Former El Camion site sells for $3.6m

The development site at the corner of 15th Ave NW and NW 65th St has changed hands, selling for over double the price of its sale three years ago.

According to the Seattle DJC, the former El Camion property has just been sold by Ballard 15th Ave LLC, an entity of developer Curt Pryde, for over $3.6 million. In 2016, it sold for $1.7 million.

Since its 2016 sale, Pryde and Clark Barnes have planned and worked through permitting on a 5-story apartment building.

We’ll update when we learn more about the future plans for the site.

33 thoughts to “Former El Camion site sells for $3.6m”

  1. I am glad i am 71 years old. Otherwise i would be depressed at how much my town of Ballard is slipping away.
    The young and the hip, don’t have a clue. How could they? What would they reference?

    When i was in HS (63), there use to be a Goodwill thrift shop that butted up to So. Lk Union. Paths were dirt, you walked on planks from 1 little shop to the other. The “original” yard sale. Your memory comes in handy.

    1. I’m not that far behind you in age and must agree with you. The re-making of our are goes on unabated, slowly becoming just another big city, chock full of trend sucking dilettantes. There’s little difference between the coastal cities. Conform or be cast out. Be cool or be cast out. “Rush”.

          1. millennials are subsidizing your healthcare, might want to be nice

    2. terrj – are you thinking about the St. Vincent De Paul’s that used to be on Fairview? St. Vinnie’s was fantastic, I spent many a long hour there.

      FWIW I am almost 73 and I think that the “young and the hip” are no different to what we were at their age. Most of us thought that we knew everything and look at where we are now!
      Everything changes around us but we humans really never learn.

      1. Thats IT!! THanks, great place to visit to furnish your new studio apt. My ref to the “young and hip” wasn’t meant to refer to what they “know or don’t know, but they have very little reference to how it was before in Seattle before the iPhone

        1. terryj – Understood!
          I agree, that place was great for furnishings and all manner of stuff, it was like a big flea market and full of strange treasures. I can still picture the untidy mess of outbuildings and the mud on rainy days.

        2. “very little reference to how it was before in Seattle before the iPhone”

          Do you have any memory of what Seattle was like before telephones? Before cars? If not, why not?

          Pretty sure the only people allowed to complain about newcomers and wax nostalgic about “the good old days” are the Duwamish.

          Everyone else is just a tourist.

    3. Okay boomer, do you really think the developer, Curt Pryde is a millennial? Look him up! He is a boomer just like you, developing the city you love for personal profit. Seattle has always major port city that has a history of boom and bust dating back to the early 1900’s. I hate the new developments just as much as you do, but it’s not about the young versus the old.

      -Sincerely, generation x

      1. Who do you think built all the single family homes in Ballard and Seattle during the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s?


        This might come as a shock, but it was developers.

  2. When I was a young polio and diphtheria ran rampant, colored people never drove north of Ballard Bridge after sunset, Frederick & Nelson was the sh*t, and I knew I was to be the first and only human to ever live along these lovely shores of Ballard.

    1. In that case, good news! If the anti-vaxxer Karen’s have their way, you’ll have a small portion of the population (I don’t know what ‘Gen’ someone in grade school would be called today) bringing back defunct diseases! Then you can say “I had polio when polio wasn’t cool”!

    2. You’re a deeply unpleasant person. As our last President who acted like a President said: The arc of history bends toward justice. I believe that and maybe you do, too. But be careful; in your case, justice may manifest as you being in your 70s, the world looking different, even wrong compared to what you grew up to know as right. And you expressing that, only to be pecked to pieces by some online ageist harpy who discounts you entirely and with insults on top of it. I hope you’ll stop this.

      1. “The arc of history bends toward justice.”

        How does building an apartment building, so people have a place to live, slow the path of justice exactly? Did you complain to the developers who built your home way back when on stolen land?

        “even wrong compared to what you grew up to know as right.”

        Tell that to the Duwamish then, before you showed up with your craftsman houses, shingle factories and horseless carriages and ruined the place.

        1. Concern troll. If you’re so upset by the stolen land, you’re a massive hypocrite not to move away. Move. Now. Put your actions behind your hectoring sentiments. Do you pay Real Rent? I do. Did I see you at the longhouse events over the summer? No? Thought so. When you’re actually doing something to help the Duwamish, aside from spewing invective on a low-traffic blog, I’ll pay you some attention. But actually, don’t respond, because you need to get off this stolen land immediately – no time to type!

          1. Lizzy — Thanks for the info on Real Rent. I just signed up! And as much as I respect people older than me, I’m only 36 so not a boomer :) Happy New Year!

          2. Your virtue has been signaled.

            Now please explain how building apartments for folks to live in some how affects the “arc of history [that] bends toward justice.”

          3. “ f you’re so upset by the stolen land, you’re a massive hypocrite not to move away.”

            You may note, I’m not the one complaining about change, complaining about a simple apartment building, built so people can have a home in the city. Complaining about how things were “so much better in the past”.

            Ergo, I owe no apologies because I embrace change in my neighborhood and welcome new neighbors and am willing to adjust to accommodate them.

            But keep virtue signaling with that $5 a month you send to a tribe the muckleshoot refuse to recognize.

  3. Yep – just like those Banner Bank ads that thankfully have faded away never was about what Grampa experienced and showed me and everything interconnected. GET OVER it! It’s now all about whatever developer can tickle a council members’ or building department minion’s fanny in the name of more taxes through higher density construction = more taxes. Ain’t going to change.

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