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Hot Spot Home Buying Map

Categories: American Classic News, Seattle, Washington | Posted: January 16, 2017

Here at American Classic Homes we know that making a move can be a big decision. Some of the biggest details to consider are things like the average cost of either purchasing or renting a home (depending on which is a better option of you), the ability to commute, and the cost of living. Using data from Trulia and Expatistan, we took a look at some of the biggest US cities with major appeal that are considered ‘Hot Spots’ to live in and then we created this map portraying where those cities rank within these major decision factors. We hope this tool helps you decide what the next place you should call “home” is!

Drive Me Yummy: Food Trucks of Seattle

Categories: Seattle, Washington | Posted: December 27, 2016

Ever since food trucks became a craze in 2008, mobile food options have continued to make a presence all over the country. They are the perfect lunch option for business men and women on the go, offering delicious options without the wait of a restaurant. For the college and young adult crowd, they provide the adventure and excitement of unique food in unique environments. Whether you are looking for something sweet, savory, simple, or complex, Seattle’s food truck scene has it all.

 

Best Food Trucks by Category

Dessert

Who says you can’t have dessert first? The Seattle Cookie Counter hand-makes 100% vegan ice cream sandwiches out of a VW Bus. Can you get any cooler than that? (Pun intended). This food truck pops up in rotating locations and was just saved by the community because it is so well loved. Support this local business when they reopen in January and experience the creamy goodness of a milk and cookies happy hour yourself!

 

Mealtime

If you’ve had the opportunity to try any of Marination’s restaurant locations, you won’t be surprised that this made the list. A Hawaiian-Korean fusion might be a new combination for you, but try telling me a Kalbi beef taco with Asian slaw doesn’t sound amazing. Another favorite?

Kimchi fried rice. The flavors are unmatchable and the prices reasonable. The only problem? Once you try it, the cravings won’t stop. Find their truck, Big Blue, hitting the streets again in 2017. Find them on twitter: https://twitter.com/curb_cuisine.

 

Best Food Trucks by Location

Eastside

If you live and work on the Eastside and are looking for somewhere new to check out, try The Peach and The Pig. This gourmet food truck is often parked in Bothell, Shoreline, and Redmond and offers an amazing pulled pork sandwich, apple bacon brussel sprouts, and fried green tomatoes. Find out where they are: https://twitter.com/peachandthepig.

 

South Lake Union

Meet the staff that everyone raves about at Tacos El Tajin. This South Lake Union food truck is known for their smiling faces, extra avocados, tender meats, and unbeatable prices. It can be hard to find a great Mexican food option in the Pacific Northwest, but quench those cravings at this local hotspot on your next lunch break. Check out their menu here: http://eltajintacos.com/.

 

Dealer’s Choice

Nosh: Fish and chips, fried rabbit, bone marrow, these are just some of the amazing things you can find on the Nosh truck. They bounce around from Westlake to Fremont to Downtown

10 Best Things to Do In and Around Seattle In Winter

Categories: American Classic News, Lifestyle, Washington | Posted: October 31, 2016

Seattle

One of the best things about living in Seattle is the temperate climate. More often than not, you won’t be caught out in the snow and ice miserably scraping your car off in the early mornings. Seattle is on the Puget Sound and protected by mountains and water on all sides keeping it cool and cloudy for most of the winter with occasional rain showers. It’s the perfect weather to enjoy soups and teas while cuddling up in a flannel blanket next to the fireplace without the hassle of shoveling snow, scraping ice and paying exorbitant prices for winter heating bills. If it is snow that you love, it’s a very short drive away to enjoy beautiful skiing, snowboarding and sledding.

There are always loads of things to do in Seattle and the winter is no different. The cool temperatures make winter outings and holiday light shows more enjoyable.

1. Seattle Winter Fest

Seattle Center Winterfest is a large, family event beginning November 25th through December 31, times and dates vary. Events include ice sculpting, a large model train set with a turn of the century winter village, ice skating rink, and over seventeen free, live performances including music, dancers, carolers and comedy. Winterfest is a great event for children, and includes artistic performances from local school children.

