Seattle Second Safest City For Cyclists and Pedestrians

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While riding a bike or walking around Seattle can sometimes feel like a navigating a defensive obstacle course, a new benchmarking report by the Alliance on Biking and Walking has found that our city ranks among the very safest cities for cyclists and pedestrians, with 1.7 cyclist fatalities and 2.7 pedestrian fatalities for every 10,000 commuters. We rank only behind Boston, which records 2.5 cyclist fatalities and 0.9 pedestrian fatalities.

The Alliance found that, in general, the number of fatalities drops in cities where cyclists and pedestrians make up a larger percentage of daily commuters. In Seattle, 12 percent of commuters walk or bike to work, whereas in Jacksonville, Fla., the city with the highest number of fatalities (33.1), only 1.7 percent do. The Alliance’s reasoning is that vehicle drivers who are used to sharing the roads with cyclists and routinely have to navigate around a large number of pedestrians are more likely to be aware of them and drive more carefully. With the cycle track having recently been installed on Broadway and the ever-increasing number of bike lanes all over the city, this trend suggests that the larger and more visible our biking population is, the safer its members will be.

 

Easter Happenings Around The Hill

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In keeping with the diverse spirit of the neighborhood, Easter events on Capitol Hill run the gamut from good old fashioned egg hunts to an Easter bonnet contest at C.C. Attles bar. Here’s a rundown of how the Hill is celebrating Easter.

FRIDAY, 4/18

- Start your celebration on a quiet note tonight with a Good Friday service at one of Capitol Hill’s many churches. Services start at 7:00 p.m. at Grace Church Seattle, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, St. Joseph’s Parish, and St. Demetrious Greek Orthodox Church (Montlake), among many others.

- For a history lesson tied in to Easter, head to the Harvard Exit theater today at noon to hear Seattle’s Michael McCullough tell the story of his grandmother, Lily Kempson, who participated in Ireland’s Easter Rising of 1916, which aimed to end the Britain’s rule of Ireland.

SATURDAY, 4/19

It appears that Capitol Hill will be covered in colorful plastic eggs this Saturday, as there are several kids’ egg hunts taking place all over the hill. Hunts for kids ages 1-11 will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Cal Anderson Park, Montlake Community Center, Volunteer Park, and Yesler Community Center.

SUNDAY 4/20

Along with Easter church services, Sunday brings the ever-important Easter brunch. If you’re not cooking at home try one of these Capitol Hill spots!

- Ethan Stowell’s Bar Cotto will have several special Easter offerings on the menu, including pork belly hash, pizza with house guanciale topped with an egg, and Easter julep cocktails.

- Monsoon believes that Easter = crab. Get half of a Dungeness for $18 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If that’s not enough crab for you, stick around for the restaurant’s regular Sunday crab dinner and get a whole two-pounder to yourself!

- For an Italian-style Easter, hit up Rione XIII for eggs on everything, pizzas, salads and Easter-inspired cocktails.

- Volunteer Park Cafe will supplement its already-stuffed pastry case with hot cross buns, bunny- and egg-shaped sugar cookies and birds’ nest cupcakes.

Happy Easter, everyone!

Three New “Parklets” Opening This Summer In Capitol Hill Area

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Around the Northwest we have to take full advantage of our short window of summer days warm enough to spend time outside, and this year Seattle residents will have 10 new “parklets” – spots in front of businesses where parking spaces are converted into mini park areas – to relax in the sunshine. Three of these spaces will be in the Capitol Hill/Central Area vicinity, including outside Lost Lake Lounge and the Comet Tavern at 10th Avenue and E Pike St.; outside Cortona Cafe at 25th and Union; and up the hill in Madrona outside the Bottlehouse and the Hi Spot Cafe on 34th Avenue.

These 10 new mini parks, along with three already installed in 2013 in Belltown, the International District and Capitol hill, are part of a pilot program started by the Seattle Department of Transportation in response to increasing interest from Seattle businesses. While permits for the mini parks are issued by the SDOT, this project is fueled by the public, and all funding is provided by the business or resident who sponsors the parklet. The SDOT will evaluate at the end of the summer and decide whether to make these 24-hour public spaces permanent parts of Seattle’s streetscape.

See the full list of the parklets debuting this summer to see if there will be one in your neighborhood, and read more about the pilot program on SDOT’s website.

 

Restaurant Marron Opening in Olivar’s Old Location

After 6 years on the hill, Olivar’s will close its doors at the end of April. According to Seattle Met, Eric and Zarina Sakai are bringing “fine dining without the fluff” to this historically unsuccessful restaurant spot, and we certainly hope they break the dryspell. This dynamic duo is bringing their culinary expertise to the hill to tease our palates with a culinary journey of a steadfast European tradition; Restaurant Marron will serve a 16 course, hours-long tasting menu of french inspired dishes with modern flavors, and the Seattle twist in this establishment is eating like Kings in a casual setting. Olivars

Eric Sakai has pledged to keep the atmosphere casual, and the dishes unique and tasty. Opening sometime this summer, diners will have the option of the 16 course tasting bites menu or choose a four course menu option if they’re not up for the commitment. Stay tuned for future updates on the opening date.

OutWatch Group To Conduct Late-Night Patrols of Capitol Hill Streets

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In response to a recent duo of violent attacks in the neighborhood – a rape and an attack on a drag performer – Jennifer Dietrich, who runs Capitol Hill’s Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty, is spearheading the formation a new public safety group called OutWatch, in an effort to make people feel safer walking around Capitol Hill at night.

