Monthly Archives: June 2014

Don’t Miss Queen Anne Days & the Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk

The biggest neighborhood event of the year is coming up on July 12th and 13th, with the Queen Anne Days and the Crown of Queen Anne fun run/walk!

Queen Anne Days kicks off on Saturday, July 12th with the fun run and walk, and continues through the weekend with kid bands, food trucks, a car show, kiddie parade, bouncy houses and booths with games, crafts, and other activities.

Most of the Queen Anne Days festivities will take place at Big Howe park, although businesses up and down Queen Anne Avenue will have a sidewalk sale going on. Click here for the schedule.

The Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk includes a 3.3-mile route through the Queen Anne Neighborhood, along historic streets including our notable Queen Anne Boulevard. The race is open to all ages and fitness conditions. The race will begin at 5th Avenue West and West Halladay Street at 8 a.m. for walkers and 8:20 a.m. for runners on Saturday, July 12th. After the race, there will be a prize ceremony for race winners in various categories, which will take place at the Queen Anne Lutheran Church.

Click here to register, or drop by the booth at the Queen Anne Farmers Market on Thursdays from 3 – 7 p.m. before race day. Registration costs $35 per person, in advance or $40 on race day, and includes a T-shirt.

The Crown of Queen Anne race and the Queen Anne Days celebration is something you will not want to miss! Join in on the fun with families, friends and community members of July 12th and 13th.

Click here for more information about Queen Anne Days, including participating street food vendors, live music performers, and other details. Queen Anne Days is sponsored by the Queen Anne Neighborhood Alliance, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Queen Anne Helpline, Queen Anne Dispatch, Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, MarQueen Garage, Queen Anne Farmers Market, American Music, and Allegria Charity Auctions.

Featured photo credit QueenAnneDays.com.

Real Estate Recap: An Encouraging Sign For Queen Anne Inventory

Homes in Queen Anne are still selling nearly as fast as they are coming on the market and at higher prices than before.  However, there is one bright spot in the May statistics regarding inventory. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, 52 new residential listings came on the market in May of 2014. That figure is equal to the highest number of new listings in any month of 2013 and more than any month in 2012. Meanwhile, 30 single family homes closed in May of this year, down slightly from the 37 closed sales in May, 2013.   The median sale price rose substantially to $806,000 from $615,000 in 2013.

Queen Anne condo sales dipped slightly from last year with 33 sales in May, 2014 compared to 37 in May, 2013.  Median price also lowered slightly to $320,000 compared to $329,950 in May, 2013.  The author believes the aforementioned statistic is an anomaly because in his opinion, condo prices in Queen Anne are up substantially from the previous year.

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.

Queen Anne Events: 10 Things to Do in July

There are some pretty exciting Queen Anne events to put on the calendar for next month!

  1. Wednesdays in July – Wine Wednesday Tastings at Twirl Café: Enjoy three hand-selected wines from rotating regions! This weekly event at Twirl Café is from 5 – 8 p.m. and costs $5 per tasting. Half priced wines by the bottle (select variety) will be available for purchase as well.
  2. Thursdays in July – The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: Each Thursday throughout July, the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is open on the hill! There’s live music, food trucks, fresh produce, and interesting live events such as chef demos and expert tips. The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is open every Thursday through October 16th, from 3 – 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and W. Crockett Street.
  3. Fridays in July – 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.) presented by Video Isle, and kids are encouraged to wear their PJs.
  4. July 4 – Fourth of July at the Swedish Club Northwest: Enjoy Smokin’ Pete’s BBQ, live music by Lushy, dancing, and a fireworks show at the Swedish Club NW on Friday, July 4th for the club’s Fourth of July festivities. The event begins at 6;30 p.m., and costs $35-50. Purchase your tickets here.
  5. July 9 – July Queen Anne Book Co. Storytime at Twirl: On the second Wednesday of every month, Tegan from the Queen Anne Book Co. does a FREE storytime at Twirl Café! Come join us for this fun event for kids of all ages on July 9th from 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  6. July 12 – Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk: The Annual Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk is on July 12th this year, which includes a 3.3-mile race around the crown of the hill for runners and walkers of all skill levels and abilities. Walkers start at 8 a.m., and runners start at 8:20 a.m., with a $35/person registration fee ($40 day-of). The race is followed by the Queen Anne Days celebration at Big Howe park.
  7. July 17 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce July 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 1:00 p.m. on July 17th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.
  8. July 18-20 – Bite of Seattle at the Seattle Center: This is a Seattle summer tradition! Head on down to the Seattle Center Friday through Sunday, July 18th through 20th, for the ultimate foodie festival: The Groupon Bite of Seattle. Admission is free, and includes chef demos and all sorts of activities, plus access to some tasty food truck fare and more!
  9. July 19 – Historic Tour of Queen Anne: Visit Queen Anne Landmark residences, enjoy fabulous neighborhood views, and tour the area while learning about Queen Anne’s architectural history in the Queen Anne Tour. This event is hosted by the Seattle Architecture Foundation, and begins at the West Queen Anne Elementary School. The tour takes place from 10 a.m. until noon on July 19th.

10. July 26 – July Mimosa Brunch at Twirl Café: On the last Saturday of each month, Twirl Café is holding a fun Mimosa Brunch with a food special! The brunch includes a food special for the July 26th event, with a mimosa on the side (alcoholic or non). Regular play admission is free when you spend $20+ on food and beverages.

Featured photo from Bite of Seattle’s Facebook page.

Join in an Epic Seattle Solstice Stairway Run!

Queen Anne’s network of stairways all over the hill has been an iconic part of the neighborhood since it’s earliest days. And, we have some of the oldest existing stairs in the city of Seattle. A few years ago, Thomas Horton mapped all of the stairs on our hill in his Stairs Map with the Queen Anne Historical Society. And now, SeattleStairwayWalks.com is joining in on an Epic Seattle Solstice Stairway Run to traverse Queen Anne’s and other neighborhoods’ stairs throughout the city, and you should too!

The Epic Seattle Solstice Stairway Run will take place all day on Saturday, June 21st (summer solstice day). Local stair enthusiast Michael Yadrick designed the route for the all-day run, which begins at 5:12 a.m. in West Seattle and ends at 9:12 p.m. here in Queen Anne. “Michael’s major inspiration came from reading an article in Outdoors NW magazine about a group of friends who ran ALL the stairs in Seattle over a period of several years,” says the Seattle Stairway Foot Tour Facebook page. “Yadrick has been dreaming about a citywide Seattle run for a few years.”

During the run, participants will run, climb, hike, and – toward the end of the day, most likely – trudge more than 60 miles and 15,000 stair steps. That’s a cumulative elevation change of 11,000 feet! The race is set for June 21st, the summer solstice and therefore the date this year with the longest amount of sunlight, for safety reasons – so that racers can climb all of the staircases of Seattle in daylight.

According to the event Facebook page, “While the public stairways are an incredible asset for Seattle as well as targets to navigate towards, the endeavor will also highlight all the Emerald City has to offer: gorgeous views, natural areas, elevation change, gritty littered streets, tree-lined boulevards, cafes, etc.”

Interested in joining? Runners of all levels of fitness and skill are welcome! Click here for the map and route.

Featured photo from Seattle Stairway Foot Tour’s Facebook page, via Google Earth.