Friday, July 13, 2018

Seattle City Light Finishing Upgrade In Webster Point Area

Seattle City Light has been upgrading the capacity and reliability of the electrical system near Webster Point, beginning in March 2015.

The workwhich affected 84 residences in that area, included installation of underground conduits, vaults, and equipment in order to replace outdated 4kV electrical equipment with its electrical cable buried directly in the ground, to a new 26kV infrastructure throughout Webster Point.


Seattle City Light told the Laurelhurst Blog Staff recently that crews are completing the final improvements to the capacity and reliability of the electrical system this month, that was previously started. 

The current project will install 27 underground transformers throughout the Webster Point area.  

Seattle City Light said:

Planned power outages are necessary to do the work safely. A few customers will experience up to three planned power outages during the work. Affected customers are being notified in advance by letter, which includes the date, time and duration of the outage(s). 
“No parking” signs will be placed at some electrical vaults. Customers are asked to respect them so the work can proceed efficiently. 

Besides the increase in capacity and reliability, the new 26kV system with its conduit and increased switching points will make for easier and quicker maintenance when it is required.   
Seattle City Light appreciates the patience of its customers during the completion of the project.

For questions contact Dennis Dolezal, Customer Service Representative, at 206-684-4977 or dennis.dolezal@seattle.gov






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Typical view during construction: Conduits under sidewalk

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Typical after: sidewalk restored


(photos courtesy of Seattle City Light)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

UW Student Works On Restoring Vegetation and Habitat in Union Bay Natural Area

The UW Botanic Gardens newsletter: recently published a post about a UW Masters Student who has  been working to restore different sites in the Union Bay Natural Area along the western shore.

The Union Bay Natural Area, also known as Yesler Swamp is located near the Center for Urban Horticulture and bordered by NE 41st Street and Surber Drive.

The Friends of Yesler Swamp has published a variety of posts regarding the history of Yesler Swamp including history of the area from settlement, sawmill, town of Yesler, historic photos, videos, source notes and more, on their website.

Friends of Yesler Swamp and the UW Botanic Gardens have been working together for over a decade to restore the native plants of Yesler Swamp, located near the Center for Urban Horticulture and bordered by NE 41st Street and Surber Drive, as well as construct a handicapped-accessible natural wetland trail, which also serves to protect and conserve swamp wildlife and minimize human impact on the wetlands.  The  boardwalk was completed on October 16th of last year with a celebration.


The Seattle City Council approved a Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund award of $88,887 to restore Yesler Swamp and help with the cost of construction of the boardwalk.  And the King Conservation District provided a $31,940 grant for construction of a Viewing Platform and more. 


Friends of Yesler Swamp said on their website that the trail "offers views of the wetlands, the beaver lodge and the lagoon, while protecting wildlife by directing human foot traffic away from these sensitive areas.  





Joe-Neumann-600x200.jpgJoe Neumann in the 76-acre Union Bay Natural Area at the Center for Urban Horticulture




Wednesday, July 11, 2018

June Laurelhurst Real Estate Summary



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

3516 46th Ave NE
listed for $3,250,000


June was rather quiet in the neighborhood with only 5 new listings.  Days on market has typically been typically been under 10 days, but has increased considerably. The market is cooling down a bit, with many homes not receiving offers on the posted review date. Why could this be happening? Possibly because 1) Summer and buyers and their families are shifting their focus from buying a home to planning a vacation 2) Interest rates for a conventional 30 loan are now hovering at about 6% and 3) There is a level of buyer burnout as buyers are getting tired of spending money for pre-inspections and sewer scopes only to have to compete and lose their offer to a higher bidder.

If you are a seller contemplating listing your home it is best to have realistic expectations regarding pricing, with home preparation being forefront in the listing process. The more you can do to present your home in a positive light the strong and more offers you will receive. Below are 5 tips:
  1. Paint. If you have peeling or cracking paint get it repaired. Deferred maintenance is a red flag for buyers
  2. Service your furnace. Your furnace should be serviced annually and is an expectation of buyers. Make sure your service provider puts a sticker on your furnace that is visible for a prospective buyer to view.
  3. Oil tanks. If you have converted to gas from oil you need to have your oil tank decommissioned. A buyer will expect this so just do it now to decrease any issues down the road.
  4. Home inspection. By doing a home inspection before you list your home you can make any major repairs and it can be shared with a buyer which is very helpful.
  5. Sewer scope. I can't tell you how many home owners say to me. "I don't have a sewer issue my toilets flush fine". What homeowners don't realize is that if there is a break in the line it won't back up it will leach out I would advise you to do one, pay for any necessary repairs and share it with any potential buyers. They will greatly appreciate it.



ACTIVE LISTINGS

Address
List Price
Beds/
Baths
Year
Built
Sq.Ft
CDOM
Price
p/sq.ft
5047 Harold Pl NE
$1,065,000
2/1.75
1945
1,930
17
$551.81
*5029 44th Ave NE
$1,150,000
3/3.25
2017
2,091
2
$549.98
3844 Surber Dr NE
$1,200,000
3/1.75
1956
1,690
10
$710.06
4826 NE 41st St
$1,550,000
4/2.25
1930
3,300
55
$469.70
4144 36th Ave NE
$1,590,000
4/3.25
1995
3,180
20
$500.00
*4537 49th Ave NE
$1,949,500
5/3.5
2005
3,790
6
$514.38
3915 51st Ave NE
$2,495,000
4/3.5
2003
4,190
20
$595.47
3011 E Laurelhurst Dr NE
$3,200,000
4/3.5
1908
5,380
25
$594.80
3516 46th Ave NE
$3,250,000
5/4.5
1921
4,400
17
$738.64
5020 NE 45th St
$4,750,000
5/5.5
1969
8,710
135
$568.31
3201 43rd Ave NE
$11,750,000
4/6
2017
8,562
13
$1,372.34
3054 E Laurelhurst Dr NE
$11,800,000
5/4.75
1928
7,683
661
$1,535.86
*listed and under contract in June


PENDING IN JUNE

Address
List Price
Beds/
Baths
Sq.Ft.
CDOM
*5029 44th Ave NE
$1,150,000
3/3.25
2,091
2
4316 36th Ave NE
$1,599,000
8/4
3,650
28
*4537 49th Ave NE
$1,949,500
5/3.5
3,790
6
3315 E Laurelhurst Dr NE
$2,495,000
5/3.25
4,270
19
*Listed and under contract in June


SOLD IN JUNE

Address
List Price
Sale Price
CDOM
Beds/
Baths
Sq.Ft
Price
p/sq.ft
Date Sold
5047 Ivanhoe Pl NE
$1,100,000
$1,050,000
19
3/1.75
2,130
$492.96
6/16
4747 48th Ave NE
$1,019,500
$1,265,000
6
3/1.75
1,385
$913.36
6/11
5027 Ivanhoe Pl NE
$1,225,000
$1,390,000
7
4/3.25
2,140
$649.53
6/15
4108 43rd Ave NE
$1,500,000
$1,500,000
11
4/2.5
3,365
$445.77
6/6
5146 48th Ave NE
$2,199,950
$2,199,950
8
5/5
4,040
$544.54
6/22
3817 49th Ave NE
$2,260,000
$2,260,000
157
4/3.75
3,467
$651.86
6/13
5100 NE Latimer Pl
$2,885,000
$2,800,000
52
4/3.75
5,170
$541.59
6/29
Averages
$1,780,707
37

$605.66


Median Sales Price = $1,500,000
CDOM = Cumulative Days on Market