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Meet Our Team: Matthew Stibbs

While we hate to brag, but we thought it was unfair of us to keep this to ourselves. We have some of the most interesting and amazing people working at The Century. Each one of them has a wonderful story and unique personality. Since they are so special to us, we would love to share them with you in our Meet Our Team posts.

We’d like to present to you Matthew Stibbs. Matt began his journey with Pillar Properties a year ago at The Nolo, one of two buildings at Stadium Place  located in Pioneer Square. Since then, Matt moved to help us open The Century, where his expertise has helped make The Century a success.  Matt is a quick-witted, funny and kind guy who is always ready to lend a hand. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what we asked him and his response:Matt 5

Question: if you could fly anywhere, where would you go and why?

His answer: It depends.

Matt is not your typical kind of guy. He likes to analyze things and make an informed decision—in this case, answer. So he told us he was missing a huge variable: the speed at which he can fly, because that would determine where his first stop would be. So he broke it down for us.

If he could fly at the speed of:

  • A Bird (60 mph) – He would fly to the top of Mount Rainier.  His reasoning: since this speed provides limitations in regards to distance, he wanted to go to an awesome place close by. Mount Rainer is the highest mountain in the state of Washington and is also an active volcano—which to him screams awesome.  He shared that he’s always wanted to reach the top, but has heard the unfortunate stories of people who attempted to, but never made it.

    Mount Rainier. Source:
  • A Plane (550-600mph) – With this speed, Matt’s first thought was to fly to Hawaii because he has never been, but he had some concerns. With the flight time being 5.5 hours, he could risk getting bored and falling asleep.  So, he decided he’d much rather stay local and fly north along the coast— up and around Whistler/Blackcomb and enjoy great scenery.

    Whistler, B.C.  Source:
    Whistler, B.C.
  • Light (670,616,629mph!!) – What he called, the “ultimate speed limit”, opened up the Milky Way as an option. He said he’d love to go straight up and fly around all the extraordinary creations the universe has to offer; from black holes to planets, stars and nebulas. He would spend all his free time up there and would explore all the planets, which flying at the speed of light would only take between two-to-four light minutes depending on which planet he chose.

    The Milky Way Source:
    The Milky Way

Matt’s answer definitely inspired us to dream big, how about you? We would love to hear where YOU would like to go if you could fly. Please share in the comments below. And let us know if there are any questions you’d like to ask them!

Best Pie in the Neighborhood to Celebrate the Ultimate Pi Day

Happy π Day!

This year, March 14 is more special than ever because Pi= 3.1415…, and today is 3.14.15, which makes it the ultimate Pi day!

We love celebrating days like these, and there’s no better way to celebrate Pi day than with some of the most delicious pies in the neighborhood—and our team even recommended their favorite pie!

Dahlia Bakery

Tom Douglass’ very own bakery has the BEST Triple Coconut Cream Pie, according to our team.

Courtesy Dahlia Bakery
Courtesy Dahlia Bakery

Not a fan of Coconut Cream Pie? Don’t worry, Dahlia Bakery has a wide variety of flavors, including the traditional Apple Pie and always look for the seasonal fruit pie!

Courtesy of Dahlia Bakery
Courtesy of Dahlia Bakery

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities to Get your Green On

St. Patrick’s Day is always a very festive day around Puget Sound.  Everyone wants to get their green on with parades, bar crawls and of course, beer!

Looking for your best option for celebrating?  We’ve got ya covered!

  • Lucky 2015: The biggest Spring Festival is right next door! Filled with St. Patrick’s décor, visited by magical creatures and celebrated with a little luck of the Irish—it is the luckiest adventure of the year! Full details here.
    • When: Friday March 13 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Over 20 artists including Zed Dead.
    • For tickets click here.


