Quite a few surprising businesses in both Queen Anne and Magnolia have closed down lately. Pretty shocking and disappointing that Seattle Pie Company which I have supported both online and offline would basically just close up shop and leave the Magnolia neighborhood. That is in fact what happened though.
I knew something was fishy when the furniture started disappearing here and there and then they went to cash only. It is sad to see a local staple disappear. Unfortunately, all over Queen Anne and Magnolia I have been seeing this. The kitchen store by Starbucks is gone now. Pasta Bella on Queen Anne which was pretty much a fixture disappeared.
In two neighborhoods that the real estate is thriving ( we got multiple offers on a Queen Anne townhouse for sale after just a couple days on the market), it is sad to see some of the local biz struggling. It should remind us all to buy local and support our beloved neighborhood fixtures.
Upper Queen Anne Happenings – The Metropolitan Market on The Ave is Closing according to the Feb 15th issue of Magnolia News…
It is quite a surprise! Luckily, this is not the end for the chain and they will continue to operate their very successful Mercer location in Lower Queen Anne (as well as their other locations), but this news is still a big change for Queen Anne Hill! This store opened in 1971 – over 40 years ago, but will close its doors August 1st.
The Upper Queen Anne location of The Metropolitan Market has been an important staple to the entire Queen Anne community in Seattle, but the store has announced that it will not be part of the new apartment development at the site. The owners of the site are currently in talks with other grocery options that would fill up the entire first floor and parking will be underground so we should have something back in there soon, but it will be sad to see this one go. I personally will travel the extra dozen blocks to go to their Mercer location – which has better amenities anyway, really, if I am being honest.
The other issue here of course if the fact that an apartment complex is going in on the main drag of Upper Queen Anne and how that will change the cityscape of our neighborhood. Obviously, even more density, but also just a giant building where a smaller one was. Nothing stays the same, but this little spot on the Ave has been the same for many decades so it will be a big change!
Winterfest Ice Skating at Seattle Center
My daughter decided that for her borthday, she wanted to go ice skating and I told her that there was no where to skate around here. She of course had already done her homework and pointed out that we could ice skate practically under the Space Needle if we wanted to. Seattle Center has Winterfest going on right now and there are lots of events including…ice skating.
From the Seattle Center website:
Winterfest Ice Rink
Nov. 25 – Jan. 1, 2012
Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday, 11am – 10pm
Fisher Pavilion, Prices Vary
Glide into the season with the greatest of ease. For novice or Olympiad ice skaters, the Winterfest Ice Rink offers fun for all. Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6– 12, $2 children ages 5 and under. Admission fee includes skate rental. Cash only. Admission is free only to patrons wanting to watch and not ice skate. Special hours: Dec. 24 closes 4pm, Dec. 25 closed, Dec. 31 closes at 11:30pm
Ice Skating at Seattle Center was something indeed! It was especially significant for my daughter who has grown up hearing stories of her great grandparents having their first dates ice skating at the Seattle Center. The Winterfest Ice Skating Rink is a in Fisher Pavilion and very crowded, but a pretty amazing winter experience overall.
Seattle Center is the heart of Seattle local events. It is a great place to explore and a wonderful part of Uptown (Lower Queen Anne). If you are interested in Queen Anne homes or other Seattle neighborhoods that are close by Seattle Center, then let me know and I will show you my favorites!
The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market ran from June 2nd to October 6th this year and I personally enjoyed it this year.
According to their website, we had some pretty amazing stats this year on Queen Anne Hill:
As the 2011 market season comes to a close, we thank each and every one of you – our sponsors, local businesses, patrons, vendors and volunteers who were instrumental in producing a very successful season. QAFM is a unique community-managed market and your support shows what we can accomplish together.
Despite getting a late start this year, the market continued to thrive and to grow. We, as a whole, provided access to Washington farmers and their fresh, healthy food, hosted food education programs for children and adults, offered a rich variety of ready-to-eat meals and a diversity of free musical programs, all while being a gathering place for our community and greater Seattle. Our impact on the local economy is substantial and we are proud of our results this season.
- Hosted 41 vendors (59% farmers/41% prepared food)
- Average customers per market – 2513 (74% increase over 2010)
- Average vendor sales per market – $22, 231 (9.0% increase over 2010)
- Three jobs created and filled by QA residents
- 25 volunteers donated 299 hours.
- 1857 pounds of food donated to Trinity Methodist Saturday Soup Kitchen and Queen Anne Methodist.
- Donated booth space 21 times to 13 non-profit organizations
- Introduced EBT-matching program to double the value of food stamps
- New web site designed and content re-created
- New Facebook site introduced (450 “friends” reached in 4 months)
- New Twitter feed introduced (225 followers secured in 4 months)
- Hosted 30 chefs and food educators
- Brought in 21 musicians for 29 performances
- Featured two Tae Kwon Do and Yoga classes, and a community Talent Show
Pretty fabulous that Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood can boast such wonderful accomplishments when it is just one of many farmer’s markets across Seattle neighborhoods! Queen Anne Hill is a great place to live! If you are interested in living in this neighborhood, then you should definitely check out Queen Anne homes for sale right now!
