On a walk through the stunning Washington Park Arboretum at dusk this weekend we snapped this beautifully ominous shot of Lake Washington with the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium in the distance. To get this view, take the Foster Island Trail – a 2 mile loop and a spectacular walk on a sunny day or evening.
This impeccably updated home sits high on a corner lot on the sought after south slope of Queen Anne with beautiful features that include a wine cellar, a media room, an entertaining deck with hot tub, a lavish spa bathroom, department-store worthy master closet, stunning views of the space needle, Elliot Bay and the Seattle skyline.
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As 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.
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.
Then 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.
To 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! …
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.
We passed through Seattle’s Lake Union houseboat community on the way to work this morning just to snap a picture or two of the jaw-dropping view on lake. With the slow change of seasons from summer to fall complete, and this cold front having moved in entirely, the bright winter sun we’ve been so lucky to hold on to almost all the way through November showed off Seattle in all it’s sparkly glory again this morning.
Nestled between Downtown, Elliot Bay and Lake Washington, Lake Union’s light almost seems to creep in westward through the Montlake Cut, beneath both bridges to begin tackling the thick fog bank that looms over the lake many mornings and brightening the rest of the city. This morning’s fog was spectacular, in the early hours, it hid the lake entirely, breaking up as the sun rolled over Capitol Hill and started to illuminate Queen Anne’s Eastern face. Later morning revealed a still, shimmering surface dotted with kayakers and reflecting the beginnings of a sleepy Seattle skyline. The effects were almost ethereal, and we captured the moment for some further bragging via the blogosphere.
On such a surprisingly beautiful and crisp fall day, we decided this video was the perfect thing to share to highlight our love affair with Seattle in the sun. Despite the bad rep we get for skies riddled with clouds and mildly dreary days on end, no other place can really top our fair city when graced with even a little sunshine.
Videographer Don Jensen, crafted this spectacular time lapse video showcasing stunning images that span from sparkly lake views to the hustle and bustle of Pike Place Market. Seattle is known for it’s incredible landscapes, but it isn’t so often recognized for it’s sunnier days and this video shows off Seattle in all of it’s spectacular glory!
“The city of Seattle is a very diverse city offering everything from industrial to artistic; crowded to vacant, the hustle and bustle of a large city mixed with quiet ocean side parks,” Jensen wrote on his Vimeo page presenting the project. “The ultimate goal was to present a video that would show what a person could see as they made their way through and around the city in the course of a day or two.”
Taken in almost 40 different locations around the city, and made up of roughly 21,000 images this video is truly beautiful!
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.
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
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.
For those of you seeking a retreat from your active Seattle city life, this 3 bed 2.25 bath peaceful hideout might be the perfect getaway retreat. A small dwelling in a serene setting, this Bennion & Deville listing looks like a page torn right out of Sunset Magazine. Tucked into a tranquil SW corner of the Washington coast where the loudest noise is the near crashing of waves onto the shore, this cabin is surrounded by indiginous wild grasses, driftwood beaches and idyllic coastal vistas. Spend your days doing water sports, biking, hiking, kite flying or snuggle in and relax into the slo-mo rythym of the place. Spend your nights gazing at the millions of stars, far from the hustle and bustle of the Seattle city lights. Either way, this setting is pure manifestation of a simpler life and in a gorgeous setting to boot!
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About Bennion & Deville
Since our founding in 1993, Bennion & Deville has consistently been one of the Seattle area’s leading real estate partnerships. We owe our success to many factors, including our extensive experience in the Seattle real estate market, our ongoing professional training, our fastidious attention to detail and high level of personal service, our use of the latest technologies, our expertise in marketing, and the skills of our exceptionally qualified, fully licensed real estate assistants.
Our, high ethical standards, attention to detail, mastery of the region’s real estate market, and tenacious efforts on behalf of our clients allowed us to close more than 150 real estate transactions last year.
Though we’re known throughout the region for our sales of premium homes, we represent properties in every price range. Whether you’re buying, selling, or renting a home or condominium in Seattle, the Eastside, or the greater Puget Sound region, our commitment to personal service is unmatched.
Contact us at (206) 328 6200 or email@example.com
-Bob Bennion & Bob Deville