north seattle: Hunters Christmas Trees - 12/11/10 12:28 PM


I admit, I've driven by here every season and never stopped ... what a mistake. 
This has to be the best place to get your Christmas tree in Seattle:7744 on NE 35th in Wedgwood, next to the post office. 
Hunters Christmas Trees has everything:
and for reasonable prices.
They even have a live reindeer on the weekends!  And great customer service.  I was greeted just steps from my car.  They cut the end off the tree, wrapped it and carried it to my car.

north seattle: Greenwood Taproot Theater - 12/10/10 05:49 AM

Yay!  The Taproot Theater has brought back "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol" which had to be canceled last year due to an arson fire.  I was lucky enough to attend a benefit showing for the Ballard Northwest Senior Center this week.  I don't want to give too much away but it has a wonderful twist with Holmes as Ebeneezer.  Very well done with just enough humor to keep you on your toes.  Good news, bad news is ... it is sold out.  I'm happy … (0 comments)

north seattle: Fremont Oktoberfest - More Than Beer - 09/23/10 09:25 AM
Fremont Oktoberfest This weekend is Fremont's Oktoberfest, a traditional kick-off to the Fall season.  Friday September 24 through Sunday, September 26, three full days of Drink and Play!, one day of Running: This is the the first time I will be attending Fremont's Oktoberfest, so I studied up on what to expect and thought I would share.  Drinking Features: Beer, I don't know much about it, but I'll probably learn a little on Friday.  There is a West German beer tent and an East German beer tent in the Stranger Microbrew Garden.  Also, Pyramid Brewery has a Beer Garden, And Deschutes … (0 comments)

north seattle: Wordless Wednesday - Worth the Climb! - 09/22/10 09:06 AM

The view, climbing Granite Mountain in August 2010.

north seattle: North Seattle Statistics: August 2010 - 08/06/10 02:07 PM
North Seattle Monthly Statistics: July statistics for North Seattle show about 5 months of supply, up from 3 months of supply in June.  It looks like we are heading back toward a buyers market in North Seattle.  King county overall has 7 months of supply. Prices in North Seattle are up to a median of $438,000, the highest price we have seen for some time and only 5% less than the end of 2006 where prices were the highest.  And North Seattle sales are down considerably from June's 249 closed sales to 179 closed sales in July.  This is still more … (2 comments)

north seattle: Greenwood Monthly Statistics - 08/06/10 08:34 AM
Greenwood Monthly Statistics: It is a mixed story to tell from July's figures.  Prices were down a little last month and sales were down as well but houses took less time to sell than the last couple of months.  It appears we may be heading back into a buyers market for North Seattle. In July, Greenwood's median price for single family homes was $323,750.  Prices were down whereas in most of North Seattle the home price increased by about 1%.

north seattle: Jackson Park Trail Options - 07/27/10 12:44 PM
Jackson Park Trail Options:  Wednesday, July 21 was the second of three public meetings held to discuss public trail options around the golf course.  Approximately forty enthusiastic residents attended and three concept designs were presented.  The Larson Casteel Company will create the final conceptual trail plan at the September 8th meeting.  This plan will be based on public input.
You can view concepts and make comments on the Questionnaire #2 prior to August 18.
Priorities, design and construction of the trail will be discussed at the last public meeting, Wedneday, September 8, 6:30pm - 8pm.Your attendance at the Jackson Park Trail … (0 comments)

north seattle: It Fell From the Sky - 07/26/10 09:45 AM
Yesterday morning, I was playing tennis.I felt a bug hit my arm.  And it stayed there.  I pushed it away and it smudged.Add then I realized it wasn't a bug.   It was oil ... that had fallen from the sky. 
I heard a jet flying overhead.  I noticed four oil splots on the court below me.It was an odd experience ...
Has anyone ever heard of this happening?

north seattle: North Seattle Neighborhoods: Bitter Lake - 07/23/10 01:44 PM

North Seattle Neighborhoods: Bitter Lake
This small, mostly residential neighborhood is bordered by Highway 99, (Aurora) on the east, North 130th Street on south, Greenwood Avenue on the west and North 145th on the north. It is on the northern boundary of Seattle (northern boundary neighborhoods also include Broadview, Cedar Park, Haller Lake, Jackson Park and Olympic Hills).The North Seattle lakes were all created by the vashon glacier over 50,000 years ago.  The glacier created Lake Washington, Union Lake, Green Lake and Haller Lake as well.Bitter Lake is 19 acres and 31 feet deep.The lake had a bitter taste and … (0 comments)

north seattle: Seattle Farmers Markets - 07/13/10 08:24 AM
Seattle's Farmer's MarketsYear round farmers markets:Ballard: Sundays, 10am - 3pm, between Vernon Place NW and 22nd Avenue NW Fremont: Sundays, 10am - 3pm, 5300 Ballard Ave NW U District: Saturdays, 9am to 2pm, at the corner of University Way & NE 50thWest Seattle: Sundays, 10a - 2pm, California Ave SW and SW Alaska. Seasonal farmers markets: Phinney: Fridays, 3 - 7pm, 67th and Phinney Ave N Wallingford: Wednesdays, 3 - 7pm, Wallingford Avenue N and N 45th Street Meadowbrook: Sundays, 11am - 3pm, 2728 NE 100th Street Lake City: Thursdays, 3 - 7 pm, next to the Library at NE 125th and 28th … (2 comments)

