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Modern Townhouse in Historic Ballard, Walk to Everything

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Townhome, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Enjoy the all the great shops, restaurants, bars and charms of historic Ballard while staying in a modern, well-equipped townhouse on a quiet, residential street.

You’ll be a short stroll away from the heart of Old Ballard, arguably the best urban neighborhood in Seattle. Discover beautiful parks, locally owned shops, historic bars, live music venues and great restaurants for every taste and budget.

Feeling like upscale Italian food? Craving sushi or Vietnamese? A hearty breakfast at a mom-and-pop diner? A delicious pastry over coffee on a Sunday morning? Some of the best craft beers in the state? You can get it all in Ballard.

The year-round Sunday farmers market is outstanding. Watch ships passing through the Ballard Locks and walk to Shilshole Marina or beautiful Golden Gardens Park and beach. You'll be close to easy transit connections to downtown, Pike Place Market, Woodland Park Zoo, the University of Washington and numerous good surrounding neighborhoods including Fremont, Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

When you need a break from sightseeing, retreat to our quiet, modern, sun-filled townhouse and relax with all the comforts of home. Two full-sized bedrooms with dressers, closets and en suite bathrooms are on the top floor. An open kitchen/living/dining area with deck, and a half-bath, are on the main floor, and the lower floor has a small office/den with a convertible bed that opens onto the private deck.

Natural light fills the airy, open floor plan. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances and everything you need to cook your own meal, from plates to cutlery, utensils and appliances. Lounge around on the ground-floor deck, which has a propane firepit, or kick back in front of the fire and flat-screen TV.

Owners Deborah and Marty are a professional couple who have lived in Ballard for 11 years and in the Northwest most of their lives. You’ll find them on their sailboat when they aren’t out enjoying the many attractions of Ballard. They’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have and want to help make your stay as memorable as possible.

House rules:

No pets

No smoking

No shoes in the house

Check-in from 3 p.m.

Checkout is by 11 a.m.

* Note: home is not child-friendly

* Please note that for stays of 29 nights or less, a 10.1 percent sales tax will be added as required under Washington state law.

Keywords: Modern, townhouse, close to historic Ballard Avenue, clean, well-equipped, nice outdoor deck, good restaurants and bars nearby, nicely designed, quiet street, excellent location close to amenities, friendly and helpful landlords.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 1, 2017

About Deborah

Marty is a communications director at a national foundation in Seattle, and Deborah is a writer for Microsoft News Center. After living in cities including New York, Boston, Toronto and Los Angeles, we still think Seattle is one of the best places in the country to live. Its combination of an excellent culinary scene, beautiful parks, great bars and breweries, endless outdoor opportunities, friendly locals, glorious summers and proximity to the ocean make it an ever-interesting place to live.

Deborah purchased this townhome in 2006

Why Deborah chose Ballard

We bought our townhouse even before the old house that previously occupied the lot was torn down. It was the perfect location in the neighborhood we most wanted to live in. Seattle is a city of neighborhoods, and at first it can be difficult to tell one from another. But they are all distinctly different. Ballard was once a Scandinavian fishing village before being annexed to Seattle in 1907. Though increasingly gentrified and urban in recent years, it still maintains its seafaring history and is a pleasant mix of old and new, traditional and modern. There's so much to do in Ballard, from good bars to great eateries, that we rarely venture downtown anymore. And with close to a dozen breweries within walking distance, Ballard has become the craft beer capital of Seattle.

What makes this townhome unique

The biggest benefit to us of our townhouse is its location and all the great amenities nearby. There are several good grocery stores in the area (the nearest is two short blocks down the street and is open 24 hours), and a drugstore a block from there.

On Saturday mornings we might stop by the Tall Grass Bakery for a fresh baguette or go next door to Bezalu to read the paper over a wonderful pastry. Sundays we'll go to the farmers market on Ballard Avenue, picking up a few seasonal ingredients before heading to a pub for a pint of some of Seattle's finest beer. Our townhouse is three short blocks to Market Street, Ballard's main thoroughfare, and adjoining historic Ballard Avenue, which is lined with beautiful old buildings. The area has a movie theater, live music venues and almost any type of restaurant and bar you could want, from old-school dives to cocktail lounges, sushi to Mexican, seafood to Thai food.

In the other direction, heading west along Market Street takes you to the Ballard Locks, where ships pass through from Lake Union to Puget Sound. Visitors can also check out the salmon ladders on the site, which help spawning salmon travel upstream to their home rivers. The Locks are surrounded by beautiful treed grounds and flower gardens that make a perfect picnic site.

