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 Parks - Schools - Neighborhood

The Highlands not only enjoys spectacular parks and trails inside its boundaries, but is also nestled within the City of Shoreline, a Tree City USA city and on the north border of the City of Seattle. Each city boasts miles and miles of trails, beaches and parks that embody the essence of the Pacific Northwest. 

The neighborhood also has 100+ acres of designated reservations space with forest trails winding through towering northwest trees. Beach Drive turns into a half mile long meandering forest road with trees over 6 feet in diameter and over 300 years old. It ends in a private-access tunnel under the railroad tracks to Spring Beach. This opens to a large tidal beach that welcomes you for short walks and picnics, or long walks up to neighboring Richmond Beach Saltwater Park or Edmonds and beyond. In the northeast corner of the community, a gorgeous newly constructed park (2014) has been built through the generous support of one of our Members and is quickly maturing into a priceless retreat. With 17 acres of native vegetation reserved area, trails, a large fish stocked pond, picnic tables and fire pit, this gem in the middle of a busy city allows for peaceful reflection while enjoying eagles, osprey and all manner of other bird life that are now calling this spot home.

The Highlands is served by the Shoreline Public School District, nationally recognized for its rigor. Highland Terrace Elementary School borders the community to the northeast. Meridian Park Elementary School is 3.3 miles away and hosts the award winning Highly Capable program for high-achieving youngsters. Newly rebuilt Einstein Middle School and nationally ranked Shorewood High School also are all within 4 miles of The Highlands gates. The Highlands is also within easy reach of many private schools in the greater Seattle area. Nationally recognized names like Lakeside, University Prep and Seattle Prep are popular choices for many Highlands students. There are over 50 children between the ages of 1 and 18 living in the neighborhood and their energy and vibrant enthusiasm is contagious. Almost next door to the community is Shoreline Community College which sits on a large swath of land formerly owned by Highlands Member William Boeing and surrounded by Boeing Creek Park.