Spokane is chalk full of awesome stuff to do, but never is there more to see and experience than in the spring. As the city shakes off the last dustings of snow and flowers peek their colorful heads out of the soul, the residents of Spokane hit the streets en masse. Here’s the top 4 activities happening this spring, only in Spokane:
43rd Annual Lilac Bloomsday Run
The Lilac Bloomsday Run is an annual race in Spokane. Over 50,000 runners, joggers, and walkers show up to complete the 12K course through the heart of Downtown (near the arena and convention center). While it is too late to register and participate, you can still show up and cheer on the racers on Sunday, May 5th. Check out the Bloomsday official website for handy information on the Boomsday Shuttle, parking options, and road closures for the best Bloomsday experience, or watch this cool video to learn more about the race.
Looking to participate in a more significant way? Volunteers are still needed for a variety of activities on race day. Learn more here.
After the race, reward yourself with a wine tasting in Spokane’s Cork District downtown, and be sure to join Spokane Wine Enthusiasts on Facebook to stay up to date on everything happening in the Spokane wine world.
Manito Park’s Seasonal Gardens
Manito Park is one of Spokane’s crowning jewels, and when the seasonal gardens are open and flourishing, it provides an unparalleled outdoor experience. The japanese gardens, in particular, are not to be missed this spring. The Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Gardens are located within Manito Park and were built in 1974 to honor the sister city relationship between Spokane and Nishinomiya, Japan.
The space is meant a sanctuary for meditation and quiet reflection, and is open from April 1st to October 31st every year, from 8:00am to half an hour before sunset daily. This is one of the few authentic Japanese Gardens to exist outside of Japan, and a walk through the space will instantly transport you across the Pacific.
Manito Park is also home to a staggeringly diverse and prolific Lilac Garden. Spokane’s Lilac Garden contains “well over 100 named cultivars from 23 distinct species, making it one of the most important lilac gardens in the West,” according to the Spokane Parks Department. Spokane is known as the Lilac City, and the Lilac Gardens are a huge part of Spokane’s local identity. And they’re never more beautiful than in the Spring!
2019 Spokane Lilac Festival
The Spokane Lilac Festival is an annual event celebrating the local military, youth, and the beauty and majesty of Spokane. A multi-day event, the Lilac Festival hosts luncheons, dinners, dances, and more, all operating within this year’s theme of “We Are Spokane.”
The festival culminates in the largest Torchlight Military Parade in the country. This parade is not one you will want to miss – it features bands, floats, military and equestrian groups, drill teams and dancers, cars, and more. The parade has a proud 81-year history in Spokane, with many more to come.
Check out the 2019 Armed Forces Torchlight Parade on Saturday May 18th at 7:45pm. Entrance fees and tickets are $15.
Hoopfest is easily the coolest event you’ll see in any downtown in America. This isn’t just shooting hoops for fun; Hoopfest is the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world. IN. THE. WORLD. Right here, in Downtown Spokane!
When we say Hoopfest isn’t just friends playing in the street, what we mean is 6,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, 225,000 cheering fans on 450 courts spanning 45 city blocks. From June 29th-30th, Downtown streets shut down to make way for the event, but nearby restaurants and bars stay open and make a great haven for spectators to enjoy the tournament and a bite to eat.
Registration is open until May 17th, so you and your best b-ball pals still have time to participate in this epic event. If you’re not the athletic type and just want to cheer on the teams, scope out your logistics options in advance, and check out the list of FoodFest options available this year.
If you don’t live in Spokane but are considering a relocation, definitely check out Hoopfest or any of these other amazing happenings around town during your visit!
Want to Live Here?
If you’re looking at buying or selling a home in Spokane, we’d love to learn a little more about your move and help you find the perfect space. Whether you’re looking to upgrade, relocate, or downsize, we can help you find what you’re looking for. Contact me today to set up a custom search and learn more about Spokane’s diverse land and housing offerings.
Straddling the Spokane River bluff, the Audubon-Downriver neighborhood is one of Spokane’s hottest neighborhoods. Bisected by Northwest Blvd., Audubon-Downriver is close to everything. This neighborhood has been affectionately dubbed the “poor man’s South Hill” – a reference to Audubon-Downriver’s walkability, hipster feel, and affordable price points.
But the Audubon-Downriver neighborhood isn’t just a cheap knockoff of somewhere better. The neighborhood’s namesake, Audubon Park, is one of the best in all of Spokane, no matter the season. And the uncommon combination of walkability and affordability makes Audubon-Downriver one of the most desirable neighborhoods to be in right now.
