The Highlands (Seattle)

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The Highlands is a cooperative community (The Highlands Commons) in Shoreline, Washington, United States, 12 miles (19 km) north of Downtown Seattle. The community borders the Seattle neighborhood of Broadview at northern edge of the Seattle city limits.

The neighborhood has been the home to the Boeing, Nordstrom, Pigott and Stimson families.[1] Access to the community is through a security gate which is west of North 145th Street and Greenwood Avenue North.


Originally developed in 1907 by the Olmsted Brothers,[2] The Highlands sits 450 feet (140 m) above Puget Sound. Prior to the homes being built, tracts in the development were distributed during a draw from a hat. Originally the neighborhood consisted of 50 tracts, currently there are 112 lots and 66 acres (27 ha) set aside for reservation or park property. Businessman Horace Chapin Henry was an original tract owner and donated the Florence Henry Memorial Chapel, which was built in 1911 and is now a part of St. Dunstan's Church of the Highlands Parish, Shoreline, Washington.[3]

The Highlands was once an unincorporated suburb of Seattle and has always operated much like an independent city. In 1995 it became a part of the city of Shoreline. The Highlands boasts its own sewage system and roads which are property of the home owners association. The neighborhood has its own water source, street maintenance, and grounds keepers, making it almost completely independent of all third party utilities.[1][4]

Highlands residents have hosted numerous dignitaries, including President John F. Kennedy, who was a guest at the home of Theilene Pigott McCone and her husband John McCone, then Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.[5] In 1994, the wedding reception for Bill Gates and his wife Melinda was held in the ballroom of the former Pigott McCone estate, a private home in the community.[6]

Joining the Commons

Purchasing a home in The Highlands requires potential residents to submit an application to the Highlands Board, usually provided by the listing real estate agent.[7] As of 2007, the board requires two sponsors; one of the sponsors is usually the seller of the home and the second is another current resident with whom the purchaser has been previously acquainted. If the potential resident of the home does not know a second member, the seller of the home often arranges a cocktail reception with the neighbors to acquaint the potential resident with current members who become the second sponsor. The Highlands HOA requires all major construction or renovation to be approved by the Buildings and Sites Committee of the Board.


Until recently, for security reasons, homes in The Highlands did not have physical street addresses. Instead, all mail was addressed to the name of the resident with the rest of the address written as "The Highlands, Seattle, WA 98177". Following the incorporation of the city of Shoreline, Washington, in 1995, Highlands addresses were changed from Seattle to Shoreline.

Notable residents, past and present


  1. ^ a b "The Highlands Homes in Shoreline". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ "The Highlands Seattle - Overview". The Highlands Seattle. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  3. ^ "The Highlands, Seattle". Ewing & Clark. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  4. ^ "The Highlands Seattle - Frequently Asked Questions". The Highlands Seattle. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
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  6. ^ Carter, Mike (July 18, 1999). "Neighbors Locking Horns In Highlands -- Mansion's Renovation Over 3 Years Spurs Suit". The Seattle Times. 
  7. ^ "The Highlands Seattle - Membership". The Highlands Seattle. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 

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Coordinates: 47°44′37″N 122°22′09″W / 47.74361°N 122.36917°W / 47.74361; -122.36917

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