Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, and Snoqualmie Pass Living – 5 Big Bath Ideas!

5 big ideas for an amazing bathroom remodel
I get asked all the time about what's the best way to spend your money if you're planning on remodeling your bathroom. Well, I have a few big tips and tricks I always use that I feel help you get the most bang for your buck. This bathroom was a perfect example of how to really stretch your dollar and make your remodel look like a million bucks!
BEFORE
3. hide the toilet!
Not all thrones are created equal. While some are well designed, there is a way to hide your toilet…and I say make it happen! It’s a little more private and draws attention to the prettier parts of the space. We actually turned the old shower and tub and made room for that the new toilet. By using a pocket door we didn't have to worry about the swing of the door, which allowed us to create a larger vanity as well.
1. add natural light!
In a bathroom, the more natural light you can get, the better! I went all out in this particular remodel. The bathroom before was such a dark and closed off space. We added a huge skylight, and two huge windows: one above the tub; one in the shower. In my opinion, it was the most important element to make the small footprint of the bathroom feel much larger. It brought the outdoors in, but also helped to give the space a much needed feeling of being airy and bright!
2. add storage!
Storage is key in a small-space. Keeping it uncluttered and giving all of the things that go into the bathroom a designated place will help keep the focus on your beautiful bathroom and not all the products and stuff that inevitably will pile up! In this remodel, we created a huge 9’ vanity that created a ton of storage and gave them two sinks.
5. add natural stone!
A gorgeous slab of natural stone in a bathroom is an incredible way to add warmth and an organic element. Natural stone is not always cheap, so a great way to get the look of a natural stone without the hefty price tag is to buy tiles cut from materials like marble, or travertine. There are some beautiful options out there–  hexagonal or subway tile–in various natural stone. Try tiling a shower or a sink backsplash with the tile material if you can’t afford to splash out on a slab. In this remodel we went a little marble crazy in the tub, and on the vanity counter top. We cut some budget corners in the shower by not doing any solid slabs and used the same Calcutta marble (in hexagonal tile sheets), which were significantly less expensive.

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Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate, and Snoqualmie Pass Living – 5 Big Bath Ideas!

5 big ideas for an amazing bathroom remodel
I get asked all the time about what's the best way to spend your money if you're planning on remodeling your bathroom. Well, I have a few big tips and tricks I always use that I feel help you get the most bang for your buck. This bathroom was a perfect example of how to really stretch your dollar and make your remodel look like a million bucks!
BEFORE
3. hide the toilet!
Not all thrones are created equal. While some are well designed, there is a way to hide your toilet…and I say make it happen! It’s a little more private and draws attention to the prettier parts of the space. We actually turned the old shower and tub and made room for that the new toilet. By using a pocket door we didn't have to worry about the swing of the door, which allowed us to create a larger vanity as well.
1. add natural light!
In a bathroom, the more natural light you can get, the better! I went all out in this particular remodel. The bathroom before was such a dark and closed off space. We added a huge skylight, and two huge windows: one above the tub; one in the shower. In my opinion, it was the most important element to make the small footprint of the bathroom feel much larger. It brought the outdoors in, but also helped to give the space a much needed feeling of being airy and bright!
2. add storage!
Storage is key in a small-space. Keeping it uncluttered and giving all of the things that go into the bathroom a designated place will help keep the focus on your beautiful bathroom and not all the products and stuff that inevitably will pile up! In this remodel, we created a huge 9’ vanity that created a ton of storage and gave them two sinks.
5. add natural stone!
A gorgeous slab of natural stone in a bathroom is an incredible way to add warmth and an organic element. Natural stone is not always cheap, so a great way to get the look of a natural stone without the hefty price tag is to buy tiles cut from materials like marble, or travertine. There are some beautiful options out there–  hexagonal or subway tile–in various natural stone. Try tiling a shower or a sink backsplash with the tile material if you can’t afford to splash out on a slab. In this remodel we went a little marble crazy in the tub, and on the vanity counter top. We cut some budget corners in the shower by not doing any solid slabs and used the same Calcutta marble (in hexagonal tile sheets), which were significantly less expensive.

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Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate – Snow Sports Museum Celebraties!

