Beautiful 1920’s Madrona Craftsman Available

Featured Listing: 1615 31st Avenue

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This 1920s craftsman ideally perched in the heart of Madrona, just hit the market for sale! The convenient location of this neighborhood home is just a short distance from the retail district and Lake Washington.

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Features include oak hardwood floors, coved doorways, crown molding, tall ceilings, sizable windows, and pocket doors. The kitchen includes slab Carrera marble counters, an island with a breakfast bar, viking range, and opens to a large back deck perfect for entertaining.

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The main floor master has ensuite bath, and  other noteworthy rooms include the daylight basement with media room, 2 bedrooms, an office, and a utility room. For more information on this lovely neighborhood home, or other Seattle area homes, contact your local real estate agent today!

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 4/2.75
Price: $795,000

Dine at Madrona’s St. Clouds Restaurant to Support CAN

St CloudsLooking for an excuse to dine out at one of Madrona’s favorite restaurants?  On February 11th, St. Clouds will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to College Access Now (CAN) programs. CAN is dedicated to making college admission and graduation possible for talented, motivated and economically disadvantaged students. Enjoy great food with friends and family while supporting 900 students on their path to a college degree! Call 206.726.1522 for reservations next Tuesday between 5 PM and 10 PM.

Attend a Leschi Elementary School Tour

Leschi Elementary School will be holding daytime tours and Open Houses to give families in the neighborhood a chance to learn more about Contemporary and Montessori programs, after school/curricular activities available to students and get to know the teachers and staff members. If you’re interested in learning more about the school, view classrooms, and hear from parents and student guides, come to one of the  daytime tours, and check in at the school’s library. Please call the school office at (206) 252-2950 to reserve a spot for one of the following dates: school

  • Tuesday, February 11th 9:00-10:00 am
  • Thursday, February 27th 9:00-10:00 am
  • Thursday, Feb. 6th – 6:30 to 7:30 pm (Evening Open House, get to know teachers and PTA members on a tour of the school)

For more information, or to learn more about the school, visit the Leschi Elementary website today.

Madrona Healthy Trees and Safe Sidewalks Plan Update

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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

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!

Turn In Your Kraus Fund Applications

When Mimi and Martin Kraus fled Nazi territory in 1939, they left their native Austria and settled in Seattle, and were longtime residents of the Madrona neighborhood. They hiked every weekend, or skied in at near by ski lifts. When Mimi died in 2008 after a long life of 98 years, she left a generous gift of $50,000 in her will towards benefiting the Madrona parks and recreation. In 2010 the Madrona Community Council began to accept applications and distribute funds for things like renovations of Madrona Beach, restoration work in Madrona Woods, and improvements to Harrison Ridge and Madrona Shelterhouse.

Madrona Park

Madrona Park

The MCC is now accepting another batch of applications for the remaining $20,000 of the Kraus donation, and all applications must be sent in by February 24, 2014. Presentations for proposals will be made at the March 4th Council meeting, and awards will be announced on April 1, 2014 – no joke. Please find applications at and submit via email to, or snail mail them in to Bill Mahoney, Madrona Community Council Board Member, 425 31st Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. If you have questions regarding the process, please send inquiries to

 Project requirements are as follows:

  • Must demonstrate public benefit of a park and/or recreation project
  • Must be within boundaries of Madrona neighborhood
  • Can be for any requested amount up to $20,000, and smaller projects will also be considered
  • Must meet approval of the Parks Department or other land-owner agency in concept and design. The concept approval should be obtained and included in application by due date
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of neighborhood involvement and support, or demonstrated need.
  • Successful projects will receive a one-time award, and should not be used for ongoing maintenance.

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

Seattle School Board OK’s Madrona Neighborhood Boundary Changes


We wrote about the proposed Madrona neighborhood school boundary changes back in September and as of last week, these boundary changes were accepted by the Seattle School board. According to the Seattle Times, the board also unanimously voted on a plan for reevaluating the school boundaries over the course oft he next 5 years to fill the schools that are currently being renovated, or in construction, including another middle school that is in the North, and one in Capitol Hill. If you’d like further details on the school boundary changes and how they might affect your child, you can find the extensive article in the Seattle Times.

Book Next Year’s Madrona Outdoor Movie on Your Calendar!

Although its only mid September, the sidewalks are damp and the sky is gloomy and we can’t help looking forward to next summer! Remember how fun this year’s Outdoor screening of the Avengers movie was for you and your family? We had a good turn out this year, and we can count on this to be an annual neighborhood event thanks to Lunar Productions, St Clouds, and Girlie Press. Two Movie Tickets In Front Of A Take Clapperboard And A Reel Of Movie Film

It’s never too early to plan ahead and mark next year’s outdoor movie screening on your calendar, which falls on the Thursday following the annual Neighborhood Night Out, which is always scheduled for the first Tuesday of August. If you didn’t get the chance to check out the outdoor movie experience this summer, we hope you pack a cooler, grab a blanket and join us next summer for a neighborhood night at the movies.