Celebrate Ballard’s Scandinavian Heritage at the Taste of Norway

When you think of anything Scandinavian in Seattle, you have to think of Ballard and there’s no better time to get your fix than at the Norway Norwegian Cultural and Heritage Day this Saturday, March 19!

Get ready for a day filled with Norwegian-themed fun, and lots of tasty food! Enjoy a Scandinavian smorgasbord of delightfully authentic Norwegian favorites such as krumkaker, smorbrod sandwiches, ertesuppe pea soup and of course, lefse, to name a few. Watch live demonstration of how these tasty traditions are made, so you can make them yourself at home, when the cravings kick in. The festival will also feature plenty of lively traditional Norwegian music, live demonstrations of traditional Norwegian crafts, and genealogy experts to help you better connect to your Norse roots, or see if you have any to begin with. Folks are encouraged to dress in traditional garb, and, if they can, to participate in the Bunad Parade of clothing and jewelry, at 12pm.

The festivities kick off with the Leif-to-Leif walk/run (from the Leif Erikson Lodge to the statue of Leif Erikson at Shilshoe Bay and back) at 9am. Come (a little) hungry, as you will be rewarded for your efforts with a tasty heart-shaped waffle and the Norse’s favorite waffle-topper, homemade jam.

What better way to start your weekend then with some movement, tasty foods and a lot of fun in beautiful Ballard? There’s never been a better excuse to get your Viking on and there won’t be again…until next year, that is.

Annual Hot Chocolate Run Headed Our Way!

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Time to lace up those running shoes and sign up for the annual Hot Chocolate 15/5k run! This fun and festive event will be held on Sunday, March 6th and is fun for seasoned runners and first-timers who aren’t afraid of a challenge!

The 5k begins bright and early at 6:45a.m. and the 15k starts at 7:55a.m. Participants can expect a fun, well organized and challenging race through the heart of beautiful Downtown Seattle (hills and all!), a fabulous SWAG bag to take home and, of course, delicious chocolate!

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday while getting a great workout, consider signing up for this once-a-year event. The challenge is worth it to get to the Post Race Party where runners will enjoy music, a family friendly environment and a ‘finisher’s mug’ filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and delightfully dippable treats. Don’t sweat the calories, you will have earned this chocolate indulgence!

The Hot Chocolate Run isn’t just a great way to spend a day off. The Hot Chocolate Run is partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities, helping to provide a home-away-from-home for children and the families of children being treated at Seattle Children’s’ Hospital, at little to no cost to the families. A portion of the proceeds from signing up for this race will go to this outstanding cause, helping to make a real difference in our community.

Not ready to lace up and race? That’s fine! But be aware, this race will take place in Downtown Seattle and along many main roads and thoroughfares, so you will want to plan ahead for any travel on that day. Take a look at the map (above) to see the route and read the chart below for a street closure timeline, to help you plan your day.

 

 

Street Closure

From

To

Side of Road

Closure Time

Anticipated Opening

2nd Ave Thomas St Broad St Whole Road 6:15AM 9:10AM
Broad St 2nd Ave Elliott Ave Westbound 6:15AM 9:15AM
Elliott Ave Broad St SR-99 NB On-Ramp SB One Lane 6:15AM 9:20AM
Elliott Ave SR-99 NB On-Ramp Western Ave Whole Road 6:20AM 9:20AM
Western Ave Elliott Ave Spring St Whole Road 6:20AM 9:40AM
SR-99 Bell St John St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
SR-99 Western Ave John St SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Aurora Ave Denny Way 45th St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
Aurora Ave 38th St Denny Way SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Harrison St Aurora Ave Dexter Ave Whole Road 6:25AM 11:15AM
Dexter Ave Harrison St Mercer St SB One Lane 6:25AM 11:15AM
Mercer St Dexter Ave 5th Ave East Bound Lanes 6:25AM 11:20AM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave SB Lanes 3:00AM 12:00PM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave NB Lanes 6:25AM 11:25AM

“Safe Seattle” Meeting Tonight

safetyfirstIn a city as beautiful as Seattle, it’s easy to forget some ugly truths that linger beneath the surface.

A local group calling themselves “Safe Seattle” is having a meeting tonight, bringing to the forefront the growing public safety issues facing the city and calling the city’s inhabitants to action.