north seattle: North Seattle Statistics: July 2010 - 07/07/10 05:36 AM
Single Family Houses:North Seattle prices have been stabilizing for a good year now.  Pricing right can get you a house sold in 5 days or less.  June's sold prices are up from July and December of 2009 and ever so slightly down from this May.      North Seattle had 249 closings in June. That is 3% less than May.  This is the third highest number in the past year (253 in July 2009 and 256 in May 2010) and a great sign!Along with the average days on market in June being 23, it shows that these sales are not left overs … (0 comments)

north seattle: Fourth of July in Seattle 2010 - 07/02/10 04:49 AM
Fourth of July in Seattle The number one hot spot for fireworks is still Lake Union.  Seattlites had to fight to keep this one going with over $500,000 in contributions.  We can thank Microsoft, Starbucks, Tom Douglas and many individual donors for this event.  The Seattle display has been noted by Time magazine as on the country's TOP FIVE fireworks displays. Called Family 4th at Lake Union and Produced by One Reel, (think Teatro Zinzanni), you can view Fourth of July fireworks from Gas Works Park, (1201 N Northlake Way) your boat on the lake, enjoying one of many restaurants or … (0 comments)

north seattle: North Seattle Neighborhoods: Wallingford - 06/29/10 11:47 AM
North Seattle Neighborhoods: Wallingford
Nestled between Green Lake and Lake Union, Interstate 5 and Highway 99 (Aurora) is the delightful neighborhood of Wallingford.  Around every corner is a surprise with many beautifully remodeled bungalow style homes or uniquely built townhouses, welcoming you to live in the neighborhood.
This neighborhood's name come from early real estate developer, John Wallingford.
Although there are many businesses spread throughout Wallingford, (Irwin's, on the left, is a charming coffee house located on 40th and Bagley), the core of Wallingford has loads of unique businesses including Seattle's all time favorite hamburger, Dicks, originally built in … (0 comments)

north seattle: Recent Sales - The Real Facts - 06/24/10 12:38 PM
Recent Sales Report
I read the CNN and Yahoo articles reporting, "sales of new homes collapsed in May, sinking 33 percent to the lowest level on record as potential buyers stopped shopping for homes once they could no longer receive government tax credits".
That is some sad news.  But is it accurate?
It is only NEW CONSTRUCTION homes sales.  And it is a NATIONWIDE figure.  It is being perceived by the public as bad news and is not giving the true facts.
I checked April to May statistics for existing home sales around the country to fill in the gap:
The … (1 comments)

north seattle: Turtles at Green Lake - 06/23/10 09:31 AM

Turtles at Green Lake
Have to admit, I never knew they were here ... I spotted them because there was a group of people standing on the south west shore of Green Lake.
There are close to 20 turtles sitting on the logs even when the sun isn't out.
The lily pads get denser as summer comes and they tend to blend in.

north seattle: Summer In Seattle - 06/22/10 05:29 AM
Summer in Seattle
As the first day of Summer arrived yesterday, we celebrated in Seattle with clouds and a bit of misty rain.  It's been a wet and colder than usual Spring.
We call it liquid sunshine.  It's bright, yet gloomy with light gray clouds.
Surprisingly, at an average of 37 inches per year, Seattle actually ranks 44 among U.S. cities in average annual rain.  Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston and St. Louis outrank us.
But I think we may come in at number one for the most cloudy days.  We don't experience too many downpours, just lots of … (3 comments)

north seattle: North Seattle - New Grocery Stores - 06/12/10 04:46 PM
New Grocery Stores in North Seattle
I love grocery shopping where I can find the latest in gourmet and imported foods.  Now grocery shopping is becoming more pleasurable in North Seattle, near Northgate!
A new Safeway is in the works for Pinehurst with completion by November of this year (2010).   Located on 15th NE and NE 125th, the store will be the first "green" Safeway in our state.  Safeway has wanted to update their store for some time and worked with a neighborhood community group who urged Safeway to agree to LEED Silver Certification for their new 50,000 square foot store.  They will … (2 comments)

north seattle: View Condo - Wallingford - 06/09/10 07:04 AM

View Condo - Wallingford
What I love about this listing:
180 degree view of Lake Union Spectacular view of Seattle skyline South facing wall of windows Across from Burke Gilman Trail Just a few blocks to Gasworks Park Great location for viewing Fourth of July Fireworks! Balcony AND Patio Nice kitchen with granite countertops Gas Fireplace 2 bedrooms (at opposite ends of the condo) Garage Storage Quiet neighbors Fantastic Wallingford neighborhood Low Homeowner Dues! Open House this Sunday, June 13, 1pm - 4pm

north seattle: New Northgate Park - 06/01/10 12:56 PM
New Northgate Park
Another welcome change to the Northgate neighborhood:  Construction began last Fall, turning a Park & Ride into a new park.  The name "Hubbard Homestead Park" came from early homesteader, Harry Hubbard who lived on the lot from 1913 - 1968.
Located north of Target, 3.74 acres is being transformed into an entry plaza, play grove, multi-purpose lawn, skateboard area, wet meadows (to collect rainfall and run off from future nearby construction), and a source stone (the home of an original spring).
There was once a rare historical spring which was paved over in the 1970's when the Park … (0 comments)

north seattle: What I've Learned From Inspections - 05/26/10 07:28 AM
I always encourage an inspection for my buyers and I always attend the inspection.  Even with new construction -- I've never had an inspector say, "Yeah, it's all good".  Their inspection develops a punch list for the contractor about items that would have gone mostly unnoticed.
I also recommend that my sellers have an inspection prior to putting their house on the market so they can make repairs or at least know what to expect during negotiations.
By attending the inspection, I learn firsthand what any issues may be and am able to communicate them effectively.  Inspections also give me an opportunity to … (5 comments)

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