BOSA’s Newest Bellevue Project, ONE88, is Re-Defining Luxury

BOSA’s Newest Bellevue Project, ONE88, is Re-Defining Luxury

For the first time in a decade, Bellevue is seeing new condominiums added to its city skyline. With an estimated completion date of spring 2020, BOSA has already started picking entries from their lottery-style showing and sale process.

A luxury, high-rise condo building, BOSA’s new experience in premier living broke ground last September. Their units will be a mix of 1-bedrooms, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units and void of studios; and will range from the mid $800 thousands to mid-$2.9 million. Though pricing hasn’t been publicly disclosed for the 21st floor, three-bedroom penthouse you can inquire your request.

Unlike Insignia, ONE88 offers only 143 spanning across 21 stories of luxurious living. Enjoy well-planned units, each with its own view of Bellevue via your personal, outdoor living space, complete with electric hookups. Interior square-footages span from 752 square feet to 2,849 square feet, excluding the penthouse, which tap out closer to 2,948.

Live large in more ways than one. Their kitchens are where form meets function with a collection of high performance, German-engineered Gaggenau appliances, Kohler faucets, and intuitive NEST technology and home automation.

But these premier homes aren’t just packed with luxury appliances. Their redefinition of the word concierge puts their service on a new level, including a weekly e-newsletter, including social events and special events calendar.

The range of services offered, range from personal services and domestic, personal, and healthful referrals, including:

  • Onsite Chef Concierge services
  • A 24-hour attended lobby reception
  • Rotating lobby art installation
  • Weekend lobby lounge coffee service
  • Package and grocery delivery acceptance and storage
  • High-speed wiki throughout amenity area
  • Fitness center towel service
  • Private building and restricted elevator access
  • Bicycle storage and tune-up station
  • Underground, gated resident parking
  • Communicable electric car charging station
  • Dedicated pet retreat
  • Convenient, ground floor retail

And these are the basic ones. The building offers a private fitness center and yoga and exercise studio. High ceiling and expansive windows lookout from a fully-equipped fitness facility with cardio equipment, free weights, and multi-gym system, allowing you private, all-hours access all within the comforts of home. The yoga-exercise studio is outfitted with a virtual fitness screen, yoga mats, and strength training accessories, so you can plan your own workout and have a private place for your personal trainer to come to you.

Practice your swing or play a virtual round with friends in the golf-simulation studio.

The indoor pool, steam room, and sauna are enticing features for the chilly, Pacific Northwest. Enjoy year-round, heated water access all within your architecturally beautiful atrium, which features soaring ceilings. Adjacent changing rooms, steam room, and sauna are also no shy accessory.

The expansive third-floor terrace allows you two spread out and savor the views. Host a summer barbeque or enjoy the sky-shows throughout the year from your private, landscaped terrace with adjacent fireplace lounge, grilling and dining areas, artistic features, and grassy area for outdoor yoga, meditation, or lawn games. The fifth floor also offers a terrace overlooking the city and nearby park.

Reserve the resident lounge if your party is larger than your thousand-plus square foot pad and use the open and versatile space to create a comfortable, yet stylish statement. If you’re hosting a dinner part, you can also reserve the private dining room, featuring a chef-par kitchen and dining room featuring high-end appliances, communal table, and large, entertaining island.

One last major amenity we’ll cover here is the children’s play room, which proves a comfortable and creative space for expanding minds. Age and height appropriate seating, play, and bathroom facilities are just a few of the things you’ll find here.

The homeowner’s association fees approximate around $625 to $2,807 per month.

Located on the corner of Bellevue Way Northeast and Northwest 2nd street, you’re steps away from lounging on the lush green of Bellevue’s Downtown Park, shopping at the Bellevue Collection, or enjoying dinner at any of Bellevue’s amazing eateries.

Though acceptance is figured by a lottery system, the ONE88 condominium building will still prove bountiful to the area. Its architectural beauty offers a captivating visual for anyone gazing at Bellevue’s expanding city skyline and it offers an immersive, Bellevue lifestyle that is both rich in culture and full of artistic, transportation, and recreational options.

Curious about some other neat facts about Bellevue’s bustling community?

Needless to say, Bellevue is Seattle’s contender on several levels and, while we aren’t sure which is top rated, it’s no wonder why people are flocking to the city.

