Construction is nearly complete at Vik Ballard, and more than 75 percent of the homes have been sold. The community is located one block from Northwest Market Street.

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SEATTLE — Construction is nearly complete at Vik Ballard Condominiums, and more than 75 percent of the homes have been sold. The community is located one block from Northwest Market Street.

At the Vik Ballard sales center, visitors can tour a fully-built model home, view the building model and receive other details.

More than 65 homes at Vik Ballard have been purchased this year, and a variety of junior-one-bedroom, one-bedroom, one-bedroom-plus-den and two-bedroom homes are still available. Move-ins are expected to begin in January.

When complete, the community at the corner of 20th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 56th Street will include 117 homes.

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“Ballard is a very up-and-coming area with a distinct sense of community that no other neighborhood offers,” says Drew, a recent Vik Ballard homebuyer. “So when looking for my home, I targeted a four-block radius — west of 15th and south of 65th — because I can walk everywhere I want to be and my friends live in Ballard.

“The restaurants, coffee shops, taverns and clubs with music, bus stops to downtown, theaters to catch a movie, grocery stores — Ballard offers everything I could want to do, no matter what kind of mood I’m in. And the more I can leave my car at home and walk, the better.”

At Vik Ballard, residents can take in Ballard and Ship Canal views from a rooftop entertainment patio above the sixth floor. The space includes a fire pit, grill, lounge chairs and an area for dogs. Drew says, “I’m looking forward to entertaining friends on the rooftop and hanging out. Adding a dog to my life is a definite possibility now.”

He says being able to experience a home’s interior and finishes by touring the model home was also a plus.

“It made it easier to visualize what it would be like to live there,” Drew says. “Now with my move-in date scheduled, going back to the sales center and seeing the actual hardwood, cabinets, the whole color scheme, has helped me start dreaming about what I am going to do with it. It’s the perfect canvas for me to make it look gorgeous with artwork and furniture.”

Vik Ballard interiors have a contemporary design that includes custom wood cabinetry in the kitchens and baths, slab quartz stone countertops with waterfall edges, stainless steel appliances, undermount sinks, designer faucets, wine/beverage coolers and nearly 9-foot ceilings.

Flex storage spaces are found in most homes, including customizable closet systems. USB charging ports are also among the standard features.

An entry lobby at Vik Ballard welcomes residents and guests with two casual seating areas and a full-time concierge. There’s also a fitness center with cardio equipment and FreeMotion machine, as well as a pet-washing station, bike storage with repair area, and reserved underground parking.

“Having a gated garage that also includes an optional storage closet and a special place for bikes is a big deal,” Drew says. “The peace of mind from not having to hunt for a parking space is huge. I’m also planning to use the concierge service for new restaurant recommendations and secure package delivery.”

Drew says he is looking forward to locking in at current interest rates.

“Buying new construction is important to me. I’m nervous about older homes and moving into a place where you never know what problems may surprise you,” he says. “Plus, it’s a good time to buy. Rent keeps going up, especially in Ballard. For about the same price per month as renting, buying seems like a good investment.”

Erik Mehr of Erik Mehr and Associates, who is handling home sales at Vik Ballard, agrees.

“Even without inevitable rent increases, it’s common to spend upward of $2,000 per month on rentals in Ballard — that’s $120,000 over five years,” he says. “At a comparable monthly cost to renting, you can start owning and building equity instead at Vik Ballard.”