WcB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, Sept. 20 – is a North Hill Gem that has it all!

Bright and inviting, this home has room for everyone, with 5 bedrooms and an office for a single family or TWO complete units with separate entrances, full kitchens, bath and laundry. Tons of rental potential!

Huge fully-fenced yard with sunny patio overlooking fruit trees and plenty of grass.

Rear drive around access gate for boat or RV as well as carport, garage & storage shed.

Convenient location & walkable to parks & desirable North Hill Elem.

LOT A rights too..a must see!

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 20 from Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 19021 8th Ave S., Burien, WA 98148

INFO:

  • List Price: $299,999
  • MLS Number: 695959
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1953
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,400
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,956

Site Features:

  • 2 Fireplaces
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Hardwood
  • Laminate
  • Wall to Wall Carpet
  • Carport-Attached
  • Garage-Detached

Marketing remarks:

This North Hill Gem has it all! Bright and inviting, this home has room for everyone, 5 beds & office as a single family or TWO complete units with separate entrances, full kitchens, bath and laundry.

Tons of rental potential!

Huge fully fenced yard with sunny patio overlooking fruit trees & plenty of grass.

Rear drive around access gate for boat or RV as well as carport, garage & storage shed.

Convenient location & walkable to parks & desirable North Hill Elem. LOT A rights too..a must see!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove introduced legislation this week calling for a pilot project of wearable body cameras for the King County Sheriff’s Office.

If passed, all KCSO police officers would be required to wear the cameras.

“The data is clear: body cameras are highly effective in both reducing complaints against officers and reducing instances of inappropriate use of force by officers,” Upthegrove said. “I am confident that once fully implemented body cameras will help to build more trust between officers and the communities they are sworn to protect.”

Upthegrove’s legislation also sets up a task force to develop county policies to address a wide variety of concerns including individual privacy and public disclosure issues.

“Body cameras are a great idea but it is extremely important that we also protect the privacy of victims, children and other innocent bystanders. We will work through all of these issues before deputies are wearing cameras on patrol,” Upthegrove added.

Sheriff John Urquhart expressed his support for body cameras:

“Maintaining the trust of the community is my number one priority, and the implementation of body cameras for my deputies will help to ensure that. I look forward to working with Councilmember Upthegrove to responsibly implement this new program.”

The legislation is expected to be referred to the Law, Justice, Health and Human Services committee on Monday, Sept. 22.

Read more about this legislation on the King County Council’s LEGISEARCH system at http://mkcclegisearch.kingcounty.gov and type in 2014-0389.

Greenbridge_Public_Health_clinicKing County Executive Dow Constantine on Monday (Sept. 15) announced a partnership with the City of Seattle and Planned Parenthood to preserve critical health services for women, children, and families in White Center and surrounding areas.

“Through innovative partnerships like this we can keep providing the important health services our clients need, despite cuts to the federal and state funding that supported those services,” said Executive Constantine. “I want to thank Mayor Murray and our partners at Planned Parenthood for helping us ensure that children are born healthy and able to reach their full potential.”

Due to continual and sharp declines in the federal and state funds that support public health, the Public Health Center at Greenbridge was proposed by the department earlier this summer for closure.

Under the new partnership, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest will provide family planning services at the facility, while Public Health continues to provide Women, Infant and Children (WIC) and Maternity Support services for the next two years. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has committed $400,000 in 2015 to help keep Greenbridge open and preserve a variety of public health services.

Key details of the partnership include:

  • Relocation of Planned Parenthood from its current West Seattle clinic to Greenbridge, a King County Housing Authority development.
  • Continuation of family planning services at Greenbridge, with Planned Parenthood as the service provider.
  • Creation of a family planning “access committee” to provide countywide accountability and oversight, and assurance that all county residents maintain access to the full range of FDA-approved contraceptive methods; services for prevention and treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases for men and women; and screening for cervical cancer.
  • Continued provision by Public Health of Maternity Support Services and WIC services at Greenbridge.

“Healthy women and healthy children are vital to a healthy Seattle – that’s why my budget proposal commits $400,000 in City funds in 2015 to ensure Greenbridge continues to provide critical services such as prenatal care and the WIC program to all Seattle residents, in addition to several other important services,” said Mayor Murray. “I look forward to working with the County Executive as we search for a new Director of Public Health who will institute sustainable improvements to our business management of vital public health programs.”