Here are are four of the best things about the Audubon-Downriver neighborhood:
#1 The Unique Style and Personality
Architecturally, Audubon-Downriver is fairly diverse, but the majority of homes can be described as being of the English Cottage style. Red brick is common and gives the neighborhood a distinct flare that sets it apart from the surrounding areas. Many homes are set back off the street and have stairs leading up to the front porch and doorway, lending the homes a sense of privacy while adding a charming touch.
The majority of the Audubon-Downriver neighborhood was constructed in the 1920s, making it one of the older neighborhoods in town. Rather than feeling old, though, Audubon-Downriver feels established. There are old growth trees lining the streets on both sides all throughout – in fact, these trees are one of the biggest visual giveaways that you’ve entered the neighborhood. With homes set back off the sidewalk and tree-lined streets, Audubon-Downriver really is one of the best neighborhoods for strolling with loved ones.
#2 The Park
If you’re looking for a little more to do outside, be sure to keep strolling until you hit the neighborhood’s namesake, Audubon Park. With 27 acres of pine trees, splash pads, playgrounds, basketball courts and ball fields, this neighborhood park is nothing to sneeze at. Audubon Park is adjacent to Finch Elementary, making it a great destination for parents with young kids who are looking for a smaller, fenced off portion of the playground while older kids and adults enjoy the courts and fields.
In the winter, the rolling hills in Audubon Park are perfect for snow sledding. In the summer, the park serves as a meeting place for parties, events, and festivals. One of the big draws to the park is the open air concerts hosted by Spokane’s Northwest Neighborhood Council during the summer months. Whatever your family is looking to do in any season, you’re bound to find it in the park.
#3 The Walkability
One of Audubon-Downriver’s best features is its walkability. Not only can residents walk to the park and the local schools, but because the neighborhood is bisected by Northwest Blvd., there are dozens of restaurants and bars right in the center of the neighborhood. The Flying Goat is a neighborhood favorite, but you’ll also find amazing brunch options at the Downriver Grill and healthy fares at the 5 star-rated Ephata Cafe. Cascadia Public House and Elliott’s Urban Kitchen serve up delicious American gastropub options for those looking to try out modern American tastes.
But Audubon-Downriver doesn’t just have great restaurants and bars. The neighborhood has just about every type of store or shop within walking distance, including a hardware store! The only thing the neighborhood lacks in walkability is a grocery store, but there are several within short driving distance.
#4 The Prices
Audubon-Downriver boasts the same vibe and culture as the South Hill, but home prices run an average of $100,000 cheaper. Many 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom homes in the neighborhood run in the $200,000 – $250,000 price range, with large front yards.
For those interested in investment real estate, the Audubon-Downriver neighborhood is a great investment. College students are attracted to the area for its walkability and nightlife, and the demand for rentals is high, while purchase prices are low.
Looking to Buy a Home in Audubon-Downriver?
Real estate in Audubon-Downriver is highly sought-after, which is why the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team recommend setting up a search early on. Even if you’re just considering the area amongst others, an MLS search can give you an accurate and timely idea of what’s available and for what price. I specialize in helping people relocate to Spokane, and Audubon-Downriver is one of the most popular neighborhoods my clients move to.
If you’re looking at moving to Audubon-Downriver or anywhere else in Spokane, we’d love to learn a little more about your move and help you find the perfect space. Whether you’re looking to upgrade, relocate, or downsize (or all three!), we can help you find what you’re looking for. Contact me today to set up a custom search and learn more about how you can find and buy a house even while still living out of state.
…And what makes it such a cool neighborhood!
Browne’s Addition is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Spokane, and it’s easy to see why. The neighborhood has a rich and diverse history, a unique cultural vibe, and the breweries aren’t too bad, either!
Whether you’re a Spokane native or considering moving to the area, here are 7 things you probably didn’t know about Browne’s Addition:
#1 It’s Named After a Man, Not a Color
Although Browne’s Addition is often written as “Brown’s Edition,” this is actually incorrect! The neighborhood is named after its founder, John J. Browne (or J.J. Browne to his friends), who built the neighborhood in addition (get it?!) to the existing Spokane Falls area. When Browne’s Addition was founded, there were less than 55 people living in all of Spokane Falls. Browne and his partner, A.M. Cannon, purchased 120 acres of land, which would become Browne’s Addition and Cannon’s Addition, respectively.
#2 It’s the Oldest Neighborhood in Spokane
Browne purchased the land to found Browne’s Addition in 1878, making it the first official neighborhood in Spokane. Just 10 years later, Brown and Cannon had founded the Spokane Street Railway Company and the first horse-drawn streetcar line ran from Browne’s Addition to Downtown Spokane on April 15th, 1888.
