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Driver arrested after fatal vehicle/pedestrian collision in North Seattle

January 2nd, 2017 by sarawilly

From the SPD blotter:

An adult female has been taken into custody and detectives are investigating following a fatal hit and run vehicle/pedestrian collision Sunday evening.

On Sunday, January 1st, just before 7:00 pm, a vehicle was travelling northbound on Wallingford Avenue North.  An adult woman pedestrian was struck by the vehicle as she crossed the street at N. 82nd Street.  The driver of the vehicle left the scene, and witnesses called 911 after seeing the victim in the street.  Seattle Fire pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.  A short time later a woman came back to the scene and informed officers she had been driving the vehicle that struck the pedestrian.  The woman was taken into custody. She was evaluated for  signs of impairment by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) officer, which is standard protocol.  Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) detectives responded to the scene and began their preliminary investigation at the scene.

The driver was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Vehicular Homicide.  This remains an active and ongoing investigation.

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Update to Woodland Park Zoo fire: It’s likely 6 hibernating turtles died

December 22nd, 2016 by sarawilly

From Doree at our sister site Phinneywood

Woodland Park Zoo has announced that yesterday’s fire in the Night Exhibit building likely killed six hibernating turtles. While the building has been closed since 2010 due to funding issues and most of the animals moved to other exhibits and institutions, turtles hibernating in the winter were placed in a special room of the building’s basement.

SFD and our animal care staff worked together to evacuate over 200 animals from the adjacent Day Exhibit. Additional staff from all over the zoo helped by gathering transport crates, and bringing blankets for animals and warm jackets for staff standing outside. Evacuated animals were swiftly transported into vehicles and transferred to warm, safe locations around the zoo.

Rescued animals include reptiles, amphibians and a tree kangaroo. Our Animal Health team performed health assessments last night, and are continuing throughout the day today.

While the Night Exhibit has been closed to the public for nearly seven years and has no longer housed animals, a special room in the basement was used for turtles hibernating in the winter. Sadly, it is highly likely that six turtles hibernating in this room have perished in the fire.

Seattle Fire Department released a statement today saying two firefighters were injured, one with minor burns, the other from possible contact with an electrical panel. Both were treated and released from Harborview Medical Center.

Damage was estimated at $1.5 million dollars, but the cause of the fire could not be determined, “due to structural instability and partial collapse.”

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No solid waste pick up on Thanksgiving Day

November 23rd, 2016 by sarawilly

No garbage, food and yard waste or recycling collections are scheduled in Seattle on Thursday, Nov. 24. Collections scheduled for Thursday will occur on Friday, and Friday collections will happen on Saturday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Have your containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

The City of Seattle’s South Transfer station in the South Park neighborhood will also be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Customers can report a missed garbage, yard waste or recycling collection by calling (206) 684-3000 or by clicking on “Report Missed Collection” at SPU’s website.

Compost your giblets: Seattle residents can put all their Thanksgiving food scraps and unwanted leftovers, including green bean casserole, aspic, turkey bones, celery, yams, potatoes, fruitcake and paper napkins in their food and yard waste carts. The food waste will be made into compost for local gardens and parks. Learn how you can prevent kitchen waste at  here.

Did you deep fry your turkey? Recycle your used cooking oil. Set up to 2 gallons of used oil out on your normal collection day for free pick up. Put the oil in one-gallon plastic containers labeled with your name and address. Learn more about what items you can recycle here.

For information on where to dispose of household hazardous waste, including station locations and hours, contact www.HazWasteHelp.org or (206) 296-4692.

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North Transfer Station Community Celebration

November 23rd, 2016 by sarawilly

The North Transfer Station is opening soon. Join Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas and Seattle Public Utilities for a celebration and refreshments. Come see the features of the new station:

Saturday, December 10 from 10-11:30 AM

1350 N 34th Street, Seattle, WA 98103 (Intersection of N 34th Street and N Northlake Place)

Click here for more information.

