We are thrilled to blog about our newest Bennion & Deville listing, a fabulous 1911-built home thats situated on an expansive corner lot in Mount Baker – the kind of place, reported The Seattle Times, “where a few neighbors hire a band, strap on their tool belts and erect a stage in the park to provide free concerts for the neighborhood. Where people get together to fight City Hall or to dog a major petroleum company over a contaminated site. Where the community club hosts a neighborhood potluck for 300 and a biennial Home Tour requiring 150 volunteers — and also raises around $100,000 a year in college scholarships.”
Take a peek through 2810 Cascadia Avenue South….
Finished SF: 8,165
Lot Size: 1.4+ Acre
Year Built: 1911
2013 Taxes: $24,423
Heat: Gas, Radiant
This stately manse, built in 1911 occupies a coveted corner lot nearly an acre in size. From its hillside perch above Lake Washington, the magnificent 2-story house enjoys commanding views of the water, Cascade Mountains, and Mt. Rainier. A terraced front yard with mature plantains, a circular drive, koi pond and fountain provide a lovely approach to the house. The foyer and formals are all grand in scale and graced with oak panel walls, high ceilings, hardwood floors and other period detailing. Multiple sets of front doors in the living room open to a full-width deck that provides breathtaking vistas and front-row seats to Seafair festivities.
The main home has 6 bedrooms, all located on the second level as well as 3 flu baths. Large master suite has spectacular views and adjoining sitting room or office.
The lower level of the house is dedicated to serious play and includes a media/billiards room, a dance studio, a music/game room, an exercise room and a media room.
A detached 2-car garage and full carriage house apartment complete this grand estate.
This beautiful home in the coveted Washington Park neighborhood with unique street-t0-street lot hit the market yesterday! If you’re in the market for lush grounds, period details, and leafy lake vistas this new Bennion & Deville listing is a must see!
715 McGilvra Boulevard E
Year Built: 1926
SF Lot: 24,085
Lake & Mountain Views
Detached 2-Car Garage
Offered at $3,300,000
This distinguished 1926 English-style home is nestled in the trees above Lake Washington with beautiful lake, mountain, and downtown Bellevue skyline views. Richly appointed and updated with spacious formals, hardwood floors, leaded-glass windows, beamed and vaulted ceilings and Venetian plaster walls. Top-notch stainless kitchen features marble counters and large island with breakfast seating and opens to spacious family/dining room. Four generous bedrooms including stunning master retreat with marble bath and full dress- ing room as well as penthouse-style suite on third floor complete with small living area. Lush grounds with secluded patios and leafy lake vistas. Situated on an oversized street-to-street lot with detached garage and additional parking and very close to all the boutiques, restaurants, beach, park, and all that Madison Park has to offer!
For more details on this home please visit this listing on our website.
Top of the morning to you, Seattle. Today, March 17th is the designated feast day of St. Patrick, the man credited with taking Christianity to Ireland through the symbol of the shamrock and leaving us all with St. Patrick’s Day. With roughly 34 million Americans laying claim to Irish ancestry, today is also a day where people gather in crowds to celebrate the Irish culture in pubs, parties and parades.
This past weekend, Seattleites marched in the parade and dashed in costumes in the annual F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash, 50,000 people gathered to watch the Chicago river glow a bright emerald green, and today millions have lined the streets in New York, to cheer on the 250,000 people marching up 5th Avenue in the annual St Patrick’s day parade that kicked off in 1762.
This year, however, we wanted to look beyond the leprechauns, the Guinness gulping, the shamrocks and the “Kiss Me I’m Irish” tees of standard St. Paddy’s Day partying to give a nod to the richness of Irish culture that is sometimes overlooked in the sea of green that tends to dominate these celebrations and offer you a different kind of celebratory To Do:
Read anything from this list of great Irish literature: Ireland is a country that has suffered through decades of poverty, famine, and degradation its literary history is rich with novels that tell of these woes. Tonight enjoy a pint of Guinness or an Irish coffee while kicking back to devour one of these fine works from some of Ireland’s finest literary masters:
Anything by Oscar Wilde Ulysses by James Joyce
Walter Macken’s The Silent People
John McGahern’s Amongst Women
Molly Keane’s Good Behaviour
Colm Toibin’s The Blackwater Lightship
Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls
Beckett’s Waiting For Godot
Toast to Influential Politicians of Irish Decent:
Don’t forget the Kennedy’s & Ronald Reagan,
Watch a film featuring a great Irish actor:
Don your green sweats and scour your Netflix for anything starring:
Peter O’Toole – Lawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille, The Last Emporer Daniel Day Lewis – Lincoln, There Will Be Blood, Gangs of New York, The Boxer Colin Farrell – Saving Mr. Banks, The Recruit, Miami Vice, Winter’s Tale Pierce Brosnan – Golden Eye, Die Another Day, Tomorrow Never Dies, Mrs. Doubtfire Gabriel Byrne – The Usual Suspects, Miller’s Crossing, Enemy of the State Liam Neeson (who, in the true spirit of the day, even once worked as a forklift operator for Guinness) – Taken, Schindler’s List, Star Wars, Batman Begins
Unwind listening to one of these great Irish musicians: U2, VanMorrison, TheCranberries, SineadO’Connor, SnowPatrol, TheDubliners, FloggingMolly, DropkickMurphys, Johnny McEvoy, The Script
And how could we forget the soothing ballads and orchestral works of Enya.
