Highlands Broker’s Open Tomorrow

Don’t miss the Highlands Broker’s Open tomorrow featuring 5 beautiful homes for sale in the Highlands. There will also be tacos on site in celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holidays, so come hungry! Check out the list of homes below, hope to see you there!

5 NW Scenic Drive- $2,300,000 Open 12-2pm

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A romantic Montecito style villa with Tuscan touches, surrounded by mature gardens. Sweeping Sound and Olympic Mountain views to the West flood the rooms with light and fresh air. French Doors span the view side and open to a grand terrazzo, and the main floor master and two additional suites are up, downstairs guest quarters are also complete with a kitchen.

12 Olympic Drive NW – $2,295,000 Open12:200pm

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Lovely  4 bed 4.5 bath residence located in The Highlands on 2.6 acres with Puget Sound and Olympic Mountain views. Beautiful interiors include a grand two story foyer, entertainment sized living spaces, stunning showcase kitchen with granite counters and island, 4000 bottle wine cellar, and a master suite with views and sitting area. Features include outdoor pool, spa, fireplace and barbeque area off the family room.

81 Olympic Drive NW -$5,825,000 Open 12-4:00pm

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This home is noted as the Jewel of the Highlands-A Great Community! Historic bluff estate designed by Elizabeth Ayer of Edwin Ivey. Completely refurbished and modernized in 2000-2002 by Sullivan Connard Architects Berger Landscape Architects. A rare masterpiece that excels at entertaining yet appeals to leisurely living. This home features 4.5 acres overlooking the Puget Sound and the Olympics!

88 Olympic Drive NW – $1,995,000 Open 1-2:00pm

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Classic French-inspired William Bain designed home sits on immaculate grounds perched above Puget Sound. The home features gracious, entertainment-sized formal rooms, main floor guest suite, dark walnut library, tasteful master bedroom with a private balcony. Walk the grounds with over 200 rose bushes to the elevated pool deck patio with sound and mountain views.

134 Huckleberry Lane – $3,900,000 Open 12-2:00pm

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Arthur Erickson designed residence on 8+ acres is a masterpiece of space and light. Tall ceilings, lustrous white polished concrete glass ceiling lend a fantastic backdrop to luxurious living. Features include mountain sound views, swimming reflection pools, sculptural meadow in a woodland setting. There is also a 2 bed 2 bath 1,700 sf James Cutler guesthouse included.

 

 

 

$800k Price Drop in the Highlands!

When an Arthur Erickson designed home hits the market, most Seattleites gain interest in the story but when an Arthur Erickson designed home in the Highlands has a price drop of nearly $1,000,0000; well, now we’ve got your attention. Originally built in 1979, this home has been recognized among the most significant homes in the Pacific Northwest, and sits on 8+ acres in the Highlands. The home boasts white polished concrete & glass ceilings and an open floor plan.  To the south the home looks out over an impressive swimming pool with a sculptural meadow and a prominent woodland backdrop and to the northwest over a reflection pool with mountain and sound views beyond.  The estate also includes a James Cutler designed 1,700 sf guesthouse tucked away so not to disturb the views of the main house.  The estate was previously listed for $4,495,000 and has recently been re-listed for $3,695,000.

Over the past year, there have been six residences that sold in the Highlands, three of which exceeded $3 million. Currently there are 10 active listings in the Highlands. Click the link for more information on this home or others in The Highlands.

Happy Turkey Day Seattle!

Thanksgiving SeattleHappy Turkey Day Seattle!

For those procastinators: How to Cook a Turkey

For NFL Fans: 9:30 AM on CBS, Texans vs Lions (Seahawk fans root for Texans); 1:15 PM on FOX, Redskins vs Cowboys (Seahawk fans root for Redskins); & 5:20 on NBC, Patriots vs Jets (Seahawk fans do not care)

For College Football Fans: 4:30 PM on ESPN, TCU vs Texas

For Gonzaga Fans: 6 PM on ESPN2, Clemson vs Gonzaga

For those who get stressed on the holidays: Meditation

For those akward moments when talking to family: Discussion Topics

For keeping peace at the Thanksgiving dinner: Topics to Avoid

If you do not avoid those topics: Unbeatable Arguments

The Highlands Brokers Open – Halloween 2012

The Highlands SeattleThe Highlands neighborhood in Shoreline/Seattle is having a tour of the homes for sale on Halloween day from 11:00 AM to 1 PM.  Homes for sale on tour range from $2,175,000 to $6,450,000 and are listed by three different Seattle real estate companies: Windermere, John L Scott, and Ewing and Clark.  The pictured home is listed by Ewing & Clark for $4,995,000.  Please join the tour of broker’s open houses in The Highlands this Halloween.

Historic Innis Arden Neighborhood

The historic Innis Arden neighborhood in the Shoreline area is in the spotlight of the Seattle Times this week; with it’s mere 534-home small town appeal, watershed park, and beautiful private beach, it’s no surprise why so many seek to call this enchanted forest home.

