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.

Seattle Animal Shelter Open House this Saturday

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The Seattle Animal Shelter is participating in Pawsitive Alliance’s third-annual Shelter Open House event this Saturday, October 4th.

The event runs from noon to 6 PM, and those who attend are able to meet adoptable dogs, cats, and critters, learn about shelter volunteer opportunities, and find out how to obtain a pet license or low cost spay/neuter surgery.

Saturday’s event will offer a special “Fall in Love with a Pre-owned Pet” promotion, where pet adoptions are only $15 +  two-year licensing fees through October 12th. The adoption fees include a free health exam, initial vaccinations, spay or neuter, microchip and more.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing. For more information, call (206) 386-7387, or view animals available for adoption online at www.seattleanimalshelter.org

The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 15th Avenue W.

2014 Putt Cancer in the Hole

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The fourth annual Putt Cancer in the Hole event is taking place on Saturday, September 13th at Interbay Golf Center.

Putt Cancer in the Hole is a charity putt putt golf tournament established by Francie Warnekros in 2011 as a way to honor her late mother Audrey, who passed away from a brain tumor in 1991.

Teams of up to 6 people are eligible to compete, and participants can sign up as a group or individual. Following the tournament, there will be a raffle with some awesome prizes!

The theme this year is Superheroes, and everyone is encouraged to dress up, but it is not a requirement!

Where: Interbay Golf Center (2501 15th Ave. W, Seattle, WA 98119)

Check In Time: 11:00 AM                 Start Time: 12:00 PM

Cost: $25 for Adults, $20 for ages 12 and under, team of six $150.

Please register and/or donate to this great cause here

Proceeds benefit the American Brain Tumor Association.

 

 

Donate a Bike at the Interbay Whole Foods for a Great Cause

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On Saturday, August 23rd, Whole Foods Market at Interbay (located at 2001 15th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119) is asking for donated adult-sized bikes and bike parts to be given to students in Togo, West Africa.

The donated bicycles play a significant role in helping bridge the education gap. Togo is located in a rural part of Africa. Studies show that the dropout rate is 3 times higher in rural areas than in cities. Rural families cannot afford private transportation for their children to get to school, and public transportation is not available.

Students who have received bikes in the past have 98% retention rates of staying in school, and 95% passing rates on annual exams, because they finally have reliable transportation to and from school.

So, if you have any old bikes around the house or garage, swing by Whole Foods next Saturday the 23rd between 10am and 2pm and donate to a great cause!

For more information about the Bicycles for Education program visit the Alaffia website: http://www.alaffia.com/store/pc/Bicycles-for-Education-d20.htm

The Fort Lawton Riot

Fort Lawton Riot

The Fort Lawton Riot was a tragic event that took place during World War II, and involved late-night violence between Italian prisoners of war and US soldiers at Fort Lawton in Magnolia.

On the night of August 14th, 1944 a group of African Americans and a group of Italians came across each other after a night of drinking, and words were exchanged. One thing led to another and a fight broke out between the two groups. After the riot was over, Italian prisoner of war Guglielmo Olivotto was found dead. The result of this riot was the court-martial of 43 soldiers–all of whom were African American. 28 US soldiers were ultimately convicted and imprisoned.

In 2005, Jack Hamann wrote a book called On American Soil which played a significant role in helping convince the U.S. Army Board for Correction of Military Records that there were extreme errors committed by the prosecution and and that all convictions should be reversed. Hamann called the Fort Lawton Riot the “most overlooked civil rights event in American history.”

In 2008, President Bush signed a decree ordering the Army to compensate the defendants or their family for the errors made throughout the investigation.

This event has a ton more information, twists, turns, etc…we just tried to provide a brief summary, so if you’d like to learn more please check out Wikipedia for an overview, The Seattle Times article on the apology to the soldiers, or possibly even the book On American Soil.

 

Mixed-use Development (Finally) coming to Magnolia

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The buildings located at 2406 32nd Avenue West (Down from Ace Hardware and Across from the Magnolia Garden Center) have long been empty, boarded up, and covered with graffiti. However, a four story apartment building with retail space on the ground floor is in the works.

