With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, there’s no better time to celebrate the beauty and depth of the Irish culture, and Seattle Center’s Festal is gearing up to do just that!

Head to Seattle Center on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th and find a serious taste of the Emerald Isle right here in the heart of in the Emerald City. Festal’s Irish Festival will bring to life a multifaceted, in-depth adventure through Ireland, its history and traditions, no passport necessary.

Enjoy a fun and fascinating exploration of Irish cultural heritage, past and present, through visual arts, live performance, games, activities, and of course, food! Explore the market place featuring Irish handicrafts, live Irish music and that famous and oh-so-impressive Irish step dancing.

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Find out by tracing your own roots in geology workshops (yes! That’s at the festival!), and learn a bit of the Celtic language while you’re at it. The festival also promises Irish movies and short films, cultural exhibits and live demonstrations and maybe even a few Irish celebrities!


Festal is a series of multi-cultural events presented by and at the Seattle Center each year. Now in its 21st year, Festal continues to shine a light on the beauty and majesty of cultures across the globe by showcasing their rich and complex traditions, histories, art, music, dance, food and much more. Festal’s Irish Festival is presented in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle.


Whether you’re looking to learn more about your own heritage, wanting to learn more about Ireland and its culture in general, or you’re simply tired of leprechauns and green beer and looking for a more authentic experience, Festal’s Irish Festival is sure to be a fun and fabulous way to spend your St. Patty’s Day weekend.

Seattle Center Festál
Irish Festival
March 17-18, 2018
Armory Main Level

Check out some of the things to do in Madison Park and Madison Valley throughout February…

Throughout February: Workshops at City People’s Garden Store
Various Dates | City People’s Garden Store
Each month, the City People’s Garden Store offers a variety of workshops. In February, the workshops offered are as follows:

Throughout February: Wine Tastings
Varying Times | Madrona Wine Merchants
Madrona Wine Merchants offers wine tastings throughout February for interested or curious wine-o’s!

  • World Wine Values, February 3rd from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, February 4th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fruilli & Veneto Tasting, February 10th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, February 11th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Spanish Wine Tasting, February 17th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, February 18th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Animale Tasting, February 24th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, February 25th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

February 1: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s 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.

February 14: Valentine’s Day Dinner in Madison Valley
5pm — Close | Madison Valley
Several of the top restaurants in the neighborhood are offering a special prix-fixe menu for Valentine’s Day. The Harvest Vine’s is five courses for $90/person, Cafe Flora is offering a four-course vegetarian menu (vegan available) for $75/person, and Luc is offering one, but details are TBD.

Seattle has been ranked the hottest housing market of the year 2017 for 16 months in a row. Many neighborhoods have reached median home prices over one million dollars. Though the inventory remains low, prices are expected to continue rising. According to Zillow, home values will increase another 5.4 percent in 2018. Madison Park and Washington Park saw less sales this month and small price decreases.

Madison Park had 38 sales in total in both 2016 and 2017. The median price for a home sold for $1,528,000 last year compared to $1,262,500 in 2016. The highest single-family home sale in the Madison Park area was $3,200,000. There were ten less condo sales in 2017 compared to 2016 (37 vs 27).  The median sale price jumped from $490,000 (2016) to $639,995 (2017). The highest sale for a condo was $2,155,000. There are currently 2 active listings in Madison Park, one single family home and one condo. There are 0 pending.

Washington Park had 24 sales last year, compared to 19 in 2016. The median sales price for a single-family home dropped to $1,876,250 from $1,998,000. The highest single-family home sale was $4,000,000 and the lowest was $770,000. There were 0 condominium sales last year, compared to 2 in 2016. There are currently 5 active listings and 0 pending.

With such a highly competitive market, professional knowledge and guidance is crucial when you’re looking for your new home in Seattle. Our team of experienced, customer-focused brokers and leasing agents can help you navigate the process and find your next dream home. Contact us to get started!

Sold several months ago, the dilapidated building located in the heart of Madison park’s commercial district that has been described by neighborhood residents as a “blight” has quite a few changes coming its way.

The historic building, located at 4114-4118 East Madison Street, was purchased in late July by the Losh family, owners of next-door neighbor Ewing and Clark Condominium Rentals. Constance Gillespie, the previous owner of the building, had held the property since her family purchased it in 1937. It was built in 1926.

Construction is ongoing on the rear of the building to change the structure.

“We’ve already torn down two-thirds of the back,” said Casey Losh, one of the new owners. “[Gillespie] had it in offices, with interior walls as support. We are getting the engineer to make just the exterior walls as supporting walls.” 

Losh said the building had been divided into three units. That won’t change for the time being, but with interior walls no longer load-bearing, it could change depending on the tenants.

The building was listed at $3 million, but the Losh family bid and won at just $1.39 million.

“I think that $3 million price tag scared off a lot of people,” Losh said. “We almost didn’t bid for it. But I think it reduced the people bidding. We went in an bid what we thought it was worth and were able to get it for less than half of asking.”

Losh has spent his entire life in Madison Park and said he is excited to be part of fixing up the crumbling building.

“We want to restore it to its former glory,” he said. “Constance had all the permits to fix it up, and we are using those. She’s been really good to work with.”

The limited liability company which bought the property was even named in honor of Constance and her family’s long history of owning the property. The Losh family bought it as JDLI Constance Court LLC, which has been admittedly confusing for the current tenant, but Losh believes it’s a nice nod to the previous owner.

The building currently has one tenant, Spa Jolie. The other two storefronts are currently vacant and have fallen into disrepair, entangling Gillespie with the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development.

In 2014, the property was found to violate several codes for a vacant property, including insufficient protection from the elements, damaged eaves and fascia on the exterior and a decaying roof.

One of the notes from an inspector regarding the building reflected this succinctly.

“Secure the building against the weather, including but not limited to openings in the collapsed roof and walls,” it reads.

This was exacerbated in March of 2016 when an inspector found a large portion of the roof had collapsed.

Tim Blevins, a Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections structural inspector, wrote up a building code violation report.

“Approximately 1/3 of the roof has failed and the brick façade wall at NE property line is bowed due to the loss of the roof diaphragm,” Blevins noted.

The city found additional issues in February of this year, imposing penalties against Gillespie for not complying. As recently as last year, Gillespie had said she was not interested in selling.

The building is 2,787 square feet on a 4,900 square foot lot, or .11 acres. It is zoned NC1P-30, which means a buyer could build it up to 30-feet high with the option for a rooftop greenhouse if supplying a restaurant below.

“Some people think we are crazy for not building other units on top of this one,” Losh said. “And we might some time in the future, but not for a while.”

Losh said his family is working with Spa Jolie to keep them in the space. He said renovations are scheduled to finish in late winter or early spring of 2018. More than 50 potential tenants have called about the building, Losh said, but rates for leases have not yet been set.

Syndicated from The Madison Park Times