World Famous Super-Yacht, Luna at Pier 90

By reporter Steven Smalley
If you hurry, you can see one of the world’s great yachts currently moored at Pier 90 just before it launches today for repairs in Canada. At 377 feet in length, the Luna, reportedly owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, is touted as the world’s largest expedition motor yacht. So, if you’re heading off to explore Antarctica, for scientific reasons of course, what better vehicle to take along than this luxurious ship equipped with a large indoor pool and two helicopter pads (scientists never had it so good).
Just in from Alaska, according to a source in a position to know, the Luna is expected back in Seattle in a couple of months. At that point it’s planned to take up a berth near Fremont, within walking distance of amenities, so the owners and crew of 47 can find a restaurant without hailing a cab. It’s reported that close friends of Mr. Abramovich are actually operating the yacht and not the billionaire himself, and that Seattleites can expect the ship to stay close to our shores for a while. Roman Abramovich, who made his money in oil, also owns the Chelsea Football Club of London which he purchased for the equivalent of $226 million. Officially, and reportedly for tax purposes, the Luna is listed as a charter yacht in Monaco and can be viewed here.
Photos by Steve Smalley

Worth Millions: Fort Lawton Officers’ homes for sale

Words and photos by reporter Steven Smalley
Landmark Fort Lawton residences with protected views are available for the first time in a hundred years. The opportunity is receiving national attention.
Twenty-six units of historic military housing on nine of the most scenic acres next to Discovery Park are available to the highest bidder, according to Seth Heikkila, Senior Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle, a Seattle law firm acting as the marketing entity.
Fourteen structures adjacent to the 534-acre Discovery Park have panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Heikkila’s firm likens the location to the “Presidio of Seattle,” referring to a similar military installation in San Francisco.
Currently occupied by Coast Guard personnel, the homes are fully preserved on the National Register of Historic Places. They cannot be substantially altered, nor other structures built on the site, and are subject to oversight by the Historic Review Board, according to Heikkila.
“The payoff is owning some of the best real estate in the city,” he told Magnolia Voice. “The new owners can renovate the interiors, improve the detached garages, and even form a condominium association to sell the units individually.”
“There is no minimum – no asking price,” Heikkila continued. “Offers will be taken. There has been no date set to take bids. It could be 45-60 days, maybe less.”
Some reports indicate a value of $15 million.
Three parcels will be sold as a whole, then investors may sell units individually or simply rent as-is.
Although the homes began as military housing built in 1904-05, there are high ceilings, hardwood floors, and impressive woodwork throughout, says Heikkila.
Built by the Army in the Colonial Revival-style, the homes vary from two to five bedroom town homes, plus two single-family residences within the community. Sizes range from 1,500-4,500 sq. ft. of living space. Amenities include tiled fireplaces, large windows, claw foot bathtubs, and wraparound porches.
Fort Lawton is an official City of Seattle landmark. The base was closed in September 2011.

Are you missing two Westies?

Kathy writes
 I saw two Westies, both wearing red heart tags, running loose about 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Sep. 26.  They were near the new home construction on the old school site at W. Dravus and 38th.  I had my own two dogs and couldn’t grab the Westies.  They were friendly, but intent on their running game and I’m worried they might get hit by a car.  Last saw them heading east on Dravus.  Hope you can post this and the owners find them.


Got a wedding to plan? Sugarcomb’s award winning wedding design is now in the Village

With some recent business closures, it is so fun to have good news to write about!  We just received this email from Kelsey Eads, owner of Magnolia’s “newest” wedding design business:

I thought I’d drop you a note to introduce myself. My name is Kelsey, I grew up in Magnolia and still live on the hill. I own a small wedding coordination and design business called Sugarcomb. This summer l opened a planning studio in the Village after being based out of home for the past few years. I’m on Lynn Street right next door to the back of the post office. A local wedding photographer, Julie Harmsen, came by recently to shoot the space and you can take a peek at her images here.

Their website is filled with gorgeous photos and their blog features pictures, color trends and ideas that will delight any bride. Sugarcomb is both well-known and well-respected in the wedding community and has been featured in several wedding publications of note. From the website:

Sugarcomb provides award winning wedding design, planning, coordination and consulting services in Seattle… Working with couples who love the visual aspects and that blissful organized feeling as much as we do is the icing on the cake for us. We offer an array of helpful, integral & creative services that are tailored to make your planning experience more enjoyable and your wedding day exquisite.

Walk by and check out the new studio at 3206 West Lynn Street.  Meetings are by appointment only. 206.913.3170

Headed to Ballard? Take Note of Lane Closures Before You Go

From our sister site Queen Anne View with a tiny tweak by Sara…

Courtesy of SDOT, take note of these lane closures between Magnolia and Ballard this week – they’ll be sure to slow your trip down!

