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Entries from February 2013

Where are all the homes for sale? (sponsored story)

February 19th, 2013 by Mike

(This is a sponsored story written by John Madrid, Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate).

“A house, a house, my kingdom for a house”. If you are in the market for a new home you can probably empathize with Shakespeare’s King Richard III.  Single-family homes, townhomes, and even condos are all in short supply throughout most the city.

For Northeast Seattle (including Maple Leaf, University, Wedgwood, View Ridge, and Laurelhurst) there is now less than a 1 month supply of single-family home inventory which is definitely favoring home sellers with the result that homes are really hard to come by.  We will continue to see more pre-inspections, multiple offers, and bidding wars on the fewer listings hitting the market.

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Northgate construction complete; more planned

February 17th, 2013 by master

If you’ve been avoiding Northgate Way since construction began last summer, you may now resume your regular travel routes — but don’t get too used to it.

The Seattle Department of Transportation last week announced that all lanes again are open to traffic, and that all of the planned intersection and pedestrian improvements are completed at Northgate Way and Fifth Avenue Northeast. What it means for you: 

To help ease traffic congestion, two turn-lane improvements were made. The crews added a left-turn lane from westbound NE Northgate Way onto southbound Fifth Avenue NE, and also extended the right-hand turn lane from northbound Fifth Avenue NE onto eastbound NE Northgate Way. They also built a landscaped median with trees on NE Northgate Way just west of the intersection, created decorative crosswalks on all four sides of the intersection, installed a new traffic signal system, and improved drainage and water quality.

But this spring, SDOT is planning another Northgate construction project along North 105th Street and Northgate Way, all the way from from Greenwood Avenue to Lake City Way. Completion is expected in spring 2014. In a nutshell:

This project will improve the corridor along N 105th Street and N/NE Northgate Way from Greenwood Ave N to Lake City Way NE. Improvements will include roadway repaving, new sidewalks and curb ramps, drainage improvements, street lighting and traffic signals, and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components.

But more importantly:

This project will have considerable impacts on traffic and the public.

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Graffiti marks Maple Leaf walls along Roosevelt Way

February 15th, 2013 by Mike

Northeast 85th Street at Roosevelt Way Northeast this morning.

Cliff, at Art Tile, emails:

“The north side of our building was tagged last night. Green spray paint. Tried to report it on line but I don’t think the system took the report.

“Keep an eye out.”

In fact, in addition to Art Tile, at 8511 Roosevelt Way Northeast, several other walls were marked on the west side of Roosevelt between 85st and 86th streets.

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Police sketch released of Northgate attacker, possible suspect in attacks on three other women

February 12th, 2013 by Mike

Update: Sue asked us to post this link to personal safety information from Seattle Police.

Seattle Police this afternoon released a sketch of the suspect who attacked a woman near Northgate, and said he could be a suspect in other attacks.

The Seattle Police Department has assigned extra officers and tactical units to patrol the North Precinct as detectives continue to investigate a series of weekend attacks on women in North Seattle.

Since Friday evening, police have received four different reports of sexual assaults and attempted sexual assaults on women—all in their mid 30′s to late 40′s—at locations near the I-5 corridor.

Police have developed a sketch of the suspect who sexually assaulted a woman at knifepoint Friday evening near Northgate—the first of several attacks now under investigation—but detectives have not yet developed any leads conclusively linking the four incidents.

However, while police have yet to link the crimes, three victims described their attacker as a white male, 20 to 30 years old, between 5’7 and 6’0, 140 to 160 pounds, with short brown hair.

The Northgate attack suspect pictured in the sketch also had sunken light blue eyes, a tattoo under his left forearm, and a gravelly voice.

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New-to-neighborhood cat missing near NE 89th and 12th NE

February 11th, 2013 by Mike

A new neighbor – in this case a feline one – is missing after moving here this month.

See the attached flier for details, but the cat, with a red collar, has been missing since Sunday from Northeast 89th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

The owners are offering a reward. Call them at 425-359-1577.

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Attack reported on jogger at Green Lake

February 11th, 2013 by Mike

Update: The Seattle Times is now reporting on four attacks on women in north Seattle.


Police report that a woman jogger at Green Lake was attacked about 6:30 a.m. today.

She stated that an unknown man grabbed her near Wallingford Avenue North and Green Lake Drive North and tried to pull her into the bushes. The woman was able to break free of the suspect and he took off running northbound. Reportedly, a bicyclist in the area saw the suspect running and attempted to follow the suspect. The bicyclist lost sight of the suspect in a residential area and gave up the chase.

