Welcome to Ballard, a Scandinavian fishing and railroad town that was once the second largest city in King County. Now it’s one of Seattle’s most popular neighborhoods, nestled against Shilshole Bay to the west and Salmon Bay to the south. Ballard is home to terrific parks, restaurants, shops and pubs — and more breweries than any other neighborhood in the Northwest.
Ballard isn’t just a neighborhood, it’s a collection of them. While some argue that Ballard’s northern border is 85th St., we draw the line farther north at Carkeek Park, which includes all of these neighborhoods below. The population was approximately 43,446 in the 2016 census.
- Sunset Hill – The western-most neighborhood, Sunset Hill has picturesque views of the Sound and includes Shilshole Bay Marina, Golden Gardens Park and Sunset Hill Park.
- Loyal Heights – Located between Whittier Heights to the east and Sunset Hill to the west, this neighborhood is home to the Loyal Heights Playfield and Salmon Bay Park.
- Whittier Heights – Next door to Loyal Heights, Whittier Heights sits at the base of Phinney Ridge and is home to Ballard High School.
- West Woodland – A rather new addition, this neighborhood occupies the southeastern quadrant of Ballard, including an industrial area that’s home to several breweries. It stretches east to 3rd Ave. into an area that’s sometimes called “Frelard.”
- Crown Hill – If you head up 15th Ave. NW from Ballard, you’ll climb into Crown Hill, a neighborhood that includes a business district and Crown Hill Park.
- North Beach/Blue Ridge – Just to the north of Sunset Hill extending up to Carkeek Park, North Beach also shares beautiful views of the Sound. It includes Olympic Manor, a hilly neighborhood with epic holiday lights.
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