Beyond the Green- A Nod To Irish Culture on St. Patrick’s Day In Seattle

Guinness PintTop 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:
Bennion & Deville Seattle 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:

Great Irish Actor Peter O'Toole. Image source IMDB
Great Irish Actor Peter O’Toole. Image source IMDB

Don your green sweats and scour your Netflix for anything starring:

Peter O’TooleLawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille, The Last Emporer
Daniel Day LewisLincoln, There Will Be Blood, Gangs of New York, The Boxer
Colin FarrellSaving Mr. Banks, The Recruit, Miami Vice, Winter’s Tale
Pierce BrosnanGolden Eye, Die Another Day, Tomorrow Never Dies, Mrs. Doubtfire
Gabriel ByrneThe 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, Van Morrison, The Cranberries, Sinead O’Connor, Snow Patrol, The Dubliners, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, 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:
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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!

Bennion & DevilleFado 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
Bennion & Deville 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.

 

 

Happy Pi Day – Seattle’s Best Pie Spots

Pi DayToday is March 14th, or 3.14 or π, and thus a good excuse for Pie.  Pi is defined as the distance around a perfect circle divided by the distance across it.  It is also a number that has captivated math classes throughout history due to the fact that there is no way to calculate it exactly with simple division on your handy dandy calculator, and because it’s digits go on infinitely and without pattern.

In order to celebrate this nerdy fascination we all have with the symbol/number we substitute pi for pie, the next best kind of perfect circle that we know… and eat lots of it.

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In keeping with this kooky cause for celebration, here are a few the Bennion & Deville team’s favorite places to put a pie to your face in Seattle:

High 5 Pie
This Capitol Hill favorite smack in the middle of the bustling Pike Pine Corridor will certainly be rolling out the red carpet for mathletes today!  Offering everything from sweet to savory, handheld to jar filled, cutie pies to take-n-bakes, this Pie shop even has vegan options too!

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A la Mode
Pie on a stick (lollipies), pie by the slice, whole pies, pie with bluebird ice cream, this Phinney Ridge neighbor to the Woodland Park Zoo really has something for everyone!

Their menu of too-good-to-be-true flavors include: mexican chocolate mousse, white chocolate banana cream, strawberry rhubarb, blue Hawaiian, and bourbon butterscotch, to name a few.

Website:  http://alamodeseattle.com/site/

Serious Pie
For those of you that prefer a savory treat, Westlake/South Lake Union’s Serious Pie is the place for you.  With a menu boasts some seriously good woodfired pizzas that even a Chicago native would appreciate; thin crust, locally sourced toppings, as well as a friendly staff and cozy space, this is the perfect place to have a slice and a glass of wine as you wind down from the week.   We suggest trying anything with truffle cheese or buffalo mozzarella smothered on the top and grabbing a few biscuits for a lazy Saturday morning on your way out!

Website: http://seriouspiewestlake.com/Bennion & Deville Fine Homes

Last but certainly not least, no Pi day would be complete without devouring what we’ve decided is maybe the pie of all pies: clouds of thick custard and homemade whipped cream laced with vanilla and coconut, piled high with white chocolate and toasted coconut flakes, all in a flaky pastry crust: the ever so decadent, legendary Triple Coconut Cream Pie (featured last year in our Valentines Love Locally guide) from fellow Seattleite and food God, Tom Douglas.  Swing through the Dahlia Bakery or Lounge for a slice, a pie or a tartlet to kick off this weekend!

Website: http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=dahlia-bakery

#HAWKPOCALYPSE: Seahawks Fans Take Seattle & Social Media by Storm & Skittles

Bennion & Deville Fine HomesAs locals know, Seattle often works in mysterious ways.  Yesterday our great city granted us glorious weather and one heck of a good time as the Seahawks legendary 12th man – a blue and green mass of hometown folks and hawks fans – took to the streets in numbers in excess of 700,000 to give our Super Bowl XLVIII champs and this city’s first Lombardi trophy the welcome home they so deserved.

Seahawks fans Howard & Joshua Zorzi
Seahawks fans Howard & Joshua Zorzi

We kicked off this NFL season well aware of the fact that we had a team of unique talent that was both positioned and expected to do great things.  Throughout fall, Seattleites watched as the Seahawks tromped through the league, soaring their way to the top the NFL and quickly becoming one of the best teams the sport had seen in quite some time.  It didn’t take long before the team’s cohesiveness and camaraderie on the field started to rub off at home.  For the first time in a long time, Seattle started to feel the power of being connected through a shared goal: bringing home this city’s first championship since 1979.  Stirred by the unifying outlet of a winning sports team and in this case, the 12th man, our weathered sports fans were strengthened by this shared hope and the legion of jersey-wearing, beastquake-producing fans grew strong…and loud.  Last Sunday, as the team took to the field in the meadowlands and proved that they could win it all, the Seahawks organization, it’s fans and this wonderful city practically oozed cohesion.