  • Irish Festival and Parade: Don’t miss the best place to get your green on with non-stop Irish music, dancing, workshops and cultural displays. For more info, click here.
    • When: March 14 and 15; Saturday and Sunday
    • Cost: FREE, all ages.
    • Time: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
    • Location: Starting on 4th Ave and Jefferson.
Photo by Paul Swortz
Photo by Paul Swortz
  • St. Patty’s Day at Seattle Children Museum: Get ready to explore this green-filled day with fun activities for kids. For full details click here.
    • When: Tuesday March 17.
    • Activities:
      • 11:30 a.m. – Exploration: Celtic Harp.
      • 12 p.m. St. – Patrick’s Day Story Time.
      • 1 p.m. – Art: Leprechaun Houses.
      • 2 p.m. – Math: Leprechaun Graphing.
Source: Seattle Children's Museum
Source: Seattle Children’s Museum
  • Leprechaun Pub Crawl: With a ‘Going Green’ theme, and over ten local bars to crawl to, it is sure to be a Saturday night to remember. For full details click here.
    • When: Saturday March 14 at 3 p.m.
    • Cost: $10 per person.
    • Location: Pub crawl begins at Kells Irish Pub.
Source: Water Way Cruises
Source: Water Way Cruises
  • St. Patrick’s Day Dash: Get ready for the 31st annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash filled with a wide variety of activities for both kids and adults! For full details, click here.
    • When: Sunday March 15.
    • Time: 8 a.m. Start times vary depending on the activity you chose.
    • Location: Seattle Center
    • Price: $35 individual registration. And $12 for ages 10 and under.
    • To register, click here.

Mayor of Limerick John Gilligan announced that 26 year old bubbly children's TV Presenter Emma O'Driscoll is to lead Limericks Saint Patricks Day. The theme of the Saint Patricks Day parade is Go Green and festival organisers are hoping that a spectacle of colour and sound will fill the streets of Limerick.  Picture Seán Curtin Press 22.

Know of any other fun St. Patrick’s Day activities in town? Share them with us on the comments below!


Pillar Properties Named Tops in the Nation for Resident Satisfaction!

National-Award-Company-2014-2-300x94Our teams are constantly focused on customer service at Pillar Properties.  Its the cornerstone of our mission – to provide what we call a ‘quietly awesome’ experience for our residents.  That means our teams work diligently behind the scenes to make sure the experience inside our properties matches residents lifestyles, needs and expectations.  Being quietly awesome is a focus for everything we do and it is the guiding light of our customer service team.

That’s why we are especially proud to receive the SatisFacts 2014 National Resident Satisfaction Award for 2014.  SatisFacts is a national company that works with more than a million apartment dwellers annually to gauge their experiences.  We are thrilled that of the nearly 300 property management companies across the country, Pillar Properties is ranked in the top three!*

“Seeing Pillar Properties recognized with this award is exceptional but I can humbly say I am not surprised,” said Billy Pettit, senior vice president for Pillar Properties.  “This all comes back to the teams at each of our properties – The Lyric, The Wave and The Nolo at Stadium Place, The Century, The Corydon and The 101.  They are deeply committed to making our properties a special place to live and they are clearly succeeding.”

SatisFacts surveys all residents annually and again anytime a resident moves in, has a maintenance request or moves out. Based on those surveys, Pillar Properties also received an Exceptional Company Award (score of 4.5 or higher of 5.0) for resident satisfaction.  You can see the awards and rankings here.

“This awards shows us that our teams are responding to our resident’s needs and that’s what truly matters to us. We focus every day on ensuring that our property teams are quick to address any issues that arise for our residents.  That’s what makes Pillar Properties different from other property owners and that’s what being quietly awesome is all about,” said Pettit.

SatisFacts is the apartment industry retention and reputation management authority, working with hundreds of management companies and more than a million apartment units nationally.  You can learn more about the company here.



* Of companies with less than 2,000 apartment units

Valentine’s Day Recap: Sing your Heart out Karaoke Party!

There’s nothing more fun than a Karaoke night on Valentine’s Day!

