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Real Estate Report

The market didn’t slow down in the Queen Anne area as we came into the fall months, with 58 sales this past September compared to 36 last September. Though the highest priced home last year was at $4,243,000 and this year the highest priced home was about two million lower, the median cost for a home has gone up from $425,000 (9/15) to $629,500 (9/16). Last year homes were being listed (on average) for $691,407 and this September we are seeing homes listed (on average) for $805,780. There are currently 91 active listings and 76 pending.


June Real Estate Report




Queen Anne is a good example of the growth for real estate in Seattle. It may not be growing as quickly as some neighborhoods, but nonetheless it is showing some strength. There are currently 78 active listings and 71 pending. According to the NWMLS, last June there were 91 sales and this past month there were 90. Even though close in number, it still beats 64 in 2014. The median sales price for a home is up to $648,000, compared to $550,000 (2015) and $546,000(2014). The highest price for a home has dropped from $5,100,000 to $2,500,000 and the lowest is up by a little less than $900. For a neighborhood so close to the booming Downtown market and all the amenities, maybe Seattle transplants will start buying in Queen Anne.

For listings in the neighborhood, click on the photo above!

Queen Anne Events: 12 Things to Do in September

Finish your summer with some fun, family-friendly events at the Seattle Center and throughout the neighborhood! These are the Queen Anne events to look forward to this month …

  1. August 30 through September 1 – Bumbershoot: The Pacific Northwest’s greatest festival of music and arts is back from August 30th through September 1st! Bumbershoot is here! Tickets start at $66/day, or $175+ for the full weekend.
  2. Wednesdays in September – Wine Wednesday Tastings at Twirl Café: Enjoy three hand-selected wines from rotating regions! This weekly event at Twirl Café is from 5 – 8 p.m. and costs $5 per tasting. Half priced wines by the bottle (select variety) will be available for purchase as well.
  3. Thursdays in September – The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: Each Thursday throughout September, the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is open on the hill! There’s live music, food trucks, fresh produce, and interesting live events such as chef demos and expert tips. The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is open every Thursday through October 16th, from 3 – 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and W. Crockett Street.
  4. Fridays in September – Movie & Pizza Night at Twirl Café: Rotating pizzas and movie snacks will be available at Twirl’s weekly movie and pizza night. From 5 – 8 p.m. on Fridays, Twirl will serving pizza and dinner specials for a $7 rotating pizza selection, or $4 cheese pizza. They be playing a G-rated movie (movie starts at 6 p.m.) presented by Video Isle, and kids are encouraged to wear their PJs.
  5. September 7 – Swedish Pancakes at the Swedish Club NW: Enjoy live music, dancing, and Swedish pancakes with all of the fixin’s on Sunday, September 7th for the Swedish Club NW’s monthly feed from 8 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Richard Svensson and Bjarne Jacobsen, Nordleik Folk Music and TinnFelen Hardanger Fiddle Ensemble. Entry is $9 for guests, $7 for club members, and $5 for kids ages 5-12.
  6. September 7 – Live Aloha Festival at Seattle Center: The 7th Annual Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival will be held on September 7th at the Seattle Center! Live performances, Hawaiian culture and food, and more are to be enjoyed from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
  7. September 10 – September Queen Anne Book Co. Story time at Twirl: On the second Wednesday of every month, Tegan from the Queen Anne Book Co. does a FREE story time at Twirl Café! Come join us for this fun event for kids of all ages on September 10th from 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  8. September 13 & 14 – Seattle Fiestas Patrias: Enjoy Latino dance, music, art, and food in the Seattle Center’s Fiestas Patrias on September 13th and 14th! The festival will take place in the Fisher Pavilion from noon until 8 p.m. on September 13th, and from noon until 5 p.m. on September 14th.
  9. September 18 – 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. The luncheon takes place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on September 18th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.
  10. September 27 – September Mimosa Brunch at Twirl Café: On the last Saturday of each month, Twirl Café is holding a fun Mimosa Brunch with a food special! The brunch includes a food special for the September 27th event, with a mimosa on the side (alcoholic or non). Regular play admission is free when you spend $20+ on food and beverages.
  11. September 27 – Elton John “All the Hits” Tour: Elton John returns to the KeyArena with his band for the “All the Hits” tour on September 27th. The performance will include hit songs from his album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (recently released 40th anniversary edition). Tickets start at $50 each.
  12. September 27 & 28 – Italian Festival: Experience, enjoy, and explore Italian culture, food, and more at the Seattle Center Festál’s Italian Festival on September 27th and 28th. There will be visual arts, food, games, hands-on activities, crafts, Italian films, grape-stomping, bocce ball, and more.

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Join in an Epic Seattle Solstice Stairway Run!

Queen Anne’s network of stairways all over the hill has been an iconic part of the neighborhood since it’s earliest days. And, we have some of the oldest existing stairs in the city of Seattle. A few years ago, Thomas Horton mapped all of the stairs on our hill in his Stairs Map with the Queen Anne Historical Society. And now, SeattleStairwayWalks.com is joining in on an Epic Seattle Solstice Stairway Run to traverse Queen Anne’s and other neighborhoods’ stairs throughout the city, and you should too!

The Epic Seattle Solstice Stairway Run will take place all day on Saturday, June 21st (summer solstice day). Local stair enthusiast Michael Yadrick designed the route for the all-day run, which begins at 5:12 a.m. in West Seattle and ends at 9:12 p.m. here in Queen Anne. “Michael’s major inspiration came from reading an article in Outdoors NW magazine about a group of friends who ran ALL the stairs in Seattle over a period of several years,” says the Seattle Stairway Foot Tour Facebook page. “Yadrick has been dreaming about a citywide Seattle run for a few years.”

During the run, participants will run, climb, hike, and – toward the end of the day, most likely – trudge more than 60 miles and 15,000 stair steps. That’s a cumulative elevation change of 11,000 feet! The race is set for June 21st, the summer solstice and therefore the date this year with the longest amount of sunlight, for safety reasons – so that racers can climb all of the staircases of Seattle in daylight.

According to the event Facebook page, “While the public stairways are an incredible asset for Seattle as well as targets to navigate towards, the endeavor will also highlight all the Emerald City has to offer: gorgeous views, natural areas, elevation change, gritty littered streets, tree-lined boulevards, cafes, etc.”

Interested in joining? Runners of all levels of fitness and skill are welcome! Click here for the map and route.

Featured photo from Seattle Stairway Foot Tour’s Facebook page, via Google Earth.