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This cozy one-bedroom flat is one unit of a newly-renovated duplex (built in 1905!) in the heart of north Seattle's vibrant Ballard neighborhood. There is ample free and unrestricted parking on our street, and usually right in front of the house. At most, you'll have to walk 1/2 block.
This small, quaint unit is big in character, with all the conveniences of a hotel room and more: soaring ceilings in every room; full spacious kitchen with a full-sized fridge, oven and range, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker, all necessary dishes and silverware; a bar and bar stools for dining; a living area that can sleep 2 on a fold-out sofabed; a separate bedroom with queen-size bed and all necessary linens; free Wi-Fi; and HD TV with Netflix and an HD antenna. The powerful electric heaters keep each room cozy in the winter.
What a location! Although we’re on a quiet residential street, we’re only 10 blocks from the hip and happening restaurants, bars, and music venues of old Ballard Avenue - plus a sweet year-'round farmers' market. We're two blocks from bustling Ballard Market, where you can pick up prepared greens, soups, and pasta by the pound along with a 6-pack of local beer. Safeway is only one block farther. In six blocks, you’ll find yourself at the Ballard Library or the Majestic Bay Movie Theaters. If you’re looking to have a picnic or let the kiddies play, a four-block walk will bring you to the Gilman playground and play fields. Our Walk Score is 85 - Very Walkable!
Do you enjoy urban hiking? We’re less than two miles from some of Seattle's most beautiful destinations: Woodland Park Zoo, the top of Phinney Ridge, Chittenden Locks, the hearts of Fremont and Wallingford, and the Green Lake walking trail. Golden Gardens beach park, Gasworks Park, and the top of Queen Anne are also nearby. If you really enjoy urban hiking, Seattle Center and Pike Place Market are both within a 5-mile radius of the property.
There are – count ‘em - six local breweries within walking distance (with another in Fremont), along with countless restaurants. Check out the My Ballard blog and select “Restaurants” for a clickable list.
We could go on and on, but we’ll leave it at this: in about half a mile, hop on the Burke Gilman hiking and biking trail, and ride through U-Dub and all the way around Lake Washington. Or... do as the locals do: catch the city bus and arrive in the heart of downtown Seattle in 22 minutes flat.
Small, well-behaved pets are OK, though the large backyard is not fully fenced. Please let us know if you will be bringing a pet.
NOTE: The first 7 reviews are for the 3-bedroom side of the house. We now rent that side long-term, and we switched this listing to the one-bedroom side. Sorry for any confusion!
Queen size Bed (1) There is a comfy queen bed in the bedroom., Double Beds (1) The futon in the living room pulls out to make a full-sized bed., Baby Cribs (1) One pack 'n' play is provided....moreless
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Fees and Rental Conditions:
Property Damage Protection$49
$84-99/night (2 night minimum)
Check-in: 2pm - Check-out: 11am
WA short-term rental tax of 9.5% will be added.
$45 cleaning fee will be added.
A $49 non-refundable damage insurance policy will be added.
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About the owner: We're a couple of laid-back, former Peace Corps sweethearts. Now, we both teach for Seattle-area Community Colleges, spend time with our young son and our little dog at Greenlake, ride our bikes all over our beautiful city and beyond, and continue to travel whenever we can. We're happy to meet visitors and help out with recommendations of tourist attractions, restaurants, bike routes, etc.!
Why the Owner Chose Ballard: We started in the short-term rental business by renting our newly-remodeled basement farther north in Seattle, in the Maple Leaf neighborhood. When our infant turned into a toddler, it was a bit too loud downstairs to have guests. However, we had such a blast over the years meeting new people, telling them about Seattle, and seeing their appreciation for staying in a full apartment rather than a hotel room, that we decided we wanted to continue.
We started to look all over north Seattle for another property that we could make exclusively a VRBO rental. When this duplex came up in such a great spot in Ballard, we immediately made a sight-unseen offer (like, 2 hours after it went on the market). Fortunately, it was all that it appeared to be, and we feel very lucky to have found this house!
Ballard is a booming little neighborhood. It is currently THE place to be in Seattle. Apartments are going up like crazy because people recognize the neighborhood's beauty, history, variety, and walk- and bike-ability. This house is on one of the quiet residential streets in Ballard, yet just a short walk from the heart of it all.
It was also remodeled just before we bought it, it has gorgeous kitchens and floors, high ceilings upstairs (though they're low downstairs), and an ample yard.