Solar Neighborhood Project Energizes Seattle Neighborhoods

34561[1]Many in Seattle question whether it’s worth investing time and money in solar panels given that Seattle isn’t known for its constant sunny days. Keith Hughes, owner of West Seattle Natural Energy, pointed out that, “Berlin, Germany receives 3.2 peak sun hours per day, and 44 percent of Germany’s energy production comes from solar” where as “Seattle receives 3.8 peak hours of sunlight per day and only 1½ percent of its energy comes from solar power.”

Seattle City Light and Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED) are working together to promote and change the way Seattle uses renewable energy through their  Washington initiative. The goal is to change one neighborhood at a time and to have 150 solar systems operating by the summer 2013 . Projects have already been done Queen Anne and Magnolia as well as other Seattle neighborhoods. When a community agrees to go solar Northwest SEED searches for vendors that will give bulk discount for supplies and installation to the homeowners. Each neighborhood is set up on a grid so that the energy that is not used by one homeowner will flow to other neighbors within the grid.

It is estimated that in the past two years Washington has pumped nearly $4 million into the local economy, created 14 new jobs and has generated more than 600 kilowatts of solar electricity to Seattle’s grid. Seattle City Light estimates that only 600 out of its 400,000 customers use solar energy. Benefits of using solar panels are tax credits and rebates as well as lower energy bills. Living in Seattle helps a little too. Seattle’s annual lower temperatures allow the solar panels to work better and the rain washes them off.

 

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.

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.

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.

Seattle Funding Precinct-Liaison Attorneys

When there is a public safety issue or a chronic neighbor nuisance, it’s not always most efficient or effective to call 911. Sometimes, it’s best to go through a precinct-liaison program. Up until now, Seattle budget cutbacks have prevented funding to such programs.  According to a Seattle Times article, the Seattle City Council has restored funding to allow four attorney liaisons in  Seattle’s five police precincts.

For the Magnolia area, your precinct liaison attorney is Sumeer Singla. Starting in mid-February, you can contact him as a resource to solve neighborhood issues, like nuisance properties, feuding neighbors, and gang activity. Additionally, he lives in the West  precinct, so he has a vested interest in the public safety issues of Magnolia and the surrounding Queen Anne neighborhood. With a precinct liaison attorney, it increases the police capabilities, using legal means to solve community issues. You can contact him at 206-386-4084 for your community needs, starting mid-February. To view the precinct-liaison attorneys in the other precincts of Seattle or for more information, please visit the Seattle Times article.

Four-Story Apartment Building Proposed in Magnolia

According to the Magnolia Voice, the block of 2400 and 32nd Ave West has some proposed changes in the works. The owner of two vacant, single-story Magnolia commercial buildings located at 2406 32nd Ave West, Terry Yoshikawa, recently filed plans with the city to build a four-story, mixed-use apartment building.

The proposed Seattle property would have 28 units, 3,500 square feet of commercial space, and 33 parking spaces. It sounds like an improvement to this residential Seattle neighborhood. To voice your opinion whether in support or against this proposed Seattle construction, attend the public meeting held at the Queen Anne Community Center at 1901 1st Ave West on Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30pm.

Power Outage Hits Magnolia and Queen Anne

This past Saturday, a large power outage hit both the Queen Anne and Magnolia neighborhoods of Seattle leaving over 10,000 Seattle City Light customers in these areas without power.  The overnight storm that left many in the dark had crews working on the problem and by 1:00 pm only a little under 2,000 were still without power.  The windstorm that plagued the city resulted in downed power lines and a number of trees to fall which was undoubtedly the cause of most of the outages.  If this windy weather persists, it is more than likely that other Seattle neighborhoods could be facing power outages of their own.