Mixed Reviews on New Inspection Regulations

The city of Seattle has recently approved a program that would require an inspection on all rental property.  Landlords would be required to register their properties with the city, which allows them to keep track of all rental properties in the county.  The program would begin in 2014 and has received mixed reviews from the community.

One aspect that has received some buzz is that of the landlords having to pay for this mandatory inspection.  There is a large discrepancy between landlords who are more hands-on and take better care of their properties compared to those who don’t.  Those that take pride in their properties feel they are getting punished even though they are doing everything possible to make their rental livable and safe.

Another issue at hand is that of the inspection fees.  Tenants are worried that the landlord is going to pass off the inspections costs onto them.  This has come as some concern as Seattle’s rental prices are already high.  With so many losing their homes to foreclosures and short sales, this inspection fee may be yet another cost for those looking to rent in the Seattle area.

Regardless of the complaints, the inspection program has been passed by the city and will take effect in 2014.  Landlords need to take the necessary precautions to make sure their property is up to code.  Whether that is being more involved or spending on improvements, landlords should be aware of hefty fines if they do not pass the inspection.    With the rental market at an all-time high here in Seattle, there may be more regulations coming soon.

Fort Lawton Townhomes

Located on the western side of Discovery Park, Fort Lawton sits in a quaint manner on the bluff of Magnolia.  It was constructed in the early 1900’s with aspirations of being a major military presence in the Pacific Northwest.  The fort was a defensive development, which consisted of a vast majority of artillery weaponry, to defend against naval and air attacks.  The fort saw the most action during the world wars, but sat vacant for long periods of time.  Time passed and in the 1970’s, the fort and all of its property were given to the city of Seattle.

There are twenty-six units built within fourteen buildings near Discovery Park that make up Fort Lawton.  These historical military structures are now being offered up for sale to the highest bidder.   The city hasn’t set a minimum asking price, they are taking all offers (although, they are expecting offers to be in the millions).  The area is considered one of the most pristine in all of Seattle, as it contains breath-taking views of Puget Sound and Elliott Bay.

The homes have been preserved since 1974 and are considered official city of Seattle landmarks.  They are not allowed to be modified on the outside and very limited alterations are allowed on the interior.  The city feels the fort gives off a feeling of patriotism and freedom.  They are also hoping the exclusivity of the property is maintained and that any future buyers would respect Fort Lawton’s rich history.

Seattle Seahawks Big Win

The Seahawks entered yesterday’s game, as underdogs, against the Dallas Cowboys.  They left the field as victors over the group otherwise known as “America’s Team.”

The Cowboys had just come off of a huge victory over the reigning Superbowl champions, the New York Giants.  Tony Romo led the offensive charge with three touchdown passes and only one interception.  The Cowboy’s defense effectively shutdown the powerful offensive attack of the Giants, allowing only one TD pass from Eli Manning and mediocre yardage from their running game.  But unlike the Giants, the Seahawks came prepared for their match up against the Cowboys in week 2.

The Seahawks came out guns blazing as their defense sparked a 10-0 jumpstart after a blocked punt was returned to the house.  Their defense continued to trifle all of the Cowboy’s offensive opportunities and frustrated their leader, Tony Romo.

In the second half, it was all about the Seahawks rookie quarterback, Russell Wilson and running back, Marshawn Lynch.  This dynamic duo effectively managed the clock by moving the chains down after down.  Russell calmly threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end, Anthony McCoy, in the third quarter.  While Lynch finished out his 122-yard day with a touchdown in the middle of the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

The Cowboys continue to disappoint as they have the talent to become a top-level team, but they proceed to have these unexplainable losses.  Whatever the case, they were not in sync on any level yesterday and the Seahawks took advantage.  Seahawk fans beware, their week 3 match up could be their toughest one yet, as they are set to face the Green Bay Packers.

Greek Cuisine in Magnolia

If you are looking for Greek cuisine in Magnolia, Nikos Gyros is the place.  Located at 2231 32nd Ave W, this restaurant is minutes away from the Magnolia Bluff.  It’s best to attend on a sunny day, order to go and take in the beautiful scenery on one of the benches on Magnolia Blvd.

This restaurant is known for its cost-effective meals for all ages.  They are known for the family environment and strong sense of community, but most of all their food.  Favorites include the Greek fries, the chicken souvlaki, pita bread, and of course the original gyros.

