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Helpful Hints for the Holidays

‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be stressed out! The holidays need to be a time for family and a time for giving…not just for giving you a headache.

Here are a few helpful hints to get you through this holiday season, well…at least get you through the stressful parts, hopefully after reading this you will be able to sit back and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!

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If you’re going to a Holiday Party

Gifts for the Holiday Hostess

3 Fresh Ideas for Host/Hostess Gifts

7 Ways to be the Perfect Party Guest

Source: Domino

If you’re hosting a Holiday Party… 

Holiday Hosting Short cuts

Holiday Hosting Hack: two-ingredient recipes

13 Holiday Punch Recipes

Crockpot Cocktails for Cold Weather

If you’re hosting guests…

How to Host Without a Guest Room

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Source: Domino

Holiday Hosting: Guest Room Must-Haves

How to Prepare for Out-of-Town Guests

The One Thing Your Holiday Houseguests Won’t Tell You

10 Pre-Holiday Cleaning Tips and Tricks

If you’re drawing a gift giving blank…

Everyone on Your Holiday List

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Favorites for Seattle Food Lovers

If you’re not trying to  pack on the traditional holiday pounds…

50 Holiday Recipes You Won’t Regret in January

We asked Property Manager Matt what he does to prepare for the holidays:

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Matt said he thinks it’s important to take a break from all of your to-do lists and do something that makes you excited for the holiday season!

Matt suggests treating yourself to a festive showing of the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s new production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker! He said it’s a specular evening for the whole family! For a more romantic evening, Matt suggests taking a stroll with your theater date to Palace Kitchen for a cozy pre-theater dinner.

A night to submerse yourself in holiday cheer!

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Living the Dream at The Century

One of the great things about The Century is the community that’s formed among the people who live here.  It’s our pleasure to host events that bring everyone together.

We had our friends from Ardor Cellars in for a wine tasting event.  We have a number of residents who are quite knowledgeable about wine, residents who would like to learn more about wine, and residents who just know they enjoy drinking wine! This turned out to be the perfect event for everyone!


Residents gathered around to taste seven different wines and learn a little bit about the production of each individual wine. Everyone mingled as they sipped their favorite wine, snacked on meat and cheeses, and treated themselves to chocolate covered strawberries!



Ardor Cellars also graciously gave a discount on bottle purchases so residents could enjoy their favorite wine of the night in their beautiful apartment home later.

For the recent haunting holiday we had a Halloween Pumpkin Carving contest. Residents showed off their pumpkin carving skills and let me tell you, we were quite impressed! While everyone deliberated before casting their vote sweet treats were enjoyed in true Halloween fashion.

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The winners grin was almost as big as his spook-tacular pumpkin.

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The leaves and the temperatures are dropping so it was clearly time to celebrate with a festive Fall Feast…potluck style! Our residents definitely have some mad kitchen skills. Our feast included a little bit of everything; Chicken Tortilla Soup with all the toppings, pulled pork sliders, salads, wraps, kabobs, casseroles…you name it we had it! Of course it isn’t a feast without decadent desserts and a few fun drinks to wash it all down! It was a great afternoon sharing a rather large meal with neighbors!


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 golf balls to support Folds of Honor to give to our residents when they played at the participating golf courses.

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!


The Folds of Honor event at The Century was a blast! Residents racked up raffle tickets with their impressive putting skills! We loved to see how thrilled they were with their prizes.

But of course, what’s an event without food! We served giant sub sandwiches with lots of tasty sides!


It was a great day putting for a great cause!


Where Can you Walk: Restaurants

If location is everything, our residents at The Century really have it all!

The Century sits at the center of Seattle’s heartbeat, neighboring the iconic Space Needle. Along with breathtaking views, this gives residents walking access to some of the best shopping, dining, and entertainment Seattle has to offer!

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The Century is surrounded by the restaurants of Seattle’s most hailed restaurateurs and critically acclaimed cuisine of every style! All residents have to do is walk out our front door!

The following is a variety of dining options Centur residents can walk to in less than 10 minutesThe Century Neighborhood 45

Zeeks Pizza 476 feet: 2 minute walk

Zagat rated – Pizza Restaurant

The 5 Point Cafe 0.1 miles: 2 minute walk

American Diner

Tilikum Place Café 0.1 miles: 2 minute walk

Zagat rated: Best Restaurants Near Seattle Center, Seattle’s Best for Brunch – European Restaurant

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La Parisienne 0.2 miles: 3 minute walk

Zagat rated – French Bakery The Century Neighborhood 11

Black Bottle 0.3 miles: 7 minute walk

Zagat rated: Best Eats Near Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle’s Best Eclectic Restaurants – Gastropub

