Charity of the Month – Mary’s Place

Windermere is proud to partner with the Seattle Seahawks for the fourth season to help #TackleHomelessness. For every Seahawks home game defensive tackle, Windermere will donate $100 to Mary’s Place, whose mission is to help families on their journey out of homelessness. To date, we’ve raised nearly $100,000 through our #TackleHomelessness campaign and we’re looking forward to raising even more for our friends at Mary’s Place!

Check out Mary’s Place and see the positive impact they are having on our community.


Posted on September 5, 2019 at 9:06 am
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in community, giving back, seahawks, seattle |

South Bellevue School Bells

It’s back to school time and that can make traffic a bit busy around here.  Being aware of the school bell schedule might make it easier to plan your schedule accordingly. Also be aware of the changes made to the east side of Tyee along 138th and plan for drop off accordingly.

There are so many great reasons to carpool, and now Bellevue Schools have teamed with SchoolPool to make it even easier connect you to a carpool in your area.

Most importantly, please bring your patience and allow plenty of time as we adjust to our back to school routines.

Be safe and have a fantastic start to the new year!

Link here for more detailed information on schools.


Posted on September 3, 2019 at 8:44 am
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in bellevue, community, somerset |

Live in Somerset

Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, one block to elementary school, this updated Somerset home offers all the spaces you’re looking for. Light-filled open concept kitchen/family room, perfect for everyday living. Wall of windows soaks in the views and leads to expansive deck for easy entertaining. Remodeled master suite with custom walk-in closet and five-piece bath. Covered patio surrounded by gorgeous landscaping. So much more plus the best schools: Somerset, Tyee & Newport. You won’t want to miss! Check out the virtual tour here.


Posted on August 11, 2019 at 1:34 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in bellevue, listings, real estate, somerset |

Final Days of the School Supply Drive

We are excited to be participating in the Congregation for Kids school drive again this year! If you haven’t heard about this yet, it is a great cause supporting the kids in the Bellevue School District. They are looking to help 1,656 kids this year with new school supplies to start their year off right.

Amazon links (below) you can use to easily purchase supplies and send them straight to the office, if you would like. You can also make check out to Congregations for Kids/EISCC and we can provide tax receipts to make it super easy for everyone!

We are taking donations and supplies until August 12th If you can’t make it in, I am happy to come by pick up any donations you may have.

Crayola Crayons (set of 24) Buy 6 pack for $9.61

Erasers (standard pink size) Buy 36 for $12.59

Markers, boxes of 10, thin, non-washable (Crayola Classic Colors): Buy 24 boxes for $43.88 

Markers, boxes of 8-10 wide, washable (Crayola Classic Colors): Buy 24 now for $48.00 

Markers, Expo Dry Erase Chisel tip black. Buy now 12 for $9.19  

Pencils, colored, sets of 12 (Crayola brand). Buyer 24 for $39.01 now 

Scissors, 5” pointed (Fiskars brand only) Buy 12 for $20.99 now:

Scissors, 5” blunt (Fiskars brand only)–Buy 12 now for $21.98

8 GB+ USB Flash Drive—Buy 5 for $13.98 now


Posted on August 9, 2019 at 11:17 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in community, events, giving back |

Privacy and Views in Somerset $975,000

4232 136th Pl SE – 3 bedroom – 3 bath – 2360 sq ft

Located at the end of a cul-de-sac in sought after Somerset where privacy and views abound. New deck soaks in the Olympic Mountains and Seattle to Bellevue skylines. Great flow on the main floor with open kitchen, dining and living room. Vaulted ceilings with open beam construction and large floor to ceiling windows create a spacious feel surrounded by nature. Updated kitchen with gorgeous white marbeled granite counters, stainless appliances and tailored beech cabinets. See full listing here.Sweeping views of Bellevue and Seattle skylines framed by snow capped Olympic mountains.

New deck in 2018 soaks in expansive views

Open floor plan with vaulted open beamed ceilings

Kitchen with bar open to dining room.  Garden window frames the serene sights and sounds of the backyard

Backyard waterfall


Posted on May 19, 2019 at 10:03 am
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in bellevue, listings, real estate, somerset |

33rd Annual Windermere Cup

On May 4 the Montlake Cut will play host once again to the Windermere Cup rowing regatta. For the past 33 years, Windermere Real Estate and the University of Washington have joined together to host this event, which brings the world’s best crews to Seattle to compete against the perennially acclaimed UW men’s and women’s teams. Held annually on the first Saturday in May, the Windermere Cup is both an international sporting event and opening day party. The races are followed by the world’s largest boat parade which is put on by the Seattle Yacht Club.

