Holiday Events Around the Sound

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The Holiday season is upon us and we are so excited to attend some themed events in our communities! Hope to see you there!

November 21st - January 1st: Seattle Gingerbread Village
November 24th - December 24th: Snowflake Lane in Bellevue
November 24th - January 1st: ZooLights at Point Defiance Zoo
November 24th - January 1st: Wild Lights at Woodland Park Zoo
November 25th - December 31st: Garden d'Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden
December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17: Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival
December 1st - December 23rd: A Christmas Carol at Second Story Repertory in Redmond Town Center
December 1st - December 23rd: Issaquah Reindeer Festival
December 14th, 6pm -9pm: SAM Lights at the Olympic Sculpture Park

Bellevue ARTSfair

Bellevue ARTSfair

Celebrate 71 years of “handmade excellence and supporting national designers, artists, and craftspeople” with the Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair starting Friday July 28th through Sunday July 30th. The busy Bellevue streets will be closed as art admirers, collectors, and anyone with an interest in art gathers to view local and national artists behind the Bellevue Mall.

March is Wine Month!

March is Wine Month!

Not quite as synonymous with wine as Sonoma County, the Woodinville area still packs a punch in the vino business. With as many events in the month of March as there are varietals, there is surely something for all types of wine-lovers to enjoy. Thanks to 425 Magazine, they’re all neatly arranged so you can plan accordingly.

What's Next: Your Weekly Event Calendar Update

Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) is thrilled to bring you this week’s event calendar! Your  comprehensive guide, take a peek at what’s going on! From Friday’s Art Walk in downtown Kirkland and the Ballard Jazz Festival to BioBlitz 2016 on Bainbridge Island, here’s what’s happening around the sound:

Select Links Below to View Full Calendar of Events in Each Community

Bainbridge Island Events>>>     ♦     Seattle Events >>>     ♦     Eastside Events >>>

Pairing Wine With Girl Scout Cookies?

Pairing wine with Girl Scout cookies sounds crazy to you? Us too!

Yet, Jessica Norris, wine director at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse in New York City (also named one of Wine Enthusiasts top 40 under 40 tastemakers) and Tracy Byrnes, Vivino partner and wine expert both make compelling arguments for the Los Angeles Times on which wines go best with which cookies.

Favorite cookie Thin Mints? Go with a Brunello. Peanut Butter Patties? Amarone, of course! The list of 12 pairings is not only a great read, but an intriguing flavor combination too.

Let us know what you think — we can't wait to try for ourselves! 

See the full pairings list here >>

Sharing The Art Of Lily King

I am delighted and proud to share the art of Lily King. My uniquely talented sister ranges from incomparable photography to magnificent handmade pottery.

From personal shoots to photography commissioned by designers, Lily has an eye for finding beauty and elegance in any given scene. After relocating from Manhattan to Los Angeles, Lily's photography continued to flourish. Using her new-found home as inspiration and studio, Lily began her foray into the world of pottery. 

Lily's talents did not go unnoticed; she was featured in many news and media outlets, most notably in the Los Angeles Times. I invite you to visit LilyKingPhoto.com to take a peek into the wide breadth and repertoire that her work holds.

Her latest show began Friday night with a wonderful and successful grand opening event! For those in the Los Angeles area, I extend the invitation to see her show Matters Of Space Studio. Located at 5005 York Blvd., Los Angeles, the show will run until January 8th. 

India Meets Seattle: Delegates from Asia’s Fast-Growing Economy Visit the Pacific Northwest March 1 & 2 for Cultural Exchange and Global Citizenship Forum

International Monetary Fund: India Could Surpass China in GDP Growth Rate by 2016-17; Brokers Say Seattle Benefits

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Executives of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty(“RSIR”) announced today that an international delegation from North India Sotheby’s International Realty (“NISIR”) will attend a cultural exchange and global citizenship forum in downtown Kirkland on Sunday, March 1 and 2, 2015. Experts say events like these beckon the Puget Sound region’s emergence as a global gateway. Meanwhile, India volleys with China for Asia’s fastest growth rate in gross domestic product as wealthy Indians increasingly target investments in the Seattle/Bellevue metro area. As the closest mainland port to Asia, local real estate brokers predict yet another wave of international home buying in the region – this time from India.