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Snow sports celebs star at museum opening

Washington Olympians and Hall of Famers came out to celebrate the grand opening on Oct. 10. Pictured from left are, back, Phil Mahre, Susie Luby, Debbie Armstrong, Mark Bathum, Scott Macartney, Steve Mahre, Judy Nagel, Angeli Van Laanen, and  Patrick Deneen; front row, Libby Ludlow, Shannon Bloedel, and Randy Garretson. - Courtesy Photo
Washington Olympians and Hall of Famers came out to celebrate the grand opening on Oct. 10. Pictured from left are, back, Phil Mahre, Susie Luby, Debbie Armstrong, Mark Bathum, Scott Macartney, Steve Mahre, Judy Nagel, Angeli Van Laanen, and Patrick Deneen; front row, Libby Ludlow, Shannon Bloedel, and Randy Garretson.
— Image Credit: Courtesy Photo
On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum held its grand opening with 13 Olympians in attendance.
Located directly across from the Summit Inn on the Snoqualmie Pass, the museum is home to many exhibits detailing the history of snow sports and how they have evolved.
David Moffett, president of the museum, said the grand opening was a success, with hundreds of people showing up to see the new exhibits and the specially invited Washington Olympians.
“It was fabulous, we had about 300 people there,” Moffett said. “We had 13 Olympians which was pretty amazing, and we had a lot of donors.”
Some of the Olympians at the grand opening included World Cup skier Judy Nagel, gold medalist Deborah Armstrong, and Phil and Steve Mahre, brothers regarded as some of the best skiers of their time.
Moffett explained that the museum is aiming to be a more lively, interactive place through the use of digital content in exhibits.
“It’s a very informative museum, we have eight monitors that tell stories, most are touch screens,” Moffett said.
Having a digital component to the museum also enables staff to change up the content regularly to make it a fresh experience for repeat visits, he added. The exhibits on display are not just a history of snow sports, but also a look at how these sports have evolved and the accomplishments of Washington athletes.
Exhibits include a 1940s-style rope tow that runs across the whole museum, a booth about the history of skiing gear, Nordic skiing traditions, and a booth for the Outdoors for All Foundation, which helps bring skiing opportunities to people with disabilities.
Moffett’s personal favorite is the awards display that showcases Washington athletes’ achievements over the years, like Mahre’s World Cup and Armstrong’s Olympic gold medal.
The museum is open from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The museum is staffed by volunteers, including three from North Bend. Moffett said the museum is looking for more volunteers. Contact him at the museum at (425) 434-0826, or visit  more at www.wsssm.org.
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Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate – Snow Sports Museum Celebraties!

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Snow sports celebs star at museum opening

Washington Olympians and Hall of Famers came out to celebrate the grand opening on Oct. 10. Pictured from left are, back, Phil Mahre, Susie Luby, Debbie Armstrong, Mark Bathum, Scott Macartney, Steve Mahre, Judy Nagel, Angeli Van Laanen, and  Patrick Deneen; front row, Libby Ludlow, Shannon Bloedel, and Randy Garretson. - Courtesy Photo
Washington Olympians and Hall of Famers came out to celebrate the grand opening on Oct. 10. Pictured from left are, back, Phil Mahre, Susie Luby, Debbie Armstrong, Mark Bathum, Scott Macartney, Steve Mahre, Judy Nagel, Angeli Van Laanen, and Patrick Deneen; front row, Libby Ludlow, Shannon Bloedel, and Randy Garretson.
— Image Credit: Courtesy Photo
On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum held its grand opening with 13 Olympians in attendance.
Located directly across from the Summit Inn on the Snoqualmie Pass, the museum is home to many exhibits detailing the history of snow sports and how they have evolved.
David Moffett, president of the museum, said the grand opening was a success, with hundreds of people showing up to see the new exhibits and the specially invited Washington Olympians.
“It was fabulous, we had about 300 people there,” Moffett said. “We had 13 Olympians which was pretty amazing, and we had a lot of donors.”
Some of the Olympians at the grand opening included World Cup skier Judy Nagel, gold medalist Deborah Armstrong, and Phil and Steve Mahre, brothers regarded as some of the best skiers of their time.
Moffett explained that the museum is aiming to be a more lively, interactive place through the use of digital content in exhibits.
“It’s a very informative museum, we have eight monitors that tell stories, most are touch screens,” Moffett said.
Having a digital component to the museum also enables staff to change up the content regularly to make it a fresh experience for repeat visits, he added. The exhibits on display are not just a history of snow sports, but also a look at how these sports have evolved and the accomplishments of Washington athletes.
Exhibits include a 1940s-style rope tow that runs across the whole museum, a booth about the history of skiing gear, Nordic skiing traditions, and a booth for the Outdoors for All Foundation, which helps bring skiing opportunities to people with disabilities.
Moffett’s personal favorite is the awards display that showcases Washington athletes’ achievements over the years, like Mahre’s World Cup and Armstrong’s Olympic gold medal.
The museum is open from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The museum is staffed by volunteers, including three from North Bend. Moffett said the museum is looking for more volunteers. Contact him at the museum at (425) 434-0826, or visit  more at www.wsssm.org.
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Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate – Snow Sports Museum Celebraties!

