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My experience, knowledge and hobbies include the following:
- Washington state Real Estate license and Broker
- National Association of REALTORS®
- Accredited Home Staging Professional®
- Professional Accountant & Controller
- Small business owner
- Extensive experience with banks and financial issues
- Bachelors of Business Administration & Accounting
- Washington state Real Estate license courses
- Continuing accounting, finance and tax education
- Member International Association of Home Staging Professionals®.
- Graduate of the City of Snoqualmie Citizens Academy 2011
- Continuing real estate training and career development
- Activities include hiking, mountain biking
- City of Snoqualmie Parks and Recreation Board Member
- Red belt in WTF Taekwondo
- Issaquah Food Bank volunteer
- Economics, Finance and Real estate blogging
- Kitty the Real Estate Agent cartoon creator
Danny is a proud member of the RealFX Real Estate Group - A team of East-side Seattle Realtors that practice Honesty, Integrity, Knowledge and Responsiveness
Issaquah is nestled among the foothills of the beautiful Cascade mountains, and is one of the fastest growing suburbs in the Seattle area. The Issaquah real estate market has many distinct neighborhoods, with homes and condos in price ranges which will suit many home buyers. The style of the homes in Issaquah are quite diverse, from the charming and historic homes in the original Olde Town, to the 630 lush mountain-side acres of Talus, the urban flair of the Issaquah Highlands’ condos and townhomes, and the over 3000 single-family homes, condos & apartments which make up Klahanie on the Sammamish Plateau.
Issaquah is located in King County. As of the 2010 census, the population of this area was a little over 30,000 people. A major magazine ranked Issaquah as the second fastest-growing suburbs in the state of Washington and 89th in the entire nation. According to a major website home search company, the median home sales price in Issaquah was almost $390,000 as of September 2011. The median home size is 2,030 square feet. Property tax, according to the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, is currently 8.9904 percent.
Just a few minutes from the communities of Bellevue, Sammamish & Redmond, Issaquah is also home to, or nearby many of the area’s largest employers, including Microsoft, Costco and Siemens. Additionally, the highly-rated Issaquah School District is a leading factor for many when choosing to buy Issaquah homes, when compared to other Eastside communities. Issaquah often ranks as one of the best places to live in Washington State, and the country.
Whether you’re a first time visitor to Issaquah or Seattle or a longtime resident, there’s always a new location to explore or exciting experience to be had nearby. Consider these five one, or two day trips from Issaquah, all within a two to six hour drive.
If you’re the outdoorsy type, consider a day trip to Mount Rainier. Popular with tourists and locals alike, this 14,411-foot peak is a mere two hours from Issaquah. In the summer, enjoy backpacking and hiking. In the winter, try cross-country skiing, snowshoing, sledding or snowmobiling. For those with a need for speed, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, the largest ski resort in Washington, may be found on the northeast side of the mountain.
If you’re in need of a little retail therapy, take a day trip to Bainbridge Island. Walk, bike or drive onto the Washington State Ferry and enjoy the spectacular view of the Seattle skyline during the 35-minute trip to the island. You’ll find boutiques and galleries featuring local and regional artists. Grab a bite at one of the many coffee shops and cafes. Stop by the Bainbridge Island Vineyard and Winery for a glass of Strawberry Wine. You won’t want to miss the Saturday farmer’s market if you visit during the spring or summer.
For a little pampering in the midst of breathtaking natural beauty, make a 15-minute drive to Snoqualmie Falls. The Salish Lodge and Spa is located at the top of the 270-foot falls. Stop by for a locally sourced gourmet lunch and stay for a few rejuvenating spa treatments. Indigenous Pacific Northwest ingredients are even utilized in the spa’s facials, detoxifying wraps and massages. Once refreshed, head over to the Snoqualmie Falls Brewery for a pint of award winning micro-brew.
If wildlife viewing is your passion of the moment, check out the San Juan Islands. Start with a two hour drive from Issaquah to Anacortes, and then jump on one of the Washington State Ferries for an hour-long journey to the islands. If you’re lucky, you may even have the pleasure of viewing a local pod of Orcas. Once you’ve arrived, take a tour guided by local naturalists. On land, you’ll find deer, fox and hundreds of species of birds, including bald eagles. Dolphins, seals, sea lions and otters may be spotted offshore. The islands also feature many cozy bed and breakfasts, if you want to extend your stay.
If you’re the parent of a teenage daughter, or even a Twilight fan yourself, make a pilgrimage to the Olympic Peninsula. You’ll be exploring Olympic National Park, home to some of the world’s largest trees, or the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1915 by President Woodrow Wilson and home to more than 250 bird species and 41 species of land mammals. Of course, there is also Forks, the tiny town of Twilight fame. Pick up a special map and tour packet at the Forks Chamber of Commerce. You can also explore La Push and Port Angeles.
Issaquah, Seattle and the surrounding area offer virtually unlimited sightseeing opportunities year round. Don’t hesitate to ask the locals about their favorites.