In one of the latest issues of Maple Leaf Life
, an online blog for Maple Leaf residents, there is a crime report
that is issued on a regular basis by neighborhood members. What I love about this is the sense of civic
responsibility that you find in the Maple Leaf community. Sure, there is crime in any neighborhood, but
in Maple Leaf there is a sense of awareness that is very refreshing. This is a proactive neighborhood that is taking the necessary steps to make their neighborhood a great place for families to live.
Think about this for a minute. Not every neighborhood in Seattle is like this. Maple Leaf has a very great thing going for it: the people that live there. That’s not usually a selling point for most neighborhoods. Usually the highlights are the views, quality of schools, low crime rates, etc. But I’m here to tell you that on top of the usual good news proclaimed about Maple Leaf, there is the hidden value of having really great neighbors.
If it is Seattle real estate that you want, and a great neighborhood to live in, look no further than Maple Leaf Neighborhood in North Seattle.
The latest Freddie Mac rates are in, and another drop has been seen from last week.
The 30-year fixed rate dropped from 3.55 to 3.49 percent, and the 15-year rate, the rate most often
used by investors, dropped from 2.85 percent to 2.77 percent.
What does it all mean? Well, Fall is a time when we historically see a drop in home buying. Add to that
the fact that we are still recovering from the recession and investors and home buyers are still cautious.
This rate drop can be seen as an attempt to once again boost sales and keep the market moving in a
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Did you ever wonder where the Maple Leaf Neighborhood got its name? Often it’s good to know where we’ve come from so we can figure out where we are going. This is no different with a neighborhood. The foundation, if you will, that is laid can lead to long last affects. This is definitely true with Maple Leaf, and most of Seattle.
It’s often good to know where Well, back in the old days, like before Interstate 5, the neighborhood had a lot of Maple Leaf trees, a nursery, and a large orchard. When the neighborhood was first drawn up and platted it was listed as the “Maple Leaf Addition” to the Green Lake Area, and the name stuck. Simple as that. Or is it? There’s also a second story that it was named after the old Maple Saw Mill that operated nearby on Lake Washington. But, best of all, is the story that early in Seattle’s settlement the neighborhood was so far from Pioneer Square and Downtown that early Seattlelites said, “It is so far north it might as well be Canada!” and thus called it “maple leaf” alluding to the Canadian flag.
But there’s a lot more I bet you don’t know about Maple Leaf. Here’s two interesting facts about Maple Leaf:
- One of the highest points in Seattle is in Maple Leaf. At over 500 ft in elevation the point at 91st Street between Roosevelt Way and 5th Avenue is the second highest in the city.
- A pack of wild conure parrots makes their home in Maple Leaf. Splitting time with Seward Park these birds are the descendants of escaped (or released) pets.
Today it is a thriving neighborhood atop the 3rd highest hill in Seattle, and it is home to many restaurants and coffee houses, and a very strong neighborhood council that keeps neighbors informed of happenings community activities.
Not quite neighborhood of the year, but close enough!
The Seattle P.I. recently named Maple Leaf in its Top Ten Next Best Neighborhoods, saying that Maple Leaf offered a more affordable option than some of the other North Seattle neighborhoods.
The PI had this to say about Maple Leaf:
Please — don’t call it Northgate, and don’t call it Ravenna. This low-profile neighborhood is making a name for itself as an affordable alternative to sought-after North Seattle neighborhoods on the other side of Interstate-5.
That comes as no surprise to those of us who live and/or work in Maple Leaf. If you are new to Seattle or just looking to live in an up-and-coming neighborhood with great community spirit, take a look at Maple Leaf. Contact me! And I’ll help you move into this great neighborhood before everyone else does!
Freddie Mac released their latest interest rates and the trend towards slight increases continues.
On a 30-year fixed loan, the rate rose from 3.59% last week to 3.62% this week. On a 15-year loan the rates rose from 2.84% last week to 2.88% this week.
What does it all signify? Chances are we have seen the end of the record-breaking low interest rates. As the real estate market continues to stabilize, rates will rise gradually until a proper balance is found. Where that balance is remains a huge point of speculation.
All economic signs continue to point at a gradual improvement in the market. It remains to be seen, of course, what effect the national elections in November will have on the market, and chances are that we will see hesitancy on the part of investors until the political landscape becomes better defined after November.
However, for the average home buyer, if it makes financial sense, there have been very few times when it was a better time to buy or sell your home. If I can help, or you’d like a free newsletter to be kept up to date on Seattle real estate, please sign up for my newsletter!
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Maple Leaf is small, but it has character!
As a Seattle real estate agent, I have come to love the neighborhood that I not only live, but also love helping people buy and sell their homes in. Maple Leaf is a small neighborhood in north Seattle that has tons of character! It is a mostly residential neighborhood that is ideal for people in all stages of life. Close to I-5 and just a few minutes from downtown Seattle or on your commute to Bellevue this neighborhood is close to everything you need to access in your life. Approximately 20,000 people live in this compact yet homey neighborhood.
Today, I want to share two quick reasons I love Maple Leaf!
- Maple Leaf’s sense of community and activism. This is a group of neighbors who understand the
importance of knowing your neighbor and becoming involved in the community.
- The Maple Leaf Life blog! Check out www.mapleleaflife.com. For all of the most up to date news and community spirit there is no better place to turn than Maple Leaf Life.
It’s a short list, I know, but it’s the end of summer (I know, don’t say it, but it’s true!) and I’m excited for our little neighborhood and the many opportunities available to us here! Maple Leaf is a great place to live. If you’re ready to sell your home here or just wanting to take a look around, I’m here to help you. Won’t you drop me a line?
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