Say Välkommen To The Holiday Season At Yulefest!

Ready or not, it’s officially the holiday season.

The music has started, the decorations are going up, and each night, another house is lit up in the most festive of colors. If you ARE ready for some good ol’ fashioned Holiday cheer (so, basically unless you’re Scrooge?), hop across the bridge to Ballard and head down to the Nordic Heritage Museum’s Annual Yulefest this Saturday and Sunday, November 18th and 19th!

Yulefest features all things Scandinavian and all things holiday, making it the perfect event to get in that ’God Jul’ (Merry Christmas) spirit!

 

Enjoy traditional Nordic-inspired items from many different vendors, plenty of delicious Scandinavian sweet and savory treats at the Nordic Cafe (even get some to go for later!) and traditional and contemporary Nordic music and dance will be performed on three different stages.

Kids are encouraged to have fun and get crafty with plenty of kid-oriented crafts,  a raffle and the opportunity to meet the man we all want a visit from in December, Santa Claus (or, Julenissen in Norwegian, Jultomten in Swedish)!

Grown-ups are also encouraged to have plenty of fun and toast the season in the Valhalla Beer Garden (which will be nice and toasty warm!) with a tasty beverage including the Nordic-fav hot mulled wine, glögg. Skål (cheers!) to that!  

This year, Yulefest celebrates its 40th year of bringing Scandinavian holiday fun and flair to our community, and it will be the last Yulefest celebrated at the Nordic Heritage Museum’s current location, before they move on to bigger and better things for 2018.

Yulefest is a wonderful celebration of culture, the holidays and community. If you’re ready for some serious holiday spirit, good food, fun music and maybe even some holiday shopping, Yulefest is the place to be!

God Jul!

Come Support the Fleet!

Survival Suit racers jump in Salmon Bay at Fishermen’s Terminal. Photo courtesy of: FishermensFallFestival.org

Saturday, September 23rd is the Fisherman’s Fall Festival! Doors open at 11 am and continues until 6 pm, staffed by over 200 volunteers. Entrance is free and open to the public, and the entire event is family-oriented. The festival celebrates the return of the North Pacific fishing fleet to the terminal, and all benefits go to support the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation, providing support for families who have lost their loved ones at sea. Donations are greatly appreciated.

A model boat sits near real ones at the 2016 Fishermen’s Fall Festival.  Photo: Alethea Myers

Did you know that Seattle has the largest commercial fishing fleet in the world? And this festival is all about the fishing and the seafood. There’s a great variety of activities to choose from: seafood demos, vigorous contests (lutefisk eating, oyster slurping, salmon filleting) and the exciting survival suit races. The safety gear used in these races are what’s featured on “The Deadliest Catch”.

There are craft and educational opportunities here for both kids and adults as well. The Reptile Man will be here again this year. And the live music provided covers a wide gamut from taiko drumming, rock ‘n roll, sea shanties, to country music. There’s also a comedy performance and plenty of seafood to eat, including a salmon BBQ. Brush up on your seafood and fishing trivia for a chance to win great prizes from local merchants, too.

Where the event is held at Fishermen’s Terminal.  Photo: Joe Mabel

Come support our fleet families!

For Sale: Fort Lawton

Exterior of one of the Fort Lawton buildings.  Photo: Fort Lawton Homes

If you’ve ever frequented historic Fort Lawton, located within the 534 acres of Discovery Park, one can imagine how it must have felt to live there over 100 years ago when the army base served as an outpost to protect Seattle from outside naval threat. And second, ironically, to protect Seattle from itself: by curbing rampant lawlessness in newly-formed Seattle.

Panoramic aerial views of Fort Lawton.  Photos: Fort Lawton Homes

The panoramic views are still incredible today, and the beautiful old homes, which are registered as national landmarks, have been fully renovated inside while retaining the character of the original build: the original windows, woodwork, fireplaces, and often a roomy three stories + a basement. As many Magnolia natives know, Fort Lawton is also very convenient to the downtown Seattle core: only 15-30 minutes away.

Historic photo of Fort Lawton and soldiers.  Photo: Museum of History & Industry. All rights reserved.   Neg# SHS7164

In 2011, the last military presence occupying the site, the Army Reserve, relocated to Marysville, WA. The U.S. Navy personnel who were then living in the dwellings were moved. And the historic residences, built in 1900, went on sale in 2015. Many people have applied to buy these 26 homes: well over 2,000 people, in fact. As of this writing, the somewhat smaller homes located along Montana Circle and the larger Officers’ Row homes have all sold with the exception of two: 4002 & 4216 Washington Ave. W. (plus an additional one pending). The remaining two are priced at $1.79 million and $1.975 million.

