Reservation for two! Valentine’s Day in Seattle

Love is in the air and what better way to treat your Valentine than with a romantic dinner tailored just for the occasion.  Many of our favorite neighborhood spots have created special menus for the holiday or are offering Valentine’s Day specials. Take your date on a festive stroll to share one of these featured meals and a truly lovely evening.

…and don’t forget to make reservations, the sooner the better!

Source: OpenTable

Source: OpenTable



Valentine’s Day specials  

Mamma Melina


Valentine’s Day specials 

Crepe Café 

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Source: OpenTable

Café Wine Bar

Prix Fixe four course food and wine pairing dinner



Valentine’s Day specials 

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Focus on Wellness rather than Weight Loss

At The Corydon we place a high importance on the wellness of our team members and
residents. We believe that physical and mental health are key to a happy work environment for our team members and a happy home for our residents.

It’s no surprise that weight loss is consistently the number one New Year’s resolution.  It may surprise you, however, that a measly eight percent of people who make a resolution are actually successful (Forbes).

Weight loss is a daunting goal. Rather than overwhelming yourself with the pressure of such a drastic change, break your overall goal up into smaller achievements that will set you on a healthier path and ultimately inspire long term change. Rather than focusing solely on weight loss, focus instead on overall wellness.

Here are some healthy starter goals for 2016:

  • Simplify your coffee (no sugar, syrups or artificial additions!)
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  • Cut out soda and fruit juice
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  • Reduce your intake of refined carbohydrates
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  • Incorporate more vegetables 
  • Walk more


The Corydon features an expansive fitness center allowing residents convenient access to state of the art equipment. An easy way to get started is to hop on a treadmill and try walking on an incline…you can even enjoy your favorite TV show while you walk!



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‘Tis the Season at The Corydon

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.


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!

DSC_2319[1] (2)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. The Corydon hosted a Holiday Movie Party to spread the holiday cheer. We set up the Theater with a cookie decorating station and a Pinterest worthy cocoa bar. Residents showed us their creative cookie decorating skills and helped themselves to a cozy cup of cocoa before curling up in a big, comfy chair to watch a holiday classic…A Christmas Story. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.


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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!

If you’re going to a Holiday Party


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Gifts for the Holiday Hostess

3 Fresh Ideas for Host/Hostess Gifts 

7 Ways to be the Perfect Party Guest

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

Holiday Hosting: Guest Room Must-Haves

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Source: Domino

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


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Living the Dream at The Corydon

Part of the fun of living at The Corydon is the chance for residents to get to know each other and we love hosting events to help them do just that!

Nothing brings people together like cheering for the Seahawks.  While the season has not gone exactly as we hoped, our Monday Night Football party brought us together to see a great victory!  We ordered plenty of pizza and other treats to enjoy while we cheered for our beloved Hawks.  Our friends from Comcast joined the party bearing some great gifts. They put together goodie bags for everyone and even raffled off Seahawks gear, including a Seahawks jersey! Go Hawks!


Your mom was right when she told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. To make sure our residents got their day off to a great start, our team served a tasty breakfast on the go! We didn’t serve breakfast in bed like your mom used to do (that would have been creepy) but residents got to swing by on their way to work and grab a piece of fruit or yogurt, treat themselves to a delicious pastry and be on their way with a deliciously easy breakfast.   Mom would be so proud!


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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!

It was a beautiful evening for putt putt at The Corydon Folds of Honor event! But of course, what’s an event without food! We wanted to be a little more creative than just traditional BBQ so we served Ezell’s Famous Chicken with all the fixings!

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Residents racked up raffle tickets with their impressive putting skills! We loved to see how thrilled they were with their prizes.

It was a great evening putting for a great cause!

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Where Can you Walk: Restaurants

The Corydon sits right in the residential cornerstone of the University District’s Urban Village. Just one block north is University Village’s collection of shopping and dining, right outside the front door is the beautiful Burke Gilman Trail and the University of Washington is just down the street!

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Corydon residents can walk to it all! Including a variety of restaurants, from critically acclaimed causal cuisine to the latest and greatest from the Seattle food scene.

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The following is a list of some of our nearby favorites Corydon residents can walk to in less than 15 minutes:

Krua Thai Family Kitchen 482 feet: 2 minute walk

Thai Restaurant

Mamma Melina Ristorante & Pizzeria 496 feet: 2 minute walk

Zagat rated – Italian Restaurant

Frank’s Oyster House 0.1 miles: 3 minute walk

Zagat rated: Seattle’s Best Chicken & Waffles – Seafood Restaurant

Elemental Wood Fired Pizza 0.4 miles: 7 minute walk

Pizza Restaurant

Queen Mary Tea Room 0.3 miles: 7 minute walk

Zagat rated – European Restaurant

Pair 0.3 miles: 8 minute walk

Mediterranean Restaurant

Veggie Grill 0.5 miles: 8 minute walk

Zagat rated: Seattle’s Best for Vegan/Vegetarian Food – Vegetarian Restaurant

Eureka! 0.5 miles: 9 minute walk

American Restaurant

Crepe Café 0.7 miles: 13 minute walk

Zagat rated – French Restaurant

Din Tai Fung 0.5 miles: 9 minute walk

Zagat rated – Chinese Restaurant

Piatti Ristorante & Bar 0.5 miles: 10 minute walk

Italian Restaurant

Delfino’s Chicago Style Pizza 0.6 miles: 11 minute walk

Pizza Restaurant

Liam’s 0.5 miles: 11 minute walk

Zagat rated – American Restaurant

Mioposto 0.5 miles: 13 minute walk

Italian Restaurant

Salare 0.6 miles: 13 minute walk

Zagat rated – Restaurant

JOEY Kitchen 0.7 miles: 13 minute walk


Bai Pai Restaurant 0.6 miles: 14 minute walk

Zagat rated – Thai Restaurant

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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!

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Katie and Eric are safe!

The Stadium Place 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!


Nice catch Richard!


Jason’s on the field!


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The Happiest of Happy Hours

What lovely neighbors we have at The Corydon!

Corydon residents are thrilled to head just outside their front doors to Mamma Melina for the  “Happiest of Happy Hours.”

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This reception-like event will take place every Sunday through the end of summer, weather permitting, in an exclusively reserved section of Mamma Melina’s patio. From 2-4pm Corydon residents can enjoy any selections off of the happy hour menu for an additional 15% off – a great deal on top of already amazing happy hour deals!

Mama Melina Patio

Mamma Melina said, “We look forward to meeting and connecting with more of our neighbors.”

We are incredibly grateful for our wonderful neighbors and can’t wait to continue the fun next Sunday!

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Pillar Loves Pets: the Results are in!

The Third Annual Pillar Loves Pets Photo Contest is over and the results are in! The judges had no choice this year but to add a fourth place winner and that’s because Corydon resident Enzo was just too darn cute! Congratulations to Enzo and his human Daniel!

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The first place winner…or winners, live in our sister property The Lyric. Congratulations to the cuddling cats Wonton & Co. and their human Jingjing!

Pillar Loves Pets - Wonton & Co.

The second and third place winners both live in The Century. Pipo, posing perfectly with his favorite toy took second place and Oscar, the sleepy puppy took third place.

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All of the adorable entries made deciding the Judge’s Choice Award winner incredibly tough but we just couldn’t resist the looks we were getting from Stadium Place residents Bruno and Bacon!

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

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