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‘Tis the Season at Pillar Properties

It’s the season of giving and as a long time Northwest company, Pillar Properties is committed to giving back to the community. As part of our Pillar Passions program, we select a local organization to support each quarter. 

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We just wrapped up our efforts for Toys for Tots and the results were spectacular.

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Each of our properties and the team at the Seattle office put together a huge effort to help ensure that children in need were supported this holiday season. We also received donations from outside companies since our properties were official drop off locations for Toys for Tots.

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Our total donation for Toys for Tots this year comes to $40,000 in toys and cash.  We think that is an incredible effort and a ridiculously large donation given the size of our company.  Thank you to all of the residents and team members who helped make this effort successful!

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To continue with the spirit of giving, we made sure to give our residents a time to come together and celebrate the holidays with friends and neighbors! Our properties hosted festive events to spread the holiday cheer including holiday cocktail parties, cozy holiday movie parties, and gift-wrap parties. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

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Greenlight a Vet

At Pillar Properties we are extremely passionate about showing our gratitude to the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces.

To honor our veterans today we are part of Greenlight A Vet, a campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green. Our teams changed the lights in the available homes at each of our properties to shine green as a symbol of appreciation and support.

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The Meaning of Green:

“Green is the color of hope, renewal and well-being. ‘Greenlight’ is also a term commonly used to activate forward movement. The simple action of changing one light to green is intended to spark a national conversation regarding the recognition of veterans, and ‘greenlight’ them forward as valued members of our communities.”

We are so happy to be able to show our support for our nation’s veterans and we thank all service men and women for their sacrifices today and every day.

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Get to Know Property Manager Sarah

We are thrilled to welcome Sarah Sandifer to the team as the Property Manager of our newest property, The Meyden. Sarah joins the team with over thirteen years of property management experience.

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Sarah said she is especially excited to work for Pillar Properties. “Working at The Medyen is icing on the cake,” Sarah said. “It’s a brand new building, the best of the best.”

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While Sarah raved about the incredible amenity spaces in The Meyden, she is also pretty excited about the location.  The Meyden sits right on the corner of Bellevue Way and Main Street which is almost home for Sarah.  Not only did she pursue her career on the Eastside she was born and raised here as well…she said this is the place to be, right in the heart of a growing community!

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Bellevue has limitless options for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Sarah mentioned multiple restaurants and cafes she frequents in Bellevue including Trophy Cupcakes in the Bravern, Purple Wine Bar, and the Japanese restaurant, Ginza. We learned that Sarah is quite adventurous as she told us this is where she tried beef tongue for the first time…and loved it! She said, “Go to Ginza and sit in the booths in the floor, it’s a fun experience!”

Bellevue Square has just about everything to suit your shopping needs. Sarah said there are also great shops and boutiques in the surrounding areas. She mentioned other options for entertainment and recreation in Bellevue, particularly the beautiful Bellevue Park. When it comes to Bellevue, Sarah has the inside scoop!

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Sarah lit up when she talked about her family, especially when she talked about her 7-month old son, Marshall. Sarah’s an animal lover and loves her 10-year-old Pekingese “puppy” Roxy. Sarah is a huge football fan, and of course roots for the Seattle Seahawks but said she enjoys watching any football.

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Interesting fact about Sarah, she is passionate about cars! Her previous car even won a prize in the KUBE 93.3 car show!

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A recent accomplishment Sarah is particularly proud of is completing a half marathon. She said, “I am a very goal-oriented person, once I set my mind to something I do everything in my capability to achieve that goal.”

We love that go-getting attitude! Welcome to the team Sarah!

Pillar Properties Awards

It has been an awesome year for Pillar Properties! We attribute our success to our incredibly talented team members and their commitment to being quietly awesome.

We are honored to have our hard work recognized and are  greatly humbled by the awards our company has won this year.

