Living the Dream at The Lyric

It’s been a fun couple of weeks here at The Lyric with lots to celebrate!

The Seahawks are now halfway through the 2015 season. We cheered for our beloved Hawks at our Monday Night Football party! We ordered plenty of pizza and other goodies to enjoy while we rooted the Hawks on to victory.  Let’s hope there are lots more wins in the next half of the season.  Go Hawks!


For the recent haunting holiday we threw our annual Lyric Halloween Party complete with a competitive costume contest! We had spook-tacular treats and admired some pretty creative costumes.  This is one of our favorite parties at The Lyric each year.


It’s hard to believe but The Lyric recently had its three year anniversary!  It seems like only yesterday that we were opening the doors of this beautiful new building and welcoming our first residents to their new homes.  We are so grateful to the wonderful people who live here and we wanted to celebrate our anniversary with them.  We picked up cupcakes down the street at one of our favorite spots for treats (we’re looking at you Cupcake Royale) and filled our lobby with countless tasty flavors. The champagne was flowing too as we toasted to three fabulous years at The Lyric!


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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 the Folds of Honor event at The Lyric, we set up the miniature golf right on the rooftop deck. But of course, what’s an event without food! So we turned on the grills and had a good old rooftop BBQ with all the fixings!


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

When you think of good eats in Seattle you think of the hip and happening Capitol Hill.

Here you can find cuisine to satisfy any palate…eccentric dishes that mirror the eclectic neighborhood, fine dining that serves to impress the harshest critics, or just good old comforting classics.


Conveniently for residents at The Lyric, this iconic food scene is right outside their front door! The following is a variety of dining options Lyric residents can walk to in less than 10 minutes:

Nacho Borracho 0.1 miles: 3 minute walk IMG_0906

Zagat rated – Seattle’s Most Essential Nightspots, Mexican Restaurant

Neon taco 0.1 miles: 3 minute walk

Mexican Restaurant

Annapurna café 0.2 miles: 4 minute walk

Zagat rated – Seattle’s Best Indian Restaurants, Indian Restaurant

Blue Moon Burger 0.3 miles: 5 minute walk

Zagat rated- Hamburger Restaurant

Herb & Bitter Public House 0.3 miles: 5 minute walk

Zagat rated, Tapas Restaurant

Zhu Dang 0.2 miles: 5 minute walk

Zagat rated – Chinese Restaurant

Roosters bar and grill 0.3: 6 minute walk

Zagat rated – Seattle’s Best New Restaurants, Tex-Mex Restaurant

Altura 0.3 miles: 7 minute walk 

Zagat rated- Italian Restaurant

Bait shop 0.3 miles: 7 minute walk  

Roosters Bar and Grill

Roosters Bar and Grill

Cocktails on tap, craft beer, and light fare

Chavez 0.3 miles: 7 minute walk

Zagat rated – Mexican Restaurant

Poppy 0.4 miles: 7 minute walk

Zagat rated – Seattle’s Best Outdoor Dining, American restaurant

Rione XIII 0.4 miles: 7 minute walk

Zagat rated – Italian Restaurant

Sur 16 restaurant 0.4 miles: 7 minute walk

Zagat rated – Latin American Restaurant

The wandering goose 0.4 miles: 7 minute walk

Zagat rated – Southern Restaurant

Jamjuree 0.5 miles: 9 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!

Sidneigh's excited!

Sidneigh’s excited!

The Lyric 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!

Stacy, Valerie and Sidneigh!

Stacy, Valerie and Sidneigh!

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VIP Mariners Game

When The Lyric team invites residents to attend a Mariners game…they go big!  Twenty of our residents recently got to roll in to Safeco Field VIP style.   Go big or go home we say!

On the day of the Mariners game a hummer limo pulled right up to The Lyric to chauffeur the gang to Safeco Field which was pretty cool! If you are riding in a limo, it’s pretty much mandatory to break out the bubbly.  So we started the festivities off with a champagne toast to our residents.

