WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this SATURDAY, Oct. 1 – is a well-maintained 3-bedroom Rambler priced at $299,950!

This home is in an amazing location – within walking distance to elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as great access to the airport, buses, freeways, shopping and more.

This home offers 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, hardwood floors throughout, skylight, bonus office room, two car garage, fireplace, and much more.

A level backyard and a circular drive really make this home complete!

Here are some photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):















Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Realty Open House.

WHENSATURDAY, Oct. 1: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

WHERE: 4220 S. 185th St, SeaTac 98188 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $299,950
  • MLS Number: 1035762
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Year Built: 1963
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,450 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,260 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Skylights
  • Fireplace
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Fenced-Fully
  • 2-Car Garage
  • Gas Available
  • Cul-de-sac

Marketing Remarks:

Amazing location!

Well maintained rambler close to everything.

Walking distance to elementary, middle, and high schools. Great access to the airport, buses, freeways, shopping, etc.

This home offers 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, hardwood floors throughout, skylight, bonus office room, two car garage, fireplace, and much more.

A level backyard and a circular drive really make this home complete!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

Business is growing – join the team at Salon Michelle in Des Moines!

Salon Michelle has an opening for a Newly Licensed Cosmetologist:

  • $26,000 a year – Full-time, Part-time, Commission
  • Just Graduating Beauty School? this is the perfect place for you!!!
  • Compensation: hourly or commission which ever is higher.
  • Employment type: full-time/ part-time

Salon Michelle is looking for a talented new to the industry hair stylist who is ready to take the next step in learning and developing your new career. one who will enjoy being creative and giving exceptional service to each client. We offer an incomparable performance based pay with continuing in salon education in career development and technical skills. You can earn up to 20% in retail commission along with paid days off .Our level 1 stylist’s can earn an income of $26,000 per year. Our top level 4 stylist’s can earn up to $95,000 per year. We are committed to helping you achieve your goals both in salon and out.
Check us out at our website www.salonmichelle.net

If you would like to be a part of our amazing team please call the salon and schedule a time to drop by, meet the owner Michelle Fawcett and drop off your resume in person, be sure to be at your best and we look forward to meeting you and potentially coaching you towards being a successful stylist.

Job Type:

  • Part-time

Required education:

  • High school or equivalent

Required license or certification:

  • Cosmetology

Salon Michelle is located at:

21923 Marine View Drive S.
Des Moines, WA 98198 (map below)

Hours of Operation:

  • Tuesday – Thursday10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday10 a.m. – 5 p.m.




(206) 824-3431



The City of Des Moines announced Thursday (Sept. 29) that it plans on installing red light photo enforcement cameras and begin issuing violations at three intersections starting Nov. 1.

The city will install new cameras and begin issuing violations at the following intersections (map below):

  • Pacific Hwy S / S 216 Street (Eastbound & Southbound) on Nov. 1, 2016
  • Marine View Drive / S 216 Street (Northbound & Southbound) on Dec. 1, 2016
  • Pacific Hwy S / Kent Des Moines Road (Southbound & Westbound) on Dec. 15, 2016

The fine for running a red at each camera will be $136 – the same as if an officer wrote you a ticket for the same violation.

Prior to issuing violations, the city says it will implement a 30-day introductory period by placing variable message signs at the intersections to alert drivers of the pending photo enforcement. This introductory period will begin 30 days before the activation dates stated above and will provide an opportunity to change driving habits before citations begin.

“The City of Des Moines chose these locations after conducting comprehensive site surveys on several intersection approaches within the city,” according to an announcement. “These results were then compared with collision data to assist in identifying the intersections. The red light photo enforcement cameras will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to prevent dangerous red light running. This expanded traffic safety photo enforcement program aims to protect drivers, passengers, and pedestrians from injuries due to vehicles failing to stop for red lights.”

The city added:

In December 2011, the city began its pilot Traffic Safety Photo Enforcement Program by installing speed enforcement cameras within the Woodmont Elementary School Zone. Police say that the year-long pilot program showed an 82% reduction of school zone violations since implementing the program. Based upon this information, this program was expanded to include both Midway Elementary and Pacific Middle School sites. Since the inception of the program we have had over a 90% reduction of speeding motorists within these school zones, making the school zones safer. After program expenses, the City uses the additional revenue to fund pedestrian safety improvements and/or sidewalk improvements near school zones.

