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
                  Click on the image for more information

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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Madrona & Leschi Summer Housing Market Update

Featured home - 101 Euclid Ave. - Leschi

Featured home – 101 Euclid Ave. – Leschi

Sales volume for single-family homes in Madrona and Leschi is down from a year ago, with 26 (11 in Leschi and 15 in Madrona) sales in June and July of this year, compared to 35 sales during the same months in 2014. Prices, however, have increased, as the average sales price in June and July 2015 was $1,031,639, compared to an average of $896,045 a year ago. Of the 26 total sales, 21 sold for at or above the listing price, with the highest sales-to-list-price ratio at 112.34 percent for a Craftsman in Leschi. The lowest-priced sale was $523,000, and the highest sales price inched close to $2 million at $1,910,000 for a waterfront home in Leschi. Nine homes sold for $1,000,000 or more.

Four condos sold in the area in June at a wide range of prices, from $325,000 at the low end for a one-bedroom unit at a landmark building in Leschi; to $1,695,000 for a two-bedroom on the Leschi waterfront. Only two condos sold in July, at an average price of $590,500.

Madrona and Leschi typically do not see a high volume of sales, so with their small sample sizes, average prices tend to paint very broad picture of the neighborhoods’ housing markets, as one or two high- or low-priced sales can skew the average. Currently, there are 18 active single-family listings between the two neighborhoods, with prices ranging from $490,000 to $2,795,000; and there is one active condo listing for $209,900.

These statistics were gathered from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, but were not complied 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.

Click on the photos for more information about these featured homes!

Featured Home - 3609 E Union St. - Madrona

Featured Home – 3609 E Union St. – Madrona

 

An Open Letter to Save the Madrona Pub

We’ve been asked to share this open letter with the community regarding the Madrona Pub.

 

June 15, 2015

Bart Flora
Cornell & Associates
2633 Eastlake Avenue E #307
Seattle, WA 98102

Etsuko and Frank Harris
1717 Ala Wai Boulevard #1706
Honolulu, HI 96815

Dear Mr. Flora, Ms. Harris, and Mr. Harris:
The undersigned are devoted customers of the Madrona Eatery and Pub. We are
very concerned about the looming loss of this crucial neighborhood gathering
place, even though the owner desires to extend his lease with you. We
therefore ask you to go the extra mile to work out a lease extension with
the current owner of the Pub, Burke Shethar.

Thanks in part to the Pub, and really thanks also to your good stewardship
of the property, Madrona still has a lot of individual character. We fear
that this could go away fast, as is happening all over our city with the
loss of affordable, congenial, long-lived, long-loved gathering places.

The Madrona Pub has been anchoring the commercial neighborhood and the wider
residential neighborhood for 20 years. It is that rare place where whole
families can gather, where people can watch sports, get good food and good
ales as in a European pub. We can’t imagine that a new owner would be able
to create all these fine features, given increased rents and the time it
takes for a neighborhood place to develop a loyal clientele.  Madrona’s
two-block commercial district already has 9-10 restaurants, some with very
high turnover. A new place will have a tough go of it.

The Pub fits an important niche in the ecology of these restaurants:
affordable, family-friendly, full of “regulars,” open every night of the
week, and presided over by a staff and owner who know their customers well
and by name. It takes years to create such a feeling, such loyalty.  Such
continuity is also a big benefit to the landlord.

We know how important it is for us and the Madrona neighborhood to have such
a beloved gathering place. We know how much dedication and care Burke and
his crew have put into this enterprise. We worry that it is irreplaceable in
this economy. So please, property managers and owners, work it out with
Burke so the Pub can extend its lease!

Please let us know that you have received this letter and what your plans
are to resolve the issue.  Some of us would be happy to meet with you to
learn more about the issue. Best contact is David Brewster at 329-6785, or
david@folioseattle.org.

Madrona Plaza Available for Purchase

Madrona PlazaOver the last several years, real estate has changed drastically in Madrona’s commercial core. The two blocks on 34th Avenue between Spring and Pike streets have seen at least four new buildings go up, including the Pike Station, Madrona Refuge, and the two currently under construction. The Amara building will soon be developed. Real estate investors have seen tremendous potential in Madrona, and now instead of constructing a new building, there is an opportunity to invest in an existing property in the middle of all the action. Located in the heart of the Madrona business district, the Madrona Plaza building offers executive office space perfect for an owner-user or an investor (Click previous link for more building details).