Fort Lawton, in the course of its long history, has seen many things. 20,000 U.S. soldiers were processed through, whether embarking or returning from four different wars. It held German and Italians prisoners of war during World War II. A riot against Italian prisoners’ privileges erupted, resulting in a murder and numerous injuries. African-American soldiers were accused of the murder on shaky grounds, and years later the army publicly apologized for these soldiers’ imprisonment, reinstating honorable discharges, and provided back pay to their families. Native Americans protested their rights to the land and encamped at the site when the surplus land was decommissioned in 1970, which resulted in the formation of the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. A fire broke out in one of the buildings being renovated only a year ago. And our city’s largest park (and most pristine in this writer’s humble opinion), Discovery Park, began when the military gave the rest of the surplus land to the city.

Interior of Fort Lawton home.  Photo: Fort Lawton Homes

Many of Fort Lawton’s Colonial Revival buildings have withstood the test of time. And now you can tour the restored homes, in-person (at least for the moment), or vicariously peruse the photos below.

Photos and video of the Fort Lawton homes:
http://ownfortlawton.com

http://seattlerefined.com/the-home/the-most-unique-new-neighborhood-in-seattle

https://seattle.curbed.com/2016/9/16/12938138/fort-lawton-officers-row-homes-4002-washington

Magnolia Real Estate Market Report – May 2017

 

Not sure what is heating up faster, the weather or the Magnolia real estate market. All across Seattle we are seeing rising prices and more home sales. Last month there were 44 single-family homes sold in the area, 8 more than April (2017) and 10 more than May 2016. The average list price has gone up from $956,631 (May 2016) to $1,055,468 (May 2017). The highest sold price was $3,350,000, which is $1,450,000 more than May of 2016.

Condominium sales are also showing growth in the Magnolia neighborhood. There were 6 more condo sales this past May than May of 2016. The median price for a home has gone up over $100,000 more than last year, but the lowest sold price dropped from $239,000 (May 2016) to $220,000 (May 2017).

As you can see by the statistics provided above, the real estate Market in Magnolia continues to be extremely dynamic, and that’s not anticipated to change as summer continues to roll on in the Pacific Northwest. For more information on  Magnolia (and Seattle) real estate, or if you are curious about what your house might be worth in this strong market, please contact your local real estate broker for a free market analysis and conversation about your home.

The Market’s Opening Soon!

The seasonal Magnolia Farmers Market will be opening on June 3rd!  Because of our unusually long rainy season this year in WA State (the longest on record in modern history), some of the farm vendors understandably had a delay with their crops. But our warm season is firmly underway now, as are abundant produce, herbs, and artisanal goods!

Recently, Seattle was rated 4th in the nation for being the most fit city. One of the reasons cited for this improvement was the increase in the number of farmers markets in our area: a positive indication that unprocessed, natural food can make a difference in one’s health.

If you would like to visit other farmers markets in other neighborhoods as well, here is a complete list of places and hours from The Seattle Times. The Magnolia Farmers Market will be on Saturdays, from 10 am-2 pm through October 14thth (except July 29th) . Bon appetit!

Film Comes To Life In “Film Is Dead” Exhibit

In the midst of the digital age, many are astounded that film still even exists. Everyone has digital film and video capabilities, and film Is very expensive, so, why bother right?

While that may have been what you thought once upon a time, your mind will be forever changed once you see the brilliant art made on and with film by artist Jennifer West at her Seattle Art Museum installation “Film Is Dead”.

In this revolutionarily inventive show, West uses 70mm, 35mm and 16mm analog film strips to create beautiful and visually compelling works of art. She treats the film with common household items including food coloring, nail polish, coffee, vinegar, bleach and more to create patterns and unplanned but stunning effects by eroding the films emulsion, staining it and letting the film take one whatever characters it might.

West’s SAM exhibit features film strips and remnants that have been treated and manipulated by the artist in this way, hung from the ceiling, and spanning almost the entire length of the gallery.

In addition to the physical installation at SAM, West has taken many of these works and digitized them to create a film that explores the differences and relationship between the analog and digital qualities of the film medium, creating another layer to this thought provoking artistic experiment.

Jennifer West is a Los Angeles based artist with some history in the Seattle. West received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia before returning to her home state of California to earn her Masters in Fine Arts from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena.

West’s works have been displayed in various solo and group exhibitions across the country and the world including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, NY, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR and many more.