Based upon the effectiveness of the school zone speed cameras, the city plans to expand the traffic safety photo enforcement program to include automated red light cameras.

A recent analysis released by traffic safety camera company American Traffic Solutions overwhelmingly concludes that the use of red light safety cameras has resulted in fewer collisions thus a decrease in property damage, injuries and fatalities.

The City of Des Moines is continuing to utilize advanced photo enforcement technology to improve the driving behavior therefore making a safer environment for pedestrians and motorists. Drivers are urged to obey all traffic control signs, slow down, and always expect the unexpected. This traffic safety photo enforcement camera program enhances enforcement abilities while freeing up other police resources to focus on the mission of promoting traffic safety.

Revenue generated from the automated red light running photo enforcement program first pays for the equipment/payments to the contractor and covers the city’s cost of running the program (i.e. officer’s time to review the tapes and court time to process). The remaining revenue will be used solely for public safety purposes.

The city has contracted with American Traffic Solutions Inc. (ATS), which provides road safety programs for nearly 300 communities across North America. More information about ATS is available at www.atsol.com.

Neighboring city Burien tried using red light cameras for three years, but discontinued them in 2012 – read more about that here.


At Noon this Sunday (Oct. 2), the people of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will host a ‘Blessing of the Animals’ in Renton’s Jones Park (across the street from the church), complete with blessings and treats for all pets and people.

This is their fourth annual Blessing of the Animals.

Bring your dogs, cats, turtles, hamsters, tarantulas…all are welcome!

“The blessing of a living creature, according to the theologians, is an affirmation of its value in the sight of God, the acknowledgement of its right to flourish on this earth, and a declaration of a compassionate connection between the one who blesses and the one who is blessed,” reads an announcement. “The act of blessing non-human creatures fosters a spirit of care and responsibility for our fellow creatures, as well as a sense of respect or even reverence.”

“The custom of blessing animals on St. Francis Day stems from the saint’s own celebrated love for the natural world. In a time when wild animals were primarily seen as monsters or food, and domestic animals were routinely abused, St. Francis treated his fellow creatures as friends, brothers and sisters, and even teachers we could learn from. He lobbied officials to protect them, and urged his neighbors to care for them. He has become the patron saint of the environmental movement.”

More info about St. Luke’s is available at stlukesrenton.org.

Jones Park is located at 104 Wells Avenue South in Renton:


Burien’s annual Brat Trot fundraiser arrives this weekend – with the Pub Crawl Friday night and the run and Bavarian Fest on Sunday – and it’s going to be a fun-filled one!

NOTE: Online registration closes at midnight on Thursday, Sept. 29:


Here’s what to expect:

“Beat Bret” Contest! (new this year!)
Bret the Brat has been doing his training and is ready to run faster than YOU–ok maybe not all of you!  It’s Burien’s version of “Beat the Bridge”-just finish the 5k race before Bret the Brat (he’ll be clearly marked and hard to miss) and you’re automatically entered in a drawing to win two free tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies!  Pretty cool! There’s no telling how fast Bret will go!

Packet Pick up and in-person registration

Packet Pick Up & In-Person Registration Saturday, Oct 11 – 4 p.m.
Register in person on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 1 – 4 p.m., or Sunday, Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the corner of 10th Ave SW and SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien. Just look for the big tent on the Southgate Masonic Lodge!

THANK YOU to Southgate Masonic Lodge for their partnership and support!

Photo by Michael Brunk NW Lens

Photo by Michael Brunk / NW Lens

Brat Trot 5K & 1 Mile Family Race
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Both courses begin at the corner of 10th Ave SW and SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien and finish right where they started. The 5k takes you on a great jaunt around Lake Burien and past Lake Burien Park. The one-mile course has changed this year to a fun out-and-back—heading the same direction as the 5k (south on 10th) and then turns around at the mid-point–ending right back where it started!

Don’t miss the after-race festivities at the Brat Trot Bavarian Fest! The best street party around!

Pre-Race Warm Up with Karuna Arts Yoga!
Avoid injuries by warming up with Karuna Arts Yoga before you run!
12:40 SHARP at the Karuna Arts Yoga tent!