A couple of miles west is Golden Gardens, a beautiful park and beach with views of the Olympic mountains. Walk along the sandy shoreline, check out the duck pond, hike through wooded trails, play beach volleyball and fish off a pier and a boat launch.

Visitors can also walk across the locks to Discovery Park. At 534 acres, it's the city's largest park. Overlooking Puget Sound from high, broad bluffs, it contains forested groves, open meadow lands, sand dunes, thickets and streams. Both parks are among the city's most beautiful and are well worth a visit.


Ballard Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No shoes indoors. No parties or events. This is our home - please treat it with respect.
  • Please respect our neighbors and don't make significant noise after 10 p.m.
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (2),Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Great place

  • 5 of 5

Nice home in a great neighborhood. I'd stay here again without hesitation

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice neighborhood!

  • 5 of 5

I was here with 3 girlfriends and we had a great time. (September.) Ballard is a quaint suburb of Seattle. We went to the Farmer's Market which was awesome! One of the most unique things is the Ballard Locks - amazing to watch and a must-see if you've never seen how Locks work. Also, we were there in the middle of Salmon season so got to see the salmon swimming upstream at the salmon ladder. Amazing.

The townhouse is just a couple of blocks from a grocery store and about a 10 minute walk from downtown Ballard. Parking in Seattle is hard, so we mainly just parked in the neighborhood and UBER'd to downtown Seattle. Rooms were comfy and we hung out on the patio with a bottle of wine some nights. We had amazing weather the whole time!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

from SF to Seattle: Wedding

  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed here for a wedding with a girlfriend, that was a few blocks away. The amenities were perfect, the place was clean and allowed us to have a bit of privacy. Loved the proximity to bars and restaurants -- check out Portage Bay Cafe (2 blocks walking distance on 28th/Market).

Deborah was easy to work with and very responsive on all our needs. Looking forward to our next trip to Seattle. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2011
  • Stayed: September 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Shanon, I'm so glad you enjoyed our place and were able to see a few spots in the neighborhood. We hope you'll visit again soon!
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Brookfield, IL

Lovely Home, Excellent Location!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home was perfect for myself, my husband, my sister, and a friend on a visit to the Seattle area. The four of us fit very comfortably in the house, which is located in a terrific neighborhood. The shops and restaurants in Ballard are well worth exploring, and downtown Seattle is an easy bus ride away. The owners of the home were very helpful, providing all the necessary information and even leaving some treats for us upon our arrival. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway in the Seattle area.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susan, we're so glad you enjoyed our place and the neighborhood. It sounds like you hit some of the great local spots.
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Our family found this rental to be very comfortable and cozy. The owners have gone out of their way to provide a home away from home. We enjoyed coming back to the house after our outings and just relaxing. We had comfortable beds, a wonderful kitchen complete with all the cooking gadgets you might need, clean, new bathrooms with nice towels and toiletries and a cozy living room with a flat screen TV and DVD player. The house is very clean and feels like new. The location is perfect for going to the beach or strolling through the Ballard area. There are delicious bakeries and charming shops just around the corner. The owners are very friendly and easy to communicate with. We will definitely stay here again when we get the opportunity. We highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words. We really want our place to be a home away from home for our guests, so I'm happy to hear that you and your family were comfortable and had a good stay.
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Mckinney, Tx

Fabulous rental,everything was perfect!!

  • 5 of 5

We just had a great experience staying at Deborah and Marty's townhouse!! The neighborhood is in a very centrally located spot,and is just a short walk to the Locks,as well as shopping,grocery store,and just about anything we could think of. The house was gorgeous inside with beautiful bamboo floors,any appliance you will need,and furnished with very nice couches that were great for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing. All the beds were very comfortable and the rooms were beautifully decorated. Everything was better than advertised and would recommend it to anyone. We would definitely come back to stay there again. Thanks for a great experience!!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words, Barry. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
SeaTac International Airport
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Golden Gardens

The Ballard Locks, Golden Gardens beach and park, small live music venues, many excellent bars and restaurants, bakeries, fantastic year-round Sunday farmers market, grocery and specialty food shops, public library, liquor store, outdoor skateboarding park, yoga studio, Swedish Medical Center, gift shops, book shops, Trader Joe's, QFC.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $160
Damage Deposit $400

Check-in is 3 p.m., checkout is by 11 a.m.

Our townhouse is ideal for 2 to 4 adults. It can accommodate a fifth/sixth person on a sofabed in the office/den if need be, but there is not a bathroom on that level (ground level). It is not suitable for young children, since there are a lot of stairs and the townhouse is not childproofed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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