Madrona Makes the News for Odd Vandalism

Top RamenHave you ever made Top Ramen and while the water is boiling crack an egg and drop it in with the noodles?  If not, you should try it or another ramen recipe, but I would not advise trying to do it in your hot tub.  Who knows what these vandals were thinking, but whoever they were left quite a mess for one of our Madrona neighbors.  According to Komo News, someone egged a Madrona residence’s car and then proceeded to put a dozen eggs in their hot tub.  The home located near 36th and Pike have a lot to clean up, hopefully this is a one time incident for them and the neighborhood.

Register now for the Shore Run/Walk, June 9th

Today is the last day to register for the 2013 Shore Run/Walk race before registration prices increase. The annual race benefits the   Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center which will be celebrating its 36th birthday this year. The event is open to all levels of ability. There is a 10k, 5k and kids’ half mile run. There will also be a party in the park to celebrate participants’ accomplishment after crossing the finish line. The party will be held at Madison Park and include music, food, awards and prizes.

The event is on Sunday, June 9, 2013. The 10k begins at Ferdinand Park, 5k at Leschi Park and Kids’ run at Madison Park which is where all races end. Shuttles will be available as transportation. For information regarding start times, locations, registration and fundraising, please visit


Calling All Bakers: Madrona Mayfair Needs Volunteers for Bake Sale

Do you love to bake cookies? Have a fantastic red velvet cupcake recipe you’ve been dying to share with the world? If you’re interested in giving back to the Madrona community, and have a knack for tasty treats, this might be the perfect opportunity for you! cookies

Madrona Mayfair is in need of some bakers who can donate their baked goods to the Madrona Mayfair bake sale. All of the proceeds that are raised from the sale will go directly back to the events that support the community; can you think of a better way to sweeten Madrona!? If you’re interested in contributing, feel free to email Alison at, and she will give you a better idea of what baked goodies they’re in need of.

Reminder: Green House Tour in Madrona This Saturday

We wrote about the Green House Tour early this week when we described one of the Madrona homes that will be on the tour.  We want to make sure you don’t forget that the annual Northwest Green Home Tour is tomorrow, Saturday, April 27th from 11 AM to 5 PM.  Not one, but two homes in Madrona are being featured on the tour.

The tour is free and self-guided.  Click here to learn more about the home tour.

Green Home Seattle

Volunteer Opportunity: Madrona K-8 Gardening and Grounds Beautification Project

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful day in the Northwest to get your spirits up, and if you’ve been out enjoying the sunny weather this week, you know what I’m talking about! It’s shaping up to look like summertime, so why not participate in some volunteer opportunities outdoors? water can

The Madrona K-8 Gardening and Grounds Beautification Project is right around the corner on Saturday May, 11th, and they need volunteers to make it a successful morning! The work party will begin from 10am-noon, and the necessary tools and gloves will be provided, as well as light snacks and refreshments. If you’re interested in giving back to the community, and helping the school grounds look fresh, contact with questions for more information. Hope to see you there!

Mayfair Posters Are Here!

If you can’t tell… we’re VERY excited about the upcoming Madrona Mayfair! If you haven’t seen the Mayfair posters yet with all of the scheduled events, we’ve got it here for you to check out. Parade will line up at 9:15am along 34th & Pike at Al Larkins Park, followed by break-dancing lessons, and an obstacle course at 9:30am in the Madrona Play-field, and of course all the traditional Mayfair fun events such as pony rides, bouncy houses, etc. Parents, if you haven’t heard already (or just need a reminder now and again) your kid’s favorite Seattle children’s band Recess Monkey will be playing at noon; these guys know how to get your little ones excited! Big thanks to the generous sponsors like Madrona Community Council, Ewing & Clark, and Harvard Avenue School for making this event possible. See you at Mayfair!

Madrona Home Featured in the NW Green Home Tour


Photo courtesy of NW Eco Building Guild

Photo courtesy of NW Eco Building Guild

A 1980’s house located at 1077 26th Ave E was originally designed by an architect who lived in the house for several years. The current owners wanted to remodel the home using green and recycled materials. More than 80% of the construction waste and materials from the demolition were donated to be reused or were recycled.

