way E, venues. Movie fans find first-run films at (206) 855-9571, (800) 275-8777 Bainbridge Cinemas and art films and clas- Library: 1270 Madison Ave N, (206) 842-4162 sics at the Historic Lynwood Theatre. School District: Bainbridge Island School Other attractions include the interna- Dist. No. 303, (206) 842-4714

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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 2015 NCAA Men’s Regional Championship. A thriving arts community includes the Bremerton Symphony, Bremerton Community Theater, Peninsula Dance Theater and the Kitsap Opera.

Bremerton’s Gold Mountain Golf Course

and the musical fountains of Harborside Fountain Park. Waterfront condos and the Norm Dicks Government Center bring residents, workers, and visitors downtown while the 350-slip marina is 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, a performing arts venue housed in a renovated 1940’s theater, a 10-screen movie theater, and two museums–Kitsap Historical Museum BREMERTON and the Valentinetti Puppet Museum. Downtown Bremerton’s Harborside Future plans call for a variety of new retail complex features the Kitsap Conference shops. Other shopping options include Center, Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn Marri- familiar chain stores and eateries found ott, Anthony’s Restaurant, shops, offices, a few miles from downtown proper, as

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: $10.73/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $95,976 Average Rent: 2bd $1,700 Median Prices: Homes $690,000; Condos $389,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=47 mins/9 mi. by ferry. Bremerton=45 mins/31 mi. by car

Population: 39,410 City Hall: 345 6th St., Ste. 600, 98337, (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 Water/Sewer: Bremerton Public Works, (360) 473-5316 Telephone: CenturyLink, (800) 244-1111 Refuse Collection/Recycling: Waste Management, (800) 592-9995 Typical Tax Rate: $13.82/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $43,527 Average Rent: 2bd $1,050 Median Prices: Homes $220,000; Condos $106,500 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle (car)= 1 hr 18 mins/66 mi. Seattle (ferry)=1 hr. Bellevue, by car=1 hr 23 mins/68 mi.

GIG HARBOR Gig Harbor, the southern portal to the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas, has the most spectacular views of Mount Rainier,

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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 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. 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. Three distinct shopping areas – downtown, uptown, and Harbor Hills feature everything from “big box” stores to locally owned specialty shops. Harbor Hills is also a growing residential area with 600 new homes planned for construction. Popular annual events include a farmer’s market from June to September, the Maritime Gig Festival the first weekend in June, free Summer Sounds Concert Series June-August, and free Movies in Crescent Creek Park in July. The first Saturday of each month is the Gig Harbor Artwalk, showcasing local galleries. GIG HARBOR STATISTICS Population: 8,555 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) 857-5950. 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

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Refuse Collection: American Disposal, (253) 857-2545 Average Tax Rate: $10.49/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $64,087 Average Rent: 2bd $1,400 Median Prices: Homes $395,000; Condos $284,500 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=51 mins/49 mi. Bellevue=56 mins/47 mi.

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Celebration, Art in the Woods, Kites over Kingston, and Kingston’s Cove Summer Concert Series. KINGSTON STATISTICS Population: 1,997 Chamber of Commerce: 25923 Washington Blvd 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) 2973330. 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: $12.09/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $54,524 Average Rent: 2bd $1,350 Median Prices: Homes $310,000; Condos $157,500 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=59 mins/23 mi. Bellevue=1 1/2 hr/29 mi.

Kingston’s picturesque seaside location on Puget Sound places it closer to the I-5 corridor than any other Kitsap County community. Convenient and affordable access between the east and west sides of Puget Sound is facilitated by the Washington State Ferry landing in Kingston (serving over 2.2 million vehicles each year). This cross Sound flow ensures the potential for economic and business development in this, the second largest unincorporated area in Kitsap County. Kingston’s location also results in less traffic and crime, as well as a lower cost of living than comparable communities. Additionally, great schools with excellent test scores, churches, and an abundance of parks, trails and natural resources contribute to Kingston’s appeal. Service organizations, such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Soroptimists, Garden Club and local businesses take an active role in community life. For PORT ORCHARD many, Kingston is the perfect place to raise a family, retire in style, or to start or grow On the shores of Sinclair Inlet is Port Orchard, the county seat of Kitsap County. a business. Kingston’s businesses include restau- This historic city enjoys a relaxed rural rants offering a variety of fare and en- pace with all of the urban convenienctertainment, industrial parks boasting es and attractions of Tacoma and Seatmanufacturing and services, construc- tle easily reached by highways, bridges, tion companies, financial advisors, banks, and ferries. lumber and hardware stores, accommo- Affordability and selection describe dations, artisans and craftsmen, food mar- local real estate where new buildings, fine kets, and recreational businesses special- historic homes, and a few fixer-uppers are izing in water and wilderness sports. scattered through established neighbor The latter is a natural considering the hoods. Waterfront, view, and golf course varied, year-round recreation available properties are widely available. in and around Kingston. Fun community Local services and amenities – including events are also held throughout the year great schools, a library, cinemas, a Center and include a summer Farmer’s Market, for the Arts, two golf courses, active orgaAnnual Wine Walk, 3-day Fourth of July nizations and associations, medical clin-

