Seattle developers have always set the bar high in terms of energy efficiency and green building, and they’re currently in the process of building homes that have earned the “Passive Home” certificate, a super energy efficient design that uses 90% less energy than a typical home. According to the Seattle Pi,  Seattle developer Cascade Built and NK Architects announced that Park Passive in Madison Park is the first Passive home in Seattle to be certified by the Passive House Academy and also authorized by the Passive House institute.  These homes have extremely efficient insulation and windows, tight sealing, and do not have separate heating and cooling systems. The home is actually heated by the sun, and internal heat sources and ventilation and passive techniques  such as shading help cool the home. Park Passive is a 2,710 sf home with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, high ceilings, and large windows, and the counter-top is made out of a tree that was taken from the construction site! For more information on Park Passive, or other Passive homes visit the Seattle Pi.


This fabulous two bedroom one bathroom waterfront condo is now available. It is located in the heart of Madison Park along the shores of Lake Washington. This unit was remodeled and now features marble countertops, all new appliances, open and spacious living area and a large deck. Its location offers easy access to the lake, local Madison Park shops and restaurants within close proximity, bus lines, parks and much more. This unit also comes with a washer and dryer in the unit as well as covered parking.

Status For Rent
Bed/Bath 2bed/2bath
Price $3100/month


This last Monday, July 15th, a sick bat was found in the shade of a tree on the Madison Park beach. After testing, the bat was found to have rabies, and media organizations are getting the word out in case any humans or animals came in contact with the bat. KPLU reported on the occurrence, as did KOMO News.

“If you, your child or your pet had any contact – touched, or were bitten, scratched or had contact with saliva – with a bat at Madison Park on July 14th or 15th, please call us immediately,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Chief of Communicable Disease for Public Health – Seattle & King County. “We will give you information about how to get treatment.”

The rabid bat was found on the beach at E. Madison Street and E Howe Streets on July 15th, in Madison Park News, but it could have been there longer. It was seen by a beachgoer in the south end of the beach, and was reported to a lifeguard, who notified his supervisors and Public Health.

Authorities are concerned that humans or pets that came in contact with the bat might have been exposed to the deadly disease. Rabies attacks the central nervous system and is nearly always fatal once symptoms are underway, so it is strongly advised that parents ask their kids about the bat if they were in the park that day. Also, if there’s any possibility that your dogs or cats could have come in contact with the bat, the King County Public Health Department advises that you take your pet to the vet for re-vaccination. Dogs, cats, and ferrets are normally vaccinated against rabies, but exposure to a rabid animal requires re-vaccination, then close observation for 45 days and an immediate report to your vet of any illness or strange behavior.

While most occurrences of rabies in our state are with bats, most bats don’t carry rabies. However, you should act with caution if you ever come in contact with a bat. If one gets inside your home, knock it to the floor and cover it or secure it in a container before notifying Public Health. If it’s dead, put it in a container and also notify Public Health. Never touch the bat with your bare hands, and never throw it away or let it go.

For more information on this case of a rabid bat, call the public health hotline at 206-296-4949 (press option #2 then option #5). To contact Public Health if you come in contact with a bat in the future, call 206-296-4774, and to reach the agency’s veterinarian with concerns about your pet and rabies, call 206-263-8454. Click here for more information on bats and rabies.

Featured photo from, of the stretch of beach in Madison Park where the bat was found on Monday.

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend, and even though it’s Monday, we’re already looking forward to next weekend’s festivities in Madison Park! The annual Madison Park Days celebration begins this Thursday July 11th- Saturday July 13th, with the sidewalk sale kicking off Thursday, and parade and picnic on Saturday afternoon. Merchants in Madison Park work together to sustain the feel of a small community where everyone can come together to meet, socialize, and celebrate, and local business owners are happy to sponsor Madison Park Days! Madison Park Days 2013

Come down early Saturday morning and claim your spot on the sidewalk to watch the parade lineup which begins at 11:45am at Wells Fargo. Kids are welcome to participate in costume, so decorate your wagon, bike, or pets and come on down! The parade will begin at noon, followed by a complimentary picnic with pizza, hot dogs, and beverages, treats, and games beginning at 12:15pm. Hope to see you there!