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

Best Ballard Mother’s Day Gifts

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Photo Courtesy of Blackbird

If you’ve shopped around and still haven’t been able to find the right gift for mother’s day this year, don’t worry we have a great list of items that every Ballard mom is sure to love! Does your mom love to keep the house smelling great? Head over to Blackbird and pick up an incense pyre sampler for $30, with scents like Ai, a bright green aroma with mossy and soil tones, and Izba, a warm wood and light smoky fireplace aroma. If she’s not into incense, Blackbird also has a variety of hand soaps like the tomato leaf and clay square soap perfect for the kitchen.

Does your mom love the outdoors? Check out Second Ascent’s collection of base layers and yoga pants. They also have a ton of camping gear, including this awesome Marmot trestle sleeping bag designed for the female physique. If your mom digs local art, head over to Venue and check out their collection of photography, paintings, sculptures, jewelry and other fun gifts. If your mom could use some time to unwind, get her a spa package at Habitude Salon and Spa, we like the Beneath the Spring Thaw Falls package which includes a hydrating salt glow, massage, scalp revitalizer, followed by a hot rocks sauna.  If your mom really enjoys dining out, take her to Ray’s Boathouse on the waterfront, or dine at Bastille and pretend you took her to Paris for the night! Whatever you decide to get her, make sure to tell your mom how appreciative you are for all she does this Mother’s Day, and Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful Ballard Moms!

Christmas Ships Coming to Ballard Friday Dec 13th and 17th

This wonderful holiday marina tradition is coming! The Argosy Christmas ships festival has been anchoring at harbors around the Puget Sound since 1949, and every year we look forward to seeing the beautifully lit up ship cruise by singing holiday music – quite a treat for the eyes and ears! If you’re around Ballard, don’t miss the festivities in the Shilshole Bay Marina from 7:15-7:35pm, stopping in Blue Ridge from 8:00-8:20pm, and ending over at Carkeek Park from 8:35-8:55pm. Argosy Christmas Ship

If you’re closer to Golden Gardens or Old Ballard, the Christmas ship will be making a stop at Golden Gardens & the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks on Tuesday the 17th.The Choir singing aboard this ship will be the Dickens Carolers, and a parade boat will of course follow the Christmas ship en route. This is always a treat for those hanging out in the marina, but if you’d like to climb aboard the Christmas ship, or the Parade ship that follows, book your seat before they fill up today!

North Seattle English Tudor Available: $1,375,000

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This timeless 1928 English Tudor home sits on 3/4 of an acre, and is now available. A true estate experience, this home has pillared entrance with a circular drive, sunny manicured lawns, and beautiful garden space. Features include herringbone oak floors and original stained glass windows. Extensive remodel addition includes country kitchen with eating space, Viking range refrigerator oak cabinets, living room with 2 story ceiling, a wet bar, and a large home office. The dining room is custom wall papered with French doors, and the master has a huge walk-in closet. Two car heated garage attached. For more information about this lovely home, please contact your local real estate agent today.

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 4/2.5
Price: $1,375,000

Seafoodfest Needs Your Help!

With summertime comes the annual much anticipated Ballard Seafoodfest, and this year the organizers need your help to make it happen! In it’s 39th year, in celebration of all the Nordic and fishy traditions in the neighborhood, organizers are in search of volunteers willing to work 2-3 hour shifts on Saturday July 13th and Sunday July 14th. seafoodfest

Volunteers will be working the information booth at the event, selling raffle tickets, manning the donation booth, and setting up and tearing down the event. If you’re interested in volunteering for Seafoodfest, please contact Karen, SeafoodFest Volunteer Coordinator at seafoodfestvolunteer@hotmail.com or at 206-291-5500.

Ballard Bike Street Party Today

The weekend really came quick this short work week, and you may still be wondering what to do in Ballard this weekend. Today from 3:30-8pm, there will be a Ballard Street Bike Party, with live music,a biker’s fashion show, and of course tons of great bike related information for all. There will also be free giveaways, so swing by Bergen Place Park for a fun-filled afternoon. bike

The streets will be closed off at NW Market Street and Ballard Ave NW for festivities between 11 am and 8pm. This event is part of the “Summer Streets” programs, and is made possible by the Cascade Bicycle club, and KEXP. If you’re interested in volunteering for one of these summer events, contact Summer.Streets@Seattle.gov for future opportunities.

