Madrona Fall Wine Event Is This Saturday!

wine-glassesWhat could be better than drinking wine for a cause? Proceeds from this Saturday’s 4th annual fall wine event will go right back into your neighborhood, benefiting the Madrona Community Council and its events such as Madrona Mayfair and Halloween in Madrona.

Tickets are still available for the event, which is being held at the Aegis Living facility on 23rd Avenue East and East Madison Street, and features wines chosen by the expert wine staff at the Leschi Market. The $32.50 ticket price includes wine tastings and special pricing on bottles and cases to take home. With Thanksgiving only two weeks away this provides a great opportunity to stock up before the holiday festivities, while contributing to the community events we all love.

Madrona Community Council Meeting Tomorrow, 11/4

MCCThis month’s Madrona Community Council meeting is tomorrow, November 4, and begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Shelterhouse. Get together with your neighbors and find out what’s happening in Madrona! Here is what’s on the agenda for the night:

  • Update on the Trees & Sidewalks management plan
  • Neighborhood event updates
  • Halloween recap
  • Final planning for the Madrona fall wine tasting fundraiser
  • Announce upcoming solicitations: Neighborhood Appreciation Awards, Kraus Fund applications, etc.
  • Report from bylaws committee
  • Budget report
  • New business
  • Election of officers

Celebrate Halloween In Madrona Tonight!

carnivalIn just hours the streets of Madrona will be filled with little ghosts and goblins (and probably quite a few Princess Elsas), because it’s Halloween! Hopefully everyone has their costumes – and umbrellas – ready for trick-or-treating and the scavenger hunt at Madrona businesses tonight. Meet at the Shelterhouse at 5:00 p.m. for some sweet treats before the festivities begin!

bottlehouseBottlehouse will also have a family-friendly “Boos & Brews” celebration from 5:00-7:00, so make a stop there with your little ones sometime tonight for more trick-or-treating and bobbing for apples. The festivities will continue after 7:00 for adults, with food, beer, and other beverages in the beer garden. Costumes encouraged!

If you have a student at St. Therese, the school’s Halloween Carnival is also taking place tonight from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, it should be a fun night to see everyone all dressed up! Happy Halloween!

Halloween In Madrona Is Almost Here!

DCF 1.0Halloween is only a little over a week away, and once again the Madrona Community Council and the Business Owners of Madrona are hosting Halloween festivities in the neighborhood. Meet at the Shelterhouse at 5:00 p.m. on the 31st for some sweet treats before the traditional scavenger hunt at local businesses begins. If you would like to help out by contributing 2-3 dozen baked goods for the kickoff at the Shelterhouse, contact Stacey Kryman at staceykryman@gmail.com. Get your kids’ costumes all set, and we hope to see you all there!

 

Leschi and Madrona Real Estate Report

Madrona Real EstateSeattle real estate prices are at record highs for September as discussed below, and Leschi and Madrona real estate continue to be very strong as well.  In September Leschi had 11 sales close while Madrona had 7, both we more than the previous September where there were 9 and 6 sales respectively.  But what is more impressive is the average price of the homes that have sold.  Comparing this and last September, Leschi homes average sale price jumped to $676,536 up from $601,765 while Madrona improved to a whopping $870,857 compared to $587,500 in the previous year.  As always these closed sales have to be taken with a grain of salt since the number of sales are low enough that one or two sales can distort the average, but still the numbers are hard to ignore especially when considered with the overall Seattle and King County market.

The median price of a single-family home in King County in September was $460,000, almost 10 percent higher than a year ago and 5.3 percent higher than August’s median price.  According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, these stats indicate the best September for home prices in at least 10 years! The city of Seattle performed the best of all the sub-markets in King County in September, with the median price having risen to $517,000, 12 percent higher than September 2013. While the median price on the Eastside was higher than Seattle’s at $605,000, yearly appreciation was slower at only 6.3 percent.

While numbers were gathered from the Northwest Multiple listing Service; Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Feel free to contact me if you want a complimentary price opinion of your home:  Kristine Losh, Ewing & Clark Real Estate or check out the link to see what’s currently available in the Madrona / Leschi area.

