Tag Archives: Green Lake

Wildlights: Woodland Park Zoo ventures into holiday lighting for the season

A lot of us have driven down to Tacoma during the holiday season to experience Zoolights at Point Defiance.  Now, we don’t have to travel so far – Woodland Park Zoo has launched Wildlights, their own version of a winter light show happening now.

Wildlights began November 23rd and will run through January 1st, featuring almost 400,000 LED lights around the zoo as well as some special guests, a few visiting reindeer.   The Historic Carousel will be up and running for rides.  There will also be some live holiday entertainment in the form of carolers, ice carvers, and other musical performances (for the full calendar, check here).

The cost for Wildlights is $8.50 per adult through December 13th and $9.50 afterwards, and $6.50 per child anytime.  The event occurs each night from 5:30 to 8:30, and will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.   You can purchase your tickets ahead of time online here. 

Green Lake Pathway of Lights: December 10th

Green Lake’s  Annual Pathway of Lights will be Saturday, December 8th from 5pm to 8pm.  The event is, as always, free to the public and features a luminaria around the inner loop of the lake and live music at four stop-off locations.

Over 2500 candles light the way around the lake, placed and picked up by volunteers.  Visitors are also welcome to bring glow sticks and other items that help light the night.   An estimated 10,000 people attend the event each year, braving the cold for a 2.8 mile walk around the lit up lake with their neighbors.

Additionally, the event doubles as a food drive for Northwest Harvest.  Last year, the Pathway of Lights raised about 500 pounds of food for Northwest Harvest.  Sponsors this year include The Hearthstone, Green Lake Masonic Lodge, and Green Lake Windermere Real Estate.

Green Lake Real Estate: Preparing for the market slow-down? Don’t bother.

I mean it.  Usually come November, most real estate brokers are twiddling their thumbs and decorating their own homes for the holiday season – because no one buys at the holidays, right?  Wrong.    Thanks to very little inventory, interest rates remaining incredibly low, and a large pool of ready and able buyers, there will be no holiday slow-down.  Houses that are priced well in Green Lake and most parts of north Seattle right now are selling about as quickly as it will take you to cook the turkey later this month.

As usual, when it comes to assessing Green Lake real estate, I look at residential homes from 85th to 50th, Aurora to I-5 (there are also three active condo listings in the neighborhood right now, but I’ve taken those out of the stats so as not to skew numbers).   As of today, there are 10 active listings in Green Lake.  The average price is $527,285 and the average size is 2140 square feet, for the price per foot of $276.  The average time they’ve spent on market is 46 days – sounds like a long time when I’m talking about how fast these homes sell, right?  We can contribute that number to these homes being the ones that didn’t get an offer right away – the others are already sold!

This home at 140 NE 63rd Street is currently listed for $549,500, at 2500 square feet.

In October, five homes went pending and seven more closed.  Of the closed homes, the” average” time on market was 40 days – but that number gets skewed by just two listings that were on the market for over 100 days.  In reality, five of the seven closed homes were sold in one week or less.   The average sale price was $607,086 with an average size of 2,394 square feet and a price per foot of $253.

If you’re selling, how do you become on of the “sold-in-less-than-a-week” houses instead of one that sits?  While price plays a very important role in that process, I can’t stress enough the importance of the showing condition in the wintertime.  Let’s look at the basics:

  • It’s cold outside.  So, if you’re expecting showings, crank the heat on.  You might be comfortable throwing on an extra sweater, but that chill won’t make a good impression on buyers walking in.
  • It’s dark outside.  And most of your potential buyers are going to be taking a look after work, in the evenings – so make sure your porch light is on, and keep at least one or two lamps on in the house while you’re not home.
  • The flowers aren’t blooming.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a nice yard – rake leaves, make sure water is draining away from the home and make a clean entry for potential buyers to get from their car into your front door.

If you’re buying, I know you’re getting frustrated.  Many buyers have submitted more than one offer in the past few months and still haven’t won the home in multiple offer situations.  Keep persevering and it will happen for you!

Halloween Buy-Back in Green Lake benefits a good cause

If you love giving the kids a chance to trick or treat, but hate the idea of 1,000,000 grams of sugar ripping their teeth out in a week, then you won’t want to miss the annual Halloween Buy-Back program at GreenLake Kids Dentistry.

