Irish Eyes Are Smiling! Seattle Center’s Festal presents the 2018 Irish Festival

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time to celebrate the beauty and depth of the Irish culture, and Seattle Center’s Festal is gearing up to do just that!

Head to Seattle Center on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th and find a serious taste of the Emerald Isle right here in the heart of in the Emerald City. Festal’s Irish Festival will bring to life a multifaceted, in-depth adventure through Ireland, its history and traditions, no passport necessary.

Enjoy a fun and fascinating exploration of Irish cultural heritage, past and present, through visual arts, live performance, games, activities, and of course, food! Explore the market place featuring Irish handicrafts, live Irish music and that famous and oh-so-impressive Irish step dancing.

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Find out by tracing your own roots in geology workshops (yes! That’s at the festival!), and learn a bit of the Celtic language while you’re at it. The festival also promises Irish movies and short films, cultural exhibits and live demonstrations and maybe even a few Irish celebrities!

 

Festal is a series of multi-cultural events presented by and at the Seattle Center each year. Now in its 21st year, Festal continues to shine a light on the beauty and majesty of cultures across the globe by showcasing their rich and complex traditions, histories, art, music, dance, food and much more. Festal’s Irish Festival is presented in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle.

 

Whether you’re looking to learn more about your own heritage, wanting to learn more about Ireland and its culture in general, or you’re simply tired of leprechauns and green beer and looking for a more authentic experience, Festal’s Irish Festival is sure to be a fun and fabulous way to spend your St. Patty’s Day weekend.

Seattle Center Festál
Irish Festival
March 17-18, 2018
Armory Main Level
http://www.irishclub.org

Madrona Neighbor Awards 2018

The 5 recipients of the 2018 Neighbor Awards.   Photo: Madrona Community Council

On February 10th, Seattle celebrated Neighbor Day, a day set aside for kind acts toward neighbors and strangers. Some of Madrona’s residents take being a good neighbor in the community to a higher level, spreading their goodwill and works throughout the year, or over a series of years. In the spirit of this, Madrona Community Council recognizes these worthy individuals and organizations each year by handing out Neighbor Appreciation Awards. Madrona School also honored some of their local stars on award night, too.

Madrona Community Council recently posted the names of this year’s recipients, as well as why they received their award. Read more at the link below:

https://madrona.us/2017/10/07

 

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.

 

Madrona Real Estate Report – October 2017

Seattle has been the hottest growing market in the country for the last year and shows no signs of cooling down. The median price for a single-family home has gone up 17.6 percent compared to a year ago. The typical Seattle home sold for $110,00 more than this time last year, $735,000.

Madrona continues to show strength in the Seattle market. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, the median sales price for a single-family home was $1,160,000 last month (October 2017). The average sold price has jumped from $1,123,500 (October 2016) to $1,231,111. There were more than double the amount of sales in the Madrona neighborhood last month than this time last year. There are currently 7 active listings and 12 pending.

Leschi is showing signs of a strong market as well. There were 5 sales last month as well as 5 sales in October 2016. The median price for a home was $750,000 last month, compared to $730,000 in 2016. The average sold price took a large increase from $779,800 in October 2016 to $1,068,590 last month. There are currently 12 active listings and 8 pending.

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 87 active listings and 98 pending listings.

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!

Fred Hutch’s Obliteride Rolls Madrona

Fred Hutch’s Obliteride Rolls Madrona on August 13

 

Cheer on the riders as they pedal through your neighborhood

 

 

Fred Hutch’s Obliteride, the ride to end cancer is marking its 5th anniversary and is bigger than ever. About 2,000 riders are participating to raise money for cancer research at Fred Hutch on Sunday, Aug. 13.

There will be no road closures but we are encouraging motorists to look out for riders and are hoping residents will come out and cheer on riders.

2017 Madrona Summer Concert Series

Madrona Summer Concert’s start tomorrow at the Madrona Playfield! Join your neighbors Thursday evenings, between 6pm & 8pm, in the park for a night of music and fun! Bring your picnic, blanket, and chairs and enjoy local bands!

The schedule is as follows:

August 10th, The Parlour Shakes

August 17th, Bell Thompson Group

August 24th, Mud Junket

August 31st, TBD

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.