Free Concerts at the Ballard Locks Starting This Weekend

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Carl S. English Botanical Gardens, Ballard Locks

This weekend marks the beginning of the 24th Annual free concert series at the Ballard Locks! One Thursday May 30th, the first concert will be the Seattle Civic Band beginning at 7pm, so come on down after work and enjoy some live music. The live Concert series will take place on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the months of June through September in the  in the Locks, as well as a few special performances on July and Labor Day.

These concerts are free, but seating is limited, so  if you’re planning on going down on a nice sunny afternoon, be sure to get there early to snag a good seat. Find a calendar of the scheduled performances here, including the Cascadia Jazz Band, and the Highline Community Symphonic Band.

Local Musician’s Guitar Stolen Out of Car on Market Street

It’s a very sad surreal day for Mark Pickerel, a prominent musician in the local music scene best known for his presence in bands such as The Young Evils, Screaming Trees, and the Tripwires. The 1960’s Washburn Prairie Song guitar that he has composed every song he’s ever written was stolen out of the back seat of his car around 12am this morning in Ballard, on the corner of NW Market Street, and NW 24th Street. guitar

The guitar is of deep sentimental value for Pickerel, and if you have any leads or information on it’s whereabouts, you’re encouraged to contact the SPD North Precinct Burglary/Theft department at (206) 684-5735, or hit Pickerel up on his facebook.

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dining Ideas

Happy Valentine’s Day! Check out what is going on around the Sound on this fabulous day of LOVE!

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Did Valentine’s Day sneak up on you this year? Forget to make reservations at your hunny’s favorite spot? Check out one of these restaurant’s to indulge with your significant other!

Bastille– If you’re in the Ballard neighborhood tonight, Bastille is offer his and her punch for $10 a glass (his:Stockade, hers:Sainte Marie), and various Parisian style entrees that are sure to please the pallet; including a platter of a dozen Hama Hama oysters on the half shell with caviar and Washington Ver Jus Mignonette, yum!

Cafe Flora– This vegetarian Madison Park cafe is celebrating it’s 20th Valentine’s Day, and offering a prix-fixe menu themed dishes such as the “savory embrace” (a bok choy and cheese filled pastry) and “layers of love” (a macadamia nut crusted filo stuffed with shiitake mushrooms, asparagus and a butternut squash sauce). Dinner runs $45 a person, from 5:00-10:00pm.

Spinasse– This lovely Capitol Hill restaurant is offering two amazing prix fixe menus at one of the “best 7 restaurants that define Seattle Now” according to Seattle Magazine. Dinner specials are sure to make diners feel as if they’re dining at a cafe right in the heart of Rome at this authentic Italian hot spot. Dinner is $70 per person with a $40 wine pairing option.

Restaurant Bea– Cozy Madrona candlelit dinging experience for two, with chef Jim McCarthy serving up a three course meal off of their comfort food menu, and offering three choices for each course. Dinner is $50 per person, with an optional cocktail or wine pairing for $22 per person.

Hunger-Indulge in a 5 course menu including beef tartare, oysters, and a special rose will be delivered for your significant other when you’re bellies are nice and full of love. $150 per couple, with an optional $25 wine pairing.

Bon Appetite!

Congrats to Ballard on Receiving the “Only in Seattle” Grant

Last week the city of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development awarded the Ballard neighborhood a grant that will allow them to create a commercial revitalization, given by the Ballard Chamber of Commerce, through the “Only in Seattle” initiative. The initiative is a partnership between the OED and Impact Capital with the neighborhood business districts. and grants are given to allow the communities small businesses to succeed, and implement proven theories to create successful business districts.

Photo courtesy of kingcounty.gov

Photo courtesy of kingcounty.gov

Ballard is already a successful business district by definition, and the grant will allow the Ballard Chamber to have a group of community stakeholders come together to plan to further develop a plan for success, present and future. The “Only in Seattle” initiative’s goals are not only to further business and retail organization and success, but to ensure safety and cleanliness in the community, utilize marketing to promote the district’s positive reputation, and ensure that the pedestrian environment is inviting and easily accessible for transportation. Congrats Ballardites! Continue to support and appreciate your local community businesses.