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September
26

Retro Diners Near Spokane

Spokane Diners

With classic food and a timeless atmosphere, stopping by a local diner is a fun experience and a perfect way to relax and refuel after looking at Spokane homes for sale.

Once you move into the neighborhood, local diners make for a great, casual family outing with a different vibe than your standard chain restaurant. Here are some retro diners in the Spokane area that are well worth a visit.

  • Frank's Diner - 1516 W 2nd Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
    There are actually two Frank's Diner locations - one downtown and one in North Spokane. Both are located in antique train cars, over 100 years old. It's a popular place and can get crowded, but it's worth the wait - Frank's has a beautiful, historic atmosphere and a unique dining experience. Plus, the menu is delicious. Specializing in breakfast, they serve a number of unique offerings, including crispy duck bacon eggs, purple oatmeal (served with huckleberries), and several different varieties of eggs benedict, from Florentine Benedict to Creole Benedict to Irish Benedict to Great Nana's Meatloaf Benedict.

  • Satellite Diner & Lounge - 425 W Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
    Open until 2 am daily, the Satellite Diner & Lounge is a great place for an early breakfast or a late-night drink. Serving up all the diner classics, such as biscuits and gravy, patty melts, BLTs, burgers, fries, and onion rings, they also have a selection of beers on tap and other drinks. Whether you want to have a bite with the family or a drink with friends, the Satellite Diner can accommodate you.

  • Uncle Rusty's Diner - 1412 W 2nd Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
    Family-owned and operated, Uncle Rusty's is the quintessential American diner. With a classic atmosphere, they're open from 7 am to 3 pm daily, serving up country fried steak and eggs, chicken and waffles, fried chicken sandwiches, corned beef hash, and more. They also have more unique menu items, such as their deep-fried PB&J or S'mores sandwiches. Whatever you order, the food is delicious, for breakfast or lunch.

  • Frankie Doodle's - 30 E 3rd Ave, Spokane, WA 99202
    A great place for breakfast or brunch at reasonable prices, Frankie Doodle's is simple but delicious. Try their house-made Texas Sized Cinnamon Rolls with cream cheese frosting. They also have a variety of croissant sandwiches, including Philly, tuna, and crab. Or, for dinner, try the liver and onions, breaded veal, or a delicious New York steak, grilled to order. And don't forget to try their brownie supreme, or a banana split, for dessert.

  • Molly's Family Restaurant - 224 S Lincoln St, Spokane, WA 99201
    Open for breakfast and lunch, Molly's Family Restaurant prides itself on simple, great food, with big portions and low prices. For breakfast, try their wide variety of omelets, from the classic Denver and Western omelets to their Hawaiian omelet, avocado omelet, bacon cheeseburger omelet, and more - plus pancakes, waffles, French toast, and crepes. For lunch, their sandwich bar includes German dogs, tuna melts, ribeye steak sandwiches, and their Blue Hawaiian sandwich with ham, chicken, Swiss cheese, and pineapple. Whatever you order, it's a perfect place to bring the family.

The Spokane area has all sorts of great things to offer its residents. If you're ready to make Spokane your new home, contact us. Our real estate agents will help you find the home that best meets your needs in a neighborhood you'll love.

September
13

Shopping and Dining Options at River Park Square

River Park Square

Spokane's vibrant downtown neighborhood is a delightful combination of urban attractions and green spaces. Right in the middle sits River Park Square, conveniently located just minutes from Spokane homes for sale. Plan a day of shopping and dining at these great stores and restaurants.

  • The Great PNW
    Show your regional pride with clothing and accessories from The Great PNW. Founded right here in Spokane in 2013, the shop exemplifies the creativity of local residents. When graphic artist and PNW native Joel Barbour was frustrated by the lack of region-specific apparel, he decided to design some himself. One of their best-sellers, the Miller tee, bears the saying, "Upper Left, USA." Other products include sweatshirts, hats, drinkware, and stickers. Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Whiz Kids
    The slogan of Whiz Kids says it all: "Smart Toys for Smart Kids." This independent, locally-owned shop was recently named "Best Toy Store" by Inlander, the popular urban weekly that covers the region. With more than 6,000 puzzles, games, stuffed animals, science kits, and books from 200 different suppliers, there's something for every interest. Mother-daughter duo Kathleen and Julia Lara recently purchased Whiz Kids from longtime owner Jan St. George, and they plan to continue the store's tradition of carrying unique products. Whiz Kids is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Anderson & Co.
    When men want to look their best, they head to Anderson & Co. for high-quality fashion. In addition to premium clothing made with the finest fabrics, locally-owned Anderson & Co. is known for superior customer service. Friendly and knowledgeable staff members are always ready to offer one-on-one assistance with personalized advice to match your individual taste. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar
    Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar puts a modern spin on the classic cocktail. Choose from an incredible selection of signature flavors, including the traditional Twigs martini as well as Cucumber Lime Basil, Caribbean, and Chocolate Kiss. The beverage menu also features a wide variety of Mules, Mojitos, and Margaritas. Food is equally appealing, with a number of small plates and full-size entrees to accommodate any appetite. Twigs is open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. -  10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Mac Daddy's Gourmet Grub
    Is there any food more satisfying than mac & cheese? Mac Daddy's Gourmet Grub takes this comfort food favorite to a new level with several creative variations. Try your mac Philly cheesesteak-style, loaded with veggies, or topped with Buffalo chicken and bleu cheese. Even burgers and fries come with a healthy dose of mac & cheese. All flavors are available for carry-out in half- or full-pan orders for family dinners or special occasions. Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

About River Park Square

River Park Square is located at 808 W. Main Ave. General hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

Whether you're buying or selling a home in Spokane, our real estate agents are ready to provide cheerful and experienced assistance. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson to learn more.

August
22

Labor Day Weekend: 5 Things to Do in Spokane

Labor Day Weekend Spokane

Labor Day is fast approaching, and in the Spokane area, there are many activities and events to enjoy! Join our real estate agents in saying goodbye to summer and hello to fall with these wonderful activities happening near Spokane homes for sale.  

  • West End Night Market - Brick West Brewing Co., 1318 W. 1st Ave., Spokane, WA 99201
    After a highly successful debut in 2021, Brick West Brewing Co. brings back their West End Night Market for a second season. Every Monday night through September, including Labor Day, the brewery hosts a diverse group of food, produce, and craft vendors for an evening of fun. Feast World Kitchen, a non-profit restaurant with a rotating lineup of chefs preparing international cuisines, spearheads the assortment of food trucks and vendors. Live music provides a festive background. Hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Pig Out in the Park - Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201
    Get your chow on at Pig Out in the Park, a lively Labor Day weekend fest held at popular Riverfront Park. With 50 food booths offering 250 menu items, "you'll never eat it all." Check out artisan crafts and other items at 35 public market booths. More than 100 concerts over four stages include music from KISS, Tom Petty, and Green Day tribute bands, along with a variety of performers in a range of styles. The park's thrilling Numerica SkyRide will also be open for families, with 50 percent off tickets when you mention "Locals only" at the cashier stand. Pig Out in the Park takes place Wednesday, August 31 through Monday, September 5, from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Admission is free.

  • Mica Moon - 23403 E. Mission Ave., Suite 111, Liberty Lake, WA 99019
    Celebrate the freedom of summer's last long weekend by soaring across the treetops near Liberty Lake homes for sale. With zipline tours and aerial obstacle courses, Mica Moon features plenty of thrills and chills. Both activities run approximately three hours, including a scenic UTV ride to and from the grounds. Choose the combo tour for a day-long adventure. Prices start at $55 for adults and $44 for ages 7-12. Visit the website for schedule and reservations.

  • Big Barn Brewing Company - 16004 N. Applewood Ln., Mead, WA 99021
    Just minutes from Mead homes for sale in scenic Green Bluff is a working farm that produces beer from their own home-grown ingredients. Owners Craig and Jane Wood also make their home on the grounds of Big Barn Brewing Company, built on land purchased from Craig's father. Their signature brew, Lone Pine Pilsner, is named for the majestic Ponderosas that dot the landscape. Local food trucks will also be on hand during Labor Day weekend. Big Barn is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon - 8 p.m.

  • Mount Spokane State Park - N. 26107 Mount Spokane Park Dr., Mead, WA 99021
    Take in the incredible beauty of the Pacific Northwest at Mount Spokane State Park. As the website boasts, the park offers 100 miles of trails, so you could hike for days and never see the same view twice. Don't be surprised to find a moose or two sharing the path along the way. Leashed pets are welcome. If you're feeling restless but lazy, the drive to Mount Spokane is just as incredible. Park hours are 6:30 a.m. - dusk. Admission passes are $10 for the day or $30 annually.

Planning to buy or sell a home in Spokane before the leaves begin falling? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson to get started.

July
25

Patio Dining in Spokane

Patio Dining in Spokane

Ready for a memorable meal here in Spokane? Our real estate agents are on the case.

Why not top off a day looking at Spokane homes for sale with a dinner that will refresh and rejuvenate you? One of the best ways to make delicious food even more satisfying is to enjoy it outdoors. Spokane has natural beauty and fresh air that will add the perfect complement to your cuisine.

Let's drop in on just a handful of the many great patio dining options in Spokane:

  • Osprey Restaurant & Bar – 700 North Division Street, Spokane, WA 99202
    Osprey Restaurant & Bar is a locally owned business that stands out for its full calendar of events. Just about any time of the month and any season of the year, you can find wine dinners, live music nights, and so much more. The sophisticated, chef-led menu offers lunch, dinner, and the famous weekend brunch, as well as a drive-through barbecue option. The heated patio is welcoming at any hour.

  • Mizuna – 214 North Howard Street, Spokane, WA 99201
    Open seven nights a week from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mizuna is a classy spot that consistently draws both visitors and Spokane locals. At the crossroads of the city's top hotels and venues, Mizuna has been around since 1996. It prides itself on local ingredients and organic produce. It recently slimmed down to focus on an unforgettable dinner, which includes a full menu for both vegetarians and omnivores.