This meeting was organized by Cindy Pierce, a resident of Magnolia,  to shine a light on and address the growing problem of drug dealing and use, theft, illegal encampments and other public safety problems that are increasingly impacting residents and business owners in various areas of the city such as Ballard, Queen Anne and Magnolia, to name a few.  The goal of the meeting is to bring together residents of the community to talk about and demand action in regards to these issues, which, some say are reaching crisis level.

The meeting is expected to earn a potentially big turnout, due in large part to the response it’s had on social media. The meeting will include representatives from city hall and people from different neighborhoods throughout the city speaking on the issue.

The meeting will be held tonight, January 6th, from 6:30-8:30 PM at United Church of Christ in Magnolia 3555 W McGraw St.

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!

Save the Date! Holiday Party & Barter Fair Dates Announced!

 

Sustainable Ballard’s annual Holiday Party & Barter Fair will be on December 6th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Ballard Oddfellows Hall. Starting thinking about what you intend to bring to barter for that perfect holiday gift. Items should have a $5-10 or $15-20 value. Items of larger value than that can be traded for multiples of the lower value items.

In past years, barter items have included:

 

  • hand-crafted scarves, hats and aprons
  • home-grown or foraged produce
  • home-made jams, truffles, dried photo-1443994450376-d67ed1937914fruit, granola, beer and other delectable goodies
  • holiday swags, candle holders, table toppers
  • services such as yoga classes, sailboat cruises, refrigerator deep clean, massage and more

 

It’s going to be a great event and we can’t wait to see you all there!

New Gastropub Graces Ballard This October

Ethan Stowell is opening a new gastropub in Ballard come October. Named Bramling Cross the venture will unsurprisingly feature upscale beer with gourmet food. We say unsurprisingly because the restaurant is named after a type of hop, so beer, and fancy beer at that, will be the focus here.

The gastropub will feature 8 taps of local beer and a large variety bottles and cans. Stowell feels that with so many well respected microbreweries in Fremont and Ballard, beer is becoming an upscale thing; might as well pair some upscale food with it.

According to Eater, Michael Giffrod, chef from Stowell’s How to Cook a Wolf will be “serving up Stowell-caliber fried oysters, hot wings, foie gras, Wagyu culotte steak, grilled chicken, house-made sausages, and more in shared plates.”

Bramling Cross will at 5205 Ballard Ave, taking over the old Portalis space (which moved to 6754 15th Ave NW)

12th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival Is This Saturday!

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This Saturday is the 12th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival from 11am-5pm at the Ballard Commons Park. This FREE family-friendly event is packed with some great activities, workshops, and great hands-on games. Join the Garden Party – make a mad hat and sample some of Ballard’s tastiest teas & sweets in the Taste of Ballard Tea Garden. There will also be a chance to win-prizes, listen to live music on the solar-powered main stage, enter to win an electric bike, learn new ways to upcycle, help make fresh cider and hang with some pretty neat farm animals.

This is a great opportunity to learn together, get inspired, and discover new ways to live more lightly on the earth. Also, this event has partnered with Seattle Summer Parkways and will be the base-camp of a 7 mile loop which will feature activities at a variety of stops along the way.

Here is a list and time frames of some of the great activities happening.

 

MUSIC STAGE:

11:00 AM: Ricky Gene Powell

12:15 PM: Hot Cider String Band

1:30 PM: Sustainable Brain: BrainDance for Everybody!

2:00 PM: Ped and Pet Parade Starts

2:30 PM: Charlie and the Rays

3:45 PM: Steven Curtis

4:45 PM: Raffle Drawing

 

MOVEMENT ZONE:

10:30 AM: Yoga with Ballard Health Club

11:45 AM: Qigong with Embrace The Moon

1:00 PM: BUBBLE MAN (Kids & Kidults Program)

2:15 PM: Tijiquan (Tai Chi) with Embrace The Moon

3:30 PM: Zumba with Ballard Health Club

Ongoing: Z-Ultimate Self Defense (Periodic 10 minute demos throughout the day)

 

LEARNING STATION:

11:00 AM: Chinook Book Giveway
Thanks to a generous donation from Swansons Nursery, the first 120 people to visit this station will receive a free 2016 Chinook Book (print edition)! Please no queue before 10 am.

12:30 PM: Bringing Nature to Neighborhoods
Mary Fleck, Seattle Green Spaces Coalition
Learn about opportunities for bringing nature to neighborhoods through open spaces in Seattle.

12:50 PM: Benefits of Going Solar and Living Green
Aimee Carpenter, SolTerra
We will ask a few volunteers from the audience to participate in a demonstration, followed by a short talk on the benefits of going solar and living green.