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Small Business Saturday at UW Bookstore

November 17th, 2016 by sarawilly

Support local businesses and visit the UW Bookstores for Small Business Saturday, November 26. In honor of this community-driven celebration, their stores are offering 20% savings all weekend-long in General Books*. They’ve also put together several events. Bring the family for fun-filled festivities while supporting the small businesses dedicated to serving you.

*Some restrictions apply.

SCHEDULE

11am: Holiday Read Allowed for Kids

1pm: Reading & Signing with Billy Sparrow, Tranquility: A Memoir of an American Sailor

2pm: Demo KLUTZ games and activities

4pm: Game On! — Demo the latest and greatest in board games

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A great workout plus beer to fight childhood cancer

November 17th, 2016 by sarawilly

Just Add Yoga is teaming up with FUELhouse and Miir Flagship to host an event to raise money for the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Western WA. They will begin the morning with 45 minutes of FUELstrong, the ultimate strength and conditioning class, followed by 45 minutes of all level Vinyasa Flow. Immediately after class, they will head to MiiR for a beer, silent auction/raffle, to celebrate the holiday season and get to know one another. 100% of the proceeds of this event will got to the many families that Candlelighters supports.
Here are the details:
FUELstrong Beer + Yoga at MiiR
December 10 at 10:30am at FUELhouse Gym (for the workout)- 1320 N 35th St,
MiiR (for beers after) 3400 Stone Way N,
Click here for more information.

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Seattle musicians- submit your music to Seattle Public Library's collection

November 1st, 2016 by sarawilly

Earlier this year, The Seattle Public Library launched an online Seattle music collection called PlayBack. It started with 50 albums of music by local artists that are available for free download and streaming. Now, the second submission period will open for local artists to add their music to the Library’s ever-expanding collection of Seattle music.

The submission period will be open Monday, Nov. 7 through 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21. To submit music to The Seattle Public Library’s PlayBack platform, click here. Submissions will only be accepted online. The preferred file types are FLAC, WV and AIFF. Other accepted file types are MP3, AAC and Ogg Vorbis. The next submission period will open in spring 2017.

All Seattle-area musicians who record or perform in the city of Seattle are invited to submit a music album. The album must contain four or more songs and have been produced within the last five years. If an album is accepted, the artist will receive an honorarium of $200. Selected albums in the PlayBack collection will be discoverable through the Library’s online catalog and highlighted through the Library’s social media channels. Artists will also have opportunities to perform live at Library events.

The Library seeks works that reflect the rich variety of genres represented in Seattle’s music scene. Broad and inclusive submission criteria is detailed on PlayBack’s Information for Artists page. This new music collection is intended to reflect the diversity and abundance of Seattle’s music scene.

“We’re curating a unique collection highlighting local talent while building new relationships and partnerships in support of local artists,” said Andrew Harbison, assistant director for Collections and Access Services at the Library.

The jury for the second submission period includes:

  • Tim Lennon, executive director of the Vera Project and music commissioner for the City of Seattle
  • Jonathan Zwickel, senior editor at City Arts
  • Liz Riley Tollefson, founder of and contributor to Three Imaginary Girls
  • Sharlese Metcalf, KEXP DJ for local music program Audioasis
  • Kreg Hasegawa, adult librarian at The Seattle Public Library and project lead
  • Meira Jough, program coordinator at The Seattle Public Library

Funding for PlayBack has been made possible with the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

For more information, click here, call 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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Brown Bear Car Wash salutes veterans and current service military with free car washes on Veterans Day

November 1st, 2016 by sarawilly

As a way of saying “thank you” to our military, Brown Bear Car Wash will offer free washes to all current or former members of the military on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. The free “Bear Essentials” washes will be offered at Brown Bear’s 22 tunnel wash locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The offer operates on an honor system and no verification or documentation is required. Drivers should identify themselves as a current or former member of the military to the wash attendant upon arrival. See www.brownbear.com for a list of Brown Bear’s 22 automated tunnel wash locations.

