Mercer Island Farmers Market: July 24, 2016

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Mercer Island Farmers MarketThis week at Mercer Island Farmer’s Market (MIFM), they are celebrating summer veggies. Shoppers will be able to spot ears of corn, snap peas, cucumbers, peppers, a variety of summer greens, summer squash, tomatoes and more. Unlike the conventional grocery shopping experience, farmers market shoppers are able to find veggie varieties, and colors, that are usually not available at grocery stores. Stop by Lyall Farms, Alvarez Farms, Hedlin Farms, Kittatas Valley Greenhouse, True Her Gardens, Moua Gardens and Bao Gardens to see what veggies they have today!

Today’s live music at the market will be provided by Micheal Biller and Friends, one of MIFM’s favorite jazz ensembles. You’ll appreciate the classic jazz standards they will be playing along with more current selections.

Over at the Children’s Table, the kids can discover the sweet smells of summer. These lovely aromas come from herbs, flowers, and summer fruits and veggies.

The featured vendor of the week is Gourmini’s, one of the market’s newest food trucks to offer lunch. Gournami’s goal is to serve healthy food with big flavor to the people of the PNW. They make mini-sandwiches on Macrina Bakery baguettes accented by their house-made spreads, and a rotating menu of salads. Shoppers can mix-and-match selections to create the meal that will satisfy those hunger pains with healthy food. Head on over to the MIFM website to read their interview with Gourmini’s.

It is going to be a lovely day to visit MIFM. Enjoy!

Open Houses: July 23rd & July 24th

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Looking at the forecast, you will see another great and sunny weekend coming up in the Pacific Northwest, and what better way of enjoying the summer than a movie in the park. This Saturday evening, the Mercer Island Community & Events Center will be putting on Wreck-It Ralph, starting at around 9:20pm.

Continuing the summer tradition, Mercer Island has chosen two days this year blow up and giant inflatable screen in Mercerdale Park. They encourage patrons to bring flashlights, warm blankets and chairs to fully engage in the experience. There will be snacks and refreshments sold at the park, but feel free to bring your own! Building community and bringing everyone together is what Mercer Island is all about!

With weather in the high 60s, be sure to make some time for fun this weekend! Windermere Mercer Island agents will be having lots of fun, both on the island and off. Be sure to join them as they show another weekend of beautiful houses.

Mercer Island

$625,000 ♦ 976350 ♦ 7800 Southeast 27th Street #304, Mercer Island ♦ Video Tour ♦ Nancy LaVallee ♦ Sunday, July 24th 1pm-4pm

$1,549,000 ♦ 969430 ♦ 4047 85th Avenue Southeast, Mercer Island ♦ Video Tour ♦ Rachel Schindler & Julie Billett ♦ Saturday, July 23rd 1pm-3pm (Hosted by Lis Brown); Sunday, July 24th 1pm-4pm (Hosted by Jane Malone)

$1,850,000 ♦ 955863 ♦ 4735 West Mercer Way, Mercer Island Marianne Parks ♦ Sunday, July 24th 1-4 pm

$2,249,00 ♦ 971419 ♦ 5830 West Mercer Way, Mercer Island ♦ Video Tour ♦ R2 (Robyn Kimura-Hsu & Rachel Schindler) ♦ Saturday, July 23rd 1pm-4pm (Hosted by Jane Malone)

$2,495,000 ♦ 976275 ♦ 6825 Southeast 32nd Street, Mercer Island ♦ R2 (Rachel Schindler & Robyn Kimura-Hsu) ♦ Saturday, July 23rd 1pm-4pm (Hosted by Erin Sirianni); Sunday, July 24th 1pm-4pm (Hosted by Tom Fine)

$2,595,000 ♦ 980070 ♦ 6829 Southeast 32nd Street, Mercer Island ♦ Video Tour ♦ R2 (Rachel Schindler & Robyn Kimura-Hsu) ♦ Saturday, July 23rd 1pm-4pm (Hosted by Erin Sirianni); Sunday, July 24th 1pm-4pm (Hosted by Tom Fine)


$899,000 ♦ 1001419 ♦ 5424 298th Avenue Southeast, Preston ♦ Video Tour ♦ Andrew Jackson ♦ Sunday, July 24th 2pm-5pm

Seattle (Capitol Hill)

$499,000 ♦ 978599 ♦ 1516 East Pike Street #201, Seattle ♦ Video Tour ♦ Chad Dierickx ♦ Saturday, July 23rd & Sunday, July 24th 1pm-4pm

Seattle (West Seattle)

$300,000 ♦ 975052 ♦ 2216 South 111th Place, Seattle ♦ Video Tour ♦ Brian Rosso ♦ Sunday, July 24th 1pm-4pm

There are 26 homes on Mercer Island this weekend that are available for tour! There is something unique to fit everyone’s needs and tastes, so check out the full list below!


