Beautiful Leschi Home on the Market

Leschi HomeThe beautiful home located at 519 Lake Washington Blvd, right across from Lake Washington and Madrona Park, has outstanding views of lake, mountains, sunrises and sailboats! The home features an open floor plan, large windows, an expansive deck, lovely terraces and a balcony. The kitchen has been updated with top of the line appliances, and there are two full master suites with contemporary bathrooms, views, and huge closets. The home also has a two car garage, and is in close proximity to both Madrona and Leschi shops, restaurants, and of course is a quick commute to downtown. If you are interested in this or other homes in the neighborhood, please contact me at anytime, I’d love to assist you in your home search.

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 3/3
Price: $995,000

Big Changes Coming to 23rd and Union

Central District BuildingBig changes to coming to 23rd and Union according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.  According to the brief article a six-story apartment complex with retail on the ground floor is planned for the corner where the vacant lot is located.  As many of us remember there was a brick building on the lot before it was torn down due to heavy settlement issues that caused the building to look as if it would fall over.  The lot was just sold for $3.8 million and the new owners hope to begin building this spring.

Glassybaby Seconds Sale is Coming This Weekend

It’s that time of year again Glassyfans! Glassybaby in Madrona will be having their annual Seconds Sale this Saturday January 25th, to sell all of their votives and drinkers with minor imperfections. This ever popular sale has had a strong following in years past, and you may want to plan for a Black Friday size crowd lined up some hours before doors open at 8:00am.


Photo Courtesy of Glassybaby


The imperfect glasses will go for $28-$35, which is fairly discounted from their standard $44-$55 pricing. 10% of proceeds from the sale will go towards charity, and this year’s sale is benefiting  Camp Korey,  a non profit serving children with serious and life-altering medical conditions and their families, and providing them with a safe and fun camp experience. If you don’t feel like waiting in the crazy line, Glassybaby will announce a special online deal for those that can’t make the sale – last year’s promo was a 10% discount. Feeling lucky? Visit Glassybaby’s Facebook Page by tomorrow for your chance to win the first spot in line to the sale! See you there, bright and early!

MCC Letter to Metro Transit

If you were not able to make the last Madrona Community Council meeting, board member Anne Knight brought in letters that groups and individuals can send in to urge Metro to cut back frequency on bus lines instead of cutting the routes altogether if the fund are not available to maintain those routes.  It is anticipated that King County Council will put a vote on the April ballot that could raise funds to avoid 17% of Metro route cuts. Bill Mahoney also read the proposed letter from MCC to Metro, which will go to relevant legislators at Metro representatives. See the letter below for details:

Metro letter


Madrona Healthy Trees and Safe Sidewalks Plan Update

SDOT Madrona

Photo Courtesy of SDOT

At the most recent Madrona Community Council meeting, attendees received a project update on the Healthy Trees and Safe Sidewalks Management Plan. We’ve blogged about these issues with the sidewalks in the past, and this Management Plans is working to create safe accessible sidewalks, while also protecting and conserving the urban trees in the neighborhood. Updates to the plan include objectives such as repairing tree-damaged sidewalks with sustainable solutions like building the sidewalk around the tree roots while paving a slightly narrower safe sidewalk for pedestrian use. Other updates include retaining healthy mature sited trees when possible, exploring and implementing innovative sidewalk repair approaches and evaluating sidewalk repair approaches across an array of criteria including life-cycle and community costs and benefits.