Brown Bear will also proudly donate $1 for every car washed on Veterans Day to Puget Sound Honor Flight. For the past two years Brown Bear has donated more than $18,400 to support Honor Flight’s mission of transporting Western Washington war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. For more information click here.

“The Veterans Day event is our way of demonstrating appreciation for those who currently serve our country and have made sacrifices on behalf of all of us,” said Brown Bear Car Wash President Vic Odermat, who is a proud US Marine veteran. “It reflects our bond to the communities we serve, including a large armed services presence here.”

Over the past 10 years family-owned Brown Bear has provided nearly 280,000 free washes saluting former and current service members on Veterans Day, and to celebrate the company’s “birthday” each August

For more information about Brown Bear Car Wash locations and programs, visit www.brownbear.com.

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Learn more about the future University of Washington Seattle Campus

October 7th, 2016 by sarawilly

The 2018 Draft Seattle Campus Master Plan provides the framework for the University of Washington’s future campus development. Progressive and sustainable, it balances the preservation of the core campus with the need to accommodate increasing density. The plan integrates the University’s academic, research, and service missions with its capital plan objectives.

The Draft CMP and EIS has been issued today, October 5, 2016. This begins a 45-day comment period that ends November 21, 2016. To view or download the draft documents, visit the project website.

Learn more about the draft plan and share your input with project staff at our public events:

Campus Master Plan (CMP) Online Open House
Wednesday, October 12
Noon – 1 p.m.
Sign up at: tinyurl.com/UWSeattleCampus-2018MasterPlan

Open House
Tuesday, October 18
Noon – 2 p.m.
Haggett Hall Cascade Room
University of Washington Campus

Open House
Thursday, October 20
7 – 9 p.m.
UW Tower 22nd Floor Auditorium
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Online Open House
Tuesday, October 25
Noon – 1 p.m.
Sign up at: tinyurl.com/UWSeattleCampus-2018MasterPlanEIS

SEPA Public Hearing
Wednesday, October 26
6:30 – 9 p.m.
UW Tower 22nd Floor Auditorium
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE

Drop-in Office Hours

Suzzallo Library Café
Wednesday, October 19
1 – 3 p.m.
University of Washington Campus

Café Allegro
Monday, October 24
3– 5 p.m.
4214 University Way NE
(Enter from the alley behind Magus Books)

Post Alley Café
Wednesday, November 2
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
In the Hotel Deca

Can’t attend our open houses or office hours?

You may also review the draft plan and EIS online at pm.uw.edu/campus-master-plan and send comments to cmpinfo@uw.edu.

The University of Washington will take public comments on the Draft CMP and EIS for 45 days after its publication date.

The CMP and EIS schedule as well as all public open house information is posted on our website: pm.uw.edu/campus-master-plan

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Wallingford – Hot Housing Market Continues!

October 3rd, 2016 by sarawilly

Wallingford and Tangletown continue to be highly sought after by today’s home buyers.

It is no wonder with our continuing technology boom that people want to live close to the job centers and avoid the I-5 commute at all costs.  As we know, our neighborhood is very accessible and convenient and it offers restaurants, shops, parks and other goodies and you don’t even need to leave to cover your daily needs or for entertainment and recreation.

Statistics in the table below are based on home sales in the area outlined on the map above and are derived from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service data.

