NW Boychoir features Madrona students

The NW Boychoir.  Photo: Ben VanHouten

The Northwest Boychoir proudly presents its 39th annual A Festival of Lessons & Carols concert series, featuring eight regional performances in December. These holiday concerts showcase the 90-member combined chorus of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle.

Three members of the Northwest Boychoir live in or near Madrona:
Gabriel Sharp, 14 (8th grader at The Northwest School)
Xander Uyttendaele, 16 (11th grader at Lakeside School)
Leo Winkler, 12 (6th grader at The Northwest School)

Photo: Ben VanHouten

Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, A Festival of Lessons & Carols has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families in the Puget Sound region. This classical performance consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir, and another carol sung by the choir and audience.

A Festival of Lessons & Carols concerts are open to the public, and will run December 9-22, 2017 at various venues throughout the Puget Sound Region. Concerts have reserved seating.

For Advanced Tickets and More Information: http://www.nwboychoir.org or (206) 524-3234. These concerts often draw sold-out audiences. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged.

Maria Johnson, Executive Director
Joseph Crnko, Music Director

Sat. Dec. 9, 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
6215 196th Street SW, Lynnwood
Reserved seating

Sun. Dec. 10, 7:00 pm
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
4400 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island
Reserved seating

Sat. Dec. 16, 7:30 pm
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle
Reserved seating

Sun. Dec. 17, 7:00 pm
Holy Rosary Church
4210 SW Genesee Street, Seattle
Reserved seating

Tues. Dec. 19, 7:30 pm
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle
Reserved seating

Wed. Dec. 20, 7:30 pm
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle
Reserved seating

Thurs. Dec. 21, 7:30 pm
St. Alphonsus Church
5816 15th Avenue NW, Seattle
Reserved seating

Special Event
Friday, Dec. 22, 7:30 pm
Benaroya Hall
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Presented by the Seattle Symphony with Northwest Sinfonia
200 University Street, Seattle
Reserved seating
Tickets through Seattle Symphony:
206.215.4747 or http://www.seattlesymphony.org

Madrona Real Estate Report – November 2017

The Seattle real estate market continues to be the talk of the nation. As Seattle continues to grow, so do home prices. Madrona and Leschi continue to stay strong in King County. There were 19 totals sales in the area last month, compared to 7 in November 2016.

Sold last month in Madrona for $1,260,000

The median sales price for a single-family home in Madrona jumped from $1,000,000 in November 2016 to $1,280,000 last month (11/17). The highest sold price increased from $1,345,000 (11/16) to $3,000,000 (11/17). According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, Madrona hit the $1 million club. The average sold price was $1,414,250 and the average list price was $1,395,995. The cumulative days on market also dropped from 35 days to just 12 days this year.

Sold last month in Madrona. (View)

The neighboring village of Leschi had 8 sales last month, compared to 1 townhome last year that sold for $450,000. The median sales price this past November was $1,150,700 and the average sold price was $1,271,175. There was one condominium sale in the Leschi area that was listed for $499,000 and sold for $500,000

There are currently 10 active listings and 12 pending.

 

Luna in the Laundromat

If you’re in the mood for quality, locally-made ice cream, look no further than the Madrona Laundromat. That’s right, Molly Moon’s has a walk-up window tucked inside (which you may already be aware of) for the past 6 years. Whether you want to treat yourself while watching your spin cycle, or prefer to stop in purely for their creamy, homemade sweet, Molly Moon’s is worth the trip.

Recently, we spoke with Emily in Molly Moon’s Marketing and Community Relations department to find out more about their business:

Question:  Besides the awesome & unique fact your business is located inside a laundromat, what other things make your Madrona shop different from the other locations?
Answer:  Madrona is smaller than other locations, so it does not have a kitchen, we get our ice cream from our Capitol Hill shop! Because we’re so small, it really, truly feels like a neighborhood shop!  Fun fact: Our Madrona shop is the only shop in the company that does a praline cookie ice cream sammie, and it is AMAZING!

Q:  How often do your featured flavors of ice cream change over? A certain day of the month?
A:  We change our seasonal flavors each month, we usually have one or two rotating vegan flavors, one is usually a sorbet. And then we have two seasonal ice cream flavors. Our chefs try to come up with flavors using seasonal organic, and Washington-grown ingredients!

Q:  Who masterminds and creates your ice cream? Is it done on-location at one of the ice cream shops, or is produced somewhere separately in another building?
A:  Each one of our shops, except Madrona and 19th and Mercer has its own Kitchen Manager, our Kitchen Managers are trained culinary professionals, most of them have culinary degrees. Our culinary manager works with them to assign research and development work for flavors, and they each get to create their own. Molly guides them, and of course, makes the final decisions!