2015 Pillar Properties awards include:

Washington’s Best Workplaces – Puget Sound Business Journal 2015

100 Fastest Growing Private Companies (#7) – Puget Sound Business Journal 2015

INC 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies 2015 (#874)

2015 Stadium Place awards include:

High Rise of the Year – NAHB 2015

Community of the Year – NAHB 2015

High Rise Project of the Year National Grand Award – Multifamily Executive (MFE) 2015

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The 12 Foundation

Pillar Passions is a program at Pillar Properties that focuses on supporting non-profit organizations. As a locally owned private family company, we want to do all we can to make a difference in our community.

In support of The 12 Foundation, The Nolo rooftop recently served as a sky-high runway to showcase Seahawk fan fashion.

The goal of The 12 Foundation is to unite the power of the Seahawks fan base to bring once in a lifetime experiences to deserving families and children in a time of need: “The 12’s to help and support fellow 12’s in need.”

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Seahawks tight end Luke Willson enjoying the show!

The rooftop deck at The Nolo was transformed with lights and live music to showcase the glitz and glamour of Lady 12 apparel. This was the first fashion show for the line that is developed by Brendalyn and Joe Tafoya.  You may remember Joe from his days playing for the Hawks and his appearance in the first Super Bowl.  The runway also featured men’s fashion from current Seahawk Luke Willson’s Stormtech clothing line. Luke Willson is an ambassador to The 12 Foundation.

Check out the runway on our roof top deck!

Check out the runway on our roof top deck!

VIP seating lined the runway as local celebrities showed off this season’s hottest clothing designs! The breathtaking view from the rooftop was the perfect backdrop for the photographers waiting at the end of the runway capturing every step!

KING TV Joyce Taylor on the runway!

KING TV Joyce Taylor on the runway!

Monica Hart in her Lady 12 fashions

Monica Hart in her Lady 12 fashions

Mark Wright KING TV on the runway!

Mark Wright KING TV on the runway!

Joining Joe Tafoya to present the fashion and get the crowd excited was Margaret Larson, host of KING TV’s New Day Northwest.

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Joe Tafoya and KING TV Margaret Larson

After the show the evening’s models mingled with guests and posed for countless pictures! Grammy award winner Wanz sang to the crowd to top the night off!

Wanz singing for the crowd after the fashion show!

Wanz singing for the crowd after the fashion show!

We would say it was quite the fabulous night!

The gang from KING5 getting ready to rock the runway!

Luke Willson and the gang from KING5!

Folds of Honor

Every quarter Pillar Properties selects a non-profit organization to support as part of our Pillar Passions Program.  As a locally owned private family company, we want to do all we can to make a difference in our community.

This quarter Pillar Properties is supporting Folds of Honor in their efforts to provide educational scholarships to the family members of American service men and women who are injured or killed in the line of duty.

For the month of September we partnered with the area golf courses to support this worthy organization. Pillar Properties purchased special Titleist Pro-V1 Patriot Golf Day balls to support Folds of Honor to give to our residents when they played at the participating golf courses.

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We also had events at each of our properties to support Folds of Honor. Our incredibly talented maintenance team constructed a full-size miniature golf hole for our residents and team members to putt on. All it took was a donation to Folds of Honor to test your putt putt skills! Every hole-in-one made earned you a raffle ticket to win some pretty awesome prizes including gift cards, golf gear and swag from the 2015 U.S. Open!

But of course, what’s an event without food! Our properties got a little more creative than just traditional BBQ. We served everything from Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches to a full taco bar spread to fried chicken with all the fixings! Our residents and team members had a blast putting for a great cause!

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The 2015 Inc. 5000

It has been a tremendous year of growth at Pillar Properties and we are honored to be recognized in The Inc. 5000 2015 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies.

How did we rank?

Overall: 874 out of 5000

Real Estate: 35 out of 159

Seattle Metro Area: 13 out of 93

Washington: 19 out of 107

Thank you to our dedicated and passionate team members who made this success possible!