The 5K race begins promptly at 1:00 pm and the 1-mile race begins at 2 p.m.
There’s more to Burien Brat Trot than just running! Check out the calendar below for dates and times of all the weekend events!

Brat Trot Team Pub Crawl
Friday, September 30, 2016
Do the Crawl with everyone’s favorite German Beer Frau, the Yodeling Dominatrix, Manuela Horn!

Gather your team of two or more, follow clues and scavenge through B-Town for awesome prizes! Crawl tickets $15 per person online (or $20 at the door).

Check in at the Tin Room between 6 and 7pm where you will receive: a pub crawl T-shirt (one per person!) and your “crawling” orders! (where to go, how it works, etc.). Teams can be as little as two people – no maximum! The crawl starts and ends at the Tin Room.

Burien Brat Trot Pub Crawl

Spend an enjoyable evening visiting the designated B-Town “crawl stops” where you will endure challenges (easy and fun – we promise!), earn points and have a blast! All teams participating are entered to win great prizes. Winners will be announced on race day. Crawl proceeds benefit Highline Schools Foundation.

Be a Pub Crawl V.I.P.!
$35 in advance/$40 at the door
As a Brat Trot Pub Crawl V.I.P. you will be treated like the very important person you are with a free beer to kick off your night, a special Brat Trot beanie (you’ll love it), extra prize raffle entries, and other V.I.P. only treats we are too excited to tell you about! Most importantly, when you are a pub crawl V.I.P. you help more kids in our community!

Brat Trot _ Bavarian Fest_

Bavarian Fest
Sunday, October 2, 2016 – opens at Noon
This festive street party continues to grow each year! Hang out in Olde Burien after the race and enjoy Bavarian Fest! It’s the best street party around – complete with beer gardens, Dan the Sausageman sausage, kids’ activities, race awards, live music … and who knows what else!

Bavarian Fest features plenty of great activities for the kids! This year’s Kids Area is better than ever! Visit the Root Beer Garden sponsored by HMS Host, paint pumpkins, make a macaroni necklace or go crazy on the giant bouncy toy! Plenty of activities for all ages!

Visit sponsor booths–great fun and activities are planned by Karuna Arts YogaTown Square Dentistry, Renascent Cross Fit, Sunrise Financial, Lake Burien Physical Therapy, Merrill Gardens and more! Visit the Highline Public Schools Technology bus, take a selfie at the Graduate! Highline photo booth, or visit the Seattle Sounders FC’s Rave Foundation Octagon–a great space to kick the soccer ball around with Seattle Sounders FC’s Roger Levesque! Rumor has it he may even be in lederhosen!

After the race, please join us in the Charity Beer Garden featuring awesome seasonal brews from Georgetown Brewing as well as your traditional Georgetown favorites.

The True Romans are back this year to entertain and joining us on the main stage. Race awards announced at approximately 3 p.m.

Tin Room Bar

The Brat Trot is anchored by Olde Burien’s Tin Room – a favorite watering hole for many and a fun community gathering place!

Thank you to lead sponsors Alaska Airlines, CHI Franciscan Highline Medical Center, and HMS Host for their support and generosity!

2016 Brat Trot Lead Sponsors_ Alaska Airlines_ CHI Franciscan _ HMS Host

Alaska Airlines

Thanks to our wonderful sponsor Alaska Airlines – we are again raffling off TWO – unrestricted- tickets anywhere Alaska flies! Only $20 per ticket. You can buy your tickets at the Highline Schools Foundation office this week, Friday night during the Pub Crawl and on race day.

HMS Host: Thank you to major sponsor HMS Host for their support in hosting Seahurst Elementary student runners, for their awesome post-race root beer garden, for their great work in support of our community, and for being all around great people!

Race Results by Rogue: New this year! Disposable timing chips on your race bib. No chips or ankle straps! Also every race bib will have a QR code on it. Scan this code with your smartphone for your personal race results, as soon as you cross the finish line!

To see all of our wonderful corporate and community sponsors, please visit www.burienbrattrot.com.

This community event is not possible without them!

Parking is available in and around Olde Burien. SW 152nd Street will be closed between Ambaum Blvd SW and 10th Ave SW for Bavarian Fest, but plenty of parking is available on the surrounding side streets. Olde Burien is just a short walk from Burien Town Square (6th Ave SW and SW 152nd Street). Please watch where you park! Burien has two new paid Diamond Lots.