Pick up a loaf of soda bread from one of these fine Seattle bakeries: The Essential Baking Company Wallingford – 1604 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103 Madison Valley – 2719 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122
Georgetown – 5601 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108 Macrina Bakery & Cafe Belltown – 2408 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Industrial District – 1943 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98127
And last, but certainly not least, be sure to drop by one of Seattle’s best Irish pubs for a cold pint and a bit of a jig!
Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant
Friendly atmosphere, popular with the after work crowd
801 First Ave, Downtown
Owl N’ Thistle Irish Pub & Restaurant
Opened in 1930, this Seattle landmark is an inviting and lively St. Patrick’s Day destination that is definitely going to be sporting some green on the dance floor tonight.
808 Post Ave., Downtown
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub If this sunny-ish weather holds up, dine on the view-boasting patio of the Pink Door and squeeze your way through Post Alley’s tourists for a cold beer and whirl around the crowded dance floor of this pub. Kells’ Irish owners have a long-standing tradition of drawing the crowds to seriously celebrate St. Paddy and we’re sure tonight will be no different.
1916 Post Alley., Downtown/Belltown
Seattle local Peter Johnson is owner to several of Seattle’s favorite Irish stomping grounds including: The Chieftain, 12th ave right across the street from Seattle University as well as Madison Park’s family friendly McGilvra’s; both of which draw friendly locals and regulars, serve up cold beers on tap and offer a menu that is a mix of traditional Irish grub (think corned beef & cabbage, shepherd’s pie) and American bar staples. The Chieftain – 908 12th Ave, Capitol Hill McGilvra’s – 4243 E. Madison, Madison Park
Wild Rover Irish Pub & Restaurant
An eastside favorite, this Irish pub in Kirkland features several themed rooms including a billiards room, a fireplace to cozy up to and a library.
111 Central Way, Kirkland.
Decorative brickwork, half-timbering, stained glass doors, beautifully maintained hardwoods, period sconces, wainscoting, beamed ceilings and a large elegant marble fireplace are just some of the exquisite details in this distinguished Montlake tudor that is new on the market as of just yesterday!
Built in 1927 but featuring a fully updated kitchen with crisp white cabinetry, granite counters and high-end stainless appliances this home strikes the perfect balance between modernized amenities and thoughtful preservation of the home’s original features.
Address: 2231 East Lake Washington Boulevard
List Price: $1,350,000
Heat: Gas, radiant
Taxes: $11,167 (2013)
Year Built: 1927
Square Feet: 5540
Lot Size: 7,019
Located near the in-city oasis of the Washington Park Arboretum, the University of Washington, and the central business district for Montlake that includes the Montlake Blvd Market, Cafe Lago, the Montlake Ale House, the Montlake Bicycle Shop, Fuel coffee shop, and the public library, this centralized neighborhood offers something for everyone.
For more details on this listing , please visit our website, or join us for an open house today from 11:30 – 1:30.
Seattle is known for its farm-to-table dining establishments bringing bold flavors to local communities and tourists alike. So you wouldn’t necessarily expect a downhome, southern-style, barbeque restaurant to be all the buzz. That’s all about to change.
Seattle is going to become a little more southern, thanks to the highly anticipated opening of Bourbon and Bones. This exciting new concept opening in a matter of days belongs to Chef Michael Law and his business partner, entrepreneur Michael McConnell.
Bourbon and Bones will be moving into what was formerly Anita’s Crepes in the Fremont neighborhood. The opening of the restaurant will begin with several small soft openings that began Monday of this week. Bourbon and Bones held a contest on Facebook to see which loyal fans of the restaurant would be allowed to invite a guest to the soft opening. This exclusive event included the full menu as well as their full bar menu.