The UW men will go up against one of the oldest programs in rowing, Boston University, and the German National Federation, who is the current World Champion after taking gold in the 2018 World Championship. This is the first time in the Windermere Cup’s 33 year history that the Germans have competed in this regatta. Both will oppose a Washington men’s crew that has been a dominant program in the United States for several decades and came second in last year’s national championship.

The UW women, who also came in second at the 2018 NCAA Championship, will be opposed by the UCLA Bruins who have been a consistent national competitor in the last four NCAA Championships and the German National Federation women’s team, who have rowed in the A final of the eight competition in the past three Under-23 World Championships.

In addition to the 24 crew races throughout the morning, the family-friendly Windermere Cup event also includes food vendors, booths to purchase UW and Windermere Cup apparel and commemorative gear, as well as a bouncy house for the kids and a selfie stand by Snap Bar. The crew races start at 10:15 am and end around noon, followed by the Opening Day Boat Parade.

Windermere Party on the Cut: Boats Brats Beers Bands

In honor of the German National Crews visiting Seattle to race in the Cup races, we’ll be celebrating German-style. So break out your lederhosen and dirndls and come on out to the party! This year’s pre-race Party on the Cut will take place Friday, May 3rd, from 6 PM to 10 PM. Join us on the northeast shore of the Montlake Cut for an evening of live music, lawn games, and food and drinks. Advance tickets are just $20, or $30 at the door. This year features live performances by Nite Wave and Brian DiJulio & the Love Jacks. This event is 21+ and tickets can be found through Brown Paper Tickets.

For more information please visit windermerecup.com and follow us at Facebook.com/WindermereCup@WindermereCup on Twitter, and @Windermere on Instagram. Share your excitement and your day-of experience by including the official hashtag: #WindermereCup2019.


Posted on May 2, 2019 at 10:53 am
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in community, events, seattle |

Is Now the Time to Downsize?

With the popularity of the minimalist movement and tidying up, many people today are working to downsize their homes.  Whether you are a recent empty-nester, a long term owner looking for retirement living, or even just ready to simplify your space, we have solutions.  We have a team that can help answer the questions of what to bring with you to your new place, finding the new place that’s the right fit, and what to do with all you have accumulated over the years.  Here’s a link to The Money Hour with Tina Mitchell interview where we discuss these ideas.  I’d love to get together and share how we can help. Let’s connect.  StephanieK@windermere.com


Posted on April 27, 2019 at 2:17 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in market trends, preparing your home, service providers |

Windermere Living – Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 issue of Windermere Living showcases rising talents in interior design, spring refresh strategies, easy brunch ideas for your next get together and a helpful houseplant guide.

Windermere Living is an exclusive listings magazine published by Windermere Real Estate. Read the online version  or email us at KristenTeam@windermere.com for an exclusive copy.


Posted on April 13, 2019 at 2:03 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in community, design, preparing your home |

Free Shredding Event

The April 15th tax deadline is fast approaching.  Every year about this time I promise myself to be better organized next year. My filing system is always a work in progress.  I am often struggling with what to do with all the accumulated receipts, statements, bills and legal documents? Below is a link to an article on how long keep these docs and what can been thrown away or better yet shredded.

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/how-long-should-i-keep-records

Windermere is here to help and are providing some options for shredding your old documents.  We are offering complimentary shredding services at multiple locations.  You can bring your sensitive documents to be professionally destroyed on site. A certificate of destruction can be provided upon request.

Shredding Dates and Locations

Saturday, April 20th  10 am – 2 pm  – Issaquah Office  1810 15th Place NW, Issaquah

Saturday, May 11th  10 am – 2 pm  – Bellevue South Office   14405 SE 36th St, Bellevue

Wishing you all the best for a happy and pain free tax season. (well, as pain free as it can be!)


Posted on April 10, 2019 at 8:30 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in bellevue, community, events, giving back |

Recycling Event this Saturday at Windermere Bellevue South


Posted on February 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Posted in bellevue, community, events, giving back |