Social Media Leads Me to Active Rain HQ

Real Estate Agent with The Berkshire Group Realtors

Bob Stewart and Jonathan Washburn This past week I accompanied my daughter to Seattle.  Vali was attending a Partners for Smart Growth conference and I was along for the  trip.  Seattle is one on my favorite cities.  I’ve never had enough time to explore it in the past, so this was a nice opportunity to do so.

As I toured the city, I continued to play Four Square, the fun in real life game.  If you don’t know about Four Square, it is a geo-based, social networking game where the players check-in to venues, get point, leave relevant comments and sometimes connect.  In cities where Four Square is established you might get a coupon offer from an establishment that sees you are in the neighborhood. 


Social Networking Reaches Out and Connects


Anyway while exploring Seattle, I got an Twitter DM from Bob Stewart.  He and Jonathan had noticed I was in Seattle and asked if I would like to stop by Active Rain!  

Active Rain Offices are Leed GoldOf course I was delighted at the invite!  I hopped on the Seattle Streetcar, using my FREE transit pass provided by the Smart Growth people (thank you!) and found my way to AR International World HQ!

Located right on the Streetcar line, Active Rain is in a very nice urban neighborhood. Their building is a Leeds Gold certified Green building, recently built by some very smart and savvy architects. 

 Jonathan took some time to show me around, obviously very proud of his new office and rightfully so!Offices at Active Rain Headquarters in Seattle, WA

The entire office is open with no interior walls.  This allows the natural light to flow through.  Unlike most buildings with stationery windows, these windows all open allowing fresh air when necessary.  The design also allows for lower heating and cooling bills thanks to the solar properties.

The desk units are very high end and efficient for work.  I chuckled at a file folder on one of the employee’s desks.  It has labeled “dead trees" and it was not briming with paper!  Obviously Active Rainers are thinking of the environment beyond the Green building!

Courtyard in Active Rain Building I must say I was impressed with the total atmosphere.  The office has such a positive vibe.  The openness produced a nice hum of activity, that would inspire anyone working there to be busy.  It was nice to be able to sit at a desk and have everyone clearly visible. 

The exterior of the building is mostly glass.  When I was yet on the Streetcar, I knew I was in the right neighborhood, but didn’t know for sure which way to look for the building.  That problem was quickly solved when I spotted first Jon then Bob sitting at their desks.

I had to blink, at first not believing my eyes and good fortune in finding them so easily!

The photo to the left is of the courtyard.  Standing opposite the Active Rain office I took this picture so you can see the corner section of the first floor is the Active Rain office.  Isn’t that a terrific setting? I love the way the building seems to reach outside.

Active Rain Building

The Location


Life at work is so much nicer when work is located in a pleasant place, not just the physical building, but the location as well. 

Active Rain Employees must really love going to the office! The neighborhood is charming, filled with interesting buildings.  In fact Jon mentioned Amazon is moving in across the street, taking up about a million sq. feet!

Check out this street photo of the building, see the Space Needle in the background!  That's how close the office is to Seattle's downtown.

Oh and there's a gym right across the street.  No excuses now folks!



The Past is Rewarding the Future


This visit was my first and only visit to Active Rain HQ.  I've been a member for a longtime, in fact Bob told me I was #990 joining early in July '07 (correction '06!).  Back then we didn't know exactly what Active Rain was or how it would form the future of many people. It was a silly little site that gave points for performing certain acts.  Points as we all knew could be traded in for SHOES and helped us rank higher in our State.

These days Active Rain has grown into more of a mentoring position.  They are focused on providing value to the members of the community by offering training via Rain Camps and online training all for the mere cost of membership.  Such a deal!

When I think of all the things I've learned from networking on Active Rain, plus all the wonderful friendships and the business I've garnered, it certainly seems that Active Rain is continuing on the right path.

There is nothing more powerful than a group of minds, sharing, colaborating and enjoying each other's company.  Active Rain has provided a great platform to do just that.

Thanks for the invite guys, I certainly enjoyed my visit!



The Red Telescope

p.s.  I just had to add one last photo.  Seattle is so rich in scenic beauty, it's  no wonder the brain trust of the country is attracted to it's shores.

UPDATE:  Here's a few more of my Seattle photos uploaded to my Flickr Denver Dwellings Account.


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Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

I saw this yesterday, not surprised it got featured - you make everyone want to go!

Feb 09, 2010 02:07 AM #44
Stephanie Reynolds
Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. - Santee, CA
East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408

These pictures are AWESOME! I love the last one of the Needle! Thanks for sharing your tour of AR headquarters, it looks like an awesome place to work!

Feb 09, 2010 02:15 AM #45
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Very cool, love the photos and nice they found out you were there from FourSquare.

