Tag Archives: Lake Union

What a blast!


I recently attended the annual Coldwell Banker Bain Manager meeting at the beautiful Alderbrook Resort and Spa in Union Washington. The grounds are lovely with amazing views, an expansive lawn, and oysters for days! It was so amazing to see all the Principal Managing brokers and assistants together in one location. We all have so much to learn from one another, and rarely will you catch us all in one place!  We had a lovely time! We had a boat ride, some power meetings, and some fun relaxing time to explore the natural beauty around us. I am so proud to be part of such an amazing team here at CBBain Lake Union!

-Can’t wait for the next one!


Eastlake: Open House Sunday January 14 1-4PM


2517 Yale Ave E, Seattle 98102-3207

Watch the seaplanes land on Lake Union as you sip your morning coffee. Gaze at the iconic Space Needle from one of two decks in this spacious luxury townhome. Chefs kitchen boasts Sub-Zero, Viking and Bosch appliances. Laundry & ensuite bath for both bedrooms. Central A/C. Garage. Fenced patio/garden. Space off master bedroom could be office or nursery. Minutes to Amazon, freeways, UW, many restaurants. 2 blocks to Lake Union.



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!


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.”



Boating Safety & Education for Summer on the Water


Keep everyone safe on the water by following these safety guidelines:

  • Always wear a life jacket.
  • Don’t drink on a boat … or assign a designated driver who is comfortable with the boat and weather conditions.
  • Be weather wise/aware of tides. Pack accordingly & prepare for changing conditions.  Don’t forget the SPF!
  • Bring your cell phone and portable battery charger in a waterproof zip lock bag.
  • Do a walk-around of your boat to assure no trouble spots developed over the winter or since last used.
  • Trade in your old flares for a discount on a new set.
  • Make sure the first aid kit is fully stocked.
  • Allow the blower to run for at least 4 minutes after fueling before turning on the engine. Always travel with a fire extinguisher.


Who Needs a Washington Boater Education Card?!

Boaters in Washington need to have their Washington State Boater Education Card with them when operating a boat 15 horsepower or greater. Boater operators born before January 1, 1955 are exempt but may choose to get a card if they plan to boat in Canada or Oregon since both require mandatory education.  Find more information here:  parks.state.wa.us/437/education-information

Providers of online classes can be found here: parks.state.wa.us/448/online-courses.

Need a life jacket for your child?

There are several programs throughout the Puget Sound that will loan you a life jacket.  Look here for locations boatus.org/life-jacket-loaner/usamap.asp

Streetcars making a comeback?


A Seattle cable car is seen at Third and Yesler in 1940. Courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives

I’m so excited to read that streetcars may be making a comeback and there is one line being voted on today.  It is suggested it connect to the South Lake Union Trolley and run smack down 1st Avenue downtown.  How fun (and convenient) would that be!  Here’s what I found out today on KPLU.org:

The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote today on whether to bring back the downtown streetcar.

The proposed line would traverse First Avenue and link to the existing South Lake Union line and the First Hill line, which is slated to open later this year.

It’s not the first time a downtown trolley delivered passengers just steps away to the Pike Place Market.

“First streetcar was in 1884, was the city’s first streetcar line.  You could ride it for a nickel, and it went right down the center of Second Avenue,” said local historian, Alan Stein.

In those days, one of the biggest objections to the newfangled, brass-embellished trolleys was that they might frighten the horses. But over time the system grew.

“The whole downtown was networked with streetcars.  You can see pictures in the old days of all the wires that were used to power the electric ones. That was quite a challenge to get that whole grid put in down there,” Stein said.

That grid, of course, is now gone; by 1941, voters had decided against trolleys in favor of cars.

But Stein says what they didn’t foresee is that Seattle would grow to have the fourth worst traffic in the nation. Those streetcars were really handy for moving lots of people quickly, and that’s still the case, according to Ethan Melone with the city’s Department of Transportation.

“First Avenue has very little transit service today, but it’s really rich in destinations.  There’s nine million visitors a year to Pike Place Market, a similar number that are going to the ferry dock and yet we’re not really providing a lot of transit today to this corridor,” he said.

Melone says the new line will benefit tourists, but it’s part of a larger plan to make it easier for commuters to transfer from longer trips on light rail and buses to different parts of downtown. The cost of the new streetcar will run about $110 million. Proponents hope $75 million of that figure will come from federal funding.


Laurie Way’s Lake Union Quarterly Condo Report – 12/10

This is my Quarterly Condo Report that I send out to 622 condos around Lake Union.  It is for 2+ bedrooms, 1.75+ bathroom condos WITH a view of Lake Union.  No new construction to keep it apples to apples every quarter.  I have been sending these out for about 15 years now and find it quite interesting to see how we are doing around the lake.  The data period is 6 months but it is sent out quarterly.  If you have any questions, I’m here.  206-216-3440!  Or Laurie@RealEstateWays.com.

Drivers Beware! Alaskan Way viaduct closed this weekend!

The Alaskan Way viaduct will be closed from 6 am to 6 pm both Saturday and Sunday this weekend.  The DOT is conducting it’s semi-annual inspection.  This will include both decks between Battery Street and Spokane Street.  According to the WSDOT: 

During the closure, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and city of Seattle crews will inspect the structure for settlement and perform routine maintenance and preservation work such as: Applying a protective covering to exposed rebar; servicing drainage systems and traffic cameras; washing the walls of the Battery Street Tunnel and inspecting its lighting and ventilation systems; and restriping the roadway.

WSDOT will release preliminary inspection results by Friday, Oct. 22.

Those of us around Lake Union use the viaduct often so be aware and be careful this weekend!