Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures

Designers: Decker, Christenson and Kitchin, Architects and Engineers (firm)

Dates: constructed 1957, demolished 2010

1420 NW Market St
Ballard, Seattle, WA 98107-3743

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This was one of the last bowling alleys left in Seattle, and was one of the few places that featured a 24-hour restaurant. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, there were 32 bowling alley operating in the city during the 1960s; by 2008, there were just five. In early 2008, Jim Bristow led an effort to preserve the Sunset Bowl, trying to interest AvalonBay Communities in opening a new bowling alley in the basement of its new mixed-use development.

Tel: (206) 782-7310 (2008); This bowling alley was scheduled to close and be demolished in mid-04/2008. An eight-story mixed-use building with 261 condominium units and ground-floor retail was planned by the property's new owner AvalonBay Communities, Incorporated. AvalonBay, an publically-held, Arlington, VA-based developer, purchased the property in 01/2008 for $13.2 million. As of 2008, AvalonBay had 10 regional offices in the US, including three on the West Coast in Seattle, WA, San Jose, CA, and San Francisco, CA. According to its website: "owned or held an interest in 184 apartment communities containing 52,748 apartment homes in ten states and the District of Columbia, of which 21 communities were under construction and 8 communities were under reconstruction. In addition, we held future development rights for 48 communities." See (Accessed 04/01/2008). AvalonBay Communities began in 1993 as Avalon Properties, Incorporated, a spin-off of Trammell Crow Residential Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Groups. It merged with Bay Apartment Communities, Incorporated, on 06/04/1998, to form the AvalonBay Communities, Incorporated. It has prospered in the mid-2000s due to earlier changes in residential financing processes and the resulting speculative real estate bubble and residential building boom.


PCAD id: 10986