Despite being one of Seattle’s fastest developing neighborhoods, Ballard still manages to maintain its charm and character. Old Ballard, with its cobblestone streets, chic restaurants and adorable storefronts, is a favorite visiting spot for visitors and locals. The sandy beaches of Golden Gardens are perfect for picnics, walks, volleyball or just watching the sunset over the Puget Sound. In addition, Ballard has a strong maritime history and is the home of Seattle’s commercial fishing fleet. There are a range of dry dock and marine industrial uses located along the Lake Washington Ship Canal, as well as beautiful marinas. The neighborhood provides easy downtown access and is in proximity to I-5 and 520, making it an ideal location for both locals and commuters.