Today we chatted with Kristin Shea, a long time friend and confidante of mine. Kristin has been cutting and coloring my hair for almost 10 years now. Needless to say, we have spent a lot of time together at Gem salon where she works, and have gotten to be great friends in the process.

Kristin is a long time 425 resident. It was fun to talk about Redmond, and how much it has changed in the last 30 years. I remember when we moved to Redmond in 1989, and it was the sticks. The end of 520 as it came into Redmond started as a stop sign, then a traffic light and now is the bit overpass that we have today.

It’s rapid growth has brought about 3 new schools in the last few years to accommodate the growing neighborhoods, and yet, the town still retains a wonderful sense of community.

Many cities pride themselves on their parks, but Redmond has some of the best around. Marymoor Park can’t be beat. With the summer concerts, dog park, sports fields, access to the Sammamish River Trail and more. It’s one of the largest parks around. And don’t forget the velodrome for bike races.

*picture courtesy of Marymoor Concerts* 

Fun fact: Did you know that Redmond considers itself the bicycle capital of the Northwest? The city website includes all sorts of resources including bike trails and paths throughout the city, and even areas designated for bicycle parking. And the bike race that is part of Redmond’s Derby Days celebration is the oldest bike race in the country!

Kristin is also a big hiker. Two of her favorites are Snow Lake and Lake Serene.

On rainy days, the iPic movie theater at the Redmond Town Center is the best. I must admit, I’m a sucker for the big comfy chairs too!

And because we can’t talk about The 425 without mentioning our favorite places to eat, here are 2 to try this week:

El Toreador in Redmond is a family favorite. All family dinners happen there.

Weekend breakfast at The Commons Cafe in Woodinville is pretty fun too!

This weeks 425 Real Estate talk I shared my thoughts on what to ask your Listing Agent when you are ready to sell a home. Below are the top 10 questions to ask when choosing the right agent. Most importantly number 1, how long have you been selling real estate? It’s important to know how long they have not only had experience selling real estate but how long in the area where you are live.

Until next week…


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