Remember to visit the Highline Schools Foundation booth on race day. You’ll find Brat Trot t-shirts (after the race) and other items, including Brat Trot beanies and socks to get you in the spirit!

See you at Burien Brat Trot & Bavarian Fest in Olde Burien!

Race proceeds benefit Highline Schools Foundation – providing resources to help all local public school students succeed in school and beyond!

What a year it was – lots of good weather, great food, music and wonderful people to mingle with, from the shoppers, friendly vendors and the many community groups who helped all season set up and take down the market!

It just doesn’t seem possible, but year after year we see an increase in business, and this year is not an exception. Even though we cut the season by a month, we had more sales than last year.

Our Wednesday Sunset Markets conintue to grow and we will continue next season as well. A lot of people expressed disappointment in not having our annual Chili Cook-Off, especially after we had to cancel last year because of the severe weather. We are currently talking with community organizations to see if we can resurrect this event next year.

Please review below all the upcoming community events thru the end of the year and participate if you can. A lot of volunteers worked hard to put on these events to make our city a wonderful place to live.

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 7.02.02 AMOur Healthy Eating Initiative program for qualifying seniors had a very successful season issuing over $14,500 in vouchers to 148 participants.  The program was brought to you by partners, the Des Moines Farmers Market and King Conservation District. The vouchers were good for fruits, vegetables and processed food products (bakery items, etc).
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The EBT sales tripled from last year and the Fresh Bucks program was also a huge success issuing $3,000 in vouchers to low income families.  Both of these very popular programs will be back next season.

The Farmers Market Board would like to thank all the volunteers, sponsors, vendors, patrons and the ever present Marina staff for helping to make this 11th season, the most successful ever. Board President, Wayne Corey said “the market has become such an integral part of our community and the board will make sure it will continue into the future.”  We hope everyone enjoys the holidays and check back for this column starting again in the spring.  Opening Day will be June 5, 2017.

Here are few snap shots from this season: 







Upcoming Events



Advertiser CHI Franciscan Health is offering two walk-in flu clinics on Saturday, Oct. 1 & Saturday, Oct. 8:

CHI Franciscan Health is here to help protect you from the flu

Visit a walk-in clinic Oct. 1 or 8 for a vaccination at your convenience.

This cold and flu season, CHI Franciscan Health is here to make protecting you from illness quick and easy. Stop by the new Franciscan Medical Pavilion – Highline in Burien (located next to the CVS Pharmacy at Five Corners) any time on  Saturday, Oct. 1 & 8 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to receive your flu shot for the season—no appointment necessary. Take advantage of these extended, walk-in Saturday hours by bringing in the whole family.

Vaccination reduces the chance of fever, sore throat, muscle aches and other flu symptoms. And if you do contract the flu, your shot may help reduce the severity of the illness. Stay Northwest Healthy by getting your vaccination while it’s still early.

If the above dates don’t work for you, CHI Franciscan offers a number of alternatives for flu shots that are convenient for you. Schedule an appointment with one of our primary care or women’s care providers, or stop by one of our urgent care locations (if the patient is 19 years of age or older).  Most major insurances are accepted.

Where to go:

Franciscan Medical Pavilion – Highline
Located next to the CVS Pharmacy at Five Corners
16045 1st Avenue South (map below)
Burien, WA 98148

From Advertiser DAL Law Firm:

The estate planning you build today could be your final gift to those you love most; proactive execution of final wishes and goals can spare your survivors the time, expense, energy and inconvenience of costly, lengthy probate proceedings or litigation.

At DAL Law Firm, we are experienced in the preparation of an effective, thoughtful estate plan, and we can help you with originating and updating any plan that provides for your family’s future financial security.

Attorney Darcel Lobo can help you prepare for the distribution of your assets and property by learning about your financial situation. We evaluate a variety of strategies and alternatives for effective asset transfer, including the use of wills and trusts.

Attorney Darcel Lobo can recommend a number of useful estate planning tools such as:

  • Wills
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Directives
  • Community Property Agreements

Using these and other important estate documents, DAL Law Firm can craft a blend of strategies that provide for your loved ones after you are gone, or in the event you are incapacitated. We listen to you and learn from you, from the very start of our work together. We translate that knowledge into an estate plan you can be proud of, one that effectively reflects your intentions.

