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Why Sammamish is One Of The Best Places To Live in Washington State

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Sammamish Homes, Sammamish Washington, Seattle, Washington | Posted: September 17, 2018

Sammamish, Washington was just awarded the honorable spot of #9 out of the top 50 Best Places to Live in America for 2018 by Time.com! And it’s not the first time Sammamish has won a place in the heart of the its residents in the USA. In 2015 Sammamish was voted the Best Suburb to Raise a Family and in 2012 it was also voted America’s Friendliest Town.

Peppered with stunning lakes and the Snoqualmie River running nearby, the towering green rolling hills of Sammamish act as a perfect escape from the big city life of Seattle. One of the many reasons the Sammamish is booming is its proximity to beautiful spaces, miles of trails, access thousands of acres of parks and some of the most pristine lakes in Washington.

Sammamish has been proved time and time again as a picture-perfect place to raise a family while keeping an easy commute around to the top leading corporate campuses.

If you look through reviews written by residents about what it’s like to live in Sammamish, you’ll see that not only do locals overwhelmingly love it here, but it’s also one of the safest neighborhoods in the entire state. It’s located a short 10-minute drive to Redmond, Bellevue, Issaquah and only 20 minutes from downtown Seattle. It’s a suburb with all of the conveniences and benefits of living next to a large city.

Sammamish is growing quickly like all of the surrounding Seattle areas, with the growth have come beautiful new community centers, a new library was recently built with floor to ceiling windows, a glassed in fireplace and even a bicycle repair station. A beautiful new YMCA was just built complete with a nursery and several pools including an Olympic sized lap pool. The popular farmer’s market is held during the summers with live music and local produce for a family friendly filled day. Sammamish has everything you need is within arm’s reach: parks, schools, lakes, nature and culture.

 

  • Sammamish Landing is the best place to swim on Lake Sammamish and allows exhilarating boating opportunities to launch your boat from the park. Unobstructed views of Mount Rainier can be seen above the lake on a clear day. Two public docs are available for swimming and docking. The East Lake Sammamish trail is located right next to the park, a paved 11 mile trail wide enough to bring the family with their bicycles to enjoy the lake while getting exorcise. Travel on your bike all the way from Redmond through Sammamish to Issaquah on this beautiful trail that was part of the rails to trails program.

 

  • The Evans Creek Preserve is 179 acres of a stunning, natural park with 3.5 miles of trails or more if you choose to weave through the different options of paths splitting off into different directions. It’s great for small children and dogs, the footpaths are an easy walk with a mingling of nature, meadows, forests, streams and hidden forest gnomes to keep the little ones on their toes.

 

  • Ebright Creek Park is a gorgeous 12-acre gem hidden in a neighborhood. With three distinct areas. You’ll find basketball and tennis courts in the front, from there you’ll find a well-built wooden walk way guiding you to a large playground and climbing wall up to a giant slide. Keep walking to find a quiet meadow and trails in the back. Two streams run through the park making peaceful bubbling noises adding to the tranquility of the space.

 

  • Pine Lake Park, is a popular, 19-acre, waterside park with a long public doc to walk along and sunbathe. The Lake is flawless and reflective, showing cedar trees along its shores. Sometimes the lake has misty mornings with low laying fog rising up above the water. Go swimming on a hot day and bring your rafts and kayaks in the summer. This is a good lake for small kids as it has designated swim spaces with shallow water and lifeguards on duty. Big shady trees give shelter on sunny days while you picnic.

 

  • Beaver Lake Park, has 83 acres of trails and fishing year-round (with a permit). This is yet another waterside gem in Sammamish. With two parking areas and street parking, it’s easily accessible. Beaver Lake Park has everything; waterside grills, shelters, ball fields, a dog park and of course, the forest. Clear your head after a long day by spending some alone time in the trees drinking in the soft breezes and scent of evergreens. With no accessible boat ramp, only boats you can carry can be brought to this tranquil spot. The small lake size means that it warms up well in the summer for swimming.

