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.

Long Time Highlands Resident, Bagley Wright, Dies at 87

Long time Seattle and Highlands resident, Bagley Wright, passed away Monday night at the age of 87.  One of the original investors in the Space Needle, Mr. Wright also was an influential Seattle art patron and philanthropist.

The Seattle Times gave a brief overview of Mr. Wright’s life since he came to Seattle:

Mr. Wright came to Seattle from New York in 1956 and started a real-estate development company. Over the decades, he became known as one of the leading funders, collectors and promoters of arts in the Seattle area.

He led the creation of the Seattle Repertory Theatre at Seattle Center following the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, and the Bagley Wright Theatre there is named in his honor.

Foreclosure in The Highlands – But Sales Are Improving

The Highlands SeattleA week ago Sunday, the Seattle Times wrote and article about a foreclosure in The Highlands.  The article titled, The Highlands Can’t Keep Out Foreclosures, is buried at the bottom of the first article about the proxy fight at Fisher.  Maybe, I should have left the article buried there?  The article is not all bad though.  It does draw attention to the foreclosure of the one home, but it also talks about all The Highlands has to offer.  It also points out that while things are not perfect (ex. the foreclosure), that sales have been improving since 2009.  The article quotes Jane Powers, real estate broker from Ewing & Clark:

They [The Highlands] didn’t have much luck in 2009, the broker [Jane Powers] reports — not a single home sold. But since January 2010, she says, 11 houses have closed or are under contract. “I think they’re out of the worst of it,” Powers says.

Click the following link to see what homes are available for sale in The Highlands.

50th Anniversary of Groundbreaking for Space Needle

Space NeedleThe Seattle Times printed an article today about Seattle’s Space Needle and how it came to be.  50 years ago they broke ground to have it ready one year later for the World’s Fair.  Click the link to read the article on the 50th year Space Needle celebration and some of the history around it.  You can also read about some of The Highlands’ residents who were instrumental in making the Space Needle a reality.

Watch Out! Speeding Tickets on the Way to The Highlands

Seattle PoliceUnder the guise of safety, Seattle Police justified a way to make more money: speeding tickets en masse.  Of course, that is just if I am being cynical.  Thursday police gave over 677 tickets to 509 drivers on Aurora Avenue.  They did give almost 200 people warnings instead of tickets (Did they realize how much money they left on the table?  At least 2oo tickets x $100 = $200,000).  The police had set up a command center at 125th and Aurora and had over 50 police officers involved.  Thursday was only the beginning of a two year project to improve “safety” along Aurora – so continue to drive carefully, obey the speed limit, and do not use your cell phone.  Not to say Aurora is the safest street.  Between April 2005 and March 2008, 1,581 collisions occurred on Aurora from the Battery Street Tunnel and North 145h Street.

I would say ride a bike, but they gave two tickets to bicyclist as well (see break down of tickets here).  So whether by car or by bike, please be careful driving to and from The Highlands if you are using Seattle’s Aurora Avenue.  Better yet just be careful no matter which way you go.

Seven Brokers Opens Today in The Highlands

The Highlands SeattleA little over a month since the last Highlands tour, today there is another tour of the homes for sale in The Highlands.  The tour is from 11 AM to 1 PM.  The tour includes the above pictured home which is for sale for $1,375,000.  The Highlands home is 3,900 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and on a 1.5+ acre lot.  Click link to see more pictures of the Seattle / Shoreline home.

The Florence Henry Memorial Chapel

The Florence Henry Memorial Chapel is a non-sectarian located in The
Highlands, a prestigious north Seattle community.  The Chapel was built in
1905 by Horace Henry, in memory of his daughter Florence.  Horace moved to
Seattle for the railroad project but after his daughter passed away,
picked out a spot in the area surrounding the Seattle Golf Club and
Country Club to build a chapel, even though he was never a resident of The
Highlands. The Chapel was designed by W. Marberry Somerville and was
opened in 1911 and many features of the Chapel’s interior were donations.
The Chapel had a full time minister by 1949, and today has Episcopal
services on Sunday.  The Chapel continues to be run by a committee and is
open to all residents of The Highlands.

The Highlands: Nine Open Houses This Wednesday

The Highlands Seattle

Highlands Home Available for $1,789,000

If you have ever wanted to tour The Highlands in Seattle / Shoreline, then this is a great time to do it.  Nine 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 nearly $2.8 million.  The most expensive house is the Arthur Erickson home which recently dropped its listing price to $4,995,000.  Two other homes have recently reduced their list price 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, February 9th, 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.