Contact our office today at (206) 408-8158 for a consultation to ensure that you have a proper estate plan in place.

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DAL Law Firm is conveniently located in Normandy Park, Washington. We serve clients in Washington cities such as Normandy Park, Des Moines, Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila, Federal Way, Renton, Kent, Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Kirkland and others throughout King County.


Darcel Lobo

Contact us:

19803 1st Avenue S.
Suite 200
Normandy Park, WA 98148

T (206) 408-8158
(206) 374-2810
E [email protected]



Community members can hear from local, regional and national experts during free monthly presentations at Highline College’s Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center.

The ‘Science on the Sound’ series focuses on topics of interest within the Puget Sound region.

Each 45-minute presentation will begin at Noon and is open to the public.

2016–17 Science on the Sound Series (12–12:45 p.m.):

  • 10/1/16: “Toxics and Top Predators” presented by Woody Moses, Highline College biology instructor
  • 11/5/16: “Sustainable Fisheries” presented by Erin Wilson, fisheries biologist
  • 12/3/16: “The Whale Trail” presented by Donna Sandstrom, Director of The Whale Trail
  • 1/7/17: “Coral Reef Conservation in Indonesia” presented by Dr. Kaddee Lawrence, marine educator
  • 2/4/17: “State of the Salish Sea – A Virtual Tour” presented by Chrys Bertolotto, WSU Extension
  • 3/4/17: “Climate Chaos: Local and International Examples of Our Changing Oceans” presented by Dr. Rick Keil and Miranda Stach, School of Oceanography, University of Washington
  • 4/1/17: “Big, Beautiful and Bizarre: Creatures of Puget Sound” presented by Rachel Easton, Harbor Wildwatch
  • 5/6/17: Annual MaST Writers Workshop facilitated by Susan Landgraf, poet and professor
  • 6/3/17: “Projected Changes in West Coast Extreme Precipitation Due to Global Warming” presented by Dr. Mike Warner, lecturer/research scientist, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington

Highline’s MaST Center promotes understanding, appreciation and preservation of the marine environment through hands-on research, education and community activities that highlight the beauty, complexity and importance of the south Puget Sound ecosystem.

Located on the Redondo Dock next to Salty’s, the MaST Center offers an aquarium, research space and a unique waterfront laboratory and classroom. It provides a venue to educate and engage the community in issues impacting Puget Sound, including coastal development, storm water runoff, marine pollution and salmon recovery. Address: 28203 Redondo Beach Drive S., Des Moines, Wash.

Schedule is subject to change. For updates and more information, visit mast.highline.edu.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterline Blog nor its staff:]

Why I’m voting yes for schools Nov. 8:

As a member of Highline’s Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC), I have spent the past year on a mission: To address overcrowding in the Highline School District and ensure good, safe schools for all students. That’s why I am urging you to vote yes on Proposition 1, which will appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot

Enrollment in Highline schools has increased by 1,500 students in the past five years alone, with no slowdown in sight. After a thorough study, our committee created Proposition 1. It’s a smart, efficient, long-term approach that prioritizes our most urgent needs and tackles the problem in three phases, to help keep costs down for taxpayers.

Proposition 1 was created by CFAC, a group of 40 parents, community members, business owners and neighbors, not by politicians. It is supported by the Highline School Board because it reflects what individual schools need at the neighborhood level, designed by people who know best.

This bond measure provides additional classroom space so our children have the best opportunities to learn, and make room for lower class sizes. We will build a new Highline High School, a new middle school, and a new elementary school for Des Moines. Proposition 1 includes money to design new schools at Evergreen, Tyee and Pacific, so we can build them more quickly and efficiently in the next phase.

All students across the district will benefit from safety improvements, including centralized locks and improved surveillance cameras. Aging schools do not meet modern fire or earthquake codes and lack technology to monitor people coming and going. This measure will address those safety and security concerns.

Proposition 1 saves money in the long run by dealing with problems now when they are cheaper to fix. If we pass it, the state will provide matching funds. The timing of this bond proposition is a win-win for taxpayers.

