Ballard ranks in Redfin’s most competitive neighborhoods study

Our neighborhood has been ranked 26th in Redfin’s national most competitive neighborhoods study for 2014. The study examined the top 30 neighborhoods in the US where home buyers face the most competitive markets.

According to the study, Ballard saw 48.7% of homes sell above asking price this year and over 40% of the homes sold received multiple offers.

Check out Ballard’s official stats according to Redfin below:

  • Median Sale Price: $505,000
  • 2014 Price Growth: 12.5%
  • Homes sold: 620
  • Days on Market: 7
  • Multiple Offers: 43.9%
  • Average Number of Offers: 2.5
  • Sold Above Asking: 48.7%
  • All Cash Offers: 21.3%

Five other Seattle neighborhoods featured in the top 30 including Ravenna (#9), Wallingford (#15), Seward Park (#19), Education Hill in Redmond (#21) and Phinney Ridge (#28).

Click here to check out the entire study findings.

Holiday DUI patrols out in force until new year

Extra law enforcement patrols will be out in force in King County until January 1, 2015 in their efforts to reach the goal of zero traffic deaths.

Sadly, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), an average of 49 people died in traffic crashes in Washington between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day from 2008-2012.

“A good reminder to remember this holiday season is that Impaired Driving is still the leading cause of death on our roadways,” says Belinda Young from WTSC.

The WTSC offers some important safety tips to remember:

  • Call 911 if you see a suspected DUI driver on the roads.
  • If you drink, use marijuana, or take other drugs, don’t drive. Make plans before-hand for how you’ll get around.
  • If you are hosting a party, make sure your guests get home safely! Plan to have sober designated drivers available. Buy a few extra air mattresses so guests can stay the night. If it’s an office party, limit alcohol, provide shuttle service or book hotel rooms. Remember, as a party host, you are liable for the actions of the people who leave your party intoxicated.
  • Talk with your children about alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. Help them understand the ways alcohol and marijuana use can harm their bodies, their brains, and their future. Let them know that they can call you instead of ever getting into a car with a driver who has been drinking, using marijuana or taking drugs.
  • Give the best gift of all at the Holiday Season with the Designated Driver Gift Card found online here.
  • Addiction is a complex issue. If you or someone you know is dealing with alcohol, marijuana or drug abuse, call the Washington Recovery Help Line at 1 (866) 789-1511 or click here.

The King County Target Zero Task Force is working with law enforcement agencies from other counties to work towards zero traffic deaths this holiday season. They are also participating in this year’s Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

Development Update December 29: Subdivisions galore

Three subdivision applications and one subdivision approval make up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

2412 NW 61st St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,400 sq. ft., and B) 2,601 sq. ft. Existing structures are to be demolished.

2240 NW 64th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6420971. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

6742 Alonzo Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6394909. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Decision:

701 NW 105th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into five unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6383289. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Comments about the above applications should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to the address below:

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

What’s on this weekend

Enjoy the last weekend of 2014 in Ballard!

Friday, December 26

  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m.  Featuring Food Drive & Concert featuring: Brenda Xu, & Yet, Local Strangers, Vanessa Small and Leanne Wilkins . Click here to find more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring The Dutchess & the Duke, S and Ephrata. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, December 27

  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Home Sweet Home and Strange Jerome. Click here for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Scarlet Parke, Breaks & Swells and Mother of Pearl. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, December 28

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Open Mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information click here.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons w/ special guests. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Have you seen Toby in Ballard?

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Update:

Jennie emailed in to let us know that Toby was found by a Sunset Hill resident on Christmas Day and delivered to the local vet.

“They scanned him, found his chip and called us. He is home sleeping off his adventure,” writes Jennie.

Thanks to all readers who kept an eye out for Toby!

Original Post:

My Ballard reader Jennie emailed in to report that her family dog Toby (pictured) went missing on Christmas Eve from their Sunset Hill home at 3228 NW 62nd Street.

Toby is black, weighs approximately 30 labs and is a schnauzer/terrier mix.

“Toby is a senior dog with poor hearing and sight – he may appear to be anxious,” writes Jennie.

If you see Toby around the neighborhood, please contact Eric at (206) 782-7410.

Developer buys property on 15th for $16.25 million

According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, Martin Selig Real Estate has purchased the property on the northeast corner of the NW Market St and 15th Ave NW intersection (where Burger King and the Shell gas station now stand) for $16.25 million.

As the My Ballard team reported back in October, Selig plans to construct a 200, 000 square foot office building on the property.

The sale included just over an acre of land and was recorded by King County Administration on Tuesday.

According to the report, Selig is planning to construct a five-story office building and a small office building on the site. Plans to break ground on the project are set for the third quarter of 2016.

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that Selig has assembled three properties for the project. The sellers included Arthur and Cory Saulness of Conway, Skagit County; ACD Associates LLC of Ballard; and Sant-Bhan Enterprises of Everett. Commercial real estate brokers Jim and Ross Klinger of Kidder Mathews also marketed the properties for sale.

Selig Real Estate also reportedly has plans for another development project in Ballard at 907 N.W. Ballard Way, a block north of Fred Meyer. However, the report confirms that project is not as far along.

SPU offers free holiday tree composting

Local residents who subscribe to SPU curbside food and yard waste collection services can put their trees and greens out on their regular collection day at no extra charge from today through January 11, 2015.

Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this period. Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine.

Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.

Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10.20. Plastic trees are not compostable.

For information on where to dispose of household hazardous waste, including station locations and hours, click here or call (206) 296-4692.

The 2014 Ballard Christmas Day Roundup

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The team at My Ballard would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays! We hope that you are enjoying the day with your family and friends.

Check out the Ballard Christmas Day Roundup below:

What’s Open:.

  • The Old Pequliar Pub (1722 NW Market St) will be open from 12 noon – 2 a.m.
  • Hattie’s Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW) is open all day from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Lockspot Café (3005 NW 54th St) is open from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.

What’s Closed:

  • All US post offices
  • Most major banks and credit unions
  • Seattle Transfer stations
  • Ballard Library
  • Ballard Neighborhood Service Center
  • All Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers including Ballard Pool

Things to remember:

  • On-street parking is free in Seattle on Christmas Day.
  • King County Metro Transit bus routes are operating on a Sunday schedule. Click here to check out more details about the holiday schedule.
  • Garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling will not be picked up in Seattle on Christmas Day. Thursday and Friday collections will be collected one day later that week due to the Christmas Day holiday. Please be sure to have your containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

Do you know of any other events or information for Christmas Day 2014 in Ballard? Email us at tips@myballard.com and we will add the information to the post.