Monthly Archives: July 2013

Queen Anne Events: 8 Things to Do in August

Are you enjoying your summer? There are some fun Queen Anne events coming up in our neighborhood next month! Check them out:

  1. Wednesdays in August – Wine Wednesday Tastings at Twirl Café: Enjoy dinner or a crostini plate with three hand-selected wines from rotating regions! This weekly event at Twirl Café is from 5 – 8 p.m. and costs $5 per tasting. Wines by the glass are $2 off. RSVP-optional, but RSVPs get entered in Twirl’s monthly raffle. RSVP here.
  2. Thursdays in August – Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: Summer is in full swing, and that means the weekly Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is going on! Visit the corner of Queen Anne Avenue N and West Crockett Street each Thursday from 3 – 7:30 p.m. Then, head to Twirl Café afterward for their after party event!
  3. Fridays in August – Movie & Pizza Night at Twirl Café: Rotating pizzas and movie snacks will be available at Twirl’s weekly movie and pizza night. From 5 – 8 p.m. on Fridays, Twirl will serving pizza and dinner specials for a $7 rotating pizza selection, or $4 cheese pizza. They be playing a G-rated movie (movie starts at 6 p.m.), and kids are encouraged to wear their PJs. RSVP-optional, but RSVPs get entered in Twirl’s monthly raffle. RSVP here.
  4. Saturdays in August – Family Spaghetti Dinner Social at Twirl Café: From 5 – 8 p.m. on Saturdays in July, Twirl Café is hosting a weekly rotating pasta dinner with beer, wine and espresso. Your pasta dinner and all you can eat salad and garlic bread for $9.95 per plate. Kids 2 and under eat free. The regular menu will also be available. There will be activities for kids ages 6 and under. RSVP-optional, but RSVPs get entered in Twirl’s monthly raffle. RSVP here.
  5. Saturdays in August – Seattle Center Movies at The Mural: Enjoy free movies by moonlight in the Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheater every Saturday in August for Movies at the Mural. Hugo will be showing August 3rd, The Avengers on August 10th, The Help on August 17th and Les Miserables on August 24th. Bring your picnic snacks, or buy from the food carts and Seattle Center Armory nearby. Seating is first-come, first-served, so get here early to get a good spot! The shows start at about 9 p.m.
  6. August 6 – Night Out Against Crime: Seattle is celebrating its 29th Annual Night Out Against Crime on August 6th. Register with the city to have your block closed for the event, then place your event on the citywide map, and have your block party! If you’re not up for putting on a big event yourself, check out the citywide map of parties to find one to visit. There are already three events on Queen Anne, as of the date of this post!

  7. August 14 – Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Dinner at The Melting Pot: Enjoy a four-course dinner with wine pairings from Chateau Ste. Michelle winery on August 14th from 5 – 8 p.m. at The Melting Pot. The menu will feature cheese fondue, salad, an entrée and chocolate fondue with selected wines. Winemaker Wendy Stuckey from the winery will be at the event to share information and answer questions. The cost is $49 per person, and reservations are required. Call 206-378-1208.
  8. August 15 – Queen Anne Chamber August Luncheon: The Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce meets on the third Thursday of every month. Join the chamber guests and members for networking with other Queen Anne business owners, updates on the events and happenings within the chamber and neighborhood, and words from an occasional speaker. The luncheon takes place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:30 p.m. on August 15th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to

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More of the Same for June Queen Anne Home Sales

The amount of single family home sales in Queen Anne were exactly the same as in June of 2012 according to the NWMLS.  The difference being the homes sold faster and for a higher price as inventory continues to lag behind demand.  27 homes sold in June of 2013 in Queen Anne.  The median price was $720,000 and avg. price per sq. ft. was $317.  Compare that with a medan sale price in June, 2012 of $660,000 and an avg. per sq. ft. of $288. Likewise the avg. days on market in 2013 was 28 compared to 82 in 2012.  13 of the 27 2013 sales happened in 10 days or less and 18 of the 27 sold in 20 days or less. In 2012 16 of the 27 sold in 10 days or less and 19 of the 27 sold in 20 days or less.

Condo sales were much more brisk in June, 2013 compared to a year earlier, with 37 sales in 2013 as compared to 26 in 2012.  Median price in 2013 was $325,000 compared to $247,500 and avg. price per sq. ft was $$360 compared to $317.  Average days on market in 2013 was 47 compared to 57 days in 2012.