It’s clear that voter-approved bonds are the only way to build schools. Bonds are financed over 20 years and must overlap to keep up with instructional needs, growth and security.

This bond will reduce overcrowding and address safety issues, while keeping costs down for taxpayers. Delaying hurts kids and costs taxpayers more in the long run.

Good schools benefit the whole community. Join me in voting yes on Proposition 1 Nov. 8.

– Rose Clark
Capital Facilities Advisory Committee member
Yes for Highline campaign volunteer, Highline Public Schools
Former Burien City Councilmember

[Have an opinion or concern you’d like to share with our engaged, active Readers? Please send us your Letter to the Editor via email. Include your full name, please cite your sources, remain civil and – pending our careful review – we’ll consider publishing it.]

Here’s episode #69 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for Sept. 23-26, 2016: Stabbing at local restaurant; Burien City Council wants to meet with FAA about increase in airplane noise; Susan Enfield opens up about school policy; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne commentary on fighting the FAA; ‘The Final Take’ & more…;

Please share this Podcast – just press the Menu button above and elect ‘Share’! You can also subscribe, hear previous episodes and rate us on iTunes here!

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY and SUNDAY – is a brand new, beautiful West Seattle townhome!

Junction 5 is a collection of townhomes with two different plans for you to choose from. This home has one bed and a full bath on the lower level, an open and bright kitchen with living room on the main, and 2 bedrooms up top with an oversized ‘Jack and Jill’ bathroom.

Enjoy skyline and mountain views from the rooftop deck.

Hardwood floors, quartz countertops, tank less water heater, high quality fixtures, and stainless steel appliances all for an affordable price.

Prices range from $470k – $515K.

Here are some photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):














Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Realty Open House.

WHEN: Both SATURDAY, Sept. 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. & SUNDAY, Sept. 25: from 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 6525 34th Ave SW, Seattle 98126 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $499,900
  • MLS Number: 1030336
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,502 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 1,557 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing Remarks:

Junction 5 is a collection of townhomes with two different plans for you to choose from.

This home has one bed and a full bath on the lower level, an open and bright kitchen with living room on the main, and 2 bedrooms up top with an oversized jack and jill bathroom.

Enjoy skyline and mountain views from the rooftop deck.

Hardwood floors, quartz countertops, tank less water heater, high quality fixtures, and stainless steel appliances all for an affordable price.

Prices range from $470k – $515K.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

Our sunshine luck ran out last Saturday at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market when fall showed up with rain and wind.

Still, a few hardy souls braved the weather and shopped and ate.

Even with the bad weather the wine sales were great as people were taking advantage of our year-end sale. Our wines normally $15, are on sale for $12 with purchase of 4 or $11 with purchase of 6 or more.

the-endRemember there is No October market this year. This coming Saturday is the last day of this season. Be sure to stock up on all your needs for the winter and our vendors have lots of ideas for your holiday gift shopping.

Food Trucks – A Fire Inside, Kiss My Grits, Nibbles, NOSH, & Sweet Bumpas

Market Sponsors – Renewal by Anderson

Music – 5 Buck Band

Community Groups – MaST, Blue Thunder soccer team’s (volunteer group ) bake sale

Seniors, is your last chance to use the free shuttle service this coming Saturday.  The King Conservation District, with partner Sound Generations, are offering the HYDE Shuttle providing local door to door transportation to and from the market for seniors 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and Sea-Tac. Call 206-727-6262 to schedule a ride.

Upcoming Events

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the web site and sign up for our e-newsletter which comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the markets Facebook page.


Click the ‘Play’ button to hear the unedited, raw audio of Monday night’s ‘Conversation with the Superintendent’:

By Jack Mayne
Photos by Scott Schaefer

With an eye towards being open with parents and staff, Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield held a public meeting at Highline High School Monday night (Sept. 19), that resulted in detailed conversations over the controversial in-school suspensions that some say lack adequate punishments for repeat and often dangerous student offenders.

Enfield said the district has refined, and will continue to shape the in-school suspensions, so that those in need of more serious help will get it from hired professionals and internal assistance from the school administration.


Too many teachers quitting?
Persistent critic Laura Castronover of Des Moines (pictured above) – who was also on the district’s 40-person Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) that created the latest bond – said she pulled her child out of Highline schools because of the number of teachers leaving the district.