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ics and an urgent care facility all enhance Median Household Income: $55,521 the livability of this lovely waterfront Average Rent: 2bd $1,000 community. Median Prices: Homes $247,513; Port Orchard’s excellent 410-slip mari- Condos $138,000 na is located near the historic downtown Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=1.5 hr core, as well as Marina Park with board- /61 mi. Bellevue=1.5 hr /63 mi. walk, gazebo, playground and beach acPOULSBO cess. An original 1917 Mosquito Fleet ferry carries foot passengers from the local The deep, narrow, south-facing inlet of ferry dock to Bremerton where it’s easy Liberty Bay harkens to the fjords of Norway–a picturesque location that appealed to catch a ride to Seattle. Just up from the waterfront, a new, to Poulsbo’s Norwegian founding families year-round public market is home to a and still appeals to families today. Poulschocolatier artisan, a butcher, a lavender bo’s central North Kitsap locale made it gift shop, and several restaurants. Other something of a commercial hub fueled by downtown establishments include res- early logging, fishing, milling, and farming taurants, art galleries, antique, candy and industries. Today thriving businesses in diverse industries such as high-tech, altergift stores. Wonderful community celebrations native energy, land management, medical fill the calendar. Among the most pop- and bio-tech are found here. ular are the quirky Seagull Calling Festival The rich history of the Norwegian and Seagull Wing Cook-off in May and The founders—and the Suquamish Native tribe Cruz, a large classic car show in August. that predated them—is portrayed in pho Other Port Orchard area attractions in- tographs and documents at the Poulsbo clude the historic Cedar Cove Inn, Elandan Historical Society in City Hall. The origGardens, Manchester and Blake Island inal character of this charming village State Parks, Horseshoe Lake and Long has been lovingly protected. Downtown Lake County Parks, Springhouse Dolls shops and restaurants maintain a Scandiand Victorian Tea Room, Sidney Art Gal- navian theme, making it a popular internalery, the Log Cabin Museum, and A Good tional tourist destination. Also downtown, Yarn Shop owned by best selling author the Jewel Box Theatre entertains with a Debbie Macomber. variety of productions, while tidal marine life takes center stage at the Marine Science Center. PORT ORCHARD STATISTICS Population: 13,510 Poulsbo’s mild climate makes it an exCity Hall: 216 Prospect St, (360) 876-4407, cellent, year-round boating destination. In www.cityofportorchard.us addition to the Port of Poulsbo’s full serChamber of Commerce: 1014 Bay St #3, vice, 384 slip marina, there are two other 98366, (360) 876-3505 or (800) 982-8139, marinas, as well as anchorage in the harwww.portorchard.com bor. Homes are moderately priced, making Post Office: 1125 Bethel Ave, (360) 874-6903 this a popular choice with families, retirLibrary: 87 Sidney Ave, (360) 876-2224 ees, and everyone in between. ThroughSchool District: South Kitsap School Dist. out the year residents enjoy community No. 402, (360) 874-7000 events like the Poulsbo 3rd of July that inUtilities: Gas: Cascade Natural Gas, cludes a spectacular fireworks display over (360) 373-1403, or (888) 522-1130 Liberty Bay. 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: $11.83/$1,000 assessed valuation

POULSBO STATISTICS Population: 9,950 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, (800) 592-9995 Typical Tax Rate: $12.47/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $57,296 Average Rent: 2bd $1,103 Median Prices: Homes $354,450; Condos $128,000 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=1 hr 3 mins/21 mi. Bellevue=1 hr 10 mins/ 27 mi.

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, providing employment of over 31,000 and labor earnings of over 1.5 billion dollars. Housing is abundant and great values are to be had. 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 Peninsula Water Trails Festival in June and the Whaling Days Community Festival in July.

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Population: 19,775 Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center: 3100 NW Bucklin Hill Rd, Ste 100, 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: $13.48/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $59,260 Average Rent: 2bd $1,300 Median Prices: Homes $292,500; Condos $132,450 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle =1 hr 21 mins/71 mi. Bellevue=1 hr 10 mins/73 mi.

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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 semi-annual 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 an array of outdoor fun. Point Robinson Park is home to a historic lighthouse that is open for tours May-September. 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 December.

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VASHON ISLAND STATISTICS Population (Vashon/Maury Island): 11,122 Chamber of Commerce: 17141 Vashon Hwy SW, PO Box 1035, 98070, (206) 463-6217, www.vashonchamber.com King County Community Service Ctr: 10011 SW Bank Rd, 98070, (206) 296-4510, www.kingcounty.gov/operations/csc Post Offices: 10005 SW 178th St, (206) 463-6842, 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: $12.11/$1,000 assessed valuation Median Household Income: $72,568 Average Rent: 2bd $1,700 Median Prices: Homes $474,900; Condos $155,900 Est. Travel Time/Distance To: Seattle=58 mins/19 mi. Bellevue=1hr 10 mins/27 mi.