74th Annual Seattle Home Show

74th Annual Seattle Home Show

The 74th Annual Seattle Home Show will take place February 17th-25th at Century Link Field Event Center.

The Seattle Home Show made its first debut in 1939 by the original founders, the father and uncle of W.G. “Bill” McDonald and took place in the old Civic Auditorium. The Seattle Home Show has continued to grow rapidly throughout time and maintain family ownership, now in it’s fourth generation. The Seattle Home Show has been a great success to serve Northwest home industries and consumer needs.

Come to the Seattle Home Show to visit hundreds of exhibits displaying  home and garden products. The show will feature everything for the home including; remodeling, daily home improvements, landscaping and home decorating. You will also have the opportunity to take part in daily seminars and enjoy wine tasting, sponsored by Lulu Boutique of Lake Chelan.

A few featured exhibitors including; Green City Heating and Air Conditioning, Habitat for Humanity, The Closet Factory and Camden Gardens. There is a wide variety of vendors to visit, you will find anything and everything from home design to gardening! Please click here for a full list of exhibitors and a Seattle Home Show map.

Be sure to bring the whole family for a fun day at the Seattle Home Show!

Admission: $13 adults, $9 seniors (60+), $3 juniors (7-15) and under 7, admission is free. To purchase tickets, please visit here.

Purchasers of e-tickets will receive $5 parking at the Century Link Field Event Center parking garage and at the Safeco Field garage.

Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm

Monday-Friday: 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm

For additional information, visit the Seattle Home Show.

2018-2019 Kindergarten Enrollment for Mercer Island School District – It’s NOT Too Early!

2018-2019 Kindergarten Enrollment for Mercer Island School District – It’s NOT Too Early!

Families around Mercer Island are starting the enrollment process for kindergarteners in the Mercer Island School District, who will be 5 years old by August 31st, 2018, for the 2018-2019 school year. With the district’s new, online enrollment process, it’s super quick and easy to enroll your children and have the peace of mind that they’re ready and set to start in the upcoming school year.

For information on age requirements, please see this article.

Though that over half-a-year away, the school districts would appreciate the time to gauge appropriate staffing levels and having the extra time will allow them to hire or reorganize as best services the students.

The online registration packet can be found on the Mercer Island School District website.

While the process is easy, and rather seamless, there are required documents parents may need to gather beforehand, including:

  • Copy of Official birth certificate or passport (Required for all Kindergarten enrollments).
  • Proof of Residency is required. (Copy of utility bill or closed bill of sale/rental lease agreement.)
  • Completed Certificate of Immunization (CIS) is required.  (See Immunization Requirements).
  • Custody/Court Order if applicable
  • Restraining Order if applicable

Curious about where your child will go to school? Check out the boundaries map, downloadable from this page.


15+ 10-Minute House Cleaning Tasks You Can Accomplish This Week

15+ 10-Minute House Cleaning Tasks You Can Accomplish This Week

Refreshing our homes is a weekly chore, but there are tons of things we can do on the day-to-day to keep our homes in tip-top functioning order; and if you’re anything like me you usually pick a day and binge-clean until your home is sparkling. But, that doesn’t have to be your entire day-off. If you’re struggling against a messy home, you might consider a different approach to your daily habits if you’re looking to redistribute your time to focus more on yourself in the new year.

By implementing 10-minute tasks, you can keep your home clean throughout the week, and keep your weekends for yourself. Choose three to five quick tasks per day and focus on those, and you might find yourself with more time on the weekends and more motivation once you started.

10-minute tasks are designed to break larger cleaning chores into bite-size, manageable tasks that both work towards the larger task and make your days more filled and intentional. Don’t have an entire weekend to detail your home? No problem. Add a few minutes day get it done one check-marked-box at a time.

