Oct

17

The sellers of a waterfront home in Burien’s Shorewood on the Sound took these pictures from their deck. Amazing what we can see everyday from our Puget Sound waterfront properties here, isn’t it?

Shorewood Burien Seattle waterfront house for sale Puget Sound Olympic Mountains storm clouds

Clouds over Puget Sound



Shorewood Burien Seattle waterfront house for sale Puget Sound Olympic Mountains sunset

Sunset over Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound



Sea star on beach at Shorewood Burien Seattle waterfront house for sale Puget Sound Olympic Mountains

Sea star on beach



Sunset clouds over Puget Sound from Shorewood Burien Seattle waterfront home for sale

Colorful waterfront living



Seattle Burien Shorewood on the Sound waterfront home for sale, view from water

Click here to see the home with these views


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Oct

16

People for Puget Sound is working hard to protect our beautiful “front yards”. Consider supporting them either by attending this fun event or checking out their website and joining. I was previously a volunteer waterfront community Pod Leader for them, and have always enjoyed working with the organization.

Harbor Lights 2010 Auction & Gala
Many Voices, One Sound!
October 23, 2010 | 6:00 pm | The Westin Seattle

Mark your calendars for Harbor Lights 2010: Many Voices, One Sound, and support a great organization working to ensure the long-term health and vitality of our spectacular Puget Sound. To learn more about this event and our funding goals, visit our website.

RSVP! Tickets are $150 and include a complimentary signature cocktail during the silent-auction portion of the evening, and a dinner of sumptuous, seasonal, and sustainable NW cuisine — full menu on our event info page.

VIP tickets are $250 (limited availability) and also include a champagne reception with Congressman Jim McDermott, Congressman Jay Inslee, artist Tony Angell, philanthropist Martha Kongsgaard, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, and People For Puget Sound’s Kathy Fletcher.

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May

30

The King County / Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalists Program is a great local asset for people that love the shoreline, its critters, and learning about our local Puget Sound ecosystem. The Beach Naturalists are all volunteers, and have gone through an informative multi-week training program held at the Seattle Aquarium before they are let loose on our local public beaches to help casually teach beachcombers young and old about what they are seeing. I was personally a Beach Naturalist for several years and enjoyed both what I learned and what I could teach others. It meshed well with my other volunteer work as a People for Puget Sound community “Pod Leader”, too.

One of the most interesting things about going out to a beach on a Beach Naturalists day is experiencing all of the hidden aspects of beach life that you would likely otherwise just walk on by without ever noticing. Even on a seemingly “barren” gravel beach there is a surprising amount of life under every little rock. And on beaches where large boulders are strewn about, the variety and intensity of sea life exposed at low tides is exceptional.

Definitely check it out; you’ll learn a lot and every visit afterwards to your own front yard or to a local beach will have more depth.

Resources:
Beach Naturalists Program
Beach Naturalists’ schedule on local public beaches

Seattle Aquarium logo for Beach Naturalists Program

Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalists Program

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May

9

For anyone living on the shoreline, and especially on bluff properties, here is an informative workshop that is also free! I participated in a version of this same workshop years ago, and found it helpful. The instructors are knowledgeable about ways to improve bluff stability, reduce erosion, install appropriate plants, deal with drainage, work within complicated permit systems, and more. The first half is indoor instruction, and the second half is outdoors “hands-on” obeservation and recommendations at actual shoreline bluff properties.

The workshop is offered at three different places and dates: in Normandy Park, Vashon Island, and Discovery Park / Seattle.

From the workshop announcement:

Is your marine bluff or beach property eroding or jeopardizing your house? Do you want to manage vegetation to stabilize slopes while maintaining a beautiful view of Puget Sound?

The King Conservation District invites you to attend a FREE workshop developed for property owners along the marine shorelines of King County. The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the ecological, geological, and vegetation management issues associated with owning property Where the Water Begins.

Topics:

  • Understanding the Ecology of Marine Nearshore and Riparian Ecology
  • Recognizing Coastal Geological Hazards
  • Using Native Vegetation to Reduce Erosion & Improve Fish
    and Wildlife Habitat
  • Who Should Attend:

  • Landowners interested in stable natural marine shorelines
    & in reducing the potential for erosion and landslides
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    Mar

    26

    With all of the spectacular waterfront communities and views that we have in the Seattle, you’d think that there are some restaurants with great views. And you’d be right! Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway evening, or want to entertain some out of town guests by showing them what Seattle has to offer, there are many options to pick from.

