Mix of an industrial and maritime past—and an exciting future.
An eclectic and interesting neighborhood, Ballard is home to the famous Ballard Locks, which gave early fishers access to the Puget Sound, Lake Union, and Lake Washington. With a mix of old industrial buildings, warehouses, newer apartments, condominiums and townhouses, plus single-family homes, there is a little bit of everything in Ballard. A solid choice for close proximity to downtown Seattle, with a walkable neighborhood and demographics running from the very young to old.
Ballard is located in the northwest part of the city, bounded to the north by Crown Hill and to the east by Phinney Ridge and Fremont. The southern part of Ballard is the Lake Washington Ship Canal, while the west faces Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains with sunsets that beg to be photographed.
Ballard is full of contrasts and a mixing of the best of the old and new. It is full of new apartment construction, flourishing businesses and restaurants as well as the very popular Craftsmen, Bungalow Style housing that has survived since the early 1910s.
Residing in Seattle Public School District IV, Ballard has access to good public schools such as Adams Elementary, and private education.
landmarks & Scenes
The Ballard Locks have served the needs of commercial fishers beginning in 1910's and continues today. Salmon also use the fish ladders located at the Locks to return to their spawning grounds.
Food & Drink:
Historic Red Mill Totem House pays tribute to Native American arts while the Lockspot Cafe has sold fish-n-chips for the past 90 years at the Ballard Locks. Anthony's and Ray's Boathouse face Puget Sound- perfect for showing off Seattle. NW Market Street has a diverse choice of restaurants and bars.
You can always find good coffee and brew in Seattle.
NW Market Street and Ballard Avenue NW are the streets to hit up for boutiques such as Filthy Rich for celebrity replica jewelry. Check out the year round Sunday Ballard Street Market or go to RE Store across 15th Avenue NW for trash fashion and reclaimed building materials.
The farmers market has a variety of vegetables and stands to choose from.
The Sloop Tavern claims Dive Bar title, whereas King's Hardware has taxidermy on the walls, plus outdoor patio. Majestic Bay Theaters is a mash up of the nautical past plus today's technology. The Moisture Festival, with a family friendly version and an adult version is staged in Hale's Palladium.
Sports & Outdoors:
Golden Gardens Park is family-friendly sandy beach with fire pits and picnic tables, plus the fabulous Puget Sound view. There's also sailing, boating and sea kayaking. There is an off-leash park by Golden Gardens for canine friends. Cycle, run or walk on the flat paved 18+ mile Burke Gilman Trail.
Arts & Culture:
The monthly Second Saturday Art Walk is worth checking out, along with the Nordic Heritage museum. Tractor Tavern has all-over-the-map indie bands, Egan's Ballard Jam House is a jazz venue while Sunset Tavern does the entire spectrum of live rock, and has the cleanest bathrooms in rock and roll.
The Ballard Library with its green roof and an in-wall periscope is perfect for a rainy day, or try Stone Gardens and indoor rock climbing for kids. Among the many schools, Ballard High School has biotechnology, finance and maritime magnet programs.