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Snow sports celebs star at museum opening

Washington Olympians and Hall of Famers came out to celebrate the grand opening on Oct. 10. Pictured from left are, back, Phil Mahre, Susie Luby, Debbie Armstrong, Mark Bathum, Scott Macartney, Steve Mahre, Judy Nagel, Angeli Van Laanen, and  Patrick Deneen; front row, Libby Ludlow, Shannon Bloedel, and Randy Garretson. - Courtesy Photo
Washington Olympians and Hall of Famers came out to celebrate the grand opening on Oct. 10. Pictured from left are, back, Phil Mahre, Susie Luby, Debbie Armstrong, Mark Bathum, Scott Macartney, Steve Mahre, Judy Nagel, Angeli Van Laanen, and Patrick Deneen; front row, Libby Ludlow, Shannon Bloedel, and Randy Garretson.
— Image Credit: Courtesy Photo
On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum held its grand opening with 13 Olympians in attendance.
Located directly across from the Summit Inn on the Snoqualmie Pass, the museum is home to many exhibits detailing the history of snow sports and how they have evolved.
David Moffett, president of the museum, said the grand opening was a success, with hundreds of people showing up to see the new exhibits and the specially invited Washington Olympians.
“It was fabulous, we had about 300 people there,” Moffett said. “We had 13 Olympians which was pretty amazing, and we had a lot of donors.”
Some of the Olympians at the grand opening included World Cup skier Judy Nagel, gold medalist Deborah Armstrong, and Phil and Steve Mahre, brothers regarded as some of the best skiers of their time.
Moffett explained that the museum is aiming to be a more lively, interactive place through the use of digital content in exhibits.
“It’s a very informative museum, we have eight monitors that tell stories, most are touch screens,” Moffett said.
Having a digital component to the museum also enables staff to change up the content regularly to make it a fresh experience for repeat visits, he added. The exhibits on display are not just a history of snow sports, but also a look at how these sports have evolved and the accomplishments of Washington athletes.
Exhibits include a 1940s-style rope tow that runs across the whole museum, a booth about the history of skiing gear, Nordic skiing traditions, and a booth for the Outdoors for All Foundation, which helps bring skiing opportunities to people with disabilities.
Moffett’s personal favorite is the awards display that showcases Washington athletes’ achievements over the years, like Mahre’s World Cup and Armstrong’s Olympic gold medal.
The museum is open from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The museum is staffed by volunteers, including three from North Bend. Moffett said the museum is looking for more volunteers. Contact him at the museum at (425) 434-0826, or visit  more at www.wsssm.org.
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Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate – Snow Sports Museum Celebraties!