“How do you say that losing 200 teachers since June is normal,” asked Castronover.

Enfield said that number is about normal for a district this size.

“We actually keep very careful track of the rate at which teachers leave, so my first year it was a little over 10 percent, my second year it was 12.9 … after that it was 11.6, and last year it was 11.1 (percent),” Enfield said, adding that the number “sounds very scary” but looking at other districts it isn’t “off the charts” and the rate is going down.

She added that the district does exit surveys and “they leave for lots of different reasons.”

But the district is getting better at hiring teachers “so they will know what they are signing on for because we are a very special place” adding that as they hire better then can improve retention.

“We monitor it really, really closely,” Enfield said.

Castronover said she had heard that many left the district because they could not teach because of the disruption of some students as a result of the zero suspension policy.

‘No zero suspension policy’
“How much (money) has been budgeted for the zero suspension policy?” Castronover asked.

“We don’t have a zero suspension policy as that stands alone,” Enfield said. “Unfortunately, I think the confusion people make is we have a zero out of school suspension except when critical for staff or student safety policy,” Enfield said. “That is very, very different.

“As I said last year, we out-of-school suspended almost 475 times – that is very, very different from zero. I met with a principal today who was talking about an out-of-school suspension.”

Enfield said the district supports school staff in doing “what we need to do” if the student should not be on campus or if a student is a danger to the teacher, staff, or to students, “the issue is taken incredibly seriously.”

The district has spent money on specialists in re-engaging with students and pays for de-escalation training and specialists with the in school and out-of-school suspension programs.

Also, training is sought to help staff and teachers with calming down a student who is getting out of control.

“Rest assured that when a student needs to be taken off the campus, they will be,” the superintendent said.


No support for quality
A parent said she did not see what the district has done to support quality teachers.

“I understand from my son at Sylvester (Middle School) that fights break out regularly and they are not taken care of and the staff doesn’t want to take care of them but because I feel that they feel … they don’t think that they can,” she said. “Our kids have become guinea pigs for your zero suspension policy. I don’t think that is fair to our students.

“Proactive is better than being reactive and I think currently, this district is being reactive,” the parent added. “There are other things you need to do to make our schools safe.”

The parent said some parents are sending their children to Vashon Island and some also would send their children to private school if they could afford it. She added that there are good teachers in some schools.

Enfield dissed
“But I am not impressed at all with you, actually,” the woman told Enfield. “I don’t think you have done a good job for our district. I am surprised that they extended your contract.”

Enfield said the comments were fair, noting that when a person is in a public position “there is the price of that.”

The superintendent said language does matter, and there is a difference between zero suspensions and zero out-of-school except for safety of staff and students.

“I am not trying to minimize your concerns, they are real,” said Enfield, “but you do have to be clear in the language that we use.”

The parent said she feels the staff feels they get information “from the top and they think their hands are tied.”

When asked what was meant by “hands tied,” the parent spoke of an incident at Evergreen High School when there were no suspensions “because the administrators did not believe they could actually suspend kids.”

She noted that one principal did keep suspending students but “she is not a principal now – interesting, isn’t it?”

Enfield said there were concerns over safety, which spurred the beginning of reflective meeting to “monitor what is going on here.”

When a parent said there needs to be more than just sending a student out of a class for a while, there must be more serious consequences for the student, Enfield referred the parent to the school principal for a discussion because “this is a new year.”


Feeling unsafe
A Mount Rainier High School teacher says does not feel safe, noting that last year a student threatened her life, was given a one day suspension in school, then followed her around and continued to walk the halls when given a three day in-school suspension.

“I think a lot of staff has been afraid and fearful of what is going on and that this was put out in the media,” the teacher said.

Enfield said she would meet with the teacher because if she did not feel safe, it “is a concern for me because I take those concerns incredibly seriously.” She noted that no one has lost their job because they expressed concerns about problems, or criticized her or her job performance.

A former district teacher said she left Highline because she did not feel supported by her principal. Enfield said that that was a concern because all teachers and principals need to have support and feel support is coming from the administration.

“We are really working hard to get the right messaging out,” the superintendent said.


