Monthly Archives: August 2015

Queen Anne Events: 7 Things to Do in September

There are plenty of Queen Anne events for end-of-summer fun throughout the next month! Read all about them below…

  1. September 5, 6, 7 – Bumbershoot: The biggest music festival in the Pacific Northwest is back on Labor Day weekend! Bumbershoot is September 5th through 7th at the Seattle Center. For three days, enjoy amazing live music performances from your favorite artists and new ones, as well as food trucks and other activities.
  2. September 13 – Swedish Pancakes at the Swedish Club NW: On the first Sunday of every month, the Swedish Club NW hosts a traditional pancake breakfast! One week late, due to Labor Day, the pancake breakfast this month will take place on Sept. 13th. Enjoy music, dancing, and delicious pancakes with lingonberries and all of the fixings! The breakfast is from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and costs $7 for club members, $5 for kids ages 5-12, and $9 for guests.
  3. September 13 – 8th Annual Live Aloha Festival: The Hawaiian Cultural Festival, Live Aloha, comes to the Seattle Center on September 13th for the 8th annual celebration. From 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., guests can enjoy live performances, food vendors, activities, and more at this free event.
  4. September 17 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce September 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. This event will take place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on September 17th. The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. RSVP required, to
  5. September 17 – Seattle Center Sculpture Walk Tour: A new temporary art installation is coming to the Seattle Center on September 4th, with a special Sculpture Walk Tour and artists’ reception on September 17th from 4 – 5 p.m. The tour begins at the south entrance to the Seattle Center Armory, near Starbucks.
  6. September 19 – Talk Like a Pirate Day: The Seattle Children’s Museum is hosting it’s fun 7th annual Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Southworth Buccaneers will be visiting the museum. And all day in the lobby, the wee mateys can create pirate gear, play games and more. Dress up in your pirate outfit and get free admission for up to one child per family.
  7. September 19 & 20 – Fiestas Patrias at the Seattle Center: Enjoy Latin dancers, music, art and more at the Fiestas Patrias festival at the Seattle Center on September 19th and 20th! There will be live performances, food vendors, children’s activities, a boxing exhibition, and more.

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Fatal Shooting in Lower Queen Anne Over the Weekend

Early Saturday morning, at about 3 a.m., Seattle Police received multiple reports of shots fired at the Shell gas station on the corner of Denny Way and Queen Anne Ave N. They arrived on the scene to find one man (22 years old) dead, and two others severely injured with gunshot wounds.

Seattle Fire transported the two injured men to Harborview Medical Center for emergency treatment of their life-threatening injuries.

After canvassing the scene for evidence, detectives from the SPD’s departments of Homicide and CSI determined that a parked car was the setting of the shooting. All suspects and victims have been accounted for.

This remains an open investigation into possible connections to being a result of a drub robbery. If you have any additional information for police, please call the SPD Homicide Tip Line: (206) 233-5000.

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Bumbershoot 2015 – It’s Almost Here!

It’s about to be basically Christmas for many Seattleites… Bumbershoot is nearly here! The biggest music festival in the Western Washington area is coming back for its 45th year on Labor Day weekend, September 5th, 6th, and 7th.

This event is a touchstone of Seattle culture and acclaimed showcase of contemporary music. Each year, there are hundreds of programs including live music, theatre, film and visual arts, dance and comedy performances, and more. Click here for the full lineup.

In addition to the main Bumbershoot events, there will be dozens of food and drink vendors, beer gardens, crafts, activities, and more.

Get a single day pass starting at $85/ticket, or get into all three days of the festival for passes starting at $189.50. There are also a couple of VIP pass options. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Bringing your kids along? No problem – Bumbershoot has performers for the whole family to enjoy with the Youngershoot Kids Zone. Dance groups, musical performers, and the Seattle School of Rock House Band offer all the entertainment your kiddos need to enjoy Bumbershoot just as much as Mom and Dad. Kids under age six can get in for free!

This year, Bumbershoot is being produced by One Reel, AEG Live and of course, the Seattle Center.

We hope to see you there!

Queen Anne Housing Market Tightens In July

111 W HighlandBy Jason Roach, Ewing & Clark, Inc.

Sales were down but prices were way up in the Queen Anne residential market for the month of July compared to a year earlier.  According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, only 22 single family homes closed in July of this year, at a median price of $830,000. That figure is dwarfed by the 42 closed single family homes in July of 2014, but those sold at a lower median of $699,000.  The sales-to-list-price ratio also rose in July to a whopping 105.3% compared to 101.9% a year earlier. The number of new listings hitting the market dipped slightly with 32 new listings in July of this year compared to 37 in 2014.

The good news continued for buyers and sellers in the Queen Anne condo market. More sales, more new listings, and higher prices! July Queen Anne condo sales rose with 42 sales this year, compared to only 39 last year.  The median price also rose to $382,500, compared to $321,500 a year earlier. Sales-to-list-price ratio increased to 100.7% in July 2015 from 97.8% in 2014.  New listings totaled a very high 51 in July compared to 41 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.