What is The Highlands?
The Highlands is a private residential community located along the shores of Puget Sound in Northwest Seattle and abutting Shoreline. It was designed by the Olmsted Brothers in 1907, and comprises 498 acres, divided into 112 building lots, with 66 acres devoted to community amenities that include a system of roads and trails, a 16 acre park and a common area with swimming and wading pools, tennis courts, a school, bathhouses and chapel, as well as staff offices and work areas. It is fully supported by a private staff and currently contains 102 private residences.
How do I buy a home in The Highlands?
The Homes for Sale page lists all properties that are currently available. Contact the listing agent associated with the property in which you are interested and arrange for a tour. It is recommended that the tour include an overview of The Highlands amenities and common areas in order to gain the most accurate perspective on this unique community. A membership process is necessary for all property owners, but this is a streamlined and friendly process that helps facilitate inclusion into the community.
Are there dues and ongoing fees?
There is an initiation fee comparable to most private clubs and an annual assessment which covers a wide range of services and access to all amenities. Fees are voted on annually by the membership. Assessments vary by lot size. Each home has a Financial Fact Sheet laying out the obligations of the property owner(s). Contact us or your realtor for access to this information.
Who provides utilities?
Seattle City Light provides electricity. Cleanscapes provides recycling and garbage collection. Puget Sound Energy provides gas. The Highlands Water and Sewer Commission provides water and sewer. A variety of providers are available for phone, internet and television. All utilities are underground.
Are there any lots for sale in the neighborhood?
Yes. Building lots exist and are available for purchase either directly from The Highlands or from individual, private owners. Please consult your real estate agent for current listings.
Can I rent a house in The Highlands?
Yes. Homeowner needs Board approval.
Does Membership include access to the Seattle Golf Club?
No. The Seattle Golf Club was built as part of the overall design of The Highlands but requires separate membership. Many residents of The Highlands are members and the neighborhood enjoys access to the club for some of its signature events.
How is The Highlands governed?
The Highlands is governed by an elected Board of Trustees. The membership approves an annual capital budget. More information can be found on the Community page.
What is the local school district and surrounding community?
The Highlands is served by the Shoreline Public School District, and lies on the borders of Northwest Seattle and Shoreline. Both communities are recognized for their open spaces, high quality public schools, safety and close proximity to the Puget Sound. In addition, nearby private schools include Lakeside School and The Evergreen School, and The Highlands is within easy reach of most private schools in the greater Seattle area.
How many children live in The Highlands and what schools do they attend?
There are approximately 50 children between the ages of three and 18 living in the neighborhood. They attend a variety of schools including The Highlands Preschool, Shoreline public schools, Bertschi, Blanchet, Bush, Epiphany, Evergreen, Groton, King's, Lakeside, Seattle Country Day, Seattle Prep, University Prep and Villa Academy.
What are commute times like?
The Highlands is located within easy proximity of I-5, Highway 99 and numerous surface thoroughfares that lead directly into Downtown Seattle. Typical drive times range from 15 to 20 minutes.
The above-mentioned roadways also connect easily to both floating bridges for commutes to the Eastside, and The Highlands north Seattle location enables a relatively easy commute around the north end of Lake Washington to Redmond and Bellevue.