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

Mark Your Calendar: PreSchool For All Event April 3rd

Are you curious about Seattle’s Office For Education’s initiative to provide preschool for all 3-4 year olds in the city limits? We are too! Back in September the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the “Preschool for All” resolution designed to provide affordable, high quality care for all 3-4 year old children in Seattle, and they’re providing events open to the general public  around the city for those interested in learning more about the initiative. Events happening in the next few weeks are listed in the bulletin below, including the Central Seattle meeting which will be held on April 3rd from 6-8pm at Garfield Community Center.  As an added bonus, dinner will be provided to attendees and childcare will also be available during this time for all children ages 2-8. If you will be needing childcare services, you’re asked to RSVP with the number of children and their respective ages to Hope to see you there!

Preschool for all

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:

Metro letter


Madrona Healthy Trees and Safe Sidewalks Plan Update

SDOT Madrona

Photo Courtesy of SDOT

At the most recent Madrona Community Council meeting, attendees received a project update on the Healthy Trees and Safe Sidewalks Management Plan. We’ve blogged about these issues with the sidewalks in the past, and this Management Plans is working to create safe accessible sidewalks, while also protecting and conserving the urban trees in the neighborhood. Updates to the plan include objectives such as repairing tree-damaged sidewalks with sustainable solutions like building the sidewalk around the tree roots while paving a slightly narrower safe sidewalk for pedestrian use. Other updates include retaining healthy mature sited trees when possible, exploring and implementing innovative sidewalk repair approaches and evaluating sidewalk repair approaches across an array of criteria including life-cycle and community costs and benefits.

They will be looking at case studies and working towards long term solutions for these issues while developing a final operational plan. A final solution is predicted to be reached by July 2014, if you’d like more information about this project visit the SDOT website, or contact Jennifer Wieland at 206-733-9970, or email her at

Chuck’s Hop Shop Has Successful Soft Opening

According to Madrona residents, Chuck’s Hop Shop is already seeing success after their soft opening last weekend at their new location on 20th & Union. Residents have boasted that the bar currently has 20 beers on tap and many in a huge cold case that lines the back wall. They plan on having 49 beers on tap when they’re open to full capacity, and if you’re gluten intolerant (or just don’t care for beer) they also have a smaller cooler filled with hard cider, many of them local. Chuck’s has a family friendly atmosphere, welcoming children and dogs at their tables.Chucks Beer

They are also planning to serve a selection of food items such as bratwursts. Chuck’s other location in Greewood has been successfully running since 2010. It is reassuring that the Hop Shop has patrons filling the tables even before their official opening, so hopefully beer lovers in the neighborhood will make this a successful new spot for a cold brew. If you have stopped in for a cold one, we would love to hear your feedback!

Genesis House Planning To Move

The Genesis House, which has been successfully running in the Madrona neighborhood for over 40 years is going to sell their property. After months of deliberation, the Genesis House Board and management team agreed it was the right move for the long term success of the program, and their clientele. The goal with the sale of the property is still to continue supporting chemical dependency treatment to no/low income individuals and to help families with small children affected by addiction. genesis

If you’re interested to learn more about their program or plans for the future you can call Monica Ramsey at 206-860-26232, she will be available to answer any questions or concerns from the community about their upcoming move, and future plans. Ramsey will also continue to keep the public informed on the sale of the property  through the MCC newsletter and at community meetings.

Madrona Community Council Meeting Tomorrow at Shelterhouse

The next Madrona Community Council meeting will take place tomorrow evening, Tuesday Jan 7th at the Madrona Playfield Shelterhouse, join friends family and neighbors for  a discussion of plans for 2014. The draft agenda includes the following topics: MCC

  • Brian Mack of St Therese on feedback from the community on the church
  • An update on Safe Sidewalks and SDOT plans
  • Update on status of Metro bus cuts and a discussion/approval of letter to Metro from MCC
  • Winter wreath sales summary
  • Discussion on park playground upkeep and the use of possible Playfield funds
  • Update on applications to Kraus Fund
  • Treasurer’s report
  • General discussion of upcoming activities (Neighborhood appreciation day, Mayfair, etc.)

The meeting will be held at 7:15pm, hope to see you there!

Remembering Dee Dee Ranibow

Madrona’s leading Mayfair parade maven Dee Dee Rainbow sadly passed away in November and her family and friends would like to invite the neighborhood to celebrate Dee Dee’s life on Jan 4th at the University Unitarian Church. Dee Dee taught art at Meany Middle School for 30 years, and was known for her positivity and vibrant spirit.

Photo Credit: Flickriver

Photo Credit: Flickriver

You could always find her at any given jazz event that happened within 500 miles of Seattle. There will be a parade in her honor this weekend and everyone is welcome to join in the celebration of one of Madrona’s kindred spirits. Please come dressed for the occasion (rainbow garments encouraged) to pay tribute to Madrona’s own Rainbow lady. The service will be held at 1:00pm, hope to see you there.

St Therese Catholic Academy Open House January 26


Mark your calendars Madrona – there will be an all school Open House next month at St Therese Catholic Academy, a perfect time to come see how St Therese is engaging and educating every student. On January 26th, attendees will have the chance to tour the classrooms, interact with teachers and register for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. Thinking about enrolling your child at St Therese next year? If you’d like to schedule a school tour, or request more information on the Open House, you’re invited to call the Academy at 206-324-0460. Hope to see you there!

Support Madrona Blossoms

This is the 8th year of the Madrona Blossoms program, which hangs the beautiful flower baskets in the Madrona business district each spring and its a wonderful time of year to give back to the community. These gorgeous baskets brought color and life to the neighborhood last spring, summer and fall and this year the Madrona Blossom’s committee has a new goal to keep the baskets in bloom nearly year round, with hanging flower baskets from May – October! madrona blossoms

The Madrona Blossoms are made possible by the support of the neighborhood, and cost $275 annually per basket to plant and maintain, so consider giving the gift of a basket or two to the community this holiday season, or even pool together with a group of friends and neighbors to sponsor a basket. Your donations helps beautify the neighborhood each year, and if you didn’t receive the Madrona News issue this month (which included an envelope to mail in your donation) you can call 206-323-6128 for more information. If you’re interested in volunteering with planting/maintaining the baskets this year, email Marie Doyle at