Bob Bennion & Bob DevilleThen yesterday, as the sun shone brightly and the snow-covered cascade mountains peeked at us through the early morning haze, our usual February rainfall yielded to frozen hands full of Skittles and confetti and bright blue skies.  Seattleites flooded onto public transportation and fans aligned along Fourth Avenue to make sure the world knew that we were “in,” and not simply a rapidly multiplying band wagon of “fair weather fans”-  a term we couldn’t possibly claim anyway due to our long-held reputation for gray skies and rainy days.  Mid-morning drew near and businesses, schools and other city happenings took pause for a moment that will most certainly go down in Seattle history as the Celebrate 48 Victory Parade kicked off.

Bennion and Deville Seattle Real Estate AgentsTo wrap up several weeks of Seahawks bragging via the blogosphere here are a few snapshots of a long-overdue win and celebration as well as a look back on the day’s events through some of our favorite tweets and twitter mentions of the day as the internet became a flurry with Hawk Pride.  The parade might now be over but #Celebrate48 continues through the endless memories and images that will stay with Seattle sports fans for years to come.  Cheers to an exciting season that carried Seattle to the top and here’s to making a run for the repeat next season! …

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Juicebox Sways Seattleites into Juicing

It’s the New Year and 2014 is sure to bring promise for the future, and new beginnings. Every year millions of people make New Year’s Resolutions to get those new beginnings up and running. The most popular resolutions typically have an end goal of weight loss and living a healthier lifestyle. New to Capitol Hill is the health-infused juice bar, Juicebox. Their goal is to help keep your lifestyle changes on track.

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Juicebox is run by Kari Brunson, a former ballet performer  turned line cook, and Brandin Myett the former sous chef at La Bete, and How to Cook a Wolf. The concept originally came to life at Seattle’s own Broadway Farmers Market located at the corner of Broadway Ave E and E Pine St at the Seattle Central Community College (open Sundays 11am until 3pm). In November of 2012 Juicebox opened a popup location in La Bete. Every Thursday and Friday from 7am to 1pm Juicebox whipped up its adventurous concoctions to serve to thirsty patrons. November 18th of last year brought Juicebox to its brick and mortar home, here in Capitol Hill.

In addition to having their own cleanse, Juicebox is an organic juice bar and cafe that serves organic cold-pressed, small batch, raw juices. Each contains approximately two or more pounds of fresh and local produce. Their breakfast and lunch menu is vegetable based cuisine. They offer one, three or five (or more) day consecutive juice cleanses.

Before you start any drastically different diet regimens it is important to consult a professional. Juicebox has gone ahead and take this step out for you. Their resident nutrition consultant leads the guided cleanse and is there to help with any questions you may have about their various cleanses.

The vegetable-based morning and lunch menus are updated daily to ensure the freshest and most seasonal products are being used. Their extensive drink menu consists of several different varieties to wet your whistle. Sips are cold-pressed juices such as the Blood Julius, this tasty treat contains carrots, blood orange, and turmeric root. They also offer three different Blendeds. One such drink (listed as a) on the menu) is made from cocoa nib, banana, date, and almond. For the less adventurous they also offer coffee and teas. The teas are listed as Remedy Teas and contain flavors such as Ginger Zest, or Precious Eyebrows Green. If you are in a hurry and need a small pick me up, they also offer ginger shots that are made with local raw honey.

This new addition to the already bustling Capitol Hill area is a welcomed one, and will continue to contribute to the growing diversity and expansion of this beloved neighborhood.  Just stepping into their beautiful space makes you feel better, and the juices we’ve tried so far are delicious to boot!

Juicebox is located at 1517 12th Ave. Suite 100 Seattle, WA 98122
Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8AM to 4PM. Saturday-Sunday starting at 10AM to 4PM.
You can call ahead for pick up at 206-607-7866, they ask that for large orders you allow for at least 30-45 minutes for your order to be filled.

Baby It (was) Cold Outside

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.

Happy weekending!  – The Bennion & Deville team.

