412 NW 65th Street Development Moving Forward… Slowly

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PUBLIC NOTICE: 412 NW 65th Street

418 01Notice of Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting from Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. This location is currently home to the 418 Public House.

“Design Review Early Design Guidance application proposing a three-story building containing nine apartment units and three live-work units. Retail located at street level. Parking for nine vehicles to be provided at and below grade. Existing structure to be demolished.”


Date:  Monday, September 18, 2017
Time:  6:30 pm
Location:  Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave NW, Sunset/Captain Ballard Room

More Information: http://web6.seattle.gov/DPD/LUIB/Notice.aspx?BID=1273&NID=25974

Sale & Development Announcement From 2016: : https://goo.gl/NJCet9


Constructed in 1925, this building’s first tenants included the Minni Belle Fountain Lunch restaurant at 418 NW 65th Street and West Woodland Hardware at 416 NW 65th Street. Just east of the building, at 412 NW 65th Street, White Rock Service Station was providing automobile services for vehicles in the neighborhood.

The building has changed hands many times since 1925 and hosted a variety of businesses. There have been few adjustments made to the exterior facade of this building and it looks remarkably like it did when first built.

The full story of this corner, courtesy Vintage West Woodland, is available at: https://goo.gl/6IOhVb

Then & Now - 418 NW 65th St - SW - II



Self-Guided Ballard Neighborhood Tree Walks Available Now

TREES for SEATTLE Ballard West Woodland

Get outdoors & get into nature with Trees for Seattle‘s self-guided neighborhood tree walk maps. Ballard‘s West Woodland neighborhood is home to heritage trees, and unique varieties.  Learn more about the beauty that surrounds you.

Gilman Playground​ (South Ballard) Tree Walk: http://www.seattle.gov/trees/docs/South_Ballard_Tree_Walk.pdf

11th Ave NW (Ballard Salmon) Tree Walk: http://www.seattle.gov/trees/docs/Ballard%20Salmon%20Tree%20Walk.pdf

All of the Tree Walks are now featured on the TreeWalk app. Learn more and download the free app here: http://treewalk.rublinetsky.com/

About Tree’s for Seattle:

Trees for Seattle, a program of the City of Seattle, is dedicated to growing and maintaining healthy, awe inspiring trees in Seattle. Trees build strong communities by:

  • Making our streets friendlier places to walk and bike
  • Soaking up rainwater to keep our streams, lakes, and Puget Sound clean
  • Calming traffic, helping to avoid accidents
  • Cleaning our air, making it easier to breathe
  • And much more!

Seattle’s urban forest depends on you! 2/3 of Seattle’s trees are planted around homes and maintained by residents. Without those trees, Seattle would be a sad place. Working together, we can have an urban forest that is healthy and growing.

You can get involved in many ways:

  • Attend a Tree Walk: We host free monthly tours of the unique and beautiful trees in neighborhoods across Seattle. Self-guided versions are also available on our website.
  • Volunteer: Our volunteers lead Tree Walks with friends and neighbors and participate in fun events like Tree Stewardship work parties to help keep trees healthy and thriving. You can commit for an hour or a lifetime. Everyone is welcome.
  • Plant a Tree: Our Trees for Neighborhoods project supports Seattle residents in planting trees around their homes by providing support, free trees, and workshops.

For more information on our work and how you can get involved:

Visit: www.Seattle.gov/trees
Call: 206-615-1668
Email: treeambassador@seattle.gov
Follow Trees for Seattle on Facebook

5 Common Mistakes First-Time Dog Owners Make

Dog Ballard West Woodland

5 Common Mistakes First-Time Dog Owners Make

Guest post by Jessica Brody, OurBestFriends.pet

When you think about getting your first dog, your mind probably goes to play sessions and adventures, not the responsibilities that go into owning a pet. But being unprepared can turn this exciting time into a stressful experience, especially for first-time dog owners. Make sure you do dog ownership right by avoiding these common mistakes.

1. Choosing a Dog for Looks, not Personality

There are so many wonderful dog breeds out there. From regal German Shepherds to loveable Welsh Corgis, many breeds are popular in part because of their appearance. However, picking the right dog is about more than a cute countenance and silky coat. Dogs have a wide range of personalities, and finding the pet that meshes with your lifestyle is essential for successful dog ownership.