The Madrona Plaza quietly hit the market a couple weeks ago. Built in 2000, the office building with retail on the ground floor is equipped with state-of-the-art office and communication services, elevator service, and secured parking. Peacefully situated next to Red Cow, across from the Hi-Spot, surrounded by the other Madrona shops, restaurants and parks, the Madrona Plaza offers a variety of activities to enjoy during the day or after work. The building’s tenants are made up of an executive suite model, two larger office space tenants, and long-term telecommunication leases for cell towers on the roof.

If you are interested in learning more about the Madrona Plaza, feel to contact Roger Lorenze of Ewing & Clark.

Leschi and Madrona Real Estate Report

Madrona Real EstateSeattle real estate prices are at record highs for September as discussed below, and Leschi and Madrona real estate continue to be very strong as well.  In September Leschi had 11 sales close while Madrona had 7, both we more than the previous September where there were 9 and 6 sales respectively.  But what is more impressive is the average price of the homes that have sold.  Comparing this and last September, Leschi homes average sale price jumped to $676,536 up from $601,765 while Madrona improved to a whopping $870,857 compared to $587,500 in the previous year.  As always these closed sales have to be taken with a grain of salt since the number of sales are low enough that one or two sales can distort the average, but still the numbers are hard to ignore especially when considered with the overall Seattle and King County market.

The median price of a single-family home in King County in September was $460,000, almost 10 percent higher than a year ago and 5.3 percent higher than August’s median price.  According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, these stats indicate the best September for home prices in at least 10 years! The city of Seattle performed the best of all the sub-markets in King County in September, with the median price having risen to $517,000, 12 percent higher than September 2013. While the median price on the Eastside was higher than Seattle’s at $605,000, yearly appreciation was slower at only 6.3 percent.

While numbers were gathered from the Northwest Multiple listing Service; Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Feel free to contact me if you want a complimentary price opinion of your home:  Kristine Losh, Ewing & Clark Real Estate or check out the link to see what’s currently available in the Madrona / Leschi area.

Beautiful 1920’s Madrona Craftsman Available

Featured Listing: 1615 31st Avenue

Casey house

This 1920s craftsman ideally perched in the heart of Madrona, just hit the market for sale! The convenient location of this neighborhood home is just a short distance from the retail district and Lake Washington.

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Features include oak hardwood floors, coved doorways, crown molding, tall ceilings, sizable windows, and pocket doors. The kitchen includes slab Carrera marble counters, an island with a breakfast bar, viking range, and opens to a large back deck perfect for entertaining.

casey kitchen

The main floor master has ensuite bath, and  other noteworthy rooms include the daylight basement with media room, 2 bedrooms, an office, and a utility room. For more information on this lovely neighborhood home, or other Seattle area homes, contact your local real estate agent today!

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 4/2.75
Price: $795,000

Leschi and Madrona Real Estate: Prices Skyrocketing

Madrona Real Estate

Madrona real estate sales have doubled from last July (16 vs 8 sales).  While the days on market have slightly increased by 2 days (21 vs 23 days) the Madrona homes are selling for much more than last year.  The average sales price this July was $890,337 vs $703,125 last July.  Both this July and last July homes on average sold for more than asking price.  The above pictured Madrona Home sold in 6 days for over asking price.

The number of Leschi real estate sales is fairly even with last year (7 vs 6 sales), but again the average sale price dwarfs last year’s average sales price.  Leschi homes this July sold on average for $953,000 versus $681,214 the previous July.  Unlike Madrona, houses are selling at a scorching pace.  The average days on market for Leschi is 7 days which is down significantly from 26 days last July.

Both Madrona real estate market and Leschi real estate market have small sample size so the statistics have to be tempered because a few sales can make a huge difference.  Looking at the Central Seattle residential real estate market (east of I-5 to the lake; south of the Montlake Cut to I-90) the number of sales only increased by one compared to last July (91 vs 92 sales) and the average sales price increased minimally from $855,163 to $867,652.  Even with this additional information, it is hard to ignore the recent Leschi home sales and the Madrona home sales.

While numbers were gathered from the Northwest Multiple listing Service; Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Feel free to contact me if you want a complimentary price opinion of your home:  Kristine Losh, Ewing & Clark Real Estate or check out the link to see what’s currently available in the Madrona / Leschi area.