  • Wipe the kitchen counters to get the daily grime off from cooking and cutting vegetables for dinners and lunches. This should take less than five minutes.
  • Empty or repack your dishwasher to stay on top of your dirty versus clean dishes and keep your sink empty and functional.
  • Dust a different room every day – or a least a few days a week. Why not during commercials? Or while you’re waiting for your tea to steep?
  • Scrub the shower, while you’re in there. You may plan on using GREEN cleaning methods, but it makes for an easy task, while you’re waiting for the conditioner to work its magic.
  • Waiting for water to boil? Clean the microwave. A lemon and a sponge or towel should do the trick. Easy and quick but make a difference in your kitchen!
  • Take out all the trash & recycle and put it in their respective containers.
  • Sweep and/or vacuum the floors in your home. Though it may seem small, it can make a world of difference.
  • Start a load of laundry or grab one from the dryer and put it away. When we get down to it, putting away a singular load of laundry takes minutes, usually less than 10, so why not do it as soon as the load is done?
  • Wash your dishes as you go and put them in the washer.
  • Clean out your refrigerator and/or freezer. I feel like we sometimes get in the set-it-and-forget-it mentality where we put something somewhere, and then completely forget about it. Like those leftover from two weekends ago that you never got back around to finishing. Take a few minutes and throw out old or expires foods from your shelves.
  • Go through that stack of mail. Shred and recycle junk mail, stack or pay your bills, and create an organizational habit that ritualizes your mailing tasks.
  • Scrub and clean your floor in sections. If you want to get into the nitty-gritty of your home, start by scrubbing your tile floors – and to make it even easier, create section of floors. By the end of the week, your entire floor will be scrubbed clean, and it won’t feel like you’ve just spend ten hours doing it.
  • Clean out your car. Did you forget to bring in those bags from beach last weekend? Or maybe you forgot to replace your reusable bags in the backseat. Either way, refresh your car on a monthly basis can make it feel like a comfy extension to your home, versus just a tool you basically live for fifteen hours a week.
  • Clean your interior windows – and if you’re feeling mighty motivated, clean the outside one’s, too!
  • Do a swift vinegar clean.
  • Update your weekly and/or monthly calendar and to-do list. We all have things that popup or move throughout the month. Why not update your calendar as you go? Or at least when you can settle enough.
  • Clean your drip pans, toaster, convection oven, or any other small appliance. Small tasks, building to larger tasks. By now, you’ve cleaned the surfaces, floors, small appliances, and don’t a load of dishes. Your kitchen is basically cleaned by now.
  • Plan a quick bedroom pick me up! There’s something to be said about going to sleep and waking up in a refreshed room, and it can set the mood up for the rest of your day! Plan a little tidying project every few days, like picking up your clothes, emptying the garbage, and wiping down the surfaces can make the week a little brighter.

These tasks designed to help you stay on top of your weekly chores and help better manage your home in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world. With just small, subtle change to your daily routine, by mixing it up, you’ll find yourself with more things that are done and checked off. These tasks are small, but mighty.

What little things do you like to do during the week that help your home and family?

Lunar New Year Celebration This Weekend: February 10th & February 11th

Lunar New Year Celebration This Weekend: February 10th & February 11th

Lunar new year festival

This weekend on Sunday come to a fun event in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District to celebrate the Lunar New Year Celebration. Cost is free, time is on Sunday the 11th is 11am-4pm. For $3 you can sample food and be entered into a drawing. There will be costume contest for adults and kids. Lots of entertainment as well.



Mercer Island’s February Events Calendar

Mercer Island’s February Events Calendar

Mercer Island is a wonderous place, filled with community, celebration, and heart – and the City of Mercer Island compiled a bunch of highlights noting 2017 accomplishments


Long Term Care Facility Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
WHERE: Details in Link Above
TIME: 1:00PM-2:00PM

City Council Regular Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
WHERE: City Hall Emergency Operations Center
TIME: 7:00PM

MIYSF Foundation Annual Fundraising Breakfast 
WHEN: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
WHERE: Mercer Island Community & Events Center
TIME: 7:00AM-8:30AM

Planning Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers
TIME: 6:00PM-9:00PM

Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED
WHEN: Thursday, February 8th, 2018
WHERE: Main Fire Station
TIME: 7:00PM-9:00PM
FEE: $55 / Student (online registration through link above)

Ham Radio Class & Test
WHEN: Saturday, February 10th, 2018
WHERE: Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints
TIME: 8:30AM-4:00PM

Utility Board Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers
TIME: 7:00PM-9:00PM

Arts Council Regular Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
WHERE: Mercer Island Community & Events Center
TIME: 6:30PM-8:00PM

Design Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
WHERE: City Hall Council Chamber
TIME: 7:00PM-9:00PM

Mercer Island Radio Operator (MIRO) Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, February 15th, 2018
WHERE: Main Fire Station
TIME: 7:00PM-8:30PM

