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.

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.

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!

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!

2 People Shot in Discovery Park

Many people venture to Discovery Park, one of Seattle’s biggest tourist destinations, to catch a view of the city, or go for an afternoon hike in the Magnolia neighborhood park. But last Thursday evening, along with the tragedy of the Batman Premiere shooting in Aurora, CO, Discovery Park had another shooting occur that same evening, injuring a 16 year old boy, and a 17 year old girl.

According to the Seattle Times, police made a statement claiming the boys friend’s took him to the hospital to be treated for an arm injury, and the girl didn’t know she had been shot until she got home and realized her leg was bleeding. Police are on the lookout for three teenage boys who are said to be responsible for the boy’s injury, and apparently the boy knows who the shooter is. Gang investigators are looking into finding those responsible, who are at large in Seattle.