Taste Seattle History: Seattle’s Best Steaks At Daniel’s Broiler

Daniels Broiler, situated on the shores of Lake Union, has been a Seattle landmark of fine dining for what seems like forever. With its sweeping views of Lake Union, Queen Anne and Gasworks Park in addition to its incredible menu of USDA prime steaks and chops, all prepared impeccably, Daniel’s has always been the go-to venue for holiday and celebratory meals, fine craft cocktails and some of the best steaks you’ll ever enjoy.

Recently, people have been up in arms as rumors swirled regarding the possible closing of Daniel’s Lake Union location, due to Vulcan Real Estate’s plans to redevelop the pier on which it sits. Those fears were somewhat put to rest this week when the Seattle Times reported that Daniel’s on Lake Union will not close, but will merely move to a nearby location, still along the shores of South Lake Union. It seems fabulous steaks and sweeping Lake Union vistas will remain on Daniel’s menu for years to come, and we’ll drink to that!

Over the years, Daniel’s Broiler has become a local fine dining legend in the Seattle area, synonymous with delicious, high-end meals, superb craft cocktails, incredible views and live music, outstanding service and a seemingly never ending parade of Seattle’s most interesting and beautiful people to be found on any given night, enjoying a bite or a sip. However, many of us who have grown up in the Seattle area, (particularly those of us under a certain age) know very little of the famed steakhouse’s origins.

Daniel’s has been owned and operated by The Schwartz Brothers Restaurant group since 1981, and has changed very little since its beginnings at the Leschi Marina in 1980, but it’s true roots go much deeper than that. Daniel’s Broiler was started by a man named, well, Daniel, believe it or not. Daniel Jack Sandal, to be specific.

Daniel Sandal, a born and bred Seattleite, grew up in The Emerald City’s Wallingford neighborhood, graduated from the now closed Lincoln High School, and got his start in the food industry at the World-Famous Pike Place Market. Daniel’s Grandfather, Dan Zido, founded “Dan’s Better Meats” in Pike Place Market in 1910, and it was there, (in a space at the market that is now known as the home of Italian favorite, Il Bistro) that Daniel began his love affair with meat, as a third-generation butcher.

Eventually the butcher shop moved upstairs in the market, to where you will now find “Don and Joe’s Meats” (unsurprisingly, Don and Joe are related to Dan, and have kept the family tradition of quality cuts alive in Pike Place). Dan took over the family business when his father retired and decided to expand their wholesale business drastically, with their meats soon being featured at Seattle’s finest restaurant, including Canlis, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, The Space Needle and plenty more. He also started a daily-delivered, fresh-ground meat patty service for local favorite burger joint, Dick’s Drive-In, helping to make those burgers we all know and love so darn scrumptious.

In the Early 1970’s, Dan began his foray into the restaurant world as a restaurateur himself, co-founding Benjamin’s with partner Arnold Shain. The success of Benjamin’s fueled Dan and Arnold to continue on in the restaurant game, with the opening of The Gasworks Restaurant, but eventually, they parted ways as partners.

In 1980, at the ripe, young age of 40, Daniel decided it was time to start his own place, a place for steaks and chops so terrific, people would fall in love, and that they did. The vision for the original Daniels Broiler was to be Dan’s own take on the fine dining he had grown up with in Seattle, drawing heavy inspiration from places like Canlis, but staying true to the steakhouse theme with top quality steaks and chops consistently available and prepared perfectly.

Daniel’s was a sort of experiment for Dan, as he had only ever opened and operated restaurants with partners prior to Daniel’s Broiler. He was once quoted as saying “I wanted to see if I could do it, I did it on my own so I didn’t have to deal with other’s dreams and problems and wouldn’t be at anyone else’s mercy.” And do it, he did. Daniel’s Broiler became a success from the very beginning, in its original home, located on the glistening shores of Lake Washington in the Leschi Marina.  At the time, this was a convenient location for Mercer Island and Bellevue residents, until they closed the I-90 entrance and exit on the east side of the tunnels when the second bridge was built.  Today, the original Daniel’s location serves the Mount Baker, Leschi, Madrona, Washington Park, Madison Park and Denny Blaine neighborhoods and a slew of long-time customers. 

Since being purchased by the Schwartz Brothers in late 1981, they have made very few changes to Dan Sandal’s original concept for the restaurant. The Schwartz Brothers did expand the Daniel’s brand to include locations in Bellevue (opening in 1989) and the location we all know and love, on the shores of Lake Union (since 1999), where Dan and Arnold’s first venture, Benjamin’s, once lived.