Bob Bennion Bob Deville Windermere

 

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Bennion & Deville Weekend Roundup: December 20-22

It’s that time of year when kids are finishing up with school, winter break is just about to start, and the holidays are in full swing. In order to make entertaining easier during this season here are our top picks for some fun this weekend.

The Lights of Christmas Nightly Festival 
Bennion & Deville Fine Homes, Seattle christmasThe Lights of Christmas Nightly Festival, located at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, WA, is sure to please the entire family. Only an hour from Kirkland, The Lights of Christmas Nightly Festival boasts over a million lights. This event will continue to go through this weekend (December 20-22) and next weekend (December 26-29). Festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will go on until 10:00 p.m. The festival will have many attractions, such as music, theater, crafts, pony rides, a petting farm and even Polar Express Train Rides. Guests will have time to shop, enjoy a dinner theater and even visit with Santa Claus. The price is $11 for seniors, military, and children under 13 years old, and $15 for ages 13-59. This weekend’s lineup includes:

  • Friday, December 20: In the Spotlight Dance and Andy & Joy
  • Saturday, December 21: Monroe Concert Band and Jerry Miner
  • Sunday, December 22: Premiere Dance Center and Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band
  • December 29 the Warm Beach Camp event will be “Choose Your Own Price,” there will be no minimum requirement for entrance into the event.

Shoreline Solstice Stroll 
Bennion and Deville Fine Homes IncThe Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is hosting the Shoreline Solstice Stroll this weekend. Located only 20 minutes from Capitol Hill, this once a year event begins Friday, December 20, and ends Sunday, December 21. The event is open from the beginning of sunset at 4:30 p.m. and will end at 9:00 p.m. on both days. This year Cynthia Knox, the creative director of the SummerSet Arts Festival, has partnered with the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden to create art especially for the Stroll. Enter a magical world of delicate orbs, giant flowers, and a “hobbit hive” in this one of a kind setting. The Garden will be providing warm beverages and cookies for everyone to enjoy. There is no fee for this event, however donations are requested and greatly appreciated. Come and light up the longest day of the year!

Burke Museum: Fish & Shells
Bennion & Deville Windermere Seattle Real Estate AgentsIf you are looking to break up the holiday festivities the Burke Museum may just have what you’re looking for. Throughout the month of December they will have a special display of fish and shells that are not typically available to the public. This special exhibit is thanks to Dr. Phillip and Sandra Nudelman who donated around 100,000 shells, making this event possible and will be available on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of the month. The Museum is located 15 minutes from Queen Anne. General admission is $10.

We hope you enjoy the rest of the holidays with family and friends. Don’t forget to purchase tickets to your favorite New Years Eve event before it’s too late!

Happy Holidays from the Bennion and Deville team!

Fremont’s New Restaurant, Roux delivers…with a kick!

Roux restaurant fremont, Bennion & Deville Fine Homes SeattleAfter much anticipation, Restaurant Roux has finally opened in the Freemont area of Seattle. As of November 19, the genius behind the very popular Cajun food truck “Where Ya at Matt”, Matthew Lewis’s two-year-long labor of love has finally come to fruition. Fans of the food truck have been eagerly awaiting the opening of Restaurant Roux.

Roux will be both an expansion and an evolution of his previous culinary creations.

Lewis began his restaurant career as a server. He had a natural knack for the restaurant business and was a born leader. His employers noticedRoux Restaurant Fremont, Bennion & Deville Fine Homes Inc. it too, and he was quickly promoted to corporate trainer soon after being hired. Before long Lewis had the opportunity to fill in for several shifts in the kitchen. Working in kitchens reminded the budding chef of his childhood cooking with his mother and grandmother in Louisiana. Running a kitchen was where Lewis felt most comfortable, and where he was mentored by Chef Frank Sitt in his two restaurants located in Birmingham, Alabama. It was there that Lewis began to truly understand the style of southern, soulful cooking. Through all of his practical experience there was something else missing. Lewis decided to attend the CIA (Culinary Institute of America), where he graduated second in his class. You can read Lewis’s full story, in greater detail at The Where Ya at Matt web page.

Inspired by Lewis’s roots, the food at Restaurant Roux is said to be a mixture of Cajun Creole and American Southern Soul Food. The menu boasts classic Creole items such as chicken, sausage, and shrimp jambalaya as well as country favorite, shrimp and grits with a parsley pesto. The more adventurous foodie may be inclined to try some of the more colorful menu items; such as the fried chicken gizzards or the turtle bolognese. Don’t forget to try Roux’s signature beer. Lewis described the local Elysian brewed beer, out of Capitol Hill, as “a toasted amber with chicory. Pliney, Yakima hops are being used. It should be a smooth, slightly caramelly brew that will finish crisp and dry.”