The partnership with Planned Parenthood provides family planning services for all – regardless of ability to pay – at the same location where Public Health has served the White Center community for more than 50 years, primarily assisting women, mothers, and young children.

“As the leading family planning medical provider in the Pacific Northwest, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is a natural fit to step in and ensure continuity of care in White Center, West Seattle, and surrounding communities,” said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest. “Through this partnership with Public Health – Seattle & King County, we remain committed to providing high-quality, affordable reproductive health care for the women, men, and teens who need it most.”

“As the transition of providers happens at Greenbridge public health center, Planned Parenthood is acutely focused on ensuring that residents in the community continue to receive the same level of comprehensive family planning services. Our goal is that no one falls through the cracks,” added Charbonneau.

Serving the community
The service area of the White Center clinic extends to West Seattle, Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila, and Des Moines. Many of its services are delivered by a team that can include nurses, nutritionists, social workers, and community health workers, who also help clients find everything from housing to an obstetrician.

“White Center families are from many different backgrounds – Latino, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Somali, Samoan – and our Public Health staff helps them navigate important issues like nutrition, breastfeeding, and physical activity,” said King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, who is also chair of the King County Board of Health. “These are all important components of families raising healthy babies and thriving young children.”

“I’ve seen first-hand what a difference it makes when a Public Health nurse visits with an expecting mom and begins to help the mom and the rest of the household prepare a healthy environment for that new baby – so preserving these services wherever possible is a high priority,” said Patty Hayes, Interim Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County.

Executive Constantine will present his 2015/2016 Executive Proposed Budget to the Metropolitan King County Council on Sept. 22, while continuing to work with cities and community partners to preserve critical public health services elsewhere in King County

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Sept. 14 – is the first re-sale in Westwood Ridge of a 3-bedroom, 2.75 bath home!

Just like new, this two-story home offers plenty of natural light with nine-foot ceilings throughout.

The main floor living space is an expansive open area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room and great room.

The Master bedroom is complete with a 5-piece master bath.

This home has 2.75 baths and a three-car garage, as well as Lot A Beach Rights to the Cove in Normandy Park!

Located in Westwood Ridge – a new 16-home development – this home has a large lot and fenced back yard, and is located minutes to downtown.

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 486 S. 187th Lane, Burien, WA 98148

INFO:

  • List Price: $549,950
  • MLS Number: 690841
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2014
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,910
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,138

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Loft
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing remarks:

First Resale in Westwood Ridge! Just like new!

This home offers plenty of natural light & nine-foot ceilings throughout.

This two-story home has 2.75 baths,a three-car garage. The main floor living space is an expansive open are that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room & great room.

Master bedroom is complete w/ a 5-piece master bath.Lot A Beach Rights to the Cove – Puget Sound!

Located in Westwood Ridge (New 16 home development) Large lot & fenced back yard & located minutes to downtown.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

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REMINDER: Enjoy all things British this Saturday at the first-ever English Fete at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Renton, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“Drawing on our Anglican roots, St. Luke’s inaugural church fete will offer sales of traditional English foods such as Banger’s & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie and Ploughman’s Lunch, English beers and sweets, classic English carnival games, music and fun for all ages,” reads an announcement.

The event will be anchored by festive performances by Seattle’s own Sound and Fury Morris dance troupe:

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All proceeds benefit the operation of St. Luke’s and their many community ministries including, ARISE, an interfaith traveling homeless shelter for men, St. Luke’s Community Garden whose bounty is shared with Renton’s needy and warm-up breakfasts on various weekday mornings.

Admission is FREE and open to all (please contact info@stlukesrenton.org for special accommodations or information).

Pip! Pip! Cheerio! let’s all go to the Fete!

St.Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Ave So in historic downtown Renton, WA 98057 Ph. (425) 255-3323

Directions:

From Burien via SR-518/I-405 North

  • Take Exit 4 toward WA-900 W/Bronson Way
  • Turn right onto WA-169 N
  • Turn Right on Bronson Way N.
  • Turn Right on Wells Ave S.
  • St. Luke’s will be on the left (pic below for reference).

From Bellevue area via I-405 South

  • Take Exit 4 for WA-900 W toward WA 169 S/Renton Enumclaw
  • Merge onto Sunset Blvd N
  • Turn Right on Bronson Way N.
  • Turn Right on Wells Ave S.
  • St. Luke’s will be on the left.