Her love affair with film dates back more than ten years and she boasts a very interesting and varied portfolio of works including photographic and video works using different and rare types of film and film techniques, light play, performance and her unique film quilts and magic lantern works. West’s style and aesthetic are likely different from any you’ve seen before, exploring and challenging the differences between modern digital photographic art and classic analog film techniques. Her style simultaneously evokes nostalgic feelings and encapsulates a modern and almost futuristic aesthetic, and over all seems to challenge films obsoleteness and the digital waves supremacy.

If you share a love of visual arts, interesting techniques, the fusion of arts and science or simply subscribe to the thought that everything old is new again, “Film Is Dead” is a show worth seeing, if for no other reason than to see something beautiful before it’s gone.

 

 

 

 

JENNIFER WEST: FILM IS DEAD . . .

Exhibit on display through SUN MAY 7 2017

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM

THIRD FLOOR GALLERIES

Madrona Real Estate – 2016 in Review

Magnolia real estate continued to grow throughout 2016, following a strong year in 2015. There was only 28 less homes sold last year (332) compared to 2015 (360), but average home cost rose. The highest sales price jumped from $2,795, 000 (2015) to $3,750,000 (2016), while the median sales price climbed from $736,500 (2015) to $790,000 (2016). The average listing price went from $835,544 in 2015 to $929,114 this past year. There are currently 28 pending residential listings and 16 active.

Magnolia condos also didn’t vary much in quantity sold, but showed increase in sales price. The highest sales price was $800,000 in 2015 and jumped to $950,000 in 2016. The median sales price increased by $46,750, starting at $276,500 in 2015 climbing to $323,250 in 2016. There are currently 8 pending condos and 4 active.

The overall real estate market in the region (area covered by Northwest Multiple Listing Service which serves 23 Washington State counties) saw an 8.1 increase of sales in 2016 when compared to 2015 with inventory at a record low for most of the year.  For the 23 counties, the median sales price increased 8.9 percent from $310,000 in 2015 to $337,500 in 2016.  Condos, which make up a smaller share of the market, were actually up 12.6% while single-family homes increased 8.7%.

Inventory was tight throughout the year, there was an average of 1.86 months of inventory in 2016, compared to 2.4 months in 2015.  King County was the tightest with only 1.1 months of supply.  A balanced market is generally considered to be between 4 and 6 months of inventory.

The luxury real estate market was strong in 2016, with over 3,251 home sales over $ 1million compared to 2,676 in 2015: over a 21 percent increase.  The number of condos over $500,000 also increased with 1,711 sold in 2016 versus 1,459 half-million dollar sales in 2015: also over a 21 percent increase.

2017 seems to be taking over where 2016 left off.  Low inventory remains and prices remain strong.  As always, to maneuver the market, reach out to your local real estate broker to navigating the Seattle real estate market.

 

First Photo – Sold by Ewing and Clark in 2015

Second Photo – Available for Purchase

Magnolia Summerfest

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Summerfest is here! 

Saturday, August 6th @ 10:30 am -Parade

Sunday, August 7th @ 2 pm- Youth Talent Show

Sunday, August 7th @ 5pm- Pet Parade

Food trucks, Urban Craft Uprising Vendors, bounce houses, live music, and beer garden!

Reminder About The Magnolia Farmers Market

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Just a friendly reminder that the Magnolia Farmers Market takes place every Saturday through October 17th. The Farmers Market is open from 10 AM – 2 PM on those Saturdays, and it is located between 33rd Avenue W and W McGraw Street in the Magnolia Village.

Be sure to go and check out the Magnolia Farmers Market on the remaining Saturdays through October 17th, and check out all of the local produce and items that they have to offer.

See you there!

Magnolia Real Estate Report for June

August Real Estate

Needless to say, the month of June was an absolute scorcher in Seattle, and so too was the real estate market in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood. As we know, the summer months typically signal the busiest time of year for real estate transactions, and we saw this to be true when we look at last month’s statistics. Let’s take a look at some of the real estate highlights for the month of June in Magnolia:

According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, June brought about the sale of 47 single-family homes. The median sales price of those 47 homes was approximately $831,134. The homes that sold in the month of June averaged being on the open market for just 26 days, and the total dollar amount of those transactions totaled roughly $39,063,319. That’s pretty incredible for a month’s work!

There were also 11 condominiums sold in Magnolia in June at a median sales price of $354,454 and averaged being on the market for only 13 days.

As you can see by the statistics provided above, the real estate Market in Magnolia continues to be extremely dynamic, and that’s not anticipated to change as summer continues to roll on in the Pacific Northwest. For more information on  Magnolia (and Seattle) real estate, or if you are curious about what your house might be worth in this strong market, please contact your local real estate broker for a free market analysis and conversation about your home.