Where To Watch Super Bowl XLIX In Ballard

Super BowlStill undecided about where you’re watching the Super Bowl this Sunday? You’ll have no shortage of options in Ballard, where it seems like every bar, restaurant, and brewery will be showing the game on the big screen and have Seahawks-themed specials on the menu. Here’s a rundown of venues that will have you covered on game day.

Stoup Brewing - Stoup will be hosting the “Stouperbowl”, featuring $1 off every time the Seahawks score, and 12% off Uber rides to and from the brewery with discount code “stouperfan.” Food truck Big Spoon will be serving steaming hot bowls of chili to keep you going all day! (1108 NW 52nd St.)

The Gerald - Watch the game on The Gerald’s 120-inch projector screen while enjoying their always-delicious dinner fare. (5210 Ballard Ave. NW)

The Ballard Loft - Relive the magic of the NFC Championship game tomorrow night, as the Loft will be showing a replay of the game starting at 8:00 p.m. Pre-game festivities begin on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with DJ Pheloneous, and best of all, no cover to get in! This place is always packed on game days, so get there early to stake out a spot. (5105 Ballard Ave. NW)

Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen - Multiple TVs mean every seat will have a view, and different specials will be on offer during each quarter of the game. Get there early for brunch starting at 11:00 a.m. and stick around for freshly smoked BBQ throughout the day! (5309 22nd Ave. NW)

Hilliard’s Beer - What better place to watch the biggest game of the year than at the home of the 12th Can? Hilliard’s will show the game on their giant projector screen, and the atmosphere here is always exciting! (1550 NW 49th St.)

Ballard Station Public House - You’ll want to show up early for this one, as they’re expected to be at capacity well before the game’s 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Doors open at 1:00 p.m., and there will be drink specials and giveaways all afternoon! (2236 NW Market St.)

The Lock & Keel - This longtime Ballard Avenue watering hole has been celebrating all week by showing last year’s playoff games, with specials on Hilliard’s 12th Cans and other Hawks-themed drinks, and the party most likely won’t stop until after we’ve won the Super Bowl (again!). (5144 Ballard Ave. NW)

Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. – If you want to watch the Super Bowl on the big screen with the added bonus of some Ballard’s best beers on tap, Bad Jimmy’s is your place. Bring a picnic, as this tasting room does not serve food. (4358B Leary Way NW)

Volterra - If you’re looking for a little more refined atmosphere, Ballard’s resident Italian restaurant will be getting in the spirit with cocktail specials with names such as the Onside Kick and the Deflate Brady’s Fireball, and menu items including the Beast Runnin’ Wild Boar Sliders (and yes, the game will be on!). (5411 Ballard Ave. NW)

WingMasters Sports Bar – For that classic sports bar atmosphere, delicious wings, and people who are REALLY into the Hawks, head to WingMasters. Again, you’ll want to get here early to grab a seat! (5811 24th Ave. NW)

Zayda Buddy’s - Enjoy some down-home food while watching the game at this Midwest-themed bar, and you’ll have a chance to win some class Midwest team apparel, too! (5405 Leary Ave. NW)

Free Parking in Ballard Not Free For Long

According to this report by Kiro TV, the Seattle Department of Transportation is planning to turn 250 parking free spots in downtown Ballard into paid ones. In addition to this, there will be more time limit spots for areas where there are currently no restrictions on how long you are allowed to park. Johnathan Williams, senior transportation planner with SDOT,  states that the idea is “to create available access to businesses, so folks coming into the neighborhood can find a place to park.” Kiro TV says that the plan is to implement these changes in the spring.

The issue at hand is that with Ballard becoming more dense with the addition of new apartments and condo’s, along with a growth of new businesses, parking is at a premium. While extending paid parking times and adding more paid spots will increase turnover, it could also reduce the amount of time people spend in Ballard.

How do you feel about this? Do you agree or disagree with the plan from the Seattle Department of Transportation?

You can find more information on  this proposed plan here.

Celebrate Christmas Nordic Style At Yulefest This Weekend

YulefestFor the last 37 years, Ballard’s Nordic Heritage Museum has ushered in the holiday season with Yulefest, its celebration of Nordic Christmas, with traditional Scandinavian music, games, food, and much more. This year’s event is taking place this Saturday, November 22, and Sunday the 23rd at the museum, and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.

Warm up with a glass of the traditional Scandinavian hot mulled wine known as gløgg (or glögg if you are Swedish), and munch on Danish ableskiver pastries, Norwegian krumkake waffle cookies, lefse, and authentic Nordic-style open-faced sandwiches. Scandinavian folk dancers, singers, and fiddlers will keep the crowd entertained between bites, and more than 40 merchants will be selling Nordic-inspired goods, providing a great chance to pick up some unique Christmas gifts that you won’t find in your average store. And don’t forget to buy a handful of raffle tickets as some great prizes will be up for grabs, including the grand prize of two round-trip tickets to Scandinavia aboard Iceland Air!

This event is completely family friendly, and there will be a visit from Santa as well as craft projects to keep little ones entertained. Tickets are $5 (kids 12 and under are free), and admission is free for Nordic Heritage Museum members. If you would like to volunteer at the event, fill out the online volunteer form here, or e-mail volunteer coordinator Michael Ide at michaeli@nordicmuseum.org.

Halloween Events In Ballard This Weekend!

DCF 1.0There are a couple of kids’ Halloween events happening in the neighborhood this weekend we wanted to alert you about:

Friday, October 24, is the Loyal Heights Community Center’s Halloween Carnival from 6:00-8:00 p.m. $12 gets you a wristband good for unlimited carnival games and activities (tickets can also be bought for 50 cents each), and there will also be mini pumpkin decorating, a cake walk, crafts and prizes. All proceeds will benefit the Loyal Heights Community Center.

