Ballard, an older established neighborhood, is rich in Craftsman Bungalows like this one, as well as a goodly number of Cape Cods, brick bungalows and Tudors, Dutch Colonials, as well as a smaller number of new modern homes. In my experience a Craftsman can be a good lifestyle selection for a family as long as the systems are in good shape or renewed, and the era’s smaller closets are not a problem. Unless there has been some renovation there is not likely to be a master bath, but in exchange you get charm, history, livability, a family haven, and a wonderful neighborhood. (Did you know Loyal Heights Elementary in Ballard has top ratings (10 out of 10 on “GreatSchools.org) and someone at the Ballard Little League hit-a-thon today was telling me it’s ranked 5th in the state of Washington…I’ll have to check that out before confirming! However, it’s an example of why Ballard attracts families who refuse to leave or live elsewhere.)
Among the craftsman bungalows you will see quite a few variations, but they all have certain features in common. You will usually see wide front porches, which of course can have classic wooden benches on them for sitting out. This porch is framed by columns that look like pedestals and can be tapered. There are also overhanging eaves, a low-slung gabled roof (the gable is the triangular section that is set into the roof, with the point where it comes together), and you can see exposed rafters or decorative brackets under the eaves. There are also often four-over-one or six-over one double hung windows. We also often see leaded glass panels in one decorative window. The Craftsman is a result of the Arts and Crafts Movement which took place in England and America, some say starting around 1850 (when William Morris built an Arts and Crafts home) but really was a bit earlier. For some history of this style of Architecture try this Craftsman Perspective website which is interesting and informative.
As I mentioned, Ballard has quite a few Craftsman homes, but they don’t come up for sale in great numbers. I checked on the Multiple Listing Service just now and there are only 12 Craftsman style homes on the market in Ballard right now (all built before 1930). (Phinney Ridge, Green Lake, Roosevelt, Ravenna, Queen Anne, and some other neighborhoods are known to have a lot of Craftsman homes too, I have a list so just email me at email@example.com and I will send it to you for whichever neighborhood you are interested in, or the whole list.) They range from a low of $375,000 to a high of $575,000 then the last two, up to $750,000, are actually a recently-built Craftsman and a stucco European mix but interesting.
I have been enjoying collecting photos from the Ballard avenues of cute local Craftsman homes, and here is a selection… remember, these homes are not on the market right now, it’s a neighborhood photo album.