New Madrona Pre-K Coming This Fall!

 

Pipas, a home-based pre-k program, is coming to Madrona this fall!

They are experienced educators and artists with deep Seattle roots, looking forward to growing a creative, nurturing, developmentally-appropriate program in the heart of the neighborhood.

This is what a daily schedule looks like at Pipas:
9-9:30

Arrival, and play. block building, easel painting, sensory science with water, puzzles, impromptu puppet show, postcard writing….

9:30-10

Gathering. songs, show and tell/sharing, stories, check-in, calendar, group game

10—10:30

Snack. kid-assisted apple slicing, self-smear sunflowerbutter on rice cakes, dishwashing

10:30-12

Play, and more. pattern blocks with maps, paper mache moons, planned puppet show- written by kids, obstacle course, English-Portuguese color bingo, clean up

12-12:30

Lunch. time for eating, stories, sharing, down time, and looking ahead

12:30-1

Outdoors. move, run, jump, walk backwards, kick, throw, blow bubbles, find worms, hammer geodes, collect dandelions

Looking for a preschool program for your 3.5-5-year-old? Join us for a meet and greet, Tuesday, January 17, 6 pm. 

Visit their site and email for further details.

http://www.pipas-seattle.com/

 

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!

Featured Listing: Cool Madrona Contemporary

3505 E Olive Madrona Edited This impeccable architect-designed Madrona home features more than 4,000 square feet of sophisticated living space:  4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths in the main house, plus a renovated classic carriage house with an additional bed and bath. Featured in Seattle Met magazine in 2009, this home has 10-foot ceilings, windows everywhere, and spectacular finishes throughout. A gourmet chef’s kitchen and large dining room lead to a glamorous living room with a cozy fireplace. Vaulted ceilings upstairs give the bedrooms an airy feel, and additional loft areas provide play space or storage. The 1,300-square-foot carriage house, built in 1901 and updated in 2015, provides amazing live-work space or could serve as an Airbnb or rental property. A private fenced yard, outdoor living space, play area, and mature gardens complete this gorgeous piece of property.

For more information or for a private showing of this spectacular home, contact listing agents Dan Gottesman and Sam Chapin.

Madrona Wine Tasting Event – Nov 14th

Madrona WineCome join your Madrona neighbors for the Fifth Annual Fall Wine Tasting event on Saturday November 14 from 6:30-8:30pm at St. Therese Church and stock your wine cabinet just in time for holiday entertaining.

Tickets are on sale now for $32.50.  All tickets include wine tasting with special pricing on a variety of wines, including deep case discounts (pennies above cost!).

Ticket sales benefit the Madrona Community Council and fund neighborhood activities like Mayfair, Halloween and other community-building events.  A special thank you to Leschi Market for arranging the wine selection.

We hope to see you there this year!  It is a fun event and open to all who are 21 years-old and up.

Leschi & Madrona Real Estate Recap: September

Featured Home - 832 31st Avenue South, Leschi

Featured Home – 832 31st Avenue South, Leschi
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Though the Leschi and Madrona real estate markets don’t typically see high volumes of home sales per month, Madrona saw even fewer home sales than normal in September. The neighborhood only saw two completed sales of single-family homes last month, down from 11 in August, though prices remained high with an average sales price of $942,000. Leschi real estate, in comparison, saw 12 completed sales in September at an average sales price of $934,265. The combined 14 sales in the two neighborhoods represented a slight decrease over the year, with 18 homes sold during the same period in 2014, but despite the seeming slowdown, average sales prices are up over the year. The combined average in 2014 was $705,994, compared to $935,370 in 2015.

Among the 14 total sales in both neighborhoods, prices ranged from $599,950 for a new-construction modern town home on the west edge of Leschi; to $1,612,500 for a renovated modern home perched above Lake Washington, also in Leschi. Eight homes sold at or above listing price, with the highest sales-to-list-price ratio at 116.2 percent for a classic 1906 Foursquare home in Leschi. There were no condo sales in either Leschi or Madrona in September.

Currently, there are 11 active Madrona home listings, with prices ranging from $599,000 to $2,795,000; and 18 active listings in Leschi, with prices ranging from $525,000 to $5,895,000.