2. Light Up The Night Events

Light up the Holidays by attending Wild Lights at the Woodland Park Zoo. This event takes place from November 25th – January 1 (closed on December 24 &25) from 5:30pm-8:30pm. The entire zoo is lit up with 600,000 lights. The lights are expertly set up to replicate locations and animals. A large indoor space boasts fake snow for winter play, real reindeer, a beautiful antique carousel and Christmas carolers. Families can also enjoy a rare look at the nocturnal animals while visiting the zoo at night. The zoo puts on an ongoing scavenger hunt to find all of the peacock themed lights with a chance for a prize for people who find them all. Photos with Santa Claus are available, as well as a zoo themed gift shop for unique holiday gifts. For the adult visitors a new mulled wine and beer garden is available every evening.

If you reside in South Seattle or Tacoma, Zoo Lights at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma is a closer option. This event takes place from November 25th – January 1 (closed on December 24 &25) from 5:30-8:30, although it has many of the same attractions as Wild Lights, Zoo Lights specializes in lights displaying marine life including a one-hundred-foot octopus!  A shark tank and aquarium are open and lit up for the event with thousands of marine animals. Santa Claus and an elf dive with sharks (see times and schedules). Camel rides are available for children and adults as well as an after dark petting zoo where young visitors will have the opportunity to feed goats and see meerkats and other animals up close.

3. Leavenworth

Leavenworth is a beautiful, Bavarian style, mountain town located 134 miles East of Seattle. Open year round to look around and go shopping, but for the first three weekends in December this town comes to life as a wonderful Bavarian Christmas town, starting on Fridays from 4-9 pm, Saturday and Sundays from 11-6. Leavenworth is a wonderful area to get into the holiday season with snow, skiing, snowboarding, and sledding. The town creates a beautiful and traditional Christmas setting with tree lighting ceremonies, over half a million lights throughout town, live Christmas music and warm mulled wine with spices to warm you up. A train to Leavenworth is available leaving from Seattle for a gorgeous ride through the snowy mountains adding a beautiful, memorable Holiday experience.

4. Magic In The Market

Magic in the Market is on Nov. 26th from 11-5:30 and takes place in Pike Place Market. The Market hosts a Holiday party with a tree lighting, Santa Claus, gingerbread cookie decorating for kids under 12, caroling and hot cider and chocolate sales throughout the market. Every Saturday in December live Jazz bands play around 2 pm.

5. Snowflake Lane in Bellevue

It’s always snowing on Snowflake Lane in Bellevue November 25th– December 24th every night at 7 pm. Snowflake Lane is a wonderfully choreographed parade of dancers, drummers and performers that come to perform shows for families amongst twinkling holiday lights and 46 snow machines!

6. Polar Bear Plunge

You can be freezin’ for a reason at the Polar Plunge in Golden Gardens Park to benefit Special Olympics on Februrary 3rd as a super plunger where you’d plunge into the icy water once every hour for a 24 hour period! If you’d like to benefit the cause, but only jump once February 4th is the day for one time plungers.

7. Go Skiing

Winter sports are huge in the North West with many options to choose from. Beautiful ski resorts are not far away, whether you prefer downhill or cross country skiing, snowboarding, tubing or snowshoeing you don’t have to drive far from the Seattle area to find them.

The Summit at Snoqualmie

Stevens Pass

Mount Baker

Crystal Mountain

8. Timber Music Festival

Timber Music Festival in Leavenworth January 27th -28th. Who says music festivals must be in the summer? Leavenworth Washington gives us something great to look forward to in the dead of winter. You can find the 2016 line up here. Every year one weekend in January visitors can enjoy discounted ski lift passes or watch live music at local venues during the days. At night is when the big bands come out for 21 and over skiers to enjoy the winter evenings with toasty hot toddies at the Hot Toddy Garden in the Festhalle.

9. Seattle Running Events

Give yourself the gift of health this year, while staying in shape through the holidays and joining one of the many of the Seattle runs this winter.

