Edy Kizaki

Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2013 in Activities, Ballard, Queen Anne, Seattle Real Estate for Sale

Fireworks from Gasworks ParkIt’s a quietly bright day in Seattle after days of blazing golden sunshine.  We are back to our silver-toned sky with patches of blue showing through, promising to clear up for our Seafair Fireworks Celebration.  The display starts at 10:15 p.m. tonight in Gas Works Park, but we’ll be viewing it from our third-floor balcony in Ballard with friends and family gathering for a little viewing party.  Hope your 4th is fantastic and a great kick-off to July!

Some of the events you won’t want to miss this month center around our fantastic annual Seafair, and the Ballard Seafood Festival is so popular that everyone I talked to yesterday is going!  Coincidence or trend… I’m going to swing out and declare it a trend, in our corner of the globe!  This is the 39th annual Ballard Seafood Fest and it’s being held Saturday and Sunday, July 13th and 14th, in the heart of downtown Ballard.  That’s walking distance from our place, so for those who know me reading this, why not come by and we’ll explore it together? Email me and we’ll connect.  The festival is free but of course there will be plenty of seafood treats to buy, both to eat there and to take home.  There’s also “great music, local brews, kids’ activities, and quality arts and crafts.”

As for housing news, check out this article about Consumer Confidence in Home Value skyrocketing…home in a desirable Ballard neighborhood

Reports of strong home price gains drove confidence in the housing market up to record levels in May, Fannie Mae reported.  According to the GSE’s May 2013 National Housing Survey, Americans expressed record confidence in price gains, with 55 percent—a survey high—saying they believe prices will go up in the next year. Only 7 percent of respondents in the survey expect prices to drop, the lowest level since the survey’s inception.  Read more here…

On some nearby neighborhoods, homes that came on the market in Ballard this spring sold in a record average of 18 days, in Queen Anne it was 43 days.



Edy Kizaki

March in Seattle 2013

March 1, 2013 in Seattle This Month

Crocus2Everybody keeps saying it’s already spring!  I know the little purple crocus blossoms are coming up on our lawn at the base of the huge maple tree with the swing in it.  And the sun is bright!  Looking out the window you’d think it was short-sleave weather but there’s still a chill bite when you go out.  That crocus1translates to 46 degrees for you numbers guys.  Down vest weather, I’d say, with a bright colored shirt!  (Wear bright pink or orange in Seattle and everyone will tell you how much they like your clothes… look at the street and practically everyone is wearing gray, black, or some subdued tone, it’s funny!)


Seattle Asian Art Museum Family Saturdays
March 2, SAAM in Volunteer Park (families are free, 10-5) craft activities, and Kidflicks 11-2

Rose Care from Seattle Rose Society
March 2, noon-3 in Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden

Kent Kids’ Art Day
March 2, 10-4 Kent Commons
Crafts and performance by Bill Harley, children’s entertainer

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration (*kids!)
March 3, Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park (3:30 p.m)
also Pottery Barn at U Village (
also Parkplace Books in Kirkland (3 p.m., free)

Sewing & Stitchery Expo
March 1 – 3, Puyallup Fair & Events Center

Northwest Women’s Show
March 1 – 3, CenturyLink Field Event Center

Polar Science Weekend (*kids!)
March 1 – 3 Sat & Sun, Pacific Science Center

Penn Cove Mussel Festival
March 2 – 3, Downtown Coupeville

Winthrop Balloon Roundup
March 1 – 3, Downtown Winthrop & the Winthrop Inn

Seattle Dances
Saturday, March 2, Fremont Studios, Seattle

First Thursday Art in Occidental Park
Thursday March 7

RAGS Wearable Art Show and Sale
Thursday, March 7, Fife WA

Talk of the Town Dinner Parties to Benefit Town Hall
Thursday evening, March 7

Young Playwrights’ Festival at ACT
March 7 – 9
ACT – A Contemporary Theater, Seattle

SAM Remix event (tickets online sold out, limited number at door)
March 8

Seattle Spring International Gem and Jewelry Show
March 8 – 10, Seattle Center

Steampunk Exhibition Ball
March 9, 2013,

Dino Day (*kids!)
Sunday March 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Burke Museum, Seattle

Early Masters Show at SAM (think Rembrant) ends!!!!! go now!!!!
Ends March 10

Spring Forward
March 10 (Sunday night) turn your clocks forward 1 hour
at midnight it becomes 1 a.m.

Spring Craft and Antique Show
March 14 – 16, Northwest WA Fair and Events Center, Lynden

Penumbra Beer Bash
March 16, 4 p.m. to midnight (Saturday at King’s Hall)

Driftwood Show and Glass Float Roundup
March 16 – 17, Gray’s Harbor at Grayland Community Hall

Irish Festival
March 16 – 17, Seattle Center
Don’t miss the annual St. Paddy’s Day parade!

American Girl Fashion Show 2013 (to benefit Children’s Hospital)
March 16 – 17, Bellevue Hilton (5 show choices)

aia Seattle Tour of Architects
March  23 -24

Spring Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show
March 23 – 24, Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, Seattle

Olympic BirdFest
March 30 – April 1, Sequim

Mount Baker Rock and Gem Club GEM & MINTERAL Show
March 30 – 31, Bloedel-Donovan Park, Bellingham

Sandhill Crane Festival
April 5-7, Othello

Note on Good Times:

The Washington Trails Association is dedicated to expanding and improving our state’s hiking and biking trails.  Every year volunteers execute hundreds of projects that make our state a better place to be.  Go meet some people worth knowing and enjoy yourself while making a difference!

The Nature Conservancy, active around the world, has Northwest trips.  These include one-day events which can be about managing various types of “invasive vegetation.”  Meet new people and get involved or bring some friends and make it a party…or both!

Edy Kizaki

January in Seattle 2013

January 1, 2013 in Seattle This Month

SeattleSept2-2Three bright sunny days in a row and we are off to a New Year!  This January so far it seems people are out the door and down the street before you can say “Space Needle.”  I keep hearing what a great year it’s going to be.  Let’s make it so!  Here are some of January’s exciting events, let me know if I missed anything!

Polar Bear Plunge, Birch Bay WA
January 1

Tutankamen, Pacific Science Center
ends January 6

Skagit Eagle Festival, Concrete, Rockport, Marblemount, along the Skagit River
weekends, Jan 5 – 27
Hoptoberfest, State Fair Park in Yakama
Jan 11

Outhouse Races, Conconully
Jan 12

Winterhop Brewfest, Ellensburg
Jan 19

Bavarian Ice Festival, Leavenworth
Jan 19 – 20

Windless Kite Festival, (indoors) Long Beach
Jan 18 – 19

Model Railroad Show, Pacific Science Center, Seattle
Jan 19 -21