Pillar Properties makes the @Inc5000 2015! http://t.co/MslC38fZJB via @Inc

Puget Sound Business Journal’s WA Best Workplaces

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We don’t just wear cool hats, we’re Quietly Awesome!” 

We are incredibly honored to be recognized as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2015 Wshington’s Best Workplaces!

Our team took to Safeco Field at the Puget Sound Business Journal event rocking fabulous foam Pillar Properties cowboy hats to celebrate this truly phenomenal achievement! We had a great evening full of fun!

“Our collective success is a testament to all of the amazing people on our team, and there really isn’t anything more exciting than having the opportunity to celebrate moments like these with those who made it possible.”

Senior Vice President Billy Pettit

Way to go team!

Way to go team!

Click here to read the article about last night from the Puget Sound Business Journal featuring our team members!

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Scott Haines beats the throw with this tremendous slide!
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Reinventing the Seattle Waterfront

“This is a chance for us to be a great city.”

Big changes are coming to Seattle’s Waterfront. Recently Bisnow hosted Waterfront & Beyond, an event to discuss the breakdown of reworking the iconic Seattle Waterfront. We were honored that our very own Senior Vice President Billy Pettit was asked to be on the panel. Billy has been on multiple expert panels for Bisnow and was thrilled to share his insight at Waterfront & Beyond.

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Pillar Properties Senior Vice President Billy Pettit

 

The City of Seattle has launched a multi-year program, “Waterfront Seattle” to ultimately build the new waterfront. According to City of Seattle Office of the Waterfront:

“The Program covers the waterfront from Pioneer Square to Belltown and includes a rebuilt Elliot Bay Seawall, new parks and paths, access to the water, places to enjoy views, vibrant public and cultural spaces, and a new urban street that will accommodate all modes of travel and provide an important connection in the city’s transportation system.”

While the new Waterfront projects bring obstacles, they also bring opportunities for development and investment.

“Downtown has not always been a great place for families to live. The waterfront development changes that,” Pettit said. Waterfront living in downtown Seattle is an added amenity to the residential experience.

Pettit spoke of Pillar Properties’ deeply vested interest in downtown and the livability of downtown. Specifically, he discussed the Stadium Place project and how it created a front door to the Stadium District. Pillar Properties believed and still believes in the long term vision of Pioneer Square. Billy tied this point in with the waterfront’s challenge of timing. Revitalizing a neighborhood takes time. Big projects that are worth doing, that change cities, take time.

Pettit also said true challenges come from the unknown. We must move past failed projects and maintain momentum with the mindset of pioneers.

More information on the topics discussed at Waterfront & Beyond can be found in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

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Pillar Loves Pets: The Results are in!

Cats out of the bag! Votes have been counted and the winner of the Third Annual Pillar Loves Pets Photo Contest is…Wonton & Co.! These two cuddle buddies take the top prize with a whopping 412 votes! Our feline champions currently reside in The Lyric with their human Jingjing. Congratulations!

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Pipo, posing perfectly with his favorite toy is the first runner up earning second place!  Congratulations to Pipo and his human Ana at The Century!

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Wake up Oscar…you won third place! This sleepy pup and his duck also live in The Century with their human Marina.

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Surprise! The judges had no choice but to include the fourth place winner as well! Enzo from The Corydon was just too darn cute! Congratulations to Enzo and his human Daniel!

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The Judge’s Choice Award was definitely a tough one as we adored each and every furry face. But after much deliberation we decided we just couldn’t resist those looks we were getting from Bruno and Bacon.  This pair of pups live at Stadium Place with their humans Bini and Claudine. Bruno and Bacon are already famous after being featured in their digs on Evening Magazine!

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So it looks like the cats have it this year but the canine companions were right on their tails! Thank you to everyone who participated in Pillar Loves Pets for sharing your furry friends with us. Until next year!