June – Sept 28 2015 to 2016 Home Sales Comparison 2015 2016 Difference %
Number of Closed Sales 111 101 -10 -9.0%
Average Days on Market 11.6 14.1 +2.5 +21.5%
Median  List Price $665,000 $725,000 +$60,000 +9.0%
Median  Sales Price $707,000 $759,000 +$52,000 +7.4%
List to Sales Price Ratio 106.3% 104.6% -1.7%
# List Price DOM
Pending & Pending Inspection – Current September 28 2016 23 799,950 14
Active Capture – Current September 28 2016 22 744,750 27.3

We captured all closed sales for June 1 – Sept 28, both for 2015 and 2016. The number of closed sales has decreased by 9.0% from 111 closed sales in 2015 to 101 closed sales in 2016. In June, we were seeing an uptick in inventory predicting a possible slow down.  In our neighborhood, the higher inventory was gobbled up in no time by hungry consumers.  However, we are seeing a slowdown in home sales in the higher price brackets, over 1 million in outlying neighborhoods.

The median sales price has increased by 7.4% year over year, so we are still experiencing significant appreciation and the median sales price in the neighborhood for those three months was $759,000.

The average home sold 4.6% over the list price.

There are currently 22 active single family homes, including townhomes on the market in Wallingford.  In reviewing this list, it is often homes in less desirable locations (arterial locations or close to the freeway), or homes that are overshooting a bit on price and may need to come down that are experiencing longer market times.

What the Trends are Telling Us

The following charts capture Wallingford and Green Lake (area as defined by NWMLS data) real estate trends for 2015 and 2016. This bar graph tells us how many homes were available for sale (light green), how many went under contract (red line), and how many sales closed each month (dark green).  The dark green bars and red line tell us that demand is far outpacing supply and is buying/selling activity is even stronger than last year at this time. The low number of listings in August is fairly typical as we usually see a slow down at the end of summer when the weather is hot and people are on vacation.  When September numbers become available, we will see that inventory has been on the rise again after Labor Day. The highest number of homes (56) went pending in May but buying/selling activity has remained over the summer as well.

In the chart below, the line at the top represents the relationship between sales and original list price.  You can see that most months this year have seen a higher percentage of increases than in 2015. Between 3% and 10% over list price in 2016 versus between 0% and 6% over list in 2015. To receive a solid offer 10% over list price is no longer unusual even with just a couple of buyers competing.  The days a home stays on the market is still very low and properties are kept on the market for one week or so before taking offers in order for the market to see the listing and gather as many offers as possible as well as give buyers the chance to make their offers as compelling as possible.

Generally, with the diverse housing stock in our neighborhood we don’t feel that the price per square foot is a very consistent measure.  The reason for this is that condition and finishes vary widely, and often agents list unfinished space as finished so the price per sqft is often not a very reliable metric. However, this chart shows an upward trend in price per square foot for most months in 2016 compared to 2015.  We are essentially at $400 per square foot in our neighborhood.  Of course, this is an average and quite often smaller homes have a higher price per square foot and larger homes have a lesser price per square foot.

Finally, this chart illustrates months of inventory (or absorption).  It is derived based on a calculation dividing the number of active  homes for sale by the number of homes that have closed in a given month and attempts to project how many months it will take for the entire available inventory to sell.  Anything under 2 months of inventory represents a sellers’ market. You can see that for the last 15 months, inventory was almost always under 1 month, illustrating our current crazy sellers’ market.

What does this mean for the consumer?

It is still a great time to sell and you have not missed the hot market, at least in our neighborhood.  However, consumers are selective, so don’t think you can slap on a high price tag and do nothing to get your home ready for market.

If you are a buyer looking to purchase in Green Lake or Tangletown, strap on your seatbelts and get a great agent who knows how to navigate this market effectively so you can place a winning bid on the home of your dreams.

Kris Murphy and Daniela Dombrowski are My Wallingford sponsors and real estate brokers who live and specialize in the Wallingford and Green Lake neighborhoods.  They practice out of the Keller Williams Greater Seattle office located on the corner of Stone Way and N 45th St.

Kris Murphy & Daniela Dombrowski
kris@key2seattleRE.com / Daniela@key2seattleRE.com
www.Key2SeattleRealEstate.com

http://www.zillow.com/profile/krismurphy/

Keller Williams Greater Seattle
1307 N 45th St, Suite 300
Seattle, WA  98103

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