Community Dance
WHEN: Friday, February 16th, 2018
TIME: 7:00PM-11:00PM
FEE: $15 for Advanced Tickets (see link above) / $20 at the Door
AGES: 21+

First Aid and Adult CPR
WHEN: Saturday, February 17, 2018
WHERE: Main Fire Station
TIME: 9:00AM-2:00PM
FEE: $80 / Student (online registration through link above)

WHEN: Monday, February 19th, 2018

City Council Regular Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
WHERE: City Hall Emergency Operations Center
TIME: 7:00PM

Planning Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers
TIME: 6:00PM-9:00PM

Ham Radio Class & Test
WHEN: Saturday, February 24th, 2018
WHERE: Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints
TIME: 8:30AM-4:00PM

Design Commission Regular Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
WHERE: City Hall Council Chamber
TIME: 7:00PM-9:00PM


Mercer Island Sees 17+% Median Sales Price Increase Over 2016 Annual Report – What about Seattle and the Greater Eastside?

Mercer Island Sees 17+% Median Sales Price Increase Over 2016 Annual Report – What about Seattle and the Greater Eastside?

Article written by Julie Barrows, owner of Windermere Real Estate / Mercer Island.

YIR_SeattleSeattle area real estate paid off big yet again in 2017 with a 14.1% median price increase to $708,000.  In fact, over the past five years, prices are up 58.7%.  A Seattle house that was $446,000 in 2013 would sell for a whopping $708,000 today, or $262,000 more.

Grappling with gridlock and buyer push-back over steeply escalating prices, Seattle saw the strongest price growth in neighborhoods further from the downtown core—namely South Seattle, Shoreline, and West Seattle. These more affordable regions offered home buyers more for their money than many of the core in-city hoods…although the quaint, inviting homes with signature “Seattle Charm” are pretty hard to pass up.


The median sale price on Mercer Island increased 17.1% (to $1,546,000) over 2016. Lack of available housing was the biggest contributor in driving prices up in this often-coveted island community nestled in the heart of the metro region between Seattle and Bellevue.

New residential development regulations implemented in November impacted the size and placement of new construction and remodeled homes. Given the current buyer demand in the Mercer Island market, the new restrictions generally only affected values where total building size was significantly diminished.


Median price appreciation on the Eastside fared even better than Seattle with year-over-year prices up 15.2% to $868,000.  Over the past five years, prices are up 54.8%.

The entire Eastside—comprised primarily of the cities of Bellevue, Medina, Clyde Hill, Yarrow Point, Hunts Point, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, Sammamish, Woodinville, Carnation and Duvall—grew at a frenzied pace as buyers competed for fewer and fewer homes in Seattle’s newer and more spacious neighboring Eastside region. Those communities closest to the metro core and I-90/520 arterials fared best but homeowners in more remote Eastside neighborhoods are hardly complaining.

Waterfront-ReportChallenged by increasing building and shoreline restrictions, aging housing stock, and an extreme scheduling backlog for quality contractors, waterfront buyers found fewer modern turn-key homes, in ideal settings, to capture their interest. Waterfront that ‘checked all the boxes’ was in high demand—commanding top prices in 2017—while those requiring considerable renovation/rebuild sat stagnant on the market or sold at well below prior market prices. Don’t expect this to turn around until builders and remodelers become more readily available.

Condo-ReportIn desperately short supply, condos have become a favorite, or the only option, for buyers looking for walkability, convenience, and affordability in one nifty little package. Experiencing one of their best years in decades, condo prices flourished in 2017 and will likely see similar gains in 2018. Well-run buildings with reasonable monthly dues, those with all the bells and whistles, and good proximity to essential services are especially popular right now.

Seattle area real estate paid off big yet again in 2017 with a 14.1% median price increase to $708,000. The Eastside fared even better—up 15.2% to $868,000. In fact, over the past five years, prices are up 58.7% and 54.8% respectively. A Seattle house that was $446,000 in 2013 would sell for a whopping $708,000 today, or $262,000 more.

Stack that up against nearly any other investment—oh, and don’t forget that gain is based on the value of the entire asset and not just what you invested in it (i.e. down payment and closing costs). If you purchased said home in 2013 for $446,000, putting 20% ($89,200) down and financing the remainder with about $10,000 in loan fees, you would have invested about $100,000 for a gain of $262,000. A 262% return in five years assuming no major improvements were made.

