The tract of land north of the Salmon Bay Waterway was originally purchased by William Rankin Ballard, who captained a sternwheel ferry to Olympia. Ballard's upscale transformation in recent years has made it a twin of North Seattle on the Lake Washington side, as these are currently highly similar markets.
In addition to the town of Ballard, this area includes the communities of Wallingford between Lake Union and Greenlake, Phinney Ridge west of Green Lake and neighborhoods along the Puget Sound shore north of Ballard: Sunset Hill, North Beach, Blue Ridge and Broadview north of Carkeek Park.
The area offers the world-renowned, SEVP certified, Lakeside Upper and Middle Schools attended by Bill Gates and Paul Allen as well as U.S. News-ranked Ingraham High School; all in the Haller Lake neighborhood. Ballard High School in northeast Ballard is also highly ranked by U.S. News. Homes here have easy access to downtown and the area is highly regarded by young urban professionals.