Family Works Parenting Classes

Feeling frustrated with your parent skills? FamilyWorks is offering some free classes to help you build healthier relationships with your kids:

Parenting Teens! It Can Be Done!

Ask Yourself…Are you frustrated by your teenager’s moods, but you find that your reaction pushes you further away? Are the power struggles in your home sapping the fun out of life as a family? Does it seem that whatever you say gets you in trouble with your teen? Join Alison Bower at FamilyWorks (1501 N 45th St) for this FREE series, to learn practical parenting tools for raising resilient, self-reliant, and connected children…right in your very own home. This does, after all, start with us. Come to any or all workshops. Call 206-694-6727 to register or if you have any questions.

alisonbowerWed. Oct. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Connecting with your Teen
Science now validates what we all know: Teens experience more anxiety and fear than either adults or children. Learn real tools to begin creating connection in your home that we know helps.

Wed. Nov. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: What is Your Style?
We will look at different styles of parenting, their merits and the research behind what we know creates the most connected, safe, and self-reliant teenagers.

Wed. Nov. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Mistaken Goals and Taking Behaviors Personally
Teenagers do things that hurt others and themselves, because their brains are not yet developed to a point of global understanding. Learn how to identify mistaken goals and how to create more options for open dialogue in the process.

Wed. Nov. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Enabling vs. Empowering and Joint Problem Solving
The lack of purpose and connection teenagers often perceive of in their own lives can lead to feelings of insecurity, lack of self-worth, and assumed inadequacy. Learn tools that empower teenagers to be able to manage success, failure, and everything in between.

Meridian Fall Carnival

fallcarnivalThe Meridian School is holding its Fall Carnival at Meridian Park behind the Good Shepherd Center this Saturday Oct 25th, from 1 – 4pm. There will be games, food, face-painting, balloon animals, and prizes. Recommended for kids ages 2-10.

That’s all we know.

Transit Proposition

3936377660_8a8fb20e61_zElection season is upon us! Will the Democrats hold on to their tenuous lead in the Senate? Who knows? We have no say in it! Patty Murray isn’t up for re-election until 2016 and Maria Cantwell sits tight until 2018.

But, we do have a few things that we can vote on, including Proposition 1, a Seattle-only alternative to the King County Proposition 1 transit bill that lost a special election this August. The Wallingford members of the Environmental Caucus of the 43rd District Democratic Organization sent in this policy statement on our new Prop 1:

Transit Vote Comes Round Again!

After the defeat by voters in rural King County of the country-wide Metro Transit measure in the Primary Election, the Seattle City Council decided to put a Seattle-only Metro Transit proposition on the General Election ballot. There’s more than one Proposition 1 but this one can be found all alone on the back side of your November ballot. You have look for it.

43rd District Democrats urge you to vote Yes. Why?

Wallingford and University district buses are some of the most over crowded routes in the system. A recent Seattle Department of Transportation study has identified the #16 as a route that scores low on three counts: reliability, crowding and frequency of service. The #44 scores low on crowding and reliability. The #31/32 needs to improve reliability and increase frequency of service. The #26 and #26Express need to improve reliability. All this adds up to a high priority for improved service on all the lines that serve Wallingford if Transit Proposition 1 passes.

Even the Seattle Times has endorsed the Seattle-only Transit Proposition 1. Despite an improved revenue forecast for Metro and the recent postponement of planned service cuts, the Seattle Times editorial board concluded that additional funding for Metro to support the growing need for transit in Seattle is justified and that Proposition 1 should be supported.

Why did we hear that there was no more need for additional taxes and the planned bus cuts could all be cancelled? In addition to improved revenue forecast, a majority of the County Council decided they could raid Metro’s rainy day fund to come up with enough more money to avoid this year’s planned cuts. But that is not a sustainable solution. If Metro does avoid cuts, we can use the Seattle-only funds in Transit Proposition 1 to improve bus service on the many very overcrowded routes in the City, including Wallingford’s buses. If they don’t, Seattle will have the funds to backfill and avoid further destruction of our bus system.

To find the Seattle-only Metro funding Transit Proposition 1, you will need to look on the back side of your ballot when you get it this Thursday or Friday. Here is the full text of the ballot title:

“If approved, this proposition would fund Metro Transit service benefitting the City of Seattle, by preventing planned service cuts and, if funds allow, enhancing transit service, at least until state or regional authorities provide replacement revenues. The measure would authorize an annual vehicle license fee of up to an additional $60 per registered vehicle with a $20 rebate for low-income individuals and authorize up to a 0.1% sales and use tax, both expiring by 12/31/2020, all as proposed in Resolution 12.”

The Environmental Caucus of the 43rd District Democratic Organization urges you to vote Yes to secure the future of the Seattle bus system.

A summary of the Proposition 1 can be found on the Seattle Voters Guide site as can the full text.

Nota bene: Proposition 1 is not the same thing as Propositions 1a and 1b (which concerns “early learning programs and providers of such services for children”) nor Citizen Petition 1 (which concerns the monorail).

(Photo by Oran Viriyincy)

Kite Hill Closed

While this is probably old news to pretty much everyone but me, Kite Hill, and most of the mid-section of Gas Works Park is closed, and will remain so until Memorial Day 2015. I mean, yeah, Lee posted about it on these very pages back in February, but somehow it didn’t sink in that this towering icon of our neighborhood would be off-limits for eight months.