 

  • Duthie Hill Park, If you’re not into mountain biking, it’s time to start. This park is amazing! 120 acres of trails connected to three other parks making a total of 2,000 acres of trails to cover. Duthie Hill is the mother of all mountain biking parks, with beautiful guided jumps, wooden bikeways and smooth, root free bike trails under a soaring canopy of evergreens. There are regular cross-country paths here for beginning riders, so there’s no need to feel intimidated if you’re new to the scene. For advanced mountain bikers there is no end of technical jumps and turns to practice your skills. It’s open year-round, so come get nice and muddy when you need a winter pick-me-up.

 

  • Soaring Eagle Regional Park covers 600 acres, with 12 miles of trails. Make your walk in the woods as difficult or as easy as you’d like with a wide flat trail available or rolling hill options. This park is great for any form of road or mountain biking as it has paved and unpaved trails, running or hiking and if you have a horse bring her out as well. This is a popular place for equestrians. The grounds are loaded with wildlife, if you are lucky, or not you might spot a bear, cougar, mountain lion or dozens of birds that live here and pass through. Bring bear bells or a can of bear spray just to be on the safe side, but it is frequently used, so most of the animals know when to stay away.

 

  • Big Rock Park is a whimsical new park with natural themed play structures. A slide is built right into a hill, different heights of logs to jump on, tunnels are built through slopes, there’s a giant bird’s nest where you can pretend to be a bird and a hulking wood gnome built of sticks. Big Rock Park designers had beautiful visions of natural and imaginative play for kids. The trails are easy and enjoyable. Try making a woodsy scavenger hunt for your little ones, find a rock shaped like a heart and a big leaf maple tree. The city is planning to use this space as a place for educators to bring classes. It’s a fun and interesting park, feeding imaginative play in children by using the labor and education of high school students to create it.

Sammamish is an exceptional place to raise children, while adults love it here just as much. With friendly neighbors, safe neighborhoods and tons to do, it’s refreshing to know there are still places like this.

Sammamish Model Home Preview Event for Crownfield Community

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Events, Sammamish Homes, Sammamish Plateau, Sammamish Washington, Washington | Posted: August 7, 2018

Join us this weekend for the debut of the brand new professionally decorated Sammamish Model Home Preview Event for our 28 home Crownfield community as our nearby Herrington community in Sammamish, Washington. This weekend’s Sammamish Model Home Preview Event will provide visitors with an opportunity to tour this beautiful home and be inspired by the latest in home design, functionality, and style from American Classic Homes.

The professionally designed 4,227 approx sq.ft Ravenna home plan features 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, as well as a bonus room, den, main level guest bedroom, a covered patio, an elegant curved staircase, and a 3 car tandem garage.

Wildridge Model Home Preview Event
When: Saturday, August 11th & Sunday, August 12th
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: 24216 SE 30th Street, Sammamish, WA 98075

We look forward to seeing you at our brand new Sammamish Model Home Preview Event this weekend and feel free to grab some family or friends to bring along with you. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your very own home private tour, please give us a call at (206) 966.6380 or email Summer at Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

 

Want to learn more about this community?

Click here to view the Crownfield Community page and see currently available homes, neighborhood images, and more.

 

Driving Directions: Click here to go directly to Herrington from Google Maps

  • From I-90 E take exit 17 for Front St toward East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast
  • Take SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd and Issaquah-Pine Lake Rd SE to SE 30th St in Sammamish
  • Turn left onto Front St N (signs for E Lk Sammamish Parkway SE)
  • Continue onto E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
  • Turn right onto SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd
  • Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Issaquah-Pine Lake Rd SE
  • At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto SE 32nd Way
  • Turn left onto 241st Ave SE
  • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto SE 30th St
  • Community will be on the left

New Model Home Preview Event This Weekend!

Categories: American Classic News, Events, New Homes, Real Estate News, Renton, Sammamish Homes, Washington | Posted: March 6, 2018

American Classic Homes is thrilled to present our brand new Model Home Preview Event this weekend for all of our current communities including: Wildridge in Kirkland, Robins Ridge in Sammamish, Herrington in Sammamish, and Tanglewood in Renton. We invite you to discover what luxurious living is all about at our Model Home Preview Event This Weekend at Sagebrook in Sammamish!