Q:  What do you like about your customers? Who are your customers? (Those doing laundry? People who come in specifically to buy ice cream only? Mostly folks from Madrona or elsewhere?)
A:  Madrona customers it seems are truly people that live around the neighborhood. We love them!

Q:  What encouraged the owner Molly to start an ice cream business?
A:  Molly worked at an ice cream shop in college, she then worked at a non-profit, and later decided to start Molly Moon’s, to use her experience to start a company where she could put all of her progressive values into practice, and also prove she could still be profitable after doing that! She made sure when starting Molly Moon’s that she paid above minimum wage, paid 100% of her employee’s health care premiums, offered paid family leave and only used compostable products! To this day, she still ensures these benefits, but has added many more!

If you have ever wondered why their shops are called “Molly Moon’s”, owner Molly Neitzel’s actual middle name is Moon. Days that the Madrona shop (1408 34th Ave.) are open vary according to the seasons. At this time of year, they are open from 2-10 pm. Their phone # (in case you want to check ahead) is (206) 324-0753.

Enjoy the Luna (Moon) in the laundromat!

All That Glitters

The 34th annual Glitter Sale at the large Goodwill store, 1400 South Lane Street (Seattle), is fast approaching! If you’ve never attended before, come prepared to be dazzled (and possibly a little frazzled, because of the sheer number of attendees) on November 11th and 12th from 9 am- 6 pm. Since the waiting lines to the few fitting rooms are long, it’s best to come prepared by wearing clothing in which you can try things on over the top, right in the aisles, such as tank tops, body suits, and thinner leggings/pants. You still have the option of waiting for the fitting rooms, but the afore mentioned does save time. The glittery or glamorous finds on sale include formal dresses and suits, pants, tops, shoes, coats, hats, jewelry, and many other items.

Last year, this 2-day event brought in a record $310,000 towards free job training and education for those in need. Goodwill placed 1,918 people in jobs last year through their programs.

There will also be a Glitter Sale Preview event on November 8th from 4 pm-8 pm at $50 to $125 per ticket. The advantage is being able to view the collection before the general populous sees it at the official sale three days later. Click here for a sneak peak at a few of the items that will be offered.

So when you’re trying on that vintage hat or buying that sequined outfit, you can feel good about contributing toward a good cause. With the number of people’s lives that are improved by Goodwill’s programs and this sale, all that glitters really is gold.

Madrona Real Estate Report – August 2017

Madison Valley View

The Madrona real estate market has shown quite the change last month compared to August 2016. There were 13 sales last month and 7 last year (8/16). The average sold price for single-family homes has jumped from $896,929 to $1,016,660. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, homes are selling in just over two weeks. There are currently 5 active listings and 10 pending.

Past Ewing and Clark Madrona Sale

The Leschi market has slowed down this past August compared to a year ago. There were 4 sales last month, compared to 7 in August 2016. The average sales price has dropped from $822,500 (8/16) to $680,250 (8/17). Single-family homes sold, on average, in 33 days.

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. Currently in the central Seattle area there are 91 active listings and 102 pending listings.

For Sale: Madison Valley Home

This fabulous Madison Valley town home offers great location, views, finishes, & value! The slate floor entry is spacious enough to accommodate an entry bench and table for keys, mail, etc. A three-quarter bath, a generous bedroom, and a sunny office are also on this level. Sliding doors unite the office to the 280 sf patio great for entertaining or a little fresh-air quiet time on a summer day.

The 2nd level of this home serves as the primary living space and has freshly refinished cherry floors throughout. Kitchen is equipped with stainless appliances. The windows on this level each provide a beautiful outlook: west facing windows from the kitchen look out to mature Japanese Maple and garden area, a large picture window over the built-in bench in dining room adds a tree-house back drop, and the living area is surrounded by airy views of Cascade Range with the lush, age-old trees of Washington Park in the foreground. A gas fireplace surrounded by built-ins for your library or treasures provides great ambiance & warmth during the winter months. A powder room is conveniently located on this level as well.

Vaulted ceilings and bright white walls along with the views of Lake Washington, Bellevue skyline, Cascades, and green Seattle canopy make for a heavenly master bedroom on the 3rd floor of this home. A connecting full bath with jetted tub, walk-in closet, and separate closet for full size washer/dryer complete this room. The 3rd bedroom, also with vaulted ceilings, has bright, western exposure and a large closet. This room shares the large bathroom on this floor and can access through 2nd door off the hallway.