So, yeah, Kite Hill is closed until May 2015. They’re replacing all of the topsoil with clean topsoil in advance of offshore sediment clean-up planned for the future. The issue is that there are still toxins in both the soil of Gas Works and in the off-shore floor of Lake Union left over from the era when Gas Works was, in fact, a gas works. According the city:

One of the issues associated with the sediment work is the potential recontamination of the remedy from outside source(s) including uncovered areas of the park where there may be contamination at the surface. By adding clean soil to Kite Hill the risk of recontamination of the sediment from the surface flow of storm water is minimized. Both Ecology and the federal Environmental Protection Agency are very supportive of this early action as we move towards the sediment remedy.

The city promises everything will be put back where they found it, except “the intermediate path on the south side of the hill,” which will be eliminated.

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Dinging at Dick’s

Chris Harmon writes:

I stopped at Dick’s for a soft drink.  As I got out of my car a 20-something fella came trotting over asking if the car I was in was mine.  I said yes then he said he had noticed a couple of dings and scratches and said he could fix them on the spot. I replied with a firm and annoyed NO.  He didn’t try to convince me.  I watched where he went and it was to his fancy black shiny pickup with Washington license plates parked along the footpath on Dick’s property.  There were 2 or 3 other young hotshots hanging out ready to scam someone. I had a previous encounter last year by same type of people in a similar shiny black SUV vehicle with California license plates at Bartell’s in Roosevelt district. Beware of shade tree body shop fixer uppers. 

I’ve had related emails in the past from folks who were not so savvy as Chris, and lost some money to these folks.

Real Estate Update

(This is a sponsored post from Kris Murphy & Daniela Dombrowski, of Keller Williams)

Wallingford Real Estate Update – Single Family Homes
UntitledWe all hear so much about real estate every day, but in this article we are focusing on our micro area so you may get a true picture of what is happening with YOUR real estate investment. In our statistics we have captured just Wallingford and Tangletown (see map) which seem to be keeping on par with one another in housing values and trends. Finally, we break out single family homes including townhomes because analyzing condominiums yields different results and trends. Stay tuned for another article focusing on the Wallingford/Green Lake condo market.

Statistics in table below are based on home sales outlined in map area and are derived from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service data.

Comparison Quarters 2 & 3 from 2013 to 2014 (April – September)
The Wallingford upturn started earlier than in many other Seattle neighborhoods so 2013 was a very hot year in real estate with 12.3% appreciation compared to 2012 and continues to be very competitive in 2014. However, inventory was down by 15.5% this year causing a shortage of homes for sale, leading to a further increase in bidding wars and continued price appreciation. The median sales price rose 9.24% this year from last with the average sales price landing 3.2% over this list price, and we saw escalations as high as 20% over market for certain properties. Average days on market remained the same at 14 days, but only because listing agents almost always held the property on market for at least 1 week before looking at offers, giving the market a chance to discover the property and compete for it.

2nd & 3rd  Qtr ’13 compared to 2nd & 3rd Qtr ‘14 2013 2014 Difference %
Number of Closed Sales 167 141 -26  -15.56%
Average Days on Market 14 14 0
Median  List Price $585,000 630,000 $45,000 +7.69%
Median  Sales Price $595,000 649,950 $54,950 +9.24%
List to Sales Price Ratio 101.7% 103.2%

What the trends are telling us

The following charts capture all of Wallingford and Green Lake real estate trends over the last 15 months. This bar graph tells us how many homes were available for sale (light green), how many went under contract (red line) and how many sales closed each month (dark green). We can see with the light green bars there were clearly less homes for sale this year, yet buying activity was even stronger than last year (see red line). Yet, actual closed sales (dark green) are fewer than last year due to the lower supply in active listings. Intense bidding wars and price increases are how these statistics played out in the marketplace.


In this chart the green line represents the average list price of a home while the red line shows the final sales price. This picture is a bit erratic and the September numbers show an average list price far greater than the resulting sales prices. It is not unusual after an extreme sellers’ market for sellers to get emboldened and shoot for the moon with their pricing. But eventually buyers push back and prices stop escalating so rapidly causing the market to become more balanced.


Finally, this chart illustrates months of inventory. It is derived based on a calculation dividing the number of homes for sale by the number of homes that went under contract and attempts to project how many months it will take for the entire available inventory to sell. Anything under 2 months of inventory represents a sellers’ market, and in our case, most of the time we were under 1 month of inventory which translates into a “crazy sellers’ market”. Certainly, that is what we have been experiencing this last year as real estate brokers.


This Too Shall Change
We are seeing indicators of a changing market and certainly that is bound to happen. But in Wallingford we are experiencing only a small softening at this time. The true test will come in the early months of 2015 after our usual holiday lull. Will buyers continue to be out in full force? Will more sellers be bringing their homes to market thus bringing up housing inventory numbers? Will interest rates start rising as we have been hearing for some time now? Currently, 30-year mortgages are back below 4%, but for how long?

Barring any unforeseen major changes, we expect the strong housing market to continue in Wallingford, but perhaps not as dramatic as this last year. The strength of our local economy continues, Wallingford attracts exciting new businesses adding to our urban walkable offerings, our schools are excellent and commuting from Wallingford to almost anywhere is a breeze. All these factors contribute to keep making Wallingford real estate a desirable commodity besides being the neighborhood we all love to live and thrive in.

Kris Murphy and Daniela Dombrowski are Wallyhood sponsors and real estate brokers who live and specialize in the Wallingford and Green Lake neighborhoods. They practice out of the Keller Williams Greater Seattle office located on the corner of Stone Way and N 45th St.

Kris Murphy & Daniela Dombrowski
[email protected] / [email protected]
Keller Williams Greater Seattle
1307 N 45th St, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98103

Halloween Hoopla

The Wallingford Boys & Girls Club (1310 N. 45th St) presents its annual Halloween Hoopla event next Saturday, October 25th from 6 – 9 pm:


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