Law’s menu will resemble that of a classic southern barbecue joint serving up delicious barbeque favorites with little fuss (food will be served on parchment paper). In addition to offering his infamous fried chicken (wing, leg, thigh, breast, and gizzard all available for fabulous consumption) served by the piece or by the barrel, he will be incorporating Southern favorites such as brisket, pulled pork and ribs with classic sides like collards with ham hock, mac-n-cheese, and cheese grits, are available.
True to the restaurant’s name, Bourbon and Bones will also serve up an assortment of brown liquors featuring fine spirits from Batch 206 distillery, located here in Seattle.
Law is the creative mind behind the Wandering Goose and its famous fried chicken. Marinated in lemon, thyme, cayenne, and garlic, and fried to golden perfection, the Wandering Goose has received high marks for this particular entrée. Law spent several years cooking in multiple European cities, such as Barcelona, Avignon, and parts of Germany. Law is looking to bring together his European background and southern genius with Bourbon and Bones. This new concept is a smart blend of classic Southern specialties and European style.
McConnell has been a Seattle staple for years. He is one of the creators behind Caffe Vita, which was established in Queen Anne circa 1995, and is the entrepreneurial brain behind its fame. Under his guidance, this local coffee shop and small-batch roasting company has grown nationally. McConnell and his team are responsible for the progress and expansion of Caffe Vita beyond Seattle, including locations in Portland, New York and Los Angeles.
For more information about Bourbon and Bones, check out their Facebook page.
There’s nothing quite like waking up to find a fresh blanket of snow on the ground, kids shrieking in the streets, snow men and angels dotting front lawns and knowing that winter is about to take a fun turn from those dreary Seattle winter days we’re used to(although this year we’ve been lucky) if work and/or school deal you the bountiful bonus of a snow day…particularly on a Friday. Don’t be fooled, we know as well as anyone else the extreme trials and tribulations that a real snow fall can bring on a city, but this morning felt like a real bonus; a tiny reminder at the tail end of an insane couple of weeks to slow down, bask in the beauty of the moment, and catch up to the holiday season that seems to have gotten a headstart on us this year. And boy was it beautiful!
Moments of snowfall like this are few and far between for us Seattleites and thus we greet this kind of weather differently than other places. Although generally unequipped, unprepared and a little nervous of the kind of havoc it could reap on our neighborhoods, commutes, and daily busyness (yes we said busyness, not business), we go to bed hopeful, and excited, and this morning, we were victorious! …for a moment at least.
As the rain has melted all but a few spots of the snowfall this morning, we thought we’d share just a few of the photos we captured of the winter wonderland we woke up to this morning incase you slept through the whole thing, or just want to relive it a little incase thats the only snow we’ll see in the city this year.
Santa is soon coming to town so the Bennion & Deville Fine Homes team has lined up some of the holiday’s most festive happenings so we scrapped our weekend roundup this week for some more cheery celebrations to mark your calendars with!
11/23-12/4 – Festival of Trees Celebration
A treat for children and adults alike, Seattle Children’s Hospital uniquely themed and decorated designer Christmas trees will be on display for 2 weeks at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel so if you find yourself downtown be sure to drop in for some ooing and aaahing.
Free, Fairmont Olympic Hotel.
More Info Here
11/26-1/1 – 21st AnnualGingerbread Village
One of this lists true treats (get it?), the Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Seattle hotel will be bringing nursery rhymes to larger-than-edible-life this year as the culinary team teams with local architectural firms. Take a stroll through, watch your little guys squirm to keep their hands to themselves and vote for your favorite at the end!
Free, 7 days/week, 24 Hours/day.
More Info Here
Photo via Seattle Curbed
11/27 – The Jimi Hendrix Birthday Tribute Concert
Although this rock legend and “Seattle born guitar-god” has been gone almost 40 years ago, his legacy lives on and his music remains as popular as ever. This event will help raise money for The Hendrix Music Academy, an organization that provides music education to King County’s at-risk youth.
7:30 p.m. $20, The Vera Project.
11/29-12/3 – Christmas Ship Festival
This Northwest tradition has been drawing Seattleites out of their cozy abodes, donning scarves and Starbucks red cups since 1949. Watch from land or lake for a cheery celebration of twinkly lights, choirs singing carols on ships, and all around festiveness as crowds gather on shores around bonfires to anticipate the arrival of the ships.
Photo via west seattle herald.com
More Info Here
11/29-12/24 – Nordstrom Santa Lane
Visit and take photos with Santa in his workshop outside the downtown Seattle Nordstrom at 500 Pine St. Lucky kids in line will be treated to candy canes and cocoa, but if you’re on the fly, pop by the window and hear him “Ho, Ho, Ho,” to wishful kids in his grotto.
