Seattle Police Officer Tweeting While on Patrol in Madrona Area

Seattle PoliceSeattle Police Officer, Heather Conway, is tweeting while she is on duty today from 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM  to give the public a better idea what a typical day is like for a police officer.  Officer Conway regularly patrols the Seattle neighborhoods of Madrona, Leschi, and the Central District.  Click the link to read more about Officer Conway and to learn where to follow her tweets for the rest of her shift.


Madrona Building Featured in Seattle Times

Madrona Gas Auto StationOn the front page of the Seattle Times Local Section today was a good article about the old gas station on the corner of 34th and Pike that will be torn down this Wednesday.  It will be replaced by mixed-use building named the “Pike Station” with retail on the ground floor and townhomes above.

The article’s theme was: sometimes it is okay to see local Seattle “landmarks” go.  (The building is not an official landmark).  The article spoke about how the Madrona neighborhood has been accepting of the change to its real estate unlike other Seattle neighborhoods such as Green Lake with the “Twin Teepees trama” or Ballard with the “Sunset Bowl bluster.”  The Seattle Times also gave a good history of the Madrona property with interviews with the current owner Tom Flood (owner since 2002) and previous owner Marjorie Lutton (owner from 1966-2002).

Check out the first link above to the Seattle Times’ article to learn about a sliver of Madrona’s history and to get ready for the newest addition to the Madrona Business District.

Madrona Dance Director Choregraphing Seattle’s 5th Avenue “Oklahoma”

Donald Byrd, a renowned choreographer and the artistic director of Madrona’s “Spectrum Theatre,” has added a contemporary twist to the choreography in 5th Avenue’s rendition of “Oklahoma.” According to the Madison Park Times, Byrd is focused on raising the level of dancing. He aims to capture the original vision, but still be different. To do so, he has researched the history of that time and place, so that every character movement is supported by research. You can see Byrd’s choreography in “Oklahoma,” starting February 3rd at the 5th Avenue Theatre. It runs until March 4th, 2012. You can also catch it at Spectrum Dance Theater‘s performance of “Petruchska,” running from April 13th -April 21st, 2012.

Madrona and Spectrum Dance Theatre should be proud to have such a renowned choreographer in their backyard. With training at such places like the London School of Contemporary Dance and the well-known Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Byrd has created a notable reputation in the dance field. He owned a highly regarded contemporary dance company in both LA and New York City called Donald Byrd / The Group. Awards include a $50,000 fellowship award for his impact on dance, the 2011 Mayor’s Arts Award, and serving on the Seattle Arts Commission. Critics recognize Byrd as an innovator and creating something fresh in the arts and dance communities. We are truly fortunate to have such a world-acclaimed talent in our neighborhood.

Big Lines in Madrona for Glassybaby Seconds Sale

GlassybabyGlassybaby had their semi-annually Seconds Sale in Madrona this Saturday and people started lining up starting at 4 AM Saturday morning to get first pick on the sale.  Click the link to read more about the Glassybaby sale, see photos of people lining up in Madrona, and a 30 second news story by KIRO television.

St. Therese School Open House This Sunday

St Therese SeattleSt. Therese Catholic Schools Week Open House is tomorrow, Sunday, January 29th from 12 to 2 pm.  All classrooms will be open and all faculty will be available for questions.  Come see what see what the spirit of Saint Therese School is all about.

St. Therese is located just a block from Madrona Playground and the Madrona Business District at 900 35th Avenue.

Carjacking in Madrona Tuesday Night

Seattle PolicemanThe news has been on Madrona Moms about a carjacking that took place in Madrona this past Tuesday night.  A woman was driving home on Martin Luther King Jr. Way from Columbia City when she took a right on Cherry.  Right before she got to 34th Avenue a car bumped her and she stopped to check for damage.  Two men from the other car approached her car on either side and the man on the driver side tapped her window with a gun.   They told her to put all of her belongings on the passenger seat and to get out of the car.  She was allowed to leave, so she started up 34th Avenue towards the Madrona Business District.

Her car was one which has a proximity key.  When she got out of the car the key was in her pocket, thus it caused her car to turn off when she walked away.  The Seattle Police were able to recover the car not far from where she left it.  The police are checking for prints and are reviewing nearby traffic cameras to see if they can get any further information.