  • O'Doherty's Irish Grille – 525 West Spokane Falls Boulevard, Spokane, WA 99201
    Heralding itself as the home of "traditional Irish fare and great spirits," O'Doherty's Irish Grille is loved for banquets, parties, and other gatherings. Open Tuesday through Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m., it's a true taste of the old country where you'll find Emerald Isle mainstays like shepherd's pie, Galway meatloaf, and Donegal salmon, among many more. There's also a full wine list and plenty of desserts.

  • Luna Spokane – 5620 South Perry Street, Spokane, WA 99223
    Luna Spokane puts a new spin on neighborhood dining with its locally owned and community-focused approach. In partnership with other local businesses, including Casa Cano Farms, Spokane Family Farms, KJ Pottery, Culture Bread Milling, and others, it crafts an exquisite culinary vision that you simply cannot find outside Spokane. Reservations are suggested.

  • Remedy Kitchen and Tavern – 3809 South Grand Boulevard, Spokane, WA 99203
    Remedy Kitchen and Tavern is always here to welcome its regulars and newcomers from far and wide. Featuring a convenient location that combines full dining and 24 taps of craft beer, you have your pick of ample patio or rooftop seating. From burgers to healthy vegetarian favorites, the Remedy has it all.

  • Italia Trattoria – 144 South Cannon Street, Spokane, WA 99201
    Italia Trattoria makes its mark with a fully covered, enclosed, and heated patio. It is also one of the local restaurants where dogs are welcomed, giving them plenty of space to hang out on the patio as long as they are on a leash. As for the delightful food, choose your desire from scrumptious breakfast, lunch, dinner, al fresco, and sandwich picks, plus wines.

  • BARK 905 North Washington Street, Spokane, WA 99201
    Bring your dog with you to dine out on the patio at BARK, or adopt one! This one-of-a-kind brewery partners with the local humane society to help showcase adoptable pets in need of homes. This rescue pub offers brunch and happy hour menus that are sure to please, with a variety of vegan and vegetarian options featured! 

Ready to learn more about Spokane and its dining scene? Contact us to discover more of what Spokane has to offer.

July
15

Coldwell Banker Scores Another Win in Recent Survey

Coldwell Banker Scores First in Agent Satisfaction. Again.

Confucius said, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." 

The real estate professionals across the Coldwell Banker brand are passionate about their industry – and about their brand. For the third time, Coldwell Banker Real Estate ranked #1 in agent satisfaction in the annual "Agent Priorities" report conducted by Quester.

Designed to keep what's important to agents top of mind, the report zeroes in on topics such as work/life balance, brand image, support, tools, and culture. Knowing what makes an agent more likely to stay with a company is a key component in what brokerages can do to foster positive work environments and grow their agents' businesses.

On a local level, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson combines the strength of the national tools with additional services designed to help our Realtors® list, sell, and learn.

Full-time managing brokers are in place to provide immediate assistance. Offices are staffed with Agent Services Experts (ASEs) to help with marketing, paperwork, and training. A company-wide marketing team is in place to create campaigns that support current market trends, listing types, and services.

With continuing education an important aspect of any business, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson offers in-house classes, regular lunch 'n' learn trainings, continuing education at no cost, and national certifications and classes.

To read the results of the report, visit the Coldwell Banker Blue Matter blog.

July
11

Summer Music Festivals Coming to Spokane

Spokane Music Festivals

There's always something going on in Spokane! And with a wide range of festivals lined up this summer, it's an especially great time of year to head outside for some great live music.

Some of our real estate agents' favorite festivals and events are coming back this season, so be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming summer music festivals in the Spokane area!

  • River City Market & Music - 408 N Spokane St, Post Falls, ID 83854
    The annual River City Market & Music series is an ongoing event that takes place on multiple occasions throughout the summer months. It's located in Landings Park, along the Spokane River in the city of Post Falls, just 30 minutes east of Spokane. River City Market & Music includes live music performances as well as arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and a wide range of other attractions. Dates for the 2022 Market & Music Series are July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, and August 17.

  • Hillyard Festival - 6018 N Regal St, Spokane, WA 99208
    The annual Hillyard Festival is a beloved community celebration in Spokane's historic Hillyard neighborhood. This year's festivities are scheduled for August 5-7 and will include a wide range of live entertainment. Although this year's live music has yet to be announced at the time of publication, the Hillyard Festival is always a great showcase for local bands. There will also be a parade, beer garden, food vendors, and a carnival midway. The festival takes place in the heart of Hillyard, just minutes from many Spokane homes for sale.

  • Elk-Chattaroy Music Festival - 28118 N Newport Hwy, Chattaroy, WA 99003
    With a focus on country music, the Elk-Chattaroy Music Festival takes place on August 6, 2022. Headlining the festival this year is Nashville recording artist Clayton Shay, along with support from some of the most talented local bands and singer-songwriters from right here in the Inland Northwest. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to the event, which takes place in the Biggies Restaurant parking lot in Chattaroy, WA. 

  • Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival - Medical Lake, WA 99022
    It's been 20 years since the very first Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival in 2002, and this annual event has grown to become one of the leading bluegrass festivals in the Inland Northwest! This year's lineup includes performances by John Reischman & the Jaybirds, The Lonesome Ace Stringband, Eli West, the Onlies, and many more. The Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival takes place on August 12-14, with a spectacular location overlooking Medical Lake. Passes are available for attendees to camp onsite. 

  • Pig Out in the Park - 507 N Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201
    Taking place on Labor Day weekend, Spokane's Pig Out in the Park is one of the most anticipated festivals of the year in the Inland Northwest. This festival always marks the end of summer, and the folks in Spokane know how to send the season off with a bang! The 2022 Pig Out in the Park festival spans six days from August 31 to September 5 and includes 90 free concerts on 3 stages, as well as 50-plus food booths and three adult beverage gardens in Spokane's Riverfront Park.

Contact us today to learn more about upcoming festivals and events in the Spokane area, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about how we can help find your dream home in Eastern Washington. 

June
25

Lemony Recipes for Summer

Sweet-Tart: Refreshing & Lemony Recipes for Summer

Summer is here, and it's time to celebrate all things lemony! These refreshing treats are sure to please at your next get-together.

 

Frozen Raspberry Yogurt Lemonade Pops

  • 1 can (12 oz.) frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c. fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 c. plain yogurt
  • 10 ice pop molds

In a saucepan, heat lemonade concentrate & water over medium heat just until the concentrate is thawed. Remove from heat & cool. In a blender, place 3/4 c. of the cooled mixture, 1/2 c. of the raspberries, & 1/4 c. of the yogurt. Blend on medium until smooth. If you don't like the seeds, press this mixture through a small strainer to remove them. Divide the mixture among ice pop molds & freeze slightly.

Distribute the remaining raspberries in molds. Combine the remaining lemonade mixture & yogurt and spoon evenly into molds. Return to freezer until firm, about 4 hours.

 

Perfect Lemonade

  • 1/3 c. sugar or 2/3 c. agave
  • 1 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 7 c. water

Mix well. Serve over ice with a lemon wedge garnish.

 

Lemon-Lime Spritzer

  • 1 liter lemon-lime soda
  • 4 limes, cut into wedges
  • frozen cherries
  • fresh mint leaves

Mix ice, soda & sliced limes. Add cherries & garnish with mint leaves. Serve immediately.

 

Adult Lemonade

  • 1 shot El Patron Tequila
  • 1/4 shot Grand Marnier
  • 4 oz. beer
  • 4 oz. lemonade
  • ice
  • strawberries for garnish

Mix together and serve immediately

 

Strawberry Lemonade Icebox Pie

  • 1 9" graham cracker pie crust
  • 2/3 c. frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. strawberries
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. water

 In a blender or food processor, blend strawberries, honey, & water until pureed. Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix lemonade concentrate with sweetened condensed milk until combined. Set that aside, too.

With a mixer, whip heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar & whip until it stiffens. Gently fold into lemonade mixture. (The pureed mixture is still kept separate.)

Pour half the strawberry puree on the bottom of the crust. Top with lemonade filling, smoothing evenly. Spoon on the remaining puree in evenly spaced dollops and swirl with a toothpick or knife. Freeze at least 6 hours before serving. Store leftovers in the freezer.

What's your favorite summertime recipe? Tell us in the comments! 

June
27

Boat Launches Near Spokane

Boat Launches Spokane

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the Fourth of July is the most popular day for boating. If you haven't already contacted our real estate agents at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson to purchase your new lake property, head out to these great boat launches near Spokane homes for sale to celebrate on the water.

  • Riverside State Park - 9711 W. Charles Rd., Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026
    No matter what type of boating you enjoy,  Riverside State Park will accommodate it. This sprawling park covers 9,194 acres near Nine Mile Falls homes for sale, including 200,000 feet of shoreline along the Spokane and Little Spokane Rivers, with three launches and 120 feet of dock. Spokane River is open for all boating and water activities, including waterskiing and fishing, while Little Spokane River is reserved for kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and rafts. Daily launch permits are $7, in addition to the $10 park entrance fee. Hours are 6:30 a.m. - dusk, seven days a week.

  • Downtown Convention Center - 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99201
    How many cities can boast a boat launch in the heart of downtown? If you work in the area, you can even grab a quick paddle on your lunch break. Opened in 2015, the Downtown Convention Center boat launch is right under the Division Street Bridge on the south side of the Spokane River. Kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards can be carried down via the six-foot-wide gravel path down to the water. Keep in mind that laws prohibit floating west of the Bridge. Parking is available at the Convention Center or in metered spots on Spokane Falls Blvd. There is no fee for use of the launch.

  • Silver Lake - 1599 E. Grace St., Medical Lake, WA 99022
    Want a great place for a staycation? Look no further than Silver Lake. Just a 20-minute drive from Spokane and not far from Medical Lake homes for sale, this beautiful 500-acre body of water feels light years away from daily life. Silver Lake is widely regarded as heaven for trout fishing, but it's also popular for boating, sailing, wakeboarding, canoeing, and kayaking. The old concrete launch was replaced in 2009 with a new dual-lane launch, and a separate dock was added for shore fishing.

  • Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area - 1008 Crest Dr., Coulee Dam, WA 99116
    When Grand Coulee Dam harnessed the powerful Columbia River, the result was the magnificent body of water at the center of Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. If a 100,000-acre area can be called a "hidden gem," this is it. The lake itself is nearly 81,000 acres, and with 22 boat launches, there's plenty of room for boating. One of the more frequently-used boat launches is Fort Spokane, which is adjacent to the campgrounds of the same name. There is no park entrance fee, but a boat launch pass is required. The price is $8, and the pass is good for seven consecutive days. Park hours are sunrise to sunset daily.

