Get out your best walking shoes and prepare to hunt for treasures at the 25 homes participating in the Madrona Neighborhood Garage Sale tomorrow, June 28. Sellers are offering everything from art supplies and iPads to strollers and antiques, so there is sure to be something for everyone. You can pick up a map of participating homes at Cupcake Royale on 34th and Spring before you start, or download one here and print your own. The map also includes a short description of what each home is selling and what time they’ll be starting. Even if you’re not planning on buying anything, this is a great opportunity to socialize with your neighbors and get some exercise. See you all tomorrow!
This beautiful farmhouse-style home in Madrona is now available! Exuding polished charm and character, this home is perched privately and quietly off the street, with views of Lake Washington and the Cascades. Features of the home include an open layout, warm oak flooring, and optimal natural light. The dining room has French doors that open out to the backyard deck, and the bright spacious kitchen is equipped with a large pantry and wall of windows opening to the serene gardens. This 3 bedroom home has 1 full bath upstairs, and a fully finished lower level with bonus space and 3/4 bath and laundry. The master bedroom has beautiful territorial and lake views, making this a truly fabulous Madrona neighborhood home. If you’re interested in this or other neighborhood homes, please contact me today!
There are mixed signals in King County with average sales price up and average list price down but is the same true for Leschi and Madrona real estate? According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS), the average residential list price in King County is down from May 2013, while the average sales price has increased. The average residential list price last month was $792,925, down from $813,502 in May of 2013, while the average closed sales price was $541,294 up from $501,145 in 2013. There were 3,789 new residential listings that hit the market in May 2014 compared to 3,521 in 2013. This recent uptick in inventory may be one of the factors causing the average asking price to decrease, but Madrona and Leschi does not seem to support this theory…
When looking at Central Seattle, the area that includes not only Madrona and Leschi real estate but homes for sale from Montlake, Madison Park, Madison Valley and Capitol Hill, the number of active residential listings are down from last May from 150 to 140 this May. As in the rest of King County, the average list price is also down from $1,746,083 to $1,609,493, but unlike King County the average sales price is also down in the area: dropping $975,857 to $784,780. Looking deeper in the numbers, last May was a exceptionally strong month for luxury home sales in Central Seattle. Six homes sold in May 2013 for over $2,500,000 while there was zero sales for over $2,500,000 in May 2014. Last May’s sales in Central Seattle are even more impressive considering there were only 17 sales over $2,500,000 for the entire year and six of them were in May.
Looking more specifically at Leschi and Madrona real estate, this year’s market seems to be gaining some momentum especially in the luxury market. For example, in May Ewing & Clark Real Estate represented the seller in the highest sale in the combined Madrona & Leschi area for 2014. The Madrona home pictured above sold for $1,625,000 this May which is one of the three sales since April for over $1,500,000 (2 in Madrona, 1 in Leschi). Previously, there were no sales over that amount for the year. Following are the statistics for the 2014 through the first five months:
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If you are interested in seeing what is available in Leschi and Madrona, then click the link to see the available homes for sale or contact me for more information on the Leschi and Madrona real estate market.
Statistics in blog were gathered from the NWMLS, but the: Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
Leschi welcomes summer tomorrow with art, live music and children’s activities at its 3rd annual Leschi Art Walk, taking place on Lakeside Avenue between Yesler Way and Lake Washington Boulevard. Enjoy music from a jazz trio on the stage at Leschi Park and check out work from local artists including watercolors, jewelry, leather bags, glass art, and the vibrant, French-impressionist-inspired paintings of Seattle artist Art Messer.
The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., giving you plenty of opportunity to work the Art Walk in to your Saturday plans. There couldn’t be a much more picturesque location for an art walk than the Leschi business district sitting right on the shore of Lake Washington, so come down and spend time with your neighbors and support our local artists. There will be kids activities, as well, so bring the whole family!
Also, click here for more info on Leschi-area artists!