Restaurant Roux is a small intimate restaurant that is sure to please. The dark wood bar and red booths create a cozy and friendly atmosphere for diners.

A little preview of menu attractions:

  • Frogs legs with parsley, garlic, tomato & bread
  • Spicy turtle and pork bolognese
  • Gnocchi with crab, chanterelles, pecorino & black truffle
  • Fried rabbit saddle with potato salad, egg & chives
  • Root beer barbecue pork ribs with watermelon pickle
  • Buffalo gator wings with blue cheese

Restaurant Roux is located at 4201 Fremont Ave N Seattle, Washington, just north of the Queen Anne. They are open Monday through Sunday from 5pm until 2am, and currently serving up their famous po’ boys for lunch between 11am and 3pm, but  Roux is open for coffee and beignets all day!

Seattle’s Best: Bennion & Deville Picks for Fine Dining and Entertainment in the Emerald City

Here at Bennion & Deville we’re strong believers in the idea that there’s no better place to live than Seattle. Not only is Seattle a great place to buy real estate (Seeking city & mountain views? Lake front? A plentiful abundance of neighborhood coffee shops?- we can check all these boxes), the city is rich with culture and the arts, never lacking in weeknight or weekend entertainment options. So rich, in fact, that there are far too many things to do and see in just one weekend. With a number of plays and comedy troupes coming to Seattle this fall, and an abundance of fine cuisine, we’ve narrowed it down to a few more picks for entertainment starting this weekend.

A Night at the Bathhouse Theatre with The Habit Comedy Troupe

Bob Bennion WindermereNamed Seattle’s best comedy group, “The Habit” is back with another original play this November. The group, which began performing together in 1995 at the University of Washington writes and directs its own comedy shows each year. “The Habit 13,” which marks the troupe’s 13th show, will open on Friday, November 15 and continue through December 1this year. Audiences can look forward to comedic sketches about passive aggressive astronauts, bomb defusing robots and the vagueness of our founding fathers in this year’s performance.

Tickets are available on The Habit’s website now. This show has been rated PG-13; something to consider if you plan on taking the entire family.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles”

This comedic Sherlock Holmes tale of brash Canadian, Henry Baskerville is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seat. As the dark mystery behind Baskerville’s inherited British mansion unfolds before their eyes, can play-goers decipher the clues in this classic Victorian whodunit before the famous detective himself?Bob Bennion Seattle Real Estate

“The Hound of the Baskervilles” will run from November 15 through December 15. Tickets for the three hour performance range from $15 to $45 and are available on Seattle Repertory Theatre’s website.

“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” the Musical

Don’t miss your last chance to catch the Broadway touring version of “Pricilla, Queen of the Desert” as is makes its final stop in Seattle this weekend. Full of sequins, neon colors and platform shoes, this tale of three friends is sure to entertain with its mix of down-to-earth stories and over-the-top musical numbers to hits including the classic “I Will Survive.”

The show will be held at the Paramount Theater through Sunday, November 17. Tickets range in price from $25 to $70 and are available online now.

Brunswick and Hunt Farm-To-Table Pop-Up Dinner

The team behind Brunswick and Hunt invite you to join them for a six course feast, sampling some of Seattle’s finest foods and drink in celebration of their highly anticipated restaurant opening in 2014.  The dinner will take place at Altura at 6 p.m. on November 7 and include dishes like Oxtail and Mushroom Toasts, Autumn Braised Chicken and Double Chocolate Cake with a smoked chocolate ganache, butter bourbon pudding and crabapple compote. Each course comes with its own specially selected drink pairing for the finest dining experience. Tickets for the event are $90 and are available online now.

With so many great things to choose from, how could you go wrong? For more great weekend options, check out Seattle Met’s website here and stay tuned for our next Bennion & Deville Weekend Roundup.

Bennion & Deville’s Seattle Weekend Roundup: Enjoying Seattle’s Artistic Offerings

Whether it’s a ballet performance, a song lyric, or a tear-jerking scene from a cinematic masterpiece, art often provides great inspiration to people and countless hours of entertainment. The city of Seattle has a rich art scene providing a diverse offering from music to film to dance. This weekend in Seattle is a great example of how Seattle embraces and celebrates its thriving art scene.

