New Way for Public to Register for Recreation Programs

People looking to find and sign up for Bellevue recreation programs will have an easier time doing it as the city rolled out a new, mobile-friendly registration system Thursday, March 1. 

In addition to working on desktop computers, tablets and mobile devices, the new system, BlueRec, offers more ways for the public to find recreation programs and activities, manage their accounts, and make payments online. They can also use BlueRec to check availability and submit rental requests for indoor and picnic areas. 

To search and register for programs and activities, visit People with accounts in the old registration system will select “Claim Existing Account,” while new customers will select the “Create Account” option. 

Fitness center and activity play passholders will be able to use their current cards at the community centers. 

For more information, registrants may call 425.452.6885 or email

New American Funding Opens New Downtown Branch in Bellevue

New American Funding, a leader in the mortgage industry, is expanding its territory across the Greater Eastside with the grand opening of a branch in the heart of Bellevue’s business district. The new location is at 10400 NE Fourth St.

The national mortgage lender opened the branch after recognizing the tremendous growth in the Seattle metro area and saw this as an opportunity to service the needs of consumers throughout Kirkland and Bellevue. The full-service branch will offer a range of purchase and refinance products.

New American Funding is a family-owned mortgage lender with a servicing portfolio of $23 billion, more than 145 branches and about 2700 employees. The company offers niche loan products including 1% Down and Your Path, and has made Inc. 5000’s list of Fastest-Growing Companies in America five times.

AC Hotel Seattle Bellevue/Downtown Sold

Hodges Ward Elliott, the world’s leading independent hotel brokerage and investment-banking firm, with offices in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and London represented WPPI Bellevue AC LLC in the recent $87,000,000 sale of the AC Hotel Seattle Bellevue/Downtown to lshin Aju Hotel Bellevue LLC.

Hodges Ward Elliott President Mark Elliott and Senior Vice President John Sonnier represented the seller in the transaction with the assistance of Michael DiPrima and Rick Rush in the Los Angeles office.

WPPI Bellevue AC LLC developed the AC Seattle Bellevue/Downtown, which opened August 2017.

The AC Bellevue is located at 208 106th Place NE in downtown Bellevue. The seven-story property contains 234 rooms, two levels of underground parking, 1,487 square feet of meeting space, the AC Lounge, the AC Kitchen, the AC Store, the AC Library and a fitness center.

Nordstrom Now Selling Anthropologie Home Products

Nordstrom announced a partnership with Anthropologie to introduce more than 200 items from Anthropologie Home at select Nordstrom full-line stores—including at the Bellevue Square and downtown Seattle locations—and on

The Anthropologie Home collection will encompass categories including kitchen, dining and entertaining, bed and bath textiles, room décor, stationery, and hardware. 

Anthropologie Home at Nordstrom represents a mix of classic and iconic pieces, new seasonal designs and exclusive artist collaborations. Work from 20 artists, discovered around the world, is reflected in the wide range of techniques, mediums and styles in the collection.