What gives? Just a couple months ago, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine named Ballard the “hottest hood” in Seattle. Now Seattle Magazine has released its list of best Seattle neighborhoods, and Ballard ranks 51st out of 60. Crown Hill ranked 27th, Sunset Hill 40th, Phinney Ridge 18th, Greenwood 47th and Fremont is 43rd. The top neighborhood is Queen Anne, followed by Broadmoor, Delridge, Windermere and Ravenna/Bryant. Seattle Magazine ranked the neighborhoods using a formula of home value growth, crime rate, WASL tests, park acreage, commuting time and neighborhood characteristics.
I don’t know about you, but Ballard should be in the top 5, at the very least.