These statistics were gathered from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, but were not compiled or published by that organization.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like a complimentary price estimate of your home, or for advice on buying or selling a home in Leschi or Madrona. Click here to see what’s currently available in the area!

Kristine Losh, Ewing & Clark, Inc.

Madrona & Leschi Summer Housing Market Update

Featured home - 101 Euclid Ave. - Leschi

Featured home – 101 Euclid Ave. – Leschi

Sales volume for single-family homes in Madrona and Leschi is down from a year ago, with 26 (11 in Leschi and 15 in Madrona) sales in June and July of this year, compared to 35 sales during the same months in 2014. Prices, however, have increased, as the average sales price in June and July 2015 was $1,031,639, compared to an average of $896,045 a year ago. Of the 26 total sales, 21 sold for at or above the listing price, with the highest sales-to-list-price ratio at 112.34 percent for a Craftsman in Leschi. The lowest-priced sale was $523,000, and the highest sales price inched close to $2 million at $1,910,000 for a waterfront home in Leschi. Nine homes sold for $1,000,000 or more.

Four condos sold in the area in June at a wide range of prices, from $325,000 at the low end for a one-bedroom unit at a landmark building in Leschi; to $1,695,000 for a two-bedroom on the Leschi waterfront. Only two condos sold in July, at an average price of $590,500.

Madrona and Leschi typically do not see a high volume of sales, so with their small sample sizes, average prices tend to paint very broad picture of the neighborhoods’ housing markets, as one or two high- or low-priced sales can skew the average. Currently, there are 18 active single-family listings between the two neighborhoods, with prices ranging from $490,000 to $2,795,000; and there is one active condo listing for $209,900.

These statistics were gathered from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, but were not complied or published by that organization.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like a complimentary price estimate of your home, or for advice on buying or selling a home in Leschi or Madrona. Click here to see what’s currently available in the area!

Kristine Losh, Ewing & Clark, Inc.

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Featured Home - 3609 E Union St. - Madrona

Featured Home – 3609 E Union St. – Madrona

 

Madrona Author Series Event This Monday, Feb. 2

Madrona SchoolHopefully you will have recovered enough from celebrating the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win on Sunday to attend the first in a series of author events at Madrona K-8 on Monday, February 2. Children’s author Ben Mikaelson will speak with students during the school day, and an event open to the public will run from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Mikaelson will discuss his experiences and his approach to writing, with an emphasis on the “soul of a story.” The Madrona Community Council will be providing free childcare during the event for children ages 3 to 12. This is a free event and registration is not required, so bring the whole family!

Get To Know Madrona’s Stairs On Seattle Stairway Walks Day

Seattle StairwaysSeattle is home to more than 600 public stairways, though many of them are hidden down dead-end streets, in wooded ravines, or tucked between stately homes, making them difficult to find if you don’t know where to look. With the 2012 publication of their book Seattle Stairway Walks, Seattle couple Jake and Cathy Jaramillo put some of those hidden gems on the map, and the book’s popularity led to a similarly named website and the Seattle Stairway Walks Day, hosted by non-profit organization Feet First. The third annual event, taking place on Saturday, February 7, will take curious pedestrians on guided walking tours of staircases all over the city, including in Madrona and Leschi. This is a great chance to get to know your own neighborhood from a different perspective, or to get familiar with other parts of the city through the unique features that often accompany public stairways, such as pocket parks, viewpoints, and public art.

If you’re already well-acquainted with our neighborhood stairways here in Madrona, choose a tour on Queen Anne, North Capitol Hill, Ravenna, or a host of other locales on the schedule for the day. Proceeds from your $10 suggested donation for the tour will benefit Feet First, an organization that promotes walkable communities in Washington. Registration is required, and spots fill up quickly, so if you’re hoping for a specific tour make sure to sign up soon! All walks begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 p.m., and meeting locations will be sent upon registration.

Author Ben Mikaelson To Visit MK8 In February

Madrona SchoolOn February 2, Madrona K-8 will be hosting the first of its author series events at the school, featuring local award-winning children’s author Ben Mikaelson. During the school day, he will speak to 6th and 8th graders on “Becoming the Author of Your Life”, and lead a writing workshop for 3rd and 5th graders, followed by a public event that evening titled “Finding the Heart of the Story.” Stay tuned for more details about this event in the February issue of the Madrona News, and read more about Ben here!