“Put A Paw On It” For Madrona’s New Henry Mural!

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Madrona K-8′s new mural. Photo by Kim Bevington

Next time you order a delicious cupcake at Cupcake Royale in Madrona, tell them to “put a paw on it!”. For an extra $1, staff will add a panther-paw cupcake topper and donate that dollar to Madrona K-8 to help pay for the new playground mural painted by local artist Ryan Henry Ward, who you may know better from his signature, which is simply ‘Henry.’ He has painted more than 140 of his recognizable murals on walls, garages, and even cars all over Seattle.

Glassybaby has already generously donated 50 percent of the cost of the mural, but the school is looking for your help in raising the remaining amount, and what better catalyst than cupcakes. This mural certainly brightens up the playground on dreary, rainy days, so consider helping fund its creation! This promotion is only valid at the Madrona location of Cupcake Royale (1101 34th Ave.).

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Photo by Kim Bevington

Give Your Feedback On The Dorffel Drive Traffic Study

DorffelBy now many neighbors in the Denny-Blaine, Washington Park, Madison Park, and Madrona areas are aware of the six-week traffic study that was conducted by the Seattle Department of Transportation on Dorffel Drive, which closed the eastbound lanes at the intersection of Lake Washington Boulevard East and 37th Avenue East. In response to concerns from Bush School students and parents, who identified the intersection as being a dangerous one for pedestrians and bicycles, and from Dorffel Drive residents who have seen increased traffic on the street, SDOT agreed to implement the temporary lane closure to test whether it would cut down on through traffic.

The study wrapped up on October 6, and so far response from neighbors has not been positive, citing decreased access to other parts of the neighborhood, and a confusing and dangerous situation for drivers who were not expecting the road blockage. Give SDOT your feedback on this issue by filling out this online form, or by commenting directly on SDOT’s Facebook page.

Open House For Julia’s Place Tuesday 10/14

Julia's Place_Page_1Two years ago, Pastor Mark Zimmerly of Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church offered the church’s basement to serve as a night shelter for families served by Mary’s Place, a day center that provides a wide range of support services for homeless women. Since 2011, that basement has been operating as Julia’s Place (named for Julia Pritt, a member of Madrona Grace’s congregation whose family provided a donation that was used to renovate the space) and it now serves 25 family members each night with help from volunteers who serve dinner and donate groceries.

Julia’s Place is hosting an open house next Tuesday, October 14, to give community members a chance to hear more about what they do, meet the families they serve, and find out about volunteer opportunities and other ways to support the shelter. The open house will run from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Julia’s Place is located at Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church at 832 32nd Ave. If you can’t make the open house but still want to volunteer, click here!

Garfield Students’ Photography Exhibit Opening 10/13

garfieldStudents from Garfield High School’s advanced photography class have selected their best work to be displayed at the Central District location of Broadcast Coffee in October and November, and will be holding a show opening on Monday, October 13. The whole community is invited to attend the event, which will run from 4:00-7:00 p.m. If you can’t make it on the 13th, stop by for a coffee anytime during October or November to check out the exhibit! Broadcast Coffee is located at 1918 E Yesler Way.

Meet The Candidates Forum At MBCC October 22

Do you know the candidates who are running for election this fall? Did you even know that it’s an election year? The Madrona and Leschi community councils and the Mount Baker Community Club want to make sure residents are informed about who the candidates are and where they stand on important issues, and the three organizations are co-hosting a candidates forum to do just that.

The October 22 event will take place at the Mount Baker Community Club, and so far attending candidates include: Damon Shadid and Fred Bonner, running for Seattle Municipal Judge Position 7; Sharon Tomiko Santos and Daniel Bretzke, running for state representative; Pramila Jayapal and Louis Watanabe, running for state senate; and U.S. Congressman Adam Smith. The event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the candidates, followed by a discussion of gun initiatives, pre-kindergarten initiatives, and candidate positions from 7:00-9:00.

This will be a great opportunity to come face-to-face with your candidates in Seattle’s 37th legislative district and Washington’s 9th district in a small community setting, so put this on your calendar so you don’t miss out!