Issaquah Highlands

Location: 

Issaquah, Washington

Issaquah Highlands is a 2,200 acre (890 ha) 'urban village' located 17 miles (27 km) east of Seattle, Washington.  Tucked away in the hills above the town of Issaquah, the community is largely based on a pre-existing regional growth management plan. The design for the site includes a major office component, a combined town center and lifestyle center, and a vast collection of parks, trails, and open space.  The over 1,500 acres (607 ha) of open space also includes wooded hillsides and protected wetlands, all interwoven among built neighborhoods while obeying aggressive clean water standards.  This walkable, medium to high density community serves a range of income and lifestyle groups, with activity focused in and around the town center and a neighborhood village center to the east. 

Connecting directly to the I-90 freeway, the town’s main arterial becomes an urban grid of one-way streets within the town center.  The smaller scale of the streets both creates a pedestrian friendly environment and allows buildings to front directly on the sidewalks and reinforce the urban identity of the place.  Throughout the site, steep topography and protected open spaces play an important role in determining the location of streets and housing types used.  Housing options at Issaquah Highlands, all 4-Star Built Green and Energy Star certified or equivalent, include townhomes, hillside cottages, detached single-family homes, and rural estate homes. 

 

 

Project Summary

    

Client: 

Port Blakely Communities (Issaquah, Washington)

Type: 

Neighborhood Plan

Program: 

2,200 ac (890 ha) site | Mixed-use urban village | 3,250 DUs | 3m sq ft (280k sq m) commercial | 425k sq ft (40k sq m) retail | 1,500 acres (607 ha) of parks and open space

Status: 

Planning and design complete 2002 | Construction of residential component nearing completion