Ballard Real Estate Report – July 2017

Past Sale by Ewing and Clark

Our Ballard neighborhood continues to be a hot ticket item in the Seattle real estate market. Our neighborhood had 46 sales last month; 7 more than last year. Like many other Seattle neighborhoods, the inventory remains low leading prices to rise. The average sales price for a Ballard home was at $684,508 in July of 2016, the number jumped to $781,272 this July. The highest cost for a Ballard home sold was at $1,600,000 compared to just $960,000 last July. Single-family homes in Ballard were on the market for an average of 7 days last month versus 17 days last July. There are currently 19 active listings and 44 pending.

Past Sale by Ewing and Clark

Ballard condo sales were down last month compared to July 2016. There were 7 less sales but reports show an increase in prices. The average sales price rose from $349,991 (July 2016) to $496,101 (July 2017). The highest cost for a Ballard condominium jumped from $425,00 to $680,000, and the median price increased from $378,000 to $505,000. There are currently 5 active condominium listings and 16 pending.

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.

Large Lock Closed For Maintenance at Ballard Locks

It’s been brought to our attention that the large Ballard Lock will be closed through November 20th for it’s annual maintenance, so those big boats will have to find an alternative route between Lake Washington and Puget Sound for the next two weeks.

According to Komo news, vessels smaller than 115 ft long and 26 ft wide can use the small lock in the next few weeks during the closure. The BNSF Railroad Bridge near the locks will also be closed through November 18th for repairs, so boat operators of tall mast boats who aren’t able to use the small lock will not be able to pass through this route either. For more information about the Ballard Locks and upcoming closures, visit the City of Seattle website.

Carnegie Library Now a Historic Landmark

It’s now official; the Seattle Landmarks preservation Board has voted, and approved Ballard’s own Carnegie Library as a designated Landmark. After a long 30 year haul of being rejected repeatedly, the building is finally a historic landmark, even though a lot of Seattleites thought it was a landmark, since it has changed very little since it was built in the 20th century.

Henderson Ryan, the architect who built the Library also has several notable buildings still in tact around Seattle such as the Neptune theater and the Waldorf Hotel.  The Seattle Landmark Society voted unanimously to designate the building a historic landmark, and to see a list of Seattle’s Historic landmarks, visit the City of Seattle’s Historic Preservation website.

Best Kept Ballard Secrets: Sidestreet Library

We know Ballard has a lot of fun quirky restaurants, and activities going on at all times, but here is a good one for readers who are on a budget, and searching for a good read. Spoiler: must trust the opinion of your  Ballard neighbor! Apparently somewhere near the corner of 13th Ave NW & NW 77th street someone has taken the liberty to put up a small wooden cabinet with peak-a-boo windows, a place where residents and passersby can take a book and leave a book, with a small sign that reads “The Neighborhood Library.” 

According to the folks over at myballard blog, The library also has a small notepad inside for anyone to leave a quick note about which books they’ve taken and dropped off, any particular favorites, or just a simple hello to other users. If you’re in the neighborhood and have something to trade, stop by this hidden gem, and leave a good read for someone else to enjoy.

Police Chase Hit and Run Driver in Ballard

A Ballard policeman pursued a driver of a Ford pick up truck in Ballard around 10:17pm on Saturday evening after the driver was seen driving erratic on NW 62nd street. According to the SPD Blotter, as police attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the driver tried to back his car up away from police, and ended up hitting the police car, (minor damages were done to the vehicle, the policeman remained uninjured) as well as 3 other parked unoccupied cars as he sped away.

The driver then got out of the truck, which was disabled after damages from the multiple accidents, and fled the scene on foot. Officers followed the man, and caught him on the 1400 block of of NW 63rd Street. The 22 year old man has been detained at King County Jail and awaits investigation of felony as well as investigation for two counts of hit and run. For more information on this incident, visit Seattle Crime News.

Ballard Outdoor Movie Friday: How to Train Your Dragon

UPDATE: The Outdoor Movie has been moved to Friday Aug 31st, due to rain in the weather forecast tonight.

The Shilshoe Bay Marina and the Port of Seattle will host an outdoor movie tonight, one of the best animated films this year: How to Train Your Dragon! The event is going to take place in celebration of the Marina’s 50th Anniversary, and just happens to coincide with Seattle Center’s  50th Anniversary of the World’s Fair.

The movie will begin at promptly at 8:30 and event staff members will be giving away free popcorn, ensuring a fun experience for the whole family! This is a free event, and pets and alcohol are not permitted on the premise. Bring the whole family down to the Marina, and kick off Labor Day Weekend on one of the last nice days of summer!

Support Seattle Firefighters This Weekend: Pig & Pipes Event

The Old Peculiar Public House in Ballard will host it’s annual fundraiser to benefit the Seattle Firefighter Drum Band, and Seattle’s Bravest Charity, originally known as Seattle Fire Fighter’s Benevolent Association. The charity came to shape in 1995 after after the deaths of 4 firefighters Pang Arson Warehouse Fire, and has since grown into a huge organization that supports the community and the Seattle Fire Department. 

The fundraiser will have a pig roast and lively pipe band that will perform in traditional attire, ie kilts, high socks, newspaper boy caps and bagpipes throughout the day, from 10am on. The bar will roast several pigs and serve yummy sides like macaroni salad, coleslaw, and baked beans. The fundraiser is a 21+ only event, and micro brews can be purchased for $4 a beer. Tickets for this event cost $20 bucks per person in advance, and $25 day of the event, and include entry, food, and entertainment. For more information on the event, or to purchase your ticket early, visit the Pigs & Pipes page.

Viking Days Comes to Ballard Tomorrow

The Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard will host it’s annual Viking Days tomorrow afternoon in Ballard. The festivities will begin in the morning with a pancake breakfast, and there will be live native music throughout the day, Nordic inspired food and crafts, and much more! There will be a Valhalla beer garden, and treats from each of the Nordic countries, including delightful desserts.

There will be dozens of musicians on several stages throughout the day playing in the museum, and on festival grounds as well. One of the main attractions includes the “Viking Encampment” where attendees can experience a day in the life of a viking, complete with a dual or two if your obliged. This event is free to attend for the public, so come on down with the whole family and help Ballard celebrate with it’s Norwegian residents!


Kickin Boot Whiskey to Open Next Thursday

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As we’d mentioned in a previous article, the folks who run the Matador restaurants are opening another restaurant, but leaving the extensive Tequila list at home; Kickin Boots Whiskey in Ballard will open next Thursday, catering to all the dark liquor and BBQ lovers in town! The building owners told the restaurateurs to keep as much of the original building as possible, and they catered to the request by keeping the original ceiling and floors in tact.

Kickin Boot has an outdoor patio that seats 50, all ages dining area, and a wrap around bar with a Southern touch. The patio has heated floors and a pull down garage door perfect for Seattle’s unpredictable weather, but according to My Ballard, the owners hope to keep the patio open throughout the summer. For more information on the grand opening, visit Kickin Boot’s website.