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Snow sports celebs star at museum opening

Washington Olympians and Hall of Famers came out to celebrate the grand opening on Oct. 10. Pictured from left are, back, Phil Mahre, Susie Luby, Debbie Armstrong, Mark Bathum, Scott Macartney, Steve Mahre, Judy Nagel, Angeli Van Laanen, and  Patrick Deneen; front row, Libby Ludlow, Shannon Bloedel, and Randy Garretson. - Courtesy Photo
Washington Olympians and Hall of Famers came out to celebrate the grand opening on Oct. 10. Pictured from left are, back, Phil Mahre, Susie Luby, Debbie Armstrong, Mark Bathum, Scott Macartney, Steve Mahre, Judy Nagel, Angeli Van Laanen, and Patrick Deneen; front row, Libby Ludlow, Shannon Bloedel, and Randy Garretson.
— Image Credit: Courtesy Photo
On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum held its grand opening with 13 Olympians in attendance.
Located directly across from the Summit Inn on the Snoqualmie Pass, the museum is home to many exhibits detailing the history of snow sports and how they have evolved.
David Moffett, president of the museum, said the grand opening was a success, with hundreds of people showing up to see the new exhibits and the specially invited Washington Olympians.
“It was fabulous, we had about 300 people there,” Moffett said. “We had 13 Olympians which was pretty amazing, and we had a lot of donors.”
Some of the Olympians at the grand opening included World Cup skier Judy Nagel, gold medalist Deborah Armstrong, and Phil and Steve Mahre, brothers regarded as some of the best skiers of their time.
Moffett explained that the museum is aiming to be a more lively, interactive place through the use of digital content in exhibits.
“It’s a very informative museum, we have eight monitors that tell stories, most are touch screens,” Moffett said.
Having a digital component to the museum also enables staff to change up the content regularly to make it a fresh experience for repeat visits, he added. The exhibits on display are not just a history of snow sports, but also a look at how these sports have evolved and the accomplishments of Washington athletes.
Exhibits include a 1940s-style rope tow that runs across the whole museum, a booth about the history of skiing gear, Nordic skiing traditions, and a booth for the Outdoors for All Foundation, which helps bring skiing opportunities to people with disabilities.
Moffett’s personal favorite is the awards display that showcases Washington athletes’ achievements over the years, like Mahre’s World Cup and Armstrong’s Olympic gold medal.
The museum is open from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The museum is staffed by volunteers, including three from North Bend. Moffett said the museum is looking for more volunteers. Contact him at the museum at (425) 434-0826, or visit  more at www.wsssm.org.
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Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate – Snow Sports Museum Celebraties!

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Snow sports celebs star at museum opening

Washington Olympians and Hall of Famers came out to celebrate the grand opening on Oct. 10. Pictured from left are, back, Phil Mahre, Susie Luby, Debbie Armstrong, Mark Bathum, Scott Macartney, Steve Mahre, Judy Nagel, Angeli Van Laanen, and  Patrick Deneen; front row, Libby Ludlow, Shannon Bloedel, and Randy Garretson. - Courtesy Photo
Washington Olympians and Hall of Famers came out to celebrate the grand opening on Oct. 10. Pictured from left are, back, Phil Mahre, Susie Luby, Debbie Armstrong, Mark Bathum, Scott Macartney, Steve Mahre, Judy Nagel, Angeli Van Laanen, and Patrick Deneen; front row, Libby Ludlow, Shannon Bloedel, and Randy Garretson.
— Image Credit: Courtesy Photo
On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum held its grand opening with 13 Olympians in attendance.
Located directly across from the Summit Inn on the Snoqualmie Pass, the museum is home to many exhibits detailing the history of snow sports and how they have evolved.
David Moffett, president of the museum, said the grand opening was a success, with hundreds of people showing up to see the new exhibits and the specially invited Washington Olympians.
“It was fabulous, we had about 300 people there,” Moffett said. “We had 13 Olympians which was pretty amazing, and we had a lot of donors.”
Some of the Olympians at the grand opening included World Cup skier Judy Nagel, gold medalist Deborah Armstrong, and Phil and Steve Mahre, brothers regarded as some of the best skiers of their time.
Moffett explained that the museum is aiming to be a more lively, interactive place through the use of digital content in exhibits.
“It’s a very informative museum, we have eight monitors that tell stories, most are touch screens,” Moffett said.
Having a digital component to the museum also enables staff to change up the content regularly to make it a fresh experience for repeat visits, he added. The exhibits on display are not just a history of snow sports, but also a look at how these sports have evolved and the accomplishments of Washington athletes.
Exhibits include a 1940s-style rope tow that runs across the whole museum, a booth about the history of skiing gear, Nordic skiing traditions, and a booth for the Outdoors for All Foundation, which helps bring skiing opportunities to people with disabilities.
Moffett’s personal favorite is the awards display that showcases Washington athletes’ achievements over the years, like Mahre’s World Cup and Armstrong’s Olympic gold medal.
The museum is open from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The museum is staffed by volunteers, including three from North Bend. Moffett said the museum is looking for more volunteers. Contact him at the museum at (425) 434-0826, or visit  more at www.wsssm.org.
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Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate – Snow Sports Museum Celebraties!

