Leschi Community Council Meeting Tomorrow, June 4


For those of you who may live closer to Leschi, join the Leschi Community Council at its monthly meeting tomorrow, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Area Senior Center to discuss neighborhood issues. Here’s the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting:

  • Susan Chang, a geotechnical engineer for the Seattle Department of Transportation will discuss the Seattle Landslide Study and what is known about the Leschi hillside in relation to landslides.
  • Seattle Public Utilities will give an update on the sewage overflow project happening at the south marina in August.
  • Leschi Star Awards

In addition, there is a neighborhood work party at the Leschi Natural Area this Saturday, June 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Meet at 36th and Terrace rain or shine. Gloves and lunch will be provided for all participants!

Beautiful Leschi Home on the Market

Leschi HomeThe beautiful home located at 519 Lake Washington Blvd, right across from Lake Washington and Madrona Park, has outstanding views of lake, mountains, sunrises and sailboats! The home features an open floor plan, large windows, an expansive deck, lovely terraces and a balcony. The kitchen has been updated with top of the line appliances, and there are two full master suites with contemporary bathrooms, views, and huge closets. The home also has a two car garage, and is in close proximity to both Madrona and Leschi shops, restaurants, and of course is a quick commute to downtown. If you are interested in this or other homes in the neighborhood, please contact me at anytime, I’d love to assist you in your home search.

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 3/3
Price: $995,000

Leschi Marina in Need of Repairs

According to the City of Seattle’s Park’s Department, 2 marinas owned by the city are in need of about $8 million in repairs, and one of them is in Leschi, and the other is in Lakewood. One idea floating around the department to generate funding has mixed reviews with nearby tenants; a proposal for a restaurant and farmer’s market near the Lakewood marina. Leschi Marina

According to King 5, a community meeting will be held at the Lakewood Seward Park Community Club on Monday. Curious about the future of the Leschi marina? Attend the Lakewood meeting, let us know if any ideas pop up.

Outdoor Dining for Madrona Residents

Seattle WeatherWith summer around the corner and the upcoming (knock on wood) sunny weather that is expected for Seattle, we wanted to remind everyone of the great Madrona restaurants where you can sit outside and enjoy the sun.  Here is a link – Outside Dining – to a blog we wrote last June about great local Seattle restaurants where you can enjoy the warm weather.  The blog mentions everything from Cactus in Madison Park, to St. Clouds’ hidden back lawn in the middle of Madrona, to BluWater Bistro down in Leschi.  In re-reading the article, we realize we failed to mention the deck at Daniel’s Broiler where you can watch boats coming and going to the Leschi Marina.  There are might be others that we are missing, but check out the link above to “Outside Dining” to read about some of the great options we do have.

Attention Central District Women: Summer is Fast Approaching, Join Your Local Curves!

When news began circulating around the Leschi Curves that the owner would be shutting down their gym do to personal reasons, the members of the women-only gym grew worrisome. The closest Curves to the neighborhood would be Ballard or West Seattle, and some of the women, who’s age ranges from 22-92, would not be able to make that commute. One woman in particular was moved to do something to save the gym, and give her workout buddies a place to get their fitness on! According to the Seattle Times, 34 year old Lisa Ingraham had just finished her Master’s degree from the University of Washington when she caught wind of the gym closing, and was looking for something to do with her spare time. A King County Social worker, naturally her first thought was to research what she could do to help the women in her neighborhood, especially those seniors who relied on the gym as their prominent fitness and social gathering. It was then that Ingraham took it upon herself to open a Curves of her own. CURVES_logo

Nobody else had stepped forward, so Ingraham purchased all of the workout machines form the Leschi Curves owner one by one, and began looking for another space for the gym in the neighborhood. She sent weekly updates to the Leschi Curves ladies on her progress, and 5 months after the Leschi gym closed, she was able to open another one on S. Jackson Street. That was back in September of 2012, and while the gym has grown in popularity and weight loss success stories, Ingraham still needs around 30 or so new clients to break even. If you’re looking for a new program to get that summer body, it might be time to look into what Curves has to offer. Stop in for more information on their fitness program, and membership today.

