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Welcome to the Forest Estates website - the place for the most current and complete information about our neighborhood. Our neighborhood is located in the Fairwood area of Renton, near the intersection of SE 192nd St and 134th Ave SE, with the award-winning Kent Schools, nearby greenbelts, and friendly neighbors being a few of our wonderful amenities.  We have an active Homeowners Association with a variety of volunteer committees that help make Forest Estates a great place to live. Welcome!
 
~ Neighborhood News ~
Spring has Sprung in Forest Estates
Posted on Apr 21st, 2015 Comments (0)
With the longer days, the trees and flowerbeds in full bloom, and Spring Breaks, it is certainly evident that 'Spring has finally sprung'!  And as always, this means that we all no doubt are making lots of plans for upcoming summer vacations, outdoor activities, and house and garden projects.  Here are just a few things for us to keep in mind as we make our nice-weather plans this year:

SPRING CLEANING
Many of you have already begun your spring cleaning in your yards and flowerbeds, and they look beautiful. Thank you!  What a challenge it has been with this winter's rainfall amounts and resultant fallen debris, not to mention the constant battling with the moss that is so notorious here in the Pacific Northwest. 
As we all strive together to keep our neighborhood beautiful, please help by paying special attention to these specific items around your house and yard: 
  • Remove debris from around storm drains (e.g. pick up needles, debris, remove grass, weeds, and moss) 
  • Remove grass/weeds from curbs and sidewalks.  You can remove them by hand, or any number of store-bought products are available for this purpose. Remember that the curbs in front of your house are your responsibility. 
  • Keep trees trimmed to at least 7ft above sidewalks and streets 
  • Remove moss and debris from driveways and roofs. (Use a good moss-killer, such as Rid Moss or Moss Out.  Also, if you need a ladder to get on your roof, there are any number of neighbors who would be happy to loan you one. Just let me know)
  • Keep lawn well maintained (i.e. Remove moss and weeds; keep lawn mowed and trimmed) 
  • Repair fences, gutters, roofs, garages, etc. Please remember that plans to build or replace a fence, roof, or exterior paint must be submitted and approved by our Architectural Control Committee before work begins.  Approval forms and instructions are available on our website at www.forestestateshomeowner.com.
  • Touch-up exterior paint.  (If your paint is chipping, or wearing thin, please consider either touching it up, or even a new paint job for your house.  Also, simply removing the grayish mildew will do wonders to revive the look of your paint job. This can easily be done with a number of store-bought products intended for this purpose, or even a 50/50 mixture of bleach and water, applied with a scrub brush and then hosed off.)
  • Remove unsightly ‘stuff’ from front yards, porches and driveways.
BEING GOOD NEIGHBORS
  • Some of our neighbors, due to age, health, or other concerns, are unable to keep up with the work required to maintain their house and yard. Let's all be conscious of the needs of our neighbors, and offer to lend a hand as may be needed. 
  • As we take walks around the neighborhood, why not bring a small plastic bag with us, and pick up trash that we find along the way?  Many of you already do; Thank you!  Additionally, it should go without saying, please pick up after your pet and dispose of properly. 
Thank you all for your continued efforts to keep Forest Estates a desirable place to live! 
 
Raccoons Roaming the Neighborhood!
Posted on Mar 24th, 2015 Comments (0)
Several raccoons have recently been spotted making their rounds throughout the neighborhood, at all hours of the day.  There is also a new family of eagles just to the northwest of us. This is not at all surprising, considering that coyotes, bobcats, and even bear, have been sighted at one time or another throughout Forest Estates, and they all find our small pets, and their food, very attractive. Unfortunately, this is one of the realities of living where we have all chosen to live,...on the edge of the forest, where we share their habitat with them. 

But we must be smart about it!  

1.  DO NOT LEAVE PET FOOD OUTSIDE 
This is only an invitation to raccoons to your yard.  Several of you mentioned how you have seen raccoons eating out of the food bowl that a homeowner had left outside for their pet. If you don't want wild animals eating your pet, don't leave food outside to draw them to your house. 

2.  RACCOONS CAN CARRY DISEASES THAT ARE HARMFUL TO PETS AND HUMANS
They can carry rabies and feline leukemia that can spread to our pets. Sick raccoons can be aggressive and a danger to children. Do not approach them, and do all possible to keep your pet out of harm's way, which may include keeping your pet inside, or at least, within view. 

3.  TAKE STEPS TO NATURALLY REPEL AND REMOVE RACCOONS
Here is a link with some pretty good ideas that all homeowners can take to naturally discourage raccoons from coming around your yard and house.  http://www.gardenguides.com/69973-repel-raccoons.html

Bottom line:  As long as we choose to live where we do, we will have to learn to live with the potential for wildlife invading our lives and properties. Let's do what we can to enjoy it, and do it wisely. 
 
 
New Forest Estates Website
Posted on Mar 23rd, 2015 Comments (0)
Welcome to our neighborhood's new website!  The upgrade was long overdue.  Not only is it much more attractive and user friendly, but it also makes the content and functionality much easier for us to manage, without the cost and inconvenience of having to rely on a third-party webmaster.  This will allow us, the HOA Board, to get important information to our homeowners much more quickly. 
 
Feel free to provide your feedback and opinions to any of the Board members, or by leaving a Comment on this page.
 
We hope you like it! 
 

 
~ Upcoming Events ~
July Forest Estates HOA Board Meeting
Thursday, July 16th, 7:00pm
The July HOA board meeting will be held on Thursday, July 16, at 7pm at Nativity Lutheran Church, located at 17707 140th Ave SE, in Fairwood.  All Forest Estates homeowners are welcome to attend.  
 
Wine & Song in the Park
Friday, July 24th
All Forest Estates homeowners aged 21 and older.....
Get a baby-sitter for the evening, and come join us for our first ever 'Wine & Song in the Park'.  On Friday night, July 24, from 8pm, join your neighbors in the Big Toy Park for an evening of fine wine and music. Bring your favorite vintage and an hors d'oeuvre or dessert to share. Beautiful summer weather is on tap, so what finer way to get out and enjoy, and make some new friends along the way. 
...oh, and you'll need to bring a folding chair too. 
 

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~ New Neighbors ~
Welcome new neighbors! See the New Neighbor Welcome page.
 
Please contact the Welcoming Committee if you know of a new neighbor!