15th Avenue W Lane Closure: – Southbound inside lane: 15th Ave W from Ballard Bridge to W. Dravus – Wednesday, September 26th – Friday, September 28th – 9am-3pm SDOT Urban Forestry crews will be doing landscaping maintenance in the median from the Ballard Bridge to just south of the West Dravus overpass.

Ballard Bridge Lane Closures: – Wednesday, September 26th: Northbound outside lane – Thursday, September 27th: Southbound outside lane – 9am-2:30pm SDOT crews are working on the completion of the Ballard Bridge lighting upgrade. Note: if needed, work will continue on Friday during the same hours.

Seattle Public School meetings this week

From our sister site Queen Anne View

Two meetings are coming up for Seattle Public School parents.

  • SPS BEX IV Capital Levy Community Meeting at McClure on Thursday 9/27, 6:30pm.
  • Also on 9/27, there is a Public Arts Education Forum that will host the opportunity for parents to go and learn about progress with the new K-12 Arts Learning Collaborative that is being introduced into all Seattle Public Schools.  It is being held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave.

Tiny free libraries popping up in Magnolia

Microbrews, mini cars and tiny houses.  It seems small is the new black.  The trend continues with… libraries? Little Free Libraries are appearing all over the US, and are popping up in Magnolia as well.

Based on a “take one, leave one” philosophy, these miniature lending houses are meant to encourage literacy for all and foster community spirit. The libraries might be themed (mystery, teen, history, cooking, etc,) or not, and usually have great current books available.  To start one is fairly simple, build the box, fill with books (the website has great ideas on getting the books- you don’t have to supply them all), register the library at the Little Free Library site (they send you an official plaque to put on your brand new library), and you’re off!

So far, I have seen 2 in the 98199.  This one on 28th near Fulton:

And this one on 33rd ave w:

Suzanne (owner of this little cutie) says:
I first saw the Little Free Libraries on the Internet.  I asked my husband for one for my birthday.  This one is a replica of our 1907 house in Magnolia.  We had an opening celebration…and about 20 people came by to check it out.  Since then people have stopped by every day, some even rearranging all the books to fit some more inside.!  We have recieved a few nice notes from people saying how much they liked the idea. The first book to go was The Hunger Games.!  Please stop by  4042 33rd ave w.
Did we miss any?  If you have started a Free Little Library, let us know!  For more information on Free Little Libraries, or to start one on your street, click here.

On and off-ramp closures this weekend

I-5 on and off-ramps will be closed at Mercer Street from 5 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 24. The I-5 on-ramp at University Street will also be closed to provide more efficient traffic flow around the closed Mercer Street exit lane. Drivers are advised to consider alternate routes such as SR 99, or alternate I-5 exits and entrances. Detour routes may be heavily used, especially Denny Way. For more on detour routes, see SDOT’s Web site here.

Heads Up: Seattle Public Libraries Closed Thursday, September 27th

From our sister site Queen Anne View

Thanks to a tweet from our neighbors in West Seattle, we were alerted to an upcoming library closure. Mark your calendars, all Seattle Public Library branches will be closed next Thursday, September 27th for a staff in-service day. Plan accordingly!

Cocoa and cream melts away

Sadly, I received a call from Heather this afternoon, telling me that Cocoa and Cream is closing up shop. The sweet little store in the village will scoop its last cone on Sunday.  She sent this email earlier this afternoon:

It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing that after 5 years in Magnolia, Cocoa & Cream is closing on September 23, 2012.  Despite all the energy and effort that we have put into the shop it has not attracted enough business to sustain.  We will miss all our loyal customers, the happy kids, our Halloween costume contest, spring egg hunt and summer fest talent show.  Thank you to all of you who supported us throughout the years and made this such a fun place to come to work.

As we move on we hope to someday resurrect Cocoa & Cream.  It is such a cheerful place that has put smiles on many faces. 

Please stop by this weekend to say goodbye.  Everything will be 30% off on Friday, 40% off on Saturday, and 50% off on Sunday while supplies last.

Now for our happy ending: we are starting a dessert catering company.  Happy Endings Dessert Catering will continue to bring happiness through sweets.  So, if you need a candy buffet, ice cream sundae bar, afternoon tea, party favors, or a dessert extravaganza at any special occasion, child’s birthday party, corporate event, shower or wedding please keep us in mind.  Every event deserves a Happy Ending!

Heather, Mark, Lucy and Jasper      

Good luck on your new venture!  Thank you for your years of service to our community.  You will be missed.