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Madison Park and Capitol Hill residents can look forward to a new option for grocery shopping in the next few years. Whole Foods Market has announced plans for its ninth store in the Puget Sound area, set to open in 2018 at 1001 Broadway & East Madison Street. The new 40,000 square food market will occupy the ground floor of a mixed-use, 16 story apartment building.

The new Whole Foods is ideally located along the First Hill Streetcar line and among densely populated neighborhoods that continue to grow. According to the press release, the market will bring 150 new jobs and about 500 temporary construction jobs. The store will provide shoppers with a wide variety of natural, local, and organic products including a butchery, bakery, fresh fish, and team of chefs preparing hot meals daily.

From the November 6th press release:

“It was important for us to find a retailer that would activate this half-block site with an amenity that supports the First Hill neighborhood’s priorities, as well as complement the needs of Capitol Hill and Madison Park residents and workers,” said Todd Seneker, Managing Director at Columbia Pacific Advisors. “Whole Foods is a great partner for this location. We’re able to put a community-focused retailer and new apartments right in the middle of a dense urban neighborhood – all within walking distance of thousands of jobs and a new streetcar line.”

“We are excited to share our mission and values with each of these neighborhoods and look forward to serving as a resource as the communities plans for a healthy and sustainable future,” said Joe Rogoff, Regional President for Whole Foods Market in the Pacific Northwest. “Creating jobs, supporting local producers and finding opportunities to partner with area schools and non-profits are core to our philosophy and practices, and we’re eager to introduce this in the First Hill and Capitol Hill communities. We look forward to serving this neighborhood by providing a wide selection of natural and organic food, sustainable seafood, humanely raised meats and housemade prepared foods and bakery items. And now, more than ever, we’ll be pleased to share our extensive selection of non-GMO products and commitment to transparency.” 

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Between homework assignments and sports teams, it’s important to keep your little one’s creative mind flowing. Get artsy this school year with classes at Thrive Art School. Classes for the 2014-2015 school year begin September 15th and run through June 20th. Each course meets once a week and are open to enroll at any time on a space available basis.

At Thrive Art School, children will learn how to draw and paint while developing creative problem solving skills and increasing confidence in a supportive setting. Thrive is “committed to providing high quality fine art instruction that empowers children with essential life skills to achieve success in school and in life.” The curriculums follow guidelines from Washington State Learning Standards and the Elements of Art. Students are allowed to explore their creativity while building skills in a welcoming, non-competitive environment.

A variety of classes are provided to meet the needs of different age groups (up to teenagers and young adults) and skill sets. Types of classes are offered for age groups from 3 ½ years old to 18 and up. Classes are small, with 12 students or less, to ensure individual attention by the instructor.

Click here to see a full, weekly schedule of art classes. Register here.

The beginning of a new school year can be overwhelmingly busy for many parents. If your schedule is already packed to the brim with after school activities, don’t worry—you can still get your child involved! Thrive offers online art classes for families who may not be able to make it to the classroom. Video-based digital lessons are provided via laptop, tablet, or smartphone that can be taken anytime. Let the art class come to you!

Click here to contact Thrive Art School, located at 2900 E Madison St Suite 200, Seattle WA 98112.

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Many art walks take place on a single day each month, but the 5th annual Madison Park Art Walk, which starts next Friday, September 12, will be celebrating artists at 30 businesses in the neighborhood for more than two weeks. To kick off the festivities, the Madison Park Starbucks is hosting an opening night reception on the 12th from 6:00-9:00 p.m., featuring live music with refreshments provided.

A sampling of the artists whose work will be featured during the two-week span includes Art Messer at the Wendy Amdal Salon, Joan Mitchell at Pharmaca, and Peggy Miller at Madison Park Jewelers. The Junior League of Seattle will also host a children’s day art walk on September 20, featuring works from its Northwest Art Collection. Click here for a full list of participating venues and artists.

The Madison Park Starbucks is located at 4000 E Madison St.

Madison Valley New Construction Home - Recently Sold
Madison Valley New Construction Home – Recently Sold
Madison Valley New Construction Home - Pending
Madison Valley New Construction Home – Pending
Madison Valley New Construction Home - Recently Sold
Madison Valley New Construction Home – Recently Sold
Madison Valley New Construction Home - Recently Sold
Madison Valley New Construction Home – Recently Sold



Over the course of the last couple of years Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood has seen an abundance of new construction homes sprout up, from single family residences to townhomes. With recent sales of these new construction homes fetching as much as $1,200,000+ and the cost of dirt being much more affordable than the surrounding neighborhoods, such as Capitol Hill or Madison Park, it’s easy to see why the neighborhood is a hot spot for developers right now. According to a recent article published by the Puget Sound Business Journal, Madison Valley is the second hottest neighborhood in Seattle, just behind the Phinney Ridge neighborhood. As a resident of the neighborhood for the past 6 years I can’t say I’m at all surprised by the recent boom the neighborhood is experiencing. The neighborhood’s proximity to the freeways, downtown, UW, Capitol Hill, Madison Park, Leschi, Montlake, Washington Park, University District, etc, make it an extremely desirable neighborhood to live, at least in my opinion. Not to mention the fact that the retail district of the neighborhood, which runs along East Madison Street, has a fantastic selection of restaurants to dine at.

I fully expect the housing trend we are currently seeing in the neighborhood to continue. New construction homes and existing homes are just flat out more affordable than those in the surrounding neighborhoods, such as Madison Park, Washington Park, Capitol Hill, Denny Blaine, etc. Affordable is a relative term, and I’m not sure how long I will define Madison Valley as an affordable neighborhood, but for now it is and I would highly recommend the neighborhood to home shoppers as I see it as having a tremendous amount of upside.