UCLA Festival of Preservation
Bennion and Deville Fine Homes WindermereIf you’re a movie lover, you can’t miss the Northwest Film Forum’s UCLA Festival of Preservation in Capitol Hill. For years, the festival has showcased classic and rare, unseen films. On Friday night, they’re playing the Forbidden Love Double Feature, which includes ‘40s and ‘50s classics “Gun Crazy” and “The Chase.” The full schedule of movies can be found on the Northwest Film Forum’s website. Showings begin at 7 p.m. each night until Wednesday and tickets are $6-$10 for a single film or $9-$20 for a double feature pass.

Pacific Northwest Ballet: Kylián + Pite
The Pacific Northwest Ballet is premiering its latest program Friday, November 8, at McCaw Hall. Jiří Kylián features performances that swing effortlessly between the lighthearted and the dark like the more emotional piece, “Forgotten Land,” which is making its local premiere. The program also features Crystal Pite whose work “Emergence” earned acclaim when it premiered in 2009. The company’s latest offering is sure to be thrilling with music by the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. Tickets and the full schedule can be found here.

Seattle Center hosts The Affordable Art Fair
November 6th kicked off Seattle’s Affordable Art Fair taking place now and through the weekend at the Seattle center with a very simple concept;  “an inspiring and friendly atmosphere in which you can find thousands of original paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs all under one roof, ranging from $100-$10,000, with more than half priced under $5,000.”  This gathering of pieces from young, emerging artists as well as some of the biggest household names and recent graduate students is a fantastic opportunity to snatch up some work from rising stars in the art world! Tickets and more information here.

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The Moore Theatre, Seattle.

Concerts
If you’re in the mood for some live music this weekend, the city is celebrating some local artists as well as highlighting a classic rock favorite:

  • Friday: Seattle’s own Barsuk Records is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a special concert at Neumos on Capitol Hill. Favorite artists such as Maps & Atlases, Menomena, Yellow Ostrich, and many more will be rocking out all night to celebrate this piece of Seattle history.
  • Saturday: Head down to the Moore to catch the incredible Seattle Rock Orchestra, performing all of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits accompanied by an exhilarating laser show.

A Glimpse of Our City

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Seattle’s infamous Dick’s Drive-In in the fall.

Appreciating Seattle
Halloween is tomorrow and the city is ecstatic for all the evening festivities with friends and family. As the Bennion & Deville team puts the finishing touches to our costumes and decorations on our homes, we’re also looking forward to the upcoming holidays and the prosperous new year ahead of us. More people are moving to Seattle due to the ideal location, growing opportunities for businesses, and the picturesque environment to raise a family or meet new friends. Home to some of the nation’s best universities, most idyllic neighborhoods, as well as an epicenter for industrial and corporate growth, Seattle is a city that continues to be one of the country’s top places to live. Though the team at Bennion & Deville Luxury Home is constantly aware and appreciative of this great city, even we can get lost in the hustle and bustle of the working week to really take a moment and be grateful for our environment. It’s always important, outside of the pride we feel for what we do at Bennion & Deville, to reflect and realize that the city of Seattle is an essential part of our lives.

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Sailboat at sunset on Lake Union, Seattle.

A Glimpse of Our City
Though Seattle is known to many outsiders as a place where it always rains or the birthplace of “grunge” and strong coffee, the city has come from humble origins to evolve into one of America’s constantly progressing cities. Settled by the Suquamish tribe long before the city was officially declared a territory in 1869, Seattle is still home to some of the most breathtaking parks and nature reserves in the U.S. Whether you’re an avid hiker/explorer or just looking for a great place to escape from the city, you can find many of these euphoric places surrounding Seattle. Warren G. Magnuson, Kerry, and Volunteer Park are just a few of the many places where any resident or tourist can relax to fullest extent.

Navigating the often complicated balance between metropolis and small town, Seattle brings new businesses and an ever-expanding population to our city. In a place like Seattle, there’s something for everyone. A sports fan, especially during this

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Seattle Seahawks playing the San Francisco 49ers at Century Link Field.

season, is destined to find salvation at famous Century Link Field, home to the incomparable Seattle Seahawks. For those looking for an extraordinary experience, look no further than the Museum of Flight or the Experience Music Project Museum created by Microsoft’s Paul Allen.

Aside from the great restaurants, concerts, and events that grace this great city, Seattle is most of all home to a very unique, determined kind of people. The Bennion & Deville team meets and serves the great people of this city every day. Though we can all get lost in our work from time to time, it’s always comforting to know that we have Seattle to call our home.