#3 Part of the Neighborhood was Acquired Through the Homestead Act
By the end of the 1800’s, Browne’s Addition was starting to get a lot of attention from the wealthy community in Spokane. Its close proximity to downtown and its stunning views of the Spokane River made the neighborhood highly desirable to those who could afford it. Eager to grow the neighborhood and capitalize on the local interest in the area, J.J. Browne applied for and was approved for a homestead grant for the remainder of the land that he didn’t already own.
#4 Coeur d’Alene Park Was Built to Attract High-End Home Builders
In keeping with the theme of growing the neighborhood and attracting the wealthy, Browne and Cannon decided to build a park. Both Browne and Cannon donated land to the park equally. For over 120 years, Coeur d’Alene Park has been a local gathering point for Spokanites. The park is full of enormous trees, lush green grass, and is surrounded by mansions of every variety. Coeur d’Alene Park was hugely instrumental in growing Browne’s Addition into the neighborhood and cultural epicenter it is today.
#5 The Neighborhood Was Once Considered “Low Rent”
Browne’s Addition was originally a high end neighborhood – extremely high end. Mansions of every make and model can be found on nearly every street, even to this day. But after the Great Depression, the type of lodger interested in the Browne’s Addition started to change. The neighborhood’s close proximity to downtown made it appealing to the working class, and it wasn’t long before those large mansions started to be broken up into smaller apartments or rented out on a room-by-room basis. This trend continued on for several decades, until a savvy group of investors came in during the 1980s and fueled an urban revival in the Browne’s Addition. Thirty years later, Browne’s Addition has reclaimed its status as luxurious and hip, and has been officially registered as a Historic District since 1976.
#6 The Real Estate Ranges From Modern Condos to Victorian Mansions
One great carryover from Browne’s Addition’s sordid past is that many of those mansions that were broken up post-Depression have been converted into condos and townhomes. This means that there is a little something for every budget. Condos and townhomes are surprisingly reasonably priced, especially at the edges of the neighborhood. Home buyers can enjoy all the perks of the neighborhood – its walkability, proximity to downtown, museums, restaurants, and breweries – for prices in the $200,000s. Buyers who want to live closer to Coeur d’Alene Park will pay a little more for the real estate. And of course, bungalows, ramblers, and mansions can be purchased for those looking for a single occupancy home. Real estate in this area is coveted, so start your home search early.
#7 It’s Only a 10 Minute Walk to Downtown
We’ve mentioned several times that Browne’s Addition is close to downtown Spokane, but did you know it’s only a 10 minute walk?! This is the perfect neighborhood for young professionals who work downtown, but also for downsizers and empty nesters who don’t want the burden of owning and maintaining a car. If you don’t want to walk to downtown, there are plenty of coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, bars, and breweries right in Browne’s Addition. And don’t forget, Browne’s Addition first became renowned for its beautiful landscapes and views, so you really aren’t going to find a prettier walk anywhere else!
Looking to Buy a Home in Browne’s Addition?
Real estate in Browne’s Addition is highly sought-after, which is why the Real Estate Agent Spokane Team
recommends setting up a search early on. Even if you’re just considering the area amongst others, an MLS search can give you an accurate and timely idea of what’s available and for what price. I specialize in helping people relocate to Spokane, and Browne’s Addition is one of the most popular neighborhoods my clients move to.
If you’re looking at moving to Browne’s Addition or anywhere else in Spokane, we’d love to learn a little more about your move and help you find the perfect space. Whether you’re looking to upgrade, relocate, or downsize (or all three!), we can help you find what you’re looking for. Contact me today to set up a custom search and learn more about how you can buy a house while still living out of state.
36th Annual Christmas Tree Elegance Event in Spokane
Christmas Tree Elegance was founded in 1983 by the Spokane Symphony Associates as a fundraiser for the Spokane Symphony. Today, this family-friendly event has won a place in Spokane Christmas tradition, and has grown into a 13-day event. Attendees travel from five states and Canada to participate and partake in Christmas Tree Elegance, and if you’ve ever seen the trees (and the prizes!), it’s no wonder why.
This year marks the 36th anniversary of the event, which opens on November 27th and runs through December 9th.
How it Works
There are 18 beautifully decorated trees located inside the Davenport Hotel and River Park Square during Christmas Tree Elegance. These decked-out trees have been sponsored by local and national businesses contributing to the fundraiser. Attendees of Christmas Tree Elegance don’t just come to see the trees, they come to win.
