Ballard Real Estate – Fall Recap

Ballard saw brisk sales activity in October with 52 properties sold, including 13 condos and 39 single-family homes. Though sales volumes were steady over the year, with an almost identical number of properties sold as in October 2014 (53), average sales price increased by 15 percent over the year to $573,254. Homes are selling quickly, with most only lasting on the market for approximately a week. Only 10 single-family homes were on the market for more than seven days in October, and condos sold in an average of 6 days.

Condo sales prices ranged from $260,500 for a 700-square-foot unit in a 1981 building at 11th Avenue Northwest and Northwest Market Street, to $425,000 for a 923-square-foot unit near the Ballard Locks. The lowest priced single-family (non-townhouse) home sale came in at $450,000 for a 1908 Craftsman in Loyal Heights; and at the high end, two new-construction modern homes on 23rd Avenue Northwest sold for $1.15 million each. Only four properties sold for below list price, and of the 52 properties sold, 35 sold for more than list price. The highest list-to-sales-price ratio came in at 122 percent for a 1967 715-square-foot condo a block from Ballard Commons Park.

If you’re curious what your Ballard home would sell for, please contact one of our agents for a free market analysis!

Ballard’s ‘Up’ House Is On The Move

The new home of Ballard’s ‘Up’ house, also known as the Macefield house, has finally been decided and it’s ‘the best possible outcome’ Paul Thomas, the real estate broker listing the house, told the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Macefield Map

There was a scare earlier this year that the home would be bulldozed after the buyers planning to convert the home into a coffee and pie shop fell through. The news that a non-profit was selected on Thursday to receive the house came as a relief for local fans.

Though the home’s original owner and folk hero Edith Macefield passed away in 2008, her spirit and story, similar to that of the popular Pixar movie “Up”, have lived on in the community. “I can’t possibly imagine a more wonderful ending for this chapter of the Edith Macefield story,” said Thomas, of Realty Brokers Inc.

The name of the non-profit and additional details will be revealed at a press conference tomorrow, August 4, outside of Macefield’s bungalow at 1438 NW 46th St.

Ballard Housing Market Recap: June 2015

Blue RidgeBy JJ Heinrich, Ewing & Clark, Inc.

The month of June has come and gone, and both the weather and Seattle’s real estate market have been extremely impressive. It’s well known that the summer months typically signal the busiest time of year for the real estate market, and the Ballard neighborhood has been quite dynamic. Let’s take a look at some of the real estate highlights for the month of June in Ballard:

According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, June brought about the sale of 44 single-family homes. The median sales price of those 44 homes was approximately $638,511. The homes that sold in the month of June averaged being on the open market for just 9 days, in line with the average for homes in Seattle. The total dollar amount of those transactions totaled roughly $28,094,497. Not a bad month’s work!

There were also 11 condominiums sold in Ballard in June at a median sales price of $375,958, and those units averaged being on the market for 46 days.

As you can see by the statistics provided above, the real estate market in Ballard continues to be extremely active, and we don’t anticipate that to change as we get deeper into the summer months. For more information on Ballard (and Seattle) real estate, or if you are curious about what your house might be worth in this strong market, please contact your local real estate broker for a free market analysis and conversation about your home.

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)

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

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 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!

Where To Watch The World Cup In Ballard

South Africa Brazil 2014 Soccer WCup Emblem

While any bar with a television will most likely be showing a World Cup game or two, some establishments may be a little more committed to the morning and mid-day live broadcast times than others. Here is a (surprisingly long) list of bars in the Ballard area that will be going the extra mile to show live games. Many of them will also be offering World Cup food and drink specials (info from Seattle Met):

Kangaroo & Kiwi – This Australian-owned pub will be open at 8:00 a.m. every day for the duration of the World Cup (June 12 – July 13) and will be showing every game on its eight indoor TV screens and specially installed TVs in two outdoor beer gardens. Beer and breakfast sandwich specials will be on the menu.

The Market Arms – The World Cup schedule on The Market Arms’ website warns “NO BIRTHS, WEDDINGS OR WORK” between June 12 and July 13. That is how seriously they’re taking their WC viewing. They’ll be showing all games live and replaying select games later in the evening for those of you who can’t skip out on work to go to a bar at 9:00 in the morning (probably most of you). Check their website for the complete schedule.

The George & Dragon – The self-proclaimed “Home of Football” (or in this case, “Futebol”) will predictably be showing all of the games and replays of quite a few, as well. This is always a popular spot, so be prepared for big crowds.

Other bars that will be open for all games: Ballard Loft, The Leary Traveler, Molly Maguires, Bad Albert’s Tap and Grill, La Isla, The Dray, and the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Click the links for all the details!

Ballard Celebrates 200th Anniversary of Syttende Mai This Saturday


Despite dramatic changes in Ballard over the past several years, the neighborhood retains its strong Scandinavian identity, which is no better demonstrated than at the annual Syttende Mai (17th of May in Norwegian) parade, a celebration of the signing of the Norwegian constitution in 1814.

Ballard has been holding its celebration of Norwegian independence for 150 years, and these days the parade, which begins near 24th Ave NW and NW 60th and makes its way through Bergen Place park and down Ballard Avenue through Old Ballard, draws as many as 20,000 spectators. You’ll see drill teams, marching bands, community groups and plenty of Norwegian musical groups such as the Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle. Though the parade is the grand finale of the event, Ballard will be celebrating all day long with music, food, kids activities, and much more! Here’s a sampling of other events happening throughout the day:

10:00 a.m. – Opening festivities with Mayor Ed Murray at Bergen Place

10:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m. – Barneleker (Children’s Events) at the Nordic Heritage Museum. Bring your kids for free craft projects and a chance to pet fjord horses!

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Enjoy free admission to the Nordic Heritage Museum all day long and sample Scandinavian food and drinks in the Nordic Cafe.

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Cafe at Leif Erikson Lodge. Food, beverages, wine/beer, programs, flags, DVDs for purchase. Enjoy traditional Norwegian music from the Winter Band and connect with local Scandinavian organizations.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Parade! See the route here.

There will also be music all day long at the Bergen Place stage, see a full lineup and schedule here!