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Healthcare

Staying Healthy

DAY TO DAY LIVING

The following profiles are an introduction to some of the major hospitals and top multispecialty clinics found in the Greater Seattle area:

Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics

Seattle Children’s Hospital is a top rated facility

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) 621-9393, www.kcmsociety.org. Kitsap County, (360) 6892928, www.kcmedical.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) 4485757, 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.

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Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics is a healthcare system serving residents of the North Snohomish County community. 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. Hospital services include a birthing center, laboratory, imaging department, a 24hour emergency room, acute and intensive care and more. Primary care, and specialized clinics including women’s health, pediatrics, orthopaedics, diabetes management, wound care and surgery centers are also offered. (360) 435-2133, www.cascadevalley.org.

EvergreenHealth EvergreenHealth makes it easy and convenient for you to live your healthiest best, with ten primary care facilities located throughout northeast King and southern Snohomish counties and the full spectrum of specialty care available at both the EvergreenHealth Medical Center campus in Kirkland and EvergreenHealth Monroe. 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.

CHI Franciscan Health CHI Franciscan Health serves residents of Pierce, south King and Kitsap counties. More than 12,000 employees and more than 2,400 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. 2016-17 • GREATER SEAT TLE INFOGUIDE

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Harrison Medical Center (Silverdale) – Mother/baby care, pediatrics, women’s services, outpatient surgery, rehabilitation, and 24-hour emergency care. Highline Medical Center (Burien) – Cancer care, primary stroke center and cardiac care, family birth center, inpatient and outpatient surgery, obstetrics, 24-hour emergency care. Regional Hospital (Burien) – A long-term acute care hospital located within Highline Medical Center. St. Anthony Hospital (Gig Harbor) - 24-hour emergency care, inpatient and outpatient medical/surgical services, 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. 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.

proaches to care Group Health believes in and why Group Health is consistently rated the top performing medical group and commercial health plan in Washington. 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, at CareClinic locations inside select Bartell Drugs stores and online with Group Health’s CareNow. Group Health is affiliated with the state’s best hospitals, offers a 24/7 consulting nurse service, opportunities for same-day appointments, and patient-managed interactions through secure email and online prescription orders and lab results. www.ghc. org or 1-800-542-6312.

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 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 outpatient 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 St. Francis Hospital (Federal Way) - 24-hour emergency care, inpatient and outpatient medical/surgical services, radiation oncology program, orthopedic services, birth center, weight-loss 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 CHI Franciscan Health information, facility locations, to find a doctor or more, visit www.fhshealth.org.

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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 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 MultiCare is a not-for-profit health care organization with more than 10,000 employees and a comprehensive network of services throughout Pierce, South King, Thurston and Kitsap counties that include five hospitals, numerous outpatient specialty centers, primary and urgent care clinics, as well as a variety of other services and community outreach programs. 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.


Healthcare

MultiCare Covington Medical Center – Emergency services, urgent care, family practice, surgical facilities and other health care specialties and on-site services. MultiCare Gig Harbor Medical Park – Provides a sweeping range of innovative services, programs and advanced technology. MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital (Puyallup) – Comprehensive services include Family Birth Center, Children’s Therapy Unit, emergency care and rehabilitation program. Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital (Tacoma) – 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 Tacoma General Hospital – 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, Bellevue 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.overlake hospital.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 more than a dozen locations in the Puget Sound region. Onsite services at several clinics including 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 with 501 beds serving five counties with comprehensive, not-for-profit, mission-based health

care. In addition to 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. www.providence.org.

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.

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Virginia Mason Hospital

Swedish Medical Center Founded in 1910, Swedish is the largest non-profit health provider in Greater Seattle with 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. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is 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. In 2014, Swedish provided more than $133 million in community benefit in Western Washington. Visit www.swedish.org.

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University of Washington Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, UW 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 community service and outreach in health care, in 2014 Harborview provided $168 million in charity care. Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, nonprofit community hospital offering personalized, technologically advanced medical, surgical and therapeutic services. For three consecutive years, Healthgrades has named Northwest Hospital one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care. Valley Medical Center 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. The hospital is the largest nonprofit healthcare provider between Seattle and Tacoma and offers medical, surgical and 24-hour emergency care as a Level III trauma center. University of Washington Medical Center ranked best in the Seattle metro area and in Washington State in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-2016 America’s Best Hospitals. 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, cardiac care and high-risk neonatal care.

Photo: © Virginia Mason

Skagit Regional Health Skagit Regional Health, including Skagit Valley Hospital and Skagit Regional Clinics, is dedicated to the health care needs of Skagit, Island and north Snohomish County residents. The 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. Eleven Skagit Regional Clinics with more than 150 providers also offer an array of medical specialties. Call (360) 424-4111 or visit www.skagitregionalhealth.org.