Photo Courtesy of Innisarden.com

Over the past few decades, very few of the homes here have changed hands, moving from one generation to the next, and when houses were sold, they did so within days, especially those under the $1 million mark. The neighborhood itself sits on more than 675 acres, with no sidewalks in sight, and no overhead streetlights. Many of those seeking to move to the area are taking after local aerospace hero Bill Boeing, who  took off 80 years ago in search for a serene hunting and fishing retreat from his mansion in the Highlands, and stumbled upon Innis Arden. For more information on the neighborhood and it’s connection to the Highlands area, visit the Seattle Times.

Aurora Traffic Build Up

If you traveled southbound on 99 this morning into downtown, you probably noticed the  lane closure near Roy street, reducing Aurora down to two lanes. Viaduct construction and traffic has returned, and this lane closure will continue until mid April, likely to clog traffic during morning and afternoon rush-hour in several places. Plan for backups starting in the battery street tunnel on the way to the Sodo district, and near the First Ave South bridge. The Denny Way exit will also likely become congested, as only the center lane will carry traffic into downtown, instead of the two right hand lanes.

Driver’s entering downtown on Aurora Avenue North can likely expect up to 6 weeks of extra congestion beginning today, as construction workers move underground utilities for the new 99 tunnel. King County Metro transit has re-routed 385 buses per day to avoid extensive backups, and people commuting to South Lake Union will need to plan to get off at fifth Avenue, and walk the extra two to three blocks.

Come Tour the Highlands in Seattle

If you have ever wanted to tour The Highlands in Seattle / Shoreline, then this is a great time to do it.  Ten of the homes for sale in The Highlands will be open this Wednesday from 11 AM to 1 PM.

The average list price of the homes for sale on the tour is over $2.5 million.  One of the most notable  is the Arthur Erickson home, listed at $4,995,000. There is also a Highland Colonial home listed for less than a million that you can view as well.

If you would like to tour the homes, either call Ewing & Clark at 206-322-2840 or fill out the contact form prior to 10 am on Wednesday, January 11th, and register for “The Highlands Tour.”  Once registered, your name will be given to the on-duty security guard located at the main entrance of The Highlands at NW 145th Street and 3rd Avenue NW.  Directions to the homes will be provided at the gate.

It’s Time for Seattle’s Annual Christmas Ships!

2011 Seattle Chistmas ShipsSeattle’s annual Christmas Ship Festival officially kicks off this Thursday, December 1st, and you don’t want to miss it when it floats by the Highlands.  The 62 year Seattle tradition is a sure way to get you and your family into the holiday spirit.

On December 11th, head over to Carkeek Park in the evening to see the largest holiday floating parade in the world. The brightly decorated Christmas ships will stop in front of Carkeek for 20 minutes, starting at 6:00pm. Pack a thermos of hot chocolate, warm your hands by the bonfire and listen to the Dickens Carolers.

If you’re busy on Sunday, you can catch the ships up at the Richmond Beach Saltwater Park on Tuesday, December 13th. The Christmas Ships arrive near Richmond Beach a bit later, around 8:20pm. For more information, check out the full schedule here. Happy Holidays!

Edmonds Dick’s Restaurant Opens This Thursday

Excellent news, Highland residents! The locally-owned chain, Dick’s Restaurant, is expanding to the area six weeks ahead of schedule. For those of you who crave the infamous hand cut fries, creamy shakes, and juicy burgers, the newest Dick’s Restaurant will be opening at 3pm this Thursday at 21910 Hwy 99, according to the Snohomish County Business Journal.  It’s only ten minutes north from the Highland neighborhood, a much closer location than the twenty minute drive to the Holman location

Make sure to stop by on the opening day. It will be a true celebration with high school marching bands from around the area, contest winners, and even a visit from the co-founder Dick Spady.

This is the sixth Dick’s Restaurant in the Puget Sound region and the first to open since 1974. Be sure to stop by and enjoy the local Seattle treat.

Staying Secure While Jogging Near The Highlands

Female joggers, stay alert when you’re out running along the trails. Yesterday morning, a female jogger was assaulted in Carkeek Park, less than 4 miles south of the Highlands. According to the SPD blotter, he attacked her from behind but she was able to fight him off with only minor abrasions. However, the suspect is still at large. Please visit the SPD blotter link for a full description on the suspect.

What’s interesting is the time of the day. The female victim was jogging at a “safe” time, a little before 8:30am, when the attack happened. Here are a few tips for Highlands joggers to be aware of:

  • Pay attention. If you must run with your iPod on, keep it low, so you can still hear sounds around you.
  • Listen to your gut. If you don’t feel safe running down a certain trail, turn around. Don’t take chances.
  • Be visible. Wear brightly colored clothing. This is especially important when jogging where there is traffic. Also, stay in well-lit areas.
  • Vary your route and always let a family member or friend know where you’re going.
  • Leave valuables at home – Keep i.d, a cell phone and keys on you in case of an emergency.
  • Invest in a whistle or personal alarm device. If something does happen, you can at least draw attention to yourself from other passer-bys.
  • Jog or run with others if possible. The more the merrier. This tip applies to dogs too. If your pooch can run with you, take him or her along. Dogs can help keep you safe.

With these tips, let’s hope it can keep our Highlands joggers safe and sound when they’re going on long runs down to Carkeek Park.