  • Q'emiln Park - 12201 W. Parkway Dr., Post Falls, ID 83854
    Located only minutes from Post Falls homes for sale, picturesque Q'emiln Park gets its name from the original Native American village. "Q'emiln" translates to "throat of the river," referring to the setting alongside the Spokane River. There is a $10 parking fee and a $30 boat launching fee. Hours are sunrise to midnight, seven days a week.

Whether you're looking for vacation property or a year-round home, contact us for experienced help with all your real estate needs.

May
23

5 Dog-Friendly Places in Spokane

Spokane Dog-Friendly Spots

What could be better than a day on the town with your favorite furry friend? More than ever, local shops, dining destinations, and other small businesses are becoming dog-friendly, allowing you to take your well-behaved pup on your journeys all around Spokane. Many local restaurants offer patio dining where your dog is invited to join!

Whether you're shopping or dining, life is just a little sweeter with your dog at your side. Our real estate agents have the details on five dog-friendly destinations around Spokane for you to enjoy with your pet.

  • Outlaw BBQ & Cater Market – 4427 W. Wellesley Ave., Spokane, WA 99205
    A local destination for barbecue near Spokane homes for sale that also offers great catering services, Outlaw BBQ & Cater Market has more than 25 years of experience serving some of Spokane's best barbecue. Stop by with your pup to enjoy some classic barbecue, as well as items you wouldn't necessarily expect at a barbecue spot like nachos, tacos, and wraps. Be sure to leave room for their decadent desserts, and don't forget about the great selection of local craft beers that are available on tap.

  • Huckleberry's Natural Market – 926 S. Monroe St., Spokane, WA 99204
    A local market that offers everything you need for a natural, healthy lifestyle, Huckleberry's Natural Market is a great place to do some shopping with your dog at your side. In addition to stocking everything you'd expect from a natural grocery store, Huckleberry's features a juice & coffee bar, great food at the in-store 9th Street Bistro, and an excellent selection of locally crafted wine from the Spokane Wine Company. They also stock products from a wide variety of local, healthy vendors, and all of the grocery departments are stocked full of clean, sustainable, locally sourced items.

  • Little Garden Cafe – 2901 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane, WA 99205
    With a convenient, scenic location across the street from Audobon Park and expansive outdoor seating, the Little Garden Cafe is the perfect place to enjoy some relaxing time with your pup on a beautiful Spokane day. The menu here is primarily focused on breakfast and lunch, with plenty of fresh, healthy options to choose from. While the food is great, the highlight here has to be the extensive selection of coffee and tea, perfect for sipping from the comfort of your chair on the outdoor patio.

  • Lucky You Lounge – 1801 W. Sunset Blvd., Spokane, WA 99201
    Want to take your dog out for a night out on the town? Lucky You Lounge offers a partially-shaded patio that is perfect for enjoying an evening out with your dog. If the large patio doesn't impress you, their amazing pub-fare and extensive cocktail menu are sure to do the trick!
      
  • Mod Pizza – 3104 E. Palouse Hwy., Spokane, WA 99223
    When you're in the mood for something quick, convenient, and delicious while exploring Spokane with your dog, Mod Pizza has you covered. Open from late morning through late evening every day, you can always count on a quality slice here whenever you're craving pizza in Spokane.

Searching for a home with a yard where you and your pup can enjoy the outdoors? Our local real estate team is here to help you find the perfect match. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Spokane, WA area.

April
7

Spring Events: Bloomsday and the Spokane Lilac Festival

Spokane Festival

There's always something fun happening near Spokane homes for sale. Join family and friends in celebrating at the Spokane Lilac Festival and the Bloomsday Run, two of the city's favorite seasonal traditions. 

Spokane Lilac Festival

After a two-year hiatus, the Spokane Lilac Festival made an early return in November 2021 to usher in the holidays. This May, the traditional festival is back to delight people of all ages. "The Lilac City" has been home to the festival since 1938, when it began as a way to honor the community as well as members of the military. Over the years, the festival has grown to become the largest event in the Inland Northwest region.

This year's festival revolves around the nostalgic theme of "Our Town." Mark your calendars for these highlight events:

  • Don't miss the main attraction, the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade, at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. Local school bands, dancers, gymnasts, floats, and military units will make their way through the streets of downtown Spokane.

  • Meet the Festival Queen and her Royal Court at a luncheon in the Grand Ballroom at the DoubleTree by Hilton. The luncheon takes place on Friday, May 20, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., and tickets are $50 per person.

  • Later that evening, the DoubleTree will host the official President's Gala from 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dine on a gourmet meal before dancing the night away. Tickets are $100 per person.

  • The creativity of local artists will be on display at the Lilac Art Show, held at Nectar Catering & Events. Competition is open to a wide range of media, including oil, watercolor, mixed media, and pen and ink. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 16.

  • Take part in the debut of an exciting new event with the inaugural Lilac Festival BrewFest. Enjoy tastings of signature brews from 16 of the area's top breweries, including Black Label, Whistlepunk, and YaYa. The $35 admission includes ten tasting tokens and a special edition glass. An additional $10 gets you VIP status, with early entry and reserved seating for the Torchlight Parade. Raise your glass on Saturday, May 21, from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Wall St. between Spokane Falls Blvd. and Main St.

Check out the full event information here.

Bloomsday Run

Coldwell Banker Tomlinson is proud to be one of the major sponsors of Spokane's iconic Bloomsday Run, which has an impressive pedigree. Founder Don Kardong is a local runner who was inspired by his experience in the 1976 Olympic marathon, along with many other national class races. Winners of the first two runs in 1977 and 1978 were Olympic gold medalist Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers, another famous Olympian who is known for his multiple victories in the Boston and New York City Marathons. 

The 12K course starts off on Riverside Drive, roughly following alongside the Spokane River until it crosses at T.J. Meenach Bridge. Next comes the aptly-named Doomsday Hill, which leads into the last leg of the race. Participants can also choose the virtual option, which allows them to complete a 7.46-mile course of their choosing between April 28 and May 8.

Bloomsday's live run takes place on Sunday, May 1. An early registration fee of $35 runs until April 29, when it goes to full price of $50. Registration for the virtual run is $35 plus shipping for the race bib.

Please join us at the Bloomsday Trade Show on Friday and Saturday before the race to meet our wonderful real estate agents and win some CBT swag!

For information and to sign up, visit this website.

Ready to plant your roots in Spokane and watch your own family bloom? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson to get started.

March
14

Sip Local Wines at These Spokane Wineries

Spokane Wine

One of the best ways to experience all of the greatness Spokane has to offer is through its wine. The area's local wineries serve as community gathering spots, help fuel the local economy, and tell the story of our area's rich history.

Also, learning to distinguish between certain types of wine is a lot of fun. With 20 wineries within 10 miles of Spokane, you'll have no trouble developing a sophisticated palate. Here are some of our favorite local wineries to visit this weekend:

  • Helix Wines - 824 Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
    Sip six different types of wines in the beautiful downtown Spokane tasting room at Helix Wines. You'll find comfortable seating and a relaxing atmosphere, making it a great stop for a rainy Saturday afternoon. Order a snack from the small plates menu if you're hungry. Retail purchases are available, as is curbside pickup. The tasting room is open from 1 pm to  6 pm daily.

  • V du V Wines - 12 S Scott St, Spokane, WA 99202
    Located in downtown Spokane, V du V Wines is a small and cozy winery with a friendly and welcoming vibe. The winery also hosts rotating exhibits of prints and paintings so you can enjoy local art while you sip. The tasting room is open Friday and Saturday afternoons by appointment, and it's located just down the street from some spectacular Spokane homes for sale.

  • Terra Blanca - 926 W Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
    Terra Blanca
    is located in the beautiful Chronicle Building and offers a wide selection of red mountain estate-produced wines. The tasting room is elegant, and the service is great. Terra Blanca is located near Spokane's restaurants, hotels, and theaters, so it's a great place to begin your night out on the town.

  • Barrister Winery Downtown Tasting Room - 203 N Washington St #100, Spokane, WA 99201
    This little rustic downtown winery and tasting room is where you can sip and purchase several of Barrister's award-winning wines. The tasting room is located across the street from the Davenport Grand Hotel and frequently hosts local artists and live music on the weekends. The tasting room is open daily at 12 pm.

  • Bridge Press Cellars - 39 W Pacific Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
    Wonderful wines, delicious small plates, and fun live music can all be found at Bridge Press Cellars. The menu features five different types of wine, and the warm and inviting bar and tasting room make this a perfect destination for a special date night. Currently, Bridge Press is open Thursdays from 4 to 7 pm.

  • Robert Karl Cellars - 115 W Pacific Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
    This boutique winery produces hand-crafted wines with grapes grown in the Horse Heaven Hills of Columbia Valley, Washington. There are over 9 types you can try at the downtown Robert Karl Cellars retail shop and tasting room. Schedule an appointment, or feel free to stop by Friday from 2 to 4 pm or Saturday from 12 to 4 pm.

We're lucky to be surrounded by some of the best wineries in the Pacific Northwest. Contact us today for more information on calling the Spokane area home.

January
21

Doers of Good: Featuring Abbey Parsons of Coldwell Banker Tomlinson

IT GIVES US GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE ABBEY PARSONS, REALTOR® AND SUPPORTER OF JUNIOR LEAGUE OF SPOKANE.

Abbey Parsons, attended her first Junior League of Spokane (JLS) social meet in her first year of real estate in 2013. It was recommended to her from her "office mom" at the time, who had been previously involved with JLS for years. She thought it might be something Abbey would be interested in, and after one meeting, she's been involved with the non-profit organization ever since.

The Junior League of Spokane is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Since their founding in 1925, JLS has been at the forefront of social reform, identifying problems and finding solutions in the surrounding area – whose purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Over the years, their community involvement has included dozens of projects, ranging from the creation of a public radio station to the prevention of child abuse. Their current focus is on promoting childhood literacy skills in the Spokane community, particularly among low-income kids.