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Snow sports celebs star at museum opening

Washington Olympians and Hall of Famers came out to celebrate the grand opening on Oct. 10. Pictured from left are, back, Phil Mahre, Susie Luby, Debbie Armstrong, Mark Bathum, Scott Macartney, Steve Mahre, Judy Nagel, Angeli Van Laanen, and  Patrick Deneen; front row, Libby Ludlow, Shannon Bloedel, and Randy Garretson. - Courtesy Photo
Washington Olympians and Hall of Famers came out to celebrate the grand opening on Oct. 10. Pictured from left are, back, Phil Mahre, Susie Luby, Debbie Armstrong, Mark Bathum, Scott Macartney, Steve Mahre, Judy Nagel, Angeli Van Laanen, and Patrick Deneen; front row, Libby Ludlow, Shannon Bloedel, and Randy Garretson.
— Image Credit: Courtesy Photo
On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum held its grand opening with 13 Olympians in attendance.
Located directly across from the Summit Inn on the Snoqualmie Pass, the museum is home to many exhibits detailing the history of snow sports and how they have evolved.
David Moffett, president of the museum, said the grand opening was a success, with hundreds of people showing up to see the new exhibits and the specially invited Washington Olympians.
“It was fabulous, we had about 300 people there,” Moffett said. “We had 13 Olympians which was pretty amazing, and we had a lot of donors.”
Some of the Olympians at the grand opening included World Cup skier Judy Nagel, gold medalist Deborah Armstrong, and Phil and Steve Mahre, brothers regarded as some of the best skiers of their time.
Moffett explained that the museum is aiming to be a more lively, interactive place through the use of digital content in exhibits.
“It’s a very informative museum, we have eight monitors that tell stories, most are touch screens,” Moffett said.
Having a digital component to the museum also enables staff to change up the content regularly to make it a fresh experience for repeat visits, he added. The exhibits on display are not just a history of snow sports, but also a look at how these sports have evolved and the accomplishments of Washington athletes.
Exhibits include a 1940s-style rope tow that runs across the whole museum, a booth about the history of skiing gear, Nordic skiing traditions, and a booth for the Outdoors for All Foundation, which helps bring skiing opportunities to people with disabilities.
Moffett’s personal favorite is the awards display that showcases Washington athletes’ achievements over the years, like Mahre’s World Cup and Armstrong’s Olympic gold medal.
The museum is open from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The museum is staffed by volunteers, including three from North Bend. Moffett said the museum is looking for more volunteers. Contact him at the museum at (425) 434-0826, or visit  more at www.wsssm.org.
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Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate and Snoqualmie Pass Living – The Newest Odd Couple

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The Newest Odd Couple: Real Estate Developers and Urban Farmers

