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The Madrona Real Estate market has remained steady this summer as compared to last year. The number of total sales are about equal: 19 sales in 2015 versus 20 sales for the same time period in 2016 (June through mid-August (when this was written)).  What has changed in a year is the rise in sale prices. For example, the highest sales price in summer of 2015 was $1,650,000.  This summer there are two sales over that amount, one home down on Lake Washington Boulevard sold for $3,500,000 and another on 36th Ave sold for $2,598,888.  The median sales price was at $1,077,500, a $248,500 rise from July of 2015. In both 2015 and 2016, homes tend to sell for their list price or above.

Central Seattle real estate, which includes Madrona but also includes the area from the Montlake cut to I-90 and from Lake Washington to I-5, is showing signs of strengths. The median year-to-date sales price is up from $829,000 (July 2015) to $1,077,500 (2016), and the average year-to-date is up from $924,950 (July 2015) to $1,310,000 (2016).  Thus, the strong real estate market is not only in Madrona but the surrounding areas as well.

Concerts in the Park

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Every Thursday in August head to the Madrona Playfield for the 2nd Annual MCC Concerts in the Park! On August 4th at 6pm look forward to Mud Junket. The six-piece band brings funky rhythms and tight harmonies to every set. Think of them as a trip to a friendly juke joint located musically someplace between New Orleans, Macon, Austin and Chicago. Kitten Patrol will be performing on August 11th at 6pm. A band of 5 young girls, ages 10-15, playing blues and soul. August 18th the local jazz vocalist, Katy Bourne will be bringing her fun loving personality to the park at 6pm. Katy and her band perform at nightspots, private functions and festivals throughout the Northwest. On August 25th at 6pm The Professors will close out the MCC Concerts for the summer. The electric blend of roots rock, alternative country, psychedelia, and rockabilly. The Professors have been molding minds since 2009 with their dance-worthy tunes from the 1960s to today. Bring a blanket and picnic dinner while enjoying these local musicians!

Madrona’s Neighbor Appreciation Day Is Coming!

madrona-school-sign-tpIt’s almost time again to celebrate and honor our friends and neighbors here in the Madrona community!

Join your neighbors to celebrate Madrona’s Neighbor Appreciation Day this Saturday, Feb. 6 from 9:30-11am.  The gathering will take place at Madrona PK-8 School library with ceremonies begining promptly at 10:00am.

Awards include:

  1. The Nora Award: Named in honor of Madrona activist Nora Wood, this award is given to a Madrona resident who, over time and in ways both large and small, has left a personal mark on the community.
  2. The Local Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, singular kindness or generosity.
  3. The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award: Given to a Madrona resident for service to others in the larger community.  Named after community and youth activist and mentor Tyrone Love who dedicated much of his life to the youth of the community.
  4. The Madrona Resident for Life Award: Bestowed upon a long-time, active resident who has left Madrona but remains dearly missed.

This event provides the opportunity for all members of the community to not only enjoy the accomplishments of our adult residents, but to meet the award winners from Madrona K-8 School as well. In addition to all the excitement, the Mayor is confirmed to attend this years event!

It’s time to meet and celebrate the accomplishments of your neighbors, big and small and remember why Madrona is such a strong, wonderful community you’re proud to be a part of!

“The Comedy Of Errors” At Madrona Playfield This Saturday

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The GreenStage theater company is bringing its Backyard Bard series to Madrona Playfield this Saturday with its rendition of Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors.’ While GreenStage produces full-length plays through its Shakespeare in the Park series, the Backyard Bard productions are Shakespeare classics pared down to 45 minutes and feature just four actors.

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with Shakespeare, or with theater in general, this is a great opportunity to get your feet wet and enjoy the theater in your own neighborhood. Pack your blanket, your picnic basket, and your imagination, and let the actors transport you to the ancient Grecian city of Ephesus, where ‘The Comedy’ is set.

GreenStage, now in its 26th season of performing Shakespeare, aims to bring high-quality theater to the public for free, using public parks as their backdrops. After this season, they will have earned the rare distinction of having performed every play in Shakespeare’s catalog. This Saturday’s show begins at 7:00 p.m. at the playfield (34th and Spring) and is free, though GreenStage is grateful for any donations.

If you are interested in other Shakespeare in the Park productions, visit GreenStage’s website for a full schedule!