While 2018 should be another good year for real estate, it might not see the hefty appreciation gains of 2017. Expect to see some slowing and a build-up of inventory in the luxury sector while the tight supply of entry-level homes steals the attention (and dollars) of would-be buyers. Other big winners will be highly coveted one-level homes that allow boomers to age in place, and communities with high walkability or those adjacent to highly-reliable rapid transit.

Seattle’s higher cost of living (and traffic) may push telecommuters and retirees alike further from the Seattle-Bellevue metro region as they cash-in their blooming equity for a lower-cost lifestyle in the burbs and beyond—leaving the costlier in-city abodes to high-income earners who want the hip urban life despite the cost.


The Seattle Boat Show This Weekend: January 27th & January 28th

The Seattle Boat Show This Weekend: January 27th & January 28th

Fun things to do this Weekend!

In Renton at Sweet Decadence they have a fun wine and chocolate pairing. As you have 4 selected premium wines and 4 artisan chocolates. Then a specialist will help you and show you how each pair together. This event is Friday and Saturday from 3:00-8:00 pm cost is $35 per person.

Also this weekend at South Lake Union the Seattle Boat Show is starting this weekend. And at South Lake Union free parking! And while you are there bring your appetite because the Chomp into this-Charity Chowder Cook-Off is this weekend only. Sample and be a judge of some well known Chowders.



Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, Weighs in on the 2018 Housing Market

As we move into the new year, the housing market reflects on 2018 and looks forward into 2018 and its forthcoming prime season. Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, forecasts that 2018 will bring higher inventory levels, balancing the current rift between seller and buyer.

Interest rates are forecasted to continually rise, but at comparably modest rates to historic averages. Home prices are also expected to raise at lower rates in 2018, theoretically prophesized by increased inventory levels and buyer frustration in the current Seattle market.

Where do you think 2018 will take the local market? Will we continue as a seller’s market, or will level help balance the market? Check out the entire report here!



5 Luxury Home Trends to Look for in 2018

5 Luxury Home Trends to Look for in 2018

The new year has come and gone – but what trends are staying, and which are we leaving behind? 2018 will prove a year of infinite possibilities, both in life, business, and personal passions. So, what here to stay?

MIXED METALS offer texture, tone, dimension, and the subtle sheen of light refraction. Why are mixed metals totally hot? They can offer a warm or cooling effect, and keep you home sleek, modern, and ultra-trendy.

BOLD COLORS on doors, gates, and kitchen cabinets can add an extra layer of flair. Add drama or brighten and cheer up your home with statement colors – and don’t stop there. Some designers are suggesting

NATURAL WOOD is still in! Which we’re glad to hear, of course. Natural, woodland beauty opens spaces, adding light and texture to what may otherwise be a dull or cold area. Designers suggest adding layers of wood tones, starting with a warm, light wood, with medium-tone or darker-toned accents to refresh and add depth.

SMART UPGRADES will continue to thrive, especially with technology like Amazon and Nest products continuing to make waves in the industry. Other areas of ultra-advanced areas include kitchen appliances, hands-free faucets, and outdoorsy auto-maintenance.

GO GREEN and become obsessed with indoor plants – even easy-to-keep ones, like succulents, can add an extra and natural layer to your home décor. Multi-colored and textured plants can bring colors into your home, and even add to the room’s existing color palette – and there are many directions you can go in!

We can definitely say that luxury trends will continue to thrive in the new year, including things like spa-inspired bathrooms and designer accents, but that isn’t all. An old, Japanese tradition, known as wabi-sabi, will growth right alongside.

The Japanese worldview that celebrates imperfection is expected to be hot in the home décor space in the coming year.

Wabi-sabi is an elegant, yet sparse design emphasizing each home’s imperfections. This ideal emphasized keeping your home real, authentic, and recognizing it doesn’t always have to be “showroom-ready.”

So, what trends are we leaving behind? Well, we don’t like to dwell on the negative, so we’ll leave a link below about trends staying in the previous year.

A new year inevitably ushers in new styles in interior design, and that means that we’re leaving certain trends in the past. To keep your home looking timeless in the new year, we’re sharing our predictions for the interior design trends that are “out” in 2018. Check out the entire article here.

Got anything to add? What are your favorite trends packed with staying power?