It's an unexpected romance that's blossoming in surprising ways.
Image Michael Walmsley/Vulcan Real Estate
The roof garden on the Stack House Apartments in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood.(Michael Walmsley/Vulcan Real Estate)
At the Stack House Apartments in Seattle’s now-trendy South Lake Union neighborhood, residents can walk out onto a terrace and pluck a tomato right off the vine.
In the South Bronx, an 8,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse atop an affordable housing development is creating jobs and food for the residents below—along with cooler summers and warmer winters.
And in Somerville, Massachusetts, Assembly Row, a still-under-construction mixed-use development, features a small garden that serves several local restaurants and is a learning site for area employees.
Environmentally conscious construction and building systems are old news at this point, but building-integrated food production is a relatively new, though growing, area of focus. And it’s led to a bit of a strange bedfellows situation: As both urban agriculture and real estate boom in a number of U.S. cities, real estate developers are looking to small-scale local growers to augment their plans. At the same time, food activists are beginning to recognize how even luxury builders can advance their cause.
Henry Gordon-Smith, who advises schools, builders and cities as they roll out vertical farming projects, says he now receives up to 10 calls a week from builders and architects inquiring about such technologies or, increasingly, seeking experienced growers.
“The building has to be productive,” he says. “All of that creates better occupants, and better citizens. Food is the next frontier in this.”
Instead of seeing Boston’s building boom as a threat to her urban farming business, Jessie Banhazl, founder and CEO of the Somerville-based Green City Growers, looks at new development as a positive. She started out installing terra firmagardens in backyards and public spaces, but says much of her work of late has been meeting with major developers and architects to build rooftop and grade-level farms into their plans from the conception stage.
A rendering of Sebastian Mariscal Studio’s forthcoming Mission Hill project in Boston, a mixed-use development that will incorporate a rooftop community roof garden and solar farm. (Courtesy SMS)
“It’s really important that developers understand the value of this, and that they can provide amenities and lots of value to their property by having a rooftop farm,” she says. “There’s so many different applications where the tenants would value having food growing on the property.”
Indeed, many of these developments view urban agriculture as an added amenity for tenants, similar to a gym or a media lounge. As a perk for tenants like Google and Akamai, commercial property management company Boston Properties asked Green City Growers to initiate a garden and education program at its Kendall Center building in Cambridge. Another firm, Beacon Capital Partners, collaborated with a local beekeeper to put beehives in a number of its Boston buildings, which allows building managers to bring little jars of honey to their tenants, providing a “rare opportunity for a landlord to come by when they don’t need something,” says Noah Wilson-Rich of Best Bees.
Across the country in Seattle, the same is true for a number of newer residential developments. Vulcan Real Estate, run by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has included rooftop community gardens in many of its recent projects. At the 24-story Martin apartment building downtown, residents chose to tend their rooftop gardens themselves, while the terrace garden at the Stack House Apartments in South Lake Union is maintained by Colin McCrate and a team of farmers from Seattle Urban Farm Company. McCrate and Vulcan are now working together on another, larger residential development, and they say gardens appeal to a younger generation of Seattleites who carry with them “a more holistic environmentalism.”
“A lot of our residents wished that they had some green space to tend rather than just a shoebox in the window,” says Brandon Morgan, development manager at Vulcan. “It’s also a visual amenity, as part of our landscaping, it’s sort of a centerpiece on that roof deck. And it also encourages healthy living by basically providing residents with greens, if they want it, for consumption.”
Food activists are starting to see the long-term benefits of integrating agriculture into existing or new infrastructure, says Holly Fowler of Northbound Ventures, who facilitated the yearlong urban agriculture visioning process on behalf of the City of Boston that ended this summer. “Typically, the land that is slated for housing,” she says, “agriculture is not going to be competing with that land. Period. The end.” When conversation at meetings turned to combining development and agriculture, Holly says, “reactions were always, ‘we should do more of this.’”
This is not to say concerns do not exist among the urban food justice crowd. Chief among them is the fear that access to an urban garden is an amenity available only to those who can afford it, says Andrea Dwyer, executive director of Seattle Tilth, a large nonprofit with a variety of urban agriculture projects throughout the city. And after the initial luster of that new bed of veggies at the apartment complex or office wears off, she adds, what will become of the project then?
“I do worry that some of these trendier developments, that while it’s a fad, people will incorporate it, but it will fade and they’ll do the equivalent of asphalting over it and turn it into something else,” she says. “In order for urban food production to have staying power, there has to be a real commitment and dedication to it from all perspectives—from people who are developing the buildings, the planning departments, the politicians.