Before you adopt, think about why you want a dog. Are you looking for a companion for cuddling on the couch, a high-energy hiking partner, or somewhere in between? Do you want to hunt, run, or play fetch? Different breeds have different personality types, and focusing on your wants will help you narrow in on the right one for you.

2. Buying a Puppy

Few things are cuter than a puppy, but raising an animal from infancy is a lot of work. Puppies require constant training and, since they can’t hold their bladder for long, their frequent bathroom breaks can mean weeks away from the office.

Puppies also come with a lot of up-front expenses: Between vaccinations, microchipping, and spaying or neutering, you could be facing several hundred dollars in vet bills within the first few months.

Adult dogs, on the other hand, are likely to have some basic obedience training at time of adoption. They’re settled into their personalities so it’s easy to tell if a dog meshes with your family, and they’re more mellow companions than a puppy.

3. Failing to Dog-Proof

In the excitement of bringing home a new pet, it’s easy to forget about all the things a curious dog could get into at home. But forgetting to puppy-proof can mean waking up to a disaster zone — dogs that are stressed out, experiencing separation anxiety, or simply curious can dig into trash cans, chew electrical wires, or cause other damage to your home.

On top of being inconvenient, this can also be very expensive: If your dog eats something he shouldn’t, he might need an emergency trip to the veterinarian. Help the first days home run smoothly by securing trash cans, chemical cleaners, wires, and other chewable items around the home. Crate your new dog at night and consider staying home from work while he settles in.

4. Neglecting Exercise

Sometimes, people adopt a dog only to discover they can’t keep up with their pet’s energy. Dogs require a good deal of exercise — it’s recommended to provide at least two short walks and one long exercise session per day — but it can be tough to manage on top of an already busy schedule.

Set a schedule for bathroom breaks and walks to keep your dog healthy, happy, and well-behaved. If your pet is getting into trouble, he likely needs more exercise than he’s getting. Hiring a dog walker is a convenient way to get your dog the activity he needs when you’re working long hours and can’t find the time.

5. Not Spaying and Neutering

Most people understand spaying and neutering’s role in preventing unwanted puppies, but some owners assume they can prevent an unintended canine pregnancy. Unfortunately, dogs escape and unexpected litters happen, and many of those puppies end up in animal shelters they may not make it out of. Spaying and neutering before your dog has the chance to reproduce fights pet overpopulation, prevents cancers and infections, and reduces problem behaviors like mating and roaming.

Now that you know what not to do, you’re ready to start searching for the perfect pooch to add to your family.

Image via Pexels

Obec Brewing Grand Opening Happening Friday, August 25

OBEC Brewing Ballard West Woodland

Ballard’s newest brewery set to open this Friday, August 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm.  

Obec Brewing and taproom, The Consulate, will open to the public for the first time this Friday afternoon. Neighbors can expect a selection of beers from Obec’s initial 12 tap line up and a first look at the new brewery and taproom.

Welcome to Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood, Obec!


West Woodland Real Estate: 1913 vs. 2017

It’ll cost you a pretty penny to get into Ballard’s once blue collar neighborhoods.

The Seattle Times shared a post today highlighting the increased cost of homes in Seattle neighborhoods.  Data shows that $1,000,000 residences are becoming the norm.  So how did Ballard fare?  The share of million dollar homes is 10.6% in 2017.

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Flash Back To 1913

How times have changed. While scrolling through The Seattle Times archives, I came across several advertisements announcing homes for sale in the West Woodland District. “For $26 a month” one proclaimed, and another, “Just $100 down”.  Any of the homes shown below look familiar?  Let us know if you live in one!

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Advertisement from The Seattle Times archives, dated September 1913.

I was able to located an advertisement for the home at 6508 4th Ave NW.  For $2,700 you could have purchased this “five room, modern cottage” in October 1913.  Redfin estimates this home is currently worth $529,170 (as of August 18, 2017).

I wish I had a bag of cash and a time machine.

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6508 4th Ave NW

6508 4th Ave NW