Raffle tickets are $1 each, and you can bid on as many trees as you want, as often as you want. But even better still, each tree comes with an additional gift basket/swag bag or cash prize. That would certainly help you deck the halls and line the stockings on your chimney!
The raffle drawing will be held and winners announced on December 9th.
All proceeds from raffle ticket sales go to support the Spokane Symphony. All the trees and prizes are sponsored by local and national businesses, so you can bid confidently, knowing your funds really are going to support the arts in Spokane. Christmas Tree Elegance is the Spokane Symphony Associates’ biggest fundraising event of the year for the symphony, so grab the kids and some friends and take a stroll through the trees. And if you see something you like, buy a few raffle tickets and throw your name in the hat – you never know, it could be your lucky day!
The Real Estate Agent Spokane team of realtors is proudly sponsoring tree #12 at this year’s Christmas Tree Elegance. We believe in promoting arts and culture in Spokane as a celebration of the diversity and sophistication our city has to offer.
Meet the Team
The Real Estate Agent Spokane team is a part of Kestell Co Realtors, located in Spokane, Washington. We are full service realtors who handle all types of transactions from first time home buyers, investment property transactions, relocations to Spokane, and more.
Carrie Meyer is passionate about helping people relocate to Spokane. Having done so herself 15 years ago, she understands the struggles and stresses that come with moving from out of town and provides unique services to make the process as simple as possible. Carrie also specializes in new home builds and property purchases for those looking to live on acreage with an easy commute back into town, and gladly represents local transactions of any type.
Sandra Bachmeyer is highly skilled in downsizing transactions, specifically in dealing with the relocation of a parent or grandparent out of their home and into an assisted facility. Sandra has years of experience working in elder care and understands the delicate nuances of these types of transactions. She will work tirelessly to ensure that your loved one is treated with dignity and respect throughout the entire process.
Wendy Smith is a “jack of all trades” in real estate and is ready to help, no matter your transaction type. Wendy understands what it’s like to be a working mother, and strives to make your transaction as simple as possible. She is passionate about helping people find their dream home and sell their current home as quickly and profitably as possible.
The Real Estate Agent Spokane team can be reached at (509) 868-1077, or full contact information can be found here.
Spokane is an amazing city to live in year round, but it is exceptionally magical in the fall. The changing of the leaves provides a gorgeous backdrop no matter what you’re doing. The crisp, cool autumn air signals the start of the holiday season festivities. Dust off your boots and grab and scarf, because you won’t want to miss our top four reasons to visit Spokane this fall!
The Changing of the Seasons
Spokane is part of the Inland Northwest (INW). The INW is known for its snowy winters, gorgeous summers, colorful falls and flourishing springs. If you’re looking for a full expression of all four seasons without the long, gray winters of the midwest and northwest coast, you can’t do better than Spokane.
So grab a coffee from one of our local shops and take a midday stroll. Even a quick walk through the city will provide spectacular views of the changing of the leaves. Reds, oranges, and yellows shine brightly in the midday sun. Even as temperatures drop in Spokane, the sun continues to shine. What this means is that you’re less likely to experience a decline in mood during the fall and winter months. Get the culture of Seattle while leaving the endless gray days behind!
Spokane has no shortage of fall festivals. Whether you’re looking for an adventure out with the kids or a fun date activity, Spokane has you covered. Here are a few things to do in Spokane this fall:
Greenbluff Farms Fall Harvest Festival
Running from September 22nd through October 28th, the Fall Harvest Festival is the region’s biggest family-friendly event. The festival boasts a 5-acre corn maze, Pumpkin Land (and of course, their world-famous pumpkin donuts!), live music, food trucks, face painting, apple cider, and dining at the Country Kitchen, to name just a few. Take a peek at the Greenbluff Farms website for full details.
ValleyFest takes place in the Spokane Valley and runs from September 21-23. This “multi-sport” event offers a diverse range of activities for the family. What do we mean by “diverse?” Well, ValleyFest is most notable for kicking off every year with a Bed Race down Sprague downtown in the Spokane Valley! Families decorate beds and literally race them box-car style down the street. It is one of the most unique events you’ll ever participate in, and bedfull of fun! Other offerings at ValleyFest include TotFest for the kids, a swing dancing competition, and several physical fitness activities, including a walk to raise money for Down’s Syndrome. Check out the full ValleyFest lineup on their website.