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UW Neighborhood Clinics is a network of primary care clinics with many 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.

es, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Department of Defense have created nationally recognized programs. Centers of Excellence include geriatric research, multiple sclerosis, health services research, substance abuse treatment, and mental illness research. (206) 762-1010, www.pugetsound.va.gov.

Airlift Northwest, an air medical service founded by a consortium of area hospitals, has provided emergency transport for more than 80,000 patients since 1982.

Virginia Mason

For UW Medicine information, visit www.uwmedicine.org.

VA Puget Sound Health Care Systems VA Puget Sound Health Care System serves Pacific Northwest Veterans at their Seattle and Tacoma divisions. Primary and specialty care programs, state-of-the-art technology, and a strong mission of teaching research and patient care foster quality care and service. Community-based outpatient clinics offer primary care in North Seattle, Bellevue, Federal Way, Mount Vernon, Bremerton, Chehalis and Port Angeles. Partnerships with the University of Washington Health Scienc-

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other team members at Virginia Mason Medical Center are dedicated to providing a remarkable patient experience through an integrated health care system featuring a 336-bed teaching hospital in Seattle; a multispecialty physician practice; and convenient outpatient care centers in Seattle, Bellevue, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kirkland, Lynnwood and Bainbridge Island. Virginia Mason is recognized for outstanding care in cardiology, cancer, orthopedics and sports medicine, neurosciences, digestive diseases, urology, surgery, pediatrics and primary care. U.S. News & World Report, Healthgrades and The Leapfrog Group routinely rank Virginia Mason among the top health care organizations regionally and nationally. www.VirginiaMason.org or call (888) 862-2737.

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Childcare

The Childcare Search 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.

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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 (866) 416-4321 (800)-446-1114 www.wa.childcareaware.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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Median Rates For Monthly Childcare Childcare Centers: County

King

Infant

Toddler Pre-School *School Age

(1 - 2.5 yrs)

(6yrs+)

$1,404 $1,213 $1,040 $605

Kitsap

$802 $763 $661 $429

Pierce

$932 $778 $711 $477

Skagit

$951 $776 $659 $481

Snohomish $1,192 $999 $854

$624

Family Daycare: County

Infant

Toddler Pre-School *School Age

(1 - 2.5 yrs)

(6yrs+)

King

$958 $919 $758 $542

Kitsap

$693 $650 $598 $390

Pierce

$758 $702 $650 $433

Skagit

$758 $737 $639 $433

Snohomish $867 $780 $693

$542

* 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: 2015 Annual Data Report, ChildCare Aware® of Washington

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Full-time Nanny Salaries based on $18-$25 per hour Based on 40 to 50 hours a week Benefits may include vacation, sick days and health insurance stipend Live-in Nanny $2,000-$3,000 per month (d.o.e.) plus room and board Part time Nanny $20-$25 per hour (less than full time) On Call/Temp. Nanny $17-$20 (depends on number of children)


Education

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

Colleges and Universities 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 nearly 530 private, religious, and independent schools in Washington, over 80% are located west of the Cascades. 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 in both traditional and alternative settings. 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.

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Vocational/Technical Education This education option can prepare students for a number of different careers. 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. 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. For more information about educational options in Washington, visit www.k12.wa.us.

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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, Silverdale 98383

(360) 662-1610

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, Fife 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, Redmond 98072

(425) 936-1200

Marysville School District No. 25

4220 80th St. NE, Marysville 98270

(360) 925-0000

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

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

(206) 252-0010

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, 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, 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, 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. English Language Arts and Math scores are based on Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) 8th grade scores and reflect the percentage of students that met or exceeded state standards. The 2014/2015 state average for 8th grade scores is 56.9% for English Language Arts and 46.1% for Math. Visit www.k12.wa.us for additional data, reports, and information. Website

Language & Math Scores

Enrollment (May 2015)

www.asd103.org

66.8%/59.2% 2,695 Anacortes

www.asd.wednet.edu

71.1%/44.8% 5,548 Arlington

www.auburn.wednet.edu

49.5%/38.7%

15,447

Auburn, Algona, Pacific

www.bisd303.org

63.9%/60.5%

3,913

Bainbridge Island

www.bsd405.org

80.1%/73.9%

19,575

Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Clyde Hill, Hunts Pt.

www.bremertonschools.org

49.3%/26.8% 5,013 Bremerton

www.be.wednet.edu

57.7%/37.8%

www.ckschools.org

63.5%/61.9% 11,108 Silverdale

www.conway.k12.wa.us

64.0%/52.0%

448

Mount Vernon

www.edmonds.wednet.edu

62.0%/45.7%

20,905

Edmonds, Lynnwood, Brier, Mountlake Terr.

