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Meet Joe: He’s The Butcher & The Baker

January 30th, 2014 by Nico Lund

I don’t know what it is about the Latona & 65th neighborhood, but it’s my new favorite place. It’s just a short walk from Wallingford, Greenlake and Roosevelt, so it’s a great destination spot for some good food and drinks. One of the newest businesses to open there is The Butcher and Baker. Here is a post from our sister site Udistrictdaily.com that will tell you all about it!

The Butcher & The Baker is ready for the 12th Man

Posted by Nico Lund on January 30th, 2014

Meet Joe. He’s the Butcher and the Baker.

Yeah yeah…we know, but we won’t go there! Joe doesn’t need another title as he is doing just fine making hand-crafted pastries, savories, and suppling us with Northwest grown meats.

Originally a restaurant owner in Renton, Joe Kennedy is known for his sweet and savory offerings. He is passionate about the art of food and loves to share that through beautiful displays and delicious menu items. As one fan on Facebook puts it, “Come for the local meat and meals. Stay for the AMAZING cheesecakes!!!”

In regards to how he sources his inventory, he stresses that he is very particular and offers organic chicken and poultry. By maintaining good communication with his suppliers, Kennedy says he is able to insure that he is providing a top quality product. He strives to seek out Northwest farmers that use free-range farming techniques and best practices.

Kennedy opened The Butcher & The Baker in November in the Latona Neighborhood just South of Greenlake. Not only is Kennedy the perfect guy to visit for everyday supplies, but he is also a great stop for your next gathering or party. In fact, Kennedy says that you should definitely stop by this weekend to stock up for your Superbowl Party!

Here are some mouthwatering menu items that will be in the shop on Friday:
Three Flavors of Marinated Chicken Wings
Hoisin BBQ
Jamaican Jerk
Spicy Tapatio

And these are available on Saturday:
Spiced Rubbed Baby Back Ribs
Three Bean Steak Chili
Shepards Pie
Sandwiches: Roast Beef Ciabatta and the Infamous Cured

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New Vintage Shop Brings Independent Style to Wallingford

January 29th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Right before you head up the main stairs at the north entrance of Wallingford Center, you might notice a new little shop beckoning you to come in.

Indie Frock opened about three months ago in Wallingford, but has been alive and well in the imagination of owner Debbie Wirfs for much longer.

Wirfs started out with a knack for discovering great vintage finds and selling them on eBay. It was initially just a hobby, but that hobby turned into a major passion and now scouring finds at estate sales, auctions, and small town thrift stores is her full time job! Before opening her own shop, she got her sea legs while working her own booth at the Fremont Sunday Market, pop-up stores, Atlas Clothing and even the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, of which Wirfs said “everyone should go check out.”

Indie Frock has a beautifully eclectic vibe. You’ll find vintage and contemporary americana inspired styles that include brands ranging from classic Pendleton to Free People and Anthropology. You might just even find that once-in-a-lifetime mystery dress that will magically fit like it was made especially for you!

There are some really unique items at Indie Frock. Local artisan designer Feather and Skull makes hand-made one-of-a-kind boots and other handcrafted accessories. For jewelry, local artist Peaces by Lauren creates earrings and necklaces that have a timeless quality to them.

Whatever your pleasure, you can be sure that Wirfs has a refined eye for quality. When you stop in for a peek, you might just end up leaving with a very reasonably priced Brooks Brothers Makers silk tie for your husband  like this reporter did!

Brooks Brothers Makers Tie $20

Wirfs says she is thinking about having a Grand Opening Promotion, so follow on Instagram @indiefrock and through their Facebook Page to be the first to know!

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Café LuLu: Neighbors, a Perfect Cup-of-Joe and Art Openings

January 24th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Café Lulu is situated on Latona Avenue just off 65th. It’s a short diversion from Wallingford proper and a great spot for your next stroll through the hood.

This Saturday evening, photographer Lisa Hagen Glynn is exhibiting her new work from 6-9pm. There will be some live jazz music, so, it’s a great opportunity to check out this spot and experience this local business in the evening hours.


The Latona & 65th area houses a small grouping of businesses from an antique store, The Dish, the Latona Pub and more. Just south of Greenlake and north of Wallingford, the area has a local and loyal following. Nestled in between Krittika Noodles & Thai and the Latona Pub, Café Lulu is a bright and cheerful spot to get your morning coffee, a quick breakfast or a pick-me-up snack.

