Monthly Archives: December 2015

Queen Anne Events: 9 Things to Do in January

Although the holidays have come and will be gone very soon, there are still some fun Queen Anne events for the whole family throughout the month of January. Check them out…

  1. January 3 – Last Day of Winterfest at Seattle Center: Winterfest has been going on at the Seattle Center, with special programs and performances, the Winter Train & Village, ice rink, and more! The last day of Winterfest is on Sunday, January 3rd at the Fisher Pavilion.

  2. January 3 – Swedish Pancakes at the Swedish Club NW: Head to the Swedish Club NW on Sunday, January 3rd from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the monthly Swedish pancake breakfast, complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. There will also be live music from the Folk Voice Band, TinnFelen, and Seattle Scandia Spelmanslag. The price is $9 for guests, $7 for club members, and $5 for kids aged 5-12.

  3. January 7 – “Where the Wild Things Are” Opens at Seattle Children’s Theatre: Based on Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are”, the Seattle Children’s Theatre is presenting a performance and ‘guided play’ experience, starting Thursday, January 7th, with twice-daily weekend day performances through February 28th.

  4. January 8 – EDIFICE at Pottery Northwest: Pottery artist and sculptor Myra Kaha’s exhibit, EDIFICE, opens at Pottery Northwest on Friday, January 8th at 6 p.m. The exhibit will continue on display through January 29th.

  5. January 16 – “The Marriage of Figaro” Opens at Seattle Opera: Mozart’s most popular opera, “The Marriage of Figaro” opens its 2016 run on Saturday, January 16th! The production takes place at McCaw Hall, and runs through January 30th.

  6. January 16-18 – 42nd Annual Model Railroad Show: The Pacific Science Center offers its 42nd Annual Model Railroad Show on January 16th through 18th. There will be interactive trains, Iron Horse Railway rides for kids, dozens of miniature model layouts, and meet-and-greet times with model engineers.

  7. January 21 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce January Luncheon: The Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce meets on the third Thursday of every month. Join the chamber guests and members for a special holiday event on Thursday, January 21st at the Best Western Executive Plus. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required to

  8. January 30 – Belgian Fest: More than 100 Belgian-style beers from Washington craft breweries will be highlighted at the 7th Annual Belgian Fest on January 30th at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. Tickets cost $35 in advance, or $40 at the door, and include a tasting glass, 10 tokens for tastings (4-ounces each).

  9. January 31 – Hollywood Nights Closes at Teatro ZinZanni: Since mid-September, Teatro ZinZanni has been hosting a luxurious throw-back performance to Old Hollywood, with their Hollywood Nights show. Tickets are $99-$174 per person, and include the show and a five-course meal.

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Video Isle Closes its Queen Anne Location

After almost 30 years, the Queen Anne location of Video Isle is closing its doors permanently. This comes after the store was closed temporarily several weeks ago due to issues with the computer systems, which made it impossible to process rentals.

The temporary closure was posted on the door, directing customers to Video Isle’s Fremont location. The computer problems continued, and returned DVDs began to pile up. It seems that these computer issues only exacerbated issues the business was already facing.

Over the weekend, Video Isle’s owner, Tonya Perfect, provided the Queen Anne View blog with an update to explain the closure: “Queen Anne is moving our inventory to our Fremont location. We have had a good run here on Queen Anne for almost 30 years. Competing with streaming, increases in rent, lack of parking and the computer issues we recently had there is no better time than now to make this merge and save Video Isle, Inc.”

The Queen Anne location was the store’s original location; its second location opened in Fremont in 1989. The original owner, Craig Wilson, owned the business in both locations since opening until he retired in February of last year, transferring the business to Ms. Perfect.

“We started out with less than a thousand videos to offer as our selection. Our goal back then was to provide a comfortable environment for folks to come browse what we believed was a carefully chosen selection of titles. We were one of the first stores in Seattle to expand our movie offerings to include foreign, documentary and smaller independent films,” the website says.

Customers can still enjoy the full Video Isle inventory at the Fremont location, which is located at 4459 Fremont Ave N. You can still get a free bag of popcorn while you browse!

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Nightly Lane Closures of SR 99/Aurora Ave Begin Tonight

The traffic nightmare continues…

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has announced that, starting tonight at 8 p.m., the nightly closures of SR 99/Aurora Avenue North will restrict southbound access for evening drivers. Each evening between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. through Thursday, December 17th, one southbound lane of SR 99 between Roy and Mercer Street will be closed. This closure will re-occur on Monday and Tuesday next week (December 21st and 22nd).

Next weekend, SR 99 will be completely closed between Valley Street and just south of the Battery Street Tunnel from 9 p.m. on Friday through 5 p.m. Saturday. During this closure, all northbound and southbound lanes will be closed at this segment of SR 99, with the northbound lanes re-opening at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The southbound lanes will re-open at 7 a.m. on Saturday, although one southbound lane will remain closed until 1 p.m. on Saturday between Valley and Thomas streets.

In January, the SR 99 closures will affect Queen Anne commuters even more with round-the-clock closures. One lane in each direction will be closed for about seven weeks between Highland Drive and the Aurora Bridge. In addition, WSDOT is closing another lane nightly for additional work zone space. This particular closure is to allow contractor crews to install foundations for new traffic signs necessary to alert drivers to the road changes that are taking place on SR 99 between Highland Drive and Denny Way.

Click here to check out an extensive, interactive simulation of how this part of SR 99 and its adjoining roadways will change in the coming months as the Mercer Corridor project reaches its next stages of construction.

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Queen Anne Market Sees Continued Rise In Prices In Nov.

By Jason Roach, Ewing & Clark, Inc.

Prices in Queen Anne continue to steadily climb heading into the winter. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, 26 single family homes sold in November of this year at a Median price of $819,500. Those figures compare to just 17 sales at a median price of $770,000 in November of 2014. Most telling is that the average sales-to-list-price ratio in November 2015 was 104.1% compared to 98.8% last year. The amount of new listings hitting the market remained steady with 18 new listings in November of this year compared to 17 in 2014.

The number of condo sales in Queen Anne dipped slightly in November to 23, compared to 25 a year ago. However, condo prices are up, as the median sales price rose to $325,000 from $285,000 a year earlier. Likewise, the sales-to-list-price ratio increased to 100.7% in November 2015 from 97.6% in 2014. New listings totaled 21 in November compared to 27 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! Inventory is low this time of year and demand remains high. 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.