The holiday season is almost here, and numerous neighborhood spots are kicking of the celebrations with fun Queen Anne events. Read about a few of them here…
October 31 & November 1 – Holiday Bazaar at Swedish Club NW: In their annual tradition, the Swedish Club NW is putting on a Holiday Bazaar this weekend, Saturday, October 31st through Sunday, November 1st. The bazaar will have three floors of crafts, gifts, music, entertainment, baked goods and more! The bazaar is open both days from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be no Sunday Pancake breakfast at the club this month, since the bazaar takes place on the first Sunday.
Throughout November – Dine Around Seattle at Queen Anne Restaurants: Dine Around Seattle comes back, on the tails of the fall Seattle Restaurant Week. Dine Around Seattle runs Sundays through Thursdays each week from November 1st through November 25th. Get a three-course dinner for $33. In Queen Anne, participating restaurants include Ponti Seafood Grill and Toulouse Petit.
November 7 – Hmong New Year Celebration: This year marks 40 years in America for the Hmong people. To celebrate, there will be a New Year Celebration at the Seattle Center Armory on November 7th, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. There will be a gallery of photos and stories about the people and the Secret War of Laos, honoring the Hmong and their veterans. This event is free and open to the public.
November 11 – Veteran’s Day: Honor our esteemed Veteran’s on Wednesday, November 11th.
November 19 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce November 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 November 19th. The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. RSVP required, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 27 – Winterfest Begins at Seattle Center: The Seattle Center Winterfest returns on November 27th, when the Ice Rink, weekend performances, winter and train village, student showcases and more begins for the winter 2015 season. The Dickens Carolers will open the festival, so don’t miss it!
Every year on Halloween, the shops and restaurants along Queen Anne Avenue hold a trick-or-treating event for neighborhood kiddos. Typically, business staff will get dressed up to hand out candy and other treats and goodies to the little kids.
Since Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, Upper Queen Anne businesses are doing the annual trick or treat a day early on Friday, October 30th between 3 – 6 p.m. Merchants between Galer Street and McGraw Street along Queen Anne Avenue N will be giving goodies to the little trick-or-treaters.
Since hundreds of little kids will be walking the sidewalks of Queen Anne Ave N, the neighborhood requests that drivers try to avoid the avenue between 3 – 6 p.m. on October 30th in the interest of the kids’ safety.
Enjoy, and thanks to the Queen Anne merchants for sponsoring this fun annual event!
According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, there were only 12 sales of single family homes in September of 2015. Inventory levels at the end of September were at almost 3 months’ worth of supply, much higher than the one month’s worth or less that has been the standard for most of this year. There is an unusually high number of homes priced over $1 million currently on the market. Time will tell if pricing is starting to stabilize. From an anecdotal viewpoint, fewer people tend to actively look for homes in August so we will see whether sales pick up into the fall. All indicators, including number of sales, median sales price, and list-to-sales-price ratio, were up in August of 2015 compared to a year earlier. However, September is a different story. The median sales price in September was up on a yearly basis ($705,000 compared to $691,000 in September 2014), but the number of sales was half of what it was a year ago (12 sales in 2015 compared to 24 in September 2014). The sales to list price ratio remained stable over the year (101.6%).
Queen Anne condo sales and prices both trended upward in August, but sales were down substantially in September 2015 compared to September 2014 (25 to 41). The good news from a seller’s standpoint is the median sales price was much higher in 2015, at $360,000 compared to $274,000 in 2014. The number of new listings for condos in the months of August and September 2015 compared to 2014 were relatively close (78 to 75).
October will be an interesting month to see how the numbers compare to 2014. September is the first month this year where we have seen any sign of the market stabilizing. 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.
Driving by the old Champion Party Supply store a few weeks ago, I noticed it was empty. This seemed surprising and strange, since Halloween is right around the corner, and I confidently assume this is the store’s busiest time of year. Talking with my colleagues and neighbors, we figured something sudden must have happened or this could be just another small business closure due to rising rents.
Luckily, it turns out that neither is the case! Champion Party Supply has moved to Interbay, and reopened on September 25th. The new store is located at 1461 Elliott Ave W (just south of Whole Foods), and is larger at 13,000 square feet.
The store had been in its old location for 21 years, and had to move because the spot had been scheduled for demolition and redevelopment into an apartment building this fall. According to a Queen Anne News article about the move, there are plans for a six-story building on the site to include 75 apartments, six live/work units and 2,500 square feet of commercial/retail space.
“The city is changing and we’re ready and excited to change with it,” third-generation owner Victoria Champion said in a press release. “We’ve seen a lot of local Seattle business go under and we’re committed to be the exceptions despite this hurdle. I feel confident that this new location will allow us to be a better version of the old Champion’s that has become a Seattle institution after so many years.”
So head to the new Champion Party Supply store location in Interbay for all of your costuming and party decorating needs this Halloween season! They also have extended hours for Halloween shopping – till 8 p.m. And there’s free parking on the south side of the new building and directly behind.