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The Seattle Great Wheel

The Seattle Great Wheel was built in less than a year, but its story goes back much further than that.   Seattle businessman Hal Griffith had envisioned a Ferris wheel in the city for nearly 30 years, but it wasn’t until he realized he could build one on his own pier that his dream became a reality.

The Seattle Great Wheel opened to the public on June 29, 2012. Since then, it has become an icon of the city and a destination for tourists and locals alike.

Seattle Great Wheel Fun Facts…
  • The Seattle Great Wheel is the largest observation wheel on the west coast, standing 175 feet tall.
  • The wheel has 42 fully-enclosed gondolas. 41 white gondolas each seat up to eight adults.  Cabin #42, the VIP cabin, has leather bucket seats, a stereo system, glass bottom floor, and can seat up to 4 adults.  In total, the wheel can hold over 300 passengers at any given time.
  • The wheel was manufactured in various parts of Europe and the United States, and assembled right at the end of the pier.
  • The wheel extends nearly 40 feet beyond the end of the pier, over Elliott Bay.
  • The Seattle Great Wheel is open year round. With fully-enclosed gondolas and a covered waiting area, the rain can’t stop the wheel from spinning!
  • The Wheel weighs 280,300 pounds.
  • 550 tons of concrete were poured to create the foundation for the wheel.


Link to their website.

Bellevue Botanical Garden’s welcome renewal

The more than 300,000 people expected to come through the Bellevue Botanical Garden over the next year will find it easier to park and visit the 53-acre destination, which just added three new garden sections.

The garden opened an 8,500 square-foot visitor’s center last weekend that houses an interactive park map, a new gift store, lockers for volunteers who keep up the garden, and an area for gardening classes. The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society committed $5 million toward the project after voters approved $10 million for it in the 2008 Parks & Natural Areas Levy.

Two Members Sought for Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board.  One is from the Real estate Community.  Is that you?  Read about it.

24 Applicants Were Terrified To Do This Job. Then They Found Out Why Billions Already Do It.

Do you have what it takes to handle the World’s Toughest Job? It requires more than 135 hours per week, constant mobility, keen coordination and adept communication. There are no breaks, no holidays off, and there is no pay.

Mullen, an advertising agency in Boston, posted a fake “Director of Operations” job listing online and in newspapers. The ad got 2.7 million impressions from paid ad placement, but only 24 people responded, according to Ad Week. Each of those people then sat down to interview for the job and all were shocked at what was required of them: no sitting, no vacations, no guaranteed sleep and zero money.

“Is that even legal?” one applicant asked. “Nobody is going to do that for free!” another responded.

But billions of people do all this each and every day. When the applicants found out just who holds the title of “World’s Toughest Job,” some were brought to tears.

The stunt might’ve been an ad for online greeting card seller Cardstore, but it sure puts things into perspective.  Watch the video…

Cherry Blossom Collage

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

April 25-27, 2014

Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods and games. This year’s feast for the senses features Taiko drumming, artisan demonstrations, and a theatrical stage production, Otokichi about the first Japanese shipwreck survivors on US (Washington state) soil.

The Festival was founded 39 Years ago in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Prime Minister Takeo Miki on behalf of the Japanese government in commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial. It is the first ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center annually and the oldest in the Seattle Center Festál series. 
Presented by the Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee.  Here’s a handy link to more information.

Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more

A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, April 11-18, 2014.  And here it is…


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Gamble on the Seattle Rock Lottery, vary tastes at Hop Scotch, and reflect on 20 years since Kurt Cobain’s death.

Published Apr 1, 2014, 5:00am
By Seth Sommerfeld

Main - Modern Home Tours

Main - Modern Home Tours






Here is one of the homes on the list.  You or your client may really love this great chance to see the wonderful homes on this tour.  Inspiration awaits…

Noble Ridge Construction, Inc.: 1788 Harrison Way NE 1788 Harrison Way NE | Issaquah | 98029 Architecture: Stephenson Design Collective Offered by: Noble Ridge Construction, Inc. Photography by: Malia Campbell Photography Built 2013, 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 4259 … Read More


Seattle Firefighters Pipes & Drums  performed in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade last year.Put on green and join St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 15, Seattle, and Irish Festival, March 15-16, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle

By Madeline Mckenzie, Seattle Times staff

Everyone’s Irish at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival this weekend in Seattle, whether you’re one of the many with Irish heritage — here’s to my grandmother from Ballina, County Mayo! — or honorary Irish for fun, wearin’ of the green.  Read the article.

2599059343_d0a5ee4c83_z.jpgSeattle’s Ten Best Dog Parks

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, by Sean Keeley

Dog owners can tell you…finding a reliable place to take your pooch for running, playing and interacting with others can be hard. And when you live in a city like Seattle where backyards and lawns are increasingly hard to come by, a quality off-leash dog park can be a godsend. Here, in no particular order, are ten highly-rated dog parks around town; is yours on the list? If not, should it be? Read the story, see the map.