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.

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.

The Highlands’ Resident Financials Front Page News

MarinersThe Highlands resident and Seattle Mariner largest minority owner, Chris Larson, had a unflattering article written about him on the front page of today’s Seattle Times.  The article follows other articles as the baseball season winds down about the Mariner ownership, their payroll for next year, and most Mariner fans’ dream of signing Prince Fielder in the offseason.  While I too have dreams of Fielder in a Mariner’s uniform next year, this article today went too far.  The article attacks someone going through a tough personal time (a divorce) and then discusses his debt without fairly talking about the value of his assets.  No matter the situation, it is a shame to have this discussed so openly when there is little to no public interest in the situation.  Even if it does affect the Mariners payroll going forward, at least we have a baseball team to root for (unlike the NBA/Seattle Sonics) and we have a Highlands’ resident to thank for it.