www.enumclaw.wednet.edu

61.0%/62.5%

3,786

Black Diamond, Enumclaw

www.everettsd.org

72.3%/56.8%

19,606

Everett, Mill Creek

www.fwps.org

50.4%/31.9%

22,548

Federal Way, Des Moines, Auburn, Kent

www.fifeschools.com

57.8%/38.2%

3,684

Fife, Milton, Edgewood

www.fpschools.org

53.9%/39.1% 7,638 Tacoma

www.highlineschools.org

45.0%/36.3%

19,288

Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Pk, SeaTac

www.issaquah.wednet.edu

77.0%/74.4%

19,310

Issaquah, Newcastle, Preston, Sammamish

www.kent.k12.wa.us

52.5%/45.8%

27,823

Kent, Covington, Auburn, Black Diamond

www.lkstevens.wednet.edu

66.1%/65.3%

8,423

Lake Stevens

www.lwsd.org

81.1%/71.5%

26,922

Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish

www.msd25.org

45.5%/28.5% 11,227 Marysville

www.mercerislandschools.org

78.6%/80.2%

4,475

Mercer Island

www.monroe.wednet.edu

63.3%/45.1%

7,276

Monroe, Maltby

www.mountvernonschools.org

40.8%/29.2%

6,628

Mount Vernon, Conway

www.mukilteo.wednet.edu

60.2%/51.0%

15,051

Everett, Mukilteo

www.nkschools.org

63.3%/55.0%

6,137

Kingston, Poulsbo, Hansville

www.nsd.org

72.5%/68.2%

21,176

Bothell, Brier, Kenmore, Woodinville

http://psd401.net

60.3%/48.1%

9,016

Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula

www.puyallup.k12.wa.us

55.4%/42.2% 21,759 Puyallup

www.rentonschools.us

63.3%/49.5%

15,739

Renton, Newcastle, Bellevue, Kent, Tukwila

www.riverview.wednet.edu

72.0%/59.3%

3,267

Carnation, Duvall

3,712

Communities Served

Burlington, Edison

www.seattleschools.org

61.1%/56.4% 52,836 Seattle

www.shorelineschools.org

66.1%/56.8%

9,167

Lake Forest Park, Shoreline

www.sno.wednet.edu

50.8%/40.0%

10,088

Snohomish, Clearview, Machias

www.svsd410.org

77.8%/64.1%

6,657

North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City

www.skitsap.wednet.edu

61.2%/46.9%

9,628

Port Orchard, Olalla, Manchester

www.tacoma.k12.wa.us

47.3%/37.7% 29,254 Tacoma

www.tahomasd.us

73.4%/62.5%

www.tukwila.wednet.edu

47.1%/32.8% 3,018 Tukwila

8,095

www.vashonsd.org

71.9%/57.5%

1,574

Maple Valley Vashon Island

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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 (2 locations) Eastside Catholic School Eastside Christian School Eastside Montessori School Eton School Evergreen Academy (4 Locations) 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 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 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 21705 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace 98043 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 Mailing: 14241 NE Woodinville-Duvall Rd #243, 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 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 www.ecswa.org www.eastsidemontessori.net www.etonschool.org www.bothellevergreenacademy.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 John Soule, Principal Cindy Davis, Principal Tim Krell, Interim Superintendent Rafael del Castillo, Head of School Sheila Kries, Principal David Locke, Principal Ron Trautwein, Principal Dr. Percy Abram, Head of School Dr. Clinton Behrends, Superintendent Robert A. Camner, Headmaster Joanne Cecchini, Principal Debbie Schindler, Head of School Karen L. Fogle, Director Lisa Meyer, Administrator John T Kennedy, President Mark W. Migliore, Principal Christine First, Director Dr. Russell Smith, Head of School Michelle Coster, Principal Ted Klug, Principal Ronnie Codrington-Cazeau, Head of School Mark Pierotti, Head of School Timothy J. Lugg, Administrator Brenda Chadwick, Principal Elizabeth Swift, Principal Hamutal Gavish, Head of School Mike Prato, President 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 H Munro, Director Joe Puggelli, Head of School Michael Murphy, Head of School Dave Meyer, Executive Director Kent Hickey, President Brad McCain, Head of School Dr. Kirk Wheeler, Head of School Paula Smith, Head of School Matt Levinson, Head of School Jan Schrag, President

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

Colleges, Universities & Trade Schools Name

Address

Phone Website

Antioch University Seattle

2326 Sixth Ave, Seattle 98121

(206) 268-4202 www.antiochseattle.edu

Argosy University

2601-A Elliott Ave, Seattle 98121

(206) 283-4500 www.argosy.edu

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 College

3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue 98007

(425) 564-1000 www.bellevuecollege.edu

Cascadia 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

(360) 653-4480 www.ccis.edu

Cornish College of the Arts

1000 Lenora St, Seattle 98121

(800) 726-2787 www.cornish.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 www.ewu.edu/locations

Edmonds Community College

20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood 98036

(425) 640-1459 www.edcc.edu

Evergreen State College (The) (2 campuses)

