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.
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.”
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!
So the facts are really sketchy right now but I’m reading on different news sites such as KOMO and Seattle Times that a body of a man was found early this morning in a construction zone around 1000 Valley St. That is right around the entrance to the Reserve Center driveway. The first reports said that the police got a call of “shots fired” about midnight but they found nothing even though they questioned people at a private party nearby. Apparently, a passerby saw a man that was “unresponsive” and called the police around 3 am. They declared him dead upon their arrival. Currently no description, identity or details are being released but I did hear that it is being considered a homicide.
AGC Building on Lake Union – 1200 Westlake Ave N Photo courtesy of Linda Aaron
Today I was thinking about what inspiration I could write about tonight. Since my blog last night was about a business around Lake Union, I thought I might highlight another one. So, guess what? I’m going to tell you about my company, Coldwell Banker Bain and our office on Lake Union. I’m pretty proud of my company. Well I don’t own it, but I do feel like it’s my company. Kind of like I feel Lake Union is my lake 🙂
Coldwell Banker Bain’s Lake Union office, located at the south end of Lake Union in the AGC building, opened in 1972 as William A. Bain Associates. From the beginning, the focus of the company was to market Seattle’s finer homes. When Coldwell Banker decided to enter the Seattle market, they wanted a company that had the same business model as they did across the United States… an emphasis of luxury homes. They felt it was a good match and Coldwell Banker Bain Associates was born. Based on the fact that single office on Lake Union has now grown to a company with 22 offices throughout Puget Sound I’d say it was a match made in heaven. William A. Bain has since retired. I was privileged enough to work at the office while Mr. Bain (yes, I call him that to this day) was still in the office. Because I can’t think of a better way to put it I’ll just say he is one class act and has been an incredible inspiration to me. His office is now a conference room that I still call Mr. Bain’s office where I meet with clients. I make sure that I sit with my back to the window so my clients can face me yet still enjoy the views of the lake. Just between you and me there is an interior window that I face so I can watch all of the reflections of the boats and planes but my clients don’t know it. The company still has a single owner, William (Bill) Riss, who has continued the legacy established over a quarter of a century ago. Our Managing Broker at the Lake Union office is John Deely who is known as a leader throughout the industry in the Puget Sound area and a great leader/mentor to me. People often kid me saying the reason I chose this office is because of the views. However, it’s because of the solid leadership and strong community involvement (Habitat for Humanity, adopting families at Christmas, rehabing unused/unwanted musical instruments and distributing them back out into the schools in need, delivering food to the needy, Toys for Tots and my favorite, Dress for Success that accepts donations of interview appropriate clothing for low-income women trying to get employment.
I live, work, play and was married on Lake Union. As far as I’m concerned it’s “my” lake. I know, I know… I have to share it with the others that live, work, and play on and around it but I’m very possessive and protective of it. I make a living off of it by selling real estate around it. It is my sanctuary when I run away for an afternoon on The Way Home (my boat). It is my entertainment when I’m watching the Harbor Patrol boat chasing someone down for breaking a wake, the sand barge going through trying to navigate around the kayakers, the seaplanes trying to land during the Duck Dodge sailboat race (that’s the best) and the Fourth of July fireworks. So, I’ve decided to talk about it and hopefully get other people talking about it. My goal is to share my observations through words and photos and maybe even a video or two. I want to highlight all the fabulous advantages of having Lake Union in our lives. The great restaurants, the parks, the views as well as the history and stories of the lake and the people who live and work around it. Since this is my first post, I’m guessing that my ideas may be different on January 1, 2011. But that’s what I’m hoping for as well. I want this to be a work in progress and am hoping for ideas from others to make this useful, entertaining, and relative. Who knows what this will become…I just know I’m really excited about it!