Kathy Sutherland

A Real Estate Agent at Rocky Coast

Kathy Sutherland

Rocky Coast

A Real Estate Agent based in Seattle, WA

 
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Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

In 2010, 15,000 more Seattle residents were property renters than owners. The percentage of renters here in the city nearly doubles the U.S. average. Because renting is so popular, there is a relatively low vacancy rate, meaning it may be difficult to find the perfect apartment here. However, it will definitely pay off when you do, as Seattle is extremely renter friendly.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

For Section 8 listings, the Seattle Housing Authority conveniently puts rental listings right on its website. Also, they distribute a quarterly newsletter called Pathways, which shares resources and services for voucher-holders. The website also hosts information about eligibility, leasing, rights and requirements, and has a program overview and frequently asked questions section. Although there aren’t many, if any, Section 8 programs in good shape right now, this is one of the more organized and helpful around.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Are you a sports fan? If so, you’ll fit in perfectly here, as the city has its own NFL and MLB squads, as well as a surprisingly popular MLS team. If you’re not into sports, there is a thriving music scene here. This isn’t anything new, as Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, and Foo Fighters are from the city. Now, bands such as Death Cab for Cutie and Fleet Foxes are emerging from the local indie scene, and you can see the next big Seattle acts in any of the city’s great venues. There are also great nightclubs and lounges in the area, with Belltown, Pioneer Square, and Fremont being popular places.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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There are a number of ways to get around in Seattle without having to drive a vehicle. There are three public transit systems that serve the city, providing access to express buses, trolleybuses, commuter rail, light rail, and ferries. Also, CNBC rated Seattle as the fourth most walkable city in the nation. Add in a flourishing bicycling scene, and you have a number of public transit options. Mayor Michael McGinn has shown his support to public transportation, and will help cut the city’s reliance on driving in the future.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Edmonds is a great place for a family to live, in great part because of its safety. Edmonds’ violent crime rate is lower than the national crime rate by 58%, and 45% lower than the state’s violent crime rate. Only one two out of every 1,000 residents here are affected by a violent crime every year, which is much lower than national and state averages. In addition, Edmonds’ property crime rate is lower than the national average by 23% and lower than Washington’s average by 36%.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Edmonds’ public education is handled entirely by the Edmonds School district. The city’s high school, Edmonds-Woodway, is one of eight schools in the state that offers that offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This program teaches children an alternative curriculum, which is considered be more rigorous and broader to encourage interdisciplinary thinking in students. Edmonds is also home to six primary schools, as well as two separate K-8 schools.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

Renton is only 11 miles from Seattle, with access provided by Interstate 5. 88% of the city’s residents drive a vehicle to work everyday, which is higher than both the state and national averages. Because of traffic on Interstate 5, the average one way commute to work for the average resident is 31 minutes. Public transportation isn’t a favorable option, as there aren’t many options and only 6% of residents use it to get to work.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

Renton’s recreational amenities are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. In total, the city is home to 29 developed public parks, 13 miles of trails, 813 acres of public open space, an 18-hole public golf course, as well as two beaches on Lake Washington. They have also recently completed special projects, such as the Piazza, a one acre park in downtown, a skate park, and a dog park. The city also offers access to a neighborhood center, community center, and if you want to stay inside, a library and theater.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

Whether you’re a foodie, or just someone who enjoys a meal out once in a while, you will love Bothell. Some essential eateries to visit are the Pen Thai (Thai), Pasion Tequila Family Mexican (Mexican), Grazie Ristorante Italiano (Italian), Russell’s (American), and Julio’s (Mexican). If you’re craving Japanese, Bothell has a few great places for you, such as Teriyaki Plus, Sushi Hana, Yummy Teriyaki, and the Ta-Ke Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar. However, it’s best not to restrict yourself here; there are a wealth of culinary options to indulge in.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

Renting in Bothell usually hovers around the median price for the area; it’s not expensive, but it’s not the cheapest place either. The average price for a two bedroom apartment here is $1185. In comparison to similar properties in neighboring cities, it’s on par with Lake Forest Park ($1132), Kenmore ($1112), Shoreline ($1034), and Lynnwood ($1009). Cities with more expensive property are Kirkland ($1460) and Woodinville ($1609). A one bedroom apartment here will run you $963 on average, and it’s $1580 for a three bedroom apartment.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

