Many people consider it part of Ballard, but technically, Seattle Times' Neighborhood of the Week is called Crown Hill and sits on a gentle rise of land stretching from NW 75th Street to NW 100th Street and is bordered by the Loyal Heights neighborhood to the west and Greenwood to the east.
A Small Town Feel
With rising property values in many parts of Seattle due to the migration back to urban living after decades of “white flight,” and with an influx of high tech migrants with deep financial pockets, the bedroom Ballard communities of Loyal Heights and Crown Hill have undergone gentrification. The razing of aging homes in poor repair and replacement with apartment buildings and “skinny” homes have brought new and younger people to the area. Older homes are being restored and preserved. Crown Hill, once a wilderness suburb of the city of Ballard, whose few inhabitants resided six feet under, retains a small town feeling even as the city around it continues to grow.
Visitors won't find many expensive boutiques or trendy restaurants in Crown Hill, just everyday businesses like grocery stores, dry cleaners, pet shops, and the longtime landmark Dick's Drive-In on Holman Road Northwest.
Learn more at the Crown Hill Home Owners Association website at http://crownhillneighbors.org/wp/
For its proximity to downtown, home prices in Crown Hill remain relatively affordable.
According to the Zillow Home Value Index, the median value of all single-family houses in Crown Hill, not just houses that have recently sold, was $321,000 for September, down 4.5 percent year-over-year, and up 0.4 percent month-over-month.
The median value of all condos in Crown Hill was $283,500 in September, up 0.8 percent year-over-year, and up 0.2 percent month-over-month, according to Zillow.