Give blood today at Fatima


Last time Bloodworks NW had to close down early because of the heat wave. Today is much cooler and they are looking forward to seeing those who were unable to donate the last go around. Blood is much needed during the summer months, when supply is low.

Dedicate part of your work week to saving lives by taking advantage of this opportunity to give.

Please help by donating!

Monday, June 20

Magnolia Community Blood Drive

Fatima Church Hall

1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

**Walk-in Service ONLY**

Sponsored by the Magnolia Knights of Columbus

For questions about eligibility, please call 800-398-7888

Mr. Boo is seeking a forever home

VCA Magnolia Animal Hospital has a new addition:

Meet Mr. Boo, our foster cat! Don’t let his grumpy meow fool you, this kitty is a lover. He enjoys head-scratches and catnip the most. Like most kitties, he can be a little unsure of new places and people, but a little patience will earn you a lot of cuddles and playtime. Come on by and engage this gentleman in some conversation, he meows back!


Mr. Boo Age: 12 years old-neutered and declawed male

Stop by VCA Magnolia Animal Hospital to meet this little guy:

2201 34th Ave W

Call (206)-285-0515 for more information.


Blaine Carnival tonight!

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Seafair Pirates at Starbucks today

Head over to the Magnolia Village Starbucks today at 2:30pm to get your Seafair on! The Seafair Pirates will be taking over our Starbucks to kickoff this hometown event. This is a free and fun event for any fan of Seafair, both young and old. Look for free tickets and swag will be given out. It should be a silly fun time.

Seafair swag on your editor's latte

Seafair swag on your editor’s latte

Perspective: Magnolia – The history of Magnolia’s property values…

By Greg Shaw, MHS Board member and Windermere Real Estate Agent and Monica Wooton, MHS Board member

At one time, different sections of Magnolia brought diverse prices. It used to be that homes in Magnolia were priced by location in the neighborhood. Today, almost all parts of Magnolia support the sale of a new home at 1.5 million. Now, it is all about the house, just being in Magnolia and not as much the location within Magnolia.

Fort Lawton was put here in the late 1890’s. It was an outpost. With placement of the city’s main sewer at West Point Beach in the early 1900’s, there was probably no thought of development happening in this timbered, hilly, remote area without good road access. There was certainly no realization that there would be a large sewer plant beneath what would become the largest park in Seattle: Discovery Park.

Magnolia is almost an island. Because of this, from the early settlement of Seattle to the present day this fact has affected the neighborhood, its growth and values. Access was difficult early on with timber, hills, tide flats and marsh separating it from the rest of Seattle. It took tons of fill to make most of the land mass where Smith Cove, the Piers 90 and 91, Thorndyke on up to where Interbay and Dravus now exist.

Many early homes by the water were vacation homes for some living “in town”. Wooden trestles helped some settle in Magnolia in the early years. And, the Magnolia Bridge built by 1930 also brought more here to live. But, it was not until the late 1940’s after the World War II (WWII) building boom that Magnolia really began to develop. Small WWII ramblers many built in tracts by Modern Home Builders began to spring up.

Modern Home Builders came in the 1940 and built hundreds of units for young families many with covenants which did not allow persons of color except household help or even song birds. Because of the Navy and Fort presence on Magnolia part of the housing stock was military housing filled with families who would not make Magnolia a permanent home. This created some spots of density on Magnolia by Manor Place and on 34th as they were built-out or replaced.

Magnolia Boulevard was not even completed until the 1950’s. Late development, access with only few entrance and exit points has helped Magnolia remain as a destination rather than an integrated part of Seattle. Traffic never flows through Magnolia it only goes to or from Magnolia. Retail development in the Village has remained limited because of this.

Many changes to the real estate market in Magnolia and this city are reflected in cities all over the US. As the trend to move to the suburbs has reversed and traffic has driven buyers back to the city proper. The city as the cultural center with pedestrian and transportation options other than owning your own car and companies once fleeing the city now settling in the urban corridors have attracted young workers.

There are no longer any vacant lots to build new homes in Magnolia, an existing home must be torn down. Approximately ten years ago a teardown could be purchased for around $300,000, currently (and, hard to find) a teardown now is closer to $600,000. Typically, a builder who pays $600,000 needs to be able to sell the finished home for approximately three times the purchase price just to cover all costs.  The most expensive recent tear down was $1,295,000 on Magnolia Boulevard.

