The culture of Ballard doesn’t end with its Scandinavian background. In fact, few places in Seattle have grown up as fast as Ballard. Serious food and shopping trends seem to flock historic Ballard Avenue as this waterfront neighborhood lands some of the best eateries and indie shops in the city. Another serious draw in the summer is watching large boats and salmon travel through the popular Ballard Locks. Median home values in Ballard are $803,804 – a 18.7% increase over the past year and predicted to rise by 8.7% within the next year.