Seattle Marathon November 27, 2016 at 7:15 am. 15,000 runners run a half or full marathon with pretty views of Downtown Seattle and Lake Washington.

Rogers Raindeer Run December 3rd 2016 register from 7-8:15 am with raffle prizes starting at 8:40 am. A fun run with a choice of 1,5 or 10k runs with an opportunity for teams or individuals to run or walk as a community raising money for Rodgers High School choir and Booster Club.

Resolution Run January 1st 2017 starting at 9 am. Start your new year off right with the Resolution Run, a fun 5k run with an optional polar plunge into Lake Washington. Enjoy New Year’s Day after the run with an open beer garden, wood fires, free chili and warm drinks.

St. Martin’s Jingle Bell Run February 3rd 2017 at 9 am for the competitive run or 9:45 am gentle run/ walk. Located on St. Martin’s University campus, an enjoyable 5k run, walk or stroll to raise money for St. Martin’s scholarships. After the race enjoy the holiday season with photos with Santa Claus, hot apple cider, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies.

For a more complete guide of Seattle races go to:

Seattle Run Guides

Seattle Runs

10. New Years Party and the EMP Museum

One of the largest parties in Seattle on New Years Eve is thrown at the EMP Museum, with access to all of it’s pop culture exhibits, music, architecture and technology  on December 31 Celebrated with over 3,000 people, there are several stages with live bands and DJ’s, stand up comedy with different comedians performing all night, a free pre-party for singles to meet friends to spend the evening with. The museum boasts of twenty-five bars, VIP tickets available to exclusive party areas, the largest LED screen in the world and a firework show underneath the space needle!

Big Coffee Flavors in Sammamish, Washington

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Sammamish Plateau, Sammamish Washington, Washington | Posted: October 28, 2016

The beautiful city of Sammamish is tucked between the trees to the East and Lake Sammamish. It’s proximity to Issaquah and Downtown Seattle makes it an incredible place to call home. Here are the top three places to enjoy the bold flavors of rich espresso and sweet vibrant syrups used to enhance the coffee in this charming town.

Sammamish Cafe

Pull right up to Sammamish Cafe and enjoy a gritty American feast with the locals. This cute diner was modeled after a 1940’s fishing lodge and has a bar counter tables and booths inviting you to sit and stay awhile. There are seven cafes throughout Washington that are linked to this one, including Saw Mill Cafe and Issaquah Cafe all serving hearty American meals. Each location carries a special blend of Village Cafe Coffee roasted on Camano Island. If you show up on a Sunday morning expect to wait a while but don’t be disappointed–they will offer you free coffee Bringing your kiddos along. They will fall in love. The cafe offers an M&M hot cocoa that is insanely delicious. Whether you are meeting a friend for coffee and a slice of pie in the evening or bringing your family in for brunch on the weekend this local spot can’t be beat.

 

Mercury Coffee Co

Enjoy an Eastside favorite when you walk into to get your latte at Mercury Coffee Co. Their standard brewed coffee is a combination of bold rich chocolaty flavors with a fruity finish. Nothing is more satisfying for the days when you’ve decided it’s time to “treat yourself” try ordering a Hawaiian Silk Latte. This special treat contains white chocolate, macadamia nut, coconut, espresso, and milk that feels like velvet. If you’re feeling a little spicy, they also offer a Mexican Mocha with spiced chocolate and espresso. Mercury Coffee Co first opened in 1998 in Woodinville and has been expanding over the last several years. They’ve won awards for their coffee since 2012 naming them “best” on several occasions. Their Sammamish store is scheduled to open in late 2016 early 2017 and you won’t want to miss it. Until then their nearby Redmond store is ready for you to dive in and start becoming familiar with their drinks that will soon become your favorite.

