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How to Stay Cool in the Northwest Heat

Categories: Lifestyle, Renton, Sammamish Washington, Seattle | Posted: August 6, 2019

One lovely thing about Western Washington is that it rarely gets to the ’80s even in August. Moderate temperatures allow homeowners to save money on electric bills, and many homes don’t have air conditioning. The climate here allows you to make the most of your summer.

You can have picnics outside on the patio every evening with long summer days at the parks. When the thermometer does begin to climb, there are more than enough watering holes and spray parks to cool off you and your little ones.

If you have young children spray parks are wonderful. There are over a dozen spray parks throughout the Seattle bowl, and each of them is interesting and fun in its unique way. Washington State uses public spray parks and wading pools to save water by deterring backyard sprinklers and kiddie pools.

 

Spray Parks and Wading Pools

Spray parks are free for your children’s enjoyment. Stay all day in the sprinklers. They’re located in areas with play structures for kids if they tire of being wet. Or you can utilize the parks for a quick cool off and recharge before getting back on schedule.

Crossroads Water Spray Playground in Bellevue has a giant orca whale that sprays water out of his air hole splashing gleeful screaming children who climb and lay all over his great big body. The giant half whale seems to be rising out of the soft blue squishy slip-free surface. A small pod follows the mother and a smattering of water spray shoots out from all angles cooling off kids.

Sammamish Commons has a small spray park next to the YMCA allowing for plenty of parking for a quick stop in and cool down.

Wading pools are another great way to cool off for small children. Check the schedule for your local wading pool. Some are only open certain days. The Parks Department fills the pools if the temperature exceeds 70 degrees.

Wading pools are perfect for babies and toddlers, who might be intimidated by the crowds of older, rambunctious children at the spray parks. Littles can sit and splash outside in these giant, ankle-deep kiddie pools.

Green Lake has a  large wading pool that’s packed to the gills with darling babies in sunhats on hot summer days laughing and splashing each other with baby rolls. If you don’t have a baby, but miss the days, come by to see the bare, giggling bellies, they’ll keep you smiling all day.

A complete list of spray parks and wading pools are found here.

 

Beach Parks

Chism Beach Park is located in Bellevue, this hidden gem is tucked away in a nice neighborhood. The grounds are well maintained, and there’s a swimming area in Lake Washington with a lifeguard. Chism is a peaceful oasis, it’s a great space to bring a book and a picnic, and on a clear day, you can enjoy views of Seattle on the other side of the lake.

Kennydale Beach Park is located in Renton where you can enjoy almost two acres of sandy waterfront on Lake Washington. Kennydale has a swimming area and docks to jump off with lifeguards on duty during the summer.

Newcastle Beach Park is a semi-large park with a play structure for the kids, a swimming area and a long dock for sunbathing and jumping into the cool crystal waters of Lake Washington.

 

Watersport Rentals

Issaquah Paddle Sports rents standup paddleboards and kayaks to paddle around Lake Sammamish. If you’d like to try your hand at paddle sports, but don’t want to make the financial leap into purchasing a kayak or paddleboard and roof rack, keep it easy and rent at Issaquah. You’ll most likely find that you love it, and this way you’ll have the chance to test out equipment from the friendly, knowledgeable staff before you make a purchase.

Seattle Boat Rentals in Queen Anne on Lake Union. Here you can enjoy boating a few days a year without paying high maintenance and docking fees of owning one. Just rent a boat for the day, rates hover in the $500’s not including gas. Grab a group of friends, bring food and spend a perfect day out on the lake in a speed or pontoon boat. Wakeboards, water skis, inner tubes, and other water sports equipment are available for rent with the boat.

Woodmark Waterfront Adventures in Kirkland rents everything; kayaks, speedboats, jet skis, wave runners, and standup paddleboards. Grab your craft of choice and head out on Lake Washington for a day you won’t soon forget.

 

Aquatic Centers

Henry Moses Aquatic Center in Renton is open during the summer months only. The center has 15 water features including water slides, a lazy river, lap swims, a toddler play area, and spray features. It gets pretty busy, so if you can make it during the week or early on the weekends, you’ll avoid the crowds.

