check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar

Victorian Retreat (top 2 floors) in Historic Ballard


Property Details

Updated: Sep 19, 2016
2 bd apartment on 2nd & 3rd floors of renovated circa 1900 home

(Contact us for significantly reduced rates for 30+ days) This delightful retreat is located on the second and third floors of a turn-of-the-last-century house in historic old Ballard. It is a complete, fully functional home with a fully equipped kitchen. Nothing is shared with the main floor unit except laundry facilities in the shared entry. Acoustic insulation insures that you will hear little if anything from your downstairs neighbor.

Ballard has everything you could want. Living in this home, it's all at your doorstep! Within 1 block you can enjoy espresso and some of the best bread and French pastries in Seattle. Within a 6 block radius you can enjoy an upscale movie house, a diverse array of restaurants, shops and the fabulous year-round Sunday Farmer’s Market offering fresh locally grown produce and products. If your visit is job-related, you will also have access to a post office, FedEx, Kinko’s and newly built-green public library. A personal fax machine is available upon request.

This apartment was completely renovated in 2013 in keeping with the home's original character. We did it with the intent of moving in when we retire, so the work is top notch and very tasteful. Oak floors extend through the entry, living room, kitchen, stairs to third floor and both bedrooms. The acoustic insulation between this home and the main floor unit is amazing! It is very quiet and peaceful.

More info at


More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Bob and Mary have owned this 100+ year old farmhouse Victorian for decades. Restoring and maintaining it has become a very enjoyable hobby. We are using it as a short-term rental because it allows us to share the home with a lot of people. We have many repeat guests that refer to it as their 'other home'. We plan to move in ourselves when we retire. We currently live a couple of miles to the north.

Speaks: english

12 Reviews

based on 12 traveler reviews


Excellent experience and beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this historic Ballard home. The kitchen was fully equipped and the house had everything we needed. We came to Seattle for a wedding and the location was perfect. The house was very clean and we felt right at home immediately. I would definitely recommend this home and would stay here again. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Waikoloa, Hawaii USA

Charming Victorian in Ballard

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this lovingly restored Victorian style home for a week in Oct. 2015. We were visiting our son who lives nearby and the location of this home was perfect for us. It is an easy walk to all of the fine dining and shopping to be found in Ballard. (Being only a block from Cafe Besalu is enough to put it on our A list)

The kitchen is very spacious and well equipped. The living room area comfortable. There is ample light from many windows and skylights. Although we didn't need AC when we were there, it is nice to have it available for any hot summer days.

The owners are very helpful and accommodating.

Thanks, Bob and Carol!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Orange County, California

Comfortable and convenient

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here 6 nights in mid-June 2015. Husband and I were traveling with two teenage boys (16 and 18--6'2" and 6'3") and this place worked perfectly for us. Although it is only 2 bed, one bath, the unit is spacious and airy. The master bedroom was decent sized, and the second bedroom had two twin beds--perfect for our teens. The one bathroom is downstairs (be prepared for a journey if you feel the call of nature in the night--you will have to descend the stairway and walk through the kitchen), but it is large and equipped with ample linens. Kitchen had everything needed for a little cooking. Ballard is about an 8 minute walk, and it's one of the best neighborhoods in Seattle. Lots of good restaurants, great bread bakeries (try the Tall Grass Bakery for morning and evening fresh loaves!), little shops, and a farmer's market on Sunday mornings. The owner conveniently leaves reusable bags for shopping and comprehensive instructions to help you master Seattle's elaborate recycling program. This unit has only street parking, but we always found a spot. It's bright, airy, and comfortable, and the bedrooms each have an remote-controlled A/C unit in case you feel stuffy at night. We recommend this place (but do note that it has several stairs--to climb to the front porch, then to arrive at upstairs unit, and then to reach the bedrooms, so that may be a problem for older folks).

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for one week in March 2014. It was our first time to Seattle and we loved this Ballard location for its walking proximity to restaurants and coffee shops. The kitchen was also very nice and we enjoyed cooking in with groceries from nearby town and country market. We also rented a car (free street parking available) and easily explored the rest of Seattle from this location. Some of our trip highlights were the St Paddy's Day Dash, oysters from The Walrus and the Carpenter, the Ballard Locks, and wine pairing at Chateau St. Michelle. Owner was also nice enough to mail me my favorite cardigan which I had accidentally left behind.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


  • 5 of 5

The Ballard Victorian Retreat was excellent. It was spotless, an amazing location and all the appliances etc you might need. The owners were amazing in sourcing stair gates and other support for our 18 month old. I would recommend this property without a doubt.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Phoenix, AZ


  • 5 of 5

This property is exactly as represented on the VRBO website . . .,very clean, nicely decorated, and appointed! It is bright, cheerful, and sunny! We rented here for one month and were very comfortable. We entertained 2 guests one weekend and the apartment accommodated the 4 of us very well. It was a joy to cook in the large and well equipped kitchen!

An added plus is the location of this property! Parking space for our car was always available. We were in walking distance to church, drugstore, grocery store, bakery, coffee shops, movie theater, bus stop, fabulous restaurants, and the wonderful Sunday Ballard Farmer's Market! We experienced it all and much more in the Seattle area during our stay! The upstairs Ballard Victorian provided us a quiet and restful retreat between our sightseeing excursions! We found the owners, Bob and Mary, very caring and accommodating!

This was a great "home base" for our 43rd anniversary and my 65th birthday celebrations! We are SO glad we chose the upstairs Ballard Victorian apartment for our one month stay in the Seattle area!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


From the Owner

This place is beautifully maintained and has character.

Activity and Interests

Car: not necessary

Just a few blocks North of the Ballard business district. Very close to restaurants, bars, library, post office, and grocery shopping.


Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $85
Tax Rate 9.6%

Stays of 30+ days do not require sales tax. This site will automatically include it but if you contact us we can remove it.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Total amount
Email Owner
Updated: Sep 19, 2016
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Property Type

  • apartment


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • sailing

Floor Area

  • 1000 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Heated tile floor


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • This home has 2 bedrooms. There is also a fold-up twin sized bed available to use in the living room.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website

Partner Offers

Partner Offers

Find a rental car