The Highlands – 149 Moss Road – Available for Purchase

The Highlands at the edge of Seattle’s north city limits has some fabulous homes, but none may be as cool as this 1971 Highlands home.  The spacious modern stucco residence sits in a beautiful private setting among impressive conifer trees and magical landscape. One enters the property while stepping on stone pavers that seem to float above the serene pond.  The HighlandsOnce reaching the home a significant mahogany door opens to the travertine entry and the impressive atrium glass ceiling that brings light to two of the home’s floors. The Highlands SeattleWalking through the home, one can only be impressed with the fine teak millwork accentuates the contemporary design & open, rich architecture. Vestibule with round atrium window is a striking venue for art display, and opens into the main floor rooms with floor to ceiling windows. The Highlands SeattleHuge kitchen, five expressive fireplaces, private master suite, lower level with perfect game room and guest suite. The expansive grounds are both dramatic and restful whether walking among the trails and the trees or playing in the pool or sport court.

The Highlands Shoreline

With grand scale, modern design, contemporary floor plan and one of a kind setting, this home presents and extraordinary opportunity to live in the Seattle Highlands community.

Status: For Sale
Bed/Bath: 6 / 5.25
Sq ft Home/Land: 9,010 / 113,256
Price: $2,495,000

For more information, contact the local Highlands real estate agent.

 

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.

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.

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.