Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Neighbors Open "Free Little Art Gallery" For Neighbors To Share Their Own Artwork

 

Cheryl Hubbell & Stacy Graves, long-time residents of Laurelhurst have started Free Little Art Gallery and are the co-curators.

The information they sent out says:

Free little art gallery opened on March 20th.  The gallery is sort of like the free little libraries where we leave a book or take a book, but with art instead. During these times when you might not be able to view or collect art in museums or galleries, you can do it while walking the dog down the street. We hope you’ll join us in some community-building creative fun!


During these times when you might not be able to view or collect art in museums or galleries.  We hope you’ll join us in some community-building creative fun. All are welcome to make and take art!

 

You’re invited to create art for the gallery. Pretty much anything goes — 2D art should be smaller than 11”x10" and 3D art smaller than 8” in depth. Tiny is good! You can leave your piece in the gallery. We hope to keep a small stockpile with which to populate the gallery.  Make art. Take art. Enjoy art. It's like the little free libraries, but with tiny art.


The gallery is located where 42nd Avenue NE ends at 43rd Avenue NE near Waterway 1.    Wander by anytime to check it out and perhaps leave or take a piece of tiny art. 

 

Thank you to Seattle’s first free little art gallery for the inspiration. Check out this article to see what it's all about.

 

Follow Free Little Art Gallery on Instagram @free.little.art.gallery.lh or email free.little.art.gallery.lh@gmail.com for more information. 

 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Hospital Construction Activity This Week And Ambulances No Longer Exiting Onto 40th Avenue NE


   


Building Care, also called Forest B, of Phase 2 of Children's Hospital expansion is underway and the new building is planned to open in Spring of 2022.
The 310,000 square-foot addition will add an eight-story building and will includes diagnostic and treatment facilities, primarily out-patient cancer and others) labs, new state-of-the-art operating rooms, 20 inpatient beds, and a lobby. There will be two floors of underground parking and sterile processing. This will bring SCH bed total to 409, up from 200 before its expansion 2012 plan.
The helicopter landing pad moved temporarily to the roof of Forest A (176’), now known as Friends of Costco Building, Phase 1 of the expansion. The landing pad will be active until Building Care is completed. Noise is expected to be louder than the former ground-based helipad. When Forest B is complete, the helistop will moves to its permanent location on top of the Friends of Costco Building (same height).

The Hospital posted this information on their Construction Blog about specific construction activity this week:
  • On 4/15 tree work including pruning and removing hazardous trees between the Ocean parking garage and 45th Avenue NE between 8-3pm.  Chainsaws and chippers will be used generating noise. The tree work is preventative landscaping maintenance. No anticipated transportation or parking impacts on 45th Avenue. 
  • New reconfiguration of the Emergency Department drop-off and drive lane. ED vehicles will no longer exit onto 40th Avenue NE; instead, they will be routed north through the hospital campus.
  • Build out interior spaces
  • Paint
  • Install metal sheeting and panels
  • Install and trim mechanical and electrical wiring and plumbing equipment
  • Install drywall
  • Install ceilings
  • Install flooring
  • Install roofing
  • Pressure washing
  • Form and pour concrete slabs, stairs, and walls
  • Demolish asphalt, concrete, lights, and signage at ED drop-off area
  • Install irrigation
  • Building connection work:
    • Paint; install doors and signage; and cleaning on level 3 of River C
    • Paint, install signage, move infection prevention barrier, and cleaning on level 7 of River C
    • Install seismic joint and fire proofing on level 1 of Forest And ceilings; trim utility wiring; and install seismic joint, sheeting, and fireproofing on level 1 of Forest A

All work will take place 8-6pm weekdays and 9-6pm on Saturdays.  Call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Laurelhurst Blog Staff on Vacation



The Laurelhurst Blog staff is on vacation and will return to posting on April 12th.

In the meantime, please keep sending in your informative news tips and emails and we look forward to responding.

Friday, April 2, 2021

City Approves Pickle Ball Court On Existing Half Tennis Court Area At Laurelhurst Park





 


Plans are underway for converting the existing half tennis court with a backboard, adjacent to the four tennis courts at the Park.  The court is part of the Seattle Parks Department. 

Several neighbors, Frank Chiappone and Wendy Kelley ,have had their plans already approved by the City through the small improvements project.  Frank said that neighbor input was not required during the approval process "with no change to the structure of the court or impact on how it’s currently being used as a practice court for tennis, soccer, lacrosse and others." 

The group has been working on this proposal for the past year. Several pickball players use the court from time to time bringing their own portable nets. 

Frank added:

 All we’re doing is adding a sport court surface and pickleball lines to the existing concrete which will actually enhance the space for tennis players without limiting their ability to use the wall or the court for practice. As for the net, it has wheels that are clearly visible at the base and can easily be moved by one person, so while we certainly can put signs up to inform folks the net can be rolled away, it will be fairly self-evident. We use these same nets on tennis/pickleball courts around the city and people simply move them on and off the court as needed.