 

Starbucks

Only 20 miles from the flagship store, there is no doubt that Starbucks holds its own in any neighboring Seattle town. There are two Starbucks locations in Sammamish one drive-thru and one walk-in storefront. If you’re looking for a space to spread out and work the drive-thru location a tad bit closer to Eastlake High School might be your best bet. If you are a teacher or a parent of students at Eastlake High¨ the convenience of having two Starbucks locations so close is unmatched. Whether you are

craving one of their signature holiday drinks such as the Fall-favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte or a grab-and-go warm bacon gouda sandwich it is hard to compete with the predictability of stepping into a Starbucks. If you find yourself in Sammamish it is highly likely that you enjoy spending time outdoors. Take any coffee to go and enjoy it on a beautifully-paved Lake Sammamish trail or with a pastry as you sit alongside the lake. Invite your friends and family to join you for breakfast at the Sammamish Cafe become a regular at the new Sammamish branch of Mercury Cafe or celebrate the holidays with a Starbucks classic drink as you curl up next to the fireplace. No matter how you enjoy your coffee enjoy it in Sammamish

Issaquah School District School Rankings

Categories: American Classic News, Sammamish Homes, Sammamish Washington, Washington | Posted: September 8, 2016

Issaquah School District in Washington State

Issaquah, Washington is a great place to raise a family, located in the lush green North West there is no end to outdoor recreation, water and mountain sports, and close enough to Seattle to enjoy all of the benefits of a large, international city. The Issaquah School district is one of the best in the state, ranked # 7 of Washington State School Districts.

The Issaquah school district has recently spent hundreds of millions of dollars on it’s school facilities building beautiful state of the art schools with modern technology setting up students for success in life and University studies. Not only are these schools sought after by parents in the area for academics, sports, teaching staff and overall facilities, but the entire district was awarded a green leader school award. The schools strive to reduce their environmental footprints impact and cost, teaching students sustainability and environmental education.

Below are some facts and figures about some of the high quality schools in the Issaquah School District.

 

Elementary Schools

Discovery Elementary School Discovery Elementary School In The Issaquah School District

Discovery Elementary School is located just East of beautiful Pine Lake park, although the building has been rebuilt from the original one room schoolhouse to a modern 32 room building, there has been a school located on this site for 111 years.

  • District Map
  • Grade Range: PK-5
  • 600 students currently registered
  • Student Teacher ratio roughly 24:1 depending on grade level
  • Ranked #14th of elementary schools in Washington State
  • Students received an overall average of 91% state standards test results in 2014-2015
  • Extracurricular activities include: choir, green team, K-kids programs that have community projects helping families in need, running club and global reading challenge, 4th and 5th grade math tutoring, safety patrol and garden club.
  • Before and after school classes including Spanish, Mandarin, drama, chess, martial arts are offered
  • Before and after school care is available for students with a variety of activities and programs.

 

Sunny Hills Elementary School sunny-hills-elementary-school

Sunny Hills Elementary was awarded over thirty-two million dollars for a brand new school building opening up this year in 2016. The new school has 32 classrooms and a new playing field.

  • District Map
  • Grade Range: K-5
  • 630 students currently registered
  • State funded for full day kindergarten
  • Extracurriculars are currently on hold while staff and children move into new building.
  • Students received an overall average of 89.9% state standards test results in 2014-2015

 

Creekside Elementary School Creekside Elementary School

Creekside Elementary School is a beautiful, state of the art, green built elementary school with natural lighting and rain water systems used for student gardens and recycling. Creekside prides themselves on reducing energy and being a sustainable, green school. Creekside is a head and tail above most other elementary schools in their commitment to providing enrichment programs, clubs and extracurricular activities for almost any new interest the students may have.

  • District Map
  • Grade Range: 1-6
  • 710 students currently registered
  • Student teacher ratio 24:1 on average depending on grade level
  • Students received an overall average of 79.9% State standards test results in 2014-2015
  • Awarded: 2011 Terry Husseman Sustainable School Award
  • Green Leader School Pillar One status
  • Certificate of Excellence in 2012’s Zero Waste Challenge.
  • Grants: Enrichment grants from Issaquah schools foundation, Issaquah Arts Commission and grants for Leadership training and teaching materials were given to the teachers.
  • Creekside has a number of clubs and extracurricular activities available including; student concerts, art, chess, newspaper, homework, marimba and choir clubs, environmental education programs, guest speakers, student council, safety patrol, reading and math programs, cross country club, before and after school program

 

Middle Schools

Maywood Middle School maywood-middle-school

Maywood middle school has just completed over a twenty-five-million-dollar renovation project that is opening up for the 2016 school year.