The patrols, which will will be made up of groups of four, including two people trained in self defense, would operate from about 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday, and would be available to escort people to their cars or to other safe places. According to an article about the meeting in The Seattle Times, Dietrich said, “Whoever lives and works up here should be able to get from point A to point B without being afraid or without being attacked.”

OutWatch hearkens back to an early-1990s group called Q Patrol, whose members were trained in self defense and patrolled the streets in response to gay-bashing incidents in the neighborhood.

Captiol Hill Real Estate Recap: February 2014

The Capitol Hill real estate market featured thirty-two sales this past February which is the best February in the last four years.  In 2013 there were 31 sales, in 2012 there were 26 sales, and in 2011 there were 27 sales.  Currently there are 47 active listings for sale on Capitol Hill with a high of $8.5 million for a home with an undisclosed location and a low of $157,000 for a co-op in the vicinity of Cal Anderson Park.  The pending sales do not vary in price as much with the most expensive being a home listed for $2.6 million and a co-op for $110,000.  There are currently 65 homes pending sale. Cap Hill home nicole

The Central Seattle real estate market which includes Capitol Hill (basically the area from the Montlake Cut to I-90 and from Lake Washington to I-5) is showing signs of strength.  While median year-to-date sales price is down from $619,000 to $577,475, the average year-to-date sales price is actually up from $729,042 to $736,659.  In addition, year-to-date sales for the first two months are up with 88 sales in 2014 versus 79 sales in 2013.  Inventory is also tighter than last year, down from 128 to 93 active listings in the month of February.

If you have any questions about the Seattle real estate market, please feel to reach out to a local Seattle real estate agent.

Recent Capitol Hill Neighborhood Home Sales

There are many noteworthy homes that have sold in recent months in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, and if you’re looking to move in the near future here is a good indication of what homes are selling for in the area. Last month 12 sales closed in the Capitol Hill and North Capitol Hill neighborhoods, with the sales ranging between $530,000 – $1,185,000. In addition, 21 condo units sold last month with sales ranging from $146,500 to $600,000. Check out these recent interesting sales in the area, and if you’re interested in moving to the Hill contact your local real estate agent for more information.

709 15th Avenue E – SOLD $1,190,000

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This beautiful Capitol Hill custom residence was built with a one of a kind styling, with barrel vaulted ceilings, unique stainless glass accents and and oak finishes. This home sold recently for 91.89% of the asking price.

909 E Newton Street #C6-7 – SOLD $1,490,500

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This beautiful North Capitol Hill condominium features gated entry, in the boutique Newton Place condominium complex. It has stunning views of the sound, Olympics, Lake Union, and Queen Anne, and the gorgeous grounds include an outdoor pool perfect for summertime fun on the Hill.

947 18th Ave E – SOLD $1,915,000

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This home was timelessly rebuilt by an award winning architect and custom Seattle home builder owners, and the quality of this home is impeccable. This neighborhood home closed last month for 95.99% of the asking price, and new owners will enjoy everything new in the home as of 2008 ; plumbing, electric, walls, flooring, you name it!

115 Bellevue Ave E #302 – SOLD $145,000

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This East facing Capitol Hill Co-op corner unit in the Troy Co-op building features very open formal living spaces and has a walk score of 92. This was a really great opportunity for a renter to own a unit on Capitol Hill, and sold for a little over 87.9% of the asking price.

1935 10th Ave E – SOLD $2,153,000

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This beautiful Capitol Hill home has outstanding views of Lake Union, Queen Anne, Downtown, the Space Needle, The Olympic Mountains – you name it! Features include oak flooring, tall ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, marble fireplace, chef’s kitchen and much more. It is no surprise that this home sold for over 100% of the asking price!

Cab Driver Robbed at Gun Point

policeA cab driver was flagged down by a potential fare around 3:00am this morning near the intersection of 12th Avenue South and South Main Street. The 21 year old suspect got in the car and as he and the driver began talking two more suspects entered the cab, pulled out hand guns and demanded money from the driver. They pistol whipped the driver in the head but he was able to jump out of the car, run away and call 911. The suspects stole the driver’s cell phone and GPS unit before getting out of the cab and into two separate waiting vehicles.

Officers arrived within minutes of the driver calling 911. Police stopped a Chevy Caprice a few blocks away with five men in the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle gave officers permission to search the car. Officers found two hand guns, one reported stolen, and the GPS unit from the cab. The cab driver was able to positively identify the main 21 year old suspect despite suffering cuts and bruises to his head. The other men were identified and released.

The 21 year old suspect was arrested and transported to the East Precinct where while in a holding cell he attempted to dispose of a baggie containing methamphetamines. He was later booked into the King County Jail for robbery and felony drugs.

Robbery detectives are following up on the investigation and attempting to locate the other suspects. Please contact the Seattle Police Department if you have any information regarding the incident.

Fatal Metro Bus/Pedestrian Collision on Capitol Hill

ambulanceSeattle police are investigating a metro bus/pedestrian collision that occurred this morning around 6:00am near the 1100 block of E Pine St on Capitol Hill. When officers arrived they found a deceased adult male lying in the street behind the bus. There were approximately three people on the bus at the time of the collision none of which witnessed the incident. The circumstances leading up to the incident are unknown as is any other information. Traffic Collision Investigation Squad was on the scene assisting officers.

Man Arrested After Bank Robbery

cuffsA man believed to be in his 60′s walked into a Capitol Hill bank on Broadway and Thomas around 10:45am Wednesday morning, gave the teller a demand note and walked out. The Seattle Police Department was called. After checking to make sure everyone in the bake was alright, police arrested the suspect after spotting him on Broadway and E Olive.