Ballard

Ballard
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Ballard is one of the hippest and most coveted neighborhoods in Seattle. Its close proximity to the burgeoning tech industry in neighboring Fremont and reasonable access to the Eastside via 520 makes Ballard an extremely convenient place to call home. Located in the northwestern part of the city, Ballard houses a vibrant working waterfront and looks out upon Fisherman’s Terminal, the home base for the North Pacific Fishing Fleet. The terminal offers a collection of delicious dining options and is a great place to purchase the freshest seafood. The Ballard Locks enable boat traffic to move from freshwater Lake Union to the salt water of Puget Sound-a 26-foot grade change. Pass a sunny day watching the parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts come into the locks, and the water level is adjusted to allow their safe passage to the lake or sound. Shilshole Bay Marina offers moorage for 1,500 recreational boats, a waterfront promenade, and fabulous views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains beyond. Promenade users can stroll over to Golden Gardens Park, a popular beachfront park.

Ballard enjoys a healthy microbrew industry and is home to many local tasting rooms, restaurants and new multi-use buildings that include both residential and retail. Sidewalks are bustling with people walking their pets, window shopping, and meeting up for a meal. Historic Ballard Avenue is lined with restaurants and boutiques, and is home to the year-round Ballard Farmers Market. Ballard’s Market Street is the neighborhood’s modern business district with its own trendy shops, restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and urban green spaces. NW of Old Ballard, local landmarks include the Nordic Heritage Museum and the Shilshole Bay Marina. To the South, the Ballard Bridge and the Salmon Bay Bridge provide access over Salmon Bay, west of the Ballard Locks. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Old Ballard.


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Lake Washington

Lake Washington

Lake Washington (map) is the signature freshwater lake situated between Seattle and the Eastside. It is the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington and is connected to Puget Sound via Lake Union and the Lake Washington ship canal. Sound and ocean going boat traffic from Lake Washington travels through the Montlake cut, Lake Union, the Fremont cut, and then the Hiram M. Chittenden “Ballard” Locks in its journey to the open water. Lake Washington is about 214 feet deep and 33.8 square miles.

The Burke-Gilman Trail, Matthews Beach Park, Warren G. Magnuson Park, University of Washington Husky Stadium, the Washington Arboretum, and Seward Park are just a few of the Seattle-side attractions along Lake Washington. A few of the public features along the east side of the lake includes Kenmore air harbor, Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland Marina, Carillon Point, Enetai Park, the Mercer Slough, Newcastle Park and Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Centered in the middle of Lake Washington between Seattle and the Eastside is Mercer Island.

The vast expanse of Lake Washington touches 12 cities (Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Hunts Point, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Medina, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Kirkland, Renton, Seattle, and Yarrow Point) and unincorporated King County (see map).

The Waterfront Report provides listing and sales data for private waterfront homes sited on major bodies of water in the greater Seattle-Eastside region. It includes an analysis of waterfront information including average cost per waterfront foot, average cost per square foot, and average sale price for Seattle, Mercer Island, Eastside and Lake Sammamish.

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