  • District Map
  • Grade Range: 6-8
  • 957 students currently registered
  • Student-teacher ratio roughly 23:1 depending on class
  • Ranked 40 of 441 schools in student testing using test scores from SBA English Language Arts, SBA Math and MSP Science.
  • Students had an overall average score on these tests of 73%
  • Maywood Middle School offers advanced courses in Language Arts, Math, Science with high participation rates.
  • Student Organizations: Association of Washington student leaders and student council.
  • Maywood offers before and after school care including break and summer camp programs.
  • Extracurricular activities; builders club, drama, green team, library club, math club and lab, national junior honor society, robotics, Rubik’s cube club and science club
  • Four seasons of athletics are offered including girl’s varsity and JV soccer.

 

Pine Lake Middle School pine-lake-middle-school

Pine Lake Middle School is in the middle of a multi-phase, $71,000,000 reconstruction project with a projected completion date of September of 2018. This school is located in the Pine Lake area East of Lake Sammamish.

 

Pacific Cascade Middle School pacific-cascade-middle-school

Pacific Cascade was opened as a middle school in 2010 and serves students East of Lake Sammamish State park.

  • District Map
  • Grade Range: 6-8
  • 895 students currently registered
  • Overall Average state exam test rate of 83.8 for the 2014-15 school year
  • Ranked #18 of best overall quality middle schools in Washington State
  • Extracurricular activities: student body organization and the National Junior Honor Society
  • Clubs including; board game club, chess, cricket, green team, leadership, math, my little pony, peer tutoring, robotics, scrapbook and video game club. Where everybody belongs club where students work together helping other students to succeed, building a strong foundation for community and social relationships.
  • Pacific Cascade Middle offers four seasons of athletics including volleyball, softball, cross-country, girls and boys basketball, wrestling, soccer and track.
  • Overall academic average standard test scores of 75% in the 2014-15 school year.

 

High Schools

Issaquah High School Issaquah High School In The Issaquah School District

Issaquah High School is a beautiful, light and window filled school, one of Washington State’s best schools overall, it is continually rising above the other schools in terms of performance ratings, test scores, academics, teachers and every other area. This is a great place to have your children move and excel setting them up for success in college. Issaquah High School is located in an environmentally rich area of Washington between four large State and Wildlife parks just South of Lake Sammamish.

  • District Map
  • Grade Range: 9-12
  • Ranked #12 High School in Washington State
  • 2,032 students currently registered
  • Ranked #9 best food #6 Best Teachers #6 Best Academics
  • Ranked #976 in National H.S. Rankings earning a silver medal ranked by performance on state tests and college readiness
  • 124.5 Performance index on State Tests
  • 90% exam pass rate overall
  • Ranked best administration in Washington state schools
  • 17 AP Courses offered
  • 47% Participation rate on AP classes
  • Over 6 Honors Courses Offered
  • Students have an opportunity to take dual credits at local or technical colleges, they also have the choice to earn tech and high school credits at the same time through 14 tech prep courses offered at the H.S. 5 college courses are offered to students through the H.S. as an opportunity to earn credits in college and H.S. level at the same time.
  • Extracurricular activities; Band, choir orchestra, theater, cheer, student body, dance, DECA, eagle crew, journalism, video productions, National Honor Society and yearbook.
  • 54 Student clubs and organizations to choose from.
  • Athletics available to students on Varsity and JV levels in football, volleyball, cross country, swimming, soccer, golf, tennis, baseball, track and field and softball.