Queen Anne Farmer’s Market Adds Delight And Color To Thursdays!
QUEEN ANNE AVE & WEST CROCKETT ST :
Runs June 2nd – October 6th
The Farmer’s Market on Queen Anne….
Just off Queen Anne Ave in Upper Queen Anne at West Crockett Street is where you can find one of the nicest farmer’s markets in Seattle. The colors are beautiful and the wide range of offerings will truly dazzle you.
In addition to the fresh fruit, veggies, and flowers you would expect to find at a farmer’s market, you will also find many other offerings at the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market.
You also might as well come hungry because some of the best freshly prepared food vendors are there, too!
Finally the weather is cooperating so the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market was an absolute delight to go to tonight!
You can find out more about the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market by visiting their website :
Queen Anne Living
Queen Anne in general has an excellent Walk Score and the shops and restaurants along Queen Anne Ave make this Seattle neighborhoods a top pick for many people relocating to Seattle from other areas. Add in the close proximity to Downtown Seattle, and Queen Anne Hill is worth a look. After all, Queen Anne was the choice pick for early Seattle business men from the late 1800′s and is still one of the most desirable Seattle neighborhoods.
If you are interested in Queen Anne homes for sale or learning more about Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood, please feel free to get in touch with me – I am happy to show you my favorite Queen Anne hot spots and also the lovely Queen Anne real estate if you find yourself looking for Queen Anne Realtors! (email@example.com 206-850-8841)
Seattle’s Amazon Gets A New Home!
We’ve all heard about the changes occuring in the southern edge of Lake Union for some time. Mercer Street getting a facelift, the new street car quietly tracking up and down the south side roads and Amazon moving it’s headquarters.
201 Boren Avenue is the site for the new giant e-retailer. I think it’s a sure bet to say housing will become highly precious starting right now.
Read the full Seattle P.I.’s article here.
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Queen Anne: Lower Eastside. You want to walk or bike to work? Then Queen Anne is the place for you. Loaded with tasty eats, cool record stores, and a walking path to work.
January 2010 outshines January 2009 home prices: rising 3.8% in the city for King County.
This shifts the median price from $400,000 to $415,000. Median being half the homes are lower and half the homes are higher than this figure.
According to a Seattle Times article today, people are searching for homes that are closer to the city’s amenities because now homes are more affordable. They want to live closer to work, their friends, schools, and community. So buyers want the whole package and now they can take their pick from some amazing homes on the market right now.
At Cooper Jacobs, we’ve noticed walkability has been a big trendsetter lately. Our buyers want to walk to grocery stores, bus stops, theaters, great local restaurants and even schools. We use www.walkscore.comfrequently to help our buyers get a better idea of what is less than 1 mile around the property.
Unfortunately, the suburbs have dipped a bit in the red, dropping 2%. High gas prices back in 2007 didn’t help homes being foreclosed on in these areas either. Less time in the car is what people want. They no longer have to drive until they find a home to financial afford.
Queen Anne Blog: Queen Anne Seattle School Update:
The Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle just had Old John Hay renamed to Queen Anne Elementary as reported by the Seattle Times. According to the Times, Queen Anne Elementary will reopen as an option school. The school originally opened in 1905 and has a long history in the Queen Anne neighborhood. It is one of Seattle’s oldest schools and luckily got some love and care after falling into complete disrepair. Today, it is a gorgeous focal point in the neighborhood – you can find it at 411 Boston St. on Queen Anne Hill.
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Builder perks here from Sterling!
I was please when I got my latest Sterling flyer from Matt:
Sterling Savings has extended their awesome 3% up to $20,000 towards your closing costs program for qualifying Seattle area properties.
Purchase and sale contracts need to be written prior to 1/31 and close by 2/26. This credit is a great way to help finance a new home – there are some great projects that qualify, too!
Let us know if you need more details or want to look at some of the great places that qualify! There are some wonderful Queen Anne townhomes that I know of that fit right into the program – some listed – some not yet. You can also find additional home listings for the neighborhood here: Queen Anne real estate
Queen Anne Seattle Roasty Toasty Winter Holiday Festival:
When? Saturday, January 23 from 5 – 7pm
Where on Queen Anne is it? Counterbalance Park at QA Avenue & Roy Street
How much? FREE!
According to the Seattle Greater Queen Anne Chamber website: “Enjoy a warm bonfire to make smores, hot cider, live music, a light show, games with prizes and news from neighborhood organizations and the City of Seattle”
They also would love it if you could bring a non-perishable food donation for Uptown’s Feeding Program at Sacred Heart Church.
**Sponsored by the Uptown Alliance, with support from the Greater QA Chamber of Commerce
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