We had awesome seats at the game, all on the terrace club level and everyone received a free Mariners baseball hat as a souvenir! To top it all off, the Mariners accommodated us with a victory.  Our group was fired up and cheering all the way to an exciting 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers!

After the game we all hopped back into our spiffy limo and headed to Kerry Park to check out one of the best views in Seattle!

We had such a fun night and loved treating our residents like the stars they are!

VIP Mariners Game

Our residents at Kerry Park after the game!

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The Winners of Pillar Loves Pets!

Cats out of the bag! The Lyric is home to the Third Annual Pillar Loves Pets Photo Contest winner! Congratulations to our first place felines Wonton & Co. and their human Jingjing! Wonton & Co. look cozy and content in their basket together!

Wonton & Co.

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

Pillar Loves Pets - Pipo     Pillar Loves Pets - Oscar

With all of the adorable entries this year the judges had no choice but to award the fourth place winner as well. Enzo from the Corydon was just too cute!  While we loved seeing all the furry faces, this made picking the Judge’s Choice incredibly tough. But after much deliberation we decided we just couldn’t resist the looks we were getting from Bruno and Bacon at Stadium Place.

  Pillar Loves Pets - Enzo               Pillar Loves Pets - Bruno and Bacon

So it looks like the cats have it this year but our 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!


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Capitol Hill’s Best Grilling Tips

lyric_3Fourth of July is here! What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a good old fashioned BBQ. Which is why we asked the experts in meats and grilling from around our Capitol Hill to share with us (and you!) everything they know so we can become experts in the art of grilling, too!

Step one: Where to get your meat

To get the best meat for grilling, skip the grocery store and go straight to the butcher. We visited the best butcher shop in our neighborhood to get an inside scoop on the best meat to grill. But what Joe Harper, an expert butcher at Rainshadow Meats shared is much more than just meat, but also how to prepare it and cook it right.

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At Rainshadow Meats, they care where their product comes from, which is why they only choose local, small farm, 100% grass-fed meat to get the best quality. For Joe, choosing the best cuts depends on what you’re going to do with it, because there are really no bad cuts.

  • Are you making a salad? They have the perfect flat iron skirt steak for it.
  • Do you want a show stopper? Joe suggested their big, bone-in, rib eye steak.
  • Looking for something with a marinade? Joe’s go-to is a sirloin flap because it holds the marinade really well.
  • Making Kebabs? Shoulder pieces are the best for this. Top sirloin is your best option to keep some tenderness.


Joe explained sometimes the tastiest steak can be simplest to make. By sprinkling salt and pepper and cooking right you can make a mouthwatering steak with little effort. Cooking it right is the tricky part, he says you should first and foremost make the thermometer your best friend. Trying to get the perfect medium-rare steak? Cook it until it reaches 115-120 degrees Fahrenheit then take it off the grill to rest. Joe’s rule of thumb is to let it rest half the total cooking time.

Step two: Know the grilling basics

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Pat your meat dry with a paper towel before you place it on the grill to get the perfect sear.
  • Grill pans are great for giving the smoky flavor to vegetables and fruits without them falling through the rack.

Step three: Recipes

You have your meat and basic grilling tips, all you need now is a few recipes for your meat to make your BBQ perfect. Here are five of our favorites.babyback-ribs-5

  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 Ribs

Looking for more summer and barbecuing recipes? Follow ourPinterest Board!

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

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Rainbow Love – Seattle Pride Festival

This years’ pride weekend in Seattle seems to have been one of the biggest, most festive and colorful we’ve had. There’s nothing as special as seeing everyone in our neighborhood, city, and even the entire state come together for such an awesome celebration!


Photo Source: SeattlePI

It all started in our neighborhood with Mayor Murray’s unveiling of our awesome, eye-catching rainbow sidewalks! In case you didn’t hear, it even received National attention. Because Capitol Hill rocks!