 

Liberty Sr High School liberty-high-school

Located South East of Lake Washington in the Renton area, Liberty Sr High School  is close to the beautiful Tiger Mountain State forest and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Liberty High School has recently completed a multi phase modernization, renovation project to its campus.

  • District Map
  • Grade Range: 9-12
  • Ranked #11 in WA H.S.
  • 94% graduation rate
  • 1219 students currently registered
  • Earned a silver medal in the National rankings as #904 school in the country
  • Overall student average test ranking of 96% in English
  • State performance index of 114.5
  • Exam pass rate 69%
  • 17 AP and dual enrollment courses available
  • Participation rate in AP classes is 59%
  • 3 Honors Courses Offered
  • Extracurricular activities include Band, choir, orchestra, theater, student body, cheer, DECA drill, National Honor Society, NJROTC, Patriot Crew, Patriot Press, Yearbook, Graduating class organizations.
  • 23 Student Clubs Available
  • 18 Athletic opportunities at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level

 

Skyline High School skyline-high-school

Skyline High School is a quality school with great teachers, academics and overall quality in Washington State. From 2007-10 Skyline High School underwent significant renovations which added 24 new classrooms and science labs, a theater, and additional athletic facilities.

 

American Classic Homes Opens New Discovery Grove Model Home

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, New Homes, Sammamish Homes, Washington | Posted: August 23, 2016

American Classic Homes is thrilled to debut our beautiful New Model Home at Discovery Grove. We invite you to discover what this beautiful Sammamish community is all about at our Discovery Grove Model Home Opening This Weekend!

When: Saturday, August 27th & Sunday, August 28th
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: 2902 226th PL SE, Sammamish, WA 98075

We look forward to seeing you at our brand new fully furnished Discovery Grove model home this weekend! Discovery Grove homes are selling fast, with 6 of these 12 homes already spoken for. Inside the homes you’ll find luxury finishes including granite or quartz kitchen counters, commercial style kitchen appliances and a large freestanding soaking tub in the master bathroom. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your very own private tour that best fits your schedule, please give us a call at (206) 557-6308 or email Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

About the neighborhood: Discovery Grove is a community of 12 new homes located in the Sammamish in Washington State. Discovery Grove is located within walking distance to Pine Lake Middle School, Pine Lake Park, Pine Lake Village Shopping Center, and the South Sammamish Park and Ride Station. Only a short drive from I-90, the location allows quick access to Seattle, Redmond, Bellevue and Sea-Tac.

Schools: Discovery Grove is served by the Issaquah School District, one of the most highly acclaimed school districts in Washington State.
• Creekside Elementary School
• Pine Lake Middle School
• Skyline High School

Driving Directions:
• Taking I-90 E
• Take Exit 17 towards E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
• Continue on SE 30th St, Drive to 226th Ave SE
• Turn left onto SE 30th St
• Turn right onto 224th Pl SE, Continue onto 226th Ave SE
• Turn Right onto SE 29th St
• Turn Right onto SE 29th St
• Turn right onto 226th Pl St
The Model Home is located at 2902 226th PL SE, Sammamish, WA 98075

Discover 5 Ways to Meet New People in Your Community

Categories: Washington | Posted: June 24, 2015

Group Getting CoffeeNow that you’ve moved in to your new home, you may be wondering how you go about making new friends in your area. Luckily Seattle has many wonderful things to do to that will help in your mission to meet new people with your same interests in your community. We live in an age where there is a vast amount of possibilities to meet new people, including the old fashioned introducing yourself to your neighbors with a freshly baked pie, to the more tech savvy app options that are specially designed to help you find people with common interests. There are endless possibilities of meeting new people in your area regardless of which American Classic Homes Community or Spot Lot purchased, but here are our top five recommendations.

 

1. Join a Social Group

Meetup.com is our #1 recommendation to help you find people who have the same interests as you in your neighborhood. You can find people who like to do anything from Kayak at sunset, you can schedule museum play dates with other families, or even just meet up with people for an after work happy hour at a local restaurant. One nice feature about Meetup is that you can set up an event search radius anywhere from 5 to 100+ miles from your home, so if your interests include hiking Mt. Rainer, the range helps so that you will never miss out on any opportunities.

