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Seattle Real Estate New Year’s Resolution #3 Know Your Neighborhoods

Greg Nikols, a former Seattle mayor, called Seattle a City of Neighborhoods.  Each has its character, its charms, perhaps even its faults.  Before you choose a home it is extremely important to be sure that you will not regret the location. Are schools important to you?  Walkability?  Commute time?  Recreation?  Do you love a certain […]

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How 2 Colleges In The Greater Seattle Region Are Saving The Planet

    It’s well and good to learn from a lecture. But rarely is a lecture life-changing. Washington is called the evergreen state. We love our trees, the great outdoors and our planet. We are a hardy people. And we have two universities (colleges) that are in the top 10 for sustainable practices and learning. […]

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2nd Base is a Great Used Sports Equipment Shop in the U District

The University District in Seattle is full of life and excitement, a kind of sizzle that comes from a lot of people doing a lot of things fast and well, and celebrating it all with frequency and energy.  There are great movies, book shops, media and tech stops, restaurants of course, cheap coffee shops, cafes, […]

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Recycled Cycles in the U District to Buy or Consign

What kind of a place IS Seattle?  Most restaurants now give the patrons take home boxes which are recyclable instead of the environmentally destructive Styrofoam ones that have been considered good enough up till now.  When I was in a coffee house I heard a customer scolding the clerk for handing her a take-home order […]

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Community Patch in Seattle Neighborhoods

One of the most delightful things about Seattle is the abundance of nature surrounding us.  Although this is a large metropolitan city, I appreciate the fact that you can escape to nature at any time.  Big or large, we have parks situated in every neighborhood and convenient access to rivers, lakes, and vast ocean. 

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Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets

Seattle Farmers Markets are a local tradition, and each neighborhood has one with a little bit of it’s own special character.  Here is the all-inclusive list of the markets.  You don’t have to limit yourself to one because many of them are on different days of the week.  Two of my favorites are the Fremont […]

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Half Price Books Delivers Value

Selling or buying (books, that is) Half Price Books is attractive.  There are lots of times when you want an elegant, full range book store.  Then there are time when it’s too much trouble to haul a bag of books in to sell (recycle, remember?) and then haul it back out again minus the three […]

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Mamma Melina’s in Ravenna

There is a well-deserved reputation among Italian restaurants for a filling meal and delicious pasta.  A jolly rolling accent and some good bread on the table.  Then there is the other Italian.  Mamma Melina’s has been in business for 20 years here in Seattle.  For a good while it was the hot new Italian restaurant […]

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Investing in Real Estate While Your Kids Are In College

If you are the parent of a college kid,  you might want to take a minute to think about real estate investing.  You’re already spending a ton of money sending the kid to school, “investing” in his or her future, so why not hedge your bets on an investment that might actually pay you back […]

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