In Redmond, you will be welcomed into a community that is very safe. Compared to the national violent crime rate, Richmond’s rate is 73% lower, and 65% lower than Washington’s violent crime rate. The chance of being affected by a violent crime here is only one in 859. Redmond’s property crime rate has been average in the past few years, rising 9% above the national average, but is lower than Washington’s average by 9%.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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All of Redmond is served by Lake Washington School District, except for the city’s English Hill neighborhood, which is part of the Northshore School District. In Redmond, there are ten elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school. There are also three private schools in the city, two religious institutions and a school for performing arts students. Two colleges are also in the city, The Lake Washington Institute of Technology and DigiPen.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

Burien has a number of public transportation opportunities for their busy residents. King County metro transit provides bus service for the area, and currently there are nine lines offered to the city, three of them operating on the weekend. Sound Transit also provides an express bus service and light rail access that both run on the weekend. Eight percent of Burien’s residents use public transportation to commute to work every day, which is double the Washington state average.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

Burien is a fantastic city for any pet owner considering renting an apartment. Places such as the Villages at South Station, Sunnydale, and Wellington Place Apartments, to name just a few, allow pets in their apartments. Owners can buy their pup a toy at the Horizon Pet Supply, Mud Bay, or a Place for Pets, then test it out with them at the Grandview Park, which allows dogs to run around without a leash. If you have to leave your animal, there are several pet sitting companies around, such as Karen’s Pet & Home Care, Wag the Dog Daycare, and Hillrose Pet Resort. Other pet places in the area are veterinarians, such as Highline Veterinary Hospital, dog walkers, like Hart 2 Hart Pet Care, and groomers, such as the Adorable Pet Lounge.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

Kenmore was named one of the “10 best towns for families” by Family Circle magazine in 2009, and in that same year was ranked the best Seattle neighborhood by Seattle Magazine. One of the main reasons the city has received these awards is its excellent recreational amenities. The city offers public access to eight parks, with features such as playgrounds, picnic tables, green space, sports fields/courts, and of course, nature. In addition, the city is home to unique areas, such as The Great Blue Heron Viewing Area, Medicinal Herb Gardens, reflexology foot paths, Jack V. Crawford Skate Park, Burke-Gilman Trail, and have a partnership with Bastyr University that lets residents use their athletic fields.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

Kenmore’s schools are operated by the Northshore School District. The city has five public elementary schools, but only one middle school and one high school. The middle and high schools stand in high regard -- both received 9 out of 10 ratings from Great Schools, an organization that evaluates and grades a school based on its overall quality. Great Schools gave the overall district an 8 out of 10, which show that Kenmore’s children receive a fantastic education. It should also be noted that the city is home to Bastyr University.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

Renting in Shoreline is fairly cheap when compared to other Seattle suburbs. At $1034 for the average two bedroom apartment, renting here costs half as much as renting in Mercer Island ($2202 average for 2-bdrm) and almost a third as much as Medina ($2850). Closer cities are more similar to Shoreline’s price range, however. Lynnwood ($1009 for 2bdrm), Mountlake Terrace ($1004), Edmonds ($1023), and Kenmore ($1112), are all within a thousand dollars of Shoreline’s price. As for other properties here, the average one bedroom costs $851, and three bedroom apartments on average cost $1546.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

Residents who work in Seattle have to take Interstate 5 to get there. Even though the city centers are only 11 miles apart, traffic often makes commuting irritating. The drive in and out during busy parts of the day can take anywhere between a half hour and an hour, depending on traffic. This is a problem, as 82% of Shoreline residents drive to work. Only 10% take public transportation. This number will rise, and commute should improve, if the city’s proposed light rail station is approved and built.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