11/29 – Macy’s Holiday Parade & Star Lighting This year’s parade begins at Seventh and loops through downtown with over 25 floats, 650 costumed characters, marching bands and other entertainers that welcome Santa coming to town, in very grand style – not to mention that it may be a welcome shopping break for worn out Black Friday bravers. The Macy’s star will be lit for the season at 5pm with a fireworks display to follow!
9:00am-10:00am, 4th & Pine
11/29-11/31 – Seattle Center Winterfest
Seattle Center presents a winter wonderland of lights, an ice rink, ice sculpting, winter train & village, lively weekend performances.
More Info Here
11/29 – Carolers at Seattle Center Winterfest
11/29-12/29 – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
A scroogy Seattle tradition to drive home the real meaning of the Christmas season and what’s really worth celebrating. Dubbed “The Granddaddy of all holiday shows” by The Seattle P-I, this one is a must!
(Every Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun until Dec. 29th)
ACT Theatre, $27 & higher
More Info Here
11/29-1/4 – Wild Lights at Woodland Park Zoo A totally wild winter lights festival created in thousands of LED lights.
5:30-8:30pm, Woodland Park Zoo.
More Info Here
12/1 – Seattle Marathon Race Day
For all the brave souls that have spent the last several months training, or those who are simply looking to shed their extra thanksgiving load, the Seattle Marathon kicks off at 8:15 on Sunday morning at 5th and Harrison and will wind its way through city from downtown, over the I-90 floating bridge, along scenic Lake Washington Boulevard, and back through the Arboretum and Capitol Hill towards Memorial Stadium. Good luck runners!
More Info Here
As the holiday season kick into gear, Seattle’s event scene is bursting with things to do around town. Fight the urge to kick back at home on some of these colder nights and try something new! Here are a few of Bennion & Deville’s top pics for this weekend, Nov 22-24.
Real Estate Happenings
DON’T FORGET: This Sunday, the Bennion & Deville Fine Homes team will be accepting offers on our newest listing, 1614 21st Ave E.
Ongoing The Children’s Museum
Throughout the next few weeks the Seattle Children’s museum is exploring different cultural holidays during this festive season. This weekend they will be Exploring Diwali. Come bring the kiddos to the Festival of Lights to learn something new. This will be a great chance to try different foods, learn new games and participate in activates that will teach everyone in the family something new about this holiday. The Seattle Children’s Museum is just a 10-15 drive from Queen Anne.
Friday Julianna Barwick Concert
If you’re looking for a musical evening The Fremont Abbey Arts Center, near Magnolia, has what you’re looking for. They are happy to welcome Julianna Barwick, along with Hannah Epperson, this Friday night. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are just $15 at the door. Don’t miss this unique artist who has toured with bands such as Sigur ROS. The performance is open for all ages. Due to the nature of this performance, be sure to wear quiet shoes and bring cameras without the shutter noise so as to disrupt the audience members around you. And don’t forget, all of the proceeds will go to help support Literacy Source programs.
Saturday Seattle Women Make Art – Again!
Come out to support local artists at Jackson Place Co-Housing located south of the Queen Anne area. This Saturday they will be hosting an art show to showcase female artists from the Seattle area. These talented women will be exhibiting their unique work beginning at 10am. You are sure to be dazzled by all types of artwork, from art gourds, to one-of-a-kind jewelry, exclusive photography and much more. Please attend and support our local artists.
Sunday 5K Turkey Trot This Sunday, at Marina Park in Kirkland begins this year’s annual 5K Turkey Trot. The proceeds from this event go to support the various social services offered by Hopelink. Day-of-event registration is $40 per person, or $35 dollars if you are participating with a group. The race begins at 11am sharp! Be sure to bring your kids and pets, stroller and pet registration are free. The event registration begins at 10am and also includes a fair, hot chocolate, and prize drawings.
The Modern American Chicken — Café Nordo Sunday night come out for a culinary experience like no other. Chef Nordo is back and bringing his Carnal Food Movement with him. Come and enjoy a night to remember as your prix-fixe dinner menu takes you through the life of a chicken, from birth to your plate. All of the food is locally sourced and the menu is meticulously planned, and can change without notice. Come out to the historic Washington Hall, located at 153 14th Avenue, Seattle, just 10 minutes away from the Capitol Hill and Madrona neighborhoods and see what all the excitement is about. This Sunday will be your last night to enjoy this unique theatrical dinner. This event is 21 and up.
If you hadn’t already noticed the sudden complete lack of parking spaces at University Village, this November brought some new faces to the outdoor shopping center, among them is Hot Mama, an upscale boutique for new mothers. We are thrilled to welcome the 44th location nationwide as well as the first location in Seattle. This store will be a valued addition to the many stores housed in University Village.