Nice to get a picture in my mind of where all the cool kids work. :)

Feb 09, 2010 02:19 AM #46
Ben Kakimoto
Keller Williams Greater Seattle - Seattle, WA
Seattle Condo Specialist

Hi Kristal,

Glad you enjoyed your trip to Seattle!  Alright, I guess I need to hop onto FourSquore too.

Feb 09, 2010 03:31 AM #47
Nicole Donaghy
Re/Max Purpose Driven - Lexington, SC
Helping Families Home in Lexington and Columbia

Seattle is very beautiful, and what a neat visit.  Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Feb 09, 2010 04:41 AM #48
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Wonderful story and pictures!  It shows Seattle in a good light.

Feb 09, 2010 04:44 AM #49
Sharon Tudor Isler


Thanks for the post.  My kids live in Tacoma, so we get to Seattle once in awhile and just love the whole area.  Now another place to visit.  Love your photos, too, very professional.   

Feb 09, 2010 04:56 AM #50
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

Hi KK--- I have been in awe of your photography skills for several years now. Youve shared with us pics from all around the world that are phenominal!
This post is no exception... problem is this time I am sooooo envious! How cool it must have been to tour the new AR home!
You said it best with "There is nothing more powerful than a group of minds, sharing, colaborating and enjoying each other's company.  Active Rain has provided a great platform to do just that."

My son is headed to Seattle (Capitol Hill District) to study at the Seattle Film Institute in two can bet I'll be biting at the bit to get out there to see him and Seattle ( for the first time ) ! I just may have to ask for a 'pass" to see AR for myself!

Feb 09, 2010 09:38 AM #51
Lisa Schultz

What a treat for us locals to see the wonderful tour. I appreciate all your comments considering Denver is just as beautiful.  Thanks for the PR and showing us how we can all have fun with our media and adding one more thing to do.

Lisa Born and raised in Boulder.

Feb 09, 2010 10:41 AM #52
Rich van Seenus
Sotheby's International Realty - Santa Barbara, CA
Best SB Agent

Very Cool!

Feb 09, 2010 04:47 PM #53

wow terrific city.  Love the photos.  Good for you.

Feb 10, 2010 12:33 AM #54

wow terrific city.  Love the photos.  Good for you.

Feb 10, 2010 12:33 AM #55
Debbie Rumsey
HomeSmart Realty West, Carlsbad, CA - Encinitas, CA
Realtor, Green, SFR

Wow!  What a cool building to have to work in.....and.....great pictures, thank you!

Feb 10, 2010 02:21 AM #56
Jirius Isaac
Isaac Real Estate &TriStar Mortgage - Kenmore, WA
Real Estate & loans in Kenmore, WA


I have lived in the Seattle area for 35 years now and just love it.  About 20 years ago I considered moving to Colorado, but decided I did not want to be away from the water.  You probably are gonna get a few people to move here with your great blog.  Hey, and next time you come, let me know and maybe we can have some coffee if I can get away.

Feb 10, 2010 03:27 PM #57
Gretchen Faber
The Kentwood Company at Cherry Creek - Denver, CO

Hi KK,

Sorry I joined this party so late!  These photos are wonderful, and I love your description. Thanks for sharing with all of us. I've never had the opportunity to go to Seattle, but would love to - and would LOVE to meet Jon and Bob too! They're always sooo nice on the phone.

Feb 15, 2010 11:49 AM #58
Matt Robinson
Professional Investors Guild - Pensacola, FL

Kristal, I'm jealous of your trip to Seattle.  Being a southeasterner, that's one part of the country I have not been to.  With the looks of that office, I can now see where a lot of those monthly fees are going.  Pretty impressive digs.

Feb 17, 2010 12:33 PM #59
Dena Stevens
Rocky Mountain Realty - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004

Sounds like a great trip. I've had limited experience witth Smart Growth People but would love to learn more about them. And I'd love to see the AR building as well.  Bob and Jonathsn would just give me a funny look wondering who the heck I was.

Feb 21, 2010 01:46 AM #60
Adam Malachi
A 2 Z Realty LLC - Castle Rock, CO

Great story!

Mar 05, 2010 09:06 AM #61
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Awesome pictures Krystal, I loved the virtual tour of the AR HQ. I really enjoy Four Square and love that it connected you with Bob and Jonathan.

Mar 07, 2010 11:44 AM #62
Karol Yeager
REALTY FIVE of Defiance - Defiance, OH
"We choose to give"

Krystal, Thanks so much for the post!! On the other hand I'm so jealous!! How cool to see the home of Active Rain. Karol

Mar 13, 2010 06:57 AM #63
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