Price Drop on Magnolia Townhome: $382,000

It is difficult to find this low of a price point in this neighborhood of Seattle!  This three-level townhouse is available in the beautiful neighborhood of Magnolia.  This area is known for its family-friendly environments and beautiful views of Puget Sound.  Only minutes from downtown, this three bedroom townhome is in a prime location.

One of its unique features is how every bedroom contains its own bathroom and there is also an extra powder room on the main floor.  Also, the kitchen is completely updated with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and cherry cabinetry.

The backyard is completely fenced off and offers a cozy patio.  It is a perfect area to start a garden as it receives great sun exposure.  There is an abundance of street-parking around the unit, not to mention the one-car garage that is attached.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity.  If you are interested in viewing this unit or getting more information, please visit www.ewingandclark.com.

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.

Magnolia’s Seattle Pie is Moving to South Lake Union

Magnolia’s beloved pie cafe, Seattle Pie, is unfortunately leaving the Magnolia neighborhood for South Lake Union. According to the Seattle Pie website, it will actually open on a vessel in the South Lake Union harbor, making it the first ever floating pie company. Look for it this summer!

If you can’t wait and have a craving for Seattle Pie’s scrumptious, award-winning fruit or cream pies, don’t try going to the old Magnolia location at 3111 West McGraw. It is already closed. Fortunately, you can still find the pies at various grocery stores, like the Met Market, Town & Country, Central Market, PCC, Whole Foods, etc. My mouth is already watering for a Strawberry Rhubarb pie. For more information, please visit the Seattle Pie website.

Josephina’s Mexican Food Open in Magnolia

Josphina's Mexican FoodLast week, a new Mexican grill place opened in Magnolia, Josephina’s Mexican Food. Located on 28th and Thorndyke, it has been receiving stellar reviews on Yelp and via word-of-mouth. I cannot wait to check it out this weekend.

Josephina’s Mexican Food offers the classic Mexican dishes that aren’t offered at every restaurant in Seattle: tacos el pastor, camitas, adobada, and salsa that is fresh and delicious. It’s also very authentic. The tortillas are freshly made, pressed right in front of you. Josephina’s is so authentic that the mole sauce is made by the grandmother down in Mexico, who ships it up!

Depending on how hungry you are, you may want to split a plate, as the portion sizes are sizable. Check out Josephina’s Mexican Food and tell me what you think!

New Street Food Pod in Interbay Near Magnolia

According to the Seattle Met Magazine, Magnolia might have a street food pod in the area. Keep your eyes on 15th and Boston in the Interbay Area to try out some new eats. Although 10 food trucks are on board, only 1 has committed; Buns on Wheels will be serving up scrumptious burgers on Thursday from 11am-12pm.

If the food truck location is successful, you’ll be able to enjoy lots of yummy food truck treats. But only your patronage will keep the food trucks coming back.

Mulleady’s Irish Pub

My friend and I had a chance to eat some food and consume some adult beverages recently at Mulleady’s Irish Pub in Magnolia and I highly recommend this Pub if you haven’t had a chance to go there.  It is located on 3055 21st Ave W (Sea Map) and is off to the left of Dravus when your crossing over the bridge into Magnolia.  On Yelp, Mulleady’s receives 4 stars out of 5 and has some outstanding reviews.  Please check out Mulleady’s Irish Pub website to see hours of operation, upcoming events and their menu.