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FAQ's for The Highlands


 What is The Highlands?
The Highlands is a Membership Club and private residential community in Northwest Seattle overlooking the Puget Sound. The neighborhood's approximately 400 acres were designed by the Olmsted Brothers in 1907 and contain 108 homes, a preschool, several large reserves, a 16 acre park, walking trails and a commons area with tennis courts, playfields, swimming pool, wading pool, bath houses and picnic grounds. Lot sizes range from 0.9 acres to 9.8 acres. Homes date from 1907 to 2018, and many have been substantially remodeled and updated.

How do I buy a home in The Highlands? 
Contact a listing agent on the Homes for Sale page and arrange a visit. Buyers are encouraged to tour the neighborhood and its amenities along with viewing houses. Contact the General Manager for a tour of the common areas and amenities. There is a membership requirement predicated on owning property.

Are there dues and ongoing fees?
There is an initiation fee comparable to most private clubs and an annual assessment and dues which cover a wide range of services and access to all amenities. Assessments and dues 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. Recology CleanScapes provides recycling and garbage collection. Puget Sound Energy provides gas. Comcast is the primary telecom provider though some others are available. The Highlands Sewer District provides sewer and storm sewer, and The Highlands is the water provider. All utilities are underground.

Are there any lots for sale in the neighborhood?
Yes, currently there are three lots for sale. Contact us for further information.

Can I rent a house in The Highlands?
Yes, the homeowner and tenant must receive Board approval before renting their house.

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 and is a separate organization. Many residents of The Highlands are members and the neighborhood enjoys using the club for some of its signature events.

How is The Highlands governed?
The Highlands is governed by an elected 9 Member Board of Trustees and managed by an in-house staff of over 20 people The membership approves an annual capital assessment.

What is the local school district and surrounding community? 
The Highlands is located in the Shoreline School District, which Seattle Magazine has twice named Best Neighborhood for its abundant parks, respected school district, and active neighborhoods. Private schools nearby include The Evergreen School and Lakeside School. Both Shoreline and North Seattle are known as safe and welcoming areas with much to offer local residents

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 entrance to downtown Seattle is 11 miles and typically takes 15 – 20 minutes to get to most Seattle locations. Multiple routes are available so depending on traffic, getting into downtown rarely takes more than 30 minutes. Downtown Edmonds, with waterfront restaurants and other attractions is about 15 minutes away to the north and Everett is 30 minutes north without traffic.