Sidewalk to be Replaced in Madrona

Seattle ConstructionThe City of Seattle is planning to replace the sidewalk in Madrona on the east side of 34th Avenue southeast of Cupcake Royale.  The trees are lifting the sidewalk and I believe the plan is to remove the trees when replacing the sidewalk.  The Department of Transportation will be notifying the public.

I cannot picture the sidewalk in my head, but I do know the sidewalk well on the west side of 34th Avenue between Union and Spring.  I cannot image the sidewalk on the east side being any worst.  Maybe they can address that situation at the same time.  In either case, if they remove the trees, hopefully they can replace them with a trees that are less intrusive.

Madrona Craftsman Home Open Sunday 1-4 PM

Madrona Real EstateCome by this Sunday to see this charming Madrona craftsman set high above 34th Avenue across from Larkins Park.  Just one block from the heart of Madrona with easy access to unique restaurants and shops galore including Hi Spot, Naam, St. Clouds, etc., the home still has a sense of peace and privacy.  Beautiful landscaping surrounds the garage roof deck, diamond patterned, mullioned windows and tons of natural light in formal living and dining rooms. Bright kitchen with eating area, marble and subway tiled bath with double vanity, den/TV room, and tons of storage facilitates ease and comfort.

Status For Sale
List Price $489,000
Bed/Bath 3/1

Come by this Sunday to 1511 34th Avenue (between Pike and Pine) from 1 PM to 4 PM and see the house for yourself and to ask me about other Madrona real estate.

John Platt of Madrona’s St. Clouds Interviewed in Seattle Times

St CloudsThere was a great article about John Platt of Madrona’s St. Clouds in the Seattle Times today.  August 17th will be the 10 year anniversary of “Homeless Cooking Project” where St. Clouds kitchen is used to prepare meals for the homeless.  It all started in 2001 when Platt and Paul Butler came up with the idea to make a meal for the people staying at the tent city that was at St. Therese Catholic Church in Madrona.  That idea has continued and now on the third Wednesday of every month, volunteers help Platt make 450 meals for seven shelters throughout Seattle.  An idea he encourages other Seattle restaurants to emulate since most restaurants have kitchens that have down time (generally mornings) in which they can donate to the cause.

Click the link to read John Platt’s interview in the Seattle Times today.

Rumor: Mayor in Madrona for National Night Out Tonight

Mayor McGinnRumor is that the mayor and some of the city council members will be in Madrona tonight for National Night Out tonight.  (I blogged about National Night Out yesterday).  I do not know if it is official business or for pleasure so I am not going to say which block party, but it will be east of 34th Avenue.  Just as exciting, I will be at a block party tonight in Madrona too.  :)   I will be west of 34th Avenue.

Madrona Restaurant: Cool Hand Lukes…I Mean St. Clouds

St CloudsIn my mind Macy’s is still the Bon Marche, the Red Apple in Madison Park is still the IGA, and St. Clouds is still Cool Hand Lukes, but unlike the first two…I do not think the latter has any relation to its predecessor other than its space.  Thus, I will correct myself: St. Clouds Food & Spirits (not Cool  Hand Lukes) is a great Seattle restaurant.  Everyone is really friendly, the food is good, and the prices are reasonable.  Everyone loves the Hi Spot for brunch but St. Clouds has a brunch I like a lot too.  Although most of the times we go there for dinner where the herbed roasted chicken or the parmigiano-crusted pork tenderloin are some of the favorites.

During the summer you can eat on the back garden patio hidden behind the building or inside in the bar area or in the main dining area.  They often have live music tucked just to the left as you enter the Madrona restaurant.

St. Clouds in one of the few places in Madrona that you can sit at the bar and have a cocktail.  At the Madrona Ale House you can sit and have a beer, but only (that I can think of) St. Clouds and Naam have a bar where you can have a cocktail.  St. Clouds has a happy hour Monday through Friday from 5 PM to 6:30 PM.

St. Clouds is located in the middle of Madrona on 34th just south of Union.  Open 5 PM to 11 PM Sunday through Thursday, and until Midnight on Friday and Saturday.  Also, Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 2 PM.    

Roadwork in Madrona

MadronaOn July 30th & 31st the Seattle Department of Transportation has scheduled street construction on 34th Avenue in Madrona.  The plan is to do major arterial maintenance on 34th Avenue between Pike and Denny.  The street and sidewalk will be partially closed during construction and parking will be limited.

Madrona 34th and Union Festival

Madrona Tree SculptureBOOM‘s second annual Madrona 34th and Union Festival is planned for Saturday, July 16th!  Exciting news that this fun event will continue and hopefully become a tradition in the Madrona neighborhood for years to come.  While I have not seen official announcements, the time should be the same as last year when the event went from noon to 6 PM.  Together with live music there will be fun for all including, food, drink, sidewalk sales, and something special for kids!

Bring your friends & join Madrona on 34th and Union on Saturday, July 16th!

Madrona’s “Sweet Street”: 34th Avenue

madrona-neighborhood-awardSeattle Magazine’s March 2011 issue has an article entitle “Sweet Streets – Seattle’s Most Livable, Walkable Destination Neighborhoods” featuring 11 Seattle neighborhoods.  Madrona’s 34th Avenue had a one page spread listing all the usual shops that we all know so well.  Madrona restaurants mentioned were St. Clouds, Hi-Spot, Cupcake Royale, Naam, plus others.  Glassybaby, Hitchcock, Buggy and other shops also were discussed as well as other service oriented businesses.  The rest of Seattle is learning what most Madrona residents already know: Madrona is a great neighborhood.