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.