Dan Sandal passed away in 2012, but left behind a much loved and delicious legacy in Daniel’s Broiler. While many people find success in the Seattle restaurant scene, few reach the iconic status of Daniel’s Broiler, nor do they stand the test of time, untarnished and as beloved as ever the way Daniel’s has.

Daniel’s Broiler has been a Seattle staple for over 35 years, in 3 different locations, and it doesn’t appear that that will be changing anytime soon. While the Lake Union location may be moved slightly to make way for the inevitable growth and changes of a bustling city, it’s good to know it won’t be going far.

Leschi & Madrona Real Estate – 2016 in Review

Madrona HomeLeschi real estate market was strong in 2016.  Leschi home sales saw a rise in median price ($766,750 vs $732,500), price per square feet was up ($395 vs $366), and the highest sale was over double the previous year ($5,402,500 vs $2,500,000).  The days on market did rise slightly (35 vs 28 days).  Also, the number of sales in 2016 dropped dramatically: 58 sales vs 88 sales in 2015.  This might be explained by the low Seattle real estate inventory discussed later.  The Leschi condo market is hard to compare since there are so few sales.  For 2015-2016, there was an average of one sale per month (25 sales).  There was 9 condominium sales in 2016 versus 16  sales in 2015.  There was only one sale in 2016 over $1 million, in 2015 there were 3 sales over $1 million and 2 sales over $2 million.

Madrona real estate market, unlike in Leschi, saw an increase in sales in 2016 (81 sales vs 72).  Like Leschi home sales, Madrona home sale saw an increase in most numbers.  Median sales price ($950,000 vs $849,500), price per square foot ($432 vs $381), and highest sale ($3,500,000 vs $2,050,000) all increased in 2016.  The days on market was the same in both 2016 and 2015: 32 days.  Madrona did not have any condo sales in either year.

The overall real estate market in the region (area covered by Northwest Multiple Listing Service which serves 23 counties in Washington) saw an 8.1 increase of sales in 2016 when compared to 2015 with inventory at a record low for most of the year. For the 23 counties, the median sales price increased 8.9 percent from $310,000 in 2015 to $337,500 in 2016. Condos, which make up a smaller share of the market, were actually up 12.6% while single family homes increased 8.7%.

Inventory was tight throughout the year, there was an average of 1.86 months of inventory in 2016, compared to 2.4 months in 2015. King County was the tightest with only 1.1 months of supply. A balanced market is generally considered to be between 4 and 6 months of inventory.

The luxury real estate market was strong in 2016, with over 3,251 home sales over $1 million compared to 2,676 in 2015: over a 21 percent increase. The number of condos over $500,000 also increased with 1,711 sold in 2016 versus 1,459 half-million dollar sales in 2015: also over a 21 percent increase.

2017 seems to be taking over where 2016 left off. Low inventory remains and prices remain strong. As always, to maneuver the market, reach out to your local real estate broker to navigating the Seattle real estate market.

[Pictured: Madrona Home sold by Ewing and Clark in Feb. 2016 for $1,725,000]

These statistics were gathered from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, but were not compiled or published by that organization.

Leschi & Madrona Real Estate – Oct 2016

Madrona Real EstateLike the rest of Seattle, Leschi and Madrona real estate market continues to be very strong. This past month (October), Madrona had 4 sales and Leschi had 5 sales. While not a lot of sales, the details are interesting. For example, in Madrona on the corner of 35th and Pike, 1430 35th Ave sold for the second time in 16 months. In the summer of 2015, the traditional Seattle home was listed for $1,595,000 and sold above asking price: $1,650,000. In October 2016, it was listed for $1,750,000 and sold again for above list price: $1,895,000. Quite a difference a year makes! Overall, the 4 Madrona homes sold for an average of $1,134,500 and the Leschi homes sold for an average of nearly $1,086,000. Last October, Madrona saw 5 sales at an average of just over $684,000 and Leschi had a whopping 12 sales but at an average of $644,563. A couple sales can change the average quite a bit, for example Leschi had several small condos sell in October 2015, but nonetheless, I will say it again: what a difference a year makes!

We can see the change in prices looking at the greater area. The Central Seattle area (between I-90 and the Montlake Cut and I-5 and Lake Washington) saw the average price of homes up from October 2015 of $882,720 increase to $990,258 in October 2016 while condo prices rose from $507,567 last October to $593,872 in October this year. Inventory is tight, but that might not fully explain the prices changes since the number of sales of area’s homes decreased from 83 in October last year to 64 this year, whereas the number of condos sold rose from 52 to 79.

