Madrona Appreciation Day Winners

From all account, Madrona Appreciation Day was a huge success this past weekend.  The Madrona School Library was packed with people with standing room only.  As one Madrona resident said, “In that room was everything I love and adore about our community.”

The winners this year were as follows:


Madrona Appreciation Day

Madrona K-8 Student Awards: Celebrating student achievement in different grade categories.

K-2: Sydney Mansavage
3-4: Khassim Diakhate
5-6: Lucy Majiagira
7-8: Miy’kaila Price

Madrona K-8 Doris Baptist Hickman Staff Award: This award is for a Madrona K-8 School staff person who has made a significant contribution to the school.

Suzanne Righi & Tammy Jackson-Alexander

Go Panthers Award: Recognizes an individual that has made extra and extraordinary efforts for the education and growth of Madrona K-8.

Andrea Taylor

Karen Andrews & Mary Bass Award: An award given to a person who goes above and beyond the call of duty linking the community and the school.

Karin Richards and Laura Washington


Madrona Appreciation Day

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.

Soni Dave-Schock, Nikola Davidson, and Kim Herber

The Local Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, singular kindness or generosity.

Harriett Cody, Shoshona Driver, Jerry Arbes & Anne Knight

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.

Charley Bush

Congratulations to all the winners of the Madrona School Awards and Madrona Neighborhood Awards.  Again, it was a great event.  During the presentation of the awards, one son look up to his mom full of pride for Madrona and said “we rock!”  Madrona sure does!

2012 Dine Out for Madrona K-8

Madrona Dine OutTuesday, April 10th, is the 4th Annual Dine Out for Madrona K-8.  The participating Madrona restaurants on 34th Avenue,  Bistro Turkuaz, Bottlehouse, Cupcake Royals, Hi Spot, Madrona Ale House, Naam, Pritty Boys, St. Clouds, are joining with the PTSA to support the local Madrona Public School.  A portion of all sales will be donated to the Panther Partners PTSA to support Arts and Music programs at Madrona Elementary.  The Madrona neighborhood’s part is easy: all you need to do is go out – eat, drink and be merry!

Bring friends, family to dine out on April 10th.  The Madrona School fundraising goal is $5000 for this event and the school needs your support.

Seattle and Madrona Real Estate Market

Madrona Real Estate In the physical Seattle Times today I read the headline “No End to Slide in Home Prices” and the headline on the same article online says “Seattle-Area Home Prices Fall in January for Sixth Month in a Row”.  The article focuses on Case-Shiller home-price index  which measures home prices in 20 major metropolitan areas including Seattle.  The index shows Seattle real estate to be 130.03 which means that compared to January 2000, home prices are up in the Seattle area 30%.   The reason for the headline though is Case-Shiller got as high as 192.30 in the summer of 2007, thus prices are down overall in the last 5 years.

While prices are down from 2007, I have seen signs of recovery in my day-to-day life as a real estate agent especially in Madrona real estate market and the rest of Seattle.  For example, the median home price in the Seattle city limits were up 3% over the previous year in February.  There are several reasons why today’s headline is not matching what I see or what the Seattle February numbers indicate.  For one, Case-Shiller is lagging in time.  The numbers just released are measuring the Seattle real estate market in January – nearly two months have passed since then.  Another factor, is Case-Shiller measures “Seattle” which they define as King, Snohomish and Pierce counties while the February statistics are from the actual city of Seattle and at the same time I tend to work in the Seattle area with much of my business in Madrona and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Looking at the statistics from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) more closely one can get an idea what is going on.  For example, in Area 390 which includes Madrona real estate as well the surrounding area, one can compare the first quarter numbers (through March 28th of each year) for single family homes and see the real estate market in 2012 is favorable in many of the key statistics when compared to a year ago:

SOLDS 1Q 2011 1Q 2012
# Transactions 125 113
Average List Price  $     646,756  $     725,303
Average Sales Price  $     605,691  $     689,815
Average Market Time 94 66
Average Square Feet            2,109            2,537
% of List Price 96.01 96.86

The number of sales and the average price per square foot are both down slightly, but on average more expensive and larger homes are selling, homes are selling much faster, and the sales price is closer to the asking price.  All of these indicate to me that the Seattle and Madrona real estate markets are doing better.

Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Madrona’s Restaurant Bea to Open March 30th

Madrona Restaurant BeaThe newest addition to the Madrona Business District, Restaurant Bea, is set to open Friday, March 30th.  Restaurant Bea is located in the space formerly occupied by June.  To read more about Restaurant Bea, click the link to my previous interview with owners Kate Perry and Tom Black (pictured).

Be sure to make a reservation to try out the newest Madrona restaurant.

Photo by Julien Perry a regular contributor to the Seattle Weekly.

Madrona Neighborhood Appreciation Day

Madrona AwardsMadrona Neighborhood Appreciation Day is this Saturday, March 24th at 10 AM in the Madrona School (K-8) Library (map).  The event is open to the community so residents from all Seattle neighborhoods and especially the surrounding neighborhoods of Madrona, Leschi, Denny Blaine, etc. are invited to attend.

Neighborhood Appreciation Day is celebrated in conjunction with Madrona K-8.  Madrona Elementary School will recognize some teachers and students while the Madrona Community Council has four different awards to recognize Madrona residents.  The four awards are: The Nora Award, The Local Hero Award, The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award, and The Madrona Resident for Life Award.    The Nora award, named in honor of Madrona activist Nora Wood, is given to a resident who has left their mark on the community.  The Local Hero Award is bestowed to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, kindness, or generosity.  The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award is dedicated to a Madrona resident for service to others in the greater community.  And The Madrona Resident for Life Award is granted to a longtime resident who has left Madrona but is dearly missed.

Click link to see last year’s Madrona Neighborhood Appreciation Day winners.

Big News for Madrona School: St Therese Gets Huge Grant

St Therese SeattleCongratulations to St. Therese School located on 35th Avenue in Madrona.  The local Catholic school just received word that they were awarded over a half million dollar grant to implement a program where teachers and students use technology in the classroom to improve learning.  The grant to implement the new program came from at least in part from Fulcrum Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Again, congratulations to St Therese and the Madrona neighborhood.

Seattle Cupcakes

Cupcake RoyaleThe Seattle Times did a feature on cupcake shops around Seattle and of course no article would be complete without discussing Cupcake Royale which began across from the Madrona Playground in 2003.  The article discusses cupcakes around Seattle including Cake Envy, Confetti Cupcakes, Frosted sold at Nama’s Candy Store, New York Cupcakes, Pinkabella, Sugar Rush Baking Co., Trophy Cupcakes, and Yellow Leaf.  If you love cupcakes, you have to go no further than 34th Avenue in the Madrona Business District, but Seattle has plenty of options throughout our Seattle neighborhoods.

Madrona: Remember to Spring Forward Tonight

Spring ForwardMadrona do not forget to spring forward tonight.  Remember to set your clocks forward one hour.  The clock officially moves forward Sunday morning from 2 AM to 3 AM.  It is a shame to lose one hour of sleep, but the good news is longer days and better weather is not too far away.

Market Your Calendar for Madrona Mayfair Block Party

Madrona MayfairThe Madrona Community Council is hosting Madrona Mayfair this year on Saturday, May 12th.  Unlike previous years, Madrona Mayfair is being combined with BOOM‘s 34th and Union Street Festival.  This will allow the festivities in Madrona to go from the morning through the evening.  The first half of the day will have all the usual family-friendly events such as pony rides, bouncy houses, etc at the Madrona Playground and then continue through the afternoon in the Madrona Business District with live music, food and drink, and retail specials.

The Madrona Community Council is still looking for volunteers as well as sponsors for Madrona Mayfair Block Party.  So far, Harvard Avenue School is sponsoring Face Painting, Ewing & Clark is sponsoring the Pony Rides, and The Reptile Man and Mayfair Clown are sponsored by Dr. Loren Tarr.  If you are interested in volunteering or sponsorship, please contact Stacy Kryman.