The new building, is reportedly going to have 24 one and two bedroom units, as well as 32 parking spaces in the basement, and 6,300 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

The Architects of this new development got the “OK” from the Design Review Board, and are now just waiting on the final permits, which should take around 4 months. Construction is then estimated to take about one year.

It will be great having some bright, new buildings coming to Magnolia in the near future, they should be a wonderful new addition to our community!

 

 

Preschool Will Once Again be Offered at Daybreak Star

Daybreak Star

Daybreak star will once again be home to a preschool at the Native Cultural Center.

After 27 years, Daybreak Star and the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation lost their program in 2013. Since that loss, they have been trying to get a preschool back to the community of Magnolia to support Native American families.

The program will consist of about 40 children, all around four years old. Most likely, the classes will be held Monday – Thursday, for 6 and 1/2 hours a day. This model of classes was chosen in favor of a half-day preschool, because it makes life easier on parents that are working.The hope is that the preschool will be up and running by 2015.

The school is located at 3801 W. Government Way in Magnolia.

Congratulations on successfully bringing back a preschool to Daybreak Star!

Nordstrom’s Designer Preview Coming to Magnolia!

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Seattle’s favorite fashion retailer, Nordstrom, will be holding its annual Designer Preview next month!

The Designer Preview is meant to duplicate the feeling of an international runway event, and it will be taking place on Thursday, July 24th, at the Smith Cove Event Center on Pier 91, in Magnolia.

Nordstrom will be showing off collections from some of their top designers, such as Prada, Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten and many others, worn by both male and female models.

The proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Seattle Art Museum, where they will fund a show titled ‘Pop Departures,’ which will debut in October.

The Design Preview will also include food trucks, a live DJ, and a Vogue fashion editor talking current trends.

 

 

Turkey Trot 2012

If you are looking for something to do in Seattle for Thanksgiving, bring the family out for the annual Turkey Trot.  Costumes are encouraged in this 5k walk/jog event that is done every year on beautiful Seaview Avenue in Ballard.  Signup fees to register are as follows:  Adults $30, and children (10 and under) $15.  All money raised is donated to the Ballard Food Bank to help those in need.

Turkey Trot started in 2007 as a group of friends looking to enjoy a morning jog on Thanksgiving Day.  But every year, the assembly grew significantly and now thousands of families come out and enjoy the fresh, crisp air of the Seattle coast.  All those who register will receive a “Turkey Trot 2012” t-shirt (sizes vary from Men’s, Women’s and kids).

The event takes place on November 22 at 9AM!  Volunteers are always needed!  http://www.seattleturkeytrot.org/about

 

Dine Around Seattle

It is time for, yet again, the biannual “Dine Around Seattle” event that invites residents to come out and support local business and restaurants around our great city.  From November 4th-29th, there will be a wide selection of great deals and discounts at various locations around Seattle.  Most restaurants are offering “3-Course Dinners for just $30” and some are even including “3-Course Lunches for $15.”  Come out and enjoy exclusive deals and seasonal dishes from the top chefs every Sunday through Thursday throughout November.

The event is put on by the Seattle Good Business Network.  They are in their eleventh year of hosting by stressing the strengthening of our community through the support of local businesses.  One of the top-rated businesses is located in our very own, Magnolia, is that of the Palisade’s Waterfront Restaurant.

Located in the heart of the Elliott Bay Marina, the Palisade, displays cultivating views of the water and sea-craft that port there.   Even with beautiful outdoor views, there is still an aesthetically-pleasing interior that gives off a soothing feeling to its visitors.  First, it is hard to miss the large water tank, near the entry, that keeps the Dungeness crab extremely fresh.  Secondly, they have a saltwater pond, filled with live Steelhead, that guests are able to walk over with a bridge conveniently located in the center of the restaurant.  Lastly, they have a mixed variety of seafood, steak and sushi that can meet expectations as restaurant-goers can taste the time and effort put into each dish.