Have you registered for the Oct. 2 Burien Brat Trot yet? Online registration closes next Thursday, Sept. 29 at midnight:


The Burien Brat Trot is a flat and fast 5k and one mile race throughout the streets of Burien followed by the best street party around…

Bavarian Fest – complete with beer gardens, live bands, pretzels, sausage, beer fraus, bouncy toys, food trucks, cavorting, and carousing!

Check out this Brat Trot SWAG for 2016:

Presidential Race T!


Brat Trot Beanie!
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Strideline Socks!
Limited supply! Available on Race Day:


Pub Crawl is Friday, Sept. 30!
Do the Brat Trot Pub Crawl on Friday, September 30, with the Yodeling Dominatrix and local celeb, Manuela Horn! (purchase tickets online in advance or pay at the Tin Room, between 6 and 7 p.m.) Crawl starts promptly at 7 p.m.!


It’s not too late to enter the Wandering Brat Instagram Contest!
Pick up your Bret the Brat at the Tin Room, take photos of him out and about in interesting places, post them to Instagram @thewanderingbrat and you’re entered to win some cool prizes!


Beat Bret Contest!
Bret the Brat has been doing his training and is ready to run faster than YOU–ok, maybe not all of you!

It’s Burien’s version of Beat the Bridge – just finish the 5k race before Bret the Brat (he’ll be clearly marked and hard to miss) and you’re automatically entered to win two free tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies!  Pretty cool! There’s no telling how fast Bret will go!


Here’s episode #68 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for Sept. 16-19, 2016: Brazen burglar caught on tape; car thieves busted; former Burien councilmember passes away; new transit station opening; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne commentary on paid parking; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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My sale has started!” Kim told us today. “40% off wedding rings. 40% off colored stone rings and 40% off diamond rings, now through the month of September!”

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by Dave Markwell

About 1 pm on a Tuesday afternoon, I walked by my son’s bedroom and instead of being annoyed by the fact that he was still asleep, (which did not surprise me since when I woke up at 5:30 am he was still milling about the house) I was moved nearly to tears. I was awe-struck by his goodness, intelligence-both emotional and intellectual, his humor and his heart. As I stood and looked at my sleeping boy, I truly and deeply felt the special love that only a father can have for a son. It was nice to be reminded of this feeling.

Through the chaos of life, things get overlooked. For a time, since my son is pretty low-maintenance (certainly compared to my daughter), I have neglected to do the little special things that let him know how valuable he is to me. Simple gestures of my love and recognition of him as a great kid didn’t happen. Well, after seeing my sleeping boy and feeling the feels, I committed to acknowledging him in my standard, humble way: food.

Later that night, I asked him if he would like some waffles and bacon for breakfast the next day. He said sure. So, the next morning, I made him waffles and bacon. As I fried the bacon, I thought about my own dad and the legacy he left me. I also thought about the legacy I have left for my son and I embarked on a complicated conversation with myself.

My dad had two primary forms of expression: silence and anger. He also had great humor and an elephantine loyalty to his family. I examined my own default behaviors and found much of my dad. I was proud of some and not proud of others. The “sins of the father” truly do pass down generationally. There is no shame or blame in this, only the clear understanding that we do the best we can with what we have and we can only know what we know. And though the cost of these sins can be expensive, they don’t define a heart.

Gratefully, I am not too late to mitigate some of the impacts of my haste and sharpness and silence. My son is not built yet. He’s getting close, but I trust I still have some influence and I also trust that plenty of my good bits have made it through the sieve. Watching him walk the world with grace and kindness and strength, I am proud in the knowledge that I contributed to this as well. Sins be damned.

In an uncertain world, a few precious people live as anchors keeping us safely moored as the tempest swirls around us. Our kids and parents are these anchors. They remind us that we can love and are loved and that we have generosity and a selfless devotion to ensuring their peace and happiness. And though the tornados swirl and the thunder claps, making us afraid of both the dark and the light, we can sometimes find our own peace and happiness by delivering a plate of waffles and bacon to a late-sleeping teenage boy. Bacon is always a pretty good gift…

[EDITOR’S NOTE:”Feel Good Friday” is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, whose first book is called “A Feel Good Life” (buy it on Amazon here). He also runs the new Waterland Arcade, located at 22306 Marine View Drive South. Dave extols to all neighbors: “Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!” Also, Dave needs more friends – find him on Facebook here.