Simply Seattle – Washington Park Arboretum at Dusk

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.

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Washington Park Craftsman – OPEN HOUSE TODAY

Join the Bennion & Deville team and Mary P. Snyder today at the broker’s open for this darling two-story Craftsman, in the heart of Washington Park.  We will be here from 11am-1pm.

1101 36th Ave E
Offered at $2,495,000

Madison Park Home For Sale Bennion & Deville Fine Homes Inc.Built in 1907, this inviting home sits on one of Washington Park’s most highly sought elm-lined streets. Extensive remodeling has given the 5,860-sq-ft house updated systems and amenities while preserving its original character and charm. The 7,200-sq-ft property also offers beautifully landscaped grounds with English gardens, brick walkways and bluestone terraces. Exterior features include clapboard and shingle walls, wide overhanging eaves and front porch supported by brick columns. A spacious entry hall introduces main floor interiors with high ceilings, intricate millwork and original oak floors. The living room has a big bay window and fireplace with a massive brick surround; the adjoining dining room offers a butler’s pantry with built-in storage. A spacious study off the entry has shelf-lined walls and a full bath that serves the main level. A terrific kitchen features granite counters, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances; an adjoining informal living/dining area has a gas stove, built-in cabinetry and access to a lovely backyard. There are 4 bedrooms and 1¾ refurbished baths on the second level, including a master suite with a fireplace. The lower level provides a big rec room with a mudroom and outdoor access, updated three-quarter bath, bonus room, utility room and abundant storage options. A detached 2-car garage is accessed from the alley.

4 Bed, 3.5 Bath, 3 Fireplaces, 5860 SF, 7200 SF Lot.

For more details on this listing please visit it on our website.

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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:
The Essential Baking CompanyBennion & Deville
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.

 

 

Week of February 3rd-7th at Bennion & Deville

Bennion & Deville Seattle Real Estate AgentsThe Bennion & Deville team rounded out last week celebrating another Capitol Hill home SOLD, and congratulating a family on their beautiful new home.  Ending on such a good note, we were excited for the eminent drama of Super Bowl weekend and we are even more thrilled to be kicking off this week celebrating the Seahawk’s win, the first NFL Championship for the team, and a long overdue payback for the loyalty of Seattle fans to their teams post this city’s loss of the Super Sonics. This week, that momentum continues as we have much to be excited about and a whole lot going on!  Check back on the blog for more details on all this weeks happenings as the week progresses.

Monday:

BRAND NEW LISTING: Exceptional Madison Park Custom Home

Bob Bennion & Bob DevilleStunning 5-bed, 4-bath home filled with custom finishes and intricate details that provide the warmth and character of an earlier era with all the comfort, convenience and style expected in a modern home.  Located on a wonderfully quiet street that overlooks Broadmoor‘s golf course, this beautiful home offers peaceful privacy while still enjoying easy access to the beach as well as the many boutiques, services, and restaurants in the heart of Madison Park.  Complete with lush custom landscaping, Brazilian cherry hardwoods, west-facing family room, elegant formals, and a two-car garage, this 5 bed, 4 bath home is a fantastic home in a beautiful location.

Wednesday:

OPEN HOUSE – Check back tomorrow for details on our new listing that we will be holding open from 11:00am – 1:00pm on Wednesday, february 5th.

Bennion and DevilleFor those of you not on the open house circuit on Wednesday, be sure to swing through downtown Seattle to help welcome the Seahawks post their throttling of the Denver Broncos as the 12th man takes to the streets to cheer our boys home.  Wear your blue and green to join in celebrating our first championship win and a great achievement for the franchise.  The plan for the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl celebration has the parade kicking off at 11am on Fourth Ave, just south of Denny, and heading South towards CenturyLink Field where the  party will end at around 1:30pm.  We hear rumors of team appearances, parade floats, and even Seattle’s other beloved local, Macklemore so the entertainment value should be huge!! More parade details here.

Thursday:

OPEN HOUSE – Drop by our new Madison Park listing (above) at 1510 37th Avenue East between 11:00 am – 1 pm on Thursday, February 6th.

Bennion & Deville Fine Homes Seattle Real EstateHome details: Meticulous 2008 custom home on peaceful street overlooking golf course. Light-filled interiors w/crisp white moulding, Brazilian cherry floors & custom window treatments throughout. West-facing living rm w/fireplace & built-ins. Elegant dining room & spacious butler’s pantry. Gourmet kitchen w/cherry butcher block counters & island opens to family rm. Spa-like master plus 3 beds up. 5 bedrooms/4 baths. Media room, play room, wine storage, home audio system. Fully fenced yard; 2 car garage.

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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Broadmoor Golf Course, Seattle

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A French Affair

“LET THEM EAT CAKE” – Marie Antoinette.

Portrait of Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), Musée Antoine Lécuyer
Portrait of Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), Musée Antoine Lécuyer

F is for FUN, FOOD, and FETE, so we recommend donning your classic French flair (stripy shirt, mustache?) and celebrating La Fete National; the 1789 storming of the Bastille and the beginning of the end of the monarchy for France, this weekend at one of these pop-up neighborhood celebrations.

Madison Valley Bastille Day Bash
Madison Valley Bastille Day Bash

 

 

Madison Valley will be pulling out all the stops on Saturday for their second annual Bastille Bash Celebration and street festival with French inspired food and wine tastings,  live music, street performers, sidewalk sales and even a Marie Antoinette impersonator. Pro Tip: buy the wine passport for $20 and sip until you too have seen all heard all and forgotten all! 

Details: Saturday, July 13, on East Madison Street from 27th to 30th Avenue, from 3–8 p.m.

Post Alley’s famed Bastille Day 2013 Party For The Revolutionaries is bringing the heat for the 11th year running this Sunday with a Burlesque show, a performance from the Can Can girls, live music, a plentiful abundance of spirits and street food/French favorites including macarons, baguette sandwiches and an oyster shucking station.

Details: Sunday, July 14, Post Alley, Seattle 4-10 p.m.

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Post Alley’s Bastille Day Fete

Other Seattle Bastille Day happenings via Seattle Met

-Bennion & Deville