More info here: http://stlukesrenton.blogspot.com/p/events.html

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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Avenue in Renton.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Sept. 7 – is a completely remodeled charmer on a huge lot in Boulevard Park.

The Master bedroom is located on the main floor and upstairs are two additional bedrooms.

The bedrooms and living room have been taken down to the studs and meticulously remodeled, and it’s newly painted inside and out with carpeting replaced throughout.

Kitchen was recently remodeled (2006) with quartz countertops and solid maple cabinets.

Newer triple pane windows.

Lot may be sub-dividable.

Great location w/easy access to major highways-15 minutes to downtown, SouthCenter Mall, or the airport!

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 7 from Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 12007 10th Ave S., West Seattle, WA 98168

INFO:

  • List Price: $259,000
  • MLS Number: 687375
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1933
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,020
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 15,000

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • High Speed Internet
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio
  • RV Parking

Marketing remarks:

Completely remodeled charmer on a huge 15,000 sq. ft. lot in Boulevard Park.

Master on main w/2 additional bedrooms upstairs.

Bedrooms & living room taken down to the studs & meticulously remodeled.

Newly painted inside & out w/carpeting replaced throughout.

Kitchen was recently remodeled (2006) w/quartz countertops & solid maple cabinets.

Newer triple pane windows.

Lot may be sub-dividable.

Great location w/easy access to major highways-15 minutes to downtown, SouthCenter Mall, or airport!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

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The King County Housing Authority announced Tuesday (Sept. 2) that it had recently completed the sale of the final 54 lots for market-rate, single-family homes at Seola Gardens.

The land purchase by a private developer marks the final phase of the Authority’s commitment to rebuild the former public housing complex – previously called Park Lake Homes II − into a vibrant mixed-income, master-planned community.

Additional land offerings are currently underway at Greenbridge, KCHA’s other White Center redevelopment. When the build-out for both sites is complete, there will be close to 500 new homeowners in the White Center community. This housing will generate more than $2 million in new property tax revenues annually to support local services.

The redevelopment of Seola Gardens is part of a larger effort that KCHA has undertaken in White Center over the past decade to help revitalize the community. The Authority has invested more than $250 million in public and private funding to renovate existing housing, replace dilapidated World War II-era public housing with new, mixed-income rentals, construct community facilities and neighborhood retail, and expand services available to community residents.

These efforts have reduced the number of public housing units, created new workforce rental housing and significantly increased private homeownership. Community facilities include an elementary school, Educare and HeadStart early learning facilities, public library, Boys & Girls Club, and YWCA adult learning center.

The lots were purchased by Richmond American Homes, a national homebuilder active in 11 states, who also developed the first phase of homebuilding on the site. Forty-eight homes in the 54 homes in the first phase have already been sold and the remaining six are under contract.

“When construction is completed on these remaining lots, Seola Gardens will feature 108 attractive, well-built homes − terrific homeownership opportunities in White Center,” said KCHA Executive Director Stephen Norman. “As we’ve seen from the rapid sale of the first phase of homeownership, families are drawn to the location, value and lifestyle that Seola Gardens affords. These homes reflect and support the emergence of White Center as a vibrant and diverse community a stone’s throw from downtown Seattle.”

Construction on the final 54 homes will start in the first quarter of 2015. Four different floor plans will be offered with sizes ranging from approximately 1,800 to 2,500 square feet and with pricing expected in the mid- to upper-$300,000s. All the new homes meet environmental and efficiency standards. A model home is open to the public.

Seola Gardens, which has won numerous design awards, is a Three-Star Built Green™ community featuring responsible site and water management, lower operating costs through installation of energy-efficient equipment and systems, and the use of sustainable building materials.

The original Park Lake Homes II site was developed during World War II with 169 units of public housing. When the final 54 single-family homes are completed, the 30-acre site will include a total of 285 units: 108 single-family for-sale homes, 65 affordable senior apartments and 112 public housing units for families. In addition to housing, Seola Gardens includes a community center, public art installations, raised garden beds, a Head Start program, and seven public parks. It sits adjacent to Lakewood Park and the Technology Access Foundation.

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Photos courtesy the Salvation Army of White Center.

The Salvation Army in White Center last week helped local needy kids with their back-to-school shopping.

Generously funded by Mrs. Jean Renny, each child received a gift card valued at $200, and was helped by a volunteer to select clothing for the new school year.

