The Highlands is a prestigious gated community located in North Seattle's City of Shoreline Washington. It's just 12 miles north of downtown bordering the edge of the Seattle city limits. The Highlands has been home to numerous affluent families throughout the Seattle area including families of Boeing, Nordstrom and the Stinson family. Access to this community is through a secure gate west of 1/45 and Greenway Avenue. The entrance also shares the neighborhood with the Seattle Golf Club.
The Highlands was originally developed back in 1907 by the Olmsted Brothers. This community sits 450 feet above sea level and tracts were originally developed after being drawn from a hat. This neighborhood first consisted of 50 tracts but today there are over 110 lots and 498 acres as well as nearly 30 acres set aside for reservation or park property.
Once an unincorporated suburbs of Seattle, it became part of the city of shoreline in 1995. However, the Highlands maintains its own sewage system and roads by the homeowners association. It provides its own water source, grounds maintenance and street maintenance making it almost independent of any other city.
To own a home in the Highlands requires potential residents to submit an application to the Highlands Board. This is typically done through the real estate listing agent. Since 2007, the Highlands Board requires two sponsors, one is typically from the seller of the home and the second needs to be another current resident. If the potential resident of the home does not know a second member the seller of the home often arranges a cocktail reception with the neighbors to acquaint the potential resident with current members who become the second sponsor.
All major construction or renovation must be approved by the Buildings and Sites Committee of the homeowners association. One unique feature about the Highlands that is no longer the case is that all addresses were simply the name of the resident in care of the Highlands, Seattle, WA 98177. However, since the incorporation to the city of shoreline, the Highlands addresses world changed.
To purchase a home in the Highlands you must contact a listing agent, such as myself to arrange a visit. Buyers are encouraged to tour the neighborhood and its amenities while viewing homes. There is and initiation fee as with many private clubs as well as annual assessments. At any given time there are roughly 2 to 10 properties for sale in the Highlands. Please view all active listings on this page and if you're interested in browsing any of these homes feel free to contact me for a private showing or more details on how you too can own a piece of Seattle history in the Highlands in Shoreline.
Custom built, Ralph Anderson home situated on a 1.6 acre lot in The Highlands. The two story entry hall welcomes you in, and grand formal spaces grace the home, while len...
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