1:10 PM: Energy and Water Saving Strategies
Leah Missik, Built Green
We will give a short talk on which energy and water saving strategies in the home have the greatest impact, so you can know where to concentrate your environmental efforts!

1:30 PM: Why Choose an Electric Bike?
Heidi Schlesinger, Seattle Electric Bike
What’s new in the electric bike world, including the health benefits, and our best answer to the question, Why choose an electric bike over a conventional bike?

1:50 PM: Climate Change and Initiative 732
Ben Silesky, Carbon Washington
We will explain the policy basics of Carbon Washington’s I-732 ballot initiative for a revenue neutral carbon tax, our political strategy, a campaign update and how everyone can get involved. We will then pass around boards to sign the initiative and volunteer.

2:20 PM: Bike Insurance
Sean Kuhlmeyer, Emerald City Bike Lawyer
Sean Kuhlmeyer, the bike lawyer, will be giving his famous and popular, but brief, talk about bicycle insurance, and how to make sure that you are protected if you get hurt in a bike crash. If you are a cyclist you need to know this information!

2:40 PM: Solar Impact
Chris Horne, Sunergy Systems
How many barrels of oil will be saved if your home converts to solar?

3:00 PM: Sustainability Within: Chinese Medicine Can Help The World
Avigail Cohen, Ballard Acupuncture Center
Chinese medicine is built on the natural sustainability that exists within the body. Learn about how your body systems parallel The Earth’s natural checks and balances, and learn how Acupuncture promotes an internal harmony that allows us to relate to the world in a more sustainable and harmonious way.

3:20 PM: Mastering Milking a Goat
Lacia Lynne Bailey, Ravenna Ridge Metro Milkers
Well, not really “master” it in this short demo but you’ll learn the basics of technique, equipment, sanitation and process, plus the all important after-milking ritual. Led by Lacia Lynne Bailey, breeder of Seattle’s only finished dairy goat champions since 2008 on her urban farm, Ravenna Ridge Metro Milkers.

3:40 PM: Shipping Container becomes ADU
Michael Vacirca, Lastingnest, Inc.
We are turning a shipping container into ADU (accessory dwelling unit).  Learn about the permitting process and details of this very affordable building method and how it could be used to create affordable housing.

 

SKATEBOWL: SKATE CLINICS

Come learn to skateboard at the Sustainable Ballard Festival!  Skate Like a Girl will be running four 30-minute co-ed clinics for FREE during the festival, as well as providing boards and protective gear. All ages and all abilities encouraged!   Be sure to register early — each clinic is limited to ten participants.  Skate Like a Girl will also be hosting demonstrations throughout the day. Don’t miss it!

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Register for clinics, free skate at park
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Clinic #1
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM: Gear return, free skate and demo in bowl; last call for Clinic #2
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM: Clinic #2
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM: Gear return, free skate and demo in bowl; last call for Clinic #3
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Clinic #3
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Gear return, free skate and demo in bowl; last call for Clinic #4
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Clinic #4
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Gear return, free skate

Note:  Lesson spots will be given away if participant does not show five minutes after the clinic start time. Late entries may be allowed or not, up to the discretion of clinic leads. Demos are in free skate / jam format with no formal programming.

 

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.

Ballard SeafoodFest This Weekend! July 11th & 12th

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Ballard SeafoodFest is a 41 year old tradition that keeps the community reminded of Ballard’s historic fishing industry and Nordic roots. Attracting over 65,000 people, Ballard will host tons of local music, arts & crafts, family entertainment, a beer garden, a skate event, and loads of fresh local SEAFOOD.

Two days of free music? You don’t miss the good times and the epic music at the Veris Law Group PLLC and Vulcan Inc.MainStage… not to mention all the SEAFOOD!

SATURDAY
8:30-10:00 pm Pickwick
7:00-8:00 pm The Moondoggies
5:30-6:30 pm My Goodness
4:00-5:00 pm Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme
2:30-3:30 pm The Dip
1:00-2:00 pm Heels To The Hardwood

SUNDAY
7:30-9:00 pm The Maldives
6:00-7:00 pm The Young Evils
4:30-5:30 pm Lonesome Shack
3:00-4:00 pm TUBALUBA
1:30-2:30 pm Hillstomp
12:00-1:00 pm School of Rock Seattle

SEA you there!

Festival Hours
Saturday, July 11: 11 am to 10 pm
Sunday, July 12: 11 am to 9 pm