When: Saturday, March 10th & Sunday, March 11th
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: 121 222nd Place SE, Sammamish, WA 98074

We look forward to seeing you at our brand new Model Home Preview Event this weekend! Feel free to grab some friends and be inspired by the latest in home design, functionality, and style. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your very own private tour before or after the weekend event, please give us a call at (206) 557-6400 or email Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

 

 

Driving Directions:

  • From I-90 E
  • Take exit 15 (for WA-900 W/17th Ave NW)
  • Turn Left onto WA-900 E/17th Ave NW & continue straight onto 17th Ave NW
  • Continue onto NW Sammamish Rd, which becomes SE 56th St
  • Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
  • Keep right to continue toward SE 43rd Way, which becomes 228th Ave SE
  • Turn left onto SE 4th St (at the Metropolitan Market)
  • Turn right onto 218th AVE SE
  • Turn right onto SE 1st St
  • Sagebrook begins after 220th Ave SE
  • The model home is on lot #2 at Sagebrook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Chance to Tour Luxury Sammamish Model Home at Penny Lane Community

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Kirkland, New Homes, Real Estate News, Sammamish Homes, Sammamish Washington, Washington | Posted: July 6, 2017

If you are interested in one of our currently selling or upcoming 2017 communities, such as Sagebrook, or Wildridge, then we highly recommend touring our beautiful Sammamish model home at Penny Lane while there’s still time! The Rosario model home at Penny Lane has sold, but you still have time to tour now through July 16th, 2017. You can visit the model home anytime between noon to 4pm on Sunday, July 16th or you can schedule your very own VIP private tour on a day that works best for you with our New Home Advisor, Summer. To schedule your very own tour please contact Summer via email at Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com or give her a call at (206) 557-6348.

Penny Lane Model Home
When:
  Sunday, July 16th
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Where:  24252 Southeast 24th Street, Sammamish, WA 98075

We look forward to seeing you at our fully furnished model home at Penny Lane! If you have any questions, please give us a call at (206) 557-6348 or email Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

 

Upcoming Communities: 

Robins Ridge
2322 246th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA 98075
• 6 New Exclusive Single Family Homes in Sammamish
• Award-Winning Issaquah School District: Discovery Elementary, Pine Lake Middle School, & Skyline High School
• View the full Robins Ridge community page by clicking here.

Sagebrook
121 222nd Place SE, Sammamish, WA 98074
• 15 New Single Family Homes in Sammamish
• Lake Washington School District: Smith Elementary, Inglewood Middle School, Eastlake High School
• View the full Sagebrook community page by clicking here.

Wildridge
13224 136th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034
• 28 New Single Family Homes in Kirkland
• Lake Washington School District #414: Muir Elementary, Kamiakin Middle School, Juanita High School
• View the full Wildridge community page by clicking here.

 

Driving Directions to Penny Lane Model Home:
• Take I-90 E
• Take Exit 17 towards E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
• Take SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd and Issaquah-Pine Lake Rd SE to 244th Ave SE in Sammamish
• Turn left onto Front St N (signs for E Lk Sammamish Parkway SE)
• Turn right onto SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd
• Turn left onto Issaquah-Pine Lake Rd SE
• At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto SE 32nd Way
• Turn left onto 244th Ave SE
• Penny Lane is located at 24252 Southeast 24th Street, Sammamish, WA 98075

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.

 

Secure Your Lot at Penny Lane in Sammamish

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, New Homes, Sammamish Homes, Sammamish Plateau | Posted: August 26, 2016

Rosario Home PlanAmerican Classic Homes, a premier family owned Washington homebuilder, has announced that its latest Sammamish community, Penny Lane, is aiming to debut in the fall of 2016. In response to the growing number of inquiries and the high demand for spacious home designs, the award winning home builder is allowing buyers to reserve their choice of lots in this new home community. American Classic Homes will start accepting lot reservations on September 6th, 2016, prior to the community’s final plat approval, which gives buyers the opportunity to secure their preferred lot without competing with the general public.

This exclusive community will feature eleven spacious homes that include professional grade kitchens, superior finishes, as well as included features that are upgrades at other builders. Each home also includes the personalized experience that homebuyers have come to expect from American Classic Homes.