 

Madrona Farmhouse Style Craftsman: $848,000

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This beautiful farmhouse-style home in Madrona is now available! Exuding polished charm and character, this home is perched privately and quietly off the street, with views of Lake Washington and the Cascades. Features of the home include an open layout, warm oak flooring, and optimal natural light. The dining room has French doors that open out to the backyard deck, and the bright spacious kitchen is equipped with a large pantry and wall of windows opening to the serene gardens. This 3 bedroom home has 1 full bath upstairs, and a fully finished lower level with bonus space and 3/4 bath and laundry. The master bedroom has beautiful territorial and lake views,  making this a truly fabulous Madrona neighborhood home. If you’re interested in this or other neighborhood homes, please contact me today!

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 3/1.75
Price: $848,000

Madrona K-8 To Host Silent Auction During Mayfair

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If the pony rides and Recess Monkey concert weren’t enough to persuade you to attend Madrona Mayfair on Saturday, May 10, here’s another reason – you will have the opportunity to support Madrona K-8 through its first annual silent auction! The school hopes to raise $10,000, which will go toward classroom technology and supplies, covering field trip expenses, and supporting arts and music programming.

To make the auction a success, the school needs strong community support, so organizers are asking neighbors to spread the word about the event and most importantly, attend Mayfair on the 10th and place some bids!

 

Dine at Madrona’s St. Clouds Restaurant to Support CAN

St CloudsLooking for an excuse to dine out at one of Madrona’s favorite restaurants?  On February 11th, St. Clouds will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to College Access Now (CAN) programs. CAN is dedicated to making college admission and graduation possible for talented, motivated and economically disadvantaged students. Enjoy great food with friends and family while supporting 900 students on their path to a college degree! Call 206.726.1522 for reservations next Tuesday between 5 PM and 10 PM.

Madrona Community Council Meeting Tonight

You’re invited to join the neighborhood Madrona Community Council meeting tonight at 7:15pm at the Madrona Shelterhouse. Come and discuss what’s going on in the neighborhood, and listen to the below topics listed on the agenda: Madrona Shelterhouse

  • Discussion of the parameters for the Madrona Healthy Trees and Safe
    Sidewalks Management Plan corridor
  • Wreath sales summary/discussion
  • Park playground upkeep and use of possible Playfield funds
  • Discussion of upcoming events (MCC support of Central
    Transit Community Coalition, Krause Fund applications, Neighborhood
    Appreciation Day, Mayfair, etc.)
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Other business TBD

We’ll see you there Madrona!

 

Attend a Leschi Elementary School Tour

Leschi Elementary School will be holding daytime tours and Open Houses to give families in the neighborhood a chance to learn more about Contemporary and Montessori programs, after school/curricular activities available to students and get to know the teachers and staff members. If you’re interested in learning more about the school, view classrooms, and hear from parents and student guides, come to one of the  daytime tours, and check in at the school’s library. Please call the school office at (206) 252-2950 to reserve a spot for one of the following dates: school

  • Tuesday, February 11th 9:00-10:00 am
  • Thursday, February 27th 9:00-10:00 am
  • Thursday, Feb. 6th – 6:30 to 7:30 pm (Evening Open House, get to know teachers and PTA members on a tour of the school)

For more information, or to learn more about the school, visit the Leschi Elementary website today.

Glassybaby Seconds Sale is Coming This Weekend

It’s that time of year again Glassyfans! Glassybaby in Madrona will be having their annual Seconds Sale this Saturday January 25th, to sell all of their votives and drinkers with minor imperfections. This ever popular sale has had a strong following in years past, and you may want to plan for a Black Friday size crowd lined up some hours before doors open at 8:00am.

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The imperfect glasses will go for $28-$35, which is fairly discounted from their standard $44-$55 pricing. 10% of proceeds from the sale will go towards charity, and this year’s sale is benefiting  Camp Korey,  a non profit serving children with serious and life-altering medical conditions and their families, and providing them with a safe and fun camp experience. If you don’t feel like waiting in the crazy line, Glassybaby will announce a special online deal for those that can’t make the sale – last year’s promo was a 10% discount. Feeling lucky? Visit Glassybaby’s Facebook Page by tomorrow for your chance to win the first spot in line to the sale! See you there, bright and early!