El Gaucho 0.3 miles: 7 minute walk

Zagat rated: Best Eats Near Olympic Sculpture Park,  Seattle’s Best Meet-For-a-Drink Spots, Seattle’s Best Restaurant Service, Seattle’s Best Steakhouses, Seattle’s Best for Shareable Deserts, Seattle’s Most Popular Restaurant -Steak House

La Vita E Bella 0.3 miles: 7 minute walk

Zagat rated: Best Eats Near Olympic Sculpture park – Italian Restaurant

Some Random Bar 0.3 miles: 7 minute walk

Zagat rated – Cocktail bar

Shiro’s 0.4 miles: 7 minute walk

Zagat rated: Best Eats Near Olympic Sculpture Park, Best Eats Near the Torchlight Parade, Seattle’s Best Japanese Restaurants – Sushi Restaurant

Marrakesh Moroccan Restaurant 0.4 miles: 8 minute walk

Zagat rated: Best Eats Near Olympic Sculpture Park – Moroccan Restaurant

Rob Roy 0.4 miles: 8 minute walk

Zagat rated: Seattle’s Best Happy Hours, Seattle’s Best Lounges, Seattle’s Best Nightlife Atmosphere, Seattle’s Best Nightlife Décor, Seattle’s Best Romantic Nightspots, Seattle’s Best Specialty Cocktails, Seattle’s Most Essential Nightspots – Bar

Tavolata 0.4 miles: 8 minute walk

Zagat rated: Seattle’s Best First-Date Spots – Italian Restaurant

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria 0.4 miles: 8 minute walk

Zagat rated – Pizza Restaurant

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Bell + Whete 0.4 miles: 9 minute walk

Zagat rated: Seattle’s Best for Hard Cider – Gastropub

Cantina Lena 0.4  miles: 9 minute walk

Zagat rated: Seattle’s Best Mexican Restaurants – Mexican Restaurant

Palace Kitchen 0.4 miles: 9 minute walk

Zagat rated: Best Late-Night Dining Near Bumbershoot, Seattle’s Best for Shareable Desserts – American Restaurant

The Lost Pelican 0.4 miles: 9 minute walk

Zagat rated: Best Late-Night Dining Near Bumbershoot – Creole Restaurant

Brunch With a Punch


Weekends are for indulgences and at The Century we thought we would start the weekend off right by treating our residents to a Boozy Brunch on Saturday morning (leaving ample time for sleeping in of course).

Century Boozy Brunch

Century residents woke up to the comforting smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls. All they had to do was head out their front door and grab a gooey pastry! Residents also had their choice of orange or grapefruit mimosas to perk them right up. Residents relaxed in The Century Hub and casually mingled as they sipped their mimosas with frosting covered fingers. It was quite the enjoyable weekend morning and that’s how we roll.  Get it?  Because we served rolls.

Puget Sound Business Journal’s WA Best Workplaces

We are incredibly honored that Pillar Properties was recognized as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2015 Washington’s Best Workplaces!

Matt and the Mariner Moose!

The Century team along with the rest of the Pillar Properties team members 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!

Way to go team!

Congratulations to the Team Pillar Award Winners

Pillar Properties strives to continuously recognize team members for their exceptional work and tremendous dedication to upholding the Pillar Properties core values. While we believe the teams at all of our properties are absolutely amazing, every quarter we highlight a particular team by awarding them with The Pillar Award.

Pillar Award Winner: Team Century!

This quarter The Pillar Award went to our team at The Century. The Century has had great success since its opening in 2014 thanks to each and every team member’s passion and commitment. The Quietly Awesome experience is truly encompassed at The Century. As a team The Century got to choose from some pretty sweet prizes to treat themselves to a day of fun! Way to go team!

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The team chose to go bowling!

Pillar Loves Pets: the Results are in!

The Third Annual Pillar Loves Pets Photo Contest is over and the results are in! Congratulations to The Century, home of TWO Pillar Loves Pets award winners!

The second place winner is Pipo, posing perfectly with his favorite toy! His human Ana must be so proud!

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Pipo and Humans Pipo and Prize

In third place is our sleepiest entry Oscar, too exhausted to play with his little duck! Congratulations to Oscar and his human Marina!

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Oscar woke up...and grew! But he was happy to pose with his prize!
Oscar woke up…and grew! But he was happy to pose with his prize!

The first place winner…or winners, live in our sister property The Lyric. Congratulations to the cuddling cats Wonton & Co. and their human Jingjing! There were so many precious pets this year the judges had no choice but to award fourth place as well, Enzo from the Corydon was just too cute!

