The 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 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.
A 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.
The 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.
Under 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.
A 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.
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.
This home is recognized among the most significant homes, not only in Seattle / Shoreline area, but in the Pacific Northwest. The Arthur Erickson designed residence on 8+ acres in The Highlands is a masterpiece of space and light. And now it is available for sale for almost $2 million less than the previous asking price. The price recently dropped from $6,900,000 to $4,995,000.
The over 7,000 square foot home has tall luxurious white polished concrete walls and glass ceiling while surrounded with a beautiful backdrop of tall trees and views of the mountains and Puget Sound. In addition, hidden away on the 8+ acres is a 1,700 square foot James Cutler guesthouse. Click link to read more about this Highlands home.
UPDATED February, 01, 2011: The Highlands Home is Sold.
Park-like grounds surround this residence in this choice Highlands location. The spacious rooms have cathedral ceilings, fine millwork, and updated systems, all in excellent condition. The expansive home has a family room off of the kitchen and a home office with separate entrance. The exterior features wrap around terraces and gorgeous gardens including a pond, rolling lawn, and flower beds. There is also a swimming pool, hot tub, guest house, and green house.
Click here to view other homes available for sale in The Highlands.
This home is classic, sophisticated, and clean Colonial with a modern aesthetic on a picturesque lot of grand and colorful plantings. The home features large, gracious rooms and an ideal floor plan. There are huge windows and nice southern exposure at this Highlands beauty. You will experience some views of the Sound and sunsets. The home has potential for easy updates and there is an additional finished space in the lower level. A sunny swimming pool terrace and beautiful grounds grace this home. Ample parking makes the home ideal for guests.