Owner Karen Laurie takes pride in her employees and her customers. She says she strives hard to make sure her cafe is a warm and welcoming place for everyone. She mentioned that “sometimes we have lines in the morning, but I usually can see who my regulars are and I make sure to have their order ready for them when they get to the front.”

It is also a great spot to work –as this reporter found out on a recent break from the home office. After the morning rush, Laurie assured me there are usually tables available for those who need a change of scenery in their work day. There is always Wifi, and there are even a few outlets just in case your gadget is running low on juice.

Serving Café Vita coffee and a variety of teas, they also have a delicious menu that won’t break the bank. Breakfast Burritos come from Café Racer, pastries from Louisa’s Bakery, and fresh bagels from Seattle Bagel. And for those of you who always have a hankering for Macrina’s famous squash harvest bread, you’re craving will be cured. The best part is that you will be served by a solid crew of barista’s who love their job and will treat you like family.

So on your next search for a comfortable spot to have a moment to yourself, meet a friend, enjoy a hot drink and a treat, or get some work done, Laurie and her team  will not disappoint.

6417 LATONA AVE NE SEATTLE, WA 98115

6417 Latona Ave

Monday – Friday : 6:30am – 3pm
Saturday & Sunday : 7:30am – 2pm

Call Cafe Lulu: 206-527-7062

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The Wallingford Dump Gets a Facelift!

January 21st, 2014 by Nico Lund

The Seattle Times reports that the Wallingford transfer station is getting updated! That’s great news for Wallingford! Unfortunately, for about two-years, customers of the North-Station will need to take an estimated 10.5 mile trip down to the South Park-Station to unload their trash.

Originally published January 19, 2014 at 6:58 PM | Page modified January 19, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Wallingford transfer station closing for two-year update

Starting Monday afternoon, the garbage-transfer station in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood will close for two years while a more efficient and user-friendly facility is built in its place.

By Safiya Merchant

Seattle Times staff reporter

The new South Transfer Station in South Park opened in 2013. It is bright and airy with lots of green attributes. There are separate entrances for private and commercial trucks.

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On Monday, the infamous pit at the garbage-transfer station in Wallingford will exhale its last smelly breath.

The transfer facility on North 34th Street will shut down at 5:30 p.m. so that a more efficient and modernized version can be built in its place over the next two years.

In the interim, residential and commercial users of the North Transfer Station will need to trek their old tires, shot appliances, yard debris and other garbage down to the new South Transfer Station in South Park, which was just completed last year.

The new north station will be markedly different from the one there now, featuring many of the same amenities that were added to the new south station.

Chief among them: Instead of dumping their garbage into a deep and massive pit, users will be able to deposit it onto a flat floor — a safer option for customers and employees alike, said Ingrid Goodwin, a public-information officer for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU).

Other new features: separate dumping areas for commercial trucks and self-haulers, translucent panels on the building to let in more natural light, misting systems to control odors and dust and solar panels on the roof.

Unlike the current station, which is open on the sides where customers drive in and out, the new station will be enclosed.

And the entire campus will expand east to Woodlawn Avenue North to make room for the station’s own separate recycling facility.

The north-station reconstruction is estimated to cost $92.4 million, according to Goodwin.

Ken Snipes, SPU’s director of solid-waste operations, said the north-station construction is the second phase in a three-phase project that began with the new south station.

The third phase, Snipes said, will be to transform the old South Transfer Station, which still stands near the new one at that site, into a recycling facility.

The changes to the north and south stations will help them come closer to their goal of recycling 60 percent of everything that comes in by pulling more materials out of the waste stream and recycling them, Snipes said.

Goodwin said the community around the north station was actively engaged in the planning of the new north station, and vocal about what it wanted and didn’t want to see.

One feature it pushed for — and will get: creation of an open space at the site for community use. This space will include features like a sports court and pathways.

“It’ll look a lot friendlier; it won’t look like a dump,” Goodwin said.

The downside is that for roughly the next two years, north-station users will need to haul their trash about 10.5 miles south to the station in South Park. That facility will be able to handle additional customers, Goodwin said, but she acknowledged the inconvenience.

“We’re just hoping that our customers will be patient with us for the next couple of years and they will benefit from having a new station in 2016,” she said.