While prices of real estate in Madrona, Leschi and Central Seattle are significant, they are still dwarfed by other local areas. For example, the average price on Mercer Island this October was just under $1.5 million and the Bellevue area west of 405 was nearly $2 million. Nevertheless, Madrona and Leschi home prices are still higher than most of King County. The average price in King County for a home in October was $653,231 compared to $590,728 in October last year.

If you need help navigating the Seattle real estate market, we always suggest talking to a local Seattle real estate agent.

Madrona Real Estate Report – May 2016

The Madrona real estate market showed some growth this May compared to last year. There were ten sales this year compared to seven in 2015. This year the total sales amounted to $11.9 million. Currently, there are twelve active listings totaling just over $14 million and seven pending totaling just below $10 million. The lowest year-to-date sales price in Madrona is up from $577,200 to $614,000 and the average sales price is up from $1,157,450 to $1,195,800.

For similar information on Capitol HillMadison Park, or Denny Blaine please click the previous links above.

Madrona is a part of “Central Seattle” as defined by Seattle real estate agents. Central Seattle real estate mainly includes the area from the Montlake cut to I-90 and from Lake Washington to I-5.  The start of the year shows home prices are up across the city and sales for the first two months are down with 165 sold in 2015 versus 158 in 2016.  Currently in this central Seattle area there are 177 active listings.

If you have any questions about the Seattle real estate market, please feel free to reach out to a local Seattle real estate agent.

 

Madrona & Leschi Real Estate Recap: November

Featured Leschi listing - 832 31st Ave. S - $1,250,000

Featured Leschi listing – 832 31st Ave. S – $1,250,000

November was a slow month for home sales in Madrona and Leschi with only 11 completed sales, down from 17 in October, but the median sales price for both neighborhoods combined was up an impressive 22 percent over the month, from $619,950 in October to $760,000 in November. On a yearly basis, median sales price was up nearly 10 percent.

Sellers continue to get good returns on their properties, with eight of the 11 homes sold selling for at or above listing price, and the highest list-to-sales-price ratio at 116 percent. It should be noted that three of the properties sold for asking price in Leschi were new-construction townhomes in the same development. Of the three properties that sold for below asking, the seller with the lowest list-to-sales price return still received 95 percent of their asking price. The most expensive sale of the month was a renovated 1909 home in Madrona that sold for $1,011,000; and the lowest sales price was $619,950 for one of the new construction town homes mentioned previously.

Currently there are 11 homes for sale in the two neighborhoods, with prices ranging from $735,000 for a classic Craftsman in Leschi to $2,880,000 for a “villa” style estate in Madrona.

If you are considering buying or selling a home in Madrona or Leschi, or if you would like more information about Seattle’s real estate market in general, please contact me!

Kristine Losh  |  206.953.6786  |  klosh@ewingandclark.com

Featured Listing: Cool Madrona Contemporary

3505 E Olive Madrona Edited This impeccable architect-designed Madrona home features more than 4,000 square feet of sophisticated living space:  4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths in the main house, plus a renovated classic carriage house with an additional bed and bath. Featured in Seattle Met magazine in 2009, this home has 10-foot ceilings, windows everywhere, and spectacular finishes throughout. A gourmet chef’s kitchen and large dining room lead to a glamorous living room with a cozy fireplace. Vaulted ceilings upstairs give the bedrooms an airy feel, and additional loft areas provide play space or storage. The 1,300-square-foot carriage house, built in 1901 and updated in 2015, provides amazing live-work space or could serve as an Airbnb or rental property. A private fenced yard, outdoor living space, play area, and mature gardens complete this gorgeous piece of property.

For more information or for a private showing of this spectacular home, contact listing agents Dan Gottesman and Sam Chapin.

Madrona and Leschi Real Estate Recap – October

Featured listing - 3505 E Olive St. - $1,875,000

Featured listing – 3505 E Olive St. – $1,875,000

Real estate activity in Madrona took an interesting turn in October, with sales activity up from September but average sales price down by 37 percent. There were five sales of single-family homes in Madrona in October, compared to just two in September, but October’s average sales price was $684,800, down from $942,000 in September. Leschi saw 12 completed sales in October at an average sales price of $644,562, down from $934,265 in September. Sales activity for the two neighborhoods was consistent on a yearly basis, with just one fewer sale this year (17) than October 2014 (18). But average prices in the two neighborhoods combined were down over the year, with the 2015 average at $656,397 compared to the 2014 average of $753,379.