It can be argued that Bellevue isn’t just one of the best places to live in Washington, but also in the entire country. In 2008, Bellevue ranked #1 on CNNMoney’s list of the 100 best places to live and launch a business. Then, in 2010, ranked #4 on Money’s list of the best small cities to live in. Also, in 2006, the city was named one of the safest 25 cities in the country. These awards clearly reflect the high quality of living here. The city is growing, with numerous small and big businesses settling down here. Also growing is the number of apartments available. Rent one now, because the rent will rise as Bellevue flourishes into a large city.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

Bellevue is home to some of the most delicious eateries in the Seattle metropolitan area. For a thick slab of juicy steak, check out El Gaucho or John Howie Steak. If you’re craving Asian cuisine, be sure to visit either Facing East (Taiwanese), Bamboo Garden (Szechuan), Thai VP (Thai), or Gina (Japanese). For a European fix, eat at Bis on Main (French), Cantinetta (Italian), Mediterranean Kitchen (Mediterranean), or Tosoni’s (European). As you can see, there are a variety of culinary choices here in Bellevue, and this list only scratches the surface.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

Renting an apartment in Kirkland isn’t as costly as neighboring cities, but it isn’t cheap either. On average, a two bedroom apartment goes for $1460. Comparatively, close-by Kenmore ($1112), and Bothell ($1185) cost less. Woodinville ($1609), Mercer Island ($2202), and Medina ($2850) are more expensive. A studio apartment here averages $970, a one bedroom averages $1174, and a three bedroom place will cost you $1771

 
Recreation

Recreation

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

Unlike many suburbs of major cities, residents in Kirkland don’t feel pressured to go to Seattle every weekend to have a fun time. There are plenty of opportunities right here, such as the Kirkland Performance Center, which hosts dance performances, theater shows, and music. The shows at the Laughs Comedy Spot will crack you up. For a good bar after a show, head to the Wilde Rover Irish Pub, K Pub, or The Liquid Lime. If you still have enough energy afterwards, stop by the Tervelli Ultralounge to either dance or sit and enjoy the contemporary decor and warm atmosphere. No matter what you’re into, there’s a piece of Kirkland’s nightlife for everyone.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

Everything your pet needs to stay healthy and happy is available on Bainbridge Island. There are two public off leash properties: a beach at the Fay Bainbridge State Park and the Eagledale Park. Pet stores such as Paws & Fins and Barbi’s Birdhouse have all the food and toys you need. Pet groomers like The Gentle Groomer and All Creatures Pets Grooming will keep your pet happy and clean. If you need to go away for a vacation, or go across the sound to Seattle, Animal Magnetizm or Karen’s Pet Service will watch your pet for you.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

Bainbridge Island has one of the highest percentages of residents who use public transportation to commute to work every day, with 27%, or one in every four, of the population doing so. This is because in order to reach Seattle, or any other area surrounding the island, residents need to take a ferry across the Puget Sound. They can either drive their vehicle to the ferry station and bring it onto the boat, and then drive off when they reach Seattle, or just keep their car in the parking lot and walk or use public transportation when they reach the city. Either way, public transportation is a vital part of residents’ commutes.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

Mercer Island is one of the safer cities in the area, if not the safest. The violent crime rate here is an astounding 89% lower than the national average, and 86% lower than the state average. To put this in perspective, in Washington, the chances of becoming a victim in a violent crime are 1 in 318. In Lake Mercer, the chances are 1 in 1,621. In addition, the property crime rate here is 44% lower than the national average, and 53% lower than the state average. Mercer Island feels like a small town despite its population, and its crime rate reflects this.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Kathy Sutherland - Real Estate Agent

For the fourth year in a row, Mercer Island was named a “Playful City USA” by KaBOOM. This award is given to cities that offer outstanding recreational opportunities to its residents. Mercer Island certainly applies: it is home to 35 parks and 400 acres of open space, 50 miles of outdoor trails, and four public beaches on the beautiful lakes that surrounds the city. In addition, they have two dog parks to keep the furry residents happy. To keep their recreational amenities in the best shape, this close-knit community volunteers often. In 2007-2008, nearly 3000 people (one out of every eight residents) volunteered, contributing over 8000 hours of work.

 

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