For those of you who don’t know about one of the greatest PNW traditions here in Seattle, here’s your key! All month long enjoy The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival at one of their 65 different Puget Sound waterfronts. The Argosy Christmas Ship sails around to different waterfront communities caroling holiday cheer through their state-of-the-art speaker system. Take a look at their December 2016 schedule, and join your community for a bonfire while listening to the Christmas Ship!
The Argosy Cruise donates a portion of all ticket sales to benefit The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy. The Puget Sound charity ensures that local nonprofits will continue to provide programs and services that serve children, seniors, and families
Standing at 1000 Fourth Avenue in downtown Seattle, Central Library, our largest city library, resembles a modern prism of glass and steel. Opened in 2004, the steel construction is meant to provide protection during an earthquake, and 10,000 glass panels reflect light outside, insulated to keep some of the weather from seeping in. Although some may consider the library’s architecture striking, the features and programs offered within the walls of the library are equally so.
The 11-level structure was conceived by principal architects Rem Koolhass, a Dutch designer with the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and Joshua Prince-Ramus, a founding parting of OMA New York, the latter originally from Seattle. In 2005, the year after it opened, this building was voted #108 on American Institute of Architects’ list of “America’s 150 favorite structures in the United States” and a national honor award from AIA for architecture. It has also received a Platinum Award for Innovation & Engineering from the American Council of Engineering Companies (AEC) of WA.
Central Library is 362,987 square feet and also has 143-spot underground parking which requires paying a parking fee, racks to park bicycles, and metro bus service within walking distance. An elevator system, as well as stairs, whisks visitors from the bottom floor to the top.
Interesting things to try that are unique to
Choose from the 1,283,420 items in their complete collection (as of 2015)
Reserve a practice room (one hour daily limit) and play music on a digital keyboard, choosing from the library’s extensive music collection (at Book Spirals 8)
Access one of the library’s 400 computers (90 minutes limit)
Attend a concert or lecture in their auditorium
Lounge in the “Living Room”, a space on the 3rd floor that invites reading
Visit a traveling exhibition (such as Shakespeare’s First Folio which was on display last year)
Sip a cup of espresso while nibbling on your baked good, sandwich, or chocolate at the Chocolati Cafe Cart (Level 3)
Peruse the gift shop
Find an ancestor or look up a history through the Special Collections. The Special Collections contain:
state document depository
historical documents about Seattle
written materials, 30,000+ photos, original artwork (2D and 3D), and maps
Pluck a book from the Books Spiral that rises & winds straight up through 4 stories
Study the public art inside and outside the library
Take a guided tour or a self-guided one by typing in reference #s on your cell phone at different, designated points throughout Central library
Interesting things to try at most Seattle Public Library locations (besides reading, of course):
Learn a new language (book, audio, or digital)
Learn new Adobe (InDesign, Illustrator, PhotoShop) and Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint) software
Loan a Wi-Fi Hotspot to take home with you
Print documents from your own wireless device (laptop, tablet, smartphone) using a Wi-Fi connection while at the library
Read a digital magazine through Zinio, a digital newsstand
Participate in the Library-to-Business program
Listen to an established writer through different classes and lecture series, such as SeattleWrites, then start your own book
Publish your own book through the SELF-e platform
Check out a wide variety of movies, from box office hits to lesser-known works
Interesting note: The amount the library has been used by guests is twice the volume originally predicted. Visit the Seattle Public Library website to find out more about programs on their Calendar of Events at Central Library and other locations.
Summer in Seattle means fine weather, fun times and fabulous festivals. One such festival is right around the corner- the Belltown Crush Block Party!
This Seattle summer favorite event has grown to two blocks this year (from 2nd and Bell up to 4th and Bell) and will feature up to 25 local urban breweries and wineries as well as wineries from featured guest region, the Cascade Valley Wine Country. There will even be an onsite bottle shop to take home your favorites!
In addition to the abundant locally crafted libations, enjoy delectable bites from terrific local food trucks and a pig roast from Bell & Whete.
Sip and savor your way through the festival while enjoying live tunes from Belltown Beats and a Steel Drum duo, and don’t miss out on the grape stomping competition, to really get you into the spirit of the event and the summer. It’s a local favorite!
Real Estate in Belltown/Downtown is continuing to show growth month by month. The numbers also show us that summer has been a busy buyer’s market. The number of sales as increased slowly up throughout spring into summer. Between March and May, the number of sales climbed in small increments March 38, April 44, May 53. At the end of June, we saw 164 residences sold with 93 left pending. The astronomic increase was due mainly to pre-sales for the Insignia building, but still shows the demand for condos continues to grow.
The general downtown area only saw 10 more sales this July than July of 2015, but the average prices increased. The lowest average price has gone up by $12,500, the median price increased by $169,450, and the highest jumped $1,520,000. There are currently 63 active listings and 101 pending. We will have to see what this crazy neighborhood market has in store for us next month!
As some of you may know, real estate in Belltown is booming! But do you know by how much? With all the new buildings going up in the neighborhood one can just assume how many people are attracted to the hip and trendy area. There are currently 93 pending listings, 45 of them being in the Insignia building. According to the NWMLS, last June (2015) there were 35 sold listings. This June there were a total of 164 sold listings, 102 of them being, once again, the Insignia Building. The cumulative days on the market dropped from forty days to fourteen.
Surprisingly, it seems prices aren’t jumping as much as you would think. The highest price for a home has dropped from $1,615,000 to $1,272,000, the lowest going from $219,000 to $210,000. But on the other hand, the median sales price is up from $557,800 to $414,950. According to the Development and Construction Projects on www.downtownseattle.com, there are currently more than 18,00 residential units in pre-development downtown. Looks like there will be a lot of inventory for next June!