July will be interesting to see if there is any sign of a slow-down.


June – July Monthly Queen Anne Crime Recap

Fourth of July craziness and summer business usually makes for more criminal activity and police intervention, but last month wasn’t too bad for Queen Anne crime. Remember, these are just summaries of SOME of the criminal events that happened in our neighborhood, not a full recap.

  • Bike Cops Arrest 2 in Pridefest Fight: Two groups of men broke into a fight near the corner of 4th Avenue and Broad Street on July 2nd during Pridefest. A victim of the fight was punched and had a sign ripped from his hands. Bicycle patrol officers arrested the two suspects – a 36 and 22-year-old man – and later booked the elder one into jail. Both men will receive misdemeanor assault charges.
  • 4th of July Drive-By at Kerry Park: While investigating a trash can fire caused by fireworks on West Highland Drive on the evening of July 4th, SPD officers were approached by a woman who claimed her friend had been shot and was being taken to Harborview. She went through surgery and her injuries are not life threatening. The shooting happened around 2 a.m. on July 5th. According to police investigation, the victim had been talking to the occupants of a Ford Focus when the passenger of a Chrysler 300 that was passing by shot her. SPD found a Ford Focus with recent bullet damage parked near the scene of the crime, and later found the unoccupied Chrysler in Lake City – which they impounded for evidence.
  • Man Barricades Himself in Room to Avoid Eviction: Around 1 p.m. on July 15th, SPD arrived at the Aloha Inn on Aurora Ave N because a man barricaded himself in his room with a knife to avoid eviction (he had been disruptive and threatening to other residents). At first, he wouldn’t open the door or speak to SPD officers, but eventually a hostage negotiation team was able to convince him to voluntarily leave the apartment at about 6:30 p.m. that evening. The 51-year-old man was taken to Harborview to undergo a mental health evaluation.
  • Vehicular Assault Leads to Arrest: Around 8 p.m. on July 19th, a cyclist heading north on Westlake Avenue N was thrown from her bike after hitting a southbound truck when the driver turned into his path. The cyclist was treated at the scene by Seattle Fire, and then transported to Harborview. A DRE unit arrived and tested the driver in a routine evaluation, which resulted in a legal blood draw since the man showed signs of impairment. The man also had a prior DUI, so he was booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Vehicular Assault.

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Queen Anne Events: 4th Annual Running of the Bulls a Success

Each year, the Comstock Commission and Paragon Bar & Grill put on the Running of the Bulls Queen Anne event to coincide with the famous Bull Run in Pamplona, Spain.

This Saturday, the 4th annual Running of the Bulls on Queen Anne took place with plenty of photo and video coverage from the Seattle Times. Several other media organizations captured some great images as well.

The event starts in the alley behind Paragon, where the ‘bulls’ are prepared from shopping carts decorated like bulls, and loaded with cases of beer. The bulls then ‘chase’ white-and-red clad runners down Queen Anne Avenue N to stop at Kerry Park. Runners smack the ‘bulls’ with rolled-up newspapers all the way, egging them on.

Said one participant, “It’s a crazy thing to honor disorganization and confusion… It’s a hoot – you get to meet lots of nice people, have a good time.” The shopping carts come out in great form – complete with nose rings, facial features, horns, and more. And the participants all come dressed in white with red sashes and kerchiefs – just like the participants of the Spanish event in Pamplona.

Watch a Seattle Times video of the Queen Anne event here:

According to the Seattle Times, “The event coincides with the famous run in Pamplona, Spain, and lets about 100 folks in Seattle get a taste of terror as they flee from raging shopping cart bulls.”

“It’s an excuse to have fun and do something fairly irresponsible with minimal consequences,” another participant said.

This is the fourth annual event, which is the creation of the Comstock Commission – an elusive secret society group on Queen Anne that calls themselves “A Division of the Queen Anne Mafia”. Other than the Running of the Bulls event, very few people actually know what the Commission does. However, it seems to be harmless fun.

Keep an eye out next year if you want to be a part of the Running of the Bulls! Paragon seems to update their Facebook page with the details.

Featured photo by Lindsey Wasson for the Seattle Times.