Category Archives: South Lake Union

Laurie Way is now a Certified International Property Specialist!

What can my CIPS designation do for my clients?

Global transactions are significantly different and more complex than domestic deals. From currency issues and financing to visa and tax laws, working with a REALTOR® who knows how to handle these differences can make or break a real estate transaction. Because of these nuances, it is essential to work with a knowledgeable and trusted professional, such as Laurie Way, a CIPS designee.

What is the CIPS Designation?

A Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designee has undergone specialized training to complete global transactions seamlessly and with reduced risk

The CIPS designation is the only international designation recognized by the National Association of REALTORS®. Only REALTORS® who have completed the coursework and demonstrated considerable experience in global business can call themselves a CIPS designee, and use the name and logo.

My certification is valuable because I have training in:

  • Currency and exchange rate issues
  • Cross-cultural relationships
  • Regional market conditions
  • Investment performance
  • Tax issues

I can now help  clients do business in over 45 countries, and ensure that the client will receive the same level of service no matter where the real estate transaction is.**

**Resources: National Association of Realtors Website.

South Lake Union Repair Project

If you live or work around South Lake Union, and if you utilize the park at the North end of the lake, you have likely noticed some major renovations happening. I have been mesmerized by the big white hunks of foam visible from my office, and had to take a trip closer to investigate. I  marveled at the apparent strength of the construction workers who were able to lift a block the size of a small home with little effort. As I watched them work I did a little research on Geofoam, and found it fascinating enough to share, because certainly anyone who has seen the stuff, has surely been at least a little curious. Geofoam is a lightweight fill material often used as a soil replacement in projects where erosion and shifting become issues.

Geofoam applications include:


  • Highways and Roads
  • Railways
  • Airport Runways
  • Ramps
  • Bridge Approaches
  • Retaining Walls
  • and so many more..

Geofoam Advantages over other Fill Materials

  • Lightweight – Minimize preloading, surcharging and staged construction
  • Weather Resistant – Withstands freeze-thaw cycles, moisture and road salts,
  • Doesn’t Settle – Less structural inconsistencies
  • Insect and Mold Resistant – Will not sustain mold or mildew growth, termite / ant repellant additive available
  • Manufactured to Meet Your Job Specifications – Multiple densities, various block sizes available
  • Ease of Installation – Lightweight, no heavy equipment needed, cuts easily with a hot wire or saw
  • Environmentally Friendly – 100% Recyclable, No HCFCs or Formaldehyde

The following is a bit about the project and it’s expected completion date.


Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N, 98109


$350,000 from 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy
$690,000 from the Seattle Park District
$3.6 million from the Real Estate Excise Tax (REET)

Business Impact

During construction all business in the park will be open to the public: MOHAI – Museum of History & IndustryCenter for Wooden BoatsNorthwest SeaportSteamship Virginia V FoundationSeattle Fireboat Duwamish.


Client Appreciation Event!

Please join me for my client appreciation event on Saturday May 20th, 2017!

Who: YOU! That’s who!

What: Client Appreciation- Bring your old electronics and any documents you would like to have securely shredded! Dante’s Hot Dogs will be provided, and free parking is available! Stop by and say HI!

When: Saturday May 20th, 2017 10:00AM- 1:00PM

Where: 1200 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle WA 98109 Parking Validated in the lower paid lot!

Why: Because I love my clients!


Noon in South Lake Union.

If you happen to live or work in the South lake Union area, you have no doubt experienced the hustle and bustle of the lunch crowd. Beginning at around 10 AM, the food trucks motor in, setting up in designated areas on almost every corner.The trucks offer everything from Hawaiian, Indian, Crepes, Vegan, Comfort food, Tacos, and Fried chicken. Many of the trucks boast clever names such as It’s Bao time, a truck serving up Taiwanese street food. Perhaps you enjoy a witty pun, and also Indian food-  then check out NaanSense. 

All this talk about food,  I am hungry! Now make me a sandwich, just kidding, run over to the food truck with the same name, and pick one  up! Now make me a sandwich  serves up specialty grilled sandwiches- just look for the truck with the Viking on the side. According to a recent Seattle Times article, there are more than 450 mobile food units in King County. Depending on the day of the week, there are a large variety of options, for even the pickiest, or most sensitive palettes.

For more information about where to eat lunch visit:

Uwajimaya is coming to South Lake Union with Kai Market


Looks like South Lake Union is going to get a new market! Uwajimaya is going to open a smaller market, that will focus on fresh seafood and authentic Asian flavors!

This boutique specialty food store will feature local and international products, as well as graband-go bites inspired by the sea. The store will boast a live tank teeming with crab, lobster and oysters, in addition to a master fishmonger to assist with the selection of the perfect fillet or sashimi cut. Construction on Kai Market at 400 Fairview is scheduled to begin this fall and is expected to be open to the public in early 2017.

