Photo by Melissa Carly Bish Photography

Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty has a new regional location in downtown Bellevue, and it’s not what one might expect from a real estate office. The 3,200-square-foot branch includes a hybrid café and bar, private event center, showroom, co-working lounge, and valet parking. It sounds like the kind of place that will take the edge off of buying a new home, and Senior Global Real Estate Advisor Lisa Whittaker is a founding member of the new branch.

With nearly 20 years of real estate experience, Whittaker’s current role includes everything from working with clients to designing a marketing campaign. New to Realogics Sotheby’s, Whittaker said she was drawn to the company because its marketing campaigns are “fresh, seductive, high-quality, and always cutting edge. No one does it better.”

As a real estate agent, Whittaker is particularly attuned to the surrounding area, so we asked about her favorite locales.

favorite places

To Relax: Home with my boys — that’s my husband and two great Danes.

For Breakfast: First place goes to my mom, who is an amazing cook. My favorites are lemon ricotta pancakes or a Dutch baby. Le Grand Bistro for brunch out.

For Drinks:Lot No. 3, especially its Whiskey Wednesday, where you can try one of more than 200 whiskeys for half price.

For Dinner:FLO Japanese Restaurant & Sake Bar, Bis on Main, Carmine’s, or a quiet dinner at home is always close to the top of that list.

To Be Inspired: Truly, I am inspired every day by so much and so many: art; design; hearing about someone’s accomplishment (large or small); admiring someone’s grit, tenacity, or knowledge. I believe life never stops teaching if we are open and listening.

Inspiration Board

WhatAreYouReading?Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins

MantraYouLiveBy: Peace and presence in all circumstances. Our intentions create our reality.

Last Thing You Googled: Great Dane puppy training (Why is my 150-pound puppy determined to unmake my made beds?)   

ItemYouCan’tLiveWithout: iPhone and coffee

BestAdviceYou’veReceived: “Follow your passion” has been advice I’ve received more than a few times in life.

FavoriteResidentialArchitectureStyle: Traditional, classical, pure to form.


What initially attracted you to real estate, and what has kept you in it this long? Initially, I wanted something that kept me local and where I wasn’t responsible for managing people. Real estate fit that description, but obviously became so much more to me. I now have one assistant, Melissa, who has been with me eight years, so she is my other half. No two clients are the same, and markets will always have their challenges in one way or another, but I continue to find it all

very exciting.

You’ve probably seen some incredible homes. What’s the most awe-inspiring or interesting feature you’ve seen so far? Symmetry, true to period details, natural finishes, and excellence in shape and form just resonate with me. I will always love the timelessness of classic or traditional homes but have a great appreciation for a well-designed, modern or contemporary home that stays true to its design. Being married to an architectural designer for over 29 years has definitely given me the gift of knowledge, observation, and a sharp eye for detail.

What’s your favorite neighborhood on the Eastside, and what is it about that area you enjoy? I love that each has its unique qualities, but I choose to live and office in West Bellevue, because I appreciate everything it is and is becoming — from parks to its world-class development and retail, while working to maintain a climate that attracts business.