With an unmistakable Scandinavian influence, Ballard is a distinct community located along the Salmon Bay in northwest Seattle. Bounded by Northwest 110th Street, Salmon and Shilshole Bays, Third Avenue NW and Phinney Ridge, “Shingle Capital of the World” was the world’s top producer of wood shingles in the early 20th century. It was also once considered a fishing town, and continues to be the haven for many fishermen and recreational boaters. Today, the community boasts numerous attractions, such as the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, the Lake Washington Ship Canal, Shilshole Bay Marina, Golden Gardens Beach, the Nordic Heritage Museum, and historic and hip Ballard Avenue. The newly incited local Jazz Festival is a spectacular celebration of jazz, with its biggest names giving live performances in vibrant community venues. It has become a very popular gathering, filled with real community pride and spirit, and drawing local families and music lovers and visitors alike. Industries that provide employment in the area include maritime, retail trade educational, health and social services, professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services. Students in grades K-12 attend schools of the Seattle School District 1. Several local colleges and universities – including the University of Washington, Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University – provide for those who wish to attain a degree in higher education. Ballard real estate options consist of single-family, detached homes for sale, estate properties, condominiums and townhouses, sound and mountain view properties, as well as homes with waterfront access. Residents experience a rich cultural heritage, a safe, family-friendly community, real metropolitan amenities and a high quality of life.
A wave of immigrant Scandinavians gave the community an “old country” flavor, which lives on today in its residential architecture. Ballard real estate in quiet, yet growing, neighborhoods such as Loyal Heights, Crown Hill, Blue Ridge, Bitter Lake and Broadview within Seattle, provide a diverse selection of affordable and higher priced homes for sale. Real estate prices for single-family detached houses start in the high $200,000s. Large, lovely homes with fireplaces, spacious lots and scenic city, hill, mountain and surrounding views can be purchased in the mid-$400,000s. Beautiful, newly-built estate properties with multiple fireplaces and canal and sound views are priced in the low $700,000s. Condominiums and townhouses range in price from the high $100,000s to the high $500,000s.