    We have put together a list of some of the best Seattle waterfront view restaurants. If you have any that you think should be added, let us know.

    Lake Washington waterfront real estate for sale with home in Holmes Point Kirkland

    Lake Washington waterfront home for sale in Holmes Point Kirkland

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    Jan

    24

    Keep your eyes out on the Sound: there have recently been gray whale sightings a month ahead of the usual time, and the Pacific coast is reporting more whale sightings than have occurred in the past 5 years. That also bodes well for seeing some of those whales stop into Puget Sound on their winter rounds.

    So keep your binoculars and spotting scopes at the ready!

    Gray whale

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    Oct

    31

    The Puget Sound Partnership doubled its budget this year with a new large injection of $50 million in federal funding. Separately, $152 million is being received for other Sound related restoration projects. Here is a summary of some of the initiatives that the money will be used for preserving Puget Sound:

    • Determine performance measures
    • Reduce storm water pollution
    • Preserve specific habitats
    • Remove Elwha River dam
    • Build Belfair sewer system for protection of Hood Canal
    • Remove dikes to restore Nisqually estuary habitat

    Puget Sound Partnership logo

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    Sep

    23

    The Puget Soundkeeper Alliance is holding their “Salute to the Sound” event on Saturday September 26th at the Great Hall of Lake Union Park. From their announcement:

    “Celebrate the bounty of the Sound and help us welcome keynote speaker Hedrick Smith, the Frontline correspondent of the recent Poisoned Waters series on PBS.

    Join us for oysters, clams, catering by Bacchus and Arianna, Soundkeeper Organic Pale ale & other brews, local wines, live music and a Silent Auction.”

    Puget Soundkeeper Alliance logo

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    Apr

    13

    Upcoming events from Puget Soundkeeper Alliance:

    Sunday April 19th
    What: Gary Manuel Aveda Institute Cut-a-Thon
    Who: Schedule a hair and/or spa service for April 19th between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm and the proceeds go to Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
    When: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Where: Gary Manuel Aveda Institute, (206) 329-9933
    Address: 1514 10th Ave, Seattle
    http://www.gmaveda.com/
    Puget Soundkeeper Alliance will receive 100% of the proceeds.

    Wednesday, April 22nd
    What: Gary Manuel Salon Belltown and Capital Hill Earth Day Cleanup Event
    Who: Calling all volunteers
    When: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
    Where: Belltown and Capital Hill
    Call Betsy Moyer at Puget Soundkeeper Alliance if you would like to volunteer (206) 297-7002

    Saturday, April 25th
    What: Everett Marina and Jetty Island Cleanup Event
    Who: All Volunteers welcome – bring gloves, warm clothes and appropriate footware. No reservations needed.
    When: 9:00 am – 12:00 (lunch served after). Transportation to and from Jetty Island provided.
    Where: Popeye’s Marine & Kayak Center
    Address: 814 13th St, No. Marina (access via 14th St)
    Puget Soundkeeper Alliance has been involved for 15 years. Call Chris Wilke for info (206) 297- 7002.

    Saturday, April 25th
    What: Premiere Salon It’s the Water Event (live music, refreshments, raffle)
    Who: All are welcome
    When: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Where: Premiere Salon and Spa (360) 753-3299
    Address: 111 Market St #101, Olympia
    Call or email Kelly Bakala at Kelly@premieresalonandspa.com. Tickets: $10
    Proceeds support Puget Soundkeeper Alliance’s clean water work.

    Sunday, April 26th
    What: Aveda and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance Walk for Water
    Who: All are welcome. Please pledge $25 to participate
    When: 9:00 am registration (10 am to 12:30 pm walk & trash pickup)
    Where: Golden Gardens Park
    Address: 8498 Seaview Ave N, Seattle
    Call Betsy Moyer for info (206) 297-7002

    Sunday, April 26th
    What: 2nd Annual Community Oyster Roast
    Who: Anyone who likes Oysters, sausage, beer, wine and live music
    When: 2-seatings – 1) from 2:00 pm to 4:00pm and 2) from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Where: Golden Gardens Bathhouse
    Address: 8498 Seaview Ave N. Seattle
    http://www.pugetsoundkeeper.org/events/community-oyster-roast
    Tickets available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/54821
    Annual fundraiser for Puget Soundkeeper Alliance’s work to protect and preserve Puget Sound