Ashwin Chadha & Ankit Tyagi

Ashwin Chadha & Ankit Tyagi

Ashwin Chadha, Co-owner and President along with Ankit Tyagi, Co-owner and COO, will represent NISIR during the discussion scheduled from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on March 1st and will be available for media conferences and private meetings on March 2nd. The event will be held at Maison DeLille at 15 Lake Street in downtown Kirkland, which fronts the Kirkland Branch Office of RSIR, home to the firm’s new Asia Desk.

Harmandir Sahib or the “Golden Temple”, Amritsar, India

Harmandir Sahib or the “Golden Temple”, Amritsar, India

“We welcome our fellow affiliates from India in what’s clearly becoming the next international marketplace to watch,” says Dean Jones, President and CEO of RSIR. “We’re reminded that Asia is a big place and China is not the only mega country producing affluent homebuyers overseas. Indians are the second largest group of Asians in the US representing more than 3 million consumers and combined represents more some $25 billion in buying power. Our guests will enjoy an inspiring conversation about trends with global wealth and foreign direct investment, both in and out of India.”

India Prime minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama have recently collaborated to improve US-INDIA economic relationships. Top Indian CEO’s, such as Satya Nadella of Microsoft, already reside in the Pacific Northwest and executives of NISIR believe that India’s global wealth and prosperity will have a significant and continued effect on the region. With a population of more than 1.2 billion in India and a population growth rate greater than China, “the Seattle metro area is an important gateway to Asia and is our first stop on our international tour,” said Chadha.  “We secured our affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty in part to access the millions of non-resident Indians (“NRIs”) around the world.”

Chadha says they seek to network with NRIs in the US in part because the urbanization and investment potential occurring within India is drawing global capital. NRIs currently have no restrictions on buying residential or commercial properties in India. During his visit to Seattle, Chadha plans to review the real estate marketplace in India, the propensity for foreign direct investment from the US, the buying process and taxation considerations for NRIs, and landmark developments being represented. At the same time, Jones plans to compare and contrast prevailing trends comparing China to India with a viewpoint towards the next five years.

According to a recent report by Wealth-X and Sotheby’s International Realty, six-percent of the world’s ultra-high net worth individuals (“UHNW” representing assets of more than $30 million), are ex-patriots residing outside their home countries.  These individuals are stimulating residential real estate demand in their home countries – for example NRIs living within the US increase demand in Mumbai’s residential real estate market, the study found.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

“We’re witnessing a global awakening about living in the Pacific Northwest,” adds Jones. “With close proximity to Asia, renowned education, a robust economy and an enviable lifestyle, we are playing catch up to other West Coast cities at an exponential rate. Vancouver, BC may be the harbinger for what’s likely in Seattle and Bellevue. However, I don’t think it will take two decades to arrive like it did just 150 miles north of here – word is travelling fast.”

By one measure, India will soon overtake the US as the second largest smart phone marketplace reaching more than 364 million people in 2015, according to research by The Guardian. The United Nations predicts India will pass China by 2045 as the most populous nation in the world.

Embrace the Waterfront Lifestyle at the Seattle Boat Show, Docked January 23 to February 1

That time of year is upon us again as the arrival of the Seattle Boat Show draws nearer! The largest boat show on the West Coast, with landlocked exhibits at CenturyLink Field and waterfront attractions at South Lake Union, features over 1,000 watercraft, enlightening seminars, and the latest in all things boating.

This year, the event includes some exceptional prizes, including a pair of 2015 Seahawks season tickets, a one year membership with Seattle Boat share, and a 7-night Mexican Cruise. In addition, there are a number of special events not to be missed as opening night goes “uncorked” with award-winning Washington wines from 5-9p, January 26th is “Women’s Day” with free admission, special seminars, and a reception for women, and January 30th brings craft beer night with “Sails and Ales” from 5-9p.

The coming of this fabulous event has us thinking about how much we truly cherish the waterfront lifestyle and the unique opportunities it provides. According to the Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Lifestyle Report, we are not alone in our love of the shores, as most affluent consumers say a waterfront property sits at the top of their list for future purchases.

In addition, waterfront properties also comprise more lifestyle searches on sothebysrealty.com than any other type.