Colman Pool in Seattle, Colman is the only outdoor pool operated by the Seattle Parks Department. This heated, saltwater pool is located at the tip of Lincoln Park just off the beach with views of the Puget Sound from the pool. A waterslide, diving boards, and lap swim area are fun and refreshing with a beautiful view of the Sound.

The Seattle area has dozens of options for swimming, sunbathing, beaches, and water sports. If you’d like to get away from the city, look into the surrounding State and National Parks. The Cascades have stunning mountain lakes carved by glaciers, and if you’d like warmer water, many Washingtonians head over to Eastern Washington for a dry, desert climate.

Enjoy, stay safe and have a great summer!

 

10 Must Try Coffee Shops in and around Seattle

Categories: Community Spotlight, Sammamish Washington, Seattle, Washington | Posted: February 22, 2019

The Pacific Northwest is famous for rainy days, misty beaches, the Puget Sound and coffee. Seattle arguably made coffee the powerhouse that it is today in the United States. Their most famous export is THE hugest, most mass marketed coffee brand on the planet.

You’ll most likely get disapproving glances for mentioning that name to true Seattleites. Locals prefer the hundreds of quirky, small-batch roasters who tend to have, cough, better coffee. These little beaneries are spread far and wide throughout the city.

Try something new, bring your caffeine fixes elsewhere and support local business in the process.

  • Caffe Umbria is located in three locations in Ballard, West Lake, and Pioneer Square. Caffe Umbria is a local and visitor favorite with some of the best coffee around. Come in and appreciate the European vibes from the good coffee to the ceramic cups they use. Large crystal chandeliers hang above the giant light-filled windows, sip and watch the world go by.
  • Analog Coffee on Capitol Hill, is a cozy little neighborhood space done right along with quality coffee, you can enjoy the newspapers lining the walls and comic books scattered around the place. It’s a friendly local haunt with a record player playing vinyl over the speakers. A funky little throwback to old school Seattle.
  • NEKO A Cat Cafe in Capitol Hill, if you love cats but don’t have one of your own or you’d like to cheat on your cat with another, this is your space. NEKO has a very popular cat room, reservations are needed and are charged $11 an hour to sit and pet the kitties. Ten cats wander the room while you sip your coffee. Most are adoptable, so take your time and get to know them. Maybe you’ll bring home a new friend.
  • Cloud City Coffee in Maple Leaf, Cloud City is a cozy neighborhood staple that’s always busy. Its comfortable, laid-back vibes keep it the perfect place to drop by after the gym or with your kids. A large child play area will keep them happy while you catch a few relaxed minutes to yourself. Cloud City makes all of their bakery items in house and they are to die for. Homemade pies, big poufy muffins, and famous coconut bread will leave you drooling in front of the case, cravings will keep you coming back.
  • Five Stones Coffee Company located in Redmond and Bellevue, this is a coffee shop worth eating at. Gaze behind the glass counter at the huge powdered sugar covered almond croissants, wide-brimmed muffins, sky-high donuts, and fluffy baking powder biscuits. All perfectly balance with a rich, soft cappuccino. Five Stones has a modern interior with subway tiles and an open kitchen concept. Dark stained wood and communal style tables make this space open and inviting. It’s a great place to bring friends, they offer a larger menu on the weekends.
  • Third Culture Coffee in Bellevue, Third Culture has a great idea, they’ve taken coffee drinking styles from all over the world and combined it into one beautiful, aesthetically pleasing café. Come in and experience a coffee styled from Japan, Italy, Vietnam, India and New Orleans. Floor to ceiling windows bring in the outdoors, and large swing allows customers to swing inside on a rainy day. A large play area for kids with a great big blackboard softens the space making it more approachable and fun. Artists are hosted monthly keeping a rotation of fresh new art lining the walls.
  • Convivial Café on Mercer Island, before Convivial came to town Mercer Islanders often complained about the lack of independent coffee roasters on the Island. Convivial has changed that with a simple, no-nonsense coffee list and a comfortable, bright, open space to spend time in with homemade pastries.
  • Boon Boona Coffee in Renton, specializes in East African pre-roasted green coffee. You can reserve a space to watch a coffee ceremony where baristas will roast the beans for you much like they do in their homes for guests in East Africa. The space is very large, interesting and artsy, big enough to bring groups. The coffee roaster is set up right in the middle of the café, so you can watch and smell the coffee being roasted while you read.
  • Anchorhead Coffee Talus is located in two locations, downtown, and Issaquah. Anchorhead has a very cool dark industrial aesthetic, with terrific coffee to boot.Impressively, all of the non-dairy nut milks are pressed in house. They source locally when possible and have a good number of vegan options available. The baked goods are made on the premises, and they have a number of interesting non-coffee drinks like pistachio matcha and an oolong drink called Shy Bear Fog.
  • Issaquah Coffee Company located in Issaquah is tucked away in Gilman Village and can be a little hard to find the first time. The Coffee Company is an Issaquah favorite, you’ll see from the crowds. The coffee company makes handcrafted coffee drinks without the sad syrup found lesser coffee shops. The Coffee Company makes pumpkin lattes with real pumpkin and spices. Local drink names like Cougar Mountain Latte and Tiger Mountain Mocha are on the menu. Handmade pies, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches line the case. The walls are covered with local chalk artwork in this cozy little wood cabin coffee shop. It’s a busy place, but there’s a cordoned off section to keep your little ones happy with a few toys so you can be comfortable knowing they won’t be underfoot.