Mercer Island Farmers Market: July 16, 2016

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Mercer Island Farmers Market Today’s Mercer Island Farmers Market (MIFM) will include a special Senior social hour from 1:30-2:30pm, over at the Senior Connections booth. Sponsored by Covenant Shores, seniors can stop by to visit, enjoy some free refreshments and fresh treats provided by market vendors, plus listen to live music.

Live music will be provided by Beth James, an Austin based folk duo composed of singer-songwriters Jordan Burchill and former Mercer Islander, Mikaela Kahn. Their music features their own unique expression of Americana, which includes a blend of modern folk, mindful pop, and lush soundscapes.

Over at the Children’s Table, Little Red Hen needs assistance planting her wheat for the upcoming fall harvest. She needs her wheat to grow so she can bake her world-famous bread. The kids are encouraged to stop by and help Little Red Hen with her planting!

Today’s featured vendor at MIFM is Harvesting Autumn, an Omak flats farm that offers fresh produce and plant starts for purchase. You can learn more about Autumn Carroll, the resident farmer at Harvesting Autumn, as he tells his story in an interview on the MIFM home page. Click here to read Carroll’s interview.

Three Windermere Mercer Island brokers are market sponsors this year. Thank you Anni Zilz, Peni Schwartz, and Cynthia Schoonmaker for providing sponsorship support to help bring the Mercer Island Farmers Market back week after week for the 2016 season.

Second Quarter 2016 Reviews: Reports For Seattle, Mercer Island, and the Eastside

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Second Quarter 2016 Reviews:

Published July 2016


Waterfront Q2 2016 Review:


Condo Q2 2016 Review:

Published July 2016

Seattle Region Quarter 2 Reviews are now posted on Mercer Island Pulse – click here to get all the juicy details. And surprisingly, we are starting to see some market balance in pockets around the region.  In fact, on Mercer Island homes prices above $2 million saw some stagnation during Quarter 2 due to increased inventory coupled with a taper in buyer demand.  On the Eastside, a few balanced markets are starting to emerge even in such a strong seller-favored environment. In Seattle, rental prices increased quicker than home pricing appreciated during Quarter 2. All of the city neighborhoods are hot, but the most affordable neighborhoods, like North Seattle, saw a ton of activity. North Seattle also saw the highest year-over-year price gain for the quarter.

There are also Quarter 2 Reviews for waterfront properties, and the condo market. Click here for details.

If you would like to keep a pulse on the market in between quarters, Windermere Mercer Island publishes resources for you.  Keep track of the housing market in your favorite neighborhoods on The Market Talks, which offers weekly, monthly, and quarterly statistics for our region’s neighborhoods. You can subscribe to get each update emailed to you when they are posted.

If you are interested in waterfront properties and lux trends, then make sure to subscribe to The Waterfront Report.  You’ll receive quarterly reviews covering Seattle, Mercer Island, The Eastside, and Lake Sammamish, along with up-to-date luxury news and trends.

Are you eager to learn more about the bigger picture regarding our housing market and local economy? We have a YouTube playlist on our office channel with all the Housing 101 videos filmed by Windermere Real Estate’s chief economist, Matthew Gardner.  Click here to access the playlist. We add to it each time Mr. Gardner releases a new Housing 101 video.

If you are looking to relocate to the Seattle Region, or you already live here but want to find a neighborhood that is a better compliment to your needs and lifestyle, make sure and check out Live On Guides. You can research neighborhoods, school districts, and look at maps all in one place.

Here on Mercer Island Pulse, we share timely real estate news, community information, company events, design trends, and home tips. You can subscribe to have each new article delivered to your inbox by clicking the Follow button in the lower right hand corner of the homepage.


Windermere Living: Summer 2016

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Windermere Living

The Summer issue of Windermere Living is gorgeous, and packed with so many fantastic articles. In the Exploration section, you can learn more about the Tesla Model X and cool gadgets perfect for summer adventures. Spots We❤ Right Now shares 6 summer-inspired destinations. Definitely peruse the article covering where affluent U.S. buyers are investing abroad. On page 51, Windermere Real Estate chief economist, Matthew Gardner, discusses the the continued growth in home equity and how it is stabilizing the U.S. housing market. Well worth checking out!

