The Seattle neighborhood of Ballard was settled by fishermen and still retains some of its Scandinavian charm. Located north of downtown Seattle on the edge of Puget Sound, Ballard is an up-and-coming neighborhood, popular with homebuyers and college students alike.
The neighborhood is made up of numerous bungalow homes and a variety of condominiums and apartments. The main street, Market Street, is filled with mom-and-pop stores featuring everything from children’s shoes to ethnic clothing to kitchenwares. Hair salons are scattered between restaurants that feature cuisine from around the world.
The historic “Old Ballard” district also features many shops. At night, the streets of Ballard are filled with customers from the local bars, movie theaters, and nightclubs. Ballard’s farmer’s market is open on Sundays all year long.
Children in Ballard attend Adams, Whittier Elementary, Whitman Middle School, and the newly remodeled Ballard High School. The Ballard Pool sits next to the high school and open to the public. Ballard is a short, 10-minute bus ride to either the University of Washington or Seattle Pacific University.
The Shilshole Marina and Beach, located at the neighborhood’s west end, features a beach with barbeque pits and picnic area at Golden Gardens Park. The marina houses both recreational and fishing boats, as well as other commercial watercraft. The Burke-Gilman bike path links Ballard with other Seattle neighborhoods, extending over 20 miles into the countryside. Ballard residents also enjoy picnicking at the Hiram Chittenden Locks, while watching boats travel from Lake Union to Puget Sound.
Commuters can catch a bus to downtown Seattle or an express bus to the Eastside, where many tech jobs are located.