Feedback on Denny Blaine’s Dorffel Drive Traffic Study

Dorfell DriveBy now many neighbors in the Denny Blaine and the surrounding neighborhoods are aware of the six-week traffic study that was conducted by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) on Dorffel Drive, which closed the eastbound lanes at the intersection of Lake Washington Boulevard East and 37th Avenue East (closure located where pickup truck is in picture). In response to concerns from Bush School students and parents, who identified the intersection as being a dangerous one for pedestrians and bicycles, and from Dorffel Drive residents who have seen increased traffic on the street, SDOT agreed to implement the temporary lane closure to test whether it would cut down on through traffic.

The study wrapped up on October 6, and so far response from neighbors has not been positive, citing decreased access to other parts of the neighborhood, and a confusing and dangerous situation for drivers who were not expecting the road blockage. Give SDOT your feedback on this issue by filling out this online form, or by commenting directly on SDOT’s Facebook page.

New York Times Features Denny Blaine Home

Denny BlaineThe New York Times asks what type of home you can purchase for $4,250,000 in various cities around the United States and the first home they featured is located in Denny Blaine.  Obviously, $4 million buys some great real estate across the country and Denny Blaine is no different.  It is interesting that Denny Blaine home costs $619 per square foot while the home in Atlanta is $531 per square foot and the property in Boulder, CO is $846 per square foot.

If you want to see what real estate is currently available in Denny Blaine, then click the link: Denny Blaine Homes for Sale.

Bike Lane Added to Madrona Drive to 34th Avenue

East Denny WayIf you been driving around Madrona along 34th Avenue, East Denny, and/or Madrona Drive you have noticed the temporary markings for the new bicycle lanes.  Well, Seattle Department of Transportation have the new permanent markings for the lanes on the streets now.  It looks pretty good, but I would not want to open my driver’s side door if I was parked on the east-side of the street where 34th Avenue meet East Denny Way – it is tight and there is little visibility.  Nevertheless, bicycles will now have more room whether traveling from Madrona, Denny Blaine or Leschi when coming up the steep hill on Madrona Drive, along East Denny, and up the incline on 34th Avenue until they get to Pike Street and the Madrona Business District.

Seattle Designer Gives Her Tudor a Makeover

When Seattle Designer Judy Tall finalized her divorce, she packed up her belongings in Mercer Island and began the move to her newly purchased Tudor in Denny Blaine. According to the Seattle Times, she fell in love with the neighborhood and her master bedroom with an abundance of natural light, but wasn’t 100% sold on the rest of the place. She waited a year before remodeling, and says that “you have to know how you live in a house, and what works and what doesn’t.”

Photo Courtesy of Seattle Times, Tall’s expansive master bedroom

Before Tall became an interior designer she was an acupuncturist, and tries to brings elements of healing into play with her design concepts. She told the Times that whether you’re moving into a new space, or someone recently moved out or in, there are several emotions that come into play when redesigning or remodeling your home. Tall said that a large portion of her clientele chooses to remodel because they’re going through a life transition, and that’s just what she was going through when she decided to redo her home in Denny Blaine. From her choice in tranquil paint colors, to the picture rail below the coved ceiling, Tall tried to make each and every room in the place more cozy and comfortable for her to live in. She believes that every change serves a purpose, and should bring great joy to a living space. For more information about her Tudor design, visit the Seattle Times.

Construction on East Harrison Closes Street for Summer

Last week, Seattle Public Utilities began construction  of local sewers and storm water improvements and work will close a section of Harrison Street between 30th and 31st off for the next several months. Harrison which is the street that runs along the south side of Bush is favorite street for Denny Blaine residents to take home.  Given the extent of the construction that is needed, work is scheduled to be completed in October, and work hours are scheduled typically between 7:30am-6:00pm, Mon-Fri.  Traffic will be detoured off of E. Harrison St between 30th and 31st for the duration of the construction work. Pedestrian access will be permitted during construction, please be aware of the traffic congestion this may cause for the duration of the summer!

Construction will include a 35,000 gallon underground storm water storage tank and a new 18″ combined sewer pipeline on East Harrison Street between 30th and 31st Avenue East. This work will greatly reduce the potential for sewer backups and storm water flooding along 31st between E. John St and E. Republican St, an area experiencing heavy problems.