The Summer 2016 issue of Windermere Living showcases residences and destinations from across the West. Windermere Living is the exclusive listings magazine published by Windermere Real Estate. Copyright 2016 Windermere Real Estate

Please Join Us This Weekend At Mercer Island’s Summer Celebration !

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SummerCelebrationWebSummer Celebration is coming back to Mercer Island’s Mercerdale Park and Luther Burbank Park on July 9th and 10th, complete with live entertainment and events at our Windermere Stage. We’ll be at the Saturday morning parade handing out festive swag and cheering on the parade participants.  Our office is proud to be sponsoring a fun children’s gardening event and a booth with fun giveaways for kids and grownups alike…


“My First Garden” Free Planting Event for Kids
Saturday, 7/9 at 1:45 pm
The Windermere Stage


Coloring Contest and Giveaways
Saturday, 7/9 from 10am – 7pm
Sunday, 7/10 from 10am – 5pm
The Windermere Booth


More from the Mercer Island city website:

“Summer Celebration 2016 theme is “Symphony of Summer” and is all about music! Come enjoy a weekend of musical entertainment and fun all weekend long, July 9th and 10th in downtown Mercer Island. Join us for community karaoke, arts & crafts, community parade, car show, Obliteride Kids Ride, Boat Rides Around the Island, music activities, Food vendors, fireworks, live bands & entertainment, and a Swedish Pancake Breakfast.”

Events include:  ParadeBoat RidesFood VendorsArts & CraftsCar ShowChildren’s Fun ZoneCommunity KaraokeFireworksObliteride Kids’ RideMusicEntertainment


Festival Hours:

    Sat., July 9 10 am – Parade Town Center
11 am to 7 pm
6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
~10:00 pm – Fireworks
Festival at Mercerdale Park
Luther Burbank Park
Luther Burbank Park
    Sun., July 10 10 am to 5 pm Festival at Mercerdale Park

Click here to download the full schedule of events!

Festival Locations:
Mercerdale Park (Main Festival, Parade, Obliteride Kids’ Ride)
3249 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Luther Burbank Park (Fireworks, Shakespeare, Boat Rides)
2040 84th Ave. SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

How will the 2016 Election Impact the Housing Market? [Video]

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Real Estate / Windermere Real Estate: Housing 101

Originally posted on Windermere Blog.

The 2016 presidential election will absolutely have an impact on the housing market and the U.S. Economy. What those impacts will be are dependent on who occupies the White House in 2017. Hear what Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, has to say about the influence each presidential candidate may have on the market.

Mercer Island Farmers Market: July 3, 2016

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Mercer Island Farmers MarketOh boy— tomorrow is going to be a really special Mercer Island Farmers Market (MIFM).  In honor of the 4th of July, there will be market vendors on hand to help you finish your shopping for your holiday bbqs. Check out the vendor list below:

MIFM will be also be hosting a special 4th of July tasting for market attendees, courtesy of High 5 Pie‘s. Stop by and enjoy a taste of marionberry and apple Petit 5s! You can also check out a vendor feature on High 5 Pie on the MIFM website: click here.

Over at the children’s table kids can learn more about growing garlic, and even bring home a garlic sprout kit to grow their own at home. Live music will be provided by Kelly Bosworth, an Americana singer/songwriter whose single Waters hit #7 on the folk DJ charts and is played across the country.

The volunteers at Mercer Island Farmers Market have put together an excellent menu of activities and vendors to make your 4th of July special. Make sure and stop by their booth to say thank you, or maybe even send them an email thank you at Have a wonderful time at the market, and a terrific 4th of July!

Booming Home Market Rewards Sellers

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Great info regarding our historic seller’s market in the Seattle Region.

Windermere Eastside

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The local real estate market has never favored sellers more than it does today. Homes here are selling faster than anywhere else in the country, and home prices have hit new records.

What’s behind the boom?

Are you ready to take advantage of this historic seller’s market?
Get in touch with your Windermere Eastside broker today.

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Comcast’s “Neighborhoods” Show Covering Mercer Island [Video]

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Mercer Island News / Spirit of Mercer Island

Comcast’s “Neighborhoods” put together this fantastic video highlighting many of the special features here on Mercer Island. Join host Sabrina Register as she tours Mercer Island, takes a look at island businesses, and explores the history of the city.

Hat tip to Doug McKiernan for sharing the link to this video.