JLS welcomes all women who are committed to voluntarism and who hope to develop their potential to change their communities through volunteer training. While there are structured member expectations, involvement can vary from year to year.

"That is what I love about the JLS, you can be REALLY involved one year and then when things change (like having a baby) you can step back and just be on a small committee," Abbey said. "I know that when I want to get more engaged they will have a space for me!"

This year, Abbey is currently on the  committee that is planning a statewide event called Northwest Exchange, an event for Junior Leagues across the region to come together to network and share knowledge. The theme for this year's conference is Creating Connections: Bridging Our Past to Our Future.

The Junior League of Spokane is part of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), which is comprised of 293 leagues across the US, Canada, the UK and Mexico.  Membership in AJLI grants access to resources and training opportunities, as well as the ability for members to transfer between leagues if they move.

For more information about Junior League of Spokane, visit jlspokane.org.


Join us in celebrating our Doers of Good by getting involved in one of the programs we will spotlight over the next several months.

January
24

Why You Should Move to Spokane in 2022

Spokane 2022

Proudly known as the "Gateway to the West," Spokane recently earned another accolade when it landed on the list of Top Housing Markets for 2022. Our real estate agents know the area is a great place to call home for many reasons! Below they share the amenities and advantages of living in Spokane that others are discovering.

What Makes Spokane So Great?

  • Your dollar goes further in Spokane, where the cost of living is more than seven percent lower than the national average. The state of Washington has no personal income tax, which is another big savings.

  • It's easy to get around Spokane. The average commute is just under 20 minutes, well below the national average of 26 minutes. That means nearly a full hour less spent on the road during the workweek. The downtown area features a network of skywalks, allowing you to walk between buildings in comfort, regardless of the weather.

  • Spokane accommodates any type of lifestyle. The city has a thriving downtown core, rated A- by ranking website Niche for its active nightlife. Comfortable suburbs with well-maintained neighborhoods and above-average schools appeal to families. Residents are just minutes away from scenic outdoor areas with a wide range of activities, from skiing to boating.

  • There's a nice mix of residents in Spokane, making it easy to connect with others. Both families and retirees are drawn to the area for its beautiful setting and affordability. Fairchild Air Force Base is nearby, so there is a large presence of military families. Spokane is also home to Gonzaga University, one of the country's most prestigious schools, attracting a number of academics.

Things to Do and See in Spokane

Another major perk of living in the area is all the things to do nearby. Get to know the Spokane area with these local attractions.

  • Riverfront Spokane - 507 N. Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201
    Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, Riverfront Spokane offers year-round fun for all. Lace up a pair of ice skates, ride the carousel, view the sculptures, or take it all in from high in the air on SkyRide. Hours are 6 a.m. - midnight daily.

  • Centennial Trail
    Explore the spectacular scenery of the Northwest along the 63-mile Centennial Trail. The 39 miles of trail contained in Washington state pass through Spokane along with Liberty Lake, Riverside State Park, and Nine Mile Falls. You can also cross into Idaho through Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene. The pet-friendly trail is open to runners, hikers, cyclists, skaters, and horseback riders from 6:30 a.m. until dusk every day.

  • Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture - 2316 W. First Ave., Spokane, WA 99201
    With five underground galleries, a library and archives, an education center, and a store, there's always something different to see at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. The campus includes Campbell House, a stunning English Tudor Revival home that provides a fascinating glimpse into life in Spokane during the early 1900s. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for ages 6-17.

  • Bing Crosby Theater - 901 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA 99201
    Bing Crosby Theater is named for the iconic performer who grew up in Spokane and attended Gonzaga University. The historic theater, which dates back to 1915, hosts a variety of shows, including music, film, and comedy.

Ready to find your ideal home in Spokane? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson to get started.

December
13

Your Guide to Last-Minute Holiday Shopping in Spokane

Spokane Shopping Guide

Still need the perfect gift for that special someone on your shopping list? Our real estate agents are happy to help. 

We're always in favor of supporting local businesses whenever we can. Here in Spokane, we're very lucky to have a ton of great options when it comes to shopping local. Be sure to check out these amazing locally owned businesses in the Spokane area when you need a last-minute gift.

  • Lolo Boutique - 319 W 2nd Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
    From clothes and accessories to home decor, garden gifts, and bath/body products, there's always something unique waiting to be discovered at Lolo Boutique. This trendy shop is located in a former factory on 2nd Avenue, a stone's throw from these Spokane homes for sale. It's a great place to find a gift for your fashionable friends!

  • Auntie's Bookstore - 402 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
    Auntie's Bookstore is one of Spokane's greatest indie booksellers. In fact, they've been independently owned since 1978, which is pretty impressive. Their inventory is always changing, and it's a perfect place to find the latest bestsellers and old classics alike. Auntie's Bookstore also offers gift cards if you're unsure what your giftee has in their library. 

  • Fern Plant Shop - 1526 W Riverside Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
    If you know someone with a green thumb, you'll find the perfect gift at Fern Plant Shop. They have an amazing variety of high-quality houseplants, including easy care varieties that are great for beginners, as well as an extensive selection of botanically-themed gifts. 

  • Bottles - 3223 N Argonne Rd, Millwood, WA 99212
    If you need to grab a great bottle of wine to take to a holiday party, head straight to Bottles. They have one of the best selections of wine from around the world and right here in Washington. A membership to their wine club is a great gift idea too! Bottles is located in the Spokane suburb of Millwood, and they also offer an outstanding selection of craft beer. 

  • Atticus Coffee & Gifts - 222 N Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201
    Atticus Coffee and Gifts is not only a beloved local coffee shop but also a great place to do a little gift shopping. They offer a wide selection of bulk coffees and teas, along with unique gifts and decor of all kinds. It's a fun shop to explore, and you'll probably leave with a little something for yourself too!

  • Pirate Traders - 12415 E 1st Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99216
    Shopping for a music fan? Head to Pirate Traders. This indie music shop is one of Spokane Valley's best-kept secrets, with a wide and ever-changing selection of guitars, instruments, new and vintage gear, turntables, vinyl records, and other goodies. You never know what you might find plus this shop is conveniently close to Spokane Valley homes for sale

Contact us today to learn more about celebrating the holidays in Spokane! It's an amazing place to call home in any season, and our real estate agents are always available to answer your questions and help you find your dream home in the Spokane area.

October
11

Spokane Bakeries for Fall Treats

Spokane Bakery

When the temperatures start to drop, there's nothing quite like enjoying a fresh-baked treat and a hot cup of coffee. In fact, if you ask our real estate agents, most of them will tell you it's their favorite way to start the day. 

If you've been busy exploring Spokane homes for sale, you probably don't have time to make your own baked goods right now - but you're in luck! There are plenty of great bakeries nearby where you can choose from a large selection of tasty treats. Here are a few we recommend checking out. 

  • The Blissful Whisk: 1612 N. Barker Rd., Spokane Valley, WA 99016
    Whenever we're in the area showing Spokane Valley homes for sale, we make it a point to stop by The Blissful Whisk. This adorable local bakery serves up a variety of pastries, cakes, scones, sandwiches, coffee drinks, and even dog treats. They've been pleasing customers since 2018 and are the perfect bakery to visit whether you're planning a special occasion or just need to satisfy your sweet tooth. 
  • Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop: 15 S. Washington, Spokane, WA 99201
    With locations downtown, inside Northtown Mall and Valley Mall, and in Whitworth, Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop has plenty of places to stop and satisfy your sweet tooth. The company is owned by a mother-and-daughter team who have been serving sweets to the local community since 2011. On the menu, you'll find a variety of cupcakes and mini cupcakes, with different flavors rotating each day. 
  • Three Birdies Bakery: Spokane, WA
    Jamie, the owner of Three Birdies Bakery, is super passionate about what she does. All of her baked goods are made with the finest possible ingredients, and she also offers vegan and gluten-free options. Order custom cookies for any occasion, or you can join the monthly cookie club! When you do this, you can get 6 or 12 cookies every month, which you can either pick up at Jamie's home or have delivered right to you. 
  • Rocket Bakery: 3315 N. Argonne Rd., Spokane, WA 99212
    Rocket Bakery is a locally-owned, independent bakery that has been around since 1992. While Argonne was their first location, they now also have five more! This means that no matter where you are, you can be pretty sure there's a Rocket Bakery nearby. When you visit, you'll find lots of tasty items on their menu, including coffee, specialty drinks, cakes, pastries, and lunch items. Some locations also have rotating flavors of Bare Culture Kombucha on tap.   
  • Europa Restaurant and Bakery: 125 S. Wall St., Spokane, WA 99201
    While Europa Restaurant and Bakery is a well-known location for happy hour and upscale dining, they also offer a selection of incredible baked goods that are created fresh daily by their on-site pastry chef. Some of the options on the menu include homemade truffles in flavors like Grand Marnier, Espresso, and Chambord, as well as cakes, tiramisu, apple strudel, pumpkin roulade, macadamia nut tarts, and more. 
  • The Mason Jar: 101 F. St., Cheney, WA 99004
    Family-run business The Mason Jar serves up delicious espresso, paninis, and a selection of baked goods. They pride themselves on choosing locally sourced ingredients whenever possible and purchasing what they can't find nearby from the best "ethically and environmentally focused companies." When you visit, we suggest trying their gigantic cream cheese frosted cinnamon roll or a flaky, buttery croissant. After you enjoy your treat, be sure to check out the great nearby Cheney homes for sale

Are you ready to find your dream home in the Spokane area? Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

September
27

Spokane Restaurants with River Views

River Views Near SpokaneThe beautiful river is one of the many features that make Spokane special. Our real estate agents want you to see it like never before! Since all the way back in 1873, "The Lilac City" has depended on its river for both trade and natural beauty. No surprise that its modern restaurant scene has also used the river for precious inspiration.

When you explore Spokane homes for sale, you will notice that the riverfront area isn't over-developed as in some cities. Only a handful of establishments, many of them historic, offer the breathtaking vantage of a lovely river view. To get a unique glimpse of the true heart of Spokane, it's a great idea to stop in for a bite to eat.