Try going on a coffee journey, use what’s left of this winter and the rainy spring to enjoy a new cup of joe at a different place each day. Though it will be over a year before you run out of coffee locations to try in Seattle!

A Monster List of Halloween Fun Things To Do With Your Family In and Around Seattle

Categories: Events, Lifestyle, Renton, Sammamish Washington, Seattle, Washington | Posted: September 24, 2018

Halloween is a magical time for children, they’re back at school, the leaves are changing and for one fantastic evening they can be whatever or whoever they want to be while collecting pounds of candy to boot. The Seattle area is a beautiful place for children to spend their fall season and with dozens of events happening all over the city and beyond, there’s so much more to Halloween than trick or treating.

Come along to these events where your kids can run for a cause, learn while having fun during a goopy, glowing science lesson, take an old-fashioned train ride next to a waterfall, hear storytellers spin spooky tails and watch fish and zoo animals play with pumpkins. With so many opportunities your kids can enjoy Halloween all month long and maybe will even forget about the candy.

*Don’t forget to check the websites ahead of time for fees and registration.

Seattle

  • Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo, October 27 & 28 from 9-3:00 All the zoo animals are given pumpkins to do with as they please. They can roll it around, smash it, eat it or slash it for the amusement of beasts and children. Beware of flying pumpkin guts.
  • Run Scarred Benefit for Leukemia and Lymphoma, Located in Seward Park October 28 Opening at 7:30 Come out dressed in costume for a 5k or 10k run or mosey on a 4k walk with prizes, photos, games and crafts after the race.
  • Aquarium Halloween, October 26, 27 & 28 Come watch the fish enjoy master pumpkin carving on land and in the underwater tanks. Divers will create jack o’-lanterns in the water, it’s the fish’s favorite day of the year.
  • Monster Bash Benefit for Seattle Children’s Hospital, Located in Seattle just North of Laurelhurst October 21 from 3-7:00 Come out for a carnival style event with games, snacks, crafts and ponies.

 

Bellevue

Redmond

  • Halloween Story Telling Train, October 20-21 & 27-28 from 11-4:00 Take a colorful drive out of town to Snoqualmie Falls for a unique experience your kids will always remember. Take a scenic train ride with a stop for warm apple cider. A professional storyteller will entertain your little ones with spooky railroad stories from the past.

