Ballard Craftsman Notebook

Ballard Craftsman BungalowBallard, 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 “ 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 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.




About Edy Kizaki

Edy's perfectionism and dedication result in attention to detail during every stage of your search and purchase experience.

Edy and her family came to the area seven years ago and fell in love with it. The size, natural beauty, people, culture and educational resources all make it an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Edy brings her experience in business, management and negotiation to her work in real estate. But it is her love of people and her joy in being involved with your important moments of change and decision in the process of life that make her dedicated and unfailing in the pursuit of your goals.

As a realtor and most recently the team leader at, the Seattle branch of eXp Realty, Edy has been involved in over 150 real estate transactions in the past five years, involving homes from Vashon Island to Duvall, Snoqualmie Ridge to Bellingham! What a great and inspiring way to learn about this amazing place. Of course, her GPS has been invaluable to the Edy feels like she's "from" Seattle, but with the added ability to understand what it means to relocate here and which knowledge is first tier, which is better to follow after. She works extensively with relocation clients in Seattle and on the Eastside, including from Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, University of Washington, and their subsidiaries. She lives in Richmond Beach, part of Shoreline five minutes north of the Seattle 'border', and loves Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont, Ballard, Wallingford, Green Lake, Ravenna, and the areas along the west side of Lake Washington, as well as Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Edmonds. On the Eastside she has spent most time in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish and Issaquah. She has also worked extensively on luxury condos in Belltown and Downtown, and enjoys comparing views with the best of them!

Edy's involvement in real estate began in the 1980's when she was part of a Project Development Team for a real estate company in San Francisco for two years. After having worked on several major San Francisco and Lake Tahoe projects, she became most interested in buying and leasing of properties, including sales of business opportunities. She was also the official company photographer. There followed a period of work in finance, but an interest in travel led her to Japan, where she lived and worked teaching in university for 12 years. In addition she founded and ran her own large private school and formed Currents, a group that produced art exhibitions in Japan, America, and Australia, and arranged tours of New York and on the West Coast.

Eventually Edy returned to Monterey, California, where she taught Japanese, designed instruction, was a project manager for multimedia products, a product developer for early childhood educational products, and helped manage a five-star resort hotel, all while completing a masters in Multimedia and Instructional Design. Upon relocating to the Pacific Northwest with her family, she pursued her real estate license and is now deeply involved in helping her clients search for the perfect property in the local real estate market. When not at work, Edy practices Aikido and takes advantage of the local boating, picnicking and hiking riches with her family and friends. Oh, yes, and the great restaurants!

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