Lynn McCaffray, an arborist who frequently takes yard waste to the Wallingford station, said she probably won’t drive down to South Park because she lives up north in Shoreline and does not want to go through traffic at the end of her day.

Shoreline also has a transfer station, and she’ll use it instead, noting that it just reduced its rates for clean green waste.

But once the Wallingford station reopens, she said, she’ll be back. “I like the facility; the people are really friendly; they’re really nice.”

Safiya Merchant: smerchant@seattletimes.com or 206-464-2299


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One of the Biggest Games to be Played in Seattle: Watch it on a Big Screen here in our Hood

January 19th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Whether you’re a die-hard Seahawks fan or someone who doesn’t normally pay attention to football, it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement. If you’re ready to experiencing today’s NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers but you don’t have a way to watch it, here are some local establishments that have a T.V! (Please call ahead to make sure they are showing the game before you plan your trip).

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m, so give yourself some time to get a good seat, order snacks and a beer and get ready to cheer.

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Elysian Brewing Co

www.elysianbrewing.com/tangletown.html
2106 N 55th St
(between 56th St & N Kenwood Pl)
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-5929

Leny’s Place

2219 N 56th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-9175

Burgundian

www.burgundianbar.com
2253 N 56th St
(between N Kirkwood Pl & N Kensington Pl)
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 420-8943

The Iron Bull

2121 N 45th St
(between N Meridian Ave & N Bagley Ave)
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 453-3901

Al’s Tavern

2303 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 545-9959
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We are sure there are way more places in Wallingford to get your game on, so please tell us your favorite game-day viewing spot in the comments below!

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LA BOULANGERIE: CLOSING JANUARY 31ST

January 17th, 2014 by Nico Lund

La Boulangerie, owned and operated by Vietnam native Xon, will be closing its doors for good on January 31st. After 33 years, Xon was notified that his lease would not be renewed.

It is no secret that the bakery had been falling on some hard times over the years –one only needs to look at the Yelp reviews. With only Xon manning the bakery, the quality of the bread was not always up to par. Regulars knew to check on the freshness of bread as sometimes stale bread could be purchased. However, if you talk to any of these regulars, they will tell you that Xon was friendly, great to talk to and a valued member of the Wallingford Community. There are also many very positive reviews! Many people swore by his croissants and sweets. It just seems that working alone, six days a week had caught up to him. He has spent his whole life learning the art of French Baking and it is sad to say good-bye to such a dedicated business owner.

Seamonster Lounge will be taking over the space to increase their stage size, which they really could use.

We hope that there is still some delicious bread making in store for Xon as he moves on. In the meantime ,we look forward to enjoying some music while being surrounded with the good vibes that La Boulangerie and Xon are leaving behind.

Xon Photo Credit: Ryan Kellner

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It’s Not Just Another Day Off Of Work: 21 MLK Day events in Seattle

January 15th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Photo Credit: Marc Lester/ Anchorage Daily News

There’s no school on Monday January 20th, the Seattle Public Libraries and a host of other government/federal agencies are closed, and if you’re lucky, your job is giving you the day off as well. So besides sleeping in, what are you planning to do to honor our amazing strides in civil rights?

From the Seattle Times Website, here are 21 events going on around town.

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday events 2014

Northwest events marking Martin Luther King Day begin Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Here’s a selected list.

KIng County Martin Luther King Day Celebration

THU Speakers including King County Councilmember Larry Gossett and King County Executive Dow Constantine; music, student essay award ceremony, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., Seattle; free (www.stgpresents.org ).

MLK Film Screenings and Dialogue at SAM

FRI Films, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and “The Man Who Drove with Mandela,” followed by conversation on ways to volunteer in honor of Dr. King, Nelson Mandela and others who led lives of service for social change; 7 p.m. Friday, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; free, advance tickets available, or day of event on space-available basis starting at 6:45 p.m.; the museum, usually closed on Mondays, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday for the holiday, $12.50-$19.50, ages 12 and younger free (206-654-3121 or www.seattleartmuseum.org ).

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

FRI Seattle community colleges host keynote speaker National Public Radio (NPR) correspondent Michele Norris, who will discuss “The Race Card Project,” people sharing their thoughts, experiences and observations about race in one six-word sentence, noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, and Tonya Mosley of the “Black in Seattle” series for KUOW, emcee of interactive program, discussion and reception, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free (www.seattlecolleges.edu/mlk ).

