April 2009
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In this comprehensive real estate guide, we examine topics such as what to do when you’ve outgrown your home, when to take advantage of low interest rates
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“Everything is better with brass.” That’s why comedian and Seattle Sounders FC co-owner Drew Carey insisted the pro soccer team needed a marching band. He marched right into a minefield.
Four years ago, just as my husband and I were getting ready to leave for vacation, the yellow “land use action” sign went up in front of our next-door neighbors’ one-story bungalow. Panicked, we rushed downtown to the land use department and...
GOT A RISE OUT OF IT Bellevue’s Bel-Red rezone scheme (“Eastside, Big City: Growing Pains,” February 2009) is being foisted on the community primarily to satisfy the profit motives of a few major property owners. It is a direct refutation of the...
When the Pear Bureau Northwest launched a recipe contest to crown cooks who showed a “flair for the pear,” Chef Brian Scheehser of Kirkland’s Trellis kept it all in the family. “When I was a kid, my grandmother made a dish out of peas and...
Sarah and Felix Penn pay homage to dear old granddad in Ravenna’s retro steakhouse.
When life gives you nettles, eat them.
At Tidbit Bistro, sample the best boozes from the Boot.
Why not spring out of your lunch rut with these downtown lunch-hour superstars?
Brother, can you spare a mortgage payment?
“Everything is better with brass.” That’s why comedian and Seattle Sounders FC co-owner Drew Carey insisted the pro soccer team needed a marching band. He marched right into a minefield.
A new book unearths the roots of Northwest rock.
A-Rod comes clean—maybe. But Safeco Field’s steroid history goes much deeper.
Scenes from: Project Red Dress; Do Good, Feel Good; Artist Trust’s 2009 Benefit Art Auction; Pillow Fight Against Homelessness; Make the Evening Matter; Henry Ball.
Purses aren’t just for her anymore. Here’s where he can get his bag on.
A look at how Seattle dresses in lean times.
A conversation with makeup artist Suresh Seneviratne.
A spring hike through the Olympic rain forest can be a muddy, waterlogged exercise in environmental immersion. And it’s wonderful.
Lisa Ling spreads the news of a troubled world.
Seattle’s salad days of trashing table scraps are coming to an end.
Peanut butter, meet food fighter: Seattle attorney Bill Marler goes against Big Peanut.
Social change pioneer Sarah Schacht helps citizens and government talk. No mass protest messages, please.
Stocking Seattle’s best beer bar is no easy task.
It had been years since I last grew Brandywines, so last spring I decided to have another go with the late-season heritage tomatoes. I planted two starts in my raised-bed garden, and two more in large pots. But by the middle of summer I thought...
An award-winning remodel transforms a "dark, hunkering block" into a high-style sylvan sanctuary.
True StoryNot only did median home prices in King County fall from $435,000 in December 2007 to $375,000 in February, it’s possible to snag interest rates in the neighborhood of 4.5 percent and easier to find sellers willing to pay for inspection...
True StoryThe first time a Greenwood family emailed Ruby Grynberg at Salmon Bay Community Lending early last year to see if they’d qualify for a refinance on their $379,000 home, she said no. Rates just weren’t low enough yet to justify the...
Realty CheckIn 2008 median sales prices in Seattle’s downtown core—the region bordered on the north and south by Denny Way and Yesler Way and on the east and west by Interstate 5 and Elliott Bay and containing almost exclusively condominiums—fell...
True StoryFind a house first, and then set a date for the wedding. That was the game plan one young and engaged Capitol Hill couple agreed upon last fall when they started mapping out their future. Better to find a house now when prices were more...
It’s not necessarily your fault that you lose all financial perspective when you find the “perfect house.” But if you value your sanity, it’s time to recalibrate your ownership outlook, according to Kevin Krycka, the director of Seattle...
True StoryLast summer, a family in Lake Stevens had virtually run out of options. A job relocation to Utah had forced them to put their four-bedroom home on the market, but after a year in which they dropped the price from $380,000 to $350,000,...
Realty CheckTypically a homeowner’s last-ditch effort to unload their property before entering foreclosure, a short sale involves the seller’s accepting an offer for less than they owe on the house. And according to Zillow, the Seattle, Tacoma,...
True StoryIn February, Lena Maul, co-owner of Windermere’s Lynnwood office, got a call from a couple planning to expand their family—they already had a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter—and they were outgrowing their Greenlake townhome. They had...
True StoryAfter years of pulling down more than $100,000 annually, one Eastside salesman learned last year that he’d no longer earn commission and his base salary would be cut by more than two-thirds. He and his wife couldn’t afford the payments...
In this comprehensive real estate guide, we examine topics such as what to do when you’ve outgrown your home, when to take advantage of low interest rates