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Commuommuni unity Sp Spotlighlight – Bridgehaven By Nicole Lemons, CMCA

Bridgehaven Condominium was built in 1970 and is the oldest condominium association in the Seattle area. Located in North Seattle near Jackson Golf Course, Bridgehaven sits on six acres and is comprised of 85 units, each with their own front entrance. Common amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, clubhouse, hot tub, and sauna. The community is professionally managed and governed by a seven-member volunteer Board of Directors. We asked Board members June Shapiro and Diane Catt to share information about their unique community.

Why is Bridgehaven a great place to Live?

We have easy access to the bus system and are close to I-5 for access to downtown Seattle or Alderwood Mall. In a few years, we will also be close to both the 130th and 145th Street Link Light Rail stations. Although we are located on busy 15th Ave NE, it is a quiet refuge with a green belt on two sides. Thornton Creek runs through the large and lovely inner grassy  

The community boasts spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom residences – the two-bedroom homes also have two bathrooms and are approximately 1,450 square feet. Lower units open directly onto the courtyard, upper units have vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, and all units have large patios or balconies.

Residents of Bridgehaven often mention how great their neighbors are. Folks volunteer to help those who have been sick or recently had surgery. Many run errands for others who are concerned about getting out due to COVID-19. We have walking groups who do laps in the complex or nearby neighborhoods.

Condominium (An Oldie But A Goodie)

an emergency came up. Most of those people are now gone, and newer owners face the challenge of building up the reserves while caring for an aging property. Moving from an older group of homeowners who were very involved in looking out for our property, to a lot of younger people who are working and don’t have as much time to participate in extra responsibilities is an ongoing adjustment. We are also moving from an older population to families with children and are adapting to those differences. Another challenge is helping people who are focused on their own individual needs to understand that they are living in a community where the needs of all owners need to be balanced.

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What are the community’s greatest successes? We are nearing the completion of almost $4.8MM in projects

to update the property which include: Exterior painting, replacement of antiquated electrical panels, and replacement of plumbing in all units.

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How does the community foster participation?

Before COVID-19, the pool was the most social area. In the past, we have had summer picnics with boat and pingping pong ball races in the creek. We’ve heldeld an outdoor movie night by hanging sheets on one of our hedges and enjoyed holiday parties for many years with collections for Toys for Tots.

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Since COVID-19, we have had more localized events and a lot of walking in the neighborhood. During the warmer, sunnier days, several residents would bring their own chairs and meet regularly on “The Slab” – a concrete area for deck chairs. Some have had distanced potlucks or get-togethers on the lawn. One group manufactured a water slide using a large sheet of plastic and a sprinkler which was a huge hit with both adults and kids on hot days. Recently, a few residents and dogs, grouped around an  Overall, people have been wonderfully creative.

How has the community dealt with COVID-19?

We stay apprised of County and State Health Department recommendations through our management company, respond accordingly, and communicate that to residents. The Board President also sends out a monthly update to all owners to keep them informed of any items happening in the community. It’s  back to normal. 13

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