To savor Spokane food with an unbeatable view, consider these options:

  • Park Lodge – 411 North Nettleton Street, Spokane, WA 99201
    Known for its locally inspired comfort food, Park Lodge offers a scrumptious chef-driven menu in a setting of remarkable natural beauty. Visitors can enjoy the Kendall Yards overlooking the Spokane River, truly gorgeous at any time of day and all seasons. With fifteen years of experience, Chef Philip brings his culinary expertise to Spokane after time at high-profile restaurants in San Francisco, Portland, and Paris.

  • Anthony's at Spokane Falls – 510 North Lincoln, Spokane, WA 99201
    Anthony's at Spokane Falls overlooks Spokane River and the picturesque Upper Falls. For lunch or dinner alike, the cascading river offers the ideal backdrop for the best in Northwest seafood and produce. Chef Russ Seaman has become notable locally for Anthony's three-course Sunset Menu, which includes a choice of roasted scampi prawns, Columbia River steelhead, or blackened fresh rockfish as the entrees.

  • Maryhill Winery Tasting Room & Bistro – 1303 West Summit Parkway, Suite 100, Spokane, WA 99201
    Maryhill Winery Tasting Room & Bistro is dedicated to introducing its patrons to the diversity of Washington state wine. Its Kendall Yards tasting room in Spokane allows you to savor both the fine wine and the view in one of the city's top urban neighborhoods. The expansive balcony in the 5,000 square foot tasting room provides one of Spokane's most memorable panoramas. A premium room is also available for events.

  • Osprey Restaurant & Bar700 North Division Street, Spokane, WA 99202
    Located on the premises of the Ruby River Hotel, Osprey Restaurant & Bar takes outdoor seating to a whole new level with its heated patio. It is famed for a comfortable and curated experience that boasts gluten-free and vegetarian delights as well as ample parking. Regional wines and craft cocktails complement a wide range of New American cuisine. Lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch beckon from this trendy spot with live music.

  • The Yards Bruncheon – 1248 West Summit Parkway, Spokane, WA 99201
    Why not enjoy the weekend every day of the week with a comfort food meal from The Yards Bruncheon? Featuring a unique "all-day brunching" concept, The Yards has a fun, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere. The menu pops thanks to its exclusive use of fresh ingredients from local farms and producers. It also features a kids' menu and a full breakfast for four, as well as a surprisingly robust beverage menu with dinner.

Looking for a new home close to all your favorite local restaurants? Contact us to discover Spokane real estate.

August
30

House Care Calendar: A Seasonal Guide to Maintaining Your Home

From summer vacations to winter holidays, it seems each season offers the perfect excuse to put off our to-do list. But be careful, homeowners: neglecting your home's maintenance could put your personal safety—and one of your largest financial investments—at serious risk.

In no time at all, small problems can lead to extensive and expensive repairs. And even if you avoid a catastrophe, those minor issues can still have a big impact. Spokane Homes for Sale that are not well maintained can lose 10 percent (or more) of their appraised value.

The good news is, by dedicating a few hours each season to properly maintaining your home, you can ensure a safe living environment for you and your family ... and actually increase the value of your home by one percent annually!

While this checklist should not be considered a complete list of your home's maintenance needs, it can serve as a general seasonal guide to maintaining your property throughout the year.

SPRING

After a long, cold winter, many of us look forward to a fresh start in the spring. Wash away the winter grime, open the windows, and prepare your home for warmer weather and backyard barbecues.

INSIDE

  • Conduct Annual Spring Cleaning
  • Shut Down Heating System
  • Tune Up A/C
  • Check Plumbing
  • Inspect Smoke Alarm & Batteries
  • Check Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Check Water Filters & Replace as needed
  • Clean out Sink & Shower Drains

OUTSIDE

  • Inspect Perimeter of Home & Deck
  • Clean Home's Exterior
  • Clean Gutters and Downspouts
  • Seed or Sod Lawn & Fertilize
  • Apply a Pre-Emergent Herbicide
  • Plant Flowers & Mulch Beds
  • Tune Up Lawn Mower
  • Inspect Sprinkler System

SUMMER

Summer is generally the time to relax and enjoy your home, but a little time devoted to maintenance will help ensure it looks great and runs efficiently throughout the season.

INSIDE

  • Adjust Ceiling Fans
  • Clean A/C Filters
  • Clear Dryer Vent
  • Check Weather Stripping

OUTSIDE

  • Mow Lawn Regularly
  • Water Early in the Morning
  • Weed Weekly
  • Exterminate Pests

FALL

Fall ushers in another busy season of home maintenance as you prepare your home for the winter weather ahead.

INSIDE

  • Have Heater Serviced
  • Shut Down A/C for the Winter
  • Inspect Chimney
  • Seal Windows and Doors
  • Check Smoke Alarm & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

OUTSIDE

  • Plant Fall Flowers, Grass and Shrubs
  • Rake or Mow Leaves
  • Apply Fall Fertilizer
  • Inspect Gutters and Roof
  • Shut Down Sprinkler System
  • Close Pool

WINTER

While it can be tempting to ignore home maintenance issues in the winter, snow and freezing temperatures can do major damage if left untreated. Follow these steps to ensure your house survives the winter months.

INSIDE

  • Maintain Heating System
  • Tune Up Generator
  • Prevent Frozen Pipes
  • Adjust Ceiling Fans

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OUTSIDE

  • Drain and Shut Off Outdoor Faucets
  • Remove Window Screens
  • Service Snowblower
  • Stock Up on Ice Melt
  • Watch Out for Ice Dams
  • Check for Snow Buildup on Trees

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR HELP

...with home maintenance or repairs? We have an extensive network of trusted contractors and service providers and are happy to provide referrals! Call or email us, and we can connect you with one of our preferred vendors. Contact us

June
8

Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner's Guide

Homeownership offers many advantages over renting, including a stable living environment, predictable monthly payments, and the freedom to make modifications. But one of the biggest benefits it offers is the opportunity to build wealth over time. Researchers at the Urban Institute found that homeownership is financially beneficial for most families, and studies have shown that the median net worth of homeowners can be up to 80 times greater than that of renters in some areas.

So how does purchasing a home help you build wealth? And what steps should you take to maximize the potential of your investment? Find out how to harness the power of home equity for a secure financial future.

WHAT IS HOME EQUITY?

Home equity is the difference between what your home is worth and the amount you owe on your mortgage. So, for example, if your home would currently sell for $250,000 and the remaining balance on your mortgage is $200,000, then you have $50,000 in home equity.

The equity in your home is considered a non-liquid asset. It's your money; but rather than sitting in a bank account, it's providing you with a place to live. And when you factor in the potential of appreciation, an investment in real estate will likely offer a better return than any savings account available today.

HOW DOES HOME EQUITY BUILD WEALTH?

A mortgage payment is a type of "forced savings" for home buyers. When you make a mortgage payment each month, a portion of it goes towards interest on your loan, and the remaining part goes towards paying off your principal, or loan balance. As your loan balance goes down, your home equity goes up.

Additionally, the value of your home generally increases, or appreciates, over time. And when you sell it, even if you've only paid off a small portion of your mortgage, you get to keep 100% of your property's appreciated value. That's the wealth-building power of real estate.

WHAT CAN I DO TO GROW MY HOME'S EQUITY FASTER?

There are two basic ways to increase the equity in your home:

  1. Pay down your mortgage. Some homeowners do this by adding a little extra to their monthly payment, making one additional payment per year, or making a lump-sum payment when extra money becomes available. Another option is to decrease your amortization period. For example, if you can afford the higher monthly payment, consider refinancing from a 30-year or 25-year mortgage to a 15-year mortgage

  2. Raise your home's market value. Many homeowners enjoy do-it-yourself projects that add value at a relatively low cost. Others choose to invest in larger, strategic renovations. Keep in mind, you won't necessarily get back every dollar you spend on upgrades, so consult a professional before making any major investments.

A word of caution: neglecting routine maintenance could decrease your home's value (and equity), so be sure to stay on top of recommended upkeep and repairs.

HOW DO I ACCESS MY HOME EQUITY IF I NEED IT?

What if you want to tap into your home's equity while you're still living in it? There are several ways to borrow against your home equity, depending on your needs and qualifications:

  1. A Second Mortgage (or Home Equity Loan) enables you to borrow a lump sum, which you are responsible for paying back—with interest—over a set period of time. Most second mortgages have a fixed interest rate and provide the borrower with a predictable monthly payment.

  2. With a Cash-Out Refinance , you refinance your mortgage for a higher amount than you currently owe. Then you pay off your original mortgage and keep the difference as cash. This option may be preferable if you have a high interest rate on your current mortgage or prefer to make just one payment per month.

  3. A Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC ) is a revolving line of credit, similar to a credit card. It allows you to draw out money as you need it. The interest rate on a HELOC is variable, so your payment each month could change depending on how much you borrow and how interest rates fluctuate.

  4. A Reverse Mortgage enables qualifying seniors to borrow against the equity in their home to supplement their retirement income. In most cases, the loan (plus interest) doesn't need to be repaid until the homeowners sell, move, or are deceased.

It's important to note that borrowing against your home's equity isn't always the best option, and it carries the risk of foreclosure if you default. Please ask for a referral to a lender or financial adviser to find out if a home equity loan is right for you.

ALWAYS HERE TO HELP

If you're ready to begin building equity with a new home purchase, grow the value of your current home, or access your equity through a home sale or loan—help is here.  Schedule a complimentary consultation!

The above references an opinion and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be financial advice. Consult a financial professional for advice regarding your individual needs.

May
21

Finding a New Home for Your Next Stage of Life

Finding a New Home for Your Next Stage of Life

For most of us, our housing needs are cyclical. A newly independent adult can find freedom and flexibility in even a tiny apartment. That same space, to a growing family, would feel stifling. For empty nesters, a large home with several unused bedrooms can become impractical. It's no surprise that life transitions often trigger a home purchase.

While your home-buying journey may not look like your neighbor's or friend's, broad trends can help you understand what to keep in mind as you house hunt. After all, taking the time now to think about exactly what you need can save a lot of heartache later.

THE NEWLY MARRIED OR PARTNERED COUPLE

The financial and legal commitment of marriage has provided a springboard to homeownership for centuries, though these days more couples are buying homes without exchanging rings. But no matter your status, there are some key factors you should consider as you enter into your first home purchase together.

