Magnolia Real Estate Report – November 2017

The Seattle real estate market remains talk of the nation! Not much as changed this year except for the climbing prices in neighborhoods all around King County. Magnolia continues to grow with the market with increased prices. Though there was only 1 more sale this past November than November 2016, the facts are in the numbers.

Currently Pending in Magnolia

The median sales price for a single-family home in Magnolia was $965,000 last month, compared to $799,950 in November 2016. The sold price jumped from $1,026,732 to $1,055,731. The highest price for a home decreased from $2,400,000 to $1,825,000. Ewing and Clark currently has a listing pending for $2,295,000. The lowest cost for a home also decreased from $630,000 to $475,000. There were no sold homes on Magnolia Bluff last month.

Currently Pending in Magnolia

Condominiums are also showing strength in Magnolia. There were 8 sales last month, same as November 2016. The median sales price increased from $350,000 to $443,750. The highest sale was recorded at $800,000, $275,000 more than last year. The lowest sales price showed a small drop from $274,000 to $263,000.

There are currently  22 active listings and 23 pending.

 

 

 

Seattle Animal Shelter Open House this Saturday

Golden Pup

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.

Bike the Bluff Coming Up this Weekend!

Happy Kids Biking

Magnolia’s popular Bike the Bluff fundraiser will be held this Sunday, September 7th! Participants are asked to meet and finish the ride at Catherine Blaine Playground, located behind Pop Mounger Pool, on 32nd Ave West.

Bike the Bluff emphasizes that this is not a race. You are able to set your own pace, and walk or ride a 5 or 7 mile loop around Magnolia.

The registration fee for one adult is $20, and each additional family member after that is $10. Children under 18 are also $10. You can register online at www.bikethebluff.org or register the day of, starting at 9:30 AM. The course is open from 10 AM – 2 PM.

All proceeds benefit the Catherine Blaine 5th grade class trip to Islandwood, an environmental science camp located on Bainbridge Island.

Sunday’s weather is supposed to be wonderful, and the Seahawks play earlier in the week, so there’s no reason not to come out and participate in a great community event!

Final Note: HELMETS ARE REQUIRED!

 

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.

 

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

Light house

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.

 

Vino at the Village — Magnolia Wine Walk

Bring yoWine Glassur own wine glass, and come help support the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce on June 14th from 6 – 9 PM. Drink local wine, listen to music, and check out some great pieces of art with friends or family!

Sample local wines at any of these Magnolia Village Businesses: The Brik Boutique, Leroux, Current & Furbish, Magnolia Travel, Magnolia Garden Center, Magnolia Book Store, Magnolia Paw Spa, Museum Quality Framing, Unravel Therapeutics, and Vixen.

Umpqua Bank will also be selling wine by the bottle, so be sure to swing by and pick up your favorites that you sampled throughout the evening!

Drink Wine, Have Fun, and Help Support the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce!

Magnolia Mom’s Host “Shop Til You Drop” Tonight

It may only be a week past Halloween, but it’s never too early to start planning for the Holidays, (especially if you’re looking to catch those pre-season sales!). The Magnolia Mom’s from Our Lady of Fatima are hosting a shopping event this evening at Fatima Parish Hall to raise funds to provide winter coats for Seattle area children in need.

Get a head start on your holiday shopping with 25 local vendors selling clothing, fun handmade jewelry, chocolates and treats, accessories, iPhone covers, and more! Lots of good holiday gift ideas, and there will also be a Fashion Show by Vixen Spa, massages and brow waxing, and raffle items to giveaway! The event is from 6:00-9:00PM, bring your shopping bags, and shop til you drop.