With the Karaoke ready to go, a table full of tasty appetizers


And Valentine’s Day themed cocktails hand-crafted by our in-house bartender,


residents joined in to sing their hearts out at our Valentine’s Day Karaoke Party!


Even Genevieve, our property manager belted out a few tunes!


And our friend Millana joined her, too!

We want to thank all our residents who attended, you made Valentine’s Day special for us!


Congratulating our Sister Properties

Our community was far too young to enter the Emerald Awards this year, but our sister properties had the opportunity to enter and become finalists!

This annual awards presentation, sponsored by the Washington Multi Family Housing Association (WMFHA), honors the top performers in the apartment industry in the Pacific North West.

Emerald Awards

A big congratulations to the following:

From Stadium Place:

  • Tyler Patton, Maintenance Supervisor of the Year (301+ Units)
  • Nicole Kellogg, Assistant Manager of the Year
  • Lauren Reel, Leasing Consultant of the Year
  • Megan Vallor, Community Manager of the Year


From The Corydon:

  • Richard Hughes, Maintenance Supervisor of the Year (1-150 Units)


From The 101:

  • Sam Hale, Maintenance Rookie of the Year


The Emerald Awards also recognize individual properties and we are pleased that The Lyric is a finalist for Community of the Year


and Stadium Place is a finalist for New Development of the Year.

Stadium Place

It’s a long road to becoming a finalist and we couldn’t be more excited to see the properties’ team members recognized for all they do.

Please join us in congratulating the finalists and wish them luck when the winners are announced at the big awards presentation on February 12.

Thank you Residents for your Contribution to Northwest Harvest

We are proud of our partnership with KING5 to cheer on the Seahawks and help fill the shelves at Northwest Harvest.  We hosted a food drive at our property and everyone who donated got a pair of these cool KING5 #twelfie shades!

century shades

And while the Seahawks didn’t quite bring home the victory (so close!), the big winner was Northwest Harvest as generous fans from all over Puget Sound donated more than 75,000 meals in the week leading up to the Super Bowl.


We want to thank our residents and everyone else who was part of the food drive, we couldn’t have done it without you!

NWH_LOGO_2012_whitespace K5_THT

We donated, too! Our VP of Multi Family Operations, Diana Norbury and VP of Construction and Plan Operations, Scott Haines presented a check to Northwest Harvest live on KING5 News!

Getting Ready for Super Bowl Day!

We’re assuming all you can think about this week is the Seahawks playing in the Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday—that’s all we can think about, too!

Let us indulge in this Hawks fever together with every other living person in the city!


Let’s talk party! Whether you are hosting your own party, going to a friend’s party or going out to celebrate with all other 12s, we have the best food, drinks and places to guarantee you’ll enjoy the Super Bowl!


Impress your friends by making one of these for your Super Bowl party, or bring it to your friend’s party—they’re crowd pleasers!


Don’t forget the Seahawks-themed snacks!

Source: Queen Bee Coupons
Source: Queen Bee Coupons

Oh, and be sure to make a Russells Sprouts Cheese Dip—get it?

Source: Queen Bee Coupons
Source: Queen Bee Coupons

What better way to support the Hawks than with Seattle-made drinks!

Source: Queen Bee Coupons
Source: Queen Bee Coupons
Source: Queen Bee Coupons
Source: Queen Bee Coupons

For those of you going out—our team recommends this hopping bar in our neighborhood!

Or just stay home to watch it on the big screen in our media room!

And remember, ANYTHING is possible. GO HAWKS!

Re-organizing Project: A Fresh Start!

The New Year is time for a fresh start, and what better way to do so than by re-organizing your home! We truly believe that an organized home can maximize your time and allow you to focus on other activities like enjoying the neighborhood or reading a book!


We know that organizing your home can be time consuming, so we focused on the three spaces of a home that would benefit from organization: bathroom, kitchen and living room.


It is difficult to successfully store all our supplies and have a nice looking bathroom. So, we compiled organizing solutions for your bathroom that guarantee it will stay clutter-free.