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 College (4 campuses)

main campus: 12401 SE 320th St, Auburn 98092 (253) 833-9111

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

www.greenriver.edu

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (2) 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, Ste. 103, Seattle 98109

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

Northwest College of Art & Design

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 (3 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 Puget Sound Community College

2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia 98512

(360) 596-5200 www.spscc.edu

South Seattle College

6000 16th Ave. SW, Seattle 98106

(206) 934-5300 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

NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE, Seattle 98105

(206) 543-2100 www.washington.edu

University of Washington at Bothell

18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell 98011

(425) 352-5000 www.bothell.washington.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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Transportation

On the Move 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 passenger-only 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 Link light rail runs from SeaTac Airport to the University of Washington, making 13 stops including downtown Seattle. (One way: $2.25 to $3.25). Tacoma light rail travels through downtown Tacoma. www.soundtransit.org. 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://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov or download app for real time tracking. 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 94

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weekdays only between pier 50 and the Vashon Ferry Terminal. (206) 477-3979, www.kingcounty.gov/watertaxi. Other fun ways to travel in downtown Seattle include the Seattle Center Monorail and Seattle Streetcars. The Monorail provides daily service between Seattle Center and Westlake Center with trains departing every 10 minutes. (206) 905-2620, www.seattlemonorail.com. Seattle Streetcars run from Southlake Union to downtown city center, with a second line linking First Hill to the Chinatown-International District. (206) 553-3000, www.seattlestreetcar.org. BICYCLING In 2015, the League of American Bicyclists named Washington the #1 Most Bicycle Friendly State in the nation. 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) 2968100, www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/roads/bicycling. Helmets are mandatory in King and most other local counties. OTHER OPTIONS Rental cars, limos, shuttle, car sharing, app-based car services (Uber, Lyft, and SideCar), and taxis are all readily available. Seattle taximeter rates run $2.60 for the drop charge with distance charges of $2.70 per mile, and a $30 per hour wait time. A flat rate applies for rides from the downtown hotel district to SeaTac airport and should be posted on the taxi. 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 downtown Seattle Greyhound Bus Station is located at 503 S. Royal Brougham Way, (206) 624-0618, www.greyhound.com.

Transit Information Community Transit

commtrans.org

(800) 562-1375

Everett Transit

everettransit.org

(425) 257-7777

King County Metro metro.kingcounty.gov (800) 542-7876 Kitsap Transit

www.kitsaptransit.com (800) 501-7433

Pierce Transit

www.piercetransit.org (800) 562-8109

Skagit Transit

www.skagittransit.org

Sound Transit

www.soundtransit.org (800) 201-4900

(360) 757-4433


News

Catch the News

Photo: Courtesy of KING 5

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. DIGITAL & PRINT MEDIA Airlifter/The Ranger Anacortes American Arlington Times Auburn Reporter Bainbridge Island Review Ballard News-Tribune Bellevue Reporter Bothell/Kenmore Reporter Capitol Hill Times City Living Seattle Des Moines/HighlineTimes Edmonds Beacon, The Enumclaw Courier-Herald Everett Herald, The Federal Way Mirror Ft. Lewis Ranger Herald, The Herald Business Journal International Examiner Issaquah Press Kent Reporter Kirkland Reporter Kitsap Veterans Life Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal Kitsap Sun Korea Daily Seattle Madison Park Times Magnolia News Marysville Globe Mercer Island Reporter Monroe Monitor & Valley News Mukilteo Beacon Newcastle News News Tribune (Tacoma) North Kitsap Herald Northwest Asian Weekly Peninsula Gateway Port Orchard Independent Puyallup Herald Puget Sound Business Journal Queen Anne News Redmond Reporter Renton Reporter Sammamish Review

(253) 584-1212 northwestmilitary.com (360) 293-3122 goanacortes.com (360) 659-1300 arlingtontimes.com (253) 833-0218 auburn-reporter.com (206) 842-6613 bainbridgereview.com (206) 708-1378 ballardnewstribune.com (425) 453-4270 bellevuereporter.com (425) 483-3732 bothell-reporter.com (425) 461-1310 capitolhilltimes.com (206) 461-1300 citylivingseattle.com (206) 708-1378 highlinetimes.com (425) 347-1711 edmondsbeacon.com (360) 825-2555 courierherald.com (425) 339-3000 heraldnet.com (206) 925-5565 federalwaymirror.com (253) 584-1212 ftlewisranger.com (425) 339-3000 heraldnet.com (425) 339-3445 theheraldbusinessjournal.com (206) 624-3925 iexaminer.org (425) 392-6434 issaquahpress.com (253) 872-6600 kentreporter.com (425) 822-9166 kirklandreporter.com (360) 308-9161 kitsapveteranslife.com (360) 792-3359 (360) 377-3711 (206) 365-4000 (206) 461-1300 (206) 461-1291 (360) 659-1300 (206) 232-1215 (360) 794-7116