They will be looking at case studies and working towards long term solutions for these issues while developing a final operational plan. A final solution is predicted to be reached by July 2014, if you’d like more information about this project visit the SDOT website, or contact Jennifer Wieland at 206-733-9970, or email her at

Volunteer Opportunities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

A week from today, we will celebrate the work of Dr. King on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and what better way to honor his legacy than giving back to our community?  Join United Way of King County and thousands of others across America on January 20th to honor Dr. King’s legacy, as the MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, which is the President’s national call to service initiative. MLK

The initiative calls for Americans to work together to create solutions to some of our nation’s most pressing issues. You can choose from of a number of projects to give back individually, or with a group, and it’s really a wonderful and rewarding way to help the community, and meet like-minded people in the neighborhood. Different ways to help include registering as a project leader, and choosing a project that fits the bill for your group’s interests. If this is something you’re interested in, (or if you’d like more information on volunteering individually) email United Way’s online volunteer specialist Erica Ellis, If you miss signing up, you can still show up for an event on the day it is scheduled, no per-registration is required. For a list of opportunities in your neighborhood visit ‘s United Way of King County’s volunteer page today.

Chuck’s Hop Shop Has Successful Soft Opening

According to Madrona residents, Chuck’s Hop Shop is already seeing success after their soft opening last weekend at their new location on 20th & Union. Residents have boasted that the bar currently has 20 beers on tap and many in a huge cold case that lines the back wall. They plan on having 49 beers on tap when they’re open to full capacity, and if you’re gluten intolerant (or just don’t care for beer) they also have a smaller cooler filled with hard cider, many of them local. Chuck’s has a family friendly atmosphere, welcoming children and dogs at their tables.Chucks Beer

They are also planning to serve a selection of food items such as bratwursts. Chuck’s other location in Greewood has been successfully running since 2010. It is reassuring that the Hop Shop has patrons filling the tables even before their official opening, so hopefully beer lovers in the neighborhood will make this a successful new spot for a cold brew. If you have stopped in for a cold one, we would love to hear your feedback!

Love Your Neighbor? Nominate Them For Neighborhood Appreciation Day

When Springtime rolls around in Madrona, the MCC gives thanks and sponsors a local Neighborhood Appreciation Day to honor residents who have have contributed to the neighborhood. Get your nominations in this year by March 1st, and the award ceremony will be held at Madrona K-8. The Madrona Community Council will be giving awards out for the following: neighbors

  • The Nora Award: In honor of local Madrona activist Nora Wood, this award is given to an individual who has left a mark on the community in ways large or small.
  • The Local Hero Award: Its all in the name – given to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, generosity, or act of kindness
  • The Unsung Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for noteworthy service to others in community
  • Madrona Resident for Life Award: Awarded to a longtime active resident who has left Madrona for other endeavors, but will always be missed.

Love your neighbor? Nominate them for one of the awards above today by e-mailing

Genesis House Planning To Move

The Genesis House, which has been successfully running in the Madrona neighborhood for over 40 years is going to sell their property. After months of deliberation, the Genesis House Board and management team agreed it was the right move for the long term success of the program, and their clientele. The goal with the sale of the property is still to continue supporting chemical dependency treatment to no/low income individuals and to help families with small children affected by addiction. genesis

If you’re interested to learn more about their program or plans for the future you can call Monica Ramsey at 206-860-26232, she will be available to answer any questions or concerns from the community about their upcoming move, and future plans. Ramsey will also continue to keep the public informed on the sale of the property  through the MCC newsletter and at community meetings.

Madrona Community Council Meeting Tomorrow at Shelterhouse

The next Madrona Community Council meeting will take place tomorrow evening, Tuesday Jan 7th at the Madrona Playfield Shelterhouse, join friends family and neighbors for  a discussion of plans for 2014. The draft agenda includes the following topics: MCC

  • Brian Mack of St Therese on feedback from the community on the church
  • An update on Safe Sidewalks and SDOT plans
  • Update on status of Metro bus cuts and a discussion/approval of letter to Metro from MCC
  • Winter wreath sales summary
  • Discussion on park playground upkeep and the use of possible Playfield funds
  • Update on applications to Kraus Fund
  • Treasurer’s report
  • General discussion of upcoming activities (Neighborhood appreciation day, Mayfair, etc.)

The meeting will be held at 7:15pm, hope to see you there!