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Just like most of Seattle, Madison Park and Washington Park continue to climb in price. Last May there were 6 sales in the neighborhoods combined and the median price for a single-family home was $1,367,500. This past May the median price for a home has gone up to $1,922,500! The average list price in the area has jumped from $1,621,250 to $1,873,000 in just one month! There are currently 13 single-family homes active in the two neighborhoods. The highest active listing price is $12,850,000 and the lowest is $700,000. 

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There were 3 condo sales last month, which is 3 less than last May (2016). The average sold price for a condo has made a tremendous jump from $575,492 to $919,000. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, there are currently two condos active and 4 pending. 

Contact your local real estate agent for their expertise in the Madison Park & Washington Park neighborhoods!

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Extraordinarily private & expansive 120+ ft lakefront estate with level lawn, lush grounds, swimming pool, hot tub, & dock. Open concept William Bain designed home with second story added during extensive remodel. All main rooms look onto the stunning setting. Designed for indoor-outdoor enjoyment, rooms open to grounds through the many glass doors. Paneled living room, sandstone fireplaces, Carrarra marble kitchen, family room, glorious master suite! Choice location near shops, restaurants & downtown!

5 bedrooms & 4.25 bathrooms – 6,020 sq ft. 

Available for $12,850,000 

By Christina Shires Lundeen and Kevin Lundeen

The Madrona Community Council will sponsor year 41 of Mayfair on May 13.  As in past years, the event begins at 9:15 a.m. at Al Larkins Park where decorated bicycles, tricycles, strollers, etc., their riders, and assorted friends, neighbors, and relatives will gather in eager anticipation for the 9:30 a.m. parade to the Madrona Playfield. Charles and Clown, the Seattle Fire Department, and Blue Thunder will lead the parade.  And this year, more than 45 Girl Scouts from Madrona K-8 will be marching as well.

At the parade’s conclusion, everyone is welcome to gather at Madrona Playfield to enjoy the many events and activities the MCC has planned for the young and young-at-heart.  Cambium’s booth will present the ever-popular Pots for Tots; Harvard Avenue School will provide face painting; Ewing and Clark are sponsoring pony rides.  Seattle Gymnastics Academy is offering fun activities, the Seattle Public Library will be on hand with story reading and books, and Rock Paper Scissors is heading up carnival games. Additional sponsors helping to fund these and other activities include SRG, Lakeview Kids’ Dentistry, Lakeview Orthodontics, Molly Moon’s, and Recology.  In addition, Madrona Grace church volunteers will be on hand spinning cotton candy, Epiphany Parish volunteers will be popping corn.  Food available to purchase that also contributes to the coffers come from St. Clouds, the Madrona Community Council selling hot dogs, and a bake sale.  Both sponsors and on-site sales help to defray costs for publicity, performers, and for obtaining a lot of permits and insurance for the event.

All ages will want to attend the very popular concert in the park by Recess Monkey set for noon.

Many thanks to sponsors of events listed on page __of this issue.  Special thanks to MCC member Barney Mansavage for planning and enrolling sponsors, and to Rob Ward for organizing the many volunteers needed to pull off an event like this that draws hundreds to the park.  Neighbors are warmly encouraged to help offset Mayfair costs by donating via paypal online at or placing a check or cash in donation boxes found at the Madrona Playfield on May 13.  The MCC is a 501(c) (3) organization, and donations are tax deductible.

Syndicated from Madison Park Times, featured photo credit

Round up the crew and head down to the market on Friday, March 24th for a fantastic, fun event that brings together a diverse selection of over 70 local vendors to delight you with tastes of their delectable products. And their vendor list is still growing!

Arcade Lights is a wonderful opportunity to sample and savor delicious drinks, foods and sweet treats, from a wide array of local, small-batch, and artisan vendors. It’s always a fun and festive event, where you can enjoy something local and tasty, try something new and have a blast, under the Arcade Lights!

Each year, Arcade Lights brings together local favorites and new comers to pedal their wears and get you hooked on their goodness, and this year looks to be no exception. Where else will you find Theo Chocolates, DiLaurenti Food & Wine, Hot Lips Soda, Copperworks Distilling, Morning Glory Chai, Woodinville Ciderworks, Diamond Knot Brewing and many more local loves all at the same place? Only in Seattle, and only at Arcade Lights.  Be sure to check out a full list of vendors and brace yourself for taste bud paradise!    

This year’s event is sponsored by Seattle Met, DRY Sparkling and DEI Creative and, as always, proceeds go to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation which helps to maintain our market and keep the community thriving.

Grab your tickets before they’re gone, and get ready for fun under the Arcade Lights!

Arcade Lights at Pike Place Market, 7:00 pm, Friday, March 24th Tickets-

General Admission – $60
Tickets include tastes of as many of the hand-crafted savory and sweet bites as your heart desires – while supplies last – and include five tokens for tastes of beer, cider, non-alcoholic drinks such as root beer and sodas and wine. Tasting glass included. Additional tokens will be available for purchase.

Early Entry – $80
Limited Early Entry into Arcade Lights 30-minutes before the General Admission crowd! Includes 5 drink tokens, unlimited food, plus early entry at 6:30 pm.

VIP with Early Entry – $150
VIP guests have exclusive access to the VIP Lounge, which includes seating, music, and exclusive food and beverage tastings from elite vendors. VIP Guests receive 10 drink tokens and UNLIMITED food, and can enter the VIP Lounge at 6:00 pm to begin celebrating before entering the Main Arcade at 6:30PM with Early Entry. VIP guests can use the VIP Lounge at their luxury anytime throughout the night.

Arcade Lights is a 21 and over only event, so please plan accordingly.

For more information, visit the Pike Place Market website.

Celebrate the holidays with a couple of fun neighborhood events in Madison Park this month!

All December: Christmas Ships Festival
7pm – 10pm | Madison Park
The Christmas Ships Festival, presented by Argosy Cruises, offers nightly cruises around Lake Union and Lake Washington! Enjoy holiday beverages and snacks, plus live performances from Dickens Carolers. Click here to book your evening.

December 1: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s new 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

December 8: Thursday Night Tastings
5pm — 8pm | Belle Epicurean
Enjoy some great Italian wines and tasty bites with friends and neighbors at Belle Epicurean on December 8th for their Thursday Night Tasting!

December 23: Christmas Ships Festival Grand Finale
7pm – 10:05pm | Kirkland City Dock
Argosy Cruises’ Christmas Ship Festival comes to a close on Friday, December 23rd, with spaces still available on the second follow boat for the Grand Finale event. Performances will be held at Gas Works Park and Portage Bay.