Seattle Real Estate Spotlight: Ballard

Ballard is located northwest of downtown Seattle, bordered by the Puget Sound to the west, and is known for its roots in Nordic culture and the maritime industry. A lively downtown core and thriving restaurant and bar scene have made Ballard a popular residential community, and while it is dominated by single-family homes, condominium living is becoming increasingly common.  


Once its own city that was the 7th largest in Washington, Ballard was founded by Captain William R. Ballard in 1890. Scandinavian settlers, attracted by salmon-fishing opportunities, helped found Ballard’s fishing industry, which is still based in Ballard’s Salmon Bay. In order to take advantage of the City of Seattle’s drinking water supply and sewer system, Ballard was annexed to Seattle in 1907 although many residents wanted to keep their independence.  Thus, today is like a city unto itself.

Points of Interest

Ballard residents and visitors love watching salmon swim up the fish ladder at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, which were built in 1917. Ballard is home to Golden Gardens Park, which includes one of the few sandy beaches in Seattle. Historic Ballard Avenue hosts a vibrant mix of shops and restaurants, and the Nordic Heritage Museum keeps Scandinavian culture alive. Ballard Seafoodfest and the celebration of Norwegian Independence on May 17 are long-running Ballard traditions.

Search Listings
Residential Listings
View all


Median Household Income$41,202$45,736
Single Males21%23%
Single Females19%18%
Median Age3937
Homes With Kids14%18%
Average Household Size12
Average Commute Time (Minutes)2626
Commercial Listings
View all

Contact a Commercial Specialist

Roger Lorenze
Roger Lorenze

Roger Lorenze has been a commercial real estate broker in Seattle for the last 7 years. Prior to Seattle he was practicing in Portland, Oregon. Currently the bulk of his time is spent representing property owners of office, industrial and retail buildings with both sales and leasing.

Recent projects include the sale of the Shilshole West Office Building in Ballard; the sale of the historic Hull Building in downtown Seattle; lease negotiations for BioSonics, Inc.’s new headquarters; sale of the Heritage Distillery in Ballard; and the industrial sale of Bryant Motors to CITC for their future headquarters / training facility.

Regardless of the size of the transaction or property, Roger’s energy, professionalism and organizational skills are qualities his clients and colleagues come to expect and appreciate.

Commercial Broker