Luckily the woman was not harmed.  One theory the police had is the driver might have gained the carjackers’ attention with her ring.  While the woman lost her possessions that she left in the front seat of the car, she did not lose her ring.  I was told she took the gum she was chewing out of her mouth, took the ring, and stuck both of them in her hair.

Please be aware of what happened and be safe.  Attached is a safety article on carjacking by US Department of State.  This carjacking incident happened around 7 PM on a Tuesday night so it seems this could happen at any time.  If someone hits your car, don’t hesitate to call 911 and keep them on the line until you know you are safe.

Wow! Madrona View Home Available for $579,000

Madrona Real Estate by EANDCSH

Wow! Madrona view home for under $600,000! Fabulous opportunity for first time buyers or downsizers to own prime real estate in Madrona. Fabulous brick tudor in sought after Madrona neighborhood, blocks to great shops, coffee, and restaurants in both Madrona and Leschi.  Fabulous views of Lake Washington and Cascade Range.  Home sits privately high off the street, great east facing deck, sunny backyard with Trex decking as well as large grass area. Charming details inside and all new tuck pointing of brick in 2011.

It will go fast so come see it this weekend if you think you are interested.  The Madrona house will be open Sunday, January 29th AND February 12th, from 1 PM to 3 PM.

The home is located at 707 37th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.

Open This Sunday 1-3 PM – Come See the View!

Status Home for Sale
List Price $579,000
Bed/Bath 3/1.5

Contact me if you have any questions about the home, if you want to to see this property outside the open house, or if you want to see other Madrona real estate that is currently available.

Madrona K-8 Bingo Night

Seattle BalloonsI have heard only good things about Madrona K-8 Bingo Night.  The family-friendly event will take place this year on Friday, February 10th from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Madrona school.  There will be tons of great prizes – toys, games, restaurant gift cards, MP3 players and more.  The Madrona PTSA will be selling pizza for $2 per slice with snacks, fruit and drinks available for free.  There will also be a bake sale for dessert goodies.  Please bring a donated bake sale item.  Funds raised help cover the cost of this great event. Admission is free and open to the school and the Madrona neighborhood.  All children/students that attend must be accompanied by an adult.

Restaurant Bea To Call Madrona Home

Good friends Kate Perry and Tom Black are opening their new restaurant, Restaurant Bea, in Madrona. Taking over the space once occupied by Cremant and later June, Kate and Tom are excited to make Bea a mainstay in Madrona. Not only do Tom and Kate have extensive backgrounds in the Seattle restaurant industry, one as a chef (Tom) and one through restaurant marketing (Kate), they also share a love for the Madrona neighborhood. Tom and Kate both live in the Madrona area; Tom lives off of Olive, and Kate lives on 37th. “We have been looking to open a new restaurant for over a year,” explained Tom. “We flirted with the idea of taking over the space where Dulces once was [now Pritty Boys Pizza], but we are happy to finally be in our new space.”

Tom and Kate’s plan is for Bea to be a neighborhood restaurant that is inviting for not only Madrona residents, but all of Seattle. “We want to be able to know our customers by name, but to also treat our first-time customers with the same attentiveness,” said Kate. To do that, Tom and Kate plan to be very involved in the restaurant. “We both live in Madrona so we will be here all the time,” explained Kate, “and we will be attentive to the entire dining experience.’

The restaurant itself is getting made over. When I was there meeting with Tom and Kate the old built-in booths were being picked up, the restaurant was being rewired, and the kitchen was being cleaned in every nook and cranny. The remodel will include a more open kitchen, where customers can see their food being prepared, and a bar area larger than what the previous restaurants featured, in addition to a whole new aesthetic. When the work is complete, the plan is to be able to seat about 55 people, not including the private dining room behind the main restaurant that can be reserved for private parties of up to 22 people.

The atmosphere will be comfortable and cozy, and Bea will be family friendly. Both Tom and Kate want everyone to feel welcome and to enjoy their time at Bea no matter if you are by yourself, a couple, or a family of five.

Bea plans to open for dinner in late February with weekend brunch starting a month or two later. The food will be polished comfort food that is hyper-seasonal and uses ingredients from small, trusted farmers. Entrees are expected to be in the range of $18 to $22.

Keep your eyes open for Bea’s grand opening. Madrona has a new restaurant that will call our Seattle neighborhood home.