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

Washington State Home Sales Soar Past Previous Highs

sold-sign2015 may have been an interesting year for many reasons, but in the world of Washington real estate, it sure felt like the good old days.

Not since the way-back-when of 2007 had so many homes and condominiums sold in the Evergreen State. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, 2015 saw a whopping 88,331 homes changed hands last year, about 14% more sales than in the previous year. Those who have done the math say that works out to about 75,975 single family homes and 12,356 condominiums, valued at approximately $34 billion, about 23% more than the dollar volume sold the year before. Those impressive figures make 2015 one of the best years for Washington State real estate in recent memory.

The last time this state saw real estate figures like that was in 2007, before the bubble burst and sent the country into what is not-so-affectionately known as The Great Recession. Even in 2007, the figures only added up to about 82,197 sales valued at $32.3 billion, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Furthermore, despite a ‘lower inventory’, so to speak, prices and number of sales continue to grow. In King County, the median home price was $480,000 and more than 26,600 homes sold. Compare that to a median price of $440,000 and 26,600 homes sold, in 2014 and you’ll notice a jump of close to 10%. Snohomish and Pierce counties can top those figures with growth figures for both median home price and number of homes sold over last year at nearly 16.80% ($355,000, up from $326,360 with 11,303 homes sold) and 17.39% ($249,950, up from 230,000 with more than 13,200 homes sold) respectively.

Overall, region-wide, the growth was about 8.8% from 2014, with a median price for single family homes and condominiums at about $310,000, up from $285,000 last year.

Numbers like this are a positive and encouraging sign for the state of the real estate market and the country’s economy as a whole. Let’s just hope nothing comes along and tries to ‘burst our bubble’ this time.

Magnolia Chamber of Commerce Spring Fest 2015!

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Join the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce for Spring Fest in the Village on Friday, April 24th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM!

This event will keep the entire family entertained, with music by the Superchargers (sponsored by Serendipity), a bouncy house (sponsored by Ewing & Clark, Inc), a beer garden (featuring Hale’s Ales), and art pieces in various participating businesses.

Bring the family out and have a great time in the Magnolia Village next Friday, the 24th!

*The Magnolia Village is located at W McGraw Street, Seattle, WA 98199

 

Commercial Condo Available in Magnolia!

Commercial Condo for Sale

A 2,036 square foot Magnolia condo in the Chez Nous building located at 2100 Thorndyke Avenue West is available for purchase.

This particular unit allows for both commercial and residential uses, however the unit has only been occupied by commercial tenants thus far.

Shower, closets, appliances, and kitchen would need to be installed if unit were to be used as a residential space.

The Seattle condo features large, westerly facing windows which look out onto Puget Sound and downtown. The space also features a convenient, open layout with a kitchenette and high ceilings.

The asking price for this Magnolia space is $475,000.

Tours are by appointment only, and can be scheduled with Ewing & Clark broker Brian Mayer. Brian can be reached at (206) 441-7900.

 

1st Annual Memorial Football Classic this Weekend!

Football

To celebrate all of the Seattle Public High Schools playing in the same sports league for the first time in over 12 years, the 1st annual Memorial Football Classic is taking place this weekend at Memorial Stadium!

This awesome two-day event will raise money for Seattle Public high school athletics, as well as celebrate the reunification of the Metro League, and build support for the new Metro League going forward!

The Classic will feature five great high school football games, including the three schools that are rejoining the Metro League — Ballard, Roosevelt, and Garfield.

Friday, September 12th:

5:00 PM : Seattle Prep vs. Kennedy Lancers

7:45 PM : O’Dea Fighting Irish vs. Mariner Marauders

Saturday, September 13th:

12:00 PM : Bainbridge Spartans vs. Cleveland Eagles

3:00  PM : Roosevelt Rough Riders vs. Ballard Beavers

6:00  PM : Garfield Bulldogs vs. Franklin Quakers

Student ticket prices are $5 per day and adults are $10 per day or $15 for both days.

 

 

 

Seattle Mourns Loss of Komo Anchor Kathi Goertzen

Seattle residents are mourning the loss of long time Komo TV anchor Kathi Goertzen, who passed away Monday after a 14 year battle with benign brain tumors at the age of 54. Goertzen, a Magnolia resident, celebrated her 25th anniversary on Komo back in 2005, and you can view an extensive list of her greatest moments on Komo on their website.

There will be a public memorial held for Kathi this Sunday afternoon beginning at 1pm at Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center, and doors will open at 12:30pm. Komo has reported that seating will be fairly limited, allowing room for mostly just family, friends, and co-workers of Kathi. The public can sit in the grass, and listen to audio provided for the outside service, but if you’d like a seat, Komo has advised to bring your own lawn chair.

Magnolia Residents Take Action Against Commuter Daily Parking

A group of Magnolia residents are taking action against people parking on their street who don’t live there and use their street as a park-and-ride when taking the bus or using other transportation from Magnolia Village. These folks are taking action by putting notes on cars who park on the street daily, asking them not to park on their street for the following reasons, according to the Magnolia Voice: 

“It is public in the sense that residents use it to enter and exit their homes at all times and in the sense that it accommodates parking for residents’ guests, deliveries and trash pickup along with thru traffic. It is a narrow street and a busy one. Using it as a place to park while commuting to another location impedes all of the essential public uses named above and is causing problems for those who need to enter and exit their driveways, park on or pass along this block.”

The group listed off other parking areas that would be less disruptive for the neighborhood and one of the parking violators actually turned out to be a neighbor 6 blocks away! Whether you agree with either party, the street is currently Seattle Public property, so residents and commuters might have to take their disputes to a higher party if the problem escalates. For more information, visit the Magnolia Voice.

Looking for something to do on May 5th? Maybe go to Bainbridge…..

IslandWood is an educational non-profit on Bainbridge Island. IslandWood serves schools and children in the Magnolia area. They are hosting a spectacular event on May 5th called Dinner in the Woods. It is held on their campus amongst the Douglas Firs and black-tailed deer on Bainbridge Island. They have an exciting schedule planned: cocktail hour, a scrumptious dinner prepared by their acclaimed chefs, local wine pairings, and silent and live auctions with stellar items. The whole family is invited and they will also provide educational children’s programming. There is no need to dress-up. True to their roots, this is a jeans-and-fleece gala. More information about the event can be found on their website: ditw.islandwood.org.