A home bought for $375,000 in 2012, was rented and 2 years later torn down to make room for a large newly built home for $1,549,000, 2000 square feet larger, 100 times the original purchase price of Shaw’s parent’s home across the street on 29th Avenue West bought in 1962. The home Wooton grew up in, built by her father in 1957 on a corner lot, 2400 square feet, 5 bedrooms and 2 baths (the lot about $900 and building cost under $20,000) has appreciated (with some updating but without major renovations) to about $800,000. There are no vacant lots remaining in Magnolia.

Speculation that this is just another housing bubble seems to be allayed by the fact that the economy is strong and experts like Windermere and WFG Title Company feel it will continue as is for some time.

“Magnolia almost an island” has controlled destiny keeping Magnolia in some ways close to the way it was 50 years ago. But, for the first time city allowances for densifying are beginning to change the face and size of this single residence neighborhood as single lots are becoming places of two large homes replacing the small footprint of one small WWII home. Diverse architecture mixed with Tudors or mid-century, is also becoming a reality. On the fringes of the neighborhood single homes built on multi-units zoned lots are being torn down and many small units with few to no parking spaces are being allowed. Where Gorman’s Automotive Shop and 3 old houses stood on Gilman Avenue West two years ago, 25 units are being built.

Today, ironically, the proximity of Magnolia to downtown and the relative ease to get there, its mainly residential zoning and good public schools has made it a much sought after place to raise a family. And, much like New York, San Francisco and L.A., neighborhoods close to the city with family amenities like great parks, good pedestrian ratings, and its mainly residential zoning seem to only increase in value. Making it sometimes hard for older folks to keep up with taxes or downsize and stay in the neighborhood and community they have spent a lifetime contributing to and enjoying.


Groups like the Magnolia Community Council (MCC) have added land use as one of their priority issues in the hopes that the residential zoning is not destroyed in the years to come by some city planners who seem most interested in promoting density in all areas within the city limits.



75 year-old Magnolia cancer survivor to ride 150 miles in Obliteride

From guest contributor Kerri Kazarba Schneider



Nancy at the inaugural Obliteride 2013

“Everyone who gets involved in Obliteride is so glad they participated. You get to meet a lot of amazing people and will never forget the great experience.”

            -Nancy Evans – Magnolia resident

Nancy Evans is one of the spunkiest people you will ever meet. She may be 75 years old but she doesn’t let her age, or cancer for that matter, slow her down. Nancy’s motto is “use it or lose it,” and she lives it every day. She bikes, swims and has an incredibly positive outlook on life.

You would never know Nancy is living with cancer. The Magnolia woman was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011. “There is no cure for my kind of blood cancer,” said Nancy. All she can do is watch and wait. If the cancer gets worse, doctors will do what they can to treat her. Still, Nancy’s positive attitude prevails. “I consider my diagnosis a gift of valuing every new day.”

Nancy with her daughter Heather Evans Obliteride 2014

Nancy with her daughter Heather Evans Obliteride 2014

This summer Nancy and her daughter plan to ride 150 miles from Seattle to Tacoma and back. This will be her 4th year participating in Obliteride, a bike ride to raise money for cancer research at Fred Hutch. “It’s an amazing experience each time,” said Nancy. “It’s very special to me meeting so many other riders who are cancer survivors.” Nancy is thrilled her 12-year-old grandson plans to ride the 10-mile route this year.

Obliteride 2015

Obliteride 2015

Obliteride has raised nearly $7 million for life-saving cancer research in just three years. Every dollar riders fundraise goes directly to Fred Hutch.

“These funds are vital to our work toward cancer cures,” said Dr. Gary Gilliland, president and director of Fred Hutch. “There’s a very real urgency now as we are on the verge of breakthroughs. For example, our scientists have seen extraordinary success using a patient’s own immune cells to make cancer literally vanish, even in patients with the most advanced stages of disease. It’s unprecedented. Fundraising efforts like Obliteride help us cure cancer faster.”

The need for cures is urgent and the facts are scary. One out of three women and half of all men will be diagnosed with cancer. This year, nearly 70,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in the Northwest alone.

Join Obliteride – the movement to cure cancer faster


Obliteride has routes for everyone from rookies to road warriors. Riders are treated to a first-class event including fun parties, live entertainment and fantastic food from Tom Douglas Catering. “The whole weekend is a big celebration,” said Nancy. “It is the most organized bike ride I participate in and it is the most fun!”

To be part of this exciting event on Aug. 14, sign up to ride 10-165 miles or volunteer at

If you would like to donate to Nancy’s ride, go to her personal fundraising page.



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