Meghan Tamte, the genius behind Hot Mama goes into great detail on what gave her inspiration to opening the first Hot Mama boutique in Minnesota. On her first outing with her daughter she soon realized shopping in a regular department store was going to be a challenge that started with how to get through the store’s front door. “I looked at the narrow escalator that I had been used to taking and I realized that my stroller was not going to make it up,” she laments. After locating the elevator and making it to the second floor she encountered another problem, “I had trouble pushing my stroller through the aisles and several times my stroller got stuck.” Leaving the store empty handed and feeling defeated, the first ideas for Hot Mama began to form.
Her purpose is simple: to offer women a beautifully curated collection of clothing for everything from home to office to date nights, and a comfortable place to shop for new and experienced mothers alike. Hot Mama has truly captured the ultimate shopping experience for new moms, from the clothing collections, right down to the store configuration.
Being a busy and on-the-go mom can be tiring, Hot Mama has set out to make looking fabulous one less thing to worry about. “I need clothes that are quick and easy to wear, that can take me from a board meeting, to my son’s baseball game, to a date night with my hubby.” Their mission statement, “We empower moms,” says all you need to know about where their priorities lie. It’s all about accommodating moms and making their lives more comfortable.
Meghan has created a store that is fun for moms and kids alike. With TV’s showing children’s movies, employees who, as part as their qualifications, must be great with children, and aisles that are wide enough for a stroller cruising, Hot Mama really delivers the full experience. “Each mom is a Hot Mama, but it’s easy to lose sight of that in the midst of motherhood.” For new mom fashionistas everywhere this new breed of store may just be the answer to your prayers.
University Village Outdoor Shopping Center is a 10-15 minute drive from neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill, Madison Park, Wallingford, and View Ridge. Hot Mama also has an online store and stylists available online or by phone to help with your shopping. Hot Mama has their 45th store scheduled to open later this year in Chicago, with five more locations set to open nationwide this coming spring.
One of the most unique aspects of Seattle is its thriving culinary scene. Because the Northwest coast is home to some of the freshest ingredients, from fish to locally grown produce, there is a sense of pride in the way the people of Seattle pick, prepare, and most importantly consume our food. Whether it’s picking from the heaps of internationally acclaimed restaurants to try or preparing a meal for the family at home, we all know the effect that a great meal can have on ourselves and the community, especially as our appetites seem to kick into gear as the days grow shorter. Foodies and casual diners alike know and are loyal to their favorite spots in the city, but Seattle has long been recognized as city willing to dive into new cuisines which has produced a burgeoning restaurant scene with new eateries popping up almost every week. This weekend, you can be sure to catch some of the Bennion and Deville team at a few of these great culinary events taking place this weekend.
Pike Place Market
Established in the early 1900s, and continuing just as strong today, Pike Place Market is one of the city’s most historic and unique landmarks. As the premier “people’s market” of Washington, Pike Place ushers in hundreds of locals and tourist alike, looking for an authentic market experience. Farmers from across the state bring their goods here, enriching the food community with a wealth of healthy options to satisfy all tastes. With the growing trend of honest, authentic cooking, and farm to table concepts using the bounty of Northwest goods, the market hosts many events that attract people from all walks of life to enjoy one of Seattle’s proudest landmarks.
Arcade Lights This weekend, Pike Place will welcome over 60 local brewers and culinary artisans to share their talents at Arcade Lights on Friday, October 18. For the food and beverage connoisseur, this “celebration of artisan food, beer & wine” is the best event lined up this weekend. Pre-sale Tickets & 21+ tickets are on-sale today for $28 and $35 the day of the event. This is a can’t miss opportunity for anyone looking for a unique, exciting experience in Seattle this weekend.
If you’re looking for a good concert Friday through Sunday, the city ushers in a few of today’s best and most notorious acts.
The Avett Brothers, who released their new cd, Magpie and the Dandelion just 2 days ago are playing at The Key Arena for some good ‘ol fashioned Americana folk sounds.
The always entertaining Kanye West will be taking the stage at The Key Arena.
Hometown hero Chris Cornell will be playing a show at Benaroya Hall.
The phenomenal composer Phillip Glass rounds out the weekend at the Kirkland Performance Center.
No matter what you choose to do this weekend, nothing ends a night better than resting in a Bennion & Deville Fine Home. While Bob Bennion and Bob Deville may not be spotted at the Kanye West show on Saturday, we feel comforted knowing that we can serve this city by providing luxury homes to the incomparable people of Seattle that make our neighborhoods and communities flourish.