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kpbj.com kitsapsun.com koreadaily.com madisonparktimes.com magnolianews.net marysvilleglobe.com mi-reporter.com monroemonitor.com

(425) 347-5634 mukilteobeacon.com (425) 392-6434 newcastle-news.com (253) 597-8742 thenewstribune.com (360) 779-4464 northkitsapherald.com (206) 223-5559 nwasianweekly.com (253) 597-8742 gateline.com (360) 876-4414 portorchardindependent.com (253) 597-8742 puyallupherald.com (206) 876-5500 bizjournals.com/seattle (206) 461-1291 (425) 867-0353 (425) 255-3484 (425) 392-6434

Seattle Daily Journal (206) 622-8272 djc.com of Commerce Seattle Gay News (206) 324-4297 sgn.org Seattle Post-Intelligencer (206) 448-8000 seattlepi.com Seattle Times (206) 464-7323 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 (425) 432-9696 voiceofthevalley.com West Seattle Herald- (206) 708-1378 westseattleherald.com White Center News Whidbey Crosswind (360) 675-6611 whidbeycrosswind.com Woodinville Weekly (425) 483-0606 nwnews.com

queenannenews.com redmond-reporter.com rentonreporter.com sammamishreview.com

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Sightseeing

Area Attractions E

ENJOYING THE REGION

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 a waterfront trail and display gardens. Free admission, except for the Japanese Garden, (206) 6844725. Download maps and audio tours at www.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.

Chinatown-International District

8,000 ceramic tiles made in China adorn the Chinatown Gate in Seattle

Chittenden Locks

Museums and Galleries

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.

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.

Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour

Other Area Museums:

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.

• 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, www.empmuseum.org. • Frye Art Museum: 704 Terry Ave, Seattle, (206) 622-9250, www.fryemuseum.org.

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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.


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Sightseeing

• 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) 764-5720, www.museumofflight.org. • Museum of Glass: 1801 Dock St, Tacoma, (866) 468-7386, www.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) 623-5124, 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 225 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. For a unique view of these buried remains visit www.beneath-the-streets.com. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park also provides a glimpse into the past. (206) 2204240, www.nps.gov/klse. Nearby, the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum is the largest privately operated police museum in the western U.S. (206) 437-3860, 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) 2176993. 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 ship docks are at Pier 66 & 91 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.

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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) 6251900, 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 May 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) 4412424, www.pnb.org. SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES World renowned writers, thinkers and poets discuss their work and contemporary issues from September through June at various venues. (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. Kirkland Performance Center: Theatre, Dance, Music, Comedy. (425) 893-9900, www.kpcenter.org. Knutzen Family Theatre: Centerstage presents dramas and musicals. (253) 661-1444, www.centerstagetheatre.com. Moore Theatre: Headliners, off-Broadway theatre, dance, comedy. (206) 682-1414, www.stgpresents.org. Neptune Theatre Seattle’s newest live performance venue. (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) 716-6000, 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.

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! Cha Cha Lounge: Up and coming local bands, karaoke, bar, happy hour. (206) 322-0703, www.chachalounge.com The Crocodile: Cutting edge local, national, international talent. (206) 441-4618, www.thecrocodile.com Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley: Jazz, premier concert nightclub (206) 441-9729, www.jazzalley.com Neumo’s: Indie, Hip Hop, Punk, Rock and more. (206) 709-9442, www.neumos.com QLounge: Dance club with state of the art sound & light systems. (206) 432-9306, www.qnightclub.com Showbox: Headline bands at various venues (206) 628-3151, www.showboxpresents.com Tractor Tavern: Local & national acts of every genre. (206) 789-3599, www.tractortavern.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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Fun for Families

Cultural, natural and free: Families in Seattle do have it all By Ashly Moore Sheldon, ParentMap

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amilies in the Puget Sound area have endless options for fun. Seattle is a modern city boasting numerous historical, cultural and educational experiences for growing young minds. And just outside our doors lies the natural treasures of the Pacific Northwest, from glistening lakes to stunning coastlines and magnificent mountains. As for our infamous weather—well, sure, rain is a daily event at certain times of the year, but with all this precipitation comes mild temperatures that can keep families playing outside all year long. And here’s a little secret: Summer in Seattle is glorious. Here’s a sampler of the many adventures families can enjoy year round in the Puget Sound.

Kid-size culture Seattle is home to dozens of amazing, family-friendly museums, from traditional options such as Seattle Art Museum (always free for kids 12 and under) to more alternative choices such as quirky EMP Museum, which explores popular music, science fiction and pop culture. For cultural awareness, try the International District’s Wing Luke Museum, the nation’s only museum dedicated to the Asian Pacific experience; the Northwest African American Museum; or the new Holocaust Center for Humanity. At MOHAI, kids (and adults) can learn all about Seattle’s rich history from Native American roots to our current status as world leader in technology and innovation. Play with STEM concepts at hot spots such as Seattle Aquarium, Museum of Flight and the Pacific Science Center. (P.S. Many area museums offer weekly or monthly free-admission days.) For theater, it’s hard to beat the quality and consistency of Seattle Children’s Theatre, one of the nation’s top such theaters. Other excellent kid-centered theaters include Thistle Theatre, StoryBook Theater (whose original 45-minute musicals make for a great preschool-age show) and Youth Theatre Northwest.