The group said that currently the cost is $12,100 which includes court resurfacing, painting lines and purchasing semi-permanent nets. 

In addition, $4,000 will be raised to promote pickleball in other areas.  Currently they are considering providing funding for semi-permanent nets for courts in Rainer Valley.  

So the total cost required for the project is $16,000.  Chiappone is donating $3,000 which will be matched by his employer .  The Seattle Metro Pickelball Association will manage the fund raising effort.  Currently the closest courts are in Mapleleaf and Greenlake.  

Frank told the Laurelhurst Blog that the court is the perfect size for a pickleball court and he provided these specifics:

  • We have been working directly with Seattle Parks on this project and met with the Laurelhurst Community Club which placed information in a recent newsletter. No other broader outreach has been done to gather input/feedback
  • We will use a heavy-duty rolling pickleball net that can be pushed to the side when not in use for pickleball. Though even when it is in place it will not prohibit anyone from still using the wall for tennis, soccer, lacrosse, etc. 
  • The current lines are for pickleball, but what’s currently being used is temporary parking tape that does not hold up well against rain and bad weather and is in constant need of repair.
  • The plan is to resurface the existing concrete with an acrylic court resurfacer and then paint a single pickleball court oriented north and south using sport surface paint in two colors (see artist rendition below)
  • The concrete wall that runs along the east side of the court will not be replaced.

For further information contact Wendy Kelly: wendygkelley@hotmail.com and Frank Chiappone: frankchip@hotmail.com.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Check Out April's Virtual Storytime With Nearby Center For Urban Horticultural


VIRTUAL Rainy Day Rainbows Story Time


Miller Library, located in Laurelhurst at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street), continues to hold its monthly storytime on-line.

This month's theme is "
Rainy Day Rainbows Story Time" and is available through the end of the month.

The information says:
What can you do on a rainy day? Whether you choose to stay cozy inside or go out dancing in the rain, these books have something for everyone..

Books that are read:
LOOK, IT’S RAINING by Mathieu Pierloot and Maria Dek
RAINDROPS ROLL by April Pulley Sayre
MONSOON AFTERNOON by Kashmira Sheth and Yoshiko Jaeggi

Story time is geared towards children ages 3 to 8 and celebrates gardens, plants and nature.

Go here for more information
.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

February Laurelhurst Real Estate Update




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



Active listings were very low, only 5, similar to last year. And the biggest difference between last February and this year were the number of sold homes: 1 in 2020 vs 7 this year.


Also, more homes are selling over the listing price.  This is consistent across King County. It isn't uncommon for homes with views in our neighborhood to be listed well over $2,000,000. If you are toying with the idea of selling, now is definitely the time.

 



ACTIVE LISTINGS 


Address

List Price

Beds/

Baths

Year

Built

Sq.Ft

CDOM

Price

p/sq.ft

4188 42nd Ave NE

$1,150,000

3/1.75

1949

1,910

28

$602.09

4552 51st Ave NE

$1,595,000

6/2.5

1938

3,090

154

$516.18

3732 47th Pl NE

$2,665,000

5/4.5

1930

4,150

150

$642.17

3045 E Laurelhurst Dr NE

$2,598,000

4/4.5

5,040

5,040

6

$515.48

4528 E Laurel Dr NE

$2,995,000

5/3.25

1931

3,610

2

$829.64


PENDING IN FEBRUARY


Address

List Price

Beds/

Baths

Sq.Ft.

CDOM

4520 45th Ave NE

$1,995,000

4/3.5

3,300

117

3879 43rd Ave NE

$2,295,000

5/4

3,240

94

*Listed and under contract in February


SOLD IN FEBRUARY


Address

List Price

Sale Price

CDOM

Beds/

Baths

Sq.Ft

Price

 p/sq.ft

Date Sold

4206 NE 41st St

$1,375,000

$1,304,500

81

4/2.5

2,840

$459.33

2/2

4736 44th Ave NE

$1,295,000

$1,325,800

25

3/2.5

2,680

$494.70

2/12

4120 51st Ave NE

$1,450,000

$1,520,000

7

3/2.25

2,570

$591.44

2/12

5019 46th Ave NE

$1,649,000

$1,550,000

39

4/2.25

2,550

$607.84

2/4

4521 46th Ave NE

$1,625,000

$1,692,814

5

5/3.5

2,980

$568.06

2/18

4118 42nd Ave NE

$1,865,000

$1,901,000

5

5/3.5

4,020

$472.89

2/18

4202 48th Ave NE

$2,450,000

$2,650,000

5

5/3

4,000

$662.50

2/19

Averages

 

$1,706,302

24

 


$550.97



Median Sales Price = $1,550,000

CDOM = Cumulative Days on Market