Sunday, October 26, is the annual Halloween on Holman trick-or-treating event from 2:00-4:00 p.m., where kids will visit businesses in Carkeek Plaza and Holman Road Square to collect tasty treats!

Let us know if there are any other events happening that we missed!

Classic Brick In Blue Ridge Available For $2,195,000

Blue RidgeThis beautiful three-bedroom home in Blue Ridge overlooking the Puget Sound and Olympics is on the market for the first time in 37 years! Classic features such as hardwood floors, French doors, and a fireplace alongside modern amenities make this an extremely comfortable home. Enjoy a large wrap-around lot featuring Italianate terraces, lush greenery, and the ever-present mountain and sound views. Extraordinary construction and details, fantastic living spaces, gracious scale, and old-world ambiance. Two-car garage with storage. If you are interested in this home or other homes in the neighborhood, contact your real estate agent today!

Ballard Real Estate Recap

September was another strong real estate month in the Ballard market. During that time we saw an 8% increase in the number of new listings that hit the market but at the same time there were 20% fewer active listings available for purchase when compared to September 2013. While more homes came on the market this past September than the previous year, it still did not make up for the overall low inventory of homes that has plagued the Ballard area. Inventory levels are at a one month supply which is the lowest level in King County. As a result, we saw the median home price rise this past September in part due to fewer homes available to purchase. The median single family home price on closed sales in Ballard was $524,500 last month. That is a 12% increase when compared to September of 2013 where the median home price of a sold home was $468,500. With interest rates still at historic lows and Ballard attracting a lot of buyers, this trend of low inventory and high prices is set to continue. If you would like more information on the Ballard real estate market, please feel free to reach out.

 

*Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service

 

Ballard Real Estate Recap

The 2014 real estate market in Ballard has been one of low inventory and high prices which is also the trend for the entire North Seattle market. When looking at the year to date figures, the average single family home price has increased by almost $40,000 which is about an 8% increase when compared to the first seven months of 2013. When looking at the year to date median single family home price, that has increased by over 10% when compared to 2013. These increases are a result of the market trends that show Ballard is a top Seattle neighborhood to purchase in as well as the low inventory levels have caused home prices to increase.

Another figure that can help explain the current market conditions in North Seattle is that the number of sales closed has decreased by almost 5%. While it is hard to pin point the exact reason for this, one explanation could be that some buyers are stepping out of the market in the short term because they are tired of losing out on homes that they made offers on. When looking back on the Ballard real estate market in 2014, buyers are losing out on homes even when offering well above asking price. This frustration in my opinion is part of the reason for fewer sales in 2014.

For more information about the Ballard real estate market or if you are looking to buy or sell your come, please feel free to contact me.

 

*Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service

Charming Broadview Home Available: $437,500

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This beautiful Broadview neighborhood home is pleasantly positioned on a large corner lot with views to the northwest of the Sound and Olympics. This easy, one-level home has a circular floor plan and maximizes every square foot of livable space. The sizable living room features a wood fireplace and corner windows looking out to views. Clean, sweet, period kitchen has gas stove, and the family room located in the back of the house is perfect for relaxing and watching a movie! In floor radiant heat throughout home, and huge yard is ready for you to put your thumbprint on it. If you’re interested in this or other neighborhood homes, please contact your real estate agent today.

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 2//1
Price: $437,500

June Real Estate Report

The North Seattle real estate market has continued to be a high demand low supply market. While the level of inventory has inched closer to a one month supply, we are still nowhere near a normal market condition. Because of the low levels of inventory, historic low levels of interest rates, there are a lot of buyers in the market and not enough homes for sale to satisfy the demand. As a result, the average home in North Seattle sold for 13.5% more last month than it did in June 2013. If we compare median home prices, that increased by more than 12% from the previous year. With no shortage of interested buyers, this is a great market if you are looking to sell your North Seattle home for a premium price.

In Ballard, we saw similar trends as the rest of North Seattle saw with homes selling for a premium amount and closing in a short period of time. The demand to live in Ballard is evident in multiple ways as new construction homes are popping up everywhere. Another indicator of the strong sellers’ market in Ballard is the fact that homes are receiving multiple offers and closing for well above the asking price. If you are looking to buy or sell your home in Ballard, please feel free to contact me.

Ballard SeafoodFest Is This Weekend!

seafoodAs a neighborhood with deep maritime roots, it’s only fitting that Ballard would have an entire festival devoted to seafood. The 40th anniversary of the Ballard SeafoodFest (and second iteration of the accompanying BeerFest), takes over Market Street and Ballard Avenue this weekend with more than 20 food vendors offering everything from Filipino-style seafood to Northwest crab cakes and, of course, the traditional salmon barbecue.

BeerFest has expanded this year, and will be featuring some familiar names from around the neighborhood at its new spot near the main music stage at 22nd Avenue NW and Ballard Avenue. Look for Hilliard’s, Reuben’s, Stoup, Bad Jimmy’s, NW Peaks, and Peddler, along with many more breweries from around the Northwest. 14 ounce beers are $5.00, and there will be wine for $7 for all of you non-beer-drinkers. For more family-friendly activities, head to Ballard Commons Park for the skateboard competition, the giant kids’ slide, and vendors offering a wide array of stuff just for kids. Make sure to come back on Sunday afternoon for the kids’ superhero costume contest and the raffle drawing – the grand prize is two tickets on Iceland Air!

Festivities are slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and BeerFest wraps up at 10:00 each night. Click here for a full schedule of the events!