Perfect for the future business owners of America, this program gives kids the opportunity to sell their Halloween candy back to the dentist’s office – and make $1 per pound, up to ten pounds per person.  But even more importantly, the candy is going to a good cause – Operation Gratitude, where it’ll end up in the hands of our military serving overseas.

GreenLake Kids Dentistry will be accepting the candy donations on November 1st, from 5pm to 7pm, and usually will accept donations for up to a week afterwards if you can’t make it.  But come during the designated times on the first, and Gymboree Magnussen will be on hand helping kids make and decorate cards for the troops, too.

They have a goal to reach of 300 pounds of candy – wow, that’s a lot of candy – and for obvious reasons, it must be unopened.  They’re located in the Circa building at 6900 E Green Lake Way N, on the back side facing Woodlawn.

Seattle Restaurant Week Returns – here’s your north Seattle hookup

I know it feels like it just happened, but Seattle Restaurant Week returns October 14th – 18th and 21st – 25th.  For those of you new to Seattle, this is one of the greatest weeks for those of us that aren’t millionaires – the week when many restaurants present a 3-course dinner for just $28 (and some also provide a 3-course lunch for $15).

And there’s no shortage of options for north Seattle dining this time around, either.  Here’s where you can go to get your fine dining fix, along with my recommendations:

In BALLARD, you can visit the Golden Beetle, Volterra, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Belle Clemantine, Bastille, Maggie Bluffs, and Anthony’s Homeport. My choice?  Ray’s Cafe.  Ray’s is about to remodel their downstairs restaurant, but the cafe is offering up some excellent Restaurant Week menu selections, including a pumpkin creme brulee for dessert.

In FREMONT, swing into the 35th Street Bistro, Chiso Sushi, or Hunger 2.0. Or one of my favorites, Via Tribunali, where you can start with some caprese arrostito.

In GREEN LAKE, which I’m quite partial to, dine at Nell’s, or try some of the best sushi in Seattle at Kisaku.  You can also dine next door at Eva.

In PHINNEY-GREENWOOD, you can go vegetarian at Carmelitas, or Mediterranean  at The Olive and Grape.  Or visit my pick: The Stumbling Goat, where you can choose between an entree of pan seared trout, pork tenderloin, duck risotto, or grass fed hangar steak.

Finally, in WALLINGFORD, don’t forget to stop by one of my absolute faves: Cantinetta – one of their entree options is a seasonal butternut squash ravioli.  Or, you can dine at Tilth or Art of the Table.

If you just feel the need to get out of north Seattle, which I won’t hold against you, you can view the full list of participating restaurants here.


Like beer, LOVE coffee? Don’t miss the Coffee Beer Festival October 6th

Last night I went on a date with a guy who doesn’t like coffee.  I know, crazy talk, right?  I can’t fault him too much – there was a time when I didn’t really like the stuff either.  Granted, that time was when I was about 11 years old.  Now, it’s a life force for me.  And well – you all know by now how much I love craft beer.

Have I died and gone to Heaven?  Because those two of my favorite things are getting combined for one day only at the Coffee Beer Festival, being held on Saturday October 6th at The Burgundian in Tangletown.

So far, 20 beers have been confirmed for the taps including concoctions from Oakshire, Big Time, Ram, Naked City, Schooner Exact, Fremont, Elysian and Southern Tier.  And they won’t all be porters, either – we’re talking IPA’s and saisons and even pale ales.

The festival starts at 10am and goes until the beer runs out (or closing time, whichever comes first).   The Burgundian is located at 2253 N 56th Street on the Wallingford/Green Lake border.

Happy 1 Year Anniversary to Cake Envy – help them celebrate!

It’s been almost one year since Cake Envy delivered their wonderful cupcakes and celebration cakes to the Green Lake neighborhood, at 7900 E Green Lake Drive North.  To celebrate their major milestone, they’re throwing a party – and everyone is invited.

Head to Cake Envy on Saturday, September 22nd from 1pm to 4pm for samples, small bites, music, raffle prizes, a cake walk, balloon sculptor, and caricature artist.  Plus, if you’re getting married soon, enter a raffle to win a free wedding cake.

Families are welcome, including on-leash pets, so its sure to be a good time.  And I wouldn’t be surprised if they had some new flavors in mind for the occasion…

You can RSVP on their Facebook page here.

Photo courtesy Cake Envy