The victim was not injured. The suspect was described as a white male, possibly in his twenties, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, with a medium build, short brown hair and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt or jacket, and dark pants.

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Woman assaulted Friday night near Northgate Mall

February 9th, 2013 by Mike

Update: Police say the location of the assault was First Avenue Northeast and Northeast 117th Street.


A woman walking home from the Northgate Mall area was dragged into nearby bushes and sexually assaulted about 7 p.m. Friday, police say.

The suspect description:

• White male 20-30 years old

• Very short (buzz-cut), light colored hair

• Medium height and thin build

• The victim described him as looking “methy” with very bad teeth, sunken eyes and a wiry build.

The victim managed to walk home, where her roommate called police. She was treated at Harborview Medical Center, police said. The investigation is open; anyone with information is asked to call 911.

We’ve asked the police for a better location for the assault.

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Upcoming fun planned at Eagles

February 8th, 2013 by master

After nearly two years in its location at 8201 Lake City Way N.E., the nation’s first-ever Eagles club is going strong with events planned throughout February and beyond.

We were too late to post about their Super Bowl party, which they celebrated with a new projection TV, but they’re following up the festivities with a Mardi Gras celebration from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, featuring a Cajun/Zydeco dance with the band Swamp Soul. Cost is $15, and Mardi Gras costumes are welcome. Come early for a free Zydeco dance lesson at 7 p.m. with the Gator Boy.

Just in time for (a late) Valentine’s Day, Eagles Mother Aerie No. 1 is planning a a Sweetheart’s Sock Hop from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, featuring the 1950s-’60s band Fever. Cost is $10, and as Aerie President Dan Kerege says, it’s “a great way to get out of the doghouse, if you forgot Valentine’s Day.”

In addition, there will be a chili cook-off on Feb. 24, although details still are in the works.

In the meantime, Kerege reminds non-members that they’re invited to check out the private social club, including at its karaoke night Friday, Feb. 15. In addition, Kerege says every Friday is Steak Night from 6-9 p.m., featuring a 12-ounce rib-eye steak, baked potato, salad, veggies, roll and butter for $14; and every Wednesday is Taco Night, featuring $1 tacos (taco salads available, too).

And if you want to have your own party, he adds that the club has two rooms available for rentals. The larger room includes dance floor and stage, and is suitable for parties, dances, wedding receptions and more, while the smaller room is suitable for club meetings, seminars and classes.

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Math and Science Fair returns to Sacajawea

February 6th, 2013 by master

Experience feats of brain strength Feb. 13 at Sacajawea Elementary, 9501 20th Ave. N.E., during the Maple Leaf school’s annual Math and Science Fair.

From 6-7:30 p.m., you’re invited to view the more than 150 science and math exhibits created by the students of Sacajawea, as well as exhibits from organizations including UW Neurosciences, The Audubon Society, IslandWood Outdoor Education Center, The Burke Museum and Lice Knowing You.

The event concludes with the catapult egg launch contest from 7:30-8 p.m. on the lower playground (rain or shine), which will pit Sacajawea students against one another to see whose entry (built from a standard kit of materials) can fly the farthest, while still protecting its delicate cargo.

To top it all off, Dante’s Inferno Dogs will be selling gourmet sausages, chips and drinks (cash or credit cards accepted, with a 25 cent service charge for credit cards under $10 ).

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Check out the new Real Property Associates digs

February 4th, 2013 by master

Real Property Associates today officially moved into 7500 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Today marks the beginning of a new era for the intersection where Roosevelt Way and Lake City Way intersect with Northeast 75th Street.

In a prime location that brings traffic from well beyond Maple Leaf’s borders, the former eyesore at 7500 Roosevelt Way N.E. is now the home of Real Property Associates.

Just two years ago, we spoke with RPA co-owner Jay Young, who said the company had hopes to move into the space but still was waiting to see what would happen with the economy.

The vacant building at 7500 Roosevelt Way N.E. two years ago.

Let’s take their opening today as a sign that things are moving in the right direction!

In another sign of good things to come to Maple Leaf, the space vacated when Bead World purchased its building and moved into an even bigger neighboring space also has a new tenant.

According to its website, Espresso Repair Experts opened Feb. 1 at 9522 Roosevelt Way N.E. We’ll try to learn more about the business in the days to come, so please stay tuned!

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