Magic Season Skating Rink

skatersReady or  not, the year end holidays and 2017 are just around the corner. That means Snowflake Lane, lighted wreaths on Main Street and the Bellevue Magic Season events are just a month away. One of the season’s favorite events, the outdoor skating rink, will temporarily be relocated to Ashwood Park this year due to construction at the Downtown Park.

The skating rink will be open November 25th through January 8th with food and beverage concessions, music and special events. More information about transportation and parking is available from the City of Bellevue or Bellevue Downtown Association. The library will provide complimentary parking n its garage. Admission is $12 for ages 9+ and $9 under age 8 which includes skate rental. Cash, credit and debit cards accepted.

 

New Bellevue Condos

downtown-park-fountain-2-compressedAll recent residential construction in downtown Bellevue has been rental apartments. No new condominiums have been built since the completion of Bellevue Towers in 2009. With the growth and appeal of urban living, the demand for condominiums in downtown Bellevue has been strong for the past several years. Unfortunately, the limited amount of resale inventory has left many buyers with few choices.

Bosa Development, developer of the 698 unit Insignia condos in downtown Seattle, has plans to construct a 21 story residential tower with street level retail at the SE corner of Bellevue Way NE and NE 2nd Street. The community, to be named One88, will feature high-end residences. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017. Bosa Development recently purchased another parcel in downtown Bellevue at NE 8th Street and 106th Avenue NE where it is anticipated condominiums with street level retail will be built.     The property is currently home to a strip retail center.

Another New Bellevue Elementary

The Bellevue School District has been growing by 500-600 students annually, a growth rate expected to continue through 2025. The Bellevue School Board voted in September to purchase an 8 acre parcel of land from Safeway, Inc. in the newly formed Spring District for a yet-to-be-named Elementary 19. The site is located in the midst of the multi-use Spring District neighborhood and will serve children in the growing downtown core,      Bel-Red district and other current and emerging neighborhoods east of I-405..

Elementary 18, a new elementary school on Wilburton Hill, is currently in the planning and permitting phase. The school will be located next to the district’s Educational Service Center and across the street from the Wilburton Instructional Service Center. Not yet named, the school will serve students from around the downtown and Wilburton areas, relieving overcrowding at Enatai, Woodridge and Clyde Hill. Attendance areas have not yet been defined. The district will hold community meetings throughout 2016 to discuss attendance areas and transition ideas for students and families.

 

Spooky Fall Events in Bellevue

Rain or shine or full moon, there are plenty of fall and Halloween events for kids of all ages. Just some of the local events . . .

SPOOKFEST ZIP SCARE – South Bellevue Community Center – OCTOBER 14-29
Suspension bridge and 3 zip lines in the dark! Riders and platforms will be decorated in glow sticks. Must be 12 or over. For more information/reservations 425/452-4240 or parksreg.bellevuewa.gov

GREAT PUMPKIN RACE & PUMPKIN JUMP – South Bellevue Community Center
October 22nd 10:00 – noon. Bring your decorated pumpkin to compete in Bellevue’s 5th annual pumpkin race and first annual pumpkin jump. (Purchase ($25) or rent ($10) a Pumpkin Racer Kit with hardware for 1 pumpkin).  Information: 425/452-4240

HALLOWEEN FUN FEST – Bellevue Square
October 31st 5:00 – 7:00. Trick or Treat at Bellevue Square. Select stores will be ready with treats and goblin goodies at 5:00

MALLOWEEN – Crossroads Mall
October 31st 4:00 – 6:00. Costumed characters, souvenir photos and live music. (Pet food donations will be collected for the Seattle Humane Society)

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR – KidsQuest Children’s Museum/Factoria Mall
October 24th 5:00 – 8:00. Wear your favorite costume, funny or scary, and enjoy hands on fun in the spooky kooky laboratory, creepy cake walk, eerie art and magic. Pre-registration recommended. Information @425/637-8100.

DRACULA – Meydenbauer Center
October 29th & 30th. International Ballet Theatre’s annual performance of Dracula. For tickets/information 425/822-7694.

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Coast Bellevue Becomes Hotel 116

There have been recent changes to the former “auto row” just east of downtown Bellevue. Most recently the new retail complex that houses Home Goods, Trader Joe’s and REI opened at the corner of 116th Avenue NE and NE 4th Street.

The Coast Bellevue Hotel is in the process of completing a $2 million renovation and has changed its name to Hotel 116. The renovation includes improvements to the building exterior, updates to the hotel’s 176 rooms to include new bathrooms and guest room furnishings, a refreshed poolside area and new landscaping. Renovations are expected to be completed by mid-2017.

Windermere + Seattle Seahawks

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For the past 27 years, the Windermere Foundation has donated a portion of the proceeds from every home  purchased or sold towards supporting low-income and homeless families in our communities. What started as a grassroots foundation serving families in need in  Washington State has grown to encompass eleven states and raised over $30 million for programs and organizations providing shelter, food, children’s programs, emergency assistance, and other services to those who need our help most. Every time a Windermere agent sells a home, a portion of the commission goes to the  Windermere Foundation.

This year Windermere is excited to announce its designation as the official real estate company of the Seattle Seahawks . What do Windermere Real Estate and the Seattle Seahawks have in common? Both got their start in Seattle in the 1970s and both are organizations who believe in giving back to our community. So when presented with the opportunity to become the Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks, we didn’t have to think twice.

At the center of this partnership with the Seahawks is a new #tacklehomelessness campaign. The Windermere Foundation will donate $100 for every Seattle Seahawks    home game tackle during the 2016 season. On the receiving end of these donations is YouthCare, a Seattle-based non-profit organization that has been providing services and support to homeless youth for more than 40 years. In addition to raising money, the   #tacklehomelessness campaign will also bring awareness to the very issue of homeless youth struggling in our community. We know the Seahawks are equally committed to this important cause.

Our partnership with the Seattle Seahawks and YouthCare fits perfectly with the mission of the Windermere Foundation which is to support low-income and homeless families in the communities where we have offices. Through the #tacklehomelessnesscampaign, we hope to be able to do even more.

I’m honored to be affiliated with Windermere Real Estate and the efforts of the company and its foundation to give back to our community.

GO HAWKS!

Amazon and Downtown Bellevue

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Rumors have been circulating for weeks about Amazon’s search for office space in downtown Bellevue. The Puget Sound Business Journal reported today that Amazon is leasing Centre 425, the 16 story office building under construction at NE 4th Street and 106th Avenue NE.

Amazon was started 22 years ago in founder Jeff Bezos’ Bellevue garage. Looks like Amazon will come full circle and return to its roots.