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This also made the pick for the Judge’s Choice Award incredibly tough as we adored each and every furry face! But we couldn’t resist the looks Bruno and Bacon were giving us at Stadium Place.

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We want to thank everyone who participated in Pillar Loves Pets and for sharing your furry friends with us. Until next year!

Best Grilling Tips from Around the Neighborhood

It’s grilling season!  With the sunny warm weather, there is no better way to cook than grilling outside, enjoying the summer. Grilling can be tricky, which is why we asked the experts in meats and grilling from around our neighborhood to share with us (and you!) everything they know so we may, too, become experts in the art of grilling.

Step one: Where to get your meat


To get the best meat for grilling, skip the grocery store and go straight to the butcher. Getting quality meat means knowing where it came from, and that is what William von Schneidau did when he started BB Ranch Butcher Shop, he found the best farms in the area. His full butcher shop is well known in Pike Place Market, as they do everything themselves and can do any cut you want on the spot.

Knowing what cut or kind of meat to get for grilling can be tricky, but William recommends some of his best: 943244_576192952401723_1027134085_n

  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Santa Maria Tri Tip (uniquely to BB Ranch with the most amazing rub you’ll ever taste)
  • BB Ranch hand made burgers (or sausages), such as buffalo, blue cheese, bacon and lamb sliders.
  • Red Steaks

William suggests to always tell your butcher about your plans; what you’re cooking with the meat, how many people you’ll be feeding, what you’ll be drinking, etc. That will help them point you to the best meat catered to your needs.

If going with red steak seems a bit threatening to grill,  William suggests to go with something the butcher prepared instead. Whether that’s their hand made burgers or their Lime Jalapeno Chicken Wings (they suggest to pair it with Margaritas and Coronas), all you’ll have to do is listen carefully to the butcher’s cooking time directions and you’ll have a perfect meal. If it’s your first time grilling, but you want steak, William’s go-to is a boneless Rib eye steak from their dry-aged locker, he assures us it’s fool-proof.BBRanch2

The best part of BB Ranch being in Pike Place Market is that it is your one-time stop. You can get everything you need for your BBQ there.  All businesses at Pike Place know each other so the people from the veggie stand will know exactly what to suggest to go along with your BB Ranch meat and vice versa.

Step two: Know the grilling basics

  • Get it hot: Turn the grill on several minutes before you want to begin grilling. You want the grill nice and hot for when you begin.oil_grill_tip5
  • Oil it up: Grab a paper towel and soak it in oil, grab it with tongs and rub it over the rack to avoid the meat from sticking to the grill.
  • Dry it off: Pat your meat dry with a paper towel before you place it on the grill to get the perfect sear.
  • Let it rest: When the meat has reached your desire done-ness, let it rest for a few minutes to allow the juices to settle.
  • Use it: Grill pans are great for giving vegetables and fruits the smoky flavor we all love, without having them fall through the rack.

Step three: Recipes

You have your meat and basic grilling tips, all you need now is a few recipes (if you didn’t buy prepared meat from BB Ranch) for your meat to make your BBQ perfect. Here are five of our favorites.

  1. Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken Kebabs
  2. Beer Marinated Grilled Steak
  3. Grilled Cilantro Lime BBQ Wings
  4. Grilled Veggies: Zucchini, Carrot, Mushroom and Peppers
  5. Chipotle Baby Back Ribsbabyback-ribs-5

Looking for more summer and barbecuing recipes? Follow our Pinterest Board!

What are your plans for Independence Day? Do you have any grilling tips or secrets? Share them with us in the comments!

An Evening on The Rooftop with Chihuly Garden and Glass Collections Café

Summer is still over a couple of weeks away, but we are lucky to be enjoying some  beautiful sunshine-filled days here in Seattle!


It’s the kind of weather that makes you want to hang out on our rooftop all day long. And so we did! We couldn’t have chosen a better Saturday last month to host our resident event, Evening on the Rooftop, sponsored by our neighbors the Chihuly Garden and Glass Collections Café.100_0614

The Collections Café brought their best chefs on board, fired up our grills and got cooking! As we poured some wine, our residents found their way to the rooftop drawn by the mouthwatering smell and lively music.

We were thrilled to have the Collections Café prepare a full menu just for us, on our very own grills! The menu included roasted spring vegetables, wild mushroom ravioli, fresh fruit salads and a mini burger bar—as well as some delicious desserts. Again—mouthwatering, right?food

We love our neighbors! We enjoy taking advantage of everything that our neighborhood has to offer and we love it even more when we are able to partner with our neighbors to bring delicious food, great company and a fabulous time for our residents.


It was a special treat to see what the Collections Café has to offer and we hear some of our residents even went to the Café for brunch the next day!