Seattle Neighborhood Spotlight: Ballard
An edgy blend between long-time residents and younger night owls, the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle is one of the city’s most interesting and vibrant areas. Comprised of mostly renters and young professionals, the busy streets of Ballard see regular foot traffic at any given hour of the day.
The hustle bustle of Ballard Avenue tends to subside in the more residential areas, where young families with their first homes set down roots in the tight-knit community. The “Free Ballard” bumper stickers that populate power poles and cars in the are a callback to the days the City of Ballard, which was the second largest municipality in King Country until its annexation by Seattle in 1907.
Community activism abounds in the shore side neighborhood, with civilian organizations putting forth a concerted effort to make Ballard the nation’s first truly carbon neutral neighborhood in the near future. They have a reason to defend and embrace their community, as Ballard is home to some of the most beautiful public parks and historical attractions in the city. One of the biggest draws are the Chittenden Locks, which have maintained the water levels of both Lake Washington and Lake Union for almost 100 years.
Nightlife and restaurants abound in Ballard, but the real draw is the outdoor activities. The Sunday Ballard Market is a year-round event that supports local farmers and artists, but nothing beats the summer months in the neighborhood. Outdoors BBQs, beach activities, and one of the only sandy beaches in the entire state are located in Ballard, so there’s something there for everyone.
If you’re interested in buying a home in the Ballard neighborhood, give me a call and we’ll see what we can work out. It’s one of my favorite neighborhoods in town and certainly one to consider if you’re relocating to Seattle or thinking of moving across town. Contact me today!