Celebrate MLK Jr.’s Legacy planting

SAT Plant trees in the park, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks ).

Youth march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

SAT Seattle Parks and Recreation youth-organized march to celebrate the contribution Seattle youth make in creating a better city and to honor the work that youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive; march ends at Rainier Community Center for youth talent show and youth group-speak recitation, 1 p.m. Saturday, Martin Luther King Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle; preregister online (206-233-3979 orwww.seattle.gov/parks/teens/programs/mlkprogram.htm).

Share the Dream

SUN Concert to celebrate the enduring legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. features performances by the Total Experience Gospel Choir and special guests, 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free, freewill offering collected to benefit the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County (206-329-0300 orwww.emergencyfeeding.org).

MLK Unity Party

SUN KEXP hosts DJs for music, dance and celebration in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the cause of freedom and equality for all people, for ages 21 and older, 8 p.m. Sunday, Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $5-$7 (www.kexp.org/events/details/9176 ).

Martin Luther King Jr. Redeeming the Prophetic Vision Interfaith Service

SUN Keynote speech by Dr. Dexter Gordon, professor of African-American studies at University of Puget Sound, performances including theatrical creation, spoken word, African drumming, group singing of civil rights-era songs, awards for service toward social justice, reception with a resource fair, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma; free (redeemingmlk.blogspot.com/).

State Parks Free Day

SUN-MON Visit State Parks free, no Discover Pass required; Martin Luther King Day, Sunday-Monday (www.parks.wa.gov/events ).

National Parks Free Day

MON Visit national parks with no entrance fee in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm).

MLK Day of Service, United Way of King County

MON Preregister online for a variety of volunteer activities (www.uwkc.org/ways-to-volunteer/mlkday).

MLK Day of Service

MON National Service Blog of volunteer projects (mlkday.gov).

Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast

MON Breakfast honors Seattle leaders with award presentation and keynote speaker Ron Sims, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, music by University Presbyterian Church Gospel Choir, 7 a.m. Monday, The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $25-$35; tickets available by phone through Friday or at the door (425-775-3362).

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Workshops, Rally, March

MON Workshops, including several geared toward youth, 9:30-10:45 a.m.; rally with speakers, poetry, music, keynote speaker Aaron Dixon, 11 a.m. Monday, Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; march to Westlake Park for brief outdoor rally, 12:30 p.m., rally approximately 1:45 p.m. (www.mlkseattle.org ).

Fremont MLK Day of Service

MON Celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with keynote speaker Lake Union District Council Member Ralph Frank Weathers, “I Have a Dream” speech and a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, assemble disaster hygiene kits and welcome baskets for Patrick Place Apts., earthquake preparedness information, Community Service Volunteer Forum, for all ages, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Fremont Baptist Church, 717 N. 36th St., Seattle; free (fremontmlkday.org).

MLK Day Open House, Northwest African American Museum

MON Reading room with a selection of books about the civil-rights movement and speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, film showing of “Sing Your Song,” the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte, 1 p.m., Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; free (206-518-6000 or www.naamnw.org ).

Unity in the Community Hoop Showcase

MON High-school boys basketball tournament, Rainier Beach-O’Dea, Garfield-Franklin, Beamer-Jefferson (Portland); 3 p.m. Monday, doors open 2 p.m., Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; $10 (garfieldhs.seattleschools.org/).

Crossroads MLK Health Fair

MON Performances, health and community information and exhibits, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, speakers Bellevue mayor and City Council, 12:15 p.m., Market Stage and South Concourse, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue (425-644-1111 orwww.crossroadsbellevue.comCQ).

MLK Day project, Kirkland

MON Help remove invasive plants, wear waterproof shoes, tools and gloves provided, 10 a.m. Monday, Crestwoods Park, 1818 Sixth St., Kirkland; preregister (www.greenkirkland.org).

King Showcase, ShoWare Center

MON High-school girls and boys basketball MLK Day tournament, eight games, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., doors open 8:30 a.m., ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent; $5-$10 (253-856-6990 orwww.showarecenter.com).

University of Puget Sound Martin Luther King Day Celebration

TUE Keynote speech by leader and political activist of the Chicano civil-rights movement Carlos Munoz, other speakers, music, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma (www.pugetsound.edu ).