  • Affordability: While many buyers are holding out for their dream home, embracing the concept of a starter home can open a lot of doors. If you focus on buying a home you can afford now with strong potential for appreciation, you can build equity alongside your savings, positioning you to trade up to a larger home in the future if your needs change.
  • Mortgage rates: Mortgage rates are at historic lows, but they still require solid credit. If one partner's score is keeping you from getting a mortgage, consider taking out a loan in only the other partner's name. The downside is that applying for a mortgage with a single income will reduce your qualification amount. And if you take that route, make sure you understand the legal and financial implications for both parties should the relationship end.
  • Location: A successful relationship takes compromise, so it's important to consider both of your commutes and interests when choosing a neighborhood. Need some help identifying the ideal location that fits within your budget? We can match you with some great communities that offer the perfect mix of amenities and affordability.

THE GROWING FAMILY

Having kids changes everything. Whether you've just had your first child or are getting to the point where your kids can't comfortably share a bedroom any longer, there's plenty to consider when you're ready to size up to a home that will fit your growing family.

  • Schools: 53% of buyers with children under 18 say that school districts are a major factor in their home buying decision.But when you're moving to a new community, it can be tough to figure out what the schools are actually like. That's why talking to a local real estate agent can be a gamechanger.
  • Lifestyle: How will the home you purchase affect your family's lifestyle? Features like a pool, a finished basement, or an open floor plan can help you enjoy time together.
  • Functionality: Consider your day-to-day needs. Will a walk-in pantry or a well-designed laundry room make life easier? Chances are, you won't find every nice-to-have in one home. But we can help you assess your options and give you a sense of what is realistic within your budget.

THE EMPTY NESTERS

When we talk about empty nesters, we usually think about downsizing. With kids out of the house, extra rooms can quickly become more trouble than they're worth. But there's plenty for empty nesters to think about besides square footage.

  • Maintenance: Ready to relax or travel now that the kids are gone? Keep in mind that newer homes tend to require fewer repairs, and smaller homes have less space to clean. And if you don't love yard work, a condo or townhouse might be preferable to a single-family home.

  • Lifestyle: If you're retired (or nearing it), consider how you'd like to spend your days. For some, that might mean living near a golf course or a beach. For others, being able to walk downtown for a nice dinner out is the priority. And with more time to spend as you wish, proximity to a supportive community of friends and family is priceless.

  • Ability to age in place: We can't escape aging, so it's wise to think ahead. This may mean choosing a single-story home with a walk-in tub or shower. Location matters, too—if your family will be providing support, are they close by? Can you easily reach necessities like grocery stores and healthcare? A few careful considerations now can make staying in your home long-term much more feasible.

FINDING THE RIGHT HOME FOR RIGHT NOW

Whatever stage you're embarking on next, insight into local neighborhoods, prices, and housing stock will help you hone in on exactly where you want to live and what kind of home is right for you. Buying a home—whether it's your first or your fifth—is a big decision, but we're here to support you every step of the way.

We support the Fair Housing Act and equal opportunity housing.

May
10

Family Fun: Mini Golf Courses Near Spokane

Spokane Mini Golf

Did you know mini golf is a great way for kids to learn patience and self-control while developing creativity and hand-eye coordination? All your kids will know is that they're having a blast. Share some quality time with your family at one of these entertaining mini golf courses near Spokane homes for sale.

  • Wonderland Family Fun Center - 10515 N. Division, Spokane, WA 99218
    With more than "five acres of fun," you and your family won't run out of things to do at Wonderland Family Fun Center. They have not one but two mini golf courses, indoor and outdoor so that you can play in any weather. Take a lunch break to enjoy some delicious pizza or one of the other items on their new full-service restaurant menu. Park admission is free, with a $10 fee for indoor mini golf and $11 for outdoor mini golf. Hours are 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Flatstick Pub - 618 W. Main Ave., Spokane, WA 99201
    Flatstick Pub was inspired by a simple but brilliant idea: Why not combine the fun and excitement of mini golf with the casual, welcoming ambiance of a neighborhood pub? Spokane's legendary Doomsday Hill makes an appearance on Flatstick's nine-hole course. Get some variety and try your hand at Duffleboard, Flatstick's own invention that's a cross between mini golf and shuffleboard. The upscale menu is provided by Ethan Stowell Restaurants, the first-class food group based in Seattle. Flatstick is open 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon-midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon - 10 p.m. Sunday. Please note that Flatstick is 21 and over only after 7 p.m., and tee time reservations are required.

  • Puttin' Around Mini Golf Course - 2902 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls, ID 83854
    Puttin' Around Mini Golf Course is the place for you when you want just mini golf. There's nothing to distract from the joys of playing 18 holes on their classic mini golf course. The grounds are attractive and well-maintained, and players appreciate the friendly and helpful staff members. Relax with a snack and cold beverage at one of the picnic tables outside the retro-themed Surf Shack. Puttin' Around is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Triple Play Family Fun Park - 175 W. Orchard Ave., Hayden, ID 83835
    For just over 20 years, Triple Play Family Fun Park has been a top destination for families who love to stay active. Triple Play is the only venue west of the Mississippi, featuring its varied combination of activities and amenities. The outdoor mini golf course, open seasonally, is a full 18 holes, while the year-round nine-hole indoor course includes a black light for spectacular visual effects. What to do afterward? Choose from bumper cars and boats, go-karts, bowling, laser tag, ropes course, and more. As if that wasn't enough, there's an indoor water park with a special section for toddlers. The Garden Fresh Grill serves a menu of family favorites such as pizza, burgers, hot dogs, and nachos. Visit the website to see hours and admission prices.

When it's time to buy or sell your home, pass the work off to a professional so you can spend more time with your family.

April
12

How to Celebrate Earth Day in Spokane

Spokane Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated on Thursday, April 22, so why not get out and enjoy Spokane's natural beauty? Whether you want to hike to see a waterfall or browse in a market filled with fresh local produce, there's plenty to do and see locally on Earth Day.
Check out the following five places to celebrate Earth Day in Spokane:

  1. Liberty Creek Hiking Trail - Liberty Lake Regional Park - 3707 S. Zephr Rd., Liberty Lake, WA 99019
    Get out and about to enjoy Spokane's natural beauty on the Liberty Creek Hiking Trail, which is almost four miles long from point to point and located near Liberty Lake homes for sale. It's rated as intermediate/difficult and offers a picturesque view of a waterfall along the way, creating the perfect spot to stop for a rest and a snack. You'll end up crossing Liberty Creek twice via footbridges on your way to a cool, damp cedar grove before climbing to a view of Liberty Lake.

  2. Riverside State Park - 9711 W. Charles Rd., Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026
    Although you'll be surrounded by nature at Riverside State Park, it's located only about nine miles from Spokane. The park has plenty of activities to keep you busy and active, no matter what you like to do. You'll be able to choose from 55 miles of trails and go mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, or hiking. If you'd like to enjoy the water, you can try paddle sports at the Little Spokane River.

  3. Main Market - 44 W. Main Ave., Spokane, WA 99201
    Choose delicious, wholesome local foods at Main Market, Spokane's only cooperative grocery store, located just around the corner from Spokane homes for sale. You'll find a large selection of products, including local eggs, fruits, veggies, and more. And in the bulk foods section, you'll be able to find products such as dried fruit, teas, spices, and more that you can buy in the exact quantity you need. You can grab breakfast or a meal from the hot or salad bar. Cooked-from-scratch community dinners are available every Thursday for $3 and include a meat option as well as a vegan one.

  4. Emerson-Garfield Farmers' Market - 2310 North Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205
    Emerson-Garfield Farmers' Market is a seasonally weekly marketplace that features a large variety of local products. You'll find organic fruits and vegetables, breads, pastries, pasture-raised meats, farm-fresh eggs, artisanal soaps, and more as you browse the market and take in the sights. It also serves as a community hub, bringing people together for musical entertainment, cooking demos, craft fairs, and more fun local events.

  5. Lima Greenhouses - 2100 S. Inland Empire Way, Spokane, WA 99224
    Planning on planting on Earth Day? Lima Greenhouses is a locally owned nursery that provides quality wholesale plants to eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Here you'll be able to find plant products that have been grown and cared for by experts. You can find almost anything you need to make your landscaping beautiful, including annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs, and fruit and vegetable plants as well as gardening supplies and decor.

When you live in a place with so much natural beauty Earth Day is extra special! Contact us to learn more about Spokane living.

March
25

Crazy Prices: What's Really Driving Up the Cost of New Homes

From the March 2021 issue of @Home with Coldwell Banker Tomlinson.  Written by Chris Canning, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Realtor®

As both a licensed REALTOR® and home builder, I often scroll through my Facebook feed and see homes advertised by our area homebuilders and fellow real estate agents. I often see such remarks as: "They want how much for that house? They're crazy!" or "Why can't builders build more affordable homes?" The general public is not aware of the obstacles faced by members of the industry tasked with meeting the demand for housing. Chief among these obstacles are: 1. A lack of affordable land. 2. Dramatic increases in the cost of materials. 3. The scarcity of qualified tradespeople.

  1. Land

    The first line item on any builder's ledger is lot cost. At present, Spokane is faced with issues in obtaining, developing, and delivering reasonably priced lots to builders. Briefly stated, Spokane's Comprehensive Plan dictates when, where, and how development and construction can take place. Its purpose is to prioritize use of existing infrastructure and improvements before venturing into areas that would require expanding infrastructure. Unfortunately, the land within the boundaries of our "Comp Plan" that was easiest and most cost-effective to develop is gone, leaving only very complicated, expensive, steep, rocky, pieces of property to develop. Consequently, developers and builders are forced to confront more expensive and complicated properties and projects. Many consumers who are able are paying these increases, while others have simply been forced out of the market. Let's assume a builder can build a home for $200.00/sq/ft and obtain a fair profit. If the builder is able to obtain a building lot for $60,000, and builds a 1,500 sq/ft rancher – he would need to charge $360,000 for this home. If, due to scarcity, the cost of the lot rises to $80,000, the result is an increase in the finished cost of the home of about $22,000. Otherwise, the builder sees his/her margin of profit slip, which would make it more difficult to obtain financing. Ultimately, the consumer bears the brunt of the cost increase, while the only party to benefit is the original landowner.
     
