Seattle, Washington 98107
Trendy Ballard, an Old Seattle Waterfront Neighborhood, is Known for its Eclectic Architecture, Fun Amenities and Stunning Puget Sound Views
Hip, trendy Ballard is the center of Seattle's Scandinavian seafaring community and started out in the mid-1850s. It is in northwestern Seattle, bounded by N.W. 85th Street, Phinney Ridge, the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Puget Sound's Shilshole Bay. The population is about 45,000.
The neighborhood is really comprised of seven smaller neighborhoods, Old Ballard, Crown Hill, North Beach, West Woodland, Whittier Heights, Loyal Heights and Sunset Hill. Each has its own characteristics and calling card. For example, North Beach has views of the Sound, while West Woodland has a number of breweries.
Old Ballard, though, is the heart of Ballard. It was the area's commercial center in the early days when most residents were fishermen. Today Old Ballard is known for its fun shopping venues, very good restaurants, top notch art galleries and lively pubs. Many buildings here date from the 1890s to the 1940s.
Ballard residential architecture is eclectic, ranging from simple brick bungalows and colorful Victorians to stunning contemporary designs with glass walls, entry bridges and overhanging balconies. Most properties are single family homes, but the neighborhood has some condominiums and town homes, too. Prices generally start in the mid-$300,000s and top out in the millions.
The neighborhood's residents are as diverse as its architecture and include boomers, empty nesters, professionals, families and more. They come for the waterfront locale, fashionable vibe, gorgeous homes and safe streets. As might be expected in a Seattle neighborhood, political views lean to the left. Ballard's median age is 34.
Locals (and tourists) enjoy a number of fun sites and attractions. The popular Ballards Farmers' Market happens every Sunday. Golden Gardens Park has a beach and gorgeous views of the Sound. The new Nordic Museum celebrates Nordic cultural heritage. Fishermen's Terminal is where hundreds of fishing boats dock when not out on the open sea.
Ballard is a lively place and has a more than a dozen community groups, everything from Sustainable Ballard, which promotes sustainability, to Groundswell NW, which helps improve neighborhoods and open spaces. Some groups are devoted to their own neighborhood's needs.
Summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 38 inches of rain per year. Skies are often overcast.
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Population is 700,000
Median age is 37
Percentage of population with at least a bachelor's degree or higher is 60%
Estimated median household income is $82,188
Median home value is $723,000
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