Let us know what kinds of things you do to celebrate civil rights. We would love to hear in the comments!

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Seattle Magazine looking for neighborhood faces for photo shoot

January 13th, 2014 by sarawilly

Are YOU the face of Wallingford? Seattle Magazine wants people who “represent”:

Are you the face of your neighborhood? Seattle magazine is looking for representatives from all Seattle neighborhoods to be considered for a photo shoot for an upcoming feature in our magazine. Send an email with your name, neighborhood and why you think you’re the face of your ‘hood to cassandra.piester@tigeroak.com by Monday, January 13, to be considered.

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Voted yet? There’s still time!

November 5th, 2013 by sarawilly

Your ballot must be in the mail today (postmarked with today’s date) in order for your vote to be counted. If you missed the post office options (like my husband did), don’t worry- there are drop boxes and scheduled drop vans not too far away that are open till 8pm tonight: University of Washington-4000 15th Ave NE (Red Square parking/vehicle access), and Magnuson Park- 6344 NE 74th Street (use NE 74th Street entrance).
Once the ballots are picked up from the drop boxes, they will be processed with other returned mail ballots. Click here for more info.

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Detectives investigating homicide on Burke Gilman Trail

October 4th, 2013 by sarawilly

Police are looking into an early morning murder. According to Detective Mark Jamieson:

At 4:30 this morning, a passerby called Seattle Police and reported a woman’s body on the Burke Gilman Trail in the 2400 Block of North Northlake Way.

Officers arrived and found a deceased woman in her twenties with a gunshot wound, and contacted homicide detectives.

Detectives are still investigating the incident, but do not believe the woman was randomly targeted.

We will update you as we know more.

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Rain, rain ain’t keeping home buyers away (sponsored story)

March 23rd, 2013 by sarawilly

(This is a sponsored story written by John Madrid, Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate).

It continues to be a seller’s market in Northwest Seattle including Ballard, Fremont, Greenwood, Phinney and Wallingford neighborhoods where there is a little over one a month supply of single-family home inventory. If you are a fortunate home seller expect to see a lot of open house traffic, buyer “love letters” and possibly multiple offers if your home is located in a popular neighborhood and is competitively priced.

And what to do if you are a home buyer? First, get your financial ducks in-a-row by getting pre-approved by a local lender who is available in the evenings and on weekends. Second, try to get out to see homes before the weekend which will give you more time to line-up pre-inspections if offers aren’t being reviewed for a few days. Third, reduce the number of contingencies within your comfort level. Finally, write that love letter even if it’s just a short paragraph in addition to a summary of your offers terms. Don’t go overboard but in this market it just may help you stand out from the pack.

More info on other Seattle neighborhoods can be found by clicking here.

John Madrid is a Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate – University Village and is a 2005-2012 Seattle Magazine “Five Star” Agent. His clients include both home buyers and sellers. He can be reached at 206-498-1880, john@live20

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Where are all the homes for sale? (sponsored story)

February 22nd, 2013 by Kate Bergman

(This is a sponsored story written by John Madrid, Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate).

“A house, a house, my kingdom for a house”. If you are in the market for a new home you can probably empathize with Shakespeare’s King Richard III. Single-family homes, townhomes, and even condos are all in short supply throughout most of the city.

For Northwest Seattle (including Ballard, Fremont, Green Lake, Phinney and Wallingford) there is now less than a 1 month supply of single-family home inventory which is definitely favoring home sellers with the result that homes are really hard to come by. We will continue to see more pre-inspections, multiple offers, and bidding wars on the fewer listings hitting the market.

Why the shortage of homes for sale? First, some home owners simply can’t sell since they have negative equity (they owe more than their home would sell for). Second, are home owners who can’t find a new home to upsize or downsize into that would allow them to put their existing home on the market. Third, is that some home owners are either unaware of the improved market for sellers or they are content to stay in their current home rather than over extend themselves. Fourth, are owners betting on continued prices gains over the coming months and years. A final factor has been the significant slowdown in new construction, up until last year, that typically helps alleviate the demand for more housing stock.

In addition to a reduced supply, demand has picked up with the influx of new hires (Amazon, Microsoft, etc). There is also a general belief that home prices and interest rates have only one direction to move and that is up. Many renters have concluded that, with big jumps in rent, buying a home may be the wiser long term investment especially if they are able to lock in these historically low interest rates.

