Ten years ago, Thomas Wales, a federal prosecutor from Seattle was shot in Queen Anne, a murder mystery that has yet to be solved. On October 11 in 2001, a shooter fired through a window at Wales, killing him. In recognizing the 10 year anniversary, the FBI is beginning a new media campaign to inform the public and ask for their assistance in finding Wale’s killer. The FBI is prepared to advertise and broadcast about the investigation and is offering a $1 million reward for new information. A news conference regarding the case was held yesterday at the Federal Courthouse in Seattle. The U.S. Attorney General and Seattle Police officials were in attendance as well as Wale’s daughter. For more information, please see the full Seattle Times article or visit the new page dedicated to the case on the FBI website.
Thursday morning a house at 500 W. Republican St. on Lower Queen Anne suffered $150,000 in damage from a fire that started in the brush behind the home. The fire department believes the blaze was caused by smoking materials left on the deck. Firefighters received the call around 6:15 am and had it under control nearly an hour later. Luckily, the two renters who occupy the home were not in the house when the fire started. Please see the Seattle Times article for more information.
According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, 43 units were sold in Queen Anne in August, 2011. That number is up sharply from the 34 units sold in August 2010. There were 23 residential units sold in August, 2011 compared to 19 units in 2010. August, 2011 saw 20 condo units sold compared to 15 in 2010.
Pricing continues to lag behind 2010, however. Residential median sales price for August, 2011 was $595,000 at an avg. of $265 per sq. ft. 2010 saw a median sales price of $618,000 at an avg. of $307 per sq. ft. Condos are a similar story. August, 2011 median sales price of $240,000 at an avg. of $297 per sq. ft. 2010 saw a median sales price of $304,000 at a lower $286 per sq. ft. Based on first hand experience there is strong demand in Queen Anne relative to the rest of the market!
A new restaurant is opening in Queen Anne, Mezcaleria Oaxaca, by owners of the Ballard eatery, La Carta De Oaxaca. The space was once occupied by Flame, a burger joint and is apparently undergoing interior improvements before it opens. I’ve eaten at La Carta De Oaxaca, and if the new restaurant is anything like the Ballard favorite, I’ll be sure to stop by. The name, Mezcaleria Oaxaca, comes from the word “Mezcal”, the general term for agave-based liquors or “tequilas”. Tequilas produced out of around the city of Oaxaca are the only liquors that can be labeled and sold as Mezcal. At any rate, I can’t wait for the place to open because nothing is better than some tequila and spicy salsas. Keep an eye on the website for more information and for an opening date. See you there!