  2. Materials

    You may have heard in the news recently that lumber prices have nearly doubled in our area and elsewhere across the nation. However, it's not just lumber that has seen extensive price increases due to scarcity. Across the board (no pun intended), shortages in roofing, wiring, flooring and other materials, have significantly increased the cost of building a new home today.
     
  3. Skilled Labor

    Ask any home builder in town why homes are costing more, and be prepared for a lecture on the shortage of labor in the building trades. As a millennial, I was pushed hard to pursue a career requiring a college degree. I wish I had known then how much demand Spokane would have for skilled labor in the building trades in 2021! Talking to the many friends and family I have working as skilled tradespeople, I find that every one of them is inundated with work, to the extent that they can choose whom they work for and what they should be paid. As a result, while today's new homes are not framed any straighter or plumbed more reliably than those built five years ago, they are a lot more expensive to build, and, thus, to buy.

Lurking behind every one of these factors in the increasing cost of new homes is the Demon of Demand. As long as Spokane remains the wonderful place to live it is and always has been, we can expect to see increases in the cost of housing, though perhaps less steep than we are coping with now, extending into the future.

February
8

Spokane Restaurants for Valentine's Day Takeout

Spokane Romantic Restaurants

Valentine's Day is around the corner, so now is the perfect time to start planning a surprise for your special someone. While the holiday may look a little different this year than in years past, a romantic meal at home with your favorite person and your favorite food will never go out of style. Many of your favorite Spokane restaurants are currently open for takeout and will be serving up delicious dishes for Valentine's Day this year. We have all the details you need on 5 great restaurants offering Valentine's Day takeout in Spokane.

  1. Wild Sage Bistro – 916 W 2nd Ave., Spokane, WA 99201
    Wild Sage Bistro 
    has long been a local favorite close to Spokane homes for sale, with a great selection available for Valentine's Day takeout this year. This award-winning, locally owned restaurant is offering an outstanding takeout menu every day during dinnertime hours, with all of your farm to table favorites available for contactless curbside pickup. Choose from a selection of fresh soups, salads, appetizers, and entrees, then be sure to leave room for dessert! Wild Sage Bistro also offers a unique selection of craft cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks to pair with your meal.

  2. Elliots Urban Kitchen – 2209 N Monroe St., Spokane, WA 99205

    Thinking of planning a brunch at home for Valentine's Day? Elliots Urban Kitchen is one of the most popular brunch destinations in Spokane and is sure to have everything you need for a memorable meal with your special someone. This local favorite is operated by a husband and wife team, who love sharing their favorite dishes with the community. The brunch menu here is anything but ordinary, with items you won't find at other restaurants and new twists on your favorite classic brunch dishes.

  3. Scratch Spokane – 1007 W 1st Ave., Spokane, WA 99201

    With a focus on using only the highest quality fresh ingredients sourced from local farms and suppliers, Scratch Spokane has earned a loyal following in the city. If you're searching for a restaurant with an extensive selection of wine pairings that you can take home, this is a great place to order. Of course, the food here will also make anyone swoon, with exotic, re-imagined versions of classic American fare, all made from scratch every day.

  4. Wiley's Downtown Bistro – 115 N Washington St., Spokane, WA 99201

    Searching for a restaurant with a special menu just for Valentine's Day? Wiley's Downtown Bistro has you covered, with a four-course menu that allows you to pick the perfect meal for this special day. Start with a selection of social plates that are perfect for sharing, choose your favorite soup/salad for the second course, enjoy an elegant entree, then choose something sweet for dessert to celebrate with your special someone. Be sure to place a pre-order, then let Wiley's Downtown Bistro handle the cooking for Valentine's Day.

  5. Clover Restaurant – 913 E Sharp Ave., Spokane, WA 99202

    Known as one of the most romantic places in Spokane to enjoy a meal, Clover Restaurant is offering a takeout brunch menu for Valentine's Day that will make it easy to enjoy a romantic meal at home. The takeout menu here is built for sharing, with family brunch meals, a tempting selection of appetizers, and some delicious drinks to add the finishing touch to your meal.

Still searching for a home that both you and your significant other will love to call your own?  We are happy to help!  Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Spokane, WA area.

December
28

Make Your Own Charcuterie Board from These Spokane Shops

Charcuterie Boards Spokane

Charcuterie boards are perfect for sampling some of the best local flavors! Plus, they aren't just for meat and cheese anymore. Cold days and nights spent indoors have inspired people to build hot chocolate charcuterie boards featuring cocoa and all the fixings, from marshmallows and wafer sticks to caramel cubes and gingerbread cookies.

Whether you go gourmet or comfort, our real estate agents suggest these great shops around Spokane for creating your own charcuterie board.

  1. Egger's Meats North - 902 W. Rosewood Ave., Spokane, WA 99208
    For more than 60 years, Egger's Meats North has been producing a wide variety of specialty meats in their on-site smokehouse. In addition to hams, turkeys, and steaks, Egger's offers their signature pepperoni sticks and jerky along with 18 varieties of bratwurst. Eggers will also process your wild game during hunting season. Don't forget to pick up sauces, condiments, and side dishes from their deli counter. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  2. Wanderlust Delicato - 421 W. Main Ave., Suite 103, Spokane, WA 99201
    With their passion for travel, the owners of Wanderlust Delicato appreciate how food tells the story of where it came from. Their shop carries cheese, charcuterie, and wine from around the world to share these global experiences with their customers around Spokane homes for sale. Purchase cheese cut to order or choose one of their carefully crafted platters. Wanderlust Delicato is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

  3. Petunia's Marketplace - 2010 N. Madison St., Spokane, WA 99205
    When it comes to items for your charcuterie board, if they don't carry it at Petunia's Marketplace, you don't need it. The charming shop is chock-full of artisan meats and cheeses, freshly roasted coffees, wine, olive oil, balsamic vinegars, and other gourmet foods that are sure to satisfy any taste. Add a touch of sweetness with some handmade chocolate truffles, caramels, and nut clusters. Visit their Facebook page for current hours.

  4. Bruttles Gourmet Candy Shoppe - 828 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA 99201
    Make a candy or hot chocolate charcuterie when you stop by this sweet Spokane shop. A chance comment by a customer-led to the creation of Soft Peanut Butter Brittle, the signature confection at Bruttles Gourmet Candy Shoppe. The luscious treat has the same rich peanut butter flavor with a flaky texture that's easier to eat. Customers also rave about the shop's namesake candy, which is an individual square of the soft brittle minus nuts and dipped in chocolate. Order online for convenient pickup. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  5. Mariupol European Bakery and Deli - 3329 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA 99202
    Want to add a little Continental style to your charcuterie board? Mariupol European Bakery and Deli carries a wide range of traditional foods you won't find anywhere else. Indulge with classic red caviar or smoked wild salmon, or go rustic with Italian polpette meatballs. People keep coming back for authentic baked goods such as stuffed pierogi and vatrushkas, rings of cheese-filled pastry. Mariupol is open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Imagine sharing a charcuterie board with your family to celebrate your new Spokane home. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson and let our experienced real estate agents turn your dream into reality.

November
23

Where to Order Holiday Poinsettias in Spokane

Spokane Poinsettias

It's almost time for Spokane homes for sale to come alive with beautiful decorations for the holidays. This holiday season promises to be a welcome time of joy and giving in the midst of a challenging year.  We know many people, buyers, and sellers alike, who are looking forward to it.

One traditional aspect of the holidays many people embrace is the poinsettia. 

They stand for good cheer and success and bring mirth and celebration where they are seen.

Fresh poinsettias can be tough to find in many parts of the country, but you're in luck if you're looking for them here in Spokane. Florists make it a "point" to stock these lovely flowers for the holidays. You have your choice of many places to pick them up.

Let's look at some popular spots to buy holiday poinsettias in Spokane:

  1. The Greenery at Spokane Community College - 1810 North Greene Street, Spokane, WA 99217
    The Greenery at Spokane Community College is unique: A student-run flower shop and nursery right on the Spokane CC campus. Its operations include three greenhouses filled with all sorts of annuals, perennials, trees, and bushes. Fresh flower arrangements are available all year long.
  2. Sunset Florist & Greenhouse - 1606 South Assembly Road, Spokane, WA 99224
    Sunset Florist & Greenhouse is a local florist welcoming Spokane customers since all the way back in 1945. Combining superb quality and affordable prices, it offers you the opportunity to have a special holiday flower arrangement handcrafted by true experts.
  3. Liberty Park Florist & Greenhouse - 1401 East Newark Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202
    Liberty Park Florist & Greenhouse is a family-owned florist that's been a Spokane staple since 1928. It may be best known for its expansive garden center and indoor plants. It also enlivens events, such as weddings, with remarkable flower arrangements that both look and smell great.
  4. Four Seasons Flower and Plant Shop - West 603 Indiana Avenue, Spokane, WA 99205
    Four Seasons Flower and Plant Shop is a favorite when it comes to holiday floral arrangements. Open since 1981, it provides all kinds of options for size, color, and budget. Deliveries can be performed worldwide. You'll truly find lovely selections here in all four seasons.
  5. Evergreen Florist - 1602 North Monroe Street, Spokane, WA 99205
    Evergreen Florist pairs its poinsettias with a stylish green bushel pot. With friendly and prompt service chosen by thousands of customers, it is led by local floral designer Song Korfhage, who brings 30 years of expertise to every bouquet. Tropical plants and even European dish gardens are also available.

Any time of year, local businesses like these florists help give Spokane its unique color and character. There are plenty of other reasons to love this vibrant community waiting for you to discover. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson for the freshest real estate opportunities around Spokane.

October
12

Carve Pumpkins in Spokane: Where to Buy Pumpkins

Pumpkins in Spokane

Halloween is almost here, and we couldn't be more excited! We love everything about this holiday, including the quest to find the perfect pumpkin. Over the past several years, we have explored all of the area's best pumpkin patches. Throughout our journey, we've come across a few that really take things up a notch. 

Whether you carve a pumpkin every year or you're thinking about starting a new tradition, you'll want to check out one (or more!) of these great local spots. 

