Friday, December 8, 2017

Burke Gilman Trail Repairs Underway Near Metropolitan Market



Seattle Parks and Recreation has begun repairs on the first of thirteen sections of the Burke-Gilman Trail in northeast Seattle.

The trail is closed between 40th Avenue NE, by Metropolitan Market, all the way to NE 65th Street, from 7:30am-4:30pm weekdays. Cyclists and pedestrians are detoured around the construction area onto side streets, as shown here. 
Sections of the trail are being removed, including areas of asphalt in disrepair, invasive roots that are causing upheaval and replacing those sections with new asphalt.

The entire repair area stretches up to Fairway Estates, just north of Magnuson Park. Contractors are working on one section at a time, from southwest to northeast to reduce disruptions to trail users.

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will also be working in this same area of the trail to remove bollards/bollard plates and re-pave those sections.

Trail sections were determined by 2015 condition-assessment work done in partnership  with SDOT and reconfirmed in the spring. $250,000 was provided in funding by the Seattle Park District for the trail improvement project. 
For more information go here. 

Saturday Center For Urban Horticulture Storytime




Miller Library, located in Laurelhurst at the UW Botanic Gardens (3501 NE 41st Street), is holding it's monthly story time on Saturday with the theme "Winter Fruit" from 10:30-11:15am.

The information says:


Some fruits are at their best in early December. Hear three stories featuring winter fruit, and then join us in the program room to taste several different pear varieties.  


Books to be read are:
MR. PUTTER AND TABBY PICK THE PEARS by Cynthia Rylant
AN ORANGE IN JANUARY by Dianna Hutts Aston
HOW ARE YOU PEELING? by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers

Story time is geared towards children ages 3 to 8 and celebrate gardens, plants and nature. All ages and their families are invited. 

For more information go here. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

All About Snow Geese At Union Bay

Here is a recent post from the Union Bay Watch Blog published by Larry Hubbell, long-time local photographer and birder. 

Here also is an in-depth article about Larry and his work.


Angel Wings
When I see great white birds in flight, I think of snow. In this case it seems very appropriate because these are Snow Geese. The black wing tips are an obvious clue in their identification.

On Wednesday, for the very first time, I saw Snow Geese on Union Bay. This photo was taken while looking east from the Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA)

They were flying with a flock of Canada Geese. I had read that someone saw Snow Geese feeding on the University of Washington (UW) lawn on Tuesday. I went up and checked twice on Wednesday, without any luck. I was certainly delighted when I hiked down to the UBNA and saw the Snow Geese.

On Thursday, I heard that an egret was seen on Portage Bay. I looked for the great white bird without any luck. However, I could not resist posting these photos of the Great Egret which visited Portage Bay in 2016. I just love its intense focus on the fly.

Not matter where the fly went the egret tracked it. In this photo, I particularly like the way its long narrow bill points almost precisely at the fly.

Clearly the fly got too close for comfort.

The Great Egret reminded me of these Snowy Egrets I saw near Savannah, Georgia later in 2016. Snowy Egrets weigh less than a pound while Great Egrets weigh close to two pounds. Another obvious difference is the color of their bills. In addition, Snowy Egrets have bright yellow feet, unlike the black feet of their larger relatives.

I also saw Trumpeter Swans on Union Bay on Wednesday. The bird on the far left is using its long neck to search for food below the surface; the middle bird has some vegetation in its mouth and the swan on the right is calling out. I suppose we could say it is 'trumpeting' although I do not remember the sound as being all that loud. It seemed more like a contact call to me or at best a squeaky, half-hearted trumpeting. There were a total of ten swans on The Bay, eight adults and two young.

The two gray swans are the first year birds. It is interesting to me how small the Double-crested Cormorant, and the Gadwalls, look compared to the swans. I did not notice any Tundra Swans among the Trumpeters. By the way, Trumpeter Swans can weigh more the ten times what a Great Egret weighs.

In this 2016 photo, of a Trumpeter Swan on Union Bay, gives an even better idea of the size of the bird. The wings of a Trumpeter and a large Bald Eagle are nearly identical in length, but since the swans can weigh nearly twice as much I suspect their wings are much larger in width. When visiting the Slater Museum with Dennis Paulson, as part of our Master Birder Class, he showed us a collection of Trumpeter wings. I remember he called them, 'Angel's Wings'. That most certainly looked the part. It makes me wonder if swans inspired the whole idea of angels?