    Saturday, May 2nd
    What: Clean and Green Boating Fair, free event to kick off the boating season
    Who: All are welcome – free boat tours included
    When: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Where: Delin Docks Marina on Thea Foss Waterway
    Address: 1616 E “D” St, Tacoma
    http://www.cleangreenboating.blogspot.com/

    Saturday, May 9th
    What: The Sweep – 7th Annual Lake Union and Portage Bay Cleanup
    Who: All Volunteers welcome. Please sign up first (206) 297-7002
    When: Volunteers check in at 8:30 am (for most)
    Where: Lake Union Park (for most)
    Address: 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle
    http://www.pugetsoundkeeper.org/events/7th-annual-lake-union-and-portage-bay-sweep

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    Mar

    26

    MarineTraffic.com ship logoIf you are on Puget Sound, have you ever wondered about a large ship passing silently up the shipping channels? Perhaps wonder what country it is from, or where it is heading, or even some design specs on its size?

    I have just added a new feature on WaterHavens.com that offers all of that and more: real time Puget Sound marine traffic maps and info. It shows the current location of major vessels throughout Puget Sound (and the rest of the world), tracking every ship’s location, direction, and registry information. It even includes a photo of many boats, plus a graphical track of where it has just been on its recent course plotted over time.

    Pretty neat stuff. You can literally look out your window and bring up this info on WaterHavens at any time to know a lot more about any boat that is right in front of you!

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    Apr

    23

    The Elliott Bay Water Taxi service – that takes passengers between West Seattle dock at Seacrest Park and downtown at Pier 55 by Spring Street – is back in operation starting April 29th and runs through September 30th this year. There is also an associated free shuttle bus that connects the dock at Seacrest Park to Alki, Admiral District, and West Seattle Junction. It operates 7 days a week and operates throughout the day, with more frequent crossings during commute hours. Fare is $3, and numerous passes and associated discounts are accepted.

    A community celebration will be held opening day on Sunday April 29th, including music, family activities, and free rides on the Water Taxi all day.

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    Dec

    1

    Have you checked out the Christmas Ships around Lake Washington, Lake Union, and the Sound this year? Definitely worth a look, especially the December 23rd finale with the Best Decorated Boat Contest at Gasworks Park on Lake Union. Come bundle up and watch the festive sights at the different locations. It’s a great way to enjoy your WaterHaven, or visit someone else’s!

    In local waterfront news, proposed land use regulations still dominate the talk among local rural WaterHaven owners. Both the Critical Areas Ordinance and a new ruling related to federal flood insurance / salmon protection have stirred up the debate something fierce. Petition drives and court cases are underway opposing restrictions on property usage, while other local organizations are educating people about environmental and community benefits. This should be interesting to watch…

    Also, a team of divers discovered a World War II era fighter plane in the bottom of Lake Washington; certainly a more intriguing find than the usual array of old anchors and lawn furniture. If you haven’t mustered the time or courage to take up diving around our waterways, I highly recommend it. The lakes can be interesting, but the life teeming along the shores of the Sound are especially fascinating and world class. Yes it’s rather cold, but modern wetsuits or – even better – drysuits can keep you warm enough for your short explorations into inner space. Check out the Activities section of WaterHavens.com for a listing of local scuba clubs to get you started.

    Unlike normal holiday trends, the real estate market is still very active right now. Last month saw new highs, available inventory has declined 18% from last year, and there are more buyers than sellers out there. Accordingly, prices have risen and time on market has declined. Some of the better priced properties are still moving very fast. For the November general King County market, the average residential closed sales price was $399,464 (as compared to $368,496 for November 2003) and the average condo sales price was $238,508 ($223,735 for November 2003). Average time on market has shortened from 61 days to 49 days.

    In the WaterHavens waterfront market, house sales ranged from a Federal Way walk-down home on the Sound for $299,950 to a Mercer Island Lake Washington home for $5,250,000, condo sales ranged from $145,000 for a Redmond condo on Lake Sammamish to a Kirkland Lake Washington condo for $900,000, and floating home sales ranged from $135,000 to $1,135,000. Waterfront and water view inventory is down across the board, but that is usual for this time of year and is amplified by the still hot market plus excellent interest rates. There are currently 216 waterfront WaterHavens available in our local area, and even more water view and water access WaterHavens.

    Enjoy a WaterHaven! Our waterfront and waterview is the best in the world.

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