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From the yacht-studded harbor to Old Ballard's culturally rich urban promenades, Adams highlights the true heart and soul of Ballard. For singles and young couples the area combines an easy Seattle commute with local charm and convenience. The neighborhood overflows with dining and entertainment options but doesn't neglect the practical, with local groceries, libraries, an active community center and a collection of uniquely manicured parks. The area's Norwegian heritage lingers in the profusion of local artworks, breweries and festivals. Its proximity to Greater Seattle and the waterfront make it a great location for commuters, artists, local artisans and legacy residents.

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Locals love their walk-friendly neighborhood and it shows in the lively bar and restaurant scene. Foodies tout Ocho on Market Street as one of the nation's most authentic tapas bars. The huevo diablo, deviled eggs topped with creme fraiche and salmon roe, and the banderilla de boceron, fried artichokes with anchovy and red pepper, are local faves. Ocho ups the ante on the standard tapas wine bar with unique cocktails like the donkey tongue, a chile-infused twist on your standard margarita. Everyone from stylish hipsters to octogenarians props up the u-shaped bar at the Ballard Smoke Shop. The locals swing by on weeknights to enjoy the lack of pretense. The Smoke Shop presents an alternative to the ubiquitous craft cocktail trend, instead serving up cold bottles of beer, good strong drinks and lively conversation. There's also a great jukebox. On weekends the old codgers disappear and a door man ushers in a younger, hipper crowd. Expats, sports fans and patio lovers descend on the Kangaroo & Kiwi for their favorite sporting events. Seattle's choice for Aussie and kiwi beers and pub cuisine, the Australian-owned K & K occupies a historic former library building and offers a full bar with plenty of local and guest beers on tap. Locals not only love the sausage rolls and homemade meat pies, they flock to the patio for the great service during the weekend. Local, national and international acts play live sets at the Tractor Tavern. Just small enough to offer intimate views yet large enough to accommodate big-name acts, the Tractor feels like a rustic outlaw hangout with rough wood floors, funky mismatchted tables and a simple but well stocked bar. Ballard brims with local breweries and brew pubs of all shapes and sizes like the tiny Northwest Peaks brewery, huge on flavor but not much bigger than a closet, and the Peddler Brewing Company, a favorite among couriers and local cyclists. In 2011 a local favorite was born with the opening of Hilliard's brewery and tap room. Hilliard's offers some of the best beers in the northwest and hosts local events with on-site food trucks and occasional live music. The industrial setting includes a tiny bar, perfunctory tables and cement floors--all permeated with the hoppy scent of brewing beer. You can find Hilliard's "12th can" session pale ale, a favorite among Seahawks fans, in local stores, but neighborhood beer lovers enjoy it more straight from the tap at Hilliard's.


Adams is part of the parcel of land won in a now-famous 1887 coin toss by Captain William Rankin Ballard. After the Great Fire in 1889, Seattle settlers migrated to the area out of necessity. The neighborhood name derives from Adams Elementary, which still educates local kids today. The historic Hiram M. Chittendam Locks skirt the neighborhood's southern border, allowing passage from Puget Sound into Seattle's two freshwater lakes. After the installation of locks in 1911, Adams gradually grew from a small Norwegian fishing village to today's understated swank Seattle neighborhood. Today Adams supports an active art community, and a cluster of galleries hover around Market Street and Ballard Avenue. Local artists showcase their wares at art co-ops and shops like Venue Work Studio and Monster Art and Clothing. A handful of busy local studios display works at the Ballard Art Walk every second Saturday along historic Ballard Avenue and Market Street.


Adams borders the Sunset Hill, West Woodland and Loyal Heights neighborhoods. Salmon Bay and the Ballard Locks skirt its southern edge. For the quickest route to Seattle, take the 15th Avenue drawbridge across Salmon Bay. Reaching Interstate 5, the closest freeway, means taking 85th via 15th Avenue. To get to Fremont and over the cut to Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, follow North Leary Way eastward. That direction also affords easy access to highway 99 north to Shoreline and beyond and south through Seattle along the viaduct. Bus riders hop on the D-Line Rapid to downtown Seattle. Eastbound travelers toward Interstate 5 and the University District take the 44. Cabs are plentiful along Market Street, which works out well since drivers often have to compete for available limited parking.


Rents for a one-bedroom apartment average about $1,700 per month. The best deals lie south of Market close to busy 15th Avenue. Ballard's competitive and lively bar scene assures good deals and the price of a pint of beer averages around $5. The closest gas stations sit around 15th Avenue and run slightly lower than Seattle's prices, but still about 8 percent higher than the national average.


Adams residents love their walkable town for its unique dining experiences, but they also love their home kitchens. The neighborhood provides plenty of shopping options, including Trader Joe's and QFC. Locals frequent the nearby Ballard Market, a small chain that sources fresh meat and produce and a wide variety of organic items. Local butcher shops don't exist, but the weekly Ballard Farmers Market on historic Ballard Avenue operates Sundays throughout the year. A couple of shops in Adams offer services or products you won't find anywhere else. Climb the marble stairs to the mezzanine of the historic Murphy Building to dust off the one-of-a-kind finds at Anderson Butler Rare Books, purveyors of rare and antiquarian publications. Gurian Instruments on 30th Avenue started out making musical instrument parts, but evolved into a multifaceted woodworking powerhouse that custom builds unique items for furniture, marine instrumentation, hobbies and more. Locals still enjoy renting DVDs from a brick and mortar store, and Rain City Video's knowledgeable employees are happy to talk film and walk customers through their impressive collection, from the obscure to the newly released.


For local outdoor recreation it's hard to beat Discovery Park to the south, Seattle's largest municipal park at over 500 acres. But Adams residents wanting to stay closer to home head to local Ballard Commons Park. Developed in 2005, Ballard Commons welcomes visitors with wading spray fountains, giant sculptures and a popular skate bowl open year-round. Adjacent to Adams Elementary the Ballard Playground spans around four acres with a multipurpose ball field as well as a kid's area. The nearby community center offers workshops and programs throughout the year. For a break in the midst of the business district, Bergen Place showcases local sculptures around an open square. The best place to take your dog might be nearby Golden Gardens, a pristine green space bordered by a sandy beach. Local climbers work out their kinks at Stone Gardens, an indoor rock climbing gym that offers bouldering, rope climbing and guided instruction. The Adams waterfront represents a park in itself, including the historic grounds around the Chittendam Locks and the glass-bottomed fish ladder, where locals while away the afternoon watching salmon jump and boats of all sizes cruise through the canal.


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2428 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
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2003 NW 57th St, Seattle, WA 98107
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2233 NW 58th St, Seattle, WA 98107
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5711 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
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6450 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
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1516 NW 51st St, Seattle, WA 98107
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Seattle, WA 98107
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Apartments for Rent in Ballard, Seattle, WA

From the yacht-studded harbor to Old Ballard's culturally rich urban promenades, Adams highlights the true heart and soul of Ballard. For singles and young couples the area combines an easy Seattle commute with local charm and convenience.

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