Neighborhood Students Performing in Northwest Boychoir Concerts






Several Laurelhurst residents will be performing in the  Northwest Boychoir's annual "Festival of Lessons and Carols" concert series from December 9-22nd, with the final performance at Benaroya Hall.  

The neighborhood choir members include Aidan Su, an 8th grader at
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, who previously attended Villa Academy.  Aidan  began singing in the 3rd grade when a Villa friend recommended he try out in the boychoir.  Aidan also enjoys playing jazz music on the French Horn. 

Anders Pohlmann, a 9th grader at University Prep, also from Laurelhurst, started singing with Northwest Boychoir at eight years old. He learned about the choir when he attended a performance of Lessons and Carols. This will be his 5th year singing in this concert series.
And Joe Miller, another Laurelhurst choir member, is a 9th grader at Lakeside School.

The information about the choir says:

Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, A Festival of Lessons & Carols classical performance consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir, and another carol sung by the choir and audience.

The concerts run December 9-22 at various venues throughout the Puget Sound Region, with the final performance at Benaroya Hall.  

Tickets are available through the Northwest Choirs at 206-524-3234 or online. 

For more information and the concert schedule go here.  .




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Photo credits Ben VanHouten.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

November Laurelhurst Real Estate Summary

Kim Dales has provided this neighborhood real estate activity report for the month of November:




November was a bit sleepy, with both Veterans Day and Thanksgiving and added to that, shorter days that makes it difficult for buyers to view homes after work. 

There were two new listings in November. The home on West Laurel Drive, a classic Tudor with phenomenal views,  was only on the market for 4 days and received 2 offers. This

The second new listing on 3817 49th Ave NE has been on the market for 14 days, and is situated on a dead end street with views of Lake Washington.





ACTIVE LISTINGS AS OF NOVEMBER 30TH

Address
List Price
Beds/
Baths
Year
Built
Sq.Ft
Price
p/sq.ft
*4528 W Laurel Dr
$1,600,000
4/2.25
1931
3,260
$490.80
3141 E Laurelhurst Dr NE
$2,260,000
3/3.s5
1923
3,840
$588.54
4312 36th Ave NE
$2,279,000
5/5.5
2016
4,800
$474.79
4511 NE 38th St
$2,295,000
4/3
1938
4,044
$567.51
3817 49th Ave NE
$2,468,000
4/3.75
1970
3,467
$711,85
4549 55th Ave NE
$2,795,000
4/4
2014
4,320
$646.99
3408 E Laurelhurst Dr NE
$2,950,000
4/4.25
1911
4,410
$668.93
3054 E Laurelhurst Dr NE
$11,800,000
5/4.75
1928
7,683
$1,535.86

* New listing & under contract in November



PENDING INSPECTION IN NOVEMBER

Address
List Price
Beds/
Baths
Sq.Ft.
CDOM
*4528 W Laurel Dr
$1,600,000
4/2.25
3,260
4

CDOM = Cumulative Days on Market




SOLD IN NOVEMBER

Address
List Price
Sale Price
CDOM
Beds/
Baths
Sq.Ft.
Price
p/sq.ft
Date Sold
4702 46th Ave NE
$895,000
$895,000
22
2/1.75
2,230
$401.35
11/20
5150 46th Ave NE
$895,000
$900,000
8
4/1.75
2,024
$444.66
11/02
4323 NE 45th St
$1,150,000
$1,000,000
33
4/2.25
2,286
$437.45
11/29
5142 45th Ave NE
$1,125,000
$1,313,000
8
4/2.75
2,410
$544.81
11/17
4118 42nd Ave NE
$1,395,000
$1,525,000
7
5/3.75
3,770
$404.51
11/07
3710 NE 41st St
$1,550,000
$1,530,000
9
4/3.25
4,540
$432.20
11/15
5018 NE 41st St
$1,628,000
$1,635,000
7
3/2.5
3,210
$509.35
11/21
3600 W Laurelhurst Dr NE
$2,195,000
$1,900,000
81
4/3.25
3,780
$502.65
11/07
Averages


22

2,906
$459.62


Median Sold Price = $1,419,000