Their portions are large, so if you are considering sharing, feel free. The friendly staff makes for an enjoyable experience for anyone.  They are a family-owned business with a wide selection of fresh menu items.

If you are looking for a casual evening out while staying within your budget, Nikos Gyros in Magnolia is a great choice. Don’t forget to try the Greek fries, a little zest and feta will make you come back again!

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.

Seafair Weekend is Here!

The much anticipated annual Seafair weekend is finally here, and the list of events is better than ever! If you’re in or around Seattle, you’ve probably heard the blue angels whizzing over head as they prepare for their performances tomorrow and Sunday, and there will by hydroplane races tomorrow at Genessee Park, so take advantage of this beautiful summer weather and come join the masses for a wonderful Seattle summer tradition! 

The Seafair Fleet Week Ship Tours began yesterday and will go through Sunday, allowing patrons to climb aboard the ships and chat with the sailors who run them. This year marks the 62nd annual Seafair weekend, and in addition to the Blue Angels and Hydro races, there are some spectacular acts lined up like the Hyperlite Wakeboard Experience, great food and beer gardens. There are also Seafair events taking place in other areas around Seattle such as the Magnolia Summerfest and Seafair Parade tomorrow afternoon, and you can even stop by Boeing Field and watch the Blue Angels take off and land, so come on down and experience Seafair weekend in Seattle!

Magnolia Townhome For Sale: $399,000

This new large three unit townhouse is now available in the Magnolia neighborhood! All three bedrooms in this unit have their own attached bathroom, and their is a powder room to boot on the lower level. The unit has a wonderful little garden out back, but the real beauty of this listing is where the cook slaves away; the kitchen boasts beautiful cherry wood flooring (as does the living room) and cabinets, and sleek granite counter tops with ample storage. This unit is in a great neighborhood in close proximity to Magnolia Manor Park and the Interbay Golf Center. For more information on this unit, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 3/3.25
Price: $399,000

Garbage Piling Up? Waste Management Strike Affects King County

Did you notice your garbage was still in the driveway when you came home from work yesterday afternoon? You weren’t the only one! The Waste Management Team in King and Snohomish counties went on strike yesterday afternoon against the largest refuse service over wage and benefits issues in the Northwest. According to the Seattle Times, the Local 117, which includes 153 recycling-route drivers walked out yesterday, and were joined by the garbage truck drivers of Local 174 shortly after.

Drivers began to pull service trucks into the South Seattle Waste Management yard, stepped out of their vehicles and picked up a picket sign. Their strike affects over 220,000 in King and Snohomish counties, and Waste Management could be issued steep fines should the strike drag out; up to $4,500 dollars a day for failing to make scheduled collections, and $250,000 if the strike drags out longer than a week. Drivers have been without a contract since May 31st, and are disputing the wage gap between recycle drivers who start at $17 an hour vs garbage drivers who’re starting at around $26 an hour. At this time there are no plans for negotiation in place, Waste Management hopes drivers will come back to work. For more information on the strike, visit the Seattle Times.

Metropolitan Market Buys Magnolia Thriftway

The rumors are true! The Metropolitan Market has taken steps to acquire the Magnolia Thriftway, and process is set to be finalized  in September. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Thriftway located at 3830 34th W. has been owned by Jim and Lynn Penhollow for quite sometime, but they’ve decided to sell to prepare for their retirement. Metropolitan Market was chosen due to their like minded business practices, and has already taken steps to ease the transition by setting up meet and greets for the current Thriftway employees, and began interviewing for new hires in the fall.

The Penhollow family has owned the business for 34 years, and is sad to leave, but happy and at east leaving the store in the hands of Metropolitan Market. They will keep the same investments that Thriftway has invested in the neighborhood, such as support for Lawton Elementary, Magnolia Little League, and Summerfest. The grocery hub will remain open during the transition, and during any remodeling. For more details on changes in the upcoming weeks, visit Metropolitan Market.

Magnolia Gets a New Fro-Yo Shop

On nice summer days like these, every neighborhood really needs a great frozen yogurt shop, and magnolia just got their very own Menchies frozen yogurt at Magnolia Village in the beginning of July.

The popular northwest treat shop is located on McGraw Street, across from the Mexican restaurant El Ranchon, and patrons will be pleased to find an array of flavors and topping to choose from on those beautiful Seattle sunny afternoons. Yogurt pricing is based on weight, and flavoring is based on fresh ingredients, and holiday themes such as pumpkin in October and candy cane in December. Get your icy cold scoop on today!