However, owing to relatively small sample sizes, numbers for these two neighborhoods are easily skewed by the addition of one or two high- or low-priced sales, meaning average prices are sometimes not accurate representations of the neighborhoods’ markets as a whole. The area’s market remains strong, with 13 of the 17 properties sold selling for at or above listing price, and the highest list-to-sales price ratio at 129.93 percent for a classic 1921 home in Madrona.

Currently there are 21 active listings in Madrona and Leschi combined, with prices ranging from a low of $615,000 for a single-family home in Leschi, to a high of $5,895,000 for a lakefront contemporary home in Leschi.

These statistics were gathered from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, but were not compiled or published by that organization.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to further discuss the Madrona and Leschi real estate markets, or if you would like a complimentary price estimate of your home.

Kristine Losh, Ewing & Clark, Inc.

Featured Listing: 1801 33rd Avenue

Main photo for Madrona blogNow available in Madrona, this home is a testimonial to design and urban living. Built in 2005, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home is set on a sunny corner lot and is filled with natural light from numerous windows. Designed with a sensitivity toward a contemporary lifestyle, this home offers an open floor plan, high ceilings, bamboo and hardwood floors, a chef’s kitchen, dining room, and a deck with a view that is perfect for entertaining. A multi-purpose room on the lower level offers plenty of additional space.

Located just blocks from Madrona’s main business district, you’ll be within walking distance of the coffee shops, restaurants, and shops that give the neighborhood its friendly character. Numerous parks are nearby, and the home is a short walk from Lake Washington and Madrona beach. Minutes from downtown, and a short jaunt to the Link Light Rail station for easy access to the airport.

For more information about this home or for a private showing, please contact listing agents Jane Powers and Betsy Terry at Ewing & Clark, Inc.

Leschi & Madrona Real Estate Recap: September

Featured Home - 832 31st Avenue South, Leschi

Featured Home – 832 31st Avenue South, Leschi
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Though the Leschi and Madrona real estate markets don’t typically see high volumes of home sales per month, Madrona saw even fewer home sales than normal in September. The neighborhood only saw two completed sales of single-family homes last month, down from 11 in August, though prices remained high with an average sales price of $942,000. Leschi real estate, in comparison, saw 12 completed sales in September at an average sales price of $934,265. The combined 14 sales in the two neighborhoods represented a slight decrease over the year, with 18 homes sold during the same period in 2014, but despite the seeming slowdown, average sales prices are up over the year. The combined average in 2014 was $705,994, compared to $935,370 in 2015.

Among the 14 total sales in both neighborhoods, prices ranged from $599,950 for a new-construction modern town home on the west edge of Leschi; to $1,612,500 for a renovated modern home perched above Lake Washington, also in Leschi. Eight homes sold at or above listing price, with the highest sales-to-list-price ratio at 116.2 percent for a classic 1906 Foursquare home in Leschi. There were no condo sales in either Leschi or Madrona in September.

Currently, there are 11 active Madrona home listings, with prices ranging from $599,000 to $2,795,000; and 18 active listings in Leschi, with prices ranging from $525,000 to $5,895,000.

These statistics were gathered from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, but were not compiled or published by that organization.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like a complimentary price estimate of your home, or for advice on buying or selling a home in Leschi or Madrona. Click here to see what’s currently available in the area!

Kristine Losh, Ewing & Clark, Inc.

Featured Home: Views In Leschi

832 31st Main CroppedThis extraordinary shingled home is now available for purchase in Leschi! Set well off the street, this home enjoys panoramic views of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains. Inside, dramatic beamed cathedral ceilings and an open-concept floor plan allow plentiful natural light. Lovely indoor-outdoor spaces include a sun room with glass doors opening to a large view deck, and garden access. The kitchen features granite counter tops and ample cupboards, and looks out onto spacious living and dining rooms. Upstairs laundry room and lower-level mother-in-law space. A two-car garage is accessed from the main floor – a rarity in this convenient city location. Just blocks from Frink and Leschi parks, and a short distance from the waterfront Leschi business district offering groceries, shopping, and dining. For more information about this wonderful home, contact listing agents Jane Powers and Betsy Terry.

832 31st Avenue South

Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 3.25 | Sq Ft.: 3,159

Available for $1,395,000

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