KidsQuest Childrens Museum Opening Next Week

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photo courtesy KidsQuest

KidsQuest Children’s Museum is scheduled to open its doors January 31st in its new location in downtown Bellevue at the corner of NE 12th Street and 108th Avenue NE (the former Rosalie Whyle Museum of Doll Art).

If you never had an opportunity to visit the museum’s former Factoria location, this is a “must do” activity for parents and children. The museum’s indoor and outdoor hands-on interactive exhibits are designed for exploration and experimentation with a focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math. If you’ve driven by lately the big rig truck cab is visible through the windows on the north side of the building. There are also three classrooms and an art studio with a kiln.

The museum isn’t just for kids  –  KidsQuest will continue to offer their popular “Recess on the Rocks”  –  after hours access for adults to enjoy the exhibits and activities accompanied by food and cocktails. You must be 21+ to play. The museum is also available to rent for evening events and dinners.

Downtown is Bellevue’s fastest growing neighborhood with new apartments and condos scheduled to break ground this year. What’s happening – and what’s about to happen – in downtown Bellevue’s real estate entertainment scene? I live and work in downtown Bellevue – contact me to find out what’s planned for 2017.

 

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SoulCycle Opens at Lincoln Square

SoulCycle has opened at Lincoln Square. Classes are available today and a grand opening celebration is scheduled for Saturday January 21st  from 8:00 AM to noon.

SoulCycle, a luxury fitness center, has 65+ locations across the country. Their focus is a full body and mind workout with a mission to change bodies and change lives, offering a variety of cycling-based classes for all skill levels. This is the first facility in the Pacific Northwest. The cycle center 3,500 SF with a 62 bike studio space and boutique featuring SoulCycle’s original clothing collection.

Finally . . . New Bellevue Condos

While several new apartment communities have been completed and more are planned in Bellevue, its been nearly a decade since any new condominium residences were built.  (Both Bellevue Towers and Washington Square were completed in 2009. WA Square still has developer owned units for sale in both towers.) Finally, there’s new condominium inventory on the horizon.

PARK 12
Just east of the central business district, construction has started on this community of 12 luxury townhomes. Sited in a protected park overlooking Kelsey Creek, 3 bedroom floor plans offer 2,000+ SF with an open concept design, contemporary finishes, private garages and rooftop decks. The convenient location is minutes to downtown Bellevue, the Spring District and future light rail. Prices start at $835,000. Completion is expected in fall 2017; nearly half of the homes are already pre-sold.

METRIC
Just a few homes remain in this new community of 23 townhomes just south of Main Street at 107th Avenue SE. Homes are generous in size with 2,000+ SF featuring contemporary design, rooftop decks with skyline views and private garages. A few homes remain with prices starting at $1 million.

VISCAIA
Also under construction, 18 townhomes will be available for occupancy fall 2017. Located in the Crossroads neighborhood, the community is walk-able to shopping, restaurants and multi-screen theaters. 3 bedroom open concept floor plans offer 2,000+ SF of living space. Prices start at $789,900.

ONE88
With no new condos downtown in nearly a decade, One88 will be a welcome addition to the city’s residential skyline. Bosa Development, developer of the successful Insignia condominiums in Seattle, is set to construct a 21 story building at the corner of NE 2nd Street and Bellevue Way NE. 143 residences ranging from 1 bedroom floor plans to luxury penthouses are planned complimented by world class owner amenities. Construction is scheduled to start early this year with occupancy in 2019. No floor plan or price information is available.

ELEV8 at Bellevue International Plaza
Two 40 story towers will be part of a four tower residential/hotel/office/retail project at the corner of 110th Avenue NE and NE 8th Street (west of the Bravern). Phase 1 of the project is projected to include 355 condominium residences in one tower and 435 apartment residences in the other. High end retail and an urban grocer are part of the first phase plans. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-to-late 2017 with a 2019 completion. No floor plan or price information available.

Condo Pet and Rental Restrictions

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Flickr/ by meknlts

Its easy to get excited about the perfect condo when searching for a home, but condos have many moving parts. One of the most important, and often overlooked issues, are the HOA rules and regulations, particularly as they relate to pets and non-owner occupied units.

Some communities restrict all pets, others allow only cats, and some have weight or breed restrictions for dogs. The Puget Sound region is rated as one of the top in dog ownership in the country  –  don’t fall in love with a condo only to discover your family pet isn’t welcome. Pet restrictions can (and do) have an impact on resale  –  buyers may eliminate communities that won’t permit them to bring four legged family members.

Rental restrictions need to be disclosed and understood up front as well. If purchasing a condo as an investment, or if you hope to rent down the road, research and understand community rental restrictions or limitations on use. Sellers should disclose rental or use restrictions at the time a property is listed for sale to avoid buyer misunderstandings, delays in closing or a failed transaction.

Condos have many moving parts. Work with an industry expert who knows the local market and is familiar with the rules and regulations that apply to ownership in specific communities. A condo expert can help you find the right condo and community for your lifestyle and investment goals and guide you through the issues specific to condominiums and HOAs.