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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.

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By Ryan Murray

Some Madison Valley residents are raising issues with a long-standing plan regarding the new State Route 520 bridge across the Washington Park Arboretum.

Jim Crutcher, a Broadmoor resident, said that the Washington Department of Transportation’s plan to demolish an eastbound on-ramp to 520 will be one to bite them, and residents, in the aftermath.

“Anybody wanting to get onto 520 from Madison Park will have to go all the way up to Montlake,” he said. “Traffic is going to be abysmal on Montlake.”

WSDOT’s plan to eliminate the on-ramp to help return the Arboretum to a green space is well-intentioned but misguided, Crutcher said. Traffic on Montlake Avenue East, 24th Avenue East and Lake Washington Boulevard will back up into the Arboretum regardless, he said.

Steve Peer, spokesman for the 520 project, said that things might be a little difficult for a while as Montlake is expanded, but ultimately traffic will flow correctly and cars will be out of the Washington Park Arboretum.

“We’ve been in contact with groups for about a decade about that,” he said. “We’ll be making several enhancements during the “Montlake Phase.” The on-ramp wouldn’t be able to be used anyway with the new bridge.”

The new bridge is considerably higher than the on-ramp to be demolished, and Peer said the cost to replace it is prohibitive. The Montlake Phase “includes a new Montlake interchange, a block-long lid covering the freeway, a land bridge to carry bicyclists and pedestrians over the highway, and the eastbound half of the SR 520 west approach bridge,” according to WSDOT documents.

More than 75,000 drivers traverse 520 each day, and 60,000 go north and south on Montlake, making the intersection of the two a high-priority section of Seattle’s transportation infrastructure, Peer said.

Work to demolish the ramp is scheduled tentatively for winter of 2018, but construction bids will determine the exact schedule. WSDOT is planning for four years of construction on the Montlake phase.

“We’re looking forward to building a big transportation hub,” Peer said. “When we unveil this thing  four or five years from now, it will be a net gain for the motorists on 520 and Montlake, but also for the neighborhood.”

Syndicated from MadisonParkTimes.com

Looking for a fun way to spend your weekend? Look no further than the Annual Fall Polish Bazaar!

A blend of culture, delicious traditional food, and eclectic crafts, this event is an immersive and authentic Polish experience.

The Annual Fall Polish Bazaar has been presented by the Seattle Polish Cultural Center for over 50 years, and since then has been one of the largest and strongest fund-raising events for them, as well as fun for the community!

This year’s event will be a full weekend of yummy Polish delicacies, entertainment and lots of opportunities to get a jump on holiday shopping (yes, please!).

From the Facebook page

Join us for Annual Fall Polish Bazaar – two days of delicious food, shopping, and entertainment! 

Delicious dinners of pickle soup, borscht, pierogi, Polish sausage, cabbage Rolls and Polish beer served all day.

Delectable pastries, as well as coffee /tea, are at the dessert booths.
Take-home dinners and sweets available.

Upstairs features an excellent selection of amber, books, crafts, Polish crystal, Boleslawiec pottery, Christmas ornaments and wafers (oplatki) and more!

Polish Choir Vivat Musica! sings Saturday at 2:30pm.

 

This event is family friendly and a fun and interesting way to spend your weekend.

Explore a new culture or get to know your own a little better! Take a trip overseas without leaving Seattle! Eat delicious perogies and Polish Sausages that will put Costco’s to shame!

There are many reasons to check out the Annual Fall Polish Bazaar, but just in case, did we mention there will Polish beer served too? YUM!

The Annual Fall Polish Festival will be this Saturday and Sunday, November 4th & 5th from 12 PM to 6 PM at 1714 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, the Home of Dom Polski and the Seattle Polish Cultural Center.
This year’s event has been organized and is possible thanks to the hard work of  Koło Pań/Polish Women’s Club.

Help make this year’s fund-raiser a success and have fun doing it!

Jedz, pij i wesoły!
(Eat, drink and be merry!)