Ballard is located west of Green Lake and is a hub of activity. Its boundaries include Crown Hill to the north, Greenwood and Phinney Ridge to the east, on the south by Lake Washington Ship Canal and to the west by Shilshole Bay. Originally home to early Seattle’s fishing fleets, Ballard still displays its Nordic and Maritime history, which now co-exists with fashionable shops and restaurants. Ballard real estate features homes, condominiums, and apartment buildings. Ballard, and the surrounding neighborhoods such as Sunset Hill, Loyal Heights, Crown Hill, Blue Ridge, and North Beach, feature homes with dramatic backdrops of the Olympic Mountains and neighboring Puget Sound islands.