Meetup is the world’s largest network to find local groups of people who have your interests, and if you can’t find what you’re interested in on the site, you can start your own specific Meetup group for free! Learn more about this site to help you make new friends in your area by clicking here.

2. Volunteer in Your Community

Volunteering is a great way not only to make a difference in your community but meet people who have a similar passion. Seattle’s most well known organizations have volunteering opportunities that range from working with helping local elderly residents to scuba diving at the Seattle Aquarium to wave at the visiting children. Click here to learn more about volunteering in your neighborhood.

3. Join a Sports League

You don’t just have to be athletic or into competitive sport to enjoy Underdog Sports in Seattle, just willing to try new things. Underdog sports has a wide variety of competitive sports to chose from including soccer, dodgeball, kickball, bocce ball, flag football, and more. Their leagues can accommodate any level of skill, as well as with their sizable amount of members across the state, scheduling is very accommodating no matter what time you get off of work.

Another plus is that their locations are not solely located in downtown Seattle, there are activities spread all over including near many of American Classic Homes communities in Bellevue, Newcastle, and Kirkland. To learn more about joining a local league click here.

4. Go to a Local Festival

Seattle is known for its music, food, and film festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival which was named one of the five best festivals in the U.S.A by Rolling Stone magazine. What better way to meet new people than discussing your favorite bands or movies over a beer at one of these amazing events. Discover a festival near your community that interests you by clicking here.

5. Explore Your Community

Make an effort to talk with the locals at restaurants to discover the best hidden gems in your neighborhood. ­­You can also visit your local library and pick up a list of events going on in your town. In communities like Porter’s Run, locals like to visit Pine Lake Park where the community hosts many events including “Summer Nights at the Park”, a series of music concerts, plays, and outdoor movies.

 

 

Getting to know – Sammamish

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Real Estate News, Sammamish Homes, Sammamish Washington, Uncategorized, Washington | Posted: February 12, 2015

The Sammamish Plateau, or sometimes called just – “The Plateau” is an eastside suburb of Seattle. It sits on the shores of Lake Sammamish nestled between Redmond to the Northwest and Issaquah to the South.

An aerial view of Lake Sammamish, Washington

Sammamish offers many lakes and parks providing beautiful scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities.

This community offers a lot of water recreation, not only on Lake Sammamish, but also Beaver Lake and Pine Lake. There are several city parks including: Beaver Lake Park, Pine Lake Park, Sammamish Park and Ebright Creek Park. Sammamish also has two private golf courses – Sahalee Country Club and the Plateau Club. It is located a very easy commute to Snoqualmie Pass to the East where residents can enjoy snow skiing and hiking. Other recreational facilities include the Columbia Athletic Club and the Sammamish Family YMCA.

A walking trail in a Sammamish park

Sammamish offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation with a variety of parks and lakes.

Sammamish is served by both the Lake Washington School District and Issaquah School District. These are two of the most highly acclaimed school districts in Washington State. Included in the Issaquah District is Skyline High School which boasts a superior football program with seven state titles, Many of Skyline’s alumni have gone on to pay Division 1 college football. Sammamish is also home to Eastside Catholic School, a faith-based private school for grades 6-12.

Football is a major sport at Skyline High School.

Skyline High School is renowned for its football team.

Sammamish has a great variety of shopping options from large grocery chains such as Costco, Quality Food Center, Whole Foods, and Trader Joes to small ethnic markets like Apna Bazar and the Sammamish Farmer’s Market.

Fresh produce, flowers and crafts can be found at the Sammamish Farmer's Market in Sammamish, Washington

Sammamish Farmer’s Market offers fresh produce, flowers and crafts.

American Classic Homes has built several lovely communities in Sammamish. Currently, we are in the process of building Tarrington Place – 20 multi-generational homes. Stop by and tour the fully furnished model home and see why the Sammamish Plateau and Tarrington Place would make a terrific place to call home.