Seriously Scary Halloween
Maybe it’s the crisp air and the orange leaves that puts Spokane in such a festive mood. No matter the reason, our love of Halloween can’t be denied. Whether it is a trip to Scarywood or trick-or-treating at a neighborhood sponsored event, you’re guaranteed to have a great time.
Scarywood at Silverwood
Featured on Travel Channel’s “Halloween’s Scariest Thrills” list, Scarywood at Silverwood Theme Park didn’t come to mess around. The even runs the entire month of October and is not meant for kids. Scarywood boasts 5 haunted attractions and 7 Scare Zones. Check out their website for full details, and be warned – Scarywood is not for the faint of heart!
Arts & Culture
Hogwarts at the Spokane Symphony
The third annual Spokane Symphony Haunted Hallows performance is on October 28th. The Spokane Symphony will be performing the music of Harry Potter in all its magic and splendor. Truly an event for and about the fans, Haunted Hallows encourages cosplay and provides pre-concert activities, so be sure to show up early. The Spokane Symphony offers a matinee and evening performance, but tickets are limited. Learn more and buy tickets here.
Both a group and an event, Terrain is dedicated to local art. The group was founded in 2007 to help prevent the outward migration of local art talent. Terrain the Event is a celebration of those artists. This year’s event features over 500 works from 250 artists, including poets, filmmakers, painters, and performance artists. Learn more about Terrain here, and be sure to stop by the official event on October 5th. Bring your checkbook – art seen at Terrain is for sale and supports the local artists.
Ready to Learn More?
Thinking about visiting or relocating to Spokane? Fall is the perfect season to come see what we’re all about here. Be sure to take a look at our featured listings and check out the blog for more local insights. Contact me to schedule an appointment and begin your home search in Spokane. I specialize in relocation transactions and am prepared to answer your questions and assist throughout the long distance buying process.
The annual Hoopfest will visit Spokane again this weekend…and it is going to be a HOT HOOP FEST! Temperature is expected to reach triple digits and no one in their right mind would want to be playing on tarmac under the noonday sun! But they do by the thousands…Spokane Hoopfest is the biggest
- 3-on-3 on Earth
- 7,000 Teams
- 3,000 Volunteers
- 225,000 Fans spanning
- 450 Courts which cover
- 42 City Blocks!
How much fun this is for families and individuals alike! The entire downtown area of Spokane shuts down and the streets become basketball courts. Stadium seating goes up on the sidewalks, street vendors are out soliciting their wares, food and drink and all of the restaurants and pubs welcome the hot spectators with welcome arms to quench their thirst and fill their bellies. Having twins that are basketball enthusiast, we now participate in this annual ritual with hundreds of other families and groups of 3 that become composed of every type imaginable. From co-ed groups to father-son teams and work buddies. It is quite the draw.
If you’re on the page with how wonderful outdoor events can be, think ‘beyond basketball’, and you’ll understand the love affair Spokanites have for this ‘one-of-a-kind’ outdoor festival! They shop, eat from Spokane’s surprising worldwide cuisine and they jump for joy, scream loud for their teams and then talk about the results for weeks after. All sorts of interactive entertainment are to be found on the streets of Spokane during this welcomed festival.
When you consider the the entire population of Spokane is only 211,000 – then note that 225,000 Fans come to participate and support this event, you’ll have some idea of the kind of town Spokane, Washington is. The main point to be considered is how the events that go throughout the year serve and support raising a family here. That alone is not an easy find. As you will see, I am a Real Estate Agent here in Spokane and I’ve got at last count at least 100 reason’s why you may like to consider moving here and hire me to help you find a suitable home in our region.
I was amazed to learn Hoopfest is one of the many events that Spokane hosts that draws people from all over the world. Having moved from the nation’s 5th largest city, to what people call little ‘ole Spokane, it continues to amaze me how “big” this “little” city really is!
Spokane is, I’ll have to say, the greatest move our family could ever have made when we moved here! How fun would it be to have a second home in Spokane, where you could fly in and participate in our many events and enjoy to beautiful weather, or stay year round as we do.
While inventory / listings are few, I do have houses that would make wonderful homes for some of you. There are people moving here from all over the world because the company they work for is relocating here! That alone should be of interest if your shopping for investment property. I also have land that you can build your dream home on; Spokane is home to award winning contractors that you can elect to package with these beautiful home sites.
It doesn’t cost anything to shop and they won’t raise your taxes if you just want to look around! My name is Carrie Meyer; why not call me and let me show you around this area…. you’ll be glad you did. B U T wait till after this event is over – I’ll be sweltering downtown Spokane with the rest of them – my twin sons are on a team and will, no doubt, be doing me proud on one of the courts!