The amazing central location is walking distance to parks, groceries, multiple coffee shops and fine eateries, quick bus to downtown, close to Lake Washington beaches, and easy access to I-5, 520, and I-90. This low maintenance, ready to move in home will buy you time in your schedule for doing the things you enjoy!

For more information contact Ewing and Clark or Kristine Losh directly.

There will be an open house this Saturday, September 9th, from 1 pm – 4pm. 

Save the Date!

The Annual Madrona Wine Tasting has come early this year, so mark your calendars! This October 7th, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, the Madrona Community Counsel will be holding their annual wine tasting fundraiser at St. Therese Social Hall (900 35th Ave). The event is organized by Leschi Market and will be featuring many vintners!

You can find tickets @ http://bpt.me/3065567

More information to come!

Central Affordable Housing & Business Development

A year ago, Vulcan Real Estate bought six acres at 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street for $30.9 million in the Central District of Seattle. Five years earlier, another realty company, which sold to Vulcan, paid $12.5 million less. Currently, a Red Apple grocery store sits on this site, which will be replaced with two 7-story buildings separated by a public walkway and an additional one-level retail space. The first floor on the two, larger buildings will be for retail, with 530 apartments above and a multi-tiered 500+ parking garage below.

Renderings of Future Vulcan Building. Image: Vulcan Real Estate and Studio 216

Increased gentrification of our city has some concerned, and the Central District area is no exception. In the 1960s, this neighborhood was 70% African-American, according to a Seattle Times article; a year ago, it was down to 20%. In part due to sharply rising housing costs, there has been a call for more affordable housing in the Central District, and keeping or attracting African-American-owned businesses to the neighborhood. Concerning affordable housing, one-fifth of Vulcan’s new site will include rental units offered at a reduced amount (65-85% median income), which in turn provides Vulcan with a tax credit.

Other Central District plans are underway to increase affordable housing and business opportunities farther north along 23rd Avenue South as well. The Midtown Center at 23rd and East Union Street was purchased by a partnership for a combination of profit, retaining some of the center’s current character, and to build 125 affordable living units within the 500-unit complex. This developer might also receive a tax credit, not unlike Vulcan, and be able to build more floors on the building. And the former Liberty Bank location at nearby 24th and Union will be the site for a new 6-story, mixed-use building with up to 115 affordable housing units and commercial spaces that focus on attracting local business, especially African-American.

Madrona Real Estate Market – May 2017

The Madrona real estate market hasn’t changed drastically compared to last May (2016). Reports show the same amount in sales and only a small increase in the average median list price, $1,090,595(2016) to $1,110,400 (2017). Homes stayed on the market for an average of 66 days last month. Last May homes were only on the market for an average of 8 days. There are currently 8 active listings and 6 pending.

The neighborhood next door, Leschi, is showing a great amount of growth in the market compared to last year. Though there were 3 less sales than last May, the median sales price has gone up from $765,000 (May 2016) to $1,024,950 (May 2017). The lowest cost of a home has jumped nearly 93% from last May, numbers climbed from $425,000 to $819,950. Two of the sales last month were condo sales, one sold for $259,950 and the other sold for $1,995,000. There are currently 12 active listings and 12 pending in the Leschi neighborhood.

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 five months are down with 705 sold versus 715 sold in 2016. Currently in the central Seattle area there are 141 active listings for sale and rent.

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

Photos Above :

New rental listing in the Madrona neighborhood! 

728 36th Ave, Seattle

Beautifully remodeled tudor on one of Madrona's most desirable streets.
Amazing 180 degree views of Lake Washington, Cascades, Rainier.
Master suite + 2 additional beds and 1 bath up. Gorgeous cooks kitchen
with stainless appliances and built in eating area. 2-car attached 
garage off alley.

Available for $6,000 a month. Contact Kristine Losh for further details
or click here!

The Market’s Open!

The seasonal Madrona Farmers Market opened recently on May 19th! Because of our unusually long rainy season this year in WA State (the longest on record in modern history), some of the farm vendors understandably had a delay with their crops. But our warm season is firmly underway now, as are abundant produce, herbs, and artisanal goods!  Look at this chart to see what’s approximately available. (Keep in mind there might be a lag, due to previous rain).

Recently, Seattle was rated 4th in the nation for being the most fit city. One of the reasons cited for this improvement was the increase in the number of farmers markets in our area: a positive indication that unprocessed, natural food can make a difference in one’s health.

If you would like to visit other farmers markets in other neighborhoods as well, here is a complete list of places and hours from The Seattle Times. The Madrona Farmers Market is on Fridays, from 3-7 pm through the end of September. Bon appetit!