We joined the celebration, too! Our team was part of the festivities at the Pride Fest in Capitol Hill on Saturday. We went all out with tutus, rainbow-colored everything and fun giveaways. That’s The Lyric way! Or should we say, that’s #LyricLiving? Either way it’s fun.


Our favorite part was to be able to hang out with our neighbors, friends, attendees, and even our residents stopped by to spin the wheel and get some cool prizes.

more booth    Residents

Did you see us at Pride Fest? Got some cool pictures from the festival? Share them with us! We’d love to see how you showed your pride this past weekend.


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Pillar Loves Pets: Celebrating All Pets

June is Pillar Loves Pets Month! This is our time to celebrate the furry friends who make life so much better and we want you and your pet to join us!  We love pets of all shapes and sizes and The Lyric features some swell pet amenities too.  We have some seriously cute pets living at our building and this is the month for them to shine.  And maybe win you some cash!

We kicked off the month by supporting the Seattle Animal Shelter Furry 5k at Seward Park.  The place was jumping with dogs (and their owners) and it was so much fun to watch the action from our booth while we handed out some doggie treats. It was really great to see some of our residents drop by to say hello too!


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The Furry 5k raises funds for the shelter, which takes in approximately 6,000 stray and owner-surrendered animals each year. Since so many of these animals are in need of significant care, they created the Help the Animals Fund in 1977, and all proceeds from the Furry 5K help fund their mission.  By the way, if you missed the walk, but want to support the Help the Animals Fund, you still can by visiting this online donation form.

To further treat the adorable pets at The Lyric we hosted a Yappy Hour for our residents and all pets were invited! We headed up to the rooftop on a beautiful sunny afternoon to enjoy the view, and a relaxing time with our neighbors and their pets. We were in cuteness overload all afternoon as we sipped on some wine and had a few snacks. The puppies had some treats too when they were not busy mingling with other friendly pets.



Next up for us is the 3rd Annual Pillar Loves Pets Photo Contest! We are searching for the cutest, funniest, best pet photo in town. You can enter your four-legged friend into our tail to tail contest against other furry competitors!  What are you waiting for? Submit a picture of your pet doing something silly, funny, ridiculous or incredibly adorable for a chance to win! From now until June 26 we’ll be collecting the best pet photos. Then, invite your friends to vote from June 27 to July 10 on their favorite submissions! Be sure to follow us on Facebook to qualify to enter the contest.  Winners will receive $150 and $50 gift cards, so tell your pet to get posing!  Submit your photo here until June 26.p loves pets


Good luck!

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Meet Our Team: Sidneigh Barks

We’re not usually ones to brag, but we think the people who work at The Lyric are pretty awesome. They make The Lyric the special place it is, and make sure our residents are happy. That’s why we’ve just got to share them with you!

We will be showcasing, one by one, our team members in our Meet Our Team posts. We will be asking them irreverent and thought provoking questions so you can get a chance to know them on a more personal level.Sidneigh 3

For our first Meet Our Team post, we present to you Sidneigh Barks, the newest member here at The Lyric. Sidneigh joined our team as a leasing consultant at the end of last year, and she quickly fit right in. She has been a great support and asset to our team and she has shown her incredible skills and commitment to providing a Quietly Awesome experience for our residents. For those of you who have not had the pleasure to meet her, Sidneigh is very charismatic, fun and friendly!

We asked her a fun, goofy question—check out what she told us.

Our question: If you could fly anywhere, where would you go first and why?

Her answer: Ireland.

Sidneigh’s family came from Ireland many years ago. While she has not been able to trace back exactly when her family came to the U.S., she knows that it was sometime before her great grandparents. Both sides of her family came from Ireland and settled in the mid-west—what are the odds!




Because of this, Sidneigh would love to fly straight to Ireland and see the gorgeous scenery. Once she’s there, she’d love to get immersed in the culture and explore her family roots. She wants to discover the cuisine, culture, traditions and everyday life in Ireland to experience what it must’ve been like for them. And of course, she would not miss checking out the Guinness Factory while she was there!

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 our team!

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