Ballard is a neighborhood in northwest Seattle. In the early 1900s its residents were almost exclusively of Scandinavian heritage and worked in the fishing, shipbuilding, and lumber industries. Today you'll still find Scandinavian businesses, but this tightknit community has become particularly trendy: cool restaurants, shops, art galleries, microbreweries, and bars have found a home on the main street, Ballard Aveneue.
Along with attracting hip businesses, it's also attracted lots of new, younger residents. As people have flocked to this community they've outpaced the construction of new homes, so property here is particularly expensive. However, hundreds of new apartment and condo units are on the way to help ease the pressure.
With nearly 200 restaurants and hundreds of shops, this is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Seattle. It's also home to a highly rated elementary school.
Ballard is bordered on the north by North Beach, on the east by Phinney Ridge, on the south by Salmon Bay, and on the west by Puget Sound.
Downtown Seattle: 6.5 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 35-45 minutes by transit
Bellevue: 16 miles / 35-60 minutes by car / 100-120 minutes by transit
Redmond: 20 miles / 35-70 minutes by car / 70 minutes by transit
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