July Real Estate Report for Magnolia

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As our hot Seattle summer continues to drag on, thereal estate market continues to be quite dynamic, including Magnolia, which has seen a ton of activity. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, July brought about 26 single family home transactions, at a median sales price of $668,000.There were 69 homes available for sale in July. Of the 26 homes that did sell, they averaged being on the open market for 10 days, which is great news if you’re looking to sell your house!

Magnolia also had 16 active condominiums for sale in the month of July. Of those 16 condo’s, six were sold for a median sales price of $294,500.

Statistics continue to support that the Seattle –and Magnolia –real estate market has stayed hot, and you can bet that will continue to be the case all the way through the end of summer, which is typically the busiest time of year for real estate transactions. For more information on Seattle real estate, contact your local real estate agent today.

Magnolia Summerfest & Art Show, August 1st & 2nd 2014

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Just a friendly reminder that the Magnolia Summerfest & Art Show is this Friday, August 1st and Saturday, August 2nd.

Summerfest has been a community favorite sponsored by the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce for over 50 years, and a Seafair community event since 1985. The festival will have all of the following activities: the annual Art Show, the annual Merchant’s Sidewalk Sale, live music, food vendors, arts and crafts booths, pony rides, inflatable rides, clowns and magicians, beer garden, and the Seafair Parade and Kid’s Parade.

Schedule of some of the Summerfest Events:

Art Show: Located at Magnolia Ballfield. Artists Reception is Friday August 1st from 6:45 –                    7:30 . Awards announced at 7:30.

Seafair Parade: Saturday, August 2nd, beginning at 10:30 AM.

Youth Talent Show: Friday, August 1st, at 7 PM (Check in is at 6:30 PM) on the hill behind                                   the Magnolia Community Center.

Outdoor Movie: This year’s movie is Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Friday, August                           1st at 9 PM.

 

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!

 

 

Seattle Parks / King County Wastewater Treatment Division Educational Event 6/28

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The Seattle Parks Department and the King County Wastewater Treatment Division are teaming up to host a “stewardship educational event” this Saturday, June 28th.

Magnolia residents and Discovery Park users are invited to meet at the Discovery Park Lighthouse roundabout anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. to learn about how our community can help preserve the beauty and safety of the beach area.

Tours of the beach will be available thanks to the Discovery Park Naturalists, and the event will  focus on issues like uncontrolled vehicle access, trespassing, prevention of fires, graffiti, crime, etc. as the summer months bring about the most traffic to Discovery Park and the beach area.

The beach area may be accessed via shuttle bus from the Visitor’s Center between 10:45 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.

 

Magnolia Real Estate Report

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The Seattle real estate market continues to be quite dynamic, including Magnolia, which has been seeing a ton of activity. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, the month of May brought about 31 single family home transactions, at a median sales price of $738,000. Buyers seem to be eager to find a home in Magnolia, as the 31 homes that were for sale last month averaged out to being on the market for only 10 days. That’s good news if you’re looking to sell!

Magnolia also saw sales of four condominiums in May. The median sales price of the condos went for $538,000 and averaged being on the market for just 13 days.

Statistics continue to support that the Seattle –and Magnolia –real estate market has stayed hot, and you can bet that will continue to be the case as we get closer to the summer, which is always the busiest time of year for real estate transactions. For more information on Seattle real estate, contact your local real estate agent today.

 

Blaine Carnival this Friday Night!

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Come one, Come all, to the Blaine Carnival this Friday night from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.!

The Carnival will take place on the Blaine Playground, right behind the Pop Mounger Pool.

There will be some new attractions at this year’s carnival, along with the forever popular inflatables and cotton candy!

Be there on Friday night to help support Catherine Blaine!

Farmers Market Returning to Magnolia this Summer!

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market-basket-for-home-pageThe Farmers Market will be returning to Magnolia starting on June 7th! The Market will be open every Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm, lasting from June 7th until October 11th.

This is a great opportunity to support local farmers and small businesses, and pick up some delicious fresh farm fruits and vegetables!

Besides fruit and veggies, the farmers market will have items such as pickles, crepes, natural honey, tamales, seasonal soups, fresh-cut flowers, pork, cheese, local wines, and so much more!

 

73 Year Old Magnolia Man Kept Filipina Woman a Slave, Paying Her $400 a Month

house73 year old Romulo ‘Ome’ Almeda kept an illegal immigrant woman secluded in his Magnolia home for four years. He paid her a measly $400 a month for acting as the nanny, landscaper, maid and cook. She was shuffled between his properties in Magnolia and in California, not given a choice as to when she would go or whether she wanted to. She was not allowed to go anywhere including attend church for fear that someone would see her and report her as an illegal immigrant.

The woman left the Philippines where she earned $6 an hour as a manicurist to find better opportunities in the U.S. Out of the $400 she was receiving each month for working 12 to 16 hours a day, she would send all but $50 to $100 to her family in the Philippines. After years of seclusion she was eventually able to tell her family of her situation. Her sister then contacted another Filipino family in Seattle who then got in touch with a local pastor who was able to help remove the woman from the house in April 2009.

Almeda was arrested and believed at the time that he did nothing wrong and that he was simply helping the woman by offering her extra money and a place to stay. He later admitted wrong-doing and realized that what he did was unlawful. He paid the woman $90,500 for what he shorted her in wages. He was charged and reached a plea agreement with prosecutors. He has not been jailed and has been scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

 

Pigs Running Loose in Magnolia

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Magnolia residents have been hearing grunting and squealing noises as well as stampeding. What do they find when they look out their door? Pigs. Several pigs are roaming wild around the Magnolia neighborhood. They were most likely once somebody’s pets and were released. Judy Woods of Pigs Peace Sanctuary in Stanwood is expecting she will receive a call. The pig sanctuary is already full with 190 pigs and has a waiting list. It spends $200,000 a year caring for unwanted pigs.pig

Hostile Solicitor in Magnolia Near Discovery Park

Around 7:30pm in the evening of July 25th, a woman who lives on W Emerson Street near Discovery Park called police to report a hostile and suspicious solicitor that had come to her door. After hearing a friendly knock at her door, she peeked out the speak easy where she saw a well groomed, 6′ tall African American man. She opened the speakeasy and told him that she did not accept solicitors at her home. The man became agitated and upset that she did not give him a chance to tell her who he was and the reason for his visit. She then asked him the reason. He became angry and told her that he’ll just get what he came for and proceeded to curse racial slurs at her while taking photographs of the side of her house. The woman’s sister followed the man as he left and headed into Discovery park, cursing racial slurs at her as well.salesman

The Seattle Police Department wants to remind people to be cautious of solicitors. Licensed door-to-door sellers must always display their registered license on their shirt. The license will display the sellers name and picture. The license is only good for the registered product they are selling. Be sure to acknowledge the solicitor so that they know someone is home and to avoid a burglary. It is always safer to address the solicitor from a side window or behind a locked screen door. If a solicitor asks to come into your home for any reason such as to use your phone or bathroom or for a glass of water, remember that you do not know the person and you are not obligated to let them in. If a sales person is allowed in the home, do not give into pressure to buy anything. If you ever feel uncomfortable end the conversation and ask the sales person to leave. Do not hesitate to call 911 if needed.