Madrona Mayfair Block Party 2017 Is On The Way!


Talk about blinked and you missed it!

March is already gone and April is in full swing.Before you know it, it will be May, and better yet, time again for Madrona’s annual Mayfair Block Party!

This year, Mayfair will be on Saturday, May 13th, and it’s shaping up to be a fabulous time for the whole family.

As all Madronaites know, Mayfair is our beautiful community’s yearly celebration of Spring with plenty of fun and games with our neighbors.

In 2017, Mayfair is celebrating 41 years of bringing the community together with festive fun, and it looks to be the best Mayfair yet!

The fun starts with the parade line up, starting at Al Larkins Park bright and early at 9:15 a.m., with the parade kicking off at 9:30 a.m. Led by Seattle Firefighters and beloved Charles the Clown, the parade will head to the Playfield, and Charles will put on a great, goofy show everyone is sure to love, at 10:00 a.m. at the Shelterhouse. Don’t slither off after the clownery, because the Reptile Man will be there will plenty of scaly friends at 10:30 a.m.

The whole morning will be packed with activities for the kiddos to have a ball, such as face-painting, bouncy houses, pony rides and much more. Get a balloon animal made, arrange Pots for Tots at Cambium’s booth, or just mix and mingle with other families from right here in Madrona! Learn about goings on in the community such as the Madrona School Playground Revitalization project, visit the Seattle Public Library booth explore all the things the people and businesses in Madrona have to offer.

Of course, all that fun builds up an appetite, so there will be plenty of tasty food to satisfy almost any craving. Indulge in some yummy, fresh spun cotton candy from Madrona Grace or light and airy freshly-popped popcorn from Epiphany Parish. Be sure to peruse the selection of baked goodies, grab a hot dog, and don’t miss the perineal favorite, Imperial Mixup from St. Clouds Restaurant. 

The morning’s events will conclude with a delightful concert from Recess Monkey in the park, the whole family is sure to love.

Mayfair is a Madrona tradition and a community favorite for so many reasons and is brought to us by Madrona Community Council which funds the events through sponsorship, donations, and lots of hard work. The array of enjoyable activities, booths and treats are made possible by generous and fantastic local sponsors including Ewing & Clark, Rock Paper Scissors, Molly Moon’s, Harvard Avenue Preschool, Lakeview Kids Dentistry, Cambium, Riolo Orthodontics, SRG Partnership, St. Clouds Restaurant, Girlie Press and Becky Gelder Designs.

Mayfair is the best way to welcome Spring in Madrona, and It takes plenty of volunteers to make this beloved event happen. If you would like to volunteer, please contact volunteer coordinator Rob Ward at mmayfairvolunteer@gmail.com.

Be sure to join the fun on May 13th and make Madrona’s Mayfair a tradition in your family…if it isn’t already!

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.

Google Comes to Seattle!

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Even though school is out for the summer, Leschi Elementary stayed very busy this month! From getting the garden prepared for summer planting, to giving the walls a new coat of paint, and cataloging the fiction books in the library. With the help from some Googlers and Seattle Works, the school was able to make all their projects a reality.

GoogleServe volunteers assisted the summer school participants with weeding, churning compost into garden soil, building trellises, and making a sustainable water bottle irrigation system! The library is also in order after their visit. They have recorded the fiction books into to the school catalogue, making access to the library resources easier for teachers. The school is organized, cleaned, and repainted. What a perfect way to start the 2016 school year!

Googlers volunteer all year, but in June they celebrate collectively during GoogleServe to help their favorite organization. The volunteer campaign has done over 800 projects nation-wide just this year! They will make their way back to Seattle next year, serving the community with helping hands once again.

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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Leschi Community Council Meeting Tomorrow, June 4

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For those of you who may live closer to Leschi, join the Leschi Community Council at its monthly meeting tomorrow, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Area Senior Center to discuss neighborhood issues. Here’s the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting:

  • Susan Chang, a geotechnical engineer for the Seattle Department of Transportation will discuss the Seattle Landslide Study and what is known about the Leschi hillside in relation to landslides.
  • Seattle Public Utilities will give an update on the sewage overflow project happening at the south marina in August.
  • Leschi Star Awards

In addition, there is a neighborhood work party at the Leschi Natural Area this Saturday, June 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Meet at 36th and Terrace rain or shine. Gloves and lunch will be provided for all participants!

Tonight’s Leschi Community Council Meeting To Address Fate Of Metro Route 27

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The Leschi Community Council meeting tonight will give neighbors an opportunity to learn more about the possible elimination of Metro bus route 27, which serves Leschi, due to Metro’s budget shortfall. Join various “experts” at the meeting to learn what you can do to help save the route. Leschi has continuously been served by transit since 1888, the year before Washington’s state constitution was ratified.

The meeting will be held tonight, Wednesday, March 5, starting at 7:00 pm at the Central Area Senior Center, located at 500 30th Ave. S.

Would Madrona Survive if the Ice Caps Melt?!?

Madrona PointFor the most part Madrona would survive, but the better question is: would you or I make it?  Hopefully, we never will have to find out, but it is kind of fun (or scary) to see what would happen if all the ice caps did melt.  UW Planner Jeffrey Linn created a map of the Greater Seattle area showing what would happen to Seattle if there was a 240-foot rise in the level of the world’s oceans.  The conclusion was that most of the real estate in Madrona does survive (Madison Valley & parts of Leschi are not so lucky) and those residents of Madrona homes that do get flooded can meet up at Madrona Ale House for a beer and to get dry by the fire.

Beautiful Leschi Home on the Market

Leschi HomeThe beautiful home located at 519 Lake Washington Blvd, right across from Lake Washington and Madrona Park, has outstanding views of lake, mountains, sunrises and sailboats! The home features an open floor plan, large windows, an expansive deck, lovely terraces and a balcony. The kitchen has been updated with top of the line appliances, and there are two full master suites with contemporary bathrooms, views, and huge closets. The home also has a two car garage, and is in close proximity to both Madrona and Leschi shops, restaurants, and of course is a quick commute to downtown. If you are interested in this or other homes in the neighborhood, please contact me at anytime, I’d love to assist you in your home search.

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 3/3
Price: $995,000