Penny Lane offers large lots, daylight basements on specific lots, and a private community park that our residents will value in this cul-de-sac location. Penny Lane is also within walking distance to the beautiful 54-acre Beaver Lake Park.

Located less than 3 miles south east of the planned Sammamish town center, Penny Lane will offer convenient access to I-90 and WA-202, with employers such as Microsoft and Costco close by. The highly rated schools of the Issaquah School District will serve the community.

Homes will range in size from approximately 3,600 to 5,100 square feet, and include many luxurious features – expansive floor plans, spacious master suites and the beautiful architectural elements that characterize every American Classic Homes community.

Reserving a lot at Penny Lane is a welcomed opportunity for many buyers who are looking to buy in Sammamish. Making a simple lot reservation will give buyers the opportunity to select their preferred lot for the American Classic Home of their dreams before the general public. Due to this unique advanced opportunity, buyers who would like to reserve their lot can tour the Penny Lane model home at our nearby community, Discovery Grove, located at 2902 226th PL SE, Sammamish, WA 98075. Schedule your private model home tour by calling our new home advisor Summer Davis at (206) 557-6348.

For more information or to sign up for the American Classic Home VIP list to be the first to learn about new updates be sure to sign up on on the Penny Lane community page or call Summer Davis at (206) 557-6348.

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

Sammamish Showcase Home Tour June 11-12

Categories: American Classic News, New Homes, Sammamish Homes | Posted: June 9, 2016

Sammamish Tour 2016Join us for the 1st Annual Sammamish Showcase Home Tour on Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 12. This tour will feature a professionally decorated and designed Islander home plan in Sammamish. Grab your friends and enjoy viewing this beautiful homes!

 

The Decorated Home location is

2201 239th Place SE, Sammamish WA 98075

Hours:

Saturday, June 11: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday, June 12: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

View a map of the location, or for additional information contact Summer at Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com or 206.557.6385

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5 Tips to design a chef’s kitchen you’ll love

Categories: Custom Home Building, Home Design Trends, Interior Design, New Home Selections, Renton Homes, Sammamish Homes | Posted: May 28, 2015

Tips for designing the ultimate chefs kitchen for almost any home

When cooking is your passion, the kitchen is the most important space in your home. Today’s foodies are investing in designing the ultimate chef’s kitchen. You don’t need massive space—just smart planning. A true chef’s kitchen is designed with functionality in mind.

Here are some helpful tips to design a chef’s kitchen.

  1. Efficient layout. Follow the triangle pattern that connects you to the sink, refrigerator, and range, without excess steps. A U- or L-shaped kitchen layout or center island provides the best flow from these three key places.
  2. Easy care, durable surfaces. Certainly, you want an attractive kitchen, but you need to consider that the workspace is going to need to withstand a lot of spills, chopping, hot pans and dishes, and splatters. Look for surfaces that are easy to clean, resist stains, and can hide the inevitable scratches. Stainless steel is ideal for appliances and sinks. A quartz countertop is easier to maintain than granite, while still providing an elegant appearance.
  3. Non-skid flooring. With spills and splatters prevalent in your kitchen, you’ll need a non-skid floor. Travertine tile is beautiful, but not easy to keep clean. Cork flooring is becoming more popular in kitchens because it’s eco-friendly, durable, and provides a bit of cushioning for your feet. Vinyl flooring or ceramic tile with a non-skid coating offer a wide range of colors and designs.
  4. Smart storage. Make every space count in your chef’s kitchen. Take advantage of the many cabinetry options available, like deep drawers where you can stash your pots and pans, with the lids so you don’t have to go searching. Install pullout cabinets for your pantry, spice rack, canned goods, and vertical items, like trays, racks, and cookie sheets. Use drawer organizers to separate your cooking utensils. If you like a rustic look, use a pot rack so your pans are at arm’s reach.
  5. Put luxury in your appliances and tools. Quality tools that allow for great results with ease are essential for a chef’s kitchen. A double wall oven, four or six-burner gas stove, oversized refrigerator, professional stand mixer, and warming drawer (many stoves now come with one built in the bottom as well) are some of the finishing touches that contribute to the kitchen of your dreams. Top it off with task lighting in key areas, and you’re cooking now!

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.