Ballard Market Report October 2010
On the 6th of November I took the RainWise rain garden tour in Ballard. This project is federally funded and designed to provide ways that pollutants will be filtered out of the storm drain system before they are washed into Puget Sound.
In the projects many city-owned rain gardens are being built in the parking strip (the land between the sidewalk and the street), including an occasional "bump out" of about 5' into the street. Some parking is lost but the impact of that is studied before the design is approved. Rain water then that would generally wash down the street picking up all kinds of pollutants is diverted through these depressions and is allowed to filter through specially prepared ground before it enters the water table and then finds it's way to a stream and eventually the Sound.
The rain gardens are built to drain completely within 72 hours of the rain stopping. Plants at the bottom tier of the garden consist of sedges and rushes which can take prolonged periods of both standing water and dry conditions. Part way up are a wide variety of transitional plants and on the top ring of the gardens are your more common yard plants.
Another part of the project is the private rain garden grants. Residents who choose to, collect the rain water that falls on their roofs and driveways and direct it into a rain garden in their yard may qualify for a grant of up to $4,000.
If you'd like to live in Ballard, I'd like to help you find an appropriate home. The map below will give you an idea of what houses are selling for in Ballard. Market times here are relatively short for well priced homes. Let me know how I can help you become a part of this forward thinking community.