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Posted by Johnine Larsen on January 28, 2015
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Ballard is one of the most desirable places to live in Seattle. It has a close-knit community, a diverse population and heaps of neighborhood pride. The arrival of spring finds locals out and about, strolling down sidewalks, gathered at one of the many parks, or working in their yards. Quiet side streets are populated with medium-sized family homes and cottages, with creative gardens. There is also a host of award-winning schools, from elementary to high school.

Ballard is known for its Scandinavian fishing village history and working class roots. Located northwest of downtown, Ballard defines itself as a small town nestled within a big city. The business district is peppered with a unique mix of restaurants bars and nightclubs. Small shops are sprinkled in among larger retailers, along with museums and art galleries.

One point of interest here: the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. This beautifully groomed park borders a nautical thoroughfare. This is where pleasure boaters and commercial fishing boats transition between Puget Sound and Lake Union. Don’t miss the spectacular dusk views at Sunset Hill Viewpoint Park (NW 75th and 34th Ave NW).


DEMOGRAPHICS: Educated, urban young adults, aspiring single urbanites, families with children, green/sustainability conscious residents.

TYPES OF HOMES: Cape Cod, Bungalow, Craftsmen, Colonial, Tudor, Contemporary homes and Townhomes

COMMUNITY BLOG: Ballard BlogMy Ballard

LIBRARY: Seattle Public Library Ballard Branch, located at 5614 22nd Ave. N.W. Seattle , WA 98107, Tel. 206-684-4089

FARMERS MARKET: Ballard Farmers Market, located on historic Ballard Avenue NW, between Vernon Place NW and 22nd Avenue NW. Open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., year round.

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS: La Carta De OaxacaOcho,  La Isla,VolterraSenor Moose Cafe,

FAVORITE COFFEE SHOPS: Cupcake RoyalCaffe FioreAster Coffee Lounge, Cafe Cuzco, Nervous Nellie’s

Our Blogs About Ballard

Free Tools

Jul 02, 2019
DIY home improvement sounds nice and all, but let’s face it: tools are expensive. They take up space. And odds are, [more]
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Battle of the Bonfires 2019: Alki Beach v. G...

May 23, 2019
Summer showed up early this year, and it’s time for the perfect beach bonfire. But where to do it? In Seattle [more]
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Open Condo in the Heart of Ballard

May 02, 2019
We’re holding an open house this Sunday (May 5, 1–4 p.m.) for 1760 NW 56th St #414, a blue-chip condo in a prime Ba [more]
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New Bike Lanes Where We Need Them

Feb 13, 2018
Bicycles are great—in theory. You can skip traffic, savor fresh air, get some free exercise, and save the planet on [more]
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Ballard Farmer’s Market: Photo Essay!

Oct 01, 2017
Welcome to the Market The Ballard Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday. The market goes year-rou [more]
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Our Listings in Ballard


1760 NW 56th St #414

$ 485,000
Come bask in the southern exposure and territorial view of this one bedroom plus den. One of the nicest pet-friendly buildings in Ballard, The Vik. Great floor plan; the den can double as a guest spac [more]
Come bask in the southern exposure and territorial view of this one bedroom plus den. One [more]
11 733 ft2full info

9330 22nd Ave NW

$ 1,950,000
Unbelievably wonderful home with some of the best, unobstructed westerly views in Olympic Manor! 4300 sq. feet, HUGE master suite with its own view patio, and open, inviting spaces. Open kitchen has i [more]
Unbelievably wonderful home with some of the best, unobstructed westerly views in Olympic [more]
44 4,300 ft2full info