“Kai Market is about options. The lunch crowd can stop in for a hand-crafted bento box in the dining area, while the after-work crowd can take home fresh seafood and a carefully curated selection of quality Asian products for which Uwajimaya is known,” said Denise Moriguchi, President of Uwajimaya Inc. “We were excited to try something new and loved the idea of a store with a smaller, more intimate footprint in a growing, vibrant neighborhood like South Lake Union.”



Outdoor Movies to Enjoy Around the Sound!

Are you looking for something fun to do with the family, or maybe on a date night?  Check out all *Denotes free screenings.

Fremont Outdoor Cinema

July 16 Deadpool (Farewell screening)

Seattle Outdoor Cinema (SLU Discovery Center Lawn)

July 23 Pretty Woman
July 30
Mad Max: Fury Road
Aug 6 Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
Aug 19 The Big Lebowski (Dude Fest, 21+)

Movies at Marymoor

July 6 Back to the Future
July 13 Jurassic World
July 20 Inside Out
July 27 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Aug 3 Aladdin
Aug 10 Singin’ in the Rain
Aug 17 Zootopia
Aug 24 The Princess Bride

Movies at the Mural (Seattle Center)*

July 30 The Princess Bride (Quote-along)
Aug 6 Mad Max: Fury Road
Aug 13 Galaxy Quest
Aug 20 West Side Story
Aug 27 Life of Pi

Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema: The Fierce Awakens (Cal Anderson Park)*

Aug 5 Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
Aug 14 Spaceballs
Aug 21 Barbarella
Aug 28 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Seattle Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park

July 7 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
July 14 Labyrinth
July 21 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
July 28 The Incredibles
Aug 4 Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 11 Zootopia
Aug 18 The Sandlot
Aug 25 The Goonies

Moonlight Cinema at Redhook Brewery

July 7 Super Troopers (18+)
July 14 Big Trouble in Little China
July 21 Zombieland (18+)
July 28 Labyrinth
Aug 4 Deadpool (18+)
Aug 11 Tropic Thunder (18+)
Aug 18 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Aug 25 Zootopia

West Seattle Outdoor Movies*

July 16 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
July 23 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
July 30 School of Rock
Aug 6 Skyfall
Aug 13 The Lego Movie
Aug 20 The Princess Bride

Crossroads Movies at the Park*

Aug 4 Inside Out
Aug 11 Minions
Aug 18 The Good Dinosaur
Aug 25 Pan

Carillon Point Outdoor Movie Nights

July 9 Minions
July 23 Inside Out
Aug 6 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Aug 20 Spectre

Auburn’s Summer Sounds and Cinema*

July 29 The Good Dinosaur
Aug 5
Aug 12 Zootopia

LeMay Car Museum’s Drive-In Movie Series*

June 25 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
July 16
Aug 6
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Sept 1 TBA

Movies at the Marina (Shilshole Bay Marina)*

Aug 5 The Lego Movie
Aug 12 Pan

Center City Cinema*

May 27 Pan (Cascade Playground)
Aug 28 TBA (Bell Street Park)
Sept 4 TBA (Cascade Playground)
May 27 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Bell Street Park)
Aug 28 TBA (Cascade Playground)
Sept 4 Resolution (Freeway Park)
May 27 TBA (Bell Street Park)

Movies in the Park: Occidental Park*

Aug 12 The Good Dinosaur
Aug 26 Labyrinth
Sept 2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Movies in the Park: Westlake Park*

July 15 Inside Out
July 22 The Goonies
Aug 5 Jurassic World

Summer Nights in the North Plaza at CenturyLink Field

June 24 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
July 8 Jurassic World
Aug 19 Raiders of the Lost Ark
Sept 16 Frozen (sing-along)

Outdoor Movies at Jefferson Park*

July 8 The Princess Bride
July 22 Labyrinth
Aug 5 The Muppet Movie
Aug 19 Despicable Me
Sept 2 Despicable Me 2

MOHAI’s Movie Night at Lake Union Park*

Aug 20 Toy Story

Bite of Seattle (Seattle Center)*

July 15 Jurassic World

Skyway Outdoor Cinema*

Aug 5 Inside Out
Aug 12 Labyrinth
Aug 19
Jurassic World
Aug 25
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Movies at King’s Hardware’s Patio*

June 5 Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
June 12 The Sandlot
June 19 Stand By Me
June 26 Wayne’s World

Park Ridge Films in the Field (Bothell)*

July 13 Star Trek Into Darkness
July 20 Zootopia
July 27
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Aug 3 Inside Out
Aug 10 Heaven is For Real
Aug 17
Napoleon Dynamite


Pickford Film Center’s Rootop Cinema (Bellingham)*

July 22 The Last Waltz
Aug 5 Little Miss Sunshine
Aug 19
West Side Story