Pritty Boys Family Pizza Now Delivers

Zaw PizzaIt was just this month that Pagliacci’s started delivering pizza to Madrona and Leschi, but now Pritty Boys Family Pizzeria also delivers to local residences.  It was announced on Madrona Moms and signs along Madison Street that Pritty Boys will now deliver.  Just call them at 206-257-1319 to order food to your home.  Turkey, mashed potatoes and now this…I better start running to get burn all these calories off.

UPDATE: From Pritty Boys’ Facebook Page:

Delivery! Delivery! Delivery! Here are are more detail about our new Delivery Service Available during all operating Hours! Free Delivery for order over 20 dollars Our Current Service Area Boundaries  are North – Montlake Cut/520 Freeway South – Yesler/Jackson Ave East – Lake Washington West – 15th Avenue

Pagliacci Pizza Delivering to Madrona & Leschi

Zaw PizzaWe wrote about Pagliacci Pizza opening on Madison months ago and while were are a little late announcing their grand opening which happened on November 1st, it is never too late to remind you that Pagliacci Pizza is now deliverying to the Madrona & Leschi neighborhoods.  If you want Pagliacci’s delivered to your Madrona / Leschi home call 206-726-1717.

And of course do not forget Pritty Boys Pizza on 34th and Pike in Madrona’s business district.  They have a great family atmosphere and pizza available for take-out: 206-257-1319.

Three Reports of Shooting in Central District

It appears that crime has gone up in the Central Area this week, not too far from Madrona, with three separate shootings reported; two along the 2800 block of Cherry Street, and one near 26th & E. Yesler Way. According to the SPD Blotter, on Tuesday police had responded to three shootings, one near 26th & E. Yesler Way where a car was parked out front of a residential area with bullet holes through the windows, and blood on the seats. There were 5 bullet holes along the driver’s side, blood on the passenger’s seat, two shattered windows, and the car was missing a tire; but no one was inside the car, when found. Police were able to track some of the debris left by the car back to Colman Park, where according to 911 dispatch documents, 4-6 gunshots had been reported in the area. Officers tried to contact the car’s owner to investigate the incident, but the owner reported the car had been stolen on Sunday evening in South Seattle, around one hour before the shooting occurred.

Officers were able to get some information from a resident of the home the car was parked in front of, who after questioning admitted a woman he knew had knocked on his door, claiming she had been shot and chased by another driver. The man did not offer any information on the woman’s identity, and the car has since been impounded for investigation. At any rate, if you’re driving in or around the park, it might be smart to take extra precautions. For more information about the incident, and other crime in the area visit the SPD Blotter.

Madison Park to Leshi: The Best Restaurant Patios to Dine Outside for the Summer

Summers is upon us; or at least it is in theory and we’ve compiled a list of all the best places to dine out around Madrona and the surrounding lakefront Seattle neighborhoods. Most of the hot spots in Madrona line 34th Avenue, such as the all time favorite St Clouds establishment, which along with front patio seating, also has a hidden back patio which might be overlooked by the everyday passerby. Everyone also knows about the pint size mimosas served ice cold at the Hi Spot Cafe; perfect spot for brunch and lunch out on their open air patio which doubles the Madrona restaurant’s space in the summer. If you’re in the mood for a fun evening out, the Bottlehouse wine bar has a comforting home-like appeal; probably because it seats guests on the main floor of an old Madrona home. Their deck is a perfect place to enjoy some meats and cheeses while you drink from their wine and beer selection and your kids enjoy a root beer float.  And do not forget Cafe Soleil which offers outside dining along Union Street.  Enjoy brunch on a sunny summer Sunday.

Cactus Restaurant

The Leschi neighborhood also has a few wonderful noteworthy spots along the waterfront, such as the Blue Water Bistro, which sits on the site of the old Leschi Lake Cafe that ran successfully for an eternity. The Bistro has a cozy fireplace setting for dreary days like today, but is also favored for their beautiful waterfront setup. They even serve the ever popular “Lake Cafe Fish and Chips” a tribute to locals who were sad to see the place turn over.

Madison Park also has their share of outside dining whether it be at the Cactus, Bings, the Attic, or McGilvras to name just a few. Watch the people go to and from Madison Park beach while you sit along the sidewalk on the restaurant patios.

The Seattle summer will get here eventually and when it does you do not want to waste any of it.  Madison Park, Madrona, and Leschi all offer outside restaurant patios to enjoy the summer sun.