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Snoqualmie Pass Real Estate and Snoqualmie Pass Living – The Newest Odd Couple

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The Newest Odd Couple: Real Estate Developers and Urban Farmers

It's an unexpected romance that's blossoming in surprising ways.
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The roof garden on the Stack House Apartments in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood.(Michael Walmsley/Vulcan Real Estate)
At the Stack House Apartments in Seattle’s now-trendy South Lake Union neighborhood, residents can walk out onto a terrace and pluck a tomato right off the vine.
In the South Bronx, an 8,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse atop an affordable housing development is creating jobs and food for the residents below—along with cooler summers and warmer winters.
And in Somerville, Massachusetts, Assembly Row, a still-under-construction mixed-use development, features a small garden that serves several local restaurants and is a learning site for area employees.
Environmentally conscious construction and building systems are old news at this point, but building-integrated food production is a relatively new, though growing, area of focus. And it’s led to a bit of a strange bedfellows situation: As both urban agriculture and real estate boom in a number of U.S. cities, real estate developers are looking to small-scale local growers to augment their plans. At the same time, food activists are beginning to recognize how even luxury builders can advance their cause.
Henry Gordon-Smith, who advises schools, builders and cities as they roll out vertical farming projects, says he now receives up to 10 calls a week from builders and architects inquiring about such technologies or, increasingly, seeking experienced growers.
“The building has to be productive,” he says. “All of that creates better occupants, and better citizens. Food is the next frontier in this.”
Instead of seeing Boston’s building boom as a threat to her urban farming business, Jessie Banhazl, founder and CEO of the Somerville-based Green City Growers, looks at new development as a positive. She started out installing terra firmagardens in backyards and public spaces, but says much of her work of late has been meeting with major developers and architects to build rooftop and grade-level farms into their plans from the conception stage.
A rendering of Sebastian Mariscal Studio’s forthcoming Mission Hill project in Boston, a mixed-use development that will incorporate a rooftop community roof garden and solar farm. (Courtesy SMS)
“It’s really important that developers understand the value of this, and that they can provide amenities and lots of value to their property by having a rooftop farm,” she says. “There’s so many different applications where the tenants would value having food growing on the property.”
Indeed, many of these developments view urban agriculture as an added amenity for tenants, similar to a gym or a media lounge. As a perk for tenants like Google and Akamai, commercial property management company Boston Properties asked Green City Growers to initiate a garden and education program at its Kendall Center building in Cambridge. Another firm, Beacon Capital Partners, collaborated with a local beekeeper to put beehives in a number of its Boston buildings, which allows building managers to bring little jars of honey to their tenants, providing a “rare opportunity for a landlord to come by when they don’t need something,” says Noah Wilson-Rich of Best Bees.
Across the country in Seattle, the same is true for a number of newer residential developments. Vulcan Real Estate, run by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has included rooftop community gardens in many of its recent projects. At the 24-story Martin apartment building downtown, residents chose to tend their rooftop gardens themselves, while the terrace garden at the Stack House Apartments in South Lake Union is maintained by Colin McCrate and a team of farmers from Seattle Urban Farm Company. McCrate and Vulcan are now working together on another, larger residential development, and they say gardens appeal to a younger generation of Seattleites who carry with them “a more holistic environmentalism.”
“A lot of our residents wished that they had some green space to tend rather than just a shoebox in the window,” says Brandon Morgan, development manager at Vulcan. “It’s also a visual amenity, as part of our landscaping, it’s sort of a centerpiece on that roof deck. And it also encourages healthy living by basically providing residents with greens, if they want it, for consumption.”
Food activists are starting to see the long-term benefits of integrating agriculture into existing or new infrastructure, says Holly Fowler of Northbound Ventures, who facilitated the yearlong urban agriculture visioning process on behalf of the City of Boston that ended this summer. “Typically, the land that is slated for housing,” she says, “agriculture is not going to be competing with that land. Period. The end.” When conversation at meetings turned to combining development and agriculture, Holly says, “reactions were always, ‘we should do more of this.’”
This is not to say concerns do not exist among the urban food justice crowd. Chief among them is the fear that access to an urban garden is an amenity available only to those who can afford it, says Andrea Dwyer, executive director of Seattle Tilth, a large nonprofit with a variety of urban agriculture projects throughout the city. And after the initial luster of that new bed of veggies at the apartment complex or office wears off, she adds, what will become of the project then?
“I do worry that some of these trendier developments, that while it’s a fad, people will incorporate it, but it will fade and they’ll do the equivalent of asphalting over it and turn it into something else,” she says. “In order for urban food production to have staying power, there has to be a real commitment and dedication to it from all perspectives—from people who are developing the buildings, the planning departments, the politicians.

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