Summer is officially here, and there are some fun Queen Anne events that you won’t want to miss this month!
July 4 – Fourth of July Celebrations: The Seafair Summer Fourth offers two locations near Queen Anne to celebrate our freedom: Gas Works Park from noon until 11 p.m. and South Lake Union Park from 3 – 11 p.m. There are several parks around Queen Anne that are perfect for watching the fireworks. And the Swedish Club NW is doing a fun Barbecue Dinner, live music, karaoke, and more starting at 6:30 p.m. (free parking for the first 100 cars, available at 5:30 p.m.) – Tickets for seats start at $41. The Seattle Children’s Museum will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. before the fireworks start.
July 8 – Members & Friends Dinner at the Swedish Club NW: The club is holding their annual pizza and potluck dinner on July 8th. Social hour starts at 5:30, and dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 if purchased before Tuesday, July 7th, and $15 after Monday, July 6th.
July 11 – Queen Anne Days Summerfest & Fun Run: Celebrate our neighborhood with the annual Queen Anne Days celebration. On July 11th, the Crown of Queen Anne fun run/walk starts at 8 a.m. at 5th Ave W and Halladay. After the run, the fun continues with Summerfest! There will be a car show, art walk, dog parade, beer, wine and cider garden, as well as live music from 2 – 9 p.m.
July 12 – Queen Anne Days Familyfest: Queen Anne Days continue on July 12th, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the playfield next to the QA Community Center, with games, live music for kids, food, bouncy houses, a bunny petting area, kiddie parade and more!
July 14 – Tequila Herradura Tasting Night at LloydMartin: On Tuesday, July 14th, Chef Sam Crannell of LloydMartin will be offering a special tasting night with Tequila Herradura! From 6 – 9 p.m., enjoy original cocktails and family-style tapas. There are 40 seats available for $50 each (includes a welcome cocktail and tequila tasting flight). Call 206-420-7602 to reserve your seat.
July 16 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce July Barbecue: 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. This fun BBQ event will take place at the Bayview Retirement Community, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on July 16th. The cost is $15 for members, $20 for non-members. RSVP required, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 17 to 19 – Bite of Seattle: The Groupon Bite of Seattle is back July 17th through 19th at the Seattle Center! Starting at 11 a.m. and until 9 p.m. on Friday/Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday, enjoy food trucks, tastings from some of Seattle’s best restaurants, presentations from local chefs in The Bite Cooks! And more.
A jilted husband got some friends together to try to convince his wife to stop dating another man, and the ‘intervention’ didn’t go anywhere near as planned. At about 11 a.m. Sunday, SPD was called to an apartment in the 300 block of Queen Anne Ave. N. The woman who called reported that family members had staged an intervention for her, and that she had locked herself in her bedroom.
Officers arrived on the Queen Anne crime scene to find the 37-year-old woman and her 40-year-old boyfriend in the bedroom. They ordered the boyfriend to leave. Meanwhile, the woman’s 48-year-old husband had slipped out of the apartment, followed the boyfriend to a parking garage nearby, beat the man, tied him up, and put him in the back of his Lexus before driving away.
SPD enacted a search for the husband, who was involved in a hit-and-run collision near the intersection of N. 40th Street and Stone Way North, as he attempted to flee with his kidnapped rival. The police contacted the man by way of his cell phone, and were able to persuade him to give himself up.
The boyfriend was freed and taken to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for his non-life-threatening injuries. The husband was arrested with three other men, who were alleged accomplices in the intervention.
The 41st annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) wrapped up with a closing night on Sunday, June 7th. More than 400 short and feature-length films were shown over the course of this year’s festival, hailing from 92 countries (a record in SIFF history!).
SIFF recently announced the audience favorites and award winners from this year’s festival, and the list is quite impressive. Festival administrators gave out their annual Golden Space Needle Audience Awards for films voted on from approximately 90,000 ballots submitted. The primary awards of the festival this year, Best Film and Best Actor, were given to “The Dark Horse”.
Here is a breakdown of the outcome of several other top awards from the Golden Space Needle Audience Awards and the Competition Awards:
Best Actress: Nina Hoss from “Phoenix”
Best Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon for “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”
Best Short Film: “Even the Walls”
Best Documentary: “Romeo is Bleeding”
New American Cinema Award: “Chatty Catties”
Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision: “Frame by Frame”
New Directors Competition Award: “Liza, The Fox-Fairy”
Career Achievement Award: Kevin Bacon
In closing from this year’s festival, we think that the SIFF administrators did an excellent job selecting from some incredible films, to be consistent with their mission: “To create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that we foster a community that is more informed, aware, and alive!”
For more highlights from the 2015 SIFF, click here – the Queen Anne News went into some more detail.
No signs of a slowdown in the Queen Anne market! According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, 28 single family homes closed in May of this year, compared to 30 in 2014. The median sales price in May rose substantially to $900,000 from $806,000 in 2014. The sales-to-list price ratio also rose in May to 103.3% compared to 101.3% a year earlier. The amount of new listings hitting the market remained steady with 49 new listings in May compared to 50 in 2014.
Good news for buyers and sellers in the Queen Anne condo market as prices rose, as did the number of new listings. Queen Anne condo sales rose from last year with 40 sales in May, compared to 33 last year. The median price also rose slightly to $332,500 compared to $320,000 a year earlier. The sales-to-list price ratio was 100.9% in May 2015 and 100.0% in 2014. New listings totaled 57 in May compared to 45 in the same period of 2014.
It bears repeating that if you are thinking of selling, now is a great time to come off the fence! 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.