Redmond

  • Halloween Tricks and Treats, October 31 from 4-7:00 If you prefer trick or treating through stores instead of front doors Redmond will be hosting a merchant candy give a way. Free of charge with face painters, photos and trampolines to burn off sugar rushes before bed.
  • Thrill the World, October 27 from 12-4:00 For ten years in a row participants have learned the thriller dance for this event while raising money for charities. Open to dancers age 8 and up, participants attend 4 weeks of practice classes to leading up to the performance. On dance day zombies dress the part in make-up and torn clothing and perform the dance in front of hundreds of onlookers. Come early and stay after for live music.
  • Serres Farm finally, a pumpkin patch without entrance fees, come visit a laid-back family farm growing a wide variety of colorful pumpkins to choose from. Kids can ride on a tractor with trailers painted like animals, have rubber duck races by pumping old water pumps to move their ducks faster and of course a corn maze complete with scary skeletons at dead ends.

Renton

  • Wild Waves Theme and Water Park – Fright Fest, Located about 25 minutes South of Renton, every weekend from September 28-October 28 The water is turned off and the park is transformed into a Halloween nightmare. There are a huge variety of events, rides in the dark, games and attractions available for kids and adults. Several haunted houses, a haunted pathway, a 3D fun house, sideshows and a magician. Most of the events aren’t appropriate for young children, but an area called Booville is set aside, gore free for kids under 12 with a carnival, games, crafts and dancing.
  • Truck-or-Treating at the Renton Community Center October 19 from 6-7:30 Sign up early, this event is only for kids under 10. Children not only get candy at this event they also get to see old fire trucks, buses, cement mixers and ambulances up close.
  • Tales that go bump in the Night at the Renton History Museum October 27 from 11-12:00 Professional storytellers will tell spooky, family friendly Halloween stories riveting young audiences and creating lasting memories off screen. After they hear the tales head down to the next event.
  • Olde Fashioned Halloween Party and Downtown Trick or Treat Event in Downtown Renton October 27 from 1-4:00 bring the kids out for trick or treating in merchant doorways. Don’t forget to dress up your dogs, there will be a doggie costume contest as well as cider, art, face painting, a cakewalk and a merchant scarecrow competition.
  • Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch Located just South of Renton, these brothers have succeeded in creating a beautiful farm with dozens of things to do. Your kids will never forget this place. They can take hay rides, get lost in the corn maze, play in their fun yard with dozens of animals, rubber duck races, feed goats, dig through a room of dried corn, slide down slides into loose hay and even practice roping wooden cows. Find your pumpkin in 20 acres of colorful plants to choose from.

Sammamish

 

Don’t forget to get outside, bring the family and some friends and enjoy October in Seattle!

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

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

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.

 

Sammamish: A Wonderful City to Raise a Family

Categories: Sammamish Washington | Posted: August 7, 2015

The City of Sammamish, located approximately 20 miles East of Seattle, is one of the most desirable cities in Washington to live in. With it’s highly reputable schools, friendly residents, and its prime location near many large companies, there’s no doubt why homes there are selling fast. The school districts in Sammamish were rated as some of the best in the state.  It’s no wonder that this year, Sammamish was voted as the Best Suburb to Raise a Family in Washington State.

Recreation
The City of Sammamish offers plenty 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.

Sammamish has a massive list of city wide events going on all year round, including Concerts in the Park, weekly KidsFirst themed entertainment at the library, and art classes. Discover the current Sammamish list of events by checking their event calendar here.

Schools

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.

Grocery Stores

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. In the summer another shopping option that is very popular is the Farmer’s Market that are held on Wednesdays at the Sammamish Commons Plaza at City Hall.

With so many things to do in the city, it’s no wonder that Sammamish was Voted as America’s Friendliest Town in 2012 by Forbes Magazine.

American Classic Homes has built several lovely communities in Sammamish, Washington. Currently available in the area we have Tarrington Place, The Commons, Westmont, and Heritage Estates, in addition to those there are several Spot Lot Homes that are under construction in some fantastic established neighborhoods as well.

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.