Neighborhood Spotlight: Mount Baker

Located just south of I-90, and running south to Genesse Park, Mount Baker is a neighborhood that is definitely reaping the benefits of a booming real estate market. Taking their name from the sweeping views of Mount Baker to the north, this neighborhood is a great cross section of what Seattle has to offer. On the water side it boasts the sprawling mansions that once typified Seattle following the turn of the last century, but as you move west toward Rainier Avenue, older single-family homes are giving way to town homes and modern architecture. The rising cost of housing continues to force a surge of new construction, and with easy access to the new light rail, commuting from Mount Baker has never been easier.

Given the relative affordability and continued growth, Mount Baker has seen a 13% increase in home prices over the past year and currently has a median home price of $568,800.

Home sales in Mount Baker over the past two months by listing brokerage:

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Giving Back: Summer Camp Grants

If you’ve been to camp, you’re not surprised to hear about the benefits of summer camp. Experiencing life at camp yourself as a child, you know the profound positive effects that still matter to you as an adult. Unfortunately going to summer camps can be expensive – especially for families that are struggling to make ends meet.

The Windermere offices of Sand Point, Wedgwood and Northgate together with The Windermere Foundation were able to send many children to summer camps through grants totaling $15,000.

Pacific Marine Research received a $2,500 grant to teach to love and appreciate Puget Sound and how their daily actions can help protect this magnificent, but delicate ecosystem that we all share. This 5 1/2 hour hands-on scientific expedition camp takes place in a aboard their floating classroom – Marine Science Afloat.

Associated Recreation Council received a $5,000 grant. The Associated Recreation Council (ARC), in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, serves Seattle by offering a variety of recreational and lifelong learning programs, classes and activities for children ages 3 – 18.

Salmon Bay K-8 School has been approved for a $3,225 grant for their Elementary Camp and Enrichment Program. The mission at Salmon Bay is to provide all students with a physically and emotionally safe space to engage in challenging, integrated and experiential learning that will prepare them to become resourceful and responsible citizens in an ever-changing, diverse world.

Olympic View Community has received a $2,000 grant for 3rd and 4th graders who want to attend Camp Koinonia. Camp Koinonia provides a place of quiet beauty set apart for fellowship and service that is a living example of responsibility for the stewardship of the earth.