Mayor Norm Rice To Attend Madrona Neighbor Appreciation Day

Madrona Tree SculptureWe know many of you in Madrona show appreciation for your neighbors all year long, but it never hurts to have an official day dedicated to recognizing the importance of the people who comprise your neighborhood. Twenty years ago, then-Mayor Norm Rice instituted Neighbor Appreciation Day citywide, and Madrona residents still celebrate it today, along with our Neighbor Appreciation Awards.

This year’s event, taking place February 7 at Madrona K-8, will feature a special appearance from the man who started it all, Mr. Rice himself, who will be discussing the continued success of Neighbor Appreciation Day. Don’t forget to cast your votes for the awards before noon on January 3, and join your neighbors for the event on Saturday, February 7, at 9:30 a.m. Also, keep your eye out for a special insert in the February Madrona News for another way to show your neighbors you appreciate them!

Christmas Ship At Madrona Beach This Saturday

Photo courtesy of Argosy Cruises

Photo courtesy of Argosy Cruises

The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival has been a highlight of the holiday season in the Seattle area since it began in 1949, and the ship, along with its trailing parade of lit up boats, brings its show to Madrona Beach Park this Saturday, December 20. The Dickens Carolers will be singing traditional Christmas tunes from 9:45 – 10:05 p.m. in Madrona, or if that is too late for you and your little ones, head to the earlier show at Madison Park Beach at 4:40 p.m.

This is the perfect opportunity to grab dinner or a drink at one of Madrona’s fabulous neighborhood restaurants before heading down the hill for this quintessential Seattle Christmas event!

Burglaries In Madrona; Tips For Keeping Your Home Safe

policeSeveral burglaries have taken place at Madrona homes and businesses over the last few weeks, and although one of the suspects was recently apprehended, an overall uptick in crime in the neighborhood means it’s more important than ever to make sure your home is secure. Here are some tips from the Seattle Police Department’s crime prevention coordinator:

  • Many burglars gain entry through unlocked windows, so make sure they are locked any time you leave the house (including second-story windows). If your windows slide horizontally, the addition of a wooden rod in the window track adds extra security. Close the blinds when you are away to block views of valuables inside your house.
  • Make sure your exterior doors are strong and have at least a 1″ deadbolt.
  • Consider adding motion sensory lighting, especially in dark, secluded backyards.
  • Always answer the door when you’re at home. This doesn’t mean open it to just anyone, but talk through the door to make any potential burglars aware that the house is occupied. If you’re home alone, make them think there are others in the house by yelling “I’ll get it!” or something similar, to further deter them.
  • Consider a security system if you don’t already have one set up.
  • Mail theft is especially rampant during the holidays, when many residents are having gifts delivered to their homes. If you’re not at home during the day, have packages delivered to your workplace or to the home of a trusted neighbor who can be present for delivery.
  • Most importantly, don’t wait to call 911 until after something happens. Let police know at the first sign of suspicious activity.

Multiple neighbors have also reported that a possibly stolen United States Postal Service truck has been seen several times in the neighborhood over the past few weeks, along with men wearing headlamps lurking around homes and claiming to be mailmen. If you see one of these suspicious men or a mail truck in the neighborhood at an unusual time of day, call 911 right away.

Make Your Nominations For Neighborhood Appreciation Day Awards

MCCThis will be the 20th year running for Madrona’s Neighborhood Appreciation Day Awards, and the Madrona Community Council would like to remind you to send in your nominations for who you think makes a big impact in our community. Here are the five award categories, as published in the Madrona News:

  • The Nora Award: Named in honor of Madrona activist Nora Wood, this award is given to a Madrona resident who, over time and in ways both large and small, has left a personal mark on the community.
  • The Local Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, singular kindness, or generosity.
  • The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for service to others in the larger community. Named after community and youth activist and mentor Tyrone Love, who dedicated much of his life to the youth of the community.
  • The Madrona Resident for Life Award: Bestowed upon a long-time, active resident who has left Madrona but remains dearly missed.
  • The Madrona Good Neighbor Award: This award goes to an organization whose activities particularly benefit Madrona.

You have until January 3 to get your nominations in, and Neighborhood Appreciation Day will take place on February 7, 2015. To submit a nomination, e-mail madronanews@gmail.com with the name of your nominees and a few sentences about why you think they embody the spirit of each award.

Make A Donation To Support Art Classes at Madrona K-8

Madrona SchoolArt programs are often the last to get funded at many schools, but art remains an important facet of students’ educations. Madrona K-8′s art teacher, Tamia Sheldon, has started a fundraising campaign through donorschoose.org to raise money to buy art supplies for this year’s planned projects such as sculpting, ceramics, printmaking, and painting with acrylics. She would like to raise enough money to buy canvases, supplies to make custom book bags, clay materials, and paints, and needs about $2,300 to fulfill her orders. So, if you have a student at Madrona, or you would simply like to support Mrs. Sheldon and her art class, visit donorschoose.org to make a donation!

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.