According to this MyBallard article, Reuben’s Brewery (located in downtown Ballard) has raised over $7,000 for different local charities. Beginning last May, Reuben’s hosts a different charity or non-profit organization each Thursday and then donates $1 of every pint or growler that is sold that night to the featured organization.
Another aspect that is unique, is that Reuben’s encourages representatives from that nights featured organization to attend and raise awareness for their cause by talking about what they do. Tonight from 3pm to 8pm MEOW Cat Rescue will be the featured organization. For more information about this great weekly event, please visit Reuben’s website.
According to this article by RedFin, Phinney Ridge will be one of the top ten hottest real estate markets in 2014. By comparing page views by patrons of the site to different properties all over the country, RedFin determined that Phinney Ridge is going to have a big year. They saw a 178% increase of page views of properties in this area when compared to the previous year. That coupled with the median home price in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood being just over $500,000 lands it at #7 according to RedFin.
The article states that “the real trend in the 2014 neighborhood popularity is a short commute at an affordable price. The trending neighborhoods offer a short drive to or easy access to a commuter rail line at prices that are not the most expensive in the city.” With easy access to downtown Seattle as well as many transit options, Phinney Ridge fits this description perfectly. I’m sure Red Mill will approve of this!
The Ballard Real Estate Market ended 2013 on a strong note with the amount of closed sales in the month of December up almost 30% from December 2012. As the economy is getting stronger and interest rates are starting to climb, more people want to find a home before rates get any higher. While rates are still low if you compare them to historically, the projections by analysts are for them to continue to rise as the economy becomes stronger.
December also showed that the Ballard inventory is starting to increase as there were about 9% more active listings in December 2013 compared to December 2012. One of the reasons for this is that the median sold price for a home in Ballard increased from $417,000 in Dec 2012 to $437,000 in Dec 2013. This increase in home value has caused more sellers to come to the table and thus one of the reasons for an increase in inventory.
With 2014 just begun it is an exciting time in the real estate market. Interest rates are still at a historic low, inventory is growing, and Ballard is still one of the most desirable places to live in Seattle. Whether you are a buyer or seller there are ways for you to take advantage of current market conditions.
The Woodland park play area, located at 1000 N 59th St., will be closing Monday, January 6th while new equipment is brought in and work is done to improve the park. During this time the park will be closed to the public. It is scheduled to be completed and reopen in April. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy is funding the project .