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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!

Music and Art in Seattle Parks

Last week, many Seattle parks got a colorful, artistic new addition in the form of refurbished pianos. Pianos in the Parks is a campaign bringing together some of the foremost arts and music organizations in the Pacific Northwest to help communities re-discover their parks.

Twenty pianos were donated for the project, then tuned and restored by Classic Pianos before receiving creative decoration from students at the Gage Academy of Art.

Our very own Queen Anne neighborhood received one such park piano – the Mural Amphitheatre in the Seattle Center is now home to a vividly decorated baby grand piano. Artist Kathleen Moore receives the credit for its vibrant embellishment. Its gorgeous landscape encircling the frame, bright blues and purples, and stunning mountain peak on the music stand are just some of the striking elements to the piano’s new look.

To compound on this excellent opportunity for community members to rediscover the Mural Amphitheatre and other Seattle parks and their pianos, KEXP is offering a special Facebook contest through August 17th. Play your original or public domain music and have a friend film it, upload the video to Facebook, and share it on the Pianos in the Parks Facebook page (you also have to ‘like’ that page to enter). Ask your friends to ‘like’ your video. Click here for more contest rules and details.

Contest submissions and likes voting can continue until midnight on August 17th, when a grand prize winner will be selected by a panel of judges from the five top-voted finalists. The finalists will all be able to perform one musical number at a private concert event on Friday, September 19th, and the Grand Prize winner will be able to perform their winning piece at the KEXP’s Mural Theater concert on August 22nd.

So, pop on down to the Seattle Center to play on the baby grand piano at the Mural Amphitheatre (or any of the other parks with pianos) and record your performance for the contest! And at least, visit some of these incredible works of art!

Featured photo from PianosInTheParks.com.

Queen Anne Events: 11 Things to Do in June

In addition to the opening of the Queen Anne Farmers Market on June 5th, we have several other family-friendly Queen Anne events to look forward to next month…

  1. Wednesdays in June – 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.
  2. Fridays in June – 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.
  3. June 5 – Opening Day of the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: The Queen Anne Farmers Market is back, starting June 5th! At this opening day event, there will be a radish race, live music, complimentary food samples, food trucks, and more – plus the regular produce, food and gift booths. The opening day event begins at 3 p.m., and continues until 7:30 p.m. The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is open every Thursday from June through October 16th, from 3 – 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and W. Crockett Street.
  4. June 6 – National Day Dinner at the Swedish Club NW: Celebrate Sweden’s Nationaldagen at the Swedish Club NW on June 6th. There will be a full dinner (RSVP only) by Archipelago Catering, Nordiska Folkdancers, Swede of the Year announcement, and more!
  5. June 7 – Annual Swedish and American Car Show: The exciting annual show of American and Swedish cars is from noon until 4 p.m. on June 7th at the Swedish Club NW. There will be cold food and drinks available at the bar.
  6. June 7 – Rat City Rollergirls at Key Arena: The Rat City All-Stars are racing in season 10’s bout 6 on June 7th at the Key Arena. The Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the race begins at 5:30 p.m.
  7. June 7 & 8 – Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival at Seattle Center: The annual Pagdiriwang festival will take place at the Seattle Center from June 7th through 8th. The festival is held in the Armory and Mural Amphitheater by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington, and has been an annual event at the Seattle Center since 1987.
  8. June 11 – June Queen Anne Book Co. Storytime at Twirl: On the second Wednesday of every month, Tegan from the Queen Anne Book Co. does a FREE storytime at Twirl Café! Come join us for this fun event for kids of all ages on June 11th from 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  9. June 19 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce June 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 June 19th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.
  10. June 20 – Midsommar Smörgåsbord at Swedish Club NW: Enjoy food and music in the evening at the Swedish Club Northwest on June 20th.
  11. June 28 – June Mimosa Brunch at Twirl Café: On the last Saturday of each month, Twirl Café is holding a fun Mimosa Brunch with a food special! A huevos rancheros breakfast burrito is the food special for the June 28th event, with a mimosa on the side (alcoholic or non). Regular play admission is free when you spend $20+ on food and beverages.

Featured photo from FestalPagdiriwang.com.

Seattle Tourists: Visit Queen Anne on the Emerald City Trolley This Summer

We heard it from the Queen Anne View… The Emerald City Trolley will be bringing Seattle tourists to Queen Anne this summer! The Trolley previously only served the Downtown area (year-round) and the Ballard Locks and Overlook (summer only), but it will add a stop on upper Queen Anne beginning in May.

Stop locations and times are still being finalized, but the Emerald City Trolley told the View that they expect to have a stop near Blaine Street and Queen Anne Avenue North. The plan is that a trolley will stop near there every 45 minutes between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday starting May 23rd, and seven days a week from June 6th through September 28th. The Emerald City Trolley’s usual summer schedule will begin a month earlier than the opening of the Queen Anne extension to the route, on April 19th.

Once it’s set up, you will be able to hop onto the trolley downtown or in Ballard, and take the trip up to Queen Anne. Or, get onto the trolley here in Queen Anne, and pop downtown or to Ballard for some shopping and dining. Click here for pricing on the 1-day and 2-day trolley passes.

As it stands, the trolley currently serves the Lower Queen Anne/Uptown neighborhood from the Experience Music Project, past the Space Needle and onto the Olympic Sculpture Park by way of Broad Street. That route will be expanded somehow to reach upper Queen Anne.

The Emerald City Trolley can carry 30-35 passengers at a time. Since the business encourages passengers to shop local, Queen Anne businesses will benefit from taking advantage of the ability to advertise on the trollies. What’s more, this will be an excellent chance for Seattle tourists and the rest of the city to enjoy the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market, which opens June 5th!

Click here to learn more about the Emerald City Trolley’s other routes and attractions.