This included:

  • 80 low-income kids from the White Center area
  • Major Raymond Erickson-King and Captain Jennifer Erickson-King, Salvation Army Officers in Charge of White Center programs
  • The event took place on Thursday, Aug. 28 at JCPenney at Westfield Southcenter

The kids chosen for the generous donation were selected by The Salvation Army, using State and Federal guidelines to assess need. All kids are students in Seattle public schools (grades K – 12), and most live and attend school in the White Center area.

For some of these students, it was their first experience shopping for their own clothes.

You can still donate for this cause by clicking here.

More info at https://www.facebook.com/TSASeattleWhiteCenter/

The Salvation Army is located at 9050 16th Ave SW in White Center.

South Sound Piano (SSP), a local piano school serving the South Seattle region, will be hosting an Open House event on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Burien, as a grand opening following the total rebrand of the studio.

The rebrand allowed SSP to elevate their position within the local market and includes a site design that allows students of all ages to better pursue the academic study of piano.

This public event is one of only a handful that SSP directly hosts each year, and is an excellent opportunity for parents to explore musical education options. The studio space will be available to tour, and instructor Heather White will be available to answer guest questions throughout the day. Located next to Arbor Lake Park in Burien, SSP has served the local musical community since 2008, operating on a limited schedule to provide a high degree of attention and personalized instruction for each student. Attend the open house on September 6, register for lessons and SSP will waive registration fees.d4e1534776a1a275cb604ff6b90c3bc0.jpg_srz_p_404_512_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srz

Some testimonials:

“What I like most about studying piano at SSP is my teacher. I look forward to coming for my lessons as I am learning while having fun. And one thing I have learned about myself while studying piano is that practice makes the biggest difference.”

– 2nd grade student

“As a parent, I like the caring approach SSP takes with my child, while maintaining a great level of professionalism and the learning platform that adopts to my child’s learning. SSP was referred to us and we are always happily returning the favor to our friends and family.”

– Satisfied Parents

“SouthSoundPiano has been a perfect fit for my daughter. She enjoys what she’s learning, and her skills have improved dramatically. Ms. White knows how to motivate kids to accomplish more than they believed possible.”

– Lisa, a parent

Biography:
SSP is owned by Heather White, who has more than 20 year’s experience providing quality piano instruction. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Puget Sound and currently studies under Mark Salman. She is also an active chamber musician and accompanist.

South Sound Piano Studio is located at 12059 3rd Ave South in Burien.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, Aug. 30 – is a fabulous 5-bedroom Des Moines view home!

Not only is this home in an excellent location, it boasts wonderful views of Puget Sound and the Mountains, and there is plenty of room for everyone and everything.

Enjoy the Gourmet Kitchen with huge bar for entertaining, along with a light, bright Dining Room that looks out to a gorgeous yard.

A Living Room with Fireplace leads to 3 Bedrooms on the main floor, plus a Master Suite with walk-in closet and full bath.

Upper level offers additional bedroom/office/den and huge family room.

This charming home was originally built in 1940 that had updates and an addition added in 2002.

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 30: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 23130 Marine View Dr South, Des Moines, WA 98198

INFO:

  • List Price: $539,000
  • MLS Number: 664743
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1940
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,090
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 25,875

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Green House
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Shop
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Pantry

Marketing remarks:

Excellent Location! Fabulous Home! Wonderful Views of Sound and Mountains!

Plenty of Room for Everyone and Everything.

Enjoy the Gourmet Kitchen with Huge Bar for Entertaining, Light, Bright Dining Room looks out to Gorgeous Yard.

Glass Door to Sunny Deck for Relaxing.

Living Room with Fireplace leads to 3 Bedrooms on Main Floor plus Master Suite with Walk in Closet and Full Bath. Upper Level offers Additional Bedroom/Office/Den and Huge Family Room.

A 1940 home w/updates and addition in 2002!

All at a new, reduced price!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

A judge set bail Thursday (Aug. 28) at $500,000 for a 25-year-old man who was arrested on investigation of kidnapping and auto theft after he allegedly stole an SUV with a 10-month-old child inside.

The alleged car thief sped away from a West Seattle convenience store. The SUV was found abandoned in White Center with the child inside a short time later.

The child was unharmed.

The suspect waived his appearance at today’s bail hearing.

A second appearance is scheduled for Sept. 2 at the King County Jail.