Additions to the house were built using FSC certified lumber and electric radiant heating was installed under the flooring in the powder room, mud room, kitchen and man cave. A high efficiency Eternal hot water heater that has ultra-low emissions and leaves virtually no carbon footprint was installed. It has a patented self-cleaning feature which reduces maintenance.

All new insulation used was formaldehyde free fiberglass and soy based, closed cell, spray foam. Cork was used as the flooring in the main bathroom and laundry room. Countertops were comprised of Ceasarstone and NovuStone which is composed of recycled materials such as glass bottles and mirrors as well as natural components such as gravel and stone. Low flow water fixtures were used. Tile used for the backsplash and shower accents came from Bedrock Industries which hand make glass tiles from recycled materials.

This house is part of the Northwest Green Home Tour which is produced by NW Eco Building Guild and Built Green. Homes are open for tours on Saturday, April 27th from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Attention Central District Women: Summer is Fast Approaching, Join Your Local Curves!

When news began circulating around the Leschi Curves that the owner would be shutting down their gym do to personal reasons, the members of the women-only gym grew worrisome. The closest Curves to the neighborhood would be Ballard or West Seattle, and some of the women, who’s age ranges from 22-92, would not be able to make that commute. One woman in particular was moved to do something to save the gym, and give her workout buddies a place to get their fitness on! According to the Seattle Times, 34 year old Lisa Ingraham had just finished her Master’s degree from the University of Washington when she caught wind of the gym closing, and was looking for something to do with her spare time. A King County Social worker, naturally her first thought was to research what she could do to help the women in her neighborhood, especially those seniors who relied on the gym as their prominent fitness and social gathering. It was then that Ingraham took it upon herself to open a Curves of her own. CURVES_logo

Nobody else had stepped forward, so Ingraham purchased all of the workout machines form the Leschi Curves owner one by one, and began looking for another space for the gym in the neighborhood. She sent weekly updates to the Leschi Curves ladies on her progress, and 5 months after the Leschi gym closed, she was able to open another one on S. Jackson Street. That was back in September of 2012, and while the gym has grown in popularity and weight loss success stories, Ingraham still needs around 30 or so new clients to break even. If you’re looking for a new program to get that summer body, it might be time to look into what Curves has to offer. Stop in for more information on their fitness program, and membership today.

Madrona Real Estate Market Update

There has been many articles about the improving real estate market not only in Seattle but also across the country.  Looking at the numbers, the Madrona real estate market is following the same trend.  According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service through Friday, April 19th, there has been 20 home sales including 3 sales over one million dollars in Madrona in 2013.  In the same time period in 2012, there were 13 home sales and only one sale over one million dollars in Madrona.  Obviously, the number of homes sales has improved in 2013, but most other statistics are much better as well.  For example, Madrona homes in 2013 have sold after being on the market for 41 days compared to 109 days in 2012.  In addition, Madrona homes are selling for more compared to the original asking price.  Over half of the homes in 2013 have sold for more than asking price including 2 out of 3 of the homes that sold over $1 million dollars.

The Madrona real estate market is strong with more homes selling, properties selling faster, and for more money.  If you are curious about the Madrona real estate market, ask me about it when you see me in the neighborhood or feel free to contact me sooner.

Madrona Home Sales

Volunteers needed to help clear James St. Stairway April 20th

Madrona Community Council and the Leschi Community Council are looking for volunteers to help clear the James Street stairway of debris on Saturday, April 20th. If you would like to volunteer, please meet on the James St. stairs at about 9:00am. Be sure to bring working gloves if you have them.

Other volunteers will be meeting at the corner of 34th and Spring at 10:00am to work on the circular garden at the entrance to the Madrona Playfield.

If you are able to help, please show up at either location at the given times.  It is a chance to help beautified the neighborhood and meet some of your fellow Madrona and Leschi neighbors.volunteer320copy