Growing nature lovers Greater Seattle is packed with fantastic parks and green spaces where you can sneak in an hour of outdoor bliss without having to drive far. Right in the city, the trails of Carkeek Park, Seward Park and Camp Long are perfect for small feet. Other favorite city parks include sunny Volunteer Park, which boasts the historic Seattle Asian Art Museum on site; Discovery Park, with its stunning beach and woodsy trails; and the exquisite Washington Park Arboretum, where kids can learn about native plants and enjoy plenty of seasonal WOW moments. In North Bend, the Cedar River Watershed Center offers interactive exhibits on the region’s water cycle, as well as flat trails on Rattlesnake Lake. And every family loves a hike to a roaring waterfall: Try Wallace Falls or Twin Falls in the Cascades. 100

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Want to get out on the water? Rent canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and sailboats at paddle centers such as Alki Kayak Tours in West Seattle, or Agua Verde Paddle Club on Lake Union where you can nosh on Baja Mexican cuisine after your adventure.

Free fun! Life in Seattle can be pricey, but many of the best family-friendly activities don’t cost a dime. For a day of cheap fun, start at Seattle Center. Kids love to splash around the famous, music-generating International Fountain before climbing up the towering slides of the new Artists at Play playground. If you have older kids, check out the inspiring exhibits about global development and poverty at the free Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center. Next stop—Pike Place Market, where the vibrant colors, sounds and smells will entrance even the smallest visitors. Finish up in historic Pioneer Square at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, an excellent, free museum about the gold rush years. In summer, you can find free water play in almost every ‘hood. Seattle Parks and Recreation offers lifeguarding at nine lakefront beaches throughout the city, many of which also have diving boards and deep-water docks, as well as shallow roped off areas for little ones. (Tip: Free swim lessons are also available at these sites!) On a low-tide day, head to a Puget Sound beach to identify and learn about starfish and moon snails, with Seattle Aquarium naturalists on hand for free tutoring. Many parks offer free wading pools for tots—pools at Volunteer Park, Green Lake and Magnuson Park are usually open daily from June through August. And older kids will love to dash and scream through the city’s spray parks. Especially beloved are Northacres Park in north Seattle and Willis Tucker in Snohomish. And don’t forget Seattle’s neighborhood libraries, which offer a wide variety of story times and other kid activities, from free movies and live music to coding lessons and crafts. This, of course, is just a tiny sampling of the adventures that await Seattle families. The only drawback to raising kids in the Puget Sound is that it’s impossible to do it all.

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Great Outdoors he Seattle area enjoys a national reputation for its outdoor lifestyle. Residents are ble ssed 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. Named the 13th Most Bike-Friendly City in the U.S. by Forbes in 2015, 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 www.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 2015 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, www.washington.goingtocamp.com. • National Forests in the Pacific Northwest: www.fs.usda.gov/r6.

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Fishing and Hunting Washington’s lakes, reservoirs, streams and the nearby waters of Puget Sound create a year-round fishing passion. Contact the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) at (360) 902-2700, www.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) 902-2515, www.wdfw.wa.gov/hunting.

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, (360) 854-9415, www.pnt.org. For trail maps and information, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Walk/Hike.

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.

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 throughout the year. Numerous covered driving ranges offer rainy day alternatives. Visit www.golflink.com to find a course near you.

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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, www.usbr.gov/pn/ grandcoulee.

Northwestern Counties/North Cascades National Park On the water or on the slopes, the northwest 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. The 440-mile loop is the “greenest driving loop in America” with electric charging stations aong the route. Contact the Cascade Loop Association for free travel guides and event information, 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 PGA-rated course. (360) 2892451, 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, 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 102

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as Port Angeles, Bremerton, Port Townsend and Sequim, or the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau at 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) 477-4527, 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 moss-draped Sitka Spruce, some that are hundreds of years old and 250 feet tall. Contact: Olympic National Park Visitors Center, (360) 5653130, (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 wellsuited to running. A myriad of annual events include the Seattle Marathon, the Saint Patrick’s Day Dash and the Beat-the-Bridge Run—a uniquely Seattle race between two drawbridges. Visit www. nwrunner.com and click on “Resources” for a Washington Race Calendar.

Sailing/Boating In Washington, boating is a central part of the culture. More than a quarter of all Washington households own a boat. 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 passing through the locks, bridges and local waterways. (206) 764-3742. For kayaks, canoes, and other human-powered craft, the 140mile Cascadia Marine Trail stretches through Puget Sound to the


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Canadian border, offering up-close 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) 468-3701, www.visitsanjuans.com.

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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. Scuba diving at 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.

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