Category Archives: Local Destinations & Events

Music video featuring Richland, WA

The city of Richland recently released a video highlighting the perks of living in Richland, WA: Where the Cool People Go. They’ve included several Top 10 lists where our city has scored well, including a shoutout to our local real estate investment market. We love the video and since we’re still surrounded by snow, it made us homesick for summer sunshine and the Columbia River! 

The video highlights Richland in the following lists:

  • Top 10 “Best place to raise a family,”
  • #2 “Best city on the rise,” -Estately List
  • Top 10 “Best place for real estate investment,” -Nerd Wallet
  • Top 10 “Best place to live,”

Give Nick or Valerie a call at (509)528-1366 if you’d like to explore our area–we’d love to take you on a real estate tour of the Tri-Cities and the Columbia River! 


Uptown Shopping Center and Chalk Art Festival

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Uptown Shopping Center is one of our favorite places in Richland; home to many small local businesses and restaurants.  They host a variety of events throughout the year including dog walks, the Chalk Art Festival, Halloween festivities, and Cool Desert Nights (a classic car and street rod event).  Our favorite local shops are Adventures Underground  (a book/game/comic store that our kids love as much as we do), the The Spudnut Shop  (best potato-flour doughnuts ever, est. in 1948 and located in Uptown since 1950!), and the many antique/vintage shops that are full of treasures.  Jefferson Park is conveniently located right across the street, so you can  order your lunch to go and make it a picnic. 

The Chalk Art Festival takes place Saturday, June 9th, 2012 at the Uptown Shopping Center.  The Festival begins at 9 a.m.  Registration is $5-$12 and includes an assigned sidewalk square and chalk for drawing.   Free for spectators.  Awards are given for different themes and age groups.  You can pre-register at Amber Rose, Cafe Connection, or Octopus Garden, or just show up on the morning of the 9th.  If you aren’t an artist, you’ll enjoy being a spectator!  All ages welcome. 

Click here fore more info about Uptown’s retail stores & restaurants (and the Chalk Art Festival):  Uptown Shopping Center

View a Facebook gallery of last year’s drawings here (posted by Sunken Treasures Games):  2011 Chalk Art

Uptown Shopping Center in Richland



Tri-Cities Memorial Day

We’re taking a break from Real Estate today to honor those who have gone before us and those who have given their lives for our liberty. 

American Flags at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland

Memorial Day in the Tri-Cities, WA


Our Memorial Day included a family day complete with a bucket of golf balls, a bike ride through Amon Basin with a stop at Claybell Park, a trip to Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Richland, and an evening swim…just one day of the American dream in the Tri-Cities!



Nick serves our country in the U.S. Army Nat'l Guard

Two years ago today, Nick was in Iraq for the year and Valerie was holding down the fort at home.  We are thankful to be together as a family and thankful for the American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (which includes this Real Estate business!). 

Thanks to all of you who make our business a success by letting us help you with one little portion of your American dream! 




Tri-Cities, WA Local Destination – Howard Amon Park

Howard Amon Park Playground in the Winter - Richland, WA

Winter at Howard Amon Park Playgound in Richland, WA

It’s still winter in the Tri-Cities, but spring is soon on it’s way.  With 300+ days of sunshine, it’s no wonder Tri-Cities residents love our parks!  Howard Amon Park, located along the Columbia River in Richland, WA, is no exception.  Donated to the city by W.R. Amon and his son Howard in 1911, the 45.91 acre park has undergone many changes.  When the government siezed the town in 1943 to produce plutonium for the atomic bomb, the Manhattan Corps of Engineers laid out a new town, knocked down the park’s entrance marker, but retained the park.  Indirectly it became known as Riverside Park by the new residents who had never heard of Howard Amon.  In 1968, the park was restored to its original name acccording to this  1968 Tri-City Herald Article.

The park has a playground, a wading pool, tennis & basketball courts, swing benches, boat docks, and an outdoor stage  named “The Ellipsoid,”  known locally as “The Fingernail.”  The park includes a portion of the 26 continuous miles of paved walking/bike trails that meander through the Tri-Cities. 

From the park you can walk to the Allied Arts Gallery, the CREHST museum (Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science, and Technology), or The Parkway–home of many local restaurants & shops, Wednesday Famer’s Markets, 1st Friday local art night, and the Richland Player’s Theater.  Before you head back to the park, stop by Greenie’s, where you can rent kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, & bikes (including electric & tandem) to make your day even more enjoyable.  With so much abundant local flavor and fun, Howard Amon Park is one of the Tri-Cities’ unique destinations for local recreation!

Please call us if you need help finding a home in the Tri-Cities or surrounding areas, we’d love to help you out!




The Evergreen State? Read the fine print if you’re moving to the Tri-Cities!

 It is important to read the fine print, especially when moving to the Evergreen State.  Washington is known nationwide to be beautiful, rainy, and green–Evergreen.   If you’re moving from another state, you may be surprised to learn that the Tri-Cities is located in a desert, with just 7-8 inches of rain per year.  All the moisture that comes in from the Pacific Ocean runs smack into the Cascade Mountain range, creating the Olympic rain forests and cloudy Seattle skies.  The Western side gets all the precipitation, with the mountain range creating a rainshadow effect over the Columbia Basin.  The Tri-Cities is located along the Columbia River, at the convergence of the Snake and Yakima Rivers.  So although we don’t have much moisture in the air, we do have beautiful sunny skies and plenty of water in the rivers for irrigation and recreation.  Our unique area gives us hot summers, crisp falls with gorgeous color, mild winters with just enough snow to sled occasionally, and gorgeous warm springs.  Our weather allows us to grow huge evergreen trees as well as delicious peach and apple orchards, and we wouldn’t trade it for anything!