Have you done your spring cleaning and need to find new homes for unwanted items? The Madrona Community Council is now taking sign-ups to have your home listed on the official map for the Madrona Neighborhood Garage Sale, taking place Saturday, June 28. The MCC is asking for a $20 donation to have your home added to the map, and all of the money raised will go toward funding neighborhood activities such as the halloween party, Madrona Mayfair and the Madrona News newsletter.
The garage sale will happen rain or shine (we’ve never been afraid of a little rain, have we?), and even if you have nothing to sell or you’re not looking to take home any new treasures, pick up a map and use it as an excuse to socialize with your neighbors. Maps will be available online and in print form at garage sale locations.
To sign up, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on June 18, and include your name, address, time you will be hosting your sale, and a short description of what items you plan to sell. You may submit your $20 donation via the PayPal link found on the MCC website. Event organizer Rob Ward is also looking for volunteers to put up signs, help with creating and distributing the map, and being available to assist on the day of the sale. If you would like to help, send an e-mail to Rob at email@example.com.
For those of you who may live closer to Leschi, join the Leschi Community Council at its monthly meeting tomorrow, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Area Senior Center to discuss neighborhood issues. Here’s the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting:
- Susan Chang, a geotechnical engineer for the Seattle Department of Transportation will discuss the Seattle Landslide Study and what is known about the Leschi hillside in relation to landslides.
- Seattle Public Utilities will give an update on the sewage overflow project happening at the south marina in August.
- Leschi Star Awards
In addition, there is a neighborhood work party at the Leschi Natural Area this Saturday, June 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Meet at 36th and Terrace rain or shine. Gloves and lunch will be provided for all participants!
Madrona’s Bottlehouse, which recently earned the distinction of being voted one of Seattle’s best patios, is holding a series of pop-up events this summer, starting with a celebration of its fourth birthday this Saturday, June 7. Whether you’re a beer or wine fan, Bottlehouse has something for every drinker’s palate, with a good selection of both northwest and European wines and a rotating cast of beers on tap and by the bottle. And what would wine be without its accompanying cheese? Dedicated cheesemongers are on hand to help you pick the perfect fromage, along with greens, toasts and sandwiches, to pair with your drink. For its birthday bash from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. this Saturday, they’ll be offering food and drink specials and DJ Deegan will provide the musical soundtrack to the night.
When you visit the Bottlehouse, take a last look at the signature wine barrel that has long sat in the front yard of neighboring Wilridge Winery, as the barrel will be officially retired after the winery’s “Bye to the Barrel” party on Sunday, June 22.
The European-made 1,000-gallon barrel, rescued from winery owner Paul Beveridge’s friends’ property near Palo Alto, Calif., has been empty throughout its residence in Madrona, which has played a part in its deterioration over the years. Hot summers caused the staves (the wooden strips that make up the body of the barrel) to dry out and shrink, in turn loosening the metal hoops that keep them in place. Moss and fungus growing inside are contributing to its collapse, and the time has finally come for it to be removed for good. Beveridge said in an e-mail to members of the community council that he is hoping to preserve the portion of the barrel that includes the hand-painted Wilridge logo and display it somewhere in the winery.
Come say your fond farewells and get one last photo with the barrel while enjoying special barrel wine tastings beginning at 3:00 p.m. on the 22nd. 34th Avenue just won’t be the same!
Join your neighbors tomorrow, Tuesday, June 3 for the Madrona Community Council’s monthly meeting at the Shelterhouse. On the agenda for tomorrow:
- Quanlin Hu of the Department of Planning and Development will be present to give an update on the 23rd Avenue Action Plan, which concerns the areas between Cherry and Jackson streets.
- Update on the proposed parklet outside the Bottlehouse and Hi Spot on 34th Avenue
- Mayfair recap
- Discussion of future events, including the neighborhood yard sale, neighborhood BBQ, movie in the park, wine tasting fundraiser logistics, etc.
- Planning for summer board meeting
- Other business
- Treasurer’s report
The meeting begins at 7:15 and everyone is welcome! The Madrona Shelterhouse is located at 3211 E Spring St.