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!

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.

Madrona Real Estate Report – May 2016

The Madrona real estate market showed some growth this May compared to last year. There were ten sales this year compared to seven in 2015. This year the total sales amounted to $11.9 million. Currently, there are twelve active listings totaling just over $14 million and seven pending totaling just below $10 million. The lowest year-to-date sales price in Madrona is up from $577,200 to $614,000 and the average sales price is up from $1,157,450 to $1,195,800.

For similar information on Capitol HillMadison Park, or Denny Blaine please click the previous links above.

Madrona is a part of “Central Seattle” as defined by Seattle real estate agents. Central Seattle real estate mainly includes the area from the Montlake cut to I-90 and from Lake Washington to I-5.  The start of the year shows home prices are up across the city and sales for the first two months are down with 165 sold in 2015 versus 158 in 2016.  Currently in this central Seattle area there are 177 active listings.

If you have any questions about the Seattle real estate market, please feel free to reach out to a local Seattle real estate agent.

 

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 & Leschi Real Estate Recap: November

Featured Leschi listing - 832 31st Ave. S - $1,250,000

Featured Leschi listing – 832 31st Ave. S – $1,250,000

November was a slow month for home sales in Madrona and Leschi with only 11 completed sales, down from 17 in October, but the median sales price for both neighborhoods combined was up an impressive 22 percent over the month, from $619,950 in October to $760,000 in November. On a yearly basis, median sales price was up nearly 10 percent.

Sellers continue to get good returns on their properties, with eight of the 11 homes sold selling for at or above listing price, and the highest list-to-sales-price ratio at 116 percent. It should be noted that three of the properties sold for asking price in Leschi were new-construction townhomes in the same development. Of the three properties that sold for below asking, the seller with the lowest list-to-sales price return still received 95 percent of their asking price. The most expensive sale of the month was a renovated 1909 home in Madrona that sold for $1,011,000; and the lowest sales price was $619,950 for one of the new construction town homes mentioned previously.

Currently there are 11 homes for sale in the two neighborhoods, with prices ranging from $735,000 for a classic Craftsman in Leschi to $2,880,000 for a “villa” style estate in Madrona.

If you are considering buying or selling a home in Madrona or Leschi, or if you would like more information about Seattle’s real estate market in general, please contact me!

Kristine Losh  |  206.953.6786  |  klosh@ewingandclark.com

Madrona Community Council Meeting Tonight, 12/1

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Come meet with your neighbors and Madrona Community Council members tonight, December 1st, to discuss community issues and upcoming events. The meeting begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Madrona Playfield Shelterhouse. Here’s the meeting agenda for tonight:

  • Recap of Annual Wine Tasting/MCC Fundraiser
  • Discussion of the 40th annual Madrona Mayfair. Please come with ideas for special activities to commemorate this anniversary event for the neighborhood.
  • General community updates including: SDOT request for a traffic-speed study on 34th Avenue, an update on SDOT traffic plan along Union Street (comments from the SDOT/BRT Open House in November), discuss lighting plan – SDOT replacement plan for acorn lights in the Madrona Business District, results of Madrona PTSA grant for reader board on Union, and an update on the stage project at Madrona Park.
  • Budget Report
  • New Business

The Madrona Shelterhouse is located at 3211 E Spring St. Hope to see you there!

Save The Date: Epiphany School Open House In Madrona 12/3

Epiphany School LogoMadrona’s Epiphany School will be holding its annual open house on Thursday, December 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about the school, meet staff, hear from students and alumni, and take a tour of the campus. Epiphany School actively cultivates an awareness and respect for diversity in all forms, and strives to be an inclusive community by embracing the values of ‘respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness.’ For more information about the school, contact Greg Jones at gjones@epiphanyschool.org, or visit their website.

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 and Leschi Real Estate Recap – October

Featured listing - 3505 E Olive St. - $1,875,000

Featured listing – 3505 E Olive St. – $1,875,000

Real estate activity in Madrona took an interesting turn in October, with sales activity up from September but average sales price down by 37 percent. There were five sales of single-family homes in Madrona in October, compared to just two in September, but October’s average sales price was $684,800, down from $942,000 in September. Leschi saw 12 completed sales in October at an average sales price of $644,562, down from $934,265 in September. Sales activity for the two neighborhoods was consistent on a yearly basis, with just one fewer sale this year (17) than October 2014 (18). But average prices in the two neighborhoods combined were down over the year, with the 2015 average at $656,397 compared to the 2014 average of $753,379.

However, owing to relatively small sample sizes, numbers for these two neighborhoods are easily skewed by the addition of one or two high- or low-priced sales, meaning average prices are sometimes not accurate representations of the neighborhoods’ markets as a whole. The area’s market remains strong, with 13 of the 17 properties sold selling for at or above listing price, and the highest list-to-sales price ratio at 129.93 percent for a classic 1921 home in Madrona.

Currently there are 21 active listings in Madrona and Leschi combined, with prices ranging from a low of $615,000 for a single-family home in Leschi, to a high of $5,895,000 for a lakefront contemporary home in Leschi.

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 to further discuss the Madrona and Leschi real estate markets, or if you would like a complimentary price estimate of your home.

Kristine Losh, Ewing & Clark, Inc.

Featured Listing: 1801 33rd Avenue

Main photo for Madrona blogNow available in Madrona, this home is a testimonial to design and urban living. Built in 2005, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home is set on a sunny corner lot and is filled with natural light from numerous windows. Designed with a sensitivity toward a contemporary lifestyle, this home offers an open floor plan, high ceilings, bamboo and hardwood floors, a chef’s kitchen, dining room, and a deck with a view that is perfect for entertaining. A multi-purpose room on the lower level offers plenty of additional space.

Located just blocks from Madrona’s main business district, you’ll be within walking distance of the coffee shops, restaurants, and shops that give the neighborhood its friendly character. Numerous parks are nearby, and the home is a short walk from Lake Washington and Madrona beach. Minutes from downtown, and a short jaunt to the Link Light Rail station for easy access to the airport.

For more information about this home or for a private showing, please contact listing agents Jane Powers and Betsy Terry at Ewing & Clark, Inc.