Time to Pick Up Your Christmas Tree & Support the Queen Anne Helpline

Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away, and the Christmas holidays will be here before we know it! After you’ve finished off the turkey and you’re ready to overhaul the house with Christmas decorations, it’s time to figure out where you’re getting the tree.

For the past several years, local volunteers and Boy Scout Troup 72 have teamed up with the Upper Queen Anne Safeway to put on a Christmas tree lot to benefit the Queen Anne Helpline. This year, the Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree lot opens on Saturday, November 28th in Safeway’s north parking lot.

Not only can you find the perfect tree for your home, there will be plenty of garlands, wreaths, and even that important sprig of mistletoe!

The Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree lot will be open every day through December 21st, or until they run out of trees, with the following hours:
Sundays from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. (9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Dec. 20th)
Monday – Thursday from 2 – 8 p.m.
Fridays from 2 – 9 p.m.
Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Want to help? There are still volunteer positions available! Sign up here.

All proceeds will benefit Boy Scout Troup 72 and the Queen Anne Helpline, which helps seniors, the homeless and struggling members of our community with financial assistance, donated food and goods, and other basic needs support.

Happy Holidays!

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Help Feed the Hungry this Thanksgiving in Krav Maga Seattle’s Food Drive

This is the time of year for families and loved ones to gather around a table, but not all families in Queen Anne have that privilege. For those who struggle to make ends meet and get food on the table, this can be an especially challenging time of year. This is why Krav Maga Seattle, a local fitness studio, is hosting a Thanksgiving food drive for the Queen Anne Food Bank, in order to help give back to the local community.

The Queen Anne Food Bank provides more than 3,000 sack lunches, as well as emergency groceries to more than 300 families in the nearby areas each and every month. It is primarily run by volunteers, and is one of only three food security programs in the whole city that operates both a food bank and meal program.

The food bank is less than a mile away from Krav Maga Seattle, and KMS is hoping to incentivize Queen Anne neighbors to donate the necessary food and hygiene items to the food bank prior to Thanksgiving Day. Their exciting incentives are:

  • Donate four or more of the most-needed items by November 26th, and you’ll receive a FREE week of unlimited classes at Krav Maga Seattle (Not eligible for those who have done a one-week trial at KMS before, or current and past KMS members). Most-needed items include canned chili, meat, soup, and fruit; granola bars and energy bars; cold cereal; jam/jelly/preserves; condiments; and hygiene items such as toothpaste, razors, toilet paper, deodorant, etc.
  • For each and any item donated by November 26th, your name will be entered in a raffle to win a $100 gift card for the KMS Store.
  • If 500 items are donated by November 26th (KMS’ goal this year), the studio’s head instructor, Chau Le, will lead a weapons defense class series for all KMS members next month.

Make your donation by November 26th to participate!

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Bank of America Comes to Upper Queen Anne

Since Vitality MediSpa vacated the space at 1501 Queen Anne Ave N, it has been vacant and gutted. I pass by every day on my way to work, and a few weeks ago, I noticed that the doors were open and workmen had something going on in there. Work has continued, and I just noticed the Queen Anne View’s blog about what’s going in…

Another bank.

While normally I would be groaning in dismay and rolling my eyes (okay, my eyes are still rolling), this change is going to make my life a bit more convenient. That’s because the incoming bank is Bank of America, which my husband and I have personally banked at since we got our first checking and savings accounts. Having a branch in Upper Queen Anne will be much more convenient than going down to the Mercer Street branch! As an aside, I haven’t enjoyed my banking experience at Bank of America, it’s just been too much hassle to switch every time I’ve thought of doing so – but that’s another discussion.

The City of Seattle has already changed the use of the space from its salon/spa designation to commercial for use as a “Bank of America Express Store”. It will have a more flexible schedule than a full-service branch, with technology for the most common transactions and associates onsite for additional assistance.

Vitality MediSpa was rumored to have vacated the premises months ago due to rising rent prices in that building, and moved a few blocks over to 2nd Ave W – they’re now at 309 West Republican Street, according to their website. I would assume that having Bank of America, one of the largest nationwide banking institutions, in the space Vitality vacated has to make the landlord pretty happy!

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Median Sales Price For Queen Anne Condos Hits 10-Year High

By Jason Roach, Ewing & Clark, Inc.

According to statistics from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, the median sales price for Queen Anne condos in the month of October was $426,750. This represents the highest monthly figure dating back the last ten years (which is as far back as the NWMLS will calculate).  Of course, this time period includes the boom from 2005-2007.  40 condos were sold and closed in October, compared to 25 last year at a median price of $389,000. 30 new condo listings came on the market on October compared to 34 a year ago.

Also, according to the NWMLS, October residential sales rebounded from slow September sales figures.  29 homes sold and closed compared to 23 a year earlier. The median sales price also crept up to $850,000 compared to $670,000 a year earlier. 41 new listings hit the market in October compared to 28 in October, 2014.

If you would like to chat about the Queen Anne real estate market, ask me about it when you see me in the neighborhood or feel free to contact me sooner.