Home prices will continue to rise until there is more of supply/demand equilibrium. If you are looking for a home there are a couple potential silver linings over the coming weeks and months. First, is that we are entering the historically seasonal high point for new inventory. Second, is that interest rates aren’t expected to move significantly upward until the end of the year at the earliest.

More stats on other Seattle neighborhoods can be found at by clicking here.

Tip: The fewer contingencies (i.e. finance, inspection) a home buyer has, the more attractive they are to a home seller, especially in multiple offer situations. Believe it or not, buyer “love letters” to sellers can swing things into a buyer’s favor, just don’t overdo it.

John Madrid is a Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate – University Village and is a 2005-2012 Seattle Magazine “Five Star” Agent. His clients include both home buyers and sellers. He can be reached at 206-498-1880, john@live206.com or www.live206.com.

Statistics are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed. All information should be verified to the users own satisfaction.

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Sustainable Wallingford to promote solar installations

January 29th, 2013 by Kate Bergman

Sustainable Wallingford is helping sponsor a citywide solar campaign and will be helping host workshops to help residents learn how to solarize their homes. It’s called the “Solarize Seattle: Northwest Project” and is organized by the non-profit NW SEED, who is working with Seattle City Light to organize volunteer groups who advocate for residential solar installations.

The campaign is an effort to make solar PV (photo-voltaic) systems more accessible through group-buying programs. They’re currently operating in several northwest Seattle zip codes, including north of the Ship Canal and west of I-5. There are also tax and production incentives to help lower the cost; a sales tax exemption allows for a 10 percent savings right off the bat, but that will expire June 30. However, a 30 percent federal tax credit will be available until 2016. The group-buying opportunity can save more money; click here for a rundown of how that works.

For more on Solarize Seattle and the upcoming workshops, click here.

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Big turnaround in 2012 for Northwest Seattle housing market (sponsored story)

January 24th, 2013 by Kate Bergman

(This is a sponsored story written by John Madrid, Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate).

What a difference a year makes … sale prices continue their climb and time on market continues to drop. It is definitely turning into a seller’s market.

For the 11th consecutive month the median sale price for single-family homes sold in Northwest Seattle, including Ballard, Fremont, Green Lake, Phinney and Wallingford, met or exceeded the sale price for the same period a year prior. Much of this trend can be attributed to a decrease in the supply of homes for sale in 2012 compared to 2011.

In addition to a shortage of inventory, record low interest rates, continued strong hiring by Amazon, Microsoft and a slew of smaller to midsize companies and a general belief that the market has hit bottom has resulted in strong appreciation for most Seattle home owners and sellers in 2012.

The median sale price for single-family homes sold in 2012 in NW Seattle was $425,000 compared to $399,000 for 2011, a 6.5% increase. The average time on market decreased to 32 days in 2012 from 42 days in 2011.

A less than a 3 month supply of homes is generally considered a Seller’s market. The overall supply of NW Seattle homes averaged around 1.4 months of inventory for 2012 compared to a little less than a 3 month supply for 2011.

Expected trends for 2013 include continued low interest rates and inventory as well as multiple offers situations for competitively priced homes in popular neighborhoods including most of NW Seattle with its great walkability, popular schools and proximity to downtown.

More stats on other Seattle neighborhoods can be found here.

Tip: Even in a strong home Seller’s market amazing photos and professional marketing materials (including a custom website and full color two sided flyers) can result in a quicker sale and the best sale price.

John Madrid is a Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate – University Village and is a 2005-2012 Seattle Magazine “Five Star” Agent. His clients include both home buyers and sellers. He can be reached at 206-498-1880, john@live206.com or www.live206.com.

(Statistics are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed. All information should be verified to the users own satisfaction.)

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Donate food and warm clothes to Family Works

December 11th, 2012 by Kate Bergman

The Wallingford Chamber and Seattle Bank are collecting donations for Wallingford’s food bank, Family Works. Victoria Dzenis with the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce says they need the following items for the drive:

  • High-protein non-perishable food
  • Hygiene items-small size
  • Hats, gloves, mittens for kids, scarves
Bring donations to Seattle Bank at the corner of Stone Way N. and N Allen Pl., right next to Tutta Bella.

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