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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.

Madrona Mayfair

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The annual Madrona Mayfair is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Saturday, May 14th 2016.  The festivities kick off at 9:30 AM with the Madrona Mayfair parade. Led by Deano the Clown, the parade starts at Al Larkins Park (34th & Pike).   Other activities will be spread throughout the morning.  For a full list of the events, see below:

9:15 AM

Parade line up @ Al Larkins Park

(34th & Pike) led by Charles the Clown

9:30 AM

Parade begins!

Breakdancing Instruction

Yo-Yo Contest

Pony Rides

Face Painting

Photo Booth

Mayfair Screen Printing

(bring your own shirt or tote bag to print on)

10:00 AM

Charles the Clown Show @ the Shelter House

10:30 AM

The Reptile Man Show @ the Shelter House

12:00 PM

Recess Monkey Concert @ the Madrona Playfield

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!

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

2nd Meeting On Madrona Trees and Sidewalks With SDOT Tonight

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The second community meeting addressing the Seattle Department of Transportation’s “Healthy Trees and Safe Sidewalks Management Plan” for the Madrona corridor will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight, April 29, at the Madrona K-8 School library.

According to SDOT, the plan will use input from the SvR Design Company to assess how to best maintain accessible sidewalks while preserving trees and expanding our urban forest. Tonight’s meeting agenda will review what was covered in the initial meeting regarding the tree and sidewalk assessment process along 34th Avenue; and will then center around what specific solutions can be used to address the conflicts between the trees and the sidewalk infrastructure on 34th between Union and Cherry streets.

Spread the word about tonight’s meeting to ensure SDOT has as much input from Madrona community members as possible! Any questions or comments, please contact Jennifer Wieland at jennifer.wieland@seattle.gov.

Celebrate Madrona Neighborhood Appreciation Day March 22nd

A reminder not to forget Madrona Appreciation Day next weekend! Join Madrona residents next Saturday March 22nd at the Madrona K-8 Library to celebrate and thank your neighbors for their contributions to the neighborhood. Hope to see you there!

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Save the Date – Madrona Mayfair!

With the rain coming down hard this week, it feels like the perfect time to start getting excited for spring activities! Mark your calendars, because rain or shine the 2014 Madrona Mayfair is scheduled for Saturday May 10th from 9:30am-1:00pm. Mayfair will include a similar lineup to years past with the favored kiddie parade, pony rides, big bounce houses, clowns and various attractions along with a concert by the Recess Monkeys at the Madrona Playfield.

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This year there will also be the first annual silent auction put on by Madrona K-8 and the Madrona Community Council (MCC), so come on down and check out the list of auction items. Volunteers are certainly still needed, and while several sponsors have already committed (Ewing & ClarkHarvard Avenue School, Molly Moon’s, Cambium, Lakeview Kids Dentistry, and the Madrona Dining and Sipping Society) sponsorships are still much appreciated. If you’d like to get involved or if you’d like more information on supporting this treasured Madrona event, please contact Stacey Kryman via email at staceykryman@gmail.com,

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!

 

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!

MCC Letter to Metro Transit

If you were not able to make the last Madrona Community Council meeting, board member Anne Knight brought in letters that groups and individuals can send in to urge Metro to cut back frequency on bus lines instead of cutting the routes altogether if the fund are not available to maintain those routes.  It is anticipated that King County Council will put a vote on the April ballot that could raise funds to avoid 17% of Metro route cuts. Bill Mahoney also read the proposed letter from MCC to Metro, which will go to relevant legislators at Metro representatives. See the letter below for details:

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