  1. Urban Eden Farms: 2121 S. Cherry St., Spokane, WA 99224
    If you've been thinking about moving into one of the beautiful Spokane homes for sale, you'll definitely want to familiarize yourself with Urban Eden Farms. This CSA (community supported agriculture) sells organic, locally-grown produce on the farm on Saturdays from 9 am until noon. Not only can you get a great pumpkin here, but you can also pick up all the tasty veggies you need for your weekly dinners.
  1. Beck's Harvest House: 9919 Greenbluff Rd., Colbert, WA 99005
    When you're ready to really get into the spirit of the season, head over to the Fall Harvest Festival at Beck's Harvest House. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 25th, you can visit their pumpkin patch and enjoy an array of other fall activities. You'll love the giant corn maze, apple cider, homemade pies, local food trucks, world-famous pumpkin donuts, and more! Even better, the farm is located not far from some of the best Colbert homes for sale, making it convenient to stop by while you're out exploring the area.
  1. Eleven Acres Farm: 10909 E. Day Mt. Spokane Rd., Mead, WA 99021
    The popular Eleven Acres Farm has a great pumpkin patch and pick-your-own apples, and fresh-grown winter squash. To see what other produce they have available, make sure to check out their website! After you're done with your visit to the farm, make sure to take a drive around so you can check out some of the beautiful Mead homes for sale
  1. Hidden Acres Orchard: 16802 N. Applewood Ln., Mead, WA 99021
    A dog-friendly farm that's open every day, Hidden Acres Orchard, is a great location for a family pumpkin-picking outing. They currently have white and orange u-pick mini pumpkins, a huge selection of carving pumpkins, giant pumpkins, and stacking pumpkins. You can also pick up some sugar pumpkins, baking pumpkins, and gourds to cover all of your fall baking and decorating needs.
  1. Sunset Orchard on Green Bluff: 8110 E. Greenbluff Rd., Colbert, WA 99005
    If you're looking for the widest selection of pumpkins around, you'll want to head over to Sunset Orchard on Green Bluff. They have over 30 varieties of pumpkins this year, including giant varieties, carving pumpkins, and edible pumpkins. Have fun wandering through the fields in search of the perfect pumpkin, or skip the hassle and choose one from their convenient displays. They regularly restock them, so it'll be easy to find one you love. Before you go, you'll want to make sure you also pick up some fresh apples and veggies. 

Fall in Love With Your Dream Home

Autumn is the perfect time to find your dream home, and we are here to help. Get in touch today to discuss your goals and get started! 

September
30

Annual Coats 4 Kids Drive More Important Now Than Ever

 

From the September 2020 issue of @Home with Coldwell Banker Tomlinson.  Article written by Cindy Hedin, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson REALTOR®.

With fall just around the corner, we at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson are beginning to gear up for our annual Coats 4 Kids campaign with KXLY 4 News Now.   Though, due to the current COVID pandemic and school closures, the Coats 4 Kids campaign will look a little different in 2020, its success is more urgent than ever!

Coats 4 Kids is an area-wide annual fall event and has several local sponsors, including Coldwell Banker Tomlinson.  In addition to its corporate contributions, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Realtors® throughout our region have worked in the past as liasons with local schools and businesses in collecting coats.  We will miss working directly with our school partners this year.  However, we know they will continue to do what they can to help.  View a full list of coat dropoff locations here.

The good news is that we will still be receiving new and gently used coats and monetary donations at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson offices throughout the Spokane area.  Dr. Bob Lutz from the Spokane Health District was consulted to ensure we are observing proper procedures regarding COVID-19.  Unfortunately we have had to eliminate some of the events we've done in the past.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Coats 4 Kids.  With your support, we have been able to collect hundreds of thousands of new and gently-used coats of all sizes (don't forget the teenagers!) for children throughout our region.  This year's collection will begin October 1st and run through October 31st.  We want to make sure every child in our area has a warm coat to wear this winter!

What can YOU do to help in this year's campaign? 

1.  Check your closets any gently used coats you would like to donate.

2.  Bring them to any Coldwell Banker Tomlinson office, or call your Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Realtor®, we will be happy to pick up your donation.

3.  Donations of new coats and monetary donations are also most welcome. Make a financial contribution here

Your contributions will put smiles on many, many children in our community!

August
10

Get Out on the Water: Kayaking and Rafting Around Spokane

Kayaking in Spokane

Whether you prefer your time on the water to be relaxing or exciting, there's a paddlesport option for you. During the summer months, our real estate agents love exploring Spokane-area waterways using kayaks, rafts, and stand-up paddleboards. 

Enjoy some fun out on the water with a rental or guided trip from these spots around Spokane.

  1. FLOW Adventures - 2807 W. Euclid Ave., Spokane, WA 99205
    How much fun are the people at FLOW Adventures? Owners Jon and Jeanie Wilmot bestowed their dog Stella with the official title of "Extra Food Disposal." Since 2005, when the Wilmots ran the business from their basement, they've been "creating adventurous memories" for outdoor lovers near Spokane homes for sale. FLOW conducts rafting, tubing and kayaking trips along the Spokane and Salmon Rivers, or you can rent the apparatus and choose your own course. The fun doesn't stop in the winter when FLOW offers daytime and sunset snowshoe excursions.

  2. Fun Unlimited - 414 E. 1st Ave., Post Falls, ID 83854
    With a name like Fun Unlimited, how can you go wrong? Locations in Post Falls and underneath the Division Street Bridge in Spokane provide easy access to a variety of experiences. The Spokane location rents stand-up paddleboards and kayaks in one-, two- and four-hour increments, with afternoon and evening specials. 24-hour and weekly rental rates are also available. If you have a need for speed, the Post Falls location rents jet skis as well as wake surf, deck, and pontoon boats. Plus, it's close to many wonderful Post Falls homes for sale

  3. ROW Adventure Center - 209 S. Washington, Spokane, WA 99201
    ROW Adventure Center has probably the best endorsement a paddlesport business could get. Each year, National Geographic has named RAC's parent company, ROW Adventures, as one of the "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth." Guided by a mission of "Sharing Nature - Enriching Lives," RAC has helped tens of thousands of people discover the glorious sights of nature in Washington and Idaho. Popular rafting and kayaking locations include Spokane, St. Joe, Moyie, Clearwater and Selway Rivers as well as Lake Coeur d'Alene. Half- and full-day trips are offered, along with sunset and "happy hour" options.

  4. Pangaea River Rafting - Ruby River Hotel, 700 N. Division St., Spokane, WA 99202
    A cross-country cycling trip inspired Brooke Baunsgard and David Lawrence to share the joys of relationships forged in the great outdoors. After purchasing an existing adventure company, they transformed it into Pangaea River Rafting and expanded the trip selections to appeal to a broader demographic. "Leave Boring Behind" with scenic or wine-tasting rafting trips along the Spokane River. Pangaea will also create upgraded trips customized to your specific requests.

  5. Wiley E. Waters - 1701 W. Water Ave., Spokane, WA 99201
    The company may share its name with a cartoon character, but trips offered by Wiley E. Waters are thrillingly real. Choose from family-friendly whitewater trips or scenic floats in Riverside State Park. Adults aged 21 and over can join their friends on a fun-filled wine & dine trip featuring locally-produced wines. Expand your horizons, literally and figuratively, with a half-day scenic trip down the Grande Ronde River in southeast Washington.

Spokane's proximity to water is just one of the reasons that make it an ideal location for your dry-land home. If you're buying or selling a house, contact us at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson for dedicated and knowledgeable assistance.

July
13

National Ice Cream Day: Ice Cream Shops in Spokane

Ice Cream Shops in Spokane

Nothing says summer fun quite like a delicious frozen treat! In fact, when our real estate agents take a break from helping buyers find their dream homes, they love stopping by some of their favorite local ice cream shops. 

National Ice Cream Day is coming up soon, so now is a great time to start exploring some of the area's best ice cream vendors. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.

  1. Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates & Ice Cream: 513 E. Hastings Rd., Spokane, WA 99218
    Family owned and operated since 1964, Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates & Ice Cream still prides themselves on creating high-quality treats made from only the finest ingredients. They carry a variety of delicious ice cream flavors (although we're partial to the Chocolate Fudge). Before you leave, you'll want to pick up some of their gourmet chocolates to enjoy after you get home. 
  2. Doyle's Homemade Ice Cream Parlor: 2229 W. Boone Ave., Spokane, WA 99201
    Doyle's Homemade Ice Cream Parlor has been a landmark in the West Central neighborhood of Spokane since 1939. They make their own ice cream and are home to the city's last working vintage soda fountain. Whether you're looking for a regular ice cream cone, giant banana split, old fashioned milkshake, or a made-from-scratch old-time fountain drink, you can find it here! While you're in the neighborhood, make sure to take a drive around so you can get a look at some of the great nearby Spokane homes for sale.
  3. Didier's Yogurt & More: 10410 N. Division St., Spokane, WA 99218
    If frozen yogurt is your thing, you'll definitely want to pay a visit to Didier's Yogurt & More. They've been around since 1986 and are the oldest still-running frozen yogurt restaurant in the United States. They carry many unique flavors, most of which they blend themselves. Enjoy a dish or a cone, shake, smoothie, float, or flurry. Don't forget to take a pint (or three!) home for later.
  4. Froyo Earth: 12519 N. Division #5, Spokane, WA 99218
    Feeling creative? Head over to Froyo Earth, where you can create your own frozen yogurt concoction by choosing from a huge variety of flavors and premium toppings. Here you'll find interesting options like Pomegranate Raspberry Sorbet, White Chocolate Mousse, and Cake Batter. The flavors change every day, so each time you go, it's a new adventure!
  5. Pete Belle's: 1330 N. Argonne Rd., Spokane Valley, WA 99212
    When you visit Pete Belle's, you can expect to enjoy delicious, rich ice cream made with real ingredients. Located right down the road from Spokane Valley homes for sale, they have options for every type of sweet tooth. From rich and decadent flavors like Mint Avalanche made with Andes Candies and Grasshopper Cookies to lighter treats like Passionfruit Italian Ice and everything in between, you can be sure that you'll never leave this shop disappointed! 

After you're done enjoying your sweet treat, you'll want to check out some of our sweet real estate deals! There are a ton of great houses on the market right now, and we're here to help you find the one you've been dreaming of. Contact us today to get started.

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