An established senior luxury real estate adviser with more than two decades of experience, Laura Halliday represents remarkable homes and discerning clientele with ease. Her esteemed professional reputation is built upon a foundation of unwavering loyalty, candor and dedication. Laura is a trusted advocate for her clients known for her discretion, distinct eye for fine quality in craftsmanship and tenacious follow through. As an industry leader, Laura consistently manages transactions with sophistication, using her in-depth local market knowledge, vast network, and negotiation skills to command results. With a legacy of service and discernment that stems from her work as a buyer at Nordstrom, Laura tailors custom marketing plans based on client needs with monthly marketing calendars and analysis to account for necessary adjustments, weekly reports to review progress and consistent communication.
Laura aligned with Realogics Sotheby's International Realty through a shared vision of elevated service, global exposure and a commitment to innovative marketing endeavors. She currently specializes in premier residential real estate in Seattle's preeminent neighborhoods such as Broadmoor and Madison Park, Laurelhurst, Lake Washington, Denny Blaine, Seward Park, Capitol Hill and Montlake. Backed by a trusted 271-year Sotheby's brand heritage, Laura extends her concierge service from around the corner to around the world, in coveted areas including Sun Valley, Santa Barbara, Maui, Paris and London to satisfy the needs of her valued clientele. Deeply connected with her community Laura aligned with the Junior League of Seattle where she has chaired some of their most prominent fundraisers including Kaleidoscope, a holiday gift bazaar, and Simply Classic, an award-winning cookbook.
Madison Park, Washington Park
Highest Sale in 2016
1644 Windermere Dr E, Seattle
favorite hang out
Bing's Restaurant & Frenchy's Day Spa
Perhaps many of you have taken advantage of the Town Hall Lecture Series, but it was new to me as of last year (the last to know perhaps!). I was introduced to this unique venue by my mother to listen to the famed New York Times columnist David Brooks as he had just published his latest book: The Road to Character. If you have not been there before, it is housed in a historic, beautifulbuilding on the corner of 8th & Seneca Street. There is also a little “pub” on the main floor to enjoy a glass of wine or coffee before or after a lecture. Prices are very affordable and the speakers are truly incredible. I have attached a link to the upcoming lecture series (sadly, Alec Baldwin’s is sold out already!). I hope that you might enjoy this special treasure in our community.
My IT pick for the month of January is a book that I read over the holiday…actually, I listened to it via Audible while I went on my walks. This was such a great, fun read. In the audio book version, it was fun because each character is narrated by a different person…so, you really get the feel for each character. The book reminded me of the book Gone Girl. If you liked that, you will love this one!
My December "It" Pick is this precious gem, located right in the heart of Madison Park - Scoop Du Jour. The owners are a father and son team (Mr. Washington Junior & Senior!), who have owned and operated “Scoop” for over 32 years. Their storefront has undergone a huge transformation and is now painted a rich dark navy blue. Inside, one still finds ample seating and a TV for watching…cozy & comforting. When I asked what their best seller was, Mr. Washington Junior quickly replied “our Scoop Burger” followed by anything chocolate in the ice cream world (Vanilla Salted Caramel Fudge Brownie Swirl - are you kidding me!). So happy to have this treasured neighborhood eatery open for business again!
I love TED Talks. The company embraces the global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. This month listen to Sal Khan, a hedge fund analyst who believes that the education system should be focused on helping students master subjects, not just score highly on standardized tests. Listen to how Khan plans to take this complicated subject and turn struggling students into scholars by helping them master concepts at their own pace.
For October's "It" Pick, I decided to feature Peel Tech, a company that prides itself on providing in-house tech support without the technical difficulty. In an age that focuses so much on the latest technology, I very much appreciate this philosophy! Working on almost all platforms, devices and brands, Peel Tech offers concierge-style support for all of your personal, home and small business technology challenges. If you are looking for reliable tech support in the Seattle area, I would highly suggest this fabulous startup company!
Professor Macmillan is an exceptional history writer: engaging, direct and interesting (sometimes even funny), but also a wide-ranging thinker who see and explains the vast sweep of history. Her knowledge of world history and her ability to explain it concisely and in a way that is so engaging to the reader is exceptional. So many of the decisions that were made during this time have had ripples that we are still dealing with today, and they are fully illustrated in her explanations of the various ethnic claims for land and self-rule; her ability to compare and contrast these claims is extraordinary. The bottom line is that this is truly a history book that is very hard to put down, and also one that can give one so much insight into the complicated issues that we are still dealing with in 2016.
In the fourth annual Disruptor 50 list, CNBC features private companies in 15 industries — from aerospace to financial services to cybersecurity to retail — whose innovations are revolutionizing the business landscape. These forward-thinking starts-ups have identified unexploited niches in the marketplace that have the potential to become billion-dollar businesses, and they rushed to fill them.
I recently learned about WeWork, a company that transforms buildings into beautiful, collaborative work spaces that encourage a co-working environment. With a network of over 40,000, it is easy for members to get inspired and thrive. I find this concept fascinating - membership is affordable (starting as low as $45/month) and offers a network of thousands of potential customers.
I LOVE monograms! These days it’s hard for those of us that do still adore this beautiful traditional look to find anywhere to purchase something custom made. Enter Walker Valentine (out of San Francisco). This company monograms everything from linen dinner napkins to tote bags.
If you have podcasts or are on iTunes, simply steer your browser over to a Bloomberg Podcast called “Masters In Business” with Barry Ritholtz. In the January 29th episode, they interview Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel, Inc., a real estate appraisal and accounting firm. They discuss high end home sales in NYC and the Hamptons, critique the Case-Schiller Index and have some other insights that I think you might find fascinating.