These hanging baskets could be the best and most attractive way to organize your bathroom supplies.

Source: Our Fifth House
Source: Our Fifth House

A spice-rack can hold all your toiletries and get them off the counter. Re-purpose your old spice racks, or make your own.

Learn the most effective way to organize your items under the sink while increasing storage space.


A cluttered kitchen could be the reason we choose to dine out over cooking, so here are the best practices to have a high-efficiency kitchen.


A Lazy Susan can help organize your refrigerator, and a pan organizer could do the same for your cabinets.

Make your own dry-ingredient containers with this  tutorial.


Get your foil and plastic wrap out of your drawers and into your cabinet without taking up any room with this trick.

Find out how tension rods can help you organize throughout your kitchen!


Living Room

We have so many not-so-pretty but necessary items in our living room. What to do? Here are some great and easy DIY hiding ideas for your living room items:

Two simple ways to hide your router in plain sight: place inside a nice-looking box, or an old book.


Printers can be a bit of an eye-sore in our living room, so hide it in your entertainment center with this tutorial.

Too many books? Make an invisible bookcase and wait for your guests’ reaction!

Ever wondered what to do with the AC/heat controller on the wall? We have exactly what you need.

Source: One King Slane
Source: One King Slane

Looking for more ideas? Check out our Organizing Ideas Pinterest Board, and follow us on Pinterest for updates on all apartment home ideas!

Three Steps to Go Green this New Year

Happy New Year!

The Century and Pillar Properties we join you in caring about the impact we have on the environment. Our New Year’s resolution is to become even more environmentally friendly, and we have some information to share that will help you do the same.

Our timing is good because the City of Seattle is enforcing a new garbage law starting January 1, requiring all Seattle residents to compost and recycle. You can read more about that here.

Many of us associate being ‘green’ with recycling. But there are actually three steps: reduce, reuse and then recycle.

Source: Flckr / CC 2.0
Source: Flckr / CC 2.0


  1. Reduce:

Reducing the impact you have on the environment can be very simple, by just changing some small things in your daily life. Here are some easy ideas you can adopt:

  • Look for products with compostable packaging (such as Cedar Grove) or suggest that your local stores use compostable products.
  • Reduce the number of disposable items in your household (see #2 for ideas.)
  • Donate your unwanted items to your local Goodwill, rather than throwing them away.
  • Compost as much as you can. Here are some helpful tips:
    • Obtain a compost bucket and bags to compost food scraps at home.
    • Ask one of our team members for a compost bucket and where to dispose of your compost when your bucket is full.
    • The image below shows you what can be composted, for a list of compostable items, click here.

      By U.S. Department of Energy
      By U.S. Department of Energy
  1. Reuse:

Reusing may require you to think outside of the box. Sometimes you may have to go the extra mile, but it will pay off by saving you money and energy. Here are some ideas on how to reuse your items:

  • Instead of throwing it away, reuse it. Here are five things we should never throw away and how to reuse them.
  • Save over 544,000 trees by replacing your virgin fiber paper towels with 100% recycled ones.
  • Even better, here are three ways to replace disposable products in your kitchen. Tip: if you can’t live without disposable paper towels or napkins, be sure to compost them.
  • Tired of paying for your grocery bags at the store? Do you have unwanted old t-shirts laying around? Here is a tutorial on how to make your own reusable, no-sew t-shirt tote bags. Tip: put your reusable bags in the car so you never forget them.
  • Purchase a reusable water bottle, instead of bottled water.

  1. Recycle:

Recycling is the most common practice of all three steps for many, but the reality is, there is more to recycling than throwing an aluminum can in the recycling bin. Here is how you can do more:

  • When possible, purchase items made of recycled materials by looking for the recycle sign on packaging.
  • Purchase items with little to no packaging.
  • Bring your own mug for coffee/tea to reduce paper cup waste.
  • There are many household items that can be recycled that we aren’t aware of. Here is a list of ten things you didn’t know you could recycle.