SDOT’s “Play Streets” Pilot Program To Begin In Madrona

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Following the lead of a host of other U.S. cities and even that of the First Lady herself, the Seattle Department of Transportation has announced a new pilot program that will allow communities to close roads to cars and create “play streets”, giving kids (and adults!) freedom to use their street however they want. Giant hopscotch board? Sidewalk chalk canvas? Dinner party in the middle of the street? It’s up to you!

The very first of these play streets is happening right in our own backyard, in partnership with St. Therese Academy’s annual field day, taking place tomorrow, May 30. 35th Avenue between Spring and Marion streets will be blocked off from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. so the school can safely expand their field day to the street.

Neighbors, schools and other community organizations will have the flexibility to hold play streets as often as they want, whether its twice a week or a one-time event. There are play streets programs all over the country, and they have been a part of  New York City life, for example, since 1914. The NYC program has recently expanded with the help of the NYC Parks Department, and play streets have entered the national discussion as part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity, as well. Visit SDOT’s new program website to read more about how you can play on your streets!

Help Get The Madrona K-8 Garden In Shape For Summer

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To get the school’s garden ready for summer, Madrona K-8 invites you to bring your gardening gloves for a work party on Sunday, June 1 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will be weeding, mulching and trimming, and they need your help! Garden tools and gloves for kids will be provided but organizers are asking for anyone with an extra wheelbarrow to bring it along. Kids are welcome to help out or play on the playground while you work!

Leschi & Madrona Real Estate: Low Inventory & Prices Up

Madrona Home(Above Madrona home sold this May for over 35% more than its purchase price in October 2011.)

Real estate inventory in Central Seattle, which includes Madrona and Leschi as well as Montlake, Madison Park, and Capitol Hill, continues to be extremely low.  Only 354 new homes have come on the market in Central Seattle this year (through April) compared to 423 last year, which had historically low inventory as well.  But what is really amazing is that 135 new listings came on during the month of April, but by the end of the month there were only 131 active listings in Central Seattle.  This means there were less active listings at the end of the month than what came on during the month.  This indicates that not only did all the homes that were on the market prior to April become absorbed, but also some of the new listings as well.

Looking closer at Madrona and Leschi real estate we see the number of home sales are down from last year, but that seems to be because of the low inventory.  In Madrona, 21 homes have sold through mid-May as compared to 29 Madrona homes at the same time last year.  In Leschi, there have been 23 sales this year while during the same time period in 2013 there were 28 sales.

Lower inventory is pushing the average sale price in both Madrona and Leschi to rise.  The average sale price of Madrona real estate is up 6% over last year while Leschi has increased an incredible 30% over last year!  The 30% increase in Leschi may not be a true indicator of change in house values since the sample size of homes sold in Leschi is small, but both neighborhood sales still implies a rise in home values.  The neighborhood statistics plus the average sales price in Central Seattle (up 16%) and King County (up 11%) reveals this a great time to sell!

Feel free to contact me if you want a complimentary price opinion of your home:  Kristine Losh, Ewing & Clark Real Estate.

Donate Your Gently Used Books to Madrona K-8

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Friday, June 6 is Madrona K-8’s “Drop Everything And Read” day, when students will get to carry their favorite book with them all day, and when the bell rings – drop everything and read for 10 minutes! As part of the event, the school is also collecting book donations, and they need your help to gather enough books to send each student home with five books for summer reading.

Check your bookshelves at home for kids’ and young adult books you would like to donate, and drop them off at the school’s main entrance between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from May 27 through June 3. Five books per student means they’ll need to gather 1,500 books, so everyone’s help is needed!

 

Madrona Mayfair Is Tomorrow!

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We’re crossing our fingers that the sun makes an appearance for Mayfair tomorrow, but if not, we’ll be there with our rain boots and umbrellas to celebrate anyway! Here’s a reminder of the schedule of events:

Today, Friday 5/9

  • Bring your kids’ bike or trike to the Shelterhouse today from 4:00-5:00 to decorate for the bike parade tomorrow. Streamers, ribbon, tape and scissors will be provided!

Saturday, 5/10

  • 7:00-9:00 a.m. – If you couldn’t make it to bike decorating on Friday, meet at Cupcake Royale Saturday morning for more decorating and chatting with your neighbors before the event begins. Buy a coffee and get a free slice of pumpkin bread as a breakfast treat!
  • 9:15 – Parade line-up at Al Larkins Park (E. Union & 34th Ave.)
  • 9:30 – Bike parade begins! The parade will be led by Charles the Clown, Seattle Fire Department and Meter Music drummers
  • 9:35 – Mayfair is officially open!
  • 10:00 – Charles the Clown show on the Shelterhouse lawn
  • 10:30 – 12:00 – Madrona K-8 Silent Auction and Raffle at the tennis courts
  • 10:30 – Reptile Man show on the Shelterhouse lawn
  • 11:00 – Yo-yo contest on the playfield lawn
  • 11:30 – Recess Monkey concert on the playfield lawn

Along with the scheduled events, there are many other great activities happening throughout the morning, including pony rides, two bouncy houses, face painting, a photobooth, screenprinting (bring a t-shirt or tote to get printed with the Mayfair logo!), Seattle Gymnastics Academy obstacle course, breakdancing lessons, miniature clay pot garden-making, food from Pritty Boys and St. Cloud’s, and the Madrona Community Council will be selling water, hot dogs and bake sale goodies. Don’t forget to stop by the tennis courts for the Madrona K-8 auction to bid on an amazing list of auction items and enter the raffle to win a trip to Palm Springs!

We can’t wait to see you all there tomorrow!

 

 

Madrona Community Council Meeting Tomorrow 5/6

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Join your neighbors for May’s Madrona Community Council meeting at the Madrona Park Shelterhouse tomorrow, May 6 at 7:15 p.m. Here is the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting:

  • Presentation on Central District Timebank
  • Info on the planned parklet on 34th Avenue outside the Bottlehouse and Hi Spot Cafe
  • Final update on Madrona Mayfair (This Saturday 5/10!)
  • General discussion on future events, including the neighborhood yard sale, neighborhood BBQ, movie in the park, and wine tasting fundraiser logistics
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Other business

The Madrona Shelterhouse is located at 3211 E. Spring St. Hope to see you there!

Great Items Up For Bid At Madrona K-8 Auction At Mayfair

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Happy May Day, everyone! The first of the month means that Madrona Mayfair is just around the corner, taking place next Saturday, May 10. Along with the bike parade and Recess Monkey performance, the Madrona K-8 silent auction and raffle are going to be big draws this year, so make sure to buy a few raffle tickets and bid on some of the amazing auction items. Here’s a small sampling of what you’ll have a chance to bid on!

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  • Don’t forget to enter the raffle, as well, for a chance to win the grand prize – a trip to warm and sunny PALM SPRINGS! Also up for grabs in the raffle are a Microsoft Surface tablet and Recess Monkey Dance Kits. Raffle tickets are $5.00.

There are MANY more auction items available, so make sure to stop by the auction site at the Madrona playground between 10:00 and 11:30 on the day of Mayfair to check everything out. All funds raised will go toward supporting arts and music enrichment programming, providing classroom technology and supplies and covering field trip expenses at Madrona K-8.