Monthly Archives: January 2016

Queen Anne Year End Real Estate Round Up

111 W Highland2015 was a great year for sellers of Queen Anne real estate. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, 314 single family homes sold in all of 2015 in Queen Anne compared to 294 in 2014.   Median sales price climbed 8.5% to $799,475 compared to $737,250 in 2014.  The sale  price to list price ratio in 2015 was 102.6% compared to 100.8% in 2014.  The amount of new listings hitting the market in 2015 (369) was nearly identical to 2014 (368).

The number of 2015 Queen Anne condo sales increased from 379 in 2014 to 422 in 2015.   Likewise, the median sale price rose to $355,000 from $315,000 a year earlier, an increase of just under 8%.  The sales to list price ratio also increased to 101.5% in 2015 from 99.1% in 2014.  New listings totaled 467 in 2015 compared to 438 in 2014.

The  modest increase in new inventory is not keeping up with demand so we are continuing to see a very significant rise in sales prices.  All one has to do is take a look at the number of cranes when entering the city to realize that all neighborhoods in close proximity to downtown will continue to experience high demand for real estate! 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.

 

 

By JASON ROACH, Ewing & Clark, Inc.
Residential Sales & Leasing
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Queen Anne Events: 7 Things to Do in February

Grab your sweetie, your kiddos, or a friend and mark your calendars for some fun Queen Anne Events coming up in February!

  1. February 5 – Romeo et Juliette Opening Night at the Pacific Northwest Ballet – Opening night of the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Romeo et Juliette is February 5th! This show only performs for 10 days, through Valentine’s Day February 14th, so purchase your tickets while they are still available.

  2. February 7 – Swedish Pancake Breakfast at the Swedish Club NW: Visit the Swedish Club NW on Sunday, February 7th for their monthly pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.! There will be dancing, live music, and an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12. During the breakfast, the Swedish Women’s Chorus is also putting on a Valentine Bake Sale.

  3. February 13 & 14 – Tet in Seattle Vietnamese Lunar New Year: Head to the Seattle Center on Valentine’s Day weekend to enjoy the festivities and participate in the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Celebration, Tet in Seattle 2016! There will be live performances, activities, food, games, and more.

  4. February 13 – Harlem Globetrotters at Key Arena: The Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating 90 years of epic sportsmanship and basketball wizardry with their 2016 tour, which stops at the Key Arena on Saturday, February 13th. Click here for tickets.

  5. February 14 – Valentine’s Day at Queen Anne Restaurants: Most Queen Anne restaurants are now taking reservations for Valentine’s Day! LloydMartin will be open and serving their Valentine’s menu all weekend long. Eden Hill is serving Valentine’s Day dinner Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And How to Cook a Wolf has a $80/person prix fixe dinner, to name a few romantic Queen Anne restaurants.

  6. February 18 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce February 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 year’s February luncheon will take place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on February 18th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.

  7. February 27 – Leprechaun Lap Training Run: In preparation for the 32nd annual F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash and Leprechaun Lap on Sunday, March 13th, the Seattle Children’s Museum is hosting a training run on Saturday, February 27th. Meet at the International Fountain in the Seattle Center at 9 a.m. with your little leprechaun to participate in the training.

Update on the Queen Anne Patrol

Community members have voiced concerns about growing crime in the Queen Anne neighborhood, resorting to a plan to hire private security firm.

John Compatore, a former police officer from Oakland, is leading the charge. He recognizes the excessive burden placed on SPD, and their inability to provide the resources for response and presence that the neighborhood is asking for. At the same time, “This is only going to get worse if somebody doesn’t take control,” Compatore told KOMO News. “If somebody else doesn’t step up – we will.”

While there are concerns about drug issues, illegal parking, and trash dumping, the bigger concern for Queen Anne neighbors is property crimes: car prowls, burglaries, and theft of packages left on doorsteps.

To begin to combat these issues, neighbors met at Queen Anne Baptist Church on Thursday, January 14th to discuss hiring private Queen Anne patrol and security personnel. The Queen Anne Patrol website provided a summary of the meeting. Approximately 150 people attended, including Sergeant Kelly and Terry Johnston (SPD’s Crime Prevention Coordinator). While the preliminary meeting did not have a firm agreement or plan for reducing crime and/or hiring a private patrol, the issues are certainly widespread – about 75 percent of audience members reported having been victims of home burglaries.

Unfortunately, Compatore was ill and unable to attend and run the meeting. However, the organizer for the newly operational Magnolia Patrol, Joe Villarino, was at the meeting and offered some suggestions.

Evan Conklin, who provided the summary, stated that moving forward would likely require a non-profit corporation with funding, a board of directors made up of volunteers, and ongoing discussion. “In my opinion, it is going to cost between $250,000 – $500,000 a year to have a real patrol working full time here on the hill. Is it possible to have enough subscribers to pay that cost? If we can’t then is a part time patrol an option? If not, then are there other things we can do as a group (however many there are) that will have some level of effectiveness? (Maybe we can beef up the existing block watch program somehow to make it more effective),” he wrote in the summary.

To learn more about the Queen Anne Patrol, and to sign up to receive updates, visit the QAPatrol.org website.

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SPD Involved in Shooting with Armed Suspect on Saturday

A 31-year-old man named James Linwood Slade was shot multiple times by police after approaching officers with a knife in his hands this weekend. His injuries are non-life-threatening, but he remains in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.

Seattle Police responded to reports of an attempted car theft in the 1500 block of Queen Anne Ave. N (near Kerry Park) on Saturday, January 9th at about 1:45 p.m. Officers arrived on the scene and a man with a knife in his hands approached them. The suspect, Mr. Slade, was warned that he would be shot with a Taser if he didn’t drop the weapon, and when he continued to advance, police fired the non-lethal weapon. However, it didn’t stop the suspect’s approach, and officers progressed to firing shots – a standard procedure.

An eyewitness reported to the Seattle Times that the suspect then got into the front seat of one of the police cars on the scene, and that officers attempted to subdue him through the car window with the Taser. SPD released a dash-cam video of the shooting on Sunday – click here to view it.

Slade was disarmed and then transported to Harborview for treatment of his gunshot wounds, which were critical but non-life-threatening.

The Washington State Department of Corrections reports that Slade had been previously convicted of assault charges, and was under community supervision in Pierce County. Prior to the January 9th events, he had failed to report to his corrections officer, and on January 4th the DOC had issued a national warrant for his arrest.

This remains an open investigation with detectives from the Force Investigation Team and the SPD’s Office of Professional Accountability to ensure that the enforcement of the law in this case was not excessive.

Featured photo source: KomoNews.com